There's nothing worse than expecting a pie, then learning there is no pie. That's what happened this week as Google unveiled a host of new stuff -- but there was no sign of Key Lime Pie. Instead, we got a Samsung Galaxy S4 with stock Android.
Join us as we discuss Google's new gaming hub, updated maps and Spotify-rivalling Play Music All Access service, and try and work out why Key Lime Pie didn't show.
And as Norwich geeks get into a sci-fi scrap, we pick a side in the eternal struggle: Doctor Who or Star Wars?
Then it's your turn as we call for your questions, comments and feedback. What do you think of the S4 with pure Android? Is it a worthy deal compared to the Nexus 4? Why are Android tablets so neglected? And how do I get rid of Windows 8?
Whether you're looking for help and advice with your latest or next gadget, or you just have something to get off your chest about the tech questions of the day, leave us a comment below or have your say on our Facebook page -- it's filled with feedback from your fellow gadget geeks, not to mention staffed by the CNET team with a selection of glimpses behind-the-scenes.
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We like to think we know a thing or two, but sometimes the complexity of modern life overwhelms even us. And now the feature-packed Samsung Galaxy S4 has us thinking: are today's gadgets just too complicated?
Sure, it's a great phone. But packed with a plethora of wacky camera options and stuffed with a surfeit of Samsung-branded apps, the S4 is just the latest phone loaded with extra stuff no-one wants, needs or even asked for. Should we go back to a simpler time, or is technology best when it does a million-and-one things? Continue reading...
Roll up, roll up folks! It's time for your weekly dose of CNET UK's shockingly informative, brilliantly entertaining podcast! Hit play on the audio version to your right, or scroll down slightly for a full-colour video version!
What does the future hold for Apple's mobile software? The iconic iOS interface has remained broadly unchanged since its introduction in 2007, but now rumours are swirling that new software head Jony Ive is giving Apple's famous interface a radical revamp. Continue reading...
Driving while chatting away to Siri is as dangerous as texting, according to new research that made me hit a pedestrian when I heard it. And I nearly dropped my cornflakes! Fortunately I caught all the amber lights for the next few junctions, so I was able to catch up on the Samsung Galaxy S4, Microsoft Surface Pro and all the latest technology news without having to lift my right foot off the floor.
Join the CNET UK team as we double park in the podcast garage and reverse over the pressing technology matters of the week. Have mobile phones reached the end of the road? Can BlackBerry overtake Android? And is Windows 8 roadkill, slowly rotting on the hard shoulder? Drive on! Continue reading...
Batman's murdered parents. Superman's crash-landing on earth. Spider-Man's arachnid encounter. Secret origins are important, and now we've heard about Android's secret past too.
It turns out Android was originally meant for cameras before Google steered the software towards phones instead. And speaking of phones, we explore the revolution in phone contracts taking place on both sides of the pond. Continue reading...
Two steps forward, two steps back, as Paula Abdul so neatly put it. Sometime technology advances are actually leaps backwards, so we've pointed the finger at technology that makes things worse.
From games consoles that require a constant Internet connection to Windows 8's bold new direction, we cast out the kit that's brought vexation into our day even as it's supposed to be improving our lives. And don't get us started on Siri...
Katie, Luke and Rich wonder what's the point of the Samsung Galaxy Mega -- we already have the Galaxy Note, after all -- and discuss why Windows 8 has sent laptop sales into freefall. Continue reading...
Hello! What? No -- I'm on the phone! It's been 40 years since the mobile phone first invaded our public spaces, turning us all into either shouty irritants or oblivious head-down wanderers. And if that's not worth celebrating, we don't know what is.
We asked you which is better: the near-indestructible, infinitely battery-powered, Snake-charming Nokia 3210, or the super-powered, app-blasting, Web-connected Nokia Lumia 920? Continue reading...
We answer this and discuss other burning technology issues of the day, such as Three's relaxed attitude to 4G and the policeman who shopped his own son for running up a £3,700 iTunes bill. We also get the blues as we look at the future of Windows 8 with Windows Blue.
Join the CNET UK team for a leisurely bank holiday jaunt direct from our state-of-the-art podcast hovel to your earflanges. Luke, Andrew and Rich discuss whether the rumoured Apple iWatch is one to watch, and we're joined as ever by listener favourite Otamatone. Continue reading...
British phone fans are nursing broken hearts this week, amid confirmation from Samsung that the Galaxy S4 will play host to a quad-core chip in the UK, not the 8-core affair that some regions will enjoy.
In this week's show we put regional phone variants through the wringer -- is there a good reason for different countries to get different models? Is it all down to 4G? And what exactly is the difference between the S4's quad and octa-core chips anyway? Click play to hear our thoughts, or scroll down for the eye-melting video version. Continue reading...
S! 4! Ain't no party like a Samsung party! The Samsung Galaxy S4 is announced tonight, so we take a last look at the rumours -- as well as a British broadband boost, SimCity woes, and a French invasion of your phone bill.
It seems that in some parts of Kent French phone signals are riding roughshod over British bars, hitting plucky Britons with gallic roaming charges. In better news for the UK, Ofcom has revealed that broadband speeds are getting faster -- no matter what Netflix says.
We take a look at the future of ailing HMV as Asda gets ready to step in, and chew over what went wrong with EA and SimCity.
And we hear from you fine folk in the feedback section. Can Samsung ever make a go of its own app store? Which app store is better: Apple or Android? Is Ubuntu Touch ready for prime time? And how do you listen to music and hoover at the same time? Continue reading...
What does the S4 have in store? With less than a week to go before the year's hottest phone lands, we explode the rumours and leaks, separating fact from fiction to figure out what we can expect from the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Plus we check out Kickstarter project Capify, which makes your hat interact. And we move mid-contract price increases to the trash in protest against Orange and T-Mobile's latest round of price hikes -- not to mention examining the future of O2 and Be broadband since they were snapped up by Sky.
As the dust settled on Mobile World Congress 2013 and the Barcelona's Fira Gran Via emptied itself of the world's tech press, the CNET UK crew huddled around microphones to reflect on the week's events.
In this podcast brought to you not quite live from not so sunny Spain, Rich, Luke and Andrew set aside their keyboards to sink their teeth into the week's launches and spit out the juiciest analysis you're likely to find anywhere.
Operating systems looking to challenge the dominance of Apple and Google were big news at this year's show, and the chaps were various mixes of intrigued, mystified and dubious about what they saw on offer. Continue reading...
It's the highlight of the mobile phone calendar: Mobile World Congress kicks off this week, so we're bringing you a preview of the year's coolest new phones and tablets -- not to mention the Sony PlayStation 4 and the future of 4G.
And we examine why the iPhone makes you popular and the Google Nexus 4 makes you lonely -- according to a recent survey anyway.
In the week that Vodafone, O2 and Three join EE in the 4G market and the PS4 is unveiled -- sort of -- we discuss the latest gadget news, including the phones and tablets we can expect from phone fiesta Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The HTC One and Samsung Galaxy Fame and Young are official, with new Nokia phones and possibly a watch or two in the mix too.
Money is no object for the CNET UK podcast as we drop stacks on the £6,000 Vertu Ti smart phone, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Bill Gates fighting ducks -- not to mention Doctor Who in cinemas.
It's all about ostentatious luxury of the most decadent kind this week, from the super-expensive Vertu phone to the iXoost speaker dock made from Formula 1 cars. The only exception is the Google Nexus 4, because you don't need to be obscenely wealthy to own one.
Is the Samsung Galaxy S4 coming in March? And who would buy a £1,000 tap? The CNET podcast team ponders these tech questions and many more in another juicy podcast.
Join the CNET UK team as we go head-to-head in the podcast studio to laud the Dyson Airblade Tap and the end of broadband throttling. We cheer Three's 4G plans, ponder what's in store for Virgin Media now its been bought for £15bn, and try not to drop our phones in shock as we learn a quarter of iPhones have smashed screens.
Whatever it takes, or how my heart breaks, I will be right here waiting for you, as Richard Marx once sang. And we have it on good authority he wrote that song about the Google Nexus 4, out of stock for months, and Blackberry 10, the long-awaited next generation of BlackBerry.
Rich celebrates the return of the bargain-tastic Nexus 4 to Google Play, while Andy and Luke share their first impressions of BlackBerry 10 and the new BlackBerry Z10. Is it pleasant as a pheasant?
Plus our friend Otamatone is his usual verbose self as he reviews the new Fujifilm XF1 -- and we wonder how Yoda says YOLO.
Is 2013 the year of the underdog operating system? BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone 8 and Firefox OS are all set for a watershed year, but can any of them really tackle the iPhone and Android?
And we discuss the week's tech news, including more record Apple profits, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the ridiculously-named Galaxy Fonblet, and the secret origin of Siri. Plus our trusty friend Otamatone is his usual verbose self as he reviews the new Canon EOS M.
And we turn to you -- yes, you with the ears -- for your comments in the feedback section. Does Apple price its products too high? Does anyone want a BlackBerry PlayBook? Why has no-one heard of the Google Nexus 7? Unlimited slower broadband or limited faster speed? And who'd win in a cage fight between Bert from The Raccoons and Deputy Fuzz from Bravestarr?
In a shocking week for the British high street, only one thing can brighten our lives: Big Bird. Except it turns out our fine full-figured feathered friend isn't the bird we remember.
Big Bird is just one of the global superstars who we've made forays into the world of technology this past week, and along with good news about the Google Nexus 4 providing a welcome relief from the news about Blockbuster, HMV and EE closing shops.
CES is always TV-heavy, and this year the telly-makers have brought their A-game, with some absolutely stunning goggleboxes. 4K is the talk of the show, an Ultra HD standard that looks even more amazing than Full HD and means you'll have to buy a new set again. And a new Blu-ray player. And wait for TV networks to start using it.
Jason loved Sony's effort to make NFC more than just about paying for stuff -- its MirrorCast tech lets you ping stuff from your phone to all sorts of gadgets really easily, using NFC to take the faff out of Bluetooth pairing. Continue reading...
The CNET UK DeLorean has hit 2013 at 88mph and delivered the team straight into the podcast studio, bringing you a rousing new year tech treat for your ears and eyes.
January around these parts means only one thing, and that thing is our old friend
obesity CES. Yes, the techstravaganza is upon us once again, and so Jason, Andy and I dust off the crystal ball and get ponderin' over what we can expect to see in the forthcoming mass unveiling of new products.
Will there be 4K tellies? Laptops that turn into tablets? Bendable phone screens? 4K tellies that turn into tablets with bendable screens? Almost certainly. Continue reading...