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British Gas will make your boiler self-diagnose faults with Boiler IQ

British Gas will make your boiler self-diagnose faults with Boiler IQ

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British Gas has announced its latest product looking to make your home smarter. Boiler IQ is a monitoring system that will allow compatible boilers to self-diagnose problems long before you know something is wrong. Available as an upgrade to existing... >>

Samsung Galaxy S7 review: The unsung hero?
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Samsung Galaxy S7 review: The unsung hero?

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Samsung's dual-flagship strategy is now in full force, with the launch of both a regular Samsung Galaxy S7 and a larger SGS7 edge model. The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is very much the headline hog, with its dual curved edges and larger display it's the hero... >>

HTC 10 amazingly revealed in hilarious Twitter one-upmanship

HTC 10 amazingly revealed in hilarious Twitter one-upmanship

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While us mere mortals scrape at the earth for tiny morsels, two of Twitter's most prolific leakers have swung in and given us a veritable feast of HTC 10 leaks. For those who follow the business of leaking smartphones via Twitter, there are two names... >>

HTC's next flagship may simply be called HTC 10

HTC's next flagship may simply be called HTC 10

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HTC didn't reveal a new flagship handset at Mobile World Congress, instead waiting until the closing days of the show before launching its teaser campaign using the moniker "power of 10". So far we have had little indication as to what the new handset... >>

How to use adoptable storage on Android 6.0 Marshmallow

How to use adoptable storage on Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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One of the features in Android 6.0 Marshmallow that hasn't gained many headlines is called flex storage or adoptable storage (Google uses both terms).  The new feature will allow you to use external storage on your device as internal storage. It's likely... >>

Panasonic ALL Connected speaker system expands, bringing waterproof and network CD player options

Panasonic ALL Connected speaker system expands, bringing waterproof and network CD player options

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Panasonic's multi-room speaker system is called ALL Connected. There are a wide range of products in the family, spanning everything from soundbars to individual speakers. For 2016, the system has expanded and updated, bringing with it additional options... >>

Mountain Athletics from The North Face helps you train for your outdoor adventures

Mountain Athletics from The North Face helps you train for your outdoor adventures

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The North Face is a well-established brand once you're off the beaten track. Since the company's foundation in 1966, it has been associated with some of the toughest events, from polar expeditions to mountain conquests.  With the launch of Mountain Athletics,... >>

Panasonic 4K HDR choices: DX902, DX802, DX750, DX700 TVs explored

Panasonic 4K HDR choices: DX902, DX802, DX750, DX700 TVs explored

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Panasonic has refreshed its line-up of Viera televisions for 2016, with a number of models offering Ultra HD/4K, as well as high dynamic range (HDR). We saw the launch of the DX900 at CES 2016 (appearing as the DX902 in Europe), Panasonic's first television... >>

Panasonic UB900 Ultra HD Blu-ray player available from mid-April

Panasonic UB900 Ultra HD Blu-ray player available from mid-April

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One of the first Ultra HD Blu-ray players to hit the shelves will be the Panasonic UB900, meaning you'll be able to play your (as yet unavailable) Ultra HD Blu-ray discs in glorious 4K with HDR on your brand new television. Panasonic has confirmed that... >>

Mobile World Congress 2016: All the announcements that matter

Mobile World Congress 2016: All the announcements that matter

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Mobile World Congress, or MWC to its friends, is the largest mobile trade show of the year. It's where we've seen some of the biggest handset launches over the past few years and 2016 has been no different. The show started with a bang, with a big Sunday... >>

DS 3 first drive: Fun French fancy

DS 3 first drive: Fun French fancy

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Rolling out originally with the chevrons of Citroën on the front, the DS 3 has had a revamp and refresh, now sitting pretty in the avant-garde livery of DS Automobiles.  Ok, so they may be one and the same, but with the DS 5, DS 4 and now the DS 3 getting... >>

LeEco has a smart mountain bike, and you're going to want one

LeEco has a smart mountain bike, and you're going to want one

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When LeEco called us in to talk about the Le Max Pro - and it's plans for expansion outside of China - we weren't expecting to be spending our time marvelling over a smart bike.  But when we found Le Syvrac it only seemed fair to stop and stare. You... >>

HTC Vive Consumer Edition: Eyes-on the final hardware

HTC Vive Consumer Edition: Eyes-on the final hardware

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HTC Vive was first revealed at MWC 2015 and has spent the last year touring the world, developing, refining and showing its skills, until it arrived at MWC 2016. A year later, we're looking at the final consumer hardware that you'll be able to order yourself... >>

Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro: Smartphone star causes a stir

Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro: Smartphone star causes a stir

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If you're into smartphones, then the name Xiaomi will be one you recognise. Enjoying huge successes in the China, Hugo Barra, VP of international at Xiaomi claimed that the company sat in the top spot for smartphone sales in China, and number 5 globally.... >>

Victorinox Cybertool is a smart accessory for your analogue watch

Victorinox Cybertool is a smart accessory for your analogue watch

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Victorinox and Acer have been working together to combine Acer's technology passions with Victorinox's Swiss pursuit of quality, and bring something a little different to the wearable market. The Victorinox Cybertool is a high-tech addition for your Inox... >>

Watch the Xiaomi Mi 5 Global launch event from MWC 2016 right here

Watch the Xiaomi Mi 5 Global launch event from MWC 2016 right here

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Xiaomi is a Mobile World Congress, looking to make a wider impact on the world with its smartphones, launching the Xiaomi Mi 5, it's new flagship smartphone. The Mi 5 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, there's 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB... >>

LeEco Le Max Pro: A super phone for a super ambitious company

LeEco Le Max Pro: A super phone for a super ambitious company

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The LeEco story is an interesting one. Recently changing the name from LeTV - because it does more than just TV - the "Eco" part of the name is nothing to do with being green, it's about ecosystem. LeEco popped onto the radar of smartphone fans with... >>

Forget phones: Mobile World Congress 2016 is all about VR

Forget phones: Mobile World Congress 2016 is all about VR

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If you were looking for a theme for Mobile World Congress, then it's other worldly: MWC 2016 is about virtual reality. Last year everyone lined up to talk about luxury. There were premium handsets, luxury watches, talk of quality materials, jewellery... >>

LG Cam Plus: Get a grip on mobile photography

LG Cam Plus: Get a grip on mobile photography

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Among the range of LG Friends released for the LG G5 is the LG Cam Plus. This is a camera accessory, designed to help you get the best out of your mobile photography. Firstly, let's clear up some confusion. This isn't a camera module, it doesn't change... >>

Android at MWC: There are 87 pin badges, and here's what they look like

Android at MWC: There are 87 pin badges, and here's what they look like

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Android might not have a lot to announce at Mobile World Congress, saving the big hits of Android N for Google I/O in May, but Google's mobile OS is everywhere on the show floors of Mobile World Congress 2016. As in previous years, Google is having fun... >>

Next-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon could power your top-spec VR headset

Next-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon could power your top-spec VR headset

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The mobile world might be talking about the newly-launched Snapdragon 820, powering the latest devices like the LG G5 and some variants of the Samsung Galaxy S7, but today Qualcomm made the promise of real desktop-rivalling power in its next-gen Snapdragon... >>

HTC Desire 530, 630, 825: Introducing micro splash, Hi-Res Audio, fun and frolics

HTC Desire 530, 630, 825: Introducing micro splash, Hi-Res Audio, fun and frolics

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HTC has updated its mid-range Desire handset line, with the announcement of the Desire 530, Desire 630 and Desire 825 at Mobile World Congress 2016.  This is HTC's fun and funky set of phones, and the most distinctive thing about them is a new finish... >>

HTC One X9: Boosting the mid-range with A9 design

HTC One X9: Boosting the mid-range with A9 design

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The HTC One X9 was originally launched in Asia in December 2016, and now this handset is spreading its wings and making its way to Europe, fusing design close to the HTC One A9, with a larger display, and the restoration of BoomSound. This probably isn't... >>

HTC Vive will cost $799, pre-orders open on 29 February

HTC Vive will cost $799, pre-orders open on 29 February

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HTC has announced that its VR headset, built in partnership with Steam, will be priced at $799 when it goes on pre-order on 29 February. The announcement of the price arrives as HTC unveils the final consumer edition of the headset, evolving a few features... >>

LG 360 Cam: Capture your VR world

LG 360 Cam: Capture your VR world

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LG has made a big bang with the launch of the LG G5 at Mobile World Congress 2016. Among the LG Friends - a range of devices designed to work seamlessly with the new LG G5 - is the LG 360 Cam. LG is following the likes of Nikon and Kodak of embracing... >>