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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... >>

YouTube apps will retire on some smart TVs, Apple TV, iOS devices: Here's what to do

YouTube apps will retire on some smart TVs, Apple TV, iOS devices: Here's what to do

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Are you seeing a strange warning video on your YouTube app? It might be that your device is using an older version of YouTube that's about to expire. In March 2014, YouTube announced that it was moving from something called Data API v2 over to Data API... >>

Sony Xperia Z4 isn't Sony's new global flagship, the Xperia Z3+ might be

Sony Xperia Z4 isn't Sony's new global flagship, the Xperia Z3+ might be

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Sony quietly announced the Xperia Z4 in Japan on 20 April, without the fanfare you'd expect for a new flagship launch. Well, it seems it isn't Sony's new global top-tier device.  The Sony Xperia Z4 in its current format is going to be for Japan only,... >>

LG G4 camera video extolls the virtues of manual control, aperture and colours

LG G4 camera video extolls the virtues of manual control, aperture and colours

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LG's teasing the G4 harder than any device we've previously seen. The latest installment is a glowing endorsement for the camera, from professional photographer Colby Brown. The video breaks down into three chapters, talking about low light shooting,... >>

OnePlus One now available to all, but you won't buy it

OnePlus One now available to all, but you won't buy it

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OnePlus has announced that it's ditching the invite-only system for the OnePlus One, so now anyone will be able to buy it.  The OnePlus One shot to fame with tech fans, because it offered great value for money, with flagship specs at enviable prices.... >>

Apple Watch's special aluminium alloy could form iPhone 6S unibody

Apple Watch's special aluminium alloy could form iPhone 6S unibody

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The Apple Watch comes in three different materials - aluminium, stainless steel and gold. Apple could be planning to use its new Watch aluminium alloy for the body of the next-gen iPhone 6S. The report comes from Taiwan's Economic Daily News, so is far... >>

R2-D2 Boeing Dreamliner proves the Star Wars bandwagon knows no limits

R2-D2 Boeing Dreamliner proves the Star Wars bandwagon knows no limits

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We've seen the toys, mugs, pajamas, and dinner plate set. We've used the water bottle, dressed in the costume, watched the films at the cinema (twice), own the VHS edition(s), own the DVDs, own the Blu-rays. But at least we now know there's no boundary... >>

Samsung TouchWiz review: A deep dive into the Samsung Galaxy S6 software

Samsung TouchWiz review: A deep dive into the Samsung Galaxy S6 software

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TouchWiz sits over the top of Android in Samsung's devices. The latest to join this party is the Samsung Galaxy S6, which ushers in a range of changes over its predecessor, the Galaxy S5.  Samsung isn't as openly formulaic as HTC when it comes to talking... >>

Huawei does HTC Dot View cover for P8max

Huawei does HTC Dot View cover for P8max

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Huawei today unveiled two new phones, the P8 a new flagship and the P8max its phablet cousin. Both offer power, impressive specs and metal unibody designs, and both will be more affordable than many rivals. While we've covered both of these handsets,... >>

Huawei P8: Metal meets Android modifications

Huawei P8: Metal meets Android modifications

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Huawei has unveiled a new flagship, the Huawei P8. It's quietly dropped the Ascend name, and launched this new model alongside the P8max phablet, with a massive 6.8-inch display.  The Huawei P8 makes a number of bold moves, with Huawei calling out the... >>

Fiat 500X first drive: 500 goes chunky

Fiat 500X first drive: 500 goes chunky

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There's something strange happening on our roads. Where we once had reasonably well defined types of car, we now have an assortment of the weird and wonderful. The crossover segment is popular and rightly so. Smaller and more affordable than a conventional... >>

High dynamic range coming to Amazon Prime Instant Video on the TV you don't yet have

High dynamic range coming to Amazon Prime Instant Video on the TV you don't yet have

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Amazon has confirmed that it will be offering support for high dynamic range (HDR) video on its Prime Instant Video service.  Furthermore, Amazon has said that it will be first to offer this next step in enhanced quality TV entertainment, although the... >>

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9: Which handset should you choose?

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9: Which handset should you choose?

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Mobile World Congress was about two things: HTC and Samsung. Both launched new flagship devices, with similar launch dates, looking to dominate 2015 with new devices. We've now lived with both devices, so to help you decide which it worth your money we're... >>

Samsung Galaxy S6 review: Samsung's crowning moment
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Samsung Galaxy S6 review: Samsung's crowning moment

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 is the best Samsung smartphone ever made. Now that's an easy statement to make when it's the newest device to hit the market, but speaking relatively, we think it's the best to launch since the Samsung Galaxy S II fluked its way... >>

Huawei goes Greek: We ponder the mixed messages of its Ascend P8 teasers

Huawei goes Greek: We ponder the mixed messages of its Ascend P8 teasers

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Huawei has been running a teaser campaign for the Ascend P8, scheduled for launch on 15 April 2015.  The message is following a somewhat predicable arc around themes of light. Whether that's light in weight, light for the camera, light on the pocket,... >>

EE WiFi Calling launches on Samsung Galaxy S6, coming to iPhone 6

EE WiFi Calling launches on Samsung Galaxy S6, coming to iPhone 6

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EE has officially announced its WiFi Calling service, which lets you make voice calls and send text messages via a Wi-Fi network. The service will go live on 10 April, alongside the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge.  The WiFi Calling service... >>

HTC One M8s vs HTC One M8: What's the difference?

HTC One M8s vs HTC One M8: What's the difference?

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There's a new M8 in town, which might have caught you by surprise, as HTC has only just launched a new flagship, the HTC One M9.  However, the HTC One M8s isn't a rival to the top phone on the spec sheet, even if it does come with the stunning design... >>

HTC One M9+: What's the story so far?

HTC One M9+: What's the story so far?

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HTC announced the HTC One M9 at Mobile World Congress and it's hitting stores on 31 March. But there's More than One, a second device that's facing launch. Prior to the launch of the One M9, there was talk of this second device. The rumours were never... >>

HTC One M9 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs LG G3 cameras: A quick performance comparison

HTC One M9 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs LG G3 cameras: A quick performance comparison

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We've just reviewed the HTC One M9, HTC's flagship for 2015. One of the aims of this new device was to address the criticism of the camera on the HTC One M8. In the process of testing this camera for our review, we wanted to compare its photos to a couple... >>

Nexus Player now available in the UK, yours for £79

Nexus Player now available in the UK, yours for £79

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Google's Nexus Player is now available in the UK, bringing all the entertainment of Android to your TV. The Nexus Player was originally released in the US in November 2014 and has taken its time to cross our shores. The set-top box, built by Asus, was... >>

HTC One M9+ is real: Launch event scheduled, hardware photos leak

HTC One M9+ is real: Launch event scheduled, hardware photos leak

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The HTC One M9+ has taken a big step towards being real today, with HTC scheduling a launch event for a new device. This is the first official indication from the company that this phone actually exists, following a long-running series of rumours and... >>

TomTom Go Mobile is free premium satnav for Android, but there's a catch

TomTom Go Mobile is free premium satnav for Android, but there's a catch

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TomTom has announced a new free app for Android called TomTom Go Mobile. The new app replaces TomTom's previous satnav app and completely changes the fee structure, giving you free navigation, speed cameras and traffic for 50 miles a month, every month.... >>