HANDS-ON: What do AKG's K3003 £1,000 earphones sound like?

Gerald Lynch Features, Headphones / Earphones, Home audio, Previews, Tech Digest news 6 Comments

Do you remember being a kid and walking past a toy-shop, pressing your nose against the glass and staring longingly at the most expensive LEGO set in the window? That's the memory and feeling that AKG's K3003 earphones inspire in…

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HANDS-ON PREVIEW: Archos G9 8-inch and 10-inch Honeycomb tablets

Gerald Lynch Android, Features, Previews, Tablet, Tech Digest news 1 Comment

Archos unveiled a pair of budget-friendly Android Honeycomb tablets yesterday as they showcased their 8 and 10 inch G9 tablets. We went hands-on with the Archos 80 G9 and 101 G9 at the UK launch event. Available in a number…

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REVIEW: Onkyo CS-545UK hi-fi

Gerald Lynch Features, Hi-Fi Systems, Home audio, Reviews, Tech Digest news Leave a Comment

Name: CS-545UK (Onkyo) Type: Micro hi-fi with iPod dock Specs: Click here for full specs Price: £299 from AV-Land £300 wont buy you an awful lot when it comes to hi-fis these days, but Onkyo have staked a claim…

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REVIEW: Sony Bravia KDL-60LX903 3D TV

Gerald Lynch 3D TV, Features, HDTV, Reviews, Tech Digest news, TVs Leave a Comment

Name: Bravia KDL-60LX903 (Sony) Type: 60" LCD LED Edgelit 3D TV Specs: Click here for full specs Price: £4,449 direct from Sony Whether you buy into it or not, 3D is the future of TV viewing. Each of the…

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Star Wars: The Old Republic – Bounty Hunter screenshot gallery

Gerald Lynch Gallery, Gaming, Previews, Tech Digest news Leave a Comment

Along with a hands-on preview of the latest build of Star Wars: The Old Republic, Bioware this week also handed over a batch of screenshots of the Bounty Hunter class in their ambitious MMORPG, including some-never-before-seen shots. Boba Fett wannabes…

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Star Wars: The Old Republic – Bounty Hunter hands-on preview

Gerald Lynch Features, Gaming, Previews, Tech Digest news 2 Comments

Somewhere a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Bioware have actually gotten around to releasing their highly anticipated Star Wars: The Old Republic MMORPG. While we were left no clearer as to when the game will…

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Average UK broadband speed is 3.6Mbps – and you're probably only getting half the speed you're paying for

Gary Cutlack Broadband, Computers, Internet 1 Comment

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Ofcom, the communications watchdog that’s in charge of making sure everyone’s phones work and no one’s getting ripped off too badly by the ring tone companies, has revealed the results of a massive survey it conducted into the UK broadband scene.

As you might expect, we’re not getting what we pay for – as anyone who spends most of their evenings conducting broadband speed tests and sighing at the results will already know…

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Merry Christmas extremely bored men – Windows 7 beta hits the torrent sites

Gary Cutlack Computers, Intellectual Property, Internet, Software 7 Comments

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If you haven’t already had ENOUGH of BLOODY WINDOWS after having Vista forced down your throat and onto your hard drive, you may now start worrying about driver incompatibilities anew – Windows 7 has been leaked.

The Beta 1 build of the next MS OS, which has been reviewed very favourably by a man here and is scheduled for a much wider beta test early next year – has popped up on Bittorrent for downloading. A good 20,000 or so users are currently nicking Windows 7 off Mininova, with a similar number taking it just because it’s there and is a nice thing to have from The Bay.

Those links are for information purposes only, by the way…

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Government says Phorm is phine – the spying ad software can be rolled out in the UK

Gary Cutlack Broadband, Computers, Intellectual Property, Internet, Software, Web 2.0, Websites 1 Comment

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The UK government has said the incredibly controversial Phorm software can be rolled out in the UK – but users must be told first and allowed to opt-out if they wish.

The Phorm system, which anonymously tracks your internet usage so it can offer you targeted advertising, was secretly tested on a small group of BT users without their knowledge, creating uproar among the sort of people who like to create uproars about privacy issues. The EU then got involved, asking for clarification about the hows and whys of Phorm, thinking that it might be a BAD THING.

So, the UK government investigated and has decided it’s OK and that Phorm is fine. Here’s what it told the EU investigators about its Phorm phindings and how users will be put in charge of turning it on and off…

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"Unsafe surfing" leads to 70 spam emails a day. After just a month

Gary Cutlack Computers, Internet, Software, Websites Leave a Comment

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Security firm McAfee, which has a vested interest in spreading panic and fear among internet users but we’ll pretend not to notice, has been experimenting with internet spam.

McAfee sent 50 people from across the world out on the internet while “unprotected” and found they were soon spammed to death within a month. The terms of the experiment were not revealed, so we’re unsure…

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