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First Take: BlackBerry Pearl 3G and Mobile Voice 5

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 in Reviews

Goodbye SpinVox, Hello VoxSciences

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 in Reviews

Try this new Red Hat for size

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 in Reviews

FizzbookSpin: Intel's latest Classmate

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 in Reviews

Gateway launches business desktops

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 in Reviews

Acer launches new Aspire laptops

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 in Reviews

Drobo goes NAS

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 in Reviews

Vexia Econav 480 UK and Ireland

Vexia Econav 480 UK and Ireland

Satnav devices have to work hard to grab the attention these days. There are lots on the market, at different pricepoints from different vendors, and catching the eye of a possible purchaser is increasingly tricky.

April 7, 2010 by in Reviews

Silverlight 4 RC

Silverlight 4 RC

Microsoft's Silverlight started out as a Flash competitor, but has evolved into a cross-platform way of delivering .NET and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) applications both in and out the browser.

March 18, 2010 by in Reviews

Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview

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 in Reviews

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