Huawei Honor 2 revealed, packs 4.5-inch iPhone Retina-matching display

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A new week, a new Huawei smartphone! The Chinese phone maker have just revealed the Huawei Honor 2, and it's looking to sit comfortably among the Android elite if its spec-sheet is anything to go by. For starters, it's packing…

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Apple iPad 2 Launch Event: LIVE from 5.45pm GMT!

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Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny will be live from Apple's glitzy media event at BBC Television Centre this evening, where all the latest announcements straight out of Cupertino will be beamed to a ravenous gang of tech journos. Safe…

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Apple UK store down, UK iPad pricing / network details imminent?

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Take a quick look over at the UK Apple store and you'll see that it's down for maintenance. There's a short message: "We are busy updating the store for you and will be back shortly". Could some new UK iPad…

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Apple to lower iPad price to "remain nimble"?

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One of the most welcome surprises from the Apple iPad launch was its pricing. Where rumours had circulated that the iPad could cost upwards of $1,000, it was a relief when Jobs announced that an entry-level model would cost just…

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Poll: Which UK mobile network should get the iPad? Orange? O2? Vodafone?

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Ever look down at your mobile, see just one bar of 3G coverage, and wonder why you pay the extra cash to even have such dodgy connectivity? With some areas of the UK still receiving woefully poor network coverage, will…

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Apple iPad – Gallery

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Now that the dust has settled after Apple's big iPad reveal, we can sit back and take a nice close look at the tablet. While we're gagging to get our hands on one, for the time being we'll just have…

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Apple's iPad: Everything there is to know so far

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So the speculating and rumour churning is finally over. Apple have finally unveiled their tablet device and it's called the iPad. Much like a giant iPhone, it's, to be honest, more or less exactly how everyone expected it would…

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Amazon makes a terabyte of public data available on its servers

Duncan Geere Internet, Web 2.0 Leave a Comment

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Amazon’s got quite a bit of spare server capacity. In its goal to become the world’s top online retailer, it bought so many servers that it’s now also running a cloud computing business on the side that’s actually rather cheap.

Last night, Amazon announced on its Amazon Web Services blog that it would be making a terabyte of public data available to its cloud computing users, for them to do whatever they like with.

The data includes stats from the US bureau of transportation , an *entire* dump of Wikipedia, the DBPedia knowledgebase (which includes info on 2.6 million people, places, films, albums and companies) and all publicly available DNA sequences, including the entire human genome.

There’s also a bunch of other stuff, and it’s all being made available at lightning-fast speed in machine-readable databases to Amazon’s cloud computing customers. It’ll take a while for the internet to really get to grips with this stuff and use it, but anything that’s about freeing up data and information is wholly supported around here. Three cheers for Amazon.

What would you do with the data? Work out why your trains are always late? Work out how many degrees of link separation a random Wikipedia article has to another? Use the human genome to create a clone army and take over the world? Share your ideas in the comments, and make me your second-in-command as world leader.

Amazon Blog (via ReadWriteWeb)

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Google Maps adds live traffic info for England

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In all honesty, I thought this feature was already active, but then I don’t drive, so what do I know? Nothing, clearly. Anyway. The Google Maps team has added live traffic information to major roads in England. Just England – no Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland just yet.

If you enable this layer on your maps, it’ll tell you what traffic conditions are currently like, as well as predicting what traffic will be like at any particular day and time, based on past conditions. Nice, Google. Now roll out Street View, please.

Google Maps UK

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