There's been plenty of tech talk over the past seven days to get our readers all fired up. From Wikipedia announcing its plans to shut down for 24 hours in protest over US anti-piracy laws, to Apple launching a fresh assault on Samsung and attempting to get its Galaxy smartphones banned in Germany for patent infringement. Here's PC Advisor's five most-commented stories of the week.
Android better than iPhone in many ways - Woz
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, has confessed to finding Android-based handsets hard work, but says they have plenty of advantages over the iPhone.
"My primary phone is the iPhone. I love the beauty of it. But I wish it did all the things my Android does, I really do," Woz said.
Justin Scicluna said: "To me Apple products are not as stable as Android OS. I had a 3GS and iPhone 4 and I hated the way the syncing process with Apple. You always have to have iTunes wherever you plug you iPhone in, whether it be your own PC or a friends/family".
While Maccyroo added Wozniack was "hardly endorsing the comments made by the recently dear departed Mr Jobs about how Apple should spend the last cent in its considerably large bank accounts on permanently killing of Android, as in his view it was 'stolen technology'. It seems that on this particular point Mr Jobs was very much alone then".
Apple launches another attempt to ban Samsung devices in Germany
Apple launched a new assault on Samsung this week by filing a lawsuit in a bid to ban sales of the Korean giant's Galaxy S Plus and Galaxy S II smartphones in Germany. The lawsuit, which covers 10 different Samsung smartphone models, was filed in the Dusseldorf Regional Court and alleges Samsung infringes a number of design rights held by Apple.
K-walter said: "Here we go again. I don't know what to do as my 37 inch LG TV is smaller than my friends 37in Panasonic and is a similar colour black. I hope he does not sue me."
"It's time these silly old judges fined the likes of Apple for wasting the courts time instead of just coining there [sic] fees," he added.
Meanwhile, Pablo Gomez said it "just shows once again, that when Apple runs out of technological resources to fight competition. They use what they're best at; creating a smoke cloud and brain washing people, in order to get away with what they want."
Murdoch labels Google a 'piracy leader'
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch used his new Twitter account to unleash a stream of abuse against Google, describing the search giant as a "piracy leader" and labelling parts of its business model as "plain stealing".
Kayls246 said: "Can't Murdoch keep his nose out of what happens on the internet, it's already bad enough that we have to listen to all the lies his papers and so called news channels spew as fact. As head of his companies he should be inside a prison cell right now NOT complaining about internet piracy ."
Funksystems added: "I've boycotted Murdock's products for years. I would encourage others to do the same."
Judge rules UK computer student can be extradited to the US
A Judge has ruled computer student Richard O'Dwyer can be extradited to the US to face to be tried for copyright infringement. O'Dwyer, who studied computer science at Sheffield Hallam University, is behind the TVShack website that provides web users with links to locations they could illegally download copyrighted movie and TV programmes including The Hangover and Lost.
Lardilicious said: "The one way extradition treaty strikes again, any other European nation would give a middle finger to it. This was a ruling made by a district judge, they tend to deal with parking fines, this particular judge is still complaining about that new fangled thing called the electric light bulb."
Meanwhile, Cliff questioned why the "namby pamby" judges of this country agree to his extradition for re-direction to other websites, which is not a crime in the UK.
Wikipedia to shut down for 24 hours
Wikipedia shut down for 24 hours this week as part of a protest against proposed anti-piracy legislation in the US.
The English language version of the site was unavailable from 5am (GMT) on Wednesday January 18 until 5am Thursday January 19 in protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect-IP Act (PIPA) currently be prassed through Congress. If these become law, copyright holders and US Judges will have to right to shut-down websites if they believe they offer illegal access to copyrighted material such as music and movies. At present, under existing US law, a website owner must simply remove illegal content when they notified by the copyright holder. However, the new acts put the onus on the website itself to check material does not infringe copyright.
Wyorkiii said: "We should tell twitter if you are not with us you are against us. In order to keep a free Internet we all must sacrifice a little. As already some have sacrificed a lot" while Encycloman added: "Wish they would do this also to protest non-action in taking down spam servers".