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APP OF THE DAY: Eye Check by Boots Opticians review (iPhone)

APP OF THE DAY: Eye Check by Boots Opticians review (iPhone)

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Physical and mental tests can often be an unpleasant experience, usually depending on whether you're confident that there's nothing wrong with you. And if we do have an inkling that something might be amiss then actually going to see a professional who... >>

Greatest deaths by gadgets: Halloween movie special

Greatest deaths by gadgets: Halloween movie special

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Yes it's Halloween; and although we try to resist the over-zealous marketing ploy of various supermarkets who are increasingly urging us to spend/consume/celebrate in way that's truly unwholesome - we're not shy of bashing together a Halloween round-up.That's... >>

Nokia Lumia 800 available for pre-order

Nokia Lumia 800 available for pre-order

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Nokia has just announced its swanky new Lumia 800 mobile phone, and it's been quick to get the handset packed up and shipped out as the new nokia device is already available to preorder. The Nokia Lumia 800 will launch in November carrying the Windows... >>

Windows Phone Mango Acer Allegro launches in France with Fast Charge tech

Windows Phone Mango Acer Allegro launches in France with Fast Charge tech

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Acer has launched the Acer Allegro in France, making it Acer's first foray into the the worlld of the Windows Phone 7 operating system. Acer, on the whole, has been relatively quiet on the WP7 front, with just a nod to the Microsoft OS earlier in the... >>

Fully working Nikon Halloween costume should snap a few prizes (video)

Fully working Nikon Halloween costume should snap a few prizes (video)

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We're sure many of you will be getting ready for some kind of Halloween high-jinx ever the weekend, and that may involve dressing up in some kind of costume. However, you'd have to be going some lengths to top this chaps efforts as he dons a working Nikon... >>

Motorola Droid 4 emerges, looks a bit QWERTY

Motorola Droid 4 emerges, looks a bit QWERTY

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The Motorola Droid 4 has just broken cover, and by all accounts looks the part for any fans of a QWERTY slider as the new phone is packing a beauty. Along with the surprisingly clear photos of the Droid 4, courtesy of  Droid Life, there are a myriad... >>

Samsung Galaxy Nexus release confirmed: UK gets it on 17 November

Samsung Galaxy Nexus release confirmed: UK gets it on 17 November

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Samsung has confirmed that its flagship Ice Cream Sandwich touting Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone will be going on sale on in the UK on the 17 November.  Three, O2 and Vodafone have all officially announced that it'll be bringing the Galaxy Nexus to... >>

Sony buys out Ericsson half of partnership

Sony buys out Ericsson half of partnership

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Big mobile news has hit as the Sony Ericsson partnership comes to an end; Sony has decided to buy out long time mobile phone partners Ericsson. After 10 years in business together the two will part ways, with Sony paying Ericsson over 1.05 billion euros... >>

Skifta Android streaming app launches with 3G functionality

Skifta Android streaming app launches with 3G functionality

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Qualcomm has announced the launch of Skifta 1.0, a new Android streaming app which enables Android users to stream their media to any DLNA connected devices worldwide. Pocket-lint covered the beta launch of Skifta back in February, and it's nice to see... >>

Sussex Police embark on 24-hour live marketing stunt

Sussex Police embark on 24-hour live marketing stunt

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The Sussex police, in its infinite wisdom, has decided to embark on a 24-hour live online broadcast of its activities - going out live on a number of channels on the force's website. Using mobile phones, laptops, and the video streaming application Bambuser,... >>

Gears of War 3 Season Pass giveaway

Gears of War 3 Season Pass giveaway

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Pocket-lint has teamed up with Microsoft to bring you the chance of winning a Gears of War 3 Season Pass for the DLC. Worth 2,400 MS points each - around £20 - and including the Epic Skin Pack, these Gears 3 passes add hours of campaign and multiplayer... >>

UK Goverment demands YouTube remove videos

UK Goverment demands YouTube remove videos

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Google has recently released its bi-annual Transparency Report which states that there have been 135 requests from the government and police to remove videos which may cause a threat to national security. The 135 requests were made from the beginning... >>

Google Chrome introduces new tab page (video)

Google Chrome introduces new tab page (video)

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Google always seem to be bending over backwards in order to make our online existence that little bit easier, whether it be a new function here, a smoother experience there or an imaginative Google doodle for us to coo over. And it seems to have done... >>

RIM stalls for time, as PlayBook 2.0 OS given Feb 2012 launch date

RIM stalls for time, as PlayBook 2.0 OS given Feb 2012 launch date

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RIM has just issued written explanation on its blog stating that PlayBook customers waiting for its PlayBook 2.0 OS update will have to wait a little longer, as it will now launch in February 2012. Not only that but the much sought-after BBM service for... >>

Iris 9000 brings HAL iPhone 4S Siri remote to your living room

Iris 9000 brings HAL iPhone 4S Siri remote to your living room

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ThinkGeek has just released an innovative remote control for Siri on the iPhone 4S; called Iris 9000 it bears more than a little resemblance to HAL 900 of 2001 fame and will enable you to take control of Siri from across the room. By simply placing your... >>

OneForAll SmartControl Motion remote brings gesture control to your gadgets

OneForAll SmartControl Motion remote brings gesture control to your gadgets

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One For All has announced its new SmartControl Motion remote - which can activate a range of most-popular commands with a single gesture. The pre-loaded gesture controls include a flick to the right to skip the commercials when watching programmes recorded... >>

Google to map Amazon rainforest in 3D

Google to map Amazon rainforest in 3D

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For some time now we've all had the benefits of the controversial Google Streetview, giving us instant access to streets all over the world. And now Google has announced that it will be mapping the Amazon hamlet of Tumbira to hopefully educate as well... >>

GTA V announced, trailer coming 2 November

GTA V announced, trailer coming 2 November

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Well blow us down with a very light breeze; this GTA V announcement has certainly taken the Pocket-lint offices by surprise, and it's certainly renewed our excitement, not only through the announcement but by giving us a date for the trailer. The trailer... >>

Garmin challenges Nike+ with new iPhone / Android fitness app

Garmin challenges Nike+ with new iPhone / Android fitness app

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Garmin has announced a new fitness app for Android and iPhone mobiles called Garmin Fit, which makes use of its GPS expertise by bringing a wealth of functionality to the user and could challenge the popular Nike+ format. The sports app allows a variety... >>

Artificial skin could pave the way for true AI

Artificial skin could pave the way for true AI

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Boffins at Stanford University have posted a rather interesting video that shows off a flexible artificial skin, which makes use of nanotubes in order to deliver very accurate capacitive feedback whilst maintaining flexibility. The skin consists of an... >>

Viewsonic ViewPad 7e given October launch date, £149 price tag

Viewsonic ViewPad 7e given October launch date, £149 price tag

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The launch of the Viewsonic ViewPad 7e has been given an official October launch date, bringing a nice budget option for anyone tempted by a tablet. Pocket-lint has already done a full hands-on with the Viewpad 7e, and we have to say in our brief time... >>

HTC and Dropbox bring free 5GB extra storage to 'all' Android mobiles

HTC and Dropbox bring free 5GB extra storage to 'all' Android mobiles

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HTC has confirmed via its Twitter feed that users of all of its Android smartphones will be getting 5GB of extra memory through the Dropbox cloud storage service. Previously there had been doubts as to whether every Android owner would receive the free... >>

The death of dedicated satnav cometh as TomTom posts poor Q3 sales?

The death of dedicated satnav cometh as TomTom posts poor Q3 sales?

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TomTom has recently posted some rather unhealthy Q3 sales as the company sees further drop in demand for dedicated GPS units. The Dutch company, who has been at the forefront of the satnav industry for many years aims to cut 50 million euros in costs,... >>

BlackBerry BBX demo shows PlayBook running Android apps (video)

BlackBerry BBX demo shows PlayBook running Android apps (video)

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RIM recently showed off and detailed its new BBX OS platform at Devcon 2011, in San Francisco, but now a video has emerged of the new BlackBerry OS running Android apps - something that will bring mass appeal to the platform. The BBX OS is based on the... >>

Square's iPhone credit card reader to sell in Walmart

Square's iPhone credit card reader to sell in Walmart

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The Twitter co-founder's credit card service Square, has announced that it will be selling its Square credit card readers in Walmart - expanding the product outside of tech-based shopping outlets. Previously the Square card reader was only available from... >>