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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

Microsoft counters PlayStation Plus with new Xbox LIVE Gold subscription

Microsoft counters PlayStation Plus with new Xbox LIVE Gold subscription

By Ben Crompton

Microsoft has announced its new Xbox LIVE Gold family subscription, hoping to draw in customers after Sony announced plans for its PlayStation Plus service. It seems that if Microsoft has anything to do with it, gone will be the days where gaming is the... Read more

Vodafone increases Android offering with HTC Wildfire and Samsung Galaxy S

Vodafone increases Android offering with HTC Wildfire and Samsung Galaxy S

By Ben Crompton

Vodafone UK has just announced that three new Android devices are now available on its network. These consist of the Vodafone 845, HTC Wildfire and Samsung Galaxy S 16GB, all of which are available to buy. The Vodafone 845 (exclusive to Vodafone) is free... Read more

iPhone 4 queues start early as Pocket-lint talks to first in line

iPhone 4 queues start early as Pocket-lint talks to first in line

By Ben Crompton

Queuing has already started outside the Regent Street Apple Store in anticipation of the iPhone 4 arriving on Thursday 23 June. Pocket-lint was on hand to catch a few pics and have a quick chat with the first in line.Alex Lee, 27, from Canada (but lives... Read more

SkypeKit beta brings Skype to all your apps and gadgets

SkypeKit beta brings Skype to all your apps and gadgets

By Ben Crompton

Having brought you the news last month that Skype was bringing group video calling to its service, the company looks to be spreading its wings with the announcement of Skypekit; an open SDK (software development kit) which will allow developers to integrate... Read more

Google Voice opens up to all US residents

Google Voice opens up to all US residents

By Ben Crompton

Google's Voip service, Google Voice, has just been opened up to all residents of the US, which is pretty handy as before you'd have needed an invite to join the club. The upshot of this is that every North American will be able to make free calls and... Read more

VLC media player gets updated to 1.1 offering host of new features

VLC media player gets updated to 1.1 offering host of new features

By Ben Crompton

The free to use media player, encoder and streamer VLC has been updated by it makers VideoLAN. For anyone not familiar with VLC, it is an extremely useful open source tool for downloading and, more to the point, watching video on your PC. The new 1.1... Read more

Google music service to take on iTunes

Google music service to take on iTunes

By Ben Crompton

There have been further rumblings surrounding Google's plans to create a music download service, something which would certainly create a few ripples around the Web.Clearly those ripples will be directed for the most part at iTunes, especially as the... Read more

Dyson Air Multiplier gets a couple of big brothers

Dyson Air Multiplier gets a couple of big brothers

By Ben Crompton

The Dyson Air Multiplier produced a bit of a stir on its release back in October 2009, and now the company hopes to appeal to a wider consumer base with its launch of two new devices in the series. The two new Air Multipliers, the AM02 Tower and AM03... Read more

Samsung SP-H03 company's first ever pico projector

Samsung SP-H03 company's first ever pico projector

By Ben Crompton

There are plenty of pico projectors on the market, some examples of which you can find reviewed here and here, and now Samsung join the fray with the SP-H03. Weighing in at 210g, the device aims at super portability and hopes to appeal to those of you... Read more

Blur - PS3
4.0 stars

Blur - PS3

By Ben Crompton

Can Bizarre Creations win this summer's racing crown with Blur? A real mashup of a racer, inspired by Project Gotham and power-up-friendly titles such as Mario Kart (we'd also be very surpprised if some of the developers hadn't played a fair amount of... Read more

Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 webcam
3.5 stars

Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 webcam

By Ben Crompton

It was a stroke of luck that the Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 dropped through onto the doormat of Pocket-lint Towers, just as the Chat Roulette phenomenon of 2010 was hitting the Internet. However our interest soon wore off as the fifth male member in a... Read more

Sony PlayStation Plus takes on Xbox Live Gold

Sony PlayStation Plus takes on Xbox Live Gold

By Ben Crompton

Sony has made a big change to the way it offers content to PS3 owners as it's announced the launch of a subscription service called PlayStation Plus, at E3. The new move will not replace the existing model, whereby users can download content as a when,... Read more

Two new Acer beTouch phones grow Android offering

Two new Acer beTouch phones grow Android offering

By Ben Crompton

Acer continues its toe dipping into the Android OS as it has announced the release of two new Phones - the Acer beTouch E120 and beTouch E130. The phones offer a lot of the same specs in terms of connectivity, as they both get 3G+, HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - UCAS for iPhone

APP OF THE DAY - UCAS for iPhone

By Ben Crompton

Applying for a university place is a rite of passage all graduates have to go through. The UCAS system can be a little confusing, and as it is not renowned as being one of life's more pleasant experiences this iPhone app is here to help.UCAS for iPhone... Read more

Touchy feely Acer monitor goes all ergonomic

Touchy feely Acer monitor goes all ergonomic

By Ben Crompton

Acer has taken a step further in making the usability of its touchscreen monitors that little bit easier with the launch of the 231H LCD monitor. The company launched the touchscreen T230H model a little while back and has now given it "an advanced ergonomic... Read more

AT&T apologises for iPad hack

AT&T apologises for iPad hack

By Ben Crompton

US mobile phone operator AT&T has apologised to customers for a security breach which left iPad emails exposed. The breach was thanks to a loop-hole on AT&T's site and exploited by a group called Goatse Security who reported the issue to Gawker.com, leading... Read more

Tesco set to launch iTunes rival Digital Locker

Tesco set to launch iTunes rival Digital Locker

By Ben Crompton

Tesco's ambition to stick its fingers into as many pies as possible continues, as news comes out that it will be launching a "Digital Locker" for users to store digital content. The new service will allow customers to buy a music CD or DVD in store or... Read more

Nokia expands phone range with the Nokia X5-01

Nokia expands phone range with the Nokia X5-01

By Ben Crompton

Nokia has just announced a new phone at the Nokia Connection event in Singapore, which is bound to appeal to anyone with a penchant for social networking. The Nokia X5-01 is a square vertical slider and is expected to come in as a mid-range handset, boasting... Read more

Best bike gadgets and accessories for cycling

Best bike gadgets and accessories for cycling

By Ben Crompton

The bicycle is one invention that has changed little since the first chain-driven model was invented by H.J Lawson in 1876, with improvements mostly coming in the materials used in manufacture. However, this hasn't stopped a plethora of gadgets and gizmos... Read more

Logitech Harmony Link to control Google TV

Logitech Harmony Link to control Google TV

By Ben Crompton

In its blog post, Logitech has given details of the controller it has produced to go with Google TV, Google's attempt at bringing itself and the web to your goggle box. Basically, the Logitech Harmony Link appears to be specific tech built into the Logitech's... Read more

Leapfrog Leapster2 console gets your 4-year-olds online

Leapfrog Leapster2 console gets your 4-year-olds online

By Ben Crompton

Leapfrog, the manufacturer of interactive learning toys for children, has just announced a new limited edition version of its Leapster2 console. Hoiking a lift from the launch of Toy Story 3 (out 23 July) the company has decided to dress up its portable... Read more

Logitech goes HD webcam mad

Logitech goes HD webcam mad

By Ben Crompton

Clearly under the impression that you can never have too many webcams, Logitech has announced four of them onto the unsuspecting public. All four are HD devices featuring Logitech's Vid HD for HD video calling and Fluid Crystal tech for "crystal clear... Read more

Nvidia allows cosmonauts to get the most out of "Mars" mission

Nvidia allows cosmonauts to get the most out of "Mars" mission

By Ben Crompton

News has recently come in that the Nvidia's 3D Vision Technology is being used in the Mars-500 project.The third, and longest, stage of the project began on 3 June and involves a group of cosmonauts who are spending 520 days in a hermetically sealed environment... Read more

Orange phone sun visor gives football fans a clear view

Orange phone sun visor gives football fans a clear view

By Ben Crompton

Orange has found an answer to the age old problem of the sun's rays reflecting off your mobile's screen - a difficulty which can occur when watching video in a park or perhaps even the beach - by developing a mobile phone sun visor.Especially relevant... Read more

Acer announces the Aspire One  533

Acer announces the Aspire One 533

By Ben Crompton

Acer has just announced details of its new and improved Aspire One netbook, the Aspire One 533.An update to the Aspire One 532, the 533 netbook gets an improved processors with Intel's Atom N455/N475 running at 1.66GHz and 1.83GHz respectively, however... Read more

Add a touch of cool to your drink with LEGO minifig ice trays

Add a touch of cool to your drink with LEGO minifig ice trays

By Ben Crompton

Some people just can't get enough of Lego paraphernalia, if this is you then you'll want to check out this LEGO ice minifigure tray - spotted by the The Red Ferret.Now all those boring parties, that lacked any reference to LEGO, can be livened up with... Read more

How the iPhone evolved into the iPhone 4

How the iPhone evolved into the iPhone 4

By Ben Crompton

The launch of a new iPhone is always a big event in the tech industry, and despite the device in reality not always being the absolute cutting edge (with some arguing Apple have been late to the game on things like multitasking and a half decent camera)... Read more

Alienware M11x 11-incher gets performance boost

Alienware M11x 11-incher gets performance boost

By Ben Crompton

All you PC gamers out there will be pleased to know that Dell has announced that it will be boosting the performance of its Alienware M11x laptop. The extra meat on the already decidedly meaty bone comes from new Intel i5 and Core i7 processor options... Read more

Lomography brings new spin with 360 degree panoramic camera

Lomography brings new spin with 360 degree panoramic camera

By Ben Crompton

Cult photography company, Lomography, has just added an all new panoramic camera to its novelty photographic portfolio. Called the Spinner 360 it will allow users to take 360 degree panoramic shots by way of a pull of the trigger cord - think pull string... Read more

August International brings GPS to touchscreen portable TV

August International brings GPS to touchscreen portable TV

By Ben Crompton

Here at Pocket-lint we're all big fans of dinky all-in-one touchscreen TV Freeview recorders, and as luck would have it that's exactly what August International has just launched. The August DG400 is not only a 4.3-inch touch-screen digital Freeview TV,... Read more

Meridian Audio announces music-based Facebook page

Meridian Audio announces music-based Facebook page

By Ben Crompton

Meridian Audio is launching a Facebook campaign called "My Collection", which allows Facebook users to share "their passion for music" with others. The My Collection campaign aims to re-acquaint Facebookers with their old CDs by way of an invitation,... Read more

Nokia's rundown of World Cup apps available from OVI store

Nokia's rundown of World Cup apps available from OVI store

By Ben Crompton

With the recent launch of the iPhone 4, and the multitude of apps available for the handset it's easy to forget some of the offerings from rival companies. So we thought we'd fill you in on some of the apps available from the Nokia's OVI store in the... Read more

Orbitsound releases audio-tech trio

Orbitsound releases audio-tech trio

By Ben Crompton

Orbitsound has just announced the release of a range of audio products, which consists of an iPod dock/radio, a soundbar and a palm-sized portable speaker.The British company uses its spatial stereo technology (unveiled at CES 2008) in all three products... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - Nokia Photo Browser (Nokia)

APP OF THE DAY - Nokia Photo Browser (Nokia)

By Ben Crompton

It's 6pm and that can only mean one thing, Yes it's time for app of the day where we attempt to bring you the very best of all things app-ish.Formats vary, one day we might cover apps on the iPhone, other days it could be an Android offering. This app... Read more

BT gets reprieve, but still has to share broadband network

BT gets reprieve, but still has to share broadband network

By Ben Crompton

British Telecom has seen a 4-year reprieve to the physical unbundling of its broadband infrastructure in Ofcom's latest decision regarding the future of super-fast broadband.Possibly seen as a compromise, the telecoms giant will have more control over... Read more

Klipsch Image X10i headphones - now for iPhone

Klipsch Image X10i headphones - now for iPhone

By Ben Crompton

Speaker manufacturer Klipsch entered the headphone market in 2008 with the launch of the X10 in-ear headphones, and the company has just announced that its adding a mic and remote to the device - creating the iPhone-friendly Image X10i. The remote system... Read more

Garmin rambles on with GPSMAP 62 navigator range

Garmin rambles on with GPSMAP 62 navigator range

By Ben Crompton

Garmin has just announced the launch of the GPSMAP 62 series of rugged handheld GPS devices. The news is sure to get all would-be adventurers hot under the collar, but somehow we can't see the more hardcore walkers/ramblers giving up their OS maps just... Read more

Winner of iPad comments competition revealed

Winner of iPad comments competition revealed

By Ben Crompton

We have been inundated with requests to announce the winner of our iPad competition, and we thank you for your patience, but we assure you it's no easy task trawling through the many great comments posted on Pocket-lint.Therefore we offer our congratulations... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - Prince of Persia Retro (iPhone)

APP OF THE DAY - Prince of Persia Retro (iPhone)

By Ben Crompton

It's 6pm and there's only one thing on everyone's mind - yes, that's right, Pocket-lint's app of the day. The one time when you know that all your worries will be cast aside, as you take a glimpse at what all those app developers have been working on... Read more

Nokia N8 UK release date confirmed

Nokia N8 UK release date confirmed

By Ben Crompton

A member of staff at a Nokia mobile phone store has just confirmed to Pocket-lint the release date of its latest super phone, the N8. We previously reported that the phone would be launched in Germany on the 24 August and hoped that the Vodafone registration... Read more

Microsoft loses key figures from Entertainment and Devices division

Microsoft loses key figures from Entertainment and Devices division

By Ben Crompton

Two of Microsoft's leading figures in Microsoft's Entertainment & Devices Division will be departing the company ahead of the E3 conference in June.Robbie Bach, who has been president of the Entertainment division since its creation, and J Allard, chief... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - Hipstamatic (iPhone)

APP OF THE DAY - Hipstamatic (iPhone)

By Ben Crompton

Another 6pm cometh and another application arises out of the mists of the Internet, which will hopefully sate your thirst for app-related goodness. Whether it be for your desktop, your phone, your TV or any other gadget that has a tendency to get a bit... Read more

Foursquare gives real-world rewards to UK users

Foursquare gives real-world rewards to UK users

By Ben Crompton

The location-based game Foursquare, which rewards users with virtual badges and mayorships for checking into various establishments, is now beginning to roll out real world value in its reward incentives. And now Domino's in the UK is the latest to adopt... Read more

3D-friendly Kill Zone 3 announced

3D-friendly Kill Zone 3 announced

By Ben Crompton

Sony has recently announced a whole host of information on its official blog of the much-anticipated third instalment of the Kill Zone series, which you'll be able to play in 3D. Kill Zone 3 will not only have the bonus of stereoscopic 3D - being one... Read more

Five best tech-themed World Cup skives

Five best tech-themed World Cup skives

By Ben Crompton

Work, although undoubtedly useful for paying the bills, can sometimes prove itself more than a little inconvenient. Such is the cussedness of life, you can almost guarantee that if there's some kind of fun to be had it's that age-old spawn of Satan that... Read more

How to watch the World Cup in 3D...

How to watch the World Cup in 3D...

By Ben Crompton

3D is certainly riding on a particularly large next-big-thing wave at the moment, with both film and television companies hoping to bring ever more 3D content to the masses. One massive area in which 3D is set to grow is in sporting content, namely football,... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - The Official England Application (iPhone, iPod touch)

APP OF THE DAY - The Official England Application (iPhone, iPod touch)

By Ben Crompton

Huzzah. It's the return of app of the day on Pocket-lint where we turn the spotlight on a particularly good piece of software fit for mobile phones, TVs, computer platforms and just about anything else that'll run an application.Another day in to our... Read more

Comment: Survey suggests Facebook's influence on children increasing

Comment: Survey suggests Facebook's influence on children increasing

By Ben Crompton

A recent survey from National Family Week has suggested that parents could be overestimating the influence that they have on their children compared to that of Facebook.The study, which was carried out on 3000 parents and 1000 children (who's average... Read more

Hands on with the HTC Wildfire

Hands on with the HTC Wildfire

By Ben Crompton

HTC has just announced a new handset in the form of the Wildfire set to launch in Q3 2010 in Europe, and Pocket-lint was on hand to take a few snaps and get a feel for the new device.Specs-wise the Wildfire is similar to other recent HTC handsets with... Read more