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  • iPhone sales boom as world mourns Steve Jobs

    Following the death Apple founder and visionary Steve Jobs, Apple products are selling in their droves, with opening sales of the iPhone 4S ranking in the millions. Fans have been camping out and stores have been mobbed as eager buyers lined up to purchase Jobs' last iPhone. In Silicon Valley, meanwhile, tech gurus, celebrities and politicians alike arrived on Sunday to pay tribute to the late Steve Jobs at a private memorial service in Stanford University. Security was tight as coordinated teams alongside local police officers ushered invited guests into the main campus hall. Guests who walked the candle-lined path from...

  • Are you ready for some Ice Cream Sandwich?

    As you may have heard, Google is on the verge or releasing its blend of Gingerbread (phone OS) and Honeycomb (tablet OS) and will be the search giant’s most ambitious OS to date. Android, as an OS, is very fragmented and this is Google consolidating. This would've come on 11 October, but out of respect to Steve Jobs and Apple, Google and Samsung (manufacturer of the new Nexus handset) decided to postpone the event indefinitely. We've not lost hope, though; pretty sure we won’t have to wait too long. So, what is Ice Cream Sandwich all about? Let's take...

  • Japan and Australia first to get iPhone 4S

    Australia and Japan were the first countries to receive the new iPhone 4S, with eager fans queuing in their hundreds to get their hands on the latest Apple device. At both Sydney and Japan's biggest iPhone stores a carnival-like atmosphere prevailed, with Apple fans recording and uploading their experiences via various iDevices including iPads and iPod touches. One young customer waited three days to get his hands on the iPhone 4S, saying "It feels amazing, it is one of the greatest feelings in the world so far". Another lamented the passing of Steve Jobs. “I did it...

  • Bravias ‘not being recalled’ says Sony

    Sony was quick to negate reports that its popular line of Bravia LCD TVs was being recalled due to safety issues. Over 1.6-million Bravia's were thought to be affected. Instead of owning up to any technical error, however, Sony has decided on a free TV inspection program on selected models. When contacted, Bravia stressed that there was most definitely no recall. UK PR manager for Sony, David Edwards said, "The issue came to our attention through reports in Japan that a limited number of products might contain a component affected by a quality issue, which in a rare number of...

  • 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...