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Audi R8 V10 Plus 2016 review: Praktisch durch technik
5.0 stars

Audi R8 V10 Plus 2016 review: Praktisch durch technik

By Chris Hall

The notion of an everyday supercar is something of an oxymoron. A car that will destroy rivals on the race track, but still be perfectly practical popping to the supermarket when you run out of saffron.The first Audi R8 secured this position: in some... Read more

Sony won't be using Ultra HD Premium labelling, but it will launch Ultra HD Blu-ray in 2016

Sony won't be using Ultra HD Premium labelling, but it will launch Ultra HD Blu-ray in 2016

By Chris Hall

Sony today confirmed to Pocket-lint that it isn't going to be using the new Ultra HD Premium labelling, recently launched by the UHD Alliance to make sure you know which TVs adhere to the latest and greatest standards.Announced at the start of 2016,... Read more

Huge leak spills HTC One M10 specs, Quad HD display and 12MP UltraPixel camera rumoured

Huge leak spills HTC One M10 specs, Quad HD display and 12MP UltraPixel camera rumoured

By Chris Hall

We've been waiting for the interwebs to turn a trick on HTC and deliver some juicy gossip on the forthcoming HTC One M10, codenamed Perfume.With very little being said about the device, it was only recently that we started to hear anything about HTC's... Read more

Nissan Leaf 2016 first drive: Increased range, but not a huge change

Nissan Leaf 2016 first drive: Increased range, but not a huge change

By Chris Hall

The Nissan Leaf is now 5-years-old and there's a new version on the road in 2016, this time boasting a 30kWh battery and bringing with it a claim of 155 miles of range.Nissan is talking some impressive figures when it comes to the Leaf. The car has sold... Read more

HTC One smartwatch could launch in April, alongside One M10

HTC One smartwatch could launch in April, alongside One M10

By Chris Hall

Sony has a smartwatch, Samsung has a smartwatch, LG has a wristful of smartwatches, as does Huawei, Asus and a number of others. But HTC doesn't, which seems odd. HTC has been looking to diversify in recent times as its smartphone business struggled... Read more

iPhone 5SE photo could show Apple's new iPhone in the flesh

iPhone 5SE photo could show Apple's new iPhone in the flesh

By Chris Hall

Talk of a smaller iPhone has been circulating for a long time. With Apple leaving the iPhone 5C untouched through the birth of the iPhone 6 and updated iPhone 6S, the ageing device was dropped from Apple's line-up, leaving the iPhone 5S as the "entry-level"... Read more

Mini Cooper D Clubman first drive: Retro quirks, now more practical

Mini Cooper D Clubman first drive: Retro quirks, now more practical

By Chris Hall

Since the move from nostalgic little British runaround, to baby-BMW, there have been innumerate inceptions of the Mini. The best selling has been the regular Mini Hatch and the weirdest, perhaps, the Clubman. The Clubman is an oddity, most keenly defined... Read more

HTC Sense 7.0 vs Sense 6.0: New features, tweaks and changes reviewed

HTC Sense 7.0 vs Sense 6.0: New features, tweaks and changes reviewed

By Chris Hall

HTC Sense 7.0 made its debut on the HTC One M9. The M9 was announced at MWC 2015, hitting stores at the end of March 2015. HTC Sense 7.0 follows Sense 6.0, one of the first times we've stepped forward without an incremental point upgrade between Sense... Read more

BMW X5 xDrive40e first drive: Going big on hybrid

BMW X5 xDrive40e first drive: Going big on hybrid

By Chris Hall

There are advantages to driving a large SUV and for many, it's the ride height, the interior space and the feeling of safety lent by being the biggest thing around that drives appeal. The downside, of course, is that you're hauling a huge amount of car... Read more

Motorola Moto 360 Sport review: Lifestyling sport
3.5 stars

Motorola Moto 360 Sport review: Lifestyling sport

By Chris Hall

The second-gen Motorola 360 Android Wear watch has a special edition that's pitched towards sports training. That's obvious enough from its Moto 360 Sport namesake, perhaps bringing some clarity to a segment of wearable technology that's a little muddled... Read more

New Balance outlines Android Wear running watch plans

New Balance outlines Android Wear running watch plans

By Chris Hall

New Balance has confirmed that it is embracing digital technology, with plans to launch a consumer running watch during 2016.Announcing a new Digital Sport division, the company has outlined that it wants to create a digital platform for runners, covering... Read more

Kodak PixPro SP360 4K Action Cams can be paired up to film your 360 VR playground

Kodak PixPro SP360 4K Action Cams can be paired up to film your 360 VR playground

By Chris Hall

Kodak has announced a new version of its PIxPro SP360 camera, stepping up to 4K, over the full HD version we've previously seen. With virtual reality making a splash - Oculus Rift is coming in April for example – and compatible with Facebook and... Read more

Sony's new players omit Ultra HD Blu-ray support

Sony's new players omit Ultra HD Blu-ray support

By Chris Hall

Sony has announced two new players at CES 2016, but neither offer support for Ultra HD Blu-ray, the latest high-def video format being pushed by Samsung and Panasonic at the show.The first is pitched as a "high resolution premium audio and video player",... Read more

Blinkbox gets renamed TalkTalk TV, but your content stays the same

Blinkbox gets renamed TalkTalk TV, but your content stays the same

By Chris Hall

Last year TalkTalk took on Blinkbox, offloading the video streaming service from Tesco where it previously resided. In the immediate term, TalkTalk left Blinkbox as it was, but from today, it's started to change. Blinkbox.com has now been renamed TalkTalk... Read more

Nikon D5 official: New flagship, new shooting skills

Nikon D5 official: New flagship, new shooting skills

By Chris Hall

Having confirmed that the D5 was in development late in 2015, Nikon has used CES 2016 to officially announce its new professional flagship camera.The Nikon D5 is a newly developed FX format digital SLR, replacing the aging D4 models, offering increased... Read more

Nikon KeyMission 360 is a 360-degree 4K actioncam

Nikon KeyMission 360 is a 360-degree 4K actioncam

By Chris Hall

Nikon has announced intentions to take on the actioncam market with the KeyMission 360, introduced at CES 2016. This isn't the first 360 camera we've seen, but with a name like Nikon behind it, it's sure to garner some interest and this model is a little... Read more

LG signs up to Freeview Play, coming with webOS 3.0 TVs in 2016

LG signs up to Freeview Play, coming with webOS 3.0 TVs in 2016

By Chris Hall

Freeview Play is one of the newest TV platforms in the UK, serving up a combination of live broadcast television and integrated catch-up services, thanks to a programme guide that lets you look both forward and backwards, setting reminders or streaming... Read more

Philips AmbiLux goes global, Ultra HD streaming added to Android TV skills

Philips AmbiLux goes global, Ultra HD streaming added to Android TV skills

By Chris Hall

TP Vision has confirmed that the stunning Philips AmbiLux television first announced at IFA 2015, will be moving from limited to full distribution, so you should now be able to get your hands on the flagship 8901 AmbiLux or 8601 sets. AmbiLux blows Philips'... Read more

LG Signature OLED G6 TV aims to be a cut above the rest

LG Signature OLED G6 TV aims to be a cut above the rest

By Chris Hall

LG took to the stage at CES 2016 to introduce its new line of ultra premium products known as LG Signature.LG Signature will span various technology categories, including domestic appliances and televisions. The aim is to put a better experience in the... Read more

JBL jumps on the Under Armour fitness platform with heart-rate sensing headphones

JBL jumps on the Under Armour fitness platform with heart-rate sensing headphones

By Chris Hall

HTC isn't the only company partnering with Under Armour at CES 2016: JBL has jumped on the UA bandwagon too.This partnership has resulted in UA headphones, engineered by JBL, looking to create the ultimate sports and fitness headset.With Under Armour... Read more

Oculus Rift pre-order: Date confirmed

Oculus Rift pre-order: Date confirmed

By Chris Hall

Some spectators had suggested that CES 2016 was going to be all about VR. Well, Oculus Rift might have just stolen the show, teasing that the pre-order date is much sooner than you might think.In a simple blog post, Oculus has confirmed that pre-orders... Read more

What is Wi-Fi HaLow and why does it matter?

What is Wi-Fi HaLow and why does it matter?

By Chris Hall

There's a new wireless networking protocol in town and it comes to bring connectivity to the Internet of Things. Say hello to IEEE 802.11ah, or Wi-Fi HaLow to its friends.Wi-Fi HaLow is the latest specification from the Wi-Fi Alliance looking to expand... Read more

Acer Liquid Jade Primo: Your non-Lumia Windows 10 smartphone

Acer Liquid Jade Primo: Your non-Lumia Windows 10 smartphone

By Chris Hall

The Acer Liquid Jade Primo is your first non-Lumia option for Windows 10 phone, if you want something other than Microsoft's home grown device.The Acer Liquid Jade Primo was first shown off at IFA 2015, where it was initially revealed with a Continuum... Read more

LG 98-inch 8K Super UHD TV is aimed at 2016, 4K options for mere mortals

LG 98-inch 8K Super UHD TV is aimed at 2016, 4K options for mere mortals

By Chris Hall

LG has pulled the covers off some of its TV plans for the year at CES 2016, with a number of notable highlights, including its first production-ready 8K TV.LG confirmed that it's still committed to OLED, but will continue a two-pronged strategy, offering... Read more

Android 6.0 Marshmallow tips and tricks

Android 6.0 Marshmallow tips and tricks

By Chris Hall

Android 6.0 Marshmallow made its debut on the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, the first time we've seen two smartphones launched alongside each other in the Nexus programme. Marshmallow has also made its way to other Nexus devices, including the Nexus 6, Nexus... Read more

HP could return to smartphones with a 5.8-inch Windows 10 handset

HP could return to smartphones with a 5.8-inch Windows 10 handset

By Chris Hall

Microsoft's strategy with Windows 10 is clear: it's one platform across all sorts of devices, Xbox, PC, tablets or smartphones.At the moment, the last category is rather under-populated, with only a smattering of Microsoft's own Lumia devices presenting... Read more

Samsung and LG will make your 2016 TV the centre of your smarthome

Samsung and LG will make your 2016 TV the centre of your smarthome

By Chris Hall

Over the past 18 months there's been a lot of talk about smarthome. Often bundled under the umbrella of the Internet of Things (or IoT), we've been waiting for that tipping point where smarthomes become necessary, rather than just a tech nicety.It looks... Read more

Worried about flooding? Keep your eye on GaugeMap

Worried about flooding? Keep your eye on GaugeMap

By Chris Hall

We're seeing an increasing frequency of flooding in the UK and it seems that what was once a rare occurrence, is something we're now facing each year in some part of the country.If you're looking for more information on which rivers are showing higher... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S6 tips and tricks

Samsung Galaxy S6 tips and tricks

By Chris Hall

Samsung's flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S6 - and its Galaxy S6 edge and edge+ cousins - have been some of the most exciting handsets of 2015. If you've got your hands on this new phone but feel a little lost, then don't panic, we've got you... Read more

Tag Heuer Connected review: Android Wear gets its luxury tag
4.5 stars

Tag Heuer Connected review: Android Wear gets its luxury tag

By Chris Hall

The Tag Heuer Connected was described as a marriage of Watch Valley and Silicon Valley at the launch, with the larger-then-life CEO of the Swiss watch company, Jean-Claude Biver, introducing this forward-looking device from a traditional watch company.It's... Read more

Android Wear review: The smartwatch platform?
4.0 stars

Android Wear review: The smartwatch platform?

By Chris Hall

Android Wear is the platform for wearables designed to put the power of Google on your wrist. It keeps you always connected by delivering tailored alerts from your smartphone, but also acts as a point of input for interaction with your apps. It's designed... Read more

Google Pixel C vs Apple iPad Pro: Which is the best tablet for you?

Google Pixel C vs Apple iPad Pro: Which is the best tablet for you?

By Chris Hall

There's been a theme to recent tablet launches and that theme is productivity. No longer is the tablet just about providing a second screen experience, or easy access to something you might have previously quickly done on a laptop. Now your tablet wants... Read more

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: First class all the way?
4.0 stars

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: First class all the way?

By Chris Hall

The surprise of Sony's latest smartphone refresh is the Xperia Z5 Premium. It's a bold title for a device named to make a statement; it's a device that captured the imagination with its chrome mirrored finish and 4K display when we first saw it.But is... Read more

HTC One A9 vs One M9: Which is the best for you?

HTC One A9 vs One M9: Which is the best for you?

By Chris Hall

HTC has faced tough competition in 2015, with the flagship HTC One M9 - launched in March - not getting quite the reception that HTC had hoped for, despite offering plenty of refinement.A new entry into HTC's line-up is the HTC One A9. It's a new class... Read more

Google Pixel C review: Pixel perfect?
4.0 stars

Google Pixel C review: Pixel perfect?

By Chris Hall

The first Pixel was a Chromebook, launched with a flourish - a shining example of what a Chromebook could be, if you were going to pour everything into it. The arrival of the Pixel C tablet sees a new entrant to Google's Pixel programme, one that's very... Read more

BlackBerry's first Priv software update brings performance, camera, security enhancements

BlackBerry's first Priv software update brings performance, camera, security enhancements

By Chris Hall

The Priv has barely hit the shelves, and BlackBerry's surprise Android hit is ready to receive its first software update. No, it isn't Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but it does bring a range of enhancements, as well as kicking off the monthly security updates... Read more

On the first day of Christmas, Ofcom gave to me … news that Wi-Fi could be disturbed by lights on the tree

On the first day of Christmas, Ofcom gave to me … news that Wi-Fi could be disturbed by lights on the tree

By Chris Hall

Ok, so it isn't the first day of Christmas, but when there's a seasonal rhyme to be had who can resist? Ofcom has today announced that it is launching a Wi-Fi Checker app, aiming to help people examine the quality of the Wi-Fi in their homes. The headline... Read more

The EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2015 in pictures

The EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2015 in pictures

By Chris Hall

With fuzzy heads and a pocket full of ridiculous selfies, we awake in the aftermath of the EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2015.The EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards celebrated the best products of 2015, hosting an evening of merriment in London on 26 November.... Read more

BlackBerry Priv tips and tricks: Master your Android BB

BlackBerry Priv tips and tricks: Master your Android BB

By Chris Hall

The BlackBerry Priv is something of a surprise package, fusing some of the best features of Android with the best of BlackBerry. You now have that keyboard and BlackBerry Hub, but you also have access to all those Android apps. But this is a brave new... Read more

LG smart TVs to offer Google's Play Movies and TV

LG smart TVs to offer Google's Play Movies and TV

By Chris Hall

LG has confirmed that owners of its televisions will be getting an on-demand boost from Google.LG's smart TVs, including those using the webOS platform as well as earlier NetCast 4.0 and 4.5 models, will receive an update giving those TVs access to Google's... Read more

E Ink really isn't just for the Kindle: The future of airports, art, payments and packaging

E Ink really isn't just for the Kindle: The future of airports, art, payments and packaging

By Chris Hall

E Ink is the display that brings with it long battery life and excellent contrast, especially good for visibility in bright conditions.When you mention E Ink, you probably think about the Kindle or similar ebook readers. But there's so much more to E... Read more

Android 6.0 Marshmallow review: Polish and performance
4.0 stars

Android 6.0 Marshmallow review: Polish and performance

By Chris Hall

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is the latest version of Google's mobile operating system. It made its debut on the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P, a double helping of Marshmallow to kick off the next generation of Android devices.The updates have subsequently rolled... Read more

This is why a £1100 Android Wear smartwatch makes perfect sense

This is why a £1100 Android Wear smartwatch makes perfect sense

By Chris Hall

Our biggest criticism of Android Wear devices so far has revolved around design. Things started cheap (and there's some value in cheap things) but when you get to a flood of cheap, the entire category is devalued.The vernacular around Android Wear changed... Read more

London Underground is now better connected, as 100 more stations come online

London Underground is now better connected, as 100 more stations come online

By Chris Hall

The London Underground is a marvel of engineering, opening in 1863 and carrying around 1.3 billion passengers along its 250 miles of track every year, through 270 stations.But one of the most exciting developments for The Tube over the past few years... Read more

BlackBerry Priv vs BlackBerry Passport, Classic, Leap: What's the difference?

BlackBerry Priv vs BlackBerry Passport, Classic, Leap: What's the difference?

By Chris Hall

BlackBerry's latest handset has landed, the Priv. It makes a huge change for the company, moving to a new platform, looking, in the words of CEO John Chen, to deal with the problem of apps. The Priv arrives wanting to retain what BlackBerry is known... Read more

Arcam MusicBoost: iPhone audio and battery boost sounds good to us

Arcam MusicBoost: iPhone audio and battery boost sounds good to us

By Chris Hall

Arcam has a clever new iPhone case that it is working on that doubles-up on functions. Not only is the MusicBoost a battery case, but it contains a DAC and headphone amp too, so as the name suggests, it will upgrade the audio experience of your iPhone.Compatible... Read more

5 things BlackBerry users will love about the BlackBerry Priv

5 things BlackBerry users will love about the BlackBerry Priv

By Chris Hall

BlackBerry has finally launched the Priv, its latest handset, making the switch to Android.It's looking to bring together the best features of BlackBerry with the best of Android, launching a flagship-spec handset with a full QWERTY keyboard, as well... Read more

5 things Android users will love about the BlackBerry Priv

5 things Android users will love about the BlackBerry Priv

By Chris Hall

BlackBerry has finally launched the Priv, its first Android handset.It's looking to bring together the best features of BlackBerry with the best of Android, launching a flagship-spec handset with a full QWERTY keyboard, as well as a range of clever additions. You... Read more

BlackBerry Priv review: A sweet BlackBerry and Android pie
4.0 stars

BlackBerry Priv review: A sweet BlackBerry and Android pie

By Chris Hall

BlackBerry has trodden a rocky path these last few years that has lead us to a point that some felt was inevitable. With BB 7 and then BB 10 not really capturing the imagination in the way that iOS and Android have, it was of little surprise when BlackBerry... Read more

Humax FVP-4000T review: Freeview Play's first set-top box
4.0 stars

Humax FVP-4000T review: Freeview Play's first set-top box

By Chris Hall

Freeview Play has its first set-top box, the slickly named Humax FVP-4000T. The new service - that went live in October 2015 in the UK - is designed to combine regular broadcast Freeview services with connected catch-up services.If that's sounds familiar,... Read more