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Today's Tech: iPad 4 review, the man with the printed gun, and malware in the Middle East

Two years after releasing its first iPad, Apple still reigns supreme in the tablet sphere. And Sascha Segan's review of the new fourth-generation iPad explains why. Quite simply, it's the "best large tablet you can buy today," according to the respected reviewer. He continues: "The fourth Apple iPad has it all: top performance, a stellar screen, an improved and surprisingly good camera, speedy Wi-Fi, and a breath-taking library of apps. It really is the full package." The 9.7in tablet is more polished than competitors like Google's Nexus 10 and boasts more impressive performance, adds Mr S, who gives it a perfect 10 out of 10 score.

So often a hotbed for cyber-attacks and dangerous malware, the Middle East has again been in the IT security headlines again with new reports emerging from both Iran and Pakistan in recent days. In the Islamic Republic, the country's cyber-emergency response team, the Maher centre, has moved to play down concerns over a worm reported by Symantec at the end of last week. The security firm had warned that the malware could cause chaos in Iran, but the Maher issued a statement saying the Narilam threat has been overstated and that Iranians need not worry. Who do we believe? Elsewhere, a mass hack in Pakistan over the weekend defaced nearly 300 websites with the '.pk' domain, with services belonging to companies as lofty as Google, Apple and Microsoft all going down to the frustration of Pakistani users. Simple breach or more sinister plot? Follow the link to find out.

In consumer news, new images of HTC's 5in J Butterfly smartphone have surfaced, prompting speculation that an official European availability announcement could take place on 6 December. The J Butterfly, as the device is known in Japan - or the HTC Droid DNA to US consumers - is still without a Europe-specific moniker, with HTC moving to deny rumours that it would be dubbed the HTC Deluxe when it arrives in the UK in the near future.

American firm Defense Distributed's quest to produce a 'Wiki Weapon' based on 3D printing technology continues apace. At present, the Texas-based company is awaiting a Federal Firearms License before it moves ahead with the testing of its printable gun. The proposed firearm will be made out of plastic and based on schematics gained from independent designers on the web, and the testing of prototypes may begin as early as December, with the US authorities' approval being the only barrier to its unveiling. Insert your favourite Jeff Foxworthy joke here - you just couldn't make this stuff up.