Archive for Chris Hall

  • Sony Xperia ZR offers underwater photos and video, impressive Android specs
    Phones

    Sony Xperia ZR offers underwater photos and video, impressive Android specs

    By 13 May 2013

    Sony has announced another Android smartphone, the Sony Xperia ZR, which boosts the waterproofing of the Xperia Z, allowing you to capture photos and video in up to 1.5m of fresh water thanks to IP55 and IP58 compliance. The Sony Xperia ZR follows the...

  • Nokia Lumia 928: 4.5-inch Verizon exclusive flagship Windows Phone
    Phones

    Nokia Lumia 928: 4.5-inch Verizon exclusive flagship Windows Phone

    By 10 May 2013

    Nokia has officially announced the Nokia Lumia 928, a new Windows Phone that will be exclusive to the Verizon network in the US. Much of the focus of the new handset is on the camera, carrying the PureView branding and offering a Carl Zeiss f/2.0 wide...

  • Nokia's next Lumia: Vodafone confirms stock
    Phones

    Nokia's next Lumia: Vodafone confirms stock

    By 9 May 2013

    Nokia is going to be launching a new Lumia handset on 14 May and Vodafone has confirmed that it will be stocking the yet-to-be-announced Windows Phone. Nokia's strategy in the approach to the launch of the Lumia 925 and 928 has been one of the strangest...

  • Sing-along with Eurovision 2013: iPhone and Android apps released
    Apps

    Sing-along with Eurovision 2013: iPhone and Android apps released

    By 9 May 2013

    Eurovision 2013 now has a smartphone app of its own, bringing a range of second-screen functions to iPhone and Android users. The app has been launched to tie-in with the Eurovision Song Contest 2013, which takes place in Malmö, Sweden, with the finals...

  • Sliding 13-inch Sony Vaio Ultrabook appears, could be Duo 13 (video)
    Laptops

    Sliding 13-inch Sony Vaio Ultrabook appears, could be Duo 13 (video)

    By 9 May 2013

    A previously unannounced 13-inch Sony Vaio slider has cropped up in a YouTube video, purported to be from a Dixons training video. Although very low in quality, the video shows an Ultrabook with a "Surf Slider" design, as we saw in the Sony Vaio Duo...

  • HTC Sense 5 for HTC Butterfly leaks, updates on the horizon? (video)
    Phones

    HTC Sense 5 for HTC Butterfly leaks, updates on the horizon? (video)

    By 9 May 2013

    HTC Sense 5 has leaked out, running on the HTC Butterfly, giving us a look at HTC's latest Sense user interface on a device other than the HTC One. The quick showcase video sees some of the familiar features of the HTC One, including Blink Feed and the...

  • Olympus E-P5 pictures leak again, E-PL6 surfaces
    Cameras

    Olympus E-P5 pictures leak again, E-PL6 surfaces

    By 9 May 2013

    Further leaks of the next generation of Olympus compact system camera have hit the internet, making the Olympus E-P5 launch look like an absolute certainty.  New pictures show what is purported to be a flagship Pen camera, but with special inlaid grips....

  • Telefónica reaffirms Firefox OS plans: Q3 2013 availability, Spain, Colombia and Venezuela first
    Phones

    Telefónica reaffirms Firefox OS plans: Q3 2013 availability, Spain, Colombia and Venezuela first

    By 8 May 2013

    Telefónica has confirmed its launch plans for Firefox OS devices, with Q3 2013 being the launch date for Alcatel and ZTE devices in Spain, Colombia and Venezuela first. This will be followed by Firefox handsets from LG, Huawei and Sony, with further...

  • Sony Xperia SP review
    Phones 4 out of 5

    Sony Xperia SP review

    By 8 May 2013

    With Sony getting out of the blocks early, it's one of the first companies in 2013 to reveal its wider portfolio of devices. The Sony Xperia SP technically slips into what we'd traditionally call the mid-range, but with specs matching 2012's flagship...

  • Else Splay Launcher lets your Android phone party like it's 2009
    Apps

    Else Splay Launcher lets your Android phone party like it's 2009

    By 8 May 2013

    Else, the company that tried and failed to change the smartphone world in 2009, has released the Else Splay Launcher to Google Play, so you can get some of that thumb navigation action on your current Android device. If you've been keeping an eye on smartphones...

  • 10 Top tips for better smartphone photography
    Phones

    10 Top tips for better smartphone photography

    By 7 May 2013

    The sun is out and it's time to start sharing those glorious photos from your smartphone. No matter what you've got in your pocket - Windows Phone, iPhone, Android, BlackBerry - you've got a very powerful package for taking photos. While  the purists...

  • Acer Aspire V5 series updated, V7 introduced, bringing slim and light notebook options
    Laptops

    Acer Aspire V5 series updated, V7 introduced, bringing slim and light notebook options

    By 3 May 2013

    Acer has announced an updated line of Aspire V5 notebooks, as well as introducing a new V7 Ultrabook, at a press event in New York. The Acer Aspire V5 brings with it a number of enhancements over the previous generation, including 8 per cent larger key...

  • Audi SQ5 TDI pictures and hands-on
    Cars

    Audi SQ5 TDI pictures and hands-on

    By 2 May 2013

    The Audi Q series is incredibly popular as a luxury softroader and it's easy to see why. The Q range of SUVs makes an easy choice for someone looking for a domineering position on the road, plenty of technology and the reassurance of Audi's attention...

  • Loewe Reference ID flagship TV sees UK launch, bespoke customisation an option
    Televisions

    Loewe Reference ID flagship TV sees UK launch, bespoke customisation an option

    By 2 May 2013

    Loewe first unveiled the Reference ID flagship television at IFA 2012 in September, but it has now seen an official launch in the UK, with sets being available from July 2013. This being Loewe, however, this is no ordinary TV. Everything is about quality...

  • Loewe Speaker 2go has apt-X Bluetooth, NFC and portability for £269
    Audio

    Loewe Speaker 2go has apt-X Bluetooth, NFC and portability for £269

    By 2 May 2013

    Loewe is looking to disrupt the portable Bluetooth speaker market with the launch of the Loewe Speaker 2go, a premium speaker that will cost only £269. At the UK launch of the new speaker, which incorporates advanced features like apt-X and NFC, James...

  • Best BlackBerry Q10 accessories
    Phones

    Best BlackBerry Q10 accessories

    By 30 April 2013

    So you've got yourself a shiny new BlackBerry Q10 and you want to accessorise it. Which is the best BlackBerry Q10 case? What about prolonging the battery life? Fear not, we've got you covered for the best accessories for your BlackBerry Q10. The BlackBerry...

  • BlackBerry Q10 review
    Phones 3.5 out of 5

    BlackBerry Q10 review

    By 30 April 2013

    The BlackBerry Q10 is the BlackBerry of BlackBerry users. It retains the keyboard that BB owners know and love, sticking to the tried and tested route, rather than taking on the big rivals from Apple and Samsung with a touch-only device. With the BlackBerry...

  • Skype integrated with Outlook.com, call and IM from your email
    Online

    Skype integrated with Outlook.com, call and IM from your email

    By 30 April 2013

    Skype is now available integrated into Outlook.com, meaning you'll be able to access the IM and calling service through Microsoft's inbox.  Integrating Skype and Outlook.com is the latest move by Microsoft as it looks to move the popular calling service...

  • Sherpa personal assistant for Android launches in the UK
    Apps

    Sherpa personal assistant for Android launches in the UK

    By 29 April 2013

    Sherpa, the personal assistant app for Android that rivals Apple's Siri, is now available in the UK, launching first in beta.  We sat down with Xabier Uribe-Etxebarria, founder and CEO of Sherpa, to explore what's on offer from the app, which he describes...

  • Samsung Ativ brand now covers all Windows PCs, SideSync feature draws your Android smartphone closer
    Laptops

    Samsung Ativ brand now covers all Windows PCs, SideSync feature draws your Android smartphone closer

    By 26 April 2013

    Samsung has announced that it is expanding the Ativ brand name to include all Windows PC, not just the Windows-based smartphones and hybrid tablets. The move, Samsung says, is designed to give the company "one cohesive brand" to sit alongside the Galaxy...

  • Intel's future: Seeing through rain, 360 wireless display, and virtual dressing rooms
    Gadgets

    Intel's future: Seeing through rain, 360 wireless display, and virtual dressing rooms

    By 25 April 2013

    Intel has shown off some of the plans it has for the future, demonstrated along with various partners today in London, UK. While there are plenty of the computer-based developments you'd expect, it was some of the more practical applications that caught...

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

    App of the day: Swype review (Android)

    By 24 April 2013

    The keyboard is the most important interaction point of any smartphone. The efficiency of your keyboard defines your productivity. Whether you're replying to emails, or chatting on WhatsApp, having a smart keyboard is critical. One of the strengths of...

  • Swype keyboard launches on Google Play, brings the fight to Swiftkey
    Apps

    Swype keyboard launches on Google Play, brings the fight to Swiftkey

    By 24 April 2013

    Swype has been launched as an alternative keyboard for Android through Google Play - the first time you've been able to get the keyboard on Android without it being an embedded offering. Nuance, best known for dictation software, acquired Swype some 18...

  • Audi RS5 Cabriolet pictures and hands-on
    Cars

    Audi RS5 Cabriolet pictures and hands-on

    By 24 April 2013

    We've always had a soft spot for coupés, so when Audi presented us with an A5, chopped the roof off and stuck on an RS badge, there was plenty to be excited about. Because one of our favourite coupés just become one of the hottest convertibles on the...

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

    App of the day: Cogs review (Android)

    By 22 April 2013

    If it's clever puzzle games that tickle your fancy, then today's App of the day might be just the thing. It follows the lead of games like the eminently playable Where's my Water? and is wonderfully detailed with plenty to challenge. But rather than water...