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  • Sony Xperia Z3 review: The no-frills flagship

    By Tony Ibrahim | 21 November, 2014 13:06

    Six months on and Sony has updated its flagship smartphone with the Z3. Not enough time has passed for the company to release a brand new device. In fact, it’s best to think of the Z3 as a ‘lite’ version of the widely praised Xperia Z2.

  • Huawei Ascend Mate7 review: Raising the phablet bar

    By Tony Ibrahim | 20 November, 2014 14:07

    Huawei has taken off the gloves with its Mate7 phablet. The 6-inch smartphone wraps a bevy of cutting-edge tech in a coat of metal armour and tops the recipe off with simplistic software inspired by none other than Apple.

  • Samsung's Galaxy Alpha review: A peek into the Galaxy S6

    By Tony Ibrahim | 11 November, 2014 09:24

    The DNA for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 nexts in the Galaxy Alpha. It is the first Samsung smartphone to have a metal chassis, and at 4.7-inches, it’s easier to use day in and day out.

  • Google Nexus 9 review: A powerful tablet made for everyone

    By Florence Ion | 04 November, 2014 06:31

    There are many wonderful things about Google's Nexus 9. Its 64-bit Tegra K1 processor is extremely powerful, its big hi-res display and front-facing speakers make it a mini entertainment theater, and its preloaded stock Android 5.0 is the most handsome version of the operating system to ever come out of Mountain View.

  • Nexus Player review: Google's third attempt at TV is a fine first draft

    By Jared Newman | 04 November, 2014 05:29

    It didn't take long for Google's Nexus Player to realize I was hooked on the Food Network.

  • Review: iMac with Retina 5K display is among Apple's brightest lights

    By Christopher Breen | 04 November, 2014 02:00

    Among the many new and improved technologies promoted by Apple, one of the most attractive has been the "Retina display." This is a marketing term rather than a technical one and refers to displays with a pixel density where individual pixels are indiscernible to the human eye. You see it touted for iOS devices as well as Apple's MacBook Pros. Like much of Apple's marketing, it's catchy and appealing to those who'd prefer to not dig deeper. However, there are occasions when the term just won't do--particularly when Apple wants to boast about the specific number of pixels that a display houses. Such is the case with the $2,500 iMac with Retina 5K display. And it wants to boast for good reason. The display is stunning.

  • Hands on with Microsoft Band: It's awkward and inaccurate, but stuffed with features

    By Jon Phillips | 04 November, 2014 01:32

    I've never worn an ankle bracelet like the one Lindsay Lohan had to wear while under house arrest. But after two days testing the Microsoft Band, I think I may have an idea of how constricting and confining those electronic monitors might be.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review: The busiest, biggest and best Samsung phablet

    By Tony Ibrahim | 03 November, 2014 15:24

    Samsung has added metal, a 1440p screen and a fast charge battery to its fourth generation Note. The subtle changes make a profound difference.

  • Hands on: The new 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display shows stunning detail

    By Susie Ochs | 17 October, 2014 09:07

    We live in a high-resolution world--our phones have been shooting HD video for years, and 4K-capable cameras are finally within reach of regular consumers. And now Apple's new iMac with Retina 5K display will let you push those pixels with maximum efficiency. With a native resolution of 5120x2880 pixels, this iMac shows a ridiculous amount of detail in everything you look at.

  • Nikon D3300 review: Solid compact DSLR for beginner and pro alike

    By Melissa J. Perenson | 15 October, 2014 00:00

    The Nikon D3300 offers a pleasing set of features for newbies as well as power users, especially given its relatively low price and compact size.

  • Sony Alpha a58 review: A feature-packed entry-level DSLR great for beginners

    By Melissa J. Perenson | 14 October, 2014 23:51

    When it first came out last year, the Sony Alpha a58 was aimed at the middle ground between newcomers to DSLRs and more advanced enthusiasts. It replaced two previous models from Sony, and its healthy selection of features reflected the range of its intended audience.

  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus: An in depth review

    By Tony Ibrahim | 30 September, 2014 14:24

    Apple is taking the fight to Samsung with its first large screen smartphone, the inimitable iPhone 6 Plus. It brings Apple’s famed iOS 8 software to a vibrant 5.5-inch screen, but we fear somewhere along the way the iPhone lost its magic.

  • Apple iPhone 6: In-depth review

    By Tony Ibrahim | 26 September, 2014 17:04

    Rivals usurping market share have pushed Apple to dig deep and do something it's only done once in seven years: increase the size of its iPhone's screen. Even with the face lift, the iPhone introduces nothing new to the smartphone market and little else to Apple's existing users. And it doesn't matter.

  • Hands on with the new BlackBerry Passport smartphone

    By Al Sacco | 25 September, 2014 00:40

    BlackBerry has officially announced pricing and availability details for its new Passport smartphone, which was previously unveiled and detailed through a variety of blog posts on the company's Inside BlackBerry blog. (Specific pricing and availability information can be found at the end of this post.)

  • Epson Expression Premium XP-520 review: $US130 printer delivers beautiful output and surprisingly affordable ink

    By Jon L. Jacobi | 08 September, 2014 23:10

    If something does what it does really, really well, and doesn't cost you and arm and a leg, you tend to forgive, or even forget its foibles. That's what you have with Epson's new Expression Premium XP-520 color inkjet multifunction, which offers copy/scan/print capabilities for $130. The output from its five-ink Claria system is so good, it's easy to overlook its squinty little display and less-than-intuitive controls. And, get this: You can print a four-color page for 12.5 cents. Not as cheap as a business inkjet, but practically unheard-of cheap for a low-volume, low-cost multifunction.

  • Lenovo C260: This inexpensive all-in-one PC performs more like a tablet

    By Yardena Arar | 20 August, 2014 23:34

    The best all-in-one PCs bundle solid desktop features in a sleek display--no unsightly tower required. But because they include a display, they often cost a lot more than traditional desktops, a problem Lenovo seeks to address with its C260 all-in-one, a 19.5-incher which goes for $480 (Amazon was selling this model for $450 as of this writing).

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S (10.5) 4G review

    By Tony Ibrahim | 13 August, 2014 13:11

    Samsung's flagship tablet leads the market with a stunning display and adds an innovative finger scanner to the everyday slate. Almost everything about the Tab S is perfect. Almost.

  • Toshiba Encore 2 review: This Windows 8 tablet goes easy on your wallet

    By Michelle Mastin | 13 August, 2014 23:26

    Microsoft sparked a race to the bottom with the introduction of Windows 8.1 with Bing. And Toshiba cut the bottom out of the bottom line with its Encore 2 series, bringing Windows tablets down to the price of mainstream Android tablets. The 10-inch version reviewed here will set you back just $270, and the smaller 8-inch version costs just $200.

  • Aiia SSSSSpeaker: Cheap and cheerful BT audio

    By Mark Gibbs | 08 August, 2014 22:40

    The people at a company called aiia (their Web site loads insanely slowly) out of the Ukraine pitched me the SSSSSpeaker (yes, that's how they spell it, it's not a a typo), billed as the world's smallest Bluetooth speaker, and sent me a unit.

  • Amazon Fire Phone deep-dive review: Two weeks with a weird device

    By JR Raphael | 06 August, 2014 23:22

    You can now buy almost anything from Amazon -- including a phone made by the retailer itself.

 

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