Leave it out Thom Yorke! Why musicians need to stop bashing Spotify!

If you were to tell me I had to lose every single website and app but could keep one (on my desert island apps interview) I would keep Spotify. I adore the music service and have been a subscriber since it first made its apps available. The way in which I can listen to music…

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Ashley NorrisLeave it out Thom Yorke! Why musicians need to stop bashing Spotify!

Nine Retro Gadgets that are actually rather cool

The jury really is out on most retro gadgets. Quite often they try a little too hard and come across as a pale pastiche of the products they are trying to imitate. Or they are so low-tech that they are almost useless in the modern world. Here are nine though that we think deserve the…

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Ashley NorrisNine Retro Gadgets that are actually rather cool

Your new favourite record company. How Kickstarter is igniting the vinyl revival

I imagine that when Kickstarter was first set up its founders imagined it being the vehicle by which all manner of high-tech projects got funded. From new computer games to off the wall gadgets and more. In fact even things like this amazing swimming pool. I am not too sure though that they ever considered…

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Ashley NorrisYour new favourite record company. How Kickstarter is igniting the vinyl revival

Our eight favourite retro cameras – Lomography, instant and even digital

Our affection for retro looking cameras probably never really went away. Old school snapper are however very much back in the spotlight thanks to the Lomography craze, the re-invention of instant cameras and even digital snappers, like the Fujifilm XF1, being kitted out with a really striking liveries. Here are eight of our favourites

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Ashley NorrisOur eight favourite retro cameras – Lomography, instant and even digital

Glastonbury shock! Mumford and Sons more popular than The Rolling Stones!

So who was the most popular act at the Glastonbury festival this year? Well it has to be The Stones right whose Saturday night performance was the festival's biggest, and some have said best, gigs ever. However when it comes to Twitter the Stones actually ran out in second place. According to research undertaken by…

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Ashley NorrisGlastonbury shock! Mumford and Sons more popular than The Rolling Stones!

Pink gadgets are back! Here's the evidence

Round about five years ago the stores were awash with gadgets in all manner of pink. Pretty much every consumer electronics maker had a selection of phones, music players and more in salmon, fuchsia, coral or just shockingly loud. But then along came the iPhone and the market for girly pink gadgets seem to die…

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Ashley NorrisPink gadgets are back! Here's the evidence

The five key ways Samsung, Sony and others are taking on the Apple iPhone

At some point in late summer Apple will take the wraps off its Apple iPhone 5. The new phone is expected to keep the body and styling of the iPhone 5 but boast some new innovative features. At the moment the speculation is that it will have some software innovations and a much enhanced camera.…

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Ashley NorrisThe five key ways Samsung, Sony and others are taking on the Apple iPhone

PS4, Xperia Z tablet, 4K TVs – why Sony has suddenly become cool again

There was a time when Sony was the ultimate name in consumer electronics. It had a superb range of high-end products in a number of sectors that were just better designed, better built and crammed with more useful and innovative features than its rivals. Then about a decade or so ago things started to go…

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Ashley NorrisPS4, Xperia Z tablet, 4K TVs – why Sony has suddenly become cool again

The Shiny Shiny guide to quirky men's watches

Very soon now the world of watches will be changed forever as Apple, Samsung and whole load of others release their smart watches into the world. So instead of checking your texts on your mobiles you'll be checking your wrist. But it is likely that smart watches even if they become huge will not appeal…

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Ashley NorrisThe Shiny Shiny guide to quirky men's watches

What's coming at Apple's WWCD event next week?

Next week Apple diehards and fan people gather together for its annual WWDC bash. It comes at a very interesting time for Apple with its iPhone range in dire need of a refresh and its tablets under attack from all sides. However, unless there is a massive surprise, don't expect new iPhones and iPads next…

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Ashley NorrisWhat's coming at Apple's WWCD event next week?

Shiny Shiny guide to luxury Samsung Galaxy S4 Cases

As you would expect one of the fastest selling phones in mobile history has spawned a huge number of cases and accessories. Interestingly there is already quite a number of high-end luxury style cases for the mobile and here are our favourites. Though if you want a really flash phone then go here.

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Ashley NorrisShiny Shiny guide to luxury Samsung Galaxy S4 Cases

This year's top Festival gadgets – from portable showers to retro tents

Seems like there's a festival for everyone these days - even for us less naturally out-doors types. So even better news is there are lots of festival gadgets and gear, perfect for those not wanting to suffer out in the cold: There's nothing like a wonder-widget-that-does-it-all to make us happier campers, so here's our top…

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Ashley NorrisThis year's top Festival gadgets – from portable showers to retro tents

Top 10 Festival apps – virtual Zippo lighter and Swiss Army knife

Festivals: mud, wellies and days without a shower. Not a picture your smartphone naturally fits into, but these days it really should. While your phone can't provide you with a wet-wipe, it can do almost everything else - from finding your friends after a particularly disorientating dance in a bustling crowd, to helping you get…

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Chris PriceTop 10 Festival apps – virtual Zippo lighter and Swiss Army knife

The Shiny Shiny guide to buying Retro Desk Chairs

At the moment we love all things vintage, and find nothing more satisfying than stumbling across the perfect artefact that brings a bit of chic to an otherwise practical item, like a chair. However it takes time rooting through your local second hand furniture shops and auction rooms (fun though it can be), and the…

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Ashley NorrisThe Shiny Shiny guide to buying Retro Desk Chairs

Has the day of the free tablet/iPad with a media subscription arrived?

I have always thought that one day publishers would start offering tablets for free as long as you subscribed to their packages. Well, we aren't there yet, but things are moving in that direction. The Times has announced that it is offering a special deal to potential readers and that if they sign up for…

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Ashley NorrisHas the day of the free tablet/iPad with a media subscription arrived?

The Shiny Shiny Guide to posh picnics – from gadgets to hampers

Or dining Al Fresco as the papers refer to it these days, like we're all in some Manet painting. Comparing today's outdoor dining experiences is a whole world away from those jam sarnies with curled-up corners washed down with a warm bottle of pre-diluted orange squash from yesteryear (- I recall there being a distinct…

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Ashley NorrisThe Shiny Shiny Guide to posh picnics – from gadgets to hampers

The Shiny Shiny guide to Retro Desk Lamps

We spend more time at our desks these days than ever before, and desk space are fast becoming essential 'zones' to be planned within our homes. However how much time do we spend actually styling our desk space as we do endlessly for other areas of our homes? Essential office furniture - like a good…

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Ashley NorrisThe Shiny Shiny guide to Retro Desk Lamps

Does this Plastic Logic prototype give us clues as to what the Apple iWatch might be like?

Here's an interesting prototype from British maker Plastic Logic. The company, which these days specialises in high quality flexible plastic displays, have been parading a prototype of a watch that may give us a few clues as to what might be Apple's sleeve with its iWatch. As you can see from the picture the flexible…

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Ashley NorrisDoes this Plastic Logic prototype give us clues as to what the Apple iWatch might be like?