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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... >>

Nikon Coolpix AW130: Tough keeps getting tougher (hands-on)

Nikon Coolpix AW130: Tough keeps getting tougher (hands-on)

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The Coolpix AW130 sees Nikon update its tough camera in what is pretty much a yearly move. The design has been more or less the same over the past three iterations of the this camera, and we're happy there's still a camouflage model for those armchair... >>

Skoda uses augmented reailty to let you design and try on a new Fabia

Skoda uses augmented reailty to let you design and try on a new Fabia

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Skoda has turned to tech to promote the Skoda Fabia and it will get your geeky self salivating.Using augmented reality, Skoda has set up a promotional booth in Waterloo Station, taking over the largest advertising screen in Europe. You get to customise... >>

You shouldn't bet on Cortana, just yet

You shouldn't bet on Cortana, just yet

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Last week we brought you the news that Cortana was now offering Premier League football predictions directly to your Windows Phone. Cortana has previously enjoyed plenty of success with such predictions, leading us to think that Microsoft had somehow... >>

LG 55EC930V TV review: Throwing an OLED curveball at 4K competitors
4.5 stars

LG 55EC930V TV review: Throwing an OLED curveball at 4K competitors

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With plasma having drawn its last breath, the choices you have for TV displays are narrowing. The vast majority are now LCD with some form of LED illumination, with plenty of advancements at all levels of set, or there's the typically more expensive OLED. LG... >>

iSheep are real: Internet-connected sheep are roaming Wales

iSheep are real: Internet-connected sheep are roaming Wales

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Researchers in North Wales have created a flock of iSheep - sheep connected to the internet - in the latest twist on the internet of things.Using a small tracker, the idea is to enable a farmer to keep track of the flock, and stop rogue sheep wandering... >>

Samsung Galaxy S6 pictures could be our best look at Samsung's new flagship yet

Samsung Galaxy S6 pictures could be our best look at Samsung's new flagship yet

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A photo showing the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S Edge might be our best look at Samsung's new flagship smartphone yet.Alternatively, however, it might just be a case manufacturer second-guessing the design and enjoying the publicity as it lines up its... >>

Vax Cordless vacuum cleaners just got a whole lot more convenient (hands-on)

Vax Cordless vacuum cleaners just got a whole lot more convenient (hands-on)

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Vax has been offering cordless cleaners for some time, but in 2015, they are coming with a twist on the format. Welcome, then, the Air Cordless Lift and the Air Cordless Switch. The Air Cordless might sound familiar because we reviewed it in 2014 and... >>

Vax AirRevolve is the funkiest vacuum cleaner we've ever seen

Vax AirRevolve is the funkiest vacuum cleaner we've ever seen

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Of all domestic gadgetry, it seems that the humble vacuum cleaner is a hotbed of design innovation. We've seen these domestic necessaries move from a boring upright or cylinder cleaners into eye-catching design pieces.The Vax AirRevolve, however, has... >>

Android 5.0 Lollipop tips and tricks: Get to grips with a new Android

Android 5.0 Lollipop tips and tricks: Get to grips with a new Android

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Android 5.0 Lollipop brings a range of changes to Google's OS. Available initially on the Nexus 9 and Nexus 6, but now rolling out to a wider collection of devices, there's plenty of new features to get to grips with.If you're feeling a little lost, or... >>

Cortana brings Premier League predictions straight to your Windows Phone

Cortana brings Premier League predictions straight to your Windows Phone

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Cortana, Windows Phone's personal assistant, will now predict the outcome of Premier League matches, so you can ask your phone for weekend predictions before heading to the bookies.Cortana told us that West Ham would beat Manchester United, and that Arsenal... >>

Samsung Galaxy S6 pictures reveal iPhone 6-like design

Samsung Galaxy S6 pictures reveal iPhone 6-like design

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 could have very similar design lines to the iPhone 6, if these casing shots turn out to be the real deal.These aluminium phone casings could well be the new metal bodywork of the SGS6, that is, the regular SGS6, rather than the model... >>

Sony offers integrated YouView on 2015 Bravia range

Sony offers integrated YouView on 2015 Bravia range

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YouView will be integrated into Sony's new 2015 Bravia televisions running on the Android TV platform. The announcement of the partnership between Sony and YouView means that the Japanese manufacturer is the first to offer YouView integrated into a television,... >>

Android 5.0 Lollipop: When is it coming to my phone or tablet?

Android 5.0 Lollipop: When is it coming to my phone or tablet?

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Google launched Android 5.0 Lollipop in November 2014, making its debut on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 devices. At the same time, the code is then released to manufacturers, and the process of updating existing Android devices beings.We've already published... >>

Watch the HTC One M8 throw down the iPhone 6 and SGS5 in this video

Watch the HTC One M8 throw down the iPhone 6 and SGS5 in this video

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Doc G of P.M. Dawn fame is a self confessed HTC superfan, and what better way to express his love of the HTC One M8 than via the medium of hip-hop?There's little else to say on this one. Doc G tells it like it is, extolling the virtues of BoomSound, mocking... >>

Let's talk about the Samsung Galaxy S Edge

Let's talk about the Samsung Galaxy S Edge

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Samsung is readying a new flagship smartphone, the SGS6, and we believe that we will see it at Mobile World Congress in March, following appearance of an invitation to an event on that day.However the last big launch for Samsung introduced not one, but... >>