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Nexus Player now available in the UK, yours for £79

Nexus Player now available in the UK, yours for £79

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Google's Nexus Player is now available in the UK, bringing all the entertainment of Android to your TV.The Nexus Player was originally released in the US in November 2014 and has taken its time to cross our shores. The set-top box, built by Asus, was... >>

HTC One M9+ is real: Launch event scheduled, hardware photos leak

HTC One M9+ is real: Launch event scheduled, hardware photos leak

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The HTC One M9+ has taken a big step towards being real today, with HTC scheduling a launch event for a new device.This is the first official indication from the company that this phone actually exists, following a long-running series of rumours and... >>

TomTom Go Mobile is free premium satnav for Android, but there's a catch

TomTom Go Mobile is free premium satnav for Android, but there's a catch

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TomTom has announced a new free app for Android called TomTom Go Mobile.The new app replaces TomTom's previous satnav app and completely changes the fee structure, giving you free navigation, speed cameras and traffic for 50 miles a month, every month.That... >>

HTC One M9+ picture hints at a larger flagship

HTC One M9+ picture hints at a larger flagship

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The HTC One M9+ continues to be talked about, despite not seeing launch alongside the HTC One M9 at Mobile World Congress. Now a mock-up of the device has appeared online. HTC has so far said nothing about the M9+, but the rumours don't seem to be going... >>

BBC iPlayer app now supports BBC iD, allows cross-device syncing

BBC iPlayer app now supports BBC iD, allows cross-device syncing

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An update to the BBC iPlayer app has brought with it a handy new feature: the ability to sync across devices.BBC iPlayer is one of the most popular apps across all platforms, serving up the BBC's catch-up service. BBC iPlayer has been groundbreaking in... >>

HTC One M9 vs HTC One M8: What's the difference?

HTC One M9 vs HTC One M8: What's the difference?

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HTC announced a new flagship handset, the HTC One M9, at Mobile World Congress 2015. We've now fully reviewed that phone, the replacement for last year's popular One M8.At first glance it looks to be very similar to the M8. So is this more of the same,... >>

HTC appoints Cher Wang as CEO in leadership reshuffle

HTC appoints Cher Wang as CEO in leadership reshuffle

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The HTC board of directors has appointed Cher Wang as the new chief executive officer of the company.Wang, co-founder of HTC and the current chairman, is regarded as one of the most influential women in technology and now steps up to the role replacing... >>

HTC One M9+ could be coming to Europe, and soon

HTC One M9+ could be coming to Europe, and soon

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Before the HTC One M9 launched, there was a rumour of a second, larger, device known as the Hima Ultra, or HTC One M9 Plus.That rumour has resurfaced, suggesting that this device will be coming to Europe (EMEA), and sooner than you might think.If you've... >>

What Nintendo smartphone games do we want?

What Nintendo smartphone games do we want?

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Nintendo has announced a partnership with DeNA that will see the companies using existing Nintendo characters in new games on smartphones and tablets.Nintendo hasn't made any statements about specifics, so there's been no confirmation of what we will... >>

Apple TV subscription service could launch in September

Apple TV subscription service could launch in September

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It's been reported for some time that Apple is working on an enhanced channel offering for Apple TV. The Wall Street Journal has now provided more detail, citing sources familiar with the matter.We'd seen previous rumours that Apple was talking to television... >>

Chromecast will play and pause using your TV's remote

Chromecast will play and pause using your TV's remote

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Chromecast. Every time you think it has reached the limit of its capabilities, it goes and does something new.The latest feature to emerge from the depths of Reddit, is that Chromecast will play and pause using your TV's remote control. For anyone who... >>

Sony Xperia Z4 pictures reveal what Sony's next flagship will look like

Sony Xperia Z4 pictures reveal what Sony's next flagship will look like

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With Sony yet to announce the Xperia Z4 release, there's plenty of gossip floating around. The latest to join the pack are these 3D renders.These aren't leaked press images, so they aren't a final confirmed device design, but over at nowhereelse.fr it's... >>

LG G Flex 2 review: Is curved the new cool?
4.0 stars

LG G Flex 2 review: Is curved the new cool?

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The G Flex is back and better than before as LG has another crack at the curved smartphone format.That's perhaps no surprise, as the company is pushing the curved message in television too. The justification remains more or less the same: that viewing... >>

Make it Digital: BBC Micro updated for 2015, say hello to the Micro Bit

Make it Digital: BBC Micro updated for 2015, say hello to the Micro Bit

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The BBC has announced its Make it Digital initiative, with the aim of encouraging a new generation of people to engage with digital creativity, skills and coding.Just as the BBC Micro was launched in the 1980s to help people get familiar with a new age... >>

Derek Zoolander just made the selfie stick so hot right now

Derek Zoolander just made the selfie stick so hot right now

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Zoolander and Hansel continue to rip apart Paris Fashion Week. Not only did the world's greatest male models stage a "walk-off" at the Valentino show, but they stopped for selfies in front of the Eiffel Tower.We'd been happily dismissing the selfie stick... >>

Samsung has the cutest battery packs you'll ever see

Samsung has the cutest battery packs you'll ever see

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When you think about cute and cuddly, there are probably two places your imagination doesn't go: external battery packs and Samsung.Well it seems that Samsung has indeed made the impossible possible, with its new Animal Edition batteries.External battery... >>

A closer look at LG Wearable Platform

A closer look at LG Wearable Platform

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LG has not said a lot about LG Wearable Platform. It made its debut on the LG Watch Urbane LTE, a device that was showcased at Mobile World Congress and is set for release in limited markets later in the year.In the official press release, LG says: "At... >>

X-mini Clear Bluetooth speaker review: Sound that pops
4.0 stars

X-mini Clear Bluetooth speaker review: Sound that pops

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When it comes to Bluetooth speakers there's real variety available, making that choice all the more difficult. There's waterproof, waterbottle-shaped, portable, high-end, affordable, big brand and no name.As a company X-mini is best known for an innovative... >>

Apple MacBook vs MacBook Air 11-inch: What's the difference?

Apple MacBook vs MacBook Air 11-inch: What's the difference?

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Apple has announced a new MacBook at its Spring forward special event, a device that Phil Schiller, Apple VP, said was designed for "extreme portability". It revives the MacBook name, which used to be the entry-level notebook device.The small format sees... >>

Audi A6 Avant (2015) first drive: Home from stately home

Audi A6 Avant (2015) first drive: Home from stately home

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The Audi A6 Avant, or estate for those not conversant with Audi parlance, has seen a minor revision for 2015. It remains one of the obvious models of estate envy on the road, offering plenty of space and comfort over and above the popular A4 Avant. The... >>

The real theme of MWC 2015 was luxury

The real theme of MWC 2015 was luxury

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Mobile World Congress 2015 is almost behind us, but the theme of the show wasn't what we expected. It wasn't about Cat 9 LTE, it wasn't about 5G, it wasn't even about USB type-C. It was about luxury.MWC 2015 saw some notable launches. It perhaps wasn't... >>

BlackBerry Leap: Affordable 5-incher lacks Z30 charm (hands-on)

BlackBerry Leap: Affordable 5-incher lacks Z30 charm (hands-on)

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We knew that BlackBerry was going to use Mobile World Congress to talk about future devices and it announced the Leap, alongside a tease of a whacky slider handset, with double curved display.The Leap sits in the same sort of space as the BlackBerry... >>

Nokia N1 is a magnificent tablet, despite the copycat design (hands-on)

Nokia N1 is a magnificent tablet, despite the copycat design (hands-on)

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Nokia announced the N1 tablet in November 2014, but it has been shown off at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and we couldn't help but play with it.When Nokia moved its hardware division over to Microsoft devices, it stopped being a hardware company.... >>

Harman Kardon One is the Bluetooth speaker for your HTC One

Harman Kardon One is the Bluetooth speaker for your HTC One

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Harman Kardon has partnered with HTC to launch a new Bluetooth speaker: Harman Kardon One. The new portable Bluetooth speaker has been designed with the HTC One in mind, announced following the launch of the HTC One M9 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The... >>

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL hands-on: Big brute packs in Zeiss lens

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL hands-on: Big brute packs in Zeiss lens

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Although we're still waiting for a new flagship Windows Phone to sail Microsoft Devices into the Windows 10 future, the Lumia 640 XL is an interesting new launch, announced today at MWC in Barcelona.With a 5.7-inch display it's sitting in phablet territory,... >>

Microsoft Lumia 640 hands-on: Incremental, but good value

Microsoft Lumia 640 hands-on: Incremental, but good value

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Microsoft took to the stage at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to talk about Windows 10, but also introduce two new Lumia handsets. Stephen Elop teased that a flagship Lumia would be coming later in the year, but in the meantime Microsoft has brought... >>

HTC One M9 cases: Dot View gets enhanced, active case will keep you protected

HTC One M9 cases: Dot View gets enhanced, active case will keep you protected

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HTC has lined up a wide range of accessories for the HTC One M9 and one of the most interesting is the next generation Dot View case.We love Dot View because of its innovative show-through display, meaning you check the time and glance at notifications... >>

What's new in HTC Sense 7?

What's new in HTC Sense 7?

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HTC Sense 7 makes its debut on the HTC One M9, the new flagship 2015 handset from HTC.Sitting on top of Android 5.0 Lollipop, Sense 7 isn't a major reworking of HTC's user interface, but it does make a few changes and introduce some new features.Here's... >>

LG Watch Urbane LTE: Fully connected glimpse of the future (hands-on)

LG Watch Urbane LTE: Fully connected glimpse of the future (hands-on)

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When the LG Watch Urbane LTE was announced, it was easy to assume that this was the Android Wear device, but connected with LTE. Nothing could be further from the truth. The LG Watch Urbane LTE might share its name with the Android Wear device (which... >>

HTC Grip: GPS sports tracker is the first child of the Under Armour and HTC union

HTC Grip: GPS sports tracker is the first child of the Under Armour and HTC union

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Under Armour and HTC announced a partnership in January promising new hardware. The HTC Grip is the first device to appear from that paring.It sees HTC able to apply its industrial design expertise to Under Armour's sporting prowess, resulting in a sports... >>

This is HTC Vive, the Steam VR headset built by HTC and Valve

This is HTC Vive, the Steam VR headset built by HTC and Valve

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HTC used its Mobile World Congress keynote to announce a partnership with Valve, and launch a VR headset called HTC Vive.Before we talk about Vive, let's take a quick step back. HTC is known as a smartphone company and known best for its Android devices,... >>

HTC One M9 focuses on power, refinement and customisation

HTC One M9 focuses on power, refinement and customisation

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HTC has officially announced the HTC One M9, its new 2015 flagship smartphone.The HTC One M9 is a refinement of the HTC One line, aiming to improve on the HTC One M8, rather than completely reinventing the phone from the ground up.The design closely resembles... >>

LG Magna hands-on: All about that curve, 'bout that curve, no P-OLED

LG Magna hands-on: All about that curve, 'bout that curve, no P-OLED

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The LG Magna is the top device in LG's "premium mid-range", recently announced and shown at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It sits amongst its brothers - Spirit, Leon and Joy - but Magna is the device that speaks to us.The important thing about... >>

Acer Liquid Leap+ fitness band has changeable straps, works with iOS, Android, Windows Phone

Acer Liquid Leap+ fitness band has changeable straps, works with iOS, Android, Windows Phone

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Acer today announced a new version of its fitness band, the Liquid Leap+.The Leap+ is based around a touchscreen core sitting in a rubber strap. It can be popped in and out, meaning you can switch straps to get a different colour. The Leap+ itself features... >>

Where's Grandma? Don't worry, she's wearing Haier's new super snooping wearable

Where's Grandma? Don't worry, she's wearing Haier's new super snooping wearable

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Haier has unveiled a selection of wearable devices at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but they might not be what you think. These are about tracking, rather than being a computer on your wrist.There is a model for children, which is bright and colourful,... >>

HTC One M9: What to expect during MWC 2015 press event

HTC One M9: What to expect during MWC 2015 press event

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The HTC One M8 has been a popular device but with 2014 behind us, anticipation is rising about what will come next for HTC's flagship.It should come as no surprise if it's known as the HTC One M9, following the model numbering of previous years. The name... >>

HTC One M7 gets a sweet taste of Android 5.0 Lollipop

HTC One M7 gets a sweet taste of Android 5.0 Lollipop

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The HTC One (M7) has just been updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop, bringing the first metal One up to date.Although HTC missed the 90-day self-imposed timeframe for Lollipop updates on the HTC One M8 (in some territories) it looks like the M7 isn't that... >>

HTC Desire 820 review: Mixed performance mid-ranger
3.5 stars

HTC Desire 820 review: Mixed performance mid-ranger

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One of HTC's surprise successes over the past year has been in the Desire family. The Desire 816 sold well in Asia, was updated in the Desire 820 on review here and has a newer model waiting in the wings, the Desire 826. The success of this handset -... >>

Samsung is winning the next-gen hype war

Samsung is winning the next-gen hype war

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If you hadn't noticed, there's a hype war raging at the moment. On Sunday 1 March, there will be two new flagship smartphones launched. And in the battle of the hype building, Samsung is winning.There are two big launches scheduled the day before Mobile... >>

These are the best HTC One M9 pictures we've seen so far

These are the best HTC One M9 pictures we've seen so far

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German retailer Cyberport.de listed the HTC One M9 on its online shop over the weekend, leading to a flurry of excitement surrounding the forthcoming flagship HTC smartphone.Discovered by website Mobilegeeks.de, the images look like full device renders.... >>

BlackBerry 10.3.1 tips and tricks: New features examined

BlackBerry 10.3.1 tips and tricks: New features examined

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BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 is being rolled out to all BlackBerry 10 smartphones and it brings a whole swathe of new features. Most of them were already available as part of OS 10.3 for the BlackBerry Passport and Porsche Design P'9983, and the Classic comes... >>

YouView from BT DB-T2200 mini box review: Ideal for your second TV
4.0 stars

YouView from BT DB-T2200 mini box review: Ideal for your second TV

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There's a new YouView from BT set top box in town, offering the smart TV platform for less of your cash. However, the new DB-T2200 box strips out some of the connections and features found in the higher-spec DTR-T2100, but allows you to get YouView from... >>

HTC One M9 registration opens at Carphone Warehouse. Wait, what?

HTC One M9 registration opens at Carphone Warehouse. Wait, what?

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Carphone Warehouse has opened up a page to let you register your interest in the new HTC One. That's right, the phone that hasn't been announced yet.HTC seems to have stepped up its hype-building as we approach the launch for the HTC One M9, with a new... >>

Pebble is now compatible with Android Wear notifications

Pebble is now compatible with Android Wear notifications

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We've not heard much from Pebble recently, but the plucky wearable has just rolled out a new software update for Android users bringing compatibility with Android Wear notifications.With Google pushing its own smartwatch agenda through Android Wear -... >>

Non-removable battery on the SGS6? Samsung's wireless charging monologue will ease your concerns

Non-removable battery on the SGS6? Samsung's wireless charging monologue will ease your concerns

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The internets was aflame recently with reports that the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 would have a sealed body, with a smaller battery in it. Worse, said battery would be not be user replaceable.It's as if the last bastion of Samsungness is being ripped... >>

LG Watch Urbane: A classic design twist on the G Watch R

LG Watch Urbane: A classic design twist on the G Watch R

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LG is releasing a new smartwatch - the LG Watch Urbane - a classic reworking of its G Watch R.The Watch Urbane has been designed to look like a classic timepiece, with a metal body and stitched leather strap, resulting in an Android Wear watch that looks... >>

British Gas to acquire AlertMe for £44 million, expand Hive offerings

British Gas to acquire AlertMe for £44 million, expand Hive offerings

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British Gas has announced that it is to acquire AlertMe, the company that powers its Hive Active Heating, in a deal worth £44 million. This figure includes the 21 per cent holding that British Gas already has in AlertMe, bringing AlertMe's total valuation... >>

Lumia Denim: Updates, devices and everything you need to know

Lumia Denim: Updates, devices and everything you need to know

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Lumia Denim was announced at IFA 2014 in September 2014, but its wider roll-out to older Nokia devices has only just started.Lumia Denim has made its appearance on a number of devices already launched by Microsoft, so if you have a new Lumia, you might... >>

Samsung on Galaxy S6 camera: It will be intelligent and do all the thinking for users

Samsung on Galaxy S6 camera: It will be intelligent and do all the thinking for users

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In the run-up to any major smartphone launch, much of the information that gets revealed comes from unsubstantiated rumours. It's not often that the company involved gets specific on it own forthcoming phone.Samsung, however, has taken to its blog to... >>

Nikon Coolpix S9900: Retro style 30x superzoom (hands-on)

Nikon Coolpix S9900: Retro style 30x superzoom (hands-on)

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The Nikon Coolpix S9900 supplants the S9700 and brings with it a new design, adding some retro feel to this superzoom camera.It has grown slightly over the previous model, but it brings with it a big change, and that's a 3-inch vari-angle display on the... >>