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Sony joins Android Wear with SmartWatch 3

Sony joins Android Wear with SmartWatch 3

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Sony has announced its latest wearable device with the launch of the SmartWatch 3, at IFA 2014. In doing so, the company jumps onto the Android Wear bandwagon, following the leads of rivals Samsung and LG. The Sony SmartWatch 3 has a new design, looking... >>

Sony SmartBand Talk wearable lets you make calls, has e-paper display

Sony SmartBand Talk wearable lets you make calls, has e-paper display

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The Sony SmartBand Talk expands Sony's wearable offering, extending the range of possibilities you'll get from a wristband. Announced at IFA 2014, the SmartBand Talk, as the name suggests, has a microphone and speaker, so will let you take calls on the... >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 announced at Unpacked 2014 Episode 2

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 announced at Unpacked 2014 Episode 2

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Samsung has announced the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 at the Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 event at IFA 2014 in Berlin. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 follows the design style of the Note 3, but it retains the soft-touch faux leather back. There's a metal frame. On the... >>

Garmin Nuvi Advanced Series is Foursquare-equipped in sizes up to 7 inches

Garmin Nuvi Advanced Series is Foursquare-equipped in sizes up to 7 inches

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Garmin has announced an updated satnav, now integrating Foursquare venues. The new Garmin Nuvi advanced series will come in 5, 6 and a whopping 7 inches, with the aim of guiding you not just along the roads, but all the way to your final destination.... >>

Samsung Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 live: Watch it here

Samsung Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 live: Watch it here

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Samsung Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 will see the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, we suspect, on the eve of IFA 2014 in Berlin. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 launch is expected to be one of the biggest events of IFA 2014 and you can watch the action right... >>

Toshiba Encore Mini packs Windows 8.1 into a 7-inch tablet

Toshiba Encore Mini packs Windows 8.1 into a 7-inch tablet

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Taking Windows 8.1 with Bing to the small scale, Toshiba has announced the Toshiba Encore Mini at IFA 2014.  Looking to challenge Android in the 7-inch tablet stakes, the Encore Mini is powered by an Intel Atom Z3745 processor with 1GB of RAM, designed... >>

Elgato embraces Apple HomeKit with Avea smart lighting and Eve home monitoring

Elgato embraces Apple HomeKit with Avea smart lighting and Eve home monitoring

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Elgato has announced a couple of new smart home products that will embrace Apple's new HomeKit platform. The Elgato Avea smart lighting system will challenge the likes of Philips Hue, with its smart LED bulb. Compatible with iOS, the £39.99 Avea bulb... >>

Logitech Bluetooth keyboard dock lets you easily switch from tablet, to smartphone to PC

Logitech Bluetooth keyboard dock lets you easily switch from tablet, to smartphone to PC

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Logitech has announced a new Bluetooth keyboard dock designed to support users of multiple devices. The Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 allows you to connect up to three devices via Bluetooth and lets you switch between them using a dial.... >>

Lenovo's first Intel-powered Android tablet is the Tab S8

Lenovo's first Intel-powered Android tablet is the Tab S8

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Lenovo has launched the Lenovo Tab S8, its first Intel-based Android tablet.  Launched at IFA 2014, the new tablet takes the small form factor, with an 8-inch display. The display has a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution, fairly average for this size of device,... >>

Toshiba Canvio AeroMobile wireless SSD is the cloud in your pocket

Toshiba Canvio AeroMobile wireless SSD is the cloud in your pocket

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Toshiba has announced the Canvio AeroMobile wireless SSD, an external drive that will allow you to wirelessly store your content locally.  Bringing the advantage of SSD - it will be nice and quiet, better protected from drops, as well as power efficient... >>

LG G3 review
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LG G3 review

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The LG G3 follows hot on the heels of the acclaimed LG G2, a device that really pulled LG back into focus at the top-end of Android smartphones. The G2 set the bar high, a tough act to follow, especially having been on the market for less than a year... >>

EE revises pay as you go options, 4G starting from £1 a week

EE revises pay as you go options, 4G starting from £1 a week

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EE has revised its pay as you go offering, introducing a new headline-grabbing £1 a week option. You'll get access to EE's 4G network on all the new PAYG packs, which have been designed to let customers get the access to the services they most commonly... >>

LightwaveRF smart thermostatic radiator valves give you individual room temperature controls

LightwaveRF smart thermostatic radiator valves give you individual room temperature controls

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LightwaveRF has announced a smart thermostatic radiator valve (TRV) that will allow you to get precise control over each radiator in your house, saving money and avoiding wasted energy. The new TRVs will work with LightwaveRF's Boiler Switch and Home... >>

Elgato Smart Power watches your calendar to ensure your iPhone never runs dry

Elgato Smart Power watches your calendar to ensure your iPhone never runs dry

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Elgato wants to take care of your iPhone power on the move with Smart Power. The Elgato Smart Power is an external battery with a difference. Rather than just sit there as a dumb battery, the Smart Power app will keep track of the battery's charge, so... >>

Samsung Smart Home lets you S Voice control your home, SDK coming soon

Samsung Smart Home lets you S Voice control your home, SDK coming soon

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Samsung has announced an expansion of its Smart Home portfolio at IFA 2014. Samsung Smart Home was announced at CES 2014, and launched in April, with the aim of tying together your domestic appliances and your home environment to give you smartphone control.... >>

O2 Refresh offers next day delivery on handsets ordered before 10pm

O2 Refresh offers next day delivery on handsets ordered before 10pm

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O2 recently sweetened the deal a little on its O2 Refresh plans, now offering free next day delivery on your shiny new smartphone. Not only will it deliver next day, but you can order up to 10pm. That means you can stumble home from drinks after work,... >>

K'Nex Bloodhound claims Guinness World Record; real Bloodhound SSC eyes 1000mph target for 2016

K'Nex Bloodhound claims Guinness World Record; real Bloodhound SSC eyes 1000mph target for 2016

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This life-sized K'Nex replica of the Bloodhound Supersonic Car was today unveiled by Richard Noble, OBE and former world land speed record holder, at Brooklands Museum in Surrey. The model, measured by the National Physical Laboratory and confirmed by... >>

HTC One E8 review
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HTC One E8 review

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The HTC One E8 is the plastic-bodied cousin of the M8; a stripped down version of the flagship device that has proven popular with both customers and critics alike. It's designed to be a cheaper handset than the M8, available online for around £330.... >>

Bowers & Wilkins reveals all the details of the Volvo XC90 sound system

Bowers & Wilkins reveals all the details of the Volvo XC90 sound system

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Volvo unveiled the new XC90 in Stockholm this week, decked out with a Bowers & Wilkins sound system, amongst a whole host of other technologies, making for an exciting SUV. B&W have fleshed out some of the details of the system. We already knew that it... >>

Huawei Ascend P7 Arsenal Edition: Hands-on the Gooner phone

Huawei Ascend P7 Arsenal Edition: Hands-on the Gooner phone

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Gooners rejoice! There's now a smartphone just for you: the Huawei Ascend P7 Arsenal Edition. We got our hands on one and thought we'd share the love. This special edition has been created as Huawei is the official global smartphone partner of Arsenal.... >>

Volvo announces brand new XC90 limited First Edition, available online only

Volvo announces brand new XC90 limited First Edition, available online only

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To celebrate the launch of the new Volvo XC90, the company has announced a limited First Edition of the new SUV that will only be available to order online. There will be 1,927 models of the new XC90, each carrying a individually numbered treadplates... >>

Volvo XC90 hands-on: The safest Volvo ever is packed full of tech treats

Volvo XC90 hands-on: The safest Volvo ever is packed full of tech treats

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"This is one of the most important days in our history. We are not just launching a car, but re-launching our brand," says Hakan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo, as the cover is drawn off the new Volvo XC90 at a media launch in Stockholm. The new... >>

Nokia Lumia 530: Bang for your Windows Phone buck (hands-on)

Nokia Lumia 530: Bang for your Windows Phone buck (hands-on)

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In many ways, it's the budget end of the smartphone rainbow where all the excitement is. The feature phone market has eaten itself, unable to fend off the march to more and more affordable smartphones. Nokia has been playing in this space for some time... >>

Apple iPhone Bank Holiday deals: iPhone 5C or iPhone 5S offers

Apple iPhone Bank Holiday deals: iPhone 5C or iPhone 5S offers

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It's a Bank Holiday weekend in the UK and that means a last minute dash to the seaside, gloomy weather and DIY. It also means you could get yourself a great deal on an iPhone 5C or iPhone 5S. We've got wind of two Bank Holiday deals if you're after a... >>

LG Music Flow: Hands-on with the most compelling Sonos rival yet

LG Music Flow: Hands-on with the most compelling Sonos rival yet

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LG has launched a comprehensive wireless multi-room audio system it is calling LG Music Flow. It is a complete system of audio devices that will rival the dominant player in this segment, Sonos. We've seen a number of launches in recent months and years... >>