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Heathrow warns travellers to the US to ensure all electronic gadgets are charged

Heathrow Airport officials are warning passengers travelling to the US with electronic gadgets in their hand luggage that they must ensure that all their devices are charged or face having them confiscated. Details were posted on the airports website and official Facebook page and comes after a request from the US that ‘certain overseas airports’ implement enhanced security protocols over fears of terrorist threats.

Looking for a laptop?

If you are looking for a laptop at the budget end of the market, which is ideal for a family or for a student at University, which boots from cold in a matter of seven seconds then the Acer Chromebook could be for you. It has a claimed battery life of eight and a half hours, is tin, 30% less than the previous Acer model and weighs a mere 1.3kg retailing here at an estimated £188.

Data storage, why is it so important?

It’s unlikely that you have your own power station at home and you probably keep your money in a bank, not stuffed inside your mattress. But you almost certainly keep your important digital files, such as documents, photos, music and videos, on a hard drive in your house. Many people are well organised and decide to backup all that data, but you probably keep your backups on another hard drive somewhere in your house. In the event of a catastrophe of one sort or another burglary, or a flood for example, you could lose both copies of your data.There are many external sources that will allow you to back up your data, for example BT Digital Vault online file and photo storage lets you safely store important or large files like photos or videos without the need for expensive hard drives or disks, and can be accessed from any computer. Windows Live SkyDrive offers 25GB of free online storage. Your stuff is stored in the cloud which means you can access it from any web-enabled PC. There are many others and it is well worth considering getting external data storage.

Acer 5742 Laptop

Laptops from Acer are known for their sleek looks and have a host of features that make computing a pleasure. More and more tech savvy users are choosing the Acer brand their laptops are increasingly the choice made by computing enthusiasts and give great value for money. Not only are you assured of the quality by way of the brand name behind the laptop but you also do not go beyond your budget to achieve it.The Acer 5742 features powerful processing and wide-ranging communication capabilities, has a generous 15.6” display, great features and as you would expect elegant styling. This streamlined net book is about 12 in thickness making it easy to handle with a truly professional look. Fitted with a 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive and Intel core i5-460M processor, this notebook will met most demands asked of it including seamless gaming and multitasking.

Compaq CQ56-113SA Laptop Review

The modern day laptop is far more powerful than many desk PC’s of only a few years ago, in fact it would not be untrue to say that there are many desk top PC’s that are still in use today that are considerably slower and with far less memory than budget laptops which can be found in the high street or online.An example is from Compaq with their CQ56-113SA which is a fantastic laptop with 3GB memory, expandable to 8GB, and Intel Celeron Dual Core processor to ensure speedy operation. Featuring a built in web cam and microphone this laptop is perfect for keeping in touch with software such as Skype. It also includes a large 250GB storage to store all your files and data. Prices of laptops are incredibly cheap and many are substituting these for the conventional desk top computer.

Hewlett Packard HP Mini 110-3102sa Netbook

Computing on the move with this HP Mini Netbook letting you go everywhere, and stay connected without technology weighing you down. A beautiful thin and versatile design, the HP Mini 110 gives you true mobile computing with the freedom and tools to do more of what you want, wherever you want. The HP Mini is your perfect travel companion, allowing you to surf the web and stay entertained anywhere you go. You’ll get a 93% full-size keyboard and 25.7 cm (10.1″) diagonal screen, plus built-in wireless LANWith its own portable entertainment centre, with one-touch web access via HP QuickWeb, you also enjoy stunning video and digital audio, or you chat with friends via the integrated webcam. Featuring an Intel Atom Processor N455 1.66GHz, and memory of 1GG which is extendable to 2GB this minicomputer will allow you to have fun, surf the net, or do some work whilst away.

Recombu competition – win a MacBook Air, Xbox 360, HTC Desire and more!

Christmas is a time for giving, and the folks down at mobile phone comparison website Recombu have taken this literally, by offering up a bounty of prizes in their Christmas competition. One lucky winner will win a MacBook Air, Xbox 360, HTC Desire, Logitech Squeezebox and a Three MiFi, and the best thing is you can do it on twitter. Two runners up will also win a Three MiFi each.To be in with a chance to win these great prizes simply tweet the following sentence:”I want to win a MacBook Air, Xbox 360, Three MiFi and more! from @recombu and #Three for a very #ThreeMiFiChristmas”Or alternatively go to the Recombu competition page and click on the ‘Enter Competition’ button; this will take you to the Twitter home page and after you log in the sentence will automatically be ready to tweet out.The competition will run till the end of 2010 and the winners will be announced in January 2011; you must be a resident of the UK to enter.

Acer Iconia dual touch screen tablet announced

Today we have two more tablet PCs to play around with and both will be launched by the Taiwan based manufacturer Acer, will be in two size categories, running two different operating systems. These are a 10 inch device running Windows 7 with an Intel core and a smaller 7 inch tablet running Android 2.2.Launched in New York which comes as no surprise as the US is perhaps the biggest tablet market right now with the iPad ruling the roost. The timing couldn’t have been better with the holidays fast approaching and electronic gadgets such as tablets are already proving popular and likely to increase, possibly at the expense of the more conventional laptop. If the other tablet launches is anything to go by, Acer should have another success on their hands. For example the Galaxy tablet has already gone on to reach 600,000 homes around the world and might reach the million mark before the end of the year.

Compaq Presario CQ61-400

This sleek and stylish very affordable laptop features a unique Imprint design in a glossy black finish that elegantly blends together stylish form and practical function a with full-size keyboard and numeric key pad, a High-Definition HP BrightView display added together makes this Compaq a very desirable tool for home or business use. It’s stylish and easy to use and the quality of the display is fantastic, very responsive with fast connection to the internet, the integral webcam is a nice feature appreciated by users. Keyboard is well laid out, not cramped. Function keys are obvious and well signposted. No waste of space, dust gathering bulbs, buttons or LEDs. It is simple, clear and concise and  with specs that include; Intel Celeron T3000 1.8GHz, 2GB RAM, 160GB HDD, DVD-RW HDMI, Webcam and Bluetooth It looks to be another winner from the HP stable.