Archive for Duncan Geere

  • Asda selling £9 phone with £10 credit
    Phones

    Asda selling £9 phone with £10 credit

    By 30 April 2010

    Here's a deal for the penny-savers amongst you. Asda's just told us that starting on 1 May, it's going to be stocking a phone for £9 which comes with £10 of credit pre-loaded. The handset, which is the Alcatel OT222 - described as "cute and simple"...

  • Samsung to launch Iron Man Monte
    Phones

    Samsung to launch Iron Man Monte

    By 30 April 2010

    Samsung has announced that it'll shortly be launching a special version of its Monte handset in honour of the release of Iron Man 2. It'll be available exclusively on O2. The device is just like the normal Monte, which is a mid-range touchscreen handset...

  • Griffin adds app to iTrip Auto
    Online

    Griffin adds app to iTrip Auto

    By 30 April 2010

    Griffin has announced an upgrade for its iTrip Auto car kit - the package will now come with an iPhone and iPod touch application that allows users to tweak the settings of the FM adaptor plugged into the bottom of their device. You can select from a...

  • Samsung tinkers with phase-change memory
    Phones

    Samsung tinkers with phase-change memory

    By 30 April 2010

    Not content with battery life on current phones available in the market, Samsung is experimenting with a new type of memory that it claims could boost the time between charges by as much as 20%. It's called phase-change memory, and the most common implementation...

  • Humax offers fix for PVR-9150T, 9300T and 9200T
    Home Cinema

    Humax offers fix for PVR-9150T, 9300T and 9200T

    By 30 April 2010

    PVR specialist Humax has issued a statement about the problems that many of its customers have been having with the Humax PVR-9150T, Humax PVR-9300T, and particularly the Humax PVR-9200T, and released a fix for the issues. Since the digital switchover,...

  • YouTube rolling out new video player
    Online

    YouTube rolling out new video player

    By 30 April 2010

    YouTube has started to roll out a completely new video player on its website. The player's been popping up here and there for a fortnight or so, but it looks like the testing has been a success and it's been approved for wider release. The red progress...

  • Google adds virtual keyboard to Search
    Online

    Google adds virtual keyboard to Search

    By 30 April 2010

    Google has announced a little bit of extra assistance for people who regularly find themselves trying to type in a non-Latin script on a Latin keyboard - an on-screen keyboard that appears next to the search box. The company says that it's conducted research...

  • Microsoft's dual-screen tablet project canned
    Online

    Microsoft's dual-screen tablet project canned

    By 30 April 2010

    For some time, there's been rumours coming out of Microsoft's hometown, Redmond, that the company has been working on a dual-screened tablet computer that could fold flat like a book. A statement from the company has now confirmed the project, but also...

  • Ubuntu 10.04 officially arrives
    Online

    Ubuntu 10.04 officially arrives

    By 30 April 2010

    Open-source operating system creator Canonical has announced that Ubuntu 10.04, codenamed Lucid Lynx, has been let out into the wild, and is available for download. The announcement follows 2009's release of Jaunty Jackalope and Karmic Koala, and signifies...

  • Steam landing on Macs on 12 May
    Gaming

    Steam landing on Macs on 12 May

    By 30 April 2010

    If you ask any PC gamer what the best platform for buying and downloading videogames is, almost every single one will tell you "Steam". However, up until now that pleasure has been limited to PCs. That's set to change on 12 May, which is the date when...

  • Adobe shipping Creative Suite 5
    Online

    Adobe shipping Creative Suite 5

    By 30 April 2010

    Adobe has announced that its latest bundle of creativity software - Creative Suite 5 - is now shipping, and available for consumers to to buy. It includes the most recent editions of the company's flagship software - Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign,...

  • HP's Windows 7 tablet cancelled?
    Online

    HP's Windows 7 tablet cancelled?

    By 30 April 2010

    We hearing rumours that HP has gone as far as to entirely cancel the Windows 7 tablet project that it was so excited about back at CES2010 in January. The reasoning? Because Windows 7 doesn't provide a good enough touch-screen experience. The device was...

  • Adobe hits back at Apple assault
    Online

    Adobe hits back at Apple assault

    By 30 April 2010

    Following the recent blistering assault on Adobe's Flash from Steve Jobs, in the form of an open letter that culminated with the statement "the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls...

  • Skyfire browser arrives on Android
    Online

    Skyfire browser arrives on Android

    By 29 April 2010

    Freeware alternative browser Skyfire, which has been available on Symbian and Windows Mobile devices for just under a year, has issued version 2.0 on those platforms, and launched an Android client too. The big feature is that it allows users to play...

  • Symbian rolls out development tools
    Apps

    Symbian rolls out development tools

    By 29 April 2010

    Open-source smartphone OS Symbian has rolled out a set of development tools that the company claims allows anyone who can code a website to build a mobile application for the platform. You can use standards like HTML, CSS and JavaScript to make the app,...

  • HTC slider appears in FCC filing
    Phones

    HTC slider appears in FCC filing

    By 29 April 2010

    An FCC filing has just exposed a new HTC phone that hasn't previously been seen. It's called the HTC PC70110, but could this be the Wildfire that fans of HTC on Facebook were recently polled about? The device features a touchscreen, along with a full...

  • Steve Jobs talks Flash on iPad and iPhone
    Online

    Steve Jobs talks Flash on iPad and iPhone

    By 29 April 2010

    Shit just got real. Steve Jobs has penned an aggressive, detailed explanation of exactly why he refuses to implement Flash on the iPad and iPhone, and shed some light on the widening gulf between the two once-friendly companies. He runs down a laundry...

  • India bans phone imports from China
    Phones

    India bans phone imports from China

    By 29 April 2010

    India's Department of Telecommunications has issued a blanket ban on imports of telecoms equipment from China, in a move that will hurt Huawei and ZTE, along with the rest of the Chinese telecoms industry. Interestingly, the reason for the ban isn't competition...

  • Packard Bell unveils Easynote TM
    Laptops

    Packard Bell unveils Easynote TM

    By 29 April 2010

    Packard Bell has followed up its announcement of the EasyNote M laptop range with another laptop - the EasyNote TM. It's focused on social networking, and offers a range of spec and connectivity options. Inside, there's Intel's latest Core i3 processor,...

  • LG launches Cookie Fresh GS290
    Phones

    LG launches Cookie Fresh GS290

    By 29 April 2010

    LG has announced another successor to its surprisingly-popular LG Cookie handset, called the Cookie Fresh GS290. It's a full-touchscreen handset, with a pile of social networking functionality. So much so, in fact, that there's a dedicated "SNS Connector"...

  • Cideko Air Keyboard released
    Gadgets

    Cideko Air Keyboard released

    By 29 April 2010

    A company called Cideko has built a wireless keyboard that includes an accelerometer, enabling you to wave it around and use it like a mouse. It's aimed at people with a laptop or nettop plugged into a TV. It functions fully as a regular 80-key QWERTY...

  • Apple buys Siri - virtual search assistant
    Apps

    Apple buys Siri - virtual search assistant

    By 29 April 2010

    Apple has acquired a small startup called Siri, which is an iPhone app that offers a search experience not unlike that of a personal assistant. Ask it a question in plain English, and you'll get a plain English answer back. To get that answer, Siri queries...

  • Pentax launches Optio M90 compact camera
    Cameras

    Pentax launches Optio M90 compact camera

    By 28 April 2010

    Camera manufactuer Pentax has launched the Optio M90, a 12.1-megapixel compact which the company describes as "the perfect choice for a variety of photography scenes and modes". The aforementioned 12.1-megapixel sensor is complemented by a 2.7-inch LCD...

  • Spotify update pulled due to demand
    Audio

    Spotify update pulled due to demand

    By 28 April 2010

    The latest Spotify update, which adds social functionality and the ability to play back MP3s on your hard drive, has been pulled from the website following "overwhelming" demand. The 0.4.3 update was available on the Spotify website for a period of time,...

  • Mozilla releases pre-Alpha Android Firefox
    Online

    Mozilla releases pre-Alpha Android Firefox

    By 28 April 2010

    Firefox creator Mozilla has announced the very first build of mobile Firefox, also known as Fennec, for Android handsets. It's a very early release, which Mozilla's describing as "pre-Alpha", but should give the experimental amongst you something to tide...