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

Xperia PLAY specs released by Sony Ericsson – to be out in March

Samsung announces new GALAXY Tab 10.1 – heads to Vodafone AU

Samsung to release very thin Android smartphone – Galaxy S II

LG joins tablet parade with the LG Optimus Pad

LG launches first 3D smartphone – Optimus 3D

HTC unveils its new tablet – the HTC Flyer

HTC shows off the ChaCha and Salsa – the Facebook phones

HTC upgrades Desire, Wildfire and Incredible – adds an S at the end

Telstra’s major upgrade of wireless network a challenge to NBN

Optus, Vodafone: we’re getting 4G too

First Facebook SIM Card Released

Pwnage Playtime

New Halo: Reach DLC coming soon

Analyst: Xbox 360 sales up, Wii sales down

Sony throws down: crack your PS3, get banned

Stewart’s Briefs (1)

iiNet joins hosting game – offers cheap VPS hosting

Commissioner: Vodafone breached Privacy Act over security breach

Canadian Govt attacked by foreign hackers – IPs traced to China

Keneally pledges free Wi-Fi for CityRail

In Other News

Apple subscription service challenges publishers

Apple’s new subscription service sparks antitrust inquiries

Dell Tablet Roadmap leaked – Four Android, Two Windows tablets coming

Rumor: Dell might buy AMD

Nvidia pushing tablets to quad-core chip this year

Stuxnet virus targets and spread revealed

Teen admits trying to hire hit man on Facebook

Sony launches online streaming music service in Australia

Full-duplex radio breakthrough can double Wi-Fi capacity

In The Loop

Apple secures 60% of global touch panel capacity, causing tight supply

Apple rumored to be evaluating 3 new iPhone prototypes, one with slideout keyboard

Mac Growth Outpaces Market for 19th Straight Quarter

Stewart’s Briefs (2)

China Firewall “needs improvement”, says creator

Egypt ISPs to offer refunds for cutting service during protests

Google adds 12 new formats to Docs Viewer – Photoshop, Pages, Excel files now supported