Charles McLellan

Charles has been in tech publishing since the late 1980s, starting with Reed's Practical Computing, then moving to Ziff-Davis to help launch the UK version of PC Magazine in 1992. ZDNet came looking for a Reviews Editor in 2000, and he's been here ever since.

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Joojoo OS update emerges from Fusion Garage

Having initially shipped a nicely designed piece of hardware with what can only be described as a half-baked operating system, Fusion Garage has now begun to rectify the matter with a series of OS and firmware updates for its Joojoo tablet.The updates, which will be pushed out during May, will include improved touchscreen firmware and support for full-screen HD video via Flash-based players.

May 5, 2010 by


Adobe ships Creative Suite 5

Designers and developers in a range of creative professions can now get their hands on Adobe's new Creative Suite 5, which ships today.Whether the new features in updated versions of stalwarts like Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash and Premiere Pro are worth the prices Adobe charges is a subject of debate every time a new Creative Suite appears.

April 30, 2010 by


SDXC: coming soon to a device near you

We're used to seeing imaging devices and notebooks supporting SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) cards, which offer storage capacities up to 32GB. You can buy a 32GB SDHC card for around £60, although a fast Class 10 (10MB/sec minimum write speed) card suitable for high-performance HD video recording will cost at least double that.

February 24, 2010 by


Data Robotics launches Drobo Elite and Drobo S

Data Robotics, the company behind the Drobo range of 'self-managing, self-healing storage solutions' for small businesses and creative professionals, has launched two new additions to its product line — one aimed at each of its target markets.Drobo EliteFor SMEs looking to implement an iSCSI SAN, the 8-drive Drobo Elite extends the functionality of the Editors' Choice-winning Drobo Pro to include multi-host support for consolidating storage across several servers (up to 16).

November 23, 2009 by

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Logitech buys LifeSize for $405m

A few weeks ago I met with Craig Malloy, co-founder and CEO of high-definition videoconferencing specialist LifeSize Communications, as the company was introducing its Skype-compatible Passport product. Naturally the conversation touched on Cisco's recent purchase of Tandberg.

November 11, 2009 by


Kingston's Big Stick

When we saw the press release announcing Kingston's 256GB Data Traveler 300 USB Flash drive, we had to get one — if only to verify that this thing really does deliver a quarter of a terabyte of solid-state storage in a (chunky) USB stick format.Well, after a courier-related hiccup, the Data Traveler 300 duly arrived, and it does indeed deliver pretty much the full 0.

August 4, 2009 by


A gift from Korea

It's not big and it's not clever, but we couldn't help snickering over the web site from Korean manufacturer Mintpass, whose Mintpad mobile internet device plus associated accessories and services the company promises will "provide every customer with amazements and relentless fun". And so it proves.

July 28, 2009 by