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This is HTC Vive, the Steam VR headset built by HTC and Valve

This is HTC Vive, the Steam VR headset built by HTC and Valve

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HTC used its Mobile World Congress keynote to announce a partnership with Valve, and launch a VR headset called HTC Vive. Before we talk about Vive, let's take a quick step back. HTC is known as a smartphone company and known best for its Android devices,... >>

HTC One M9 focuses on power, refinement and customisation

HTC One M9 focuses on power, refinement and customisation

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HTC has officially announced the HTC One M9, its new 2015 flagship smartphone. The HTC One M9 is a refinement of the HTC One line, aiming to improve on the HTC One M8, rather than completely reinventing the phone from the ground up. The design closely... >>

HTC One M9: The devil is in the details (hands-on)

HTC One M9: The devil is in the details (hands-on)

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The HTC One M9 has probably been the most leaked handset in recent history, but it isn't until you have this device in your hand that you can appreciate the quality it brings with it. HTC's aim with the new M9 was to address the weaknesses of the One... >>

LG Magna hands-on: All about that curve, 'bout that curve, no P-OLED

LG Magna hands-on: All about that curve, 'bout that curve, no P-OLED

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The LG Magna is the top device in LG's "premium mid-range", recently announced and shown at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  It sits amongst its brothers - Spirit, Leon and Joy - but Magna is the device that speaks to us. The important thing about... >>

LG Watch Urbane: A classic take on Android Wear (hands-on)

LG Watch Urbane: A classic take on Android Wear (hands-on)

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Smartwatches are not standing still. Having impressed us with the round display of the LG G Watch R, the smartwatch has taken a step forward with the LG Watch Urbane.  The G Watch Urbane is a premium take on the smartwatch, looking to add desirability... >>

Acer Liquid Leap+ fitness band has changeable straps, works with iOS, Android, Windows Phone

Acer Liquid Leap+ fitness band has changeable straps, works with iOS, Android, Windows Phone

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Acer today announced a new version of its fitness band, the Liquid Leap+. The Leap+ is based around a touchscreen core sitting in a rubber strap. It can be popped in and out, meaning you can switch straps to get a different colour.  The Leap+ itself... >>

Where's Grandma? Don't worry, she's wearing Haier's new super snooping wearable

Where's Grandma? Don't worry, she's wearing Haier's new super snooping wearable

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Haier has unveiled a selection of wearable devices at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but they might not be what you think. These are about tracking, rather than being a computer on your wrist. There is a model for children, which is bright and colourful,... >>

MWC 2015: We're here in Barcelona

MWC 2015: We're here in Barcelona

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Mobile World Congress 2015 doesn't officially start until Monday 2 March, but a lot of the action is happening before the show opens. We've ensconced ourselves in the Catalan capital, ready to bring you all the action. The fun starts on Sunday 1 March,... >>

HTC One M9: What to expect during MWC 2015 press event

HTC One M9: What to expect during MWC 2015 press event

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The HTC One M8 has been a popular device but with 2014 behind us, anticipation is rising about what will come next for HTC's flagship. It should come as no surprise if it's known as the HTC One M9, following the model numbering of previous years. The... >>

HTC One M7 gets a sweet taste of Android 5.0 Lollipop

HTC One M7 gets a sweet taste of Android 5.0 Lollipop

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The HTC One (M7) has just been updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop, bringing the first metal One up to date. Although HTC missed the 90-day self-imposed timeframe for Lollipop updates on the HTC One M8 (in some territories) it looks like the M7 isn't that... >>

HTC Desire 820 review: Mixed performance mid-ranger
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HTC Desire 820 review: Mixed performance mid-ranger

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One of HTC's surprise successes over the past year has been in the Desire family. The Desire 816 sold well in Asia, was updated in the Desire 820 on review here and has a newer model waiting in the wings, the Desire 826.  The success of this handset... >>

Samsung is winning the next-gen hype war

Samsung is winning the next-gen hype war

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If you hadn't noticed, there's a hype war raging at the moment. On Sunday 1 March, there will be two new flagship smartphones launched. And in the battle of the hype building, Samsung is winning. There are two big launches scheduled the day before Mobile... >>

These are the best HTC One M9 pictures we've seen so far

These are the best HTC One M9 pictures we've seen so far

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German retailer Cyberport.de listed the HTC One M9 on its online shop over the weekend, leading to a flurry of excitement surrounding the forthcoming flagship HTC smartphone. Discovered by website Mobilegeeks.de, the images look like full device renders.... >>

BlackBerry 10.3.1 tips and tricks: New features examined

BlackBerry 10.3.1 tips and tricks: New features examined

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BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 is being rolled out to all BlackBerry 10 smartphones and it brings a whole swathe of new features. Most of them were already available as part of OS 10.3 for the BlackBerry Passport and Porsche Design P'9983, and the Classic comes... >>

YouView from BT DB-T2200 mini box review: Ideal for your second TV
4.0 stars

YouView from BT DB-T2200 mini box review: Ideal for your second TV

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There's a new YouView from BT set top box in town, offering the smart TV platform for less of your cash.  However, the new DB-T2200 box strips out some of the connections and features found in the higher-spec DTR-T2100, but allows you to get YouView... >>

HTC One M9 registration opens at Carphone Warehouse. Wait, what?

HTC One M9 registration opens at Carphone Warehouse. Wait, what?

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Carphone Warehouse has opened up a page to let you register your interest in the new HTC One. That's right, the phone that hasn't been announced yet. HTC seems to have stepped up its hype-building as we approach the launch for the HTC One M9, with a... >>

Pebble is now compatible with Android Wear notifications

Pebble is now compatible with Android Wear notifications

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We've not heard much from Pebble recently, but the plucky wearable has just rolled out a new software update for Android users bringing compatibility with Android Wear notifications. With Google pushing its own smartwatch agenda through Android Wear -... >>

Non-removable battery on the SGS6? Samsung's wireless charging monologue will ease your concerns

Non-removable battery on the SGS6? Samsung's wireless charging monologue will ease your concerns

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The internets was aflame recently with reports that the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 would have a sealed body, with a smaller battery in it. Worse, said battery would be not be user replaceable. It's as if the last bastion of Samsungness is being ripped... >>

LG Watch Urbane: A classic design twist on the G Watch R

LG Watch Urbane: A classic design twist on the G Watch R

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LG is releasing a new smartwatch - the LG Watch Urbane - a classic reworking of its G Watch R. The Watch Urbane has been designed to look like a classic timepiece, with a metal body and stitched leather strap, resulting in an Android Wear watch that looks... >>

British Gas to acquire AlertMe for £44 million, expand Hive offerings

British Gas to acquire AlertMe for £44 million, expand Hive offerings

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British Gas has announced that it is to acquire AlertMe, the company that powers its Hive Active Heating, in a deal worth £44 million. This figure includes the 21 per cent holding that British Gas already has in AlertMe, bringing AlertMe's total valuation... >>

Lumia Denim: Updates, devices and everything you need to know

Lumia Denim: Updates, devices and everything you need to know

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Lumia Denim was announced at IFA 2014 in September 2014, but its wider roll-out to older Nokia devices has only just started. Lumia Denim has made its appearance on a number of devices already launched by Microsoft, so if you have a new Lumia, you might... >>

Samsung Galaxy S6 to feature best smartphone camera yet

Samsung Galaxy S6 to feature best smartphone camera yet

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In the run-up to any major smartphone launch, much of the information that gets revealed comes from unsubstantiated rumours. It's not often that the company involved gets specific on it own forthcoming phone. Samsung, however, has taken to its blog to... >>

Nikon Coolpix S9900: Retro style 30x superzoom (hands-on)

Nikon Coolpix S9900: Retro style 30x superzoom (hands-on)

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The Nikon Coolpix S9900 supplants the S9700 and brings with it a new design, adding some retro feel to this superzoom camera. It has grown slightly over the previous model, but it brings with it a big change, and that's a 3-inch vari-angle display on... >>

Nikon Coolpix AW130: Tough keeps getting tougher (hands-on)

Nikon Coolpix AW130: Tough keeps getting tougher (hands-on)

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The Coolpix AW130 sees Nikon update its tough camera in what is pretty much a yearly move.  The design has been more or less the same over the past three iterations of the this camera, and we're happy there's still a camouflage model for those armchair... >>

Skoda uses augmented reailty to let you design and try on a new Fabia

Skoda uses augmented reailty to let you design and try on a new Fabia

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Skoda has turned to tech to promote the Skoda Fabia and it will get your geeky self salivating. Using augmented reality, Skoda has set up a promotional booth in Waterloo Station, taking over the largest advertising screen in Europe.  You get to customise... >>