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Samsung Gear S3 Frontier vs S3 Classic: What's the difference?

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier vs S3 Classic: What's the difference?

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It was hardly a secret that Samsung was going to unveil the Gear S3 smartwatch at its Berin Unpacked event on 31 August. But two watches? It was rumoured, and now it's official: the Gear S3 will arrive in Frontier and Classic variants. How, then, do they... >>

DxO One camera for iPhone gets Wi-Fi update, new accessories available too

DxO One camera for iPhone gets Wi-Fi update, new accessories available too

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We first saw the DxO One camera - a 1-inch sensor unit that connects to the iPhone Lightning connector - in September 2015. We thought it had potential, but was a mix of high and low points. Now, with its fourth software update due 1 September 2016, it... >>

Acer Spin 7 preview: Flexible design with a touch of class

Acer Spin 7 preview: Flexible design with a touch of class

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The convertible laptop game has gone from strength to strength, with the latest devices sporting slender bodies and discrete hinge mechanisms that make such flip-around screen devices as good-looking as their top-end notebook cousins. Acer's take in... >>

Release the beast! Acer Predator 21 X gaming laptop boasts 21-inch curved screen and eye-tracking tech

Release the beast! Acer Predator 21 X gaming laptop boasts 21-inch curved screen and eye-tracking tech

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Release the beast! Acer has unveiled a gigantic 21-inch gaming laptop, the Predator 21 X, which not only boasts the first curved screen in a laptop, but also features eye-tracking technology. Yep, you can now use your eyes to trigger commands in some... >>

Amazon Dash Buttons available in the UK: One-touch order buttons for Prime users are here

Amazon Dash Buttons available in the UK: One-touch order buttons for Prime users are here

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In 2015 Amazon introduced its Dash Buttons in the States. The idea was simple: a physical touch button dedicated to ordering a specific item with just one press. And now Dash Buttons are available in the UK.Think of a Dash Button like extracting Amazon's... >>

What’s new for Intel Core 7th Gen? Kaby Lake processors explained, 4K media focus

What’s new for Intel Core 7th Gen? Kaby Lake processors explained, 4K media focus

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Year on year Intel is committed to updating its Intel Core processors, with the latest seventh-generation chip even bearing a "7th Gen" badge its visual marketing and on-shelf positioning.Perhaps that's no surprise when you hear people talking about the... >>

Honor 8 review: A different take on the premium mid-range market
4.0 stars

Honor 8 review: A different take on the premium mid-range market

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In the mid-range phone market there's a top dog: the OnePlus 3. That phone has essentially blown the doors off what a device can provide at a £330 price point. And that, right there, is exactly the territory Honor - the subsidiary brand of Chinese supergiant... >>

Fujifilm X-A3: Selfie-focused compact system camera ups the resolution ante

Fujifilm X-A3: Selfie-focused compact system camera ups the resolution ante

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The selfie system camera is back for round three: the Fujifilm X-A3 is the latest in the company’s line of compact system cameras, bringing a brand new 24-megapixel sensor and new design to the feature set.That puts the X-A3’s resolution a full 50... >>

What is Intel Project Alloy? The wire-free VR headset explained

What is Intel Project Alloy? The wire-free VR headset explained

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Virtual reality is a big deal, but delving into the virtual world typically requires a tethered-to-PC solution. That's where Intel Project Alloy does things differently: this all-in-one VR headset is designed without wires, with all its computational... >>

Windows 10 introduces holographic apps for all, coming 2017

Windows 10 introduces holographic apps for all, coming 2017

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It's barely been a minute since Windows 10 Anniversary Edition arrived, but now Microsoft is looking ahead to its next W10 feature update: holographic apps.Announced at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), executive vice president for Windows and devices,... >>

B&O BeoPlay A1 by Bang & Olufsen review: Bluetooth speaker bliss
5.0 stars

B&O BeoPlay A1 by Bang & Olufsen review: Bluetooth speaker bliss

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It's not often a Bluetooth speaker has its designer's name tucked away within its specification. But then the BeoPlay A1, by Bang & Olufsen, is no ordinary Bluetooth speaker; it's exemplary for the kind of sound quality that can be achieved at this small... >>

Huawei MateBook review: 5-hours of friendship
3.5 stars

Huawei MateBook review: 5-hours of friendship

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One glance at the Huawei MateBook and it's clear the Chinese company is hankering for a slice of the laptop-replacement market. This slim-build Windows 10 tablet is really well made, not a cheap knock-off competitor to the likes of the Microsoft Surface... >>

What is GoPro Omni? The 360 VR camera rig explained, release date and price info

What is GoPro Omni? The 360 VR camera rig explained, release date and price info

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It's not the first time we've heard about GoPro Omni - the six GoPro camera rig used for 360-degree virtual reality capture, announced early 2016 - but it is the first time we've seen it and learned about its end-to-end workflow. So just what can you... >>

Lenovo Yoga 900S review: Strike a pose
4.0 stars

Lenovo Yoga 900S review: Strike a pose

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Lenovo has been pushing its flexible-hinge Yoga series for some time, refining design and capability with each iteration. At the tail-end of 2015 we were impressed by the original Yoga 900, which combined Intel Core i processor power in a slender build... >>

Kia Niro review: Say hello to my little friend
3.5 stars

Kia Niro review: Say hello to my little friend

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The word "Niro" makes us think of a few things: Robert de Niro in his classic film roles; strong black coffee; or some kind of futuristic city. It doesn't immediately make us think of a car. But that's about to change, for Korean car giant Kia has just... >>

What are the new S-Pen features for the Galaxy Note 7? New Air Command and features explored

What are the new S-Pen features for the Galaxy Note 7? New Air Command and features explored

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If you're already familiar with the Samsung Galaxy Note series then you'll know about the power of the S-Pen (Samsung's fancy name for the included, integrated stylus which comes with the device).The Note 7 is the latest big-screen phone in the series,... >>

OnePlus 3 Soft Gold in pictures: If bling is your thing

OnePlus 3 Soft Gold in pictures: If bling is your thing

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As affordable mid-range phones go there are few better than the OnePlus 3. This £329 beauty comes with a flagship specification but without the flagship price.And now you can buy it in a Soft Gold finish instead of the standard Graphite colour - the... >>

Acer Switch Alpha 12 review: Affordability is its ace
4.0 stars

Acer Switch Alpha 12 review: Affordability is its ace

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The laptop-replacement market is going from strength to strength, with every manufacturer worth its salt looking to innovate in the 2-in-1 market and stand apart from the top-of-the-pack Microsoft Surface. With the Acer Switch Alpha 12, the Taiwanese... >>

Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC headphones review: Make some noise
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Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC headphones review: Make some noise

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It was 18-months ago that we reviewed the excellent Audio-Technica MSR7 over-ear headphones - and might impressed we were. Now it's the turn of the MSR7NC which, as those additional two letters in the name denote, are the noise-cancelling version.These... >>

Zemi Aria speaker review: Majors and minors
4.0 stars

Zemi Aria speaker review: Majors and minors

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When we meet Francesco Pellisari, the designer of the Zemi Aria speaker, he's a mixture of eccentric Italian and yet quiet in that seemingly genius-like manner. Does his latest speaker exhibit the same qualities as its designer?We're drawn to the Zemi... >>

Lexus RX 450h review: An SUV-sized slice of Japanese futurism
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Lexus RX 450h review: An SUV-sized slice of Japanese futurism

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When the Lexus RX 450h was delivered to our little terraced flat in London, it felt like we'd been handed a temporary house extension, albeit on wheels. For this SUV — the largest in the Lexus lineup — is one big, distinctive beast that can easily... >>

Philips personal health programmes: A full suite for managing health and chronic conditions

Philips personal health programmes: A full suite for managing health and chronic conditions

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Wearables and health monitors are nothing new: we've seen bundles of fitness trackers, bands, smart scales and more from a variety of manufacturers. Which is why Philips' personal health programmes suite of products is an interesting take on the health... >>

Tefal app-controlled ActiFry Smart XL and Cook4Me Connect to stir things up in the kitchen

Tefal app-controlled ActiFry Smart XL and Cook4Me Connect to stir things up in the kitchen

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Not so hot at juggling pans like a pro? Tefal may have the answer for today's tech-driven cooks: its app-connected Cook4Me Connect pressure cooker and ActiFry Smart XL connected healthier fryer.The idea of both is simple: download the relevant app, install... >>

Audi Q2 review: The single-minded SUV
4.0 stars

Audi Q2 review: The single-minded SUV

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In March this year Audi dropped a bombshell at the Geneva Motor Show by launching an Audi that, well, didn't look like a "same design different length" Audi. That car, the Q2, is company's first small crossover; an SUV for the new generation.Sure, the... >>

Fujiiflm X-T2 vs X-T1: What's the difference?

Fujiiflm X-T2 vs X-T1: What's the difference?

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We're used to products being updated, but with some it begs the question whether it's worth the upgrade or, perhaps, looking at grabbing a bargain and buying the older-generation product on a deal. So how does the just-announced Fujifilm X-T2 compact... >>

Motorola Moto G4 Plus review: Plus and minus
4.0 stars

Motorola Moto G4 Plus review: Plus and minus

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When you think "Plus" in the phone world you tend to think extra large handset. It's all Apple's fault. But that's not precisely the case with the Moto G4 Plus: sure, it's pretty large with its 5.5-inch screen, but it's the same size as its Moto G4 brother.... >>

Motorola Moto G4 review: Budget phone king goes large, remains in charge
4.5 stars

Motorola Moto G4 review: Budget phone king goes large, remains in charge

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Looking for a big yet affordable phone? That's Motorola's play with the fourth-gen Moto G - aptly titled the G4, finally putting to bed the confusingly same-name previous three generations - which dons a 5.5-inch screen and, therefore, an inevitably large... >>

Audi piloted driving: A real-world glimpse into the future of self-driving cars

Audi piloted driving: A real-world glimpse into the future of self-driving cars

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We're sat behind the wheel of "Jack" - a modified Audi A7 concept, adapted for the full Audi piloted driving experience (the company's fancy name for self-driving cars, essentially) - zipping down the Autobahn in Germany at 130kmph.Although we're not... >>

Best of E3 2016 - PS4 games: God of War, Days Gone, Spider-Man, Horizon: Zero Dawn and more

Best of E3 2016 - PS4 games: God of War, Days Gone, Spider-Man, Horizon: Zero Dawn and more

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With the E3 gaming expo 2016 done and dusted, the front runners in the gaming world unveiled their biggest and best titles. None more so than Sony, its PlayStation 4 looks set to go from strength to strength in 2016 and beyond.With some top-drawer exclusive... >>

Sony MDR-100ABN h.ear on Wireless NC headphones review: Silly name, serious noise-cancelling
4.0 stars

Sony MDR-100ABN h.ear on Wireless NC headphones review: Silly name, serious noise-cancelling

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Top-end Sony MDR headphones of recent years have offered a fantastic range of over-ear and on-ear products with leading audio. So when we received the new Sony MDR-100ABN wireless noise-cancelling headphones we were rather excited about using them on... >>

Ghost Recon Wildlands co-op preview: Four-player Far Cry

Ghost Recon Wildlands co-op preview: Four-player Far Cry

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When we first fixed eyes on Ghost Recon: Wildlands at the end of Ubisoft's E3 gaming expo pre-show conference in 2015, we were gagging for more. Come the 2016 show, where we got to actually play the open-world game, turns out it was absolutely worth the... >>

Best of  E3 2016 - Driving and sports games: FIFA 17, Forza Horizon 3, Steep, GT Sport and more

Best of E3 2016 - Driving and sports games: FIFA 17, Forza Horizon 3, Steep, GT Sport and more

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If it's quality sports games you're after you are in for a real treat this coming year, whether that be ball, extreme or motorsports. The 2016 E3 videogames convention is jam packed with amazing looking titles that offer conclusive proof the industry... >>

Best of E3 2016 - RPG and adventure games: Zelda, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Days Gone, FFXV, Scalebound and more

Best of E3 2016 - RPG and adventure games: Zelda, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Days Gone, FFXV, Scalebound and more

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If it's quality games you're after you are in for a real treat. This year's E3 videogames convention is jam packed with amazing looking triple-A titles that offer conclusive proof the industry has got the hang of this new-generation console malarkey.If... >>

PlayStation trailers from E3 2016: God of War, Days Gone, Death Stranding and more, plus PS VR

PlayStation trailers from E3 2016: God of War, Days Gone, Death Stranding and more, plus PS VR

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Sony had some serious boots to fill following Microsoft's pre-E3 conference. But fill it did, kicking things off with the latest God of War, showing a whole new side of action adventure to the well-known formula.That wasn't all, with The Last Guardian... >>

Ubisoft trailers from E3 2016: Star Trek VR, Watch Dogs 2, Ghost Recon, South Park, Steep and more

Ubisoft trailers from E3 2016: Star Trek VR, Watch Dogs 2, Ghost Recon, South Park, Steep and more

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Ubisoft revealed one of its biggest titles ahead of E3, unveiling Watch Dogs 2 in the run-up to the show. But that’s not all the publisher had to show at its conference.In a year absent of Assassin’s Creed - well, sort of, Michael Fassbender does,... >>

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 S5 Coupé (2016) preview, in pictures: Flexing those German muscles

Audi S5 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
4.0 stars

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.There's... >>

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

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
4.0 stars

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... >>