The 101 best iPhone apps in the world today

Andy Merrett iPhone, Software 96 Comments

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In celebration of the App Store turning one this weekend, and in an attempt to try to prove to Dan that it’s not a load of novelty nonsense, I now present to you the 101 best iPhone apps in the world today.

Quite some claim, huh? I know that one of your favourites won’t be listed here, and you’ll be shocked, appalled or just mildly ticked off that I’ve dared to include X or Y by Company Z, but there you go — that’s lists for you…

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Ten great reasons to switch to OS X

Andy Merrett Computers, OS X Leopard, Top tens 1 Comment

What? Hasn’t the OS X versus Windows debate died out yet?

‘fraid not, and it’s not likely to either.

So, without further ado, here are ten superb reasons why you should switch to Mac OS X.

1. Manage your windows better

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No, not that Windows (though it’s worth noting that you can still run Windows applications on a Mac with the right bit of software).

One of the biggest headaches on any computer desktop is the number of application windows you have to manage all the time.

Sure, there’s a minimise feature and you can always close windows you no longer need, but Mac OS X has some very elegant ways of managing the clutter of multiple windows with just a few keystrokes.

There’s Exposé which shows you all the windows you have open and lets you switch easily between them (you can even drag and drop items between windows this way) or alternatively clears everything out of the way so you can see the desktop behind.

Combine this with Spaces which lets you have multiple virtual desktops and you have a very slick window management system that makes it easier to accomplish tasks rather than wrestling with windows.

Sure, Windows can do some of this, but not as well…

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10 full HD camcorders you can actually afford

Andy Merrett Camcorders, Gallery, Top tens Leave a Comment

Consumer camcorder technology has come on in leaps and bounds in the past couple of years, as evidenced by the number of high definition models we’ve reviewed on Tech Digest.

All that technology doesn’t necessarily come cheap, though. Is it possible to get full HD on a fairly modest (sub-£500) budget?

Here are ten 1080p-capable camcorders that offer you a way in to high definition film-making.

Click on the image below to start the tour.

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25 Camping Gadgets you really should have

Andy Merrett Gadgets, Travel Gadgets 3 Comments

The British camping season is now truly upon us, offering inexpensive holidays under canvas.

Here are 25 bits of kit that will make your life a lot easier, whether you’re cooking, foraging, hiking, or relaxing under the stars.

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1. Tent

It goes without saying that you’ll need a decent tent if you’re planning on sleeping in a field.

My personal favourites are Khyam tents. They come in a wide range of sizes and styles and are generally quick and easy to erect. You may pay a bit more but you can usually find them on special offer, and they’ll last a long time…

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UPDATE: 3 releases 80,000 names and addresses on its website

Duncan Geere Computer Security 1 Comment

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Mobile phone network 3 is in trouble today after an enterprising chap called ‘Dan’ (no relation to our Dan) stumbled across 79,035 names and addresses on their website. 3 rapidly took the list down.

Names and addresses aren’t exactly confidential – they’re available in the phone book – but most curiously of all, 3 claims that less than five percent of the info comes from 3 customers. That raises the rather thorny question of who the hell the rest of them are.

Any ideas? Drop us a tweet at @techdigest with your suggestions as to who these people might be.

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T-Mobile announces Android Market applications available at launch

Duncan Geere Mobile phones, Software 2 Comments

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One of the features of T-Mobile’s Android-powered G1 device will be “Android Market” – a place where you can download third-party applications for the device, much like the iTunes App Store. T-Mobile has just released a list of the applications that’ll be available at launch, and we’ve got hold of it…

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Think Apple/Microsoft is the world's number one brand? It's Google…

Katherine Hannaford Internet Leave a Comment

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Perpetually in the top ten most powerful brands list, Google has knocked off Microsoft on at least one of them, according to the research company Millward Brown.

They’re claiming Google is worthy of being placed in their top 100 global brand power list, or ‘BrandZ’ list, due to a 30% annual increase in its value, estimated to be $86billion, (£43billion)…

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Quit waiting around for the hoverboard, jump on yesterday's dream technology today – MP4 video watches

Katherine Hannaford Apparel, Personal video players, Top tens 2 Comments

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MP4 watches! It’s basically the technology we thought we’d be using by now, back in 1996. “Imagine the day you can – how’s this for laughs, Doogie – watch video on your wristwatch! Oh man, imagine that! Porn on your wrist!”

Porn, indeed. Feast your eyes on these seven contraptions that will not only give your wrist a strange sweaty odor when you take it off each night, but allow you to watch MP4s on the move as well. Oh, and tell the time too I suppose

1.) Firebox watch (top left) – with 2GB of storage capacity, not only can you watch movies on its 1.5″ 260K OLED screen, but also listen to MP3s and view photos. Charging is completed by plugging the watch into your USB slot on your PC, giving you eight hours of video playback. £59.95.

2.) Vavolo watch (middle left) – as with the Firebox watch, it’s got 2GB of memory, and allows for video playback and photo-viewing on the 128 x 128 pixel screen. MP3 and WMA playback is also a feature, as is digital recording. $99.99…

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Tim Berners-Lee tops "tech influencer" chart… but more importantly, Jobs beats Gates!

Andy Merrett Computers, Internet Leave a Comment

tim_berners-lee_photo.jpgThe widely acknowledged founder of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, has been named as the most influential person in technology over the past 150 years for his impact on society and groundbreaking technology.

Intel invited a panel of experts to vote on the world’s 45 most influential technologists, and came up with some interesting results.

Following Sir Tim come the two founders of Google, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, in second and third places. In fourth place is Gugilelmo Marconi, inventor of the radiotelegraph system, and in fifth place, Jack Kilby, inventor of the integrated circuit and calculator.

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Top 20 list of young internet millionaires dubious, yet still tempting

Katherine Hannaford Internet 4 Comments

young-millionaires.jpgHey gals! And potentially boys! Fancy snagging yourself an internet-famous millionaire? We’re not just talking crusty has-beens like Al Gore either, we’re talking hot, sweet, under-30 year olds who still have their own teeth.

Although Jake Nickell from Threadless is on the list, so I may have to retract that last claim, he’s surely been wearing falsies for years now due to their incredibly slow international postage and lots of angry customers.

Ryan Block, Editor of Engadget (#11 on the list) however has claimed…

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