Archive for Chris Hall

  • 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,...

  • Ryse: Son of Rome review
    3.5 out of 5

    Ryse: Son of Rome review

    By 27 November 2013

    The face of the Xbox One launch was divided between McLaren's utterly modern P1 supercar in Forza Motorsport 5 and that of the Roman Empire, as found in Ryse: Son of Rome. As an Xbox One launch title lots hangs on Ryse to represent Microsoft's latest...

  • BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9982 pictures and hands-on

    BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9982 pictures and hands-on

    By 21 November 2013

    BlackBerry has worked with Porsche Design on a number of exclusive handsets over the years, and the Porsche Design P'9982 is the latest device to emerge from the partnership. It is, under the skin, the BlackBerry Z10, the all-touch smartphone that launched...

  • Xbox One SmartGlass explored: Smartphone console control

    Xbox One SmartGlass explored: Smartphone console control

    By 21 November 2013

    SmartGlass is the Xbox's companion app, linking up with your console and bringing some of the experience to your smartphone or tablet. SmartGlass was first announced at E3 2012 and made its debut on the Xbox 360. SmartGlass for Xbox One is a separate...

  • Forza Motorsport 5
    4.5 out of 5

    Forza Motorsport 5

    By 20 November 2013

    Forza Motorsport races back onto our screens, this time as an Xbox One launch title, looking to showcase the new Xbox's power. When were introduced to Forza 5 on the Xbox One, Dan Greenawalt, creative director at Turn 10 Studios, pointed out that usually...

  • Xbox One voice commands list: How to control your new console

    Xbox One voice commands list: How to control your new console

    By 20 November 2013

    One of the key features of the new Xbox One is voice control. Microsoft has gone all out to give you a comprehensive range of voice commands so you can get your Xbox One working for you without lifting a finger. But where can you find that elusive list...

  • Xbox One: How to stream content using DLNA

    Xbox One: How to stream content using DLNA

    By 20 November 2013

    The Xbox One will let you stream content to the console using DLNA, although on day one there's no native support to initiate those streams, so the console acts as a receiver only. That means Xbox One won't go out and find content on your network, so...

  • Xbox One review
    5 out of 5

    Xbox One review

    By 20 November 2013

    The two factions of the next-gen console war have laid out their lines, Sony PlayStation 4 on one side, Microsoft Xbox One on the other. Only the lucky few, or very dedicated, will be able to afford both, continuing the gaming stand-off that's been running...

  • Nexus 5 review
    4.5 out of 5

    Nexus 5 review

    By 14 November 2013

    For many Android fans, the Nexus line is the ultimate expression of Google's mobile ambitions: affordable, powerful and unfettered with manufacturer customisation, the Nexus offers the purest Google Android experience you'll find. It's no surprise, then,...

  • Hands-on Motorola Moto G review: A Nexus by stealth

    Hands-on Motorola Moto G review: A Nexus by stealth

    By 13 November 2013

    Motorola has announced a new handset, the Moto G, that's designed to deliver a premium experience at a price that all can afford. Launched at an event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the new handset is looking to avoid the pitfalls of current budget handsets, by...

  • Android 4.4 KitKat review
    4 out of 5

    Android 4.4 KitKat review

    By 13 November 2013

    Another year, another version of Google's Android operating system. This time it's version 4.4, better known as Android KitKat. Yup, the Nestle four-finger chocolate wafer bar will have its name aligned with tech as much as it does with casual confectionery....

  • Amazon Kindle Fire HDX review
    4 out of 5

    Amazon Kindle Fire HDX review

    By 12 November 2013

    The latest update to Amazon's home-grown tablet range brings the HDX. It comes in two sizes - there's an 8.9-inch model and a 7-inch model - and we've been nestling down with the smaller model to review. It's priced to compete with Google's own Nexus...

  • Xbox One dashboard preview: Here's how your next-gen console will work

    Xbox One dashboard preview: Here's how your next-gen console will work

    By 8 November 2013

    When it comes to the Xbox One, we've seen a lot of games, we've read a lot about features, we've been following the news up and down as Microsoft fleshes out the details heading towards the 22 November launch date. There's one area of the Xbox One that...

  • Ryse: Son of Rome preview: Playing Crytek's vision of next-gen gaming

    Ryse: Son of Rome preview: Playing Crytek's vision of next-gen gaming

    By 7 November 2013

    As an Xbox One exclusive and one of the headline launch titles for the new Microsoft console, there's a lot resting on Ryse: Son of Rome's armour-clad shoulders. We sat down with Yannick Boucher, Project Manager at Crytek, to play through four levels...

  • Pebble adds full iOS 7 notification integration, announces SDK 2.0 with new APIs

    Pebble adds full iOS 7 notification integration, announces SDK 2.0 with new APIs

    By 6 November 2013

    Pebble has enhanced support for iPhone users on iOS 7, with full Notification Center integration thanks to the latest iOS app and Pebble watch update. The new development means that you'll be able to have seamless integration with your notifications,...

  • SwiftKey 4.3 Layouts for Living exits beta, customary 50 per cent discount offered

    SwiftKey 4.3 Layouts for Living exits beta, customary 50 per cent discount offered

    By 6 November 2013

    SwiftKey, the popular smart keyboard for Android, has moved its latest version 4.3 out of beta, meaning the latest features are now available as a free update for existing users via Google Play. SwiftKey 4.3 brings Layouts for Living, which gives you...

  • Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 review
    4 out of 5

    Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 review

    By 6 November 2013

    Dare to be different. That seems to be Lenovo's mantra as the company looks to deliver a "better way" of using an Android tablet. The company's answer? The Yoga Tablet 10. Shelve your thoughts of something really wacky, though, as the Yoga isn't that...

  • HTC Sense 5.5 vs Sense 5: New features, tweaks and changes reviewed

    HTC Sense 5.5 vs Sense 5: New features, tweaks and changes reviewed

    By 5 November 2013

    HTC Sense 5.5 is now official, along with the launch of the HTC One max, the Taiwanese company's 5.9-inch phablet. But if you've already got the HTC One in your pocket, then there's good news: you're in line to be updated to Sense 5.5, so you'll get many...

  • Android 4.4 KitKat release date, rumours and everything you need to know

    Android 4.4 KitKat release date, rumours and everything you need to know

    By 31 October 2013

    Google made the surprise move of announcing that the next version of Android would be known as KitKat, rather than the Key Lime Pie that was widely suspected. As we look towards the launch of the next version of Google's mobile OS, which we expect to...

  • Nexus 5 release date, rumours and everything you need to know

    Nexus 5 release date, rumours and everything you need to know

    By 31 October 2013

    With the Nexus 4 now being the oldest device in the Nexus stable, it's time to turn our attention to the Nexus 5. When will the Nexus 5 launch? What will be different? How will it compare to the Nexus 4? There's a swirl of rumour and speculation circulating...

  • Lenovo Yoga Tablet vs Nexus 7 and Nexus 10: What's the difference?

    Lenovo Yoga Tablet vs Nexus 7 and Nexus 10: What's the difference?

    By 30 October 2013

    Lenovo has promised that its new Lenovo Yoga Tablet will offer a better way: a better way of using your tablet practically in all the different situations you might find yourself. A unique design enables this, providing some differentiation from other,...

  • Lenovo Yoga Tablet: 8 and 10-inch Android tabs integrate stand, promise a 'better way'

    Lenovo Yoga Tablet: 8 and 10-inch Android tabs integrate stand, promise a 'better way'

    By 30 October 2013

    Lenovo had been promising a "better way" of using your tablet and the result is the Lenovo Yoga Tablet, a tablet that comes with its own hinged stand. Lenovo took to the stage at a launch event in Milan, paralleled with an event in Los Angeles starring...