Archive for Chris Hall

  • Tonino Lamborghini Antares smartphone exclusively available at Selfridges, yours for £2,500

    Tonino Lamborghini Antares smartphone exclusively available at Selfridges, yours for £2,500

    By 29 May 2014

    The luxury Tonino Lamborghini Antares smartphone is now available in the UK, exclusively at Selfridges and Carphone Warehouse, for a princely £2,500. Designed with plenty of drama, the luxury brand today explained the difficulty in forming the stainless...

  • Apple acquires Beats Music and Beats Electronics for $3 billion

    Apple acquires Beats Music and Beats Electronics for $3 billion

    By 28 May 2014

    Apple has today confirmed the acquisition of Beats Music and Beats Electronics, taking both the music streaming service and the headphone and speaker hardware business. The acquisition will cost Apple $3 billion, of which $2.6 billion is the purchase...

  • Chromecast is now available in Australia, Belgium, Japan, Korea, Portugal and Switzerland

    Chromecast is now available in Australia, Belgium, Japan, Korea, Portugal and Switzerland

    By 28 May 2014

    It's time to celebrate, Chromecast fans, as the connected HDMI dongle is now available in more countries internationally. Google has announced Chromecast availability for Australia, Belgium, Japan, Korea, Portugal and Switzerland. Google's Chromecast...

  • Ted Baker audio fuses retro design cool with promising performance

    Ted Baker audio fuses retro design cool with promising performance

    By 28 May 2014

    Ted Baker has announced its own portable audio range, including headphones and a Bluetooth speaker, all exquisitely designed in that retro Ted Baker style. Sticking to Ted Baker's quirky style, the new devices are all named after parts of The Shipping...

  • LG G Watch makes an appearance on stage, leaves us waiting

    LG G Watch makes an appearance on stage, leaves us waiting

    By 28 May 2014

    With so much of the LG G3 officially confirmed before the global launch event on Tuesday, there was some expectation that the LG G Watch would make an appearance at the media event to grab a few headlines. The LG G Watch did briefly appear, listed among...

  • Hands-on: LG G3 review

    Hands-on: LG G3 review

    By 27 May 2014

    LG has unveiled its latest smartphone - the LG G3 - at global launch events, running with a theme of wanting to keep things simple. Taking a swipe at rivals and saying that simple is the new smart, the LG G3 packs the latest tech into a skinny package,...

  • LG G3 is set to take the smartphone crown

    LG G3 is set to take the smartphone crown

    By 27 May 2014

    LG has officially unveiled the LG G3 at press events globally today, looking to take the top spot in the Android smartphone stakes. With practically all aspects of the new device leaked prior to launch, the new LG G3 will take the display in a new direction,...

  • HTC One mini 2 review
    4 out of 5

    HTC One mini 2 review

    By 26 May 2014

    The HTC One mini 2 sets off to an unsteady start, with name that's almost impossible to say sensibly, and a 4.5-inch screen that isn't really as small as the name suggests. It's also pitching into a mid-range smartphone market that's now dominated by...

  • Facebook adds Shazam-like feature for music, movies and TV sharing

    Facebook adds Shazam-like feature for music, movies and TV sharing

    By 21 May 2014

    Facebook is introducing a new feature allowing users of the Facebook app to identify music, movies and TV information for sharing. Using your smartphone's microphone, you'll be able to capture the moment and share it, with the Facebook app making the...

  • Xbox One June update: OneGuide and TV features for Europe, external storage, lots more

    Xbox One June update: OneGuide and TV features for Europe, external storage, lots more

    By 21 May 2014

    Xbox has confirmed that the June update for the Xbox One will be a big one, with a whole swathe of new features, as well as an expansion of features for those in Canada and Europe. One of the missing elements has been some of the TV and OneGuide features...

  • Spotify has 10 million paying subscribers, 40 million active monthly users

    Spotify has 10 million paying subscribers, 40 million active monthly users

    By 21 May 2014

    Spotify has confirmed that it has 10 million paying subscribers globally and that there are now 40 million active monthly users for the music streaming platform. Spotify, launched in 2008, has become the name to beat when it comes to music streaming,...

  • Knock to unlock comes to your dishwasher with Miele Knock2Open

    Knock to unlock comes to your dishwasher with Miele Knock2Open

    By 21 May 2014

    Miele has announced Knock2Open dishwashers that will make your kitchen smarter, allowing you to open the door by simply knocking twice on the top third of the dishwasher front. The feature is available on Miele Generation 6000 dishwashers so you can have...

  • Microsoft takes aim at the MacBook with Surface Pro 3, but is it firing blanks?

    Microsoft takes aim at the MacBook with Surface Pro 3, but is it firing blanks?

    By 21 May 2014

    Microsoft made no secret about what was in its sights at the launch of the Surface Pro 3 on Tuesday, using Apple's MacBook Air as a comparison. Microsoft goes one step further than this, offering the MacBook Pro up as a comparison on its pre-order page...

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Active video leaks tough handset

    Samsung Galaxy S5 Active video leaks tough handset

    By 21 May 2014

    The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active launch date might be closer than expected, with a video popping up revealing what the tough handset has to offer. With Samsung adding water-resistance to the Samsung Galaxy S5, it was questionable whether there would be the...

  • B&O offers custom Form 2i and BeoPlay H6 models in Pepsi 'Live for Now' collection

    B&O offers custom Form 2i and BeoPlay H6 models in Pepsi 'Live for Now' collection

    By 21 May 2014

    B&O Play has partnered with Pepsi to produce some exclusive designs of its Form 2i and BeoPlay H6 headphones as part of Pepsi's "Live for Now" Capsule Collection. The custom B&O Play models will feature artwork from Ricardo AKN, Merijn Hos, Zosen and...

  • HTC One (M8) Ace could offer high-end specs at more affordable price

    HTC One (M8) Ace could offer high-end specs at more affordable price

    By 21 May 2014

    The HTC One (M8) is still fairly freshed-faced, but we're starting to hear rumours of another variant: the HTC One M8 Ace, or HTC One fashion edition, as the source of this rumour puts it. Purporting to come with many of the same hardware features as...

  • Help! The sun is shining! Why can't I see my smartphone screen?

    Help! The sun is shining! Why can't I see my smartphone screen?

    By 19 May 2014

    The sun is shining, the sunglasses are out. You go to tweet that perfect summer picture and … wait … you can't see a thing on your smartphone display! It's not necessarily the phone that's a fault, but how it behaves with your expensive polarising...

  • Which is the best YouView box and service for you?

    Which is the best YouView box and service for you?

    By 19 May 2014

    YouView is available via a number of different routes, in a number of different guises. The smart TV platform was launched in July 2012, offering a new approach to television viewing. YouView looks to combine live broadcast television with growing catch-up...

  • BT YouView+ Humax DTR-T2100 review
    4.5 out of 5

    BT YouView+ Humax DTR-T2100 review

    By 16 May 2014

    YouView isn't standing still and the YouView hardware supplied by BT isn't either. The Freeview PVR and catch-up TV service set-top box needs to keep evolving in the face of both Sky's and Virgin's formidable - albeit expensive - services, and that's...

  • HTC One mini 2 vs HTC One (M8): What's the difference?

    HTC One mini 2 vs HTC One (M8): What's the difference?

    By 15 May 2014

    The new kid on the HTC block is the HTC One mini 2. It takes the design of the M8 and shrinks it, looking to bring you that HTC experience in a smaller package. The HTC One mini 2 admittedly has an awkward name, the second iteration of the One mini, but...

  • HTC One mini 2 vs HTC One mini: What's the difference?

    HTC One mini 2 vs HTC One mini: What's the difference?

    By 15 May 2014

    HTC has released a "mini" version of the HTC One (M8) repeating its move of last year, offering a more compact handset of the same design as the flagship. With the HTC One (M8) widely lauded for its design, the new device brings the looks with it, even...

  • HTC One mini 2 vs Motorola Moto G 4G: What's the difference?

    HTC One mini 2 vs Motorola Moto G 4G: What's the difference?

    By 15 May 2014

    HTC has announced a new mini handset, looking to bring you some of that HTC One (M8) experience in a more compact bundle. But it goes smack bang up against the darling of the mid-range, the super-affordable Motorola Moto G. So is this just about the look?...

  • Hands-on: HTC One mini 2 review

    Hands-on: HTC One mini 2 review

    By 15 May 2014

    The HTC One mini 2 wants to capitalise on the good looks of the HTC One (M8), if not the good name.  There's been no shortage of confusion around what HTC is going to call its devices: the HTC One and the HTC One mini made sense last year. The HTC One...

  • Hands-on: Motorola Moto E review

    Hands-on: Motorola Moto E review

    By 13 May 2014

    Motorola has announced the Motorola Moto E, the latest device in its drive to put a smartphone into the hands of everyone. It aims to give you a great smartphone experience without costing a packet. Those were also the aims of the Motorola Moto G, launched...

  • Motorola Moto G with 4G and microSD slot announced, £149

    Motorola Moto G with 4G and microSD slot announced, £149

    By 13 May 2014

    Motorola has made a surprise announcement today, unveiling an updated version of the Motorola Moto G.  The new Motorola Moto G will come equipped with 4G, so you'll be able to get a fast connection on the move. The new Moto G will also have a microSD...