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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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Try this new Red Hat for size

Less than a month after the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5, the Linux developer has announced a public beta of the long awaited RHEL 6, the aim of which is to “blur the lines between virtual, physical and cloud computing.

April 22, 2010 by First Take


FizzbookSpin: Intel's latest Classmate

Intel has announced details of the FizzbookSpin, which is based on the Quanta NL2 model of Intel's third-generation Classmate PC design. The FizzbookSpin, which is due to be released in May, is a low-cost convertible netbook aimed primarily at children aged between 5 and 11.

April 22, 2010 by First Take


Gateway launches business desktops

Gateway, now an Acer subsidiary, has launched two ranges of Intel-based business desktops: the DT Series for medium-sized businesses and large corporations; and the DS Series, which consists of small form-factor machines.The DT series is designed with power users in mind and is available in three models, using Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors on the DT70 and DT50 variants.

April 20, 2010 by First Take


HP Mini 5102

Netbooks can be so alluring. And that's something manufacturers play on.

April 14, 2010 by First Take


Acer launches new Aspire laptops

Acer has refreshed its Aspire laptop range to incorporate Intel’s Core range of processors, launched a new Timeline X range and introduced the Aspire Ethos high-end entertainment model.Timeline was launched as a thin-and-light range in 2009 and the new Timeline X is a redesigned version of this incorporating the latest mobile Core CPUs (i3-330M up to i7-620M), beefing up the processing power from the current Core 2 models.

April 12, 2010 by First Take


Drobo goes NAS

Marketed as “storage that manages itself”, Data Robotics has carved a niche for its RAID protected Drobo products, primarily amongst creative professionals looking to plug extra storage into Apple Mac and Windows PCs. Now it’s hoping to widen that appeal by adding support for network sharing onto its new Drobo FS appliance.

April 8, 2010 by First Take