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Microsoft in 2014: Pocket-lint predicts

Microsoft in 2014: Pocket-lint predicts

By Jake Smith

By all counts Microsoft had a huge 2013: it launched the Xbox One, Windows Phone gained ground in the market, the executive level had a "One Microsoft" reorginisation, and Windows 8.1 was released for the Windows 8 naysayers.However, 2014 truly is shaping... Read more

Sony releasing a Windows Phone in 2014?

Sony releasing a Windows Phone in 2014?

By Jake Smith

Sony is considering launching a Windows Phone as early as mid-2014, according to The Information. It would add another big name to making Windows Phones and end Sony's long-time focus on only Android.An official deal hasn't been announced, but both Sony... Read more

Top 5 apps to turn your iPhone 5S into a fitness tracker

Top 5 apps to turn your iPhone 5S into a fitness tracker

By Jake Smith

When Apple released the iPhone 5S in September, one of its main features was the new M7 processor. Separate from the main A7 CPU, the M7 processor's function is to collect sensor data from integrated accelerometers, gyroscopes and compasses. Essentially,... Read more

Samsung envisions a 'display centric world' - where even your cutting board is a display

Samsung envisions a 'display centric world' - where even your cutting board is a display

By Jake Smith

The display group at Samsung has envisioned a world in which everyone is connected through displays, from coffee mugs to car windows. How Samsung wants to achieve this has been highlighted in a video shown at a recent investors' meeting. Samsung takes... Read more

BlackBerry CEO vaguely outlines plan for profitability by 2016

BlackBerry CEO vaguely outlines plan for profitability by 2016

By Jake Smith

BlackBerry CEO John Chen took to CNBC in an opinion piece on Monday to once again highlight what he thinks is the company's road to return."It's been easy for competitors to promote negative stories about BlackBerry, focusing on the business of the past,"... Read more

Fitbit adds fitness tracking to its iPhone app, thanks to M7 processor

Fitbit adds fitness tracking to its iPhone app, thanks to M7 processor

By Jake Smith

Fitbit updated its iPhone app on Monday to take advantage of the iPhone 5S M7 motion processor, much like the Nike+ Move app released earlier this year.The Fitbit update allows users to track their activity without Fitbit hardware, which costs about $100... Read more

LG unveils Pocket Photo 2, letting you print photos from your smartphone

LG unveils Pocket Photo 2, letting you print photos from your smartphone

By Jake Smith

LG has taken the wraps off its second-generation Pocket Photo, a "smart" mobile printer that can print photos on the go from your smartphone.Set to be shown in detail at CES 2014 on 7 January, the Pocket Photo 2 will be available in pink, jewel white... Read more

Asus teases 4, 5 and 6-inch smartphone launches at CES 2014

Asus teases 4, 5 and 6-inch smartphone launches at CES 2014

By Jake Smith

It's CES 2014 season, and that means plenty of teasers along with it. Asus has released its second teaser for the early-January tradeshow, this time hinting at smartphones in  4-, 5-, and 6-inch variants. Titled "What's your number?" the teaser takes... Read more

LG plans to upgrade L Series II with Knock functionality

LG plans to upgrade L Series II with Knock functionality

By Jake Smith

LG announced its premium Knock feature will extend past the LG G2 and onto the L Series II smartphones.First introduced with the LG G2, Knock allows users to tap on the display twice to turn the smartphone on and off - useful because the power button... Read more

Google Chromebooks account for 21 per cent of notebook sales

Google Chromebooks account for 21 per cent of notebook sales

By Jake Smith

Google's Chromebook platform performed better than expected in 2013.The cheap notebooks running Chrome OS, priced around $200, now claim 21 per cent of all notebook sales, according to research group NDP.The rise came in 2013. Chrome OS made up 0.2 per... Read more

Sony may have a new SmartWatch planned for 2014

Sony may have a new SmartWatch planned for 2014

By Jake Smith

Sony is planning to release a new smartwatch in the near future, if a filing with the FCC is any indication (it usually is). The Japan-based company filed to get approval for the "BT Wrist Notifier". It carries a model number of SWR10, a step up from... Read more

Nokia's alleged Android phone breaks cover in leaked press shot

Nokia's alleged Android phone breaks cover in leaked press shot

By Jake Smith

Another photo of Nokia's alleged Android-based handset has been leaked by EvLeaks. It's odd, given the maker of Windows Phone is about to acquire Nokia. Codenamed "Normandy", the handset will run a forked version of Android, according to The Verge, similar... Read more

As Winamp closes, Spotify releases Spotiamp to pay homage

As Winamp closes, Spotify releases Spotiamp to pay homage

By Jake Smith

Winamp, the infamous audio player and an important piece in the history of digital music consumption, shut down on Sunday. Internet streaming service Spotify is trying to fill the gap with the release of Spotiamp. It's a fully-functional music player... Read more

Apple and China Mobile ink long-awaited iPhone deal

Apple and China Mobile ink long-awaited iPhone deal

By Jake Smith

Apple and China Mobile have agreed to a long-awaited deal that will put the iPhone on the world's largest carrier. As part of the "multi-year" agreement, China Mobile will offer the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C from China Mobile's network of retail stores... Read more

Apple CEO to employees: 'We have a lot to look forward to in 2014'

Apple CEO to employees: 'We have a lot to look forward to in 2014'

By Jake Smith

Apple CEO Tim Cook sent a lengthy letter to Apple employees on Sunday, thanking them for their work in 2013 and hyping the year ahead.The letter was obtained by 9to5mac, and in it Cook says: "This holiday season, tens of millions of people around the... Read more

Jailbreak tool released for iOS 7, bringing tweaks and utilities with it

Jailbreak tool released for iOS 7, bringing tweaks and utilities with it

By Jake Smith

A jailbreak tool for iOS 7 has been released by the "evad3rs" team, allowing iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users to customise the iOS software. The "evasi0n 7" jailbreak is "untethered" meaning users can turn off their device without losing the jailbreak. The evasi0n... Read more

Oppo N1 with CyanogenMod software launches 24 December, with Google's approval

Oppo N1 with CyanogenMod software launches 24 December, with Google's approval

By Jake Smith

A version of the Oppo N1 will launch with CyanogenMod, the popular custom Android software, on 24 December. The launch meets much excitement from the development and enthusiast community, as they will be able to purchase the first official CyanogenMod... Read more

Microsoft gifts 20GB of SkyDrive storage to all Windows Phone users

Microsoft gifts 20GB of SkyDrive storage to all Windows Phone users

By Jake Smith

With Christmas cheer in mind, Microsoft has gifted an extra 20GB of SkyDrive space to all Windows Phone users. Users will have until the end of January to redeem their gift, which lasts for one year, according to Microsoft. This will be good for users... Read more

Apple will bring FaceTime Audio to OS X in Mavericks 10.9.2

Apple will bring FaceTime Audio to OS X in Mavericks 10.9.2

By Jake Smith

Following the public release of OS X 10.9.1 Mavericks, Apple has begun testing OS X 10.9.2 with developers to begin ironing out bugs. Other than the normal bug fixes and small features within the new version, it includes FaceTime Audio which will bring... Read more

BBM for Android and iPhone will add free voice calling in 2014

BBM for Android and iPhone will add free voice calling in 2014

By Jake Smith

BlackBerry has announced updates to its BBM for iPhone and Android apps that will be released in 2014.Namely, BBM will gain free voice calling to any BBM contact worldwide with no long distance fees. This will bring BBM up-to-par with other messaging... Read more

Moto G updated with Android 4.4.2 KitKat in US, coming to UK 'soon'

Moto G updated with Android 4.4.2 KitKat in US, coming to UK 'soon'

By Jake Smith

Motorola has announced that Android 4.4.2 KitKat has begun rolling out to the Moto G ahead of schedule. The update was originally promised for early 2014, but Motorola says it's "thrilled to start delivering on that promise early".The Android 4.4.2 KitKat... Read more

New wave of Tizen devices will be shown in February, Samsung reveals

New wave of Tizen devices will be shown in February, Samsung reveals

By Jake Smith

New devices (probably smartphones) running the Tizen mobile operating system will be shown on 23 February 2014 at Mobile World Congress, Samsung and Intel revealed on Thursday.In an email to members of the media, both companies said they would offer “an... Read more

Apple’s new Mac Pro now on sale, but don’t expect to get it soon

Apple’s new Mac Pro now on sale, but don’t expect to get it soon

By Jake Smith

Apple updated its online store on Thursday with availability of its next-generation Mac Pro, starting at $2,999 (£1,836) and going all the way to $9,599. Several Pocket-lint tipsters noted that when the Mac Pro went on sale at 3am EST on Thursday, the... Read more

Moto Maker goes offline: Check out Moto X's interactive print ad in Wired

Moto Maker goes offline: Check out Moto X's interactive print ad in Wired

By Jake Smith

Motorola has debuted a unique print ad for its Moto X handset in the January issue of Wired. It surprisingly offers more interactivity than most ads found on the web.The ad is a full-page spread within the magazine, focusing on highlighting the Moto X's... Read more

LG's first webOS smart TV to be shown at CES

LG's first webOS smart TV to be shown at CES

By Jake Smith

LG will unveil its first webOS television at CES from 7 January. It will be a debut for the operating system it purchased from HP in an LG smart TV.Company researcher Hong Sung-pyo revealed the news during a semiconductor event in Seoul. He also announced... Read more

105-inch Ultra HD 21:9 curved HDTVs to rule CES, from LG and Samsung

105-inch Ultra HD 21:9 curved HDTVs to rule CES, from LG and Samsung

By Jake Smith

LG and Samsung have announced similar 105-inch curved Ultra HDTVs ahead of CES in Las Vegas in January, each a major step up from the 55-inch televisions announced this year. LG's 105UB9 monster boasts a 21:9 super widescreen aspect ratio and 11 million... Read more

Google Glass now lets you wink to capture photos

Google Glass now lets you wink to capture photos

By Jake Smith

Google Glass has been updated with the ability to take a picture with a wink, along with new features in its software thanks to an XE12 update released Tuesday.Google says the wink-to-capture feature is faster than using the camera button or voice action... Read more

Google briefly releases MyGlass app for iOS, letting more users control Google Glass

Google briefly releases MyGlass app for iOS, letting more users control Google Glass

By Jake Smith

Google Glass is about to get easier to use on the iPhone, after its long reliance on Android.The Google MyGlass app for iOS was briefly released on the App Store on Monday, before being taken down. It's not clear why the app wasn't left to stand, but... Read more

Samsung hires former Apple Store designer, are retail stores coming?

Samsung hires former Apple Store designer, are retail stores coming?

By Jake Smith

Samsung has snatched up former Apple Store designer Tim Gudgel for a retail expansion for the company, according to The Information.Samsung is considering opening brick and mortar stores in the US, and potentially other areas worldwide, much like Apple... Read more

Google reportedly testing 'EnergySense' Nest-like thermostats (Update: screenshot)

Google reportedly testing 'EnergySense' Nest-like thermostats (Update: screenshot)

By Jake Smith

Google is testing a smart thermostat that enables users to keep track of their energy use, according to The Information.The thermostat, reportedly called EnergySense, allows users to view data and make smart energy use changes accordingly. Even with its... Read more

Microsoft won't name a new CEO until early 2014

Microsoft won't name a new CEO until early 2014

By Jake Smith

Microsoft's John Thompson, the man charged with leading the search for the company's new CEO, says the decision for Steve Ballmer's replacement won't come until early 2014.“We identified over 100 possible candidates, talked with several dozen and then... Read more

Samsung said to launch four tablets in Q1 2014, including cheap Galaxy Tab 3 Lite

Samsung said to launch four tablets in Q1 2014, including cheap Galaxy Tab 3 Lite

By Jake Smith

If you think Samsung is going to sit back and let Apple take a larger lead on the tablet market next year, you're mistaken. According to a report from SamMobile, the South Korea-based company has plans to launch four tablets in the first quarter of 2014,... Read more

Facebook's auto-playing videos ads will begin testing Thursday

Facebook's auto-playing videos ads will begin testing Thursday

By Jake Smith

Facebook is to begin playing video advertisements on a users timelines, according to The Wall Street Journal. The new type of advertisements will be announced on Tuesday and will begin rolling out on Thursday.Users won't need to click on the advertisements,... Read more

Steam Machine user gives early tour of SteamOS, gameplay

Steam Machine user gives early tour of SteamOS, gameplay

By Jake Smith

Valve's beta Steam Machine box has been in the households of 300 beta participants for over 48 hours, and now, the first impressions are starting to trickle out.Following a thorough unboxing of the Steam Machine over the weekend, YouTube user Corey Nelson... Read more

Samsung releases Smartphone GamePad for your Android gaming fingers

Samsung releases Smartphone GamePad for your Android gaming fingers

By Jake Smith

Samsung has announced that its Smartphone GamePad, a game controller for mobile phones, is now available in select European countries. The GamePad works with mobile devices ranging from 4- to 6.3-inches, letting users play games a bit more comfortably... Read more

Simple tool makes the MacBook's MagSafe a little less finicky

Simple tool makes the MacBook's MagSafe a little less finicky

By Jake Smith

Proud owners of a recent-generation MacBook will probably notice the MagSafe connector falls out extremely easy. If you're lying in bed or have your laptop in your lap, it doesn't take much for the MagSafe connector to fallout. It happens to us daily.Luckily,... Read more

Apple releases OS X 10.9.1 for Mac users, bringing several fixes

Apple releases OS X 10.9.1 for Mac users, bringing several fixes

By Jake Smith

Apple has released OS X 10.9.1 to Mac users - the first major update to Mavericks since it was released in October. The update stays away from new features, and instead, focuses on fixing bugs.OS X 10.9.1 brings improved support for Gmail in OS X Mail,... Read more

Minecraft comes to PS3 on 17 December, PS4 and PS Vita in 2014

Minecraft comes to PS3 on 17 December, PS4 and PS Vita in 2014

By Jake Smith

Minecraft will extend its console availability beyond the Xbox 360 and on to the PlayStation 3, Sony announced in a blog post on Monday. The hit computer and mobile game will be available for the PlayStation 3 on Tuesday 17 December. A launch for the... Read more

Nokia releases Camera app beta for cheaper Lumia line, adding advanced camera features

Nokia releases Camera app beta for cheaper Lumia line, adding advanced camera features

By Jake Smith

Nokia has extended its Camera app beyond PureView smartphones and on to the majority of Lumia handsets, adding more-advanced camera features to the cheaper line-up.The beta is available from the Nokia Beta Labs website, where "you will get frequent updates... Read more

LG G Flex press shot leaked for Sprint launch

LG G Flex press shot leaked for Sprint launch

By Jake Smith

A press shot of the LG G Flex headed to the US market has leaked, this time from carrier Sprint. EvLeaks posted the photo on Monday, with no clear indication when the handset will launch.It appears LG is ready to bring its curved smartphone outside of... Read more

Datawind launches UbiSlate tablet in UK for £29.99, after success in India

Datawind launches UbiSlate tablet in UK for £29.99, after success in India

By Jake Smith

Datawind is aiming at the budget market with the launch of its £29.99 UbiSlate 7-inch tablet, following success in India.The cheapest of the line, the UbiSlate 7Ci features a 7-inch TFT capacitive display, 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB... Read more

Tesla planning to unveil its budget car in January 2015

Tesla planning to unveil its budget car in January 2015

By Jake Smith

Tesla, the maker of the $69,900 Model S, plans to reveal its all-electric budget model car at the Detroit Auto Show in 2015. The Auto Show typically takes place in January. Tesla’s chief designer, Franz von Holzhauzen, revealed in an interview with... Read more

Lucky few unbox the beta Steam Machine for first time, sent by Valve in magical wooden box

Lucky few unbox the beta Steam Machine for first time, sent by Valve in magical wooden box

By Jake Smith

Valve's beta Steam Machine has landed in the hands of its 300 beta participants and subsequently, a few unboxings of the exclusive gaming machine have hit the net. Valve got creative with the Steam Machine, sending it in a wooden crate, instead of the normal... Read more

Google acquires futuristic company with robot that can run faster than Usain Bolt

Google acquires futuristic company with robot that can run faster than Usain Bolt

By Jake Smith

Google has purchased Boston Dynamics, an engineering company behind futuristic robots that focus on mobility, agility, dexterity and speed, according to The New York Times. The acquisition has since been confirmed by Google, which refused to give a buying... Read more

Sprint reportedly considering a bid for T-Mobile US

Sprint reportedly considering a bid for T-Mobile US

By Jake Smith

US carrier Sprint is considering preparing a bid of more than $20 billion to buy T-Mobile US, according to The Wall Street Journal. T-Mobile shares surged 9 per cent in extended trading once the news hit, which cited unnamed sources familiar with the... Read more

HTC unveils HTC One Max in black, which makes fingerprint sensor more subtle

HTC unveils HTC One Max in black, which makes fingerprint sensor more subtle

By Jake Smith

HTC has quietly taken the wraps off a sleek black version of its HTC One Max phablet, slowly bringing the handset up to colour terms with the rest of the HTC smartphone line.The HTC One is available in silver, black, red, blue and gold, while the HTC... Read more

SteamOS, Steam Machines and Steam Controller: Everything you need to know

SteamOS, Steam Machines and Steam Controller: Everything you need to know

By Jake Smith

Valve has long shown dominance in the PC gaming arena, thanks to its Steam software that has been the go-to place to download PC-based games since 2002.But one area that it hasn't yet grabbed a foothold in is the living room, but with SteamOS and Steam... Read more

Microsoft sets Build 2014 conference for 2 April - is Windows Phone 8.1 incoming?

Microsoft sets Build 2014 conference for 2 April - is Windows Phone 8.1 incoming?

By Jake Smith

Microsoft revealed on Thursday that it will be holding the Build 2014 developer conference from 2 to 4 April. The website posting has since been taken down after an apparent slip, and Microsoft won't provide any more information about the dates. However,... Read more

Twitter changes how blocking another user works, infuriates many in the process (Update: reversed)

Twitter changes how blocking another user works, infuriates many in the process (Update: reversed)

By Jake Smith

Update: Twitter posted on its blog that it has reversed the changes to the way the block function works on Twitter. Things are back to normal."We have decided to revert the change after receiving feedback from many users – we never want to introduce... Read more

PlayStation 4 top-selling console in North America during November, says NPD

PlayStation 4 top-selling console in North America during November, says NPD

By Jake Smith

The PlayStation 4 was the "highest-selling" console and the Xbox One the "fastest-selling" console during November, according to US numbers from research firm NPD. It wasn't revealed how many PlayStation 4 consoles were sold in the US specifically during... Read more