Archive for Chris Hall

Dual lens smartphone cameras: The history running up to iPhone 7 Plus

Dual lens smartphone cameras: The history running up to iPhone 7 Plus

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With Apple announcing the iPhone 7 Plus with two cameras on the back, it's worth looking at where this has come from and romp through the history of dual lens smartphones.  Dual lens cameras on smartphones aren't new, with a number of models offering... >>

What headphones does the iPhone 7 come with?

What headphones does the iPhone 7 come with?

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Apple has announced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and one of the big changes is that the 3.5mm headphone socket is gone.That's not a huge deal, it just means you'll have to use the Lightning socket to connect headphones instead.There has been some confusion... >>

Nest Thermostat now comes in black, white and copper

Nest Thermostat now comes in black, white and copper

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Nest Thermostat looks good. It's hard not to spot it on the wall and appreciate the simplicity of the design, compared to the off-white plastic thermostat of yesteryear. Nest has announced that the Thermostat is now available in three more colours, in... >>

Nest Cam adds Sightline, an innovative way to view your recorded video

Nest Cam adds Sightline, an innovative way to view your recorded video

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Nest has announced a new software feature for Nest Cam, Dropcam and the new Nest Cam Outdoor that will make it easier to skim through your recorded footage.  Called Sightline, the new feature presents a live view from your Cam in the top third of the... >>

Always read the footnotes: Apple suggests you might want a case on that Jet Black iPhone 7

Always read the footnotes: Apple suggests you might want a case on that Jet Black iPhone 7

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Apple has announced not only new colours for its new iPhone 7 models, but a new finish. Moving on from the standard matte anodised finish that Apple has used from the iPhone 6, the Jet Black model takes on something of a premium position. The Jet Black... >>

Apple Watch Nike Plus is designed to be your perfect running partner

Apple Watch Nike Plus is designed to be your perfect running partner

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Apple has taken to the stage in San Francisco to make a collection of announcements, including the updated Apple Watch Series 2. Taking advantage of the new Apple Watch's GPS, there's the revival of a huge partnership between Apple and Nike.  Introducing... >>

Bear Grylls confirms: New Land Rover Discovery has seats you can fold with a smartphone

Bear Grylls confirms: New Land Rover Discovery has seats you can fold with a smartphone

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Land Rover is going to be unveiling the new Discovery on 28 September, with a radical shift in design for its luxury SUV model. With the Discovery Sport recently unveiled, it looks as though the new Discovery adopts some of that softer and more sporty... >>

Moto Z is now available in the UK, for £499

Moto Z is now available in the UK, for £499

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The Moto Z, that razr thin phone that dropped the headphone socket in favour of USB Type-C, and offers endless customisation through Moto Mods is now available to buy in the UK.Starting life as a Verizon exclusive in the US, Moto was always a little tight-lipped... >>

HP Elite Slice: Innovative, modular, mini PC

HP Elite Slice: Innovative, modular, mini PC

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The aim of the HP Elite Slice is to get the PC back onto your desk. Moving on from tower PCs, the Slice wants to put everything in front of you in a slickly designed package. That's what HP told us when we encountered the Elite Slice at Showstoppers at... >>

TomTom Adventurer is the sports watch for your snow sports, hiking and trail running

TomTom Adventurer is the sports watch for your snow sports, hiking and trail running

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TomTom has added a new model to its line-up of sports watches with the TomTom Adventurer. As the name suggests, this is a watch for the great outdoors. Built on the foundation of the new TomTom Spark, it uses a similar design to TomTom's existing line-up... >>

Garmin Fenix Chronos is about as smart as sportswatches get

Garmin Fenix Chronos is about as smart as sportswatches get

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Garmin has introduced a new premium version of the Fenix sportswatch. Based on the Fenix 3, the new Fenix Chronos packs in all the navigational and sporting nouse of the original, but places it in a high-quality design, at home in the wilds of the outback,... >>

SGNL smart watch strap will let you make calls using your fingertip, like James Bond

SGNL smart watch strap will let you make calls using your fingertip, like James Bond

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If you've been wanting to live that secret agent dream, then now is your time thanks to SGNL, a smart replacement for your watch strap. This smart watch strap will let you take phone calls using your finger, rather than having to use a headset. Using... >>

Sony Xperia XZ camera: New tech explained

Sony Xperia XZ camera: New tech explained

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There's a new Sony camera in town and that means one thing: there's a load of new camera tech on-board too. Having looked to change things up a gear with the Sony Xperia Z5, Sony has announced its 2016 flagship, the Xperia XZ. This phone might look familiar... >>

Sony Xperia X Compact: It's Compact, Jim, but not as we know it

Sony Xperia X Compact: It's Compact, Jim, but not as we know it

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Sony's journey away from the Xperia Z and into the Xperia X series is probably now complete with the launch of the flagship Xperia XZ and the Xperia X Compact. For those who missed the memo, Sony's story is that the X series runs from A to Z, with the... >>

Sony Xperia Ear wants to be your discreet personal assistant, from November onwards

Sony Xperia Ear wants to be your discreet personal assistant, from November onwards

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At Mobile World Congress early in 2016, Sony showed off a concept "smart product", a Bluetooth headset that wants to be your personal assistant. Sony has pushed forward with this concept, confirming that the Xperia Ear will be available to buy from November... >>

The Sony NW-WM1Z is a €3300 Walkman for the audiophile generation

The Sony NW-WM1Z is a €3300 Walkman for the audiophile generation

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Sony's first Walkman launched in 1979 and played a huge part in popularising portable music. The Walkman became an iconic symbol of setting music free, moving it from a record player or bulky tape player into something that was personal and portable.With... >>

Huawei Nova: A mid-range smartphone repositioning with 5-inch and 5.5-inch Plus handsets

Huawei Nova: A mid-range smartphone repositioning with 5-inch and 5.5-inch Plus handsets

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Huawei has announced a pair of mid-range Android phones at IFA 2016, looking to shake up the mid-range with a new family: Huawei Nova. The Nova is aimed at what Huawei called "dynamic aspirers" which you can loosely read as "young people who want a nice... >>

Huawei MediaPad M3 review: An unfussy Android media tablet
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Huawei MediaPad M3 review: An unfussy Android media tablet

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The tablet market has stumbled. From everyone offering a tablet - in Windows, Android, iOS - things have dwindled. Even Apple's iPad has slowed in pace. The shift has been toward offering tablets that replace your laptop, devices designed for productivity,... >>

TomTom Touch activity tracker monitors your body fat, not just your steps

TomTom Touch activity tracker monitors your body fat, not just your steps

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TomTom is making its move against market leaders Fitbit, with the launch of the TomTom Touch. This is an activity tracker that wants to stay with you throughout your fitness journey, looking to differentiate itself from the mass of other devices by showing... >>

Gamification of driving: TomTom Curfer will deliver driving stats to improve your performance

Gamification of driving: TomTom Curfer will deliver driving stats to improve your performance

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There's a connection on your car that's talked about on car forums and in service centres, but not a lot else. It's called the OBD, on-board diagnostics, and TomTom has just made a fun accessory for it. The TomTom Curfer connects to the car's OBD port... >>

TomTom Spark 3 and Runner 3 let you explore on your runs with new route tracking feature

TomTom Spark 3 and Runner 3 let you explore on your runs with new route tracking feature

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The TomTom Spark (and the Runner sister product) have expanded their skills with a new route discovery feature. In its new guise as the TomTom Spark 3 (or Runner 3), you get all the features of the current models, but boosted with the new route tracking... >>

TomTom Vio is a satnav for scooters, to help you get where the funk you're going

TomTom Vio is a satnav for scooters, to help you get where the funk you're going

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TomTom is launching a new satnav that's designed specifically for those commuting on scooters or motorbikes. A simpler alternative to TomTom's existing Rider line of bike navigation devices, the TomTom Vio opts for a funky round design, so it will match... >>

TomTom Go adds Wi-Fi, smartphone notifications and Siri, Google, Cortana voice controls

TomTom Go adds Wi-Fi, smartphone notifications and Siri, Google, Cortana voice controls

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TomTom's latest Go satnav device adds a range of connectivity options to make it a more rounded companion for your car, not just a device to get you from A to B. The TomTom Go includes all the features you expect from the Go family - like Traffic, speed... >>

HTC One A9s official: Updated metal mid-ranger drops display to 720p

HTC One A9s official: Updated metal mid-ranger drops display to 720p

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HTC has announced the HTC One A9s, an updated version of its compact metal mid-range handset.  The HTC One A9 was something of a surprise for 2015. It was best known for the iPhone-alike looks, but there was no questioning the quality of the design and... >>

Asus ZenWatch 3 preview: Android Wear marches on

Asus ZenWatch 3 preview: Android Wear marches on

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Asus has unveiled its latest ZenWatch model, following two watches that have tried to be a little different in the original ZenWatch and ZenWatch 2. It's perhaps a little worrying, then, that the latest ZenWatch doesn't so much strive to be different,... >>