There's a growing interest in fitness bands, and if you're thinking of buying one, the Fixya trouble-shooting website has produced a report on the main problems with the top brands
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Jack Schofield spent the 1970s editing photography magazines before becoming editor of an early UK computer magazine, Practical Computing. In 1983, he started writing a weekly computer column for the Guardian, and joined the staff to launch the newspaper's weekly computer supplement in 1985. This section launched the Guardian’s first website and, in 2001, its first real blog. When the printed section was dropped after 25 years and a couple of reincarnations, he felt it was a time for a change....
Toshiba has published an infographic to celebrate sales of 10 million laptops in the UK and Ireland, so you may well own one, though perhaps it's one you no longer use. Now, with the decline of the PC market, the company is focusing more on growth markets such as healthcare and its nuclear power business.
Smartphones should soon be able to charge themselves using transparent Wysips Crystal photovoltaic panels bonded into their screens. And if the idea takes off, tablets and eventually whole buildings could follow....
BT is splitting its major division into two to focus on consumers and businesses, though this involves merging BT Enterprises — aimed at big businesses — with the one aimed at SMEs.
Canonical is hoping to raise $32 million from enterprises and enthusiasts who are willing to pay for a limited edition Ubuntu for Android phone that has the specification of a laptop and delivers the "full desktop experience" when plugged into a big screen.
Don't be too original: a study of smartphone buyers in two English cities has found that people are more confident about their purchases when products resemble each other.
The British government is spending £42.6 billion on a new west-coast railway line when it could spend the same amount or perhaps less on providing the whole nation with superfast broadband with Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH).
If the US and European governments can get access to data stored in the cloud, then it might be better to store it in on servers in a neutral country, such as Switzerland. If so, Artmotion hopes to benefit…
Younger smartphone users prioritse data over voice because they're moving to IP-based messaging services such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Skype, according to a multi-country survey by Analysys Mason
Portable computers, tablets, and smartphones are damaging the health of most of the people who use them for extended periods of work, and we could be in for an epidemic of 'iPad neck'. However, there are ways to reduce the risk.