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Posts tagged with Gadgets

Apple's iPhone hacked within days of release

It was only released last Friday, but hackers have already found a way to get into to iPhone's master password.

Since the much-hyped release of Apple's latest gadget, hackers have been trying to understand how to activate the device with any sim card, instead of having to use AT&T, the exclusive carrier for the iPhone.

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Google encourages gadget developers

Google has launched a pilot programme that will provide funding to developers using its gadget API to develop their own applications.

Under the scheme, developers can apply for a grant if their app is in Google's gadgets directory and has at least 250,000 weekly page views.


Bank tests mobile Visa payments

US bank Wells Fargo is to begin testing Visa's mobile payments system with 50 of its own employees.

Introduced earlier this year, the system allows customers to buy goods using mobiles equipped with special chips that can be swiped over retail scanners.


Music Station plans October launch in UK

Music Station, a new service offering all-you-can-eat music downloads to mobiles, is reportedly planning to launch in the UK in October.

The Independent says Omnifone, Music Station’s owner, is in talks with Carphone Warehouse over a deal to preload the service onto new handsets.


Fifth of Father's Day shoppers go online

Around a fifth of American shoppers will go online to buy their dad a gift this Father's Day, according to new research.

The National Retail Federation found 18.7% of people will turn to an e-commerce store to buy a gift for the occasion, which is marked this weekend.

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Web radio firm Slacker raises $40m in funding

Slacker, a recently launched web radio service, has raised $40m (£20m) in a second round of funding, to add to the $14.5m (£7.3m) raised in a Series A round of funding earlier this year.

According to peHUB, Centennial Ventures and Rho Ventures were new investors, while Austin Ventures, Mission Ventures and Sevin Rosen Funds, which had participated in the first round, invested again.

And it turns out that Slacker has some serious non-web ambitions...


Microsoft unveils coffee table PC

Microsoft has launched a new touch-sensitive table-shaped computer called 'surface'. It will not require a keyboard or mouse, so users can operate the PC with their fingers.  

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Pocket-lint launches gadget IPTV channel

Gadgets news and review website Pocket-lint has teamed up with Flawless media to produce Megawhat.tv, an online IPTV channel dedicated to gadgets.


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Amazon snaps up camera review site

London-based digital photography site dpreview.com has been bought by Amazon in a deal showing the value of trusted reviews on niche products.

Started as a hobby site nine years ago, dpreview specialises in independent reviews of digital cameras and accessories, as well as discussions forums and buyers’ guides.


SpinVox co-founder explains voice-to-blog service

SpinVox is a UK company which provides a range of voice-to-text services, primarily its Spin my Vmail service, which converts voicemails into text messages.

Spin my Blog, which SpinVox launched earlier this year, uses the company's patented Voice Message Conversion System (VMCS) to allow bloggers to post articles from their phones.


Barclays uses chip and PIN to combat online fraud

In an attempt to add an extra layer of security to online banking transactions, Barclays Bank has sent out 'PINsentry' machines to its online account holders.

Over half a million Barclays customers will be sent the free PINsentry card readers by the end of the year, which will be used to prevent online banking fraud.


Slacker launches web radio service

A new web radio service called Slacker has launched in beta today. When it unveils its associated music player later this year, it will aim to make internet radio portable and even compete with the mighty iPod.

Slacker has bagged $13.5m (£7m) in funding from Sevin Rosen, Austin Ventures and Mission Ventures, and its team includes Dennis Mudd, who was previously CEO at Musicmatch.