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

Winner finds depth in wide-screen monitor

Here's a nice illustration of the capabilities of the Hazro wide-format display, the lead-off prize in our 12 Days of Christmas competition, courtesy of winner Geoff Oakshott. You can see not just how the monitor has more scope widthways, but also how its resolution can show enough detail to let you go "deep" with your images.

February 22, 2008 by Karen Friar


MacBook winner investigates wartime enigma

A few months ago, we ran a competition for a matching black MacBook and USB modem, courtesy of mobile broadband provider Vodafone. Congratulations are due to the winner John Harris, who sent us this photo.

February 13, 2008 by Karen Friar


£100 giveaway to keep Homebrew Blog cooking

The first thing people told us about our recent Homebrew Challenge was that it was great to hear from other enthusiasts about their home tech projects. The second thing was that they really appreciated being able to pick up tips, especially money-saving ones, what with the cost of components and all.

February 6, 2008 by Karen Friar


Still time to enter ZDNet UK's Christmas giveaway

Though the long, slow trek back to the desk no doubt looms, the festive season isn't over yet — at least while there is still time to enter our annual Christmas contest-fest. The first competition in our 12 Days of Christmas series closes tomorrow, so if you fancy winning a Hazro widescreen monitor, get over there now.

January 2, 2008 by Karen Friar


Blogs are now YouTube-ready

Sometimes the only way to get your point across, or to really describe what's going on, is to show a video. You might want to show off your latest tech project, do a video review of your latest gadget, take us onto a trade show floor with you or give us a tour of your company's server room.

November 14, 2007 by Karen Friar


How to post images to your blog

We know that ZDNet members, especially those who've entered the Homebrew Challenge competition, want to share images in their postings. Good news — we've made changes to let you do this.

November 8, 2007 by Karen Friar


Last day to win a MacBook and USB modem

Friday is the deadline for our competition to win a spiffy black MacBook and a hard-to-find matching Vodafone USB modem. So if you haven't had a go yet, then get cracking and enter.

November 7, 2007 by Karen Friar


Contestants, start your engines

Here's a head-start on a massive competition — think £20,000 in prizes — for all those IT pros whose pursuit of tech doesn't end when the working day does.We know that many of you, when you get home and close the front door behind you, roll up your sleeves and get stuck into a project — not because you're paid to, but because you love to do it.

November 1, 2007 by Karen Friar


RSA contest winner headed to San Francisco

Congratulations to robnewby, the security-minded ZDNet blogger who has won a trip to San Francisco for RSA Conference 2008. He came first in our competition by making the most valuable contributions to Sentry Posts, our group blog dedicated to security management discussions.

October 22, 2007 by Karen Friar