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.

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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.

April 23, 2012 by Karen Friar

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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.

April 23, 2012 by Karen Friar

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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.

April 18, 2012 by Karen Friar

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IT professionals see wages inch up

Salaries for IT workers in the UK have risen by two percent in the past year to reach an average of £39,754, according to research by recruitment agency CV Screen.People with .

April 17, 2012 by Karen Friar

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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.

April 17, 2012 by Karen Friar

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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.

April 12, 2012 by Karen Friar

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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.

April 12, 2012 by Karen Friar

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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.

April 12, 2012 by Karen Friar

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