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iOS app bug leaves iPhones at risk from attack

iOS app bug leaves iPhones at risk from attack

By Ben Crompton

An iPhone security flaw has been unearthed by former NSA analyst Charlie Miller, who says that the iOS bug leaves handsets open to malicious attack.Apple is renowned for having an extremely tight app approval process, and for a long time now it has served... Read more

Disney and YouTube video deal aims for child-friendly rebranding

Disney and YouTube video deal aims for child-friendly rebranding

By Ben Crompton

YouTube and the Walt  Disney company have joined forces in order to bring both companies a greater share of the online children's market. Disney bringing a much-needed child-friendly factor to YouTube, and YouTube giving Disney a cooler edge.The video... Read more

Google uses Siri scapegoat to avoid anti-competitive charges

Google uses Siri scapegoat to avoid anti-competitive charges

By Ben Crompton

Eric Schmidt has suggested that Apple's Siri voice search technology is a significant threat to Google's dominance as the go-to search engine, especially when it comes to sourcing specific information.During another session with U.S. senators which were... Read more

Sony Bloggie Wi-Fi camcorder revealed by FCC

Sony Bloggie Wi-Fi camcorder revealed by FCC

By Ben Crompton

A new Sony Bloggie camcorder complete with Wi-Fi could be in the wings, as an FCC filing has been spotted with details referring to the device and a name: Sony calling it the "Mobile HD Snap" (MHS-TS55).The new Sony Snap camcorder will also receive the... Read more

HTC Rezound revealed in US, Beats the opposition

HTC Rezound revealed in US, Beats the opposition

By Ben Crompton

The HTC Rezound multimedia powerhouse has been revealed in New York, bringing with it Beats Audio - the very first time the technology has been implemented on a mobile in the US.First coming under the guise of the HTC Vigor back in August 2011, the new... Read more

Rockstar will deliver "bold new direction" to Grand Theft Auto V

Rockstar will deliver "bold new direction" to Grand Theft Auto V

By Ben Crompton

We had the new GTA V trailer on Thursday, and ever since speculation on the latest instalment to Rockstar's smash-hit series has been in overdrive. And now, Rockstar has officially announced the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V - just in case the trailer wasn't... Read more

Amazon Flow augemented reality iPhone app helps you make those difficult choices

Amazon Flow augemented reality iPhone app helps you make those difficult choices

By Ben Crompton

Amazon - specifically the Amazon subsidiary A9.com - has just announced a brand new iPhone app that will allow you to scan items from the shop floor and receive review info and an alternative Amazon price for the product, all from the comfort of your,... Read more

PayPal all-in-one debit card lightens your wallet

PayPal all-in-one debit card lightens your wallet

By Ben Crompton

PayPal has recently given a glimpse of the way it sees future in-store payments taking place with a new PayPal Wallet, which it hopes will replace all your existing debit and credit cards cluttering up your wallet.The new PayPal Wallet system - which... Read more

Apple finds battery-life bugs in iOS 5

Apple finds battery-life bugs in iOS 5

By Ben Crompton

Apple has confirmed reports that since the iOS 5 update there have been issues affecting the battery life of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S handsets.There have been numerous complaints across the web, especially on Twitter, of the iPhone 4S and iOS 5 battery... Read more

Sony posts poor Q2 results, can a move into mobile stop the rot?

Sony posts poor Q2 results, can a move into mobile stop the rot?

By Ben Crompton

Sony has just posted its Q2 earnings report and it doesn't look great as the the electronics multinational blames the Thai floods, a rising Yen and poor sales of TVs and PCs.Sony's quarterly loss constituted of  $346 million and is projecting a $1.1... Read more

Xbox 360 Kinect three-game Christmas bundle goes live

Xbox 360 Kinect three-game Christmas bundle goes live

By Ben Crompton

The Microsoft Kinect motion control gaming system has just shown up on Amazon.com for $149 with three games attached: now you get Fruit Ninja and Gun Stringer joining Kinect Adventures.This deal should prove pretty popular and although it appears to be... Read more

Google search reveals real-world at-a-glance info pages

Google search reveals real-world at-a-glance info pages

By Ben Crompton

Google has revealed a new information panel that will appear at the side of the traditional search page; bringing all the important details surrounding any real-world search you may do. This should make it easier and quicker to find out the  important... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: Cut the Birds review (iPhone)

APP OF THE DAY: Cut the Birds review (iPhone)

By Ben Crompton

Out of the many games that hit the App Store, there are many which show huge amounts of originality, highlighting the best that iPhone developers have to offer, involving a great deal of thought and, indeed, time.Two such examples of this are Fruit Ninja... Read more

Gmail app for iPhone launching soon

Gmail app for iPhone launching soon

By Ben Crompton

According to reports from MG Seigler, on his blog parislemon, Google is about to launch a native iOS Gmail app, which should bring some nice, new functionality over third-party offerings or navigating through Safari.It is thought that the app has been... Read more

Apple iTV future vision: Has the artist cracked it?

Apple iTV future vision: Has the artist cracked it?

By Ben Crompton

The Apple iTV has received an artist's impression of what the device might look like, if it were to become a reality.Guilherme M. Schasiepen has done a fantastic job of producing the concept of the Apple iTV, which has been posted on Flickr, all shots... Read more

LG Optimus Android Gingerbread update lands

LG Optimus Android Gingerbread update lands

By Ben Crompton

LG has finally brought Android Gingerbread 2.3 to its range of Optimus handsets; the new version of the operating system replaces Android Froyo and  will be rolling out to three handsets during the November.After the initial three, more premium handsets... Read more

Onkyo Spotify Premium enabled on remote Android app

Onkyo Spotify Premium enabled on remote Android app

By Ben Crompton

Onkyo has updated its remote Android app to enable the use of Spotify Premium on a variety of its AV receivers. This news follows Onkyo's introduction of Spotify on its AV receivers back in March, where the online streaming service was controlled using... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket launches: Faster surfing on 4G LTE

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket launches: Faster surfing on 4G LTE

By Ben Crompton

AT&T in the US has revealed the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, which not only comes packing all the features of a normal Samsung Galaxy S II, but also gets 4G LTE for speedier surfing and web downloads. The phone comes with a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus... Read more

HTC sees the cash roll as popularity grows

HTC sees the cash roll as popularity grows

By Ben Crompton

HTC has released its third quarter sales, and by all accounts it's been a bumper year for the Taiwanese phone manufacturer - with record handset shipped as well as huge increases in profit.The bottom line is that HTC, in shifting 13.2 million handsets... Read more

Halloween Google Doodle shows pumpkin time-lapse performance

Halloween Google Doodle shows pumpkin time-lapse performance

By Ben Crompton

Google has just released another Google doodle upon the online public, showing off some of the Google employees' skills at pumpkin carving - all in time-lapse.The time-lapse Google doodle shows the staff members chissseling away at six pumpkins spelling... Read more

SeeSaw online TV streaming service shuts down

SeeSaw online TV streaming service shuts down

By Ben Crompton

The video on demand streaming service SeeSaw has now closed, after a lack of investment and dwindling content meant viewers were turning off.This has been on the cards for some time as Pocket-lint reported back in May that Arqiva hoped to sell the service... Read more

iPhone 4S poor battery life due to location services bug

iPhone 4S poor battery life due to location services bug

By Ben Crompton

User tests are suggesting that the iPhone 4S's poor battery life could be down to a bug in iOS 5, specifically the "Setting Time Zone" within the Location Services settings.The issue of poor iPhone 4S battery life has come up on numerous occasions with... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: Eye Check by Boots Opticians review (iPhone)

APP OF THE DAY: Eye Check by Boots Opticians review (iPhone)

By Ben Crompton

Physical and mental tests can often be an unpleasant experience, usually depending on whether you're confident that there's nothing wrong with you. And if we do have an inkling that something might be amiss then actually going to see a professional who... Read more

Greatest deaths by gadgets: Halloween movie special

Greatest deaths by gadgets: Halloween movie special

By Ben Crompton

Yes it's Halloween; and although we try to resist the over-zealous marketing ploy of various supermarkets who are increasingly urging us to spend/consume/celebrate in way that's truly unwholesome - we're not shy of bashing together a Halloween round-up.That's... Read more

Nokia Lumia 800 available for pre-order

Nokia Lumia 800 available for pre-order

By Ben Crompton

Nokia has just announced its swanky new Lumia 800 mobile phone, and it's been quick to get the handset packed up and shipped out as the new nokia device is already available to preorder.The Nokia Lumia 800 will launch in November carrying the Windows... Read more

Windows Phone Mango Acer Allegro launches in France with Fast Charge tech

Windows Phone Mango Acer Allegro launches in France with Fast Charge tech

By Ben Crompton

Acer has launched the Acer Allegro in France, making it Acer's first foray into the the worlld of the Windows Phone 7 operating system.Acer, on the whole, has been relatively quiet on the WP7 front, with just a nod to the Microsoft OS earlier in the year,... Read more

Fully working Nikon Halloween costume should snap a few prizes (video)

Fully working Nikon Halloween costume should snap a few prizes (video)

By Ben Crompton

We're sure many of you will be getting ready for some kind of Halloween high-jinx ever the weekend, and that may involve dressing up in some kind of costume. However, you'd have to be going some lengths to top this chaps efforts as he dons a working Nikon... Read more

Motorola Droid 4 emerges, looks a bit QWERTY

Motorola Droid 4 emerges, looks a bit QWERTY

By Ben Crompton

The Motorola Droid 4 has just broken cover, and by all accounts looks the part for any fans of a QWERTY slider as the new phone is packing a beauty.Along with the surprisingly clear photos of the Droid 4, courtesy of  Droid Life, there are a myriad of... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Nexus release confirmed: UK gets it on 17 November

Samsung Galaxy Nexus release confirmed: UK gets it on 17 November

By Ben Crompton

Samsung has confirmed that its flagship Ice Cream Sandwich touting Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone will be going on sale on in the UK on the 17 November. Three, O2 and Vodafone have all officially announced that it'll be bringing the Galaxy Nexus to... Read more

Sony buys out Ericsson half of partnership

Sony buys out Ericsson half of partnership

By Ben Crompton

Big mobile news has hit as the Sony Ericsson partnership comes to an end; Sony has decided to buy out long time mobile phone partners Ericsson.After 10 years in business together the two will part ways, with Sony paying Ericsson over 1.05 billion euros... Read more

Skifta Android streaming app launches with 3G functionality

Skifta Android streaming app launches with 3G functionality

By Ben Crompton

Qualcomm has announced the launch of Skifta 1.0, a new Android streaming app which enables Android users to stream their media to any DLNA connected devices worldwide.Pocket-lint covered the beta launch of Skifta back in February, and it's nice to see... Read more

Sussex Police embark on 24-hour live marketing stunt

Sussex Police embark on 24-hour live marketing stunt

By Ben Crompton

The Sussex police, in its infinite wisdom, has decided to embark on a 24-hour live online broadcast of its activities - going out live on a number of channels on the force's website.Using mobile phones, laptops, and the video streaming application Bambuser,... Read more

Gears of War 3 Season Pass giveaway

Gears of War 3 Season Pass giveaway

By Ben Crompton

Pocket-lint has teamed up with Microsoft to bring you the chance of winning a Gears of War 3 Season Pass for the DLC.Worth 2,400 MS points each - around £20 - and including the Epic Skin Pack, these Gears 3 passes add hours of campaign and multiplayer... Read more

UK Goverment demands YouTube remove videos

UK Goverment demands YouTube remove videos

By Ben Crompton

Google has recently released its bi-annual Transparency Report which states that there have been 135 requests from the government and police to remove videos which may cause a threat to national security.The 135 requests were made from the beginning of... Read more

Google Chrome introduces new tab page (video)

Google Chrome introduces new tab page (video)

By Ben Crompton

Google always seem to be bending over backwards in order to make our online existence that little bit easier, whether it be a new function here, a smoother experience there or an imaginative Google doodle for us to coo over.And it seems to have done it... Read more

RIM stalls for time, as PlayBook 2.0 OS given Feb 2012 launch date

RIM stalls for time, as PlayBook 2.0 OS given Feb 2012 launch date

By Ben Crompton

RIM has just issued written explanation on its blog stating that PlayBook customers waiting for its PlayBook 2.0 OS update will have to wait a little longer, as it will now launch in February 2012. Not only that but the much sought-after BBM service for... Read more

Iris 9000 brings HAL iPhone 4S Siri remote to your living room

Iris 9000 brings HAL iPhone 4S Siri remote to your living room

By Ben Crompton

ThinkGeek has just released an innovative remote control for Siri on the iPhone 4S; called Iris 9000 it bears more than a little resemblance to HAL 900 of 2001 fame and will enable you to take control of Siri from across the room.By simply placing your... Read more

OneForAll SmartControl Motion remote brings gesture control to your gadgets

OneForAll SmartControl Motion remote brings gesture control to your gadgets

By Ben Crompton

One For All has announced its new SmartControl Motion remote - which can activate a range of most-popular commands with a single gesture. The pre-loaded gesture controls include a flick to the right to skip the commercials when watching programmes recorded... Read more

Google to map Amazon rainforest in 3D

Google to map Amazon rainforest in 3D

By Ben Crompton

For some time now we've all had the benefits of the controversial Google Streetview, giving us instant access to streets all over the world. And now Google has announced that it will be mapping the Amazon hamlet of Tumbira to hopefully educate as well... Read more

GTA V announced, trailer coming 2 November

GTA V announced, trailer coming 2 November

By Ben Crompton

Well blow us down with a very light breeze; this GTA V announcement has certainly taken the Pocket-lint offices by surprise, and it's certainly renewed our excitement, not only through the announcement but by giving us a date for the trailer.The trailer... Read more

Garmin challenges Nike+ with new iPhone / Android fitness app

Garmin challenges Nike+ with new iPhone / Android fitness app

By Ben Crompton

Garmin has announced a new fitness app for Android and iPhone mobiles called Garmin Fit, which makes use of its GPS expertise by bringing a wealth of functionality to the user and could challenge the popular Nike+ format.The sports app allows a variety... Read more

Artificial skin could pave the way for true AI

Artificial skin could pave the way for true AI

By Ben Crompton

Boffins at Stanford University have posted a rather interesting video that shows off a flexible artificial skin, which makes use of nanotubes in order to deliver very accurate capacitive feedback whilst maintaining flexibility.The skin consists of an... Read more

Viewsonic ViewPad 7e given October launch date, £149 price tag

Viewsonic ViewPad 7e given October launch date, £149 price tag

By Ben Crompton

The launch of the Viewsonic ViewPad 7e has been given an official October launch date, bringing a nice budget option for anyone tempted by a tablet.Pocket-lint has already done a full hands-on with the Viewpad 7e, and we have to say in our brief time... Read more

HTC and Dropbox bring free 5GB extra storage to 'all' Android mobiles

HTC and Dropbox bring free 5GB extra storage to 'all' Android mobiles

By Ben Crompton

HTC has confirmed via its Twitter feed that users of all of its Android smartphones will be getting 5GB of extra memory through the Dropbox cloud storage service.Previously there had been doubts as to whether every Android owner would receive the free... Read more

The death of dedicated satnav cometh as TomTom posts poor Q3 sales?

The death of dedicated satnav cometh as TomTom posts poor Q3 sales?

By Ben Crompton

TomTom has recently posted some rather unhealthy Q3 sales as the company sees further drop in demand for dedicated GPS units.The Dutch company, who has been at the forefront of the satnav industry for many years aims to cut 50 million euros in costs,... Read more

BlackBerry BBX demo shows PlayBook running Android apps (video)

BlackBerry BBX demo shows PlayBook running Android apps (video)

By Ben Crompton

RIM recently showed off and detailed its new BBX OS platform at Devcon 2011, in San Francisco, but now a video has emerged of the new BlackBerry OS running Android apps - something that will bring mass appeal to the platform.The BBX OS is based on the... Read more

Square's iPhone credit card reader to sell in Walmart

Square's iPhone credit card reader to sell in Walmart

By Ben Crompton

The Twitter co-founder's credit card service Square, has announced that it will be selling its Square credit card readers in Walmart - expanding the product outside of tech-based shopping outlets.Previously the Square card reader was only available from... Read more

Angry Birds Halloween update launches with new angry bird

Angry Birds Halloween update launches with new angry bird

By Ben Crompton

Rovio has been teasing all week as to the nature of the upcoming Angry Birds Seasons update - Angry Birds Halloween - as well as giving tasteful glimpses of the new Angry Bird launching (pun intended) with the Halloween addition.Earlier in the week Pocket-lint... Read more

Mary Blair Google doodle: American artist's 100th celebrated

Mary Blair Google doodle: American artist's 100th celebrated

By Ben Crompton

Google is honouring the life of the late Mary Blair on her 100th birthday, by way of a Google doodle which depicts a caricature of the American artist drawing at her table. The style of the doodle is very much in keeping with Blair's own style which is... Read more

Study finds mobile phones don't cause cancer

Study finds mobile phones don't cause cancer

By Ben Crompton

Latest research involving a large section of the Danish population suggests that there is no link between the long-term use of mobile phones and brain cancer.The study, that was originally published in the bmj.com, involved the analysis data of 10,729... Read more