Archive for Ben Crompton

  • Apple confirms no Siri for iPhone 4
    Online

    Apple confirms no Siri for iPhone 4

    By 9 November 2011

    Apple has confirmed that it has no plans to bring its voice search feature, Siri, to older iPhone devices - stating that: "we currently have no plans to support older devices". The news comes in from Michael Steeber's blog who had received word from someone...

  • Nokia Lumia 800 SIM-free stock on hold until 2012
    Phones

    Nokia Lumia 800 SIM-free stock on hold until 2012

    By 9 November 2011

    UPDATE: Nokia: Lumia 800 will be available SIM free on 16 November - Nokia is saying that it will be available, just not from all retailers on day one. Looks like Clove got left out of that list.  Word has filtered through the web that Nokia will be...

  • Asus Transformer Prime powers up with Tegra 3 quad-core processor
    Tablets

    Asus Transformer Prime powers up with Tegra 3 quad-core processor

    By 9 November 2011

    Asus has officially announced the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, the first Tegra 3 powered quad-core tablet. Pocket-lint covered an impromptu unveiling back in October, when Asus CEO, Jonney Shih, revealed the new Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime at the...

  • Honda Asimo slims down, grows up and goes it alone
    Gadgets

    Honda Asimo slims down, grows up and goes it alone

    By 8 November 2011

    The "all-new" Asimo has been shown off,  equipped with what Honda describes as "autonomous behaviour control technology". The new system allows Asimo to continue moving without input from a controller, whilst its new, slimmer body gives the automaton...

  • Google+ Pages launch: Social networking for businesses
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    Google+ Pages launch: Social networking for businesses

    By 8 November 2011

    Google has launched Google+ Pages on its social networking site that allows users to interact with businesses and organisations from around the world. Previously Google hadn't allowed businesses to actively connect with individual users but now Google+ ...

  • iOS app bug leaves iPhones at risk from attack
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    iOS app bug leaves iPhones at risk from attack

    By 8 November 2011

    An iPhone security flaw has been unearthed by former NSA analyst Charlie Miller, who says that the iOS bug leaves handsets open to malicious attack. Apple is renowned for having an extremely tight app approval process, and for a long time now it has served...

  • Disney and YouTube video deal aims for child-friendly rebranding
    Online

    Disney and YouTube video deal aims for child-friendly rebranding

    By 7 November 2011

    YouTube and the Walt  Disney company have joined forces in order to bring both companies a greater share of the online children's market. Disney bringing a much-needed child-friendly factor to YouTube, and YouTube giving Disney a cooler edge. The video...

  • Google uses Siri scapegoat to avoid anti-competitive charges
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    Google uses Siri scapegoat to avoid anti-competitive charges

    By 7 November 2011

    Eric Schmidt has suggested that Apple's Siri voice search technology is a significant threat to Google's dominance as the go-to search engine, especially when it comes to sourcing specific information. During another session with U.S. senators which were...

  • Sony Bloggie Wi-Fi camcorder revealed by FCC
    Cameras

    Sony Bloggie Wi-Fi camcorder revealed by FCC

    By 7 November 2011

    A new Sony Bloggie camcorder complete with Wi-Fi could be in the wings, as an FCC filing has been spotted with details referring to the device and a name: Sony calling it the "Mobile HD Snap" (MHS-TS55). The new Sony Snap camcorder will also receive the...

  • HTC Rezound revealed in US, Beats the opposition
    Phones

    HTC Rezound revealed in US, Beats the opposition

    By 4 November 2011

    The HTC Rezound multimedia powerhouse has been revealed in New York, bringing with it Beats Audio - the very first time the technology has been implemented on a mobile in the US. First coming under the guise of the HTC Vigor back in August 2011, the new...

  • Rockstar will deliver "bold new direction" to Grand Theft Auto V
    Gaming

    Rockstar will deliver "bold new direction" to Grand Theft Auto V

    By 4 November 2011

    We had the new GTA V trailer on Thursday, and ever since speculation on the latest instalment to Rockstar's smash-hit series has been in overdrive. And now, Rockstar has officially announced the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V - just in case the trailer wasn't...

  • Amazon Flow augemented reality iPhone app helps you make those difficult choices
    Apps

    Amazon Flow augemented reality iPhone app helps you make those difficult choices

    By 3 November 2011

    Amazon - specifically the Amazon subsidiary A9.com - has just announced a brand new iPhone app that will allow you to scan items from the shop floor and receive review info and an alternative Amazon price for the product, all from the comfort of your,...

  • PayPal all-in-one debit card lightens your wallet
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    PayPal all-in-one debit card lightens your wallet

    By 3 November 2011

    PayPal has recently given a glimpse of the way it sees future in-store payments taking place with a new PayPal Wallet, which it hopes will replace all your existing debit and credit cards cluttering up your wallet. The new PayPal Wallet system - which...

  • Apple finds battery-life bugs in iOS 5
    Phones

    Apple finds battery-life bugs in iOS 5

    By 3 November 2011

    Apple has confirmed reports that since the iOS 5 update there have been issues affecting the battery life of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S handsets. There have been numerous complaints across the web, especially on Twitter, of the iPhone 4S and iOS 5 battery...

  • Sony posts poor Q2 results, can a move into mobile stop the rot?
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    Sony posts poor Q2 results, can a move into mobile stop the rot?

    By 2 November 2011

    Sony has just posted its Q2 earnings report and it doesn't look great as the the electronics multinational blames the Thai floods, a rising Yen and poor sales of TVs and PCs. Sony's quarterly loss constituted of  $346 million and is projecting a $1.1...

  • Xbox 360 Kinect three-game Christmas bundle goes live
    Gaming

    Xbox 360 Kinect three-game Christmas bundle goes live

    By 2 November 2011

    The Microsoft Kinect motion control gaming system has just shown up on Amazon.com for $149 with three games attached: now you get Fruit Ninja and Gun Stringer joining Kinect Adventures. This deal should prove pretty popular and although it appears to...

  • Google search reveals real-world at-a-glance info pages
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    Google search reveals real-world at-a-glance info pages

    By 2 November 2011

    Google has revealed a new information panel that will appear at the side of the traditional search page; bringing all the important details surrounding any real-world search you may do. This should make it easier and quicker to find out the  important...

  • APP OF THE DAY: Cut the Birds review (iPhone)
    Gaming

    APP OF THE DAY: Cut the Birds review (iPhone)

    By 1 November 2011

    Out of the many games that hit the App Store, there are many which show huge amounts of originality, highlighting the best that iPhone developers have to offer, involving a great deal of thought and, indeed, time. Two such examples of this are Fruit Ninja...

  • Gmail app for iPhone launching soon
    Apps

    Gmail app for iPhone launching soon

    By 1 November 2011

    According to reports from MG Seigler, on his blog parislemon, Google is about to launch a native iOS Gmail app, which should bring some nice, new functionality over third-party offerings or navigating through Safari. It is thought that the app has been...

  • Apple iTV future vision: Has the artist cracked it?
    Home Cinema

    Apple iTV future vision: Has the artist cracked it?

    By 1 November 2011

    The Apple iTV has received an artist's impression of what the device might look like, if it were to become a reality. Guilherme M. Schasiepen has done a fantastic job of producing the concept of the Apple iTV, which has been posted on Flickr, all shots...

  • LG Optimus Android Gingerbread update lands
    Phones

    LG Optimus Android Gingerbread update lands

    By 1 November 2011

    LG has finally brought Android Gingerbread 2.3 to its range of Optimus handsets; the new version of the operating system replaces Android Froyo and  will be rolling out to three handsets during the November. After the initial three, more premium handsets...

  • Onkyo Spotify Premium enabled on remote Android app
    Audio

    Onkyo Spotify Premium enabled on remote Android app

    By 31 October 2011

    Onkyo has updated its remote Android app to enable the use of Spotify Premium on a variety of its AV receivers. This news follows Onkyo's introduction of Spotify on its AV receivers back in March, where the online streaming service was controlled using...

  • Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket launches: Faster surfing on 4G LTE
    Phones

    Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket launches: Faster surfing on 4G LTE

    By 31 October 2011

    AT&T in the US has revealed the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, which not only comes packing all the features of a normal Samsung Galaxy S II, but also gets 4G LTE for speedier surfing and web downloads. The phone comes with a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus...

  • HTC sees the cash roll as popularity grows
    Phones

    HTC sees the cash roll as popularity grows

    By 31 October 2011

    HTC has released its third quarter sales, and by all accounts it's been a bumper year for the Taiwanese phone manufacturer - with record handset shipped as well as huge increases in profit. The bottom line is that HTC, in shifting 13.2 million handsets...

  • Halloween Google Doodle shows pumpkin time-lapse performance
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    Halloween Google Doodle shows pumpkin time-lapse performance

    By 31 October 2011

    Google has just released another Google doodle upon the online public, showing off some of the Google employees' skills at pumpkin carving - all in time-lapse. The time-lapse Google doodle shows the staff members chissseling away at six pumpkins spelling...