Archive for Duncan Geere

Google Maps updated on Android

Google Maps updated on Android

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Google has updated the Android Maps application with a few extra features. There's a completely redesigned search results page, a Latitude widget, and the ability to put a map of your current location as your device's wallpaper. Version 4.1's search interface... >>

GM adding augmented reality to cars

GM adding augmented reality to cars

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US car manufacturer General Motors is working on adding augmented reality systems to car windscreens, helping drivers pay attention to particular objects on the road. The "enhanced vision system", as it's called, is based on a combination of sensors both... >>

Auto-translation and extra privacy come to Chrome

Auto-translation and extra privacy come to Chrome

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At the start of March, Google quietly updated the beta version of its Chrome browser to include a feature that detects what language a page is written in and offers to auto-translate it for you. Well, that feature has now been rolled out to the stable... >>

Kindle for Mac platform unveiled

Kindle for Mac platform unveiled

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Amazon has announced that its Kindle ebook platform is now available to Mac users. Kindle for Mac allows users of Apple's computers to access the same library of 325,000 books that is accessible on the Kindle, the Kindle DX, the iPhone and Windows PCs.... >>

Google, Intel and Sony to build Google TV

Google, Intel and Sony to build Google TV

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The market for web-enabled televisions is still relatively young. While many manufacturers are beginning to put applications like Skype, Twitter and Facebook on their top-end televisions, most consumers haven't even got a TV with an Ethernet connection,... >>

Typeface generates a font from your face

Typeface generates a font from your face

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A designer called Mary Huang has concocted a rather nifty bit of software which allows anyone to create a font unique to them, using the proportions of their face. It's called Typeface, and uses a webcam and some facial analysis software to determine... >>

Apple bans screen protectors from its stores?

Apple bans screen protectors from its stores?

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We're hearing word that Apple is enacting a policy in both its physical and online stores that will see any kind of screen protecting product for the iPhone, iMac, or iPod removed. That includes any kind of protective film or case that includes a protective... >>

O2 wades into filesharing row

O2 wades into filesharing row

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Mobile phone and broadband network O2 has jumped into the row over content providers sending out thousands of threatening legal letters, calling the practice "bullying".  The main target of O2's wrath is ACS:Law, a law firm which specialises in sending... >>

Folding plug wins top design award

Folding plug wins top design award

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The young designer behind the folding UK plug, which Pocket-lint was one of the first to bring you news of nearly a year ago, has won a top design award for his creation. It's been named as the overall winner at the Brit Insurance Design Awards. Min-Kyu... >>

Altec Lansing announces VS4621 speakers

Altec Lansing announces VS4621 speakers

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Audio manufacturer Altec Lansing has revealed a new set of speakers designed for plugging into your computer or laptop. The VS4621 offers a pair of drivers and a subwoofer that deliver 2.1 audio. The speakers feature down-firing 3-inch mid-range drivers,... >>

Therapeutic ringtones proving a hit in Japan

Therapeutic ringtones proving a hit in Japan

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Latest reports from Japan indicate that the country is under the spell of a new craze - mood-altering therapeutic ringtones - which claim to be able to solve a number of life's woes; from motivation problems to improving your skin. They're the creation... >>

Gesture search comes to Android 1.6

Gesture search comes to Android 1.6

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Google has made a brief announcement on its mobile blog which reveals that its Gesture Search app is now compatible with Android 1.6 devices, including the HTC Magic and G1. It still won't, however, work on the HTC Hero, which runs 1.5. The app, as previously... >>

Verizon details 2.1 Droid update

Verizon details 2.1 Droid update

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Motorola has offered a few more details about the impending 2.1 update for its Droid handset, which is named the Milestone in Europe, and leaked documentation has suggested that it'll be arriving as soon as 18 March, delivered over-the-air. It'll have... >>

Facebook testing QR code implementation

Facebook testing QR code implementation

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It appears that engineers at social network Facebook are having a little play around with some new features - including the ability for users to generate their own two-dimensional QR codes, and as-you-type search results in the box at the top of the page.... >>

Still no date for US Spotify launch

Still no date for US Spotify launch

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Daniel Ek, the CEO of many people's favourite streaming music service, Spotify, took to the stage at the SxSW festival in Austin Texas for a keynote speech and admitted that the company still isn't ready for a US launch, amidst rumours that it's having... >>

Android Market now has 30,000 apps

Android Market now has 30,000 apps

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The Android market is growing at a remarkable rate, if figures from MobileCrunch are to be believed. A Google spokesperson confirmed to the mobile blog that there are now approximately 30,000 free and paid apps available to Android devices. Google said... >>

Nexus One coming to AT&T

Nexus One coming to AT&T

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Google has announced that its Nexus One handset, which is the current king of Android devices, is now compatible with US cellphone provider AT&T's 3G network. While it's been possible to use the device on the network for a while, as it ships unlocked,... >>

Virgin offers 30 minutes of free tech support

Virgin offers 30 minutes of free tech support

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Richard Branson's team of tech supporters, Virgin Digital Help, has offered 30 minutes of free tech help to anyone who wants it and doesn't have a handy relative who they can call up and ask instead. While we're sure that our readers need no help whatsoever... >>

Microsoft launches LifeCam HD-5000 and HD-6000

Microsoft launches LifeCam HD-5000 and HD-6000

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Microsoft has just dropped us word of a pair of webcams that it'll be making available within the next couple of months. The LifeCam HD-5000 and LifeCam HD6000 both come with what the company is calling "TrueColour" image processing. That promises better... >>

LG bakes yet more Cookies

LG bakes yet more Cookies

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Korean tech giant LG has announced a pair of new devices that'll soon be coming to Britain. First there's the previously-announced-in-Korea LG Cookie Plus GS500, but there's also the LG Cookie Fresh GS290. The former, as previously reported, has a 3-megapixel... >>

Spiderpodium iPod stand unveiled

Spiderpodium iPod stand unveiled

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A company called Breffo has invented a product called the Spiderpodium, which looks to do for the world of iPods and iPhones what the Gorillapod has done for the world of digital cameras. It's essentially a stand for your Apple device, with eight arms... >>

Vivaz to be pre-loaded with Spotify on 3

Vivaz to be pre-loaded with Spotify on 3

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Network operator 3 has announced that it'll be selling Sony Ericsson's Vivaz handset with the Spotify Symbian app bundled, in a move that might help increase takeup of the streaming music service's premium offering. As previously reported, the Vivaz features... >>

Samsung Jet Ultra coming to O2

Samsung Jet Ultra coming to O2

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Samsung has announced a successor to its Jet handset, released with much fanfare just under a year ago. The Samsung Jet Ultra is on shelves now, equipped with the same 800MHz processor as its older brother, but a considerably smaller price tag. The phone... >>

iPhone gets BeardMe app

iPhone gets BeardMe app

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Facial hair. It's noble. It's manly. It's sexy. Chris Auyeung and Vijay Matthews know this to be true, which is why they've built an application for the iPhone that lets you slap a beard, moustache, tickler, pair of mutton chops, chinstrap, or any other... >>

Virgin Media announces V HD box

Virgin Media announces V HD box

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Virgin Media has announced that it's going to be launching a set-top box that's capable of accessing the six new HD channels that the broadcaster has announced this year. The V HD Box will be available without extra subscription fees. Instead, you'll... >>