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Netflix review: The leading light in home entertainment
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Netflix review: The leading light in home entertainment

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Netflix needs no introduction. The company quickly gained momentum in the US with its DVD rental service that evolved into video streaming on demand, before spreading its wings to the UK in 2012. So impressive has the rise of Netflix been, that it's become... >>

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso review: Carting the kids around couldn't be more cool
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Citroen Grand C4 Picasso review: Carting the kids around couldn't be more cool

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With SUVs flying off forecourts and onto driveways at a pace that doesn't match their often-sluggish performance, the MPV class is seen as the wallowing hinterland of modern cars.  It's where you end up when you've expanded your family beyond an estate... >>

Sony MDR-1000X review: Quite simply phenomenal noise-cancelling headphones
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Sony MDR-1000X review: Quite simply phenomenal noise-cancelling headphones

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Sony's mission to deliver its best noise-cancelling headphones has lead to the birth of the MDR-1000X. It's a solid name, for a solid pair of noise-cancelling headphones. The MDR-1000X set their sights on the lucrative wireless noise-cancelling segment... >>

Inside the McLaren Technology Centre

Inside the McLaren Technology Centre

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Nestled off an innocuous roundabout on the A320 lies the McLaren Technology Centre. A bespoke building which, with its sister the McLaren Production Centre, makes up the beating heart of the company most famed for its Formula 1 success. It's barely visible... >>

TomTom Spark 3 review: Getting better with age
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TomTom Spark 3 review: Getting better with age

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Waking early in the city offers plenty of unique advantages to the urban runner. It's a chance to run as the local population is wiping the sleep from its eyes, going about the routine of preparing for the day, heading to work, heading home from nights... >>

Best VR headsets to buy in 2016, whatever your budget

Best VR headsets to buy in 2016, whatever your budget

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The age of virtual reality is upon us (again) with a torrent of devices and content having launched throughout 2016 and some still to come. There has been a buzz around virtual reality (VR) for the past few years. Some of this has come from the lengthy... >>

HTC Desire 10 Pro preview: A Smartphone Named Desire

HTC Desire 10 Pro preview: A Smartphone Named Desire

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HTC has announced a pair of new handsets, going under the name of HTC Desire 10. The name is designed to evoke memories of the HTC 10, the company's excellent 2016 flagship handset and the colourways are designed to stir your passions. HTC Desire 10 pro:... >>

HTC Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle: Deco design adorns two very different devices

HTC Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle: Deco design adorns two very different devices

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HTC has made the anticipated update to its mid-range devices with the launch of the HTC Desire 10 Pro and HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle. The biggest thing that stands these two handsets apart from other devices already available is design. HTC always likes... >>

HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle: A Desire handset never sounded so good

HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle: A Desire handset never sounded so good

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As you might gather from the title, the HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle has a trick up its sleeve. Launched alongside the HTC Desire 10 Pro, the Lifestyle version offers the same body design as the "Pro" version, but makes some key changes. Pitched into the mid-range,... >>

HTC Desire 10 Pro vs Desire 10 Lifestyle: What's the difference?

HTC Desire 10 Pro vs Desire 10 Lifestyle: What's the difference?

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HTC has pulled the old trick of launching two devices with the same sort of name, but with very different specs. The HTC Desire 10 is the latest addition to HTC's mid-range. One of the distinctive things about the Desire 10 is the design, with gold trim... >>

HTC Desire 10: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

HTC Desire 10: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

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HTC is teasing the launch of its latest handset. Having been rather quiet following the launch of the HTC 10 and focusing on the HTC Vive VR launch, it now seems that there are Desire handsets in the works. The Desire family is HTC's mid-range, with... >>

Samsung KS9500 4K TV review: Sweet HDR, pitched on a curve
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Samsung KS9500 4K TV review: Sweet HDR, pitched on a curve

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Ask Samsung and it will tell you that curved is very much where you should be with televisions. Having pushed the curved display as the next big thing after 3D - which is a feature incidentally absent from the KS9500 - the company still rates its flagship... >>

Amazon Echo UK pre-order discount gives Prime members £50 off, but be quick

Amazon Echo UK pre-order discount gives Prime members £50 off, but be quick

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Amazon has just announced that it is launching its home-controlling speaker, the Amazon Echo, in the UK, following its popular reception in the US over the past 12 months. To sweeten the deal, there's a discount being offered for Prime members who get... >>

Hive confirms compatibility with Amazon Echo for voice controlled heating and lighting

Hive confirms compatibility with Amazon Echo for voice controlled heating and lighting

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Amazon today confirmed that the Amazon Echo is coming to the UK, powered by its onboard smart agent Alexa. Announcing a range of partnerships, one of the more interesting for the UK is Hive, the smarthome offshoot of British Gas.  Hive has confirmed... >>

Pokemon Go buddy: How to use the new buddy system

Pokemon Go buddy: How to use the new buddy system

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Pokemon Go publisher Niantic Labs has always promised that there would be updates to Pokemon Go to add new features as the game moves forward.  Although many will have seen the peak in Pokemon Go gameplay, the most recent update to the app on Android... >>

Pixel Launcher: Leak shows the fresh Android face of the Pixel and Pixel XL

Pixel Launcher: Leak shows the fresh Android face of the Pixel and Pixel XL

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There's been no shortage of leaks surrounding Google's forthcoming smartphones, the latest of which have named them as the Pixel and the Pixel XL, rather than Nexus. The thinking is that the Nexus programme is going to come to a halt, with Pixel taking... >>

TomTom Via 62 review: Gets you there, but not without a hiccup
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TomTom Via 62 review: Gets you there, but not without a hiccup

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Of all TomTom's satnav offerings, the Via appears to make the most sense. It offers Traffic, meaning it's a full head and shoulders above the entry-level Start model, but it's slimmer and much more affordable than the Go models. Available in two sizes:... >>

Those freaky AirPods show that Apple can still innovate

Those freaky AirPods show that Apple can still innovate

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Of all the devices launched at the Apple special event in September, it's the AirPods that have attracted the most attention. The iPhone 7 is a phone, an incremental update of last year's device; the iPhone 7 Plus is much the same, although the addition... >>

Google Nexus vs Google Pixel: What's the difference?

Google Nexus vs Google Pixel: What's the difference?

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Google set the cat amongst the pigeons when it announced the Pixel C tablet in 2015. Launched alongside the two new Nexus handsets (Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P), this new tablet came Pixel branded, rather than Nexus branded.  The previous Pixel product we... >>

Best smartphones to look forward to in 2016

Best smartphones to look forward to in 2016

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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. We've rounded up the best smartphones for... >>

Best Apple iPhone 7 pre-order deals: £200 trade-in for old iPhone, new iPhone every year and more

Best Apple iPhone 7 pre-order deals: £200 trade-in for old iPhone, new iPhone every year and more

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The Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are now available for pre-order, meaning you can guarantee yourself the hottest new smartphone come launch day. Announced at Apple's special event in San Francisco on 7 September, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be in... >>

Nexus 7 (2016): What's the story so far?

Nexus 7 (2016): What's the story so far?

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The original Nexus 7, released in 2012 and updated in 2013, has always been one of our favourite Nexus devices. It was that convenient smaller tablet, a pure-Android almost pocketable tablet for fun and frivolity. The Nexus programme has flung out a range... >>

Dual lens smartphone cameras: The history running up to iPhone 7 Plus

Dual lens smartphone cameras: The history running up to iPhone 7 Plus

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With Apple announcing the iPhone 7 Plus with two cameras on the back, it's worth looking at where this has come from and romp through the history of dual lens smartphones.  Dual lens cameras on smartphones aren't new, with a number of models offering... >>

What headphones does the iPhone 7 come with?

What headphones does the iPhone 7 come with?

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Apple has announced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and one of the big changes is that the 3.5mm headphone socket is gone. That's not a huge deal, it just means you'll have to use the Lightning socket to connect headphones instead. There has been some... >>

Nest Thermostat now comes in black, white and copper

Nest Thermostat now comes in black, white and copper

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Nest Thermostat looks good. It's hard not to spot it on the wall and appreciate the simplicity of the design, compared to the off-white plastic thermostat of yesteryear. Nest has announced that the Thermostat is now available in three more colours, in... >>