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HTC One E8 review
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HTC One E8 review

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The HTC One E8 is the plastic-bodied cousin of the M8; a stripped down version of the flagship device that has proven popular with both customers and critics alike. It's designed to be a cheaper handset than the M8, available online for around £330.... >>

Bowers & Wilkins reveals all the details of the Volvo XC90 sound system

Bowers & Wilkins reveals all the details of the Volvo XC90 sound system

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Volvo unveiled the new XC90 in Stockholm this week, decked out with a Bowers & Wilkins sound system, amongst a whole host of other technologies, making for an exciting SUV. B&W have fleshed out some of the details of the system. We already knew that it... >>

Huawei Ascend P7 Arsenal Edition: Hands-on the Gooner phone

Huawei Ascend P7 Arsenal Edition: Hands-on the Gooner phone

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Gooners rejoice! There's now a smartphone just for you: the Huawei Ascend P7 Arsenal Edition. We got our hands on one and thought we'd share the love. This special edition has been created as Huawei is the official global smartphone partner of Arsenal.... >>

Volvo announces brand new XC90 limited First Edition, available online only

Volvo announces brand new XC90 limited First Edition, available online only

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To celebrate the launch of the new Volvo XC90, the company has announced a limited First Edition of the new SUV that will only be available to order online. There will be 1,927 models of the new XC90, each carrying a individually numbered treadplates... >>

Volvo XC90 hands-on: The safest Volvo ever is packed full of tech treats

Volvo XC90 hands-on: The safest Volvo ever is packed full of tech treats

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"This is one of the most important days in our history. We are not just launching a car, but re-launching our brand," says Hakan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo, as the cover is drawn off the new Volvo XC90 at a media launch in Stockholm. The new... >>

Nokia Lumia 530: Bang for your Windows Phone buck (hands-on)

Nokia Lumia 530: Bang for your Windows Phone buck (hands-on)

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In many ways, it's the budget end of the smartphone rainbow where all the excitement is. The feature phone market has eaten itself, unable to fend off the march to more and more affordable smartphones. Nokia has been playing in this space for some time... >>

Apple iPhone Bank Holiday deals: iPhone 5C or iPhone 5S offers

Apple iPhone Bank Holiday deals: iPhone 5C or iPhone 5S offers

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It's a Bank Holiday weekend in the UK and that means a last minute dash to the seaside, gloomy weather and DIY. It also means you could get yourself a great deal on an iPhone 5C or iPhone 5S. We've got wind of two Bank Holiday deals if you're after a... >>

LG Music Flow: Hands-on with the most compelling Sonos rival yet

LG Music Flow: Hands-on with the most compelling Sonos rival yet

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LG has launched a comprehensive wireless multi-room audio system it is calling LG Music Flow. It is a complete system of audio devices that will rival the dominant player in this segment, Sonos. We've seen a number of launches in recent months and years... >>

Motorola Moto X+1 pictures leak, expected to launch on 4 September

Motorola Moto X+1 pictures leak, expected to launch on 4 September

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Official-looking images of the next Motorola handset have appeared online, adding substance to rumours that Motorola will be replacing the Moto X at its 4 September event.  The leaked images from frequent leaker @evleaks show a handset going under the... >>

Nokia Lumia 530 orders open: Here are the best deals

Nokia Lumia 530 orders open: Here are the best deals

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The Nokia Lumia 530 is the latest affordable Windows Phone from Nokia/Microsoft. It will be hitting the shelves on 4 September, but it's now available for order. You'll get the latest Windows Phone 8.1, including the new Cortana assistant, on a quad-core... >>

Ted Baker Rockall review
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Ted Baker Rockall review

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Ted Baker has fashionably stepped into audio, bringing with it with a range of bespoke device designs. The Rockall headphones - named after the location on The Shipping Forecast - are of the over-ear variety, designed to appeal to those with an eye (and... >>

HTC One (M8) for Windows vs Nokia Lumia 930: What's the difference?

HTC One (M8) for Windows vs Nokia Lumia 930: What's the difference?

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There's now competition in Windows Phone. Where Nokia (as it was) ruled, there's a new challenger, in the body of one of the best Android phones around. The launch of the HTC One (M8) for Windows marks the first time a flagship device has been available... >>

How HTC can shake up Windows Phone

How HTC can shake up Windows Phone

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The Windows Phone device market is dominated by one manufacturer. Until recently we called that manufacturer Nokia, now it's known as Microsoft Devices.  Windows Phone was never intended to be a single brand market: the 2010 launch of Windows Phone 7... >>

Blinkbox movies review
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Blinkbox movies review

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Many are choosing to look for streaming solutions for TV and movies rather than buying physical solutions to watch their favourites. The big names are familiar, with Netflix offering a subscription-only model where you can watch as much as you like, but... >>

Worx Landroid robot lawnmower review
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Worx Landroid robot lawnmower review

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There are some household chores that never get done. In a world where we're becoming time poor, stepping out to cut the grass might be one such chore. All is not lost, however, because there are robots that want to do it for you. The cutely named Landroid... >>

Bringing the tech to bathtime: How to make your bathroom smart

Bringing the tech to bathtime: How to make your bathroom smart

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You might think that the bathroom is the simplest room of the house. It's a place to clean, relax, and take care of life's essentials. But that doesn't mean it has to be the dumbest room in the house. Of course you probably already have app control of... >>

Oral-B Pro 6000 SmartSeries review
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Oral-B Pro 6000 SmartSeries review

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Electric toothbrushes are determined to stay at the forefront of bathroom gadgetry and the latest Oral-B model arrives with Bluetooth 4.0, ready to bring the Internet of Things (IoT) to right to your gum line. It syncs with an app to detail your oral... >>

Connected kitchens: Putting the smart into cooking

Connected kitchens: Putting the smart into cooking

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The kitchen is the heart of the home. It's where we start and finish our days and it's one of the rooms that we invest in the most - some of our most important gadgets live in the kitchen. Kitchens are designed to be functional, but that doesn't mean... >>

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review

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Samsung has not been shy of launching new tablets in recent years, with different lines, sizes and specs meaning there's a Tab for just about anyone, no matter what your predilection. The Galaxy Tab S joins the line-up in a slightly confusing position... >>

HTC One E8: First impressions of the plastic One

HTC One E8: First impressions of the plastic One

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The HTC One E8 is a plastic version of the HTC One M8 that's been widely lauded for its design. The HTC E8 has launched in China, but we've managed to get our hands on one to see what's on offer. Here are our first impressions. This handset is closely... >>

Panasonic HX-A500 action camera review
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Panasonic HX-A500 action camera review

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Panasonic is tackling the action camera and wearable trend in one go, with its HX-A500 action camera - the follow-up to 2013's HX-A100.  This time around the headline is that it's ready for the future, offering 4K video capture from the off, as well... >>

Nokia Lumia 930 available today: Here are the hottest deals

Nokia Lumia 930 available today: Here are the hottest deals

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The Nokia Lumia 930 is the best of Windows Phone, giving you the latest software, a great display and a camera that really performs. It's also on sale from today, so we've rounded up the best Nokia Lumia 930 deals so you can grab yourself a bargain.... >>

The Airbus E-Fan is the Tesla of the skies, almost

The Airbus E-Fan is the Tesla of the skies, almost

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There's something slightly eerie about watching the Airbus E-Fan slip along the runway near silence. This is an electrically-powered aircraft, so there's no roaring engine as this prototype takes to the air, just the hissing of the electric fans. It reminds... >>

Striker II: The helmet-mounted display system coming to a warplane near you

Striker II: The helmet-mounted display system coming to a warplane near you

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BAE Systems today unveiled the Striker II helmet-mounted display (HMD) system at the Farnborough International Airshow, looking to streamline the flow of information to the pilots of combat aircraft. The biggest change that Striker II brings over the... >>

LG G Watch review
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LG G Watch review

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The LG G Watch is one of the first Android Wear devices, and the most affordable at the time of writing, making it the first step in a the brave new world of Google's Android platform. Following in the footsteps of the Sony Smartwatch, various Samsung... >>