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NewDigitalSoft AI Robot 2.0

The AI Robot is a simple piece of software that allows you to run automated keyboard and mouse sequences that you can record yourself. This is great news for anybody who has no idea how to program a script or run a macro, but inevitably has to do ple...

PC Game -- Nancy Drew: Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon

For those unfamiliar with Nancy Drew, she's been around since the 1930s solving mysteries in a style reminiscent of the clan from Scooby Doo - albeit with less Combies, humour and masks. Despite being in her 75th year, Nancy Drew appears to have no t...

Benq JoyBook S61 v30

BenQ's latest release, the S61 v30, is the only 12.1in notebook we've seen to come with a built-in digital TV tuner. It weighs just 1.65kgs, has a 12.1in screen with a 1200x800 resolution and a slim optical drive bay, yet it's remarkably portable.

Swann PC DVR 4 NET Security Guardian

Multiple camera security surveillance over a network (using Internet Protocol) can be expensive to implement. Swann has created a surveillance solution that delivers exactly the same thing - multiple camera security - at a competitive price.

Sony VGN-TX27GP

Sony has once again shown it has notebook style mastered to a degree that would make Steve Jobs green with envy. Focusing heavily on form, whilst squeezing out as much functionality as is currently possible is Sony's VGN-TX27GP, the follow up to the ...

Deckonomics 101

Damien Donnelly dives into the yawning gap between digital idealism and analog realism.

@Last Software Sketchup

SketchUp 5 from @Last software, recently acquired by Google, allows anybody to become a fairly proficient technical drawer in next to no time with its simple interface for 3-D design. While its software isn't as powerful as computer aided design (CAD...

Acer Ferrari 4006 WLMi

The Acer Ferrari 4006 has a superior build quality to the manufacturer's other notebook models. It uses carbon fibre for the chassis and a rubberised coating, which gives it an almost leather-like feel.

Citrix gotomy pc version 5.0

If you ever wanted to connect remotely to your desktop PC, then the obvious solution was Windows Remote Desktop connection. However, this involves a convoluted setup process, and it will run at a slow pace without many of the features found in Go...

Pioneer DVR-A11XLA

Pioneer's latest optical drive has placed the company back on top in our Best Buys charts. It produced excellent quality burns and didn't falter once in any of our tests, making it a marked improvement over the last Pioneer drive we looked at, the DV...

Acer Ferrari 4006

The Acer Ferrari 4006 has a superior build quality to the manufacturer's other notebook models.

Mitac DL75

The Mitac DL75 is a competitively priced notebook, which offers a big screen, decent connectivity and acceptable performance

Toshiba Satellite A100

The A100 is designed as an all-round notebook that would be a good buy for students, considering its price and specifications. It features an Intel Core Duo Processor T2300 running at 1.66GHz, 512MB DDR2 RAM and a 128MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300 graphic...

Asus EN7800 GT

Proponents of silent computer systems usually have to compromise on the performance of the system when it comes to selecting the quietest components.

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