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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Read more

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc HD photos emerge ahead of CES
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc HD photos emerge ahead of CES By Ben Crompton

New photos of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc HD (aka Nozomi) have emerged along with more possible specs to add to the ones Pocket-lint already covered earlier Read more

APP OF THE DAY: New Group review (WP7)
APP OF THE DAY: New Group review (WP7) By Ben Crompton

When faced with a problem it's often the case that a direct solution - one that deals with the issue in its entirety - is not possible. And this is when Read more

Free 50GB Box storage comes to LG and Xperia mobiles
Free 50GB Box storage comes to LG and Xperia mobiles By Ben Crompton

Those of you sporting a Sony Ericsson Xperia mobile or an LG handset are in line for a huge amount of extra memory for your phone, as Box.net is teaming Read more

LG Ice Cream Sandwich lineup confirmed: Is yours in the list?
LG Ice Cream Sandwich lineup confirmed: Is yours in the list? By Ben Crompton

LG has confirmed which of its mobiles will be getting the upgrade to the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, and, as expected, the list mainly Read more

Starbucks One Touch iPhone payments app comes to UK
Starbucks One Touch iPhone payments app comes to UK By Ben Crompton

Starbucks has announced that it will be bringing it's mobile payment app already available Stateside to the UK in the new year. The one-touch mobile app Read more

APP OF THE DAY: Orbital review (WP7)
APP OF THE DAY: Orbital review (WP7) By Ben Crompton

There's no doubt that Windows Phone 7 titles, especially games, seem a little on the pricey side compared to their iPhone counterparts, so when you do Read more

Siri cracked: Race begins for Android version before Apple blocks
Siri cracked: Race begins for Android version before Apple blocks By Ben Crompton

Apple's voice recognition system has been cracked by a group of French app developers named Applidium; in short, meaning the protocol used to transmit Read more

BlackBerry London replaces Colt as first BBX handset
BlackBerry London replaces Colt as first BBX handset By Ben Crompton

A new handset has emerged from RIM that looks like it'll be the first BBX-based handset, Called the BlackBerry London it is said to be launching some time Read more

Philips Xelsis Digital ID: A fingerprint away from the perfect cuppa
Philips Xelsis Digital ID: A fingerprint away from the perfect cuppa By Ben Crompton

Waking up is always a bit of a chore, however one thing that can make the whole getting-up-and-facing-the-day routine a little less arduous is the morning Read more

iPod nano first gen: Buy one get one free 5 years later
iPod nano first gen: Buy one get one free 5 years later By Ben Crompton

Apple has announced a recall on its first-gen iPod nano, asking customers to send the product back to them in exchange for a replacement model.Five years Read more

RIM's BBX mobiles to break from current BlackBerry form factor, will support BES
RIM's BBX mobiles to break from current BlackBerry form factor, will support BES By Ben Crompton

The new set of smartphones that will be coming from RIM next year will be changing style, bringing PlayBook like resolution and screen ratio to its mobiles. Read more

Amazon Flow augemented reality iPhone app helps you make those difficult choices
Amazon Flow augemented reality iPhone app helps you make those difficult choices By Ben Crompton

Amazon - specifically the Amazon subsidiary A9.com - has just announced a brand new iPhone app that will allow you to scan items from the shop floor and Read more

PayPal all-in-one debit card lightens your wallet
PayPal all-in-one debit card lightens your wallet By Ben Crompton

PayPal has recently given a glimpse of the way it sees future in-store payments taking place with a new PayPal Wallet, which it hopes will replace all Read more

Gmail app for iPhone launching soon
Gmail app for iPhone launching soon By Ben Crompton

According to reports from MG Seigler, on his blog parislemon, Google is about to launch a native iOS Gmail app, which should bring some nice, new functionality Read more

LG Optimus Android Gingerbread update lands
LG Optimus Android Gingerbread update lands By Ben Crompton

LG has finally brought Android Gingerbread 2.3 to its range of Optimus handsets; the new version of the operating system replaces Android Froyo and  will Read more

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