Latest articles from Dan


Honeywell Lyric C1 review: No frills affordable home security
3.0 stars Honeywell Lyric C1 review: No frills affordable home security By Dan Sung

Shelling out £300 along with a big, fat subscription on smart home security is not everyone's idea of money well spent and, indeed, why should it be? Let's face it: there's a very good chance you'll never actually use the thing to catch a burglar in... Read more

Netatmo Presence review: Right off the ugly tree and straight into our hearts
4.0 stars Netatmo Presence review: Right off the ugly tree and straight into our hearts By Dan Sung

Think of a leading smart home device and most will mention the connected thermostat. For us, however, the smart home security camera has become just as successful – and as if to prove it there are at least 10 or 20 decent models out there, each worthy... Read more

Canary: Simple features, complicated technology
Canary: Simple features, complicated technology By Dan Sung

There's no point in a smarthome device unless it makes your life easier. If it can't manage that first and foremost, then all the bells and whistles in the world won't matter.It will be too much trouble to use. That was one of tenets upon which the Canary... Read more

Canary: What is it, what does it do and how does it work?
Canary: What is it, what does it do and how does it work? By Dan Sung

Thermostats are old news. The really hot smarthome battleground of the moment is smart security systems and Canary is a name to note. A young company focused on a single, carefully-designed piece of kit; the core of its credo was to create something simple... Read more

10 future technologies that won't be ready anytime soon
10 future technologies that won't be ready anytime soon By Dan Sung

The future, 30 years is a long time in technology, and while Back To The Future predicted many things that were right in 2015, Science Fiction and Hollywood are renowned for getting plenty wrong.There's no flying car, no hoverboards and no robot servants... Read more

Back To The Future: Did Dan Sung predict 2015 correctly in 2010?
Back To The Future: Did Dan Sung predict 2015 correctly in 2010? By Dan Sung

In 2010 Pocket-lint tried to imagine what the future would be like in 2015. Today is yesterday’s future, but did we get it right? We’ve revisited three of the “future diary” pieces we wrote five years ago to find out.Dan Sung's Future diary: 30... Read more

Canary All-In-One Home Security review: A bird in the hand
4.0 stars Canary All-In-One Home Security review: A bird in the hand By Dan Sung

What goes on in your house when you're not there? That's the question that Canary is here to answer with its £159 smart home security system.It sits at home and watches. It watches for movement and, should it sense some kind of tremor in the Force, it... Read more

When Pocket-lint met Dr Dre
When Pocket-lint met Dr Dre By Dan Sung

In 2010 Pocket-lint flew to New York to interview Dr Dre and Jimmy Lovine to talk about the Beats Audio headphones launch.Although promised a long interview slot with the two founders about gadgets, tech, and the new headphones, the 3-day trip ultimately... Read more

Google Play Music All Access vs iTunes vs Spotify vs Amazon Cloud Player vs Xbox Music vs Music Unlimited
Google Play Music All Access vs iTunes vs Spotify vs Amazon Cloud Player vs Xbox Music vs Music Unlimited By Dan Sung

The arrival of Google Music on UK shores has added to the tumbling pile of digital music service options for people to consider, throw in the just announce All Access setup from Google and you have a Spotify rival to boot. With so many different services... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: GroupMe review (Android, iOS, BB and Windows Phone)
APP OF THE DAY: GroupMe review (Android, iOS, BB and Windows Phone) By Dan Sung

Communication, communication. If there were a programme about the most successful mobile phone apps hosted by Kirsty and Phil on Channel 4, that would probably be what it was called. It’s the What’s Apps of this world, the Skypes and the BBMs that... Read more

What is Vine?
What is Vine? By Dan Sung

If you’re looking for the latest craze to sweep the globe, then Vine is what you’re after. Vine is a six-second video app that’s owned by Twitter and the idea is to create quick, easy and interesting short films to share with your friends on Facebook,... Read more

Extreme video calling: up high and down low
Extreme video calling: up high and down low By Dan Sung

We’ve looked at some fairly innovative ways that people are using video calling beyond just a simple means of communication; innovative but essentially standard. So, today as part of Skype Up Your Life week on Pocket-lint, we’re taking it up a gear.This... Read more

Professional tips for video calls: using your voice
Professional tips for video calls: using your voice By Dan Sung

As director, voice coach and joint artistic lead at The Bridge Theatre Training Company, Mark Akrill knows a fair few things about how to sound good when you speak. A published playwright, Akrill also holds voice workshops for businesses and groups on... Read more

Professional tips for video calls: set and background
Professional tips for video calls: set and background By Dan Sung

Welcome back to Skype Up Your Life on Pocket-lint. At this time each day, we’ll be looking at how you can improve your video calls by asking some professionals. The professionals in questions are a group of people from an industry that’s been working... Read more

Video calling for special occasions
Video calling for special occasions By Dan Sung

We’ve already seen how important video calling can be in our day-to-day lives. We’ve looked at how people who live, work or have loved-ones overseas use it to connect and how others use video calling in education. Today in our Skype Up Your Life... Read more

Professional tips for video calls: camera work
Professional tips for video calls: camera work By Dan Sung

As part of our expert tips for making better video calls for Skype Up Your Life week on Pocket-lint, today is the day of that most fundamental piece of equipment that is your webcam. More specifically, we need to uncover some basic skills when it comes... Read more

Video calling for learning: Spanish, guitar and fitness
Video calling for learning: Spanish, guitar and fitness By Dan Sung

It’s all very well connecting with your friends and family when making video calls but there's a lot more to these social platforms than pure fun. As part of Skype Week on Pocket-lint, we've been catching up with people all over the globe who use video... Read more

Professional tips for video calls: lighting
Professional tips for video calls: lighting By Dan Sung

Filmmaker James Cronin knows a fair bit about lighting. Hired often as a director of photography but best known for his behind-the-scenes documentaries of Hollywood movies, he has a very good idea of how to set up for a video interview. Pocket-lint wasted... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: Temple Run 2 review (iOS)
APP OF THE DAY: Temple Run 2 review (iOS) By Dan Sung

Everyone loves a sequel - well, Hollywood, the game industry and all their test audiences and money men do, anyway. So, perhaps it should be of little surprise that today’s App of the Day on Pocket-lint is another in a wave of hit app second comings.... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: The Spurs Web review (iPad and iPhone)
APP OF THE DAY: The Spurs Web review (iPad and iPhone) By Dan Sung

It’s the January Transfer Window and all those who love football have their eyes glued to the wires to see if they’ve just picked up the latest wunderkind or a belated Christmas pudding. If that sounds like you (not the pudding) and you happen to... Read more

Sony Xperia Z: Details worth examining
Sony Xperia Z: Details worth examining By Dan Sung

The Sony Xperia Z has stood out as one of the hottest gadgets of CES 2013. It’s plain to see why. It’s big, it’s bright, it’s bold, it runs the latest version of Android and this is what people seem to be looking for from their mobile phone at... Read more

Fitbit Flex fitness band takes on Nike Fuelband
Fitbit Flex fitness band takes on Nike Fuelband By Dan Sung

The Fitbit Flex is Fitbit's take on the Nike Fuel band system and, at $99, it's a cheaper take on it too.The functionality is similar. The band houses a tracker which measures your steps, calories shed and the distance you've travelled - and it also manages... Read more

Lego Mindstorms EV3 programmable robots coming 2013
Lego Mindstorms EV3 programmable robots coming 2013 By Dan Sung

Buildable, programmable and very much the adult face of the company, the Lego Mindstorms series is set to return in 2013 in the form of Lego Mindstorms EV3.The Intelligent Brick at the core of the experience now comes with an SD card for local storage,... Read more

HTC Q4 profits half what had been expected
HTC Q4 profits half what had been expected By Dan Sung

HTC profits have reached only about half what analysts had expected, figures from the last quarter of 2012 have revealed. Operating income for the period had been expect to be around the $39 million mark but turned out to be more like $21 million - the... Read more

Acer Iconia B1 review: Unconfirmed Android tablet pops up on the web
Acer Iconia B1 review: Unconfirmed Android tablet pops up on the web By Dan Sung

The Acer Iconia B1 Android tablet is expected to be announced at CES 2013 in a matter of hours and yet it already seems to have popped up, as reviewed by one site in Bulgaria.The 7-inch, Jelly Bean-sporting device is set to go head to head with the likes... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: My Horse review (Android and iOS)
APP OF THE DAY: My Horse review (Android and iOS) By Dan Sung

Have you always dreamed the dream of equine husbandry? Do you or any members of your close family stomp their foot and demand a pony? Have you ever wanted to say, "Yesterday, I was feeling a little horse," and not mean that your throat was sore and raspy.... Read more

Google blocking a Windows Phone YouTube app, says Microsoft
Google blocking a Windows Phone YouTube app, says Microsoft By Dan Sung

Microsoft has called foul over what it believes is Google's barrier to a decent YouTube application for Windows Phone. The current offering is essentially just a tarted-up version of the web service and pales in comparison to the feature-rich YouTube... Read more

Apple iWatch could be beginning of iOS wearable computers
Apple iWatch could be beginning of iOS wearable computers By Dan Sung

Analysts are predicting that Apple will be the next company to get in on the wearable computer game, with the proposed Apple iWatch being just the tip of the iceberg.Gene Munster, MD of Piper Jaffray, suggests that a move toward devices such as those... Read more

Ofcom pushing to get you out of your phone contract early
Ofcom pushing to get you out of your phone contract early By Dan Sung

Ofcom has begun an inquiry into mid-contract price rises, the outcome of which might mean you could ditch your phone and internet contracts mid-term without paying the penalties.As it stands, mobile phone, landline and internet service providers can increase... Read more

Samsung Series 7 steps up with Ultrabook and revamped Chronos laptop
Samsung Series 7 steps up with Ultrabook and revamped Chronos laptop By Dan Sung

Samsung has boffed up a couple of slinky laptops from its CES 2013 portfolio ahead of the Vegas event, because the company's cup simply overfloweth that much.The Samsung Series 7 Chronos is an update to a pro-end machine that arrived in 2011. It's a 15.6-inch... Read more

Ubuntu phone pictures and hands-on
Ubuntu phone pictures and hands-on By Dan Sung

The Ubuntu phone operating system is set to join the ever-increasing ranks of smartphone platforms in 2013 and looks to be offering something worth grabbing hold of. Pocket-lint was at the global launch of the software to get hands-on with the beta version.Straight... Read more

Ubuntu hits mobile phones
Ubuntu hits mobile phones By Dan Sung

Ubuntu has arrived on mobile phones, offering an alternative and light OS for smartphones everywhere. The announcement by parent company Canonical makes phones the third device type on which the user-friendly, Linux-based operating system now appears. What's... Read more

Biggest tech trends of 2012
Biggest tech trends of 2012 By Dan Sung

We’ve reached that twilight zone between Christmas and new year. It’s not quite 2013 and we’re all sitting round the hospital bed waiting for 2012 to finally pop its clogs. As ever then, it’s time to take a look back at the life of the year that's... Read more

Testing the HP Total Care Center (or how we broke HP's laptop)
Testing the HP Total Care Center (or how we broke HP's laptop) By Dan Sung

HP has opened its own service, support and product store in London. It’s called the HP Total Care Center (sic) and that’s something you should know before we begin this tale. HP will not be pleased to read this but, put simply, the TCC is the company’s... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: Magic Jar review (iPhone and iPad)
APP OF THE DAY: Magic Jar review (iPhone and iPad) By Dan Sung

We’re getting into the Christmas spirit today on App of the Day on Pocket-lint. If you’ve got children and any kind of iDevice then read on and have your downloading fingers at the ready.Magic Jar Platform iPhone & iPad Price 69p Where iTunes There... Read more

How to use contactless credit and debit cards to pay on London buses
How to use contactless credit and debit cards to pay on London buses By Dan Sung

Transport for London has just mailed its registered users to pass on the good news that London buses will now accept contactless payments from debit and credit cards in almost exactly the same way as you can tap in with Oyster. So how does it work? Do... Read more

Inside Bang and Olufsen
Inside Bang and Olufsen By Dan Sung

In a town in Denmark’s remote Jutland peninsula is a farm unlike any you’ve seen before. There are no cattle, no crops and not so much as a tractor in sight. In fact, it’s an industrial zone made up of 12 factories, the headquarters of which is... Read more

Customisable Christmas: Personalised headphones
Customisable Christmas: Personalised headphones By Dan Sung

Looking for a Christmas present? Stop right there! Of course you are. This year, dispense with the last-minute, aimless cruising of Liberty’s beauty halls until some assistant shoves the right nicely bottled cream under your nose. Instead, grab a gift... Read more

Logitech Windows 8 keyboards: K810, G710+ and washable K310 pictures and hands-on
Logitech Windows 8 keyboards: K810, G710+ and washable K310 pictures and hands-on By Dan Sung

With all the touch talk around Windows 8, it’s important to remember that you still might be better off with an actual, hard, keyboard rather than the on-screen version baked into the software. Step forward Logitech (does anyone else even make PC peripherals... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: Autodesk 123D Design review (iPad, Mac and PC)
APP OF THE DAY: Autodesk 123D Design review (iPad, Mac and PC) By Dan Sung

If 3D printing is all the rage at the moment, then our App of the Day today on Pocket-lint is one of the pieces of software that’s trying to make it something for the average consumer to enjoy as much as commercial folk. You might need to have a bit... Read more

Logitech Touchpad T650, Touch Mouse T620 and Zone Touch T400 pictures and hands-on
Logitech Touchpad T650, Touch Mouse T620 and Zone Touch T400 pictures and hands-on By Dan Sung

Logitech is under no illusions about its place in the world of technology. Windows 8 has caused a shift in the computer landscape and there's a new experience ready for the right peripherals to augment it. There are two new conundrums to address. The... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: HotUKDeals review (iOS and Android)
APP OF THE DAY: HotUKDeals review (iOS and Android) By Dan Sung

Cheap as chips, they’re lovely, get it while it’s hot. If these are the kinds of phrases that get your juices flowing, well, you’re probably a market trader. If, however, you love technology and you like to pay an excellent price for it, then today’s... Read more

EE 4G UK: Devices, speeds, availability, coverage, prices
EE 4G UK: Devices, speeds, availability, coverage, prices By Dan Sung

Everything Everywhere is now available in the UK, with a new network and a new brand, known simply as EE bringing with it the first 4G service in the  UK. Now that the auction for other 4G spectrum bands has been brought forward in order to stave off... Read more

What's new in Windows Phone 8?
What's new in Windows Phone 8? By Dan Sung

Microsoft has officially announced details about Windows Phone 8, dubbed Apollo, at its "sneak peek" Windows Phone Summit in San Francisco, and now we've had even more at the launch of the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 at Nokia World, and finally the full package... Read more

Best iPad mini accessories
Best iPad mini accessories By Dan Sung

The iPad mini is available to buy. You can get it in all the different storage sizes, a choice of black or white and whether you want it to be 3G or Wi-Fi only. In fact, here is where you buy your iPad mini in the UK. Job done, right? Wrong. What about... Read more

Windows 8: All the information you'll need
Windows 8: All the information you'll need By Dan Sung

The age of Windows 8 has dawned. It’s time to get to grips with a rather different PC operating system and there’s quite a lot to consider. It might be that you need some Windows 8 help; a glance at the best Windows 8 laptops, tablets and hybrid machines;... Read more

Windows 8 app rush begins with ESPNcricinfo
Windows 8 app rush begins with ESPNcricinfo By Dan Sung

ESPNcricinfo is leading the charge of the Windows 8 apps we’re expecting to see when the latest Microsoft OS goes official at 11.15am New York time on 25 October. All the versions of the new Windows software come topped with the Modern UI tile system... Read more

iPad mini or iPad 4: What's the difference?
iPad mini or iPad 4: What's the difference? By Dan Sung

The Apple iPad mini is there for the taking, but then, so is the normal iPad. So, what’s the difference. Which iPad should you buy? The answer to that question is going to be a personal one, so rather than try to tell you whether the iPad mini or the... Read more

Best app 2012: 9th Pocket-lint awards contenders
Best app 2012: 9th Pocket-lint awards contenders By Dan Sung

The Best App 2012 category at the Pocket-lint Gadget Awards this year is as competitive as ever. While in seasons gone by an app would grab us if it was fun, addictive and new, the area of mobile third-party software has matured somewhat. Many of the... Read more

iPad mini event: The Pocket-lint view
iPad mini event: The Pocket-lint view By Dan Sung

The iPad mini event is upon us - or certainly what is generally accepted to be the announcement of a smaller Apple iPad. Of course, the fun isn't over yet, though. While the iPad mini or iPad go or iPad play or whatever Tim Cook and team decide to name... Read more