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Why it’s Crucial to upgrade your memory

If your computer or laptop is a little sluggish, there are a couple of very quick fixes to give it a shot in the arm. In this short guide, we’ll give you the basics: Step 1: Tidyup Assuming you have a Windows machine, you’ll find it’s probably riddled with loads of temporary files and unnecessary […]

 


 

Tech in 2012 Round-up

Happy New Year to our regular site visitors – we hope 2013 is a good one for you! As we do each year, our podcast team has taken a look back at the last twelve months of technology and put together an Audio Guide to 2012. If you’ve not listened to our podcast before, we’d […]

 


 

iTunes Library Updater killed by iTunes 11

All good things must come to an end, and the recent arrival of iTunes 11 seems to have put an end to the very handy little utility that was the “iTunes Library Updater” This handy free app offered a one-click way to re-scan your iTunes music library, add any new files found in your specified […]

 


 

Tired of iPhone Email Errors

OK. I admit it. I’ve had enough of seeing the following error message on my iPhone 4S: The mail server “mail.xxxx.com” is not responding. Verify that you have entered the correct account info in Mail settings. Every time that I open the Mail app on my iPhone, I see this message at least half a […]

 


 

Cheap Blackberry Playbook Gets Facelift

Last month, we reported that Blackberry’s 7 inch tablet device had been slashed in price, down from £399 to just £169. This nifty little tablet is still on offer at that massively reduced price, and has just got even more attractive thanks to a free software upgrade. Blackberry Playbook Summary Rather than running the Apple […]

 


 

o2 SIM Card: Vouchers and Headsets

News of two top offers on SIM cards, but only for a limited time… Here’s a look at two offers released today: Free SIM Cards O2 have a fantastic Free SIM card offer on for the next few weeks. Order a free SIM card with free unlimited calls and texts to o2 customers when you top […]

 


 

Evi for Android Set To Rival Apple’s Siri

Fancy the idea of getting Siri on your mobile phone, but don’t have an iPhone 4S? Well, move over Siri, as Evi is here, and she runs on a much wider range of smartphones and tablets. Evi, created by developers True Knowledge, is a credible rival to the voice recognition service for iOS, known as […]

 


 

Get a massive 68% off a Playbook tablet

When the Blackberry Playbook tablet launched last year, the UK retail price for the 16GB version was £399. You can now get this nifty tablet for just £169. Although this is a pretty powerful little tablet, it’s not caught the public’s imagination, and so Blackberry dropped the price last year. They’ve now slashed the price […]

 


 

Speed increases for Virgin customers

Broadband in the UK is about to get a little bit faster, as Virgin is planning to double the speed for many of its customers in the next 18 months. Virgin Media, operator of the UK’s cable TV and Internet network is planning to double the download speed offered to customers of its 10Mb, 20Mb, […]

 


 

Podcast Review of 2011 Released

With the start of a new year, it’s time to take a look back at the last year of tech news, as well as reflect on what might be in store for coming twelve months of UK technology. Rather than reading our wander back through a year’s worth of tech news, have a listen to […]

 


 

Apple iOS 5 launch close

The new and updated version of software for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad is set to released later today (Wednesday the 12th of October 2011), just two days ahead of the launch of the new iPhone 4S. The new mobile phone operating platform, iOS 5 , is set to include over 200 changes, adding […]

 


 

Tickets On Sale For Gadget Show Live 2012

Tickets for the gadget event of 2012 have just gone on sale. Next year’s Gadget Show Live takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from the 11th to the 15th of April and will see over 280 companies show off some of the latest technology to hit the market. Exhibitors already confirmed for the event […]

 


 

BT Improves Broadband Offering

If you’re considering signing up to BT’s broadband service, you might be interested to take a look at the recent changes to the BT Total Broadband offer: At the time of writing, BT is offering three months of free broadband, and you can get a £25 Amazon.co.uk voucher when you sign up. Here’s a summary […]

 


 

Anyone fancy a date with Anna from Symbian?

Despite rumours to the contrary, the Symbian mobile phone operating system is alive and well, apparently. An updated version of the mobile phone platform, Symbian Anna, has just been released. This will run on the Nokia N8 (pictured here), Nokia C7, Nokia E7 and Nokia C6-01 handsets. The update offers some new icons, updated to […]

 


 

Disabling the mobile version of a website on an iPhone

Got a smartphone? Don’t you just hate it when you visit a website, only to be served with a “mobile optimised” version of that site. Now, we know those sites are in place for our benefit… they load faster, and typically exclude Flash, ads, and other junk that slows down the mobile experience… but now […]

 


 

European Roaming Charges Reduced

Great news for mobile phone users travelling to Europe. As of the 1st of July 2011, it’ll be cheaper to roam. The costs of using your mobile hone abroad have always been high, but the good news for consumers is that prices have been steadily dropping. New European Union rulings that come into effect today […]

 


 

IPv6 Is Coming: Plusnet Interview

The Internet is starting to change. We’re running out of what’s known as “IPv4 addresses”, those things that look like 81.123.81.123 – and a new format is on the way! IPv6 is the new form of addressing, and it will mean updates to the Internet’s backbone, networks and gateways, web services, Internet Service Providers, as […]

 


 

TalkTalk launches safe browsing service

UK Internet Provider TalkTalk has just launched a service called HomeSafe that’s designed to make family surfing safer. Unlike anti-virus software, malware detection software and kids protection packages like NetNanny, the new services from TalkTalk don’t need to be installed onto your computer / laptop, they sit on the TalkTalk servers, and make decisions before […]

 


 

Royal Wedding Phone for a Quid

The Royal Wedding’s drawing ever closer, and we’ve found an offer for those of you looking to bag a collector’s edition handset for just a pound. The limited edition souvenir phone is a fairly basic model from Alcatel, and it’s pictured here to the right. To add to its collectability status, it has a screensaver […]

 


 

Plusnet Launch Low-price Fibre Broadband

Plusnet has this week released details of their new low-cost / high speed broadband service – Plusnet Fibre. From this month, they will be offering broadband speeds of up to 40Mbps for just £16.49 a month. Given that Virgin’s charging £25 a month for its “up to 50Mbps” service, the price for Plusnet’s high speed […]