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Microsoft Lumia 640 hands-on: Incremental, but good value

Microsoft Lumia 640 hands-on: Incremental, but good value

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Microsoft took to the stage at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to talk about Windows 10, but also introduce two new Lumia handsets.  Stephen Elop teased that a flagship Lumia would be coming later in the year, but in the meantime Microsoft has brought... >>

HTC One M9 cases: Dot View gets enhanced, active case will keep you protected

HTC One M9 cases: Dot View gets enhanced, active case will keep you protected

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HTC has lined up a wide range of accessories for the HTC One M9 and one of the most interesting is the next generation Dot View case. We love Dot View because of its innovative show-through display, meaning you check the time and glance at notifications... >>

What's new in HTC Sense 7?

What's new in HTC Sense 7?

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HTC Sense 7 makes its debut on the HTC One M9, the new flagship 2015 handset from HTC. Sitting on top of Android 5.0 Lollipop, Sense 7 isn't a major reworking of HTC's user interface, but it does make a few changes and introduce some new features. Here's... >>

LG Watch Urbane LTE: Fully connected glimpse of the future (hands-on)

LG Watch Urbane LTE: Fully connected glimpse of the future (hands-on)

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When the LG Watch Urbane LTE was announced, it was easy to assume that this was the Android Wear device, but connected with LTE. Nothing could be further from the truth.  The LG Watch Urbane LTE might share its name with the Android Wear device (which... >>

HTC Grip: GPS sports tracker is the first child of the Under Armour and HTC union

HTC Grip: GPS sports tracker is the first child of the Under Armour and HTC union

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Under Armour and HTC announced a partnership in January promising new hardware. The HTC Grip is the first device to appear from that paring. It sees HTC able to apply its industrial design expertise to Under Armour's sporting prowess, resulting in a... >>

This is HTC Vive, the Steam VR headset built by HTC and Valve

This is HTC Vive, the Steam VR headset built by HTC and Valve

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HTC used its Mobile World Congress keynote to announce a partnership with Valve, and launch a VR headset called HTC Vive. Before we talk about Vive, let's take a quick step back. HTC is known as a smartphone company and known best for its Android devices,... >>

HTC One M9 focuses on power, refinement and customisation

HTC One M9 focuses on power, refinement and customisation

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HTC has officially announced the HTC One M9, its new 2015 flagship smartphone. The HTC One M9 is a refinement of the HTC One line, aiming to improve on the HTC One M8, rather than completely reinventing the phone from the ground up. The design closely... >>

HTC One M9: The devil is in the details (hands-on)

HTC One M9: The devil is in the details (hands-on)

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The HTC One M9 has probably been the most leaked handset in recent history, but it isn't until you have this device in your hand that you can appreciate the quality it brings with it. HTC's aim with the new M9 was to address the weaknesses of the One... >>

LG Magna hands-on: All about that curve, 'bout that curve, no P-OLED

LG Magna hands-on: All about that curve, 'bout that curve, no P-OLED

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The LG Magna is the top device in LG's "premium mid-range", recently announced and shown at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  It sits amongst its brothers - Spirit, Leon and Joy - but Magna is the device that speaks to us. The important thing about... >>

LG Watch Urbane: A classic take on Android Wear (hands-on)

LG Watch Urbane: A classic take on Android Wear (hands-on)

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Smartwatches are not standing still. Having impressed us with the round display of the LG G Watch R, the smartwatch has taken a step forward with the LG Watch Urbane.  The G Watch Urbane is a premium take on the smartwatch, looking to add desirability... >>

Acer Liquid Leap+ fitness band has changeable straps, works with iOS, Android, Windows Phone

Acer Liquid Leap+ fitness band has changeable straps, works with iOS, Android, Windows Phone

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Acer today announced a new version of its fitness band, the Liquid Leap+. The Leap+ is based around a touchscreen core sitting in a rubber strap. It can be popped in and out, meaning you can switch straps to get a different colour.  The Leap+ itself... >>

Where's Grandma? Don't worry, she's wearing Haier's new super snooping wearable

Where's Grandma? Don't worry, she's wearing Haier's new super snooping wearable

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Haier has unveiled a selection of wearable devices at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but they might not be what you think. These are about tracking, rather than being a computer on your wrist. There is a model for children, which is bright and colourful,... >>

MWC 2015: We're here in Barcelona

MWC 2015: We're here in Barcelona

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Mobile World Congress 2015 doesn't officially start until Monday 2 March, but a lot of the action is happening before the show opens. We've ensconced ourselves in the Catalan capital, ready to bring you all the action. The fun starts on Sunday 1 March,... >>

HTC One M9: What to expect during MWC 2015 press event

HTC One M9: What to expect during MWC 2015 press event

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The HTC One M8 has been a popular device but with 2014 behind us, anticipation is rising about what will come next for HTC's flagship. It should come as no surprise if it's known as the HTC One M9, following the model numbering of previous years. The... >>

HTC One M7 gets a sweet taste of Android 5.0 Lollipop

HTC One M7 gets a sweet taste of Android 5.0 Lollipop

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The HTC One (M7) has just been updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop, bringing the first metal One up to date. Although HTC missed the 90-day self-imposed timeframe for Lollipop updates on the HTC One M8 (in some territories) it looks like the M7 isn't that... >>

HTC Desire 820 review: Mixed performance mid-ranger
3.5 stars

HTC Desire 820 review: Mixed performance mid-ranger

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One of HTC's surprise successes over the past year has been in the Desire family. The Desire 816 sold well in Asia, was updated in the Desire 820 on review here and has a newer model waiting in the wings, the Desire 826.  The success of this handset... >>

Samsung is winning the next-gen hype war

Samsung is winning the next-gen hype war

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If you hadn't noticed, there's a hype war raging at the moment. On Sunday 1 March, there will be two new flagship smartphones launched. And in the battle of the hype building, Samsung is winning. There are two big launches scheduled the day before Mobile... >>

These are the best HTC One M9 pictures we've seen so far

These are the best HTC One M9 pictures we've seen so far

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German retailer Cyberport.de listed the HTC One M9 on its online shop over the weekend, leading to a flurry of excitement surrounding the forthcoming flagship HTC smartphone. Discovered by website Mobilegeeks.de, the images look like full device renders.... >>

BlackBerry 10.3.1 tips and tricks: New features examined

BlackBerry 10.3.1 tips and tricks: New features examined

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BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 is being rolled out to all BlackBerry 10 smartphones and it brings a whole swathe of new features. Most of them were already available as part of OS 10.3 for the BlackBerry Passport and Porsche Design P'9983, and the Classic comes... >>

YouView from BT DB-T2200 mini box review: Ideal for your second TV
4.0 stars

YouView from BT DB-T2200 mini box review: Ideal for your second TV

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There's a new YouView from BT set top box in town, offering the smart TV platform for less of your cash.  However, the new DB-T2200 box strips out some of the connections and features found in the higher-spec DTR-T2100, but allows you to get YouView... >>

HTC One M9 registration opens at Carphone Warehouse. Wait, what?

HTC One M9 registration opens at Carphone Warehouse. Wait, what?

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Carphone Warehouse has opened up a page to let you register your interest in the new HTC One. That's right, the phone that hasn't been announced yet. HTC seems to have stepped up its hype-building as we approach the launch for the HTC One M9, with a... >>

Pebble is now compatible with Android Wear notifications

Pebble is now compatible with Android Wear notifications

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We've not heard much from Pebble recently, but the plucky wearable has just rolled out a new software update for Android users bringing compatibility with Android Wear notifications. With Google pushing its own smartwatch agenda through Android Wear -... >>

Non-removable battery on the SGS6? Samsung's wireless charging monologue will ease your concerns

Non-removable battery on the SGS6? Samsung's wireless charging monologue will ease your concerns

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The internets was aflame recently with reports that the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 would have a sealed body, with a smaller battery in it. Worse, said battery would be not be user replaceable. It's as if the last bastion of Samsungness is being ripped... >>

LG Watch Urbane: A classic design twist on the G Watch R

LG Watch Urbane: A classic design twist on the G Watch R

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LG is releasing a new smartwatch - the LG Watch Urbane - a classic reworking of its G Watch R. The Watch Urbane has been designed to look like a classic timepiece, with a metal body and stitched leather strap, resulting in an Android Wear watch that looks... >>

British Gas to acquire AlertMe for £44 million, expand Hive offerings

British Gas to acquire AlertMe for £44 million, expand Hive offerings

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British Gas has announced that it is to acquire AlertMe, the company that powers its Hive Active Heating, in a deal worth £44 million. This figure includes the 21 per cent holding that British Gas already has in AlertMe, bringing AlertMe's total valuation... >>