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What great watches you could buy instead of the Apple Watch?

What great watches you could buy instead of the Apple Watch?

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Apple launched the Watch as a fashion piece, a desirable objet du jour, neatly divided into easily digestible price segments.  There's the Apple Watch Sport for those at the bottom end, teasing you with plenty of strap options to dress it up and make... >>

New Xbox One offers 1TB storage, new controller supports 3.5mm headphones

New Xbox One offers 1TB storage, new controller supports 3.5mm headphones

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Microsoft has announced a new Xbox One console equipped with a 1TB storage drive, giving you more space to store the latest blockbuster games.  The new console has been revealed in advance of the 2015 E3 Expo, where we're expecting a huge range of new... >>

BT launching BT Sport Ultra HD, with a new UHD YouView set-top box

BT launching BT Sport Ultra HD, with a new UHD YouView set-top box

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BT Sport has confirmed that it will be bringing 4K sport to your TV in August 2015. Alongside a number of announcements, BT confirmed that a new channel, appropriately called BT Sport Ultra HD will be launching in August. At the same time, it's confirmed... >>

HTC One M9 vs One M9+ vs One ME vs One E9 vs One E9+: Showdown in HTC town

HTC One M9 vs One M9+ vs One ME vs One E9 vs One E9+: Showdown in HTC town

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HTC launched the One M9 as its new flagship handset. Luxury design, new components, a revised Sense experience all fused together as the handset to set 2015 alight.  But HTC's plans globally don't reflect those we see in the UK or the US, with a number... >>

Tobyrich.vegas brings gamification to drones

Tobyrich.vegas brings gamification to drones

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TobyRich makes Bluetooth controlled toys and its next venture is the tobyrich.vegas, a Bluetooth drone designed for indoor and outdoor play. This is the second Bluetooth drone from TobyRich and follows the lead of the previous model by opting for a lightweight... >>

SAM Labs wants to help you build the Internet of Things with its Bluetooth blocks

SAM Labs wants to help you build the Internet of Things with its Bluetooth blocks

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Mr Long's physics lessons were a constant source of amusement at school. When not learning about kinetic energy with a ticker tape cart, we were building circuits for electronics. If only it was as easy as SAM Labs Bluetooth building blocks. These little... >>

Playbulb wants to bring Hue-like skills to your garden

Playbulb wants to bring Hue-like skills to your garden

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Summer has arrived and as we sit in the garden quaffing the country's dwindling supply of Prosecco, there's one thing missing: smartphone-controlled coloured LED lighting.  Fortunately, Playbulb has you covered with the Playbulb Garden. This solar-powered... >>

Ikawa Home Roaster: Bluetooth-controlled coffee bean roasting

Ikawa Home Roaster: Bluetooth-controlled coffee bean roasting

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If the poor coffee roasting efforts of others are leaving a bitter taste in your mouth, then the Ikawa Home Roaster might be just the thing for you. This connected coffee roaster connects to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth to give you precise... >>

Blocks Wearables: A closer look at the modular Android smartwatch

Blocks Wearables: A closer look at the modular Android smartwatch

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Blocks Wearables is working on a modular smartwatch. We recently reported that the project is moving forward, hitting Kickstarter this summer, looking to crowd-fund and wing its way to the wrists of gadget fans everywhere.  We caught up with Blocks... >>

Audi TT Coupé review: The TT's coming of age
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Audi TT Coupé review: The TT's coming of age

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The Audi TT is a car that's always had an image problem and it all stems from the curvaceous and bubbly first iteration. That was 1998, however, and as much as there was pointing and laughing from some drivers, it didn't stop the TT making its mark on... >>

New Motorola smartphone and Moto 360 expected in summer, says Lenovo

New Motorola smartphone and Moto 360 expected in summer, says Lenovo

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There's been a lot of talk about updates to Motorola, specifically new devices that come post-Lenovo's takeover of the Motorola brand from Google. Lenovo chairman and chief exec, Yang Yuanqing, has confirmed that we'll be seeing new models saying: "We... >>

Corsair Bulldog aims to prove that PC gaming is better than console gaming

Corsair Bulldog aims to prove that PC gaming is better than console gaming

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The PC versus console gaming battle is one that rages unabated and Corsair is throwing its hat into the ring with Bulldog, a PC designed for the living room. Unveiled at Computex 2015, the Bulldog is designed as a DIY gaming PC for your living room, complete... >>

Nintendo NX will be Android based, insiders claim

Nintendo NX will be Android based, insiders claim

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The Nintendo NX is turning into the ultimate tease. We know that Nintendo is working on some sort of future gaming hardware, codenamed NX, as was revealed in March. Speculation has now turned to the software platform, with Nikkei publishing a report talking... >>

Say cheese: Asus ZenFone Selfie will take 13-megapixel photos of your gurning face

Say cheese: Asus ZenFone Selfie will take 13-megapixel photos of your gurning face

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Asus is jumping on the selfie bandwagon, launching the ZenFone Selfie at Computex 2015. The new phone, with enhanced front-camera functionality, follows the likes of the HTC Desire Eye in offering a front camera that matches the resolution of the rear.... >>

Android Wear support is the cherry on top of the Citymapper awesome cake

Android Wear support is the cherry on top of the Citymapper awesome cake

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Citymapper is one of our favourite apps, one that we depend on day-to-day for quick navigation around London and other cities. Winner of the Judges Choice for best overall app in the GSMA 2014 Global Mobile Awards, it's recently had a couple of big updates... >>

Next Nexus will have fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C, Google hint suggests

Next Nexus will have fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C, Google hint suggests

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At the Google I/O 2015 developer conference, there's been plenty of news about Android Pay, the forthcoming Android M, as well as the launch of Google Photos.  In the past the way that this works is that Android's new features are announced at Google... >>

Android M previewed: Android Pay, fingerprint support, USB Type-C and more

Android M previewed: Android Pay, fingerprint support, USB Type-C and more

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Talking during the Google I/O keynote, Dave Burke, VP engineering of Android at Google, gave us a sneak peak of what to expect from Android M, the next version of the Google operating system. Android M is about improving the core user experience in Android... >>

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL review: Budget beauty
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Microsoft Lumia 640 XL review: Budget beauty

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Microsoft's Lumia launch plans continue to run at full speed, most recently resulting in two affordable handsets: the Lumia 640 and its phablet-sized XL cousin. It's the latter device, the Lumia 640 XL, with its 5.7-inch screen and aggressive price point,... >>

Android M could bring native fingerprint authentication

Android M could bring native fingerprint authentication

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Rumours about Android M are circulating and with Google I/O, the company's annual developer conference, fast approaching it's expected that details of the new version of the operating system will soon get announced. BuzzFeed News is reporting that a native... >>

20th Century Fox: UHD and HDR home viewing for all new movies

20th Century Fox: UHD and HDR home viewing for all new movies

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The business of home entertainment is ever changing and 20th Century Fox looks to be doing its bit to make sure the future is glorious. The Hollywood Reporter tells us that 20th Century Fox is making a commitment to Ultra High Definition and High Dynamic... >>

Inside Vertu: Welcome to the world of luxury smartphones

Inside Vertu: Welcome to the world of luxury smartphones

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Nestled in the rolling hills of Hampshire, some 40 miles outside London, sits the headquarters of Vertu.  Established during Nokia's halcyon days in 1998, Vertu was sold in 2012 to a private equity firm. It makes luxury phones by hand, costing more than... >>

Uber self-driving cars hit the roads, Johnny Cabs may one day be a thing

Uber self-driving cars hit the roads, Johnny Cabs may one day be a thing

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Uber had previously stated its intention to develop autonomous vechicles, basing itself in Pittburgh. Those cars are now hitting the roads. Uber located its Uber Advanced Technologies Center in the Pennsylvania city, with the aim of one day of having... >>

Sphero Darkside: The toy that proves the machines are taking over

Sphero Darkside: The toy that proves the machines are taking over

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Sphero, basking in the glory of the Star Wars BB-8 afterglow, has a new connected toy called Darkside. With a name that pays homage to Star Wars, the new toy is the naughty alter-ego of the existing Sphero Ollie. Sphero says that Darkside is a robot that... >>

Did Apple just out the iPhone 5C with Touch ID?

Did Apple just out the iPhone 5C with Touch ID?

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There's long been questioning over what Apple is going to do with the iPhone 5C, it's slightly more affordable option. With the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus appearing in late 2014, the iPhone 5C lives on with its fun coloured plastic backs, just begging for an... >>

HTC Vive has a VR zombie shooter, and it's called Arizona Sunshine

HTC Vive has a VR zombie shooter, and it's called Arizona Sunshine

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The zombie apocalypse is on us, and this time it's in room-scale virtual reality. Vertigo Games and Jaywalkers Interactive have announced Arizona Sunshine, one of the first titles we've seen for HTC Vive, the VR system developed with Valve.  Arizona... >>