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Best smartphones to look forward to in 2015

Best smartphones to look forward to in 2015

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With the pace of smartphone evolution moving so fast, there's always something waiting in the wings. No sooner have you spied the latest handset, then there's anticipation of something else, the next big thing to envy. We've rounded up the best smartphones... >>

4GEE Action Cam review: Live-stream your hardcore action
3.5 stars

4GEE Action Cam review: Live-stream your hardcore action

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EE is looking to diversify its offering, making a step into action cameras. The aptly named 4GEE Action Cam arrives with the hook that it's connected, tying it into the 4G network and giving you the option to broadcast your adventures direct from the... >>

Huawei Nexus: What's the story so far?

Huawei Nexus: What's the story so far?

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Most of the major smartphones for 2015 have already been announced, with many of the flagships appearing at Mobile World Congress way back in March. We do have a couple of surprises left before the year is up however, including a refreshment from Motorola,... >>

New Moto X photos flaunt sexy design, front-facing flash

New Moto X photos flaunt sexy design, front-facing flash

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Motorola has sent out invites for an event on 28 July, promising that it will change your relationship status with your phone. There's some ominous kisses at the bottom of that invite that look a lot like XGX.  It's predicted that Motorola, now under... >>

Nexus 5 (2015): What's the story so far?

Nexus 5 (2015): What's the story so far?

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There are only a couple of major smartphones left to be announced in 2015, as most of the big manufacturers have come to market with their flagship. Among the most anticipated is the next Nexus, the next iteration of Google's purebred Android flagship.... >>

PayPal fuels Shell's new Fill Up & Go service, allowing app payments at the pump

PayPal fuels Shell's new Fill Up & Go service, allowing app payments at the pump

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Shell has today enabled a new pay at the pump system in the UK in partnership with PayPal. Unlike older systems that integrate a card payment terminal, the Fill Up & Go system lets you use PayPal to complete the transaction through your smartphone. Shell... >>

OnePlus Power Bank: A bank you can trust

OnePlus Power Bank: A bank you can trust

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There's a lot of hype about OnePlus. Among smartphone fans, OnePlus is probably the most talked about brand at the moment, which is surprising for a company that's relatively new on the scene. If you weren't paying attention, then you might not know that... >>

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet review: Power, performance, price
4.5 stars

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet review: Power, performance, price

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The latest tablet to roll off Sony's line is the Xperia Z4 Tablet. Announced before Sony confusingly launched a Z4 smartphone in Japan and the Z3+ in the rest of the world, the Z4 Tablet looks to deliver everything you could want from a modern Android... >>

Honda CR-V 2015 review: Tech-tweaked SUV

Honda CR-V 2015 review: Tech-tweaked SUV

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Honda is looking at having a big year in 2015. You can't help but have noticed the new Type-R or NSX that will be hitting the roads in 2015, leading the charge in a complete refresh of the company's cars.  The new Honda CR-V, first off the blocks, is... >>

HTC Grip slips, but there's a whole suite of Under Armour products coming

HTC Grip slips, but there's a whole suite of Under Armour products coming

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In February 2015, HTC unveiled the Grip, a wearable sports bracelet, the fruit of its union with Under Armour. Since the announcement and early prototype demos, we've heard very little about HTC Grip. However the company has now come forward and issued... >>

Moov Now wants to be your wearable fitness coach

Moov Now wants to be your wearable fitness coach

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Moov Now is a second-gen wearable sports tracker, aiming to offer more than your average passive fitness band. The Moov Now has ambitions to be a complete coach, not only tracking your activity, but monitoring how you're running, cycling, or swimming... >>

Motorola launch scheduled for 28 July, new Moto X and G expected

Motorola launch scheduled for 28 July, new Moto X and G expected

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Motorola has sent out formal invitations to the press inviting them to a launch event on 28 July. There's no indication of exactly what the launches will be, with the invitation simply stating that "your relationship status is about to change", with some... >>

Getting a OnePlus 2 invite is going to be much easier

Getting a OnePlus 2 invite is going to be much easier

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One of the turnoffs when it came to buying the OnePlus One - especially when it launched - was how hard it was to actually get one. OnePlus has detailed that it wants to make the process smoother when it comes to buying the OnePlus 2, which will be announced... >>

HTC One M8 will be updated to Android M

HTC One M8 will be updated to Android M

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The HTC One M8 is a popular handset, more so, perhaps, than HTC's current flagship, the M9. Well it looks like there's life in the old (ish) dog yet. Responding to a question on Twitter, HTC product manager Mo Versi said that the HTC One M8 would indeed... >>

HTC One M9+ announced for Europe: 5.2-inch QHD hero handset

HTC One M9+ announced for Europe: 5.2-inch QHD hero handset

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HTC has confirmed that the HTC One M9+ is coming to Europe.  The flagship phone was originally launched in China, offering a larger, and in some cases better-specced, alternative to the One M9. It now appears that we're going to benefit from HTC's more... >>

Polar Loop 2 adds notifications, vibration alerts, and keeps on tracking

Polar Loop 2 adds notifications, vibration alerts, and keeps on tracking

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Polar has announced an updated version of its activity tracker, the Polar Loop. The new Loop 2 retains many of the features of the original, but expands the feature set for a more connected smart experience. The Polar Loop 2 adopts many of the skills... >>

Pocket-lint Three Peaks Challenge: The kit we used

Pocket-lint Three Peaks Challenge: The kit we used

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Readers of Pocket-lint will know that we've just completed the Three Peaks Challenge, climbing the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in under 24 hours. You can read all about the experience right here on Pocket-lint, but we thought we'd... >>

This is the new Hive smart thermostat, and it's awesome

This is the new Hive smart thermostat, and it's awesome

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Hive has announced Active Heating 2, outlining the future for the connected heating system, with an expansion into the connected home. At the core of Active Heating 2 is this new thermostat, a replacement for the digital thermostat box of the original... >>

Hive turns up the heat on smarthomes: Door sensors, motion detectors, smart plugs, IFTTT-style recipes join the system

Hive turns up the heat on smarthomes: Door sensors, motion detectors, smart plugs, IFTTT-style recipes join the system

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Hive by British Gas today announced an expansion into the smarthome, reaching beyond heating and hot water. With an aim of connecting as many houses in the UK as possible, Hive has announced a full family of complimentary products, all of which can be... >>

Hive will add connected cameras, Honeycomb platform offers third-party support

Hive will add connected cameras, Honeycomb platform offers third-party support

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Hive from British Gas has made a sweeping run of announcements today, including Active Heating 2 with a new smart thermostat and a full family of smarthome products, designed to make every home connected.  One of the things that hasn't been announced... >>

Hive Active Heating 2 adds multi-zone support, heating boost, more

Hive Active Heating 2 adds multi-zone support, heating boost, more

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Hive has today announced Active Heating 2, with a brand new smart thermostat and a range of new features for your smart heating system. Through an update to the app, Hive is going to enable many of the new features for existing Hive customers, as well... >>

A tale of three mountains: The Pocket-lint Three Peaks Challenge

A tale of three mountains: The Pocket-lint Three Peaks Challenge

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There was a palpable sense of excitement as we packed our gear into the Land Rover Discoverys for the long drive north to Kinlochleven in Scotland. Pocket-lint teamed up with Asus, with support from friends at Land Rover, Berghaus and Under Armour, aiming... >>

Ted Baker partnered with Quella for a retro-fantastic road bike collection

Ted Baker partnered with Quella for a retro-fantastic road bike collection

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We wouldn't normally feature a bicycle here on Pocket-lint, unless it was made from gold or is an electric bike. But setting eyes on the Ted Baker collection, memories of loved Raleigh road bikes from the 80s came flooding back. So please indulge us,... >>

Office 16 for Mac is now available: Here's everything you need to know

Office 16 for Mac is now available: Here's everything you need to know

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Office 16 for Mac sees a big step forward for the Microsoft Office suite on Apple's computers, updating the version of the software for the first time since 2011. Version trackers will also note that this sees the Mac getting its updated version of Office... >>

Homido is a universal virtual reality headset for smartphones (hands-on)

Homido is a universal virtual reality headset for smartphones (hands-on)

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There's a lot of talk about VR at the moment, from the cheapest of the cheap - Google Cardboard - to the premium experience like HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. The Homido Virtual Reality Headset is a headset that's been cleverly designed to accept any smartphone... >>