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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... >>

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,... >>