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  • My Xbox Live App brings iOS users closer to the MS fold

    The newly updated Xbox Live Fall Dashboard brings with it a surprise for iOS users in the form of the Companion App, dubbed “My Xbox Live”. The app offers limited functionality compared to the fully-featured Windows Phone version: it has chat, achievement comparisons and avatar customisation, with some beacon functions. Windows Phone owners could download the app as of yesterday. They can now control their Xbox's content remotely through the Companion App. Users now have full control over Bing Search and can launch apps, movies, music, photos and more from the Companion App. For iOS users, the app...

  • Flipboard brings its magic to iPhone

    Flipboard, the iPad application which turns social media into a glossy publication, is now available for the iPhone. Download Flipboard for iPhone, sign in or sign up, link your social media accounts and start seeing how it "declutters your social life." For iPhone users, the large-screen format of Flipboard has been condensed into a bite-sized experience thanks to the addition of a new feature called “Cover Stories”. With Cover Stories, Flipboard users can quickly catch up with their friends on Twitter and Facebook. It's a smart, friendly app and leagues better than trawling through the ponderous Facebook/Twitter apps for iPhone. Flipboard...

  • Root PlayBook, get Android Market

    Reports last week showed a trio of hackers breaking the BlackBerry PlayBook security and getting root - now they've released the tools that allow brave users to get Android Market working using their DingleBerry tool. Breaking the walled gardens of recent tablet launches has proved a fun game for hackers, with the Kindle Fire rooted and opened up only two days post-launch. Not much more for us to say in terms of the PlayBook hack, so here's their post and instructions. Note: if you don't know what they're talking about in the instructions below, or aren't completely comfortable using...

  • Citizen news anchor with Flud 2.0

    You've heard of Citizen Journalist? Well how about Citizen News Anchor? Content curation, the favoured buzzword of Wired editor-in-chief Chris Anderson comes to life in Flud, a Flipboard-like news aggregator app for iOS. While Flipboard captured the hearts and minds of iPad owners (and now iPhone), the very similar Flud 2.0 attempts to add a distinctive news aggregation flavour of its own. From the beating heart of San Diego where its corporate offices are based, Flud 2.0 promises “an information ecosystem where the audience is empowered to influence the news.” So much like Flipboard, then. What can Flud 2.0 offer...

  • App Review: AirCassette to retrofy your life

    When last did you play music on a tape? Try a blast from the past with AirCassette! This little app will ‘retrofy your hi-fi system’! AirCassette is a music player styled as an old school cassette player. You can perform all the usual functions such as play, pause and skip songs, and your music is elegantly displayed on individual cassettes. You can select from a variety of tape colour and styles, and the name of the song and artist is ‘hand written’ on the label. Who can forget painstakingly recording mixed cassettes with your favourite songs on? With AirCassette it’s never...

  • Microsoft app store next Feb – as Android Market hits 10bn

    When you’re this far behind, all you can do is be relentlessly up-beat. Which Microsoft was last night in the barn-raiser to build dev interst in the app store for the cross-platform “Metro” apps for Windows 8 devices. The store will go live in February, and offers developers the ability to hit the countless multitudes of Windows desktop and tablet users out there (should they hopefully upgrade to Win8), and the hoped-for buyers of Windows Phones that have so far been warmly received in their Mango incarnation. At the same time, Google’s director of the Android Developer Ecosystem, Eric...

  • Review: Infinity Blade II

    The gentle learning curve of mobile gaming is ever-present with Infinity Blade II, the sequel to the addictive, but repetitive, swords and sorcery adventure for iOS. Gone is the repetition (kind of), replaced by a branching structure which turns the once-linear cycle of death and rebirth into a whimsical, steel-plated action. Let me explain. A winning formula Infinity Blade II is all about death. Dying evolves your character, and each time you fight your way to the God King (or a similarly cool-looking boss) and are unceremoniously struck down, you begin again, but retain your items and statistics. Your nameless, gibberish-spewing...

  • LG throws ultrathin Xnote Z330 hat into ultrabook ring

    Ultrabooks are hot, hot, hot right now. Netbooks are in serious decline, and some manufacturers are getting out. No, it’s ultrabooks all the way, a category created by Apple with the Macbook Air. Now it’s all super-skinny bodies with 13” displays, solid state drives and full-blooded guts. The LG Xnote Z330 is the first from the Korean manufacturer, and currently the sveltest at 1.2kg and 14mm thick, in a minimalist Air-style case. The small one feature is the “Shuriken” display tech from LG, which takes a big shave off the bezel width, allowing the 1366x768 13.3” display to fit in...

  • HTC Flyer gets Honeycombed at last

    The HTC Flyer, the company’s first entrant into the Android tablet market, finally gets Honeycomb. Launched back in February, it’s watched most of its major competitors steam ahead with Honeycomb, which is the tablet-centric version of the platform. It’s a staggered rollout, starting in France yesterday and spreading to other markets. Currently it’s for the 3G version, with the WiFi only version ‘coming soon’. HTC didn’t pull the hyperbole in its announcement on Facebook Ready for some ‘sweet’ news? The GSM version of the HTC Flyer tablet, available in Europe, is beginning to receive updates to Honeycomb beginning today! Honeycomb brings...

  • Jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 now!

    A sickly feeling crawls up my spine as my iPhone refuses to reboot. Damn you Apple, damn you for making it so difficult to Jailbreak iOS 5.0.1. Three days and a hundred reboots later, the Cydia icon happily nests on my iPhone's desktop, the sign of a successful Jailbreak. For hackers, it seems that no wall is too high too climb and no version of iOS is too tricky to crack. Jailbreaking iOS 5.0.1 Apple is proud of its latest iOS, especially its over-the-air (OTA) updates which limits the amount of time iDevice users spend updating their hardware. This is what...