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Tim Hanlon

With the iPad 3G in the wild, the long awaited iPad jailbreak has been released. Spirit is a "userland" jailbreak, meaning it exploits a security hole that affects all devices, not just jailbroken ones. This means Apple is likely to release firmware that patches the exploit very shortly - read on for why this is important.  Read More

Review: HTC Desire vs Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

It wasn't too long ago that choosing an Android phone came down to whether you wanted a physical keyboard (HTC G1/Dream) or not (HTC Magic). With increasing Android adoption from carriers and handset manufacturers, making the same decision in 2010 is a lot harder. We've put two of the latest Android phones, the HTC Desire and the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, head to head in our latest versus review - read on for the details.  Read More

This is what happens when you try to use the ABC app outside the US

If you're outside the US, and have just paid an exorbitant amount of money to an eBay reseller (or a shipping company) to get your iPad, you've probably realized by now that there's a few hoops for you to jump through before you can start using it to its fullest. Read on to find out just how easy it is to get access to the App Store, iBooks and US-only apps like ABC and Pandora.  Read More

Apple's iPad is a joy to behold - and a joy to use

I've reviewed a few pieces of hardware in my time, but never before have I held something in my hands that was so thought provoking as the iPad. It's without doubt the closest we've come to a device like Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide or Neal Stephenson's Young Lady's Illustrated Primer.  Read More

iPad news roundup #2

We're still holding on to the firehose of iPad news as the official April 3 release date approaches. Our second installment this week covers the latest on iPad availability, apps and accessories.  Read More

Sony's upcoming firmware update removes the Other OS feature from the non-Slim PS3s which ...

I'm still rocking a launch-era PS3, and it's always felt like an investment rather than a money sink. Since launch, Sony has added DivX/Xvid playback, improved PSP Remote Play functionality, the affordable PlayTV PVR, and in Australia, support for the ABC's catch-up TV service called iView. So it pains me to report on the upcoming firmware update, which removes the Other OS feature from the non-Slim PS3s which were available until Q4 2009 - adding nothing in return.  Read More

Apple iPad

Whenever Apple is set to release a new product, a significant chunk of the web becomes a firehose of rumors, buzz, cheerleading, vitriol, and the occasional piece of actual news. We've scoured the web and assembled a roundup of all the significant iPad news from the last week, so you don't have to.  Read More

Method and apparatus for controlling a computer system

AllThingsDigital brings news of yet another patent issued for technology we've been using for years. The patent, Method and apparatus for controlling a computer system, which was filed in June 2006 and granted last week, is shockingly broad - essentially describing any means of using an accelerometer to control a computer.  Read More

Korg's $85 monotron analog synthesizer

Korg has been a big player in the democratization of music production in recent years, with the mini Kaoss Pad effects device, the Kaossilator phrase synthesizer and the incredibly affordable nanoSeries USB MIDI controllers finding their way into the kit bags of countless budding rockstars (and many actual rockstars). Its latest noise maker is the monotron, a dead simple analog synthesizer featuring a ribbon controller (essentially a touch panel instead of keys, which is incredibly "playable" even for amateurs) and the same filter used in the classic MS-10 and MS-20 analog synthesizers which are still some of the most sought-after vintage synths on the planet.  Read More

2010 is proving a bumper year for Android handset releases

After a gradual build-up throughout 2009 the roll-out of Android mobile phone handsets is really starting to snowball - and that means more choice for consumers. If the iDEN Motorola i1 and the WiMAX HTC EVO 4G aren't your thing (or your network), you might want to take a look at the multimedia-savvy Samsung Galaxy S, the Dell Aero and the budget-friendly Kyocera Zio. If the waiting game isn't your thing, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and the HTC Desire are just about to drop in the UK and will arrive shortly in the US.  Read More

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