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On the first day of Christmas, Ofcom gave to me … news that Wi-Fi could be disturbed by lights on the tree

On the first day of Christmas, Ofcom gave to me … news that Wi-Fi could be disturbed by lights on the tree

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Ok, so it isn't the first day of Christmas, but when there's a seasonal rhyme to be had who can resist? Ofcom has today announced that it is launching a Wi-Fi Checker app, aiming to help people examine the quality of the Wi-Fi in their homes. The headline... >>

The EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2015 in pictures

The EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2015 in pictures

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With fuzzy heads and a pocket full of ridiculous selfies, we awake in the aftermath of the EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2015.The EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards celebrated the best products of 2015, hosting an evening of merriment in London on 26 November.... >>

BlackBerry Priv tips and tricks: Master your Android BB

BlackBerry Priv tips and tricks: Master your Android BB

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The BlackBerry Priv is something of a surprise package, fusing some of the best features of Android with the best of BlackBerry. You now have that keyboard and BlackBerry Hub, but you also have access to all those Android apps. But this is a brave new... >>

LG smart TVs to offer Google's Play Movies and TV

LG smart TVs to offer Google's Play Movies and TV

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LG has confirmed that owners of its televisions will be getting an on-demand boost from Google.LG's smart TVs, including those using the webOS platform as well as earlier NetCast 4.0 and 4.5 models, will receive an update giving those TVs access to Google's... >>

E Ink really isn't just for the Kindle: The future of airports, art, payments and packaging

E Ink really isn't just for the Kindle: The future of airports, art, payments and packaging

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E Ink is the display that brings with it long battery life and excellent contrast, especially good for visibility in bright conditions.When you mention E Ink, you probably think about the Kindle or similar ebook readers. But there's so much more to E... >>

Android 6.0 Marshmallow review: Polish and performance
4.0 stars

Android 6.0 Marshmallow review: Polish and performance

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow is the latest version of Google's mobile operating system. It made its debut on the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P, a double helping of Marshmallow to kick off the next generation of Android devices.The updates have subsequently rolled... >>

This is why a £1100 Android Wear smartwatch makes perfect sense

This is why a £1100 Android Wear smartwatch makes perfect sense

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Our biggest criticism of Android Wear devices so far has revolved around design. Things started cheap (and there's some value in cheap things) but when you get to a flood of cheap, the entire category is devalued.The vernacular around Android Wear changed... >>

London Underground is now better connected, as 100 more stations come online

London Underground is now better connected, as 100 more stations come online

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The London Underground is a marvel of engineering, opening in 1863 and carrying around 1.3 billion passengers along its 250 miles of track every year, through 270 stations.But one of the most exciting developments for The Tube over the past few years... >>

BlackBerry Priv vs BlackBerry Passport, Classic, Leap: What's the difference?

BlackBerry Priv vs BlackBerry Passport, Classic, Leap: What's the difference?

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BlackBerry's latest handset has landed, the Priv. It makes a huge change for the company, moving to a new platform, looking, in the words of CEO John Chen, to deal with the problem of apps. The Priv arrives wanting to retain what BlackBerry is known... >>

Arcam MusicBoost: iPhone audio and battery boost sounds good to us

Arcam MusicBoost: iPhone audio and battery boost sounds good to us

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Arcam has a clever new iPhone case that it is working on that doubles-up on functions. Not only is the MusicBoost a battery case, but it contains a DAC and headphone amp too, so as the name suggests, it will upgrade the audio experience of your iPhone.Compatible... >>

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. You... >>

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

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
4.0 stars

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
4.5 stars

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?
4.0 stars

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 up... >>

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?
4.0 stars

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
4.5 stars

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... >>

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
4.0 stars

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 2015I... >>

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 rumour... >>

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

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 Play... >>

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
3.5 stars

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 a... >>

Adidas Sport Supernova by Monster review: Sporty headphones, but lacking flex
3.5 stars

Adidas Sport Supernova by Monster review: Sporty headphones, but lacking flex

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Those who participate in sport can be very particular about the equipment they use. There probably isn't a runner who doesn't attribute a personal best to a winning combination of the right socks and shoes, or marathon success to wearing the right compression... >>

Motorola Moto X Play review: Big-battery beauty
4.5 stars

Motorola Moto X Play review: Big-battery beauty

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Motorola has doubled-up its Moto X devices in 2015, offering two different models in this popular family. The Moto X Style is the larger model with more advanced specs, with the Moto X Play (reviewed here) the more natural replacement for the previous... >>

Acer outs updated Aspire R 14, portable Aspire Z3-700 all-in-one as Windows 10 slew continues

Acer outs updated Aspire R 14, portable Aspire Z3-700 all-in-one as Windows 10 slew continues

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With Microsoft announcing its own hardware for Windows 10 recently, the roadshow continues, bringing more devices from more manufacturers. Now is the turn of Acer.Acer has previously shown a number of devices destined for Windows 10, including its smartphone,... >>

DJI Osmo: Say goodbye to shaky 4K video (hands-on)

DJI Osmo: Say goodbye to shaky 4K video (hands-on)

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Best known for its drones, DJI took to the stage at the launch of the new Osmo and talked about itself as a camera company.The real aim of DJI's efforts is to remove the barriers to capturing the action, letting you get the camera to wherever it is needed.... >>

Castrol Nexcel gives you a 90 second engine oil change, debuts on Aston Martin Vulcan

Castrol Nexcel gives you a 90 second engine oil change, debuts on Aston Martin Vulcan

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Castrol has announced what it's calling "a leap in liquid engineering" looking to revolutionise engine oil with the Nexcel system. Nexcel is a system based around an oil cell, a sealed unit that contains both the engine oil and oil filter, designed to... >>

Humax unveils the first Freeview Play set-top box

Humax unveils the first Freeview Play set-top box

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Freeview Play is the next big thing coming to your television. The new service from Freeview aims to offer connected services on a par with YouView, Sky and Virgin Media, giving you access to catch-up services such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, All 4 and... >>

Chromecast Audio review: Simply connect your disconnected speakers
5.0 stars

Chromecast Audio review: Simply connect your disconnected speakers

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Google's Chromecast, launched in 2014, grasped home cinema by the lapels and shook it firmly. The convoluted path to a connected TV experience was firmly diverted into modern streaming ease and at a price that was almost rude. Jump forward to the present... >>

Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL confirmed: What's the story?

Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL confirmed: What's the story?

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Microsoft has taken to the stage at its October 2015 event in New York City, to confirm the launch of the Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL.These two new handsets have been designed to offer a flagship experience for Windows 10 for Mobile, launched... >>

What is Google's Now on Tap and how does it work?

What is Google's Now on Tap and how does it work?

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow brings a number of changes to your Android phone, but Now on Tap is the biggest individual new feature. First demoed at Google I/O, the idea is to extend the reach of Google across your device, making it easier and faster to find... >>

LG V10 vs LG G4: What's the difference?

LG V10 vs LG G4: What's the difference?

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LG has announced the LG V10, a new handset that's the first in a new V line of handsets, a new family.We'd all got accustomed to the G series being the flagship, but it looks like LG is stepping up a notch, moving away from the trend to push the mid-range,... >>

LG Watch Urbane 2 vs LG Watch Urbane: What's the difference?

LG Watch Urbane 2 vs LG Watch Urbane: What's the difference?

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The Watch Urbane 2, or second edition, has just been announced by LG, bringing the very latest features to its line-up of smartwatches and expanding the offering of Android Wear.Its namesake the LG Watch Urbane was introduced at Mobile World Congress... >>

Nexus 6P official: Release date, price and specs

Nexus 6P official: Release date, price and specs

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Google has officially announced the Nexus 6P as a 5.7-inch smartphone made by Huawei during its launch event in San Francisco.It's pretty much identical to the many leaks and rumours we've seen and heard in the last few months, with a better camera, higher... >>

BlackBerry CEO John Chen officially confirms Priv Android handset

BlackBerry CEO John Chen officially confirms Priv Android handset

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BlackBerry has officially confirmed the launch of the BlackBerry Priv, the rumoured Android slider that's been doing the rounds under the codename BlackBerry Venice.Although there's been no official press release, specs or supporting images, John Chen,... >>

Huawei Mate S review: Yes mate!
4.5 stars

Huawei Mate S review: Yes mate!

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Over the past year we've seen the rising tide of Chinese smartphones. As established companies like HTC and Sony Mobile have reported some difficulties, the likes of OnePlus and Xiaomi have stolen headlines.Huawei has long been saying it has ambitions... >>

Huge Nexus 6P photo leak reveals design, confirms rumours

Huge Nexus 6P photo leak reveals design, confirms rumours

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As we approach the Nexus 6P release date of 29 September, we've seen more and more of the next Nexus device. But this is probably the biggest leak yet when it comes to design.Courtesy of Android Police we have what appears to be a product shot for the... >>

Watch complications: What is Apple talking about?

Watch complications: What is Apple talking about?

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Over the past year, the world of tech that we inhabit has been exposed to a new vernacular. As companies diversify product offerings, we've seen new terms appear, crawling out of presentations and press releases, with little thought as to whether they're... >>