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Samsung drops another teaser, this time for Galaxy View

Samsung drops another teaser, this time for Galaxy View

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Samsung has just stepped off stage at IFA 2015, after introducing the new Gear S2. But just as it did at the Unpacked event for the Note 5 launch, it used the opportunity to tease a new product.  Saying it was something new, in a new category, Samsung... >>

Don't touch the watch: LG Watch Urbane Luxe glitters behind glass

Don't touch the watch: LG Watch Urbane Luxe glitters behind glass

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One of the devices we were really looking forward to getting our hands on at IFA 2015, was the LG Watch Urbane Luxe. Recently announced, this limited edition version of the Watch Urbane is rather special. It's 23-karat gold for starters, has an alligator... >>

TomTom Spark is a multisports watch with music in mind

TomTom Spark is a multisports watch with music in mind

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TomTom has announced its fourth-generation of sports watch, the TomTom Spark. TomTom's aim is to tackle the problem of what to do with your music when you're working out, so the Spark offers wireless music functions and along with full multisport capabilities.... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs Xperia Z5 vs Xperia Z5 Compact: What's the difference?

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs Xperia Z5 vs Xperia Z5 Compact: What's the difference?

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Sony has announced three new flagship handsets in the Z5 family. There's the regular Z5, but it has been joined by the predicable Z5 Compact, and the less-than-expected Xperia Z5 Premium, which brings a shine to things, literally.  It's a threesome of... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 camera: Sample images and new tech explained

Sony Xperia Z5 camera: Sample images and new tech explained

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The new Sony Z5 family might be a new generation of devices, but it's really about the camera. The switch to this new 23-megapixel camera is the first change since the introduction of Sony's 20.7-megapixel model on the Z1. The camera is probably the biggest... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact: The plucky powerhouse is back (hands-on)

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact: The plucky powerhouse is back (hands-on)

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For a number of years smartphone manufacturers have been slapping the word "mini" at the end of a handset name to denote the fact that something is smaller. Typically it mirrors the design of a flagship, carries practically the same name, but has the... >>

Huawei promises to touch you with its latest 5.5in smartphone, the Mate S

Huawei promises to touch you with its latest 5.5in smartphone, the Mate S

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Huawei has announced the Huawei Mate S, its latest smartphone that promises to touch you. Taking to the stage at IFA 2015, Huawei used its press conference to talk about the importance of touch, saying that the "smartphone is the human extension" and... >>

Huawei Watch officially priced from €399, now available for pre-order

Huawei Watch officially priced from €399, now available for pre-order

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Huawei has taken to the stage at IFA 2015 to announce that the Huawei Watch is now officially on sale, with pre-orders opening in the US from 2 September. The Huawei Watch, Huawei's first Android Wear smartwatch, was first introduced at MWC 2015 where... >>

Lyle & Scott unveils a contactless payment jacket in cahoots with Barclays bPay

Lyle & Scott unveils a contactless payment jacket in cahoots with Barclays bPay

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You've probably been waiting for garments to embrace the fashion for contactless payments. Or, like us, you've probably been waiting for your credit card to become a wearable. Rejoice! For that day has come with the announcement that Lyle & Scott have... >>

Nextbit Robin is a cloud-first Android smartphone that wants to ease your storage woes

Nextbit Robin is a cloud-first Android smartphone that wants to ease your storage woes

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Nextbit has announced its first smartphone, the Nextbit Robin, described as a cloud-first Android device.The Nextbit Robin wants to shake up both hardware and software, taking Android deeper into the cloud with a unique storage management approach.The... >>

How Apple HomeKit is going to homogenise smarthomes

How Apple HomeKit is going to homogenise smarthomes

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Apple HomeKit is going to hit the mainstream with the release of iOS 9 - expected on an iPhone or iPad very soon after 9 September - and it's going to turn the smarthome segment on its head. Some people may refer to connected devices, connected appliances,... >>

Ford S-Max first drive: Redefining MPVs

Ford S-Max first drive: Redefining MPVs

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Competing against the ever-popular SUV in the kids'n'dog category is the MPV. It's a much derided class of car; where SUVs have "sport" in the name - suggesting athleticism and virility - MPVs carry the stigma of being the end of the motoring line. It's... >>

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde review: Four-leaf fun
3.5 stars

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde review: Four-leaf fun

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They say that you're not a real driver until you've owned an Alfa Romeo. They also say that most of that ownership time will be spent waiting for breakdown services to arrive. With a motoring heritage as rich as that of Alfa Romeo, reputation and expectation... >>

HTC One A9/Aero gets pictured next to an iPhone: Can you spot the difference?

HTC One A9/Aero gets pictured next to an iPhone: Can you spot the difference?

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The existence of a new hero handset from HTC has been circulating for a while and new images claiming to be that device have now surfaced.  Coming from a familiar source (@stagueve) we now have a fresh picture of the HTC Aero, or HTC One A9 as it might... >>

Now the BlackBerry Passport appears on video, running Android

Now the BlackBerry Passport appears on video, running Android

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The Venice isn't the only BlackBerry that might be running Android. There have been rumours that the Passport might be getting an Android makeover too.  There's long been chatter about BlackBerry's relationship with Android. This started with support... >>

TomTom Bandit review: Capture action the easy way
4.0 stars

TomTom Bandit review: Capture action the easy way

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TomTom is diversifying and the Bandit sees the Dutch navigation company move into action cameras. We've seen TomTom lend its name to sat nav and sports devices and there's a nod to GPS experience in the TomTom Bandit, but this is really a foray into new... >>

Photos reveal that the Huawei Nexus looks awesome

Photos reveal that the Huawei Nexus looks awesome

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There has been plenty of speculation that Huawei is building a Nexus handset, and the growing mass of evidence makes it difficult to deny.  Having seen video renders for the new device, we've now got photos of what's reported to be a prototype of the... >>

LG G Pad II wants to be the ultimate affordable media tablet

LG G Pad II wants to be the ultimate affordable media tablet

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LG has announced a new G Pad tablet, saying that long battery life and a large display are what people are asking for, without an increase in the price. The LG G Pad II has a 10.1-inch display with a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution (224ppi), giving it an... >>

Big Mac, large fries, Android Pay: McDonald's outs 26 August live date

Big Mac, large fries, Android Pay: McDonald's outs 26 August live date

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We've all been waiting for Android Pay to officially launch and it could be as soon as 26 August, in the US at least, if details from McDonald's prove to be true. Android Police has got hands on some internal documents from McDonald's, informing staff... >>

Swatch CEO calls Apple Watch an "interesting toy", outlines plans for NFC Swatch

Swatch CEO calls Apple Watch an "interesting toy", outlines plans for NFC Swatch

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In an interview with Swiss paper Tages-Anzeiger, Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek candidly outlines smartwatch plans for the Swiss company moving forward, while taking the opportunity to call out manufacturers like Apple, Samsung and Sony for their rivalling... >>

EE TV update adds search, personalisation, photo and video playback, more

EE TV update adds search, personalisation, photo and video playback, more

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EE has announced its biggest update to EE TV since the launch of the service in late-2014. The update brings more flexibility and personalisation to EE's TV service, which is one of the most dynamic TV offerings currently available. One of the biggest... >>

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is the next version of Google's mobile OS

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is the next version of Google's mobile OS

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Google has unveiled a Android lawn sculpture outside its Mountain View headquarters, confirming that M is officially Android Marshmallow. There had been plenty of speculation about what sweet treat Google would name the next version of Android after,... >>

Samsung confirms Gear S2 smartwatch launch for IFA 2015 in September

Samsung confirms Gear S2 smartwatch launch for IFA 2015 in September

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Samsung dropped a surprise annoucement at its Samsung Unpacked event where it unveiled the Galaxy Note 5 and the S6 edge Plus.  At the end of the presentation, Samsung teased that there was more to come in the near future, before quickly showing off... >>

LG HS8 is a curved, connected, soundbar for your curved TV

LG HS8 is a curved, connected, soundbar for your curved TV

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Curved TVs have been hitting the market for the last couple of years, and now LG has the perfect accompaniment for your sweeping screen.  The HS8 Curved Sound Bar is designed to match your curved LG TV, similar to the curved soundbar that Samsung offers... >>

4GEE Action Cam review: Live-stream your hardcore action
3.5 stars

4GEE Action Cam review: Live-stream your hardcore action

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EE is looking to diversify its offering, making a step into action cameras. The aptly named 4GEE Action Cam arrives with the hook that it's connected, tying it into the 4G network and giving you the option to broadcast your adventures direct from the... >>