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Tesla Model 3 pre-orders hit 276,000 in three days

Tesla Model 3 pre-orders hit 276,000 in three days

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Tesla pulled the covers off the Model 3, its new electric car for the masses, on 31 March and it seems the masses have responded. Elon Musk, CEO and co-founder of Tesla Motor has been regularly updating on the progress of Model 3 pre-orders via Twitter.... >>

Surprise, surprise: The LG G5 isn't as metal as you might think (updated)

Surprise, surprise: The LG G5 isn't as metal as you might think (updated)

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When we first picked up the LG G5 at MWC 2016, we were surprised by the feel. We commented at the time that it had a finish that didn't quite look and feel right. This was something we echoed in our review having spent more time with the LG G5 - admittedly... >>

ROAM-e is the selfie drone your narcissistic self needs

ROAM-e is the selfie drone your narcissistic self needs

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If you're the sort of person to get annoyed by selfie sticks in public, then look away now, as the ROAM-e takes things to another level.The ROAM-e pitches itself as a flying selfie machine, and is the inevitable mash-up of drones and the need for an increasing... >>

LG G5: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know

LG G5: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know

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The LG G5 was officially unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona and has since become available to pre-order in the UK. It seems LG making quite a large departure from the G3 and G4 handsets that came before, so is definitely one that should... >>

Cortana is coming to Xbox One, as is background music

Cortana is coming to Xbox One, as is background music

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Microsoft has taken to the stage at Build 2016, revealing some detail about what to expect in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and the future for Xbox One.  There's a collection of enhancements coming to the Xbox, and while Microsoft spent a fair amount... >>

EE TV Recordings To Go enables mobile viewing, takes fight to Sky Q

EE TV Recordings To Go enables mobile viewing, takes fight to Sky Q

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EE TV was ahead of its time in many ways when it launched in 2014, offering a number of features that until recently, weren’t available on any other TV platform.Not one to shy away from new features, EE TV has just added a great new option, called Recordings... >>

Best iPhone SE deals: Orders are now open

Best iPhone SE deals: Orders are now open

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The new Apple iPhone SE is now available.  The new handset refreshes the design of the iPhone 5S, sticking to a smaller 4-inch form factor, but is packed with powerful internals to match the iPhone 6S. It's small, but powerful, and importantly, it's... >>

Sony PlayStation games and characters are coming to Android and iOS

Sony PlayStation games and characters are coming to Android and iOS

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Sony PlayStation seems to be undergoing some changes, not only is the newly formed Sony Interactive Entertainment coming into being on Friday 1 April, but there's also another company being formed and that's ForwardWorks.  ForwardWorks is detailed by... >>

Samsung Galaxy S7 camera: Raw shooting expert guide

Samsung Galaxy S7 camera: Raw shooting expert guide

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One of the more advanced features offered by the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is raw shooting. This is a camera feature that's been creeping into smartphones over the past few years. We first saw Nokia announce it and it's also been... >>

Android Pay UK launch confirmed, but Barclays isn't on the list

Android Pay UK launch confirmed, but Barclays isn't on the list

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Google has broken its silence on Android Pay in the UK, taking to its blog to confirm that launch in the UK is coming in the next few months. Google details that it is talking to banks and retailers to get everything into place, so it can bring the Apple... >>

Don't dismiss the iPhone SE: 5 reasons to love Apple's new iPhone

Don't dismiss the iPhone SE: 5 reasons to love Apple's new iPhone

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Tim Cook and co took to the stage in Cupertino today to announce a new iPhone. Not an all-singing all-dancing flagship iPhone 7, but a new smaller iPhone, the iPhone SE. It replaced the oldest handset in Apple's offering, as the iPhone 5S retires. But... >>

Apple iPhone SE official, the 4-inch iPhone for all

Apple iPhone SE official, the 4-inch iPhone for all

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Apple has officially announced the iPhone SE, a smaller-scale 4-inch format of the phone, at its special event on 21 March 2016. Wave bye-bye to the iPhone 5C as the entry-level device, which the SE effectively stubs out of the line-up. Apple said that... >>

The amazingly eye-catching novelty watches of Baselworld 2016

The amazingly eye-catching novelty watches of Baselworld 2016

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Baselworld brings together the world's biggest watch and jewellery makers in a celebration of luxury, in the Swiss town of Basel. Naturally there's a heavy leaning towards the traditions of the Swiss Watch industry, but there's a growing sense of smart... >>

Fossil Q analogue watches: Smart in looks, smarter in function

Fossil Q analogue watches: Smart in looks, smarter in function

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When it comes to wearables, Fossil is going for it big time. Not only has the company announced a range of smartwatches under the parent Fossil brand, but it's extending it's smartwatch range across a number of other brands, like Michael Kors, Kate Spade... >>

Nixon Mission eyes-on: Android Wear goes hardcore

Nixon Mission eyes-on: Android Wear goes hardcore

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Android Wear is tracing a fairly typical timeline through technology. That might sound like a strange thing to say, but it's true. We first saw it on some fairly basic devices from some companies very close to Android. We've seen it develop, evolve, appear... >>

Tissot is the latest Swiss Watch company to reveal smartwatch plans

Tissot is the latest Swiss Watch company to reveal smartwatch plans

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For those familiar with Swiss Watch company Tissot, news of a smartwatch might not be so strange. The company has been flirting with smart functionality for some time through its T-Touch models, and has referred to them as smart in the past.  At Baselworld... >>

Oculus Rift games: The complete list of launch titles and how to get them

Oculus Rift games: The complete list of launch titles and how to get them

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With Oculus Rift landing on 28 March, the company has provided some of the missing pieces of the puzzle. While a lot of the talk has been about the hardware and some of the early demos, attention now turns to what you'll actually be able to play when... >>

Mattel View-Master review: A virtual reality rethinking of a classic
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Mattel View-Master review: A virtual reality rethinking of a classic

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Virtual reality, or VR, is very much the hot topic in 2016. With VR systems appearing all over the place, Mattel has reinvented the classic View-Master as its own pitch into this futuristic entertainment space.Originally launched as a stereoscopic toy,... >>

Arion wants to improve your running technique using technology

Arion wants to improve your running technique using technology

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Arion, from ATO Gear, wants to help you change your running technique using technology, giving you more detail about what you're actually doing when you're out pounding the pavement. But this isn't another heart rate monitor or GPS watch, instead it's... >>

TomTom Golfer 2 preview: Hole in one, or golf GPS watch that's par for the course?

TomTom Golfer 2 preview: Hole in one, or golf GPS watch that's par for the course?

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TomTom has released a new version of its golf GPS wearable, appropriately called the Golfer 2, looking to put all the information you could want onto your wrist. It replaces the current Golfer, expanding its functionality and following the same lines... >>

British Gas will make your boiler self-diagnose faults with Boiler IQ

British Gas will make your boiler self-diagnose faults with Boiler IQ

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British Gas has announced its latest product looking to make your home smarter. Boiler IQ is a monitoring system that will allow compatible boilers to self-diagnose problems long before you know something is wrong. Available as an upgrade to existing... >>

Samsung Galaxy S7 review: The unsung hero?
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Samsung Galaxy S7 review: The unsung hero?

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Samsung's dual-flagship strategy is now in full force, with the launch of both a regular Samsung Galaxy S7 and a larger SGS7 edge model. The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is very much the headline hog, with its dual curved edges and larger display it's the hero... >>

How to use adoptable storage on Android 6.0 Marshmallow

How to use adoptable storage on Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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One of the features in Android 6.0 Marshmallow that hasn't gained many headlines is called flex storage or adoptable storage (Google uses both terms).  The new feature will allow you to use external storage on your device as internal storage. It's likely... >>

Panasonic ALL Connected speaker system expands, bringing waterproof and network CD player options

Panasonic ALL Connected speaker system expands, bringing waterproof and network CD player options

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Panasonic's multi-room speaker system is called ALL Connected. There are a wide range of products in the family, spanning everything from soundbars to individual speakers. For 2016, the system has expanded and updated, bringing with it additional options... >>

Mountain Athletics from The North Face helps you train for your outdoor adventures

Mountain Athletics from The North Face helps you train for your outdoor adventures

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The North Face is a well-established brand once you're off the beaten track. Since the company's foundation in 1966, it has been associated with some of the toughest events, from polar expeditions to mountain conquests.  With the launch of Mountain Athletics,... >>