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Samsung to launch Iron Man Monte

Samsung to launch Iron Man Monte

By Duncan Geere

Samsung has announced that it'll shortly be launching a special version of its Monte handset in honour of the release of Iron Man 2. It'll be available exclusively on O2.The device is just like the normal Monte, which is a mid-range touchscreen handset... Read more

Griffin adds app to iTrip Auto

Griffin adds app to iTrip Auto

By Duncan Geere

Griffin has announced an upgrade for its iTrip Auto car kit - the package will now come with an iPhone and iPod touch application that allows users to tweak the settings of the FM adaptor plugged into the bottom of their device.You can select from a number... Read more

Samsung tinkers with phase-change memory

Samsung tinkers with phase-change memory

By Duncan Geere

Not content with battery life on current phones available in the market, Samsung is experimenting with a new type of memory that it claims could boost the time between charges by as much as 20%.It's called phase-change memory, and the most common implementation... Read more

Humax offers fix for PVR-9150T, 9300T and 9200T

Humax offers fix for PVR-9150T, 9300T and 9200T

By Duncan Geere

PVR specialist Humax has issued a statement about the problems that many of its customers have been having with the Humax PVR-9150T, Humax PVR-9300T, and particularly the Humax PVR-9200T, and released a fix for the issues.Since the digital switchover,... Read more

YouTube rolling out new video player

YouTube rolling out new video player

By Duncan Geere

YouTube has started to roll out a completely new video player on its website. The player's been popping up here and there for a fortnight or so, but it looks like the testing has been a success and it's been approved for wider release.The red progress... Read more

Google adds virtual keyboard to Search

Google adds virtual keyboard to Search

By Duncan Geere

Google has announced a little bit of extra assistance for people who regularly find themselves trying to type in a non-Latin script on a Latin keyboard - an on-screen keyboard that appears next to the search box.The company says that it's conducted research... Read more

Microsoft's dual-screen tablet project canned

Microsoft's dual-screen tablet project canned

By Duncan Geere

For some time, there's been rumours coming out of Microsoft's hometown, Redmond, that the company has been working on a dual-screened tablet computer that could fold flat like a book. A statement from the company has now confirmed the project, but also... Read more

Ubuntu 10.04 officially arrives

Ubuntu 10.04 officially arrives

By Duncan Geere

Open-source operating system creator Canonical has announced that Ubuntu 10.04, codenamed Lucid Lynx, has been let out into the wild, and is available for download.The announcement follows 2009's release of Jaunty Jackalope and Karmic Koala, and signifies... Read more

Steam landing on Macs on 12 May

Steam landing on Macs on 12 May

By Duncan Geere

If you ask any PC gamer what the best platform for buying and downloading videogames is, almost every single one will tell you "Steam". However, up until now that pleasure has been limited to PCs.That's set to change on 12 May, which is the date when... Read more

Adobe shipping Creative Suite 5

Adobe shipping Creative Suite 5

By Duncan Geere

Adobe has announced that its latest bundle of creativity software - Creative Suite 5 - is now shipping, and available for consumers to to buy. It includes the most recent editions of the company's flagship software - Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign,... Read more

HP's Windows 7 tablet cancelled?

HP's Windows 7 tablet cancelled?

By Duncan Geere

We hearing rumours that HP has gone as far as to entirely cancel the Windows 7 tablet project that it was so excited about back at CES2010 in January. The reasoning? Because Windows 7 doesn't provide a good enough touch-screen experience.The device was... Read more

Adobe hits back at Apple assault

Adobe hits back at Apple assault

By Duncan Geere

Following the recent blistering assault on Adobe's Flash from Steve Jobs, in the form of an open letter that culminated with the statement "the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls... Read more

Skyfire browser arrives on Android

Skyfire browser arrives on Android

By Duncan Geere

Freeware alternative browser Skyfire, which has been available on Symbian and Windows Mobile devices for just under a year, has issued version 2.0 on those platforms, and launched an Android client too.The big feature is that it allows users to play back... Read more

Symbian rolls out development tools

Symbian rolls out development tools

By Duncan Geere

Open-source smartphone OS Symbian has rolled out a set of development tools that the company claims allows anyone who can code a website to build a mobile application for the platform.You can use standards like HTML, CSS and JavaScript to make the app,... Read more

HTC slider appears in FCC filing

HTC slider appears in FCC filing

By Duncan Geere

An FCC filing has just exposed a new HTC phone that hasn't previously been seen. It's called the HTC PC70110, but could this be the Wildfire that fans of HTC on Facebook were recently polled about?The device features a touchscreen, along with a full QWERTY... Read more

Steve Jobs talks Flash on iPad and iPhone

Steve Jobs talks Flash on iPad and iPhone

By Duncan Geere

Shit just got real. Steve Jobs has penned an aggressive, detailed explanation of exactly why he refuses to implement Flash on the iPad and iPhone, and shed some light on the widening gulf between the two once-friendly companies.He runs down a laundry... Read more

India bans phone imports from China

India bans phone imports from China

By Duncan Geere

India's Department of Telecommunications has issued a blanket ban on imports of telecoms equipment from China, in a move that will hurt Huawei and ZTE, along with the rest of the Chinese telecoms industry.Interestingly, the reason for the ban isn't competition... Read more

Packard Bell unveils Easynote TM

Packard Bell unveils Easynote TM

By Duncan Geere

Packard Bell has followed up its announcement of the EasyNote M laptop range with another laptop - the EasyNote TM. It's focused on social networking, and offers a range of spec and connectivity options.Inside, there's Intel's latest Core i3 processor,... Read more

LG launches Cookie Fresh GS290

LG launches Cookie Fresh GS290

By Duncan Geere

LG has announced another successor to its surprisingly-popular LG Cookie handset, called the Cookie Fresh GS290. It's a full-touchscreen handset, with a pile of social networking functionality.So much so, in fact, that there's a dedicated "SNS Connector"... Read more

Cideko Air Keyboard released

Cideko Air Keyboard released

By Duncan Geere

A company called Cideko has built a wireless keyboard that includes an accelerometer, enabling you to wave it around and use it like a mouse. It's aimed at people with a laptop or nettop plugged into a TV. It functions fully as a regular 80-key QWERTY... Read more

Apple buys Siri - virtual search assistant

Apple buys Siri - virtual search assistant

By Duncan Geere

Apple has acquired a small startup called Siri, which is an iPhone app that offers a search experience not unlike that of a personal assistant. Ask it a question in plain English, and you'll get a plain English answer back.To get that answer, Siri queries... Read more

Spotify update pulled due to demand

Spotify update pulled due to demand

By Duncan Geere

The latest Spotify update, which adds social functionality and the ability to play back MP3s on your hard drive, has been pulled from the website following "overwhelming" demand.The 0.4.3 update was available on the Spotify website for a period of time,... Read more

Mozilla releases pre-Alpha Android Firefox

Mozilla releases pre-Alpha Android Firefox

By Duncan Geere

Firefox creator Mozilla has announced the very first build of mobile Firefox, also known as Fennec, for Android handsets. It's a very early release, which Mozilla's describing as "pre-Alpha", but should give the experimental amongst you something to tide... Read more

Activision sued for half a billion

Activision sued for half a billion

By Duncan Geere

Nearly 40 former employees of Infinity Ward have got together to drop a monster 500 million dollar lawsuit on games giant Activision, alleging breach of contract and unpaid royalties. The move comes just a week before Activision's Q1 financial reports... Read more

TomTom launches "Urban Rider" GPS for bikers

TomTom launches "Urban Rider" GPS for bikers

By Duncan Geere

Two wheels good, four wheels bad? TomTom has launched a dedicated GPS unit that's targeted at bikers, mopedists, scooterers and cyclists across the country. It's called the TomTom Urban Rider.There's a number of changes that have been made to make it... Read more

Sony offering TV trade-in scheme

Sony offering TV trade-in scheme

By Duncan Geere

Sony has redoubled its efforts to try and recycle more of its electronic equipment, drawing further attention to a scheme it launched in August 2009 that offers money off new gadgets if you trade your old ones in.You can trade in any old equipment - digital... Read more

Sims 3 coming to consoles

Sims 3 coming to consoles

By Duncan Geere

EA has confirmed that it's planning to bring the Sims 3 franchise to consoles. The Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Sony PS3 and Nintendo DS will all be getting versions of the title, which will differ from platform to platform."We're bringing players the best... Read more

BlackBerry 6 confirmed by RIM

BlackBerry 6 confirmed by RIM

By Duncan Geere

At RIM's WES2010 conference, the company has officially announced BlackBerry 6 - the next version of the company's smartphone operating system.The software, which leaked in mid-April, is a substantial revamp to the BlackBerry UI, and RIM's CEO Mike Lazaridis... Read more

5 top tips for Spotify's social makeover

5 top tips for Spotify's social makeover

By Duncan Geere

So, Spotify: The Next Generation is with us, and suddenly your Facebook news feed is full of playlists, song "likes" and people declaring their undying love for McFly. You want to get in on the action, so you've been to the Spotify website's download... Read more

Motorola 3D handset leaks

Motorola 3D handset leaks

By Duncan Geere

This is interesting. Following a recent patent application for a 3D display on a mobile phone, a handset has leaked out of China Mobile that suggests that development might be further along than originally thought.The phone is labelled the MT810, and... Read more

Spotify rolls out social features

Spotify rolls out social features

By Duncan Geere

Spotify has broken months of near-silence to announce some new features that allow you to share tracks more easily with your friends.The music service, which is only available in Europe has integrated Facebook Connect to allow you to create a profile... Read more

Verizon Nexus One goes AWOL

Verizon Nexus One goes AWOL

By Duncan Geere

It's suddenly looking like Google's plans to release the Nexus One on the Verizon network in the USA could have hit a snag, as all references to the handset have been removed from Google's website.Previously, the phone was listed as "coming soon" to the... Read more

BenQ announces V2410T LED monitor

BenQ announces V2410T LED monitor

By Duncan Geere

BenQ has extended its line of monitors to include a new model - the V2410T, which the company describes as " tastefully stylish and yet environmentally conscious".It's got a height-adjustable neck, meaning that you don't have to adjust your chair - you... Read more

Packard Bell launches EasyNote M laptops

Packard Bell launches EasyNote M laptops

By Duncan Geere

Packard Bell has announced that it's launching the EastNote M series of laptops, a selection of machines that focus on design and social networking. There's a 14-inch version, a 15.6-inch version and a 17.3-inch variant.All three, Packard Bell claims,... Read more

Amazon takes wish-lists universal

Amazon takes wish-lists universal

By Duncan Geere

Amazon has extended its wish-list feature out of the wall garden that it currently operates in to extend to the entirety of the web, renaming it the Amazon Universal Wish List.It works pretty much as the old "Add to wish-list" button did, except that... Read more

Virgin Media offers movies over the web

Virgin Media offers movies over the web

By Duncan Geere

Virgin Media has announced that it's extending the on-demand movie service that it offers in its set-top boxes to the web, meaning that laptop and PC owners will be able to rent a variety of films to watch on their computer.There's apparently "hundreds"... Read more

Phones getting Natal-style interface

Phones getting Natal-style interface

By Duncan Geere

The University of Tokyo has developed a concept controller that allows you to control a pointer on a phone screen without having to touch the screen.You can see the concept in the video above, which demonstrates moving a pointer around, using a virtual... Read more

Twitter buys SMS startup Cloudhopper

Twitter buys SMS startup Cloudhopper

By Duncan Geere

Twitter has announced that it's acquiring a messaging infrastructure company called Cloudhopper, signifying that it's not ready to give up on its humble SMS beginnings just yet.The company originally implemented the 140-character limit so that any tweet... Read more

Sony ends 3.5-inch floppy production

Sony ends 3.5-inch floppy production

By Duncan Geere

Sony has announced that it's going to stop manufacturing and selling 3.5-inch floppy disks in Japan, following the company's shutting down of production in the rest of the world.The storage device has been out of favour for some time due to its tiny capacity... Read more

Dell Sparta and Athens netbooks appear

Dell Sparta and Athens netbooks appear

By Duncan Geere

It seems that Dell is one leaky ship. Despite the leaks of the Lightning and Thunder, Smoke and Flash phones and Looking Glass tablet recently, yet more hardware has surfaced that hasn't been officially announced. This time it's a pair of netbooks - the... Read more

Ubisoft to ditch instruction manuals

Ubisoft to ditch instruction manuals

By Duncan Geere

How often, when you go and buy a new game in a shop, do you excitedly read the instruction manual on the way home? If Ubisoft has its way, soon you'll be stuck staring out of the window or reading Pocket-lint on your phone instead.The company has announced... Read more

ViewSonic announces VOT 132 nettop

ViewSonic announces VOT 132 nettop

By Duncan Geere

Got a 20cm tall space in your home somewhere that you just need to fill with a small, lightweight computer? ViewSonic's latest nettop, the VOT 132, might be the answer.Weighing just 500g, the machine contains Nvidia's low-power Ion GeForce 9300 graphics... Read more

McAfee update labels Windows XP as a virus

McAfee update labels Windows XP as a virus

By Duncan Geere

A virus scanner update from McAfee has caused havoc amongst Windows XP computers by incorrectly identifying part of the operating system as a virus.The 5958 update identified svchost.exe as the wecorl.a virus. A while back, Microsoft shifted the majority... Read more

TuneUp comes to Windows Media Player

TuneUp comes to Windows Media Player

By Duncan Geere

MP3 tag cleaning tool TuneUp has been available for iTunes for some time, but it's just launched a new version that also works with Windows Media Player.If you have a big pile of poorly-tagged MP3s, but you don't want to spend the time sifting through... Read more

Scalextric planning Toy Story set

Scalextric planning Toy Story set

By Duncan Geere

Toy racing car manufacturer Scalextric has just dropped us some good news for any fans of Disney-Pixar's Toy Story franchise. It's planning a 1:64 scale set based on the movies.The cars in the set feature Buzz Lightyear and Woody the Cowboy, recreating... Read more

Symbian, WinMo get Google Maps voice search

Symbian, WinMo get Google Maps voice search

By Duncan Geere

Google has announced that version 4.1 of Google Maps for Mobile has been released for Symbian S60 and Windows Mobile handsets, and that includes the "search by voice" functionality so beloved of the Android and BlackBerry apps.To use it, open up Google... Read more

ViewSonic launches ViewBook 106 LED

ViewSonic launches ViewBook 106 LED

By Duncan Geere

It's been a while since we've seen a netbook announced by a a consumer technology company, but ViewSonic isn't about to let the format slide into obscurity in the face of competition from tablets.The company has launched the ViewSonic 106 LED, which it... Read more

Desire, Legend and X10 suffering app issues

Desire, Legend and X10 suffering app issues

By Duncan Geere

We're hearing word from owners of the HTC Desire, HTC Legend and Sony Ericsson X10, as well as a few other devices, that the Android market is behaving strangely - some applications aren't available. Specifically, any application that's had copy-protection... Read more

Nokia: phones will kill cameras

Nokia: phones will kill cameras

By Duncan Geere

Nokia's sales chief, Anssi Vanjoki, reckons that mobile phone cameras are going to destroy the market for all cameras in the next couple of years - even SLR and professional models.At a speech in Helsinki, Vanjoki said that HD video recording would come... Read more

HP reveals All-in-One 200 PC

HP reveals All-in-One 200 PC

By Duncan Geere

HP has announced an all-in-one PC that it's calling the All-In-One 200. Like other models of the same type, it doesn't have a desktop unit - instead it crams all the PC's guts into the casing behind the monitor. Or it puts the monitor in the side of the... Read more