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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

LG G5: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know

LG G5: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know

By Chris Hall

The LG G5 was officially unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona and has since become available to pre-order in the UK.It seems LG making quite a large departure from the G3 and G4 handsets that came before, so is definitely one that should... Read more

Cortana is coming to Xbox One, as is background music

Cortana is coming to Xbox One, as is background music

By Chris Hall

Microsoft has taken to the stage at Build 2016, revealing some detail about what to expect in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and the future for Xbox One. There's a collection of enhancements coming to the Xbox, and while Microsoft spent a fair amount... Read more

EE TV Recordings To Go enables mobile viewing, takes fight to Sky Q

EE TV Recordings To Go enables mobile viewing, takes fight to Sky Q

By Chris Hall

EE TV was ahead of its time in many ways when it launched in 2014, offering a number of features that until recently, weren’t available on any other TV platform.Not one to shy away from new features, EE TV has just added a great new option, called Recordings... Read more

Sony PlayStation games and characters are coming to Android and iOS

Sony PlayStation games and characters are coming to Android and iOS

By Chris Hall

Sony PlayStation seems to be undergoing some changes, not only is the newly formed Sony Interactive Entertainment coming into being on Friday 1 April, but there's also another company being formed and that's ForwardWorks. ForwardWorks is detailed by... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S7 camera: Raw shooting expert guide

Samsung Galaxy S7 camera: Raw shooting expert guide

By Chris Hall

One of the more advanced features offered by the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is raw shooting.This is a camera feature that's been creeping into smartphones over the past few years. We first saw Nokia announce it and it's also been... Read more

Android Pay UK launch confirmed, but Barclays isn't on the list

Android Pay UK launch confirmed, but Barclays isn't on the list

By Chris Hall

Google has broken its silence on Android Pay in the UK, taking to its blog to confirm that launch in the UK is coming in the next few months.Google details that it is talking to banks and retailers to get everything into place, so it can bring the Apple... Read more

Don't dismiss the iPhone SE: 5 reasons to love Apple's new iPhone

Don't dismiss the iPhone SE: 5 reasons to love Apple's new iPhone

By Chris Hall

Tim Cook and co took to the stage in Cupertino today to announce a new iPhone. Not an all-singing all-dancing flagship iPhone 7, but a new smaller iPhone, the iPhone SE.It replaced the oldest handset in Apple's offering, as the iPhone 5S retires. But... Read more

Apple iPhone SE official, the 4-inch iPhone for all

Apple iPhone SE official, the 4-inch iPhone for all

By Chris Hall

Apple has officially announced the iPhone SE, a smaller-scale 4-inch format of the phone, at its special event on 21 March 2016. Wave bye-bye to the iPhone 5C as the entry-level device, which the SE effectively stubs out of the line-up.Apple said that... Read more

The amazingly eye-catching novelty watches of Baselworld 2016

The amazingly eye-catching novelty watches of Baselworld 2016

By Chris Hall

Baselworld brings together the world's biggest watch and jewellery makers in a celebration of luxury, in the Swiss town of Basel. Naturally there's a heavy leaning towards the traditions of the Swiss Watch industry, but there's a growing sense of smart... Read more

Fossil Q analogue watches: Smart in looks, smarter in function

Fossil Q analogue watches: Smart in looks, smarter in function

By Chris Hall

When it comes to wearables, Fossil is going for it big time. Not only has the company announced a range of smartwatches under the parent Fossil brand, but it's extending it's smartwatch range across a number of other brands, like Michael Kors, Kate Spade... Read more

Tissot is the latest Swiss Watch company to reveal smartwatch plans

Tissot is the latest Swiss Watch company to reveal smartwatch plans

By Chris Hall

For those familiar with Swiss Watch company Tissot, news of a smartwatch might not be so strange. The company has been flirting with smart functionality for some time through its T-Touch models, and has referred to them as smart in the past. At Baselworld... Read more

Oculus Rift games: The complete list of launch titles and how to get them

Oculus Rift games: The complete list of launch titles and how to get them

By Chris Hall

With Oculus Rift landing on 28 March, the company has provided some of the missing pieces of the puzzle. While a lot of the talk has been about the hardware and some of the early demos, attention now turns to what you'll actually be able to play when... Read more

Mattel View-Master review: A virtual reality rethinking of a classic
4.0 stars

Mattel View-Master review: A virtual reality rethinking of a classic

By Chris Hall

Virtual reality, or VR, is very much the hot topic in 2016. With VR systems appearing all over the place, Mattel has reinvented the classic View-Master as its own pitch into this futuristic entertainment space.Originally launched as a stereoscopic toy,... Read more

Arion wants to improve your running technique using technology

Arion wants to improve your running technique using technology

By Chris Hall

Arion, from ATO Gear, wants to help you change your running technique using technology, giving you more detail about what you're actually doing when you're out pounding the pavement.But this isn't another heart rate monitor or GPS watch, instead it's... Read more

TomTom Golfer 2 preview: Hole in one, or golf GPS watch that's par for the course?

TomTom Golfer 2 preview: Hole in one, or golf GPS watch that's par for the course?

By Chris Hall

TomTom has released a new version of its golf GPS wearable, appropriately called the Golfer 2, looking to put all the information you could want onto your wrist.It replaces the current Golfer, expanding its functionality and following the same lines as... Read more

British Gas will make your boiler self-diagnose faults with Boiler IQ

British Gas will make your boiler self-diagnose faults with Boiler IQ

By Chris Hall

British Gas has announced its latest product looking to make your home smarter. Boiler IQ is a monitoring system that will allow compatible boilers to self-diagnose problems long before you know something is wrong.Available as an upgrade to existing Worcester... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S7 review: The unsung hero?
4.5 stars

Samsung Galaxy S7 review: The unsung hero?

By Chris Hall

Samsung's dual-flagship strategy is now in full force, with the launch of both a regular Samsung Galaxy S7 and a larger SGS7 edge model.The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is very much the headline hog, with its dual curved edges and larger display it's the hero... Read more

How to use adoptable storage on Android 6.0 Marshmallow

How to use adoptable storage on Android 6.0 Marshmallow

By Chris Hall

One of the features in Android 6.0 Marshmallow that hasn't gained many headlines is called flex storage or adoptable storage (Google uses both terms). The new feature will allow you to use external storage on your device as internal storage. It's likely... Read more

Panasonic ALL Connected speaker system expands, bringing waterproof and network CD player options

Panasonic ALL Connected speaker system expands, bringing waterproof and network CD player options

By Chris Hall

Panasonic's multi-room speaker system is called ALL Connected. There are a wide range of products in the family, spanning everything from soundbars to individual speakers. For 2016, the system has expanded and updated, bringing with it additional options... Read more

Mountain Athletics from The North Face helps you train for your outdoor adventures

Mountain Athletics from The North Face helps you train for your outdoor adventures

By Chris Hall

The North Face is a well-established brand once you're off the beaten track. Since the company's foundation in 1966, it has been associated with some of the toughest events, from polar expeditions to mountain conquests. With the launch of Mountain Athletics,... Read more

Panasonic 4K HDR choices 2016: DX902, DX802, DX750, DX700 TVs explored

Panasonic 4K HDR choices 2016: DX902, DX802, DX750, DX700 TVs explored

By Chris Hall

Panasonic refreshed its line-up of Viera televisions for 2016, with a number of models offering Ultra HD/4K, as well as high dynamic range (HDR).We saw the launch of the DX900 at CES 2016 (appearing as the DX902 in Europe), Panasonic's first television... Read more

Panasonic UB900 Ultra HD Blu-ray player available from mid-April

Panasonic UB900 Ultra HD Blu-ray player available from mid-April

By Chris Hall

One of the first Ultra HD Blu-ray players to hit the shelves will be the Panasonic UB900, meaning you'll be able to play your (as yet unavailable) Ultra HD Blu-ray discs in glorious 4K with HDR on your brand new television.Panasonic has confirmed that... Read more

DS 3 first drive: Fun French fancy

DS 3 first drive: Fun French fancy

By Chris Hall

Rolling out originally with the chevrons of Citroën on the front, the DS 3 has had a revamp and refresh, now sitting pretty in the avant-garde livery of DS Automobiles. Ok, so they may be one and the same, but with the DS 5, DS 4 and now the DS 3 getting... Read more

LeEco has a smart mountain bike, and you're going to want one

LeEco has a smart mountain bike, and you're going to want one

By Chris Hall

When LeEco called us in to talk about the Le Max Pro - and it's plans for expansion outside of China - we weren't expecting to be spending our time marvelling over a smart bike. But when we found Le Syvrac it only seemed fair to stop and stare.You might... Read more

HTC Vive Consumer Edition: Eyes-on the final hardware

HTC Vive Consumer Edition: Eyes-on the final hardware

By Chris Hall

HTC Vive was first revealed at MWC 2015 and has spent the last year touring the world, developing, refining and showing its skills, until it arrived at MWC 2016. A year later, we're looking at the final consumer hardware that you'll be able to order yourself... Read more

Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro: Smartphone star causes a stir

Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro: Smartphone star causes a stir

By Chris Hall

If you're into smartphones, then the name Xiaomi will be one you recognise. Enjoying huge successes in the China, Hugo Barra, VP of international at Xiaomi claimed that the company sat in the top spot for smartphone sales in China, and number 5 globally.The... Read more

Victorinox Cybertool is a smart accessory for your analogue watch

Victorinox Cybertool is a smart accessory for your analogue watch

By Chris Hall

Victorinox and Acer have been working together to combine Acer's technology passions with Victorinox's Swiss pursuit of quality, and bring something a little different to the wearable market.The Victorinox Cybertool is a high-tech addition for your Inox... Read more

LeEco Le Max Pro: A super phone for a super ambitious company

LeEco Le Max Pro: A super phone for a super ambitious company

By Chris Hall

The LeEco story is an interesting one. Recently changing the name from LeTV - because it does more than just TV - the "Eco" part of the name is nothing to do with being green, it's about ecosystem.LeEco popped onto the radar of smartphone fans with the... Read more

Forget phones: Mobile World Congress 2016 is all about VR

Forget phones: Mobile World Congress 2016 is all about VR

By Chris Hall

If you were looking for a theme for Mobile World Congress, then it's other worldly: MWC 2016 is about virtual reality.Last year everyone lined up to talk about luxury. There were premium handsets, luxury watches, talk of quality materials, jewellery grade... Read more

LG Cam Plus: Get a grip on mobile photography

LG Cam Plus: Get a grip on mobile photography

By Chris Hall

Among the range of LG Friends released for the LG G5 is the LG Cam Plus. This is a camera accessory, designed to help you get the best out of your mobile photography.Firstly, let's clear up some confusion. This isn't a camera module, it doesn't change... Read more