Apple unveils Series 4 watch with integrated ECG plus new iPhones starting at $749

Apple launched a range of new products at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California including a new Apple Watch and several new iPhones ... Apple Watch – New Series 4 watch with new displays. Digital crown with haptic feedback and new speaker (50% louder) and microphone. 64-bit dual core processor. Edge to Edge OLED…

Board games: When in Rome v Obama Llama

Mrs P. playing the Alexa-controlled board game, When in Rome, while on holiday in Yorkshire Chris Price takes a look at two very different board games, the Alexa-powered When in Rome and the brilliantly named Obama Llama... First of all: a confession. I'm not really one for board games. As a kid, I got incredibly…

Pimp your phone! Improve your holiday snaps with these top 5 smartphone accessories

There used to be a time when you needed to spend hundreds if not thousands on a digital SLR camera and all the accessories if you wanted to take decent photos or shoot some video. Now instagrammers, bloggers as well as budding photographers and film makers can dramatically enhance their smartphone photography without spending the…

7 startups taking video game industry to next level

Tech enthusiast Katie Greene picks her favourite 7 startups which she reckons are set to take the world of gaming by storm.... 2018 has been shaping up to be an exciting year for gaming, as numerous companies are showing off VR/AR tech, the Razer 2 phone (and possibly Project Linda?) will be released later this year, and…

Baby Gadgets: Top 10 essential devices for new parents

Dr Tom York, NHS-registered and private GP for GPDQ, the UK’s first doctor-on-demand app, picks his Top 10 Baby Gadgets.... Since becoming a Dad for the first time, I’ve found the need for a host of new devices and gadgets to enhance and simplify the parenting process. Here’s a selection of things which I’ve found…

Ten top tips to make your home more energy efficient

Fed up of escalating energy bills? With all six big energy suppliers having recently put up their prices, now is the time to take action - to save money and do your bit for the environment in the process. Dudley Moor-Radford, managing director of British smart energy firm Moixa, gives his top ten tips on how, by…

Top 10 books about swimming – including Roger Deakin’s Waterlog

Now that summer is fast approaching, guest writer Ashley Norris of Strong Words Magazine picks his top 10 favourite books and novels all about swimming.... “When you enter the water, something, like a metamorphosis happens. Leaving behind the land, you go through the looking glass surface and enter a new world.” Ok, so perhaps not…

Brass in pocket – the rise of the fob watch phenomenon

They may not be the smartest watches in the world - in fact compared to the Apple Watch they are pretty dumb - but their simplicity and vintage looks are undoubtedly their two biggest assets. ShinyShiny reports on the rise of fob watch.  Pocket watches, also known as fob watches, have been around some time.…

10 Star Wars Kitchen Gadgets Every Fan Needs to Own for May 4th

Love cooking? Love Star Wars? Then read on.... In celebration of Star Wars day, leading North West kitchen company Ramsbottom Kitchens has put together an impressive list of Star Wars themed kitchen items which are the perfect accompaniment for a sleek, modern kitchen. Any Star Wars fan owes it to themselves to look at these…

Total protection: How McAfee plans to fight cyber crime

  Image: fbi.gov With nearly half of all crimes involving at least some former digital technology, it’s more important than ever to protect yourself from hackers. Chris Price spends a day with McAfee Labs finding out how it plans to tackle cybercrime.... Think McAfee and what springs to mind? Probably the…

Review: Ready Player One

Chris Price reviews Spielberg’s engaging, but flawed, virtual reality romp. Schlinder’s List this is not. In the virtual world of the OASIS you can be whoever and whatever you want to be. A huge warrior of the opposite sex or a street fighting, martial arts expert. Hey, you could even be a meerkat or a…

How to Choose Your Wedding Band

It can be tricky to know where to begin when you've got to pick a wedding band that you and your beloved can enjoy together, as well as one that will please your guests. The music's got to be entertaining to all ears as well as reflective of your relationship. In this feature, we've broken the process down into manageable steps for…

Sleep Awareness Week: Top 6 sleep gadgets to help you get a good night’s rest

March is certainly the month of wellness. Not only is it National Bed Month, next week (11/03-17/03) also marks National Sleep Awareness Week. Chris Price celebrates the importance of a great night’s rest with six sleep gadgets designed specifically to help you get 40 winks The Sleep Council’s 2017 ‘Great British Bedtime Report’ revealed that more than…

Brexit or Bake Off? TV more important than politics, claims Freeview survey

A new study commissioned by digital TV platform Freeview claims that television remains influential in our lives with more than a third of Brits stating it's more important than politics. Religion closely follows at 37 per cent and one in five say TV is more important than sex - a view held more by women.…

Romantic drives in the UK for Valentine’s Day

Only a few days to go to Valentine's Day and if you’re still looking to plan the perfect date, why not really impress this year and take your other half on a romantic road trip? For inspiration, online marketplace for car repair, ClickMechanic, has done the research for you to find the UK’s top 5 romantic…

Car review: DS 7 Crossback – the latest word on French luxury?

It may not have the panache of the original 1950s model, but when it comes to luxury interiors and onboard tech this new DS 7 Crossback has it all. Chris Price reviews an SUV with a certain je ne sais quoi!  It’s funny how as technology marches on apace, many of us yearn for the…

Review: Ofo dockless bicycle system

Chris Price swaps his Harley Davidson for a bright yellow, dockless Ofo bike and is pleasantly surprised In this day and age when middle aged men take to cycling rather than Harley Davidson motorbikes, it’s almost become a bit of an admission to say that you don’t ride a push bike. But I don’t. There…

ShinyShiny films beatboxing in VR 360 with the Kodak PixPro actioncam

I may be showing my age, but when I first started off as a tech journalist back in the 1990s, TVs were virtually square, weighed a ton, and most people were listening to grunge music coming out of Seattle. Nearly 30 years later, everyone has a super light flat widescreen TV and early adopters (admittedly…

Top 5 Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Under £150

This year, it's not necessary to spend a fortune to get some pretty advanced, useful technology which will impress your other half/child/ parent and lure them unwittingly to believe you’ve spent a lot of your hard earned cash on their Christmas gift! From headphones to wireless speakers and the latest smartphones as well as must-have gadgets,…

Filming skateboarding in 360 with the Kodak PixPro 4K VR360

Last week before the snow set in we travelled over to a lovely skate park in Tottenham's Markfield Park (formerly a sewage works) to film our latest 360 video in association with Kodak PixPro. And despite a few problems with the locals who didn't take kindly to our camera man setting up his gear in the…

Christmas Gift Guide: stylish smartphone cases for the mobile phone addict

When it comes to Christmas presents, let's face it you can't go wrong with smartphone accessories, right? Wrong. While we all love our smartphones these days, there's so much choice you can easily end up getting the wrong one. We're here to help with this little guide that matches the type of person with the…

Go Ape in 360 with the Kodak PixPro 4K VR 360

Last Saturday was a beautiful day. Not only was the weather glorious and sunny in London (though extremely cold), we also got to go on a treetop adventure at London's Alexandra Palace with Go Ape. It's one of their recently opened adventure centres in North London (they now have 31 across the UK) and offers…

Xmas gift guide: Top 5 stylish audio gifts

Looking for a stylish audio gift for the music lover in your life? Here we look at five great looking and great sounding gadgets which will also make wonderful Xmas presents.  Portable Speaker....  Denon Envaya Range – The Envaya, Envaya Mini and Envaya Pocket From £89 www.denon.co.uk Each speaker is certified dust and waterproof (IP67 rated), meaning…

Smartphones ‘the most life-changing technology of last 25 years’

Personally I would argue that healthcare tech that actually saves people's lives is perhaps the most life-changing tech around, but it's perhaps no surprise that for the vast majority the smartphone is seen as the most life-changing tech of the past 25 years. The launch of the smartphone and wider “connectivity” are seen as the…

ShinyShiny shoots London in VR with Kodak PixPro 4K VR360

Really pleased to announce our latest partnership. Those nice people at Kodak have given us their brand new portable VR camera to shoot a series of eight short films in and around London before Xmas (gosh we're going to be busy). Called the Kodak PixPro 4K VR360, it's a compact little camera with twin domes (one…

Top 5 upcoming smartphones for 2018

Chris Price looks at five new smartphones for 2018, including the Google Pixel 2 and the Samsung Galaxy S9 There are plenty of things that smartphone owners use their devices for on a daily basis. However, one of the biggest uses is for gaming. Looking at US data, research firm Flurry found that smartphone users…

10 Christmas Gifts for a Cycling Fanatic

Get the cyclist in your life the ideal gift this Christmas from our list of perfect presents for cycling fanatics. We’ve put together some of our favourite picks, from practical accessories to help overall cycling performance, to playful novelty items that will suit their hobby perfectly! 1. BLOC Eyewear - Titan XR630 Sunglasses Lens System…

Digital erosion of childhood. Should we be encouraging children to take risks?

Keeping young children away from perceived risky activities such as outdoor swimming is damaging. At least that's according to education expert Dr Sandra Leaton Gray from the UCL Institute of Education. Writing in her book Invisibly Blighted: the digital erosion of childhood Leaton Gray says: "Heavily supervised young children of today may simply be more likely to drown…

Death of children’s TV as young turn to devices for more exciting content

  Credit: Bloomicon / Shutterstock Is the rapid decline of children's TV programming potentially putting our young children's health at risk as they increasingly turn to their electronic devices for their entertainment? Chris Price reports Children’s entertainment has transformed significantly over the years. At present, children are more likely to use…

Top 6 tips that will take your drone photography to next level

Drones have changed the world of photography by opening up new shooting possibilities. However, owning a drone does not automatically translate into impressive imagery. To be able to achieve this, you have to learn some photographic skills as well as apply sound judgment when taking images. Below are some pointers that can help you improve…

Is binge-watching bad for your health? New Ofcom reports looks at boxset Britain

Fans of popular TV programmes such as Game of Thrones (pictured above), the Walking Dead or Orange is the New Black may be familiar with the idea of binge-watching – sitting back and watching through multiple episodes of shows which carry an almost addictive quality. Following a new report released today by Ofcom examining Britain’s Box Set habits, Professor Barrie Gunter from the University of…

Enigma iPhone Data Recovery

Many people have had problems restoring lost or deleted data from their iPhones or iPads. Restoring your entire device to your latest iTunes backup but occasionally losing valuable data has been an issue for many users in the past. Enigma Recovery is an iPhone data recovery software that changes the game. It is the first…

SmartWritingService.com: A company with really smart essay writers

The internet is a pretty wild place where anyone can pretend to be anything. After all, it’s a place where anyone and everyone can be a singer on YouTube, a political expert on reddit, or a celebrity on Instagram. But that also means that when you need a service, it can be hard to determine…

Confused parents don’t know what an engineer is. Six times more likely to know Justin Bieber than Elon Musk!

Above: Engineer and entrepreneur Elon Musk. Pic: By Maurizio Pesce from Milan, Italia - Elon Musk, Tesla Factory, Fremont (CA, USA), CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38354348 Research released today from the Institution of Engineering and Technology has revealed that, despite engineering generating £1 in every £4 of the UK’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), there is a…

What is being done to tackle the growing concern of mental health?

Mental health issues are a growing concern that you or a loved one might be facing. Psychiatric professionals, public figures and politicians are all taking notice of the increase in mental health issues today. These problems are valid and worth taking the time to treat. Learn what you can do to help conquer mental health…

Millions of unwanted fidget spinners to be sent to landfill once craze is over

They may be the scourge of teachers everywhere, but Britain's kids (and quite a few adults) have succumbed to the fidget spinners craze that's swept the world. But, and I hate to break this to you if you're addicted, like all crazes it's going to come crashing down sooner rather than later. And that's when…

How to get your wardrobe Spring & Summer ready

Here in the UK we’re pretty unfortunate when it comes to the weather and its predictability (or lack thereof).  One minute we have glorious sunshine and the next it’s torrential rain – we’ve all been caught in a downpour wearing sandals, right?  Therefore knowing what to wear isn’t as simple as corresponding outfits with the…

ShinyShiny talks to artist Chris Levine about his work with Huawei

Artist Chris Levine with his 'trademark' eyes shut shot Artist Chris Levine (pictured above) first came to the public eye in 2004 when he was commissioned by the Jersey Heritage Trust to create a holographic portrait of the Queen to mark 800 years of allegiance to to the crown by the…

Strava now available for Apple Watch Series 2

Strava, the social network for athletes, has introduced a newly developed app for the Apple Watch Series 2. Strava athletes can now take full advantage of the watch’s GPS capabilities by recording their time, pace, distance, speed and heart rate without having to use their iOS device. Athletes already running Strava on their Apple Watch…

Apple cases for iPhone 7: We pick 5 of the best clear cases

Apple cases are more of a necessity than ever before. While each new iPhone model ups the stakes with cutting edge technology, they certainly don’t get tougher. If anything, each new phone that comes out is more and more delicate. Not only that, the price of that accidental slip out of your hands, or splash…

What set-top box do I need to watch digital terrestrial Freeview channels?

Want to expand your channel viewing but don't want to pay for subscription services, like Sky TV? Obviously you can watch digital terrestrial (Freeview) TV channels via your digital TV set. Alternatively you can use one of the latest generation set-top boxes which will given even wider viewing choice, flexibility and, possibly, improved picture quality,…

Which are the best wireless Bluetooth headphones for iPhone, Android?

Now that Apple has ditched its headphone jack on its latest iPhone 7, perhaps now is the time to buy yourself some wireless headphones. Thanks to the latest Bluetooth specification sound quality is improving all the time and in many cases performance from these wireless models is now on a par with wired headphones.  Last…

Flying Lessons: The Ultimate Experience of Personal Achievement

So you've passed your driving test, now it's time for flying lessons and to experience a whole new level of personal achievement! You don't have to want to be a professional pilot in order to take flying lessons. Many people take lessons to learn how to fly a light aircraft for the sheer fun and…

What are the best accessories for your Amazon Echo?

Chris Price looks at some of the best accessories you can buy for the latest voice controlled speaker and multimedia device, the Amazon Echo.  A hands-free speaker you can control with your voice, the Amazon Echo is fast becoming 2017's must have gadget. The idea is that rather than having to press buttons to control…

Things You May Not Know About Virtual Reality

Back in 2015, when virtual reality hadn’t truly 'arrived' yet, we wrote about how Oculus Rift could help to reduce neck pain. An experiment conducted through the headset helped to discover that neck pain can occur at least partially due to perception. By manipulating visuals patients were seeing in the headsets, researchers discovered that the…

Top wireless Bluetooth earphones to wear to the gym

Who needs another set of wires? Now Apple has got rid of the headphone jack on its iPhone 7 and 7 Plus devices you simply can't plug in your standard set of wired headphones into the phone anymore without a Lightning adapter. Fortunately, Apple includes one of these with both new phones along with a…

Create your own online money pot as Leetchi.com launches in UK

  With money collection services like Leetchi, friends can put their funds together for everything from baby showers to wedding gifts According to a recent YouGov study, 1 in 3 Brits agree that money causes frequent issues between their friends and family. What's more, 36% of people say that discussing money…

Gifts and Gadgets To Start the New Year

When you are you trying to find the perfect gift for those in your life, it can sometimes be a challenge. Gift ideas can be hard to come by so if you are looking for suggestions then one of the hottest gift ideas for the gadgets enthusiast. Everyone loves them and there are plenty of…

#CES2017: Meters Music introduces headphones with retro built in VU meters

Today at CES2017, new consumer audio brand Meters Music kicks off the roll-out of its home audio range with the launch of these stunning looking OV-1 headphones. Perfect for bearded hipsters - like the George Harrison circa 1969, lookey-likey pictured above- the great thing about the OV-1 headphones are the built in VU meters incorporated…

How do I stick to my New Year fitness resolutions? Here are five tips

  Lauren Sinfield, Fitness Manager at Basildon Sporting Village, gives her five top tips for sticking to your fitness resolutions throughout January and beyond into 2017. 1. Be realistic about what you can achieve Be realistic about your goals and you’re more likely to achieve them. This may mean setting yourself slightly smaller goals, but…

CES 2017: Keep out the sun with this Sunflower smart shade

Is there any home or garden object that can't be given a smart makeover? Seems not, at least if CES is anything to go by. After smart ovens, fridges, even dog bowls, comes this solar powered smart patio umbrella! Produced by Los Angeles-based smart outdoor living start up ShadeCraft, the Sunflower smart umbrella not only automatically…

CES2017: Actijoy introduces health and fitness solution for dogs!

It isn't just us humans that need to shape up in the New Year. Pets do too (especially if they've been gorging on the Christmas leftovers). That's why Actijoy has introduced what's being billed as the world's first health and fitness solution for our overweight pooches. Apparently in the US there are over 70 million…

Libratone launches Nordic black version of ZIPP wireless speaker, new Spotify features

For those who like the darker things in life, Libratone launches the new Nordic black version of its ZIPP wireless speaker Featuring an exclusive matte black base, the new ZIPP Nordic Black expands the Danish lifestyle brand’s extensive ecosystem of ZIPP wireless speakers for the home. The introduction of ZIPP Nordic Black comes with a…

CES 2017 Preview: What’s there to see at the world’s biggest tech show?

CES2017 kicks off this week in Las Vegas. The world's largest technology expo, it promises thousands of new and exciting products from manufacturers right across the globe. And while the show has already caused some controversy this year with the organiser Gary Shapiro claiming the UK government is not doing enough to help its own…

COMPETITION: We’ve got 5 annual Eurosport subs to give away!

Love sport, especially tennis, cycling and winter sports? Then you need to get a subscription for Eurosport! It offers loads of brilliant sporting content including exclusive rights for the US and Australian Open set to feature last night's Sports Personality of the Year award winner Andy Murray (pictured above). As well as being able to watch…

What we watched on social media in 2016 #YouTubeRewind

Adele's Carpool Karaoke was the most watched YouTube video in the UK in 2016 It used to be endless end of year round-up shows on TV (I guess this year it will just be celeb obituary after celeb obituary). But now we're inundated with social media round-ups of the year too. Facebook…

Top 5 turntables under £100 this Xmas as #vinyl revival continues

The wonderful Kate Bush, with her live album Before The Dawn, tops the vinyl charts as record sales overtake digital downloads by value for the first time It's official. The vinyl revival continues - well sort of. Yesterday the BBC reported the shock news that more money is now being spent on…

Showing off is most irritating habit on social media, followed by self pity

More than half of Brits find ‘show off’ and ‘self-pity' posts the most annoying on social media. Men admit to finding photos of other people’s children on social media more irritating than women. The older you get the less you can tolerate selfies on your timeline. A quarter of Brits will hide or delete a…

Top 10 Xmas gifts for the #swimming enthusiast

Swimming is a great sport, but when it comes to accessories to improve and monitor your performance - or even just to keep you entertained - there hasn't been that much on the market, compared to other popular sports such as cycling or running. That is until now. Here Chris Price looks at just some…

Can ‘Cigbreak’ app help people quit smoking

Here's a novel mobile phone game. Aimed at smokers wanting to quit the habit, it's called Cigbreak and has been created by Hope Caton, writer of the global hit video game TombRaider IV: The Last Revelation, together with business partner Robin Bell (pictured above). Developed with the support of Camden-based IT firm Maldaba Ltd, Cigbreak…

Running: 16 cool clothes & accessories for spring

The clocks have gone back, and it's the time of year when many of us think of dusting off our old trainers, stretching our creaky legs again and going out for a run. There are tonnes of apps for it now, from the NHS' step-by-step Couch to 5K to the hugely popular My Virtual Mission, which allows…

8 female-fronted podcasts that will enhance your life

The podcast revolution is now well underway, and it's hard to see why it didn't catch on before. Millions of us have enjoyed audio entertainment for decades, but finally it's getting its hour. And why not? Podcasts make a fantastic alternative to music when you're washing up, driving, or travelling long distances on a night…
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Who is wearing wearables? New survey shows 12 per cent of adults. Female ownership up

A new study of trends in wearables reveals that ownership has doubled in the last 12 months to 12% of the population with activity trackers and smart watches both doing well. However the growth of GPS sports watches has fallen. Based on 3,000 interviews with a nationally representative survey, the poll from Clicked Research Agency's Wearable…

Orilamp smart lighting now available via Indiegogo

The Orilamp is a Bluetooth controlled smart lamp Origami goes hi-tech with this new Bluetooth enabled smart lamp which looks like a cross between a slinky and a fan. Called appropriately enough the Orilamp, it's currently crowdfunding on Indiegogo where, at the time of writing, it has reached $20,000 of its…

KitSound introduces its new Flair Bluetooth Speaker

The Flair Bluetooth speaker from KitSound. Looks a bit like a handbag crossed with an old fashioned transistor radio From KitSound comes this new Flair Bluetooth speaker, shaped a little like a handbag. Featuring two connectivity methods and a passive bass radiator, it's available in blue, green, grey and red. You…

Kayaking London’s canals by night with Secret Adventures – a perfect winter escape

It is a cold, mid-November evening. Twenty-two people stand squeezed into lifejackets and brightly-coloured waterproofs; 11 kayaks float silently, waiting for us like a pod of whales upon the glassy surface of Limehouse Basin. The cloudy night sky shows no stars, but the rain, at least, stopped sometime earlier. Excitement fills the air - whatever the weather, I don't think…

ROAR Athena – smart protection for women

Earlier this week we wrote about a new smart ring from Neyya. Although it looks like a nice piece of jewellery, it can actually be used as a sort of fancy remote control to scroll through pages in a presentation or even turn the volume up and down when listening to music via Spotify etc. Now…
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Is the Neyya smart ring the future of wearable tech?

If 2015 was all about fitness trackers you wear on your wrist, then 2016 is set to see new types of wearables emerging for different types of users and different functions (we don't all like to work out, you know). One of these is the new category of smart rings. One of the first we've…

10 amazing reflective items for cycling in the dark

It's autumn again, and as the leaves turn shades of brown and fall to the ground, the clocks go back, and darkness creeps in earlier and earlier. As cyclists very well know, this time of year can be perilous. If you don't pay attention to the time, you can suddenly find yourself riding home in the early…

SizeGenie launches body measurement tool on crowdfunding website Kickstarter

How many times have you ordered clothes online, only to send them back a few days later because they just don’t fit? SizeGenie aims to put an end to this frustration. It’s a clever infrared camera based on a medical grade body scanner that hooks up to your desktop computer via USB. Just position the…

Cycling in London vs. New York: two cities on two wheels

London and New York, New York and London: two global capitals bursting with wealth, prestige and cultural dynamism, they’re unquestionably twinned at the top of any list of the world’s most marvellous cities. London is a richly diverse, open-doored metropolis, the throbbing heart of England and beyond which owes its thriving existence to no particular…

How our morning habits reveal where we’re from

A cross-European study has found that our morning habits correspond strongly to which part of the world we're from. The study was commissioned by consumer electronics brand Pure, and analysed the early-hours habits of those living in the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Norway and Denmark. Respondents were asked what their favourite part of their morning routine was, whether that…

Zing wearable is affordable alternative to Apple Watch

As we well know, wearable technology is going nowhere. It's estimated that 10% of 16-24 year olds own a smartwatch, and smartwatches were all over IFA this year. But in spite of their omnipresence, which is fast driving down prices, they continue to be prohibitively expensive for many people. The Apple Watch, the most costly, retains…

Pure release Siesta Rise digital radio with smartphone charger

Pure has today announced the latest addition to its Siesta collection of bedside digital radios - the Siesta Rise. With a sleek, updated design and array of great features including a handy USB smartphone charging port, the Siesta Rise also delivers the high-quality sound we've come to expect from Pure products. As it's a bedside…

New colours and features added to Jawbone UP2 and UP3 fitness trackers

Wearables company Jawbone has unveiled a new design with a new strap for  its UP2 fitness trackers and 10 new colours for the UP2 and UP3, further expanding its portfolio of fashion-focussed activity trackers. Crafted by leading industrial designer Yves Behar, Jawbone’s new UP activity trackers are designed for 24/7 wear and can be accessorised with jewellery…

HearNotes are ‘the first truly wire-free earbuds’

Indiegogo, the crowdfunding site, has thrown up yet another innovative product for us to marvel at. What's getting us excited this time is HearNotes, 'the next generation of portable, audio evolution', which are the first truly wire-free earbuds to go to market. Using tech that's '10 times superior to Bluetooth', the team behind the nifty earbuds have…

Evoke F3 digital is radio latest in Pure’s connected audio collection

Pure has dropped a new digital radio, Evoke F3, to add to its impressive collection, featuring Bluetooth and Spotify Connect as well as digital and FM radio. Joining a host of other connected audio products by Pure, including the award-winning Evoke F4, One Flow and stylish Sanderson collection, the Evoke F3 is a compact table-top radio with…

Ted Baker & Quella launch beautiful racer bikes

Bike envy has been taken to a new level, with the launch of made-to-order model by Ted Baker and small artisan bicycle firm Quella. The two British companies have teamed up to create the Italian-inspired racer, which is available in "Redfinn, Bluetail or Greengill". The stylishly retro bicycles feature a unique copper-plated design over a fine steel frame, as well…

GIGASET debuts trio of smartphones

German company GIGASET has become a surprise entrant in the smartphone arena. At its press conference in Berlin on Tuesday it unveiled three new smartphones - the ME and ME Pure, both of which sport five inch screens and the larger ME Pro which boasts a 5.5inch screen. The German company, which is a huge…

Is Trackd the app musicians & songwriters have been waiting for?

Recording songs could be about to get much quicker, easier and more collaborative, with the release of music-mixing app Trackd. Available for iOS on the iTunes store, Trackd aims to simplify the recording process by allowing users to record 8-track songs straight from their iPhone, as well as mix, pan, play, scrub, and delete recordings. There's…

Following strangers on Instagram can depress you, says study

Following celebrities on Instagram can have negative psychological effects, as found by research published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking. As Clapway reports, the peer-reviewed study, published in the journal's May edition, found that "there is growing evidence that following strangers on [social networks] and comparing oneself to others have important implications for well-being." It…

Would you blog on Facebook? Notes gets a revamp

Facebook has confirmed it is revitalising its long-forgotten Notes platform, perhaps in a bid to attract bloggers. Most of us can't even remember how to access Notes, let alone use them - that's how long it's been since we paid attention. (For the record, click the More tab beneath your cover photo, click Manage sections, then tick the…

LIVALL Bling Helmet is the world’s first smart cycling helmet

With danger on the roads being an ever-present issue for cyclists, especially in London, it's about time we turned to technology to make ourselves safer - and the latest innovation comes in the form of LIVALL's Bling Helmet. While it doesn't look particularly special, this is no ordinary cycling helmet. LIVALL, a Chinese company, has integrated some…

Ministry of Sound launches the Audio M and Audio M Plus speakers

Just in time for the last month of long summer evenings, Ministry of Sound has released two new nifty speakers, the Audio M and the Audio M Plus. Both models are small and stylish, with apt-X Bluetooth, True Wireless Stereo mode (in which you can pair two units to play your tunes in high-quality real…

Pure unveils new stylish new digital radio collaboration with Sanderson

Award-winning consumer electronics manufacturer, Pure, has lifted the lid on a stylish digital radio collaboration with leading British manufacturer of fabrics and wallpaper Sanderson. The Sanderson models come adorned in two specially-tailored, iconic prints : "Chelsea" is a classic print, having been in Sanderson's range since 1957, while "Dandelion Clocks" was first introduced in 2008 and has…

9 bright & functional cycling accessories for summer (part 2/2)

Welcome to part two of Shiny Shiny's summer cycling round-up! This time I've tried and tested some fantastic accessories, and again, they're all chosen with safety and style in mind where possible. Click here to read part one, which is a round-up of bright and colourful clothing for female cyclists. 1. Overboard waterproof yellow pannier, £39.99 This…

Top picks for summer: colourful, functional cycling clothing (part 1/2)

Summer is here! OK, it's been here for a while - and so a round-up of the best clothes, accessories and the occasional gadget for summer cycling is long overdue. (Incidentally, we've got a list for winter, too, if you're in the cold camp.) Sadly, cycling can be very dangerous - especially for women - so…

8 Reasons why #Sense8 is your new favourite TV show

Sense8 is a new Netflix TV show that’s really left critics and viewers divided. From what we can tell so far it’s a real Marmite show – you either love it’s fantasy ridiculousness and heartfelt performances or you, well, you really don’t. We’re in the LOVE IT camp here at ShinyShiny, so we’ve collected together our 8 reasons why it could be your favourite show of the summer.

8 Essential waterproof gadgets for summer fun and travel

If you’re heading off on your holidays this year, then you won’t want to be worrying about what you can and can’t take to the pool. So make sure everything you pack is waterproof – or at least packed in waterproof luggage or a swim-friendly case. We’ve collected together out eight favourite waterproof gadgets whether you want to record yourself doing some crazy water sports or just keep your phone by the pool and avoid splash-related emergencies.

4 Easy ways to control your privacy on Facebook

Sure Facebook has put plenty of guides and easy steps in place to demystify privacy, but we’ve collected together four easy tips to give you a bit more control. We find that most people we talk to want to control what people can see a bit more, organise groups and share things with particular people, but they often can’t be bothered to take the first step, well now you’ve got no excuse.

10 Essential apps for travel and holidays: Airbnb, Localeur, Yelp

Going on holiday or away for extended travel is stressful enough at the best of times, so we’ve collected together our top apps for booking flights, finding accommodation on the move and figuring out the best places to eat wherever you are on the planet.

10 Apps to make you more productive: Evernote, Feedly, IFTTT

Whether you’re keen to find a new to-do list app, up your note-taking game or discover a new way to incorporate workouts into your busy routine, we’ve got you covered with our rundown of apps to make you more productive (and more awesome).

5 Alternatives to Snapchat: Qik, Slingshot, Yovo

If something about the little ghost really gets on your nerves, or you’re not keen on the people you’ve been following and want a fresh start, then it might be time to try some of the instant messaging app alternatives that are hot on the heels of Snapchat. We’ve collected together five that are worth trying.

Samsung Galaxy S6 cases.

10 of the best Samsung Galaxy S6 cases and covers

If you couldn’t wait to get your hands on one, chances are you won’t want to let it slip through them – sure, it should be hardwearing enough to withstand a drop or a knock, but who wants to take that chance? Increase its lifespan with one of our ten fave Samsung Galaxy S6 cases instead…

8 Father’s Day gifts for your tech-obsessed dad

It’s Father’s Day later this week, so here’s our top suggestions for tech-obsessed dads, whether yours is keen to kit out his car with new gadgets, get creative in the kitchen or try his hand at 3D-printing.

Photo editing apps for Android: Autodesk Pixlr.

5 of the best photo editing apps for Android

Sure, you can do some basic editing tasks on your phone or tablet already, but downloading additional apps lets you add effects that don’t come as standard, without having to fire up your laptop. Here are five of our fave photo editing apps for Android, many of them free, so you can perfect those holiday photos or daily selfies…

Body Hacks that Will Make Life Better

There are many little things that can get annoying in our daily lives, but there are also ways to prevent many of them from happening. Keep Your Bedroom For Sleeping Your brain will associate going to sleep with your bedroom as long as you do not read books, play on your phone, or watch TV…

New survey suggest Android phone users are clumsier than iPhone users?

Android owners are more likely to clumsily crack, crush and smash their devices than iPhone users are, according to new data revealed by gadget insurance provider Protect Your Bubble. More than three quarters (76.2%) of Android and non-IOS users who submitted a claim to the insurance provider cited ‘accidental damage’ as the reason behind their device’s…

Smartech brings Snapchat’s Nico and Veronica £199 camera sunglasses to Selfridges

Innovation store Smartech has announced that Snapchat’s newest camera sunglasses, Nico and Veronica (pictured above), will be available from its flagship store within Selfridges, London. Designed those who love tech and design, both of these latest designs come in glossy black-on-black and now have polarized lenses. With the sunglasses on there is no need to pull…

Dropping phone down toilet most common way to break it, among 18-24 year olds

  A new iSmash report uncovers the most common ways in which Brits break their mobile devices, from taking selfies to dropping phone in puddle 18-24-year-olds are the most likely to drop their phone down the toilet, with two thirds of those who broke their device admitting that this was how their device broke 25-34-year…

Top 5 ways technology can help to improve your health

We live in a digital world. This comes with both pros and cons. Pros include access to endless amounts of entertainment and information at our fingertips. Cons are that many of us are getting out much less often to exercise and stay fit and healthy.  But do health and technology have to be mutually exclusive?…

Two-thirds of parents say social media is distracting children during homework

Nearly two-thirds of parents in the UK say that their children struggle to concentrate on homework in the home as they are constantly distracted by social media, messaging, online games, and other online services according to new research by BT Whole Home Wi-Fi. 72% of parents with children aged 7-18 claim that when their child…

The Top 5 Health Concerns a Man Faces In His Senior Years

The population of Europe is ageing at an unprecedented rate. The median age of people in the EU was 37.7 years in 2003. However, this will rise to 52.3 years by 2050. This ageing process is also likely to affect men more than it is women. That will happen because men have a shorter life…

REVIEW: OMRON EVOLV blood pressure monitor £129

Name: OMRON  EVOLV Type: Automatic upper arm blood pressure monitor Specs: Click here for full specs Price: £129.99 Founded in the 1940s, Japanese company OMRON has been in the medical care business for many years and is probably best known for its range of digital thermometers, nebulisers and blood pressure monitors. Here Chris Price looks…