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A brief roundup of interesting IT happenings and deals.

     Sony’s PlayStation 4 dominated the headlines replacing the PS3 released in 2006. Only problem is that we don’t know when it will be released or at what cost. See iTWire Mike Banticks article 

 

  

Java continues to be the hacker’s target of choice and there have been two updates this month. See iTWire article . But in similar news Adobe Flash and Reader products had out of cycle updates as well and as Stephen Withers reports Patch Tuesday was a bumper as well.

Kogan released some cheap[er] 8 and 10” dual core Android tablets starting from $119 and $179. See Stan Beer’s iTWire article . This is the tip of the iceberg with on-line stores littered with great deals if you don’t want the brand name.

     Kickstarter (a crowd funding site for new IT tech) revealed a new very cool 3D scanner that had reached 64% funding – not too late! The scanner will scan objects 250mm square and uses a turntable and two fixed scanning heads that makes it very easy to manufacture.

 

     Kickstarter also showed a new myIDkey, a voice activated, fingerprint biometric secure, Bluetooth/USB drive that displays passwords and ID's for hundreds of sites. It is 93% funded.

 

 

      HTC released details of the HTC One Android 4.7” smartphone . Its major problem is that Samsung virtually own the Android smartphone market so HTC has to do it better or cheaper (or both).

 

 

 

   Outlook.com replaced Hotmail and by all accounts this web based email system is superior to Gmail at all.

 

 

 

 

     

 

Game of Thrones fans salivated at the new 14”Iron Throne replica at $377.99 plus shipping. As Yogurt said in Spaceballs Merchandising, merchandising, where the real money from the movie is made. Spaceballs-the T-shirt, Spaceballs-the Coloring Book, Spaceballs-the Lunch box, Spaceballs-the Breakfast Cereal, Spaceballs-the Flame Thrower. The Mightyape web site may just become a shopping haven.

 

 

 

 

 

     Even the ABC reported on the portable toilet tablet tool that will keep you amused for hours in the loo and hopefully avoid dropping it from your lap into the poo. If you think this is crazy just search for stand for tablet to see how this craze is growing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

   Just to add more spice Amazon has been rumoured to be testing a Kindle smartphone. Said to now be a 5” e-reader style device with integrated wireless and Wi-Fi it makes sense to lock in Amazon users their own ecosystem. But then Facebook is rumoured to be making a smart phone too with HTC.

 

     Microsoft has denied the rumour that they will be making the mother of all phones in conjunction with Foxconn (who make iPhones as well). It could be interesting if they take the keyboard cover idea on.

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Ray Shaw

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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