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Take your Wi-Fi with you

Swedish company Anyfi Networks has just announced a novel technology that could change the way Wi-Fi roaming via public hotspots works, potentially giving ISPs global reach and freeing users from expensive roaming charges.Anyfi.

May 17, 2010 by First Take


Toshiba's three new Satellite Pro notebooks

Toshiba has announced three new Satellite Pro notebooks, all to become available in June.The three models span the business mobile and desktop replacement segments, and they are designed to offer powerful working solutions at prices which won’t break the bank.

May 12, 2010 by First Take


Sony's new VAIO P

Almost a year ago to the day I wrote a blog piece about the Sony Vaio P.The P was very exciting.

May 10, 2010 by First Take


Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview 2

Microsoft promised to put out new previews of the IE 9 rendering engine every 8 weeks; just over seven weeks after the first preview there’s a new version with two new APIs, various improvements to SVG, a better Acid 3 score and generally improved performance.

May 6, 2010 by First Take


Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

Sony Ericsson has taken a while to come up with an Android-based handset, and the Xperia X10, it has to be said at the outset, is probably not the offering to tempt business users. A forthcoming variant, the tiny Xperia X10 mini pro might appeal more, as it has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard while sharing elements of the Xperia X10's somewhat quirky user interface.

April 29, 2010 by First Take

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Microsoft launches public beta of next-generation Windows Home Server

Microsoft has just announced the release of a public beta of the next version of Windows Home Server (WHS), the operating system that powers its SME and consumer network storage and backup devices, such as the HP StorageWorks X510 Data Vault we reviewed recently.Codenamed 'Vail', this new version of WHS is notable chiefly for being based on Windows Server 2008 R2 — a major upgrade from the current version, which uses Windows Server 2003 SP2 as the underlying OS.

April 29, 2010 by First Take


Opera 10.52 for Mac debuts

It's news enough to make a Mac-using Opera fan sing: the browser has officially ditched its old JavaScript engine Futhark for the speedy new Carakan. Available for both Intel and PowerPC, the final version of Opera 10.

April 28, 2010 by First Take


First Take: BlackBerry Pearl 3G and Mobile Voice 5

The BlackBerry that wants to be a feature phone and the BlackBerry that wants to be a Wi-Fi VOIP phone.The Pearl 3G with a numeric keypadThe new Pearl 3G is a BlackBerry through and through, but it's designed to appeal both to business users who don't want to be weighed down by a larger device and to ordinary phone users who want to graduate to a smartphone but are put off by QWERTY.

April 26, 2010 by First Take


Goodbye SpinVox, Hello VoxSciences

The downward spiral of voicemail-to-SMS service SpinVox did not affect me until the company announced that it was stopping services to individual users. I’d benefited from this since its launch, and went on the hunt for a replacement.

April 23, 2010 by First Take

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