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Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview

The IE9 Platform Preview isn't a beta release of the next Internet Explorer browser; in many ways it's not a full browser and you certainly wouldn't want to use it for your day to day browsing (and Microsoft doesn't want you to). There's no address bar, no back button, no tabs, no favourites, no error messages if pages don't load and none of the usual browser tools, including no malware protection.

March 17, 2010 by First Take

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Dell Vostro V13 notebook

Dell’s Vostro range is aimed at smaller businesses, and the V13 is a 13.3-inch screened model that is both thin and light.

March 4, 2010 by First Take

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RIM BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express

Announced at MWC in Barcelona, and now available for free download, BES Express takes the familiar enterprise-grade BlackBerry server, lops off a few features and delivers a surprisingly capable small business mobile email solution. The one thing about BES Express that isn’t Express is the download.

March 1, 2010 by First Take

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Undercover laptop sleeve

One of the problems with carrying a laptop around with you is that it looks like a valuable laptop, and a laptop bag or sleeve doesn't disguise it much. The Undercover laptop sleeve gives your notebook a place to hide; it looks like a padded mailing envelope complete with label, stamp, postmark, return address, delivery instructions, creases and all.

February 26, 2010 by First Take

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Kerio wants to connect

According to developer Kerio Technologies, its small business MailServer product does a lot more than just email. It’s also big on collaboration, connecting together colleagues and business partners to share information and develop new ideas, whether in the office, on the road or at home.

February 24, 2010 by First Take

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Toshiba Dynadock and StorE

When you think Toshiba, you think notebooks (and TVs), but the company is also doing a thriving line in accessories. Its Dynadock U10 universal docking station is already the best-selling USB docking station on the market, says Toshiba storage business manager Graeme Simons (especially in the public sector where purchasing switches between different notebook brands and models frequently, so dedicated docking stations just don’t work).

February 19, 2010 by First Take

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Toshiba Satellite Pro T110

Netbooks are here to stay, says Toshiba, accounting for 15-20% of all their notebook sales – but those who want something ultraportable with a bit more power, it’s introducing the Satellite Pro T110. A year ago the cheapest ultraportables were around £1,000; the T110 weighs in at 1.

February 18, 2010 by First Take

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Windows Phone 7 Series

Microsoft has finally made the official announcement about the next version of Windows Mobile – Windows Phone 7 Series – but there’s a long list of questions that Microsoft says it won’t answer until the MIX conference in March. In the meantime, here’s what we do know about the phones that will be on sale for ‘the holiday season’ (which to US companies starts in October or November).

February 16, 2010 by First Take

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Samsung N210 netbook

Samsung’s N210 netbook is one of the new breed. By which we mean that it offers up to 12 hours of battery life, according to the marketing blurb.

February 12, 2010 by First Take

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