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Palm up for sale?

Palm up for sale?

By Duncan Geere

Following last week's rumours of Lenovo's takeover bid for phone-makers Palm Inc, Bloomberg is reporting that a number of people "familiar with the situation" have told the finance news site that the company is seeking buyers.Palm is said to be working... Read more

Future diaries: 1 April 2015

Future diaries: 1 April 2015

By Duncan Geere

One of the joys of living in 2015 is the government-mandated flexible working hours introduced shortly after 2010's disastrous hung parliament gave the Liberal Democrats carte blanche to introduce all kinds of social reforms.It means that working your... Read more

How will we play in 2015?

How will we play in 2015?

By Duncan Geere

The video games industry has never been bigger. Consumers have almost entirely stopped buying CDs in favour of downloads and streaming services, and the movie industry is getting increasingly concerned that it won't be able to support itself as people... Read more

Victorinox launches secure USB drives

Victorinox launches secure USB drives

By Duncan Geere

Iconic Swiss brand Victorinox has announced that it's launching a pair of USB sticks that feature enhanced security features, as well as the regular Swiss Army Knife's blade, scissors, nail file, and ballpoint pen. No toothpick, sadly.The Victorinox Secure... Read more

Bing adds Twitter, Foursquare and tabs

Bing adds Twitter, Foursquare and tabs

By Duncan Geere

Microsoft's Bing search engine has announced in a blog post that it's testing a bunch of new features that'll soon be rolling out to full-time use. There's new Quick Tabs, and better integration with Foursquare and Twitter.Bing's Quick Tabs try and work... Read more

Google launches Bookmark Lists

Google launches Bookmark Lists

By Duncan Geere

Google has rolled out a change to its Bookmarks product that takes advantage of all the stars you've been clicking in search results, since they were introduced earlier in the year.You can now organize particular bookmarks into lists, which are private... Read more

Adobe shows off content-aware fill in Photoshop as it readies launch of CS5

Adobe shows off content-aware fill in Photoshop as it readies launch of CS5

By Duncan Geere

Adobe has announced that it will start shipping its latest version of Creative Suite, CS5 from 12 April. And to tease fans of just one of the new bits of technology in it, Adobe has posted a video on YouTube of what appears to be every Photoshop user's... Read more

Mac gets beta Live Messenger update

Mac gets beta Live Messenger update

By Duncan Geere

Microsoft has issued a brief announcement that it's releasing a beta of version 8 of Messenger for Mac, which includes A/V support, as promised some time ago.The software, which interfaces with Windows Live Messenger on Microsoft's main platform, will... Read more

ThickButtons makes Android keyboard dynamic

ThickButtons makes Android keyboard dynamic

By Duncan Geere

During the course of your English-speaking life, you might have noticed that certain letters don't go after others very often. For example, it'd be rare to see a word that features the letters J and G right after each other.So when you're typing, it's... Read more

Boston Acoustics unveils TVee Model 20 Soundbar

Boston Acoustics unveils TVee Model 20 Soundbar

By Duncan Geere

Boston Acoustics has announced a cheap-and-cheerful soundbar for those of you who don't want speakers and the associated cables scattered about all around your living room. It's called the TVee Model 20.It consists of a soundbar and a wireless subwoofer,... Read more

UK games developers to get tax breaks

UK games developers to get tax breaks

By Duncan Geere

The chancellor of the exchequer, Alistair Darling, has offered tax breaks to video games developers in an attempt to encourage the burgeoning industry in Britain.Darling said that the "creative industries, including the video games industry, make a valuable... Read more

Nokia E72 coming to 3 network

Nokia E72 coming to 3 network

By Duncan Geere

Mobile network 3 has announced that it'll soon be stocking the Nokia E72, "by popular demand". The operator claims that the decision was prompted by comments on its corporate blog.A lady called Sylvia from 3's devices team posted: "I know we’re behind... Read more

Auto Smiley turns your real smiles into :)s

Auto Smiley turns your real smiles into :)s

By Duncan Geere

A coder named Theo Watson has developed a bit of Mac software called Auto Smiley that uses your webcam to monitor your face while you're typing. If you smile, it'll then automatically insert a ":)" into whatever you're writing.It uses openFrameworks and... Read more

Asus unveils G73 gaming laptop

Asus unveils G73 gaming laptop

By Duncan Geere

Asus has rolled out another model in its "Republic Of Gamers" line of gaming machines. The latest is the G73, which Asus reckons has "an understated, subtly aggressive design inspired by the iconic and unsurpassed stealth fighter".Inside, there's a fair... Read more

Microsoft confirms Courier tablet?

Microsoft confirms Courier tablet?

By Duncan Geere

A swiftly redacted section of a post on Microsoft's JobsBlog may have confirmed the existence of the company's mysterious Courier tablet PC.Despite Microsoft not having officially acknowledged the product as being reality, the company posted on its blog:... Read more

Twitter boasts significant spam reduction

Twitter boasts significant spam reduction

By Duncan Geere

Twitter has written a smug blog post about how well it's managed to reduce spam on its microblogging service since it hit a peak of nearly 11% back in August 2009.Despite recent security threats being spread through DMs on the service, Twitter reckons... Read more

Microsoft unveils 250GB Xbox 360 HDD

Microsoft unveils 250GB Xbox 360 HDD

By Duncan Geere

Microsoft has announced that it'll shortly be offering a 250GB Xbox 360 hard disk that you'll be able to use to expand the storage on your games console.The peripheral will give you a bit more space for the plethora of different things that the Xbox lets... Read more

Eye-Fi X2 comes to the UK

Eye-Fi X2 comes to the UK

By Duncan Geere

Wireless memory card manufacturer Eye-Fi has announced that its X2 family of cards - launched at CES - will be coming to the UK. The Eye-Fi Pro X2, Eye-Fi Connect X2, and Eye-Fi Explore X2 will all be available from the end of April.The Eye-Fi Connect... Read more

GameCrush connects you to gaming girls

GameCrush connects you to gaming girls

By Duncan Geere

A website called GameCrush has launched, which offers users the ability to play video games with hot girls. It lets you look through a series of girl's profiles and then ask them to play either Xbox 360 or a range of Flash games with you.If they accept,... Read more

Droid update gets delayed

Droid update gets delayed

By Duncan Geere

Remember that date we told you to mark on your calendar? The date when the Motorola Droid would be getting its update to Android 2.1? Well, we hope you didn't use a permanent marker or anything, because it's been postponed indefinitely.Mobile leaks site... Read more

Apple planning iGroups social app

Apple planning iGroups social app

By Duncan Geere

Apple has filed an interesting patent which describes a mobile phone application that allows groups of people to share information about a live event as it's occurring. It's called iGroups.It ties in with MobileMe and uses a very sophisticated cryptographic... Read more

Opera downloads up 85% in UK since browser ballot

Opera downloads up 85% in UK since browser ballot

By Duncan Geere

Web browser Opera has revealed a rather impressive ballot bounce. The company shared figures with Pocket-lint that show that it's received 85% more downloads than normal in Britain following the introduction of the EU browser ballot screen.The offering... Read more

Toshiba ceases incandescent bulb production

Toshiba ceases incandescent bulb production

By Duncan Geere

Technology giant Toshiba has announced that it's entirely ceasing production of incandescent lightbulbs - a product that it's been making for more than 120 years.Production of lightbulbs in Japan was started in 1890 by Ichisuke Fujioka, one of the leading... Read more

Britain could cope with a cyber-attack, claim Lords

Britain could cope with a cyber-attack, claim Lords

By Duncan Geere

According to an EU Home Affairs sub-committee of peers, the UK is "well-placed" to cope with a large-scale cyber-attack.The lords examined what'd happen if a group of cyber-criminals or a rogue state banded together to attack Britain's telecommunications... Read more

Texas cars disabled by hacker

Texas cars disabled by hacker

By Duncan Geere

A whole pile of cars has been remotely disabled in Austin, Texas, by a mischievous hacker who accessed a vehicle-immobilisation system normally used to chase after people who are late with their lay-away payments.The culprit has been fingered as 20-year-old... Read more

Google Maps updated on Android

Google Maps updated on Android

By Duncan Geere

Google has updated the Android Maps application with a few extra features. There's a completely redesigned search results page, a Latitude widget, and the ability to put a map of your current location as your device's wallpaper.Version 4.1's search interface... Read more

GM adding augmented reality to cars

GM adding augmented reality to cars

By Duncan Geere

US car manufacturer General Motors is working on adding augmented reality systems to car windscreens, helping drivers pay attention to particular objects on the road.The "enhanced vision system", as it's called, is based on a combination of sensors both... Read more

Auto-translation and extra privacy come to Chrome

Auto-translation and extra privacy come to Chrome

By Duncan Geere

At the start of March, Google quietly updated the beta version of its Chrome browser to include a feature that detects what language a page is written in and offers to auto-translate it for you.Well, that feature has now been rolled out to the stable... Read more

Kindle for Mac platform unveiled

Kindle for Mac platform unveiled

By Duncan Geere

Amazon has announced that its Kindle ebook platform is now available to Mac users. Kindle for Mac allows users of Apple's computers to access the same library of 325,000 books that is accessible on the Kindle, the Kindle DX, the iPhone and Windows PCs.The... Read more

Google, Intel and Sony to build Google TV

Google, Intel and Sony to build Google TV

By Duncan Geere

The market for web-enabled televisions is still relatively young. While many manufacturers are beginning to put applications like Skype, Twitter and Facebook on their top-end televisions, most consumers haven't even got a TV with an Ethernet connection,... Read more

Typeface generates a font from your face

Typeface generates a font from your face

By Duncan Geere

A designer called Mary Huang has concocted a rather nifty bit of software which allows anyone to create a font unique to them, using the proportions of their face.It's called Typeface, and uses a webcam and some facial analysis software to determine the... Read more

Apple bans screen protectors from its stores?

Apple bans screen protectors from its stores?

By Duncan Geere

We're hearing word that Apple is enacting a policy in both its physical and online stores that will see any kind of screen protecting product for the iPhone, iMac, or iPod removed.That includes any kind of protective film or case that includes a protective... Read more

O2 wades into filesharing row

O2 wades into filesharing row

By Duncan Geere

Mobile phone and broadband network O2 has jumped into the row over content providers sending out thousands of threatening legal letters, calling the practice "bullying". The main target of O2's wrath is ACS:Law, a law firm which specialises in sending... Read more

Folding plug wins top design award

Folding plug wins top design award

By Duncan Geere

The young designer behind the folding UK plug, which Pocket-lint was one of the first to bring you news of nearly a year ago, has won a top design award for his creation. It's been named as the overall winner at the Brit Insurance Design Awards.Min-Kyu... Read more

Altec Lansing announces VS4621 speakers

Altec Lansing announces VS4621 speakers

By Duncan Geere

Audio manufacturer Altec Lansing has revealed a new set of speakers designed for plugging into your computer or laptop. The VS4621 offers a pair of drivers and a subwoofer that deliver 2.1 audio.The speakers feature down-firing 3-inch mid-range drivers,... Read more

Therapeutic ringtones proving a hit in Japan

Therapeutic ringtones proving a hit in Japan

By Duncan Geere

Latest reports from Japan indicate that the country is under the spell of a new craze - mood-altering therapeutic ringtones - which claim to be able to solve a number of life's woes; from motivation problems to improving your skin.They're the creation... Read more

Gesture search comes to Android 1.6

Gesture search comes to Android 1.6

By Duncan Geere

Google has made a brief announcement on its mobile blog which reveals that its Gesture Search app is now compatible with Android 1.6 devices, including the HTC Magic and G1. It still won't, however, work on the HTC Hero, which runs 1.5.The app, as previously... Read more

Verizon details 2.1 Droid update

Verizon details 2.1 Droid update

By Duncan Geere

Motorola has offered a few more details about the impending 2.1 update for its Droid handset, which is named the Milestone in Europe, and leaked documentation has suggested that it'll be arriving as soon as 18 March, delivered over-the-air.It'll have... Read more

Facebook testing QR code implementation

Facebook testing QR code implementation

By Duncan Geere

It appears that engineers at social network Facebook are having a little play around with some new features - including the ability for users to generate their own two-dimensional QR codes, and as-you-type search results in the box at the top of the page.There... Read more

Still no date for US Spotify launch

Still no date for US Spotify launch

By Duncan Geere

Daniel Ek, the CEO of many people's favourite streaming music service, Spotify, took to the stage at the SxSW festival in Austin Texas for a keynote speech and admitted that the company still isn't ready for a US launch, amidst rumours that it's having... Read more

Android Market now has 30,000 apps

Android Market now has 30,000 apps

By Duncan Geere

The Android market is growing at a remarkable rate, if figures from MobileCrunch are to be believed. A Google spokesperson confirmed to the mobile blog that there are now approximately 30,000 free and paid apps available to Android devices.Google said... Read more

Nexus One coming to AT&T

Nexus One coming to AT&T

By Duncan Geere

Google has announced that its Nexus One handset, which is the current king of Android devices, is now compatible with US cellphone provider AT&T's 3G network. While it's been possible to use the device on the network for a while, as it ships unlocked,... Read more

Virgin offers 30 minutes of free tech support

Virgin offers 30 minutes of free tech support

By Duncan Geere

Richard Branson's team of tech supporters, Virgin Digital Help, has offered 30 minutes of free tech help to anyone who wants it and doesn't have a handy relative who they can call up and ask instead.While we're sure that our readers need no help whatsoever... Read more

Microsoft launches LifeCam HD-5000 and HD-6000

Microsoft launches LifeCam HD-5000 and HD-6000

By Duncan Geere

Microsoft has just dropped us word of a pair of webcams that it'll be making available within the next couple of months. The LifeCam HD-5000 and LifeCam HD6000 both come with what the company is calling "TrueColour" image processing. That promises better... Read more

LG bakes yet more Cookies

LG bakes yet more Cookies

By Duncan Geere

Korean tech giant LG has announced a pair of new devices that'll soon be coming to Britain. First there's the previously-announced-in-Korea LG Cookie Plus GS500, but there's also the LG Cookie Fresh GS290.The former, as previously reported, has a 3-megapixel... Read more

Spiderpodium iPod stand unveiled

Spiderpodium iPod stand unveiled

By Duncan Geere

A company called Breffo has invented a product called the Spiderpodium, which looks to do for the world of iPods and iPhones what the Gorillapod has done for the world of digital cameras.It's essentially a stand for your Apple device, with eight arms... Read more

Vivaz to be pre-loaded with Spotify on 3

Vivaz to be pre-loaded with Spotify on 3

By Duncan Geere

Network operator 3 has announced that it'll be selling Sony Ericsson's Vivaz handset with the Spotify Symbian app bundled, in a move that might help increase takeup of the streaming music service's premium offering.As previously reported, the Vivaz features... Read more

Samsung Jet Ultra coming to O2

Samsung Jet Ultra coming to O2

By Duncan Geere

Samsung has announced a successor to its Jet handset, released with much fanfare just under a year ago. The Samsung Jet Ultra is on shelves now, equipped with the same 800MHz processor as its older brother, but a considerably smaller price tag.The phone... Read more

iPhone gets BeardMe app

iPhone gets BeardMe app

By Duncan Geere

Facial hair. It's noble. It's manly. It's sexy. Chris Auyeung and Vijay Matthews know this to be true, which is why they've built an application for the iPhone that lets you slap a beard, moustache, tickler, pair of mutton chops, chinstrap, or any other... Read more

Virgin Media announces V HD box

Virgin Media announces V HD box

By Duncan Geere

Virgin Media has announced that it's going to be launching a set-top box that's capable of accessing the six new HD channels that the broadcaster has announced this year. The V HD Box will be available without extra subscription fees.Instead, you'll just... Read more