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McLaren cars speed into the Middle East soon

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This region already has a fair amount of luxury-loving petrolheads, but there’s still room for one more. Enter Mclaren, the performance car maker better-known for its Formula 1 racing:

The Middle East is on track to host McLaren Automotive’s first regional retail network, bringing to the market what is expected to be one of the world’s most desirable cars. The new range of high-performance sports cars will share the same headquarters that today hosts over 50 years of McLaren motorsport and performance sports car heritage, from Bruce McLaren’s 1954 Austin 7, to the record-breaking and legendary McLaren F1 road car of the ‘90s, and the most successful supercar ever in its price bracket, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.

McLaren hopes to have moved in by 2011, the same time it’s due to release its next-gen supercar. That gives you a little time to start saving then, these cars don’t come cheap.

Apple iPhone 3GS (the ‘S’ stands for speedy)

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A new iPhone was spotted last night, and while the body has stayed very much the same, its guts received a much needed overhaul. Apple has thrown a faster processor and twice the RAM into the 3GS, with a 3MP autofocus camera, better battery life and voice controls. iPhone OS 3.0 will come pre-installed, giving you a digital compass, copy and paste functions and a neat Find My iPhone application. It will come in 16GB and 32GB capacities, in the familiar black and white, and be priced US$200 and US$300 respectively. Out in the UAE  this August.

Conficker Eye Chart doesn’t work via proxies

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This handy Conficker Eye Chart is the cleanest and least painful way to find out if your PC is hosting the dreaded Conficker worm. But wait…

If you can see all six images in both rows of the top table, you are either not infected by Conficker, or you may be using a proxy server, in which case you will not be able to use this test to make an accurate determination, since Conficker will be unable to block you from viewing the AV/security sites.

Since we’re in the UAE, we’re all on a proxy by default. So, does this mean we can’t get Conficker? Or that we can get it, but it can’t do its job? Or that we can get it, and it can do its job, but we can’t find out if we’ve got it? Thankfully, we don’t have to worry (we’re using Macs), but if anyone can shed some light on this, your fellow Stuff blog readers might appreciate it.

Google Suggest goes international

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We use Google.com for our searches, so we’re used to the autofill in the search bar bringing us our most likely suggestions. That’s now gone international, so if you’re using Google.ae, you should find your Google searches just got a bit more helpful. Hopefully. Read the Google blog entry here.

HTC Android mobiles to land this year

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We recently caught up with Kevin Chen, general manager of HTC Middle East, Africa and CIS, to grill him over the lack of Android handsets in the region. While he wouldn’t comment on specifics, he did concede that the G1 was coming to the Middle East sometime in Q3 this year. It’s still too early to talk prices, but Mr Chen did admit HTC would be talking to a service provider about distribution and data plan subscription deals (much like Etisalat’s iPhone deals). This comes just after HTC CEO Peter Chou told attendees at a press conference in Taipei that it expects three new Android phones in 2009. We already know about the Magic, but what about the other two? We’ll keep our ears to the ground.