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Polk's Audio Assist smart speaker is now available, powered by Google Assistant
Polk's Audio Assist smart speaker is now available, powered by Google Assistant By Max Langridge

Polk Audio's Google-powered smart speaker is now available in the UK, priced at £179. Like Google Home, it features Google Assistant, but expect a beefier sound than Google's cheaper version.  What is Google Assistant, how does it work, and which devices... Read more

Ruark Audio MRx review: Classy design with a sound to match
4.5 stars Ruark Audio MRx review: Classy design with a sound to match By Max Langridge

British audio company Ruark Audio is best known for its range of DAB digital radios, such as the rather excellent R1 MkIII. However, with more of us turning to music streaming services and with many phones losing their 3.5mm headphone ports, wireless... Read more

Polk Assist initial review: Google Home with better sound
Polk Assist initial review: Google Home with better sound By Max Langridge

American audio company Polk Audio recently announced the Assist speaker with Google Assistant built in. The idea behind the Assist is to take all the ingenuity of the Google Home speaker, but give it better sound. The Home is a great product with great... Read more

Apple AirPlay 2: Apple's latest streaming tech explained
Apple AirPlay 2: Apple's latest streaming tech explained By Max Langridge

AirPlay is Apple's Wi-Fi audio streaming tech and. There's now a second-generation version. But what is AirPlay 2, what will it be able to do and what products will you be able to use it with? We'll explain all.AirPlay 2 is now available, appearing in... Read more

The best Beats headphones 2018: Which should you choose?
The best Beats headphones 2018: Which should you choose? By Max Langridge

Beats headphones have gone through various iterations over the years and following the company's acquisition by Apple, they are more popular than ever. Their signature bass-focused sound has remained a constant throughout the series' development, too,... Read more

Amazon Music Unlimited vs Spotify: Which is best?
Amazon Music Unlimited vs Spotify: Which is best? By Max Langridge

The rise of Amazon Music Unlimited has gone hand-in-hand with the explosion in use of Amazon Echo and the Alexa digital assistant. It integrates seamlessly with Echo, while also working as streaming service on your phone.But Spotify is probably the... Read more

Samsung launches Galaxy A6 and A6+ with a focus on photography
Samsung launches Galaxy A6 and A6+ with a focus on photography By Max Langridge

Samsung has unveiled two new additions to its Galaxy A smartphone series in the A6 and A6+, both of which arrive with "powerful front and rear cameras" to give users impressive photos from mid-range devices. Samsung Galaxy Note 9 specs, release date,... Read more

Forget Transformers, Lego Voltron is the constructible robot everyone will want
Forget Transformers, Lego Voltron is the constructible robot everyone will want By Max Langridge

Lego has announced Voltron as the latest set from its Lego Ideas lab, which lets Lego fans submit ideas for sets they want to see. It's based on the lead character from the 1984 animated TV series and with 2,321 pieces, is the biggest Lego Ideas set ever.... Read more

Motorola One to join One Power according to leaked images
Motorola One to join One Power according to leaked images By Max Langridge

It seems Motorola is planning to launch a whole new family of devices that run on the Android One OS. We've previously seen leaks and hands-on images of a One Power device, but now the Motorola One has leaked out too.  Motorola One Power hands-on images... Read more

Instagram now lets you add popular songs to your Stories
Instagram now lets you add popular songs to your Stories By Max Langridge

Instagram is rolling out a new feature for Stories that will let you add licensed music to any videos or photos you want to share. What is Instagram Stories and how does it work? IGTV: Everything you need to know about Instagram's video app To add music... Read more

OnePlus eyeing up US carrier expansion and 5G phone
OnePlus eyeing up US carrier expansion and 5G phone By Max Langridge

OnePlus smartphones are already available to buy in the US, but only SIM-free and directly through OnePlus' online store. That may change soon as PC Mag reports the company is working with US carriers to make its smartphones available on pay monthly plans. ... Read more

Huge 128TB SD cards could soon become a reality
Huge 128TB SD cards could soon become a reality By Max Langridge

SD cards with a whopping 128TB of storage could one day be a reality thanks to a new format just announced by the SD Association, the body responsible for setting SD card standards.  Integral first to get 512GB microSD card to market, max up your Android... Read more

BP commits to ultra-fast EV charging infrastructure with Chargemaster acquisition
BP commits to ultra-fast EV charging infrastructure with Chargemaster acquisition By Max Langridge

BP has announced it has successfully acquired Chargemaster, the largest EV charging company in the UK, with over 6,500 charging stations across the country.  The best electric cars: Top battery-powered vehicles available on UK roads today Future electric... Read more

Instagram Lite launches for photo sharers in developing nations
Instagram Lite launches for photo sharers in developing nations By Max Langridge

Instagram has recently announced it has 1 billion active monthly users, but it's not stopping there as it wants more and more people to share photos through its app. To that end, the company has just launched Instagram Lite, a stripped down version of... Read more

Apple may one day offer music, TV and news streaming bundle
Apple may one day offer music, TV and news streaming bundle By Max Langridge

Apple may be looking to one day offer customers a single subscription-based package comprising TV, music and news content, according to a report from The Information. Apple original TV programming: What's it producing and why? Apple might launch a subscription... Read more

Fresh renders confirm notch for Pixel 3 XL, chunky bezels for Pixel 3
Fresh renders confirm notch for Pixel 3 XL, chunky bezels for Pixel 3 By Max Langridge

Some new renders of Google's upcoming Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have appeared online, courtesy of usually reliable leaker @OnLeaks.  Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL specs, release date, news and rumours Bezel-less and notch-free Google Pixel 3 leaked in Android... Read more

Qualcomm introduces Snapdragon 2500 chip, specifically for kids' watches
Qualcomm introduces Snapdragon 2500 chip, specifically for kids' watches By Max Langridge

Up until now, Qualcomm has only had one dedicated smartwatch chip in the Snapdragon 2100. However at MWC Shanghai, the chip manufacturer has announced the Snapdragon 2500. It's not intended to be the 2100's successor though for Wear OS watches, but rather... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Tab S4 launch incoming following FCC filing
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Tab S4 launch incoming following FCC filing By Max Langridge

We may not be far away from seeing the official launches for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Tab S4 after both devices have passed through FCC certification.  Samsung Galaxy Note 9 specs, release date, news and rumours Samsung Galaxy Note 9 front... Read more

Amazon Alexa voice control now supported on iOS
Amazon Alexa voice control now supported on iOS By Max Langridge

Amazon has announced that it is now updating the Alexa app for iOS to support voice control. The update means you will be able to control any Echo devices in your home, or any Alexa-enabled smart home devices from directly within the Alexa app, using... Read more

BBC Sounds app launches as a personalised music service for the "new generation"
BBC Sounds app launches as a personalised music service for the "new generation" By Max Langridge

The BBC has announced it will be launching a brand new app later today on iOS, Android and Amazon devices that will collate all of the Beeb's live and on demand radio, music and podcasts into one app, to make it easier to discover new music. The BBC's... Read more

Asus ZenFone 5 now available to pre-order with a limited time discount
Asus ZenFone 5 now available to pre-order with a limited time discount By Max Langridge

After being unveiled at MWC 2018 back in February, the Asus ZenFone 5 has officially launched and is now available to pre-order.  Asus ZenFone 5 initial review: Is this the phone to take Asus to the big time? Asus reveals ZenFone 5 and flagship ZenFone... Read more

Nokia 6.1 Plus name shows up Google ARCore device list
Nokia 6.1 Plus name shows up Google ARCore device list By Max Langridge

Nokia may have yet another mid-range device on the way if a Google ARCore device list is to be believed.  Nok, Nok. Who's there? Three new affordable Nokia handsets Google ARCore officially launches and these phones support it Best smartphones available... Read more

EE rolls out ultrafast 300Mbps Fibre Max home broadband
EE rolls out ultrafast 300Mbps Fibre Max home broadband By Max Langridge

EE has announced two new home broadband plans, both with fast download speeds, ideal for the modern connected family. Called Fibre Max 1 and Fibre Max 2, the two broadband plans have average download speeds of 145Mbps and 300Mbps respectively. They also... Read more

Second-gen Apple AirPods said to get noise cancellation once more
Second-gen Apple AirPods said to get noise cancellation once more By Max Langridge

Apple has once again been reported to release a new set of AirPods in 2019 with noise-cancelling. Barclays analysts have already made the claim back in March, but Bloomberg has now weighed in, citing sources familiar with the product.   New Apple AirPod... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S10 to ditch iris scanning, but gain triple-lens camera
Samsung Galaxy S10 to ditch iris scanning, but gain triple-lens camera By Max Langridge

We're still a few months away from the Galaxy S10 being officially unveiled - some report have said we could see it as soon as CES in January 2019 - but the rumour mill has gone into overdrive lately. The latest murmurings regarding Samsung's next Galaxy... Read more

Volvo planning XC90 with Level 4 autonomy by 2021
Volvo planning XC90 with Level 4 autonomy by 2021 By Max Langridge

Volvo's Senior VP of Research and Development Henrik Green has told Jalopnik that the company is currently developing a Level 4 autonomous driving system for the XC90, which it plans to launch in 2021. Self-driving cars: Autonomous driving levels explained... Read more

BT TV adds Amazon Prime Video; Now TV still to come
BT TV adds Amazon Prime Video; Now TV still to come By Max Langridge

BT has announced that Amazon Prime Video is now available as an on-demand service through its set-top box, keeping to its promise made earlier this year.  What is Amazon Prime and what do you get for your money? Now TV vs Sky Q: Which Sky package is... Read more

Stunning Titanium Grey Samsung Galaxy S9 now on pre-order from Carphone Warehouse
Stunning Titanium Grey Samsung Galaxy S9 now on pre-order from Carphone Warehouse By Max Langridge

Samsung has a new colour for the Galaxy S9 and S9+: Titanium Grey, and you can pre-order it now exclusively at Carphone Warehouse in the UK. Both phones have currently only been available in purple, black and blue, but grey is definitely the hot colour... Read more

Leaked image of 6.1-inch LCD Apple iPhone confirms single-lens camera and Face ID
Leaked image of 6.1-inch LCD Apple iPhone confirms single-lens camera and Face ID By Max Langridge

Apple has for some time now, been said to be releasing three new iPhones at its annual September hardware event: two with OLED screens and one with an LCD screen. An rendered image of the latter has been obtained by BGR, revealing its full design.  iPhone... Read more

Motorola One Power hands-on images confirms notch and dual camera
Motorola One Power hands-on images confirms notch and dual camera By Max Langridge

Some new hands-on images supposedly of the Motorola One Power have been obtained by TechInfoBit and shared online. The last we heard of the One Power phone was at the end of May, when it was suggested it could launch at Motorola's 6 June event. Evidently,... Read more

Seven Fossil Group smartwatches with Android Pay on the way
Seven Fossil Group smartwatches with Android Pay on the way By Max Langridge

An FCC filing has revealed that the Fossil Group, which owns the Fossil brand as well as others such as Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, Diesel, Misfit, Skagen and Michael Kors, has seven new smartwatches on the way, all of which have NFC built-in.  Wear OS:... Read more

Apple's AirPower wireless charging mat may finally launch by September
Apple's AirPower wireless charging mat may finally launch by September By Max Langridge

Apple's AirPower wireless charging mat may finally be available to buy by September this year, according to a report from Bloomberg. Apple AirPower: Is the wireless charging mat for iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods coming soon? Apple AirPods 2: When will... Read more

The best electric cars: Top battery-powered vehicles available on UK roads today
The best electric cars: Top battery-powered vehicles available on UK roads today By Max Langridge

Electric cars have been around for a few years now, although if we're being technical, they've being around since the 19th century. But the first electric car of the modern era, and the first highway legal production all-electric battery-powered vehicle... Read more

Porsche buys 10 per cent stake in Rimac to speed up its EV development
Porsche buys 10 per cent stake in Rimac to speed up its EV development By Max Langridge

Porsche has bought a 10 per cent stake in Croatian electric hypercar manufacturer Rimac Automobil, in a bid to speed up the development of its own electric sports cars.  Porsche's first all-electric car gets official name: Taycan 25 of the most incredibly... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 front panel shows up, notch-free
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 front panel shows up, notch-free By Max Langridge

It seems Samsung really isn't getting onboard with trend for notches. A leaked image supposedly of the front panel of the upcoming Galaxy Note 9 has recently been shared online by usually reliable leaker Ice Universe, and there's not a notch in sight. ... Read more

Is this the Samsung Galaxy S10? Leaked image reveals radical new design
Is this the Samsung Galaxy S10? Leaked image reveals radical new design By Max Langridge

We may now have our first look at the Samsung Galaxy S10, thanks to a leaked image from usually reliable Twitter tipster Ice Universe. The leaker has shared an image of a phone with virtually no bezels whatsoever - and no notch - with the caption "This... Read more

Future electric cars: The battery powered tech cars that will be on the roads within the next 5 years
Future electric cars: The battery powered tech cars that will be on the roads within the next 5 years By Max Langridge

Electric cars are already a mainstay on Britain's roads, with several all-electric models being available to buy right now. A lot of them are simply electric versions of fuel-powered cars, but in the not-too-distant future, we'll see new designs around... Read more

Google Assistant finally arrives on Sony Android TVs
Google Assistant finally arrives on Sony Android TVs By Max Langridge

Sony has announced that Google Assistant is finally making its way to 4K HDR TVs with the Android TV OS. Google's voice-controlled smart assistant first launched on the Nvidia Shield in November last year, and at the time, Google said it would launch... Read more

Leaked Olixar screen protectors confirm notch design for all three 2018 iPhones
Leaked Olixar screen protectors confirm notch design for all three 2018 iPhones By Max Langridge

We've already seen renders showing what the iPhone X Plus and LCD-clad iPhone could look like, but now an image from case maker Olixar showing screen protectors reveals the physical footprints of all three iPhones due for launch later this year.  iPhone... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium camera sample images show impressive results
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium camera sample images show impressive results By Max Langridge

The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium shouldn't be too far away from an official launch, given that Sony said it would be available from "summer 2018". However that hasn't stopped Mobile01 from getting their hands on a pre-production model and taking some pictures... Read more

What is YouTube Music and is it different to Google Play Music? YouTube's music streaming service explained
What is YouTube Music and is it different to Google Play Music? YouTube's music streaming service explained By Max Langridge

YouTube attempted to launch music streaming services a couple of times in the past, but they each failed to make a real impact against the clout of Spotify and Apple Music. But, YouTube is now back with YouTube Music and it could have finally hit the... Read more

Garmin introduces Fenix 5 Plus models with plenty of new features, including Garmin Pay
Garmin introduces Fenix 5 Plus models with plenty of new features, including Garmin Pay By Max Langridge

Garmin has announced three new additions to the Fenix 5 fitness tracker/smartwatch series. All arriving with Plus in their name, the Fenix 5 Plus; Fenix 5S Plus and Fenix 5X Plus are all successor models to the trio that launched in 2017.  Garmin Fenix... Read more

Google Pixel 3 all but confirmed to keep single lens camera
Google Pixel 3 all but confirmed to keep single lens camera By Max Langridge

Yet more evidence has surfaced to suggest the Google Pixel 3 XL - and most likely it’s smaller Pixel 3 sibling - will retain their single lens rear cameras, instead of jumping up to two lenses. Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL specs, release date, news and rumours... Read more

Nissan Qashqai to get facelift and new hybrid powertrains in 2020
Nissan Qashqai to get facelift and new hybrid powertrains in 2020 By Max Langridge

Nissan is expected to give its incredibly popular Qashqai SUV a new design and two new hybrid powertrain options in 2020, according to information obtained exclusively by Auto Express.  Nissan Qashqai (2017) review: Is the original SUV crossover still... Read more

macOS Mojave public beta coming late June
macOS Mojave public beta coming late June By Max Langridge

Apple has announced the next major update to macOS at WWDC 2018, called macOS Mojave. After years of naming its OS after mountains, Apple has now turned to the expansive desert in California. It's official! Apple announces iOS 12 with performance updates... Read more

O2 to give customers up to 12 months of free Netflix
O2 to give customers up to 12 months of free Netflix By Max Langridge

Mobile network O2 has announced that both new and existing customers can claim either six or twelve months of free Netflix access, depending on the monthly tariff they are on.  How to watch Netflix on TV: Your complete guide Netflix contracts are available... Read more

Samsung Gear S4 could feature much improved battery life
Samsung Gear S4 could feature much improved battery life By Max Langridge

Previous reports have suggested Samsung is working on a Gear S4 smartwatch, although it could also be called Galaxy Watch, for launch in Q4 2018. Those rumours are still on track, as Twitter tipster Ice Universe has said in a Weibo post that Samsung will... Read more

Apple original TV programming: What's it producing and why?
Apple original TV programming: What's it producing and why? By Max Langridge

Apple has been said to be investing in its original programming to take on the likes of Netflix and Amazon for some time now, but we've yet to see any truly compelling TV shows or movies. The tech giant was originally said to be producing TV shows starring... Read more

Carpe lets you lease a Jaguar or Land Rover from £945 a month
Carpe lets you lease a Jaguar or Land Rover from £945 a month By Max Langridge

If you can't afford to buy a new car outright, the next best option is to lease one through a dealer, although this option comes with added interest that makes up end up spending thousands of pounds more than the car's value.  See all our Jaguar news... Read more

Samsung Galaxy X foldable smartphone could cost nearly $2,000 at launch
Samsung Galaxy X foldable smartphone could cost nearly $2,000 at launch By Max Langridge

You may want to start saving if you plan to be one of the first to get Samsung's long-rumoured foldable Galaxy X smartphone, remember this is just a given name at the moment, an official name hasn't been confirmed. Upcoming phones: The future smartphones... Read more