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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... >>

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?Handling... >>

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

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... >>

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... >>

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
4.5 stars

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
4.5 stars

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.While... >>

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
5.0 stars

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... >>