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Editor's Note

Last week, Apple officially announced the iPad 3, ending months of gossip, rumours and speculation. The new iPad will go on sale in Australia on March 16 and will come with some significant hardware upgrades over its predecessor. Get all the pricing/specification details and read our first impressions in the articles below.

We also explain Sydney's NBN roadmap, look at five viable alternatives to the iPad 3, road test the PlayStation Vita, showcase the most intriguing tech at CeBIT Hannover 2012 and get our hands on HP's modular Z1 All-In-One Workstation.

Plus, check out the latest tech deals, downloads, viral videos and hardware reviews from the past week.

Chris Jager,
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All of Apple's announcements: iPad 3 Australian price, iLife apps, new $109 Apple TV, and new iPhone iOS
by Chris Jager | March 8, 2012

Apple's next tablet has finally been announced and arrives on March 16. Find out the Australian price of the new iPad, what's different and the release date here.

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.

Hands on with HP's modular Z1 All-In-One Workstation
by John Gillooly | March 8, 2012

We've just spent some time with this amazing transforming Workstation and were blown away by the engineering behind it.

Discuss: Windows 8 Consumer Preview first impressions
by Chris Jager | March 5, 2012

Have you downloaded the Windows 8 Consumer Preview yet? Share your thoughts and opinions on Microsoft's new touchy-feely OS here.

Witcher 2 Special Edition bonus content coming for PC users on April 17
by Chris Jager | March 9, 2012

If you bought the previous version of Witcher 2, you'll be able to get the Special Edition on PC as a free download. We take a look at what's new.

Five tablets more exciting than the iPad 3
by Nic Healey | March 8, 2012

Disappointed by the new iPad? Wanted something more "magical" and less "resolutionary"? Cheer yourself up with these five tablets that are truly innovative.

Bring the Start menu back to Windows 8 with Start8
by Mark Wilson | March 7, 2012

Return your Start menu to the Windows 8 Consumer Preview with this free tool. Get the download here.

6 of the best smartphones under $500
by Chris Jager , Paddy Smith | March 6, 2012

The power of a smartphone without expensive contract strings attached: these mid-range offerings should suit your pocket in more ways than one.

Tech deals: best new iPad apps
by Sophie Charara | March 9, 2012

Don't leave your new Apple iPad homescreen naked for long, we've got just the apps to show off that Retina Display.

IBM Holey Optochip can transfer 500 HD films a second
by Luke Edwards | March 9, 2012

IBM has managed to transfer a terabyte of information a second simply by drilling a few holes in a chip.

Future tech: 64 core processors from HP
by Luke Edwards | March 9, 2012

Integrated photonics could make processors up to six times faster and far more power efficient.

Geek chic: steampunk Portal gun
by Esat Dedezade | March 9, 2012

Ever wondered what a Victorian-era Portal gun would look like?

Best Android apps this week (8/03/12)
by Sophie Charara | March 9, 2012

Google Play is here, with discounted apps galore. Here's some new Android apps and games to show the new store in with a bang.

Video: Quantic Dream's new game engine
by Stephen Graves | March 9, 2012

Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dreams shows off its new performance capture tech in this 7-minute CGI short.

Apple overtakes Google as world's most valuable brand
by Esat Dedezade | March 9, 2012

The Cupertino tech giant has pipped the big G to the post ahead of its iPad 3 launch later this evening.

Opinion: Whatever you want to call it, the new iPad is a winner
by Adam Turner | March 8, 2012

Saying it's heavier is really just clutching at straws, argues Adam Turner. Here's why he thinks the new iPad is a bigger improvement than iPad 2.

Tech deals: Get 25 Android games for $0.49 each in new Google Play app market
by Sophie Charara | March 8, 2012

Android is offering a selection of premum apps for just 49 cents to celebrate the launch of the new Google Play market.

Peak hour, peak anger
by Rosalyn Page | March 7, 2012

While a tiny number are enjoying NBN fibre Internet, some people still struggle to get a decent ping time.

Microsoft settles over Aussie-invented patent
by James Hutchinson | March 9, 2012

The Australian inventor behind an eight-year patent battle with Microsoft has welcomed the software giant’s settlement with the Singapore company he founded.

Video: Meet Cheetah, the world's fastest robot
by Chris Jager | March 7, 2012

DARPA's latest quadrupedal military robot has broken the speed record for legged robots. See it in action here.

Samsung announces a Galaxy for your Pocket
by Sophie Charara | March 7, 2012

5in screens aren't for everyone – so Sammy's made a 2.8in smartphone, appropriately dubbed the Galaxy Pocket.

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.

Samsung Galaxy S III is coming in April
by Luke Edwards | March 5, 2012

Straight from Samsung’s own marketing agency comes the news that the mobile world is about to be shaken.

R.I.P Android Market: Google turns to Google Play platform
by Esat Dedezade | March 7, 2012

Google has announced that it will replace its Android Market with a new platform called Google Play -- and it's celebrating with seven days of discounts and sales.

41MP camera sensors coming to Windows Phones
by Paddy Smith | March 6, 2012

Nokia’s Jo Harlow has confirmed that the company's PureView camera tech will be coming to the Windows-based handsets soon.

21 software releases and updates you may have missed this week
by Mark Wilson | March 5, 2012

It has been another very busy week in the world of software releases and we’ve collection together 21 of the biggest titles that you may have missed – there’s something for everyone here, no matter...

You can migrate, but not upgrade from Windows 8 Consumer Preview to final version
by Chris Jager | March 5, 2012

When installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview, keep in mind you won't be able to upgrade from it to the full version.

Glass iPhone 5 rumours resurface
by Luke Edwards | March 7, 2012

Apple may be taking advantage of Gorilla Glass 2 to put the iPhone 5 on a diet

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Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime
by Jonathan Bray | March 8, 2012

The best Android tablet yet, boasting all-round excellence, but it still isn't a match for Apple's iPad.

by Staff Writer | March 8, 2012

A pricey, feature-packed wireless router aimed primarily at business users.

Reviewed: D-LINK DIR-815 Reviewed: D-LINK DIR-815
by Staff Writer | March 8, 2012

A no-frills wireless router lacking in speed and key features.

by Staff Writer | March 8, 2012

This smart-looking router from Cisco is now available at a more affordable price.

by Staff Writer | March 7, 2012

An attractive router with some good features, but not the best when it comes to performance.

by Staff Writer | March 7, 2012

An affordable router that's sadly lacking in some key areas.

Review: Buffalo WZR-HP-AG300H Review: Buffalo WZR-HP-AG300H
by Staff Writer | March 7, 2012

This dual-band cable router comes with plenty of features but isn't the best performer.

BUFFALO WZR-HP-G450H: a fast single-band router with support for three streams BUFFALO WZR-HP-G450H: a fast single-band router with support for three streams
by Staff Writer | March 7, 2012

If raw speed and range is important, and you don't need 5GHz, this beast is the cable router for you.

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.


The Vita: we get hands-on with Sony's new portable PlayStation
by Chris Jager | February 29, 2012

Read our first impressions of the PlayStation Vita.


How to: Upgrade your laptop's Wi-Fi adapter
by Staff Writer | March 5, 2012

Replacing a laptop's single-band wireless card is a lot simpler than you might think. We show you how it's done.

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.

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