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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.... >>

HTC One M9+ picture hints at a larger flagship

HTC One M9+ picture hints at a larger flagship

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The HTC One M9+ continues to be talked about, despite not seeing launch alongside the HTC One M9 at Mobile World Congress. Now a mock-up of the device has appeared online.  HTC has so far said nothing about the M9+, but the rumours don't seem to be going... >>

BBC iPlayer app now supports BBC iD, allows cross-device syncing

BBC iPlayer app now supports BBC iD, allows cross-device syncing

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An update to the BBC iPlayer app has brought with it a handy new feature: the ability to sync across devices. BBC iPlayer is one of the most popular apps across all platforms, serving up the BBC's catch-up service. BBC iPlayer has been groundbreaking... >>

HTC One M9 vs HTC One M8: What's the difference?

HTC One M9 vs HTC One M8: What's the difference?

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HTC announced a new flagship handset, the HTC One M9, at Mobile World Congress 2015. We've now fully reviewed that phone, the replacement for last year's popular One M8. At first glance it looks to be very similar to the M8. So is this more of the same,... >>

HTC Sense 7.0 vs Sense 6.0: New features, tweaks and changes reviewed

HTC Sense 7.0 vs Sense 6.0: New features, tweaks and changes reviewed

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HTC Sense 7.0 made its debut on the HTC One M9. The M9 was announced at MWC 2015, has reviews currently hitting media outlets and is due in stores on 31 March. HTC Sense 7.0 follows Sense 6.0, one of the first times we've stepped forward without an incremental... >>

HTC appoints Cher Wang as CEO in leadership reshuffle

HTC appoints Cher Wang as CEO in leadership reshuffle

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The HTC board of directors has appointed Cher Wang as the new chief executive officer of the company. Wang, co-founder of HTC and the current chairman, is regarded as one of the most influential women in technology and now steps up to the role replacing... >>

HTC One M9+ could be coming to Europe, and soon

HTC One M9+ could be coming to Europe, and soon

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Before the HTC One M9 launched, there was a rumour of a second, larger, device known as the Hima Ultra, or HTC One M9 Plus. That rumour has resurfaced, suggesting that this device will be coming to Europe (EMEA), and sooner than you might think. If you've... >>

What Nintendo smartphone games do we want?

What Nintendo smartphone games do we want?

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Nintendo has announced a partnership with DeNA that will see the companies using existing Nintendo characters in new games on smartphones and tablets. Nintendo hasn't made any statements about specifics, so there's been no confirmation of what we will... >>

Apple TV subscription service could launch in September

Apple TV subscription service could launch in September

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It's been reported for some time that Apple is working on an enhanced channel offering for Apple TV. The Wall Street Journal has now provided more detail, citing sources familiar with the matter. We'd seen previous rumours that Apple was talking to... >>

Chromecast will play and pause using your TV's remote

Chromecast will play and pause using your TV's remote

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Chromecast. Every time you think it has reached the limit of its capabilities, it goes and does something new. The latest feature to emerge from the depths of Reddit, is that Chromecast will play and pause using your TV's remote control.  For anyone... >>

Sony Xperia Z4 pictures reveal what Sony's next flagship will look like

Sony Xperia Z4 pictures reveal what Sony's next flagship will look like

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With Sony yet to announce the Xperia Z4 release, there's plenty of gossip floating around. The latest to join the pack are these 3D renders. These aren't leaked press images, so they aren't a final confirmed device design, but over at nowhereelse.fr it's... >>

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... >>