Spring is here! The sun is out, the birds are singing, and our thoughts have turned to spring cleaning. We throw open the curtains and dive headfirst into our hoard of gadgets, apps and social networks. New iPad or netbook, smart phone or toaster -- which gadgets will survive the spring clean and which will we dump forever?
These are just some of the questions we ponder as we gather in our cuckoo clock-shaped podcast studio at CNET Towers to give the technology world a good old dust round the edges. In this episode, Rich, Natasha and Luke discuss the shambles that is the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Samsung Galaxy S2, a waterlogged week for GiffGaff, and the arrival of Jurassic Park in dino-tastic 3D. Hold onto your butts! Continue reading...
4G is coming to your phone, the Internet is heading for the Tube, and the new iPad is transforming lives left, right and centre. We're living in the future! So why is everything a bit rubbish?
That's the question we're pondering as the CNET UK team gathers in our hovering podcast bubble at CNET Towers to give the technology world a right old slap in the chops. In this episode, Rich, Andy and Luke discuss the coming of 4G, Wi-Fi on the London Underground, and the collapse of Game and what it means for gamers. Continue reading...
The new iPad has arrived, so here's a new podcast to go with it. Actually it's not really a new podcast, it's just the same as the last one only a little bit better. So exactly like the new iPad then!
Every week the CNET team gathers in our underground podcast bunker two miles beneath CNET Towers to set the technology world to rights. In this episode, Rich, Jason and Luke take on the collapse of BT and TalkTalk's legal challenge to UK anti-piracy law, Google Play replacing the Android Market, and the Eurofighter. Continue reading...
We've been all the way to Spain for Mobile World Congress, the annual phone extravaganza where the year's new phones are revealed. We've got out hands on the likes of the LG Optimus 4X HD, Panasonic Eluga Power, Nokia Lumia 610, and many more.
In this week's podcast we get seriously excited (boy, are we excited) about the next generation of mobile phones, as we look ahead to next week's phoneageddon that is Mobile World Congress.
It's good timing, as the UK's love for brainy mobiles is reaching fever pitch, with new figures suggesting that more than half of the UK population own a smart phone. The Samsung Galaxy S2 has now sold over 20 million handsets and we're expecting a glut of exciting new mobiles to be announced that we hope will capture our hearts, minds and pay cheques in the same way.
In other news, nearly 1 million UK homes will need to be fitted with special TV filters to prevent interference from 4G signals. Apple factories have been squirreling away child workers during inspections. And the Mass Effect 3 publishers are petitioning the UK government to confirm the existence of aliens. May the force be with them in their quest for the truth.
The most popular story this week on CNET UK was our coverage of the newly launched PlayStation Vita, which incited gamers to vitriolically lambast us after we compared its appeal as a handheld gaming device with the iPod touch.
We allow our immense tech wisdom to be tested to the max by answering your questions on all manner of subjects, from Lego Man Torch-shaped pancakes, to relativity and why the "faster than light neutrino" thing didn't really need disproving. Oh, and why cats are trying to conquer the Internet.
Would you use your phone to handle your cash? In the week that Barclays launches money-moving app Pingit, the CNET UK team takes on mobile payments and banking on your phone.
With Samsung, Orange, O2, Google, Visa and Barclaycard all planning their own mobile payment systems, is your phone about to replace your wallet? Yes, it's all about money in the world of technology right now.
There's serious money in piracy, and elite police squad the Serious Organised Crime Agency has not only arrested the owner of a music site accused of copyright infringement, but also replaced the site with a message threatening visitors with 10 years in jail. Continue reading...
When the return of Jar Jar Binks is the best news of the week, you know things are looking bleak. There'll be no more Kodak moments as the legendary brand ends a century of making cameras, while the government warns that this summer's London Olympics could bring the Internet to its knees.
Meanwhile no news is bad news when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S3. The hotly tipped Android powerhouse is expected to be the world's thinnest smart phone, but when will it arrive? Not in March, sadly.
Another Samsung Galaxy is the most popular story on CNET UK this week, as Sammy mocks Apple with an advert featuring him out of The Darkness and a man being shot out of a cannon. Weren't expecting that, were you? Continue reading...
As Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets are installed in the London Eye, are we staring at screens when we should be looking out of windows? As much as we love the latest gadgets, is it time we put down the tech and smelled the roses?
But before we get to that, there's good news from Ofcom: broadband speeds are up! The average British broadband speed is up, anyway, although rural areas are still struggling for decent speeds.
In phone news, thousands are pressuring Apple to take responsibility for workers in the factories where the iPhone and iPad are built. And we look at how Facebook's public offering affects you -- and ask if we can afford to buy shares in Mark Zuckerberg. Continue reading...
What's your favourite retro games console? We cast a misty-eyed glance at our formative gaming years to celebrate the Sega Mega Drive being crowned king of the classic consoles.
But it's not just a nostalgia-fest, as we catch up with the cutting-edge of up-to-the-second new technology. We explode with outrage at O2 sharing our phone numbers, meet a new Fujitsu concept that combines laptop, phone and tablet, and take a look at a week of contrasting fortunes for booming Apple and busting Nokia.
What is Apple doing right that Nokia is getting so wrong -- and is it darkest before the dawn for the Finnish phone-fabricaters? Continue reading...
Fight the power! The Internet has risen against SOPA and PIPA -- but what does it mean to us here in Britain? We discuss how anti-piracy could impact you, ponder what went wrong with Kodak, and get to grips with the Asus Transformer Prime.
We discuss our addiction to Wikipedia, thrown into sharp relief by the 24-hour protest blackout on Wednesday, lament the end of an era that is Kodak going under, and try to puzzle out exactly what the heck is going on with the Transformer Prime, the hotly anticipated Android tablet that's suffering all manner of bugs and delays.
We reveal the most popular stories on CNET UK this week, including news of the new Sony Xperia S and our review of new video-streaming service Netflix. We're also pretty chuffed with our videos of the hottest new gadgets, including our 90-second round-up of the tech to get excited about in 2012 -- and of course, our live video podcast from fabulous Las Vegas. Continue reading...
Unless you've been lurking in a remote cabin with no Internet access in the Outer Hebrides for the past week (hope you had nice weather), it can't possibly have escaped your notice that an extremely important event in the tech calendar has been occurring over the last few days.
CES in Las Vegas is where all the biggest names in the tech world gather once a year to show off their wares for all to see. As such, it's only right that we head West every January on a tech pilgrimage to bring you the latest news on the hot products for the year ahead. Continue reading...
This week we have a very special podcast for you. The team are in Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show, and they recorded a very special episode on the CNET stage at the show.
Join Jason, Luke and special guest Bridget Carey, host of the wonderful daily news show Loaded as they take a whistlestop tour through the very best bits of the show.
CES is enormous. There are 2,700 exhibitors and about 140,000 visitors, so it's not easy to pull themes out, but the team has a go.
One of the big talking points is smart TVs. All the big TV manufacturers have announced TVs with new software designed to make it easier to download video, and many of them are voice controlled. Continue reading...
The Commodore 64 is 30, so the podcast team is waxing nostalgic. We look back on the computing and tech knowledge we learnt at school, and ask whether today's schools are equipping kids for the big bad digital world.
Plus we take a look at the news in the first week of 2012, and choose our favourite gadgets that landed in the days since the new year rang in.
Many of our readers are getting increasingly frustrated with the state of Android updates, and we discuss numbers as it's revealed Ice Cream Sandwich is on a tiny fraction of Android phones, and nearly half of Android devices haven't even made it to Gingerbread.
The rumours have started too: we look forward to the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S3. Finally, in Sweden file sharing has been recognised as a right -- or should that be rite? -- as the church of Kopimism is officially recognised as a religion. And the air turns blue as Siri on the Apple iPhone 4S fires a torrent of abuse at a startled child.
Ringing in the new year with a selection of our favourite gadgets, Andy picks out the Atomic Floyd SuperDarts, Rich gets his hands on the Nikon D4, rival to the Canon EOS-1D X, and Luke comes to the rescue with the PAWS dog camera rescue system.
And we look back at our education in computers and technology in or school days. In the early days of computing for kids, we had the BBC Micro in schools and the Commodore 64 at home, if we were lucky.
But do schools, then and now, teach kids enough about computers? Microsoft, Google and Sony don't think so, as the number of pupils learning advanced computers science skills falls. When every young'un has a smart phone and fistful of social network profiles, what are the basic skills our younglings should be equipped with?
Is a grasp of Word and Excel enough? Are our kids being taught to be safe online?
We asked you to reminisce about your first experiences of computing, which was highly enlightening. And we discuss your questions about camera phones and living in the moment.
Next week there's a special treat for listeners: the podcast is coming to you live from Las Vegas next week! Tune in on Wednesday at 6.15am to see the CNET UK team report live on video from new-tech extravaganza CES at ces.cnet.com, or look out for the finished recording appearing in your iTunes as normal shortly afterwards. Continue reading...
Deck the halls with boughs of holly, it's the Christmas podcast! From Apple and Samsung to ultrabooks and Beats headphones, what's changed our lives in 2011 -- and what's set to rock our world in 2012.
Amie makes her podcast debut this week alongside Rich and Jason as we reminisce by the podcast studio fire, warming our cockles with thoughts of the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S, the Samsung Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Nexus, the Nokia Lumia 800 and all the other great gadgets that came out this year. And we consider the impact of the year's patent warfare, celebrity endorsements and the revolutionary role of social media.
It had its ups and downs, 2011. We look back at the year when technology proved itself to be a well and truly mainstream interest -- whether it's the iPhone 5 and iPad 3, Battlefield 3 and Minecraft, or the death of Steve Jobs -- as well as taking a look at this week's top tech.
In the news, we ponder a world without Wikipedia as Jimmy Wales threatens to shut down the site in protest against a proposed new draconian US copyright law. We ask whether discount phone network GiffGaff has become too popular for its own good, and cross our fingers for the iPad 3 arriving in March.
What are the daily habits and activities we no longer embark upon thanks to new technology? That's the question we're asking in our feature this week, in a chat with The Gadget Show's Jon Bentley.
But that's not all! Rich, Andy and Luke get their debating faces on to untangle the sinister web that is the week's tech happenings, filling your ears with news that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus volume bug is fixed at last, and that we could be seeing the Amazon Kindle Fire hitting the UK in January.
We talk about the killer videos we've been producing, including iOS vs Android, the top five phones as voted for by you (you'll never guess which mobile didn't make the grade) and a chilling look at what happens to abandoned technology once the lights go out... Continue reading...
With the arrival of apps for Spotify, the service has become a kind of mini-Internet for music. Meanwhile Facebook is a kind of layer on top of the web, where you can play games and watch videos as well as poking your friends. Are these portals to online connectedness the future?
As we head into the festive season, the team dons jumpers with reindeer on and rings out the bells ready for the Christmas shopping season. Speaking of which, we discuss Tesco's new free movie cloud storage service, and find out why the government is spending £5bn on a present for broadband users in Britain's cities.
It's time to head for the pub for the big game -- but in true geek style, we're not talking about footerball. We meet the gamers bringing the spaceships and battlecruisers of big-money Starcraft II tournaments to your local boozer.
We dispatched our roving reporter Jerome to Barcraft, to see how video game fans reclaiming their local from the football crowds. Gaming tournaments are huge in Asia and the US, and now gamers around the world can get behind their favourite games over a lovely pint of lager for the gentleman and a glass of white wine or fruit-based drink for the lady.
The debauchery doesn't end there, as the podcast team -- who have been known to enjoy the odd tipple -- kick things off with a foaming round of news.
Start the music... It's an exciting time for tunes as Apple, Google and BlackBerry all launch online music services -- but a backlash is brewing against digital streaming as some record labels and artists turn against Spotify. What is the future of music?
Plus we look at the rest of the week's technology news, including the revelation that broadband speeds drop by a third in the evening and the welcome news that Ice Cream Sandwich is coming to Sony Ericsson Xperia phones and the Samsung Galaxy S2. And we discuss Nikon 1 J1, a new interchangeable lens camera that's exciting many of our readers. Continue reading...
Gamers are going ga-ga for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3, Arkham City, Uncharted 3 -- and Angry Birds. With Steve Jobs named as the most influential man in gaming history, are the days of the console numbered? Why has the current generation of Xbox and PlayStation been around for so long? And is there a creative crisis in video games?
Plus, we insert a cartridge of technology news and fidget through the loading screen with our thoughts on the sale of Comet for just two quid and the death of Flash on your phone. And we ask whether the music industry is in a healthy state, despite reports that one in five 11-year-olds use illegal file-sharing sites. Continue reading...