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Asus Transformer Book Chi goes to war against the MacBook Air

Asus Transformer Book Chi goes to war against the MacBook Air

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"Our Chi is thinner than Air," said Jonney Shih, CEO of Asus as the Transformer Book Chi was announced at CES 2015. If the name sounds familiar, that's because it was unveiled at Computex in June 2014, but now it seems there's a full family of Transformer... >>

Nest announces more third-party support as Works with Nest smarthome land grab continues

Nest announces more third-party support as Works with Nest smarthome land grab continues

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Nest has announced a new run of partners at CES 2015 that are all part of its Works with Nest programme. If you thought that Nest was just a smart heating controller you'd be wrong, as Works with Nest is designed to put the smart into your smarthome. ... >>

Fenix 3 adds colour to your training, Garmin Epix is a wrist navigator

Fenix 3 adds colour to your training, Garmin Epix is a wrist navigator

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Garmin has made a range of updates to its wearables at CES 2015. There's an update to the Fenix training watch, now in its third generation, as well as a new product, the Epix.  The Fenix 3 is designed to appeal to the adventurer within you, with a design... >>

Garmin Vivoactive is a proper smartwatch for fitness fans

Garmin Vivoactive is a proper smartwatch for fitness fans

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Garmin had devices adorning the wrists of athletes long before anyone had conceived the term "wearables". One of the big names in sport watches, Garmin has announced three additions to its range at CES 2015. Most interesting is the Vivoactive which sees... >>

Tonino Lamborghini Quantum HL-01 review: Raging bull
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Tonino Lamborghini Quantum HL-01 review: Raging bull

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Tonino Lamborghini isn't a name in audio that you'll recognise. In fact, you'll probably need a little schooling to learn that this isn't Automobili Lamborghini, the car company.  It is the same family, however, with the founder (Tonino himself) devoting... >>

Asus teases next-gen ZenFone 2, taps out optical zoom hint

Asus teases next-gen ZenFone 2, taps out optical zoom hint

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Asus has released a couple of teaser videos for its forthcoming ZenFone 2, which will be announced at CES 2015. The company previously confirmed it would be launching new handsets at the Las Vegas tradeshow. The ZenFone was originally announced in 2014,... >>

Polar A300 blends fitness band appeal with sports watch functionality

Polar A300 blends fitness band appeal with sports watch functionality

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Polar has announced the A300, which it describes as a fitness and activity monitor, sitting between the Polar Loop and its more advanced sports watches. So on one hand the A300 will track your steps and alert you if you've been inactive for too long like... >>

Acer Chromebook 15 takes Chrome OS large with 15.6-inch display

Acer Chromebook 15 takes Chrome OS large with 15.6-inch display

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Acer is pushing into larger Chromebook territory with the Chromebook 15, sporting a 15.6-inch display.  Launched at CES 2015, the new Chromebook gives you 27 per cent more space to get productive over the more common 13.3-inch models. The new model will... >>

Android Wear review: The smartwatch platform?
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Android Wear review: The smartwatch platform?

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Android Wear is the platform for smartwatches designed to put the power of Google's Android onto your wrist. It keeps you always connected by delivering tailored alerts from your smartphone, but also acts as a point of input for interaction with your... >>

9 free Android apps you must download first

9 free Android apps you must download first

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If you're the proud owner of a brand new Android device (or just looking for inspiration), then one of the first things you'll be wanting to do is get some great apps. Although all phones will do a lot in their naked form, it's the apps that really dress... >>

How to setup an Amazon Kindle for children

How to setup an Amazon Kindle for children

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Amazon's Kindle has established itself as a leading reading device and where you have reading, you hopefully have eager children.  Although real books, on paper, as well as using public libraries, should be something that all children experience, there's... >>

Asus ZenWatch review: Adding a touch of elegance
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Asus ZenWatch review: Adding a touch of elegance

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Of all the Android Wear devices to appear in 2014, we didn't think it would be Asus that landed with the most elegant solution. That's not because Asus can't do design - just look at some of the Zenbook models - but because we expected a low price, high... >>

Gingerbread, the final frontier: This starship Enterprise model has us drooling

Gingerbread, the final frontier: This starship Enterprise model has us drooling

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Some Star Trek fans might be dismayed that the next Star Trek movie has fallen into the hands of Fast & Furious director Justin Lin, but you can take heart in this gingerbread USS Enterprise.  Rather than making a gingerbread house, this USS Enterprise... >>

LG Music Flow multiroom system expands with new soundbars, portable H4 speaker

LG Music Flow multiroom system expands with new soundbars, portable H4 speaker

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LG's Music Flow system is one of the recent additions to the world of multiroom speakers, announced in August 2014. We always knew that LG would be expanding the system, and CES 2015 will see the launch of some new components.  Adding to the selection... >>

Germany's top car companies don't want Google in the driving seat

Germany's top car companies don't want Google in the driving seat

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Android Auto is a focus of Google, with recent news that Android M might be a more robust Android Auto offering, designed specifically for car integration. The report from Reuters, citing unnamed sources, says that Google's plan is to step beyond integration... >>

SwiftKey's Frozen theme adds Disney magic to your keyboard, doesn't predict song lyrics

SwiftKey's Frozen theme adds Disney magic to your keyboard, doesn't predict song lyrics

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SwiftKey has added a selection of Frozen themes to its store so you can bring some Disney magic to your Android keyboard. Each of the themes cost £1.49, but that's a small price to pay to have Anna, Elsa, and the crew as your backdrop. Swiping over the... >>

BlackBerry roadmap coming at MWC 2015: Here's what it thinks will win customers back

BlackBerry roadmap coming at MWC 2015: Here's what it thinks will win customers back

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BlackBerry has launched a significant device in the BlackBerry Classic, an update to the popular Bold 9900.  At the launch event, BlackBerry confirmed that it would be revealing its future roadmap at Mobile World Congress 2015, so you can expect to see... >>

BlackBerry Classic hands-on: A Bold move

BlackBerry Classic hands-on: A Bold move

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BlackBerry today officially pulled the covers off the BlackBerry Classic, a device looking to recapture the glory days of BlackBerry's past. It harks back to the very popular BlackBerry Bold with BlackBerry claiming that the Classic is a "upgrade" to... >>

BlackBerry Classic officially launches to 'upgrade' the Bold experience

BlackBerry Classic officially launches to 'upgrade' the Bold experience

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BlackBerry has officially launched the BlackBerry Classic. Having been teased through most of 2015 - and available for pre-order for the past few weeks - the final details of this device have now been revealed. The BlackBerry Classic is a return to form... >>

Android 5.0 Lollipop review: Sweet sweet Android refinement
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Android 5.0 Lollipop review: Sweet sweet Android refinement

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Android 5.0 Lollipop made its debut on the Nexus 9, Google's new tablet, and the Nexus 6, its latest smartphone. With Android 5.0 comes a range of changes that feel like a repositioning of Android, rather than a huge bump in forward-facing features. We've... >>

Nexus 6 review: Highly accomplished, but a bit of a handful
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Nexus 6 review: Highly accomplished, but a bit of a handful

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There's a certain mystique surrounding Nexus devices, a certain je ne sais quoi that often sees the Nexus elevated to the status of the Android Supreme Being. Previous generations of Nexus smartphones and tablets have always brought bang for your buck:... >>

Should I buy a Nexus 6?

Should I buy a Nexus 6?

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Should I buy a Nexus 6? That's the question a lot of people will be asking as they try to decide where to focus their smartphone attentions for the next year. We've been living with the Nexus 6 and will shortly be publishing out full review. There may... >>

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review: Powerful, portable, pricey
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Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review: Powerful, portable, pricey

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Sony's appetite for smartphone releases isn't quite matched by its schedule for tablets, the latest of which sees Sony trying to crack the smaller tablet segment.  The name Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact reminds us of slightly cumbersome German compound... >>

EE TV review: A revelation for screens big and small
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EE TV review: A revelation for screens big and small

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EE, the mobile network operator and internet provider, has always included entertainment as part of its offering, from movies to cinema tickets. With EE TV, the company makes a bigger play for home entertainment, offering a greater incentive to opt for... >>

Nexus 6 now available on O2, continuing its checkered UK launch

Nexus 6 now available on O2, continuing its checkered UK launch

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The Nexus 6 is now available from O2, continuing a rather stuttered launch in the UK. There's been no official word on when the Nexus 6 will be available directly through Google Play, with it simply listed as out of stock in the UK. We've seen Carphone... >>