Archive for Chris Hall

  • How not to sell smartphones: LG's genital-handed G Flex advert

    How not to sell smartphones: LG's genital-handed G Flex advert

    By 6 March 2014

    LG has created a new advert for its bent G Flex smartphone, running under the title "the most human phone ever". The result is probably the most retch-worthy advert ever. Running with the "human phone" concept, that the curve of the phone fits that of...

  • Audi TT (2014) pictures and hands-on

    Audi TT (2014) pictures and hands-on

    By 6 March 2014

    Audi has pulled the covers off the new Audi TT Coupé, refreshing the car's design inside and out. It was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, and we caught up with the new TT at an exclusive preview event at Audi City London. The new Audi, which will be...

  • HTC pulls HTC One KitKat update, some users 'experiencing difficulties'

    HTC pulls HTC One KitKat update, some users 'experiencing difficulties'

    By 6 March 2014

    HTC has pulled its HTC One Android 4.4 KitKat update in the UK, after reports that some users were "experiencing difficulties" following the update.  HTC moved swiftly to update the HTC One to the latest version of Android, with the HTC One being one...

  • Denon DHT-T100 review
    4.5 out of 5

    Denon DHT-T100 review

    By 3 March 2014

    Speaker bases have appeared from all corners recently, their purpose to offer an upgrade over your TV's built-in speakers but without the need for a full speaker setup or soundbar. Denon's DHT-T100 offering lives directly under the TV to keep it tucked...

  • Apple CarPlay integrates iPhone with your car for mapping, music, messages, with Siri control

    Apple CarPlay integrates iPhone with your car for mapping, music, messages, with Siri control

    By 3 March 2014

    Apple has announced CarPlay, which it calls a "smarter, safer and more fun" way to use your iPhone in the car. The new system will allow cars and the iPhone to work closer together, giving drivers access to mapping, music services and messages, with...

  • Fact vs fiction: How true were the Samsung Galaxy S5 rumours?

    Fact vs fiction: How true were the Samsung Galaxy S5 rumours?

    By 27 February 2014

    Rumour and speculation has become a huge part of a gadget's life cycle. Love it or loathe it, there's a lot of reporting on speculative details across the tech presses, from the smallest website, to the biggest newspaper. For fans it's a chance to get...

  • New Nook colour device planned as Nook sales plummet

    New Nook colour device planned as Nook sales plummet

    By 26 February 2014

    Barnes & Noble's Nook (devices and content) segment saw a decline of 50.4 per cent compared to the same period last year, but there are plans to launch a new Nook colour device in Q1 2015, the company has revealed. Commenting on its Q3 results, Barnes...

  • HTC teases new HTC One in YouTube video

    HTC teases new HTC One in YouTube video

    By 26 February 2014

    With the floors clearing at Mobile World Congress, HTC has taken to YouTube to tease the next big thing, the new HTC One. HTC is poised to unveil its new flagship handset at an event in London and New York on 25 March 2014, giving the company a full month...

  • Best of Mobile World Congress 2014: The hottest new devices

    Best of Mobile World Congress 2014: The hottest new devices

    By 26 February 2014

    Mobile World Congress is one of the largest mobile trade shows of the year, where most device manufacturers show off their latest and greatest devices. MWC 2014 was no exception, with the likes of Samsung and Sony both announcing a wide range of new devices...

  • Tesco Mobile bundles Hudl and smartphones for combo delight

    Tesco Mobile bundles Hudl and smartphones for combo delight

    By 26 February 2014

    Tesco Mobile is offering a new bundle deal, pairing the hugely popular Tesco Hudl tablet with a range of smartphone options on its Anytime Upgrade tariff. The deals start from £15 a month with the Samsung Galaxy Fame, but those fans of photography might...

  • Amazon Prime Instant Video bags BBC's Ripper Street exclusive, Lovefilm subscribers rejoice

    Amazon Prime Instant Video bags BBC's Ripper Street exclusive, Lovefilm subscribers rejoice

    By 26 February 2014

    Amazon Prime Instant Video has secured the streaming rights to Ripper Street, the acclaimed BBC drama, and will commission a third series, airing exclusive episodes before the new series is shown on BBC1.  Today has seen the launch of Amazon Prime Instant...

  • We are on our way to Wembl-EE: Wembley and EE announce partnership

    We are on our way to Wembl-EE: Wembley and EE announce partnership

    By 26 February 2014

    EE and Wembley Stadium have entered into a six-year partnership - but, rest assured, there are no plans to change the name of England's iconic football stadium. The partnership will bring technology investment, with EE saying that on the road map is...

  • Amazon Prime now £79 a year, includes Instant Video, discounted Kindle Fires to tempt you

    Amazon Prime now £79 a year, includes Instant Video, discounted Kindle Fires to tempt you

    By 26 February 2014

    Amazon has raised the price of its Amazon Prime service to £79, from the £49 that it was previously, effective today. After a 30-day free trial, new customers to the service will have to pay the higher price, but there are added services included in...

  • Xbox One gets Twitch app on 11 March, fix for 50Hz judder could also arrive

    Xbox One gets Twitch app on 11 March, fix for 50Hz judder could also arrive

    By 25 February 2014

    The Xbox One will get its Twitch app on 11 March, it has been confirmed.  The popular gaming spectator service gets its own app on Xbox One, right on schedule to support the launch of Titanfall - hotly tipped to be the game of the year. From your Xbox...

  • BT YouView+ box gets downsized, now fanless

    BT YouView+ box gets downsized, now fanless

    By 25 February 2014

    BT has launched a new BT YouView+ set-top box that has been substantially downsized as redesigned over the previous iteration. When we first saw BT's YouView box in October 2012 we were told there would be other boxes coming in the future, but that BT...

  • Xbox One Titanfall bundle drops as low as £369 on pre-order

    Xbox One Titanfall bundle drops as low as £369 on pre-order

    By 25 February 2014

    From 28 February, Microsoft will be slashing the price of its Xbox One to £399.99, including the forthcoming bundle that includes a copy of hotly anticipated multiplayer FPS Titanfall. That might represent a fantastic deal, but online retailer GameStop...

  • There is an octa-core Samsung Galaxy S5 version

    There is an octa-core Samsung Galaxy S5 version

    By 25 February 2014

    Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy S5 yesterday at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, but it has now been quietly revealed that there's an octa-core version as well. The presentation of the new flagship Android handset focused on the functions,...

  • BlackBerry Q20 will return to classic keyboard design

    BlackBerry Q20 will return to classic keyboard design

    By 25 February 2014

    BlackBerry has used Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona to announce the BlackBerry Q20, a new Qwerty keyboard device. The BlackBerry Q20 is also being called the "Classic", with reference to its classic BlackBerry keyboard design and layout. As such,...

  • BlackBerry Z3 5-inch touch device announced for Indonesia

    BlackBerry Z3 5-inch touch device announced for Indonesia

    By 25 February 2014

    BlackBerry has used Mobile World Congress 2014 to announce a new full touch device, the BlackBerry Z3. Previously circulating under the codename "Jakarta", the new BlackBerry handset is destined for customers in Indonesia, with BlackBerry saying it's...

  • HTC Desire 816 mid-range launch hints at Sense 6.0 update

    HTC Desire 816 mid-range launch hints at Sense 6.0 update

    By 24 February 2014

    HTC has made its first launch of 2014 with the HTC Desire 816, and in the process HTC has mentioned software updates beyond Sense 5.5. The new handset boosts the Desire range of mid-range devices, offering a 5.5-inch display with 1280 x 720 pixels,...

  • HTC Desire 610 brings a 4.7-inch display to HTC's mid-range

    HTC Desire 610 brings a 4.7-inch display to HTC's mid-range

    By 24 February 2014

    HTC has announced a new Desire handset, the HTC Desire 610. The HTC Desire 610 looks as though it continues on from the Desire 601, this time bringing a 4.7-inch 960 x 540 pixel display to the package. The design replicates some of what you'll recognise...

  • BBM and Photoshop coming to Lumia handsets

    BBM and Photoshop coming to Lumia handsets

    By 24 February 2014

    Stephen Elop has taken to the stage at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, to announce that BBM is coming to Nokia Lumia handsets. It's confirmed to arrive "in the coming months", so now Windows Phone and Nokia X users will be able to get in on all...

  • HTC One, One mini, gets Android 4.4 KitKat update in the UK

    HTC One, One mini, gets Android 4.4 KitKat update in the UK

    By 24 February 2014

    The rollout of Android 4.4 KitKat for the HTC One in the UK has just landed, bringing a range of updates to HTC's flagship device. We're just installing the new update to see what changes KitKat will bring, but HTC details that the 308.24MB update will...

  • SwiftKey comes to Nokia X family

    SwiftKey comes to Nokia X family

    By 24 February 2014

    SwiftKey has confirmed that its smart keyboard will be available for the newly announced Nokia X Android smartphone. The new Nokia device runs on Android, bringing with it some of the benefits of the wider Android ecosystem and with SwiftKey being one...

  • Sony Xperia Z2: 5.2-inch flagship brings enhanced audio and 4K video in a lighter package

    Sony Xperia Z2: 5.2-inch flagship brings enhanced audio and 4K video in a lighter package

    By 24 February 2014

    Sony has announced its new flagship handset, the Sony Xperia Z2, at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona. Looking to refine the Xperia Z1 launched in September 2013, the Xperia Z2 boosts the screen size to 5.2 inches, while sticking with the same 1920...


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