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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... >>

Hive will add connected cameras, Honeycomb platform offers third-party support

Hive will add connected cameras, Honeycomb platform offers third-party support

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Hive from British Gas has made a sweeping run of announcements today, including Active Heating 2 with a new smart thermostat and a full family of smarthome products, designed to make every home connected. One of the things that hasn't been announced... >>

Hive Active Heating 2 adds multi-zone support, heating boost, more

Hive Active Heating 2 adds multi-zone support, heating boost, more

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Hive has today announced Active Heating 2, with a brand new smart thermostat and a range of new features for your smart heating system.Through an update to the app, Hive is going to enable many of the new features for existing Hive customers, as well... >>

A tale of three mountains: The Pocket-lint Three Peaks Challenge

A tale of three mountains: The Pocket-lint Three Peaks Challenge

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There was a palpable sense of excitement as we packed our gear into the Land Rover Discoverys for the long drive north to Kinlochleven in Scotland. Pocket-lint teamed up with Asus, with support from friends at Land Rover, Berghaus and Under Armour, aiming... >>

Ted Baker partnered with Quella for a retro-fantastic road bike collection

Ted Baker partnered with Quella for a retro-fantastic road bike collection

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We wouldn't normally feature a bicycle here on Pocket-lint, unless it was made from gold or is an electric bike. But setting eyes on the Ted Baker collection, memories of loved Raleigh road bikes from the 80s came flooding back.So please indulge us, there's... >>

Office 16 for Mac is now available: Here's everything you need to know

Office 16 for Mac is now available: Here's everything you need to know

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Office 16 for Mac sees a big step forward for the Microsoft Office suite on Apple's computers, updating the version of the software for the first time since 2011.Version trackers will also note that this sees the Mac getting its updated version of Office... >>

Homido is a universal virtual reality headset for smartphones (hands-on)

Homido is a universal virtual reality headset for smartphones (hands-on)

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There's a lot of talk about VR at the moment, from the cheapest of the cheap - Google Cardboard - to the premium experience like HTC Vive or Oculus Rift.The Homido Virtual Reality Headset is a headset that's been cleverly designed to accept any smartphone... >>

Guardians! This limited edition PS4 Destiny: The Taken King console is calling you

Guardians! This limited edition PS4 Destiny: The Taken King console is calling you

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Sony has announced a limited edition PS4, finely dressed in Destiny livery.Launched to celebrate Destiny: The Taken King, this white PS4 has been adorned with a map of the cosmos, designed to reflect the opening of the game.The Guardian's crest adorns... >>

Withings Activité and Activité Pop now offer automatic swim tracking

Withings Activité and Activité Pop now offer automatic swim tracking

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Withings has announced that swim tracking is now available on the Activité and the Activité Pop.Just in time for the summer to start here in the UK, the stylish activity trackers from Withings are, according to the company, the first devices to automatically... >>

The Rook is EE's £49 4G handset

The Rook is EE's £49 4G handset

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EE has announced a new addition to its bird-named handsets with the launch of the Rook.The Rook joins the line-up that includes the Harrier and Harrier Mini, but this model is available for just £49 for new customers, or £39 for existing customers.EE... >>

Panasonic Smart Home system wants to keep your house and shed safe

Panasonic Smart Home system wants to keep your house and shed safe

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Panasonic has announced that its Smart Home system is coming to the UK, looking to provide another solution for security, monitoring and smart control. Panasonic's system offers a range of components that all link to a central hub using DECT ULE. Panasonic... >>

GoPro goes small with the Hero4 Session

GoPro goes small with the Hero4 Session

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GoPro has announced its smallest camera yet, the GoPro Hero4 Session. The new camera takes on a smaller cube format and doesn't need a separate waterproof case. It's designed to expand the versatility of the GoPro family, with GoPro saying it's 50 per... >>

Apple Pay UK expected to go live on 14 July

Apple Pay UK expected to go live on 14 July

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Apple Pay is coming to the UK in July, but so far Apple has remained tight-lipped on exactly when you'll be able to pay using your iPhone, rather than your debit or credit card.It looks like Waitrose has now spilled the flageolet beans thanks to a leaked... >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 design leak serves up no surprises at all

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 design leak serves up no surprises at all

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One of the hottest devices to launch in 2015 will be the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Riding high following the SGS6 and the SGS6 edge, the Note is already seeing a lot of rumour and speculation.Joining the fray is a leaked CAD (computer aided design), a 3D... >>

Oculus Rift meets adult entertainment: VR porn is here

Oculus Rift meets adult entertainment: VR porn is here

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The adult entertainment industry has been pioneering in many ways, especially when it comes to delivery of content through the adoption of emerging technologies. Private browsing, secure online payments, streaming, home movie formats, adoption of 4K,... >>

Could Sony be planning Xperia Z5 launch for September?

Could Sony be planning Xperia Z5 launch for September?

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Rumours are circulating that Sony might be looking to launch a true flagship model in the Xperia Z5, with September as the timeframe for launch.Sony's launches in 2015 have been a little confusing. After the Sony Xperia Z3 - which is a great phone -... >>

BlackBerry Venice could be the Android BB slider you've been looking for

BlackBerry Venice could be the Android BB slider you've been looking for

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A leopard might not be able to change its spots - this leak comes from "retired" leaker Evan Blass - but it seems BlackBerry might be able to change its OS. There have been rumours circulating that BlackBerry was taking a lot of interest in what Android... >>

Team Pocket-lint tackles the Three Peaks Challenge

Team Pocket-lint tackles the Three Peaks Challenge

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Team Pocket-lint will be tackling the Three Peaks Challenge in July, supported by Asus.That's right, we're going on our own search of incredible, challenging ourselves to climb the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales in 24 hours.We've been... >>

What is raw capture and do I need it on my phone?

What is raw capture and do I need it on my phone?

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The most fiercely fought of battles when it comes to smartphones is in camera performance. It's the first port of call when it comes to comparisons, it's where the fans compete and contrast their devices.Smartphone cameras have been getting more sophisticated... >>

HTC Aero could be the smartphone to end HTC's camera woes

HTC Aero could be the smartphone to end HTC's camera woes

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We've been talking about HTC's future plans for a few weeks, following CEO Cher Wang's pronouncement that there would be a new "hero" handset coming in October 2015.There's been little to go on in terms of the actual details, but the trickle has started,... >>

The PNY Powerpack T2600 is all you need on a hot LZ

The PNY Powerpack T2600 is all you need on a hot LZ

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There are only two actions you can take when an ambush is sprung. You can lie down in the killzone and die, or you can run into the enemy, charging the guns. Today was not a good day to die. There was no indication that this would be a hot LZ, but it... >>

Garmin Varia focuses on safety: Radar detection and smart lights for cyclists

Garmin Varia focuses on safety: Radar detection and smart lights for cyclists

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Garmin has introduced a new line of devices for cyclists called Varia.Varia is all about safety, offering some smart solutions to the problems faced by cyclists on the roads every day.The Varia Radar is exactly what it sounds like. It's a rear radar for... >>

Honor Band Zero offers minimalist design, life tracking features

Honor Band Zero offers minimalist design, life tracking features

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Honor, the spin-out brand of Huawei, has revealed the Honor Band Zero via Twitter. The new wearable offers a minimalist design, with a strap that's reminiscent of Apple's classic buckle for Apple Watch.Honor doesn't give away much in the tweet - appearing... >>

TomTom Go 510 review: Great navigation, now more connected
4.5 stars

TomTom Go 510 review: Great navigation, now more connected

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TomTom has updated its navigation devices, ushering in new features and some changes to the user interface to make life simpler for drivers trying to get from A to B.For a number of years, people have been saying that the dedicated personal navigation... >>

Alexa, the brains behind Amazon Echo, wants to take over all your connected devices

Alexa, the brains behind Amazon Echo, wants to take over all your connected devices

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It's no coincidence that Amazon has made its Echo smart device available to all recently: today Amazon has made another significant announcement in the future of device voice control. Amazon is offering Alexa for integration into third-party devices. Amazon... >>

Vertu Signature for Bentley: The £14,500 phone for your £252,000 car

Vertu Signature for Bentley: The £14,500 phone for your £252,000 car

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Vertu has announced the second exclusive model to be spawned from its partnership with Bentley and it's a custom Signature handset. The Vertu Signature for Bentley is inspired by the Bentley Mulsanne Speed. There's a carbonfibre pillow sharing the same... >>

Confirmed: OnePlus Two equals USB C

Confirmed: OnePlus Two equals USB C

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OnePlus has been drip-feeding us information about what to expect from its next handset, taking to Twitter to reveal the details.The latest reveal is that the OnePlus Two will feature USB type-C, making it one of the first handsets to do so.Of course,... >>

HTC One M9 review: Distracted by refinement
4.0 stars

HTC One M9 review: Distracted by refinement

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The HTC One M9 is, in every sense, an evolution of the flagship M8 smartphone that came before it. It offers a similar design, a similar feature set, similar specs and a similar user experience.It is, therefore, a similar overall experience. But the HTC... >>

What is Nest Aware?

What is Nest Aware?

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Nest has just announced a run of updates to its smarthome devices, including a new Nest Protect, a redesigned app, some new feature updates and Nest Cam, a connected home camera.Nest Cam offers a minimalist metal body, a magnetic base for easy mounting... >>

New DS 5 first drive: Just don't call it a Citroën

New DS 5 first drive: Just don't call it a Citroën

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The Citroën DS is heralded as a design classic. It was revolutionary at its 1955 launch, some 60 years ago. Looking to reclaim the premium heyday of French motoring, Citroën has split out DS Automobiles as a separate branch, offering a premium take... >>

Nest Cam is now official: Dropcam gets redesigned

Nest Cam is now official: Dropcam gets redesigned

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Nest has today announced Nest Cam, its redeveloped version of Dropcam. However, Nest has added a lot of enhancements to the new Nest Cam.Firstly, the design is more versatile, using a zinc alloy stand, with new mounting options, including a standard tripod... >>

Second-generation Nest Protect announced

Second-generation Nest Protect announced

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A second generation Nest Protect has been introduced today, as Nest announced sweeping updates to its connected home devices.The second-gen Nest Protect comes with added sensors, to make it better at detecting fast and slow burning fires. Using what... >>

HTC One M9 Ink hands-on: We've come a long way since the HTC Tattoo

HTC One M9 Ink hands-on: We've come a long way since the HTC Tattoo

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HTC has teamed up with Jourdan Dunn to create a body art inspired, limited edition of the HTC One M9.Dunn is known as a fashion icon and supermodel - something that the HTC One also aspires to - and has worked with artist Cally-Jo to come up with the... >>

LG Music Flow review: A multiroom Jekyll and Hyde
3.5 stars

LG Music Flow review: A multiroom Jekyll and Hyde

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LG entered the multiroom music arena not with an exploratory dip of the toe, but with an explosion: a fully-featured line-up of audio products, designed to cater for just about any situation. In its sights is Sonos, the system that has not only set the... >>

Harrier Tab expands EE's own-brand 4G line-up

Harrier Tab expands EE's own-brand 4G line-up

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EE is expanding its line-up of own-brand Android devices with the 4G Harrier Tab. As you're probably guessed, it's a connected tablet, matching the Harrier devices that were recently announced in 5.2 and 4.7-inch sizes. The new 8-inch tablet is connected,... >>

Xbox One backward compatibility confirmed: Xbox 360 titles will work

Xbox One backward compatibility confirmed: Xbox 360 titles will work

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Microsoft has just dropped some big news at its E3 conference in Los Angeles: Xbox One backward compatibilty.Taking to the stage, Phil Spencer, head of Xbox at Microsoft confirmed that one of the most requested updates has been achieved, meaning you'll... >>

Next-gen BMW 7 Series is stuffed full of James Bond tech

Next-gen BMW 7 Series is stuffed full of James Bond tech

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BMW hasn't been shy of showing off some of its techy treats recently. We've reported on fancy keyfobs, remote parking and plenty more over the past 12 months. Well, they've all found a home IRL in the new BMW 7 Series.BMW boasts that this is the first... >>

HTC One M9 is getting updated, and camera improvements are promised

HTC One M9 is getting updated, and camera improvements are promised

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There's a new software update incoming for your HTC One M9 and it will bring camera performance updates with it, amongst other features.Updating to version 1.40, the new software is initially rolling-out to Europe, Middle East and Africa regions, having... >>

Sony super-charges Cyber-shot with RX100 IV and RX10 II

Sony super-charges Cyber-shot with RX100 IV and RX10 II

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Sony has announced two updates to its high-end compacts, resulting the in the RX100 IV and the RX10 II. The two models expand on the pro features in a pair of already fantastic cameras. The important modifications are to the 1-in type CMOS sensor at... >>

What great watches you could buy instead of the Apple Watch?

What great watches you could buy instead of the Apple Watch?

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Apple launched the Watch as a fashion piece, a desirable objet du jour, neatly divided into easily digestible price segments. There's the Apple Watch Sport for those at the bottom end, teasing you with plenty of strap options to dress it up and make... >>

New Xbox One offers 1TB storage, new controller supports 3.5mm headphones

New Xbox One offers 1TB storage, new controller supports 3.5mm headphones

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Microsoft has announced a new Xbox One console equipped with a 1TB storage drive, giving you more space to store the latest blockbuster games. The new console has been revealed in advance of the 2015 E3 Expo, where we're expecting a huge range of new... >>

BT launching BT Sport Ultra HD, with a new UHD YouView set-top box

BT launching BT Sport Ultra HD, with a new UHD YouView set-top box

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BT Sport has confirmed that it will be bringing 4K sport to your TV in August 2015.Alongside a number of announcements, BT confirmed that a new channel, appropriately called BT Sport Ultra HD will be launching in August. At the same time, it's confirmed... >>

HTC One M9 vs One M9+ vs One ME vs One E9 vs One E9+: Showdown in HTC town

HTC One M9 vs One M9+ vs One ME vs One E9 vs One E9+: Showdown in HTC town

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HTC launched the One M9 as its new flagship handset. Luxury design, new components, a revised Sense experience all fused together as the handset to set 2015 alight. But HTC's plans globally don't reflect those we see in the UK or the US, with a number... >>

Tobyrich.vegas brings gamification to drones

Tobyrich.vegas brings gamification to drones

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TobyRich makes Bluetooth controlled toys and its next venture is the tobyrich.vegas, a Bluetooth drone designed for indoor and outdoor play.This is the second Bluetooth drone from TobyRich and follows the lead of the previous model by opting for a lightweight... >>

SAM Labs wants to help you build the Internet of Things with its Bluetooth blocks

SAM Labs wants to help you build the Internet of Things with its Bluetooth blocks

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Mr Long's physics lessons were a constant source of amusement at school. When not learning about kinetic energy with a ticker tape cart, we were building circuits for electronics. If only it was as easy as SAM Labs Bluetooth building blocks.These little... >>

Playbulb wants to bring Hue-like skills to your garden

Playbulb wants to bring Hue-like skills to your garden

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Summer has arrived and as we sit in the garden quaffing the country's dwindling supply of Prosecco, there's one thing missing: smartphone-controlled coloured LED lighting. Fortunately, Playbulb has you covered with the Playbulb Garden. This solar-powered... >>

Ikawa Home Roaster: Bluetooth-controlled coffee bean roasting

Ikawa Home Roaster: Bluetooth-controlled coffee bean roasting

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If the poor coffee roasting efforts of others are leaving a bitter taste in your mouth, then the Ikawa Home Roaster might be just the thing for you.This connected coffee roaster connects to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth to give you precise control... >>

Blocks Wearables: A closer look at the modular Android smartwatch

Blocks Wearables: A closer look at the modular Android smartwatch

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Blocks Wearables is working on a modular smartwatch. We recently reported that the project is moving forward, hitting Kickstarter this summer, looking to crowd-fund and wing its way to the wrists of gadget fans everywhere. We caught up with Blocks Wearables... >>

Audi TT Coupé review: The TT's coming of age
5.0 stars

Audi TT Coupé review: The TT's coming of age

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The Audi TT is a car that's always had an image problem and it all stems from the curvaceous and bubbly first iteration. That was 1998, however, and as much as there was pointing and laughing from some drivers, it didn't stop the TT making its mark on... >>