Posts From Chris Merriman

Chris Merriman
Chris Merriman

I am the UK News Editor at XDA Developers. I’ve been writing about technology for over a decade for the likes of The Inquirer, where I was Associate Editor, Computer Shopper UK, and IT Pro. I’ve also appeared on Sky News, BBC, Al Jazeera and recently left a long-running weekly tech news spot on TalkRadio UK. My love of technology comes from my family who hail from the pioneering days of Silicon Valley - in fact my Grandfather worked on Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. I’ve been using smartphones (and reading XDA) since the HTC Canary in 2003. I’m also a smart home obsessive. You can find me tweeting as @ChrisTheDJ or email me at [email protected]s.com

Microsoft is bringing Surface Duo to more countries in 2021

Microsoft has announced that it is to roll out its Android-based Surface Duo device outside the US for the first time. The company confirmed today that the dual-screen Android device is coming to Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, with full details of pricing and availability available at the beginning of 2021. In a lengthy...

Cyberpunk 2077 ‘wasn’t ready’ for PS4 and Xbox One X, admit developers

Cyberpunk 2077 is easily the most hyped game of the year, and since its release last week, many have come to the conclusion that it wasn’t the monster it was billed to be. After its share price plummeted yesterday by over 50%, developer CD Projekt Red (CDPR) had an emergency conference call with investors earlier...

Twitter fined 450,000 Euros by Irish regulator for GDPR fail

Twitter has been clobbered with a fine of €450,000 (~$546,300) after Irish courts found it had breached Europe’s strong data protection laws, known as GDPR. The fine was brought by Ireland’s data regulator, making it the first scalp for US big tech under the legislation. Twitter was investigated under GDPR rules after an incident in 2019...

Samsung Galaxy S21 series could come with Google Discover pane on the homescreen

Samsung is less than a month away from revealing the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy S21 range. It does appear, however, that Google’s recent push to bring the South Korean firm’s search interface in line with other Android vendors has been successful. As spotted by a user on Twitter who first noticed the Google Discover pane on...

[Update: Statement] Vodafone UK to reintroduce European roaming for heavy users

Vodafone has become the first UK network to confirm it will be reintroducing roaming charges between Britain and mainland Europe, though only for the most frequent users. Under European Union rules, networks must offer roaming, at no extra charge across all member countries. With the UK’s transition membership of the EU due to expire on...

Nubia is working on a phone with an electrochromic back

Nubia, the former offshoot of ZTE and now an independent smartphone brand, looks to be working on making its phones even more beautiful on the outside, if a teaser posted on Chinese site Weibo are to be believed. A video posted to the site and captioned “The new technology of the Red Devils [Red Magic]...

[Update: Partially fixed] It’s not just you: Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and Whatsapp are down

Facebook services across Europe are being disrupted this morning, causing users of Facebook itself, Facebook Messenger, and its sister services Instagram and WhatsApp to throw up error messages when attempting to post. It's also understood that mobile users are finding the app crashes when it encounters whatever is causing the problems. The outage seems to...

Samsung confirms January 14th for the Galaxy S21 launch date

Samsung has unexpectedly confirmed what we've all known for a while — the Samsung Galaxy S21 range will be launched on Thursday, January 14th, 2021, the final day of this year's (virtual) CES. The much-anticipated device will come in three variants — the Samsung Galaxy S21, Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. The...

Instagram now lets you shop from Reels, its TikTok-alike

Instagram, Facebook’s photo-led social network has announced the arrival of shopping to Reels, its version of TikTok. The feature begins rolling out today and will allow users, businesses, and influencers to tag their posts with links to buy products featured, for users to click-through and buy, or save for later. Influencers can even add their...

Adobe Flash receives its final update before it goes bang

Adobe Flash has received its final update ahead of a complete shutdown at the end of the year. The stalwart runtime has been instrumental in the growth of the world wide web, and the wider internet, but as technology has moved on, the Adobe runtime has become bloated and slow by today’s standards. It has...

YouTube launches HDR for live streams

YouTube has announced that creators can now live stream their content in HDR. Although Google began rolling out HDR support for recorded videos (very, very slowly) back in 2017, this is the first time that live streams have been able to show off those vivid blacks and increased color gamut. For anyone who has been living...

Google ‘Look to Speak’ lets users control their device with eye movements

Google has launched 'Look to Speak', a new accessibility service that lets users control their device with their eyes. The app lets users select from a predetermined list of characters, words, phrases, or actions by moving their eyes up, down, left, or right. We live in a world where it's still so easy to forget...