Archive for Chris Hall

  • Samsung reportedly ships 20 million Galaxy S4 handsets
    Phones

    Samsung reportedly ships 20 million Galaxy S4 handsets

    By 3 July 2013

    The Samsung Galaxy S4 has shipped 20 million units, according to news sources within Korea, setting it ahead of the pace, relatively, of its Samsung Galaxy S3. According to Korea Times, Shin Jong-kyun, Samsung co-CEO, said the official announcement would...

  • iPhone is better than Samsung Galaxy say 44,168 Koreans
    Phones

    iPhone is better than Samsung Galaxy say 44,168 Koreans

    By 3 July 2013

    It seems that Koreans like the Apple iPhone better than their homegrown Samsung Galaxy smartphones, according to the results of a recent consumer survey in Korea. The survey questioned 44,168 Koreans, with owners responding on things like device quality...

  • NFC tagged library lets you research books with your smartphone before you borrow
    Phones

    NFC tagged library lets you research books with your smartphone before you borrow

    By 3 July 2013

    A library in Japan has added NFC tags to bookshelves, allowing users to get more information on a book with their smartphones before deciding to borrow. NFC has had something of a slow start to life, creeping into phones but never really having much...

  • Real Racing 3 update is a game changer, prestige cars just sweeten the deal
    Gaming

    Real Racing 3 update is a game changer, prestige cars just sweeten the deal

    By 3 July 2013

    We've long been fans of Real Racing 3. Since the launch of Firemonkeys' premium racing title, we've been putting in the hours, spending more time in this game than perhaps any other previously. There have been several updates to the title, which is part...

  • EE Cash on Tap brings SIM-based mobile payments through MasterCard
    Apps

    EE Cash on Tap brings SIM-based mobile payments through MasterCard

    By 3 July 2013

    EE today announced Cash on Tap, a mobile payments service in collaboration with MasterCard. The new service will enable mobile payments of amounts up to £20 from a compatible EE handsets. EE says the handset has to have been bought through EE retail...

  • Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablet prices slashed, on sale from £99
    Tablets

    Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablet prices slashed, on sale from £99

    By 3 July 2013

    Nook is cutting the prices of the Nook HD and the Nook HD+ tablets, as a celebration of the Get Reading festival, to be held on 13 July in Trafalgar Square, London. Before you scream "fire sale!", Nook says that the offers are for a limited time only,...

  • EE doubling 4G speeds, offering Shared 4GEE Plans, introducing mobile payments
    Phones

    EE doubling 4G speeds, offering Shared 4GEE Plans, introducing mobile payments

    By 3 July 2013

    EE is doubling the speed of its 4G offering in the UK, with the rollout of enhanced services starting tomorrow. In announcing the faster service, Olaf Swantee, EE chief exec, said it would rival fibre broadband speeds, with new and existing customers...

  • Windows Phone 8 full HD displays incoming? Emulator files suggest so
    Phones

    Windows Phone 8 full HD displays incoming? Emulator files suggest so

    By 2 July 2013

    Windows Phone 8 could soon be getting Full HD 1920 x 1080 devices, after the discovery of emulator files that relate to that resolution in Microsoft Visual Studio.  Visual Studio 2013 allows developers to create apps, with the latest version being shown...

  • Opera 15 invites you to start your journey, download now for PC and Mac
    Apps

    Opera 15 invites you to start your journey, download now for PC and Mac

    By 2 July 2013

    The new Chromium-based Opera 15 browser has now come out of beta and is available to download for PC and Mac, promising a faster way of getting around the net. There's a host of features that are useful, although hardly unique, with the likes of Chrome...

  • Hub by Premier Inn offers app control for your hotel room, opening 2014
    Apps

    Hub by Premier Inn offers app control for your hotel room, opening 2014

    By 2 July 2013

    Whitbread has launched a new concept in hotel rooms, known as Hub by Premier Inn. Although it's being termed a concept, Whitbread has committed to opening its first Hub by Premier Inn in London in summer 2014. The idea is to offer a compact hotel room...

  • Motorola website reveals Droid Ultra name, glossy colours teased
    Phones

    Motorola website reveals Droid Ultra name, glossy colours teased

    By 2 July 2013

    Motorola will be launching a new handset called the Droid Ultra, according to a template page that's appeared on its website. Motorola has been quiet of late, with only rumours fuelling anticipation of the Motorola X. However, a page on the Motorola...

  • Nike Making app encourages designers to think about materials
    Apps

    Nike Making app encourages designers to think about materials

    By 2 July 2013

    Nike has launched a new app called Making, that wants to guide designers and creators in the choices they make around materials. The tool is designed to guide you through four environmental impact areas - water, chemistry, energy and waste - so you can...

  • Canon EOS 70D videos show off Dual Pixel CMOS AF prowess
    Cameras

    Canon EOS 70D videos show off Dual Pixel CMOS AF prowess

    By 2 July 2013

    Much of the new Canon EOS 70D might fit right into the line-up existing EOS DSLR cameras from the company, but it's the Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology that should attract your attention. The new autofocus technology is designed to address the woes when...

  • Asus chat support reveals new Nexus 7 2 specs
    Tablets

    Asus chat support reveals new Nexus 7 2 specs

    By 2 July 2013

    The next Nexus 7, or the Nexus 7 2, from Asus could come with a 1980 x 1200 pixel resolution display and a Snapdragon 600 processor, if specifications given out by an Asus support rep are genuine. The details came out of a conversation between Asus support...

  • Factor Vis Vires road bike integrates ANT+ for all your data needs
    Sports Fitness

    Factor Vis Vires road bike integrates ANT+ for all your data needs

    By 2 July 2013

    Factor Bikes has unveiled the Vis Vires, a road bike designed and built to incorporate the wireless technology required to give you all the data you need on the road. Factor Bikes turned to the ANT+ system for its sensors, meaning that it's compatible...

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

    App of the day: Feedly review (Android)

    By 1 July 2013

    Google Reader is dead. If Google Reader is a mystery to you, then so too will be today's app, so feel free to read another app review. If, however, the passing of Reader has left a void in your life, then Feedly might be the app (or service) to replace...

  • Android 4.0: Skype for Android goes mobile first
    Apps

    Android 4.0: Skype for Android goes mobile first

    By 1 July 2013

    Skype has launched a new version of Skype for Android today, with Derek Snyder, head of mobile marketing at Skype, telling Pocket-lint that the changes reflect "a new direction and new strategy for Skype". The broad changes arrive with the new Skype for...

  • Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue pictures and hands-on
    Tablets

    Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue pictures and hands-on

    By 1 July 2013

    Huawei has announced another 7-inch Android device, and is being very clear that this is a tablet. There's no confusion over it being a giant phone, or calling it a phablet - except, of course, that you can make calls on it, so it's all of the above,...

  • The great Nexus debate: Do we really want or need 'Google Play edition' handsets?
    Phones

    The great Nexus debate: Do we really want or need 'Google Play edition' handsets?

    By 28 June 2013

    The pursuit of the pure experience is something of which any Android follower will be aware. From the early days there has been a stand-off between those who wanted an unfettered Android experience and those who were happy to take something modified...

  • Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus pictures and hands-on
    Laptops

    Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus pictures and hands-on

    By 27 June 2013

    Samsung recently made a small shift in the branding of its product lines, pulling together Windows products under the ATIV label. Whether that's a good or bad move we'll let you decide, but it leaves us with a notebook that reflects the design of previous...

  • TomTom Go 500 review
    Cars 4.5 out of 5

    TomTom Go 500 review

    By 27 June 2013

    With a totally new user interface and a re-thinking of exactly how it delivers connected services, the latest TomTom personal navigation devices feel like something of a rebirth. With all smartphones offering navigation in some form, many have been predicting...

  • App of the day: Where's my Mickey? review (Android/iPhone)
    Apps

    App of the day: Where's my Mickey? review (Android/iPhone)

    By 25 June 2013

    There are some characters that are heavily woven into the history of popular entertainment. They a have a status that to some is sacrosanct, but to others, might be too much of a throwback. Mickey Mouse, you could say, sits in such a position. He's the...

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra pictures and hands-on
    Online

    Sony Xperia Z Ultra pictures and hands-on

    By 25 June 2013

    The Sony Xperia Z Ultra has been unveiled, bringing with it a huge 6.4-inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 display, as well all the connectivity features and functions you’d expect from a premium smartphone. At only about half an inch smaller than many of the...

  • Sony launches the SmartWatch 2, offering NFC, waterproofing and Android feel
    Phones

    Sony launches the SmartWatch 2, offering NFC, waterproofing and Android feel

    By 25 June 2013

    Sony has launched a new SmartWatch, the Sony SmartWatch 2. The new watch comes offering NFC connectivity, waterproofing and is also water resistant. The Sony SmartWatch 2 is a second-screen companion for your Android smartphone and comes with a range...

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra official: 6.4-inch Snapdragon 800 Android phablet
    Phones

    Sony Xperia Z Ultra official: 6.4-inch Snapdragon 800 Android phablet

    By 25 June 2013

    Sony has announced the launch of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, confirming the much-rumoured move into the phablet segment of the market. Announced at a launch event in Shanghai, with a parallel event in London, the new Sony Xperia Z Ultra brings with it the...