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What is the Now TV Combo, how much does it cost and when can I get it?

What is the Now TV Combo, how much does it cost and when can I get it?

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Not only has Sky released a new Now TV Smart Box, but also offers a new contract-free home connectivity package. The Now TV Combo from Sky encompasses a streaming service pass, unlimited broadband and a phone line. Releasing such an all inclusive package... >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Note 5 vs Note 4: What's the rumoured difference?

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Note 5 vs Note 4: What's the rumoured difference?

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Samsung's Galaxy Note device is expected to launch in August, adding another smartphone to the company's 2016 flagship portfolio. By default, the next Note should be called the Note 6 but rumour has it Samsung will be skipping the 6 and heading straight... >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 7: Release date, rumours and everything you need to know

Samsung Galaxy Note 7: Release date, rumours and everything you need to know

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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,... >>

Now TV Smart Box: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know

Now TV Smart Box: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know

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Sky has unveiled the next stage for Now TV, its internet streaming service that has grown massively over the last couple of years. Not only has it introduced a new package and way to get Now TV, with the Now TV Combo that includes broadband and landline... >>

Apple iPhone 7: Release date, rumours and everything you need to know

Apple iPhone 7: Release date, rumours and everything you need to know

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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... >>

Microsoft Windows 10 Anniversary Update: New features, release date and everything you need to know

Microsoft Windows 10 Anniversary Update: New features, release date and everything you need to know

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It's almost anniversary time. During its annual Build developer conference last March, Microsoft demoed the first major update to Windows 10. The company branded the update "Anniversary Update" (because it marks the 1-year anniversary of Windows 10's... >>

How to make your bathroom smart

How to make your bathroom smart

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So there you are, standing in front of the bathroom mirror, brushing your teeth absent-mindedly and pondering the meaning of life. But with a small change you could make your bathroom smarter. You could weigh yourself, wash yourself or even brush your... >>

Facebook Slideshow: How to create quick movies from your pics and vids

Facebook Slideshow: How to create quick movies from your pics and vids

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Facebook wants you to share more stuff on Facebook - so it's rolling out a new feature designed to do just that. The social network thinks video is the answer to all its woes. According to The Information, Facebook has experienced a decline in original,... >>

Google Project Bloks: Here’s how a toy system can teach kids to code

Google Project Bloks: Here’s how a toy system can teach kids to code

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Coding isn't a very kid-friendly subject. It's painstaking, requires tonnes of memorisation, and usually results in a lot of time spent sitting in front of a computer. But it doesn't have to be that way - or at least that's what Google believes. The Mountain... >>

What is HDR, what TVs support HDR, and what HDR content can I watch?

What is HDR, what TVs support HDR, and what HDR content can I watch?

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The television industry never stands still, with manufacturers introducing new technologies every year to improve their TVs and convince you that now is the time to upgrade. Over the past few years we've seen the move from CRT to thin TVs, we've seen... >>

Best smartphones 2016: The best phones available to buy today

Best smartphones 2016: The best phones available to buy today

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So, you want to buy a new phone? If you're looking for the best smartphone of 2016, you've come to the right place. We will guide you through the hottest mobile phones of the year to save you time when you go to your local phone shop. We continually update... >>

Best TV catch-up on Freeview Play: Glastonbury 2016, Celebrity Masterchef and more

Best TV catch-up on Freeview Play: Glastonbury 2016, Celebrity Masterchef and more

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We know the feeling. You're bored with live TV and want something to watch immediately that isn't a soap or the news. These days though, you are spoiled for choice, especially if you have Freeview Play on your TV or set-top-box. Televisions, set-top-boxes... >>

YouTube launches live mobile streaming: Here's how it works

YouTube launches live mobile streaming: Here's how it works

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Google-owned YouTube is trying to catch up with Facebook Live and Twitter-owned Periscope. It's finally adding a live-stream button to the YouTube mobile app, even though it's already offered the feature in a limited capacity for about 5 years. Shortly... >>

Audi piloted driving: A real-world glimpse into the future of self-driving cars

Audi piloted driving: A real-world glimpse into the future of self-driving cars

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We're sat behind the wheel of "Jack" - a modified Audi A7 concept, adapted for the full Audi piloted driving experience (the company's fancy name for self-driving cars, essentially) - zipping down the Autobahn in Germany at 130kmph. Although we're not... >>

Barclays Contactless Mobile: How to setup, manage and pay with your Android phone

Barclays Contactless Mobile: How to setup, manage and pay with your Android phone

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Whether Barclays was in or out has perhaps been the UK's biggest mobile banking debate. Apple Pay launched and Barclays wasn't on the list. Android Pay was a long time coming, and Barclays wasn't on the list. Barclays has now quietly enabled the contactless... >>

Next Nexus (2016): Release date, rumours and everything you need to know

Next Nexus (2016): Release date, rumours and everything you need to know

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Google's Nexus programme gives birth to a pure Android smartphone every year, sometimes two. The idea behind the Nexus is to showcase Android in its purest form, away from the poking and prodding of manufacturer skins. It's given rise to some great devices... >>

How Xbox One backwards compatibility works: The Xbox 360 games list and more

How Xbox One backwards compatibility works: The Xbox 360 games list and more

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Since last November, you have been able to play Xbox 360 games on an Xbox One. Not all of your old library of games are playable presently, but there are more than 200 titles currently available. Xbox is also adding to this list regularly as each... >>

10 best 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays available now

10 best 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays available now

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The 4K movie revolution has started. With 4K Ultra-HD Blu-rays now available and increasing in number all the while, it is becoming easier to watch your favourite movies in the best format possible. With high quality video transfers and high dynamic range... >>

Steam’s summer sale: All the best game deals and hardware discounts

Steam’s summer sale: All the best game deals and hardware discounts

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Summer is here! You know what that means? It's time to sit inside all day and play Steam. Steam has announced that 12,845 games are now on sale as part of its annual summer sale, which is called the Steam Summer Picnic Sale this year. It went live at... >>

Honeywell Lyric ecosystem: What is it and what does it work with?

Honeywell Lyric ecosystem: What is it and what does it work with?

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With so many smart home platforms, ecosystems and products available, the terminology can get confusing, especially as many require an investment of time, money, and brainpower. It's not all complicated though. Honeywell's Lyric system, for instance,... >>

45 amazing and cringeworthy selfies: From the dangerous to the downright gross

45 amazing and cringeworthy selfies: From the dangerous to the downright gross

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The selfie phenomenon is unrelenting, you can't open a browser without someone's self-taken mugshot gurning down on you. That said, we'd be lying if we didn't dot our own social media accounts with a surreptitiously taken smartphone snap taken at arm's... >>

Apple MacOS Sierra: New features, release date and everything else you need to know

Apple MacOS Sierra: New features, release date and everything else you need to know

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As is typical for Apple, the next version of the Mac operating system was just announced at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco. And wouldn't you know it - it comes with a bunch of new features. Some major, some not so major. As... >>

What is Sony PlayStation Vue and where is it available?

What is Sony PlayStation Vue and where is it available?

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Sony PlayStation Vue is no longer limited to the PlayStation platform. That means almost anyone can pick a plan and - without a cable contract - get access to a rich channel offering that comes close to matching what cable and satellite providers currently... >>

Twitter Engage app: What is it, how does it work, and who can use it?

Twitter Engage app: What is it, how does it work, and who can use it?

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Kim Kardashian West has access to a new app that makes Twitter much easier for her to understand and use. The app is called Twitter Engage. Although it's not limited to famous people, it's obvious that the app is meant to help popular or verified users... >>

Which Amazon Kindle is best for you? Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage or Kindle Oasis?

Which Amazon Kindle is best for you? Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage or Kindle Oasis?

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The Kindle reader is one of the most popular choices for ebook reading, letting you read your favourite books on a digital device, without the drawbacks that come with using a tablet or smartphone. Not only is the Kindle power efficient, meaning it will... >>