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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

APP OF THE DAY - Movie Vault (iPhone)

APP OF THE DAY - Movie Vault (iPhone)

By Ben Crompton

As Friday comes and goes many will be looking forward to the weekend, however many fans of this beloved app slot will have a heavy heart as it will be a full 2 days before App of the Day will once again grace the virtual pages of Pocket-lint.Still, to... Read more

Metamaterial paves the way for invisibility cloak

Metamaterial paves the way for invisibility cloak

By Ben Crompton

A flexible metamaterial has been developed that has the property to manipulate light in such a way that it could begin the path in enabling objects to become invisible. Perhaps even helping in the manufacture of an invisibility cloak. Metamaterials are... Read more

Skyfire Flash-friendly iPhone app now available, then not

Skyfire Flash-friendly iPhone app now available, then not

By Ben Crompton

Apple has now approved Skyfire 2.0, the world's first mobile browser for the iPhone and iPod touch that provides users with a full Flash-friendly web experience. The inability to play Flash on the iDevice has long been the bug-bear of many a user, but... Read more

Best Buy goes online in the UK

Best Buy goes online in the UK

By Ben Crompton

Best Buy, the US Consumer technology retail giant, has just announced the launch of its UK online website. The upshot of this is that anyone in the UK who wants to get in on the Best Buy action, can do, through the new transactional website. BestBuy.co.uk... Read more

Google guilty of "significant breach" over Street View data harvesting

Google guilty of "significant breach" over Street View data harvesting

By Ben Crompton

The Information Commissioner's Office has found Google guilty of committing a "serious breach", when its Street View cars harvested a variety of personal data from homes as they passed. The ruling has come after months of deliberation, after the search... Read more

iPhone dialler security flaw fixed by iOS 4.2

iPhone dialler security flaw fixed by iOS 4.2

By Ben Crompton

A security flaw that enabled the lock screen on the iPhone 4, specifically iOS 4.1, to be bypassed via the emergency call button has been fixed with the update to iOS 4.2. The flaw in iOS 4.1 showed itself through a video of a man bypassing the pass-code... Read more

App of the Day - Zombie Highway (iPhone)

App of the Day - Zombie Highway (iPhone)

By Ben Crompton

Yes, we hear you cry: "What are you doing posting an App of the day on zombies when Halloween has been and gone". And we shall answer you dear reader. When a game as good as Zombie Highway is doind the rounds we want to tell you about it, and anyway everyday... Read more

Twitter begins advertising in user timelines

Twitter begins advertising in user timelines

By Ben Crompton

Twitter, who until recently has always gone against the usual banner ads that purvey the rest of the social networks, has begun allowing promoted tweets to be placed in users individual streams.The move comes after Twitter decided, earlier in the year,... Read more

Flash comes to iPhone thanks to Skyfire app

Flash comes to iPhone thanks to Skyfire app

By Ben Crompton

It looks like those of you using iOS will be able to play Flash videos very shortly through the new Skyfire mobile browser, which Fortune has recently detailed.According to 9to5 Mac the app was submitted in August, and has recently been approved by Apple... Read more

Amazon Kindle gets around Chinese web censorship

Amazon Kindle gets around Chinese web censorship

By Ben Crompton

The new 3G Amazon Kindle is proving rather popular in China as it has the handy ability to circumvent the country's wall of web censorship.As was found in the Pocket-lint review, the  Amazon Kindle 3G is a pretty smart device, but rather than its great... Read more

Winner of Nokia N8 Facebook competition revealed

Winner of Nokia N8 Facebook competition revealed

By Ben Crompton

After teaming up with the good folk at Vodafone to bring you the chance of winning a Nokia N8 handset, the time has finally arrived to pick a winner.Yes, the moment you've all been waiting for has come. Out of the thousands of folk now "Liking" Pocket-lint... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - Tesco Groceries (Barcode reader update for iPhone)

APP OF THE DAY - Tesco Groceries (Barcode reader update for iPhone)

By Ben Crompton

Tesco has just released an update to its online iPhone shopping app, which should help you regain control of your life in a shopping emergency. The update is for barcode scanning, and is compatible with iOS 4 only.This could prove very handy. For instance,... Read more

The biggest Microsoft failures

The biggest Microsoft failures

By Ben Crompton

One of the largest computer multinationals ever, Microsoft is known all over the world, thanks in large part to the huge success of its Windows operating system that greets millions of PC users every morning. Founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen,... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - Trainyard (iPhone)

APP OF THE DAY - Trainyard (iPhone)

By Ben Crompton

Some call it the dream factory while others call it devils' work, but here at Pocket-lint towers it's simply known as app of the day.For some trains hold a special fascination, possibly even addiction; the arteries of the country during the height of... Read more

T-Mobile Flashmob strikes again: This time at Heathrow’s T5

T-Mobile Flashmob strikes again: This time at Heathrow’s T5

By Ben Crompton

T-Mobile has struck again with another Flashmob, this time singing and dancing their way around Heathrow's terminal 5. The first ever Flash mobbing to take place in a UK airport. As thousands of people tried to make their way through a difficult day,... Read more

Firesheep Firefox extension exploits Facebook and Twitter vulnerability

Firesheep Firefox extension exploits Facebook and Twitter vulnerability

By Ben Crompton

A developer has managed to produce a Firefox extension called Firesheep, which allows the user to garner other users' cookies through open Wi-Fi networks. Eric Butler, the man who developed the Firesheep extension, has apparently created the tool, not... Read more

Microsoft Windows 8 coming 2012?

Microsoft Windows 8 coming 2012?

By Ben Crompton

Following the news that Microsoft's Windows 7 Operating system has been the biggest selling OS in history; selling 240 million licenses in its first year. News has just come in that Windows 8 could be with us as soon as 2012. Suggested in a previous Microsoft... Read more

VLC media player becomes iPhone-friendly

VLC media player becomes iPhone-friendly

By Ben Crompton

The super-duper media player - VLC - has been made available for the iPhone and iPod touch, bringing a simple and effective way of playing a variety of files without all the hassle of converting them first. The VLC app has been on the iPad for some time... Read more

PSPgo price drops as handheld sales struggle

PSPgo price drops as handheld sales struggle

By Ben Crompton

The poor old PSPgo is having a bit of a rough ride at the moment, with reports of high customer return rate, and now news that prices for the PSPgo have been cut in the US and Japan. Admittedly, this looks to have been coming for some time, as Sony's... Read more

Google Street View cars took emails and passwords

Google Street View cars took emails and passwords

By Ben Crompton

An investigation into Google's data collection practises - by its Streetview cars- has been reopened by the Information Commissioner's Office. During the previous investigation the ICO's findings were that Google had not collected any, "meaningful personal... Read more

Philips Econova TV focuses on the eco issue

Philips Econova TV focuses on the eco issue

By Ben Crompton

We should all face up to the fact that the manufacturing of pretty much all gadgets is going to have an impact on the environment - a negative impact at that. However, the majority of us just can't help but love a piece of high-tech gadgetry; so when... Read more

RIM predicts Apple distortion field will soon break down

RIM predicts Apple distortion field will soon break down

By Ben Crompton

RIM has responded to Apple's "record sales" announcement - news of which Pocket-lint brought you recently - by suggesting that Apple is only telling consumers "half a story". Rim co-CEO, Jim Balsillie, has posted the response on Rim's official BlackBerry... Read more

Retro-storage with the floppy disk post it note

Retro-storage with the floppy disk post it note

By Ben Crompton

Ah, the 3.5-inch floppy disk. The corner stone of home and business data storage in the 80s and 90s, before the advent of the evil USB flash drives and memory cards - boo.So as a reminder of days of old Suck UK has developed its own take on the 3.5-incher... Read more

Fallout: New Vegas
4.0 stars

Fallout: New Vegas

By Ben Crompton

Following in the footsteps of any successful game can be a tricky task, especially one as much-loved as Fallout 3. However, that is the task that developers Obsidian and publishers Bethesda have given themselves. Much hyped, much anticipated - we get... Read more

Tefal Actifry on sale at Amazon for £127

Tefal Actifry on sale at Amazon for £127

By Ben Crompton

Everyone likes chips - without exception - which is why the Tefal Actifry is such a great invention, as you can now enjoy your favourite food without fear of clogging up your arteries - not too much anyway.The Tefal Actifry comes in two sizes and Amazon... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - Wolfram Alpha (iPhone)

APP OF THE DAY - Wolfram Alpha (iPhone)

By Ben Crompton

When Wolfram Alpha launched back in May 2009, it promised to deliver accurate answers to users' questions; an approach different to that of Google's search engine, as results from queries in this form can often be a little on the random side.And Wolfram... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - Cut the Rope (iPhone)

APP OF THE DAY - Cut the Rope (iPhone)

By Ben Crompton

The world famous hobby of rope cutting has, in the past, often been associated with the rich and famous - a reserve of the powerful and something that the lower classes (outside of their usual manual labour) should not trifle with.However, with the advent... Read more

Virgin Media adds BlackBerry Pearl 3G to its pay monthly range

Virgin Media adds BlackBerry Pearl 3G to its pay monthly range

By Ben Crompton

News has just come in that Virgin Media is to bring the BlackBerry Pearl 3G to its pay monthly handset range. It all looks fairly standard fare with four contracts to choose from. The first two are based on a 24-month contract, giving a choice of either... Read more

Lovefilm coming to a PS3 near you

Lovefilm coming to a PS3 near you

By Ben Crompton

Film fans rejoice as it appears that the movie service Lovefilm will be coming to the PS3 in the very near future - possibly as early as next month. The news comes in from vg247 and a PlayStation YouTube channel "LOVEFiLM is coming to PlayStation 3" which... Read more

Samsung Galaxy K launches with Android 2.2

Samsung Galaxy K launches with Android 2.2

By Ben Crompton

With Windows 7 phones being leaked hither and thither, it's quite nice to see a handset launch - albeit in South Korea - that's official. The Samsung Galaxy K, which looks to be another variant of the Samsung Galaxy S, has be announced and will run Android... Read more

Pimp-a-phone with the Modu T modular mobile

Pimp-a-phone with the Modu T modular mobile

By Ben Crompton

In the the shadow of the Windows Phone 7 launch, Modu Mobile has revealed a new Brew-based handset, called the Modu T. On its own the Modu appears to be rather un-inspiring, however with the introduction of a few add-ons it takes on a completely different... Read more

2000 apps for Windows Phone 7?

2000 apps for Windows Phone 7?

By Ben Crompton

2000 Windows Phone 7 apps at launch, that's the extent of what the new Microsoft OS will offer the paying public when the phones start hitting the shop shelves, according to a recent leakIf they're all of a decent quality, this number of apps should be... Read more

Six greatest Google successes

Six greatest Google successes

By Ben Crompton

Few companies are as deeply engrained into the consciousness of the everyday man/woman on the street as Google. Even its name has evolved into a verb to do exactly what its main business is - search. However, scanning the highways and byways of the Internet... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - Mensa Brain Test (iPhone)

APP OF THE DAY - Mensa Brain Test (iPhone)

By Ben Crompton

Most people like to think that they're a little bit on the brainy side, and if there's any way of showing off said braininess to others then the majority will jump at the chance.Well fortunately the Mensa Brain Test app will allow you to do just that;... Read more

Vodafone updates own-brand mobiles

Vodafone updates own-brand mobiles

By Ben Crompton

Vodafone has just released news that it's updating its own-brand mobile range with three new handsets, which will be available to buy in time for the end of the year.The company states that all three handsets, the the Vodafone 553 QWERTY side-slider,... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - Chambers Thesaurus

APP OF THE DAY - Chambers Thesaurus

By Ben Crompton

The English language is a wondrous thing, both rich in content and extensive in the depth of which it allows us to express ourselves. So, it makes sense that we should make the most of it by extending our vocabulary whenever we get a chance.And with this... Read more

New Apple and Rovi deal could mean Apple TV updates

New Apple and Rovi deal could mean Apple TV updates

By Ben Crompton

Apple has revealed that a deal has been struck with Rovi Corp, which will give Apple rights to Rovi technology, in what looks like a multi-year deal. How Apple will use this technology isn't certain, but it's possible that the deal with Rovi, who's main... Read more

Digital dominates as vinyl, tape and film disappear from UK homes

Digital dominates as vinyl, tape and film disappear from UK homes

By Ben Crompton

New figures have just come out from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), that show that the number of web-enabled devices in the typical UK household has increased from just one a decade ago to approximately six today.And although this... Read more

PlayStation Plus gamers get Assassin's Creed Brotherhood early

PlayStation Plus gamers get Assassin's Creed Brotherhood early

By Ben Crompton

Pocket-lint covered the news of Sony's new PlayStation Plus at E3 2010, and if you've updated to v3.4 and taken the plunge into the new service then some Assasin's Creed Brotherhood beta action is now available to you.The PlayStation blog has announced... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - Slice It!

APP OF THE DAY - Slice It!

By Ben Crompton

Never let it be said that App Of The Day is the bubbling bile brought bountifully by the bowels of beggars, an educational void that only the ignorant and depraved enter.And if it is said then, let the man who does be taken into the street and thrashed... Read more

Bill Gates tops Forbes US rich list

Bill Gates tops Forbes US rich list

By Ben Crompton

Whilst the majority of the world's population struggle to make ends meet (to put it mildly), some folk are having no such problems; as Forbes again compiles its Forbes 400 rich list of the most minted in the US, with Microsoft founder Bill Gates finding... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - Lyric Legend

APP OF THE DAY - Lyric Legend

By Ben Crompton

Contrary to popular belief, there were in fact 11 commandments brought down by Moses from Mount Sinai; along with the biggies, such as: Thou shalt not worship false idols (Apple fanboys take note) and Though shalt not lie with thy neighbour's ox, the... Read more

Five greatest Google failures

Five greatest Google failures

By Ben Crompton

The Internet has many movers and shakers; companies that the masses look to with open eyes and baited breath whenever a new product is released. However the top dog, big cheese, head honcho; the supreme being of the online world has to be Google.This... Read more

Nokia N8 and E7 hope to turn tide for Finnish company

Nokia N8 and E7 hope to turn tide for Finnish company

By Ben Crompton

As the rot continues to eat away at Nokia's dominance of the mobile phone market, the Finnish brand looks to be launching a few new smartphone models at Nokia World, its annual media and industry event, which is being held on 14-15 September 2010.The... Read more

Chrome 6 goes stable with update imminent

Chrome 6 goes stable with update imminent

By Ben Crompton

Google's Chrome 6 browser has finally received a stable release, meaning everyone can expect to be updated in the very near future. Just in time for Chrome's 2-year anniversary, the update means a whole host of new features await. These new features include... Read more

Navteq makes satnavs a bit more "human"

Navteq makes satnavs a bit more "human"

By Ben Crompton

Satnavs are undeniably useful, and much has been done to try and personalise systems with voice skins. However Navteq has just announced a system, at IFA 2010 in Berlin, which it hopes will provide GPS users with a more intuitive - dare we say "human"... Read more

Movies on the go: Philips PicoPix pico projector range

Movies on the go: Philips PicoPix pico projector range

By Ben Crompton

It's all well and good carrying around the latest films on some kind of whizzy PMP, but what happens when you want to share the love with a group of friends? Well, it looks as though we may have the answer as Sagemcom has just announced a new range of... Read more

Klipsch delivers ear nirvana with new range of headphones

Klipsch delivers ear nirvana with new range of headphones

By Ben Crompton

Out in Berlin, at the IFA 2010 tech and gadget extravaganza, Klipsch has announced a huge wad of top-notch headphones with all manner of tweaks, enhancements.Ranging from £39 to £129.99, these headphones come in the form of the Image S3, the Image... Read more

Run, jump and leap as Mirror's Edge comes to iPhone

Run, jump and leap as Mirror's Edge comes to iPhone

By Ben Crompton

Contrary to popular belief, Parkour was in fact invented by the popular 80s comedy duo, Little and Large, after a spate of being chased off stage by disgruntled fans. So if you're a fan of Parkour, and therefore Little and Large, you may also be a fan... Read more