Archive for Chris Hall

  • Philips SoundStage: Compact speaker system in a TV pedestal, integrated Blu-ray player optional
    Home Cinema

    Philips SoundStage: Compact speaker system in a TV pedestal, integrated Blu-ray player optional

    By 5 September 2013

    Philips has announced the Philips SoundStage, a compact speaker system designed to sit under your TV. Launching two models at IFA 2013, the HTL4110B is a straight speaker pedestal, while the HTB4150B adds a 3D Blu-ray player into the mix. Philips joins...

  • Toshiba Camileo X-Sports action cam apes GoPro design, offers wrist-mounted control
    Cameras

    Toshiba Camileo X-Sports action cam apes GoPro design, offers wrist-mounted control

    By 5 September 2013

    Toshiba has joined the action cam fray, launching the Toshiba Camileo X-Sports - which at first glance bears a strong resemblance to the GoPro. Toshiba isn't new to waterproof camcorders, having launched a number of pistol-grip type devices in the past,...

  • Nikon Coolpix P7800 adds a viewfinder to its high-end compact camera
    Cameras

    Nikon Coolpix P7800 adds a viewfinder to its high-end compact camera

    By 5 September 2013

    Nikon has announced the Nikon Coolpix P7800, bringing a few updates to its high-end compact camera. Updating the popular Coolpix P7700, the new model occupies the same high-end space, looking to appeal to those enthusiasts who demand higher-quality results...

  • Nikon Coolpix S02: Tiny compact gets a bit more muscle
    Cameras

    Nikon Coolpix S02: Tiny compact gets a bit more muscle

    By 5 September 2013

    Nikon has updated it's tiny compact camera, the Coolpix S02, bringing a better sensor to this diminutive snapper. The Nikon Coolpix S02 now has a 13-megapixel CMOS sensor, rather than the CCD sensor of last year's S01 model. It now offers Full HD video...

  • Nikon Coolpix P7800 pictures and hands-on
    Cameras

    Nikon Coolpix P7800 pictures and hands-on

    By 5 September 2013

    Nikon has launched a new high-end compact camera, the Nikon Coolpix P7800. It updates the Coolpix P7700, but retains many of the same specs and features. We had the chance to play with a pre-production sample of the Nikon Coolpix P7800 to discover the...

  • Nikon Coolpix S02 hands-on: A dinky camera fit for Bond
    Cameras

    Nikon Coolpix S02 hands-on: A dinky camera fit for Bond

    By 5 September 2013

    Nikon has updated its smallest compact camera, resulting in the Nikon Coolpix S02. Like its predecessor, this new model is a fully featured compact camera but only a little larger than a box of matches. Now pay attention 007. In the hand there's something...

  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2013) hands-on: Brighter, whiter, smarter
    Gadgets

    Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2013) hands-on: Brighter, whiter, smarter

    By 4 September 2013

    Amazon has announced a new version of the Kindle Paperwhite, its eBook reader that offers an illuminated display. We were big fans of the original 2012 version, but can Amazon go one better in 2013? Yes, it can. The new Kindle Paperwhite has the same...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Galaxy Note 2: What's the difference?
    Phones

    Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Galaxy Note 2: What's the difference?

    By 4 September 2013

    Samsung has unveiled the latest in its line-up of Note devices, with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It's the original phablet, the larger than life smartphone that sparked this raging firestorm of large-screened phones back in 2011. But has Samsung's Note...

  • Sony Xperia Z1 vs Sony Xperia Z: What's the difference?
    Phones

    Sony Xperia Z1 vs Sony Xperia Z: What's the difference?

    By 4 September 2013

    A new handset has been announced by Sony at IFA 2013, updating and refreshing its flagship Android offering and looking to continue the good work started by January's Xperia Z. But is this just more of the same? Is it too soon for Sony to be updating...

  • Sony Xperia Z1 brings power and pixels to the flagship fight
    Phones

    Sony Xperia Z1 brings power and pixels to the flagship fight

    By 4 September 2013

    Sony has pulled the covers off the Sony Xperia Z1, its updated and refreshed flagship Android handset, at IFA 2013 in Berlin. The Sony Xperia Z1 builds on the popular Xperia Z launched at CES 2013 in January, following the company's recent trend of twice-yearly...

  • Sony QX10 hands-on: Give your smartphone 10x optical zoom
    Cameras

    Sony QX10 hands-on: Give your smartphone 10x optical zoom

    By 4 September 2013

    It's fair to say that everyone knew Sony had something special lined up for the IFA 2013 reveal and for those interested in better smartphone photography, the new lens-style cameras are pretty special. Well, they're unique and a sign that Sony is still...

  • Sony QX100 lens-style camera: Hands-on with the RX100 II lens for your phone
    Cameras

    Sony QX100 lens-style camera: Hands-on with the RX100 II lens for your phone

    By 4 September 2013

    It was no secret that Sony was lining up to launch a couple of exciting smartphone accessories, looking to give you access to better smartphone pictures. The Sony QX100 is the higher-quality of the two lens-style cameras just announced by Sony at IFA...

  • Sony QX10 and QX100 lens-style cameras focus on quality smartphone pictures
    Cameras

    Sony QX10 and QX100 lens-style cameras focus on quality smartphone pictures

    By 4 September 2013

    Sony wants to change smartphone photography with the launch of its new lens accessories for smartphones, the QX10 and QX100 lens-style cameras, announced at IFA 2013, following considerable leaks online. The concept sees Sony stripping the camera body...

  • Kindle MatchBook to offer cheap digital editions of previously-purchased print books
    Online

    Kindle MatchBook to offer cheap digital editions of previously-purchased print books

    By 3 September 2013

    Amazon has announced Kindle MatchBook which, like the existing AutoRip feature, is looking to pair-up physical purchases from Amazon.com with a digital offering. Eligible titles that you've previously purchased as far back as 1995 will be made available...

  • Sony SmartWatch 2 pictures and hands-on
    Phones

    Sony SmartWatch 2 pictures and hands-on

    By 2 September 2013

    Sony has announced the Sony SmartWatch 2, taking the time to point out how the company has been in the smartwatch business for some time. Unfortunately the sample on display at the London launch event for the new Sony Mobile devices was a prototype, so...

  • Sony NEX-5T hands-on: NFC comes to the NEX
    Cameras

    Sony NEX-5T hands-on: NFC comes to the NEX

    By 27 August 2013

    Jumping in at the middle of the NEX pack is the new Sony NEX-5T. New it may be, but there isn't a huge change compared to the previous NEX-5R - the 5T's only differentiating factor is the addition of NFC (near field communication) technology to simplify...

  • Sony A3000 hands-on: Cheap body, NEX lenses
    Cameras

    Sony A3000 hands-on: Cheap body, NEX lenses

    By 27 August 2013

    Sony is pushing into new territory with the launch of the Sony A3000. But it's risky: this compact system camera lifts the Alpha brand name, but not the A-mount lenses. This is an Alpha with the E-mount from the NEX series. Confused yet? The A3000 is...

  • Sony NEX-5T adds NFC, sticks to tried and tested formula
    Cameras

    Sony NEX-5T adds NFC, sticks to tried and tested formula

    By 27 August 2013

    Sony has announced the NEX-5T, the latest model to slot in the middle of the NEX line-up, building on the NEX-5R before it. The big addition to this compact system camera is NFC (near field communication), making it the first E-mount camera to offer the...

  • Sony A3000 E-mount camera shoots for the entry-level in DSLR style
    Cameras

    Sony A3000 E-mount camera shoots for the entry-level in DSLR style

    By 27 August 2013

    Sony has announced the Sony A3000, a new entry-level model of compact system camera. That's right - the Alpha name is venturing into CSC territory. The Sony A3000 forges a new category of camera for Sony. It uses the E-mount lens system from the NEX line...

  • Nokia Lumia 625 review
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    Nokia Lumia 625 review

    By 26 August 2013

    The Nokia Lumia 625 adds another carriage to the runaway Lumia train - there's barely been pause for breath between Nokia's latest Windows 8 smartphones of late. So what does the middle-spec Lumia add to the lineup? Well, the 625 is something of a contextual...

  • Microsoft announces CEO Steve Ballmer to retire
    Gadgets

    Microsoft announces CEO Steve Ballmer to retire

    By 23 August 2013

    Microsoft announced on Friday that Steve Ballmer, CEO, is to retire. Confirming the news via a press release, the Redmond-based company stated that Ballmer would continue in his role as CEO until a successor was chosen. "There is never a perfect time...

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Honami launch teased: 'The smartphone everyone's been talking about'
    Phones

    Sony Xperia Z1 Honami launch teased: 'The smartphone everyone's been talking about'

    By 22 August 2013

    Sony, in a not-too-subtle tease, has given the biggest hint regarding the launch of it's next-gen Android smartphone, the Sony Xperia Z1, or Sony Honami. Sharing a picture via Twitter, Sony has shown off the now-iconic power button from the side of its...

  • Apple iPhone 5S launch date: 10 September another source confirms
    Phones

    Apple iPhone 5S launch date: 10 September another source confirms

    By 22 August 2013

    The Apple iPhone 5S will be launched on 10 September, a source close to the matter has confirmed to Pocket-lint, corroborating previously suggested dates. The date has previously been mentioned, following confirmation to AllThingsD that there would be...

  • Canon PowerShot S120: Faster focusing high-end compact shoots for the stars
    Cameras

    Canon PowerShot S120: Faster focusing high-end compact shoots for the stars

    By 22 August 2013

    Canon has updated it's PowerShot S model, with the new PowerShot S120. With the new Digic 6 processor at its heart, Canon is promising that the autofocusing is now 50 per cent faster than the previous S110. We've long been fans of Canon's S models, which...

  • PS3 to PS4 upgrade programme: Get Call of Duty Ghosts for just £10
    Gaming

    PS3 to PS4 upgrade programme: Get Call of Duty Ghosts for just £10

    By 21 August 2013

    Activision has released additional details about the PS3 to PS4 upgrade programme that was announced by Sony at Gamescom yesterday, confirming that you'll be able to get Call of Duty: Ghosts on the PS4 for just £10. The Sony PlayStation scheme, which...