Archive for Chris Hall

  • Philips Hue range to add LightStrips and Bloom feature bulbs

    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

    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)

    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
    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

    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

    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

    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)

    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

    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

    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
    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

    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

    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

    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
    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

    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?

    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
    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,...

  • STM Bags Velo 2 hands-on: Papa's got a brand new bag

    STM Bags Velo 2 hands-on: Papa's got a brand new bag

    By 19 July 2013

    It's not often that we're moved to write about a bag, but having spied the STM Velo 2 back in May, we quickly got one to play with. We've been carting around the mobile office in it since and it's quite the bag. The STM Velo 2 is a shoulder bag. It's...

  • Driving the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell: The world's first production hydrogen fuel cell car

    Driving the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell: The world's first production hydrogen fuel cell car

    By 18 July 2013

    "It's right here, it's right now", said Tony Whitehorn, Hyundai UK president and CEO. He wasn't quoting Fat Boy Slim, but talking about hydrogen, which Hyundai is making a serious commitment to as a future fuel for cars, as an alternative to conventional...

  • HTC One mini vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini: What's the difference?

    HTC One mini vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini: What's the difference?

    By 18 July 2013

    There's a mini war raging in tech land. We blame Dr Evil for this obsession with the Mini Me phones. But when these two smartphone giants stand chest to chest, who is Austin Powers and who is Dr Evil? HTC and Samsung both have "mini" versions of their...

  • HTC One mini vs HTC One: What's the difference?

    HTC One mini vs HTC One: What's the difference?

    By 18 July 2013

    With HTC announcing the HTC One mini, the family of devices is growing. Both the HTC One mini and the HTC One have a lot in common, so how do you choose between the two? We've seen both, we've played with both, and here we've pulled apart the specs of...

  • HTC One mini hands-on: Same great quality, smaller package

    HTC One mini hands-on: Same great quality, smaller package

    By 18 July 2013

    The HTC One mini has been officially announced, bringing much of the HTC One love to a smaller, more compact, more affordable handset. The big brother is a fantastic Android device, but can the HTC One mini measure up? We got our hands on the new handset...

  • HTC One Mini official: 4.3-inch 720p display tops a premium design

    HTC One Mini official: 4.3-inch 720p display tops a premium design

    By 18 July 2013

    HTC has officially announced the HTC One mini, a mid-range Android handset that follows the design lines of the flagship HTC One. Encased in an aluminium body, with polycarbonate edging, the HTC One mini shares the same great looks as its sibling device,...

  • App of the day: Blinkbox review (Android)

    App of the day: Blinkbox review (Android)

    By 17 July 2013

    When it comes to watching TV or movies on your tablet, you're not short of choices these days. There are the big players, like Netflix, offering a subscription-based system. Then you've got Lovefilm (on some platforms), as well as a range of catch-up...