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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
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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... >>

New Motorola smartphone and Moto 360 expected in summer, says Lenovo

New Motorola smartphone and Moto 360 expected in summer, says Lenovo

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There's been a lot of talk about updates to Motorola, specifically new devices that come post-Lenovo's takeover of the Motorola brand from Google.Lenovo chairman and chief exec, Yang Yuanqing, has confirmed that we'll be seeing new models saying: "We... >>

Corsair Bulldog aims to prove that PC gaming is better than console gaming

Corsair Bulldog aims to prove that PC gaming is better than console gaming

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The PC versus console gaming battle is one that rages unabated and Corsair is throwing its hat into the ring with Bulldog, a PC designed for the living room.Unveiled at Computex 2015, the Bulldog is designed as a DIY gaming PC for your living room, complete... >>

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,... >>