Google Music vs Spotify – which is best for UK listeners?

Ashley Norris Audio, Google, Music, Spotify, Top Stories 2 Comments

The big news this morning is that Google Music, which was announced in the spring and has been working in the US for several months now, has become available in the UK and other European countries. You can sign up now and get a month for free and then pay an intro rate of £7.99…

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Pics of what the Samsung smartwatch might look like…

Ashley Norris Samsung, Samsung accessories, Smart watches, Top Stories 1 Comment

Over the past few months we have seen lots of mock ups of what the Apple iWatch might look like, but as for the Samsung watch, well not so much. Stepping manfully into the breach is website who asked their patent and trademark insider to help them devise what the Samsung Smartwatch may look…

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

Ashley Norris Features, Music, Spotify, Top Stories 6 Comments

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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Nine Retro Gadgets that are actually rather cool

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

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

Ashley Norris Cameras, Features, Gadgets, Top Stories Leave a Comment

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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Five of the best – Waterproof MP3 Players

Ashley Norris Accessories, Audio, MP3 and Media Players, Top Stories 2 Comments

Time for a dip, and if you want some musical accompaniment check out these waterproof players. For an updated version of our favourite swimming gadgets then check this out: Top 10 Swimming gadgets: Speedo Aquacoach watch, Finis Neptune SwiMP3 and more

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

Ashley Norris Features, Music, Social networking, Top Stories, Twitter Leave a Comment

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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Pink gadgets are back! Here's the evidence

Ashley Norris Accessories, Features, Gadgets, Gallery, Top Stories 3 Comments

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

Ashley Norris Android, Apple, Features, Gadgets & Apps, Phones, Top Stories Leave a Comment

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

Ashley Norris Android, Computers, Features, Gadgets & Apps, Gaming, Phones, Tablet PCs, Top Stories 7 Comments

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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Is the Samsung Galaxy Mega a genius idea or a missed opportunity?

Ashley Norris Android, Tablet PCs, Top Stories Leave a Comment

In a few weeks time Samsung will unleash its latest high-end large screen handset the Mega on the UK. It comes in two varieties - a model with a 6.3inch display and a smaller screen 5.8inch version. When the first whispers hit of a new big screen handset from Samsung it seemed as if the…

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The Shiny Shiny guide to Father's Day Gadgets and Gifts

Ashley Norris Gadgets, Geek culture, Guides, Top Stories Leave a Comment

There's not long to go now and if you are going to get your dad a little something then you better get into gear. Here then are a few gadget and gift ideas.Related articlesThe Shiny Shiny guide to Star Trek Gadgets and Gifts ( Shiny Shiny Guide to posh picnics - from gadgets to hampers…

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Samsung Galaxy S4 sells 10 million in first month – how does that compare to iPhones?

Ashley Norris Android, Apple, iPhone, Phones, Samsung, Top Stories 1 Comment

There has been a fair bit of speculation in the last few days as to how many Samsung have sold of its flagship Galaxy S4 phone in the month since it launched. Well today it offered up the figures and claimed to have cleared 10 million handsets since the end of April. Pretty impressive stuff…

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The Shiny Shiny guide to Star Trek Gadgets and Gifts

Ashley Norris Gallery, Random Stuff, Top Stories, Toys Leave a Comment

There are two types of StarTrek gadgets. There are those that featured in the films and the TV series - that one day might actually become a reality. And then there's the fun stuff. the things you can collect and display to show that deep down you are and always will be a Trekkie. Here…

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Shiny Shiny guide to luxury Samsung Galaxy S4 Cases

Ashley Norris Accessories, Android, Features, Samsung, Top Stories 1 Comment

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

Ashley Norris Features, Gadgets, Top Stories 1 Comment

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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The Shiny Shiny guide to buying Retro Desk Chairs

Ashley Norris Accessories, Features, Furnishings and Furniture, Top Stories Leave a Comment

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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