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Editor's Note

Have a very techy Christmas! Get your yuletide wish-list sorted with our exhaustive gadget gift guides. Whether you're a music fan, a hardcore gamer, an outdoors man or a wannabe chef, you'll find something to tickle your fancy in our four-part guide below.

Plus: New Xbox 720 hardware rumours, Android snatches over half of smartphone sales in Q3, hardcore porn infests Facebook, best iPhone apps of the week, hopping aboard the Metro to Windows 8-ville.

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News

Tech deals: Internode slashes FetchTV prices by a third
by Chris Jager | November 18, 2011

Internet-based television subscription services are now cheaper than ever, with Internode FetchTV the latest cut-priced example.

Car tech: Nintendo commissions life-size Mario Kart replicas
by Chris Jager | November 18, 2011

Nintendo builds the ultimate Christmas gift for Mario-loving rev-heads.

Intel shows off 50-core processor
by Nicole Kobie | November 18, 2011

Knights Corner is Intel's first Many Integrated Core co-processor

Retro tech: First business computer LEO turns 60 today
by Tom Brewster | November 18, 2011

The first ever business computer, the LEO I, is 60 years old this week.

Companies still clueless on security?
by Miya Knights | November 18, 2011

Surveys find half of laptops not protected and a lack of cyber attack awareness in smaller firms.

LG: Four out of five people prefer our 3D TVs
by Chris Jager | November 17, 2011

The LG Cinema 3D Challenge results are in, and unsurprisingly, LG has been declared the winner.

Stocking stuffer: Holga retro lens iPhone case
by Esat Dedezade | November 17, 2011

Ditch the apps and go manual with this wacky rotary lens case.

Xbox 720 games already in the works?
by Luke Edwards | November 17, 2011

Game developers are already working on titles for the Microsoft’s Xbox 720 using devkits.

Publisher considering ads in ebooks
by Nicole Kobie | November 16, 2011

"If you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss shows you a Big Mac."

32 essential downloads from the past seven days
by Mark Wilson | November 14, 2011

Had a busy week? Here are 32 essential downloads you might have missed

Modern Warfare 3 first-day sales smash all entertainment records
by Chris Jager | November 14, 2011

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has sold over 6.5 million copies in 24 hours, making it the most successful entertainment product launch of all time.

Security alert: Facebook flooded with dirty and obscene images
by Eva Martin | November 16, 2011

Facebook says it is looking into user complaints of violent and sexual images on the site.

Tech deals: trade in your old iPod nano for a brand new unit from Apple
by Chris Jager | November 14, 2011

If you have a first-generation iPod nano laying around, Apple wants to replace it free of charge. Check out the terms and conditions to see if your model qualifies.

Steve Jobs' last decree: scrapping the iPhone 5
by Lucy Hedges | November 15, 2011

Apple's iPhone 5 was real but Steve Jobs scrapped it at the last minute, claims insider.

AMD launches 16-core chips for cloudy goodness
by Tom Brewster | November 15, 2011

The 16-core chips should benefit cloud users looking for scalability and efficiency.

"No reason to use Google anymore": Bing moves out of beta
by Nic Healey | November 15, 2011

Today saw Microsoft’s search engine Bing finally lose the Beta tag for its Australian operation. We spoke with Stefan Weiz, Senior Director Bing Search while he was in Melbourne for the announcement.

Android snatches over half of smartphone sales in Q3
by Tom Brewster | November 16, 2011

Android smashes the competition in the third quarter, as Apple sees an iPhone sales dip.

Why do nearly 5 per cent of users have Windows 7 update turned off?
by Chris Jager | November 17, 2011

Microsoft has revealed the update habits of Windows 7 users, with nearly 5 per cent never checking for system updates.

Tech deals: JB Hi-Fi now offering cheap imported cameras on its website
by Chris Jager | November 18, 2011

JB Hi-Fi has entered the grey market, with imported Canon and Nikon cameras available at slashed prices on the company's web site.

7in iPad mini and 4in iPhone rumours resurface
by Esat Dedezade | November 17, 2011

Those pesky Apple rumours just won't stop rearing their heads. Click on for the latest.

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Reviews

Halo: Combat Evolved – Anniversary Halo: Combat Evolved – Anniversary
by Stephen Graves | November 15, 2011

The original Halo has been given a lick of HD paint for its tenth birthday – but will its gameplay still cut it in the Modern Warfare 3 era?

Super Mario 3D Land Super Mario 3D Land
by Stephen Graves | November 14, 2011

Nintendo's venerable hero heads into the third dimension with Super Mario 3D Land – but does it leap out at us?

Features

Opinion: Hopping aboard the Metro to Windows 8-ville
by Nathan Taylor | November 17, 2011

Is Windows 8 more of the same with a new coat of paint, or something better? Nathan Taylor gives his opinion so far.

Top Ten Biggest Tech Gaffes
by Chris Jager | November 11, 2011

"They said what?" We recall ten of the dumbest, oddest and most inflammatory quotes from tech's chief experts and industry giants.

Tutorials

How to build your own desktop PC Part 1: Processor and Motherboard
by Darien Graham-Smith | November 8, 2011

Time to upgrade your system? Brush up on your PC-building skills with our three-part guide.

How to build your own PC Part 2: Graphics, Case and Power Supply
by Darien Graham-Smith | November 10, 2011

Don't waste your money on an overpriced pre-built PC. We show you how to it yourself.

How to build your own PC Part 3: Hard disk/SSD, memory and optical drive
by Darien Graham-Smith | November 9, 2011

Brush up on your PC-building skills with the final part of our three-part guide.

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