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Amazon updates tablet family with Fire HD 8 and HD 10, new £50 7-inch Fire tablet and refreshed Kids Edition

Amazon updates tablet family with Fire HD 8 and HD 10, new £50 7-inch Fire tablet and refreshed Kids Edition

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Amazon has announced an extensive refresh of its family of Fire tablets, sweeping in a new user interface in Fire OS 5 "Bellini", impressive specs and aggressive prices. There are two new Amazon Fire HD tablets in 8 and 10 inch sizes, the hero devices... >>

Rolls-Royce Dawn: The sexiest and most sociable Rolls ever

Rolls-Royce Dawn: The sexiest and most sociable Rolls ever

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The launch of a new Rolls-Royce isn't something that happens with a great deal of regularity. When you're the epitome of luxury, announcing a new model of motor car is something of a celebration, a chance to show the world your craftsmanship and reassert... >>

Barclaycard to offer NFC payments up to £100 on Android smartphones

Barclaycard to offer NFC payments up to £100 on Android smartphones

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Barclaycard has announced that you'll be able to make NFC payments using your Android smartphone through the Barclaycard app as of November.  With Android Pay yet to land in the UK, Barclaycard appears to be forging its own route to smartphone payments,... >>

Three switches on VoLTE, dubs it 4G Super Voice

Three switches on VoLTE, dubs it 4G Super Voice

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Three is the first network in the UK to enable VoLTE (voice over LTE), throwing the switch to make it possible to make calls and send messages over the 4G network. Moving voice and messages to 4G means that Three can offer better performance in some low-reception... >>

Vodafone Wi-Fi Calling service is now live, but there's a catch

Vodafone Wi-Fi Calling service is now live, but there's a catch

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Vodafone announced earlier in the year that Wi-Fi Calling would be coming to its network and Voda has now confirmed it: the service has been activated.That means that eligible Vodafone customers will be able to make and receive calls over Wi-Fi rather... >>

HTC One M9 Plus review: Plus and minus
4.0 stars

HTC One M9 Plus review: Plus and minus

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The HTC One M9 was met with a muted response. HTC's efforts in refining design felt like a distraction and the new flagship felt like it was slightly adrift, facing completion from all sides. It was only a few weeks later that HTC announced the HTC One... >>

BBC's Make it Digital season opens: Here's what's coming to TV, radio and online

BBC's Make it Digital season opens: Here's what's coming to TV, radio and online

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The BBC has announced its line-up of content for its Make it Digital season, that runs up until 26 September 2015. We've previously heard about The GameChangers, the Daniel Radcliffe drama looking behind scenes of the hit game Grand Theft Auto, but that's... >>

Huawei Mate S "Force Touch" display explored: A new way to interact

Huawei Mate S "Force Touch" display explored: A new way to interact

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Huawei took to the stage at IFA 2015 to show off the new Mate S. There's a lot to this new device, but the part that's likely to draw the most attention is the pressure-sensitive display.  Firstly a little clarity: the pressure-sensitive display isn't... >>

Stunning LG "wave" double-sided OLED display leaves us speechless

Stunning LG "wave" double-sided OLED display leaves us speechless

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LG has been talking about OLED a lot recently. It's the display technology that LG sees as the most important for the future, continuing to research, develop and ultimately, release OLED products. IFA 2015 saw the launch of LG's first flat 4K OLED TV,... >>

Moto 360 Sport is an athletic lean on Moto's new smartwatch

Moto 360 Sport is an athletic lean on Moto's new smartwatch

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Amidst the announcements for Motorola's new Android Wear devices was the Moto 360 Sport. It's the athletic cousin to the two new 360 devices launched by Motorola. The big difference between this smartwatch and the others is that there is a silicone strap... >>

These LG Bean Birds are the cutest things to come out of IFA 2015

These LG Bean Birds are the cutest things to come out of IFA 2015

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IFA 2015 has been a hotbed of the latest tech launches, with plenty of big reveals, from Ultra HD Blu-ray, to a 4K smartphone, to a TV that projects images up your walls. But nothing can touch these LG Bean Birds for cuteness. The LG Bean Bird's aim in... >>

This is Samsung's Ultra HD Blu-ray Player

This is Samsung's Ultra HD Blu-ray Player

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Samsung used IFA 2015 to show-off the future for UHD home entertainment, revealing its Ultra HD Blu-ray player. Technically speaking, this is the UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player and the first player announced that will play UHD Blu-ray. Why is that... >>

Samsung drops another teaser, this time for Galaxy View

Samsung drops another teaser, this time for Galaxy View

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Samsung has just stepped off stage at IFA 2015, after introducing the new Gear S2. But just as it did at the Unpacked event for the Note 5 launch, it used the opportunity to tease a new product.  Saying it was something new, in a new category, Samsung... >>

Don't touch the watch: LG Watch Urbane Luxe glitters behind glass

Don't touch the watch: LG Watch Urbane Luxe glitters behind glass

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One of the devices we were really looking forward to getting our hands on at IFA 2015, was the LG Watch Urbane Luxe. Recently announced, this limited edition version of the Watch Urbane is rather special. It's 23-karat gold for starters, has an alligator... >>

TomTom Spark is a multisports watch with music in mind

TomTom Spark is a multisports watch with music in mind

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TomTom has announced its fourth-generation of sports watch, the TomTom Spark. TomTom's aim is to tackle the problem of what to do with your music when you're working out, so the Spark offers wireless music functions and along with full multisport capabilities.... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs Xperia Z5 vs Xperia Z5 Compact: What's the difference?

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs Xperia Z5 vs Xperia Z5 Compact: What's the difference?

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Sony has announced three new flagship handsets in the Z5 family. There's the regular Z5, but it has been joined by the predicable Z5 Compact, and the less-than-expected Xperia Z5 Premium, which brings a shine to things, literally.  It's a threesome of... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 camera: Sample images and new tech explained

Sony Xperia Z5 camera: Sample images and new tech explained

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The new Sony Z5 family might be a new generation of devices, but it's really about the camera. The switch to this new 23-megapixel camera is the first change since the introduction of Sony's 20.7-megapixel model on the Z1. The camera is probably the biggest... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact: The plucky powerhouse is back (hands-on)

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact: The plucky powerhouse is back (hands-on)

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For a number of years smartphone manufacturers have been slapping the word "mini" at the end of a handset name to denote the fact that something is smaller.  Typically it mirrors the design of a flagship, carries practically the same name, but has the... >>

Huawei promises to touch you with its latest 5.5in smartphone, the Mate S

Huawei promises to touch you with its latest 5.5in smartphone, the Mate S

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Huawei has announced the Huawei Mate S, its latest smartphone that promises to touch you. Taking to the stage at IFA 2015, Huawei used its press conference to talk about the importance of touch, saying that the "smartphone is the human extension" and... >>

Huawei Watch officially priced from €399, now available for pre-order

Huawei Watch officially priced from €399, now available for pre-order

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Huawei has taken to the stage at IFA 2015 to announce that the Huawei Watch is now officially on sale, with pre-orders opening in the US from 2 September.  The Huawei Watch, Huawei's first Android Wear smartwatch, was first introduced at MWC 2015 where... >>

Lyle & Scott unveils a contactless payment jacket in cahoots with Barclays bPay

Lyle & Scott unveils a contactless payment jacket in cahoots with Barclays bPay

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You've probably been waiting for garments to embrace the fashion for contactless payments. Or, like us, you've probably been waiting for your credit card to become a wearable. Rejoice! For that day has come with the announcement that Lyle & Scott have... >>

Nextbit Robin is a cloud-first Android smartphone that wants to ease your storage woes

Nextbit Robin is a cloud-first Android smartphone that wants to ease your storage woes

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Nextbit has announced its first smartphone, the Nextbit Robin, described as a cloud-first Android device. The Nextbit Robin wants to shake up both hardware and software, taking Android deeper into the cloud with a unique storage management approach. The... >>

How Apple HomeKit is going to homogenise smarthomes

How Apple HomeKit is going to homogenise smarthomes

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Apple HomeKit is going to hit the mainstream with the release of iOS 9 - expected on an iPhone or iPad very soon after 9 September - and it's going to turn the smarthome segment on its head. Some people may refer to connected devices, connected appliances,... >>

Ford S-Max first drive: Redefining MPVs

Ford S-Max first drive: Redefining MPVs

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Competing against the ever-popular SUV in the kids'n'dog category is the MPV. It's a much derided class of car; where SUVs have "sport" in the name - suggesting athleticism and virility - MPVs carry the stigma of being the end of the motoring line. It's... >>

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde review: Four-leaf fun
3.5 stars

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde review: Four-leaf fun

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They say that you're not a real driver until you've owned an Alfa Romeo. They also say that most of that ownership time will be spent waiting for breakdown services to arrive. With a motoring heritage as rich as that of Alfa Romeo, reputation and expectation... >>