Features archive

What is Yik Yak? It's like a bathroom stall wall, and teens are cray cray for it

What is Yik Yak? It's like a bathroom stall wall, and teens are cray cray for it

By

If you look at any random grouping of teenagers or university-age students, you'll likely notice them nose-deep in their shiny smartphones, silent and tapping away. If you look really close, whilst trying to avoid being a creeper, you'll also see they... >>

Hello is Facebook's new Android dialer app, and here's how it works

Hello is Facebook's new Android dialer app, and here's how it works

By

Say hello to Hello. It is a new app from Facebook that's designed to replace your Android dialer and deliver a better phone experience. With all the technology that's available nowadays, you'd think that simple things, such as as your smartphone dialer,... >>

Project Fi: 9 things to know about Google's new mobile network

Project Fi: 9 things to know about Google's new mobile network

By

Google has launched its very own mobile network in the US. The company hasn't suddenly invested in the costly infrastructure required to become a T-Mobile overnight, though it has partnered with some of the biggest carriers and developed new technology,... >>

Miracast explained: How is it different from Chromecast and AirPlay?

Miracast explained: How is it different from Chromecast and AirPlay?

By

Amazon Fire TV Stick recently launched in the UK, and with its release came a marketing campaign touting all of its noteworthy features, including something called screen mirroring with Miracast. But the Fire TV Stick isn't the only device with Miracast,... >>

Bionic Bar is the future: Robot bartenders at your service

Bionic Bar is the future: Robot bartenders at your service

By

Royal Caribbean has launched another smart ship to its fleet of cruise liners - the Anthem of the Seas - which sets sail for the first time this month to join the Quantum of the Seas that launched at the end of last year. You might be wondering why we... >>

Samsung Galaxy S6 tips and tricks: Get the most from your new phone

Samsung Galaxy S6 tips and tricks: Get the most from your new phone

By

Samsung's new flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S6 - and its Galaxy S6 edge cousin - is shaping up to be one of the hottest phones of 2015.  If you've got your hands on this new device but feel a little lost, then don't panic, we've got you covered.... >>

Want a smart kitchen? Here are five gadgets available now

Want a smart kitchen? Here are five gadgets available now

By

The kitchen is commonly referred to as the "hub of the home" or the "heart of the home", which is fitting given how much time many of us spend in it. Whether you have a kitchen that's old or new, big or small, open-plan or enclosed, there are several gadgets... >>

Virtual Reality: The VR headsets to buy in 2015, whatever your budget

Virtual Reality: The VR headsets to buy in 2015, whatever your budget

By

Although it seems like just yesterday that virtual reality hysteria was reignited, it's actually been a few years now, which is plenty of time for more than a dozen companies to introduce their own VR headsets at different price points. At the forefront... >>

6 things the new Adobe Lightroom photo-editing software can do

6 things the new Adobe Lightroom photo-editing software can do

By

Adobe has updated its Lightroom photo-editing program for the first time in nearly two years. Lightroom 6 has therefore replaced Lightroom 5, and a version of the new standalone software has been included within the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription package... >>

BB-8 droid: Sphero is making the official Star Wars toy, but you can make one now

BB-8 droid: Sphero is making the official Star Wars toy, but you can make one now

By

Ever since Disney and Lucasfilm unveiled the new BB-8 droid during the Star Wars Celebration annual convention last week, fans of George Lucas' epic space saga have been clamoring to get their hands on it, with at least one person even creating a rough... >>

Considering smart heating? Here are your current options

Considering smart heating? Here are your current options

By

Clever heating systems have really come into their own over the last couple of years, with several solutions already available to allow you to control your heating using your smartphone, and more and more companies entering the market and after a slice... >>

Sony Xperia Z4 vs Sony Xperia Z3: What's the difference?

Sony Xperia Z4 vs Sony Xperia Z3: What's the difference?

By

Sony has quietly announced its next flagship, the Xperia Z4 smartphone in Japan. The device has been rumoured for several months and after it didn't appear at Mobile World Congress like some expected, many were speculating a release later this year. Although... >>

10 questions raised in the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer

10 questions raised in the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer

By

Disney and Lucasfilm almost broke the internet when it unleashed the second trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens during an annual fan convention held yesterday in California. The two-minute long clip answered a few questions raised from the first... >>

7 new things revealed during the Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel

7 new things revealed during the Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel

By

Disney and Lucasfilm have premiered the much-anticipated second trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens during this year's annual Star Wars Celebration fan event, which also featured a discussion panel with cast and crew from the film. The panel was... >>

Smart heating is here: Five reasons to invest

Smart heating is here: Five reasons to invest

By

Smart heating is the umbrella term used for the latest heating set ups that not only allow you to control the temperature throughout your home from your smartphone, but some will also automatically learn and adjust to your weekly or daily routines. The... >>

Huawei P8 vs Huawei P8Max: What’s the difference?

Huawei P8 vs Huawei P8Max: What’s the difference?

By

Huawei may have dropped the Ascend name but it's continued to up the quality of its smartphones and unleashed not one but two variants in the P8 and P8Max. The Huawei P8Max is a whopper of a smartphone, or a small tablet depending on how you look at it,... >>

Huawei P8 vs Huawei Ascend P7: What's the difference?

Huawei P8 vs Huawei Ascend P7: What's the difference?

By

Huawei offers high spec smartphones for lower prices than the competition. It's pushing its smartphone quality to a higher level with the new P8. The Huawei P8 is thinner with a bigger screen and better camera – but the improvements don't stop there.... >>

How to make your home smart for under £500

How to make your home smart for under £500

By

Connected homes are fast becoming more and more popular and chances are if you are reading this feature, you're either interested in making your home smarter, or you want to know what is available to help you do it.  There are hundreds of products out... >>

Best tech BBQ kit for a flaming good summer

Best tech BBQ kit for a flaming good summer

By

Summer is finally upon us and with it comes the primal desire to make fire and cook meat. But the barbeque itself doesn't have to be such an old traditional grill, there's plenty of new tech to make cooking outdoors even better. The art of the barbeque... >>

Huawei Ascend P8: Release date, rumours, and everything you need to know

Huawei Ascend P8: Release date, rumours, and everything you need to know

By

Huawei is getting ready to launch the Ascend P7's successor: the Ascend P8. The company has already confirmed that the new flagship will launch at a global event in April and it's thought that it will come with the latest generation of HiSilicon chipset,... >>

5 top gadgets that are heavier than Adidas’ Adizero 99g football boots, you won’t believe number 5

5 top gadgets that are heavier than Adidas’ Adizero 99g football boots, you won’t believe number 5

By

A couple years ago Pocket-lint got to check out Adidas' prototype football boot, its Adizero 99g which weighed, you guessed it, 99 grams. Now the company is ready to release a pair as part of its "Limited Edition" footwear range. They will only be... >>

4 reasons why you shouldn't download Game of Thrones season 5 leaked episodes 1-4 illegally

4 reasons why you shouldn't download Game of Thrones season 5 leaked episodes 1-4 illegally

By

Game of Thrones is back, with season 5 having started on HBO in the US yesterday, 12 April, and simulcast in many other countries in the world. The first episode will also be shown on Sky Atlantic this evening for many UK fans to see it for the first... >>

Don't have Sky? Here's how to watch Game of Thrones season 5 legally

Don't have Sky? Here's how to watch Game of Thrones season 5 legally

By

The Wars to Come is the sensational first episode of Game of Thrones season 5 and it will be screened tonight on Sky Atlantic at 9pm. It debuted in the US on HBO yesterday (also simulcast on multiple TV stations around the world) but UK fans will be... >>

Apple Beats Music-like streaming service: Is it actually happening and will it be different?

Apple Beats Music-like streaming service: Is it actually happening and will it be different?

By

Apple is always working on something new - whether it's a car, watch, or music streaming service. That last bit might confuse you, as the company already has the iTunes Store, iTunes Radio, and iTunes Match, so why would it need to launch another streaming... >>

Apple Watch vs Pebble Time Steel: Which one should you choose?

Apple Watch vs Pebble Time Steel: Which one should you choose?

By

In just a few hours of being made available on Kickstarter, Pebble's new smartwatch, Time, became the most successful crowd-funded campaign of all time. But surprisingly the company wasn't done with new product announcements. At Mobile World Congress,... >>