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Google Home – Review

Something is happening in your home. We’re already totally lost without the internet inside the house, and we fully expect the same connectivity out of the home too. Trouble is, we’re all turning into phone zombies. We’re staring down at our screens and there’s lots of dangerous driving …

Google Assistant “Can I Help You?” – Apparently Not

For less than 24 hours, the new shiny Google Assistant was available on non-Pixel handsets running Android Nougat or 7.0 in old money. If you don’t know what the new Google Assistant is, well it is the new version of the service we have got used to on …

Huawei Mate 9 to get Alexa. Let’s test it.

Over the last few days I’ve been faffing about with the voice-controlled Amazon Echo Dot. It’s got an invisible lady inside called “Alexa” which will do your bidding. The device itself is a magical disc-shaped unit which will wake up and then answer your questions. It’ll also play …

Clarkson, Hammond and May guide you on your way

After watching two weeks of “The Grand Tour”, I’ve realised that both me and my son are calling it “New Top Gear”. It’s totally blown away any BBC attempt at the show, with the crazy antics turned up to 11 and the 4K footage beautifully filmed, it’s proving …

Pebble 2 Smartwatch – Review

I was one of the Kickstarter backers for the original Pebble smartwatch back in 2012. I still actually own that too. Shortly after I purchased the Pebble Steel. However, when the colour Pebble Time watches appeared, I fell out of love with them. I thought the new colour ePaper interface was a …

OK Google – Is it me or are you getting better at this?

On a drive home last week I remembered that I had to get some supplies for the regular “Dad Camp” that I take my son on twice a year. It’s a weekend away with a number of other dads where we completely ban gadgets and take the kids …

aLLreLi USB Voice Recorder – Review

Out of the box this looks no different to any other USB stick. It’s got a little cap on to cover the USB port itself and there’s a very tiny switch on the other end. Turn it on and it’ll start recording. Turn it off and it’ll stop, …

aLLreLi 8GB USB Voice Recorder – Review

If you want to carry around a device which is no bigger than your standard USB pen drive but want to record audio, listen up. You need this thing. The Allreli USB voice recorder arrives in a slim unassuming box and has a snug top to cover the …

Speak in your own voice with clever Ford in-car tech

A minor bug-bear for us Brits can be the fact that we have to force technology to speak to us in proper English. If you use Word, you’ll need to fiddle around to switch it to “English UK” and we have to put up with devices called “Honor” …

TuneIn gets some Google Now action

Got TuneIn? Like using Google Now? Combine the two my good friend, because now you can simply speak to your phone and tell it what station you’d like to listen to. It’ll fire up the TuneIn app and start streaming the station in question. So, if you’re in …

MWC – Nobody puts ZTE in the corner

ZTE have a huge presence at Mobile World Congress this year. Get around the pretty ladies up front and there’s another huge area, then another. Meetings and demonstrations are taking place in the offices behind the stand, and that’s where we got to meet Waiman Lam from ZTE. …

Hangouts and Talk Messages being routed incorrectly

Techcrunch are currently reporting that messages sent to the new Google Hangouts are being routed incorrectly. Twitter users, Google forum members and Google Talk users have all been complaining that messages sent to one recipient have actually been arriving in other people’s inboxes. The site states that… One of …

MWC – HTC in Barcelona. A full workout with the One

Last week we were in London for the launch of this, the HTC One. The launch event was pretty crowded and, although we got a video demo and some pictures, I asked the guys at the HTC stand to give us a full run-through of every new feature …

Help me Robin !

This is Robin, a personal driving assistant which offers help and advice. It’s free and a rather porky 23MB download which is designed to come up with answers while you concentrate on driving. It’s in Beta, so the results might not be perfect just yet, but seemed to …

My iOS 6 Wishlist

As an iPhone user I look forward to the yearly updates to iOS as much as anyone. I don’t just get excited about the customer facing stuff but also the API’s made available to developers as that’s what allows them to create amazing apps. John Gruber wrote an …

Speaktoit Assistant, a Siri solution for non 4S iPhones?

Back in October, the Company Speaktoit released a voice assistant for Android simply called Speaktoit Assistant. This week it has arrived on the iPhone App Store and it has some nice features. It can search the internet, Google images and Google Maps. Just tell her what you want …