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Tech to avoid

Tech to avoid

Tempted as I am to throw handfuls of cash at some companies in exchange for stuff – "Shut up and take my money!" – there's tech out there that I suggest steering clear of for one reason or another.

published August 11, 2014 by

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WW1 tech still in use today

WW1 tech still in use today

Lots of the high tech gadgets and ideas we use today were developed for use in the Great War one hundred years ago. We round up the greatest technology inventions of WW1 which are still in use.

published August 7, 2014 by

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7 must-have tech travel accessories

7 must-have tech travel accessories

I'm planning a road trip for next month that will see me roaming some of the wildest parts of Scotland in search of haggis, fine malts, Nessie, and a midge repellent that works. Since this tour will take me to some wild places, I want to make sure that I'm kitted out so I can stay on the grid.

published July 11, 2014 by

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iPod Nano gets new features

At Apple's headquarters, Apple's senior vice president of marketing, Philip Schiller, unveils new iPod Nano features, including a new multitouch icon screen, new sensors for runners, and the ability to wear the device as a watch. The Nano comes in 7 colors, in an 8GB version for $129 and a 16GB version for $149.

published October 4, 2011 by

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Intel, Google partner on optimized Android phones

At the Intel Developer Forum, Google announced it is teaming up with the chipmaker to optimize Android for Intel-powered mobile devices. Google Senior Vice President Andy Rubin made an appearance during the keynote address with Intel CEO Paul Otellini to announce that all future versions of Android will use the x86 chip architecture.

published September 13, 2011 by

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Intel's Otellini talks up Ultrabooks

At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Intel CEO Paul Otellini discusses Intel’s notebook venture as the “most satisfying and complete computer experience” ever with a sleeker and lighter design and a long battery life at mainstream prices. The first Ultrabooks have already started shipping from select partners and more will be on the way by the holiday season this year.

published September 13, 2011 by

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Steve Jobs retrospective

Steve Jobs stepping down as CEO of Apple marks the end of an era. Come with us on a journey through the ups and downs of his career. From the development of the first Mac in 1984 to the unveiling of the iPhone and iPad, Jobs has changed the face of an industry.

published August 24, 2011 by

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Steve Jobs' one more thing: iTunes Match

At the WWDC conference in San Francisco, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveils iTunes Match, part of the company's new iCloud service. For a $24.99 annual fee, users can use iTunes Match to scan their music library for non-iTunes purchased songs. Apple then provides a DRM-free file of those songs for access from iCloud.

published June 6, 2011 by

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Acer Iconia Tab A510

Acer Iconia Tab A510

Acer's Olympics-branded Iconia Tab A510 isn't the most eye-catching of Android 4.0 tablets, but it does have a quad-core processor, a useful software bundle and above-average battery life. Business users may prefer the Asus Transformer Pad TF300T for its keyboard dock.

published June 27, 2012 by

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Toshiba Satellite Pro C850-10N

Toshiba Satellite Pro C850-10N

The Satellite Pro C850-10N delivers decent performance at a reasonable price. The keyboard flex is a concern, but build quality is generally robust. Overall, it's a good basic business workhorse.

published May 29, 2012 by

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Asus Transformer Pad TF300T

Asus Transformer Pad TF300T

The Transformer Pad implements a number of cost-saving measures and consequently lacks the sparkle of the Eee Pad Transformer Prime. Still, the Pad is significantly cheaper than the Prime, so you may well be prepared to accept the trade-off.

published May 22, 2012 by

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Dell PowerEdge T320

Dell PowerEdge T320

Dell has done a lot more than simply upgrade the PowerEdge T320 to the new Xeon E5-2400 processor. Memory and storage also get a huge boost, and there's optional iDRAC 7 management and an embedded hypervisor option, making this a real SME power platform.

published May 14, 2012 by

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Dell Vostro 3555

Dell Vostro 3555

Despite a number of drawbacks, the Vostro 3555 could be a good buy if you're looking for a low-cost business workhorse. It's also the first business notebook we've seen with three USB 3.0 ports.

published May 8, 2012 by

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Toshiba AT200

Toshiba AT200

Toshiba's AT200 impresses with its slimline design and light weight, but better value for money is available elsewhere. For example, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime — complete with keyboard, Android 4.0 and quad-core processor — can currently be had for a similar outlay.

published May 1, 2012 by

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Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook

Dell's XPS 13 Ultrabook looks stunning, and has a good keyboard. However it's short on ports and connectors, and the display's resolution and vertical viewing angles could be better.

published April 3, 2012 by

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NComputing M300

NComputing M300

NComputing's M300 thin client/virtual desktop infrastructure solution is straightforward to set up and manage, and also extremely cost-effective. Schools, small businesses or other budget-strapped organisations should consider putting spare desktop PCs or servers to work hosting this well-designed VDI system.

published March 28, 2012 by

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Dell Latitude XT3 Tablet PC

Dell Latitude XT3 Tablet PC

Dell's convertible Latitude XT3 tablet has some neat features and a good choice of configurations. However, it lacks USB 3.0 and an optical drive, battery life is disappointing and it's relatively heavy for a 13.3in. notebook. As a result, we'd hesitate to recommend it for everyday use.

published March 20, 2012 by

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Lenovo ThinkPad T420s

Lenovo ThinkPad T420s

Much of this ThinkPad's design — and particularly the excellent keyboard — is traditional, but it packs plenty of up-to-date specs too: Core i7 CPU, hybrid discrete/integrated graphics, solid-state drive, USB 3.0 and a high-quality multimedia subsystem. All this makes for an expensive notebook, but it's one we're happy to recommend.

published March 15, 2012 by

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HP EliteBook 8560w Mobile Workstation

HP EliteBook 8560w Mobile Workstation

The EliteBook 8560w is a well-built 15.6in. mobile workstation that can be configured with top-notch components, making it ideal for CPU-, GPU- and memory-intensive workloads. It's not especially portable, though, and battery life is among its least impressive features.

published March 13, 2012 by

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Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 91z

Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 91z

The ThinkCentre Edge 91z performs well, although a discrete GPU option would be welcome for graphically demanding workloads. We'd also appreciate dual-band Wi-Fi, USB 3.0 support, a less glossy screen, a slot-loading optical drive and a better keyboard.

published March 7, 2012 by

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HP Folio 13-2000

HP Folio 13-2000

The HP Folio 13 is a neatly designed business ultrabook that's solidly built and has a comfortable keyboard. However, there are only two USB ports, the screen is unimpressive and storage capacity is limited.

published February 28, 2012 by

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Dell Precision M6600

Dell Precision M6600

The Precision M6600 is a hefty investment and it won't win points for elegance. However, this is a solid and highly configurable mobile workstation that should perform well with a wide range of demanding workloads.

published February 15, 2012 by

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HP Slate 2 Review

HP Slate 2 Review

HP's Slate 2 is a neat and compact 8.9in. Windows 7 tablet, although it's short of CPU muscle and has limited internal storage capacity. We'd prefer mobile broadband as standard rather than optional, while battery life could be better.

published February 13, 2012 by

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