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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... >>

Sony Xperia Z3 flagship slims down but still packs plenty of power

Sony Xperia Z3 flagship slims down but still packs plenty of power

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Sony has launched the Sony Xperia Z3 at IFA 2014 in Berlin.Updating its flagship device for the second time this year, the new Sony Xperia Z3 pulls the Z3 Compact and Z3 Compact Tablet in behind it, as Sony looks to make its Xperia family more cohesive.This... >>

Sony announces QX1 and QX30 lens-style cameras, updates PlayMemories Mobile

Sony announces QX1 and QX30 lens-style cameras, updates PlayMemories Mobile

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Sony has announced two new updates to its lens-style cameras at IFA 2014 with the QX1 and QX30. Sony's lens-style cameras connect to your smartphone with the aim of giving you proper optics as well as a higher quality sensor so you can take better... >>

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: Pocketable powerhouse announced

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: Pocketable powerhouse announced

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The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact could be the pocketable smartphone you've all been waiting for. Launched today at IFA 2014, the Z3 Compact brings you the power of the flagship Z3, but with a 4.6-inch display.That smaller display means a device that fits more... >>

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact: It may be a mouthful, but it won't be a handful

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact: It may be a mouthful, but it won't be a handful

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Taking the award for the most convoluted name is the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, announced today at IFA 2014.Joining the new flagship Xperia Z3 and smaller sidekick the Xperia Z3 Compact is Sony's take on the 8-inch tablet.Smaller format tablets have... >>

Sony Xperia E3 launched for those looking to go Sony on a budget

Sony Xperia E3 launched for those looking to go Sony on a budget

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The Sony Xperia E3 promises the Xperia experience on a budget.Announced at IFA 2014, the new Xperia E3 offers a design similar to the flagship Xperia Z3 devices, but with specs to hit a cheaper price point. There's a 4.5-inch display on the front with... >>

Sony joins Android Wear with SmartWatch 3

Sony joins Android Wear with SmartWatch 3

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Sony has announced its latest wearable device with the launch of the SmartWatch 3, at IFA 2014.In doing so, the company jumps onto the Android Wear bandwagon, following the leads of rivals Samsung and LG.The Sony SmartWatch 3 has a new design, looking... >>

Sony SmartBand Talk wearable lets you make calls, has e-paper display

Sony SmartBand Talk wearable lets you make calls, has e-paper display

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The Sony SmartBand Talk expands Sony's wearable offering, extending the range of possibilities you'll get from a wristband.Announced at IFA 2014, the SmartBand Talk, as the name suggests, has a microphone and speaker, so will let you take calls on the... >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 announced at Unpacked 2014 Episode 2

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 announced at Unpacked 2014 Episode 2

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Samsung has announced the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 at the Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 event at IFA 2014 in Berlin.The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 follows the design style of the Note 3, but it retains the soft-touch faux leather back. There's a metal frame.On the... >>

Garmin Nuvi Advanced Series is Foursquare-equipped in sizes up to 7 inches

Garmin Nuvi Advanced Series is Foursquare-equipped in sizes up to 7 inches

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Garmin has announced an updated satnav, now integrating Foursquare venues.The new Garmin Nuvi advanced series will come in 5, 6 and a whopping 7 inches, with the aim of guiding you not just along the roads, but all the way to your final destination.Foursquare... >>

Samsung Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 live: Watch it here

Samsung Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 live: Watch it here

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Samsung Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 will see the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, we suspect, on the eve of IFA 2014 in Berlin.The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 launch is expected to be one of the biggest events of IFA 2014 and you can watch the action right... >>

Toshiba Encore Mini packs Windows 8.1 into a 7-inch tablet

Toshiba Encore Mini packs Windows 8.1 into a 7-inch tablet

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Taking Windows 8.1 with Bing to the small scale, Toshiba has announced the Toshiba Encore Mini at IFA 2014. Looking to challenge Android in the 7-inch tablet stakes, the Encore Mini is powered by an Intel Atom Z3745 processor with 1GB of RAM, designed... >>

Elgato embraces Apple HomeKit with Avea smart lighting and Eve home monitoring

Elgato embraces Apple HomeKit with Avea smart lighting and Eve home monitoring

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Elgato has announced a couple of new smart home products that will embrace Apple's new HomeKit platform.The Elgato Avea smart lighting system will challenge the likes of Philips Hue, with its smart LED bulb.Compatible with iOS, the £39.99 Avea bulb won't... >>

Logitech Bluetooth keyboard dock lets you easily switch from tablet, to smartphone to PC

Logitech Bluetooth keyboard dock lets you easily switch from tablet, to smartphone to PC

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Logitech has announced a new Bluetooth keyboard dock designed to support users of multiple devices.The Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 allows you to connect up to three devices via Bluetooth and lets you switch between them using a dial.The... >>

Lenovo's first Intel-powered Android tablet is the Tab S8

Lenovo's first Intel-powered Android tablet is the Tab S8

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Lenovo has launched the Lenovo Tab S8, its first Intel-based Android tablet. Launched at IFA 2014, the new tablet takes the small form factor, with an 8-inch display. The display has a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution, fairly average for this size of device,... >>

Toshiba Canvio AeroMobile wireless SSD is the cloud in your pocket

Toshiba Canvio AeroMobile wireless SSD is the cloud in your pocket

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Toshiba has announced the Canvio AeroMobile wireless SSD, an external drive that will allow you to wirelessly store your content locally. Bringing the advantage of SSD - it will be nice and quiet, better protected from drops, as well as power efficient... >>

LG G3 review
5.0 stars

LG G3 review

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The LG G3 follows hot on the heels of the acclaimed LG G2, a device that really pulled LG back into focus at the top-end of Android smartphones. The G2 set the bar high, a tough act to follow, especially having been on the market for less than a year... >>

EE revises pay as you go options, 4G starting from £1 a week

EE revises pay as you go options, 4G starting from £1 a week

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EE has revised its pay as you go offering, introducing a new headline-grabbing £1 a week option.You'll get access to EE's 4G network on all the new PAYG packs, which have been designed to let customers get the access to the services they most commonly... >>

LightwaveRF smart thermostatic radiator valves give you individual room temperature controls

LightwaveRF smart thermostatic radiator valves give you individual room temperature controls

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LightwaveRF has announced a smart thermostatic radiator valve (TRV) that will allow you to get precise control over each radiator in your house, saving money and avoiding wasted energy.The new TRVs will work with LightwaveRF's Boiler Switch and Home Thermostat... >>

Elgato Smart Power watches your calendar to ensure your iPhone never runs dry

Elgato Smart Power watches your calendar to ensure your iPhone never runs dry

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Elgato wants to take care of your iPhone power on the move with Smart Power.The Elgato Smart Power is an external battery with a difference. Rather than just sit there as a dumb battery, the Smart Power app will keep track of the battery's charge, so... >>

Samsung Smart Home lets you S Voice control your home, SDK coming soon

Samsung Smart Home lets you S Voice control your home, SDK coming soon

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Samsung has announced an expansion of its Smart Home portfolio at IFA 2014.Samsung Smart Home was announced at CES 2014, and launched in April, with the aim of tying together your domestic appliances and your home environment to give you smartphone control.Samsung... >>

O2 Refresh offers next day delivery on handsets ordered before 10pm

O2 Refresh offers next day delivery on handsets ordered before 10pm

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O2 recently sweetened the deal a little on its O2 Refresh plans, now offering free next day delivery on your shiny new smartphone. Not only will it deliver next day, but you can order up to 10pm.That means you can stumble home from drinks after work,... >>

K'Nex Bloodhound claims Guinness World Record; real Bloodhound SSC eyes 1000mph target for 2016

K'Nex Bloodhound claims Guinness World Record; real Bloodhound SSC eyes 1000mph target for 2016

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This life-sized K'Nex replica of the Bloodhound Supersonic Car was today unveiled by Richard Noble, OBE and former world land speed record holder, at Brooklands Museum in Surrey.The model, measured by the National Physical Laboratory and confirmed by... >>

HTC One E8 review
4.0 stars

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.However,... >>

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 and... >>

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 new... >>

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
4.0 stars

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
4.0 stars

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
4.0 stars

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
4.0 stars

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 they... >>

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review
4.5 stars

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
4.0 stars

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 as... >>

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.So... >>

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 predecessor... >>

LG G Watch review
3.5 stars

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... >>

Nokia Lumia 930 pre-orders open at Carphone Warehouse: Here are the hottest deals

Nokia Lumia 930 pre-orders open at Carphone Warehouse: Here are the hottest deals

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The Lumia 930 will be on sale on 17 July, bringing the very latest from Microsoft Devices, Windows Phone 8.1 and Lumia Cyan into a new flagship handset.The Lumia 930 offers a 5-inch full HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, 20-megapixel PureView... >>