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How the iPhone almost didn’t happen: Jony Ive talks design, drive, and curiosity
How the iPhone almost didn’t happen: Jony Ive talks design, drive, and curiosity By David Phelan

"I've been thinking about a small user interface project we started working on about in 2002-2003 and it's a particularly powerful example of how a partial Read more

The best Apple HomeKit tips and tricks
The best Apple HomeKit tips and tricks By David Phelan

Apple's HomeKit app Home is simple and easy to use, but it also comes with a load of hidden features that you might not, on the surface, realise are available.We've Read more

Indoor Maps for Apple Maps: What are they and how can you use them?
Indoor Maps for Apple Maps: What are they and how can you use them? By David Phelan

In the last couple of days, Apple has added indoor maps for airports and shopping malls in the UK. We've been give exclusive backstage access at London's Read more

Super Mario Run preview: Playing the game with Miyamoto himself
Super Mario Run preview: Playing the game with Miyamoto himself By David Phelan

Back in September, after Apple's keynote presentation to launch the new iPhones, we ended up talking to the man whose entrance received probably the biggest Read more

How to make your basement smart
How to make your basement smart By David Phelan

Downstairs, in the basement, can be a great place to escape to. Your den can be full of fun, from a great TV to video games to the newest entertainment Read more

How to make your bedroom smart
How to make your bedroom smart By David Phelan

It's the bedroom, right? So do you need tech there, beyond an alarm clock? Well, sure you do.You'll be sleeping there so you can benefit from gadgets that Read more

Tips for saving money on your energy bill this summer (and the rest of the year)
Tips for saving money on your energy bill this summer (and the rest of the year) By David Phelan

Keeping energy bills as low as possible is an all-year-round job.Sure, you don't need the heating on in the sultry days of summer, but then that ramps Read more

Living with Siri on MacOS Sierra
Living with Siri on MacOS Sierra By David Phelan

The upcoming update for Apple's computers (it's called Sierra and OS X is now called macOS, do keep up) has already announced lots of new features.One Read more

How to make your yard smart
How to make your yard smart By David Phelan

Ah, the joy of the yard. Sitting outside watching a movie in the summer is appealing enough, as is the idea of sitting in the car for your own private Read more

How to make your bathroom smart
How to make your bathroom smart By David Phelan

So there you are, standing in front of the bathroom mirror, brushing your teeth absent-mindedly and pondering the meaning of life. But with a small change Read more

How to make your family room smart
How to make your family room smart By David Phelan

Here you are: the family room. Kick back and relax. This is where you can watch TV, listen to music and more. Maybe it's not the home cinema system you've Read more

How to make your kitchen smart
How to make your kitchen smart By David Phelan

The kitchen is transformed by smartness, whether it's a gadget or home appliance you can control from anywhere in the world, or a kitchen scale or steak Read more

iFlight: The BA business plane that ditches its entertainment system for iPads
iFlight: The BA business plane that ditches its entertainment system for iPads By David Phelan

You know how it is: you like to have your iPad with you when you fly. Play some Where’s My Water? and SpellTower, read some books and check out a movie Read more

HTC's Scott Croyle talks design, the One X, and how it's steering clear of cheap phones
HTC's Scott Croyle talks design, the One X, and how it's steering clear of cheap phones By David Phelan

Scott Croyle is the vice-president of Design at HTC. He knows something about how phones should look. But taking over from Horace Luke - the man who brought Read more

Apple iPad (3rd generation)
4.5 stars Apple iPad (3rd generation) By David Phelan

This year, it’s all about the screen. The third-generation iPad has lots of other improvements but it’s the brilliance of the display which leaps out Read more

Jawbone Up
4.0 stars Jawbone Up By David Phelan

Get ready with those new year resolutions. If one of them is going to include trying for a fitter, healthier you in 2012, Jawbone is here to help. Jawbone Read more

Andy Serkis walks us through motion capture, shows us how it's done
Andy Serkis walks us through motion capture, shows us how it's done By David Phelan

This year’s 20th Century Fox blockbuster, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, boasts the latest motion capture technology, with Andy Serkis, whose performance Read more

Packard Bell EasyNote TM
4.5 stars Packard Bell EasyNote TM By David Phelan

"Friends and fun in one place" is Packard Bell's appealing promise on the EasyNote TM. Incidentally, we're not writing trademark there, TM is the model Read more

Asus Bamboo U53JC
4.0 stars Asus Bamboo U53JC By David Phelan

Bamboo is a cool material: it looks good, reduces our use of plastics and is ecologically sound because bamboo is a sustainably renewable source. It's Read more

Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch i5 review
4.5 stars Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch i5 review By David Phelan

So, you know you want a computer with a big screen but you want to be able to move it around reasonably easily. So a desktop machine like the iMac 27-inch Read more

Samsung Q330
4.0 stars Samsung Q330 By David Phelan

Recent Samsung laptops have been stylish affairs, notable as much for their glossy red casing and matching keyboard and trackpad as for their computing Read more

Samsung R780 notebook
3.5 stars Samsung R780 notebook By David Phelan

This laptop is the bigger brother to the Samsung R580 that we reviewed a couple of weeks back. Its snazzy semi-transparent deep red casing caught the eye, Read more

Sony VAIO VPCM12M1E/P notebook
4.0 stars Sony VAIO VPCM12M1E/P notebook By David Phelan

How pink can a laptop be? Take a glance at the VAIO M12 and you'll say: none more pink. It's a deep, rich colour that makes the chrome VAIO logo leap out. Read more

Samsung R580 notebook
3.5 stars Samsung R580 notebook By David Phelan

Say what you like about Apple, without the Cupertino company we'd probably still have been using beige computers until that other style-conscious company, Read more

Toshiba Qosmio X500-116 notebook
4.0 stars Toshiba Qosmio X500-116 notebook By David Phelan

Toshiba's Qosmio desktop replacement laptops are big machines. Large, strikingly-designed and with lots of features. Add in Toshiba's exceptional build Read more

Packard Bell EasyNote LM notebook
3.5 stars Packard Bell EasyNote LM notebook By David Phelan

The EasyNote LM is a desktop replacement. Its large screen (17.3-inches, so not just a 17-incher, Packard Bell boasts) would dominate any desk, though Read more

Sony VAIO VPC-Y11M1E notebook
3.5 stars Sony VAIO VPC-Y11M1E notebook By David Phelan

Sony's Y-series laptop is good-looking and light. The case is brushed aluminium all over apart from the plastic undercarriage and parts of the edges. Still, Read more

Dell Studio 17 (2010)
4.0 stars Dell Studio 17 (2010) By David Phelan

The Dell Studio 17 1747 is a hefty beast. You'll want to use it as a desktop replacement rather than a portable to carry around with you. Still, the glossy Read more

Samsung N210 notebook
3.5 stars Samsung N210 notebook By David Phelan

Last year Samsung released some cool-looking coloured netbooks which stood out in the crowd. For its latest model, the Korean manufacturer has gone for Read more

Fujitsu Lifebook T4410 notebook
3.0 stars Fujitsu Lifebook T4410 notebook By David Phelan

The iPad is not the only tablet. Of course, Microsoft had invested in a touchscreen laptop interface way before Apple did, it just never took off. Maybe Read more

Toshiba NB305 notebook
4.0 stars Toshiba NB305 notebook By David Phelan

Last year's NB200 netbook from Toshiba was a neat, effective performer from a manufacturer known for its reliability and strong build quality. Now, the Read more

Sim Animals – Nintendo Wii – First Look
Sim Animals – Nintendo Wii – First Look By David Phelan

Since The Sims and all its sequel editions add up to the most successful PC game franchise ever, it’s no surprise that the publisher, Electronic Arts, Read more