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Skoda Kamiq review: City crossover ticks all the boxes
4.0 stars Skoda Kamiq review: City crossover ticks all the boxes By Mike Lowe

The 'city SUV' from Czech brand Skoda sits beneath its larger Karoq and Kodiaq models, available in a peppy 1-litre petrol. Is it the city SUV to own? Read more

Huawei Mate 30 Pro cameras explained: The best phone-camera you'll probably never buy
Huawei Mate 30 Pro cameras explained: The best phone-camera you'll probably never buy By Mike Lowe

Remember this day: Huawei has revealed the most advanced cameras in a phone. But with no Google Play Store access, its future is questionable. Read more

What is a Waterfall Display and which phones have it? The curved screen edge feature explained
What is a Waterfall Display and which phones have it? The curved screen edge feature explained By Mike Lowe

What is a Waterfall Display, which phones feature one, why would you want one, and what problems does such curved screen design pose? Read more

What is reverse wireless charging and which phones have it? Huawei Mate 30 Pro, Samsung Galaxy Note 10, more
What is reverse wireless charging and which phones have it? Huawei Mate 30 Pro, Samsung Galaxy Note 10, more By Mike Lowe

Reverse charging is here: the ability to charge Qi wireless charging devices from the back of your phone. Which phones have this feature? Read more

Vivo NEX 3 brings dual curved ‘Waterfall Display' to the fore
Vivo NEX 3 brings dual curved ‘Waterfall Display' to the fore By Mike Lowe

With its 6.89in AMOLED 'Waterfall FullView Display', the Vivo NEX 3 is all about minimal bezel. There's also 5G & a 64MP in its triple camera setup. Read more

Vivo NEX 3 initial review: Waterfall display is a next-gen nod to the future
Vivo NEX 3 initial review: Waterfall display is a next-gen nod to the future By Mike Lowe

The first waterfall display to market, this 6.89-inch panel has dual curved edges and no physical volume buttons as a result. Is this the future? Read more

What is Dolby Cinema? Bringing Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos to the cinema
What is Dolby Cinema? Bringing Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos to the cinema By Mike Lowe

You know the phrase "seeing is believing"? On a trip to Dolby Laboratories, we got to sample first hand exactly what that means in terms of theatrical Read more

Hyundai Ioniq Electric (2019) review: Stepping up its tech game
4.0 stars Hyundai Ioniq Electric (2019) review: Stepping up its tech game By Mike Lowe

The 2019 facelift adds some additional range to this electric car, along with revamped tech for added appeal. Is it the EV to choose? Read more

AKG Y500 Wireless on-ear headphones review: Wireless wonder
4.0 stars AKG Y500 Wireless on-ear headphones review: Wireless wonder By Mike Lowe

As lightweight on-ear headphones go, this AKG pair offers Bluetooth wireless, epic battery life, good sound and comfort - all for a fair price point. Read more

Apple iPhone 11 Pro cameras explained: Why three and what is Deep Fusion?
Apple iPhone 11 Pro cameras explained: Why three and what is Deep Fusion? By Mike Lowe

The top-end 2019 iPhone comes with three cameras. Here's why, what they do, and which camera and video modes you can expect to find. Read more

Motorola Moto One Zoom initial review: Quad cameras for the top-end One
Motorola Moto One Zoom initial review: Quad cameras for the top-end One By Mike Lowe

Moto's first quad camera phone, the Zoom joins the One series with a different take: its illuminating logo and purple finish show just that. Read more

Lenovo Yoga C640 initial review: All about 4G connectivity
Lenovo Yoga C640 initial review: All about 4G connectivity By Mike Lowe

With 4G LTE connectivity, Yoga 360-degree hinge, and strong specs, the C640 is an always-connected on-the-go laptop with heaps of appeal. Read more

Lenovo Smart Display 7 initial review: Smaller, smarter Google Assistant hub
Lenovo Smart Display 7 initial review: Smaller, smarter Google Assistant hub By Mike Lowe

Anewer, smaller, version of the 8in/10in Smart Display, complete with Google Assistant, a privacy shutter camera, and ambient light auto-adjustment. Read more

Lenovo Yoga C940 14-inch initial review: A multimedia powerhouse
Lenovo Yoga C940 14-inch initial review: A multimedia powerhouse By Mike Lowe

With updated Intel processors and smaller bezel, the C940 is, thanks to its Dolby Atmos hinge design, a versatile laptop and multimedia powerhouse. Read more

Acer Swift 5 (2019) initial review: Now with discrete graphics
Acer Swift 5 (2019) initial review: Now with discrete graphics By Mike Lowe

Slim, light, with a new design to make for more comfortable typing. Now the Swift 5 also introduces discrete graphics up to Nvidia GeForce MX250 too. Read more

Acer Predator Triton 300 initial review: Gaming laptop minus the mega price
Acer Predator Triton 300 initial review: Gaming laptop minus the mega price By Mike Lowe

You might not think 'gaming laptop' and 'entry-level' go hand in hand, but the Triton 300 is designed to be far more affordable than most. Read more

Next at Acer: Watch the Acer IFA 2019 press conference live stream right here
Next at Acer: Watch the Acer IFA 2019 press conference live stream right here By Mike Lowe

It's the annual Acer global press conference. Here's how to watch the 2019 live stream for the latest laptops, Predator gaming goodies and more... Read more

Parrot Anafi FPV pairs drone with first-person goggles in one neat package
Parrot Anafi FPV pairs drone with first-person goggles in one neat package By Mike Lowe

A year after the Anafi's launch, this drone arrives in a package form, complete with backpack, first-person view goggles and a software update. Read more

Nest 3.0 review: The smartest thermostat got smarter
4.0 stars Nest 3.0 review: The smartest thermostat got smarter By Mike Lowe

With plenty of competition in smart heating systems - from the likes of Hive, Tado and Honeywell - how does the Nest 3.0 Learning Thermostat stack up? Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review: S Pen rules the way
4.5 stars Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review: S Pen rules the way By Mike Lowe

The S Pen is star of the show, as with the Galaxy S series sitting close in spec, it's the stylus functions that make this phone stand out. Read more

JBL Live 650BTNC over-ear headphones review: Bona fide bargain noise-cancelling cans
4.5 stars JBL Live 650BTNC over-ear headphones review: Bona fide bargain noise-cancelling cans By Mike Lowe

Bluetooth headphones with active noise-cancelling tend to cost a fair whack - but not this JBL set, which is feature heavy for a bargain price. Read more

Canon EOS 90D DSLR & M6 Mark II mirrorless arrive with 32MP resolution, 4K video
Canon EOS 90D DSLR & M6 Mark II mirrorless arrive with 32MP resolution, 4K video By Mike Lowe

It's all about resolution: Canon's 2019 enthusiast DSLR and mirrorless cameras come with an all-new 32MP CMOS sensor, 4K video and faster burst rates. Read more

Canon EOS M6 Mark II initial review: Mirrorless evolution
Canon EOS M6 Mark II initial review: Mirrorless evolution By Mike Lowe

The MkII mirrorless camera adds new controls and ups the resolution to a massive 32.5MP. Is it a high-res success, or does the competition better it? Read more

Canon EOS 90D initial review: 'Mid-range master' returns with added resolution
Canon EOS 90D initial review: 'Mid-range master' returns with added resolution By Mike Lowe

With an all-new 32.5-megapixel sensor, capable of 4K video capture, the 90D is a similar-looking but altogether different beast from the outgoing 80D. Read more

Moto One Zoom four-camera phone incoming, leak suggests
Moto One Zoom four-camera phone incoming, leak suggests By Mike Lowe

Motorola is on a roll with its One series of phones. The Zoom, with four cameras, is said to follow-on from the recent Action and Vision models. Read more

Motorola Moto One Action review: Banishing vertical videos for good?
4.0 stars Motorola Moto One Action review: Banishing vertical videos for good? By Mike Lowe

This triple-camera phone has a unique offering: its dedicated video camera sensor is rotated 90-degrees, meaning horizontal capture from vertical grip Read more

Best mirrorless cameras 2019: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today
Best mirrorless cameras 2019: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today By Mike Lowe

You're looking to buy a mirrorless camera - sometimes called a compact system camera (CSC) - but don't know what to go for? We have the answers. Read more

Libratone Track Air+ review: Wireless ANC in-ears at a great price
5.0 stars Libratone Track Air+ review: Wireless ANC in-ears at a great price By Mike Lowe

One of first to market with true wireless in-ears with active noise-cancellation technology, the Air+ deliver ace sound at an exceptional price. Read more

Huawei Mate X specs development: To launch with Kirin 990, P30 cameras setup?
Huawei Mate X specs development: To launch with Kirin 990, P30 cameras setup? By Mike Lowe

After delays, the folding phone's spec has developed. It's thought to come with same triple cameras as the P30, while being the first with Kirin 990. Read more

Nokia 7.2 to sport circular rear camera design? IFA launch expected
Nokia 7.2 to sport circular rear camera design? IFA launch expected By Mike Lowe

Case renders suggest the 2019 Nokia 7.2 is due a redesign, with a circular rear camera unit the highlight. We'll find out more at IFA 2019. Read more

Huawei Maps to intro on Mate 30? Map Kit hints at Google Maps replacement
Huawei Maps to intro on Mate 30? Map Kit hints at Google Maps replacement By Mike Lowe

Huawei is possibly working on its own maps solution, with a developer-targeted Map Kit in the works to bypass any future Google Maps issues. Read more

Moto One Action has a dedicated video camera like no other
Moto One Action has a dedicated video camera like no other By Mike Lowe

We've seen triple camera phones before, but never one with a dedicated video camera in among the mix. Moto goes one step further - read on to see how. Read more

Sony PlayStation DualShock 4 new colours: Rose Gold, Electric Purple, Camo Red, Titanium Blue
Sony PlayStation DualShock 4 new colours: Rose Gold, Electric Purple, Camo Red, Titanium Blue By Mike Lowe

Say hello to four new Sony PlayStation DualShock 3 Wireless controller colours: Rose Gold, Electric Purple, Camo Red, Titanium Blue. From 'Fall 2019'. Read more

Sega Mega Drive Mini games, price and release date: Everything you need to know about the Genesis Mini
Sega Mega Drive Mini games, price and release date: Everything you need to know about the Genesis Mini By Mike Lowe

The Sega Mega Drive Mini (Genesis Mini for North America) will release in September 2019 with 42 titles. Here's what we know so far. Read more

Huawei Mate X gets delayed again, will it ever be released?
Huawei Mate X gets delayed again, will it ever be released? By Mike Lowe

The Chinese company's first folding phone keeps hitting hurdles. Its May date was pushed to September and now to November, a report suggests. Read more

Foldable phones: Why the Samsung Galaxy Fold & Huawei Mate X have failed... for now
Foldable phones: Why the Samsung Galaxy Fold & Huawei Mate X have failed... for now By Mike Lowe

We love future tech, but folding phones look to be a step ahead of their time. Here's why the Samsung Galaxy Fold & Huawei Mate X are dead... for now. Read more

Best noise-cancelling (ANC) headphones 2019 for blocking out external sound
Best noise-cancelling (ANC) headphones 2019 for blocking out external sound By Mike Lowe

These are the best noise-cancelling headphones, noise blocking earbuds and wireless earphones to block out external sound. Read more

Xiaomi Mi 9T to expand launch into EU on 20 August, here's what to expect
Xiaomi Mi 9T to expand launch into EU on 20 August, here's what to expect By Mike Lowe

The pop-up camera sub-flagship variant of the Xiaomi Mi 9 is expanding its launch territories: it's coming to the Benelux region on 20 August. Read more

DJI Osmo Mobile 3 available now, here are its top features
DJI Osmo Mobile 3 available now, here are its top features By Mike Lowe

The mobile gimbal system is back for round three, with trigger control, tracking and an improved tripod design. Read more

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 review: Bose is the ANC boss
5.0 stars Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 review: Bose is the ANC boss By Mike Lowe

The 2019 active noise-cancelling cans from Bose are a step above the QC35 II. Improved comfort, multi-level ANC and beam-form voice isolation feature. Read more

What is Robomaster? DJI's robot battle competition explained
What is Robomaster? DJI's robot battle competition explained By Mike Lowe

Bringing eSports to life: the 7v7 robot battle competition is a mix of gaming, programming, engineering and piloting in an out-of-this-world challenge Read more

Apple MacBook Air (2019) review: The MacBook is dead, long live the Air
4.0 stars Apple MacBook Air (2019) review: The MacBook is dead, long live the Air By Mike Lowe

Apple quietly discontinued the 12-inch MacBook in 2019, meaning the current 13-inch MacBook Air is the smallest and, um, 'most affordable' Mac laptop. Read more

Toyota GR Supra 3.0 Pro review: Wild at heart
4.5 stars Toyota GR Supra 3.0 Pro review: Wild at heart By Mike Lowe

The fifth-gen of the Japanese brand's sports car coupe is here. Here's why it's not the everyday drive - and why that's a great thing. Read more

Canon PowerShot G5 X II review: Pop-up viewfinder camera sets sights on Sony RX100
4.0 stars Canon PowerShot G5 X II review: Pop-up viewfinder camera sets sights on Sony RX100 By Mike Lowe

Smaller than its predecessor, with a pop-up viewfinder, this Canon, with its 1-inch sensor, is gunning for Sony RX territory. Does it succeed? Read more

HTC Desire 12S review: Little to be desired
3.0 stars HTC Desire 12S review: Little to be desired By Mike Lowe

The affordable HTC has lots of competition. Can its design and slim profile set it apart from the likes of Honor and Motoroa? Here's our review. Read more

Honor 20 Pro review: Camera clout without considerable cost
4.0 stars Honor 20 Pro review: Camera clout without considerable cost By Mike Lowe

In 2019 it's all about 'Pro' handsets, with Honor's latest flagship offering a host of high-end features, including a quad camera. Available 1 August. Read more

'TikTok Phone' is coming, owner ByteDance confirms
'TikTok Phone' is coming, owner ByteDance confirms By Mike Lowe

ByteDance, the parent owner of TikTok, has confirmed it's going to make a phone following Smartisan patents acquisition. Will it be the TikTok Phone? Read more

Huawei targets smart home: Hongmeng OS to debut in 'Smart Screens'
Huawei targets smart home: Hongmeng OS to debut in 'Smart Screens' By Mike Lowe

Huawei is making a Smart Screen / Smart TV system, the first device to use Hongmeng OS, with details due at the Huawei Developer Conference (HDC) 2019 Read more

Rumour: 5G Nokia PureView 9.1 coming 2019, processor and camera improvements included
Rumour: 5G Nokia PureView 9.1 coming 2019, processor and camera improvements included By Mike Lowe

The 5G version of Nokia's penta-camera flagship is rumoured to be coming Q4 2019. Light camera, processor and screen improvements are rumoured too. Read more

Toshiba Connect integrates Amazon Alexa into its 2019 TVs, the UL7A & UL5A
Toshiba Connect integrates Amazon Alexa into its 2019 TVs, the UL7A & UL5A By Mike Lowe

A USB-connected box can turn the Toshiba UL7A and UL5A into voice-controlled Amazon Alexa TVs, including integrated controls beyond Works With Alexa. Read more

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