Archive for Chris Hall

Playbulb wants to bring Hue-like skills to your garden

Playbulb wants to bring Hue-like skills to your garden

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Summer has arrived and as we sit in the garden quaffing the country's dwindling supply of Prosecco, there's one thing missing: smartphone-controlled coloured LED lighting.  Fortunately, Playbulb has you covered with the Playbulb Garden. This solar-powered... >>

Ikawa Home Roaster: Bluetooth-controlled coffee bean roasting

Ikawa Home Roaster: Bluetooth-controlled coffee bean roasting

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If the poor coffee roasting efforts of others are leaving a bitter taste in your mouth, then the Ikawa Home Roaster might be just the thing for you. This connected coffee roaster connects to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth to give you precise... >>

Blocks Wearables: A closer look at the modular Android smartwatch

Blocks Wearables: A closer look at the modular Android smartwatch

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Blocks Wearables is working on a modular smartwatch. We recently reported that the project is moving forward, hitting Kickstarter this summer, looking to crowd-fund and wing its way to the wrists of gadget fans everywhere.  We caught up with Blocks... >>

Audi TT Coupé review: The TT's coming of age
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Audi TT Coupé review: The TT's coming of age

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The Audi TT is a car that's always had an image problem and it all stems from the curvaceous and bubbly first iteration. That was 1998, however, and as much as there was pointing and laughing from some drivers, it didn't stop the TT making its mark on... >>

New Motorola smartphone and Moto 360 expected in summer, says Lenovo

New Motorola smartphone and Moto 360 expected in summer, says Lenovo

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There's been a lot of talk about updates to Motorola, specifically new devices that come post-Lenovo's takeover of the Motorola brand from Google. Lenovo chairman and chief exec, Yang Yuanqing, has confirmed that we'll be seeing new models saying: "We... >>

Corsair Bulldog aims to prove that PC gaming is better than console gaming

Corsair Bulldog aims to prove that PC gaming is better than console gaming

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The PC versus console gaming battle is one that rages unabated and Corsair is throwing its hat into the ring with Bulldog, a PC designed for the living room. Unveiled at Computex 2015, the Bulldog is designed as a DIY gaming PC for your living room, complete... >>

Nintendo NX will be Android based, insiders claim

Nintendo NX will be Android based, insiders claim

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The Nintendo NX is turning into the ultimate tease. We know that Nintendo is working on some sort of future gaming hardware, codenamed NX, as was revealed in March. Speculation has now turned to the software platform, with Nikkei publishing a report talking... >>

Say cheese: Asus ZenFone Selfie will take 13-megapixel photos of your gurning face

Say cheese: Asus ZenFone Selfie will take 13-megapixel photos of your gurning face

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Asus is jumping on the selfie bandwagon, launching the ZenFone Selfie at Computex 2015. The new phone, with enhanced front-camera functionality, follows the likes of the HTC Desire Eye in offering a front camera that matches the resolution of the rear.... >>

Android Wear support is the cherry on top of the Citymapper awesome cake

Android Wear support is the cherry on top of the Citymapper awesome cake

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Citymapper is one of our favourite apps, one that we depend on day-to-day for quick navigation around London and other cities. Winner of the Judges Choice for best overall app in the GSMA 2014 Global Mobile Awards, it's recently had a couple of big updates... >>

Next Nexus will have fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C, Google hint suggests

Next Nexus will have fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C, Google hint suggests

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At the Google I/O 2015 developer conference, there's been plenty of news about Android Pay, the forthcoming Android M, as well as the launch of Google Photos.  In the past the way that this works is that Android's new features are announced at Google... >>

Android M previewed: Android Pay, fingerprint support, USB Type-C and more

Android M previewed: Android Pay, fingerprint support, USB Type-C and more

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Talking during the Google I/O keynote, Dave Burke, VP engineering of Android at Google, gave us a sneak peak of what to expect from Android M, the next version of the Google operating system. Android M is about improving the core user experience in Android... >>

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL review: Budget beauty
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Microsoft Lumia 640 XL review: Budget beauty

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Microsoft's Lumia launch plans continue to run at full speed, most recently resulting in two affordable handsets: the Lumia 640 and its phablet-sized XL cousin. It's the latter device, the Lumia 640 XL, with its 5.7-inch screen and aggressive price point,... >>

Android M could bring native fingerprint authentication

Android M could bring native fingerprint authentication

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Rumours about Android M are circulating and with Google I/O, the company's annual developer conference, fast approaching it's expected that details of the new version of the operating system will soon get announced. BuzzFeed News is reporting that a native... >>

20th Century Fox: UHD and HDR home viewing for all new movies

20th Century Fox: UHD and HDR home viewing for all new movies

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The business of home entertainment is ever changing and 20th Century Fox looks to be doing its bit to make sure the future is glorious. The Hollywood Reporter tells us that 20th Century Fox is making a commitment to Ultra High Definition and High Dynamic... >>

Inside Vertu: Welcome to the world of luxury smartphones

Inside Vertu: Welcome to the world of luxury smartphones

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Nestled in the rolling hills of Hampshire, some 40 miles outside London, sits the headquarters of Vertu.  Established during Nokia's halcyon days in 1998, Vertu was sold in 2012 to a private equity firm. It makes luxury phones by hand, costing more than... >>

Uber self-driving cars hit the roads, Johnny Cabs may one day be a thing

Uber self-driving cars hit the roads, Johnny Cabs may one day be a thing

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Uber had previously stated its intention to develop autonomous vechicles, basing itself in Pittburgh. Those cars are now hitting the roads. Uber located its Uber Advanced Technologies Center in the Pennsylvania city, with the aim of one day of having... >>

Sphero Darkside: The toy that proves the machines are taking over

Sphero Darkside: The toy that proves the machines are taking over

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Sphero, basking in the glory of the Star Wars BB-8 afterglow, has a new connected toy called Darkside. With a name that pays homage to Star Wars, the new toy is the naughty alter-ego of the existing Sphero Ollie. Sphero says that Darkside is a robot that... >>

Did Apple just out the iPhone 5C with Touch ID?

Did Apple just out the iPhone 5C with Touch ID?

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There's long been questioning over what Apple is going to do with the iPhone 5C, it's slightly more affordable option. With the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus appearing in late 2014, the iPhone 5C lives on with its fun coloured plastic backs, just begging for an... >>

HTC Vive has a VR zombie shooter, and it's called Arizona Sunshine

HTC Vive has a VR zombie shooter, and it's called Arizona Sunshine

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The zombie apocalypse is on us, and this time it's in room-scale virtual reality. Vertigo Games and Jaywalkers Interactive have announced Arizona Sunshine, one of the first titles we've seen for HTC Vive, the VR system developed with Valve.  Arizona... >>

LG Watch Urbane review: All that glitters is not rose gold
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LG Watch Urbane review: All that glitters is not rose gold

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LG launched the Watch Urbane to the world, saying it was time to step forward with luxury accessories that people would really want to wear. Presented in stainless steel or rose gold, the LG Watch Urbane looks to take a more traditional approach to this... >>

EE is taking loads of Power Bars to Glastonbury, offering free swaps

EE is taking loads of Power Bars to Glastonbury, offering free swaps

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EE has announced that it is supporting Glastonbury for the third time and the headline act will be certainly be the EE Power Bar.  Introduced previously at Glastonbury as an alternative to conventional charging - which the 4G network will also be providing... >>

John Lewis expands own-brand TV line with affordable 4K UHD models

John Lewis expands own-brand TV line with affordable 4K UHD models

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John Lewis is expanding on its partnership with LG to introduce new line of UHD models. The JL9100 builds on the "powered by LG" models introduced in 2014.  "Sales of Ultra HD TVs in Britain have so far exceeded previous expectation, and we predict the... >>

OnePlus Two could be an affordable powerhouse, leak suggests

OnePlus Two could be an affordable powerhouse, leak suggests

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If we had to award one device with a Geek's Choice Award (in an affectionate way) then the OnePlus One would be it. Great viral marketing, limited access giving it an air of exclusivity and, yes, good value for money.  It's fair to say then that the... >>

HTC J Butterfly 3 effect reminds us chaos theory still exists

HTC J Butterfly 3 effect reminds us chaos theory still exists

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It looks like HTC has another superphone that many of you won't be able to buy: the HTC J Butterfly 3. Sitting on KDDI's Au network in Japan, as with other Butterfly models, it's unlikely to appear elsewhere. The HTC J Butterfly 3 looks to take some of... >>

Nexus Player review: A first step in Android TV
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Nexus Player review: A first step in Android TV

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The Nexus Player is Google's set-top box. Built by Asus and announced alongside the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, the Nexus Player brings Android Lollipop to your TV. It acts as a bridge, giving Google an avenue to providing content for your TV and leverages... >>