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41 ways to get a giggle out of Siri

41 ways to get a giggle out of Siri

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If you have an iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch, you've probably met Siri, Apple's voice assistant. He is an interesting little fellow, sometimes useful, sometimes funny and other times, a sarcastic little so and so. To most questions you'll get a standard... >>

Best iPhone 6 cases: Treat your Apple device

Best iPhone 6 cases: Treat your Apple device

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Apple's iPhone 6 features a beautiful aluminium body, super slim design and the company's latest A8 processor under the hood. It's a good looking device and probably one that you'd rather not cover with a case, but a little bit of protection is always... >>

Sony Smart-B Trainer first run: Your Walkman sports coach

Sony Smart-B Trainer first run: Your Walkman sports coach

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Sony is no stranger to the wearable or music markets, it's been a player in both for years and its new device combines the two in a bid to help runners of every level, well, run. The Smart B-Trainer is a type of Walkman, but it has been designed for... >>

Netatmo Welcome review: Big Brother is watching and knows who you are
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Netatmo Welcome review: Big Brother is watching and knows who you are

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Smarthome cameras are funny things, always on and always watching. Some love the idea of them, while others are less keen – and we can understand why they divide opinion. It's that thought of being spied on by parents, partners or family members. Of... >>

Best tablets 2015: The best tablets available to buy today

Best tablets 2015: The best tablets available to buy today

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So you're looking for a new tablet? If you're looking for the best tablet of 2015, then you've come to the right place. We will guide you through the hottest 7-inch and larger slabs available today, in order to help you reach a decision on which tablet... >>

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S: What's the difference?

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S: What's the difference?

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Samsung has officially announced the successor to its Galaxy Tab S tablet after numerous leaks of the device first appeared in May. The Galaxy Tab S2 arrives just over a year after the original was revealed and it will be available to buy from August.... >>

Three Peaks Challenge: How well did Apple, Asus, Fitbit, Misfit and Withings track our activity?

Three Peaks Challenge: How well did Apple, Asus, Fitbit, Misfit and Withings track our activity?

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The Pocket-lint team recently completed the Three Peaks Challenge within a 24 hour period, climbing the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales over the weekend of 11-12 July. It was a tough challenge, with the weather very much against us... >>

New Fiat 500 first drive: Cute, charming and colourful

New Fiat 500 first drive: Cute, charming and colourful

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The Fiat 500 is no stranger to the road. In fact, this little number has been whizzing around the streets since 1957, first by the name of Cinquino, before it was redesigned and relaunched on its 50th anniversary in 2007. Eight years on and the Fiat 500... >>

Which Honeywell heating system is best for you? Evohome vs Voice Controlled vs Single Zone Thermostat

Which Honeywell heating system is best for you? Evohome vs Voice Controlled vs Single Zone Thermostat

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Honeywell is a company with its fingers in several pies, one of which is smart heating. There are several systems available on the market that will make turning your heating on or off and make scheduling it much easier, whether you pick Honeywell, or... >>

How to make your home smart for under £1500

How to make your home smart for under £1500

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Connected homes are fast becoming the thing to have as more and more devices appear hoping to make your home life easier, simpler and smarter. There is everything from appliances to heating, lighting and other gadgets available, all of which can be remotely... >>

Best fitness trackers: The best activity bands to buy today

Best fitness trackers: The best activity bands to buy today

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The wearables market has really taken off over the past couple of years leaving behind a plethora of devices from smartwatches and heart rate measuring headphones to sports watches and activity trackers. There is such a breadth of choice out there, it's... >>

Which Android Wear smartwatch is best for you? Asus vs LG vs Motorola vs Samsung vs Sony

Which Android Wear smartwatch is best for you? Asus vs LG vs Motorola vs Samsung vs Sony

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Smartwatches are growing in popularity and they have come along way since the original models launched. The smartphone platform you have will dictate the smartwatch models available to you but as you are reading this feature - chances are you have an... >>

Real-life smarthome: What is it really like living with Honeywell, Nest, Tado, Hive, Philips Hue, Netatmo and Withings?

Real-life smarthome: What is it really like living with Honeywell, Nest, Tado, Hive, Philips Hue, Netatmo and Withings?

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The smarthome is no longer the subject of dreams - it is very much the here and now. There are numerous products and devices out there that will turn your house into a clever one, from smartphone-controlled lights to heating and cameras. But what is it... >>

Jawbone UP3 review: Up there with the best of them?
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Jawbone UP3 review: Up there with the best of them?

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There are plenty of fitness tracking devices available these days and Jawbone's Up series has been one of our go-to favourites. Now in its third generation, the Up3 is more capable than ever before. But unlike the Fitbit and Withings products of this... >>

5 crazy smarthome gadgets you didn’t know you needed

5 crazy smarthome gadgets you didn’t know you needed

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A smarthome can be made up of all sorts of wonderful gadgets, from smartphone controlled heating and lighting, to cameras, colourful garden lights, robot hoovers and clever washing machines. There aren't just wonderful products out there for the smarthome... >>

Best roaming plans: Which is the cheapest network?

Best roaming plans: Which is the cheapest network?

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The European Commission has announced that roaming data charges will be scrapped in its 28 member countries by 2017. Until then how can we stop paying high fees? Travelling abroad and using your phone as normally used to mean a hefty bill on your return,... >>

Which iPhone is best for you? iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus?

Which iPhone is best for you? iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus?

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There is plenty of choice when it comes to smartphones, almost too much in fact. Chances are if you are reading this feature however, you have at least narrowed your options down to the iPhone. So as you have discarded Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry,... >>

Fitbit Surge review: Bridging the gap between activity tracker and sportswatch
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Fitbit Surge review: Bridging the gap between activity tracker and sportswatch

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Described as the ultimate fitness superwatch, the Fitbit Surge places the company in the sportswatch category for the first time, competing against the likes of Polar and Garmin. Fitbit claims to now have a fitness tracking device for everyone. We've... >>

6 best apps for planning your vacation or holiday

6 best apps for planning your vacation or holiday

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Summer is finally here and school holidays are just weeks away, which means for those with kids, it's not long before you can pack those bags and fly away for a couple of weeks, while those without kids have just two weeks before the prices shoot up.... >>

Hoover Wizard Wi-Fi enabled appliances explored: Bringing the smart kitchen from dream to reality

Hoover Wizard Wi-Fi enabled appliances explored: Bringing the smart kitchen from dream to reality

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Hoover is a brand that is better known for its vacuum cleaners, trademarking the Hoover name and meaning everyone else in the business of floor cleaning wonders call them something else. But it isn't just Hoovers that Hoover do. In fact, it has been... >>

5 gadgets to make your garden as smart as your home

5 gadgets to make your garden as smart as your home

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Smarthome gadgets are all the rage at the moment. There are plenty of options to make your kitchen, living room, bedrooms and bathrooms smart, but a smarthome doesn't need to stop at the patio doors. There are also numerous gadgets out there that will... >>

Samsung Wireless Audio 360: R6 and R7 speakers shake up multi-room (hands-on)

Samsung Wireless Audio 360: R6 and R7 speakers shake up multi-room (hands-on)

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Samsung has announced the availability of its Wireless Audio 360 speakers at an event in London, following their original launch at CES 2015. There are two speakers in the range – the R6 and the R7 – both of which have a very distinct design and some... >>

5 reasons why the summer is a good time to buy a smart thermostat

5 reasons why the summer is a good time to buy a smart thermostat

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Summer has finally arrived and even if the sun is a little temperamental when it comes to keeping its hat on, you have probably turned the heating off in your home. In fact, one of the last things you are likely to be thinking about is your heating. But... >>

See inside your home anytime, anywhere with these smarthome cameras

See inside your home anytime, anywhere with these smarthome cameras

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A smarthome consists of all sorts of exciting gadgets from app-controlled lighting and heating to robotic vacuum cleaners, but there is one gadget that is likely to be picked first for the smarthome cool team – the camera. Smart cameras will not only... >>

8 smarthome gadgets to look forward to

8 smarthome gadgets to look forward to

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Home automation gadgets have really taken off in the last couple of years, with plenty of devices already available to turn your house into a smart one.  It's a hot topic at the moment with lots of companies hopping on the smarthome bandwagon and products... >>