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

Lego Mindstorms robot solves Sudoku puzzles

Swedish hobbyist Hans Andersson has build a robot that can complete a Sudoko grid all by itself, a report in The Escapist has noted.On his Tilted Twister website, Andersson said that the robot, put together using a Lego Mindstorms kit, first uses an optical scanner to map the empty boxes and grab images of the numbers already entered.

August 28, 2009 by Karen Friar

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Microsoft drops "E" version of Windows

On Friday, Microsoft backtracked on its plan to ship a browser-free version of its upcoming operating system, Windows 7, in Europe.Deputy general counsel Dave Heiner revealed the change in plan, saying "we will ship the same version of Windows 7 in Europe in October that we will ship in the rest of the world.

August 1, 2009 by Karen Friar

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Ballmer's email to staff on latest layoffs

After Microsoft announced it would lay off another 3,000 people as part of expected job cuts, CEO Steve Ballmer sent an email to the rank and file. Here is that email, courtesy of Ina Fried at ZDNet UK's sister site CNET News.

May 5, 2009 by Karen Friar

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Here comes the Small Business blog

There's a lot that IT can do for a small business. It can be a godsend in getting the work done -- think of how mobile tech can keep things moving when you're out on client calls -- and it can also be a real driver of growth.

September 19, 2008 by Karen Friar

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You're invited: Breakfast briefing on virtualisation

As promised, ZDNet UK is hosting a get-together where we give you a chance to meet industry experts and get their views on an IT issue of the day. We're inviting folks to come along to a breakfast briefing in London on virtualisation, with a panel discussion, question-and-answer session, the opportunity to network -- and a groaning buffet of food, of course.

September 16, 2008 by Karen Friar

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Come talk to us about datacentre efficiency

I read every post made on ZDNet UK by our members, and every day it's brought home to me what a wealth of expertise there is out there among our users. Of course, it's the cornerstone of the community here--if we pool what we know, and share it, then we'll all benefit.

August 29, 2008 by Karen Friar

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Pick of the week: Under the all-seeing eye

Here's this week's highlights, with Vista again in the crosshairs and what a constabular street stop might look like if we all had to carry ID cards.RE: Microsoft's Mojave just a desert vistablog comment Welshtroll can’t think of anything worse than being roped into a test by Microsoft to evaluate its new OS.

August 15, 2008 by Karen Friar

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Dreaming of an iPhone Nano Christmas

Apple plans to release a cut-down Nano edition of its iPhone 3G before the end of the year, according to a report in the Mail Online on Sunday. The phone will be offered by O2, the Daily Mail site said, quoting an unidentified "industry source".

August 4, 2008 by Karen Friar

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