Archive for Ben Crompton

Samsung $2 Galaxy S II stunt attempts to spoil iPhone 4S launch

Samsung $2 Galaxy S II stunt attempts to spoil iPhone 4S launch

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Samsung has opened up a smartphone shop just metres away from Apple's Sydney store, with the aim of selling its Samsung Galaxy S II at the knock-down price of $2; conveniently coinciding with the launch of Apple's new iPhone 4S. The Apple iPhone 4S is... >>

Google doodle celebrates Art Clokey's life with Gumby animation

Google doodle celebrates Art Clokey's life with Gumby animation

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A Google has decided to jazz up its homepage with a Gumby-inspired Google doodle, celebrating Gumby creator Art Clokey's 90th birthday. Clokey, who died in 2010, may not be well known outside the USA - well we hadn't heard of him anyway - however the... >>

APP OF THE DAY: Burst Mode review (iPhone)

APP OF THE DAY: Burst Mode review (iPhone)

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iPhone photography apps are big business and it seems a week doesn't go by without some new, arty-retro effort springing forth; and although there are many of a very high standard, that will no doubt  enhance your photos in many ways, the practical value... >>

Vodafone Data Test Drive lets new customers push data to the limit

Vodafone Data Test Drive lets new customers push data to the limit

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Vodafone has come up with a new scheme called Data Test Drive, which will allow all new and upgrading customers to use as much data as they like, on whatever they like, for three months. Allowing you to test the network to the limit before confirming... >>

Nokia Windows Phone 7 handset turns on 3D voice navigation

Nokia Windows Phone 7 handset turns on 3D voice navigation

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As Nokia prepares to unleash its first iteration of Windows Phone 7 handsets upon the world, reports have come in that the Finnish phone giant is preparing its own voice navigation and 3D maps software for the Mango OS. The reports that come in from WinRumors,... >>

Plantronics Marque M155 headset is the business

Plantronics Marque M155 headset is the business

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Plantronics, experts in the field of the Bluetooth headset, has announced the Marque M155 Bluetooth headset, which is designed to be best buds with your iPhone and Android smartphone. Sporting a rather sleek and lightweight design the Marque also comes... >>

APP OF THE DAY: Robot Wants Kitty review (iPhone)

APP OF THE DAY: Robot Wants Kitty review (iPhone)

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The humble platformer has come along way since Chuckie Egg and the like, with all manner of styles and stories making up the genre. Once the preserve of the dedicated arcade machine, the platform genre soon found itself a firm favourite in the living... >>

New Grado PS500 headphones aimed firmly at the audiophile

New Grado PS500 headphones aimed firmly at the audiophile

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Headphone specialist Grado has announced the launch of the Grado PS500 Professional Series headphones, which should deliver some serious audio pleasure to your auricles. Now we'd be the first to admit that high prices don't always equate to a quality... >>

OnLive cloud-gaming service launches in UK

OnLive cloud-gaming service launches in UK

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The on-demand cloud gaming service OnLive is finally going to see the light of day, as its launch in the UK has been announced at the Eurogamer Expo 2011 in London. With over 100 games currently available it seems that the OnLive team is making all the... >>

Five tips for a successful YouTube music video

Five tips for a successful YouTube music video

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YouTube has long been synonymous with music videos of all kinds, bringing a cheap and effective way for bands to get their music heard. With the potential for millions of people to view your music, it's no wonder that a lot of time and effort goes into... >>

APP OF THE DAY: Dynamic English Lessons review (iPhone)

APP OF THE DAY: Dynamic English Lessons review (iPhone)

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Language, as a rule, is dab-handy, allowing us to instigate all manner of different ideas and concepts that would otherwise remain a unexpressed trace in the human mind. There are many to choose from: Spanish, Chinese; the highly complex Tuyuca language.... >>

APP OF THE DAY: Neurons review (WP7)

APP OF THE DAY: Neurons review (WP7)

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There have been many disciplines created through which humans have attempted to expand their minds, and searching out a greater understanding of the world around us can be a bewildering affair. For many of us structured academic learning is a distant... >>

Toshiba Qosmio DX730 all-in-one PC brings versatility to your desk

Toshiba Qosmio DX730 all-in-one PC brings versatility to your desk

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Toshiba has had an excellent IFA 2011 in Germany, partly due to its impressive Toshiba Portege Z830 Ultrabook. Now it hopes to wow with the Qosmio DX730UK - a powerful and highly stylish entertainment centre with touchscreen control. Looking like a good... >>

Barnes & Noble Nook Color 2 coming September say sources

Barnes & Noble Nook Color 2 coming September say sources

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A report from the DigiTimes is suggesting that the Nook Color 2 could be just around the corner - well, September to be exact, so very soon indeed. The Nook Color 2 is the followup to the Android-powered Nook color, which had built-in mono speaker, universal... >>

Jabra Sport headphones come with military-grade protection

Jabra Sport headphones come with military-grade protection

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Jabra is getting all tough with its launch of the Jabra Sport which makes use of full military-grade protection - just what you need on your morning jog. The Jabra Sport comes in two different forms: a wireless and corder version; each coming with some... >>

Toshiba Portege Z830 laptop baggsies world’s thinnest title

Toshiba Portege Z830 laptop baggsies world’s thinnest title

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Toshiba has announced the Portege Z830 at IFA 2011 in Germany, and with it comes some pretty tiny proportions; making this, in the company's own words: "an Ultrabook". Wow, I don't know about you dear reader but Toshiba had us at Ultra... You can stuff... >>

Ford opens the door for MyKey in-car technology

Ford opens the door for MyKey in-car technology

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Ford has announced an innovative new system called MyKey, at IFA 2011, which may go someway to allaying parental fears when handing over the car to their offspring. The system, which was featured using the Evos Concept - a new concept car showcasing key... >>

Mobee Magic Numpad gives Apple trackpad a numerical edge

Mobee Magic Numpad gives Apple trackpad a numerical edge

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Those of you Mac users who long for a numpad of your prized machine, can now have the best of both world's thanks to a nifty little add-on called the Mobee Magic Numpad. An app needs to be downloaded, before placing the Numpad film onto your Apple Magic... >>

Creative Soundblaster headsets explode into your gaming setup

Creative Soundblaster headsets explode into your gaming setup

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Creative has decided to use IFA 2011 as the perfect platform for launching four new gaming headsets, which means that one of the Creative Soundblaster quartet is bound to tickle your gaming fancy. All of the headsets come with bold new designs and compelling... >>

Philips DesignLine TV range brings a touch of glass to your living room

Philips DesignLine TV range brings a touch of glass to your living room

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Philips has launched its DesignLine, a new range of LED TVs, which may appeal to the style-conscious amongst you as "the range embodies the philosophy that home entertainment devices should integrate into the living environment rather than impose upon... >>

Samsung WB750 takes you 'further and faster' with 18x optical zoom

Samsung WB750 takes you 'further and faster' with 18x optical zoom

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The Samsung WB750 has been launched at IFA; bringing plenty of zoom, Samsung's special CMOS sensor and what looks to be a pretty nifty burst function. Straight into the specs, and the camera carries a 12.5-megapixel BSI (Back Side Illuminated) CMOS sensor,... >>

Samsung MultiView MV800 camera flips out

Samsung MultiView MV800 camera flips out

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Samsung is calling its new MultiView MV800 camera innovative, and this may well be the case, however it's also a little bonkers as it offers up a 180-degree flip-style, MultiView Touch display. Well bonkers may be being harsh, but fun is certainly the... >>

Google enables offline Gmail, Docs and Calendar

Google enables offline Gmail, Docs and Calendar

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Google has announced its offline Gmail, Docs and Calendar, meaning you'll now be able to access a whole host of content when a connection is proving hard to come by. Offline access for web apps was mentioned at Google's I/O 2011, and now it seems functionality... >>

Jawbone adds computer Nerd to new Icon HD headset

Jawbone adds computer Nerd to new Icon HD headset

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Jawbone has introduced a brand new peripheral, called The Nerd, to its new Icon HD headset; the duo teaming up to bring wireless audio from your computer directly into your ear. Sound waves have, of course, been doing this for some time through the medium... >>

APP OF THE DAY: Flick Soccer review (iPhone)

APP OF THE DAY: Flick Soccer review (iPhone)

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Our Friday App of the Day offering is something you'll either love or hate, as it features a good dose of football-related gaming goal action. Saying that, it's quite possible that a number of non-football fans will enjoy it as well as it's arguably the... >>