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LG X Power 2 preview: Monster battery machine

LG X Power 2 preview: Monster battery machine

By Chris Hall

The biggest request from smartphone owners is for better battery life. Manufacturers have been tackling this issue for many years, looking for ways to optimise, reducing drain from various apps and features and making big changes to things like the hardware... Read more

HTC U Ultra review: Are two displays better than one?
4.0 stars

HTC U Ultra review: Are two displays better than one?

By Chris Hall

HTC has kicked off 2017 with a new family of devices called HTC U. The logic is simple enough to follow: they are designed to be all about "you" (see what they did there?) and advance the connection between you and your device, for a more symbiotic relationship. It's... Read more

Android at MWC 2017: 87 pin badges on the Android Walk, and something retro special

Android at MWC 2017: 87 pin badges on the Android Walk, and something retro special

By Chris Hall

Android likes to bring a little fun to Mobile World Congress and in 2017, as it has done in two previous years Google has peppered the show with Android pin badges, providing show visitors with a distraction, while also hammering home just how far the... Read more

Qualcomm: There's no Samsung contractual exclusivity on the Snapdragon 835

Qualcomm: There's no Samsung contractual exclusivity on the Snapdragon 835

By Chris Hall

There's been plenty of rumour circulating that Samsung has "first dibs" on the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset. Qualcomm however, talking at Mobile World Congress 2017, told us that there was no contractual exclusivity on the Snapdragon 835.It was... Read more

Porsche Design Book One is a ridiculously plush 2-in-1 Windows dream device

Porsche Design Book One is a ridiculously plush 2-in-1 Windows dream device

By Chris Hall

Porsche Design is making its foray into computing with the launch of the Book One. Pairing up with Intel, Windows and Quanta Computing, the result is a 2-in-1 premium laptop looking to take on the likes of the Surface Book.The Book One is crafted from... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Book preview: A viable Surface alternative

Samsung Galaxy Book preview: A viable Surface alternative

By Chris Hall

The world is trying to move us away from laptops and toward 2-in-1 devices. Following Microsoft's original dalliance and the emergence of Window RT, there was some turmoil, as it became immediately evident that people didn't want RT - they wanted the... Read more

Confirmed: Samsung Galaxy S8 launch date is 29 March

Confirmed: Samsung Galaxy S8 launch date is 29 March

By Chris Hall

Samsung used its Mobile World Congress 2017 press conference to tease the launch date for its forthcoming smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S8.Samsung usually uses the Barcelona trade show to launch its annual update to its flagship smartphone, but in 2017,... Read more

Nokia 6 goes global with glorious Arte Black special edition

Nokia 6 goes global with glorious Arte Black special edition

By Chris Hall

The Nokia 6 was launched in China as Nokia's first Android phone under the new HMD company; pre-orders amounted to 1.3 million in the first 4 days, and it sold out almost instantly in China, leaving HMD playing catch-up.Now comes the turn of the rest... Read more

Nokia targets affordable Android with Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 smartphones

Nokia targets affordable Android with Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 smartphones

By Chris Hall

Nokia has announced a trio of phones as the company looks to re-establish itself as a force on the global smartphone stage. The company, now operating under license of new Finnish company HMD Global, has revealed a collection of Android handsets, bringing... Read more

Nokia 5 preview: Pure Android, all metal, completely affordable

Nokia 5 preview: Pure Android, all metal, completely affordable

By Chris Hall

Nokia has announced a trio of global smartphones at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. With the Nokia 6 leading the charge, and the Nokia 3 bringing up the rear, it's the Nokia 5 that sits in the middle. Priced at just €189, it's a fully-fledged Android... Read more

When is the Huawei P10 launch and how can I watch it live?

When is the Huawei P10 launch and how can I watch it live?

By Chris Hall

Huawei has been telling us for weeks that it's launching the Huawei P10 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on 26 February.The new flagship smartphone from Huawei has been teased widely, showing off that dual-camera action, talking about the Leica love... Read more

Alexa could come to a whole host of Bluetooth devices, thanks to Qualcomm

Alexa could come to a whole host of Bluetooth devices, thanks to Qualcomm

By Chris Hall

Qualcomm has confirmed that it's taking steps to enable the Alexa wake word on Bluetooth devices, thanks to software support in some of the latest Qualcomm Bluetooth Audio chips. For those wanting the technical details, it's the CSR8670 and CSR8675 chipsets... Read more

Qualcomm and Leap Motion partner to bring natural interaction to mobile VR devices

Qualcomm and Leap Motion partner to bring natural interaction to mobile VR devices

By Chris Hall

Qualcomm and Leap Motion have announced that they are partnering, bringing the advantage of bare hands interaction to VR worlds. There's a lot happening in VR at the moment and on the cusp of Mobile World Congress and the Game Developers Conference,... Read more

Qualcomm doubles-down on VR with Snapdragon 835 dev kit and accelerator program

Qualcomm doubles-down on VR with Snapdragon 835 dev kit and accelerator program

By Chris Hall

Qualcomm is serious about positioning the Snapdragon 835 as a platform for VR, providing the power needed to have an immersive virtual environment without the need to be tethered to a computer like HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. With Snapdragon 835 due to... Read more

Pokemon Go evolutions: Special items and how to evolve Polytoed, Slowking, Bellossom, Steelix and more

Pokemon Go evolutions: Special items and how to evolve Polytoed, Slowking, Bellossom, Steelix and more

By Chris Hall

There are 80 new Pokemon out on the streets waiting to be caught in Pokemon Go, but with the new gen-II update there's a slightly more complicated and important change to evolutions.There are a number of new evolutions that you can get to through gen-I... Read more

Qualcomm Snapdragon makes your Android Things devices more powerful, better connected

Qualcomm Snapdragon makes your Android Things devices more powerful, better connected

By Chris Hall

Qualcomm has announced that it will be supporting Android Things with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chipset, aiming to bring more power and connectivity to the next wave of smart devices.Android Things is an evolution of Android that's designed for connected... Read more

New Pokemon Go berries: Razz Berry, Nanab Berry and Pinap Berry explained

New Pokemon Go berries: Razz Berry, Nanab Berry and Pinap Berry explained

By Chris Hall

One of the new additions to Pokemon Go that brings the Johto region Pokemon to the game is a change in Berries.From the start, you've always had the option to use a Razz Berry to help when capturing a Pokemon. Now there are other types of Berry available... Read more

How to evolve Eevee into Espeon and Umbreon in Pokemon Go

How to evolve Eevee into Espeon and Umbreon in Pokemon Go

By Chris Hall

Eevee is one of the most interesting Pokemon characters. Not only is it ridiculously cute, but it doesn't have a defined evolution path - and some of the Eevee evolutions have been the best Pokemon to take into a battle - like Vaporeon. With the release... Read more

Panasonic 4K HDR choices for 2017: EZ1002, EZ952, EX750, EX700, EX600 compared

Panasonic 4K HDR choices for 2017: EZ1002, EZ952, EX750, EX700, EX600 compared

By Chris Hall

Panasonic has confirmed its full line-up of 4K HDR TVs for 2017, making quite a shuffle to the line-up compared to 2016. There's a shift in technologies and a change to the numbering scheme, but fear not, because we've got you covered. The 2017 Panasonic... Read more

Pokemon Go: How to use battery saver

Pokemon Go: How to use battery saver

By Chris Hall

Pokemon Go's biggest problem is battery drain. In a world where smartphones are notorious for eating battery really quickly anyway, it's a double-whammy of battery carnage.With the latest update Pokemon Go has a new lease of life and a new influx of players... Read more

Help! Pokemon Go isn't working: How to fix common Pokemon Go problems

Help! Pokemon Go isn't working: How to fix common Pokemon Go problems

By Chris Hall

Help! Pokemon Go isn't working - what is wrong with it?With every craze comes a backlash and for Pokemon Go, the many of the problems have stemmed from server demands. This was very common when the game first launched in 2016, but with the drop of the... Read more

Panasonic EZ1002 OLED TV preview: Stunning OLED punch paired with audio prowess

Panasonic EZ1002 OLED TV preview: Stunning OLED punch paired with audio prowess

By Chris Hall

Panasonic announced its return to OLED TVs at IFA 2016, and subsequently unveiled the EZ1000 series at CES 2017. Originally announced as a 65-inch model, Panasonic has now expanded this offering, adding a 77-inch model to the choices for its flagship... Read more

A closer look at Panasonic's Ultra HD Blu-ray player line-up: UB900, UB700, UB400, UB310, UB300

A closer look at Panasonic's Ultra HD Blu-ray player line-up: UB900, UB700, UB400, UB310, UB300

By Chris Hall

Panasonic was a big player in kickstarting this whole Ultra HD Blu-ray thing. It, alongside Samsung, launched the first player in 2016, aiming high, with the UB900. That was a remarkable piece of home entertainment kit and soon after followed the UB700,... Read more

Panasonic will update top-tier 2016 televisions to support hybrid log gamma

Panasonic will update top-tier 2016 televisions to support hybrid log gamma

By Chris Hall

There's a lot of chatter in HDR land about a new format called hybrid log gamma, or HLG to its friends. Hybrid log gamma is a new system for high dynamic range that's been co-developed by the BBC and it could be a future solution for broadcast HDR. While... Read more

HTC 10 review: Welcome back to the premier league
4.5 stars

HTC 10 review: Welcome back to the premier league

By Chris Hall

If there's any smartphone manufacturer that deserves a second chance it's HTC. We can credit HTC for much of what we love about smartphones today. It popularised Android, it pushed premium metal design and build quality, and focused on user experience.HTC... Read more

LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style: Release date, specs and everything else you need to know

LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style: Release date, specs and everything else you need to know

By Chris Hall

It would be fair to say that LG has hit Android Wear with some vigour over the past few years: LG G Watch was one of the first Android Wear devices, followed by the LG G Watch R. LG Watch Urbane in followed in 2015 and the Watch Urbane 2 was launched,... Read more

LG Watch Sport preview: The crown prince of Android Wear 2.0

LG Watch Sport preview: The crown prince of Android Wear 2.0

By Chris Hall

Android Wear has so far been a middling story of wearable devices. The best iterations have been sold on a brand's strengths - like Polar's integration into its M600 giving you a great Polar Flow experience, or Tag's premium reworking on the Tag Heuer... Read more

Official: LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style are Google's first Android Wear 2.0 watches

Official: LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style are Google's first Android Wear 2.0 watches

By Chris Hall

Google and LG have officially announced the LG Watch Sport and the LG Watch Style, a pair of new devices designed in collaboration to showcase Android Wear 2.0.Android Wear 2.0 was first announced at Google I/O in May 2016, but its official announcement... Read more

Android Wear 2.0 update coming from 15 February to existing watches

Android Wear 2.0 update coming from 15 February to existing watches

By Chris Hall

Google has confirmed that the update to Android Wear 2.0 will be rolling-out on 15 February, following its announcement with the launch of the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style on 8 February. The new software is a step-change for Android Wear, bring... Read more

iPhone owners to benefit from Android Wear 2.0, thanks to standalone apps

iPhone owners to benefit from Android Wear 2.0, thanks to standalone apps

By Chris Hall

Android Wear has supported the iPhone for a while, but the experience has been rather jilted. Unlike the Apple Watch, the experience didn't "just work", it was more a case of "barely worked".There are a lot of reasons why, not least because of the approach... Read more

Alexa comes to your car with Logitech ZeroTouch, but this might not be the experience you're looking for

Alexa comes to your car with Logitech ZeroTouch, but this might not be the experience you're looking for

By Chris Hall

Alexa is marching across the world of tech, appearing in all sorts of devices looking to bring connectivity from all angles.The latest announcement, appearing on the day that Amazon announced that Alexa Voice Service's availability in the UK and Germany,... Read more

Nintendo Switch pre-order stock available again, get one while you can

Nintendo Switch pre-order stock available again, get one while you can

By Chris Hall

Nintendo fully unveiled its next games console, the Nintendo Switch, in January and opened the doors for pre-orders soon after.However, unless you were very quick, retailers soon run out of their allocation for launch day and many were left frustrated.If... Read more

Audi MMI explored: A deep dive into Audi's in-car infotainment systems

Audi MMI explored: A deep dive into Audi's in-car infotainment systems

By Chris Hall

Of all the car brands out there, Audi is known for offering one of the most expansive and integrated information and entertainment systems you'll find in a car.There's whole range of options available, from Wi-Fi hotspots, to live traffic, there's Virtual... Read more

Sony 4K HDR TV choices for 2017: A1 OLED, ZD9, XE94, XE93, XE90, XE85, XE80 compared

Sony 4K HDR TV choices for 2017: A1 OLED, ZD9, XE94, XE93, XE90, XE85, XE80 compared

By Chris Hall

Sony has revealed its Bravia TV line-up for 2017, following much the same format as its excellent 2016 televisions, but boosting performance and tweaking the design in many areas.Sony is offering a full selection of 4K HDR televisions for 2017, on top... Read more

Sony's Full HD HDR TVs are the perfect companion for your PS4

Sony's Full HD HDR TVs are the perfect companion for your PS4

By Chris Hall

While most of the attention is on 4K or Ultra HD televisions when talking about HDR - high dynamic range - Sony has pulled the covers off something rather more unique: Full HD televisions that also support HDR.So far, HDR has followed 4K, i.e., higher... Read more

LG OLED B6 review: A sure-fire starting point for OLED
4.5 stars

LG OLED B6 review: A sure-fire starting point for OLED

By Chris Hall

The LG OLED B6 was launched in 2016, as the most affordable flat LG OLED TV for that year. That marks it out as something rather special because while the flagship televisions - the Signature G6 and the E6 - offer the picture-on-glass design, the OLED... Read more

Panasonic DMP-UB700 review: Step-down Ultra HD Blu-ray player loses little
4.5 stars

Panasonic DMP-UB700 review: Step-down Ultra HD Blu-ray player loses little

By Chris Hall

Panasonic made its pitch with one of the first Ultra HD Blu-ray players in 2016 with the UB900. It was masterful, designed to be the highest quality for early adopters and to satisfy the demands of serious AV enthusiasts looking for their 4K fix.The UB900's... Read more

Sony: Hybrid log gamma HDR update coming to all 4K HDR TVs

Sony: Hybrid log gamma HDR update coming to all 4K HDR TVs

By Chris Hall

Sony has confirmed that it will be pushing an update to bring hybrid log gamma compatibility to its 2016 and 2017 televisions.Hybrid log gamma (HLG) is a new TV technology that's been developed in part by the BBC, but is seen as the potential future for... Read more

Audi A5 (2017) review: Sporty looks, refined drive
4.5 stars

Audi A5 (2017) review: Sporty looks, refined drive

By Chris Hall

The Audi A5 was launched in 2007 and revised in 2009 to put doors into the back of the Coupé version for a more conventional five-door arrangement, the Sportback as Audi calls it. So solid was the A5 that the second-generation A5 has only just appeared,... Read more

Amazing LG Watch Style picture leak reveals Android Wear's next smartwatch darling

Amazing LG Watch Style picture leak reveals Android Wear's next smartwatch darling

By Chris Hall

LG could be preparing to launch two new smartwatches in partnership with Google, called the LG Watch Style and the LG Watch Sport. The names of these devices were first revealed by Evan Blass, who has now followed-up the name with high-quality images... Read more

How to make Amazon Echo respond to the Star Trek wake word 'Computer'

How to make Amazon Echo respond to the Star Trek wake word 'Computer'

By Chris Hall

Star Trek fans, hold onto your hats, because the it has finally happened: the Amazon Echo will now let you use Star Trek's wake word "Computer" rather than Alexa. Made famous by Picard and the crew in Star Trek The Next Generation, you can have your... Read more

OnePlus 3T available for immediate delivery, no more delays

OnePlus 3T available for immediate delivery, no more delays

By Chris Hall

OnePlus has something of a chequered history when it comes to availability of devices. The original OnePlus hype was partly fuelled by low stock and high demand. As a self-imposed new year's resolution, OnePlus wants to change that. Taking to the company... Read more

Apple Watch Nike+ review: Great smartwatch, just not a perfect runner's watch
4.0 stars

Apple Watch Nike+ review: Great smartwatch, just not a perfect runner's watch

By Chris Hall

We can all agree that the Apple Watch is one of the best smartwatches out there. Its user interface is slicker than many rivals, it works seamlessly and exclusively with the iPhone and comes wrapped in high-quality, understated hardware. The Nike+ edition... Read more

Vertu Constellation is a luxury handmade smartphone with a 5.5-inch sapphire crystal display

Vertu Constellation is a luxury handmade smartphone with a 5.5-inch sapphire crystal display

By Chris Hall

Vertu has announced its latest smartphone, the Constellation. Vertu, the British manufacturer of luxury smartphones, caters to a different sort of clientele, a discerning smartphone customer who wants the very best quality and craftsmanship, and is prepared... Read more

HTC Halfbeak Under Armour smartwatch: What's the story?

HTC Halfbeak Under Armour smartwatch: What's the story?

By Chris Hall

The HTC smartwatch has been often rumoured, but has failed to appear, with dates in 2015 and 2016 slipping by, with HTC staying out of the smartwatch arena.HTC does have some wearable devices however, first showing off the HTC Grip, a sports device that... Read more

HTC U Ultra: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

HTC U Ultra: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

By Chris Hall

HTC has announced a new family of devices - U - with two new phones, the mid-range U Play and a more premium U Ultra.Kicking off 2017 in some style, these two new handsets promise to be all about you, while also signalling quite a departure from HTC's... Read more

HTC U Play: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

HTC U Play: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

By Chris Hall

HTC has announced the U Play, sitting in a new handset family with the U Ultra, positioned under flagship level. While the U Ultra offers close to flagship specs, the U Play is a lower-spec mid-range device, very different from the handset it launched... Read more

HTC U Play preview: Mid-range specs, but plenty bling

HTC U Play preview: Mid-range specs, but plenty bling

By Chris Hall

HTC has made an early move on its 2017 updates, launching a new set of devices under the U name. The U Play is the smaller of the pair, sitting in the shadow of the larger U Ultra, but offering a similar design and build.The U aspect is easily explained... Read more

HTC U Ultra and U Play official: Unique designs, very different specs

HTC U Ultra and U Play official: Unique designs, very different specs

By Chris Hall

HTC has confirmed its first big launches of 2017, with the reveal of a new family of devices, called U.The HTC U Ultra and the HTC U Play make up the pair of devices and in fitting with the name, HTC says that these devices are designed to be closer to... Read more

Anyone can buy anything using your Amazon Echo, here's how to stop it

Anyone can buy anything using your Amazon Echo, here's how to stop it

By Chris Hall

Alexa is gifted with a full range of talents, but a recent update for those in the UK could leave you with a nasty surprise.On 20 October, Amazon turned on the shopping option for Amazon Echo. Voice purchasing means that you can ask Alexa to buy you things.... Read more