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Samsung Galaxy S6 edge review: Livin' on the edge (not a prayer)
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Samsung Galaxy S6 edge review: Livin' on the edge (not a prayer)

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge is a radical phone. After a tepid response to 2014's Samsung Galaxy S5, the Korean giant had to do something special to stand out and get back to the top of its game. The "standard" Galaxy S6, with its new metal build, is an... >>

Motorola Moto G (2015) review: Budget big screen adds 4G, lacks new design thrills
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Motorola Moto G (2015) review: Budget big screen adds 4G, lacks new design thrills

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When the original Moto G was unveiled back in 2013 it blew other budget phones out of the water. Its 2014 follow-up threw its weight at a larger screen size and, bizarrely, ditched 4G connectivity in the process. That's where the Moto G 2015 comes in... >>

Devialet Silver Phantom review: Futuristic funk from this French Fancy will make your ears dance with delight

Devialet Silver Phantom review: Futuristic funk from this French Fancy will make your ears dance with delight

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Gaming fans might think the Devialet Phantom looks like a real-life replica of Ghost from smash-hit title Destiny, but audiophiles will know the high-end French manufacturer doesn't speak in vocoded Peter Dinklage, but instead top-end, crystal clear audio.... >>

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II review: OM-D has landed
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Olympus OM-D E-M5 II review: OM-D has landed

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Thank the stars that Olympus has settled on a name and number, with the second-generation OM-D E-M5 deploying the "Mark II" badge of honour. That's earned confidence: rather than reaching into the numbers pool and being named an E-M27 or something, the... >>

Philips Hue Go: The portable, colourful and independent addition to Hue lighting system (hands-on)

Philips Hue Go: The portable, colourful and independent addition to Hue lighting system (hands-on)

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Philips Hue, the adjustable lighting system that can be colour and luminance controlled via your smart device, is expanding, with the new Hue Go portable offering a slightly different stance to the range. With the majority of Hue products you require... >>

Microsoft Surface 3: 10.8-inch HD screen, full Windows 8.1, 50% cheaper than the Pro 3 (hands-on)

Microsoft Surface 3: 10.8-inch HD screen, full Windows 8.1, 50% cheaper than the Pro 3 (hands-on)

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We've been following Microsoft Surface - the laptop-meets-tablet hybrid device - since its conception, cumulating in the Surface Pro 3 towards the end of 2014. Now it's new year, new gear: with the brand new Surface 3, a 10.8-inch edition to the line-up,... >>

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge tips and tricks: What can the curved screen edges do?

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge tips and tricks: What can the curved screen edges do?

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After a tepid response to the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Korean giant has come out all guns blazing for the launch of its 2015 follow-up, most particularly in its curved screen format, the Galaxy S6 edge. We've been using the phone for 24-hours ahead of its... >>

Fujfiilm X-A2 review: Selfie system snapper makes a budget splash (hands-on)

Fujfiilm X-A2 review: Selfie system snapper makes a budget splash (hands-on)

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The selfie craze is in full swing, with all manner of devices getting in on the action. The Fujifilm X-A2, the company's update to the X-A1 from 2013, is the latest compact system to opt for a flip-forward screen. But does it strengthen the X-series line-up?... >>

Vax Air Revolve Pet review: The funky, new-wave vacuum cleaner
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Vax Air Revolve Pet review: The funky, new-wave vacuum cleaner

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Builder's dust. If you know it well, then you know just what it can do. And having caused our previous vacuum cleaner to meet an early grave, we needed a new and powerful lil sucker to replace it. Enter the Vax Air Revolve Pet, a bagless vacuum cleaner... >>

Nikon D7200 review: Connectivity features see enthusiast DSLR push forward (hands-on)

Nikon D7200 review: Connectivity features see enthusiast DSLR push forward (hands-on)

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As technology advances more traditional camera formats are progressing their feature sets to keep in check with the current norms. The Nikon D7200, the company's first DSLR with both Wi-Fi connectivity and NFC (near field communication) for smart device... >>

Mad Catz Lynx 9 mobile gaming controller is as cool (and complex) as the Batcycle (hands-on)

Mad Catz Lynx 9 mobile gaming controller is as cool (and complex) as the Batcycle (hands-on)

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At first glance you might think you're looking at a maquette of the Batcycle. Or, based on another picture, maybe the Batarang. But, no, this is the Mad Catz Lynx 9, a mobile gaming controller that can cater for phones, phablets, tablets and pretty much... >>

Apple TV 2015 billed for summer launch, A8 chip on board, subscription service launch anticipated

Apple TV 2015 billed for summer launch, A8 chip on board, subscription service launch anticipated

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It looks as though summer 2015 will finally be when Apple TV gets its big re-launch. Following a Wall Street Journal report earlier this week, suggesting Apple's yet-to-launch new streaming service is all but in place, the rumour mill momentum gathers... >>

Acer Revo One RL85: The mini PC for work and play (hands-on)

Acer Revo One RL85: The mini PC for work and play (hands-on)

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It's not the first time we've seen a mini PC, but the Acer Revo One RL85's dinky one-litre scale means you can wave goodbye to the bulky tower of old, while its versatile feature set means it's more than just a PC. Indeed, by default it comes boxed with... >>

'Nintendo NX' console in the works for 2017, Wii U not final hardware venture

'Nintendo NX' console in the works for 2017, Wii U not final hardware venture

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Tuesday 17 March may as well be called Nintendo day. In addition to unveiling official plans to bring Nintendo characters to mobile phones and tablets in the future, the Japanese company has also confirmed the Wii U won't be its last hardware venture:... >>

Mario coming to phones and tablets, as Nintendo officially focuses on apps

Mario coming to phones and tablets, as Nintendo officially focuses on apps

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Not the owner of a Nintendo Wii U or 3DS? Well it could still be 1-Up for you, as Nintendo announces a partnership with Japanese publisher DeNA to bring its famous characters to mobile platforms. That could mean Mario for Android, Zelda for iPhone, or... >>

Samsung Galaxy A5 review: Marvellous exterior, mid-range interior
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Samsung Galaxy A5 review: Marvellous exterior, mid-range interior

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In this job we are constantly jostling between different phones. Often they're the latest and greatest handsets, so when a mid-range model such as the Samsung Galaxy A5 comes along we tend to cross our fingers and hope there will be something standout... >>

The Vamp review: Raising old speakers from the dead
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The Vamp review: Raising old speakers from the dead

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Got an old speaker knocking around? The Vamp can easily turn it into a Bluetooth speaker to receive wireless audio from phone, laptop or other Bluetooth devices. The audio equivalent of a vampire bat - “re-vamp” is the official name inspiration, but... >>

Uncharted 4 delayed until spring 2016, Microsoft dancing in the streets with Tomb Raider exclusive

Uncharted 4 delayed until spring 2016, Microsoft dancing in the streets with Tomb Raider exclusive

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If you've been eagerly awaiting Nathan Drake's return in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, then you might want to freeze that excitement - the PlayStation 4 exclusive has been pushed back to a spring 2016 release date. That represents a delay of several months... >>

Olympus Stylus SH-2 compact camera boasts 5-axis stabilisation, cheaper price point than predecessor

Olympus Stylus SH-2 compact camera boasts 5-axis stabilisation, cheaper price point than predecessor

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Movie remakes, they're all the rage at the moment. Take a perfectly good flick and recreate it, often scene for scene. Which is a bit like the Olympus Stylus SH-2 compact camera: it's a carbon copy of its SH-1 predecessor from last year, adding only a... >>

Motorola Moto E (2015) review: The budget phone to beat
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Motorola Moto E (2015) review: The budget phone to beat

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The original Motorola Moto E is an awesome budget smartphone, but largely because, at £89, it's so cheap. Its follow-up, the second-generation 2015 model, makes a few nips and tucks to the original's design principles, adds a slightly bigger screen and... >>

Toyota i-Road: The electronic Boris bike of the future?

Toyota i-Road: The electronic Boris bike of the future?

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Transport is changing. Emissions caps are tightening, owning a car in the big city is increasingly prohibitive, and commuters are ever mindful of electronic or hybrid options as alternative ways to get around – often proving both cheaper and faster.... >>

Watch as Fujitsu iris recognition tech unlocks smartphone at a glance, literally (video)

Watch as Fujitsu iris recognition tech unlocks smartphone at a glance, literally (video)

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Phone access has evolved beyond a PIN code or screen swipe. Fingerprint scanners? So last year. Retina scanning, as per the ZTE Grand S3? A step forward. But none are a patch on just how impressive Fujitsu's iris recognition technology is, as we experienced... >>

Dell XPS 13 review (2015): To infinity and beyond
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Dell XPS 13 review (2015): To infinity and beyond

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After company privatisation and realigning its focus for the business market, Dell has only gone and launched the most desirable 13-inch consumer laptop that we've ever seen: the 2015 version of the XPS 13. But business, consumer, whatever label is put... >>

Wolfenstein returns this May: The Old Blood is a standalone downloadable title for new-gen consoles and PC

Wolfenstein returns this May: The Old Blood is a standalone downloadable title for new-gen consoles and PC

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When B.J. Blazkowicz came blasting onto our screens once again in Wolfenstein: The New Order back in 2014, we were rather taken by the first-person shooter that MachineGames and Bethesda had made. Come May this year The Old Blood, a follow-up and standalone... >>

Kazam Tornado 552L: Slender 5.2-inch smartphone has got the looks (hands-on)

Kazam Tornado 552L: Slender 5.2-inch smartphone has got the looks (hands-on)

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Kazam - sounds like some kind of magic word, doesn't it? And in the mobile phone market, perhaps it is. For this European-only brand has just launched its latest super-thin phone: the Kazam Tornado 552L. The smattering of letters and numbers might not... >>