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APP OF THE DAY: Call of Carlos review (Windows Phone)
APP OF THE DAY: Call of Carlos review (Windows Phone) By Paul Lamkin

Maker Games Academy may have avoided the temptation to use a Chilean protagonist in this game which involves escaping from a mine but, in selecting Carlos ("an apathetic and chubby Mexican miner"), it may well have done.Politically correct? Probably not.... Read more

Rightmove app moves into new Android home
Rightmove app moves into new Android home By Paul Lamkin

It's the 8th most popular website in the UK, has listings for more than 20,000 agents and developers from Land's End to John O' Groats and is the only place where you can take a look around someone's house uninvited without their getting all worked up... Read more

No Xbox 720 for E3
No Xbox 720 for E3 By Paul Lamkin

Bad news game fans - Microsoft has put an end to the incessant new Xbox at E3 rumours by releasing a pretty comprehensive statement denying it will be on show at the gaming expo.It reads, in full:"While we appreciate all the interest in our long-range... Read more

Digiboo USB digital vending machines unleashed in the US
Digiboo USB digital vending machines unleashed in the US By Paul Lamkin

We were once of the opinion that garlic bread was the future. But now, we're convinced that the future is, in fact, digital vending machines that let you rent or buy movies when you're out and about.Unleashed by the brilliantly named Digiboo over in the... Read more

Lenovo joins Asus for Windows 8 tablet expected launch in October
Lenovo joins Asus for Windows 8 tablet expected launch in October By Paul Lamkin

The word on the street (that street being The Verge on the internet, so not a real street at all) is that Lenovo is going to beat the big guns to the Windows 8 tablet punch and be the first manufacturer to market with one.While Dell has promised to be... Read more

BlackBerry 10 all set for some May Orlando magic
BlackBerry 10 all set for some May Orlando magic By Paul Lamkin

The message from Research In Motion to developers is clear - it's time to start building those BlackBerry 10 apps.The company has sent out invites to BlackBerry 10 Jam (which we have to say sounds an awful lot like something you might spread on your toast)... Read more

Cash in your old iPad with Apple
Cash in your old iPad with Apple By Paul Lamkin

If you're looking to get your hands all over the brand spanking, resolutionary new iPad on Friday but worried where the cash is going to come from to feed your Apple habit, then fear not - you could always raise some funds by flogging your old iPad.And... Read more

BBC to launch iTunes rival
BBC to launch iTunes rival By Paul Lamkin

The BBC is to launch a premium download video service to take on the likes of Apple's ITunes.The move - part of an initiative called Project Barcelona - has long been rumoured but has now been officially confirmed by BBC director-general Mark Thompson.Speaking... Read more

Nokia CEO: Dual and quad-core phones 'not useful'
Nokia CEO: Dual and quad-core phones 'not useful' By Paul Lamkin

Stephen Elop, the Nokia CEO, thinks dual-core and quad-core processors are just a waste of battery in mobile phones and that, to the consumers, they aren’t all that useful.That's the translation that Unwired View has from an Elop interview with the... Read more

Steve Jobs stuffed toy ups the crass stakes
Steve Jobs stuffed toy ups the crass stakes By Paul Lamkin

First it was the Steve Jobs tribute comic, then the Steve Jobs action figure and now it's the Steve Jobs cuddly toy.Dubbed the iCEO (which, coincidentally was Jobs' actual job title when he returned to Apple in the late 1990s) the stuffed toy will be... Read more

Spotify streams hitting Billboard Hot 100
Spotify streams hitting Billboard Hot 100 By Paul Lamkin

The US equivalent of the singles chart, the Billboard Hot 100, is to get a 21st-century makeover with streams from the likes of Spotify being included for the first time.Currently the Hot 100, the US music industry standard singles popularity chart, is... Read more

Cheap £50 iPad deal not honoured by Tesco
Cheap £50 iPad deal not honoured by Tesco By Paul Lamkin

Tesco is blaming an IT error for advertising the new iPad 4G 64GB model on its online retail platform for just £49.99. And the supermarket giant has stated that anyone ordering Apple's new toy at that price will not be getting the new tablet.A spokesman... Read more

MacBook Air 15-inch landing in April?
MacBook Air 15-inch landing in April? By Paul Lamkin

Could a 15-inch MacBook Air be coming as early as next month? Yes, if a report from Electric Pig is anything to go by.The Pig is reporting that an "anonymous vendor" at a UK accessories expo held in London on Tuesday spilled the beans on the new size... Read more

Encyclopædia Britannica print edition defeated by digital
Encyclopædia Britannica print edition defeated by digital By Paul Lamkin

After 244 years the Encyclopædia Britannica is no more when it comes to print form, becoming the latest victim of the digital revolution.The encyclopaedia, which was written and continuously updated by around 100 full-time editors and more than 4,000 expert... Read more

Google folds new Doodle for Akira Yoshizawa
Google folds new Doodle for Akira Yoshizawa By Paul Lamkin

Another day, another Google Doodle - this time in celebration of what would have been the 101st birthday of origami grandmaster Akira Yoshizawa.Yoshizawa, who lived to the ripe old age of 94 before passing away on his birthday in 2005, is the man that... Read more

Chrome for Windows 8 in the works
Chrome for Windows 8 in the works By Paul Lamkin

Just a couple of days or so after Mozilla confirmed that it will be launching a version of Firefox that is compatible with the Windows 8 Metro platform, Google has said that it too will be providing an internet Explorer alternative with a Metro version... Read more

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook now on sale
Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook now on sale By Paul Lamkin

The Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook is now on sale in the UK, adding another skinny contender to the ever-growing Ultrabook market.The 13-inc packs some impressive hardware - most notably the premium materials such as the aluminium lid, the carbonfibre base and... Read more

Official BlackBerry PlayBook Mini Keyboard lands
Official BlackBerry PlayBook Mini Keyboard lands By Paul Lamkin

Update: The original post below went live on Monday - we now have official confirmation of the device from RIM with  James Poulton, director, Advanced Accessories saying: "Whether you’re typing email, creating documents, surfing the web or using other... Read more

Sennheiser HD 700 unleashed for high-end audio
Sennheiser HD 700 unleashed for high-end audio By Paul Lamkin

Sennheiser has just upped its true high-end game with the announcement of its audiophile friendly HD 700 headphones.The HD 700s are open, dynamic cans that pack a frequency response of 10 - 42,000Hz and a nominal impedance of 150Ω. They have been designed... Read more

Sony Xperia sola wants to float your boat
Sony Xperia sola wants to float your boat By Paul Lamkin

It didn't take long for the handset codenamed the Sony Xperia Pepper, that was doing the rumour rounds earlier this week, to be made official. The handset also known as the Sony MT27i has landed as the Sony Xperia sola.The Sony Xperia sola has a 3.7-inch... Read more

Doctor Who: Worlds in Time now online
Doctor Who: Worlds in Time now online By Paul Lamkin

Doctor Who: Worlds in Time, BBC Worldwide's first MMO featuring the globally successful Doctor, has left its preview period and is now live and free for all to play.This browser based MMO was designed by online games specialist Three Rings and is based... Read more

Sony Xperia Pepper to add some spice
Sony Xperia Pepper to add some spice By Paul Lamkin

Looking like it will fit in pretty well with the new Sony Xperia NXT Series, the Sony MT27i - aka the Sony Xperia Pepper - has got leaky in webland with a rendering and some spec details popping up on PocketNow.If you didn't get the memo, the new Sony... Read more

Instagram Android app to be better than iOS
Instagram Android app to be better than iOS By Paul Lamkin

We all know that Instagram is headed to Android. What we didn't know was that the Google-powered version is promising to be even better than the iPhone one.That's the word according to Kevin Systrom, the company's CEO and founder, who says the app will... Read more

PlayBase+: The world’s first anti-bacterial tablet
PlayBase+: The world’s first anti-bacterial tablet By Paul Lamkin

Karuma, the Singapore-based company that brought us the kid-proof PlayBase Android tablet last year, is back with a sequel - the PlayBase+ - which it claims is "the world’s first antibacterial tablet".At a barbecue a few summers back Pocket-lint unwisely... Read more

Nokia Windows 8 tablet touted for 2012
Nokia Windows 8 tablet touted for 2012 By Paul Lamkin

Nokia, according to Digitimes at least, is readying a 10-inch tablet that will come rocking with Microsoft's new touch-friendly OS, Windows 8.Packing a "dual-core platform" from Qualcomm (so presumably the S4) the Nokia tablet could land "in the fourth... Read more

Apple Store down, iPad 3 soon to land
Apple Store down, iPad 3 soon to land By Paul Lamkin

Oh for crying out loud. Pocket-lint just fired up Netscape Navigator and went to visit the Apple Store online (we need some more RAM for our PowerBook G3) only to find that it's down - for both the UK and the US.What the devil is going on we wonder? Could... Read more

SimCity to return in 2013 (video)
SimCity to return in 2013 (video) By Paul Lamkin

Get your high-visibility vest out of the draw and put on your hard-hat as you're about to get building - SimCity style. EA has confirmed that SimCity will return in 2013 and has released a teaser trailer with footage from the new game.Actually, as it's... Read more

LulzSec leader was an FBI informant
LulzSec leader was an FBI informant By Paul Lamkin

The Guardian reports that Hector Xavier Monsegur, AKA Sabu - the leader of the LulzSec group - was working as an FBI informant.The report comes following the FBI revealing that Monsegur - who also identified himself as a member of Anonymous and Internet... Read more

Skype 5.6 for Mac arrives with better group calling
Skype 5.6 for Mac arrives with better group calling By Paul Lamkin

It's about time that a 0.1 update for Skype on the Mac arrived, don't you think? Luckily, so does the Microsoft owned VoIP giant that has rolled out version 5.6 of the software with a few tasty updates.The UI for group calling has had a tweak so that... Read more

1080p Apple TV to keep low price point
1080p Apple TV to keep low price point By Paul Lamkin

It's iPad 3 day (or iPad HD day, if you prefer) and understandably fanboys across the world are overflowing with tablet frenzy but, if the rumour mill rings true, there is going to be another Apple product introduction over in California later on - the... Read more

Acer V3 series reminds us there's more to life than Ultrabooks
Acer V3 series reminds us there's more to life than Ultrabooks By Paul Lamkin

It may seem that the only laptops available now are Ultrabooks, but that's not the case. In fact, Acer has just unveiled a pretty nifty range that proves otherwise – the Acer V3 series.Available in 14, 15.6 and 17.3-inch models, the V3 range packs Sandy... Read more

BT and TalkTalk beaten in Digital Economy Act appeal
BT and TalkTalk beaten in Digital Economy Act appeal By Paul Lamkin

BT and TalkTalk have failed with an appeal over copyright infringement with regards to online file-sharing. The appeal by the two ISPs was a protest against the UK's Digital Economy Act that was passed in the last few weeks of the Labour government in... Read more

Nokia Prodigy and AC/DC to rock-out Windows Phone 8
Nokia Prodigy and AC/DC to rock-out Windows Phone 8 By Paul Lamkin

Nokia could be on the highway to hell and be about to start a few fires with its Windows Phone 8 handsets. That's the word according to The Verge anyway, which is reporting that Nokia is  preparing two new Windows Phone phones for AT&T: The Nokia Prodigy... Read more

Facebook Messenger for Windows drops beta tag
Facebook Messenger for Windows drops beta tag By Paul Lamkin

Three months after the beta testing period went live, Facebook Messenger for Windows has now entered officialdom, giving IT staff across the land another program that they need to blacklist from their employees' workstations."Millions of people log into... Read more

DARPA Cheetah sets robot running record (video)
DARPA Cheetah sets robot running record (video) By Paul Lamkin

Last time we reported on the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) here on Pocket-lint it was busy losing a $300 million aircraft at sea (probably).But, rather than sit about crying over spilt milk, the clever bods at the US agency responsible... Read more

iPad HD and iPad mini rumours heat up
iPad HD and iPad mini rumours heat up By Paul Lamkin

In case you've been living down a hole for the past few days you're no doubt fully aware that Apple is all set to take the covers off of its next-generation iPad 3 this week, with a 7 March event in San Francisco.But we may not be seeing the iPad 3 at... Read more

Assassin’s Creed III first trailer hits the web (video)
Assassin’s Creed III first trailer hits the web (video) By Paul Lamkin

Last week Ubisoft revealed the official title of Assassin's Creed III (or Assassin's Creed 3, as the company also writes it) and now we have the first action from the game, courtesy of its first trailer.Set during the time of the American Revolution in... Read more

iPad mini coming to take on the Kindle Fire, claims Samsung
iPad mini coming to take on the Kindle Fire, claims Samsung By Paul Lamkin

Could Samsung have just spilled the beans on the 4th iteration of the Apple iPad? Quite possibly, if a Samsung Securities document that has been uncovered by website OLED Display is anything to go by.And not just any old iPad, but a 7-inch model referred... Read more

Android Enjoy TV Nano2 ATV500 pictures and hands-on
Android Enjoy TV Nano2 ATV500 pictures and hands-on By Paul Lamkin

Over in Barcelona last week at MWC, Pocket-lint got its first chance to get up close and personal with Geniatech's Apple TV rival for the fandroid community - the confusingly named Android Enjoy TV Nano2 ATV500.Don't be put of by the long name though,... Read more

European Commission VP slams Android security
European Commission VP slams Android security By Paul Lamkin

Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission, has slammed Google's Android OS after a Channel 4 News report found that many of the top free apps in the Android Market were mining personal data of users of and passing it on to advertisers.Channel... Read more

Humax Tivizen DVB-T Wi-Fi receiver tunes in
Humax Tivizen DVB-T Wi-Fi receiver tunes in By Paul Lamkin

Set-top box specialist Humax has announced that it is bringing the Tivizen DVB-T Wi-Fi receiver to the UK.The Tivizen, in case you're not familiar, is a small device that can fit in your pocket, or slip into your bag, and has a flexible antenna that can... Read more

No Samsung Galaxy S III launch for April
No Samsung Galaxy S III launch for April By Paul Lamkin

Samsung has denied reports that the launch for its much anticipated next flagship smartphone - the Samsung Galaxy S III - will take place in April.Rumours had been circulating on the web after a report from ZDNet Korea touting an April arrival, but Samsung... Read more

iPad 3 to be thicker than iPad 2
iPad 3 to be thicker than iPad 2 By Paul Lamkin

Just because we're only double-digit hours away from the official launch, you didn't think the iPad 3 rumour mill would stop spinning did you? Of course not - if anything the hype levels have been turned up a notch or two.A lot of the attention in web... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: Temple Run review (iPad)
APP OF THE DAY: Temple Run review (iPad) By Paul Lamkin

It's Wayne Rooney's favourite game, apparently, and if his high score boasts on Twitter are anything to go by, then he's really bloomin' good at it. Maybe even better than he is at football.His high score, which he posted on Twitter to mock his England... Read more

Hands-on: SpareOne emergency phone review
Hands-on: SpareOne emergency phone review By Paul Lamkin

Some ideas are so simple and effective that you wonder why they haven't been thought of before. One such example is the SpareOne phone that Pocket-lint got up close and personal with in Barcelona at MWC.Xpal Power (the company behind Energizer and PowerSkin)... Read more

Firefox only has eyes for Android
Firefox only has eyes for Android By Paul Lamkin

There are still no plans to bring Firefox to the iPhone or iPad and Jay Sullivan, Mozilla's VP of Products, has also told Pocket-lint that we can also forget about the browser landing on the BlackBerry PlayBook as a native app anytime soon."We haven't... Read more

ARM: Intel playing catch-up in mobile market
ARM: Intel playing catch-up in mobile market By Paul Lamkin

It's a funny old time in the crazy world of chip architecture. Not only are companies like Nvidia, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments looking to jump head first into the Windows 8 revolution caused by Microsoft's new baby including support for ARM-based processors,... Read more

Coolpad 7990 pictures and hands-on
Coolpad 7990 pictures and hands-on By Paul Lamkin

Over on the vainglorious Android booth at MWC there was an absolute plethora of Google-based devices to play with, including all of the big launches from the show. But it wasn't the usual suspects that caught Pocket-lint's eye.We couldn't help but notice... Read more

Mozilla Boot to Gecko pictures and hands-on
Mozilla Boot to Gecko pictures and hands-on By Paul Lamkin

Boot to Gecko, the mobile OS that isn't really an OS, officially launched over in Barcelona at MWC after the idea was touted by Mozilla back in July last year.Unlike the theory back then though, when Mozilla's Andreas Gal stated that the platform would... Read more

ZTE PF100 quad-core tablet pictures and hands-on
ZTE PF100 quad-core tablet pictures and hands-on By Paul Lamkin

Okay, let's start with the obvious. The ZTE PF100 is a fugly tablet. There, we've said it. Its faux-metallic edges look more rusty than sharp and the back panel makes it look like a 1980s' calculator.The build quality is pretty cheap looking and feeling... Read more

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