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Checking-in at the W with Apple Watch, is it the future for hotels?

Checking-in at the W with Apple Watch, is it the future for hotels?

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As we walk back to the hotel from dinner at a nearby restaurant it suddenly dawns on us that we don't have our room key. Having travelled to numerous hotels around the world, the key, now normally a card, is a stable addition to our back pocket. Tonight... >>

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

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

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Sony has quietly announced a new flagship, the Xperia Z3+ smartphone, which is identical to the Xperia Z4 handset that launched in Japan in April. The device was rumoured for several months, first as the Z4 and then more recently as the Z3+ so the launch... >>

How will Qualcomm technologies improve Daimler, Mercedes and other connected cars in the future?

How will Qualcomm technologies improve Daimler, Mercedes and other connected cars in the future?

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As a partner of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team, Qualcomm works closely with them to help ensure their cars are amongst the most connected in the sport. The team has dominated F1 this year and communication technologies are key to that success.... >>

The weird and wonderful tech of CES Asia 2015

The weird and wonderful tech of CES Asia 2015

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Tech shows always deliver a host of the weird and wonderful. This year the Consumer Electronics Show has ventured over to China for the first time, with the inaugural CES Asia showing off a variety of products and concepts from international and Asian... >>

These three guys are now in control of all-things design at Apple

These three guys are now in control of all-things design at Apple

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Jony Ive has a new job at Apple. He's been bumped up from "Senior Vice President of Design" to "Chief Design Officer". It's an entirely new position at the Cupertino company, and it's one that apparently includes handing off all managerial duties for... >>

A buyer's guide to smartphone selfie sticks: Which one should you get and why?

A buyer's guide to smartphone selfie sticks: Which one should you get and why?

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So, you're thinking about buying a selfie stick... It's okay. We won't tell anybody. But, if you're going to hop on this "in" trend, you might as well do it right. If you think you can just go to Amazon.com, then pick any top-rated one, and that's it... >>

61 of the best Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge wallpapers we've found

61 of the best Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge wallpapers we've found

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Wallpapers... Ugh. We love them, but we also hate them only because it's so difficult to find the perfect one, especially if you own a brand new handset, such as the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. It's almost sacrilegious to display some low-res... >>

Best Samsung Galaxy S6 cases: Protect your SGS6

Best Samsung Galaxy S6 cases: Protect your SGS6

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Samsung Galaxy S6 is a beautiful looking device and one that really steps it up in terms of design compared to its predecessors. There is a 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, 16-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera, all within a stunning... >>

Inside Vertu: Welcome to the world of luxury smartphones

Inside Vertu: Welcome to the world of luxury smartphones

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Nestled in the rolling hills of Hampshire, some 40 miles outside London, sits the headquarters of Vertu.  Established during Nokia's halcyon days in 1998, Vertu was sold in 2012 to a private equity firm. It makes luxury phones by hand, costing more than... >>

What is Google Brillo and when will it arrive?

What is Google Brillo and when will it arrive?

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Just last week Qualcomm was announcing a plan to get its chips into smart devices designed for the Internet of Things, and now Google is reportedly developing an operating system that they can run. It is allegedly gearing up to release the new software... >>

Watching 3D films improves IQ: We test it out

Watching 3D films improves IQ: We test it out

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Have you ever wished you were slightly smarter? A little more intelligent? Well if you watch a few more 3D films, you might find that the genie grants that wish. Yes, it's apparently that easy. No more books, no more studying, just spend the rest of your... >>

What's new with the next-generation Spotify?

What's new with the next-generation Spotify?

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After months of rumours, Spotify has announced it is updating in a big way. With new rivals like Tidal offering music videos and exclusives, and even more competition likely on the way from Apple, Spotify probably felt it had no choice to find new and... >>

Honeywell Lyric vs Google Nest: What's the difference?

Honeywell Lyric vs Google Nest: What's the difference?

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Honeywell offers a couple of smart heating systems within its portfolio including the multi-zone Evohome and the Single Zone Thermostat. It also has another number up its sleeve though - known as Lyric - and while this smart thermostat is only available... >>

Calorie counting just got easy, Situ smart scale even tracks vitamin intake

Calorie counting just got easy, Situ smart scale even tracks vitamin intake

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We got our hands on the Situ Bluetooth smart scale to see just how it can help you lose weight, get healthier and make being food conscious easy. The idea behind the kickstarted Situ is to offer clear and accurate measurements of what you're putting into... >>

Which is the best movie streaming box for under £100? Fire TV vs Apple TV vs Nexus Player and more

Which is the best movie streaming box for under £100? Fire TV vs Apple TV vs Nexus Player and more

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Happy National Streaming Day to one and all. Today, 20 May, has been designated as a day for everyone to celebrate the fact that we can now get our movies, TV shows, music and other content whenever we want. And that there are plenty of ways to get... >>

Instagram tips and tricks: How to master the app and post amazing pics

Instagram tips and tricks: How to master the app and post amazing pics

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Although Instagram has been around for years and is hugely popular, not everyone is completely familiar with the free photo app and how it can quickly transform your mediocre selfies into stunning glamour shots. Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration,... >>

Microsoft Office for Android phone preview now out: Here's how to get it

Microsoft Office for Android phone preview now out: Here's how to get it

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Roughly five months after launching the touch-optimised Office suite for Android tablets, Microsoft has just announced it's also launching preview versions of the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for Android phones. "The Office for Android phone apps... >>

Stand-up gadgets: Tech to get you fit by doing very little at all

Stand-up gadgets: Tech to get you fit by doing very little at all

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If we told you there was a way to get fitter, lose weight and even strengthen muscle by doing pretty much nothing, would you believe it? Well, yes, you probably would as the headline clearly gives away standing as the secret. Time for some science. According... >>

8 best drone quadcopters to buy now: Parrot, DJI, Hubsan and more

8 best drone quadcopters to buy now: Parrot, DJI, Hubsan and more

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Drones are filling the headlines as well as the skies these days. From military drones bombing targets to amateur camera drones pestering celebrities, crashing into National Parks or shipping drugs into prisons – they're everywhere. Companies like... >>

LG G4 Stylus vs LG G4c vs LG G4: What's the difference?

LG G4 Stylus vs LG G4c vs LG G4: What's the difference?

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The LG G4 is finally making its way into UK and US hands, with the handset shipping to "key markets" this week. But LG is not finished yet. It has announced a couple of additional smartphones that fit into the LG G4 family: the LG G4 Stylus and LG G4c.... >>

3 cheaper (and free) alternatives to Adobe Photoshop

3 cheaper (and free) alternatives to Adobe Photoshop

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Adobe Photoshop is a cool app, but for £100 a year, we can't help but wonder if there are cheaper alternatives available. We love the ability to work with multiple layers, add cool filters and effects, brush out icky flaws, adjust levels, and all the... >>

Best iPhone battery chargers: Portable power on the go

Best iPhone battery chargers: Portable power on the go

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The iPhone is great, but if you use it all the time, then you'll be constantly looking for a wall socket to charge it. That's even more the case if you use the Apple Watch, because all that invisible talking between the two has one serious effect: your... >>

How to upgrade your Wii U storage by 1TB or more: That's enough for more than 150 games

How to upgrade your Wii U storage by 1TB or more: That's enough for more than 150 games

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Although digital versions of Wii U games are nowhere near as large in file size as those available for Xbox One or PS4, nor do you require to install disc-based titles, you will still more than likely find yourself running out of storage space on your... >>

Honeywell Evohome vs Tado 2.0: What’s the difference?

Honeywell Evohome vs Tado 2.0: What’s the difference?

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There are several smart heating systems available, all of which offer the ability to control your heating remotely from a smartphone or tablet. Each system also has a variety of features though, and it will depend on what it is you want from your heating... >>

Best DSLR cameras 2015: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

Best DSLR cameras 2015: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

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You want to buy a DSLR camera but don't know what to go for? Then you've come to the right place, as this is where we round-up the best DSLR cameras of 2015. We'll guide you through the hottest cameras available - and only models that we've reviewed in... >>