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Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny will be live from Apple's glitzy media event at BBC Television Centre this evening, where all the latest announcements straight out of Cupertino will be beamed to a ravenous gang of tech journos.

Safe money is on a new tablet being launched in the shape of the iPad 2, but there's also the long standing rumours of an Apple cloud music service and inveitable software updates too.

You can join us there by following our live blog of the event below! Feel free to chime in with comments and opinions in the box below, which we'll be updating from around 5.45 pm GMT.

Introducing...TECH DIGEST LIVE!

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Welcome to the first ever Shiny Live discussion! We're hoping to get to know you all a little better by regularly running these live chats with you, our faithful readers, on all that is exciting and new in the world of tech.

We'll try to run them at a sensible time so that you can get involved without getting in trouble with your boss/spouse, and you're all welcome to contribute! As a new feature we might initially have some teething problems, but stick with us, as we're sure it's going to be a very exciting new feature for both you and the Shiny Team.

So today's question, kicking off at midday is: Does social networking make you less human?

Shiny Video Review: Hyde Park Robot Wars!

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Last week Gary and I toured London's Soho sex shops, this week we regressed to our ten-year-old selves and battled in the famous Hyde Park. I present you with...


Featuring Pleo the dinosaur, available from IWOOT for £249, the Meccano Spykee Micro also from IWOOT for £19.99, and the iRobot Roomba which is available for around £135.

So, who won in this bloody battle? I'll tell you what, it certainly wasn't our pride, which was wounded and is lying in a pool of blood somewhere in a central London park.

In case you haven't been suckered into it, Lost has left our screens for a four-week hiatus, so I thought it was high time to review four of the best PMPs for storing the last four seasons of the addictive show onto, for watching when you're on the train to work, at the football, or waiting for your colleague who's in a sex shop.

Take a look above at the video, which we just filmed on the streets of London's Soho district, for our thoughts on the Archos 605 Wi-fi, Sony PSP, Creative Zen, and Apple iPod Touch.

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Seems like a good idea to test laptops on the beach, until you get to the beach. Where it's cold. And windy. And raining. And suddenly you're more worried about your camera and laptop breaking than seeing which screen is best for using outdoors.

Still, I soldiered on - and you should've seen how happy the shopkeeper was when I bought that Cornetto! Definitely the first Cornetto he's sold in 2008. Made his week.

So there you go. A stunning victory for the Portege R500, with its modern, new and fancy transflective screen technology making it very possible indeed to work while on the beach. You might want an umbrella and coat, mind, if you're planning on doing it before June.

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I've been traipsing all over central London for you today, testing four pairs of noise-cancelling headphones, the HA-NC250 from JVC, some Bose Quiet Comfort 3 cans, the PXC-350 from Sennheiser, and finally, the Creative Aurvana X-Fi.

How do they fare on public transport in London? Check out the video above, where I test them on the tube, the overground train, a double decker bus, and walking around Piccadilly Circus. And yes, in case you're wondering, I *did* say "King's Cross St. Pancreas". I am a doofus.

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The things I do to review camera phones for you lot! I'm a tad bit scared of heights, yet I just went up the famous London Eye to test five of the best models money can buy you. Featuring the Nokia N95, LG Viewty, Samsung G800, Sony Ericsson K850i and Apple iPhone, which do you think will succeed in taking the best shot of the Houses of Parliament?

If any of these handsets appeal to you, find out more about them at

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I'm down at the Thames River in London, soaking up the non-existent sun, and have just tested a bunch of electronics which claim to be 'waterproof'. This was an extremely nerve-wracking video to film, namely because it was my personal mobile phone and PSP within those OverBoard cases, along with a recently-announced 850 SW camera from Olympus, a G-Shock watch from Casio, iPod speakers from IWOOT and a rubber ducky from LoveHoney.

Take a look above to see if I'll be replacing any of my gadgets after throwing them in London's dirty Thames River.

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