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Mobile World Congress 2016: Launches, smartphones, wearables to expect at MWC 2016

Mobile World Congress 2016: Launches, smartphones, wearables to expect at MWC 2016

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Mobile World Congress, or MWC to its friends, is the largest mobile trade show of the year. It's where we've seen some of the biggest handset launches over the past few years, with everything mobile pouring into Barcelona at the end of February. It's... >>

NBCUniversal Hayu explained: What is it and when will it launch in the UK?

NBCUniversal Hayu explained: What is it and when will it launch in the UK?

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One of the world's leading entertainment companies has announced a new streaming video service that's all about reality TV - and it's intended audiences are in the UK, Ireland, and Australia. Called Hayu, NBCUniversal has described its initiative as... >>

Apple iPhone 5SE: What's the story so far?

Apple iPhone 5SE: What's the story so far?

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The Apple iPhone 5C was announced in September of 2013 as a cheaper, colourful and plastic iPhone option. It arrived alongside the iPhone 5S, but while the 5S has been succeeded with newer handsets, the iPhone 5C hasn't been. Apple stopped selling the... >>

Apple iPad Air 3: What's the story so far?

Apple iPad Air 3: What's the story so far?

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It looks like Apple might finally update the iPad Air 2 in 2016. Apple currently offers three iPad ranges comprising the Mini, Air, and Pro, with five iPads available in total - the iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, and iPad Pro. The... >>

Google is shutting down Picasa: What'll happen to your photos and videos?

Google is shutting down Picasa: What'll happen to your photos and videos?

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Google-owned Picasa will be no more after this spring. The photo service was acquired by Google roughly 12 years ago and has long included native apps for Windows and Mac OS X as well as an integrated web app. However, Picasa and its companion Picasa... >>

HTC One M10 vs One M9: What's the rumoured difference?

HTC One M10 vs One M9: What's the rumoured difference?

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HTC announced its last flagship - the One M9 - at Mobile World Congress in February 2015. That device was then followed up by the One M9+ and more recently, the A9, the latter of which entered the mobile market as more of a mid-range device. The next... >>

Samsung Pay: What is it, how does it work, when is it coming to the UK?

Samsung Pay: What is it, how does it work, when is it coming to the UK?

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Samsung Pay, the platform that allows you to pay for goods and services simply by waving your Samsung device near a cash register instead of swiping a credit card or doling out your payment information, has been active for a number of months in the US... >>

Which Withings activity tracker is right for you? Go vs Pulse Ox vs Activite

Which Withings activity tracker is right for you? Go vs Pulse Ox vs Activite

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Withings is a company dedicated to helping you live a healthier life. It not only has numerous activity trackers to monitor how much you move, but it also has a sleep system, smarthome camera, baby monitor, blood pressure monitor and Wi-Fi scales within... >>

Best TV and movies to watch this weekend on Amazon, Netflix, Now TV and more: Crimson Peak, Zoolander...

Best TV and movies to watch this weekend on Amazon, Netflix, Now TV and more: Crimson Peak, Zoolander...

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It's the weekend and that means it's once again time to leave the dross the regular terrestrial channels serve up on a Friday night, Saturday and Sunday and aim for the streaming services instead. Surely it's far better to catch a movie or TV show you... >>

Best tech of the London Bike Show 2016

Best tech of the London Bike Show 2016

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The London Bike Show, also home to adventure and triathlon, is back for 2016 to show off all the latest gadget innovations for the active types. Apart from a whole host of carbon, lycra and carbs the show is also home to gadgets that help make adventuring... >>

Force feedback joysticks and AR headsets aren't just for gamers, they're the future of combat aircraft

Force feedback joysticks and AR headsets aren't just for gamers, they're the future of combat aircraft

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A short train ride from London into the garden of England, as Kent is known, sits BAE Systems' Rochester facility. It's a site of some historical significance in aviation terms, as the WWII Short Stirling bomber was built here, but it's now where BAE... >>

44 amazing and cringeworthy selfies

44 amazing and cringeworthy selfies

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The selfie phenomenon is unrelenting. Now we even have to put up with selfie sticks for goodness' sakes. 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 length, quite... >>

Google's virtual reality headset: What's the story so far?

Google's virtual reality headset: What's the story so far?

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You might've heard by now: Google is going big on virtual reality in 2016. We're in early-days territory still, so it's hard to be sure, but several reports about executive-level shakeups at the company, as well as VR talent poaching, and now VR-related... >>

Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 edge, S7 edge plus: What's the story so far?

Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 edge, S7 edge plus: What's the story so far?

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 was undoubtedly one of the hit devices of 2015, especially the edge model(s). Samsung needed to shift-up design and it did, refining the appearance of the handset, as well as making essential tweaks to the user interface. But the... >>

HTC One M10/Perfume: What's the story on HTC's next flagship?

HTC One M10/Perfume: What's the story on HTC's next flagship?

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HTC's plans for its next flagship have been a little quiet on the quiet front. While we know, or think we know, plenty about Samsung and LG's next smartphone launches, HTC has managed to avoid the rumour and speculation cycle to a certain extent. Well,... >>

Apple TV subscription streaming service: What's the story so far?

Apple TV subscription streaming service: What's the story so far?

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Sometimes there are so many Apple rumours they're difficult to keep straight, like the latest information surrounding Apple's TV streaming service. The Apple TV was just updated, despite reports from analysts, who repeatedly claim Apple will abandon the... >>

Apple iPhone 5SE vs iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5C: What's the rumoured difference?

Apple iPhone 5SE vs iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5C: What's the rumoured difference?

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Apple is rumoured to have an event scheduled for 15 March, where it is thought the company will unveil the iPhone 5SE, previously known as the iPhone 6C. The iPhone 5SE is expected to launch as the successor to the 4-inch iPhone 5S, bringing a new, smaller... >>

Ultimate guide to VR: Everything you need to know about virtual reality

Ultimate guide to VR: Everything you need to know about virtual reality

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Virtual reality, or VR, is far from a new technology. It has been around for decades, giving users the chance to experience and interact in a world that is separate to their real, everyday lives. This in turn has been used for a variety of reasons, from... >>

34 best Olloclip photos: You’ll be amazed what a phone camera can do

34 best Olloclip photos: You’ll be amazed what a phone camera can do

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Olloclip has been around for years as a means to enhance the camera on iPhones and now Samsung Galaxy S devices too. The result is that some seriously jaw-dropped photos are appearing online, which we've collected here. Olloclip has plenty of offerings... >>

Best Galaxy S7 and S7 edge cases: Protect your new Samsung device

Best Galaxy S7 and S7 edge cases: Protect your new Samsung device

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Samsung's next flagship smartphones have been the subject of many rumours for the last couple of months. The two devices - the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge - are both expected to be revealed on 21 February and there have been plenty of reports claiming... >>

17 great gadget gifts for girls

17 great gadget gifts for girls

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There are hundreds of gadgets out there, some much more exciting than others. It could be the latest smartwatch, delivering notifications directly to your wrist, or a quirky external battery pack to keep your devices charged up. Either way, gadgets make... >>

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 one. The Moto X Play and the Moto X Style graced us with their presence at... >>

Which Sonos speaker is best for you? Play:1, Play:3, new Play:5 or Playbar

Which Sonos speaker is best for you? Play:1, Play:3, new Play:5 or Playbar

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The multi-room speaker market has really picked up over the last couple of years. The options are plentiful to say the least with Denon, Samsung, LG and Bluesound all offering their own solutions. If you are reading this feature however, chances are you... >>

Which Fitbit is right for me?

Which Fitbit is right for me?

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Fitbit is no stranger to the activity tracking market. It's been kicking around for a good few years now, sitting at the top of its class smugly watching as its competitors hope to raise the same brand awareness. Chances are if you are reading this feature,... >>

LG G5: What's the story so far?

LG G5: What's the story so far?

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The LG G5 is the flagship smartphone set to succeed the South Korean company's G4 handset that was released in April 2015. The LG G4 came with the choice of a premium leather finish and stunning f/1.8 16-megapixel camera. Despite the strong praise... >>