Orange and T-Mobile confirmed that they would be offering cheaper deals on iPad this week, as long as you take out a longer contract. Also in the iPad (and iphone) world, iOS 4.2 arrived bringing a bunch of new features.

HTC Desire owners may be treated to HTCSense.com and MySpace (remember them) teamed up with Facebook in an attempt to counter the threat from Apple's Ping.

Read on for this week's most popular stories on TechRadar…

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Orange and T-Mobile confirm cheaper iPads

Orange and T-Mobile have confirmed that they will both be offering cheaper iPad deals — by tying users into longer term contracts.

T-Mobile was first out of the blocks with a statement that reveals nothing more than a relatively soon UK release date for the new iPad price plans:

"T-Mobile UK today announced it will offer new purchase options for iPad users, including more affordable prices when purchased with a data service plan, for iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G models in the coming months."

HTCSense.com coming to the HTC Desire?

HTC has hinted that its cloud-based HTCSense.com service may be made available to older handsets in the near future, with the original HTC Desire looking likely to get the functionality.

MySpace teams up with Facebook to take on Ping

MySpace has teamed up with Facebook in a ground-breaking move to gain and keep users, in addition to countering the threat from Apple's new 'Ping' social network.

Motorola Milestone 2 comes to the UK unlocked

The Motorola Milestone 2 has arrived in the UK, with a multitude of online sites stocking the device.

The Android-toting handset - which is an update of the Motorola Milestone - from Moto brings Android 2.2, a 3.7-inch WVGA screen, 8GB of internal storage and a 1GHz processor inside.

HTC Merge - pictures and video emerge

Images and a video of the HTC Merge have appeared online – showing off what could well be a flagship handset for the OS.

The video was leaked from US carrier Verizon and has been put on YouTube by Android Central for all to see.

The HTC Merge is said to have a 3.7-inch Super LCD display and is powered by a second-gen 800MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

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iOS 4.2: what you need to know

Let joy be unconfined: after months of anticipation, every Apple fan's greatest wish has come true. That's right: we can finally get rid of the Marker Felt font in Notes.

But it turns out that there are some other useful new iOS 4.2 features too. Here's what's new.

Hands on: Acer Iconia review

Emerging from the ashes of the Microsoft Courier project in collaboration with Microsoft, the Acer Iconia dual-touchscreen laptop really is a curious piece of kit.

Packing two 14-inch capacitive touchscreens, the Iconia is a booklet laptop-tablet hybrid device running Windows 7 Home Premium. It does away with the traditional keyboard and mouse setup in favour of an exclusively touch-based interface.

25 of the best free PC apps to download

The internet is an ocean of freeware apps that can be both overwhelming and confusing. How do you know which is best? What happens if you download one and it turns out to be malware?

Fear not, computing enthusiast, because we are here to allay those fears and guide you through the deluge. Here, we'll give you the lowdown on 25 of our top freeware applications.

3D Blu-ray on PS3: why it's a letdown for home cinema

Sony has come good on its promise to turn the ubiquitous PS3 console into a 3D Blu-ray player by way of a free firmware update. No cost; no catches; your console just went fully 3D.

It's a remarkable piece of forward planning by the PlayStation division that not only gives its black box an edge in the war with Microsoft's Xbox 360, but also lends the 3D movement a much needed leg up, effectively putting a 3D Blu-ray player in millions of homes around the world.

But was 3D ever on the roadmap for PS3, or is this a compromised version of it, rushed out in time to play Sony's solitary 3D Blu-ray release and deliver the 3D message being pushed by Sony's marketing?

10 best HTC Desire apps

Now, don't take this the wrong way. We still love the HTC Desire and continue to consider it to be the best Android phone currently available in the world today - it's just that HTC's custom HTC Sense user interface isn't to everyone's taste.

So, to redress the balance, we thought we'd compile a list of the best apps for the HTC Desire to help it hold onto its top smartphone status for another year.

Top five reviews

New Flip Video UltraHD review

The Flip UltraHD is a decent pocket-friendly camcorder, and with a higher frame rate and image stabilisation added since last year, it's definitely the best Flip yet

WD TV Mini review

As the baby in the WD TV lineup, the Mini is perhaps best connected to a bedroom TV. Measuring just 21x91x91mm, it features all the basics with none of the frills.

Motorola Defy review

Sporting Moto's love-it-or-hate-it MotoBlur social networking system as seen first on the Dext, the Defy adds an extra we've not seen with Android before: ruggedness

Hands on: Apple iOS 4.2 review

Although iOS 4.2.1 brings updates to all iOS devices, the iPad benefits most, finally catching up with the iPhone and iPod touch in important areas such as multitasking and folders.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 review

After being rather impressed by Sony Ericsson's Xperia X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro, we couldn't help but wonder what Sony Ericsson's heavily customised Android OS would look like on a phone with a middle-of-the-road screen that sits somewhere between that of the monster X10 and the tiny X10 Minis.

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