Archive for David Phelan

Super Mario Run preview: Playing the game with Miyamoto himself

Super Mario Run preview: Playing the game with Miyamoto himself

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Back in September, after Apple's keynote presentation to launch the new iPhones, we ended up talking to the man whose entrance received probably the biggest roar of excitement during the whole event: the father of Mario, Shigeru Miyamoto.He was there... >>

How to make your basement smart

How to make your basement smart

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Downstairs, in the basement, can be a great place to escape to. Your den can be full of fun, from a great TV to video games to the newest entertainment kid on the block - virtual reality. The latter needs some space and perhaps the basement is the best... >>

How to make your bedroom smart

How to make your bedroom smart

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It's the bedroom, right? So do you need tech there, beyond an alarm clock? Well, sure you do. You'll be sleeping there so you can benefit from gadgets that really show you how well you're sleeping, or not. They can even help you get to sleep, and then... >>

Tips for saving money on your energy bill this summer (and the rest of the year)

Tips for saving money on your energy bill this summer (and the rest of the year)

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Keeping energy bills as low as possible is an all-year-round job.Sure, you don't need the heating on in the sultry days of summer, but then that ramps up the AC costs instead. Or maybe the nights are still a little chilly even in summer where you are?Follow... >>

Living with Siri on MacOS Sierra

Living with Siri on MacOS Sierra

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The upcoming update for Apple's computers (it's called Sierra and OS X is now called macOS, do keep up) has already announced lots of new features. One stands head and shoulders above the others though: the voice recognition-powered personal assistant... >>

How to make your yard smart

How to make your yard smart

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Ah, the joy of the yard. Sitting outside watching a movie in the summer is appealing enough, as is the idea of sitting in the car for your own private drive-in cinema. Smart tech can also ensure your lawn is watered and mowed with no intervention from... >>

How to make your bathroom smart

How to make your bathroom smart

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So there you are, standing in front of the bathroom mirror, brushing your teeth absent-mindedly and pondering the meaning of life. But with a small change you could make your bathroom smarter. You could weigh yourself, wash yourself or even brush your... >>

How to make your family room smart

How to make your family room smart

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Here you are: the family room. Kick back and relax. This is where you can watch TV, listen to music and more. Maybe it's not the home cinema system you've yearned for, with projection room and seating in rows, but you can make it a brilliant den with... >>

How to make your kitchen smart

How to make your kitchen smart

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The kitchen is transformed by smartness, whether it's a gadget or home appliance you can control from anywhere in the world, or a kitchen scale or steak grill that's more accurate than previous versions. Some smart kitchen gadgets incorporate recipe... >>

iFlight: The BA business plane that ditches its entertainment system for iPads

iFlight: The BA business plane that ditches its entertainment system for iPads

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You know how it is: you like to have your iPad with you when you fly. Play some Where’s My Water? and SpellTower, read some books and check out a movie you downloaded from iTunes before wheels up. The only downside is not being able to read or play... >>

Leica V-Lux 40 pictures and hands-on

Leica V-Lux 40 pictures and hands-on

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This week’s Leica event in Berlin launched so many products it was easy to miss one if you blinked. The most affordable item, the Leica V-Lux 40, was brushed over so quickly that even the keenest of Leica watchers may have missed it. This is a shame,... >>

HTC's Scott Croyle talks design, the One X, and how it's steering clear of cheap phones

HTC's Scott Croyle talks design, the One X, and how it's steering clear of cheap phones

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Scott Croyle is the vice-president of Design at HTC. He knows something about how phones should look. But taking over from Horace Luke - the man who brought the world the award-winning Legend and the Desire - in 2011, you might think that Croyle has had... >>

Apple iPad (3rd generation)
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Apple iPad (3rd generation)

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This year, it’s all about the screen. The third-generation iPad has lots of other improvements but it’s the brilliance of the display which leaps out at you as soon as you wake the screen. Apple has come in for some criticism that the new iPad doesn't... >>

Jawbone Up
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Jawbone Up

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Get ready with those new year resolutions. If one of them is going to include trying for a fitter, healthier you in 2012, Jawbone is here to help. Jawbone is best known as the maker of excellent Bluetooth headsets and a great portable speaker, the Jambox.... >>

Andy Serkis walks us through motion capture, shows us how it's done

Andy Serkis walks us through motion capture, shows us how it's done

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This year’s 20th Century Fox blockbuster, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, boasts the latest motion capture technology, with Andy Serkis, whose performance as Caesar, the ape who gains enough intelligence to lead other chimps to revolution, being tipped... >>

HTC Rhyme: More metrosexual than plain girly

HTC Rhyme: More metrosexual than plain girly

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Here’s the thing: the history of mobile phone companies making handsets specifically targeting women has not been glorious. Mostly, it’s been a series of ho-hum phones picked out by dusty pink cases, the addition of diet apps or, pardon me, a pink... >>

Packard Bell EasyNote TM
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Packard Bell EasyNote TM

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"Friends and fun in one place" is Packard Bell's appealing promise on the EasyNote TM. Incidentally, we're not writing trademark there, TM is the model code, though it is a little confusing. Anyway, the promise is to do with social networking. Like the... >>

Asus Bamboo U53JC
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Asus Bamboo U53JC

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Bamboo is a cool material: it looks good, reduces our use of plastics and is ecologically sound because bamboo is a sustainably renewable source. It's used for the lid and wrist rest for this new 15-inch display laptop from Asus. Asus has made laptops... >>

Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch i5
4.5 stars

Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch i5

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So, you know you want a computer with a big screen but you want to be able to move it around reasonably easily. So a desktop machine like the iMac 27-inch screen computer is right out. Well, there are plenty of Windows PCs on the market, but the most... >>

Samsung Q330
4.0 stars

Samsung Q330

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Recent Samsung laptops have been stylish affairs, notable as much for their glossy red casing and matching keyboard and trackpad as for their computing capabilities. This new 13.3-inch display model is a more demure machine, dressed in discreet gloss... >>

Samsung R780 notebook
3.5 stars

Samsung R780 notebook

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This laptop is the bigger brother to the Samsung R580 that we reviewed a couple of weeks back. Its snazzy semi-transparent deep red casing caught the eye, and that's duplicated here. Samsung has also neatly mirrored the default wallpaper on the display... >>

First Look: Apple iPhone 4

First Look: Apple iPhone 4

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So the hectic fun and drama of DubDub DC is over for another year and, guess what, it produced another iPhone. One that Steve Jobs claimed would be as revolutionary as the first - hence the tagline: "This changes everything. Again." So was it worth the... >>

iPhone 4 hands-on

iPhone 4 hands-on

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We've shown you the official photos from Apple, but now its time to show you our up close and personal shots following our quick and dirty fondle of the new iPhone 4.  So what's it like? In the hand and it seems well built, solid, and yes that screen... >>

Sony VAIO VPCM12M1E/P notebook
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Sony VAIO VPCM12M1E/P notebook

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How pink can a laptop be? Take a glance at the VAIO M12 and you'll say: none more pink. It's a deep, rich colour that makes the chrome VAIO logo leap out. The underside of the lid, around the display, is similarly eye-popping, though the area surrounding... >>

Samsung R580 notebook
3.5 stars

Samsung R580 notebook

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Say what you like about Apple, without the Cupertino company we'd probably still have been using beige computers until that other style-conscious company, Sony, entered the fray. But thanks to the greater attention paid to design these days, we're rewarded... >>