Archive for Duncan Geere

  • Activision sued for half a billion
    Gaming

    Activision sued for half a billion

    By 28 April 2010

    Nearly 40 former employees of Infinity Ward have got together to drop a monster 500 million dollar lawsuit on games giant Activision, alleging breach of contract and unpaid royalties. The move comes just a week before Activision's Q1 financial reports...

  • TomTom launches "Urban Rider" GPS for bikers
    Online

    TomTom launches "Urban Rider" GPS for bikers

    By 27 April 2010

    Two wheels good, four wheels bad? TomTom has launched a dedicated GPS unit that's targeted at bikers, mopedists, scooterers and cyclists across the country. It's called the TomTom Urban Rider. There's a number of changes that have been made to make it...

  • Sony offering TV trade-in scheme
    Home Cinema

    Sony offering TV trade-in scheme

    By 27 April 2010

    Sony has redoubled its efforts to try and recycle more of its electronic equipment, drawing further attention to a scheme it launched in August 2009 that offers money off new gadgets if you trade your old ones in. You can trade in any old equipment - digital...

  • Sims 3 coming to consoles
    Gaming

    Sims 3 coming to consoles

    By 27 April 2010

    EA has confirmed that it's planning to bring the Sims 3 franchise to consoles. The Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Sony PS3 and Nintendo DS will all be getting versions of the title, which will differ from platform to platform. "We're bringing players the best...

  • BlackBerry 6 confirmed by RIM
    Phones

    BlackBerry 6 confirmed by RIM

    By 27 April 2010

    At RIM's WES2010 conference, the company has officially announced BlackBerry 6 - the next version of the company's smartphone operating system. The software, which leaked in mid-April, is a substantial revamp to the BlackBerry UI, and RIM's CEO Mike...

  • 5 top tips for Spotify's social makeover
    Online

    5 top tips for Spotify's social makeover

    By 27 April 2010

    So, Spotify: The Next Generation is with us, and suddenly your Facebook news feed is full of playlists, song "likes" and people declaring their undying love for McFly. You want to get in on the action, so you've been to the Spotify website's download...

  • Motorola 3D handset leaks
    Phones

    Motorola 3D handset leaks

    By 27 April 2010

    This is interesting. Following a recent patent application for a 3D display on a mobile phone, a handset has leaked out of China Mobile that suggests that development might be further along than originally thought. The phone is labelled the MT810, and...

  • Spotify rolls out social features
    Audio

    Spotify rolls out social features

    By 27 April 2010

    Spotify has broken months of near-silence to announce some new features that allow you to share tracks more easily with your friends. The music service, which is only available in Europe has integrated Facebook Connect to allow you to create a profile...

  • Verizon Nexus One goes AWOL
    Phones

    Verizon Nexus One goes AWOL

    By 26 April 2010

    It's suddenly looking like Google's plans to release the Nexus One on the Verizon network in the USA could have hit a snag, as all references to the handset have been removed from Google's website. Previously, the phone was listed as "coming soon" to...

  • BenQ announces V2410T LED monitor
    Online

    BenQ announces V2410T LED monitor

    By 26 April 2010

    BenQ has extended its line of monitors to include a new model - the V2410T, which the company describes as " tastefully stylish and yet environmentally conscious". It's got a height-adjustable neck, meaning that you don't have to adjust your chair -...

  • Packard Bell launches EasyNote M laptops
    Laptops

    Packard Bell launches EasyNote M laptops

    By 26 April 2010

    Packard Bell has announced that it's launching the EastNote M series of laptops, a selection of machines that focus on design and social networking. There's a 14-inch version, a 15.6-inch version and a 17.3-inch variant. All three, Packard Bell claims,...

  • Amazon takes wish-lists universal
    Online

    Amazon takes wish-lists universal

    By 26 April 2010

    Amazon has extended its wish-list feature out of the wall garden that it currently operates in to extend to the entirety of the web, renaming it the Amazon Universal Wish List. It works pretty much as the old "Add to wish-list" button did, except that...

  • Virgin Media offers movies over the web
    Online

    Virgin Media offers movies over the web

    By 26 April 2010

    Virgin Media has announced that it's extending the on-demand movie service that it offers in its set-top boxes to the web, meaning that laptop and PC owners will be able to rent a variety of films to watch on their computer. There's apparently "hundreds"...

  • Phones getting Natal-style interface
    Phones

    Phones getting Natal-style interface

    By 26 April 2010

    The University of Tokyo has developed a concept controller that allows you to control a pointer on a phone screen without having to touch the screen. You can see the concept in the video above, which demonstrates moving a pointer around, using a virtual...

  • Twitter buys SMS startup Cloudhopper
    Online

    Twitter buys SMS startup Cloudhopper

    By 26 April 2010

    Twitter has announced that it's acquiring a messaging infrastructure company called Cloudhopper, signifying that it's not ready to give up on its humble SMS beginnings just yet. The company originally implemented the 140-character limit so that any tweet...

  • Sony ends 3.5-inch floppy production
    Gadgets

    Sony ends 3.5-inch floppy production

    By 26 April 2010

    Sony has announced that it's going to stop manufacturing and selling 3.5-inch floppy disks in Japan, following the company's shutting down of production in the rest of the world. The storage device has been out of favour for some time due to its tiny...

  • Dell Sparta and Athens netbooks appear
    Online

    Dell Sparta and Athens netbooks appear

    By 26 April 2010

    It seems that Dell is one leaky ship. Despite the leaks of the Lightning and Thunder, Smoke and Flash phones and Looking Glass tablet recently, yet more hardware has surfaced that hasn't been officially announced. This time it's a pair of netbooks - the...

  • Ubisoft to ditch instruction manuals
    Gaming

    Ubisoft to ditch instruction manuals

    By 23 April 2010

    How often, when you go and buy a new game in a shop, do you excitedly read the instruction manual on the way home? If Ubisoft has its way, soon you'll be stuck staring out of the window or reading Pocket-lint on your phone instead. The company has announced...

  • ViewSonic announces VOT 132 nettop
    Online

    ViewSonic announces VOT 132 nettop

    By 23 April 2010

    Got a 20cm tall space in your home somewhere that you just need to fill with a small, lightweight computer? ViewSonic's latest nettop, the VOT 132, might be the answer. Weighing just 500g, the machine contains Nvidia's low-power Ion GeForce 9300 graphics...

  • McAfee update labels Windows XP as a virus
    Online

    McAfee update labels Windows XP as a virus

    By 23 April 2010

    A virus scanner update from McAfee has caused havoc amongst Windows XP computers by incorrectly identifying part of the operating system as a virus. The 5958 update identified svchost.exe as the wecorl.a virus. A while back, Microsoft shifted the majority...

  • TuneUp comes to Windows Media Player
    Audio

    TuneUp comes to Windows Media Player

    By 23 April 2010

    MP3 tag cleaning tool TuneUp has been available for iTunes for some time, but it's just launched a new version that also works with Windows Media Player. If you have a big pile of poorly-tagged MP3s, but you don't want to spend the time sifting through...

  • Scalextric planning Toy Story set
    Online

    Scalextric planning Toy Story set

    By 23 April 2010

    Toy racing car manufacturer Scalextric has just dropped us some good news for any fans of Disney-Pixar's Toy Story franchise. It's planning a 1:64 scale set based on the movies. The cars in the set feature Buzz Lightyear and Woody the Cowboy, recreating...

  • Symbian, WinMo get Google Maps voice search
    Apps

    Symbian, WinMo get Google Maps voice search

    By 23 April 2010

    Google has announced that version 4.1 of Google Maps for Mobile has been released for Symbian S60 and Windows Mobile handsets, and that includes the "search by voice" functionality so beloved of the Android and BlackBerry apps. To use it, open up Google...

  • ViewSonic launches ViewBook 106 LED
    Laptops

    ViewSonic launches ViewBook 106 LED

    By 23 April 2010

    It's been a while since we've seen a netbook announced by a a consumer technology company, but ViewSonic isn't about to let the format slide into obscurity in the face of competition from tablets. The company has launched the ViewSonic 106 LED, which...

  • Desire, Legend and X10 suffering app issues
    Phones

    Desire, Legend and X10 suffering app issues

    By 22 April 2010

    We're hearing word from owners of the HTC Desire, HTC Legend and Sony Ericsson X10, as well as a few other devices, that the Android market is behaving strangely - some applications aren't available. Specifically, any application that's had copy-protection...