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  • TECH TOOLS: BassJump subwoofer

    November 27, 2009 @ 11:06 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    LAPTOP SPEAKERS are functional but they rarely set new trends for audio quality. They’ll do in an emergency, but true audiophiles will want something richer.

    Twelve South’s BassJump subwoofer will help redress the balance a little. This is one for MacBook users, designed specifically for Apple’s laptop range. It satisfies all the usual laptop requirements: compact, easy to use and fits in well with the overall MacBook “look”.


  • TECH TOOLS: Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone

    @ 10:26 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    IF YOU have an iPhone, chances are the battery is taking a regular battering. Using it for internet access, sending e-mail and as an MP3 player can take its toll on power, leaving you with very little spare battery for phone calls.


  • Spotify remains silent

    @ 10:25 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    It could have all been so great. A new internet service that allowed you to pick and choose which songs you want to listen to and discover new ones, all at your own leisure, from your own laptop. Spotify has taken off, quickly becoming an internet darling.


  • TECH TOOLS: Digital Video Memo

    @ 10:20 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Post-it notes are so last century. These days, if you want to leave a message for your friends, family or colleagues, the Digital Video Memo is the way to go.


  • And so it begins…

    November 19, 2009 @ 12:28 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    The dust hasn’t even settled yet and already the PR bandwagon is rumbling. Firstpress release based on last night’s cruel defeat is an iPod speaker. The tag line?

    A football you can touch with your hand – even if you aren’t French.


  • TECH TOOLS: Seecode Vossor Phonebook

    November 16, 2009 @ 8:28 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Bluetooth car kits are a common sight, but if you would rather not drill holes in your shiny dashboard, try the Seecode Vossor Phonebook. The device looks like (and actually is) a rear view mirror. The difference is that it has Bluetooth built in and a microphone and speaker for making calls. It will also store up to 600 numbers in its memory. (more…)

  • TECH TOOLS: Altec Lansing Expressionist Plus

    @ 8:16 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Bring a touch of style to your desktop with the Altec Lansing Expressionist Plus PC speakers. A set that could be proudly displayed in your living room, the glossy speakers not only look quietly sophisticated, but they also deliver some pretty decent audio, despite their diminutive size.


  • iPhone on Vodafone gets closer…

    @ 8:08 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Officially, the iPhone won’t be available on Vodafone until Spring 2010. But some people who registered their interest in the iPhone may have started to receive phone calls from the mobile network offering them the chance to upgrade sooner than expected.


  • Microsoft’s ban on modded consoles

    November 13, 2009 @ 4:12 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    It’s slapped wrists all round for Xbox users who tinkered with their consoles. This week, the company cracked down and banned up to 1 million players from its online gaming platform Xbox Live because they had modded the consoles – possibly by fitting mod chips.


  • Apple update to block Atom processors?

    November 2, 2009 @ 10:18 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Bad news for people who installed Mac’s Leopard operating system on a netbook – according to Wired, the latest update for Leopard will block the OS from being used on Intel Atom devices.