HTC One (M8)
HTC's done it again with stunning design and loads of power
Brand new and out this week, the HTC One (M8) is a brilliant smartphone with very few flaws. Its main strength is design, but we don't think that's a negative thing as many brands still seem keen to race on specs rather than attracting users when they wander into a shop to a buy something for two years (at a rather high price). If this isn't the smartphone of 2014, we're very, very excited to see what the competition will come up with as this handset strikes the perfect blend of design, performance and innovation without really compromising in any area. HTC One (M8) review
The path of the One!
Headline hits and flagship flops from HTC
The brand new HTC One is the eighth flagship Android handset in HTC's history, a series that goes all the way back to 2008 and the first phone to feature Android to go on sale in the UK. From the runaway hits of the Desire and Desire HD to the classy but niche HTC One, it's been a tumultuous ride for the manufacturer. Take a trip down memory lane with us as we remember how HTC got to where it is today. There's no mention of Robert Downey Jr., we promise. HTC through the ages
HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S5
Which flagship Android handset suits you best?
Samsung is the reigning heavyweight champion on the Android scene, and the Galaxy S5 looks like a return to form after the slightly disappointing S4. The Taiwanese contender has a proud Android pedigree and last year's HTC One was our pick of the smartphone bunch. The HTC One (M8) isn't the catchiest name we've ever heard, but even if the ungainly tag sticks, this is a beautiful-looking device. If any Android smartphone can mount a credible challenge to Samsung's dominance this year, it's got to be the HTC One (M8).
It's been out in the US for ages, but now it's hit the rest of the world
Chromecast is an inexpensive, easy-to-use way of accessing streaming on your TV. Netflix and catch-up TV are a reasonable start, but it needs a broader range. If it cost more, we'd say to hold off and wait to see if a wider array of apps appears, and that's probably true if you already have something that can stream common services, such as a PS3 or even an Apple TV. But at this price, Chromecast is fun enough, robust enough and has enough potential that we've no problems recommending it to anyone without a smart TV. Chromecast review
Sony's PS4 VR headset breaks cover
In mythology Morpheus is the god of dreams and in science-fiction he's the god of sweet leather trench coats, but at GDC 2014 Morpheus means Sony's virtual reality headset. Designed exclusively for the PlayStation 4 but still very much in beta mode, it could completely change console gaming, and give real merit to your loved ones' claims that you're ignoring them in favor of virtual worlds. Hands on: Project Morpheus review
Oculus Rift mkII
Crystal Cove is improved and ready for developers!
The latest version of the VR headset Oculus Rift is finally going out to developers. While the head tracking, 1080p Crystal Cove has been demoed since CES 2014, as of today it's available to developers for just US$350. That's US$50 more than the past developer kit, which contained a lower resolution Oculus headset and a control box. The new Oculus Rift development kit 2 has no control box – all the guts have been integrated into the headset itself, and the Rift has just a single cable - HDMI and USB woven together. Hands on: Oculus Rift review