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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... >>

HTC Sense 8.0 vs Sense 7.0: New features tweaks and changes reviewed

HTC Sense 8.0 vs Sense 7.0: New features tweaks and changes reviewed

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The HTC 10 brings with it a new version of Sense that's moved a fair distance from the experience on HTC's previous flagship device, the HTC One M9, with a change in software emphasis.We've been tracking the changes in Sense for a number of years, but... >>

Kindle Oasis: Amazon's premium reader is stunning, but it's ridiculously expensive

Kindle Oasis: Amazon's premium reader is stunning, but it's ridiculously expensive

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Amazon has announced its latest Kindle ebook reader, and it's a radical departure from the devices that have come before it.The Kindle Oasis is a complete rethinking from the components up, stripping the Kindle down to its essentials and giving you a... >>

HTC 10: Release date, official specs and everything you need to know

HTC 10: Release date, official specs and everything you need to know

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HTC has revealed its new flagship smartphone, known simply as HTC 10. Launched via a virtual event, the new handset takes a fresh look at what HTC has done in the past and feels like a real step forward for the company.The HTC 10 comes at a time that's... >>

Ford Focus (2016) review: Unlearn everything
4.5 stars

Ford Focus (2016) review: Unlearn everything

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It's difficult to ignore the Ford Focus. With an impressive 83,816 of them sold in the UK in 2015, it's also difficult to drive anywhere without seeing one.So this might be the UK's best selling hatch, edging out the Golf marginally, but there's no escaping... >>

Oculus Rift hits shipping delays, blaming component shortages

Oculus Rift hits shipping delays, blaming component shortages

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There has been no shortage of buzz surrounding the launch of the first full virtual reality system, Oculus Rift, but it seems there might be a shortage of components, leading to some delays.Oculus was first to announce a date for the Rift, opening pre-orders... >>

JBL Reflect Aware C will pipe noise-cancelled music from your USB Type-C port

JBL Reflect Aware C will pipe noise-cancelled music from your USB Type-C port

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If you're jumping on the bandwagon with the latest devices, you'll have probably have encountered the new USB Type-C format. The new USB connection has appeared on the MacBook, Pixel C tablet, as well as a number of smartphones, like the new HTC 10 and... >>

HTC 10: BoomSound is dead. Long live BoomSound Hi-Fi edition

HTC 10: BoomSound is dead. Long live BoomSound Hi-Fi edition

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One of the features that defined the HTC One family was BoomSound. Introduced on the HTC One M7, BoomSound remained one of the strongest features of HTC handsets, offering the best external speakers, bar none, for three generations of phones.With the... >>

Ice, Ice, Baby: Ice View is the new HTC Dot View

Ice, Ice, Baby: Ice View is the new HTC Dot View

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Alright stop, collaborate and listen, HTC's back with a brand new invention.The HTC Dot View cover has always been one of our favourite cases. It is the sort of funky fresh design that characterises HTC, a cover that lets the display shine through, creating... >>

Huawei P9 and P9 Plus bring twin Leica cameras in powerful slim bodies

Huawei P9 and P9 Plus bring twin Leica cameras in powerful slim bodies

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Huawei has today unveiled its latest handset as the company looks to increase its global smartphone influence outside of its homeland China.Following a number of successful launches, Huawei has unveiled the P9 and P9 Plus, the latest in a line of slim... >>

LG talks webOS 3.0 and Freeview Play updates: Roll-out starting in May

LG talks webOS 3.0 and Freeview Play updates: Roll-out starting in May

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LG announced webOS 3.0 late in 2015 and showed off the new user interface for its TVs at CES 2016. Since then we've been awaiting details on the webOS 3.0 release date.Talking today in London, LG demoed some of the new features coming to webOS 3.0, as... >>

Windows 10 Mobile review: A new hope?
3.5 stars

Windows 10 Mobile review: A new hope?

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away Microsoft made a move into smart, connected, mobile devices that were relatively unchallenged. The early versions of Windows CE drove Pocket PCs, long before the modern smartphone had taken off.Window's life on... >>

Tesla Model 3 pre-orders hit 276,000 in three days

Tesla Model 3 pre-orders hit 276,000 in three days

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Tesla pulled the covers off the Model 3, its new electric car for the masses, on 31 March and it seems the masses have responded.Elon Musk, CEO and co-founder of Tesla Motor has been regularly updating on the progress of Model 3 pre-orders via Twitter.The... >>

Surprise, surprise: The LG G5 isn't as metal as you might think (updated)

Surprise, surprise: The LG G5 isn't as metal as you might think (updated)

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When we first picked up the LG G5 at MWC 2016, we were surprised by the feel. We commented at the time that it had a finish that didn't quite look and feel right.This was something we echoed in our review having spent more time with the LG G5 - admittedly... >>

ROAM-e is the selfie drone your narcissistic self needs

ROAM-e is the selfie drone your narcissistic self needs

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If you're the sort of person to get annoyed by selfie sticks in public, then look away now, as the ROAM-e takes things to another level.The ROAM-e pitches itself as a flying selfie machine, and is the inevitable mash-up of drones and the need for an increasing... >>

LG G5: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know

LG G5: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know

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The LG G5 was officially unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona and has since become available to pre-order in the UK.It seems LG making quite a large departure from the G3 and G4 handsets that came before, so is definitely one that should... >>

Cortana is coming to Xbox One, as is background music

Cortana is coming to Xbox One, as is background music

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Microsoft has taken to the stage at Build 2016, revealing some detail about what to expect in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and the future for Xbox One. There's a collection of enhancements coming to the Xbox, and while Microsoft spent a fair amount... >>

EE TV Recordings To Go enables mobile viewing, takes fight to Sky Q

EE TV Recordings To Go enables mobile viewing, takes fight to Sky Q

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EE TV was ahead of its time in many ways when it launched in 2014, offering a number of features that until recently, weren’t available on any other TV platform.Not one to shy away from new features, EE TV has just added a great new option, called Recordings... >>

Sony PlayStation games and characters are coming to Android and iOS

Sony PlayStation games and characters are coming to Android and iOS

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Sony PlayStation seems to be undergoing some changes, not only is the newly formed Sony Interactive Entertainment coming into being on Friday 1 April, but there's also another company being formed and that's ForwardWorks. ForwardWorks is detailed by... >>

Samsung Galaxy S7 camera: Raw shooting expert guide

Samsung Galaxy S7 camera: Raw shooting expert guide

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One of the more advanced features offered by the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is raw shooting.This is a camera feature that's been creeping into smartphones over the past few years. We first saw Nokia announce it and it's also been... >>

Android Pay UK launch confirmed, but Barclays isn't on the list

Android Pay UK launch confirmed, but Barclays isn't on the list

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Google has broken its silence on Android Pay in the UK, taking to its blog to confirm that launch in the UK is coming in the next few months.Google details that it is talking to banks and retailers to get everything into place, so it can bring the Apple... >>

Don't dismiss the iPhone SE: 5 reasons to love Apple's new iPhone

Don't dismiss the iPhone SE: 5 reasons to love Apple's new iPhone

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Tim Cook and co took to the stage in Cupertino today to announce a new iPhone. Not an all-singing all-dancing flagship iPhone 7, but a new smaller iPhone, the iPhone SE.It replaced the oldest handset in Apple's offering, as the iPhone 5S retires. But... >>

Apple iPhone SE official, the 4-inch iPhone for all

Apple iPhone SE official, the 4-inch iPhone for all

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Apple has officially announced the iPhone SE, a smaller-scale 4-inch format of the phone, at its special event on 21 March 2016. Wave bye-bye to the iPhone 5C as the entry-level device, which the SE effectively stubs out of the line-up.Apple said that... >>

The amazingly eye-catching novelty watches of Baselworld 2016

The amazingly eye-catching novelty watches of Baselworld 2016

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Baselworld brings together the world's biggest watch and jewellery makers in a celebration of luxury, in the Swiss town of Basel. Naturally there's a heavy leaning towards the traditions of the Swiss Watch industry, but there's a growing sense of smart... >>