Archive for Ben Crompton

  • PS Vita sales crash in post holiday slump

    PS Vita sales crash in post holiday slump

    By 19 January 2012

    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

    By 19 January 2012

    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...

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

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

    By 18 January 2012

    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

    By 18 January 2012

    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

    By 18 January 2012

    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

    By 17 January 2012

    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'

    By 17 January 2012

    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)

    By 16 January 2012

    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

    By 16 January 2012

    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

    By 16 January 2012

    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

    By 16 January 2012

    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...

  • Apple reveals supplier details to quell worker mistreatment allegations

    Apple reveals supplier details to quell worker mistreatment allegations

    By 16 January 2012

    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

    By 16 January 2012

    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

    By 16 January 2012

    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...

  • Skype for Mac 5.5 beta update brings calling UI improvements

    Skype for Mac 5.5 beta update brings calling UI improvements

    By 13 January 2012

    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

    By 13 January 2012

    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

    By 13 January 2012

    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. ...

  • Casio Exilim EX-ZR200 high-speed snapper announced

    Casio Exilim EX-ZR200 high-speed snapper announced

    By 12 January 2012

    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

    By 12 January 2012

    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

    By 11 January 2012

    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

    By 11 January 2012

    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

    By 11 January 2012

    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

    By 10 January 2012

    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

    By 10 January 2012

    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

    By 10 January 2012

    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...