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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? ... >>

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... >>

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.... >>

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... >>

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. ... >>

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.... >>

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... >>

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... >>

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... >>