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Transformer gets steampunk makeover

Transformer gets steampunk makeover

By Ben Crompton

Many of us of a certain age will remember the joys and wonder of playing with Transformers, as unlike the usual offerings created by toy manufacturers of the time - these were actually robots in disguise.Yes, you heard that right, what could be better... Read more

Apple goes social with Ping for iTunes 10

Apple goes social with Ping for iTunes 10

By Ben Crompton

Apple has announced an all new iTunes which incorporates Ping into the mix, making for a whole new "social" experience.In an attempt to show that the old iteration was not a failure Jobs gave a couple of  download stats for old iTunes, which included... Read more

New tiny iPod nano gets touchscreen

New tiny iPod nano gets touchscreen

By Ben Crompton

At the Apple "Special Event" in San Francisco Apple has revealed it is to update its entire iPod range in time for the lucrative "Holidays" season. Steve Jobs says that the iPod nano has always been "super popular" but Apple wanted to make it smaller.... Read more

Sony gets zoomy with a couple of "value" Handycams

Sony gets zoomy with a couple of "value" Handycams

By Ben Crompton

Sony has read the collective Pocket-lint mind, as we were all just saying how the world could do with another couple of high power zoom camcorders; and what drops into the collective Pocket-lint inbox? Just that.The two new additions are the Handycam... Read more

Finis delivers master stroke with new performance monitor

Finis delivers master stroke with new performance monitor

By Ben Crompton

Finis, the worldwide leader in technical swimming development has announced the unveiling of the Swimsense Performance Monitor (powered by SportSense), which is worn around the wrist while swimming.Using motion sensing technology, the Swimsense Performance... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - This Day In Music (iPhone/iPad)

APP OF THE DAY - This Day In Music (iPhone/iPad)

By Ben Crompton

App of the Day always tries to bring you the very best, the cream of the crop. Every app we test and report on being the juiciest, ripest, tastiest of its variety. Just put it this way; if the man from Del Monte worked for Pocket-lint he'd say "YES" to... Read more

Spotify gets new "folders" function

Spotify gets new "folders" function

By Ben Crompton

We at Pocket-lint love a bit of Spotify action; whether you're content to build up a nice collection for your own personal listening pleasure or share with all and sundry via various social networks, it makes for a top-hole music service. And now Spotify... Read more

BlackBerry Curve 3G now available from Vodafone

BlackBerry Curve 3G now available from Vodafone

By Ben Crompton

In amongst the barrage of Windows Phone 7 news coming in from all angles, Pocket-lint has just got word that Vodafone is now selling RIM's latest handset; the BlackBerry Curve 3G. The device features a full-QWERTY keyboard, an optical trackpad, built-in... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - Freeview HD

APP OF THE DAY - Freeview HD

By Ben Crompton

Some things in life are pretty much dead certs, unquestionable truths if you will: the sun rises and sets, throw a ball into the air and gravity will do its best to drag it back down to earth, the moon is made of cheese, and App Of The Day will bring... Read more

Ricoh CX4 brings sense of Deja vu, but new features too

Ricoh CX4 brings sense of Deja vu, but new features too

By Ben Crompton

Ricoh has recently announced the launch of the latest addition to its CX range of compact cameras in the guise of the CX4. The specs of the new Ricoh CX4 camera are pretty similar to the older CX3, which was launched early 2010 as you'll get a 10.7x optical... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - Virgin Media V Festival 2010 App (Nokia)

APP OF THE DAY - Virgin Media V Festival 2010 App (Nokia)

By Ben Crompton

We always like to provide you, the Pocket-lint loyal reader, with mobile phone apps that give decent longevity. However some apps are only meant to last for a blink of an eye, but in doing so hopefully prove super-useful, and this is just one of those.... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - Flight Control (iPhone, iPad)

APP OF THE DAY - Flight Control (iPhone, iPad)

By Ben Crompton

As the fat finger of destiny moves steadily across the capacitive touchsreen of life, there's only one thing that could possibly make the journey even slightly bearable - yes, you've guessed it: Pocket-lint's App Of The Day.Now, admittedly, this is an... Read more

RAGE gets official release date

RAGE gets official release date

By Ben Crompton

Pocket-lint recently brought you news of RAGE being played on the iPhone, and now we have official word on its release date for your full-fat console.Revealed at Quakecon 2010, the highly anticipated title from id Software will be available on store shelves... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - Dark Nebula (iPhone, iPad)

APP OF THE DAY - Dark Nebula (iPhone, iPad)

By Ben Crompton

Great games on the iPhone seem to be cropping up all over the place at the moment, and we're not complaining - especially when the quality is of the standard of this recent effort from 1937 Game design. So for Pocket-lint's App Of The Day, we bring you... Read more

Five greatest Apple successes

Five greatest Apple successes

By Ben Crompton

Following up Pocket-lint's five greatest Apple failures feature, we thought it a good idea to produce a follow-up feature looking at some of Apple's greatest triumphs. Whatever you may think of Apple in terms of its business, its secretive practices,... Read more

New FPS RAGE demonstrated on iPhone 4

New FPS RAGE demonstrated on iPhone 4

By Ben Crompton

The much anticipated FPS title "Rage" has been demonstrated running on an iPhone 4 at QuakeCon 2010. Shown off by id Software's John Carmack, the game looks to be running nice and smooth as well as looking graphically very impressive. Kotaku reports that... Read more

IE9 beta coming 15 September

IE9 beta coming 15 September

By Ben Crompton

Microsoft has released the date for its launch of Internet Explorer 9. The beta version will be available to download on the 15 September, the Richmond-based company confirmed, but full details of any new functionality are scant. The company should formally... Read more

Google tweaks Gmail layout with new Contacts

Google tweaks Gmail layout with new Contacts

By Ben Crompton

News has just appeared on Google's blog giving details on its update to its Gmail contacts. After reviewing feedback from users Google has produced a few changes to Contacts, in a bid to make an easier user experience, as well as a whole host of other... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - Movies Now (iPhone, iPad)

APP OF THE DAY - Movies Now (iPhone, iPad)

By Ben Crompton

If you're feeling the pace after a hard day/week/month (delete as applicable) some folk would prescribe a hot bath, milky drink and an early night.We at Pocket-lint, however, beg to differ as all you need to vanquish the trials and tribulations that life... Read more

Beatles won't be coming to iTunes anytime soon

Beatles won't be coming to iTunes anytime soon

By Ben Crompton

Beatles fans may be slightly disappointed to hear the news that Beatles songs won't be coming to iTunes anytime in the near future. The news comes in after Yoko Ono told Reuters: "Steve Jobs has his own idea and he's a brilliant guy", before continuing,... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - BBC News (iPhone/iPad)

APP OF THE DAY - BBC News (iPhone/iPad)

By Ben Crompton

As we reflect on the day just gone and what the future has in store, it's nice to have a constant in our lives. Seeing as we can't even rely on time for this - as apparently it's relative - it looks like Pocket-lint's App Of The Day will have to do instead,... Read more

Gaming greatness awaits with new Logitech peripherals lineup

Gaming greatness awaits with new Logitech peripherals lineup

By Ben Crompton

Gamers rejoice! Logitech has just announced a whole host of gaming peripherals which could just about give you the edge over your online enemies.The new G-Series lineup, according to the company at least, "are crafted for maximum performance, freeing... Read more

Successful Facebook campaign means Brian Blessed new voice for TomTom

Successful Facebook campaign means Brian Blessed new voice for TomTom

By Ben Crompton

After a gruelling Facebook campaign the votes are finally in and it looks as though Brian Blessed will become a new voice for TomTom's satnavs. He will join recent additions of Darth Vader and Yoda, however rather than anything more Shakespearean it looks... Read more

Five greatest Apple failures

Five greatest Apple failures

By Ben Crompton

If you see success (as there are a myriad of ways to define it) in terms of making huge amounts of money, creating a brand that's recognised across the globe and creating a millions-strong fan base, then few can argue that Apple is indeed successful.... Read more

Samsung Cetus arrives to Windows Phone 7 party

Samsung Cetus arrives to Windows Phone 7 party

By Ben Crompton

As we all wait for the release of the new Windows Phone 7 OS later in the year, news, courtesy of Engadget, has turned up slating Samsung's first foray into the world of the Windows Phone 7 handset.Named the Cetus, the details for the new phone turned... Read more

HTC Desire Android 2.2 Froyo update: When can you expect to get it?

HTC Desire Android 2.2 Froyo update: When can you expect to get it?

By Ben Crompton

In light of HTC's recent announcement that the Android 2.2 update will be coming to the HTC Desire from 31 July to all unlocked handsets, we thought it a good idea to find out when everyone tied to an operator might expect the latest addition of the Google... Read more

YouTube increases video time limit

YouTube increases video time limit

By Ben Crompton

For most of us 10 minutes is more than long enough when it comes to YouTube content, as there is only so much inane prattle and silly stunts that the fragile human mind can take - or maybe not - since YouTube has seen fit to extend the upload limit to... Read more

Mount your iPad with the FridgePad magnet

Mount your iPad with the FridgePad magnet

By Ben Crompton

We've seen a few iPad mount custom jobs before, but to Pocket-lint's knowledge this is the first attempt by a company, in this case Woodford design, to manufacture and sell a fridge-related magnetic iPad mount to the public at large. Named the FridgePad,... Read more

Loewe Connect 26 LED makes for "ideal secondary set"

Loewe Connect 26 LED makes for "ideal secondary set"

By Ben Crompton

Loewe's Connected range of tellies was launched back in 2007, and aimed to make TV the multimedia focal point of your living room. Now with most modern TVs having some kind of internet connectivity, Loewe is hoping to corner the secondary TV set market... Read more

Fashion-friendly iPhone 4 Toughskin cases from Exspect

Fashion-friendly iPhone 4 Toughskin cases from Exspect

By Ben Crompton

If you're an iPhone 4 owner trying to work out which iPhone case to go for in light of your handset's "possible" reception issues, then Pocket-lint might have the answer for you in the form of the Exspect iPhone 4 Toughskin cases. Yes, the barrage of... Read more

Google Wi-Fi data collection an "accident"

Google Wi-Fi data collection an "accident"

By Ben Crompton

Google has been somewhat vindicated as it's been found that the search giant did not collect any "significant" data from Wi-Fi networks, according to findings by the UK's Information Commissioner Office (ICO).Whilst travelling around snapping images for... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - Shazam (Orange App Shop)

APP OF THE DAY - Shazam (Orange App Shop)

By Ben Crompton

We're sure that there's not one amongst us who hasn't had a tune going around in their head, driving them crazy as to the artist/name of track.If that sounds familiar to you then fear not as our regular app feature is here to help, bringing you all the... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - AmpliTube

APP OF THE DAY - AmpliTube

By Ben Crompton

We've had some cracking App Of The Days previously on Pocket-lint, but this is surely one of the best as it brings the power of a multi-effects processor to guitarists everywhere. Not only this, but the free version has been available for around a month... Read more

Does Facebook success mean privacy not important?

Does Facebook success mean privacy not important?

By Ben Crompton

Let's get one thing straight Facebook is handy; allowing you pretty much instant access to a wealth of friends and enabling you to share all sorts of interesting info with them. It's also a great platform for the individual, meaning people can use the... Read more

Facebook hits 500 million users

Facebook hits 500 million users

By Ben Crompton

Facebook has just announced that it has reached the amazing 500 million user milestone, leaving all competitors in its proverbial dust.This half a billion figure is even more impressive when you consider that, unlike Twitter, a great deal of Facebook's... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - Archetype (iPhone/iPad)

APP OF THE DAY - Archetype (iPhone/iPad)

By Ben Crompton

You lucky people, you've not only landed on the UK's number one independent gadget and technology website, but your timing is spot on as you've managed to catch app of the day in full flow.The FPS has come a long way since the likes of Wolfenstein and... Read more

10 best gadgets to take travelling

10 best gadgets to take travelling

By Ben Crompton

The world is getting smaller - not in the literal sense of course, there's no massive implosion event about to take place (any mad scientists feel free to get in touch and correct us) - with more people plugging in, connecting up and generally having... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - Differential diagnosis DDX (iPhone/iPad)

APP OF THE DAY - Differential diagnosis DDX (iPhone/iPad)

By Ben Crompton

Never let it be said that we don't try our best, here at Pocket-lint, to bring you all that's good and great from the world of apps.This app might go some way to empowering you, readjusting that all important balance between the patient and practitioner;... Read more

Xbox 360 S Arcade version spotted?

Xbox 360 S Arcade version spotted?

By Ben Crompton

Having brought you news and a full length review of the new slim version of the Xbox 360, the Xbox 360 S, reports have come in from Engadget of what could possibly be its mini-me. Clearly an effort to spread the appeal of the new Microsoft console, the... Read more

Best Etch A Sketch masterpieces

Best Etch A Sketch masterpieces

By Ben Crompton

One of the most popular toys of a generation, the Etch A Sketch has now reached its 50th anniversary and we here at Pocket-lint thought it only right and proper to mark such an auspicious occasion with a load of Etch A Sketch vids, mods and art.Along... Read more

App Of The Day - Diacarter (iPod/iPhone/iPad)

App Of The Day - Diacarter (iPod/iPhone/iPad)

By Ben Crompton

The magical time, that is 6pm on a Friday is upon us once more, and it not only means that the whole weekend is stretching ahead of you, but app of the day is here too - making the world of the app a better place to be.This one should help anyone who... Read more

VIDEO - Back alley bust-up with Lego Street Shootout

VIDEO - Back alley bust-up with Lego Street Shootout

By Ben Crompton

Shoot-outs, guns and kill/death/murder are perhaps not the first things you think of when someone mentions Lego, and if it is, don't worry, just keep it to yourself.However, guns and death are certainly at the forefront of this excellent Lego animation,... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - Epicurious Recipes (iPhone/iPad/Android)

APP OF THE DAY - Epicurious Recipes (iPhone/iPad/Android)

By Ben Crompton

Here at Pocket-lint we enjoy a good feed as much as anyone. The trouble is finding the time, as you first decide what you're going to prepare, then plan and finally execute; ending up with a fine and tasty dish - in fact it's rather like writing an App... Read more

Equaliser Sound Bar iPod dock
3.5 stars

Equaliser Sound Bar iPod dock

By Ben Crompton

One thing the world doesn't need any more of are iPod docks, with what seems like every man, woman and their particularly talented dog having a go at bashing a unit out. Saying that, owning one certainly makes all the difference in terms of enjoying your... Read more

Pocket-lint Podcast - Episode #7

Pocket-lint Podcast - Episode #7

By Ben Crompton

There's plenty of Android chatter in this week's podcast as we discuss the HTC Hero getting its 2.1 update, whilst Nexus One owners are enjoying 2.2 and we look forward to 3.0 (gingerbread).We also discuss the pros and cons of the new MeeGo OS and hope... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - Fruit Ninja

APP OF THE DAY - Fruit Ninja

By Ben Crompton

It's the end of the week, and just after 6pm (as we've been giving this one a really good testing) so you all know what that means - App Of The Day. Yes, the antidote to all your worries and woes is here, so sit back, take a sigh of relief that the weekend... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - The Elements (iPad)

APP OF THE DAY - The Elements (iPad)

By Ben Crompton

You know you can't get enough of the old app of the day action, so if you're feeling a bit jittery a clammy eager to get your app fix then this should do the trick. What we have here is something that no one should be without, not just because it'll help... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - Elgato Eye TV for iPad and iPhone

APP OF THE DAY - Elgato Eye TV for iPad and iPhone

By Ben Crompton

Yes, it's what you've all been waiting for and the real reason you got up this morning - app of the day.The only trouble with this app is that it's rather dependent on you being a bit of an Apple fanster, as not only will you need an iPhone or iPad, but... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - Geometry Wars Touch (iPad)

APP OF THE DAY - Geometry Wars Touch (iPad)

By Ben Crompton

It's 6pm and time for another App of the Day, in which we bring you all that's good and great from the myriad of applications available across multiple platforms. There are plenty of useful bits and bobs out there which will help with state capitals and... Read more

iPhone 4 shortage as O2 Holloway store gets less than 100 handsets

iPhone 4 shortage as O2 Holloway store gets less than 100 handsets

By Ben Crompton

Pocket-lint news editor, Rik Henderson, has joined the masses queueing at the Holloway O2 store in order to be one of the first to pick up the new iPhone 4. However, it appears that a lot of Apple fans will be out of luck as he has been informed that... Read more