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Nintendo NX will be Android based, insiders claim

Nintendo NX will be Android based, insiders claim

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The Nintendo NX is turning into the ultimate tease. We know that Nintendo is working on some sort of future gaming hardware, codenamed NX, as was revealed in March.Speculation has now turned to the software platform, with Nikkei publishing a report talking... >>

Say cheese: Asus ZenFone Selfie will take 13-megapixel photos of your gurning face

Say cheese: Asus ZenFone Selfie will take 13-megapixel photos of your gurning face

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Asus is jumping on the selfie bandwagon, launching the ZenFone Selfie at Computex 2015.The new phone, with enhanced front-camera functionality, follows the likes of the HTC Desire Eye in offering a front camera that matches the resolution of the rear.There's... >>

Android Wear support is the cherry on top of the Citymapper awesome cake

Android Wear support is the cherry on top of the Citymapper awesome cake

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Citymapper is one of our favourite apps, one that we depend on day-to-day for quick navigation around London and other cities.Winner of the Judges Choice for best overall app in the GSMA 2014 Global Mobile Awards, it's recently had a couple of big updates... >>

Next Nexus will have fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C, Google hint suggests

Next Nexus will have fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C, Google hint suggests

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At the Google I/O 2015 developer conference, there's been plenty of news about Android Pay, the forthcoming Android M, as well as the launch of Google Photos. In the past the way that this works is that Android's new features are announced at Google... >>

Android M previewed: Android Pay, fingerprint support, USB Type-C and more

Android M previewed: Android Pay, fingerprint support, USB Type-C and more

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Talking during the Google I/O keynote, Dave Burke, VP engineering of Android at Google, gave us a sneak peak of what to expect from Android M, the next version of the Google operating system.Android M is about improving the core user experience in Android... >>

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL review: Budget beauty
4.0 stars

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL review: Budget beauty

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Microsoft's Lumia launch plans continue to run at full speed, most recently resulting in two affordable handsets: the Lumia 640 and its phablet-sized XL cousin. It's the latter device, the Lumia 640 XL, with its 5.7-inch screen and aggressive price point,... >>

Android M could bring native fingerprint authentication

Android M could bring native fingerprint authentication

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Rumours about Android M are circulating and with Google I/O, the company's annual developer conference, fast approaching it's expected that details of the new version of the operating system will soon get announced.BuzzFeed News is reporting that a native... >>

20th Century Fox: UHD and HDR home viewing for all new movies

20th Century Fox: UHD and HDR home viewing for all new movies

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The business of home entertainment is ever changing and 20th Century Fox looks to be doing its bit to make sure the future is glorious.The Hollywood Reporter tells us that 20th Century Fox is making a commitment to Ultra High Definition and High Dynamic... >>

Inside Vertu: Welcome to the world of luxury smartphones

Inside Vertu: Welcome to the world of luxury smartphones

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Nestled in the rolling hills of Hampshire, some 40 miles outside London, sits the headquarters of Vertu. Established during Nokia's halcyon days in 1998, Vertu was sold in 2012 to a private equity firm. It makes luxury phones by hand, costing more than... >>

Uber self-driving cars hit the roads, Johnny Cabs may one day be a thing

Uber self-driving cars hit the roads, Johnny Cabs may one day be a thing

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Uber had previously stated its intention to develop autonomous vehicles, basing itself in Pittsburgh. Those cars are now hitting the roads.Uber located its Uber Advanced Technologies Center in the Pennsylvania city, with the aim of one day of having autonomous... >>

Sphero Darkside: The toy that proves the machines are taking over

Sphero Darkside: The toy that proves the machines are taking over

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Sphero, basking in the glory of the Star Wars BB-8 afterglow, has a new connected toy called Darkside.With a name that pays homage to Star Wars, the new toy is the naughty alter-ego of the existing Sphero Ollie.Sphero says that Darkside is a robot that... >>

Did Apple just out the iPhone 5C with Touch ID?

Did Apple just out the iPhone 5C with Touch ID?

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There's long been questioning over what Apple is going to do with the iPhone 5C, it's slightly more affordable option.With the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus appearing in late 2014, the iPhone 5C lives on with its fun coloured plastic backs, just begging for an... >>

HTC Vive has a VR zombie shooter, and it's called Arizona Sunshine

HTC Vive has a VR zombie shooter, and it's called Arizona Sunshine

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The zombie apocalypse is on us, and this time it's in room-scale virtual reality.Vertigo Games and Jaywalkers Interactive have announced Arizona Sunshine, one of the first titles we've seen for HTC Vive, the VR system developed with Valve. Arizona Sunshine... >>

LG Watch Urbane review: All that glitters is not rose gold
3.5 stars

LG Watch Urbane review: All that glitters is not rose gold

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LG launched the Watch Urbane to the world, saying it was time to step forward with luxury accessories that people would really want to wear.Presented in stainless steel or rose gold, the LG Watch Urbane looks to take a more traditional approach to this... >>

EE is taking loads of Power Bars to Glastonbury, offering free swaps

EE is taking loads of Power Bars to Glastonbury, offering free swaps

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EE has announced that it is supporting Glastonbury for the third time and the headline act will be certainly be the EE Power Bar. Introduced previously at Glastonbury as an alternative to conventional charging - which the 4G network will also be providing... >>

John Lewis expands own-brand TV line with affordable 4K UHD models

John Lewis expands own-brand TV line with affordable 4K UHD models

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John Lewis is expanding on its partnership with LG to introduce new line of UHD models. The JL9100 builds on the "powered by LG" models introduced in 2014. "Sales of Ultra HD TVs in Britain have so far exceeded previous expectation, and we predict the... >>

OnePlus Two could be an affordable powerhouse, leak suggests

OnePlus Two could be an affordable powerhouse, leak suggests

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If we had to award one device with a Geek's Choice Award (in an affectionate way) then the OnePlus One would be it. Great viral marketing, limited access giving it an air of exclusivity and, yes, good value for money. It's fair to say then that the... >>

HTC J Butterfly 3 effect reminds us chaos theory still exists

HTC J Butterfly 3 effect reminds us chaos theory still exists

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It looks like HTC has another superphone that many of you won't be able to buy: the HTC J Butterfly 3. Sitting on KDDI's Au network in Japan, as with other Butterfly models, it's unlikely to appear elsewhere.The HTC J Butterfly 3 looks to take some of... >>

Nexus Player review: A first step in Android TV
3.5 stars

Nexus Player review: A first step in Android TV

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The Nexus Player is Google's set-top box. Built by Asus and announced alongside the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, the Nexus Player brings Android Lollipop to your TV.It acts as a bridge, giving Google an avenue to providing content for your TV and leverages a... >>

Android Wear 5.1 explored: One small step for Android Wear...

Android Wear 5.1 explored: One small step for Android Wear...

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Google announced an update to Android Wear in April, making its debut on the LG Watch Urbane and rolling out to other devices in the family. It's the most significant Wear update so far, a step change in functionality.Android Wear has spent its time floundering,... >>

Live your own Jurassic World adventure, in Lego

Live your own Jurassic World adventure, in Lego

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Jurassic World, the latest in the series of cult dinosaur movies, will be hitting cinemas on 12 June, but you can get in on the action now, in classic Lego style.Lego has released six new Lego sets to celebrate the movie, letting you set the dinosaurs... >>

Simpsons Minifigures series 2 is another dose of Lego awesome

Simpsons Minifigures series 2 is another dose of Lego awesome

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Rejoice! A second series of Simpsons and Lego Minifigs has been released.There are now 16 new Simpsons Lego Minifigs to collect, hitting any reputable stores from 1 May. There's a great selection of characters in the mix here, including some of The Simpsons... >>

Sony Xperia Z3+: What's the story so far?

Sony Xperia Z3+: What's the story so far?

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Sony Mobile seems to be running headlong into a nomenclature nightmare. With the excellent Sony Xperia Z3 awaiting a replacement, plenty of names, specs and other details have been bandied around.With many expecting the Z3 replacement to be simply called... >>

HTC One M9 camera update brings promised raw capture

HTC One M9 camera update brings promised raw capture

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When HTC launched the One M9, one of the features that was announced was raw capture for the camera - something rivals LG announced on the G4 just a few days ago. An update for the HTC Camera app has been pushed out via Google Play, bring the raw capture... >>

Mini John Cooper Works Hatch gets fast and furious in tech-heavy promo video

Mini John Cooper Works Hatch gets fast and furious in tech-heavy promo video

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We last encountered the Mini John Cooper Works Hatch at the Detroit Motor Show at the beginning of the year. Sporting the John Cooper Works badge, this is Mini's most powerful production Mini so far.It carries the same fun-loving looks as other Mini Hatch... >>

Windows Phone 10 technical preview: Hands-on with Windows Phone of the future

Windows Phone 10 technical preview: Hands-on with Windows Phone of the future

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Windows Phone 10 isn't actually called Windows Phone 10, but as is often the way, when a large corporation like Microsoft changes a naming convention the fans do their own thing.So here we have the Windows 10 technical preview for phones, that runs as... >>

Watch Microsoft's Build 2015 keynote live, right here

Watch Microsoft's Build 2015 keynote live, right here

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Microsoft's Build 2015 developer conference is set to see a lot of action, with plenty of detail on Windows 10 to be expected.The conference focuses on all things Microsoft and will be held at The Moscone Center in San Francisco, from 29 April-1 May 2015.The... >>

TomTom Bandit action camera offers 4K capture, motion data, smartphone connectivity

TomTom Bandit action camera offers 4K capture, motion data, smartphone connectivity

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TomTom has announced its entry into the action cam market with the TomTom Bandit, a camera with a difference.TomTom wants to make capturing your action movies as simple as possible, rethinking the action camera from the ground up, solving problems with... >>

TomTom MyDrive bridges the gap between smartphones and cars

TomTom MyDrive bridges the gap between smartphones and cars

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TomTom MyDrive is a new system that's designed to connect together all your devices - laptop, smartphone, tablet - as well as your car. The aim is to make it easier to plan and set your destination, allowing you to do this before you step into the car,... >>

HTC One M8 Sense 7 update coming August 2015

HTC One M8 Sense 7 update coming August 2015

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HTC has confirmed the HTC One M8 update that you've all been waiting for.The HTC One M8 will be updated to Sense 7 and Android 5.1 in August 2015, according to HTC's official UK Twitter account. Sense 7 made its debut on the HTC One M9 - launched in... >>

Here's everything LG announced that you didn't already know about the G4

Here's everything LG announced that you didn't already know about the G4

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LG has taken a strange approach to launching the LG G4. It announced the display, the camera, the vegetable-tanned leather back and the new user interface prior to launch. It teased this new handset so hard, that come launch day, what was there left... >>

Haier Dual-Drum washing machine offers smart control, smart washing flexibility

Haier Dual-Drum washing machine offers smart control, smart washing flexibility

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Haier introduced its Dual-Drum washing machine at the IFA 2015 Global Press Conference in Malta, a machine comes with plenty of appeal.It might stand slightly taller than a typical appliance, but this Dual-Drum machine brings convenience that should give... >>

Grundig VUX is the smart kitchen of the future

Grundig VUX is the smart kitchen of the future

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Grundig today showed off its VUX smart control interface at the IFA 2015 Global Press Conference that uses light projection over traditional buttons. We gave it a try, and it's really clever. Looking to make your connected kitchen even smarter, the VUX... >>

TP Vision: 90 per cent of Philips Android TVs get connected

TP Vision: 90 per cent of Philips Android TVs get connected

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TP Vision, the license holder for Philips televisions and one of the largest display manufacturers around, today talked about the adoption of Android TV and the impact that has on its smart TVs.Talking at the IFA 2015 Global Press Conference in Malta,... >>

ZTE's vision of the future includes transparent smartphones

ZTE's vision of the future includes transparent smartphones

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ZTE took the stage at the IFA 2015 Global Press Conference, currently running in Malta, with Waiman Lam, senior director of technology and partnership, ZTE, introducing a number of recent ZTE innovations and talking about future growth.The ZTE Star 2,... >>

Philips and Allianz are working on a smartphone-controlled backpain solution

Philips and Allianz are working on a smartphone-controlled backpain solution

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Philips are partnering with Allianz to bring a smartphone-controlled backpain solution, aiming to cross the divide between healthcare professional and patients.Announced on stage at the IFA 2015 Global Press Conference in Malta, Bernd Laudahn, managing... >>

Android Wear is getting a feature boost, here's what's coming

Android Wear is getting a feature boost, here's what's coming

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Android Wear hit the streets about a year ago, as Google's platform for wearables. Today, a major update was announced, as Android Wear moves to fend off Apple Watch.Android Wear has been incrementally updated since its launch. Like many Google products... >>

EE own-brand offensive: Harrier and Harrier Mini offer 4G affordability

EE own-brand offensive: Harrier and Harrier Mini offer 4G affordability

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EE has announced a number of second-gen own-brand devices, capitalising on the success of its 2014 EE Kestrel.Sticking with the bird themes, the Harrier and Harrier Mini will be swooping into stores on 28 April, offering tantilising alternatives to big-brand... >>

Carphone Warehouse's new iD mobile network pushes free roaming data, value for money

Carphone Warehouse's new iD mobile network pushes free roaming data, value for money

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Dixons Carphone has announced a new mobile network, known simply as iD.The new network from Carphone Warehouse will be launching in May and promises to offer wider free data roaming than existing networks. Comparing itself to Three, iD will be data roaming... >>

LG G Stylo is an affordable Galaxy Note rival

LG G Stylo is an affordable Galaxy Note rival

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There were rumours circulating that LG would be releasing a new device with a stylus and the LG G Stylo is it.Before you get too excited, this is a device aimed at the domestic market in Korea, so it's debatable whether we'll see it outside of its homeland.But... >>

Google joins the hunt for the Loch Ness Monster

Google joins the hunt for the Loch Ness Monster

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The most famous photograph purporting to show the Loch Ness Monster was published on 21 April 1934 in the Daily Mail. Known as Surgeon's Photograph (as reportedly the photographer Robert Kenneth Wilson was a gynaecologist), it showed the neck and head... >>

YouTube apps will retire on some smart TVs, Apple TV, iOS devices: Here's what to do

YouTube apps will retire on some smart TVs, Apple TV, iOS devices: Here's what to do

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Are you seeing a strange warning video on your YouTube app? It might be that your device is using an older version of YouTube that's about to expire.In March 2014, YouTube announced that it was moving from something called Data API v2 over to Data API... >>

Sony Xperia Z4 isn't Sony's new global flagship, the Xperia Z3+ might be

Sony Xperia Z4 isn't Sony's new global flagship, the Xperia Z3+ might be

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Sony quietly announced the Xperia Z4 in Japan on 20 April, without the fanfare you'd expect for a new flagship launch. Well, it seems it isn't Sony's new global top-tier device. The Sony Xperia Z4 in its current format is going to be for Japan only,... >>

LG G4 camera video extolls the virtues of manual control, aperture and colours

LG G4 camera video extolls the virtues of manual control, aperture and colours

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LG's teasing the G4 harder than any device we've previously seen. The latest installment is a glowing endorsement for the camera, from professional photographer Colby Brown.The video breaks down into three chapters, talking about low light shooting, colour... >>

OnePlus One now available to all, but you won't buy it

OnePlus One now available to all, but you won't buy it

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OnePlus has announced that it's ditching the invite-only system for the OnePlus One, so now anyone will be able to buy it. The OnePlus One shot to fame with tech fans, because it offered great value for money, with flagship specs at enviable prices.... >>

R2-D2 Boeing Dreamliner proves the Star Wars bandwagon knows no limits

R2-D2 Boeing Dreamliner proves the Star Wars bandwagon knows no limits

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We've seen the toys, mugs, pajamas, and dinner plate set. We've used the water bottle, dressed in the costume, watched the films at the cinema (twice), own the VHS edition(s), own the DVDs, own the Blu-rays. But at least we now know there's no boundary... >>

Samsung TouchWiz review: A deep dive into the Samsung Galaxy S6 software

Samsung TouchWiz review: A deep dive into the Samsung Galaxy S6 software

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TouchWiz sits over the top of Android in Samsung's devices. The latest to join this party is the Samsung Galaxy S6, which ushers in a range of changes over its predecessor, the Galaxy S5. Samsung isn't as openly formulaic as HTC when it comes to talking... >>

Huawei does HTC Dot View cover for P8max

Huawei does HTC Dot View cover for P8max

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Huawei today unveiled two new phones, the P8 a new flagship and the P8max its phablet cousin. Both offer power, impressive specs and metal unibody designs, and both will be more affordable than many rivals.While we've covered both of these handsets, one... >>

Fiat 500X first drive: 500 goes chunky

Fiat 500X first drive: 500 goes chunky

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There's something strange happening on our roads. Where we once had reasonably well defined types of car, we now have an assortment of the weird and wonderful.The crossover segment is popular and rightly so. Smaller and more affordable than a conventional... >>

High dynamic range coming to Amazon Prime Instant Video on the TV you don't yet have

High dynamic range coming to Amazon Prime Instant Video on the TV you don't yet have

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Amazon has confirmed that it will be offering support for high dynamic range (HDR) video on its Prime Instant Video service. Furthermore, Amazon has said that it will be first to offer this next step in enhanced quality TV entertainment, although the... >>