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Swatch CEO calls Apple Watch an "interesting toy", outlines plans for NFC Swatch

Swatch CEO calls Apple Watch an "interesting toy", outlines plans for NFC Swatch

By Chris Hall

In an interview with Swiss paper Tages-Anzeiger, Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek candidly outlines smartwatch plans for the Swiss company moving forward, while taking the opportunity to call out manufacturers like Apple, Samsung and Sony for their rivalling... Read more

EE TV update adds search, personalisation, photo and video playback, more

EE TV update adds search, personalisation, photo and video playback, more

By Chris Hall

EE has announced its biggest update to EE TV since the launch of the service in late-2014. The update brings more flexibility and personalisation to EE's TV service, which is one of the most dynamic TV offerings currently available.One of the biggest... Read more

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is the next version of Google's mobile OS

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is the next version of Google's mobile OS

By Chris Hall

Google has unveiled a Android lawn sculpture outside its Mountain View headquarters, confirming that M is officially Android Marshmallow.There had been plenty of speculation about what sweet treat Google would name the next version of Android after,... Read more

Samsung confirms Gear S2 smartwatch launch for IFA 2015 in September

Samsung confirms Gear S2 smartwatch launch for IFA 2015 in September

By Chris Hall

Samsung dropped a surprise annoucement at its Samsung Unpacked event where it unveiled the Galaxy Note 5 and the S6 edge Plus. At the end of the presentation, Samsung teased that there was more to come in the near future, before quickly showing off a... Read more

LG HS8 is a curved, connected, soundbar for your curved TV

LG HS8 is a curved, connected, soundbar for your curved TV

By Chris Hall

Curved TVs have been hitting the market for the last couple of years, and now LG has the perfect accompaniment for your sweeping screen. The HS8 Curved Sound Bar is designed to match your curved LG TV, similar to the curved soundbar that Samsung offers... Read more

4GEE Action Cam review: Live-stream your hardcore action
3.5 stars

4GEE Action Cam review: Live-stream your hardcore action

By Chris Hall

EE is looking to diversify its offering, making a step into action cameras. The aptly named 4GEE Action Cam arrives with the hook that it's connected, tying it into the 4G network and giving you the option to broadcast your adventures direct from the... Read more

New Moto X photos flaunt sexy design, front-facing flash

New Moto X photos flaunt sexy design, front-facing flash

By Chris Hall

Motorola has sent out invites for an event on 28 July, promising that it will change your relationship status with your phone. There's some ominous kisses at the bottom of that invite that look a lot like XGX. It's predicted that Motorola, now under... Read more

PayPal fuels Shell's new Fill Up & Go service, allowing app payments at the pump

PayPal fuels Shell's new Fill Up & Go service, allowing app payments at the pump

By Chris Hall

Shell has today enabled a new pay at the pump system in the UK in partnership with PayPal.Unlike older systems that integrate a card payment terminal, the Fill Up & Go system lets you use PayPal to complete the transaction through your smartphone.Shell... Read more

OnePlus Power Bank: A bank you can trust

OnePlus Power Bank: A bank you can trust

By Chris Hall

There's a lot of hype about OnePlus. Among smartphone fans, OnePlus is probably the most talked about brand at the moment, which is surprising for a company that's relatively new on the scene.If you weren't paying attention, then you might not know that... Read more

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet review: Power, performance, price
4.5 stars

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet review: Power, performance, price

By Chris Hall

The latest tablet to roll off Sony's line is the Xperia Z4 Tablet. Announced before Sony confusingly launched a Z4 smartphone in Japan and the Z3+ in the rest of the world, the Z4 Tablet looks to deliver everything you could want from a modern Android... Read more

Honda CR-V 2015 review: Tech-tweaked SUV
4.5 stars

Honda CR-V 2015 review: Tech-tweaked SUV

By Chris Hall

Honda is looking at having a big year in 2015. You can't help but have noticed the new Type-R or NSX that will be hitting the roads in 2015, leading the charge in a complete refresh of the company's cars. The new Honda CR-V, first off the blocks, is... Read more

HTC Grip slips, but there's a whole suite of Under Armour products coming

HTC Grip slips, but there's a whole suite of Under Armour products coming

By Chris Hall

In February 2015, HTC unveiled the Grip, a wearable sports bracelet, the fruit of its union with Under Armour. Since the announcement and early prototype demos, we've heard very little about HTC Grip.However the company has now come forward and issued... Read more

Moov Now wants to be your wearable fitness coach

Moov Now wants to be your wearable fitness coach

By Chris Hall

Moov Now is a second-gen wearable sports tracker, aiming to offer more than your average passive fitness band.The Moov Now has ambitions to be a complete coach, not only tracking your activity, but monitoring how you're running, cycling, or swimming... Read more

Motorola launch scheduled for 28 July, new Moto X and G expected

Motorola launch scheduled for 28 July, new Moto X and G expected

By Chris Hall

Motorola has sent out formal invitations to the press inviting them to a launch event on 28 July.There's no indication of exactly what the launches will be, with the invitation simply stating that "your relationship status is about to change", with some... Read more

Getting a OnePlus 2 invite is going to be much easier

Getting a OnePlus 2 invite is going to be much easier

By Chris Hall

One of the turnoffs when it came to buying the OnePlus One - especially when it launched - was how hard it was to actually get one.OnePlus has detailed that it wants to make the process smoother when it comes to buying the OnePlus 2, which will be announced... Read more

HTC One M8 will be updated to Android M

HTC One M8 will be updated to Android M

By Chris Hall

The HTC One M8 is a popular handset, more so, perhaps, than HTC's current flagship, the M9. Well it looks like there's life in the old (ish) dog yet.Responding to a question on Twitter, HTC product manager Mo Versi said that the HTC One M8 would indeed... Read more

HTC One M9+ announced for Europe: 5.2-inch QHD hero handset

HTC One M9+ announced for Europe: 5.2-inch QHD hero handset

By Chris Hall

HTC has confirmed that the HTC One M9+ is coming to Europe. The flagship phone was originally launched in China, offering a larger, and in some cases better-specced, alternative to the One M9. It now appears that we're going to benefit from HTC's more... Read more

Polar Loop 2 adds notifications, vibration alerts, and keeps on tracking

Polar Loop 2 adds notifications, vibration alerts, and keeps on tracking

By Chris Hall

Polar has announced an updated version of its activity tracker, the Polar Loop. The new Loop 2 retains many of the features of the original, but expands the feature set for a more connected smart experience.The Polar Loop 2 adopts many of the skills seen... Read more

Pocket-lint Three Peaks Challenge: The kit we used

Pocket-lint Three Peaks Challenge: The kit we used

By Chris Hall

Readers of Pocket-lint will know that we've just completed the Three Peaks Challenge, climbing the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in under 24 hours.You can read all about the experience right here on Pocket-lint, but we thought we'd... Read more

This is the new Hive smart thermostat, and it's awesome

This is the new Hive smart thermostat, and it's awesome

By Chris Hall

Hive has announced Active Heating 2, outlining the future for the connected heating system, with an expansion into the connected home.At the core of Active Heating 2 is this new thermostat, a replacement for the digital thermostat box of the original... Read more

Hive turns up the heat on smarthomes: Door sensors, motion detectors, smart plugs, IFTTT-style recipes join the system

Hive turns up the heat on smarthomes: Door sensors, motion detectors, smart plugs, IFTTT-style recipes join the system

By Chris Hall

Hive by British Gas today announced an expansion into the smarthome, reaching beyond heating and hot water.With an aim of connecting as many houses in the UK as possible, Hive has announced a full family of complimentary products, all of which can be... Read more

Hive will add connected cameras, Honeycomb platform offers third-party support

Hive will add connected cameras, Honeycomb platform offers third-party support

By Chris Hall

Hive from British Gas has made a sweeping run of announcements today, including Active Heating 2 with a new smart thermostat and a full family of smarthome products, designed to make every home connected. One of the things that hasn't been announced... Read more

Hive Active Heating 2 adds multi-zone support, heating boost, more

Hive Active Heating 2 adds multi-zone support, heating boost, more

By Chris Hall

Hive has today announced Active Heating 2, with a brand new smart thermostat and a range of new features for your smart heating system.Through an update to the app, Hive is going to enable many of the new features for existing Hive customers, as well... Read more

A tale of three mountains: The Pocket-lint Three Peaks Challenge

A tale of three mountains: The Pocket-lint Three Peaks Challenge

By Chris Hall

There was a palpable sense of excitement as we packed our gear into the Land Rover Discoverys for the long drive north to Kinlochleven in Scotland. Pocket-lint teamed up with Asus, with support from friends at Land Rover, Berghaus and Under Armour, aiming... Read more

Ted Baker partnered with Quella for a retro-fantastic road bike collection

Ted Baker partnered with Quella for a retro-fantastic road bike collection

By Chris Hall

We wouldn't normally feature a bicycle here on Pocket-lint, unless it was made from gold or is an electric bike. But setting eyes on the Ted Baker collection, memories of loved Raleigh road bikes from the 80s came flooding back.So please indulge us, there's... Read more

Office 16 for Mac is now available: Here's everything you need to know

Office 16 for Mac is now available: Here's everything you need to know

By Chris Hall

Office 16 for Mac sees a big step forward for the Microsoft Office suite on Apple's computers, updating the version of the software for the first time since 2011.Version trackers will also note that this sees the Mac getting its updated version of Office... Read more

Homido is a universal virtual reality headset for smartphones (hands-on)

Homido is a universal virtual reality headset for smartphones (hands-on)

By Chris Hall

There's a lot of talk about VR at the moment, from the cheapest of the cheap - Google Cardboard - to the premium experience like HTC Vive or Oculus Rift.The Homido Virtual Reality Headset is a headset that's been cleverly designed to accept any smartphone... Read more

Guardians! This limited edition PS4 Destiny: The Taken King console is calling you

Guardians! This limited edition PS4 Destiny: The Taken King console is calling you

By Chris Hall

Sony has announced a limited edition PS4, finely dressed in Destiny livery.Launched to celebrate Destiny: The Taken King, this white PS4 has been adorned with a map of the cosmos, designed to reflect the opening of the game.The Guardian's crest adorns... Read more

Withings Activité and Activité Pop now offer automatic swim tracking

Withings Activité and Activité Pop now offer automatic swim tracking

By Chris Hall

Withings has announced that swim tracking is now available on the Activité and the Activité Pop.Just in time for the summer to start here in the UK, the stylish activity trackers from Withings are, according to the company, the first devices to automatically... Read more

The Rook is EE's £49 4G handset

The Rook is EE's £49 4G handset

By Chris Hall

EE has announced a new addition to its bird-named handsets with the launch of the Rook.The Rook joins the line-up that includes the Harrier and Harrier Mini, but this model is available for just £49 for new customers, or £39 for existing customers.EE... Read more

Panasonic Smart Home system wants to keep your house and shed safe

Panasonic Smart Home system wants to keep your house and shed safe

By Chris Hall

Panasonic has announced that its Smart Home system is coming to the UK, looking to provide another solution for security, monitoring and smart control. Panasonic's system offers a range of components that all link to a central hub using DECT ULE. Panasonic... Read more

GoPro goes small with the Hero4 Session

GoPro goes small with the Hero4 Session

By Chris Hall

GoPro has announced its smallest camera yet, the GoPro Hero4 Session. The new camera takes on a smaller cube format and doesn't need a separate waterproof case. It's designed to expand the versatility of the GoPro family, with GoPro saying it's 50 per... Read more

Apple Pay UK expected to go live on 14 July

Apple Pay UK expected to go live on 14 July

By Chris Hall

Apple Pay is coming to the UK in July, but so far Apple has remained tight-lipped on exactly when you'll be able to pay using your iPhone, rather than your debit or credit card.It looks like Waitrose has now spilled the flageolet beans thanks to a leaked... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 design leak serves up no surprises at all

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 design leak serves up no surprises at all

By Chris Hall

One of the hottest devices to launch in 2015 will be the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Riding high following the SGS6 and the SGS6 edge, the Note is already seeing a lot of rumour and speculation.Joining the fray is a leaked CAD (computer aided design), a 3D... Read more

Oculus Rift meets adult entertainment: VR porn is here

Oculus Rift meets adult entertainment: VR porn is here

By Chris Hall

The adult entertainment industry has been pioneering in many ways, especially when it comes to delivery of content through the adoption of emerging technologies. Private browsing, secure online payments, streaming, home movie formats, adoption of 4K,... Read more

Could Sony be planning Xperia Z5 launch for September?

Could Sony be planning Xperia Z5 launch for September?

By Chris Hall

Rumours are circulating that Sony might be looking to launch a true flagship model in the Xperia Z5, with September as the timeframe for launch.Sony's launches in 2015 have been a little confusing. After the Sony Xperia Z3 - which is a great phone -... Read more

BlackBerry Venice could be the Android BB slider you've been looking for

BlackBerry Venice could be the Android BB slider you've been looking for

By Chris Hall

A leopard might not be able to change its spots - this leak comes from "retired" leaker Evan Blass - but it seems BlackBerry might be able to change its OS. There have been rumours circulating that BlackBerry was taking a lot of interest in what Android... Read more

Team Pocket-lint tackles the Three Peaks Challenge

Team Pocket-lint tackles the Three Peaks Challenge

By Chris Hall

Team Pocket-lint will be tackling the Three Peaks Challenge in July, supported by Asus.That's right, we're going on our own search of incredible, challenging ourselves to climb the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales in 24 hours.We've been... Read more

What is raw capture and do I need it on my phone?

What is raw capture and do I need it on my phone?

By Chris Hall

The most fiercely fought of battles when it comes to smartphones is in camera performance. It's the first port of call when it comes to comparisons, it's where the fans compete and contrast their devices.Smartphone cameras have been getting more sophisticated... Read more

HTC Aero could be the smartphone to end HTC's camera woes

HTC Aero could be the smartphone to end HTC's camera woes

By Chris Hall

We've been talking about HTC's future plans for a few weeks, following CEO Cher Wang's pronouncement that there would be a new "hero" handset coming in October 2015.There's been little to go on in terms of the actual details, but the trickle has started,... Read more

The PNY Powerpack T2600 is all you need on a hot LZ

The PNY Powerpack T2600 is all you need on a hot LZ

By Chris Hall

There are only two actions you can take when an ambush is sprung. You can lie down in the killzone and die, or you can run into the enemy, charging the guns. Today was not a good day to die. There was no indication that this would be a hot LZ, but it... Read more

Garmin Varia focuses on safety: Radar detection and smart lights for cyclists

Garmin Varia focuses on safety: Radar detection and smart lights for cyclists

By Chris Hall

Garmin has introduced a new line of devices for cyclists called Varia.Varia is all about safety, offering some smart solutions to the problems faced by cyclists on the roads every day.The Varia Radar is exactly what it sounds like. It's a rear radar for... Read more

Honor Band Zero offers minimalist design, life tracking features

Honor Band Zero offers minimalist design, life tracking features

By Chris Hall

Honor, the spin-out brand of Huawei, has revealed the Honor Band Zero via Twitter. The new wearable offers a minimalist design, with a strap that's reminiscent of Apple's classic buckle for Apple Watch.Honor doesn't give away much in the tweet - appearing... Read more

TomTom Go 510 review: Great navigation, now more connected
4.5 stars

TomTom Go 510 review: Great navigation, now more connected

By Chris Hall

TomTom has updated its navigation devices, ushering in new features and some changes to the user interface to make life simpler for drivers trying to get from A to B.For a number of years, people have been saying that the dedicated personal navigation... Read more

Alexa, the brains behind Amazon Echo, wants to take over all your connected devices

Alexa, the brains behind Amazon Echo, wants to take over all your connected devices

By Chris Hall

It's no coincidence that Amazon has made its Echo smart device available to all recently: today Amazon has made another significant announcement in the future of device voice control. Amazon is offering Alexa for integration into third-party devices. Amazon... Read more

Vertu Signature for Bentley: The £14,500 phone for your £252,000 car

Vertu Signature for Bentley: The £14,500 phone for your £252,000 car

By Chris Hall

Vertu has announced the second exclusive model to be spawned from its partnership with Bentley and it's a custom Signature handset. The Vertu Signature for Bentley is inspired by the Bentley Mulsanne Speed. There's a carbonfibre pillow sharing the same... Read more

Confirmed: OnePlus Two equals USB C

Confirmed: OnePlus Two equals USB C

By Chris Hall

OnePlus has been drip-feeding us information about what to expect from its next handset, taking to Twitter to reveal the details.The latest reveal is that the OnePlus Two will feature USB type-C, making it one of the first handsets to do so.Of course,... Read more

HTC One M9 review: Distracted by refinement
4.0 stars

HTC One M9 review: Distracted by refinement

By Chris Hall

The HTC One M9 is, in every sense, an evolution of the flagship M8 smartphone that came before it. It offers a similar design, a similar feature set, similar specs and a similar user experience.It is, therefore, a similar overall experience. But the HTC... Read more

What is Nest Aware?

What is Nest Aware?

By Chris Hall

Nest has just announced a run of updates to its smarthome devices, including a new Nest Protect, a redesigned app, some new feature updates and Nest Cam, a connected home camera.Nest Cam offers a minimalist metal body, a magnetic base for easy mounting... Read more

New DS 5 first drive: Just don't call it a Citroën

New DS 5 first drive: Just don't call it a Citroën

By Chris Hall

The Citroën DS is heralded as a design classic. It was revolutionary at its 1955 launch, some 60 years ago. Looking to reclaim the premium heyday of French motoring, Citroën has split out DS Automobiles as a separate branch, offering a premium take... Read more