Archive for Duncan Geere

  • Twitter soars, Facebook breaks in first leader debate

    Twitter soars, Facebook breaks in first leader debate

    By 16 April 2010

    During the course of 15 April's debate between the leaders of the Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative parties, the first of its kind in Britain, more than 184,000 tweets were sent. That's almost 30 per second, among 36,483 different tweeters - throwing...

  • Google now has 38,000 Android apps

    Google now has 38,000 Android apps

    By 16 April 2010

    Google, in its Q1 earnings report, has revealed a few interesting tidbits about Android and particularly the Nexus One. Firstly that the Android market now contains 38,000 apps - up 8,000 from just a month ago. Secondly, the Nexus One is already profitable....

  • Twitter building its own link shortener

    Twitter building its own link shortener

    By 16 April 2010

    Fresh off the back of announcing an official Android client, Twitter has also decided to plug another hole in the hull of the company's sailing boat - a link shortening service. CEO Evan Williams made the announcement at Twitter's Chirp conference. Currently,...

  • Google Cloud Print revealed

    Google Cloud Print revealed

    By 16 April 2010

    One of the gaping holes in in Google's Chrome OS project was the question mark over how people were supposed to use peripherals when the OS didn't contain the reams of drivers normally required to make people's gadgets work. Well, that hole has now been...

  • Toshiba revamps Satellite laptop range

    Toshiba revamps Satellite laptop range

    By 16 April 2010

    Toshiba has announced a series of upgrades for its Satellite line of laptops. There's the A660, L650, L670 and C650, all of which will be arriving in UK shores within a few months. Let's take a look at them individually. Top of the range is the A660....

  • Toshiba rolls out Portege M780 tablet

    Toshiba rolls out Portege M780 tablet

    By 16 April 2010

    Toshiba has decided that its Portege M750 tablet PC is getting a little long in the tooth, and has replaced it with a new model - the Portege M780 - aimed at business and education users. It behaves like a normal laptop in most respects, except that you...

  • Droid Incredible gets official release

    Droid Incredible gets official release

    By 15 April 2010

    Sometimes it's fun watching the path of handsets to market. We first spotted this handset in HTC's leaked 2010 roadmap, when it ran Windows Mobile and was called the HTC Photon. A device rather similar in looks, but running Android, then appeared in spy...

  • Ocado debuts Android shopping app

    Ocado debuts Android shopping app

    By 15 April 2010

    Online shopping service Ocado has become the first online grocer to offer an Android 1.6+ application alongside an iPhone one. It allows shoppers to do their groceries from wherever they like - the bus, the sofa or the bed. It also supports Android's...

  • Online flight map shows empty skies

    Online flight map shows empty skies

    By 15 April 2010

    Noticed that the world seems a little quieter today? It's because Iceland's getting its own back for the financial crisis by spewing volcanic ash into our skies, which has grounded all flights within UK and Scandinavian airspace. If you want to see for...

  • Paramount movies coming to MSN Video Player

    Paramount movies coming to MSN Video Player

    By 15 April 2010

    Late last year, Microsoft launched the MSN Video Player in the UK. It came with content from the BBC, Endemol, RDF and a number of other big names, but was focused mainly on TV shows.  That seems to be changing, with the announcement that Paramount Pictures...

  • Opera announces a million iPhone downloads

    Opera announces a million iPhone downloads

    By 15 April 2010

    Opera's issued a rather joyous press release, saying that not only has their new iPhone browser shot to the top of all country charts in the Apple app store, but that in doing so the app has been downloaded a whopping 1m times in its first 24 hours. "Apple...

  • Intel and Nokia demo MeeGo 1.0

    Intel and Nokia demo MeeGo 1.0

    By 15 April 2010

    Intel's Moblin UI, demonstrated at Mobile World Congress back in February, and Nokia's Maemo OS have been mashed up together into a combined project called MeeGo, which the two companies have started to show off. Version 1.0 of the software looks pretty...

  • Tweets to join Library of Congress archives

    Tweets to join Library of Congress archives

    By 15 April 2010

    The US Library of Congress has revealed that everything you've ever publicly said on Twitter is to be enshrined within its hallowed walls. Yes, everything. Even that drunken tweet about how much you love Saved By The Bell. The Library of Congress is the...

  • Microsoft releases Kin advert

    Microsoft releases Kin advert

    By 15 April 2010

    Microsoft might be heading for a bit of a media storm, after it unveiled an advert for its recently-announced Kin handsets that depicts a young chap taking a photo of his naked body and sending it to a lady-friend. The video's embedded above. It's reminiscent...

  • Bang & Olufsen announces Beolab 11 subwoofer

    Bang & Olufsen announces Beolab 11 subwoofer

    By 15 April 2010

    High-end audio manufacturer Bang & Olufsen has just announced a rather intriguing-looking product - the Beolab 11. Despite looking a little like eggs in Aliens (the company describes it as having a "strong sculptural presence"), it's actually a subwoofer....

  • Twitter getting official Android app

    Twitter getting official Android app

    By 15 April 2010

    During a keynote speech at Twitter's own Chirp conference, company co-founder Evan Williams revealed that like BlackBerry and the iPhone, Android will also be getting an official Twitter application. It's not clear where it'll come from - whether it'll...

  • Sony's 3DTVs coming in June

    Sony's 3DTVs coming in June

    By 15 April 2010

    Sony has finally confirmed the launch of its first 3DTV, the LED-based Bravia HX803. It'll be landing in June, complete with free stereoscopic games for the PS3 and a number of 3D accessories. The Bravia HX803 features a 200Hz refresh rate, 1080p resolution,...

  • T-Jays earphones announced by Jays

    T-Jays earphones announced by Jays

    By 14 April 2010

    Fresh off the release of the A-Jays headphones, Swedish manufacturer Jays Headphones is back and thirsty for more, and has announced a second series of earbuds, the T-Jays, aimed at a slightly sportier audience than the A-Jays. They have a slightly bigger...

  • Skyfire building iPhone browser, too

    Skyfire building iPhone browser, too

    By 14 April 2010

    The team behind mobile browser Skyfire, which is available on Windows Mobile and Symbian handsets, has written a blog post congratulating Apple and Opera, and talking a little about their own development of software for the platform. The post says: "Everyone...

  • O2, Vodafone and Orange announce iPad tariffs

    O2, Vodafone and Orange announce iPad tariffs

    By 14 April 2010

    Both O2, Vodafone and Orange have just dropped us emails to us to confirm that they'll be offering iPad price plans from the end of May in various places across the world, including Britain. The three statements are almost identical. Vodafone says: "Vodafone...

  • Sanyo launches Xacti VPC-SH1

    Sanyo launches Xacti VPC-SH1

    By 14 April 2010

    Sanyo has added another model to its range of camcorders, launching the Xacti VPC-SH1. It's another dual-camera choice, offering the ability to shoot either 1080i HD video footage or 10-megapixel stills, depending on your needs. Theres a 30x zoom lens,...

  • Rural village rolls out its own 40Mbps broadband

    Rural village rolls out its own 40Mbps broadband

    By 14 April 2010

    A village called Lyddington in Leicestershire has taken the unusual step of creating its own telecoms company, and offering residents speeds of up to 40Mbit/s. The village raised £37,000 for the project, which is a joint venture between villagers upset...

  • Blu-Ray discs selling a little better

    Blu-Ray discs selling a little better

    By 14 April 2010

    Despite subscription-based music-on-demand services performing rather well and slowly knocking the CD out of the market, there's a marked lack of similar offerings for the movie industry. Perhaps that's the reason why the Blu-ray seems to be starting...

  • Xbox Live turned off for good

    Xbox Live turned off for good

    By 14 April 2010

    Microsoft has confirmed that it's going to be turning off Xbox Live at midnight tonight. Not the 360 version - that'll keep running - but the original Xbox's matchmaking and online play facilities. The plans were originally announced in February, and...

  • Sky Player coming to Humax set-top boxes

    Sky Player coming to Humax set-top boxes

    By 14 April 2010

    Humax has announced a deal with Sky that'll see the broadcaster's Sky Player on-demand TV system added to the manufacturer's newest range of set-top boxes. That includes the HD-FOX T2, which is the first Freeview HD box that's available in Britain. The...