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Sky agrees to sell business to Fox for £18.5bn

Sky agrees to sell business to Fox for £18.5bn

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Twenty-First Century Fox has been in talks to buy Sky before but it seems there is a breakthrough in the acquisition of the satellite broadcaster and entertainment company.After a new approach by the movie studio and media firm, and subsequent negotiations,... >>

Super Mario Run cannot be played offline, the non-mobile mobile game

Super Mario Run cannot be played offline, the non-mobile mobile game

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Super Mario Run will be released on iOS Thursday 15 December and it has been generating a lot of interest. After all, it's Mario's first outing on a mobile phone or tablet.However, it might not be as mobile as you'd hoped.Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto... >>

Netflix vs Amazon Prime Instant Video: Which streaming service is best for you?

Netflix vs Amazon Prime Instant Video: Which streaming service is best for you?

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The rise of streaming services has continued at a swift pace over the last year, with many platforms available offering multiple kinds of entertainment for all manner of different tastes.However, there are two that remain the most talked about: Netflix... >>

Microsoft Cortana finally comes to Android in the UK, iPhone within weeks

Microsoft Cortana finally comes to Android in the UK, iPhone within weeks

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Microsoft's virtual assistant Cortana is finally ready to make her bow in the UK.As well as a major update to the existing Android app in the US, Microsoft has made it available to UK Android device owners for the first time. It is available to download... >>

What PS4 Pro games are 4K HDR ready? The complete list of optimised games

What PS4 Pro games are 4K HDR ready? The complete list of optimised games

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The PlayStation 4 Pro is the pinnacle of console gaming as it stands. It is pricier than its sibling but well worth considering by those with 4K TVs.That's because it has been designed to run the same PlayStation 4 games as the other consoles in the... >>

The Last Guardian review: Well worth the wait
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The Last Guardian review: Well worth the wait

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There are few games that have been as hyped as The Last Guardian over the years. The spiritual follow-up to Ico and Shadow of the Colossus has been in development for almost 10 years and made its debut at the E3 games show way back in 2009.But issues... >>

How Xbox One backwards compatibility works: The Xbox 360 games list and more

How Xbox One backwards compatibility works: The Xbox 360 games list and more

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For more than a year now, you have been able to play Xbox 360 games on an Xbox One or Xbox One S (reviewed here). Not all of your old library of games are playable, but there are almost 300 titles currently available. Xbox is also adding to this list... >>

ITV will soon ditch the ads on ITV Hub, as long as you pay £3.99 a month

ITV will soon ditch the ads on ITV Hub, as long as you pay £3.99 a month

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One of the biggest bugbears we have about the ITV Hub is the proliferation of adverts that play before each catch-up show. Yes, the channel needs to make money somehow and is a commercial enterprise, but there's so many of them you can be forgiven for... >>

How to get the BBC iPlayer 4K Ultra HD Planet Earth 2 trial on your TV

How to get the BBC iPlayer 4K Ultra HD Planet Earth 2 trial on your TV

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The BBC has started its first ever consumer trial of 4K content, offering a four-minute clip of Planet Earth 2 in Ultra HD through its free streaming platform, BBC iPlayer.What's more, it also uses Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) picture tech, a form of HDR, to... >>

PaRappa the Rapper coming to a smartphone near you, time to jump, kick...

PaRappa the Rapper coming to a smartphone near you, time to jump, kick...

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There's a lot of talk about Mario's mobile debut at the minute, with Super Mario Run to be released for iPhone and iPad on Thursday 15 December, but there's one games character coming to smartphone that has us even more excited.Not content with giving... >>

Virgin TV TellyTablet preview: Virgin Media’s 14-incher more telly than tablet

Virgin TV TellyTablet preview: Virgin Media’s 14-incher more telly than tablet

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Although the Virgin TV V6 box was far from a surprise when it was announced in London in November, not least because the company itself had tweeted teasers, a partnering 14-inch tablet device most definitely caught us off guard. Virgin Media has never... >>

New Nvidia Shield Android TV box and controller expected for CES 2017

New Nvidia Shield Android TV box and controller expected for CES 2017

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Nvidia's Shield Android TV box has been around for more than a year but is still the flagbearer for Android set-top-boxes. It was the first media streamer to offer Netflix in 4K and with HDR, and its Tegra X1 processor and 3GB of RAM ensured that it zipped through... >>

Virgin TV V6 box preview: Is Virgin Media's 4K HDR TiVo box a Sky Q beater?

Virgin TV V6 box preview: Is Virgin Media's 4K HDR TiVo box a Sky Q beater?

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When Sky announced a new flagship box and service a year ago it instantly became the best TV device and platform on the market. Sky Q was groundbreaking, fresh and took paid TV in an all-new direction.It made Sky’s own existing systems look outdated... >>

Now all Sonos users can now control their systems from Spotify

Now all Sonos users can now control their systems from Spotify

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Sonos and Spotify have long been associated with each other, but the relationship has become even closer as you now control your connected music system from the Spotify app.Initially available on select devices and as part of the Sonos Public Beta 7.0,... >>

Best PS4 game trailers for 2017: The Last of Us 2, new Uncharted, PaRappa The Rapper and more

Best PS4 game trailers for 2017: The Last of Us 2, new Uncharted, PaRappa The Rapper and more

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Sony hosted its annual PlayStation Experience event in the US recently and unveiled a host of new PS4 games that have us salivating more than a ginger tom at a mouse house party.The Last of Us 2 was undoubtedly the star, but there were plenty of other... >>

10 best TV shows to catch on Freeview Play this Christmas

10 best TV shows to catch on Freeview Play this Christmas

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It's almost Christmas and that means there's a stack of amazing TV shows coming up on the old gogglebox.All of the major channels will be hosting specials and festive fun, with some major returns and debuts along the way. There's also one or two old faves... >>

Your next Apple Watch could be round, according to leaked patent

Your next Apple Watch could be round, according to leaked patent

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An Apple patent has been unearthed that suggests the company is working on a round version of its Apple Watch. Or, at least, that it has mulled it over in the past year.The patent, titled "Electronic Device Having Display With Curved Edges", shows a circular... >>

Best geek Christmas jumpers: Star Wars, Sonic, Game of Thrones, Captain America and more

Best geek Christmas jumpers: Star Wars, Sonic, Game of Thrones, Captain America and more

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It's that magical time of the year and the Christmas lights are a-flashing, so you can be forgiven for feeling like you're missing out, stood there in normal non-flashing clothes.But hey, you could always get with the spirit of things and show your wacky... >>

Steam winter sale promises even bigger games deals than Black Friday, start date revealed

Steam winter sale promises even bigger games deals than Black Friday, start date revealed

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The Steam winter sale is always a massive deal for PC and Mac gamers. Yes, we've just had a sale as part of the Black Friday period, but that was nothing in comparison to the bargains to be had over Christmas and into the new year.Games deals at the end... >>

How to download Netflix movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet

How to download Netflix movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet

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After years of subscriber requests and insistence that it would never happen, Netflix has finally added offline viewing to its iOS and Android apps.That means users of iPhones, iPads and Android phones and tablets can now download and store Netflix movies... >>

NES Classic Mini controller problem solved, add this Bluetooth adapter

NES Classic Mini controller problem solved, add this Bluetooth adapter

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There's no doubt about it, the NES Classic Mini is a fantastic little games console - hence it's sold out almost everywhere.We've loved revisiting the 30 Nintendo Entertainment System games that come pre-installed. What we don't love, however, is having... >>

Apple adds (Product)Red Beats Solo 3 Wireless headphones and Pill+ speakers to charity line

Apple adds (Product)Red Beats Solo 3 Wireless headphones and Pill+ speakers to charity line

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Apple supports the (Product)Red campaign all year round, but in honour of World AIDS Day will offer special editions of popular iOS apps on the App Store for the coming week. It has also announced four new (Product)Red products, including a couple of... >>

Why choose Freeview Play? 7 reasons to go free for catch-up TV

Why choose Freeview Play? 7 reasons to go free for catch-up TV

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Launched in October last year, the Freeview Play service has gathered momentum of late. Many more supported devices are now available and the free catch-up technology from the UK's major digital television provider is proving an excellent alternative... >>

What Freeview Play TV or set-top-box is best for you?

What Freeview Play TV or set-top-box is best for you?

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There's a revolution happening in TV catch-up. Paid TV services have long offered on demand services, as have individual applications for a multitude of broadcasters, but now there's a subscription free alternative to catching up on television shows you've... >>

Virgin TV V6 box vs Sky Q: What's the difference?

Virgin TV V6 box vs Sky Q: What's the difference?

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Sky Q has been around for just over a year and has been the undisputed king of paid TV in all that time. Now a new kid is on the block, hoping to steal that crown.Virgin TV is the collective name for a new family of devices and services from Virgin Media,... >>