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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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Graphene: will it replace silicon ?

Konstantin Novoselov and Andre Geim of the University Of Manchester have won a Nobel for their creation of Graphene. This project first became public in 2004 when they were able to demonstrate electronic effects with ultra thin sheets of carbon that they created by “mechanical exfoliation … of small mesas …

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Nintendo 3DS scheduled for a February/March release

One of the most sought after gadgets, the Nintendo 3DS will be hitting retail in February in Japan and March in Europe/US. Nintendo have pushed their original release launch for April, forward. Proving they are ahead of schedule right now and ready to get major sales for this hot handheld …

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Obama administration plan to monitor social networking

The Obama administration is undergoing legislation to require social networking companies and voice over internet providers to adapt their technology so law enforcement agents can monitor communications during criminal and terrorism investigations. In a proposal that looks set to alienate a large portion of the public, the government feels that …

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Segway millionaire dies in scooter cliff plunge

The owner of Segway, who make motorised scooters has plunged to his death in a freak accident while driving one of his own scooters. Jimi Heselden, 62, was found dead in a river after falling 80 feet over a limestone cliff near to his home. He was riding a rugged …

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Moses ‘parting of the sea’ explained by techs

In a move set to enrage various religions, a team at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder OHIO has detailed a possible explanation for the Moses ‘parting of the Red Sea’. At the right spot – a sharp bend where a shallow river meets a coastal lagoon …

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KitGuru @ Insomnia 40

KitGuru spent the weekend at Newbury Racecourse attending the UK’s largest LAN gaming event, Insomnia 40 (i40).  Being gurus of kit, we were mostly interested in the hardware on show from the numerous exhibitors. First of all we had a look at Immacula’s stand, displaying products from Alienbags, SteelSeries, Synology …

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HP outbids Dell for storage specialist 3Par

A week after Dell agrees to buy 3Par for $1.13bn, HP throws a spanner into the works by offering $1.5bn for the storage specialist. 3Par specialise in software for organising data on corporate servers and provide their services on a subscription based service over the  web.  Their software is designed …

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Verizon and Motorola partner to challenge iPad

Latest news has reached KitGuru that Motorola are working on a new digital tablet device that will allow people to watch their television shows via it, a market obviously dominated right now by the Apple iPad. This device will also have a 10 inch screen and will be running Google’s …

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Intel – Light Beams can replace Electronic Signals

Intel Corporation today announced an important advance in the quest to use light beams to replace the use of electrons to carry data in and around computers. The company has developed a research prototype representing the world‟s first silicon-based optical data connection with integrated lasers. The link can move data …

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Solar Plane lands after first 24 hour flight

I was reading the UK Times newspaper (as I do every morning) and I found this story particularly exciting. An experimental solar powered plane landed on Thursday after completing its first 24 hour test flight. The solar powered plane can stay in the air indefinitely, as it can recharge its …

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Can illegal downloads ever be stopped?

Its a burning question many authorities have tried to answer for years now and there appears to be no solution for the billions lost on movie, game and application sales. KitGuru has reported many times in the past on bitorrent and newsgroups sites, including the temporary close of Pirates Bay …

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