Archive for Chris Hall

  • Kazam wants to challenge the status quo with affordable Android smartphones

    Kazam wants to challenge the status quo with affordable Android smartphones

    By 12 March 2014

    Kazam wants to shake-up smartphones in Europe, James Atkins, CMO and co-founder at the fledgling company, told us today, saying that it was time to move on from the trend of "innovation for innovation's sake," and focus on what actually matters. Founded...

  • Huawei Ascend Y530 review
    3 out of 5

    Huawei Ascend Y530 review

    By 11 March 2014

    The Huawei Y530 is the latest handset from the company that's looking to deliver that smartphone experience without breaking the bank. Priced at £149.95 SIM-free, the Huawei Ascend Y530 is cheap for a 4.5-inch device, although it sits uncomfortably close...

  • First run: Puma Mobium Elite v2 review

    First run: Puma Mobium Elite v2 review

    By 11 March 2014

    Running shoes are moving in new directions, exploring new technologies and materials, and Puma isn't going to be left behind with its new Puma Mobium Elite v2. The new shoe is the result of two years of research at Puma, looking to create a shoe that's...

  • Hive by British Gas review
    4 out of 5

    Hive by British Gas review

    By 10 March 2014

    Of all the services offering to take control of your heating, Hive is probably the system that has the highest profile. That's in no small part due to plenty of marketing and a brand name that's instantly recognisable: British Gas. Hive by British Gas...

  • Sony Xperia Z2: Where can I get it?

    Sony Xperia Z2: Where can I get it?

    By 10 March 2014

    Sony's newest handset, the Xperia Z2 takes everything that the Z1 started, and adds refinement. It's more powerful, it has a larger display and it has a host of new features too. The handset is now available with a 5.2-inch Full HD display, the latest...

  • The HTC Desire 310 might be more significant than you think

    The HTC Desire 310 might be more significant than you think

    By 7 March 2014

    The HTC Desire 310 launched recently as an entry-level device. It's fairly easy to overlook it as incremental update as it arrives with specs that aren't hugely inspiring. But with it arriving just a few days after the furore of Mobile World Congress...

  • How not to sell smartphones: LG's genital-handed G Flex advert

    How not to sell smartphones: LG's genital-handed G Flex advert

    By 6 March 2014

    LG has created a new advert for its bent G Flex smartphone, running under the title "the most human phone ever". The result is probably the most retch-worthy advert ever. Running with the "human phone" concept, that the curve of the phone fits that of...

  • Audi TT (2014) pictures and hands-on

    Audi TT (2014) pictures and hands-on

    By 6 March 2014

    Audi has pulled the covers off the new Audi TT Coupé, refreshing the car's design inside and out. It was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, and we caught up with the new TT at an exclusive preview event at Audi City London. The new Audi, which will be...

  • HTC pulls HTC One KitKat update, some users 'experiencing difficulties'

    HTC pulls HTC One KitKat update, some users 'experiencing difficulties'

    By 6 March 2014

    HTC has pulled its HTC One Android 4.4 KitKat update in the UK, after reports that some users were "experiencing difficulties" following the update.  HTC moved swiftly to update the HTC One to the latest version of Android, with the HTC One being one...

  • Denon DHT-T100 review
    4.5 out of 5

    Denon DHT-T100 review

    By 3 March 2014

    Speaker bases have appeared from all corners recently, their purpose to offer an upgrade over your TV's built-in speakers but without the need for a full speaker setup or soundbar. Denon's DHT-T100 offering lives directly under the TV to keep it tucked...

  • Apple CarPlay integrates iPhone with your car for mapping, music, messages, with Siri control

    Apple CarPlay integrates iPhone with your car for mapping, music, messages, with Siri control

    By 3 March 2014

    Apple has announced CarPlay, which it calls a "smarter, safer and more fun" way to use your iPhone in the car. The new system will allow cars and the iPhone to work closer together, giving drivers access to mapping, music services and messages, with...

  • Fact vs fiction: How true were the Samsung Galaxy S5 rumours?

    Fact vs fiction: How true were the Samsung Galaxy S5 rumours?

    By 27 February 2014

    Rumour and speculation has become a huge part of a gadget's life cycle. Love it or loathe it, there's a lot of reporting on speculative details across the tech presses, from the smallest website, to the biggest newspaper. For fans it's a chance to get...

  • New Nook colour device planned as Nook sales plummet

    New Nook colour device planned as Nook sales plummet

    By 26 February 2014

    Barnes & Noble's Nook (devices and content) segment saw a decline of 50.4 per cent compared to the same period last year, but there are plans to launch a new Nook colour device in Q1 2015, the company has revealed. Commenting on its Q3 results, Barnes...

  • HTC teases new HTC One in YouTube video

    HTC teases new HTC One in YouTube video

    By 26 February 2014

    With the floors clearing at Mobile World Congress, HTC has taken to YouTube to tease the next big thing, the new HTC One. HTC is poised to unveil its new flagship handset at an event in London and New York on 25 March 2014, giving the company a full month...

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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...