Archive for Chris Hall

Amazon Kindle Oasis review: First class reader, first class price
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Amazon Kindle Oasis review: First class reader, first class price

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The Amazon Kindle has been fairly predictable over the past few years, walking a path from button-laden ebook reader at its 2007 launch, all the way through to the ultra-refined and ultra-simple Paperwhite and Voyage generation.The Kindle exists for one... >>

How to watch Amazon Video on your Android phone or tablet

How to watch Amazon Video on your Android phone or tablet

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Amazon Video has a great selection of titles, from classics like Mad Men, to new hits like Bosch or The Man in the High Castle and Clarkson's new venture The Grand Tour. But it's not the simplest service to use.Amazon Video comes as part of the Prime... >>

Sony A99 II preview: Full-frame and fast shooting

Sony A99 II preview: Full-frame and fast shooting

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As time passes, Sony's Alpha family of cameras have evolved from slightly chunky offshoots of the remnants of the Konica Minolta legacy - still seen in the A7 models - into something all the more conventional. The Sony A99 II is the replacement for,... >>

Google Chromecast Ultra review: 4K casting is perfect... yet pointless
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Google Chromecast Ultra review: 4K casting is perfect... yet pointless

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Casting, Google Cast or Chromecast represents one of the greatest steps in recent consumer technology. The ability to fling content from a phone or mobile device to a big-screen TV and control it from the palm of your hand is simple, but great.For us... >>

What is Sky Q, how much does it cost and how can I get it?

What is Sky Q, how much does it cost and how can I get it?

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At the end of 2015, Sky announced a new premium TV service called Sky Q. It is now celebrating its one-year anniversary, and is now the de facto option for newcomers to Sky TV.Existing Sky+ users can also upgrade to Sky Q at reduced rates, so it's really... >>

Pokemon Go: How to raise your XP level, power up and evolve your Pokemon

Pokemon Go: How to raise your XP level, power up and evolve your Pokemon

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There are lots of elements to Pokemon Go. There's finding and collecting all the Pokemon, there's battling in Gyms, there's hatching eggs and visiting PokeStops.Then there's the whole world of powering up your Pokemon and raising your Trainer's XP. These... >>

Pokemon Go: How to catch Santa Hat Pikachu for Christmas

Pokemon Go: How to catch Santa Hat Pikachu for Christmas

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Cancel all your Christmas orders: Niantic Labs is giving the best gift this Christmas with a special edition Santa Hat Pikachu.In case you missed the news, your favourite Pokemon character has had a makeover, now wearing a festive hat for a limited time.... >>

Android Auto app: Bringing connectivity to all cars

Android Auto app: Bringing connectivity to all cars

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Until recently, access to Android Auto was at the whim of car manufacturers or else involved switching out your head unit for a system that would support Google's in-car platform.When Google released the Android Auto app for all phones in all cars in... >>

How to use the Pokemon Go Nearby feature

How to use the Pokemon Go Nearby feature

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First leaked in August, the Nearby feature in Pokemon Go will change how you play the game, making your Pokemon time more effective. Rolling out initially in limited regions, the Nearby feature is now available in the UK, so it's much easier to find... >>

Pokemon Go review, or The Trials and Tribulations of a Pokemon Go addict
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Pokemon Go review, or The Trials and Tribulations of a Pokemon Go addict

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It's raining. The British summer has been everything we expect it to be, and at 4pm on a Wednesday afternoon, you're not supposed to be sitting in your car playing Pokemon Go.But addiction makes you do things you wouldn't normally do and things you certainly... >>

Audi Q5 (2017) review: Technical brilliance in a slightly vanilla design
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Audi Q5 (2017) review: Technical brilliance in a slightly vanilla design

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The Audi Q5 is arguably Audi's most important SUV. Sitting in the mid-sized segment, it occupies a space where it's a little more useful than the cutsey Audi Q3 and a little easier to live with in suburban tight spots than the Audi Q7.Built in Mexico... >>

Yippee! New Pokemon coming to Pokemon Go on 12 December

Yippee! New Pokemon coming to Pokemon Go on 12 December

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It's been confirmed: there are new Pokemon coming to Pokemon Go on 12 December.Announcing a new partnership with Sprint in the US, the official blog said that more details would be announced on 12 December through Pokemon Go's social channels:"We're... >>

Blu Vivo 6 preview: Hands-on with an affordable metal alternative

Blu Vivo 6 preview: Hands-on with an affordable metal alternative

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Blu might be a familiar name in the US, but its venture into the UK is only just starting. It's starting from an interesting position too.Launching on Amazon.co.uk, the phone immediately offered a Black Friday deal dropping from its regular price of £239.99,... >>

Maserati Levante first drive: Taking the luxe offroad

Maserati Levante first drive: Taking the luxe offroad

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When you think Maserati, you probably think if its thoroughbred Italian racing heritage, the glamour and slick sports car lines. It was perhaps totally fitting, then, that the day we headed into the Cotswolds to test the new Maserati SUV, the UK issued... >>

Best Cyber Monday 2016 UK fitness tracker deals: Garmin, Fitbit, Polar and more

Best Cyber Monday 2016 UK fitness tracker deals: Garmin, Fitbit, Polar and more

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Black Friday turned into the biggest shopping day of the year and now the biggest retailers have pushed these deals on to Cyber Monday so you can carry on saving yourself a packet in the run-up to Christmas. This Cyber Monday we're expecting fitness... >>

Best Cyber Monday UK and Black Friday phone deals: iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S7, Google Pixel phone deals galore

Best Cyber Monday UK and Black Friday phone deals: iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S7, Google Pixel phone deals galore

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Black Friday hit us on 25 November with a range of deals on smartphones, and as it continued through the weekend to Cyber Monday, you can still swoop in and save yourself a wodge of cash on the latest and greatest phones. We've been keeping track... >>

These are the Black Friday deals you should be buying

These are the Black Friday deals you should be buying

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Black Friday is in full swing with loads of offers across a full range of devices. For tech fans, there are a huge range of offers available, but these are the devices you should be snapping up in the sales.Sonos Play:1, £139 - click here to buy the... >>

Motorola Moto Z review: A modular muddle
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Motorola Moto Z review: A modular muddle

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Motorola has seen more than its fair share of changes in the past few years. From Motorola to Google to Lenovo, we've seen Moto phones shift to US-only manufacture and away again, introduce Moto Maker and pose in Nexus clothing. Now firmly in the grips... >>

Blu Vivo 6 hits Black Friday sales: Impressive 5.5-inch metal unibody Android phone for £185

Blu Vivo 6 hits Black Friday sales: Impressive 5.5-inch metal unibody Android phone for £185

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Going metal often means digging deep into your pockets. Brands like Huawei and OnePlus have been pulling down the price of premium metal devices, but few will be as affordable as the Blu Vivo 6.Blu is one of the largest providers of unlocked phones in... >>

How to catch Ditto in Pokemon Go

How to catch Ditto in Pokemon Go

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A number of changes have been pushed out to Pokemon Go in recent months following the explosion in popularity the game enjoyed in mid-2016.In addition to switching on the nearby feature in some regions, one of the unexpected changes was the inclusion... >>

Samsung HW-K950 Dolby Atmos soundbar review: Genuinely immersive audio
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Samsung HW-K950 Dolby Atmos soundbar review: Genuinely immersive audio

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Sound is a bigger part of your home entertainment setup than you might initially give it credit. Well, you know that, because you're interested in a Dolby Atmos soundbar, a way of bringing the latest in cinema surround sound excitement into your home... >>

Samsung KS8000 SUHD TV review: Hitting the 4K HDR sweet spot
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Samsung KS8000 SUHD TV review: Hitting the 4K HDR sweet spot

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Say what you like about Samsung's recent fortunes, there's no shortage of top choices when it comes to choosing an excellent 4K HDR TV - that's ultra-high definition and high dynamic range, to hit the two televisual must-haves for 2016.From the top-of-the-line... >>

YouView unveils new faster, cleaner, TV user interface

YouView unveils new faster, cleaner, TV user interface

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YouView has unveiled its next-generation TV platform, leaving Flash in the past and embracing HTML5 moving forward. The new interface leverages the cloud, meaning that YouView can quickly and easily update or add features in the background, something... >>

HTC 10 Evo review: The bigger one falls slightly flat
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HTC 10 Evo review: The bigger one falls slightly flat

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If the HTC 10 Evo looks familiar, that's because it was recently launched as the HTC Bolt as a Sprint exclusive. Well, it's exclusive no more, as it lands in the UK under a different name.The Evo recycles a name used by HTC in the past. There was the... >>

Samsung KS9500 SUHD TV review: Brightest HDR, pitched on a curve
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Samsung KS9500 SUHD TV review: Brightest HDR, pitched on a curve

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Ask Samsung and it will tell you that curved is very much where you should be with televisions. Having pushed the curved display as the next big thing after 3D - which is a feature incidentally absent from the KS9500 - the company still rates its flagship... >>