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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... >>

PlayStation Neo (PS4K) vs Project Scorpio: What’s the rumoured difference?

PlayStation Neo (PS4K) vs Project Scorpio: What’s the rumoured difference?

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During this year's E3, Microsoft announced its smaller, more capable refresh for the Xbox One, the Xbox One S, which is coming this August. However, it also tantalisingly teased Project Scorpio for 2017, a device Xbox boss Phil Spencer called "the most... >>

Best gadget concept images of 2016: iPhone 7, Galaxy S8, PlayStation Neo and more

Best gadget concept images of 2016: iPhone 7, Galaxy S8, PlayStation Neo and more

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This year has seen plenty of impressive gadgets revealed, yet some of the best are still to come. Rumours and leaks aside, we feel it's the amateur designers and fans who create mock-ups of what's to come that provide some of the greatest gadget anticipation.... >>

Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch: What’s the story so far?

Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch: What’s the story so far?

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It's almost time for Samsung to introduce a successor to the Gear S2. The company unveiled that smartwatch last November, but because we live in a high-tech age of annual product life cycles and never-ending consumerism, we're sure Samsung has been diligently... >>

How to watch Hasselblad event: X1D and Moto Mod cameras expected

How to watch Hasselblad event: X1D and Moto Mod cameras expected

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Hasselblad is holding an event in June, and we expect the professional-grade camera company to launch a Moto Mod camera as well as the world's first medium format mirrorless camera during the show. Although Hasselblad hasn't confirmed anything specific... >>

How to make your family room smart

How to make your family room smart

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Here you are: the family room. Kick back and relax. This is where you can watch TV, listen to music and more. Maybe it's not the home cinema system you've yearned for, with projection room and seating in rows, but you can make it a brilliant den with... >>

Best Xbox One games at E3 2016: Gears 4, Forza Horizon 3, ReCore, Sea of Thieves and more

Best Xbox One games at E3 2016: Gears 4, Forza Horizon 3, ReCore, Sea of Thieves and more

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E3 2016 shut its doors last week but not before we got our fill of every game on display. The show presented a huge playground for the great and good titles that will be coming out anytime between now and the end of 2017, and the vast majority of them... >>

Best smartwatches to look forward to in 2016

Best smartwatches to look forward to in 2016

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To hear watch without the word smart in front of it will soon be indicative of a heirloom description. Even luxury watch brands have embraced smartwatches with some exciting announcements having already been made this year and more set to come. In 2015,... >>

Best PS4 games at E3 2016: God of War, Days Gone, Spider-Man, Horizon: Zero Dawn and more

Best PS4 games at E3 2016: God of War, Days Gone, Spider-Man, Horizon: Zero Dawn and more

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With the E3 gaming expo 2016 done and dusted, the front runners in the gaming world unveiled their biggest and best titles. None more so than Sony, its PlayStation 4 looks set to go from strength to strength in 2016 and beyond. With some top-drawer exclusive... >>

Xbox One S vs Xbox One: What's the difference?

Xbox One S vs Xbox One: What's the difference?

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With Sony revealing before E3 that an upgrade to PS4 would not appear at the show, the stage was set for Xbox to upstage its main rival with a hardware unveiling of its own. It even revealed that two new consoles will be coming in the next 18 months:... >>

Best PlayStation VR games at E3 2016: Farpoint, Resident Evil 7, Batman and more

Best PlayStation VR games at E3 2016: Farpoint, Resident Evil 7, Batman and more

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PlayStation VR is almost upon us, with its release date set for 13 October, priced £349. And at this year's E3 gaming expo Sony has been pushing the product hard, with a variety of games that have blown our minds. There's even a new gun-shaped controller,... >>

Best TV catch-up on Freeview Play: Eurotrash, The Living and The Dead and more

Best TV catch-up on Freeview Play: Eurotrash, The Living and The Dead and more

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If you have access to a device that features Freeview Play, be it a supported TV or set-top-box, you can simply catch up with shows you've missed by scrolling backwards through the electronic programme guide. That takes away the fuss of having to come... >>

The gadgets and costumes of Suicide Squad in pictures: Harley Quinn, The Joker and more

The gadgets and costumes of Suicide Squad in pictures: Harley Quinn, The Joker and more

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After a busy E3 in Los Angeles, we were invited to end the week with a trip to Warner Bros Studios in Burbank to undertake a tour of the lot and get up and close to a whole host of props and costumes. We saw plenty of items from past and present, including... >>

What works with Apple HomeKit?

What works with Apple HomeKit?

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Apple's HomeKit technology might seem really confusing, but trust us, it's not. It basically allows accessories from various manufacturers to work together, and it gives you a uniformed way of controlling all those accessories at once. Pocket-lint has... >>

Facebook Messenger bots: What are they and how can you find them?

Facebook Messenger bots: What are they and how can you find them?

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Earlier this year, Facebook said bots were coming to its Messenger app. Well, you might not have realised this, but they're already available. Many bots have actually been available for months. It's hard to tell, however, because they're buried in the... >>

Best HTC Vive games: Incredible SteamVR experiences to play right now

Best HTC Vive games: Incredible SteamVR experiences to play right now

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We've been playing with the full consumer version of the HTC Vive virtual reality headset for the best part of a week and will soon be posting our extensive review. However, before we do we wanted to share our thoughts on some of the games and experiences... >>

Best E3 2016 gaming headsets: Astro A50, Turtle Beach Stealth 350VR, LucidSound LS40, and more

Best E3 2016 gaming headsets: Astro A50, Turtle Beach Stealth 350VR, LucidSound LS40, and more

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For hardcore gamers, headsets are a big thing. They often want surround sound, tuned drivers, different EQ modes, software so that they can customise their listening profiles, crisp microphones that can be muted, and a design that either matches their... >>