David Nield

David Nield

Dave is a freelance journalist from Manchester in the north-west of England. He's been writing about technology since the days of Windows 95 and the Pentium processor, and you can find his work on a variety of different tech sites. Outside of the world of apps and gadgets he enjoys long walks in the countryside and the occasional game of football (also known as soccer).

Google Play Store’s visual revamp is rolling out now

The Play Store is your way in to all of Google's digital wares, from TV shows to mobile games, and the company is giving the app a brand new look — here's what you can expect to see.

White House backs away from demanding access to encrypted data

A U.S. government spokesperson says President Barack Obama's administration is not currently seeking legislation to enable access to user data — though the debate is unlikely to be over.

Kanye hates in-app purchases just as much as the rest of us

Developers often include in-app purchases to generate revenue for their software, but some apps handle this better than others — and music icon Kanye West has had enough of the tactic.

Elon Musk swears he likes Apple, announces new Autopilot update for Tesla

The Tesla and SpaceX boss takes to Twitter to clarify his opinion on Apple and to tell drivers they can expect their new Autopilot software update to begin rolling out on Thursday.

Is the world ready for a Pepsi Phone?

Clues left on the Chinese social network Weibo suggest PepsiCo could have a smartphone in the works — but what would it look like and why would they decide to do it in the first place?

Google’s OnHub router is actually a Chromebook in disguise

A team of determined hackers have been able to root the Google OnHub, which means that you might one day be able to load your own custom software onto the router and tailor it to suit your needs.

Wiz Khalifa joins YouTube’s exclusive ‘1 billion views’ club

The Furious 7 track is now part of the most exclusive club on YouTube — Khalifa joins Mark Ronson, Meghan Trainor, Enrique Iglesias, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and of course Psy.

Palmer Luckey drops another hint about how much the Oculus Rift will cost

We don't know exactly how much the Rift is going to cost when it launches next year, but the founder of Oculus has told one reporter that it's going to be more expensive than the dev kits.
Movies & TV

A veteran of the original Mac team gives his verdict on the new Jobs movie

Andy Hertzfeld was a key member of the team that worked on the first Mac computer, and is portrayed in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic by Michael Stuhlbarg. Find out his thoughts on the new film.

Hacked Patreon data spills out onto the Web

Crowdfunding site Patreon admitted earlier this week that it had been the victim of a hacking attack, and now the data — including millions of email addresses — has been published online.

Apple’s latest acquisition could make Siri sound more natural

Apple has picked up U.K. firm VocalIQ to help improve the voice recognition and speech technologies in its software: More advanced virtual assistant apps could be coming to an iPhone soon.

Enterprising Facebook developers get Doom running on an Apple Watch

As the Apple Watch gets more software updates (specifically WatchOS 2), so its capabilities increase. After a 10-hour hackathon event, programmers from Facebook were able to port Doom over.