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HTC One mini 2 vs Motorola Moto G 4G: What's the difference?

HTC One mini 2 vs Motorola Moto G 4G: What's the difference?

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HTC has announced a new mini handset, looking to bring you some of that HTC One (M8) experience in a more compact bundle. But it goes smack bang up against the darling of the mid-range, the super-affordable Motorola Moto G. So is this just about the look?... >>

Hands-on: HTC One mini 2 review

Hands-on: HTC One mini 2 review

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The HTC One mini 2 wants to capitalise on the good looks of the HTC One (M8), if not the good name.  There's been no shortage of confusion around what HTC is going to call its devices: the HTC One and the HTC One mini made sense last year. The HTC One... >>

Hands-on: Motorola Moto E review

Hands-on: Motorola Moto E review

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Motorola has announced the Motorola Moto E, the latest device in its drive to put a smartphone into the hands of everyone. It aims to give you a great smartphone experience without costing a packet. Those were also the aims of the Motorola Moto G, launched... >>

Motorola Moto G with 4G and microSD slot announced, £149

Motorola Moto G with 4G and microSD slot announced, £149

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Motorola has made a surprise announcement today, unveiling an updated version of the Motorola Moto G.  The new Motorola Moto G will come equipped with 4G, so you'll be able to get a fast connection on the move. The new Moto G will also have a microSD... >>

Motorola Moto E announced, tough yet affordable Android smartphone

Motorola Moto E announced, tough yet affordable Android smartphone

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Motorola has just announced its new Moto E smartphone, the device is being touted as an affordable handset that's also tough. The Moto E is water-resistant, scratch-resistant, has an all-day battery and will get the latest Android updates when they're... >>

AEG Hob2Hood Connect lets your induction hob control your extractor hood, wirelessly

AEG Hob2Hood Connect lets your induction hob control your extractor hood, wirelessly

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If you're looking to make your kitchen a little smarter, AEG has announced Hob2Hood Connect, a system that lets your induction hob talk to your extractor hood.  The aim is to save you from having to stop cooking to poke buttons on the front of your hood.... >>

Samsung NX3000 compact system camera offers selfie mode for winkers

Samsung NX3000 compact system camera offers selfie mode for winkers

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Samsung has announced the NX3000, the latest addition to its line-up of compact system cameras. The new model offers retro styling, but with a flip-up 3-inch display on the rear. This makes a nod to the selfie trend by offering Wink Shot, where you can... >>

Garmin Forerunner 15 wants to give sportsbands a run for their money

Garmin Forerunner 15 wants to give sportsbands a run for their money

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Garmin has announced the Forerunner 15, its most affordable sports watch, looking to give those cheap sportsbands a bit of stiff competition.  Not only does the new Garmin Forerunner 15 offer running tracking - with GPS functionality and compatibility... >>

LG G3 5.5-inch QHD display panel confirmed by LG Display

LG G3 5.5-inch QHD display panel confirmed by LG Display

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LG Display has confirmed that its new 5.5-inch smartphone panel as been certified as QHD, and in the process confirmed that it will be in the LG G3, due to be unveiled on 27 May. There has been plenty of speculation that the LG G3 would take the resolution... >>

Sony Reader Store to close on 16 June, Kobo to supply Reader and Xperia device content

Sony Reader Store to close on 16 June, Kobo to supply Reader and Xperia device content

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Kobo has confirmed that it will be supplying the content for Sony Reader and some Sony Xperia devices following the closure of the Sony Reader Store on 16 June. Access to Kobo's platform will be enabled on Sony Reader and Xperia devices in UK, Germany,... >>

Huawei Ascend P7 vs Ascend P6: What's the difference?

Huawei Ascend P7 vs Ascend P6: What's the difference?

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If you're looking for an affordable device, but want a premium specification such as a large display and a quad-core processor, then a company like Huawei may well have the answer for you. The Huawei Ascend P7 has just been announced at its global launch... >>

Huawei Ascend P7 goes large with 5-inch display and 8MP selfie camera

Huawei Ascend P7 goes large with 5-inch display and 8MP selfie camera

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Huawei has announced the Ascend P7, its latest flagship handset, at its launch event in Paris. The new handset continues with the same slim design as 2013's Ascend P6, but grows the display to 5-inches, to compete with top phones from Sony, Samsung and... >>

Hands-on: Huawei Ascend P7 review

Hands-on: Huawei Ascend P7 review

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Huawei has unveiled the latest addition to its Ascend line-up of devices at its launch event in Paris. The Huawei Ascend P7 makes a number of changes over the previous P6 model, including growing the display to a 5-inch HD panel, to present a competitive... >>

TomTom Go 40, 50, 60 models give you lifetime traffic for less cash

TomTom Go 40, 50, 60 models give you lifetime traffic for less cash

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TomTom has announced a new tier of personal satnav devices: the TomTom Go 40, 50 and 60. The new TomTom satnav devices offer lifetime traffic, one of the highlights of TomTom's devices. To get access to the traffic you'll need to connect the new devices... >>

Samsung Gear 2 review
3.5 stars

Samsung Gear 2 review

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There's a revolution in wearable tech and Samsung is in the thick of it, fighting for elbow room, along with just about every other tech manufacturer out there. Its second-generation wearable device, the Samsung Gear 2, is a new generation of smartwatch,... >>

BBC Sport will let you relive 1966 World Cup glory, re-imagined for the digital age

BBC Sport will let you relive 1966 World Cup glory, re-imagined for the digital age

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BBC Sport will be showing a number of classic World Cup matches as excitement grows in the build-up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.  Called BBC World Cup Rewind, the action will kick-off with the 1966 England vs West Germany World Cup Final match... >>

Sony Xperia Z2 review
4.5 stars

Sony Xperia Z2 review

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Sony is in a funny place with its smartphones, pumping out a flagship device refresh every six months, rather than on a yearly cycle like most of its rivals. This sees the Sony Xperia Z2 landing seven months after the Z1's September launch, offering much... >>

Sony a77 II offers 79-point autofocus system, jaw-dropping speed

Sony a77 II offers 79-point autofocus system, jaw-dropping speed

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Sony has updated the Sony a77 with a new version, the Sony a77 II. The new DSLR-challenging camera comes packed with features to appeal to photographers of all levels. The new A-mount camera, that uses Sony's clever Translucent Mirror Technology, gives... >>

Sony a77 II pictures and hands-on

Sony a77 II pictures and hands-on

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The Sony a77 II comes in to replace a camera that launched in 2011, the a77, so is long due an upgrade. A lot has changed during that time. Not only has Sony rejigged how it refers to cameras, rolling NEX into the alpha line, but it has also gone on a... >>

HTC One (M8) gets Harman Kardon audio boost, but it's exclusive to Sprint

HTC One (M8) gets Harman Kardon audio boost, but it's exclusive to Sprint

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The HTC One (M8) - one of the best sounding phones you'll find - is getting a boost from the audio wizards at Harman Kardon. Unfortunately, the handset is to be a Sprint exclusive in the US.  The special HTC One (M8) Harman Kardon edition was unveiled... >>

Trident Iceni sports car offers 2000-miles from a tank of diesel, available now

Trident Iceni sports car offers 2000-miles from a tank of diesel, available now

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Trident, a British sports car brand, has announced the availability of its Iceni family of sports cars, boasting a 2000-mile range from a single tank of diesel, with a top speed of over 190mph. This impressive figure - with the ability to run on regular,... >>

Which is the best smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2

Which is the best smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2

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We've written a lot about the trio of the HTC One (M8), Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2. From reviews to comparisons to detailed breakdowns of what the software changes are. But the over-riding question is which is the best? Where should the smart... >>

Stephen Elop confirms that Microsoft Devices smartphone branding is still to be decided

Stephen Elop confirms that Microsoft Devices smartphone branding is still to be decided

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With Microsoft now in the driving seat of Nokia devices and services, there's still a question mark over the future branding of the new smartphones. In a Q&A session on Nokia Conversations today, Stephen Elop, former Nokia CEO and now executive vice president... >>

Microsoft's post-Nokia acquisition advert focuses on colour

Microsoft's post-Nokia acquisition advert focuses on colour

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Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's smartphone business was completed on 25 April and the first new advert from the combined entity has been revealed.  With the title "Not Like Everyone Else", and using The Kinks music track of the same title, it picks... >>

John Lewis turns to LG for own-brand webOS smart TV, available next month

John Lewis turns to LG for own-brand webOS smart TV, available next month

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John Lewis will be collaborating with LG on its own-brand smart TV using LG's webOS platform. The details are included in the John Lewis Spring 2014 Technology catalogue, revealing that there will be three sets with 49, 55 and 60-inch screen sizes available... >>