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What is 4K Photo? Panasonic's camera tech explained

What is 4K Photo? Panasonic's camera tech explained

By Chris Hall

Panasonic has feature on its cameras called 4K Photo, something that it invests a lot of time into promoting - even offering a dedicated button for 4K Photo on some of its cameras. However, there's plenty of scope for confusion around what it actually... Read more

Google Pixel exclusive features explored: A cut above the rest of Android?

Google Pixel exclusive features explored: A cut above the rest of Android?

By Chris Hall

Google's phones have always been dependable for one thing: giving you the best of Android. With the launch of the Pixel and Pixel XL, Google shifted the goalposts slightly, so that might not be the case anymore.The Nexus devices aren't Google phones,... Read more

Google Pixel tips: First things to do with your new Google superphone

Google Pixel tips: First things to do with your new Google superphone

By Chris Hall

Google's phones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, promise to give you a premium Android experience, with a number of exclusive features and bags of refinement.There are simple things you might want to do right out of the box, however, to get you started and to... Read more

Android for beginners: Tips and tricks for your new smartphone

Android for beginners: Tips and tricks for your new smartphone

By Chris Hall

If you're holding your shiny new Android smartphone and wondering how to get the most from it, then you've come to the right place.Whether this is your first smartphone, you've just hopped over from an iPhone, or you've had a number of Android handsets,... Read more

Android 7.1 Nougat tips and tricks: Get your teeth into Google’s gooey goodness

Android 7.1 Nougat tips and tricks: Get your teeth into Google’s gooey goodness

By Chris Hall

Unlike previous OS upgrades, Android Nougat was released before Google officially launched its new home-made Pixel phones. But when those Pixels finally came, they shipped with a tweaked version. Android 7.1 came with a fresh design, launcher and features.... Read more

How to make Amazon Echo connect to your BT Home Hub: An easy fix

How to make Amazon Echo connect to your BT Home Hub: An easy fix

By Chris Hall

Amazon Echo arrived in the UK on 28 September to much excitement. Those who pre-ordered the connected device took delivery and then discovered that it wouldn't work with one of the UK's largest internet services, as it failed to connect to BT's Home Hub.Setting... Read more

HTC is announcing something big on 12 January

HTC is announcing something big on 12 January

By Chris Hall

Rarely do announcements in the tech world surprise us, such is the nature of the leaks and rumours, but HTC's 12 January announcement has literally come out of the blue.That's about as much information as we've been given so far, with a "save the date"... Read more

Nixon Mission review: Surf and snow goes hardcore
4.0 stars

Nixon Mission review: Surf and snow goes hardcore

By Chris Hall

The best iterations of Android Wear don't come from electronics manufacturers trying to make watches, it comes from watch manufacturers taking advantage of Google's smartwatch platform. Devices like the Tag Heuer Connected and the Polar M600 achieve... Read more

Huge leak reveals Nokia P Android phone design

Huge leak reveals Nokia P Android phone design

By Chris Hall

Nokia has confirmed that it will be launching Android smartphones in 2017 and it's expected to do so as soon as February. There may be a little more meat on the bones of Nokia's plans thanks to a leak coming out of China, claiming to be the flagship... Read more

Google Pixel XL review: Android's new heavyweight champion
5.0 stars

Google Pixel XL review: Android's new heavyweight champion

By Chris Hall

Google is finally taking the smartphone fight seriously, launching two new handsets with one simple message: Pixel, Phone by Google.That might sound like a slightly gawky message, but it's laced with potency. More than at any other time in the history... Read more

Amazon Kindle Oasis review: First class reader, first class price
4.0 stars

Amazon Kindle Oasis review: First class reader, first class price

By Chris Hall

The Amazon Kindle has been fairly predictable over the past few years, walking a path from button-laden ebook reader at its 2007 launch, all the way through to the ultra-refined and ultra-simple Paperwhite and Voyage generation.The Kindle exists for one... Read more

How to watch Amazon Video on your Android phone or tablet

How to watch Amazon Video on your Android phone or tablet

By Chris Hall

Amazon Video has a great selection of titles, from classics like Mad Men, to new hits like Bosch or The Man in the High Castle and Clarkson's new venture The Grand Tour. But it's not the simplest service to use.Amazon Video comes as part of the Prime... Read more

Google Chromecast Ultra review: 4K casting is perfect... yet pointless
4.5 stars

Google Chromecast Ultra review: 4K casting is perfect... yet pointless

By Chris Hall

Casting, Google Cast or Chromecast represents one of the greatest steps in recent consumer technology. The ability to fling content from a phone or mobile device to a big-screen TV and control it from the palm of your hand is simple, but great.For us... Read more

Pokemon Go: How to raise your XP level, power up and evolve your Pokemon

Pokemon Go: How to raise your XP level, power up and evolve your Pokemon

By Chris Hall

There are lots of elements to Pokemon Go. There's finding and collecting all the Pokemon, there's battling in Gyms, there's hatching eggs and visiting PokeStops.Then there's the whole world of powering up your Pokemon and raising your Trainer's XP. These... Read more

Pokemon Go: How to catch Santa Hat Pikachu for Christmas

Pokemon Go: How to catch Santa Hat Pikachu for Christmas

By Chris Hall

Cancel all your Christmas orders: Niantic Labs is giving the best gift this Christmas with a special edition Santa Hat Pikachu.In case you missed the news, your favourite Pokemon character has had a makeover, now wearing a festive hat for a limited time.... Read more

Android Auto app: Bringing connectivity to all cars

Android Auto app: Bringing connectivity to all cars

By Chris Hall

Until recently, access to Android Auto was at the whim of car manufacturers or else involved switching out your head unit for a system that would support Google's in-car platform.When Google released the Android Auto app for all phones in all cars in... Read more

How to use the Pokemon Go Nearby feature

How to use the Pokemon Go Nearby feature

By Chris Hall

First leaked in August, the Nearby feature in Pokemon Go will change how you play the game, making your Pokemon time more effective. Rolling out initially in limited regions, the Nearby feature is now available in the UK, so it's much easier to find... Read more

Pokemon Go review, or The Trials and Tribulations of a Pokemon Go addict
4.0 stars

Pokemon Go review, or The Trials and Tribulations of a Pokemon Go addict

By Chris Hall

It's raining. The British summer has been everything we expect it to be, and at 4pm on a Wednesday afternoon, you're not supposed to be sitting in your car playing Pokemon Go.But addiction makes you do things you wouldn't normally do and things you certainly... Read more

Audi Q5 (2017) review: Technical brilliance in a slightly vanilla design
4.0 stars

Audi Q5 (2017) review: Technical brilliance in a slightly vanilla design

By Chris Hall

The Audi Q5 is arguably Audi's most important SUV. Sitting in the mid-sized segment, it occupies a space where it's a little more useful than the cutsey Audi Q3 and a little easier to live with in suburban tight spots than the Audi Q7.Built in Mexico... Read more

Yippee! New Pokemon coming to Pokemon Go on 12 December

Yippee! New Pokemon coming to Pokemon Go on 12 December

By Chris Hall

It's been confirmed: there are new Pokemon coming to Pokemon Go on 12 December.Announcing a new partnership with Sprint in the US, the official blog said that more details would be announced on 12 December through Pokemon Go's social channels:"We're... Read more

Motorola Moto Z review: A modular muddle
3.5 stars

Motorola Moto Z review: A modular muddle

By Chris Hall

Motorola has seen more than its fair share of changes in the past few years. From Motorola to Google to Lenovo, we've seen Moto phones shift to US-only manufacture and away again, introduce Moto Maker and pose in Nexus clothing. Now firmly in the grips... Read more

How to catch Ditto in Pokemon Go

How to catch Ditto in Pokemon Go

By Chris Hall

A number of changes have been pushed out to Pokemon Go in recent months following the explosion in popularity the game enjoyed in mid-2016.In addition to switching on the nearby feature in some regions, one of the unexpected changes was the inclusion... Read more

Samsung HW-K950 Dolby Atmos soundbar review: Genuinely immersive audio
4.5 stars

Samsung HW-K950 Dolby Atmos soundbar review: Genuinely immersive audio

By Chris Hall

Sound is a bigger part of your home entertainment setup than you might initially give it credit. Well, you know that, because you're interested in a Dolby Atmos soundbar, a way of bringing the latest in cinema surround sound excitement into your home... Read more

Samsung KS8000 SUHD TV review: Hitting the 4K HDR sweet spot
4.5 stars

Samsung KS8000 SUHD TV review: Hitting the 4K HDR sweet spot

By Chris Hall

Say what you like about Samsung's recent fortunes, there's no shortage of top choices when it comes to choosing an excellent 4K HDR TV - that's ultra-high definition and high dynamic range, to hit the two televisual must-haves for 2016.From the top-of-the-line... Read more

YouView unveils new faster, cleaner, TV user interface

YouView unveils new faster, cleaner, TV user interface

By Chris Hall

YouView has unveiled its next-generation TV platform, leaving Flash in the past and embracing HTML5 moving forward. The new interface leverages the cloud, meaning that YouView can quickly and easily update or add features in the background, something... Read more

HTC 10 Evo review: The bigger one falls slightly flat
3.5 stars

HTC 10 Evo review: The bigger one falls slightly flat

By Chris Hall

If the HTC 10 Evo looks familiar, that's because it was recently launched as the HTC Bolt as a Sprint exclusive. Well, it's exclusive no more, as it lands in the UK under a different name.The Evo recycles a name used by HTC in the past. There was the... Read more

HTC 10 Evo is metal and waterproof, but may have a dicky ticker

HTC 10 Evo is metal and waterproof, but may have a dicky ticker

By Chris Hall

HTC has added another premium handset to its portfolio, with the introduction of the HTC 10 Evo.Taking the name from the early-2016 flagship, the HTC 10, this new smartphone offers the metal unibody and distinctive metal chamfers of its namesake, but... Read more

Samsung KS9500 SUHD TV review: Brightest HDR, pitched on a curve
5.0 stars

Samsung KS9500 SUHD TV review: Brightest HDR, pitched on a curve

By Chris Hall

Ask Samsung and it will tell you that curved is very much where you should be with televisions. Having pushed the curved display as the next big thing after 3D - which is a feature incidentally absent from the KS9500 - the company still rates its flagship... Read more

Quick! Amazon Prime membership slashed to £59 as a limited offer

Quick! Amazon Prime membership slashed to £59 as a limited offer

By Chris Hall

Amazon has already started slashing prices for Black Friday, but there's a great offer on Prime membership if you've not already signed up.Amazon has slashed the price to £59 for new Prime members, so if you've been wondering whether to sign up or not,... Read more

Parrot Disco preview: You can be my wingman any time

Parrot Disco preview: You can be my wingman any time

By Chris Hall

Most of the talk about drones has focused around quadcopters. Parrot has a fair number of those, like the Bebop 2, but the Disco is a different proposition, taking to the skies as a fixed-wing drone.In reality there's been no shortage of those, from balsa... Read more

Microsoft Surface Book vs Apple MacBook Pro (2016): What's the difference?

Microsoft Surface Book vs Apple MacBook Pro (2016): What's the difference?

By Chris Hall

The gauntlet has been thrown down. Microsoft has updated its top-spec Surface Book, while Apple has updated its MacBook Pro, putting in a new Touch Bar feature.These two laptops square up, both pushing innovative features, trying to pull you to Windows... Read more

Apple MacBook Pro (2016): Release date, specs and everything you need to know

Apple MacBook Pro (2016): Release date, specs and everything you need to know

By Chris Hall

Apple has announced an update to its MacBook Pro, claiming that it's about to change everything again.Taking to the stage at its "Hello Again" event in Cupertino, Tim Cook and chums announced a completely new MacBook Pro, simply called the MacBook Pro. This... Read more

Microsoft Surface Dial: Price, availability and everything you need to know

Microsoft Surface Dial: Price, availability and everything you need to know

By Chris Hall

Microsoft recently pulled the covers off the Surface Studio and a newly-updated Surface Book, but there was one innovative device that drew a lot of attention: Surface Dial.What is Surface Dial?Surface Dial is an accessory that's been designed by Microsoft... Read more

Microsoft Surface Studio vs Apple iMac: What's the difference?

Microsoft Surface Studio vs Apple iMac: What's the difference?

By Chris Hall

If there's one message we're getting from companies, it's that designing your own hardware and pairing it with your own software is the way to go. Apple has long known this and doesn't do anything else, we've seen Google embrace this through Pixel devices... Read more

Windows 3D capture experience will be designed to work on all devices

Windows 3D capture experience will be designed to work on all devices

By Chris Hall

Microsoft wants to have everyone playing with 3D with its forthcoming release of Windows 10 Creator Update, coming in 2017. Presenting new features of the update, Megan Saunders, general manager at Microsoft, briefly talked about 3D capture, an essential... Read more

O2 Home offers an easy route down the smarthome path

O2 Home offers an easy route down the smarthome path

By Chris Hall

O2 has a range of smarthome packs, aiming to make it easy to get your home connected.Rather than you going out and buying a range of individual devices, the O2 Home approach will let you choose a pack, have O2 install it and support it in your home, in... Read more

BlackBerry DTEK60 vs BlackBerry DTEK50: What's the difference?

BlackBerry DTEK60 vs BlackBerry DTEK50: What's the difference?

By Chris Hall

BlackBerry has announced another DTEK handset, with the new DTEK60 joining the existing DTEK50. BlackBerry has been shifting over to Android, first launching the Priv slider, an innovative handset that offered a lot of BlackBerry and a lot of Android.... Read more

Logitech Pop is a smarthome switch that can quite literally get the party started

Logitech Pop is a smarthome switch that can quite literally get the party started

By Chris Hall

Logitech announced the Pop, a smart home switch that looks to cross the smarthome divide and control multiple devices with the press of a button. in August in the US, but it's now also available in the UK.The switch links into your Wi-Fi, scanning for... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ review: Falling short of flagship
3.5 stars

Sony Xperia XZ review: Falling short of flagship

By Chris Hall

With the flagship Xperia Z family abandoned, the device that everyone expected to be the Xperia Z6 launched as the Xperia XZ. The new device is the fifth Sony smartphone to launch in 2016 - following the Xperia XA, Xperia X, Xperia X Performance and... Read more

Pokemon Go's Halloween treat will stuff you full of Candy

Pokemon Go's Halloween treat will stuff you full of Candy

By Chris Hall

Pokemon Go is getting into the spirit of Halloween, with a special in-game event running from 26 October through to 1 November. Some of the treats that Pokemon Go has in store are a little disappointing: suggesting that there will be more Zubats around... Read more

How to show battery percentage on your Android 7 Nougat device

How to show battery percentage on your Android 7 Nougat device

By Chris Hall

One of the big criticisms of stock Android has always been that the some of the basic niceties are missing. One of the most prominent of these is simple: battery percentage.It's a common tweak from the likes of HTC, Samsung or Sony, meaning you can see... Read more

Mini Cooper S Works 210 first drive: Pocket rocket lite

Mini Cooper S Works 210 first drive: Pocket rocket lite

By Chris Hall

Some may have feared for Mini when BMW rolled in and took this British icon and modernised it, but spend 10 minutes on any major road and you'll know that the public adoration for the Mini hasn't abated.With the John Cooper Works super-charged version... Read more

Garmin Vivosmart HR+ review: A fully-packed fitness tracker
4.5 stars

Garmin Vivosmart HR+ review: A fully-packed fitness tracker

By Chris Hall

There's no shortage of fitness trackers on the market. Since the launch of the Nike FuelBand, just about everyone has had a crack at this lifestyle end of the sports device market. Offering a lighter and simpler approach than more established sports... Read more

Nexus owners: Android 7.1 Nougat coming in late October

Nexus owners: Android 7.1 Nougat coming in late October

By Chris Hall

Google has confirmed that it will be running a beta programme for Android 7.1 Nougat starting later in October.That will come as welcome news for Nexus owners, with the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P joining the Pixel C as the first devices to get access to the... Read more

RIP Samsung Galaxy Note 7: A eulogy for a great but flawed friend

RIP Samsung Galaxy Note 7: A eulogy for a great but flawed friend

By Chris Hall

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has passed. The life of this wonderful smartphone cut short. Join us as we reflect on the device that was the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.Before the Note 7 was born, the excitement was tangible. With over-achieving siblings appearing... Read more

Hive review: The British Gas system that's the hub of all things
4.0 stars

Hive review: The British Gas system that's the hub of all things

By Chris Hall

When British Gas called us in to the launch of Hive Active Heating, it was clear that this was the starting point for something bigger. Focusing initially where you would expect a heating company to focus, Active Heating was an easy first step. Thanks... Read more

Polar M600 review: Top-notch smartwatch and fitness tracker fusion
4.5 stars

Polar M600 review: Top-notch smartwatch and fitness tracker fusion

By Chris Hall

The explosion of smartwatches and fitness trackers has thrown up some real gems and thrown down some real turds, leaving us all to step carefully when choosing a new device. Polar is an established name in fitness devices, one of the oldest, perhaps,... Read more

Pokemon Go update makes catching rare Pokemon easier

Pokemon Go update makes catching rare Pokemon easier

By Chris Hall

There's an update coming to Pokemon Go that will take some of the frustration out of trying to catch rare Pokemon.Called the "capture bonus", the update (coming soon) will give you extra power to catch certain types of Pokemon, based on your achievements... Read more

Google Pixel exclusive features laid bare: What your regular Android phone won't get

Google Pixel exclusive features laid bare: What your regular Android phone won't get

By Chris Hall

Google announced its new devices this week, ditching the Nexus branding and taking things in-house with new the Pixel and Pixel XL. Unlike previous Nexus device launches, however, the Pixels aren't presented as a shining showcase of Android, they're... Read more

Google Nexus vs Google Pixel: What's the difference?

Google Nexus vs Google Pixel: What's the difference?

By Chris Hall

Google set the cat amongst the pigeons when it announced the Pixel C tablet in 2015. Launched alongside the two new Nexus handsets (Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P), this new tablet came Pixel branded, rather than Nexus branded. The previous Pixel product we... Read more