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October 29, 2014 by

How the Surface Pro 3 changed the way I work

For the first time in 20 years, I don't own a conventional clamshell laptop PC. The Surface Pro 3 has taken over all the functions that I used to need a laptop for, and it makes an excellent tablet, too. Here's how I use this device in PC and tablet modes.

May 7, 2012 by

How much do DVD and digital media playback features really cost?

The amounts required to license digital media decoders on Windows PCs seem like chump change. But multiply those pennies times hundreds of millions of PCs, and the bill for Microsoft and its PC OEM partners could be as much as $800 million per year. Who pays, and who gets paid?

February 10, 2012 by

A tale of two distros: Ubuntu and Linux Mint

Linux Mint's recent climb to the top of the DistroWatch rankings and strong reactions to Ubuntu's Unity shell have led to speculation that Ubuntu's glory days could be over. We examine these two popular distros to see where they came from, where they stand and where they may be headed.

January 10, 2012 by

CES 2012: Sony launches Android Z1000 MP3 player

The market for MP3 players is a tough one, because it's dominated by Apple's iPod range, and also because it's a declining market, as more users opt to listen to music on their mobile phones. However, having produced a high-end Android smartphone in the shape of the Xperia S, Sony has followed up with the Android-based Z1000 touch-screen MP3 player, which was launched in September in Japan.

January 5, 2012 by

Replacing Proprietary Windows Software with GNU/Linux

I've written recently about main points on migrating from Windows to GNU/Linux. Those reasons included one which pertains to the software included with the GNU/Linux distributions, and replacing those proprietary products with those on GNU/Linux that you will never need to re-buy or pay upgrades for again in the future.

February 22, 2011 by

Music industry negotiating over 24-bit downloads

For hi-fi fans, the most depressing aspect of the digital music revolution has been the reduction in sound quality. Just when we were hoping to get better-than-CD quality sound from disc formats such as Sony's Super Audio CD (SACD) or DVD-Audio, we were hit with the double whammy of low bit-rate MP3 files and, sometimes worse, the UK's low bit-rate DAB digital radio.

July 12, 2010

Iriver WiFi Story

Launched last year, the Iriver Story e-book reader was generally praised for its Kindle-like features, but it lacked any form of network connectivity. The new Iriver WiFi Story, launched in partnership with high-street stationer WH Smith, remedies this by adding an 802.

May 2, 2010 by

Ogg versus the world: don't fall for open-source FUD

Big corporations no longer have a monopoly on fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD). While researching the current battle over HTML5 media formats, I’ve discovered that open-source advocates are just as capable of spreading FUD and outright lies in trying to sell their point of view. Here's the proof.

March 4, 2010 by

Amazon Kindle DX Global Wireless Edition

The Kindle DX is too large to carry comfortably, and Amazon has made very little effort to customise it for the UK market. We like the ability to download content over the air, but otherwise prefer e-book readers that eschew the bells and whistles.

January 27, 2010 by

What's inside the iPad and what it can do

The 0.5-inch thick device, which weighs 1.5 lbs., is intended to be used for web browsing, e-mail, photos, video, music, games and e-books -- pretty much everything that its pint-sized cousin the iPod touch can do, only bigger.


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