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Editor's Note

This week's news was dominated by the fourth annual Mobile World Congres in Barcelona, where the world's major smartphone manufacturers showed off their latest products.

Check out our in-depth 'rolling news' recap for a glimpse at 2012's best upcoming phones.

In other news, Microsoft released the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 - if you haven't already, get free the download here.

Plus, Apple finally announced a release date for its next iPad device, Canon officially unveiled the EOS 5D Mark III DSLR, and new NBN info for Sydneysiders.

Also check out the best Android/iPhone apps, tech deals, downloads, viral videos and tutorials from the past week.

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News

Opinion: the iPad 3 has a serious rival in Windows 8
by Lucy Ingham | March 2, 2012

Apple's latest offering will be a massive hit, but could Windows take the tablet crown in the long run?

Telstra releases 4G-capable Samsung Galaxy tablet
by Chris Jager | February 28, 2012

Telstra launches Australia's first 4G tablet for its LTE network: the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III officially launched
by Chris Jager | March 2, 2012

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III has arrived, boasting a 22MP sensor, an inbuilt High Dynamic Range mode and a new EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II lens. Read on for details and the price.

Internode announces new 1.2TB ADSL2+ plan
by Chris Jager | March 2, 2012

Internode has revised its ADSL2+ pricing and introduced new options, including a 1.2TB data quota plan.

The NBN in Sydney: where and when
by William Maher | March 2, 2012

Here's an overview of what NBN Co's maps tell us about which suburbs in Sydney are getting the NBN.

Need to Know: Raspberry Pi
by Sophie Charara | March 2, 2012

What's all the fuss about this $25 programmable pocket computer? Here are a few reason why it could be worth picking up.

Best iPhone apps this week (1/03/12)
by Sophie Charara | March 1, 2012

The next iPad might be days away but there's still fun to be had on your small iOS screen with these apps.

Play Microsoft Flight free
by Lucy Ingham | March 1, 2012

Dust off your pilot's wings – Microsoft Flight Simulator has gone free-to-play.

Essential downloads: Paragon Hard Disk Manager 12
by Nick Peers | March 2, 2012

Paragon Hard Disk Manager 12 promises faster partitioning, adds split partition and encrypted backup capabilities.

Best Android apps this week (2/03/12)
by Sophie Charara | March 2, 2012

Download these Android apps to pass the time till you can get your hands on some shiny MWC 2012 hardware.

MWC 2012 – Quad-core arms race is "ridiculous", says Microsoft
by Esat Dedezade | February 29, 2012

Windows Phone director keeps a level head among the rain of quad-core announcements here in Barcelona

Australia one step closer to 'adults only' video game rating
by Chris Jager | February 29, 2012

The crusade for an R18+ game rating in Australia has crossed another hurdle.

Countdown begins for Windows 8 Consumer Preview free download [Updated]
by Chris Jager | February 29, 2012

The consumer preview of Microsoft's latest OS will be unveiled at 1am, and is expected to be available for free download soon after. Set your alarm clocks.

Get the Windows 8 Consumer Preview here
by Mike Williams | March 1, 2012

Microsoft today announced the release of its Windows 8 Consumer Preview, and made it available to download for anyone interested. Get it here.

23 software releases and updates you may have missed this week
by Mark Wilson | February 27, 2012

February may be the shortest month of the year, but the list of software releases over the past seven days is just as long as ever. Get the downloads here.

Tech deals: Five free Android apps released this week (24/01/12)
by Sophie Charara | February 27, 2012

These Android apps are all new – and they're all free. Get the downloads here.

Free server "boot camp", now online
by William Maher | February 27, 2012

Know how to backup and restore an Exchange 2010 server? This free online training aims to fill a basic gap in the skills of IT pros.

Telstra's NBN plans start at $80 a month
by William Maher | February 27, 2012

Telstra's NBN plans were announced this week. Read on to see what you get for your money.

New iPad in less than a week? Apple announces March 7th event date
by Lucy Ingham | February 29, 2012

iPad 3 is likely to be released at Apple's upcoming event in San Francisco.

Top 5 upcoming quad-core gadgets
by Lucy Hedges | February 29, 2012

The introduction of quad-core devices at MWC has marked the dawn of a fierce battle among powerful beasts – here's our pick of the bunch.

Future tech: Kinect shopping trolley trialed
by Lucy Ingham | March 1, 2012

A US supermarket is trialing 'talking' Kinect-equipped trolleys that follow you around while you shop.

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Reviews

Uncharted: Golden Abyss Uncharted: Golden Abyss
by Stephen Graves | February 28, 2012

The first game that all Vita owners must buy, and a great outright reason to buy the console in the first place.

Reviewed: Intel Sandy Bridge E Reviewed: Intel Sandy Bridge E
by Mike Jennings | February 24, 2012

Sandy Bridge E is both enormous and expensive, but it is also the fastest consumer CPU ever released. Read our review.

Reviewed: PocketBook Pro 902 Reviewed: PocketBook Pro 902
by Staff Writer | February 22, 2012

The PocketBook Pro 902's large screen may appeal to some, but it’s unresponsive and expensive. Read our review.

Reviewed: PocketBook Pro 602 Reviewed: PocketBook Pro 602
by Staff Writer | February 22, 2012

The PocketBook Pro 602 has broad format support and a long list of features, but is too slow and pricey to be competitive. Here is our review.

Reviewed: Kobo Wi FI Reviewed: Kobo Wi FI
by Staff Writer | February 22, 2012

The Kobo Wi FI is lightweight with a smart interface and store, but too many flaws to trouble the award-winners. Here is our review.

Review: Kobo Touch Review: Kobo Touch
by Staff Writer | February 22, 2012

The Kobo Touch is a superb ebook reader, with a top-notch screen and excellent store. Read our review.

Review: iRiver Story HD Review: iRiver Story HD
by Staff Writer | February 22, 2012

The iRiver Story HD has a great screen, but suspect ergonomics and a lack of display options put paid to its chances. Here is our review.

Review: LibreOffice Productivity Suite 3.5.0 Review: LibreOffice Productivity Suite 3.5.0
by Mark Wilson | February 22, 2012

There is little reason that LibreOffice could not be your one and only office suite; all that's needed is the willingness to break away from using big-name software.

Reckoning: Kingdoms of Amalur review Reckoning: Kingdoms of Amalur review
by David Hollingworth | February 14, 2012

This brightly coloured RPG is heavy on action and fun, but also has some obvious limitations.

Group Tests

10 eReaders reviewed: We compare the Kindle with the rest
by Staff Writer | February 22, 2012

Amazon's Kindle has been at the top of the bestsellers list for over a year, but with a clutch of new stores and devices weighing in, can it hold onto the top spot? We test ten readers and their ebook stores to find out

Features

Mobile World Congress 2012 rolling news
by Chris Jager , Stuff.tv staff | February 28, 2012

We'll be updating all the MWC news daily: get the latest phone and tablet announcements here.

Tutorials

Broadband: testing your DNS speed
by David Fearon | February 28, 2012

Understanding DNS and how to change your settings, can speed up your web connection and improve security. David Fearon shows how it's done.

Tutorial: Imaging your hard disk to protect your data
by Darien Graham-Smith | February 22, 2012

Disk images can help you make complete computer backups, move an OS and more. Here is a walkthrough.

Mechanical Switching explained
by John Gillooly | February 3, 2012

Beloved by gamers, the mechanical keyboard is making a comeback for users of all types – John Gillooly looks at the different varieties available.

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