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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Microsoft promotes social responsibility

As many of you will be aware, even through visiting Google's homepage this morning, today is Earth Day, designed to show appreciation for all that we have on this glorious planet.Microsoft have recently launched Microsoft Student TV as part of their efforts towards the Student Experience.

April 21, 2009 by

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Web Messenger integrates into Hotmail

Hotmail have rolled out their new Web Messenger feature to users in select geographic areas, including the US, UK and parts of Europe. Without the need of Windows Live Messenger being installed, anybody soon using the Hotmail service, which many students do, can use the web version of Messenger to communicate with friends and colleagues, wherever they are.

April 20, 2009 by

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Ultimate Steal, DreamSpark: motives questioned

My old friend Bryant Zadegan has a way of shining light on suspect and complicated imagery, especially news which contains baffling facts and multiple levels of discourse. Earlier on in the day, I received an instant message from him telling me to read his post, which points out a few things about The Ultimate Steal and DreamSpark, two offers provided by Microsoft, to students.

April 20, 2009 by

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Pirate Bay court case bad news for students

The news broke a few hours ago that the creators of The Pirate Bay, one of the largest search repositories for torrents for music, videos, games and, let's face it, high quality porn, are heading to prison after being found guilty of breaking copyright laws.I am no stranger to the dark side of the Internet, the downloading of illegal files and whatnot.

April 16, 2009 by

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Students report late lecturers via text messaging

Students at Manchester Metropolitan University in the north of England now have an opportunity to report lecturers who are more than ten minutes late in class. It seems to be a constant issue which student unions are trying to address with late lecturers not being able to teach the entire structure of a lecture due to poor time management.

April 15, 2009 by

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New UI rumours for Windows 7; I doubt it

Windows has taken a turn for the worst in the last few years with the rise and hype associated with Vista during the beta days, only to horrendously let us down, just like an OJ Simpson jury.Consistency is absolutely everything when it comes to technology - you buy a product because you have certain expectations, to perform certain tasks.

April 15, 2009 by

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Addicted-to-games students "get worse grades"

I've mentioned before my political stance on newspapers such as the Daily Mail, the written version of Fox News, but for once they shed light on something which is directly from the US Department of the Bleeding Obvious.From their news report:University student Daisy Jones, 21, said: 'I was in the library trying to write a 2,000-word essay when I realised my Facebook habit had got out of hand.

April 13, 2009 by

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