The week in gadgets


9 May 2011

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A look at gadget, game and geek happenings in the week ahead.

4 injured during iPad 2 release in Beijing

Fights broke out between staff and customers at Beijing’s flagship Apple store over the weekend during the Chinese launch of the iPad 2.

According to PC World, the fight was caused by a scalper trying to cut into a line to purchase the iPad 2.

Reports say a “foreign” employee of the store allegedly pushed those cutting in line, sparking the fight in which four people were injured. A few panes of glass were shattered during the scuffle.

The iPad 2 sold out speedily in China, with one store running out of stock within four hours of opening.

Sony releases new Walkman B series

Sony has introduced the latest Walkman B series of MP3 players, providing one-touch bass boost and drag-and-drop file transfers.

The series has up to 18 hours of battery life and for listeners in a hurry, they can charge it for three minutes to get 90 minutes of playback time.

There’s a detachable clip to stick it on a belt strap and, with its built-in USB connector, users can plug the device into a PC and drag in music or transfer tracks via Windows Media Player.

The range also has ZAPPIN song search technology, which previews a small sample of each track to let users browse through songs quickly.

The Walkman B series will be available in June.

Adverts.ie launches Android app

Online marketplace Adverts.ie has launched an Android app, allowing users to browse, buy and sell goods from their Android device.

Sellers can take a photo from their phone of an item they wish to sell and upload them to their own ad. They can respond to offers from the app, share ads on Twitter and Facebook and mark them as sold.

Buyers can browse through ads on the site on their smartphone, place offers and comments and can also share ads through social networking.

The Adverts.ie Android app is available from the Android Marketplace.