Catch up: this week's most popular posts
7th Nov 2009 | 08:00
Our most read news, reviews and in-depth articles
This week saw rumours of a Blu-ray player for the Wii 2, Orange confirming its iPhone launch for 10 November, and the BBC iPlayer heading to Freesat.
We asked the question 'why do computers suck at maths?' and 'Britain vs the US: who is the real tech titan?', while fixing Windows 7 problems and figuring out how Apple's Magic Mouse works.
In reviews, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 review was popular, while the Samsung UE40B7020 LED TV review attracted the TV buying crowd.
Read on for this week's most popular stories on TechRadar…
Top five news stories
Nintendo's second-generation Wii console will come equipped with Blu-ray, with new reports suggesting the updated console will hit shelves in 2010. If this is the case, then it means that Microsoft's Xbox 360 will be the only console on the market not to pack in a Blu-ray drive. But, rumours also suggest that a Blu-ray add-on for the Xbox 360 may be on its way.
Orange has confirmed it will be offering the iPhone 3G and 3GS for sale from 10 November, with stores opening at 7am to cope with demand. The phone will be sold in Orange retail stores, online through the Orange portal, and through Phones4U, The Carphone Warehouse and Orange concession stands in HMV outlets.
The controller of TV platforms at BBC Future Media and Technology, Rahul Chakkara, has let slip that the iPlayer is to come to Freesat in beta form this month. Writing on the BBC's internet blog, Chakkara explained the technology behind getting the player on to the free-to-air platform, noting that: "MHEG-5 is a standard that has been used for developing and presenting interactive television in the UK for nearly a decade.
Sony has laid the VOD smackdown on Xbox 360 by announcing it now has 40 studio partners offering movies to its on-demand service – making it the biggest provider console-wise of downloadable content. Although the service is yet to reach UK shores – it's expected sometime this month – the amount of content available in the US version of the service is a pretty good indication of what to expect.
Orange's mobile internet terms and conditions have shown that users won't be able to use certain 'non-Orange' applications. The new iPhone deal from Orange will give you 750MB of data as part of the 'unlimited' offering, but the network is also prohibiting data-heavy applications, such as YouTube.
Top five in-depth articles
Computers perform calculations in quite a different way from the methods that humans use to do arithmetic – and that means that they habitually come up with the wrong answer. Here we investigate some of the shocking consequences of this revelation before delving into the reason why computers suck at maths.
Believe it or not, the Nokia 3210 is now over 10 years old. Selling over 150 million units, the 3210 was the first mobile to truly hit the big time and it was many people's first time phone. So here we have our 10 favourite mobile phones of the current crop, in reverse order...
The Americans are sometimes quick to take credit for other people's work. For example, if you believe what you see in Hollywood films, the US invented the Enigma machine that changed the course of World War II. But who is the real titan? Is the US the land of the future, or does Britannia rule the microwaves? There's only one way to find out: fight!
If you've moved to Windows 7 recently then you might have noticed various upgrade problems, interface issues and features that seem to have disappeared entirely, among many other complications with the new system. Don't despair, though - while these problems can be really frustrating, answers are beginning to appear. We've uncovered some of the best and most effective solutions around, so follow our guide and your Windows 7 installation will soon be back on track.
As with so many spellbinding things these days, Apple's Magic Mouse sadly turned out to be science. iFixit took the Magic Mouse apart as quickly as you'd expect and left us with a juicy pic of the sensors to mull over. Inside, we find that Apple has upgraded to laser tracking from the Apple (formerly Mighty) Mouse's optical tracking, offering greater accuracy over more surfaces.
Top five reviews
Sony Ericsson has unveiled its new Android handset, the Xperia X10, and is planning to stake its claim for a place in the burgeoning Android market. The new phone is fairly similar to the 'new crop' of touchscreen phones, packing a super-fast 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and a 4-inch high resolution screen.
With Samsung's flagship TV, the UE46B8000, wowing us a couple of months back, we have understandably high hopes for the brand's 'step-down' model too. And, pleasingly, the Samsung UE40B7020, doesn't let us down. In fact, with its cheaper price, we reckon this model could sell more than its slightly fancier sibling. After all, despite costing a relatively cheap £1,400, this model looks nearly as nice as the B8000 range.
Sony Ericsson has finally launched the Satio, the phone it showed off back in February under the guise of Idou, packing the best of all its brands into one phone. But can the sheer range of gadgetry and a new OS be enough to lure customers back to the brand?
Pull the Samsung Genio touch out of its packaging and you could be forgiven for mistaking it, at first glance, for the Palm Pre. The gentle curves, the 2.8-inch touchscreen and the rounded button in the middle of the face are all heavily reminiscent of Palm's new baby. But where you'll pay around £600 over the lifetime of a new Pre, the Genio can be had for around £100 on a pay-as-you-go contract, and the specification sheet is still pretty compelling.
RIM has rebooted its touchscreen range with the Storm 2 9520, featuring re-tooled clickable touchscreen technology and new, intuitive text input options. It's still going to be seen as RIM's attempt to rival the likes of the iPhone 3GS, Palm Pre and HTC Hero, but are the updates on the Storm 2 enough to fix the issues that were so widely condemned on the original Storm?
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