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Huawei Nova: A mid-range smartphone repositioning with 5-inch and 5.5-inch Plus handsets

Huawei Nova: A mid-range smartphone repositioning with 5-inch and 5.5-inch Plus handsets

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Huawei has announced a pair of mid-range Android phones at IFA 2016, looking to shake up the mid-range with a new family: Huawei Nova. The Nova is aimed at what Huawei called "dynamic aspirers" which you can loosely read as "young people who want a nice... >>

Huawei MediaPad M3 review: An unfussy Android media tablet
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Huawei MediaPad M3 review: An unfussy Android media tablet

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The tablet market has stumbled. From everyone offering a tablet - in Windows, Android, iOS - things have dwindled. Even Apple's iPad has slowed in pace. The shift has been toward offering tablets that replace your laptop, devices designed for productivity,... >>

TomTom Touch activity tracker monitors your body fat, not just your steps

TomTom Touch activity tracker monitors your body fat, not just your steps

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TomTom is making its move against market leaders Fitbit, with the launch of the TomTom Touch.  This is an activity tracker that wants to stay with you throughout your fitness journey, looking to differentiate itself from the mass of other devices by... >>

Gamification of driving: TomTom Curfer will deliver driving stats to improve your performance

Gamification of driving: TomTom Curfer will deliver driving stats to improve your performance

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There's a connection on your car that's talked about on car forums and in service centres, but not a lot else. It's called the OBD, on-board diagnostics, and TomTom has just made a fun accessory for it. The TomTom Curfer connects to the car's OBD port... >>

TomTom Spark 3 and Runner 3 let you explore on your runs with new route tracking feature

TomTom Spark 3 and Runner 3 let you explore on your runs with new route tracking feature

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The TomTom Spark (and the Runner sister product) have expanded their skills with a new route discovery feature. In its new guise as the TomTom Spark 3 (or Runner 3), you get all the features of the current models, but boosted with the new route tracking... >>

TomTom Vio is a satnav for scooters, to help you get where the funk you're going

TomTom Vio is a satnav for scooters, to help you get where the funk you're going

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TomTom is launching a new satnav that's designed specifically for those commuting on scooters or motorbikes. A simpler alternative to TomTom's existing Rider line of bike navigation devices, the TomTom Vio opts for a funky round design, so it will match... >>

TomTom Go adds Wi-Fi, smartphone notifications and Siri, Google, Cortana voice controls

TomTom Go adds Wi-Fi, smartphone notifications and Siri, Google, Cortana voice controls

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TomTom's latest Go satnav device adds a range of connectivity options to make it a more rounded companion for your car, not just a device to get you from A to B. The TomTom Go includes all the features you expect from the Go family - like Traffic, speed... >>

HTC One A9s official: Updated metal mid-ranger drops display to 720p

HTC One A9s official: Updated metal mid-ranger drops display to 720p

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HTC has announced the HTC One A9s, an updated version of its compact metal mid-range handset.  The HTC One A9 was something of a surprise for 2015. It was best known for the iPhone-alike looks, but there was no questioning the quality of the design and... >>

Asus ZenWatch 3 preview: Android Wear marches on

Asus ZenWatch 3 preview: Android Wear marches on

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Asus has unveiled its latest ZenWatch model, following two watches that have tried to be a little different in the original ZenWatch and ZenWatch 2. It's perhaps a little worrying, then, that the latest ZenWatch doesn't so much strive to be different,... >>

Android 7.0 Nougat tips and tricks: Get your teeth into Google’s gooey goodness

Android 7.0 Nougat tips and tricks: Get your teeth into Google’s gooey goodness

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Unlike previous OS upgrades, Android 7.0 Nougat was released before any new Nexus phones this year, and will likely hit the market first with the LG V20, rather than Google's own handsets.  Nougat has also made its way to several Nexus devices already... >>

Logi ZeroTouch will get your old banger connected, help you keep your eyes on the road

Logi ZeroTouch will get your old banger connected, help you keep your eyes on the road

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Smartphones are a problem for drivers. The temptation to dip in and check your messages or send replies to your friends can be too much to resist. Looking to save drivers from that temptation is Logitech's ZeroTouch.ZeroTouch is designed to transform... >>

Xbox One S: 4K, Ultra HD Blu-ray and HDR examined in more detail

Xbox One S: 4K, Ultra HD Blu-ray and HDR examined in more detail

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We've reviewed the Xbox One S and concluded that this is a great update to the console, making it an attractive option for anyone who hasn't committed yet and wants to join the Xbox family but also as a great media device for those wanting to embrace... >>

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... >>

Malibu bottles get connected with NFC, because summer

Malibu bottles get connected with NFC, because summer

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Malibu is embracing NFC to make a limited number of its rum bottles connected, meaning you'll be able to tap to interact, rather than just swigging the whole thing down.  The idea is to provide connectivity with your smartphone, so you can tap on the... >>

EE's free 6-month Apple Music subscription will save you Bacon, give you access to Britney, bitch

EE's free 6-month Apple Music subscription will save you Bacon, give you access to Britney, bitch

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EE will be offering a 6-month free subscription to Apple Music to all new and upgrading monthly customers, from 1 September. The pairing with the Apple music service is the first of its kind for a UK network, and the latest in a number of incentives offered... >>

Sony Xperia X Compact breaks cover, and you didn't expect that

Sony Xperia X Compact breaks cover, and you didn't expect that

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There's been a lot of talk about Sony Mobile recently. After the ditching of the Z series at MWC and the launch of a new X series, the question of where the next flagship will come from has been the subject of lots of speculation. We've spent plenty of... >>

Uber will let you pre-book rides in London

Uber will let you pre-book rides in London

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Uber is adding one of the big missing features to its service in the UK: the ability to pre-book. Uber has had a rough ride since its launch in London, but the app-powered taxi service has found favour with Londoners, beating black cabs hands-down when... >>

LG V20 photo leaks showing off a simple design

LG V20 photo leaks showing off a simple design

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On Wednesday we bought you pictures of the V20 from a case manufacturer, talking about the predictability of device leaks. Thursday brings us a photo of the new handset from @evleaks, proving that the LG V20 is following a typical path of exposing itself... >>

HTC confirms timeline for Android Nougat updates

HTC confirms timeline for Android Nougat updates

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With the release of Android 7.0 Nougat by Google, it's now the turn of all the manufacturers to get to work on versions of the software for their own phones. HTC has taken to Twitter to confirm that the final software has been released to them by Google,... >>

LG V20 design possibly revealed by case manufacturer

LG V20 design possibly revealed by case manufacturer

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The timeline of a device leak follows a predictable path. In the case of LG, it's no secret that the V20 is coming: there have been invites to a launch event, a few early details about the sound quality and the fact it will run Android Nougat. When it... >>

PlayStation Now comes to Windows PC, with wireless DualShock adapter in support

PlayStation Now comes to Windows PC, with wireless DualShock adapter in support

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PlayStation Now, the service that will let you play PS3 games on other devices, has made a big move to Windows PC, meaning you can play games like Uncharted and The Last of Us on your computer.  PlayStation Now offers over 400 titles to subscribers for... >>

PowerEgg is a £1290 drone offering gesture controls

PowerEgg is a £1290 drone offering gesture controls

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PowerVision has officially launched PowerEgg, a rethinking of consumer drones, offering a dramatically different design, along with some innovative features. The PowerEgg itself has a design that explains the name, with the legs and arms folding to the... >>

Sony Xperia Nougat updates detailed: Xperia Z5 and a whole lot more

Sony Xperia Nougat updates detailed: Xperia Z5 and a whole lot more

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Google made the surprise move of releasing Android 7.0 Nougat to the Nexus masses on Monday, making this one of the earliest public updates in the Android programme. For those with Sony phones the question will always be when your update will arrive.... >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 review: Take note, this is the big-screen phone to beat
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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 review: Take note, this is the big-screen phone to beat

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The Samsung Note family is characterised by one thing: the inclusion of a stylus (that's S Pen in Samsung speak). Previously, the Note stood slightly apart from other devices because of its size. However, as phones have grown, it has been accepted that... >>

LG has the cutest Bluetooth speaker that looks like a candle with built-in mood lighting

LG has the cutest Bluetooth speaker that looks like a candle with built-in mood lighting

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LG has announced a new collection of Bluetooth speakers all offering quirky refreshing design, a little different to your average silver or black Bluetooth box. Of the collection, the dramatically named PH3 is the most interesting, with a design like... >>