Archive for Ben Crompton

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

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

    By 1 September 2011

    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
    Cameras

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

    By 1 September 2011

    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
    Cameras

    Samsung MultiView MV800 camera flips out

    By 1 September 2011

    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
    Online

    Google enables offline Gmail, Docs and Calendar

    By 31 August 2011

    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...

  • VIDEO: Microsoft tech plays nice in impressive multi-platform demo
    Tablets

    VIDEO: Microsoft tech plays nice in impressive multi-platform demo

    By 31 August 2011

    A  brilliant demo has been released of just how well all of Microsoft's various kit connects-up, links-in and generally gets-on - and gives a sneak peak of how we may be using multiple systems in the not-too-distant-future. The demo involves a nice chap...

  • Jawbone adds computer Nerd to new Icon HD headset
    Audio

    Jawbone adds computer Nerd to new Icon HD headset

    By 31 August 2011

    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...

  • Tech deal: Tetris now free to download from Android Market
    Apps

    Tech deal: Tetris now free to download from Android Market

    By 30 August 2011

    EA Mobile has teamed up with Blue Planet Software, the company that manages the exclusive licensing rights to the Tetris brand, to bring Tetris to your Android mobile phone. Not only that, but it'll be free too. Clearly Tetris needs no introduction; the...

  • APP OF THE DAY: Flick Soccer review (iPhone)
    Apps

    APP OF THE DAY: Flick Soccer review (iPhone)

    By 26 August 2011

    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...

  • Channel4.com 4oD launches all-new rebuilt user interface
    Online

    Channel4.com 4oD launches all-new rebuilt user interface

    By 25 August 2011

    Channel4.com has announced that its ever-popular 4oD video on demand service has had an overhaul; due to rise like a phoenix from the flames on 31 August, resplendent in a host of new features. Keeping its 30-day catchup service and extensive back catalogue,...

  • Tech deal: Nikon launches D5100 cashback offer
    Cameras

    Tech deal: Nikon launches D5100 cashback offer

    By 25 August 2011

    Amongst all the recent camera releases, Nikon has also just announced a deal which it hopes could persuade you to opt for one of its higher-end efforts. Those of you looking for a DSLR - specifically a Nikon D5100 - can claim up to £75 cashback. Seeing...

  • BBC details crowd-sourced 3G mobile coverage for UK
    Online

    BBC details crowd-sourced 3G mobile coverage for UK

    By 24 August 2011

    The BBC's 3G coverage report has just been published, with findings that reveal that 3G cover is still not up to the standards many operators would have us believe. Taking part in the crowd-sourced survey were 46,000 volunteers, who downloaded an app...

  • APP OF THE DAY: Rail Maze (iPhone)
    Apps

    APP OF THE DAY: Rail Maze (iPhone)

    By 24 August 2011

    "Not another puzzle game?" we hear you cry. How on Earth is this worthy of AOTD? Well, it's got pirates in it, it's set in the Wild West and it's free - so you can stop your moaning right now. Needless to say this has everything: thrills, spills and huge...

  • First Windows Phone 7 mango mobile released...
    Phones

    First Windows Phone 7 mango mobile released...

    By 24 August 2011

    The first handset to be armed with the new WP7 7.5 (Mango) operating system has been released in Japan. The handset, which has been launched to retail by Fujitsu and KDDI au, goes by the catchy name of the Fujitsu IS12T and details we've gleaned from...

  • Logitech tablet accessories help you work, rest and play
    Gaming

    Logitech tablet accessories help you work, rest and play

    By 24 August 2011

    In actual fact, contrary to the title, none of two the products launched by Logitech will help you rest, however the claims of playing and working still stand, so bear with us. For those looking for a handy portable typing solution for their iPad then...

  • Pioneer AppRadio car-interface for iPhone comes crashing in
    Apps

    Pioneer AppRadio car-interface for iPhone comes crashing in

    By 24 August 2011

    Much like Ford's MyFord Touch and SYNC AppLink system we covered  a few months back, Pioneer is hoping to jump on the trend of the connected car by introducing a new system that allows iPhone and iPod content to be controlled on the dashboard of your...

  • Symbian Belle is all systems go with three new handsets from Nokia
    Phones

    Symbian Belle is all systems go with three new handsets from Nokia

    By 24 August 2011

    Not once, not twice, but thrice does Nokia thrust Symbian Bell-based phonage upon the fair public, the new handsets taking the form of the Nokia 600, Nokia 700 and Nokia 701. Symbian Belle, the new version of the Symbian OS, brings features including...

  • Sony shoots in with NEX-VG20E "best ever" Handycam
    Cameras

    Sony shoots in with NEX-VG20E "best ever" Handycam

    By 24 August 2011

    When faced with the word handycam, it's all too easy to drum up images of your dad producing well-intentioned but altogether amateur footage of birthdays, holidays and wedding etc. So with the launch of the Sony Handycam NEX-VG20E prejudice needs to be...

  • Canon IXUS HS low-noise, high-zoom compacts come to light
    Cameras

    Canon IXUS HS low-noise, high-zoom compacts come to light

    By 23 August 2011

    Oh yes, it's a busy day for Canon with the company launching a myriad of quality compacts. First came the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS, and now we see two in the Canon IXUS range coming to the fore, with a focus on low-noise imaging. The two in question are...

  • APP OF THE DAY: TableDrum review (iOS)
    Apps

    APP OF THE DAY: TableDrum review (iOS)

    By 22 August 2011

    Drumming on a table, for some, could be construed as a rather bad habit and something to be avoided in polite society - much like picking your nose... and eating it. However, like eating your own bogies, practitioners of table tapping clearly garner much...

  • App Of The Day: Lo-Mob review (WP7)
    Apps

    App Of The Day: Lo-Mob review (WP7)

    By 11 August 2011

    It might be fair to say that photo apps allowing you to down-grade your digital pics in order to make them look a little more "orfentic" has reached over-saturation (pun intended) point, indeed the choice is simply overwhelming.  However, all offer something...

  • PCs 'going the way of typewriters,' says IBM
    Online

    PCs 'going the way of typewriters,' says IBM

    By 11 August 2011

    Personal computers are destined to join the ranks of obsolete technology like cassette tapes and typewriters, an IBM executive has predicted in a blog post. "I, personally, have moved beyond the PC... My primary computer now is a tablet," writes Mark...

  • PURE Evoke Mio spruced up with Abacus Flower Edition
    Audio

    PURE Evoke Mio spruced up with Abacus Flower Edition

    By 11 August 2011

    Buoyed by the success of its previous team up, PURE has announced a new Orla Kiely designer radio. While the first Kiely-themed radio featured the designer's stem print, this new incarnation boasts Kiely's Abacus Flower print in a slate grey colour scheme....

  • APP OF THE DAY: Stickman BMX review (iOS)
    Gaming

    APP OF THE DAY: Stickman BMX review (iOS)

    By 9 August 2011

    Who amongst us doesn't have fond memories of their first foray into the world of BMX. Creating your own ramp with some chums; racing full sprint on whatever bike you could get your hands on; the exhilaration of hitting the ramp and getting airborne....

  • Samsung offers cash back on Blu-ray players and PVRs
    Home Cinema

    Samsung offers cash back on Blu-ray players and PVRs

    By 8 August 2011

    Fans of hi-def imaging may be interested to hear that Samsung is to deliver cashback for any would-be customers purchasing new Samsung Blu-ray players and personal video recorders. The deal, which runs until the end of October 2011, includes the Samsung...

  • BBC upgrades iPlayer for your TV, PS3 users first to get it
    Online

    BBC upgrades iPlayer for your TV, PS3 users first to get it

    By 8 August 2011

    The BBC has announced the launch of a brand new version of its, now famed, BBC iPlayer which has been redesigned specifically for your TV. In the past, use of the iPlayer on the television, often through the PlayStation 3 or a connected TV, although popular,...