Archive for Rik Henderson

Amazon to ditch game and book trade-ins

Amazon to ditch game and book trade-ins

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Amazon has been offering trade-ins for books and games for many years now, but as of the end of August it will be closing the service for good. Previously, owners of games and books could get credit on Amazon for their used items, with the amount determined... >>

We've only just got Windows 10 and Microsoft has announced the next update already

We've only just got Windows 10 and Microsoft has announced the next update already

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Windows 10 has only been available to PC owners for a few weeks but Microsoft is already planning for the next big update. It's even revealed a couple of the main features a new version will offer. When it devised Windows 10, the software giant wanted... >>

Free Wi-Fi in UK streets for Virgin Media customers from September

Free Wi-Fi in UK streets for Virgin Media customers from September

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Virgin Media is to offer free Wi-Fi in public places around the UK, including streets in towns and cities, as it will use customers' Super Hub and Super Hub 2 routers as hotspots. Connection to them will be through a new smartphone app. In a scheme similar... >>

No, these aren’t milkshakes, they’re LG’s new Bluetooth speakers

No, these aren’t milkshakes, they’re LG’s new Bluetooth speakers

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LG is never one to remain tight-lipped on the build up to a major convention and its pre-IFA plans offer no exceptions. It has announced that it will be debuting two new Bluetooth speakers at the show in Berlin at the beginning of September, the Music... >>

This is the BlackBerry Venice slider phone, coming in November and with Google Play Store

This is the BlackBerry Venice slider phone, coming in November and with Google Play Store

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When BlackBerry executive Ron Louks held up a previously announced slider phone at Mobile World Congress earlier this year it took many if not all by surprise. It was only a tease - wasn't even named - but represented an interesting new direction for... >>

BBC iPlayer brings new features to mobile and TV, you can now start a live show from the beginning

BBC iPlayer brings new features to mobile and TV, you can now start a live show from the beginning

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The BBC is in the processing of pushing out updates to its TV, set-top-box and mobile applications that add a few key new features, with different new abilities coming to different platforms. One of the key new features is Live Restart, which is rolling... >>

BBC iPlayer to embrace Ultra HD as part of the Beeb's 'long term plans'

BBC iPlayer to embrace Ultra HD as part of the Beeb's 'long term plans'

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The BBC iPlayer platform is looking to offer Ultra HD video streams in the future but the 4K TV market isn't big enough yet to make it a priority. Pocket-lint met the head of BBC iPlayer, Dan Taylor-Watt, at New Broadcasting House in London to check... >>

27 incredible iPhone photos, bringing movies and TV shows into the real world

27 incredible iPhone photos, bringing movies and TV shows into the real world

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Photographer François Dourlen has carved a niche for himself in producing some incredible images using an iPhone. However, his pictures aren't great because they were taken with the device's camera, rather that they feature the phone in some very inventive... >>

Why no Sony Gamescom press conference for PS4? Because it’s hosting one in Paris instead

Why no Sony Gamescom press conference for PS4? Because it’s hosting one in Paris instead

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There were more than a few eyebrows raised when it became apparent that Sony would not be hosting its usual media briefing event during Gamescom in Germany earlier this month. In many people's eyes it left the door wide open for Microsoft and Xbox to... >>

Is this a new PS4 or Xbox One? Actually it’s neither, it’s an Ouye Tank Android console

Is this a new PS4 or Xbox One? Actually it’s neither, it’s an Ouye Tank Android console

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One to file in the "cheeky" folder, the Ouye Tank is a Chinese games console currently seeking funding on the country's version of Kickstarter, JD Finance. It's actually an Android games machine, with a name cunningly similar to another Android console... >>

10 things you can do with a 1TB PS4 other than game

10 things you can do with a 1TB PS4 other than game

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Sony has had huge success with the PlayStation 4 since its launch two years ago, trouncing rival Xbox One in sales figures globally. But while it has been considered the ultimate current gen games machine - even by Sony with its "this is for the players"... >>

18 examples of Photoshop madness: How designers around the world see the same woman

18 examples of Photoshop madness: How designers around the world see the same woman

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We've seen plenty of examples of awful Photoshop manipulation in the past, but Superdrug's "Perceptions of Perfection" experiment reveals some shocking truths. It has been known for quite some time that different designers around the world dramatically... >>

This is the PS4 you've been looking for! Two Star Wars bundles in attack formation

This is the PS4 you've been looking for! Two Star Wars bundles in attack formation

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With two Star Wars coming soon, Disney Infinity 3.0 and Star Wars Battlefront, plus The Force Awakens set to rule cinema box offices, Sony is continuing its trend of releasing special edition PlayStation 4 consoles with a tie-in. There will be two Star... >>

Mad Max preview: Much more than a driving game

Mad Max preview: Much more than a driving game

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When we first saw the official Mad Max game a couple of years ago it was a very different beast to the version shown at Gamescom. To be completely honest, the initial showings of the open world game set in the Mad Max universe (but not tied to the, then,... >>

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 hands-on: Lighter than an iPad in build, but not features

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 hands-on: Lighter than an iPad in build, but not features

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Although Samsung officially announced the Galaxy Tab S2 tablet prior to its Unpacked event, Pocket-lint got the chance to actually hold on at the London leg of its media briefing for the first time. And, we must say, that initial impressions are that... >>

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Plus hands-on: Supersized and sexier than ever

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Plus hands-on: Supersized and sexier than ever

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These days it's hard to keep a lid on new smartphone releases and we think it's safe to say that everybody and their dogs knew that the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Plus (or Galaxy S6 edge +, to give it its Google-unfriendly moniker) was coming. But, seeing... >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 hands-on: Classy evolution but no UK launch currently planned

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 hands-on: Classy evolution but no UK launch currently planned

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We have to admit, our mouths gaped open when we were told that Samsung has strategically decided to not launch the Galaxy Note 5 in the UK. Instead, it will initially only be available in North America and select Asian markets. Samsung UK will concentrate... >>

Samsung Pay: Use your phone with every payment terminal, not just NFC, here's how it works

Samsung Pay: Use your phone with every payment terminal, not just NFC, here's how it works

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Samsung is soon to unleash its own contactless payment system to rival Apple's, which will first be available in the US and Korea, and on the newly announced Galaxy S6 edge Plus and Galaxy Note 5 supersized smartphones. In the way it works it is similar... >>

Want to see mobile and 4G coverage in your area before you sign up to a network? Here's how

Want to see mobile and 4G coverage in your area before you sign up to a network? Here's how

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If you are still on a 3G mobile plan and are considering switching to 4G, or even want to switch mobile provider altogether, after what each offers for the money the next important question you should ask is whether you will get a decent signal in your... >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge Plus launch: Watch the Unpacked event live

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge Plus launch: Watch the Unpacked event live

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Samsung is holding its annual Unpacked event in New York today where, if strong rumours are to be believed, we will be treated to the unveiling of two new 5.7-inch smartphones - the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge Plus. We might even get a sniff... >>

LG smartphone users get two free high-res audio tracks a month

LG smartphone users get two free high-res audio tracks a month

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LG is offering high-resolution audio tracks through its SmartWorld app to owners of its premium smartphones at up to 50 per cent off the usual price. And to give them a taste of the upshift in quality, users get to download two free songs a month. The... >>

10 incredible Star Wars props you could own... including a Stormtrooper helmet worth £60K

10 incredible Star Wars props you could own... including a Stormtrooper helmet worth £60K

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One of the world's largest auctions of film and TV memorabilia will take place on 23 September in the UK and it is crammed with iconic props from some of the biggest action and science fiction franchises. There will be items from the James Bond films,... >>

Crackdown 3 preview: The Xbox One game that is beyond the PS4's capabilities

Crackdown 3 preview: The Xbox One game that is beyond the PS4's capabilities

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One of the Xbox One exclusives that graced Microsoft's E3 2014 press conference was Crackdown 3, in the shape of a reveal trailer, but it was conspicuous by its absence at this year's show in Los Angeles. Thankfully, Gamescom proved a different story,... >>

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Plus release date, rumours, and everything you need to know

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Plus release date, rumours, and everything you need to know

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We've heard that before Samsung unveils the Galaxy Note 5, or maybe even at the same time, it will be supersizing its current Android flagship smartphone. There has been word on the street that a Plus-sized version of the Galaxy S6 edge is on its way.... >>

Forza Motorsport 6 preview: Wet and wild

Forza Motorsport 6 preview: Wet and wild

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We have little more than a month to go until Forza Motorsport 6 hits the Xbox One and in a behind closed doors session at Gamescom in Cologne we found out even more about the driving game sequel that will set it apart from its predecessors. During E3,... >>