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REVIEW: Wondershare Filmora 8.5

Wondershare Filmora is a really easy to use video-editing application that works on both PC and Mac (reviewed here). What makes the software stand out is its fuss-free interface and essential range of tools that make creating a good-looking video easy. There are way more powerful video-editing applications on the market, but these are more expensive and take a lot more time to master. Think of Filmora as the next step up from iMovie and Windows Movie Maker. Video Editing Simplified The biggest advantage of Filmora is its intuitive design that makes it easy for anyone to become a good video editor. Beautifully presented with a simplified interface, the Mac version of the software I tested is the best looking video editing application I have ever used. Normally intimidated by an overburdened......

REVIEW: Toshiba Portégé X30

Last year Toshiba confirmed that while it’s stopping making PCs for European consumers – and indeed won’t be offering these outside of its home market of Japan – the company will continue to sell computers to businesses in Europe and the US. Its Portégé and Tecra laptop ranges fly the flag, so can the company’s latest ultraportable business workhorse compete against the likes of Dell, HP, Lenovo or even Apple? What Is It And Who Is It For? The Portégé X30 (from £1,229) is one of the latest additions to Toshiba’s premium professional notebook range. As expected it comes in a sleek and lightweight magnesium chassis (316 x 227 x 16.4mm, 1.05kg) designed for frequent business travellers, yet offers the latest 7th Generation Intel Core U processors, runs Wind......

REVIEW: Dell Latitude 13 7000 (7370)

Laptops designed for everyday computing are two-a-penny (just pop into your local electronics retailer), but secure mobile computers designed for corporate workspaces are a different breed. Dell is one of a few computer manufacturers who knows the needs of business users really well (it’s been making laptops like this for over 20 years), and its new Latitude family gives users and IT managers pretty much everything they need. 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE LATITUDE 7370 Taking a design cue from Dell’s attractive XPS line, the Latitude 7370 (from £1,439 ex. VAT) is one of thinnest and lightest (305 x 211 x 14.32mm, 1.12kg) business-class laptops on the market. But it’s not so dainty that you’ll worry about placing it down or scuffing its case. Its hard-wearing ......

REVIEW: Seagate Wireless Plus 2TB

If you asked them, most mobile phone and tablet users are probably dissatisfied with their mobile storage capacity. As consumption of video on smartphones and tablets continues to grow, we’re constantly looking for the best ways to get content to and from our mobile devices without eating up all of the data in our monthly service plans. Seagate may have the answer. 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SEAGATE WIRELESS PLUS The Seagate Wireless Plus is a mobile storage device designed to wirelessly stream content to up to eight smartphones or tablets with enough space for roughly 1,000 high-definition movies if you opt for the top-of-the-line 2TB version (£167) – 500GB and 1TB models are also available. And in case you’re wondering 2TB was, until recently, the largest capacity......

REVIEW: Smartway2

Some problems transcend both the size and type of business you’re in, such as managing meeting rooms and making sure mobile workers have a desk when needed. Tools are available to meet these needs, but Smartway2 comes at the problem from a slightly different angle, using the cloud to provide the necessary processing power and those staples of modern business life – the tablet and the smartphone – as the user interface. 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SMARTWAY2 There’s a lot of things that you don’t need in order to use Smartway2, starting with on-premise software. That’s because the intelligence and processing power needed to keep on top of both meeting room and hot desk bookings is provided as a service via the cloud using software hosted on secure Amazon Web Services (AWS) s......

REVIEW: Alienware 18

With dual graphics, top-of-the-line processing power and an 18.4-inch full HD display, the Alienware 18 is one of the most complete gaming laptops on the market today. But power comes at a price, with the machine starting at £2,299 and maxing out just north of £2,548 (all prices include VAT). 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ALIENWARE 18 The Alienware 18 is about as far removed from the current trend of thin and light laptops as you can get. Some might consider it the ugliest laptop they’ve ever seen, while others will salivate at the sci-fi inspired chassis and myriad of flashing lights. The overall design looks like an 1980’s throwback – there’s not a single piece of brushed aluminium in sight – and it weighs a back breaking 5.47kg, which is three times ......

REVIEW: Apple iPhone 6

Google’s Android mobile operating system looks unbeatable, due to its low-cost services and frequently updated software that remains attractive to hardware makers, operators and users worldwide. With iOS, Windows and BlackBerry all seeing a drop in market share, is Apple’s latest flagship smartphone still able to compete in an increasingly frugal marketplace? 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE IPHONE 6 It’s tough being a mobile OS developer. According to Strategy Analytics, Android’s market share rose from 81.4 percent in Q3 2013 to 83.6 percent this year, while Apple’s market share fell year on year from 13.4 percent to 12.3 percent. Microsoft’s Windows Phone also had a rough quarter, claiming 3.3 percent of the smartphone market in Q3, down from 4.1 ......

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

Tablets are a very popular personal viewing device for enjoying content at home and when travelling. They even run some great business software too, making them useful when there isn’t the need for the full functionality of a desktop PC or laptop. With the Galaxy Tab S (from £349), Samsung’s flagship Android-powered tablet sets the industry bar higher. 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE GALAXY TAB S The Google Android 4.4 (Kitkat) powered Samsung Galaxy Tab S is available in a choice of two screen sizes (10.5- and 8.4-inch) and two colours (“Titanium Bronze” or “Dazzling White”). It also comes in a variety of connectivity options (Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi/LTE) and internal storage options (16- or 32GB). Should more storage be required at a later date, all models......

REVIEW: Uros Goodspeed Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot

The Goodspeed is a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot that delivers affordable Internet access on the go. In other words, it can connect a laptop, smartphone, tablet, e-book reader and games console to the Internet without any cost surprises. As long as the Goodspeed can receive a 2G/3G signal, it can provide fast and reliable worldwide Web access for up to five devices simultaneously – a dream come true for business travellers and gadget-reliant families on holiday. 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE GOODSPEED People visiting countries inside and outside of the EU need to be more and more vigilant with how their laptop, smartphone or tablet connects to a mobile network. Unseen data activity, particularly those carried out by apps, means those travelling abroad need to take more control of their......

REVIEW: Jabra Solemate Max

Bluetooth speakers are becoming increasingly popular with the mobile generation and there’s a whole range of devices ranging from £50 to over £500. The Jabra Solemate Max (£275) sits in the middle, so you can expect a certain level of audio performance for that price. Its biggest selling point, however, is that it’s also ruggedised and portable. 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE JABRA SOLEMATE MAX Jabra recently expanded its Solemate speaker family at CES 2014 with the Solemate Max wireless sneaker speaker. It’s a larger version of the small and medium boom box-style Solemate speakers with complete wireless capabilities. What sets this speaker apart from the rest of the family is the Jabra Sound app that’s released with it. Unfortunately, it currently doesn’......

REVIEW: Nokia Lumia 930

The biggest draw to the Nokia Lumia 930 (from £412 SIM-free) is that it offers the best Windows Phone experience – Windows Phone 8.1 in this case. But is Microsoft losing the war against Apple and Google? Perhaps from a consumer’s point of view, but certainly not in terms of business. The Lumia 930 is a very good phone that makes it a snap to store, access and share photos, videos and documents. 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NOKIA LUMIA 930 The latest flagship handset from Nokia (now owned by Microsoft), the Lumia 930 is exquisitely built from metal and plastic and fits nicely in your hand. It’s a touch bulky and heavy (167g), but hopefully you’ll get over this thanks to its bright 5-inch OLED Full HD (1920×1080, 441ppi) display, quad-core (2.2GHz) proce......

REVIEW: Dell XPS 11 2-in-1 Ultrabook

The thinnest, lightest and most compact 2-in-1 Ultrabook to include a Quad HD display, the Dell XPS 11 is about as sexy as mobile computing currently gets. It’s not without its faults and limitations, but the XPS 11 is a very good device for staying connected, creating, sharing and accessing content on the move from within a secure Windows 8 environment. 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE DELL XPS 11 The XPS 11 is available in two models. Each comes with a 4th Generation Intel Core i5 4210Y processor, 4GB RAM (DDR3 1,600MHz), Intel HD Graphics 4200, 11.6-inch LED backlit touch display with a QHD resolution, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, WiDi 3.0, 40WHr battery, and Windows 8.1 (64-bit). Adding an extra £100 (ex. VAT) to the base model (£699 ex. VAT) doubles the mSATA SSD storage t......

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