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.
To listen to the CNET UK podcast just press play above -- or go to the iTunes Store and search for CNET UK. Click on Subscribe Free, sit back and enjoy -- and don't forget to tell your friends too on Facebook and Twitter. Continue reading...
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...
Not the bees! Scientists have implanted bee brains in robots, in perhaps the best use of technology ever. Oh, and we've checked out the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, and had enough of phone companies taking potshots at each other.
In other news, EE has named the date for the coming of 4G -- 30 October -- so we're looking forward to the advent of next-generation data speeds. And we celebrate the return of the boys from the Dwarf, as Red Dwarf once again hits our screens this week.
Join the CNET UK team as we lock ourselves in our podcast lab and thoroughly dissect the pressing technology matters of the week while tinkering with our robot armies. Continue reading...
Join the CNET UK team as we strap on our soft-rock instruments and riff on the coolest gadgets around. Don't adjust your ears if this week's episode sounds a bit odd -- we had a minor technical hitch so Rich's voice is a bit louder than Luke or Andy. Sorry about that! Hopefully next week's episode won't sound like it was recorded in a bucket.
Rich, Andy and Luke are looking to the future as we pick the top tech of the week. This week we learn that HTC and O2 are teaming up to offer a phone without a charger. Andy thinks charging is about to change forever -- while Luke banishes phone contracts in our weekly Move to Trash feature. Continue reading...
Anyone relying on Apple's new iOS 6 Maps app might find themselves lost -- lost in a storm of controversy. As iOS 6 arrives to mixed reaction, we decide whether software updates are more trouble than they're worth.
Join the CNET UK team as we break out our map and compass and venture down to the podcast studio to discuss the burning technology questions of this week.
Innovation -- is there anything more important in technology? The question of innovation has certainly divided opinion upon the release of the iPhone 5 -- but does a gadget have to have a projector and a 3D screen and laser beams shooting out of the top to be innovative?
Join the CNET UK team as we go five alive and discuss the new iPhone and the rest of the week's technology new, if we can think of any. Continue reading...
Nokia has unveiled the next generation of Windows Phone 8 handsets with the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 -- but are they good enough to kill Android and the iPhone, or is it too little, too late?
We debate this burning question and many more, including the Kindle Fire and Samsung Galaxy Note -- with cameos from Bruce Willis and Lady Gaga, of all people. So join the CNET UK team as we dive through the square window into the world of the latest and greatest technology. Continue reading...
Luke, Andy and Rich take the CNET UK Podcast on tour, broadcasting (almost) live from the epicentre of the technology world: IFA.
IFA is a gargantuan tech expo held every year in Berlin, with more new products than even our intrepid heroes could see in one lifetime. They've snuffled out the most titillating tech truffles for you gadget connoisseurs, and discuss the themes and highlights of the show.
Undoubtedly the most interesting development was cameras with apps, from the slightly limited Nikon S800c and Sony NEX-5R to the full-blown Android Jelly Bean goliath that is the Samsung Galaxy Camera. Continue reading...
Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change, Confucius said. Here at CNET Towers we're neither, so we're embracing change and unveiling a brand-new podcast for your listening pleasure, packed with new features to massage your gadget nodes with aural gizmology.
Our first new feature is called It's the Future. We take a look at the technology that's going to change the way we live, work and wear underpants in coming years, and explain why it's so important. We kick off with 4G, as Rich reveals why it's going to bring us more than just faster phones.
And we turn to the technology we're less keen on in another new feature called Move to Trash. Plus we've rejigged the Crave section of the podcast to better reflect what this 'ere Crave blog is all about, which is the latest news about the coolest kit of the moment.
As always we turn to you, dear listener, for your thoughts in the feedback section. Among the questions asked this week: is YouView worth it? Are wrist computers or Google Glass high-tech spectacles any cop? Where can you get a Nexus 7?
Remember, whether you're looking for help and advice with your newest or oldest gadgets, you have something to say on the tech issues of the day, or you want to give us a big cheery thumbs-up on the shiny new podcast, then leave us a comment below or blow off steam on our Facebook page -- it's peopled by like-minded gadget geeks and stuffed full of behind-the-scenes glimpses at CNET Towers.
We hope you like the minty-fresh new CNET UK podcast! To listen, simply press play above or bounce on over to the iTunes Store and search for CNET UK. Click on Subscribe Free and enjoy -- and don't forget to tell your friends too on Facebook and Twitter, y'know, if you want. Continue reading...
How much would you pay for the Microsoft Surface? Can it ever beat the iPad when it's been undercut so spectacularly by the Google Nexus 7? The answers to these questions and many more are about to be poured into your ears.
Join the CNET UK team as we get in a tablet tizzy, as well as checking out the top tech of the week and discussing the latest news hot off the presses.
Along with 37 million other people, we get misty-eyed about the Olympics, find out the latest on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and Jelly Bean, and applaud faster broadband speeds for all. Oh, and we all have a little chuckle about the boss of BlackBerry and his outrageous claims for BlackBerry 10.
Katie shines a light on the Samsung Galaxy Beam, Luke gets his game face on with video game streaming to your tablet, and Rich is mad about the Mad Katz Strike 7. But which of this week's gadgets claims the Crave kudos and wins the day as the toppermost piece of Crave-worthy kit?
We also turn to you, esteemed listener, for your thoughts in the feedback section. Which is better: SSD or HDD? PS3 or YouView? Hobnobs or Digestives? And how do we put tech in the hands of the more senior folk in our lives?
Whether you're looking for technological help and advice or just need to blow off steam about the gadgetry of the moment, leave us a comment below or on our Facebook page -- where you can mingle with like-minded tech heads and peek behind the scenes at CNET Towers.
To listen to the CNET UK podcast simply press play above, or take a hop, skip and a jump to the iTunes Store and search for CNET UK. Then just click on Subscribe Free and your life will be immeasurably improved -- we promise. And why not tell your friends on Facebook and Twitter? Yes, you should do that too.
This... is... CNET! Leaving a trail of broken hearts, scorned gadgets and exhausted presenters in its wake, the CNET UK podcast hits number 300. But there's life in the old pod yet, as we make plans for a fresh lick of podcasting paint -- and as we look to the future, we need your help.
And as we refresh the sound of the podcast, we want to hear from you. How long have you been listening to the podcast? What are your favourite bits? Tell us what you think of the length and the features, and what you'd like to hear more of.
Do you want us to keep talking about mobile phones, say, or do you never want to hear mobile phones mentioned again? Which products would you like us to talk more about? And should we stick to stuff in the shops, or do you want to hear more about future tech and cool stuff that you might not hear about anywhere else?
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 at CNET Towers.
To listen to the CNET UK podcast, just press play above -- or go to the iTunes Store and search for CNET UK. Click on Subscribe Free, sit back and enjoy -- and don't forget to tell your friends too on Facebook and Twitter. Continue reading...