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HTC Desire 10 Pro vs Desire 10 Lifestyle: What's the difference?

HTC Desire 10 Pro vs Desire 10 Lifestyle: What's the difference?

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HTC has pulled the old trick of launching two devices with the same sort of name, but with very different specs.The HTC Desire 10 is the latest addition to HTC's mid-range. One of the distinctive things about the Desire 10 is the design, with gold trim... >>

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

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

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HTC is teasing the launch of its latest handset. Having been rather quiet following the launch of the HTC 10 and focusing on the HTC Vive VR launch, it now seems that there are Desire handsets in the works. The Desire family is HTC's mid-range, with... >>

Amazon Echo UK pre-order discount gives Prime members £50 off, but be quick

Amazon Echo UK pre-order discount gives Prime members £50 off, but be quick

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Amazon has just announced that it is launching its home-controlling speaker, the Amazon Echo, in the UK, following its popular reception in the US over the past 12 months. To sweeten the deal, there's a discount being offered for Prime members who get... >>

Hive confirms compatibility with Amazon Echo for voice controlled heating and lighting

Hive confirms compatibility with Amazon Echo for voice controlled heating and lighting

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Amazon today confirmed that the Amazon Echo is coming to the UK, powered by its onboard smart agent Alexa. Announcing a range of partnerships, one of the more interesting for the UK is Hive, the smarthome offshoot of British Gas.  Hive has confirmed... >>

Pokemon Go buddy: How to use the new buddy system

Pokemon Go buddy: How to use the new buddy system

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Pokemon Go publisher Niantic Labs has always promised that there would be updates to Pokemon Go to add new features as the game moves forward. Although many will have seen the peak in Pokemon Go gameplay, the most recent update to the app on Android... >>

Pixel Launcher: Leak shows the fresh Android face of the Pixel and Pixel XL

Pixel Launcher: Leak shows the fresh Android face of the Pixel and Pixel XL

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There's been no shortage of leaks surrounding Google's forthcoming smartphones, the latest of which have named them as the Pixel and the Pixel XL, rather than Nexus. The thinking is that the Nexus programme is going to come to a halt, with Pixel taking... >>

TomTom Via 62 review: Gets you there, but not without a hiccup
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TomTom Via 62 review: Gets you there, but not without a hiccup

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Of all TomTom's satnav offerings, the Via appears to make the most sense. It offers Traffic, meaning it's a full head and shoulders above the entry-level Start model, but it's slimmer and much more affordable than the Go models.Available in two sizes:... >>

Those freaky AirPods show that Apple can still innovate

Those freaky AirPods show that Apple can still innovate

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Of all the devices launched at the Apple special event in September, it's the AirPods that have attracted the most attention.The iPhone 7 is a phone, an incremental update of last year's device; the iPhone 7 Plus is much the same, although the addition... >>

Best Apple iPhone 7 pre-order deals: £200 trade-in for old iPhone, new iPhone every year and more

Best Apple iPhone 7 pre-order deals: £200 trade-in for old iPhone, new iPhone every year and more

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The Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are now available for pre-order, meaning you can guarantee yourself the hottest new smartphone come launch day. Announced at Apple's special event in San Francisco on 7 September, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be in... >>

Nexus 7 (2016): What's the story so far?

Nexus 7 (2016): What's the story so far?

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The original Nexus 7, released in 2012 and updated in 2013, has always been one of our favourite Nexus devices. It was that convenient smaller tablet, a pure-Android almost pocketable tablet for fun and frivolity.The Nexus programme has flung out a range... >>

Dual lens smartphone cameras: The history running up to iPhone 7 Plus

Dual lens smartphone cameras: The history running up to iPhone 7 Plus

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With Apple announcing the iPhone 7 Plus with two cameras on the back, it's worth looking at where this has come from and romp through the history of dual lens smartphones.  Dual lens cameras on smartphones aren't new, with a number of models offering... >>

What headphones does the iPhone 7 come with?

What headphones does the iPhone 7 come with?

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Apple has announced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and one of the big changes is that the 3.5mm headphone socket is gone.That's not a huge deal, it just means you'll have to use the Lightning socket to connect headphones instead.There has been some confusion... >>

Nest Thermostat now comes in black, white and copper

Nest Thermostat now comes in black, white and copper

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Nest Thermostat looks good. It's hard not to spot it on the wall and appreciate the simplicity of the design, compared to the off-white plastic thermostat of yesteryear. Nest has announced that the Thermostat is now available in three more colours, in... >>

Nest Cam adds Sightline, an innovative way to view your recorded video

Nest Cam adds Sightline, an innovative way to view your recorded video

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Nest has announced a new software feature for Nest Cam, Dropcam and the new Nest Cam Outdoor that will make it easier to skim through your recorded footage.  Called Sightline, the new feature presents a live view from your Cam in the top third of the... >>

Always read the footnotes: Apple suggests you might want a case on that Jet Black iPhone 7

Always read the footnotes: Apple suggests you might want a case on that Jet Black iPhone 7

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Apple has announced not only new colours for its new iPhone 7 models, but a new finish. Moving on from the standard matte anodised finish that Apple has used from the iPhone 6, the Jet Black model takes on something of a premium position. The Jet Black... >>

Apple Watch Nike Plus is designed to be your perfect running partner

Apple Watch Nike Plus is designed to be your perfect running partner

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Apple has taken to the stage in San Francisco to make a collection of announcements, including the updated Apple Watch Series 2. Taking advantage of the new Apple Watch's GPS, there's the revival of a huge partnership between Apple and Nike.  Introducing... >>

Bear Grylls confirms: New Land Rover Discovery has seats you can fold with a smartphone

Bear Grylls confirms: New Land Rover Discovery has seats you can fold with a smartphone

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Land Rover is going to be unveiling the new Discovery on 28 September, with a radical shift in design for its luxury SUV model. With the Discovery Sport recently unveiled, it looks as though the new Discovery adopts some of that softer and more sporty... >>

Moto Z is now available in the UK, for £499

Moto Z is now available in the UK, for £499

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The Moto Z, that razr thin phone that dropped the headphone socket in favour of USB Type-C, and offers endless customisation through Moto Mods is now available to buy in the UK.Starting life as a Verizon exclusive in the US, Moto was always a little tight-lipped... >>

HP Elite Slice: Innovative, modular, mini PC

HP Elite Slice: Innovative, modular, mini PC

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The aim of the HP Elite Slice is to get the PC back onto your desk. Moving on from tower PCs, the Slice wants to put everything in front of you in a slickly designed package. That's what HP told us when we encountered the Elite Slice at Showstoppers at... >>

TomTom Adventurer is the sports watch for your snow sports, hiking and trail running

TomTom Adventurer is the sports watch for your snow sports, hiking and trail running

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TomTom has added a new model to its line-up of sports watches with the TomTom Adventurer. As the name suggests, this is a watch for the great outdoors. Built on the foundation of the new TomTom Spark, it uses a similar design to TomTom's existing line-up... >>

Garmin Fenix Chronos is about as smart as sportswatches get

Garmin Fenix Chronos is about as smart as sportswatches get

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Garmin has introduced a new premium version of the Fenix sportswatch. Based on the Fenix 3, the new Fenix Chronos packs in all the navigational and sporting nouse of the original, but places it in a high-quality design, at home in the wilds of the outback,... >>

SGNL smart watch strap will let you make calls using your fingertip, like James Bond

SGNL smart watch strap will let you make calls using your fingertip, like James Bond

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If you've been wanting to live that secret agent dream, then now is your time thanks to SGNL, a smart replacement for your watch strap. This smart watch strap will let you take phone calls using your finger, rather than having to use a headset. Using... >>

Sony Xperia XZ camera: New tech explained

Sony Xperia XZ camera: New tech explained

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There's a new Sony camera in town and that means one thing: there's a load of new camera tech on-board too. Having looked to change things up a gear with the Sony Xperia Z5, Sony has announced its 2016 flagship, the Xperia XZ. This phone might look familiar... >>

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... >>