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Pokemon Go: What is it and why is everybody talking about it?

Pokemon Go: What is it and why is everybody talking about it?

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Pokemon Go fever is sweeping the world, turning people into phone-gazing zombies as they bimble about the place hunting for little cartoon characters with silly names.So what exactly is going on? Should you join in the fun? Should you be concerned?Here's... >>

London through the eyes of Pokemon Go

London through the eyes of Pokemon Go

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Pokémon Go is about as phenomenal as phenomena get. It's breaking records, making headlines and it's only just appeared, not even launching in the UK yet. But there are means and ways of getting Pokémon Go in the UK, and London is a map full of delights... >>

Hyundai Ioniq: Tesla might have shown us the way, but Hyundai's likely to get us there

Hyundai Ioniq: Tesla might have shown us the way, but Hyundai's likely to get us there

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Hyundai has pulled the covers off the Ioniq in Europe, a new green car that uniquely provides the choice of three power options: hybrid, electric and plug-in hybrid.The Ioniq is not only Hyundai's first hybrid model, it's also its first electric car,... >>

Audi A3 (2016) first drive: Virtual cockpit glory

Audi A3 (2016) first drive: Virtual cockpit glory

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The Audi A3 has had a face-lift following its 2012 debut, presenting a fresher look to Audi's top-selling car in the UK. Sitting in the competitive C segment, the Audi A3 has been holding off competition from its stablemate the VW Golf, fending off the... >>

bPay Loop adds payments to your wearable: Garmin and Mondaine confirm support

bPay Loop adds payments to your wearable: Garmin and Mondaine confirm support

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While many have been worrying about whether they can use Apple or Android Pay on their smartphone, bPay has been presenting a number of easy payment options for a number of years. Now it is the turn of wearables, with Garmin and Mondaine both confirming... >>

Android Auto explored: Taking Google on the road

Android Auto explored: Taking Google on the road

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Android Auto has been around for a number of years. Announced in 2014, Android Auto first made its appearance in third-party head units, such as some from Pioneer, with a number of car manufacturers confirming they would be offering it in the future.The... >>

Jaguar wants you to Feel Wimbledon, with VR experience and Andy Murray japes

Jaguar wants you to Feel Wimbledon, with VR experience and Andy Murray japes

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Jaguar has turned to VR to support its position as Official Car of The Championships Wimbledon, creating a VR experience. Not only is the company supplying 170 vehicles in support of The Championships, but it's having a little fun with Andy Murray too.Jaguar... >>

Always wanted a Bose speaker? Now you can get your kids to build one

Always wanted a Bose speaker? Now you can get your kids to build one

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Bose is looking to demystify the world of audio with BoseBuild, a build-it-yourself category of products that will let kids discover what goes into a speaker and figure out how it all works.The BoseBuild kit is all about exploration, providing all the... >>

Sony Xperia X review: Sony in a spin?
3.5 stars

Sony Xperia X review: Sony in a spin?

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Sony Mobile seems to be in something of a spin. Having launched the Xperia Z5 family - in regular, Compact and Premium guises - the next throw of the dice was the Xperia X family, amidst rumours that the top-end Z was no more. However, the Xperia X family... >>

Barclays Contactless Mobile: How to setup, manage and pay with your Android phone

Barclays Contactless Mobile: How to setup, manage and pay with your Android phone

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Whether Barclays was in or out has perhaps been the UK's biggest mobile banking debate. Apple Pay launched and Barclays wasn't on the list. Android Pay was a long time coming, and Barclays wasn't on the list.Barclays has now quietly enabled the contactless... >>

Honor 5C launches in Europe: Metal body mid-ranger, £149 price tag

Honor 5C launches in Europe: Metal body mid-ranger, £149 price tag

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Honor has announced that the Honor 5C will be available from today, 20 June, in the UK and across Europe.Launched previously in Asia, the European version of the Honor 5C loses the fingerprint scanner on the rear, which Honor says was necessary to hit... >>

Honor 5C preview: Affordable phone of the year?

Honor 5C preview: Affordable phone of the year?

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While big budget phones get launched on an international stage, following a long campaign of leaks and teases, it's at the budget end of the spectrum where things are fiercely competitive.Huawei was always an aggressive player when it came to price,... >>

BT Smart Hub: BT's new Hub is faster, smarter and ready for the future

BT Smart Hub: BT's new Hub is faster, smarter and ready for the future

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BT has announced its latest router, called the BT Smart Hub, and claims it has the most powerful Wi-Fi signal of all its broadband rivals, to ensure a connection that's even faster and more stable.Although it doesn't officially carry a Home Hub name with... >>

Ford GT: Ford Performance heritage from 1966 to Le Mans 2016

Ford GT: Ford Performance heritage from 1966 to Le Mans 2016

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Sitting in an innocuous shed on the outskirts of Ford's Dagenham estate lies the Ford Heritage Centre.To look at, the building is perhaps as much a heritage piece as the cars that sit within. We pull up outside the new Ford Mustang GT, and with a parking... >>

Mini's future vision is an urban go-kart, made for sharing

Mini's future vision is an urban go-kart, made for sharing

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BMW's stargazing has reached Mini, with the company unveiling its Vision Next 100 model in London. Joining siblings from BMW and Rolls-Royce, the future of Mini is designed to be fun, funky, and shared with strangers. Acknowledging that urban dwellers... >>

The Rolls-Royce of the future is an autonomous land yacht with an AI concierge

The Rolls-Royce of the future is an autonomous land yacht with an AI concierge

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It's a rare day that Rolls-Royce unveils a new car, it's an even rarer day that Rolls-Royce unveils its future vision for luxury motoring.Unveiled in London, as part of BMW Group's Vision Next 100, the Rolls-Royce concept outlines the future vision for... >>

VerveLife by Motorola: Ones, Loop or Rider headphones have all your sports covered

VerveLife by Motorola: Ones, Loop or Rider headphones have all your sports covered

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VerveLife by Motorola was announced at Mobile World Congress 2016, offering a range of funky active accessories for your smartphone.Officially unveiled on 14 June and hitting stores on 16 June, we got our hands on this new range of connected devices that... >>

Hive Active Light: Connected bulbs make Hive a major smarthome player

Hive Active Light: Connected bulbs make Hive a major smarthome player

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Hive has today announced the addition of connected lighting to the Hive home, adding a major component to its smarthome portfolio. Hive started with heating - making perfect sense for a company founded from British Gas - but the addition of Active Light... >>

Motorola Moto Z vs Samsung Galaxy S7 vs HTC 10 vs LG G5: What's the difference?

Motorola Moto Z vs Samsung Galaxy S7 vs HTC 10 vs LG G5: What's the difference?

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Motorola took to the stage at Lenovo Tech World 2016 to unveil the new Moto Z. This new super smartphone replaces the Moto X as the flagship Moto device. It's packed with flagship specs and innovation, looking to offer you something a little different,... >>

Hive teases illuminating launch, smart lighting predicted

Hive teases illuminating launch, smart lighting predicted

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Hive, the smarthome arm of British Gas, has teased that there's a new addition coming to the Hive home.Sharing via its Twitter account, Hive says that there's something illuminating coming, with an accompanying video that simply shows flashing lights.... >>

Lenovo Tech World 2016: All the announcements that matter

Lenovo Tech World 2016: All the announcements that matter

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Lenovo took to the stage in San Francisco to host Lenovo Tech World 2016, announcing a range of products, including plenty of innovation in the mobile space.Lenovo Tech World is an innovation showcase from the company, giving it the chance to show the... >>

Motorola Moto Z and Moto Z Force: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

Motorola Moto Z and Moto Z Force: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

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Lenovo has taken to the stage at Lenovo Tech World 2016 to unveil its next-gen handset, the Moto Z, which steps into flagship territory.But rather than just launching one new handset, Motorola has unveiled two versions of this handset, the Moto Z and... >>

Tesla drops the price of its entry-level Model S, say hello to the 60 and 60D

Tesla drops the price of its entry-level Model S, say hello to the 60 and 60D

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Followers of Tesla's EV march will have noticed a slight change to the line-up the company offers for the Model S. Gone is the 70D and in its place is the 60 and 60D. For those who don't know, Tesla's model naming follows its available battery capacity,... >>

OnePlus Loop VR headset preview: This is the free VR headset for the OnePlus 3 launch

OnePlus Loop VR headset preview: This is the free VR headset for the OnePlus 3 launch

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When OnePlus said it was giving away free VR headsets, the internet blew up and soon stock had vanished. Fortunately we were at the front of the queue and now we've had our Loop VR headset delivered. It would be selfish not to share, so here it is, the... >>

Samsung KS7000 SUHD TV review: Serious performance for the price
4.5 stars

Samsung KS7000 SUHD TV review: Serious performance for the price

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Samsung has impressed with its line-up of SUHD televisions over the last year. For 2016, the message is about refinement, continuing the solid performance of the LED sets and pushing the message that this is now second-gen HDR (high dynamic range), the... >>

Panasonic DMP-UB900 review: Ultra-HD Blu-ray master class
4.5 stars

Panasonic DMP-UB900 review: Ultra-HD Blu-ray master class

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Taking a step into the future is Ultra HD Blu-ray, looking to up the quality and make the most out of the latest 4K televisions, all for your entertainment pleasure. There are currently two UHD Blu-ray players available. Vying to be the next big thing... >>

Ford Mustang GT Convertible review: Big, brutal, and now British
4.5 stars

Ford Mustang GT Convertible review: Big, brutal, and now British

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When you're brought up on a diet of The Dukes of Hazzard and Starsky & Hutch, you can't help but feel that, perhaps, the Ford Capri left us a little short on muscle in the UK. Sure, the Capri was, and still is, an iconic car, but you could only gaze at... >>

Three to run network-level ad blocking trials in mid June

Three to run network-level ad blocking trials in mid June

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UPDATE: Three will run a 24-hour ad-blocking trial in mid-June to those customers who opt in to its invite.Three has announced that it plans to roll-out mobile ad-blocking on its network, following successful implementation in Three UK and Three Italy.... >>

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

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... >>

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 giving... >>

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. In... >>

Ford Edge review: Big but facing bitter rivals
4.0 stars

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), that... >>

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... >>

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... >>

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 many... >>

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: 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... >>

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge vs HTC 10: Which is the best flagship?

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge vs HTC 10: Which is the best flagship?

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If you're looking for a new smartphone in 2016, you're facing a tough decision, with plenty of competitive devices on offer.Samsung was the first to announce, showing off the new Galaxy S7 models, with the S7 edge attracting rave reviews.HTC let the dust... >>

The next Moto smartphone could be launched on 9 June

The next Moto smartphone could be launched on 9 June

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There's been a jump in leaks and rumours surrounding the next Moto handset, thought to be a fourth-generation Moto G or a potential Moto X, as the company looks to update its offering.Motorola's mobile arm is now owned and run by Lenovo, and a possible... >>

Audi RS Q3 Performance first drive: RS thrills and spills in an SUV guise

Audi RS Q3 Performance first drive: RS thrills and spills in an SUV guise

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Audi's quest to give every car in its range the S treatment or RS treatment rolls on unrelenting, with the RS Q3 probably the oddest RS of the lot.Giving the regular A3 the RS treatment makes sense, as it results in a typical hot hatch, albeit one that's... >>