Archive for Andy Lynn

  • Philips launches new LCD and Plasma IDTVs with Freeview

    By 30 June 2005

    For some people, even the one-off payment and lack of contract for Freeview Digital Services is too much to contemplate. Philips has decided to solve this by making the tuner part of the TV cost across its two quartets of LCD and Plasma screen televisions,...

  • Toshiba Refreshes LCD TV Range

    By 30 June 2005

    Buoyed by the tie-up deal with Microsoft earlier this week, Toshiba has turned its attention to the screen you'll be watching its Microsoft-controlled HD DVD discs by launching its High Definition ready ‘WL56' LCD TV collection with three large screen...

  • Creative Takes Zen Approach to combat iPods

    By 2 March 2005

    Creative has turned to the cashback deal in order to try and steal a march in the neverending chase after Apple's iPods. The new Zen Micro 4GB MP3 player will effectively debut at $179.99 after a $20 cashback voucher is sent back to Creative. For people...

  • Arise Sir Bill - Gates Knighted

    By 2 March 2005

    Bill Gates has become the latest recipient of an honorary knighthood at Buckingham Palace for his contribution to British Enterprise and on another note, his philanthropy in the shape of large overseas donations for food and/or vaccination programmes,...

  • GTA: San An gets Ad Ban

    By 2 March 2005

    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (GTA:SA) boasts an impressive, stand-out advertising campaign, but for some people the in-game footage in the two advertisements, largely set to music, were too violent. After drowning in the flood of 8 complaints,the Advertising...

  • The Sony Walkman Calls on mobile phone market

    The Sony Walkman Calls on mobile phone market

    By 2 March 2005

    Sony's Walkman reached a quarter of a century as long ago as last summer. (see here.) However time and competition marches on, so with an established hold in the mobile phone market, it was only a matter of time before the brand found itself combined...

  • Microsoft Money 2005
    3.5 out of 5

    Microsoft Money 2005

    By 16 November 2004

    It's a cruel joke by the webmaster to give me MS Money to review again, as he knows I'm the sort of person who's broke in the third week of every month and hanging on by the fingernails in order to survive until pay day. In other words, I'm the sort of...

  • Ulead VideoStudio 8
    4 out of 5

    Ulead VideoStudio 8

    By 14 June 2004

    Ulead is slightly better known in the UK for its PhotoImpact! Range of software and also Cool3D as bundled with early All-In-Wonder Radeon range. VideoStudio is the company’s flagship title though, now here in its eighth version. Recognising the digital...

  • Hitman Contracts - PC
    3.5 out of 5

    Hitman Contracts - PC

    By 26 May 2004

    Ten years ago Activision raised the standards for PC Gaming to console level in terms of presentation with the sublime classic Mechwarrior 2, paying particular attention to the music as well as the action. Instead of multiple formats, there were different...

  • Breed - PC
    3.5 out of 5

    Breed - PC

    By 22 April 2004

    Well well, it's finally here. Technical problems scuppered a planned preview of Breed last year and we applied the patch to the review copy before proceeding, only to find that that stopped the review code from working too. Two installations later we...

  • Painkiller - PC
    4 out of 5

    Painkiller - PC

    By 22 April 2004

    Want a movie-style pitching line to sum up Painkiller? We'd called it “Serious Damned”. In fact it's a return to the good old days of Doom I and II with another graphical makeover like Serious Sam's. The paper thin plot has you in purgatory and conscripted...

  • StudioLine Photo 2
    3.5 out of 5

    StudioLine Photo 2

    By 25 March 2004

    This product is not related to the newly relaunched 1980s styling gel. Instead, it’s a digital camera editing package with the emphasis on preserving your pictures. It possesses its own interface with hallmarks of Windows XP’s photo handling, but...

  • Uru Ages Beyond Myst - PC
    3.5 out of 5

    Uru Ages Beyond Myst - PC

    By 17 March 2004

    True 3D is the major selling point to the latest in the Myst Series; you can play from the third person view (default) or switch to first person, although sometimes the game will make its mind up for you, in the style of Tomb Raider. Yeesha, the 200 year...

  • Be safe for the day with Personal Firewall Day

    By 15 January 2004

    Today is Personal Firewall Day. It doesn't quite have the same emotional warmth and fuzziness as Mother's/Father's/Grandparent's/No Smoking Day to immediately name four other more exciting or worthy celebrations, and we certainly won't be sending Personal...

  • Royal Mail produces UK’s first printable digital stamp

    By 15 January 2004

    They were pioneered and introduced in America four years ago, but the digital stamp has now been released by Royal Mail for Britain. The principle is the same as the US version; stamps are paid for online, and then sent electronically. The user can then...

  • Kodak’s Digital Transfer makes APS format fade away

    By 15 January 2004

    It's been seen as a late move but the full impact of Eastman Kodak's move to total digital camera manufacture in the US and Europe was unveiled, as it revealed that its own APS camera will also be conspired to history. 35mm camera manufacture will be...

  • Tough Competition takes its toll on Dixons Maiden Chain

    By 14 January 2004

    The Computer World aka Tiny and Time as they were, are now on their third major rebrand as The Computer Store and with every relaunch there are store closures as shop rents and leases expire or are folded to save money. It's a sign of the company's strength...

  • Reports of Win 98’s Death Greatly Exaggerated, XP SP2 in summer 2003

    By 14 January 2004

    First we were told the plug would be pulled on Windows 98's support on 15th January 2004 including the Second Edition previously excluded from the Christmas 2003 clearout. However business pressure from companies eager to pay Microsoft (MS) for more support,...

  • UNREAL II XMP Multiplayer - PC
    4.5 out of 5

    UNREAL II XMP Multiplayer - PC

    By 30 December 2003

    UPDATED: 31st May 2004. We already looked at Unreal II's single player side at Thanks to the desire to make an Xbox version and internal competition with the Digital Extremes, and Epic Megagames, Legend...

  • Adaptec XHUB2 2-Port USB Hub
    3.5 out of 5

    Adaptec XHUB2 2-Port USB Hub

    By 19 December 2003

    Adaptec, major player in SCSI devices, has diversified into the USB and Firewire area with ease, bringing over its internal PCI boards with the various external connectivity methods that are now taken as common place. Thanks mainly to Apple, Firewire's...

  • KaZaA Lite shut down- By KaZaA

    By 18 December 2003

    Sharman Networks, original developers of KaZaA, see quite a future in their ad-supported and spyware riddled peer-to-peer software and don't want a rival based on its code impeding their growth. Therefore, every link accessible from within K++ was rendered...

  • Coca Cola to launch UK Music Download service

    By 18 December 2003

    Sensing the disquiet in the UK about closed American download stores, Coca-Cola are to launch a paid-for download service. Like the drink the service is expected to go global. Hooking up with OD2, who already supply Tiscali, Freeserve, HMV, Tower Records...

  • Real Gun Pulled at LA Multiplayer Games Tournament

    By 18 December 2003

    "All over bar the shooting" would be an unfortunate way to view the events at a recent Counter-Strike Gaming Tournament organised by CXG. Let's let Joseph F Hill of CXG take up the story in his own press release; At 4:30am (CST) I was informed by CXG...

  • Microsoft in Xmas software clearout

    By 18 December 2003

    While ordinary folk rush to catch the final rubbish and recycling collections before the holiday disruptions, Microsoft are doing much the same thing. The difference is, Microsoft's "junk" consists of old utilities and Operating Systems which are finally...

  • Warcraft III - The Frozen Throne - PC
    4 out of 5

    Warcraft III - The Frozen Throne - PC

    By 16 December 2003

    In the summer of 2002 you had to marvel at a game that sold almost a million at full console price, when it was a PC game- such was the loyalty commanded by Warcraft III Reign Of Chaos finally getting released. At the same time Neverwinter Nights was...