Archive for Amber Maitland

  • Sony must create more first-party gaming titles

    Sony must create more first-party gaming titles

    By 15 January 2007

    Sony's PS3 may not be selling like hotcakes as they were at launch because of a lack of first-party titles and franchises, says an analyst at IDC. Billy Pidgeon's comments came just after NPD's games sales figures, which show healthy sales of both the...

  • Email scam claims recipient's life is threatened

    Email scam claims recipient's life is threatened

    By 15 January 2007

    The FBI is warning of a new phishing scam that claims a suspected murderer has recently been arrested, and that the email recipient was next on the hit list. The FBI's site calls this a “twist” on a previous scam email that was sent out saying that...

  • Downloads propell unsigned band into the chart Top 40

    Downloads propell unsigned band into the chart Top 40

    By 15 January 2007

    Thanks to new rule changes, for the first time an unsigned band has made it into the UK Top 40, debuting at number 31. Koopa, a rock band from Essex, saw their single Blag, Steal, and Borrow, hit the charts even though it's only available by download....

  • Seagate releases Mac version of Maxtor OneTouch III Mini Edition

    Seagate releases Mac version of Maxtor OneTouch III Mini Edition

    By 12 January 2007

    Seagate is releasing a Mac version of its Maxtor OneTouch III Mini Edition portable storage drive. The device is designed to help automate backup and protect the data once it's been transferred. It's bundled with automated backup, data protection, and...

  • US authorities still investigating Apple backdating share options

    US authorities still investigating Apple backdating share options

    By 12 January 2007

    Despite Apple's claims that Steve Jobs was not aware of the backdating of stock-option grants, federal authorities in the US are actively investigating the matter, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Jobs received 7.5 million stock options...

  • AOL Music Now to transfer to Napster

    AOL Music Now to transfer to Napster

    By 12 January 2007

    AOL's subscription music downloading service is coming to an end, or rather, being transferred to Napster. AOL Music Now's 350,000 customers will have their accounts automatically converted to Napster unless they opt out within the next two months. The...

  • Nintendo consoles account for more than half of all sold in the US in holiday period

    Nintendo consoles account for more than half of all sold in the US in holiday period

    By 12 January 2007

    Analysts at NPD Group have released the final figures for sales in the gaming market over the holiday period in the US. Pocket-lint.co.uk previously reported that the Xbox 360 outsold both the Wii and the PS3 in the US, with around 2 million of the consoles...

  • Warner Brothers announces HD DVD Blu-ray disc hybrid

    Warner Brothers announces HD DVD Blu-ray disc hybrid

    By 12 January 2007

    Warner Bros has made good on its promise to deliver a hybrid HD DVD Blu-ray disc. The Total Hi Def disc plays HD DVD on one side, and Blu-ray on the other. The company is marketing it as a winning solution for both consumers, confused about the differing...

  • BBC releases Planet Earth in high definition

    BBC releases Planet Earth in high definition

    By 12 January 2007

    BBC Video has chosen to make its Planet Earth: The Complete Collection its first release in high definition. The series will launch on standard DVD, HD DVD, and Blu-ray on 24 April in the US, and will be distributed by Warner Home Video. The four-disc...

  • O2 announces exclusive mobile content for Lord of the Rings

    O2 announces exclusive mobile content for Lord of the Rings

    By 12 January 2007

    O2 is banking on the popularity of the upcoming live stage production of The Lord of the Rings and is producing mobile content to tie-in with the production. Through O2 Active, customers will be able to get advanced tickets through a dedicated customer...

  • Tesco expands Apple zones in stores

    Tesco expands Apple zones in stores

    By 12 January 2007

    In the wake of Apple's recent product announcements at MacWorld, Tesco is expanding its “Apple zones” in store. The popularity of the Apple zone in Tesco's Milton Keynes Kingston store has proven that carrying Apple products is viable for the supermarket....

  • Canon to buy out Toshiba in SED display venture

    Canon to buy out Toshiba in SED display venture

    By 12 January 2007

    Pressure from a lawsuit has forced Canon to make plans to buy out Toshiba from their joint venture developing new SED displays. Nano-Proprietary has sued Canon for sharing the technology it licensed to Canon with Toshiba, who owns a 50% share in the joint...

  • CES 2007: Dell unveils gaming desktop, monitors, and home media centre

    CES 2007: Dell unveils gaming desktop, monitors, and home media centre

    By 12 January 2007

    Dell added to the home entertainment options being offered at CES with four new products: a gaming desktop, two monitors, and a home media suite. The XPSTM high-performance range now includes a desktop that features dual processors overclocked to produce...

  • LG's Shine to launch next month

    LG's Shine to launch next month

    By 12 January 2007

    LG has announced the launch date of its Shine handset in the UK as 7 February. The UK is the first market outside of Korea to get the handset, but LG hasn't yet released full specifications in English, and won't until closer to the launch. Shine is the...

  • Universal Music opens classical and jazz downloading site

    Universal Music opens classical and jazz downloading site

    By 12 January 2007

    Classical music fans have been left somewhat out in the cold by the digital downloading revolution, but this is set to change with the launch of Universal Music's new classical and jazz website. Classical and jazz is usually favoured by the older generation,...

  • BBC may develop social networking on its site

    BBC may develop social networking on its site

    By 11 January 2007

    The BBC has plans to develop social networking sites based around its most popular and wellknown TV programs. There's no launch plans as yet, but it's an ongoing project for the BBC to develop its online service. The sites, based on shows like Top Gear...

  • Lexar announces 4GB and 8GB SDHC cards

    Lexar announces 4GB and 8GB SDHC cards

    By 11 January 2007

    Those of you with shiny new camcorders are probably realising that you need an awful lot of memory when you're shooting. Lexar has released new SDHC (High Capacity) cards in both its Platinum II and Standard product lines, with 4GB models to be available...

  • Divine Wireless unifies Wi-Fi providers for easy usage

    Divine Wireless unifies Wi-Fi providers for easy usage

    By 11 January 2007

    If you're someone who's out and about a lot and need internet access, listen up; there's a new Wi-Fi service, and it's making it easier to connect and start browsing the net. Divine Wireless is the UK's first unified wireless service. It combines the...

  • Hellgate: London multiplayer to be fee-based

    Hellgate: London multiplayer to be fee-based

    By 11 January 2007

    EA has announced that the online multiplayer aspect of its upcoming titles, Hellgate: London will be a subscription-based game. According to Bill Roper, the CEO of developer Flagship Studios, talking to Shacknews, the multiplayer game will be based on...

  • Government to shut hundreds of its websites

    Government to shut hundreds of its websites

    By 11 January 2007

    The government is shutting down most of its websites in an effort to reduce the cost of maintaining them, and to make information easier to find. Whitehall will shut down at least 551 websites, 90 of which have already been closed. Out of a total of 951...

  • Google Earth 4 now contains 3D renderings

    Google Earth 4 now contains 3D renderings

    By 11 January 2007

    Google has released the fourth version of its Earth software, which now includes 3D mapping. Now not only can you view satellite images and mapping, you can also view 3D models of famous sites and terrain, like the Grand Canyon. Although the team at Google...

  • CES 2007: Visa launches paperless payment platform

    CES 2007: Visa launches paperless payment platform

    By 11 January 2007

    Visa launched its plans for a contactless payment system based on NFC, or near-field communications, at CES. The sytem relies on mobile phone manufacturers incorporating the technology into their devices, which Nokia has already done with the 6131 NFC....

  • SoundBridge HomeMusic from Pinnacle connects stereo to PC wirelessly

    SoundBridge HomeMusic from Pinnacle connects stereo to PC wirelessly

    By 11 January 2007

    Pinnacle System has introduced another way for you to stream music from your PC to your stereo – via the SoundBridge HomeMusic Player. The device connects to your stereo so that you can play audio tracks saved on your PC on your stereo via your home...

  • CES 2007: Alienware bust out m9750 laptop with dual graphics cards

    CES 2007: Alienware bust out m9750 laptop with dual graphics cards

    By 11 January 2007

    Alienware included two graphics cards in its latest gaming notebooke, the Area-51 m9750 notebook. The company claims it's the first 17-inch notebook to combine the power of two graphics cards with Intel Core 2 Duo processors. Graphics are provided by...

  • Cisco sues Apple for using iPhone name

    Cisco sues Apple for using iPhone name

    By 11 January 2007

    Cisco is suing Apple for using the iPhone name in the US, where the company owns the iPhone trademark. The lawsuit was filed in a US District Court in northern California, and seeks to prevent Apple from “infringing upon and deliberately copying and...