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Nexus 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Battle of the big phones

Nexus 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Battle of the big phones

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Google has announced the Nexus 6, rocking a 5.96-inch display and the latest that Android has to offer.It was only last month that Apple announced its huge phone, the iPhone 6 Plus. These two titans go head to head, but which will be knocked for six? Design... >>

Five things you didn't know about the Nexus 6

Five things you didn't know about the Nexus 6

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Google has just announced the Nexus 6, but didn't embellish too many of the details as it did so.It's a huge phone with a 5.96-inch display and running the very latest Android 5.0 Lollipop software.That much we got, but there's more to Android's new purist... >>

Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 officially announced, debuts Android 5.0 Lollipop

Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 officially announced, debuts Android 5.0 Lollipop

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Google has officially announced the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, the latest in the line of pure Google devices. Announced without fanfare via a post on the company's blog, the new devices bring with them a new version of Android, known as Android 5.0 Lollipop.The... >>

Sony Xperia Z3 review: Third time's a charm
5.0 stars

Sony Xperia Z3 review: Third time's a charm

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Sony has revised and updated its flagship smartphone more times than any rival in recent years, with the Xperia Z3 model arriving just six months after the previous Z2 hit the shelves.The Sony Xperia Z3 sticks very much to the lines laid by its predecessors,... >>

Inaugural Golden Brickies celebrates Star Wars Lego in perfect fan style

Inaugural Golden Brickies celebrates Star Wars Lego in perfect fan style

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The Golden Brickies took place over this weekend with a red carpet event at Legoland Windsor, looking to celebrate the clash of cultural titans Lego and Star Wars.With Warwick Davis in attendance - who played the Ewok Wicket in Return of the Jedi - Lego... >>

Kia Soul Mixx review
4.0 stars

Kia Soul Mixx review

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The Kia Soul sits in the increasingly popular crossover segment of the market, taking something that's essentially a hatchback and giving it characteristics closer to that of an SUV.It's the follow-up to the 2008 original, now based on the Kia C'eed chassis,... >>

These accessories reveal the Re camera lifestyle HTC wants you to have

These accessories reveal the Re camera lifestyle HTC wants you to have

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HTC unveiled a camera at the Double Exposure event in New York. A camera, it says, that rethinks things.Called Re, this connected, highly portable, device will be a companion to your smartphone, looking to capture your life in pictures and video unobtrusively. Jason... >>

HTC Desire Eye preview: A phone that wants to redefine the selfie (hands-on)

HTC Desire Eye preview: A phone that wants to redefine the selfie (hands-on)

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HTC has grabbed selfies by the proverbial with the launch of the HTC Desire Eye. The new handset hits the headlines by offering a front-facing 13-megapixel camera with dual LED flash.This cyclops phone may be a knee-jerk reaction to the latest social... >>

HTC Re camera: Previewing the new connected camera

HTC Re camera: Previewing the new connected camera

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HTC has announced the Re camera at its Double Exposure event in New York, expanding its offering beyond the smartphones the company is known for.It's a standalone camera, although you need your Android or iOS device running the Re app to get to the full... >>

HTC unveils the HTC Desire Eye with 13MP selfie camera and Re camera

HTC unveils the HTC Desire Eye with 13MP selfie camera and Re camera

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HTC has taken to the stage in New York at its anticipated Double Exposure event, unveiling new hardware and software that confirms that HTC is still serious about imaging.Jumping wholeheartedly onto the selfie bandwagon, the HTC Desire Eye is the latest... >>

Tesco Hudl vs Tesco Hudl 2: What's the difference?

Tesco Hudl vs Tesco Hudl 2: What's the difference?

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The Tesco Hudl has been a surprise hit, selling 750,000 units, and offering a tablet experience at prices that are difficult to beat. But now there's a new Hudl in town, the aptly named Tesco Hudl 2. It offers the same proposition: an affordable tablet,... >>

Subaru WRX STI first drive: More fun than you can shake a gearstick at

Subaru WRX STI first drive: More fun than you can shake a gearstick at

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Subaru is the first to admit that it's something of a niche brand. Best known in the UK for rally success and resultant gold-wheeled Impreza tearing around our roads, recent years have been slightly chequered for the Japanese company.Having enjoyed the... >>

The Jarre AeroBull is the weirdest speaker we've ever seen, after the AeroSkull (hands-on)

The Jarre AeroBull is the weirdest speaker we've ever seen, after the AeroSkull (hands-on)

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If you're looking an iPhone dock or Bluetooth speaker that's a little different, then Jarre Technologies might have the answer. That perhaps shouldn't come as a surprise, given that it comes from the mind of Jean Michel Jarre, no stranger to the obscure.When... >>

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review
5.0 stars

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review

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Finding a compact phone with flagship specs is something of a rarity these days, with many manufacturers delivering smaller-screen devices in the mid-range instead. Not so the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, a device powerful enough to stand up to its larger-screen... >>

Porsche Design P'9983: The £1400 BlackBerry for power professionals (hands-on)

Porsche Design P'9983: The £1400 BlackBerry for power professionals (hands-on)

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Porsche Design made its first smartphone in 2007, before partnering with BlackBerry (then RIM) in 2011 on the P'9981. Jump to the present day and we have the Porsche Design P'9983, which is based on the BlackBerry Q10.In the words of BlackBerry and Porsche... >>

Just how popular are the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus?

Just how popular are the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus?

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Apple has declared its first weekend sales for the new iPhone models, showing not only how popular the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are, but how the appetite for the iPhone has grown over the last 7 years. With 10 million new iPhones sold after the first weekend... >>

OneDrive offering 30GB free cloud storage for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone

OneDrive offering 30GB free cloud storage for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone

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Microsoft is offering 30GB of OneDrive space for free, as it makes a major play to snap up those storing photos in the cloud.Pitching the limited offer directly at iPhone owners, Microsoft says on the OneDrive blog: "For those getting ready to install... >>

Motorola Moto 360 review
3.5 stars

Motorola Moto 360 review

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When Android Wear - Google's operating system for wearables - was announced, three devices lined up for scrutiny: the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live and the Moto 360. Of the three, the Moto 360 was heralded as the best of the bunch, the apple of Android... >>

Nokia Lumia 530 review
3.5 stars

Nokia Lumia 530 review

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The Nokia Lumia 530 is the latest Windows Phone device tasked with blazing a path into your pocket without costing a bomb. Its goal, quite simply, is to bring the advantages of modern devices to more people. It replaces the earlier Lumia 520, a model... >>

iOS 8 is now available, update your iPhone 5S and iPad now

iOS 8 is now available, update your iPhone 5S and iPad now

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Apple has confirmed that iOS 8 is now available to download, meaning that you'll be able to update your iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPad Air and iPad mini from today. In fact, you will also be able to download it for Phone 4S, iPhone 5, fifth-generation iPod... >>

Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: Where can I get it?

Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: Where can I get it?

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Apple has launched two new iPhone models, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Pre-orders opened from 12 September, available in store from 19 September.The iPhone 6 offers a 4.7-inch display and the iPhone 6 Plus 5.5-inches, meaning Apple now has a phablet.... >>

Apple iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: What's the difference?

Apple iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: What's the difference?

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Apple announced not one, but two new models of iPhone at its Cupertino special event and now they are about to hit the shops. But this isn't repeating the act of the iPhone 5S and 5C, this time we have the iPhone 6 (review) and the iPhone 6 Plus (review),... >>

Moto Maker is now live in the UK: Design your custom Moto X (2014) today

Moto Maker is now live in the UK: Design your custom Moto X (2014) today

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We reported just yesterday that Motorola's UK website is now offering direct sales of Motorola's devices. Now Moto Maker has opened up through the same website.This means that you can settle down and design your second-gen Moto X today. Just head over... >>

Panasonic Lumix CM1 packs a 1-inch camera sensor, is also a phone

Panasonic Lumix CM1 packs a 1-inch camera sensor, is also a phone

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Panasonic today took to the stage at Photokina 2014 and surprised many by introducing a new smartphone, the Lumix CM1.Be careful not to confuse your Lumix with your Lumia here, as Panasonic has put a 1-inch sensor into this phone. That's the sort of size... >>

Bose SoundLink adds Color Bluetooth speaker and on-ear Bluetooth headphones

Bose SoundLink adds Color Bluetooth speaker and on-ear Bluetooth headphones

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Bose has announced two new wireless products in its SoundLink series: the Color Bluetooth speaker and on-ear Bluetooth headphones.The new SoundLink Color is the most affordable Bose Bluetooth speaker yet, designed to let you take your tunes with you on... >>

Microsoft is buying Minecraft developer Mojang for $2.5 billion

Microsoft is buying Minecraft developer Mojang for $2.5 billion

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Microsoft and Mojang have come forward to confirm that Microsoft is acquiring Mojang and the Minecraft franchise for $2.5 billion.Mojang took to its official blog to confirm the news, but wants to set the Minecraft community at ease, saying it will be... >>

Hello UK: You can now buy Motorola devices direct from Motorola.co.uk

Hello UK: You can now buy Motorola devices direct from Motorola.co.uk

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Motorola's UK website will now let you purchase phones and accessories directly, making it the first port of call for all things Motorola.Opening at 7am on Monday, the new website will let you buy the latest devices direct from Motorola's own stock in... >>

Phones 4u confirms iPhone 6 pre-orders will be cancelled

Phones 4u confirms iPhone 6 pre-orders will be cancelled

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Phones 4u entered administration on Sunday evening, leaving many wondering what the situation would be regarding iPhone 6 pre-orders placed through the company.iPhone 6 orders opened on Friday 12 September, but just two days later Phones 4u went into... >>

Can Tag Heuer bring us a smartwatch we actually want to wear?

Can Tag Heuer bring us a smartwatch we actually want to wear?

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Tag Heuer has expressed its interest in launching its own smartwatch, which could bring about the clash of the old world and the new, and result in a smartwatch you'd actually want. Talking to Swiss newspaper NZZ am Sonntag, Jean-Claude Biver, head of... >>

Google unveils Android One $105 smartphones in India

Google unveils Android One $105 smartphones in India

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Google has officially launched the Android One platform in India, looking to expand its reach with more affordable devices in emerging markets.Targeting India for the launch - which already has a huge smartphone user base - the phones will come from companies... >>

Canon and Stella McCartney team up on £1200 limited edition Linda camera bag

Canon and Stella McCartney team up on £1200 limited edition Linda camera bag

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Canon and Stella McCartney have teamed up to create a limited edition camera bag called Linda, named after Stella's mother. The bag has been designed to bring a little chic to carrying your camera and in the case of the Linda bag, stays true to its namesakes... >>

New Virgin Media TiVo interface update revealed, coming October

New Virgin Media TiVo interface update revealed, coming October

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Virgin Media has a new user interface coming for its TiVo set-top box, and the first customers will see it next week.There has been a shift in design to reflect the change in Virgin Media's branding, but importantly the new interface moves to HTML5. That... >>

This is what GTA5 on the PS4/Xbox One looks like, coming 18 November

This is what GTA5 on the PS4/Xbox One looks like, coming 18 November

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If you've been sitting looking at your decaying Xbox 360 and wondering when you'll finally be able to play Grand Theft Auto 5 on your next-gen console, then wonder no more.Rockstar has announced that GTA5 will be landing on both the PS4 and Xbox One on... >>

HTC to launch rugged camera accessory at October event?

HTC to launch rugged camera accessory at October event?

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HTC could be preparing to launch a camera accessory for smartphones to be revealed at an event in early October, new information has revealed.The details that from Tim Culpan, a Taipai-based tech journalist for Bloomberg, don't reveal much, but talk of... >>

Ricoh G800 is resistant to chemicals, dust, impact and water

Ricoh G800 is resistant to chemicals, dust, impact and water

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Ricoh has announced the G800, a camera designed for working in tough conditions, thanks to its military spec protection. The Ricoh G800 is the successor to 2010's G700 and offers protection from the usual water, dust and impact damage that a tough camera... >>

Vodafone launches HD Voice across UK network, 4 years after Orange

Vodafone launches HD Voice across UK network, 4 years after Orange

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Vodafone has announced that customers in the UK will now enjoy the benefits of HD Voice when making calls between compatible handsets on the Vodafone 3G network.HD Voice is designed to enhance conversations you make on the mobile network, so that people... >>

Weight Watchers now plays nice with Fitbit and Jawbone

Weight Watchers now plays nice with Fitbit and Jawbone

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Weight Watchers has announced that it is welcoming popular fitness trackers to its world, starting with Jawbone and Fitbit.Weight Watchers says there will be a seamless integration of the data gathered by your activity tracker, that can then be added into... >>

Why the Apple iPhone 6 Plus might lack "common sense"

Why the Apple iPhone 6 Plus might lack "common sense"

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There's nothing quite like an Apple iPhone launch. Each is distinct and memorable and the iPhone 6 launch was no different.But watching the launch of the new iPhone, the thing we remember the most is Phil Schiller, SVP of marketing at Apple, justifying... >>

Now is the perfect time to launch iWatch, because Android Wear just became 'meh'

Now is the perfect time to launch iWatch, because Android Wear just became 'meh'

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With IFA 2014 under our belts and on the eve of the big Apple reveal on 9 September, wearables are pulled sharply into focus.Rumours are pointing to Apple launching the iWatch. Long rumoured, but so far absent from the agenda. With 2014 being so heavily... >>

Nokia Lumia 930 vs Lumia 830: What's the difference?

Nokia Lumia 930 vs Lumia 830: What's the difference?

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Microsoft announced a new flagship today at IFA 2014 in Berlin, the Nokia Lumia 830.But wait - isn't the Lumia 930 the flagship handset? These two phones look almost the same! What's going on here? We hear you, and to cut through the flagship conundrum,... >>

Nokia Lumia 830 vs Lumia 735: Two new Lumia, but what's the difference?

Nokia Lumia 830 vs Lumia 735: Two new Lumia, but what's the difference?

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Microsoft Devices, formerly known as Nokia, has introduced two new handsets, the Lumia 830 and the Lumia 735. There's a Lumia 730, the same device as the 735, which is 3G dual SIM.First a word on naming: Microsoft Devices is slowly moving away from Nokia... >>

Huawei Ascend Y550 wants to bring 4G to all; Ascend G620S is a 5-incher on a budget

Huawei Ascend Y550 wants to bring 4G to all; Ascend G620S is a 5-incher on a budget

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Huawei has launched a number of new smartphones at IFA 2014 in Berlin, looking to those who want the latest smartphones features, but might not have the cash. First up is the Huawei Ascend Y550. Huawei are saying that this phone is designed to make 4G... >>

Huawei Ascend G7 brings a full metal body to the Android phablet party

Huawei Ascend G7 brings a full metal body to the Android phablet party

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Huawei wants to take HTC's crown with the launch of a metal-bodied device of its own. The Huawei Ascend G7 was announced today at IFA 2014. The Ascend G7 is a 5.5-inch smartphone with a body that's mostly metal, with only a couple of plastic sections... >>

Huawei Ascend Mate 7: Fingerprint scanning phablet is super thin, super fast

Huawei Ascend Mate 7: Fingerprint scanning phablet is super thin, super fast

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Huawei is taking on the HTC One max with the Huawei Ascend Mate 7, announced today at IFA 2014.The new phablet follows HTC in one major regard with the inclusion of a fingerprint scanner on the rear of the device.The 6-inch handset comes with a 1920 x... >>

Huawei Ascend Y550 hands-on: The 4G phone for all

Huawei Ascend Y550 hands-on: The 4G phone for all

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Huawei has announced the Ascend Y550, a new budget device that it hopes will make it easier for everyone to get on to 4G.The budget end of the smartphone ladder has been really interesting of late: devices like the Moto E and Moto G have really impressed,... >>

Huawei Ascend G620S hands-on: 5-inches of SGS5-alike on a budget

Huawei Ascend G620S hands-on: 5-inches of SGS5-alike on a budget

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Among the updates launched by Huawei at IFA 2014 is the Ascend G620S and we can't help thinking it's sought some inspiration from the Samsung Galaxy handsets. From the front - especially in white - the Ascend G620S looks like a Galaxy device. The chromed... >>

Huawei Ascend G7 hands-on: Full metal jacket

Huawei Ascend G7 hands-on: Full metal jacket

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Huawei has announced the Ascend G7, a new smartphone with a metal body, looking to bring some of that HTC One love to those on a budget.The handset has a metal body that's punctuated by two plastic segments in the rear, top and bottom. It reminds us of... >>

Microsoft challenges Samsung and Apple, trash talks iPhone camera

Microsoft challenges Samsung and Apple, trash talks iPhone camera

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Microsoft today pinned a target on Samsung and Apple, challenging its rivals to make great innovation affordable.Talking at its press conference at IFA 2014, where Microsoft announced the Lumia 830 and Lumia 730 models, the company didn't miss an opportunity... >>

HTC Desire 820 flies the flag for the mid-range, prepares for 64-bit Android L

HTC Desire 820 flies the flag for the mid-range, prepares for 64-bit Android L

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You might not know it, but the HTC Desire 816 has been very well received in Asia. Updating the mid-range wonder is the newly-announced HTC Desire 820, introduced at IFA 2014 today.The HTC Desire 820 offers a large 5.5-inch 1280 x 720 display, BoomSound... >>

Once again: What are Sony's lens-style cameras?

Once again: What are Sony's lens-style cameras?

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At IFA 2013, Sony launched the lens-style camera, a quirky photography device that's incredibly forward-looking.The lens-style camera makes perfect sense if you think about it. In the pursuit of portability, it makes sense to strip the camera down to... >>