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BlackBerry Priv specs, price and date confirmed, as pre-orders open

BlackBerry Priv specs, price and date confirmed, as pre-orders open

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Somewhat out of the blue, pre-orders for the BlackBerry Priv have opened at Carphone Warehouse, confirming all the details in the process.  The BlackBerry Priv has been one of the worst kept secrets in the smartphone world, with the leaks being so prolific... >>

Sony SmartBand 2 review: Life tracking that misses a beat
3.5 stars

Sony SmartBand 2 review: Life tracking that misses a beat

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The latest addition to Sony's SmartWear range is the SmartBand 2, a fitness tracking band with an updated Sony Core unit - the main heart of the device which slips into the accompanying wristband - that now adds heart-rate monitoring to the party. In... >>

Adidas Sport Supernova by Monster review: Sporty headphones, but lacking flex
3.5 stars

Adidas Sport Supernova by Monster review: Sporty headphones, but lacking flex

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Those who participate in sport can be very particular about the equipment they use. There probably isn't a runner who doesn't attribute a personal best to a winning combination of the right socks and shoes, or marathon success to wearing the right compression... >>

Vote for your favourite gadgets in EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards

Vote for your favourite gadgets in EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards

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The EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards long list has now gone live, revealing the hottest products from 2015 that are in with a chance for winning a coveted award. The EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards, now in their 12th year, look to celebrate the latest and greatest... >>

Motorola Moto X Play review: Big-battery beauty
4.5 stars

Motorola Moto X Play review: Big-battery beauty

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Motorola has doubled-up its Moto X devices in 2015, offering two different models in this popular family. The Moto X Style is the larger model with more advanced specs, with the Moto X Play (reviewed here) the more natural replacement for the previous... >>

Acer outs updated Aspire R 14, portable Aspire Z3-700 all-in-one as Windows 10 slew continues

Acer outs updated Aspire R 14, portable Aspire Z3-700 all-in-one as Windows 10 slew continues

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With Microsoft announcing its own hardware for Windows 10 recently, the roadshow continues, bringing more devices from more manufacturers. Now is the turn of Acer. Acer has previously shown a number of devices destined for Windows 10, including its smartphone,... >>

DJI Osmo: Say goodbye to shaky 4K video (hands-on)

DJI Osmo: Say goodbye to shaky 4K video (hands-on)

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Best known for its drones, DJI took to the stage at the launch of the new Osmo and talked about itself as a camera company. The real aim of DJI's efforts is to remove the barriers to capturing the action, letting you get the camera to wherever it is needed.... >>

Castrol Nexcel gives you a 90 second engine oil change, debuts on Aston Martin Vulcan

Castrol Nexcel gives you a 90 second engine oil change, debuts on Aston Martin Vulcan

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Castrol has announced what it's calling "a leap in liquid engineering" looking to revolutionise engine oil with the Nexcel system.  Nexcel is a system based around an oil cell, a sealed unit that contains both the engine oil and oil filter, designed... >>

Humax unveils the first Freeview Play set-top box

Humax unveils the first Freeview Play set-top box

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Freeview Play is the next big thing coming to your television. The new service from Freeview aims to offer connected services on a par with YouView, Sky and Virgin Media, giving you access to catch-up services such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, All 4 and... >>

Chromecast Audio review: Simply connect your disconnected speakers
5.0 stars

Chromecast Audio review: Simply connect your disconnected speakers

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Google's Chromecast, launched in 2014, grasped home cinema by the lapels and shook it firmly. The convoluted path to a connected TV experience was firmly diverted into modern streaming ease and at a price that was almost rude.  Jump forward to the present... >>

Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL confirmed: What's the story?

Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL confirmed: What's the story?

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Microsoft has taken to the stage at its October 2015 event in New York City, to confirm the launch of the Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. These two new handsets have been designed to offer a flagship experience for Windows 10 for Mobile, launched... >>

What is Google's Now on Tap and how does it work?

What is Google's Now on Tap and how does it work?

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow brings a number of changes to your Android phone, but Now on Tap is the biggest individual new feature.  First demoed at Google I/O, the idea is to extend the reach of Google across your device, making it easier and faster to... >>

LG V10 vs LG G4: What's the difference?

LG V10 vs LG G4: What's the difference?

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LG has announced the LG V10, a new handset that's the first in a new V line of handsets, a new family. We'd all got accustomed to the G series being the flagship, but it looks like LG is stepping up a notch, moving away from the trend to push the mid-range,... >>

LG Watch Urbane 2 vs LG Watch Urbane: What's the difference?

LG Watch Urbane 2 vs LG Watch Urbane: What's the difference?

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The Watch Urbane 2, or second edition, has just been announced by LG, bringing the very latest features to its line-up of smartwatches and expanding the offering of Android Wear. Its namesake the LG Watch Urbane was introduced at Mobile World Congress... >>

Google Nexus vs Google Pixel: What's the difference?

Google Nexus vs Google Pixel: What's the difference?

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Google set the cat amongst the pigeons today, announcing a new tablet, the Pixel C. Launched alongside the two new Nexus handsets, this new tablet comes Pixel branded, rather than Nexus branded.  The last Pixel product we saw was the Chromebook Pixel,... >>

Nexus 6P official: Release date, price and specs

Nexus 6P official: Release date, price and specs

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Google has officially announced the Nexus 6P as a 5.7-inch smartphone made by Huawei during its launch event in San Francisco. It's pretty much identical to the many leaks and rumours we've seen and heard in the last few months, with a better camera,... >>

Welcome to the EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2015!

Welcome to the EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2015!

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The Pocket-lint Gadget Awards are now in their 12th year, coming together annually to celebrate everything great about gadgets and tech. This year, we're partnering with superfast EE to bring you the EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards. As 2015 nears its end,... >>

BlackBerry Priv hands-on video reveals capacitive keyboard, Qualcomm and "all that good stuff"

BlackBerry Priv hands-on video reveals capacitive keyboard, Qualcomm and "all that good stuff"

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BlackBerry has taken a rather renegade approach to announcing its latest handset. It first confirmed that the Priv Android slider was real via CNBC (repeated on its blog), as well as writing the announcement into its quarterly results announcement. But... >>

BlackBerry CEO John Chen officially confirms Priv Android handset

BlackBerry CEO John Chen officially confirms Priv Android handset

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BlackBerry has officially confirmed the launch of the BlackBerry Priv, the rumoured Android slider that's been doing the rounds under the codename BlackBerry Venice. Although there's been no official press release, specs or supporting images, John Chen,... >>

BlackBerry Priv is the real name for the BB Venice Android slider

BlackBerry Priv is the real name for the BB Venice Android slider

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The next BlackBerry handset has had plenty of exposure recently, flaunting its wares under the codename BlackBerry Venice. It's been reported, however, that it's real name will be the BlackBerry Priv. The source of this information will be familiar to... >>

Huawei Mate S review: Yes mate!
4.5 stars

Huawei Mate S review: Yes mate!

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Over the past year we've seen the rising tide of Chinese smartphones. As established companies like HTC and Sony Mobile have reported some difficulties, the likes of OnePlus and Xiaomi have stolen headlines. Huawei has long been saying it has ambitions... >>

Huge Nexus 6P photo leak reveals design, confirms rumours

Huge Nexus 6P photo leak reveals design, confirms rumours

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As we approach the Nexus 6P release date of 29 September, we've seen more and more of the next Nexus device. But this is probably the biggest leak yet when it comes to design. Courtesy of Android Police we have what appears to be a product shot for the... >>

Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P names confirmed by leaked packaging

Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P names confirmed by leaked packaging

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The final pieces of the next Nexus puzzle are falling into place. With two new Nexus devices expected to be unveiled on 29 September, we've now seen leaked packaging designs leak.  These box designs - secured by Android Police - are reminiscent of previous... >>

Watch complications: What is Apple talking about?

Watch complications: What is Apple talking about?

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Over the past year, the world of tech that we inhabit has been exposed to a new vernacular. As companies diversify product offerings, we've seen new terms appear, crawling out of presentations and press releases, with little thought as to whether they're... >>

Amazon Fire HD 8 vs Fire HD 10 vs Fire: Which tablet should you choose?

Amazon Fire HD 8 vs Fire HD 10 vs Fire: Which tablet should you choose?

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Amazon has updated its family of Fire tablets, bringing refreshes at a number of sizes and prices, meaning there's something for everyone. There's a lot that these tablets all have in common, not least being deeply integrated with Amazon's entertainment... >>