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Sniper Elite 4 overshoots its release date, due February 2017

Sniper Elite 4 overshoots its release date, due February 2017

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Love yourself a bit of long-range shooting? Then Sniper Elite 4, the best-looking sharp-shooter of the franchise yet, might be just the ticket. Only it's overshot its 2016 release date and will now be hitting the shelves in February 2017 instead. Rebellion,... >>

Bethesda trailers from E3 2016: Prey, Dishonored 2, Skyrim and Quake, plus Fallout VR

Bethesda trailers from E3 2016: Prey, Dishonored 2, Skyrim and Quake, plus Fallout VR

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Bethesda had a bumper 2015 with some of the biggest games of the year. In 2016 its looking to capitalise on that success, releasing the likes of Dishonored 2 - which was unveiled at last year's E3 - before the year is out. But Dishonored 2 didn't garner... >>

Fallout 4 VR: What it's like playing Bethesda's open-world epic in virtual reality

Fallout 4 VR: What it's like playing Bethesda's open-world epic in virtual reality

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Here's something we didn't expect at the E3 gaming expo this year: to be playing Fallout 4 in virtual reality. But it wasn't a dream, it actually happened - and it might become a reality for all players in the near future. Bethesda - the studio behind... >>

Fiat 124 Spider review: More than an MX-5 remix
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Fiat 124 Spider review: More than an MX-5 remix

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"I want a doctor to take a picture, so I can look at you from inside as well," goes the line from The Vapors' Turning Japanese. Well, cut into the Fiat 124 Spider and you would indeed find a Japanese rather than Italian core: the car shares its chassis,... >>

Pentax K-70 is the affordable all-weather DSLR

Pentax K-70 is the affordable all-weather DSLR

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Pentax is having a renaissance of late; from the announcement of its first full-frame DSLR, the K-1, to the just-revealed K-70, the latter which is poised as an all-weather DSLR. The K-70's launch perhaps shouldn't be a surprise: Pentax has been growing... >>

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S review: Taking on the Microsoft Surface Pro
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Samsung Galaxy TabPro S review: Taking on the Microsoft Surface Pro

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Not so long ago Samsung pulled out of the laptop market in the UK, which came as a bit of a shock. It also showed the electronic manufacturer's hand and forward-thinking, to some degree, given that tablet and laptop markets have largely converged in recent... >>

1-Up! Official Nintendo Vans sneakers in pictures: Mario Bros meets ‘boarder cool

1-Up! Official Nintendo Vans sneakers in pictures: Mario Bros meets ‘boarder cool

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We don't make a habit out of shooting product boxes. But when there's one as cool as the NES-styled one that the new official Nintendo Vans sneakers come in, well, it's hard to resist. Look at it! What is within is where the real magic happens, though.... >>

Boosty review: Banish broadband outage with this mini mobile-connected router

Boosty review: Banish broadband outage with this mini mobile-connected router

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Ah, flaky broadband. The bane of first world existence. But, actually, a real pain in the backside when you're in the middle of a Skype call and it drops dead. Or you're streaming Game of Thrones and someone shuts the door (rather than, ahem, holds it)... >>

Audi A5 Coupé (2016) preview, in pictures: Flexing those German muscles

Audi A5 Coupé (2016) preview, in pictures: Flexing those German muscles

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This is the new Audi A5 Coupé (well, actually you're feasting your eyes on the sportier S5 Coupé edition). Which, if you squint a little, could be considered as the German brand's version of the Ford Mustang. With some added pep. An apt arrival year,... >>

Olympus Pen-F review: Not F-ing about
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Olympus Pen-F review: Not F-ing about

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Say hello to the first Olympus Pen with a built-in viewfinder: the Pen-F. If you were knocking around 50-years back then you might know it as, well, the original Pen-F - the half-frame film camera that looks very similar to this 2016 digital re-work.... >>

Toyota Hilux (2016) review: Invincible by name, invincible by nature
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Toyota Hilux (2016) review: Invincible by name, invincible by nature

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Testing the new Toyota Hilux demands a little more than just nipping down to the local shop to grab a pint of milk and a Mars Bar. Although with all that space in the back you could buy a lifetime supply of those. The famed "indestructible" pickup - apt,... >>

Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review: Full-frame fun and foibles
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Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review: Full-frame fun and foibles

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When it first launched at the end of 2012, the Sony Cyber-shot RX1 was a camera like no other. Its full-frame sensor and fixed 35mm lens made it a distinctive shooter for the high-end market. Sure, it had its imperfections, but that large sensor gave... >>

Ultimate Ears UE Roll 2: Rock 'n' roll reprisal

Ultimate Ears UE Roll 2: Rock 'n' roll reprisal

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The UE Roll, the discus-shaped rugged Bluetooth speaker, is back for round two. The UE Roll 2 takes the same dinky shape as the original waterproof speaker, but crams in 15 per cent more sound and better wireless range to 100-feet, according to the company.... >>

Onkyo H500BT headphones review: Punchy meets plasticky
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Onkyo H500BT headphones review: Punchy meets plasticky

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Despite being established since 1946, Onkyo headphones are a rare sighting out on the streets. And with on- and over-ear headphones dominating the daily commute these days, now is the perfect opportunity for Onkyo's latest Bluetooth H500BT cans to make... >>

Best of CES Asia 2016: The weird and the wonderful from the Shanghai show floor

Best of CES Asia 2016: The weird and the wonderful from the Shanghai show floor

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CES Asia opened it doors for the second time in Shanghai this May. And the Chinese version of the world's largest tech show, CES, which is based in Las Vegas, didn't hold back on the weird and the wonderful. Condensing a show as wide-ranging as CES Asia... >>

Honor V8 hands-on preview: Dual cameras, but no Leica in sight

Honor V8 hands-on preview: Dual cameras, but no Leica in sight

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With Huawei shouting loud about its P9 smartphone with dual Leica cameras, the presence of dual lenses on the Honor V8 (the company's sister brand) got us thinking it, too, would bear the same fruits. But it's not to be, as there's no Leica glass or monochrome... >>

Garmin Forerunner 735XT hands-on preview: Beating the bulk

Garmin Forerunner 735XT hands-on preview: Beating the bulk

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When it comes to proper sports watches Garmin is the primary brand that springs to mind. But with so many fitness-tracking devices out there exploring different designs, Garmin's bulky devices have arguably slipped down the ranks. The Garmin Forerunner... >>

Huawei P9 Lite hands-on preview: Low-calorie diet

Huawei P9 Lite hands-on preview: Low-calorie diet

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When the Huawei P9 launched earlier this month it went big on its dual Leica cameras feature; that was what really sold it above and beyond its considerable competition. But if that's the gold-topped pint of milk then, well, the Huawei P9 Lite is red-top... >>

Garmin Vivomove hands-on preview: Step-tracking gets stylish

Garmin Vivomove hands-on preview: Step-tracking gets stylish

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Step-trackers are nothing new, but it's taken some time for them to succeed on the style front. Garmin isn't exactly known for its elegance - more for sporty, practical designs with great features - but the Vivomove is here to change that perception.... >>

Donald Trump has never sounded this good... because he’s been made into an actual speaker

Donald Trump has never sounded this good... because he’s been made into an actual speaker

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Ever wanted to hear Donald Trump say something sensible? Or maybe just sing a bit of Adele? Well perhaps now you can, for the American political candidate - well known for his controversial speeches and slurs - has been made into an actual speaker. Ok,... >>

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II review: Nip and tuck triumphs
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Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II review: Nip and tuck triumphs

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Canon was late to the 1-inch sensor compact cameras game, following in the Sony's RX100 footsteps to deliver the original PowerShot G7 X back in 2014. In the period since then this larger-than-average sensor sector has become a battleground. Nobody wants... >>

Best DSLR cameras 2016: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

Best DSLR cameras 2016: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

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You want to buy a DSLR camera but don't know what to go for? Then you've come to the right place, as this is where we round-up the best DSLR cameras of 2016. We'll guide you through the hottest cameras available - and only models that we've seen in reality... >>

Huawei P9 review: The flagship and the folly
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Huawei P9 review: The flagship and the folly

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Huawei has been chipping away at the flagship smartphone block for years now, gradually adding appeal to its seemingly desired western audience with each iteration. But while last year's P8 lost its way with sloppy software and knuckle-based nonsense,... >>

PlayStation 4 review: The go-to for gamers
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PlayStation 4 review: The go-to for gamers

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A lot can change in a few years. This is the third time we've sat down and had a good, hard think about the PlayStation 4 since its 2013 launch. Back then the launch line-up was fairly stifled, with clangers like Knack not elevating the console to true... >>

Hungry Shark World preview: App big fish makes a splash, you'll be hooked

Hungry Shark World preview: App big fish makes a splash, you'll be hooked

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Hungry Shark World is one of those app-based games that probably commands just as much respect as a major console title. The follow-up to 2013's Hungry Shark Evolution - which has been downloaded over 230-million times - it's all about new graphics, new... >>