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Microsoft Lumia 950 review

Following the major launch of Windows 10, Microsoft’s first smartphones running the operating system have arrived. Here’s our full and in-depth Lumia 950 review. See also: Best phones 2015/2016. It’s farewell to Windows Phone going forward as we say hello to the one OS to rule them all. It’s simply Windows 10 now so it doesn’t matter whether you’re using ... Read More »

If you return a tech gift this Christmas, make sure you erase all your data first

The first tip that something wasn’t quite right about the open-box tablet I had purchased from Fry’s Electronics was that fact that Marvel Contest of Champions appeared on the home screen. I had sought out the most run-down, crappiest tablet I could buy for our buying guide on productivity tablets, as an example of what not to buy during the holiday ... Read More »

Competition: Win a OnePlus X invite

The OnePlus X has arrived, and we think it could be the best value phone of the year, but it’s not particularly easy to get your hands on. If you want to buy the smartphone you’ll first need an invite, and it’s tricky to do so. That’s why we’re pleased to say that we have got a OnePlus X invite ... Read More »

Cortana for iOS beta arrives (but it isn’t for everyone)

Here’s some good news and bad news for those of you looking forward to playing with Cortana for iOS: The good news is that the public beta is here. The bad news? Only a small group of users will get to try it out. According to tech blog Warenotice, Microsoft is currently distributing the Cortana for iOS beta to the ... Read More »

Competition: Win a UMI eMax mini smartphone & headphones bundle

PC Advisor has teamed up with UMI to offer you the chance to win an eMax mini smartphone with a  and headphones in a bundle that’s worth £150. The UMI eMax mini is a 5in Android smartphone with a Qualcomm Chip and a 13Mp rear-facing camera, and we were pretty impressed with it during our testing. You can find out ... Read More »

Square rolls out its new Apple Pay reader

You can now start using Apple Pay at independent shops across the country, if they are set up with Square’s newest device. On Monday, Square began rolling out its new contactless reader to 100 local businesses in 20 U.S. cities, including San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and Boston. The new reader is able to accept Apple Pay and other ... Read More »

Android Studio upgrade improves memory profiler

Version 1.5 of the Android Studio IDE has been released, featuring improvements focused on stability. Chief among the new features is an improved memory profiler that assists developers in detecting commonly known causes of leaked activities. “This new analysis feature can analyze a heap dump to look for known problems, such as leaked activities,” said Reto Meier, of Google, in ... Read More »

Microsoft Band 2 review

The Microsoft Band 2 is an activity tracker, smartwatch and sleep aide with GPS, heart rate monitor and more. It has a unique but limited feature set which we like, but you may disagree. Read our Microsoft Band 2 review to find out which camp you are in. Also read our first-gen Microsoft Band review to see how it compares. Microsoft Band 2 review: ... Read More »

20 best dual-SIM smartphones 2015/2016: best phones that take two SIMs

Best dual-SIM phones. Here’s our list of the best dual-SIM smartphones you can buy in the UK in 2015/2016. Best dual-SIM smartphones: best phones into which you can put two SIM cards. Plus: Best dual-SIM phones buying advice. (See all phone reviews.) Dual-SIM smartphones let you use two SIMs in a single phone. Most people who use dual-SIM phones find ... Read More »

Castro podcast app goes free with patronage option

The makers of Castro, a popular podcasting app, are throwing their hat in the patronage ring with their new 1.5 release. The app is now free, with an option to pay $1 per month as a nonrecurring 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month contribution to the developers at Supertop. The in-app purchase comes with no extra features. While version 2 is on ... Read More »

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