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Have you ever written a status update for Facebook or Twitter only to delete it before publishing because it didn't sound cool enough? Or is your LinkedIn page perhaps filled with fancy descriptions like 'master of content creation' or 'digital guru' when in reality the only digital work you've done is a bit of personal blogging and 'networking' with your old school friends?

We've been discussing this in the office all week and now we ask you Shiny readers: is social networking making us liars? Are we being honest about who we are and what we like or are we guilty of presenting a better, more interesting version of ourselves online?

Take our poll or leave us a comment - we'd love to hear your thoughts!


CoolerBooks gets a helping hand from Google Books

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cOOLBOOK.JPGFollowing my story about eBooks last week, I thought it would be wrong not to tell you about this.

Coolerbooks has become the first ebookstore outside America to team up with Google.

The partnership will include over 1 million public domain books from Google Books in its online library, some of which can be downloaded free as they don't have any copyright.

Cooler is promising that by the end of the year there will be a whopping 2m titles available on its store, which can also accommodate over 19 formats, including PDF and MP3 for audiobooks.

Users will also be able to view a preview of many of the ebooks on offer, allowing them to read a few pages before deciding whether they would like to buy the whole title.

However those of us in the UK will only see half of these pop up on their eBooks, due to licensing restrictions. That's still 500,000 titles to get through though.

Now we might be getting a bit too excited about eBooks and eBook readers, so we want to hear your views.

Vote below and let us know if you think this technology is something you would buy.


Nineties Flashback: Why Pagers are cool

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Zara Rabinowicz Writes...

Go with the flow they say, and that has brought us into this glitzy technology filled media age, where if it isn’t walking talking Homer Sapiens it’s proposing via a LCD ring box or cavorting on the latest night vision webcam. What happened to old fashioned conversations, gadgets that were useful as well as ornamental and using a phone just to talk? No, I hark back to the era were the Spice Girls were actually Girls and no one yet knew Rupert Everett was gay (or maybe just me).

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And this brings me to pagers, a symbol of the tech uselessness of the decade. A small gadget you can send messages to (via a really mean operator) that you can’t reply to unless you’re near a phone. Seriously fairly dull. I mean the premise was that parents (who inevitably bought you one) was that they could contact you in emergency. How? Unless they hoped a justified use of exclamations marks conveyed urgency, they couldn’t just will a microphone onto that little box. But they were cute, and highly covetable. Tell the truth, you thought they were hot, right?

Old skool Yay or Nay Wednesday: the Swarovski DS Lite

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We haven't had a good Yay or Nay here in a while, and nothing divides people like religion Swarovski. Personally, I freakin' love these things - who knew Mario looked so good in crystal form?

This is actually part of a whole selection of DS makeovers and covers written about over on Crafty Crafty, so if you're into something about more home made and subtle, check out the story here. In the meantime, click over the jump to take part in the Yay or Nay poll, and if you're feeling extra good, leave us a comment.

IFA 07: Sharp dancers singing the hilarious Aquos song

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Only in Germany could a company get away with something so cheesy as four brightly-clad dancers singing along to a ditty about a TV range. And only in Germany could the whole audience lap it up, cheering wildly and demanding more.

I'm sold - they do these performances every half hour, I think I might spend the rest of IFA watching every single one. As soon as I can, I'm downloading the single. I'm going to watch this video every day for the rest of my life. Heck, I'm buying an Aquos as soon as I get out of this country! This video is that brilliant.

"Aquos! It's a line of success, and we're simply the best! Aquos! High definition TV, something-something-something". Note to Sharp - you have next year's Eurovision song contest winner on your hands. EXPLOIT!

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We've all heard lots about how long Google stores your searches for, and there's been plenty of reactions from other search engines to assure us they are the better option. Just a few weeks ago Ask.com announced they'd be cutting down their cookie storage time to 18 months, and you could delete those whenever you wanted, so you could effectively search anonymously. Microsoft has followed suit, and made the 18 month rule retrospective.

So, is this an issue that concerns you? Or do you feel ok about your searches being stored indefinitely? After all, if you're not searching for anything bad, what's the problem, right? If you want to expand on your vote, just use the comment function below.

Yay or Nay: the 80GB Sony PS3

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The Sony Computer Entertainment Europe President reckons he's not going to bring the souped up 80GB PS3 to Europe, like, eva, since he doesn't reckon it's worth it. He says, unless you're going to do something drastic like double the storage, it's just not worth his time. So, what do you think? Is he right? Or would you like the opportunity to decide for yourself, and take advantage of that extra 20GB? Feel free to leave us a comment on your true feelings.

Yay or Nay Wednesday: Casinos on your mobile

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Aces Royal has expanded their line-up of casino games you can play for cold hard cash, via your mobile. Now, you can try your hand at blackjack, poker and for the first time, roulette. Tables start at just 10p a bet, so could be considered a bit of harmless fun. Or is it a really bad idea to have something generally considered to be quite addictive, available to you 24 hours a day?

Whilst it works on many handsets, it's not compatible with the Blackberry Pearl. On the one hand, I'm gutted (I love a bit of roulette) whilst on the other I'm glad I don't have the temptation sitting there. What do you reckon? Fun diversion whilst you're waiting for the bus, or something altogether more dangerous?

Last week we asked you whether you thought paying for your parking via text messages could be the future. Apparently, it's in place and proving popular in Denver, Colorado. Although there are certain (not unwarranted) concerns that the world will become text-mad, and we'll only communicate with each other via text message, Twitter and other mobile social-network means. And what a happy day that will be...

ntext128a.jpgIn an attempt to stop thieves causing £100,000 worth of damage to boring old cash parking meters every year, Westminster City Council is planning to rip out 2,000 of the traditional boxes, replacing them with text-driven payment systems instead. This paves the way for all the old style meters to be removed from Central London by next year.

Pros: You don't have to carry around fistfuls of shrapnel now that parking has reached a phenomenal average of £4/hr, and you get the option to receive a text alert and top up (wasn't that once called feeding the meter?). Cons: If you don't have a mobile or a credit / debit card, you're screwed going to have to use council car parks where you can find them. A great way to ease parking pains? A further incentive to use public transport? Have you seen a system like this where you live? Does it work? Please, have your say.

Last time we asked you about Safari for Windows. You were dubious about it, and took the opportunity to complain about iTunes on Windows too. In my opinion, understandably.

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The Apple Developers Conference held a few surprises, including one that's caused a fair amount of blogosphere controversy: Safari browser for Windows.

We've reviewed it, Tech Digest has its own take on it... Now we want to know what YOU think. Will it tempt you away from Mozilla or (hiss! spit!) IE? Have you tried it and remain unconvinced? Are the rumoured security problems making you nervous?

Last week we asked you about the London 2012 Olympics Logo. Somewhat predictably, you all still hated it. You and the rest of the right-thinking world!

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[Don't forget to vote at Trashionista, Hippyshopper, Corrie Blog, Catwalk Queen, Kiss and Makeup, The Bag Lady, Shoewawa and Bridalwave too!]

htc_smartphone.jpgThe first Windows Mobile 6 phones have already hit the US and the UK is welcoming the HTC S710 (as reviewed by us). Updates to the mobile software include HTML emails, proper rendering for the 100 most popular websites, more messenger usability and improved Windows Live Search.

Worth upgrading? Was Windows Mobile 5 good enough? Has 6 improved sufficiently? Or sod it all, get used to OSX and get an iPhone as soon as possible?

Last week we asked you if WiFi was safe or not. I think so. You think so. Let's be friends. I mean, like, Facebook friends. Not real ones. That would be weird.

[Don't forget to vote at Trashionista, Hippyshopper, Corrie Blog, Catwalk Queen, Kiss and Makeup, The Bag Lady, Shoewawa and Bridalwave too!]

wifi_logo.jpgWe've ummed and ahhed over wireless devices... but what we want to know now is do you think it's safe? We heard about the BBC report and subsequent Guardian debunking. We know that some sort of reliable investigation is probably necessary. But what do you predict the outcome will be? Are we safe in our WiFi coccoon? Is it all needless scaremongering? Or are we about to fry our brains (and possibly our reproductive organs) unless the WiFi Apocalypse can be prevented?

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[Don't forget to vote at Trashionista, Hippyshopper, Corrie Blog, Catwalk Queen, Kiss and Makeup, The Bag Lady, Shoewawa and Bridalwave too!]

bt_on_demand_logo.jpgWe've been hearing a lot about on-demand services recently, from Virgin's 007 announcement to the multi-million pound campaign for BT Vision. Now we want to hear from you: are you planning to get on board with BT? Are you already using another service and plan to stick with it? Making a switch? Or just happy to risk missing your favourite TV show?

Last week we asked you about the BlackBerry Curve but it seems there isn't much of an opinion either way yet... perhaps we need to wait until you too have had your grubby little mitts all over it.

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[Don't forget to vote at Trashionista, Hippyshopper, Corrie Blog, Catwalk Queen, Kiss and Makeup, The Bag Lady, Shoewawa and Bridalwave too!]

blackberry_curve_front.jpgAs our video review suggests, we're pretty much in love with the new sleek styling of the BlackBerry Curve. But what about you? Are you convinced? Is the slim smartphone really more attractive to women? Are you a BlackBerry fan and if not would the Curve change your mind?

Last week we asked you about the MOTORAZR V3i Purple. Despite a Nay (and *yawn*) in the comments, responses to our article about the same phone suggested that support for Motorola's now-aging RAZR brand is anything but flagging.

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It seems like the Razr has been around forever with its natty design, easy interface and spanking colour combinations. Previously issued in everything from gorgeous gold to bubblegum pink, and a 3G compatible device, the metallic purple version, is well, just because really. Motorola say this colour is being issued for Mother’s day, but we say that purple is this season’s black. They’ve also added Bluetooth and quad band coverage, but it’s essentially the same. So are you lusting after this mobile, or waiting for them to bring out a different style/colour way? Or have you *gasp* made the move to Nokia or Samsung? Spill here..


nokia_n95.jpgNokia have really pushed the advertising boat out with the N95, even going so far as interactive bus stop entertainment.

Was it worth the effort? Has Nokia convinced you that this is full-on mobile PC phone? Has our review made you lust after one? Do you refuse to commit your whole life to a single piece of gadgetry? Do tell.

Last week we wondered if the world was ready for a dual Bluray / HD-DVD player. The response was a resounding erm, maybe, possibly, dunno, which just goes to show something, I'm sure.

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[Don't forget to vote at Trashionista, Hippyshopper, Corrie Blog, Catwalk Queen, Kiss and Makeup, The Bag Lady, Shoewawa and Bridalwave too!]

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We reported on the launch back in January, and LG are now formally announcing that the BH100 dual Bluray HD-DVD player will hit UK shops in May. It will not be a particularly economical proposition, with a recommended retail price of £1000.

Last time we contemplated MySpace. The survey overwhelmingly said Nay. So it seems sensible to turn our thoughts to a home entertainment, sitting-on-the-sofa-refusing-to-talk-to-anyone device. Given the cost, is it worth getting a dual player when full interactivity will not be available on HD-DVDs and it won't double up as a CD player? Or, if you're very short of space (or are, like me, stolidly refusing to make a decision on your favourite format of the future), could it be a convenient, if costly, compromise? Yay or Nay?

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[Don't forget to vote at Trashionista, Hippyshopper, Corrie Blog, Catwalk Queen, Kiss and Makeup, The Bag Lady, Shoewawa and Bridalwave too!]

YayNay28March.JPGThis week isn't a gadget but I'll bet you've all heard of it. Yes the social networking supremo My Space. It's not quite a blog, not quite a web site, not quite social networks... yet, umpteen million of you have one for your own bit of web self promotion. Do you love it, hate it and have you got one? Yay or nay and why?

Last week I asked you about the PS3. Were you desperate to get your hands on one? The survey said nay with the primary reason given that it was too expensive.

[Don't forget to vote at Trashionista, Hippyshopper, Corrie Blog, Catwalk Queen, Kiss and Makeup, The Bag Lady, Shoewawa and Bridalwave too!]

yaynay21march.JPGAre you sick to death of hearing about the imminent PS3 launch? Or are you clamouring to get your hands on the latest gaming console? Will it be worth upgrading to and will you abandon your shiny new Wii in its favour? Yay or Nay for the PS3 and why?

Last week I asked you about wireless devices and there was a mixture of yays and nays. It just depends on what the device is but in general, you're not all that bothered by a few wires.

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[Don't forget to vote at Trashionista, Hippyshopper, Corrie Blog, Catwalk Queen, Kiss and Makeup, The Bag Lady, Shoewawa and Bridalwave too!]

yaynay14March.JPGWhat do you think of wireless devices? Like all gadgets, wireless devices - which can be keyboards, mice, headsets and so on - have their good points - no wires being the obvious one since it means no tangling or fraying cables. The bad points can be the device's temperamental natures and battery sucking qualities. Do you love your wireless devices? Yay or Nay and why?

Last week I asked you about Skype and largely, you said yay. It's great for international calls and IM. However, at least one of you agreed with me that we could do without the weird men trying to chat.

[Don't forget to vote at Trashionista, Hippyshopper, Corrie Blog, Catwalk Queen, Kiss and Makeup, The Bag Lady, Shoewawa and Bridalwave too!]

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