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The big interview: Wearables aren't 'just something for computer people', says Intel new devices boss

The big interview: Wearables aren't 'just something for computer people', says Intel new devices boss

By Mike Lowe

Are wearables the next big thing in the tech world? Do we really need them and will they make our lives better? Big questions at a potential turning point in the industry.There are few people better to sit down with than Mike Bell, corporate vice president... Read more

Hands-on: Opening Ceremony and Intel MICA is the $1,000 wearable like no other

Hands-on: Opening Ceremony and Intel MICA is the $1,000 wearable like no other

By Mike Lowe

Wearables are all the rage at the moment, but few existing products have truly captivated an enthusiastic audience. That's where Intel, in collaboration with Opening Ceremony, has come up with something entirely different: a smart fashion bracelet called... Read more

Intel claims Basis 'Peak' smartwatch will deliver more advanced optical heart rate monitor

Intel claims Basis 'Peak' smartwatch will deliver more advanced optical heart rate monitor

By Mike Lowe

At the Intel Developer Forum 2014, Mike Bell, corporate vice president and general manager of the new devices group at Intel, took to the stage during the opening keynote and unveiled a sneak peek of a forthcoming smartwatch by Basis. But details of... Read more

Meet Jimmy, Intel’s joke-telling, app controlled and customisable 3D-printed robot

Meet Jimmy, Intel’s joke-telling, app controlled and customisable 3D-printed robot

By Mike Lowe

In our job we meet a lot of different people throughout the industry. But at the Intel Developers Forum 2014 we “met” a robot for the first time: Jimmy, the customisable, programmable and 3D-printed creation from Intel and Trossen Robotics.And the... Read more

Hands-on: Lenovo ThinkPad Helix shows off fingerprint scanner, slimmer design, variety of keyboard docks

Hands-on: Lenovo ThinkPad Helix shows off fingerprint scanner, slimmer design, variety of keyboard docks

By Mike Lowe

The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix name isn't a brand new concept, with the first model unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2013. But fast-forward some 20 months to the Intel Developers Forum 2014 and the second generation model has shown face. And it... Read more

Nikon D750 joins full-frame lineup with tilt-angle screen, 24.3-megapixel sensor

Nikon D750 joins full-frame lineup with tilt-angle screen, 24.3-megapixel sensor

By Mike Lowe

Just days ahead of the Photokina camera show next week, Nikon has revealed its first full-frame DSLR camera with a tilt-angle LCD screen: the Nikon D750.Slotting into the range between the D610 and D810, the D750 is a balance of both their features, featuring... Read more

Hands-on: HP Pavilion x2: 2-in-1 pushes screen gloss to excess

Hands-on: HP Pavilion x2: 2-in-1 pushes screen gloss to excess

By Mike Lowe

There's a whole lot of choice out there when it comes to laptops and 2-in-1 devices, so the smallest of misjudged design decisions can be costly. Although we rather liked the look of the HP Pavilion x2 - and have been even more impressed by the company's... Read more

Hands-on: HP Envy x2 13- and 15-inch desktop-replacement 2-in-1s show off Intel Core M slim form factor

Hands-on: HP Envy x2 13- and 15-inch desktop-replacement 2-in-1s show off Intel Core M slim form factor

By Mike Lowe

Before now we've seen some tablet-style desktop replacements that, let's face it, have been so big and bulky that they had little appeal. But in the latest HP Envy x2 13- and 15-inch models the company has created a viable desktop-replacement home office... Read more

Hands-on: Gigabyte Brix Gaming packs discrete graphics into palm-sized pocket PC

Hands-on: Gigabyte Brix Gaming packs discrete graphics into palm-sized pocket PC

By Mike Lowe

We last caught sight of the Gigabyte Brix pocket PC at last year's Intel Developer Forum. For 2014 the company has introduced a new, higher-power model named the Gigabyte Brix Gaming.No prizes for guessing what it's designed for. Yep, gaming - glorious... Read more

Hands-on: Acer Aspire Switch 12 is the laptop replacement with a tablet twist

Hands-on: Acer Aspire Switch 12 is the laptop replacement with a tablet twist

By Mike Lowe

The Acer Aspire Switch family continues to grow, with the forthcoming Switch 12 showcasing not only a number of varied position options, but it's one of the first devices to feature Intel Core M technology. That means a fanless design, which in turn opens... Read more

Nvidia lets slip HTC will be behind Nexus 9 tablet, Tegra K1 and Android L expected

Nvidia lets slip HTC will be behind Nexus 9 tablet, Tegra K1 and Android L expected

By Mike Lowe

HTC will be the brand behind the Nexus 9 tablet, as revealed by Nvidia in an document leak from the technology company itself as filed with the US International Trade Commission (a link which has since been pulled from Google)."The HTC Nexus 9, expected... Read more

The war on passwords: Intel wants biometrics to replace the traditional password

The war on passwords: Intel wants biometrics to replace the traditional password

By Mike Lowe

Passwords are a brilliant and useful aspect of security, but they're also a pain in the ass. Forgetting one, having another phished or hacked, needing to use a different new one when trying to reset an account. Multiple sighs ensue when that replacement... Read more

Intel envisions a wireless future: WiGig and wireless charging to 'eliminate all cables by end of 2015'

Intel envisions a wireless future: WiGig and wireless charging to 'eliminate all cables by end of 2015'

By Mike Lowe

Intel outlined its vision for a wire-free future at its Intel Developers Forum in San Francisco. But rather than this being a distant concept, the technology is just around the corner and, the company believes, will be in place by the end of 2015. On... Read more

Fujifilm X100T: third generation camera heralds world's first electronic rangefinder

Fujifilm X100T: third generation camera heralds world's first electronic rangefinder

By Mike Lowe

When the Fujifilm X100 series launched in 2011 it changed the face of high-end compact cameras. Now in its forthcoming third generation, the Fujifilm X100T continues the fixed 23mm f/2.0 lens but introduces a hybrid viewfinder with electronic rangefinder... Read more

Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition adds a lick of premium paint to top compact system camera, due November

Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition adds a lick of premium paint to top compact system camera, due November

By Mike Lowe

The Fujifilm X-T1 was one of our favourite compact system cameras this year, and as of November it will be available in a special Graphite Silver Edition format.As the name suggests, the camera is the same well-made, water-resistant interchangeable lens... Read more

Dell announces world's thinnest tablet: The Dell Venue 8 7000 Series is just 6mm thick

Dell announces world's thinnest tablet: The Dell Venue 8 7000 Series is just 6mm thick

By Mike Lowe

Dell chose the Intel Developers Forum in San Francisco to unveil what it's calling the world's thinnest tablet: the Dell Venue 8 7000 Series.The company certainly chose its moment. With Apple unveiling its iPhone 6 at the same time over in Cupertino,... Read more

Hands-on: Asus EeeBook X205 review

Hands-on: Asus EeeBook X205 review

By Mike Lowe

Budget laptops are ruling laptop volume sales at the moment, thanks to Chromebook, and that's been enough to make Asus take note. The company's new EeeBook X205 is a reimagination of the 2007 Eee PC in a refreshed format, some seven years on. If you're... Read more

Hands-on: Huawei Ascend P7 Sapphire Edition review

Hands-on: Huawei Ascend P7 Sapphire Edition review

By Mike Lowe

Huawei might not be the first name that pops into many people's heads when they think of phone manufacturers, but the Chinese brand has been gaining speed in the phone market. Its recent Ascend P7 smartphone did a pretty good job of positioning itself... Read more

Hands-on: Asus ZenBook UX305 review

Hands-on: Asus ZenBook UX305 review

By Mike Lowe

As laptop makers eye up the future of the market, there's been a divide between the high-end and the affordable budget ranges that has seen the middle section squeezed in different ways. Those laptops near but in excess of £1,000 aren't selling like... Read more

Huawei Ascend P7 Sapphire Edition official: Sapphire glass front in high-end flagship rework

Huawei Ascend P7 Sapphire Edition official: Sapphire glass front in high-end flagship rework

By Mike Lowe

Huawei has confirmed its special edition Huawei Ascend P7 Sapphire Editionat its IFA 2014 trade show press conference. It's the company's bid to dress up its top-spec phone with tougher and more attractive materials.We're almost used to seeing smashed... Read more

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Series 2 upgrades over-ear cans with top-spec drivers, C5 S2 in-ears also available

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Series 2 upgrades over-ear cans with top-spec drivers, C5 S2 in-ears also available

By Mike Lowe

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Series 2 is the update to one of our favourite over-ear headphones in recent years. Adding new drivers based on those found in the top-spec P7 series, the P5 S2 promises big sound from its small scale.These drivers are described by... Read more

Panasonic unveils new rugged tablets for business: Toughpad FZ-E1 and FZ-X1 cater for Windows and Android markets

Panasonic unveils new rugged tablets for business: Toughpad FZ-E1 and FZ-X1 cater for Windows and Android markets

By Mike Lowe

Panasonic has unveiled its latest business tablets at IFA 2014: the Toughpad FZ-E1 and the Toughpad FZ-X1.Running on Windows 8 and Android platforms respectively, the FZ-E1 and FZ-X1 cater for a wide market - although it's not a product you'll find in... Read more

Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review

Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review

By Mike Lowe

Big phones are a big deal these days, and Samsung has just unveiled its next big-deal instalment in the Note series: the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Pocket-lint handled the new phablet ahead of its official unveil at Samsung Unpacked in Berlin - and boy oh... Read more

Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review: The Note 4 with curved screen edge in surprise Unpacked unveil

Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review: The Note 4 with curved screen edge in surprise Unpacked unveil

By Mike Lowe

The big news from Samsung Unpacked 2014 in Berlin is the flagship Galaxy Note 4. But with that came a bit of a surprise: the curved-edge Samsung Galaxy Note Edge.The Note Edge isn't a curved phone in the same sense as the Samsung Galaxy Round or the LG... Read more

Hands-on: Samsung Gear S review

Hands-on: Samsung Gear S review

By Mike Lowe

Samsung isn’t shy of releasing a smartwatch or two. Indeed it’s been putting them to market by the bucket load, but in so doing the company has been slowly refining its wearable offerings.The latest Gear S, which was already unveiled ahead of Samsung... Read more

Hands-on: Samsung Gear VR review: Immersive headset requires a Galaxy Note 4 to function

Hands-on: Samsung Gear VR review: Immersive headset requires a Galaxy Note 4 to function

By Mike Lowe

The Samsung Gear VR is not like other virtual reality headsets. Unlike Oculus Rift or Sony Morpheus, the Gear VR doesn't come with any display built-in - instead you'll need to buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to pop into the front of the headset for the immersive... Read more

Nokia Lumia 930 review
4.5 stars

Nokia Lumia 930 review

By Mike Lowe

Since Microsoft acquired Nokia's phone hardware business there's been some confusion about where things go from here. Take the Lumia 930, the top-spec Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone that we've been reviewing for the last few days: Microsoft has left the... Read more

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review
4.0 stars

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review

By Mike Lowe

Microsoft Surface is one of those products lines that's neither quite here nor there. But the Surface Pro 3 looks to change that, by refreshing the range in a new, larger 12-inch model that Microsoft has referred to as a "laptop killer".Cleaner cut marketing... Read more

Samsung Level Over headphones review
3.5 stars

Samsung Level Over headphones review

By Mike Lowe

Headphones are everywhere right now, from established brand names to apparent armies of newcomers busying the market. So when a big name like Samsung releases a new flagship series of headphones boasting "superior HD organic sound" - whatever that means... Read more

Alcatel OneTouch Idol Mini review
4.0 stars

Alcatel OneTouch Idol Mini review

By Mike Lowe

Budget smartphones are becoming increasingly popular, with a number of capable but affordable choices on the market. Such demand has prompted us to pluck the months-old Alcatel OneTouch Idol Mini out of its box a year after its initial announcement.Priced... Read more

Creative Sound Blaster Roar review
5.0 stars

Creative Sound Blaster Roar review

By Mike Lowe

Creative is one of those companies that doesn't muck around trying to be a super-cool Beats or new-wave trendy Bluetooth speaker company. It relies on what it knows best: delivering quality sound.The Creative Sound Blaster Roar may look small and just... Read more

Philips 7800 Series 55-inch 4K TV review
3.5 stars

Philips 7800 Series 55-inch 4K TV review

By Mike Lowe

We knew that the price of 4K TVs would continue to drop, but the Philips 55PUS7089 makes it look like the market has crashed in through the roof. A 55-inch Ultra-HD telly for under £1,500 sounds like a right bargain - one that's perhaps too good to be... Read more

Experiencing the ultimate Bowers & Wilkins sound system - but you won't find it in any home

Experiencing the ultimate Bowers & Wilkins sound system - but you won't find it in any home

By Mike Lowe

Think of festivals and a mix of mud-caked wellies and lukewarm cider tends to spring to mind. That and the music of course: but it's usually a mix of body-shaking bass bins and enough excess top-end output to carve away another couple of years of hearing... Read more

iKettle: The Wi-Fi kettle review
3.0 stars

iKettle: The Wi-Fi kettle review

By Mike Lowe

Picture it: a lazy weekend morning in bed and all you want is a brew but can't be bothered to get and out of bed to boil the kettle. Now there's a solution: a Wi-Fi stainless steel kettle that can sync with your smartphone, aptly named the iKettle.Despite... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review
4.5 stars

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review

By Mike Lowe

It seems that not a month goes by without a new Samsung tablet surfacing. It's made the market so busy with options that, frankly, it's got downright confusing. So let's cut to the skinny: the Tab S, seen here in its 8.4-inch version, is one of the best... Read more

Nikon D810 review
5.0 stars

Nikon D810 review

By Mike Lowe

Landmark cameras come along every once in a while. In 2012 it was the super-high-resolution Nikon D800 that astounded us. We couldn't quite believe how much this 36.3-megapixel full-frame beast defied our initially doubtful expectations.Two years on and... Read more

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron review
4.0 stars

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron review

By Mike Lowe

The electric era is upon us. The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is the first hybrid car the company has put onto its production line, combining an electronic motor with established 1.4L TFSI petrol hybrid to deliver that Audi Sportback experience but with a... Read more

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom review
3.5 stars

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom review

By Mike Lowe

Samsung makes plenty of quality electronics products and we've been taken by many of its smartphones and cameras over the years. Now it's condensed much of that expertise into one phone-camera (or should that camera-phone?): the Galaxy K Zoom.Although... Read more

Windows Phone 8.1 Video Tuner brings on-device editing and sharing, coincides with Lumia 930 launch

Windows Phone 8.1 Video Tuner brings on-device editing and sharing, coincides with Lumia 930 launch

By Mike Lowe

Windows Phone 8.1 continues to grow, as the operating system now offers the free-to-download Video Tuner app for on-device video editing.Although the announcement coincides with the release of the Lumia 930 in some territories - and ahead of the phone's... Read more

Asus MeMo Pad 7 review
4.0 stars

Asus MeMo Pad 7 review

By Mike Lowe

There's been a surge in affordable phones and tablets of late, devices with fair feature sets in spite of their asking prices. The Asus MeMo Pad 7 is one such device; a 7-inch tablet that gives the likes of the Tesco Hudl a run for its money and is knocking... Read more

OnePlus One review
5.0 stars

OnePlus One review

By Mike Lowe

At times the mobile market seems like a stalemate between the big players. Every year we see Apple, Samsung, HTC and LG battle it out to make the best, most popular phone of the year - it's like clockwork. But now the OnePlus One is here to shake things... Read more

Sony Alpha A6000 review
4.5 stars

Sony Alpha A6000 review

By Mike Lowe

The Sony A6000 is, in some respects, the older NEX-6 reincarnate. Which puts it in good stead: as far as interchangeable lens cameras go, the NEX-6 was one of our favourite small scale models with a built-in electronic viewfinder, so the Alpha A6000 arrives... Read more

Titanium Strong Blackout challenge: Drivers behind the laser-laden driving promo video talk the future of racing

Titanium Strong Blackout challenge: Drivers behind the laser-laden driving promo video talk the future of racing

By Mike Lowe

One month ago to the day Castrol put out the latest promo for its latest motor oil. Oil, that's boring no? Not when there's budget and a bit of imagination. The proof is in viewership as the Castrol Edge Titanium Strong Blackout video has already racked... Read more

Xbox Studios boss: 'Hats off to Sony. They've got great momentum right now'

Xbox Studios boss: 'Hats off to Sony. They've got great momentum right now'

By Mike Lowe

It's not every day that you get to interview the big cheese of Microsoft's Xbox Redmond Game Studios. But in-between playing all the latest and greatest games at this year's E3 expo in Los Angeles that's exactly what we did.These gigs usually go as so:... Read more

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III review
5.0 stars

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III review

By Mike Lowe

If you want a pocketable high-end compact camera that offers it all, it looks as though Sony may have finally cracked it with the Cyber-shot RX100 III. This third-generation model delivers a large 1-inch sensor size, but rewrites the earlier RX100 rulebook... Read more

Citroen C4 Cactus in pictures: The car with air cushions for bumpers

Citroen C4 Cactus in pictures: The car with air cushions for bumpers

By Mike Lowe

Despite its prickly-sounding name, the Citroen C4 Cactus is anything but. We first saw the Cactus as a concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2013 and things have moved along fast.The road-worthy C4 2014 model, shown here, has bypassed the HybridAir... Read more

Ford Fiesta ST3 (2014): First drive in peppy new 1.6L turbo

Ford Fiesta ST3 (2014): First drive in peppy new 1.6L turbo

By Mike Lowe

It's one thing taking a look at the new Ford Fiesta ST3. It's another thing entirely to lob it round the Goodwood Hillclimb circuit at this year's Festival of Speed. Which is exactly what we did, and what a thrill this 1.6-litre turbo-charged beast is... Read more

Jaguar C-X17 in pictures: Jag's 4x4 crossover concept shows face at Goodwood festival

Jaguar C-X17 in pictures: Jag's 4x4 crossover concept shows face at Goodwood festival

By Mike Lowe

It's not the first time we've seen the Jaguar C-X17 concept 4x4 Sport SUV, but it is the first time we've seen it appear in a red coat of paint and one step closer to its 2016 anticipated release date.Measuring 4.72m long and at 1.96m wide the crossover... Read more

Nikon D810 unveiled: New 36-megapixel DSLR employs top-of-line D4S features

Nikon D810 unveiled: New 36-megapixel DSLR employs top-of-line D4S features

By Mike Lowe

The Nikon D800 was one of the only ground-breaking DSLR cameras to hit the market in recent years. Its successor, the Nikon D810, which was unveiled today, might not be such a landmark model but it amplifies what was already great and tweaks it to be... Read more

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 review
4.5 stars

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 review

By Mike Lowe

Bigger isn't always better, but if you want a premium superzoom camera then physical size is an inevitable part of the package. In the case of the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 it also means a jumbo feature set, including a 25-400mm f/2.8-4.0 equivalent zoom... Read more