Gadgets

Review: Garmin Vivofit

Review: Garmin Vivofit

Introduction and design Unlike TomTom, Garmin had the idea of creating its own serious running watch quite some time ago. The first Forerunner surfaced all the way back in 2003, but it’s taken until now to come up with a product fit for this brave new age of the ‘casual’ fitness fan. It might be [...]

July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Review: Tado

Review: Tado

Installation and set-up Tado is an internet-connected thermostat that promises to save you, on average, 26% on your heating costs. It does this by automatically adjusting your heating according to whether you’re at home or away, taking into account the weather forecast and how long your home typically takes to heat up. There are three [...]

July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Hands-on review: UPDATED: Razer Nabu SmartBand

Hands-on review: UPDATED: Razer Nabu SmartBand

E3 2014 hands-on Updated: We tested a new Razer Nabu Smartband prototype at E3 2014 and talked with CEO Min-Liang Tan in a video interview. The Razer Nabu is rolling out to early developers right now and then to beta testers on July 10, but it’s a little different from the smartband we went hands-on [...]

July 26, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Gaming

Comic-Con 2014: Comic-Con 2014 cosplay takes on technology as its new sidekick

Comic-Con 2014: Comic-Con 2014 cosplay takes on technology as its new sidekick

Oculus Rift, Beam and Google Glass Superheros often come with initiate or mutant powers, but some of our favorite comic book characters also rely on technology to save the world. Where would Batman be without his utility belt? Could Captain America really carry on without his shield? What would Iron Man be made out of [...]

July 29, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Destiny beta opens up to everyone

Destiny beta opens up to everyone

If you want to give Bungie’s new MMO shooter Destiny a go, now’s your chance as the beta has opened up to all You’ll need a PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold account, but you can jump on your Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4 or PS3 to download the beta "Before we shut this party [...]

July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Week in Gaming: A new Hearthstone expansion, a new Steam Machine controller, and… a new BioShock?

Week in Gaming: A new Hearthstone expansion, a new Steam Machine controller, and… a new BioShock?

It was getting easier to sleep at night. We suppose the group therapy sessions were partly to thank for that; the pills were no doubt playing their role too. But for the first time since we drew that very first hand, the urges were retreating. The sweating had stopped, the nervous twitching subsided, and the [...]

July 26, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Computing

Review: Dell Precision T7610

Review: Dell Precision T7610

Intro and design Workstations have evolved in three different directions. They’re adopting a minimalist approach a la Apple Mac Pro, or going the route of an all-in-one like the HP Z1 G2, or more prosaically sticking to the big box approach like this Dell Precision T7610. When we said big box, we mean it. The [...]

July 29, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Review: Ashampoo’s WinOptimizer 11 review

Review: Ashampoo’s WinOptimizer 11 review

Introduction and overview Nothing is worse than a slow system. When it takes longer to load a webpage than it does to pull out a book and research your inquiry, well, you know there’s a problem. Thankfully, Germany-based software maker Ashampoo specializes in just this kind of problem. Ashampoo’s latest release, WinOptimizer 11, is a [...]

July 26, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Hands-on review: OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Hands-on review: OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Introduction and design Later this year, Apple will release OS X 10.10 Yosemite, the latest version of its Mac desktop operating system. It will run on all the same Mac models as OS X 10.9 Mavericks, and will be a free download and update. That’s all expected, but there are some unexpected changes coming with [...]

July 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Photography

Canon’s new bridge cameras boast whopping great zooms

Canon’s new bridge cameras boast whopping great zooms

Canon has introduced two new bridge cameras into its range of PowerShot devices. The SX520 HS and SX400 IS offer 42x and 30x optical zooms, respectively. The SX400HS is a replacement for the SX170, which was a super zoom compact that has been redesigned to fit the bridge style aesthetic for the SX400HS. With a [...]

July 29, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Olympus E-PL6 finally arrives in the UK, just a year after launch

Olympus E-PL6 finally arrives in the UK, just a year after launch

Olympus has announced that the PEN Lite E-PL6 will be available to UK consumers, more than a year after it was introduced to the Japanese market. In what Olympus is marketing as an "Expression Kit", the E-PL6 will come with a FlashAir card which makes the camera Wi-Fi enabled as well as the world’s slimmest [...]

July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Pentax XG-1 zooms in on the action with 52x lens

Pentax XG-1 zooms in on the action with 52x lens

Ricoh has announced the launch of the Pentax XG-1, a bridge camera with a 52x optical zoom lens. It also features a 16 million pixel back-illuminated 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor, and finds inspiration for its appearance from the Pentax range of DSLR cameras. The 52x optical zoom gives a 35mm equivalent focal range of 24-1248mm, [...]

July 26, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Software

Google CEO says it’s too soon for a Motorola Nexus

Google CEO says it’s too soon for a Motorola Nexus

When Google’s purchase of Motorola was finalized this past May, many expected Moto to take the reins on the next Nexus device. This was despite repeated statements from Google explaining that Motorola wouldn’t receive preferential treatment over partners like Samsung, LG or Asus when it came to developing a new Nexus smartphone or tablet. In [...]

December 12, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 upgraded to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 upgraded to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean

Samsung has started pushing out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update to the Galaxy Note 2. It’s only reached Poland so far, according to the table over at SamMobile, but is rolling out in phases. So keep hitting the update button and hopefully you should see it soon enough. So what’s new? Well there’s a [...]

December 12, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Exclusive: Microsoft: IE auto-update caused internal panic

Exclusive: Microsoft: IE auto-update caused internal panic

With Internet Explorer finally getting auto updates for the first time this year, the UK lead for the product has told TechRadar that she has quelled a ‘reasonable amount of internal panic’ from the Microsoft enterprise teams. Auto-updating to the latest browser has been a big boon for rivals like Chrome, and clearly makes sense [...]

January 12, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Component

CES 2012: LaCie shows off new Thunderbolt products

CES 2012: LaCie shows off new Thunderbolt products

LaCie has announced the 2big Tunderbolt Series and the eSATA Hub Thunderbolt series at CES 2012. The storage specialist is showing off its latest Thunderbolt-equipped offerings with the technology offering transfer rates three times that of FireWire 800. LaCie 2big features RAID security, hot swappable discs and a solid aluminimum case, with capacities up to [...]

January 12, 2012 | 0 Comments More
CES 2012: Can Intel take the smartphone fight to ARM?

CES 2012: Can Intel take the smartphone fight to ARM?

Can Intel take the smartphone fight to ARM? Intel’s ‘Medfield’ Atom chip has been a long time coming, and we first reported on its announcement back in February 2011 after Mobile World Congress. Now we know it’s called the Intel Atom Z2460, and is at the heart of the new Lenovo K800 smartphone released today [...]

January 12, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Updated: CES 2012 highlights: what you need to know

Updated: CES 2012 highlights: what you need to know

CES 2012 highlights The world’s greatest tech show – CES 2012 – kicked off on Monday 9 January (if you’re a show obsessive, note that’s a week later than usual). Running until Thursday, the show sees the entire tech world descend on Las Vegas. We’ll be hearing from the biggest names in technology to talk [...]

January 12, 2012 | 0 Comments More

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Review: Samsung BD-H8900

Review: Samsung BD-H8900

Introduction, performance and picture quality If you’re not tempted by pricey packages that include PVRs from Sky and Virgin Media, then it’s to the confusingly tiny market for YouView or Freeview HD recorders that you must head. Samsung’s BD-H8900 (£353) is one of two Freeview HD recorders it has issued in 2014; this version has [...]

July 29, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Review: Updated: Chromecast

Review: Updated: Chromecast

Introduction Streaming media around your home isn’t a new idea, but the rise of internet-based on-demand services like ABC iView and Foxtel Presto means that it’s becoming more and more popular as a way to watch TV. Chromecast, then, is an inexpensive media streaming adapter that turns any HDMI-equipped television into an app-driven smart TV [...]

July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Review: Beats Studio Wireless headphones

Review: Beats Studio Wireless headphones

Introduction, design and sound quality How much is a name worth? Beats, by Apple’s standards at least, is a $ 3 billion brand. Costing a cool $ 379.95 (about £224, AU$ 404), I ask again: how much is a name worth? It’s difficult to review the Beats Studio Wireless headphones without dwelling on the price [...]

July 26, 2014 | 0 Comments More