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When Apple unveiled Siri, buried inside the iPhone 4S at the tail end of last year, it did so in a pretty unusual way. How so? Siri has a ‘beta’ tag attached to it, symbolising that it’s not quite the finished, polished product we’ve come to expect from Apple. Now a new source has come out of the woodwork declaring that the voice assistant is an “embarrassment” to Apple. Would Steve Jobs have let it be this way? Read more

After months of peddling a pretty lame offering on its Playstation Suite certified devices, Sony has finally started paying attention to the PS Vita’s underling. Bored of playing Crash Bandicoot? Fret not: Sony’s launching an open SDK to allow developers to bring Playstation-branded games to Android devices in their droves. Read more

Microsoft has launched the ‘Consumer Preview’ of Windows 8. In normal tech terms, that means the beta launch – a free download that lets you preview a restricted version of the OS for a limited time.

The full launch of Windows 8 will come later this year, giving you ample time to get used to its many idiosyncrasies. Here’s the five things you need to do as soon as it loads up. Read more

After months of waiting, Microsoft has finally seen fit to gift Windows Phone a Skype app to call its very own. Skype for Windows Phone (beta) is now available to download for free for Windows Phone 7.5 devices. What took so long? Read more

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Google Chrome’s 17th iteration has just launched in public beta, adding a pretty swish new feature that guesses where it is you’re about go on the web. Read more

iCloud UK prices revealed

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Apple has opened iCloud.com, the iCloud web interface, to developers. The beta site includes new web apps for Mail, Calendars and Contacts along with the online version of the iWork suite. While we’ll have to wait until at least next year for the iTunes in the Cloud feature, iCloud is still due to launch in the UK this autumn and Apple has revealed UK prices for iCloud storage.

The first 5GB of iCloud data will be free but if you need more space, you’ll have a choice of 10GB for £14 a year, 20GB for £28 a year or 50GB for £70 a year. Those prices aren’t cheap but we suspect a lot of users will manage just fine with the free 5GB allocation. Music, movies, TV shows apps and books purchased from the iTunes Store along with the iCloud Photo Stream won’t be counted as part of the free storage.

Out Autumn 2011 | From £free | Apple (via 9to5Mac)

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Gears of War 3 multiplayer preview


Gears of War 3 may not be hitting the shops until September 20 but Xbox 360 owners will be able to get hands on with it well before then, when the Gears of War 3 multiplayer beta starts next month. So lucky us – we’ve just had a play ahead of schedule. The best Gears multiplayer experience yet? Read on…

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Avoid traffic and save time with Google Maps Navigation betaThere is certainly a distinct advantage to owning an Android device — timely Google core app updates. In the latest Google Maps Navigation beta, Google has outdone itself with automatic routing based on real-time traffic conditions. The bottom line is that Google Maps Navigation is about to save you quite a bit of time on your daily commute.

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