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Virgin TV V6 box review: Virgin Media’s 4K HDR TiVo powerhouse
4.5 stars

Virgin TV V6 box review: Virgin Media’s 4K HDR TiVo powerhouse

By Rik Henderson

When the first Virgin Media TiVo box was released almost five years ago it was seen as groundbreaking, state-of-the-art and considerably better than anything around at the time. It took Sky a while to catch up with, ahem, catch-up. And, Virgin Media's... Read more

New Sony smartphone camera comes with built-in DRAM, promises 1,000fps slow-mo

New Sony smartphone camera comes with built-in DRAM, promises 1,000fps slow-mo

By Rik Henderson

Sony has developed a new CMOS camera sensor for phones that could revolutionise smartphone photography.It works like sensors in its dedicated cameras, with DRAM built in as a third layer on top of the conventional two-layer stacked image sensor. This... Read more

GoPro confirms Hero6 and other new cameras are coming this year

GoPro confirms Hero6 and other new cameras are coming this year

By Rik Henderson

GoPro has confirmed that it will release a Hero6 camera in 2017.Although the 4K-enabled GoPro Hero5 was only made available in September last year, company CEO Nick Woodman revealed that its replacement is planned - possibly for a similar release window.Speaking... Read more

Nintendo will charge less for Switch online gaming than Xbox or PlayStation

Nintendo will charge less for Switch online gaming than Xbox or PlayStation

By Rik Henderson

As part of the Nintendo Switch preview days, the Japanese company revealed that it will be launching a similar subscription service to Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus.Like those rivals, you will need to subscribe to Nintendo's version to play online,... Read more

Android gets a Nintendo game at last, Fire Emblem Heroes also on iOS

Android gets a Nintendo game at last, Fire Emblem Heroes also on iOS

By Rik Henderson

Nintendo has finally released a full game on Android. Fire Emblem Heroes beats Super Mario Run to the punch, with the Android version of Mario's first mobile outing planned for March.An iOS version of Fire Emblem Heroes is also now available.Android... Read more

What PS4 Pro games are 4K HDR ready? The complete list of optimised games

What PS4 Pro games are 4K HDR ready? The complete list of optimised games

By Rik Henderson

The PlayStation 4 Pro is the pinnacle of console gaming as it stands. It is pricier than its sibling but well worth considering by those with 4K TVs.That's because it has been designed to run the same PlayStation 4 games as the other consoles in the... Read more

Nvidia Shield TV (2017) review: The daddy of 4K HDR media streaming
4.5 stars

Nvidia Shield TV (2017) review: The daddy of 4K HDR media streaming

By Rik Henderson

When the original Nvidia Shield TV came out in 2015 it was far and away the most powerful, most capable media streamer out there. Powered by Android TV and being 4K ready, it obliterated the competition with Ultra HD video support and offered a tasty... Read more

Old Nvidia Shield TV will also get Google Assistant in update

Old Nvidia Shield TV will also get Google Assistant in update

By Rik Henderson

When Nvidia announced its new version of the Shield TV media streamer in December, it revealed the device would get Google Assistant and SmartThings smart home support in a future update. However, it was thought that the older version wouldn't - that... Read more

What is 5G, when is it coming and why do we need it?

What is 5G, when is it coming and why do we need it?

By Rik Henderson

We’re still in the middle of the 4G revolution in that the superfast mobile data service is still in its infancy in both coverage and speed capabilities.With current technologies capable of offering internet speeds of up to 150Mbps in areas offering... Read more

Liverpool v Chelsea to be broadcast in 4K and Dolby Atmos

Liverpool v Chelsea to be broadcast in 4K and Dolby Atmos

By Rik Henderson

Tonight, BT Sport will broadcast the first football match with Dolby Atmos audio. And as it's also being presented in 4K Ultra HD, it could very well be the best television presentation of footy we've ever seen.The top of the tablet clash between Liverpool... Read more

Honeywell Lyric T6R review: Smart heating made simple
4.0 stars

Honeywell Lyric T6R review: Smart heating made simple

By Rik Henderson

Smart heating systems are on the up. And having moved into a new home recently it made a lot of sense to test Honeywell's latest smart home thermostat system, the Lyric T6.We had the Lyric T6R fitted, which is the same as the standard T6 but comes with... Read more

Sky Q coming for those without a satellite dish, full service over broadband

Sky Q coming for those without a satellite dish, full service over broadband

By Rik Henderson

Sky has announced that it will be bringing its full Sky Q television service to those who cannot or will not install a satellite dish.The inability to have a satellite dish has been a barrier to getting Sky's TV services since they started more than... Read more

Which is the best movie streaming service in the UK? Netflix vs Amazon Prime vs Now TV and more

Which is the best movie streaming service in the UK? Netflix vs Amazon Prime vs Now TV and more

By Rik Henderson

Film and TV show streaming services have become increasingly important to the way that we want to consume our content in the UK.As well as the free platforms from the country's major broadcasters, such as BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub, digital subscription,... Read more

How to download Netflix movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet

How to download Netflix movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet

By Rik Henderson

After years of subscriber requests and insistence that it would never happen, Netflix has finally added offline viewing to its iOS and Android apps.That means users of iPhones, iPads and Android phones and tablets can now download and store Netflix movies... Read more

BeatMoovz preview: The crazy wearable that adds a soundtrack to your life

BeatMoovz preview: The crazy wearable that adds a soundtrack to your life

By Rik Henderson

Character Options might have stolen the London Toy Fair, at least where adults are concerned. It demonstrated a wearable wristband that prompts special effect noise and/or music as you move.The bands, which cost £49.99 for a pair and will be available... Read more

Samsung confirms Note 7 batteries to blame, implements new safety checks

Samsung confirms Note 7 batteries to blame, implements new safety checks

By Rik Henderson

Samsung has published its official findings of why many of its Note 7 smartphones caught fire or exploded last year and it's as most already thought, the batteries were to blame.The findings were backed up by independent organisations, specifically UL,... Read more

Nintendo Switch won't have Netflix, Amazon Video or BBC iPlayer at launch

Nintendo Switch won't have Netflix, Amazon Video or BBC iPlayer at launch

By Rik Henderson

Those hoping to use their new Nintendo Switch consoles to watch streamed and downloaded TV shows and movies need think again. The new machine will not feature video apps, such as Netflix, Amazon Video or BBC iPlayer, at least at launch.Instead, Nintendo... Read more

Zelda marks the death of Nintendo Wii U, confirmed

Zelda marks the death of Nintendo Wii U, confirmed

By Rik Henderson

Nintendo has confirmed that after The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is released, the Nintendo Wii U will be effectively dead. There will be no more first-party development for the console.It's all Switch or nothing for future Nintendo games.Speaking... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S8 release date: 26 February, 29 March, 15 April, 18 April, take your pick

Samsung Galaxy S8 release date: 26 February, 29 March, 15 April, 18 April, take your pick

By Rik Henderson

After the Galaxy Note 7 disaster, Samsung is keen to ensure that its next flagship smartphone launch not only goes without hitch, but that it is extra special in every way. That's why it is not expected to be hosting an Unpacked event at this year's Mobile... Read more

This simple text will crash any iPhone, here's how to recover

This simple text will crash any iPhone, here's how to recover

By Rik Henderson

With every new iOS build there seems to be a way to crash it, breach it or do something else malicious with it.This time, for iOS 10 and all its iterations, iPhone users need to be wary about a couple of simple text messages that are going around. If... Read more

Valve hints at Half-Life 3, Portal 3 or Half-Life VR game, which would you prefer?

Valve hints at Half-Life 3, Portal 3 or Half-Life VR game, which would you prefer?

By Rik Henderson

Valve is working on a new single-player game set in the Half-Life or Portal universes.During a questions and answer session on Reddit, Valve's founder, Gabe Newell, gave several clues as to what that might be.When asked if Valve was working on "any fully-fledged... Read more

Nintendo Switch launch line up is poor but "not be all and end all" for console

Nintendo Switch launch line up is poor but "not be all and end all" for console

By Rik Henderson

Most who have played with a Nintendo Switch so far will agree that it has great potential. It is a clever piece of technology that has a chance of finding a gap in the market and therefore do much better than its predecessor, the Wii U.However, almost... Read more

5 Nintendo Switch games to pre-order first, and one well worth the wait

5 Nintendo Switch games to pre-order first, and one well worth the wait

By Rik Henderson

The Nintendo Switch has been revealed in full. We know the price, release date and the accessories to expect at launch and throughout the year. You can even pre-order the new console yourself.But what about the games? There's a healthy list of titles... Read more

Nintendo Switch presentation event: Watch it again right here

Nintendo Switch presentation event: Watch it again right here

By Rik Henderson

Nintendo fully revealed all its new console, the Nintendo Switch, including release date and price on Friday 13 January during an online presentation event that you can watch again in full right here.There are plenty of games to view too, so the show... Read more

Lego City Undercover confirmed for Nintendo Switch, here's the trailer

Lego City Undercover confirmed for Nintendo Switch, here's the trailer

By Rik Henderson

Warner Bros has confirmed that there will an enhanced Nintendo Switch version of the underrated Wii U title Lego City Undercover.The open world adventure - sort of a tamer, Lego-flavoured Grand Theft Auto - was one of the Wii U launch games and got rave... Read more

Samsung Family Hub 2.0 refrigerator preview: Spotify and sausages

Samsung Family Hub 2.0 refrigerator preview: Spotify and sausages

By Rik Henderson

Samsung revealed its new Family Hub refrigerator line-up immediately prior to CES but we got to see one of them in the flesh at the company's main press conference.The concept is similar if not identical to last year's CES sensation, but there are a few... Read more

Watch the HTC U launch event again: U Ultra and U Play unveiled

Watch the HTC U launch event again: U Ultra and U Play unveiled

By Rik Henderson

HTC held a launch event on the morning of Wednesday 12 January where it launched two new smartphones that go by the moniker "U".The HTC U Play and HTC U Ultra were both unveiled on stage, with the latter being the flagship model, with a 5.7-inch 2560... Read more

LG SJ9 Dolby Atmos soundbar preview: Extended home cinema without the clutter

LG SJ9 Dolby Atmos soundbar preview: Extended home cinema without the clutter

By Rik Henderson

There were plenty of soundbars launched at CES in January, with 2017 looking like the year that Dolby Atmos properly takes off in the home.Sony and Samsung are both investing heavily in Dolby Atmos kit, while LG is really going to town with the technology.... Read more

Ring Floodlight Cam preview: Smart, bright security system to scare intruders away

Ring Floodlight Cam preview: Smart, bright security system to scare intruders away

By Rik Henderson

Ring has had great success with its camera-enabled doorbell over the last year, so much so that it is expanding its product portfolio to now include a clever security cam and spotlight system that will hopefully keep intruders away.The Ring Floodlight... Read more

LG PJ9 levitating speaker preview: The Bluetooth speaker that hovers

LG PJ9 levitating speaker preview: The Bluetooth speaker that hovers

By Rik Henderson

Bluetooth speakers come in all shapes and sizes these days, and there are even some that float.But when you normally talk about floating speakers, you are usually referring to waterproof devices, that you can use in a swimming pool.The LG PJ9 is a different... Read more

Nvidia Spot preview: The Google Assistant mic and speaker

Nvidia Spot preview: The Google Assistant mic and speaker

By Rik Henderson

Alongside the new version of the Nvidia Shield TV, an Android Nougat-powered media streamer, the company will be launching the Nvidia Spot.It's a tiny sphere that you plug into an available power socket which works with the Shield TV box and basically... Read more

What is Nvidia GeForce Now and what are the differences on Shield TV, PC and Mac?

What is Nvidia GeForce Now and what are the differences on Shield TV, PC and Mac?

By Rik Henderson

Nvidia is soon to release a new version of the Nvidia Shield Android TV. It will also expand its GeForce Now cloud gaming service in the coming months to more than just Shield devices.However, the new GeForce Now will be an alternative offering, just... Read more

HTC Vive Tracker preview: Turns baseball bats, guns and more into VR controllers

HTC Vive Tracker preview: Turns baseball bats, guns and more into VR controllers

By Rik Henderson

2016 might not have been the year of virtual reality everybody had previously predicted, but it set the stall for future innovations. And unlike failed attempts in the past, this time it does seem that VR is here to stay.One of the best headsets available... Read more

Focal Utopia by Tournaire preview: Yes, these really are a $120,000 pair of headphones

Focal Utopia by Tournaire preview: Yes, these really are a $120,000 pair of headphones

By Rik Henderson

We'll start by saying that there is no doubt that the Focal Utopia open-back, over-ear headphones are astounding. They are quite possibly the best headphones we've ever used and every ounce of the renowned French manufacturer's audio expertise is right... Read more

Sony's amazing OLED A1E series TV is also a speaker, the screen vibrates

Sony's amazing OLED A1E series TV is also a speaker, the screen vibrates

By Rik Henderson

Sony has unveiled its OLED TV and it has an incredible trick up its sleeve. Not only does it support the Dolby Vision HDR standard, there are no speakers on the television. That's because the whole TV is a speaker too.The superthin screen vibrates to... Read more

Samsung CES 2017 press conference: Watch it right here

Samsung CES 2017 press conference: Watch it right here

By Rik Henderson

As always, Samsung will have a huge presence at CES 2017 in Las Vegas and will debut a whole host of new products.We've already seen some of them, including the new QLED TV technology for 2017 televisions, and the second generation Family Hub refrigerators.... Read more

LG Signature OLED W TV attaches to your wall using magnets and is just 2.5mm thick

LG Signature OLED W TV attaches to your wall using magnets and is just 2.5mm thick

By Rik Henderson

LG used its CES 2017 press conference to unveil a new range of OLED TVs with new high dynamic range (HDR) standards support and Dolby Atmos audio, but the star of the show was undoubtedly the LG Signature OLED W - a TV so thin the company tags it as a... Read more

LG has an Alexa-powered fridge, move over Family Hub

LG has an Alexa-powered fridge, move over Family Hub

By Rik Henderson

LG has unveiled its own version of the Family Hub fridge.The LG Smart Instaview Refrigerator has a webOS-powered 29-inch Full HD touch panel in the right-hand door, which offers all manner of apps and gestures to leave notes, see what's inside the appliance... Read more

Samsung QLED TV preview: Is this Samsung's best ever television range?

Samsung QLED TV preview: Is this Samsung's best ever television range?

By Rik Henderson

During a pre-CES invite-only briefing, Samsung unveiled the QLED TV series and we can honestly say, from what we've seen so far, that they are the best televisions the company has ever made.We got up close to the new QLED TV concepts shown at the Samsung... Read more

Samsung enters the era of QLED TV, amazing 2017 models revealed

Samsung enters the era of QLED TV, amazing 2017 models revealed

By Rik Henderson

Samsung has continued to develop its Quantum Dot technology for its 2017 TV range rather than compete in the OLED sector, highlighting the 100 per cent colour volume of its new picture tech - a first for the manufacturer's televisions - and significantly... Read more

Swarovski to launch its own Android Wear smartwatch in 2017

Swarovski to launch its own Android Wear smartwatch in 2017

By Rik Henderson

Jewellery brand Swarovski will announce its own Android Wear smartwatch during BaselWorld in March. And it will have Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipset inside, as revealed by the chip manufacturer at CES 2017.Swarovski has long been associated with tech, with... Read more

New TV tech explained: What do the logos and buzzwords mean?

New TV tech explained: What do the logos and buzzwords mean?

By Rik Henderson

Television manufacturers release new models at least twice a year and the technology in their latest sets is constantly improving. It can be hard to keep up at times.Even if you've bought a new TV recently, you might not know what it is truly capable... Read more

New Samsung Galaxy A series to fill gap until Galaxy S8, spec and release date revealed

New Samsung Galaxy A series to fill gap until Galaxy S8, spec and release date revealed

By Rik Henderson

Samsung has unveiled a couple of updated models in its Galaxy A series of mid-range handsets. And considering the company is rumoured to be pushing back the release of the next Galaxy S8 flagship phone, these very capably fill a gap in the company's... Read more

How to watch Amazon Prime Video on TV: Your complete guide

How to watch Amazon Prime Video on TV: Your complete guide

By Rik Henderson

Amazon's video streaming service has become almost a different beast since it was rebranded from Lovefilm in 2014. Amazon Prime Video is now the main global rival to Netflix and like its peer, it offers TV shows and movies to watch instantly on an internet... Read more

How to watch Netflix on TV: Your complete guide

How to watch Netflix on TV: Your complete guide

By Rik Henderson

Netflix has changed our TV and movie viewing habits completely. It has more than 100 million subscribers worldwide and that has allowed it to not only challenge and beat video rental services, it now has the userbase and muscle to take on traditional... Read more

Best Sony PlayStation VR games you must play: Farpoint, Resident Evil 7, Batman and more

Best Sony PlayStation VR games you must play: Farpoint, Resident Evil 7, Batman and more

By Rik Henderson

Sony PlayStation VR was released at the tail end of last year and the £349 virtual reality headset should soon be back in stock to order.But what should you play after you finally make the plunge? The headset comes with a demo disc with tasters of several... Read more

How to upgrade your PS4 hard drive to 1TB or more for less than £50

How to upgrade your PS4 hard drive to 1TB or more for less than £50

By Rik Henderson

Like with the Xbox One, our foremost and perhaps only major gripe about the PlayStation 4 is that the 500GB hard drive of the entry model is hopelessly light on storage capacity, especially considering the mammoth file sizes of some of the best games... Read more

HTC Vive tips & tricks: How to set up your new VR headset and solve any issues

HTC Vive tips & tricks: How to set up your new VR headset and solve any issues

By Rik Henderson

Of all the virtual reality headsets to come out in the last two years, the HTC Vive has been the one talked about most fondly. It is still the most costly consumer offering, albeit now available for a lot less than at launch, but is also the most technically... Read more

PS4 Pro tips and tricks: How to get the most from your new 4K PlayStation

PS4 Pro tips and tricks: How to get the most from your new 4K PlayStation

By Rik Henderson

When the PS4 Pro was launched in the tail end of 2016, it heralded the beginning of 4K HDR console gaming. And while it has now been joined by the Xbox One X, it is still an amazing, flagship games machine - especially for its price, often found below... Read more

Watch The Grand Tour for free over Christmas, here's how

Watch The Grand Tour for free over Christmas, here's how

By Rik Henderson

Amazon has made the first episode of The Grand Tour available to watch for free over the Christmas period.All Amazon customers in the UK, not just those with Prime membership, can now watch "The Holy Trinity", the one hour 11 minute debut of the new show... Read more