Archive for Chris Hall

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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)

    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

    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

    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?

    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

    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
    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)

    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

    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

    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

    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...

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini release date and where to get it

    Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini release date and where to get it

    By 21 June 2013

    Samsung has launched the Galaxy S4 Mini, a little brother to its current flagship handset. The phone is designed to satisfy those after something mid-range but with the looks and design of Samsung's other, higher-end devices. We've had the chance to see...

  • Nissan ZEOD RC: World's first 300kph electric racing car

    Nissan ZEOD RC: World's first 300kph electric racing car

    By 21 June 2013

    Nissan has pulled the covers off the Nisson ZEOD RC, the world's first electric racing car, making its entry into the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2014. ZEOD stands for zero emission on demand and will be based on the same lithium battery technology found in the...

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active pictures and hands-on

    Samsung Galaxy S4 Active pictures and hands-on

    By 20 June 2013

    Samsung, it seems, is intent on using the S4 name wherever it can. Announced at the beginning of June, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is the Korean giant's take on the tough phone, challenging the Sony Xperia Z in the tough stakes. The display on the front...

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini pictures and hands-on

    Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini pictures and hands-on

    By 20 June 2013

    The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is an S4 in design, if not quite cut from the same cloth. Pinning the S4 label on it might confuse some, as this smaller-format Galaxy device doesn't quite match up to its bigger brother. In the hand it feels every bit like...

  • Samsung Galaxy NX official: Interchangable lenses, APS-C sensor, Android 4.2

    Samsung Galaxy NX official: Interchangable lenses, APS-C sensor, Android 4.2

    By 20 June 2013

    Samsung has unveiled its latest connected camera, this time adding Android to the NX family. The result is the Samsung Galaxy NX, a camera that will do just about everything. Starting with the camera side of things, there's a 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS...

  • Camera360 update brings audio to photos, adds cries to babies, clucks to chickens

    Camera360 update brings audio to photos, adds cries to babies, clucks to chickens

    By 19 June 2013

    Camera360 has updated its popular photo app for Android and iPhone, bringing the option to capture audio along with your photos. The company says the new functionality will help you add to the "emotion and drama" captured using the app. The audio capture...

  • Speck GemShell, CandyShell and CandyShell Grip cases for HTC One pictures and hands-on

    Speck GemShell, CandyShell and CandyShell Grip cases for HTC One pictures and hands-on

    By 19 June 2013

    If you're looking to keep the slick aluminium body of your new HTC One protected, then Speck has some cases that might interest you. We've got our hands on the GemShell, the CandyShell and the CandyShell Grip. All the cases offer the same push-in design...

  • Nokia Lumia 925 review
    4.5 out of 5

    Nokia Lumia 925 review

    By 19 June 2013

    The Nokia Lumia 925 is a new flagship model from the Finnish company bringing a selection of updates, mostly in design, to the company's Lumia 920 that's only about 6-months old. It lands with rumours swirling about yet another high-end handset on the...

  • Huawei says no to Nexus experience: 'We've made hundreds of improvements' in Emotion UI

    Huawei says no to Nexus experience: 'We've made hundreds of improvements' in Emotion UI

    By 18 June 2013

    Those hoping to get their hands on a stock Android version of the new super-skinny Huawei Ascend P6 may be disappointed, as Richard Yu, chairman, responded to the question at the global launch of the new handset in London. We've recently seen the trend...