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Watch this smartwatch turn an arm into a touchscreen control

Watch this smartwatch turn an arm into a touchscreen control

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Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a smartwatch system that uses your arm as a touchscreen. Called SkinTrack and developed by the Human-Computer Interaction Institute’s Future Interfaces Group at the university, the new system... >>

EE Power Bars are no more - network won't bring back charger promotion

EE Power Bars are no more - network won't bring back charger promotion

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Remember those free EE Power Bars? Yeah, they're gone for good. EE announced a free portable charger scheme last April and said it would be available to every network and broadband customer. Called the EE Power incentive, it offered a free portable Power... >>

Watch the trailer: Battlefield 5 is actually Battlefield 1 and set in World War I

Watch the trailer: Battlefield 5 is actually Battlefield 1 and set in World War I

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Electronic Arts has announced a name for the next Battlefield game, and it debuted a trailer for the wartime first-person shooter. The game, which follows Battlefield 4 but is confusingly titled Battlefield 1, will release for Xbox One, PlayStation... >>

Apple Music student plan brings 50 per cent membership discount to US, UK

Apple Music student plan brings 50 per cent membership discount to US, UK

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Apple is slashing Apple Music membership costs - for students, anyway. Soon, when subscribing to the company's music-streaming service, you will have a student plan option to choose from that adds a 50 per cent discount. You can only choose the new plan... >>

Best roaming plans: Which is the cheapest network for EU and abroad?

Best roaming plans: Which is the cheapest network for EU and abroad?

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As of the end of last month, April, roaming fees across Europe have dropped dramatically thanks to an EU directive. In addition, the European Commission will scrap roaming data charges in its 28 member countries entirely from June 2017. Until then though,... >>

The best action cam photos in the world: Jaw, meet floor

The best action cam photos in the world: Jaw, meet floor

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It's been many years since the first skier strapped a shoulder camera to his helmet and threw himself down a mountain. In that time action cameras have shrunk, flying has become cheaper and now everyone is sharing super shots. From GoPro to Sony to Rollei,... >>

Help! The sun is shining! Why can't I see my smartphone screen?

Help! The sun is shining! Why can't I see my smartphone screen?

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The sun is shining, the sunglasses are out. You go to tweet that perfect sunny picture and … wait … you can't see a thing on your smartphone display! It's not necessarily the phone that's a fault, but it could be how it behaves with your expensive... >>

Samsung Gear Fit 2 / Gear IconX: What's the story so far?

Samsung Gear Fit 2 / Gear IconX: What's the story so far?

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The original Samsung Gear Fit launched in 2014 and at the time, it was a lovely device with a good design, beautiful display in the right conditions and a simple and fluid interface. Take a look at the Gear Fit two years on however, and you'll probably... >>

69 well-timed and accidental phone pictures that will make you look twice

69 well-timed and accidental phone pictures that will make you look twice

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Ever since the first camera was added to a phone, we've become obsessed with taking pictures of just about everything that moves and a lot of things that don't. From selfies to waving a smartphone around at a gig or sporting event, we just can't get... >>

Apple Car autonomous drive testing at land bought for trials

Apple Car autonomous drive testing at land bought for trials

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The Apple Car, much like the fabled Apple Television, has been talked about in whispers and rumours for sometime, but this one now looks real. Tim Cook has already teased the project and his company has now bought land to start testing it too. The Apple... >>

5 fun Raspberry Pi projects you can do with your kids

5 fun Raspberry Pi projects you can do with your kids

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Like the BBC Micro in its day, the Raspberry Pi mini-computer is an accessible way to get children and families into the world of computer hardware and coding/programming. It costs around £30 and is about the size of a credit card. It can be plugged... >>

Your Vodafone mobile now works in 40 countries for free

Your Vodafone mobile now works in 40 countries for free

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Vodafone has announced that it will be joining Three and Tesco Mobile in offering free roaming to its customers. That means you'll be able to use your smartphone abroad without paying extra charges. Roaming charges are due to be scrapped completely in... >>

Samsung Galaxy S7 Active tough phone is real, shown off in pictures

Samsung Galaxy S7 Active tough phone is real, shown off in pictures

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A rugged alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S7 has appeared online in photos following leaks that said it might be incoming. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active offers a tough rubberised alternative to the flagship smartphone. Photos of the S7 Active leaked out... >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 6 Lite not tight on specs: 5.8-inch screen, 4G RAM and more

Samsung Galaxy Note 6 Lite not tight on specs: 5.8-inch screen, 4G RAM and more

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 6 may not arrive alone but as part of a trio, including an affordable Lite model. The Samsung Galaxy Note 6 Lite should accompany the main handset and potentially a curved variant too. That Lite name usually means a smaller screen... >>

Huawei P9 vs P8: Is it worth upgrading?

Huawei P9 vs P8: Is it worth upgrading?

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Huawei has made several smartphone announcements over the last few months. The Mate S and the Mate 8 both arrived in the latter half of 2015 and received plenty of praise. They are now joined by the Chinese company's next flagship and it's bigger brother... >>

Style, simplicity and sound perfection: XTC In-Ear Genuine Wood headphones

Style, simplicity and sound perfection: XTC In-Ear Genuine Wood headphones

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Despite all the bells and whistles of today’s headphones market, one technology has been in use for centuries from fine instruments to the acoustics-enhancing architecture of concert halls: high-quality wood. The XTC In-Ear Genuine Wood Headphones fluidly... >>

Free Windows 10 downloads finishing soon: How to get it before you pay

Free Windows 10 downloads finishing soon: How to get it before you pay

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All good things must come to an end.  Microsoft launched Windows 10 last summer, and when it did, the company made Windows users an offer they couldn't refuse: reserve a free copy of the software for your PC, and upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1... >>

Here's the first 360-degree footage from GoPro’s six-camera Omni VR rig

Here's the first 360-degree footage from GoPro’s six-camera Omni VR rig

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GoPro announced its first quarter earnings today, revealed it will delay the release of its highly-anticipated drone until winter, and published a 360-degree video recorded with its Omni virtual reality camera rig. The 4-minute clip marks the first time... >>

Samsung Galaxy C5 leak shows mid-range smartphone with metal body

Samsung Galaxy C5 leak shows mid-range smartphone with metal body

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Although Samsung has already announced two flagship smartphones this year, rumours have been floating around about a mid-range device that the South Korean company is reportedly getting ready to debut in China. That mid-range device - the so-called Galaxy... >>

Samsung just leaked these official images of the Gear Fit 2 and Gear IconX

Samsung just leaked these official images of the Gear Fit 2 and Gear IconX

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Samsung has accidentally revealed unannounced devices Leaked images surfaced online last month, revealing Samsung has been working on a successor to 2014's Gear Fit as well as smart wireless earbuds with fitness tracking capabilities, but now both devices... >>

Nike Free RN Motion Flyknit sport new tech to deliver a more natural run

Nike Free RN Motion Flyknit sport new tech to deliver a more natural run

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Nike has announced its new Nike Free running shoe range for 2016, ditching the Free 3, 4 and 5 models for a more universal approach that should appeal to a wider audience of runners. While the range now looks to offer separate features for different... >>

Smart contact lenses: What's the story so far?

Smart contact lenses: What's the story so far?

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Smart contact lenses are coming. They are the part-scary, part-exciting future tech that will bring augmented reality to the fore. Imagine always having a way of overlaying images onto the real world and capture everything as you see it. Follow glowing... >>

Land Rover is working on its own smartphone, due out in 2017

Land Rover is working on its own smartphone, due out in 2017

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Just when you thought you couldn't afford a Land Rover, the company has started work on its own smartphone that will, hopefully, be more attainable. Jaguar Land Rover has teamed up with the British company, Bullitt Group, who has worked with JCB and Caterpillar... >>

Did you know you now get Channel 5 HD on Freeview?

Did you know you now get Channel 5 HD on Freeview?

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As of yesterday, Channel 5 HD is now in the line-up of free-to-air high definition stations. It has been added to the Freeview electronic programme guide and is available to all TVs, set-top-boxes and entertainment devices that support Freeview HD. Freeview... >>

Netflix now lets you cap streams in tiers, save data but keep quality

Netflix now lets you cap streams in tiers, save data but keep quality

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Netflix has introduced a new feature to its mobile app that will allow greater control of data usage when streaming over networks. The new Netflix tool will allow you to decide how much data is used up per hour of streaming. While the app did previously... >>