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Nissan wants to take on Tesla's Powerwall with its own xStorage home battery

Nissan wants to take on Tesla's Powerwall with its own xStorage home battery

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Nissan today revealed that it is entering the home power storage market with the launch of xStorage. Teaming up with Eaton - a power management company - the xStorage steps into the same space as the Tesla Powerwall, aiming to provide a domestic power... >>

HTC 10 tips and tricks: The ultimate guide to your HTC phone

HTC 10 tips and tricks: The ultimate guide to your HTC phone

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HTC has found form with the HTC 10, receiving rave reviews on its latest flagship smartphone. This is a phone that aims to wipe out the memories of the past, and move HTC forward, presenting a device that's closer to pure Android then ever before. In... >>

Help! The sun is shining! Why can't I see my smartphone screen?

Help! The sun is shining! Why can't I see my smartphone screen?

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The sun is shining, the sunglasses are out. You go to tweet that perfect sunny picture and … wait … you can't see a thing on your smartphone display! It's not necessarily the phone that's a fault, but it could be how it behaves with your expensive... >>

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 looks to be one of the hottest smartphones of 2016, along with its Samsung Galaxy S7 edge sibling.  Samsung continues to offer its TouchWiz interface over the top of Android Marshmallow. It takes much of Android's core and adds... >>

Audi S8 Plus first drive: V8 power, and then some

Audi S8 Plus first drive: V8 power, and then some

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Sitting at the top of Audi's saloon family is the A8. Give it a sporty makeover and it becomes the S8. Give that a bit of a tweak and a boost and you arrive at the Audi S8 Plus, the most powerful saloon that Audi has ever put on the road.  And by the... >>

How to shoot #food like a pro: Top tips for food photography

How to shoot #food like a pro: Top tips for food photography

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Taking photos of your food might be a cliché, but it has become almost as popular as taking photos of your own pouting face on social media. Instagram has over 178 million #food photographs and you only have to glance at Twitter in the evening to see... >>

Amazon Kindle Oasis review: First class reader, first class price
4.0 stars

Amazon Kindle Oasis review: First class reader, first class price

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The Amazon Kindle has been fairly predictable over the past few years, walking a path from button-laden ebook reader at its 2007 launch, all the way through to the ultra-refined and ultra-simple Paperwhite and Voyage generation. The Kindle exists for... >>

Amazon Kindle: A brief history from the original Kindle to the Kindle Oasis

Amazon Kindle: A brief history from the original Kindle to the Kindle Oasis

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The Amazon Kindle was launched with one real aim: to bring people books. The Kindle was never designed to compete with tablets and sticking to this principle has allowed the Kindle to evolve through to the present day and excel at its task.  The Kindle... >>

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge vs HTC 10: Which is the best flagship?

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge vs HTC 10: Which is the best flagship?

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If you're looking for a new smartphone in 2016, you're facing a tough decision, with plenty of competitive devices on offer. Samsung was the first to announce, showing off the new Galaxy S7 models, with the S7 edge attracting rave reviews. HTC let the... >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 6 battery could be huge, powering a 5.8-inch display

Samsung Galaxy Note 6 battery could be huge, powering a 5.8-inch display

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With Samsung's regular flagship devices launched - and seeming to be very popular - attention has turned to Samsung's other hero product, the Samsung Galaxy Note 6.  The Galaxy Note has been something of a breakaway success, often heralded as the phablet... >>

The next Moto smartphone could be launched on 9 June

The next Moto smartphone could be launched on 9 June

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There's been a jump in leaks and rumours surrounding the next Moto handset, thought to be a fourth-generation Moto G or a potential Moto X, as the company looks to update its offering. Motorola's mobile arm is now owned and run by Lenovo, and a possible... >>

Audi RS Q3 Performance first drive: RS thrills and spills in an SUV guise

Audi RS Q3 Performance first drive: RS thrills and spills in an SUV guise

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Audi's quest to give every car in its range the S treatment or RS treatment rolls on unrelenting, with the RS Q3 probably the oddest RS of the lot. Giving the regular A3 the RS treatment makes sense, as it results in a typical hot hatch, albeit one that's... >>

HTC 10 review: Welcome back to the premier league
4.5 stars

HTC 10 review: Welcome back to the premier league

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If there's any smartphone manufacturer that deserves a second chance it's HTC. We can credit HTC for much of what we love about smartphones today. It popularised Android, it pushed premium metal design and build quality, and focused on user experience.... >>

HTC Sense 8.0 vs Sense 7.0: New features tweaks and changes reviewed

HTC Sense 8.0 vs Sense 7.0: New features tweaks and changes reviewed

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The HTC 10 brings with it a new version of Sense that's moved a fair distance from the experience on HTC's previous flagship device, the HTC One M9, with a change in software emphasis. We've been tracking the changes in Sense for a number of years, but... >>

Kindle Oasis: Amazon's premium reader is stunning, but it's ridiculously expensive

Kindle Oasis: Amazon's premium reader is stunning, but it's ridiculously expensive

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Amazon has announced its latest Kindle ebook reader, and it's a radical departure from the devices that have come before it. The Kindle Oasis is a complete rethinking from the components up, stripping the Kindle down to its essentials and giving you a... >>

HTC 10: Release date, official specs and everything you need to know

HTC 10: Release date, official specs and everything you need to know

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HTC has revealed its new flagship smartphone, known simply as HTC 10. Launched via a virtual event, the new handset takes a fresh look at what HTC has done in the past and feels like a real step forward for the company. The HTC 10 comes at a time that's... >>

Ford Focus (2016) review: Unlearn everything
4.5 stars

Ford Focus (2016) review: Unlearn everything

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It's difficult to ignore the Ford Focus. With an impressive 83,816 of them sold in the UK in 2015, it's also difficult to drive anywhere without seeing one. So this might be the UK's best selling hatch, edging out the Golf marginally, but there's no escaping... >>

Oculus Rift hits shipping delays, blaming component shortages

Oculus Rift hits shipping delays, blaming component shortages

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There has been no shortage of buzz surrounding the launch of the first full virtual reality system, Oculus Rift, but it seems there might be a shortage of components, leading to some delays. Oculus was first to announce a date for the Rift, opening pre-orders... >>

JBL Reflect Aware C will pipe noise-cancelled music from your USB Type-C port

JBL Reflect Aware C will pipe noise-cancelled music from your USB Type-C port

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If you're jumping on the bandwagon with the latest devices, you'll have probably have encountered the new USB Type-C format. The new USB connection has appeared on the MacBook, Pixel C tablet, as well as a number of smartphones, like the new HTC 10 and... >>

HTC 10: BoomSound is dead. Long live BoomSound Hi-Fi edition

HTC 10: BoomSound is dead. Long live BoomSound Hi-Fi edition

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One of the features that defined the HTC One family was BoomSound. Introduced on the HTC One M7, BoomSound remained one of the strongest features of HTC handsets, offering the best external speakers, bar none, for three generations of phones. With the... >>

Ice, Ice, Baby: Ice View is the new HTC Dot View

Ice, Ice, Baby: Ice View is the new HTC Dot View

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Alright stop, collaborate and listen, HTC's back with a brand new invention. The HTC Dot View cover has always been one of our favourite cases. It is the sort of funky fresh design that characterises HTC, a cover that lets the display shine through,... >>

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... >>

Huawei P9 Plus preview: Huawei's true P series flagship

Huawei P9 Plus preview: Huawei's true P series flagship

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Huawei has a new champion and it's the P9 Plus. Launched alongside a "regular" P9, it's the bigger of the two devices that might turn more heads. The Huawei P9 Plus takes the advancements of the P9 and combines them with a premium feature from the Mate... >>

Huawei P9 and P9 Plus bring twin Leica cameras in powerful slim bodies

Huawei P9 and P9 Plus bring twin Leica cameras in powerful slim bodies

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Huawei has today unveiled its latest handset as the company looks to increase its global smartphone influence outside of its homeland China. Following a number of successful launches, Huawei has unveiled the P9 and P9 Plus, the latest in a line of slim... >>

LG talks webOS 3.0 and Freeview Play updates: Roll-out starting in May

LG talks webOS 3.0 and Freeview Play updates: Roll-out starting in May

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LG announced webOS 3.0 late in 2015 and showed off the new user interface for its TVs at CES 2016. Since then we've been awaiting details on the webOS 3.0 release date. Talking today in London, LG demoed some of the new features coming to webOS 3.0, as... >>