YouTube's 10 greatest mistakes
Once the home of video online, has YouTube lost its way?
Given its giant head start over the rest of the field, YouTube should probably be the dominant force in online video. Yet in 2014 it is in very real danger of becoming an afterthought. Despite the Google-owned platform's enduring and vast share of global web traffic, it's innovative, forward-thinking and fearless platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus, Sky Go and the BBC iPlayer which are dominating the discussion around video streaming. Meanwhile YouTube drifts further and further out of the conversation. Continue reading...
How your smartphone is made
Faraday cages, drop tests and fake pockets
It's all very well sniping from the sidelines when a new phone comes out. It's too big, too plasticky, too Apple-y... most of us are guilty of shirking a handset without thinking about the months, sometimes years, of R&D that's packed into every device - from the cheapest feature phones to the most premium of handsets. Continue reading...
Why 3D audio on Netflix will cement the internet as the home of 4K
May on 4K
Netflix's claims that 4K is the ideal format for the Internet age are sounding increasingly convincing by the day. The announcement that object-based 3D audio format Dolby Atmos is landing on home cinema receivers and processors from every major AV brand this year may at first glance not seem directly relevant to 4K, however it could prove hugely influential on how the format plays out, particularly with home cinema fans. This week's May on 4K
Android L: the 10 things you need to know
It's ahead of schedule, but we've already got an early look at Android L before it rolls out to the consumers properly - Google wants to attract the developers, and this is the way to do it. The Android development team didn't even say if this forthcoming update is to be considered Android 4.5 or the full 5.0 update. But on the plus side, there are still a lot of new features, big visual changes and clever tweaks added to Google's latest refresh to get excited about. Read more about Android L
BMW-GoPro camera app makes video easy at 155mph
Control your GoPro using your car dash
In-car apps sound like a great idea but they're usually little more than gimmicks. Now, though, GoPro and BMW have teamed up to create an in-car camera-control app that's genuinely a little bit awesome. In fact, it makes capturing video even in extreme conditions like 150mph-plus on the German autobahn easy and safe. Well, relatively speaking. It doesn't hurt that our first taste of the app comes courtesy of BMW's epic new M3 super saloon and thousands of miles across Europe (keep your scanners peeled for an in-depth look at the M3 on TechRadar soon). GoPro recording in BMW's latest road weapon at 150mph? Oh, go on then.
Withings has got it right: wearables should be something you want to wear
If you don't want to wear it, a smartwatch is worthless
It's often said that smartphones are driven by fashion, but that isn't really true. There are trends, of course, such as the current vogue for gold. But ultimately if a phone's good enough and doesn't actually frighten small children you won't care too much what it looks like, because you're either using it or it's in your pocket or bag. Wearables are different, and watches especially so. That's why Withings' approach is so impressive. If you look at the Activité, Withings has taken a really beautiful watch design and added a bit of technology.
Best sat nav 2014
Could the car sat nav boast the shortest lifespan of any technology yet? Surely our GPS-supporting phones are more than capable of handling our daily car sat nav needs? Settle down, buckle up and get ready for a whizz around the current state of the sat nav industry. Here are the top 13 options to help you get from A to B, arranged in order of their market prices. Best sat nav 2014
Android L vs Android 4.4 - what's new?
Does Android L still pack sweet treats?
Head of Android Sundar Pichai took to the stage at Google IO 2014 to deliver one of the biggest overhauls of Android yet - a whole new look and some big changes under the hood too. Sadly, it's only a peek at the new OS, as Google tries to appease manufacturers who think launching new versions of Android later in the year ruins plans to get the new platform on handsets for the holidays... but there's still enough to get worked up over. Get the lowdown
MacOS through the ages: a visual guide
An Apple family photo album
When you're busy making photo books in iPhoto, browsing the web in Safari, or preparing rich, beautifully laid-out documents in Pages, it's easy to forget about the operating system that powers your Mac. It's just… there, isn't it? It's such a fundamental part of your Mac that lots of people understandably struggle to even really know what an operating system is. Without one, though, your Mac would just be a pretty but utterly useless collection of metal, plastic and silicates, so let's take a moment to honour the Mac's operating system. MacOS through the ages
LG G3 review
The LG G3 is a great smartphone – like its predecessor, if you're after power and precision, perhaps over design and form, then this is a winner. The camera and battery combo is sure to win some hearts, and the improved user interface both will attract new users and give relief to those that were put off by the clutter on the G2. However, I think something was lost in design in making the backplate removable – I feel that unibody designs just feel better in the hand thanks to being more solid, and I miss that from the G2. LG G3 review
Veho Vecto 360
The Veho Vecto 360 is a wireless Bluetooth speaker with a unique selling point: it's rainproof. Not a bad idea for a travel speaker to be impervious to a bit of rain, actually, so it's surprising that there aren't more out there like it. If you've not heard of Veho before, it's a UK company that's just signed a deal to become Southampton FC's new club sponsor, so you'll probably see the logo around a bit more from now on if you're a footy fan. Veho Vecto review
Panasonic Lumix FZ1000
Panasonic is clearly pitching the FZ1000 against the Sony RX10 and it certainly gives it a good run for its money. It may be a little larger and not have quite such a high-quality feel, but the lens is a 25-400mm equivalent rather than a 24-200mm optic, albeit with an f/2.8-4.0 maximum aperture rather than a fixed f/2.8. Our lab results also indicate that the Panasonic camera outperforms the Sony model, but there's not a huge amount in it and both models produce high quality images in the real world. Panasonic FZ1000 review