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  • E3: Microsoft unveils Kinect/Natal

    June 19, 2010 @ 6:33 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    The main focus of Microsoft at E3 was Kinect for Xbox 360. This is is the new name for Project Natal, the console’s answer controller-free gaming.
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  • Tech tools: Clickfree Transformer for iPod

    June 5, 2010 @ 10:13 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Have an iPod or iPhone? Then you need this. The Clickfree transformer allows you to transfer files to and from your device with little or no hassle.

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  • Tech tools: HP Envy 17

    June 4, 2010 @ 11:05 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Envy laptops are made with a specific purpose in mind: entertainment. With a powerful processor and graphics that can handle gaming, video and 3D images on a 17.3-inch high-definition screen, the Envy 17 also has some high-performance audio technology built in to cover all the essentials.

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  • Which came first – the iPad or the iPhone?

    June 2, 2010 @ 7:47 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    You know all those jokes about how the iPad is just an earlier, bulkier version of the iPhone? They could be closer to home than you think. It turns out that Steve Jobs came up with the idea for the iPad long before the iPhone was even considered.

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  • Tech tools: Ecco Personal Pocket GPS

    May 21, 2010 @ 12:01 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    I can’t stress how much I need one of these. Have you ever had to search for your car in a car park? Usually when it’s late at night, cold and possibly raining, if this country’s usual weather system has anything to do with it.

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  • Google unveils new TV service

    @ 11:56 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Google is already offering search, advertising, mobile phone operating systems, email services, translation services… and if it gets its way, it will soon be on your TV.

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  • Tech Tools: HTC Desire

    May 14, 2010 @ 2:37 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    HTC’s latest handset is yet another challenger to the iPhone. The Android phone has a 3.7in LED display, which is bright, responsive and perfect for web browsing, viewing images and watching video. It has pinch to zoom and also supports Flash content. A decent video and still camera have been included.

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  • App of the week: Bump

    May 12, 2010 @ 6:39 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Bump has been knocking about for a bit on the iPhone, but it was only recently I discovered you could use it to send contacts and photos between an iPhone and an Android handset.

    I don’t pretend to know how it works, and I’m sure a detailed explanation is available somewhere, but it’s the handiest app on my mobile. No more faffing about with Bluetooth; simply activate Bump on both phones, ‘bump’ them together and it will transfer the files for you.

  • Assassin’s Creed to get multiplayer option

    @ 1:30 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Assassin’s Creed fans will be pleased to see that the game is finally getting a multiplayer mode, with the arrival of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood later this year.

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  • Tech tools: Microsoft LifeCam HD6000

    May 5, 2010 @ 11:57 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Made specifically for notebooks, the Microsoft LifeCam HD6000 brings your notebook up to date with some high-definition video capability.

    Simply clip the camera on to your notebook, connect it via USB and you are ready to start filming. It features true 720p HD video at 30 frames per second, as well as auto focus to help you get the best picture possible, keeping the image sharp even in close-ups. A 360-degree rotating lens captures all the action, turning halfway in both directions. The new camera also features something called True Colour Technology, which adjusts
    exposure automatically depending on the lighting conditions. In practice, this means that even if you are filming a backlit subject, the camera will adjust the brightness and colour to capture the best image possible.

    As a Microsoft product, it is optimised for use with Windows Messenger, but you can also use it with other video applications such as Skype.

    www.microsoft.com

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