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MacOS High Sierra preview: The invisible update that you need to download
MacOS High Sierra preview: The invisible update that you need to download By Stuart Miles

As each MacOS update has completed installing, we've always stared lovingly at our Mac desktop, wondering what's actually changed. And most of the time, it's fairly obvious.We normally get big, sweeping new features and additions after Apple releases... Read more

S Health review: Is Samsung's fitness app in the best shape?
4.0 stars S Health review: Is Samsung's fitness app in the best shape? By Cam Bunton

The Samsung S Health fitness app and monitoring system has been part of the company's ecosystem for some time. Perhaps its biggest push was when the Galaxy S5 phone launched alongside the Gear 2 smartwatch and Gear Fit fitness tracker in 2014.Since then,... Read more

iOS 12 features, release date and more: What's in the public beta?
iOS 12 features, release date and more: What's in the public beta? By Maggie Tillman

Apple's iOS 12 will officially come to iPhones and iPads later in the year but a public beta has just been announced. Check out How to download the iOS 12 beta.The next major update to the iPhone and iPad's mobile operating system was rumoured to be... Read more

Android 7.1 Nougat review: Subtle but super-sweet OS update
5.0 stars Android 7.1 Nougat review: Subtle but super-sweet OS update By Cam Bunton

Android 7.1 Nougat is the latest version of Google's mobile operating system. It makes its debut on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, the company’s first home-made phones, and will soon make its way to other devices.While the pre-Pixel version of Nougat... Read more

Windows 10 Mobile review: A new hope?
3.5 stars Windows 10 Mobile review: A new hope? By Chris Hall

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away Microsoft made a move into smart, connected, mobile devices that were relatively unchallenged. The early versions of Windows CE drove Pocket PCs, long before the modern smartphone had taken off.Window's life on... Read more

Reasons why Realifex for iPhone and Apple Watch is the fitness tracker for the mind
Reasons why Realifex for iPhone and Apple Watch is the fitness tracker for the mind By Andy Robertson

The online world and devices in our pockets aren’t always conducive to mental wellbeing. The endless checking of social media and always present technology, such as smartphones and, nowadays, smartwatches can make it even harder to find calm in the... Read more

Windows 10 review: The OS upgrade we've all been waiting for
4.5 stars Windows 10 review: The OS upgrade we've all been waiting for By Tyler Fee

The desktop is centre stage again in Windows 10. Finally.With the last version of Windows, the love-to-hate-it and hate-to-love-it Windows 8, it seemed like Microsoft was trying to convert the entire population into tablet users, even though plenty of... Read more

Windows 10 first impressions: Should you upgrade or not?
Windows 10 first impressions: Should you upgrade or not? By Tyler Fee

Windows 10 is officially here and it’s generating a lot of buzz for a new windows release, especially considering that the basic version is completely free for Windows 8.1 or 7 owners. And it’s difficult to make an argument against a free upgrade.However,... Read more

Apple Music preview: A closer look at Apple's new Music app
Apple Music preview: A closer look at Apple's new Music app By Stuart Miles

The future - it seems - is not software algorithms but people.Having successfully changed the way we bought and listened to music with the iPod, Apple is hoping to bring back those who have wandered off to services like Spotify and Deezer with a new app... Read more

Microsoft Bing Palm Search hands-on: Typing's a thing of the past
Microsoft Bing Palm Search hands-on: Typing's a thing of the past By Rik Henderson

We've seen fingerprint sensors on phones and tablets, and haptic force-feedback technology on prototype devices on our travels, but Microsoft has come up with something quite different. And it could change the way you search online forever. Utilising... Read more

Better Call Saul app: Prank caller's soundbite dream (hands-on)
Better Call Saul app: Prank caller's soundbite dream (hands-on) By Luke Edwards

The official app for TV show Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad spin-off, is now available to download for free. We've installed it to see if the app can hope to compare to the genius of the show.The Better Call Saul app is free on the Amazon Appstore.... Read more

Addison Lee app review: Order or pre-book minicabs with ease (hands-on)
Addison Lee app review: Order or pre-book minicabs with ease (hands-on) By Luke Edwards

Addison Lee, not satisfied with being London's biggest minicab alternative to the black cab, has expanded its app-based service to cater for all phone platforms. Originally for iPhone only, you can now download on Android, Windows Phone and even BlackBerry... Read more

Bux: An iPhone app that makes the stock market a game
Bux: An iPhone app that makes the stock market a game By Stuart Miles

Over the course of the day we've made just over 100 Bux and then managed to lose it all before regaining half before going to bed.We've been playing Bux you see, a new app that taps into the world of day trading, allowing you to play certain stocks to... Read more

Z Launcher Beta for Android: Nokia may be onto a winner
Z Launcher Beta for Android: Nokia may be onto a winner By Luke Edwards

Nokia recently launched its N1 Android tablet, showing the world that the sale of its mobile arm to Microsoft wasn't to be its end. While it agreed not to make phones anymore it is still going to be on smartphones thanks to its own launcher, the Z Launcher.Nokia... Read more

Monument Valley: Forgotten Shores review: More beautiful levels to enjoy
Monument Valley: Forgotten Shores review: More beautiful levels to enjoy By Stuart Miles

Monument Valley is one of the best games for the iPad we've seen this year balancing beautiful graphics with innovative gameplay and a constant sense of wow as the MC Esher themes levels play out before you.One of the biggest criticisms with the game... Read more

Hands-on: Inbox by Gmail, a clean email app that doubles as a to-do list
Hands-on: Inbox by Gmail, a clean email app that doubles as a to-do list By Elyse Betters

Inbox is a new email experience from the Gmail team. While it hasn't completely launched yet, we were able to snag an invite and give it a go.To use Inbox, you have to be invited by Google. Google opened Inbox to everyone for one-hour only on 5 November,... Read more

Mac OS X Yosemite review
4.5 stars Mac OS X Yosemite review By Stuart Miles

Apple's new operating system, OS X Yosemite, has arrived with a number of design and feature changes in tow and the promise of being the best version of OS X yet.But it is really that simple? Can it really be just a case of pressing the download button... Read more

OS X Yosemite Continuity and Handoff review: You can put your phone away, but not completely
OS X Yosemite Continuity and Handoff review: You can put your phone away, but not completely By Stuart Miles

Continuity. It's a word you are likely to hear a lot of from Apple over the coming weeks and months. But what does it mean, and why should you care?Seen in the bigger picture, it is the move by Apple to connect all your devices together. Whether that's... Read more

Ever wanted to play at Wembley? App update will now put your name on the scoreboard
Ever wanted to play at Wembley? App update will now put your name on the scoreboard By Rik Henderson

An update to the official app for Wembley Stadium is coming at the start of October and a new section will be added that will give you more access to social media functions and other features. It will also give you the opportunity to have a message beamed... Read more

Turn your swanky new iPhone 6 images into old school gaming screens with Retrospecs
Turn your swanky new iPhone 6 images into old school gaming screens with Retrospecs By Rik Henderson

Retrospecs for the iPhone and iPad is a photography app that no fan of old school gaming should go without. It turns any picture taken or from the gallery into a screengrab from a number of computers of yesteryear.Want an 8-bit snap of Gran? Sorted.Like... Read more

Blinkbox movies review
4.0 stars Blinkbox movies review By Chris Hall

Many are choosing to look for streaming solutions for TV and movies rather than buying physical solutions to watch their favourites. The big names are familiar, with Netflix offering a subscription-only model where you can watch as much as you like, but... Read more

Hands-on: Slingshot app by Facebook (for iPhone) review
Hands-on: Slingshot app by Facebook (for iPhone) review By Elyse Betters

Facebook has introduced a new app called Slingshot for Android and iOS. The app is limited to the US at the moment, but it combines quick messaging with the ability to create fun photos and videos.You've probably heard this already, but we should repeat... Read more

Hands-on: Amazon Prime Music streaming service (web, desktop, and mobile) review
Hands-on: Amazon Prime Music streaming service (web, desktop, and mobile) review By Elyse Betters

Amazon has introduced a new streaming service in the US called Amazon Prime Music. The company said it provides unlimited, ad-free access to "over a million songs and hunderds of custom-built playlists". And there's no subscription fee. You just have... Read more

Hands-on: Skype for iPhone 5.0 review
Hands-on: Skype for iPhone 5.0 review By Stuart Miles

Skype has overhauled its iPhone app, Skype for iPhone 5.0, with a new design, new features, and the promise of being considerably faster for those using it.Pocket-lint was given access ahead of the official rollout to use it in a real environment and... Read more

Windows Phone 8.1 review
4.0 stars Windows Phone 8.1 review By Mike Lowe

Windows Phone 8.1 is (sort of) here and it's a much needed boost to the Microsoft operating system. Better presentation, more personalisation, the voice assist Cortana, quick actions and notifications via Action Center and a number of other tweaks throughout.At... Read more

Hands-on: Windows 8.1 Update review
Hands-on: Windows 8.1 Update review By Rik Henderson

Microsoft has released its first major update for Windows 8.1 as promised and Pocket-lint has installed it on a desktop PC to see exactly what the more significant changes do. And we can start by saying that it's a hark back to Vista.The software giant... Read more

Monument Valley review (iPad/iPhone)
Monument Valley review (iPad/iPhone) By Stuart Miles

It's rare that you see a game for £2.49 in the App store. It's a also rare that you see a game in the Apple App store that isn't about continuous play or sucking your bank account dry with in-app purchases, ways to complete the level with little effort,... Read more

Bubbli iOS app lets you create and share a spherical photo bubble with sound
Bubbli iOS app lets you create and share a spherical photo bubble with sound By Elyse Betters

Bubbli is a photo app with panoramic-like shooting features. It has debuted at time when the market is already brimming with stiff competition from the likes of Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple. But Pocket-lint has decided to give Bubbli a whirl... Read more

Hands-on: Microsoft Office for iPad apps review‏
Hands-on: Microsoft Office for iPad apps review‏ By Elyse Betters

Microsoft unveiled Office for iPad at a San Francisco-based event on 27 March, with Satya Nadella, the company's new chief executive, leading the helm. The mobile software's long-awaited debut follows years of leaks, and even some adamant denials from... Read more

Hands-on: Paper by Facebook (iPhone) review‏
Hands-on: Paper by Facebook (iPhone) review‏ By Elyse Betters

Paper, Facebook's a new iPhone app, has been released in the US.Carrying the same name as the well-known app from FiftyThree, Paper is supposed to combine two experiences into one: social networking and news consumption.Whether it succeeds like Facebook... Read more

SwiftKey Note review
5.0 stars SwiftKey Note review By Stuart Miles

"I am writing this using SwiftKey on the iPad mini." Yes, you read that correctly - SwiftKey on an Apple device. If you’re wondering how the predictive keyboard software has made its way from Android to Apple, then, no, it's not magic. SwiftKey Note,... Read more

Beats Music hands-on: Will design and personal touch make it music streaming king?
Beats Music hands-on: Will design and personal touch make it music streaming king? By Jake Smith

The music streaming space is already crowded, with Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, iTunes Radio, Google Play Music, Last.FM and others having already edged out their place on customers' credit card statements and home screens.Now there's a new player in town,... Read more

Instagram Direct hands-on: Facebook's pursuit of Snapchat
Instagram Direct hands-on: Facebook's pursuit of Snapchat By Jake Smith

Facebook-owned Instagram sits at 150 million users and looks to create the ultimate multimedia experience on mobile, borrowing from other services in the process.When Vine came on the scene in spring 2013, Instagram was quick to add videos too. Now as... Read more

Video review: Pocket-lint goes shooting with ear-defending GunSonics iPhone app
Video review: Pocket-lint goes shooting with ear-defending GunSonics iPhone app By Ian Morris

Apart from all the more obvious problems with firearms, one that you might not have thought about is how long-term use of a gun for sport or hunting hurts your hearing. If you shoot for competition, sport or other reason, then you might find that you're... Read more

Uber: The new taxi service hoping to change getting a cab in London
Uber: The new taxi service hoping to change getting a cab in London By Stuart Miles

With the Christmas party season now in full force, getting home after a couple of drinks is probably something you're putting a lot of thought in to.Ask most London partygoers and they'll be able to give you an operational matrix of possibilities based... Read more

Android 4.4 KitKat review
4.0 stars Android 4.4 KitKat review By Chris Hall

Another year, another version of Google's Android operating system. This time it's version 4.4, better known as Android KitKat. Yup, the Nestle four-finger chocolate wafer bar will have its name aligned with tech as much as it does with casual confectionery.... Read more

Hands-on: BBM for iPhone review
Hands-on: BBM for iPhone review By Stuart Miles

BBM for iPhone and Android is now out and we've already managed to have a play with both apps after persuading BlackBerry to push us to the front of the queue to get access.The new iPhone app, available for download from today after a somewhat awkward... Read more

Swiftkey 4.3 Layouts for Living beta hands-on: Fighting the phablet finger problem
Swiftkey 4.3 Layouts for Living beta hands-on: Fighting the phablet finger problem By Chris Hall

SwiftKey is one of the most popular apps around, delivering a clever keyboard for your Android device that will predict your next word, giving you nice fast entry speeds, cloud back-up for your language profile, and a lot more.We've seen SwiftKey bundling... Read more

Windows 8.1 review
4.5 stars Windows 8.1 review By Ian Morris

Windows 8 continues to be a product that attracts a lot of complaining. Some of that complaining is justified - at least to some extent - and some of it isn't. But no matter what we think of Windows 8, if the customers aren't on board, then the operating... Read more

Adobe Project Mighty and Project Napoleon: Hands-on with the smart pen and ruler for iPad
Adobe Project Mighty and Project Napoleon: Hands-on with the smart pen and ruler for iPad By Rik Henderson

For many years Adobe has remained a strong and proud purveyor of creativity software. It has been linked with hardware in the past but has always steered clear, instead making the tools people use to design hardware rather than make any itself.However,... Read more

Asphalt 8: Airborne review
4.0 stars Asphalt 8: Airborne review By Chris Hall

Racing onto smartphones and tablets is Asphalt 8: Airborne, the latest chapter in the popular racing series from Gameloft.As anyone familiar with Asphalt would expect, this latest iteration is adrenalin-filled, nitro-fuelled, racing that sees you hitting... Read more

Sprinkle Islands review
5.0 stars Sprinkle Islands review By Stuart Miles

Did you ever play Sprinkle? It's the game where you use a water cannon mounted on a crane to adjust its height and angle to fight fires, move obstacles, spin wheels and do a host of different things to solve puzzles throughout increasingly difficult levels.If... Read more

App of the day: Fill More! review (iPhone)
App of the day: Fill More! review (iPhone) By Mike Lowe

If you've played the classic game Filler then Fill More! will be familiar territory. This modern-day mobile device adaptation is based loosely around a command and conquer theme that feels like playing a digital board game. Fill More! is a strategic turn-based... Read more

App of the day: BT Sport review (Android)
App of the day: BT Sport review (Android) By Chris Hall

Sport is very much the modern battlefield, both on the field of play and when it comes to selling you entertainment, with exclusive rights, packages and everything else, on offer.The newest kid on the block, looking to shake things up and rival the likes... Read more

App of the day: Compulsive review (iPhone)
App of the day: Compulsive review (iPhone) By Mike Lowe

Sometimes simple is best and Compulsive - the colour-matching puzzle game that's against the clock - is as stripped-back as they come. Few ingredients make for the perfect taste though and even the game's title rings true in a self-declaration of truth:... Read more

App of the day: Expedia review (Android)
App of the day: Expedia review (Android) By Chris Hall

The internet now offers an abundance of choices when it comes to making travel plans. There are websites for just about every everything, from online agents, to individual travel companies, to all the services you might want on your travels and more.With... Read more

App of the day: Sewer Wars review (iPhone)
App of the day: Sewer Wars review (iPhone) By Mike Lowe

Sewer Wars - and we're talking about the underground pipes, not needle and thread - is a side-scrolling platform game that's all about fast reactions and staying afloat for as long as you can.Despite the game sounding suggestive of those kinds of things... Read more

App of the day: Flight Finder review (iPhone)
App of the day: Flight Finder review (iPhone) By Ian Morris

Until someone invents teleportation, or Elon Musk works out how to build those fancy pneumatic tubes he's decided will be the future of global travel, we're stuck using planes. Although it's not really aircraft that are the problem, it's airports.These... Read more

App of the day: Blinkbox review (Android)
App of the day: Blinkbox review (Android) By Chris Hall

When it comes to watching TV or movies on your tablet, you're not short of choices these days. There are the big players, like Netflix, offering a subscription-based system. Then you've got Lovefilm (on some platforms), as well as a range of catch-up... Read more

App of the day: City Cat review (iPhone)
App of the day: City Cat review (iPhone) By Mike Lowe

The never-ending dash through New York, Paris and Moscow that is City Cat feels like an explosion of Sonic the Hedgehog meets Nyan Cat in a parallel Jetpack Joyride world. Colourful, engaging and tricky to stay in play during the later stages, City Cat... Read more

App of the day: Tiny Thief review (Android)
App of the day: Tiny Thief review (Android) By Ian Morris

If you were one of those Daily Mail sorts, you'd have a fit about the current "morality" of both gaming and TV. On TV, for example, you've got serial killers as heroes, motorcycle outlaws as role models and drug dealers as father figures. Now, in its... Read more