Archive for Chris Hall

  • BlackBerry 10.3 tips and tricks: New features examined

    BlackBerry 10.3 tips and tricks: New features examined

    By 29 September 2014

    BlackBerry 10.3 makes its debut on the BlackBerry Passport and the Porsche Design P'9983, having been in the works for some time. The former is likely to be the fastest route to the new BB software, as the latter device from Porsche Design will cost...

  • The Jarre AeroBull is the weirdest speaker we've ever seen, after the AeroSkull (hands-on)

    The Jarre AeroBull is the weirdest speaker we've ever seen, after the AeroSkull (hands-on)

    By 26 September 2014

    If you're looking an iPhone dock or Bluetooth speaker that's a little different, then Jarre Technologies might have the answer. That perhaps shouldn't come as a surprise, given that it comes from the mind of Jean Michel Jarre, no stranger to the obscure....

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review
    5 out of 5

    Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review

    By 26 September 2014

    Finding a compact phone with flagship specs is something of a rarity these days, with many manufacturers delivering smaller-screen devices in the mid-range instead. Not so the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, a device powerful enough to stand up to its larger-screen...

  • Porsche Design P'9983: The £1400 BlackBerry for power professionals (hands-on)

    Porsche Design P'9983: The £1400 BlackBerry for power professionals (hands-on)

    By 24 September 2014

    Porsche Design made its first smartphone in 2007, before partnering with BlackBerry (then RIM) in 2011 on the P'9981. Jump to the present day and we have the Porsche Design P'9983, which is based on the BlackBerry Q10. In the words of BlackBerry and Porsche...

  • Just how popular are the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus?

    Just how popular are the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus?

    By 22 September 2014

    Apple has declared its first weekend sales for the new iPhone models, showing not only how popular the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are, but how the appetite for the iPhone has grown over the last 7 years.  With 10 million new iPhones sold after the first weekend...

  • OneDrive offering 30GB free cloud storage for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone

    OneDrive offering 30GB free cloud storage for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone

    By 20 September 2014

    Microsoft is offering 30GB of OneDrive space for free, as it makes a major play to snap up those storing photos in the cloud. Pitching the limited offer directly at iPhone owners, Microsoft says on the OneDrive blog: "For those getting ready to install...

  • Motorola Moto 360 review
    3.5 out of 5

    Motorola Moto 360 review

    By 19 September 2014

    When Android Wear - Google's operating system for wearables - was announced, three devices lined up for scrutiny: the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live and the Moto 360. Of the three, the Moto 360 was heralded as the best of the bunch, the apple of Android...

  • Best smartphones to look forward to in 2014

    Best smartphones to look forward to in 2014

    By 19 September 2014

    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. We've rounded up the best smartphones for...

  • Nokia Lumia 530 review
    3.5 out of 5

    Nokia Lumia 530 review

    By 19 September 2014

    The Nokia Lumia 530 is the latest Windows Phone device tasked with blazing a path into your pocket without costing a bomb. Its goal, quite simply, is to bring the advantages of modern devices to more people.  It replaces the earlier Lumia 520, a model...

  • iOS 8 is now available, update your iPhone 5S and iPad now

    iOS 8 is now available, update your iPhone 5S and iPad now

    By 17 September 2014

    Apple has confirmed that iOS 8 is now available to download, meaning that you'll be able to update your iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPad Air and iPad mini from today. In fact, you will also be able to download it for Phone 4S, iPhone 5, fifth-generation iPod...

  • Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: Where can I get it?

    Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: Where can I get it?

    By 17 September 2014

    Apple has launched two new iPhone models, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Pre-orders opened from 12 September, available in store from 19 September. The iPhone 6 offers a 4.7-inch display and the iPhone 6 Plus 5.5-inches, meaning Apple now has a...

  • Apple iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: What's the difference?

    Apple iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: What's the difference?

    By 17 September 2014

    Apple announced not one, but two new models of iPhone at its Cupertino special event and now they are about to hit the shops.  But this isn't repeating the act of the iPhone 5S and 5C, this time we have the iPhone 6 (review) and the iPhone 6 Plus (review),...

  • Moto Maker is now live in the UK: Design your custom Moto X (2014) today

    Moto Maker is now live in the UK: Design your custom Moto X (2014) today

    By 16 September 2014

    We reported just yesterday that Motorola's UK website is now offering direct sales of Motorola's devices. Now Moto Maker has opened up through the same website. This means that you can settle down and design your second-gen Moto X today. Just head over...

  • Panasonic Lumix CM1 packs a 1-inch camera sensor, is also a phone

    Panasonic Lumix CM1 packs a 1-inch camera sensor, is also a phone

    By 15 September 2014

    Panasonic today took to the stage at Photokina 2014 and surprised many by introducing a new smartphone, the Lumix CM1. Be careful not to confuse your Lumix with your Lumia here, as Panasonic has put a 1-inch sensor into this phone. That's the sort of...

  • Bose SoundLink adds Color Bluetooth speaker and on-ear Bluetooth headphones

    Bose SoundLink adds Color Bluetooth speaker and on-ear Bluetooth headphones

    By 15 September 2014

    Bose has announced two new wireless products in its SoundLink series: the Color Bluetooth speaker and on-ear Bluetooth headphones. The new SoundLink Color is the most affordable Bose Bluetooth speaker yet, designed to let you take your tunes with you...

  • Microsoft is buying Minecraft developer Mojang for $2.5 billion

    Microsoft is buying Minecraft developer Mojang for $2.5 billion

    By 15 September 2014

    Microsoft and Mojang have come forward to confirm that Microsoft is acquiring Mojang and the Minecraft franchise for $2.5 billion. Mojang took to its official blog to confirm the news, but wants to set the Minecraft community at ease, saying it will be...

  • Hello UK: You can now buy Motorola devices direct from Motorola.co.uk

    Hello UK: You can now buy Motorola devices direct from Motorola.co.uk

    By 15 September 2014

    Motorola's UK website will now let you purchase phones and accessories directly, making it the first port of call for all things Motorola. Opening at 7am on Monday, the new website will let you buy the latest devices direct from Motorola's own stock in...

  • Phones 4u confirms iPhone 6 pre-orders will be cancelled

    Phones 4u confirms iPhone 6 pre-orders will be cancelled

    By 15 September 2014

    Phones 4u entered administration on Sunday evening, leaving many wondering what the situation would be regarding iPhone 6 pre-orders placed through the company. iPhone 6 orders opened on Friday 12 September, but just two days later Phones 4u went into...

  • Can Tag Heuer bring us a smartwatch we actually want to wear?

    Can Tag Heuer bring us a smartwatch we actually want to wear?

    By 15 September 2014

    Tag Heuer has expressed its interest in launching its own smartwatch, which could bring about the clash of the old world and the new, and result in a smartwatch you'd actually want.  Talking to Swiss newspaper NZZ am Sonntag, Jean-Claude Biver, head...

  • Google unveils Android One $105 smartphones in India

    Google unveils Android One $105 smartphones in India

    By 15 September 2014

    Google has officially launched the Android One platform in India, looking to expand its reach with more affordable devices in emerging markets. Targeting India for the launch - which already has a huge smartphone user base - the phones will come from...

  • Canon and Stella McCartney team up on £1200 limited edition Linda camera bag

    Canon and Stella McCartney team up on £1200 limited edition Linda camera bag

    By 15 September 2014

    Canon and Stella McCartney have teamed up to create a limited edition camera bag called Linda, named after Stella's mother.  The bag has been designed to bring a little chic to carrying your camera and in the case of the Linda bag, stays true to its...

  • New Virgin Media TiVo interface update revealed, coming October

    New Virgin Media TiVo interface update revealed, coming October

    By 12 September 2014

    Virgin Media has a new user interface coming for its TiVo set-top box, and the first customers will see it next week. There has been a shift in design to reflect the change in Virgin Media's branding, but importantly the new interface moves to HTML5. ...

  • This is what GTA5 on the PS4/Xbox One looks like, coming 18 November

    This is what GTA5 on the PS4/Xbox One looks like, coming 18 November

    By 12 September 2014

    If you've been sitting looking at your decaying Xbox 360 and wondering when you'll finally be able to play Grand Theft Auto 5 on your next-gen console, then wonder no more. Rockstar has announced that GTA5 will be landing on both the PS4 and Xbox One...

  • HTC to launch rugged camera accessory at October event?

    HTC to launch rugged camera accessory at October event?

    By 12 September 2014

    HTC could be preparing to launch a camera accessory for smartphones to be revealed at an event in early October, new information has revealed. The details that from Tim Culpan, a Taipai-based tech journalist for Bloomberg, don't reveal much, but talk...

  • Ricoh G800 is resistant to chemicals, dust, impact and water

    Ricoh G800 is resistant to chemicals, dust, impact and water

    By 11 September 2014

    Ricoh has announced the G800, a camera designed for working in tough conditions, thanks to its military spec protection.  The Ricoh G800 is the successor to 2010's G700 and offers protection from the usual water, dust and impact damage that a tough camera...