Kryten is a Series 4000 mechanoid, the neurotic robotic servant appearing in cult British sitcom Red Dwarf. So what's he got to do with your computer, apart from the somewhat stereotypical link between geeks and science fiction? Well, the Kryten character was played (in all but the first appearance) by the actor Robert Llewellyn. An actor who has been hired by computer upgrade outfit Crucial.com to present an information video encouraging people, surprise surprise, to upgrade their laptop memory rather than throw it away just because it's running slowly or freezing regularly. ![ce91a16f66af05daf4f939c7df75db0c](/attachments/small/0/ce91a16f66af05daf4f939c7df75db0c.jpg "align-right") Crucial has undertaken research recently which …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]21994[/ATTACH]The latest in a series of round table industry events held in the UK, and featuring a panel of experts in the field of commercial software development, has warned that ignoring the popularity of casual and mobile gaming is a big mistake for any successful digital development strategy. Interestingly, it also suggested that using the iPad as a TV games controller could be the key to ongoing success for games developers. The panel of experts at the event dismissed the relatively poor sales of the Nintendo 3DS portable console as being an indicator of failing interest in the sector. Stuart …

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News Story The new iPod

Apple has had something of an exciting couple of weeks, it has to be said. There was the announcement of the iPhone and the predictable if misplaced media frenzy that accompanied it. Misplaced because, let’s face it, do we really need another smartphone even if it can play music which, in and of itself is not exactly new. Sure, the design looks good as you might expect, but design and practicality are often poles apart and I will reserve judgment on the latter until I have actually lived with the thing for a few weeks myself. Then, before the ink …

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[ATTACH=right]16889[/ATTACH]The Apple rumor mill is in full motion this morning, folks. [URL="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-24/apple-said-to-be-in-talks-with-fox-for-new-99-cent-tv-show-rental-service.html"]Bloomberg News[/URL] is reporting that two of the world's most powerful cult leaders and their companies are considering a partnership to take network television programs one big step closer to breaking free from the box for good. The rumor is that Steve Jobs' Apple and Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. are working on a deal that would allow users to pay 99 cents to download an episode of a Fox show and be able to watch it for 48 hours. Other networks including NBC, CBS, and ABC (owned by Walt …

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[ATTACH=LEFT]16558[/ATTACH]Netflix users becoming growingly accustomed to stagnant queues of movies can breathe a sigh of relief. It was announced earlier today (August 10) that Netflix would embark on an estimated $1 billion deal over the course of the next five years with Epix, the premium pay-TV and video on demand (VOD) subscription service, beginning on September 1. Under the agreement, new releases and library titles available to stream instantly will make their way over to Netflix 90 days after they premier on Epix, to honor previous contracts with current cable and satellite companies. Historically, the rights to these theatrical releases …

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I have to admit it - I'm one of the people who uses an [URL="http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_ipod/family/apple_tv?mco=MTAyNTQzMjU"]Apple TV[/URL] occasionally. It's a very nice box and sits under my television. Apple has done uncharacteristically little with it. There is speculation, following Wal-Mart's entry into the television streaming world, that Apple might be prompted to get off its corporate backside and make this box work. It's only speculation so far, but if it happens here is my wish for the next version of the product. 1. A less jerky picture. In common with all streaming and hard disk based TV technology the picture motion …

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UK broadcaster Channel 4 has signed a deal with YouTube to bring full TV programmes online, streamed for free. It's the first time that any broadcaster in the world has made such a comprehensive schedule of 'catch-up' programming available for free via YouTube. Of course, when I say free I mean ad-supported but that's only to be expected. With YouTube now serving some one billion video streams a day, it makes commercial sense to increase your advertising reach in this way. Financial terms are not being disclosed, but the partnership runs for an initial term of at least three years …

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I was watching an ad the other day for Panasonic where it showed people watching YouTube on a big flat screen TV in the living room. Yet most people don't watch content from the web on TV, probably because it still takes a technical leap that's simply too difficult for mass consumption. That got me thinking that many of us watch TV on our PC these days. My wife and I regularly watch shows on [URL="http://abc.go.com/"]ABC.com[/URL]. (I will sorely miss [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_on_Mars_(U.S._TV_series)"]Life on Mars[/URL], but check out [URL="http://abc.go.com/primetime/betteroffted/index?pn=index"]Better of Ted[/URL] if you haven't seen it). [URL="http://www.hulu.com/"]Hulu[/URL], which has a hilarious series …

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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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Howdy and welcome to Crystal Ball Sunday #12: Built-In Home Entertainment and Automation . Linux is the perfect medium for set top boxes (aka Set Top Units or Personal Video Recorders (PVR)) because of its customizability, optimization features, and no cost status. Whether you know them as Set Top Boxes, Set Top Units, or PVRs; you may know these generic names better by the brand name: TiVo. These Linux-based PVRs are not TiVo but they do what TiVo does and much more. With a PVR, you can watch, record, pause, and rewind live TV, watch movies, create your own home …

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I'm on vacation right now in Germany, and I thought I could watch some American TV here on my PC. But I've learned that US sites consistently block their TV shows outside the US, a practice I find more than a bit curious. I tried the network sites. I tried alternative sites like [URL="http://www.hulu.com"]Hulu.com[/URL], but all the shows I wanted to watch are blocked. It seems my only recourse is YouTube. Unfortunately, it has low quality (often illegal) copies. When you log onto the internet, whether you realize it or not, your browser broadcasts your IP address, which provides the …

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According to the [URL="http://www.timesonline.co.uk"]Sunday Times[/URL] one couple got more than they bargained for courtesy of the almost extortionate charges that mobile phone companies are allowed to levy in Europe when it comes to sending text or data while 'roaming' away from your home country. Although the case in question might be a little out of the ordinary, it does serve to highlight just how ridiculous the situation has been allowed to become. Mrs X decided to download no less than four episodes of the sitcom Friends via the unlimited broadband service on the mobile phone belonging to Mr X. Not …

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For anyone outside the UK, news about the [URL="http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/"]BBC iPlayer[/URL] is hardly going to be earth shattering I agree. Indeed, for most people inside the UK and who are not part of the Beta trial there is no access to the [URL="http://www.bbc.co.uk"]BBC TV[/URL] content via streaming video across an IP connection either. But there will be at Christmas when Auntie Beeb go public and launch their big new Internet TV scheme. Unfortunately, until today it looked like only Windows users were going to be able to play, but the BBC has now announced a deal with Adobe which will add …

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Remember [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lonelygirl15"]Lonelygirl15[/URL]? If you have ever been anywhere near YouTube then the chances are the answer is oh yes, or more likely oh no. This was the supposed [URL="http://www.youtube.com/user/lonelygirl15"]video diary[/URL] of a teenager on the run that resonated with intrigued, and often concerned, viewers around the globe. A total of 60 million hits on the videos, with an average viewing figure of 300,000 per episode. Viewing figures and episodes? All sounds a little bit like TV doesn't it? That's because it was. The YouTube postings and the [URL="http://www.LG15.com"]Lonelygirl15 website[/URL] was the brainchild of three twenty-something guys from California: Miles Beckett …

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It has always been something of a running joke here in England, where you have to buy a license from the government in order to watch TV (I kid you not, it helps fund the good old BBC), that blind people get a 50 percent reduction on the annual £135 ($271) fee. Some might say that not being able to see the programming content of British television is a good thing, others that you can already listen to radio for free so why bother paying for the privilege? However, in a similar way that subtitles and closed captioning have allowed …

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Apple's digital hub, known as the Apple TV, has finally started shipping. It's aiming to bridge the link between your media and your TV, providing a wireless digital hub through which you can transfer your content to watch, namely the content purchased through the iTunes store. How much does it cost? $300, if you live in America. Apple has of course, designed this device to be multi-platform, so it has support for both Mac and Windows. (Nothing for *nix, of course.) However, though it supports multiple operating systems fairly well, it doesn't seem to play too well with other formats …

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The founders of Skype, Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, have already pretty successfully shaken up the telephony marketplace, and their next target could be YouTube. According to their [URL="http://www.theveniceproject.com"]posting [/URL]the duo are “working on a project that combines the best things about television with the social power of the internet - a project that gives viewers, advertisers and content owners more choice, control and creativity than ever before.” [URL="http://www.theveniceproject.com"]The Venice Project[/URL] is still pretty much under wraps right now, with a very limited Beta test underway but one which is set to expand dramatically next month. If you want to …

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