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Sony MDR-1A BT headphones offer Hi-Res Audio, gesture controls (hands-on)

Sony MDR-1A BT headphones offer Hi-Res Audio, gesture controls (hands-on)

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Sony announced a number of new audio products at CES 2015 earlier in the year, and we recently got our hands on the MDR-1A BT headphones, which have some interesting features.  These are an evolution of the MDR-1A headphones that we rated highly in... >>

Android 5.0 Lollipop tips and tricks: Get to grips with a new Android

Android 5.0 Lollipop tips and tricks: Get to grips with a new Android

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Android 5.0 Lollipop brings a range of changes to Google's OS. Available initially on the Nexus 9 and Nexus 6, but now rolling out to a wider collection of devices, there's plenty of new features to get to grips with. If you're feeling a little lost,... >>

Cortana brings Premier League predictions straight to your Windows Phone

Cortana brings Premier League predictions straight to your Windows Phone

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Cortana, Windows Phone's personal assistant, will now predict the outcome of Premier League matches, so you can ask your phone for weekend predictions before heading to the bookies. Cortana told us that West Ham would beat Manchester United, and that... >>

Samsung Galaxy S6 pictures reveal iPhone 6-like design

Samsung Galaxy S6 pictures reveal iPhone 6-like design

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 could have very similar design lines to the iPhone 6, if these casing shots turn out to be the real deal. These aluminium phone casings could well be the new metal bodywork of the SGS6, that is, the regular SGS6, rather than the... >>

Sony offers integrated YouView on 2015 Bravia range

Sony offers integrated YouView on 2015 Bravia range

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YouView will be integrated into Sony's new 2015 Bravia televisions running on the Android TV platform.  The announcement of the partnership between Sony and YouView means that the Japanese manufacturer is the first to offer YouView integrated into a... >>

Android 5.0 Lollipop: When is it coming to my phone or tablet?

Android 5.0 Lollipop: When is it coming to my phone or tablet?

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Google launched Android 5.0 Lollipop in November 2014, making its debut on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 devices. At the same time, the code is then released to manufacturers, and the process of updating existing Android devices beings. We've already published... >>

Watch the HTC One M8 throw down the iPhone 6 and SGS5 in this video

Watch the HTC One M8 throw down the iPhone 6 and SGS5 in this video

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Doc G of P.M. Dawn fame is a self confessed HTC superfan, and what better way to express his love of the HTC One M8 than via the medium of hip-hop? There's little else to say on this one. Doc G tells it like it is, extolling the virtues of BoomSound,... >>

Let's talk about the Samsung Galaxy S Edge

Let's talk about the Samsung Galaxy S Edge

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Samsung is readying a new flagship smartphone, the SGS6, and we believe that we will see it at Mobile World Congress in March, following appearance of an invitation to an event on that day. However the last big launch for Samsung introduced not one,... >>

Samsung Galaxy S6 prices revealed, 128GB model suggested

Samsung Galaxy S6 prices revealed, 128GB model suggested

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 prices have leaked online, with reports that it will be starting at €749 (£565). Website Androidpit, citing information from a trusted source, details that the SGS6 will be coming in three storage options: 32GB, 64GB and 128GB.... >>

David Lloyd's Immersive Fitness studio is like a spin class through Tron

David Lloyd's Immersive Fitness studio is like a spin class through Tron

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"Are you with me!?!" shouts the instructor. We give a rasping cheer, grabbing a breather before we hit the next run of hills, riding through a landscape peppered with psychedelic geometric mountains. The road is like glass, reflecting the alternate reality... >>

Microsoft Lumia 535 review: Losing touch?
3.0 stars

Microsoft Lumia 535 review: Losing touch?

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You'll notice that there has been a change in terminology when it comes to Lumia. It's not new news, but the Lumia 535 is the first Lumia to appear with Microsoft branding rather than Nokia. Microsoft Devices' first handset is pitched at the low end.... >>

HTC and Android 5.0: How well has Lollipop been integrated?

HTC and Android 5.0: How well has Lollipop been integrated?

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With every iteration of Android, we're moving closer to platform perfection. That might sound like an opinion served with a healthy dollop of bias, but consider this: in 2009 we'd have baulked at native Android Eclair, but HTC made that palatable with... >>

Bose SoundLink on-ear Bluetooth headphones review: Premium performance
4.0 stars

Bose SoundLink on-ear Bluetooth headphones review: Premium performance

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Although Bluetooth isn't a new technology, there has been a renewed interest in Bluetooth devices of late, with a push towards quality that's seeing some of the more established audio brands producing a wider range of wireless audio devices than ever... >>

HTC One M8 owners in Europe will get Android 5.0 Lollipop today

HTC One M8 owners in Europe will get Android 5.0 Lollipop today

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It's Lollipop day for HTC One owners in Europe, as the roll-out of the latest software from HTC and Google starts today. Confirmed on Twitter by Jeff Gordon, senior global online communications manager at HTC, the tweet simply suggested that M8 owners... >>

Tesco sells Blinkbox Music to Australian music service Guvera

Tesco sells Blinkbox Music to Australian music service Guvera

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Blinkbox Music has been sold to Australian music service Guvera, as Tesco continues to offload its digital properties. Following the sale of Blinkbox Movies to TalkTalk, the music arm has now moved to the lesser-known Guvera. It's likely that Guvera is... >>

How the HTC One M9 can better the HTC One M8

How the HTC One M9 can better the HTC One M8

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The HTC One M8 is nearly a year old. It has been, without a doubt, one of the highlight devices of 2014. It sat at the top of our Best Smartphones chart for a healthy part of the year and has won global acclaim, picking up numerous awards. There's also... >>

WhatsApp Web brings messaging to your desktop: Here's everything you need to know

WhatsApp Web brings messaging to your desktop: Here's everything you need to know

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WhatsApp, one of the most popular mobile messaging apps, has just announced that it is also coming to your desktop, thanks to a Chrome web client. Rather than making a desktop app, WhatsApp Web is simply a web client, so everything is still managed by... >>

HTC sends out invites for MWC 2015 event, HTC One M9 expected

HTC sends out invites for MWC 2015 event, HTC One M9 expected

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HTC has invited the media to a launch event at Mobile World Congress 2015. The company's press event is being held in Barcelona on 1 March, the day before Mobile World Congress is scheduled to officially start. There's little detail to be seen in the... >>

BlackBerry Classic review: Timeless, or stuck in the past?
3.5 stars

BlackBerry Classic review: Timeless, or stuck in the past?

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For many, the BlackBerry was the first rung on the smartphone ladder. In fact, the BlackBerry was the smartphone in a sea of inconsistent feature phones; a phone doing things that no other could. But now BlackBerry is weathering the storm, having fallen... >>

Barclays banking on Code Playground and Digital Driving License to enhance our digital skills

Barclays banking on Code Playground and Digital Driving License to enhance our digital skills

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There's been a lot of talk about "coding" recently, with its addition to the national curriculum for schools from September 2014. Barclays has launched a new Code Playground, giving both customers and non-customers the chance get to grips with coding. ... >>

What is Google Cast for Audio, what speakers support it and why does it matter?

What is Google Cast for Audio, what speakers support it and why does it matter?

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Google has announced a new method for streaming audio and you'll want to pay attention: it's called Google Cast for Audio. It capitalises on the success of Chromecast and it uses the same system to let you send audio to a compatible device, like a speaker... >>

Future car tech: Sci-fi cars are closer than you think

Future car tech: Sci-fi cars are closer than you think

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Cars have been featured at consumer electronic shows with increasing frequency in recent years, causing some to comment that those shows are becoming car shows. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, it's the motor car that's becoming gadgetised.... >>

LG SoundPlate 540 review: Super connected speaker base
4.0 stars

LG SoundPlate 540 review: Super connected speaker base

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The speaker base, which acts like a flattened speaker bar, has been something of an emerging trend in recent years, offering a way to boost your TV's speakers without resorting to a full-blown speaker system. The LG SoundPlate 540 mixes things up, crossing... >>

Sports and fitness wearables to look forward to in 2015

Sports and fitness wearables to look forward to in 2015

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Sports and fitness is firmly on the wearable agenda, with plenty of new innovative devices launching over the past year. Well, 2015 has a lot in store for those wanting to track, trace and monitor their fitness. From smarter headphones, to smart fabrics,... >>

What is Android TV and why is everyone talking about it?

What is Android TV and why is everyone talking about it?

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Android TV is a smart TV platform from Google. It was announced in June 2014 and with Android 5.0 Lollipop, Android TV is now fully launched and marching into our lives.  Android TV is the successor to Google TV, the company's previous stab at a big... >>