Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact crams everything we like (and dislike) about the Xperia Z3 into a smaller frame. As you’d expect from a member of the Xperia Z family, the Z3 Compact features fingerprint-prone panels of glass on the front and back, joined by a functional frame – though it’s plastic here instead of… Continue reading

How to code Java #3 – If this, then that; otherwise something else


Think about the number of choices you make every day – actually, forget that, just think about the choices involved in getting your morning coffee! Do you go for a latte, a flat white or just a ‘short black’? Do you get full-cream ‘leaded’ milk, skim or – ahem – soy? Do you choose a… Continue reading

Apple iPad Air 2 review

ipad air 2 review

With its latest iPad upgrade, Apple’s substantially increased the speed over last year’s model while shaving a few millimetres off the thickness, adding the excellent Touch ID fingerprint scanner and still (Apple claims) maintaining the 10 hour battery life. All at the cost of a slight $21 bump in price, taking the entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi… Continue reading

Sapphire Vapor-X R9 290X 8GB review

Sapphire Vapor-X R9 290X 8GB review

The release of Nvidia’s new GeForce GTX 970 and 980 products dealt a one-two blow to products built around AMD’s competing graphics chipsets. Not only did they provide a slight leg up in performance, they did so at a much lower operating temperature. Any PC owner who has had to deal with years of incessant… Continue reading

How to tell Yosemite what to do

Advanced Commands for Yosemite

The ability to use speech recognition to control your Mac has been there in Mac OS since well before OS X — though, to be fair, it hasn’t always worked terribly well. Apple has kept this particular light hidden under a bushel called “Speakable Items”, and it was probably for the best. For one thing, until… Continue reading