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Barclaycard to offer NFC payments up to £100 on Android smartphones

Barclaycard to offer NFC payments up to £100 on Android smartphones

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Barclaycard has announced that you'll be able to make NFC payments using your Android smartphone through the Barclaycard app as of November. With Android Pay yet to land in the UK, Barclaycard appears to be forging its own route to smartphone payments,... >>

Three switches on VoLTE, dubs it 4G Super Voice

Three switches on VoLTE, dubs it 4G Super Voice

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Three is the first network in the UK to enable VoLTE (voice over LTE), throwing the switch to make it possible to make calls and send messages over the 4G network.Moving voice and messages to 4G means that Three can offer better performance in some low-reception... >>

Vodafone Wi-Fi Calling service is now live, but there's a catch

Vodafone Wi-Fi Calling service is now live, but there's a catch

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Vodafone announced earlier in the year that Wi-Fi Calling would be coming to its network and Voda has now confirmed it: the service has been activated.That means that eligible Vodafone customers will be able to make and receive calls over Wi-Fi rather... >>

HTC One M9 Plus review: Plus and minus
4.0 stars

HTC One M9 Plus review: Plus and minus

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The HTC One M9 was met with a muted response. HTC's efforts in refining design felt like a distraction and the new flagship felt like it was slightly adrift, facing completion from all sides.It was only a few weeks later that HTC announced the HTC One... >>

BBC's Make it Digital season opens: Here's what's coming to TV, radio and online

BBC's Make it Digital season opens: Here's what's coming to TV, radio and online

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The BBC has announced its line-up of content for its Make it Digital season, that runs up until 26 September 2015.We've previously heard about The GameChangers, the Daniel Radcliffe drama looking behind scenes of the hit game Grand Theft Auto, but that's... >>

Huawei Mate S "Force Touch" display explored: A new way to interact

Huawei Mate S "Force Touch" display explored: A new way to interact

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Huawei took to the stage at IFA 2015 to show off the new Mate S. There's a lot to this new device, but the part that's likely to draw the most attention is the pressure-sensitive display. Firstly a little clarity: the pressure-sensitive display isn't... >>

Stunning LG "wave" double-sided OLED display leaves us speechless

Stunning LG "wave" double-sided OLED display leaves us speechless

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LG has been talking about OLED a lot recently. It's the display technology that LG sees as the most important for the future, continuing to research, develop and ultimately, release OLED products.IFA 2015 saw the launch of LG's first flat 4K OLED TV,... >>

Moto 360 Sport is an athletic lean on Moto's new smartwatch

Moto 360 Sport is an athletic lean on Moto's new smartwatch

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Amidst the announcements for Motorola's new Android Wear devices was the Moto 360 Sport. It's the athletic cousin to the two new 360 devices launched by Motorola.The big difference between this smartwatch and the others is that there is a silicone strap... >>

These LG Bean Birds are the cutest things to come out of IFA 2015

These LG Bean Birds are the cutest things to come out of IFA 2015

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IFA 2015 has been a hotbed of the latest tech launches, with plenty of big reveals, from Ultra HD Blu-ray, to a 4K smartphone, to a TV that projects images up your walls. But nothing can touch these LG Bean Birds for cuteness.The LG Bean Bird's aim in... >>

This is Samsung's Ultra HD Blu-ray Player

This is Samsung's Ultra HD Blu-ray Player

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Samsung used IFA 2015 to show-off the future for UHD home entertainment, revealing its Ultra HD Blu-ray player.Technically speaking, this is the UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player and the first player announced that will play UHD Blu-ray. Why is that significant?... >>

Samsung drops another teaser, this time for Galaxy View

Samsung drops another teaser, this time for Galaxy View

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Samsung has just stepped off stage at IFA 2015, after introducing the new Gear S2. But just as it did at the Unpacked event for the Note 5 launch, it used the opportunity to tease a new product. Saying it was something new, in a new category, Samsung... >>

Don't touch the watch: LG Watch Urbane Luxe glitters behind glass

Don't touch the watch: LG Watch Urbane Luxe glitters behind glass

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One of the devices we were really looking forward to getting our hands on at IFA 2015, was the LG Watch Urbane Luxe.Recently announced, this limited edition version of the Watch Urbane is rather special. It's 23-karat gold for starters, has an alligator... >>

TomTom Spark is a multisports watch with music in mind

TomTom Spark is a multisports watch with music in mind

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TomTom has announced its fourth-generation of sports watch, the TomTom Spark.TomTom's aim is to tackle the problem of what to do with your music when you're working out, so the Spark offers wireless music functions and along with full multisport capabilities.The... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs Xperia Z5 vs Xperia Z5 Compact: What's the difference?

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs Xperia Z5 vs Xperia Z5 Compact: What's the difference?

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Sony has announced three new flagship handsets in the Z5 family. There's the regular Z5, but it has been joined by the predicable Z5 Compact, and the less-than-expected Xperia Z5 Premium, which brings a shine to things, literally. It's a threesome of... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 camera: Sample images and new tech explained

Sony Xperia Z5 camera: Sample images and new tech explained

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The new Sony Z5 family might be a new generation of devices, but it's really about the camera. The switch to this new 23-megapixel camera is the first change since the introduction of Sony's 20.7-megapixel model on the Z1.The camera is probably the biggest... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact: The plucky powerhouse is back (hands-on)

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact: The plucky powerhouse is back (hands-on)

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For a number of years smartphone manufacturers have been slapping the word "mini" at the end of a handset name to denote the fact that something is smaller. Typically it mirrors the design of a flagship, carries practically the same name, but has the... >>

Huawei promises to touch you with its latest 5.5in smartphone, the Mate S

Huawei promises to touch you with its latest 5.5in smartphone, the Mate S

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Huawei has announced the Huawei Mate S, its latest smartphone that promises to touch you.Taking to the stage at IFA 2015, Huawei used its press conference to talk about the importance of touch, saying that the "smartphone is the human extension" and that... >>

Huawei Watch officially priced from €399, now available for pre-order

Huawei Watch officially priced from €399, now available for pre-order

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Huawei has taken to the stage at IFA 2015 to announce that the Huawei Watch is now officially on sale, with pre-orders opening in the US from 2 September. The Huawei Watch, Huawei's first Android Wear smartwatch, was first introduced at MWC 2015 where... >>

Lyle & Scott unveils a contactless payment jacket in cahoots with Barclays bPay

Lyle & Scott unveils a contactless payment jacket in cahoots with Barclays bPay

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You've probably been waiting for garments to embrace the fashion for contactless payments. Or, like us, you've probably been waiting for your credit card to become a wearable.Rejoice! For that day has come with the announcement that Lyle & Scott have... >>

Nextbit Robin is a cloud-first Android smartphone that wants to ease your storage woes

Nextbit Robin is a cloud-first Android smartphone that wants to ease your storage woes

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Nextbit has announced its first smartphone, the Nextbit Robin, described as a cloud-first Android device.The Nextbit Robin wants to shake up both hardware and software, taking Android deeper into the cloud with a unique storage management approach.The... >>

How Apple HomeKit is going to homogenise smarthomes

How Apple HomeKit is going to homogenise smarthomes

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Apple HomeKit is going to hit the mainstream with the release of iOS 9 - expected on an iPhone or iPad very soon after 9 September - and it's going to turn the smarthome segment on its head.Some people may refer to connected devices, connected appliances,... >>

Ford S-Max first drive: Redefining MPVs

Ford S-Max first drive: Redefining MPVs

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Competing against the ever-popular SUV in the kids'n'dog category is the MPV. It's a much derided class of car; where SUVs have "sport" in the name - suggesting athleticism and virility - MPVs carry the stigma of being the end of the motoring line. It's... >>

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde review: Four-leaf fun
3.5 stars

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde review: Four-leaf fun

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They say that you're not a real driver until you've owned an Alfa Romeo. They also say that most of that ownership time will be spent waiting for breakdown services to arrive. With a motoring heritage as rich as that of Alfa Romeo, reputation and expectation... >>

HTC One A9/Aero gets pictured next to an iPhone: Can you spot the difference?

HTC One A9/Aero gets pictured next to an iPhone: Can you spot the difference?

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The existence of a new hero handset from HTC has been circulating for a while and new images claiming to be that device have now surfaced. Coming from a familiar source (@stagueve) we now have a fresh picture of the HTC Aero, or HTC One A9 as it might... >>

Now the BlackBerry Passport appears on video, running Android

Now the BlackBerry Passport appears on video, running Android

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The Venice isn't the only BlackBerry that might be running Android. There have been rumours that the Passport might be getting an Android makeover too. There's long been chatter about BlackBerry's relationship with Android. This started with support... >>

TomTom Bandit review: Capture action the easy way
4.0 stars

TomTom Bandit review: Capture action the easy way

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TomTom is diversifying and the Bandit sees the Dutch navigation company move into action cameras. We've seen TomTom lend its name to sat nav and sports devices and there's a nod to GPS experience in the TomTom Bandit, but this is really a foray into new... >>

Photos reveal that the Huawei Nexus looks awesome

Photos reveal that the Huawei Nexus looks awesome

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There has been plenty of speculation that Huawei is building a Nexus handset, and the growing mass of evidence makes it difficult to deny. Having seen video renders for the new device, we've now got photos of what's reported to be a prototype of the... >>

LG G Pad II wants to be the ultimate affordable media tablet

LG G Pad II wants to be the ultimate affordable media tablet

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LG has announced a new G Pad tablet, saying that long battery life and a large display are what people are asking for, without an increase in the price.The LG G Pad II has a 10.1-inch display with a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution (224ppi), giving it an... >>

Big Mac, large fries, Android Pay: McDonald's outs 26 August live date

Big Mac, large fries, Android Pay: McDonald's outs 26 August live date

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We've all been waiting for Android Pay to officially launch and it could be as soon as 26 August, in the US at least, if details from McDonald's prove to be true.Android Police has got hands on some internal documents from McDonald's, informing staff... >>

Swatch CEO calls Apple Watch an "interesting toy", outlines plans for NFC Swatch

Swatch CEO calls Apple Watch an "interesting toy", outlines plans for NFC Swatch

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In an interview with Swiss paper Tages-Anzeiger, Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek candidly outlines smartwatch plans for the Swiss company moving forward, while taking the opportunity to call out manufacturers like Apple, Samsung and Sony for their rivalling... >>

EE TV update adds search, personalisation, photo and video playback, more

EE TV update adds search, personalisation, photo and video playback, more

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EE has announced its biggest update to EE TV since the launch of the service in late-2014. The update brings more flexibility and personalisation to EE's TV service, which is one of the most dynamic TV offerings currently available.One of the biggest... >>

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is the next version of Google's mobile OS

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is the next version of Google's mobile OS

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Google has unveiled a Android lawn sculpture outside its Mountain View headquarters, confirming that M is officially Android Marshmallow.There had been plenty of speculation about what sweet treat Google would name the next version of Android after,... >>

Samsung confirms Gear S2 smartwatch launch for IFA 2015 in September

Samsung confirms Gear S2 smartwatch launch for IFA 2015 in September

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Samsung dropped a surprise annoucement at its Samsung Unpacked event where it unveiled the Galaxy Note 5 and the S6 edge Plus. At the end of the presentation, Samsung teased that there was more to come in the near future, before quickly showing off a... >>

LG HS8 is a curved, connected, soundbar for your curved TV

LG HS8 is a curved, connected, soundbar for your curved TV

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Curved TVs have been hitting the market for the last couple of years, and now LG has the perfect accompaniment for your sweeping screen. The HS8 Curved Sound Bar is designed to match your curved LG TV, similar to the curved soundbar that Samsung offers... >>

4GEE Action Cam review: Live-stream your hardcore action
3.5 stars

4GEE Action Cam review: Live-stream your hardcore action

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EE is looking to diversify its offering, making a step into action cameras. The aptly named 4GEE Action Cam arrives with the hook that it's connected, tying it into the 4G network and giving you the option to broadcast your adventures direct from the... >>

New Moto X photos flaunt sexy design, front-facing flash

New Moto X photos flaunt sexy design, front-facing flash

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Motorola has sent out invites for an event on 28 July, promising that it will change your relationship status with your phone. There's some ominous kisses at the bottom of that invite that look a lot like XGX. It's predicted that Motorola, now under... >>

PayPal fuels Shell's new Fill Up & Go service, allowing app payments at the pump

PayPal fuels Shell's new Fill Up & Go service, allowing app payments at the pump

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Shell has today enabled a new pay at the pump system in the UK in partnership with PayPal.Unlike older systems that integrate a card payment terminal, the Fill Up & Go system lets you use PayPal to complete the transaction through your smartphone.Shell... >>

OnePlus Power Bank: A bank you can trust

OnePlus Power Bank: A bank you can trust

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There's a lot of hype about OnePlus. Among smartphone fans, OnePlus is probably the most talked about brand at the moment, which is surprising for a company that's relatively new on the scene.If you weren't paying attention, then you might not know that... >>

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet review: Power, performance, price
4.5 stars

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet review: Power, performance, price

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The latest tablet to roll off Sony's line is the Xperia Z4 Tablet. Announced before Sony confusingly launched a Z4 smartphone in Japan and the Z3+ in the rest of the world, the Z4 Tablet looks to deliver everything you could want from a modern Android... >>

Honda CR-V 2015 review: Tech-tweaked SUV
4.5 stars

Honda CR-V 2015 review: Tech-tweaked SUV

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Honda is looking at having a big year in 2015. You can't help but have noticed the new Type-R or NSX that will be hitting the roads in 2015, leading the charge in a complete refresh of the company's cars. The new Honda CR-V, first off the blocks, is... >>

HTC Grip slips, but there's a whole suite of Under Armour products coming

HTC Grip slips, but there's a whole suite of Under Armour products coming

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In February 2015, HTC unveiled the Grip, a wearable sports bracelet, the fruit of its union with Under Armour. Since the announcement and early prototype demos, we've heard very little about HTC Grip.However the company has now come forward and issued... >>

Moov Now wants to be your wearable fitness coach

Moov Now wants to be your wearable fitness coach

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Moov Now is a second-gen wearable sports tracker, aiming to offer more than your average passive fitness band.The Moov Now has ambitions to be a complete coach, not only tracking your activity, but monitoring how you're running, cycling, or swimming... >>

Motorola launch scheduled for 28 July, new Moto X and G expected

Motorola launch scheduled for 28 July, new Moto X and G expected

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Motorola has sent out formal invitations to the press inviting them to a launch event on 28 July.There's no indication of exactly what the launches will be, with the invitation simply stating that "your relationship status is about to change", with some... >>

Getting a OnePlus 2 invite is going to be much easier

Getting a OnePlus 2 invite is going to be much easier

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One of the turnoffs when it came to buying the OnePlus One - especially when it launched - was how hard it was to actually get one.OnePlus has detailed that it wants to make the process smoother when it comes to buying the OnePlus 2, which will be announced... >>

HTC One M8 will be updated to Android M

HTC One M8 will be updated to Android M

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The HTC One M8 is a popular handset, more so, perhaps, than HTC's current flagship, the M9. Well it looks like there's life in the old (ish) dog yet.Responding to a question on Twitter, HTC product manager Mo Versi said that the HTC One M8 would indeed... >>

HTC One M9+ announced for Europe: 5.2-inch QHD hero handset

HTC One M9+ announced for Europe: 5.2-inch QHD hero handset

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HTC has confirmed that the HTC One M9+ is coming to Europe. The flagship phone was originally launched in China, offering a larger, and in some cases better-specced, alternative to the One M9. It now appears that we're going to benefit from HTC's more... >>

Polar Loop 2 adds notifications, vibration alerts, and keeps on tracking

Polar Loop 2 adds notifications, vibration alerts, and keeps on tracking

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Polar has announced an updated version of its activity tracker, the Polar Loop. The new Loop 2 retains many of the features of the original, but expands the feature set for a more connected smart experience.The Polar Loop 2 adopts many of the skills seen... >>

Pocket-lint Three Peaks Challenge: The kit we used

Pocket-lint Three Peaks Challenge: The kit we used

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Readers of Pocket-lint will know that we've just completed the Three Peaks Challenge, climbing the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in under 24 hours.You can read all about the experience right here on Pocket-lint, but we thought we'd... >>

This is the new Hive smart thermostat, and it's awesome

This is the new Hive smart thermostat, and it's awesome

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Hive has announced Active Heating 2, outlining the future for the connected heating system, with an expansion into the connected home.At the core of Active Heating 2 is this new thermostat, a replacement for the digital thermostat box of the original... >>

Hive turns up the heat on smarthomes: Door sensors, motion detectors, smart plugs, IFTTT-style recipes join the system

Hive turns up the heat on smarthomes: Door sensors, motion detectors, smart plugs, IFTTT-style recipes join the system

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Hive by British Gas today announced an expansion into the smarthome, reaching beyond heating and hot water.With an aim of connecting as many houses in the UK as possible, Hive has announced a full family of complimentary products, all of which can be... >>