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Is the Lumia 1520 just a glorified hand warmer?

Nokia Lumia 1520

Cold hands? No worries, here's a new Nokia

What do I think of the Nokia Lumia 1520? Well quite frankly I think it's pointless, it's nothing more than a glorified hand warmer. But it's OK, because Nokia will back me up wholeheartedly here.

Let's travel back almost two years, to January 2012. We were in a whirlwind of excess at CES in Las Vegas and it appeared Sin City was bringing the best out of Nokia boss Stephen Elop as he laid into quad-core handsets. Continue reading...

7 things you'll love about the iPad Air

7 things you'll love about the iPad Air

The best new bits of Apple's highest-end iPad

The new iPad isn't cheaper, and there are no barnstorming new features - so for example the TouchID fingerprint scanner hasn't made its way across from the iPhone 5S - and of course rivals are catching up.

Is the iPad Air good enough to stay ahead of the competition? Here are the key differences between the new iPad Air and the outgoing iPad 4. Continue reading...

7 things you'll hate about the iPad Air

7 things you'll hate about the iPad Air

The features that will gladden the hearts of rival manufacturers

You can't change the world every time, but for many people the fifth generation iPad, the iPad Air, came accompanied by a whiff of disappointment.

Part of that was no doubt due to the terribly poor launch event, which had us watching from behind our hands for long stretches as Apple's execs traded painful banter - but a much bigger part of it is that the iPad Air appears to lack the wow factor. Here are seven reasons why you might be annoyed by the iPad Air. Continue reading...

10 things you didn't know your smartphone could do

WatchON

Supercharge your phone in ten easy steps

Smartphones are great, they're basically a computer in your pocket packed full of features to make your life easier. But some of those features are less obvious than others, so to help you get the most out of your phone here are 10 things that you might not have known it could do. Continue reading...

20 OS X Mavericks tips and tricks

OS X Mavericks

Surf the new wave of Mac OS features with our awesome breakdown

The tenth major release of OS X - Mavericks - proves beyond doubt that Apple refuses to rest on its laurels, even if it is all out of cats. This iteration looks to improve your Mac's battery life, introduces Finder enhancements, and continues the trend of iCloud and iOS integration. These tips are guaranteed to help you get the most out of your Mavericks Mac. Continue reading...

11 ways Apple and Google can save the smartwatch

Sony

Because it's not smart enough... yet

The offerings so far haven't blown us away. But Apple's (probably) got one in the works and we're pretty sure we're about to see Google drop its own. We reckon they could be about to send the smartwatch into the big time and we've got eleven handy suggestions to help them out. Continue reading...

How the Z30 could save BlackBerry

BlackBerry Z30 review

The brand's not dead yet, here's why...

If you haven't heard, BlackBerry is in a spot of bother. Massive delays to BlackBerry 10 and a muted response to its last batch of handsets have meant that many have fallen out of favor with the company. But while fighting out against the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5S is going to prove difficult, we reckon the Z30 could be BlackBerry's saviour, and be a precursor for things to come. Continue reading...

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OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Apple's newest OS is good news for power users

The tenth major revision of OS X, Mavericks, marks an attempt at a fresh start. It introduces new features that are aimed at professionals, updates major interface components, it overhauls the system's branding. Big cats are out, and California locations are in (Mavericks being a surfing hotspot). Oh yeah, and it's available as a free download!