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Sony Xperia Z3+: What's the story so far?

Sony Xperia Z3+: What's the story so far?

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Sony Mobile seems to be running headlong into a nomenclature nightmare. With the excellent Sony Xperia Z3 awaiting a replacement, plenty of names, specs and other details have been bandied around.With many expecting the Z3 replacement to be simply called... >>

HTC One M9 camera update brings promised raw capture

HTC One M9 camera update brings promised raw capture

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When HTC launched the One M9, one of the features that was announced was raw capture for the camera - something rivals LG announced on the G4 just a few days ago. An update for the HTC Camera app has been pushed out via Google Play, bring the raw capture... >>

Mini John Cooper Works Hatch gets fast and furious in tech-heavy promo video

Mini John Cooper Works Hatch gets fast and furious in tech-heavy promo video

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We last encountered the Mini John Cooper Works Hatch at the Detroit Motor Show at the beginning of the year. Sporting the John Cooper Works badge, this is Mini's most powerful production Mini so far.It carries the same fun-loving looks as other Mini Hatch... >>

Windows Phone 10 technical preview: Hands-on with Windows Phone of the future

Windows Phone 10 technical preview: Hands-on with Windows Phone of the future

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Windows Phone 10 isn't actually called Windows Phone 10, but as is often the way, when a large corporation like Microsoft changes a naming convention the fans do their own thing.So here we have the Windows 10 technical preview for phones, that runs as... >>

Watch Microsoft's Build 2015 keynote live, right here

Watch Microsoft's Build 2015 keynote live, right here

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Microsoft's Build 2015 developer conference is set to see a lot of action, with plenty of detail on Windows 10 to be expected.The conference focuses on all things Microsoft and will be held at The Moscone Center in San Francisco, from 29 April-1 May 2015.The... >>

TomTom Bandit action camera offers 4K capture, motion data, smartphone connectivity

TomTom Bandit action camera offers 4K capture, motion data, smartphone connectivity

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TomTom has announced its entry into the action cam market with the TomTom Bandit, a camera with a difference.TomTom wants to make capturing your action movies as simple as possible, rethinking the action camera from the ground up, solving problems with... >>

TomTom MyDrive bridges the gap between smartphones and cars

TomTom MyDrive bridges the gap between smartphones and cars

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TomTom MyDrive is a new system that's designed to connect together all your devices - laptop, smartphone, tablet - as well as your car. The aim is to make it easier to plan and set your destination, allowing you to do this before you step into the car,... >>

HTC One M8 Sense 7 update coming August 2015

HTC One M8 Sense 7 update coming August 2015

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HTC has confirmed the HTC One M8 update that you've all been waiting for.The HTC One M8 will be updated to Sense 7 and Android 5.1 in August 2015, according to HTC's official UK Twitter account. Sense 7 made its debut on the HTC One M9 - launched in... >>

Here's everything LG announced that you didn't already know about the G4

Here's everything LG announced that you didn't already know about the G4

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LG has taken a strange approach to launching the LG G4. It announced the display, the camera, the vegetable-tanned leather back and the new user interface prior to launch. It teased this new handset so hard, that come launch day, what was there left... >>

Haier Dual-Drum washing machine offers smart control, smart washing flexibility

Haier Dual-Drum washing machine offers smart control, smart washing flexibility

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Haier introduced its Dual-Drum washing machine at the IFA 2015 Global Press Conference in Malta, a machine comes with plenty of appeal.It might stand slightly taller than a typical appliance, but this Dual-Drum machine brings convenience that should give... >>

Grundig VUX is the smart kitchen of the future

Grundig VUX is the smart kitchen of the future

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Grundig today showed off its VUX smart control interface at the IFA 2015 Global Press Conference that uses light projection over traditional buttons. We gave it a try, and it's really clever. Looking to make your connected kitchen even smarter, the VUX... >>

TP Vision: 90 per cent of Philips Android TVs get connected

TP Vision: 90 per cent of Philips Android TVs get connected

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TP Vision, the license holder for Philips televisions and one of the largest display manufacturers around, today talked about the adoption of Android TV and the impact that has on its smart TVs.Talking at the IFA 2015 Global Press Conference in Malta,... >>

ZTE's vision of the future includes transparent smartphones

ZTE's vision of the future includes transparent smartphones

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ZTE took the stage at the IFA 2015 Global Press Conference, currently running in Malta, with Waiman Lam, senior director of technology and partnership, ZTE, introducing a number of recent ZTE innovations and talking about future growth.The ZTE Star 2,... >>

Philips and Allianz are working on a smartphone-controlled backpain solution

Philips and Allianz are working on a smartphone-controlled backpain solution

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Philips are partnering with Allianz to bring a smartphone-controlled backpain solution, aiming to cross the divide between healthcare professional and patients.Announced on stage at the IFA 2015 Global Press Conference in Malta, Bernd Laudahn, managing... >>

Android Wear is getting a feature boost, here's what's coming

Android Wear is getting a feature boost, here's what's coming

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Android Wear hit the streets about a year ago, as Google's platform for wearables. Today, a major update was announced, as Android Wear moves to fend off Apple Watch.Android Wear has been incrementally updated since its launch. Like many Google products... >>

EE own-brand offensive: Harrier and Harrier Mini offer 4G affordability

EE own-brand offensive: Harrier and Harrier Mini offer 4G affordability

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EE has announced a number of second-gen own-brand devices, capitalising on the success of its 2014 EE Kestrel.Sticking with the bird themes, the Harrier and Harrier Mini will be swooping into stores on 28 April, offering tantilising alternatives to big-brand... >>

Carphone Warehouse's new iD mobile network pushes free roaming data, value for money

Carphone Warehouse's new iD mobile network pushes free roaming data, value for money

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Dixons Carphone has announced a new mobile network, known simply as iD.The new network from Carphone Warehouse will be launching in May and promises to offer wider free data roaming than existing networks. Comparing itself to Three, iD will be data roaming... >>

LG G Stylo is an affordable Galaxy Note rival

LG G Stylo is an affordable Galaxy Note rival

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There were rumours circulating that LG would be releasing a new device with a stylus and the LG G Stylo is it.Before you get too excited, this is a device aimed at the domestic market in Korea, so it's debatable whether we'll see it outside of its homeland.But... >>

Google joins the hunt for the Loch Ness Monster

Google joins the hunt for the Loch Ness Monster

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The most famous photograph purporting to show the Loch Ness Monster was published on 21 April 1934 in the Daily Mail. Known as Surgeon's Photograph (as reportedly the photographer Robert Kenneth Wilson was a gynaecologist), it showed the neck and head... >>

YouTube apps will retire on some smart TVs, Apple TV, iOS devices: Here's what to do

YouTube apps will retire on some smart TVs, Apple TV, iOS devices: Here's what to do

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Are you seeing a strange warning video on your YouTube app? It might be that your device is using an older version of YouTube that's about to expire.In March 2014, YouTube announced that it was moving from something called Data API v2 over to Data API... >>

Sony Xperia Z4 isn't Sony's new global flagship, the Xperia Z3+ might be

Sony Xperia Z4 isn't Sony's new global flagship, the Xperia Z3+ might be

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Sony quietly announced the Xperia Z4 in Japan on 20 April, without the fanfare you'd expect for a new flagship launch. Well, it seems it isn't Sony's new global top-tier device. The Sony Xperia Z4 in its current format is going to be for Japan only,... >>

LG G4 camera video extolls the virtues of manual control, aperture and colours

LG G4 camera video extolls the virtues of manual control, aperture and colours

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LG's teasing the G4 harder than any device we've previously seen. The latest installment is a glowing endorsement for the camera, from professional photographer Colby Brown.The video breaks down into three chapters, talking about low light shooting, colour... >>

OnePlus One now available to all, but you won't buy it

OnePlus One now available to all, but you won't buy it

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OnePlus has announced that it's ditching the invite-only system for the OnePlus One, so now anyone will be able to buy it. The OnePlus One shot to fame with tech fans, because it offered great value for money, with flagship specs at enviable prices.... >>

R2-D2 Boeing Dreamliner proves the Star Wars bandwagon knows no limits

R2-D2 Boeing Dreamliner proves the Star Wars bandwagon knows no limits

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We've seen the toys, mugs, pajamas, and dinner plate set. We've used the water bottle, dressed in the costume, watched the films at the cinema (twice), own the VHS edition(s), own the DVDs, own the Blu-rays. But at least we now know there's no boundary... >>

Samsung TouchWiz review: A deep dive into the Samsung Galaxy S6 software

Samsung TouchWiz review: A deep dive into the Samsung Galaxy S6 software

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TouchWiz sits over the top of Android in Samsung's devices. The latest to join this party is the Samsung Galaxy S6, which ushers in a range of changes over its predecessor, the Galaxy S5. Samsung isn't as openly formulaic as HTC when it comes to talking... >>

Huawei does HTC Dot View cover for P8max

Huawei does HTC Dot View cover for P8max

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Huawei today unveiled two new phones, the P8 a new flagship and the P8max its phablet cousin. Both offer power, impressive specs and metal unibody designs, and both will be more affordable than many rivals.While we've covered both of these handsets, one... >>

Fiat 500X first drive: 500 goes chunky

Fiat 500X first drive: 500 goes chunky

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There's something strange happening on our roads. Where we once had reasonably well defined types of car, we now have an assortment of the weird and wonderful.The crossover segment is popular and rightly so. Smaller and more affordable than a conventional... >>

High dynamic range coming to Amazon Prime Instant Video on the TV you don't yet have

High dynamic range coming to Amazon Prime Instant Video on the TV you don't yet have

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Amazon has confirmed that it will be offering support for high dynamic range (HDR) video on its Prime Instant Video service. Furthermore, Amazon has said that it will be first to offer this next step in enhanced quality TV entertainment, although the... >>

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9: Which handset should you choose?

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9: Which handset should you choose?

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Mobile World Congress was about two things: HTC and Samsung. Both launched new flagship devices, with similar launch dates, looking to dominate 2015 with new devices.We've now lived with both devices, so to help you decide which it worth your money we're... >>

Samsung Galaxy S6 review: Samsung's crowning moment
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Samsung Galaxy S6 review: Samsung's crowning moment

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 is the best Samsung smartphone ever made. Now that's an easy statement to make when it's the newest device to hit the market, but speaking relatively, we think it's the best to launch since the Samsung Galaxy S II fluked its way... >>

Huawei goes Greek: We ponder the mixed messages of its Ascend P8 teasers

Huawei goes Greek: We ponder the mixed messages of its Ascend P8 teasers

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Huawei has been running a teaser campaign for the Ascend P8, scheduled for launch on 15 April 2015. The message is following a somewhat predicable arc around themes of light. Whether that's light in weight, light for the camera, light on the pocket,... >>

EE Wi-Fi Calling launches on Samsung Galaxy S6, coming to iPhone 6

EE Wi-Fi Calling launches on Samsung Galaxy S6, coming to iPhone 6

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EE has officially announced its WiFi Calling service, which lets you make voice calls and send text messages via a Wi-Fi network. The service will go live on 10 April, alongside the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. The WiFi Calling service... >>

HTC One M8s vs HTC One M8: What's the difference?

HTC One M8s vs HTC One M8: What's the difference?

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There's a new M8 in town, which might have caught you by surprise, as HTC has only just launched a new flagship, the HTC One M9. However, the HTC One M8s isn't a rival to the top phone on the spec sheet, even if it does come with the stunning design... >>

HTC One M9+: What's the story so far?

HTC One M9+: What's the story so far?

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HTC announced the HTC One M9 at Mobile World Congress and it's hitting stores on 31 March. But there's More than One, a second device that's facing launch.Prior to the launch of the One M9, there was talk of this second device. The rumours were never... >>

HTC One M9 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs LG G3 cameras: A quick performance comparison

HTC One M9 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs LG G3 cameras: A quick performance comparison

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We've just reviewed the HTC One M9, HTC's flagship for 2015. One of the aims of this new device was to address the criticism of the camera on the HTC One M8.In the process of testing this camera for our review, we wanted to compare its photos to a couple... >>

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?
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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... >>