Are gimmicks the future of phones? As smart phones take over the world, a fistful of new phones have turned to quirky new features to stand out from the crowd.
We take a look at YotaPhone's e-ink second screen, the Jolla's new Sailfish software, and Oppo's swivel-cam and possible plans to take on Android with CyanogenMod. With even Apple's iPhone 5S and its fingerprint sensor getting in on the gimmick action, it seems 2014 could be the year of unique and interesting devices.
Which is great -- but the spectre of the gimmicky Samsung Galaxy Beam, Nokia N-Gage and their ilk lurk in the shadows...
In other news, the HTC One Mini has been banned in a legal scrap between Nokia and HTC, Three has scrapped roaming charges when heading for the US and Amazon promises delivery drones to distract from tax and employment controversy.
Join us as we give thanks for the apps that have rocked our pockets and owned our phones in 2013 -- plus, we find out why both the Xbox and the PS4 are having problems, and we issue a seasonal party warning. Oh -- and gratuitous nudity!
The Sony PlayStation 4 follows the Xbox One into shops this week, selling millions -- but in a fraction of cases, both consoles have been causing problems.
The Xbox One and the Sony PS4 are finally in living rooms across the world -- but with a shortage of killer games and a host of promised features yet to materialise, is it worth waiting before you choose your next-gen console?
Plus, we find out why the £50 Carphone Warehouse tablet is courting controversy, look at the latest measures tackling child sex abuse imagery online, and applaud the success of the Raspberry Pi. And we answer your questions, from the very latest new technology to the age-old battle between roadrunner and coyote. Continue reading...
It's a week of hellos and goodbyes. We say hello to the Google Nexus 5, KitKat and the world's fastest 4G right here in the UK; and bye-bye to BlackBerry's boss and our privacy as Tesco scans our faces while we shop.
Tesco is scanning your face in order to serve you an advert as you queue, prompting us to don masks when we pop in for a satsuma and a bag of charcoal. Meanwhile BlackBerry has shown its CEO the door; what does the future hold for the ailing company? Continue reading...
We digest that and the rest of this week's technology news in another exciting CNET UK podcast, taking in Phonebloks Lego-like phones, Dell laptops that smell of cat pee, and the new child-friendly Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids.
And we work on the special relationship with a special guest from across the pond, CNET.com's own Jessica Dolcourt, as we talk thru/through the differences between the US and UK's technology. Continue reading...
In a week that's seen more tablets dropped than a warehouse rave, we check out the new iPad mini and iPad Air, the Nokia Lumia 2520 -- and an Android tablet from Carphone Warehouse that'll set you back just £50.
Both Apple and Nokia launched new tablets this week, while the Microsoft Surface 2 went on sale too. Tablets everywhere you look!
Android KitKat are so close we can almost taste the chocolatey wafer, so we take a look at the tastiest release date rumours surrounding the latest version of Android, and the Google Nexus 5 that comes with it. Plus we cower before the iPhone's blue screen of death and ask why Nike thinks Android users are fat, lazy slobs.
Yes, Nike thinks Android owners are too lazy to need a NikeFuel app for the new Nike FuelBand SE -- either that, or Android fans are all chiselled adonises with no need for exercise.
We compare the new Argos tablet with the Tesco Hudl. And we start to get excited about Apple's announcement on 22 October, where we'll see -- fingers crossed -- new iPads and more on OS X Mavericks. Continue reading...
Samsung has got its round in: the Samsung Galaxy Round flaunts its curve as one of the first flexed-screen phones. And we take a look at the future of the iPlayer as the BBC unveils its new digital direction.
Not only will iPlayer give you a month to catch up on your favourite shows that you missed the first time round, it's also getting special online-only channels and a host of treats from Auntie Beeb's vault.
You can also get all our latest news, reviews and videos on your phone or tablet with the CNET app from the Apple App Store for your iPhone and iPad or from Google Play for your Android device -- just search your app store of choice for 'CNET Global'. Or you can shoot the breeze with other tech fans on our Facebook page. Continue reading...
Technology: making our lives better as long as we can remember -- except when it doesn't work. In just a few days Apple messed up iMessage, GTA Online kept many gamers offline, and the British government is trying to block plans to ditch roaming charges.
The government wants to put the kibosh on proposed EU rules that will encourage networks across the continent to drop roaming charges and work together more.
And it's not been Apple's best week: not long after the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S went on sale, not only is iMessage causing problems but rivals have branded the 5S' 64-bit processor "a gimmick" with "zero benefit" for customers. Continue reading...
Is BlackBerry doomed? It's been a black week for the Canadian company, leaving us pondering what went wrong. And we turn it off and turn it back on again for the final time as we bid a fond farewell to The IT Crowd.
The final episode of The IT Crowd is on Channel 4 tonight at 9pm -- straight after Marvel-tastic Avengers spin-off Agents of SHIELD for a perfect storm of geekery -- so we bid farewell to hapless nerds Roy, Moss and Jen with a sprint through the best moments from the show that put the 'IT' in 'sitcom'.
As well as pondering why things have gone so wrong for BlackBerry, we ask why even Samsung can't see the point of the Galaxy Gear smart watch, and shake our heads ruefully at Bill Gates' admission that Control-Alt-Delete was a mistake.
You can get all our latest news, reviews and videos on your phone or tablet with the CNET app from the Apple App Store for your iPhone and iPad or Google Play for your Android device -- just search your app store of choice for 'CNET Global'. Or you can hang out with other tech fans on our Facebook page. Continue reading...
Of course, it's not all smooth sailing on the gadget ocean. We warn you about installing GTA V discs in the wrong order, and lament the inevitable traffic jams as the world and his wife tries to download iOS all at once. Plus we try to find a deal on the new iPhone that won't leave you feeling like you've been targeted by one of GTA's bolshier protagonists on a particularly nasty nicking spree.
We've recruited a panel of experts -- well, Rich, Luke and Jason -- to crunch the numbers and look at the different things you should consider when choosing your new iPhone. What's the most important thing to consider when you venture into the Apple Store? The price? The amount of data you need? Or something else? Continue reading...
Have we got a podcast for you! It's been one of the biggest weeks of the year for technology, stuffed to bursting with new kit like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the ground-breaking Galaxy Gear and much more -- oh, and there's the small matter of a new iPhone.
And we take a tour of the cracking kit that's been unveiled in the past week as the technology industry showed off their wares for the rest of the year. We got our hands on the Note 3 and our wrists in the Gear, we feasted our minces on the first 4K tablet, and look -- we made a flower with the 3Doodler. Continue reading...
It's the hottest week in the year -- and we're not talking the weather. We're talking IFA 2013, as the titans of technology descend on Berlin to unveil the coolest kit and greatest gadgets for the rest of the year -- with the hotly-tipped Samsung Galaxy Gear leading the charge.
We already know about Acer's 4G, 4K phablet the Acer Liquid S2 and Android all-in-one, so in this bite-sized podcast preview we discuss the stuff we're looking forward to, as well as leaks on a handful of other exciting products, from the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to the Sony Xperia Z1.
We'll be bringing you the very latest from suspense-filled press conferences and spectacular product-packed booths courtesy of the biggest names in the industry, from Asus to HTC, Intel and LG to Panasonic, Sony and Samsung. To see the latest live blogs, photos, videos and hands-on first takes, check out our special hub for all our stories from IFA 2013. Continue reading...
It's gaming mayhem this week as GameSpot's Mark Walton and Seb Ford stage a takeover of the CNET UK podcast. They talk to Andy about the state of the battle between the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 now that Gamescom, the world's biggest gaming conference, has come to an end.
Sony's laid-back conference let the console speak for itself at Gamescom, clearly impressing our guests -- and the GameSpot audience. The game titles at launch are similar across both platforms, so will Sony take the top spot with its £80 cheaper price tag?
Also up for discussion is the Google Nexus 4 smart phone, which has been given a price reduction of its own, down to a ludicrous £160. Google may well be clearing out stock ahead of the launch of the Nexus 5, so is it worth splashing the cash now or waiting to see what's next? Continue reading...
Extra, extra! It's all about the added extras, the seductive swag and the freshest free stuff as we find out what bonuses you can get with the PS4, the Xbox One and the rest of your technology.
Announcing the PS4 release date this week, Sony revealed special broadband deals for gamers from Virgin Media and other Internet service providers -- while the Xbox One will come with a free copy of FIFA 14.
And as Vodafone, O2 and EE lobby for your 4G business, we take a look at the many bonus-stuffed bundles you can get from your phone network, your broadband and TV provider and other technology companies. Continue reading...
It's alive! The first artificial meat has been presented for a taste test this week, after Google boss Sergey Brin backed a £215,000 Frankenburger.
The lab-grown patty could be the answer to climate change and world hunger. But does the thought of cloned food leave a nasty taste in our mouths?
Also on the menu is the news that Vodafone and O2 are sinking their teeth into 4G, Samsung's bizarre desert island challenge, and other bite-sized morsels of technology news and gossip. Continue reading...
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram -- and now Autographer, the camera you wear around your neck to continually snap your day. As the social sharing generation are we curating the detail of human life, or are we just a shower of preening narcissists?
The Autographer is a camera that you loop around your neck and forget about, as it automatically snaps photos while you go about your day. Oh, and it costs £400.
To kick things off we catch up with the latest technology headlines: O2 is first to challenge EE in the 4G game; Now TV has a solid gold bargain on Sky Movies -- including Bond; and Samsung is in hot water for allegedly rigging tests of the Galaxy S4. Continue reading...
Down with this sort of thing! The UK government has decided that you have to ask permission to watch porn -- but will a porn filter work?
We take a closer look David Cameron's plans to have your broadband provider filter pornographic photos and video, unless you opt-in to viewing such smut. Is Cameron's grotblock a great way of protecting children from seeing things they're not ready for, or a technologically ill-thought-out grab for votes?
Do not adjust your set: as the BBC adds more HD, BT and Sky square off, and Netflix reinvents the TV series, we ask what's the future of television -- and is Apple worth watching?
Apple has long been rumoured to be working on some kind of TV device. But a bunch of companies are already mixing things up in the world of telly: is this the start of the goggle box's renaissance?
Plus, we take a peek at the HTC One Mini, check out the eye-popping price cuts on the Microsoft Surface and get sporty with the professional gamers now officially recognised as athletes.