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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Google Earth maps Queen's Diamond Jubilee route

Google Earth maps Queen's Diamond Jubilee route

With the Diamond Jubiliee celebrations coming up in June, Google has posted a video showing the route of Queen Elizabeth II's procession in London.The video traces the route from New Palace Yard near the Houses of Parliament to Buckingham Palace, going via Whitehall, the Cenotaph and Downing Street, with a drive around Trafalgar Square along the way.

published April 17, 2012 by

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Canada tests out its official digital currency

Canada tests out its official digital currency

The Royal Canadian Mint has closed entries for its MintChip contest, just over a week after inviting developers to come up with apps for the digital currency it wants to introduce."Due to a very high level of interest, we are no longer accepting registrations for the MintChip Challenge.

published April 12, 2012 by

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Barclays opens Pingit phone payments to all

Barclays opens Pingit phone payments to all

Barclays Pingit, a smartphone-based payment service, has been launched for all customers of British banks and building societies.Barclay's Pingit app for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry lets people send and receive cash using just a phone number.

published April 12, 2012 by

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Google+ gets a makeover

Google+ gets a makeover

Google has revamped the layout on Google+, with the aim of making its social network better looking and easier to use.As part of the redesign, introduced on Wednesday, the icons at the top of the page have been replaced with a ribbon on the left of the page.

published April 12, 2012 by

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TomTom sends out sat-nav fix for 'leap year' bug

TomTom sends out sat-nav fix for 'leap year' bug

Sat-nav maker TomTom has pushed out an update to fix a software glitch that left customers worldwide complaining about not being able to find their location.Some TomTom sat-navs, including the Go Live (above), have been hit by a 'leap year' bug.

published April 4, 2012 by

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TomTom sat-navs bitten by 'leap year' bug

TomTom sat-navs bitten by 'leap year' bug

Sat-nav maker TomTom has admitted its devices have been hit by a glitch that left customers worldwide unable to get a GPS signal, leaving some stranded without directions.Some TomTom sat-navs, including the Go Live (above), have been hit by a 'leap year' bug.

published April 3, 2012 by

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Nokia and Microsoft pay £15m for app development

Nokia and Microsoft pay £15m for app development

Windows Phone partners Microsoft and Nokia are shelling out €9m each to fund a mobile app development programme at Aalto University in Finland.The €18m (£15m) investment will be used to set up the AppCampus programme and run it for three years, Nokia and Microsoft said in an announcement on Monday.

published March 26, 2012 by

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AMD wraps up £209m purchase of SeaMicro

AMD wraps up £209m purchase of SeaMicro

Chipmaker AMD has completed its $334m (£209m) acquisition of server maker SeaMicro, a longtime partner of rival processor giant Intel.With the completion of the deal on Monday, SeaMicro becomes AMD Data Center Server Solutions.

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Osborne puts broadband first in Budget

Osborne puts broadband first in Budget

The development of broadband networks in the UK is a priority for the government, chancellor George Osborne said during his Budget speech on Wednesday.The National Infrastructure Plan, outlined during the speech, identifies broadband as one of the projects first in line for government funding over the next decade.

published March 21, 2012 by

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Assange loses extradition appeal

Assange loses extradition appeal

Wikileaks editor Julian Assange has lost his bid to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning over allegations of sexual assault.On Wednesday, the High Court in London said the 40-year-old Australian must comply with an extradition ruling made by chief magistrate Howard Riddle in February.

published November 2, 2011 by

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End of analogue TV set for October 2012

End of analogue TV set for October 2012

Britain's analogue TV signal will be completely turned off on 24 October, 2012, with Northern Ireland the last to receive it, Digital UK said on Friday.The completion of the digital switchover, which began in 2008, brings an end to more than 70 years of analogue broadcasting in the country and opens the door to reuse of the spectrum for mobile broadband.

published October 14, 2011 by

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Two charged in London Apple Store raid

Two charged in London Apple Store raid

A man and a 16-year-old boy are set to appear in court on Tuesday, charged with burglary after a smash-and-grab raid on the Apple Store in Covent Garden.In the raid, about seven moped or motorbike riders and their pillion passengers stole several iPads and other Apple devices after smashing the Apple Store's window.

published October 11, 2011 by

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Soyuz crash flaw an 'isolated incident', Russia says

Soyuz crash flaw an 'isolated incident', Russia says

The Russian Space Agency has described the flaw that brought down a Soyuz-powered spacecraft as an "isolated" problem and resumed its plans to use the rocket.In August, the upper part of a Soyuz-U booster carrying a Russian Progress ship malfunctioned, shutting down and sending the 2.

published October 10, 2011 by

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HP hints at Netflix-style printing scheme

HP hints at Netflix-style printing scheme

Faced with slowing growth in developed markets, HP could be considering a radical step to pull in more enterprise IT business: a move to monthly subscription-based printing services.On Friday, Vyomesh 'VJ' Joshi, head of HP's imaging and printing group, told ZDNet UK the company is looking at a new business model that should be coming "soon — very soon".

published October 3, 2011 by

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