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Nexus Player review: A first step in Android TV
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Nexus Player review: A first step in Android TV

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The Nexus Player is Google's set-top box. Built by Asus and announced alongside the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, the Nexus Player brings Android Lollipop to your TV. It acts as a bridge, giving Google an avenue to providing content for your TV and leverages... >>

Android Wear 5.1 explored: One small step for Android Wear...

Android Wear 5.1 explored: One small step for Android Wear...

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Google announced an update to Android Wear in April, making its debut on the LG Watch Urbane and rolling out to other devices in the family. It's the most significant Wear update so far, a step change in functionality. Android Wear has spent its time... >>

Live your own Jurassic World adventure, in Lego

Live your own Jurassic World adventure, in Lego

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Jurassic World, the latest in the series of cult dinosaur movies, will be hitting cinemas on 12 June, but you can get in on the action now, in classic Lego style. Lego has released six new Lego sets to celebrate the movie, letting you set the dinosaurs... >>

Simpsons Minifigures series 2 is another dose of Lego awesome

Simpsons Minifigures series 2 is another dose of Lego awesome

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Rejoice! A second series of Simpsons and Lego Minifigs has been released. There are now 16 new Simpsons Lego Minifigs to collect, hitting any reputable stores from 1 May.  There's a great selection of characters in the mix here, including some of The... >>

Sony Xperia Z3+: What's the story so far?

Sony Xperia Z3+: What's the story so far?

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Sony Mobile seems to be running headlong into a nomenclature nightmare. With the excellent Sony Xperia Z3 awaiting a replacement, plenty of names, specs and other details have been bandied around. With many expecting the Z3 replacement to be simply called... >>

HTC One M9 camera update brings promised raw capture

HTC One M9 camera update brings promised raw capture

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When HTC launched the One M9, one of the features that was announced was raw capture for the camera - something rivals LG announced on the G4 just a few days ago.  An update for the HTC Camera app has been pushed out via Google Play, bring the raw capture... >>

Mini John Cooper Works Hatch gets fast and furious in tech-heavy promo video

Mini John Cooper Works Hatch gets fast and furious in tech-heavy promo video

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We last encountered the Mini John Cooper Works Hatch at the Detroit Motor Show at the beginning of the year. Sporting the John Cooper Works badge, this is Mini's most powerful production Mini so far. It carries the same fun-loving looks as other Mini... >>

Windows Phone 10 technical preview: Hands-on with Windows Phone of the future

Windows Phone 10 technical preview: Hands-on with Windows Phone of the future

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Windows Phone 10 isn't actually called Windows Phone 10, but as is often the way, when a large corporation like Microsoft changes a naming convention the fans do their own thing. So here we have the Windows 10 technical preview for phones, that runs as... >>

TomTom Bandit: An innovative, user-friendly, action cam (hands-on)

TomTom Bandit: An innovative, user-friendly, action cam (hands-on)

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TomTom has announced its entry into the action camera market and the solution is super-consumer friendly. Not only is TomTom taking a sensible approach to the design, but also the editing and sharing of the content you capture.  The results, at first... >>

Watch Microsoft's Build 2015 keynote live, right here

Watch Microsoft's Build 2015 keynote live, right here

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Microsoft's Build 2015 developer conference is set to see a lot of action, with plenty of detail on Windows 10 to be expected. The conference focuses on all things Microsoft and will be held at The Moscone Center in San Francisco, from 29 April-1 May... >>

TomTom Bandit action camera offers 4K capture, motion data, smartphone connectivity

TomTom Bandit action camera offers 4K capture, motion data, smartphone connectivity

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TomTom has announced its entry into the action cam market with the TomTom Bandit, a camera with a difference. TomTom wants to make capturing your action movies as simple as possible, rethinking the action camera from the ground up, solving problems with... >>

TomTom MyDrive bridges the gap between smartphones and cars

TomTom MyDrive bridges the gap between smartphones and cars

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TomTom MyDrive is a new system that's designed to connect together all your devices - laptop, smartphone, tablet - as well as your car.  The aim is to make it easier to plan and set your destination, allowing you to do this before you step into the car,... >>

HTC One M8 Sense 7 update coming August 2015

HTC One M8 Sense 7 update coming August 2015

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HTC has confirmed the HTC One M8 update that you've all been waiting for. The HTC One M8 will be updated to Sense 7 and Android 5.1 in August 2015, according to HTC's official UK Twitter account.  Sense 7 made its debut on the HTC One M9 - launched in... >>

Here's everything LG announced that you didn't already know about the G4

Here's everything LG announced that you didn't already know about the G4

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LG has taken a strange approach to launching the LG G4. It announced the display, the camera, the vegetable-tanned leather back and the new user interface prior to launch. It teased this new handset so hard, that come launch day, what was there left... >>

Haier Dual-Drum washing machine offers smart control, smart washing flexibility

Haier Dual-Drum washing machine offers smart control, smart washing flexibility

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Haier introduced its Dual-Drum washing machine at the IFA 2015 Global Press Conference in Malta, a machine comes with plenty of appeal. It might stand slightly taller than a typical appliance, but this Dual-Drum machine brings convenience that should... >>

Grundig VUX is the smart kitchen of the future

Grundig VUX is the smart kitchen of the future

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Grundig today showed off its VUX smart control interface at the IFA 2015 Global Press Conference that uses light projection over traditional buttons. We gave it a try, and it's really clever.  Looking to make your connected kitchen even smarter, the... >>

TP Vision: 90 per cent of Philips Android TVs get connected

TP Vision: 90 per cent of Philips Android TVs get connected

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TP Vision, the license holder for Philips televisions and one of the largest display manufacturers around, today talked about the adoption of Android TV and the impact that has on its smart TVs. Talking at the IFA 2015 Global Press Conference in Malta,... >>

ZTE's vision of the future includes transparent smartphones

ZTE's vision of the future includes transparent smartphones

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ZTE took the stage at the IFA 2015 Global Press Conference, currently running in Malta, with Waiman Lam, senior director of technology and partnership, ZTE, introducing a number of recent ZTE innovations and talking about future growth. The ZTE Star 2,... >>

Philips and Allianz are working on a smartphone-controlled backpain solution

Philips and Allianz are working on a smartphone-controlled backpain solution

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Philips are partnering with Allianz to bring a smartphone-controlled backpain solution, aiming to cross the divide between healthcare professional and patients. Announced on stage at the IFA 2015 Global Press Conference in Malta, Bernd Laudahn, managing... >>

Android Wear is getting a feature boost, here's what's coming

Android Wear is getting a feature boost, here's what's coming

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Android Wear hit the streets about a year ago, as Google's platform for wearables. Today, a major update was announced, as Android Wear moves to fend off Apple Watch. Android Wear has been incrementally updated since its launch. Like many Google products... >>

EE own-brand offensive: Harrier and Harrier Mini offer 4G affordability

EE own-brand offensive: Harrier and Harrier Mini offer 4G affordability

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EE has announced a number of second-gen own-brand devices, capitalising on the success of its 2014 EE Kestrel. Sticking with the bird themes, the Harrier and Harrier Mini will be swooping into stores on 28 April, offering tantilising alternatives to big-brand... >>

Carphone Warehouse's new iD mobile network pushes free roaming data, value for money

Carphone Warehouse's new iD mobile network pushes free roaming data, value for money

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Dixons Carphone has announced a new mobile network, known simply as iD. The new network from Carphone Warehouse will be launching in May and promises to offer wider free data roaming than existing networks.  Comparing itself to Three, iD will be data... >>

Samsung Galaxy S6 tips and tricks: Get the most from your new phone

Samsung Galaxy S6 tips and tricks: Get the most from your new phone

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Samsung's new flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S6 - and its Galaxy S6 edge cousin - is shaping up to be one of the hottest phones of 2015.  If you've got your hands on this new device but feel a little lost, then don't panic, we've got you covered.... >>

LG G Stylo is an affordable Galaxy Note rival

LG G Stylo is an affordable Galaxy Note rival

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There were rumours circulating that LG would be releasing a new device with a stylus and the LG G Stylo is it. Before you get too excited, this is a device aimed at the domestic market in Korea, so it's debatable whether we'll see it outside of its homeland.... >>

Google joins the hunt for the Loch Ness Monster

Google joins the hunt for the Loch Ness Monster

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The most famous photograph purporting to show the Loch Ness Monster was published on 21 April 1934 in the Daily Mail. Known as Surgeon's Photograph (as reportedly the photographer Robert Kenneth Wilson was a gynaecologist), it showed the neck and head... >>