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  • A week in reviews: 14 - 18 April
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    A week in reviews: 14 - 18 April

    By 16 hours ago

    It's a big week for phones. Not only has the developer preview for Windows Phone 8.1 been unleashed - which, but of course, we've reviewed - but we've unveiled our review of the flagship Sony Xperia Z2. Waterproof, premium, powerful - is it the flagship...

  • A week in reviews: 21 - 25 October
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    A week in reviews: 21 - 25 October

    By 26 October 2013

    This week it's all about computing. Well, largely about computing. We've been treated to the second generation of Microsoft laptop-meets-tablet devices in the shape of the Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2, the latter a head-to-head dead ringer against the...

  • Apple OS X Mavericks review
    Laptops 5 out of 5

    Apple OS X Mavericks review

    By 23 October 2013

    The latest Apple OS X operating system, version 10.9, better known as Mavericks, has arrived. And it's a free upgrade to anyone running OS X Snow Leopard and above. Not only does Mavericks kill off the animal-based naming system, it also promises a host...

  • OS X Mavericks release date and price: Available now and it's free
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    OS X Mavericks release date and price: Available now and it's free

    By 22 October 2013

    OS X Mavericks, Apple's new PC operating system, is now available to download from the App Store. And it's free. The new operating system adds a number of features, including a focus on battery life and a range of optimisations to make your Mac hardware...

  • Windows 8.1 review
    Laptops 4.5 out of 5

    Windows 8.1 review

    By 17 October 2013

    Windows 8 continues to be a product that attracts a lot of complaining. Some of that complaining is justified - at least to some extent - and some of it isn't. But no matter what we think of Windows 8, if the customers aren't on board, then the operating...

  • A week in reviews: 16 - 20 September
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    A week in reviews: 16 - 20 September

    By 21 September 2013

    It's Grand Theft Auto V week. It's also Apple week with both the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S all reviewed in full, along with the latest iOS 7 operating system for Apple's mobile devices. Plus we've been spending time with the Sony Xperia Z1 smartphone. Talk...

  • iOS 7 rumoured to roll-out to Apple devices on 10 September
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    iOS 7 rumoured to roll-out to Apple devices on 10 September

    By 27 August 2013

    The rumour mill has all but put up a flashing neon sign declaring that Apple's iPhone 5S and 5C will be announced on 10 September. But they're not expected to go on sale for a further week at least. So where does that leave those waiting for iOS 7? ...

  • OS X Mavericks wallpaper available for download
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    OS X Mavericks wallpaper available for download

    By 11 June 2013

    Apple announced its new OS X on Monday, dubbed OS X Mavericks, but unless you've got a developer pass and fancy dabbling with beta software for the next five months or so we wouldn't recommend you download it One alternatively though, is to give yourself...

  • Microsoft Windows Blue renamed Windows 8.1, internet collectively yawns
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    Microsoft Windows Blue renamed Windows 8.1, internet collectively yawns

    By 2 April 2013

    Microsoft has allegedly come up with a new name for the major update to Windows that until  now has been codenamed Windows Blue. It's catchy. It's punchy. It's actually neither of these things. It is Windows 8.1. Yep, according to one of ZDNet's tipsters,...

  • Canonical: First Ubuntu smartphones shipping in October
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    Canonical: First Ubuntu smartphones shipping in October

    By 7 February 2013

    Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth has announced that the first Ubuntu smartphones will be available in October, following the Ubuntu for Mobile platform reveal in early January. The Wall Street Journal reports the smartphone line launch is more firm...

  • BlackBerry signs Alicia Keys as global creative director
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    BlackBerry signs Alicia Keys as global creative director

    By 30 January 2013

    Singer and music artist Alicia Keys has been signed by BlackBerry - formerly RIM - to be the brand's global creative director. She will be using the newly released BlackBerry 10 smartphone BlackBerry Z10 to document her experiences when on her global...

  • New BlackBerry World store goes live in anticipation for BlackBerry 10
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    New BlackBerry World store goes live in anticipation for BlackBerry 10

    By 30 January 2013

    You'd have to live in a cave not to know that RIM's new mobile device operating system, BlackBerry 10, was launching today. A cave with no doors, windows or internet connection. At 3pm UK time, the company will be hosting launch events across the globe...

  • BlackBerry 10 launch: How to follow the action
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    BlackBerry 10 launch: How to follow the action

    By 30 January 2013

    It has been well over a year since RIM first announced that it was working on BlackBerry 10 - then called BBX but quickly renamed BlackBerry OS 10 - and now the day has come when it will unveil its efforts to the world. Officially, at least. There have...

  • BlackBerry World for BB10 to take on iTunes at its own game, with music, movies and TV shows
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    BlackBerry World for BB10 to take on iTunes at its own game, with music, movies and TV shows

    By 28 January 2013

    Research in Motion has announced that for the launch on Wednesday of its next-generation mobile device operating system BlackBerry 10, the new BlackBerry World store will offer an "extensive catalogue" of movies, TV shows and music. Most movies, it says,...

  • Microsoft hikes Windows 8 prices, now starting at $119
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    Microsoft hikes Windows 8 prices, now starting at $119

    By 18 January 2013

    Microsoft has announced new pricing for Windows 8 beginning 1 February, doing away with its cheap $39.99 upgrade from Windows 7.  Boasting "good momentum with Windows 8", the upgrade edition will now be available for $119 and the Pro upgrade edition...

  • Ubuntu phone pictures and hands-on
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    Ubuntu phone pictures and hands-on

    By 3 January 2013

    The Ubuntu phone operating system is set to join the ever-increasing ranks of smartphone platforms in 2013 and looks to be offering something worth grabbing hold of. Pocket-lint was at the global launch of the software to get hands-on with the beta version....

  • Windows Phone 8 doing considerably better than WP7, if you look at Facebook active users
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    Windows Phone 8 doing considerably better than WP7, if you look at Facebook active users

    By 10 December 2012

    Windows Phone 8 has had a much faster uptake than Windows Phone 7, if Facebook is anything to go by. Since launch, there have been more than four times the number of people using the social network via the WP8 app than there were using the WP7 version...

  • 40 million sign up to Windows 8
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    40 million sign up to Windows 8

    By 28 November 2012

    Microsoft has confirmed that it has sold 40 million Windows 8 licences since launching the operating system in October. “The journey is just beginning, but I am pleased to announce today that we have sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses so far,” Tami...

  • Windows chief Steven Sinofsky quits Microsoft
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    Windows chief Steven Sinofsky quits Microsoft

    By 13 November 2012

    Microsoft's president of Windows and Windows Live, Steven Sinofsky, is leaving the company only a couple of weeks after Windows 8 was launched worldwide. At present, the reasons for his departure are unknown as is his destination, but the company will...

  • Happy birthday Android, 5-years-old today!
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    Happy birthday Android, 5-years-old today!

    By 5 November 2012

    Android is five-years-old today. First announced on 5 November 2007, Google's mobile phone operating system has rapidly grown into the number one operating system in the world. As we reported at the end of last week, Android now has 75 per cent market...

  • Innovation of the Year: 9th Pocket-lint Gadget Awards contenders
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    Innovation of the Year: 9th Pocket-lint Gadget Awards contenders

    By 2 November 2012

    One of the more intriguing categories at the Pocket-lint Gadget Awards is Innovation of the Year. It’s open to all kinds of gadgets, software, apps, websites and just about anything else that we might write about on our good pages of this hive of technology...

  • Windows Phone 8 officially launched
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    Windows Phone 8 officially launched

    By 29 October 2012

    Microsoft has officially launched the latest consumer version of its smartphone operating system, Windows Phone 8. Speaking at the company's San Francisco press event, Joe Belfiore, manager of the Windows Phone programme talked us through the new OS...

  • Microsoft launches Windows 8... with no surprises
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    Microsoft launches Windows 8... with no surprises

    By 25 October 2012

    Microsoft has officially launched the latest version of its PC operating system, Windows 8. At its dedicated event in New York, where Pocket-lint was in attendance, the company lifted the lid on both the desktop and laptop versions of the software and...

  • Londoners get to try and buy Windows 8 first at Currys & PC World
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    Londoners get to try and buy Windows 8 first at Currys & PC World

    By 22 October 2012

    London's Tottenham Court Road branch of Currys & PC World will be the first in the UK to sell Windows 8 on its launch day this Friday, 26 October. The shop will open at one minute past midnight and offer a number of other incentives to lure PC fans into...

  • Samsung to merge Bada with Tizen for open-source OS, more Wave handsets to come?
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    Samsung to merge Bada with Tizen for open-source OS, more Wave handsets to come?

    By 11 October 2012

    Samsung has confirmed that it plans to merge its own Bada mobile operating system with the HTML5-based Tizen OS, suggesting future Samsung Wave handsets are in the pipeline.  A merging between the two operating systems was mooted at the start of the...