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Samsung UBD-K8500 review: Beautiful Ultra HD Blu-ray
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Samsung UBD-K8500 review: Beautiful Ultra HD Blu-ray

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Optical discs are dead, or so many would have you believe. That's perhaps a reflection of the times we're living in, where streaming entertainment out-paces its arrival on physical media. What better example than the latest Star Wars blockbuster, arriving... >>

OnePlus 3 specs leak revealing core hardware

OnePlus 3 specs leak revealing core hardware

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The OnePlus 3 is coming, due to be launched in glorious VR, with the company recently offering free Loop VR headsets to enjoy the show. That announcement confirmed that the phone would be called the OnePlus 3 and that we can expect the launch some time... >>

Pebble 2 vs Pebble Classic: What's the difference?

Pebble 2 vs Pebble Classic: What's the difference?

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Pebble has announced an update to the humble Pebble, its first generation smartwatch, appropriately called the Pebble 2. In many ways the Pebble 2 reflects the Pebble heritage, offering many of the same features and functions. But with a new focus on... >>

Moto engages full RAZR nostalgia as it teases 9 June smartphone launch

Moto engages full RAZR nostalgia as it teases 9 June smartphone launch

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The nostalgia is so heavy in Moto's teaser video that it almost has us weeping. Teasing what's to come in the future, Motorola has released a video where the star of the show is the Moto V3 RAZR, set in high school. Undoubtedly, the V3 RAZR was one of... >>

Google announces Daydream, the future of Android virtual reality

Google announces Daydream, the future of Android virtual reality

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Clay Bavor, VP virtual reality at Google, took to the stage at Google I/O 2016 to add flesh to the bones of Google's future VR plans.  Evolving the VR offering beyond that of Cardboard, Bavor confirmed that Android is working on a new platform called... >>

Android N will be called... you decide

Android N will be called... you decide

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Google today took to the stage at Google I/O 2016 to announce that anyone will be able to contribute to the name of the next version of Android. Unlike previous years, with the Android N release, Google released the developer beta to the general public... >>

Google goes after WhatsApp with Allo, a super-smart chat app

Google goes after WhatsApp with Allo, a super-smart chat app

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Allo is a smart chat app that's designed to give you plenty of options when it comes to chatting to your friends. Google introduced the new app at Google I/O 2016.  Rather than just giving you a straight down the line messaging app, Allo has been designed... >>

Google Assistant wants to be your conversational digital buddy, across all your Google devices

Google Assistant wants to be your conversational digital buddy, across all your Google devices

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Google has today announced Google Assistant, introduced by Google CEO Sundar Pichai during the opening keynote of Google I/O 2016. Using Google's smart searching and enhanced natural language technology, Google claims that Google Assistant is a conversational... >>

Your future Fitbit might include NFC payments

Your future Fitbit might include NFC payments

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Fitbit, the leading fitness wearable company, has announced that it has acquired Coin, who has a wearable payments system. You might not have thought that Fitbit was going to move in this direction, but future devices could well offer mobile payments. ... >>

Ford Edge review: Big but facing bitter rivals
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Ford Edge review: Big but facing bitter rivals

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Believe it or not there has been a hole in Ford's line-up in Europe over the past few years, especially in the UK. That hole is large SUV sized: the Kuga has sat in the small, sporty, pumped up hatch sector, but for larger cars, Ford's go-to option was... >>

Nokia is back with Android smartphone and tablet plans

Nokia is back with Android smartphone and tablet plans

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Nokia has announced that it is returning to the world of smartphones and it's turning to Android as its platform of choice. Few companies have a smartphone history as rich as Nokia. Having dominated the mobile phone market and feature phone markets for... >>

Motorola Moto G4 and G4 Plus: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

Motorola Moto G4 and G4 Plus: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

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Lenovo has unveiled the latest update to the Moto G family of devices, this time offering two different versions of the Moto G.  The Moto G4 is the standard fourth-gen Moto G, while there's a boosted version called the Moto G Plus (or Moto G4 Plus),... >>

New Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus official: Specs revealed for pretty Android pair

New Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus official: Specs revealed for pretty Android pair

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Lenovo took to the stage today in India to launch the long-awaited update to the Moto G family. The new Moto G and the Moto G Plus are similar handsets, with a few additional upgrades on the Plus model. They have been dubbed the G4, as this is the fourth-gen... >>

Sony Xperia XA Ultra wants to be the ultimate selfie phone

Sony Xperia XA Ultra wants to be the ultimate selfie phone

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Sony has announced another addition to its Xperia X family, in the form of the 6-inch XA Ultra. The Xperia X family was announced at MWC 2016, bringing a range of refreshed designs into the mid-range of Sony's phones. The Xperia XA Ultra moves big, however,... >>

BBC Food website faces the chop, as BBC trims the fat

BBC Food website faces the chop, as BBC trims the fat

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Shock horror! The BBC is reporting that its BBC Food website could face the chop as part of the proposed £15m savings drive faced by the corporation.  In recent days we've learnt that the BBC iPlayer loophole is due to be closed, that the licence fee... >>

Amazing OnePlus 3 photo shows stunning HTC-esque metal design

Amazing OnePlus 3 photo shows stunning HTC-esque metal design

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OnePlus has always pushed the message that it wants to replace your flagship, offering design and specs for a fraction of the price of an established smartphone manufacturer.  It looks like OnePlus could be gunning for HTC, with a new leaked image giving... >>

Watch the Moto livestream right here: Expected launch of Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus

Watch the Moto livestream right here: Expected launch of Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus

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Motorola has been teasing the launch of a new device, with a long-running social media campaign on Motorola India running down to 17 May 2016. There's no secret that a new device is due to be unveiled, with the company commonly referring to a "new Moto... >>

Nissan wants to take on Tesla's Powerwall with its own xStorage home battery

Nissan wants to take on Tesla's Powerwall with its own xStorage home battery

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Nissan today revealed that it is entering the home power storage market with the launch of xStorage. Teaming up with Eaton - a power management company - the xStorage steps into the same space as the Tesla Powerwall, aiming to provide a domestic power... >>

HTC 10 tips and tricks: The ultimate guide to your HTC phone

HTC 10 tips and tricks: The ultimate guide to your HTC phone

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HTC has found form with the HTC 10, receiving rave reviews on its latest flagship smartphone. This is a phone that aims to wipe out the memories of the past, and move HTC forward, presenting a device that's closer to pure Android then ever before. In... >>

Help! The sun is shining! Why can't I see my smartphone screen?

Help! The sun is shining! Why can't I see my smartphone screen?

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The sun is shining, the sunglasses are out. You go to tweet that perfect sunny picture and … wait … you can't see a thing on your smartphone display! It's not necessarily the phone that's a fault, but it could be how it behaves with your expensive... >>

Samsung Galaxy S7 tips and tricks: Master your new Galaxy

Samsung Galaxy S7 tips and tricks: Master your new Galaxy

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 looks to be one of the hottest smartphones of 2016, along with its Samsung Galaxy S7 edge sibling.  Samsung continues to offer its TouchWiz interface over the top of Android Marshmallow. It takes much of Android's core and adds... >>

Audi S8 Plus first drive: V8 power, and then some

Audi S8 Plus first drive: V8 power, and then some

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Sitting at the top of Audi's saloon family is the A8. Give it a sporty makeover and it becomes the S8. Give that a bit of a tweak and a boost and you arrive at the Audi S8 Plus, the most powerful saloon that Audi has ever put on the road.  And by the... >>

How to shoot #food like a pro: Top tips for food photography

How to shoot #food like a pro: Top tips for food photography

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Taking photos of your food might be a cliché, but it has become almost as popular as taking photos of your own pouting face on social media. Instagram has over 178 million #food photographs and you only have to glance at Twitter in the evening to see... >>

Amazon Kindle Oasis review: First class reader, first class price
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Amazon Kindle Oasis review: First class reader, first class price

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The Amazon Kindle has been fairly predictable over the past few years, walking a path from button-laden ebook reader at its 2007 launch, all the way through to the ultra-refined and ultra-simple Paperwhite and Voyage generation. The Kindle exists for... >>

Amazon Kindle: A brief history from the original Kindle to the Kindle Oasis

Amazon Kindle: A brief history from the original Kindle to the Kindle Oasis

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The Amazon Kindle was launched with one real aim: to bring people books. The Kindle was never designed to compete with tablets and sticking to this principle has allowed the Kindle to evolve through to the present day and excel at its task.  The Kindle... >>