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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
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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
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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
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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
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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... >>

Sony A6500 preview: Compact, powerful and now with touch

Sony A6500 preview: Compact, powerful and now with touch

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Sony has made a quickstep through some of its Alpha models, with the A6500 following the A6300 that was announced at the beginning of 2016.This new E-mount model offers much the same design of the A6300 and A6000 that came before and in many cases adopts... >>

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
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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... >>

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge review: The new smartphone champion
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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge review: The new 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, is the one that's taking the lion's... >>