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  • A (not so) great comeback: The Nokia N9

    This might be the most polarising review of a gadget I have ever written. The Nokia N9 is a beautiful phone, cool to the touch and deeply gorgeous, akin to the obelisk in 2001: A Space Odyssey. It is also a disgustingly obtuse phone, stuck with both feet in the past and unable to accept its fate. Let me explain. The Dark Crystal The screen is deep, richly black and instantly responsive. At the Nokia N9 launch, Marko Ahtisaari (head of Nokia design) said that he wanted "less looking into your screen, and more of interacting off the screen". With a...

  • Blackberry unveils NFC sharing with ‘Blackberry Tag’

    Possibly to prove that there is still some life left in its Blackberry, Research In Motion (RIM) will introduce its NFC sharing option, "Blackberry Tag" to its compatible phones with its next OS 7 update. Jim Balsillie, RIM co-CEO at a presentation at the GITEX in Dubai said, "BlackBerry Tag is an exciting and innovative feature that makes sharing contact information and multimedia content effortless and seamless. BlackBerry Tag opens a new dimension to the BlackBerry platform that is powerful, simple and intuitive and we think it will be welcomed by both users and developers.” With the OTA Blackberry OS 7...

  • Bangladesh releases $130 laptop

    First India unveiled a US$45 tablet. Now Bangladesh has unveiled an Android-powered US$130 laptop. This locally made laptop, like the uber-cheap tablet will hopefully bring advanced learning into even the most rural of areas. The prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina released the Doel (meaning Magpie) at an unveiling ceremony in the capital city of Dhaka. Hasina said that by 2021, the Doel would help Bangladesh to become a middle-income nation. The Doel is the national bird of Bangladesh. Hasina said, "Every part of the country will be brought under e-governance, while the telecommunication system is being modernised to cut the...

  • Review: LG Flatron IPS 236V

    Sleek, black curved edges melding into a clear Perspex strip designed to house a single light. A bespoke amber arm, sitting off-centre, joins the ensemble to a raised circular base. No, it’s not some concept piece from a high-profile design house. It’s the LG Flatron IPS 236V. So, you may be thinking, it looks pretty but how does it work as a monitor? The short, simple answer: Brilliantly. The longer, slightly more complicated answer: Brilliantly, but with limitations. Although LG has other products which are LCD/LED hybrids, this one is riding the LED train all the way. In fact, the Korean...

  • Five PlayStation Vita games to look out for

    The 3DS is not doing as well as anticipated, meaning somebody out there is in with a much better shot at finally taking the handheld gaming crown from Nintendo. With the recent announcement at the Tokyo Game Show that the PS Vita will have an astounding 26 games available when it launches in Japan in December, Sony seems poised to exploit the opportunity. Here's a rundown of the list: @field Army Corps of Hell BlazBlue Continuum Shift Extend Browser Sangokushi Touch Battle Dark Quest Disgaea 3 Return Dream Club Zero Portable Dynasty Warriors Next F1 2011 Fish On Hot Shots Golf 6 Katamari Damacy No Vita Lord of Apocalypse Michael Jackson The Experience Minna to...

  • Rocksmith makes rocking out with real guitars easy

    Analysts have predicted the death of the music game genre for some time now. Clearly no-one told Ubisoft, makers of Splinter Cell and the Assassins Creed trilogy of games. Its offering to the music gaming genre is Rocksmith and it allows gamers to jam on real guitars. Ubisoft executive director Laurent Detoc said, “We've had at least 100 people try this game and we have yet to find one person who says it doesn't work. People will get a lifelong skill if they stick with this game. It is very validating to think how many new guitarists Ubisoft will create." Ubisoft...

  • App of the week: Alertnotes

    This week I continue my obsession with digital personal organisation (using your iPhone to get shit done, in other words) by taking a look at a sweet little reminder app called Alert Notes, which, by combining note taking and alerts, kills two birds with one stone. You know how it goes, you think you’re all professional in meetings by typing out short notes on your iPhone instead of writing them down in a notebook, carefully assuring the other party (and yourself) that this list will be saved, and then mailed to your inbox at the end of the meeting so...

  • Samsung Omnia 7: It’s not about the phone

    I have to admit, I had low expectations for this phone. I’m an iPhone nut and very few phones have managed to beat or come in anywhere near the JesusPhone. But the Omnia 7 was amazing. Or let me clarify -- its operating system, Microsoft’s Windows Phone, was amazing. The case around it, the Samsung part of the phone, was a bit average. I’m not going to devote too much time to the case, except to say I found it a bit too big and a bit too ordinary. The aesthetics, the design of the phone in general, was rather average....

  • Xbox to offer cable TV

    Streaming TV shows are next for Microsoft’s console, the Xbox 360. Microsoft recently announced that it will start live-streaming a wide variety of TV shows via its Xbox live service. This service will be available to more than 20 countries by the end of the year. Microsoft has promised a “new era in television” by December, with cable companies like BBC, Comcast, HBO and Verizon FiOS included. According to Microsoft interactive entertainment business president Don Mattrick, the announcement "is a major step toward realizing our vision to bring you all the entertainment you want. Combining the world's leading TV...

  • Sprint to offer unlimited data for iPhone 4S

    Unlimited data for the iPhone 4S will be made possible thanks to US mobile carrier Sprint. When Sprint begins offering iPhone 4S packages, its uncapped data plan will be offered alongside it. Michelle Leff Mermelstein, spokesperson for Sprint said, “We will be offering the benefit of our unlimited plans that start at just US$69.99.” Users will be able to combine this with unlimited calling for US$99 per month. The only downside to this plan is a US$10 surcharge on both of these plans, adding up to US$79 for uncapped data and US$109 for unlimited calls. The other two major US mobile providers,...