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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... >>

Lego Dimensions preview: Disney Infinity and Skylanders should be bricking it

Lego Dimensions preview: Disney Infinity and Skylanders should be bricking it

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There's something about Lego that has stolen peoples' hearts the world over, from the bricks, to the games and even the recent movie. With the Lego Dimensions interactive game, publisher Warner is looking to steal something more: the space occupied by... >>

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... >>

Assassin's Creed: Syndicate preview: Cor blimey guv'nor

Assassin's Creed: Syndicate preview: Cor blimey guv'nor

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Assassin's Creed is one of those staples. A gaming meat and two veg as we Brits might say. Only this year's title, Syndicate, comes with more than a splash of meaty gravy on the side. And if you wonder why the heck we're writing in British colloquialisms... >>

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.... >>

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... >>

The Division multiplayer preview: Dark Zone delights

The Division multiplayer preview: Dark Zone delights

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Tom Clancy's The Division, the duck-and-cover third-person tactical shooter set in a virus-ridden future, is already an E3 stalwart. First shown back in 2013 to critical acclaim, we originally thought the title would be playable at 2014's show and make... >>

Best adventure and role-playing games of E3 2015: Uncharted 4, Fallout 4 and more

Best adventure and role-playing games of E3 2015: Uncharted 4, Fallout 4 and more

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It's that time of year once again, gaming fans. The E3 expo has kicked off in Los Angeles, with a bevy of top titles on offer. We've rounded up a bunch of our favourites by genre, and given the oodles of quality adventure and role-playing games on offer,... >>

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands preview: Four-player co-op story mode adds great gaming dynamic

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands preview: Four-player co-op story mode adds great gaming dynamic

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We're no stranger to multi-player, nor co-operative play in some games' story modes. But Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands takes things a step further by being playable from front to back of its story with four players throughout - whether friends,... >>

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... >>

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... >>

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... >>

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... >>

Leica Q: The luxe full-frame, fixed-lens compact puts Sony RX1 in the shade (hands-on)

Leica Q: The luxe full-frame, fixed-lens compact puts Sony RX1 in the shade (hands-on)

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The Leica Q represents a new age for the German brand. This 24-megapixel full-frame compact, complete with 28mm f/1.7 fixed lens and built-in electronic viewfinder, is not only a rare breed of camera, it's a luxury and well-considered response to the... >>

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... >>