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Motorola Moto X Play review: Big-battery beauty
4.5 stars

Motorola Moto X Play review: Big-battery beauty

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Motorola has doubled-up its Moto X devices in 2015, offering two different models in this popular family. The Moto X Style is the larger model with more advanced specs, with the Moto X Play (reviewed here) the more natural replacement for the previous... >>

Acer outs updated Aspire R 14, portable Aspire Z3-700 all-in-one as Windows 10 slew continues

Acer outs updated Aspire R 14, portable Aspire Z3-700 all-in-one as Windows 10 slew continues

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With Microsoft announcing its own hardware for Windows 10 recently, the roadshow continues, bringing more devices from more manufacturers. Now is the turn of Acer. Acer has previously shown a number of devices destined for Windows 10, including its smartphone,... >>

DJI Osmo: Say goodbye to shaky 4K video (hands-on)

DJI Osmo: Say goodbye to shaky 4K video (hands-on)

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Best known for its drones, DJI took to the stage at the launch of the new Osmo and talked about itself as a camera company. The real aim of DJI's efforts is to remove the barriers to capturing the action, letting you get the camera to wherever it is needed.... >>

Castrol Nexcel gives you a 90 second engine oil change, debuts on Aston Martin Vulcan

Castrol Nexcel gives you a 90 second engine oil change, debuts on Aston Martin Vulcan

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Castrol has announced what it's calling "a leap in liquid engineering" looking to revolutionise engine oil with the Nexcel system.  Nexcel is a system based around an oil cell, a sealed unit that contains both the engine oil and oil filter, designed... >>

Humax unveils the first Freeview Play set-top box

Humax unveils the first Freeview Play set-top box

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Freeview Play is the next big thing coming to your television. The new service from Freeview aims to offer connected services on a par with YouView, Sky and Virgin Media, giving you access to catch-up services such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, All 4 and... >>

Chromecast Audio review: Simply connect your disconnected speakers
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Chromecast Audio review: Simply connect your disconnected speakers

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Google's Chromecast, launched in 2014, grasped home cinema by the lapels and shook it firmly. The convoluted path to a connected TV experience was firmly diverted into modern streaming ease and at a price that was almost rude. Jump forward to the present... >>

Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL confirmed: What's the story?

Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL confirmed: What's the story?

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Microsoft has taken to the stage at its October 2015 event in New York City, to confirm the launch of the Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL.These two new handsets have been designed to offer a flagship experience for Windows 10 for Mobile, launched... >>

What is Google's Now on Tap and how does it work?

What is Google's Now on Tap and how does it work?

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow brings a number of changes to your Android phone, but Now on Tap is the biggest individual new feature.  First demoed at Google I/O, the idea is to extend the reach of Google across your device, making it easier and faster to... >>

LG V10 vs LG G4: What's the difference?

LG V10 vs LG G4: What's the difference?

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LG has announced the LG V10, a new handset that's the first in a new V line of handsets, a new family. We'd all got accustomed to the G series being the flagship, but it looks like LG is stepping up a notch, moving away from the trend to push the mid-range,... >>

LG Watch Urbane 2 vs LG Watch Urbane: What's the difference?

LG Watch Urbane 2 vs LG Watch Urbane: What's the difference?

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The Watch Urbane 2, or second edition, has just been announced by LG, bringing the very latest features to its line-up of smartwatches and expanding the offering of Android Wear. Its namesake the LG Watch Urbane was introduced at Mobile World Congress... >>

Nexus 6P official: Release date, price and specs

Nexus 6P official: Release date, price and specs

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Google has officially announced the Nexus 6P as a 5.7-inch smartphone made by Huawei during its launch event in San Francisco. It's pretty much identical to the many leaks and rumours we've seen and heard in the last few months, with a better camera,... >>

Welcome to the EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2015!

Welcome to the EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2015!

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The Pocket-lint Gadget Awards are now in their 12th year, coming together annually to celebrate everything great about gadgets and tech. This year, we're partnering with superfast EE to bring you the EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards. As 2015 nears its end,... >>

BlackBerry CEO John Chen officially confirms Priv Android handset

BlackBerry CEO John Chen officially confirms Priv Android handset

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BlackBerry has officially confirmed the launch of the BlackBerry Priv, the rumoured Android slider that's been doing the rounds under the codename BlackBerry Venice. Although there's been no official press release, specs or supporting images, John Chen,... >>

Huawei Mate S review: Yes mate!
4.5 stars

Huawei Mate S review: Yes mate!

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Over the past year we've seen the rising tide of Chinese smartphones. As established companies like HTC and Sony Mobile have reported some difficulties, the likes of OnePlus and Xiaomi have stolen headlines. Huawei has long been saying it has ambitions... >>

Huge Nexus 6P photo leak reveals design, confirms rumours

Huge Nexus 6P photo leak reveals design, confirms rumours

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As we approach the Nexus 6P release date of 29 September, we've seen more and more of the next Nexus device. But this is probably the biggest leak yet when it comes to design. Courtesy of Android Police we have what appears to be a product shot for the... >>

Watch complications: What is Apple talking about?

Watch complications: What is Apple talking about?

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Over the past year, the world of tech that we inhabit has been exposed to a new vernacular. As companies diversify product offerings, we've seen new terms appear, crawling out of presentations and press releases, with little thought as to whether they're... >>

Amazon Fire HD 8 vs Fire HD 10 vs Fire: Which tablet should you choose?

Amazon Fire HD 8 vs Fire HD 10 vs Fire: Which tablet should you choose?

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Amazon has updated its family of Fire tablets, bringing refreshes at a number of sizes and prices, meaning there's something for everyone. There's a lot that these tablets all have in common, not least being deeply integrated with Amazon's entertainment... >>

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
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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... >>