Darren Millar

Editor Europe

30 something, ex-nightclub DJ. Currently loving technology. Smart home builder, Small Japanese car fan. Never owned an iPhone. Cat person.

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HTC’s new CEO admits lack of innovation – Were they right at the wrong time?

Oct 12th - In a recent TechCunch interview HTC’s new CEO Yves Maitre made a critical admission: “HTC has stopped innovating in the hardware of the smartphone, people like Apple, like Samsung and, most recently, Huawei, have done an incredible job investing in their hardware. We didn’t, because we have been investing in innovation on virtual reality.” “When …

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GPS tracking for your pets made easy and affordable.

Oct 8th - After the successful launch of their very first cat-specific GPS tracker CAT during CES at the beginning of the year, Tractive, the world market leader in GPS tracking for dogs and cats has debuted the next generation tracker for felines at this year’s IFA in Berlin, Germany. Feedback from several 10,000 of customers had helped …

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How to choose the right Smart Home Hub for your life style.

Oct 8th - If you are wrestling with the idea of setting up an automated, app-controlled smart home, but you have absolutely no idea where to start? Well Phandroid can help you. First thing to choose is your smart hub, hopefully we can break it down so you have a clearer idea of what suits your lifestyle best. …

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New safety feature allows parents to monitor their children’s online lives.

Oct 3rd - Panda Security, the multinational cyber-security company, today launches its new family safety feature, within its Panda Dome protection platform. Panda Dome Family is a new feature that offers new protection and monitoring functions for today’s families thanks to the parental control and supervision utilities. The monitoring tool lets parents with various parenting styles understand their …

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Is HTC’s mobile team finally settled and living its best life at Google HQ?

Oct 3rd - Google’s Pixel 4 is probably 2019’s most leaked phone, even Google themselves have been publishing snippets of design and functionality on twitter. The leaks don’t stop coming and at this point we know almost everything. However a render leak of the new colour “Oh so orange” as they are expected to the call it at …

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YouTube TV now available on Amazon Fire TV enabled devices

Sep 30th - YouTube TV is now available on Amazon’s Fire TV platform. Amazon announced in a blog post that the service is available now on a wide range of its streaming devices. It can also be found on “Fire TV Edition” smart TVs, which have the Fire TV operating system built in. The cost for YouTube TV …

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Samsung had one job and two attempts but the Galaxy Fold still isn’t right.

Sep 26th - Back in April 2019 we all know what happened. The structural integrity of the Galaxy Fold failed when some review units were sent to influencers and bloggers for review and they began using the device in real life scenarios. There were reports of blank screens, dead Pixel lines, that “not” screen protector thing that was …

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What’s new from Philips Hue?

Sep 26th - In early September 2019 at IFA in Berlin Philips Hue announced new smart home and lighting products, including an upgraded Hue Go, the Smart button, the Smart plug, and a selection of new Bluetooth and Edison style LED filament bulbs. I took a look at what was on offer and as a Philips Hue user …

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Philips Hue bulbs now support Bluetooth for a simplified experience.

Sep 26th - With the recent introduction of Philips Hue with Bluetooth, Philips Hue makes smart lighting even more accessible. Setting the mood in your room, whether you are hosting a dinner party or relaxing at the end of the day, is now as easy as screwing in a Hue light bulb with Bluetooth and tapping an app …

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Bring vintage style to your smart home with Philips Hue Filament Bulbs

Sep 26th - Signify the world leader in lighting, has unveiled its brand-new Philips Hue Filament collection, perfect for those who want to bring vintage style to their smart home. I’ve been a fan of Edison style bulbs for years, but i find the incandescent versions costly to run, I know there are LED Edison style bulbs on …

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Philips Hue makes home entertainment lighting even easier.

Sep 19th - Phillips Hue has finally decided that it’s time to elevate your home entertainment experience with the launch of the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box (Try saying that 3 times fast). The newest product from the world leader in lighting, provides a simple way to sync your Philips Hue lights with your TV. Place the …

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HTC Appoints new CEO To Embrace 5G, AI And XR Future

Sep 17th - HTC Corporation, a leading innovator in mobile and immersive computing, today announced the appointment of Yves Maitre as CEO of HTC, effective immediately. Yves joins HTC from Orange, one of the world’s largest telecommunications firms, where he served as EVP of Consumer Equipment and Partnerships, overseeing Orange’s connected technology strategy and business. Yves’s background includes deployment of …

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Fossil’s Commitment to Wear OS by Google

Sep 12th - Fossil’s presence at the IFA 2019 show was big and bold.. Very much a show of force and commitment to Wear OS by Google. Where other’s have many unkind things to say about Wear OS, Fossil seem to be making it work, the Gen 5 line up of smart lifestyle watches were on show for …

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Send web pages to devices via Google Chrome

Sep 11th - Google will begin to make Chrome 77 browser update available to Windows, Mac, Android & iOS this week. While there are many visual changes to Chrome this time, Google is introducing a new send web page to devices feature. You can right-click on a link and a new context menu will appear that simply lets …

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LG G8x ThinQ First Impressions #IFA2019

Sep 8th - When I stopped past the LG booth i didn’t think I’d leave with my head spinning. I arrived with an open mind for the LG G8x ThinQ – Yes that is actually what they called it. The booth was bustling, colourful and there was at least 3 real life Google assistants per square foot ready …