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Sonos and Dolby Atmos: Possible, but not right for new Beam speaker
Sonos and Dolby Atmos: Possible, but not right for new Beam speaker By Stuart Miles

Sonos has ruled out Dolby Atmos for its new compact soundbar, the Sonos Beam. In a candid interview with the company's sound experience leader, Giles Martin, he told Pocket-lint that, while he is an avid fan of Dolby's latest surround sound technology,... Read more

Sonos Beam initial review: Compact in size, but not in sound
Sonos Beam initial review: Compact in size, but not in sound By Stuart Miles

Sonos has announced a new compact soundbar, Sonos Beam, that plans to bring a more cinematic sound to your living room without the large sometimes clumsy size of a bigger soundbar.Pocket-lint was at the San Francisco launch event ahead of the device going... Read more

What is Apple Screen Time and how does it work?
What is Apple Screen Time and how does it work? By Stuart Miles

Looking to address growing concerns around increasing device usage, smartphone addiction and social media impacting on mental health, Apple has announced a collection of initiatives focusing on "digital health".Announced its developer conference in June... Read more

How to create a HomePod Stereo Pair
How to create a HomePod Stereo Pair By Stuart Miles

Apple has released iOS 11.4 and HomePod 11.4 and with it enabled AirPlay 2, which for Apple HomePod owners allows you to now connect two HomePod speakers to create a stereo pair.Without a dedicated HomePod app on your iPhone or iPad you might be slightly... Read more

Best Apple HomePod tips and tricks: Plus how to update HomePod
Best Apple HomePod tips and tricks: Plus how to update HomePod By Stuart Miles

So, you've got a new HomePod. Great! But aside from saying "Hey Siri, play me some music" there is plenty more the smart speaker can do.Here we've detailed a load of HomePod tips and tricks to get you started and show you what your new Apple smart speaker... Read more

Philips Hue app gets major overhaul, controlling your lights becomes easy again
Philips Hue app gets major overhaul, controlling your lights becomes easy again By Stuart Miles

Philips has released a revamped version of its iOS and Android app for controlling Hue smart lights.The new app, dubbed Hue 3.0, replaces the current version, with a new design and a return of many of the abandoned features from version 1. The company... Read more

The best iPhone tips and tricks for iOS 11
The best iPhone tips and tricks for iOS 11 By Stuart Miles

Apple packaged a tonne of improvements in iOS 11 including updates to Maps, keyboard, App Store, Siri and Control Centre.The new OS from Apple brings a host of new features, tips and tricks. We've worked our way through the operating system in order... Read more

How to light your home: 8 lighting tips and tricks
How to light your home: 8 lighting tips and tricks By Stuart Miles

Walk into a room, flick a switch, and your room is normally filled with light. Is it the right light though? Could it be designed to help your health and well-being? Are there any rules or recommendations you should follow when installing new lights... Read more

Star Wars Jedi Challenges initial review: 2-player Lightsaber duels and more
Star Wars Jedi Challenges initial review: 2-player Lightsaber duels and more By Stuart Miles

We aren't sure about you, but we've always wondered what it would be like to have a proper Lightsaber duel. Or maybe play a game of Holochess.Thanks to the joys of augmented reality, you can now do both. Lenovo and Disney have partnered to create an AR... Read more

Nike Flyprint: The 3D printed shoe to propel Kipchoge and Farah to London Marathon greatness
Nike Flyprint: The 3D printed shoe to propel Kipchoge and Farah to London Marathon greatness By Stuart Miles

The world's fastest marathon runner, Eliud Kipchoge, is hoping that a new running shoe designed and developed by Nike in just 4 months will propel him to victory at the 2018 London Marathon this week.The new shoe is actually a variant of the shoe he wore... Read more

Nintendo Labo review: Crazy cardboard fun for the Switch
4.5 stars Nintendo Labo review: Crazy cardboard fun for the Switch By Stuart Miles

Zany, wacky, crazy, mind-boggling, pointless, bizarre, very Japanese. I don't get it.These are just some of the words and phrases that we've heard from others when talking about Nintendo's latest gaming concept: Nintendo Labo.But do any of the above really... Read more

Apple TV 4K review: A long-awaited boost to the premium streamer
5.0 stars Apple TV 4K review: A long-awaited boost to the premium streamer By Stuart Miles

A lot can happen in a couple of years. Whole industries can shift, evolve, or even die.Since the last Apple TV launch - which was all about games - we've seen an increasing transition to 4K and high dynamic range (HDR) content. The Apple TV 4K jumps... Read more

Apple iPhone SE review: Great things can come in small packages
4.5 stars Apple iPhone SE review: Great things can come in small packages By Stuart Miles

There are two ways of looking at the iPhone SE, the "special edition" smaller-scale 4-inch iPhone.One is that it's Apple simply churning out a two-year-old design with a spec update; the other is that it delivers what many people actually want: a small... Read more

Putting the Home in HomePod: The new housing development that’s smart from day one
Putting the Home in HomePod: The new housing development that’s smart from day one By Stuart Miles

"And over here is the HomePod…" explains Ken Forster, Managing Director of Trivselhus UK, to Pocket-lint.It is not a phrase you expect to hear on a tour of a show home up for sale, but then the house that Forster is showing us isn't any ordinary home.It's... Read more

Apple Watch Series 3 review: A great smartwatch comes with some caveats
4.0 stars Apple Watch Series 3 review: A great smartwatch comes with some caveats By Stuart Miles

We've been wearing, exercising, calling, texting, and plenty of other things using the new 4G-equipped Apple Watch Series 3 to find out whether now is the time to start wearing it, or whether you can pass this one by.While much remains the same in the... Read more

Apple HomePod review: The smart sounding speaker that's just not smart enough
3.5 stars Apple HomePod review: The smart sounding speaker that's just not smart enough By Stuart Miles

The Apple HomePod is a £319 speaker with Siri built-in. It plans to take on not only the much-cheaper Amazon Echo and Google Home but systems like Sonos too.Apple wants to deliver not only a connected smart speaker but wants to address one of the... Read more

Apple iPhone 8 review: The compact iPhone should not be overlooked
4.5 stars Apple iPhone 8 review: The compact iPhone should not be overlooked By Stuart Miles

While most of the excitement and expectation for this year's new iPhones is for the flagship iPhone X, rather than the iPhone 8 and larger-scale iPhone 8 Plus, that's not to say that the smallest of the three models should be overlooked.The new iPhone... Read more

Apple iPhone 8 Plus review: Strong and steady
4.0 stars Apple iPhone 8 Plus review: Strong and steady By Stuart Miles

For 2018 there's a trio of new iPhones: the small-scale iPhone 8, the larger iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X (that's "iPhone 10", if you're saying it properly).The biggest and widest of the three, the iPhone 8 Plus, is far more handset than the predicted... Read more

Apple iPhone X review: The future of Apple smartphones
5.0 stars Apple iPhone X review: The future of Apple smartphones By Stuart Miles

Ten years after the launch of the first iPhone, Apple has launched what it says is the phone that kickstarts the next decade for the iPhone. It's the biggest shift in iPhone design since Steve Jobs launched that first device, introducing a new range of... Read more

Apple iPad (2018) review: Pencil time
5.0 stars Apple iPad (2018) review: Pencil time By Stuart Miles

Apple has turned its focus on the education market with the launch of its new iPad. It's a great device for all, but the Cupertino company is also hoping to woo teachers and students with cheap pricing, dedicated software and Apple Pencil support. The... Read more

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 review: The tablet to finally replace your laptop?
5.0 stars Apple iPad Pro 10.5 review: The tablet to finally replace your laptop? By Stuart Miles

As the 10.5 numerical suggests, this iPad Pro 10.5 is smaller than the 12.9-inch model, but marginally larger than regular 9.7-inch iPad that comes without Pencil or Keyboard support.With lots of power under the hood - the screen is bigger and brighter... Read more

Apple iPad Pro 12.9 review: Back to the drawing board?
4.0 stars Apple iPad Pro 12.9 review: Back to the drawing board? By Stuart Miles

It's Apple's biggest tablet ever. But does that mean the iPad Pro can replace both your laptop and tablet to become the sole computing device in your home?With many divided over whether or not a giant tablet is the answer, we've been using the iPad Pro... Read more

Logitech Crayon vs Apple Pencil: What’s the difference and which one is best for you?
Logitech Crayon vs Apple Pencil: What’s the difference and which one is best for you? By Stuart Miles

Alongside the launch of the new iPad, Apple has teamed up with Logitech to launch a budget version of its Apple Pencil designed for those that don't need all the precision. But how do the two devices compare and which one should you buy? We've played... Read more

Dyson 360 Eye robot vacuum cleaner review: Finally, a robotic vacuum that really works
5.0 stars Dyson 360 Eye robot vacuum cleaner review: Finally, a robotic vacuum that really works By Stuart Miles

Let's be honest, none of us like cleaning. So when robot vacuum cleaners started appearing on the scene a number of years ago, the idea that we would never have to do any vacuuming again got a lot of people excited.The problem is most robo-vacs don't... Read more

Dyson: Smart devices shouldn't always be app controlled
Dyson: Smart devices shouldn't always be app controlled By Stuart Miles

Sir James Dyson believes that manufacturers shouldn't make IoT devices that connect to the internet just for the sake of it.In stark contrast to many other smart home companies, the founder and CEO of Dyson claims his firm will happily buck the trend. "I... Read more

Dyson V10 cordless vacuum cleaner review: Wireless and fancy free
0.0 stars Dyson V10 cordless vacuum cleaner review: Wireless and fancy free By Stuart Miles

We've all been there: you've decided to vacuum your house, so you start in one room, then quickly find yourself in another, only to realise that the cord just won't let you get the vacuum cleaner to the far reaches of the house. You stop, follow the cable... Read more

New Dyson Pure Cool purifying fans promise cleaner air for those who like to stay indoors
New Dyson Pure Cool purifying fans promise cleaner air for those who like to stay indoors By Stuart Miles

Dyson has announced the launch of a range of new Purifiers for those who like to know the air they are breathing is as clean as it can be given that many spend up to 90 per cent of their day indoors, according to a recent World Health Organization report.The... Read more

Dyson to stop developing corded vacuum cleaners, says new V10 cordless model is the future
Dyson to stop developing corded vacuum cleaners, says new V10 cordless model is the future By Stuart Miles

Dyson has confirmed that it has stopped developing corded vacuum cleaners. Why? Because it's finally succeeded, it says, in creating a cordless vacuum cleaner that has the same level of suction as its corded machines.The new cordless Cyclone V10 vacuum... Read more

Snow pictures: How to take beautiful photos in the snow
Snow pictures: How to take beautiful photos in the snow By Stuart Miles

The UK is covered in snow, this time thanks to the "Beast from the East" and Storm Emma which many might curse as they have to trudge to work, but it can also present some fun opportunities too, especially for photographers.Trains will be cancelled as... Read more

Sky Q review: 4K, multi-room support, apps and more
5.0 stars Sky Q review: 4K, multi-room support, apps and more By Stuart Miles

When it was originally launched, Sky Q was pitched as the company's flagship TV offering, delivering a number of new features above and beyond what was available with the standard Sky HD package.Now it is the only offering available to new customers,... Read more

DJI Osmo Mobile 2 review: Superb stabilisation
5.0 stars DJI Osmo Mobile 2 review: Superb stabilisation By Stuart Miles

We all use our smartphones to record video, that's a given. But even with high-end smartphones having built-in stabilisation, video captured on the move can still come out shaky.Which is where the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 gimbal system comes in, promising to... Read more

3 reasons to buy: Why you should upgrade to a 4K TV
3 reasons to buy: Why you should upgrade to a 4K TV By Stuart Miles

If you're looking to buy a new television, one of the key technologies you need to think about is 4K. As part of our new "3 reasons to buy" series, we ask a number of experts to each give three reasons why you should rush out and buy a new 4K TV.Our... Read more

Apple Watch tips and tricks: Hidden secrets of WatchOS revealed
Apple Watch tips and tricks: Hidden secrets of WatchOS revealed By Stuart Miles

Your Apple Watch has finally arrived, but you've been staring at the new smartwatch for the last 10 minutes trying to work out how to use it.There's no denying it, the Apple Watch is a complex device that offers plenty to those happy and keen to explore... Read more

Apple HomePod now available for £319, here's where to buy it
Apple HomePod now available for £319, here's where to buy it By Stuart Miles

The Apple HomePod is now available to buy in the UK, US and Australia.  First announced at Apple's developer conference in June 2017, the new Siri-equipped speaker takes on the Amazon Echo and Google Home in the race to be the smart home speaker... Read more

Why HomePod sounds so good: Inside Apple's secret audio lab
Why HomePod sounds so good: Inside Apple's secret audio lab By Stuart Miles

Six years ago, Apple decided it was going to get into the speaker business for a second time. The first attempt, the iPod Hi-Fi, launched in 2006 to mixed reviews.Although the iPod Hi-Fi's life was brief, Apple says it was successful. And let's face it,... Read more

Jaguar I-Pace first drive: Ice driving with the all-electric Jag
Jaguar I-Pace first drive: Ice driving with the all-electric Jag By Stuart Miles

The Jaguar I-Pace is the company's new all-electric SUV. In many people's minds it represents the future of the British brand. It's Jaguar Land Rover's first real foray into the world of electric as it looks to go up against a bevy of electric cars either... Read more

Would you drive a Jaguar on a frozen lake? We did
Would you drive a Jaguar on a frozen lake? We did By Stuart Miles

As we step off the plane, the cold air hits us. It’s 9pm, minus 16 degrees, and we’ve still got a three hour journey ahead of us from Lulea airport to Arjeplog in northern Sweden.To say it’s cold is an understatement, but it’s not long before... Read more

The best coding toys: From robots to iPad games, these toys will help teach your kids to code
The best coding toys: From robots to iPad games, these toys will help teach your kids to code By Stuart Miles

Coding is all the rage at primary school and beyond as parents and teachers show how keen they are to teach children the value of learning how the technology around us works.Coding toys and robots range vastly in their approach. Some focus on teaching... Read more

Recoil initial review: App enhanced laser game brings first person shooters to life
Recoil initial review: App enhanced laser game brings first person shooters to life By Stuart Miles

A considerable number of UK children have a phone by the age of 11, so it makes huge sense for toy manufacturers to combine iOS or Android apps with their products. Especially for augmented reality gaming.Recoil is a perfect example of this. It uses... Read more

Apple iPhone X tips and tricks: Master Apple's greatest iPhone
Apple iPhone X tips and tricks: Master Apple's greatest iPhone By Stuart Miles

Got a new iPhone X? Or thinking about getting one? With such a huge change to the design of the phone, including the ditching of Touch ID and the introduction of Face ID, how you control and use the new iPhone changes too.We've put together a number of... Read more

Colouring in Hollywood: How OLED is helping to change the way our movies look
Colouring in Hollywood: How OLED is helping to change the way our movies look By Stuart Miles

"The new Marvel Avengers [movie] has 18 different versions for the all relevant cinema releases," explains Charles Bunnag, the lead colourist at Technicolor on the new Avengers: Infinity War film due out this summer.It's a number we find hard to believe... Read more

Merge 6DoF Blaster: If Nerf did AR this is what it would look like
Merge 6DoF Blaster: If Nerf did AR this is what it would look like By Stuart Miles

Merge, the company behind an augmented reality cube for kids, has created a blaster that combines with a smartphone to give a fun, interactive AR gaming experience.The Merge 6DoF (6 Degrees of Freedom) Blaster is a bright green and purple contraption.... Read more

Panasonic FZ950 OLED TV initial review: A strong second coming
Panasonic FZ950 OLED TV initial review: A strong second coming By Stuart Miles

The Panasonic FZ950, or FZ952 as it will be known in the UK, is the company's brand-new flagship OLED TV for 2018. It offers a more powerful processor, better picture quality, and enhanced sound over previous models, but is it the TV you'll want?The FZ950... Read more

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 revealed at CES, coming in Spring
Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 revealed at CES, coming in Spring By Stuart Miles

Dell has announced the launch of a new laptop at the start of CES. The new Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 will be a 15-inch version of its 2-in-1 model already available.The new model will go on sale in the UK and US in spring starting at $1,299. As with other 2-in-1... Read more

HTC Vive Pro revealed at CES 2018, higher resolution and integrated headphones
HTC Vive Pro revealed at CES 2018, higher resolution and integrated headphones By Stuart Miles

HTC has announced a new version of the HTC Vive, dubbed the HTC Vive Pro, during CES 2018 in Las Vegas.The new model, which sits above the current Vive already available on the market, will feature a greatly improved resolution and high-res audio support.... Read more

LG CLOi robot coming to a home near you by June
LG CLOi robot coming to a home near you by June By Stuart Miles

LG's cute CLOi robot (pronounced KLOH-ee) will go on sale before June, the company confirmed to Pocket-lint.The artificially intelligent robot will be powered by the company's DeepThinQ platform and will recognise voice commands in order to control other... Read more

Panasonic DP-UB820 Ultra HD Blu-ray player delivers Dolby Vision, HDR10+ and Alexa voice control
Panasonic DP-UB820 Ultra HD Blu-ray player delivers Dolby Vision, HDR10+ and Alexa voice control By Stuart Miles

Panasonic has launched four new ultra HD Blu-ray players ahead of CES 2018.The new models will offer a range of new features including HDR10+ playback, Dolby Vision support, and for the first time, voice control via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.At... Read more

Panasonic FZ950 and FZ800 flagship OLED TV ranges continue 'Hollywood to Home' focus
Panasonic FZ950 and FZ800 flagship OLED TV ranges continue 'Hollywood to Home' focus By Stuart Miles

Panasonic has announced four new OLED TV models ahead of CES 2018.The new ranges, the FZ950 and FZ800, will continue the company's "Hollywood to Home" focus as Panasonic seeks to help the movie industry recreate the creative intent of the filmmaker by... Read more

Planet Gemini PDA goes on sale letting you relive those Psion days
Planet Gemini PDA goes on sale letting you relive those Psion days By Stuart Miles

Psion fans can rejoice once again following the news that the Indiegogo-backed Planet Gemini PDA has gone on sale.The device, which is inspired by the original Symbian-powered personal organiser from the 90s, will cost £599 for the 4G version and a more... Read more

Planet Gemini PDA initial review: The Psion organiser makes a comeback of sorts
Planet Gemini PDA initial review: The Psion organiser makes a comeback of sorts By Stuart Miles

Remember the Psion personal organiser? Seen by many as the original personal digital assistant, it was launched in the late-90s and is regarded as the precursor to the smartphones we use today. The big selling point was that it had a miniature keyboard... Read more