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HMV offering games insurance

HMV offering games insurance

By Duncan Geere

HMV looks to be trialling video games insurance in some of its retail stores, offering consumers the option of protecting their purchases for £1 for a year.Customers who plump for the offer will get the assurance of a replacement disk if their copy is... Read more

Asus rolls out N61JV notebook

Asus rolls out N61JV notebook

By Duncan Geere

Taiwanese computer manufacturer Asus has released the N61JV - a multimedia laptop that the company says is an attempt to balance performance and battery life. It also happens to be the company's first machine featuring Nvidia's Optimus graphics switching,... Read more

Orange Amplifers releases OPC Computer Amplifier Speaker

Orange Amplifers releases OPC Computer Amplifier Speaker

By Duncan Geere

Gosh - this comes a little out of left field. British guitar amp manufacturers Orange Amplifiers have decided to cram either a PC into an amplifier, or an amplifier into a PC. We can't entirely work out which way around it is, but it's called the OPC... Read more

Dell's Looking Glass tablet leaks

Dell's Looking Glass tablet leaks

By Duncan Geere

We already knew that Dell was planning an expansion in its tablet range, with a 7-inch model in the works, but we didn't have any further details. Until now. Alongside the Dell Thunder, Smoke, Flash and Lightning, we also have the Dell Looking Glass.As... Read more

Dell Thunder, Smoke and Flash leak too

Dell Thunder, Smoke and Flash leak too

By Duncan Geere

Alongside the Dell Lightning, a whole host of other mobile devices have leaked out of Dell. On the Android front, there's the Dell Thunder, Dell Smoke and Dell Flash. They run from high-end to mid-range.The Thunder looks to be essentially the Lightning... Read more

Android 2.2 FroYo due in May

Android 2.2 FroYo due in May

By Duncan Geere

Despite the fact that there are currently somewhere between three and four versions of Android out and running in the wild, it looks like Google hasn't dropped pace of development and is testing version 2.2 of the mobile OS, codenamed FroYo.The firmware's... Read more

Dell's Lightning handset leaks

Dell's Lightning handset leaks

By Duncan Geere

Dell has been sidling quietly into the mobile phone business over the last year or so, but things are about to get serious. It's been revealed that the company is working on a portrait QWERTY slider that runs Windows Phone 7 called the Dell Lightning.It's... Read more

Amazon sends Kindles to Africa

Amazon sends Kindles to Africa

By Duncan Geere

A charity called Worldreader.org, which is attempting to boost literacy rates in the third world using technology, has persuaded Amazon to send a big pile of Kindle ereaders over to Africa.Ghana's Ministry of Education is running a trial to find out two... Read more

HTC delays Hero update to June

HTC delays Hero update to June

By Duncan Geere

The status of HTC's Hero update to Android 2.1 is becoming a bit of a joke. Back in October, HTC told us it was working on a update for the HTC Hero that would take the version of Android that it runs to 2.0. That promise was upgraded to 2.1 early in... Read more

Skype offers free Wifi to stuck travellers

Skype offers free Wifi to stuck travellers

By Duncan Geere

Stuck abroad? Skype has some sympathy with you. Following the news that the VoIP software enabled a couple's relatives to watch them get married over the Web, the company has now offered free Wi-Fi access in more than 100,000 hotspots worldwide.The normal... Read more

O2 iPhone users get Wi-Fi locator app

O2 iPhone users get Wi-Fi locator app

By Duncan Geere

European Wi-Fi provider The Cloud has announced that it's launching an iPhone app for O2 customers that'll allow them easy access to its 22,000 networks across Europe for no charge.The company's recommending in particularly that football fans download... Read more

Ulysse Nardin Chairman gets Android OS

Ulysse Nardin Chairman gets Android OS

By Duncan Geere

The Ulysse Nardin Chairman is a luxury smartphone. But wait! Unlike most other handsets in that market, it's not just a terrible low-end feature phone encased in gold - it's actually got a selection of specs that might make it worth more than the sum... Read more

Navigation activated on UK Android phones

Navigation activated on UK Android phones

By Duncan Geere

UK Android owners - get out the bunting. It appears that overnight the turn-by-turn navigation feature so beloved of US users has been enabled for Brits running the 4.1.1 Google Maps beta.We've got it running on a Nexus One in the UK, and Engadget claims... Read more

Facebook closes Lite site

Facebook closes Lite site

By Duncan Geere

In September 2009, Facebook rolled out a Lite edition of its site, with much fanfare. The idea was to present a stripped-down experience for those who were suffering on slow or unreliable web connections.But just 8 months later, the site has been shut... Read more

BlackBerry OS 6.0 detailed

BlackBerry OS 6.0 detailed

By Duncan Geere

BlackBerry users will be pleased to hear that the next version of the mobile OS is nearing completion. Mobile leaks blog Boy Genius Report has managed to get a hold of the new version, with screenshots and the full details of exactly what's changing.There's... Read more

Nintendo 3DS coming to the UK in October

Nintendo 3DS coming to the UK in October

By Duncan Geere

Nintendo's upcoming 3DS handheld will be released in October 2010, in time for Christmas but going up against Microsoft's motion-detecting Project Natal.Industry sources have told games blog CVG that the Japanese games company will be announcing the device... Read more

3G iPads due on 30 April

3G iPads due on 30 April

By Duncan Geere

Apple has announced that customers who've pre-ordered iPads that come with 3G capabilities will be receiving them on 30 April, and that its shops will begin selling them at 5pm that day.The release follows the availability of iPads that only contained... Read more

Orange planning low-end "Boston" handset

Orange planning low-end "Boston" handset

By Duncan Geere

It looks like Orange is planning to roll out an own-branded handset based on the Android platform, but created by Foxxcon. It's going to be called "Boston", and is aimed at the lower end of the market.It has a 3.2-inch LCD screen running at 480 x 320... Read more

HTC polls Facebookers on next phone's name

HTC polls Facebookers on next phone's name

By Duncan Geere

Taiwanese handset maker HTC has attempted to take advantage of election fever in the UK by inviting visitors to its Facebook fan page to vote on what it should call a forthcoming handset.HTC says: "The guys and gals in the lab are working on something... Read more

Leica unveils V-LUX 20 compact camera

Leica unveils V-LUX 20 compact camera

By Duncan Geere

German camera manufacturer Leica has announced the release of the V-LUX 20 - a compact camera that features a 12.1-megapixel sensor and a 12x optical zoom lens.More specifically, that lens is a  Leica DC-VARIO-ELMAR 4.1-49.2mm f/3.3-4.9 ASPH. zoom lens... Read more

Gibraltar reseller posts iPad UK pricing

Gibraltar reseller posts iPad UK pricing

By Duncan Geere

A Gibraltar-based Apple reseller called Newton Store has jumped the gun and published UK pricing for the iPad, and as suspected, there's a hefty mark-up on the US pricing.The 16GB model with Wi-Fi is set to cost £600, the 32GB variant with Wi-Fi + 3G... Read more

Orange Hero customers getting £50 Desire upgrade?

Orange Hero customers getting £50 Desire upgrade?

By Duncan Geere

It's not by any means confirmed, but we're hearing word that Orange has offered at least one Orange customer a £50 upgrade to the HTC Desire, despite his 18-month contract not being due to expire for almost a year.The person in question logged into his... Read more

Seesmic for Android updated

Seesmic for Android updated

By Duncan Geere

Seesmic has rolled out an update for its Android application that adds a bunch of new features - a homescreen widget, native retweets, and support for geotagging.It's the first time that Seesmic's offered a homescreen widget for the Android OS. Once you've... Read more

iPad 2 wishlist adds an OLED display

iPad 2 wishlist adds an OLED display

By Duncan Geere

The iPad 2 rumours started back in February, but the second round has already begun. The latest rumour comes from Digitimes, from the wonderfully named Max Wang, who claims that sources in the component industry are telling him that the next iPad will... Read more

HP Slate snapped in real life

HP Slate snapped in real life

By Duncan Geere

We've seen the HP Slate waved at us from a stage. We've seen various trailers, press shots and flash demonstrations. But we haven't seen someone other than HP take pictures of the HP Slate, arousing suspicions that it might not look as pretty in real... Read more

Chrome dumps http://

Chrome dumps http://

By Duncan Geere

Google has taken an interesting move in the latest developer builds of its Chrome browser. The company has stripped out the http:// prefix from web addresses, leaving them to start solely with "www."On the vast majority of sites, you'll no longer see... Read more

TalkTalk launches Soho "Customer Experience Centre"

TalkTalk launches Soho "Customer Experience Centre"

By Duncan Geere

TalkTalk has taken the unusual step of buying up some real estate in London and turning it into what the company is calling a "Customer Experience Centre". In plain English, that translates to a free Wi-Fi equipped lounge that only customers have access... Read more

Mio release Navman 470, 475, and 575 GPS units

Mio release Navman 470, 475, and 575 GPS units

By Duncan Geere

Mio, not to be outdone by Garmin's release of the Nuvi 3700 series, has just dropped us word of its own new range of products - the Navman 470, 475 and 575 satnavs.All three have a pair of new features that Mio is calling IQ Routes and LearnMe. The former... Read more

Facebook "likes" coming to websites

Facebook "likes" coming to websites

By Duncan Geere

Facebook is set to roll out a new feature shortly, but not one that you'll see within its walled garden. Instead, the addition offers websites the opportunity to embed a button that allows visitors to state that they "like" a particular page.Those "liked"... Read more

Garmin launches Nuvi 3700 series GPS

Garmin launches Nuvi 3700 series GPS

By Duncan Geere

Satnav manufacturer Garmin has announced that it's launching a new range of Satnavs - the 3700 series. The range consists of the 3790T, 3760T, and 3750, and have a thinner, high-resolution design.All three models have a 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen... Read more

Free Doctor Who games coming to the PC

Free Doctor Who games coming to the PC

By Duncan Geere

Fans of adventure games, Dr Who, and PC gaming have reason to celebrate, as it's been revealed that the BBC will be releasing a selection of Dr Who adventure games on an episodic basis, with the first arriving on 5 June.They're set in the 1960s, and the... Read more

Samsung unveils AMOLED Beam mobile

Samsung unveils AMOLED Beam mobile

By Duncan Geere

Samsung has announced that it's going to be releasing a successor to its projector-containing Haptic Beam mobile phone, called the AMOLED Beam. It'll also be referred to as the rather less sexy-sounding SPH-W9600, and looks to offer the same functionality... Read more

Volcano forces couple to marry over Skype

Volcano forces couple to marry over Skype

By Duncan Geere

The families of a couple stuck abroad have been forced to use Skype to watch them take their vows, as clouds of ash keep British planes grounded into a second week.Sean and Natalie Murtagh were flying back from a civil service in Australia to hold a humanist... Read more

Adobe looking for Android Flash testers

Adobe looking for Android Flash testers

By Duncan Geere

Adobe has announced that it's opening sign-ups for public beta testing of the Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR 2.0 applications for Android. If you want to be the first person you know to get access on your handset, then you'll need to register your details.Adobe's... Read more

Dell planning 7- and 10-inch tablets

Dell planning 7- and 10-inch tablets

By Duncan Geere

It looks as if the Mini 5 is going to be getting some older brothers, if leaks published by Engadget are correct. An internal Dell announcement indicates that there will be 7-inch and 10-inch versions landing shortly.There's very little in the way of... Read more

Winscape turns your HDTV into a window

Winscape turns your HDTV into a window

By Duncan Geere

"Waking up in the same place every morning is boring" says Winscape. Instead, why not wake up with a beautiful view across the San Francisco bay? Or underwater? Or in space? Winscape is an application that lets you do exactly that.But it's not just a... Read more

Acer rolls out AT2056 and AT2356 displays

Acer rolls out AT2056 and AT2356 displays

By Duncan Geere

Acer has decided that 16 April 2010 is a great day to expand its range of displays, and who are we to argue? The company has announced the ATXX56 range, which comprises the 20-inch AT2056 and the 23-inch AT2356.They come with "Full HD" or "HD Ready" resolutions,... Read more

Lib Dems pledge to bin Digital Economy Bill

Lib Dems pledge to bin Digital Economy Bill

By Duncan Geere

Nick Clegg, buoyed by his success in the first of the three TV debates, has been making a few new promises to voters. One of them is that his party's going to be calling for a repeal of the Digital Economy Act (formerly the Digital Economy Bill) and its... Read more

Sony Ericsson ships 28% fewer handsets

Sony Ericsson ships 28% fewer handsets

By Duncan Geere

Mixed news for Sony Ericsson fans. The company has just published its first quarter results, and while the company has sold 28% fewer handsets in Q1 2010 than the same time last year, it's managed to generate an income of 20 million euros, compared to... Read more

Is this the back of the next iPhone?

Is this the back of the next iPhone?

By Duncan Geere

Here's some shots that have surfaced which claim to be the rear shell design for the forthcoming revamp of the iPhone. They show an Aluminium unibody design, and look rather iPad-y. We'll let you decide what to think, but we're suspicious, simply because... Read more

Gmail gets drag'n'drop attachments

Gmail gets drag'n'drop attachments

By Duncan Geere

Google has announced that its Gmail webmail product has received a couple of minor upgrades to its functionality. You can now drag-and-drop attachments to upload them, and there's also the ability to invite people to events from an message.The drag-and-drop... Read more

Fujifilm HS10 priced in the UK

Fujifilm HS10 priced in the UK

By Duncan Geere

Camera retailer Jessops has just dropped us word that it's begun stocking the prosumer-focused Fujifilm Finepix HS10, which was launched back in February.The device has a 30x optical zoom lens, with on-lens zoom control just like a DSLR, three different... Read more

RIAA & MPAA propose anti-infringement app

RIAA & MPAA propose anti-infringement app

By Duncan Geere

The RIAA and MPAA - trade bodies for the USA's major music labels and film studios respectively - have proposed the creation and use of anti-copyright-infringement software, based on the antivirus software installed on most PCs.In a submission (PDF) to... Read more

Twitter soars, Facebook breaks in first leader debate

Twitter soars, Facebook breaks in first leader debate

By Duncan Geere

During the course of 15 April's debate between the leaders of the Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative parties, the first of its kind in Britain, more than 184,000 tweets were sent. That's almost 30 per second, among 36,483 different tweeters - throwing... Read more

Google now has 38,000 Android apps

Google now has 38,000 Android apps

By Duncan Geere

Google, in its Q1 earnings report, has revealed a few interesting tidbits about Android and particularly the Nexus One. Firstly that the Android market now contains 38,000 apps - up 8,000 from just a month ago. Secondly, the Nexus One is already profitable.On... Read more

Twitter building its own link shortener

Twitter building its own link shortener

By Duncan Geere

Fresh off the back of announcing an official Android client, Twitter has also decided to plug another hole in the hull of the company's sailing boat - a link shortening service. CEO Evan Williams made the announcement at Twitter's Chirp conference.Currently,... Read more

Google Cloud Print revealed

Google Cloud Print revealed

By Duncan Geere

One of the gaping holes in in Google's Chrome OS project was the question mark over how people were supposed to use peripherals when the OS didn't contain the reams of drivers normally required to make people's gadgets work.Well, that hole has now been... Read more

Toshiba revamps Satellite laptop range

Toshiba revamps Satellite laptop range

By Duncan Geere

Toshiba has announced a series of upgrades for its Satellite line of laptops. There's the A660, L650, L670 and C650, all of which will be arriving in UK shores within a few months. Let's take a look at them individually.Top of the range is the A660. It's... Read more

Toshiba rolls out Portege M780 tablet

Toshiba rolls out Portege M780 tablet

By Duncan Geere

Toshiba has decided that its Portege M750 tablet PC is getting a little long in the tooth, and has replaced it with a new model - the Portege M780 - aimed at business and education users.It behaves like a normal laptop in most respects, except that you... Read more

Droid Incredible gets official release

Droid Incredible gets official release

By Duncan Geere

Sometimes it's fun watching the path of handsets to market. We first spotted this handset in HTC's leaked 2010 roadmap, when it ran Windows Mobile and was called the HTC Photon. A device rather similar in looks, but running Android, then appeared in spy... Read more