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Acer Chromebook 15 takes Chrome OS large with 15.6-inch display

Acer Chromebook 15 takes Chrome OS large with 15.6-inch display

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Acer is pushing into larger Chromebook territory with the Chromebook 15, sporting a 15.6-inch display. Launched at CES 2015, the new Chromebook gives you 27 per cent more space to get productive over the more common 13.3-inch models. The new model will... >>

9 free Android apps you must download first

9 free Android apps you must download first

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If you're the proud owner of a brand new Android device (or just looking for inspiration), then one of the first things you'll be wanting to do is get some great apps.Although all phones will do a lot in their naked form, it's the apps that really dress... >>

Asus ZenWatch review: Adding a touch of elegance
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Asus ZenWatch review: Adding a touch of elegance

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Of all the Android Wear devices to appear in 2014, we didn't think it would be Asus that landed with the most elegant solution.That's not because Asus can't do design - just look at some of the Zenbook models - but because we expected a low price, high... >>

Gingerbread, the final frontier: This starship Enterprise model has us drooling

Gingerbread, the final frontier: This starship Enterprise model has us drooling

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Some Star Trek fans might be dismayed that the next Star Trek movie has fallen into the hands of Fast & Furious director Justin Lin, but you can take heart in this gingerbread USS Enterprise. Rather than making a gingerbread house, this USS Enterprise... >>

LG Music Flow multiroom system expands with new soundbars, portable H4 speaker

LG Music Flow multiroom system expands with new soundbars, portable H4 speaker

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LG's Music Flow system is one of the recent additions to the world of multiroom speakers, announced in August 2014. We always knew that LG would be expanding the system, and CES 2015 will see the launch of some new components. Adding to the selection... >>

Germany's top car companies don't want Google in the driving seat

Germany's top car companies don't want Google in the driving seat

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Android Auto is a focus of Google, with recent news that Android M might be a more robust Android Auto offering, designed specifically for car integration.The report from Reuters, citing unnamed sources, says that Google's plan is to step beyond integration... >>

SwiftKey's Frozen theme adds Disney magic to your keyboard, doesn't predict song lyrics

SwiftKey's Frozen theme adds Disney magic to your keyboard, doesn't predict song lyrics

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SwiftKey has added a selection of Frozen themes to its store so you can bring some Disney magic to your Android keyboard.Each of the themes cost £1.49, but that's a small price to pay to have Anna, Elsa, and the crew as your backdrop.Swiping over the... >>

BlackBerry roadmap coming at MWC 2015: Here's what it thinks will win customers back

BlackBerry roadmap coming at MWC 2015: Here's what it thinks will win customers back

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BlackBerry has launched a significant device in the BlackBerry Classic, an update to the popular Bold 9900. At the launch event, BlackBerry confirmed that it would be revealing its future roadmap at Mobile World Congress 2015, so you can expect to see... >>

BlackBerry Classic hands-on: A Bold move

BlackBerry Classic hands-on: A Bold move

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BlackBerry today officially pulled the covers off the BlackBerry Classic, a device looking to recapture the glory days of BlackBerry's past.It harks back to the very popular BlackBerry Bold with BlackBerry claiming that the Classic is a "upgrade" to the... >>

BlackBerry Classic officially launches to 'upgrade' the Bold experience

BlackBerry Classic officially launches to 'upgrade' the Bold experience

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BlackBerry has officially launched the BlackBerry Classic. Having been teased through most of 2015 - and available for pre-order for the past few weeks - the final details of this device have now been revealed.The BlackBerry Classic is a return to form... >>

Android 5.0 Lollipop review: Sweet sweet Android refinement
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Android 5.0 Lollipop review: Sweet sweet Android refinement

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Android 5.0 Lollipop made its debut on the Nexus 9, Google's new tablet, and the Nexus 6, its latest smartphone.With Android 5.0 comes a range of changes that feel like a repositioning of Android, rather than a huge bump in forward-facing features.We've... >>

Nexus 6 review: Highly accomplished, but a bit of a handful
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Nexus 6 review: Highly accomplished, but a bit of a handful

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There's a certain mystique surrounding Nexus devices, a certain je ne sais quoi that often sees the Nexus elevated to the status of the Android Supreme Being.Previous generations of Nexus smartphones and tablets have always brought bang for your buck:... >>

Should I buy a Nexus 6?

Should I buy a Nexus 6?

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Should I buy a Nexus 6? That's the question a lot of people will be asking as they try to decide where to focus their smartphone attentions for the next year.We've been living with the Nexus 6 and will shortly be publishing out full review. There may... >>

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review: Powerful, portable, pricey
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Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review: Powerful, portable, pricey

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Sony's appetite for smartphone releases isn't quite matched by its schedule for tablets, the latest of which sees Sony trying to crack the smaller tablet segment. The name Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact reminds us of slightly cumbersome German compound... >>

EE TV review: A revelation for screens big and small
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EE TV review: A revelation for screens big and small

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EE, the mobile network operator and internet provider, has always included entertainment as part of its offering, from movies to cinema tickets. With EE TV, the company makes a bigger play for home entertainment, offering a greater incentive to opt for... >>

Nexus 6 now available on O2, continuing its checkered UK launch

Nexus 6 now available on O2, continuing its checkered UK launch

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The Nexus 6 is now available from O2, continuing a rather stuttered launch in the UK.There's been no official word on when the Nexus 6 will be available directly through Google Play, with it simply listed as out of stock in the UK.We've seen Carphone... >>

Waiting for Lollipop? Here's how to give your phone an Android 5.0 makeover right now

Waiting for Lollipop? Here's how to give your phone an Android 5.0 makeover right now

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If you're waiting for Lollipop to arrive on your device, here's a really quick way to give your smartphone an Android 5.0 Lollipop makeover.Android 5.0 Lollipop is slowly making its way to smartphones the world over. If you're not the owner of a Nexus... >>

Quikkly will banish QR codes, making Facebook Likes, Twitter follows, Spotify plays more simple

Quikkly will banish QR codes, making Facebook Likes, Twitter follows, Spotify plays more simple

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The QR code thrust its way into our lives, appearing on posters, magazines, and as stickers on new products. The optical tags are everywhere, but their time is limited thanks to a much more dynamic system from Quikkly.Quikkly wants to replace the QR code... >>

Audi S1 review: Super supermini
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Audi S1 review: Super supermini

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The Audi S1 is the baby of the German manufacturer's S family of sports models, but beefed-up to make it a super supermini.It takes this small hatchback from an appealing £14,000 to eyebrow-raising £24,000 and skywards, sailing over £30k for the model... >>

Nokia Lumia 735 review: Just don't call it a selfie phone
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Nokia Lumia 735 review: Just don't call it a selfie phone

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Nokia Lumia. Say goodbye to that phrase, as this is the last Lumia device that we'll review carrying the Nokia name. With the move of Nokia Lumia devices to Microsoft Devices, the Nokia Lumia 735 the last in its line.Pitched as a selfie phone during its... >>

Apple Mac mini (Late 2014) review: Updated, if not upgraded
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Apple Mac mini (Late 2014) review: Updated, if not upgraded

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The Mac mini is perhaps the least celebrated of the Apple Mac family.The iMac cuts its desktop swathe with luscious design and, recently, that 5K resolution panel has made it the all-in-one to beat. On the portable front, the MacBook Air remains one of... >>

HTC Desire Eye review: A real eye-opener
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HTC Desire Eye review: A real eye-opener

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The HTC Desire Eye is an odd device. Its headline feature is the 13-megapixel front-facing camera, which - let's get straight to it - is a little extreme. That's paired with a dual-tone front-facing flash too, so on paper it out-specs rival handsets easily.But... >>

Nexus 6 pre-orders open at Carphone Warehouse, 1 December UK availability confirmed

Nexus 6 pre-orders open at Carphone Warehouse, 1 December UK availability confirmed

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Those jealously watching the roll-out of the Nexus 6 in the US, fear not: pre-orders are now open at Carphone Warehouse for the Android Lollipop phablet. The Nexus 6 has been widely praised in reviews across the pond, yet details about its availability... >>

Audi deploys Samsung Gear VR headsets to add virtual reality to Audi TT launch

Audi deploys Samsung Gear VR headsets to add virtual reality to Audi TT launch

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Audi has teamed up with Samsung to bring virtual reality to Audi showrooms for the launch of the new Audi TT.The new TT will be on display - and available to buy - from Saturday 15 November across the UK, and you'll be able to get a taste of the driving... >>

LG G3 S review: Moderate mid-ranger
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LG G3 S review: Moderate mid-ranger

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LG has enjoyed plenty of success with its flagship smartphones of late, and the LG G3 S wants to capitalise on this, offering a mini take on flagship design.In doing so you get a device that, like the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini or the HTC One mini 2, mimics... >>

Vote now in the ZenFone Photography Challenge and you could win a ZenFone 5!

Vote now in the ZenFone Photography Challenge and you could win a ZenFone 5!

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Pocket-lint has teamed up with the Asus and the London College of Communication for the ZenFone Photography Challenge, and we've got some handsets to give away.Over 80 students on the BA (Hon) Photography course at the London college were given the Asus... >>

Great Scott! LG confirms Android 5.0 Lollipop update for LG G3 starting this week

Great Scott! LG confirms Android 5.0 Lollipop update for LG G3 starting this week

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LG has confirmed that the LG G3 Android 5.0 Lollipop update will be starting this week, making it the fastest manufacturer to offer the update. The rollout will start in Poland.It comes as quite a surprise, as we're yet to see the global rollout of updates... >>

Pure Voca review: Boom for your buck
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Pure Voca review: Boom for your buck

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There has been a lot of action in the Bluetooth speakers market, with a recent drive towards improving performance and offering a better quality of device. There's been a veritable explosion at the top-end, with reputable audio companies embracing wireless... >>

Rockar Hyundai revolutionises car buying: Online, in-store, no car salespeople

Rockar Hyundai revolutionises car buying: Online, in-store, no car salespeople

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Hyundai wants to revolutionise the way we buy cars, with an alterative approach to the traditional car showroom and salesperson.Partnering with Rockar.com - founded by Simon Dixon of jamjar.com fame - Rockar Hyundai wants to offer a car buying experience... >>

Nexus 6 available from 1 December in UK, pre-orders from 18 November

Nexus 6 available from 1 December in UK, pre-orders from 18 November

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With a lack of concrete information about when the Nexus 6 will be available, UK-based online retailer Mobiles.co.uk has today announced the the Nexus 6 will be available from 1 December.It also goes on to confirm that it will be offering pre-orders from... >>

Nexus 9 review: The cutting edge of Android tablets
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Nexus 9 review: The cutting edge of Android tablets

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The Nexus 9 is Google's new tablet, launching with a new version of Android - Lollipop - and bringing 64-bit hardware and software with it.It pushes the aged Nexus 10 aside and also sees the departure of the Nexus 7, sitting between the two and partnering... >>

LG 55UB950V 4K TV review: webOS meets ultra-high definition
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LG 55UB950V 4K TV review: webOS meets ultra-high definition

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The LG UB950V brings a double dose of excitement, offering ultra-high definition (UHD) resolution, otherwise known as 4K, in addition to LG's webOS user interface. The large resolution is matched by large screen sizes, as the UB950V is available in 65-... >>

Arcam Solo Bar is an audiophile soundbar, fully loaded with connections (hands-on)

Arcam Solo Bar is an audiophile soundbar, fully loaded with connections (hands-on)

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Arcam has poured its audio expertise into the Solo Bar, which the Cambridge-based company is claiming to be a soundbar fit for audiophiles. It's designed not just to bring audio enhancements to your TV, but to do much of the work that an AV receiver... >>

Office for Android tablet coming November 2014, Mac early 2015, Windows late 2015

Office for Android tablet coming November 2014, Mac early 2015, Windows late 2015

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If you were wondering when you'd get your hands on the latest version of Microsoft Office, then rumours have pulled together a run of dates, across platforms. First to hit should be a fuller version of Office for Android, designed to empower tablet users,... >>

Moto X is discounted for 24 hours, get it while it's hot!

Moto X is discounted for 24 hours, get it while it's hot!

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Motorola has given the new Moto X a discount for 24 hours, so you can get it from £359.99 right now.On sale though Motorola's UK website - where you'll be able to customise your handset using Moto Maker - the base price for the phone has taken a £60... >>

Amazon.co.uk cosies up with O2 to sell you mobile contracts: We compare the deals

Amazon.co.uk cosies up with O2 to sell you mobile contracts: We compare the deals

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Amazon.co.uk will now sell you a mobile phone contract, meaning you can buy not only the hardware, but the tariff to go with it.Amazon has been selling smartphones for a long time, offering devices like the Moto G as a retail partner for Motorola before... >>

Fitbit refresh: Surge, Charge and Charge HR put more monitoring on your wrist

Fitbit refresh: Surge, Charge and Charge HR put more monitoring on your wrist

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Fitbit has announced three new devices, the Fitbit Charge, Charge HR and Surge.The Surge is the new top-of-the-line, a fully-fledged sportswatch that offers so much more than just movement tracking. It's the most sophisticated Fitbit device so far and... >>

Nexus 9 hands-on: Your next Nexus tablet

Nexus 9 hands-on: Your next Nexus tablet

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Google calls the Nexus 9 a tablet for mover and makers, perhaps an indicator that the new Nexus tablet is going to be pitched at productivity, rather than just portable entertainment.Built by HTC, the Nexus 9 breaks new ground for Android with a 4:3 aspect... >>

Android Wear state of the nation: New software, new devices

Android Wear state of the nation: New software, new devices

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Android Wear so far has been interesting, if not really raising itself to "must have" status. As we knew it would, the pace of change is rapid, with the first generation of devices now almost forgotten.There's been respectable change of step in the past... >>

HTC One (M8) for Windows review: Same genes, different DNA
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HTC One (M8) for Windows review: Same genes, different DNA

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When the HTC One (M8) for Windows was announced, there was something of a cheer. It's no secret that we think the HTC One is one of the best handsets of the year thanks in no small part to its solid design, now available to a Windows Phone 8.1 market... >>

BeoPlay A2 packs wonderful B&O sound into premium Bluetooth speaker

BeoPlay A2 packs wonderful B&O sound into premium Bluetooth speaker

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The BeoPlay A2 is Bang & Olufsen's first Bluetooth speaker, launched under the B&O Play label. It's looking to force its way into a market that's already packed with plenty of options. We caught up with B&O prior to launch to get our hands on this speaker... >>

Motorola Moto X (2014) review: An uncluttered Android marvel
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Motorola Moto X (2014) review: An uncluttered Android marvel

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The Motorola Moto X has been reformed for its second generation model, with a brand new handset for 2014. It carries the Moto X name, and offers the same customisation options that the original offered. Originally launching off the back of the "made... >>

HTC One (M8) update: Welcome to the HTC Eye Experience

HTC One (M8) update: Welcome to the HTC Eye Experience

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HTC is looking to embrace the current trend for selfies, with an update to the HTC Camera app, introducing what the company is calling the HTC Eye Experience.The update for HTC Sense 6 brings a range of new features to existing devices, debuted on the... >>

Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Fun time in phablet town

Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Fun time in phablet town

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The Apple iPhone 6 steps into phablet territory with the iPhone 6 Plus, a smartphone with a 5.5-inch display. Some suspect this is to appeal to Asian markets and it's certainly a break from iPhones of the past. When it comes to big-screen phones there... >>

'I'm sorry, I'm on the train': Railways found to be mobile blackspots

'I'm sorry, I'm on the train': Railways found to be mobile blackspots

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If you spend a lot of time on commuter trains around London, you'll know the frustrations you face when trying to use your mobile devices. Now, thanks to research by Global Wireless Solutions, we can put a figure on just how bad cellular connections are... >>

Mo Glow is the coolest part of PlayStation's Movember sponsorship

Mo Glow is the coolest part of PlayStation's Movember sponsorship

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PlayStation has announced that it's sponsoring Movember in 2014, but the thing we're really interested in is giving your DualShock 4 controller a mo makeover.Called the Mo Glow, PlayStation will be offering a limited edition vinyl to stick over the rear... >>

Apple iPad mini 3 adds Touch ID, but makes the old model more appealing (hands-on)

Apple iPad mini 3 adds Touch ID, but makes the old model more appealing (hands-on)

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The iPad mini 3 saw itself updated at Apple's special event. But where the iPad Air 2 got plenty of investigation, the "new" iPad mini 3 was skirted over rather quickly.It got itself one screen, with blink-and-you'll-miss-it coverage, before the attention... >>

iPad Air 2 vs Nexus 9: Battle of the brand new tablets

iPad Air 2 vs Nexus 9: Battle of the brand new tablets

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Two days, two new tablets. Who'd of thought that would happen? Apple has announced the new iPad Air 2 hot on the heels of Google announcing the Nexus 9, its latest pure Android device.The Nexus 9 steps into new territory for Google and Android, while... >>

Apple SIM is a pick-and-mix pre-installed SIM for the new iPad

Apple SIM is a pick-and-mix pre-installed SIM for the new iPad

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Lurking in the wireless details for the newly-announced iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 is reference to the Apple SIM, not mentioned at the announcement of Apple's new tablets.The description reads as follows:"The Apple SIM gives you the flexibility to choose... >>

Apple iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air: What's the difference?

Apple iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air: What's the difference?

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Another year means another iPad. Updating the iPad Air, launched in October 2013, comes the iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 will be sold alongside the iPad Air, so you still have the choice of both.But with your existing iPad Air already offering a great experience... >>