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Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction - PS3
4.0 stars Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction - PS3 By Amber Maitland

The PS3 may be a classy console, but where’s the games? What we need is an old school classic – something fun with big guns. It was only a matter of time before PS2 staples Ratchet and Clank popped up on Sony’s new toy. They’re about the closest... Read more

Shooter - DVD
3.0 stars Shooter - DVD By Amber Maitland

Fresh from his scene stealing turn in The Departed, Mark Wahlberg takes lead billing in this Jason Bourne style action thriller about a government sharp shooter wrongly accused of assassinating the US president. When a black ops mission deep in the African... Read more

Fancy toilet plays music and lights up the night
Fancy toilet plays music and lights up the night By Amber Maitland

Fancy a toilet with a difference, or a toilet that does things to keep you occupied while on the throne - here is the latest Japanese invention. Japanese toilet manufacturer Inax has just released their 2007 Satis Asteo Washlet toilet. The new throne... Read more

Terrorists mock-bomb Second Life shops
Terrorists mock-bomb Second Life shops By Amber Maitland

In a sad case of art imitating life, Second Life has suffered a number of terrorist attacks in its virtual world. The Second Life Liberation Army, or SLLA, detonated bombs outside a virtual American Apparel store and a Reebok store. The bombs appear as... Read more

Nikon P5000 prosumer camera unveiled
Nikon P5000 prosumer camera unveiled By Amber Maitland

With PMA around the corner, Nikon has released a clutch of new digital compacts, including a new 10MP prosumer model. The Coolpix P5000 is encased in a faux leather material and has a rubber grip for better holding. Its impressive megapixel count isn't... Read more

K550 and K810 Cyber-shot phones unleashed by Sony Ericsson
K550 and K810 Cyber-shot phones unleashed by Sony Ericsson By Amber Maitland

Apart from the two Walkman models, Sony Ericsson has also launched the K810 and the K550, new phones in the Cyber-shot range. The K810 boasts a 3.2MP camera with autofocus and a flash. Incorporated into the user interface is PhotoFix to help improve your... Read more

Garmin's nüvi 370 and 670 guide through Europe and North America
Garmin's nüvi 370 and 670 guide through Europe and North America By Amber Maitland

Garmin's latest two satnavs, the nüvi 370 and 670, are impressive devices that come with street maps of over 30 countries. The map coverage extends across Europe as well as the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico. In addition, both models incorporate traffic... Read more

Personal GPS Tracker lets you snoop on your loved ones
Personal GPS Tracker lets you snoop on your loved ones By Amber Maitland

Maplin Electronics has launched a rather creepy new device in the form of the Personal GPS Tracker. Meant to be used in times of emergency so that you can be easily found if lost or stranded, it can also be planted on someone or in someone's car, and... Read more

Apple Aperture photo editing software
3.0 stars Apple Aperture photo editing software By Amber Maitland

The first thing you should know about Aperture is that it comes with a very big manual, and for good reason. Despite its attractive user interface, it takes some time to understand not only its organisational system, but also its terminology. Our first... Read more

CES 2007: Samsung unveils 10MP cameraphone and new Ultra Editions
CES 2007: Samsung unveils 10MP cameraphone and new Ultra Editions By Amber Maitland

Samsung has proudly done what no mobile phone manufacturer has done before it, and has launched a 10MP camera phone, the SCH-B600. Also unveiled at CES was a 3.2MP camera phone for the US market, and several Ultra Edition handsets, also destined for the... Read more

Geeks on Wheels
4.5 stars Geeks on Wheels By Amber Maitland

How does someone review a computer repair service, you might wonder. The task becomes a lot easier when your computer dies at precisely the time you hear of a new service, because it's obviously going to require some serious work in order to get it up... Read more

Vodka.com sold for $3 million
Vodka.com sold for $3 million By Amber Maitland

A Russian billionaire has paid one of the highest prices ever for a generic domain name, shelling out $3 million for vodka.com. Broker Sedo.com broke the news as it acted as the sales agent in the deal, which is part of an attempt by Russian Standard... Read more

LG signs up Prada to design a new mobile
LG signs up Prada to design a new mobile By Amber Maitland

LG is not to be left out of the couture-designer tie-in, and has announced a partnership with Prada in the development of a new mobile phone model. The companies are taking a slightly different approach to, for example, Motorola and Dolce and Gabbana,... Read more

Phishing site domains shouldn't be registered
Phishing site domains shouldn't be registered By Amber Maitland

Security analysts and anti-malware organisations are going after the those who spread viruses and other pieces of nasty software. Security analyst F-Secure is asking domain-name registration companies to be more pro-active in stopping phishing sites from... Read more

Motorola takes the iTunes out of the MOTOROKR E6
Motorola takes the iTunes out of the MOTOROKR E6 By Amber Maitland

The babbling crowd of people who believe that Apple's iPhone is just around the corner are rejoicing at the news of Motorola's MOTOROKR E6, which ships without iTunes. The MOTOROKR had previously been the closest thing to an iPhone, with white styling... Read more

LG flourishes the U830 Chocolate slider
LG flourishes the U830 Chocolate slider By Amber Maitland

LG has finally brought the Chocolate folder phone to the UK. The U830 has a slightly better feature set that the original Chocolate slider, but is designed around the same look. Although the U830 is a 3G phone, LG says that it can achieve HSDPA (3.5G)... Read more

Be-ez LEvertigo and LE13 laptop bags
3.5 stars Be-ez LEvertigo and LE13 laptop bags By Amber Maitland

Be-ez is bringing two new laptop bags to the UK in an effort to expand from the iPod cases and laptop sleeves that are currently on offer. We got our hands on the LE13 and the LEvertigo models to see how they hold up against the competition. The LE13... Read more

Fatman launches Fatboy speakers, iTube Valve Dock, and FatFones in the UK
Fatman launches Fatboy speakers, iTube Valve Dock, and FatFones in the UK By Amber Maitland

Audiophiles, rejoice, as we’ve got news of all sorts of speakers for you today, including both iPod and non-iPod devices. The Fatboy by Fatman is a set of spacey looking globe-shaped speakers that deliver linear frequency characteristics, good volume... Read more

Mozilla patches flaws in Firefox, Thunderbird, and SeaMonkey
Mozilla patches flaws in Firefox, Thunderbird, and SeaMonkey By Amber Maitland

Mozilla has released updates for three of its open-source applications, namely Firefox, Thunderbird, and SeaMonkey, which is a developer kit. Bugs found in Thunderbird and now patched include an error in the handling of Script objects, and errors in the... Read more

Fujifilm adds Face Detection to Z series with the Z5fd
Fujifilm adds Face Detection to Z series with the Z5fd By Amber Maitland

Fujifilm has launched the next model in their Z series, the Z5fd, for the first time with Face Detection technology.This is Fujifilm’s proprietary technology that locks on to faces and follows them to keep them in focus until they move out of frame... Read more

Microsoft takes on Google Earth with Virtual Earth 3D
Microsoft takes on Google Earth with Virtual Earth 3D By Amber Maitland

Microsoft has launched a new mapping service, dubbed Virtual Earth 3D, to rival Google Earth. The online application lets users view a three-dimensional map of, initially, 15 US cities when they use Live Search. Users can also view two-dimensional maps,... Read more

Surfing the Internet on your mobile becomes a reality
Surfing the Internet on your mobile becomes a reality By Amber Maitland

Anyone that believed the hype when WAP launched at the end of the last century may perhaps have imagined that nearly 7 years on we'd all be permanently tapped into the web, being constantly fed information via our phones. The networks certainly believed... Read more

BookMuncher software helps you to speed read
BookMuncher software helps you to speed read By Amber Maitland

New software developed by BookMuncher claims to improve your reading speed to up to 1200 words per minute, rather than the usual 150WPM. The software uses a new technique called Rapid Serial Visualisation Presentation that displays a document word by... Read more

Microsoft and Novell team up over open source solutions
Microsoft and Novell team up over open source solutions By Amber Maitland

Microsoft and Novell have announced a collaboration on Windows and Linux interoperability in a move that came straight out of left field for most of us. The two software companies have announced a set of agreements to build, market, and support a series... Read more

Microsoft unveils Zune site, prepares to downgrade MSN Music
Microsoft unveils Zune site, prepares to downgrade MSN Music By Amber Maitland

The Zune revolution is coming. Microsoft is gearing up for the Zune’s launch in 2 weeks by unveiling a new website the previews the upcoming Zune music store. The company has also said that MSN Music will no longer sell tracks after the Zune store has... Read more

United Nations forum considers internet issues
United Nations forum considers internet issues By Amber Maitland

The United Nations’ Internet Governance Forum held in Athens this week has been trying to address several issues problems that face internet users today. Forum members examined a bill of rights proposed by civil liberties group IP Justice that aims... Read more

Mozilla to release Firefox 2.0 tomorrow
Mozilla to release Firefox 2.0 tomorrow By Amber Maitland

Mozilla is to release the new version of its Firefox browser, version 2.0, tomorrow on 24 October, just a few days after Microsoft launched Internet Explorer 7. The browser is Microsoft's chief rival for surfing the web, and claims up to a 30% share in... Read more

More delays hit Sony with BDP-S1 and LocationFree box pushed back
More delays hit Sony with BDP-S1 and LocationFree box pushed back By Amber Maitland

More of Sony's products have been hit with delays after the news that there might be a problem with delivering on the target launch date for the PS3 in the US. A quick look at Sony's website for the US shows that its Blu-ray player, the BDP-S1 has been... Read more

Microsoft releases new version of AutoRoute with GPS
Microsoft releases new version of AutoRoute with GPS By Amber Maitland

Microsoft has launched an new version of their mapping software for notebook computers: AutoRoute 2007 with GPS Locator. The new GPS locator is a SiRF Star III that promises to be 10 times more sensitive than the previous version and receive a strong... Read more

Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 ready for download
Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 ready for download By Amber Maitland

After a lapse of 5 years without an update, Microsoft has finally released the latest version of its web browser, Internet Explorer. IE7 is available now to download from Microsoft's website, and will be distributed gradually as an automatic update that... Read more

Stream your home TV via LocationFree to the Sony Ericsson P990 smartphone
Stream your home TV via LocationFree to the Sony Ericsson P990 smartphone By Amber Maitland

Your entertainment system can now be enjoyed in a slightly smaller format on the Sony Ericsson P990 smartphone because of a linkup with Sony's LocationFree device. The LocationFree connects your home entertainment system as well as your broadband internet... Read more

NME launches new format HD player, promises multi-format player in January
NME launches new format HD player, promises multi-format player in January By Amber Maitland

NME, the company that announced recently that it had developed a new, low-cost, multi-format disc, has now launched its first-generation HD VMD player, which plays an entirely new type of HD media that NME has developed. But it has even great things up... Read more

Microsoft rushes to release security patch for VML flaw
Microsoft rushes to release security patch for VML flaw By Amber Maitland

Microsoft has issued an emergency patch for a flaw in Internet Explorer that had been exploited widely since it was found. The bug, found in the Vector Markup Language, or VML component of IE had been used by Russia-based porn website that contained malicious... Read more

British Library develops web crawling system for preserving webpages
British Library develops web crawling system for preserving webpages By Amber Maitland

The internet is an ever-changing repository of information, where pages disappear as quickly as new ones appear. The British Library is part of a group of institutions working to preserve digital data presented on the internet for future generations and... Read more

Ulead releases PhotoImpact 12 image and video editing software
Ulead releases PhotoImpact 12 image and video editing software By Amber Maitland

Ulead has released the latest version of its consumer image editing software, PhotoImpact 12, with a number of new features designed to make operation even simpler. The key addition to the programmed is the new ExpressFix mode, which is a simplified interface... Read more

Weblo.com's founder Rocky Mirza explains how he's creating a better world
Weblo.com's founder Rocky Mirza explains how he's creating a better world By Amber Maitland

Ever fancied being President of the United States? Or wanted to take control of the City of London from Ken Livingston? In Weblo world, you can.The brainchild of Rocky Mirza, and financed in part by former MySpace chairman Richard Rosenblatt, Weblo offers... Read more

EBay slapped with lawsuit by Louis Vuitton and Dior Couture
EBay slapped with lawsuit by Louis Vuitton and Dior Couture By Amber Maitland

EBay is being hit with a lawsuit in a Paris court by designer-good company LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, which alleges that eBay doesn’t do enough to restrict the sale of counterfeit goods on the site. LVMH’s Louis Vuitton is claiming €20million... Read more

Medium format 6 x 17 camera features 160MP of resolution
Medium format 6 x 17 camera features 160MP of resolution By Amber Maitland

Lovers of the 6 x 17 medium format camera will rejoice at the news that Seitz has brought out a digital model. The catch is that it pumps out 1GB files per image with 160MP of resolution, and that, unlike the little old Fuji analogue model, it’s not... Read more

Sony adds to its ES range with new receivers, a CD player, and an amplifier
Sony adds to its ES range with new receivers, a CD player, and an amplifier By Amber Maitland

Sony has extended its ES range of AV receivers, and has reaffirmed its commitment to music with a new SACD/CD player and amplifier. The new ES range is designed with interoperability in mind, as well as similar styling, so that they work together in a... Read more

Fujifilm FinePix Z3 Zoom digital camera
3.5 stars Fujifilm FinePix Z3 Zoom digital camera By Amber Maitland

Fujifilm unabashedly markets the Z3 Zoom squarely at the female market, saying that the technology incorporated into the camera is ideally suited for taking the images that women snap the most – people pictures captured in low-light, presumably on a... Read more

Sony launches two new LocationFree Base Stations, plus a TV Box
Sony launches two new LocationFree Base Stations, plus a TV Box By Amber Maitland

Sony has unveiled another three devices in its LocationFree range that lets users stream broadcasts to any broadband-connected PC. Two of the devices – the LF-B10 and LF-B20 – are new base stations, while the third is a LocationFree TV Box, an entirely... Read more

Lexar JumpDrive Firefly
3.5 stars Lexar JumpDrive Firefly By Amber Maitland

Flash drives are a dime a dozen these days. One gig flash drives can be bought for as little as £15, but more robust, solid-feeling models will cost double that or more. Lexar’s latest offering to the flash drive market is the JumpDrive Firefly, a... Read more

Hercules webcam combines great features with a small price
Hercules webcam combines great features with a small price By Amber Maitland

Most high-spec webcams are quite expensive, but Hercules has managed to combine a range of impressive features with a low price of just £40. The Dualpix HD offers superior photographic quality with 5MP capture and a 1.3Mp sensor for videos. It also boasts... Read more

Canon launches EOS 400D SLR
Canon launches EOS 400D SLR By Amber Maitland

Canon, as expected, has today launched the successor to the hugely popular EOS 350D. The EOS 400D features a 10.1MP CMOS sensor, adding 2MP more than its predecessor, and features a new EOS Integrated Cleaning System to ensure the sensor remains dust... Read more

New 3G Sony Ericsson K618 features 2.0MP camera
New 3G Sony Ericsson K618 features 2.0MP camera By Amber Maitland

Sony Ericsson is launching another 3G phone, the K618, which looks an awful lot like the K610im, which is still listed as “coming soon” on the company’s website. The new phone is a slim, lightweight model in a candybar form that will deliver super... Read more

PokerWize launches online poker game with VoIP capability
PokerWize launches online poker game with VoIP capability By Amber Maitland

PokerWize.com is launching the world's first virtual reality, 3D and Voice Chat enabled poker game this summer. Combing VoIP with video gaming technology means that players across the world will be able to interact with voice whilst playing poker online.... Read more

SilverPhone mobile phone
SilverPhone mobile phone By Amber Maitland

Pocket-lint was given the chance to look at a pre-production model of a new device that will offer a the older generation a chance to have a mobile phone without the confusion of a modern day device. With mobile phones becoming more and more confusing... Read more

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