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New ‘lookouts’ for climate change

New 'lookouts' for climate change Corries high in the Scottish mountains are to become “lookout posts” in an effort to better monitor the effects of climate change Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is leading the Snowbed Project…

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Google’s experimental Gmail toys

Google's experimental Gmail toys In a first, Google is opening up its testing process by calling on tens of millions of Gmail users to put new features of the service through their paces…

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Yahoo goes back to its roots

Yahoo goes back to its roots For millions of people worldwide Yahoo remains synonymous with the internet itself, but after Microsoft walked away from buying the firm what does the future hold?…

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Microsoft’s browser gets upgraded

Microsoft's browser gets upgraded Microsoft has made Internet Explorer 7 (IE 7) available to the general public. The new version is the first upgrade to the web browsing program for more than five years…

Firefox claims download success

Firefox claims download success

Firefox claims download success Mozilla is claiming a download record for the release of Firefox 3

In the first 24 hours the web browser was available the software was downloaded more than 8 million times, says Mozilla.

Statistics from the download servers are being scrutinised to produce an official figure that will be passed to the Guinness World Record organisation.

But the launch was marred by news from security firms who have found the first flaws in the software…

Firefox claims download success

iriver’s cute little Lplayer gets reviewed

iriver's cute little Lplayer gets reviewed

iriver’s Lplayer, which we just got done handling ourselves, made it over to the review crew at PC Magazine. As expected, both design and interface were smiled upon, and critics also felt the price was fair. Upon using the admittedly wee device, they seemed to have problems getting the click buttons to respond like they wanted, but aside from that, hardly anything negative was said.

The broad codec support was praised, the built-in equalizer worked as advertised and the FM tuner / voice recorder were welcome extras. All in all, it was seen as a worthy rival to the iPod nano…

Firefox claims download success

Physics agency instigates review

Physics agency instigates review The body overseeing UK astronomy and physics is to commission an independent review of its operations.

The probe into the effectiveness of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) follows widespread concern over the status of its budget.

The council says its settlement from government has left it no choice but to find £80m of savings through to 2011.

This puts at risk a number of current science…