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Android 7.1 Nougat tips and tricks: Get your teeth into Google’s gooey goodness

Android 7.1 Nougat tips and tricks: Get your teeth into Google’s gooey goodness

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Unlike previous OS upgrades, Android Nougat was released before Google officially launched its new home-made Pixel phones. But when those Pixels finally came, they shipped with a tweaked version. Android 7.1 came with a fresh design, launcher and features.... >>

How to setup an Amazon Kindle for children

How to setup an Amazon Kindle for children

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Amazon's Kindle has established itself as a leading reading device and where you have reading, you hopefully have eager children. Although real books, on paper, as well as using public libraries, should be something that all children experience, there's... >>

How to make Amazon Echo connect to your BT Home Hub: An easy fix

How to make Amazon Echo connect to your BT Home Hub: An easy fix

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Amazon Echo arrived in the UK on 28 September to much excitement. Those who pre-ordered the connected device took delivery and then discovered that it wouldn't work with one of the UK's largest internet services, as it failed to connect to BT's Home Hub.Setting... >>

Which Amazon Kindle is best for you? Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage or Kindle Oasis?

Which Amazon Kindle is best for you? Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage or Kindle Oasis?

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The Kindle reader is one of the most popular choices for ebook reading, letting you read your favourite books on a digital device, without the drawbacks that come with using a tablet or smartphone.Not only is the Kindle power efficient, meaning it will... >>

HTC is announcing something big on 12 January

HTC is announcing something big on 12 January

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Rarely do announcements in the tech world surprise us, such is the nature of the leaks and rumours, but HTC's 12 January announcement has literally come out of the blue.That's about as much information as we've been given so far, with a "save the date"... >>

Nixon Mission review: Surf and snow goes hardcore
4.0 stars

Nixon Mission review: Surf and snow goes hardcore

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The best iterations of Android Wear don't come from electronics manufacturers trying to make watches, it comes from watch manufacturers taking advantage of Google's smartwatch platform. Devices like the Tag Heuer Connected and the Polar M600 achieve... >>

Huge leak reveals Nokia P Android phone design

Huge leak reveals Nokia P Android phone design

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Nokia has confirmed that it will be launching Android smartphones in 2017 and it's expected to do so as soon as February. There may be a little more meat on the bones of Nokia's plans thanks to a leak coming out of China, claiming to be the flagship... >>

Google Pixel XL review: Android's new heavyweight champion
5.0 stars

Google Pixel XL review: Android's new heavyweight champion

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Google is finally taking the smartphone fight seriously, launching two new handsets with one simple message: Pixel, Phone by Google.That might sound like a slightly gawky message, but it's laced with potency. More than at any other time in the history... >>

Amazon Kindle Oasis review: First class reader, first class price
4.0 stars

Amazon Kindle Oasis review: First class reader, first class price

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The Amazon Kindle has been fairly predictable over the past few years, walking a path from button-laden ebook reader at its 2007 launch, all the way through to the ultra-refined and ultra-simple Paperwhite and Voyage generation.The Kindle exists for one... >>

How to watch Amazon Video on your Android phone or tablet

How to watch Amazon Video on your Android phone or tablet

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Amazon Video has a great selection of titles, from classics like Mad Men, to new hits like Bosch or The Man in the High Castle and Clarkson's new venture The Grand Tour. But it's not the simplest service to use.Amazon Video comes as part of the Prime... >>

Google Chromecast Ultra review: 4K casting is perfect... yet pointless
4.5 stars

Google Chromecast Ultra review: 4K casting is perfect... yet pointless

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Casting, Google Cast or Chromecast represents one of the greatest steps in recent consumer technology. The ability to fling content from a phone or mobile device to a big-screen TV and control it from the palm of your hand is simple, but great.For us... >>

Pokemon Go: How to raise your XP level, power up and evolve your Pokemon

Pokemon Go: How to raise your XP level, power up and evolve your Pokemon

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There are lots of elements to Pokemon Go. There's finding and collecting all the Pokemon, there's battling in Gyms, there's hatching eggs and visiting PokeStops.Then there's the whole world of powering up your Pokemon and raising your Trainer's XP. These... >>

Pokemon Go: How to catch Santa Hat Pikachu for Christmas

Pokemon Go: How to catch Santa Hat Pikachu for Christmas

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Cancel all your Christmas orders: Niantic Labs is giving the best gift this Christmas with a special edition Santa Hat Pikachu.In case you missed the news, your favourite Pokemon character has had a makeover, now wearing a festive hat for a limited time.... >>

Android Auto app: Bringing connectivity to all cars

Android Auto app: Bringing connectivity to all cars

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Until recently, access to Android Auto was at the whim of car manufacturers or else involved switching out your head unit for a system that would support Google's in-car platform.When Google released the Android Auto app for all phones in all cars in... >>

How to use the Pokemon Go Nearby feature

How to use the Pokemon Go Nearby feature

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First leaked in August, the Nearby feature in Pokemon Go will change how you play the game, making your Pokemon time more effective. Rolling out initially in limited regions, the Nearby feature is now available in the UK, so it's much easier to find... >>

Pokemon Go review, or The Trials and Tribulations of a Pokemon Go addict
4.0 stars

Pokemon Go review, or The Trials and Tribulations of a Pokemon Go addict

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It's raining. The British summer has been everything we expect it to be, and at 4pm on a Wednesday afternoon, you're not supposed to be sitting in your car playing Pokemon Go.But addiction makes you do things you wouldn't normally do and things you certainly... >>

Audi Q5 (2017) review: Technical brilliance in a slightly vanilla design
4.0 stars

Audi Q5 (2017) review: Technical brilliance in a slightly vanilla design

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The Audi Q5 is arguably Audi's most important SUV. Sitting in the mid-sized segment, it occupies a space where it's a little more useful than the cutsey Audi Q3 and a little easier to live with in suburban tight spots than the Audi Q7.Built in Mexico... >>

Yippee! New Pokemon coming to Pokemon Go on 12 December

Yippee! New Pokemon coming to Pokemon Go on 12 December

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It's been confirmed: there are new Pokemon coming to Pokemon Go on 12 December.Announcing a new partnership with Sprint in the US, the official blog said that more details would be announced on 12 December through Pokemon Go's social channels:"We're... >>

Best Cyber Monday UK fitness tracker deals: Garmin, Fitbit, Polar and more

Best Cyber Monday UK fitness tracker deals: Garmin, Fitbit, Polar and more

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Black Friday turned into the biggest shopping day of the year and now the biggest retailers have pushed these deals on to Cyber Monday so you can carry on saving yourself a packet in the run-up to Christmas. This Cyber Monday we're expecting fitness... >>

Best Cyber Monday UK and Black Friday phone deals: iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S7, Google Pixel phone deals galore

Best Cyber Monday UK and Black Friday phone deals: iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S7, Google Pixel phone deals galore

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Black Friday hit us on 25 November with a range of deals on smartphones, and as it continued through the weekend to Cyber Monday, you can still swoop in and save yourself a wodge of cash on the latest and greatest phones. We've been keeping track... >>

These are the Black Friday deals you should be buying

These are the Black Friday deals you should be buying

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Black Friday is in full swing with loads of offers across a full range of devices. For tech fans, there are a huge range of offers available, but these are the devices you should be snapping up in the sales.Sonos Play:1, £139 - click here to buy the... >>

Motorola Moto Z review: A modular muddle
3.5 stars

Motorola Moto Z review: A modular muddle

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Motorola has seen more than its fair share of changes in the past few years. From Motorola to Google to Lenovo, we've seen Moto phones shift to US-only manufacture and away again, introduce Moto Maker and pose in Nexus clothing. Now firmly in the grips... >>

Blu Vivo 6 hits Black Friday sales: Impressive 5.5-inch metal unibody Android phone for £185

Blu Vivo 6 hits Black Friday sales: Impressive 5.5-inch metal unibody Android phone for £185

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Going metal often means digging deep into your pockets. Brands like Huawei and OnePlus have been pulling down the price of premium metal devices, but few will be as affordable as the Blu Vivo 6.Blu is one of the largest providers of unlocked phones in... >>

How to catch Ditto in Pokemon Go

How to catch Ditto in Pokemon Go

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A number of changes have been pushed out to Pokemon Go in recent months following the explosion in popularity the game enjoyed in mid-2016.In addition to switching on the nearby feature in some regions, one of the unexpected changes was the inclusion... >>

Samsung HW-K950 Dolby Atmos soundbar review: Genuinely immersive audio
4.5 stars

Samsung HW-K950 Dolby Atmos soundbar review: Genuinely immersive audio

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Sound is a bigger part of your home entertainment setup than you might initially give it credit. Well, you know that, because you're interested in a Dolby Atmos soundbar, a way of bringing the latest in cinema surround sound excitement into your home... >>

Samsung KS8000 SUHD TV review: Hitting the 4K HDR sweet spot
4.5 stars

Samsung KS8000 SUHD TV review: Hitting the 4K HDR sweet spot

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Say what you like about Samsung's recent fortunes, there's no shortage of top choices when it comes to choosing an excellent 4K HDR TV - that's ultra-high definition and high dynamic range, to hit the two televisual must-haves for 2016.From the top-of-the-line... >>

YouView unveils new faster, cleaner, TV user interface

YouView unveils new faster, cleaner, TV user interface

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YouView has unveiled its next-generation TV platform, leaving Flash in the past and embracing HTML5 moving forward. The new interface leverages the cloud, meaning that YouView can quickly and easily update or add features in the background, something... >>

HTC 10 Evo review: The bigger one falls slightly flat
3.5 stars

HTC 10 Evo review: The bigger one falls slightly flat

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If the HTC 10 Evo looks familiar, that's because it was recently launched as the HTC Bolt as a Sprint exclusive. Well, it's exclusive no more, as it lands in the UK under a different name.The Evo recycles a name used by HTC in the past. There was the... >>

HTC 10 Evo is metal and waterproof, but may have a dicky ticker

HTC 10 Evo is metal and waterproof, but may have a dicky ticker

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HTC has added another premium handset to its portfolio, with the introduction of the HTC 10 Evo.Taking the name from the early-2016 flagship, the HTC 10, this new smartphone offers the metal unibody and distinctive metal chamfers of its namesake, but... >>

Samsung KS9500 SUHD TV review: Brightest HDR, pitched on a curve
5.0 stars

Samsung KS9500 SUHD TV review: Brightest HDR, pitched on a curve

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Ask Samsung and it will tell you that curved is very much where you should be with televisions. Having pushed the curved display as the next big thing after 3D - which is a feature incidentally absent from the KS9500 - the company still rates its flagship... >>

Quick! Amazon Prime membership slashed to £59 as a limited offer

Quick! Amazon Prime membership slashed to £59 as a limited offer

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Amazon has already started slashing prices for Black Friday, but there's a great offer on Prime membership if you've not already signed up.Amazon has slashed the price to £59 for new Prime members, so if you've been wondering whether to sign up or not,... >>

Parrot Disco preview: You can be my wingman any time

Parrot Disco preview: You can be my wingman any time

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Most of the talk about drones has focused around quadcopters. Parrot has a fair number of those, like the Bebop 2, but the Disco is a different proposition, taking to the skies as a fixed-wing drone.In reality there's been no shortage of those, from balsa... >>

Microsoft Surface Book vs Apple MacBook Pro (2016): What's the difference?

Microsoft Surface Book vs Apple MacBook Pro (2016): What's the difference?

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The gauntlet has been thrown down. Microsoft has updated its top-spec Surface Book, while Apple has updated its MacBook Pro, putting in a new Touch Bar feature.These two laptops square up, both pushing innovative features, trying to pull you to Windows... >>

Apple MacBook Pro (2016): Release date, specs and everything you need to know

Apple MacBook Pro (2016): Release date, specs and everything you need to know

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Apple has announced an update to its MacBook Pro, claiming that it's about to change everything again.Taking to the stage at its "Hello Again" event in Cupertino, Tim Cook and chums announced a completely new MacBook Pro, simply called the MacBook Pro. This... >>

Microsoft Surface Dial: Price, availability and everything you need to know

Microsoft Surface Dial: Price, availability and everything you need to know

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Microsoft recently pulled the covers off the Surface Studio and a newly-updated Surface Book, but there was one innovative device that drew a lot of attention: Surface Dial.What is Surface Dial?Surface Dial is an accessory that's been designed by Microsoft... >>

Microsoft Surface Studio vs Apple iMac: What's the difference?

Microsoft Surface Studio vs Apple iMac: What's the difference?

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If there's one message we're getting from companies, it's that designing your own hardware and pairing it with your own software is the way to go. Apple has long known this and doesn't do anything else, we've seen Google embrace this through Pixel devices... >>

Windows 3D capture experience will be designed to work on all devices

Windows 3D capture experience will be designed to work on all devices

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Microsoft wants to have everyone playing with 3D with its forthcoming release of Windows 10 Creator Update, coming in 2017. Presenting new features of the update, Megan Saunders, general manager at Microsoft, briefly talked about 3D capture, an essential... >>

O2 Home offers an easy route down the smarthome path

O2 Home offers an easy route down the smarthome path

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O2 has a range of smarthome packs, aiming to make it easy to get your home connected.Rather than you going out and buying a range of individual devices, the O2 Home approach will let you choose a pack, have O2 install it and support it in your home, in... >>

BlackBerry DTEK60 vs BlackBerry DTEK50: What's the difference?

BlackBerry DTEK60 vs BlackBerry DTEK50: What's the difference?

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BlackBerry has announced another DTEK handset, with the new DTEK60 joining the existing DTEK50. BlackBerry has been shifting over to Android, first launching the Priv slider, an innovative handset that offered a lot of BlackBerry and a lot of Android.... >>

Logitech Pop is a smarthome switch that can quite literally get the party started

Logitech Pop is a smarthome switch that can quite literally get the party started

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Logitech announced the Pop, a smart home switch that looks to cross the smarthome divide and control multiple devices with the press of a button. in August in the US, but it's now also available in the UK.The switch links into your Wi-Fi, scanning for... >>

Sony Xperia XZ review: Falling short of flagship
3.5 stars

Sony Xperia XZ review: Falling short of flagship

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With the flagship Xperia Z family abandoned, the device that everyone expected to be the Xperia Z6 launched as the Xperia XZ. The new device is the fifth Sony smartphone to launch in 2016 - following the Xperia XA, Xperia X, Xperia X Performance and... >>

Pokemon Go's Halloween treat will stuff you full of Candy

Pokemon Go's Halloween treat will stuff you full of Candy

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Pokemon Go is getting into the spirit of Halloween, with a special in-game event running from 26 October through to 1 November. Some of the treats that Pokemon Go has in store are a little disappointing: suggesting that there will be more Zubats around... >>

How to show battery percentage on your Android 7 Nougat device

How to show battery percentage on your Android 7 Nougat device

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One of the big criticisms of stock Android has always been that the some of the basic niceties are missing. One of the most prominent of these is simple: battery percentage.It's a common tweak from the likes of HTC, Samsung or Sony, meaning you can see... >>

Mini Cooper S Works 210 first drive: Pocket rocket lite

Mini Cooper S Works 210 first drive: Pocket rocket lite

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Some may have feared for Mini when BMW rolled in and took this British icon and modernised it, but spend 10 minutes on any major road and you'll know that the public adoration for the Mini hasn't abated.With the John Cooper Works super-charged version... >>

Garmin Vivosmart HR+ review: A fully-packed fitness tracker
4.5 stars

Garmin Vivosmart HR+ review: A fully-packed fitness tracker

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There's no shortage of fitness trackers on the market. Since the launch of the Nike FuelBand, just about everyone has had a crack at this lifestyle end of the sports device market. Offering a lighter and simpler approach than more established sports... >>

Nexus owners: Android 7.1 Nougat coming in late October

Nexus owners: Android 7.1 Nougat coming in late October

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Google has confirmed that it will be running a beta programme for Android 7.1 Nougat starting later in October.That will come as welcome news for Nexus owners, with the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P joining the Pixel C as the first devices to get access to the... >>

RIP Samsung Galaxy Note 7: A eulogy for a great but flawed friend

RIP Samsung Galaxy Note 7: A eulogy for a great but flawed friend

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has passed. The life of this wonderful smartphone cut short. Join us as we reflect on the device that was the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.Before the Note 7 was born, the excitement was tangible. With over-achieving siblings appearing... >>

Hive review: The British Gas system that's the hub of all things
4.0 stars

Hive review: The British Gas system that's the hub of all things

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When British Gas called us in to the launch of Hive Active Heating, it was clear that this was the starting point for something bigger. Focusing initially where you would expect a heating company to focus, Active Heating was an easy first step. Thanks... >>

Polar M600 review: Top-notch smartwatch and fitness tracker fusion
4.5 stars

Polar M600 review: Top-notch smartwatch and fitness tracker fusion

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The explosion of smartwatches and fitness trackers has thrown up some real gems and thrown down some real turds, leaving us all to step carefully when choosing a new device. Polar is an established name in fitness devices, one of the oldest, perhaps,... >>

Pokemon Go update makes catching rare Pokemon easier

Pokemon Go update makes catching rare Pokemon easier

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There's an update coming to Pokemon Go that will take some of the frustration out of trying to catch rare Pokemon.Called the "capture bonus", the update (coming soon) will give you extra power to catch certain types of Pokemon, based on your achievements... >>