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Obsolete tech 1: Communications

Obsolete tech 1: Communications

There have been many technological inventions that have either failed or have been superseded by better innovations. Here we take a look at communications technologies that made it – and those that crashed and burned.

published August 21, 2014 by

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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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Google reveals first Chromebooks

At the company’s developers conference in San Francisco, Google's Sundar Pichai announces the first Chromebook laptops. Samsung and Acer will each be offering machines starting June 15. The Samsung Chromebook will cost $429 for the Wi-Fi only version and $499 for the 3G version. Acer's Wi-Fi only Chromebook will cost $349.

published May 11, 2011 by

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Apple's Steve Jobs unveils iPad 2

Despite being on medical leave, Apple CEO Steve Jobs steps back in the spotlight to show off the 2nd generation of the iPad tablet. Shipping on March 11, the thinner, lighter iPad 2 is also faster, and it comes with two cameras.

published March 2, 2011 by

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eBay to build its own private cloud

At the RSA 2011 conference here in San Francisco, technology futurist Paul Saffo talks to eBay's chief security information officer about how the company's intent on building an eBay version in the cloud to handle its growth. The private cloud will have the ability to run in its own data center or with a third-party data center.

published February 18, 2011 by

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RSA chief puts his trust in the cloud

At the RSA 2011 conference in San Francisco, RSA Chief Art Coviello talks about various cloud computing challenges businesses face today. He says companies need to start leveraging virtualization technologies to help establish control and visibility over clouds.

published February 15, 2011 by

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HP unveils TouchPad tablet

At Hewlett-Packard's event in San Francisco today, Senior Vice President and GM Jon Rubinstein shows off the company's long-awaited tablet. Running WebOS, the TouchPad features a 9.7-inch screen and is designed to work in conjunction with the company's WebOS-based smartphones.

published February 9, 2011 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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Toshiba Portégé Z830-10P

Toshiba Portégé Z830-10P

The Portégé Z830 is an impressive business ultrabook. Apart from the amount of flex in the lid, we like the slimline design and thoughtful ergonomics. Not everyone will appreciate the connectors on the back edge, though, and we'd have liked access to the battery.

published January 19, 2012 by

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Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101

Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101

The slide-out keyboard is the Android-based Eee Pad Slider SL101's key feature, and it's probably the make-or-break feature if you're considering a purchase. We'd choose the Slider's Transformer stablemate, but it's nice to have the choice.

published November 24, 2011 by

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Motion Computing CL900

Motion Computing CL900

The vertical market-oriented Motion CL900 is quite heavy, but the trade-off is a rugged build quality that's absent from run-of-the-mill Windows 7 tablets. Lack of performance may be an issue for some potential buyers, but battery life is good and there are plenty of useful accessories on offer.

published October 31, 2011 by

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HP ProBook 5330m

HP ProBook 5330m

HP's ProBook 5330m is nicely made, with a responsive keyboard, integrated mobile broadband and generally good performance. We'd have liked it even more with an optical drive, USB 3.0 and better battery life.

published October 27, 2011 by

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Lenovo ThinkPad X121e

Lenovo ThinkPad X121e

This 11.6in. ultraportable features the usual impressive ThinkPad build quality and exemplary keyboard. If you're seeking a small, portable and relatively affordable notebook and don't mind the absence of an optical drive, the ThinkPad X121e is well worth considering.

published October 21, 2011 by

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Fujitsu ScanSnap N1800

Fujitsu ScanSnap N1800

The ScanSnap N1800 provides an efficient central scanning resource for workgroups. The built-in autofeed and generally automated settings make it very easy to use once the administrative setup is complete.

published October 13, 2011 by

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Asus U46SV

Asus U46SV

The Asus U46SV's 14in. screen could be more vibrant and less shiny; the discrete Nvidia GPU doesn't boost graphics performance as much as expected; and there's more flex in the lid than we'd like. This notebook's saving grace, however, is its excellent battery life.

published October 12, 2011 by

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