Features archive

  • Were there next-gen consoles at E3?
    Gaming

    Were there next-gen consoles at E3?

    By 7 June 2012

    Watch Dogs stole the show at E3. The surprise announcement from Ubisoft had jaws dropping at the sight of some of the prettiest-looking graphics ever seen. In fact, the graphics have been so good that some believe the demo could only be running on a next...

  • Nintendo Wii U, Xbox SmartGlass and PS Vita: second screen entertainment explored
    Gaming

    Nintendo Wii U, Xbox SmartGlass and PS Vita: second screen entertainment explored

    By 7 June 2012

    Second screen has been the battle cry of the those searching for the next frontier in home entertainment since the dawn of the iPad, and now E3 2012 has focused the idea very much upon the specific world of gaming. We all had a pretty good idea of what...

  • Best Nintendo Wii U accessories
    Gaming

    Best Nintendo Wii U accessories

    By 6 June 2012

    Despite still being months away from its rumoured Christmas release date, the Wii U is already getting itself glammed up with a selection of accessories. The console hardware is now finalised and manufacturers are starting to come up with all sorts of...

  • The wonderful, wacky, and touch enabled Ultrabooks of tomorrow
    Laptops

    The wonderful, wacky, and touch enabled Ultrabooks of tomorrow

    By 6 June 2012

    Intel is making big plans for its Ultrabooks, or maybe we should say for its partners' Ultrabooks. Not only is the company planning on integrating every sensor imaginable - be it light, sound, temperature, motion or just about anything else you can think...

  • Best games from E3 2012
    Gaming

    Best games from E3 2012

    By 5 June 2012

    It's the most wonderful time of the year. No, not Christmas. This is E3 2012, the biggest games convention of the lot, and while it's a time of temptation as much as anything else, at least you get a chance to see what it is that you'll need to be saving...

  • Forza Horizon: Everything you need to know
    Gaming

    Forza Horizon: Everything you need to know

    By 4 June 2012

    Forza Horizon has until now existed only in the form of a very cryptic live-action trailer. All we really knew was it involved the Chemical Brothers, there was a road and cars were going to be driving down it. This is all about to change: read on and...

  • Rob da Bank talks technology and music
    Audio

    Rob da Bank talks technology and music

    By 4 June 2012

    Fun-loving grammar criminal will.i.am recently told Pocket-lint a rather astonishing thing: 10 years ago, if he wanted to send a track to a million people, he would need to record in a studio, print to CD and then ship a copy to each person. Now will.i.am...

  • Windows 8 tips for non-touch users
    Laptops

    Windows 8 tips for non-touch users

    By 1 June 2012

    The Windows 8 Release Preview download is out and available for all to install and, if you’re a regular here at Pocket-lint and of the non-Mac persuasion, it’s well worth doing. In fact, according to Microsoft, it’s even worth doing if you run a...

  • How to install Windows 8 on a Mac
    Online

    How to install Windows 8 on a Mac

    By 1 June 2012

    You are intrigued aren't you? While you brag about OS X to your mates there is something rising inside you that just wants to see what all the fuss is about. You want to have a go to see what all your PC owning friends are going to be using, and as it...

  • Microsoft Windows 8 Release Preview: download or not?
    Laptops

    Microsoft Windows 8 Release Preview: download or not?

    By 31 May 2012

    The Microsoft Windows 8 Release Preview download presents a simple choice for the tech enthusiast of the PC persuasion: should you install it or not? Well, first, it’s probably a good idea to know what a release preview build is. So far, Microsoft has...

  • Netflix vs Lovefilm
    Televisions

    Netflix vs Lovefilm

    By 31 May 2012

    Netflix has landed and immediately gone for the jugular of the most popular movie streaming service in the UK - Lovefilm. Netflix are pushing out an immense amount of content at launch and, like its rival, granting new users a month's free trial to check...

  • Best Samsung Galaxy S III accessories
    Phones

    Best Samsung Galaxy S III accessories

    By 29 May 2012

    So, you've just decided you'll be picking the Samsung Galaxy S III over the HTC One X and the iPhone 5. Good for you. The best news now is that you might have some spare change, but before you go blowing it on something extravagant like overpaying on...

  • Best iPhone games: casual
    Apps

    Best iPhone games: casual

    By 28 May 2012

    Sometimes the best kind of apps are the ones you can just pick up and play. Instantaneous fun for the train, bus or any other boring situation, they are ideal time fillers to pull out of your pocket. Consider these guys the iPhone classics - easy to play,...

  • Which smartphone is best for the sun?
    Phones

    Which smartphone is best for the sun?

    By 25 May 2012

    A couple of days of sunshine and we think we are all set for the summer, but if you plan to spend most of your time outside rather than inside what is the best phone for you to be able to see the screen in the sun? We grabbed a handful of phones in the...

  • The changing face of movie special effects
    Online

    The changing face of movie special effects

    By 25 May 2012

    According to George Lucas, special effects are "cool". A lot of directors rely on special effects to make things exciting on screen but how does adding new technology affect everyone else in the movie-making business? Florence Carter is a special effects...

  • Facebook Camera: Another social network swallowed whole
    Online

    Facebook Camera: Another social network swallowed whole

    By 25 May 2012

    Facebook has launched yet another service in its bulging platter of offerings, this time aimed squarely at the mobile end of its equation. Facebook Camera is for those who just want the pictures. Whether that’s cruising those of your friends or uploading...

  • Magic Town: the app aiming to bring children's books to life
    Apps

    Magic Town: the app aiming to bring children's books to life

    By 23 May 2012

    It didn’t take long after the iPad arrived to see that young children could use them. In fact, so simple and so compelling is that large, glass, iOS interface that even small pets were getting in on the action. So, while games have been the first big...

  • Running blind: How Simon Wheatcroft uses his iPhone to see
    Phones

    Running blind: How Simon Wheatcroft uses his iPhone to see

    By 22 May 2012

    When Simon Wheatcroft says to his wife that he is going for a run, it's not the kind of run that you or I would take lightly. Blind by the age of 17, the 29-year-old student who classes himself an ultra-runner, trains solo with only the help of his iPhone...

  • Dragon’s Dogma for real: Pocket-lint becomes a medieval warrior for the day
    Gaming

    Dragon’s Dogma for real: Pocket-lint becomes a medieval warrior for the day

    By 21 May 2012

    What does it take to be a man? Bob Dylan would argue that it involves a lot of walking, Westlife never really managed to answer the question and the Vikings seemed to think it involved drinking mead from horns, getting tattoos and battering each other...

  • What is So.cl?
    Online

    What is So.cl?

    By 21 May 2012

    Microsoft has broadened its palate of services with another foray into the social scene with the appropriately named web application So.cl. While this is neither the first time that the Ballmer gang has taken some steps down this avenue nor a big shock...

  • ICANN and the dot anything: do we care about domain names?
    Online

    ICANN and the dot anything: do we care about domain names?

    By 18 May 2012

    Do we still care about .com and .co.uk? Does anyone even bother with www.? Well thanks to ICANN, a body in charge of licensing new top-level domain names, the way we search for a website might be about to change. Most people who type Google into an address...

  • Is China the new Japan?
    Phones

    Is China the new Japan?

    By 17 May 2012

    "By 2015 China will have more than 650 million people connected and online.”  These were the words of HP's CEO Meg Whitman at the company’s recent conference in Shanghai. “China is just below the worldwide average at about 200 PCs per 1000,”...

  • Somerset House venue map marked on Bing as Microsoft’s mobile search focus goes local
    Phones

    Somerset House venue map marked on Bing as Microsoft’s mobile search focus goes local

    By 16 May 2012

    You’ll be able to get a much closer look at Somerset House from today without even needing to set foot in London, thanks to Microsoft and its increasingly popular Bing Maps. Head over to the service on either desktop or mobile and you’ll find a detailed...

  • GetTaxi: the smartphone app that brings the cabs to you
    Apps

    GetTaxi: the smartphone app that brings the cabs to you

    By 8 May 2012

    Taking a black taxi in London is not cheap but now it can at least be convenient, thanks to good old technology. The app revolution has hit one of the oldest professions and one of the company’s that’s causing the biggest disturbances in the market...

  • Samsung Galaxy S III: TouchWiz UI explored
    Phones

    Samsung Galaxy S III: TouchWiz UI explored

    By 4 May 2012

    The Samsung Galaxy S III has turned up with just as much a media storm as has followed it since we first got wind back in May 2011. Finally, we know what this Android superphone is all about. While a rundown of the hardware and specs is useful for an...