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...
It's nearly time to bid a fond farewell to 2012, and that can mean only one thing: yes, it's time for the first ever CNET UK Podcast Stuff That Was Quite Good Awards.
Join the CNET UK team as we switch our cranial units to 'reminisce' and look back over the year of the Olympics, the Diamond Jubilee and Gangnam Style. But what were the highlights of the year? And what gadgets have the CNET podcast team deemed the best of the best? Continue reading...
When Bilbo Baggins sets out on his unexpected journey, he'll need a decent map. Fortunately, Google Maps is back on the iPhone and iPad, which is lucky because if he used the Apple Maps app he'd have ended up not in Middle-earth but the middle of nowhere.
Speaking of films, we get excited about Pacific Rim's first trailer. And we lament O2's price hike, rounding out a year when the oxygenated network had not one but two major service failures. Continue reading...
Phone fans assemble! We're issuing a rallying call to all CNET readers and listeners young and old to vote in the first ever Annual CNET Readers and Listeners Bestest Phone of the Year Awards. We've picked some of our favourites, but we want to know what you -- yes, you -- think was the best blower of 2012.
Join the CNET UK team as we settle into an all-new high-tech podcast studio to bemoan the disaster of the Google Nexus 4 continually selling out, Sky winding up Android phone fans and the twentieth anniversary of the first ever text. Continue reading...
Wave hello to the Wii U! Nintendo's new console is out now, but is it any good? And is Will.i.am a hip-hop pillock or the saviour of the technology industry?
The man who brought us the inexpressible longing of My Humps has put his name to an interesting iPhone 5 camera thingy called the i.am+ foto.sosho, so we delve into this Black-Eyed Pea's geek credentials.
Join the CNET UK team as we take our humps into the podcast studio and get it started, dissecting the pressing technology matters of the week such as EE's 4G data changes, Apple heads rolling and loads more. Continue reading...
Come in laptops, your time is up. That's according to the boss of BlackBerry, who says the next generation of BlackBerry 10 will kill off laptops.
When they manage to stop laughing, the CNET UK podcast team discuss this bold claim and the rest of the week's technology news. We cast a charitable eye over The People's Operator, a new phone network that donates a slice of your phone bill to good causes, and a less charitable eye over Windows 8, which isn't exactly managing boffo business.
We remember not to hit 'Reply all' while digesting the news that a Taliban press officer forgot to use Bcc when sending an email. And we check out the manliest frying pan ever made, the Fighting Man Frying Pan.
The Google Nexus 4 is on sale this week -- except it isn't, because it's sold out. How did Google mess up the Nexus launch so badly? Join the CNET UK team to thrash out this question and many others as we inundate your earholes with the latest news and opinions.
Rich, Luke and Andy discuss a new way of doling out pocket money to your kids in the digital age, called PKTMNY. Speaking of money, we see if our favourite albums are cheaper from the new Google Music service on Google Play than from iTunes.
We ask whether Google's data centre is a bit like the bad guy lair in Live and Let Die, what with all the alligators knocking around. And we head to Kickstarter to check out Projecteo, the ultimate accessory for Instagram-loving hipsters. Continue reading...
"He's more machine now than man," Obi-Wan Kenobi said -- and that sounds kinda cool to us. We're not talking about turning to the dark side, but we are fascinated by bionic hands.
And we're waxing nostalgic about Fighting Fantasy as we check out a new documentary on Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, the men behind the legendary game books.
Join the CNET UK team as we turn to page 400 and roll the dice to discuss the Comet fire sale and the rest of the week's technology news. We assess the possibility of a Microsoft mash-up Xbox Surface gaming tablet, and lament the passing of our teenage years online chatting to girls we were too scared to talk to in real life as Microsoft Messenger is killed off. Continue reading...
To answer this question and many more, join the CNET UK team as we pipe the latest technology news and opinions directly into your earsockets. We mull over how Comet has got itself in trouble, and wonder when is Android not Android with the Amazon Kindle Fire HD. Plus we celebrate the low-key launch of the Nexus pair as we banish overblown product announcements to permanent deletion -- and we're dazzled by some really expensive lightbulbs.
And we have a new feature: in Kickstart My Heart we highlight a crazy idea calling for your hard-earned cash, as Kickstarter opens to UK projects. The first thing we want to tell you about is in fact the very first project to be approved from the UK, and what we like about it is that it has a Raspberry Pi at its heart. It's called the Picade, and it's an awesome little retro gaming cabinet for your desk. Would you invest?
And we turn to you, esteemed listener, for your feedback. Will the Surface see a surfeit of apps arrive for Windows and Windows Phone 8? Has the Google Nexus 10 just killed every Android tablet? And what does Sir Jony Ive's new role at Apple mean for the look and feel of the next iPhone and iPad?
Whether your gadgets are playing up and you need some advice, or you've got an opinion to share about the technology issues of the day, leave us a comment below or have your say on our Facebook page -- it's full of folks who love gadgets as much as you do, plus you'll get plenty of behind-the-scenes glimpses at life in CNET Towers.
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Welcome to Tech-tober! This week is possibly the busiest in recent gadget history, as the iPad mini, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, the Microsoft Surface, the next Nexus and the UK's first 4G phone network all land in seven days.
Join the CNET UK team as we take a moment away from the torrent of technology to discuss whether these new tablets, phones, software and extra-fast networks will change the world.
Meanwhile, Luke has seen the future and it's printing out shoes and Iron Man suits from a printer. A 3D printer, that is, which is a new technology allowing you to 'print' any object. Continue reading...
Jessie J might moan to the contrary, but for Microsoft's Surface tablet it's all about the price tag. On this week's show we figure out whether the iPad-troubling tablet is too expensive, and discuss Google's plans for its next Nexus -- rumoured to be built by LG.
That's all in the week's top tech news, delivered by your favourite podcasting team. We'll also be yammering about an astonishing feat of Lego construction that has everyone impressed. Well, everyone except Jason.
Honey we shrunk the S3! Samsung has created a shrunken version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 in the shape of the S3 Mini, so to celebrate we've zapped the podcast team with a shrink ray to take on the week's top tech news.
Join the CNET UK team as we harness an ant and ride to the podcast studio to see which technology is proving larger than life. Alongside the S3 Mini, we discuss some exciting news about Doctor Who, the coming of Kickstarter to the UK, and ponder the etiquette of listening to headphones when you're watching Looper.
Rich envisions a future of controlling gadgets without touching them, inspired by the fascinating Microsoft Digits prototype. Meanwhile Luke fears a dystopian nightmarish future of overpriced technology. Continue reading...