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The five most commented stories of the week - 5th August 2011

The news that got out readers fired up

It's been a busy few days in technology, which has left our readers with plenty of stories to voice their opinions on. Here's our five most commented stories of the week.

Apple comes under fire after Amazon adjusts Kindle app

Apple came under fire this week after changes to the iTunes App Store led Amazon to alter its Kindle app. The changes, which were first announced in August but only introduced on June 30, saw app developers being required to hand over 30 percent of cost of any content they sold via an app hosted in the iTunes app store. As a result, Amazon removed a link to the Kindle Store in the app that allows iPhone and iPad users to download and read ebooks on their iOS device. Now, users must exit the app and head directly to the Kindle Store to purchase eBooks to read on their iPhone or iPad.

Robbinkaye said: Apple are getting more and more like a clone of IBM/Microsoft every day, I know they have to make exorbitant profits but 30 percent of the 'take' for a link is one greedy bite from the fruit (I nearly said apple, but I don't want to be charged or sued)".

Meanwhile, ipadfreebies revealed he thinks Apple has overstepped the mark with the 'in-app-subs-cut-of-the-deal' thing. "Good on Amazon and others for sidestepping the issue completely, and removing the links. It's no great hardship to open a browser and get the book direct from the seller."

PC Advisor's ultimate guide to the best Android apps

There are literally thousands of apps available for Google Android, and they're not just available from the Android Market, Google's official app store. Those with a smartphone running Google Android can also head to independent app stores such as GetJar and Mobile Wever to peruse the software offerings for their phone. We trawled all of the app stores that offer Android-compatible programs to bring you're a guide to some of the best Android apps available.

However, Korky Kat wants somebody to develop a Android compatible version of MS Access or Filemaker Pro. "And I mean an android app that will talk to a windows operating PC," Korky Kat added.

Why Apple beats every other tech manufacturer

According to PC Advisor's Reviews Editor Andrew Harrison Apple kickstarted the modern computing age, and in its renaissance is turning the consumer electronics world upside down with its phone, tablet, music and PC offerings. He questioned whether Apple's latter-day PC and gadget success is down to focusing on the whole experience, designing decent hardware under the control of its own software, compared to Microsoft and Google, which develop software to power PCs and smartphones, then leave hardware makers to adapt it for their own devices.

Lochinvar, however, believes it's the "pretty designs that attract and the thought that to pay lots more then things get better which is a fallacy, because it is a limited product that is non compatible with nearly all the software on the market because of the limitation of its UNIX OS".
"It is beloved by the corduroy brigade and mugs paying over the odds for the same hardware that's in other PC's and contrivances at half the price," he added.

Condom was quick to point out that not everything works great with all Apple products.
"The new iPad2 seems very prone to crashing on particular apps resulting in the spinning clock which I believe is just about equivalent to the BSOD," he said.

Buying advice: Five things to check when buying a printer

Hit the high-street or scout around online and you'll find hundreds of printers available, each offering different qualities and weaknesses, so we rounded up five key things you should look for to ensure you purchase a printer that over its lifetime will prove to be a bargain.

Plawsongage revealed he thinks Kodak's print heads produce better quality photo prints while Mike j added purchasers should look around carefully at ink costs. "Can you get refills?? Are there ever any good deals?? HP printers aren't as good as Canons, but the ink does go on sale/special every now and then," he said.

HTC fights back by launching legal action against Apple

HTC has hit back at Apple this week by filing legal action against the tech giant in the UK. The specific nature of the case, which according to Bloomberg was filed at the High Court on July 29, has not been revealed. The legal action comes just weeks after Apple filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) accusing HTC of infringing its patents.

Jim said: "Apple becomes Microsoft. It's clear. Less and less innovations, more and more senseless and ugly bureaucracy. Big, evil and ugly. Some day they will become an object of antitrust investigation."

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