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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
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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
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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
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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
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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... >>

OnePlus 3 will be sold by O2 from 29 September

OnePlus 3 will be sold by O2 from 29 September

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In a surprise announcement, O2 has confirmed that it will be selling the OnePlus 3, making it the first UK network to offer OnePlus devices directly.OnePlus has been shaking up the smartphone world, offering quality devices with flagship specs and design,... >>

Amazing Google Pixel leak shows-off pure Android design

Amazing Google Pixel leak shows-off pure Android design

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With Google planning something of a mega launch party on 4 October, there has been no shortage to leaks and rumours approaching launch day.Amongst the most hotly-anticipated devices are the new Pixel handsets, stepping in to replace the Nexus devices... >>

Blue Microphones announces the Raspberry, the funkiest mic to use on the move

Blue Microphones announces the Raspberry, the funkiest mic to use on the move

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Blue Microphones has announced its latest addition to its collection of microphones, called the Raspberry.Designed with a compact form, it retains much of the character of Blue mics, with an interesting design, but has been designed with portability in... >>

Audi TT RS review: A serious upgrade, with serious performance
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Audi TT RS review: A serious upgrade, with serious performance

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Of all the Renn Sport models that Audi makes, the TT RS perhaps makes the most sense. At its basic level, the Audi TT is a sports car lite. That dropping roof and low-slung stance point to a sporty little coupé or roadster, even when it's a front-wheel... >>

Netflix review: The leading light in home entertainment
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Netflix review: The leading light in home entertainment

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Netflix needs no introduction. The company quickly gained momentum in the US with its DVD rental service that evolved into video streaming on demand, before spreading its wings to the UK in 2012.So impressive has the rise of Netflix been, that it's become... >>

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso review: Carting the kids around couldn't be more cool
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Citroen Grand C4 Picasso review: Carting the kids around couldn't be more cool

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With SUVs flying off forecourts and onto driveways at a pace that doesn't match their often-sluggish performance, the MPV class is seen as the wallowing hinterland of modern cars. It's where you end up when you've expanded your family beyond an estate... >>

Sony MDR-1000X review: Quite simply phenomenal noise-cancelling headphones
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Sony MDR-1000X review: Quite simply phenomenal noise-cancelling headphones

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Sony's mission to deliver its best noise-cancelling headphones has lead to the birth of the MDR-1000X. It's a solid name, for a solid pair of noise-cancelling headphones.The MDR-1000X set their sights on the lucrative wireless noise-cancelling segment... >>

Inside the McLaren Technology Centre

Inside the McLaren Technology Centre

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Nestled off an innocuous roundabout on the A320 lies the McLaren Technology Centre. A bespoke building which, with its sister the McLaren Production Centre, makes up the beating heart of the company most famed for its Formula 1 success.It's barely visible... >>

TomTom Spark 3 review: Getting better with age
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TomTom Spark 3 review: Getting better with age

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Waking early in the city offers plenty of unique advantages to the urban runner. It's a chance to run as the local population is wiping the sleep from its eyes, going about the routine of preparing for the day, heading to work, heading home from nights... >>

HTC Desire 10 Pro preview: A Smartphone Named Desire

HTC Desire 10 Pro preview: A Smartphone Named Desire

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HTC has announced a pair of new handsets, going under the name of HTC Desire 10.The name is designed to evoke memories of the HTC 10, the company's excellent 2016 flagship handset and the colourways are designed to stir your passions.HTC Desire 10 pro:... >>

HTC Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle: Deco design adorns two very different devices

HTC Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle: Deco design adorns two very different devices

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HTC has made the anticipated update to its mid-range devices with the launch of the HTC Desire 10 Pro and HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle.The biggest thing that stands these two handsets apart from other devices already available is design. HTC always likes to... >>

HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle: A Desire handset never sounded so good

HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle: A Desire handset never sounded so good

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As you might gather from the title, the HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle has a trick up its sleeve. Launched alongside the HTC Desire 10 Pro, the Lifestyle version offers the same body design as the "Pro" version, but makes some key changes.Pitched into the mid-range,... >>

HTC Desire 10 Pro vs Desire 10 Lifestyle: What's the difference?

HTC Desire 10 Pro vs Desire 10 Lifestyle: What's the difference?

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HTC has pulled the old trick of launching two devices with the same sort of name, but with very different specs.The HTC Desire 10 is the latest addition to HTC's mid-range. One of the distinctive things about the Desire 10 is the design, with gold trim... >>

HTC Desire 10: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

HTC Desire 10: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

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HTC is teasing the launch of its latest handset. Having been rather quiet following the launch of the HTC 10 and focusing on the HTC Vive VR launch, it now seems that there are Desire handsets in the works.The Desire family is HTC's mid-range, with a... >>

Hive confirms compatibility with Amazon Echo for voice controlled heating and lighting

Hive confirms compatibility with Amazon Echo for voice controlled heating and lighting

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Amazon today confirmed that the Amazon Echo is coming to the UK, powered by its onboard smart agent Alexa.Announcing a range of partnerships, one of the more interesting for the UK is Hive, the smarthome offshoot of British Gas. Hive has confirmed that... >>

Pokemon Go buddy: How to use the new buddy system

Pokemon Go buddy: How to use the new buddy system

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Pokemon Go publisher Niantic Labs has always promised that there would be updates to Pokemon Go to add new features as the game moves forward. Although many will have seen the peak in Pokemon Go gameplay, the most recent update to the app on Android... >>

Pixel Launcher: Leak shows the fresh Android face of the Pixel and Pixel XL

Pixel Launcher: Leak shows the fresh Android face of the Pixel and Pixel XL

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There's been no shortage of leaks surrounding Google's forthcoming smartphones, the latest of which have named them as the Pixel and the Pixel XL, rather than Nexus.The thinking is that the Nexus programme is going to come to a halt, with Pixel taking... >>

TomTom Via 62 review: Gets you there, but not without a hiccup
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TomTom Via 62 review: Gets you there, but not without a hiccup

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Of all TomTom's satnav offerings, the Via appears to make the most sense. It offers Traffic, meaning it's a full head and shoulders above the entry-level Start model, but it's slimmer and much more affordable than the Go models.Available in two sizes:... >>

Those freaky AirPods show that Apple can still innovate

Those freaky AirPods show that Apple can still innovate

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Of all the devices launched at the Apple special event in September, it's the AirPods that have attracted the most attention.The iPhone 7 is a phone, an incremental update of last year's device; the iPhone 7 Plus is much the same, although the addition... >>

Nexus 7 (2016): What's the story so far?

Nexus 7 (2016): What's the story so far?

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The original Nexus 7, released in 2012 and updated in 2013, has always been one of our favourite Nexus devices. It was that convenient smaller tablet, a pure-Android almost pocketable tablet for fun and frivolity.The Nexus programme has flung out a range... >>

What headphones does the iPhone 7 come with?

What headphones does the iPhone 7 come with?

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Apple has announced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and one of the big changes is that the 3.5mm headphone socket is gone.That's not a huge deal, it just means you'll have to use the Lightning socket to connect headphones instead.There has been some confusion... >>

Nest Thermostat now comes in black, white and copper

Nest Thermostat now comes in black, white and copper

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Nest Thermostat looks good. It's hard not to spot it on the wall and appreciate the simplicity of the design, compared to the off-white plastic thermostat of yesteryear.Nest has announced that the Thermostat is now available in three more colours, in... >>

Nest Cam adds Sightline, an innovative way to view your recorded video

Nest Cam adds Sightline, an innovative way to view your recorded video

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Nest has announced a new software feature for Nest Cam, Dropcam and the new Nest Cam Outdoor that will make it easier to skim through your recorded footage. Called Sightline, the new feature presents a live view from your Cam in the top third of the... >>

Always read the footnotes: Apple suggests you might want a case on that Jet Black iPhone 7

Always read the footnotes: Apple suggests you might want a case on that Jet Black iPhone 7

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Apple has announced not only new colours for its new iPhone 7 models, but a new finish. Moving on from the standard matte anodised finish that Apple has used from the iPhone 6, the Jet Black model takes on something of a premium position.The Jet Black... >>

Apple Watch Nike Plus is designed to be your perfect running partner

Apple Watch Nike Plus is designed to be your perfect running partner

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Apple has taken to the stage in San Francisco to make a collection of announcements, including the updated Apple Watch Series 2.Taking advantage of the new Apple Watch's GPS, there's the revival of a huge partnership between Apple and Nike. Introducing... >>

Bear Grylls confirms: New Land Rover Discovery has seats you can fold with a smartphone

Bear Grylls confirms: New Land Rover Discovery has seats you can fold with a smartphone

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Land Rover is going to be unveiling the new Discovery on 28 September, with a radical shift in design for its luxury SUV model.With the Discovery Sport recently unveiled, it looks as though the new Discovery adopts some of that softer and more sporty... >>

Moto Z is now available in the UK, for £499

Moto Z is now available in the UK, for £499

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The Moto Z, that razr thin phone that dropped the headphone socket in favour of USB Type-C, and offers endless customisation through Moto Mods is now available to buy in the UK.Starting life as a Verizon exclusive in the US, Moto was always a little tight-lipped... >>

HP Elite Slice: Innovative, modular, mini PC

HP Elite Slice: Innovative, modular, mini PC

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The aim of the HP Elite Slice is to get the PC back onto your desk. Moving on from tower PCs, the Slice wants to put everything in front of you in a slickly designed package.That's what HP told us when we encountered the Elite Slice at Showstoppers at... >>

TomTom Adventurer is the sports watch for your snow sports, hiking and trail running

TomTom Adventurer is the sports watch for your snow sports, hiking and trail running

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TomTom has added a new model to its line-up of sports watches with the TomTom Adventurer.As the name suggests, this is a watch for the great outdoors. Built on the foundation of the new TomTom Spark, it uses a similar design to TomTom's existing line-up... >>

Garmin Fenix Chronos is about as smart as sportswatches get

Garmin Fenix Chronos is about as smart as sportswatches get

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Garmin has introduced a new premium version of the Fenix sportswatch. Based on the Fenix 3, the new Fenix Chronos packs in all the navigational and sporting nouse of the original, but places it in a high-quality design, at home in the wilds of the outback,... >>

SGNL smart watch strap will let you make calls using your fingertip, like James Bond

SGNL smart watch strap will let you make calls using your fingertip, like James Bond

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If you've been wanting to live that secret agent dream, then now is your time thanks to SGNL, a smart replacement for your watch strap.This smart watch strap will let you take phone calls using your finger, rather than having to use a headset. Using "body... >>

Sony Xperia XZ camera: New tech explained

Sony Xperia XZ camera: New tech explained

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There's a new Sony camera in town and that means one thing: there's a load of new camera tech on-board too.Having looked to change things up a gear with the Sony Xperia Z5, Sony has announced its 2016 flagship, the Xperia XZ. This phone might look familiar... >>

Sony Xperia X Compact: It's Compact, Jim, but not as we know it

Sony Xperia X Compact: It's Compact, Jim, but not as we know it

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Sony's journey away from the Xperia Z and into the Xperia X series is probably now complete with the launch of the flagship Xperia XZ and the Xperia X Compact.For those who missed the memo, Sony's story is that the X series runs from A to Z, with the... >>

Sony Xperia Ear wants to be your discreet personal assistant, from November onwards

Sony Xperia Ear wants to be your discreet personal assistant, from November onwards

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At Mobile World Congress early in 2016, Sony showed off a concept "smart product", a Bluetooth headset that wants to be your personal assistant.Sony has pushed forward with this concept, confirming that the Xperia Ear will be available to buy from November... >>

The Sony NW-WM1Z is a €3300 Walkman for the audiophile generation

The Sony NW-WM1Z is a €3300 Walkman for the audiophile generation

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Sony's first Walkman launched in 1979 and played a huge part in popularising portable music. The Walkman became an iconic symbol of setting music free, moving it from a record player or bulky tape player into something that was personal and portable.With... >>

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 showing... >>

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... >>