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A day in the life of tado° smart heating

A day in the life of tado° smart heating

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You may have heard a fair bit about smart thermostats but what's it like living with one? In today's hectic, fast paced environment, the value of your time, comfort and convenience can never be underestimated. One thing you shouldn't need to worry about... >>

Apple Music explained: What is it and how does it work?

Apple Music explained: What is it and how does it work?

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Although Apple Music has been out for awhile, it's not too late to give it a go. The music streaming service is subscription-based and packed with features, including offline listening for when you're not connected, and it combines all your music in one... >>

Apple iPhone 6S 3D Touch tips and tricks

Apple iPhone 6S 3D Touch tips and tricks

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Apple's pressure sensitive display technology was announced in September 2015 on the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, going by the name 3D Touch. Thanks to the technology, the displays on board the latest iPhones don't just recognise gestures like tap,... >>

New Lego Star Wars sets in the flesh: Minecraft and Ninjago complete the line-up

New Lego Star Wars sets in the flesh: Minecraft and Ninjago complete the line-up

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Having shown off a range of Lego at the London and Nuremberg Toy Fairs in the last few weeks, the brick brand let us take pics and video of the last entries in the 2016 line-up at the New York Toy Fair. The biggest question mark still left for Lego this... >>

From Galaxy S to Galaxy S7, the timeline of Samsung's flagship Android phones in pictures

From Galaxy S to Galaxy S7, the timeline of Samsung's flagship Android phones in pictures

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This coming Sunday, 21 February, Samsung will unveil its two latest flagship smartphones; the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. They will be announced on stage at a Samsung Unpacked event the night before Mobile World Congress starts in Barcelona and the... >>

What does the LG X series reveal about the LG G5?

What does the LG X series reveal about the LG G5?

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LG has a habit of pre-announcing devices before they officially debut. It's a tactic the company has used for a while meaning by the time we get to the upcoming event or show, there are normally few surprises remaining. The LG G5 is the next hotly-anticipated... >>

What's new in the latest Marshmallow Samsung Galaxy edge screen update?

What's new in the latest Marshmallow Samsung Galaxy edge screen update?

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Samsung has announced the release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow for its Galaxy S6 edge and with it comes something new. The edge Screen has been given an update that makes it more useful than ever. The edge screen, built on an open SDK, allows for both Samsung... >>

Which Windows Phone is right for you? Microsoft Lumia 650 vs 550 vs 950 vs 950 XL

Which Windows Phone is right for you? Microsoft Lumia 650 vs 550 vs 950 vs 950 XL

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Microsoft has announced another Windows 10 smartphone to its portfolio in the form of the Lumia 650. The device is the first to appear with the operating system in 2016, joining three existing handsets that launched in October 2015. If you are after a... >>

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... >>

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... >>

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... >>

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... >>

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... >>

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... >>

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... >>

Are the LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Always On displays a good or bad thing?

Are the LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Always On displays a good or bad thing?

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LG has just officially announced a feature of the G5 in the form of an Always On display. Samsung is also expected to launch this tech in its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. The LG announcement comes in the form of a GIF (below) posted on the company's... >>

Google Editions at Play explained: What are 'books that can't be printed'?

Google Editions at Play explained: What are 'books that can't be printed'?

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Google has a new initiative called Editions at Play - and it's basically a bookstore selling a new type of digital book that can only be read from a browser (Chrome, preferably, via a smartphone). There are two books available at launch. They're not... >>

Oculus Rift pre-order: Everything you need to know

Oculus Rift pre-order: Everything you need to know

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Oculus Rift has been a long time coming but it's finally here. Oculus Rift, made for everyone rather than just developers, will be available from March for the price of $599 or £499. Orders are limited to one headset per person at this stage. Of all... >>