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Ice Cream Sandwich for Asus Transformer Prime coming 12 January

Ice Cream Sandwich for Asus Transformer Prime coming 12 January

By Ben Crompton

Asus has announced the rollout of Android Ice Cream Sandwich for its Transformer Prime tablet, which will be bringing all the extra features of a boost in OS on the 12 January.Asus originally promised Android 4.0 for the Prime Transformer to start in... Read more

Rupert Murdoch joins Twitter following tumultuous 2011

Rupert Murdoch joins Twitter following tumultuous 2011

By Ben Crompton

Rupert Murdoch, one of the most powerful and controversial figures in media, has joined Twitter; and he's gained over 80,000 followers in the short  time he's been a member.The media baron's decision to join the social network follows a tumultuous 2011... Read more

Apple New York event coming in January: TV and iPad 3 unlikely

Apple New York event coming in January: TV and iPad 3 unlikely

By Ben Crompton

The new year has only just arrived and already there's an Apple rumour of an upcoming event to be held in New York spreading around the web.However, the report from AllThingsD suggests that any new product announcement will be resigned to the realms of... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: Lumi for iPhone review

APP OF THE DAY: Lumi for iPhone review

By Ben Crompton

We've had a great run of AOTD's this year and as we near the end of 2011, we thought we'd feature a cracking game, which is not only very pretty, but plays particularly nicely on the iPhone.Potted from the older Xbox 360 title this game should while away... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: Jet Pack Santa review (iPhone)

APP OF THE DAY: Jet Pack Santa review (iPhone)

By Ben Crompton

Help Santa delivery presents to all the good boys and girls this Christmas with Jet Pack Santa, a game for the iPhone and iPad, designed by Whacked Prattle and the Serious Games Institute. All profits from the game will go to the Prince’s Trust.Jet... Read more

Credit Crunch Christmas: Grand Theft Auto 3 iPhone app price slash

Credit Crunch Christmas: Grand Theft Auto 3 iPhone app price slash

By Ben Crompton

The Grand Theft  Auto 3 app for the iPhone has seen a price drop with the price being slashed by a pound, dropping from £2.99 to £1.99.It has revamped graphics, some new character models and customised controls for the iPhone's touchscreen. The new... Read more

Credit Crunch Christmas: LG 25-inch LED FULL HD TV

Credit Crunch Christmas: LG 25-inch LED FULL HD TV

By Ben Crompton

This is a last minute bargain for anyone wanting to invest in a flatscreen TV for a bit of HD Christmas movie action. And it's Ebuyer Express, via Ebay, that is offering up the LG 25-inch widescreen LED TV for £169.99 - no it is not the biggest goggle... Read more

Nexus S Ice Cream Sandwich update halted as battery issues abound

Nexus S Ice Cream Sandwich update halted as battery issues abound

By Ben Crompton

Google has halted the rollout of the Android 4.0 update for the Nexus S, as users started to report problems with the mobile phone's battery.The report comes from the Google Mobile Help forum in which a statement has been posted by Google community manager... Read more

Firefox dependency on Google continues as 3-year search default deal signed

Firefox dependency on Google continues as 3-year search default deal signed

By Ben Crompton

Google and Mozilla, the company behind Firefox, have signed a deal that will keep Google as the default search engine within the open-source browser.The last deal, signed in 2008, ran out in November 2011; however, during that time Firefox has seen some... Read more

Battlefield 3 insane stunt pwns YouTube (video)

Battlefield 3 insane stunt pwns YouTube (video)

By Ben Crompton

A video has been posted on YouTube showing, what has to be, one of the most audacious kills ever in Battlefield 3, and as such has seen nearly 6 million hits on YouTube since its upload.The manoeuvre involves the downing of an enemy fighter, however despite... Read more

BT hits at the heart of Google, sues for widespread infringement

BT hits at the heart of Google, sues for widespread infringement

By Ben Crompton

British Telecom (BT) has filed a lawsuit against Google, which states the online information giant is infringing six of BT's patents; something that spans right across Google's portfolio, including Google Search, AdSense, Google+, Google Docs,Google Maps,... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: RhymieStymie review (iPhone)

APP OF THE DAY: RhymieStymie review (iPhone)

By Ben Crompton

It has to be said that word games, as a rule, aren't at the top of Pocket-lint's must-download list. Not because we shy away or poo poo the more intellectual pursuits, but because, often, word games don't hold the excitement of a shoot-em-up or graphical... Read more

iTunes Match lands in UK App Store ... with a bump

iTunes Match lands in UK App Store ... with a bump

By Ben Crompton

The iTunes Match music service has landed in the UK with a bit of a bump, as it looks as though it has suffered from a premature release - something that is never welcome.Reports came in that iTunes Match had been spotted in a variety of countries outside... Read more

Credit Crunch Christmas: Kinect sensor and two games under £100

Credit Crunch Christmas: Kinect sensor and two games under £100

By Ben Crompton

The Kinect for Xbox 360 sensor seems to be going from strength to strength, so if you've been thinking about getting in on some controller-free action then this deal via eBay from gaming store ShopTo might well be of interest.You can pick up a Kinect... Read more

Google Majel voice recognition for Android to start war of words with Siri

Google Majel voice recognition for Android to start war of words with Siri

By Ben Crompton

Reports have come in from AndroidandMe that Google is planning a new natural language system called Majel, and that this Android voice recognition software could be with us by the end of 2011 and bring Siri-like features to Android mobiles.Named from... Read more

Skype 2.6 for Android update: Photo and video messaging for free

Skype 2.6 for Android update: Photo and video messaging for free

By Ben Crompton

Skype has announced the launch of Skype 2.6 for Android, bringing with it a whole bunch of new features including photo and video messaging for free over Wi-Fi or your 3G network.Not only this but if you're lucky enough to own an Android device packing... Read more

iPads enter cockpits as American Airlines gets the go-ahead

iPads enter cockpits as American Airlines gets the go-ahead

By Ben Crompton

The FAA has now approved the introduction of iPads on mainstream flights in the US, as American Airlines begin to take off using the tablet this Friday 16 December.The move means that pilots will no longer have to wade through the bulky flight manual... Read more

Apple's founding documents sell at auction for $1.6 million

Apple's founding documents sell at auction for $1.6 million

By Ben Crompton

Apple's founding documents have been sold at auction reaching a whopping $1.6 million and blowing away the $150,000 price the contract was estimated to fetch.The three-document bundle consisted of a legal paper that saw Apple become a registered company,... Read more

Microsoft SkyDrive app for iPhone and Windows Phone 7 launches

Microsoft SkyDrive app for iPhone and Windows Phone 7 launches

By Ben Crompton

Microsoft has announced the launch of SkyDrive for iPhone and Windows Phone 7, bringing some serious cloud-based control over all types of digital files.The new SkyDrive app will allow users to search through all of their content and share whatever they... Read more

Create-your-own-app service launches first app offering: Share My ABCs

Create-your-own-app service launches first app offering: Share My ABCs

By Ben Crompton

The create-your-own-app service called FundedApps has launched its first publicly-sourced app that enables children to practice tracing letters, words and animals in an Alphabet World on the iPad.Called Share My ABCs, the app was conceived by Father of... Read more

Credit Crunch Christmas: Samsung 51-inch Full HD 3D plasma

Credit Crunch Christmas: Samsung 51-inch Full HD 3D plasma

By Ben Crompton

Christmas isn't Christmas without a few very important additions. First off, Jesus is pretty much an absolute must, and second a huge amount of TV/movie consumption.The first is easy, as you can simply nip down to your local church for a bit of Christmas... Read more

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc HD photos emerge ahead of CES

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc HD photos emerge ahead of CES

By Ben Crompton

New photos of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc HD (aka Nozomi) have emerged along with more possible specs to add to the ones Pocket-lint already covered earlier in December, however this time the blurrycam images are replaced with photos of a somewhat better... Read more

Google responds to RuFraud Android mobile attack: 22 apps removed

Google responds to RuFraud Android mobile attack: 22 apps removed

By Ben Crompton

Google has responded to an emerging attack called RuFraud by removing 22 apps from the Android Marketplace.The RuFraud Malware was alerted to Google by security firm Lookout Mobile, who noticed a hat full of apps residing in its app store which on downloading... Read more

Windows Phone SMS bug leaves handsets open to attack

Windows Phone SMS bug leaves handsets open to attack

By Ben Crompton

A bug within the Windows Phone 7 operating system has been uncovered which can be exploited by attackers, allowing a Denial of Service attack to be sent via SMS which will disable messaging on the device.This flaw is apparently targeted at Windows Phone... Read more

Credit Crunch Christmas: Fujifilm FinePix Z900EXR

Credit Crunch Christmas: Fujifilm FinePix Z900EXR

By Ben Crompton

A camera is always a welcome gift, however the decent ones do tend to be a little on the pricey side which is where the Pocket-lint Credit Crunch Christmas comes to the rescue. We've searched the Internet highways and byways to find you, not only one... Read more

Google Doodle pays tribute to 'Mayor of Silicon Valley'

Google Doodle pays tribute to 'Mayor of Silicon Valley'

By Ben Crompton

Google has paid tribute to silicon chip co-creator Robert Noyce with a very fetching, and rather ornate, micro-chip Google Doodle. This particular doodle celebrating the engineer's 84th birthday.Noyce was one of the main driving forces behind Silicon... Read more

Metal Gear Solid: Rising renamed, hardcore fans may seek 'revengeance' (video)

Metal Gear Solid: Rising renamed, hardcore fans may seek 'revengeance' (video)

By Ben Crompton

Metal Gear Solid: Rising has had a name change; now to be called Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance details posted on the new game also suggest a far bigger focus on all-out action as opposed to the mix of stealth and action in previous iteration.Part of... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: TED review (iPhone)

APP OF THE DAY: TED review (iPhone)

By Ben Crompton

Come rain or shine, hell or high water you can be sure that App of the day will be at hand to bring you the best of the current app selection on a variety of platforms. Except on Sundays when AOTD has a day off and puts his feet up in front of the fire.However... Read more

Credit Crunch Christmas: Bigtrak under £20

Credit Crunch Christmas: Bigtrak under £20

By Ben Crompton

Some toys, over time, have managed to reach classic status, spanning the generations with excellent design and the ability to engage children despite all the trappings of the modern age.Bigtrak is just one of these classic children's toys and is bound... Read more

Google Currents mobile magazine launches on iOS and Android (video)

Google Currents mobile magazine launches on iOS and Android (video)

By Ben Crompton

Google has introduced its latest foray into the world of mobile news with Google Currents, a highly graphical news reader which, with the addition of deep Google+ integration, will take on Flipboard's own social networking functionality.The graphical... Read more

Samsung 11.6 tablet to beat iPad 3 in high resolution race

Samsung 11.6 tablet to beat iPad 3 in high resolution race

By Ben Crompton

Samsung is apparently planning an 11.6-inch Ice Cream Sandwich tablet with a whopping 2560 x 1600 resolution display, which may be rolled out at Mobile World Congress in February next year - earlier than Apple's iPad 3.Pocket-lint reported on the possibility... Read more

Credit Crunch Christmas: Elder Scrolls V Skyrim just £22.49

Credit Crunch Christmas: Elder Scrolls V Skyrim just £22.49

By Ben Crompton

Gamestation is pulling out all the stops as it is selling Elder Scrolls V Skyrim on PS3 and Xbox 360 for just £22.49 along with free UK delivery.When Pocket-lint reviewed the game we gave it a whopping 9/10 saying: "Skyrim looks the business, with vast... Read more

Amazon Kindle Fire to control Android tablet market in 2012

Amazon Kindle Fire to control Android tablet market in 2012

By Ben Crompton

The Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, which launched in the US nearly a month ago, has been given some pretty healthy sales forecasts for the coming months, meaning it could take up to half the Android tablet market share in 2012.The reason for this assault... Read more

TalkTalk porn filter fails to protect from adult website

TalkTalk porn filter fails to protect from adult website

By Ben Crompton

TalkTalk's new filter system that, amongst other things, aims to block adult websites has failed for over a week. This has allowed access to Pornhub, one of Britain's largest pornography websites.The internet protection service in question is called HomeSafe,... Read more

Lenovo ThinkPad X130e announced in US, will be tough on school children

Lenovo ThinkPad X130e announced in US, will be tough on school children

By Ben Crompton

Lenovo had announced the US launch of its new tough ThinkPad X10e, a laptop with rugged credentials that is built to survive the classroom. As Lenovo puts it: "specially ruggedized for education".The ThinkPad X10e will launch 20 December 2011 and boasts... Read more

Remote control Xbox Companion app coming 6 December

Remote control Xbox Companion app coming 6 December

By Ben Crompton

We've already brought you a full hands-on of the new Xbox Dashboard, however there has also been confirmation that the remote control Xbox Companion app for WP7 will be coming 6 December.When the new Dashboard update goes live on 6 December, you'll not... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: New Group review (WP7)

APP OF THE DAY: New Group review (WP7)

By Ben Crompton

When faced with a problem it's often the case that a direct solution - one that deals with the issue in its entirety - is not possible. And this is when a workaround is used.It perhaps won't produce the best result, but it works to an extent and will... Read more

Credit Crunch Christmas: Sky and LG Xmas Cashback

Credit Crunch Christmas: Sky and LG Xmas Cashback

By Ben Crompton

Continuing our run of tech bargains in the lead up to Christmas, we have an offer from two companies that are central to the success of most people's Christmas Day festivities: TV.Rather than making conversation with people you truly have nothing in common... Read more

New software shows just how much celebs are photoshopped

New software shows just how much celebs are photoshopped

By Ben Crompton

Researchers from the Department of Science at Dartmouth College have developed a software tool for rating the extent to which a photo has been Photoshopped, aiming to bring a bit of honesty back into images of celebrities and models.This kind of unrealistic... Read more

Bug-free Galaxy Nexus now available on Vodafone

Bug-free Galaxy Nexus now available on Vodafone

By Ben Crompton

Vodafone has finally announced that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has gone on sale in its shops after delaying the release of the mobile due to a bug.The phone, which is packed full of Android Ice Cream Sandwich and delivers some pretty high-end tech within,... Read more

Credit Crunch Christmas: 19-inch LED TV from M&S

Credit Crunch Christmas: 19-inch LED TV from M&S

By Ben Crompton

Pocket-lint's Credit Crunch Christmas gift guide is back, bringing you all that is unholy in the way of consumer technology bargains.If you're strapped for cash, we'd probably recommend making your Christmas presents as a bit of DIY never hurt anyone;... Read more

Xbox and Kinect see bumper sales with dashboard update just days away

Xbox and Kinect see bumper sales with dashboard update just days away

By Ben Crompton

Microsoft has announced some pretty impressive stats for its Xbox 360 console and Kinect motion control device, as a week of Black Friday sales proves a huge draw.Over 960,000 Xbox 360 consoles were sold in the US during Black Friday week with the Kinect... Read more

Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies infects iPhone and iPad

Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies infects iPhone and iPad

By Ben Crompton

Activision has come out all guns blazing, as Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies is now available for iPhone/iPad and is live and ready to download from the App Store.Based on Treyarch's console version and adapted by the folks at Ideaworks Game Studio, the... Read more

Free 50GB Box storage comes to LG and Xperia mobiles

Free 50GB Box storage comes to LG and Xperia mobiles

By Ben Crompton

Those of you sporting a Sony Ericsson Xperia mobile or an LG handset are in line for a huge amount of extra memory for your phone, as Box.net is teaming up with the two mobile manufacturers to bring you 50GB of free storage on download.In respect to LG,... Read more

PS3 prepped for PS Vita with v.4.00 update

PS3 prepped for PS Vita with v.4.00 update

By Ben Crompton

Sony is prepping its PlayStation 3 games console in readiness for the Japanese launch of its PS Vita handheld device.The version 4.00 update will enable the PS Vita and PS3 to share information, which will mean you'll be able to copy games, music, photos... Read more

Google redesign strips navigation bar to its bare necessities

Google redesign strips navigation bar to its bare necessities

By Ben Crompton

Google is rolling out its new-look Google navigation bar which gets rid of the old, slightly cluttered, effort and replaces it with a shiny new stripped down version with a swanky drop-down menu bar which will give you links to all the Google products.This... Read more

Exploding iPhone prompts technical examination

Exploding iPhone prompts technical examination

By Ben Crompton

An Australian domestic airline has reported that there was a case of an in-flight exploding iPhone during a flight to Sydney; this, prompting a technical investigation of the product.According to the aviation company, Regional Express Airlines, "fumes,... Read more

Government aims for video games dominance with ICT reform

Government aims for video games dominance with ICT reform

By Ben Crompton

UK schools may be getting widespread reform in computer science lessons, in the hope it'll provide a foundation to take advantage of the multi-billion video games and visual effects industry.The decision to target computer science comes in response to... Read more

LG Ice Cream Sandwich lineup confirmed: Is yours in the list?

LG Ice Cream Sandwich lineup confirmed: Is yours in the list?

By Ben Crompton

LG has confirmed which of its mobiles will be getting the upgrade to the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, and, as expected, the list mainly consists of LG's higher-end handsets.Pocket-lint brought confirmation at the beginning of November... Read more

7 days living with... some decent headphones

7 days living with... some decent headphones

By Ben Crompton

It has to be said that in general I use rubbish headphones. It's been, well, forever, since I used a decent pair.As a rule I've rarely strayed from the bundled earphones dished out in MP3 players and mobile phones. Yes, I know I work for a top consumer... Read more