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Acer Revo Build: Assemble this modular mini PC like Lego

Acer Revo Build: Assemble this modular mini PC like Lego

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What you're looking at is not a retro hi-fi, nor a bento box as Acer CEO Jason Chen likened the new Acer Revo Build to when introducing it on stage at the company's IFA press conference in Berlin.Nope, the Acer Revo Build is an assemble-it-yourself modular... >>

Meet the Gigaset Me Pro: A new high-end smartphone is coming to town

Meet the Gigaset Me Pro: A new high-end smartphone is coming to town

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Is there room for another smartphone brand in the market? Gigaset wants a piece of the pie, introducing not one but three new Gigaset Me smartphones ahead of the IFA trade show kicking off in Berlin.Of the trio - Me Pure (entry), Me (mid-level) and Me... >>

Panasonic Lumix GX8 review: Viewfinder victory for 20MP compact system camera
4.5 stars

Panasonic Lumix GX8 review: Viewfinder victory for 20MP compact system camera

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It's been almost exactly two years since we last saw a GX-series model – the viewfinder-laden "flat" compact system camera series – in 2013's excellent Lumix GX7. But with the new GX8, we see the shifting focus of Panasonic as a camera company: to... >>

Orbitsound A70 Airsound Bar review: Stylish soundbar
4.5 stars

Orbitsound A70 Airsound Bar review: Stylish soundbar

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Of all the British brands out there, Orbitsound might not be the first one to pop into your head. But since the London-based company's conception back in 2005 it's forged forward with decent audio products and, in the Orbitsound A70 Airsound Bar, it's... >>

Panasonic Viera TX-55CX802 review: Glorious 4K for under £2k
4.5 stars

Panasonic Viera TX-55CX802 review: Glorious 4K for under £2k

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The 4K revolution continues, with Panasonic's latest, the Viera CX802, bringing with it Firefox OS and the promise of future updates such as HDR (high dynamic range). It's got all the current 4K bells and whistles, but with that one televisual toe dipped... >>

Intel’s future vision: Robot butlers, fashion wearables, super-fast SSD and RealSense prevail at IDF 2015

Intel’s future vision: Robot butlers, fashion wearables, super-fast SSD and RealSense prevail at IDF 2015

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At the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2015 it's all go this year: we've seen automated robot butlers, Fossil unveiling a glimpse of its forthcoming fashion smart wearables, Razer jumping on board Intel's RealSense technology in its new Twitch-friendly camera,... >>

How Intel wants to change BMX and action sports: Accurate trick-tracking could come to pro competitions by 2016

How Intel wants to change BMX and action sports: Accurate trick-tracking could come to pro competitions by 2016

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At a developer forum you don't expect to watch BMX pros front-flipping over a ramp. But that's exactly what we were treated to on the third floor of the Moscone Centre in San Francisco at the Intel Developer Conference (IDF) 2015.And not just "because... >>

Using the Intel RealSense depth-sensing smartphone: Does it raise the bar for phones?

Using the Intel RealSense depth-sensing smartphone: Does it raise the bar for phones?

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Imagine a smartphone with a slew of cameras capable of detecting depth and distance to generate on-screen augmented reality experiences relative to the world around you, not just linear on-screen applications and game experiences.No need to imagine it... >>

Twitchers and YouTubers, the Razer RealSense Camera's auto background removal will enhance your broadcasts

Twitchers and YouTubers, the Razer RealSense Camera's auto background removal will enhance your broadcasts

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Razer is well known in gaming for its PCs, laptops and peripherals. Now, with the power of Intel RealSense, its created the Razer RealSense Camera, which uses the depth-sensing technology to auto remove backgrounds. No need for green screen, no need for... >>

Fossil Android Wear smartwatch to arrive October, powered by Intel technology

Fossil Android Wear smartwatch to arrive October, powered by Intel technology

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Intel and Fossil Group announced a partnership in September 2014, and now we're seeing the fruits of that as tangible product at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2015. Yep, Fossil will release its first fashion smartwatch, an as-yet-unnamed Android Wear... >>

Cortana is always listening with new Wake-On-Voice tech, even when Windows 10 is sleeping

Cortana is always listening with new Wake-On-Voice tech, even when Windows 10 is sleeping

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"Hey Cortana". Windows 10's built-in assistant is the go-to voice-controlled interface in Microsoft's operating system. And she's just about to get a whole lot smarter.Shown at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2015 in San Francisco, Intel demonstrated... >>

OnePlus 2 review: In a class of its own
5.0 stars

OnePlus 2 review: In a class of its own

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When does one plus two equal more than three? When it's the OnePlus 2, the budget self-styled "flagship killer" that's full of top-end features at such an affordable price point that, well, it simply sounds too good to add up.This 5.5-inch sequel to the... >>

Leica Q review: The best fixed-lens full-frame compact ever made
5.0 stars

Leica Q review: The best fixed-lens full-frame compact ever made

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Leica is one of those brands that's been around for donkeys years, and for good reason: it makes such exceptionally good optics for its high-end M-series rangefinder cameras that it's in a league of its own. But while the photographic elite might wax... >>

LG 55EG960V 4K OLED TV review: Setting the standard
4.5 stars

LG 55EG960V 4K OLED TV review: Setting the standard

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It's been a long and winding road for OLED TVs. The display technology, which promises deeper blacks and richer colours than LED-backlit LCD tellies, started its consumer TV life in 2013 with the LG 55EM970V. Problem is, that telly cost £10,000. We're... >>

Ultimate Ears UE Roll review: Rock 'n' roll
4.0 stars

Ultimate Ears UE Roll review: Rock 'n' roll

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We've been suitably impressed by Ultimate Ears' range of Bluetooth speakers, from the UE Boom to UE Megaboom. The company's latest, the UE Roll, is a mini-discus-shaped portable speaker with typically colourful Ultimate Ears style, but with the addition... >>

5 fun facts about Ultimate Ears UE Roll: Not all Bluetooth speakers are created equal

5 fun facts about Ultimate Ears UE Roll: Not all Bluetooth speakers are created equal

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Sometimes we get invited to visit companies at their headquarters to explore what goes on behind the scenes - from product design and development, to future concepts and manufacturing. In mid June, off the back of the UE Roll Bluetooth speaker announcement,... >>

LG G4c review: C for compromised
3.0 stars

LG G4c review: C for compromised

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Upon pulling the LG G4c out of its box we were rather excited. This dinky looking version of the G4 has many of the design hallmarks that make the flagship model such a success, but with a 5-inch screen size making it an altogether more manageable package.However,... >>

Motorola Moto X Play: Big features, affordable £299 price tag

Motorola Moto X Play: Big features, affordable £299 price tag

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Motorola has unveiled not one but two Moto X 2015 smartphones, with the Moto X Play the more affordable model than the also-announced Moto X Style. It's a bit like having twins when you were just expecting the one.The Moto X Play fuses together a 5.5-inch... >>

Watch Motorola live stream for Moto X 2015 unveil right here

Watch Motorola live stream for Moto X 2015 unveil right here

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Motorola's big event has arrived, running in unision at sites across London and New York from the Sao Paulo live presentation. It's all setup as the big reveal of the latest Motorola Moto X flagship smartphone, along with some anticipated Moto Maker personalisation... >>

Fujifilm X-T10 review: Retro done right
4.5 stars

Fujifilm X-T10 review: Retro done right

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Although it might sound like the bad guy from a not-yet-written Terminator movie, the Fujifilm X-T10 is actually the good guy. A very good guy indeed. For this compact system camera is like a watered-down version of its X-T1 bigger brother, albeit without... >>

Audi Q7 first drive: SUVving wicked this way comes

Audi Q7 first drive: SUVving wicked this way comes

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Gliding along Hampshire A-roads in the all-new Audi Q7 and there's a sudden bang. A sparrow has somehow flown head-first into the windscreen, presumably distracted by this SUV's all-new looks – which are altogether more sophisticated and a bit less... >>

BMW 2-Series Active Tourer eDrive first drive: Plug-in baby

BMW 2-Series Active Tourer eDrive first drive: Plug-in baby

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Hybrids are all the rage in the automotive industry at the moment. And while the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer might look like the twisted hybrid spawn of a BMW rear-mounting a Mini Clubman – the two share the same UKL1 wheelbase platform after all –... >>

Panasonic Lumix FZ330: Superzoom gets even more serious (hands-on)

Panasonic Lumix FZ330: Superzoom gets even more serious (hands-on)

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Back in 2012 Panasonic changed the face of superzoom cameras with the Lumix FZ200, a camera offering a super-fast f/2.8 aperture throughout its far-reaching 24-600mm (equivalent) zoom range. That is important for letting in lots of light so the camera... >>

Freesat is alive and well in the Humax Freesat HDR-1100S: Wi-Fi, cheaper and more compact

Freesat is alive and well in the Humax Freesat HDR-1100S: Wi-Fi, cheaper and more compact

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As long-time users of the Humax HDR-1000S set-top box, we've been awaiting the time when a smaller, snazzier model comes to market. That wait is over, with the introduction of the Humax Freesat HDR-1100S with Freetime set-top box, complete with Wi-Fi... >>

Sony MDR-1ABT review: Bluetooth bliss?
4.0 stars

Sony MDR-1ABT review: Bluetooth bliss?

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Sony makes a variety of MDR-1 headphones, from the excellent "standard" model, through to an older overpriced noise-cancelling model and, now, with the arrival of the MDR-1ABT, a wireless Bluetooth version.Built around the familiar design complete with... >>

Canon EOS 750D review: Revered mid-ranger
4.0 stars

Canon EOS 750D review: Revered mid-ranger

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Canon is testing the water with its latest DSLR cameras. The EOS 750D, which updates the earlier 700D mid-ranger from 2013, is also joined by the ever-so-slightly higher specification 760D, giving more choice to customers. Or just adding more confusion.So... >>

Sony Xperia Z3+ review: Hot stuff (literally)
3.5 stars

Sony Xperia Z3+ review: Hot stuff (literally)

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Sony has been moulding its Xperia Z-series flagship smartphone line into the perfect model. Well, it more-or-less achieved that with the Z3 towards the end of 2014, so for the new Z3+ to arrive mid-2015 led us to believe we'd be getting more hot stuff.Only... >>

BMW 5 Series GT hydrogen fuel cell first drive: Driving into the future?

BMW 5 Series GT hydrogen fuel cell first drive: Driving into the future?

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It's almost strange to think how nonchalantly we consume the world's depleting fossil fuel reserves. Sure, it's fun to hammer a performance car down the motorway (or even a normal car for that matter), with that satisfying hum from the exhausts, but the... >>

Pow! Is that the BMW Batmobile? Nope, it's a modded i8 concept with hydrogen fuel cell tech

Pow! Is that the BMW Batmobile? Nope, it's a modded i8 concept with hydrogen fuel cell tech

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What you're looking at might appear to be a super-cool revamped version of the Batmobile for 2015 (and we're talking 1960s Adam West era here), but BMW isn't in the process of making one of those (well, not that we know of). No, this is a modified BMW... >>

AKG N90Q preview: High-end headphones show off Grammy Award-winning Quincy Jones class

AKG N90Q preview: High-end headphones show off Grammy Award-winning Quincy Jones class

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Not all headphones are made equal. The AKG N90Q epitomise this by offering a number of technological firsts – including TruNote, the ability to read your ears for a bespoke listen – paired with the stamp of approval from legendary producer Quincy... >>

Panasonic Lumix G7 review: GH4 junior shows off 4K smarts
4.5 stars

Panasonic Lumix G7 review: GH4 junior shows off 4K smarts

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The camera market has self-saturated. There's so much good kit out there, capable of producing such high quality images, that product updates tend to focus on new features rather than significant core changes to sell themselves. In the case of the Panasonic... >>

10 gaming sequels absent from E3 2015: The Last Of Us 2, Portal 3 and more make our wishlist

10 gaming sequels absent from E3 2015: The Last Of Us 2, Portal 3 and more make our wishlist

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It's not that we're ungrateful. The E3 gaming expo was a bumper show in 2015, with oodles of top titles shown off and the promise of plenty more to come over coming months and year.But we're greedy. Yes Fallout 4, The Last Guardian, Dishonored 2, Ghost... >>

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,... >>