As the dust from CES 2010 settled, Google announced that it was considering pulling out of China following attacks on its Gmail service, Microsoft said that the Xbox 360 was the console of the "long future" and that the company felt no need to launch a new console, and news of an iPhone 4G release date leaked.
Popular in-depth articles looked at home networking, XP Mode in Windows 7 and the best free iPhone apps, while unsurprisingly, the Google Nexus One phone took the top slot in our most-read reviews of the week.
Read on for this week's most popular stories on TechRadar…
Top five news stories
Apple is 'reportedly' readying a new iPhone for the summer months, and will apparently call it the iPhone 4G. The iPhone 4G will apparently sport a dual core processor, for improved graphics and grunt, which fits in nicely with Apple's strategy of making the iPhone platform as much about gaming as anything else.
Adult entertainment company Pink Visual is developing augmented reality tech in order to let viewers pretend to be joining in its movies. The new AR software is currently being tested online and superimposes animated adult entertainment characters onto scenes captured by your web camera.
Freesat's BBC iPlayer test is now being expanded with the formal release of a code that will allow the public to access the beta version. Although an access code has been widely publicised already, it is now formally available for anyone, although you need a Freesat HD (Humax) or Freesat+ (Humax) digital box connected to a satellite dish and to a broadband service of at least 1Mbps to use the service.
Google is to review its business in China and may close down operations because of the country's spying tactics. The news comes after Google found that a number of cyber-attacks on its service in China had revealed numerous surveillance tactics which tried to access details of Gmail users in the country who were advocates of free speech on a routine basis.
Microsoft's Project Natal, along with other new software and content services, are being developed to prolong the life of the Xbox 360, instead of the company focusing on any type of entirely new 'Xbox 720' style successor to its current console.
Top five in-depth articles
There are now well over 100,000 apps available for iPhone and iPod touch, and, surprisingly, many of the best are free. The following list showcases our ten favourites, and includes iPhone applications for social networking, travel, news, photography, productivity and more.
After years of rumours it seems that the Apple tablet will break cover in a matter of days. So what do we really know about the most anticipated bit of technology since the USB lava lamp? Come with us as we filter the River of Rumour for the Shiny Nuggets of Truth.
The backbone of any network is the equipment linking all the computers and other networked devices together. As we're going to build a network styled to run in a home, our network backbone can be a hub, a switch or a even a full-blown router.
Monthly subscription charges, who needs 'em? Especially when you can get over 140 TV and radio channels as well as HD content free. That's the promise of Freesat - the BBC-backed alternative to Sky's Pay TV service, which can give you all this right, right now - you don't have to wait for Freeview digital TV to come to your TV region.
Windows 7 includes XP Mode. XP Mode is a virtualisation of XP - what you get is a copy of Virtual PC, so you can run it as a completely separate OS. XP lives all nice and safe on your Windows 7 set-up without all the hassle of a multi-boot system.
Top five reviews
Manufactured by HTC but sold by Google, the phone has had early adopters and the casual user alike interested in what it will be like, so read on to find out how the UK version fared in our hands. A lot has been made of the screen, and it's probably a bit overhyped. Yes, at 3.7-inches it's a little large, but it's not the biggest: both the Toshiba TG01 and the HTC HD2 beat it comfortably.
The future belongs to multicore processors, and the future of Mac CPUs could well belong to Intel's new 'Core i' series. The new chip architecture makes its Mac desktop debut in this top-of-the-range 27-inch iMac, from where it will surely trickle down through the Mac's family tree.
Freesat has from being an emergency digital switchover option to squaring purposefully up to Sky, with the prospect of subscription-free HD waiting tantalisingly in the wings. The 'buy me' feature of the Sony 32W5810 is, of course, that satellite tuner. If you have a dish on the side of your house, all you have to do is hook up the set and you're ready to receive free-to-air satellite broadcasting, some of which is in crystal clear HD.
Motorola's Backflip features a 5MP flash camera plus a 3.1-inch HVGA screen and was quick and responsive to the touch. The keyboard looks like it will be terrible, but actually has quite a pleasant keypress to it. The phone certainly isn't anything special to look at but it's clear that Moto isn't alone in its belief that 2010 will be the year of the lower end smartphone – HTC also announced the Smart at CES.
While Motorola might have been feeling pretty happy about actually releasing a phone again in the Dext, it clearly wasn't the handset to re-launch the brand. So step forward the Milestone (Droid to our US users), the latest Android phone - but can it be Moto's greatest?
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