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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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.

April 4, 2012 by Karen Friar


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.

April 3, 2012 by Karen Friar


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.

March 26, 2012 by Karen Friar


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.

March 26, 2012 by Karen Friar


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.

March 21, 2012 by Karen Friar

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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.

November 2, 2011 by Karen Friar


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.

October 14, 2011 by Karen Friar


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.

October 11, 2011 by Karen Friar


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.

October 10, 2011 by Karen Friar


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".

October 3, 2011 by Karen Friar