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.
The App Store is 5 years old, so we app-laud the best apps around -- plus there's the Nokia Lumia 1020, BT's head-spinning new 300Mbps broadband speeds, Vodafone's latest price hikes and a first look a GTA 5.
The Apple App Store app-ened its doors this week in 2008, and since then has been followed by the Android app marketplace Google Play and many others -- the app has become perhaps the defining feature of today's technology, from phones and tablets to computers and televisions.
And we turn to you to find out your pick of the best apps. What's best: WhatsApp or Angry Birds? Evernote or Tiny Wings? Continue reading...
Who doesn't love free stuff? Not us. We've delved deep into the world of phone freebies, checking out the extras offered by mobile phone networks.
From O2 priority booking to Orange Wednesday cinema tickets, most networks chuck a few treats your way -- including the new Sainsbury's network, which promises Nectar points.
The classic wristwatch: it takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin', but is a twenty-first century makeover about to make the humble watch the new iPad?
With rumours swirling of an Apple device that sits on your wrist and talks to your phone, we try out the new Sony SmartWatch 2 and ponder whether smart watches are about to explode in the same way tablets did when the iPad came along.
Plus, we dive headlong into the week's technology news and gossip, including the advent of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and the cautionary tale of the fake BBM Android app that fooled thousands.
And we tackle your tech teasers in the Feedback section. Can you use Kinect with Windows 8? Which TV is tops: LED or plasma? And what's the best Android tablet for kids?
You know what the world needs? More Samsung phones. Which is lucky because Samsung has just announced, like, all the phones. In this week's podcast, we run down everything you need to know about the smorgasbord of Samsung Galaxy S4 spin-offs.
We try out the Galaxy S4 Zoom, Galaxy S4 Mini and Galaxy S4 Active. And we debate the merits of the Samsung Galaxy NX Android camera. Plus we take on the cream of Samsung's new Ativ tablets and laptops, including the two-in-one, Android and Windows-powered Samsung Ativ Q.
We also turn to you, esteemed viewer and listener, for your comments in the feedback section. Is the Xbox One really that bad? What is LTE Advanced and when will we get it? And can 4G replace your broadband? Continue reading...
But which console is the superior gaming behemoth? Where does iOS 7 borrow its ideas from? And how can you charge your phone with your pants when you're hitting up the festivals?
Plus we take your feedback from Facebook, Twitter and on the emails. What do you think of the Xbox One and PS4? Is it worth buying a new phone from the US? Are oranges the only fruit? Continue reading...
Brace yourselves: the next week's a big one. Not only are Apple set to unveil their big plans for the year at WWDC, but also we'll be meeting the hottest new games and consoles at extrava-game-za E3.
It's a big year in gaming: you wait the better part of a decade for a major new games console, then two come along at once -- so we're getting excited about the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Continue reading...
Bon appétit, loyal podcast fans! This week Rich, Andy and Luke are plating up yet another steaming heap of audio chow -- but are the days of eating normal food behind us?
We're talking about crowd-funded project Soylent, a humorously named beige goop that -- its creators insist -- contains every nutrient the body needs to survive.
The project has already racked up a whopping $340,000 worth of support, and may knock the concept of cooking on the head.
But is the very idea of ditching food horrifying, as Andy suggests? Or would freedom from cooking every day be a wonderful thing, as Luke ponders? Continue reading...
Xbox One. The future of gaming, or a big disappointment in the casing of a 1980s VCR? We debate this burning issue and many more, including the latest strife at HTC.
As the Xbox One promises TV-tastic tech and next-gen gaming, things aren't looking great at HTC, where an exiled bigwig is urging his former colleagues to "just quit." Harsh -- but fair?
Meanwhile Vodafone delays 4G, and a storm erupts over the animated GIF. Is it GIF or JIF?
And we turn to you, wondrous listener, for your thoughts in the feedback section. What's Nokia thinking with the Lumia 925? Is Apple doomed to repeat BlackBerry's mistakes? And is it worth buying a MacBook Air, or waiting for the next big thing?