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Now you can stream content from your Android phone to your TV - and read at up to 500 words a minute.

by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 28 Mar 2014

AIRHELP IOS, ANDROID - Free

Among the frustrations of being a frequent flyer (zero legroom, miniature TVs, bad food) is making the discovery that your flight is delayed. So, did you know you are entitled to EUR600 (£500) if your flight is delayed, cancelled or overbooked? Airhelp is a simple little app that removes the paperwork from claiming compensation. The only catch? Airhelp takes a quarter of the compensation fee. It's ambulance-chasing made easy.

Rating: 2 stars out of 3


SPRITZ - Available on Samsung's Galaxy S5 and Gear 2 in April

The speed at which we can find information has increased exponentially in the past decade, but the speed at which we consume it - by reading - hasn't. Spritz aims to change that by flashing words of 14 characters or fewer into a static space: it can help you to read at up to 500 words per minute. It will start life integrated into Samsung's Galaxy S5 and Gear 2 devices, before its creators offer the technology to other developers, of whom 10,000 have signed up so far...

Rating: 1 star out of 3


GOOGLE CHROMECAST - $35

When Apple released its Apple TV, which allows users to stream content from their smartphone or PC to their TV, it was only a matter of time before Google followed suit. Seven years later, it did: at a fraction of the Apple TV's £99 price tag. Chromecast was released in the US last July, but launched here only last month. Described as 'TV on a stick', the dongle may not be as pretty as an Apple TV, but it works with more apps (23 - including Netflix, YouTube and Hulu).

Rating: 3 stars out of 3


SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 3 - £620

This is MT's first phablet (half phone, half tablet, natch) and it's a mighty thing: at 5.7 inches it is too large for MT's dainty hands on long phone calls. But it does prove that a large screen does not a tablet make: the Android Note 3 is fine for most occasions when you want a tablet, and it's fine to browse the web. It even comes with a pen - so you don't have to fiddle with a tiny keyboard. Our only criticism is battery life - like all smartphones, it could be better.

Rating: 2 stars out of 3

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