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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?
4.0 stars

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... >>

How to evolve Eevee into Espeon and Umbreon in Pokemon Go

How to evolve Eevee into Espeon and Umbreon in Pokemon Go

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Eevee is one of the most interesting Pokemon characters. Not only is it ridiculously cute, but it doesn't have a defined evolution path - and some of the Eevee evolutions have been the best Pokemon to take into a battle - like Vaporeon. With the release... >>

Panasonic 4K HDR choices for 2017: EZ1002, EZ952, EX750, EX700, EX600 compared

Panasonic 4K HDR choices for 2017: EZ1002, EZ952, EX750, EX700, EX600 compared

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Panasonic has confirmed its full line-up of 4K HDR TVs for 2017, making quite a shuffle to the line-up compared to 2016. There's a shift in technologies and a change to the numbering scheme, but fear not, because we've got you covered. The 2017 Panasonic... >>

Pokemon Go: How to use battery saver

Pokemon Go: How to use battery saver

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Pokemon Go's biggest problem is battery drain. In a world where smartphones are notorious for eating battery really quickly anyway, it's a double-whammy of battery carnage.With the latest update Pokemon Go has a new lease of life and a new influx of players... >>

Help! Pokemon Go isn't working: How to fix common Pokemon Go problems

Help! Pokemon Go isn't working: How to fix common Pokemon Go problems

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Help! Pokemon Go isn't working - what is wrong with it?With every craze comes a backlash and for Pokemon Go, the many of the problems have stemmed from server demands. This was very common when the game first launched in 2016, but with the drop of the... >>

Panasonic EZ1002 OLED TV preview: Stunning OLED punch paired with audio prowess

Panasonic EZ1002 OLED TV preview: Stunning OLED punch paired with audio prowess

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Panasonic announced its return to OLED TVs at IFA 2016, and subsequently unveiled the EZ1000 series at CES 2017. Originally announced as a 65-inch model, Panasonic has now expanded this offering, adding a 77-inch model to the choices for its flagship... >>

A closer look at Panasonic's Ultra HD Blu-ray player line-up: UB900, UB700, UB400, UB310, UB300

A closer look at Panasonic's Ultra HD Blu-ray player line-up: UB900, UB700, UB400, UB310, UB300

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Panasonic was a big player in kickstarting this whole Ultra HD Blu-ray thing. It, alongside Samsung, launched the first player in 2016, aiming high, with the UB900. That was a remarkable piece of home entertainment kit and soon after followed the UB700,... >>

Panasonic will update top-tier 2016 televisions to support hybrid log gamma

Panasonic will update top-tier 2016 televisions to support hybrid log gamma

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There's a lot of chatter in HDR land about a new format called hybrid log gamma, or HLG to its friends. Hybrid log gamma is a new system for high dynamic range that's been co-developed by the BBC and it could be a future solution for broadcast HDR. While... >>

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... >>

LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style: Release date, specs and everything else you need to know

LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style: Release date, specs and everything else you need to know

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It would be fair to say that LG has hit Android Wear with some vigour over the past few years: LG G Watch was one of the first Android Wear devices, followed by the LG G Watch R. LG Watch Urbane in followed in 2015 and the Watch Urbane 2 was launched,... >>

LG Watch Sport preview: The crown prince of Android Wear 2.0

LG Watch Sport preview: The crown prince of Android Wear 2.0

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Android Wear has so far been a middling story of wearable devices. The best iterations have been sold on a brand's strengths - like Polar's integration into its M600 giving you a great Polar Flow experience, or Tag's premium reworking on the Tag Heuer... >>

Official: LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style are Google's first Android Wear 2.0 watches

Official: LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style are Google's first Android Wear 2.0 watches

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Google and LG have officially announced the LG Watch Sport and the LG Watch Style, a pair of new devices designed in collaboration to showcase Android Wear 2.0.Android Wear 2.0 was first announced at Google I/O in May 2016, but its official announcement... >>

Android Wear 2.0 update coming from 15 February to existing watches

Android Wear 2.0 update coming from 15 February to existing watches

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Google has confirmed that the update to Android Wear 2.0 will be rolling-out on 15 February, following its announcement with the launch of the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style on 8 February. The new software is a step-change for Android Wear, bring... >>

iPhone owners to benefit from Android Wear 2.0, thanks to standalone apps

iPhone owners to benefit from Android Wear 2.0, thanks to standalone apps

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Android Wear has supported the iPhone for a while, but the experience has been rather jilted. Unlike the Apple Watch, the experience didn't "just work", it was more a case of "barely worked".There are a lot of reasons why, not least because of the approach... >>

Alexa comes to your car with Logitech ZeroTouch, but this might not be the experience you're looking for

Alexa comes to your car with Logitech ZeroTouch, but this might not be the experience you're looking for

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Alexa is marching across the world of tech, appearing in all sorts of devices looking to bring connectivity from all angles.The latest announcement, appearing on the day that Amazon announced that Alexa Voice Service's availability in the UK and Germany,... >>

Nintendo Switch pre-order stock available again, get one while you can

Nintendo Switch pre-order stock available again, get one while you can

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Nintendo fully unveiled its next games console, the Nintendo Switch, in January and opened the doors for pre-orders soon after.However, unless you were very quick, retailers soon run out of their allocation for launch day and many were left frustrated.If... >>

Audi MMI explored: A deep dive into Audi's in-car infotainment systems

Audi MMI explored: A deep dive into Audi's in-car infotainment systems

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Of all the car brands out there, Audi is known for offering one of the most expansive and integrated information and entertainment systems you'll find in a car.There's whole range of options available, from Wi-Fi hotspots, to live traffic, there's Virtual... >>

Sony 4K HDR TV choices for 2017: A1 OLED, ZD9, XE94, XE93, XE90, XE85, XE80 compared

Sony 4K HDR TV choices for 2017: A1 OLED, ZD9, XE94, XE93, XE90, XE85, XE80 compared

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Sony has revealed its Bravia TV line-up for 2017, following much the same format as its excellent 2016 televisions, but boosting performance and tweaking the design in many areas.Sony is offering a full selection of 4K HDR televisions for 2017, on top... >>

Sony's Full HD HDR TVs are the perfect companion for your PS4

Sony's Full HD HDR TVs are the perfect companion for your PS4

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While most of the attention is on 4K or Ultra HD televisions when talking about HDR - high dynamic range - Sony has pulled the covers off something rather more unique: Full HD televisions that also support HDR.So far, HDR has followed 4K, i.e., higher... >>

LG OLED B6 review: A sure-fire starting point for OLED
4.5 stars

LG OLED B6 review: A sure-fire starting point for OLED

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The LG OLED B6 was launched in 2016, as the most affordable flat LG OLED TV for that year. That marks it out as something rather special because while the flagship televisions - the Signature G6 and the E6 - offer the picture-on-glass design, the OLED... >>

Panasonic DMP-UB700 review: Step-down Ultra HD Blu-ray player loses little
4.5 stars

Panasonic DMP-UB700 review: Step-down Ultra HD Blu-ray player loses little

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Panasonic made its pitch with one of the first Ultra HD Blu-ray players in 2016 with the UB900. It was masterful, designed to be the highest quality for early adopters and to satisfy the demands of serious AV enthusiasts looking for their 4K fix.The UB900's... >>

Sony: Hybrid log gamma HDR update coming to all 4K HDR TVs

Sony: Hybrid log gamma HDR update coming to all 4K HDR TVs

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Sony has confirmed that it will be pushing an update to bring hybrid log gamma compatibility to its 2016 and 2017 televisions.Hybrid log gamma (HLG) is a new TV technology that's been developed in part by the BBC, but is seen as the potential future for... >>

Audi A5 (2017) review: Sporty looks, refined drive
4.5 stars

Audi A5 (2017) review: Sporty looks, refined drive

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The Audi A5 was launched in 2007 and revised in 2009 to put doors into the back of the Coupé version for a more conventional five-door arrangement, the Sportback as Audi calls it. So solid was the A5 that the second-generation A5 has only just appeared,... >>

Amazing LG Watch Style picture leak reveals Android Wear's next smartwatch darling

Amazing LG Watch Style picture leak reveals Android Wear's next smartwatch darling

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LG could be preparing to launch two new smartwatches in partnership with Google, called the LG Watch Style and the LG Watch Sport. The names of these devices were first revealed by Evan Blass, who has now followed-up the name with high-quality images... >>

How to make Amazon Echo respond to the Star Trek wake word 'Computer'

How to make Amazon Echo respond to the Star Trek wake word 'Computer'

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Star Trek fans, hold onto your hats, because the it has finally happened: the Amazon Echo will now let you use Star Trek's wake word "Computer" rather than Alexa. Made famous by Picard and the crew in Star Trek The Next Generation, you can have your... >>

OnePlus 3T available for immediate delivery, no more delays

OnePlus 3T available for immediate delivery, no more delays

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OnePlus has something of a chequered history when it comes to availability of devices. The original OnePlus hype was partly fuelled by low stock and high demand. As a self-imposed new year's resolution, OnePlus wants to change that. Taking to the company... >>