Why you should be knee-deep in PS4 indies right now

Sony PS4 review

Don't lament the lack of triple-As

You're frustrated. All this firepower, and not all that much to let it loose upon. The Killzone Shadow Falls and Infamous: Second Sons are out there, but they're hardly coming thick and fast. You feel like you bought a Bugatti Veyron just before the government changed the national speed limit to 6 MPH. You're vocalising that pain all over the internet, every time a positive review of a 2D indie goes live. Every time a 16-bit game gets announced on the PlayStation blog. I think I even saw a comment trashing Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition on an article about Russia's occupation of Crimea. I know it hurts. I know you don't want to hear this right now. But you're doing it wrong

Amazon Fire TV: UK release date, news and features

Amazon Fire TV review

The Amazon set-top-box is here

Amazon is entering the set-top box game after its main competitors, but it seems to be doing so with great purpose. At the very least, it is apparent that the retailer was not waiting, it was watching. Almost every aspect of the Fire TV improving or refines the aspects of the Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast that currently vex consumers. As a powerhouse retailer, I can only imagine that Amazon has put the reams of customer data it is privy to have to heavy use. Hands on: Amazon Fire TV review

How Google rescued us from a life of Hotmail

Google under fire over Gmail privacy questions

10 years on, Gmail is a force to be reckoned with

In 2004, anyone with 2MB of online storage thought they were pretty hot stuff - so when Google announced a free web-based email service with a staggering 1 gigabyte of storage, everybody looked at the date - April 1 - and figured it was an April Fool joke. Some joke. Today, Gmail is the world's favourite email system - it blasted past the previous winner, Hotmail, in 2012 - and it continues to offer the familiar combination of a fairly horrible interface (on the web, at least. The Android version looks great) and massive amounts of free storage. Continue reading...

Readly review

Readly review

Spotify for magazines is here

If the magazines you want are in the catalogue, Readly is fantastic value for money: you only need to read a few magazines each month to justify the price and if you're a magazine junkie you'll save a fortune. Is it the future? Hmmmm. While it's nice to save money, Readly is a new price on a fairly old idea: it's really just a pretty image viewer. That's fine, but digital magazines can be so much more. Readly review

Why hydrogen is a silly solution to the future of car fuels

Why hydrogen is a silly solution to the future of car fuels

Synthetic hydrocarbons are the answer

There's good reason to think the world may need an alternative to oil when it comes to fuelling cars. But if we do, hydrogen is a silly idea. Instead, synthetic carbon-neutral hydrocarbons are a far better solution. They're not as sexy, not as futuristic as hydrogen. But they deliver on the key environmental objectives and add cheapness and ease of implementation into the bargain. Here's why

iOS 8: new features coming to your iPhone

iOS 8 release date, news and rumors

Everything you need to know about the upcoming OS

iOS 7.1 has only just launched but already we're itching for iOS 8 and we're not alone, as rumors of what the new version of Apple's OS might include have started circulating. Enough have dropped for us to start to get an idea of what form iOS 8 might take, so without further ado here's what we've heard so far.

20 essential add-ons for Chrome, Firefox and IE

Supercharge your browser: 20 essential add-ons for Chrome, Firefox and IE

Supercharge your web browser

There are so many plugins, add-ons, extensions and toolbars available for the major browsers that it can be tempting to simply ignore them all in favour of a easy, uncluttered life. Yet many of these add-ons can be incredibly useful, providing better integration with your favourite web services and plugging gaps in your browser's functionality. To save you the chore of wading through the Google Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer extension galleries, we've picked out 20 of the very best utilities you can get your hands on, and they're all free to use. If you have any plugins of your own to recommend, do let us know in the comments. Supercharge your browser

Panasonic TZ60/ZS40 review

Panasonic TZ60 / ZS40 review

Flagship compact camera arrives and it's better than ever

Panasonic's TZ series started the trend for cameras aimed specifically at travellers and holidaymakers and it has been held in high regard. The compact camera market has been tough over recent years and manufacturers have put more effort into creating feature-rich models that compete with the TZ line. However, Panasonic has thought carefully about how to improve on the TZ40 for the TZ60 and it is an excellent camera as a result. It has options that will appeal to novices as well as more experienced photographers, along with features that make it a versatile camera that's ideal for taking on trips either for business or pleasure. The camera's huge zoom range provides a focal length range that many SLR photographers would wish for, making it ideal for shooting a wide range of subjects, from interiors to landscape and portraits to distant details. In addition, the viewfinder is a major bonus, making it easier to compose images in some situations.

Panasonic TZ60 / ZS40 review

How Evernote became the elephant in 90 million rooms

How Evernote became the elephant in 90 million rooms

Even Buddhist monks are getting on on it

There's been a few famous elephants over the years - from Dumbo's big-eared protagonist to the star of that 90s Rolo commercial. California-based Evernote's logo, a grey elephant, is perhaps the most recognised trunk-toting mammal among fans of cloud-based productivity software in 2014. More than 90 million people now use the company's digital writing and archiving service, which lets you store, organise and sync text-based 'notes' and other media across desktop and mobile devices. Not bad for an elephant that's lousy at circus tricks

Cortana: everything you need to know

Cortana

Microsoft's Siri rival is coming

We knew Cortana was coming, but we didn't expect her to keep her codename: in the Halo games Cortana is an artificial intelligence that goes wrong. It's a sign of Microsoft's current confidence that such things don't seem to matter: when Joe Belfiore asked Cortana whether she liked her name and appearance at this week's Build 2014, she replied that she resembled a halo — and she did it in a voice that sounded awfully like Jen Taylor, who plays Cortana in the video game. So what is Cortana, and what can she do for you?

Hands on with Windows 8.1 Update 1

Windows 8.1 Update 1: hands on with Microsoft's latest Windows update

The update for keyboard and mouse users

Microsoft bet on touch with Windows 8, and while the company claims customer satisfaction with touch devices running the OS is higher than folks using non-touch Windows 7 computers, there's a large and vocal sector of the PC population still miffed at the radical change of focus. With Windows 8.1 Update 1, Microsoft is holding hat in hand, hoping to make amends with that alienated group. Who are these forgotten folk, you ask? Why, none other than mouse and keyboard aficionados, of course. Windows 8.1 Update 1

Roku Streaming Stick review

Roku Streaming Stick

A Chromecast clone with more apps and a remote control

The Roku Streaming Stick is a cinch to plug into any spacious enough HDMI port now that it doesn't require an MHL-compatible TV. From now on a "Roku Ready" HDTV just means having a TV with an ordinary HDMI port thanks to this more compatible version of the device. It's not quite as affordable as the Chromecast, but it has more of the apps that people want right now, including Amazon Instant Video. That's significant because Amazon often has cheaper HD movie rentals than other services. It's an app you won't find on either Chromecast or Apple TV. There are a number of new streaming devices out right now, but the the Roku Streaming Stick stands as the most efficient way to make a normal HDTV into a smart TV without springing for a pricier set-top box. At least until the Google Chromecast app list is able to catch up. Roku Streaming Stick review

Canon 1200D review

Canon 1200D

Excellent value entry-level DSLR

Probably the most interesting thing about the new EOS 1200D is the accompanying app for iOS and Android. That said, Nikon offers something similar in its D3300 directly in the camera, so some may find it a little frustrating that you have to download something extra to be guided through the camera and its key functionality. The tutorials and challenges are more interesting though, but that's something which could be used by any camera user, not just those who are working with the 1200D, so it's not particular to this model. Canon 1200D review