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  • HP iPad-killer launches: A dollar short and a day late

    Hewlett-Packard rolled out its new TouchPad tablet computer on Friday, seeking to get a bit of the iPad tablet action and revive its slumping fortunes. Better late than never, eh HP? The TouchPad went on sale in major US retailers such as Best Buy and Walmart as well as on Amazon.com, HP said. It is expected to go on sale shortly in Britain, Ireland, France, Germany and Canada, and later this year it will become available in Italy, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore. Unlike the iPad, the TouchPad supports Adobe's Flash video format. It runs the webOS operating...

  • On the fly encryption for Facebook, Gmail, the rest

    A small security company called CertiVox has launched a free text encryption service call PrivateSky for use in browser-based messaging services. Despite the manifold risks, many Internet users still pass private, sensitive or embarrasing information over Facebook posts, Gmail accounts, blogs and other insecure public Web services. PrivateSky encrypts text, allowing only a trusted recipient to read it. It takes the form of a one-click encryption plug-in for Internet Explorer (only, at this point) that turns any text entered into a message box into gobbledegook (AES 192-bit with single-key if you want the gory details). The recipient can decypt...

  • The BlackBerry PlayBook: Like dating someone with a drinking problem

    Living with The BlackBerry PlayBook is like dating someone with a drinking problem. When you first meet, things are great. She seems fun. A lot of fun. I mean fun, like she can drink you under the table, and sometimes when you're under it, she'll be dancing on top of it. After a while though, the violent mood swings and the smell of whiskey on her breath at noon on a Monday isn't endearing anymore. She's a hot mess, and you're sort of over it. And yet, when you're holding her hair while she vomits onto the sidewalk, you can't help...

  • Skype video calling comes to Android

    It may be a little late to the video calling party, but as the 800-lb gorilla, Skype can be. The VoIP behemoth has just introduced video calling in its latest version of the Skype client for Android phones - although as is so often the case with Andoid apps that use peripheral hardware, device support is still a bit spotty. Currently video calls are only supported on Video calling supported on the following handsets: Samsung Google Nexus S, HTC Desire S, Sony Ericsson Xperia neo, Sony Ericsson Xperia pro. Skype is promising to add more soon. Also new is...

  • World of Warcraft free for 20 levels

    As online game developers struggle to find better business models, the shifting between paid-for and free games becomes ever faster. World of Warcraft developers Blizzard has announced that the first twenty levels of its popular multiplayer online role-playing game are free in a “Starter Edition”. This is a change from its previous ‘get ‘em hooked’ system, where new players could spend up to 14 days playing before having to decide whether to move to a paid-for account or not. This new Starter Edition gives occasional gamers, or those that need a bit more time to get into the popular fantasy...

  • OMFG it’s a white iPhone

    OMG! I mean, like OMFG! Is that a white iPhone 4? A real one. Oh yeah baby, Gearburn got one. And rushed to review it. Except that after two weeks the best we could come up with was “It’s an iPhone 4. That’s white. Mmm. Pretty.” No good. So we had to try harder. We are hardened professionals that easily shake of the bedazzlement of black turtleneck magic. We would find the story behind the story. What we did, good people, is go out on the streets and ask you what you thought of it. Is it girly? Is it...

  • App of the week: Money IQ

    This week I take a look at Money IQ, a personal finance app that has quickly taken my app world by storm and become an essential part of my daily life. A couple weeks back I reviewed Moneybook, another personal finance app that I loved for its simplicity and beautiful design. You’ll recall though that I did have one or two issues with the app, one being the fact that it didn’t allow you to create your own categories (which has now been changed in the last update), and the other being the way it dealt with income – not...

  • Every day 500,000 more Androids active says Google

    More than 500,000 devices running Google's Android software are being activated every day, a senior Google executive said on Tuesday. Andy Rubin, creator of the Android operating system and a Google vice president for engineering, made the announcement in a message on his Twitter feed, @Arubin. "There are now over 500,000 Android devices activated every day," he said. Rubin said the number of Android devices being activated is growing at 4.4 percent week on week. Google announced during a developers conference in May that 400,000 Android devices were being activated every day, up from 300,000 in December. A number of leading handset manufacturers use...

  • Google takes on Facebook head-to-head

    Internet search giant Google has launched its rival to Facebook, a new social networking service called Google+. "Online sharing is awkward. Even broken. And we aim to fix it," Google's senior vice president for engineering Vic Gundotra said in a blog post. "We'd like to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to software," Gundotra said. "We want to make Google better by including you, your relationships, and your interests." Google+, located at plus.google.com, is currently being tested by a small number of people, but Google said in a message on the site that it "won't be long before the Google+...

  • The Ninth Life of Mortal Kombat

    Review: Mortal Kombat 9 - It’s hard to imagine a world without Mortal Kombat, the nasty little fighter which attempted to steal the thunder from Street Fighter's legion of followers. Many of us have grown up with Mortal Kombat, peering over the shoulders of the older boys in the arcades as they fought for their lives with a cigarette hanging off their lower lip. We’ve all grown up now, the arcades are dead, smoking will kill you, and Mortal Kombat (the ninth in the series) for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 is back, baby. This is not a lazy...