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Sky Q now lets you record six programmes, while watching a seventh

Sky Q now lets you record six programmes, while watching a seventh

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Ever felt spoilt for choice? The latest update for Sky Q customers will bring the ability to record six programmes while watching a seventh.That's mind boggling news, but means that you really don't ever, ever, have to miss out on recording something... >>

Dior Homme x Sennheiser: Fashion hits headphones hard with stunning results

Dior Homme x Sennheiser: Fashion hits headphones hard with stunning results

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Dior Homme and Sennheiser have announced the latest fusion of fashion and technology in a partnership being called Dior Homme x Sennheiser.The fusion of Dior Homme's serious styling for men and Sennheiser's serious audio skills see some of Sennheiser's... >>

Minecraft Better Together Update: 4K glory and cross-platform play

Minecraft Better Together Update: 4K glory and cross-platform play

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Microsoft has announced some fairly hefty update plans for Minecraft at E3 and the good news is that this will make an update to players across all platforms, hence the name Better Together Update.4K HDR updateLet's start with the cutting edge stuff.... >>

HTC U11 review: Flagship glory, with a gimmick squeezed in
4.5 stars

HTC U11 review: Flagship glory, with a gimmick squeezed in

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HTC's big play with the HTC U11 is being able to squeeze the phone as a new method of interaction. It's a natural motion and works well for one-handed use is the argument, giving the company's new flagship something different.Apple doesn't have squeeze.... >>

All-new Amazon Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets now on sale, from £50

All-new Amazon Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets now on sale, from £50

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Amazon's refreshed range of Fire tablets is now available to buy.Amazon announced it was making a couple of updates to its family of Fire tablets in May, updating the new Fire 7 and dropping the price of the refreshed Fire HD 8.The Fire 7 tablet, that's... >>

Apple HomePod: Price, release date, specs and everything you need to know

Apple HomePod: Price, release date, specs and everything you need to know

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Apple used the keynote at WWDC 17 to announce a range of updates and evolutions, but the newest product to get excited about is HomePod.Apple HomePod sees Apple looking to change how you listen to music, again, jumping on the iPod and AirPod nomenclature... >>

Apple reveals the iMac Pro, its most powerful Mac ever

Apple reveals the iMac Pro, its most powerful Mac ever

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Apple has used its WWDC 2017 keynote to unveil the iMac Pro. Not content with updating the regular line of iMac all-in-one computers, it's also super-charging the iMac for professionals until a redesigned Mac Pro comes along in 2018.Sitting in the same... >>

Huawei MateBook X review: Huawei goes after the MacBook
4.5 stars

Huawei MateBook X review: Huawei goes after the MacBook

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Huawei is an ambitious company. It's been tearing its way through smartphones, looking to move itself from budget brand to a mainstream premium player with its P-series devices. And it's been doing a pretty good job, too.While Android phones are why Huawei... >>

HP's Cortana device will be a standalone speaker with AI built in

HP's Cortana device will be a standalone speaker with AI built in

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Following the lead of Amazon and Google, Microsoft is getting in on the connected AI speaker action with its own Cortana-powered devices.First there was Harman Kardon with the Invoke, and now HP has announced it's also looking at Cortana devices. Although... >>

Toshiba TVs return to Europe with 65-inch X97 OLED leading the charge

Toshiba TVs return to Europe with 65-inch X97 OLED leading the charge

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It's been some time since we've had anything to write about from Toshiba, but the company is making its way back into Europe thanks to its partnership with Vestel, and leading the charge with an OLED TV.OLED has seen something of a up kick in 2017, with... >>

Eve Degree is your HomeKit-ready indoor or outdoor weather station

Eve Degree is your HomeKit-ready indoor or outdoor weather station

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The Elgato Eve Degree is a versatile smart weather station that's HomeKit enabled so it will play nice with your Apple devices, bringing a range of indoor or outdoor information.Taking a minimalist square design with a big central information display,... >>

Samsung Galaxy S8 tips and tricks: An expert's guide

Samsung Galaxy S8 tips and tricks: An expert's guide

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are Samsung's most ambitious phones yet. While the switch to a 18.5:9 aspect display is likely to be the thing that draws you in, with its luscious infinity curves, there's a whole lot packed into the phone that... >>

Microsoft Surface Pro vs Huawei MateBook E vs Samsung Galaxy Book: Battle of the 2-in-1s

Microsoft Surface Pro vs Huawei MateBook E vs Samsung Galaxy Book: Battle of the 2-in-1s

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If there's one category that's heating up, it's the 2-in-1 category. Small format notebooks have largely stepped aside for tablets with a lot more power, while weak tablets seem to have given up completely; it's the age of the Pro tablet and there's a... >>

What is Pokemon Magikarp Jump and how do you play it?

What is Pokemon Magikarp Jump and how do you play it?

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There's a new Pokemon game out on Android and iOS, bringing another little fix of Pokemon fun for you. This one, as the name suggests, is all about magikarp.Considered to be the weakest and potentially least exciting Pokemon character of them all, the... >>

Jaguar XE S: New supercharged V6 is pure S EX

Jaguar XE S: New supercharged V6 is pure S EX

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One of the things that Jaguar does rather well, is lighting a fire under its cars. While there's no of shortage of big diesel Jags eating up the miles on Blighty's roads - as there are Audis, Mercs and Beemers - it's always more fun with a supercharged... >>

Dolby Atmos in a laptop? First impressions of Dolby Atmos Sound System

Dolby Atmos in a laptop? First impressions of Dolby Atmos Sound System

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Huawei has unveiled the MateBook X, its attempt to muscle in on the thin and light laptop space, rivalling devices like the Apple MacBook or the Asus ZenBook 3.There's a number of firsts that you totally expect from Huawei: really thin bezels give you... >>

Samsung Galaxy S9 could be codenamed 'Star', entering development early

Samsung Galaxy S9 could be codenamed 'Star', entering development early

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are now widely available, following a launch slightly later in the year than expected, but now we're starting to hear gossip about Samsung's next flagship, the Galaxy S9 scheduled for 2018.We say it's gossip and you should... >>

Nokia 3310 vs Nokia 3310: What's the difference 17 years on?

Nokia 3310 vs Nokia 3310: What's the difference 17 years on?

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The Nokia 3310 is back from the dead, 17 years later. The iconic phone that was originally launched in 2000 has now been updated. As Nokia looks to launch a new range of Android smartphones, the only phone that people are talking about is this retro wonder,... >>

Huawei MateBook family expands: Updated 2-in-1, skinny Ultrabook and 15.6-inch beast announced

Huawei MateBook family expands: Updated 2-in-1, skinny Ultrabook and 15.6-inch beast announced

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Huawei is widening its MateBook family with the launch of the MateBook D, MateBook E and the MateBook X.Let's start with the MateBook E, as this is the update for the 2016 MateBook, the company's 2-in-1 Windows tablet designed to offer an alternative... >>

Shell Eco-marathon: Driving the future through super efficiency

Shell Eco-marathon: Driving the future through super efficiency

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"That green button under your foot is the kill switch," we're told as we strap into the five-point racing harness. "Lift your foot off it and the engine will stop." The engine in question reverberates through the carbon fibre cabin of Shell's UrbanConcept... >>

Samsung QLED Q7F 4K TV review: QLED gets off to a flying start
4.5 stars

Samsung QLED Q7F 4K TV review: QLED gets off to a flying start

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The flagship 2017 Samsung TVs carry the QLED name, a new branding for the company's top-tier tellies.QLED has been called many things, but there are two important things to consider: firstly, QLED is the third-generation of Quantum Dot; secondly the... >>

Jaguar XF (2018): Sumptuous luxury, now with new engines

Jaguar XF (2018): Sumptuous luxury, now with new engines

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Jaguar updated its XF model in 2015 with sharper lines, pulling this car first released in 2007 into a more modern perspective. The XF sits above the XE in the range and the difference inside is obvious: although both offer similar exterior design and... >>

Ford updates Ford Sync 3 to add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to older vehicles

Ford updates Ford Sync 3 to add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to older vehicles

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Ford has confirmed that it is rolling out an update for Ford Sync 3, to add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to its 2016 cars.Sync is the name of Ford's in-car infotainment system that for a number of years (and versions) has allowed you to connect your... >>

New OnePlus 5 photos leak, raising more questions than answers

New OnePlus 5 photos leak, raising more questions than answers

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There is no shortage of hype surrounding the OnePlus 5. The company has just confirmed the name and that it's working with DxO to nail the camera experience, and we're seeing the trickle of leaks turn into a flood. The latest images coming from Chinese... >>

Microsoft's Surface Pro update leaks, expected launch on 23 May

Microsoft's Surface Pro update leaks, expected launch on 23 May

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Microsoft firmly denied that there was a Surface Pro 5, but instead it looks like there is a new Surface Pro coming instead.We know what you're thinking: this looks a lot like the current Surface Pro 4 that was launched in 2015. It looks like you might... >>

Standalone Daydream VR is now a reality, Qualcomm, HTC and Lenovo onboard

Standalone Daydream VR is now a reality, Qualcomm, HTC and Lenovo onboard

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Daydream VR has so far been an experience that has run on your smartphone, but now it's making the jump into a standalone headset. Google and Qualcomm have partnered on a standalone Daydream VR headset.Building on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 platform,... >>

Google Home can now give you visual responses on phones and Chromecast

Google Home can now give you visual responses on phones and Chromecast

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Google has announced a number of updates for Google Home at Google I/O 2017, demonstrating how the smart AI device will be able to take advantage of the screens around your house. Not only can you use services like YouTube and Netflix via Chromecast,... >>

Olympus Tough TG-5 preview: For the hardcore generation

Olympus Tough TG-5 preview: For the hardcore generation

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Olympus has announced its latest Tough camera, the TG-5. Following the family of Tough cameras before it, the new Olympus model is everything you expect it to be. There are chunky lines, exposed bolt heads, locks on all the flaps and so on.Such are the... >>

HTC through the ages: A brief history of HTC's Android handsets

HTC through the ages: A brief history of HTC's Android handsets

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HTC, above and beyond any other manufacturer, has done more than its fair share of popularising Android. HTC was there at the beginning, producing some of the first Android handsets, the first Nexus handset, and launching the first handset that really... >>

Amazon now offers an even better Fire tablet for kids

Amazon now offers an even better Fire tablet for kids

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Amazon has updated its Fire tablets and in the process has expanded the Kids Edition to the Fire HD 8, meaning there's now a larger tablet designed specifically for your kids.The updated Fire HD 8 tablet sits at the heart of the package and as the name... >>

Alexa is now available on Fire tablets in the UK

Alexa is now available on Fire tablets in the UK

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Amazon is pushing an update to its Fire tablets enabling the Alexa service in the UK. This has been available in the US since October last year, but now makes its way to users this side of the pond. Alexa will be available on a wide range of Fire tablets,... >>

HTC U11: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

HTC U11: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

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HTC started 2017 with the launch of the HTC U Ultra and the HTC U Play, new phones that introduced a new look, as well as paving the way for the new HTC U11, it's true flagship.The HTC U11 is HTC flagship for 2017, taking the U name of it's liquid surface... >>

HTC U11: What can you do with a squeezable phone?

HTC U11: What can you do with a squeezable phone?

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The new HTC U11 introduces a new method for interaction with your device: squeezing.While most smartphone manufacturers are copying and reproducing features we've often seen elsewhere, HTC's new method of interaction is all the more unique. At last,... >>

Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR review: Great multi-sport watch misses a beat
3.5 stars

Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR review: Great multi-sport watch misses a beat

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The biggest claim with the Spartan Sport Wrist HR is that it's the first watch with heart-rate that Suunto has produced. While it joins a family of capable devices, that removes the need for a chest strap, making it appealing to a wider range of athletes.That's... >>

This is the new Nokia 3310, and you can buy it on 24 May

This is the new Nokia 3310, and you can buy it on 24 May

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Nokia launched a new version of the iconic Nokia 3310 during Mobile World Congress 2017 and the retro-fantastic phone grabbed plenty of attention.Except it isn't quite as retro as you might want it to be. The Nokia 3310, originally launched in 2000,... >>

Echo Show official: Amazon's home hub offers video calling and more, pre-order now open

Echo Show official: Amazon's home hub offers video calling and more, pre-order now open

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The Echo Show is now official, with Amazon announcing the latest addition to its Alexa-powered collection of devices.The Echo Show nearly stayed under wraps, only briefly getting leaked before the announcement, which at least means it comes as something... >>

Seriously: Amazon should make the Fire Phone for Kids

Seriously: Amazon should make the Fire Phone for Kids

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Everyone remembers the Amazon Fire Phone and probably not for the right reasons. It was 2014, smartphones were superhot, but the Fire Phone didn't catch on. In fact, it was unilaterally derided, and its light only burned about a year before it was extinguished.So... >>

What is Microsoft Windows 10 S?

What is Microsoft Windows 10 S?

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Microsoft has announced a new version of its Windows 10 operating system called Windows 10 S.Announced at the company's 2 May event focused on education, the company plans to double down on Windows by offering this new version that offers a range of advantages... >>

Microsoft unveils the Surface Laptop, a Windows 10 S device looking to take down the MacBook

Microsoft unveils the Surface Laptop, a Windows 10 S device looking to take down the MacBook

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Microsoft has unveiled the Surface Laptop at its New York education event, a new Windows 10 S hero device, designed for students, but likely to be loved by everyone.The Surface Laptop comes with a 13.5-inch 2256 x 1504 resolution PixelSense display... >>

Windows 10 S is a streamlined version of Windows for education

Windows 10 S is a streamlined version of Windows for education

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Microsoft has announced Windows 10 S, a version of Windows that it is calling the "soul" of Windows.Announced at the New York education event, Microsoft has said that Windows 10 S has evolved out of feedback from teachers and class leaders, resulting... >>

Best GPS running watch: The best sports watches to buy today

Best GPS running watch: The best sports watches to buy today

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While the whole world is now discovering the benefits of a connected watch, for runners, this is home ground. While connected watches have come on leaps and bounds, the needs of runners haven't changed hugely over the past 20 years that running watches... >>

How to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S8, including smart select and smart capture

How to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S8, including smart select and smart capture

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Samsung has made a major change to the Galaxy S8 and S8+, removing the physical home button, meaning that taking a screenshot is now a little different to previous models.You have a number of different options when it comes to taking a screenshot, with... >>

Samsung Galaxy S8+ review: The best Android phone, bar none
5.0 stars

Samsung Galaxy S8+ review: The best Android phone, bar none

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Samsung has broken the mould with its Galaxy S8 handsets, producing two devices that are the same spec, apart from screen size and battery capacity. If you want this phone, just pick the size that fits you with no compromises or additional considerations.That's... >>

When QLED meets Galaxy S8: A guide to Smart View, Samsung Connect and controlling your Samsung TV with your phone

When QLED meets Galaxy S8: A guide to Smart View, Samsung Connect and controlling your Samsung TV with your phone

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Modern TVs are hyper-connected, with the likes of Samsung packing a whole range of functionality into its smart TVs. For many, the relationship with the TV is all about the remote control and the TV's native apps, but there's a whole world of interaction... >>

LG OLED TV 2017 explored: Wallpaper, G7, E7, C7 and B7 compared

LG OLED TV 2017 explored: Wallpaper, G7, E7, C7 and B7 compared

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LG is staying committed to OLED in 2017, introducing another Signature model at the top of the range, expanding to five OLED models, each in two sizes. The fight against top-level LED TVs continues, with Samsung particularly turning up the heat with its... >>

Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset preview: Exploring 3D sound

Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset preview: Exploring 3D sound

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Sennheiser launched the Ambeo mic in 2016, taking a step into devices that were designed for 3D audio, or audio to support the sort of sound experience you'd expect in VR applications. The Ambeo VR mic does exactly this, capturing sound from all directions... >>

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart wants to make oral care sexy with connected toothbrush

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart wants to make oral care sexy with connected toothbrush

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Philips is preparing to supercharge your oral care with the launch of a new connected toothbrush, the Sonicare DiamondClean Smart.Revealing the new electric toothbrush at the IFA Global Press Conference 2017, the new toothbrush isn't due to launch until... >>

Tablets for kids: How to setup an Amazon Fire tablet for children

Tablets for kids: How to setup an Amazon Fire tablet for children

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Kids love tablets. They love the interactive games, they love having access to video to watch and they love all the apps. The big problem is that most adults have a tablet setup for themselves, meaning you're only a few clicks away from content or buying... >>

Best Amazon UK Easter deals: Tablets, tech and home improvement treats

Best Amazon UK Easter deals: Tablets, tech and home improvement treats

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Easter is approaching and Amazon is going to be running daily deals right through from 4-17 April 2017.There will be a whole range of things to buy across Amazon's different stores, from shoes to home improvements, but we're interested in the best Amazon... >>

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

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... >>