Apple reveals HomePod smart speaker

Apple has announced a voice-activated loudspeaker powered by its virtual assistant Siri. Like devices by Amazon and Google, Apple’s HomePod speaker can respond to questions and control smart home gadgets such as lights. Analysts say Apple has been slow to improve its Siri virtual assistant and launch a smart speaker, after Amazon launched its Echo […]


Huawei defeats Samsung in patent battle in China

The Chinese smartphone-maker Huawei has won a patent victory over its South Korean rival Samsung. A Chinese court in Quanzhou has ordered the Galaxy S8-maker to pay 80m yuan ($11.6m; £9.3m) to Huawei for infringing the firm’s smartphone cellular technologies. The two are also suing each other over patents in other courts. Huawei’s victory was […]


Sony launches phone with world’s first 4K HDR screen and superfast download speeds

Sony launched a smartphone with the world’s first 4K high dynamic range (HDR) screen, improved camera, and the ability to download large files at super-fast speeds, as it looks to stabilise profits in its once-struggling mobile division. The Xperia XZ Premium was unveiled on Monday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and marks Sony’s […]

Apple raises computer prices in UK

Apple has increased the prices of its laptop and desktop computers in the UK by hundreds of pounds. On Thursday, the company unveiled new Macbook Pro laptops, with prices similar to the US after currency conversion and addition of UK VAT. But the company also increased the prices of its older computer products, including the […]

Apple adds Touch Bar to MacBook Pro laptops

Apple has unveiled new high-end laptops that feature a thin interactive display above their keyboards and a fingerprint sensor. The firm says the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar provides software-specific commands that are more “intuitive” to use than the function keys it replaces. The announcement was not a surprise, however, because of an earlier leak. Apple […]