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Nexus 5X vs Nexus 5: What's the difference?

Nexus 5X vs Nexus 5: What's the difference?

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Google has finally announced the new Nexus handsets following months and months of speculation.  The Nexus 5X is set to replace the two-year old Nexus 5, while the Nexus 6P will stand in for the Nexus 6 and we have compared the two devices against... >>

Nexus 6P vs Nexus 6: What's the difference?

Nexus 6P vs Nexus 6: What's the difference?

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Google has announced two Nexus devices, with a replacement for the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 6 unveiled at an event in San Francisco. The two devices have been heavily leaked over the last couple of months, so there was little left to the imagination but... >>

Apple OS X El Capitan almost ready for download: 10 new features to try

Apple OS X El Capitan almost ready for download: 10 new features to try

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Apple's next operating system, OS X El Capitan, will be available as a free upgrade to its Mac users on the 30 September, and follows on from  the Yosemite release launched last year. OS X El Capitan brings with it several new features, all of which... >>

Future of Sonos: New Play:5 speaker and Trueplay software announced, but what's next?

Future of Sonos: New Play:5 speaker and Trueplay software announced, but what's next?

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Sonos has announced a completely redesigned and refreshed Play:5 multi-room speaker, along with a new software feature called Trueplay that will allow you to custom-tune your existing Sonos speakers.   The new Play:5 presents a new direction for the... >>

Osram Lightify review: Lights out for Philips Hue?
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Osram Lightify review: Lights out for Philips Hue?

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Go back five years and you would have probably laughed if someone told you smartphone or smartwatch-controlled lighting in your home, such as the Osram Lightify, would be a thing one day. Well it is a thing now, and a big thing at that. Philips Hue launched... >>

In brief: Everything Apple announced on 9 September

In brief: Everything Apple announced on 9 September

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Apple held its annual September event in San Francisco, but it wasn't just new iPhones that graced the stage. We have rounded up everything announced by Apple on 9 September in bite-sized pieces to make it easy to see what's new. Apple Watch Don't get... >>

5 new features on the Apple iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus

5 new features on the Apple iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus

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It's been a year since Apple announced the iPhone 6 and its bigger brother the iPhone 6 Plus, which only means one thing - the 'S' version of these two devices are now here, taking over as the latest and greatest iPhones. Or the "most advanced smartphones... >>

Apple iPhone 6S Plus vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus: What's the difference?

Apple iPhone 6S Plus vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus: What's the difference?

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Apple has announced the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus at an event in San Francisco. The two new iPhones won't come as too much of a surprise, with many expecting them, but there were a few more features added than normal, given we are in an S year. The... >>

Apple iPhone 6S vs Apple iPhone 6: What's the difference?

Apple iPhone 6S vs Apple iPhone 6: What's the difference?

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Apple has announced the latest iPhones at an event in San Francisco as expected, but despite being an S year, the company claims it has "changed everything about the new iPhones". The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus succeed the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus,... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact vs Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: What's the difference?

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact vs Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: What's the difference?

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Sony announced three flagship smartphones at IFA 2015 in Berlin last week, making up the Xperia Z5 family of devices. Top of the pack is the Xperia Z5 Premium with its 4K display and mirrored finish, followed by the Xperia Z5 and the smaller, but just... >>

Withings teams up with Spotify to wake you up before you go go

Withings teams up with Spotify to wake you up before you go go

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Withings has used IFA 2015 to announce a partnership with Spotify for its Aura sleep systems, with an aim to offer users a "complete wake up and sleep experience". Both the Aura Total sleep System and the Aura Connected Alarm Clock will now feature Spotify... >>

Netatmo adds Wind Gauge to Weather Station for Smartphone

Netatmo adds Wind Gauge to Weather Station for Smartphone

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Netatmo has announced a Wind Gauge to join its Weather Station for Smartphone, at IFA 2015 in Berlin. The Wind Gauge will allow users to measure the wind's speed, as you might have guessed from the name, meaning those into outdoor activities will have... >>

Neato Botvac Connected takes cleaning commands from your phone

Neato Botvac Connected takes cleaning commands from your phone

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Neato Robotics has added to its portfolio of robotic vacuum cleaners with the launch of the Neato Botvac Connected model, which as you might have guessed from the name is Wi-Fi enabled. The Neato Botvac Connected doesn't just clean your floors on its... >>

LG Rolly keyboard will roll up to fit in your pocket, almost

LG Rolly keyboard will roll up to fit in your pocket, almost

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LG never leaves many surprises when it comes to shows, announcing the majority of its new devices and products before the press conferences even take place. This year's IFA was no different, revealing the likes the SoundPop 360 speaker inspired by a coffee... >>

Tado aims squarely at Nest by joining IFTTT and tackling heating zones

Tado aims squarely at Nest by joining IFTTT and tackling heating zones

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Smart heating company Tado first launched back in 2012, delivering a system that used your smartphone's location to control your heating. It didn't have as many fancy features as the likes of Honeywell's Evohome, but it offered a solution for those that... >>

Sony Wena smartwatch moves the brains to the bracelet

Sony Wena smartwatch moves the brains to the bracelet

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At the end of the Sony press conference at IFA 2015 in Berlin, the company's CEO Kazuo Hirai mentioned a new smartwatch it was working on going by the name of Wena. It launched earlier this week on Sony's First Flight crowdfunding platform and it is part... >>

Sony makes high-res fashionable with h.ear headphones and colour-matched Walkman

Sony makes high-res fashionable with h.ear headphones and colour-matched Walkman

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Sony announced a range of devices designed to deliver high-res audio in style during its press conference at IFA 2015. There are two headphones within the h.ear range, an on-ear model and an in-ear model, as well as a new Walkman. The range has fashion... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus: What’s the difference?

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus: What’s the difference?

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Sony announced not one but three new flagship smartphones at IFA 2015 in Berlin, with the leader of the pack going by the name of the Xperia Z5 Premium. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium sports some impressive specs, with its highlight being the 5.5-inch 4K... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 vs Sony Xperia Z3+: What's the difference?

Sony Xperia Z5 vs Sony Xperia Z3+: What's the difference?

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Sony announced three new smartphones at IFA in Berlin, including the Xperia Z5 that succeeds the Xperia Z3+ in Europe and the Xperia Z4 in Japan. The Xperia Z3+ only graced us with its presence 3 months ago so the newly-launched Xperia Z5 is hot on its... >>

Underwhelmed by the Xperia Z3+? Sony's Xperia Z5 threesome will sate your smartphone desires

Underwhelmed by the Xperia Z3+? Sony's Xperia Z5 threesome will sate your smartphone desires

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If you thought the Xperia Z3+ was a bit of an underwhelming launch for 2015, then hold on to your hat. Sony has something else up its sleeves. Yes, the Xperia Z5 family has been announced, and it's heavily laced with tech treats to set you on a flagship... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 vs Samsung Galaxy S6: What's the difference?

Sony Xperia Z5 vs Samsung Galaxy S6: What's the difference?

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Samsung turned heads when it announced the Samsung Galaxy S6 earlier in 2015 and it was quickly heralded as one of the top Android phones of the year. Sony stumbled with the Xperia Z3+, an intermediary measure, but has now revealed its true flagship for... >>

Sony Xperia Z5: What's the story so far?

Sony Xperia Z5: What's the story so far?

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Sony has a slightly different release cycle to the rest of its competition, normally announcing a new handset every 6 months rather than one a year. The Xperia Z1 arrived in 2013 and since then we have seen the Z2, Z3 and the Z3+. The Xperia Z3+, known... >>

Vector Luna Watch review: Simple but stylish
3.5 stars

Vector Luna Watch review: Simple but stylish

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The Vector Luna Watch isn't your typical smartwatch. Sure, it does everything you'd expect a smartwatch to do – deliver notifications, track your activity, wake you up with an alarm and offer customisable watch faces – but Vector claims those receiving... >>

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Plus vs Galaxy Note 5 vs Google Nexus 6: What's the difference?

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Plus vs Galaxy Note 5 vs Google Nexus 6: What's the difference?

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Samsung has announced two new flagship phablets - the Galaxy S6 edge Plus and the Galaxy Note 5. Both devices have been the subject of rumours for several months and now they have finally arrived sporting some pretty decent specs. But how do they hold... >>

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Plus vs Galaxy Note 5 vs Motorola Moto X Style: What's the difference?

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Plus vs Galaxy Note 5 vs Motorola Moto X Style: What's the difference?

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Samsung has announced two new flagship phablets just two weeks after Motorola introduced us to two new Moto X handsets, one of which sits well within the phablet territory. Although Samsung isn't bringing its Galaxy Note 5 to the UK just yet, its partner... >>