Thursday, February 5, 2009

Windows 7 splinters; stalk friends with Google; the £7 laptop

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5 February
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News headlines: Microsoft delivers six flavours of Windows 7; Google makes it easy to stalk your friends; and the £7 laptop gears up for its debut

This week's new reviews: We discover just how fast a laptop can go with Lenovo's ThinkPad W500; Kensington's ingenious Dual Monitor Adapter takes the hassle out of adding extra monitors to your PC; and Fujitsu brings palm-scanning technology to the humble mouse with its PalmSecure

PC Pro podcast: On this week's show the team discuss how they beat the blizzard with teleworking; Linus Torvalds has rejected one-size-fits-all Linux - but is he wrong? We debate whether Microsoft can turn around Internet Explorer's fortunes with IE8; and the Sanyo Xacti pitches to become our Hot Hardware of the Week. Download it now

Best of the blogs: Barry Collins reveals the ten weirdest items sold on Amazon; Tim Danton despairs of Microsoft's Windows 7 splintering; and Stuart Turton rails against Captcha codes

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Windows 7 to come in six flavours
Microsoft snubs calls for all-in-one Windows 7 with six different versions of next-gen OS - find out what they are here

Google launches mobile tracking service
Search giant makes lying to your partner about your whereabouts a little bit harder

£7 laptop announced
A laptop costing only £7 will arrive within six months

Asus delivers Eee PC with "all-day battery"
Asus has unwrapped a new Eee PC featuring Intel's latest Atom

Internet Explorer in freefall
Firefox and Safari clean up as Microsoft's once invincible browser sheds market share

Linux guru rejects one-size-fits-all Linux
Linux guru says Linux needs multiple distros to "keep everybody honest"

Project Kangaroo dead in its tracks
Regulator claims proposed video-on-demand venture is "dangerous" to competition

Google Earth 5 splashes into the sea
Shipwrecks and other underwater objects added to the latest version of Google Earth

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Lenovo ThinkPad W500
We test drive Lenovo's superbly powerful workstation laptop, aimed at creative professionals

Kensington Dual Monitor Adapter
Kensington's adapter allows you to add monitors to your system without having to install extra graphics cards - can it really be that simple?

Fujitsu PalmSecure
The first mouse with palm-scanning technology lands in the labs

Lenovo ThinkCentre M58
Lenovo produces another solid, high-specification business PC

Xerox Phaser 6280
Xerox takes on Dell's heavyweight 3130cn with its latest colour workgroup printer

D-Link DGS-1248T
We examine D-Link's promise that its "eco" switch can save your business money on energy bills

Fujitsu Siemens FibreCAT SX80 iSCSI
Fujitsu Siemens makes a belated, but solid, entry into the affordable end of the IP SAN market

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