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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 design leak serves up no surprises at all

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 design leak serves up no surprises at all

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One of the hottest devices to launch in 2015 will be the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Riding high following the SGS6 and the SGS6 edge, the Note is already seeing a lot of rumour and speculation. Joining the fray is a leaked CAD (computer aided design), a 3D... >>

Oculus Rift meets adult entertainment: VR porn is here

Oculus Rift meets adult entertainment: VR porn is here

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The adult entertainment industry has been pioneering in many ways, especially when it comes to delivery of content through the adoption of emerging technologies.  Private browsing, secure online payments, streaming, home movie formats, adoption of 4K,... >>

Prime Day, 15 July, celebrates 20 years of Amazon with MASSIVE sales

Prime Day, 15 July, celebrates 20 years of Amazon with MASSIVE sales

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Amazon is throwing a twentieth birthday party and you're all invited along for the mega sales. Well, if you're a Prime member, anyway. Amazon has announced that it will be running lots of deals on Prime Day, Wednesday 15 July, so you can snap up a bargain... >>

Could Sony be planning Xperia Z5 launch for September?

Could Sony be planning Xperia Z5 launch for September?

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Rumours are circulating that Sony might be looking to launch a true flagship model in the Xperia Z5, with September as the timeframe for launch. Sony's launches in 2015 have been a little confusing. After the Sony Xperia Z3 - which is a great phone -... >>

BlackBerry Venice could be the Android BB slider you've been looking for

BlackBerry Venice could be the Android BB slider you've been looking for

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A leopard might not be able to change its spots - this leak comes from "retired" leaker Evan Blass - but it seems BlackBerry might be able to change its OS.  There have been rumours circulating that BlackBerry was taking a lot of interest in what Android... >>

Team Pocket-lint tackles the Three Peaks Challenge

Team Pocket-lint tackles the Three Peaks Challenge

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Team Pocket-lint will be tackling the Three Peaks Challenge in July, supported by Asus. That's right, we're going on our own search of incredible, challenging ourselves to climb the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales in 24 hours. We've... >>

What is raw capture and do I need it on my phone?

What is raw capture and do I need it on my phone?

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The most fiercely fought of battles when it comes to smartphones is in camera performance. It's the first port of call when it comes to comparisons, it's where the fans compete and contrast their devices. Smartphone cameras have been getting more sophisticated... >>

HTC Aero could be the smartphone to end HTC's camera woes

HTC Aero could be the smartphone to end HTC's camera woes

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We've been talking about HTC's future plans for a few weeks, following CEO Cher Wang's pronouncement that there would be a new "hero" handset coming in October 2015. There's been little to go on in terms of the actual details, but the trickle has started,... >>

The PNY Powerpack T2600 is all you need on a hot LZ

The PNY Powerpack T2600 is all you need on a hot LZ

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There are only two actions you can take when an ambush is sprung. You can lie down in the killzone and die, or you can run into the enemy, charging the guns. Today was not a good day to die.  There was no indication that this would be a hot LZ, but it... >>

Garmin Varia focuses on safety: Radar detection and smart lights for cyclists

Garmin Varia focuses on safety: Radar detection and smart lights for cyclists

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Garmin has introduced a new line of devices for cyclists called Varia. Varia is all about safety, offering some smart solutions to the problems faced by cyclists on the roads every day. The Varia Radar is exactly what it sounds like. It's a rear radar... >>

Honor Band Zero offers minimalist design, life tracking features

Honor Band Zero offers minimalist design, life tracking features

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Honor, the spin-out brand of Huawei, has revealed the Honor Band Zero via Twitter. The new wearable offers a minimalist design, with a strap that's reminiscent of Apple's classic buckle for Apple Watch. Honor doesn't give away much in the tweet - appearing... >>

TomTom Go 510 review: Great navigation, now more connected
4.5 stars

TomTom Go 510 review: Great navigation, now more connected

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TomTom has updated its navigation devices, ushering in new features and some changes to the user interface to make life simpler for drivers trying to get from A to B. For a number of years, people have been saying that the dedicated personal navigation... >>

Alexa, the brains behind Amazon Echo, wants to take over all your connected devices

Alexa, the brains behind Amazon Echo, wants to take over all your connected devices

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It's no coincidence that Amazon has made its Echo smart device available to all recently: today Amazon has made another significant announcement in the future of device voice control. Amazon is offering Alexa for integration into third-party devices. ... >>

Vertu Signature for Bentley: The £14,500 phone for your £252,000 car

Vertu Signature for Bentley: The £14,500 phone for your £252,000 car

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Vertu has announced the second exclusive model to be spawned from its partnership with Bentley and it's a custom Signature handset.  The Vertu Signature for Bentley is inspired by the Bentley Mulsanne Speed. There's a carbonfibre pillow sharing the same... >>

Confirmed: OnePlus Two equals USB C

Confirmed: OnePlus Two equals USB C

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OnePlus has been drip-feeding us information about what to expect from its next handset, taking to Twitter to reveal the details. The latest reveal is that the OnePlus Two will feature USB type-C, making it one of the first handsets to do so. Of course,... >>

HTC One M9 review: Distracted by refinement
4.0 stars

HTC One M9 review: Distracted by refinement

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The HTC One M9 is, in every sense, an evolution of the flagship M8 smartphone that came before it. It offers a similar design, a similar feature set, similar specs and a similar user experience. It is, therefore, a similar overall experience. But the... >>

Apple Watch 2 features to include FaceTime camera, Wi-Fi independence, leak suggests

Apple Watch 2 features to include FaceTime camera, Wi-Fi independence, leak suggests

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Apple Watch has only been out for a couple of months, but the rumours have already started circulating about what might be on Apple's hit list for Watch 2.  Talking to 9to5Mac, sources close to the matter have reportedly said that Watch 2 will introduce... >>

What is Nest Aware?

What is Nest Aware?

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Nest has just announced a run of updates to its smarthome devices, including a new Nest Protect, a redesigned app, some new feature updates and Nest Cam, a connected home camera. Nest Cam offers a minimalist metal body, a magnetic base for easy mounting... >>

New DS 5 first drive: Just don't call it a Citroën

New DS 5 first drive: Just don't call it a Citroën

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The Citroën DS is heralded as a design classic. It was revolutionary at its 1955 launch, some 60 years ago. Looking to reclaim the premium heyday of French motoring, Citroën has split out DS Automobiles as a separate branch, offering a premium take... >>

Nest Cam is now official: Dropcam gets redesigned

Nest Cam is now official: Dropcam gets redesigned

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Nest has today announced Nest Cam, its redeveloped version of Dropcam. However, Nest has added a lot of enhancements to the new Nest Cam. Firstly, the design is more versatile, using a zinc alloy stand, with new mounting options, including a standard... >>

Second-generation Nest Protect announced

Second-generation Nest Protect announced

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A second generation Nest Protect has been introduced today, as Nest announced sweeping updates to its connected home devices. The second-gen Nest Protect comes with added sensors, to make it better at detecting fast and slow burning fires. Using what... >>

HTC One M9 Ink hands-on: We've come a long way since the HTC Tattoo

HTC One M9 Ink hands-on: We've come a long way since the HTC Tattoo

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HTC has teamed up with Jourdan Dunn to create a body art inspired, limited edition of the HTC One M9. Dunn is known as a fashion icon and supermodel - something that the HTC One also aspires to - and has worked with artist Cally-Jo to come up with the... >>

LG Music Flow review: A multiroom Jekyll and Hyde
3.5 stars

LG Music Flow review: A multiroom Jekyll and Hyde

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LG entered the multiroom music arena not with an exploratory dip of the toe, but with an explosion: a fully-featured line-up of audio products, designed to cater for just about any situation.  In its sights is Sonos, the system that has not only set... >>

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II: Superzoom goes super fast (hands-on)

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II: Superzoom goes super fast (hands-on)

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The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II bucks the trend in cameras. It's the size of a compact system camera or small DSLR, but has a fixed lens like a compact. It lacks the appeal of an interchangeable lens system camera, or the portability of a compact camera.... >>

Harrier Tab expands EE's own-brand 4G line-up

Harrier Tab expands EE's own-brand 4G line-up

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EE is expanding its line-up of own-brand Android devices with the 4G Harrier Tab.  As you're probably guessed, it's a connected tablet, matching the Harrier devices that were recently announced in 5.2 and 4.7-inch sizes.  The new 8-inch tablet is connected,... >>