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Sony Xperia XZ review: Falling short of flagship
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Sony Xperia XZ review: Falling short of flagship

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With the flagship Xperia Z family abandoned, the device that everyone expected to be the Xperia Z6 launched as the Xperia XZ. The new device is the fifth Sony smartphone to launch in 2016 - following the Xperia XA, Xperia X, Xperia X Performance and... >>

Pokemon Go's Halloween treat will stuff you full of Candy

Pokemon Go's Halloween treat will stuff you full of Candy

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Pokemon Go is getting into the spirit of Halloween, with a special in-game event running from 26 October through to 1 November. Some of the treats that Pokemon Go has in store are a little disappointing: suggesting that there will be more Zubats around... >>

How to show battery percentage on your Android 7 Nougat device

How to show battery percentage on your Android 7 Nougat device

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One of the big criticisms of stock Android has always been that the some of the basic niceties are missing. One of the most prominent of these is simple: battery percentage.It's a common tweak from the likes of HTC, Samsung or Sony, meaning you can see... >>

Mini Cooper S Works 210 first drive: Pocket rocket lite

Mini Cooper S Works 210 first drive: Pocket rocket lite

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Some may have feared for Mini when BMW rolled in and took this British icon and modernised it, but spend 10 minutes on any major road and you'll know that the public adoration for the Mini hasn't abated.With the John Cooper Works super-charged version... >>

Garmin Vivosmart HR+ review: A fully-packed fitness tracker
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Garmin Vivosmart HR+ review: A fully-packed fitness tracker

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There's no shortage of fitness trackers on the market. Since the launch of the Nike FuelBand, just about everyone has had a crack at this lifestyle end of the sports device market. Offering a lighter and simpler approach than more established sports... >>

Nexus owners: Android 7.1 Nougat coming in late October

Nexus owners: Android 7.1 Nougat coming in late October

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Google has confirmed that it will be running a beta programme for Android 7.1 Nougat starting later in October.That will come as welcome news for Nexus owners, with the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P joining the Pixel C as the first devices to get access to the... >>

RIP Samsung Galaxy Note 7: A eulogy for a great but flawed friend

RIP Samsung Galaxy Note 7: A eulogy for a great but flawed friend

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has passed. The life of this wonderful smartphone cut short. Join us as we reflect on the device that was the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.Before the Note 7 was born, the excitement was tangible. With over-achieving siblings appearing... >>

Hive review: The British Gas system that's the hub of all things
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Hive review: The British Gas system that's the hub of all things

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When British Gas called us in to the launch of Hive Active Heating, it was clear that this was the starting point for something bigger. Focusing initially where you would expect a heating company to focus, Active Heating was an easy first step. Thanks... >>

Polar M600 review: Top-notch smartwatch and fitness tracker fusion
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Polar M600 review: Top-notch smartwatch and fitness tracker fusion

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The explosion of smartwatches and fitness trackers has thrown up some real gems and thrown down some real turds, leaving us all to step carefully when choosing a new device. Polar is an established name in fitness devices, one of the oldest, perhaps,... >>

Pokemon Go update makes catching rare Pokemon easier

Pokemon Go update makes catching rare Pokemon easier

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There's an update coming to Pokemon Go that will take some of the frustration out of trying to catch rare Pokemon.Called the "capture bonus", the update (coming soon) will give you extra power to catch certain types of Pokemon, based on your achievements... >>

Google Pixel exclusive features laid bare: What your regular Android phone won't get

Google Pixel exclusive features laid bare: What your regular Android phone won't get

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Google announced its new devices this week, ditching the Nexus branding and taking things in-house with new the Pixel and Pixel XL. Unlike previous Nexus device launches, however, the Pixels aren't presented as a shining showcase of Android, they're... >>

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... >>

DxO Mark is another smartphone benchmark you can ignore

DxO Mark is another smartphone benchmark you can ignore

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Google took to the stage in San Francisco yesterday at its Made By Google event to launch a range of new products, including the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Replacing the Nexus programme with devices more firmly aimed at the premium smartphone owner,... >>

LG OLED C6 4K TV review: The curved OLED master
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LG OLED C6 4K TV review: The curved OLED master

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When the term "OLED" is uttered around people who like TVs, there's a twitch of excitement. An eye sparkles, an eyebrow raises, a corner of the mouth curls into a smile. That all comes down to the reputation that OLED has acquired: movie fans want to... >>

Huge Pixel and Pixel XL leak gives us a good look at the Made by Google phones

Huge Pixel and Pixel XL leak gives us a good look at the Made by Google phones

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Google is expected to unveil its new handsets on Tuesday 4 October and it looks like we have all the information about them thanks to launch-day images from Canadian carrier Bell and full specifications thanks to Carphone Warehouse.Rumours have long... >>

Amazon Video review: Hitting the Prime time
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Amazon Video review: Hitting the Prime time

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With Amazon becoming the almost default choice for DVD and Blu-ray purchases, it was perhaps no surprise to see the company offering this content in a different format.With Lovefilm on the books providing the postal rental solution, the way that Amazon went... >>

OnePlus 3 will be sold by O2 from 29 September

OnePlus 3 will be sold by O2 from 29 September

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In a surprise announcement, O2 has confirmed that it will be selling the OnePlus 3, making it the first UK network to offer OnePlus devices directly.OnePlus has been shaking up the smartphone world, offering quality devices with flagship specs and design,... >>

Amazing Google Pixel leak shows-off pure Android design

Amazing Google Pixel leak shows-off pure Android design

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With Google planning something of a mega launch party on 4 October, there has been no shortage to leaks and rumours approaching launch day.Amongst the most hotly-anticipated devices are the new Pixel handsets, stepping in to replace the Nexus devices... >>

Blue Microphones announces the Raspberry, the funkiest mic to use on the move

Blue Microphones announces the Raspberry, the funkiest mic to use on the move

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Blue Microphones has announced its latest addition to its collection of microphones, called the Raspberry.Designed with a compact form, it retains much of the character of Blue mics, with an interesting design, but has been designed with portability in... >>

Audi TT RS review: A serious upgrade, with serious performance
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Audi TT RS review: A serious upgrade, with serious performance

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Of all the Renn Sport models that Audi makes, the TT RS perhaps makes the most sense. At its basic level, the Audi TT is a sports car lite. That dropping roof and low-slung stance point to a sporty little coupé or roadster, even when it's a front-wheel... >>

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... >>