Ben Woods

With a psychology degree under his belt, Ben set off on a four-year sojourn as a professional online poker player, but as the draw of the gambling life began to wane his attentions turned to more wholesome employment.With several years' experience covering everything in the world of telecoms and mobility, Ben's your man if it involves a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or any other piece of tech small enough to carry around with you. He's also keenly interested in broadband issues, and has spent more time than strictly necessary testing out a multitude of software packages.Hot tips (no tittering at the back) can be passed along to me at ben.woods@zdnet.com or you can follow me on Twitter @BenWoodsZD, if you can bear intermittent cake and cat tweets.

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Google backs UK start-ups with seven-storey Campus

Google backs UK start-ups with seven-storey Campus

Google plans to reveal details soon of its London-based Campus project, which will support local technology start-ups and stimulate the online growth of UK businesses.Matt Brittin, vice president of Northern and Central Europe for Google, confirmed the company's plans for Campus during a talk at the Digital London conference on Tuesday.

published March 13, 2012 by

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Lenovo recalls 'fire hazard' ThinkCentre PCs

Lenovo recalls 'fire hazard' ThinkCentre PCs

Lenovo has recalled 160,000 ThinkCentre all-in-one desktop PCs after two models in the range were found to pose a potential fire hazard.The company identified a faulty power supply as the root cause of the problem, it said in an announcement on Friday.

published March 12, 2012 by

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New iPad pre-order delivery date slips

New iPad pre-order delivery date slips

Customers pre-ordering the new iPad will have to wait up to three weeks to receive the tablet device even though it will be on sale in-store on Friday, according to the company's website.The device was announced on Wednesday and is due to go on sale from Apple's retail stores on Friday 16 March.

published March 12, 2012 by

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Sony Xperia S goes on sale

Sony Xperia S goes on sale

The range-topping Sony Xperia S is now available to buy on the Three network, leap-frogging Sony's own distribution schedule.The Xperia S, announced first at CES in January, is an Android Gingerbread-based smartphone with a 4.

published March 8, 2012 by

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Apple presents 'the new iPad'

Apple presents 'the new iPad'

Apple has introduced a new model to its successful iPad range, which it calls 'the new iPad', rather than the iPad 3.The device was launched on Wednesday in San Francisco and brings a number of new hardware features, such as a 5-megapixel camera, high-resolution 'retina' display and quad-core graphics processor for an improved gaming experience.

published March 7, 2012 by

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Three axes excess data usage charges

Three axes excess data usage charges

Three has launched a range of new unlimited smartphone contracts, as well as one that promises not to bill customers for exceeding inclusive data allowances.The company said on Wednesday that the new plans are being offered in response to growing customer demand for data.

published March 7, 2012 by

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Logitech focuses on businesses with BH320 earbuds

Logitech focuses on businesses with BH320 earbuds

PC peripheral and accesory maker Logitech has launched its first enterprise-focused product as it looks to capitalise on the growth of the unified comms market.Alan Smith, group business manager of emerging markets at Logitech, told ZDNet UK on Tuesday that the company is combating sluggish growth in the webcam and keyboard peripherals market by launching a new range of products aimed at enterprises, as well as small and medium sized businesses (SMBs).

published March 6, 2012 by

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Microsoft delivers Windows Server 8 beta

Microsoft delivers Windows Server 8 beta

Microsoft has released a beta version of Windows Server 8, which brings new features such as an updated Hyper-V hypervisor, as well as multi-machine management and automation capabilities.The company released the beta build on Thursday, following a preview in September aimed at developers and hardware partners.

published March 2, 2012 by

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LG holds back secret features of Optimus 4X HD

LG holds back secret features of Optimus 4X HD

The recently announced LG Optimus 4X HD, the company’s first quad-core equipped smartphone, has features that are still yet to be revealed.The device, which is set for arrival sometime in the second quarter of 2012, has at least six as-yet unannounced features a company spokesman let slip to ZDNet UK at Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona on Tuesday.

published February 28, 2012 by

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Orange bets on Intel Atom-powered 'Santa Clara'

Orange bets on Intel Atom-powered 'Santa Clara'

Orange has revealed an Intel Atom-powered smartphone with a 4-inch display which the company promises will arrive with an "affordable" price tag in the summer.The device, codenamed Santa Clara, was officially announced on Monday at Mobile World Congress 2012 (MWC).

published February 26, 2012 by

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Microsoft files antitrust complaint against Motorola

Microsoft files antitrust complaint against Motorola

Microsoft has lodged formal competition charges against Motorola Mobility, the mobile and handset division of Motorola, with the European Commission for alleged abuse of licensing terms for standards-essential patents.The filing follows a similar antitrust complaint from Apple which came to light on 17 February and could lead to a full investigation of Motorola's Mobility's (MMI) patent licensing agreements, according to software patent expert Florian Mueller.

published February 22, 2012 by

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Twitter explains Sarkozy 'censorship'

Twitter explains Sarkozy 'censorship'

Twitter has responded to criticisms that it censored users parodying the French president Nicolas Sarkozy when he opened an account on the social network on 15 February.Twitter has responded to accusations of censorship in France after it reportedly took down four user accounts for impersonating French president Nicolas Sarkozy.

published February 22, 2012 by

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Brits top internet addicts league in Europe

Brits top internet addicts league in Europe

People in the UK spend more time online than any other country in Europe, according to figures released in a ComScore report on Thursday.The report, which looked at Euorpean internet usage for December 2011, found that average UK users spent nearly 36 hours online during the period, edging ahead of Turkey with 33.

published February 17, 2012 by

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UK still absent from global fibre rankings

UK still absent from global fibre rankings

The UK is lagging behind other countries such as Lithuania and Sweden in the deployment of super-fast fibre deployment according to the fibre-to-the-home council.According to the most recent research from the FTTH Council, the deployment of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and the number of people signing up for the services is increasing in Europe but the UK still does not qualify to be included in the rankings, which only take into account countries that have FTTH to at least one percent of premises.

published February 17, 2012 by

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