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Technology killing paperbacks

I fondly remember as a kid, getting a new book and wondering what cool and exciting adventures lay within. The smell of the paper, the feel of the pages on my fingers as I flipped them over.  It appears as if the charms of a paperback are dwindling, as electronic …

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Laser weapons on verge of deployment

Ever since we were kids, we’ve known that the day would come when lasers, phasers and disruptors would become the weapon of choice. Now it seems that, at some level, that day is at hand. Los Alamos, America’s famous ‘Can we kill them better/faster/more efficiently’ centre has issued a statement …

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Picking showgirls is tough work (apparently)

During a recent visit to a test facility, KitGuru undercover agents managed to gain entry to a very unusual meeting. It was at Thermaltake’s brand new Taipei office block and the meeting was to find the ladies who would be running the all important booth at Computex 2011 in June. …

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Google TV is failing to generate a buzz

Google do many things right. They still have the most comprehensive online search engine and their Android operating system is taking the world by storm. But for every success story there has to be a product sitting in the shadows, failing to excite customers. Google TV was expected to be …

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Microsoft Kinect, some cool mods and uses

The Microsoft Kinect device for the Xbox 360 has been a surprise success story, selling millions of units since it was released. As with many popular pieces of hardware, the modding community are out in full force finding weird and wacky uses for the motion sensing device. Many owners found …

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Amazon tackle Google eBookstore head on

Amazon are set to enhance the Kindle service to match Google’s eBookStore, feature for feature. This means they will “enable users to read full books in the browser and [enable] any Website to become a bookstore offering Kindle books.” Google’s eBookstore already offers these features and it appears to be …

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Californian Xbox modder escapes imprisonment

Matthew Crippen, a 28 year old Xbox modder from California has luckily escaped prison time after being arrested by Homeland Security. Mr Crippen was running a business from home, modifying Xbox 360 game consoles to play pirated games and other content. He was charging $60 to $80 for his work …

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Microsoft Kinect sells over 2.5 million units

Some analysts said that Microsoft’s Kinetic might not sell that well in the run up to Christmas, but clearly they have been proved wrong. Latest figures  after Black Friday sales in America show that the sensor has sold over 2.5 million units, already. 2.5 million units sold in such a …

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nVidia competition to win Asus 3D screen and more

It’s nice when the multi-national, multi-billion dollar corporations that we have all (at some point) helped fund, turn around and do neat little competitions to win cool stuff.  nVidia has today stepped up to that plate. Here’s the detail you need to enter. The GeForce community site is in its …

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Follow your crap on Google, for a good cause

When scientists embark on multi-billion dollar projects to launch satellites, map the earth and set up the most advanced tracking & computational centres ever seen, they were probably in Star Trek mode. Certain that they were adding to the sum of human knowledge and helping NASA to reach for the …

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Database issues and some downtime

After receiving many emails I wanted to apologise if anyone has been experiencing issues today and yesterday evening. We performed what we thought was a routine backup yesterday and encountered some problems. At first we thought Faith, our drunken news hound had spilt her vodka over the server. The site …

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Multiplay i41 gaming event kicks off in Newbury

INSOMNIA (i-Series) events are the biggest LAN gaming competitions in this part of the world and the next one kicks-off on Friday 12th November, at Newbury Racecourse, for 4 days. KitGuru will be there to investigate. Slowly, but surely, LAN gaming continues to grow. Everyone starts playing against the computer. …

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Microsoft sue Motorola: Xbox royalties

Another week and yet another court case. This time Microsoft are suing Motorola for unreasonable levels of royalties for technology the Redmond OS giant uses in the Xbox game console. Microsoft have alleged that Motorola have breached commitments made to standards organisations including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers …

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Tim Smalley says goodbye to the IT industry

Like every industry, the world of technology includes some real giants. Standing nearly 7 feet tall*, Tim Smalley is just such a man and we’ve been sent a pic of the Expert Reviews editor saying goodbye to Bit-Tech, the site he helped found many moons ago. Joking aside, Tim is …

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NASA find new ‘life on Mars’ evidence

Researchers at the American space agency have found new signs of life after the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit became stuck in wet ground on the red planet. Astronomers are excited by the latest discovery which they claim proves that water, important for the existance of life has formed on Mars, …

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Tianhe 1A: the fastest computer in the world

The USA have just lost the world’s fastest supercomputer title to China, with their Tianhe-1A taking over the top slot. The Tianhe-1A has 1.4 times the power of the closest rival according to Jack Dongarra, a University of Tennessee computer scientist who maintains the offical supercomputer rankings. Although this list …

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Sony retire the Walkman cassette player

We all know the Sony Walkman, it was a piece of history. I still remember heading into work in the morning with my trusty compilation tapes ready to blast out 80’s tracks such as Spandau Ballet and Adam Ant (yes I have crap taste in music I know). According to …

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NZXT LED Kit Review

Today we have a new product from the NZXT line of accessories in our test lab.  The product we are going to look at is a set of LED’s with a black mesh sleeve that runs the entire length of the cable. These LED’s come in a wide range of …

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Windows Phone 7 not good enough for tablets?

According to The Register – Microsoft senior product manager Greg Sullivan surprisingly said that Phone 7 looks to be a poor choice for Tablets, prefering to focus on Windows 7 for this medium. “Windows 7 will provide a richer touch and applications experience and will be necessary on tablets.” he …

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