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The Pocket-lint guide to smartwatch etiquette

The Pocket-lint guide to smartwatch etiquette

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We're entering a brave new world. A world where you're not (just) covertly alerted by the buzzing in your pocket, but overtly, visually and audibly by the device on your wrist. The shifting sands of technology bring sweeping changes in social behavior.... >>

Android for beginners: Tips and tricks for your new smartphone

Android for beginners: Tips and tricks for your new smartphone

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If you're holding your shiny new Android smartphone and are wondering how to get the most from it, then you've come to the right place. Whether this is your first smartphone, you've just hopped over from an iPhone, or you've had a number of Android handsets,... >>

Samsung Galaxy S6 tips and tricks

Samsung Galaxy S6 tips and tricks

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Samsung's flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S6 - and its Galaxy S6 edge and edge+ cousins - have been some of the most exciting handsets of 2015. If you've got your hands on this new phone but feel a little lost, then don't panic, we've got you... >>

How to setup an Amazon Kindle for children

How to setup an Amazon Kindle for children

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Amazon's Kindle has established itself as a leading reading device and where you have reading, you hopefully have eager children.  Although real books, on paper, as well as using public libraries, should be something that all children experience, there's... >>

How to watch Amazon Prime Instant Video on your Android phone or tablet

How to watch Amazon Prime Instant Video on your Android phone or tablet

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Amazon Prime Instant Video has a great selection of titles, from classics like Mad Men, to new hits like Bosch or The Man in the High Castle. But it's not the simplest service to use. Amazon's Prime Instant Video comes as part of the Prime subscription,... >>

Tag Heuer Connected review: Android Wear gets its luxury tag
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Tag Heuer Connected review: Android Wear gets its luxury tag

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The Tag Heuer Connected was described as a marriage of Watch Valley and Silicon Valley at the launch, with the larger-then-life CEO of the Swiss watch company, Jean-Claude Biver, introducing this forward-looking device from a traditional watch company.... >>

BT Ultra HD YouView+ review: A bold step into future 4K entertainment
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BT Ultra HD YouView+ review: A bold step into future 4K entertainment

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BT is 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, but entails much more than just signing up for a new channel. BT's... >>

Android Wear review: The smartwatch platform?
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Android Wear review: The smartwatch platform?

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Android Wear is the platform for wearables designed to put the power of Google on your wrist. It keeps you always connected by delivering tailored alerts from your smartphone, but also acts as a point of input for interaction with your apps. It's designed... >>

Google Pixel C vs Apple iPad Pro: Which is the best tablet for you?

Google Pixel C vs Apple iPad Pro: Which is the best tablet for you?

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There's been a theme to recent tablet launches and that theme is productivity. No longer is the tablet just about providing a second screen experience, or easy access to something you might have previously quickly done on a laptop. Now your tablet wants... >>

Which Amazon Kindle is best for you? Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite or Kindle Voyage?

Which Amazon Kindle is best for you? Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite or Kindle Voyage?

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The Kindle reader is one of the most popular choices for ebook reading, letting you read your favourite books on a digital device, without the drawbacks that come with using a tablet or smartphone. Not only is the Kindle power efficient, meaning it will... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: First class all the way?
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Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: First class all the way?

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The surprise of Sony's latest smartphone refresh is the Xperia Z5 Premium. It's a bold title for a device named to make a statement; it's a device that captured the imagination with its chrome mirrored finish and 4K display when we first saw it. But is... >>

HTC One A9 vs One M9: Which is the best smartphone for you?

HTC One A9 vs One M9: Which is the best smartphone for you?

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HTC has faced tough competition in 2015, with the flagship HTC One M9 - launched in March - not getting quite the reception that HTC had hoped for, despite offering plenty of refinement. A new entry into HTC's line-up is the HTC One A9. It's a new class... >>

Google Pixel C review: Pixel perfect?
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Google Pixel C review: Pixel perfect?

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The first Pixel was a Chromebook, launched with a flourish - a shining example of what a Chromebook could be, if you were going to pour everything into it. The arrival of the Pixel C tablet sees a new entrant to Google's Pixel programme, one that's very... >>

Nextbit Robin: An Android phone that wants to be different

Nextbit Robin: An Android phone that wants to be different

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There has been a lot to learn about smartphones in 2015. More so than other years, we've seen a shift in the smartphone sands.  We've seen more phones this year that lead with experience, shaking up the status quo by stepping away from the norms. It... >>

BlackBerry's first Priv software update brings performance, camera, security enhancements

BlackBerry's first Priv software update brings performance, camera, security enhancements

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The Priv has barely hit the shelves, and BlackBerry's surprise Android hit is ready to receive its first software update.  No, it isn't Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but it does bring a range of enhancements, as well as kicking off the monthly security updates... >>

On the first day of Christmas, Ofcom gave to me … news that Wi-Fi could be disturbed by lights on the tree

On the first day of Christmas, Ofcom gave to me … news that Wi-Fi could be disturbed by lights on the tree

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Ok, so it isn't the first day of Christmas, but when there's a seasonal rhyme to be had who can resist?  Ofcom has today announced that it is launching a Wi-Fi Checker app, aiming to help people examine the quality of the Wi-Fi in their homes.  The... >>

LG Zero is an all-metal smartphone, but might not be what you think

LG Zero is an all-metal smartphone, but might not be what you think

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Every year the rumour circulates that LG is going to go metal for its flagship. The rumour cycle got so excited about the metallic finish on the LG G3 in 2013, that it was a shock to discover that it was actually just plastic. The LG Zero is, finally,... >>

In pictures: This was the EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2015

In pictures: This was the EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2015

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With fuzzy heads and a pocket full of ridiculous selfies, we awake in the aftermath of the EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2015. The EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards celebrated the best products of 2015, hosting an evening of merriment in London on 26 November.... >>

Microsoft Lumia 950: The dawn of Windows (Phone) 10

Microsoft Lumia 950: The dawn of Windows (Phone) 10

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Windows Phone 7 launched with a flourish. A range of devices, all singing from the same song sheet, from many of the big manufacturers, like LG, HTC, Samsung. It was a uniformal alliance of handsets marking the start of something new. Until it all fell... >>

BlackBerry Priv tips and tricks: Master your Android BB

BlackBerry Priv tips and tricks: Master your Android BB

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The BlackBerry Priv is something of a surprise package, fusing some of the best features of Android with the best of BlackBerry. You now have that keyboard and BlackBerry Hub, but you also have access to all those Android apps.  But this is a brave new... >>

LG smart TVs to offer Google's Play Movies and TV

LG smart TVs to offer Google's Play Movies and TV

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LG has confirmed that owners of its televisions will be getting an on-demand boost from Google. LG's smart TVs, including those using the webOS platform as well as earlier NetCast 4.0 and 4.5 models, will receive an update giving those TVs access to Google's... >>

E Ink really isn't just for the Kindle: The future of airports, art, payments and packaging

E Ink really isn't just for the Kindle: The future of airports, art, payments and packaging

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E Ink is the display that brings with it long battery life and excellent contrast, especially good for visibility in bright conditions. When you mention E Ink, you probably think about the Kindle or similar ebook readers. But there's so much more to E... >>

Android 6.0 Marshmallow review: Polish and performance
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Android 6.0 Marshmallow review: Polish and performance

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow is the latest version of Google's mobile operating system. It made its debut on the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P, a double helping of Marshmallow to kick off the next generation of Android devices. The updates have subsequently rolled... >>

This is why a £1100 Android Wear smartwatch makes perfect sense

This is why a £1100 Android Wear smartwatch makes perfect sense

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Our biggest criticism of Android Wear devices so far has revolved around design. Things started cheap (and there's some value in cheap things) but when you get to a flood of cheap, the entire category is devalued. The vernacular around Android Wear changed... >>

London Underground is now better connected, as 100 more stations come online

London Underground is now better connected, as 100 more stations come online

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The London Underground is a marvel of engineering, opening in 1863 and carrying around 1.3 billion passengers along its 250 miles of track every year, through 270 stations. But one of the most exciting developments for The Tube over the past few years... >>