Top Five Electric Motorbikes On The Market, Including Zero And Vespa

@zeromotorcycles BMW launched an electric scooter back in 2014.  The Isle of Man TT has an entire race devoted to electric bikes.  You may not have heard them coming, well you wouldn’t, would you, but electric motorbikes are here and more than ready to give conventional bikes a run for their money.  Imagine, no more…

Six transformative ICO-funded companies which are definitely worth watching

This time last year the investing world was abuzz with tales of ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) and how small companies were raising millions off the back of half an idea and a cleverly worded white paper. Mercifully the hype surrounding ICOs seems to have well and truly receded, and now the dial has shifted towards…

10 surprising ways that driverless cars could change the world

With driverless, or autonomous, cars set to arrive on UK roads by 2021 according to the government, they are predicted to change the face of personal mobility forever. Undoubtedly, they'll make our roads safer, give us more free time and make our journeys faster. But what are the less predictable consequences of driverless cars?  Select…

Review: Airtame wireless dongle £299

Chris Price reviews the Airtame, a plug and play device that can help businesses connect their employees and guests with the TV and projector screens in their organisations much more easily…. When it comes to giving presentations on the big screen it never seems as easy as it should be. All too often, the computer…

Review: PaMu Waterproof Wireless Earphones $79

It's fair to say that wireless headphones and earphones didn't used to be that great. Sound quality was generally poor, often very hissy, and range wasn't all that good either. How things have changed.  We've been using these latest PaMu wireless earphones for a little while and so far we're extremely impressed. We first saw…

Top 12 tips for surviving summer driving

Most Brits love nothing more than basking in the sunshine, and according to reports, Britain is about to hit a heatwave, as tropical air from the Atlantic Azores islands engulf the nation over the next 10 days. This will affect us all, but for those planning road trips it’s essential to be prepared. Drivers need to…

How you can make a living playing video games

Dean Anderson, Founder of social gaming platform Gamestatix, argues that skilled gamers should be financially rewarded. Gaming is rarely seen as anything more than an enjoyable hobby – yet anyone who’s tried to complete the epic journey that is Dark Souls, nail every challenge in Myst, or just get the better of Mike Tyson in…

Audi A6 Review: technology and comfort combined in a high-end saloon

Chris Price heads to Portugal's stunning Douro Valley to spend time driving the latest Audi A6 Saloon. His verdict? Not only is it very agile for a big car, it also combines onboard comfort with loads of great technology features... Driving around the mountainous roads of Portugal's Douro Valley it's difficult to believe that I'm behind…

Father’s Day Gift Guide: Top 5 audio choices for your Dad

It's nearing that time again (June 17th in the UK and US) when Dads are expecting gifts from their favourite children and woe betide anyone who decides to buy their old man slippers rather than a 1980s Boombox or a pair of cool looking headphones! Chris Price picks his Top 5 audio gifts for Father's…

Q+A interview with Get Technology author Gerald Lynch

Chris Price speaks to former Tech Digest editor Gerald Lynch about everything from bionics to transhumanism - just two topics featured in his latest book, Get Technology... Q: How did you get into technology? Were you into computer games as a kid? Like most people my age, it was probably through computer games. We had an…

5 IT ‘must-haves’ if you work from home

The popularity of work from home positions is on the rise – and for good reason. Remove the office and the commute and it seems people across a huge number of industries are more motivated, less likely to be ill, more productive and, believe it or not, collaborating with colleagues more effectively. That said, this…

How to bridge the Digital Skills Gap and get more programmers to meet demand

A digital skills gap is looming. Within just two years there will be a shortfall of nearly a million skilled programmers and other technical professionals, according to the EU Commission, and the demand for programming skills already outstrips supply. But how do we tackle this problem before the UK is left far behind the rest…

Review: FLIR One Pro thermal imaging camera £399

Name: FLIR One Pro Type: Thermal Imaging Camera Specs: Click here for full specs Price: £399.99 Oregon-based manufacturer Flir Systems has been producing a wide range of professional testing products for different markets including maritime, surveillance and defence industries for the last 40 years. It also offers a range of thermal imaging cameras for both…

When will we see the iPhone X Plus, and will it sell?

As one of the most innovative brands in the world, you would expect Apple to keep customers guessing when it comes to its future innovations. The launch of the futuristic iPhone X reaffirmed this, while commentators are already speculating about Apple's latest developments and the launch of a potential successor to their 10th anniversary offering.…

3 industries being disrupted by voice-enabled tech right now

Voice enabled technology has made great inroads in recent years, with digital assistants like Siri, Cortana and Alexa being embraced by millions worldwide. From searching for the best-rated local Mexican restaurant to finding out the name of the actor who played Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day, we increasingly use these voice assistants as personal aids,…

Audi A7 Sportback review: luxury, performance and hi-tech combined

It's been a long time coming, but Chris Price is impressed by the refined yet sporty looking new Audi A7 as well as its masses of onboard tech While the style and the sophistication of a coupé, like the beautiful Audi TT, are all very well there are times you need the practicality of a modern…

10 free apps and tools to help you run your small business successfully

Image credit: tayloright.com Running a small business in this day and age is no easy feat. Not only are you competing against other businesses and huge corporations that operate on a global scale, you are often doing so on a fraction of the budget they have to spend.  Another problem…

Vox Pop: the voice search revolution and how to make your business stand out

Tim Butler, founder of Innovation Visual, talks about how improved accuracy and convenience are ensuring massive growth for voice search and how businesses need to adapt to compete Voice Search is beginning to revolutionise search marketing. Google recently announced that 20% of searches on its mobile app and Android services are now carried out by…

Top 5 Personalised Gifts for Car Lovers This Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and if you’re a little fed up with the traditional flowers, chocolate and restaurant combination, why not try a more personal approach? Before you jump to conclusions, we’re talking about the perfect, personalised gifts to suit car lovers. Read on to see the Top 5 Gift Ideas for motor-enthused loved ones…

Tech Digest films skateboarding in VR 360 with the Kodak PixPro actioncam

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…

Top 7 tips for winter driving to help stay safe

With parts of the UK experiencing heavy snow and icy conditions for the first time in several years, we've already seen treacherous driving conditions over the weekend and into this week. And with temperatures expected to keep dropping it's only going to get worse. Here we give our top 7 tips for winter driving to help you…

London landscapes: filming in 360 with Kodak PixPro 4K VR360 VR/action cam

Don't you just love those cold and crisp Autumn days when the sunlight glistens through the trees and the leaves make a crunching sound under foot. Well unfortunately the day we went down to the woods to film with the Kodak PixPro VR camera wasn't one of those days. Instead it was one of those horrible…

Honor announces entry level 7X and View 10 AI smartphone

Huawei sub-brand Honor launched two new smartphones at an event hosted by the company's President George Zhao, and attended by Tech Digest, in the city of London today. The Honor 7X is an entry-level phone, available now for a price of €299 (£269) while the Honor View 10 is being billed as the first AI…

Top 7 gifts for every car lover this Christmas

Just in case you hadn't realised, Christmas is now less than a month away and, if you haven’t already, it’s time to make a start on the present shopping. This grows trickier and usually more daunting every year. However, fear not if you’re looking to buy for an obvious car enthusiast. Produced in association with ClickMechanic,…

Tech Digest films London in VR with Kodak PixPro 4K VR360 camera

Tech Digest is really pleased to announce its 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 (I think we're gonna be a bit busy over the next few weeks). Called the Kodak PixPro 4K…

Which virtual reality headset should I buy? Our Top 6 VR choices for Christmas

For a long time, virtual reality was the preserve of geeks and techophiles looking to show off that they owned the latest hi-tech gadgets. However, that has begun to change with VR looking set to become mainstream in 2018 as prices fall and VR content improves through channels such as You Tube VR. The technology…

What is Oculus Go and why might it kickstart the VR market in 2018?

While there’s a lot of hype surrounding VR, the reality is that so far it remains a fairly niche interest with limited sales. However, all that could finally be set to change with the announcement of a new affordable, standalone VR product. Unveiled at the Oculus Connect 4 developers conference in San Jose, USA recently…

Driving the future – how we are on the brink of an EV revolution

Chris Price reports on new initiatives which will help kick-start the electric vehicle (EV) revolution, including Nissan’s partnership with Ovo which will reduce driving costs to virtually nothing Earlier this week I was lucky enough to be invited to Oslo as a guest of Nissan to attend its third Nissan Futures Conference. It was a…

Calling all trendsetters! Your chance to join an exclusive online community

Are you insatiably curious about the world around you? Then this is your opportunity to take part in an exclusive online community.  As a member of our group, your feedback and ideas will go straight to the top, giving you the opportunity to influence the brands products, services and business decisions on a global scale. We’re…

Top 5 smart home products under £300

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to spend a fortune on making to create a smart home! There are now loads of great products out there which don’t cost a packet. Here are some that I regularly use and enjoy. By Chris Price Amazon Echo Dot £50 I came to the joys of Amazon’s…

Polaroid announces return with OneStep 2. Is the analogue camera revival on?

The Polaroid OneStep 2 is the first Polaroid branded camera for ten years. Image: Polaroid Originals Ten years after it made its last instant film camera, Polaroid is back under a new brand, Polaroid Originals. Writing for ShinyShiny, Chris Price wonders whether this is the beginning of the analogue film revival?  If analogue record players…

WIN! WIN! WIN! THREE COPIES OF HUMANS VS COMPUTERS TO GIVE AWAY

Our lives are increasingly tracked and monitored by software. In this brave new world, humans can’t cope with information overload. Instead, governments and companies rely on computers to automatically detect fraud, predict behaviour and enforce laws. Clever marketing tricks us into believing that phones, TV sets and even cars are somehow smart. Yet all those…

8 things we know about the iPhone 8 already

Is this the new iPhone 8? (pictured on the right). Image from Marques Brownlee YouTube channel. Amazingly, it's ten years since the first iPhone launched. A decade on and we're now waiting in eager anticipation for the latest models, including the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus, as well as the much…

What do I need when driving abroad? Top 5 tips for safe motoring in Europe

iStock: Sergey Peterman Planning a driving holiday through Europe? From headlight beam deflectors to sat navs without speed camera detectors and compulsory breathalyser kits, Chris Price looks at the things you need to carry in your car if you want to avoid being pulled over by the local constabulary.  It’s August and…

The technology that’s changing the game of tennis in a big way

Whether you believe in it or not, technology in sport is a hot topic these days with regular and countless calls for more and more computerised systems to be used across the major sports, and no doubt, in the less known sports as well. The word technology can lend itself to many different subjects and…

Review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 web tablet £599

Name: Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Type: 9.7inch web tablet Specs: Click here for full specs Price: £599.99 Samsung has refreshed its tablet range for the first time since 2015 with a new flagship model. Replacing the Galaxy Tab S2, the new S3 is designed to compete with Apple's iPad Pro and boasts a 9.7 inch…

Home security company Blink announces Alexa and IFTTT integration

Wire-free, home security and HD video monitoring solution Blink now offers integration with Amazon Alexa and  IFTTT (If This Then That) in the UK. Blink customers will now have the ability to control their home security system with voice alone via Amazon Alexa enabled devices as well as connect their Blink systems to other smart…

BT Sport brings UEFA Champions League Final LIVE on YouTube

  For the second year running, football fans will be able to watch the UEFA Champions League Final live and for FREE on YouTube, courtesy of BT Sport. Kicking off tomorrow night (Saturday 3rd June, 19.45) at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, the match between Juventus and Real Madrid will be available through a number of 360°streams…

Nest adds intelligent indoor security cam, Nest Cam IQ

Best known for its intelligent heating devices, Google-owned Nest Labs, Inc. (www.nest.com) has branched out with this nicely designed Nest Cam IQ indoor security camera (see above). Claiming best-in-class imaging and intelligent features, the Nest Cam IQ is smart enough to differentiate between a person and a pet and can alert you accordingly without having…

Teachers – get your class made in LEGO #MyMINILANDSchool

Teachers - does your school have a creative class? If so, here’s your chance to shine as LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, at intu Trafford Centre Manchester, is offering the chance for one school and all its pupils and teachers to be immortalised in LEGO and join the attraction’s MINILAND display. As part of the #MyMINILANDSchool competition, pupils from…

Half of Brit teens would consider engineering career, says report

At last some good news for those worried about the skills shortage, especially with forthcoming Brexit. A new report by recruitment website Jobsite shows that as many as 50% of 16-18 year olds would consider a career in engineering. With an annual shortfall of at least 20,000 skilled workers, generating interest in engineering has been…

‘Eight days a week’. The 24 hour Beatles channel to launch on SiriusXM

With the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club fast approaching, US broadcaster SiriusXM is pleased to announce the first ever Beatles-backed radio station. Launching May 18 on SiriusXM channel 18, it will celebrate the world's most important band in collaboration with and fully authorised by The Beatles' Apple Corps Ltd. The Beatles Channel…

Block out all incoming mobile phone signals with the Nissan ‘signal shield’

Nissan GB is trialling a technology that’s almost 200 years old in order to reduce smartphone distraction at the wheel. Called the Nissan Signal Shield, it's a prototype compartment on the Nissan Juke which works on the principle of the Faraday cage - an enclosure made of a conductive material, such as wire mesh, which…

Time to throw your keys away as smart locks become norm for home security

Could office and house keys become a thing of the past? Hady Abdelnour, co-founder of Smarke, certainly reckons so once a universal standard for home security is established In a few years will you still need a traditional metal key to access your home or office? Personally, I don’t think so. Instead, it’s likely that…

Top Free Website Builders

If you are running a business or just want to create a source of information about a topic that you are interested in, then a website is essential. However, if you are on a tight budget then you may think that this is something which is unaffordable. This does not have to be the case…

7 Risky But Common Things We Must Stop Doing Online

1. Relying Exclusively on Antivirus Protection Nearly one million malware threats are released online every day. It is practically impossible for an antivirus company to protect you from each and every one of them. That’s not it. A recent study done on 60 cybersecurity companies showed that 100% of ransomware attacks were able to bypass…

YouGov site reveals how people rate each of Trump’s tweets

Heaven help us. As if the guy doesn't get enough publicity for his frankly insane social media activity, YouGov has unveiled a new website – TweetIndex.YouGov.com – showing how people rate each of Donald Trump’s tweets. YouGov TweetIndex is a new site that shows how the public reacts to a tweet’s content. To showcase the service, YouGov…

Could social platforms Altspace and Geekzonia help give VR a shot in the arm?

It's fair to say that the virtual and augmented reality market has grown significantly since 2010 when American teenager Palmer Luckey first created his VR headset prototype, which later evolved into the Oculus Rift. Yet despite the growing fascination with both AR and VR, the number of actual users still remains quite low – an…

London Games Festival gets underway as video games sector given boost

We're used to London Fashion Week. Now hoping to be a regular fixture on the London calendar is the London Games Festival. Backed by the Mayor of London, it returns for a second year on March 30, running for 10 days at various venues across the capital. New figures to be released this week (on March…

Add-ons you should purchase when getting an iPhone 7

One of the attractions of the iPhone 7 is its versatility and the number of add-ons that complement the handset. Here are some of the most useful: SMART BATTERY CASE This case extends battery life and provides stylish protection for the iPhone 7. Constructed of silicone, the case has a silky feel to the exterior…

UK lags behind Germany in Big Data survey

The UK has much to do to improve its global competitive stance when it comes to data and analytics usage and adoption, at least according to the findings of a study released today by data analytics solutions company Teradata. The company’s Data and Analytics Trends 2017 study compiles findings from over 900 senior business decision makers…

Google, Apple and Snapchat take gongs at Wearable Awards

Zappar (above) won an award for best AR/VR company at the Wearable Awards Google, Apple and Snapchat were just some of the winners announced at the fourth annual Wearable Awards this morning by organisers of the Wearable Technology Show, which is currently taking place at ExCeL in London. Tech giants Google,…

Nokia 3310 nostalgia overshadows iPhone and Samsung 

It's the most over hyped tech story of the decade so no wonder that the re-launch of the retro Nokia 3310 has boosted consumer engagement and sales potential for the mobile phone brand. At least that's the result of a recently published poll.  According to a survey by Harris 24, the handset's launch at Mobile World…

5 of the top Social Media Marketing trends to watch closely

According to InternetWorldStats.com, by the end of 2016 there were 7.3 billion people on the planet and an Internet penetration rate of 50.1 percent. One third of the people on the Internet are active social media users. Social media continues to be more important than ever for businesses. The following are five trends that will…

Make Money on the Road – Online Casino Tells

Online poker is a totally different ballgame to your typical favorite online casino games. While there’s certainly money to be made on reputable online casinos like Guts.com, playing online poker presents some very different and very interesting opportunities, and that’s because you’re trying to beat real people as opposed to the casino. Whether you’re meeting…

MWC2017: SEAT simulator shows what future driving may be like

  VW owned car company SEAT is just one of the many motor manufacturers at MWC in Barcelona unveiling their blueprint for the connected car future. After configuring their mobile phone and creating their own SEAT ID, visitors to the SEAT stand at MWC2017 can sit in the Sitzkiste Simulator and experience what driving in…

New 4G phones launching at Mobile World Congress

  Annual trade show Mobile World Congress (MWC) takes place in  Barcelona, Spain between February 27 and March 2, 2017. This year sees a focus on upcoming smart phones as well as other technology devices. In addition to high profile product launches from most of the big manufacturers, visitors can also expect to catch a…

UK online retail sales up – but electricals sector slumps

  There's good news and bad news for online sales. First the good news. Online retail sales were up 12% year-on-year in January. Now the bad. The electrical sector slumped by 12% over the same period. According to the latest figures from the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index, the average basket value (ABV) for online…

Amazon Echo and Google Home to offer voice calling?

Could Amazon Echo and Google Home be about to offer voice calling via their smart speakers? That's what website Wearable reckons and it certainly makes sense. Although not officially confirmed, the story comes from the Wall Street Journal's sources. Apparently both companies are looking to offer VOIP (voice over internet protocol) calls via the smart…

Samsung report warns businesses to ‘wake up’ to digital technology

A new report commissioned by Samsung which examines the impact that changes in society and technology will have upon the future of the workplace, warns that businesses have three years to embrace digital technologies or risk getting left behind. The report claims that businesses must adjust to the fast changing digital landscape in which a…

Denon AH-C160W wireless bluetooth earphones with ear-hooks

Launching today from Denon is this pair of AH-C160W Wireless Bluetooth In-Ear Sports headphones. Unlike some designs, the great thing about this pair of is they come with ear-hook technology to ensures the earphones stay in place, even during the most strenuous workout. What's more there's also a choice of three sizes of ring, four…

SpotCam announces home security and monitoring solution for £159

Cloud-based video solutions startup SpotCam announces the SpotCam Sense, an all-in-one home monitoring and security solution. Like the Blink security system reviewed here, the SpotCam Sense will record video footage if it senses movement, say from an intruder. However, unlike Blink which records in 720p, the Spotcam offers full HD 1080p, covering an entire room…

B&O Play announces Beoplay4 wireless headphones

B&O PLAY is pleased to introduce Beoplay H4, a new pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones designed by Jakob Wagner. Made using some of the finest materials, the headphones feature soft lambskin ear cushions as well as a lambskin covered headband. The inside of the ear cushion is made of memory foam that adapts to the…

Top 5 Freeview/YouView set-top boxes for watching free TV 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,…

TomTom extends Fitness Tracker range

TomTom Sports has extended its Fitness Tracker range with the launch of the new TomTom Touch Cardio. The TomTom Touch Cardio monitors your heart rate, tracks your steps, calories burned, sleep and active time. The TomTom Touch Cardio boasts a new design for everyday wear. It comes after the successful launch of the TomTom Touch Cardio…

B&W to introduce new P7 Wireless headphones in September

British loudspeaker company Bowers & Wilkins has announced the P7 Wireless headphones. Available from this September for £319.99, the P7 Wireless builds on the dual success of the original P7 and the award-winning P5 Wireless.  Thanks to the acoustic advances made with the original P7 drive units, sound performance is, claims the manufacturer, even better than…

Six of the best accessories for the Amazon Echo smart speaker

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…

Best smartphones for 2017

Every year, more smartphones come out offering better specs, bigger screens, superior cameras, newer designs. And every year the question of which phone to buy becomes harder and harder. You want to buy the best phone you can, the one that will match your lifestyle perfectly. But how do you choose? They're all so similar,…

Top 5 Bluetooth headphones for Apple iOS, Android smartphones

  Chris Price looks at some of the best Bluetooth headphones for your Apple, Android smartphone 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…

Halo Wars 2 preview: is it trying to please too many people?

Halo Wars 2 is the second in the iconic franchise’s expansion into real time strategy. The original Halo Wars was released in 2009 and was relatively well received considering it came out of a FPS. It holds an 82/100 rating on Metacritic. But can the new Halo Wars 2 improve on that and prove the…

9 mistakes to avoid when completing a UK tax return

By Images_of_Money's profile - www.flickr.com, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19145960 With UK self-assessment tax return forms due with HMRC by January 31st, Jonathan Amponsah of The Tax Guys gives his advice on mistakes you can avoid when filling one in  Filling out a personal tax return can be stressful. It's surprising given it's a…

Nissan to bring real-world autonomous driving tests to British streets

It's not just Volvo which is planning real-world demonstrations of autonomous driving cars - see here. Nissan is also planning to test self-driving cars out on our streets next month. Showcasing next-generation technology using the Nissan Leaf, the on-road demonstrations will take place in London, enabling the vehicles and their passengers to cover a diverse city…

What is the Nintendo Switch and do I need one?

The new year has arrived and with it a possible golden age for games consoles too. The Nintendo Switch is officially unveiled today (January 13, 2017) and it is seen as an important step for the Japanese giants. But a step in which direction? Games blogger Joshua Mason and Tech Digest publisher Chris Price report.…

New Jaguar F-Type offers raft of in-car tech including GoPro video app for sharing drives

Announced today (10/1/17), the new Jaguar F-TYPE sports car promises a state-of-the-art infotainment system complete with ReRun app that combines vehicle data with GoPro video. Every F-TYPE now features the Touch Pro infotainment system. This include  intelligent navigation functions such as Share ETA and online services such as real-time traffic and live weather reports .…

Some of the best UK tech start-ups to watch out for from #CES2017

With the Fridgecam from UK start-up Smarter Applications you can monitor and replenish your fridge's content via an app. There's no doubt about it, this year's CES show in Las Vegas was one of the best ever. Developments in AI (Artificial Intelligence) and the Internet of Things (IoT) means that just…

UK is 12th cheapest place to buy an iPhone. In Venezuela one will cost you $97,000!

Next time you grumble about the cost of your phone, spare a thought for the poor people of Venezuela where hyper-inflation means that the cost of an iPhone is currently a mouth-watering, wallet-loosening $97,000! By comparison, the UK comes in relatively cheap at an average price of $542 (without contracts), but not as cheap as…

Swedish family chosen for Volvo’s real time, autonomous driving project

Most car manufacturers prefer to test out their self driving car technology behind closed doors, on a test track without any other cars on the road to get in the way. Not Volvo. It's taken a slightly different, perhaps more daring, approach. Unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show was a family of four who are…

#CES2017: Panasonic unveil head up display complete with Augmented Reality

Panasonic sure has been busy at CES2017 in Las Vegas. Earlier we wrote about its car cabin of the future. Now there's just time to to tell you about a next-generation head up vehicle display system which allows you to keep your eyes on the road at the same time as getting important information in…

#CES2017: Panasonic unveils future cabin for the autonomous car

  Forget driving. In the future we'll all be playing cards or watching a 4K screen in the back of the vehicle with our friends while the intelligent car does all the hard work. Well maybe. Unveiled today at CES 2017 in Las Vegas is this Autonomous Cabin Concept from Panasonic. Described as a 'next-generation…

CES2017: Faraday Future’s Tesla rival malfunctions during live demo

Chinese backed auto startup Faraday Future is hoping to take on electric car supremo Tesla with an intelligent electric vehicle. However, the car manufacturer was left red-faced when its driverless parking feature failed to work at CES 2017. The FF 91 is set to become the first car in production for Faraday Future, a company that only…

CES2017: Ford teams up with Amazon Alexa for in house and in car control

Ford and Amazon have teamed up to offer consumers the ability to access their car from their home, and call up other features from their vehicle via Alexa, Amazon’s cloud-based voice service. The Alexa integration will allow Ford owners to play and resume audiobooks, order items on Amazon, search for and transfer local destinations to…

CES2017: ASUS claims new ZenFone 3 Zoom has world’s best smartphone camera

Does the ZenFone3 Zoom, above, feature the world's best smartphone camera? At CES2017 ASUS has introduced two new Android smartphones, a new augmented and virtual reality ready model and a handset which the company claims boasts the world's best smartphone camera. Designed for photography and extended use, the ZenFone 3 Zoom…

CES2017: Ubtech introduces Alexa-powered Lynx robot

Above: Ubtech Robotics offers a range of fun robots, including a new model powered by Amazon's virtual assistant Is the age of the personalised robot edging closer? Certainly it would seem that way judging by the all the the robotics companies exhibiting at CES in Las Vegas this year. Chinese company…

Bosch start-up introduces $700 Kuri robot at CES2017

  Meet Kuri, a brand new robot from Bosch startup, Mayfield Robotics, who is one of several new robots making an appearance at this year's CES Show in Las Vegas. Kuri is designed to have a real personality, awareness, and autonomous mobility. He can understand context and surroundings, recognise specific people, provide companionship and more. Costing $699,…

CES2017: GE announces Drop Recipes partnership for smart kitchen

  Using the Drop Recipes app you can find the recipe you want and it will preheat the oven automatically A new partnership between appliance company GE and the Drop Recipes Apple iOS App will let customers find recipes on their smartphone and send commands to their oven to cook their…

Will self driving cars help disabled the most?

Study shows self driving cars help the disabled the most. Picture from Mobility Roadshow Vehicles fitted with autonomous technologies will bring most benefit to the personal mobility of the disabled (56%), the visually impaired (42%) and the elderly (30%), according to a survey of the British public conducted by Nissan. Improved…

Top 5 drones under £100 – great fun for the holidays!

You don't need to spend a fortune to have fun over the festive season with a drone. Here are five models under £100 which you can take down your local park to perform tricks, take pictures and film footage from above. Many even offer High Definition video playback!  Chris Price reports 1. Husban X4 H107D…

10 Secret Santa gifts for your friends and family for under £10

It’s official: Secret Santa is no longer just a treat for the office! A new survey reveals that, while most are based in the workplace, almost a quarter of Secret Santas in the UK now take place among friends, and one in five families do them too. But the shift from work to home (or…

COMPETITION: 5 EuroSport Player subs to give away for 2017

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. As well as being able to watch any match…

Review: Blink smart home security and alert system from £109.99

Name: Blink home monitoring system Type: Smart home security and monitoring system (pictured above) Specs: Click here for full specs Price: From £109.99 (two camera system tested is £189.99) US company Blink has been around as the producer of video and imaging chipsets for high definition TVs for quite some time. However, it's only recently…

BBC VR films highlight fire dangers and Syrian migrant crisis

A new BBC VR film depicting a terrifying Xmas Day fire was given its UK premiere today at the London Fire Brigade’s new pop-up museum in Lambeth today   It seems the BBC is well and truly embracing virtual reality (VR) with the announcement of two new VR productions today (14/12/16). We…

4G coverage better in Peru than Britain, says damning report from Lord Adonis

Paddington Bear could get better 4G reception in his home country of Peru than at the London station which he's named after Britain has worse mobile internet coverage than Romania, Albania and Peru and suffers from vast 'digital deserts', a report has found. Lord Andrew Adonis, who led the investigation, told…

Vinyl revival continues – but let’s all get a grip!

People buying vinyl for Christmas presents, such as the lovely Kate Bush's Before The Dawn live album, are giving the revived format a massive lift It's a great story. A format back from the virtual dead. How often do you get to say that? Yesterday the BBC reported the shock news that…

Currys PC World reports Black Friday sales up 40% on last year

Seems that Black Friday is working for some electrical retailers (what you mean it's Black Friday today, you should've mentioned it!). At least it seems to be working well for Currys PC World which his reporting its highest ever number of orders, up 40% on 2015, with over half a million visitors to the website pre-6am…

Xmas 2016: Top 10 tablets for kids and adults under £100

Looking for a cheap tablet this Xmas? Don't want to spend a fortune on the Apple iPad. Then you really have two options - either get an Amazon or get an Android tablet (there are also Windows tablets of course, but most of these like the Surface Pro 4 are hybrid devices which can also…

Review: Proofcam RAC 03 rearview mirror video dashcam

Name: Proofcam RAC 03 Type: Rearview Mirror Video Dashcam Specs: Click here for full specs Price: £159.99 British company Proofcam manufactures a wide range of dashcams, including several models for vehicle breakdown service, the RAC. Here we look at the flagship model in the RAC range, the RAC 03. Unlike most dashcams which attach to…

Hive expands connected home range with Active Plug and Window, Door sensors

Complementing the Active Heating System (centre) are the Hive Active Plug and Window/Door Sensors You probably know Hive best for the connected home system that enables you to take control of your heating and hot water remotely using your smartphone. It's been around for around three years now but is steadily…

Detroit Motor Show: Audi h-tron quattro concept Hydrogen Car unveiled

Unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show, this is the beautiful looking Audi h-tron quattro concept. A hydrogen-powered SUV, the h-tron quattro is closely related to Audi's e-tron quattro all electric concept car, first showcased at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Apart from displaying the possibilities of fuel cell technology, the concept SUV boasts an impressive 600 km…

CES 2016: Legendary Technics SL-1200 Direct-Drive turntable makes a comeback

Technics 1200 turntable is due for comeback Nearly six years since Panasonic took the decision to stop producing the legendary SL-1200 turntable, parent company Panasonic has announced at CES in Las Vegas it is to produce a limited edition 50th anniversary model to debut this summer with the production of 1,200…

2015: Year of phablets, mobile apps and emojis, says Flurry

'Phablets' like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, above, witnessed massive growth in 2015 After tracking 3.2 trillion sessions over the course of 2015, Yahoo-owned analytics company Flurry has revealed overall mobile app usage rose by 58% during the year with personalisation apps witnessing the biggest growth of 344%. Meanwhile phablets - large…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Picture gallery from European Premiere

Scroll down to see images from the European Premiere of the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens below. All images courtesy of Image.net. LONDON, UK - DECEMBER 16: Warwick Davis and BB8 attend the European Premiere of the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens in London on December 16,…

First look: Tech Digest reviews the latest 2016 Jaguar XF S

The new 2016 Jaguar XF S. Surprisingly sleek and sporty but somehow lacking the panache of Jags from yesteryear When I was a child I loved Jaguars. There was something quite beautiful about the curved lines and the super long bonnet of models like the Mark II (driven by Inspector Morse)…

Review: Hive 2 heating/hot water control system from British Gas

Designed by design entrepreneur Yves Behar from Fuseproject, the new Hive 2 display looks beautiful I've had the British Gas heating control system for quite a while now, since April 2013 in fact when it was first introduced. See our review here. Back then it was called simply enough the British…

Review: Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380C web tablet

Name: Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380C Type: Web Tablet Specs: Click here for full specs Price: From £99 ASUS (officially pronounced ASOOS) may not be a brand you've heard too much about. But over the last few years it has become reasonably well established in the web tablet market, thanks largely to its collaboration with Google…

4K TV Review: Polaroid Series 6 HD Smart 3D LED 65in TV, £1099

Polaroid has launched two cut price, Ultra High Definition (UHD) or 4K TVs. Available exclusively at Asda, Stuart O'Connor reviews the larger 65inch model and asks whether it is worth the money If you've never experienced a big-screen television before, then prepare to be gobsmacked. because the first thing that you notice when you unbox…

Sensors working overtime: Bosch’s big plans for the Internet of Things

Tech Digest's Chris Price visited Bosch’s recently opened Research and Development Facility near Stuttgart, Germany to see how the latest sensors are shaping the Internet of Things (iOT) revolution Think Bosch and what comes to mind? Probably one of the company’s dishwashers or maybe its range of popular power tools. But actually the German company,…

Aurabox launches Bluetooth speaker with LED light and smart light bulb, Aurabulb

Two new products from Divoom (no I've never heard of them either, but these products looks interesting). First off is the AuraBox, a Bluetooth speaker with added light functionalities (pictured above). It's available from Amazon priced at £69.99. Featuring an integrated LED light board, the AuraBox can be used to create fun light themes alongside listening…

VW’s Audi and Porsche unveil electric cars at Frankfurt motor show

Audi's e-tron quattro concept car was unveiled in Germany. The manufacturer claims a range of 500 kilometres. Is Tesla about to have a rival in the luxury electric car market? Volkswagen's two premium flagship brands, Audi and Porsche, unveiled battery-powered sports cars at the Frankfurt auto show on Monday. Although neither…

Ted Baker & Quella launch these beautiful racer bikes from £1995

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" colour from £1995. The stylishly retro bicycles feature a unique copper-plated design over a fine steel…

#IFA2015 Sengled introduces smart lighting solution

Sengled, a manufacturer of innovative smart lighting solutions for the smart home, has announced a new product at IFA in Berlin. The Sengled Element is an LED light that be controlled remotely using the dedicated app. It operates using the ZigBee standard, making it possible to program important lighting functions. In addition, users can also monitor…

#IFA15 Medion launch first 6inch phablet X6001 and 4G phone, the X5020

Officially launched at IFA in Berlin, Medion's first phablet, the Medion X6001 (pictured above), is now available from the Medion UK webshop and through selected online and retail partners for £250. The Medion X6001 features Android™ 5.1, Lollipop and boasts a 2.0 GHz octa-core processor and 2 GB of RAM. The slim 7.9 mm phablet has a…

Germany’s Gigaset unveils 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…

OnePlus 2 to launch on August 11th – and it looks very promising

The OnePlus One smartphone was undoubtedly one of the most talked about mobile phones of 2014, becoming the smartphone of choice for those power users who were after a premium Android phone for a fraction of the cost of a Samsung model. However, there was just one problem: getting hold of one. Originally Chinese firm OnePlus used…

BBC micro:bit computer – free to every year 7 child in UK from October

The BBC has unveiled the micro:bit, a pocket-sized codeable computer (pictured above) with built-in motion detection, compass and Bluetooth technology, which is to be given free to every child in year 7 or equivalent across the UK from October. That's approximately 1 million units. A collaboration between 29 partners, including Lancaster University,  Barclays, Samsung and The…

5 things to expect from Apple WWDC15, including iOS9, OS X 10.11

Taking place from June 8-12 in San Francisco, Apple’s WWDC sees its developer community come together to learn about the future of iOS and OS X. WWDC features more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers,  hands-on labs, and the Apple Design Awards. Here are a few things you can expect from the developers conference. 1.  iOS…

Google to add ‘buy button’. More announcements at I/O developer conference to follow

Google's I/O developer conference starts this morning in California and we're expecting some pretty big announcements including Android M 6.0, the breaking out of Google+'s Photos app into a standalone entity, new Android Wear hardware, a new Chromecast, and perhaps some news about Google's VR initiative. However, the big news that's broken already is that Google is…

Wireless charging so your mobile doesn’t run out of juice

Running out of battery when you need it most is one of the common annoyances for smart phone and tablet users. Fonesalesman (yes it's a rubbish name isn't it?) has two new wireless chargers,the QiStone+ and the WoodPuck, which have been designed to alleviate the problem. Both these slim wireless receivers feature Qi wireless charging capabilities…

Two in five of us walk around with broken smartphones

Must admit wherever I go I see people trying to look at information on their smartphone which is covered in cracks. And I wonder how can they do that without getting it fixed (having said that there's a growing crack in my car windscreen that I haven't had fixed yet so maybe I shouldn't throw…

Misfit upgrades its smart sleep monitor, Beddit Smart

Want to monitor just how efficiently you are sleeping? Of course you do. Misfit has announced an upgrade to its sleep monitor and mobile app, Misfit Beddit Smart and Beddit 2.0. With the new version, smart-measuring functionality enables users to measure sleep automatically with no interaction required at all. This makes collecting long-term sleep data a…

LG G4 now available to buy at Carphone Warehouse 

         LG’s newest flagship smartphone, the LG G4, is now available to buy from Carphone Warehouse. The UK’s largest mobile retailer is stocking the brand new handset in Black Leather exclusively, from £35 per month with no upfront cost.  The latest LG device, also available in Brown and Grey, boasts a premium…

Optoma announces next generation LED projector, HD91+

  1080p LED technology Full lens shift, wide 1.9x zoom and throw ratio: 1.5 to 2.89:1 Full CMS+ for calibration precision 20,000 hours lifespan for LEDs Near instantaneous on/off The next generation of Optoma’s award-winning HD91 LED home cinema projector, the HD91+, has just been unveiled. The new HD91+ takes the design of the HD91, but…

6 things you need to know about the new Sony Xperia Z3+

Sony quietly launched its latest Sony Xperia Z3+ yesterday. Here are 6 things you need to know about the new (and only slightly improved) flagship model: 1. The Xperia Z3+ has the same height and width dimensions as its predecessor (146mm x 72mm), but is thinner than the Z3 (6.9mm as opposed to 7.3mm). It…

Sphero launches Darkside connected toy – Ollie’s mischievous alter-ego!

Connected toy company Sphero has announced its latest toy Darkside is now available on Firebox for £99.99. Billed as mischievous alter-ego of Ollie, which launched last Autumn, Darkside is the first toy in the Sphero family designed with a personality and brought to life through the app experience and physical toy animations. The user becomes acquainted with…

EE promises world’s largest festival mobile charging operation at Glastonbury

Hopefully you shouldn't have to worry about running out of juice at this year's Glastonbury Festival as EE has signed up for its third year as the official technology and communications partner with what it promises is the world’s largest festival mobile phone charging operation. EE is providing two Power Bar Exchange points on site this…

Monster introduces floating speaker – perfect for swimming pool parties

At first I thought they must be pulling my leg. But it seems that a floating speaker is actually a thing. Well it is now. Called the SuperStar BackFloat, this high-performance floatable – and portable – speaker is of course waterproof and is available with a black finish embellished with a choice of neon blue or…

Olloclip launches Active Lens to improve iPhone 6 and 6 Plus digital photography

Works with all photo and video apps including Instagram, Facebook, VSCO, Periscope and Apple’s built-in camera app Lightweight design works on both front and rear-facing iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cameras Switch between lenses in seconds with no extra parts needed Glass optics  Wearable pendants keep the lenses instantly accessible  It might not turn…

Denon adds waterproof speaker HEOS1 to wireless speaker range

Hi-fi company Denon has added two new products to its wireless multi-room systems.The portable HEOS 1 wireless speaker is the first product in the series intended for both indoor and outdoor use whileThe HEOS 1 Go accessory pack extends the usability and features of the HEOS 1 for consumers who want to take their music…

ReVault seeks funding for world’s first wearable cloud from Indiegogo

Hardly a day goes by without a new tech company looking for crowdfunding from Kickstarter or Indiegogo. But here's one that caught our eye. Billed as the world's first wearable private cloud it's essentially a watch that can store all your files from various devices without having to be connected to the internet. Potentially perfect…

House hunters value space for tech gadgets above friends and family

When it comes to picking a home to buy, it seems our gadgets are more important to us than our friends and family. Research from Yorkshire Building Society into house buyers’ likes and dislikes shows more people want space for electricals like big screen TVs than to be close to friends and family. Extra room for…

Carphone Warehouse announces 4G network, iD

Carphone Warehouse is set to  launch a new 4G network tomorrow (Tuesday 12th May) called iD. It claims to offer the best value 4G plans on the market with roaming covering 22 countries. Commenting on the launch, Graham Stapleton, UK CEO at Carphone Warehouse, said: “iD gives increased flexibility and value to customers who are getting…

Elon Musk’s Tesla unveils Powerwall – batteries to power the home

Want to be able to power your home in the event of a blackout? US electric carmaker Tesla Motors has unveiled batteries that can power homes and businesses as it attempts to expand its business beyond electric cars. Chief executive Elon Musk announced the firm would build batteries that store solar energy and serve as…

Why did Twitter open up direct messaging to everyone?

The big news last night that Twitter is changing the way that it works, so that users can DM each other, even if they're not following each other. Don't worry - it looks like you'll be able to opt out of the functionality, but it does seem like a strange decision for a company that…

Android Wear gets native wifi support, gesture controls and more

Google has announced a big software update for Android Wear adding a bunch of new features. In what we're sure isn't a coincidence, this news comes just days from the launch of the Apple Watch. According to TechCrunch, Wear is getting native wifi support, so that your watch can connect directly, rather than via bluetooth…

How can you be as successful as Elon Musk? Why not ask his ex-wife?

Quora is a fun platform for interesting questions and answers. If you've never used it, basically imagine Reddit but where all of the questions are almost exclusively about how aeroplanes work, why President Obama is great, and how to be as successful as a technology billionaire. This falls into the latter. One user asked "How…

Google changing its search algorithms to prioritise mobile websites

Websites that haven't kept up with the times could be about to see a huge drop in traffic, as Google is to change its search algorithms to prioritise websites that work well on phones and tablets. According to Phys.org, the new formula won't change for users searching on desktops and laptops - but websites that…

Urban wind turbine inventors scoop James Dyson Award

Young inventors from Lancaster University have won the international James Dyson Award for their innovative urban turbine which generates energy from multidirectional winds. Wind is unpredictable when passing through tall buildings in cities, making it tricky to generate renewable energy in the same way wind farms can in the country. Nicolas Orellana and Yaseen Noorani…

People turning to smart speakers such as Amazon Echo to ‘declutter’

  Amazon recently added the Echo Sub to its line-up (Amazon/PA) Users of smart speakers such as Amazon Echo and Google Home see the technology as a way to declutter and use fewer screens in their day-to-day lives, new research suggests. The number of people using intelligent voice-activated speakers has almost…

Facebook and Instagram using AI to detect drug dealers

Facebook and Instagram are starting to detect drug dealers trying to sell on the social networks with the help of artificial intelligence. Proactive detection technology will be used across the two platforms to look out for signs that someone is attempting to sell drugs, such as images, alongside prices, phone numbers or usernames for other…

Privacy concerns raised as Google absorbs DeepMind’s health tech unit

  (Peter Byrne/PA) Fresh concerns about patient data have been raised after Google announced plans to bring the health division of its DeepMind artificial intelligence company more closely under its control. The move means Google will manage the subsidiary’s Streams app, which processes NHS patient data to alert doctors if someone…

Black Friday set to be worth £10.4bn in the UK in 2018, says GlobalData

Black Friday sales are forecast to grow faster than the UK retail market in Q4 2018, as the promotional period draws in spend from before and after the event. Says Zoe Mills, Retail Analyst at GlobalData: “Spend during the Black Friday period accounted for 10.5% of Q4 spend. Growth will continue to slow year-on-year given the…

Stocktaking from the air – how Skoda is using Robodrones in its Czech factory

Stocktaking from the air – ŠKODA AUTO tests autonomous drone in logistics from ŠKODA VIMEO PRO on Vimeo. ŠKODA is currently testing advanced drone technology that can identify and count empty containers outside the factory from the air. The car manufacturer has collaborated with Czech specialists Robodrone to implement the first testing phase. The drone is equipped with LIDAR (light detection and ranging)…

Microsoft resumes Windows 10 October update after data loss problems

  Microsoft’s offices in south Dublin (Niall Carson/PA) Microsoft has re-released its latest Windows 10 update more than a month after data loss issues forced the company to halt the rollout. The Windows 10 October 2018 Update, which the tech giant introduced globally on October 2, was pulled a few days…

Huawei scoops four awards at EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2018

  The iPhone failed to win an award but Apple did take away victories in the Best Tablet/2-in-1 award and Best Smartwatch categories (Kirsty O’Connor/PA) Huawei has walked away with four awards at this year’s EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards, beating Apple and Samsung to the main Gadget of the Year prize.…