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SimCity (2013)
4.0 stars

SimCity (2013)

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From the time EA announced that SimCity would need an always-on internet connection there was some rage brewing in the fan community. It's understandable rage too, because SimCity is the latest in a line of games that is loved, and still played by many,... >>

APP OF THE DAY: Napster review (Android)

APP OF THE DAY: Napster review (Android)

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We've given Napster our coveted App of the Day award before, but not in its Android version, and not since it was all change at the firm, and it merged into Rhapsody by its owner, US tech giant Best Buy.It's worth noting too, that since the switch to... >>

Philips DesignLine TVs pictures and hands-on

Philips DesignLine TVs pictures and hands-on

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Philips might have sold its TV division recently to TP Vision - retaining just a 30 per cent stake in the brand - but it seems none of that has affected the company's will to be known for stylish and performance-orientated screens.The DesignLine is, in... >>

SimCity offline mode would be trivial to implement

SimCity offline mode would be trivial to implement

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According to an anonymous developer who has "close ties" to the game, it wouldn't be difficult for EA and Maxis to allow users to play offline. With the server side having only minimal involvement in the game, particularly in single player mode.In a conversation... >>

Naim UnitiLite
4.0 stars

Naim UnitiLite

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High-end audio is always fun, there's lots of money to spend, but some very nice kit when you've plucked up the courage to plonk down the cash on your dealer's counter. But at a shade over £1,600, is the Naim UnitiLite worth the money, and what will... >>

SimCity launches in UK, customers unable to play

SimCity launches in UK, customers unable to play

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RETICULATING SPLINES we yelled at our PC at 00:01 exactly. And for the most part, the initial install of SimCity went smoothly. We had the DVD version of the game, so had managed to get the large files in the right place before the game launched. And... >>

APP OF THE DAY: Autotrader review (Android)

APP OF THE DAY: Autotrader review (Android)

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There are two uses for Autotrader's Android app; The first is to find a new car to buy and this is both useful and worthy. The second is for looking at pictures of cars that you'll never in a month of Sundays be able to afford. This is pointless, and... >>

Humax HDR-1000S freesat with freetime
4.0 stars

Humax HDR-1000S freesat with freetime

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Since freesat launched, it's been assaulting our eyes with its capital letter - or lack thereof - lunacy. Now, with freetime, or, as the firm calls it we've got some angled brackets thrown in for good measure. What is this, algebra?But horrors of English... >>

Pure Avalon 300R Connect
5.0 stars

Pure Avalon 300R Connect

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Selling your very first Freeview set-top-box in 2012 is the move of either a company that knows what it's doing, or the move of a company so adept at missing the boat that it has evolved into a fish to avoid further boat-missing agony.The Pure Avalon... >>

APP OF THE DAY: Pure Connect review (Android)

APP OF THE DAY: Pure Connect review (Android)

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There are lots of apps that stream music, plenty that let you listen to internet radio stations and many, many programmes that let you play music from your Android phone. Pure Connect, on the other hand, is one that lets you do everything in one app.It's... >>

Lindy Cromo IEM-75 earphones
3.5 stars

Lindy Cromo IEM-75 earphones

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Choosing headphones is a nightmare. What's slightly strange is that it doesn't really get all that much easier when you have access to dozens of different pairs. Some we test are cheap and work well, some are expensive and work well. Occasionally, we... >>

TP Vision working on 4K resolution 9000 series Philips TV

TP Vision working on 4K resolution 9000 series Philips TV

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With 4K televisions becoming all the more common, it seems logical that Philips would want to get in on the action. And, indeed, Pocket-lint has now seen an early prototype of the first 4K TV which will go on sale next year.In case you're not aware, Philips... >>

Logitech K810 wireless bluetooth keyboard
4.0 stars

Logitech K810 wireless bluetooth keyboard

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Despite the fact that touchscreens are becoming ubiquitous, it seems as if a keyboard is still an essential part of life. There has yet to be a tablet or phone that feels as good, or allows you to type as fast, as you would be able to on a full Qwerty... >>

BT buys ESPN's UK and Irish TV channels

BT buys ESPN's UK and Irish TV channels

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BT, purveyor of telephones, broadband and TV services, has announced that it is to buy ESPN's UK TV channels. The deal will allow BT to broadcast at least one ESPN-branded TV channel, as well as access several US sports, including NCAA College Basketball... >>

Roku LT
5.0 stars

Roku LT

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We liked the Roku 2 XS, but we didn't absolutely love it. Things have moved on a bit though, and the company offered us the chance to look at its LT model. It's technically a little less hardcore than the 2 XS, but it costs half as much - about £50 -... >>

APP OF THE DAY: Wifi Analyzer review (Android)

APP OF THE DAY: Wifi Analyzer review (Android)

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When you're dealing with computers, or any sort of networking, one of the things you have to be able to do to solve a problem, is logically eliminate one possibility after the next. This is standard, so if a setting is making your game crash, you cange... >>

Watch YouTube in Windows 8 for just £724.99

Watch YouTube in Windows 8 for just £724.99

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We've seen some app developers try to get money for nothing - or very little at least - in our time, but we're astounded to see a simple YouTube player app called "YouTube player deluxe" that costs a penny shy of £725. What's most amusing is that the... >>

Apple Mac mini (Late 2012)
4.0 stars

Apple Mac mini (Late 2012)

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Sitting here looking at our Windows-based desktop and, next to it, the Mac Mini, we're starting to wonder if the full-sized desktop is running toward the end of its lifespan. Sure, gamers want a big powerful machine with loads of cooling and a super-powerful... >>

ZTE Blade III
4.0 stars

ZTE Blade III

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Low-priced Android phones are a mixed bag, on the one hand, they're often better than you'd expect, but on the other there are always compromises made to get a phone out for this sort of money. It becomes even more ridiculous when you consider that Virgin... >>

Hotmail is dead, long live Outlook.com: Now with 60 million active users

Hotmail is dead, long live Outlook.com: Now with 60 million active users

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Microsoft has announced that it's finally pulling the plug on Hotmail, the service it bought in 1997 for about $400m from founders Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith.To be fair, this sounds more dramatic than the reality, which is that the user interface is... >>

APP OF THE DAY: Lux review (Android)

APP OF THE DAY: Lux review (Android)

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You know your phone has that auto brightness setting? Well, what's the betting you're not happy with it, and most of the time your phone is too bright indoors and too dark outdoors? The idea of Lux is to stop that silliness and give you a proper level... >>

Sony PS3 slim
4.5 stars

Sony PS3 slim

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The PS3 is dead, long live the PS4. Except the PS3 is so far from dead it's almost ridiculous. For one thing, there is a persistent rumour that when the PS4 launches, it will not be backwards compatible with PS3 games. That's not a hardship for most,... >>

Ultimate Ears 6000 headphones
4.5 stars

Ultimate Ears 6000 headphones

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If you're electronic music fan, then we think the Ultimate Ears 6000s might be right up your street. These noise-cancelling headphones are designed to give their owner sound that's free of external interference from jet engines, trains or other sorts... >>

Asus VivoTab Smart
4.0 stars

Asus VivoTab Smart

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The Asus VivoTab Smart is certainly an interesting idea. Boiled down to basics, it's a Windows 8 tablet compressed into the sort of design you'd expect for a Windows RT tablet. That means it's small and light, and will be the ideal device for you to carry... >>

APP OF THE DAY: Wind-up Knight review (Android)

APP OF THE DAY: Wind-up Knight review (Android)

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There's only a couple of controls, you think. How hard can it be, you question. The answer is, very hard indeed, so forget about the apparent simplicity of Wind-up Knight, because it's all superficial - this is the hardest game of all time.Okay, it isn't,... >>

Dali Epicon 2 bookshelf speakers
4.5 stars

Dali Epicon 2 bookshelf speakers

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We wouldn't want to be the person at Dali in charge of re-calling review stock. It must yield a fair number of snarling "Fine, take them then" calls and a decent number of "Prise them out of my cold, dead hands" type emails.From a review perspective,... >>

Nokia Lumia 620
5.0 stars

Nokia Lumia 620

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Nokia made some nice high-end phones in years gone by, like, for example, the N95. But Nokia was never really about those phones, it was about affordable, reliable phones that everyone wanted to own, and that everyone could afford. There's not always... >>

Advertising nearly killed TV drama, now Netflix will save it

Advertising nearly killed TV drama, now Netflix will save it

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Netflix's goal is "is to become HBO faster than HBO can become us",  Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, told GQ in an interview recently.House of Cards is, if you like, the first time it's really showed its hand. At the moment, it looks like... >>

Sony Xperia Tablet S
4.0 stars

Sony Xperia Tablet S

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Sony came late to the tablet game, and when it did finally rock up with the Tablet P and S, it was hardly playing its A game. So now we have the Xperia Tablet S in our hands the question is obviously, has Sony addressed the issues, and is this a device... >>

APP OF THE DAY: BubbleUPnP review (Android)

APP OF THE DAY: BubbleUPnP review (Android)

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DLNA is something of a mixed bag, built from a great idea it was the implementation of it in the early days that put many off. It was designed as a standardised way of moving media around your home, from Blu-ray player to phone, or PVR to TV. In practice,... >>

Onkyo CR-N755
5.0 stars

Onkyo CR-N755

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For most people the hi-fi is dead. The days of needing two large speakers and a central unit to play music died when we switched to MP3s and AAC audio tracks from the likes of the iTunes store, or Amazon MP3. It wasn't that people didn't want CDs anymore,... >>

What is HEVC and h.265? The future of 1080p movie streaming explained

What is HEVC and h.265? The future of 1080p movie streaming explained

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Video compression is essential for home entertainment. Without it, we'd be stuck in a world with just a few dozen TV channels. Since digital was first introduced in the UK, we've had compressed TV - it's a really great way of getting a lot more out of... >>

APP OF THE DAY: Rise of the Blobs review (Android)

APP OF THE DAY: Rise of the Blobs review (Android)

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Rise of the Blobs is a little bit like Fruit Ninja meets Tetris. The story is a little confusing, in that somehow some blobs have arrived on earth and are threatening to kill us all us unless we cover them in fruit and make them explode.Rise of the Blobs... >>

Popcorn Hour A-400 pictures and hands-on

Popcorn Hour A-400 pictures and hands-on

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By way of an introduction, if you haven't heard of it before the Popcorn Hour range of media streamers aims to offer a way of playing back pretty much any kind of video and audio. When Syabas started making the A100 - the first-generation device - there... >>

Hands-on: SimCity review

Hands-on: SimCity review

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SimCity 2000 is one of the best games of all time. You might disagree, but if you do, then, well, you're wrong. The sim-plicity of the concept didn't stop it from being an amazing game. The hours you could happily sit in front of it were staggering. Back... >>

Microsoft LifeCam Studio
4.0 stars

Microsoft LifeCam Studio

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A 1080p webcam sounds a little ridiculous doesn't it. But of course, webcams aren't just for video calls, they're for recording your thoughts to YouTube, presenting a video podcast or lip-syncing to Carly Rae Jepsen. They are, in fact, cheap camcorders... >>

Logitech T650 wireless touchpad
3.5 stars

Logitech T650 wireless touchpad

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Windows 8 brought with it a quite specific problem - be it real or imagined - namely, that it was created for touch interaction. So the Logitech T650 was designed to bring touch to the millions upon millions of computers in the world that have no touch... >>

Logitech C270 webcam
3.0 stars

Logitech C270 webcam

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Those of us in our thirties, and older, will remember how much it used to cost to buy something that could make video. And of course, those same people remember how hard it was to handle, edit and share that video. Now, for less than £20 you can have... >>

Nikon Image Space photo hosting site launches 28 January

Nikon Image Space photo hosting site launches 28 January

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Nikon has announced that will launch its new online photo-sharing service on 28 January. Called Nikon Image Space, the service will take over from "my Picturetown" which the camera company launched in 2007 and which, it says, has been "very popular".Perhaps... >>

Blue Microphones Tiki USB
4.0 stars

Blue Microphones Tiki USB

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Everything about the Tiki is interesting. It's got an interesting name - a Tiki is Polynesian wood carving, and a Māori word for the first man. It looks interesting, a little bit like some sort of high-tech snail, and most importantly it aims to liven... >>

HTC Sense 5 screenshots leak

HTC Sense 5 screenshots leak

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HTC's Sense user interface has always been one of the more beautiful overlays available on Android phones, and now it seems that the company is reducing the clutter and making them even more stylish.In the screenshots we've seen from XDA Developers and... >>

Logitech TV Cam HD
4.5 stars

Logitech TV Cam HD

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Since the telephone first rose to prominence there has been chatter about the video phone. BT tried it years ago before there was even broadband - and before there was even ISDN - and it was always a flop. But it didn't fail because people didn't want... >>

US communications chief wants gigabit broadband in every state by 2015

US communications chief wants gigabit broadband in every state by 2015

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Julius Genachoski, chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), wants to bring faster internet to the US by challenging all 50 states to have gigabit internet by 2015, following Google's Fiber project in Kansas City.Gigabit internet (1,000,000,000... >>

APP OF THE DAY: Airdroid review (Android)

APP OF THE DAY: Airdroid review (Android)

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Phones are all well and good, but odds are, you've occasionally been sitting at your desk thinking: "I need to send a text message, but I really can't be bothered to type on that daft touchscreen when I'm sitting in front of a proper keyboard." What you... >>

Focal Spirit One headphones
4.0 stars

Focal Spirit One headphones

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The rush to sell you headphones pushes on unabated. The thinking seems to be: for the time being people are prepared to spend £200 on headphones, it won't last forever, so let's make some money. And when there's demand, you'd be crazy not to try to satisfy... >>

Linn Kiko
5.0 stars

Linn Kiko

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What does a modern hi-fi look like in this day and age? Does it have a CD player? An FM radio? Or is it really just an amplifier, some speakers and the ability to hoover up music from your home network and play it with superb quality?Linn seems to think... >>

Eton Rukus Solar XL and Rugged pictures and hands-on

Eton Rukus Solar XL and Rugged pictures and hands-on

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The sun, remember it? It's that sphere of light and heat that keeps us all alive and makes our brains function. Well, eternal optimists Eton has announced a new pair of devices aimed at getting free energy from the sun, and helping us all to save the... >>

iMD Smart Filing System pictures and hands-on

iMD Smart Filing System pictures and hands-on

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Sometimes at CES even we were surprised by just what ideas people have had in the previous 12 months. This year, a man has decided that what we need in the internet age is a new, high-tech way of storing our old paper files.As crazy as it might at first... >>

iFrogz Boost Plus and Animatone Snug pictures and hands-on

iFrogz Boost Plus and Animatone Snug pictures and hands-on

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Portable speakers are great, and they make listening to music with friends a treat, but you could argue there's still a bit of a faff about getting your tunes out loud. We have certainly been forced to mess about for some time getting Bluetooth devices... >>

There's a chance the Valve CES booth team have gone mad

There's a chance the Valve CES booth team have gone mad

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One of the stories from CES this year that has gained traction has been about the new Steam gaming PC. Since news broke about the rumoured device, it seems that members of the press have besieged the Steam booth and demanded to be given a look at the... >>