Children in Brazil and Asia get computers for first time with low-cost Linux software

A Linux-based software that lets you use one computer to control ten separate ones has been in "overwhelming demand" from schools in Asia and South America according the makers Userful. The computer system called Userful Multiseat Linux lets anyone…

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Anna LeachChildren in Brazil and Asia get computers for first time with low-cost Linux software

Photo software doesn't just recognise your face, it improves it

We're familiar with photo-editing software recognising our faces – programmes like iPhoto or Picasa will run through your photo albums auto-tagging your friends, after you've tagged a few yourself. But the idea that photo programme could also improve your friends'…

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Anna LeachPhoto software doesn't just recognise your face, it improves it

Hello Facial Recognition – how and why your laptop recognises your face

Getting a laptop with face-recognition is like having your best friend on your desk – not only is it helpful and informative, it also perks up when your bleary little face comes into its viewfinder.

Well by perk up I mean access your user account, but it's roughly the same thing.

Of course face recognition tech has been around before but it is only in the past few years it has come off scary passport interrogation and into the lives of simple consumers like you and me. Yes simple, but with complex faces that can be recognised with a webcam and a visual analysis program.

Hilariously, there's a little user log which records the day, time and the mugshot of you that it accepted. Map how you look at 7.30am Tuesday morning compared with Saturday afternoon…

Where do we find facial recognition technology these days?

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Anna LeachHello Facial Recognition – how and why your laptop recognises your face

Serif PagePlus – indesign for the masses

For someone who wants to do a simple design task: make a tennis club newsletter, advertise yoghurts, create birthday invitations or whatever – spending £684 on Adobe Indesign for is out of the question.

Kids will always download illegal copies of Adobe software but for someone who doesn’t want to break the law – or the bank either, Serif products are a good compromise. Serif is a small British company who are niggling Adobe from underneath – by making products at about 85% of the functionality at

Signature product PagePlus a desktop publisher you can use to design publications like brochures or newsletters, came out in its fourth edition a couple of weeks ago. Serif claim it has 85% the functionality of Indesign at about 11% of the price. We take a quick look at the rice and the product..

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Anna LeachSerif PagePlus – indesign for the masses

Ipadio: why you should phone-blog

If Twitter lets you send a text message to the world, it was only a matter of time before someone invented something that let you make a phone call to world. I say the world – I mean your Social Network and the miscellaneous people who look at your blog.

Anyway, Ipadio is a phone blogging tool that lets you do just that. They released an iPhone app last month and an Android one today.

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Anna LeachIpadio: why you should phone-blog

Social-networking sites & blogs have love-children

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The mounting buzz around short-form blogging sites Posterous and Tumblr puts a new spin on the blogs v twitter debate; a third way. It’s got me thinking that rather than killing each other, or even co-existing, social networking sites and blogs are actually coming together and making mid-length social blog babies.

Metaphorically I mean, there’s no business deal or sex involved anywhere.

Suggestions that blogs are shortening comes along with the idea that tweets could lengthen: new service Twitblogs is an near-exact replica of Twitter with the difference that you can extend posts beyond 140 characters.

It seems to be that having stoked the desire for in-depth lengthy posts (blogs) and up-to-the-minute link-tastic chatty random short posts (twitter) – businesses are moving into a middle ground that caters to both.

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AnnaLeachSocial-networking sites & blogs have love-children

CrazyTalk 6 lets you create a 3D version of yourself

The folk behind Crazy Talk 4, the animation software we reviewed in 2007 have just released an updated version of their programme called CrazyTalk 6. They've improved some of the issues we had, and have added some extra features…

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Zara RabinowiczCrazyTalk 6 lets you create a 3D version of yourself

WoW players can now game in a virus free world with Norton AntiVirus Gaming edition

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Gamers often have a rather hard time of things security wise. As much as they want to keep their computer safe from viral and phishing scams, they don’t want to compromise game time by annoying pop ups or a slowed down CPU. Norton aim to help those MMORPG players with their new gaming specific software.

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Zara RabinowiczWoW players can now game in a virus free world with Norton AntiVirus Gaming edition

So long Photoshop! Sumo Paint provides identical editing software for free online!

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Now Photoshop is a really useful tool if you need to edit images quickly. It far surpass Paint, as it lets you edit, adapt and delicately create masterpieces on your desktop. But its fairly tricky to use (unless you start with Elements) and then of course, there’s the licensing fee, and the fact that unless you have a dual core computer it will use vast amounts of CPU. Well I’ve just discovered the best editing programmed ever, and surprise, surprise it looks pretty much IDENTICAL to my beloved Photoshop. But it’s 100% free!

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Zara RabinowiczSo long Photoshop! Sumo Paint provides identical editing software for free online!

Loads of friends on Facebook = likely to be victim of cyber crime

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You may relish in your undeniable popularity on Facebook (you have well over 400 friends – well done), but it’s this same Facebook fame that could make you a target for cyber criminals. These virtual deviants are hijacking Facebook accounts and trying to con you out of your money by posing as a friend in grave need. So if you get a message from your mate asking you to lend him/her £500 because he’s stranded in the outback or lost somewhere in the Congo, it’s safe to assume that’s a scam (unless that’s the norm for you and your pals of course and then it become tricky).

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Lucy HedgesLoads of friends on Facebook = likely to be victim of cyber crime