It started as just another early morning at work, arriving at 5.30am outside the converted mill where I rent a small space in amongst the myriad industrial units and office lets. I pulled up outside in my Fiat 500 and removed my backpack that doubles up as my laptop case and portable office, and my messenger bag with the iPad inside. Unknown to me, I also dropped my iPhone by the car before locking up and heading inside. And that's when the fun began yesterday, if your idea of fun is pulling your hair out at how stupid you are …

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My name is Davey Winder, and I am a phoneaphobic. At first glance it would appear that I am anything but alone if the results of a recent study into attitudes towards mobile phone usage are to be believed. But first impressions are often misleading and that's the case here, as unlike me it seems that the majority of people do not have a phobia of simply speaking on the phone (or more accurately having my train of thought interrupted by meaningless telephone conversations when an email will usually suffice) but rather the exact opposite. [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nomophobia"]Nomophobia[/URL] is the fear of …

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It's not often that Microsoft recommends that Windows users should disable a much hyped part of the OS, but that's exactly what has happened regarding the Windows Sidebar and Windows Gadgets found in Windows Vista and Windows 7. [Microsoft Security Advisory 2719662](http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/advisory/2719662) clearly states "Disabling the Windows Sidebar and Gadgets can help protect customers from vulnerabilities that involve the execution of arbitrary code by the Windows Sidebar when running insecure Gadgets" and Microsoft even provides a handy [Fix-It tool](http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2719662) to do the job for you. So what's all the fuss about, all of a sudden? ![dweb-gadgets](/attachments/large/0/dweb-gadgets.jpg "dweb-gadgets") Well the simple …

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Unless you have been living in a cave you cannot have failed to spot that the iPhone 4 is with us, 'don't hold it like that' antenna problems and all. But what about the iPod Touch 4? Traditionally, the new iPod is launched in September and the new feature set is kept pretty secret. Well, as secret as it can be when you consider that it is inevitably based around the upgraded iPhone handset that has gone a few months before it. But this year, [URL="http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/34180/new-ipod-in-september"]according to UK gadget site Pocket Lint[/URL] at least, the new features cat is out …

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[ATTACH=right]16767[/ATTACH]In Google's apparent on-going quest to take over the entire (virtual) world, the latest rumors have the search giant making a major play for the tablet market on the biggest shopping day of the entire year. If rumors are true, on the one day a year when apparently normal people turn into wild packs of crazed shoppers; a day which has been, fittingly, coined as Black Friday, Google may be planning to make a big splash with the release of a tablet that they hope will give the iPad a run for its money. The blogosphere has been abuzz about …

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A lot of rumors began circulating about the possibility of a new Kindle on the horizon after the popular Kindle DX seemed to suddenly be sold out on Amazon's web site some time ago leading to the speculation that Amazon had a new version in the works. Wednesday those suspicions were confirmed as [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Wireless-Reading-Display-Graphite-Globally/dp/B002FQJT3Q/ref=sr_tr_1?ie=UTF8&s=aps&qid=1280376470&sr=8-1"]Amazon.com officially unveiled the all new Kindle[/URL] which has Amazon executives seeing a positive future for the Kindle brand. [ATTACH=right]16228[/ATTACH][URL="http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/07/thinner-lighter-kindle-comes-with-wi-fi-starts-at-us139/"]Reviews[/URL] have been mixed on the Kindle in the past due to slow page turning and a slow, clumsy browsing experience so one of the things that will …

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I love books. My house is full of bookshelves overflowing with them. I have countless cabinets stuffed with them and they pour off my wife's and my night stands. We have spent many a night in book stores just perusing the shelves, spying the new releases and I've discovered some of my favorite authors just wandering through the stacks at my local library pulling random titles off the shelf. When my daughter (now 18) was just a day or two old, I sat her on my lap and read her a little plastic book called Donny Dolphin. I also love …

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It's a cell phone for crying out loud. Do you get it? A cell phone. You know, you make and receive phone calls on it. It's a telephone that you carry around in your pocket. Who gives a rip whether it's equipped with a web browser, a file editor or an ice cream dispenser; it's a telephone. People who care about the operating system or applet X on a cell phone are either under the age of 18 or don't have anything better to do with their time. I don't really care that my cell phone uses some version of …

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I'm in search of Linux--which sounds odd since it seems that I should be able to find all the Linux I'd ever want but I want to know about [I]your[/I] favorite Linux gadget, project, invention, software, innovation or appliance. I want to know which ones are most important to you--which ones you're passionate about and which ones deserve some attention in this blog. Here's your chance to bring a little-known Linux-oriented business or project into the light. Let's see what you can do. I was so taken aback by the lack of Linux-oriented solutions at the recent [URL="http://www.interop.com/lasvegas"]InterOp Las Vegas[/URL] …

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Sony Computer Entertainment America has filed a patent application, number [URL="http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=2&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PG01&s1=laugh&OS=laugh&RS=laugh"]20090195392[/URL], which could lead to a PlayStation controller that knows when you are happy, sad or just plain angry. The patent application is officially for a 'laugh detector and system and method for tracking an emotional response to a media presentation' has an abstract which reads "Information in the form of emotional responses to a media presentation may be passively collected, for example by a microphone and/or a camera. This information may be tied to metadata at a time reference level in the media presentation and used to examine the …

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How much for an iPhone-powered TomTom satnav? That's the question that has been on the lips of many an iPhone user ever since TomTom announced it was developing a version of the market leading turn-by-turn satellite navigation system especially for the iPhone. Now, it seems, we are a little closer to knowing the answer. I just hope you are sitting down before I reveal it. According to one online retailer which has broken ranks and [URL="http://www.handtec.co.uk/product.php/2126/tomtom-for-iphone-inc-mount"]gone public[/URL] with pre-order pricing, if you want an iPhone-powered TomTom satnav in your car it will cost you a cool £113.85 ($193.75) which works …

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I love a [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20193/53/"]good patent story[/URL], I love my [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1264.html"]Nintendo Wii[/URL] and I love bouncy cushions. However, it is a rare thing to be able to write a news story which covers all three. Yet it would appear that Nintendo has, indeed, filed a European patent for a bouncy cushion for the Wii. The [URL="http://v3.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/description?CC=EP&NR=2080538A1&KC=A1&FT=D&date=20090722&DB=EPODOC&locale=en_EP"]actual patent[/URL] refers to an inflatable air cushion or other seat, and comes complete with a special pocket for your Wii Remote in order to detect your movements and a Nunchuk can be used as reins. Did I mention that this particular bouncy cushion doubles up …

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Just how much of a geek are you? Do you know who Sergey Brin is? Can you solve a Rubik's Cube, in under five minutes? Do you know the value of Pi beyond 3.14? Would you spend a small fortune to get [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4607.html"]satnav on your mobile[/URL]? Or maybe strap a large sucker to your thigh to hold your iPhone in place when sitting down in public? I did not make that last one up, honest. There really is a company which is marketing an iPhone accessory which is, essentially, just a large sucker cup attached to some velcro which straps …

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Yesterday, [URL="http://www.apple.com"]Apple[/URL] [URL="http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090609/bs_nm/us_apple1"]announced[/URL] significant price drops on many of its consumer products including the iPhone and Mac Air. This is an unusual move by Apple since it carefully controls its pricing--so much so that rarely, if ever, do its products go "on sale." So what's up with this big price drop? Is Apple out to "get" Linux? Is Apple feeling the pressure of competition from [URL="http://www.google.com"]Google[/URL]'s [URL="http://www.googleandroid.com"]Android[/URL], Netbooks, [URL="http://www.microsoft.com"]Windows 7[/URL] or [URL="http://tech.yahoo.com/news/afp/20090609/tc_afp/usitinternetsoftwaretelecomcompanyapple"]something else[/URL]? Personally, I think that Apple lowered its prices to better compete with an ever-expanding PC market, so the answer is really: All of the above. I think …

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Now that's what I call a really cool idea, an air-fuelled battery for the [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2009/05/19/confession-i-am-sleeping-with-my-iphone/"]ever popular iPhone[/URL]. Actually, it is more than an idea, this is a development with legs. University researchers in the UK, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council ([URL="http://www.epsrc.ac.uk"]EPSRC[/URL]) have designed something called the STAIR cell. The STAIR, short for St Andrews Air (the [URL="http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk"]University of St Andrews[/URL] is the lead researcher on the project) battery uses oxygen drawn from thin air to produce a reaction within porous carbon to create the electrical charge. The good news being that this pretty green and clean …

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It has not been the best of days for Google. First there were the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4339.html"]reports about Gumblar[/URL], a Google SERPs manipulation that is growing at an unprecedented rate. And now it seems that porn has been thrown into the Google mix, or at least into the Google Gadgets mix. I was first alerted to the problem by [URL="http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/AdSense/thread?tid=1f2a75fa61bc721e&hl=en"]a thread[/URL] which appeared the official Google AdSense support forums which revealed that the main [URL="http://www.google.com/ig/directory?synd=open"]Google Gadget Directory page[/URL] included not one, but two, explicit sex related Gadgets. One is called Akrosex Sex Videos and the other Beautiful Naked Women Pics. You could …

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On Saturday afternoon during a weekend visit to New York City, we were walking back to the hotel when we spied a place called the [URL="http://www.spy34.com"]Spy Shops[/URL]. Think Q in James Bond and that's what you'll find here. A gadget lover's paradise, all designed for snooping. Naturally I had to stop. [B]The Old Change Your Voice on the Cell Phone Trick[/B] For $50 you can get a device that lets you disguise your voice on your cell phone or how about a cell phone you give to a spouse you suspect of cheating and every call he or she makes …

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Everyone wants to know what's going to happen in the new year as if anyone can accurately predict these things. However, one can deduce, with reasonable accuracy, that there will be innovations that are designed to get our attention. This is my list of Linux-oriented predictions for 2009. [B]The keyword for 2009 is [I]Innovation[/I].[/B] [B]1. Buyouts/Mergers[/B] - 2009 will see its share of company buyouts and mergers--all innovation-related. Larger companies will buy up smaller ones with innovative products and services. Many new open source millionaires will be created through these transitions. [B]2. Gadgets, Gadgets, and more Gadgets[/B] - This will …

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“Give me your tired, your poor. Your huddled masses yearning to break free.” It's funny that on the same day that I wrote, [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3665.html"]Hey Apple, What About iLinux?[/URL], that [URL="http://www.apple.com"]Apple[/URL] [URL="http://www.macworld.com/article/137587/2008/12/macworldexpo.html?lsrc=top_1"]announced[/URL] that they will no longer attend or participate in MacWorld Expo and Jobs won't deliver the keynote address. I guess my little rant about abandoning the Mac OS for Linux doesn't sound so far-fetched now does it? You Mac-addicted people can lug your iBooks to [URL="http://www.opensourceworld.com/"]OpenSource World[/URL] since your awesome OS is a combination of two open source systems (FreeBSD and Mach 3.0 microkernel). You'll be right at home …

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If you haven't bought that special geek in your life something electronic yet for Christmas, here are 10 ideas for you. They're all Linux-based and are sure to bring a smile to any geek's face. They are in no particular order. [B]1. [URL="http://www.asus.com"]Asus[/URL] Eee PC[/B] - The new Eee PC 1000 boasts long battery life (6+ hours), a large keyboard, screen, 1 GB RAM, 40 GB SSD (Hard Drive) and 20GB of Eee Storage. Under $650USD. [B]2. [URL="http://www.chumby.com"]Chumby[/URL][/B] - I don't exactly know what it is about this thing that makes me want one so badly--but I do. At $179USD, …

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Mobile phones have become many things, and I am just waiting for the first to appear which does away with that 'make and receive voice calls' requirement. Mind you, there is some argument that the iTouch does that, considering that it is an iPhone without the phone bit. But I digress. Nokia has been one of the movers and shakers in the smartphone development market for as long as I can recall. Now it has taken one more step into the realm of mobile phone madness by announcing it has developed a smart home platform that will allows users to …

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The BBC is [URL="http://uk.gizmodo.com/2008/11/11/bbc_seeks_gadget_family_for_ne.html"]apparently[/URL] looking for a UK based family which cannot live without gadgets to, err, live without gadgets while being filmed for a new fly on the wall style documentary show. The idea is for a kind of Back to the Future themed series which will transport a thoroughly modern British family back to a decade when gadget coolness was measured by how much fluff it could remove from your jumper or how easily it could stitch a button on to your jacket. OK, maybe a very early game of Pong or a portable record player that weighed …

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Yes, you read that correctly: Servers to Gadgets to Desktop. It seems that Linux Operating System expansion will occur in that order. First, Linux was in the Data Center booting Apache to the top spot for worldwide web services. Next, Linux was found on gadgets as small as cell phones, wristwatches, and microservers. Finally, Linux will hit the Desktop. Why is the Desktop the final destination for Linux? It is the one place that seems unconquerable. Bob Sutor, IBM's Vice President of Open Source and Standards, had the following to say at the LinuxWorld Conference in San Francisco in his …

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AUGUST 7, 2008--There was much to celebrate at the [URL=http://www.linuxworldexpo.com/live/12/]LinuxWorld Conference and Expo[/URL] this week in San Francisco's Moscone Center, particularly if you're a developer building applications on or for the platform. Remember when gOS debuted as the operating system inside Wal-Mart's US$199 PC? The company yesterday introduced [URL=http://www.thinkgos.com/new/]gOS 3 Gadgets[/URL], a version of its Ubuntu-based distribution that launches [URL=http://www.google.com/webmasters/gadgets/]Google Gadgets[/URL] at start-up. Gadgets are miniature, targeted applications that can be placed on the desktop of a Web page; tens of thousands are already available for free. gOS 3 Gadgets also preloads the [URL=http://www.winehq.org/]WINE[/URL] Windows API implementation for X, and …

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Do you remember the MPMan F10 which was launched way back in March 1998? Probably not, which is a shame as it was a hugely important, and rather huge, device in the overall scheme of things. The first MP3 player, 10 years old this month, is fondly remembered in detail [URL="http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/03/10/ft_first_mp3_player/"]here[/URL].

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As I said before, I'm a huge gadget girl. I had the opportunity earlier this month to test out the very cool [URL="http://www.jawbone.com"]Jawbone[/URL] bluetooth headset for my Treo 755p. I have to say that I'm very picky about my headsets and like making the right investment for something that may stay on my head for a long time, especially if I'm driving (since by law out here, you have to use a hands-free device on the road). So after trying a number of devices, the Jawbone came into my hands, and I can't say I'm disappointed at all. [URL="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2289/2231331657_07a7a4b8f9.jpg"]Here's the …

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So, MacWorld finally came and went. For months, I've anticipated this event. After Apple released [URL="http://www.apple.com/macosx/"]Leopard[/URL] in November, I had my eyes set on moving over to the Mac world. But without any guarantees that Apple would preinstall Leopard on existing laptops in their inventory and after hearing about numerous applications that weren't Leopard compatible, I told myself that I'd wait a little longer. And after today, I'm waiting even longer. The [URL="http://www.apple.com/macbookair/"]Macbook Air[/URL], an excellent addition to the Apple Macbook family, looks hot. Integrating iPhone/iPod Touch technology into the touchpad is just awesome. But did Apple forget about its …

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They say it is a ‘man thing’ this fantasy about swapping their wife or partner for someone new. Unfunny jokes about trading up to a newer model abound, some even indulge in a swinging lifestyle. But now it seems that some 13% of men in the UK, according to new research conducted by pollsters [URL="www.gfknop.co.uk"]GfK NOP[/URL], would gladly swap their other half for the latest gadget. Personally I do not find this a surprising statistic, given the poor state of many relationships and the huge attraction of gadgets such as the iPhone or PS3. Oh, and the fact that so …

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Microsoft just released their iPod killer -- except that it isn't killing the iPod. Although it looks promising, it has had a number of [URL="http://www.engadget.com/2006/11/13/installing-the-zune-sucked/"]negative Zune reviews[/URL]. It may seem like the Zune is a total flop, after all, "it's from MS". But no, I don't think that is the problem. The problem is testing. Beta testing. Zune has so many features to kill the iPod with, but all these features came at a price to Microsoft. Obviously, they are going to have to do a lot of bug fixing. So instead of making a product that may not have …

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The End.