Galaxy S II — meet the Invaders. Invaders, Galaxy S II.

Today, a 30 Seconds Of Tech video resulting from last night’s rather swanky Galaxy S II launch.

A quick tip for PRs: The easy way to my heart? Classic arcade games.

A quick tip for aliens intent on invading: I’ve worked out how to defeat you once and for all. Simply make the machine you’re on crash. And hard.

Taxicabs, Broadband Sites & Smartphones Made Of Chocolate?

It’s been a busy day today. Too busy, actually. So, what have I been up to?

At Hydrapinion, my Carry column looked at how taxi drivers view GPS:

Taxicab Confessions: “I was in the back of a cab yesterday — no, before you start wondering, this isn’t one of those kinds of stories…”

At PC & Tech Authority, I reviewed sites that compare Broadband offers:

What is the best way to compare broadband plans? “Australians spend too much on broadband, but which of the sites that help you compare ISPs actually help?”

Before finishing off the day in a fancy launch venue looking at Smartphones for 30 Seconds Of Tech. Warning: May contain traces of tasty, tasty chocolate:

Printers, eBooks, SmartTVs, Laptops, Tablets and Romance…

A busy day here — both in the office and out and about.

Firstly, at CNET, a review of a larger-than-normal printer:

Canon Pixma iX6550: “The iX6550 isn’t awash with features, but those after a somewhat compact A3 printer should find it good value.”

Then at Geekspeak, two columns covering the rise of the eBook and SmartTV concepts:

Smart TVs: Are They Smart? “I’ve been working in the tech industry for long enough to see some real clunker products along the way…”

Have eBooks become must-read articles? “Electronic books have been around a lot longer than most people think…”

Out and about today then for a pair of 30 Seconds Of Tech Articles. Firstly, on a boat with Dell:


And then in a hotel room with Asus and a giant robot. Or at least the name suggests that.

Finally, something that I had absolutely nothing to do with.. but wish I did!

The Full Monty: Episode Three: Another Brick In The Wall

Also another brick in Monty’s poor, aching cranium.

Monty delves further into the depths. Or would do, were it not for all the things trying to repeatedly kill him.

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Making The Big Money And Dropping The Thin Notebooks

It’s all about the money, apparently. Except if you’re a journalist; while it’s an intellectually rewarding profession, it’s rarely what you’d call genuinely lucrative.

Which is why, in my idle moments, I dream up get-rich-quick-schemes, like the one outlined in this week’s Hydrapinion:

How to build your own Android Smartphone and MAKE MILLIONS!* “Just follow this simple ten step guide, and you’ll be on the path to riches in no time at all!”

Meanwhile, 30 Seconds Of Tech makes a comeback via a very thin notebook that can survive a surprising number of drops. Drops, it later transpired, that technically aren’t in fact covered by the warranty:

Wireless, Printers, Mice, Keyboards, Phones, Fights & Additional Awesome

Another week kicks off, and with it a fresh menu of delicately prepared articles. Today, Chef Alex recommends:

At PC & Tech Authority, one part of the massive mobile broadband feature I’ve mentioned previously has gone up, detailing Optus’ test results:

Optus wireless broadband reviewed: “Optus’ network performance remains impressive, but…”

At, an inexpensive printer with a terribly confusing print ink estimate scheme goes under my purview:

Canon Pixma MX885: “Canon’s small office multifunction is something of a bargain in the features stakes, although there are a few trade-offs in utility that make that possible.”

Telstra seems to think its latest Smartphone is (and I quote the advertising, both in words and pictures) AWESOME. I’m not quite so taken.

Telstra Smart-Touch: “After all, if a company as big as Telstra says it’s AWESOME, it must be so, right?”

And in this month’s PC User (on sale at newsagents now), I’ve got reviews of the Sony Xperia Play, Nintendo 3DS, Jabra Stone 2, Netgear NeoTV 550, Wintal DCR10W, Huawei Ideos X5, HTC HD7, Nokia E7, a whopping sixteen different Mice and Keyboards (tougher to test than you might think, even though one of them was waterproof), Motorstorm: Apocalypse and Fight Night Champion.


Whew. That’s a lot of dishes to prepare. I think it’s time for a break… but no, more customers await…

Time For A Brisk Walk

The other day, with time to spare, I took a brief but interesting walk across Sydney Harbour Bridge

(Warning: Image-Heavy Post ahead)

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iPad2 Cases, Android updates, PSN Woes & Phones With Extra Phugly

A busy week again trundles through. Let’s see where I can shamelessly promote myself, shall we?

At, I’ve pummelled another half-dozen iPad2 cases for your entertainment. Keyboards and Turtles abound.

Best iPad 2 cases in Australia: “The word shell is apt; the back casing makes it look like the kind of iPad 2 the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would use.”

Also at, a phone that looks like it fell off the back of a truck. Ten years ago. Surprisingly, the truck came off worse:

Telstra Tough 2: “The Tough 2 is ugly – solid, jarring, brick ugly. We might even be tempted to use slightly less delicate terms to describe it…”

Over at Hydrapinion, Google’s announcement of an 18-month window for Android updates got me pondering:

Android’s Upgrade Promise: Surging Forward, Or A Year And A Half Of Heartbreak? “I for one, have rarely seen a product logo that quite so forcefully made me want Ice Cream for breakfast.”

And finally at Geekspeak, yet another overview of Sony’s seemingly never-ending PSN woes:

Sony’s PSN woes highlight a bigger security problem: “The news that Sony’s Playstation Network went offline in late April due to hacker activity might be easy to brush off as just a problem for console gaming types and nobody else, if it weren’t for the wider implications of the particular attack.”

Must avoid all the obvious puns…

One I missed plugging here from last week, a quick writeup on PC & Tech Authority on whether consumers need to get worried about IPv6:

Should your home broadband connection be IPv6 ready right now? “Some ISPs are beginning to plug IPv6 home routers, but should you be concerned about it? Here’s the situation for home routers and networking equipment in a nutshell.”

I have to admit, I laughed