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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
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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... >>

Google Pixel 2: What do we want to see?

Google Pixel 2: What do we want to see?

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With a new year on us, we're about to head into a cycle where all the phones of the year get updated - Samsung, LG, Sony and Huawei all launched new devices at Mobile World Congress. Nokia also rejoined this list.Heading toward the end of 2017 we'll... >>

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... >>

Apple Watch Nike+ review: Great smartwatch, just not a perfect runner's watch
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Apple Watch Nike+ review: Great smartwatch, just not a perfect runner's watch

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We can all agree that the Apple Watch is one of the best smartwatches out there. Its user interface is slicker than many rivals, it works seamlessly and exclusively with the iPhone and comes wrapped in high-quality, understated hardware. The Nike+ edition... >>

Vertu Constellation is a luxury handmade smartphone with a 5.5-inch sapphire crystal display

Vertu Constellation is a luxury handmade smartphone with a 5.5-inch sapphire crystal display

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Vertu has announced its latest smartphone, the Constellation. Vertu, the British manufacturer of luxury smartphones, caters to a different sort of clientele, a discerning smartphone customer who wants the very best quality and craftsmanship, and is prepared... >>

HTC Halfbeak Under Armour smartwatch: What's the story?

HTC Halfbeak Under Armour smartwatch: What's the story?

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The HTC smartwatch has been often rumoured, but has failed to appear, with dates in 2015 and 2016 slipping by, with HTC staying out of the smartwatch arena.HTC does have some wearable devices however, first showing off the HTC Grip, a sports device that... >>

Best VR headsets to buy in 2017, whatever your budget

Best VR headsets to buy in 2017, whatever your budget

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The age of virtual reality is upon us (again) with a torrent of devices and content having launched throughout 2016, with many more expected for 2017.The idea of VR isn't new. It's been circulating in the tech space for a number of years, but recently,... >>

HTC U Ultra: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

HTC U Ultra: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

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HTC has announced a new family of devices - U - with two new phones, the mid-range U Play and a more premium U Ultra.Kicking off 2017 in some style, these two new handsets promise to be all about you, while also signalling quite a departure from HTC's... >>

HTC U Play: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

HTC U Play: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

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HTC has announced the U Play, sitting in a new handset family with the U Ultra, positioned under flagship level. While the U Ultra offers close to flagship specs, the U Play is a lower-spec mid-range device, very different from the handset it launched... >>

HTC U Play preview: Mid-range specs, but plenty bling

HTC U Play preview: Mid-range specs, but plenty bling

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HTC has made an early move on its 2017 updates, launching a new set of devices under the U name. The U Play is the smaller of the pair, sitting in the shadow of the larger U Ultra, but offering a similar design and build.The U aspect is easily explained... >>

HTC U Ultra and U Play official: Unique designs, very different specs

HTC U Ultra and U Play official: Unique designs, very different specs

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HTC has confirmed its first big launches of 2017, with the reveal of a new family of devices, called U.The HTC U Ultra and the HTC U Play make up the pair of devices and in fitting with the name, HTC says that these devices are designed to be closer to... >>

Anyone can buy anything using your Amazon Echo, here's how to stop it

Anyone can buy anything using your Amazon Echo, here's how to stop it

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Alexa is gifted with a full range of talents, but a recent update for those in the UK could leave you with a nasty surprise.On 20 October, Amazon turned on the shopping option for Amazon Echo. Voice purchasing means that you can ask Alexa to buy you things.... >>

HTC Ocean's Touch UI gets another video leak, this time looking more official

HTC Ocean's Touch UI gets another video leak, this time looking more official

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The first leak we saw for the HTC Ocean was a concept for a new Sense Touch UI, detailing that you could operate the phone without buttons.A new video, shared by @evleaks, gives us another look at a similar-looking Sense Touch UI, again accessed without... >>

HTC Vive smartphone revealed: Could this be HTC's new flagship?

HTC Vive smartphone revealed: Could this be HTC's new flagship?

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We didn't see this one coming, but the emergence of an HTC Vive handset in a video leak could see a shift in focus for HTC in 2017. HTC Vive has been well received as a leading VR solution and there's some sense in having a Vive-branded handset, especially... >>

HTC U could be all about personalisation, massive video leak reveals

HTC U could be all about personalisation, massive video leak reveals

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HTC could be turning its attention to personalisation in 2017 a new video leak reveals.Shared by @evleaks via Twitter, the information comes from what appears to be a promo video for HTC, in which the company explains that your phone should be as individual... >>

Nokia's first Android phone is the Nokia 6, but there's a catch

Nokia's first Android phone is the Nokia 6, but there's a catch

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HMD Global, the company behind the rebirth of Nokia smartphones, has announced its first Android smartphone, the Nokia 6, which we'd expected to launch at Mobile World Congress 2017.In a surprise move, the company has launched the Nokia 6, giving us a... >>

This is Huawei's Daydream VR headset

This is Huawei's Daydream VR headset

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Daydream was launched in November 2016, as Google's rethinking of a mobile virtual reality experience. Launching initially on the Pixel handsets and with the Daydream View headset from Google, the universe is slowly expanding.When Google first demonstrated... >>

Slip into bed with Tom Brady, thanks to Under Armour's new sports recovery pajamas

Slip into bed with Tom Brady, thanks to Under Armour's new sports recovery pajamas

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Never one to be caught napping, Under Armour is turning its attention to sleep and recovery, an important part of any athlete's training schedule.Announced at CES 2017, the new Under Armour Athlete Recovery Sleepwear contain a bit of Tom Brady's input... >>

HTC One X10 leaks as an odd mid-range 2017 update

HTC One X10 leaks as an odd mid-range 2017 update

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While most of us are waiting for HTC to pull the covers off a bone fide replacement for the HTC 10, the struggling company appears to be treating us to a selection of mid-range updates.We've already seen the HTC 10 Evo, HTC Desire 10 that jump on the... >>

The machines are coming: CES 2017 is all about Amazon Alexa

The machines are coming: CES 2017 is all about Amazon Alexa

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Some are saying that CES 2017 is all about AI - artificial intelligence - but it isn't. It's very specifically about Amazon Alexa.We saw an emerging trend through 2016, expanding the smart personal assistant, going far beyond the sort of thing that Google... >>

Alexa is coming to your phone: Huawei adds the Amazon assistant

Alexa is coming to your phone: Huawei adds the Amazon assistant

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Amazon's Alexa is creeping into just about every facet of our digital lives and it looks like it's making an important step with Huawei – into your smartphone.Huawei announced the US launch of the Huawei Mate 9, it's big-screen Android phone at CES... >>

Google Assistant spreads its wings: Android TV, Android Wear 2.0 and other smart devices confirmed

Google Assistant spreads its wings: Android TV, Android Wear 2.0 and other smart devices confirmed

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As the battle of the machines rages on, Google has confirmed that Google Assistant is coming to Android TV, both on compatible televisions as well as set-top boxes. Making the announcement at CES 2017, Google gave the timeline of "the coming months",... >>