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  • Google unveils Nexus S

    Google has unveiled its second branded smartphone, the "Nexus S", made by South Korea's Samsung. Google said the Nexus S, which comes nearly a year after the Nexus One, which was a critical success if not a huge commercial hit, is powered by the latest version of Google's Android mobile operating system, Gingerbread. Google vice president of engineering Andy Rubin said the Nexus S would be the first Android device to ship with the new version of the Android platform, used by handset makers around the world. It will be available in the United States from December 16 from Best Buy stores...

  • The hitch-hiker’s guide to the Samsung Galaxy i9000 S [Review]

    The universe is a vast and ever-expanding entity of incomprehensible size. As one attempts to make sense of it, certain shapes take form that reveal it for what it truly is -- one giant confusion scattered with billions of galaxies. In many ways it resembles the smartphone universe, where the options of shapes, sizes and functionality are close to infinite. Yet somehow, in the ever expanding smartphone galaxies, there is one that shines brighter than the rest: The Samsung Galaxy i9000 S. The Galaxy, at the time of its release, was the flagship Android in Samsung’s range. This fact was...

  • 5 reasons why the iPad is a fat waste of money

    I'm a big believer in tablet computers. There's a rush on, worldwide. Manufacturers know how key tablet computing will become in our daily lives. They fill a gap: A need for a leisure device. This is a “third device” after your computer and mobile phone on which you would read digital books, watch movies, share photos, Skype family or friends. But tablet computers also play a role in business where people need a device that is easy to carry around, boots up quickly and can be used in meetings. Here tablets are largely replacing the traditional paper notebook or exam...

  • The quest for the perfect portable computer

    An ideal product doesn’t exist in the device world. But in order to get close to "ideal", the product would have to be able to adapt to the needs of different individuals and also be able to adapt to different situations. For example, a person in a managerial position needs to access overview information on the fly from his organisation’s portal. The Apple iPad is a very attractive option for this because it’s light and portable, it has instant-on features and is easy to interact with using touch. A blogger on the other hand, may want to write up...

  • Top 11 free must-have iPad apps for 2010

    As we all know by now, Apple's iPad has launched to resounding success, with 4.19-million units sold in its fiscal 2010 fourth quarter. Steve Jobs has promised consumers the future in their hands today. Users can have everything from the New York Times to the complete works of Shakespeare all on one gadget. There are already a few hundred thousand apps, for all sorts of uses in the App Store, but in our opinion, these are currently the best free apps of 2010. Browse, download and enjoy these apps – some popular, some not-so-popular – that we consider...

  • Tablet computers take a bite out of PC sales

    Worldwide personal computer sales are on track to set a new record this year but tablets like Apple's iPad are taking a bite out of the sector, says technology research firm Gartner. Worldwide PC sales are forecast to total 352.4 million units in 2010, up 14.3 percent over last year, Gartner said, but down from the firm's previous 2010 PC sales forecast in September of 17.9 percent growth. In 2011, worldwide PC sales are forecast to reach 409 million units, up 15.9 percent over this year but down from Gartner's earlier estimate of 18.1 percent growth next year. "These results reflect marked...

  • Technology predictions for 2011

    2010 has been an amazing year for technology. We’ve seen an explosion of tablets, the rise and rise of Android, the saturation of location-based services, not to mention set-top boxes from Google and Apple, 3D TVs, Microsoft Kinect, and the first mainstream movie about a website, The Social Network. Mobile technology also continued to race forward at light-speed, with many advances in mobile payments, augmented reality and high speed networks. But don't expect it all to end there. 2011 is already holding some intriguing and exciting possibilities.Let’s take a look at some the technologies and gadgets in store for...

  • Why the Murdoch-Jobs iPad alliance may be headed for choppy waters

    Reports that Apple is working with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. to produce an iPad-only newspaper, called the "Daily," sets a troubling precedent. It has not done the same with music, TV or movie studios. Reports the Guardian: "The collaboration, which has been secretly under development in New York for several months, promises to be the world's first 'newspaper' designed exclusively for new tablet-style computers such as Apple's Apple's iPad, with a launch planned for early next year. "...there will be no 'print edition' or 'web edition'; the central innovation, developed with assistance from Apple engineers, will be to dispatch the publication...

  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II [Xbox 360 Review]

    Being a long time Star Wars geek and big fan of the first Force Unleashed game, I could hardly contain myself when I heard that a sequel was to be released this year. And at first glance my enthusiasm seemed completely justified. But before long, I was quickly reminded that things are not always as they seem. The core experience of The Force Unleashed II remains basically unchanged. Once again, you play Starkiller, secret apprentice to Darth Vader, and bringer of preposterous amounts of destruction through wielding the force as you have never seen it before... unless you played the...

  • The Memeburn iPhone 4 review: Please just go get it

    I'm no Apple fan boy. I'm a Vaio user and a big fan of Windows 7. In fact on a philosophical level I dislike Apple, the company. It's a company that is terminally arrogant, and increasingly shortsighted when it comes to building business ecosystems. (Read: Why the iPhone is in trouble) But you know what? I don't care. They make brilliant products. The iPhone 4 is an uber gadget. It's a future device that doesn't quite belong in today's world. I often wondered whether Apple could keep raising the bar with every iPhone iteration. But they seem to do it almost...