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Jessops in administration – shutter closes

One of the oldest camera retailers in the world is desperately on the ropes. KitGuru takes a look at Jessops’ predicament and likely outcomes. Established in 1935 by Frank Jessop in Leicester, more than 2,000 people work for the chain and all of their jobs are now at risk. The …

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ADATA reveals new high speed memory and SSD at CES

The world of modern technology requires a balancing act. You must control costs, otherwise you can’t make a profit – while at the same time you need to innovate like there is no tomorrow or there won’t be a tomorrow. At CES, the world’s second largest memory module producer has …

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X79 overclocking just became affordable

The most powerful chip that most of us will consider buying is the Intel Core i7 3770k. It’s fast, powerful and lives at the top end of affordable. Similarly, the Z77 is a great chipset. But, between them, there is one area where that kind of combination needs to bow …

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Tesco continues to suffer purchasing problems

We all believe that supermarkets have the slickest, most amazing systems for processing products and delivering them to the public at competitive prices. Recently, the emphasis has been less on ‘price match before purchase’ and more on ‘refunding the difference after’. But what if parts of the Tesco purchasing team …

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Panel makers fined for TFT price fixing – again!

How many times can a company get fined millions of dollars for acting illegally – yet still carry on with the same kind of practices? When it comes to LCD panels, there doesn’t seem to be a limit. KitGuru gets word that the Chinese government themselves are now fining the …

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Kids drug parents to access internet

Child therapists say that rebellion is a healthy and natural part of growing up, but just how far is healthy and when would rebellion become a problem? KitGuru ponders the nature of ‘too far’ while researching the actions of a 16-year old girl in the USA, who tried to bypass an internet …

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One operating system to rule them all?

For years, everyone who tried Windows on a phone would complain that Microsoft were idiots – and that you could not move a clunky/chunky Windows OS onto a handset. Now Microsoft, ever popular chaps that they seem to be, are getting battered for putting the mobile interface onto a desktop. …

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UK mobile networks stretched by Happy New Year

As Big Ben struck midnight and 2013 began, a huge wave of personal messages swept through the UK’s mobile networks. And yet, the networks survived. That’s some serious infrastructure. KitGuru pulls out the TallyMan Pro and does some counting. We’ve all had issues with mobile networks. The most common happens …

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Virgin stores still deserted – new venture doomed?

Back in January 1971, Richard Branson opened his first Virgin Records store at 24 Oxford Street, the ‘cheap end’ as Dickie put it. Until March 1992, when he sold out to Thorn EMI for $1 Billion, his business was a huge success. Virgin’s attempts to sell phones on the high …

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OCZ dives deep to offer 240GB Vertex at £89

It’s a bit like tasting porridge. For a desktop user, 60GB is not right and even though a 120GB boot drive can give you joy – it’s not quite perfect. The size that makes you lick the bowl clean and head upstairs to test the beds is definitely 240GB. OCZ …

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Acid test for Byrne-effect as AMD prepares Q4 results

As the Dragon’s Den is always telling us, life is all about revenue. Sure, profit is important, but you can always adjust your cost base to suit a particular business model and, thereby, improve your bottom line. But that only works once you have the revenue. On that basis, you …

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3D liquid crystals set to revolutionise monitor technology

Scientists at the University if Colorado have successfully created a system whereby particles can be injected into liquid crystal – bringing order to chaos – and opening up the possibility of a revolutionary new kind of screen within the decade. That’s now been explained and augmented by a clever maths …

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Aria cuts prices to tempt even more spending

While the UK is still looking forward to the credit card bills that will accompany a record breaking Boxing Day push of £2.6 billion, online retailers are not giving up hope that us consumers will consider one last wafer-thin-mint. KitGuru says ‘Better. Better get a bucket’. Shakespeare wrote of Cleopatra, …

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Shocking profits behind TV stands and accessories

Across the globe, the major TV producers are on their collective knees. Nope, they’re not searching for a remote control under the sofa, they’re looking for any way to turn a profit – before they go out of business. With companies like Sony experiencing a share price drop that would …

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KitGuru Faithful Vs The Dust Bunnies

How many of us will buy (or be bought) some living room tech this year? While the boxes promise a better future, with features, advantages and benefits you never dreamed of – there will be pain. Unavoidable pain. KitGuru dons a HazMat suit and heads for the far corner of …

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