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08 Wizard iOS app icon

08 Wizard

I’d heard about apps and programs that could be used to look up alternatives to premium-rate 08 numbers, but had never really bothered with them before as – apart from my bank – I didn’t really think that I made all that many calls to premium numbers. However, the last bill for my home landline number included a tenner’s worth …
Cliff Joseph, 01 Dec 2011
Pocket Boom portable vibration speaker

Pocket Boom portable vibration speaker

There are a number of these little ‘vibration speaker’ gadgets that allow you to turn everyday objects into speakers, but the Pocket Boom is cheaper and a bit more portable than many of its rivals. Pocket Boom portable vibration speaker Works best with hollow objects Currently priced at £24.95 – although that’s due to come …
Cliff Joseph, 28 Nov 2011
Thumbs Up Desktop Phone

Thumbs Up Desktop Phone

I use a USB handset with Skype on my Mac, and I’ve been looking for something similar to use with my iPhone when I’m in the office. Bluetooth headsets just make me feel silly, so I’ve opted for the distinctly low-tech and unpretentious Desktop Phone from Thumbs Up instead. The Desktop Phone is a simple dock for your iPhone, and …
Cliff Joseph, 25 Nov 2011
Hailo iOS app icon

Hailo

Back in my student days, I used to work late-night shifts on a taxi service called ComputaCab. It was really hi-tech for the time, with a control room full of computer screens and a bunch of scruffy kids answering the phone lines and booking the cabs. Ah, the good old days… Well, the students will have to look for other ways to …
Cliff Joseph, 24 Nov 2011
CableJive DockBoss Plus Android-iPod adaptor

CableJive DockBoss Plus

Reg Hardware is always inundated with speaker systems for the iPhone and iPod in the run-up to Christmas, but there are still relatively few sets of speakers designed to dock Android phones. Yes, most iPod and iPhone speaker-docks do have an 3.5mm aux port that will allow you to connect almost any audio source – but a mere audio …
Cliff Joseph, 21 Nov 2011
Henge Docks Docking Station for MacBooks

Henge Docks Docking Station

It’s less technically sophisticated than the Techne Byte-Dock port replicator we reviewed recently, but the Docking Station from Henge Docks is a darn site prettier and a lot less expensive. Henge Docks Docking Station for MacBooks Sold here in the UK by MobileFun, the Docking Station is available in several sizes to suit …
Cliff Joseph, 18 Nov 2011
Coach's Eye iOS app icon

Coach's Eye

My never-ending quest for a decent forehand recently turned up this handy little sporting app for the iPhone. As the name implies, Coach’s Eye is primarily aimed at sports trainers who want to analyse their athlete’s performance. It allows the coach to record clips of the athlete and to play them back using its slow-mo option to …
Cliff Joseph, 17 Nov 2011
Ion Audio Piano Apprentice

Ion Audio Piano Apprentice

It might look a bit silly, but the Piano Apprentice from Ion Audio, the company famous for its USB LP decks, is good fun – and could actually help you learn to play the piano. Ion Audio Piano Apprentice It consists of a two-octave keyboard with a small set of internal speakers. It has a small stand to support your iPad, iPod …
Cliff Joseph, 14 Nov 2011
Logitech Wireless Touchpad

Logitech Wireless Touchpad

Most Wintel laptops now support a limited range of multi-touch gestures on their trackpads, such as the two-finger swipe to scroll up or down through long documents and web pages. However, Logitech’s new Wireless Touchpad is the first device that I’ve come across that attempts to offer PC users the same range of multi-touch …
Cliff Joseph, 11 Nov 2011
Instapaper iOS app icon

Instapaper 4.0

Instapaper has been around on Macs, PCs and various mobile platforms for a few years now and I’d started to take it for granted, only using it to save the occasional long or important article that I knew I’d want to come back to at a later date. However, the iOS app has just had a big update to version 4 that has reworked the …
Cliff Joseph, 10 Nov 2011
Belkin Chef Stand and Stylus for tablets

Belkin Chef Stand and Stylus for tablets

I’ve been experimenting with Jamie Oliver’s Recipes app recently, and it occurred to me that an iPad stand would come in handy when I’m fondling his dumplings in the kitchen - they go very well with his beef and Guinness stew. So imagine how positively "pukka" I felt when Belkin’s Chef Stand and Stylus turned up in the post. …
Cliff Joseph, 04 Nov 2011
Adobe Reader for iOS icon

Adobe Reader

It’s hard to believe that it has taken Adobe so long to release a PDF reader for iDevices, especially since the Android version has been available for more than a year now. And with so many other apps already available for reading PDF files, including Apple’s own iBooks, I could barely muster the enthusiasm to download Adobe …
Cliff Joseph, 03 Nov 2011
GoPro HD 2 sports camcorder

GoPro HD Hero 2

Surfer dude and Reg Hardware reviewer Giles Hill waxed lyrical about the HD Hero when he tried it out last year, and the developers at GoPro have just launched a new version of their rugged, outdoorsy and underwatery action-cam. GoPro HD 2 sports camcorder The HD Hero 2 looks virtually identical to its predecessor, but has …
Cliff Joseph, 31 Oct 2011
Surc universal remote case for iPhone

Surc universal remote case

I’ve looked at a number of devices, including the Gear4 Unity and the ThinkFlood RedEye, that allow you to use an iOS device as a remote control for your TV, DVD player and other AV kit. The Surc is another. However, it takes a slightly different approach. Surc universal remote case for iPhone Instead of using a plug-in …
Cliff Joseph, 28 Oct 2011
Vlingo iOS voice-recognition app icon

Vlingo

One of the standout features of the new iPhone 4S is the Siri voice-recognition assistant. Siri started out as just an ordinary third-party app until it was swooped up by Apple, and there are still a number of similar rivals that you can use to add voice-recognition features to older iPhones, as well as the iPod Touch and iPad …
Cliff Joseph, 27 Oct 2011
Griffin Helo TC iPhone-controlled helicopter

Griffin Technology Helo TC

Parrot’s AR.Drone quad 'copter has been quite a hit with the radio control crowd, but its £300 price tag puts it out of most people’s price range. Griffin’s new Helo TC, on the other blade, is affordable enough to be a fun little treat for the more casual weekend flier. Griffin Helo TC iPhone-controlled helicopter The Helo is …
Cliff Joseph, 24 Oct 2011
The Guardian iPad Edition

The Guardian iPad Edition

As well as launching a brand new app specifically designed for the iPad, The Guardian is also the first proper UK newspaper to appear in iOS 5's Newsstand feature. The Guardian iPad Edition gives us interesting look at how the newspaper industry could develop in the next few years. Newsstand is the magazine and newspaper …
Cliff Joseph, 20 Oct 2011
LaCie LaPlug networked storage

LaCie LaPlug

Networkable drives are widely available and affordable these days, but the LaPlug could come in handy if you have a stack of existing USB hard drives or memory sticks that you want to share with other people on your home or office network. LaCie LaPlug networked storage LaCie's LaPlug delivers network sharing capabilities to …
Cliff Joseph, 20 Oct 2011
House of Marley Exodus headphones

House of Marley Exodus headphones

As soon as I saw the Exodus headphones I wanted them, and now that I’ve heard them – well, I’m just jammin’ till the jam is through. House of Marley is a new brand set up by Bob Marley’s family, and it’s kicking off with an extensive collection of headphones ranging from the £20 in-ear Smile Jamaica set, up to the £250 noise- …
Cliff Joseph, 17 Oct 2011
Belkin Conserve Switch power saving adaptor board

Belkin Conserve

Like many folk, I tend to leave my TV, Sky box and other AV kit in their low-power standby mode when I retire to my boudoir in the evenings. However, even standby mode can consume a steady trickle of electricity, and now that the blood-sucking leeches [surely 'energy companies' - Ed] are hitting us with double-digit price rises …
Cliff Joseph, 14 Oct 2011
iMoney iOS app icon

iMoney Accounting

It must be a sign of the times, but I’m definitely seeing more personal finance apps coming my way recently. Of course, there’s already no shortage of apps for keeping track of your daily spending, but iMoney Accounting caught my eye as it’s free and also has an online reporting function that could be useful for people who need …
Cliff Joseph, 13 Oct 2011
PCTV Broadway 2T TV streamer

PCTV Broadway 2T network Freeview tuner

The marketing for the new Broadway 2T very much focuses on the iPhone and iPad, yet this network TV tuner chooses to omit some pretty obvious features when it comes to the iOS side of things. PCTV Broadway 2T TV streamer Global vision: PCTV's Broadway 2T The Broadway is similar to Elgato’s Netstream DTT, in that it houses a …
Cliff Joseph, 12 Oct 2011
Altec Lansing iMT630 travel speaker

Altec Lansing iMT630

The first set of iPod speakers I ever bought was Altec Lansing’s inMotion iM3, a paperback-sized unit that could nonetheless produce a very respectable sound. My iM3 has been around the world a couple of times since then and it’s getting a bit frayed around the edges now. However, I’ve never found a better set of travel speakers …
Cliff Joseph, 07 Oct 2011
Lenovo ThinkCentre 91z

Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 91z all-in-one PC

It may not match the sleek, silvery elegance of Apple’s iMac, but Lenovo’s ThinkCentre Edge 91z is a far more affordable option for people who want a compact all-in-one desktop computer. Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 91z all-in-one desktop PC Lenovo’s ThinkCentre Edge 91z: available with Intel Core-i3, i5 and i7 CPU options The …
Cliff Joseph, 06 Oct 2011
Lovefilm Player for iPad iOS app icon

Lovefilm Player for iPad

Well it’s about time. LoveFilm may be the UK’s main disc rental and video-on-demand service, but it’s taken it a disappointing amount of time to get its act together as far as iOS is concerned. Apple’s loathing of Flash video isn’t Lovefilm's fault, of course, but plenty of other companies have already produced iOS-specific apps …
Cliff Joseph, 06 Oct 2011
ThumbsUp Black Diamond iPhone dock

ThumbsUp Black Diamond glow-globe iPhone dock

Yes, it’s expensive and totally pointless, but the Black Diamond "ambience dock" is strangely compelling. It's fascinating to watch – a bit like those Mathmos lava lamps that now seem to have acquired a rather ironic retro chic. Designed specifically for the iPhone – I'm looking forward to the iPad version, due any day now – the …
Cliff Joseph, 03 Oct 2011
Meter Readings icon

Meter Readings

With energy prices going through the roof, I recently decided that it was time to pay a bit more attention to my meter readings. There are a few apps for reading gas and and electricity meters, but most of these seem to come from individual energy companies, such as EDF and npower, and only let you take one reading for your …
Cliff Joseph, 29 Sep 2011
Flipboard iOS app icon

Flipboard

Flipboard has been around for a year or so now, and has garnered all sorts of awards along the way. However, it was updated recently and has just gained the tech industry’s ultimate accolade: that of being imitated by Google, which is reported to be developing a "Flipboard killer" under the codename ‘Propeller’. Flipboard iOS …
Cliff Joseph, 22 Sep 2011
Bike Hub

Bike Hub

Following my inaugural experience with one of London’s ‘Boris bikes’ I considered reviewing the slick Barclays Bikes app – the bank is the main sponsor of the cycle scheme in the capital. Yet apart from being too London-centric I didn’t want to find myself saying anything complimentary about the banking industry. So I checked …
Cliff Joseph, 15 Sep 2011
Adobe CreatePDF icon

Adobe CreatePDF

There are plenty of PDF viewer apps available for iOS devices, so it’s a little surprising that it’s taken this long for Adobe - deviser of the Portable Document Format - to release this CreatePDF app. Its job is to convert documents in any of a variety of formats - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OpenOffice, Photoshop, Illustrator, …
Cliff Joseph, 08 Sep 2011
LaCie CloudBox

LaCie CloudBox storage combo

It’s quite common for hard disk drives to also include an element of on-line backup these days. But even if you buy a big hard disk with 1TB or more of internal storage, the free on-line storage component tends to only be a few gigabytes – it’s really just a taster to try and get you to sign up for a subscription service that …
Cliff Joseph, 06 Sep 2011
TextGrabber icon

TextGrabber

I often use the camera on my iPhone to take quick snapshots of telephone numbers and other bits of information that I see when I’m out and about during the day. When I get home, I have to write the info down somewhere, or maybe enter it into my contacts or some other app on the iPhone. That’s a tedious little chore, so I was …
Cliff Joseph, 01 Sep 2011
Autodesk Fluid FX app icon

Autodesk Fluid FX

A very long time ago, graphics guru Kai Krause - a name sure to make any Mac user over a certain ago go all misty eyed and nostalgic - created an app - or 'program', as we called them then - named Goo. It allowed you to morph and distort photos in various, vaguely amusing ways. It was primarily just a bit of fun, but Goo did …
Cliff Joseph, 25 Aug 2011
Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle Cloud Reader

Looks like there’s trouble a-brewing in the cosy iOS ecosystem. Amazon has just rewritten its Kindle app as an HTML 5 ‘web app’ in order to circumvent the restrictions of the App Store – not to mention the 30 per cent cut that Apple skims off the top of every sale. It's not the first to do so either. The Financial Times has …
Cliff Joseph, 18 Aug 2011
British Library 19th Century Books

British Library 19th Century Books

The British Library already has a ‘Treasures’ app that is a kind of ‘greatest hits’ romp through the Library’s archives. However, this new iPad-only app specifically focuses on books and documents from the 19th century – the era of Dickens and the great Victorian explorers and travel writers. British Library 19th Century Books …
Cliff Joseph, 11 Aug 2011
Sharp Quattron LC-40LE831E

Sharp Aquos Quattron LC-40LE831E 40in LED 3D TV

I reviewed Sharp’s first Quattron TV last year, and although it was rather pricey I was impressed by the image quality that it provided thanks to its innovative addition of a fourth yellow pixel to the standard mix of red, green and blue. Sharp Quattron LC-40LE831E Jaundiced view? Sharp's Quattron LC-40LE831E screen features …
Cliff Joseph, 06 Aug 2011
Björk Biophilia

Björk Biophilia

Yeah, I know – the moment you let a bunch of musos loose with new technology they start to come up with waffle like “an extraordinary multimedia exploration of the universe and its physical forces” – when all you’ve really got is a bunch of songs and some fancy graphics. Björk Biophilia Main interface Click for a larger …
Cliff Joseph, 04 Aug 2011
Camera Prime

Camera Prime

After taking some really rubbish photos at a friend’s birthday recently, I decided I needed some sort of timer app for the camera on my iPhone. Camera Prime Besides timed capture, Camera Prime offers a framing aid There are a number of very simple timers – most of which are free to download – but then I started to think about …
Cliff Joseph, 28 Jul 2011
My Translator Pro

My Translator Pro UK

The holiday season is upon us, and a good phrase book can be a very useful addition to your collection of apps when you’re travelling abroad. Of course, most language apps tend to focus on one specific language, so I was tempted by My Translator Pro as it can translate typed-in phrases into more than 50 different languages and …
Cliff Joseph, 21 Jul 2011
Files Connect

Files Connect

I use Dropbox to sync files between computers and mobile devices, but the problem with Dropbox is that you can only sync files and folders that you’ve already placed into the Dropbox folders on those devices. I’m not that organised and when I’m using my iPhone or iPad I often find that I’d like to quickly browse my desktop …
Cliff Joseph, 14 Jul 2011
Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin Air

Ten... wireless speakers

The iPod can take credit for creating an entirely new market for compact speaker systems, yet iPod sales are now starting to taper off as people move their music onto smartphones and tablets. No one wants their phone or tablet to be out of action while it’s docked inside a speaker system, so manufacturers are now adding wireless …
Cliff Joseph, 14 Jul 2011
Videotree Videospa bathroom TV

Videotree VideoSpa bathroom TV

Forget 3D TV and Internet-connected sets, de rigueur this season is a waterproof TV for your bathroom. Admittedly, the Videospa is primarily intended for posh hotels and overly moist gyms, but developer Videotree is also making a bit of a push into what it refers to as ‘innovative designer residential homes’. Videotree Videospa …
Cliff Joseph, 13 Jul 2011
Splashtop

Splashtop Remote Desktop

I’ve tried a number of ‘remote desktop’ apps that allow you to control a Mac or a PC from an iPhone or iPad, but their performance over a wireless network has always been too sluggish for them to be of much practical use. Splashtop Set-up is effectively automatic on the iDevice Not surprisingly, then, I was quite sceptical …
Cliff Joseph, 07 Jul 2011
OverDrive

OverDrive

Apple’s iBooks Store is as slick – and expensive – as you’d expect any Apple product to be, but it’s not the only source of digital books for the iPhone and iPad. Alongside apps from commercial rivals such as Amazon's Kindle, I recently discovered an app called OverDrive that gives you online access to the UK’s public lending …
Cliff Joseph, 29 Jun 2011
Quick Office

Quick Office

DataViz’ Documents To Go is perhaps the most popular office suite for the iPhone and iPad. I don’t, count Apple’s Pages, Numbers and Keynote as a ‘suite’ as you have to buy each one separately. Quick Office Quick Office Quick Office lets you create any kind of office document out of the box However, I found myself dipping …
Cliff Joseph, 23 Jun 2011
Snapseed

Snapseed

I decided to dip back into photography apps this week, following the news that the iPhone 4 is now the second most popular source of photo uploads on Flickr – just a whisker behind Nikon’s D90 DSLR. Snapseed Snapseed: finger-friendly image manipulation Snapseed is a brand new photo editing app – it's designed specifically for …
Cliff Joseph, 16 Jun 2011
EQu

EQu

There are dozens of equalisers, visualisers and similar audio apps available for iOS devices, but I have to tip my hat to Reg reader Danny Mann for bringing EQu to my attention, as it’s one of the best audio apps I’ve seen of late. EQu EQu: tap and drag to change the equalisation curve EQu is a fairly straightforward …
Cliff Joseph, 09 Jun 2011
Hannspree HannsPad

Hannspree Hannspad 10.1in Android tablet

Hannspree is primarily known for its somewhat gimmicky range of TVs and monitors – if you ever need a TV embedded in the stomach of a cuddly toy then Hannspree has just the thing for you. Its move into the tablet PC market was therefore rather unexpected. However the new Hannspad actually turns out to be quite a pleasant …
Cliff Joseph, 08 Jun 2011
Napster for iOS

Napster

I’ve been a keen user of Spotify’s free, ad-supported music streaming service ever since it first launched. However, Spotify is now starting to restrict its free service, and with big names like Apple, Google and Amazon lining up their own cloud-based services it looks as though subscriptions are the way forward – whether we …
Cliff Joseph, 02 Jun 2011
FileMaker Bento

FileMaker Bento

When the leeches at NatWest recently decided to increase my home insurance premiums yet again, I decided it was time to take my business elsewhere. It was Bento that helped me to carry out an inventory of my home and belongings for my new insurance policy. FileMaker Bento Bento isn't your average database The Bento app is a …
Cliff Joseph, 26 May 2011