Sony Walkman at 35: looking back at the most iconic music player of all time

Sony Walkman at 35

Looking back at the most iconic music player of all time

Last week, the Sony Walkman turned 35 years old. The Walkman is, therefore just a year younger than I am, and I certainly feel like we've grown up together. Since the original Sony TPS-L2 was introduced in 1979, Sony has sold somewhere in the region of 220 million Walkmans, and it's still selling them today. I am not exaggerating when I say that the Walkman was the product that made Sony into a global name. If you weren't there, it's hard to explain just how much those of us who were lusted after the Walkman. From Sony's first models, through to that yellow one you could take in the shower, the Walkman range was THE gadget of the 80s and 90s, and we all wanted one like the kids want smartphones today. More, even. Happy birthday Sony Walkman: 35 today

Guardians of the Galaxy

Close encounters of the 3D kind

The resurgence of post-converted 3D

The process of converting 2D film to 3D movies has a reputation for turning out an inferior product - mainly because the first filmmakers to use this process made such a bad job of it. Clash of the Titans has been widely regarded as such a botch job (due to a studio's insistence on 3D and a director having no time to make the post production process work ) it was felt that true 3D was the only way forward for the technology. That was until James Gunn spoke out.

Android L vs iOS 8: what's different?

Android L vs iOS 8: what's different?

New OS versions go head to head

The battle for mobile's soul is raging and there are only two heavyweight platform contenders. Google's Android and Apple's iOS are getting better (and more similar) with every passing year. The latest incarnations, Android L and iOS 8, made their entrances at developer conferences, WWDC and Google I/O. Let's take a look at how they compare and work out whether Apple and Google are treading their own paths or starting to converge. Read all about it

Best TV 2014: what TV should you buy?

Best TV 2014: what TV should you buy?

Helping you buy the perfect TV for you since 2008

There has never been a better time to buy a new TV. Gone are the days when 32-inch TVs weighed 16 tonnes and cost £1,500. These days you can pick up a 50-inch LCD TV for closer to £300. LCD panel technology has well and truly matured, and while brands like Sony and Panasonic push the boundaries of performance, you'll also find names like Toshiba doing very exciting things in the budget TV sector. The practical upshot of this is that no matter what you're after, how big you want to go or how large your budget is, there's a perfect TV out there for you. So which one is right for you, your family and your living space? In this buying guide, we will walk you through everything you need to know about being a new TV. Best TV 2014

4K TV and Ultra HD: Everything you need to know

4K TV and Ultra HD: Everything you need to know

4K is the hottest buzz word in the tech world right now, and it's rewriting the rulebook when it comes to image quality. It affects not just the world of 4K TV and cinema, but also cameras and image capture, smartphones and tablets, computer monitors and PC games - practically anything that displays images or records video. 4K TV sets are now available from most of the major TV manufacturers, but they're merely the tip of a very cool technology iceberg. So what, we hear you ask, is 4K really all about? Continue reading...

13 best 32-inch TVs in the world today

Best 32-inch TVs

Let us help you choose the best 32-inch TV

Still going strong as we plunge headlong into the summer of 2014, the 32-inch TV is one of the most popular consumer electronics products in the UK. It was always the most popular TV size by far, mainly because many British living rooms can't physically take a TV much bigger than 32-inches in size. But in recent years as living rooms graduate to bigger sizes, 32-inches has become the de facto size option for a 'big' bedroom or secondary TV. Best 32-inch TVs