The week in gadgets

29 Mar 2010

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

Mobile operating system Android is making noise in Ireland right now: while the slick and shiny HTC Legend smart phone went on sale through Meteor last week, Sony Ericsson’s first Android device, the Xperia X10, is coming to Irish shores on 6 April and will be available through O2 Ireland (from free on past-pay depending on the tariff).

Not only can dead rock stars make music but they can also have those tracks up on Rock Band for the entire world to sing along with.

Next week, the Rock Band Music Store will have the new Jimi Hendrix single, Valleys of Neptune (from the newly released album of the same name) as well as the entirety of the album Axis: Bold As Love, which was the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s iconic second studio album, released in 1967, and includes If 6 Was 9, Castles Made of Sand, Little Wing and Bold As Love.

And if you’re old enough to have enjoyed Jimi Hendrix the first time around, you’re probably as flummoxed by this social networking madness as those monkeys were by the monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey, but sites like Facebook and Bebo are permanently ensconced in the lives of tweens: 25pc of 8-to-12-year-olds have a social networking profile even though most of these sites have an age limit of 13 years old.

By Marie Boran

Photo: Sony Ericsson’s first Android device, the Xperia X10