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As an iOS 4.2 delay reared its rumoured head, Amazon cheered us all up with the news that it’s bringing Black Friday deals to the UK. Meanwhile Gran Turismo 5 got a UK release date.

Our Android 2.3 rumour round-up was popular as was our hands on with the Palm Pre 2.

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


Top five news stories

Apple iOS 4.2 delay looking likely

It’s looking increasingly likely that Apple has delayed the release of iOS 4.2, with the rumour mill suggesting that Wi-Fi problems are at the heart of the decision.

The latest version of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch operating system is definitely close to being ready, but it now appears that it is days, rather than hours, from making its appearance.

Among the problems that the latest version fixes is the problem with the alarm clock that did not correct for the clocks changing in the UK – an issue that left thousands complaining that they were late for work.

Amazon to bring Black Friday deals to UK

Amazon is set to bring its well-publicised Black Friday online deals to the UK this year, the Friday following Thanksgiving.

Black Friday has gradually become America’s online pre-holiday shopping day of choice over the last decade, and it looks like Amazon plans to bring the tradition across to the UK.

While the term “Black Friday” sounds more like a remembrance service tradition for victims of the plague, it is certainly worth noting the date in your diary if you plan to buy books, gadgets, games, movies (or pretty much anything else that’s available on Amazon) for your loved-ones this Christmas.

Gran Turismo 5 gets UK release date

Sony has finally announced the UK release date for Gran Turismo 5 – with the UK getting its hands on the racer on 24 November.

Delays have beat GT5 for years – leaving gamers frustrated and angry at not being able to play one of the games that was being talked about as akey title for the launch of the PlayStation 3 back in 2006.

Although Gran Turismo 5 Prologue at least gave people a chance to play an incarnation of the racing game on the PS3, this will be the first full numbered version for this generation of the console.

iPhone Flash app makes million in a weekend

SkyFire, the app that lets iPhone users view Flash video on their phones, has managed to generate a cool million in its first weekend on sale.

The SkyFire app for iPhone costs .99 in the US and yet is still not officially available on the UK iTunes Store.

Toshiba Folio 100 tablet dropped by Dixons

Dixons, Currys and PC World have stopped selling the Toshiba Folio 100, a rival to the iPad, after the retail group experienced unusually high number of returns on the product.

At the weekend, and according to the Register, Dixons had been selling the tablet at the barmy price of £999.

This wasn’t a way to make money on the £329 tablet but, according to a note that was put on Dixons’ internal EPoS system, “to prevent further sales”.


Top five in-depth articles

Android 2.3 rumours: what you need to know

While earlier rumours were suggesting that Gingerbread was the code name for Android 3.0, we now know that Gingerbread is Android 2.3, which makes Honeycomb Android 3.0.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt showed off a phone running Android 2.3 at the Web 2.0 summit on 15 November.

Google had earlier hinted on 12 November that the Android 2.3 release date is close, tweeting a photo of a pile of Android gingerbread men, with the message “Our cafes are baking something sweet”.

Here’s what we know so far about Android 2.3:

Hands on: Palm Pre 2 review

The successor to the Palm Pre has landed in the UK and the folks at T3 have managed to get their hands on the device.

Coming equipped with a new operating system, the Palm Pre is the first true handset to be made by Palm (the Palm Pre Plus doesn’t count) after their acquisition by HP.

HP’s stamp is noted straight away, as it seems that since the takeover the Palm Pre 2’s OS is no longer called WebOS 2.0 but HP webOS.

How to build a Mac for £300

The two Steves, Jobs and Wozniak, built the Apple brand on its synergy between hardware and software. 25 years on, you pay a premium for that.

It’s £599 for the cheapest Mac Mini. £1999 for an entry level Mac Pro. But since 2006, new Macs have had a very similar internal architecture to Windows PCs. The same Intel CPUs, the same Nvidia graphics.

Since then, people have been hacking together Macs in their bedrooms. They call them Hackintoshes; PCs that run OS X for a fraction of the price of a brand new Mac. My aim was build the cheapest, usable Hackintosh possible

25 cool Windows 7 interface tweaks

Your fresh installation of Windows 7 gives a ‘one size fits all’ configuration, but there are countless ways in which you can tweak the standard operating system to make it better suit your particular needs.

Built-in customisation options include the usual controls over the interface theme and the way in which Windows alerts you to important events.

There are also a bevy of free add-ons, which provide an even wider choice of customisation options – from ways to change parts of the OS that Microsoft doesn’t cater for, to adding clever new features that make Windows 7 even more capable.

24 best browser extensions

The ability to add features to browsers makes them the most powerful applications on your screen, but with so many to choose from, where do you start?

Too many and you’ll slow down your system; not enough and you’re wasting an opportunity. Here’s our guide to the ones you can’t afford to be without.


Top five reviews

Philips 42PFL6805H Econova review

Philips hags produced what is easily the most ecologically sound TV to date in the attractive shape of the 42PFL6805H. It’s a great 42-inch LED TV.

HTC HD7 review

The HTC HD7 is the largest Windows Phone 7 phone, with a Desire HD- and HD2-matching 4.3-inch screen atop the near-identical hardware specs of its other WP7 brethren

Viewsonic ViewPad 10 review

The ViewPad’s distinguishing feature is that’s it’s a dual-booting tablet, with both Windows 7 Home Premium on board as well as Android 1.6. But is it actually any good?

BlackBerry Bold 9780 review

With the arrival of the BlackBerry Bold 9780, fans of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 will no doubt be jumping at the chance to see how good RIM’s latest flagship phone is.

Nikon Coolpix P7000 review

There’s a huge amount to love about the P7000. It’s small, it’s tough, the lens is cracking and it takes great pictures. The video mode might not be too much to write home about but at least it’s HD.


Also reviewed this week:


Electrocompaniet ECI5 MkII review

Blu-ray players

Oppo BDP8SE NuForce Special Edition review

CD players

Yamaha CD-S1000 review

Compact cameras

Ricoh CX4 review

Digital TV recorders

Icecrypt T2400 review


Pentax K-r review

MP3 players

Cowon i9 review

Cowon J3 review

Olympus LS-5 review

Roland R-05 review


Canon PIXMA iP4850 review

Canon PIXMA MG6150 review

Radio tuners

Roberts Revival DAB RD60 review


Totem Sttaf review

Teufel T500 review


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Rumor: Updates A Plenty Coming This Week?


(Image courtesy of MacRumors)

Tuesdays can be kind of bland during the workweek.  Monday just happened, and we’re not quite to Wednesday yet.  So if your Tuesday was a little on the “so-so” side, hopefully the newest rumor will perk you up a bit.  Word is that Apple could be releasing Mac OS X 10.6.5 AND iTunes 10.1 via Software Update tomorrow!  Feeling a little bit better, but still need more?  How about iOS 4.2 coming out on Friday?  That’s more like it!

But always erring on the side of caution, the report is coming from a “source working close with AT&T,” and carrier reps aren’t always the greatest source for tidbits of information, so take it how you want:

According to our source, 10.6.5 completed the certification stage a few hours ago and iTunes was ready 3 weeks ago – likely after the release of beta 2 to developers.

Most know that the golden master version of iOS 4.2 was handed out to developers last week, but apparently a public release has had to go on hold for Apple to put the finishing touches to Mac OS X 10.6.5, which is needed to be able to give support to certain functions of AirPrint on iOS 4.2.  iTunes 10.1 is also needed to support AirPlay streaming capabilities.  With that, logic would point to Mac OS X 10.6.5 and iTunes 10.1 making their appearance just about before or along with iOS 4.2.

Just in case said rumors do come to fruition, we’ll certainly keep you posted!

via MacRumors

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This week on TechRadar


This week brought news that the iPhone 5 may ship with SIM cards that will connect to any network while other Apple rumours suggested that iOS 4.2 is coming this month.

It’s also rumoured that Google’s OS – Chrome OS – will become available on consumer devices this month.

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


Top five news stories


iPhone 5 to ditch SIM cards for online account?

Apple could be bringing out the iPhone 5 with a SIM card that can be accessed on any network – effectively bypassing the carriers’ distribution networks for selling the phone.

GigaOM is claiming that Apple is working with SIM-card manufacturer Gemalto (which is coincidentally suing Google over Android) to create a special card that would allow users to buy a phone directly from Apple, and then connect to any network they chose.


Apple iOS 4.2 update imminent

It seems Apple will unleash the next update to iOS this month – version 4.2.

Rumours are circulating that iOS 4.2 could drop as soon as next week.

As well as bringing bug updates to the iPhone and iPod touch, the new release will also bring multitasking to the iPad for the first time.

The update will also fix the ‘alarmgate’ bug that caused problems with iPhone alarm clocks following the European move to Daylight Saving Time at the weekend.


HTC Desire HD fails to knock original Desire off top spot

Whether you consider the HTC Desire HD to be the sequel to the original HTC Desire or another in the family, it’s not a better phone.

That’s according to TechRadar’s 20 best mobile phones in the world buyer’s guide, which looks at every smartphone around and brings you the cream of the crop.

Reviewers found that the while the original Desire had battery issues, the new Desire HD has got the same problem – but thanks to a 4.3-inch screen, the drain is even harder, so with the best combination of all-round excellence, the original has hung on to the top spot.


Skyfire brings Flash to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

If you want to watch Flash videos on your Apple iPhone or iPad then you will finally be able to later this week.

Not that Apple has reached some kind of groundbreaking deal with Adobe, of course – rather, a new app launching this week provides iPhone and iPad users with a decent workaround solution to enable them to watch online videos originally encoded in Adobe Flash.


Rumour: Google Chrome OS out this month

Google Chrome OS rumoured to be released on consumer devices later in November 2010.

Google’s Chrome Operating system is rumoured to be launching later this month, according to anonymous “component players” in Asia.

We first reported on Google Chrome OS back in November 2009, though Google has remained schtum since that time about its plans to release the new operating system in new consumer devices. 


Top five in-depth articles


10 best camera phones for 2010

These days, a phone isn’t worth having if it doesn’t have a top-notch snapper strapped to its back.

We’ve rounded up the crème de la crème of camera phones and delved a little deeper than simple megapixels to establish what handsets should be on any self-respecting mo-pho’s (mobile photographer’s) wishlist.


20 best mobile phones in the world today

We’ve all got at least one mobile phone each, right? The trouble is, how do you decide which is the best mobile phone for you?

Hopefully, TechRadar’s extensive mobile phone reviews can help you with that. But if you’re still stumped, you’ve come to the right place. Because here we have a constantly-updated list of the best mobile phones you can get.

Whether you’re after the best budget music phone or a the best smartphone, the top ones are all here. And we’ve got in-depth reviews of all of them.


iOS 4 vs Android 2.2

The term ‘smartphone’ has been bandied about for over a decade now, but where it previously meant a horrible, clunky experience, and often the need for an unwieldy stylus, the new generation is more akin to something out of Star Trek.

Everyone has one, and the user interfaces and applications are only getting better.

Apple struck first with the launch of the iPhone, creating the expectation of a slick, touch-based experience. It blew away the competition by simply working as users wanted, which says a lot about the systems that came before.


Hands on: Creative ZiiO tablet review

We’re just back from the launch of the Creative ZiiO tablets – and we managed to get some time with the latest addition to the Android family.

First up, it’s important to note the price-point – Creative has set the price for the 10-inch at £249.99 for an 8GB version and £269.99 for the 16GB version.

For the smaller 7-inch version the prices are £199.99 (8GB) and £219.99 (16GB).

The reason this is important is that Creative has taken some major decisions to bring the tablet price down to virtually half the price of the Apple iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab.


Samsung Galaxy Tab: best UK prices compared

Before the Samsung Galaxy Tab went on sale, it was always a bit unclear how much it was going to cost.

But now that it’s on UK shelves, the UK mobile networks are rolling out their data plans along with subsidised retail prices, and the picture is starting to look a bit clearer.

The good news is that monthly data plans are available from as low as £5 per month. The bad news is that most plans still involve an upfront fee of about £500. 


Top five reviews


Microsoft Kinect

While Sony’s PlayStation Move uses the PlayStation Eye camera to detect and measure the location of high-tech and spatially-aware handheld controllers, Kinect has no physical controllers to speak of at all.

The idea is that your body is the controller. It’s up to
the Kinect games and apps to use the camera and microphone to work out what you’re doing and what you’re saying, and to interpret your commands in the appropriate fashion.

The Kinect sensor contains an RGB camera and a depth sensor to track your movement. It measures the positioning of 48 key joints in your anatomy and by tracking the movements of these joints, it can work out exactly what position your body is in. What’s more, it sees in 3D by overlaying the input from the RGB camera with the depth sensor.


Samsung Galaxy Tab

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is the first major tablet release since the Apple iPad launched about five months ago. With a tidal wave of Android tablets about to sweep through the tech world, it’s possible that if the Galaxy Tab were to disappoint, it could damage the perception that Android tablets will be able to top the iPad on features and performance.

The price certainly indicates that Samsung believes the Galaxy Tab can topple the Apple iPad from its tablet tower. The 16GB model costs £530, which is £100 more than the Wi-Fi only version of the iPad. It is, however, exactly the same price as the cheapest 3G iPad, which is clearly no accident.


HP Envy Beats Edition

HP has gone another route with the HP Beats Edition, and employed the help and expertise of legendary Hip Hop producer Dr Dre and his Beats brand, that manufacturers high-end headphones.

Built around the chassis of a standard Envy 14, but £400 pounds more expensive, the HP Envy 14 Beats Edition features a number of audio upgrades.These include specially designed Beats speakers and clever positioning of the notebook’s sound card, allowing for impressive sound quality when using the bundled Beats Solo headphones.


HTC Desire Z

The HTC Desire is, in effect, the second in the new Android range from HTC, with its much larger brother, the HTC Desire HD, taking most of the limelight. But it’s more that ‘spare a thought’ for the HTC Desire Z, as this phone is designed to encompass the best Android has to offer with HTC’s sublime Sense overlay – and a QWERTY keyboard to boot.


Epson Stylus Photo PX720WD

A stickler for tradition, Epson’s PX720WD resists the temptation of settling for five inks, as found in the likes of the Canon PIXMA MG5150 and HP Photosmart Premium C309G. So instead of getting both dye-based and pigment-based black inks as a compromise between document and photo printing, the Epson goes for the full 6-ink monty.

Billed as an all-in-one for photo enthusiasts, it serves up the conventional mix of CMYK dye-based inks, along with additional light cyan and light magenta inks, boasting an enhanced colour range for truly photo-realistic output. At least, that’s the theory. 


Also reviewed this week



Audio systems

Revo AXiS review


Compact cameras

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS review

Canon G12 review

Canon IXUS 1000 HS review

Samsung WB2000 review



PCO Group Evolution 3D review

CyberPower Game Cube review



Nikon D3100 review



Sony PRS-650 Reader Touch review


Graphics cards

MSIGeForce GTS 450 Cyclone review



Thermaltake eSPORTS Challenger review



Elonex eTouch 1000ET review

Dell Latitude E6410 ATG review

HP Envy Beats Edition review



Mionix NAOS 3200 review



Blue Microphones Yeti review


Mobile phones

HTC 7 Mozart review

HTC Desire Z review



Samsung SyncMaster BX2350 review



Epson Stylus Photo PX720WD review


Sat navs

TomTom Urban Rider review



Parallels Desktop 6 Switch to Mac Edition review

Norton Internet Security 2011 review

Webroot Internet Security Complete review

Ilium Software eWallet 7.1.1 review



Toshiba 750GB 2.5-inch HDD review

StarTech 2.5″ SATA HD rack review

Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 64GB review


TV receivers

Comag SL30 HDMI USB review



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Boxee Box Coming Out Next Week, Taking Pre-orders

It’s here–finally. The Boxee Box, manufactured by D-link, is on its way into your home (should you want to fork over the money for it). It’s more expensive than its main competitors, the Apple TV and Google TV, but it still brings your favorite television shows and movies from the internet or your hard drive onto your television, without the computer as a mediator.

We played with this thing at CES, and it was fab back then. The Boxee Box comes with HDMI, optical and RCA stereo audio, WiFi (802.11n), Ethernet, two USB ports, an SD card slot and an RF remote that flips over to reveal a QWERTY keyboard. You can pre-order the device on Amazon for 9.99.

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This week on TechRadar

This week on TechRadar we saw the first pictures of the PSP Phone emerge, while Virgin announced its 100Mb broadband service.

HTC leaked a new Android handset, codenamed the HTC Mecha, and Sky formally announced Anytime+ arrival.

Android proved popular, too, this week, with roundups of Android apps in our most-read in-depth articles.

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

Top five news stories

First pictures of Sony PlayStation Phone emerge

Possible first pictures of the much-rumoured Sony PlayStation Phone prototype have been leaked onto the internet.

Sony is rumoured to be planning to launch the PlayStation Phone in 2011, with an apparent PlayStation Phone prototype having been obtained by Engadget this week, which is the device you can see pictured here.

Vodafone offer us Nokia N8 and HTC Desire HD

Vodafone has confirmed that it is now offering the Nokia N8 and HTC Desire HD – two of the most desirable handsets around, with the former available in an exclusive green hue from the network.

In a short statement Vodafone stated that it would be carrying both the N8 – Nokia’s new flagship phone and HTC’s Desire HD – a follow up to the immensely popular Desire.

“Vodafone customers can now buy two of the hottest new smartphones on the market, the HTC Desire HD and the Nokia N8, both of which are available now on the UK’s best network,” said Vodafone,

Virgin Media uses supercar taxis to promote 100Mbps

Virgin Media is celebrating the announcement of its 100Mbps broadband by offering a fleet of ultrafast taxis – giving Londoners the chance to hitch a ride in a Ferrari, Porsche or Aston Martin.

Gimmick it may be, but Virgin Media’s decision to pimp out three supercars as Hackney Carriages will give the public the chance to ride in style on Thursday – free of charge.

Jon James, executive director of Broadband at Virgin Media said, “With today’s announcement of our new 100Mb service, we wanted to do something fun and iconic to celebrate.”

HTC Mecha set to be next Android superstar?

HTC looks like it’s readying a new Android handset, codenamed the HTC Mecha.

The phone is showing up in the ‘Choose your phone’ section of the account creation screen for, the company’s new phone portal to keep track of your phone’s content and location.

Listed under the Desire HD and Desire Z is the Mecha – with a picture showing an HTC Hero next to it.

Sky formally announces Anytime+ arrival for next week

As revealed on TechRadar yesterday, Sky’s Anytime+ VOD is coming next week, with the broadcast giant confirming that the service will begin to roll out on Tuesday.

Although a lack of HD streams and the exclusion of all other ISPs apart from Sky have picked up criticism, Early Sky Anytime+ reviews have been largely positive.

Anytime+ adds to the already established Anytime push VOD (which does bring HD programmes) to add SD streaming and download video, and the movie section alone bring a wealth of goodies.

Top five in-depth articles

Top 10 best tablet PC iPad alternatives

Apple hasn’t just rekindled interest in tablet devices, it has created the kind of hysteria that only Apple can.

There’s no denying that the iPad is a beautifully crafted device that’s a joy to use, but not everyone wants to buy into Apple’s design and marketing hype.

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up ten alternatives to the iPad and put them in descending order to prove that Apples are not the only fruit.

Best Android phone – which should you buy?

There’s one key way in which Android is massively different from its Apple-branded smartphone competition – the number of phones out there running Google’s hot mobile OS.

Samsung makes loads of them. Sony Ericsson makes a few. Then you’ve got Android-powered phones from Acer, LG, Huawei and many others, while HTC releases more in a month than all the rest added together manage in a year.

The many variations in screen size, processor power, software features and design makes finding the best Android phone for you extremely tough.

Do you physically and emotionally need a QWERTY keyboard? Are you the sort of oddball who prefers the rough pressing needed to make resistive touchscreens work? Do you actually like Orange widgets?

30 best free Android games

As Android phones have increased in popularity the number of apps available for the platform has rocketed.

And that means more free Android games. There’s a lot of junk out there, but fortunately, there are gems within the junk.

We’ve worked our way through a whole load of Android games to reveal the ones you should download to your phone.

25 Windows Phone 7 tips and tricks

If you’ve just bought yourself a snazzy new Windows Phone 7 handset, no doubt you’re keen to get to grips with it and explore all the new features.

To help you get the best from your new handset, we’ve compiled 25 handy Windows Phone 7 tips and tricks.

Top 90 best Android apps

While Android doesn’t feature the same volume of apps in its Marketplace as iPhone users are used to, there are still loads of great apps to download.

Whether you’re after the best free Android apps or the best paid ones, we’ve compiled our favourites.

Top five reviews

Samsung Galaxy Tab review

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is the first major tablet release since the Apple iPad launched about five months ago. Running Android 2.2 and some decent hardware specs, can it compete?

HTC Desire HD review

After the success of the HTC Desire, HTC is looking to take smartphones to the next level with the super-sized HTC Desire HD. But is it a super-sized effort too far?

Samsung PS50C6900 review

With its £1,300 price tag and an extensive secondary feature count this Samsung 50-inch plasma TV has the potential to become the first bona fide 3D bargain

Acer Aspire 5745PG 5464G32Mn review

Nvidia’ s Optimus technology, which allows the laptop to automatically switch between basic integrated graphics and powerful dedicated graphics, makes this lappy a bit of a steal

Office for Mac 2011 review

Make no mistake, Office for Mac 2011 is a big improvement over the previous iterations. Across the board, it’s noticably faster and feels more at home on the Mac than before.

Also reviewed this week

Audio systems

Leema Stream III and Pulse III review

NaimUnitiQute review


CanonLegria HF M31 review

Samsung HMX-H200 review

Toshiba Camileo SX900 review

CD players

Meridian 808.3 Signature Reference review

Graphics cards

AMD Radeon HD 6850 review

AMD Radeon HD 6870 review


Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13″ review

Medion Akoya P6512 review

MSI CR630 review

Packard Bell EasyNote TM98 review

Sony VAIO VPCEB2L9E/BQ review

Acer Aspire 5745PG 5464G32Mn review

Toshiba Satellite L630-13M review


MicrosoftOffice for Mac 2011 review


Samsung Galaxy Tab review


Samsung PS50C6900 review

Sharp LC-22DV200E review


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DonorsChoose 2010: Week 4. Win a fabulous on-the-go prize pack!

You guys are amazing! We have raised ,633 through right now. That’s 1,753 students affected in all those classrooms. And I’m just blown away by your generosity and general awesomeness.

But you know who else is blown away, or about to be? All of us, by those PC-using weirdos over at MaximumPC. Yep, they’re still ahead of us on the leaderboard, by just under 0, with ,724 as of right now.

This is the final week of our 2010 DonorsChoose Challenge, so let’s step it up and outgive Maximum PC’s readers, OK? Mac! Life! Mac! Life! Mac! Life! (Sorry, I’ve always been a sucker for a really good chant.)

To sweeten the pot I’ve got a really great prize pack to give away. But before we talk about what’s in it for you, how about hearing from the teachers whose projects we’ve been busily funding all month long. Our Giving Page currently has 33 completed projects that we and other donors knocked out of the park, and some of the thank-you notes from the teachers are beyond touching.

Ms. B, who teaches at an elementary school in North Carolina that’s getting new LEGOs, writes, “Our students have so much potential that needs to be tapped. Your donation to these children will give them the tools to practice expressing their own creative spirits in a safe and cooperative environment.” And they’ll have fun doing it, too!

Ms. L, from an elementary school in Upper Michigan, got a new Mac mini for her classroom, with lots of help from us. She writes, “Many of my students are looking for new connection with reading. Being able to listen to themselves and their classmates read, to edit and produce book commercials, and to take pride in their literacy is going to change their lives.”

See, you guys are changing lives!!!

So how about a little more? Give to a project on our Giving Page this week, and forward me your email receipt to susie at by Saturday October 30 at 11:59pm Pacific, and I’ll enter you in this week’s drawing. The prize pack is huge and awesome, like the kind and generous hearts of our donors.

>> Scosche IDR655m earphones with tapLINE II controller (for controlling your iPhone, iPod touch, and the other iPods). I’m reviewing these now and (spoiler alert) I love them. You get a brand-new pair, though. Because sharing earbuds is gross. .99 retail value.
>> iDapt i4 Universal charger, which can keep your phone, iPod, camera, and other gadgets charged, up to four at a time. This iDapt is pink, too. Fabulous! .99 retail value.
>> iMainGo 2, a speaker-equipped carrying case for your iPod, iPhone, or other MP3 player. (The box says Zune, but we’re not familiar with that term.) .95 value.
>> AViiQ portable laptop stand. This is the world’s thinnest laptop stand, folding down to an astonishing 1/4 inch thick for easy portability. Improves your ergonomics and it’s good looking too. .95 retail value.
>> The Ballistic HC case for iPhone 4. This thing is hardcore, total protection, keeping your iPhone safe from almost everything except flamethrowers and X-Men. .99 retail value.

One person will get alllll this. And it could be you if you donate and enter.

All in all that’s a prize bonanza worth 9.87. We’d like to thank our friends at Scosche, Ballistic, iDapt, iMainGo, and AViiQ for donating the prizes. Enter today! Official rules in the FAQ, and feel free to email me if you have questions.

Oh yes, and big congratulations to last week’s winners! We’re sending game packs from Aspyr to Rachel F., Stephen D., and Patrick N., plus bonus prizes to a whole bunch of other nice people. Watch your mailboxes for gratitude and free stuff!

It’s the last week of October. We’ve got more kids to help. Let’s do this.


This Week on TechRadar

Angry Birds

This week on TechRadar, Android phone owners were delighted to learn that Angry Birds was free for them this week, and in related news, more details of Android 3.0 surfaced.

Apple announced iLife 11, new MacBook Airs and previewed OS X 10.7, and Microsoft explained why Windows Phone 7 doesn’t have Flash.

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

Top five news stories

Angry Birds Android app – full version now available for free

Angry Birds has finally lost its Android beta tag and is now available as a full game from app store GetJar.

GetJar seems to be on a bit of a mission at the moment to make all mobile phone games free.

It recently teamed up with Glu Mobile (who makes DJ Hero amongst others) to make one free Glu game available every week and now it has nabbed the exclusive of the full version of Angry Birds for Android.

Android 3.0: more Gingerbread details emerge

Various details of Google Android 3.0 are emerging, with the new mobile OS set to be a “cleaner, more uniformed” operating system.

Phandroid, which believe it or not is a website for all Android fans, has managed to bag itself exclusive details on Gingerbread and believes that the OS has gone through a graphical change, with Google embracing green as Android’s colour of choice.

It has also made carrier branding “more prominent”.

Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.2 update begins rollout

Samsung’s Android 2.2 update to the Galaxy S looks set to land soon as rollout has begun in Scandinavian countries.

Norway, Sweden and Denmark have reported to have received the upgrade, although it’s only accessible using the Samsung Kies PC software rather than an over the air upgrade.

The new Android 2.2 brings a faster, more stable browser apparently, with better battery life and other improved features.

Sky: YouView will be a niche product

Sky’s director of broadband and telephony has told TechRadar that she believes the BBC-backed IPTV project YouView will stay a niche product for “quite some time”.

Speaking to TechRadar as the company released a major survey into internet usage, Delia Bushel said that the likely impact of YouView was being overstated.

She believes that the premium nature of YouView will mean that it does not become the type of hit that Freeview has.

Apple press conference: what’s been announced

Apple has announced its new products – an Apple netbook (almost), OS X 10.7, iLife 11 and FaceTime on Mac.

The first new product to be announced was iLife 11, with “Facebook enhancements” in iPhoto 11 and new full screen modes.

Obviously, Apple is calling it “the best version yet”. iPhoto also brings “amazing new slideshow themes”, an iPad-like album view, and you can pull in photos from Flickr.

Broadband crunch IS coming, says research

The UK’s network infrastructure is fast arriving at “capacity crunch” point, according to research fom the University of Southampton.

The argument over whether the UK’s old communications network can cope with the rise and rise of broadband has become a fierce one, with the likes of Virgin Media telling TechRadar back in June that a broadband crisis was looming, and both BT and Sky insisting that this was incorrect.

However, research from David Richardson at the University of Southampton which has been outlined in Science has underlined the obvious – that without radical investment, the current infrastructure (including fibre) will be overwhelmed.

Top five in-depth articles

20 best mobile phones in the world today

Whether you’re after the best budget music phone or a the best smartphone, the top ones are all here. And we’ve got in-depth reviews of all of them.

Here are our rankings for the best mobile phones around, currently available in the UK.

Why Windows Phone 7 doesn’t have Flash

Ask Microsoft why certain features aren’t in Windows Phone 7 and the usual answer is that when you develop a new operating system in 18 months flat you have to make some hard choices about what you can get done in time and what’s most important to the experience.

That’s the reason behind no copy and paste until 2011 and no tethering as a modem.

But that’s only one of the reasons why Windows Phone 7 doesn’t come with Flash, according to Microsoft’s Andy Lees, now president of the mobile communications division.

10 mind-boggling iPhone and iPad apps

For every jaw-dropping, must-have app for iPad and iPhone there are dozens more that are mad, bad or just plain wrong.

We’ve rounded up just 10 of our favourites. We’re sure you can find many more.

Hands on: Sky Anytime+ review

Sky’s Anytime+ service is nearing roll-out, with the service now in final testing by staff and a selected few others – including TechRadar.

Although the software is up and running and working well, there are, we are reliably told, a few tweaks still being made, so rather than do a complete review just yet we’re going to stick to an extensive hands on of the service at its current stage.

Hands on: New Apple MacBook Air review

After last night’s Apple launch in California, TechRadar was invited to Apple’s UK offices today to see the two new incarnations of its ultra-thin MacBook Air laptop.

The smaller MacBook Air is now just 0.3cm thick at its thinnest edge and there’s an 11.6-inch model arriving to sit alongside the re-engineered 13.3-inch baby.

We took one of the 13.3-inch versions with us and here are our first impressions of the diminutive lappy.

Top five reviews

Nokia N8 review

Nokia’s reputation as a leader in the smartphone market has been under increasing pressure in recent years, as a string of ‘high end’

handsets have failed to capture the minds and wallets of the phone-buying public. So to fix that, 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.

Samsung Omnia 7 review

Samsung’s take on Windows Phone 7 was always going to be tech-heavy
– and that’s proved to be the case. Featuring a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen and a cool industrial design, the Samsung Omnia 7 is a slightly different take from the LG and HTC crowd.

It hasn’t gone big on the camera side of things like the HTC 7 Mozart, packing only a 5-megapixel camera and a single LED flash. But it’s that screen that really makes things pop on this phone – it’s almost like the feeling you get when you first see a Blu-ray on a proper HD telly: everything looks more real than reality itself.

New Apple iPod touch 4G (2010) review

The iPod touch has been the world’s premium MP3 player for some time now, and with the launch of the new iPod touch 4G model, that doesn’t look like changing. Despite the new iPod touch being even thinner than last year’s model, Apple has managed to squeeze into it a super-sharp Retina display, two cameras and the A4 processor that powers the iPhone 4 and iPad.

Apple TV review

Apple TV has dumped its 40GB of storage, three-quarters of its footprint and halved its UK price. And yet Steve Jobs continues to refer to it as a “hobby”. Perhaps it’s because Apple TV remains somewhat of an enigma.

It doesn’t fit into Apple’s main product groups – on it’s filed under ‘iPod’ in the category tree. On one hand Apple seems to want to shove it under the carpet, on the other it keeps re-inventing the device.

We’ll be positive though – Apple TV is a darn good media box to use with your Mac and with iTunes more specifically, and its price has reduced significantly – even if you would pay a shade over £60 for this box in the US – and that’s a big saving and a big shame.

HTC HD7 review

The HTC HD7 is by far the biggest of them, with a Desire HD- and HD2-matching 4.3-inch screen atop the near-identical hardware specs of its other WP7 brethren. In the hand it feels a bit gargantuan – smaller hands might struggle to contain its heft, but luckily it feels thin enough to not give the impression of a small netbook in your pocket.

Also reviewed this week…

Audio systems

Onkyo HTS-3305 review

AV Receivers

Yamaha RX-V567 review

Samsung HW-C500 review

Hard disk drives

Adata S596 Turbo SSD review


Acer Aspire 5551-P32G32Mn review

HP 620 review

Samsung R730 review

Asus K72F-TY011V review

Fujitsu LifeBook AH530 review

HP Pavilion dv6-3040sa review

Media Streaming

Apple TV review

Mobile phones

Samsung Galaxy Europa i5500 review

Orange San Francisco review

Sony Ericsson Spiro review

Samsung Omnia 7 review

Operating systems

Microsoft Windows Phone 7 review


Canon PIXMA MP495 review

Canon PIXMA MG5150 review

Epson BX305FW review

HP Photosmart Plus eAll-in-One review


AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition review


PSB Imagine Series review

Paradigm Seismic 110 review

XTZ 99 W12.18 ICE review


Sony KDL-40EX43BKDL-40EX43B review

Panasonic TX-P50V20B review

Toshiba 37RV753 review


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Samsung Omnia

This week on TechRadar saw Microsoft criticising OEMs who fill new PCs with ‘crapware’, while Lovefilm announced that its movie service is coming to the PS3.

But the big news was the announcement of Windows Phone 7, and we got hands on with a whole bunch of handsets.

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

Top five news stories

Apple’s new iPhone won’t be the iPhone 5

Rumours that Apple is planning a new version of its iPhone before the ‘normal’ upgrade cycle appear to be true – although it will only signify the end of the exclusivity deal in the US.

Like in the UK when O2 lost its exclusivity deal for the iPhone when Vodafone and Orange came on board, Verizon looks likely to be joining AT&T in offering the iPhone for sale in the US, according to the WSJ.

However, Apple will need to modify the wireless tech used inside the phone, as Verizon uses different network technology to its rivals AT&T.

Microsoft slams OEM crapware

The hardware margin is far lower for PC makers than it is for Apple and the revenue Microsoft gets from a Windows license looks trivial in comparison to the £250 Google makes from search advertising in the UK for every PC sold (according to Gary Hearns of Dixons).

That also makes it clearer why PC makers seem unwilling to give up the extra money they make from bundling all that extra software that clutters up new PCs.

For a few extra dollars per system you get short-term thinking that hurts the entire industry, says Michael Angiulo, corporate vice president of the Planning and PC Ecosystem team at Microsoft.

Official: Lovefilm comes to the PS3

Sony has teamed up with Lovefilm to offer the movie subscription service to PS3 owners.

There have been a number of rumours that Lovefilm would be coming to the PlayStation 3 – especially when the service started appearing on connected Bravia televisions.

But both Sony and Lovefilm remained tight-lipped, which meant that PS3 users in the UK could only look on as their US counterparts got access to Netflix and all its downloadable goodness.

Apple fanboy Stephen Fry rolled out for Windows Phone 7 launch

Self-confessed Apple fanboy Stephen Fry has surprised the technology world by turning up to the launch of Windows Phone 7 – Microsoft’s new mobile phone operating system.

Fry has made no effort to mask his love for Apple in the past, so for him to take the stage at a Windows event is pretty impressive for Microsoft, especially as he was not getting paid for the event.

The reason Microsoft got Fry involved was because of a previous quote on Windows Mobile where he compared the designer of Windows Mobile to the designer of a 1960s concrete tower block

T3 iPad edition goes on sale

The eagerly awaited T3 iPad edition has gone on sale through the Apple store, with the TechRadar stablemate offering up a high-tech tablet version of its monthly magazine.

The T3 iPad edition is not merely the magazine content, but also a host of extras including videos and images.

On this occasion we’re willing to risk cries of bias to tell you that it is, honestly, a very cool addition to your iPad – and well worth a look if you like your gadgets.

Top five in-depth articles

iPad 2 rumours: What you need to know

The internet loves Apple and it loves ill-founded speculation, so it’s hardly surprising that iPad 2 rumours were flying before the first iPad even reached the UK.

As ever the iPad 2 release date, specifications and price are closely guarded secrets, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some juicy rumours, inspired guesses and possibly even Apple leaks to consider surrounding the next iPad.

Here’s our pick of the current iPad 2G rumours.

Hands on: Windows Phone 7 review

Microsoft might have been working on Windows Phone 7 for a year and a half or so, but only now is it getting to the point where it can be considered ready for market.

We bagged some hands on time with a near-final version of the software and gave it a thorough test ahead of our final Windows Phone 7 review.

Hands on: HTC HD7 review

HTC is clearly setting its stall out with Microsoft on Windows Phone 7, as it brought out five handsets for the platform. This, the HTC HD7, has a UK release date of 21 October. So what’s it like?

The HTC HD7 is by far the biggest of them, with a Desire HD- and HD2-matching 4.3-inch screen atop the near-identical hardware specs of its other WP7 brethren.

Hands on: Samsung Omnia 7 review

Samsung’s take on Windows Phone 7 was always going to be tech-heavy – and that’s proved to be the case.

Featuring a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen and a cool industrial design, the Samsung Omnia 7 is a slightly different take from the LG and HTC crowd.

Top 20 best iPhone apps – paid apps

Apps for the iPhone and iPod touch now number in the hundreds of thousands.

And when Apple claims “there’s an app for that”, it really means it.

We trawled the App Store, looking for the very best paid apps, and we present the cream of the crop below. If your favourite app is missing, tell us about it in the comments.

Top five reviews

Alcatel OT-980 review

Alcatel makes no bones about the aim of the OT-980. This handset is about the mass market, and its £99.95 pay-as-you-go price from Carphone Warehouse indicates that it is a pretty affordable option as far as Android is concerned.

Packard Bell Dot U review

The Packard Bell Dot U is being marketed by the company as its latest netbook, but while it definitely shares some features with those mini machines, some of the components used here place it more in the ultra-portable laptop category.

Samsung Q330 review

In 2010, Samsung has produced a strong range of laptops, spanning from entry-level portables that offer fantastic value for money, such as the Samsung R730, to excellent Blu-ray multimedia machines, such as the Samsung R780.

Apple iPo
d touch 4G review

Despite the new iPod touch being even thinner than last year’s model, Apple has managed to squeeze into it a super-sharp Retina display, two cameras and the A4 processor that powers the iPhone 4 and iPad.

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.

Also reviewed this week

Graphics cards

Asus GeForce GT 430 review

Hi-Fi Accessories

Supra Rondo 4×4.0 review

van den Hul The Teatrack Hybrid review


Advent Sienna 510 review

Packard Bell Dot U review

Samsung Q330 review

Mobile phones

Alcatel OT-980 review


Casio XJ-A135 review


Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 review

Jolicloud Jolicloud 1.0 review

Lonely Planet Compass Guides review

Epic Citadel review

Olimsoft OPlayer HD review

SoundNote SoundNote review


Samsung UE65C8000 review

Panasonic TX-P42VT20 review

Sharp LC-60LE925E review


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DonorsChoose 2010: Week 2. Win an iHome iP1!

Well, it’s official. You guys are awesome.

We got 9 in donations during week 1, from 24 awesome people. (24! We had 38 donors last year over the whole month, so 24 in just the first week is a great start.) Your donations have affected 675 students. And we’re just getting warmed up.

Oooh, that’s pretty close.

MaximumPC is beating us, though. At this writing, they are at 2 donated from 22 donors. So we are beating them donor-wise, but they’re still outgiving us by a bit. So I encourage you to increase our Mac-user, uh, market share, for lack of a better word, and see if we can pass them up this week.

And if you do donate this week, and forward your DonorsChoose receipt to me at susie at, you’ll be entered to win this week’s prize! Which is the rockin’ iHome iP1, a kickass iPod speaker dock that retails for 0. This one is straight from the MacLife testing lab, where it received a 4 out of 5 and Editors’ Choice accolades. If you don’t have an iPod or iPhone, you can also connect any audio device with a headphone jack. It’s sweet. You want it.

iHome’s iP1 is thumpin’, and could be yours.

Deadline for that: Saturday, October 16, 11:59pm Pacific. Just donate or more to any project on our Giving Page, then forward me your email receipt by the deadline (susie at, and I’ll do the drawing and announce a winner next Monday. Full rules are on the FAQ.

We’d also like to congratulate last week’s winners! Loriann won the big week 1 prize, the Kanto SYD 5 speaker system. She gave to the “I Can’t Wait to Go to the Art Center Today!” project, which has since been completed. (Click the link to read the thank-you note posted by the teacher.) Congrats, Loriann, and thanks for donating!

Loriann, from Sioux City, Iowa, won this. She said, “COOL!!!”

Congrats also go to Eric, who won the super-secret bonus drawing — this week it was for people who mentioned the podcast. Eric picked up this awesome Star Trek Enterprise Pizza Slicer from He donated to the “Time for Kids to Learn About the World” project, which is still 0 from completion. So how about another mini-prize? Donate to that same project by Saturday at 11:59pm (or whenever the project is completed, if it’s before then), and you’ll be entered to win another Star Trek Enterprise Pizza Slicer (as well as the normal week 2 drawing — bonus!). Boldly slice like no one has sliced before!

Eric won this. He said, “OMG the pizza cutter looks like a weapon! I hope I don’t end up with fingers in my pizza!” We hope not, too.

Thanks to all who have donated so far! Especially the rock stars who also gave last year — I recognize your names, and every time DonorsChoose pings me that another donation has been made, I do a little chair dance of glee.

You are awesome. Thank you. Keep up the great work.


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This week on TechRadar

Digg logo

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. 




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



Unison Research Unico Nuovo review

Musical Fidelity M1 HPA review 



Teuful Aureol Groove review 


Hi-Fi Accessories

Pro-Ject DAC Box USB review

The Chord Co. Carnival Silver Screen review 



Toshiba Satellite A665-11Z review 



Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 review

Times Newspapers Ltd Times (iPad) review 



NAD C426 review 



RegaRP1 turntable review 



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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