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Samsung Galaxy Note 6 / Note 7: What's the story so far?

Samsung Galaxy Note 6 / Note 7: What's the story so far?

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Samsung has already announced two flagship smartphones this year but chances are that won't be the last we hear from the company and its smartphone arm before 2016 is out. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge both debuted at Mobile World Congress in March,... >>

What is Daydream and when is it coming? Google's Android VR platform explained

What is Daydream and when is it coming? Google's Android VR platform explained

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When it comes to virtual reality Google has already been very active in getting cheap devices into people's hands, thanks to Google Cardboard, and even supplying them content to view, through YouTube. However, 2016 is going be a far bigger year for VR... >>

E3 2016: All the launches, games and consoles to expect

E3 2016: All the launches, games and consoles to expect

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Each June, the games industry travels en masse to Los Angeles for E3, the western world's biggest videogames conference in order to show and see the hottest titles around. Ahead of the event there are always rumours that fly around about specific games,... >>

What is Google Assistant, how does it work, and when can you use it?

What is Google Assistant, how does it work, and when can you use it?

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Google recently introduced a new product that aims to take on Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri. Called Google Assistant, it's basically an extension of Google Now. Google unveiled Google Assistant at its annual Google I/O developer conference in May 2016,... >>

Best smart clothes: Wearables to improve your life

Best smart clothes: Wearables to improve your life

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Smart clothes are the next step beyond wearables. Despite smart watches and activity trackers just beginning to become popular, smart clothing is already starting to appear. So far there are already items of smart clothing available including t-shirts... >>

OnePlus 3: What's the story so far?

OnePlus 3: What's the story so far?

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OnePlus grabbed headlines when it launched its first smartphone in 2014 for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the OnePlus One delivered flagship specs for significantly less cash than the devices it was pitched against. Secondly, the Chinese company made... >>

Best iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus cases: Treat your new Apple devices

Best iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus cases: Treat your new Apple devices

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Apple's latest smartphones - the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus - are available all around the world and you can pick up either from multiple retailers. Not much changed in terms of design compared to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, if you ignore the... >>

Pebble Time 2 vs Time Steel vs Time: What's the difference?

Pebble Time 2 vs Time Steel vs Time: What's the difference?

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Pebble has announced successors to the original Pebble, as well as the Pebble Time. The company revealed three new devices in the form of the Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2 and the Pebble Core, the latter of which is a fitness tracker. You can read all out how... >>

LG 4K HDR choices for 2016: G6, E6, C6 and B6 TVs compared

LG 4K HDR choices for 2016: G6, E6, C6 and B6 TVs compared

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LG's message in its 2015 televisions was about curved OLED, later releasing flat models to accompany the curved versions. With 2016, the message is still very much about OLED, Ultra HD and HDR, but guess what? The lead model moves to flat instead. OLED... >>

Pebble 2 vs Pebble Time 2: What's the difference?

Pebble 2 vs Pebble Time 2: What's the difference?

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Pebble has announced a trio of new devices comprising the Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2 and the Pebble Core. The Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 are both successors to the original Pebble and the original Pebble Time, but how do they differ from each other? Read... >>

Pebble 2 vs Pebble Classic: What's the difference?

Pebble 2 vs Pebble Classic: What's the difference?

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Pebble has announced an update to the humble Pebble, its first generation smartwatch, appropriately called the Pebble 2. In many ways the Pebble 2 reflects the Pebble heritage, offering many of the same features and functions. But with a new focus on... >>

Harmony of the Seas: 17 amazing reasons to go on the world's largest cruise ship

Harmony of the Seas: 17 amazing reasons to go on the world's largest cruise ship

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Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas isn't just another cruise ship, it's the largest cruise ship in the world. It isn't all about size though, despite being a whopping 361-metres long, 66.4-metres wide and 227,000 tonnes in weight, it also has to be... >>

Future batteries, coming soon: charge in seconds, last months and power over the air

Future batteries, coming soon: charge in seconds, last months and power over the air

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While smartphones, smarthomes and even smart wearables are growing ever more advanced, they're still limited by power. The battery hasn't advanced in decades. But we're on the verge of a power revolution. Big technology companies, and now car companies... >>

The best GoPro photos in the world, prepare to lose your breath

The best GoPro photos in the world, prepare to lose your breath

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Since GoPro launched its latest camera range in the GoPro Hero4 the photos being created are stunning. With it comes new 4K video speeds of 30 frames per second, a rear touchscreen display and two times faster image processing. The camera remains largely... >>

Eight lighting tips for your home: An expert shares her design secrets

Eight lighting tips for your home: An expert shares her design secrets

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Walk into a room, flick a switch, and your room is normally filled with light. Is it the right light though? Could it be designed to help your health and well-being? Are there any rules or recommendations you should follow when installing new lights... >>

Spotify's Family Plan is much cheaper now: Here's what you need to know

Spotify's Family Plan is much cheaper now: Here's what you need to know

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Spotify has upgraded its family plan pricing in order to match not only Apple Music but also Google Play Music. The music-streaming service now charges $14.99 a month for up to six Premium accounts per family. Apple Music's family plan similarly costs... >>

Apple iPhone 7: What's the story so far?

Apple iPhone 7: What's the story so far?

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The Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus launched in September 2015 and they have since been followed by the smaller iPhone SE, which replaces the iPhone 5S. Rumours started circulating around the Cupertino company's next bigger smartphones - likely to be called... >>

Best VR headsets to buy in 2016, whatever your budget

Best VR headsets to buy in 2016, whatever your budget

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The age of virtual reality is upon us (again) with a torrent of devices and content launching throughout 2016. There has been a buzz around virtual reality (VR) for the past few years. Some of this has come from the lengthy development of devices like... >>

Best sports watches 2016: The best GPS watches to buy today

Best sports watches 2016: The best GPS watches to buy today

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While wearables and smartphones are offering more ways to track health than ever, there's still a place for the powerful and accurate GPS sports watch. Sports watches are actually learning from the new kit and becoming smarter. Plenty now go beyond GPS... >>

Best TV catch-up on Freeview Play: England's Euro 2016 warm-up and more

Best TV catch-up on Freeview Play: England's Euro 2016 warm-up and more

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Freeview Play is an incredible useful tool that gives you the ability to scroll backwards through the electronic programme guide and choose catch-up shows to play automatically. Just find the show listed in the last seven days, click on it and it'll open... >>

Motorola Moto X (2016): What's the story so far?

Motorola Moto X (2016): What's the story so far?

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Motorola announced a flurry of new smartphones in 2015, including the fifth generation of Moto G and three models of the Moto X. Yes, not one but three, plus a special edition. The Moto X Play and the Moto X Style graced us with their presence at the... >>

Which is the best movie streaming box for under £100? Apple TV vs Fire TV vs Chromecast 2 and more

Which is the best movie streaming box for under £100? Apple TV vs Fire TV vs Chromecast 2 and more

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Video streaming has been one of the fastest growing areas of entertainment technology over the last few years, but it has never been as accessible or enjoyable as it is today. Not only do we have swathes of different streaming services, each offering... >>

Google Play Awards 2016 winners: Best Android apps and games of the year

Google Play Awards 2016 winners: Best Android apps and games of the year

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During its Google I/O developers conference, the software giant hosted the inaugural Google Play Awards, a celebration of the most outstanding achievements in apps and games over the last year. The winners were selected by the Google Play team itself... >>

Android N: How to get Android 7.0 on your phone right now

Android N: How to get Android 7.0 on your phone right now

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Google has made a developer preview of the next version of Android, codenamed N, available for Nexus devices. Google typically announces the next Android preview during its Google I/O developer conference held annually in May. This year - for the first... >>

What is Google Home, how does it work, and when can you buy it?

What is Google Home, how does it work, and when can you buy it?

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Google is going after Amazon. Amazon last year announced a connected Bluetooth speaker equipped with a Siri-like personal assistant called Alexa. In our review of the device, which is called Amazon Echo, we praised Alexa as well as the speaker's ability... >>