Charlie Osborne

London-based Charlie Osborne is a journalist, freelance photographer and former teacher. She holds a degree in Medical Anthropology.

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Femtocells: your very own home cell network

Besides the "femtocell" sounding like a robotic sex toy or an individually wrapped feminine hygiene product, in technological terms it is a router-like device which converts a portion of your broadband bandwidth to provide you with a compact cell network in your house.The concept is a relatively simple one.

May 17, 2009 by


Screenshots: Office 2010 technical preview

The next generation of Microsoft Office, currently in technical preview, has leaked to the web in an unsurprising move, as Redmond still struggles against the vigilante work of the renegade leaker. As the so-called "plumber" is making is rounds across campus, he continues to leave leaks throughout the teams, with Windows 7 being the most problematic.

May 16, 2009 by


When did the BlackBerry become so personal?

It struck me today as I was on the train to Manchester that the BlackBerry has evolved from a business-dedicated device, to an all-out feature phone, with room to spare.As I was walking through the city center to an uncertain doom (not a story for the likes of you, I'm afraid), I was feeling confident about myself, thinking back to some of the articles I've written and feeling somewhat journalistic.

May 15, 2009 by


How a student fooled the world's media

On the 28th March, Shane Fitzgerald who studies at the University of Dublin, began an experiment which could put journalism into disrepute, by faking a quote on Wikipedia and measuring the spread across the world's media outlets.Maurice Jarre, a famous French composer, died in late March this year with the news spreading across the world of his death.

May 13, 2009 by


Will Windows Vista live to die another day?

After spending most of the morning on the phone to a number of UK universities (due to the time difference, many US universities were still sleeping), the general consensus is that Windows 7, when released, will not be the first upgrade they roll out to their networks."Windows 7 Server" (Windows Server 2008 R2, the next generation server operating system from Microsoft) will be at the forefront of the next roll out of upgrades, with an unsuspecting client...

May 12, 2009 by


Exam contingencies for swine flu epidemic

The swine flu (H1N1 hereon in) epidemic has gradually petered out and levelled off, but still more and more cases are being discovered every day. Over 4,700 cases have been confirmed, spreading over every continent of the world except Africa (thankfully, because let's be honest, it would be a biological massacre) and Antarctica.

May 11, 2009 by


The mobile web is an utter letdown

With a definitive split on the Internet between desktops, notebooks and netbooks, and mobile devices running a list as long as your arm, the mobile web has developed to a molecule in an ocean.This month I am spending most of my time in London doing research, so travelling by train back and forth from Canterbury, moving house half way across the city, trying to cram for my exams next month and heading to the north of the UK on the second weekend into May.

May 5, 2009 by