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Apple iPhone SE official, the 4-inch iPhone for all

Apple iPhone SE official, the 4-inch iPhone for all

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Apple has officially announced the iPhone SE, a smaller-scale 4-inch format of the phone, at its special event on 21 March 2016. Wave bye-bye to the iPhone 5C as the entry-level device, which the SE effectively stubs out of the line-up. Apple said that... >>

The amazingly eye-catching novelty watches of Baselworld 2016

The amazingly eye-catching novelty watches of Baselworld 2016

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Baselworld brings together the world's biggest watch and jewellery makers in a celebration of luxury, in the Swiss town of Basel. Naturally there's a heavy leaning towards the traditions of the Swiss Watch industry, but there's a growing sense of smart... >>

Fossil Q analogue watches: Smart in looks, smarter in function

Fossil Q analogue watches: Smart in looks, smarter in function

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When it comes to wearables, Fossil is going for it big time. Not only has the company announced a range of smartwatches under the parent Fossil brand, but it's extending it's smartwatch range across a number of other brands, like Michael Kors, Kate Spade... >>

Tissot is the latest Swiss Watch company to reveal smartwatch plans

Tissot is the latest Swiss Watch company to reveal smartwatch plans

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For those familiar with Swiss Watch company Tissot, news of a smartwatch might not be so strange. The company has been flirting with smart functionality for some time through its T-Touch models, and has referred to them as smart in the past.  At Baselworld... >>

Oculus Rift games: The complete list of launch titles and how to get them

Oculus Rift games: The complete list of launch titles and how to get them

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With Oculus Rift landing on 28 March, the company has provided some of the missing pieces of the puzzle. While a lot of the talk has been about the hardware and some of the early demos, attention now turns to what you'll actually be able to play when... >>

Mattel View-Master review: A virtual reality rethinking of a classic
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Mattel View-Master review: A virtual reality rethinking of a classic

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Virtual reality, or VR, is very much the hot topic in 2016. With VR systems appearing all over the place, Mattel has reinvented the classic View-Master as its own pitch into this futuristic entertainment space.Originally launched as a stereoscopic toy,... >>

Arion wants to improve your running technique using technology

Arion wants to improve your running technique using technology

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Arion, from ATO Gear, wants to help you change your running technique using technology, giving you more detail about what you're actually doing when you're out pounding the pavement. But this isn't another heart rate monitor or GPS watch, instead it's... >>

TomTom Golfer 2 preview: Hole in one, or golf GPS watch that's par for the course?

TomTom Golfer 2 preview: Hole in one, or golf GPS watch that's par for the course?

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TomTom has released a new version of its golf GPS wearable, appropriately called the Golfer 2, looking to put all the information you could want onto your wrist. It replaces the current Golfer, expanding its functionality and following the same lines... >>

British Gas will make your boiler self-diagnose faults with Boiler IQ

British Gas will make your boiler self-diagnose faults with Boiler IQ

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British Gas has announced its latest product looking to make your home smarter. Boiler IQ is a monitoring system that will allow compatible boilers to self-diagnose problems long before you know something is wrong. Available as an upgrade to existing... >>

Samsung Galaxy S7 review: The unsung hero?
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Samsung Galaxy S7 review: The unsung hero?

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Samsung's dual-flagship strategy is now in full force, with the launch of both a regular Samsung Galaxy S7 and a larger SGS7 edge model.The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is very much the headline hog, with its dual curved edges and larger display it's the hero... >>

How to use adoptable storage on Android 6.0 Marshmallow

How to use adoptable storage on Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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One of the features in Android 6.0 Marshmallow that hasn't gained many headlines is called flex storage or adoptable storage (Google uses both terms).  The new feature will allow you to use external storage on your device as internal storage. It's likely... >>

Panasonic ALL Connected speaker system expands, bringing waterproof and network CD player options

Panasonic ALL Connected speaker system expands, bringing waterproof and network CD player options

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Panasonic's multi-room speaker system is called ALL Connected. There are a wide range of products in the family, spanning everything from soundbars to individual speakers. For 2016, the system has expanded and updated, bringing with it additional options... >>

Mountain Athletics from The North Face helps you train for your outdoor adventures

Mountain Athletics from The North Face helps you train for your outdoor adventures

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The North Face is a well-established brand once you're off the beaten track. Since the company's foundation in 1966, it has been associated with some of the toughest events, from polar expeditions to mountain conquests.  With the launch of Mountain Athletics,... >>

Panasonic 4K HDR choices 2016: DX902, DX802, DX750, DX700 TVs explored

Panasonic 4K HDR choices 2016: DX902, DX802, DX750, DX700 TVs explored

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Panasonic refreshed its line-up of Viera televisions for 2016, with a number of models offering Ultra HD/4K, as well as high dynamic range (HDR).We saw the launch of the DX900 at CES 2016 (appearing as the DX902 in Europe), Panasonic's first television... >>

Panasonic UB900 Ultra HD Blu-ray player available from mid-April

Panasonic UB900 Ultra HD Blu-ray player available from mid-April

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One of the first Ultra HD Blu-ray players to hit the shelves will be the Panasonic UB900, meaning you'll be able to play your (as yet unavailable) Ultra HD Blu-ray discs in glorious 4K with HDR on your brand new television. Panasonic has confirmed that... >>

DS 3 first drive: Fun French fancy

DS 3 first drive: Fun French fancy

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Rolling out originally with the chevrons of Citroën on the front, the DS 3 has had a revamp and refresh, now sitting pretty in the avant-garde livery of DS Automobiles.  Ok, so they may be one and the same, but with the DS 5, DS 4 and now the DS 3 getting... >>

LeEco has a smart mountain bike, and you're going to want one

LeEco has a smart mountain bike, and you're going to want one

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When LeEco called us in to talk about the Le Max Pro - and it's plans for expansion outside of China - we weren't expecting to be spending our time marvelling over a smart bike.  But when we found Le Syvrac it only seemed fair to stop and stare. You... >>

HTC Vive Consumer Edition: Eyes-on the final hardware

HTC Vive Consumer Edition: Eyes-on the final hardware

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HTC Vive was first revealed at MWC 2015 and has spent the last year touring the world, developing, refining and showing its skills, until it arrived at MWC 2016. A year later, we're looking at the final consumer hardware that you'll be able to order yourself... >>

Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro: Smartphone star causes a stir

Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro: Smartphone star causes a stir

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If you're into smartphones, then the name Xiaomi will be one you recognise. Enjoying huge successes in the China, Hugo Barra, VP of international at Xiaomi claimed that the company sat in the top spot for smartphone sales in China, and number 5 globally.The... >>

Victorinox Cybertool is a smart accessory for your analogue watch

Victorinox Cybertool is a smart accessory for your analogue watch

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Victorinox and Acer have been working together to combine Acer's technology passions with Victorinox's Swiss pursuit of quality, and bring something a little different to the wearable market. The Victorinox Cybertool is a high-tech addition for your Inox... >>

LeEco Le Max Pro: A super phone for a super ambitious company

LeEco Le Max Pro: A super phone for a super ambitious company

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The LeEco story is an interesting one. Recently changing the name from LeTV - because it does more than just TV - the "Eco" part of the name is nothing to do with being green, it's about ecosystem. LeEco popped onto the radar of smartphone fans with... >>

Forget phones: Mobile World Congress 2016 is all about VR

Forget phones: Mobile World Congress 2016 is all about VR

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If you were looking for a theme for Mobile World Congress, then it's other worldly: MWC 2016 is about virtual reality.Last year everyone lined up to talk about luxury. There were premium handsets, luxury watches, talk of quality materials, jewellery grade... >>

LG Cam Plus: Get a grip on mobile photography

LG Cam Plus: Get a grip on mobile photography

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Among the range of LG Friends released for the LG G5 is the LG Cam Plus. This is a camera accessory, designed to help you get the best out of your mobile photography. Firstly, let's clear up some confusion. This isn't a camera module, it doesn't change... >>

Android at MWC: There are 87 pin badges, and here's what they look like

Android at MWC: There are 87 pin badges, and here's what they look like

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Android might not have a lot to announce at Mobile World Congress, saving the big hits of Android N for Google I/O in May, but Google's mobile OS is everywhere on the show floors of Mobile World Congress 2016.As in previous years, Google is having fun... >>

Next-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon could power your top-spec VR headset

Next-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon could power your top-spec VR headset

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The mobile world might be talking about the newly-launched Snapdragon 820, powering the latest devices like the LG G5 and some variants of the Samsung Galaxy S7, but today Qualcomm made the promise of real desktop-rivalling power in its next-gen Snapdragon... >>