Everything we know about the Sony Xperia Z3

The Xperia Z2 may have only just been released, and you can our video review here, but that doesn’t mean Sony hasn’t started work on the next model. We don’t know all that much about the Xperia Z3, but what we do know has been rather enlightening. The interesting part is that the phone is rumoured to land around the …

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Tom PritchardEverything we know about the Sony Xperia Z3

Apple has apparently bought an e-book recommendation service

According to reports from TechCrunch Apple has bought BookLamp, an e-book recommendation service that has been referred to as “Pandora for books”. Presumably, this is to help Apple’s iBooks to compete with Amazon’s Kindle store. The deal itself apparently cost Apple between $10 (£5.8) million and $15 (£8.3) million. Apple, as usual, has refused to make any confirmation or denial …

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Alcatel OneTouch Pop S3 review

Some of you might not know who Alcatel are, and I wouldn’t blame you because most of their widely used products are either wireless 3G dongles or the low end phones you borrow when your phone has been sent off for repair. But like anyone who is anyone, it has released its own budget smartphone — the Alcatel OneTouch Pop S3. …

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Tom PritchardAlcatel OneTouch Pop S3 review

The next generation of lithium batteries might double your phone’s battery life

Lithium batteries, also known as lithium ion batteries, are the kind of batteries found in all mobile devices, are currently limited by the “ion” part of the battery, which in turn causes a lot of wasted potential energy. Fortunately researchers at Stanford university have developed a new battery with denser, more efficient lithium in the battery’s anode, meaning it’ll be …

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Tom PritchardThe next generation of lithium batteries might double your phone’s battery life

Is Apple finally embracing NFC for the iPhone 6?

One of the things Apple’s ever-popular handsets has been missing in recent years is built-in NFC, but that might be changing according to a leaked photo from Nowhereelse.fr. Presumably the iPhone 6 will be including NFC to function alongside its rumoured digital iWallet, which makes a lot of sense if they want to let iPhone users buy items with their …

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The top 10 budget (sub £200) smartphones available now

One of the big trends of 2014 has been the rise of the budget smartphone. Whereas once you had no choice but to pay top dollar for state of the art mobiles, now, thanks to an influx of new phone brands and some nifty re-positioning by some of the major players, you can grab a very impressive mobile for under £200. …

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Tom PritchardThe top 10 budget (sub £200) smartphones available now
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Could the Nexus 6 be a phablet made by Motorola?

Despite Google selling Motorola to Lenova earlier this year, reports say that Motorola is still responsible for manufacturing the Nexus 6 for the tech giant, a 5.9-inch phablet aptly codenamed Shamu. Android Police, the original publisher of this rumour, also claims that the Nexus 6 will come with a fingerprint scanner and will go on sale some time in November. …

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The 10 best Smartphones available now

Smartphones are everywhere, and while lots of people are looking to see what the future will bring we’ve decided that since the second half of the year has just begun, we should look back and find the best smartphones from the past few months. So here you go, 10 of the best smartphones currently available for you to buy.

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Transport for London will accept contactless payments from 16th September

After a successful trial run, Transport for London is bringing contactless payments to its entire transport network from 16th September. That includes the buses, Underground, Overground, and DLR routes. Like the Oyster cards (which will continue to work), the new contactless system will automatically work out the cheapest fair available when you clock in and out of your transportation of …

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Tom PritchardTransport for London will accept contactless payments from 16th September

More Samsung Galaxy Alpha info leaks

Yesterday we saw images of what might be the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, and today more information has emerged about the upcoming handset courtesy of SamMobile. According to the site, the Galaxy Alpha will have the same 4.8-inch 720 x 1280 Super AMOLED screen as the Galaxy S3, a fingerprint scanner, 32GB of internal storage (microSD expansion is apparently not included), and will …

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Lechal: smart shoes that give directions without having to look at a screen

One of the many great things about smartphones is that pretty much all of them have some sort of GPS navigation built in, so you’re never likely to get lost. But in the age of first world problems having to pull out your phone to look at a screen is a big of a pain. Enter Lechal, smart shoes that …

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Need a used vintage Combine Harvester? You need Lamma Xchange

I never really thought about buying a combine harvester before, but after a quick look I saw one for just under £12,000. I’m not expert on farming machinery, but considering that the next cheapest one is nearly £60,000 that might be a very good deal. So now I really want one, even though I have would literally never use it. That’s …

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The top 10 Android apps of 2014 so far

July is drawing to a close, meaning we are well into the second half of 2014. Now, Android users out there will undoubtedly have downloaded apps onto their devices this year, but did you download anything good? If you didn’t, we can help you out with ten of the best Android apps that have been released this year.

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The top 10 PlayStation games of 2014 so far

July is coming to an end, which means that we’re over halfway through the year. Scary that isn’t it? Where did the time go? This year has seen a number of great releases for Playstation consoles, and for your enjoyment, here are ten of the best PlayStation Games from the first half of 2014. 1. Infamous Second Son Set in …

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Apple is planning a 4K monitor and a 12-inch Retina MacBook

With the release of OS X Yosemite drawing ever closer, rumours have started to circulate that Apple is planning on overhauling the resolution available on some of its screens, namely a 4k monitor and a 12-inch Retina MacBook. This is according to 9to5Mac who claim that the upgraded screens will be released to coincide with the release of Yosemite. It’s currently …

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The best 10 iPhone apps of 2014 so far

We’ve managed to get halfway through 2014 already, doesn’t time fly? It’s a scary thought. As with everything else, the first half of 2014 has seen an awful lot of iPhone apps hit the App Store. But how do you wade through them all to find the best? Well we’ve curated ten of the best iPhone apps that were released …

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Apple set to launch a digital iWallet with the iPhone 6

Having to carry around cash and credit cards is a bit of a pain, especially since they take up a lot of room and can be easily stolen. The launch of the digital wallet has helped this somewhat, but with every tech-orientated company on the planet releasing their own versions it’s getting a bit ridiculous. Apple has announced that it …

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Tom PritchardApple set to launch a digital iWallet with the iPhone 6

Possible Samsung Galaxy Alpha images leak

We’ve heard a lot of rumours about a new Galaxy phone that Samsung are planning on releasing, the Galaxy Alpha, but we haven’t actually seen any images of the device. Until now, that is. Vietnamese tech blog Tinhte has posted images of a phone that features the words “Samsung Galaxy Alpha” on the screen. Strangely the handset looks an awful lot like …

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Apple’s dilemma – Five reasons tablets/iPad aren’t on your Christmas list

After a period of significant growth the tablet market had descended into a slump, with the market predicted to grow by a mere 14 per cent by the end of the year. For reference, the tablet market grew by 71 per cent in 2013, and 79 per cent in 2012. Comparing UK tablet sales from the first three months of …

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The top 10 Xbox games of 2014 so far

We’re half way through the year, and we’ve seen some great releases for both the Xbox One and the Xbox 360. We decided to look back and find you the ten top Xbox games from 2014 to make sure you didn’t miss a thing. 1. Wolfenstein: The New Order The Wolfenstein series returns to top form with the latest instalment of …

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Tom PritchardThe top 10 Xbox games of 2014 so far