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The five most commented stories of the week - 17 June 2011

The issues that got our readers fired up

It's been a busy week in tech, from rumours about the latest iterations of Apple's iPhone and iPad to a juror being charged with contempt of court for contacting a defendant on Facebook.

Here's the five stories from PC Advisor this week that generated the most comments from our readers.

Tablets outsell PCs on eBay UK

It seems figures from eBay back up claims by Apple's Steve Jobs that we're living in a "post-PC world", after the online auction site revealed it sold 18,308 tablets and eReaders, compared with just 13,155 desktop PCs in May this year.
Mike F, however, was keen to point out sales do not equal usage.
"Of course lots of people are buying the new stuff, and mobile computing and communications are the future - but I wouldn't write off the PC - which you may not sit at very much, but could be your comm's hub, media server, file server, print server etc, and the system that you sync all your other devices to," he said.
Meanwhile, Condom added: "When PC's are overtaken in the office environment by tablets then perhaps this might become an argument. Exactly how many people use the tablet as their main work machine?"

High-resolution iPad 3 coming later this year

It was reported this week that Apple is thought to be launching the iPad 3 in the fourth quarter of 2011 and it will have a resolution five or six times higher than that of the iPad 2.
Rimmer said it is unlikely to happen as "there is no content available for such high resolutions".
"It would consume vast amounts of processing power to display it and the visual difference would be minimal at best."
StinkOctopus agreed and added: "What's the point in having a display that really you're not going to be able to tell the difference of the quality anyway. And even if you did it would be minute. I think that 3D is the next 'side-step', if you like. Give iPad users the option to use a 3D function like Nintendo have with the 3DS."

Rumour round-up: iPhone 5 UK launch details

Apple continued to dominate the stories our readers discussed this week. Next up, was a round-up of iPhone 5 rumours we put together. We thought we'd work out just what's been said on the web about the forthcoming iteration of Apple's hugely popular smartphone.
Ben Hoath wasn't very impressed with the curved screen, however. "So Apple's taking us back to the days of CRT monitors, but with HD quality? hmm. Faux pas in the making," he said.

Analyst: Wii U '50% more powerful' than PlayStation 3

An industry analyst reported that developers have been claiming the Wii U is 50 percent more powerful than Sony's PlayStation 3. "Some of the developers we spoke to indicated to us that the console will have 50 percent more processing power compared to the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360. This is yet to be confirmed by Nintendo," said Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhati

Lccburk believes more powerful consoles are a necessity.
"It's not just a matter of screen resolution, its a matter of processing power. Six year old pieces of machinery will not be able to run next gen games," he said.

Facebook juror faces jail following contempt of court

A juror who is believed to have contacted a defendant via Facebook is in the High Court in London was charged with contempt of court this week.
However Mrmark1977 said social networking contact between a juror and defendant shouldn't lead to a case collapsing.
" Yes, use a different jury member, but to get a case cancelled purely because of something like this, would show us to be idiots," he said.

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