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The surprise games of E3 2015: 11 unexpected gems from the world’s largest gaming expo

The surprise games of E3 2015: 11 unexpected gems from the world’s largest gaming expo

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One week since E3 2015 kicked off there's been time to reflect on the world's largest gaming expo. And there are a whole lot of exciting titles to take in and digest.It's all too easy to get swept up in the games that cost more than Hollywood blockbuster... >>

Audi RS3 Sportback first drive: Power trip

Audi RS3 Sportback first drive: Power trip

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The 2015 Audi RS3 is one ultra-powerful hot hatch, delivering more snap, crackle and pop than your average bowl of morning cereal. As we can imagine from just one days' driving, to sit behind the wheel of this beast every morning would never fail to bring... >>

Sony at E3 2015 highlights, the PS4 games coming soon: The Last Guardian, Horizon, Uncharted 4 and more

Sony at E3 2015 highlights, the PS4 games coming soon: The Last Guardian, Horizon, Uncharted 4 and more

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In the battle of the big guns at the E3 gaming expo, Sony always opts for the last word at the end of the pre-show day. That's after the world has had half a day to digest Microsoft's morning announcements and ponder what Sony's reply will be. For 2015's... >>

Star Fox Zero preview: Cunning, the Wii U just became an even foxier prospect

Star Fox Zero preview: Cunning, the Wii U just became an even foxier prospect

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As much as the Wii U has received its fair share of abuse, it houses some of Nintendo’s finest titles that are scientifically proven to be impossible to dislike*. Ok, so we made up the scientific part, but with Star Fox making its return we reserve... >>

Mad Max preview: A game that echoes the movie

Mad Max preview: A game that echoes the movie

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Unveiled at last year's E3 expo, Mad Max the game was one of the titles we were most looking forward to playing this year. However, having seen Mad Max: Fury Road at the cinema we suspect the game will divide the critics in a similar way to that movie.What... >>

Canon PowerShot G3 X: Superzoom packs 1-inch punch of sensor power (hands-on)

Canon PowerShot G3 X: Superzoom packs 1-inch punch of sensor power (hands-on)

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Compact cameras are getting bigger, beefier and more advanced as the smartphone revolution takes over the lower-end of the market. We've already seen a handful of superzoom models with a 1-inch sensor at their core, but now it's Canon's turn to step up... >>

Star Fox Zero details emerge at E3 2015, arriving on Wii U end of 2015

Star Fox Zero details emerge at E3 2015, arriving on Wii U end of 2015

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Nintendo is going full steam ahead at E3 2015, with one of its best-known series, Star Fox, now confirmed for Wii U release at the end of 2015.Officially entitled Star Fox Zero (thankfully we in Europe don't have to suffer the Lylat Wars name), this shooter... >>

Horizon: Zero Dawn is like Terminator meets Jurassic Park, another surprise PS4 exclusive announced at E3

Horizon: Zero Dawn is like Terminator meets Jurassic Park, another surprise PS4 exclusive announced at E3

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Take Jurassic Park, mix in Terminator and what do you get? Horizon: Zero Dawn, the forthcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive, isn't a far cry from the end result.This imaginitive futuristic adventure-meets-shooter is based in a world afer the cities have failed,... >>

Ubisoft at E3 2015, the highlights: South Park, Ghost Recon, Assassin’s Creed and more

Ubisoft at E3 2015, the highlights: South Park, Ghost Recon, Assassin’s Creed and more

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In truth we attended Ubisoft's E3 press conference expecting little to surface. We've seen Assassin's Creed: Syndicate before, this is the third year that The Division has been shown off at the gaming expo, and most rumours suggested a new Rayman title... >>

South Park: The Fractured But Whole surprises E3

South Park: The Fractured But Whole surprises E3

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It's rare for many E3 gaming expo surprises these days, but Ubisoft has managed it at its 2015 press conference, unveiling a new South Park role-playing game The Fractured But Whole. Yep, toilet humour alert, get prepped.To introduce the game, South Park... >>

Watch the Ubisoft E3 2015 keynote right here, starting 23:00 UK time

Watch the Ubisoft E3 2015 keynote right here, starting 23:00 UK time

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Ubisoft is about to hold its annual E3 press conference, and you can catch all the publisher's latest and greatest games right here.The gaming conference of the year has officially kicked off in Los Angeles, with plenty of trailers and announcements from... >>

Toshiba Satellite Click Mini review: In and out of orbit
3.5 stars

Toshiba Satellite Click Mini review: In and out of orbit

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Small is portable. Big is comfortable. But go too far either way and the cart turns over. Toshiba is playing with how small a laptop can get with the Satellite Click Mini, an ultra-low-cost tablet-meets-laptop hybrid.The Satellite Click Mini costs just... >>

Can't wait for Fallout 4? Fallout Shelter is out today for iOS, and it's free

Can't wait for Fallout 4? Fallout Shelter is out today for iOS, and it's free

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Now here's something we didn't expect: Bethesda launched a new Fallout game today. But this isn't Fallout 4, it's Fallout Shelter, an iOS only free-to-download simulator.So iPad and iPhone fans (sorry Android users, no luck this time around), now you... >>

Fallout 4 official release date set as 11 November 2015: Here are 7 of the game's best new features

Fallout 4 official release date set as 11 November 2015: Here are 7 of the game's best new features

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Bethesda dropped a mighty bombshell at its E3 press conference: Fallout 4 will be arriving on PS4, Xbox One and PC on 11 November this year. No waiting around until 2016 for one of the most hotly anticipated games of the new-gen.Todd Howard, game director... >>

Ruark Audio R1 Mk3 review: Rockin' radio
4.5 stars

Ruark Audio R1 Mk3 review: Rockin' radio

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We've wanted to pop a small DAB radio in our newly built kitchen in order to catch some BBC Radio 6 and treat the ears to new tunes while cooking for some time.During said kitchen's construction, however, we've been treated to the delights of what we... >>

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H8 review: Bang & Oh... the price
4.0 stars

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H8 review: Bang & Oh... the price

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In the hunt for a decent pair of headphones it's logical to select a well-known brand such as Bang & Olufsen. The Danish high-end audio manufacturer's most recent noise-cancelling on-ear headphones, the BeoPlay H8, certainly look the part, but with a... >>

Asus Zenbook UX305 review: King of the mid-range
4.5 stars

Asus Zenbook UX305 review: King of the mid-range

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The mid-range laptop market tends to be a sea of nondescript plastic. Who knows, perhaps that's an incentive to spend more cash for something a little more luxe. Not so with the Acer Zenbook UX305, however, which could well be the new poster boy for the... >>

Driverless cars and the future of in-car tech: Nvidia explains what to expect and when

Driverless cars and the future of in-car tech: Nvidia explains what to expect and when

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In tech right now the hot topic is cars, specifically driverless ones. Google is at it. Audi is at it. Tesla too.Behind the scenes there's a lot of work going on to progress the industry. We spoke to Danny Shapiro, Nvidia senior director of automotive,... >>

Driverless cars will 'model how the human brain works', share learning via the cloud

Driverless cars will 'model how the human brain works', share learning via the cloud

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We know what you're thinking, it's all getting a bit too close to a Skynet reality, just like in Terminator. Driverless cars that learn, all on their own?That is the future according to Danny Shapiro, Nvidia's director of automotive, who we spoke to last... >>

Fallout 4 official, coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC, leaks ahead of countdown

Fallout 4 official, coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC, leaks ahead of countdown

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Update: Fallout 4 is official, leaking early ahead of the countdown timer on Bethesda's website.The site has been pulled for the time being, but a screenshot showing the Fallout 4 watermark and Bethesda logo, alongside box art for PS4, Xbox One and PC... >>

Asus Transformer Book T100HA 2-in-1 goes super-slim, opts for USB Type-C

Asus Transformer Book T100HA 2-in-1 goes super-slim, opts for USB Type-C

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We've long been fans of Asus' T100 Transformer Book 2-in-1 series. The company's latest endavour, the T100HA, opts for USB Type-C for a slimmer and altogether more portable 10.1-inch tablet-meets-laptop device.Like the Apple MacBook and its use of USB... >>

LG UF950V 4K TV review: Future-proof fidelity
4.5 stars

LG UF950V 4K TV review: Future-proof fidelity

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If you're in the market for a striking new TV then the only way to go is 4K. We're on the cusp of an ultra-high definition future, but lack of compatibility and content has been the biggest problem. Until now.The LG UF950V, the company's flagship 4K-er... >>

Lenovo Smart Cast: Projector phone fun and gimmicks

Lenovo Smart Cast: Projector phone fun and gimmicks

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We've seen phones with built-in projectors before - remember those, right? - but none quite like the Lenovo Smart Cast.Lenovo is the first to feature a built-in laser projection keyboard, meaning you can interact with the projection via touch just like... >>

LG G4 review: A balance of phone meets phablet
4.5 stars

LG G4 review: A balance of phone meets phablet

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LG has risen through the ranks in the smartphone world, its large-screen G3 happily going elbows-out for a deserved spot on the 2014 flagship podium. Relying on high-flying specification rather than designer branding - as some of the company's less successful... >>

Lenovo Magic View smartwatch: Two screens, multiple shortcomings

Lenovo Magic View smartwatch: Two screens, multiple shortcomings

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We like big claims. We really do. But the suggestion that the Lenovo Magic View smartwatch concept is akin to "virtual reality for smartwatches" thanks to its dual-screen design - as quipped on stage at the Lenovo Tech World conference - is simply nonsense.In... >>

Lenovo just announced a phone with built-in projection keyboard. No, really

Lenovo just announced a phone with built-in projection keyboard. No, really

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Say hello to the world's first laser projection smartphone, the Lenovo Smart Cast.Projection keyboards have always been accessories. Not so with the Smart Cast, which incorporates a built-in Pico projector along with a gesture-based control system.Transform... >>

Lenovo Magic View dual-screen smartwatch concept: 'Like bringing virtual reality to smartwatches'

Lenovo Magic View dual-screen smartwatch concept: 'Like bringing virtual reality to smartwatches'

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At Lenovo Tech World the company unveiled a dual-screen smartwatch concept with a twist: the Magic View includes a 'Virtual Interactive Display' (or VID) that can project images direct to the eye.The idea is to solve two issues prevalent in smartwatches:... >>

Hands-on: Garmin Forerunner 225 review: Heart-rate from your wrist (finally!)

Hands-on: Garmin Forerunner 225 review: Heart-rate from your wrist (finally!)

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Finally Garmin has taken the plunge and released its first running watch with a built-in heart-rate sensor, the Forerunner 225. We got to handle one at CES Asia to see whether it's the one everyone's been waiting for.The Forerunner 225 isn't the device... >>

The weird and wonderful tech of CES Asia 2015

The weird and wonderful tech of CES Asia 2015

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Tech shows always deliver a host of the weird and wonderful. This year the Consumer Electronics Show has ventured over to China for the first time, with the inaugural CES Asia showing off a variety of products and concepts from international and Asian... >>

Audi R8 e-tron in pictures: The all-electric driverless supercar of the future?

Audi R8 e-tron in pictures: The all-electric driverless supercar of the future?

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The Audi R8 e-tron, the all-electric supercar that we've been dubbing as Iron Man's car since its announcement back in March, is hankering for some extra attention. At CES Asia 2015, it was unveiled on stage at Audi's pre-show keynote in its driverless... >>

CES Asia 2015: We're here at the CEA's inaugural Chinese tech show

CES Asia 2015: We're here at the CEA's inaugural Chinese tech show

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It was only a matter of time before CES - that's the consumer electronics show, the largest of its kind - spread its wings and ventured to exhibit in China.The sister show to the annual Las Vegas jamboree every January, the inaugural show in Shanghai... >>

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt review: The best role-player since Skyrim
5.0 stars

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt review: The best role-player since Skyrim

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For role-playing game fans it's only once in a blue moon a title comes along that's so engrossing you'll willingly surrender not just a little bit of time to play it, but days and weeks of your life. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a prime example; a captivating... >>

Panasonic Lumix G7 targets videographers with 4K video capability

Panasonic Lumix G7 targets videographers with 4K video capability

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Panasonic is no stranger to 4K video capture, as its flagship Lumix GH4 proved. But now the ultra-high definition feature is trickling down the range, with the new Lumix G7 the latest compact system camera to benefit.The update to the Lumix G6, which... >>

Nikon D7200 review: Enhancing the enthusiast DSLR
4.5 stars

Nikon D7200 review: Enhancing the enthusiast DSLR

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As the camera market continues to evolve, the Nikon D7200 wedges itself firmly in the traditional DSLR camp. It's shunned featuring a vari-angle screen like its Canon competitors, such as the 70D or 760D, but does include Wi-Fi and NFC for sharing pictures... >>

YotaPhone 2 now available in white, price drop to £440

YotaPhone 2 now available in white, price drop to £440

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Your eyes do not deceive you: this is the dual-screen YotaPhone 2 finished in white. Even the E Ink panel on the phone's rear has inverted its user interface to lead with black text on white to fit the new look.When we reviewed the YotaPhone 2 back at... >>

What's new in YotaPhone 2 software? YETI 2.0 explored, from Gmail to YotaFitness and more

What's new in YotaPhone 2 software? YETI 2.0 explored, from Gmail to YotaFitness and more

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The YotaPhone 2 is a unique proposition thanks to its dual screens: a 5-inch OLED panel on the front and secondary 5-inch E Ink panel on the rear.And now - from 14 May 2015, in addition to a white variant and new £440 price point - it also features Android... >>

Microsoft Surface 3 review: Sensible, affordable, but still on the fence
4.0 stars

Microsoft Surface 3 review: Sensible, affordable, but still on the fence

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Microsoft is a software company at heart, which has seen the Windows operating system maker not always taking like a duck to water when it comes to hardware. From the uncomfortable Microsoft Band, to the flurry of budget Lumia handsets following the acquisition... >>

LG G4 camera explored: The smartphone camera to beat?

LG G4 camera explored: The smartphone camera to beat?

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The smartphone camera wars continue, with the LG G4 hotting things up in the photography department. But is its latest camera the one to plump for? We've handled the G4 at its London launch to get a taste of what it's all about.In 2014 the LG G3 made... >>

Huawei P8 review: Slighted by software
3.5 stars

Huawei P8 review: Slighted by software

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It's been a curious year for flagship smartphones so far: from the impressive highs of the Samsung Galaxy range revamp, with the company's S6 and S6 edge, to the oh-it's-the-same-again HTC One in its M9 form. Sitting in among them is Huawei, with its... >>

Acer Aspire Switch 10 E: The bold yet budget 2-in-1 (hands-on)

Acer Aspire Switch 10 E: The bold yet budget 2-in-1 (hands-on)

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A third of the way through 2014 we were introduced to the Acer Aspire Switch 10, a 2-in-1 tablet-meets-laptop device that, despite its somewhat blocky design form, was a decent stab at the concept.That model gets a Gorilla Glass-topped re-lick for 2015,... >>

Acer Chromebook 15 CB3-531: Big and budget (hands-on)

Acer Chromebook 15 CB3-531: Big and budget (hands-on)

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It's not the first time we've seen the Acer Chromebook 15, but the CB3-531 version, unveiled at Acer's global press conference, adds some extras to the existing range, bringing some added refinement.Well, we say refinement, but first impressions don't... >>

Moto Maker for Moto 360 review: Is personalised smartwatch design worth the extra wait?

Moto Maker for Moto 360 review: Is personalised smartwatch design worth the extra wait?

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Silver or gold? Or maybe black with stone leather? This is tricky.In the tech world it's almost always been black, black, black, maybe a white option. More recently space greys and mystic champagnes have begun to dominate (in among other bonkers colour... >>

Twelve South BaseLift for MacBook review: Upstanding support

Twelve South BaseLift for MacBook review: Upstanding support

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A MacBook is an almost perfectly designed product, right? So why would it need an attachment to raise its position? According to Twelve South, the accessory company that designs for Apple products, the BaseLift is here to make for a better typing experience.We've... >>

Asus Transformer Book T100 Chi review: Budget 2-in-1 makes its mark
4.0 stars

Asus Transformer Book T100 Chi review: Budget 2-in-1 makes its mark

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It's all Zen and Chi over at Asus HQ of late. The company's latest laptop-meets-tablet, the Transformer Book T100 Chi, has meditated its way to a slimmer, fitter state than its more letter-laden T100TAF predecessor, presenting a slender design that incorporates... >>

Sony Cyber-shot HX90 review: Travel compact gives Panasonic TZ70 something to chew over

Sony Cyber-shot HX90 review: Travel compact gives Panasonic TZ70 something to chew over

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Sony is going for gold with its latest travel zoom compact, the Cyber-shot HX90 (and HX90V, which adds GPS), which includes a pop-up electronic viewfinder - a key feature as adopted from its higher-end Cyber-shot RX100 III camera.But whereas the RX-series... >>

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

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
4.0 stars

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.We'll... >>

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

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 a... >>