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What is Freeview Play, when is it coming and how can I get it?

What is Freeview Play, when is it coming and how can I get it?

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To stay relevant in a world of television where catch-up and on demand video is king, Freeview has cunning plans for a connected future. Earlier this year, managing director Guy North outlined the plans for Freeview Play at a London briefing for Pocket-lint... >>

IFA 2015: The story so far and what's still coming from Samsung, Sony, LG and others

IFA 2015: The story so far and what's still coming from Samsung, Sony, LG and others

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Consumer electronics show IFA is now upon us and that means just one thing for the weird and wonderful world of tech: new devices! IFA takes place from 4-9 September 2015 in Messe Berlin, but the press conferences have already started to stream by rapidly. So... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 family: Where can I get them?

Sony Xperia Z5 family: Where can I get them?

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Sony is at IFA in Berlin, where it has launched more Xperia smartphones, and network operators are already beginning to announce when those new phones will hit their store shelves. The new Xperia Z5 range consists of the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact,... >>

Moto 360 2: What's the story so far?

Moto 360 2: What's the story so far?

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Lenovo-owned Motorola has just unveiled the Moto 360 2. The Android Wear-powered watch is actually called the new Moto 360, and it's available in two different sizes (42mm and 46mm) as well as a sport version called Moto 360 Sport. You can read about... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs Samsung S6 edge Plus: What’s the difference?

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs Samsung S6 edge Plus: What’s the difference?

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Sony has announced three new flagship devices including the Xperia Z5 Premium, the Xperia Z5 and the Xperia Z5 Compact. Here we are looking at the Xperia Z5 Premium, the leader of the pack and the device that brings a 4K display to the wonderful world... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus: What’s the difference?

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus: What’s the difference?

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Sony announced not one but three new flagship smartphones at IFA 2015 in Berlin, with the leader of the pack going by the name of the Xperia Z5 Premium. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium sports some impressive specs, with its highlight being the 5.5-inch 4K... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs Xperia Z5 vs Xperia Z5 Compact: What's the difference?

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs Xperia Z5 vs Xperia Z5 Compact: What's the difference?

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Sony has announced three new flagship handsets in the Z5 family. There's the regular Z5, but it has been joined by the predicable Z5 Compact, and the less-than-expected Xperia Z5 Premium, which brings a shine to things, literally.  It's a threesome of... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 vs Sony Xperia Z3+: What's the difference?

Sony Xperia Z5 vs Sony Xperia Z3+: What's the difference?

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Sony announced three new smartphones at IFA in Berlin, including the Xperia Z5 that succeeds the Xperia Z3+ in Europe and the Xperia Z4 in Japan. The Xperia Z3+ only graced us with its presence 3 months ago so the newly-launched Xperia Z5 is hot on its... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 camera: Sample images and new tech explained

Sony Xperia Z5 camera: Sample images and new tech explained

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The new Sony Z5 family might be a new generation of devices, but it's really about the camera. The switch to this new 23-megapixel camera is the first change since the introduction of Sony's 20.7-megapixel model on the Z1. The camera is probably the biggest... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 vs Samsung Galaxy S6: What's the difference?

Sony Xperia Z5 vs Samsung Galaxy S6: What's the difference?

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Samsung turned heads when it announced the Samsung Galaxy S6 earlier in 2015 and it was quickly heralded as one of the top Android phones of the year. Sony stumbled with the Xperia Z3+, an intermediary measure, but has now revealed its true flagship for... >>

Best laptops and PCs of IFA 2015: Lenovo, Toshiba, Acer, Asus and more

Best laptops and PCs of IFA 2015: Lenovo, Toshiba, Acer, Asus and more

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Although the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin is perhaps best known for showing off the latest televisions and entertainment kit, many manufacturers also use the occasion to launch new laptops and PCs. Almost all of the press conferences prior... >>

HTC Aero: Everything we know about HTC's next hero phone

HTC Aero: Everything we know about HTC's next hero phone

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HTC's last two flagships released with nearly indentical designs, but now, for the first time in a couple of years, it's getting ready to break away from tradition and launch a new smartphone line. Or at least that's what all the latest reports, rumours,... >>

Instagram overhauls direct messaging so you might actually use it: Here's what's new

Instagram overhauls direct messaging so you might actually use it: Here's what's new

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Instagram wants its users to privately communicate with each other more often (apparently anyway), because it has just updated a buried feature, called Instagram Direct, with the purpose of bringing its community closer together. Although Instagram Direct... >>

Google's new logo: This is what it looks like, how it's evolved over the years

Google's new logo: This is what it looks like, how it's evolved over the years

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Google has changed a lot in recent weeks. Earlier this month, in a sweeping overhaul of how one of the world's most powerful technology companies operates, Google created a new publicly-traded parent company called Alphabet to house its different businesses.... >>

How Apple HomeKit is going to homogenise smarthomes

How Apple HomeKit is going to homogenise smarthomes

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Apple HomeKit is going to hit the mainstream with the release of iOS 9 - coming to an iPhone or iPad near you very soon - and it's going to turn the smarthome segment on its head. Some people may refer to connected devices, connected appliances, smart... >>

Samsung Gear S2: What's the story so far?

Samsung Gear S2: What's the story so far?

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Samsung confirmed at its Samsung Unpacked event in August, in which it unveiled the Galaxy Note 5 and the S6 edge Plus, that the there was more to come in the near future, and then it quickly showed off a round smartwatch. It's no secret that Samsung... >>

Best Android Wear smartwatch: The best smartwatches available on Google's platform

Best Android Wear smartwatch: The best smartwatches available on Google's platform

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Android Wear launched in 2014 with three hero smartwatches, which have near enough become obsolete, taken over by other fancier models that are far more appealing, and far better looking. The platform has recently had a big update that has pushed several... >>

Your iPhone will now work with Android Wear: Here's what you need to know

Your iPhone will now work with Android Wear: Here's what you need to know

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Those of you who own an iPhone and want to own a smartwatch other than Apple Watch will be overjoyed to learn that Google has heard your woes and made Android Wear compatible with iPhone. That's right. Your iPhone will now work with any Android Wear watch.... >>

Sony Xperia Z5: What's the story so far?

Sony Xperia Z5: What's the story so far?

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Sony has a slightly different release cycle to the rest of its competition, normally announcing a new handset every 6 months rather than one a year. The Xperia Z1 arrived in 2013 and since then we have seen the Z2, Z3 and the Z3+. The Xperia Z3+, known... >>

Nexus 5 (2015): What's the story so far?

Nexus 5 (2015): What's the story so far?

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There are only a couple of major smartphones left to be announced in 2015, as most of the big manufacturers have come to market with their flagship. Among the most anticipated is the next Nexus, the next iteration of Google's purebred Android flagship.... >>

Apple's next Apple TV (2015):  What’s the story so far?

Apple's next Apple TV (2015): What’s the story so far?

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It's been a long time since Apple refreshed its set-top box - well over three years, in fact. And recent price drops of the existing model have led to a flood of rumours and speculation on a new version. From a dedicated game store and built-in TV tuner... >>

iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus release date, rumours, and everything you need to know

iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus release date, rumours, and everything you need to know

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The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have both been around long enough to consider them part of the furniture. But we know that Apple updates the iPhone annually, and the next model is just around the corner. Will the next-generation iPhone be called iPhone 6S or... >>

Best smartphones to look forward to in 2015

Best smartphones to look forward to in 2015

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With the pace of smartphone evolution moving so fast, there's always something waiting in the wings. No sooner have you spied the latest handset, then there's anticipation of something else, the next big thing to envy. We've rounded up the best smartphones... >>

18 YouTube stars and channels you should be watching

18 YouTube stars and channels you should be watching

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YouTube has more stuff to watch than funny cat videos. Shocking! We know. In fact, there is so much to watch on Google's video-sharing site that some content creators have become international "YouTube stars". Yes, that is a thing. From PewDiePie to... >>

What is YouTube Gaming and could it kill Twitch?

What is YouTube Gaming and could it kill Twitch?

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Google is about to launch something a lot like Twitch. It's YouTube Gaming. At an event held at YouTube Space LA on 12 June, Google previewed a new initiative called YouTube Gaming. It's a mobile app as well as a website designed to showcase YouTube's... >>