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 could soon be searching your desktop too

A patent application granted to Google this week shows the company (now part of Alphabet) wants to take a closer look inside your desktop applications and your offline data in the future.

Computing

Star Wars updates: first Rogue One cast photo, Episode IX director announced

Get your first look at the assembled cast of anthology film Rogue One in their official garb, plus find out who's sitting in the director's chair for Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019.

Movies & TV

Kaspersky CEO hits back over malware claims

Company CEO Eugene Kaspersky has written a lengthy rebuttal to yesterday's claims that his security company has been planting false positives for other anti-virus companies to trip up over.

Computing

Comcast’s YouTube rival is just weeks away

Watching television on your smart living room set is becoming identical to watching video on your laptop or smartphone, and Comcast's newest venture is proof. Its YouTube rival is expected to launch soon.

Home Theater

Motorola teases, then unteases, the new Moto 360

Motorola posts, then removes, a video from its Twitter account that seems to show the Moto 360 v2, while a separate rumor points to there being two versions of the next-generation smartwatch.

Wearables

Google drops some hints about the name of Android M

The next version of Android M is about to drop, and Google apparently enjoys the naming guessing game as much as anyone else. A new preview video gives some suggestions of what to expect.

Mobile

Latest update lets Cortana replace Google Now on Android

Microsoft wants to follow you everywhere you go, whether you're using a Lumia phone or not, and the most recent update to the beta edition of Cortana for Android gives it more powers.

Mobile

Latest iOS 9 update makes it easier to ditch dodgy Wi-Fi

iPhone owners can say goodbye to frustratingly weak or unstable Wi-Fi connections — the latest version of the iOS 9 beta can automatically switch back to a cellular connection if needed.

Mobile

Six US teens compete to be the best in the world … at Microsoft Office

Being world champion in anything is no mean feat, even if the skills involved are editing slide transitions and copying blocks of cells. These U.S. students have made it to the finals of the Microsoft Office World Championship.

Computing

How do you laugh online? Facebook can tell you

Do you prefer a "haha" to a "hehe"? Is emoji much more common on your timeline than the old-fashioned "LOL"? Facebook has been breaking down the ways we laugh online, with interesting results.

Social Media

Take a look at the new pilot episodes on Amazon Original Series

In the world of Amazon Instant Video, shows can succeed or fail based on audience reactions to the pilot episodes, and there are two new programs up for Prime members' consideration.

Movies & TV

Is Apple plotting a huge event for Sept. 9?

Unofficial reports say Sept. 9 is the date that Apple has chosen to show off this year's batch of iPhones — and iPads and a brand new Apple TV are said to be arriving at the same time.

Mobile

Are bigger smartphones killing off the tablet?

Have you purchased a new tablet in the last 12 months? And what are you using it for? According to the latest data from IDC, slate sales are continuing to drop — but a comeback is possible.

Mobile

See the first photos from the iPhone 6S production line

There's only a month or so to go until Apple's traditional iPhone unveiling event, and the leaks are starting to add up to a steady trickle. These are the newest pictures to appear.

Mobile

Designer mocks up an Apple Music without the iTunes

In an alternate reality, Apple Music exists without the rest of iTunes attached to it — and one designer has tried to imagine what the resulting desktop software package would look like.

Music