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Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 review: The undisputed smartwatch fashion king
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Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 review: The undisputed smartwatch fashion king

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"It's too expensive". "It's unnecessary". "It's too big". "It doesn't have all the features of a watch a quarter of the price".The arguments against the Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 are many and varied. What we see, however, is a fashion-forward and... >>

BT Ultra HD YouView review: 4K entertainment, but in limited supply
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BT Ultra HD YouView review: 4K entertainment, but in limited supply

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BT was the first television provider in the UK to take a step into the future of entertainment, launching its own Ultra HD 4K service. It started, appropriately, with BT Sport Ultra HD, before expanding into other 4K content from streaming providers,... >>

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 vs Tag Heuer Connected 46: What's the difference?

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 vs Tag Heuer Connected 46: What's the difference?

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Tag Heuer has a new Connected watch, bringing some innovation to smartwatches with the introduction of modularity.It looks very much like the previous Connected 46 watch, with both offering a sporty style and firmly placed in the luxury segment of the... >>

What is Samsung DeX and how does it work?

What is Samsung DeX and how does it work?

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Samsung has announced DeX alongside the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.The DeX - a clever contraction of "desktop experience" - is the Android equivalent of Microsoft's Display Dock that launched with Windows 10 on mobile, allowing to... >>

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

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Samsung has announced the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, two new flagship smartphones, looking to slay the spectre of the Galaxy Note 7 and establish Samsung's position as a smartphone manufacturer to be reckoned with.This feature rounds up everything... >>

Bixby, Samsung's smart AI, launches on the Galaxy S8 but only supports US English and Korean

Bixby, Samsung's smart AI, launches on the Galaxy S8 but only supports US English and Korean

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Samsung has announced the Galaxy S8 and S8+, which also debuts the new smart AI service known as Bixby.Bixby is Samsung's answer to Siri, Google Assistant and Alexa, looking to bridge devices and offer smart voice control for a wide range of functions,... >>

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ courageously removes home button, conveniently keeps headphone jack

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ courageously removes home button, conveniently keeps headphone jack

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Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ at events in London and New York as it outlines its new flagship smartphone position. The new Galaxy S8 comes in two sizes, the regular model offering a 5.8-inch display and the S8+ offering... >>

Mobile HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10 and Mobile HDR Premium explained

Mobile HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10 and Mobile HDR Premium explained

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Mobile HDR got off to something of a false start. When Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 7 in 2016, it also announced that it had equipped the super-sized smartphone with an HDR display and that glorious movies would be streamed to your phone for enjoyment... >>

UE Wonderboom is a palm-sized explosion of Bluetooth wonderment

UE Wonderboom is a palm-sized explosion of Bluetooth wonderment

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UE has announced a new Boom model, this time going smaller with the UE Wonderboom.The Wonderboom carries all the hallmarks you'd expect from the family. It's solidly built, waterproof and comes in a range of funky colours - grey, black, red, blue, pink... >>

Ultimate Ears UE Wonderboom review: An explosion of musical joy
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Ultimate Ears UE Wonderboom review: An explosion of musical joy

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UE is back with the Wonderboom, the latest Bluetooth speaker to join the Boom party. And this time it's going small. Like the UE Roll 2, this speaker takes things smaller, making it even easier to port around its fun brand of Bluetooth music, but doing... >>

Citroen C3 (2017) review: Bringing back the oh la la
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Citroen C3 (2017) review: Bringing back the oh la la

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Citroen has been through something of a rough patch. With German cars often being the first choice, the French have been fighting to get back some of the verve and passion that they used to possess. For Citroen, much of the small car amour found itself... >>

Connected watches of Baselworld 2017: From hybrid to smart in all shapes and sizes

Connected watches of Baselworld 2017: From hybrid to smart in all shapes and sizes

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Baselworld is a politely divided show. On one hand you have the most exquisite watches ever made, you have heritage and tradition, craftsmanship and some very expensive results.On the other hand, you have a movement to upgrade the watch into something... >>

Best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players 2017

Best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players 2017

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Many will proclaim that optical media is dead and that streaming is the way ahead, but one look at the quality of the latest blockbuster movies on Ultra HD Blu-ray and you'll change your mind.Ultra HD Blu-ray hit the headlines in 2016. With a standardised... >>

Casio Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20 UK price confirmed as £450

Casio Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20 UK price confirmed as £450

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Casio didn't bring the first Android Wear watch it launched - the WSD-F10 - to the UK, but we've now had it confirmed that the new version will be coming to the UK.Casio confirmed at Baselworld 2017 that the new Pro-Trek Smart WSD-F20 model will be... >>

Samsung Galaxy S7 tips and tricks: Master your new Galaxy

Samsung Galaxy S7 tips and tricks: Master your new Galaxy

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 is one of the hottest smartphones of 2016, along with its Samsung Galaxy S7 edge sibling and winner of Best Smartphones in the Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2016.The SGS7 launched on Android Marshmallow, but has updated to Android Nougat... >>

Bixby is Samsung's new artificial intelligence bot, makes debut on Samsung Galaxy S8

Bixby is Samsung's new artificial intelligence bot, makes debut on Samsung Galaxy S8

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Samsung has confirmed that it is launching Bixby and it will be making its debut on the Samsung Galaxy S8.Samsung describes Bixby as a solution to a very modern problem, where devices are getting so complicated that users can't operate them. Bixby is... >>

Swatch is developing its own smartwatch platform, avoiding the lure of Android Wear

Swatch is developing its own smartwatch platform, avoiding the lure of Android Wear

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Swatch is looking to enter the smartwatch market using its own platform, the company confirmed in an interview on 16 March, choosing not to follow suit and use Google's Android Wear as a number of rivals have done.Company CEO Nick Hayek confirmed the... >>

Samsung 4K HDR TV choices for 2017: QLED Q9F, Q8C, Q7C and Q7F compared

Samsung 4K HDR TV choices for 2017: QLED Q9F, Q8C, Q7C and Q7F compared

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Samsung's 2017 line-up of TVs is on us, introducing more models that promise to offer outstanding results.The big introduction is QLED being pushed as the flagship branding, with four models in this new top tier carrying the Q moniker. Other categories... >>

Huawei P10 Lite promises flagship thrills at bargain prices

Huawei P10 Lite promises flagship thrills at bargain prices

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Huawei has released a new Lite handset, this time piggybacking on the recently-announced Huawei P10 flagship. The new Huawei P10 Lite adopts some of the P10's design principles, with a narrow bezel and compact body carrying a 5.2-inch full HD display.... >>

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge review: Still a smartphone champion
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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge review: Still a smartphone champion

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Samsung has drawn a line between its two flagship handsets for 2016, launching a 5.1-inch Samsung Galaxy S7, partnered with a 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. The latter, more visually striking model with curved edges, has taken the lion's share of the... >>

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge retrospective: This is still a fantastic phone

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge retrospective: This is still a fantastic phone

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Of all the phones we saw in 2016, it was the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge that had the greatest impact. Arriving alongside a flat Galaxy S7 that was pretty close to the Galaxy S6, the S7 edge made more sense, pulling into a space that made the S6 edge+ more... >>

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 is a luxury modular Android smartwatch

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 is a luxury modular Android smartwatch

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Tag Heuer has followed its first Connected smartwatch with a new model that features a unique twist. As well as offering a 45mm 400 x 400 pixel Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch module, the Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 offers the option to replace it with... >>

Volvo electric car targets 250 miles, mass-market pricing, 2019 launch

Volvo electric car targets 250 miles, mass-market pricing, 2019 launch

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Volvo is no stranger to technology. The car maker's autonomous plans have been well documented, running hand-in-hand with the company's desire to ensure that there are no deaths on the road that lay at the fault of a Volvo car. Safety is synonymous with... >>

Watch the Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 smartwatch launch live right here

Watch the Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 smartwatch launch live right here

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Tag Heuer previously confirmed plans to unveil a new watch in its Connected family and taking to Twitter, it has teased the new announcement on 14 March, as well as confirming that it will be livestreaming the event on YouTube.It's expected that the new... >>

TomTom Adventurer review: Great for the great outdoors
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TomTom Adventurer review: Great for the great outdoors

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The TomTom Adventurer takes the company's existing sports watch line-up - as familiar in the Runner or Spark - with the added twist of a barometer for additional outdoor activity tracking abilities.TomTom is clearly looking to cement its place in sport... >>

Nokia's trolling Twitter users, dropping flagship phone hints at every turn

Nokia's trolling Twitter users, dropping flagship phone hints at every turn

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Nokia's recent Mobile World Congress launches of the Nokia 6, 5 and 3 - and that 3310 - omitted one major thing from a new line-up of phones: a proper flagship. Prior to launch there had been plenty of talk about a flagship device, nicknamed the P1,... >>

Tommy Hilfiger, Hugo Boss and Movado Android Wear watches confirmed for 2017 launch

Tommy Hilfiger, Hugo Boss and Movado Android Wear watches confirmed for 2017 launch

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Movado Group - guardians of a number of fashion watch brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss - has confirmed that it will be launching a family of Android Wear 2.0 watches.There will be five styles of men's watches unveiled by Movado at Baselworld... >>

What is QLED? Samsung's new TV tech explained

What is QLED? Samsung's new TV tech explained

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Samsung used CES 2017 to introduce a new type of TV technology that could prove to be a major leap forward in picture quality. It's called QLED, which you may think is incredibly similar to OLED. That's no coincidence, as both TV types are battling to... >>

In the muddle of HDR and Quantum Dots, it's Samsung's 'Invisible Connection' that's got our geek juices flowing

In the muddle of HDR and Quantum Dots, it's Samsung's 'Invisible Connection' that's got our geek juices flowing

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We've spent the day taking a closer look at the Samsung QLED TV range. Announced at CES 2017 and due to launch sometime in March or April, these TVs look to be a quantum leap in the LED vs OLED war. There's a huge amount of technology being piled into... >>

Google Pixel 2 due in 2017, will once again be a premium handset

Google Pixel 2 due in 2017, will once again be a premium handset

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There's a certain predictability to smartphone releases and we never really doubted that the Google Pixel would get a 2017 update, but now we have more concrete clarification, thanks to brief interview with Rick Osterloh, senior vice president of hardware... >>

Samsung Exynos has ambitions beyond the Galaxy S8: It's eyeing VR, cars, IoT with a full range of chipset levels

Samsung Exynos has ambitions beyond the Galaxy S8: It's eyeing VR, cars, IoT with a full range of chipset levels

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Samsung Exynos is really known for one thing: putting Samsung's own chips in some versions of its smartphones. In that sense, it's often seen as the lesser alternative to Qualcomm, with two different hardware configurations for different parts of the... >>

The new Nokia 3310 could actually be a really bad thing

The new Nokia 3310 could actually be a really bad thing

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With the dust settling over a busy MWC 2017, it's time to look back and reflect a little on that move from Nokia. The company relaunched itself into smartphones, adopting the Android platform and announcing the Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3. It's an important... >>

LG X Power 2 preview: Monster battery machine

LG X Power 2 preview: Monster battery machine

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The biggest request from smartphone owners is for better battery life. Manufacturers have been tackling this issue for many years, looking for ways to optimise, reducing drain from various apps and features and making big changes to things like the hardware... >>

HTC U Ultra review: Are two displays better than one?
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HTC U Ultra review: Are two displays better than one?

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HTC has kicked off 2017 with a new family of devices called HTC U. The logic is simple enough to follow: they are designed to be all about "you" (see what they did there?) and advance the connection between you and your device, for a more symbiotic relationship. It's... >>

Android at MWC 2017: 87 pin badges on the Android Walk, and something retro special

Android at MWC 2017: 87 pin badges on the Android Walk, and something retro special

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Android likes to bring a little fun to Mobile World Congress and in 2017, as it has done in two previous years Google has peppered the show with Android pin badges, providing show visitors with a distraction, while also hammering home just how far the... >>

Qualcomm: There's no Samsung contractual exclusivity on the Snapdragon 835

Qualcomm: There's no Samsung contractual exclusivity on the Snapdragon 835

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There's been plenty of rumour circulating that Samsung has "first dibs" on the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset. Qualcomm however, talking at Mobile World Congress 2017, told us that there was no contractual exclusivity on the Snapdragon 835.It was... >>

Porsche Design Book One is a ridiculously plush 2-in-1 Windows dream device

Porsche Design Book One is a ridiculously plush 2-in-1 Windows dream device

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Porsche Design is making its foray into computing with the launch of the Book One. Pairing up with Intel, Windows and Quanta Computing, the result is a 2-in-1 premium laptop looking to take on the likes of the Surface Book.The Book One is crafted from... >>

Samsung Galaxy Book preview: A viable Surface alternative

Samsung Galaxy Book preview: A viable Surface alternative

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The world is trying to move us away from laptops and toward 2-in-1 devices. Following Microsoft's original dalliance and the emergence of Window RT, there was some turmoil, as it became immediately evident that people didn't want RT - they wanted the... >>

Mobile World Congress 2017: All the announcements that matter from Nokia, Samsung, Sony, Huawei, LG and more

Mobile World Congress 2017: All the announcements that matter from Nokia, Samsung, Sony, Huawei, LG and more

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Mobile World Congress 2017 saw a whole stack of new smartphones, tablets and other devices launched during its time in Barcelona.Samsung, Sony, LG, Huawei, Nokia and other mobile manufacturers have announced gadgets for the coming months and we've been... >>

Confirmed: Samsung Galaxy S8 launch date is 29 March

Confirmed: Samsung Galaxy S8 launch date is 29 March

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Samsung used its Mobile World Congress 2017 press conference to tease the launch date for its forthcoming smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S8.Samsung usually uses the Barcelona trade show to launch its annual update to its flagship smartphone, but in 2017,... >>

Nokia 6 goes global with glorious Arte Black special edition

Nokia 6 goes global with glorious Arte Black special edition

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The Nokia 6 was launched in China as Nokia's first Android phone under the new HMD company; pre-orders amounted to 1.3 million in the first 4 days, and it sold out almost instantly in China, leaving HMD playing catch-up.Now comes the turn of the rest... >>

Nokia targets affordable Android with Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 smartphones

Nokia targets affordable Android with Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 smartphones

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Nokia has announced a trio of phones as the company looks to re-establish itself as a force on the global smartphone stage. The company, now operating under license of new Finnish company HMD Global, has revealed a collection of Android handsets, bringing... >>

Nokia 5 preview: Pure Android, all metal, completely affordable

Nokia 5 preview: Pure Android, all metal, completely affordable

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Nokia has announced a trio of global smartphones at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. With the Nokia 6 leading the charge, and the Nokia 3 bringing up the rear, it's the Nokia 5 that sits in the middle. Priced at just €189, it's a fully-fledged Android... >>

When is the Huawei P10 launch and how can I watch it live?

When is the Huawei P10 launch and how can I watch it live?

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Huawei has been telling us for weeks that it's launching the Huawei P10 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on 26 February.The new flagship smartphone from Huawei has been teased widely, showing off that dual-camera action, talking about the Leica love... >>

Alexa could come to a whole host of Bluetooth devices, thanks to Qualcomm

Alexa could come to a whole host of Bluetooth devices, thanks to Qualcomm

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Qualcomm has confirmed that it's taking steps to enable the Alexa wake word on Bluetooth devices, thanks to software support in some of the latest Qualcomm Bluetooth Audio chips. For those wanting the technical details, it's the CSR8670 and CSR8675 chipsets... >>

Qualcomm and Leap Motion partner to bring natural interaction to mobile VR devices

Qualcomm and Leap Motion partner to bring natural interaction to mobile VR devices

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Qualcomm and Leap Motion have announced that they are partnering, bringing the advantage of bare hands interaction to VR worlds. There's a lot happening in VR at the moment and on the cusp of Mobile World Congress and the Game Developers Conference,... >>

Qualcomm doubles-down on VR with Snapdragon 835 dev kit and accelerator program

Qualcomm doubles-down on VR with Snapdragon 835 dev kit and accelerator program

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Qualcomm is serious about positioning the Snapdragon 835 as a platform for VR, providing the power needed to have an immersive virtual environment without the need to be tethered to a computer like HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. With Snapdragon 835 due to... >>

Pokemon Go evolutions: Special items and how to evolve Polytoed, Slowking, Bellossom, Steelix and more

Pokemon Go evolutions: Special items and how to evolve Polytoed, Slowking, Bellossom, Steelix and more

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There are 80 new Pokemon out on the streets waiting to be caught in Pokemon Go, but with the new gen-II update there's a slightly more complicated and important change to evolutions.There are a number of new evolutions that you can get to through gen-I... >>

Qualcomm Snapdragon makes your Android Things devices more powerful, better connected

Qualcomm Snapdragon makes your Android Things devices more powerful, better connected

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Qualcomm has announced that it will be supporting Android Things with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chipset, aiming to bring more power and connectivity to the next wave of smart devices.Android Things is an evolution of Android that's designed for connected... >>

New Pokemon Go berries: Razz Berry, Nanab Berry and Pinap Berry explained

New Pokemon Go berries: Razz Berry, Nanab Berry and Pinap Berry explained

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One of the new additions to Pokemon Go that brings the Johto region Pokemon to the game is a change in Berries.From the start, you've always had the option to use a Razz Berry to help when capturing a Pokemon. Now there are other types of Berry available... >>