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22 best games of Gamescom 2015: Star Wars Battlefront, Halo 5, Mafia 3 and more

22 best games of Gamescom 2015: Star Wars Battlefront, Halo 5, Mafia 3 and more

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It might seem strange to some that another massive videogames show opens its doors so soon after E3, but Gamescom in Cologne is a huge deal. Not only does it give European gamers a chance to see many of the games for 2015 and 2016 without having to cross... >>

Apple ResearchKit launches in the UK: Here's everything you need to know

Apple ResearchKit launches in the UK: Here's everything you need to know

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Apple wants to turn iPhones from across the world into devices that collect scientific data for medical research. The company started achieving that goal by introducing ResearchKit during its Spring Forward event in March. While at the event, Apple didn't... >>

Smartphone manners: The etiquette of using your favourite gadget politely

Smartphone manners: The etiquette of using your favourite gadget politely

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Recent figures from Ofcom revealed that over 90 per cent of the UK now uses a smartphone. But are we using them in the right way? Other figures from that same study showed that people have opinions on the right and wrong ways to use smartphones. Do you... >>

UK smartphone addiction at all time high, you won't believe how many selfies were taken

UK smartphone addiction at all time high, you won't believe how many selfies were taken

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A new report from Ofcom has revealed the UK as a nation of phone addicts. For the first time smartphones have overtaken laptops as the most popular way to get online. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Smartphone use in general has jumped up a notch.... >>

What is Microsoft Sway and could it replace PowerPoint one day?

What is Microsoft Sway and could it replace PowerPoint one day?

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Microsoft has dropped the "preview" label from Sway and launched it for everyone to use, along with a new Windows 10 desktop app for the product and a slew of new features and ways to share stuff. Microsoft has described Sway as a "digital storytelling... >>

EE recalls some Power Bars due to fire risk: Is yours one of them?

EE recalls some Power Bars due to fire risk: Is yours one of them?

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If you own an EE Power Bar, you should immediately check its model number, because EE has recalled 500,000 units that could explode and catch fire. EE announced a free portable charger scheme at the beginning of April and said it would available to all... >>

Now TV Box (2015) vs Now TV Box vs Roku 2: What's the difference?

Now TV Box (2015) vs Now TV Box vs Roku 2: What's the difference?

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Sky's Now TV box has had an update bringing with it a number of new features, but should you upgrade from the original, should you just bite the bullet on the extra costs and go for the Roku 2, or should you just stick with what you've got already? We've... >>

Sony Xperia M5 vs Motorola Moto G (third-gen): What's the difference?

Sony Xperia M5 vs Motorola Moto G (third-gen): What's the difference?

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The lower-end of the smartphone market is almost as exciting, if not more exciting, than the top-end at the moment. In the last couple of weeks, we have seen not only the OnePlus 2 arrive, but also the third generation of Moto G, two new models of the... >>

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra vs Sony Xperia Z3+: What's the difference?

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra vs Sony Xperia Z3+: What's the difference?

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Sony is no stranger to the launch of new devices. No sooner does one smartphone hit the shelves, than another swiftly appears to expand the portfolio yet again. Two new mid-range devices were announced this week, comprising the Xperia M5 and a 6-inch... >>

You can now reserve the liquid-metal Turing Phone: Here's what you need to know

You can now reserve the liquid-metal Turing Phone: Here's what you need to know

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If you have been dreaming about owning a liquidmetal phone for years, you should check out the new Turing Phone. It's just become available for pre-order, and apart from being stronger than steel, it's aiming to be the most secure smartphone ever. That's... >>

Sony Xperia M5 vs Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: What’s the difference?

Sony Xperia M5 vs Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: What’s the difference?

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Sony is well known for launching several smartphones a year. It doesn't stick to the annual refresh cycle that many of its competitors do, instead it opts for more of a bi-annual cycle with both its flagship and mid-range series of devices. The latest... >>

The best looking Apple Watch you’ll ever see but likely never own, in pictures

The best looking Apple Watch you’ll ever see but likely never own, in pictures

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The Apple Watch is a design focused bit of kit. Even for those not that bothered by gadgets it's been something they're hearing about and even want. But the latest variant on the Apple Watch theme has got to be the best yet. The design was done by hand... >>

What is the toy to life craze and which games will your kids want this Christmas?

What is the toy to life craze and which games will your kids want this Christmas?

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On the whole, console games aimed at younger family members these days come with toys attached. Whether that's Skylanders, which started the "toys to life" craze rolling, Disney Infinity or newcomer Lego Dimensions the basic formula is the same: purchase... >>

What is HitchBOT and why was it murdered?

What is HitchBOT and why was it murdered?

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A robot has been murdered for hitchhiking. HitchBOT has met its end at the hands of humans, despite loving them to the bitter end. HitchBOT was a robot created by Ontario makers at Ryerson University who wanted to see how far it would travel. The robot... >>

33 Twitter accounts you just have to follow right now

33 Twitter accounts you just have to follow right now

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Twitter can be a powerful tool. It can educate you, help enlighten you, make you laugh, and pretty much just keep you in-the-know. But you have to follow the right people/accounts. Otherwise, your Twitter feed can easily fill up with boring, useless tweets,... >>

Google Glass 2: What’s the story so far?

Google Glass 2: What’s the story so far?

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You've probably heard that Google Glass is dead. Well, it isn't. It's alive and well and supposedly headed toward a second version that'll be released sometime this year. A new FCC filing supposedly for the device has even revealed what it will likely... >>

5 fun facts about Ultimate Ears UE Roll: Not all Bluetooth speakers are created equal

5 fun facts about Ultimate Ears UE Roll: Not all Bluetooth speakers are created equal

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Sometimes we get invited to visit companies at their headquarters to explore what goes on behind the scenes - from product design and development, to future concepts and manufacturing. In mid June, off the back of the UE Roll Bluetooth speaker announcement,... >>

Why haven’t I got Windows 10 upgrade yet? And other important questions answered

Why haven’t I got Windows 10 upgrade yet? And other important questions answered

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Although Windows 10 officially launched yesterday, many are complaining that they haven't yet got the upgrade. Even if they pre-registered for the download at the beginning of June, they are still plugging away with Windows 8.1 or 7, hoping that a notification... >>

OnePlus 2 vs Samsung, Sony, HTC, LG and Motorola: Is it really a 'flagship killer'?

OnePlus 2 vs Samsung, Sony, HTC, LG and Motorola: Is it really a 'flagship killer'?

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OnePlus recently announced the successor to its popular OnePlus One smartphone, describing the second generation device as another "flagship killer". The company did a brilliant job with the original, offering virtually top-end specs for a low-end price,... >>

Windows 10 tips and tricks: Here's what your PC or tablet can do now

Windows 10 tips and tricks: Here's what your PC or tablet can do now

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Windows 10 is finally here, and it's apparent that Microsoft has been hard at work taking the best features from Windows 7 and 8, while weeding out some of the not-so popular ones. Unfortunately, as it is with every new operating system upgrade, there's... >>

Best Windows 10 apps to download or try right now

Best Windows 10 apps to download or try right now

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Microsoft's Windows 10 is now available and the overall message is that it's cool. But to be frank, it's nothing without apps.  We use desktop apps for messaging, mailing, drawing, editing, writing, mapping, playing, gaming, listening, watching, ordering,... >>

Downloaded Windows 10? Make sure you do these five things first

Downloaded Windows 10? Make sure you do these five things first

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You've downloaded Windows 10. Now what? The new Microsoft operating system brings in a number of changes over Windows 7 and Windows 8 as you've probably gathered.  There are a couple of good housekeeping tips and tricks that will really supercharge your... >>

How to get your free Windows 10 upgrade

How to get your free Windows 10 upgrade

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Microsoft has started to roll out Windows 10 to PCs today. It will be available on new laptops, desktops and tablets, but also as a free upgrade for a year for any devices currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. That means, from today you will... >>

What is Nokia Ozo? Here’s everything you need to know

What is Nokia Ozo? Here’s everything you need to know

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Nokia is alive and well after selling its mobile business to Microsoft. It is now almost ready to fully reveal a new product called Ozo. But what is Ozo? At the moment all Nokia is giving away is a launch webpage with a countdown timer, some glimpses... >>

9 things about Windows 10 you didn’t know already

9 things about Windows 10 you didn’t know already

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Windows 10 is available to download from today - although, thanks to a staggered rollout, you might have to wait a few days to get it. But while you wait you might want to know about some of the lesser known abilities it will bring to your PC. When you... >>