Karen Friar

Karen Friar is news editor for ZDNet in the UK, based in London. She has been in journalism since the last century, starting 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, specialising in security. After 14 years in California and a marriage-related change of name (from Karen Said), she returned to her homeland to work at ZDNet UK and so that her husband could deepen his knowledge of the offside rule.Follow me on Twitter at @Karen_Friar

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

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.

published June 28, 2012 by

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Google Apps jumps ISO security hurdle

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.

published May 29, 2012 by

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

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.

published May 25, 2012 by

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Google to meet EU investigators over privacy concerns

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.

published May 17, 2012 by

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Linux Mint 13 release candidate arrives

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.

published May 17, 2012 by

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Raspberry Pi could bring 'cheap' Windows to companies

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.

published May 15, 2012 by

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Londoner gets two years for Facebook riot posts

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.

published May 9, 2012 by

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Samsung Galaxy 'S3' coming to O2 and Vodafone

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?

published April 24, 2012 by

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CERN's science to become British products

CERN's science to become British products

Large Hadron Collider steward CERN is joining forces with the UK's Science and Technology Facilities Council to help small businesses turn high-energy physics technology into commercial products.The Large Hadron Collider is one of the high-energy physics facilities run by CERN.

published April 23, 2012 by

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Skype 1.0 for Windows Phone arrives

Skype 1.0 for Windows Phone arrives

The full gold version of Skype for Windows Phone handsets has been posted to Microsoft's mobile app store, with new features and more languages than in the beta edition.Nokia's Lumia 900 is one of the handsets certified to work with Skype 1.

published April 23, 2012 by

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Raspberry Pi waiting list hits 250,000

Raspberry Pi waiting list hits 250,000

In a sign of the popularity of Raspberry Pi, a quarter of a million people are on just one distributor's waiting list to buy the cheap Linux computer.RS Components has 250,000 potential customers lined up for the ARM-based computer, the BBC said on Tuesday.

published April 18, 2012 by

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