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  • Opinion: Yahoo: search engines are 0.0057% efficient

    Is the era of the traditional search engine over? Yahoo showed me an intriguing calculation this week to demonstrate why Google, Ask and Yahoo’s own algorithmic search engines provide access to only a tiny proportion of the world’s knowledge – the end result being that we really need to use social search and answer tools such as Yahoo Answers.

  • Opinion: The ultimate eBay bargain

    If you would like to buy a new Apple powerbook for £750, an upright piano for £86, a video iPod for £96 or a new Samsung mobile for £42 then simply do what I did and get yourself over to eBay. I am a self-confessed eBay addict and these are the latest in a long line of bargains that I have recently picked up. But something new has caught my eye.

  • Opinion: The pros and cons of unlimited storage

    Is Yahoo Mail locking in users with unlimited storage?

  • Opinion: Apple isn't fun any more

    Apple has a love/hate relationship with colour. But something is missing in the newly colourful iPod range.

  • Opinion: Amazon versus iTunes - time for a change?

    We could be about to get a real competitor to iTunes. Amazon is to go head-to-head with Apple’s music download store later this year with a new service offering DRM-free MP3 tracks that will play on more or less any portable device.

  • Opinion: Amazon versus iTunes - time for a change?

    We could be about to get a real competitor to iTunes. Amazon is to go head-to-head with Apple’s music download store later this year with a new service offering DRM-free MP3 tracks that will play on more or less any portable device.

  • Opinion: Cheap PCs: too good to be true?

    The UK's biggest PC bargains could completely change your perception of the cost of hardware. But does the drive towards ever-cheaper computing come at a cost?

  • Opinion: Cheap PCs: too good to be true?

    The UK's biggest PC bargains could completely change your perception of the cost of hardware. But does the drive towards ever-cheaper computing come at a cost?

  • Opinion: Baby obtains gun licence on internet

    The internet makes fools of us all, but red faces are (we hope) particularly prevalent today among Illinois officials, after 10-month-old state resident Bubba Ludwig was granted a shotgun licence.

  • Opinion: Experience a Victorian workhouse online

    Be not amused. The National Archives and the National Trust today launched a website that offers a glimpse into the life of a workhouse in Victorian Britain.

  • Opinion: £200 Apple iPhone wins UK vote

    iPhone fever is set to spread in the US over the next few weeks, with Apple ready to release the handset across the Atlantic. But, while Apple has started putting plans in place to launch the iPhone in the UK, it’s unlikely we’ll be able to buy one until the end of the year at the earliest.

  • Opinion: £200 Apple iPhone wins UK vote

    iPhone fever is set to spread in the US over the next few weeks, with Apple ready to release the handset across the Atlantic. But, while Apple has started putting plans in place to launch the iPhone in the UK, it’s unlikely we’ll be able to buy one until the end of the year at the earliest.

  • Opinion: Playboy to appear in Second Life

    Second Life will have a new addition from June as Playboy is introduced to the online game.

  • Opinion: Bare-chested plonker is global email star

    Next time you're about to hit 'send' on an email message, stop and think. Clapham-based gym trainer and self-styled 'life coach' Peter Sullivan certainly will. He's become the toast of bored office workers throughout the world after an email he sent in the hopes of soliciting a date went badly awry.

  • Opinion: Military threat of YouTube & MySpace

    Are YouTube and MySpace a security risk? According to the US Defense Department if you are in the US military and accessing them from military-run network they are. The Defense Department is now blocking access to YouTube, MySpace, and nearly a dozen other websites from computers on its network calling them a "significant operational security challenge”.

  • Opinion: Prince William gets on Facebook

    I'm not sure how he can fit in such a dangerously addictive passtime to his bulging schedule, but bonnie Prince William has a Facebook site.

  • Opinion: The origins of 'geek', and other tech terms

    In the circus, a performer who sank sufficiently low would do horrible things (like biting the heads off live chickens) for booze money. That poor soul was called a geek. How it came to describe techies is unknown.

  • Opinion: Star Trek fan shows eBay Enterprise

    Sci-fi überfan Tony Alleyne this week sold his Star Trek-styled one-bedroom bijou flat in Leicestershire on eBay for an astronomical £425,000. Even at London prices that's good (and yes, I do mean London, the small village on the planet Zorg).

  • Opinion: Pirate Bay file-sharing site hacked

    Ahoy me hearties! BitTorrent file-sharing website Pirate Bay has admitted that its database has been sent to Davy Jones' locker, via its blog. Hackers have made off with Pirate Bay's database of around 1.6 million usernames and passwords. (No dubloons or pieces of eight were taken.)

  • Opinion: Google chooses baby names

    When my daughter was born a year ago my wife and I suddenly had about 40 days to officially name her, or she'd might have been named Nelson Mandela Jary by the local council.



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