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Galaxy S21+ review: the big-screen Samsung phone for slightly less

Top chips, good camera and four-year support make for a lot of phone if bought at a discountThe Galaxy S21+ is Samsung’s cheaper flagship handset that tries to be a more mainstream big-screen option than its more expensive stablemate, the S21 Ultra.The new Android phone has an RRP of £949 – making it £200 cheaper than the top-of-the-line S21 Ultra – but shop around and you’ll find it for less than £750, which makes it much more palatable. Continue reading...
Tags: Android, Gadgets, Technology, Samsung, Smartphones, Mobile Phones

Amazon Echo Dot (4th gen) review: Alexa’s new small budget ball

Smart speaker ditches puck shape but keeps solid sound and function with or without LED clock displayAmazon’s fourth-generation Echo Dot has evolved from its predecessors’ puck-like appearance into a small ball, shaking up the idea of what a small smart speaker can look like.The new Echo Dot is priced the same as the last one, costing from £50, although it will be frequently available at a discount at various retailers, and looks like the full-sized £80 Echo hit with a shrink ray. Continue readi...
Tags: Amazon, Gadgets, Technology, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Smart Speakers

Sonos Roam review: the portable speaker you’ll want to use at home too

Cheaper wifi speaker has Bluetooth plus Google or Alexa for great indoor and outdoor musicSonos’s new smaller and cheaper Roam portable speaker is one that won’t end up relegated to a drawer collecting dust as it sounds great at home too.The £159 Roam joins the much bigger and heavier £399 Move as the second of firm’s battery-powered models and proves itself as one of the best options in a saturated market. Continue reading...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Technology, Bluetooth, Wifi, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Smart Speakers

Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) review: wearable-free sleep tracking smart display

Radar-based gesture and sleep tracking turns top smart assistant into a great alarm clock tooGoogle’s second-generation Nest Hub smart display now comes with radar-based sleep tracking as it attempts to keep Amazon’s Alexa at bay.The new Nest Hub costs £89.99 on launch, which makes it cheaper than its predecessor and slightly undercuts competitors of a similar size. Continue reading...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Gadgets, Technology, Alexa, Alphabet, Google Assistant, Smart Speakers, Google Nest Hub

Sonos delivers a near-perfect portable speaker with the new Sonos Roam

Sonos has a new speaker that starts shipping later this month, and it’s a significant departure from the company’s usual offerings in a number of ways. The all-new Sonos Roam is a compact, portable speaker with a built-in battery and Bluetooth connectivity — but still very much a Sonos system team player, with wifi streaming, multi-room feature, voice assistant support and surprisingly great sound quality. The basics Priced at $179, the Sonos Roam is truly diminutive, at just over 6 inches, by...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, TC, Gadgets, Spotify, Technology, Hardware, Bluetooth, Tech, Computing, Speaker, Sonos, Qi, Airplay, Assistant, Wireless Speaker

OnePlus 9 Pro review: super slick, rapid charging Android phone

Latest top-spec handset has Hasselblad-branded camera, great screen and long battery lifeOnePlus’s latest 9 Pro Android phone takes the firm’s winning formula of slick speed and adds knowhow from the Swedish renowned camera manufacturer Hasselblad to try to improve things in the photography department.The £829 phone tops the Chinese brand’s line for 2021 and joins its stablemate Oppo in its pursuit of top dog Samsung. Continue reading...
Tags: Android, Gadgets, Technology, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Hasselblad, Samsung Continue

ColdQuanta Could Become the Fastest Scaling Quantum Computer Approach

Nextbigfuture interviewed Tom Noel, ColdQuanta’s Director of Quantum Computing and Interim CEO Dan Caruso. ColdQuanta is using neutral atoms instead of trapped ions as the basis for its quantum... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Technology, News, Interviews, World, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, Lasers, Machine Learning, Quantum Computers, Qubits, Tom Noel ColdQuanta, Quantum Computing and Interim, Dan Caruso ColdQuanta

Xiaomi Mi 11 review: cheaper, top-spec phone undercuts competition

Great screen, flagship chips and good camera with a few corners cut for significantly cheaper priceWith the Mi 11 Xiaomi, one of China’s largest electronics firms, is attempting to undercut Samsung with a premium, top-spec phone costing significantly less.The £750 Mi 11 is the first of Xiaomi’s new top-spec phones for the year, replacing the Mi 10 series from 2020. Continue reading...
Tags: Android, Gadgets, Technology, China, Samsung, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Xiaomi, Xiaomi Mi

Oppo Find X3 Pro review: Chinese smartphone champ can't beat Samsung

Great screen, performance and battery let down by lack of long zoom camera and only two years of software supportChinese smartphone brand Oppo is looking to cement itself as Samsung’s big challenger – filling the vacuum left by Huawei – but as nice as the Find X3 Pro is to look at, it is just not good value.Far from a household name in the UK, Oppo is part of BKK Electronics, which is one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world and operates brands OnePlus, Vivo and RealMe among othe...
Tags: Android, Gadgets, Technology, Samsung, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Huawei, UK Oppo, BKK Electronics

Fitbit Sense review: a good smartwatch that fails on sustainability

Feature-packed health and fitness-tracking smartwatch has advanced sensors but failure to address screen and battery repairs is poorFitbit is attempting to challenge the dominance of the Apple Watch with the Sense: a smartwatch packed with advanced health sensors for stress, heart rate and ECG wrapped up in a neat and tidy package. But be careful, because if you damage the watch, it appears you can’t even pay Fitbit to fix it.It costs £300 and is Fitbit’s top model above the £200 Versa 3, which ...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Technology, Smartwatches, Fitbit, Wearable Technology, Amazon Alexa

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold review: a glimpse at the future of folding PCs

Tablet PC screen that folds like book or as dual-screen laptop is incredible piece of technology but not ready for mass marketLenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Fold is an entirely new form – a tablet PC that closes like a book with a foldable screen. It may just be the future of the computer.The £2,500-plus X1 Fold joins a rarefied group of cutting edge folding-screen devices that include the reinvention of the flip phone and a mobile tablet that folds in half to fit in your pocket. Continue reading...
Tags: Gadgets, Technology, Tablet Computers, Windows 10, Lenovo

Rode’s Wireless Go II delivers key upgrades to the best mobile mic for creators

Rode Microphones has a new and improved version of its much-loved Go portable mic, the Wireless Go II, which uses the same form factor as the original but adds a list of new and improved features. Most notably, the Go II offers two transmitter packs that can simultaneously talk to a single receiver, letting you record two individual speakers to the same camera or connected device. Basics The Rode Wireless Go II ($299) ships with everything you need to begin recording high-quality audio to a ca...
Tags: Reviews, Android, TC, Gadgets, Technology, Hardware, Tech, Smartphones, Ipads, Usb, Telecommunications, Wireless, Microphones, Microphone, Transmitter, Darrell Etherington

Treadly’s next-gen compact treadmill is ideal for small spaces and features app-based social workouts

As the global pandemic continues, having options for keeping active at home is increasingly top-of-mind. Treadly is a startup focused on building a home treadmill that’s compact and convenient, with smart connected features that boost engagement. The company recently released its second-generation product, and it’s super compact, with hardware improvements that boost the weight limit for users and add cooling benefits that extend workout times. Basics Treadly’s design is probably a lot smaller...
Tags: Reviews, Ios, Health, TC, Gadgets, Technology, Hardware, Bluetooth, Fitness, Tech, Smartphone, Itunes, Computing, Bluetooth Speaker, App-store, Treadmill

Sony WH-1000XM4 review: Bose-beating noise cancelling headphones

Top sound, noise-cancelling and comfort with long battery life, plus connection to two devices at onceSony’s top of the line noise-cancelling headphones have long had a winning formula and the latest edition has a much-requested addition – multiple device connectivity – to make them the best of class.The WH-1000XM4 have an RRP of £350 and on initial inspection little has changed for the fourth edition of the 1000X line, with its understated design. The high-quality plastic body is well made and ...
Tags: Gadgets, Technology, Bluetooth, Headphones, Sony

Galaxy Buds Pro review: Samsung's AirPods Pro-beating earbuds

Great sound, solid noise-cancelling, decent battery, comfortable fit and small case are potent combinationSamsung’s latest Galaxy Buds Pro earbuds add noise-cancelling, virtual surround and improved sound, making them a challenger to Apple’s AirPods Pro.At £219, they are the new top-of-the-range earbuds from Samsung, sitting above the £179 Galaxy Buds Live and £159 Galaxy Buds+. Continue reading...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Technology, Bluetooth, Samsung, UK News, Headphones, Computing

7 new tech products every agent should know about

Held virtually, the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show revealed the latest in home and business technology, including a home recycling solution, wearable joysticks for hands-free control and even a "smart tub" from Kohler.
Tags: Gadgets, Technology, Electronics, Smartphones, Ces, Radio, Recycling, Aerial Photography, Home Appliances, Consumer Electronics Show, Smarthome, Luxury Homes, Kohler, Lasso, Select, News Brief

I Miss My Disney SketchBoard and Making Secret Magical Girl Manga

Believe it or not, Disney’s software for kids used to be top-notch. In the early 2000s there were no bizarre CoCoMelon videos on YouTube or hundreds of phone-based apps to educate younger users, but there was high-quality edutainment software, and Disney (as well as several others) excelled at reaching the little…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Technology, Youtube, Disney, Tablets, SketchBoard

Dell’s 40-inch curved monitor is perfect for a home office command center

Dell’s kicking off 2021 with a new addition to its monitor lineup that aims to hit a variety of sweet spots. The Dell UltraSharp 40 Curved WUHD monitor offers 39.7″ of screen real estate, with a 5120 x 2160 resolution that matches the pixel density of 4K resolution on a 32-inch conventional widescreen display. It comes equipped with Thunderbolt 3 for display and data connectivity, as well as 90W of charging for compatible computers, and a 10Gbps Ethernet connection for networking. In short, Dell...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, TC, Gadgets, Technology, Hardware, Electronics, Tech, Dell, Ethernet, UltraSharp, Hdmi, Thunderbolt, Displayport, Digital Imaging, Darrell Etherington

Apple AirPods Max review: stunning sound, painful price

Top luxury noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones – but at a price that demands perfectionApple’s first own-brand noise-cancelling headphones are heavy on the luxury and sound – but also on price.The AirPods Max cost £549 and are the most expensive of Apple’s headphones line that includes the £159 AirPods, £249 AirPods Pro and sets from the Beats brand such as the £270 Solo Pro and £300 Studio 3 Wireless. Continue reading...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Technology, Headphones, Computing

Apple MacBook Air (M1) review: gamechanging speed and battery life

Giant leap in performance and twice the battery life in a winning form with no real downsidesThe MacBook Air is the first of two new laptops with Apple’s first-of-its-kind, own-brand M1 processor, which makes for a giant leap in performance and battery life.The MacBook Air with M1 chip starts at £999 and is Apple’s entry-level laptop, sitting below the MacBook Pro with M1 that starts at £1,299. Alongside the new Mac mini, they are the first models in Apple’s wholesale transition away from tradit...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Technology, Intel, Computing, MacBook Air, Laptops

The mikme pocket is a fantastic mobile audio solution for podcasters, reporters and creators

Portable audio recording solutions abound, and many recently released devices have done a lot to improve the convenience and quality of sound recording devices you can carry in your pocket – spurred in part by smartphones and their constant improvement in video recording capabilities. A new device from Austria’s mikme, the mikme pocket (€369.00 or just under $450 USD), offers a tremendous amount of flexibility and quality in a very portable package, delivering what might just be the ultimate poc...
Tags: Reviews, Iphone, TC, Gadgets, Technology, Hardware, Bluetooth, Review, Tech, Smartphone, Smartphones, Austria, Computing, Speaker, Microphones, Microphone

Amazon Echo 2020 review: the best-sounding smart speaker under £100

Thumping bass, great sound and new spherical design propels Amazon to top of the pileAmazon’s fourth-generation Echo Alexa smart speaker is a complete redesign in form and audio, with the popular device transformed into a ball of sound.The Echo costs £89.99 and is Amazon’s mid-range speaker, sitting above the £49.99 Echo Dot and below the £189.99 Echo Studio. Continue reading...
Tags: Amazon, Gadgets, Technology, Amazon Alexa, Echo Alexa, Smart Speakers

Why Did I Hoard This Shit?

If you’re anything at all like me—and God, I hope you’re not—you never throw anything that uses electricity out, and have developed an elaborate series of dubious justifications to explain why it is actually perfectly rational. Maybe, after all, you’ll need that USB-A to RCA converter cable in the future, or you’ll…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Technology, Moving, Hoarding, Garbage, Useless, Pathology

Jabra Elite 85t review: AirPods Pro-beating noise cancelling Bluetooth earbuds

Winning combo of great sound, noise cancelling, dual connection, long battery, small case and fitJabra is back with its fourth-generation Bluetooth true wireless earbuds, the Elite 85t, with improved fit, better sound and active noise cancelling to rival Apple’s AirPods Pro.The Elite 85t cost £219.99 and top the range that includes its predecessors the £170 Elite 75t and £140 Elite 65t. Continue reading...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Technology, Bluetooth, Consumer affairs, Headphones, Jabra Elite

iPhone 12 Pro Max review: Apple's longer lasting superphone

Giant iPhone has two-day battery, better camera, massive screen and much-improved ergonomicsThe iPhone 12 Pro Max is the biggest, heaviest and most expensive version of Apple’s smartphone for 2020, a beast in every dimension.The top-of-the-range iPhone costs from £1,099 and sits above the 12 Pro (£999), the 12 (£799) and 12 mini (£699). Continue reading...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Gadgets, Technology, Smartphones, Mobile Phones

iPhone 12 mini review: the king of small phones

Mini phone crams most of iPhone 12 into small body but screen may be too small for manyApple’s latest smartphone range has a surprise entry in the form of the iPhone 12 mini, which is a genuinely smaller phone with very few compromises.The phone costs from £699 and is the cheapest of Apple’s new smartphone line sitting below the £799 iPhone 12, the £999 12 Pro and the £1,099 12 Pro Max. Continue reading...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Gadgets, Technology, Smartphones, Mobile Phones

Beats Flex review: Apple's budget Bluetooth earbuds

Tried and tested neckband wireless earbuds have more cable than AirPods but at less than half the priceThe Beats Flex are Apple’s latest neckband Bluetooth earbuds, and bring many of the fancy features of its AirPods to headphones costing just one third of the price.The new Beats cost £49.99 and replace the £129 Beats X as the firm’s cheapest wireless earbuds, sitting below the £129.95 Powerbeats, and Apple’s £129 AirPods. Continue reading...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Technology, Bluetooth, Headphones

Recyclable PPE glove among designs vying for James Dyson award

Winner of international prize, which had a record number of entries this year, to be announced on Thursday From a well-timed recyclable PPE glove to a wheel-based device to cut “invisible” pollution from tyres, 20 groundbreaking designs by students across the world are in the running to be named on Thursday as the international winner of the annual James Dyson award.The prestigious accolade brings with it a £30,000 cash prize – and gives winners a chance to turn their innovation into a commercia...
Tags: Gadgets, Business, Technology, World news, James Dyson

First Impressions: Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

Two things I looked forward to: the new design, and as always, the better camera. Though I’ve only had it a few hours, it delivers on both. When it was first rumored that the iPhone 12 would have flat sides like the iPhone 4, I said that was all I would need to upgrade. And this thing is gorgeous. I got the white with stainless steel band, and I’m seriously considering forgoing a case. Sure, the dark green of the 11 seemed aimed right at me, but the iPhone 12 series is the best looking i...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Gadgets, Technology, Kaiser, Apple Store, Fedex, Max, Jen, Ala Moana Center, Applestore

HomePod mini review: Apple’s smaller and cheaper smart speaker

Small, spherical speaker packs a sonic punch for its size but is only for those all-in on Apple’s ecosystemApple’s HomePod mini is finally here – the iPhone maker’s attempt to break the Amazon Echo-Google Home duopoly and put itself back into the voice assistant race.The HomePod mini costs £99 and sits below the full-sized HomePod costing £279. Continue reading...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Technology, Smart Speakers, Amazon Echo Google Home, HomePod

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