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Sony Xperia Z4 vs Sony Xperia Z3: What's the difference?

Sony Xperia Z4 vs Sony Xperia Z3: What's the difference?

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Sony has quietly announced its next flagship, the Xperia Z4 smartphone in Japan. The device has been rumoured for several months and after it didn't appear at Mobile World Congress like some expected, many were speculating a release later this year. Although... >>

Vector Luna smartwatch: Simple, subtle and sexy

Vector Luna smartwatch: Simple, subtle and sexy

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The Vector Luna smartwatch was announced in March at Baselworld 2015, alongside its rectangular-faced brother, the Vector Meridian, and several other smartwatches from luxury watch manufacturers including Tag Heuer. At first you might think 'not another... >>

Smart heating is here: Five reasons to invest

Smart heating is here: Five reasons to invest

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Smart heating is the umbrella term used for the latest heating set ups that not only allow you to control the temperature throughout your home from your smartphone, but some will also automatically learn and adjust to your weekly or daily routines. The... >>

Huawei P8max: A massive, metallic slab

Huawei P8max: A massive, metallic slab

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Huawei has announced two new smartphones at an event in London - the P8 and the P8max. As you can probably guess from the name, the P8max is a larger version of the P8 flagship handset but when we say larger, we mean huge. It features a 6.8-inch display... >>

How to make your home smart for under £500

How to make your home smart for under £500

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Connected homes are fast becoming more and more popular and chances are if you are reading this feature, you're either interested in making your home smarter, or you want to know what is available to help you do it.  There are hundreds of products out... >>

The smarthome is now

The smarthome is now

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The term smarthome has been kicking around for a few years. It once referred to the stuff of dreams, fantasies and more importantly, the future. But that's no longer the case as the smarthome is very much the here and now. We might still be a few decades... >>

Huawei Ascend P8: Release date, rumours, and everything you need to know

Huawei Ascend P8: Release date, rumours, and everything you need to know

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Huawei is getting ready to launch the Ascend P7's successor: the Ascend P8. The company has already confirmed that the new flagship will launch at a global event in April and it's thought that it will come with the latest generation of HiSilicon chipset,... >>

8 Apple Watch alternatives for iPhone users

8 Apple Watch alternatives for iPhone users

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Apple's first smartwatch is now available to pre-order. However, the Apple Watch sold out faster than you can say "early adopter" so even if you pre-order one now, it is unlikely to ship until May at the least. If you want to queue on launch day, 24 April,... >>

5 apps that give you free voice calling

5 apps that give you free voice calling

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Messaging apps are becoming more and more popular as many offer more than the ability to just send a message to a contact. Using your data connection, they allow you to send images, videos and files, along with make video or voice calls, essentially making the... >>

Best HTC One M9 cases: Protect your new HTC smartphone

Best HTC One M9 cases: Protect your new HTC smartphone

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HTC unveiled its latest flagship Android smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona - the HTC One M9 - featuring a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 display, octa-core Snapdragon 810 chip and 3GB of RAM.  The HTC One M9 follows the same design principals as... >>

Ladies, this Knomo Elektronista Digital Clutch is a bag you will want in your life

Ladies, this Knomo Elektronista Digital Clutch is a bag you will want in your life

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Knomo launched the Elektronista Digital Clutch Bag just before Christmas 2014 as a bag that brought the worlds of fashion and technology together. It was designed with Danish blogger and broadcaster Christiane Vejlo and its purpose was to allow women... >>

Best smartwatches of Baselworld 2015: Traditional meets tech

Best smartwatches of Baselworld 2015: Traditional meets tech

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March has been the month of the smartwatch so far but if you thought we'd had all the smartwatch announcements for this year already, think again, because the Swiss trade fair Baselworld is currently taking place and it has some delightful treats to... >>

Sony Xperia Z4 release date, rumours and everything you need to know

Sony Xperia Z4 release date, rumours and everything you need to know

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With Samsung and HTC revealing all, Sony is one of the companies that's yet to reveal an update to its flagship handset. The Xperia Z1 and its 20.7-megapixel camera, side power button and waterproof OmniBalance design graced us with its presence in September... >>

17 Kickstarter projects that smashed their goals, you'll be surprised by number 2

17 Kickstarter projects that smashed their goals, you'll be surprised by number 2

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Kickstarter started in 2009 and it's home to thousands of projects, big and small, that are crowd-funded by people like you. Since its launch, 8 million people have pledged more than $1.5 billion, funding 78,000 independently created projects. The site... >>

SmartLife clothing claims to make sure you never miss a beat

SmartLife clothing claims to make sure you never miss a beat

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The Wearable Technology Show in London had some interesting devices on display including smartwatches with rotating displays, bone conducting headphones and sleeping masks that claim to cure jet lag, but wearable tech also means smart clothing.  SmartLife... >>

Look out Apple Watch, Burg is after you with crystals and 3G calling

Look out Apple Watch, Burg is after you with crystals and 3G calling

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Burg Wearables might not be a company you are hugely familiar with, but when it comes to smartwatches, this company has a style to suit everyone. There are numerous options already available, from square and round faces, to metal, leather and rubber... >>

Damson Audio Headbones use bone conduction to deliver your music

Damson Audio Headbones use bone conduction to deliver your music

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Damson has announced the launch and availability of the Headbones wireless bone conduction headphones in the UK, which allow the user to listen to their music while leaving their ears open to hear their surroundings.  The Headbones use the temporal... >>

Say goodbye to jetlag with the NeuroOn sleeping companion

Say goodbye to jetlag with the NeuroOn sleeping companion

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NeuroOn looks like a thicker version of your average sleeping mask on first glance, but beneath its surface lies a whole different world of sleep monitoring. If you thought waking up to a graph presenting your light and deep sleep was exciting, then prepare... >>

Gym addict? The Atlas Wristband knows if you're bench pressing or bicep curling

Gym addict? The Atlas Wristband knows if you're bench pressing or bicep curling

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The Atlas Wristband from Atlas Wearables is a fitness monitor that tracks movement in 3D and automatically matches it to the correct exercise from its database. It was one of the most impressive devices we came across at the Wearable Technology Show... >>

Want a more focused brain? Muse thinks it can help

Want a more focused brain? Muse thinks it can help

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Muse is a brain signal measuring headband that aims to help improve your attention with focused attention training. The company describes it as the "mental equivalent of a treadmill" and the idea is that you essentially exercise your brain to become more... >>

Barcode scanner and rotating display are just two smartwatch innovations from Practech

Barcode scanner and rotating display are just two smartwatch innovations from Practech

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Practech has designed a smartwatch that it claims is based around the user and adapts to whatever situation you need it for. The company says the only thing you need to do is just be you and the smartwatch, dubbed UB, will take care of the rest. We got... >>

SunFriend wearable wants to help you enjoy the sun without burning

SunFriend wearable wants to help you enjoy the sun without burning

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SunFriend takes a different approach to wearable tech by helping you get the most out of the sun rather than monitor your activity, sleep or deliver smartphone notifications. The SunFriend features a sensor inside a rubber mould that measures UVA and... >>

Considering Apple Watch Edition? Here's 5 luxury watches you might want instead

Considering Apple Watch Edition? Here's 5 luxury watches you might want instead

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Apple has announced that its much-anticipated Apple Watch will go on sale from 24 April with prices starting at £299 for the Apple Watch Sport and hitting a whopping £13,500 for the 18ct Apple Watch Edition model. Yes you have read that right and no,... >>

Acer Liquid Jade Z hands-on: Slim, slender and textured

Acer Liquid Jade Z hands-on: Slim, slender and textured

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Acer announced a flurry of new products at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, including the successor to the mid-range Liquid Jade smartphone. The Liquid Jade took the position of the company's best looking smartphone when it arrived and the Liquid Jade... >>

Jolla Tablet: Simple, sophisticated and Sailfish 2.0 (hands-on)

Jolla Tablet: Simple, sophisticated and Sailfish 2.0 (hands-on)

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Jolla is a Finnish company that launched a smartphone running on an open-source software called Sailfish back in November 2013 and it has since introduced a tablet running on the same OS, which we saw at Mobile World Congress.  The Jolla Tablet is a... >>