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EU looks into mobile phone dangers for kids

The European Commission has launched a consultation into the dangers mobile phones pose to minors. The outcome might be new European Union legislation to protect kids from stalkers, bullies and dangerous Internet material, the Commission said Tuesday...

EU approves radical batteries recycling law

The European Parliament has signed off on a radical new law aimed at curbing pollution from used portable batteries. Manufacturers will also be forced to provide more accurate information about product performance.

MS ANTITRUST - Regulators OK EU fine against Microsoft

The European Commission is poised to fine Microsoft again, after antitrust regulators from the 25 countries in the European Union gave unanimous support Monday to the Commission's plan to punish the company for failing to comply with its 2004 antitru...

EU to mandate battery recycling

Manufacturers and resellers of batteries for devices including laptops and phones will be obliged to dispose of spent batteries, and new batteries will be restricted in the amount of mercury and cadmium they can contain, according to a new Europe-wid...

MS ANTITRUST - Samba creator takes stand in Microsoft case

Andrew Tridgell, creator of the Samba server software used by free and open-source software developers alike, made an important contribution to the European Commission's defense of its 2004 Microsoft antitrust ruling at the Court of First Instance la...

390,000 applications for .eu names in first 100 minutes

The registry for the .eu top level domain (TLD) received 390,000 applications in the first 100 minutes after registration was opened to all residents of the European Union, E.U. Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding said Friday.

EU approves Sony-NEC joint venture

The European Commission announced Friday that it has approved the creation of an optical disc drive (ODD) joint venture between Sony and NEC.

MS ANTITRUST - US diplomats intervene in EU case

As it makes a final effort during two days of hearings to avert daily fines of up to US$2.4 million in its ongoing antitrust fight with the European Commission, Microsoft Corp. has received sympathy, if not support, from a powerful friend: The US gov...

EU warns Microsoft over Vista features

The European Commission has laid out specific antitrust concerns it has about Vista, Microsoft's long-awaited new operating system, Commission spokesman Jonathan Todd said Wednesday.

Microsoft loosening contracts for PC makers

Amid mounting pressure from competition regulators, Microsoft will scrap a clause in its licensing contracts with PC manufacturers that prevents them from enforcing any hardware patents they have that may have implications for software.

OECD calls for cooperation on spam

Governments around the world were urged to cooperate more in their fight against the proliferation of spam, or unsolicited e-mail, at a conference Monday organized by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

EC threatens to fine Microsoft

The European Commission (EC) could fine Microsoft up to 10 percent of its global annual sales for monopoly offenses, it said Wednesday.

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Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

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Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

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