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Netbooks, Apple goodies, vintage kit and a futuristic datacentre

Photos of the month - September 2009
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By Nick Heath, Contributor on
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Photos of the month - September 2009

Bonhams previewed some vintage tech last month as the London auctioneer prepared to put a selection of classic hardware under the hammer.

The sale includes Sinclair computers such as the ZX81 machine and a ZX Spectrum 48K extension shown here.

You can explore more of the classic machines in this walkthrough of the sale.

Photo credit: Bonhams

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With a bewildering array of netbooks on sale, September saw silicon.com produce the definitive guide to the best machines around.

This Asus Eee PC 1008HA, known as the Seashell, takes inspiration from Mother Nature for its looks and weighs in at 1.1kg.

To discover which netbooks should be in your stocking this Christmas, click here.

Photo credit: Asus

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This prototype medical device was developed by Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, part of the University of Pisa in Italy.

The device, which is designed to swim around the stomach to investigate any problems via remote control, was on show as part of an exhibition on medical robots at London Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Jump into more next-gen medical tech pictures here.

Photo credit: Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna

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Computer giant IBM opened the doors to a datacentre showcasing the latest in green technology last month.

On the far right you can see the back door heat exchanger designed for its high end iDataplex server system called Cool Blue. The system circulates cold water through the door to lower the temperature of heat coming from the servers' fans.

See more of the latest green tech in the story here.

Photo credit: Martin LaMonica/CNET News

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The Cliq, the first Google Android handset produced by Motorola, was unveiled in September.

The phone, which will be available through T-Mobile in the US later this year, features a 3.1 inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen with a 320 x 480 pixel resolution.

See more of the Motorola Cliq here.

Photo credit: Josh Miller/CNET

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The tech press were excited to see the return of Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the company's annual launch event in September.

Apple used the event to announce the release of the new OS 3.1 for both the latest iPhone and iPod Touch.

See more shots from the Apple shindig here.

Photo credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET

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Last month saw work get underway on restoring what will be the world's oldest working stored program electronic computer.

The Witch machine (shown here) is being restored by volunteers at The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park.

Learn more about the computer, first used in 1951 for atomic research, here.

Photo credit: Wolverhampton Express and Star

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Technology start-ups from Cambridge unveiled their hottest gadgets at the Diving with Dolphins exhibition last month.

On show was this software for mobile phones which checks whether a banking transaction is genuine.

Security firm Cronto designed the software to stop fraudsters from using Trojans to hijack a person's web browser and trick them into authorising a fake transaction.

Discover more tech from the brightest firms in the UK's Silicon Valley here.

Photo credit: Nick Heath/silicon.com

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Chip manufacturer Intel unveiled the latest technology from its R&D labs at the Intel Developer Forum.

CEO Paul Otellini showed off Intel's first wafer of silicon chips made with a new 22-nanometre manufacturing process.

Enjoy more visions of Intel's future here.

Photo credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET

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Business training got a lot more exciting last month with the release of an online game called INNOV8 2.0.

The game casts players as a business consultant tasked with helping turn around the struggling corporation After Inc.

Get stuck into more shots of INNOV8 in action here.

Photo credit: IBM

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At the RSA's Anti-Fraud Command Centre (AFCC) in Herzelia, Israel, the war against phishing and Trojan sites 24 hours per day.

The firm scours the net searching for threats to its customers, which include a selection of Britain's high street banks.

Explore more of the RSA AFCC here.

Photo credit: Nick Heath/silicon.com

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With its latest version of its iPod Nano music player, Apple added the ability to take video shots for the first time.

See more shots of the redesigned Nano here.

Photo credit: Apple

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September saw the US Army honour the gadgets that keep its soldiers fighting fit on the battlefield.

This surveillance-orientated OSRVT A-kit was among the gear recognised by the force in the Top 10 Greatest Inventions of 2008 awards, which you can see more of here. According to the Army, the kit allows soldiers to exit vehicles faster and more safely in the case of an emergency and enhances "situational awareness".

Here, a pair of GIs set up one of the remote video terminals in an exercise at Fort Dix, New Jersey, in 2008.

Photo credit: US Army via Flickr.com under the following Creative Commons licence

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Superfast fibre broadband connections are available in London's Muswell Hill as part of a pilot of the technology.

BT has set up a shop to promote the uses of the service where it is showing off this TV system that allows viewers to explore a 360-view of a street scene, including the ability to zoom in and out. The technology is being considered for use at the Olympics.

Find out more information about the next-gen service here.

Photo credit: Natasha Lomas/silicon.com

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silicon.com sister site ZDNet.com.au decided to upgrade from Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard to OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

Click here to see more screenshots of the installation of Apple's latest Mac OS X.

Photo credit: Chris Duckett/ZDNet.com.au

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Palm chose September to unveil its new WebOS device, the Palm Pixi.

The smartphone offers wi-fi, Bluetooth and 8GB memory but, unfortunately, no expansion capabilities.

Discover more pictures of the Palm Pixi here.

Photo credit: Palm

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These women helped crack the codes used by the Nazis to protect their communications during the Second World War.

They were among a gathering of more than 100 veteran codebreakers who last month returned to Bletchley Park, the site where the British began work to decipher German military codes in 1939.

See more pictures of the reunion event here.

Photo credit: Bletchley Park

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September also saw more handsets released, this time from phone giants Nokia and Sony Ericsson.

This handset pictured above is Sony Ericsson's Xperia X2, a business-orientated smartphone that runs on Windows Mobile 6.5.

See more pictures of Nokia and Sony Ericsson's latest devices here.

Photo credit: Sony Ericsson

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