Posts By Gabrielle Pickard

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Nokia returns with N1 Android tablet

By Gabrielle Pickard,

Nokia is back and is back in style! Being a product that marks the former phone giant’s return to consumer electronics, naturally the announcement that Nokia is releasing an Android tablet is causing quite a stir. Sites as diverse as… Read article

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Going full circle with the Ricoh Theta M15 

By Gabrielle Pickard,

It might look like a colourful ladies’ razor, the kind of thing you’d use as a stocking filler to bulk out your missus’ presents on Christmas Day. You’d be grossly mistaken. This simple-looking device is capable of capturing a spherical… Read article

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Blackberry Passport: are looks all that matter?

By Gabrielle Pickard,

It’s big. Its corners are concisely squared. It’s got a large touch screen and a prominent touch-enabled keyboard. It certainly doesn’t sound like the wave of bendy, rounded, dainty and miniscule smartphones that have been released onto the market recently…. Read article

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Galaxy Note Edge: curves in all the right places?

By Gabrielle Pickard,

“A superb-looking handset that offers something brand-new in the market. Let’s hope Samsung doesn’t make the Note Edge a limited edition,” were the words of Tech Radar. Considering that when a new and wildly anticipated device enters the market it… Read article

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Neato Botvac robotic vacuum cleaners: What the critics think

By Gabrielle Pickard,

It’s uncanny how a manufacturer of vacuum cleaners either wittingly or unwittingly gave a new verb to the English speaking world to describe the chore of vacuuming. “Hoover up” became the chosen verb, rather than “Dyson up” or “Numatic the… Read article

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Streaming high with the new Parrot Bebop Drone

By Gabrielle Pickard,

American citrus farmers are flying drones over their crops in order to check harvests for ripeness. Estate agents are taking enticing air videos to show to would-be customers. Roof inspections can be carried out by drones, saving time, money and… Read article

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Humax STA-1200 BSW: The “world slimmest soundbar”

By Gabrielle Pickard,

Humax, a UK provider of specialist digital set-top boxes, has entered the audio market, launching what the company claims to be the “world’s slimmest” soundbar. The STA-1200 BSW is a compact and stylish soundbar, which, according to the Humax press… Read article

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Smart locks – threatening keys into extinction?

By Gabrielle Pickard,

It’s true, keys are so last year. ITProPortal says it and so do we. The savvy way to lock your home and remain secure is with a smart lock. With a couple of taps on your smartphone or the click of a… Read article

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Oculus Rift “Crystal Cove”: What the critics are saying

By Gabrielle Pickard,

“Of all the exciting, innovative products we’ve seen at CES this year, the Oculus Rift “Crystal Cove” prototype is unquestionably the best of the best,” Engadget, January 2014. When you consider the international CES is the biggest annual consumer electronics and… Read article