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Orbitsound A70 Airsound Bar review: Stylish soundbar
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Orbitsound A70 Airsound Bar review: Stylish soundbar

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Of all the British brands out there, Orbitsound might not be the first one to pop into your head. But since the London-based company's conception back in 2005 it's forged forward with decent audio products and, in the Orbitsound A70 Airsound Bar, it's... >>

Panasonic Viera TX-55CX802 review: Glorious 4K for under £2k
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Panasonic Viera TX-55CX802 review: Glorious 4K for under £2k

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The 4K revolution continues, with Panasonic's latest, the Viera CX802, bringing with it Firefox OS and the promise of future updates such as HDR (high dynamic range). It's got all the current 4K bells and whistles, but with that one televisual toe dipped... >>

Intel’s future vision: Robot butlers, fashion wearables, super-fast SSD and RealSense prevail at IDF 2015

Intel’s future vision: Robot butlers, fashion wearables, super-fast SSD and RealSense prevail at IDF 2015

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At the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2015 it's all go this year: we've seen automated robot butlers, Fossil unveiling a glimpse of its forthcoming fashion smart wearables, Razer jumping on board Intel's RealSense technology in its new Twitch-friendly camera,... >>

How Intel wants to change BMX and action sports: Accurate trick-tracking could come to pro competitions by 2016

How Intel wants to change BMX and action sports: Accurate trick-tracking could come to pro competitions by 2016

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At a developer forum you don't expect to watch BMX pros front-flipping over a ramp. But that's exactly what we were treated to on the third floor of the Moscone Centre in San Francisco at the Intel Developer Conference (IDF) 2015. And not just "because... >>

Using the Intel RealSense depth-sensing smartphone: Does it raise the bar for phones?

Using the Intel RealSense depth-sensing smartphone: Does it raise the bar for phones?

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Imagine a smartphone with a slew of cameras capable of detecting depth and distance to generate on-screen augmented reality experiences relative to the world around you, not just linear on-screen applications and game experiences. No need to imagine it... >>

Twitchers and YouTubers, the Razer RealSense Camera's auto background removal will enhance your broadcasts

Twitchers and YouTubers, the Razer RealSense Camera's auto background removal will enhance your broadcasts

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Razer is well known in gaming for its PCs, laptops and peripherals. Now, with the power of Intel RealSense, its created the Razer RealSense Camera, which uses the depth-sensing technology to auto remove backgrounds. No need for green screen, no need for... >>

Fossil Android Wear smartwatch to arrive October, powered by Intel technology

Fossil Android Wear smartwatch to arrive October, powered by Intel technology

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Intel and Fossil Group announced a partnership in September 2014, and now we're seeing the fruits of that as tangible product at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2015. Yep, Fossil will release its first fashion smartwatch, an as-yet-unnamed Android Wear... >>

Cortana is always listening with new Wake-On-Voice tech, even when Windows 10 is sleeping

Cortana is always listening with new Wake-On-Voice tech, even when Windows 10 is sleeping

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"Hey Cortana". Windows 10's built-in assistant is the go-to voice-controlled interface in Microsoft's operating system. And she's just about to get a whole lot smarter. Shown at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2015 in San Francisco, Intel demonstrated... >>

OnePlus 2 review: In a class of its own
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OnePlus 2 review: In a class of its own

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When does one plus two equal more than three? When it's the OnePlus 2, the budget self-styled "flagship killer" that's full of top-end features at such an affordable price point that, well, it simply sounds too good to add up. This 5.5-inch sequel to... >>

Best compact cameras 2015: The best pocket cameras available to buy today

Best compact cameras 2015: The best pocket cameras available to buy today

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If you're looking for the best compact cameras of 2015 then you've come to the right place. We will guide you through the hottest cameras to save you time when it comes to buying one from your local shop or online. Compact cameras are plentiful. With... >>

Leica Q review: The best fixed-lens full-frame compact ever made
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Leica Q review: The best fixed-lens full-frame compact ever made

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Leica is one of those brands that's been around for donkeys years, and for good reason: it makes such exceptionally good optics for its high-end M-series rangefinder cameras that it's in a league of its own. But while the photographic elite might wax... >>

LG 55EG960V 4K OLED TV review: Setting the standard
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LG 55EG960V 4K OLED TV review: Setting the standard

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It's been a long and winding road for OLED TVs. The display technology, which promises deeper blacks and richer colours than LED-backlit LCD tellies, started its consumer TV life in 2013 with the LG 55EM970V. Problem is, that telly cost £10,000. We're... >>

Ultimate Ears UE Roll review: Rock 'n' roll
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Ultimate Ears UE Roll review: Rock 'n' roll

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We've been suitably impressed by Ultimate Ears' range of Bluetooth speakers, from the UE Boom to UE Megaboom. The company's latest, the UE Roll, is a mini-discus-shaped portable speaker with typically colourful Ultimate Ears style, but with the addition... >>

5 fun facts about Ultimate Ears UE Roll: Not all Bluetooth speakers are created equal

5 fun facts about Ultimate Ears UE Roll: Not all Bluetooth speakers are created equal

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Sometimes we get invited to visit companies at their headquarters to explore what goes on behind the scenes - from product design and development, to future concepts and manufacturing. In mid June, off the back of the UE Roll Bluetooth speaker announcement,... >>

LG G4c review: C for compromised
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LG G4c review: C for compromised

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Upon pulling the LG G4c out of its box we were rather excited. This dinky looking version of the G4 has many of the design hallmarks that make the flagship model such a success, but with a 5-inch screen size making it an altogether more manageable package.... >>

Motorola Moto X Play: Big features, affordable £299 price tag

Motorola Moto X Play: Big features, affordable £299 price tag

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Motorola has unveiled not one but two Moto X 2015 smartphones, with the Moto X Play the more affordable model than the also-announced Moto X Style. It's a bit like having twins when you were just expecting the one. The Moto X Play fuses together a 5.5-inch... >>

Watch Motorola live stream for Moto X 2015 unveil right here

Watch Motorola live stream for Moto X 2015 unveil right here

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Motorola's big event has arrived, running in unision at sites across London and New York from the Sao Paulo live presentation. It's all setup as the big reveal of the latest Motorola Moto X flagship smartphone, along with some anticipated Moto Maker personalisation... >>

Fujifilm X-T10 review: Retro done right
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Fujifilm X-T10 review: Retro done right

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Although it might sound like the bad guy from a not-yet-written Terminator movie, the Fujifilm X-T10 is actually the good guy. A very good guy indeed. For this compact system camera is like a watered-down version of its X-T1 bigger brother, albeit without... >>

Audi Q7 first drive: SUVving wicked this way comes

Audi Q7 first drive: SUVving wicked this way comes

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Gliding along Hampshire A-roads in the all-new Audi Q7 and there's a sudden bang. A sparrow has somehow flown head-first into the windscreen, presumably distracted by this SUV's all-new looks – which are altogether more sophisticated and a bit less... >>

BMW 2-Series Active Tourer eDrive first drive: Plug-in baby

BMW 2-Series Active Tourer eDrive first drive: Plug-in baby

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Hybrids are all the rage in the automotive industry at the moment. And while the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer might look like the twisted hybrid spawn of a BMW rear-mounting a Mini Clubman – the two share the same UKL1 wheelbase platform after all –... >>

Top toys for Christmas 2015: 9 tech toys your kids will be asking for

Top toys for Christmas 2015: 9 tech toys your kids will be asking for

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Having spent many hours exploring the toys and treats of Amazon, Argos and Currys PC World at their respective annual Christmas showcases in London, we round-up some of the best toys for the festive season 2015. These are the Christmas 2015 toys your... >>

Panasonic Lumix FZ330: Superzoom gets even more serious (hands-on)

Panasonic Lumix FZ330: Superzoom gets even more serious (hands-on)

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Back in 2012 Panasonic changed the face of superzoom cameras with the Lumix FZ200, a camera offering a super-fast f/2.8 aperture throughout its far-reaching 24-600mm (equivalent) zoom range. That is important for letting in lots of light so the camera... >>

Panasonic Lumix GX8 review: Viewfinder victory for 20MP compact system camera
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Panasonic Lumix GX8 review: Viewfinder victory for 20MP compact system camera

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Sometimes product launches happen in the most apt of conditions. Upon arriving in Brighton on England's south coast earlier this month, the heavens opened and the good ole British summer time wind and rain persisted thereafter. Good job the forthcoming... >>

Freesat is alive and well in the Humax Freesat HDR-1100S: Wi-Fi, cheaper and more compact

Freesat is alive and well in the Humax Freesat HDR-1100S: Wi-Fi, cheaper and more compact

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As long-time users of the Humax HDR-1000S set-top box, we've been awaiting the time when a smaller, snazzier model comes to market. That wait is over, with the introduction of the Humax Freesat HDR-1100S with Freetime set-top box, complete with Wi-Fi... >>

Sony MDR-1ABT review: Bluetooth bliss?
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Sony MDR-1ABT review: Bluetooth bliss?

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Sony makes a variety of MDR-1 headphones, from the excellent "standard" model, through to an older overpriced noise-cancelling model and, now, with the arrival of the MDR-1ABT, a wireless Bluetooth version. Built around the familiar design complete with... >>