Archive for Ian Morris

  • APP OF THE DAY: London 2012 "Results" for iOS, BB and Android
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    APP OF THE DAY: London 2012 "Results" for iOS, BB and Android

    By 27 July 2012

    It's here, and love it or hate it, you can't avoid the Olympics now. Nor will you be able to for the next six weeks. But if you are interested, and there are plenty who are, then you'll probably be keen to stay up to date with the results. So enter the...

  • Three WebCube review
    Laptops 4.5 out of 5

    Three WebCube review

    By 27 July 2012

    "You don't know what you've got 'till it's gone," sang Joni Mitchell, and while the things she was singing about where certainly more socially important, when you move house, you find yourself humming her 1970 hit when you discover you're without internet...

  • APP OF THE DAY: London 2012 "Join In" for Android, iOS and BB
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    APP OF THE DAY: London 2012 "Join In" for Android, iOS and BB

    By 23 July 2012

    There's a lot to hate about the Olympics, the oppressive weapons on tower blocks and parkland across London, and the copyright and branding nightmares that will befall anyone who dare show a logo or mascot without approval. But, none of that should get...

  • Huawei Ascend P1 review
    Phones 4 out of 5

    Huawei Ascend P1 review

    By 20 July 2012

    The Huawei Ascend G300 is one of our favourite phones of the last year, at least in its price range of just £100. If you don't already know, Huawei is one of those firms you've probably never heard of but is huge and a key player behind the scenes. Like...

  • Gear4 Renew SleepClock pictures and hands-on
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    Gear4 Renew SleepClock pictures and hands-on

    By 14 July 2012

    No one likes the amount of time we humans have to sleep. Imagine what you could do with that time if you didn't have your eyes shut and your head on a pillow. But of course, without sleep we'd all be in big trouble, and modern life doesn't make it easy...

  • APP OF THE DAY: Strikefleet Omega review (Android)
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    APP OF THE DAY: Strikefleet Omega review (Android)

    By 13 July 2012

    Sad news: the Earth has been destroyed. This should make you cross. If it doesn't, then Strikefleet Omega isn't for you, because this is a game about avenging the destruction of your homeworld. The principal itself is quite simple, you have to kill aliens....

  • Braven 650 review
    Audio 4 out of 5

    Braven 650 review

    By 12 July 2012

    We've previously looked at the Jambox and Big Jambox. Now comes another portable, battery-powered Bluetooth speaker that claims to offer even better quality than Jawbone's brilliant devices. This speaker is made from aircraft grade aluminum, looks superb...

  • Steadicam Merlin2 review
    Cameras 4 out of 5

    Steadicam Merlin2 review

    By 12 July 2012

    It's hard to overstate the effect that Steadicam has had on camerawork. Football is given a new edge by cameras that can move around on the pitch without any of the traditional shaking that comes with shoulder-mounted cameras. Movies that use steadicam...

  • Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (mid-2012) review
    Laptops 4.5 out of 5

    Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (mid-2012) review

    By 10 July 2012

    To some extent, Apple has made a rod for its own back. The MacBook Air reached such impressive heights last year, with just about the best computer hardware on the market, and with more than enough features to keep even demanding users happy. This year...

  • APP OF THE DAY: Ninja Fishing review (Android)
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    APP OF THE DAY: Ninja Fishing review (Android)

    By 6 July 2012

    Ninja this, Ninja that. It seems that if your game doesn't feature a Ninja of some kind, you might as well not bother releasing it. It's like TV shows without zombies or vampires: pointless So enter Fishing Ninja. That's right, a Ninja has been shoehorned...

  • Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation Pro review
    Phones 4 out of 5

    Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation Pro review

    By 6 July 2012

    Portable power packs are nothing new. When the smartphone landed on the scene, people quickly realised that getting more than a working day out of their devices was going to be impossible. One of the first Android smartphones, for example, the HTC Magic,...

  • I wanted to love YouView, but I don't. Yet.
    Televisions

    I wanted to love YouView, but I don't. Yet.

    By 6 July 2012

    The development of YouView has been a long and arduous affair, not just because of the technical hurdles, but because of other broadcasters and rights-holders. The service started as a brilliant notion that IP TV was quickly becoming a reality, and that...

  • Nokia 808 Pureview
    Phones 4 out of 5

    Nokia 808 Pureview

    By 4 July 2012

    When Nokia announced the 808 it was, perhaps, the most exciting development in mobile phones for some time. Perhaps, the most exciting development since the first camera was attached to a mobile phone. The problem was, as many saw it, that Symbian is...

  • Volvo S60 DRIVe R-Design 1.6 litre turbo diesel review
    Cars 4 out of 5

    Volvo S60 DRIVe R-Design 1.6 litre turbo diesel review

    By 3 July 2012

    Why not buy a German car? We'll tell you why not, because you can have a Swedish one instead. Of course there are a lot of German car lovers out there, so it might be a tough sell to get them to make the switch. But that's a shame, because cars like the...

  • Windows 8 upgrade pricing announced
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    Windows 8 upgrade pricing announced

    By 2 July 2012

    Microsoft has published a blog post today that puts all of us out of our misery. That's right, it's announced pricing for Windows 8, and it's a fairly wallet-friendly $39.99 (£25.50) to upgrade from Windows XP, Vista or 7. This price isn't without some...

  • APP OF THE DAY: Firefox for Android beta
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    APP OF THE DAY: Firefox for Android beta

    By 29 June 2012

    The pre-installed web browser on Android phones is okay. We wouldn't care to be any more enthusiastic about it than that. It's a bit limited, can be slow and isn't inspiring from a user interface perspective. The good news is that it's been given its...

  • Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid pictures and hands-on
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    Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid pictures and hands-on

    By 29 June 2012

    The world is increasingly focusing on hybrid technology, and why not? After all it's a pretty good way to help reduce emissions and hopefully save money. However you feel about the tech though, hybrid cars often divide opinion. The Prius is certainly...

  • Seagate Backup Plus USB 3 portable hard drive  review
    Online 3.5 out of 5

    Seagate Backup Plus USB 3 portable hard drive review

    By 27 June 2012

    Cloud this, cloud that, if it’s not in the cloud these days, well, that’s bad news isn’t it? Of course, local storage can’t really be in the cloud, and we’re a while off replacing all our hard drives with a direct line to a server on the internet....

  • Samsung Galaxy S Wi-Fi 4.2 (YP-GI1) review
    Audio 4 out of 5

    Samsung Galaxy S Wi-Fi 4.2 (YP-GI1) review

    By 25 June 2012

    Remember MP3 players? Those were the things that were popular at the start of the decade, before mobile phones all got dozens of gigabytes of storage and apps and games and lots of things to keep you occupied when you are bored. Well, Samsung thinks that...

  • Jawbone Big Jambox review
    Audio 4.5 out of 5

    Jawbone Big Jambox review

    By 22 June 2012

    The original Jambox was one of those devices that just surprised everyone. A tiny box that produced enough sound to fill a modestly-sized room. It wasn't cheap, of course, but it was sturdy and had a decent battery. Now, the Big Jambox has arrived. As...

  • Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook review
    Laptops 3 out of 5

    Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook review

    By 22 June 2012

    What do you do on your laptop? Surf the web, write documents, watch a bit of video? Yeah, we thought so. Despite having machines that are capable of incredible things, laptops that have enough computing power to achieve almost anything you can imagine....

  • BBC iPlayer gets live TV rewind function
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    BBC iPlayer gets live TV rewind function

    By 19 June 2012

    It's easy to forget that we have one of the best - if not THE best - catch-up TV services in the world, in iPlayer. Today, the BBC has announced that to make it one notch better, you will be able to restart a currently airing TV programme at the touch...

  • Vauxhall Astra VXR review
    Cars 4.5 out of 5

    Vauxhall Astra VXR review

    By 18 June 2012

    The hot hatch is the preserve of young, enthusiastic petrolheads the country over. No doubt seen as a blight by some, these cars offer staggering performance at an incredibly reasonable price. Well, it's reasonable before your insurance company tells...

  • APP OF THE DAY: Fieldrunners HD review (Android)
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    APP OF THE DAY: Fieldrunners HD review (Android)

    By 15 June 2012

    If the first-person shooter was the game that defined the PC, then surely tower defence games must be the thing that sets mobile phones apart as gaming devices. It's not a lot of fun trying to play games that require elaborate moves on a touchscreen device,...

  • Orange San Diego  review
    Phones 4 out of 5

    Orange San Diego review

    By 13 June 2012

    Orange seems to be the one mobile operator that puts the most effort into adding value and providing an interesting, and unique, range of phones. Other networks tie in key handsets - such as the Samsung Galaxy S III - to exclusive deals, but that's little...