It may be Bill Gates's last day at Microsoft, but it's also…my last day at Tech Digest!


Long-term readers of Tech Digest will know that I have more than just a crush on Bill Gates and Microsoft. Of course, I’m usually objective when writing about their products, and Apple stuff too (I will confess to owning an iBook and have had two iPods to date), but there’s just something about Microsoft that makes my heartbeat quicken. Adam Frucci over at Gizmodo summed up the attraction well, and managed to hit the it on the head when he said “Windows is an OS that feels structured and it makes sense”, and that it has “its engine exposed, and while it might not always be pretty, if you know what you’re doing you really have access to the whole thing”.

That’s why I’m both pleased – and sad – to tell you that today, I am joining Bill Gates on the miserable journey home, clutching a cardboard box full of desk furnishings like personalised mouse-pads, and Star Wars figurines. Yep, it’s my last day here at Shiny Media, and my last day as your Editor on Tech Digest. After three years of service, it’s time to hang up my log-in privileges and hand the reins of Tech Digest over to Daniel Sung, who has been Editorial Assistant on the site the last few months. His more than capable hands take over this Monday, the 30th of June, and if I’ve managed to gain any fans along the years, don’t stress – you’ll still be able to find me online as of the 7th of July, working at a major UK tech site.

See over the jump for some behind-the-Shiny-scenes photos, and some of my highlights from the past three years…

Steve Jobs didn't mention MMS for the iPhone 3G, but will it actually support picture messages?


One of the most disappointing aspects about the iPhone 3G announcement was the lack of announcement surrounding MMS, or picture-messaging for acronym haterz. How could Jobs forget such an important feature? When crummy old Motorolas can send photos, it’s surprising the iPhone cannot.

Or can it? New details have emerged via an internal email at American carrier AT&T regarding a service that sounds distinctly like MMS. Users will be able to attach several images, plus an audio file and video to a normal SMS. Kind of like…oh wait, is it…an MMS?…

Shiny Video Review: Guitar Hero Rocker

Guitar Hero for the Xbox 360, Wii or PS3 is pretty expensive, particularly if you want a second guitar peripheral to battle it out with your mates. If you’re looking for something similar, but under £30, don’t look further than the Guitar Hero Rock, at IWOOT.

Costing £29.99, it’s a belt that lets you strum your air guitar silly to popular riffs such as Iron Man, Smoke on the Water and Ace of Spades….

Pocket Gamer pulls out '101 songs that should've been about Pokemon' list, astounds everyone


When Stuart, our previous editor here at Tech Digest, moved on to Pocket Gamer, you may’ve noticed his colossal lists moved on too. Fans of Stuart’s lengthy posts will rejoice to hear he’s done the internet’s most amazing list ever on Pocket Gamer today – 101 Songs That Aren’t About Pokemon (But Should Be).

Favourites include Queen’s ‘It’s A Kind of Magikarp’, Radiohead’s ‘Fake Plastic Treeckos’, and House of Pain’s ‘Jumpluff Around’. I didn’t think he’d be able to get to 101 either, but there you go – proof that the music industry should take inspiration from Pikachu and friends…

Internet-famous man who traded one red paperclip for a house is now selling…the house


Remember the One Red Paperclip chap? Yes, I know, I had to strain my memory-gland too, it’s rather difficult keeping track of all the internet-famous ce-web-rities isn’t it? American Kyle MacDonald started with a red paperclip which he traded for bigger and better objects, eventually ending with a house in Kipling, Saskatchewan.

Gaining fame and possessions along the way, he has now put the 3bed/2bath house on the market, although is offering to trade it…

Snag the Samsung Soul in a black – sorry, Midnight – colour with Orange


Following the successful launch of the Soul mobile phone, Samsung has announced a black version which will be exclusive to Orange. Surely they should’ve made an orange version exclusive to Orange? I guess orange isn’t quite as appealing as bog-standard black, though.

Stocking the same brilliant features as the original phone, the Soul Midnight’s casing is highly polished, as are the specs inside. HSDPA internet is the big one, and the 5.0-megapixel camera with LED flash…