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App of the day: Outlook.com review (Android)

App of the day: Outlook.com review (Android)

By Ian Morris

Android gets email right, as long as you're loyal to Gmail. You will have a frustrating time if you're a Hotmail or Yahoo user, and want to enjoy the same rich experience as you'd get within Google's own apps. And that's not much of a surprise.And with... Read more

Huawei Ascend Mate
4.5 stars

Huawei Ascend Mate

By Ian Morris

Big phones are coming back into fashion. In the 80s and 90s no one had a choice about handset size -you either had flipping massive, or you didn't have a phone at all. As the years progressed, the post-2000 era was all about miniaturisation and phones... Read more

App of the day: Plane Finder 3D review (iPhone and Android)

App of the day: Plane Finder 3D review (iPhone and Android)

By Ian Morris

To look up in the sky at any given moment you might not realise quite how much is going on up there. We see planes from time to time, but it's easy to forget that for every one you can see there are probably several you can't. So that's where Plane Finder... Read more

EA announces Need for Speed Rivals for Xbox One and PS4

EA announces Need for Speed Rivals for Xbox One and PS4

By Ian Morris

Fresh from its commitment not to make any games for Nintendo's Wii U, EA has announced more titles for the PS4 and Xbox One. Need for Speed Rivals will be about winning races against, you guessed it, rivals.The theme sounds a bit like Most Wanted, which... Read more

Barnes & Noble Nook HD+
4.5 stars

Barnes & Noble Nook HD+

By Ian Morris

Barnes & Noble has been enjoying some time in the spotlight recently. The decisions it has made have been good though, and we think have improved the chances of its devices being seen in a fairly crowded market. First, the company reduced the price of... Read more

TV on the Xbox One: Microsoft explains its plans

TV on the Xbox One: Microsoft explains its plans

By Ian Morris

Microsoft has had some fallout from its Xbox One launch. Some have said it's too focused on TV, and not enough was made of gaming. With E3 around the corner, we're pretty sure the gamers will be hyped soon, and a global launch isn't always the place to... Read more

New Google Maps: We explore the features of the preview

New Google Maps: We explore the features of the preview

By Ian Morris

At Google I/O one of the most exciting developments was the reworking of Google Maps. Both online and on mobile devices. With maps being ubiquitous now, it's easy to forget that the old version has a few annoying bugs that make it difficult to use. Now... Read more

Microsoft announces Halo TV series for Xbox One produced by Steven Spielberg

Microsoft announces Halo TV series for Xbox One produced by Steven Spielberg

By Ian Morris

Microsoft has called in the big guns to produce content for Xbox, and names don't come bigger than Steven Spielberg and Halo. So news that there will be a Halo live action TV show, commissioned for Xbox Live and produced by Spielberg is big news.Hollywood... Read more

Xbox One gets Skype with group video chat

Xbox One gets Skype with group video chat

By Ian Morris

Microsoft has announced that the new Xbox will ship with a Skype app. About time for the company's console, which has so far lacked the firm's flagship messenger and VOIP system.As with everything else on the Xbox One, the app is controlled with voice... Read more

Logitech T620 touch mouse
4.0 stars

Logitech T620 touch mouse

By Ian Morris

The Pocket-lint quest for the perfect mouse continues. Believe it or not, looking for a pointing device that works well is something that occupies a lot of our time. Why is this, particularly? Well, to give you an idea, on the desktop we still use a wired... Read more

Veho Muvi HD NPNG edition
4.5 stars

Veho Muvi HD NPNG edition

By Ian Morris

You might think that GoPro has the extreme sports camera market stitched up with its Hero range. In fact, the popularity of those cameras has inspired a lot of other manufacturers to produce action cameras that have an amazing range of features.One such... Read more

Adobe Photoshop Express now available for Windows 8 and RT

Adobe Photoshop Express now available for Windows 8 and RT

By Ian Morris

There are some really good apps for Windows 8 now, but they are still the exception, rather than the rule. Happily, Adobe has launched Photoshop Express to help increase the numbers of useful programmes for Windows 8 and RT users.The app, which is free... Read more

Polaroid launches XS80 1080p action camera

Polaroid launches XS80 1080p action camera

By Ian Morris

Polaroid might be little more than a licensing brand these days, giving its name over to products it thinks "fit" with the image, but its new action camera seems like a solid idea that's priced well to compete with other, similar action cameras.Producing... Read more

App of the day: Skobbler GPS Navigation & Maps review (Android)

App of the day: Skobbler GPS Navigation & Maps review (Android)

By Ian Morris

We've looked at some navigation apps that are based on Skobbler before, but this is a new app that's similar to its enormously popular iOS app. The idea is simple: make affordable turn-by-turn navigation for walking or driving, and allow people to download... Read more

Popcorn Hour A-400
4.0 stars

Popcorn Hour A-400

By Ian Morris

There was a time when the Popcorn Hour was THE media player to have. Not only did it do everything, it also managed to produce excellent quality pictures and sound. In recent years though, things have become much more competitive in this media playing... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S4
5.0 stars

Samsung Galaxy S4

By Ian Morris

It's one of the most anticipated handsets of the year, it's the follow-up to one of the best-selling phones of last year, and it has been hyped to the extent that Samsung is starting to look like it's going to teach Apple a thing or two about generating... Read more

Onkyo ES-HF300
4.5 stars

Onkyo ES-HF300

By Ian Morris

Onkyo is a brand that's very much known for being good value. It certainly changed AV receivers, offering a lot more features than most, at bargain prices. What's more, its cheaper receivers have always performed brilliantly, meaning that you don't have... Read more

Technomate TM-Twin-OE
4.5 stars

Technomate TM-Twin-OE

By Ian Morris

There was a time, back when Pocket-lint was still in school, where satellite TV was just about the most exotic technology you could use. If you ever got to go to someone's house, who had a massive dish and analogue satellite receiver, you could access... Read more

App of the day: Vybe review (Android)

App of the day: Vybe review (Android)

By Ian Morris

Almost as 24 started to air in this country, there was a collective "How do I get the 24 ringtone" emitted from the vocal chords of geeks across the globe. Clearly these were people who had never used a Cisco IP phone before and thought the ringtone was... Read more

Jawbone Up (2013)
4.0 stars

Jawbone Up (2013)

By Ian Morris

People in the know suggest that we need to walk about 10,000 steps a day, to have any chance of living long enough to collect our pension. Some of us, no pointing of fingers, struggle even with that. With jobs that see us sitting at desks all day, it... Read more

Denon announces AVR-X4000 AV receiver with 4K upscaling

Denon announces AVR-X4000 AV receiver with 4K upscaling

By Ian Morris

It's the year of 4K, apparently, at least it is if we subscribe to the manufacturers' schedule of what is going to be pushed this year. Sony, LG, Samsung and Panasonic all have 4K screens on the horizon, or in some cases already on sale. So what you need... Read more

Asus makes healthy profits on sales of 3 million tablets

Asus makes healthy profits on sales of 3 million tablets

By Ian Morris

Asus, it seems, is one company that isn't being as affected by the significant downturn in PC sales. Instead of computers, it's selling a decent amount of tablets - 3 million in Q1 - and has managed to create $202 million in clear profit on earnings of... Read more

Nintendo bringing smartphone apps to Wii U to boost sales?

Nintendo bringing smartphone apps to Wii U to boost sales?

By Ian Morris

Troubled by less than stellar Wii U sales, Nintendo is looking for a way to enable mobile app developers to write titles that will run on the console, according to The Japan Times. No doubt the idea is to offer a way to boost the number of games available,... Read more

YouTube to launch paid subscription channels soon

YouTube to launch paid subscription channels soon

By Ian Morris

The Financial Times is reporting that Google will launch paid subscription channels on YouTube sometime very soon, perhaps even this week. Channels, which could be available for as little as $1.99 (£1.30) a month are expected to bring an extra source... Read more

App of the day: Traktor DJ review (iPhone)

App of the day: Traktor DJ review (iPhone)

By Ian Morris

DJing has gone from a pursuit that cost thousands to one that can cost as little as £3 if you buy Traktor DJ for the iPhone or iPod touch. That's not to say that if you buy this app your phone will immediately ring with an offer from a superclub in Ibiza,... Read more

Huawei Ascend G510
4.0 stars

Huawei Ascend G510

By Ian Morris

We think it's fair to say that Huawei's low and mid-range phones scratch an itch, but we'd be lying if we said they were going to set the world alight. They are all solid, decent performers, but none of them is the next Samsung Galaxy S or iPhone.The... Read more

Panasonic HX-A100
3.5 stars

Panasonic HX-A100

By Ian Morris

Cameras for outdoor activities are all the rage these days. It's a segment that, while not invented by GoPro, has certainly been popularised by that company. These days though, the uses for rugged technology that can produce great quality pictures while... Read more

Audi S3 pictures and hands-on

Audi S3 pictures and hands-on

By Ian Morris

There's very little doubt that the new A3 is an amazing car. Everything that could possible be said in a negative way about the old car - and there really isn't that much - has been tweaked and improved in the new car. And, then, along comes the S3 and... Read more

App of the day: VLC review (Android)

App of the day: VLC review (Android)

By Ian Morris

Media playback on Android devices is pretty good on the whole. Certainly, out of the box, most phones and tablets will playback a wider range of video than Apple devices. But that's not universally true, and sometimes the built-in support needs to be... Read more

Mercedes A Class 250 BlueEFFICIENCY engineered by AMG pictures and hands-on

Mercedes A Class 250 BlueEFFICIENCY engineered by AMG pictures and hands-on

By Ian Morris

There is very little that would have persuaded us to buy the old A-Class. It might not have been a bad car, but it wasn't the sort of vehicle we could get excited about. We've encountered it in Europe in hire-car form, and the basic model didn't exactly ooze the... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 8
4.0 stars

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

By Ian Morris

Although the Note range is newer than the Tab range, it's also more complete. After all, the Note is a phone, as well as a tablet, and there are now three sizes to choose from. It's also, we think, a more exciting range in terms of features and designs.... Read more

Audi RS6 Avant pictures and hands-on

Audi RS6 Avant pictures and hands-on

By Ian Morris

Most people won't have the money to buy an RS6, because with a starting price of around £77,000 it could hardly be described as a mass-market car. But there are plenty of people around who do have the money, and are looking for a high-performance car... Read more

Huawei Ascend G510 pictures and hands-on

Huawei Ascend G510 pictures and hands-on

By Ian Morris

The idea of the G510 is that it's a budget handset for pay-as-you-go customers looking for a slightly larger device with a bit more power than the phones that hover around the £100 range.What you get is a dual-core processor running at 1.3GHz, runs Jelly... Read more

App of the day: Rdio review (Android)

App of the day: Rdio review (Android)

By Ian Morris

Have you listened to the radio recently? It's dreadful. The reason it's dreadful is that it's filled with annoying adverts that go on forever, and is packed with mindless idiots droning on as if their voices are the only ones that matter. So what options... Read more

Carbon Audio Zooka Bluetooth speaker
3.5 stars

Carbon Audio Zooka Bluetooth speaker

By Ian Morris

It all began as a Kickstarter project to create a speaker that would attach to an iPad, and ended with 678 backers and more than $70,000 in funding - far in excess of the $25,000 sought.The idea is simple: make a speaker that reduces the need to carry... Read more

Mercedes-Benz G-Class G350 BlueTEC pictures and hands-on

Mercedes-Benz G-Class G350 BlueTEC pictures and hands-on

By Ian Morris

The G-Class, or as it's more commonly known, the G-Wagen, is a car for rappers. Of course, you don't have to be a rapper to buy one, but you need to have their money and desire to move quite a large entourage around in absolute luxury and comfort. It... Read more

Ford Fiesta Titanium 1.0 EcoBoost
5.0 stars

Ford Fiesta Titanium 1.0 EcoBoost

By Ian Morris

There's a saying that goes "There's no replacement for displacement". It is, unsurprisingly, used mainly in America, where car engines verge on the larger capacity. It's not uncommon in the US to be driving around strapped to a 5-litre engine. That's... Read more

Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG roadster

Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG roadster

By Ian Morris

"It's not a hairdressers car is it?" the man from Mercedes said as we got out of the SLK 55 AMG roadster. His question probably came from two things, the first being the reputation that the original SLK garnered back when it launched. A reputation we've... Read more

App of the day: YouTube RT review (Windows 8)

App of the day: YouTube RT review (Windows 8)

By Ian Morris

Windows 8 is a solid enough operating system. It is hated by some because it's a radical visual departure, but the ideas behind it are solid enough. New users, and those who want an uncomplicated experience can have a good time, thanks to the full-screen... Read more

Rdio launches Vdio for movie and TV streaming

Rdio launches Vdio for movie and TV streaming

By Ian Morris

We've got a soft spot for music-streaming service Rdio, it's got a nice app and the web interface is slick and easy-to-use. Now, it has launched Vdio, which - somewhat predictably - is a streaming video service. At the moment, you must be a Rdio subscriber... Read more

Geneva WorldRadio DAB+
5.0 stars

Geneva WorldRadio DAB+

By Ian Morris

DAB radios are ten-a-penny these days, from car stereos through to tiny pocket radios powered by a couple of AAA batteries. Given the choice, it means choosing a radio can be quite a daunting, so what you need is something that looks good, sounds great... Read more

App of the day: Pac-man + tournaments review (Android)

App of the day: Pac-man + tournaments review (Android)

By Ian Morris

There are 256 levels in Pac-man, and every single one of them is harder than the last. That's a problem, because level one isn't exactly a walk in the park. At least, not for us because Pac-man comes from a time when games were designed to be as hard... Read more

Bioshock Infinite
4.0 stars

Bioshock Infinite

By Ian Morris

Bioshock is one of our favourite games of the past 10 years, quite simply, it was one of the most interesting, inspiring and playable titles we've ever sat down with. It was also fiendishly hard for us because, while we'd say we're lifelong gamers, we... Read more

Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200
4.5 stars

Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200

By Ian Morris

Sorry, can you speak up a bit - said, perhaps a little too loudly. We've recently had a fairly ear-splitting experience with a portable speaker system. The speaker in question was the Minx Air 200 from Cambridge Audio. The ear-splitting experience came... Read more

Toffee messenger satchel
4.0 stars

Toffee messenger satchel

By Ian Morris

Increasingly compact laptops like the MacBook Air, Ultrabook and perhaps even devices like the Microsoft Surface mean we no longer want, or need, the hideously unfashionable laptop bag of old. And thank goodness, because the death of those ugly monstrosities... Read more

Motorola Razr HD
4.5 stars

Motorola Razr HD

By Ian Morris

We'll be honest. We've got HD fatigue, so when the Motorola Razr HD arrived in our office we didn't jump for joy. HD, we thought, big whoop, everything is HD these days, hell, they even make HD make-up for some reason. So what is Motorola up to here?... Read more

App of the day: Google Keep review (Android)

App of the day: Google Keep review (Android)

By Ian Morris

There's been a lot of grumbling since Google shut down Rader very recently. People are frustrated that the firm is ignoring their needs, and pulling the plug on popular services because it can't make enough money from them, or simply loses interest in... Read more

Panasonic HC-X920 camcorder
4.5 stars

Panasonic HC-X920 camcorder

By Ian Morris

Any company making camcorders has its work cut out these days. The whole sphere of producing video has changed so much in recent years that there's only room for a couple of companies to have a crack of the whip, and actually make any money.Panasonic... Read more

Ford Fiesta 1.5 TDCi
4.5 stars

Ford Fiesta 1.5 TDCi

By Ian Morris

Let's make one thing very clear, the Fiesta is probably not the car you think. When Pocket-lint was a young, newly qualified driver, the Ford range was a lot simpler. It went, Fiesta, Escort, Sierra and then Granada. The progression was from basic in... Read more

Free game list for disgruntled SimCity owners confirmed: Battlefield 3, Dead Space 3 and more

Free game list for disgruntled SimCity owners confirmed: Battlefield 3, Dead Space 3 and more

By Ian Morris

So, you bought SimCity and found the whole launch situation and subsequent bugs to be too much to bear. Well as EA previously announced, it's giving you a free game to make up for it. We've got the list, so here are your choices:- Battlefield 3 (Standard... Read more