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This week’s big news on TechRadar was the 1,000s of records of personal details of P2P users accidentally leaked by law firm ACS: Law and the possible legal repercussions. Elsewhere, Sony Ericsson has both delayed its Xperia X10 Android update and announced it isn’t going to release any more Symbian smartphones.

We also got the lowdown on the Blackberry PlayBook, looked at the best Freeview HD PVRs available out there and found even more top Windows 7 tips and tricks.

Read on for this week’s most popular stories on TechRadar…

 

Top Five News Stories

 

Massive porn data leak at P2P piracy law firm

Civil rights organisation Privacy International is planning to take legal action against a law firm that has accidentally leaked personal details of thousands of Brits online.

Privacy International has highlighted the massive security breach which involved the leaking of personal information of thousands of P2P users.

The data was obtained by ACS: Law, in order to track P2P users illegally sharing copyrighted pornographic films.

 

Apple Peel 520 ‘iPod to iPhone converter’ leaves China

An iPod case created by Chinese developer Yosion is heading to the US, which turns humble iPods into fully functional iPhones.

Although the Apple Peel 520 has been out in China for a while, the case is set to debut in the west after GoSolarUSA announced it would be manufacturing the product for the American market.

The case uses a wireless skin that includes a circuit board, a 4.5-hour battery, dock connector and SIM card.

 

Mysterious Android tablet available from Next

UK retail outfit Next is selling an Android tablet on its website for £180.

Dubbed the Next 10-inch Tablet, the Android-toting device is pictured scarily next to a glass of water and on top of a book.

There is also a specs list, which shows that the tablet comes with a 10-inch WXGA LCD touchscreen display, Arm 11 processor, Wi-Fi, 2 x USB ports, microphone and headphone socket, and 8GB storage plus a card reader.

There is no word on which Android OS is being used, but it is definitely running Google’s operating system.

 

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 2.1 update delayed

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro owners who have been waiting for Android 2.1 to be rolled out to their handsets will be disappointed to know that the company has delayed the update.

The X10 was slated to get the update in Q3 2010, but Sony Ericsson has now suggested on its forums that it will be the end of October before Éclair arrives on the handset.

“The revised plan is to start the roll-out from end of October and onwards,” explained Sony Ericsson’s Rikard Skogberg.


Sony Ericsson waves goodbye to Symbian on its smartphones

Sony Ericsson has announced that it is no longer supporting Symbian as an OS for its smartphone range, preferring Google’s Android platform instead.

Speaking to Business Week, Aldo Liguori, a spokesman for SE, confirmed that the phone company is no longer putting its efforts into creating phones with Symbian as an OS, explaining: “We have no plans for the time being to develop any new products to the Symbian Foundation standard or operating system.” 

 

Top Five In-Depth Articles

 

iTunes 11: 11 things Apple should change

When Steve Jobs unveiled iTunes 10, he spent a short while going through its best bits.

There are some things to like, notably improved iOS device sync, with a capacity bar that updates in real-time.

However, plenty of gripes remain, and so below are the 11 things we’d like to see Apple change in iTunes 11.

 

Blackberry PlayBook vs iPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab

Apple’s dominance of the modern tablet market may be coming to a close: rival firms have seen the iPad’s sales figures, identified its weaknesses and built some very convincing alternatives.

The tablet wars are just beginning, but we’ve already seen two very serious bits of kit enter the ring: the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the BlackBerry PlayBook. So what do the three tablets – PlayBook, Tab and iPad – have in common, and more importantly, what sets them apart? Let’s find out in our Blackberry PlayBook vs iPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab stand-off.

 

BlackBerry PlayBook: what you need to know

Everything that was rumoured about the BlackBerry tablet seems to be true but there’s a lot that didn’t make it into the rumours.

Dan Dodge runs the QNX team at RIM and after the announcement we tracked him down for the key details, so while we couldn’t prise a PlayBook out of the glass case, here’s the in-depth technical breakdown of what’s interesting about the PlayBook that you won’t see in the basic specs.

 

10 best Freeview HD PVRs in the UK today

In the rush to bring out Freeview+ HD recorders in time for the World Cup, one or two manufacturers – including Pace and Sagemcom – quite obviously rushed out their products before they were finished.

Cue EPGs that didn’t work, stalling operating systems and snarling consumers. Happily, virtually all of those teething problems have since been fixed via over-the-air software updates, giving us the chance to compile the definitive top ten best Freeview HD PVRs in this now sparkling new genre.

There are 500GB hard disks with options to double that capacity, one-touch series link recording, wireless streaming of media around your home, and even the occasional built-in Blu-ray player.

Oh, and pin-sharp high definition recordings.

 

85 Windows 7 tips, tricks and secrets

Whether you’ve just bought a new PC running Windows 7 or you’ve been using it for a while, there are bound to be things you didn’t know you could do.

Whether it’s tweaks to get the desktop the way you want it, tips for troubleshooting or ways to squeeze more performance from Windows 7, we’ve got it covered.

We’ve updated our popular Windows 7 tips article with a load of new ones, including how to re
cover locked-up apps, how to extend your jumplists, leave a Windows 7 Homegroup, and more. Read on for 85 tips to help you get the best from Windows 7. 

 

Top Five Reviews


Nokia N8

Nokia’s gone back to the drawing board to bring out the Nokia N8, featuring a new OS and a huge amount of high end tech packed under the hood.

 

Sony Bravia KDL-60LX903

If money is no object, or the viewing of TV or movies is an all-consuming passion, then this feature-packed giant is definitely worth considering.

 

Asus G51Jx

This lappy employs Nvidia’s cutting edge 3D Vision technology, which features a special design of glasses that enable you to play the latest games and watch films in impressive 3D.

 

LG 47LE8900

The idea with this TV is that people who don’t care about 3D can get the best of LG’s TV picture quality without having to splurge out extra for the three-dimensional wizardry


MSI GX660R

MSI produces a broad variety of laptops, from award winning netbooks, such as the Wind U160, right up to powerhouse gaming laptops, such as the GX660R on test here. 

 

Also Reviewed This Week

 

Desktops

Apple Mac mini server 2.66GHz review

Apple Mac Pro review

 

Graphics cards

XFX HD 5770 review

Gigabyte HD 5770 Super Overclock review

Sapphire HD 5770 Flex Edition review

HIS HD 5770 review

 

Hard disk drives

Crucial realSSD C300 64GB review

Corsair Force F40 CSSD-F40GB2 review

 

Hubs & switches

Sitecom WL-309 Gaming Router 2 review

 

Laptops

Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G review

 

Memory

A-Data XPG Plus 1866+ review

Patriot Sector 5 2,400MHz review

Crucial Ballistix Tracer 1,333MHz review

Corsair XMS3 2,000MHz review

Corsair Dominator GT 2133MHz review

Geil Evo Two 2000MHz review

GSkill Tri-Channel 1600MHz review

Kingston HyperX 1,600MHz review

Crucial Ballistix 1,600MHz review

A-Data Extreme 2,000MHz review

OCZ Platinum 1,600MHz review

Kingston HyperX 2,000MHz review

 

Motherboards

MSI Big Bang XPower review

 

Power supplies

SilverStone Strider Plus review

Xigmatek NRPPC602 600W review

Spire Blackmoon 650W review

Corsair Professional Series Gold AX1200 review

Antec TruePower 550W review

SilverStone Strider Essential Series 500W ST50F-ES review

Nexus RX-1.1K Gold review

OCZ StealthXStream2 600W review

Coolermaster Silent Pro Gold 800W review

Corsair HX 650W review

Antec TruePower Quattro 1200 review

XFX ATX 850 12V: Black Edition review

Thermaltake Toughpower XT 775W review

Fractal Design Tesla 650W review

Nesteq Xzero 700W review

Thermaltake Toughpower Cable Management 1500W review

 

Printers

Canon PIXMA MG6150 review

 

Software

Red Giant Magic Bullet Quick Looks 1.3 review

Equinux iSale express review

Softway Freeway 5.5 Express review

Twitter (iPad) review

 

Sound cards

Aim Audio SC8000 review

Asus Xonar DG review

 

TV tuner cards

Avermedia Hybrid Volar HD review

 

Webcams

Logitech HD Webcam C510 review

Trust Widescreen HD Webcam review

 

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