Elyse Betters

Nintendo Labo for Nintendo Switch: Release date, price and how the cardboard Toy-Cons work

Nintendo Labo for Nintendo Switch: Release date, price and how the cardboard Toy-Cons work

By Elyse Betters

This spring, Nintendo will release Nintendo Labo, its crazy, inventive new cardboard accessories for the Nintendo Switch.The Nintendo Switch is a games console designed to work both at home and when out and about. The main unit can be inserted onto a... Read more

Pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S9 just leaked and it isn't pretty

Pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S9 just leaked and it isn't pretty

By Elyse Betters

Try to keep your jaw from hitting the floor when Samsung announces the cost of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.It'll be hard to act surprised about the upcoming phones themselves, considering every single detail about them has leaked, including their price... Read more

Huawei MWC 2018 press conference: How to watch it live

Huawei MWC 2018 press conference: How to watch it live

By Elyse Betters

Like many major tech players, Huawei is attending MWC 2018.With its phone launch event set for 27 March in Paris, it was thought that Huawei could give Mobile World Congress a swerve this year. It was likely to have some presence at the trade show, but... Read more

Sony MWC 2018 press conference: How to watch it live

Sony MWC 2018 press conference: How to watch it live

By Elyse Betters

Sony is holding a press conference at MWC 2018 to help kick off the biggest mobile event of the year.The company's keynote will likely cover new products and technologies it is developing. Keep in mind Sony used MWC 2017 to announce the Sony Xperia XA1... Read more

Nest's indoor security camera now doubles as a Google Assistant speaker

Nest's indoor security camera now doubles as a Google Assistant speaker

By Elyse Betters

Nest's indoor security camera just got a lot smarter.The company has added native support for Google Assistant to its $299/£299 Nest Cam IQ Indoor. The device, which has a 1080p HD security camera and microphone, already had the necessary hardware to... Read more

Want to travel down the Nile in VR? Then watch this new BBC VR series

Want to travel down the Nile in VR? Then watch this new BBC VR series

By Elyse Betters

BBC has a new interactive experience for you to enjoy.Last year, the broadcasting company, which is well-known for its radio plays, announced interactive plays that listeners could tune into via an Amazon Echo or Google Home and actively participate in... Read more

Internet of Things explained: Your complete guide to understanding IoT

Internet of Things explained: Your complete guide to understanding IoT

By Elyse Betters

If you own an Amazon Echo or a Ring video doorbell or a Nest Learning Thermostat, then you are an active IoT user.IoT is short for Internet of Things. The concept/trend has been around for several years now, to the point where it has become ubiquitous.... Read more

What is Google Pay, how does it work, and which banks support it?

What is Google Pay, how does it work, and which banks support it?

By Elyse Betters

While iPhone users have Apple Pay, Android users have Google Pay.Technically, it was first called Android Pay. Google launched that mobile wallet in September 2015 in the US and May 2016 in the UK. But times are a changing, and Google wants to streamline... Read more

Does this Sony teaser hint it will unveil curved phones at MWC 2018?

Does this Sony teaser hint it will unveil curved phones at MWC 2018?

By Elyse Betters

Sony is teasing its MWC 2018 event, and the tease itself is weird.Let's back up for a moment: Sony has an event scheduled 26 February at the Mobile World Congress show. It's expected to announce three flagship smartphones there: the Xperia XZ2, Xperia... Read more

How to make and receive phone calls with Amazon Alexa

How to make and receive phone calls with Amazon Alexa

By Elyse Betters

Amazon allows you to make phone calls through Alexa on Echo devices and the Amazon Alexa app, as well as the Echo Connect accessory.Last year, the company introduced a new feature, called Alexa Calling and Messaging, and then it followed that up with... Read more

Google Home review: A better voice assistant than Amazon Echo?
4.0 stars

Google Home review: A better voice assistant than Amazon Echo?

By Elyse Betters

If there's one thing Google is good at, it's search.Its 20 years of experience has helped it to become the No. 1 site we all go to when we want to look up stuff. Heck, most people just say "Google it". Beyond search, we use Google brands for a range of... Read more

Sony discounts PSVR bundles by more than 30% for just two weeks

Sony discounts PSVR bundles by more than 30% for just two weeks

By Elyse Betters

Two months after Christmas, Sony is discounting its PSVR bundles.If you're like us, you probably hunted for the best deals around Black Friday and Christmastime this past year, but, unfortunately, it was hard to find great sales on several gaming consoles... Read more

Huge Harman Kardon Invoke sale: Cortana speaker is now 50% off

Huge Harman Kardon Invoke sale: Cortana speaker is now 50% off

By Elyse Betters

Those of you who want to try Microsoft's assistant outside of your PC will be happy to hear that the Harman Kardon Invoke is now half off.The smart speaker, which debuted last year with a $230 price tag, currently costs $108 on Amazon (US), a 53-per cent... Read more

Amazon Echo Show review: Alexa steps into a touchscreen future
4.0 stars

Amazon Echo Show review: Alexa steps into a touchscreen future

By Elyse Betters

As much as we love the original canister-shaped Echo speaker, adding a display to the Echo seems like a natural evolution for Amazon's smart assistant, which now sits in a line with a growing number of other Amazon-made Alexa devices (Spot, Echo, Dot,... Read more

Amazon Alexa Easter Eggs: Your complete guide to funny Alexa commands

Amazon Alexa Easter Eggs: Your complete guide to funny Alexa commands

By Elyse Betters

Alexa isn't just helpful. She's also funny.Amazon's virtual assistant, which is found on many devices, like Amazon's own Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show, has an answer for just about everything. And, at the same time, she's loaded with hilarious responses... Read more

Microsoft wants you to use Cortana - so it added IFTTT integration

Microsoft wants you to use Cortana - so it added IFTTT integration

By Elyse Betters

Despite all of Microsoft's efforts, its Cortana assistant is just not as ubiquitous as Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri, or Google Assistant.It seems like every new smart home device or appliance in the market supports just about every assistant, except for... Read more

Stunning new Essential Phone model debuts as an Amazon exclusive

Stunning new Essential Phone model debuts as an Amazon exclusive

By Elyse Betters

Essentially really wants you to buy its phone.So, here's the deal: Essential just announced limited-edition colours of the Essential Phone, which are called Ocean Depths, Stellar Gray, and Copper Black. And they're gorgeous. Now, the company has announced... Read more

LG's next flagship is codenamed Judy and might show up this June

LG's next flagship is codenamed Judy and might show up this June

By Elyse Betters

LG's mobile strategy is confusing.It's supposedly now working on a new smartphone design, which is codenamed Judy, and it will be a follow-up to the LG G6 and LG V30.Let's back up for a minute: In early 2018, LG Vice Chairman Cho Sung-jin announced that... Read more

Starlink explained: How SpaceX will blanket Earth with superfast internet

Starlink explained: How SpaceX will blanket Earth with superfast internet

By Elyse Betters

Elon Musk and his space company recently received a lot of attention for putting a space suit-wearing dummy, dubbed Starman, into a Tesla car and shooting the two into space. While that is exciting, their plans for an internet-beaming satellite network... Read more

What are Google Home, Home Max, and Home Mini and what can they do?

What are Google Home, Home Max, and Home Mini and what can they do?

By Elyse Betters

Google wants to embed itself in your home, to one-up Amazon.As a result, we have the Google Home family. Here's everything you know about it, including what it is, how the original Google Home works (especially Google Assistant), and where you can buy... Read more

Essential Phone's new colours are gorgeous, but also very limited

Essential Phone's new colours are gorgeous, but also very limited

By Elyse Betters

Essential is trying to lure more people into buying its phone.The company has launched three limited-edition colours - and they're gorgeous. Essential is giving them a staggered release, starting with the "Ocean Depths" model on 15 February at 12pm PST,... Read more

Funniest internet reactions to Apple HomePod's white ring marks

Funniest internet reactions to Apple HomePod's white ring marks

By Elyse Betters

If you haven't heard yet, HomePod can ruin some wood furniture.When Pocket-lint reviewed Apple's smart speaker, we discovered its silicone base left a white, discoloured ring on our solid oak kitchen worktop that was treated with Danish oil. Apple told... Read more

7 best Google Home compatible devices you can buy today: top Google Assistant accessories

7 best Google Home compatible devices you can buy today: top Google Assistant accessories

By Elyse Betters

Google Home is more than just an internet-connected speaker with a voice assistant. It also works as a smart home hub.Google Assistant on Google Home can control smart home devices, although it's fair to say it doesn't support as many products as its... Read more

What is Android One, what does it feature, and which devices run it?

What is Android One, what does it feature, and which devices run it?

By Elyse Betters

There are so many versions of Android it can get confusing.The latest flavour of Android is Android Oreo. But you may have also heard about "stock" Android and Android One and may not understand what they all are and how they differ.Well, stock Android... Read more

Facebook Messenger Kids: How does it work and where is it available?

Facebook Messenger Kids: How does it work and where is it available?

By Elyse Betters

Facebook has a version of Messenger for kids - and months after launching on iOS, it's now available on Android.Appropriately called Messenger Kids, it’s a relatively new messaging app designed specifically for children between the ages of six and 12.... Read more

Is Samsung still making Galaxy Glass? New filing pops up with logo

Is Samsung still making Galaxy Glass? New filing pops up with logo

By Elyse Betters

Not to be outdone by Apple's recent patent filing, Samsung has filed its own smart glasses-related trademark.Sure, the company has been rumoured to be making smart glasses for a quite a while, but the timing of this latest filing looks like Samsung is... Read more

#Ringgate: How to stop HomePod from leaving rings on wood surfaces

#Ringgate: How to stop HomePod from leaving rings on wood surfaces

By Elyse Betters

Oh, Apple. We really wanted to love the HomePod. But, when we reviewed it, we discovered the silicone base on Apple's smart speaker left a white, discoloured ring on our solid oak kitchen worktop that was treated with Danish oil. Corroborating our findings,... Read more

These Samsung videos tease 3D emoji and other Galaxy S9 features

These Samsung videos tease 3D emoji and other Galaxy S9 features

By Elyse Betters

Samsung clearly doesn't care if everyone in the world learns everything about its forthcoming flagships ahead of their unveiling.Exhibit A: An official Samsung YouTube channel (Samsung Mobile Korea) has uploaded three teasers that strongly hint at several... Read more

Apple HomePod: Everything you need to know

Apple HomePod: Everything you need to know

By Elyse Betters

The Apple HomePod is now available in the UK, US and Australia. But should you opt for the Siri-powered speaker over one of the HomePod alternatives? Apple HomePod sees Apple looking to change how you listen to music (again) jumping on the iPod nomenclature... Read more

What is Apple Watch Nike+? And how is it different to the standard Apple Watch?

What is Apple Watch Nike+? And how is it different to the standard Apple Watch?

By Elyse Betters

Here's everything you need to know about Apple Watch Nike+. Be sure to check out our Apple Watch Nike+ review as well, where we said it looks great, has a sporty feel, and feels really comfortable on the wrist. Apple Watch Nike Plus is designed to... Read more

Samsung's Bixby smart speaker: What's the story so far?

Samsung's Bixby smart speaker: What's the story so far?

By Elyse Betters

Leaks and rumours from the past year will have you believe that a Bixby-powered smart speaker is on the way.Samsung is reportedly developing such a device, and if the latest news is true, we'll see it arrive sometime this year. It's early days still,... Read more

How to control your Nest devices using Amazon Alexa commands

How to control your Nest devices using Amazon Alexa commands

By Elyse Betters

Those of you who own a Nest-branded smart device can immediately begin controlling it with your voice, via Amazon's Alexa.That's right. Nest has two skills that allow its devices to work with Alexa’s voice controls. With the Nest Thermostat skill, for... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S9 to sport Animoji-like 3D emoji and stereo speakers

Samsung Galaxy S9 to sport Animoji-like 3D emoji and stereo speakers

By Elyse Betters

Those of you who like the idea of Apple's Animoji feature - but prefer Samsung devices - will be happy to hear this latest rumour.Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus flagship smartphones will come with two new features: 3D emoji and stereo speakers,... Read more

It's about time: Google Pixel Buds are now available to buy in the UK

It's about time: Google Pixel Buds are now available to buy in the UK

By Elyse Betters

Do you want a pair of headphones with built-in Google Assistant?Until recently, the only stand-out headphones optimised for Google Assistant were the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. However, Google recently launched its own Pixel Buds, which allow you to speak... Read more

Future Echo devices could come with Amazon's own custom AI chip

Future Echo devices could come with Amazon's own custom AI chip

By Elyse Betters

Not to be outdone by Apple and Google, Amazon has reportedly begun development of its own artificial intelligence chip.According to The Information, Amazon has started designing a custom AI chip for Echo devices, with the purpose of improving Alexa and... Read more

Apple might bring Animoji to iPad and FaceTime in future iOS update

Apple might bring Animoji to iPad and FaceTime in future iOS update

By Elyse Betters

Apple has a lot of ideas in the works for iOS.Although the Cupertino-based company reportedly won't introduce too many features in the next major update to its mobile operating system, iOS 12, choosing instead to focus on reliability and improving performance,... Read more

Samsung patent shows in-display fingerprint scanner, likely for Note 9

Samsung patent shows in-display fingerprint scanner, likely for Note 9

By Elyse Betters

It looks like Samsung is embracing in-display fingerprint readers.For instance, the forthcoming Galaxy Note 9 is expected to be Samsung’s first Android smartphone with an in-display fingerprint reader, according to a new report (translated) from China.... Read more

What is ZigBee and why is it important for your smart home?

What is ZigBee and why is it important for your smart home?

By Elyse Betters

There's been an explosion in smart home devices over the past few years. What was once referred to as "home automation" and still referred to as "Internet of Things" has now settled into a more friendly category we call smart home. We've got heating,... Read more

Apple's AR/VR headset pops up in new patent for head-mounted display

Apple's AR/VR headset pops up in new patent for head-mounted display

By Elyse Betters

Apple is definitely working on a headset or a pair of smart glasses.We know this thanks to leaks about the company talking to parts suppliers at CES 2018 as well as several reports that have claimed the device will launch as soon as next year. Oh, and... Read more

Qualcomm is working with phone makers to launch 5G devices in 2019

Qualcomm is working with phone makers to launch 5G devices in 2019

By Elyse Betters

Everybody loves fast internet.Everything from smartphones to even our cars require speedy internet connections. Thankfully, a few years ago, 4G became a thing and made it easier for people to browse the web, send text messages, make phone calls, and even... Read more

Google Assistant might come to all Chromebooks, leaked code shows

Google Assistant might come to all Chromebooks, leaked code shows

By Elyse Betters

Google Assistant is everywhere - except for in Chromebooks, oddly.Technically, you could buy Google's own Pixelbook, which starts at £999/$999, if you want to have a laptop with built-in Google Assistant. Since 2011, Google has been developing its Chrome... Read more

Snapchat custom lenses: How to create your own lens right now

Snapchat custom lenses: How to create your own lens right now

By Elyse Betters

Snapchat has become unnecessarily complicated.We've published so many guides on how the app works and how you can take full advantage of its features, and yet, it updates every other week, which throws a wrench into the mix and makes it complicated for... Read more

Microsoft Build 2018: How to watch and what to expect

Microsoft Build 2018: How to watch and what to expect

By Elyse Betters

The biggest tech companies hold annual developer conferences, and Microsoft's is around the corner.Every year Microsoft spends a few days trying to bring developers and software engineers into its fold with a developer conference called Build. While at... Read more

How to get rid of Snapchat's new update and turn off auto updates

How to get rid of Snapchat's new update and turn off auto updates

By Elyse Betters

Snapchat is rolling out a massive update to users in the UK - and people are not happy about it.The update essentially shuffles around core features, like putting Snapchat Stories from your friends on the Chat/Friend screen (to the left of the camera).... Read more

Android 8.0 Oreo: Everything you need to know

Android 8.0 Oreo: Everything you need to know

By Elyse Betters

Google updates its Android mobile operating system every year and Android O, or Android Oreo, is the latest version which is baked into the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. While there's not a whole lot new visually in Android Oreo, there's plenty that will help... Read more

Google Assistant Easter Eggs: Your complete guide to funny Assistant commands

Google Assistant Easter Eggs: Your complete guide to funny Assistant commands

By Elyse Betters

Google Assistant can not only get things done but also entertain you.Assistant is loaded with hilarious responses for all sorts of hidden commands. These are "Google Easter Eggs" - an unexpected feature in software - and they range from Assistant's deepest,... Read more

What is Snapchat, how does it work and what is it used for?

What is Snapchat, how does it work and what is it used for?

By Elyse Betters

Snapchat is confusing. Right?We’ll agree it seems that way. It basically updates every couple weeks, at the very least, adding new features or changing core functions. And, at the end of the day, the whole concept behind Snapchat is, well, odd. After... Read more

Want to see Samsung's Galaxy S9+ phone in 'Coral Blue'? Here you go

Want to see Samsung's Galaxy S9+ phone in 'Coral Blue'? Here you go

By Elyse Betters

Samsung hasn't unveiled the Galaxy S9 yet, but you'd be forgiven if you thought otherwise, considering how often it's leaked out in recent weeks.We've seen reports with all sorts of leaked details about the upcoming device, as well as leaked images that... Read more

iPhone Battery Health explained: How to disable throttling with iOS 11.3

iPhone Battery Health explained: How to disable throttling with iOS 11.3

By Elyse Betters

Apple's upcoming iOS 11.3 update is going to be a big one.You see, Apple recently admitted it slows down processors used in iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, and iPhone SE. These phones have aging lithium-ion batteries that might cause random shutdowns.... Read more

Huawei to hold event on 27 March, likely for P20 phone unveiling

Huawei to hold event on 27 March, likely for P20 phone unveiling

By Elyse Betters

Huawei doesn't need MWC 2018 to announce new phones.Although the company will attend the mobile trade show later this month, it has decided to host its own press event just one month later, on 27 March, in Paris. Huawei has sent invites to the media,... Read more