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Mobile World Congress 2017: Smartphones, smartphones, smartphones to expect

Mobile World Congress 2017: Smartphones, smartphones, smartphones to expect

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With 2017 well under way, the next big smartphone launch platform is Mobile World Congress 2017. We've flittered through CES 2017 - the first big tech event of the year - with very few smartphone announcements.One of the biggest fixtures in the mobile... >>

Nokia 8 Android phone: Release date, rumours and specs

Nokia 8 Android phone: Release date, rumours and specs

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Nokia is making its way back to smartphones, initially announcing that it's going to be embracing Android and producing a number of devices over the coming years in May 2016, with reaffirmation of its position in December, upon the formation of HMD... >>

HTC Ocean: What's the story on HTC's next flagship?

HTC Ocean: What's the story on HTC's next flagship?

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With the HTC 10 getting long in the tooth, and 2017 getting underway, it's time to look forward to the next big thing from HTC.HTC has already started making waves, with the launch of the HTC U Ultra and the HTC U Play. Although the U Ultra has flagship... >>

How to pre-order the new Nintendo Switch console

How to pre-order the new Nintendo Switch console

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Nintendo has now officially revealed the Switch price and release date, completing the picture on its next games machine.The Switch wants to be a little different to existing consoles like the Xbox One or PS4 by letting you go mobile with it, lifting... >>

HTC U Ultra: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

HTC U Ultra: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

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HTC has announced a new family of devices - U - with two new phones, the mid-range U Play and a more premium U Ultra.Kicking off 2017 in some style, these two new handsets promise to be all about you, while also signalling quite a departure from HTC's... >>

HTC U Play: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

HTC U Play: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

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HTC has announced the U Play, sitting in a new handset family with the U Ultra, positioned under flagship level. While the U Ultra offers close to flagship specs, the U Play is a lower-spec mid-range device, very different from the handset it launched... >>

HTC U Ultra preview: Premium phablet packed with power

HTC U Ultra preview: Premium phablet packed with power

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HTC has made the unusual move of announcing a new family of devices, carrying the name U. The logic is simple enough to follow, they are designed to be all about you and advance the connection between you and your device, for a more symbiotic relationship. It's... >>

HTC U Play preview: Mid-range specs, but plenty bling

HTC U Play preview: Mid-range specs, but plenty bling

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HTC has made an early move on its 2017 updates, launching a new set of devices under the U name. The U Play is the smaller of the pair, sitting in the shadow of the larger U Ultra, but offering a similar design and build.The U aspect is easily explained... >>

HTC U Ultra and U Play official: Unique designs, very different specs

HTC U Ultra and U Play official: Unique designs, very different specs

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HTC has confirmed its first big launches of 2017, with the reveal of a new family of devices, called U.The HTC U Ultra and the HTC U Play make up the pair of devices and in fitting with the name, HTC says that these devices are designed to be closer to... >>

Anyone can buy anything using your Amazon Echo, here's how to stop it

Anyone can buy anything using your Amazon Echo, here's how to stop it

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Alexa is gifted with a full range of talents, but a recent update for those in the UK could leave you with a nasty surprise.On 20 October, Amazon turned on the shopping option for Amazon Echo. Voice purchasing means that you can ask Alexa to buy you things.... >>

Motorola Moto G5 and G5 Plus: Specs, release date and rumours

Motorola Moto G5 and G5 Plus: Specs, release date and rumours

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Motorola has changed hands more times than a used car in recent years, skipping over to Google and then to Lenovo where it currently resides.With future phones carrying the Moto branding - and a shake-up on 2016 introducing the Moto Z family, we're left... >>

Nokia 6 Android phone: Specs, release date and everything you need to know

Nokia 6 Android phone: Specs, release date and everything you need to know

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Nokia is making its way back to smartphones, first announcing that it's going to be embracing Android and reaffirming that position in December on formation of the new organisation, and in January, announcing its first device.Unlike other brands that... >>

HTC Ocean's Touch UI gets another video leak, this time looking more official

HTC Ocean's Touch UI gets another video leak, this time looking more official

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The first leak we saw for the HTC Ocean was a concept for a new Sense Touch UI, detailing that you could operate the phone without buttons.A new video, shared by @evleaks, gives us another look at a similar-looking Sense Touch UI, again accessed without... >>

HTC Vive smartphone revealed: Could this be HTC's new flagship?

HTC Vive smartphone revealed: Could this be HTC's new flagship?

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We didn't see this one coming, but the emergence of an HTC Vive handset in a video leak could see a shift in focus for HTC in 2017. HTC Vive has been well received as a leading VR solution and there's some sense in having a Vive-branded handset, especially... >>

HTC U could be all about personalisation, massive video leak reveals

HTC U could be all about personalisation, massive video leak reveals

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HTC could be turning its attention to personalisation in 2017 a new video leak reveals.Shared by @evleaks via Twitter, the information comes from what appears to be a promo video for HTC, in which the company explains that your phone should be as individual... >>

Nokia's first Android phone is the Nokia 6, but there's a catch

Nokia's first Android phone is the Nokia 6, but there's a catch

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HMD Global, the company behind the rebirth of Nokia smartphones, has announced its first Android smartphone, the Nokia 6, which we'd expected to launch at Mobile World Congress 2017.In a surprise move, the company has launched the Nokia 6, giving us a... >>

This is Huawei's Daydream VR headset

This is Huawei's Daydream VR headset

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Daydream was launched in November 2016, as Google's rethinking of a mobile virtual reality experience. Launching initially on the Pixel handsets and with the Daydream View headset from Google, the universe is slowly expanding.When Google first demonstrated... >>

What is HDR, what TVs support HDR, and what HDR content can I watch?

What is HDR, what TVs support HDR, and what HDR content can I watch?

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The television industry never stands still, with manufacturers introducing new technologies every year to improve their TVs and convince you that now is the time to upgrade.Over the past few years we've seen the move from CRT to thin TVs, we've seen the... >>

Slip into bed with Tom Brady, thanks to Under Armour's new sports recovery pajamas

Slip into bed with Tom Brady, thanks to Under Armour's new sports recovery pajamas

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Never one to be caught napping, Under Armour is turning its attention to sleep and recovery, an important part of any athlete's training schedule.Announced at CES 2017, the new Under Armour Athlete Recovery Sleepwear contain a bit of Tom Brady's input... >>

HTC One X10 leaks as an odd mid-range 2017 update

HTC One X10 leaks as an odd mid-range 2017 update

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While most of us are waiting for HTC to pull the covers off a bone fide replacement for the HTC 10, the struggling company appears to be treating us to a selection of mid-range updates.We've already seen the HTC 10 Evo, HTC Desire 10 that jump on the... >>

The machines are coming: CES 2017 is all about Amazon Alexa

The machines are coming: CES 2017 is all about Amazon Alexa

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Some are saying that CES 2017 is all about AI - artificial intelligence - but it isn't. It's very specifically about Amazon Alexa.We saw an emerging trend through 2016, expanding the smart personal assistant, going far beyond the sort of thing that Google... >>

Alexa is coming to your phone: Huawei adds the Amazon assistant

Alexa is coming to your phone: Huawei adds the Amazon assistant

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Amazon's Alexa is creeping into just about every facet of our digital lives and it looks like it's making an important step with Huawei – into your smartphone.Huawei announced the US launch of the Huawei Mate 9, it's big-screen Android phone at CES... >>

Google Assistant spreads its wings: Android TV, Android Wear 2.0 and other smart devices confirmed

Google Assistant spreads its wings: Android TV, Android Wear 2.0 and other smart devices confirmed

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As the battle of the machines rages on, Google has confirmed that Google Assistant is coming to Android TV, both on compatible televisions as well as set-top boxes. Making the announcement at CES 2017, Google gave the timeline of "the coming months",... >>

Panasonic Lumix GH5 preview: A new benchmark for 4K capture

Panasonic Lumix GH5 preview: A new benchmark for 4K capture

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Panasonic made the unusual move of teasing a forthcoming camera at Photokina 2016. Cameras don't often get this type of pre-announcement, but then most cameras aren't the Lumix GH5.Panasonic instead used CES 2017 to launch the new Lumix GH5, a refreshed... >>

Panasonic Lumix GX800 preview: Small but perfectly formed

Panasonic Lumix GX800 preview: Small but perfectly formed

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For all that the Lumix GF7 was compact, it wasn't the prettiest camera around. Hitting the UK in early 2015, the slightly-updated GF8 skipped the UK and the US, but added some features that find their way into this new GX800.One of the important moves,... >>