Archive for Chris Hall

  • HTC One M9+: What's the story so far?

    HTC One M9+: What's the story so far?

    By 3 hours ago

    HTC announced the HTC One M9 at Mobile World Congress and it's hitting stores on 31 March. But there's More than One, a second device that's facing launch. Prior to the launch of the One M9, there was talk of this second device. The rumours were never...

  • HTC One M9 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs LG G3 cameras: A quick performance comparison

    HTC One M9 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs LG G3 cameras: A quick performance comparison

    By 26 March 2015

    We've just reviewed the HTC One M9, HTC's flagship for 2015. One of the aims of this new device was to address the criticism of the camera on the HTC One M8. In the process of testing this camera for our review, we wanted to compare its photos to a couple...

  • Nexus Player now available in the UK, yours for £79

    Nexus Player now available in the UK, yours for £79

    By 26 March 2015

    Google's Nexus Player is now available in the UK, bringing all the entertainment of Android to your TV. The Nexus Player was originally released in the US in November 2014 and has taken its time to cross our shores. The set-top box, built by Asus, was...

  • HTC One M9+ is real: Launch event scheduled, hardware photos leak

    HTC One M9+ is real: Launch event scheduled, hardware photos leak

    By 25 March 2015

    The HTC One M9+ has taken a big step towards being real today, with HTC scheduling a launch event for a new device. This is the first official indication from the company that this phone actually exists, following a long-running series of rumours and...

  • TomTom Go Mobile is free premium satnav for Android, but there's a catch

    TomTom Go Mobile is free premium satnav for Android, but there's a catch

    By 25 March 2015

    TomTom has announced a new free app for Android called TomTom Go Mobile. The new app replaces TomTom's previous satnav app and completely changes the fee structure, giving you free navigation, speed cameras and traffic for 50 miles a month, every month....

  • HTC One M9+ picture hints at a larger flagship

    HTC One M9+ picture hints at a larger flagship

    By 24 March 2015

    The HTC One M9+ continues to be talked about, despite not seeing launch alongside the HTC One M9 at Mobile World Congress. Now a mock-up of the device has appeared online.  HTC has so far said nothing about the M9+, but the rumours don't seem to be going...

  • BBC iPlayer app now supports BBC iD, allows cross-device syncing

    BBC iPlayer app now supports BBC iD, allows cross-device syncing

    By 23 March 2015

    An update to the BBC iPlayer app has brought with it a handy new feature: the ability to sync across devices. BBC iPlayer is one of the most popular apps across all platforms, serving up the BBC's catch-up service. BBC iPlayer has been groundbreaking...

  • HTC One M9 vs HTC One M8: What's the difference?

    HTC One M9 vs HTC One M8: What's the difference?

    By 23 March 2015

    HTC announced a new flagship handset, the HTC One M9, at Mobile World Congress 2015. We've now fully reviewed that phone, the replacement for last year's popular One M8. At first glance it looks to be very similar to the M8. So is this more of the same,...

  • HTC Sense 7.0 vs Sense 6.0: New features, tweaks and changes reviewed

    HTC Sense 7.0 vs Sense 6.0: New features, tweaks and changes reviewed

    By 23 March 2015

    HTC Sense 7.0 made its debut on the HTC One M9. The M9 was announced at MWC 2015, has reviews currently hitting media outlets and is due in stores on 31 March. HTC Sense 7.0 follows Sense 6.0, one of the first times we've stepped forward without an incremental...

  • HTC One M9 review: Distracted by refinement
    4 out of 5

    HTC One M9 review: Distracted by refinement

    By 23 March 2015

    The HTC One M9 is, in every sense, an evolution of the flagship M8 smartphone that came before it. It offers a similar design, a similar feature set, similar specs and a similar user experience. It is, therefore, a similar overall experience. But the...

  • HTC appoints Cher Wang as CEO in leadership reshuffle

    HTC appoints Cher Wang as CEO in leadership reshuffle

    By 20 March 2015

    The HTC board of directors has appointed Cher Wang as the new chief executive officer of the company. Wang, co-founder of HTC and the current chairman, is regarded as one of the most influential women in technology and now steps up to the role replacing...

  • HTC One M9+ could be coming to Europe, and soon

    HTC One M9+ could be coming to Europe, and soon

    By 18 March 2015

    Before the HTC One M9 launched, there was a rumour of a second, larger, device known as the Hima Ultra, or HTC One M9 Plus. That rumour has resurfaced, suggesting that this device will be coming to Europe (EMEA), and sooner than you might think. If you've...

  • What Nintendo smartphone games do we want?

    What Nintendo smartphone games do we want?

    By 17 March 2015

    Nintendo has announced a partnership with DeNA that will see the companies using existing Nintendo characters in new games on smartphones and tablets. Nintendo hasn't made any statements about specifics, so there's been no confirmation of what we will...

  • Apple TV subscription service could launch in September

    Apple TV subscription service could launch in September

    By 17 March 2015

    It's been reported for some time that Apple is working on an enhanced channel offering for Apple TV. The Wall Street Journal has now provided more detail, citing sources familiar with the matter. We'd seen previous rumours that Apple was talking to...

  • Chromecast will play and pause using your TV's remote

    Chromecast will play and pause using your TV's remote

    By 17 March 2015

    Chromecast. Every time you think it has reached the limit of its capabilities, it goes and does something new. The latest feature to emerge from the depths of Reddit, is that Chromecast will play and pause using your TV's remote control.  For anyone...

  • Sony Xperia Z4 pictures reveal what Sony's next flagship will look like

    Sony Xperia Z4 pictures reveal what Sony's next flagship will look like

    By 17 March 2015

    With Sony yet to announce the Xperia Z4 release, there's plenty of gossip floating around. The latest to join the pack are these 3D renders. These aren't leaked press images, so they aren't a final confirmed device design, but over at nowhereelse.fr it's...

  • LG G Flex 2 review: Is curved the new cool?
    4 out of 5

    LG G Flex 2 review: Is curved the new cool?

    By 13 March 2015

    The G Flex is back and better than before as LG has another crack at the curved smartphone format. That's perhaps no surprise, as the company is pushing the curved message in television too. The justification remains more or less the same: that viewing...

  • Make it Digital: BBC Micro updated for 2015, say hello to the Micro Bit

    Make it Digital: BBC Micro updated for 2015, say hello to the Micro Bit

    By 12 March 2015

    The BBC has announced its Make it Digital initiative, with the aim of encouraging a new generation of people to engage with digital creativity, skills and coding. Just as the BBC Micro was launched in the 1980s to help people get familiar with a new age...

  • Best smartphones to look forward to in 2015

    Best smartphones to look forward to in 2015

    By 11 March 2015

    With the pace of smartphone evolution moving so fast, there's always something waiting in the wings. No sooner have you spied the latest handset, then there's anticipation of something else, the next big thing to envy. We've rounded up the best smartphones...

  • Derek Zoolander just made the selfie stick so hot right now

    Derek Zoolander just made the selfie stick so hot right now

    By 11 March 2015

    Zoolander and Hansel continue to rip apart Paris Fashion Week. Not only did the world's greatest male models stage a "walk-off" at the Valentino show, but they stopped for selfies in front of the Eiffel Tower. We'd been happily dismissing the selfie stick...

  • Samsung has the cutest battery packs you'll ever see

    Samsung has the cutest battery packs you'll ever see

    By 11 March 2015

    When you think about cute and cuddly, there are probably two places your imagination doesn't go: external battery packs and Samsung. Well it seems that Samsung has indeed made the impossible possible, with its new Animal Edition batteries. External battery...

  • A closer look at LG Wearable Platform

    A closer look at LG Wearable Platform

    By 10 March 2015

    LG has not said a lot about LG Wearable Platform. It made its debut on the LG Watch Urbane LTE, a device that was showcased at Mobile World Congress and is set for release in limited markets later in the year. In the official press release, LG says: "At...

  • X-mini Clear Bluetooth speaker review: Sound that pops
    4 out of 5

    X-mini Clear Bluetooth speaker review: Sound that pops

    By 10 March 2015

    When it comes to Bluetooth speakers there's real variety available, making that choice all the more difficult. There's waterproof, waterbottle-shaped, portable, high-end, affordable, big brand and no name. As a company X-mini is best known for an innovative...

  • Apple MacBook vs MacBook Air 11-inch: What's the difference?

    Apple MacBook vs MacBook Air 11-inch: What's the difference?

    By 9 March 2015

    Apple has announced a new MacBook at its Spring forward special event, a device that Phil Schiller, Apple VP, said was designed for "extreme portability". It revives the MacBook name, which used to be the entry-level notebook device. The small format...

  • Audi A6 Avant (2015) first drive: Home from stately home

    Audi A6 Avant (2015) first drive: Home from stately home

    By 9 March 2015

    The Audi A6 Avant, or estate for those not conversant with Audi parlance, has seen a minor revision for 2015. It remains one of the obvious models of estate envy on the road, offering plenty of space and comfort over and above the popular A4 Avant. ...