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This week Samsung announced the UK release date for the Galaxy Tab, and the vice president of Epic Games suggested that the future of console gaming could be tablet-based.

Meanwhile, Facebook overhauled its Groups and enabled downloads of information you have added.

Our in-depth articles looked at iPhone 5 rumours, Android tablets, the BlackBerry PlayBook and the best CPUs.

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

 

Top Five News Stories

 

The death of Digg is not exaggerated

Since Digg came out with their much vaunted version 4 at the end of August, the social media blogs have documented in detail the trail of disaster which will surely become a case study in how to screw up a social site in business courses across the land.

Most recently, statistics have begun to emerge about the drop off in traffic at Digg.

There have been anecdotal stories of Digg’s importance to publishers also being diminished, so we thought we’d share our experience on TechRadar.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab UK release date: 1 November

The Galaxy Tab is to land in the UK 1 November, Samsung has confirmed.

The Android-toting rival to the iPad is going to be available in UK stores a month from today and represents a new category of mobile products for the company.

 

Is the future of Xbox and PlayStation tablet based?

The vice president of Epic Games, developer behind Gears of War, has turned soothsayer and is predicting that the future of console gaming may be tablet based.

Explaining his thoughts on where gaming is going – and more specifically the Xbox and PlayStation – Mark Rein believes portability is the key, where mobile phones can be used as controllers and the system is a tablet.

“Imagine a future Xbox 360 that is actually a tablet you carry around,” explained Mark Rein in an interview with Develop.

 

Facebook overhauls Groups, allows data downloads

Facebook has announced a raft of new features that have been designed to give users more control over how they use their Facebook pages, including a redesign of the Groups feature.

It has long been a gripe that you can’t send out status updates to select groups of people (telling friends how hungover you are, but not your work colleagues).

This has now been fixed, with Mark Zuckerberg, of Simpsons and The Social Network fame, noting in a blog post: “We’ve long heard that people would find Facebook more useful if it were easier to connect with smaller groups of their friends instead of always sharing with everyone they know.

 

Panasonic Jungle portable gaming console revealed

Panasonic has announced it is to dip its toes in the world of gaming, with the launch of the Panasonic Jungle portable games console.

There are not many companies in the world which will take on the might of Sony and Nintendo when it comes to gaming but Panasonic has decided it is going to give it a try. 

 

Top Five In-depth Articles

 

iPhone 5 rumours: what you need to know

iPhone 5 (or the iPhone 5G, as some are calling it) rumours are flying thick and fast already. Will there be a rush release to erase memories of the iPhone 4’s antenna problems?

Will the 5th generation iPhone deliver ultra-fast mobile internet? Will it ever end up on Verizon in the US?

Let’s discover what the rumour mill has to say, and which iPhone 5 rumours are the most convincing.

 

Why the BlackBerry PlayBook has the power to beat the iPad

Earlier this week we learnt that the BlackBerry PlayBook has a UK release date of early 2011. But behind the hardware is a new OS that runs Adobe AIR apps, HTML 5 web apps and existing BlackBerry Java apps.

But what else does the OS have in store? We decided to delve deeper into the BlackBerry Tablet OS while in conversation with Dan Dodge, the head of the QNX team at RIM.

 

Best CPU: 14 reviewed and rated

Choosing a desktop CPU used to be a breeze. The bigger your budget, the faster the processor you bought. Things got more complicated as new CPU architectures were launched alongside existing models, but that was nothing compared to the crazy array of CPUs on offer today.

AMD and Intel still have the market sewn up with chips from two to six cores. Add Intel’s HyperThreading and you’ve a choice of CPUs supporting anything from two to 12 software threads in parallel. That’s just the beginning.

Both Intel and AMD now routinely offer several micro-architectures at one time. AMD, for instance, has both the Athlon II and Phenom II model lines, the latter a higher performing part with a shared cache memory pool.

 

Android tablets: what you need to know

It has been a few months since we published our feature detailing the rising force that is the Android tablet. However, a lot has happened in those few months, and we are on the brink of a wave of Android tablets all trying to steal the limelight from the Apple iPad.

As such, we thought it was time to update this feature and give you the low down on the plethora of new tablet devices, all sporting Google’s Android OS.

 

The curious case of a Facebook fake

A security researcher has infiltrated the highest levels of America’s intelligence agencies using nothing mo
re than Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and a picture of a pretty woman.

‘Robin Sage’ appeared on social networking sites in December, claiming to be a 20-something Cyber Threat Analyst at the US Naval Network Warfare Command in Norfolk, Virginia. Within weeks, she had hundreds of friends and followers in the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency (NSA), defense contractors and the British military. 

 

Reviews

 

Amazon Kindle 3 review

With a £109 price-tag, decent specs and the backing of the UK’s biggest book etailer, the new Kindle has made many of the other eBook readers look outclassed and hugely overpriced.

Nokia N8 review

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. Does it live up to the hype?

Philips 40PFL8605H review

The 40PFL8605H is Philips’ first 3D-ready TV to hit the shelves. You need to pay an extra £150 to buy the 3D kit if you want to watch 3D though – is the 3D performance worth the cost?

Toshiba AC100 review

If you want a device for carrying the web around with you, and you don’t want a tablet and can’t be bothered with a Windows 7 powered netbook, then the Android-powered AC100 may be for you.

Apple iMac 27-inch SSD review

Apple’s mid-2010 refresh of its popular iMac range offered an interesting new customisation option for the high-end, 27-inch machines. If you buy online through Apple’s online store, you can opt for a 256GB solid state drive instead of – or even as well as – the off-the-shelf 1TB hard disk drive. 

 

Also Reviewed This Week

 

Amplifiers

Unison Research Unico Nuovo review

Musical Fidelity M1 HPA review 

 

Headphones

Teuful Aureol Groove review 

 

Hi-Fi Accessories

Pro-Ject DAC Box USB review

The Chord Co. Carnival Silver Screen review 

 

Laptops

Toshiba Satellite A665-11Z review 

 

Software

Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 review

Times Newspapers Ltd Times (iPad) review 

 

Tuners

NAD C426 review 

 

Turntables

RegaRP1 turntable review 

 

TVs

LG 19LD350 review

Linsar 19LED805T review

Samsung LE32C580 review

Panasonic TX-L19D28EP review

Philips 19PFL3405 review

Samsung UE19C4000 UE19C4000 review

Toshiba 19DV714 review

LG 37LE5900 review

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