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Reg Hardware Reviews Digest

In the past seven days, Reg Hardware reviewed dozens of products from the worlds of consumer electronics, photography, gaming, mobile communications and information technology. In case you missed any, here are all the products we evaluated this past week. Lifestyle Technisat HDFS Freesat HD receiver First wireless BBC …

Reg Hardware Reviews Digest

In the past seven days, Reg Hardware reviewed dozens of products from the worlds of consumer electronics, photography, gaming, mobile communications and information technology. In case you missed any, here are all the products we evaluated this past week. Lifestyle Sharp Aquos LC-46LE821E 46in quad-pixel TV Do yellow sub- …
HTC Hero 2

HTC sets timeframe for Hero Android update

HTC's anticipated update that will take its Hero smartphone to Android 2.1 will now not appear until June. Originally expected in February this year, the upgrade was subsequently put back a month. It didn't show up in March. But this week, HTC released a statement saying that it will provide the update for 2.1 - aka 'Éclair' - …
WD Photos

WD intros Nas-linked iPhone app

Western Digital has rolled out an app to allow iPhone users to view pictures placed on its Nas boxes. The WD Photos taps into WD's MioNet online file access service, so users will need to set up a MioNet account - registration is free, WD said. WD Photos Photos placed in the Nas boxes' Shared Pictures folder can then be …
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Seagate tempts hard drive buyers with Star Trek

Seagate is partnering with Paramount to release 21 of the studio's recent films on the hard drive maker's 500GB FreeAgent Go external HDD. It sounds a good deal, but there is no shortage of catches. Firstly, only one film is free: J J Abrams' remake of Star Trek. The remainder are available to purchase for $10-15. In order to …
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Sky revamps News app for general election

Satellite broadcaster Sky has updated its Sky News iPhone app to provide punters - be they Sky subscribers or not - with live-feed general election coverage. Sky News App The app presents not only the top ten election stories but also Sky News live. Politics buffs can view information on previous elections - something more …
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Orange unpeels fresh biz-friendly mobile broadband plans

Orange has revamped its business-centric mobile broadband plans, rolling out four new contract plans. 'Business Everywhere 5 to 9' and 'Business Everywhere 9 to 5' both offer 'unlimited' data transfers during the hours implicit in their names: 5pm to 9am and 9am to 5pm, respectively. Both cost £10 a month on a two-year contract …
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Elgato adds 3G streaming to TV-on-iPhone app

Elgato has updated its EyeTV iPhone app to allow users to stream digital TV over 3G connections. EyeTV previously could only relay programmes sent over a Wi-Fi network by a Mac running Elgato's TV tuner software, also called EyeTV. But Apple has relaxed the rules about pumping data out over the mobile phone networks, and EyeTV …
Cloud Engines Pogoplug

WIN a Pogoplug 2 DIY cloud computing gadget

Competition The Pogoplug 2 from Cloud Engines connects your storage - external HDDs and USB Flash keys - to your own network and the wider internet beyond it. And we have one to give away to a lucky Reg Hardware reader. Cloud Engines Pogoplug CE's brightly coloured gadget - you can read our review here - packs in a trio of USB 2.0 ports …
Colour Laser Printers

Desktop Colour Laser Printers

Group Test Laser printer have been hit hard by the rise of inkjet machines in the last ten years or so. Excellent inkjet print quality, especially in colour and on photo paper, caused many pundits to predict that was it for the laser - and the colour laser in particular. But laser printer makers have rallied to the cause, and in the last …
Nokia X6

WIN a 16GB Nokia X6 from Phones 4u

Competition Phones 4u currently has the UK exclusive on Nokia's 16GB X6 music phone, and it has generously given one of these gorgeous handsets to Reg Hardware to give away. The X6 - we reviewed it here - delivers a great music playback experience, and with 16GB of on-board storage, it has plenty to space for tunes and videos. Its 3.2in, …
Sony PlayStation Move

Sony PlayStation Move: your questions answered

Sony this week formally announced its long-awaited Wii-style motion controller system for the PlayStation 3. Once thought to be called Arc, the add-on is now officially Move. And here is all you need to know about it. Sony PlayStation Move What is it? PlayStation Move is a stick-like handheld game controller that's able to …
Michael Jackson This is It HDD

WIN a 500GB Wacko Jacko hard drive from Samsung

Competition Well, This is it. Yes, we're talking Samsung's latest 2.5in portable external hard drive, a gold-look model branded to tie in to the recently released Michael Jackson movie. The Samsung drive packs in 500GB of raw storage capacity, is powered over the USB 2.0 bus and in addition to Sammy's usual excellent array of freebie back- …

Boom foreseen for LED backlight backers

Quote of the Week “Without a doubt, LED backlights will be the dominant light source in all applications in 2011 — representing a significant business and technology evolution for the entire backlight and panel supply chain.” Kevin Kwak, DisplaySearch, Director of LED Backlight Unit Research
Twitter Bird

Tweets are free on 3

Mobile network 3 has said its customers can Tweet for free for the rest of the month and March too. Tell the world you're eating chips for dinner, and the message sent from your 3 phone to Twitter - whether you use the social network's website or a dedicated app - will not count toward your monthly data allowance, 3 said. …
MacSaga

MacSaga.com not linked to Macworld says mag

Macworld UK has warned its readers not to trust retail website MacSaga.com - which claims to be owned by the magazine’s publisher, IDG Communications. MacSaga’s 'About Us' page says: “This website is owned and operated by IDG Communications Limited of 101 Euston Road, London, NW1 2RA, United Kingdom.” The contact number it …
T-Mobile

T-Mobile to revamp tariffs

T-Mobile has confirmed it is to introduce new 18-month and two-year pay monthly mobile tariffs on 1 February. The contract period missing from that sentence is ’12-month’ – these are expected to be ditched by the cellco. Instead, the longer-length tie-ins will come with a free “booster” – a choice of unlimited texts, unlimited …
YouTube

Internet video take-up to be driven by TVs, Blu-ray Players

Blu-ray Disc players and HD TVs will drive the domestic take-up of internet video services, it has been claimed. Market watcher IMS Research has said that, worldwide, internet video device shipments will leap 78 per cent year on year during 2010. While set-top boxes, games consoles and media extenders will play a part, it'll be …
Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness

Sony Ericsson outs see-through screen phone

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

Sony Ericsson Android phone caught on camera

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Asus_Eee_Keyboard_SM_02

Latest Asus Eee Keyboard desktop demo'd

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CES 2010

Consumer Electronics Show Complete Coverage

CES 2010 Didn't get to this year's Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show? Here are the key stories. CES on Video Latest Asus Eee Keyboard desktop demo'd Demo'd: how to turn an iPhone into a universal remote Plastic Logic shows executive e-book reader Beamz shines light on laser-strummed musical instrument Kodak intros 3D remote Google …
L5 iPhone remote

Demo'd: how to turn an iPhone into a universal remote

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Plastic Logic Que

Plastic Logic shows executive e-book reader

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The Beamz

Beamz shines light on laser-strummed musical instrument

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Kodak intros 3D remote

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Google Nexus One

Google Nexus One caught on camera

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Parrot Ar.Drone

Parrot flies in iPhone-controlled chopper

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Motorola Backflip

Motorola's latest Android 'andset demo'd

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Boxxee box by D-Link

Boxee shows telly-ready media playback box

CES 2010 on Video Boxee shows telly-ready media playback box var MediaPlayerVars = { '_': { 'http://www.youtube.com/v/Yu5SAzbVSGg': { width: 560, height: 340 } } }; Watch in HD at Reg Hardware's YouTube channel Can't see the video? Download FlashPlayer from Adobe.com Boxxee box by D-Link
Lenovo IdeaPad U1

Lenovo demos mini laptop with slip-out screen

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Reg Hardware Christmas 2009 Prezzy Trail

Kit of the Year Stuck for inspiration when it comes to last-minute Chrimbo shopping? Fancy Product X but want to see if there's a cheaper alternative? Then look no further as we round up our group tests. Kit of the Year: Android Smartphones Read the full selection here Blu-ray Disc Players Editor's Choice Samsung BD-P4600 Recommended …

WIN! LG 42in Seamless Full HD TV worth £1400

Christmas Competition The LG 42SL9000 has it all: LED backlight, 100Hz TruMotion picture frame rate, Divx HD playback support, no fewer than four HDMI ports, built-in Bluetooth wireless connectivity and a full HD 1080p resolution. LG 42SL9000 And there's more. The 42SL9000 is one of LG's "Seamless" tellies, designed to give the viewer the feeling …
Apple iPhone 3G S

2009's Top High-End Touchscreen Phones

Kit of the Year Our choices will be controversial, but for every Register Hardware reader irritated by Apple's command-and-control approach, dozens of phone users don't care so long as their handset delivers a high-quality smartphone experience. And the iPhone 3GS does deliver exactly that. It's not a phone for everyone - but then neither is …
Kindle iPhone

Kindle app comes to UK iPhones

Amazon has at long last updated its iPhone-based virtual Kindle e-book reader to allow punters outside the US to buy and read digital books. The update, which takes the app to version 1.3, brings Kindle support to a total of 60 countries. The download is free of charge. A flaw, however, is that there's no way to integrate e- …
Panasonic DMC-TZ7

2009's Top Mid-Range Compact Cameras

Kit of the Year Time was when the all compact cameras were much of a muchness, all designed for consumers seeking point-and-click simplicity, but with various degrees of manual control thrown in for enthusiasts. Nowadays, the compact market is segmented, with kit costing £150 or less for the holiday snapper, and the likes of the Canon Powershot …
iRiver Story

2009's Top E-book Readers

Kit of the Year E-book viewers prompted plenty of Register Hardware reader interest during 2009, a year in which market stalwarts Sony and Amazon finally saw some notable rivals, iRiver in particular. In response, perhaps, Amazon started offering the US-centric Kindle to overseas buyers - will ours arrive in time to change the selection here? …
Qnap TS-219P Turbo Nas

2009's Top Nas boxes

Kit of the Year More and more Register Hardware readers started storing files in network-attached drives this year, and we began our coverage of this hot topic in earnest. We haven't looked at every model from every manufacturer, but here are the Nas boxes that most found favour in 2009. Qnap TS-219P Turbo Qnap TS-219P Turbo Nas RH Editor's …
HTC Touch Diamond 2

2009's Top Win Mo Smartphones

Kit of the Year It hasn't been a good year for Windows Mobile. The relentless rise of the iPhone in consumerland, Research in Motion's strength in the business world and Android's capture of the 'what's new, what's hot' category has left the Microsoft's increasingly anachronistic OS looking like an also-ran. This despite a raft of new WM …
WD WD TV Live

2009's Top Set-top Media Players

Kit of the Year Apple's Apple TV was launched in 2007, but it has taken until 2009 for rivals to really get to grips with the notion of a device you can use to play local and network-connected content on your TV. Too many storage vendors have tried their hand, offering good content capacity but usually accessed through a slow, poor UI. Western …
Toshiba NB200

2009's Top Netbooks

Kit of the Year 2009 was the year the netbook really took off, with vendors rushing to release model after model after model, and few of them ending the year with the same selection of machines that they were offering at the start. We looked at dozens of them, all largely matched on performance, but with very different battery lives, prices and …
Sony X-Series Walkman

2009's Top Personal Media Players

Kit of the Year Yes, Apple dominates the PMP scene - for all those who grumble about the quality of its earphones. That didn't stop other manufacturers, most notably Sony, offering some darn fine alternatives in 2009, either by fighting back on price - Philips - or sound quality - Sony. But its hard to beat the all-round, utterly slim …
3D_Glasses_SM

World Cup to be shown in 3D

The 2010 World Cup will be the first global soccer event shot in 3D, Fifa - the Fédération Internationale de Football Association - said today. Sony has won the contract to provide the production kit, and will be releasing footage on an official Blu-Ray Disc in due course. The Blu-ray Disc Associaton has yet to define a standard …
Kingston SSD Now V 40GB

2009's Top Solid-State Drives

Kit of the Year Solid-state drives have yet to truly challenge magnetic media when it comes to storage capacity and the price you pay for it. But 2009 saw a bumper crop of SSDs as Flash and storage specialists really tried to drive performance. Some even pushed low capacity but cheap drives in a bid not to replace the HDD but to work alongside …
Motorola Dext

2009's Top Android Smartphones

Kit of the Year From one handset in 2008, Google's Android has become one of 2009's fastest-growing smartphone platforms. HTC continued to support Android with some good new handsets, and Samsung made a good start, but we were particularly taken with offerings from the newer entrants, Motorola and Huawei. Motorola Dext MB200 Motorola Dext RH …
Wallace & Gromit

Wallace and Gromit make iPhone comic book debut

Crikey, lad, Wallace and Gromit have returned to the iPhone and iPod Touch, this time in comic form. The Aardman Animations moneyspinners' televisual adventures have been available from the iTunes store for a while now, but UK publisher Titan has just posted four new stories in the App Store. Wallace & Gromit Three of the …
Windows and Android

T-Mobile: Google to open Android Market to Win Mo apps

Google has extended the reach of the Android Market online app store to Windows Mobile devies... if T-Mobile UK is to be believed. The carrier this week put up a page on its website for the upcoming HTC Touch HD2. T-Mobile Android-for-Windows T-Mobile's HD2 page: Android and Windows, together at last The handset, due this …
Storm 2

RIM demos BlackBerry Storm 2

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IFA

IFA 2009: All the Stories

Complete Coverage All the key product introductions, all the new technologies, all the stories. HD TV, Blu-ray Disc and 3D LG promises 3D plasma telly LG parades 'first ever borderless' TV Toshiba unwraps Blu-ray player LG demos world's largest OLED TV Sharp launches ultra low power LCD TVs Philips cautious on 3D TV plans Blu-ray Disc players: …
Asus Eee 1000HE

Asus CEO blasts ARM netbooks

Asus’ CEO has turned on ARM-based netbook PCs, hinting that the segment lacks a unique selling point. During a recent investor conference in Taipei, Jerry Shen reportedly said: “Currently, I still don’t see a clear market for smartbooks.” 'Smartbook' is the term coined by chip maker Qualcomm to imply there's some substantial …