Archive for Ben Crompton

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

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

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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

Tech deal: Nikon launches D5100 cashback offer

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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

BBC details crowd-sourced 3G mobile coverage for UK

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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)

APP OF THE DAY: Rail Maze (iPhone)

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"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...

First Windows Phone 7 mango mobile released...

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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

Logitech tablet accessories help you work, rest and play

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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

Pioneer AppRadio car-interface for iPhone comes crashing in

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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)

APP OF THE DAY: TableDrum review (iOS)

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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)

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

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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

PCs 'going the way of typewriters,' says IBM

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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

PURE Evoke Mio spruced up with Abacus Flower Edition

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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)

APP OF THE DAY: Stickman BMX review (iOS)

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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.... >>

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

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

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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,... >>

British teen takes MS Excel World Champion crown

British teen takes MS Excel World Champion crown

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British teenager, Rebecca Rickwood, has been announced as the champion of the "2011 Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office", beating 228,000 other rivals to the $5,000 prize. It could be argued that it's not the coolest prize to be had if you're a... >>

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 tipped for 12 August - but highly unlikely

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 tipped for 12 August - but highly unlikely

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Not content with the UK-wide launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 today, a page has appeared on Amazon showing its smaller sibling, the Tab 8.9, available for pre-order. The listed price currently stands at £605 and, according to the site, the Samsung... >>

Copyright law makes format shifting legal

Copyright law makes format shifting legal

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The Government has announced that it is to make changes to copyright law, legalising the practice of transferring video and audio files from one format, say a CD, over to another - in this age most likely being a digital file. The current law states that... >>

Android acquires half the smartphone market, but for how long?

Android acquires half the smartphone market, but for how long?

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Big mobile news has just come in from research firm Canalys, as figures show how the top smartphone operating systems are fairing on the world market. Of particular interest is that Google's Android Operating System has captured 48 per cent of the smartphone... >>

EA CEO gives 3D gaming a dressing down

EA CEO gives 3D gaming a dressing down

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The CEO of Electronics Arts, John Riccitiello, has given 3D gaming somewhat of a dressing down, casting doubts regarding its profitability. When 3D saw its re-emergence back in 2010, the web was awash with excitement on how it was going to change the... >>

Apple TV update brings cloud-storage locker for purchased TV shows

Apple TV update brings cloud-storage locker for purchased TV shows

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A swanky new feature for the Apple TV 2 has just been released, bringing you the ability to purchase TV shows and then stream them from the cloud - a marked change from the previous rental-only format. The update could pave the way for a system whereby... >>

Skype iPad app gets pulled due to premature release

Skype iPad app gets pulled due to premature release

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The Skype video conferencing iPad app, which has just gone live, has now been pulled; according to the company this was down to the fact it "went live prematurely". The company stated that: "To ensure your best Skype experience, we’ve temporarily removed... >>

Scrabble rival Words with Friends to launch on Facebook

Scrabble rival Words with Friends to launch on Facebook

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Words with Friends, the Scrabble-esque mobile app, is heading to Facebook, with the makers Zynga clearly looking to spread its user-base whilst adding more features into the mix. Zynga, perhaps most famous for its Farmville game, as well as bringing Words... >>

New Samsung laser printers play the eco card

New Samsung laser printers play the eco card

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It's difficult to get excited about printers, but to Samsung's credit it's really trying its best to get our pulses racing with two new devices aimed at small businesses. The ML-4510ND and ML-5015ND are both designed to handle large volume print jobs... >>