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Motorola Moto Z vs Moto Z Force: What's the difference?

Motorola Moto Z vs Moto Z Force: What's the difference?

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Lenovo has revealed its new flagship handset, the Moto Z. Wiping the Moto X away, this new generation of super smartphones not only offers top-draw specs, it also offers an ecosystem of modular accessories - Moto Mods. There are two handsets, however,... >>

Motorola Moto Z and Moto Z Force: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

Motorola Moto Z and Moto Z Force: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

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Lenovo has taken to the stage at Lenovo Tech World 2016 to unveil its next-gen handset, the Moto Z, which steps into flagship territory. But rather than just launching one new handset, Motorola has unveiled two versions of this handset, the Moto Z and... >>

What is Google Tango?

What is Google Tango?

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Google is well-known for working on highly exploratory products and services. From internet-carrying balloons to cars that drive themselves, and everything in between. One such innovation is Project Tango - now rebranded to just Tango - which is part... >>

The smarthome journey so far

The smarthome journey so far

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The term smarthome has become increasingly common, no longer a phrase we associate with the future, instead become something of the now. The evolution of the smarthome hasn't happened overnight however. It has been a long road to bring us to the present... >>

Apple App Store and Google Play are changing: How will that affect you?

Apple App Store and Google Play are changing: How will that affect you?

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Apple has said things are changing for its App Store, and, in response, Google might change its app store too.  A lot of these new changes pertain to app developers - but all of the changes speak volumes about what's happening in the world of apps,... >>

Periscope tips and tricks

Periscope tips and tricks

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Broadcasting is so in right now. Apps like Snapchat let you publish videos in real-time for the world to see, for instance, and then there's social networks like Facebook, which have added live-streaming tools for its users. Because these types of streaming... >>

Honeywell Water Leak and Freeze Detector explained

Honeywell Water Leak and Freeze Detector explained

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Small issues can develop into major problems if they aren't dealt quickly. Spilling red wine on a cream carpet for example, isn't something you want to leave unattended for too long. While in this case it wouldn't be catastrophic if you did, aside from... >>

Google’s new Motion Stills app turns Live Photos into GIFs - and here’s how

Google’s new Motion Stills app turns Live Photos into GIFs - and here’s how

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Google has released yet another iOS app. The unique thing about this app is that it can convert Live Photos into shareable GIFs and movie montages. The app is called Motion Stills, and it essentially gives iPhone owners new ways to play with and share Live... >>

Samsung 4K HDR TV choices for 2016: KS9000, KS8000, KS7500 and KS7000 compared

Samsung 4K HDR TV choices for 2016: KS9000, KS8000, KS7500 and KS7000 compared

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Samsung announced a new generation of SUHD televisions at CES 2016 at the beginning of the year and now has a full selection of TVs for you to choose from, in a wide of sizes and prices. The top-end screens use Quantum Dot displays meaning a layer of... >>

Life-drawing at the Royal Academy with an iPad Pro

Life-drawing at the Royal Academy with an iPad Pro

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As the model in front of us drops her dressing gown to reveal her naked body, we realise the enormity of what we are about to do. We've drawn before, the odd doodle here and there, but never at a life-drawing class, and certainly not in the famous Life... >>

Google's Project Ara modular smartphone: Everything you need to know

Google's Project Ara modular smartphone: Everything you need to know

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Project Ara is Google's vision for making truly customisable smartphones. If there's one thing we know from the current smartphone market, it's that there's no such thing as a "one size fits all", but having a device with bits you can swap out and replace... >>

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Active: What's the difference?

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Active: What's the difference?

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If you're looking for a rugged phone, you have a new option through AT&T. AT&T and Samsung partnered on a tougher version of the Galaxy S7, called the Galaxy S7 Active. Both companies have been working on these types of devices since the Galaxy S4 Active... >>

Xbox summer update 2016: Here's what your Xbox One can do now

Xbox summer update 2016: Here's what your Xbox One can do now

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Last November, Microsoft pushed what was perhaps the biggest update to any of its consoles yet, with the Xbox One user experience switching to one based on Windows 10. New features have arrived since then, with some having significant effects on how users... >>

Best phones from 2015 that are now cheaper than you think

Best phones from 2015 that are now cheaper than you think

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This year has already seen some excellent smartphones launch and no doubt there will be a few more to follow. We've already seen Samsung's fabulous Galaxy S7 and S7 edge hit the shelves, Apple introduce a new 4-incher in the iPhone SE, HTC step back into... >>

Weird and wonderful tech of Computex 2016: Crazy gadgets and gizmos you must see

Weird and wonderful tech of Computex 2016: Crazy gadgets and gizmos you must see

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Having spent the entire week at Computex 2016 in Taipei, we found plenty of gadgets and technology that didn't quite fit into regular categories. Indeed, some of the most fun moments we had were when we stumbled across some of the stranger devices lurking... >>

Best TV catch-up on Freeview Play: The Musketeers, Pokemon and more

Best TV catch-up on Freeview Play: The Musketeers, Pokemon and more

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Freeview Play televisions and set-top-boxes give you the option to scroll back through the EPG to catch-up with shows you might have missed the previous week. All you have to do it click on the show and it will open in each channel's respective on demand application... >>

Apple Car: What's the story so far on Project Titan?

Apple Car: What's the story so far on Project Titan?

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You've heard the rumours by now: forget about waiting for Apple to revolutionise the living room by launching a magical HDTV set straight from your dreams, because it's now trying to innovate in the automobile sector. That's right. Apple is working on... >>

Samsung Gear Fit2 / Gear IconX: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

Samsung Gear Fit2 / Gear IconX: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

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The original Samsung Gear Fit was released two years ago, so it was about time that we had a refresh. That comes in the form of the Samsung Gear Fit2, which is now confirmed and will be available soon. It is joined on the launch schedule by wireless... >>

Are backpack VR PCs really a thing now? MSI, Zotac and HP think so

Are backpack VR PCs really a thing now? MSI, Zotac and HP think so

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Virtual reality is steadily coming into its own with a slew of new products on show this year at Computex. And some are not what you'd expect. Prior to this year’s show, three companies, HP, gaming giant MSI and mini PC maker Zotac, announced a new... >>

20 crazy inventions, you won't believe what you're about to see

20 crazy inventions, you won't believe what you're about to see

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Some inventions are better than others, then there are some that should never have seen the light of day. Well, maybe they should, if just to make us laugh. From solar bikinis to a nose worn stylus, these are here to shock. Designers the world over have... >>

How to get free data, texts, and calls

How to get free data, texts, and calls

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Mobile plans aren't exactly cheap.  However, mobile carrier FreedomPop, which launched in the UK last year after first debuting in the US, is offering customers voice calls, texts, and mobile data at no cost.  More specifically, you can get 200 minutes,... >>

Twitter tips and tricks

Twitter tips and tricks

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Twitter isn't exactly the most user-friendly social network to use. People who aren't familiar with the symbols # and @ or even terminology like retweet and DM probably see Twitter as some sort of alien spawn they'll never understand. But it doesn't have... >>

13 iPhone battery tips and tricks

13 iPhone battery tips and tricks

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Smartphones are great dates: they look good and they are patient with you while you take photos, reply to emails, browse the internet and respond to messages. The flaw almost all of them have however, is they don't have the stamina to last all day and... >>

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... >>

63 ways to get a giggle out of Siri

63 ways to get a giggle out of Siri

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If you have an iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch, you've probably met Siri, Apple's voice assistant. He is an interesting little fellow, sometimes useful, sometimes funny and other times, a sarcastic little so and so. To most questions you'll get a standard... >>