Dominic Preston

Senior Staff Writer at Tech Advisor and Macworld covering all things tech and gaming, Executive Editor at Outermode, and occasional freelancer on film, TV, videogames, food & drink, lifestyle and travel.

iPhone 8 Plus review

Another year, another iPhone. Except this year, the 8 and 8 Plus aren’t the stars of the show - they were overshadowed at their own launch event by their bezel-less brother, the iPhone X. Compared to the X, with its fairly radical redesign, the 8 and 8 Plus run the risk of looking a little dull, a bit been-there-done-that. But is that a fair assessment of Apple’s latest iPhone iteration, or is X-envy masking a solid step forward for Cupertino?

The best meditation and mindfulness apps

With the ever-increasingly popularity of yoga and the growing awareness of the importance of maintaining good mental health, it's not really any surprise that the last few years have seen a boom in the availability of mindfulness and meditation apps. If all you know about meditation is robed monks sitting cross-legged in silence you might a) not be very interested, and b) wonder how on earth an app could help, but there's actually plenty to it.

9 movie corpses who totally stole the show

Daniel Radcliffe is jerking tears and dazzling the screen right now in the wonderful Swiss Army Man, where he plays a farting corpse. It's good to see that he's truly letting go of Harry Potter and taking himself seriously (but seriously – he's actually great in it). Here are some of cinema's other charismatic corpses (farting or otherwise) that proved you don't need a heartbeat to steal the show - and no, zombies don't count. Undoubtedly the big daddy of the (admittedly niche) corpse comedy g

In praise of The Fly – the body horror that’s all in your head

Despite its venerable age, David Cronenberg’s The Fly remains the body horror to beat. Viewed today, it’s the film’s purity of purpose that stands out, the relentless commitment to breaking the human body down and putting it back together in all the ways it isn’t meant to be. It’s the platonic ideal of a body horror movie, a perfect 96 minutes of acid vomit and oozing flesh. And oh, the flesh. “You only know society’s straight line about the flesh,” Jeff Goldblum rants late on in the film. “You

Fifty Years that Changed the Future of Design: The Legacy of Star Trek

It will have been fifty years this September since Kirk, Spock and the crew of the USS Enterprise first burst onto TV screens, forever changing pop culture, science fiction and the baffling career of William Shatner. It’d be hard to entirely estimate the impact the franchise has had across its five TV series and twelve films to date (soon to be thirteen, when Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond arrives in July) —from featuring US television’s first ever interracial kiss to inspiring the development of real-life versions of its finest fictional tech, it has shaped the modern world more than it might seem. But forget the present, it’s also all but defined our vision of the future.

Stardew Valley and the Unbearable Weight of Existence

Look, I just… I just didn’t ‘get’ Stardew Valley, OK? I tried guys, I really did. I tried for you. I made my farm, I planted my parsnips, I chatted up my neighbors, and I spent just about every second wishing I was doing literally anything else in the world. Let’s rewind. Stardew Valley is the long-awaited debut game from indie developer Eric Barone, pitched as a spiritual successor to the Harvest Moon franchise, a throwback, retro-inspired farming simulator for the sort of people who start sal

Bar Review: The Gibson, Shoreditch - Candid Magazine

It’d be fair to say that there’s some understandable pressure surrounding the opening of The Gibson. EC1’s latest trendy cocktail bar comes from Marian Beke, formerly bar manager at Nightjar, just down the road, for five years. Nightjar quickly became one of London’s most talked about bars, earning cred not only for its quality cocktails, but also its inventive presentation and a secretive, you’ve-got-to-be-in-the-know location. Though now just about everybody knows, so the secret is firmly out.