Archive for Chris Hall

  • Google announces Open Automotive Alliance (OAA): Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia partner to bring Android to your car

    Google announces Open Automotive Alliance (OAA): Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia partner to bring Android to your car

    By 6 January 2014

    Google has announced the launch of the Open Automotive Alliance at CES 2014, with the aim of taking Android on the road. We previously reported that Audi was expected to make an Android announcement at CES 2014, but OAA goes further than that, with partners...

  • Linksys WRT1900AC: Bringing sexy Wi-Fi back

    Linksys WRT1900AC: Bringing sexy Wi-Fi back

    By 6 January 2014

    Linksys has announced the Linksys WRT1900AC, bringing back the iconic WRT with a revamp for the demanding modern user. Think of a router and you'll probably picture the Linksys WRT, with its black and blue colour scheme. The design was so iconic, it became...

  • Cat B100 rugged phone promises not to be a let down

    Cat B100 rugged phone promises not to be a let down

    By 6 January 2014

    Cat has launched a new feature phone, the Cat B100, at CES 2014 in Las Vegas. The new handset is rugged, offering IP67 and MIL 810G protection levels. That means that this phone can take the sort of abuse it might expect working in a hazardous environment,...

  • Samsung Smart Home to integrate home control, from TVs to washing machines

    Samsung Smart Home to integrate home control, from TVs to washing machines

    By 5 January 2014

    Samsung is to unveil Samsung Smart Home at CES 2014, which the Korean company says will lay the platform framework for a connected and integrated home. Samsung Smart Home will focus on control, viewing and customer service, but the aim is to encompass...

  • Mercedes-Benz and Pebble partnership brings smartwatch features to your car

    Mercedes-Benz and Pebble partnership brings smartwatch features to your car

    By 3 January 2014

    Mercedes-Benz and Pebble have announced a partnership and will be showing the sorts of features a smartwatch can bring to your car at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, due to start next week. Mercedes-Benz says that the partnership will give them early access to...

  • Acer Liquid Z5 offers a 5-inch display, middling specs

    Acer Liquid Z5 offers a 5-inch display, middling specs

    By 3 January 2014

    Acer is looking to bring the fight to the budget smartphone wars with the newly announced Acer Liquid Z5. This Android phone features a 5-inch display, but will be on sale for just €169. That might make it sound like a natural competitor for the excellent...

  • Best Android apps: First apps to download

    Best Android apps: First apps to download

    By 26 December 2013

    If you're the proud owner of a brand new Android device (or just looking for inspiration), then one of the first things you'll be wanting to do is get some great apps. Although all phones will do a lot in their naked form, it's the apps that really dress...

  • Android tips and tricks for beginners

    Android tips and tricks for beginners

    By 25 December 2013

    If you're holding your shiny new Android smartphone and are wondering how to get the most from it, then you've come to the right place. Whether this is your first smartphone, you've just hopped over from an iPhone, or you've had a number of Android handsets,...

  • TomTom Go 6000 review
    4 out of 5

    TomTom Go 6000 review

    By 24 December 2013

    With more people slipping a smartphone into their pocket, and most now offering free turn-by-turn navigation, TomTom is having to evolve to keep customers interested in personal navigation devices. Is the big-screen TomTom Go 6000 the high-end answer?...

  • SwiftKey brings festive snow to your Android phone

    SwiftKey brings festive snow to your Android phone

    By 23 December 2013

    If you're looking to add a little Christmas cheer to your Android phone, then the latest update to SwiftKey will do just that, adding snow to your phone. There are two options available. The first is a new theme called "Ice". You can select it in the...

  • Hands-on: Rara music streaming in BMW 4 Series Coupé review

    Hands-on: Rara music streaming in BMW 4 Series Coupé review

    By 20 December 2013

    Car manufacturers are increasingly looking to offer connected services to drivers. Those used to having everything at their fingertips on their smartphone can now find that the car is just as connected a place. Cars have long been offering online services...

  • Hands-on: LG G Flex review

    Hands-on: LG G Flex review

    By 19 December 2013

    The LG G Flex is the company's first curved-display device, capturing an emerging trend that's only really seen one rival, in Samsung's Galaxy Round. Launched in Korea in October, EE has confirmed that it will be selling the G Flex in the UK. We caught...

  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2013) review
    5 out of 5

    Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2013) review

    By 18 December 2013

    The new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is the latest eBook reader to capture the essence of the Kindle in its best form to date. When it comes to eBook readers, the Kindle has captured the imagination of the public. So much so that we're hearing Kindle used...

  • Onkyo LS-T10 review
    4 out of 5

    Onkyo LS-T10 review

    By 13 December 2013

    One of the emerging trends of 2013 has been the speaker base. They've appeared from all quarters - including Onkyo, here with the LS-T10 - looking to resolve that issue of poor TV sound, but without treading down the full AV receiver and surround sound...

  • SwiftKey 4.5 beta adds emoji support and option for number row

    SwiftKey 4.5 beta adds emoji support and option for number row

    By 12 December 2013

    SwiftKey has released the latest beta of its chart-topping keyboard app, adding support for emoji as well as giving you the option to add a number row. The SwiftKey 4.5 beta comes just over a month after the keyboard's last major update, which added the...

  • Bushmills Grado headphones blend whiskey barrels and Elijah Wood for exquisite results

    Bushmills Grado headphones blend whiskey barrels and Elijah Wood for exquisite results

    By 12 December 2013

    What do get when you cross Grado Labs, Bushmills Irish Whiskey barrels and Elijah Wood? An exquisite pair of headphones, that's what. In something of an unusual partnership, Elijah Wood and his DJ partner Zach Cowie worked with the Bushmills Irish Whiskey...

  • Hands on: Audi A1 Sportback review

    Hands on: Audi A1 Sportback review

    By 11 December 2013

    The Audi A1 is the baby of the Audi family with its cutesy hatchback styling setting it apart from the larger and more serious-looking Audi A3. It shares similar front styling to its larger brother, giving it a slightly aggressive look from the front,...

  • Hands-on: Lego Builder Case for iPhone 5S review

    Hands-on: Lego Builder Case for iPhone 5S review

    By 11 December 2013

    Smartphone cases are serious business. They are there to protect your phone from drops and scrapes, to keep your most precious gadget safe through the toils of daily abuse. But serious doesn't have to be boring and nothing says that better than the Lego...

  • Leap Motion's Freeform app helps your 3D printing, next-gen tracking coming January 2014

    Leap Motion's Freeform app helps your 3D printing, next-gen tracking coming January 2014

    By 10 December 2013

    Leap Motion wants to play an integral part in your 3D printing world with its new Freeform app, as well as aiming to enhance the tracking the $79.99 gadget provides by January 2014, the company today told Pocket-lint. When Leap Motion was conceived, one...

  • Handsfree control from Leap Motion coming to tablets in Q3-4 2014

    Handsfree control from Leap Motion coming to tablets in Q3-4 2014

    By 10 December 2013

    Leap Motion says we can expect to see its gesture-based control appearing in tablets in the latter half of 2014. Talking in London on Tuesday, Michael Buckwald, CEO and co-founder of Leap Motion, said devices could be appearing in Q3 or Q4 of 2014, bringing...

  • Best Android smartphones 2013: The best Google phones available to buy today

    Best Android smartphones 2013: The best Google phones available to buy today

    By 9 December 2013

    So you're after the best Android smartphone you can buy? The best of Google's mobile experience, fused into the best all-round device, offering the best experience you can get for your money? Then you've come to the right place. We will guide you through...

  • Zoo Tycoon review
    4 out of 5

    Zoo Tycoon review

    By 5 December 2013

    Of all the launch games for the new Xbox One, Zoo Tycoon is perhaps the most surprising. It's a game that screams "family friendly" in a way that the usual line-up of racing and killing games don't. And it's as much a statement of Microsoft's intent as...

  • Hands-on: Audi RS Q3 review

    Hands-on: Audi RS Q3 review

    By 4 December 2013

    Audi is unleashing more and more Rennsport, or RS models, including a beefed-up version of its baby SUV, the Audi Q3. Racing in with the Audi RS Q3 name, this model gets a 2.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine, giving you 310PS. That makes this SUV a rocket,...

  • BT Home Hub 5 hands-on: Making BT Infinity even better

    BT Home Hub 5 hands-on: Making BT Infinity even better

    By 2 December 2013

    It was only a few months ago that we were telling you that BT had launched the Home Hub 4, with a sleek new design and a bump in specs. At the time we reported that there was another model - Home Hub 5 - waiting in the wings. BT Home Hub 5 is now available...

  • Hands-on: Audi RS7 Sportback review

    Hands-on: Audi RS7 Sportback review

    By 29 November 2013

    Audi isn't scared to bring its RS badge to a widening array of cars and the Audi RS7 Sportback sits at the top of the pile. It's one of the newest additions, along with the RS Q3, and sees the premium A7 Sportback get a makeover. The A7 arrives at £41,170,...