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Office for iPad: key information

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Word for iPadMicrosoft CEO Satya Nadella, in his first appearance since taking over the top job, has confirmed that the company will shortly release a native version of its Office suite for the iPad, as well as updating Office for Mac. Some have called the decision a gamble for Microsoft, while others have seen it as a positive step. Here’s what you need to know. (more…)

HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: 2014’s big-hitters compared

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8

We now have full details of  the major Android phones of the year: the Samsung Galaxy S5, which was announced out at MWC in Barcelona in February, and the HTC One M8, just launched at events in London and New York. The big question is, how do they stack up against one another?

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Kittens and six other web revelations from Tim Berners-Lee

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

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The web turned 25 yesterday. Well, sort of — it was the 25th anniversary of Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s original paper outlining the principles of the web, but let’s roll with it.

To celebrate this first milestone, Berners-Lee was all over the web, giving interviews, posting videos and even taking part in a Reddit Ask Me Anything session. As someone with a massive professional crush on the man — I once dodged a PR and vaulted a chair to shake his hand; I think I alarmed him — I’ve read through every one of his AMA posts. Here’s a collection of the web creator’s best revelations from the Q&A session.

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Why Apple can’t be insanely great after Steve Jobs

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Steve_JobsMy very last session at SXSW was arguably the most interesting, with Geoffrey Fowler from the Wall Street Journal interviewing journalist-turned-author Yukari Iwatani Kane. Her new book, Haunted Empire, charts what life is like at Apple in the shadow of Steve Jobs.

What became incredibly clear during her talk is that the company can never be the same again — and nor should it try to be. Here, I try to explain why. (more…)

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The 5 most interesting UK businesses at SXSW

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

SupaPass trimmedFrom data analytics to social media, the full gamut of British technology companies is on show at SXSW Interactive. They’re here to strike new partnerships, find new investors or simply see what’s going on at the world’s biggest meeting of technology minds. Here, we shine the light on five diverse businesses…

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Eric Schmidt on the double-edged smartphone: friend and foe

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Schmdit at SXSW 2014SXSW Interactive is a strange place, attracting all the greatest tech minds to the city of Austin in Texas. The result is a lot of over-excited people getting over-excited about new ideas, most of which will disappear in a puff of over-excited smoke, and it’s also a chance for big companies to push their message to a watching world. (more…)

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Sony Xperia Z2 review: first look

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Sony Xperia Z2Sony has carved out a niche for itself over the past couple of years with its waterproof range of smartphones; its latest flagship, the Sony Xperia Z2, builds on that position of strength. Like the Samsung Galaxy S5, however, it doesn’t deliver anything particularly radical, with Sony preferring to make smaller, evolutionary changes over its predecessor, the Xperia Z1.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 review: first look

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Samsung Gear 2

Samsung’s assault on wearable technology has continued at this year’s MWC conference in Barcelona, with the launch of three new wrist-bound devices.

The Samsung Gear 2 – the successor to the Samsung Galaxy Gear – is the most fully featured of the bunch, benefitting from a new design, along with a completely revamped software platform. The Gear 2 no longer sports Android, but Tizen – an open-source, HTML 5-based operating system designed specifically for wearable devices.

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Nokia X review: first look

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Nokia X

The Nokia X – alongside its siblings the X+ and XL – is perhaps the oddest product the Finnish mobile phone manufacturer has released in recent times. It’s Nokia’s very first Android handset, yet it arrives only a few months after the announcement that Microsoft had bought the company.

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Censorship by copyright: Myles Powers and abuse of DMCA takedowns

Monday, February 17th, 2014

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One of the problems inherent in any form of censorship — even censorship that’s valid in the first place — is function creep.

Come up with a clever way to block illegal images of child sexual abuse, and someone will want to use it to block piracy websites, and so on. Force ISPs to install parental-control filters, and soon the infrastructure is being used to block extremist videos and other “harmful content”. And so on. It’s all well-intentioned, but censorship with good intentions can still go wrong.

Here’s one such example. The wonderfully named Myles Power is a science blogger from Middlesbrough. His website features oodles of educational YouTube videos, from how to extract DNA from strawberries to making a basic jet engine at home.

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