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PS Vita sales crash in post holiday slump
PS Vita sales crash in post holiday slump By Ben Crompton

Sony's PS Vita hasn't been out in Japan very long, launching in December 2011, however after a promising start its sales have plummeted, dropping to 18,361 in week five.Although you'd expect a steady decline in sales after any big launch the week five... Read more

Nokia Lumia 800 second update rolls out: Battery improvements incoming
Nokia Lumia 800 second update rolls out: Battery improvements incoming By Ben Crompton

As promised in December Nokia has started the rollout of its second update for the Lumia 800, which amongst other things fixes issues with the phone's battery, and should hopefully reach handsets across the world in the next 2 weeks.This comes after Nokia... Read more

Jerry Yang resigns from Yahoo: A positive move for the Internet giant?
Jerry Yang resigns from Yahoo: A positive move for the Internet giant? By Ben Crompton

After 17 years building up one of the largest web-based companies, co-founder of Yahoo, Jerry Yang is resigning from the board.Yahoo was founded 1995 by Yang and David Filo, and for years saw huge growth as it came to dominate the web, however despite... Read more

PanicGuard for iPhone/Android: World's first police preferred security app
PanicGuard for iPhone/Android: World's first police preferred security app By Ben Crompton

The new PanicGuard app is a way for you to ensure that you have the best possible chance of getting help in the event that you should find yourself in a dangerous or life-threatening situation.Free to download and test, the PanicGuard app will activate... Read more

AMD to offer cheap Intel Ultrabook alternative
AMD to offer cheap Intel Ultrabook alternative By Ben Crompton

Ultrabooks are set to make a big splash in 2012, the thin but powerful form factor clearly a huge advantage for those who need to remain portable. The one snag is the expense, however it has been suggested that AMD is looking to produce a powerful and... Read more

Wikipedia blackout to mark protest against SOPA piracy bill
Wikipedia blackout to mark protest against SOPA piracy bill By Ben Crompton

In an unprecedented move, Wikipedia, the go-to web-based encyclopaedia, has decided to shut down its English-language website for 1 day on 18 January in protest against the US online piracy bill.The decision to "go dark" came out of discussions between... Read more

Apple to digitise classroom with 'Garageband for ebooks'
Apple to digitise classroom with 'Garageband for ebooks' By Ben Crompton

Apple could be about to launch a new platform for for digital textbooks, which it hopes will bring an innovative method for students to interact with the subject matter and all linked to the iTunes platform making it very easy to access. All to be revealed... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: The Sheeps review (iPhone)
APP OF THE DAY: The Sheeps review (iPhone) By Ben Crompton

Quite apart from anything else, a decent platformer, like the one featured in our App of the Day, goes a long way in banishing boredom during the cold winter months.When you start adding an innovative, if characterful, design, multiple methods of level... Read more

Sky Sports Formula 1 speeds onto Virgin Media
Sky Sports Formula 1 speeds onto Virgin Media By Ben Crompton

Virgin Media has announced that it will be showing off the new Formula 1 Sky Sports channel, making the entire Formula 1 Grand Prix 2012 season available to Virgin Media customers.Starting in March the new channel, Sky Sports F1, will be introduced onto... Read more

Lovefilm announces new Disney deal to stream ABC
Lovefilm announces new Disney deal to stream ABC By Ben Crompton

Lovefilm has announced a deal with Disney, which will enable it to stream a wide variety of ABC programming to its members, bringing access to some popular American TV, including Grey's Anatomy and Desperate Housewives.Beginning this month you'll be able... Read more

Apple reveals supplier details to quell worker mistreatment allegations
Apple reveals supplier details to quell worker mistreatment allegations By Ben Crompton

Apple has revealed its list of suppliers in a bid to address criticism over the way it treats workers; there have also been moves made to increase the level and frequency of inspections carried out.Previous criticism was levelled at Apple after employers... Read more

Skype for Windows Phone 7 nears release
Skype for Windows Phone 7 nears release By Ben Crompton

Ever since Skype was taken over by Microsoft back in October 2011, a Skype app for its Windows Phone 7 operating system has been on the cards. And now it looks as though it's nearly here after vice president of Skype division, Rick Osterloh, said: "we're... Read more

Nokia Lumia 900 set for possible US March launch
Nokia Lumia 900 set for possible US March launch By Ben Crompton

The Nokia Lumia 900 could be launching March 2012 according to a Nokia developer newsletter which was posted recently, it also suggests the phone will be available on AT&T.The news comes after the Lumia 900's official unveiling at CES 2012, with the post... Read more

Skype for Mac 5.5 beta update brings calling UI improvements
Skype for Mac 5.5 beta update brings calling UI improvements By Ben Crompton

Skype has announced its 5.5 beta update for Mac which delivers a few new features as well as a host of tweaks.These include improvements to the call UI and tweaks to the call quality; Skype also says that its looked into the stabilisation of its service... Read more

Monster Vektr headphones announced with Diesel design
Monster Vektr headphones announced with Diesel design By Ben Crompton

Monster, in partnership with Diesel, has announced the Vektr series of headphones and earphones, which claim to offer a "premium-quality listening solution that expertly blends the worlds of fashion and great sound."Sadly within the press release there... Read more

New 'Send to Kindle': Non-book PC files to your Amazon ereader
New 'Send to Kindle': Non-book PC files to your Amazon ereader By Ben Crompton

Kindle has announced its new "Send to Kindle" software for the PC which attempts to make it super-easy to send PC files to your Kindle.This has been possible previously using your Send-to-Kindle email address, but that involves a little messing around. The... Read more

Casio Exilim EX-ZR200 high-speed snapper announced
Casio Exilim EX-ZR200 high-speed snapper announced By Ben Crompton

Casio has announced its new flagship compact in the form of the Exilim EX-ZR200 camera, coming with Casio's Rapid Shutter feature which gives it the ability to shoot 30fps at full resolution.Looking at the ZR200's list of features, it's clear that Casio... Read more

Kodak Playfull Dual Wi-Fi camera combines 12MP stills and HD video
Kodak Playfull Dual Wi-Fi camera combines 12MP stills and HD video By Ben Crompton

Kodak has had its fair share of troubles of late, but that hasn't stopped it announcing a few gems at CES 2012 in las Vegas. One of which is the Kodak Playfull Dual camera, which can not only shoot Full HD video but also snap 12-megapixel stills.However,... Read more

Parrot Starck-designed Zik headphones bring NFC to your ears
Parrot Starck-designed Zik headphones bring NFC to your ears By Ben Crompton

Parrot has revealed its new Zik headphones designed by Phillipe Starck, which bring together a massive amount of audio technology in smooth, standout styling.And when we say packed with cutting edge tech, we mean it. First off, the Zik headphones are... Read more

Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi scale shares weight with the web: Foursquare for fatties
Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi scale shares weight with the web: Foursquare for fatties By Ben Crompton

A new set of wireless scales have been launched which allows you to share and upload information about your weight to the web, whilst also dishing out virtual motivational badges along the way.Called the Fitbit Aria, it also measures your BMI and body... Read more

Griffin StudioConnect and MidiConnect for iPhone play well with GarageBand
Griffin StudioConnect and MidiConnect for iPhone play well with GarageBand By Ben Crompton

Griffin has launched a couple of iPhone/iPad accessories that should appeal to iOS music makers, as its MidiConnect and StudioConnect should bring flexibility to any musician working with the OS and its GarageBand software.MIDIConnect joins Griffin's... Read more

Griffin draws on Crayola's expertise: New kid's MyPhones and iPad apps
Griffin draws on Crayola's expertise: New kid's MyPhones and iPad apps By Ben Crompton

Griffin and Crayola have teamed up to bring the next iteration of MyPhones headphones and colouring apps, which have been specifically designed to allow your children to get the most out of their (or most likely your) iPad.We've looked at both the Griffin... Read more

Vimeo app for Android and Windows Phone 7 streams in
Vimeo app for Android and Windows Phone 7 streams in By Ben Crompton

Vimeo has announced the launch of its video app for Android, Amazon Kindle Fire and Windows Phone, all of which will be free to download from the Android Market, Amazon App Store for Android, and Windows Phone Marketplace.A new iPad app also joins its... Read more

Monster iSport Livestrong headphones give you charitable beats
Monster iSport Livestrong headphones give you charitable beats By Ben Crompton

Monster has announced that it is to team up with RadioShack for the launch of the new iSport Livestrong branded in-ear headphones, which are specifically designed for athletes and enthusiasts.However, the design of the headphones might not be everyone's... Read more

Sony's new Handycam range features Full HD 3D and built-in projectors
Sony's new Handycam range features Full HD 3D and built-in projectors By Ben Crompton

Sony has announced its new handycam lineup for 2012 and there's some pretty nifty technology on some of the high-end models, including the CX730E which offers Balanced Optical SteadyShot for even more stable images while walking/zooming; Two new models... Read more

Sony HX8 Bravia TV tops 2012 range with massive Gorilla Glass screen
Sony HX8 Bravia TV tops 2012 range with massive Gorilla Glass screen By Ben Crompton

Sony has launched its 2012 Bravia lineup which delivers four new TVs; not only do they feature Sony's X-Reality, X-Reality PRO and 3D technology for some pretty detailed pictures, but the HX8 model gets a huge sheet of Gorilla Glass for a bezel-less look.The... Read more

Victorinox 1TB Swiss Army knife announced: Tough SSD storage
Victorinox 1TB Swiss Army knife announced: Tough SSD storage By Ben Crompton

Victorinox has announced two new Swiss Army knives which includes a SSD (solid state drive) and Victorinox Slim 3.0 USB, which should give you plenty of options and protection if you need to carry around digital data on a regular basis.The company, which... Read more

Padintosh iPad 2 case revives Apple Macintosh
Padintosh iPad 2 case revives Apple Macintosh By Ben Crompton

A new take on the original Apple Macintosh has been launched at CES 2012 in Las Vegas; called the Padintosh iPad case it'll bring some retro styling to your iPad or iPad 2.The new Padintosh, created by gadget developer thumbsUp, pays tribute to the Apple... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: Keep Calm and Carry On
APP OF THE DAY: Keep Calm and Carry On By Ben Crompton

Created in 1939 by the British Ministry for Information, the Keep Calm and Carry On poster has reached global status and enjoys far more popularity than it ever did during war time.The extensive use of the poster includes businesses in all shapes and... Read more

Pure Contour 200i Air announced packing Apple AirPlay
Pure Contour 200i Air announced packing Apple AirPlay By Ben Crompton

Purehas announced the Contour 200i Air, a powerful and stylish wireless audio system with Apple AirPlay that allows the user to play their music wirelessly via a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or iPod touch without the need to dock the device.There is a growing... Read more

Sky and Zeebox team up for augmented TV viewing
Sky and Zeebox team up for augmented TV viewing By Ben Crompton

Sky and Zeebox are coming in all guns blazing with a brand new venture which will offer the Zeebox augmented TV service within Sky's existing mobile apps - Sky+ and Sky Go.This new venture will allow Sky viewers to connect with friends around TV programmes,... Read more

Samsung InTouch brings Skype and Internet to your TV
Samsung InTouch brings Skype and Internet to your TV By Ben Crompton

Fancy Skype on your TV? Well come March you could have just that with the Samsung inTouch TV accessory. Basically it'll sit on top of any HDTV you might have lying around and enable you to view and be viewed by your Skype buddies.And it's not only Skype... Read more

Samsung Audio Dock brings valve amp sound to iOS and Galaxy S mobiles
Samsung Audio Dock brings valve amp sound to iOS and Galaxy S mobiles By Ben Crompton

Samsung has announced a new audio dock, which brings with it Samsung's hybrid vacuum tube amplifier tech, aiming to blend the efficiency of solid state digital amplifiers with the natural sound drawn from traditional vacuum tubes.Along with the valve-amp... Read more

Samsung smartphones pave way to record Q4 results
Samsung smartphones pave way to record Q4 results By Ben Crompton

Samsung has reported record Q4 2012 profits largely thanks to very strong sales of its smartphone range, which cements its position as the number one mobile manufacturer in the world.Only this year Samsung surpassed Apple as the biggest provider of smartphones... Read more

Sony XQD memory cards coming February: Just right for the new Nikon D4
Sony XQD memory cards coming February: Just right for the new Nikon D4 By Ben Crompton

The Sony XQD memory card has been announced, which will bring super speedy performance to photo enthusiasts and professional photographers for all kinds of image capture.This timely announcement of the Sony XQD cards sits alongside the launch of the Nikon... Read more

iPhone 4S Siri can double data usage
iPhone 4S Siri can double data usage By Ben Crompton

Data usage on the iPhone 4S has been shown to be, on average, double that used on the iPhone 4; this, in no small part being down to the way in which the voice recognition tech Siri allows easy accessibility to the web.The study, carried out by Arieso... Read more

Corning Gorilla Glass 2 announced: Phones to get tougher in 2012
Corning Gorilla Glass 2 announced: Phones to get tougher in 2012 By Ben Crompton

Corning has announced that it will be updating its Gorilla Glass formula, bringing the next generation of tough glass for mobiles and tablets; not only making them hardier beasts, but also allowing for greater flexibility of form factor.Corning Gorilla... Read more

Roku Streaming Stick smartens up your TV
Roku Streaming Stick smartens up your TV By Ben Crompton

Roku has announced its new Streaming Stick which it hopes will be able to compete with the expected influx of internet/smart TVs in 2012.Roku, who has previously brought us its Roku streaming box - similar to the Apple TV box - has decided to place its... Read more

Fujifilm Finepix XP150 and XP100 super-tough cameras announced
Fujifilm Finepix XP150 and XP100 super-tough cameras announced By Ben Crompton

The Fujifilm FinePix XP150, XP100 and XP50 have just been announced and if their spec sheets are anything to go by they're as tough as old boots.The new XP range should deliver a decent choice to anyone who has a penchant for adventure and all three deliver... Read more

Apple TV said to be struggling for top-tier content as 50-inch set rumoured
Apple TV said to be struggling for top-tier content as 50-inch set rumoured By Ben Crompton

Apple is said to be struggling to come up with top-tier content for its Apple TV project, if a report from USA Today is to believed, the article citing an anonymous Apple employee and two television industry sources who claim to have the inside knowledge.The... Read more

Kodak bankruptcy planned as last ditch patent sell off begins
Kodak bankruptcy planned as last ditch patent sell off begins By Ben Crompton

Kodak is preparing for bankruptcy in the US, even though it is attempting to sell off a large amount of digital patents in order to survive.The camera and printer company, established in 1896, has been in trouble for a number of years, and despite inventing... Read more

Fujifilm mirrorless camera leaked, expect full outing at CES
Fujifilm mirrorless camera leaked, expect full outing at CES By Ben Crompton

A new image has emerged from the depths of the web showing off the latest and greatest mirrorless camera from Fujifilm ahead of its rumoured official outing at CES 2012.The camera itself was previously mentioned in early October during a press conference... Read more

Rupert Murdoch joins Twitter following tumultuous 2011
Rupert Murdoch joins Twitter following tumultuous 2011 By Ben Crompton

Rupert Murdoch, one of the most powerful and controversial figures in media, has joined Twitter; and he's gained over 80,000 followers in the short  time he's been a member.The media baron's decision to join the social network follows a tumultuous 2011... Read more

Apple New York event coming in January: TV and iPad 3 unlikely
Apple New York event coming in January: TV and iPad 3 unlikely By Ben Crompton

The new year has only just arrived and already there's an Apple rumour of an upcoming event to be held in New York spreading around the web.However, the report from AllThingsD suggests that any new product announcement will be resigned to the realms of... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: Lumi for iPhone review
APP OF THE DAY: Lumi for iPhone review By Ben Crompton

We've had a great run of AOTD's this year and as we near the end of 2011, we thought we'd feature a cracking game, which is not only very pretty, but plays particularly nicely on the iPhone.Potted from the older Xbox 360 title this game should while away... Read more

Credit Crunch Christmas: Grand Theft Auto 3 iPhone app price slash
Credit Crunch Christmas: Grand Theft Auto 3 iPhone app price slash By Ben Crompton

The Grand Theft  Auto 3 app for the iPhone has seen a price drop with the price being slashed by a pound, dropping from £2.99 to £1.99.It has revamped graphics, some new character models and customised controls for the iPhone's touchscreen. The new... Read more

Credit Crunch Christmas: LG 25-inch LED FULL HD TV
Credit Crunch Christmas: LG 25-inch LED FULL HD TV By Ben Crompton

This is a last minute bargain for anyone wanting to invest in a flatscreen TV for a bit of HD Christmas movie action. And it's Ebuyer Express, via Ebay, that is offering up the LG 25-inch widescreen LED TV for £169.99 - no it is not the biggest goggle... Read more

Nexus S Ice Cream Sandwich update halted as battery issues abound
Nexus S Ice Cream Sandwich update halted as battery issues abound By Ben Crompton

Google has halted the rollout of the Android 4.0 update for the Nexus S, as users started to report problems with the mobile phone's battery.The report comes from the Google Mobile Help forum in which a statement has been posted by Google community manager... Read more

Firefox dependency on Google continues as 3-year search default deal signed
Firefox dependency on Google continues as 3-year search default deal signed By Ben Crompton

Google and Mozilla, the company behind Firefox, have signed a deal that will keep Google as the default search engine within the open-source browser.The last deal, signed in 2008, ran out in November 2011; however, during that time Firefox has seen some... Read more

BT hits at the heart of Google, sues for widespread infringement
BT hits at the heart of Google, sues for widespread infringement By Ben Crompton

British Telecom (BT) has filed a lawsuit against Google, which states the online information giant is infringing six of BT's patents; something that spans right across Google's portfolio, including Google Search, AdSense, Google+, Google Docs,Google Maps,... Read more