Archive for Chris Hall

  • Best of Mobile World Congress 2014: The hottest new devices
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    Best of Mobile World Congress 2014: The hottest new devices

    By 26 February 2014

    Mobile World Congress is one of the largest mobile trade shows of the year, where most device manufacturers show off their latest and greatest devices. MWC 2014 was no exception, with the likes of Samsung and Sony both announcing a wide range of new devices...

  • Tesco Mobile bundles Hudl and smartphones for combo delight
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    Tesco Mobile bundles Hudl and smartphones for combo delight

    By 26 February 2014

    Tesco Mobile is offering a new bundle deal, pairing the hugely popular Tesco Hudl tablet with a range of smartphone options on its Anytime Upgrade tariff. The deals start from £15 a month with the Samsung Galaxy Fame, but those fans of photography might...

  • Amazon Prime Instant Video bags BBC's Ripper Street exclusive, Lovefilm subscribers rejoice
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    Amazon Prime Instant Video bags BBC's Ripper Street exclusive, Lovefilm subscribers rejoice

    By 26 February 2014

    Amazon Prime Instant Video has secured the streaming rights to Ripper Street, the acclaimed BBC drama, and will commission a third series, airing exclusive episodes before the new series is shown on BBC1.  Today has seen the launch of Amazon Prime Instant...

  • We are on our way to Wembl-EE: Wembley and EE announce partnership
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    We are on our way to Wembl-EE: Wembley and EE announce partnership

    By 26 February 2014

    EE and Wembley Stadium have entered into a six-year partnership - but, rest assured, there are no plans to change the name of England's iconic football stadium. The partnership will bring technology investment, with EE saying that on the road map is...

  • Amazon Prime now £79 a year, includes Instant Video, discounted Kindle Fires to tempt you
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    Amazon Prime now £79 a year, includes Instant Video, discounted Kindle Fires to tempt you

    By 26 February 2014

    Amazon has raised the price of its Amazon Prime service to £79, from the £49 that it was previously, effective today. After a 30-day free trial, new customers to the service will have to pay the higher price, but there are added services included in...

  • Xbox One gets Twitch app on 11 March, fix for 50Hz judder could also arrive
    Gaming

    Xbox One gets Twitch app on 11 March, fix for 50Hz judder could also arrive

    By 25 February 2014

    The Xbox One will get its Twitch app on 11 March, it has been confirmed.  The popular gaming spectator service gets its own app on Xbox One, right on schedule to support the launch of Titanfall - hotly tipped to be the game of the year. From your Xbox...

  • BT YouView+ box gets downsized, now fanless
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    BT YouView+ box gets downsized, now fanless

    By 25 February 2014

    BT has launched a new BT YouView+ set-top box that has been substantially downsized as redesigned over the previous iteration. When we first saw BT's YouView box in October 2012 we were told there would be other boxes coming in the future, but that BT...

  • Xbox One Titanfall bundle drops as low as £369 on pre-order
    Gaming

    Xbox One Titanfall bundle drops as low as £369 on pre-order

    By 25 February 2014

    From 28 February, Microsoft will be slashing the price of its Xbox One to £399.99, including the forthcoming bundle that includes a copy of hotly anticipated multiplayer FPS Titanfall. That might represent a fantastic deal, but online retailer GameStop...

  • There is an octa-core Samsung Galaxy S5 version
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    There is an octa-core Samsung Galaxy S5 version

    By 25 February 2014

    Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy S5 yesterday at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, but it has now been quietly revealed that there's an octa-core version as well. The presentation of the new flagship Android handset focused on the functions,...

  • BlackBerry Q20 will return to classic keyboard design
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    BlackBerry Q20 will return to classic keyboard design

    By 25 February 2014

    BlackBerry has used Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona to announce the BlackBerry Q20, a new Qwerty keyboard device. The BlackBerry Q20 is also being called the "Classic", with reference to its classic BlackBerry keyboard design and layout. As such,...

  • BlackBerry Z3 5-inch touch device announced for Indonesia
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    BlackBerry Z3 5-inch touch device announced for Indonesia

    By 25 February 2014

    BlackBerry has used Mobile World Congress 2014 to announce a new full touch device, the BlackBerry Z3. Previously circulating under the codename "Jakarta", the new BlackBerry handset is destined for customers in Indonesia, with BlackBerry saying it's...

  • HTC Desire 816 mid-range launch hints at Sense 6.0 update
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    HTC Desire 816 mid-range launch hints at Sense 6.0 update

    By 24 February 2014

    HTC has made its first launch of 2014 with the HTC Desire 816, and in the process HTC has mentioned software updates beyond Sense 5.5. The new handset boosts the Desire range of mid-range devices, offering a 5.5-inch display with 1280 x 720 pixels,...

  • HTC Desire 610 brings a 4.7-inch display to HTC's mid-range
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    HTC Desire 610 brings a 4.7-inch display to HTC's mid-range

    By 24 February 2014

    HTC has announced a new Desire handset, the HTC Desire 610. The HTC Desire 610 looks as though it continues on from the Desire 601, this time bringing a 4.7-inch 960 x 540 pixel display to the package. The design replicates some of what you'll recognise...

  • BBM and Photoshop coming to Lumia handsets
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    BBM and Photoshop coming to Lumia handsets

    By 24 February 2014

    Stephen Elop has taken to the stage at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, to announce that BBM is coming to Nokia Lumia handsets. It's confirmed to arrive "in the coming months", so now Windows Phone and Nokia X users will be able to get in on all...

  • HTC One, One mini, gets Android 4.4 KitKat update in the UK
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    HTC One, One mini, gets Android 4.4 KitKat update in the UK

    By 24 February 2014

    The rollout of Android 4.4 KitKat for the HTC One in the UK has just landed, bringing a range of updates to HTC's flagship device. We're just installing the new update to see what changes KitKat will bring, but HTC details that the 308.24MB update will...

  • SwiftKey comes to Nokia X family
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    SwiftKey comes to Nokia X family

    By 24 February 2014

    SwiftKey has confirmed that its smart keyboard will be available for the newly announced Nokia X Android smartphone. The new Nokia device runs on Android, bringing with it some of the benefits of the wider Android ecosystem and with SwiftKey being one...

  • Sony Xperia Z2: 5.2-inch flagship brings enhanced audio and 4K video in a lighter package
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    Sony Xperia Z2: 5.2-inch flagship brings enhanced audio and 4K video in a lighter package

    By 24 February 2014

    Sony has announced its new flagship handset, the Sony Xperia Z2, at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona. Looking to refine the Xperia Z1 launched in September 2013, the Xperia Z2 boosts the screen size to 5.2 inches, while sticking with the same 1920...

  • Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is skinny, waterproof, and powerful
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    Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is skinny, waterproof, and powerful

    By 24 February 2014

    Sony has announced its latest tablet, the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet. It comes with the claim of being the world's slimmest and lightest "waterproof" tablet, announced at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona. It very much sticks to the previous design seen...

  • Hands-on: Sony Xperia Z2 review
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    Hands-on: Sony Xperia Z2 review

    By 24 February 2014

    The Sony Xperia Z2 is Sony's new flagship smartphone. It takes the Sony Xperia Z1 launched in August 2013 and refines it, with Sony running with the message that "details make the difference". Sony continues to leverage its wide experience in consumer...

  • Hands-on: Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review
    Tablets

    Hands-on: Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review

    By 24 February 2014

    The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet replaces the Xperia Tablet Z, running with the tagline that it's the world's slimmest and lightest waterproof tablet. Regardless of the waterproofing, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is light for its screen size, tipping the scales at 426g,...

  • Garmin announces Sony SmartWatch 2 integration, Xperia Edition navigation app
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    Garmin announces Sony SmartWatch 2 integration, Xperia Edition navigation app

    By 23 February 2014

    Garmin has announced the Garmin Xperia Edition app for navigation on Sony Xperia devices, including walking directions on the Sony SmartWatch 2. As we revealed previously, the new Garmin software will let you have walking directions on your wrist, so...

  • Huawei TalkBand B1 smartband will monitor fitness, let you take calls
    Gadgets

    Huawei TalkBand B1 smartband will monitor fitness, let you take calls

    By 23 February 2014

    Huawei has announced its own wearable, the TalkBand B1, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Announced alongside a range of 4G devices, the new wearable device features a 1.4-inch OLED display to give you feedback and information, and the band incorporates...

  • Hands-on: Huawei MediaPad X1 review
    Tablets

    Hands-on: Huawei MediaPad X1 review

    By 23 February 2014

    With 7-inch tablets growing in popularity and falling in price, Huawei is bringing its most impressive device yet to the table with the Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0. This 7-inch tablet, launched at Mobile World Congress 2014 on Sunday, looks to compete with...

  • Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 tablet squares up against the Nexus 7
    Tablets

    Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 tablet squares up against the Nexus 7

    By 23 February 2014

    Huawei has announced the Huawei MediaPad X1, a 7-inch Android tablet looking to capitalise on the trend for smaller devices. Annouced on the eve of Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, the new Huawei tablet sets its sights on devices like the popular...

  • Huawei's Ascend G6 mid-ranger is so fly like the P6
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    Huawei's Ascend G6 mid-ranger is so fly like the P6

    By 23 February 2014

    Huawei has picked up on the popular design of the Ascend P6 and rolled it over to the newly announced Huawei Ascend G6. The new mid-range Android handset was revealed at Mobile World Congress 2014. It apes the lines of the Ascend P6, but expands slightly...