Nokia N86 announced/revealed/played with at Singapore Nokia event


Today’s impenetrable wall of mobile phone news continues, with this – the arrival of proper facts regarding Nokia’s Symbian S60-powered N86.

The slidey phone is Nokia’s entry in the GREAT PHONE CAMERA MEGAPIXEL WAR, thanks to it coming with an 8megapixel Carl Zeiss camera round the back, with auto-focus and support for recording MP4 video at a maximum resolution of 640 x 480.

On the phone side of things, it’s packed with 8GB of memory…

Touch technology coming to toys of the 1970s – Rubik's TouchCube


Depending on your viewpoint and cynicism levels today, the Rubik’s TouchCube is either an extremely cool update of the 1970s puzzle world-beater, or a cynical attempt to cash-in on today’s touch screen madness.

Frankly, we’re prepared to confound your expectations by going for option #1 – it’s a very cool little toy. The Rubik’s TouchCube not only LIGHTS UP for your amusement, it also MAKES SOUNDS – sampled clunks and clicks, similar to those made by furious boffins racing each other to complete the thing the quickest…

MWC 2009: Nokia unboxes the E55 and E75 – two new QWERTY mobiles for business people


The big selling point about the E55 and E75 is, according to Nokia, that both phones come pre-installed with the company’s new email front end and Nokia Messaging. Both applications allow business people to do business better and quicker.

That deal will be clinched, thanks to the efficient E75!

Nokia tells us the E75 is an upgrade of the (spirit of the) famed Nokia 9300 Communicator, keeping its slide-out QWERTY keyboard and focus on email and messaging. The new email client supports HTML mails, better sorting options and expandable views, as if the lack of that has previously been a deal-breaker…

MWC 2009: Nokia Launching "Ovi Store" in May, its attempt at capturing your loyalty and money


You’re NOTHING in the tech world without your own, personalised, branded store through which you sell things to children without troublesome “retail” taking a slice of the cash.

That’s the realisation that has dawned within the corporate mind of Nokia, which has today announced its Ovi Store – an application based around “connecting content providers with consumers,” which, we think, means an easier way to flog Rihanna and Beyonce ring tones to the youth demographic…

The Ultra-Quiet Xbox 360 – a readymade case-modded Xbox 360, pre-installed in a Lian-Li PC box


The Lian-Li Xbox 360 PC case mods have been around for a while. The idea is you stick your Xbox 360’s internal bits into one, preying you don’t break any of it in the process, then relax – safe in the knowledge that your Xbox 360’s insides have more room to breathe. And are less likely to overheat and break.

If you’re not keen on doing it yourself, perhaps because you don’t own the right kind of screwdriver and can’t even see any damn screws on your Xbox 360 anyway, UK-based supplier will do all the hard work for you…

Microsoft offers $250,000 reward for information leading to capture of Conficker worm virus creator


If you happen to inhabit the same deadly underground hacking world (forum) as the creator of the “Conficker” virus that’s been wreaking havoc on PCs since last October and even left France vulnerable to aerial invasion, you might be in luck.

Microsoft has put up a $250,000 reward for information leading the the capture of the creator of the worm/virus, hoping that some of the man’s internet friends might be a bit keen on grassing him up and bringing him to justice…

Even in these troubled economic times people still NEED a big new HDTV


Despite the news all being about the end of the universe and how you’re best off mashing up all your remaining money into papier-mache logs to burn to keep warm, one statistic on the UK economic trends chart is pointing UP – sales of HD LCD and plasmas TVs are still rocketing.

Stats compiled by GFK for the BBC show that sales of fancy flat high-def TVs increased by nearly 11% in the last three months of 2008 compared to the same period of 2007, presumably because no one’s got jobs any more, so sitting around in the house watching TV is now the main occupation of the UK population. And if you’re going to do it, you might as well do it properly with a nice new 52″ Samsung…

Pantech kissing into the wind with its IM-S410 "wind recognition" mobile phone


Now, the idea of wind recognition isn’t anything new. Nintendo’s been making us look like IDIOTS on the tube for years now, with numerous DS games asking you to blow on its little microphone to, for example, blow out candles in some simple little mini game.

Clearly thinking Nintendo is ONTO SOMETHING WITH THAT, prolific Korean mobile manufacturer Sky has shoe-horned a wind-sensing microphone feature into its next range of handsets…

eBay Nutcase of the Week: The alleged last bag of Woolworths Pic 'N' Mix can be yours


If you missed out on the thrilling, frenzied, staff-assaulting, dignity-sapping, blatant and aggressive looting of the once-proud Woolworths brand over Christmas and the New Year, there’s still time to get yourself a bit of Woolies history.

Enterprising store manager Ed Adams, of the Petts Wood branch in Orpington, London, decided to nick/liberate the last remaining scraps from his branch’s Pic ‘N’ Mix display counter – an 800g selection of “delicious nostalgia” he’s now put up for sale on eBay…