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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... >>

Samsung Galaxy S6 prices revealed, 128GB model suggested

Samsung Galaxy S6 prices revealed, 128GB model suggested

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 prices have leaked online, with reports that it will be starting at €749 (£565).Website Androidpit, citing information from a trusted source, details that the SGS6 will be coming in three storage options: 32GB, 64GB and 128GB.Until... >>

David Lloyd's Immersive Fitness studio is like a spin class through Tron

David Lloyd's Immersive Fitness studio is like a spin class through Tron

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"Are you with me!?!" shouts the instructor. We give a rasping cheer, grabbing a breather before we hit the next run of hills, riding through a landscape peppered with psychedelic geometric mountains.The road is like glass, reflecting the alternate reality... >>

Microsoft Lumia 535 review: Losing touch?
3.0 stars

Microsoft Lumia 535 review: Losing touch?

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You'll notice that there has been a change in terminology when it comes to Lumia. It's not new news, but the Lumia 535 is the first Lumia to appear with Microsoft branding rather than Nokia.Microsoft Devices' first handset is pitched at the low end. It's... >>

HTC and Android 5.0: How well has Lollipop been integrated?

HTC and Android 5.0: How well has Lollipop been integrated?

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With every iteration of Android, we're moving closer to platform perfection. That might sound like an opinion served with a healthy dollop of bias, but consider this: in 2009 we'd have baulked at native Android Eclair, but HTC made that palatable with... >>

Bose SoundLink on-ear Bluetooth headphones review: Premium performance
4.0 stars

Bose SoundLink on-ear Bluetooth headphones review: Premium performance

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Although Bluetooth isn't a new technology, there has been a renewed interest in Bluetooth devices of late, with a push towards quality that's seeing some of the more established audio brands producing a wider range of wireless audio devices than ever... >>

HTC One M8 owners in Europe will get Android 5.0 Lollipop today

HTC One M8 owners in Europe will get Android 5.0 Lollipop today

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It's Lollipop day for HTC One owners in Europe, as the roll-out of the latest software from HTC and Google starts today.Confirmed on Twitter by Jeff Gordon, senior global online communications manager at HTC, the tweet simply suggested that M8 owners... >>

Tesco sells Blinkbox Music to Australian music service Guvera

Tesco sells Blinkbox Music to Australian music service Guvera

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Blinkbox Music has been sold to Australian music service Guvera, as Tesco continues to offload its digital properties.Following the sale of Blinkbox Movies to TalkTalk, the music arm has now moved to the lesser-known Guvera. It's likely that Guvera is... >>

How the HTC One M9 can better the HTC One M8

How the HTC One M9 can better the HTC One M8

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The HTC One M8 is nearly a year old. It has been, without a doubt, one of the highlight devices of 2014. It sat at the top of our Best Smartphones chart for a healthy part of the year and has won global acclaim, picking up numerous awards.There's also... >>

WhatsApp Web brings messaging to your desktop: Here's everything you need to know

WhatsApp Web brings messaging to your desktop: Here's everything you need to know

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WhatsApp, one of the most popular mobile messaging apps, has just announced that it is also coming to your desktop, thanks to a Chrome web client.Rather than making a desktop app, WhatsApp Web is simply a web client, so everything is still managed by... >>

HTC sends out invites for MWC 2015 event, HTC One M9 expected

HTC sends out invites for MWC 2015 event, HTC One M9 expected

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HTC has invited the media to a launch event at Mobile World Congress 2015. The company's press event is being held in Barcelona on 1 March, the day before Mobile World Congress is scheduled to officially start.There's little detail to be seen in the invitation,... >>

BlackBerry Classic review: Timeless, or stuck in the past?
3.5 stars

BlackBerry Classic review: Timeless, or stuck in the past?

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For many, the BlackBerry was the first rung on the smartphone ladder. In fact, the BlackBerry was the smartphone in a sea of inconsistent feature phones; a phone doing things that no other could.But now BlackBerry is weathering the storm, having fallen... >>

Barclays banking on Code Playground and Digital Driving License to enhance our digital skills

Barclays banking on Code Playground and Digital Driving License to enhance our digital skills

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There's been a lot of talk about "coding" recently, with its addition to the national curriculum for schools from September 2014. Barclays has launched a new Code Playground, giving both customers and non-customers the chance get to grips with coding. The... >>

What is Google Cast for Audio, what speakers support it and why does it matter?

What is Google Cast for Audio, what speakers support it and why does it matter?

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Google has announced a new method for streaming audio and you'll want to pay attention: it's called Google Cast for Audio.It capitalises on the success of Chromecast and it uses the same system to let you send audio to a compatible device, like a speaker... >>

Future car tech: Sci-fi cars are closer than you think

Future car tech: Sci-fi cars are closer than you think

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Cars have been featured at consumer electronic shows with increasing frequency in recent years, causing some to comment that those shows are becoming car shows. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, it's the motor car that's becoming gadgetised.... >>

LG SoundPlate 540 review: Super connected speaker base
4.0 stars

LG SoundPlate 540 review: Super connected speaker base

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The speaker base, which acts like a flattened speaker bar, has been something of an emerging trend in recent years, offering a way to boost your TV's speakers without resorting to a full-blown speaker system.The LG SoundPlate 540 mixes things up, crossing... >>

Sports and fitness wearables to look forward to in 2015

Sports and fitness wearables to look forward to in 2015

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Sports and fitness is firmly on the wearable agenda, with plenty of new innovative devices launching over the past year. Well, 2015 has a lot in store for those wanting to track, trace and monitor their fitness.From smarter headphones, to smart fabrics,... >>

What the world needs now is a selfie flash, and Lenovo made one (hands-on)

What the world needs now is a selfie flash, and Lenovo made one (hands-on)

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Lenovo has only gone and released a selfie flash. It's called the Lenovo Vibe Xtension Selfie Flash and it's just been announced at CES 2015.For those fashionistas out there you'll be glad to discover it's a ring flash, so if your selfie isn't completely... >>

Dramatic Apple MacBook Air 12-inch redesign rumoured

Dramatic Apple MacBook Air 12-inch redesign rumoured

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Apple's next MacBook Air could see a dramatic redesign with a new 12-inch model becoming the lightest and most portable MacBook Air yet.Revealed by 9to5Mac, who has reportedly garnered the information from sources within Apple who have been using the... >>

HTC and Under Armour partner on integrated sports devices

HTC and Under Armour partner on integrated sports devices

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Under Armour today announced a new fitness app, UA Record, and HTC has announced it has formed a strategic partnership with Under Armour to develop products that integrate directly with the sports platform.It's been a busy day at CES 2015, with Under... >>

Philips Spotify Multiroom Adapter will let you turn your existing speakers into Spotify Connect speakers

Philips Spotify Multiroom Adapter will let you turn your existing speakers into Spotify Connect speakers

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Philips announced its dedicated Spotify Connect speakers at the beginning of December 2014, but there's a new addition to the set, the Spotify Multiroom Adapter SW100M. The adapter can be connected to existing speakers you have using analog (RCA) or... >>

Panasonic's 2015 4K TVs are Firefox OS powered: CX850 is the new flagship

Panasonic's 2015 4K TVs are Firefox OS powered: CX850 is the new flagship

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Panasonic has unveiled its 2015 range of top-flight televisions and they will be powered by Firefox OS.Revealed on the opening day of CES 2015 in Las Vegas, Panasonic's new line of 2015 TVs includes the CX850, CX800, CX650 and CX600 series, all featuring... >>

Lenovo smartphones go 64-bit: Lenovo P90 on Intel Atom, Vibe X2 Pro on Qualcomm Snapdragon

Lenovo smartphones go 64-bit: Lenovo P90 on Intel Atom, Vibe X2 Pro on Qualcomm Snapdragon

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Lenovo has embraced 64-bit with a pair of smartphones sitting on Intel and Qualcomm hardware.The Lenovo P90 is the Intel Atom device with a 1.83GHz quad-core Z3560 processor, 2GB of RAM and an LTE Advanced modem. It comes with a large 5.5-inch display... >>

Asus Transformer Book Chi goes to war against the MacBook Air

Asus Transformer Book Chi goes to war against the MacBook Air

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"Our Chi is thinner than Air," said Jonney Shih, CEO of Asus as the Transformer Book Chi was announced at CES 2015.If the name sounds familiar, that's because it was unveiled at Computex in June 2014, but now it seems there's a full family of Transformer... >>

Nest announces more third-party support as Works with Nest smarthome land grab continues

Nest announces more third-party support as Works with Nest smarthome land grab continues

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Nest has announced a new run of partners at CES 2015 that are all part of its Works with Nest programme.If you thought that Nest was just a smart heating controller you'd be wrong, as Works with Nest is designed to put the smart into your smarthome. Works... >>

Fenix 3 adds colour to your training, Garmin Epix is a wrist navigator

Fenix 3 adds colour to your training, Garmin Epix is a wrist navigator

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Garmin has made a range of updates to its wearables at CES 2015. There's an update to the Fenix training watch, now in its third generation, as well as a new product, the Epix. The Fenix 3 is designed to appeal to the adventurer within you, with a design... >>

Garmin Vivoactive is a proper smartwatch for fitness fans

Garmin Vivoactive is a proper smartwatch for fitness fans

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Garmin had devices adorning the wrists of athletes long before anyone had conceived the term "wearables". One of the big names in sport watches, Garmin has announced three additions to its range at CES 2015.Most interesting is the Vivoactive which sees... >>

Tonino Lamborghini Quantum HL-01 review: Raging bull
4.0 stars

Tonino Lamborghini Quantum HL-01 review: Raging bull

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Tonino Lamborghini isn't a name in audio that you'll recognise. In fact, you'll probably need a little schooling to learn that this isn't Automobili Lamborghini, the car company. It is the same family, however, with the founder (Tonino himself) devoting... >>

Asus teases next-gen ZenFone 2, taps out optical zoom hint

Asus teases next-gen ZenFone 2, taps out optical zoom hint

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Asus has released a couple of teaser videos for its forthcoming ZenFone 2, which will be announced at CES 2015. The company previously confirmed it would be launching new handsets at the Las Vegas tradeshow.The ZenFone was originally announced in 2014,... >>

Polar A300 blends fitness band appeal with sports watch functionality

Polar A300 blends fitness band appeal with sports watch functionality

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Polar has announced the A300, which it describes as a fitness and activity monitor, sitting between the Polar Loop and its more advanced sports watches.So on one hand the A300 will track your steps and alert you if you've been inactive for too long like... >>

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
4.0 stars

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... >>