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Xbox One S: 4K, Ultra HD Blu-ray and HDR examined in more detail

Xbox One S: 4K, Ultra HD Blu-ray and HDR examined in more detail

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We've reviewed the Xbox One S and concluded that this is a great update to the console, making it an attractive option for anyone who hasn't committed yet and wants to join the Xbox family but also as a great media device for those wanting to embrace... >>

Pokemon Go: How to raise your XP level, power up and evolve your Pokemon

Pokemon Go: How to raise your XP level, power up and evolve your Pokemon

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There are lots of elements to Pokemon Go. There's finding and collecting all the Pokemon, there's battling in Gyms, there's hatching eggs and visiting PokeStops. Then there's the whole world of powering up your Pokemon and raising your Trainer's XP. These... >>

Sony Xperia XZ joins the Xperia X Compact leak party

Sony Xperia XZ joins the Xperia X Compact leak party

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We've been talking about a phone called the Xperia XR for a while – thought to be the latest Sony flagship, the replacement for what might once have been called the Xperia Z6. It's been a busy few days for Sony leaks: while we've seen the specs and... >>

Garmin Fenix Chronos is about as smart as sportswatches get

Garmin Fenix Chronos is about as smart as sportswatches get

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Garmin has introduced a new premium version of the Fenix sportswatch. Based on the Fenix 3, the new Fenix Chronos packs in all the navigational and sporting nouse of the original, but places it in a high-quality design, at home in the wilds of the outback,... >>

Malibu bottles get connected with NFC, because summer

Malibu bottles get connected with NFC, because summer

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Malibu is embracing NFC to make a limited number of its rum bottles connected, meaning you'll be able to tap to interact, rather than just swigging the whole thing down.  The idea is to provide connectivity with your smartphone, so you can tap on the... >>

EE's free 6-month Apple Music subscription will save you Bacon, give you access to Britney, bitch

EE's free 6-month Apple Music subscription will save you Bacon, give you access to Britney, bitch

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EE will be offering a 6-month free subscription to Apple Music to all new and upgrading monthly customers, from 1 September. The pairing with the Apple music service is the first of its kind for a UK network, and the latest in a number of incentives offered... >>

Sony Xperia X Compact breaks cover, and you didn't expect that

Sony Xperia X Compact breaks cover, and you didn't expect that

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There's been a lot of talk about Sony Mobile recently. After the ditching of the Z series at MWC and the launch of a new X series, the question of where the next flagship will come from has been the subject of lots of speculation. We've spent plenty of... >>

Uber will let you pre-book rides in London

Uber will let you pre-book rides in London

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Uber is adding one of the big missing features to its service in the UK: the ability to pre-book. Uber has had a rough ride since its launch in London, but the app-powered taxi service has found favour with Londoners, beating black cabs hands-down when... >>

Samsung Gear S2 iPhone compatibility now in beta testing

Samsung Gear S2 iPhone compatibility now in beta testing

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Samsung wants its Tizen-based wearables to be compatible with the iPhone. It expressed that desire at the beginning of 2016 at CES. At the same time, the date for iOS compatibility was suggested as mid-January. Since then, Samsung has gone rather silent... >>

LG V20 photo leaks showing off a simple design

LG V20 photo leaks showing off a simple design

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On Wednesday we bought you pictures of the V20 from a case manufacturer, talking about the predictability of device leaks. Thursday brings us a photo of the new handset from @evleaks, proving that the LG V20 is following a typical path of exposing itself... >>

HTC confirms timeline for Android Nougat updates

HTC confirms timeline for Android Nougat updates

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With the release of Android 7.0 Nougat by Google, it's now the turn of all the manufacturers to get to work on versions of the software for their own phones. HTC has taken to Twitter to confirm that the final software has been released to them by Google,... >>

LG V20 design possibly revealed by case manufacturer

LG V20 design possibly revealed by case manufacturer

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The timeline of a device leak follows a predictable path. In the case of LG, it's no secret that the V20 is coming: there have been invites to a launch event, a few early details about the sound quality and the fact it will run Android Nougat. When it... >>

PlayStation Now comes to Windows PC, with wireless DualShock adapter in support

PlayStation Now comes to Windows PC, with wireless DualShock adapter in support

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PlayStation Now, the service that will let you play PS3 games on other devices, has made a big move to Windows PC, meaning you can play games like Uncharted and The Last of Us on your computer.  PlayStation Now offers over 400 titles to subscribers for... >>

PowerEgg is a £1290 drone offering gesture controls

PowerEgg is a £1290 drone offering gesture controls

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PowerVision has officially launched PowerEgg, a rethinking of consumer drones, offering a dramatically different design, along with some innovative features.  The PowerEgg itself has a design that explains the name, with the legs and arms folding to... >>

Sony Xperia Nougat updates detailed: Xperia Z5 and a whole lot more

Sony Xperia Nougat updates detailed: Xperia Z5 and a whole lot more

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Google made the surprise move of releasing Android 7.0 Nougat to the Nexus masses on Monday, making this one of the earliest public updates in the Android programme. For those with Sony phones the question will always be when your update will arrive.... >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 review: Take note, this is the big-screen phone to beat
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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 review: Take note, this is the big-screen phone to beat

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The Samsung Note family is characterised by one thing: the inclusion of a stylus (that's S Pen in Samsung speak).  Previously, the Note stood slightly apart from other devices because of its size. However, as phones have grown, it has been accepted that... >>

LG has the cutest Bluetooth speaker that looks like a candle with built-in mood lighting

LG has the cutest Bluetooth speaker that looks like a candle with built-in mood lighting

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LG has announced a new collection of Bluetooth speakers all offering quirky refreshing design, a little different to your average silver or black Bluetooth box.  Of the collection, the dramatically named PH3 is the most interesting, with a design like... >>

New PlayStation 4 Slim controller pictures break into the wild for all to see

New PlayStation 4 Slim controller pictures break into the wild for all to see

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A new version of the PlayStation 4 appeared on Monday, dramatically showing off its slim lines when it was listed on Gumtree in the UK, bought by a PlayStation fan, exhibited on Twitter and finally, verified by Eurogamer. This twisting tale hasn't quite... >>

Android 7.0 Nougat release: Everything you need to know

Android 7.0 Nougat release: Everything you need to know

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Android 7.0 has carved an unusual path through its pre-release. Often reserved for developers, the big change with the Nougat release is that Google has been very open and sharing about it. Google has confirmed the roll-out of Android 7.0 Nougat has now... >>

Android 7.0 Nougat: 7 new features to get excited about

Android 7.0 Nougat: 7 new features to get excited about

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There are a lot of changes coming in Android 7.0 Nougat, which Google has confirmed will be rolling-out from 22 August. Here's a run down of some of the things to get excited about. 1. Revamped quick settings The quick settings have been refreshed, giving... >>

Sony PlayStation 4 Slim confirmed to exist, as report suggests two PS4 consoles to launch in September

Sony PlayStation 4 Slim confirmed to exist, as report suggests two PS4 consoles to launch in September

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Sony is hosting an event to announce something about PlayStation on 7 September, but in a flurry of leaks, some of that news might have escaped early. Sony confirmed the launch event on 10 August, inviting media to a New York launch saying that it would... >>

Android Nougat preview: Everything you need to know about Android 7.0

Android Nougat preview: Everything you need to know about Android 7.0

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Android has been making some big moves recently, redesigning and adding functionality to the mobile operating system to make it more capable and more competitive. With the advent of Lollipop, Android moved to a state that felt like it was complete. It... >>

Uber and Volvo jointly working on autonomous taxis, as test fleet arrives in Pittsburgh

Uber and Volvo jointly working on autonomous taxis, as test fleet arrives in Pittsburgh

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Uber and Volvo have signed an agreement that will lead to a jointly-developed autonomous vehicle, Volvo has announced. The new vehicle will meet the demands of both companies to develop fully-autonomous driverless cars, the next generation of such vehicles... >>

Nokia Android phones: What can we expect to see?

Nokia Android phones: What can we expect to see?

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Nokia is making its way back, initially announcing that it's going to be embracing Android and producing a number of smartphones and tablets over the coming years in May, leaving us to consider what might be coming from Nokia in the future. Nokia's story... >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 tips and tricks: The ultimate guide to mastering your Note

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 tips and tricks: The ultimate guide to mastering your Note

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If you thought the Galaxy S7 was going to be the top smartphone of 2016, then think again, as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 wants to be top dog.  In typical Samsung style, this superphone is absolutely stuffed full of features, options and settings. You'll... >>