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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
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... >>

Google Pixel exclusive features laid bare: What your regular Android phone won't get

Google Pixel exclusive features laid bare: What your regular Android phone won't get

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Google announced its new devices this week, ditching the Nexus branding and taking things in-house with new the Pixel and Pixel XL. Unlike previous Nexus device launches, however, the Pixels aren't presented as a shining showcase of Android, they're... >>

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 when it announced the Pixel C tablet in 2015. Launched alongside the two new Nexus handsets (Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P), this new tablet came Pixel branded, rather than Nexus branded. The previous Pixel product we... >>

DxO Mark is another smartphone benchmark you can ignore

DxO Mark is another smartphone benchmark you can ignore

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Google took to the stage in San Francisco yesterday at its Made By Google event to launch a range of new products, including the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Replacing the Nexus programme with devices more firmly aimed at the premium smartphone owner,... >>

LG OLED C6 4K TV review: The curved OLED master
4.5 stars

LG OLED C6 4K TV review: The curved OLED master

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When the term "OLED" is uttered around people who like TVs, there's a twitch of excitement. An eye sparkles, an eyebrow raises, a corner of the mouth curls into a smile. That all comes down to the reputation that OLED has acquired: movie fans want to... >>

Huge Pixel and Pixel XL leak gives us a good look at the Made by Google phones

Huge Pixel and Pixel XL leak gives us a good look at the Made by Google phones

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Google is expected to unveil its new handsets on Tuesday 4 October and it looks like we have all the information about them thanks to launch-day images from Canadian carrier Bell and full specifications thanks to Carphone Warehouse. Rumours have long... >>

Amazon Video review: Hitting the Prime time
4.5 stars

Amazon Video review: Hitting the Prime time

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With Amazon becoming the almost default choice for DVD and Blu-ray purchases, it was perhaps no surprise to see the company offering this content in a different format.With Lovefilm on the books providing the postal rental solution, the way that Amazon went... >>