Humans have always adorned their bodies with gadgetry — be it for show, for utility, or both. Our timeline documents examples such as body armour, spectacles, wearable calculating aids, hearing aids, diving gear, spacesuits, exoskeletons and experiments in human-machine 'cyborgs'.
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Hello, I'm the Reviews Editor at ZDNet UK. My experience with computers started at London's Imperial College, where I studied Zoology and then Environmental Technology. This was sufficiently long ago (mid-1970s) that Fortran, IBM punched-card machines and mainframes were involved, followed by green-screen terminals and eventually the personal computers we know and (mostly) love. After doing post-grad research at Imperial for a while, I got involved in helping to produce a weekly news magazine based in Amsterdam. This was in the mid-1980s, and one of my duties was to set up data communications links with technologically-challenged national newspaper journalists in a number of European cities via a 300-baud modem and an acoustic coupler. Tech support people have my sympathy! I've been in computer publishing since the late 1980s, starting with Reed Business Publishing's Practical Computing, then joining Ziff Davis in 1991 to help launch PC Magazine UK as Production Editor. After a couple of years I switched to commissioning, editing and writing, becoming a Technical Editor and then First Looks Editor. When ZDNet came looking for a Reviews Editor in 2000, I was ready to make the move from print to online — just in time for the dot-com crash! It's been a long road from punched cards to the cloud, but it'll still be fun seeing where we go from here.
Microsoft's new Surface Pro 3 may or may not be 'the tablet that can replace your laptop', but if you're buying it in the UK, you'll have to pay a premium over the US price.
Motorola's assault on the low end of the smartphone market continues with a new entry-level handset and an upgrade to the popular previous incumbent.
HTC continues to produce high-quality high-end smartphones, the new flagship One M8 taking over where last year's One left off. But will it be enough to improve the company's fortunes?
The CC3000e ConferenceCam allows you to make full use of your meeting rooms for video conferencing, without paying telepresence-style prices.
Adobe's flagship creative applications get significant updates, and the company resets the clock on 30-day trials so you can sample the new functionality.
Wearable tech has largely been about utilitarian smart watches and activity monitors. CSR demonstrates a stylish application using low-power Bluetooth technology.
Researchers and developers seeking to create and test Internet of Things applications using IPv6 over Low-power Wireless Personal Area Network (6LoWPAN) technology now have a toolkit at their disposal.
The Mobile Speakerphone P710e is a compact Bluetooth speakerphone with NFC support that doubles as a convenient stand for your smartphone or tablet.
Dell's mobile Precision workstations get a Haswell upgrade, while the Ivy Bridge-based tower range is expanded with single- and dual-socket models.
Mobile device/application management vendor updates its on-premise Windows-based solution to accommodate business features in Apple's upcoming mobile OS refresh.
HTC has taken its award-winning 4.7-inch One Android smartphone and shrunk it into a 4.3-inch form factor.
Catch, the increasingly popular mobile app for note-taking and collaboration, is aiming for increased enterprise take-up with the launch of its secure, managed Team product.
Toshiba's June product refresh brings new slimline consumer and business notebooks, some featuring Intel's latest 4th-Generation Core processors, and a new range of 10-inch Android tablets.
Storage startup launches an updated version of its hybrid NAS/private cloud solution.
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