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  • Four to hospital in China iPad riot

    They’re not only gagging to get their iPads – they’re willing to spill blood for one. Four people were taken to hospital and a glass door smashed as a near-riot broke out at Beijing's top Apple store among crowds rushing to snap up the popular iPad 2 tablet computer, according to state press. Angry consumers began rushing the store on Saturday afternoon after a "foreign" Apple employee allegedly stepped into the crowd to push and beat people suspected of queue jumping, the Beijing News said. After the employee retreated back into the store, a crowd of consumers smashed the glass front...

  • Android steams ahead in US

    Smartphones powered by Google software widened their lead on BlackBerry handsets in the US market during the first three months of the year, industry tracker comScore reported on Friday. At the same time, Android is growing quickly in Europe, taking market share from Symbian. Android smartphones dethroned BlackBerry in January by capturing 31.2 percent of the US market and that share grew to 34.7 percent by the end of March, according to comScore. BlackBerry handsets made by Canada-based Research In Motion (RIM) lost ground in the quarter, ending March with 27.1 percent of the US market. Apple was close behind RIM...

  • The enormous Nano-size watch

    When the sixth generation iPod nano came out, it took about four nanoseconds for most beholders of its skinny elegant square form and the classic-looking analogue clock screensaver to think, “Hmmm…that could make a nice watch if you stuck a band on it.” An American designer called Scott Wilson (Minimal) got straight to work, designing a machined aluminium case with a strap, and pushed it out onto the Kickstarter funding network to see if the idea had legs. It did. Legs like a millipede. He needed US$15 000 to go into production, and by the time the first round was over,...

  • Apple update fixes iPhone tracking ‘bugs’

    Apple on Wednesday released updated software for iPhones to fix "bugs" that resulted in location data being unencrypted and stored for up to a year. A note included with the update said that the cache of saved data on devices was reduced and that location information would no longer be backed up at iTunes on people's computers. Turning off the location services feature on an Apple gadget will cause location data to be deleted, the update promised. The changes came in an iOS 4.3.3 software update for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices. According to British researchers, iPhones and iPads running iOS 4,...

  • Intel Chip Fabrication Goes 3D-ish

    Intel says it has found a way to commercially produce integrated circuit chips in three dimensions, with “Tri-Gate” transistors that are built upwards as well as side-to-side. No, it’s not the Holy Grail of 3D chip fabrication where you can connect between layers laid on top of each other as well as within them, which would mean radically shorter and simpler signal paths for dramatically more speed, less power consumption. Rather, Tri-Gate means the channel the current passes through has appreciable height, not just width, allowing Intel to be able to commercially fabricate chips in a new 22-nanometer process, down a...

  • First-time iDevice buyers: Buy now or wait?

    If you’re big on Apple products, chances are you’re already intimately familiar with the Mac Buyer’s Guide maintained by MacRumors. If you’re a first-time buyer, the guide simply provides recommendations based on product cycles and rumoured release dates for new products and refreshes. Though not 100% accurate, the Mac Buyer’s Guide is a great resource to consider if you’re ever in two minds about buying a particular Apple product right now, or to wait a few months for the new version. Here follows a quick summary for all major Apple products to date. iPod classic Apple didn’t release an update for the...

  • Operation Flashpoint: Red River [Hamper Giveaway]

    Stand a chance to win some limited edition Operation Flashpoint: Red River Gear as well as two copies of this brand new, cutting edge, strategic military shooter for you and a fellow brother in arms. Between Afghanistan and China, the world’s next flashpoint is about to erupt. The valleys, towns and mountains of Tajikistan will become bloody frontlines for the might of the People’s Liberation Army, insurgent guerilla fighters and the United States Marine Corps. To stand a chance to win a double copy of Operation Flashpoint: Red River and a set of limited edition Red River t-shirts and...

  • Enter the new, slim ‘Bold’ with OS 7

    Research In Motion (RIM) has unveiled a pair of slim, powerful new handsets as its latest entry in the fiercely competitive smartphone arena. BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 models are set to hit the market mid-year and will run on a new generation of the Canada-based firm's smartphone operating system. "The new BlackBerry Bold smartphones and BlackBerry 7 OS are inspired by millions of customers around the world who want the ultimate combination of performance, functionality and style," said RIM president Mike Lazaridis. "These fully loaded and beautifully crafted smartphones offer a highly refined user experience with blazingly fast performance, a brilliant...

  • Samsung introduces its own ‘gateway drug’

    For many, the cost-effective iPod Touch is their first brush with the iPhone OS. In 2009, Chris Foresman at Ars Technica called it the “gateway drug”, popularizing iOS with a younger generation obsessed with social networking and gaming. The theory is that, when the so called “Facebook” generation is ready to upgrade to a smartphone, they’ll be keen on picking the smartphone platform they’re already familiar with. Peter Farago vice president of marketing for analytics firm Flurry, called it “Life Stage marketing”, a term he used to describe the competitive advantage of hooking users to a platform at an early...

  • Geeks move over, families move in — A Kinect review

    In 1978 my Binatone TV Master played pong. You definitely didn’t work up a sweat. Working up a sweat is now de rigueur, since Nintendo introduced Wii in 2006. When kinect hit the scene, Wii and Playstation suddenly looked archaic. Imagine brandishing an actual controller. How retro! With kinect, your body is the controller. So, state of the art interaction. But could I justify forking out a significant amount of money for it? My love of video games and my young family have not been fitting too well together. Shouldn’t I be spending my money on sensible school shoes...