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Lucky dip Lego minifigs hit shop shelves

Lucky dip Lego minifigs hit shop shelves

By Ben Crompton

Lego fans everywhere were delighted when the company announced that Lego minifigs would be going on sale on their own for the first time, something that we reported on back in January.Well the historic moment has arrived as today sees their launch in... Read more

20 of the best Hubble facts and photos

20 of the best Hubble facts and photos

By Ben Crompton

Trapped on this, metaphorically speaking, ever shrinking planet there is not one amongst us who has not stared up into the heavens and gazed in awe at the myriad of pin pricks that make up the night sky. Enter stage left the telescope, a technological... Read more

UK Election jumps on the social-networking bandwagon

UK Election jumps on the social-networking bandwagon

By Ben Crompton

Social networking site Facebook and video sharing site YouTube will be hosting a "Digital Debate", which will give potential voters the chance to put questions to the three main party leaders in the lead up to the UK general election.In a bid to convince... Read more

Digital Economy Bill: What it means for filesharers

Digital Economy Bill: What it means for filesharers

By Ben Crompton

If you haven't been languishing in a cave or living in some remote corner of the globe without TV or internet access, then you have probably come across something called the Digital Economy Bill.This bill was recently passed and it has within it certain... Read more

Toshiba launches "England Expects" World Cup promotion

Toshiba launches "England Expects" World Cup promotion

By Ben Crompton

Toshiba has announced that it is launching the England Expects promotion, which could see a whole lot of money given back to Toshiba customers, if England bring home the World Cup. Basically it'll mean splashing the cash on one of Toshiba's "qualifying... Read more

Sky announces four more 3D matches

Sky announces four more 3D matches

By Ben Crompton

Sky has announced four more live Premier league fixtures to be broadcast in 3D during April. All the matches will involve the three title challengers and gives 3D and football fans alike something to look forward to - especially for those who were impressed... Read more

Future diaries: 02 April 2015

Future diaries: 02 April 2015

By Ben Crompton

It's Friday morning and although usually I'd be working hard for Pocket-lint all week, I've managed to wangle a day off and thus a long weekend. It suddenly dawns on me, however, that I agreed to go shopping for my better half - light reactive blinds... Read more

What to expect from the semantic web

What to expect from the semantic web

By Ben Crompton

Some of the ideas surrounding the semantic web can sometimes get a little tricky, however it remains an important subject as it is the future. So if you haven't heard of it before, and would like to know a little more on how it works, then now is possibly... Read more

5 Crazy inventions you won't find in 2015

5 Crazy inventions you won't find in 2015

By Ben Crompton

There have been many fantastic inventions which have changed our lives beyond all recognition, others, however, have seen more limited success. Some have been ahead of their time while others have flopped because they're just just a bit crap.Today, we... Read more

Where is the hoverboard?

Where is the hoverboard?

By Ben Crompton

Since the dawn of time man has searched in vain for many scientific breakthroughs, whether it be the ability to make lead into gold; to travel faster than light; or the secret of younger looking skin. For sometime now (well 1989, when Back to the Future... Read more

Spotify gets rough US launch date

Spotify gets rough US launch date

By Ben Crompton

The long-awaited US launch of Spotify seems to be taking shape, as the music streaming service will be possibly going live in the third quarter 2010. This, according to Bloomberg, has been attributed to senior vice president Paul Brown, who in a recent... Read more

InvisibleHand launches on Internet Explorer

InvisibleHand launches on Internet Explorer

By Ben Crompton

InvisibleHand, the free real-time online shopping tool, has announced that from 25 March 2010 it will be available on Internet Explorer. According to the company: "InvisibleHand has already found over £7 million of savings for online shoppers, but by... Read more

QuantumFilm promises DSLR quality on a cameraphone

QuantumFilm promises DSLR quality on a cameraphone

By Ben Crompton

Venture-backed fabless semiconductor company InVisage has just announced an innovation that could usher in a new era for the cameraphone. Called QuantumFilm, the new technology attempts to use the properties of quantum dots, a type of semiconductor material,... Read more

Tell us your PC fails and win a HP mini 311 netbook

Tell us your PC fails and win a HP mini 311 netbook

By Ben Crompton

To many people computers are a mystery. It’s a good job that the more IT literate amongst you are around to help friends and family with home computer issues. Despite the smiling countenance and stiff upper lip of the technology bod every now and then... Read more

Microsoft launches Messenger-themed mobile

Microsoft launches Messenger-themed mobile

By Ben Crompton

We're slightly curious as to Microsoft's thinking behind this latest branded phone, the Messenger Edition 251, as you'd have thought it would have its hands full at the moment as it counts down to the launch of Windows Phone 7 Series in around 9 months... Read more

HP Slate priced and dated

HP Slate priced and dated

By Ben Crompton

It appears that the Spanish site Clipset has revealed both pricing and some rough dates for HP's new Slate device, which was first announced at CES. Pricing has been set at the 400 euro ($550) mark, which compared to the iPad's now confirmed $499 price... Read more

Google Buzz widget comes to Android

Google Buzz widget comes to Android

By Ben Crompton

Google Buzz, the social networking service, which initially met with a degree of scepticism from some corners of the Web, is now available as an official Android app. The Google Buzz widget for Android will allow you to bombard family, friends and work... Read more

Avatar becomes fastest selling DVD ever at Play.com

Avatar becomes fastest selling DVD ever at Play.com

By Ben Crompton

Avatar has beaten off previous efforts from Mamma Mia and The Dark Knight to become Play.com’s biggest selling DVD ever. We brought you news of the box office spectacular Avatar going on pre-order on the 16 March, since then it has sold five times as... Read more

New Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker pack announced

New Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker pack announced

By Ben Crompton

A new limited edition Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Entertainment Pack has been announced, and it'll be hitting the US and Canada on 8 June, to coincide with the launch of the game. Previously announced for MGS fans in Japan, the US and Canada offering... Read more

Avatar goes on pre-order

Avatar goes on pre-order

By Ben Crompton

Avatar, the big 3D hit of 2009, has gone on pre-order meaning you can count down the days before its release and be safe in the knowledge that you'll have a copy winging its way to you. Available on both DVD and Blu-ray, Avatar will go on sale to the... Read more

Mobility Bridge offers new way of using your mobile

Mobility Bridge offers new way of using your mobile

By Ben Crompton

A new innovation is in the works which allows those with conditions that affect movement, posture and co-ordination to effectively operate mobile phones and computer technology. Called the Mobility Bridge, the device has two methods of operation: one... Read more

Vodafone to slash another 500 jobs

Vodafone to slash another 500 jobs

By Ben Crompton

It seems that Vodafone still has some way to go as far as cost saving measures as it is set to announce 500 job cuts from its Newbury headquarters.After Vodafone shed 500 jobs last year Newbrarians working for the mobile giant could be forgiven for hoping... Read more

North Korea builds its own OS

North Korea builds its own OS

By Ben Crompton

The North Korean government has developed its own operating system based on the open source Linux OS. The "Red Star" operating system has apparently been in development since 2006 but came to light after Russian news channel, Russia Today, covered a blog... Read more

Acer announces K11 Pico-projector

Acer announces K11 Pico-projector

By Ben Crompton

Acer has announced the latest addition to its range of ultra-portable projectors fresh from the CeBIT trade show in Hannover, Germany.The Acer K11 pico-projector claims ultra-portable status through its built-in USB and SD card readers as well as titchy... Read more

Skype for Nokia handsets makes it to the Ovi Store

Skype for Nokia handsets makes it to the Ovi Store

By Ben Crompton

Skype and Nokia have announced that a fully fledged version of its Skype app on the Symbian ^1 platform is available to download from the Ovi Store.Although Skype has actually been available on Symbian S60 devices in its beta version for some time now... Read more

Brits vote on the best inventions of the Noughties

Brits vote on the best inventions of the Noughties

By Ben Crompton

A survey has recently been carried out asking people in the UK what they believe was the best invention of the Noughties. Offersupermarket.co.uk, the company who conducted the survey in order to promote its launch, collected opinions from 1135 people,... Read more

Samsung launches OmniPro Microwave

Samsung launches OmniPro Microwave

By Ben Crompton

When the first Radarange microwave oven launched in 1947 a new day dawned in respect to home cuisine. Soon there would be no need to sweat over a hot stove, with a simple touch of a button the whole family could be provided with nutritious home-cooked... Read more

LaRoo launches Mock Twisters earphone gadget

LaRoo launches Mock Twisters earphone gadget

By Ben Crompton

With the problem of tangled earphones apparently at epidemic levels we've had another release through in the form of the Mock Twisters, designed by LaRoo to keep your ear phones knotless whilst in a bag, pocket or any other receptacle for that matter.... Read more

Magneat offers cable-tangle solution for on-the-go audio

Magneat offers cable-tangle solution for on-the-go audio

By Ben Crompton

If you are a music lover, or, more specifically, someone who listens to music on the go, then the problem of cable tangle will not be new to you.Enter stage left a new innovation in the form of the Magneat - an attempt by the Icelandic design team Preggioni... Read more

PopCap's Plants vs. Zombies hits the iPhone and iPod touch

PopCap's Plants vs. Zombies hits the iPhone and iPod touch

By Ben Crompton

PopCap has just announced the launch of its hit game Plants vs. Zombies for the iPhone and iPod touch. The game is said to be faithful to the original design of PC and Mac versions, but with some specific adaptations, which includes special features and... Read more

Plantronics announces .Audio headset range

Plantronics announces .Audio headset range

By Ben Crompton

Plantronics has announced an expansion of its range of .Audio PC headsets at Mobile World Congress, with four new wideband models entering the fold. All the devices feature digital signal processing (DSP) technology and noise cancelling microphones, which... Read more

Heritage Key comes online as Second Life for Indiana Jones wannabes

Heritage Key comes online as Second Life for Indiana Jones wannabes

By Ben Crompton

Virtual worlds can create a good deal of controversy, with some critics suggesting that the format is detrimental to real life and learning, with the emphasis tending to be on gaining virtual possessions and snogging other avatars. We spoke to Jim Himoff,... Read more

Retro Thing launches classic USB joystick

Retro Thing launches classic USB joystick

By Ben Crompton

Retro Thing has worked with Legacy Engineering to create the Clear Classic USB Joystick, an Atari 2600-esque effort aimed at the PC and Mac market. The joystick combines the classic style with transparent plastic and contains a blue LED that illuminates... Read more

Apple iPad could cost over $1100

Apple iPad could cost over $1100

By Ben Crompton

The announcement by Steve Jobs of the US pricing for the Apple iPad drew gasps during the media event keynote with the $499 highlighted cost lower than estimates, but when reality bites how much is the iPad really going to cost you? We ask this question... Read more

Blue Microphones launches pro USB mic for the masses

Blue Microphones launches pro USB mic for the masses

By Ben Crompton

Blue Microphones, described as a "leading innovator in microphone technology and design" has announced the UK launch of a consumer model, which will be called the Snowball.The company states that the Snowball can capture detailed sound unheard of in previous... Read more

Star Wars 3D in the pipeline

Star Wars 3D in the pipeline

By Ben Crompton

Star Wars in 3D could become a reality as George Lucas has stated that he was impressed with the technology used in Avatar and its subsequent success at the box office.Lucas states: “We’ve been looking for years and years and years of trying to take... Read more

Exspect MiBag customisable laptop bag
3.5 stars

Exspect MiBag customisable laptop bag

By Ben Crompton

Laptop bags can be thought of as the unsung hero of the laptop world, carrying (pardon the pun) out an invaluable task in the transport of our latest netbooks and laptops. So when we were sent the Exspect MiBag we set about to find out whether it could... Read more

VAT increase does not stop shoppers spending

VAT increase does not stop shoppers spending

By Ben Crompton

InvisibleHand, the online real-time price comparison tool, has just released some statistics which it has interpreted as suggesting that the 2010 VAT increase has not dampened consumer spending. InvisibleHand's research - covering over 100,000 online... Read more

Panasonic unveils "classroom of the future" at BETT

Panasonic unveils "classroom of the future" at BETT

By Ben Crompton

Technology is arguably at the centre of any society's development and a key area in which innovations can be of massive importance is that of education. In view of this, Panasonic has unveiled its "complete education solution package" at the BETT educational... Read more

Sonim launches XP3.2 Quest Pro mobile

Sonim launches XP3.2 Quest Pro mobile

By Ben Crompton

Sonim has just released details of a new addition to its XP series of tough phones, at CES in Las Vegas, which is due to be launched into the American market. Called the Sonim XP3.2 Quest Pro, the phone appears to improve on many of its predecessors'... Read more

Panasonic launches mixed bag of high and standard definition camcorders

Panasonic launches mixed bag of high and standard definition camcorders

By Ben Crompton

Panasonic has announced a range of standard and high definition camcorders at CES in Las Vegas. The three new standard definition camcorders include the top of the range SDR-H85, which can record to HDD and SDXC, SDHC or SD memory card and features an... Read more

Polaroid announces return of the Polaroid OneStep instant camera

Polaroid announces return of the Polaroid OneStep instant camera

By Ben Crompton

Following the news Pocket-lint covered of the re-launch of Polaroid, the company has released details of some of its upcoming products at CES in Las Vegas. These include the return of the Polaroid OneStep camera, the PIC 1000, which will be available... Read more

Sony flogs 3.8 million PS3s over Christmas

Sony flogs 3.8 million PS3s over Christmas

By Ben Crompton

Sony has released details of its worldwide sales for the PlayStation 3 during the "Holiday Season" - also known as Christmas. Sales are taken for the 5 weeks following the last week in November 2009, in which time, according to Sony, a whopping 3.8 million... Read more

Olympus adds to rugged camera range with the Tough 3000

Olympus adds to rugged camera range with the Tough 3000

By Ben Crompton

Olympus has just announced a refresh of its Mju Tough camera range with the Tough 3000, at CES in Las Vegas. Like its predecessors it's waterproof to 3 metres, shockproof to a drop of 1.5 metres and can withstand temperatures as low as -10 degrees Celcius.... Read more

Memorex offers expanded range Wii sensor bar

Memorex offers expanded range Wii sensor bar

By Ben Crompton

Memorex has announced its first foray into the realm of gaming accessories - concentrating for the moment on the Wii. The list includes fitness mats, charging kits, racing wheels and the usual gubbins but in the interest of everyone's sanity we've picked... Read more

Dell announces smartphone deal with AT&T

Dell announces smartphone deal with AT&T

By Ben Crompton

Dell has announced that US operator AT&T will join China Mobile and Claro in Brazil to become the next mobile operator to offer its Mini 3 Android-based phone. The Mini 3 sports a 3.5-inch, 640 x 360 widescreen display, built-in GPS, a 3-megapixel camera... Read more

Toshiba announces T135D and T115D Satellite laptops

Toshiba announces T135D and T115D Satellite laptops

By Ben Crompton

Toshiba has announced the launch of two new laptops in its ultra-thin range at CES in Las Vegas - the Satellite T135D and Satellite T115D. Toshiba claims the new Satellite T100 series laptops aim to deliver a broader range of multimedia capabilities in... Read more

TomTom reveals snow-related traffic jam info

TomTom reveals snow-related traffic jam info

By Ben Crompton

Snow is big news at the moment, with consistent snowfall throughout the country meaning large delays have been experienced by many motorists. Detailing this is a release from TomTom, which gives some figures relating to the traffic jams and subsequent... Read more

Samsung C9000 LED 3D TV goes super-thin

Samsung C9000 LED 3D TV goes super-thin

By Ben Crompton

3D televisions are set to make a big splash this year, if CES 2010 in Las Vegas is anything to go by - and true to form Samsung is leading the way with a range of 3D-ready LED TVs. Heading the lineup is the Samsung LED C9000, an absolute whopper with... Read more

BBC launches Good Food Healthy Recipes app

BBC launches Good Food Healthy Recipes app

By Ben Crompton

The BBC has announced that it's launching a new app for the iPhone and iPod which caters for all you foodies. Called the BBC Good Food Healthy Recipes App and available from the Apple App store now, it aims to help users of the Apple devices stick to... Read more