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Future car tech: Sci-fi cars are closer than you think

Future car tech: Sci-fi cars are closer than you think

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Cars have been featured at consumer electronic shows with increasing frequency in recent years, causing some to comment that those shows are becoming car shows. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, it's the motor car that's becoming gadgetised.... >>

LG SoundPlate 540 review: Super connected speaker base
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LG SoundPlate 540 review: Super connected speaker base

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The speaker base, which acts like a flattened speaker bar, has been something of an emerging trend in recent years, offering a way to boost your TV's speakers without resorting to a full-blown speaker system. The LG SoundPlate 540 mixes things up, crossing... >>

Sports and fitness wearables to look forward to in 2015

Sports and fitness wearables to look forward to in 2015

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Sports and fitness is firmly on the wearable agenda, with plenty of new innovative devices launching over the past year. Well, 2015 has a lot in store for those wanting to track, trace and monitor their fitness. From smarter headphones, to smart fabrics,... >>

What is Android TV and why is everyone talking about it?

What is Android TV and why is everyone talking about it?

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Android TV is a smart TV platform from Google. It was announced in June 2014 and with Android 5.0 Lollipop, Android TV is now fully launched and marching into our lives.  Android TV is the successor to Google TV, the company's previous stab at a big... >>

What the world needs now is a selfie flash, and Lenovo made one (hands-on)

What the world needs now is a selfie flash, and Lenovo made one (hands-on)

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Lenovo has only gone and released a selfie flash. It's called the Lenovo Vibe Xtension Selfie Flash and it's just been announced at CES 2015. For those fashionistas out there you'll be glad to discover it's a ring flash, so if your selfie isn't completely... >>

Dramatic Apple MacBook Air 12-inch redesign rumoured

Dramatic Apple MacBook Air 12-inch redesign rumoured

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Apple's next MacBook Air could see a dramatic redesign with a new 12-inch model becoming the lightest and most portable MacBook Air yet. Revealed by 9to5Mac, who has reportedly garnered the information from sources within Apple who have been using the... >>

HTC and Under Armour partner on integrated sports devices

HTC and Under Armour partner on integrated sports devices

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Under Armour today announced a new fitness app, UA Record, and HTC has announced it has formed a strategic partnership with Under Armour to develop products that integrate directly with the sports platform. It's been a busy day at CES 2015, with Under... >>

Best speakers of CES 2015: UE, Monster, Philips and more

Best speakers of CES 2015: UE, Monster, Philips and more

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CES 2015 is a hotbed of technology launches and audio is a big part of the offerings. With speakers firing in from all directions, we've there are plenty of innovative offerings coming out of Las Vegas. We've rounded up some of the most interesting speakers... >>

Philips Spotify Multiroom Adapter will let you turn your existing speakers into Spotify Connect speakers

Philips Spotify Multiroom Adapter will let you turn your existing speakers into Spotify Connect speakers

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Philips announced its dedicated Spotify Connect speakers at the beginning of December 2014, but there's a new addition to the set, the Spotify Multiroom Adapter SW100M.  The adapter can be connected to existing speakers you have using analog (RCA) or... >>

Panasonic's 2015 4K TVs are Firefox OS powered: CX850 is the new flagship

Panasonic's 2015 4K TVs are Firefox OS powered: CX850 is the new flagship

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Panasonic has unveiled its 2015 range of top-flight televisions and they will be powered by Firefox OS. Revealed on the opening day of CES 2015 in Las Vegas, Panasonic's new line of 2015 TVs includes the CX850, CX800, CX650 and CX600 series, all featuring... >>

Lenovo smartphones go 64-bit: Lenovo P90 on Intel Atom, Vibe X2 Pro on Qualcomm Snapdragon

Lenovo smartphones go 64-bit: Lenovo P90 on Intel Atom, Vibe X2 Pro on Qualcomm Snapdragon

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Lenovo has embraced 64-bit with a pair of smartphones sitting on Intel and Qualcomm hardware. The Lenovo P90 is the Intel Atom device with a 1.83GHz quad-core Z3560 processor, 2GB of RAM and an LTE Advanced modem.  It comes with a large 5.5-inch display... >>

Asus Transformer Book Chi goes to war against the MacBook Air

Asus Transformer Book Chi goes to war against the MacBook Air

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"Our Chi is thinner than Air," said Jonney Shih, CEO of Asus as the Transformer Book Chi was announced at CES 2015. If the name sounds familiar, that's because it was unveiled at Computex in June 2014, but now it seems there's a full family of Transformer... >>

Nest announces more third-party support as Works with Nest smarthome land grab continues

Nest announces more third-party support as Works with Nest smarthome land grab continues

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Nest has announced a new run of partners at CES 2015 that are all part of its Works with Nest programme. If you thought that Nest was just a smart heating controller you'd be wrong, as Works with Nest is designed to put the smart into your smarthome. ... >>

Fenix 3 adds colour to your training, Garmin Epix is a wrist navigator

Fenix 3 adds colour to your training, Garmin Epix is a wrist navigator

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Garmin has made a range of updates to its wearables at CES 2015. There's an update to the Fenix training watch, now in its third generation, as well as a new product, the Epix.  The Fenix 3 is designed to appeal to the adventurer within you, with a design... >>

Garmin Vivoactive is a proper smartwatch for fitness fans

Garmin Vivoactive is a proper smartwatch for fitness fans

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Garmin had devices adorning the wrists of athletes long before anyone had conceived the term "wearables". One of the big names in sport watches, Garmin has announced three additions to its range at CES 2015. Most interesting is the Vivoactive which sees... >>

Tonino Lamborghini Quantum HL-01 review: Raging bull
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Tonino Lamborghini Quantum HL-01 review: Raging bull

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Tonino Lamborghini isn't a name in audio that you'll recognise. In fact, you'll probably need a little schooling to learn that this isn't Automobili Lamborghini, the car company.  It is the same family, however, with the founder (Tonino himself) devoting... >>

Asus teases next-gen ZenFone 2, taps out optical zoom hint

Asus teases next-gen ZenFone 2, taps out optical zoom hint

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Asus has released a couple of teaser videos for its forthcoming ZenFone 2, which will be announced at CES 2015. The company previously confirmed it would be launching new handsets at the Las Vegas tradeshow. The ZenFone was originally announced in 2014,... >>

Polar A300 blends fitness band appeal with sports watch functionality

Polar A300 blends fitness band appeal with sports watch functionality

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Polar has announced the A300, which it describes as a fitness and activity monitor, sitting between the Polar Loop and its more advanced sports watches. So on one hand the A300 will track your steps and alert you if you've been inactive for too long like... >>

Acer Chromebook 15 takes Chrome OS large with 15.6-inch display

Acer Chromebook 15 takes Chrome OS large with 15.6-inch display

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Acer is pushing into larger Chromebook territory with the Chromebook 15, sporting a 15.6-inch display.  Launched at CES 2015, the new Chromebook gives you 27 per cent more space to get productive over the more common 13.3-inch models. The new model will... >>

9 free Android apps you must download first

9 free Android apps you must download first

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If you're the proud owner of a brand new Android device (or just looking for inspiration), then one of the first things you'll be wanting to do is get some great apps. Although all phones will do a lot in their naked form, it's the apps that really dress... >>

Asus ZenWatch review: Adding a touch of elegance
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Asus ZenWatch review: Adding a touch of elegance

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Of all the Android Wear devices to appear in 2014, we didn't think it would be Asus that landed with the most elegant solution. That's not because Asus can't do design - just look at some of the Zenbook models - but because we expected a low price, high... >>

Gingerbread, the final frontier: This starship Enterprise model has us drooling

Gingerbread, the final frontier: This starship Enterprise model has us drooling

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Some Star Trek fans might be dismayed that the next Star Trek movie has fallen into the hands of Fast & Furious director Justin Lin, but you can take heart in this gingerbread USS Enterprise.  Rather than making a gingerbread house, this USS Enterprise... >>

LG Music Flow multiroom system expands with new soundbars, portable H4 speaker

LG Music Flow multiroom system expands with new soundbars, portable H4 speaker

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LG's Music Flow system is one of the recent additions to the world of multiroom speakers, announced in August 2014. We always knew that LG would be expanding the system, and CES 2015 will see the launch of some new components.  Adding to the selection... >>

Germany's top car companies don't want Google in the driving seat

Germany's top car companies don't want Google in the driving seat

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Android Auto is a focus of Google, with recent news that Android M might be a more robust Android Auto offering, designed specifically for car integration. The report from Reuters, citing unnamed sources, says that Google's plan is to step beyond integration... >>

SwiftKey's Frozen theme adds Disney magic to your keyboard, doesn't predict song lyrics

SwiftKey's Frozen theme adds Disney magic to your keyboard, doesn't predict song lyrics

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SwiftKey has added a selection of Frozen themes to its store so you can bring some Disney magic to your Android keyboard. Each of the themes cost £1.49, but that's a small price to pay to have Anna, Elsa, and the crew as your backdrop. Swiping over the... >>