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Olympus OM-D E-M1 silver adds updated firmware in addition to spangly exterior (hands-on)

Olympus OM-D E-M1 silver adds updated firmware in addition to spangly exterior (hands-on)

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Olympus held off from releasing any major products at Photokina 2014, but did unveil the OM-D E-M1 in a rather lovely silver finish.The E-M1 is exactly what it sounds like: a silver-colour version of the original black model, but one that also delivers... >>

Hands-on: Leica M Edition 60 is the digital rangefinder camera with no LCD screen. No, really

Hands-on: Leica M Edition 60 is the digital rangefinder camera with no LCD screen. No, really

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Want all the benefits of digital with all the "is it, isn't it?" fun of film? If you have a healthy bank account and a penchant for camera oddities then the Leica M Edition 60 may be just right for you then.Because this gorgeous slice of German engineering,... >>

Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition: Matte finish somehow looks flat and plasticky (hands-on)

Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition: Matte finish somehow looks flat and plasticky (hands-on)

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When we first heard about the Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition we were enthusiastic. After all, the X-T1 was one of our favourite cameras of the year, so when a manufacturer starts talking about a "luxury multilayer coating" what's not to like?Indeed,... >>

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix CM1 review: Is it a camera, is it a phone? It's a bit of both

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix CM1 review: Is it a camera, is it a phone? It's a bit of both

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When we first heard the rumour that Panasonic was going back into the phone business we didn't think it could be true. But, sure enough, at Photokina 2014 the Panasonic Lumix CM1 appeared.Thing is, the CM1 isn't a phone. The clues are in the above sentence:... >>

Canon EOS 7D Mark II unveiled, new 65-point focus system has a lot to shout about

Canon EOS 7D Mark II unveiled, new 65-point focus system has a lot to shout about

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One of the biggest deals in Canon's DSLR lineup just got a re-work: the EOS 7D Mark II is official, as announced on stage at Canon's Photokina 2014 press conference. This is the DSLR to revamp the already excellent original 7D model with a host of new... >>

Canon PowerShot G7 X debuts company's move into 1-inch sensor compact market

Canon PowerShot G7 X debuts company's move into 1-inch sensor compact market

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Say hello to Canon's 1-inch punch, the newly announced PowerShot G7 X. Representing a shift in the company's use of sensor sizes, it's the first compact camera in the Canon lineup to feature a large 1-inch sensor, putting it in direct contention with... >>

Panasonic Lumix GM5 adds viewfinder and hotshoe to small-scale compact system camera

Panasonic Lumix GM5 adds viewfinder and hotshoe to small-scale compact system camera

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Panasonic has updated its small-scale compact system camera with the announcement of the Lumix GM5. Unlike the original Lumix GM1 model, the slightly larger GM5 also features a built-in electronic viewfinder and hotshoe for adding accessories to this... >>

Panasonic Lumix LX100: The first compact camera with a Micro Four Thirds sensor is here

Panasonic Lumix LX100: The first compact camera with a Micro Four Thirds sensor is here

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It was only a matter of time before a compact camera with a large Micro Four Thirds sensor appeared. At Photokina 2014 Panasonic lifted the lid on its Lumix LX100 camera.As the high-end compact camera market continues to grow the competition has been... >>

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix GM5 review

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix GM5 review

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Last year we were treated by the Lumix GM1, an interchangeable lens camera that, in many respects, was small enough and packed with all the goodies to be considered an alternative to a compact camera. One year on and the small-scale compact system camera... >>

Samsung NX1 is a compact system camera for aspiring pros, 28MP sensor, new phase detection AF onboard

Samsung NX1 is a compact system camera for aspiring pros, 28MP sensor, new phase detection AF onboard

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Samsung has taken an even more pro turn with its NX-series compact system camera line, unveiling the new NX1 model at Photokina 2014.The NX1 is all about speed. Its brand new 28-megapixel sensor has 205 phase-detection autofocus points paired with 209... >>

The big interview: Wearables aren't 'just something for computer people', says Intel new devices boss

The big interview: Wearables aren't 'just something for computer people', says Intel new devices boss

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Are wearables the next big thing in the tech world? Do we really need them and will they make our lives better? Big questions at a potential turning point in the industry.There are few people better to sit down with than Mike Bell, corporate vice president... >>

Hands-on: Opening Ceremony and Intel MICA is the $1,000 wearable like no other

Hands-on: Opening Ceremony and Intel MICA is the $1,000 wearable like no other

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Wearables are all the rage at the moment, but few existing products have truly captivated an enthusiastic audience. That's where Intel, in collaboration with Opening Ceremony, has come up with something entirely different: a smart fashion bracelet called... >>

Intel claims Basis 'Peak' smartwatch will deliver more advanced optical heart rate monitor

Intel claims Basis 'Peak' smartwatch will deliver more advanced optical heart rate monitor

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At the Intel Developer Forum 2014, Mike Bell, corporate vice president and general manager of the new devices group at Intel, took to the stage during the opening keynote and unveiled a sneak peek of a forthcoming smartwatch by Basis. But details of... >>

Meet Jimmy, Intel’s joke-telling, app controlled and customisable 3D-printed robot

Meet Jimmy, Intel’s joke-telling, app controlled and customisable 3D-printed robot

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In our job we meet a lot of different people throughout the industry. But at the Intel Developers Forum 2014 we “met” a robot for the first time: Jimmy, the customisable, programmable and 3D-printed creation from Intel and Trossen Robotics.And the... >>

Hands-on: Lenovo ThinkPad Helix shows off fingerprint scanner, slimmer design, variety of keyboard docks

Hands-on: Lenovo ThinkPad Helix shows off fingerprint scanner, slimmer design, variety of keyboard docks

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The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix name isn't a brand new concept, with the first model unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2013. But fast-forward some 20 months to the Intel Developers Forum 2014 and the second generation model has shown face. And it... >>

Nikon D750 joins full-frame lineup with tilt-angle screen, 24.3-megapixel sensor

Nikon D750 joins full-frame lineup with tilt-angle screen, 24.3-megapixel sensor

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Just days ahead of the Photokina camera show next week, Nikon has revealed its first full-frame DSLR camera with a tilt-angle LCD screen: the Nikon D750.Slotting into the range between the D610 and D810, the D750 is a balance of both their features, featuring... >>

Hands-on: HP Pavilion x2: 2-in-1 pushes screen gloss to excess

Hands-on: HP Pavilion x2: 2-in-1 pushes screen gloss to excess

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There's a whole lot of choice out there when it comes to laptops and 2-in-1 devices, so the smallest of misjudged design decisions can be costly. Although we rather liked the look of the HP Pavilion x2 - and have been even more impressed by the company's... >>

Hands-on: HP Envy x2 13- and 15-inch desktop-replacement 2-in-1s show off Intel Core M slim form factor

Hands-on: HP Envy x2 13- and 15-inch desktop-replacement 2-in-1s show off Intel Core M slim form factor

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Before now we've seen some tablet-style desktop replacements that, let's face it, have been so big and bulky that they had little appeal. But in the latest HP Envy x2 13- and 15-inch models the company has created a viable desktop-replacement home office... >>

Hands-on: Gigabyte Brix Gaming packs discrete graphics into palm-sized pocket PC

Hands-on: Gigabyte Brix Gaming packs discrete graphics into palm-sized pocket PC

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We last caught sight of the Gigabyte Brix pocket PC at last year's Intel Developer Forum. For 2014 the company has introduced a new, higher-power model named the Gigabyte Brix Gaming.No prizes for guessing what it's designed for. Yep, gaming - glorious... >>

Hands-on: Acer Aspire Switch 12 is the laptop replacement with a tablet twist

Hands-on: Acer Aspire Switch 12 is the laptop replacement with a tablet twist

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The Acer Aspire Switch family continues to grow, with the forthcoming Switch 12 showcasing not only a number of varied position options, but it's one of the first devices to feature Intel Core M technology. That means a fanless design, which in turn opens... >>

Nvidia lets slip HTC will be behind Nexus 9 tablet, Tegra K1 and Android L expected

Nvidia lets slip HTC will be behind Nexus 9 tablet, Tegra K1 and Android L expected

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HTC will be the brand behind the Nexus 9 tablet, as revealed by Nvidia in an document leak from the technology company itself as filed with the US International Trade Commission (a link which has since been pulled from Google)."The HTC Nexus 9, expected... >>

The war on passwords: Intel wants biometrics to replace the traditional password

The war on passwords: Intel wants biometrics to replace the traditional password

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Passwords are a brilliant and useful aspect of security, but they're also a pain in the ass. Forgetting one, having another phished or hacked, needing to use a different new one when trying to reset an account. Multiple sighs ensue when that replacement... >>

Intel envisions a wireless future: WiGig and wireless charging to 'eliminate all cables by end of 2015'

Intel envisions a wireless future: WiGig and wireless charging to 'eliminate all cables by end of 2015'

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Intel outlined its vision for a wire-free future at its Intel Developers Forum in San Francisco. But rather than this being a distant concept, the technology is just around the corner and, the company believes, will be in place by the end of 2015. On... >>

Fujifilm X100T: third generation camera heralds world's first electronic rangefinder

Fujifilm X100T: third generation camera heralds world's first electronic rangefinder

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When the Fujifilm X100 series launched in 2011 it changed the face of high-end compact cameras. Now in its forthcoming third generation, the Fujifilm X100T continues the fixed 23mm f/2.0 lens but introduces a hybrid viewfinder with electronic rangefinder... >>

Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition adds a lick of premium paint to top compact system camera, due November

Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition adds a lick of premium paint to top compact system camera, due November

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The Fujifilm X-T1 was one of our favourite compact system cameras this year, and as of November it will be available in a special Graphite Silver Edition format.As the name suggests, the camera is the same well-made, water-resistant interchangeable lens... >>

Dell announces world's thinnest tablet: The Dell Venue 8 7000 Series is just 6mm thick

Dell announces world's thinnest tablet: The Dell Venue 8 7000 Series is just 6mm thick

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Dell chose the Intel Developers Forum in San Francisco to unveil what it's calling the world's thinnest tablet: the Dell Venue 8 7000 Series.The company certainly chose its moment. With Apple unveiling its iPhone 6 at the same time over in Cupertino,... >>

Hands-on: Asus EeeBook X205 review

Hands-on: Asus EeeBook X205 review

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Budget laptops are ruling laptop volume sales at the moment, thanks to Chromebook, and that's been enough to make Asus take note. The company's new EeeBook X205 is a reimagination of the 2007 Eee PC in a refreshed format, some seven years on. If you're... >>

Hands-on: Huawei Ascend P7 Sapphire Edition review

Hands-on: Huawei Ascend P7 Sapphire Edition review

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Huawei might not be the first name that pops into many people's heads when they think of phone manufacturers, but the Chinese brand has been gaining speed in the phone market. Its recent Ascend P7 smartphone did a pretty good job of positioning itself... >>

Hands-on: Asus ZenBook UX305 review

Hands-on: Asus ZenBook UX305 review

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As laptop makers eye up the future of the market, there's been a divide between the high-end and the affordable budget ranges that has seen the middle section squeezed in different ways. Those laptops near but in excess of £1,000 aren't selling like... >>

Huawei Ascend P7 Sapphire Edition official: Sapphire glass front in high-end flagship rework

Huawei Ascend P7 Sapphire Edition official: Sapphire glass front in high-end flagship rework

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Huawei has confirmed its special edition Huawei Ascend P7 Sapphire Editionat its IFA 2014 trade show press conference. It's the company's bid to dress up its top-spec phone with tougher and more attractive materials.We're almost used to seeing smashed... >>

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Series 2 upgrades over-ear cans with top-spec drivers, C5 S2 in-ears also available

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Series 2 upgrades over-ear cans with top-spec drivers, C5 S2 in-ears also available

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Bowers & Wilkins P5 Series 2 is the update to one of our favourite over-ear headphones in recent years. Adding new drivers based on those found in the top-spec P7 series, the P5 S2 promises big sound from its small scale.These drivers are described by... >>

Panasonic unveils new rugged tablets for business: Toughpad FZ-E1 and FZ-X1 cater for Windows and Android markets

Panasonic unveils new rugged tablets for business: Toughpad FZ-E1 and FZ-X1 cater for Windows and Android markets

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Panasonic has unveiled its latest business tablets at IFA 2014: the Toughpad FZ-E1 and the Toughpad FZ-X1.Running on Windows 8 and Android platforms respectively, the FZ-E1 and FZ-X1 cater for a wide market - although it's not a product you'll find in... >>

Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review

Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review

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Big phones are a big deal these days, and Samsung has just unveiled its next big-deal instalment in the Note series: the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Pocket-lint handled the new phablet ahead of its official unveil at Samsung Unpacked in Berlin - and boy oh... >>

Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review: The Note 4 with curved screen edge in surprise Unpacked unveil

Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review: The Note 4 with curved screen edge in surprise Unpacked unveil

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The big news from Samsung Unpacked 2014 in Berlin is the flagship Galaxy Note 4. But with that came a bit of a surprise: the curved-edge Samsung Galaxy Note Edge.The Note Edge isn't a curved phone in the same sense as the Samsung Galaxy Round or the LG... >>

Hands-on: Samsung Gear S review

Hands-on: Samsung Gear S review

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Samsung isn’t shy of releasing a smartwatch or two. Indeed it’s been putting them to market by the bucket load, but in so doing the company has been slowly refining its wearable offerings.The latest Gear S, which was already unveiled ahead of Samsung... >>

Hands-on: Samsung Gear VR review: Immersive headset requires a Galaxy Note 4 to function

Hands-on: Samsung Gear VR review: Immersive headset requires a Galaxy Note 4 to function

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The Samsung Gear VR is not like other virtual reality headsets. Unlike Oculus Rift or Sony Morpheus, the Gear VR doesn't come with any display built-in - instead you'll need to buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to pop into the front of the headset for the immersive... >>

Nokia Lumia 930 review
4.5 stars

Nokia Lumia 930 review

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Since Microsoft acquired Nokia's phone hardware business there's been some confusion about where things go from here. Take the Lumia 930, the top-spec Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone that we've been reviewing for the last few days: Microsoft has left the... >>

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review
4.0 stars

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review

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Microsoft Surface is one of those products lines that's neither quite here nor there. But the Surface Pro 3 looks to change that, by refreshing the range in a new, larger 12-inch model that Microsoft has referred to as a "laptop killer".Cleaner cut marketing... >>

Samsung Level Over headphones review
3.5 stars

Samsung Level Over headphones review

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Headphones are everywhere right now, from established brand names to apparent armies of newcomers busying the market. So when a big name like Samsung releases a new flagship series of headphones boasting "superior HD organic sound" - whatever that means... >>

Alcatel OneTouch Idol Mini review
4.0 stars

Alcatel OneTouch Idol Mini review

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Budget smartphones are becoming increasingly popular, with a number of capable but affordable choices on the market. Such demand has prompted us to pluck the months-old Alcatel OneTouch Idol Mini out of its box a year after its initial announcement.Priced... >>

Creative Sound Blaster Roar review
5.0 stars

Creative Sound Blaster Roar review

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Creative is one of those companies that doesn't muck around trying to be a super-cool Beats or new-wave trendy Bluetooth speaker company. It relies on what it knows best: delivering quality sound.The Creative Sound Blaster Roar may look small and just... >>

Philips 7800 Series 55-inch 4K TV review
3.5 stars

Philips 7800 Series 55-inch 4K TV review

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We knew that the price of 4K TVs would continue to drop, but the Philips 55PUS7089 makes it look like the market has crashed in through the roof. A 55-inch Ultra-HD telly for under £1,500 sounds like a right bargain - one that's perhaps too good to be... >>

Experiencing the ultimate Bowers & Wilkins sound system - but you won't find it in any home

Experiencing the ultimate Bowers & Wilkins sound system - but you won't find it in any home

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Think of festivals and a mix of mud-caked wellies and lukewarm cider tends to spring to mind. That and the music of course: but it's usually a mix of body-shaking bass bins and enough excess top-end output to carve away another couple of years of hearing... >>

iKettle: The Wi-Fi kettle review
3.0 stars

iKettle: The Wi-Fi kettle review

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Picture it: a lazy weekend morning in bed and all you want is a brew but can't be bothered to get and out of bed to boil the kettle. Now there's a solution: a Wi-Fi stainless steel kettle that can sync with your smartphone, aptly named the iKettle.Despite... >>

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review
4.5 stars

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review

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It seems that not a month goes by without a new Samsung tablet surfacing. It's made the market so busy with options that, frankly, it's got downright confusing. So let's cut to the skinny: the Tab S, seen here in its 8.4-inch version, is one of the best... >>

Nikon D810 review
5.0 stars

Nikon D810 review

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Landmark cameras come along every once in a while. In 2012 it was the super-high-resolution Nikon D800 that astounded us. We couldn't quite believe how much this 36.3-megapixel full-frame beast defied our initially doubtful expectations.Two years on and... >>

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron review
4.0 stars

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron review

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The electric era is upon us. The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is the first hybrid car the company has put onto its production line, combining an electronic motor with established 1.4L TFSI petrol hybrid to deliver that Audi Sportback experience but with a... >>

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom review
3.5 stars

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom review

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Samsung makes plenty of quality electronics products and we've been taken by many of its smartphones and cameras over the years. Now it's condensed much of that expertise into one phone-camera (or should that camera-phone?): the Galaxy K Zoom.Although... >>

Windows Phone 8.1 Video Tuner brings on-device editing and sharing, coincides with Lumia 930 launch

Windows Phone 8.1 Video Tuner brings on-device editing and sharing, coincides with Lumia 930 launch

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Windows Phone 8.1 continues to grow, as the operating system now offers the free-to-download Video Tuner app for on-device video editing.Although the announcement coincides with the release of the Lumia 930 in some territories - and ahead of the phone's... >>

Asus MeMo Pad 7 review
4.0 stars

Asus MeMo Pad 7 review

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There's been a surge in affordable phones and tablets of late, devices with fair feature sets in spite of their asking prices. The Asus MeMo Pad 7 is one such device; a 7-inch tablet that gives the likes of the Tesco Hudl a run for its money and is knocking... >>