Archive for Mike Lowe

What’s new in Hungry Shark World? 6 new features revealed

What’s new in Hungry Shark World? 6 new features revealed

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If you're an avid Hungry Shark Evolution player then Hungry Shark World will more than likely already have hooked your interest. If you've caught a glimpse of the game it might look fundamentally similar to its predecessor. So what's new? We run-down... >>

LG G5 review: Modular misfire?
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LG G5 review: Modular misfire?

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LG has its foot firmly on the gas. Its G5 flagship totally shake-ups the top-end phone market by introducing a module-based design so that additional accessory units can be added for new features and operation. But while that's a fun feature - one that... >>

Nikon D5 review: Olympic effort from pro DSLR
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Nikon D5 review: Olympic effort from pro DSLR

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It's no mistake that both Nikon D5 and Canon EOS 1D X Mark II have arrived in 2016. It's an Olympic year after all, with pro sports photographers seeking next-level kit to take next-level images in Rio. Not that's the only place such cameras are capable... >>

Acer Aspire S13 preview: Slim and suitably priced

Acer Aspire S13 preview: Slim and suitably priced

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When it comes to luxe laptops there are an increasing number vying for your attention - but all too often they cost a grand. Not so the Acer Aspire S13 which, starting at €699, is poised to take on the likes of the MacBook Air, Dells and HPs of this... >>

Acer Predator G1 desktop comes with its own suitcase... for first 1,000 punters

Acer Predator G1 desktop comes with its own suitcase... for first 1,000 punters

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We had an inkling that Acer was going to lift the lid on new Predator gear at its global press conference in New York. Front and centre of its line-up is the new Predator G1 desktop. Which, it turns out, is sort-of portable. It even comes with its own... >>

Battery boom: Acer Zest Plus phone crams in 5,000mAh for two-day life

Battery boom: Acer Zest Plus phone crams in 5,000mAh for two-day life

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It's not often we see an Acer phone - as most of them don't end up in the UK - but the just-announced Acer Zest Plus has got one really big thing going for it: a massive 5,000mAh battery capacity. That's more capacious than even the likes of the Huawei... >>

Acer Switch Alpha 12 preview: Giving Microsoft Surface a run for its money?

Acer Switch Alpha 12 preview: Giving Microsoft Surface a run for its money?

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The Microsoft Surface is synonymous with the idea of a premium 2-in-1 device, but its ongoing success has seen other makers want a slice of that pie. Enter the Acer Switch Alpha 12, a powerful yet affordable 2-in-1, which we've got to sample at the Acer... >>

Acer announces fanless Intel Core i7 device, the Switch Alpha 12

Acer announces fanless Intel Core i7 device, the Switch Alpha 12

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With Microsoft Surface ruling the roost in its market, Acer wants a piece of the pie. So it's come out punching, with the announcement of the Switch Alpha 12 - the world's first 2-in-1 device with 6th generation Intel Core i sensor without a fan. Yep,... >>

Next at Acer: Watch the Predator and laptops live-stream here

Next at Acer: Watch the Predator and laptops live-stream here

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It's Acer time. The Taiwanese company is all set to unveil new products at its global press conference, starting 16:00 BST (that's 11:00 EST in New York City where the conference is taking place), and you can watch it via the stream live below. So what... >>

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II review: The fast and the furious, part II
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Canon EOS 1D X Mark II review: The fast and the furious, part II

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The big boss is back for round two: the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II is the company's top-end full-frame DSLR, which replaces both the original 1D X and video-focused 1D C models. And it really is one serious bit of kit, as we've been finding out during a couple... >>

Panasonic Lumix GX80 review: Small in scale, big on features
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Panasonic Lumix GX80 review: Small in scale, big on features

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With the Lumix GF8 absent from British shores, we were beginning to wonder if Panasonic had bailed on the smaller-scale and more affordable compact system camera concept. But that's not the case, as the latest Lumix GX80 (or GX85 in the USA) stands to... >>

Gears of War 4 multiplayer preview: Grinding those gears

Gears of War 4 multiplayer preview: Grinding those gears

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The chainsaws are back. Gears of War 4's multiplayer is due to go into closed public beta from 18 April, to give a taster of all the duck-and-cover, shotgun-to-the-face, third-person shooter mayhem. And ahead of time we got to play a couple of hours of... >>

What is Ultra HD Premium and why does it matter? The 4K HDR badge explained

What is Ultra HD Premium and why does it matter? The 4K HDR badge explained

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The home cinema and entertainment technology industry sure loves a badge or two. Kit from TVs and Blu-ray players, to amplifiers and speakers all seem to be run through a certification process to give you an idea that they will perform in given circumstances.... >>

Huawei P9 Leica camera explored: Double the camera, double the fun?

Huawei P9 Leica camera explored: Double the camera, double the fun?

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At the Huawei P9 phone launch in London's Battersea on Wednesday 6 April the Chinese company made a lot of noise about its new camera features. And for good reason: it's the only company to brandish Leica co-engineering and a unique dual camera arrangement... >>

Vinyl fan? Audio-Technica AT-LP60BT Bluetooth turntable offers cool without the wires

Vinyl fan? Audio-Technica AT-LP60BT Bluetooth turntable offers cool without the wires

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There's no doubt that vinyl record sales are on the up. Okay, so they're nowhere near their heyday in terms of sales volumes, but that doesn't stop vinyl being the cool antithesis to streaming and MP3s. Only to listen to real, tangible records you're... >>

Canon EOS 80D review: The mid-range master
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Canon EOS 80D review: The mid-range master

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If you're looking to drop a four-figure wedge of cash of a mid-range DSLR - one that'll last you for a good stretch of time - then Canon is one of the names that so often floats to the surface; the crema on the coffee, if you will. And in the 80D that... >>

Naim Mu-so Qb review: An all-round success
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Naim Mu-so Qb review: An all-round success

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When the original Naim Mu-so launched in 2014, it was received with critical acclaim. Although it's a physically large bit of kit, it impressed us so much that it took the Pocket-lint Awards gong for best speaker in 2015. Which sets-up the newer, smaller-scale... >>

Best smartphone camera: iPhone 6S Plus vs SGS7 edge vs LG G5

Best smartphone camera: iPhone 6S Plus vs SGS7 edge vs LG G5

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Phone cameras have become mighty impressive in recent years, almost making dedicated cameras redundant. As we push into 2016 the new wave of flagship devices come with formidable camera specs. And having reviewed the LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and... >>

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III superzoom boasts 24-600mm zoom and 1-inch sensor size

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III superzoom boasts 24-600mm zoom and 1-inch sensor size

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It wasn't so long ago that Sony released the second-gen Cyber-shot RX10 - a camera, ultimately, similar to the original superzoom in that range. But it's all change with the RX10 III (which you might see called DSC-RX10M3 on some sites), which embodies... >>

What is Apple Renew and how does it benefit me? Trade-in and recycle options explored

What is Apple Renew and how does it benefit me? Trade-in and recycle options explored

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Apple is going extra green. And no, that's not a new iPhone colour variant. It's all to do with recycling, with Apple Renew - the company's trade-in and recycling incentive programme - announced proper at the company's iPhone SE and iPad Pro (9.7-inch)... >>

Astell & Kern AK380 is one bonkers but beautiful high-res portable player

Astell & Kern AK380 is one bonkers but beautiful high-res portable player

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We've seen swathes of audio devices in our time, but when it comes to portable audio nothing has ever quite stood out like the bonkers but beautiful looking Astell & Kern AK380. Now this is no Sony Walkman. Crafted from a single block of aluminium, which... >>

Shark Proof liquid screen protector works for any screen, even curved phones

Shark Proof liquid screen protector works for any screen, even curved phones

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Screen protectors can be priceless to help keep your beloved (and probably expensive) phone or smart device free from scratches. But they can also look unsightly. Now there's a quirky solution that doesn't depend on a stick-on layer at all. Shark Proof,... >>

Nokia Ozo will cost €55,000: Pro-spec VR capture doesn't come cheap

Nokia Ozo will cost €55,000: Pro-spec VR capture doesn't come cheap

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In 2016 virtual reality (VR) is tech's big fish. So it's apt that the pro-spec Nokia Ozo 360-degree VR camera looks like a futuristic flying fish. One priced to the tune €55,000. (Update: since publishing, Nokia has contacted us regarding UK price,... >>

Audeze Sine headphones: Lightning port listening never looked so good

Audeze Sine headphones: Lightning port listening never looked so good

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There's long been talk of Apple ditching the headphones jack on the iPhone in favour of delivering audio via the Lightning port. All bets are on for that to be the case with the iPhone 7, but we'll have to wait and see. Still, there's nothing stopping... >>

Want VR on a budget? Homido Mini clip onto your phone and cost £15

Want VR on a budget? Homido Mini clip onto your phone and cost £15

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There's been an explosion of virtual reality - better known as VR - in recent months. But if the idea of PlayStation VR, Vive or Oculus sounds like an over-expensive pipe-dream then here's a budget option: the Homido Mini. It's not the first time we've... >>