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Nissan X-Trail review (2014)
3.5 stars

Nissan X-Trail review (2014)

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It's rare we would ever call an SUV sexy, and while the 2014 Nissan X-Trail doesn't quite acquire that label it's a darn sight prettier than its predecessors. In many respects the X-Trail looks like the plumper sibling of the Nissan Qashqai, a car that... >>

Sony PlayStation 4 Glacier White in pictures

Sony PlayStation 4 Glacier White in pictures

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You've seen the PlayStation 4 in black, now it's time to marvel at the PS4 in white. Or "Glacier White" in capitals as it's officially called.Captured behind glass at a closed-doors Sony Entertainment Europe exhibit at this year's E3 expo in Los Angeles,... >>

Tom Clancy's The Division preview: 'Our game is an RPG' says Massive Entertainment

Tom Clancy's The Division preview: 'Our game is an RPG' says Massive Entertainment

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When we see the Tom Clancy name it tends to make us think of first person shooters (and novels, of course). Which is exactly why The Division, and its third person style, defied our expectations - and then exceeded them. "Our game is an RPG, and using... >>

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000: Premium 4K superzoom gives Sony RX10 a run for its money

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000: Premium 4K superzoom gives Sony RX10 a run for its money

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Panasonic has entered the premium superzoom market with the announcement of the Lumix FZ1000. Its a big-bodied camera but with equally big features it's sure to give even the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 a run for its money.The concept of the Panasonic FZ1000... >>

Forza Horizon 2 gameplay preview: Glorious racing, whatever the weather

Forza Horizon 2 gameplay preview: Glorious racing, whatever the weather

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Forza Horizon 2 is more than just the original racing game with some added weather effects. As you battle to stick your supercar to the tarmac in locations across southern Europe, it's hard to not marvel at the glorious graphics while dodging oncoming... >>

Batman: Arkham Knight gameplay preview: A next-gen return to form

Batman: Arkham Knight gameplay preview: A next-gen return to form

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Let's all welcome the Batman to the next-generation, because after playing Batman: Arkham Knight on PS4 we have to say it looks fantastic. It's a return to form following Arkham City's less inspiring turn.Key to Arkham Knight is the sheer scale of things.... >>

Far Cry 4 gameplay preview: Elephants, guns and microlites equals awesomeness

Far Cry 4 gameplay preview: Elephants, guns and microlites equals awesomeness

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The Far Cry 4 demo at this year's E3 expo in Los Angeles presents us with a trio of options: "Stealth / Ride / Fly" reads the fortress conquest screen. It's no contest, really, as "Ride" means we get to mount an elephant, smash down a fortress door and... >>

The Evil Within gameplay preview: It's 'the Saw of video games'

The Evil Within gameplay preview: It's 'the Saw of video games'

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The Evil Within is like the Saw movie of video games. Some people are going to love its gruesomeness whereas others will find its old school Resident Evil style feels like predictable old hat.We fall into the latter camp at the moment. When we first saw... >>

Acer Aspire Switch 10 review
4.0 stars

Acer Aspire Switch 10 review

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The PC era is on its deathbed and manufacturers are reacting in experimental and interesting ways to evolve the market. The Acer Switch 10 is a multi-positional laptop-meets-tablet device, and while it's far from the first device to proposition such a... >>

Sunset Overdrive gameplay preview: A gaggle of genres wrapped into one insane package

Sunset Overdrive gameplay preview: A gaggle of genres wrapped into one insane package

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Sunset Overdrive is a lot of things: colourful, cheeky, crazy. It's also tricky to master.The demo shown off at Microsoft's Xbox E3 media briefing showed our protagonist deftly swinging from wires, grinding on ledges, activating traps and shooting mutant... >>

Hitman Sniper preview: Agent 47 comes to iPad in scope shooter

Hitman Sniper preview: Agent 47 comes to iPad in scope shooter

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The Hitman franchise continues its genre-hopping campaign with the forthcoming release of Hitman Sniper, an iPad and iPhone scope-based shooter. We got to play a pre-release version of the free-to-download game on iPad ahead of the autumn release date.... >>

Battlecry gameplay preview: 32-player brawler ditches the guns for close-quarters combat

Battlecry gameplay preview: 32-player brawler ditches the guns for close-quarters combat

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Battlecry isn't your typical multiplayer deathmatch title. There is no gunpowder and therefore no guns in this parallel universe, so instead the game is all bows, blades and massive brawls.This free-to-play world, which fades into graphic novel style... >>

Zelda Wii U gameplay unveiled, vast world and non-linear path promised - see the screens here

Zelda Wii U gameplay unveiled, vast world and non-linear path promised - see the screens here

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If Nintendo hadn't shown off Zelda for Wii U at this year's E3 expo in Los Angeles then not only would we have cried buckets, but it would have been the final nail in the coffin for Nintendo's console.But the Japanese company stepped up to the plate and... >>

Amiibo for Wii U, Nintendo's answer to Disney Infinity, announced at E3 2014

Amiibo for Wii U, Nintendo's answer to Disney Infinity, announced at E3 2014

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Nintendo isn't just about new software at this year's E3. Using its Nintendo E3 live stream Reggie Fils-Aime, the USA CEO, also unveiled Amiibo - the company's answer to Disney Infinity.Amiibo are physical characters that can connect via the Wii U Gamepad... >>

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End coming 2015 exclusively for PS4, watch the trailer right here

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End coming 2015 exclusively for PS4, watch the trailer right here

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It was introduced by Andrew House, Sony's president and CEO, as "one last title from one of the finest studios in the world" at the company's E3 media briefing in Los Angeles. It is, of course, the much talked about Uncharted 4. This outing going under... >>

GTA 5: Coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC this autumn

GTA 5: Coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC this autumn

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A long-standing rumour can finally be laid to rest: Grand Theft Auto 5 will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC this autumn. Next-gen is go, as announced at the Sony media briefing at this year's E3 expo.For players of the game on PlayStation... >>

Little Big Planet 3 for PS3 and PS4: Three new characters drive multiplayer focus

Little Big Planet 3 for PS3 and PS4: Three new characters drive multiplayer focus

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One of Sony's most loved franchises is due to make a return this Christmas. Little Big Planet is back for round three and this time it's the cooperative multiplayer action that sees the greatest boost.Our hero Sackboy returns, complete with new powers... >>

Ubisoft's The Crew available 11 November for Xbox One, PS4 and PC

Ubisoft's The Crew available 11 November for Xbox One, PS4 and PC

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The Crew has got an official release date: its coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC on 11 November 2014. And if you can't wait that long then try your luck at getting access to the closed beta: registration begins 23 July (it's a dead link for the time being,... >>

Far Cry 4 first 5 minutes of play revealed in E3 trailer - and it looks awesome

Far Cry 4 first 5 minutes of play revealed in E3 trailer - and it looks awesome

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Ubisoft kicked off its E3 2014 media briefing with the first five minutes of Far Cry 4. And it looks like it could well be an absolute stormer.The trailer follows you attempting to cross the Himalayan border, but things quickly take a turn for the worse.... >>

Phantom Dust trailer shows Xbox One is all about revisiting the classics

Phantom Dust trailer shows Xbox One is all about revisiting the classics

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When the Xbox One was announced we saw Killer Instinct's revival in 2013. For 2014 now it's the turn of Phantom Dust, which was unveiled in a teaser trailer at the Xbox E3 media briefing in downtown Los Angeles.The same man behind the latest Killer Instinct,... >>

Crackdown 3 unveiled: Xbox One exclusive due in 2015

Crackdown 3 unveiled: Xbox One exclusive due in 2015

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It's official: Crackdown 3 will be coming to Xbox One in 2015. And it's an exclusive title for Microsoft's next-gen console.Unveiled at the Xbox E3 media briefing in Los Angeles, the trailer showed off the game's multi-coloured neon cityscape. Looks like... >>

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare E3 2014 trailer shows off futuristic first person shooter

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare E3 2014 trailer shows off futuristic first person shooter

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Xbox used Call of Duty: Advanced Warefare to kick off its E3 2014 media briefing. And boy did it start with a bang; the sound system made every bullet, bomb and bang rumble through the audience to add greater impact.But the thing that really strikes about... >>

Xbox One’s road to success hangs on Halo 5. Can Master Chief put Microsoft in pole position?

Xbox One’s road to success hangs on Halo 5. Can Master Chief put Microsoft in pole position?

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All eyes were on Xbox at its E3 2014 press briefing to see what exclusive goodies it could come up with to secure the success of the Xbox One console. The answer? It all hangs on Halo.Throughout the briefing, which took place at The Galen Center in downtown... >>

Tomb Raider returns in 2015: Rise of the Tomb Raider introed at E3 2014

Tomb Raider returns in 2015: Rise of the Tomb Raider introed at E3 2014

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Tomb Raider was one of our favourite titles to arrive in 2013. And now we have another one to look forward to. Unveiled at the Xbox media briefing at this year's E3, Rise of the Tomb Raider will see Lara Croft arrive back at the end of 2015.Details are... >>

Assassin’s Creed 5: Unity gameplay trailer introduces collaborative multiplayer

Assassin’s Creed 5: Unity gameplay trailer introduces collaborative multiplayer

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At the E3 2014 Xbox media briefing, Vincent Pointbriant, senior producer at Ubisoft, announced that Assassin’s Creed 5: Unity will be the first title in the franchise to introduce collaborative multiplayer.Via Xbox Live it will be possible to join up... >>

Watch the Xbox E3 2014 press conference right here, Pocket-lint hosts official live stream

Watch the Xbox E3 2014 press conference right here, Pocket-lint hosts official live stream

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It's E3 gaming expo o'clock once again, and in the follow-up year to its Xbox One announcement Pocket-lint is on hand at the show in LA to bring you all the latest news and goodies.We're also proud to present the live feed of the Xbox E3 Media Briefing,... >>

Sony Cyber-shot HX60V review
3.5 stars

Sony Cyber-shot HX60V review

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There is no shortage of 30x optical zoom compact cameras on the market in 2014, with the Sony Cyber-shot HX60V slotting neatly into the company's compact lineup. If you're looking for a zoom to cater for wide-angle group shots and those far-and-away subjects... >>

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ review
4.0 stars

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ review

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The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ is no ordinary tablet. Just once glance at the cylindrical bulge to its side edge, which doubles as a built-in flip-stand, confirms that.Now in its second-generation configuration, it seems Lenovo has been listening to criticism... >>

Apple Family Sharing new to iOS 8: Access purchases and share content among the whole family

Apple Family Sharing new to iOS 8: Access purchases and share content among the whole family

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One of the main themes to come out of Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference 2014 is that Apple is opening up cross-device sharing. Family Sharing is part of the forthcoming iOS 8 iPhone and iPad operating system update and will give families of up to... >>

Nissan Juke review (2014)
4.0 stars

Nissan Juke review (2014)

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When we first reviewed the Nissan Juke we found it fun, but weren't entirely thrilled with its every aspect. So we stepped into the revamped 2014 Juke with some trepidation.Described as the "facelift" model, we had fears that those distinctive looks might... >>

Hands-on: Pentax 645Z review

Hands-on: Pentax 645Z review

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Is there still life in medium format cameras? Pentax thinks so with the introduction of the 645Z, the second medium format model in its digital line. Replacing the 40-megapixel 645D, the 51-megapixel 645Z makes some critical changes, including a price... >>

Watch Dogs review
4.5 stars

Watch Dogs review

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Few games have as much weight on their shoulders as Watch Dogs. When the open-world, hacking-themed title was delayed back in November 2013 it left a lingering question: had ongoing hype set the bar of expectation too high? Ubisoft took a step back to... >>

Qualcomm: 'Snapdragon 805 is the first end-to-end full 4K mobile experience'

Qualcomm: 'Snapdragon 805 is the first end-to-end full 4K mobile experience'

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Qualcomm is making one thing abundantly clear about its forthcoming Snapdragon 805 processor: it's all about 4K."Our belief is that 4K will be driven by mobile," said Tim McDonough, Qualcomm's vice president of marketing, at a preview session exploring... >>

Microsoft Surface 2 4G review
4.0 stars

Microsoft Surface 2 4G review

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Just shy of a year ago the original Surface RT landed in Pocket-lint towers. And we were rather taken with its ambition. A tablet looking to steal the crown from laptops - a great idea. But an idea that, as we were acutely aware then, carried with it... >>

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS review
4.0 stars

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS review

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As the compact camera market continues to shrink, the outlay of new product seems to be surfing a common theme: zoom is increasing in a war waged with fixed-lens smartphone cameras. The Canon PowerShot SX700 HS - the update to the earlier SX280 HS model... >>

Wolfenstein: The New Order review
4.0 stars

Wolfenstein: The New Order review

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Count to four. Inhale. You're going to need that breath, for Wolfenstein: The New Order is a grizzly ride on the insane-go-round. The premise of the title has always been teetering on the absurd: Nazis with futuristic technologies have won the Second... >>

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III adds built-in electronic viewfinder and wider-angle, faster lens to RX-line

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III adds built-in electronic viewfinder and wider-angle, faster lens to RX-line

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The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III has been announced, boasting a new 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 (equivalent) lens and new built-in electronic viewfinder. It arrives alongside the original and second-generation RX100 models to sit at the top of the trio as the most... >>

Toshiba Encore review
3.5 stars

Toshiba Encore review

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The 8-inch tablet market is full of a raft of devices to choose from, many of which double-up as laptop alternatives with keyboard dock and stylus inputs. Not so the Toshiba Encore, a full Windows 8.1 device that is just that; no additional bells and... >>

Huawei Ascend P7 review
4.0 stars

Huawei Ascend P7 review

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Huawei just took the gloves off. The Ascend P7 is the most serious smartphone that the Chinese company has ever made, designed to offer decent performance wrapped around a 5-inch HD screen and admirable design. Throw in speedy 4G connectivity at a price... >>

Toshiba Kira review
3.5 stars

Toshiba Kira review

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Laptops these days are statements of design as much as they are capable powerhouses able to crunch through almost any task you throw at them. The Toshiba Kira is the company's bash at high-end design, delivering a slim and capable machine packed with... >>

Canon PowerShot G1 X MkII review
4.5 stars

Canon PowerShot G1 X MkII review

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The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II is the company's highest spec compact camera yet, superseding the original G1 X from 2012. Far from being a straightforward rehash of the earlier large sensor model, the Mark II is a total rework. It's built around a... >>

Panasonic Lumix GH4 review
5.0 stars

Panasonic Lumix GH4 review

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We've often thought of the Panasonic GH series as the best consumer interchangeable lens system for video capture on the market. It's not hard to see why: the Panasonic Lumix GH4 offers 4K video capture at usable frame rates. On paper that's untouchable... >>

HP Pavilion x360 review
3.0 stars

HP Pavilion x360 review

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The post-PC era is upon us and we're in a period of transition. There are tablets, there are laptops and there are devices that want to do more than the two combined. Take the HP Pavilion x360, a touchscreen device that outwardly looks like a laptop but... >>

Acer Iconia One 7 & Iconia Tab 7 pictures and hands-on

Acer Iconia One 7 & Iconia Tab 7 pictures and hands-on

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If there's a hotly contested tablet category it has to be the affordable 7-inch sector. And Acer has unveiled an additional two tabs to add to the stack: the Iconia One 7 and Iconia Tab 7, both of which we've got our hands on at the company's A Touch... >>

Acer Aspire Switch 10 pictures and hands-on

Acer Aspire Switch 10 pictures and hands-on

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When we see the Aspire brand we immediately think laptops. But Acer is on a mission to change in 2014, as the "four in one" Acer Aspire Switch 10 can attest. This is Aspire doing laptop, tablet and a number of in-between forms too.The concept isn't new... >>

Acer Aspire Switch 10 unveiled: One device, four positions via magnetic hinge design

Acer Aspire Switch 10 unveiled: One device, four positions via magnetic hinge design

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Acer has unveiled its Aspire Switch 10 at its A Touch More Connected press event in New York.A 10.1-inch "four in one" Windows 8.1 device that can switch between laptop, tablet, display and "tent" positions, Acer has opted for a magnetic Snap Hinge to... >>

Nikon D4S review
5.0 stars

Nikon D4S review

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The Nikon D4S created a lot of buzz when it was first teased at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014. The pinnacle of Nikon's pro DSLR lineup, it arrives some two years after the earlier D4 model, touting faster performance and autofocus system updates... >>

Philips Fidelio E2 review
4.0 stars

Philips Fidelio E2 review

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We've seen boat loads of Bluetooth speakers in recent times, with the trend for portable single units being a more common trend. Philips, on the other hand, has delivered a more classic stereo bookshelf speaker system: the Fidelio E2, codenamed BTS5700.By... >>

Watch Dogs preview: Four hours of play in the defining open-world game of 2014

Watch Dogs preview: Four hours of play in the defining open-world game of 2014

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When Watch Dogs was delayed back in November 2013 it single-handedly postponed next-gen gaming for many. Faces drooped, hearts sank, and there was a lingering question as to whether the hype machine had set the bar of expectation beyond even the game's... >>

Lytro ups its aspirations, introduces Illum light field camera for $1,599

Lytro ups its aspirations, introduces Illum light field camera for $1,599

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Lytro makes light field cameras, devices that work in an entirely different way to normal digital cameras: captured results be refocused after shooting and only displayed digitally. Now the company has announced the Illum, a camera with greater aspirations.... >>