Archive for Chris Hall

  • Pebble goes premium: Pebble Steel available from 29 Jan for $249
    Gadgets

    Pebble goes premium: Pebble Steel available from 29 Jan for $249

    By 6 January 2014

    Pebble has announced a new premium model of its popular smartwatch, the Pebble Steel. A year after Pebble showed off the first-generation Pebble device at CES, the company is back  to reveal the next step for the watch. The Pebble Steel sticks to the...

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro launches in 12.2, 10.1 and 8.4-inch sizes (video)
    Tablets

    Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro launches in 12.2, 10.1 and 8.4-inch sizes (video)

    By 6 January 2014

    Samsung has added to its range of tablets with the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro, launched alongside the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 at CES 2014 in Las Vegas. The Tab Pro will come in a number of different sizes. The largest is 12.2 inches, then a more regular 10.1...

  • Huawei Ascend Mate 2 official, 6.1-inch 4G Android confirmed
    Phones

    Huawei Ascend Mate 2 official, 6.1-inch 4G Android confirmed

    By 6 January 2014

    Huawei has officially announced the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 at CES 2014, bringing 4G LTE connectivity to its 6.1-inch phablet. The company is calling it the Ascend Mate 2 4G. We liked the original Ascend Mate as it was one of the more affordable ways to...

  • LG confirms 4K Netflix will be available on 4K LG TVs, including new webOS models
    Televisions

    LG confirms 4K Netflix will be available on 4K LG TVs, including new webOS models

    By 6 January 2014

    LG invited Netflix on stage at its CES 2014 press conference to confirm that it would be supporting 4K streaming on it's UHD televisions. Taking to the stage, Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO, talked about the long partnership that Netflix has had with LG,...

  • Audi Sport quattro Laserlight concept shows the future of headlights
    Cars

    Audi Sport quattro Laserlight concept shows the future of headlights

    By 6 January 2014

    Audi has used CES 2014 to show off the future of headlights, this time turning to lasers. Unveiling the Audi Sport quattro Laserlight concept, the new headlight technology will be making its way into the 2014 Audi R18 e-tron quattro race car this year....

  • Garmin updates satnavs: Nuvi 2798LMT gets rear camera, Essential Series updates, HUD+ offers new app
    Gadgets

    Garmin updates satnavs: Nuvi 2798LMT gets rear camera, Essential Series updates, HUD+ offers new app

    By 6 January 2014

    Garmin has updated its Nuvi line of satnav devices at CES 2014, taking things large. The Garmin Nuvi 2798LMT has a Wireless Backup Camera. The camera can be installed on the rear of your vehicle so that you can see behind you when reversing and avoid...

  • Garmin's Vivofit fitness band is ANT+ compatible, syncs with Garmin Connect
    Sports Fitness

    Garmin's Vivofit fitness band is ANT+ compatible, syncs with Garmin Connect

    By 6 January 2014

    Garmin has expanded its line of fitness products with the launch of the Garmin Vivofit fitness band. Looking to capitalise on the popularity of products like the Nike+ Fuel Band, Garmin is turning its sporting experience to a new segment.  The Garmin...

  • Google announces Open Automotive Alliance (OAA): Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia partner to bring Android to your car
    Cars

    Google announces Open Automotive Alliance (OAA): Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia partner to bring Android to your car

    By 6 January 2014

    Google has announced the launch of the Open Automotive Alliance at CES 2014, with the aim of taking Android on the road. We previously reported that Audi was expected to make an Android announcement at CES 2014, but OAA goes further than that, with partners...

  • Linksys WRT1900AC: Bringing sexy Wi-Fi back
    Online

    Linksys WRT1900AC: Bringing sexy Wi-Fi back

    By 6 January 2014

    Linksys has announced the Linksys WRT1900AC, bringing back the iconic WRT with a revamp for the demanding modern user. Think of a router and you'll probably picture the Linksys WRT, with its black and blue colour scheme. The design was so iconic, it became...

  • Cat B100 rugged phone promises not to be a let down
    Phones

    Cat B100 rugged phone promises not to be a let down

    By 6 January 2014

    Cat has launched a new feature phone, the Cat B100, at CES 2014 in Las Vegas. The new handset is rugged, offering IP67 and MIL 810G protection levels. That means that this phone can take the sort of abuse it might expect working in a hazardous environment,...

  • Samsung Smart Home to integrate home control, from TVs to washing machines
    Online

    Samsung Smart Home to integrate home control, from TVs to washing machines

    By 5 January 2014

    Samsung is to unveil Samsung Smart Home at CES 2014, which the Korean company says will lay the platform framework for a connected and integrated home. Samsung Smart Home will focus on control, viewing and customer service, but the aim is to encompass...

  • Mercedes-Benz and Pebble partnership brings smartwatch features to your car
    Gadgets

    Mercedes-Benz and Pebble partnership brings smartwatch features to your car

    By 3 January 2014

    Mercedes-Benz and Pebble have announced a partnership and will be showing the sorts of features a smartwatch can bring to your car at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, due to start next week. Mercedes-Benz says that the partnership will give them early access to...

  • Acer Liquid Z5 offers a 5-inch display, middling specs
    Phones

    Acer Liquid Z5 offers a 5-inch display, middling specs

    By 3 January 2014

    Acer is looking to bring the fight to the budget smartphone wars with the newly announced Acer Liquid Z5. This Android phone features a 5-inch display, but will be on sale for just €169. That might make it sound like a natural competitor for the excellent...

  • Best Android apps: First apps to download
    Apps

    Best Android apps: First apps to download

    By 26 December 2013

    If you're the proud owner of a brand new Android device (or just looking for inspiration), then one of the first things you'll be wanting to do is get some great apps. Although all phones will do a lot in their naked form, it's the apps that really dress...

  • Android tips and tricks for beginners
    Phones

    Android tips and tricks for beginners

    By 25 December 2013

    If you're holding your shiny new Android smartphone and are wondering how to get the most from it, then you've come to the right place. Whether this is your first smartphone, you've just hopped over from an iPhone, or you've had a number of Android handsets,...

  • TomTom Go 6000 review
    Gadgets 4 out of 5

    TomTom Go 6000 review

    By 24 December 2013

    With more people slipping a smartphone into their pocket, and most now offering free turn-by-turn navigation, TomTom is having to evolve to keep customers interested in personal navigation devices. Is the big-screen TomTom Go 6000 the high-end answer?...

  • SwiftKey brings festive snow to your Android phone
    Apps

    SwiftKey brings festive snow to your Android phone

    By 23 December 2013

    If you're looking to add a little Christmas cheer to your Android phone, then the latest update to SwiftKey will do just that, adding snow to your phone. There are two options available. The first is a new theme called "Ice". You can select it in the...

  • Hands-on: Rara music streaming in BMW 4 Series Coupé review
    Cars

    Hands-on: Rara music streaming in BMW 4 Series Coupé review

    By 20 December 2013

    Car manufacturers are increasingly looking to offer connected services to drivers. Those used to having everything at their fingertips on their smartphone can now find that the car is just as connected a place. Cars have long been offering online services...

  • Hands-on: LG G Flex review
    Phones

    Hands-on: LG G Flex review

    By 19 December 2013

    The LG G Flex is the company's first curved-display device, capturing an emerging trend that's only really seen one rival, in Samsung's Galaxy Round. Launched in Korea in October, EE has confirmed that it will be selling the G Flex in the UK. We caught...

  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2013) review
    Gadgets 5 out of 5

    Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2013) review

    By 18 December 2013

    The new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is the latest eBook reader to capture the essence of the Kindle in its best form to date. When it comes to eBook readers, the Kindle has captured the imagination of the public. So much so that we're hearing Kindle used...

  • Onkyo LS-T10 review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Onkyo LS-T10 review

    By 13 December 2013

    One of the emerging trends of 2013 has been the speaker base. They've appeared from all quarters - including Onkyo, here with the LS-T10 - looking to resolve that issue of poor TV sound, but without treading down the full AV receiver and surround sound...

  • SwiftKey 4.5 beta adds emoji support and option for number row
    Apps

    SwiftKey 4.5 beta adds emoji support and option for number row

    By 12 December 2013

    SwiftKey has released the latest beta of its chart-topping keyboard app, adding support for emoji as well as giving you the option to add a number row. The SwiftKey 4.5 beta comes just over a month after the keyboard's last major update, which added the...

  • Bushmills Grado headphones blend whiskey barrels and Elijah Wood for exquisite results
    Audio

    Bushmills Grado headphones blend whiskey barrels and Elijah Wood for exquisite results

    By 12 December 2013

    What do get when you cross Grado Labs, Bushmills Irish Whiskey barrels and Elijah Wood? An exquisite pair of headphones, that's what. In something of an unusual partnership, Elijah Wood and his DJ partner Zach Cowie worked with the Bushmills Irish Whiskey...

  • Hands on: Audi A1 Sportback review
    Cars

    Hands on: Audi A1 Sportback review

    By 11 December 2013

    The Audi A1 is the baby of the Audi family with its cutesy hatchback styling setting it apart from the larger and more serious-looking Audi A3. It shares similar front styling to its larger brother, giving it a slightly aggressive look from the front,...

  • Hands-on: Lego Builder Case for iPhone 5S review
    Phones

    Hands-on: Lego Builder Case for iPhone 5S review

    By 11 December 2013

    Smartphone cases are serious business. They are there to protect your phone from drops and scrapes, to keep your most precious gadget safe through the toils of daily abuse. But serious doesn't have to be boring and nothing says that better than the Lego...