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  • App of the week: Pocket Hipster

    This week I take a break from the seriousness and formalities of personal finance apps, business expense recorders and news feed readers to take a look at a music discovery and recommendation app that I have stumbled upon recently. An app that amuses, entertains and pokes fun at pretty much the entire youth demographic of today, in a tongue-in-cheek kind of way. Pocket Hipster is simply what it says, an annoying, totally non-conformist, unique, creative ‘individual’ on your phone that thinks he (or she) is better and cooler than you because he listens to music that you haven’t even heard...

  • Ubisoft buys into free online gaming

    Ubisoft, the French developer of several smash-hit games including Ghost Recon and Rabbid, is making a play for the online gaming world by buying Owlient, a startup that has built a business creating free-to-play Internet games. The long game for Ubisoft is to crack open the potentially massively lucrative (or massively convertible to paid-for console gaming) world of tablet, social media and mobile phone gaming. Some of this strategy was already on the wind when it announced a free, online version of its successful "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon" military game last month, along with other titles such as "CSI...

  • HTC tells Apple to get lost on patents

    Taiwan's leading smartphone maker HTC has dismissed fresh patent infringement claims by US giant Apple as the legal battle between the rivals escalated. Apple Monday filed a complaint against HTC with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) -- which is already reviewing three other disputes between the two -- over five cases linked to technology used in the iPad and iPhone. It has also lodged a suit in a US District Court in Delaware. "HTC is disappointed at Apple's constant attempts at litigations instead of competing fairly in the market," said HTC general counsel Grace Lei in a statement. "HTC strongly denies all...

  • F.E.A.R. 3 – F*%$ing Run! Ruuuuuun! Aaaaagh!

    FEAR 3 REVIEW (PC) - Good horror takes you on an exploration of your own fears and doubts. It takes you by the heart and drags you down to the dark places of your soul, forcing you to face your inner demons or end up broken and scarred for life. FEAR 3 took me to a dark place - a place where well-armed and well-organised soldiers, tough as they are, were merely of passing interest. This dark place wasn't inhabited by people, soldiers or otherwise, but with creeping, crawling, face-sucking demons that appear and disappear in puffs of ominous smoke....

  • The iPhone SLR Mount

    The new iPhone SLR Mount from Photojojo has garnered quite a bit of buzz around the Interwebs lately. The mount is an iPhone case-adapter combo that lets you mount your Canon EOS or Nikon SLR lenses to your iPhone 4. This gives your phone powerful depth of field and manual focus by utilising your existing telephoto, wide angle, macro or your fixed lenses. The iPhone SLR Mount might seem like just a novelty at first, but it’s a fun proposition for photographers that have already invested in an SLR or DSLR camera and the accompanying lenses. The iPhone 4 will...

  • Apple vulnerability allows attack by dodgy PDF

    Apple said it was working to patch a vulnerability that hackers could use to break into the company's popular iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices though a booby-trapped PDF. Engineers at the California firm are fixing a weakness pointed out by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). BSI warned this week of a flaw that would let hackers infiltrate Apple mobile devices by duping users into opening PDF document files booby-trapped with malicious code. "We are aware of this reported issue and developing a fix that will be available in an upcoming software update," said Apple spokeswoman Trudy...

  • The media centre Dilbert’s company built: Toshiba Stor.E TV+

    Review: The Stor.E TV+ is an external drive slash media centre. It's clumsily named, clumsily built, and clumsily supported. So at least Toshiba is consistent there. It would make a great story device for a Dilbert special – the grubby fingerprints of corporate politics are all over it. The base engineering work is absolutely fine. It’s solidly built, well specced, with some nice features. What is not fine is the user interface, the attention to detail, and the user interface. Did we mention the user interface and lack of attention to detail? Yeah, it’s pretty bad. But first let’s look at what...

  • Gettin’ down n dirrty in Dirt 3

    Review: Dirt 3 - The concept of flow can be described as a "single-minded immersion where the emotions are not just contained and channelled but positive, energised and aligned with the task at hand." It occurs when a higher-than-average challenge is met by your slightly-above-average skills, skills you apply wholeheartedly and without a sense of self. It's a feeling most surfers know - a joyous escape from self-awareness that challenges, excites and rewards. Many games include elements of flow in their design, but until I played Dirt 3 I could never recognise it in the virtual world. Throwing all manner...

  • Video Review: Blackberry Playbook

    The Playbook is many things to many people: an iPad competitor; a desperate attempt at relevancy; a RIM fanboy's wet dream; just another tablet. Blackberry's first foray into the tablet market comes some time after their competitors had flooded it. Can the QNX operating system make the Playbook a viable competitor to the iPads and Samsung Galaxy Tabs of this world? Can its other features make up for the paucity of apps on RIM's app world? Roger Hislop tests this fruity little tablet to find out:

  • Video Review: Jabra Link 320BT

    The Jabra Extreme bluetooth headset -- mystifying. To go to so much effort to engineer such a device, make it look nice and put it in a smart box. A pair of $5 ‘buds with one side chopped off will do much the same job. So much technology, so little point. It sure looks the part. All black Cylon hi-tech styling with a range of different clips to suit every cranny of every ear. But then you use it, and deep existential questions rear their uncomfortable heads. Roger Hislop reviews a headset that packs all the technology in the world...