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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... >>

How to show battery percentage on your Android 6.0 Marshmallow device

How to show battery percentage on your Android 6.0 Marshmallow device

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One of the big criticisms of stock Android has always been thgat the some of the basic niceties are missing. One of the most prominent of these is simple: the inability to show the battery level as a percentage. It's a common tweak from the likes of HTC,... >>

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... >>

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... >>

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... >>

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... >>

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... >>

Vote for your favourite gadgets in EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards

Vote for your favourite gadgets in EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards

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The EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards long list has now gone live, revealing the hottest products from 2015 that are in with a chance for winning a coveted award. The EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards, now in their 12th year, look to celebrate the latest and greatest... >>

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... >>

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... >>