Archive for Ian Morris

  • Nintendo bringing smartphone apps to Wii U to boost sales?

    Nintendo bringing smartphone apps to Wii U to boost sales?

    By 6 May 2013

    Troubled by less than stellar Wii U sales, Nintendo is looking for a way to enable mobile app developers to write titles that will run on the console, according to The Japan Times. No doubt the idea is to offer a way to boost the number of games available,...

  • YouTube to launch paid subscription channels soon

    YouTube to launch paid subscription channels soon

    By 6 May 2013

    The Financial Times is reporting that Google will launch paid subscription channels on YouTube sometime very soon, perhaps even this week. Channels, which could be available for as little as $1.99 (£1.30) a month are expected to bring an extra source...

  • A week in reviews: April 29 - May 3

    A week in reviews: April 29 - May 3

    By 4 May 2013

    After much waiting, the BlackBerry Q10 went on sale. To say that this is a make or break device for BlackBerry isn't overstating it. This is the product that will either save the firm, or push it further into the abyss. Why? Because this is its Qwerty...

  • App of the day: Traktor DJ review (iPhone)

    App of the day: Traktor DJ review (iPhone)

    By 3 May 2013

    DJing has gone from a pursuit that cost thousands to one that can cost as little as £3 if you buy Traktor DJ for the iPhone or iPod touch. That's not to say that if you buy this app your phone will immediately ring with an offer from a superclub in Ibiza,...

  • Huawei Ascend G510
    4 out of 5

    Huawei Ascend G510

    By 3 May 2013

    We think it's fair to say that Huawei's low and mid-range phones scratch an itch, but we'd be lying if we said they were going to set the world alight. They are all solid, decent performers, but none of them is the next Samsung Galaxy S or iPhone. The...

  • Panasonic HX-A100
    3.5 out of 5

    Panasonic HX-A100

    By 1 May 2013

    Cameras for outdoor activities are all the rage these days. It's a segment that, while not invented by GoPro, has certainly been popularised by that company. These days though, the uses for rugged technology that can produce great quality pictures while...

  • Audi S3 pictures and hands-on

    Audi S3 pictures and hands-on

    By 1 May 2013

    There's very little doubt that the new A3 is an amazing car. Everything that could possible be said in a negative way about the old car - and there really isn't that much - has been tweaked and improved in the new car. And, then, along comes the S3 and...

  • App of the day: VLC review (Android)

    App of the day: VLC review (Android)

    By 26 April 2013

    Media playback on Android devices is pretty good on the whole. Certainly, out of the box, most phones and tablets will playback a wider range of video than Apple devices. But that's not universally true, and sometimes the built-in support needs to be...

  • Mercedes A Class 250 BlueEFFICIENCY engineered by AMG pictures and hands-on

    Mercedes A Class 250 BlueEFFICIENCY engineered by AMG pictures and hands-on

    By 26 April 2013

    There is very little that would have persuaded us to buy the old A-Class. It might not have been a bad car, but it wasn't the sort of vehicle we could get excited about. We've encountered it in Europe in hire-car form, and the basic model didn't exactly ooze the...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8
    4 out of 5

    Samsung Galaxy Note 8

    By 24 April 2013

    Although the Note range is newer than the Tab range, it's also more complete. After all, the Note is a phone, as well as a tablet, and there are now three sizes to choose from. It's also, we think, a more exciting range in terms of features and designs....

  • Audi RS6 Avant pictures and hands-on

    Audi RS6 Avant pictures and hands-on

    By 23 April 2013

    Most people won't have the money to buy an RS6, because with a starting price of around £77,000 it could hardly be described as a mass-market car. But there are plenty of people around who do have the money, and are looking for a high-performance car...

  • Huawei Ascend G510 pictures and hands-on

    Huawei Ascend G510 pictures and hands-on

    By 12 April 2013

    The idea of the G510 is that it's a budget handset for pay-as-you-go customers looking for a slightly larger device with a bit more power than the phones that hover around the £100 range. What you get is a dual-core processor running at 1.3GHz, runs...

  • App of the day: Rdio review (Android)

    App of the day: Rdio review (Android)

    By 11 April 2013

    Have you listened to the radio recently? It's dreadful. The reason it's dreadful is that it's filled with annoying adverts that go on forever, and is packed with mindless idiots droning on as if their voices are the only ones that matter. So what options...

  • Carbon Audio Zooka Bluetooth speaker
    3.5 out of 5

    Carbon Audio Zooka Bluetooth speaker

    By 11 April 2013

    It all began as a Kickstarter project to create a speaker that would attach to an iPad, and ended with 678 backers and more than $70,000 in funding - far in excess of the $25,000 sought. The idea is simple: make a speaker that reduces the need to carry...

  • Mercedes-Benz G-Class G350 BlueTEC pictures and hands-on

    Mercedes-Benz G-Class G350 BlueTEC pictures and hands-on

    By 11 April 2013

    The G-Class, or as it's more commonly known, the G-Wagen, is a car for rappers. Of course, you don't have to be a rapper to buy one, but you need to have their money and desire to move quite a large entourage around in absolute luxury and comfort. It...

  • Ford Fiesta Titanium 1.0 EcoBoost
    5 out of 5

    Ford Fiesta Titanium 1.0 EcoBoost

    By 10 April 2013

    There's a saying that goes "There's no replacement for displacement". It is, unsurprisingly, used mainly in America, where car engines verge on the larger capacity. It's not uncommon in the US to be driving around strapped to a 5-litre engine. That's...

  • Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG roadster

    Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG roadster

    By 6 April 2013

    "It's not a hairdressers car is it?" the man from Mercedes said as we got out of the SLK 55 AMG roadster. His question probably came from two things, the first being the reputation that the original SLK garnered back when it launched. A reputation we've...

  • App of the day: YouTube RT review (Windows 8)

    App of the day: YouTube RT review (Windows 8)

    By 4 April 2013

    Windows 8 is a solid enough operating system. It is hated by some because it's a radical visual departure, but the ideas behind it are solid enough. New users, and those who want an uncomplicated experience can have a good time, thanks to the full-screen...

  • Rdio launches Vdio for movie and TV streaming

    Rdio launches Vdio for movie and TV streaming

    By 3 April 2013

    We've got a soft spot for music-streaming service Rdio, it's got a nice app and the web interface is slick and easy-to-use. Now, it has launched Vdio, which - somewhat predictably - is a streaming video service. At the moment, you must be a Rdio subscriber...

  • Geneva WorldRadio DAB+
    5 out of 5

    Geneva WorldRadio DAB+

    By 3 April 2013

    DAB radios are ten-a-penny these days, from car stereos through to tiny pocket radios powered by a couple of AAA batteries. Given the choice, it means choosing a radio can be quite a daunting, so what you need is something that looks good, sounds great...

  • App of the day: Pac-man + tournaments review (Android)

    App of the day: Pac-man + tournaments review (Android)

    By 28 March 2013

    There are 256 levels in Pac-man, and every single one of them is harder than the last. That's a problem, because level one isn't exactly a walk in the park. At least, not for us because Pac-man comes from a time when games were designed to be as hard...

  • Bioshock Infinite
    4 out of 5

    Bioshock Infinite

    By 28 March 2013

    Bioshock is one of our favourite games of the past 10 years, quite simply, it was one of the most interesting, inspiring and playable titles we've ever sat down with. It was also fiendishly hard for us because, while we'd say we're lifelong gamers, we...

  • Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200
    4.5 out of 5

    Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200

    By 27 March 2013

    Sorry, can you speak up a bit - said, perhaps a little too loudly. We've recently had a fairly ear-splitting experience with a portable speaker system. The speaker in question was the Minx Air 200 from Cambridge Audio. The ear-splitting experience came...

  • Toffee messenger satchel
    4 out of 5

    Toffee messenger satchel

    By 25 March 2013

    Increasingly compact laptops like the MacBook Air, Ultrabook and perhaps even devices like the Microsoft Surface mean we no longer want, or need, the hideously unfashionable laptop bag of old. And thank goodness, because the death of those ugly monstrosities...

  • Motorola Razr HD
    4.5 out of 5

    Motorola Razr HD

    By 22 March 2013

    We'll be honest. We've got HD fatigue, so when the Motorola Razr HD arrived in our office we didn't jump for joy. HD, we thought, big whoop, everything is HD these days, hell, they even make HD make-up for some reason. So what is Motorola up to here?...


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