Archive for Ben Crompton

  • British teen takes MS Excel World Champion crown

    British teen takes MS Excel World Champion crown

    By 5 August 2011

    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

    By 4 August 2011

    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

    By 3 August 2011

    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...

  • Free music with CPW Android and iPhone offer

    Free music with CPW Android and iPhone offer

    By 3 August 2011

    Napster has teamed up with the Carphone Warehouse in order to launch a nationwide (UK) offer, which could see you entitled to 3 months free music on Napster Unlimited plus Mobile. The offer's open to those of you who purchase a monthly contract or prepaid...

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

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

    By 2 August 2011

    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

    By 2 August 2011

    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

    By 2 August 2011

    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

    By 2 August 2011

    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

    By 2 August 2011

    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

    By 1 August 2011

    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...

  • Fake Facebook date ends in robbery

    Fake Facebook date ends in robbery

    By 1 August 2011

    A supermarket manager has been the victim of a blind date sting on Facebook, which culminated in him being gagged and blind folded whilst the criminals ransacked his Carrefour branch. Admittedly, for some, being blind folded and gagged is the ideal end...

  • APP OF THE DAY: Cell Bound review (iPhone)

    APP OF THE DAY: Cell Bound review (iPhone)

    By 28 July 2011

    Puzzle games for the iPhone are in plentiful supply, however one recent addition to this rather over-prescribed genre looks to have aced it; bringing together excellent visuals and some great gameplay to boot. If you're in need of a new challenge, having...

  • Customisable Vibe watch allows you to pimp your wrist

    Customisable Vibe watch allows you to pimp your wrist

    By 27 July 2011

    A new service has been launched that allows you to experience the wonders of customising your own watch - to an extent - using a variety of coloured pieces to make it your own. Launching at RED5.co.uk, the Vibe Watch appears to use four interchangeable...

  • Motorola Xooms in at under £400

    Motorola Xooms in at under £400

    By 26 July 2011

    Just a day after the Galaxy 10.1 got priced and dated, Motorola's Xoom tablet has had a price drop on Amazon - down to under £400. This is of particular interest as those in the market for a Honeycomb tablet might have been tempted with the Galaxy 10.1....

  • Panasonic ES-RF41 4-blade Wet and Dry shaver hands-on

    Panasonic ES-RF41 4-blade Wet and Dry shaver hands-on

    By 18 July 2011

    Currently there seems to be an ever-growing trend to persuade men that they need to spend more time, and indeed hard cash, grooming themselves. Now more than ever men are being exposed to the same marketing that women have had to endure - it is now common...

  • APP OF THE DAY: Spirit review (iPhone)

    APP OF THE DAY: Spirit review (iPhone)

    By 15 July 2011

    After the rigours of the week, it's always nice to have a bit of lite entertainment for out Friday App of the Day, and this, often, will take the form of one of the many excellent titles available for the "i" that is Phone. And this particular game brings...

  • Ravers more likely than rockers to lose iPhones at festivals

    Ravers more likely than rockers to lose iPhones at festivals

    By 7 July 2011

    Gadget insurance provider Protect Your Bubble has released the results of a survey taken from the Wireless Festival, Hyde Park. It showed that 1 in 4 people will lose something at a festival this year, with dance fans apparently most at risk with 1 in...

  • APP OF THE DAY: What Is? review (WP7)

    APP OF THE DAY: What Is? review (WP7)

    By 6 July 2011

    With information now more readily available than ever before, the only barrier seems to be the speed at which we are able to access it. Typing in questions or keywords into a search engine and then clicking on the correct link, for some just isn't direct...

  • University study shows UK still prefers face-to-face communication

    University study shows UK still prefers face-to-face communication

    By 5 July 2011

    A study has been conducted by the University of Cambridge that suggests one in three people feel overwhelmed by communications technology. The study, commissioned by BT to promote the BT Balanced Communications Diet, looked into the impact of texting,...

  • Facebook pwns your info as Chrome Friend Exporter blocked

    Facebook pwns your info as Chrome Friend Exporter blocked

    By 5 July 2011

    The love/hate relationship between Facebook and its millions of users continues as Facebook is found to be blocking the Facebook Friend Exporter Chrome extension; which has grown substantially due to the recent launch of Google+. The Chrome extension...

  • Nokia X7 now in Three stores

    Nokia X7 now in Three stores

    By 5 July 2011

    With Nokia's WP7 adventure imminent the new Nokia X7 could be seen as a tough sell as it's armed, solely, with a Symbian update - Symbian Anna. However, mobile phone OSes aside this hasn't put off Three from stocking the handset on its shelves; the new...

  • APP OF THE DAY: Evernote for WP7 review (WP7)

    APP OF THE DAY: Evernote for WP7 review (WP7)

    By 21 June 2011

    We have featured the wonders of Evernote before on Pocket-lint, however we thought that its recent appearance on the Windows Phone 7 platform deserved giving it a second look. Its launch has seen much anticipation and apart from a couple of early bugs,...

  • Nokia WP7 handset launch countries revealed

    Nokia WP7 handset launch countries revealed

    By 17 June 2011

    It's all terribly exciting, as Nokia has announced which European countries will be the first to get its new Windows Phone 7-flavoured handsets. It's been reported from the 2011 Mobile Telecompaper conference, in which Victor Saeijs, vice president, Nokia...

  • APP OF THE DAY: gMaps for WP7 review (WP7)

    APP OF THE DAY: gMaps for WP7 review (WP7)

    By 16 June 2011

    As our dependence on technology increases by the day, skills that were once common place are slowly becoming all the more rare. It was only the other day that a fellow Pocket-linter was asked to write his name (yes, using a pen and paper) with the resultant...

  • APP OF THE DAY: Feed Me Oil review (iPhone)

    APP OF THE DAY: Feed Me Oil review (iPhone)

    By 6 June 2011

    Oil, that black gooey substance we all love to hate has had its fair share of critics of late; the ol' black gold is well overdue a makeover. So it's Chillingo that has taken the task upon itself as it's made oil cool again through a wickedly clever and...