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PaperLater: would you pay to print the internet?

Monday, June 16th, 2014

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The internet is amazing: it’s home to nasty trolls, silly cat photos, and the MailOnline, but it’s so stuffed full of wonderful things that it’s impossible to read it all.

There are — of course — apps to help. By letting me quickly save stories to read later, Pocket has changed my life (and I’m not prone to exaggeration). Install the bookmark in your browser and connect the app to Twitter, and with a quick click you can save the stories behind interesting links to your phone to read offline later, such as when commuting or bored waiting for someone.

Now, PaperLater has taken this a step further. Your saved stories are printed on actual newsprint, which is delivered to your door like your own personal newspaper. It’s printing the internet.

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Hello Cortana, it’s nice to meet you

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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Microsoft made great play of Cortana when it announced the Windows Phone 8.1 update at Build at the beginning of April. Cortana is Microsoft’s answer to Siri and Google Now — a voice-activated “personal digital assistant” for the Windows Phone operating system.

Predictably, great things are promised of this new technology. It’s based on Bing and the TellMe voice technology acquired by Microsoft in 2007, and according to Windows Phone vice-president Joe Belfiore it will be “the only digital assistant that gets to know you, builds a relationship that you can trust, and gets better over time by asking questions based on your behavior and checking in with you before she assumes you’re interested in something”.

Over the past couple of days we’ve been getting to know Cortana to find out if Microsoft’s boasts have any grounding in reality. (more…)

Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 review: first look

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

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Asus yanked the covers off a stack of new laptops, tablets and smartphones at today’s CES 2014 press conference in Las Vegas. Out of them all, one product stood out: the Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300, which seamlessly combines Windows 8.1 and Android, and swaps between the two in a matter of seconds.

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet review: first look

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

DSC09372Under the jubilant “#betterway” hashtag, Lenovo has revealed its latest brainchild, the Yoga Tablet, in synchronised events in Los Angeles and Milan.

Running a lightly customised version of Android 4.2.2 and coming in 8in and 10in variants, the Yoga Tablet resembles nothing so much as an oversized Apple Magic Trackpad. Across most of the screen area it’s an exceptionally slim 3mm deep, but with a cylindrical protrusion of around 8mm bulging out along one edge.

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HP ZBook 15 and HP ZBook 17 review: first look

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

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HP’s Z Series family of desktop workstations and monitors – not forgetting the brilliant Z1 – have welcomed three new mobile members into the fold. Stepping in above the existing EliteBook range, the ZBook line-up crams workstation-class performance and ISV-certification into a trio of 14in, 15.6in and 17.3in laptops.

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HP Chromebook 11 review: first look

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

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Meet the Chromebook family’s newest arrival – the HP Chromebook 11. With an 11.6in chassis, an IPS screen and a dual-core ARM processor, this £229 Chrome OS device is hoping to tempt buyers away from budget Windows 8 laptops.

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Photoshop’s new Generator tool: first look

Monday, September 9th, 2013

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Just a few months after the initial release of Photoshop CC, Adobe is rolling out its first major feature upgrade. In Adobe’s words, the new Generator tool provides “real-time asset generation”. That is to say, its basic function is to produce and maintain web-friendly versions of your graphics.

For example, let’s say you’ve designed a set of icons as PSD files, making generous use of layer effects, text, masks and so forth. Traditionally, if you wanted to use these online you’d need to drop by the Save for Web dialogue to export a PNG or JPEG copy of each one – and update this copy each time you made a change to the originals.

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Reasons why smartwatches’ time will come

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

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Last night, Samsung unveiled its Galaxy Gear watch; and the general response was “meh”. Friends, colleagues and PC Pro commenters all seem to have quickly concluded that the device is a gimmicky, impractical gadget.

To which I say, hold on. The “smartwatch” idea is a pretty new one, and such ideas can take a while to show their full potential. My initial reaction to the original iPad was decidedly dismissive; even the first-generation iPhone attracted plenty of doubt, and not just from me. Yet as Apple iterated the hardware and invested in the software, we shortly all came to realise that actually these gadgets were just what our lives had been missing all along.

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Google Nexus 7 (2013) review: first look

Friday, August 9th, 2013

DSC05389We’ve been itching to get our hands on the new, improved Google Nexus 7, and last night’s Asus event gave us our first hands-on time with Google’s updated 7in tablet. But if you’re expecting just another budget compact, you may be surprised: the new Nexus 7 is slimmer, lighter, sexier and equipped with a Retina-beating 323ppi display. Google clearly has its sights set on the more luxurious end of the market.

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra review: first look

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Sony Xperia Z UltraISO 800Giant smartphones have become a common sight at press launches of late, and the latest to hit the scene is the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. We had the chance to try one out at an event in London today, and first impressions are that it’s a serious contender.

For starters, Sony reckons it’s the slimmest big smartphone on the market. We’re not going to disagree: the Ultra is just 6.5mm thick, yet despite the dimensions, there was no hint of weakness across its aluminium frame and glass rear. It’s a remarkably sturdy piece of kit, and Sony hasn’t just concentrated on making its latest Xperia feel solid – it’s comfortable to hold, too. The brushed aluminium borders aren’t quite as angular as the original Xperia Z, and don’t dig into your palm in quite the same way. Its 212g weight is high for a smartphone, but then we’d expect a little bit of extra heft for a device this big.

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