TECHGEEK Weekly 33: It’s Raining Tablets

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This week saw Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and the number of tablets have expanded with Samsung, LG and HTC getting in the mix; while publishers are angry with Apple and Telstra gains some love with us with its announcement over 4G.

We also get into a shouting match over the fact that processors are different – with Tom on one side and the rest of us on the other. Ouch.

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The Top Stories

Sony Ericsson Xperia neo and pro joins Play as feature phones of 2011
http://techgeek.com.au/2011/02/14/sony-ericsson-xperia-neo-and-pro-joins-play-as-feature-phones-of-2011/

Xperia PLAY specs released by Sony Ericsson – to be out in March
http://techgeek.com.au/2011/02/14/xperia-play-specs-released-by-sony-ericsson-to-be-out-in-march/

Samsung announces new GALAXY Tab 10.1 – heads to Vodafone AU
http://techgeek.com.au/2011/02/14/samsung-announces-new-galaxy-tab-10-1-heads-to-vodafone-au/

Samsung to release very thin Android smartphone – Galaxy S II
http://techgeek.com.au/2011/02/14/samsung-to-release-very-thin-android-smartphone-galaxy-s-ii/

LG joins tablet parade with the LG Optimus Pad
http://techgeek.com.au/2011/02/14/lg-joins-tablet-parade-with-the-lg-optimus-pad/

LG launches first 3D smartphone – Optimus 3D
http://techgeek.com.au/2011/02/15/lg-launches-first-3d-smartphone-optimus-3d/

HTC unveils its new tablet – the HTC Flyer
http://techgeek.com.au/2011/02/15/htc-unveils-its-new-tablet-the-htc-flyer/

HTC shows off the ChaCha and Salsa – the Facebook phones
http://techgeek.com.au/2011/02/15/htc-shows-off-the-chacha-and-salsa-the-facebook-phones/

HTC upgrades Desire, Wildfire and Incredible – adds an S at the end
http://techgeek.com.au/2011/02/16/htc-upgrades-desire-wildfire-and-incredible-adds-an-s-at-the-end/

Telstra’s major upgrade of wireless network a challenge to NBN
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/industry-sectors/telstras-major-upgrade-of-wireless-network-a-challenge-to-nbn/story-e6frg9hx-1226005976918

Optus, Vodafone: we’re getting 4G too
http://www.zdnet.com.au/optus-vodafone-we-re-getting-4g-too-339309241.htm

First Facebook SIM Card Released
http://www.allfacebook.com/first-facebook-sim-card-released-2011-02

Pwnage Playtime

New Halo: Reach DLC coming soon
http://techgeek.com.au/2011/02/15/new-halo-reach-dlc-coming-soon/

Analyst: Xbox 360 sales up, Wii sales down
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-20031783-17.html

Sony throws down: crack your PS3, get banned
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2011/02/sony-throws-down-crack-your-ps3-get-banned.ars

Stewart’s Briefs (1)

iiNet joins hosting game – offers cheap VPS hosting
http://techgeek.com.au/2011/02/17/iinet-joins-hosting-game-offers-cheap-vps-hosting/

Commissioner: Vodafone breached Privacy Act over security breach
http://techgeek.com.au/2011/02/16/commissioner-vodafone-breached-privacy-act-over-security-breach/

Canadian Govt attacked by foreign hackers – IPs traced to China
http://techgeek.com.au/2011/02/17/canadian-govt-attacked-by-foreign-hackers-ips-traced-to-china/

Keneally pledges free Wi-Fi for CityRail
http://www.zdnet.com.au/keneally-pledges-free-wi-fi-for-cityrail-339309298.htm

In Other News

Apple subscription service challenges publishers
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/15/us-apple-subscriptions-idUSTRE71E3BX20110215

Apple’s new subscription service sparks antitrust inquiries
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/18/AR2011021807526.html

Dell Tablet Roadmap leaked – Four Android, Two Windows tablets coming
http://techgeek.com.au/2011/02/17/dell-tablet-roadmap-leaked-four-android-two-windows-tablets-coming/

Rumor: Dell might buy AMD
http://www.neowin.net/news/rumor-dell-might-buy-amd

Nvidia pushing tablets to quad-core chip this year
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-20032113-64.html

Stuxnet virus targets and spread revealed
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12465688

Teen admits trying to hire hit man on Facebook
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-20031672-71.html

Sony launches online streaming music service in Australia
http://techgeek.com.au/2011/02/18/sony-launches-online-streaming-music-service-in-australia/

Full-duplex radio breakthrough can double Wi-Fi capacity
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/021611-duplex-radio-wifi.html?hpg1=bn

In The Loop

Apple secures 60% of global touch panel capacity, causing tight supply
http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20110216PD219.html

Apple rumored to be evaluating 3 new iPhone prototypes, one with slideout keyboard
http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/02/14/apple_rumored_to_be_evaluating_3_new_iphone_prototypes_one_with_slideout_keyboard.html

Mac Growth Outpaces Market for 19th Straight Quarter
http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20110217/mac-growth-outpaces-market-for-19th-straight-quarter/

Stewart’s Briefs (2)

China Firewall “needs improvement”, says creator
http://techgeek.com.au/2011/02/18/china-firewall-needs-improvement-says-creator/

Egypt ISPs to offer refunds for cutting service during protests
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41561736/ns/business-world_business

Google adds 12 new formats to Docs Viewer – Photoshop, Pages, Excel files now supported
http://techgeek.com.au/2011/02/19/google-adds-12-new-formats-to-docs-viewer-photoshop-pages-excel-files-now-supported/

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  • http://www.mrmarkeh.com Mark Hughes

    If its actually raining tablets, I think I’ll stay inside.