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  • PlayStation Network up and down again

    Sony’s efforts to revive its PlayStation Network (PSN) have stumbled after the firm discovered a flaw hackers could exploit when it came to resetting passwords. Sony temporarily disabled PSN and its Qriocity music streaming password reset pages to fix a vulnerability in a system that was just regaining its footing after a cyber attack that resulted in it being shut down for weeks. “We temporarily took down the PSN and Qriocity password reset page,” Sony spokesman Patrick Seybold said in an update posted at the PlayStation blog. “Contrary to some reports, there was no hack involved,” he explained. “In the process of...

  • BTW, Android Paid-For Apps Are Go in Your Country!

    After lots of stop-go-stop-go, users in most countries can now access Android paid-for apps from the Android Market. The announcement was made relatively quietly at the Google I/O developer conference a few days ago, and the news has garnered suprisingly little attention. [NOTE: Shoppers in most new countries, apps are paid for by credit card in dollars) The full list of countries (from Androidpolice.com, the link on Google's site keeps disappearing) is posted below. Pic snapped at the event by AndroidCentral. The Market also gets some new features, including a better Top App chart, Editor's Choice for top picks, Top Developers...

  • App of the week: Discovr

    This week I take a look at Discovr, a music discovery app that is creating huge amounts of buzz between music junkies all over the world with its innovative and elegant way of finding and sharing new music. It’s no lie that one of the reasons I use an iPhone over any other device is because of the built in iPod. Sure, all smartphones have a built-in music player, but to me, nothing compares to the iPod. The awesome controls and aesthetically pleasing cover flow display are truly unmatched by anything else available on the market today…but I digress. At this...

  • Nokia Changes Ovi to Nokia

    Bye bye, Ovi. Don’t let the door hit you on the ass on the way out. Nokia has killed the Ovi brand, although not the services and app store it once represented. They’ll now be called “Nokia Services”. On the Ovi blog, editor Pino Bonetti trotted out the party line (as penned no doubt by Nokia’s brand agency) that “The main reason for this change is so we can leverage the high-value of the Nokia master brand to better support future plans to deliver disruptive and compelling mobile experiences globally.” One could be callow an ask why this was not the...

  • iPaid 2 much for this damn thing so of course it’s great

    On a recent trip to LA, once hotel check-in and bag-dumping was done, some colleagues and I went downstairs for a beer. Just the one, because by then the taxi was outside, and it was off to the nearest Best Buy. Not one, not two, but three grown men of otherwise thoughtful and pragmatic disposition were literally gagging to get their hands on an iPad 2. And they were not the only ones, because there was a waiting list at the Apple Store, and even the Best Buy store clerks needed a good brow-beating to get them to hand one...

  • Live TV on my iPad: Hands-on with the Drifta

    The idea of being able to watch live satellite TV on my iPad, iPhone and laptop sounded just too good to be true. So it wasn’t long before I had the Drifta, DSTV’s much-publicised DVB-H mobile TV decoder, in my hands. It’s an amazing little innovation, designed locally, that brings nine selected DSTV channels like SuperSport, ENews and others to your laptop, iPhone, iPad or selected Nokia phones. There are also future plans to bring the broadcast to Android phones and other phones that support the DVB-H signal. The real wonder of the device is what it could be, unfortunately not...

  • Lenovo X1 – so close, but so far

    This has to be the most leaked-about product launch ever. The PC industry has not had a great answer to the Macbook Air. The Samsung Series 9 is pretty close, but too expensive (although much more powerful and flexible). The Lenovo X1 has been on the radar screen for months now, and is now out^H^H almost soon out^H^H^H should be… agh. Industry reports said May 17th, but it’s still not in the wild. Specs released so far (anlaysed here) suggest it will be the ultralight laptop to beat for the corporate market. It (reportedly) packs an i5 2.5GHz...

  • Video review: LunaTik Strap

    Take the iPod Nano, add case and strap (or LunaTik strap to be precise) -- and what do you get. You get a very advanced and cool-looking watch. It's a great conversation starter. Wow, what a cool watch! It’s not a watch, it’s my iPod Nano. Wow! That’s awesome (Smugly) I know. (End of conversation.) And the creators have certainly done a very good job of integrating the design of the case and strap with the Apple look. Roger Hislop reviews the LunaTik Strap.

  • Video review: RedBull HD

    Red Bull is the master of branding and has conquered virtually every market of cool. However with its recent venture into the mobile world, it is still uncertain as to whether its risky play will pay off. Ryan Gordon takes a look at RedBull mobile’s flagship phone, The RedBull HD, in an attempt to uncover what it is that make undertaking different.

  • Long, Light, Looks Like a Leica

    Gearburn Review: Leica V-Lux 2 There are two kinds of photographers. Those that buy Leica cameras because those clever gnomes in the heart of Germany make some of the finest image capture instruments money can buy, and some buy Leica because they have money and can buy. In particular, they want to buy that infinitely desirable big red spot that says, “I. Am. Premium.” And so when I opened the surprisingly pedestrian box the Leica V-Lux 2 came in, I was surprised a second time to find a rather plasticky, rather pedestrian-looking bridge camera inside it that didn’t say to me,...