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Nest Cam is now official: Dropcam gets redesigned

Nest Cam is now official: Dropcam gets redesigned

By Chris Hall

Nest has today announced Nest Cam, its redeveloped version of Dropcam. However, Nest has added a lot of enhancements to the new Nest Cam.Firstly, the design is more versatile, using a zinc alloy stand, with new mounting options, including a standard tripod... Read more

Second-generation Nest Protect announced

Second-generation Nest Protect announced

By Chris Hall

A second generation Nest Protect has been introduced today, as Nest announced sweeping updates to its connected home devices.The second-gen Nest Protect comes with added sensors, to make it better at detecting fast and slow burning fires. Using what... Read more

HTC One M9 Ink hands-on: We've come a long way since the HTC Tattoo

HTC One M9 Ink hands-on: We've come a long way since the HTC Tattoo

By Chris Hall

HTC has teamed up with Jourdan Dunn to create a body art inspired, limited edition of the HTC One M9.Dunn is known as a fashion icon and supermodel - something that the HTC One also aspires to - and has worked with artist Cally-Jo to come up with the... Read more

LG Music Flow review: A multiroom Jekyll and Hyde
3.5 stars

LG Music Flow review: A multiroom Jekyll and Hyde

By Chris Hall

LG entered the multiroom music arena not with an exploratory dip of the toe, but with an explosion: a fully-featured line-up of audio products, designed to cater for just about any situation. In its sights is Sonos, the system that has not only set the... Read more

Harrier Tab expands EE's own-brand 4G line-up

Harrier Tab expands EE's own-brand 4G line-up

By Chris Hall

EE is expanding its line-up of own-brand Android devices with the 4G Harrier Tab. As you're probably guessed, it's a connected tablet, matching the Harrier devices that were recently announced in 5.2 and 4.7-inch sizes. The new 8-inch tablet is connected,... Read more

Xbox One backward compatibility confirmed: Xbox 360 titles will work

Xbox One backward compatibility confirmed: Xbox 360 titles will work

By Chris Hall

Microsoft has just dropped some big news at its E3 conference in Los Angeles: Xbox One backward compatibilty.Taking to the stage, Phil Spencer, head of Xbox at Microsoft confirmed that one of the most requested updates has been achieved, meaning you'll... Read more

Next-gen BMW 7 Series is stuffed full of James Bond tech

Next-gen BMW 7 Series is stuffed full of James Bond tech

By Chris Hall

BMW hasn't been shy of showing off some of its techy treats recently. We've reported on fancy keyfobs, remote parking and plenty more over the past 12 months. Well, they've all found a home IRL in the new BMW 7 Series.BMW boasts that this is the first... Read more

HTC One M9 is getting updated, and camera improvements are promised

HTC One M9 is getting updated, and camera improvements are promised

By Chris Hall

There's a new software update incoming for your HTC One M9 and it will bring camera performance updates with it, amongst other features.Updating to version 1.40, the new software is initially rolling-out to Europe, Middle East and Africa regions, having... Read more

Sony super-charges Cyber-shot with RX100 IV and RX10 II

Sony super-charges Cyber-shot with RX100 IV and RX10 II

By Chris Hall

Sony has announced two updates to its high-end compacts, resulting the in the RX100 IV and the RX10 II. The two models expand on the pro features in a pair of already fantastic cameras. The important modifications are to the 1-in type CMOS sensor at... Read more

What great watches you could buy instead of the Apple Watch?

What great watches you could buy instead of the Apple Watch?

By Chris Hall

Apple launched the Watch as a fashion piece, a desirable objet du jour, neatly divided into easily digestible price segments. There's the Apple Watch Sport for those at the bottom end, teasing you with plenty of strap options to dress it up and make... Read more

New Xbox One offers 1TB storage, new controller supports 3.5mm headphones

New Xbox One offers 1TB storage, new controller supports 3.5mm headphones

By Chris Hall

Microsoft has announced a new Xbox One console equipped with a 1TB storage drive, giving you more space to store the latest blockbuster games. The new console has been revealed in advance of the 2015 E3 Expo, where we're expecting a huge range of new... Read more

BT launching BT Sport Ultra HD, with a new UHD YouView set-top box

BT launching BT Sport Ultra HD, with a new UHD YouView set-top box

By Chris Hall

BT Sport has confirmed that it will be bringing 4K sport to your TV in August 2015.Alongside a number of announcements, BT confirmed that a new channel, appropriately called BT Sport Ultra HD will be launching in August. At the same time, it's confirmed... Read more

HTC One M9 vs One M9+ vs One ME vs One E9 vs One E9+: Showdown in HTC town

HTC One M9 vs One M9+ vs One ME vs One E9 vs One E9+: Showdown in HTC town

By Chris Hall

HTC launched the One M9 as its new flagship handset. Luxury design, new components, a revised Sense experience all fused together as the handset to set 2015 alight. But HTC's plans globally don't reflect those we see in the UK or the US, with a number... Read more

Tobyrich.vegas brings gamification to drones

Tobyrich.vegas brings gamification to drones

By Chris Hall

TobyRich makes Bluetooth controlled toys and its next venture is the tobyrich.vegas, a Bluetooth drone designed for indoor and outdoor play.This is the second Bluetooth drone from TobyRich and follows the lead of the previous model by opting for a lightweight... Read more

SAM Labs wants to help you build the Internet of Things with its Bluetooth blocks

SAM Labs wants to help you build the Internet of Things with its Bluetooth blocks

By Chris Hall

Mr Long's physics lessons were a constant source of amusement at school. When not learning about kinetic energy with a ticker tape cart, we were building circuits for electronics. If only it was as easy as SAM Labs Bluetooth building blocks.These little... Read more

Playbulb wants to bring Hue-like skills to your garden

Playbulb wants to bring Hue-like skills to your garden

By Chris Hall

Summer has arrived and as we sit in the garden quaffing the country's dwindling supply of Prosecco, there's one thing missing: smartphone-controlled coloured LED lighting. Fortunately, Playbulb has you covered with the Playbulb Garden. This solar-powered... Read more

Ikawa Home Roaster: Bluetooth-controlled coffee bean roasting

Ikawa Home Roaster: Bluetooth-controlled coffee bean roasting

By Chris Hall

If the poor coffee roasting efforts of others are leaving a bitter taste in your mouth, then the Ikawa Home Roaster might be just the thing for you.This connected coffee roaster connects to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth to give you precise control... Read more

Blocks Wearables: A closer look at the modular Android smartwatch

Blocks Wearables: A closer look at the modular Android smartwatch

By Chris Hall

Blocks Wearables is working on a modular smartwatch. We recently reported that the project is moving forward, hitting Kickstarter this summer, looking to crowd-fund and wing its way to the wrists of gadget fans everywhere. We caught up with Blocks Wearables... Read more

Audi TT Coupé review: The TT's coming of age
5.0 stars

Audi TT Coupé review: The TT's coming of age

By Chris Hall

The Audi TT is a car that's always had an image problem and it all stems from the curvaceous and bubbly first iteration. That was 1998, however, and as much as there was pointing and laughing from some drivers, it didn't stop the TT making its mark on... Read more

New Motorola smartphone and Moto 360 expected in summer, says Lenovo

New Motorola smartphone and Moto 360 expected in summer, says Lenovo

By Chris Hall

There's been a lot of talk about updates to Motorola, specifically new devices that come post-Lenovo's takeover of the Motorola brand from Google.Lenovo chairman and chief exec, Yang Yuanqing, has confirmed that we'll be seeing new models saying: "We... Read more

Corsair Bulldog aims to prove that PC gaming is better than console gaming

Corsair Bulldog aims to prove that PC gaming is better than console gaming

By Chris Hall

The PC versus console gaming battle is one that rages unabated and Corsair is throwing its hat into the ring with Bulldog, a PC designed for the living room.Unveiled at Computex 2015, the Bulldog is designed as a DIY gaming PC for your living room, complete... Read more

Nintendo NX will be Android based, insiders claim

Nintendo NX will be Android based, insiders claim

By Chris Hall

The Nintendo NX is turning into the ultimate tease. We know that Nintendo is working on some sort of future gaming hardware, codenamed NX, as was revealed in March.Speculation has now turned to the software platform, with Nikkei publishing a report talking... Read more

Say cheese: Asus ZenFone Selfie will take 13-megapixel photos of your gurning face

Say cheese: Asus ZenFone Selfie will take 13-megapixel photos of your gurning face

By Chris Hall

Asus is jumping on the selfie bandwagon, launching the ZenFone Selfie at Computex 2015.The new phone, with enhanced front-camera functionality, follows the likes of the HTC Desire Eye in offering a front camera that matches the resolution of the rear.There's... Read more

Android Wear support is the cherry on top of the Citymapper awesome cake

Android Wear support is the cherry on top of the Citymapper awesome cake

By Chris Hall

Citymapper is one of our favourite apps, one that we depend on day-to-day for quick navigation around London and other cities.Winner of the Judges Choice for best overall app in the GSMA 2014 Global Mobile Awards, it's recently had a couple of big updates... Read more

Next Nexus will have fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C, Google hint suggests

Next Nexus will have fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C, Google hint suggests

By Chris Hall

At the Google I/O 2015 developer conference, there's been plenty of news about Android Pay, the forthcoming Android M, as well as the launch of Google Photos. In the past the way that this works is that Android's new features are announced at Google... Read more

Android M previewed: Android Pay, fingerprint support, USB Type-C and more

Android M previewed: Android Pay, fingerprint support, USB Type-C and more

By Chris Hall

Talking during the Google I/O keynote, Dave Burke, VP engineering of Android at Google, gave us a sneak peak of what to expect from Android M, the next version of the Google operating system.Android M is about improving the core user experience in Android... Read more

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL review: Budget beauty
4.0 stars

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL review: Budget beauty

By Chris Hall

Microsoft's Lumia launch plans continue to run at full speed, most recently resulting in two affordable handsets: the Lumia 640 and its phablet-sized XL cousin. It's the latter device, the Lumia 640 XL, with its 5.7-inch screen and aggressive price point,... Read more

Android M could bring native fingerprint authentication

Android M could bring native fingerprint authentication

By Chris Hall

Rumours about Android M are circulating and with Google I/O, the company's annual developer conference, fast approaching it's expected that details of the new version of the operating system will soon get announced.BuzzFeed News is reporting that a native... Read more

20th Century Fox: UHD and HDR home viewing for all new movies

20th Century Fox: UHD and HDR home viewing for all new movies

By Chris Hall

The business of home entertainment is ever changing and 20th Century Fox looks to be doing its bit to make sure the future is glorious.The Hollywood Reporter tells us that 20th Century Fox is making a commitment to Ultra High Definition and High Dynamic... Read more

Inside Vertu: Welcome to the world of luxury smartphones

Inside Vertu: Welcome to the world of luxury smartphones

By Chris Hall

Nestled in the rolling hills of Hampshire, some 40 miles outside London, sits the headquarters of Vertu. Established during Nokia's halcyon days in 1998, Vertu was sold in 2012 to a private equity firm. It makes luxury phones by hand, costing more than... Read more

Uber self-driving cars hit the roads, Johnny Cabs may one day be a thing

Uber self-driving cars hit the roads, Johnny Cabs may one day be a thing

By Chris Hall

Uber had previously stated its intention to develop autonomous vehicles, basing itself in Pittsburgh. Those cars are now hitting the roads.Uber located its Uber Advanced Technologies Center in the Pennsylvania city, with the aim of one day of having autonomous... Read more

Sphero Darkside: The toy that proves the machines are taking over

Sphero Darkside: The toy that proves the machines are taking over

By Chris Hall

Sphero, basking in the glory of the Star Wars BB-8 afterglow, has a new connected toy called Darkside.With a name that pays homage to Star Wars, the new toy is the naughty alter-ego of the existing Sphero Ollie.Sphero says that Darkside is a robot that... Read more

Did Apple just out the iPhone 5C with Touch ID?

Did Apple just out the iPhone 5C with Touch ID?

By Chris Hall

There's long been questioning over what Apple is going to do with the iPhone 5C, it's slightly more affordable option.With the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus appearing in late 2014, the iPhone 5C lives on with its fun coloured plastic backs, just begging for an... Read more

HTC Vive has a VR zombie shooter, and it's called Arizona Sunshine

HTC Vive has a VR zombie shooter, and it's called Arizona Sunshine

By Chris Hall

The zombie apocalypse is on us, and this time it's in room-scale virtual reality.Vertigo Games and Jaywalkers Interactive have announced Arizona Sunshine, one of the first titles we've seen for HTC Vive, the VR system developed with Valve. Arizona Sunshine... Read more

LG Watch Urbane review: All that glitters is not rose gold
3.5 stars

LG Watch Urbane review: All that glitters is not rose gold

By Chris Hall

LG launched the Watch Urbane to the world, saying it was time to step forward with luxury accessories that people would really want to wear.Presented in stainless steel or rose gold, the LG Watch Urbane looks to take a more traditional approach to this... Read more

EE is taking loads of Power Bars to Glastonbury, offering free swaps

EE is taking loads of Power Bars to Glastonbury, offering free swaps

By Chris Hall

EE has announced that it is supporting Glastonbury for the third time and the headline act will be certainly be the EE Power Bar. Introduced previously at Glastonbury as an alternative to conventional charging - which the 4G network will also be providing... Read more

John Lewis expands own-brand TV line with affordable 4K UHD models

John Lewis expands own-brand TV line with affordable 4K UHD models

By Chris Hall

John Lewis is expanding on its partnership with LG to introduce new line of UHD models. The JL9100 builds on the "powered by LG" models introduced in 2014. "Sales of Ultra HD TVs in Britain have so far exceeded previous expectation, and we predict the... Read more

OnePlus Two could be an affordable powerhouse, leak suggests

OnePlus Two could be an affordable powerhouse, leak suggests

By Chris Hall

If we had to award one device with a Geek's Choice Award (in an affectionate way) then the OnePlus One would be it. Great viral marketing, limited access giving it an air of exclusivity and, yes, good value for money. It's fair to say then that the... Read more

HTC J Butterfly 3 effect reminds us chaos theory still exists

HTC J Butterfly 3 effect reminds us chaos theory still exists

By Chris Hall

It looks like HTC has another superphone that many of you won't be able to buy: the HTC J Butterfly 3. Sitting on KDDI's Au network in Japan, as with other Butterfly models, it's unlikely to appear elsewhere.The HTC J Butterfly 3 looks to take some of... Read more

Nexus Player review: A first step in Android TV
3.5 stars

Nexus Player review: A first step in Android TV

By Chris Hall

The Nexus Player is Google's set-top box. Built by Asus and announced alongside the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, the Nexus Player brings Android Lollipop to your TV.It acts as a bridge, giving Google an avenue to providing content for your TV and leverages a... Read more

Android Wear 5.1 explored: One small step for Android Wear...

Android Wear 5.1 explored: One small step for Android Wear...

By Chris Hall

Google announced an update to Android Wear in April, making its debut on the LG Watch Urbane and rolling out to other devices in the family. It's the most significant Wear update so far, a step change in functionality.Android Wear has spent its time floundering,... Read more

Live your own Jurassic World adventure, in Lego

Live your own Jurassic World adventure, in Lego

By Chris Hall

Jurassic World, the latest in the series of cult dinosaur movies, will be hitting cinemas on 12 June, but you can get in on the action now, in classic Lego style.Lego has released six new Lego sets to celebrate the movie, letting you set the dinosaurs... Read more

Simpsons Minifigures series 2 is another dose of Lego awesome

Simpsons Minifigures series 2 is another dose of Lego awesome

By Chris Hall

Rejoice! A second series of Simpsons and Lego Minifigs has been released.There are now 16 new Simpsons Lego Minifigs to collect, hitting any reputable stores from 1 May. There's a great selection of characters in the mix here, including some of The Simpsons... Read more

Sony Xperia Z3+: What's the story so far?

Sony Xperia Z3+: What's the story so far?

By Chris Hall

Sony Mobile seems to be running headlong into a nomenclature nightmare. With the excellent Sony Xperia Z3 awaiting a replacement, plenty of names, specs and other details have been bandied around.With many expecting the Z3 replacement to be simply called... Read more

HTC One M9 camera update brings promised raw capture

HTC One M9 camera update brings promised raw capture

By Chris Hall

When HTC launched the One M9, one of the features that was announced was raw capture for the camera - something rivals LG announced on the G4 just a few days ago. An update for the HTC Camera app has been pushed out via Google Play, bring the raw capture... Read more

Mini John Cooper Works Hatch gets fast and furious in tech-heavy promo video

Mini John Cooper Works Hatch gets fast and furious in tech-heavy promo video

By Chris Hall

We last encountered the Mini John Cooper Works Hatch at the Detroit Motor Show at the beginning of the year. Sporting the John Cooper Works badge, this is Mini's most powerful production Mini so far.It carries the same fun-loving looks as other Mini Hatch... Read more

Windows Phone 10 technical preview: Hands-on with Windows Phone of the future

Windows Phone 10 technical preview: Hands-on with Windows Phone of the future

By Chris Hall

Windows Phone 10 isn't actually called Windows Phone 10, but as is often the way, when a large corporation like Microsoft changes a naming convention the fans do their own thing.So here we have the Windows 10 technical preview for phones, that runs as... Read more

Watch Microsoft's Build 2015 keynote live, right here

Watch Microsoft's Build 2015 keynote live, right here

By Chris Hall

Microsoft's Build 2015 developer conference is set to see a lot of action, with plenty of detail on Windows 10 to be expected.The conference focuses on all things Microsoft and will be held at The Moscone Center in San Francisco, from 29 April-1 May 2015.The... Read more

TomTom Bandit action camera offers 4K capture, motion data, smartphone connectivity

TomTom Bandit action camera offers 4K capture, motion data, smartphone connectivity

By Chris Hall

TomTom has announced its entry into the action cam market with the TomTom Bandit, a camera with a difference.TomTom wants to make capturing your action movies as simple as possible, rethinking the action camera from the ground up, solving problems with... Read more

TomTom MyDrive bridges the gap between smartphones and cars

TomTom MyDrive bridges the gap between smartphones and cars

By Chris Hall

TomTom MyDrive is a new system that's designed to connect together all your devices - laptop, smartphone, tablet - as well as your car. The aim is to make it easier to plan and set your destination, allowing you to do this before you step into the car,... Read more