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LG G Flex 2 review: Is curved the new cool?
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LG G Flex 2 review: Is curved the new cool?

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The G Flex is back and better than before as LG has another crack at the curved smartphone format. That's perhaps no surprise, as the company is pushing the curved message in television too. The justification remains more or less the same: that viewing... >>

Make it Digital: BBC Micro updated for 2015, say hello to the Micro Bit

Make it Digital: BBC Micro updated for 2015, say hello to the Micro Bit

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The BBC has announced its Make it Digital initiative, with the aim of encouraging a new generation of people to engage with digital creativity, skills and coding. Just as the BBC Micro was launched in the 1980s to help people get familiar with a new age... >>

Derek Zoolander just made the selfie stick so hot right now

Derek Zoolander just made the selfie stick so hot right now

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Zoolander and Hansel continue to rip apart Paris Fashion Week. Not only did the world's greatest male models stage a "walk-off" at the Valentino show, but they stopped for selfies in front of the Eiffel Tower. We'd been happily dismissing the selfie stick... >>

Samsung has the cutest battery packs you'll ever see

Samsung has the cutest battery packs you'll ever see

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When you think about cute and cuddly, there are probably two places your imagination doesn't go: external battery packs and Samsung. Well it seems that Samsung has indeed made the impossible possible, with its new Animal Edition batteries. External battery... >>

A closer look at LG Wearable Platform

A closer look at LG Wearable Platform

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LG has not said a lot about LG Wearable Platform. It made its debut on the LG Watch Urbane LTE, a device that was showcased at Mobile World Congress and is set for release in limited markets later in the year. In the official press release, LG says: "At... >>

X-mini Clear Bluetooth speaker review: Sound that pops
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X-mini Clear Bluetooth speaker review: Sound that pops

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When it comes to Bluetooth speakers there's real variety available, making that choice all the more difficult. There's waterproof, waterbottle-shaped, portable, high-end, affordable, big brand and no name. As a company X-mini is best known for an innovative... >>

Apple MacBook vs MacBook Air 11-inch: What's the difference?

Apple MacBook vs MacBook Air 11-inch: What's the difference?

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Apple has announced a new MacBook at its Spring forward special event, a device that Phil Schiller, Apple VP, said was designed for "extreme portability". It revives the MacBook name, which used to be the entry-level notebook device. The small format... >>

Audi A6 Avant (2015) first drive: Home from stately home

Audi A6 Avant (2015) first drive: Home from stately home

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The Audi A6 Avant, or estate for those not conversant with Audi parlance, has seen a minor revision for 2015. It remains one of the obvious models of estate envy on the road, offering plenty of space and comfort over and above the popular A4 Avant. ... >>

Forget Oculus Rift, the incredible HTC Vive experience will blow your mind (hands-on)

Forget Oculus Rift, the incredible HTC Vive experience will blow your mind (hands-on)

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"Next, I'm going to take you deep underwater," a voice says quietly out of the tranquil darkness we're standing in. Our ears tell us we're underwater a fraction before the scene appears around us. "You're standing on the deck of a sunken wreck."  We... >>

The real theme of MWC 2015 was luxury

The real theme of MWC 2015 was luxury

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Mobile World Congress 2015 is almost behind us, but the theme of the show wasn't what we expected. It wasn't about Cat 9 LTE, it wasn't about 5G, it wasn't even about USB type-C. It was about luxury. MWC 2015 saw some notable launches. It perhaps wasn't... >>

BlackBerry Leap: Affordable 5-incher lacks Z30 charm (hands-on)

BlackBerry Leap: Affordable 5-incher lacks Z30 charm (hands-on)

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We knew that BlackBerry was going to use Mobile World Congress to talk about future devices and it announced the Leap, alongside a tease of a whacky slider handset, with double curved display. The Leap sits in the same sort of space as the BlackBerry... >>

Nokia N1 is a magnificent tablet, despite the copycat design (hands-on)

Nokia N1 is a magnificent tablet, despite the copycat design (hands-on)

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Nokia announced the N1 tablet in November 2014, but it has been shown off at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and we couldn't help but play with it. When Nokia moved its hardware division over to Microsoft devices, it stopped being a hardware company.... >>

Harman Kardon One is the Bluetooth speaker for your HTC One

Harman Kardon One is the Bluetooth speaker for your HTC One

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Harman Kardon has partnered with HTC to launch a new Bluetooth speaker: Harman Kardon One.  The new portable Bluetooth speaker has been designed with the HTC One in mind, announced following the launch of the HTC One M9 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. ... >>

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL hands-on: Big brute packs in Zeiss lens

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL hands-on: Big brute packs in Zeiss lens

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Although we're still waiting for a new flagship Windows Phone to sail Microsoft Devices into the Windows 10 future, the Lumia 640 XL is an interesting new launch, announced today at MWC in Barcelona. With a 5.7-inch display it's sitting in phablet territory,... >>

Microsoft Lumia 640 hands-on: Incremental, but good value

Microsoft Lumia 640 hands-on: Incremental, but good value

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Microsoft took to the stage at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to talk about Windows 10, but also introduce two new Lumia handsets.  Stephen Elop teased that a flagship Lumia would be coming later in the year, but in the meantime Microsoft has brought... >>

HTC One M9 cases: Dot View gets enhanced, active case will keep you protected

HTC One M9 cases: Dot View gets enhanced, active case will keep you protected

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HTC has lined up a wide range of accessories for the HTC One M9 and one of the most interesting is the next generation Dot View case. We love Dot View because of its innovative show-through display, meaning you check the time and glance at notifications... >>

What's new in HTC Sense 7?

What's new in HTC Sense 7?

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HTC Sense 7 makes its debut on the HTC One M9, the new flagship 2015 handset from HTC. Sitting on top of Android 5.0 Lollipop, Sense 7 isn't a major reworking of HTC's user interface, but it does make a few changes and introduce some new features. Here's... >>

LG Watch Urbane LTE: Fully connected glimpse of the future (hands-on)

LG Watch Urbane LTE: Fully connected glimpse of the future (hands-on)

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When the LG Watch Urbane LTE was announced, it was easy to assume that this was the Android Wear device, but connected with LTE. Nothing could be further from the truth.  The LG Watch Urbane LTE might share its name with the Android Wear device (which... >>

HTC Grip: GPS sports tracker is the first child of the Under Armour and HTC union

HTC Grip: GPS sports tracker is the first child of the Under Armour and HTC union

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Under Armour and HTC announced a partnership in January promising new hardware. The HTC Grip is the first device to appear from that paring. It sees HTC able to apply its industrial design expertise to Under Armour's sporting prowess, resulting in a... >>

This is HTC Vive, the Steam VR headset built by HTC and Valve

This is HTC Vive, the Steam VR headset built by HTC and Valve

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HTC used its Mobile World Congress keynote to announce a partnership with Valve, and launch a VR headset called HTC Vive. Before we talk about Vive, let's take a quick step back. HTC is known as a smartphone company and known best for its Android devices,... >>

HTC One M9 focuses on power, refinement and customisation

HTC One M9 focuses on power, refinement and customisation

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HTC has officially announced the HTC One M9, its new 2015 flagship smartphone. The HTC One M9 is a refinement of the HTC One line, aiming to improve on the HTC One M8, rather than completely reinventing the phone from the ground up. The design closely... >>

HTC One M9: The devil is in the details (hands-on)

HTC One M9: The devil is in the details (hands-on)

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The HTC One M9 has probably been the most leaked handset in recent history, but it isn't until you have this device in your hand that you can appreciate the quality it brings with it. HTC's aim with the new M9 was to address the weaknesses of the One... >>

LG Magna hands-on: All about that curve, 'bout that curve, no P-OLED

LG Magna hands-on: All about that curve, 'bout that curve, no P-OLED

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The LG Magna is the top device in LG's "premium mid-range", recently announced and shown at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  It sits amongst its brothers - Spirit, Leon and Joy - but Magna is the device that speaks to us. The important thing about... >>

LG Watch Urbane: A classic take on Android Wear (hands-on)

LG Watch Urbane: A classic take on Android Wear (hands-on)

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Smartwatches are not standing still. Having impressed us with the round display of the LG G Watch R, the smartwatch has taken a step forward with the LG Watch Urbane.  The G Watch Urbane is a premium take on the smartwatch, looking to add desirability... >>

Acer Liquid Leap+ fitness band has changeable straps, works with iOS, Android, Windows Phone

Acer Liquid Leap+ fitness band has changeable straps, works with iOS, Android, Windows Phone

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Acer today announced a new version of its fitness band, the Liquid Leap+. The Leap+ is based around a touchscreen core sitting in a rubber strap. It can be popped in and out, meaning you can switch straps to get a different colour.  The Leap+ itself... >>