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PS Vita sales crash in post holiday slump

PS Vita sales crash in post holiday slump

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Sony's PS Vita hasn't been out in Japan very long, launching in December 2011, however after a promising start its sales have plummeted, dropping to 18,361 in week five.Although you'd expect a steady decline in sales after any big launch the week five... >>

Nokia Lumia 800 second update rolls out: Battery improvements incoming

Nokia Lumia 800 second update rolls out: Battery improvements incoming

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As promised in December Nokia has started the rollout of its second update for the Lumia 800, which amongst other things fixes issues with the phone's battery, and should hopefully reach handsets across the world in the next 2 weeks.This comes after Nokia... >>

Jerry Yang resigns from Yahoo: A positive move for the Internet giant?

Jerry Yang resigns from Yahoo: A positive move for the Internet giant?

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After 17 years building up one of the largest web-based companies, co-founder of Yahoo, Jerry Yang is resigning from the board.Yahoo was founded 1995 by Yang and David Filo, and for years saw huge growth as it came to dominate the web, however despite... >>

PanicGuard for iPhone/Android: World's first police preferred security app

PanicGuard for iPhone/Android: World's first police preferred security app

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The new PanicGuard app is a way for you to ensure that you have the best possible chance of getting help in the event that you should find yourself in a dangerous or life-threatening situation.Free to download and test, the PanicGuard app will activate... >>

AMD to offer cheap Intel Ultrabook alternative

AMD to offer cheap Intel Ultrabook alternative

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Ultrabooks are set to make a big splash in 2012, the thin but powerful form factor clearly a huge advantage for those who need to remain portable. The one snag is the expense, however it has been suggested that AMD is looking to produce a powerful and... >>

Wikipedia blackout to mark protest against SOPA piracy bill

Wikipedia blackout to mark protest against SOPA piracy bill

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In an unprecedented move, Wikipedia, the go-to web-based encyclopaedia, has decided to shut down its English-language website for 1 day on 18 January in protest against the US online piracy bill.The decision to "go dark" came out of discussions between... >>

Apple to digitise classroom with 'Garageband for ebooks'

Apple to digitise classroom with 'Garageband for ebooks'

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Apple could be about to launch a new platform for for digital textbooks, which it hopes will bring an innovative method for students to interact with the subject matter and all linked to the iTunes platform making it very easy to access. All to be revealed... >>

APP OF THE DAY: The Sheeps review (iPhone)

APP OF THE DAY: The Sheeps review (iPhone)

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Quite apart from anything else, a decent platformer, like the one featured in our App of the Day, goes a long way in banishing boredom during the cold winter months.When you start adding an innovative, if characterful, design, multiple methods of level... >>

BabyPing Wi-Fi Baby Monitor launches for iOS

BabyPing Wi-Fi Baby Monitor launches for iOS

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BabyPing has unveiled the latest in high security Wi-Fi baby monitors at CES 2012, which allows parents to to keep an eye and an ear on their little cherubs through their iOS device.If a traditional baby monitor just doesn't cut it any more and you prefer... >>

Sky Sports Formula 1 speeds onto Virgin Media

Sky Sports Formula 1 speeds onto Virgin Media

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Virgin Media has announced that it will be showing off the new Formula 1 Sky Sports channel, making the entire Formula 1 Grand Prix 2012 season available to Virgin Media customers.Starting in March the new channel, Sky Sports F1, will be introduced onto... >>

Lovefilm announces new Disney deal to stream ABC

Lovefilm announces new Disney deal to stream ABC

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Lovefilm has announced a deal with Disney, which will enable it to stream a wide variety of ABC programming to its members, bringing access to some popular American TV, including Grey's Anatomy and Desperate Housewives.Beginning this month you'll be able... >>

Apple reveals supplier details to quell worker mistreatment allegations

Apple reveals supplier details to quell worker mistreatment allegations

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Apple has revealed its list of suppliers in a bid to address criticism over the way it treats workers; there have also been moves made to increase the level and frequency of inspections carried out.Previous criticism was levelled at Apple after employers... >>

Skype for Windows Phone 7 nears release

Skype for Windows Phone 7 nears release

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Ever since Skype was taken over by Microsoft back in October 2011, a Skype app for its Windows Phone 7 operating system has been on the cards. And now it looks as though it's nearly here after vice president of Skype division, Rick Osterloh, said: "we're... >>

Nokia Lumia 900 set for possible US March launch

Nokia Lumia 900 set for possible US March launch

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The Nokia Lumia 900 could be launching March 2012 according to a Nokia developer newsletter which was posted recently, it also suggests the phone will be available on AT&T.The news comes after the Lumia 900's official unveiling at CES 2012, with the post... >>

Skype for Mac 5.5 beta update brings calling UI improvements

Skype for Mac 5.5 beta update brings calling UI improvements

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Skype has announced its 5.5 beta update for Mac which delivers a few new features as well as a host of tweaks.These include improvements to the call UI and tweaks to the call quality; Skype also says that its looked into the stabilisation of its service... >>

Monster Vektr headphones announced with Diesel design

Monster Vektr headphones announced with Diesel design

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Monster, in partnership with Diesel, has announced the Vektr series of headphones and earphones, which claim to offer a "premium-quality listening solution that expertly blends the worlds of fashion and great sound."Sadly within the press release there... >>

New 'Send to Kindle': Non-book PC files to your Amazon ereader

New 'Send to Kindle': Non-book PC files to your Amazon ereader

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Kindle has announced its new "Send to Kindle" software for the PC which attempts to make it super-easy to send PC files to your Kindle.This has been possible previously using your Send-to-Kindle email address, but that involves a little messing around. The... >>

Casio Exilim EX-ZR200 high-speed snapper announced

Casio Exilim EX-ZR200 high-speed snapper announced

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Casio has announced its new flagship compact in the form of the Exilim EX-ZR200 camera, coming with Casio's Rapid Shutter feature which gives it the ability to shoot 30fps at full resolution.Looking at the ZR200's list of features, it's clear that Casio... >>

Kodak Playfull Dual Wi-Fi camera combines 12MP stills and HD video

Kodak Playfull Dual Wi-Fi camera combines 12MP stills and HD video

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Kodak has had its fair share of troubles of late, but that hasn't stopped it announcing a few gems at CES 2012 in las Vegas. One of which is the Kodak Playfull Dual camera, which can not only shoot Full HD video but also snap 12-megapixel stills.However,... >>

Parrot Starck-designed Zik headphones bring NFC to your ears

Parrot Starck-designed Zik headphones bring NFC to your ears

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Parrot has revealed its new Zik headphones designed by Phillipe Starck, which bring together a massive amount of audio technology in smooth, standout styling.And when we say packed with cutting edge tech, we mean it. First off, the Zik headphones are... >>

Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi scale shares weight with the web: Foursquare for fatties

Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi scale shares weight with the web: Foursquare for fatties

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A new set of wireless scales have been launched which allows you to share and upload information about your weight to the web, whilst also dishing out virtual motivational badges along the way.Called the Fitbit Aria, it also measures your BMI and body... >>

Griffin StudioConnect and MidiConnect for iPhone play well with GarageBand

Griffin StudioConnect and MidiConnect for iPhone play well with GarageBand

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Griffin has launched a couple of iPhone/iPad accessories that should appeal to iOS music makers, as its MidiConnect and StudioConnect should bring flexibility to any musician working with the OS and its GarageBand software.MIDIConnect joins Griffin's... >>

Pure Sensia 200D Connect: The second coming

Pure Sensia 200D Connect: The second coming

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Pure has revealed its update to the Sensia; coming in the guise of the Sensia 200D Connect, this followup should deliver some upgraded performance on the older model which Pocket-lint found to be just a little off the mark.In short, the radio uses Wi-Fi... >>

Lenovo Yoga Ultrabook pulls some shapes: Turns into touchscreen tablet

Lenovo Yoga Ultrabook pulls some shapes: Turns into touchscreen tablet

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Lenovo has decided to mix up the laptop form-factor with the IdeaPad Yoga, a multi-mode Ultrabook, which introduces an intuitive design that optimises the user experience of both a 13.3-inch Ultrabook and tablet across four different usage modes.These... >>

Griffin draws on Crayola's expertise: New kid's MyPhones and iPad apps

Griffin draws on Crayola's expertise: New kid's MyPhones and iPad apps

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Griffin and Crayola have teamed up to bring the next iteration of MyPhones headphones and colouring apps, which have been specifically designed to allow your children to get the most out of their (or most likely your) iPad.We've looked at both the Griffin... >>

Vimeo app for Android and Windows Phone 7 streams in

Vimeo app for Android and Windows Phone 7 streams in

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Vimeo has announced the launch of its video app for Android, Amazon Kindle Fire and Windows Phone, all of which will be free to download from the Android Market, Amazon App Store for Android, and Windows Phone Marketplace.A new iPad app also joins its... >>

Monster iSport Livestrong headphones give you charitable beats

Monster iSport Livestrong headphones give you charitable beats

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Monster has announced that it is to team up with RadioShack for the launch of the new iSport Livestrong branded in-ear headphones, which are specifically designed for athletes and enthusiasts.However, the design of the headphones might not be everyone's... >>

Sony's new Handycam range features Full HD 3D and built-in projectors

Sony's new Handycam range features Full HD 3D and built-in projectors

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Sony has announced its new handycam lineup for 2012 and there's some pretty nifty technology on some of the high-end models, including the CX730E which offers Balanced Optical SteadyShot for even more stable images while walking/zooming; Two new models... >>

Sony HX8 Bravia TV tops 2012 range with massive Gorilla Glass screen

Sony HX8 Bravia TV tops 2012 range with massive Gorilla Glass screen

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Sony has launched its 2012 Bravia lineup which delivers four new TVs; not only do they feature Sony's X-Reality, X-Reality PRO and 3D technology for some pretty detailed pictures, but the HX8 model gets a huge sheet of Gorilla Glass for a bezel-less look.The... >>

Victorinox 1TB Swiss Army knife announced: Tough SSD storage

Victorinox 1TB Swiss Army knife announced: Tough SSD storage

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Victorinox has announced two new Swiss Army knives which includes a SSD (solid state drive) and Victorinox Slim 3.0 USB, which should give you plenty of options and protection if you need to carry around digital data on a regular basis.The company, which... >>

Padintosh iPad 2 case revives Apple Macintosh

Padintosh iPad 2 case revives Apple Macintosh

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A new take on the original Apple Macintosh has been launched at CES 2012 in Las Vegas; called the Padintosh iPad case it'll bring some retro styling to your iPad or iPad 2.The new Padintosh, created by gadget developer thumbsUp, pays tribute to the Apple... >>

APP OF THE DAY: Keep Calm and Carry On

APP OF THE DAY: Keep Calm and Carry On

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Created in 1939 by the British Ministry for Information, the Keep Calm and Carry On poster has reached global status and enjoys far more popularity than it ever did during war time.The extensive use of the poster includes businesses in all shapes and... >>

Otone Audio brings custom bass speakers to Britain

Otone Audio brings custom bass speakers to Britain

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Speaker manufacturer Otone Audio has developed a new range of desktop speaker systems that have been tweaked in order to appeal to Britain's apparent love of particular types of music genre.The innovative new system is the culmination of Otone Audio's... >>

Withings internet connected baby scale is a whole new world of weird

Withings internet connected baby scale is a whole new world of weird

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Tech company Withings has announced that it will be launching its internet-connected baby and toddler scale - called the Withings Smart Baby Scale - at CES 2012 in Las Vegas. Where else?Fitted with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, it is described as... >>

Belkin Thunderbolt Express dock caters for upcoming Ultrabooks

Belkin Thunderbolt Express dock caters for upcoming Ultrabooks

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Belkin has announced its new Thunderbolt Express Dock at CES 2012 in las Vegas, which promises some pretty spectacular speeds for any Ultrabook or Macbook user.As Pocket-lint recently reported, the Thunderbolt system will be coming to PCs in a big way... >>

Lovefilm undercuts UK Netflix for unlimited streaming

Lovefilm undercuts UK Netflix for unlimited streaming

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The UK launch of Netflix has only just gone live and Lovefilm has already responded with a price cut for its own unlimited streaming service.The price for Lovefilm unlimited streaming has dropped to under a fiver - coming in at just £4.99 a month plus... >>

Pure Contour 200i Air announced packing Apple AirPlay

Pure Contour 200i Air announced packing Apple AirPlay

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Purehas announced the Contour 200i Air, a powerful and stylish wireless audio system with Apple AirPlay that allows the user to play their music wirelessly via a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or iPod touch without the need to dock the device.There is a growing... >>

Sky and Zeebox team up for augmented TV viewing

Sky and Zeebox team up for augmented TV viewing

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Sky and Zeebox are coming in all guns blazing with a brand new venture which will offer the Zeebox augmented TV service within Sky's existing mobile apps - Sky+ and Sky Go.This new venture will allow Sky viewers to connect with friends around TV programmes,... >>

Samsung InTouch brings Skype and Internet to your TV

Samsung InTouch brings Skype and Internet to your TV

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Fancy Skype on your TV? Well come March you could have just that with the Samsung inTouch TV accessory. Basically it'll sit on top of any HDTV you might have lying around and enable you to view and be viewed by your Skype buddies.And it's not only Skype... >>

Netflix launches in the UK: Now live with 1-month free trial

Netflix launches in the UK: Now live with 1-month free trial

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Netflix is now live in the UK and Ireland, the massive internet film and TV subscription service launching on the back of months of launch speculation and bringing a huge library of on-demand content through internet TVs, consoles, tablets and phones. We've... >>

Samsung Audio Dock brings valve amp sound to iOS and Galaxy S mobiles

Samsung Audio Dock brings valve amp sound to iOS and Galaxy S mobiles

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Samsung has announced a new audio dock, which brings with it Samsung's hybrid vacuum tube amplifier tech, aiming to blend the efficiency of solid state digital amplifiers with the natural sound drawn from traditional vacuum tubes.Along with the valve-amp... >>

Samsung smartphones pave way to record Q4 results

Samsung smartphones pave way to record Q4 results

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Samsung has reported record Q4 2012 profits largely thanks to very strong sales of its smartphone range, which cements its position as the number one mobile manufacturer in the world.Only this year Samsung surpassed Apple as the biggest provider of smartphones... >>

Sony XQD memory cards coming February: Just right for the new Nikon D4

Sony XQD memory cards coming February: Just right for the new Nikon D4

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The Sony XQD memory card has been announced, which will bring super speedy performance to photo enthusiasts and professional photographers for all kinds of image capture.This timely announcement of the Sony XQD cards sits alongside the launch of the Nikon... >>

iPhone 4S Siri can double data usage

iPhone 4S Siri can double data usage

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Data usage on the iPhone 4S has been shown to be, on average, double that used on the iPhone 4; this, in no small part being down to the way in which the voice recognition tech Siri allows easy accessibility to the web.The study, carried out by Arieso... >>

Corning Gorilla Glass 2 announced: Phones to get tougher in 2012

Corning Gorilla Glass 2 announced: Phones to get tougher in 2012

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Corning has announced that it will be updating its Gorilla Glass formula, bringing the next generation of tough glass for mobiles and tablets; not only making them hardier beasts, but also allowing for greater flexibility of form factor.Corning Gorilla... >>

Roku Streaming Stick smartens up your TV

Roku Streaming Stick smartens up your TV

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Roku has announced its new Streaming Stick which it hopes will be able to compete with the expected influx of internet/smart TVs in 2012.Roku, who has previously brought us its Roku streaming box - similar to the Apple TV box - has decided to place its... >>

Fujifilm Finepix XP150 and XP100 super-tough cameras announced

Fujifilm Finepix XP150 and XP100 super-tough cameras announced

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The Fujifilm FinePix XP150, XP100 and XP50 have just been announced and if their spec sheets are anything to go by they're as tough as old boots.The new XP range should deliver a decent choice to anyone who has a penchant for adventure and all three deliver... >>

Apple TV said to be struggling for top-tier content as 50-inch set rumoured

Apple TV said to be struggling for top-tier content as 50-inch set rumoured

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Apple is said to be struggling to come up with top-tier content for its Apple TV project, if a report from USA Today is to believed, the article citing an anonymous Apple employee and two television industry sources who claim to have the inside knowledge.The... >>

Kodak bankruptcy planned as last ditch patent sell off begins

Kodak bankruptcy planned as last ditch patent sell off begins

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Kodak is preparing for bankruptcy in the US, even though it is attempting to sell off a large amount of digital patents in order to survive.The camera and printer company, established in 1896, has been in trouble for a number of years, and despite inventing... >>

Fujifilm mirrorless camera leaked, expect full outing at CES

Fujifilm mirrorless camera leaked, expect full outing at CES

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A new image has emerged from the depths of the web showing off the latest and greatest mirrorless camera from Fujifilm ahead of its rumoured official outing at CES 2012.The camera itself was previously mentioned in early October during a press conference... >>