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Kinect makes our best gadgets of 2010 top spot

Posted: 04 Nov 2010 10:11 AM PDT

Microsoft Kinect for Xbox 360 is a dazzling and groundbreaking peripheral that completely changes how you play games. That much you’ll know already if you caught our Microsoft Kinect review and Kinect games coverage earlier today, but just to emphasise how impressed we are with it, we thought we’d point you over to our best gadgets of 2010 list, where it’s now sitting at number one spot. Yes, number one.

Cast your eyes over to the right and you’ll see that Kinect has bumped the iPhone off top spot as best gadget of 2010. The iPhone 4 is a phenomenal device, make no mistake, but it still isn’t enough to merit an upgrade from the iPhone 3GS, for many people.

Check out the list to the right

Microsoft Kinect on the other hand is a genuinely revolutionary device that makes family gaming seamless and utterly intuitive, and the scope for it to change how you control your living room is massive – we simply cannot wait to see what future plans Microsoft has for the device. So! In to the top spot it goes.

Disagree with where we’ve put Microsoft Kinect in our best gadgets of 2010 list? Should it even be there at all? Let us know your thoughts on Kinect in the comments below!

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Toshiba Folio 100 video demo with final software and Tosh Froyo additions

Posted: 04 Nov 2010 10:05 AM PDT

Earlier today we got a walk through with the Toshiba Folio 100 that was announced a few months ago, and we first got our dirty mitts on at IFA. Today we saw finally saw the Folio 100 with final software loaded up and ready to go, including all the Tosh Froyo extras. Click through for the full video…

As well as a run down of the Toshiba Marketplace (which will be launching with “a couple of thousand” apps, according to European Business Manager Graeme Simons), and the boring-but-very-useful Toshiba File Manager app we also got a look inside the Toshiba Folio 100 and its replaceable battery. The Toshiba Folio 100 is available from today, at Dixons for the next there weeks, before it hits Tesco, Staples and John Lewis.

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Out today | £330 | Dixons

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BlackBerry Bold 9780 unboxed: photos and video

Posted: 04 Nov 2010 10:01 AM PDT

We just landed a BlackBerry Bold 9780 of our own, complete with the new BlackBerry 6 OS. After the disappointing BlackBerry Torch slider, we’ve got a feeling a lot of die hard emailers have been holding out for this one instead. We’ve got a full review of it coming right up for you, but in the meantime, come check it out coming out of its carton right here in our gallery and video!

In case you missed the announcement a few weeks ago, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 (Which we exclusively revealed was coming to the UK) is a refresh of RIM’s popular Bold 9700 model, which we rated as one of our phones of last year. It looks almost identical (Click through the gallery above for comparison shots with a white Bold 9700 we had to hand) but has a larger five megapixel camera, and more to the point, completely new software.

We don’t need to tell you that the BlackBerry Bold 9780 is incredibly sturdy, with a pin sharp screen and excellent keyboard, but BlackBerry 6 so far feels like a breath of fresh air. The WebKit browser loads pages much quicker than before, and the Torch’s excellent Social Feeds app and universal search are present too.

That’s enough from us though, now it’s time for you all to tell us what you want to know about the BlackBerry Bold 9780 – hit play, watch the video and drop us a line in the comments. Stay tuned for the full BlackBerry Bold 9780 review!

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Best Kinect games

Posted: 04 Nov 2010 09:39 AM PDT

You want the best Kinect games, but don’t want the hassle of wading through all 19 launch titles to find out which is hot and which is not? No problem: we’ve got the best Kinect games so far rounded up in our Top 5 list to the right of this full post.

Cast your eyes over to the right and you’ll see our Top best Kinect games shortlist. These are the titles that we feel really show off the true power of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 peripheral, and more importantly, are simply a blast to play, either solo or with friends.

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As ever, you can find out more about each of the best Kinect games with a simple tap of the Read More button, while popping the Buy It icon will take you straight through to Amazon to pick it up for yourself. And because we keep the list bang up to date, you can always be assured that these are the grade A picks worth spending your money on at any time.

Disagree with our best Kinect games Top 5? Tell us what you think is missing – we’d love to hear your thoughts so drop them in the comments!

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Play Kinect at our Reader Inquisition!

Posted: 04 Nov 2010 09:27 AM PDT

Intrigued by Microsoft Kinect? Can’t wait until launch day to play it? Come along to our reader inquisition on Tuesday then, and try it early! Read on for how to get your name on the list!

If you’re free between midday and 2pm on Tuesday 9 November, and in striking distance of London’s West End, come along and play Kinect before it’s even released at our exclusive event.

To get your name on the list, all you have to do is email us with your phone number and contact details at We’ll do our best to accommodate every one we can but hurry if you want to ensure your spot. See you there!

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Toshiba Folio 100: shipping starts today

Posted: 04 Nov 2010 08:28 AM PDT

The Toshiba Folio 100 10.1″ budget Froyo tablet is available from today in Dixons stores across the country, priced at £330. With more inputs than you can shake a stick at, and running Froyo, Toshiba is confident that it will be taking a slice of the tablet pie.

The Toshiba Folio 100, aside form running Froyo, has a USB slot, HDMI output, and SD slot. Battery life with average usage is set at seven hours.

The Toshiba Folio 100 is exclusive to Dixons for the next three weeks, after which it’ll be swooping in to branches of John Lewis, Staples and Tesco, where Tosh says it’s dedicated to having demos on hand and working Wi-fi connections, so you can have a fiddle with the Folio 100 before you commit to one with your wallet.

This version is Wi-fi only, and Tosh says that a 3G version is on its way in Q1 of next year, which we can expect around February.

We’ll be posting a demo video of the Toshiba Folio 100 in action very shortly, with a walk through of the Toshiba specific add-ons on the Toshiba Folio 100, so if you’re mulling over the Folio 100, then stay tuned!

What do you think about the Toshiba Folio 100? Is it a safe bet or is it being undercut by super-budget tablets like the Advent Vega?

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Tosh torn apart! Toshiba Folio 100 replaceable battery

Posted: 04 Nov 2010 08:08 AM PDT

In our walk through of the Toshiba Folio 100 today (video coming asap) we learned something new: you can replace the battery on the Toshiba Folio 100. The whole back of the Tosh Android tablet pops off, and you can flick the battery out and replace it with a new one. The Toshiba Folio 100 battery should be good for 500-1000 charges, and there’ll be new models available before then, but nonetheless, for those who want their gadgets to last, it’s nice to see a replaceable battery! Click through for a full gallery…

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Twitter bot fights climate change denier

Posted: 04 Nov 2010 07:35 AM PDT

Twitter has its fair share of arguments about most things but if you fancy a tussle about climate change, you can now argue with a dedicated bot. The @AI_AGW Twitter bot detects strings of words related to climate change denial and fires out a link to a site with arguments for the theory. The robot can't detect ironic or sarcastic tweets but if you reply to it saying you agree it'll stick you on a whitelist of people who do believe in climate change and not darken your @mentions again. Hit the headline above and jump into the comments to let us know which Twitter bots you have discovered.

Out now | £free | Twitter/Nigel Leck (via Mashable)

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Apple: Mac App Store submissions now open

Posted: 04 Nov 2010 07:03 AM PDT

Apple has opened the doors to the Mac App Store for developers to start submitting their apps for review. Steve Jobs said during the Mac OS X Lion/Macbook Air announcement that the Mac App Store would open within 90 days and developers would be able to stick in apps in November. So there you are! The Mac App Store shelves are now filling up. All we want to know is: when will we get our hands on them?

Out now | £varies | Apple

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LG Optimus One at Carphone Warehouse

Posted: 04 Nov 2010 06:32 AM PDT

The LG Optimus One is available at the Carphone Warehouse form today. We’ve had our LG Optimus One in the post, and will be back with a review in the very near future, so stay tuned. Click through for full contract details and our LG Optimus One unboxed video…

The LG Optimus One runs Android Froyo 2.2, and will be available from free on a £20 per month contract. Specs wise it’s packing wireless hotspot useability, an improved web browser, Adobe Flash integration and a 3.2″ touchscreen, plus an MP3 player, FM radio and 3.5mm headphone jack. The camera is 3.2MP with autofocus and face-recognition, and social networking hook-ups. Storage is expandable via microSD, with a cards up to 32GB. Out of the box there’ll be a 2GB card.

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Check out our LG Optimus One unboxing video, and check back for our LG Optimus One review…

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