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BBC iPlayer celebrates: Record 1.3bn requests for 2010

BBC iPlayer celebrates: Record 1.3bn requests for 2010

By Ben Crompton

The BBC has published its stats for its iPlayer service, and it makes for some impressive reading as Auntie celebrates "a record breaking 2010". Throughout 2010 the BBC is reporting that its iPlayer has dealt with 1.3 billion streaming requests throughout... Read more

Medion Akoya P6624 launches as Sainsbury's exclusive

Medion Akoya P6624 launches as Sainsbury's exclusive

By Ben Crompton

Medion has just announced the launch of a high performance laptop, which is going on sale exclusively through Sainsbury's. The Medion Akoya P6624 gets a 15.6-inch LED-backlight HD display, along with an Intel Core i5-460M processor, 4GB memory and 640GB... Read more

App-vent - day 22: Fuzzle Christmas

App-vent - day 22: Fuzzle Christmas

By Ben Crompton

Everyone enjoys a little taster, whether it's at your local delicatessen in order to try a couple of choice cheeses; at the cinema, viewing the trailers for upcoming films or trying out the latest console title at your local games retailer.Our app-vent... Read more

App-vent Calendar - day 21: Christmas Sweater-izer

App-vent Calendar - day 21: Christmas Sweater-izer

By Ben Crompton

In the lead up to Christmas Day Pocket-lint thought it a good idea to replace its regular App of the Day slot with something a little more festive. Then, from one of Pocket-lint's famous all-night brain storming sessions the App-vent Calendar was spawned... Read more

iPad success sees rise of two tablet household

iPad success sees rise of two tablet household

By Ben Crompton

A recent survey from YouGov highlights the rise of the two tablet household, revealing that nearly 17 per cent of Apple iPad owners state "that there is more than one tablet in their household, either owned by themselves or another family member". If... Read more

App-vent Calendar - day 20: Amateur Surgeon Christmas Edition

App-vent Calendar - day 20: Amateur Surgeon Christmas Edition

By Ben Crompton

There can't be many of us who haven't at some point thought it would be a good crack to perform some impromptu amateur surgery on a sickly friend, whether it being pulling a tooth, or removing a troublesome mole.As a rule this kind of naive knife-play... Read more

Microsoft looks to improve Kinect accuracy

Microsoft looks to improve Kinect accuracy

By Ben Crompton

It's is possible that Microsoft may be planning to issue a firmware update to its Kinect device, which would produce a far more accurate gaming experience than currently available. This is due to the Microsoft Kinect being capable of displaying far higher... Read more

Luke-warm reception forces Google TV delay

Luke-warm reception forces Google TV delay

By Ben Crompton

Google TV looks as though it could be struggling due to some decidedly luke-warm reviews of its internet-based TV service. Although Google already has an outlet for the internet-TV service, through Sony televisions which went on sale in October 2010,... Read more

Google Chrome charity fundraiser counts your tabs

Google Chrome charity fundraiser counts your tabs

By Ben Crompton

If you're using Chrome or thinking of giving the Google browser a go then you might like to know that you can help out some good causes whilst surfing the net - so long as you like to use plenty of tabs.The browser-based charity fundraiser asks Chrome... Read more

App-vent Calendar - day 15: Christmas Wrapped (iPhone)

App-vent Calendar - day 15: Christmas Wrapped (iPhone)

By Ben Crompton

Pocket-lint's App-vent calendar of apps continues with a service that usually Pocket-lint would encourage you to avoid. Not because of some inherent evil within, but because of the genres innate uselessness.We're talking about gift guides, where you are... Read more

Google TV gets its first official update

Google TV gets its first official update

By Ben Crompton

Google has just announced a number of updates to its Google TV service, a service which is supposed to let you search channels, apps and the Internet simultaneously through your web-enabled TV. These updates are being pushed out from Wednesday 15 December,... Read more

Zuckerburg Time Person of the Year as Facebook crime soars

Zuckerburg Time Person of the Year as Facebook crime soars

By Ben Crompton

Mark Zuckerburg, billionaire founder of Facebook, has just been made Time magazine's Person of the Year under the shadow of reports that Facebook is becoming a hive crime - both oniline and in the real world. A report just out has marked Facebook as having... Read more

Pocket-lint Podcast #28

Pocket-lint Podcast #28

By Ben Crompton

As the team rifles through the week's technology and gadget news, Google appears to be taking the lead as we cover its Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update, its brand new Samsung branded Nexus S phone, its Zeitgeist report for the last year and the Chrome... Read more

Christmas wreath gets techy makeover

Christmas wreath gets techy makeover

By Ben Crompton

When it comes to Christmas decorations everyone has a favourite; it could be the tinsel on the tree, or possibly a festive paper chain, whilst for the randy amongst us you can't beat a good sprig of mistletoe. However Pocket-lint has always thought the... Read more

Sky 3D confirms follow-up to Flying Monsters: Penguin Island 3D

Sky 3D confirms follow-up to Flying Monsters: Penguin Island 3D

By Ben Crompton

Sir David Attenborough's partnership with Sky 3D is set to continue as Sky has announced a second documentary called Penguin Island 3D - following in the footsteps of Flying Monsters 3D. The feature documentary is being produced by Atlantic Productions... Read more

Jawbone Jambox
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Jawbone Jambox

By Ben Crompton

Pocket-lint would have to admit to being a little suspicious of the Jawbone Jambox when the postie came knocking on the door, device in hand. Part of this suspicion was to do with its size in relation to the claims of its ability to "deliver such shimmering... Read more

App-vent Calendar - day 14: iTunes 12 Days of Christmas

App-vent Calendar - day 14: iTunes 12 Days of Christmas

By Ben Crompton

Yes, it's the time you've all been waiting for. No longer will you have to pace the room, twiddling your thumbs, looking anxiously at the clock wondering, hoping and longing that Apple will announce its answer to all the sadness and worries of the world.What... Read more

Jabra Active earphones help you build up a sweat

Jabra Active earphones help you build up a sweat

By Ben Crompton

Headset specialist Jabra has announced the arrival of a brand new corded headset, which, according the the company, will be ideal for anyone wanting to listen to music whilst fitness training. The Jabra active earphones are designed to stay put once in... Read more

Teufel buys into Raumfeld's streaming tech

Teufel buys into Raumfeld's streaming tech

By Ben Crompton

Teufel has just announced that it is adding a number of "innovative audio streaming products" by Raumfeld GmbH, therefore expanding its product line and marking out its ideas as to the future of the audio market.The speaker and home cinema manufacturer... Read more

App-vent Calendar - day 8: Oxfam Unwrapped

App-vent Calendar - day 8: Oxfam Unwrapped

By Ben Crompton

Our series of festive-themed apps continues with an app which might just help some of the poorest people in the world and in doing so, sums up the Christmas spirit - as it's all about the giving.There are plenty of charities that run this kind of scheme.... Read more

Teufel unleashes Concept D 500 THX PC speakers

Teufel unleashes Concept D 500 THX PC speakers

By Ben Crompton

Teufel has announced the launch of the Concept D 500 THX PC speakers; a THX Multimedia certified 2.1 PC stereo speaker set that "redefines PC audio". The powerful speaker set appear to pack a real punch as its centrepiece boasts 300 watt Class D subwoofer,... Read more

Samsung gets generous with free Galaxy Tab entertainment bundle

Samsung gets generous with free Galaxy Tab entertainment bundle

By Ben Crompton

Samsung has announced the availability of a free entertainment package worth £200 for anyone buying a Samsung Galaxy Tab before Christmas.Admittedly pretty pricey for a Christmas present, if you're thinking of forking out the £400-odd for the new Android... Read more

IE9 gets web anti-tracking tool

IE9 gets web anti-tracking tool

By Ben Crompton

Microsoft has just announced that it will be implementing an anti-tracking tool to its IE9 (Internet Explorer 9) browser, which should mean websites will be unable to share or learn about your browsing history.The new anti-tracking addition to IE9, which... Read more

Lacie gives it hard and fast with the Lacie Starck Mobile USB 3.0

Lacie gives it hard and fast with the Lacie Starck Mobile USB 3.0

By Ben Crompton

Lacie has just announced a brand-new external hard drive, which sports a super-speedy USB 3.0 port and fancy Philippe Starck design, called the Lacie Starck Mobile USB 3.0. However, the fancy aluminium shell is not purely based around the aesthetics,... Read more

Virgin Media 100Mb broadband goes live

Virgin Media 100Mb broadband goes live

By Ben Crompton

Following the official announcement that Virgin Media would be rolling out 100Mb broadband in October, Virgin Media has now named the first areas to get the new super fast connection. As well as the 100Mb download speeds, the service will offer upload... Read more

Winners of LG Optimus 7 competition announced

Winners of LG Optimus 7 competition announced

By Ben Crompton

Last month Pocket-lint teamed up with LG to bring five lucky readers the chance of winning a LG Optimus Windows Phone 7 handset.The response was phenomenal, and we're now pleased to announce the winners, who'll be able to take advantage of the phone's... Read more

New Tomb Raider title on the horizon

New Tomb Raider title on the horizon

By Ben Crompton

Yes folks, you heard it right. Lara Croft fans everywhere rejoice as your favourite heroine looks to be returning in a brand new title simply called Tomb Raider.Square Enix has just announced a few sparse details as well as indicating that the news was... Read more

Superfast broadband UK-wide by 2015

Superfast broadband UK-wide by 2015

By Ben Crompton

The UK broadband saga continues, as news has recently come in that the government will be pledging an extra £50 million, on top of the £830m already set aside for the plan titled "Britain's Superfast Broadband Future" - a mission to get UK-wide superfast... Read more

App-vent Calendar - day 5: Infect Them All Christmas update (iPhone)

App-vent Calendar - day 5: Infect Them All Christmas update (iPhone)

By Ben Crompton

There are many facets to the Christmas: Jesus, presents, food, a caring disposition. However one thing you probably wouldn't think of when asked to associate something with this particularly special time of year is the humble Zombie.Although, that is... Read more

App-vent Calendar - day 4: Slice It Christmas Edition

App-vent Calendar - day 4: Slice It Christmas Edition

By Ben Crompton

In an attempt to bring forth a little Christmas cheer, Pocket-lint has decided to provide you with a whole host of Christmas-related apps over the coming days as part of our app-vent calendar. And the app featured in this particular edition, is one we... Read more

App-vent Calendar - day 3: Christmas!! (iPhone)

App-vent Calendar - day 3: Christmas!! (iPhone)

By Ben Crompton

Opening door number three on any advent calendar is a special moment, as it clearly leaves doors number one and two trailing in its wake. And this is especially true when, behind said door, there is an ultra-special app for you to get you teeth into.So... Read more

App-vent Calendar - day 1: vinspired (iPhone)

App-vent Calendar - day 1: vinspired (iPhone)

By Ben Crompton

Yes, it's the start of something very special on Pocket-lint as your favourite one stop shop for all things app-y is changing, for a limited time, to all things app-y and Christmas-y. Over the next 24 days if there's an app related to Christmas, no matter... Read more

Windows Phone 7 copy/paste functionality coming soon?

Windows Phone 7 copy/paste functionality coming soon?

By Ben Crompton

Windows Phone 7 copy/paste functionality could coming soon if reports from ChevronWP7 developer, Chris Walshie are anything to go by (ChevronWP7 enables the unblocking of WP7 to allow for experimental applications to be run on the OS, without need of... Read more

Royal Society celebrates its 350th anniversary

Royal Society celebrates its 350th anniversary

By Ben Crompton

The Royal Society, one of the oldest scientific institutions in the world, has recently celebrated its 350th anniversary (its official foundation date being 28 November 1660) and with it has surveyed 2000 people in order to find out their views on the... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - Robot Unicorn Attack Christmas Edition (iPhone)

APP OF THE DAY - Robot Unicorn Attack Christmas Edition (iPhone)

By Ben Crompton

Yes, admittedly, it is a bit early for Christmas-related content - for most of us at Pocket-lint Christmas begins on Christmas eve, when it dawns on us that we must really get down to doing some shopping.However, if you're one of the many who likes to... Read more

5 best Microsoft successes

5 best Microsoft successes

By Ben Crompton

It has to be said that, as a rule, large, successful companies have one over-riding problem -  people getting fed-up with how well they're doing.Although some huge multinationals, Apple being a case in point, are able to retain a degree of cult-like... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - Roulette Cricket (Android, iPhone, iPad)

APP OF THE DAY - Roulette Cricket (Android, iPhone, iPad)

By Ben Crompton

Come 25 November 2010, all cricket fans' eyes will be on Brisbane for the first test match in the Ashes series. The sound of leather upon willow, will echo through the city as England look to retain what is rightfully theirs.And so, it is down to Pocket-lint... Read more

Gran Turismo 5 tournament marks GT5 launch

Gran Turismo 5 tournament marks GT5 launch

By Ben Crompton

After much anticipation, and delays, Gran Turismo 5 is now available in shops, bringing with it a vast array of cars and a racing simulation experience previously unheard of on any console - in no small part ot its 3D gameplay. And to coincide with the... Read more

Three new Acer tablets to mix up the market

Three new Acer tablets to mix up the market

By Ben Crompton

We've got tablet news coming in thick and fast from Acer, also hint of a tablet/phone hybrid, as it has just announced the launch of three new tablets. And of the three new Acer tablets two come touting Android, and one has the Windows 7 OS. So let's... Read more

App of the Day - The Bible App (iPhone,iPad)

App of the Day - The Bible App (iPhone,iPad)

By Ben Crompton

Our app of the day slot has covered a wide variety of applications in its relatively short life, giving the low down on all manner of topics and suiting all interests - whatever your pastime Pocket-lint's App of the Day has you covered.And true to form... Read more

Comment: Do mobile phones cause bullying in schools?

Comment: Do mobile phones cause bullying in schools?

By Ben Crompton

A survey conducted during National Anti-Bullying Week has found that out of almost 2000 parents, 1 in 5 believe mobile phones and social networks are a significant factor when it comes to bullying in schools.When asked the question: "What do you think... Read more

App of the Day - Gaydar (iPad, iPhone)

App of the Day - Gaydar (iPad, iPhone)

By Ben Crompton

A new gay iPhone app has recently launched that could be just the thing if you're gay, on the look-out for a new partner, and prefer a more virtual route to finding the man of your dreams.Now available through the iPhone app store, the Gaydar iPhone app... Read more

Best Buy Offers Harry Potter Box Set and Blu-ray player for 7 quid...

Best Buy Offers Harry Potter Box Set and Blu-ray player for 7 quid...

By Ben Crompton

To "celebrate" the cinema release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One, those of you who are lucky/unlucky enough to have been named after any of the three major characters of the Harry Potter books/films, will have the opportunity of purchasing... Read more

App of the Day - Pocket Tanks (iPhone)

App of the Day - Pocket Tanks (iPhone)

By Ben Crompton

Ever since the days of TANX on the Amiga, we Pocket-linters have longed for another title to come along which could help us re-live those days of taking turns to blast away at one another within various mountainous terrains.And although this title has... Read more

Experiment pits kids against creative elite in Internet draw-off

Experiment pits kids against creative elite in Internet draw-off

By Ben Crompton

A project has been undertaken by ad company Saint, as part of Internet Week Europe to find out whether 10-year-old children can do a better job of drawing the Internet, than professional creative illustrators - called Can You Draw The Internet.Yes, it... Read more

Funky Jawbone JAMBOX brings wireless portable audio

Funky Jawbone JAMBOX brings wireless portable audio

By Ben Crompton

Pocket-lint is always more than a little wary of any company describing its products as intelligent, as clearly it's a huge whopper. However that's precisely how Jawbone describes its new JAMBOX. Not only is the JAMBOX, apparently, the "world's first... Read more

BT Vision latest to bring 3D movies into the home

BT Vision latest to bring 3D movies into the home

By Ben Crompton

BT Vision customers are in for a treat, as it's just been announced that two new deals will give its customers 3D films at home for the first time. As part of an agreement between NBC and BT, video-on-demand rights for all 3D movies NBC releases will... Read more

BlackBerry PlayBook gets RIMarkable price

BlackBerry PlayBook gets RIMarkable price

By Ben Crompton

Tablets are launching left right and centre, but one we're particularly looking forward to is the BlackBerry PlayBook, which should be launching in around February 2011 with a very competitive price.Manufactured by RIM, the new tablet will be launched... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab winner announced

Samsung Galaxy Tab winner announced

By Ben Crompton

At the end of October Pocket-lint and Gameloft joined forces to give away a Samsung Galaxy Tab. And now, out of the thousands of you who entered by tweeting and "Liking" on Facebook, a winner has been picked.Just to recap the Samsung Galaxy Tab gets a... Read more

App of the Day - Goat Invaders (Facebook)

App of the Day - Goat Invaders (Facebook)

By Ben Crompton

Christmas is rather a mixed bag. There are all sorts of messages, godly and otherwise, extolling the virtues of self-sacrifice, love and friendship with a good drop of milk-of-human-kindness thrown in. However, at the same time this does not always translate... Read more