Jake Smith

Android Wear: The watches from Motorola, LG and more

Android Wear: The watches from Motorola, LG and more

By Jake Smith

Android Wear is Google's way onto your wrist through smartwatches from the likes of LG, Motorola and Samsung. Expect plenty more details to arrive at Google I/O, but heres' what we know now.Read: What is Google Android Wear and why should you care?LG... Read more

Samsung Gear 2 vs Gear 2 Neo vs Galaxy Gear: What's the difference?

Samsung Gear 2 vs Gear 2 Neo vs Galaxy Gear: What's the difference?

By Jake Smith

Samsung isn't giving up on the wearables market, following measly sales of its Galaxy Gear smartwatch from 2013. Instead, it's back with two new versions; the Gear 2 and the Neo. We've rounded up the key differences between the three versions, seeing... Read more

GoPro launches app on Xbox 360 with action content, coming to Xbox One this summer

GoPro launches app on Xbox 360 with action content, coming to Xbox One this summer

By Jake Smith

GoPro, the maker of small action-sports cameras, has launched a GoPro Channel app on the Xbox 360, in an effort to highlight entertaining footage.With the new Xbox 360 app, Xbox Live Gold members can stream official GoPro video content from their couch,... Read more

Google planning to launch Android TV, simplifying its Google TV for the masses

Google planning to launch Android TV, simplifying its Google TV for the masses

By Jake Smith

Google plans to revamp its television offering by ditching the long-failed Google TV and launching a new Android TV platform.The Verge, who obtained screenshots of the Android TV interface, reports Android TV will be more closely aligned with other... Read more

Yahoo reportedly poaching YouTube stars for rival video network

Yahoo reportedly poaching YouTube stars for rival video network

By Jake Smith

Yahoo is considering its own video service to compete with Google's YouTube, sources tell Recode, as head of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer, works to take on her former employer.The publication reports Yahoo has been trying to lure some of YouTube's top talent... Read more

Philips, Armin van Buuren team together for A5-Pro DJ headphones

Philips, Armin van Buuren team together for A5-Pro DJ headphones

By Jake Smith

Philips and DJ star Armin van Buuren have paired together for a pair of A5-Pro professional DJ headphones, designed to meet the needs of a globe-trotting DJ.Van Buuren and Philips collaborated on the headphones to combine an aluminum close-back fit with... Read more

Microsoft teases Kinect 2 sensor for Windows, 'getting closer and closer to launch'

Microsoft teases Kinect 2 sensor for Windows, 'getting closer and closer to launch'

By Jake Smith

Microsoft has officially unveiled the second-generation Kinect sensor that will be made available to Windows PC gamers.In a blog post on the Kinect blog on Thursday, the Redmond-based company showed a picture of the Kinect for Windows v2 and offered... Read more

Philips expands Hue brand with white-only Hue Lux, Hue Tap lightswitch and luminaries

Philips expands Hue brand with white-only Hue Lux, Hue Tap lightswitch and luminaries

By Jake Smith

Philips is expanding its line of Hue smart-lighting products with the introduction of the Hue Lux, a white-only version of the smartphone connected light bulb.The Hue line had traditionally been full of colour, but that doesn't necessarily bode well... Read more

Why Apple is happy to promote Office for iPad - it's getting a cut

Why Apple is happy to promote Office for iPad - it's getting a cut

By Jake Smith

Apple began promoting Microsoft's release of Office for iPad to the iTunes App Store on Thursday with a headlining image touting the apps' launch. It may seem a bit odd for Apple to do this, given its own iWork suite is made available, but when money... Read more

Facebook planning drones to connect rest of world to internet

Facebook planning drones to connect rest of world to internet

By Jake Smith

Facebook has detailed its plans to bring internet connectivity to the next 5 billion people through the Internet.org initiative, along with Nokia, Qualcomm, and other technology giants.Based in Menlo Park, CA, Facebook has created a team within its walls... Read more

Amazon reportedly planning ad-supported video streaming service

Amazon reportedly planning ad-supported video streaming service

By Jake Smith

Amazon has plans to unveil a free, advertising-supported streaming service complete with television and music video content, according to the Wall Street Journal. It won't be based around Amazon Prime, which costs $99 per year, like originally thought.The... Read more

Microsoft Office for iPhone, Android now available for free

Microsoft Office for iPhone, Android now available for free

By Jake Smith

Microsoft has made the iPhone and Android versions of its Office Mobile app available for free, dropping the Office 365 subscription that had previously been required.Users will now be able to create and edit Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint... Read more

Samsung's Galaxy S5 now available for pre-order at Carphone Warehouse

Samsung's Galaxy S5 now available for pre-order at Carphone Warehouse

By Jake Smith

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is now available for pre-order at Carphone Warehouse in the UK. Customers can get the Galaxy S5 at Carphone Warehouse for £42 per month through a two-year Vodafone contract, with no up front cost, or shell out £579 to get the... Read more

Watch Sony unveil its virtual reality future for PS4: Project Morpheus

Watch Sony unveil its virtual reality future for PS4: Project Morpheus

By Jake Smith

Sony has posted the video presentation of the unveiling of its big virtual reality play called Project Morpheus, a technology that will allow PS4 gamers to feel like they're actually in a game, and negate the need for a television for gameplay.It's... Read more

AppyParking for iPhone wins Ford app award and £10,000, tells you where to park in London

AppyParking for iPhone wins Ford app award and £10,000, tells you where to park in London

By Jake Smith

AppyParking wants to save you time by helping you park in London.The application, available on the App Store for iOS, allows drivers to see every Controlled Parking Zone in London. Using GPS, AppyParking identifies where you are in your car, and will... Read more

Office for iPad was unveiled today, does it matter?

Office for iPad was unveiled today, does it matter?

By Jake Smith

Microsoft finally unveiled the Office for iPad app at an event today, 27 March, in San Francisco, complete with an entire Office suite that includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.Microsoft appealed to iPhone users in the past with an Office app, but... Read more

Twitter now allows photo tagging of up to 10 people, doesn't affect 140 character limit

Twitter now allows photo tagging of up to 10 people, doesn't affect 140 character limit

By Jake Smith

Twitter has just announced a big change to the way it handles photos on mobile.You can now tag up to 10 people in a photo through the iOS and Android apps, and tagging doesn't affect character count in a tweet. Essentially, this is acting like Facebook... Read more

HTC says 'blah blah blah' in first HTC One (M8) ad

HTC says 'blah blah blah' in first HTC One (M8) ad

By Jake Smith

HTC has shown its first television advertisement spot for the new HTC One (M8) released on Tuesday, and one word to describe it is "blah". That's not our judgement of the phone, that's what actor Gary Oldman had to say.In a unique take on a handset... Read more

Minecraft creator says it's no longer coming to Oculus VR, because he's creeped out by Facebook

Minecraft creator says it's no longer coming to Oculus VR, because he's creeped out by Facebook

By Jake Smith

A version of Minecraft could have been coming to the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, but after Facebook has acquired Oculus, that's no longer the case. "We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus," Markus Persson,... Read more

Facebook is on a roll with mobile: 200mn Instagram users, 1bn Facebook mobile users

Facebook is on a roll with mobile: 200mn Instagram users, 1bn Facebook mobile users

By Jake Smith

Facebook is on a roll with its mobile apps and shows no sign of slowing down. There are now 1 billion monthly active users on its mobile apps, Facebook announced during its call discussing the Oculus VR on Tuesday.To compare to the fourth quarter of... Read more

Facebook buys Oculus VR for $2 billion, plans to make 'platform for many other experiences'

Facebook buys Oculus VR for $2 billion, plans to make 'platform for many other experiences'

By Jake Smith

Facebook has purchased virtual reality company Oculus for $2 billion, the creator of the Oculus Rift headset that has been leading the VR space. Facebook plans to extend Oculus' existing position in gaming to new verticals, including communications,... Read more

HTC plans BlinkFeed software for Android devices from other companies

HTC plans BlinkFeed software for Android devices from other companies

By Jake Smith

HTC won't be selfish with the new version of BlinkFeed within Sense 6.0, planning to bring the app to Android devices from other manufacturers. "Following its popularity with HTC users, HTC will now make HTC BlinkFeed available to other Android devices,... Read more

HTC partners with Fitbit for fitness tracking on HTC One (M8)

HTC partners with Fitbit for fitness tracking on HTC One (M8)

By Jake Smith

HTC didn't build its own fitness tracking software for the new HTC One. Instead, it partnered with Fitbit, a player already well established in the space. The HTC One, available for purchase today, features the Fitbit app pre-loaded, so you won't have... Read more

Students: How to cut your Spotify payment in half

Students: How to cut your Spotify payment in half

By Jake Smith

Music streaming giant Spotify is hoping to attract students with a new price cut on Tuesday. Its Premium service - the top tier with no advertisements and unlimited music - is now priced at $4.99 per month for college students in the US, a cut in half... Read more

'Jobs' biopic starring Ashton Kutcher now streaming on Netflix

'Jobs' biopic starring Ashton Kutcher now streaming on Netflix

By Jake Smith

Jobs, the 2013 biopic chronicling the early days of Apple, is now available for streaming on Netflix. Steve Jobs is portrayed by Ashton Kutcher in the biopic, with Josh Gad acting as co-founder Steve Wozniak. Jobs saw a limited release in theatres,... Read more

Maker of Ray-Ban, Oakley partners with Google to make Google Glass eyewear

Maker of Ray-Ban, Oakley partners with Google to make Google Glass eyewear

By Jake Smith

Luxottica Group, owner of the Ray-Ban and Oakley sunglass brands, has signed an agreement with Google to make web-connected eyewear similar to Google Glass. It marks a major milestone for the Google Glass program, which until now, has been locked to... Read more

White Xbox One now available on Ebay, even though it's for Microsoft employees only

White Xbox One now available on Ebay, even though it's for Microsoft employees only

By Jake Smith

The white Xbox One given to Microsoft employees when the console launched last autumn has hit Ebay, for gamers who don't want the black version, and want to get their hands on rareness. Only ten versions of the employee-exclusive Xbox One are available... Read more

Moto 360 mockups emerge showing several different watch bands to match your style

Moto 360 mockups emerge showing several different watch bands to match your style

By Jake Smith

When Motorola unveiled the Moto 360 smartwatch last week, it left out a lot of details and only showed two bands for the device. Now, Slashgear has gotten its hands on several mockups showing the customisability the Moto 360 could have. Like the Moto... Read more

Texting and driving may put you on a billboard in California

Texting and driving may put you on a billboard in California

By Jake Smith

Smile, you're on camera.If you're someone who likes to text and drive, you may want to stop to save yourself from embarrassment. Well that, and it's just plain dumb. A new project called Texting While in Traffic has captured several drivers in California... Read more

HTC One updated to Android 4.4 KitKat in UK, early signs of HTC One Max as well

HTC One updated to Android 4.4 KitKat in UK, early signs of HTC One Max as well

By Jake Smith

HTC has begun to roll out Android 4.4.2 KitKat to the HTC One and HTC One Max in the UK, following the updates' release in the US. The firmware, available through the software update button on the HTC One and HTC One Max handsets, has been well-waited... Read more

Apple reportedly working with Comcast on web TV streaming set-top box

Apple reportedly working with Comcast on web TV streaming set-top box

By Jake Smith

Apple has begun talks with Comcast, the US' largest cable company, to team up for a streaming-television service, according to the Wall Street Journal.The service would go through an Apple set-top box, according to the report. The talks are said to be... Read more

Sony's Xperia Z2 Tablet now available in UK starting at £399

Sony's Xperia Z2 Tablet now available in UK starting at £399

By Jake Smith

Sony has made the 10.1-inch Xperia Z2 Tablet available on its website in the UK, after announcing it at Mobile World Congress 2014 in February.The next-generation tablet is priced at £399 ($660) for the 16GB Wi-Fi only version, £449 for the 32GB Wi-Fi... Read more

Motorola tipped to launch 6.3-inch phablet in Q3 2014

Motorola tipped to launch 6.3-inch phablet in Q3 2014

By Jake Smith

Motorola isn't slowing down with smartphone launches and has plans to launch a 6.3-inch phablet in Q3 2014, according to a new rumour on the web.The information comes from a post on Chinese forum Weibo, from a person who correctly pegged the launch of... Read more

LG announces Smart Bulb compatible with iOS and Android

LG announces Smart Bulb compatible with iOS and Android

By Jake Smith

LG has announced its new Smart Bulb product on Sunday, a set of lightbulbs that connect to iOS and Android devices for a different way to light your home.The Smart Bulb features "LG Smart Lighting" that has a security mode to make it appear like you're... Read more

Apple planning slim 12-inch MacBook Air with buttonless trackpad?

Apple planning slim 12-inch MacBook Air with buttonless trackpad?

By Jake Smith

Apple is planning to launch a new, slim 12-inch MacBook Air with several changes to the laptop line, according to a new rumour on the web.The MacBook Air updates are coming soon, the rumour says, with MacBook Pro updates not occurring until September.... Read more

Still using Windows XP? Microsoft begins $100 deal to get you on Windows 8.1

Still using Windows XP? Microsoft begins $100 deal to get you on Windows 8.1

By Jake Smith

Microsoft has begun a promotion to give Windows XP users $100 towards a Surface or Windows 8.1 machine that's priced over $599, as support for the older software begins to wind down.The deal, available through the Microsoft Store in the US, will run... Read more

EA reportedly secures rights to Titanfall 2, planning PS4 release

EA reportedly secures rights to Titanfall 2, planning PS4 release

By Jake Smith

Game publishing powerhouse Electronic Arts has secured the rights to publish the Titanfall sequel and wants to extend it past the Xbox One, according to GameSpot.The publication reports Electronic Arts will bring Titanfall 2 to Sony's PlayStation 4, ending... Read more

Mozilla's latest Firefox beta debuts with redesign, syncing features

Mozilla's latest Firefox beta debuts with redesign, syncing features

By Jake Smith

Mozilla has given the next version of Firefox a hefty update, not only bringing a new design, but Firefox accounts, customisation features, and a new menu to the table, to take on Safari, Chrome, and Internet Explorer.The new features are available in... Read more

Sony planning PS4 controller update to dim Light Bar, save battery

Sony planning PS4 controller update to dim Light Bar, save battery

By Jake Smith

Sony plans to release an update for the PlayStation 4's DualShock controller that will help cure its low battery life. Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony Worldwide Studios, said the update will allow gamers to dim the blue Light Bar on the DualShock... Read more

Crocodile leather wrapped Gresso Titanium Bumper will protect your iPhone for $10,000

Crocodile leather wrapped Gresso Titanium Bumper will protect your iPhone for $10,000

By Jake Smith

Gresso has unveiled what it claims to be the most expensive accessory line for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S on the market, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. We know what you're thinking - this sounds absurd. But what you have here is a phone case encrusted... Read more

HP planning 3D printer unveil for June, will be faster than competitors

HP planning 3D printer unveil for June, will be faster than competitors

By Jake Smith

Hewlett-Packard's next move is the 3D printer market, and it has two strategies to help it capture sales.Meg Whitman, CEO of HP, said the company will up the speed and quality of 3D printing, while speaking at the HP shareholder conference on Wednesday.“We... Read more

US edition: Samsung Galaxy S5 release date and where can I get it?

US edition: Samsung Galaxy S5 release date and where can I get it?

By Jake Smith

The Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear 2 may seem like old news because they were announced in late-February, but nonetheless, they still haven't reached the market - which is what we've all been waiting for.In the US, carriers and stores have begun announcing... Read more

Flappy Bird is returning to fly another day, 'but not soon'

Flappy Bird is returning to fly another day, 'but not soon'

By Jake Smith

Dong Nguyen, developer of the of once-hit game Flappy Bird, confirmed in a tweet the game will be returning, "but not soon". The news is sure to have Flappy Birds fans excited, no longer having to rely on crappy alternatives to get their Flappy Bird... Read more

Samsung debuts budget Activity Tracker early in Germany

Samsung debuts budget Activity Tracker early in Germany

By Jake Smith

Samsung's leaked second-generation S Band will actually be called the Activity Tracker when it launches.Samsung has begun showing off the budget fitness device in Germany this week, without making an official announcement. But luckily, Stereopoly was... Read more

Music streaming startup Musaic aims at Sonos, can also work with the Internet of Things

Music streaming startup Musaic aims at Sonos, can also work with the Internet of Things

By Jake Smith

London-based Musiac has begun a Kickstarter campaign for a multi-room music system, made up of wireless speakers that can be placed around your home to blast the latest Miley Cyrus tunes.Musiac is taking on Sonos, a system already well-established in... Read more

Sony brings Android 4.4 KitKat to Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z Ultra

Sony brings Android 4.4 KitKat to Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z Ultra

By Jake Smith

Sony has announced that the rollout of Android 4.4 KitKat for the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, and Xperia Z Ultra has now begun, and should reach your handset shortly depending on which market you're in.The software not only adds Google's latest changes... Read more

YotaPhone launches in UK for £419, featuring 4.3-inch always-on e-paper display

YotaPhone launches in UK for £419, featuring 4.3-inch always-on e-paper display

By Jake Smith

Yota Devices has made the YotaPhone handset available in the UK on Wednesday, after debuting the smartphone in 2013.The YotaPhone takes a different approach to the traditional smartphone, by featuring a 4.3-inch LCD on the front and 4.3-inch e-paper... Read more

Samsung debuts Samsung NX mini interchangable-lens camera

Samsung debuts Samsung NX mini interchangable-lens camera

By Jake Smith

Samsung has unveiled the NX mini SMART camera, which it claims is the world's slimmest and lightest interchangeable-lens camera - built for selfies and portability.The NX mini features a 3-inch flip up and touch display, so you can point the camera at... Read more

PS4 gets virtual reality headset to beat Oculus Rift, behold Project Morpheus

PS4 gets virtual reality headset to beat Oculus Rift, behold Project Morpheus

By Jake Smith

Sony has announced a virtual reality headset for the PS4 called Project Morpheus, during the Game Developers Conference on Tuesday.It's a blue light, 1080p screen, 90-degree field of view, and full 360 degree turning, headset that sits on top of your... Read more

Qualcomm confirms Snapdragon chips coming for Android Wear

Qualcomm confirms Snapdragon chips coming for Android Wear

By Jake Smith

Qualcomm will be expanding its Qualcomm Snapdragon processor lineup past smartphones and tablets, and offer it for Android Wear wearables, the company confirmed to Pocket-lint on Tuesday."Qualcomm Technologies is working with Google and our customers... Read more