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BBC details crowd-sourced 3G mobile coverage for UK

BBC details crowd-sourced 3G mobile coverage for UK

By Ben Crompton

The BBC's 3G coverage report has just been published, with findings that reveal that 3G cover is still not up to the standards many operators would have us believe. Taking part in the crowd-sourced survey were 46,000 volunteers, who downloaded an app... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: Rail Maze (iPhone)

APP OF THE DAY: Rail Maze (iPhone)

By Ben Crompton

"Not another puzzle game?" we hear you cry. How on Earth is this worthy of AOTD? Well, it's got pirates in it, it's set in the Wild West and it's free - so you can stop your moaning right now. Needless to say this has everything: thrills, spills and huge... Read more

First Windows Phone 7 mango mobile released...

First Windows Phone 7 mango mobile released...

By Ben Crompton

The first handset to be armed with the new WP7 7.5 (Mango) operating system has been released in Japan.The handset, which has been launched to retail by Fujitsu and KDDI au, goes by the catchy name of the Fujitsu IS12T and details we've gleaned from Fujitsu's... Read more

Logitech tablet accessories help you work, rest and play

Logitech tablet accessories help you work, rest and play

By Ben Crompton

In actual fact, contrary to the title, none of two the products launched by Logitech will help you rest, however the claims of playing and working still stand, so bear with us.For those looking for a handy portable typing solution for their iPad then... Read more

Pioneer AppRadio car-interface for iPhone comes crashing in

Pioneer AppRadio car-interface for iPhone comes crashing in

By Ben Crompton

Much like Ford's MyFord Touch and SYNC AppLink system we covered  a few months back, Pioneer is hoping to jump on the trend of the connected car by introducing a new system that allows iPhone and iPod content to be controlled on the dashboard of your... Read more

Symbian Belle is all systems go with three new handsets from Nokia

Symbian Belle is all systems go with three new handsets from Nokia

By Ben Crompton

Not once, not twice, but thrice does Nokia thrust Symbian Bell-based phonage upon the fair public, the new handsets taking the form of the Nokia 600, Nokia 700 and Nokia 701.Symbian Belle, the new version of the Symbian OS, brings features including a... Read more

Sony shoots in with NEX-VG20E "best ever" Handycam

Sony shoots in with NEX-VG20E "best ever" Handycam

By Ben Crompton

When faced with the word handycam, it's all too easy to drum up images of your dad producing well-intentioned but altogether amateur footage of birthdays, holidays and wedding etc. So with the launch of the Sony Handycam NEX-VG20E prejudice needs to be... Read more

Canon IXUS HS low-noise, high-zoom compacts come to light

Canon IXUS HS low-noise, high-zoom compacts come to light

By Ben Crompton

Oh yes, it's a busy day for Canon with the company launching a myriad of quality compacts. First came the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS, and now we see two in the Canon IXUS range coming to the fore, with a focus on low-noise imaging.The two in question are... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: TableDrum review (iOS)

APP OF THE DAY: TableDrum review (iOS)

By Ben Crompton

Drumming on a table, for some, could be construed as a rather bad habit and something to be avoided in polite society - much like picking your nose... and eating it.However, like eating your own bogies, practitioners of table tapping clearly garner much... Read more

App Of The Day: Lo-Mob review (WP7)

App Of The Day: Lo-Mob review (WP7)

By Ben Crompton

It might be fair to say that photo apps allowing you to down-grade your digital pics in order to make them look a little more "orfentic" has reached over-saturation (pun intended) point, indeed the choice is simply overwhelming. However, all offer something... Read more

PCs 'going the way of typewriters,' says IBM

PCs 'going the way of typewriters,' says IBM

By Ben Crompton

Personal computers are destined to join the ranks of obsolete technology like cassette tapes and typewriters, an IBM executive has predicted in a blog post. "I, personally, have moved beyond the PC... My primary computer now is a tablet," writes Mark... Read more

PURE Evoke Mio spruced up with Abacus Flower Edition

PURE Evoke Mio spruced up with Abacus Flower Edition

By Ben Crompton

Buoyed by the success of its previous team up, PURE has announced a new Orla Kiely designer radio. While the first Kiely-themed radio featured the designer's stem print, this new incarnation boasts Kiely's Abacus Flower print in a slate grey colour scheme.... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: Stickman BMX review (iOS)

APP OF THE DAY: Stickman BMX review (iOS)

By Ben Crompton

Who amongst us doesn't have fond memories of their first foray into the world of BMX. Creating your own ramp with some chums; racing full sprint on whatever bike you could get your hands on; the exhilaration of hitting the ramp and getting airborne.Admittedly,... Read more

BBC upgrades iPlayer for your TV, PS3 users first to get it

BBC upgrades iPlayer for your TV, PS3 users first to get it

By Ben Crompton

The BBC has announced the launch of a brand new version of its, now famed, BBC iPlayer which has been redesigned specifically for your TV.In the past, use of the iPlayer on the television, often through the PlayStation 3 or a connected TV, although popular,... Read more

British teen takes MS Excel World Champion crown

British teen takes MS Excel World Champion crown

By Ben Crompton

British teenager, Rebecca Rickwood, has been announced as the champion of the "2011 Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office", beating 228,000 other rivals to the $5,000 prize. It could be argued that it's not the coolest prize to be had if you're a... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 tipped for 12 August - but highly unlikely

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 tipped for 12 August - but highly unlikely

By Ben Crompton

Not content with the UK-wide launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 today, a page has appeared on Amazon showing its smaller sibling, the Tab 8.9, available for pre-order. The listed price currently stands at £605 and, according to the site, the Samsung... Read more

Copyright law makes format shifting legal

Copyright law makes format shifting legal

By Ben Crompton

The Government has announced that it is to make changes to copyright law, legalising the practice of transferring video and audio files from one format, say a CD, over to another - in this age most likely being a digital file. The current law states that... Read more

Android acquires half the smartphone market, but for how long?

Android acquires half the smartphone market, but for how long?

By Ben Crompton

Big mobile news has just come in from research firm Canalys, as figures show how the top smartphone operating systems are fairing on the world market. Of particular interest is that Google's Android Operating System has captured 48 per cent of the smartphone... Read more

EA CEO gives 3D gaming a dressing down

EA CEO gives 3D gaming a dressing down

By Ben Crompton

The CEO of Electronics Arts, John Riccitiello, has given 3D gaming somewhat of a dressing down, casting doubts regarding its profitability. When 3D saw its re-emergence back in 2010, the web was awash with excitement on how it was going to change the... Read more

Apple TV update brings cloud-storage locker for purchased TV shows

Apple TV update brings cloud-storage locker for purchased TV shows

By Ben Crompton

A swanky new feature for the Apple TV 2 has just been released, bringing you the ability to purchase TV shows and then stream them from the cloud - a marked change from the previous rental-only format. The update could pave the way for a system whereby... Read more

Skype iPad app gets pulled due to premature release

Skype iPad app gets pulled due to premature release

By Ben Crompton

The Skype video conferencing iPad app, which has just gone live, has now been pulled; according to the company this was down to the fact it "went live prematurely".The company stated that: "To ensure your best Skype experience, we’ve temporarily removed... Read more

Scrabble rival Words with Friends to launch on Facebook

Scrabble rival Words with Friends to launch on Facebook

By Ben Crompton

Words with Friends, the Scrabble-esque mobile app, is heading to Facebook, with the makers Zynga clearly looking to spread its user-base whilst adding more features into the mix. Zynga, perhaps most famous for its Farmville game, as well as bringing Words... Read more

New Samsung laser printers play the eco card

New Samsung laser printers play the eco card

By Ben Crompton

It's difficult to get excited about printers, but to Samsung's credit it's really trying its best to get our pulses racing with two new devices aimed at small businesses. The ML-4510ND and ML-5015ND are both designed to handle large volume print jobs... Read more

Fake Facebook date ends in robbery

Fake Facebook date ends in robbery

By Ben Crompton

A supermarket manager has been the victim of a blind date sting on Facebook, which culminated in him being gagged and blind folded whilst the criminals ransacked his Carrefour branch.Admittedly, for some, being blind folded and gagged is the ideal end... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: Cell Bound review (iPhone)

APP OF THE DAY: Cell Bound review (iPhone)

By Ben Crompton

Puzzle games for the iPhone are in plentiful supply, however one recent addition to this rather over-prescribed genre looks to have aced it; bringing together excellent visuals and some great gameplay to boot.If you're in need of a new challenge, having... Read more

Customisable Vibe watch allows you to pimp your wrist

Customisable Vibe watch allows you to pimp your wrist

By Ben Crompton

A new service has been launched that allows you to experience the wonders of customising your own watch - to an extent - using a variety of coloured pieces to make it your own.Launching at RED5.co.uk, the Vibe Watch appears to use four interchangeable... Read more

Panasonic ES-RF41 4-blade Wet and Dry shaver hands-on

Panasonic ES-RF41 4-blade Wet and Dry shaver hands-on

By Ben Crompton

Currently there seems to be an ever-growing trend to persuade men that they need to spend more time, and indeed hard cash, grooming themselves.Now more than ever men are being exposed to the same marketing that women have had to endure - it is now common... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: Spirit review (iPhone)

APP OF THE DAY: Spirit review (iPhone)

By Ben Crompton

After the rigours of the week, it's always nice to have a bit of lite entertainment for out Friday App of the Day, and this, often, will take the form of one of the many excellent titles available for the "i" that is Phone.And this particular game brings... Read more

Ravers more likely than rockers to lose iPhones at festivals

Ravers more likely than rockers to lose iPhones at festivals

By Ben Crompton

Gadget insurance provider Protect Your Bubble has released the results of a survey taken from the Wireless Festival, Hyde Park. It showed that 1 in 4 people will lose something at a festival this year, with dance fans apparently most at risk with 1 in... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: What Is? review (WP7)

APP OF THE DAY: What Is? review (WP7)

By Ben Crompton

With information now more readily available than ever before, the only barrier seems to be the speed at which we are able to access it. Typing in questions or keywords into a search engine and then clicking on the correct link, for some just isn't direct... Read more

University study shows UK still prefers face-to-face communication

University study shows UK still prefers face-to-face communication

By Ben Crompton

A study has been conducted by the University of Cambridge that suggests one in three people feel overwhelmed by communications technology. The study, commissioned by BT to promote the BT Balanced Communications Diet, looked into the impact of texting,... Read more

Facebook pwns your info as Chrome Friend Exporter blocked

Facebook pwns your info as Chrome Friend Exporter blocked

By Ben Crompton

The love/hate relationship between Facebook and its millions of users continues as Facebook is found to be blocking the Facebook Friend Exporter Chrome extension; which has grown substantially due to the recent launch of Google+.The Chrome extension allows... Read more

Nokia X7 now in Three stores

Nokia X7 now in Three stores

By Ben Crompton

With Nokia's WP7 adventure imminent the new Nokia X7 could be seen as a tough sell as it's armed, solely, with a Symbian update - Symbian Anna. However, mobile phone OSes aside this hasn't put off Three from stocking the handset on its shelves; the new... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: Evernote for WP7 review (WP7)

APP OF THE DAY: Evernote for WP7 review (WP7)

By Ben Crompton

We have featured the wonders of Evernote before on Pocket-lint, however we thought that its recent appearance on the Windows Phone 7 platform deserved giving it a second look. Its launch has seen much anticipation and apart from a couple of early bugs,... Read more

Nokia WP7 handset launch countries revealed

Nokia WP7 handset launch countries revealed

By Ben Crompton

It's all terribly exciting, as Nokia has announced which European countries will be the first to get its new Windows Phone 7-flavoured handsets.It's been reported from the 2011 Mobile Telecompaper conference, in which Victor Saeijs, vice president, Nokia... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: gMaps for WP7 review (WP7)

APP OF THE DAY: gMaps for WP7 review (WP7)

By Ben Crompton

As our dependence on technology increases by the day, skills that were once common place are slowly becoming all the more rare. It was only the other day that a fellow Pocket-linter was asked to write his name (yes, using a pen and paper) with the resultant... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: Feed Me Oil review (iPhone)

APP OF THE DAY: Feed Me Oil review (iPhone)

By Ben Crompton

Oil, that black gooey substance we all love to hate has had its fair share of critics of late; the ol' black gold is well overdue a makeover. So it's Chillingo that has taken the task upon itself as it's made oil cool again through a wickedly clever and... Read more

7 days living with...Windows Phone 7

7 days living with...Windows Phone 7

By Ben Crompton

There's been a lot of talk about WP7 over recent weeks about its impact, or failure to impact, on the mobile market; reports of sluggish sales and problems with its first major update not having helped the fledgling operating system. So as part of our... Read more

T-Mobile USA delivers Android on a budget with Samsung Exhibit 4G and Gravity Smart

T-Mobile USA delivers Android on a budget with Samsung Exhibit 4G and Gravity Smart

By Ben Crompton

Samsung has just announced the launch of a couple of budget Android handsets for those in the region of North America - the Samsung Exhibit 4G and the Samsung Gravity Smart, both phones are attached to T-Mobile USA. We know you'll be on the edge of your... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: The Nightjar review (iPhone)

APP OF THE DAY: The Nightjar review (iPhone)

By Ben Crompton

As the number of mobile phone apps increases for the various smartphone platforms, originality becomes harder to attain; this is especially true of iPhone apps as the number available reaches the level of a small country.However our App Of The Day has... Read more

PowerDVD for Android brings anytime, anywhere multimedia solution

PowerDVD for Android brings anytime, anywhere multimedia solution

By Ben Crompton

Some exciting news for Android users has just come in from Computex 2011 in the form of PowerDVD for Android, an app that allows you to share and play videos, photos and audio files. The app is currently available to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)... Read more

Logitech launches new Colour Collection PC peripherals

Logitech launches new Colour Collection PC peripherals

By Ben Crompton

It seems that consumer tech is going the way of fashion as more and more manufacturers are launching some kind of  "collection". We recently had the launch of the Acer Liquidmini revamp, and now it's Logitech's turn with a new range of "Colour Collection... Read more

Government cyber weapons programme to defend UK digital networks

Government cyber weapons programme to defend UK digital networks

By Ben Crompton

UK cyber security is apparently getting a boost according to a report by the Guardian, which states that a Government programme has begun developing offensive cyber weapons - adding to existing defensive capabilities. The defence minister, Nick Harvey,... Read more

Acer Liquidmini revamped with summer colour refresh

Acer Liquidmini revamped with summer colour refresh

By Ben Crompton

Pocket-lint was rather taken with the new Acer Liquidmini lineup on launch; not only did they launch packing Android 2.3 along with DLNA compatibility and a 5-megapixel camera, but they were also very colourful and shiny. And it's this colourful and shiny... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: iStunt 2 Snowboard review (iPhone)

APP OF THE DAY: iStunt 2 Snowboard review (iPhone)

By Ben Crompton

If there's one attribute that any game needs in order to keep you coming back for more, it's that it's got to be fun. And this is of particular importance when it comes to iPhone games, as many will be of the "I've got a few minutes to spare" ilk.Our... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: Gridrunner Girl review (WP7)

APP OF THE DAY: Gridrunner Girl review (WP7)

By Ben Crompton

Mobile gaming seems to have given a whole new lease of life to some classic titles, with Speedball 2 being just one example how a top-quality retro game can make the transition from something like the Amiga onto the iPad/iPhone.And so we come to our AOTD,... Read more

Binatone Terrain 750 hands-on

Binatone Terrain 750 hands-on

By Ben Crompton

With summer just around the corner (at the time of writing) there's every chance that you may be planning a trip to the great outdoors, and chances is are you're probably lucky enough to have some friends to take along with you.Queue our hands-on with... Read more

12-month mobile contracts see huge rise after EU ruling

12-month mobile contracts see huge rise after EU ruling

By Ben Crompton

Following  EU legislation contract providers are now offering more 12-month deals than seen for a very long time, which although has the up-side of greater flexibility does mean that monthly costs will be that bit higher.The EU ruling, which came into... Read more

YouTube movie rental service goes live

YouTube movie rental service goes live

By Ben Crompton

YouTube is maturing, and hopefully about to start making some serious money for Google, as its movie rental service is now live in the US and planning to bring around 3,000 movies to users.Pocket-lint brought you news of the plans, that will see YouTube... Read more

Intel Tri-Gate transistor paves way for gadgets of the future

Intel Tri-Gate transistor paves way for gadgets of the future

By Ben Crompton

2D transistors are so last year, and as such Intel has announced its brand new 3D transistor which should go some way to making the next generation of computing devices smaller, more efficient and, yes, more powerful.To be fair the older 2D planar transistors,... Read more