Archive for Mike Lowe

Apple Family Sharing new to iOS 8: Access purchases and share content among the whole family

Apple Family Sharing new to iOS 8: Access purchases and share content among the whole family

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One of the main themes to come out of Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference 2014 is that Apple is opening up cross-device sharing. Family Sharing is part of the forthcoming iOS 8 iPhone and iPad operating system update and will give families of up to... >>

A week in reviews: 26 - 30 May

A week in reviews: 26 - 30 May

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With this year's E3 expo just around the corner, last year's big game announcements are beginning to trickle out as full releases. Watch Dogs is this summer's biggest anticipation, but is it really as good as we all hoped it would be? We bring our verdict.... >>

Nissan Juke review (2014)
4.0 stars

Nissan Juke review (2014)

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When we first reviewed the Nissan Juke we found it fun, but weren't entirely thrilled with its every aspect. So we stepped into the revamped 2014 Juke with some trepidation. Described as the "facelift" model, we had fears that those distinctive looks... >>

Hands-on: Pentax 645Z review

Hands-on: Pentax 645Z review

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Is there still life in medium format cameras? Pentax thinks so with the introduction of the 645Z, the second medium format model in its digital line. Replacing the 40-megapixel 645D, the 51-megapixel 645Z makes some critical changes, including a price... >>

Watch Dogs review
4.5 stars

Watch Dogs review

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Few games have as much weight on their shoulders as Watch Dogs. When the open-world, hacking-themed title was delayed back in November 2013 it left a lingering question: had ongoing hype set the bar of expectation too high? Ubisoft took a step back to... >>

A week in reviews: 19 - 23 May

A week in reviews: 19 - 23 May

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Ever the varied week, it's a mixture of all kinds of goodies on Pocket-lint this week, headed by the surprise announcement from Microsoft that the Surface 3 is a larger format device than its predecessor. And while that might boggle the mind, you should... >>

Qualcomm: 'Snapdragon 805 is the first end-to-end full 4K mobile experience'

Qualcomm: 'Snapdragon 805 is the first end-to-end full 4K mobile experience'

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Qualcomm is making one thing abundantly clear about its forthcoming Snapdragon 805 processor: it's all about 4K. "Our belief is that 4K will be driven by mobile," said Tim McDonough, Qualcomm's vice president of marketing, at a preview session exploring... >>

Microsoft Surface 2 4G review
4.0 stars

Microsoft Surface 2 4G review

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Just shy of a year ago the original Surface RT landed in Pocket-lint towers. And we were rather taken with its ambition. A tablet looking to steal the crown from laptops - a great idea. But an idea that, as we were acutely aware then, carried with it... >>

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS review
4.0 stars

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS review

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As the compact camera market continues to shrink, the outlay of new product seems to be surfing a common theme: zoom is increasing in a war waged with fixed-lens smartphone cameras. The Canon PowerShot SX700 HS - the update to the earlier SX280 HS model... >>

Wolfenstein: The New Order review
4.0 stars

Wolfenstein: The New Order review

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Count to four. Inhale. You're going to need that breath, for Wolfenstein: The New Order is a grizzly ride on the insane-go-round. The premise of the title has always been teetering on the absurd: Nazis with futuristic technologies have won the Second... >>

A week in reviews: 12 - 16 May

A week in reviews: 12 - 16 May

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This week smartphones are the big news. In addition to our full review of the affordable and often brilliant Huawei Ascend P7, we've seen the new budget Motorola Moto E and small-scale HTC One mini 2 announced too. We've also been driving in sunny Portugal... >>

Hands-on: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III review

Hands-on: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III review

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We've always been advocates of the Sony RX100. Both the original and Mk II models offered exceptional image quality in a truly pocketable design that, to some degree, rewrote the expectation of what a compact camera could do. The Sony Cyber-Shot RX100... >>

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III adds built-in electronic viewfinder and wider-angle, faster lens to RX-line

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III adds built-in electronic viewfinder and wider-angle, faster lens to RX-line

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The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III has been announced, boasting a new 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 (equivalent) lens and new built-in electronic viewfinder. It arrives alongside the original and second-generation RX100 models to sit at the top of the trio as the most... >>

Toshiba Encore review
3.5 stars

Toshiba Encore review

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The 8-inch tablet market is full of a raft of devices to choose from, many of which double-up as laptop alternatives with keyboard dock and stylus inputs. Not so the Toshiba Encore, a full Windows 8.1 device that is just that; no additional bells and... >>

Huawei Ascend P7 review
4.0 stars

Huawei Ascend P7 review

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Huawei just took the gloves off. The Ascend P7 is the most serious smartphone that the Chinese company has ever made, designed to offer decent performance wrapped around a 5-inch HD screen and admirable design. Throw in speedy 4G connectivity at a price... >>

A week in reviews: 5 - 9 May

A week in reviews: 5 - 9 May

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May Day Bank Holiday behind us and it's a tech-tastic week full of gadgets. We've crossed the English Channel to take stock of Huawei's latest Ascend P7 smartphone over in Paris, while across the Atlantic its finally the turn of our American friends... >>

Toshiba Kira review
3.5 stars

Toshiba Kira review

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Laptops these days are statements of design as much as they are capable powerhouses able to crunch through almost any task you throw at them. The Toshiba Kira is the company's bash at high-end design, delivering a slim and capable machine packed with... >>

Canon PowerShot G1 X MkII review
4.5 stars

Canon PowerShot G1 X MkII review

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The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II is the company's highest spec compact camera yet, superseding the original G1 X from 2012. Far from being a straightforward rehash of the earlier large sensor model, the Mark II is a total rework. It's built around a... >>

A week in reviews: 28 April - 2 May

A week in reviews: 28 April - 2 May

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It's the week when Sony's flagship Xperia Z2 smartphone finally lands in UK stores. Is this waterproof "glass sandwich" design the Android phone to go for? Perhaps our HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2 comparison will help you make... >>

Panasonic Lumix GH4 review
5.0 stars

Panasonic Lumix GH4 review

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We've often thought of the Panasonic GH series as the best consumer interchangeable lens system for video capture on the market. It's not hard to see why: the Panasonic Lumix GH4 offers 4K video capture at usable frame rates. On paper that's untouchable... >>

HP Pavilion x360 review
3.0 stars

HP Pavilion x360 review

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The post-PC era is upon us and we're in a period of transition. There are tablets, there are laptops and there are devices that want to do more than the two combined. Take the HP Pavilion x360, a touchscreen device that outwardly looks like a laptop but... >>

Acer Iconia One 7 & Iconia Tab 7 pictures and hands-on

Acer Iconia One 7 & Iconia Tab 7 pictures and hands-on

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If there's a hotly contested tablet category it has to be the affordable 7-inch sector. And Acer has unveiled an additional two tabs to add to the stack: the Iconia One 7 and Iconia Tab 7, both of which we've got our hands on at the company's A Touch... >>

Acer Aspire Switch 10 pictures and hands-on

Acer Aspire Switch 10 pictures and hands-on

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When we see the Aspire brand we immediately think laptops. But Acer is on a mission to change in 2014, as the "four in one" Acer Aspire Switch 10 can attest. This is Aspire doing laptop, tablet and a number of in-between forms too. The concept isn't new... >>

Acer Liquid Leap: Wearable companion device in the works, due August 2014

Acer Liquid Leap: Wearable companion device in the works, due August 2014

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Acer has confirmed its plans to enter the world of wearable tech. At its global press conference in New York the company presented the Liquid Leap device, due to be launched in limited markets in the latter half of this year. Information is limited at... >>

Acer Aspire Switch 10 unveiled: One device, four positions via magnetic hinge design

Acer Aspire Switch 10 unveiled: One device, four positions via magnetic hinge design

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Acer has unveiled its Aspire Switch 10 at its A Touch More Connected press event in New York. A 10.1-inch "four in one" Windows 8.1 device that can switch between laptop, tablet, display and "tent" positions, Acer has opted for a magnetic Snap Hinge... >>