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2016: Year of Tech
So, 2016. I’m writing this on the seventh of Febuary, or 38 days into the year. It’s inarguable that we’re well into 2016 now, and equally inarguable that 2016 will be a huge year for technology. 2015 was about developmental tech: the Oculus Rifts, curved displays and the slow trickle of 4K. But 2016 is...
The Melting Pot: Final tech reviews of the year Tech, review, radio, light, laptop, technology, kettle mag, joshua daniels
Pure One Midi Series 3 I don’t listen to the radio. I don’t even know a great deal about radios. I felt out of place at the launch party for this radio. I needed a reviewer who knew what they were talking about, someone to whom 5 Live is not a station but a religion....
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro: Christmas gift or Boxing Day return?
4th December I just got this laptop. I picked it up from Lenovo’s PR company’s offices in the West End, walked with it back to school and just began using it. I’m writing this a few hours later. This isn’t going to be like a normal review. There’s a few reasons for that, but the...
Headphones and earphones reviewed: B&O Play, Beats, and ATH
The earphones that come with your smartphone are most likely dreadful. They’re awful to listen to, and horribly made. All of this falls away though in the face of their true horror. They leak sound. Using these earphones makes you personally responsible for ruining my commute. Don’t screw with my commute. To try and help...
Perhaps as good as it gets: Bang & Olufson B&O Play H8 Headphones
When I was a little younger, one of my favourite television programmes was Top Gear. I didn’t much care for the humour, but I always appreciated the imagery of the show: the stunning cinematics, the drool-inducing mechanics on display and the jaw dropping settings they were on display in. One episode, they took a Bugatti...
Paris: They weren’t born wanting to do this An image of a vigil in Trafalgar square
I write this on the 14th November, one day after Paris, and the world, was rocked by a terrorist attack that took more lives than we yet know. In the previous few hours and, I imagine, the next few days, a great deal of attention will be given to the events that occurred. The leaders...
Bring the bass: we review Beats Studio2 Wireless Kettlemag, Technology, Beats, Joshua Daniels
One of the products that’s crossed my desk recently is a pair of headphones. They’re blue leather (I assume it’s leather, or else that is supple as hell and feels like leather) and grey soft touch plastic, with various metal pieces of accenting. They’re incredibly sleek, and look every bit as good as you would...
Pure’s new radios: The One family
Pure released their new radios recently, the One Series. Amongst the range is a small one, a medium sized one and a large one. They all sounded great and we look forward to getting a review unit so we can test them in more depth.  Also at the party was the Evoke F3, a high end unit...
LG G4: Reviewed
LG changed the game with the release of it’s G2 back in 2013. The G2 had a screen that was nearly entirely bezelless. It had buttons on the back. It had a (then) outlandishly large screen, a size that manufacturers across the industry would go on to adopt. It’s size was ahead of it’s time,...
Help us build Kettle Tech
Dear readers,   We're rebuilding the Tech section here at Kettle. There's loads coming up: we've got reviews, coverage of major events, and so much more. We've got the LG G4 under testing right now. We're putting together a headphone comparison, including the latest offerings from Beats and ATH. But we want to know what you,...
Review: Acer Aspire Switch 10 E
At Kettle Tech, we’re trying to do things differently. Our reviews aren’t like the reviews put out by major Tech magazines: they’re devoid of most jargon, they’re designed to be accessible to those who want to buy the devices rather than those merely interested in the industry. That’s why we haven’t really focused on high...
Lumia 640 XL: Review Lumia-640-XL-4g-SSIM-Homescreen-jpg.jpg
I'll admit it, I'm not a great journalist. I wasn't able to divorce myself from my biases, so when the review unit arrived, I didn't expect to like it very much. In fact: I wanted it to be bad. I wanted to say that Android and iOS reign supreme, that the status quo remains unchanged...
Moto X Play 2015: Review Front of the phone
This is Kettle’s first proper phone review, as well as the first article for our relaunched Tech section. We’re going to start doing a great deal more reviews, not just of phones but of all kinds of gadgets. We’ll try our best to make the reviews concise and useful, and to select devices that our...
Women’s Season: Being a male feminist
In the United Kingdom, this week, two women will be killed by their partner or ex-partner. One incident of domestic violence against women is reported to the police every minute. That’s going to be five women by the time you reach the end of this article. That ranks the UK as worse than nearly every...
Theresa May, a migrant crisis, and lessons not learnt
Mare Nostrum is the name given to the Italian Naval operation wherein the Italians patrolled the Mediterranean, picking up migrants trapped in precariously overladen vessels. The operation is credited with saving thousands of lives. However, in this country, it was met with criticism, ans by this country I mean the Home Secretary, Theresa May. May suggested that the...
Time for a pay rise Joshua Daniels, Kettlemag, Business, living wage
In Britain, like in many European countries, there is a minimum wage. Based on a standard working month, it equates to €1,378.87 (for that month). Comparatively, in France, it is €1,457.52. In fact, Britain has a lower minimum wage than many developed economies in Europe - lower than Belgium, Ireland and Germany. However, in spite of...
We need to redefine how politicians talk to us
George Osborne is the Chancellor of the Exchequer, which means he is the head of the treasury, and by extension the second most powerful person in government. In spite of the fact that he is only an MP, and of an incredibly safe Conservative constituency, he yields considerably more influence than Nick Clegg, the deputy...
We need something more to vote for
‘A leader is a dealer in hope’, said Napoleon. Ed Miliband doesn’t give fill me with hope. Neither does David Cameron. And one of those two men is going to lead this country in a few short weeks. The second tier of parties is no better. Few people are inspired and motivated by Nicola Sturgeon,...
What next for Apple? Kettle Mag Joshua Daniels Apple the future
By all accounts, this has been a stellar year for the Cupertino giant. Apple signed an immensely lucrative deal with the Chinese telecom behemoth Unicom, allowing them to market their new iPhones in the worlds largest electronics market. The combined success of iPhone sales in China, as well as a series of well received product...
Are archaic computer systems going to be a problem in the future?
Technology can and has been problematic. Sometimes the issues that arise from it’s use are predictable and sometimes they are not. In the run up to the new millennium in 1999, hospital staff were issued headlamps and many major hospital were hooked up to generators. These was a genuine and widespread fear that many critical...
Five news stories to watch for in 2015 Westminster, general election, news, 2015, Joshua Daniels, Kettle Mag
2015 is going to be momentous. Every month, every week, every day… they all offer untold potential. There are going to be countless news stories, scandals and tragedies, successes and conclusions. In this article, I’m going to try and write about five news stories set to take centre stage come the new year. The general...
New year: can troubled Tesco start with a clean slate after this years trouble? Kettle Mag troubled Tesco Joshua Daniels
On December 30th 2013, approximately, a year before I wrote this article, individual Tesco shares were worth 336.35p. On December 24th 2014, Tesco shares were 186p. Over the course of the last year, the share price has nearly halved. Whilst other major supermarkets have seen a share price fall over the same period, none of...
Review: OnePlus One One Plus, phone, review, Joshua Daniels, Kettle Mag
OnePlus released their first phone, the One, some months ago now. Is it bizarre and a little confusing that I’m reviewing a phone that isn’t necessarily new? Yes. Is the whole company and phone itself equally bizarre? Also yes. Even if you were the kind of person who considered themselves to be technologically proficient and...
How you can best spend your holiday vouchers iTunes, store, vouchers, holiday, technology, Joshua Daniels, Kettle Mag
So you’ve got a voucher for Christmas/Chanukah. The choice in most online stores is dizzying. What are you going to do with it? I’m going to break down this piece by various types of vouchers including Amazon, iTunes and Google Play. Amazon The mecca of online shopping. Like eBay, only almost completely unlike eBay. Your...
The Sony hack and the evolving threat of cyber warfare north korea, joshua daniels, kettle mag,
The headline news items in the past week have been fairly petrifying. Remarkably cute pictures of the latest Royal addition aside, stories of the complete collapse of the air traffic control computer system, the extent of the enhanced interrogation techniques employed by the CIA, the near miss between a commercial airliner and an unlicensed drone...
Barbie can be a computer engineer Barbie, computer engineer, feminism, Joshua Daniels, Kettle Mag
Feminsm is an incredibly important topic that invariably provokes discussion and debate. It's a dangerous and difficult territory for a humble internet blogger. Feminism encompasses critically serious issues such as gender equality, the pay gap, sexual assault and rape. Appearing trivial but in fact no less important is Barbie.  It's irrefutable that the Barbie brand is iconic....