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Rockar Hyundai revolutionises car buying: Online, in-store, no car salespeople

Rockar Hyundai revolutionises car buying: Online, in-store, no car salespeople

By Chris Hall

Hyundai wants to revolutionise the way we buy cars, with an alterative approach to the traditional car showroom and salesperson.Partnering with Rockar.com - founded by Simon Dixon of jamjar.com fame - Rockar Hyundai wants to offer a car buying experience... Read more

Nexus 6 available from 1 December in UK, pre-orders from 18 November

Nexus 6 available from 1 December in UK, pre-orders from 18 November

By Chris Hall

With a lack of concrete information about when the Nexus 6 will be available, UK-based online retailer Mobiles.co.uk has today announced the the Nexus 6 will be available from 1 December.It also goes on to confirm that it will be offering pre-orders from... Read more

Nexus 9 review: The cutting edge of Android tablets
4.5 stars

Nexus 9 review: The cutting edge of Android tablets

By Chris Hall

The Nexus 9 is Google's new tablet, launching with a new version of Android - Lollipop - and bringing 64-bit hardware and software with it.It pushes the aged Nexus 10 aside and also sees the departure of the Nexus 7, sitting between the two and partnering... Read more

LG 55UB950V 4K TV review: webOS meets ultra-high definition
4.0 stars

LG 55UB950V 4K TV review: webOS meets ultra-high definition

By Chris Hall

The LG UB950V brings a double dose of excitement, offering ultra-high definition (UHD) resolution, otherwise known as 4K, in addition to LG's webOS user interface. The large resolution is matched by large screen sizes, as the UB950V is available in 65-... Read more

Arcam Solo Bar is an audiophile soundbar, fully loaded with connections (hands-on)

Arcam Solo Bar is an audiophile soundbar, fully loaded with connections (hands-on)

By Chris Hall

Arcam has poured its audio expertise into the Solo Bar, which the Cambridge-based company is claiming to be a soundbar fit for audiophiles. It's designed not just to bring audio enhancements to your TV, but to do much of the work that an AV receiver... Read more

Office for Android tablet coming November 2014, Mac early 2015, Windows late 2015

Office for Android tablet coming November 2014, Mac early 2015, Windows late 2015

By Chris Hall

If you were wondering when you'd get your hands on the latest version of Microsoft Office, then rumours have pulled together a run of dates, across platforms. First to hit should be a fuller version of Office for Android, designed to empower tablet users,... Read more

Moto X is discounted for 24 hours, get it while it's hot!

Moto X is discounted for 24 hours, get it while it's hot!

By Chris Hall

Motorola has given the new Moto X a discount for 24 hours, so you can get it from £359.99 right now.On sale though Motorola's UK website - where you'll be able to customise your handset using Moto Maker - the base price for the phone has taken a £60... Read more

Amazon.co.uk cosies up with O2 to sell you mobile contracts: We compare the deals

Amazon.co.uk cosies up with O2 to sell you mobile contracts: We compare the deals

By Chris Hall

Amazon.co.uk will now sell you a mobile phone contract, meaning you can buy not only the hardware, but the tariff to go with it.Amazon has been selling smartphones for a long time, offering devices like the Moto G as a retail partner for Motorola before... Read more

Fitbit refresh: Surge, Charge and Charge HR put more monitoring on your wrist

Fitbit refresh: Surge, Charge and Charge HR put more monitoring on your wrist

By Chris Hall

Fitbit has announced three new devices, the Fitbit Charge, Charge HR and Surge.The Surge is the new top-of-the-line, a fully-fledged sportswatch that offers so much more than just movement tracking. It's the most sophisticated Fitbit device so far and... Read more

Nexus 9 hands-on: Your next Nexus tablet

Nexus 9 hands-on: Your next Nexus tablet

By Chris Hall

Google calls the Nexus 9 a tablet for mover and makers, perhaps an indicator that the new Nexus tablet is going to be pitched at productivity, rather than just portable entertainment.Built by HTC, the Nexus 9 breaks new ground for Android with a 4:3 aspect... Read more

Android Wear state of the nation: New software, new devices

Android Wear state of the nation: New software, new devices

By Chris Hall

Android Wear so far has been interesting, if not really raising itself to "must have" status. As we knew it would, the pace of change is rapid, with the first generation of devices now almost forgotten.There's been respectable change of step in the past... Read more

HTC One (M8) for Windows review: Same genes, different DNA
4.5 stars

HTC One (M8) for Windows review: Same genes, different DNA

By Chris Hall

When the HTC One (M8) for Windows was announced, there was something of a cheer. It's no secret that we think the HTC One is one of the best handsets of the year thanks in no small part to its solid design, now available to a Windows Phone 8.1 market... Read more

BeoPlay A2 packs wonderful B&O sound into premium Bluetooth speaker

BeoPlay A2 packs wonderful B&O sound into premium Bluetooth speaker

By Chris Hall

The BeoPlay A2 is Bang & Olufsen's first Bluetooth speaker, launched under the B&O Play label. It's looking to force its way into a market that's already packed with plenty of options. We caught up with B&O prior to launch to get our hands on this speaker... Read more

Motorola Moto X (2014) review: An uncluttered Android marvel
4.5 stars

Motorola Moto X (2014) review: An uncluttered Android marvel

By Chris Hall

The Motorola Moto X has been reformed for its second generation model, with a brand new handset for 2014. It carries the Moto X name, and offers the same customisation options that the original offered. Originally launching off the back of the "made... Read more

HTC One (M8) update: Welcome to the HTC Eye Experience

HTC One (M8) update: Welcome to the HTC Eye Experience

By Chris Hall

HTC is looking to embrace the current trend for selfies, with an update to the HTC Camera app, introducing what the company is calling the HTC Eye Experience.The update for HTC Sense 6 brings a range of new features to existing devices, debuted on the... Read more

Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Fun time in phablet town

Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Fun time in phablet town

By Chris Hall

The Apple iPhone 6 steps into phablet territory with the iPhone 6 Plus, a smartphone with a 5.5-inch display. Some suspect this is to appeal to Asian markets and it's certainly a break from iPhones of the past. When it comes to big-screen phones there... Read more

'I'm sorry, I'm on the train': Railways found to be mobile blackspots

'I'm sorry, I'm on the train': Railways found to be mobile blackspots

By Chris Hall

If you spend a lot of time on commuter trains around London, you'll know the frustrations you face when trying to use your mobile devices. Now, thanks to research by Global Wireless Solutions, we can put a figure on just how bad cellular connections are... Read more

Mo Glow is the coolest part of PlayStation's Movember sponsorship

Mo Glow is the coolest part of PlayStation's Movember sponsorship

By Chris Hall

PlayStation has announced that it's sponsoring Movember in 2014, but the thing we're really interested in is giving your DualShock 4 controller a mo makeover.Called the Mo Glow, PlayStation will be offering a limited edition vinyl to stick over the rear... Read more

Apple iPad mini 3 adds Touch ID, but makes the old model more appealing (hands-on)

Apple iPad mini 3 adds Touch ID, but makes the old model more appealing (hands-on)

By Chris Hall

The iPad mini 3 saw itself updated at Apple's special event. But where the iPad Air 2 got plenty of investigation, the "new" iPad mini 3 was skirted over rather quickly.It got itself one screen, with blink-and-you'll-miss-it coverage, before the attention... Read more

iPad Air 2 vs Nexus 9: Battle of the brand new tablets

iPad Air 2 vs Nexus 9: Battle of the brand new tablets

By Chris Hall

Two days, two new tablets. Who'd of thought that would happen? Apple has announced the new iPad Air 2 hot on the heels of Google announcing the Nexus 9, its latest pure Android device.The Nexus 9 steps into new territory for Google and Android, while... Read more

Apple SIM is a pick-and-mix pre-installed SIM for the new iPad

Apple SIM is a pick-and-mix pre-installed SIM for the new iPad

By Chris Hall

Lurking in the wireless details for the newly-announced iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 is reference to the Apple SIM, not mentioned at the announcement of Apple's new tablets.The description reads as follows:"The Apple SIM gives you the flexibility to choose... Read more

Apple iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air: What's the difference?

Apple iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air: What's the difference?

By Chris Hall

Another year means another iPad. Updating the iPad Air, launched in October 2013, comes the iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 will be sold alongside the iPad Air, so you still have the choice of both.But with your existing iPad Air already offering a great experience... Read more

Nexus 9: Everything you need to know about the iPad rival

Nexus 9: Everything you need to know about the iPad rival

By Chris Hall

Google has announced the Nexus 9, its newest tablet, debuting Android 5.0 Lollipop.It squares up against the iPad, quite literally, making a few important changes over previous Nexus tablets.We've drilled through the specs of the new device and here's... Read more

Nexus 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Battle of the big phones

Nexus 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Battle of the big phones

By Chris Hall

Google has announced the Nexus 6, rocking a 5.96-inch display and the latest that Android has to offer.It was only last month that Apple announced its huge phone, the iPhone 6 Plus. These two titans go head to head, but which will be knocked for six? Design... Read more

Five things you didn't know about the Nexus 6

Five things you didn't know about the Nexus 6

By Chris Hall

Google has just announced the Nexus 6, but didn't embellish too many of the details as it did so.It's a huge phone with a 5.96-inch display and running the very latest Android 5.0 Lollipop software.That much we got, but there's more to Android's new purist... Read more

Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 officially announced, debuts Android 5.0 Lollipop

Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 officially announced, debuts Android 5.0 Lollipop

By Chris Hall

Google has officially announced the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, the latest in the line of pure Google devices. Announced without fanfare via a post on the company's blog, the new devices bring with them a new version of Android, known as Android 5.0 Lollipop.The... Read more

Sony Xperia Z3 review: Third time's a charm
5.0 stars

Sony Xperia Z3 review: Third time's a charm

By Chris Hall

Sony has revised and updated its flagship smartphone more times than any rival in recent years, with the Xperia Z3 model arriving just six months after the previous Z2 hit the shelves.The Sony Xperia Z3 sticks very much to the lines laid by its predecessors,... Read more

Inaugural Golden Brickies celebrates Star Wars Lego in perfect fan style

Inaugural Golden Brickies celebrates Star Wars Lego in perfect fan style

By Chris Hall

The Golden Brickies took place over this weekend with a red carpet event at Legoland Windsor, looking to celebrate the clash of cultural titans Lego and Star Wars.With Warwick Davis in attendance - who played the Ewok Wicket in Return of the Jedi - Lego... Read more

Kia Soul Mixx review
4.0 stars

Kia Soul Mixx review

By Chris Hall

The Kia Soul sits in the increasingly popular crossover segment of the market, taking something that's essentially a hatchback and giving it characteristics closer to that of an SUV.It's the follow-up to the 2008 original, now based on the Kia C'eed chassis,... Read more

These accessories reveal the Re camera lifestyle HTC wants you to have

These accessories reveal the Re camera lifestyle HTC wants you to have

By Chris Hall

HTC unveiled a camera at the Double Exposure event in New York. A camera, it says, that rethinks things.Called Re, this connected, highly portable, device will be a companion to your smartphone, looking to capture your life in pictures and video unobtrusively. Jason... Read more

HTC Desire Eye preview: A phone that wants to redefine the selfie (hands-on)

HTC Desire Eye preview: A phone that wants to redefine the selfie (hands-on)

By Chris Hall

HTC has grabbed selfies by the proverbial with the launch of the HTC Desire Eye. The new handset hits the headlines by offering a front-facing 13-megapixel camera with dual LED flash.This cyclops phone may be a knee-jerk reaction to the latest social... Read more

HTC Re camera: Previewing the new connected camera

HTC Re camera: Previewing the new connected camera

By Chris Hall

HTC has announced the Re camera at its Double Exposure event in New York, expanding its offering beyond the smartphones the company is known for.It's a standalone camera, although you need your Android or iOS device running the Re app to get to the full... Read more

HTC unveils the HTC Desire Eye with 13MP selfie camera and Re camera

HTC unveils the HTC Desire Eye with 13MP selfie camera and Re camera

By Chris Hall

HTC has taken to the stage in New York at its anticipated Double Exposure event, unveiling new hardware and software that confirms that HTC is still serious about imaging.Jumping wholeheartedly onto the selfie bandwagon, the HTC Desire Eye is the latest... Read more

Tesco Hudl vs Tesco Hudl 2: What's the difference?

Tesco Hudl vs Tesco Hudl 2: What's the difference?

By Chris Hall

The Tesco Hudl has been a surprise hit, selling 750,000 units, and offering a tablet experience at prices that are difficult to beat. But now there's a new Hudl in town, the aptly named Tesco Hudl 2. It offers the same proposition: an affordable tablet,... Read more

Subaru WRX STI first drive: More fun than you can shake a gearstick at

Subaru WRX STI first drive: More fun than you can shake a gearstick at

By Chris Hall

Subaru is the first to admit that it's something of a niche brand. Best known in the UK for rally success and resultant gold-wheeled Impreza tearing around our roads, recent years have been slightly chequered for the Japanese company.Having enjoyed the... Read more

The Jarre AeroBull is the weirdest speaker we've ever seen, after the AeroSkull (hands-on)

The Jarre AeroBull is the weirdest speaker we've ever seen, after the AeroSkull (hands-on)

By Chris Hall

If you're looking an iPhone dock or Bluetooth speaker that's a little different, then Jarre Technologies might have the answer. That perhaps shouldn't come as a surprise, given that it comes from the mind of Jean Michel Jarre, no stranger to the obscure.When... Read more

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review
5.0 stars

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review

By Chris Hall

Finding a compact phone with flagship specs is something of a rarity these days, with many manufacturers delivering smaller-screen devices in the mid-range instead. Not so the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, a device powerful enough to stand up to its larger-screen... Read more

Porsche Design P'9983: The £1400 BlackBerry for power professionals (hands-on)

Porsche Design P'9983: The £1400 BlackBerry for power professionals (hands-on)

By Chris Hall

Porsche Design made its first smartphone in 2007, before partnering with BlackBerry (then RIM) in 2011 on the P'9981. Jump to the present day and we have the Porsche Design P'9983, which is based on the BlackBerry Q10.In the words of BlackBerry and Porsche... Read more

Just how popular are the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus?

Just how popular are the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus?

By Chris Hall

Apple has declared its first weekend sales for the new iPhone models, showing not only how popular the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are, but how the appetite for the iPhone has grown over the last 7 years. With 10 million new iPhones sold after the first weekend... Read more

OneDrive offering 30GB free cloud storage for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone

OneDrive offering 30GB free cloud storage for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone

By Chris Hall

Microsoft is offering 30GB of OneDrive space for free, as it makes a major play to snap up those storing photos in the cloud.Pitching the limited offer directly at iPhone owners, Microsoft says on the OneDrive blog: "For those getting ready to install... Read more

Motorola Moto 360 review
3.5 stars

Motorola Moto 360 review

By Chris Hall

When Android Wear - Google's operating system for wearables - was announced, three devices lined up for scrutiny: the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live and the Moto 360. Of the three, the Moto 360 was heralded as the best of the bunch, the apple of Android... Read more

Nokia Lumia 530 review
3.5 stars

Nokia Lumia 530 review

By Chris Hall

The Nokia Lumia 530 is the latest Windows Phone device tasked with blazing a path into your pocket without costing a bomb. Its goal, quite simply, is to bring the advantages of modern devices to more people. It replaces the earlier Lumia 520, a model... Read more

iOS 8 is now available, update your iPhone 5S and iPad now

iOS 8 is now available, update your iPhone 5S and iPad now

By Chris Hall

Apple has confirmed that iOS 8 is now available to download, meaning that you'll be able to update your iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPad Air and iPad mini from today. In fact, you will also be able to download it for Phone 4S, iPhone 5, fifth-generation iPod... Read more

Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: Where can I get it?

Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: Where can I get it?

By Chris Hall

Apple has launched two new iPhone models, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Pre-orders opened from 12 September, available in store from 19 September.The iPhone 6 offers a 4.7-inch display and the iPhone 6 Plus 5.5-inches, meaning Apple now has a phablet.... Read more

Apple iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: What's the difference?

Apple iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: What's the difference?

By Chris Hall

Apple announced not one, but two new models of iPhone at its Cupertino special event and now they are about to hit the shops. But this isn't repeating the act of the iPhone 5S and 5C, this time we have the iPhone 6 (review) and the iPhone 6 Plus (review),... Read more

Moto Maker is now live in the UK: Design your custom Moto X (2014) today

Moto Maker is now live in the UK: Design your custom Moto X (2014) today

By Chris Hall

We reported just yesterday that Motorola's UK website is now offering direct sales of Motorola's devices. Now Moto Maker has opened up through the same website.This means that you can settle down and design your second-gen Moto X today. Just head over... Read more

Panasonic Lumix CM1 packs a 1-inch camera sensor, is also a phone

Panasonic Lumix CM1 packs a 1-inch camera sensor, is also a phone

By Chris Hall

Panasonic today took to the stage at Photokina 2014 and surprised many by introducing a new smartphone, the Lumix CM1.Be careful not to confuse your Lumix with your Lumia here, as Panasonic has put a 1-inch sensor into this phone. That's the sort of size... Read more

Bose SoundLink adds Color Bluetooth speaker and on-ear Bluetooth headphones

Bose SoundLink adds Color Bluetooth speaker and on-ear Bluetooth headphones

By Chris Hall

Bose has announced two new wireless products in its SoundLink series: the Color Bluetooth speaker and on-ear Bluetooth headphones.The new SoundLink Color is the most affordable Bose Bluetooth speaker yet, designed to let you take your tunes with you on... Read more

Microsoft is buying Minecraft developer Mojang for $2.5 billion

Microsoft is buying Minecraft developer Mojang for $2.5 billion

By Chris Hall

Microsoft and Mojang have come forward to confirm that Microsoft is acquiring Mojang and the Minecraft franchise for $2.5 billion.Mojang took to its official blog to confirm the news, but wants to set the Minecraft community at ease, saying it will be... Read more

Hello UK: You can now buy Motorola devices direct from Motorola.co.uk

Hello UK: You can now buy Motorola devices direct from Motorola.co.uk

By Chris Hall

Motorola's UK website will now let you purchase phones and accessories directly, making it the first port of call for all things Motorola.Opening at 7am on Monday, the new website will let you buy the latest devices direct from Motorola's own stock in... Read more