Archive for Ben Crompton

  • Exploding iPhone prompts technical examination

    Exploding iPhone prompts technical examination

    By 30 November 2011

    An Australian domestic airline has reported that there was a case of an in-flight exploding iPhone during a flight to Sydney; this, prompting a technical investigation of the product. According to the aviation company, Regional Express Airlines, "fumes,...

  • Government aims for video games dominance with ICT reform

    Government aims for video games dominance with ICT reform

    By 29 November 2011

    UK schools may be getting widespread reform in computer science lessons, in the hope it'll provide a foundation to take advantage of the multi-billion video games and visual effects industry. The decision to target computer science comes in response to...

  • LG Ice Cream Sandwich lineup confirmed: Is yours in the list?

    LG Ice Cream Sandwich lineup confirmed: Is yours in the list?

    By 29 November 2011

    LG has confirmed which of its mobiles will be getting the upgrade to the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, and, as expected, the list mainly consists of LG's higher-end handsets. Pocket-lint brought confirmation at the beginning of November...

  • 7 days living with... some decent headphones

    7 days living with... some decent headphones

    By 28 November 2011

    It has to be said that in general I use rubbish headphones. It's been, well, forever, since I used a decent pair. As a rule I've rarely strayed from the bundled earphones dished out in MP3 players and mobile phones. Yes, I know I work for a top consumer...

  • Best Buy UK to cease trading 15 January 2012: Closing down sale begins

    Best Buy UK to cease trading 15 January 2012: Closing down sale begins

    By 28 November 2011

    We brought you news on the imminent closure of UK Best Buy at the beginning of November and now the company has posted a letter saying that Best Buy UK stores and website will close on 15 January 2012. The UK venture was a teamup between Best Buy and...

  • Cyber Monday infographic details rise of online shopping

    Cyber Monday infographic details rise of online shopping

    By 28 November 2011

    Cyber Monday, the online shopping fest that comes after the Black Friday sales in the US, is becoming ever more present in the UK; similar to our boxing day sales this is, in part, thanks to big-name companies like Amazon.co.uk and Apple. However, this...

  • PlayStation Vita Remote Play: Total control on all PS3 games

    PlayStation Vita Remote Play: Total control on all PS3 games

    By 28 November 2011

    We've known for some time now that the PlayStation Vita would be able to function as both a controller for the PS3 and display PS3 content via its screen, however we weren't sure of  the extent to which this new functionality would be implemented. The...

  • APP OF THE DAY: Poynt review (Windows Phone 7)

    APP OF THE DAY: Poynt review (Windows Phone 7)

    By 26 November 2011

    Some of the apps you download you may well find to be completely useless, they promise the world only to be a total let down. This can be for a variety of reasons: poor user interface, sluggish loading times, a complete lack of any decent content. And...

  • Sony Kinect TV on the cards?

    Sony Kinect TV on the cards?

    By 25 November 2011

    Microsoft Kinect, the hugely successful motion control gaming accessory, might just get TV integration as reports suggest Microsoft has approached TV companies about licensing the Kinect tech. The Daily has suggested that both Sony and Vizio have been...

  • Best tech Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals in UK and US

    Best tech Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals in UK and US

    By 25 November 2011

    Like it or loath it, Black Friday shopping (traditionally something celebrated by those across the pond) has come to the UK - in large part thanks to Amazon and Apple. However, many UK companies tend to focus on the Cyber Monday angle - the Monday following...

  • Gameloft in-flight iPad games take to the skies

    Gameloft in-flight iPad games take to the skies

    By 25 November 2011

    Gameloft has announced plans to bring 12 of its iPad games to aircraft carrier Jetstar, in a move that will enable passengers to play games on their own device or loan iPads from the company. There will be five titles available from December: Real Football,...

  • Prada and LG renew vows with third phone for 2012

    Prada and LG renew vows with third phone for 2012

    By 24 November 2011

    Prada and LG have been chums for quite a while now, having launched both the LG Prada and LG Prada 2 in 2007 and 2008 respectively, and now it seems that the two companies are to reaffirm their commitment to each other with the launch of another mobile...

  • Sony PS4 launch aims to keep pace with next-gen Xbox

    Sony PS4 launch aims to keep pace with next-gen Xbox

    By 24 November 2011

    Sony is aiming for the launch of the PlayStation 4 to keep up with rivals after Jim Ryan, PlayStation Europe big cheese, said that it would be "undesirable" for the PS4 launch to lag too far behind the competition (next-gen Xbox, Wii U). In the interview...

  • Starbucks One Touch iPhone payments app comes to UK

    Starbucks One Touch iPhone payments app comes to UK

    By 24 November 2011

    Starbucks has announced that it will be bringing it's mobile payment app already available Stateside to the UK in the new year. The one-touch mobile app will allow you to enter any one of 700 Starbucks coffee shops and pay through the tech. The app will...

  • Spotify responds to iTunes and Google Music with "what's next" event

    Spotify responds to iTunes and Google Music with "what's next" event

    By 23 November 2011

    Spotify has announced a "what's next" event to be held in New York on 30 November, just 4 months since the launch of Spotify in the States. We've been enjoying Spotify for some time here in the UK, but Spotify decided to take its time with a US launch;...

  • Kinect for Windows PCs moves tech to new level in 2012

    Kinect for Windows PCs moves tech to new level in 2012

    By 23 November 2011

    Microsoft Kinect, the no-hands gaming peripheral for Xbox 360, is to see a move over to Windows PCs come early 2012, and in the process it'll be gaining new hardware improvements. We've seen the Kinect on a PC many times before with hackers porting the...

  • Augmented reality contact lenses almost here: focus on emails and gaming

    Augmented reality contact lenses almost here: focus on emails and gaming

    By 22 November 2011

    A leap in augmented reality could be just around the corner as developments in nano-projection have enabled scientists at the University of Washington to say that such tech would be not only feasible, but also safe. After testing on rabbits, the researchers...

  • Self-deleting text app MyDestructibleText arrives on iPhone

    Self-deleting text app MyDestructibleText arrives on iPhone

    By 22 November 2011

    Many will feel this self-deleting text service that has just launched on iPhone is a little dodgy; however it doesn't contain adult content or malware, so how is it dodgy? Well it's clear as day that rather than being used, as the example on the MyDestructibleText's...

  • Official Facebook phone incoming: Just a novelty?

    Official Facebook phone incoming: Just a novelty?

    By 22 November 2011

    Facebook is going into partnership with HTC in order to produce an official Facebook phone; nicknamed Buffy, after the vampire slayer, it will run a modified version of the Android operating system. According to sources close to AllThingsD the launch...

  • Android worst OS for malware attacks according to Q3 report

    Android worst OS for malware attacks according to Q3 report

    By 21 November 2011

    Android has been outed as the worst OS for malware attacks according to McAfee's third quarter threat reports, highlighting some of the difficulties associated with the Google's "open source" mobile operating system. Although the Q3 report comes as no...

  • Nokia Lumia 601 leaked image: High-end snapper on budget handset

    Nokia Lumia 601 leaked image: High-end snapper on budget handset

    By 21 November 2011

    A leaked Nokia Lumia image has presented itself, with the moniker Nokia 601 emblazoned across its bottom. However we have to say the pic doesn't look terribly convincing, and certain aspects just don't quite fit. The Nokia 601 shot comes from Pocketnow...

  • APP OF THE DAY: Orbital review (WP7)

    APP OF THE DAY: Orbital review (WP7)

    By 19 November 2011

    There's no doubt that Windows Phone 7 titles, especially games, seem a little on the pricey side compared to their iPhone counterparts, so when you do purchase a game you want to make sure it's for you; this is taken care of, to an extent, with the "try"...

  • Google Doodle honours physicist Louis Daguerre

    Google Doodle honours physicist Louis Daguerre

    By 18 November 2011

    Google has produced another Google doodle which pays tribute to Louis Daguerre on his 224th birthday; inventor of the daguerreotype his process enabled the fixing of a permanent image to a silver coated copper plate. Although his invention was the first...

  • Gmail for iPhone flop returns to App Store

    Gmail for iPhone flop returns to App Store

    By 18 November 2011

    Pocket-lint covered the rise and fall of the Gmail app for iPhone, so it seems only right that we report on its, eh... rise again - this relaunch coming after its first iteration failure. The reason for the failure was a bug that broke notifications and...

  • SwiftKey X 2.2 app powers up: Speed boost, new keyboards and more languages

    SwiftKey X 2.2 app powers up: Speed boost, new keyboards and more languages

    By 18 November 2011

    The SwiftKey X predictive keyboard app has had a spit and polish, bringing updates to its keyboard selection, UI and improvements to its efficiency, creating an even better app that should have you bashing out messages even faster than before. SwiftKey...


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