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Ford GT: Ford Performance heritage from 1966 to Le Mans 2016

Ford GT: Ford Performance heritage from 1966 to Le Mans 2016

By Chris Hall

Sitting in an innocuous shed on the outskirts of Ford's Dagenham estate lies the Ford Heritage Centre.To look at, the building is perhaps as much a heritage piece as the cars that sit within. We pull up outside the new Ford Mustang GT, and with a parking... Read more

Mini's future vision is an urban go-kart, made for sharing

Mini's future vision is an urban go-kart, made for sharing

By Chris Hall

BMW's stargazing has reached Mini, with the company unveiling its Vision Next 100 model in London. Joining siblings from BMW and Rolls-Royce, the future of Mini is designed to be fun, funky, and shared with strangers. Acknowledging that urban dwellers... Read more

The Rolls-Royce of the future is an autonomous land yacht with an AI concierge

The Rolls-Royce of the future is an autonomous land yacht with an AI concierge

By Chris Hall

It's a rare day that Rolls-Royce unveils a new car, it's an even rarer day that Rolls-Royce unveils its future vision for luxury motoring.Unveiled in London, as part of BMW Group's Vision Next 100, the Rolls-Royce concept outlines the future vision for... Read more

VerveLife by Motorola: Ones, Loop or Rider headphones have all your sports covered

VerveLife by Motorola: Ones, Loop or Rider headphones have all your sports covered

By Chris Hall

VerveLife by Motorola was announced at Mobile World Congress 2016, offering a range of funky active accessories for your smartphone.Officially unveiled on 14 June and hitting stores on 16 June, we got our hands on this new range of connected devices that... Read more

Hive Active Light: Connected bulbs make Hive a major smarthome player

Hive Active Light: Connected bulbs make Hive a major smarthome player

By Chris Hall

Hive has today announced the addition of connected lighting to the Hive home, adding a major component to its smarthome portfolio. Hive started with heating - making perfect sense for a company founded from British Gas - but the addition of Active Light... Read more

Motorola Moto Z vs Samsung Galaxy S7 vs HTC 10 vs LG G5: What's the difference?

Motorola Moto Z vs Samsung Galaxy S7 vs HTC 10 vs LG G5: What's the difference?

By Chris Hall

Motorola took to the stage at Lenovo Tech World 2016 to unveil the new Moto Z. This new super smartphone replaces the Moto X as the flagship Moto device. It's packed with flagship specs and innovation, looking to offer you something a little different,... Read more

Hive teases illuminating launch, smart lighting predicted

Hive teases illuminating launch, smart lighting predicted

By Chris Hall

Hive, the smarthome arm of British Gas, has teased that there's a new addition coming to the Hive home.Sharing via its Twitter account, Hive says that there's something illuminating coming, with an accompanying video that simply shows flashing lights.... Read more

Lenovo Tech World 2016: All the announcements that matter

Lenovo Tech World 2016: All the announcements that matter

By Chris Hall

Lenovo took to the stage in San Francisco to host Lenovo Tech World 2016, announcing a range of products, including plenty of innovation in the mobile space.Lenovo Tech World is an innovation showcase from the company, giving it the chance to show the... Read more

Motorola Moto Z and Moto Z Force: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

Motorola Moto Z and Moto Z Force: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

By Chris Hall

Lenovo has taken to the stage at Lenovo Tech World 2016 to unveil its next-gen handset, the Moto Z, which steps into flagship territory.But rather than just launching one new handset, Motorola has unveiled two versions of this handset, the Moto Z and... Read more

Tesla drops the price of its entry-level Model S, say hello to the 60 and 60D

Tesla drops the price of its entry-level Model S, say hello to the 60 and 60D

By Chris Hall

Followers of Tesla's EV march will have noticed a slight change to the line-up the company offers for the Model S. Gone is the 70D and in its place is the 60 and 60D. For those who don't know, Tesla's model naming follows its available battery capacity,... Read more

OnePlus Loop VR headset preview: This is the free VR headset for the OnePlus 3 launch

OnePlus Loop VR headset preview: This is the free VR headset for the OnePlus 3 launch

By Chris Hall

When OnePlus said it was giving away free VR headsets, the internet blew up and soon stock had vanished. Fortunately we were at the front of the queue and now we've had our Loop VR headset delivered. It would be selfish not to share, so here it is, the... Read more

Samsung KS7000 SUHD TV review: Serious performance for the price
4.5 stars

Samsung KS7000 SUHD TV review: Serious performance for the price

By Chris Hall

Samsung has impressed with its line-up of SUHD televisions over the last year. For 2016, the message is about refinement, continuing the solid performance of the LED sets and pushing the message that this is now second-gen HDR (high dynamic range), the... Read more

Panasonic DMP-UB900 review: Ultra-HD Blu-ray master class
4.5 stars

Panasonic DMP-UB900 review: Ultra-HD Blu-ray master class

By Chris Hall

Taking a step into the future is Ultra HD Blu-ray, looking to up the quality and make the most out of the latest 4K televisions, all for your entertainment pleasure. There are currently two UHD Blu-ray players available. Vying to be the next big thing... Read more

Ford Mustang GT Convertible review: Big, brutal, and now British
4.5 stars

Ford Mustang GT Convertible review: Big, brutal, and now British

By Chris Hall

When you're brought up on a diet of The Dukes of Hazzard and Starsky & Hutch, you can't help but feel that, perhaps, the Ford Capri left us a little short on muscle in the UK. Sure, the Capri was, and still is, an iconic car, but you could only gaze at... Read more

Three to run network-level ad blocking trials in mid June

Three to run network-level ad blocking trials in mid June

By Chris Hall

UPDATE: Three will run a 24-hour ad-blocking trial in mid-June to those customers who opt in to its invite.Three has announced that it plans to roll-out mobile ad-blocking on its network, following successful implementation in Three UK and Three Italy.... Read more

Samsung UBD-K8500 review: Beautiful Ultra HD Blu-ray
4.5 stars

Samsung UBD-K8500 review: Beautiful Ultra HD Blu-ray

By Chris Hall

Optical discs are dead, or so many would have you believe. That's perhaps a reflection of the times we're living in, where streaming entertainment out-paces its arrival on physical media. What better example than the latest Star Wars blockbuster, arriving... Read more

Pebble 2 vs Pebble Classic: What's the difference?

Pebble 2 vs Pebble Classic: What's the difference?

By Chris Hall

Pebble has announced an update to the humble Pebble, its first generation smartwatch, appropriately called the Pebble 2.In many ways the Pebble 2 reflects the Pebble heritage, offering many of the same features and functions. But with a new focus on giving... Read more

Moto engages full RAZR nostalgia as it teases 9 June smartphone launch

Moto engages full RAZR nostalgia as it teases 9 June smartphone launch

By Chris Hall

The nostalgia is so heavy in Moto's teaser video that it almost has us weeping. Teasing what's to come in the future, Motorola has released a video where the star of the show is the Moto V3 RAZR, set in high school.Undoubtedly, the V3 RAZR was one of... Read more

Google announces Daydream, the future of Android virtual reality

Google announces Daydream, the future of Android virtual reality

By Chris Hall

Clay Bavor, VP virtual reality at Google, took to the stage at Google I/O 2016 to add flesh to the bones of Google's future VR plans. Evolving the VR offering beyond that of Cardboard, Bavor confirmed that Android is working on a new platform called... Read more

Android N will be called... you decide

Android N will be called... you decide

By Chris Hall

Google today took to the stage at Google I/O 2016 to announce that anyone will be able to contribute to the name of the next version of Android.Unlike previous years, with the Android N release, Google released the developer beta to the general public... Read more

Google goes after WhatsApp with Allo, a super-smart chat app

Google goes after WhatsApp with Allo, a super-smart chat app

By Chris Hall

Allo is a smart chat app that's designed to give you plenty of options when it comes to chatting to your friends. Google introduced the new app at Google I/O 2016. Rather than just giving you a straight down the line messaging app, Allo has been designed... Read more

Google Assistant wants to be your conversational digital buddy, across all your Google devices

Google Assistant wants to be your conversational digital buddy, across all your Google devices

By Chris Hall

Google has today announced Google Assistant, introduced by Google CEO Sundar Pichai during the opening keynote of Google I/O 2016.Using Google's smart searching and enhanced natural language technology, Google claims that Google Assistant is a conversational... Read more

Your future Fitbit might include NFC payments

Your future Fitbit might include NFC payments

By Chris Hall

Fitbit, the leading fitness wearable company, has announced that it has acquired Coin, who has a wearable payments system. You might not have thought that Fitbit was going to move in this direction, but future devices could well offer mobile payments. In... Read more

Ford Edge review: Big but facing bitter rivals
4.0 stars

Ford Edge review: Big but facing bitter rivals

By Chris Hall

Believe it or not there has been a hole in Ford's line-up in Europe over the past few years, especially in the UK. That hole is large SUV sized: the Kuga has sat in the small, sporty, pumped up hatch sector, but for larger cars, Ford's go-to option was... Read more

Nokia is back with Android smartphone and tablet plans

Nokia is back with Android smartphone and tablet plans

By Chris Hall

Nokia has announced that it is returning to the world of smartphones and it's turning to Android as its platform of choice.Few companies have a smartphone history as rich as Nokia. Having dominated the mobile phone market and feature phone markets for... Read more

Motorola Moto G4 and G4 Plus: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

Motorola Moto G4 and G4 Plus: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

By Chris Hall

Lenovo has unveiled the latest update to the Moto G family of devices, this time offering two different versions of the Moto G. The Moto G4 is the standard fourth-gen Moto G, while there's a boosted version called the Moto G Plus (or Moto G4 Plus), that... Read more

New Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus official: Specs revealed for pretty Android pair

New Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus official: Specs revealed for pretty Android pair

By Chris Hall

Lenovo took to the stage today in India to launch the long-awaited update to the Moto G family. The new Moto G and the Moto G Plus are similar handsets, with a few additional upgrades on the Plus model. They have been dubbed the G4, as this is the fourth-gen... Read more

Sony Xperia XA Ultra wants to be the ultimate selfie phone

Sony Xperia XA Ultra wants to be the ultimate selfie phone

By Chris Hall

Sony has announced another addition to its Xperia X family, in the form of the 6-inch XA Ultra.The Xperia X family was announced at MWC 2016, bringing a range of refreshed designs into the mid-range of Sony's phones. The Xperia XA Ultra moves big, however,... Read more

BBC Food website faces the chop, as BBC trims the fat

BBC Food website faces the chop, as BBC trims the fat

By Chris Hall

Shock horror! The BBC is reporting that its BBC Food website could face the chop as part of the proposed £15m savings drive faced by the corporation. In recent days we've learnt that the BBC iPlayer loophole is due to be closed, that the licence fee... Read more

Watch the Moto livestream right here: Expected launch of Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus

Watch the Moto livestream right here: Expected launch of Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus

By Chris Hall

Motorola has been teasing the launch of a new device, with a long-running social media campaign on Motorola India running down to 17 May 2016.There's no secret that a new device is due to be unveiled, with the company commonly referring to a "new Moto... Read more

HTC 10 tips and tricks: The ultimate guide to your HTC phone

HTC 10 tips and tricks: The ultimate guide to your HTC phone

By Chris Hall

HTC has found form with the HTC 10, receiving rave reviews on its latest flagship smartphone. This is a phone that aims to wipe out the memories of the past, and move HTC forward, presenting a device that's closer to pure Android then ever before.In many... Read more

Audi S8 Plus first drive: V8 power, and then some

Audi S8 Plus first drive: V8 power, and then some

By Chris Hall

Sitting at the top of Audi's saloon family is the A8. Give it a sporty makeover and it becomes the S8. Give that a bit of a tweak and a boost and you arrive at the Audi S8 Plus, the most powerful saloon that Audi has ever put on the road. And by the... Read more

How to shoot #food like a pro: Top tips for food photography

How to shoot #food like a pro: Top tips for food photography

By Chris Hall

Taking photos of your food might be a cliché, but it has become almost as popular as taking photos of your own pouting face on social media.Instagram has over 178 million #food photographs and you only have to glance at Twitter in the evening to see... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge vs HTC 10: Which is the best flagship?

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge vs HTC 10: Which is the best flagship?

By Chris Hall

If you're looking for a new smartphone in 2016, you're facing a tough decision, with plenty of competitive devices on offer.Samsung was the first to announce, showing off the new Galaxy S7 models, with the S7 edge attracting rave reviews.HTC let the dust... Read more

The next Moto smartphone could be launched on 9 June

The next Moto smartphone could be launched on 9 June

By Chris Hall

There's been a jump in leaks and rumours surrounding the next Moto handset, thought to be a fourth-generation Moto G or a potential Moto X, as the company looks to update its offering.Motorola's mobile arm is now owned and run by Lenovo, and a possible... Read more

Audi RS Q3 Performance first drive: RS thrills and spills in an SUV guise

Audi RS Q3 Performance first drive: RS thrills and spills in an SUV guise

By Chris Hall

Audi's quest to give every car in its range the S treatment or RS treatment rolls on unrelenting, with the RS Q3 probably the oddest RS of the lot.Giving the regular A3 the RS treatment makes sense, as it results in a typical hot hatch, albeit one that's... Read more

HTC Sense 8.0 vs Sense 7.0: New features tweaks and changes reviewed

HTC Sense 8.0 vs Sense 7.0: New features tweaks and changes reviewed

By Chris Hall

The HTC 10 brings with it a new version of Sense that's moved a fair distance from the experience on HTC's previous flagship device, the HTC One M9, with a change in software emphasis.We've been tracking the changes in Sense for a number of years, but... Read more

Kindle Oasis: Amazon's premium reader is stunning, but it's ridiculously expensive

Kindle Oasis: Amazon's premium reader is stunning, but it's ridiculously expensive

By Chris Hall

Amazon has announced its latest Kindle ebook reader, and it's a radical departure from the devices that have come before it.The Kindle Oasis is a complete rethinking from the components up, stripping the Kindle down to its essentials and giving you a... Read more

HTC 10: Release date, official specs and everything you need to know

HTC 10: Release date, official specs and everything you need to know

By Chris Hall

HTC has revealed its new flagship smartphone, known simply as HTC 10. Launched via a virtual event, the new handset takes a fresh look at what HTC has done in the past and feels like a real step forward for the company.The HTC 10 comes at a time that's... Read more

Ford Focus (2016) review: Unlearn everything
4.5 stars

Ford Focus (2016) review: Unlearn everything

By Chris Hall

It's difficult to ignore the Ford Focus. With an impressive 83,816 of them sold in the UK in 2015, it's also difficult to drive anywhere without seeing one.So this might be the UK's best selling hatch, edging out the Golf marginally, but there's no escaping... Read more

Oculus Rift hits shipping delays, blaming component shortages

Oculus Rift hits shipping delays, blaming component shortages

By Chris Hall

There has been no shortage of buzz surrounding the launch of the first full virtual reality system, Oculus Rift, but it seems there might be a shortage of components, leading to some delays.Oculus was first to announce a date for the Rift, opening pre-orders... Read more

JBL Reflect Aware C will pipe noise-cancelled music from your USB Type-C port

JBL Reflect Aware C will pipe noise-cancelled music from your USB Type-C port

By Chris Hall

If you're jumping on the bandwagon with the latest devices, you'll have probably have encountered the new USB Type-C format. The new USB connection has appeared on the MacBook, Pixel C tablet, as well as a number of smartphones, like the new HTC 10 and... Read more

HTC 10: BoomSound is dead. Long live BoomSound Hi-Fi edition

HTC 10: BoomSound is dead. Long live BoomSound Hi-Fi edition

By Chris Hall

One of the features that defined the HTC One family was BoomSound. Introduced on the HTC One M7, BoomSound remained one of the strongest features of HTC handsets, offering the best external speakers, bar none, for three generations of phones.With the... Read more

Ice, Ice, Baby: Ice View is the new HTC Dot View

Ice, Ice, Baby: Ice View is the new HTC Dot View

By Chris Hall

Alright stop, collaborate and listen, HTC's back with a brand new invention.The HTC Dot View cover has always been one of our favourite cases. It is the sort of funky fresh design that characterises HTC, a cover that lets the display shine through, creating... Read more

Huawei P9 and P9 Plus bring twin Leica cameras in powerful slim bodies

Huawei P9 and P9 Plus bring twin Leica cameras in powerful slim bodies

By Chris Hall

Huawei has today unveiled its latest handset as the company looks to increase its global smartphone influence outside of its homeland China.Following a number of successful launches, Huawei has unveiled the P9 and P9 Plus, the latest in a line of slim... Read more

LG talks webOS 3.0 and Freeview Play updates: Roll-out starting in May

LG talks webOS 3.0 and Freeview Play updates: Roll-out starting in May

By Chris Hall

LG announced webOS 3.0 late in 2015 and showed off the new user interface for its TVs at CES 2016. Since then we've been awaiting details on the webOS 3.0 release date.Talking today in London, LG demoed some of the new features coming to webOS 3.0, as... 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

Tesla Model 3 pre-orders hit 276,000 in three days

Tesla Model 3 pre-orders hit 276,000 in three days

By Chris Hall

Tesla pulled the covers off the Model 3, its new electric car for the masses, on 31 March and it seems the masses have responded.Elon Musk, CEO and co-founder of Tesla Motor has been regularly updating on the progress of Model 3 pre-orders via Twitter.The... Read more

Surprise, surprise: The LG G5 isn't as metal as you might think (updated)

Surprise, surprise: The LG G5 isn't as metal as you might think (updated)

By Chris Hall

When we first picked up the LG G5 at MWC 2016, we were surprised by the feel. We commented at the time that it had a finish that didn't quite look and feel right.This was something we echoed in our review having spent more time with the LG G5 - admittedly... Read more

ROAM-e is the selfie drone your narcissistic self needs

ROAM-e is the selfie drone your narcissistic self needs

By Chris Hall

If you're the sort of person to get annoyed by selfie sticks in public, then look away now, as the ROAM-e takes things to another level.The ROAM-e pitches itself as a flying selfie machine, and is the inevitable mash-up of drones and the need for an increasing... Read more