Archive for Chris Hall

  • O2 4G tariffs detailed: SIM only from £26, 4G Airtime from £22 a month
    Phones

    O2 4G tariffs detailed: SIM only from £26, 4G Airtime from £22 a month

    By 14 August 2013

    O2 has detailed the 4G plans that will be available to customers when the new network goes live on 29 August 2013. The 4G tariffs on O2 will start at £26 a month (SIM only) and all will come with unlimited talk time and text messages. The SIM-only packages...

  • HTC One mini release date and price: Where can I get it?
    Phones

    HTC One mini release date and price: Where can I get it?

    By 14 August 2013

    The HTC One mini is quite the mid-range smartphone, expanding the family of One devices and bringing you a premium handset in a more compact package and at a cheaper price than the flagship model. You get a 4.3-inch 720p display and a dual-core Qualcomm...

  • HTC One Max pictured again, sizes up against lesser device
    Phones

    HTC One Max pictured again, sizes up against lesser device

    By 6 August 2013

    The HTC One Max has seen another leak, appearing in a photo alongside the Motorola XT882, probably from the same source that leaked the previous images. The HTC One Max has seen its fair share of rumours, however, as have the other devices in the HTC...

  • Philips Friends of Hue gains LivingColors LightStrips and Bloom, more to come
    Gadgets

    Philips Friends of Hue gains LivingColors LightStrips and Bloom, more to come

    By 6 August 2013

    Philips has officially announced Friends of Hue, adding additional lighting options to the popular smartphone-controlled Hue system. As we reported earlier following a leak, the Philips Hue system will gain the LivingColors Bloom and LivingColors LightStrips,...

  • BBM comes to Android, but only for Samsung Galaxy owners in Africa
    Apps

    BBM comes to Android, but only for Samsung Galaxy owners in Africa

    By 6 August 2013

    Samsung has announced that the anticipated BBM app for Android will soon be available through the Google Play and Samsung App store, but only for those Samsung Galaxy users in Africa. While BlackBerry itself has remained tightlipped on the actual release...

  • Amazon Art offers fine art to browse and buy, from $2.5 million Monet to $10 Humphrey
    Online

    Amazon Art offers fine art to browse and buy, from $2.5 million Monet to $10 Humphrey

    By 6 August 2013

    Amazon.com has opened a fine art section of its online store, making it easier to browse and buy work online from a number of galleries across the US, Canada, UK and the Netherlands. There are more than 40,000 works of art available, all categorised and...

  • Freesat adds Demand 5: Calls full house on UK catch-up TV services
    Home Cinema

    Freesat adds Demand 5: Calls full house on UK catch-up TV services

    By 6 August 2013

    Freesat has added Demand 5 to its selection of catch-up TV services, meaning it offers the full selection of the UK's main catch-up TV apps, joining BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and 4oD. You'll need to have a Freesat box that's compatible with Free Time from...

  • Philips Hue range to add LightStrips and Bloom feature bulbs
    Gadgets

    Philips Hue range to add LightStrips and Bloom feature bulbs

    By 6 August 2013

    Philips is set to expand its Hue lighting system with new LightStrips and Bloom blubs integrating with the Hue system. Philips Hue has been well received, providing an effective way of illuminating your home, pairing up to your Philips Ambilight television...

  • Trademark adds flesh to the Samsung Galaxy Gear bones
    Phones

    Trademark adds flesh to the Samsung Galaxy Gear bones

    By 6 August 2013

    Samsung has submitted a trademark filing under the title of Samsung Galaxy Gear, adding substance to rumours that the Korean giant would be using that name for its new smartwatch. The details of the filing are interesting, as there's a description given...

  • App of the day: BT Sport review (Android)
    Apps

    App of the day: BT Sport review (Android)

    By 5 August 2013

    Sport is very much the modern battlefield, both on the field of play and when it comes to selling you entertainment, with exclusive rights, packages and everything else, on offer. The newest kid on the block, looking to shake things up and rival the likes...

  • Philips ActionFit SHQ5200 review
    Audio 3.5 out of 5

    Philips ActionFit SHQ5200 review

    By 2 August 2013

    Just about every manufacturer now offers some form of headphones for sport. It's easy to see why too, with a smartphone in every pocket, music options galore and many gyms offering headphone sockets on equipment, you can plug-in and lose yourself in the...

  • Panasonic Lumix FZ72 hands-on: We go on safari
    Cameras

    Panasonic Lumix FZ72 hands-on: We go on safari

    By 1 August 2013

    The Panasonic Lumix FZ72 - better known as the Lumix FZ70 outside of Europe - is the company's latest superzoom, or bridge camera, model. It brings with it a DSLR-style design, but packs in a huge 60x optical zoom lens. This class of camera often appeals...

  • BMW i3 pictures and hands-on: The premium electric megacity car
    Cars

    BMW i3 pictures and hands-on: The premium electric megacity car

    By 29 July 2013

    If you were playing buzzword bingo at the launch of the BMW i3, then "megacity" would probably be the winning word, so keen was BMW to tell us exactly who should be buying the new BMW i3. It's a term that makes us think of Judge Dredd, throwing us into...

  • BMW i3 ConnectedDrive Remote app lets you check status, plan routes, set the aircon and more
    Apps

    BMW i3 ConnectedDrive Remote app lets you check status, plan routes, set the aircon and more

    By 29 July 2013

    The BMW i3 takes the ConnectedDrive experience to a new level, with a bespoke app designed specifically for the new BMW i vehicles. As every BMW i comes with an embedded SIM, it is connected and that brings with it a whole range of possibilities. We had...

  • App of the day: Expedia review (Android)
    Apps

    App of the day: Expedia review (Android)

    By 29 July 2013

    The internet now offers an abundance of choices when it comes to making travel plans. There are websites for just about every everything, from online agents, to individual travel companies, to all the services you might want on your travels and more....

  • BMW i3: The ultimate driving machine is now electric, with a carbonfibre body
    Cars

    BMW i3: The ultimate driving machine is now electric, with a carbonfibre body

    By 29 July 2013

    BMW has pulled the covers off the new BMW i3, which it says revolutionises personal transportation. The new electric vehicle sees the company making a strong commitment to what it is calling the "next premium", and moving towards a sustainable future...

  • BT HomeHub 4 hands-on: Bringing dual-band home
    Online

    BT HomeHub 4 hands-on: Bringing dual-band home

    By 26 July 2013

    One of the key points BT is pushing with its new HomeHub 4 router is the slim design. Not only is it designed to be less obtrusive in your home, but the packaging has also been created to make delivery easy, so it can be posted through your front door....

  • HTC One mini review
    Phones 4.5 out of 5

    HTC One mini review

    By 26 July 2013

    The HTC One is an excellent handset, a device that puts the design of practically all other smartphones into the shade. For several months, it was the only handset that HTC had given us, as rumours swirled about a smaller model. Off came the covers and...

  • Nokia JobLens hits the UK, integrates Facebook and LinkedIn to help find you a new job
    Apps

    Nokia JobLens hits the UK, integrates Facebook and LinkedIn to help find you a new job

    By 26 July 2013

    Nokia JobLens is now available in the UK for Nokia Lumia owners looking for a new job. The app pulls in job data from several sources to help you find and apply for your next dream job. We saw the app in beta at the launch of the Nokia Lumia 925, but...

  • Google Chromecast brings online entertainment to your dumb television
    Gadgets

    Google Chromecast brings online entertainment to your dumb television

    By 24 July 2013

    Looking to cross the divide between online video content and the television in your living room, Google today announced Chromecast, a dongle that wants to take over your TV. Measuring just 2-inches in length, it runs a simplified version of Chrome OS...

  • Android 4.3 debuts on new Nexus 7, coming to other Nexus devices today
    Apps

    Android 4.3 debuts on new Nexus 7, coming to other Nexus devices today

    By 24 July 2013

    Google has announced Android 4.3, the lastest version of its mobile operating system. As confirmed by Hugo Barra, VP of Android Product Management, at Google's breafast briefing today, the new version of Android will debut on the new Nexus 7, and brings...

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active review
    Phones 4.5 out of 5

    Samsung Galaxy S4 Active review

    By 24 July 2013

    The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is closest of the S4 family of devices to the original model. It offers similar points on the spec sheet when it comes to the display size, the hardware that powers it, and the overall experience that it offers: the same can't...

  • SwiftKey heads into the Cloud offering sync, back-up, trending phrases
    Apps

    SwiftKey heads into the Cloud offering sync, back-up, trending phrases

    By 23 July 2013

    SwiftKey Cloud is the headline feature of the next generation of the Google Play-topping Android keyboard. Today, SwiftKey 4.2 has entered beta, bringing with it a collection of new features: cloud sync and back-up, enhanced personalisation and trending...

  • Nokia Lumia 625 vs Lumia 620: What's the difference?
    Phones

    Nokia Lumia 625 vs Lumia 620: What's the difference?

    By 23 July 2013

    Nokia has just announced another new handset, the Nokia Lumia 625. It looks to follow a logical sequential numbering pattern, making it an obvious step-up over the Nokia Lumia 620.  The Nokia Lumia 620 is one of our favourite Windows Phones: it's affordable,...

  • Loewe Speaker 2go review
    Audio 4.5 out of 5

    Loewe Speaker 2go review

    By 22 July 2013

    Unless you have a fair wodge of cash to spend, there's a chance that you've never looked at Loewe. Except, perhaps, in passing fascination, the same way that you gawp at a passing Ferrari. Purveyors of high-end televisions, Loewe isn't short of innovation,...