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5 things BlackBerry users will love about the BlackBerry Priv

5 things BlackBerry users will love about the BlackBerry Priv

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BlackBerry has finally launched the Priv, its latest handset, making the switch to Android. It's looking to bring together the best features of BlackBerry with the best of Android, launching a flagship-spec handset with a full QWERTY keyboard, as well... >>

5 things Android users will love about the BlackBerry Priv

5 things Android users will love about the BlackBerry Priv

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BlackBerry has finally launched the Priv, its first Android handset. It's looking to bring together the best features of BlackBerry with the best of Android, launching a flagship-spec handset with a full QWERTY keyboard, as well as a range of clever additions. ... >>

BlackBerry Priv review: A sweet BlackBerry and Android pie
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BlackBerry Priv review: A sweet BlackBerry and Android pie

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BlackBerry has trodden a rocky path these last few years that has lead us to a point that some felt was inevitable. With BB 7 and then BB 10 not really capturing the imagination in the way that iOS and Android have, it was of little surprise when BlackBerry... >>

Humax FVP-4000T review: Freeview Play's first set-top box
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Humax FVP-4000T review: Freeview Play's first set-top box

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Freeview Play has its first set-top box, the slickly named Humax FVP-4000T. The new service - that went live in October 2015 in the UK - is designed to combine regular broadcast Freeview services with connected catch-up services. If that's sounds familiar,... >>

Sony Bravia YouView update: Everything you need to know

Sony Bravia YouView update: Everything you need to know

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Sony has pushed out its update for 2015 Bravia televisions running on Android TV, bringing with it the new YouView experience.  YouView replaces the old EPG and brings with it a number of benefits, updating your already smart TV, to make a range of things... >>

Rolls-Royce Wraith review: Sporting luxury, with a dab of charm
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Rolls-Royce Wraith review: Sporting luxury, with a dab of charm

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The Queen. Heads of state. Rock stars and swimming pools. FAB 1. So rich is the lore of Rolls-Royce that it's a motorcar company that needs little introduction. Seeing one on the roads might be a rare thing, but this iconic marque enjoys the highest of... >>

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 review: A genuine iPad rival?
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 review: A genuine iPad rival?

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Samsung, perhaps more that any other company in the Android space, has been experimenting with the ultimate tablet recipe for a number of years. We've seen all sizes and various power setups in the company's line-up. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 follows... >>

OnePlus X official: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know

OnePlus X official: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know

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OnePlus has taken to the stage in London to announce the launch of its second smartphone of year, the OnePlus X. Announced on 29 October, the new handset focuses on design, and broadens the company's offering to three handsets: the 2014 OnePlus One, the... >>

HTC One A9 review: Could it be magic?
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HTC One A9 review: Could it be magic?

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If there's one trend that's emerged in 2015, it's that the mid-range or sub-flagship category of Android phones is arguably more exciting than those right at the top. We've had the strong endurance of the Moto X Play, the incredible pricing of the OnePlus... >>

Garmin's Index Smart Scale brings more stats to your fitness fight

Garmin's Index Smart Scale brings more stats to your fitness fight

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Garmin has announced the Index Smart Scale, a connected scale offering a range of stats to help you battle the bulge, check yo' self or fight the fitness fight.  The new scales follow the likes of Withings and Fitbit, offering not only weight, but BMI,... >>

Hive Active Heating 2.0 review: Style meets connected practicality
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Hive Active Heating 2.0 review: Style meets connected practicality

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Of all the services offering to take control of your heating, Hive is probably the system that has the highest profile. That's in no small part due to plenty of marketing and a brand name that's instantly recognisable: British Gas. Hive Active Heating... >>

How to show battery percentage on your Android 6.0 Marshmallow device

How to show battery percentage on your Android 6.0 Marshmallow device

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One of the big criticisms of stock Android has always been thgat the some of the basic niceties are missing. One of the most prominent of these is simple: the inability to show the battery level as a percentage. It's a common tweak from the likes of HTC,... >>

HTC delivers bad news on HTC One A9 pricing

HTC delivers bad news on HTC One A9 pricing

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When the HTC One A9 was announced, we were quick to point out that the US price was $399 and the UK was £429, presenting a huge disparity in price points.  HTC has now provided some clarity on these details and the news isn't great. That exciting $399.99... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 review: Flagship foibles
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Sony Xperia Z5 review: Flagship foibles

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Sony fell over its feet with the Xperia Z3+, a device that seemed to undo some of the great work laid down by the Xperia Z3 it replaced. With Sony seemingly sticking to unrelenting smartphone churn, however, the Z3+ is wiped away a mere four months after... >>

SwiftKey 6 brings double-word prediction for double-speed typing

SwiftKey 6 brings double-word prediction for double-speed typing

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SwiftKey has just announced SwiftKey 6.0 beta, making a wide range of changes to one of the most popular apps. This is one for the Android folk, although the smart keyboard is hugely popular on iOS too.  New in this version of SwiftKey is double word... >>

Your old Chromecast now supports Spotify

Your old Chromecast now supports Spotify

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With the launch of the new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio came the news that Spotify was joining the list of compatible apps.  It's a big name joining the casting revolution, making it really easy to cast music from your phone to your TV. It was one... >>

Fossil details Q family of connected accessories, including Q Founder Android Wear watch

Fossil details Q family of connected accessories, including Q Founder Android Wear watch

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Fossil has finally shed some light on its line-up of connected devices called Fossil Q, designed to keep you informed, without sacrificing your style. The devices were previously teased at New York fashion week. There are two "connected bracelets", the... >>

Back To The Future: Did Chris Hall predict 2015 correctly in 2010?

Back To The Future: Did Chris Hall predict 2015 correctly in 2010?

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In 2010 Pocket-lint tried to imagine what the future would be like in 2015. Today is yesterday's future, but did we get it right? We've revisited three of the "future diary" pieces we wrote 5 years ago to find out. Chris Hall's Future diary: 31 March... >>

HTC One A9: Did HTC just copy the iPhone 6 design?

HTC One A9: Did HTC just copy the iPhone 6 design?

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As soon as the HTC One A9 appeared - leaked as the Aero - there was immediate talk of whether HTC was just copying the iPhone 6 design.  They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and we've probably seen a thousand words written on whether this... >>

HTC One A9 official: Release date, price and everything you need to know

HTC One A9 official: Release date, price and everything you need to know

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HTC has announced its lastest device, the HTC One A9. HTC's last two flagships - the One M8 and One M9 - released with very similar designs, but now, for the first time in a couple of years, HTC has broken with tradition and launched a new smartphone,... >>

Nexus 5X official: Price, release date, specs and everything you need to know

Nexus 5X official: Price, release date, specs and everything you need to know

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The Nexus 5X was formally announced on 29 October 2015, refreshing Google's pure Android handset. There's not just one handset this year, but two: the Nexus 5X made by LG and a larger Nexus 6P built by Huawei.  We've kept track of the Nexus 5X from... >>

Motorola Moto X Style review: Chic but not stand-out
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Motorola Moto X Style review: Chic but not stand-out

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When Motorola announced there wouldn't be just one Moto X in its latest update, but two, it was a time for celebration. Two models from a family that's been generally solid, giving more of that Moto magic and a new option for Android fans. The Moto X... >>

Chord Mojo: The DAC that wants to make your smartphone sound better

Chord Mojo: The DAC that wants to make your smartphone sound better

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Chord Electronics might not be a familiar name to the average smartphone owner. The term DAC might also be a little meaningless, and reference to audiophile, a little scary.  But Chord want to change that with the launch of Mojo (a contraction of mobile... >>

BlackBerry Priv specs, price and date confirmed, as pre-orders open

BlackBerry Priv specs, price and date confirmed, as pre-orders open

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Somewhat out of the blue, pre-orders for the BlackBerry Priv have opened at Carphone Warehouse, confirming all the details in the process.  The BlackBerry Priv has been one of the worst kept secrets in the smartphone world, with the leaks being so prolific... >>

Sony SmartBand 2 review: Life tracking that misses a beat
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Sony SmartBand 2 review: Life tracking that misses a beat

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The latest addition to Sony's SmartWear range is the SmartBand 2, a fitness tracking band with an updated Sony Core unit - the main heart of the device which slips into the accompanying wristband - that now adds heart-rate monitoring to the party. In... >>