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[Tech] iPhone 5 Clone Hints at Real Design

Giz-China has photos of a rather swish looking Chinese iPhone clone that’s rumoured to be based on the next gen model widely tipped for an autumn 2011 reveal. People familiar with such things say its not unusual for chinese counterfeiters to get their hands on prototype or pre-production models and have crappy, but authentic-looking knock-offs […]

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Image by @cabel

[Tech] Apps for Apple TV?

In what could well turn out to be a dramatic feat of wishful over-thinking, rumours are circulating that apps are on their way to the Apple TV. References to a mysterious device known as ix.Mac.MarketingName have popped up App Store listings, alongside mentions of iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, leading some to speculate that the […]

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Bing is struggling to navigate the murky waters of the UK search market

[Tech] No Room for Bing in Britain?

Which search engine do you use? I was somewhat taken aback today to read that Microsoft’s Bing has captured more than 30% of the US search market. It’s not a terrible service, but I’ve never seen what it offers over Google. I’m a big Google fan and use docs, calendar and Gmail extensively. It’s also […]

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[Tech] Review: Apple TV 2

When the team behind the excellent open source media centre software XBMC announced a version for jailbroken iOS devices I immediately grabbed a copy for both my iPad 1 and iPhone 4. Despite not being optimised for touchscreen devices, the iPad app in particular worked brilliantly, allowing me to access the hundreds of movies and […]

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An Orange shop, though not the one in question here (Image by Aldfern)

[Tech] A Tale of Apples and Orange

So this weekend I decided to help my mum, who is not the most technically minded person in the world, upgrade her phone. She’s had a hideous pink Nokia dumbphone that I bought her years ago on Pay as You Go, and had decided it was time to join the 21st century. After chatting to […]

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So much content, such little time.

[Tech] Expand XBMC With Add-Ons

Once you’ve got yourself up and running with the best free media centre software around, XBMC, you’ll doubtless want to explore what else it can do, besides providing a beautiful library of your digital video, music and photo files. The software has long featured the ability to add plugins, which XBMC calls “add-ons”, but in […]

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Black or white? .... The iPads, I meant the iPads!

[Tech] iPad 2 – Successor or Update?

So, after months of relatively fevered hype the successor to Apple’s smash hit iPad has been unveiled. As expected it’s lighter, faster and features a camera, but it’s perhaps most noticeable for the things it hasn’t added. Let’s take a look at the important headlines one by one. Faster As we anticipated, the iPad 2 […]

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[Tech] Get Sky Mobile on Your TV

Some time ago I mentioned that I was in the process of working out how to use Sky Mobile to get Sky Sports on my TV. The process isn’t that complicated, but it does involve jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad, and buying an AV cable. Basically the gist of it is this. Sky’s iPhone app […]

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Angry Birds... in HD - but it's not Angry Birds HD

[Tech] Jailbreaking a 4.2.1 iPad

So after successfully jailbreaking my iPhone, I decided it was high time my iPad got the same treatment. There are fewer apps for jailbroken iPads, and some would say less need to jailbreak a device that doesn’t have the telephony features of the iPhone. There were though, a few features I wanted on my iPad. […]

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Suave HD with a 5 column Springboard

[Tech] Check Out Suave HD for Winterboard

Just a quick one. I promised I’d mention any decent apps or themes I came across in my post-jailbreak iPhone tinkering. I’d heard lots of good things about the Suave theme for Winterboard. Sadly, like so many themes out there the version on Cydia didn’t seem quite so compatible with iOS 4.2.1 as I’d like. […]

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[Tech] Notes on a Jailbreak

I’ve thought long and hard about jailbreaking my iPhone 4 for quite a while now. I came close to doing it when i had a 3G, and again before iOS 4.2 was released, but never got around to it. Now, though, with the new release of Greenpois0n’s simple untethered jailbreak for iOS 4.2.1 I decided […]

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Minimalist for Gmail (the blue theme is one of Google's own and doesn't require an extension)

[Tech] Get Minimalist with Google

I’m an avid Google user. I adore GMail and my girlfriend and I run our lives by Google Calendar. I love the power-user features, and the seamless sync with my iPhone and her Android. Most of all I love the fact Google offer so many great, integrated services for free. I’m not massively enamoured though, […]

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Blaze Sega Mega Drive Arcade Ultimate Portable - not the snappiest name

[Games/Retro/Tech] Review: Mega Drive Ultimate Arcade Portable

Of all the many 16-bit systems I’ve owned or emulated, the machine to which I continually return is the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis to those of you in the US). True, it was never as technically advanced as the SNES, as versatile as the Amiga, or as Arcade-perfect as the Neo-Geo AES, but there’s something […]

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Steam - PC market leader, but not the cheapest way to get games

[Games/Tech] What Price The Future?

For years now everyone in the games industry without a vested interest in the status quo (i.e. everyone except bricks and mortar retailers) have been telling anyone who’d listen that the future of distribution is digital. The era of physical media, they say, is over. And indeed they may be right, though the delay in […]

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The Sharecenter Pulse from D-Link

[Tech] Review: D-Link Sharecenter Pulse

For those of you unfamiliar with the function of a Network Attached Storage device, or NAS, think about this. How many computers are there in your home? Three? Four? Your desktop, the wife’s Macbook, the kids laptops? Wouldn’t it be great if they could access a shared pool of storage, without you having to leave […]

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