The changing face of TVs

TVs have certainly changed a bit in our life times. Remember when the telly was just an ugly and heavy black box that sat unloved in the corner of the room? Some of you may even remember when they were squarish rather than the much wider, more cinematic, 16 x 9 shape they are today. Certainly one thing that is …

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Pink Floyd finally lands on Spotify – Wish You Were Here first

There is a small but rather impressive list of bands who haven’t yet made their music available to streaming service Spotify. The Beatles top the list, alongside Led Zep and Oasis. but one band who up until now had resisted making their music available on the service have finally changed their mind. In a short period of time (hopefully, more …

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AshleyPink Floyd finally lands on Spotify – Wish You Were Here first
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Jack White’s amazing working Record Booth – video

Record Booths, basically mini recording studios where you went in to sing your songs and came out with a newly pressed bit of vinyl, were all the rage in the 40s and 50s. These days, with cassettes and digital recording, not so much. In fact they pretty much disappeared in the 1970s, So it is so amazing that Jack White …

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AshleyJack White’s amazing working Record Booth – video
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Sennheiser launches Momentum limited edition headphones inspired by David Bowie

Rock star endorsed hardware has been a huge trend over the late few years, from Dr Dre’s Beats through to Motorhead’s goes louder than eleven audio range, every influential musician seems to be getting in on the act. Now Sennheiser has landed one of the coolest collaborations of all. It is offering a limited edition (500 copies only) pair of …

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AshleySennheiser launches Momentum limited edition headphones inspired by David Bowie
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Why the Samsung Galaxy S 4 leaves the Apple iPhone 5 eating dust?

It is a huge night for Samsung as the Korean maker has unveiled what it hopes will become the hottest phone on the planet  – the Galaxy S4. The last few years have been an incredible ride for Samsung. It was one of the first makers to respond to the seismic sea change in the industry caused by the arrival …

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AshleyWhy the Samsung Galaxy S 4 leaves the Apple iPhone 5 eating dust?
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Airships, Hovercraft, Amphibious Caravans, Batmobiles – the weirdest vehicles for sale

There is a fantastic story that dates from the turn of the century. Back then aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont would parade his new fangled Airship by hovering at roof level along the boulevards of Paris. Then when he’d utterly freaked the passing Parisians out he would tie the ship up and pop into his favourite restaurant for lunch. Hopefully one …

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AshleyAirships, Hovercraft, Amphibious Caravans, Batmobiles – the weirdest vehicles for sale
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Another stunning (but mostly completely baffling) watch from Tokyoflash

We really love Tokyoflash Japan and their genius watches. They look amazing, but can we use them to tell the time? – well nah, but who cares. The company has just released its latest community designed watch, Kisai X, which is apartment based on a concept that the company published on its Tokyoflash Design Studio Blog which was submitted jointly …

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AshleyAnother stunning (but mostly completely baffling) watch from Tokyoflash
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Is this how Apple sees the future? The iWatch that uses holograms

So an ad for the Apple iWatch has just landed on YouTube. However before you get too excited it is portraying a product that the ad creators don’t think will be on sale until 2019. The gadgets is the much talked about Apple iWatch and this clever video shows how someone might use the gadget to check social media, transfer …

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Your next smartphone? The HTC One looks good and has some innovative features. In UK stores in March

There’s a big smartphone launch today as Taiwanese maker HTC takes the wraps off its One phone. Usually phone makers save Spring launches for the Mobile World Congress event which is next week in Barcelona,but HTC have gone early to make sure they get maximum publicity for what might be a make or break phone for the company. So what’s …

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AshleyYour next smartphone? The HTC One looks good and has some innovative features. In UK stores in March
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Apple’s iWatch – take a look at the gallery of prototypes

I have already written loads about Apple ‘s iWatch, so if you want the most recent update go here and if you want the background and to take a peek at some of its rivals then check here. Even though it hasn’t been confirmed the iWatch already exists, well in the minds of some very clever designers and Photoshoppers. Here …

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AshleyApple’s iWatch – take a look at the gallery of prototypes
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Retro gadgets: ten vintage style record players

I don’t think it is just me but these days I find that I am increasing playing more vinyl than CDs. Spotify is my main source of music, but every now and then I fancy something that isn’t on the online music service and go and get a record out. There is something wonderful about spinning vinyl again. It demands …

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A sneak preview as to what the Apple iWatch might look like (and it looks stunning)

Of course, at the moment no one knows what Apple’s iWatch will look like, or even if there will be one. However an iWatch does appear to be on the cards and according to the goss it will sport a revolutionary double curved touch screen. So fair play to the fellas at Yanko Designs who have imagined what the iWatch …

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AshleyA sneak preview as to what the Apple iWatch might look like (and it looks stunning)
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Pyle’s stylish new turntable in a briefcase – the PVTT2U

You might not have heard of Pyle – they are a US based company whose products sell in the UK mainly through Amazon – but if your a vinyl nut you are sure going to like the look of this turntable. To underline the point that the record player in a briefcase is back – see also here and here …

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Big screen tablets just got cheap! Archos unveils 11.6inch Platinum device for just £299

Some fairly seismic news today from tablet maker Archos. The company has taken the wraps off a trio of new tablets and the star of the show is a top-end model with an 11.6inch screen. Now that’s big. The full iPad is just 9.7. It is also unique-ish. There are some tablets with similar sized screens, but 1, they run …

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AshleyBig screen tablets just got cheap! Archos unveils 11.6inch Platinum device for just £299
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Sonos adds surround sound to wireless audio with the Playbar

For quite some time now Sonos has been the home audio system of choice for discerning types who want music piped wirelessly wherever they wander in their house. It has plenty of rivals like this and this, but has continued to sell in large numbers. As of today it has got even smarter better too for the company has introduced …

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The Apple iWatch takes a step closer to becoming a reality

A few months ago I wrote about how Apple might be sizing up your wrist for an iWatch. I also profiled the growing number of smart watches that are on sale that use Bluetooth technology to hook up to your phone and deliver social media updates, emails and more. Well The New York Times has been chatting to a couple …

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Valentine’s Day – the stuff he actually wants. Gadgets, clothes and more

For her – It is Valentine’s Day in less than a week and your bloke is, as we speak, preparing an amazing day which involves chocolates, flowers, a candlelit meal and chapter seven of Fifty Shades of Grey. The last time this level of planning went into anything they called it D-Day.  So shouldn’t you show him how much you …

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AshleyValentine’s Day – the stuff he actually wants. Gadgets, clothes and more
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Out of the blue – Apple launches a brand new iPad

In today’s most surprising tech news Apple have launched, wait for it, a new iPad. But before we all get too carried away there’s no new design or extra features to tell you about. The new model, which is aimed at serious iPad users and businesses, comes with a whopping 128 Gigabytes of storage – that is twice the previous …

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All you need to know about Twitter’s hot new app Vine

Let’s grow BEARDS!!!! #howto with @briggles & @mattknox vine.co/v/b5wWeDZgPhX — Ian Padgham (@origiful) January 24, 2013   On Friday Twitter unveiled what could well be the hottest new app for a very long while. It is called Vine and is a video sharing facility that is iPhone only at the moment. Ok so it doesn’t sound that exciting, but here’s …

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AshleyAll you need to know about Twitter’s hot new app Vine
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All you need to know about big screen phones aka Phablets – and the seven models that have been released so far

In 2010 Dell released a new phone with a monster sized five inch screen called the Streak, and it went on to change the way we think about mobile phones. But not in the way that Dell had hoped. The early models were filled with glitches and consumers didn’t really seem ready for a phone with a screen that large. …

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AshleyAll you need to know about big screen phones aka Phablets – and the seven models that have been released so far