Karen Friar

Karen Friar is news editor for ZDNet in the UK, based in London. She started out in film journalism in San Francisco, before making the switch to tech coverage at ZDNet.com. Next came a move to CNET News.com, where she looked after west coast coverage of business technology, and finally a return to her homeland with ZDNet UK.

Latest Posts

Wi-Fi on the Tube: 32 more stations go live

Virgin Media has now turned on free Wi-Fi service at 38 Tube stations, as the London Underground gets ready for the Olympic Games in late July.The operator has promised to provide free Wi-Fi in more than 80 stations, and the service launched just over two weeks ago with service at King's Cross and Warren Street.

June 28, 2012 by Karen Friar

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Google Apps jumps ISO security hurdle

Google Apps for Business has been awarded ISO 27001 certification, which the company hopes will reassure enterprises about security in its cloud.After a six-month audit, the company was awarded the security certification for the systems, processes, datacentres and technology used to delivery the cloud-based apps, Google said in a blog post on Monday.

May 29, 2012 by Karen Friar


Samsung Galaxy 'S3' gets its own pop-up shops

As the days count down to the launch of the much-anticipated Galaxy S III, Samsung has revealed that it is setting up four pop-up stores in London to sell the Ice Cream Sandwich-powered smartphone.The Mobile PIN shops are mirrored-glass structures that can be picked up and moved to new locations as needed, Samsung said in a blog post on Friday.

May 25, 2012 by Karen Friar


Google to meet EU investigators over privacy concerns

French data protection authorities will go face-to-face with Google representatives next week as part of a EU investigation into the search giant's new privacy policy.The meeting on 23 May has been set up because the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertes (CNIL) is "not totally satisfied" with the answers they have been given so far, the watchdog's head Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin told Reuters.

May 17, 2012 by Karen Friar


Linux Mint 13 release candidate arrives

The team developing version 13 of Linux Mint has put out a release candidate of the desktop operating system for testing.Linux Mint 13 release candidate comes with new features, such as a new display manager.

May 17, 2012 by Karen Friar


Raspberry Pi could bring 'cheap' Windows to companies

A Raspberry Pi enthusiast has managed to get Windows 7 on the cheap Linux computer using Citrix XenDesktop, a sign that the device could bring savings to businesses, according to the foundation behind the device.A video posted to YouTube shows a recently shipped Raspberry Pi running a Windows 7 virtual desktop, using Citrix XenDesktop 5.

May 15, 2012 by Karen Friar

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Londoner gets two years for Facebook riot posts

An Islington man who set up a Facebook group encouraging others to take part in the London riots in August has been sentenced to serve two years in a young offenders institute.Terry Balson set up a Facebook group encouraging others to take part in the London riots.

May 9, 2012 by Karen Friar


RIM offers peek at BlackBerry 10 touch keyboard

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has given a glimpse of the features in its new smart virtual keyboard, which it hinted could be coming in its next handset release.BlackBerry 10's virtual keyboard software predicts the next word.

May 1, 2012 by Karen Friar


Samsung Galaxy 'S3' coming to O2 and Vodafone

While details remain scarce about the next update to Samsung's Galaxy line, both O2 and Vodafone have revealed they will carry the handset.O2 put out its announcement via Twitter on Tuesday, saying: "Excited about the next Samsung Galaxy?

April 24, 2012 by Karen Friar