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Best Buy UK to cease trading 15 January 2012: Closing down sale begins

Best Buy UK to cease trading 15 January 2012: Closing down sale begins

By Ben Crompton

We brought you news on the imminent closure of UK Best Buy at the beginning of November and now the company has posted a letter saying that Best Buy UK stores and website will close on 15 January 2012.The UK venture was a teamup between Best Buy and the... Read more

Cyber Monday infographic details rise of online shopping

Cyber Monday infographic details rise of online shopping

By Ben Crompton

Cyber Monday, the online shopping fest that comes after the Black Friday sales in the US, is becoming ever more present in the UK; similar to our boxing day sales this is, in part, thanks to big-name companies like Amazon.co.uk and Apple.However, this... Read more

PlayStation Vita Remote Play: Total control on all PS3 games

PlayStation Vita Remote Play: Total control on all PS3 games

By Ben Crompton

We've known for some time now that the PlayStation Vita would be able to function as both a controller for the PS3 and display PS3 content via its screen, however we weren't sure of  the extent to which this new functionality would be implemented.The... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: Poynt review (Windows Phone 7)

APP OF THE DAY: Poynt review (Windows Phone 7)

By Ben Crompton

Some of the apps you download you may well find to be completely useless, they promise the world only to be a total let down. This can be for a variety of reasons: poor user interface, sluggish loading times, a complete lack of any decent content.And... Read more

Sony Kinect TV on the cards?

Sony Kinect TV on the cards?

By Ben Crompton

Microsoft Kinect, the hugely successful motion control gaming accessory, might just get TV integration as reports suggest Microsoft has approached TV companies about licensing the Kinect tech.The Daily has suggested that both Sony and Vizio have been... Read more

Gameloft in-flight iPad games take to the skies

Gameloft in-flight iPad games take to the skies

By Ben Crompton

Gameloft has announced plans to bring 12 of its iPad games to aircraft carrier Jetstar, in a move that will enable passengers to play games on their own device or loan iPads from the company.There will be five titles available from December: Real Football,... Read more

Prada and LG renew vows with third phone for 2012

Prada and LG renew vows with third phone for 2012

By Ben Crompton

Prada and LG have been chums for quite a while now, having launched both the LG Prada and LG Prada 2 in 2007 and 2008 respectively, and now it seems that the two companies are to reaffirm their commitment to each other with the launch of another mobile... Read more

Sony PS4 launch aims to keep pace with next-gen Xbox

Sony PS4 launch aims to keep pace with next-gen Xbox

By Ben Crompton

Sony is aiming for the launch of the PlayStation 4 to keep up with rivals after Jim Ryan, PlayStation Europe big cheese, said that it would be "undesirable" for the PS4 launch to lag too far behind the competition (next-gen Xbox, Wii U).In the interview... Read more

Starbucks One Touch iPhone payments app comes to UK

Starbucks One Touch iPhone payments app comes to UK

By Ben Crompton

Starbucks has announced that it will be bringing it's mobile payment app already available Stateside to the UK in the new year. The one-touch mobile app will allow you to enter any one of 700 Starbucks coffee shops and pay through the tech. The app will... Read more

Spotify responds to iTunes and Google Music with "what's next" event

Spotify responds to iTunes and Google Music with "what's next" event

By Ben Crompton

Spotify has announced a "what's next" event to be held in New York on 30 November, just 4 months since the launch of Spotify in the States.We've been enjoying Spotify for some time here in the UK, but Spotify decided to take its time with a US launch;... Read more

Kinect for Windows PCs moves tech to new level in 2012

Kinect for Windows PCs moves tech to new level in 2012

By Ben Crompton

Microsoft Kinect, the no-hands gaming peripheral for Xbox 360, is to see a move over to Windows PCs come early 2012, and in the process it'll be gaining new hardware improvements.We've seen the Kinect on a PC many times before with hackers porting the... Read more

Augmented reality contact lenses almost here: focus on emails and gaming

Augmented reality contact lenses almost here: focus on emails and gaming

By Ben Crompton

A leap in augmented reality could be just around the corner as developments in nano-projection have enabled scientists at the University of Washington to say that such tech would be not only feasible, but also safe.After testing on rabbits, the researchers... Read more

Self-deleting text app MyDestructibleText arrives on iPhone

Self-deleting text app MyDestructibleText arrives on iPhone

By Ben Crompton

Many will feel this self-deleting text service that has just launched on iPhone is a little dodgy; however it doesn't contain adult content or malware, so how is it dodgy?Well it's clear as day that rather than being used, as the example on the MyDestructibleText's... Read more

Official Facebook phone incoming: Just a novelty?

Official Facebook phone incoming: Just a novelty?

By Ben Crompton

Facebook is going into partnership with HTC in order to produce an official Facebook phone; nicknamed Buffy, after the vampire slayer, it will run a modified version of the Android operating system.According to sources close to AllThingsD the launch of... Read more

Android worst OS for malware attacks according to Q3 report

Android worst OS for malware attacks according to Q3 report

By Ben Crompton

Android has been outed as the worst OS for malware attacks according to McAfee's third quarter threat reports, highlighting some of the difficulties associated with the Google's "open source" mobile operating system.Although the Q3 report comes as no... Read more

Nokia Lumia 601 leaked image: High-end snapper on budget handset

Nokia Lumia 601 leaked image: High-end snapper on budget handset

By Ben Crompton

A leaked Nokia Lumia image has presented itself, with the moniker Nokia 601 emblazoned across its bottom. However we have to say the pic doesn't look terribly convincing, and certain aspects just don't quite fit.The Nokia 601 shot comes from Pocketnow... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: Orbital review (WP7)

APP OF THE DAY: Orbital review (WP7)

By Ben Crompton

There's no doubt that Windows Phone 7 titles, especially games, seem a little on the pricey side compared to their iPhone counterparts, so when you do purchase a game you want to make sure it's for you; this is taken care of, to an extent, with the "try"... Read more

Google Doodle honours physicist Louis Daguerre

Google Doodle honours physicist Louis Daguerre

By Ben Crompton

Google has produced another Google doodle which pays tribute to Louis Daguerre on his 224th birthday; inventor of the daguerreotype his process enabled the fixing of a permanent image to a silver coated copper plate.Although his invention was the first... Read more

Gmail for iPhone flop returns to App Store

Gmail for iPhone flop returns to App Store

By Ben Crompton

Pocket-lint covered the rise and fall of the Gmail app for iPhone, so it seems only right that we report on its, eh... rise again - this relaunch coming after its first iteration failure.The reason for the failure was a bug that broke notifications and... Read more

SwiftKey X 2.2 app powers up: Speed boost, new keyboards and more languages

SwiftKey X 2.2 app powers up: Speed boost, new keyboards and more languages

By Ben Crompton

The SwiftKey X predictive keyboard app has had a spit and polish, bringing updates to its keyboard selection, UI and improvements to its efficiency, creating an even better app that should have you bashing out messages even faster than before.SwiftKey... Read more

Sky+ app for iOS and Android receives major updates, Series Link added

Sky+ app for iOS and Android receives major updates, Series Link added

By Ben Crompton

Sky+ has announced a major update to its Android and iOS apps which bring some tasty new features into the remote TV mix. And amongst these will be the introduction of Series Link to both apps.Series Link will allow users to remote record complete series... Read more

Lomography launches three cameras in special Gold Edition

Lomography launches three cameras in special Gold Edition

By Ben Crompton

Quirky photography brand, Lomography, has announced a special update to 3 of its most popular plastic cameras in a Special GOLD Edition. Cameras included are The Fisheye, Diana F+ and the Diana Mini, all coming with gold chain and "dazzling finish".Each... Read more

Lovefilm and Warner Bros. deal: More movies coming to Xbox, PS3 and PC

Lovefilm and Warner Bros. deal: More movies coming to Xbox, PS3 and PC

By Ben Crompton

Amazon has signed a film distribution deal with Warner Bros., meaning film content will be added for Lovefilm (now an Amazon company) subscribers - including more movies on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.The deal is described as a "multi-year, multi-layered pact",... Read more

Jedi squirrel lightsabre antics caught on video

Jedi squirrel lightsabre antics caught on video

By Ben Crompton

We have long been the proponents of the theory that a lightsabre, introduced into pretty much any scenario, is a sure fire winner. And this video certainly proves the point... well, as far as the lightsabre/squirrel combo goes anyway.Handing out lightsabres... Read more

Speedier 4G LTE iPhone incoming thanks to new Qualcomm chips

Speedier 4G LTE iPhone incoming thanks to new Qualcomm chips

By Ben Crompton

iPhone and iPads may finally be getting 4G LTE support thanks to Qualcomm and its new chips, which will make for a far more power efficient device and won't compromise Apple's iPhone design. It should also bring speed boosts in surfing and web downloads.The... Read more

Nokia 900 turns up in developer video

Nokia 900 turns up in developer video

By Ben Crompton

The rumoured Nokia Ace, which should become the Nokia Lumia 900, looks to have had a speculative confirmation by way of an advert, targeting developers and attempting entice them to the new Nokia hardware and Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 OS.The phone,... Read more

HP Envy notebooks refreshed with new design and 3D tech

HP Envy notebooks refreshed with new design and 3D tech

By Ben Crompton

HP has come out all guns blazing today (16 November) as it's not only produced HP Folio 13 Ultrabook with a super-duper battery life, but also launched some new Envy notebooks on an unsuspecting public.The new HP Envy 15 and 17 notebooks are said, by... Read more

Intel and MasterCard deal uses Ultrabooks to speed up payments

Intel and MasterCard deal uses Ultrabooks to speed up payments

By Ben Crompton

Intel and MasterCard have joined forces in order to make a play for the online payment market, which is currently dominated by PayPalThe two companies are calling this a "multi-year collaboration" which effectively means that they are well aware that... Read more

Siri cracked: Race begins for Android version before Apple blocks

Siri cracked: Race begins for Android version before Apple blocks

By Ben Crompton

Apple's voice recognition system has been cracked by a group of French app developers named Applidium; in short, meaning the protocol used to transmit data from the iPhone 4S to Apple's servers could be used on any device - including Android devices.Apple... Read more

HP Folio 13 UltraBook revealed: stylish with a hefty spec

HP Folio 13 UltraBook revealed: stylish with a hefty spec

By Ben Crompton

HP has come along with what looks to be a very competitive entry into the expanding Ultrabook market with its stylish, light-weight HP Folio 13.The new formfactor of the Ultrabook tries to blend portability with power and this looks as though it's managed... Read more

Nokia Lumia 800 high-end big brother coming soon

Nokia Lumia 800 high-end big brother coming soon

By Ben Crompton

On a day that sees the Nokia Lumia 800 launch to expectant, and excited, Nokia fans, it's been reported that the head of Nokia France, Paul Amsellem, has let slip of a future higher-end Nokia Lumia handset.Speaking with French paper, LesEchos, the Nokia... Read more

Onavo Android app opens up full-fat features

Onavo Android app opens up full-fat features

By Ben Crompton

Onavo, the app that allows you to keep track of your data usage, has announced some new features to its Android offering which should make the whole business of cutting mobile costs that little bit easier.Using crowd-sourced data, the Onavo team has been... Read more

HTC quad-core tablet possible for early 2012

HTC quad-core tablet possible for early 2012

By Ben Crompton

Reports have come out that HTC will be launching a powerful quad-core tablet early next year (2012), and if true, will hopefully use high-spec to entice customers to its wares.The news comes out of Digitimes, who reports that along with the new tablet,... Read more

Lenovo 10.1-inch quad-core tablet: 2011 launch with Ice Cream Sandwich

Lenovo 10.1-inch quad-core tablet: 2011 launch with Ice Cream Sandwich

By Ben Crompton

A smart-looking tablet has just emerged in the form of a Lenovo 10.1-inch power-house, which should be launching very soon with a scoop of the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system into the mix.The report by Engadget highlights are variety of features however... Read more

BlackBerry London replaces Colt as first BBX handset

BlackBerry London replaces Colt as first BBX handset

By Ben Crompton

A new handset has emerged from RIM that looks like it'll be the first BBX-based handset, Called the BlackBerry London it is said to be launching some time in the second half of 2012.Earlier reports by the Verge stated that its sources said that the BlackBerry... Read more

Philips Xelsis Digital ID: A fingerprint away from the perfect cuppa

Philips Xelsis Digital ID: A fingerprint away from the perfect cuppa

By Ben Crompton

Waking up is always a bit of a chore, however one thing that can make the whole getting-up-and-facing-the-day routine a little less arduous is the morning cup of tea or coffee. Clearly you never want to rush the making of a cup of tea, however coffee... Read more

Retro Polaroid Z340: Instant prints with modern spec

Retro Polaroid Z340: Instant prints with modern spec

By Ben Crompton

The Polaroid Z340 has just been announced, bringing a little bit of on-the-go printing into your life, as well as the convenience of the digital format.The camera will come sporting some classic Polaroid styling, which we imagine is aimed at appealing... Read more

iPod nano first gen: Buy one get one free 5 years later

iPod nano first gen: Buy one get one free 5 years later

By Ben Crompton

Apple has announced a recall on its first-gen iPod nano, asking customers to send the product back to them in exchange for a replacement model.Five years after its initial launch, Apple iPod nanos sold between September 2005 and December 2006 are said... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: Asteroids Gunner review (iPhone)

APP OF THE DAY: Asteroids Gunner review (iPhone)

By Ben Crompton

Computer games come and go, but some, it would appear, were meant to stick around; Atari's Asteroids is a game that fits the "classic" moniker very well indeed.And now Atari's 1979 best seller, has been reinvented for the iPhone with the new name of Asteroids... Read more

Revue axed: No more Google TV for Logitech

Revue axed: No more Google TV for Logitech

By Ben Crompton

Logitech has announced that it will be axing its Revue media hub for Google TV at an investor day; CEO Guerrino De Luca blaming both his own company and Google for the bad business mistake.The Logitech Revue was launched Christmas 2010 and was based on... Read more

Marshall FX iPhone-friendly cans launch with mic and remote

Marshall FX iPhone-friendly cans launch with mic and remote

By Ben Crompton

Marshall has announced two new products in its headphone lineup, the FX Major on-ear headphones and the FX Minor in-ear, that claim to play nicely with your iDevice as they come with Apple certification.They are both also equipped with volume control... Read more

Facebook faces 20-year privacy monitoring over deceptive practices

Facebook faces 20-year privacy monitoring over deceptive practices

By Ben Crompton

Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission are nearing a deal over Facebook's deceptive privacy practices; according to those briefed on the settlement, this could lead to a 20-year privacy audit.A variety of conditions have been laid out by the FTC, including... Read more

Amazon to rival Apple's Siri with Kindle voice recognition tech

Amazon to rival Apple's Siri with Kindle voice recognition tech

By Ben Crompton

Amazon has been found to have purchased a startup called Yap, which could pave the way for it developing its own brand of voice recognition to rival the iPhone 4S Siri system.Yap are the developers of an app called Yap Voicemail, which on the face of... Read more

RIM's BBX mobiles to break from current BlackBerry form factor, will support BES

RIM's BBX mobiles to break from current BlackBerry form factor, will support BES

By Ben Crompton

The new set of smartphones that will be coming from RIM next year will be changing style, bringing PlayBook like resolution and screen ratio to its mobiles. Along with this change of direction in terms of styling, it's been confirmed that RIM will be... Read more

Huawei MediaPad: mass power for the mass market

Huawei MediaPad: mass power for the mass market

By Ben Crompton

Huawei has announced the Huawei MediaPad,which it hopes will bring a little bit of high-power processor shenanigans to the mass market.Described as a "complete entertainment powerhouse" the Huawei MediaPad doesn't quite make budget status as it's still... Read more

Apple confirms no Siri for iPhone 4

Apple confirms no Siri for iPhone 4

By Ben Crompton

Apple has confirmed that it has no plans to bring its voice search feature, Siri, to older iPhone devices - stating that: "we currently have no plans to support older devices".The news comes in from Michael Steeber's blog who had received word from someone... Read more

Nokia Lumia 800 SIM-free stock on hold until 2012

Nokia Lumia 800 SIM-free stock on hold until 2012

By Ben Crompton

UPDATE: Nokia: Lumia 800 will be available SIM free on 16 November - Nokia is saying that it will be available, just not from all retailers on day one. Looks like Clove got left out of that list. Word has filtered through the web that Nokia will be... Read more

Asus Transformer Prime powers up with Tegra 3 quad-core processor

Asus Transformer Prime powers up with Tegra 3 quad-core processor

By Ben Crompton

Asus has officially announced the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, the first Tegra 3 powered quad-core tablet.Pocket-lint covered an impromptu unveiling back in October, when Asus CEO, Jonney Shih, revealed the new Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime at the... Read more

Honda Asimo slims down, grows up and goes it alone

Honda Asimo slims down, grows up and goes it alone

By Ben Crompton

The "all-new" Asimo has been shown off,  equipped with what Honda describes as "autonomous behaviour control technology".The new system allows Asimo to continue moving without input from a controller, whilst its new, slimmer body gives the automaton... Read more

Google+ Pages launch: Social networking for businesses

Google+ Pages launch: Social networking for businesses

By Ben Crompton

Google has launched Google+ Pages on its social networking site that allows users to interact with businesses and organisations from around the world.Previously Google hadn't allowed businesses to actively connect with individual users but now Google+ ... Read more