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Jaguar XF (2018): Sumptuous luxury, now with new engines

Jaguar XF (2018): Sumptuous luxury, now with new engines

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Jaguar updated its XF model in 2015 with sharper lines, pulling this car first released in 2007 into a more modern perspective. The XF sits above the XE in the range and the difference inside is obvious: although both offer similar exterior design and... >>

Ford updates Ford Sync 3 to add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to older vehicles

Ford updates Ford Sync 3 to add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to older vehicles

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Ford has confirmed that it is rolling out an update for Ford Sync 3, to add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to its 2016 cars.Sync is the name of Ford's in-car infotainment system that for a number of years (and versions) has allowed you to connect your... >>

New OnePlus 5 photos leak, raising more questions than answers

New OnePlus 5 photos leak, raising more questions than answers

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There is no shortage of hype surrounding the OnePlus 5. The company has just confirmed the name and that it's working with DxO to nail the camera experience, and we're seeing the trickle of leaks turn into a flood. The latest images coming from Chinese... >>

Microsoft's Surface Pro update leaks, expected launch on 23 May

Microsoft's Surface Pro update leaks, expected launch on 23 May

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Microsoft firmly denied that there was a Surface Pro 5, but instead it looks like there is a new Surface Pro coming instead.We know what you're thinking: this looks a lot like the current Surface Pro 4 that was launched in 2015. It looks like you might... >>

Standalone Daydream VR is now a reality, Qualcomm, HTC and Lenovo onboard

Standalone Daydream VR is now a reality, Qualcomm, HTC and Lenovo onboard

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Daydream VR has so far been an experience that has run on your smartphone, but now it's making the jump into a standalone headset. Google and Qualcomm have partnered on a standalone Daydream VR headset.Building on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 platform,... >>

Google Home can now give you visual responses on phones and Chromecast

Google Home can now give you visual responses on phones and Chromecast

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Google has announced a number of updates for Google Home at Google I/O 2017, demonstrating how the smart AI device will be able to take advantage of the screens around your house. Not only can you use services like YouTube and Netflix via Chromecast,... >>

Olympus Tough TG-5 preview: For the hardcore generation

Olympus Tough TG-5 preview: For the hardcore generation

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Olympus has announced its latest Tough camera, the TG-5. Following the family of Tough cameras before it, the new Olympus model is everything you expect it to be. There are chunky lines, exposed bolt heads, locks on all the flaps and so on.Such are the... >>

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... >>

Amazon now offers an even better Fire tablet for kids

Amazon now offers an even better Fire tablet for kids

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Amazon has updated its Fire tablets and in the process has expanded the Kids Edition to the Fire HD 8, meaning there's now a larger tablet designed specifically for your kids.The updated Fire HD 8 tablet sits at the heart of the package and as the name... >>

Alexa is now available on Fire tablets in the UK

Alexa is now available on Fire tablets in the UK

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Amazon is pushing an update to its Fire tablets enabling the Alexa service in the UK. This has been available in the US since October last year, but now makes its way to users this side of the pond. Alexa will be available on a wide range of Fire tablets,... >>

HTC U11: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

HTC U11: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

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HTC started 2017 with the launch of the HTC U Ultra and the HTC U Play, new phones that introduced a new look, as well as paving the way for the new HTC U11, it's true flagship.The HTC U11 is HTC flagship for 2017, taking the U name of it's liquid surface... >>

HTC U11: What can you do with a squeezable phone?

HTC U11: What can you do with a squeezable phone?

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The new HTC U11 introduces a new method for interaction with your device: squeezing.While most smartphone manufacturers are copying and reproducing features we've often seen elsewhere, HTC's new method of interaction is all the more unique. At last,... >>

Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR review: Great multi-sport watch misses a beat
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Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR review: Great multi-sport watch misses a beat

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The biggest claim with the Spartan Sport Wrist HR is that it's the first watch with heart-rate that Suunto has produced. While it joins a family of capable devices, that removes the need for a chest strap, making it appealing to a wider range of athletes.That's... >>

This is the new Nokia 3310, and you can buy it on 24 May

This is the new Nokia 3310, and you can buy it on 24 May

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Nokia launched a new version of the iconic Nokia 3310 during Mobile World Congress 2017 and the retro-fantastic phone grabbed plenty of attention.Except it isn't quite as retro as you might want it to be. The Nokia 3310, originally launched in 2000,... >>

Echo Show official: Amazon's home hub offers video calling and more, pre-order now open

Echo Show official: Amazon's home hub offers video calling and more, pre-order now open

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The Echo Show is now official, with Amazon announcing the latest addition to its Alexa-powered collection of devices.The Echo Show nearly stayed under wraps, only briefly getting leaked before the announcement, which at least means it comes as something... >>

Seriously: Amazon should make the Fire Phone for Kids

Seriously: Amazon should make the Fire Phone for Kids

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Everyone remembers the Amazon Fire Phone and probably not for the right reasons. It was 2014, smartphones were superhot, but the Fire Phone didn't catch on. In fact, it was unilaterally derided, and its light only burned about a year before it was extinguished.So... >>

What is Microsoft Windows 10 S?

What is Microsoft Windows 10 S?

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Microsoft has announced a new version of its Windows 10 operating system called Windows 10 S.Announced at the company's 2 May event focused on education, the company plans to double down on Windows by offering this new version that offers a range of advantages... >>

Microsoft unveils the Surface Laptop, a Windows 10 S device looking to take down the MacBook

Microsoft unveils the Surface Laptop, a Windows 10 S device looking to take down the MacBook

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Microsoft has unveiled the Surface Laptop at its New York education event, a new Windows 10 S hero device, designed for students, but likely to be loved by everyone.The Surface Laptop comes with a 13.5-inch 2256 x 1504 resolution PixelSense display... >>

Windows 10 S is a streamlined version of Windows for education

Windows 10 S is a streamlined version of Windows for education

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Microsoft has announced Windows 10 S, a version of Windows that it is calling the "soul" of Windows.Announced at the New York education event, Microsoft has said that Windows 10 S has evolved out of feedback from teachers and class leaders, resulting... >>

How to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S8, including smart select and smart capture

How to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S8, including smart select and smart capture

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Samsung has made a major change to the Galaxy S8 and S8+, removing the physical home button, meaning that taking a screenshot is now a little different to previous models.You have a number of different options when it comes to taking a screenshot, with... >>

Samsung Galaxy S8+ review: The best Android phone, bar none
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Samsung Galaxy S8+ review: The best Android phone, bar none

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Samsung has broken the mould with its Galaxy S8 handsets, producing two devices that are the same spec, apart from screen size and battery capacity. If you want this phone, just pick the size that fits you with no compromises or additional considerations.That's... >>

When QLED meets Galaxy S8: A guide to Smart View, Samsung Connect and controlling your Samsung TV with your phone

When QLED meets Galaxy S8: A guide to Smart View, Samsung Connect and controlling your Samsung TV with your phone

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Modern TVs are hyper-connected, with the likes of Samsung packing a whole range of functionality into its smart TVs. For many, the relationship with the TV is all about the remote control and the TV's native apps, but there's a whole world of interaction... >>

LG OLED TV 2017 explored: Wallpaper, G7, E7, C7 and B7 compared

LG OLED TV 2017 explored: Wallpaper, G7, E7, C7 and B7 compared

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LG is staying committed to OLED in 2017, introducing another Signature model at the top of the range, expanding to five OLED models, each in two sizes. The fight against top-level LED TVs continues, with Samsung particularly turning up the heat with its... >>

Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset preview: Exploring 3D sound

Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset preview: Exploring 3D sound

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Sennheiser launched the Ambeo mic in 2016, taking a step into devices that were designed for 3D audio, or audio to support the sort of sound experience you'd expect in VR applications. The Ambeo VR mic does exactly this, capturing sound from all directions... >>

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart wants to make oral care sexy with connected toothbrush

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart wants to make oral care sexy with connected toothbrush

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Philips is preparing to supercharge your oral care with the launch of a new connected toothbrush, the Sonicare DiamondClean Smart.Revealing the new electric toothbrush at the IFA Global Press Conference 2017, the new toothbrush isn't due to launch until... >>

Tablets for kids: How to setup an Amazon Fire tablet for children

Tablets for kids: How to setup an Amazon Fire tablet for children

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Kids love tablets. They love the interactive games, they love having access to video to watch and they love all the apps. The big problem is that most adults have a tablet setup for themselves, meaning you're only a few clicks away from content or buying... >>

Best Amazon UK Easter deals: Tablets, tech and home improvement treats

Best Amazon UK Easter deals: Tablets, tech and home improvement treats

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Easter is approaching and Amazon is going to be running daily deals right through from 4-17 April 2017.There will be a whole range of things to buy across Amazon's different stores, from shoes to home improvements, but we're interested in the best Amazon... >>

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 review: The undisputed smartwatch fashion king
4.5 stars

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 review: The undisputed smartwatch fashion king

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"It's too expensive". "It's unnecessary". "It's too big". "It doesn't have all the features of a watch a quarter of the price".The arguments against the Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 are many and varied. What we see, however, is a fashion-forward and... >>

BT Ultra HD YouView review: 4K entertainment, but in limited supply
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BT Ultra HD YouView review: 4K entertainment, but in limited supply

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BT was the first television provider in the UK to take a step into the future of entertainment, launching its own Ultra HD 4K service. It started, appropriately, with BT Sport Ultra HD, before expanding into other 4K content from streaming providers,... >>

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 vs Tag Heuer Connected 46: What's the difference?

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 vs Tag Heuer Connected 46: What's the difference?

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Tag Heuer has a new Connected watch, bringing some innovation to smartwatches with the introduction of modularity.It looks very much like the previous Connected 46 watch, with both offering a sporty style and firmly placed in the luxury segment of the... >>

What is Samsung DeX and how does it work?

What is Samsung DeX and how does it work?

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Samsung has announced DeX alongside the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.The DeX - a clever contraction of "desktop experience" - is the Android equivalent of Microsoft's Display Dock that launched with Windows 10 on mobile, allowing to... >>

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

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Samsung has announced the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, two new flagship smartphones, looking to slay the spectre of the Galaxy Note 7 and establish Samsung's position as a smartphone manufacturer to be reckoned with.This feature rounds up everything... >>

Bixby, Samsung's smart AI, launches on the Galaxy S8 but only supports US English and Korean

Bixby, Samsung's smart AI, launches on the Galaxy S8 but only supports US English and Korean

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Samsung has announced the Galaxy S8 and S8+, which also debuts the new smart AI service known as Bixby.Bixby is Samsung's answer to Siri, Google Assistant and Alexa, looking to bridge devices and offer smart voice control for a wide range of functions,... >>

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ courageously removes home button, conveniently keeps headphone jack

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ courageously removes home button, conveniently keeps headphone jack

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Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ at events in London and New York as it outlines its new flagship smartphone position. The new Galaxy S8 comes in two sizes, the regular model offering a 5.8-inch display and the S8+ offering... >>

UE Wonderboom is a palm-sized explosion of Bluetooth wonderment

UE Wonderboom is a palm-sized explosion of Bluetooth wonderment

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UE has announced a new Boom model, this time going smaller with the UE Wonderboom.The Wonderboom carries all the hallmarks you'd expect from the family. It's solidly built, waterproof and comes in a range of funky colours - grey, black, red, blue, pink... >>

Ultimate Ears UE Wonderboom review: An explosion of musical joy
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Ultimate Ears UE Wonderboom review: An explosion of musical joy

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UE is back with the Wonderboom, the latest Bluetooth speaker to join the Boom party. And this time it's going small. Like the UE Roll 2, this speaker takes things smaller, making it even easier to port around its fun brand of Bluetooth music, but doing... >>

Citroen C3 (2017) review: Bringing back the oh la la
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Citroen C3 (2017) review: Bringing back the oh la la

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Citroen has been through something of a rough patch. With German cars often being the first choice, the French have been fighting to get back some of the verve and passion that they used to possess. For Citroen, much of the small car amour found itself... >>

Connected watches of Baselworld 2017: From hybrid to smart in all shapes and sizes

Connected watches of Baselworld 2017: From hybrid to smart in all shapes and sizes

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Baselworld is a politely divided show. On one hand you have the most exquisite watches ever made, you have heritage and tradition, craftsmanship and some very expensive results.On the other hand, you have a movement to upgrade the watch into something... >>

Casio Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20 UK price confirmed as £450

Casio Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20 UK price confirmed as £450

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Casio didn't bring the first Android Wear watch it launched - the WSD-F10 - to the UK, but we've now had it confirmed that the new version will be coming to the UK.Casio confirmed at Baselworld 2017 that the new Pro-Trek Smart WSD-F20 model will be... >>

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 is one of the hottest smartphones of 2016, along with its Samsung Galaxy S7 edge sibling and winner of Best Smartphones in the Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2016.The SGS7 launched on Android Marshmallow, but has updated to Android Nougat... >>

Bixby is Samsung's new artificial intelligence bot, makes debut on Samsung Galaxy S8

Bixby is Samsung's new artificial intelligence bot, makes debut on Samsung Galaxy S8

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Samsung has confirmed that it is launching Bixby and it will be making its debut on the Samsung Galaxy S8.Samsung describes Bixby as a solution to a very modern problem, where devices are getting so complicated that users can't operate them. Bixby is... >>

Swatch is developing its own smartwatch platform, avoiding the lure of Android Wear

Swatch is developing its own smartwatch platform, avoiding the lure of Android Wear

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Swatch is looking to enter the smartwatch market using its own platform, the company confirmed in an interview on 16 March, choosing not to follow suit and use Google's Android Wear as a number of rivals have done.Company CEO Nick Hayek confirmed the... >>

Samsung 4K HDR TV choices for 2017: QLED Q9F, Q8C, Q7C and Q7F compared

Samsung 4K HDR TV choices for 2017: QLED Q9F, Q8C, Q7C and Q7F compared

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Samsung's 2017 line-up of TVs is on us, introducing more models that promise to offer outstanding results.The big introduction is QLED being pushed as the flagship branding, with four models in this new top tier carrying the Q moniker. Other categories... >>

Huawei P10 Lite promises flagship thrills at bargain prices

Huawei P10 Lite promises flagship thrills at bargain prices

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Huawei has released a new Lite handset, this time piggybacking on the recently-announced Huawei P10 flagship. The new Huawei P10 Lite adopts some of the P10's design principles, with a narrow bezel and compact body carrying a 5.2-inch full HD display.... >>

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge review: Still a smartphone champion
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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge review: Still a smartphone champion

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Samsung has drawn a line between its two flagship handsets for 2016, launching a 5.1-inch Samsung Galaxy S7, partnered with a 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. The latter, more visually striking model with curved edges, has taken the lion's share of the... >>

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge retrospective: This is still a fantastic phone

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge retrospective: This is still a fantastic phone

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Of all the phones we saw in 2016, it was the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge that had the greatest impact. Arriving alongside a flat Galaxy S7 that was pretty close to the Galaxy S6, the S7 edge made more sense, pulling into a space that made the S6 edge+ more... >>

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 is a luxury modular Android smartwatch

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 is a luxury modular Android smartwatch

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Tag Heuer has followed its first Connected smartwatch with a new model that features a unique twist. As well as offering a 45mm 400 x 400 pixel Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch module, the Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 offers the option to replace it with... >>

Volvo electric car targets 250 miles, mass-market pricing, 2019 launch

Volvo electric car targets 250 miles, mass-market pricing, 2019 launch

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Volvo is no stranger to technology. The car maker's autonomous plans have been well documented, running hand-in-hand with the company's desire to ensure that there are no deaths on the road that lay at the fault of a Volvo car. Safety is synonymous with... >>

Watch the Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 smartwatch launch live right here

Watch the Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 smartwatch launch live right here

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Tag Heuer previously confirmed plans to unveil a new watch in its Connected family and taking to Twitter, it has teased the new announcement on 14 March, as well as confirming that it will be livestreaming the event on YouTube.It's expected that the new... >>

TomTom Adventurer review: Great for the great outdoors
4.0 stars

TomTom Adventurer review: Great for the great outdoors

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The TomTom Adventurer takes the company's existing sports watch line-up - as familiar in the Runner or Spark - with the added twist of a barometer for additional outdoor activity tracking abilities.TomTom is clearly looking to cement its place in sport... >>