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Sony Xperia X Compact: It's Compact, Jim, but not as we know it

Sony Xperia X Compact: It's Compact, Jim, but not as we know it

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Sony's journey away from the Xperia Z and into the Xperia X series is probably now complete with the launch of the flagship Xperia XZ and the Xperia X Compact.For those who missed the memo, Sony's story is that the X series runs from A to Z, with the... >>

Sony Xperia Ear wants to be your discreet personal assistant, from November onwards

Sony Xperia Ear wants to be your discreet personal assistant, from November onwards

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At Mobile World Congress early in 2016, Sony showed off a concept "smart product", a Bluetooth headset that wants to be your personal assistant.Sony has pushed forward with this concept, confirming that the Xperia Ear will be available to buy from November... >>

The Sony NW-WM1Z is a €3300 Walkman for the audiophile generation

The Sony NW-WM1Z is a €3300 Walkman for the audiophile generation

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Sony's first Walkman launched in 1979 and played a huge part in popularising portable music. The Walkman became an iconic symbol of setting music free, moving it from a record player or bulky tape player into something that was personal and portable.With... >>

Huawei Nova: A mid-range smartphone repositioning with 5-inch and 5.5-inch Plus handsets

Huawei Nova: A mid-range smartphone repositioning with 5-inch and 5.5-inch Plus handsets

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Huawei has announced a pair of mid-range Android phones at IFA 2016, looking to shake up the mid-range with a new family: Huawei Nova.The Nova is aimed at what Huawei called "dynamic aspirers" which you can loosely read as "young people who want a nice... >>

Huawei MediaPad M3 review: An unfussy Android media tablet
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Huawei MediaPad M3 review: An unfussy Android media tablet

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The tablet market has stumbled. From everyone offering a tablet - in Windows, Android, iOS - things have dwindled. Even Apple's iPad has slowed in pace.The shift has been toward offering tablets that replace your laptop, devices designed for productivity,... >>

TomTom Touch activity tracker monitors your body fat, not just your steps

TomTom Touch activity tracker monitors your body fat, not just your steps

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TomTom is making its move against market leaders Fitbit, with the launch of the TomTom Touch. This is an activity tracker that wants to stay with you throughout your fitness journey, looking to differentiate itself from the mass of other devices by showing... >>

Gamification of driving: TomTom Curfer will deliver driving stats to improve your performance

Gamification of driving: TomTom Curfer will deliver driving stats to improve your performance

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There's a connection on your car that's talked about on car forums and in service centres, but not a lot else. It's called the OBD, on-board diagnostics, and TomTom has just made a fun accessory for it.The TomTom Curfer connects to the car's OBD port... >>

TomTom Spark 3 and Runner 3 let you explore on your runs with new route tracking feature

TomTom Spark 3 and Runner 3 let you explore on your runs with new route tracking feature

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The TomTom Spark (and the Runner sister product) have expanded their skills with a new route discovery feature.In its new guise as the TomTom Spark 3 (or Runner 3), you get all the features of the current models, but boosted with the new route tracking... >>

TomTom Vio is a satnav for scooters, to help you get where the funk you're going

TomTom Vio is a satnav for scooters, to help you get where the funk you're going

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TomTom is launching a new satnav that's designed specifically for those commuting on scooters or motorbikes.A simpler alternative to TomTom's existing Rider line of bike navigation devices, the TomTom Vio opts for a funky round design, so it will match... >>

TomTom Go adds Wi-Fi, smartphone notifications and Siri, Google, Cortana voice controls

TomTom Go adds Wi-Fi, smartphone notifications and Siri, Google, Cortana voice controls

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TomTom's latest Go satnav device adds a range of connectivity options to make it a more rounded companion for your car, not just a device to get you from A to B.The TomTom Go includes all the features you expect from the Go family - like Traffic, speed... >>

HTC One A9s official: Updated metal mid-ranger drops display to 720p

HTC One A9s official: Updated metal mid-ranger drops display to 720p

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HTC has announced the HTC One A9s, an updated version of its compact metal mid-range handset. The HTC One A9 was something of a surprise for 2015. It was best known for the iPhone-alike looks, but there was no questioning the quality of the design and... >>

Asus ZenWatch 3 preview: Android Wear marches on

Asus ZenWatch 3 preview: Android Wear marches on

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Asus has unveiled its latest ZenWatch model, following two watches that have tried to be a little different in the original ZenWatch and ZenWatch 2.It's perhaps a little worrying, then, that the latest ZenWatch doesn't so much strive to be different,... >>

Logi ZeroTouch will get your old banger connected, help you keep your eyes on the road

Logi ZeroTouch will get your old banger connected, help you keep your eyes on the road

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Smartphones are a problem for drivers. The temptation to dip in and check your messages or send replies to your friends can be too much to resist. Looking to save drivers from that temptation is Logitech's ZeroTouch.ZeroTouch is designed to transform... >>

Xbox One S: 4K, Ultra HD Blu-ray and HDR examined in more detail

Xbox One S: 4K, Ultra HD Blu-ray and HDR examined in more detail

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We've reviewed the Xbox One S and concluded that this is a great update to the console, making it an attractive option for anyone who hasn't committed yet and wants to join the Xbox family but also as a great media device for those wanting to embrace... >>

Malibu bottles get connected with NFC, because summer

Malibu bottles get connected with NFC, because summer

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Malibu is embracing NFC to make a limited number of its rum bottles connected, meaning you'll be able to tap to interact, rather than just swigging the whole thing down. The idea is to provide connectivity with your smartphone, so you can tap on the... >>

EE's free 6-month Apple Music subscription will save you Bacon, give you access to Britney, bitch

EE's free 6-month Apple Music subscription will save you Bacon, give you access to Britney, bitch

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EE will be offering a 6-month free subscription to Apple Music to all new and upgrading monthly customers, from 1 September.The pairing with the Apple music service is the first of its kind for a UK network, and the latest in a number of incentives offered... >>

Sony Xperia X Compact breaks cover, and you didn't expect that

Sony Xperia X Compact breaks cover, and you didn't expect that

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There's been a lot of talk about Sony Mobile recently. After the ditching of the Z series at MWC and the launch of a new X series, the question of where the next flagship will come from has been the subject of lots of speculation.We've spent plenty of... >>

Uber will let you pre-book rides in London

Uber will let you pre-book rides in London

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Uber is adding one of the big missing features to its service in the UK: the ability to pre-book.Uber has had a rough ride since its launch in London, but the app-powered taxi service has found favour with Londoners, beating black cabs hands-down when... >>

LG V20 photo leaks showing off a simple design

LG V20 photo leaks showing off a simple design

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On Wednesday we bought you pictures of the V20 from a case manufacturer, talking about the predictability of device leaks. Thursday brings us a photo of the new handset from @evleaks, proving that the LG V20 is following a typical path of exposing itself... >>

HTC confirms timeline for Android Nougat updates

HTC confirms timeline for Android Nougat updates

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With the release of Android 7.0 Nougat by Google, it's now the turn of all the manufacturers to get to work on versions of the software for their own phones.HTC has taken to Twitter to confirm that the final software has been released to them by Google,... >>

LG V20 design possibly revealed by case manufacturer

LG V20 design possibly revealed by case manufacturer

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The timeline of a device leak follows a predictable path. In the case of LG, it's no secret that the V20 is coming: there have been invites to a launch event, a few early details about the sound quality and the fact it will run Android Nougat.When it... >>

PlayStation Now comes to Windows PC, with wireless DualShock adapter in support

PlayStation Now comes to Windows PC, with wireless DualShock adapter in support

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PlayStation Now, the service that will let you play PS3 games on other devices, has made a big move to Windows PC, meaning you can play games like Uncharted and The Last of Us on your computer. PlayStation Now offers over 400 titles to subscribers for... >>

PowerEgg is a £1290 drone offering gesture controls

PowerEgg is a £1290 drone offering gesture controls

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PowerVision has officially launched PowerEgg, a rethinking of consumer drones, offering a dramatically different design, along with some innovative features. The PowerEgg itself has a design that explains the name, with the legs and arms folding to the... >>

Sony Xperia Nougat updates detailed: Xperia Z5 and a whole lot more

Sony Xperia Nougat updates detailed: Xperia Z5 and a whole lot more

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Google made the surprise move of releasing Android 7.0 Nougat to the Nexus masses on Monday, making this one of the earliest public updates in the Android programme.For those with Sony phones the question will always be when your update will arrive. While... >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 review: Take note, this is the big-screen phone to beat
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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 review: Take note, this is the big-screen phone to beat

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The Samsung Note family is characterised by one thing: the inclusion of a stylus (that's S Pen in Samsung speak). Previously, the Note stood slightly apart from other devices because of its size. However, as phones have grown, it has been accepted that... >>

LG has the cutest Bluetooth speaker that looks like a candle with built-in mood lighting

LG has the cutest Bluetooth speaker that looks like a candle with built-in mood lighting

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LG has announced a new collection of Bluetooth speakers all offering quirky refreshing design, a little different to your average silver or black Bluetooth box. Of the collection, the dramatically named PH3 is the most interesting, with a design like... >>

Android 7.0 Nougat release: Everything you need to know

Android 7.0 Nougat release: Everything you need to know

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Android 7.0 has carved an unusual path through its pre-release. Often reserved for developers, the big change with the Nougat release is that Google has been very open and sharing about it.Google has confirmed the roll-out of Android 7.0 Nougat has now... >>

Android 7.0 Nougat: 7 new features to get excited about

Android 7.0 Nougat: 7 new features to get excited about

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There are a lot of changes coming in Android 7.0 Nougat, which Google has confirmed will be rolling-out from 22 August.Here's a run down of some of the things to get excited about.1. Revamped quick settingsThe quick settings have been refreshed, giving... >>

Uber and Volvo jointly working on autonomous taxis, as test fleet arrives in Pittsburgh

Uber and Volvo jointly working on autonomous taxis, as test fleet arrives in Pittsburgh

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Uber and Volvo have signed an agreement that will lead to a jointly-developed autonomous vehicle, Volvo has announced.The new vehicle will meet the demands of both companies to develop fully-autonomous driverless cars, the next generation of such vehicles... >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 tips and tricks: The ultimate guide to mastering your Note

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 tips and tricks: The ultimate guide to mastering your Note

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If you thought the Galaxy S7 was going to be the top smartphone of 2016, then think again, as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 wants to be top dog. In typical Samsung style, this superphone is absolutely stuffed full of features, options and settings. You'll... >>

Asus ZenWatch 3 to launch on 31 August, going head-to-head with Samsung Gear S3

Asus ZenWatch 3 to launch on 31 August, going head-to-head with Samsung Gear S3

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In the world of wearables, 31 August is going to be a busy day. First of all Samsung pinned a date on its next Gear launch and now Asus has joined the fray, tweeting that it will also be lining up a launch on 31 August, just a few days before IFA 2016... >>

Nikon D3400 updates entry-level DSLR with Bluetooth, for instant smartphone sharing

Nikon D3400 updates entry-level DSLR with Bluetooth, for instant smartphone sharing

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Nikon has announced the Nikon D3400 DSLR, updating the existing Nikon D3300 with additional connectivity options to make it more attractive to those shooting on the move. With traditional cameras under threat from the convenience of smartphones, Nikon's... >>

Pokemon Go: Best Pokemon with highest CP

Pokemon Go: Best Pokemon with highest CP

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With Pokemon mania having spread across the world, you're probably in the position where you're wondering which Pokemon you should really be investing your time in. With a choice of 151 Pokemon (although not all are available to catch right now in the... >>

Pokemon Go: Sightings and nearby will super-charge maps and help you find Pokemon

Pokemon Go: Sightings and nearby will super-charge maps and help you find Pokemon

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The nearby system in Pokemon Go hasn't really worked properly since launch, but everything could be about to change as Niantic Labs looks to super-charge Pokemon Go's maps.In a recent app update, some changes came to the Pokemon Go nearby system. For... >>

Casio EX-FR200 will capture your wide-angle selfie and 360 video world

Casio EX-FR200 will capture your wide-angle selfie and 360 video world

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With everyone talking about virtual reality, camera manufacturers see the opportunity to provide their own perspective, with a range of innovative capture devices appearing from all sides. Casio is the latest company to join the fray, with the announcement... >>

Play Doodle Fruit Games: How to find and play Google's amazingly addictive fruit Olympics

Play Doodle Fruit Games: How to find and play Google's amazingly addictive fruit Olympics

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Google is going big on the Olympics. Not only is its coverage of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 hugely comprehensive and easy to navigate through Google Search, it's also running its own competition: welcome to the Doodle Fruit Games.This fruit fun is easy... >>

Audi SQ7 review: An insane sports car of an SUV
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Audi SQ7 review: An insane sports car of an SUV

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When Audi first launched the SQ7, a lot of people laughed. It was expensive and huge in size, perhaps a little out of character on the UK's roads. But that SUV made its mark, popular for its luxe finish and the size, including the seven seats, in a category... >>

Hyundai Ioniq Electric review: Fully charged
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Hyundai Ioniq Electric review: Fully charged

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Hyundai has opted to launch three different green driving solutions in one with the new Ioniq. The idea is simple: Hyundai offers one platform and you choose whether you want Hybrid, Electric or Plug-in Hybrid. Options are few, making this a relatively... >>

Casio Edifice EQB-500: Watch first, connected device second

Casio Edifice EQB-500: Watch first, connected device second

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Smartwatches have taken a few headlines over the past year, with devices like the Apple Watch offering a whole range of features for when you don't want to be using your phone.The most important thing about the Casio Edifice is that it's a good looking... >>

Pokemon Go top tips: Master the Pokemon mayhem

Pokemon Go top tips: Master the Pokemon mayhem

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The basics of Pokemon Go are simple and fun. You walk, you catch Pokemon, you collect as many as you can and you visit PokeStops to load your backpack up with goodies to help your Trainer along the way.But when it comes to mastering the game, there's... >>

Pokemon Go future features revealed

Pokemon Go future features revealed

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Such has been Pokemon Go's success, that it might have already reached its peak and started to go off the boil. The roll-out has also reached France and Hong Kong over the weekend.However, there's still more to come from Pokemon Go, parts of the game... >>

Pokemon Go Gym tips: How to battle, train and win

Pokemon Go Gym tips: How to battle, train and win

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Pokemon Go has two sides. There's the fun side of exploring and collecting Pokemon, and then there's a very real business of battles and occupying Gyms.In the world of Pokemon, battles are central, because that's what Pokemon do. Trainers collect them... >>

Pokemon Go server problems: Why does the game keep stopping?

Pokemon Go server problems: Why does the game keep stopping?

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Pokemon Go's monumental success is being blighted by server problems. It's been widely reported, right from the start, that the servers weren't quite up to the job of hosting the game, because it was so popular.But what do all these server problems mean... >>

A Pokemon Go smartwatch app needs to happen

A Pokemon Go smartwatch app needs to happen

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Pokemon Go has basically taken the rulebook and thrown it out of the Window. It's seen huge interest around the globe and really shaken up mobile gaming, by insisting that you leave your house.The biggest downside - apart from the demand overwhelming... >>

Panasonic Viera DX902 4K TV review: Honeycomb-sweet picture quality
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Panasonic Viera DX902 4K TV review: Honeycomb-sweet picture quality

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The big sell with the Panasonic DX902 (or DX900 in other regions) is that this 4K TV is about as close as you'll get to a professional reference monitor in the home.That's a fairly lofty comparison, as reference monitors are incredibly expensive, designed... >>

Autonomous boats could help the Navy fight pirates

Autonomous boats could help the Navy fight pirates

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We've all heard a lot about autonomous cars and there's been plenty written about drones taking to the air, but we've not seen so much discussion about boats, or autonomous watercraft.BAE Systems has been working on autonomous naval technologies, in a... >>

LG Action Cam is a Snapdragon-powered LTE camera offering 4K video

LG Action Cam is a Snapdragon-powered LTE camera offering 4K video

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LG has announced its latest Friend, this time it's an action camera designed to be the perfect companion for your smartphone.The imaginatively named LG Action Cam takes on the barrel-type design, like the TomTom Bandit, measuring 35 x 35 x 79.7mm and... >>

Broadsword Spine is the wearable tech to power future warfighters

Broadsword Spine is the wearable tech to power future warfighters

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Soldiers have always had a problem with powering their equipment and with the increasing need for battery-powered kit, BAE Systems has been working on a potential solution. Say hello to Broadsword Spine.The idea behind Broadsword Spine is to make it simple... >>

Pokemon Go: How to take amazing Pokemon photos

Pokemon Go: How to take amazing Pokemon photos

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With Pokemon go installed on just about every phone on the planet, you'll have no doubt seen plenty of photos of Pokemon in strange places - perfectly placed, you might say.That's thanks to Pokemon Go's use of augmented reality - or AR - superimposing... >>

No one expects the Spanish Inquisition, and no one expected Monty Python in Skype

No one expects the Spanish Inquisition, and no one expected Monty Python in Skype

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We're not sure whether this is a joke or not, but Skype has announced a collaboration with Monty Python, launching a selection of Mojis."What are Mojis?", you ask. Last year, Skype introduced Moji into Skype, which are short video clips designed to give... >>