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  • Samsung simplifies mobe monikers

    Samsung will be renaming its Galaxy range of smartphones which had become more than a little confusing. From now on, the Galaxy phones will fall into one of four classes: "S" for Super Smart -- these devices represents the very best mobile phone Samsung currently offers, such as the Galaxy S II. "R" for Royal or Refined -- these devices represent a combination of speed and power, combined with the added productivity of useful applications. "M" for Magical -- wallet-friendly phones with high-end features. "Y" for Young -- phones aimed at the emerging market or at younger buyers, and will be...

  • Nokia developer forum database hacked

    Nokia said Monday a database for a developer forum it operates had been hacked and some member information accessed. Information hacked from the developer.nokia.com forum included email addresses and some usernames, birth dates and URL addresses. "However, they do not contain sensitive information such as passwords or credit card details and so we do not believe the security of forum members' accounts is at risk," Nokia spokesman Doug Dawson told AFP. The hacking of the forum was made possible through "security flaws" on the website, Dawson said. The attackers have been reported to have used a SQL injection attack. Nokia said...

  • Rumour mill: Amazon Android tablet soon

    It's a lot of "sources familiar with the matter" reporting, but both Wall Street Journal and New York Post are predicting that Amazon will step up from the hugley successful Kindle and release a full scale tablet within the next month or two, based on Android. This has got the analysts very excited, as until now threats to Apple's iPad hegemony have been feeble. Forrester Research analyst Sarah Rotman Epps, in a blog post accompanying a report released Monday, said Amazon taking on Apple is a "bit like David taking on Goliath." But Rotman Epps said Amazon's "willingness to...

  • Cheap, cheerful, cheap — Samsung Gio smartish-phone

    Samsung has its Galaxy S II at the top of the smartphone pile, and a bunch of entry level smartphone cheapies, including the Galaxy Ace, Fit, mini and Gio. That’s a lot of phones. Confused much? Don’t be, the B-list Galaxy phones are basically variations on the same entry level touch-screen smartphone phone, nipped and tucked to match different demographics in the orgy of product niching that makes the marketing folks think they’re earning their salaries.   The US$240 Galaxy Gio is aimed at the student about-to-start working market, the Fit at the young just-started working, the Ace at the young professional....

  • Play it again Sam, play the Top 5 great game remakes

    True remakes in games. Why so few? Hollywood loves remaking the same stuff ad nauseum, whereas game studios just rewarm or port over. While I was contemplating the metaphysical implications of rehashes, it occurred to me that this is something you don't often see in videogames: the straightforward remake. Not a reboot or port to a handheld, but taking an existing game and making it all over again using the latest technology, but keeping the same plot and gameplay elements and changing as little as possible. Sort of like an HD directors cut, if you will. Rehashes and rewarms are...

  • JailBreakMe creator interning at Apple (he says)

    If you can't beat 'em, co-opt 'em. The 19-year-old New Yorker who created the JailBreakMe tool for iPhone users to unshackle their hardware from No 1 Infinity Loop tweeted that he's landed an internship at Apple. Nicholas Allegra, creator of the site JailBreakMe, announced the news on Thursday on his Twitter feed @comex. "The week after next I will be starting an internship with Apple," Allegra said. Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant at computer security firm Sophos, said in a blog post that Allegra has "given Apple plenty of headaches in the last couple of years" finding security vulnerabilities in...

  • A throwaway smartphone – Sony Ericsson Xperia X8

    Review: Sony Ericsson Xperia X8. A big name for a candybar-sized smartphone that will barely register in your hands (note: have gorilla-sized paws, but even so). This teeny, tiny Android phone is a ‘starter’ smartphone - it comes with all the features you would expect from its grownup counterparts (like the Xperia X10), but at a lower price-point. It comes with a selection of colourful back-plates, clearly marking it a phone for the "fun" side of the market. Getting around With a three-inch 320x480 screen you aren't getting much viewing space for your cash, and the phone feels rather cramped as...

  • EULA regret signing away your life to play a game

    Imagine for a moment that you've decided to spend your money on… something, anything really. A car, a cellphone, an iPad, a haircut, pay TV service, whatever. Now imagine for a second that an intrinsic part of that transaction gives whoever you are trading with the right to enter your home and rummage through your personal belongings and those of your kids. And they can do this with impunity. Furthermore, not only would they be able to do that, they would be able to extend that right, perhaps at a price, to anyone of their choosing. Would you still participate...

  • Video Review: LG Optimus Black

    Black and blocky - you're not going to get a much bigger screen this side of a tablet, and it's got some pretty serious innards to power its Androidy goodness. Gearburn weighs up the iffy build quality against the sheer value for money.

  • Pilots ditch paper, switch to iPad for nav and checks

    United Airlines recently announced it was replacing the hefty flight manuals and chart books its pilots have long used with 11 000 iPads carrying the same data. Now instead of ruining their backs carrying 17 kilograms of paper instructions, data and charts, they can ruin their nerves trying to get the devices past TSA security screeners. The popular tablet computer will carry the Mobile FliteDeck software app from Jeppesen, a Boeing subsidiary which provides navigation tools for air, sea and land. "The paperless flight deck represents the next generation of flying," said Captain Fred Abbott, United's senior vice president of flight...