Geek Directory News Keeping you up to date with the most important gadget news, reviews and offers. Geek Directory News 48 49 Targeting the news that matters for the gadgets you use. The Future is Now! Microsoft has launched it's latest version of the X-Box; the Kinect. The motion control system for the X-Box 360 has no controllers and the on-screen avatars and menus are controlled by hand and body movements. Three cameras track players movements from a box which plugs directly into the X-Box 360. The cameras and audio sensors tr... 15 Jun 2010 10:15:00 GMT iPhone4? Who cares, James Bond car is for sale! The latest iPhone has been unveiled this week by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, however it appears that a few technical problems still need to be ironed out. The 4G iPhone is described as being the thinnest smartphone ever and is lighter than any previous iPhone. It has a high definition screen and is coated in glass on the front and back. ... 08 Jun 2010 10:15:00 GMT Google Bans Microsoft Windows The iPad was launched in the UK on Friday and as expected the queues were long and the atmosphere frenzied. The launch which was mirrored by similar scenes around the world has pushed sales of the gadget to beyond two million. Initial sales in the UK were only from Apple stores and outlets of Dixons, which includes some Curry's and... 01 Jun 2010 10:15:00 GMT Computer Transistor made from just 7 Atoms School technology agency Becta has been earmarked for closure by November and all 240 jobs at the agency will be lost. The closure has allowed the government to cut GBP65m a year from its budget, however Becta has argued that they have saved schools money over the years through changes to infrastructure and hardware. Previous p... 26 May 2010 10:15:00 GMT The GBP130,000 iPad Stuart Hughes from Liverpool has been featured in the Telegraph this week. The designer is responsible for creating gadgets which have been "blinged". In fact his greatest creation is probably the iPad he covered in 22 carat gold and 53 diamonds set into the Apple logo. The new owner paid GBP130,000 for the iPad, although a bud... 18 May 2010 10:15:00 GMT Technology not to be given control of UK elections With the UK election resulting in hundreds of people failing to be able to vote, experts are calling for an E-voting system to be put in place. The US has said they are planning such a system and India already has one in place. The British Electoral Commission have said they have concerns about how secure it may be. Technology anal... 11 May 2010 10:15:00 GMT Smartphones now 38% of mobile phone sales Research from GFK Retail and Technology has found that sales of Android based smartphones has increased from 3% to 12% of monthly contract sales in just the last few weeks. The Google mobile platform has an overall market share of 6% with one in five smartphones running on Android. The success is based on the release of the Nexus One... 04 May 2010 10:15:00 GMT The Americans Are Coming Vodaphone have announced they will be selling the Google Nexus One phone in the UK from April 30. For just GBP35 per month, on a two year contract, customers will get the first Google branded phone for free. Google will also be selling the phone direct to customers, flying in the face of how phones are usually marketed. Users h... 27 Apr 2010 10:15:00 GMT Support Line for failing Computer Hackers? A Symantec report has suggested that there are more than 100 attacks on computers every second worldwide. Of these, one each 4.5 seconds has a detrimental affect on the computer concerned. The amount of malicious software which was identified by Symantec increased by 71% in 2009 compared to 2008 and 51% of these were first seen in ... 20 Apr 2010 10:15:00 GMT Apple iPad Price Gouging Begins FollowUs has launched the very first GPS tracking device with UK address technology. The device will give a precise location for the wearer down to the full address. The device can be worn around the neck or carried in a pocket and has an SOS button and the ability to call the device. When the device has a request for a location it... 12 Apr 2010 10:15:00 GMT iPad or Robot Vacuum Cleaner? Easy Choice! Apple have blocked their customers from purchasing an app which tells phone users how much radiation might be emitted by their phone and offers advice on how to prevent levels getting too high. The app works by helping users to map their home or office so they know where the levels are highest, allowing them to be informed about th... 06 Apr 2010 10:15:00 GMT Gadgets Responsible for Kids Bad Behaviour An article in The Times has suggested that middle class parents are buying off their kids with gadgets in an attempt to keep them happy and entertained. This has prompted Mary Bousted the secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, to suggest that it is causing bad behaviour. She says that children live isolated lives a... 30 Mar 2010 10:15:00 GMT Centre for "Technology Addiction" Opens Up The Capio Nightingale Hospital in London has become the first UK location for "technology addicts" to get over their addiction. Dr Richard Graham is the hospital's Lead Young Persons Technology Addiction Consultant and says that those who become irritable when away from their gadgets need treatment. People who have a preoccupation ... 23 Mar 2010 10:15:00 GMT 3D Channel to be launched this year Sky TV is showcasing its 3D technology in a number of undisclosed locations over the next year. However they are promising at least 100 3D shopping centre demos. The first of which took place in the Westfield shopping centre in London. Sky will be launching their first 3D channel later this year and want users to get a taste of wha... 16 Mar 2010 10:15:00 GMT 3D TV is Finally Out There! Sony have announced the price of their 3D glasses and emitter package which will be sold alongside their 3D ready TV's. The LX900 is the only 3D ready TV which Sony sell and is part of their monolithic range. The active shutter glasses will come with it. The glasses can be sold separately for around GBP90 and the emitter for andp... 09 Mar 2010 10:15:00 GMT iPad Prices Suggested ... Like you needed more reasons to hate it ... A hand-held bomb detector in the shape of a wand is to stay in use in Iraq, despite reports that it does not work properly. The Iraqi Prime Minister held an investigation into the devices known as ADE651 and claimed that just 50% of those tested worked. Those which are ineffective will be replaced. A series of suicide bombings last... 02 Mar 2010 10:15:00 GMT Eighties Nostalgia Hits the Gadget Market Gadgets which first hit the shops in the eighties are now selling for incredible prices according to The Mirror this week. The Stylophone organ can now be sold for GBP50 if it is in it's original box, while the early calculator, the Sinclair Executive can fetch GBP120. Even old games such as Simon, Speak and Spell and Pacma... 23 Feb 2010 10:15:00 GMT iPhone Insurance Fraud on the Rise Owners of the iPhone are resorting to insurance fraud to get the latest handset according to specialist insurer Supercover. Carmi Korine, director of the insurer has found that as new upgrades are launched for the iPhone, they begin to notice an increase in claims for lost or damaged phones. They say that around 4 out of 120 claims... 16 Feb 2010 10:15:00 GMT 3D Films, 3D Football matches, 3D Fashion Shows and now ... 3D Bus Stops! Huge demand for tickets to the Gadget Show Live has meant that the organisers have been forced to add an extra day to the schedule. The show will now be held from the 7-11 April at the NEC. This is is just the second year that the show has run and follows from last years success when it scooped an Event Award. Attendees will be ... 09 Feb 2010 10:15:00 GMT The Apple iPad? No thanks. There are plenty of things we can waste our money on first! Apple CEO Steve Jobs finally unveiled the new Apple iPad this week. After much anticipation the details of the iPad can be revealed. At just 700g and 0.5 inches thick, the tablet style computer is very portable. The display screen is 9.7 inches and it has a battery life of 10 hours. It can use wi-fi, 3G and Bluetooth and ... 02 Feb 2010 10:15:00 GMT Nokia Hacks, Fujitsu Strikes and Samsung Geo-Stamps your Megapixels Samsung has announced the release of their WB650 and WB5600 12.2 mega-pixel cameras. The point and shoot cameras with an amazing 15x optical zoom even have built in GPS technology so images can be geo-tagged from anywhere in the world. The camera will display the name of the city and country from where the photo is taken ... 26 Jan 2010 10:15:00 GMT YouTube Microwaves, Vibrating Dumbells and iMacs for your Dolls House ... all blessed by your local vicar? Cast Oven have released their latest kitchen gadget - the YouTube microwave oven. The concept model has won two awards at the Mashup awards ceremony. It has an LCD screen instead of a window and when the user punches in the amount of time the food will cook for, it automatically launches the internet and shows a YouTube c... 19 Jan 2010 10:15:00 GMT You can Charge your Mobile via Wifi ... of course, Sony announces longer battery life so you don't need to Virgin has questioned 2000 people in the UK regarding how stressful they find it when their gadget stops working and what sort of support they get from their provider. 78% of those surveyed said they had shouted at their technology and 21% had even thrown them against a wall. 14% claim to have punched their gadgets. In response,... 12 Jan 2010 10:15:00 GMT Airport Scanners and Helicopter Kit-outs ... not trendy, but very important Gordon Brown has approved the use of full body scanners at UK airports following the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas Day. The scanners have already been tested at Heathrow and Manchester airports and will be rolled out to all BAA airports as soon as possible. Customer acceptance of the scanners, which shows a full body "... 05 Jan 2010 10:15:00 GMT