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Voice dictation coming to Apple TV, you'll be able to speak your username and password

Voice dictation coming to Apple TV, you'll be able to speak your username and password

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Apple will introduce voice dictation to its 2015 Apple TV set-top-boxes in the near future, with beta software users already getting that function. The company has been trialling and adding new features to tvOS 9.2, which is hotly tipped to be announced... >>

VTech to buy LeapFrog and create massive kids’ gadgets firm

VTech to buy LeapFrog and create massive kids’ gadgets firm

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When we visited this year's Toy Fair in January there was a notable absentee: LeapFrog. The company specialises in gadgets for younger kids and has always been a must-see for us each year, with its cunning devices that ape adult equivalents. Now we know... >>

Sky Q goes on sale, from £42 a month and £99 one-off fee

Sky Q goes on sale, from £42 a month and £99 one-off fee

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Sky's all-new, all-singing and dancing TV entertainment system is now available. Sky Q can be bought from the company's own dedicated online store from today, 9 February. The Sky Q packages start at £42 a month, although there will also be set-up costs... >>

Sky Q first-look review: The future of multi-room television is now available to buy

Sky Q first-look review: The future of multi-room television is now available to buy

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When Sky originally launched its next generation Sky TV hardware at a dedicated event in London, it was very much a case of look but don't touch. The Sky Q system was present for brief demonstrations after the press conference, but we didn't get the... >>

PlayStation VR preview: Virtual reality for the gamers

PlayStation VR preview: Virtual reality for the gamers

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For much of its early life, Sony's foray into virtual reality was codenamed Project Morpheus. However, in September last year, during the Tokyo Game Show, it gave its first headset the, perhaps obvious, name of PlayStation VR. The product hasn't changed... >>

Best 4K TVs: Ultra HD televisions to buy in 2016

Best 4K TVs: Ultra HD televisions to buy in 2016

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Held at the start of each year, massive consumer electronics trade show CES always gives a good indication on what the hottest tech topics will be for the 12 months ahead. And if this year's show was any indication, we will finally be getting the 4K Ultra... >>

3D is officially dead, future Samsung and LG TVs won’t even support it

3D is officially dead, future Samsung and LG TVs won’t even support it

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It's been expected for quite a while but 3D in the home is officially kaput. Both Samsung and LG are phasing out the technology when it comes to new TVs and that will put the final nail in the format's coffin. It was telling for us that very few companies... >>

Three promises to freeze prices for five years if it buys O2

Three promises to freeze prices for five years if it buys O2

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In response to Ofcom's suggestion that the O2 acquisition by CK Hutchinson Holdings, owner of Three, would be bad for competition in the UK, the network's chairman has written an open letter which promises a price freeze if the deal goes ahead. Printed... >>

Best TV and movies to watch this weekend on Amazon, Netflix, Now TV and more: Tomorrowland, Sicario...

Best TV and movies to watch this weekend on Amazon, Netflix, Now TV and more: Tomorrowland, Sicario...

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Yay, it's the weekend and that means it's time to kick back, power-up a streaming device, such as the Roku set-top-boxes and scour for something cool, funny or both to chuck on. The only problem is that with thousands of channels and apps to choose from,... >>

Here’s the entire HTC Vive Pre manual: Needs a 5 by 6.5ft room

Here’s the entire HTC Vive Pre manual: Needs a 5 by 6.5ft room

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Whether it has been posted intentionally or not, HTC has made its HTC Vive Pre manual available for download. And it reveals some interesting facts about the forthcoming virtual reality headset - not least that we'll all need large living rooms to get... >>

You could soon be playing Mirror's Edge Catalyst, beta registration opens

You could soon be playing Mirror's Edge Catalyst, beta registration opens

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EA's long-awaited sequel to Mirror's Edge may have been put back to a May release but you will still be able to play it soon. The gaming giant has started a registration process to sign up for a public closed beta of Mirror's Edge Catalyst that will start... >>

ChatSim gives you unlimited messages worldwide for just £8 a year, including WhatsApp

ChatSim gives you unlimited messages worldwide for just £8 a year, including WhatsApp

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ChatSim is a new network idea that enables you to use any of the messaging apps on your phone or tablet as much as you like, all for just one yearly fee of £8. It works in countries around the world, and you don't even have to be on Wi-Fi to make use... >>

The brilliant PES 2016 is free on PC, download it now

The brilliant PES 2016 is free on PC, download it now

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Konami has made a free-to-play version of Pro Evolution Soccer for PC and it is available to download from today. PES 2016 is an excellent return to form for the franchise - as you can read in our review of the console version here - and while the free-to-play... >>

Oculus Rift preview: The VR revolution begins here

Oculus Rift preview: The VR revolution begins here

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It has been almost four years in the making but the consumer model of the Oculus Rift is nearly upon us. It is available for pre-order now and will ship to some of the earliest backers from April. Having first appeared on Kickstarter in August 2012,... >>

Microsoft Lumia 650 press image leak confirms it's on its way

Microsoft Lumia 650 press image leak confirms it's on its way

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A press image of the Microsoft Lumia 650 smartphone has leaked online, suggesting that it will be announced imminently. Posted on Twitter by @evleaks, the "official" picture shows a low-range handset that looks remarkably similar to the real world shot... >>

New Honor phones will come with Deezer preloaded

New Honor phones will come with Deezer preloaded

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Deezer and Huawei have partnered to pre-install the music streaming service on all Honor smartphones, such as the new Honor 5X, going forward. It is a first of its kind global partnership, with all new Honor phones having a Deezer app available to customers... >>

Sonos: What is it and what are the alternatives?

Sonos: What is it and what are the alternatives?

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Over the last couple of years, Sonos has really upped its game. Since the company began over a decade ago, it has developed a much more public profile. You might not be aware of what Sonos provides and how it works, but chances are if you are reading... >>

YouTube tipped to start live streaming 360-degree VR videos

YouTube tipped to start live streaming 360-degree VR videos

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One of the big tech trends of 2016 is thought to be virtual reality. Not only has Google sold plenty of its Cardboard headsets and Oculus and Samsung had great success with the consumer version of Gear VR, but we'll soon see Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive... >>

Want to see what the GoPro Karma drone is capable of? Check out this amazing 4K footage

Want to see what the GoPro Karma drone is capable of? Check out this amazing 4K footage

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At the end of last year, GoPro announced that it was entering the drone market, with the GoPro Karma designed specifically to record extreme action footage from the sky. A teaser video was released along with the original announcement, which maxed out... >>

iPhone 7 to get rid of the antenna lines and flatten the camera lens

iPhone 7 to get rid of the antenna lines and flatten the camera lens

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Although Apple is not expected to announce anything about its next flagship iPhone any time soon, with a traditional September launch more than likely on the cards, it doesn't stop the floods of rumours from hitting the net. The latest concerns the phone's... >>

Nintendo’s first iPhone game is coming in March and stars… you

Nintendo’s first iPhone game is coming in March and stars… you

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Yesterday, Nintendo revealed that its second iOS and Android app would feature a "familiar character" and that it would be an actual game. Today, it confirmed that its first dabble into the mobile market will be the much talked about Miitomo communication... >>

Nintendo’s second iPhone game could be Mario or Zelda

Nintendo’s second iPhone game could be Mario or Zelda

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Nintendo has revealed that the second of five games it has planned for iOS and Android will feature one of its most recognisable characters. That could mean that we'll soon see Mario, Donkey Kong, Link or another of its main IPs on app stores. Speaking... >>

Amazing pics of Microsoft Lumia 850 appear, shame it might never be released

Amazing pics of Microsoft Lumia 850 appear, shame it might never be released

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While rumours of a mid-range Microsoft Lumia 750 abound, those focused on a slightly higher-up-the-range Lumia 850 seem to be petering out. At least, that's what we thought. Many claim that Microsoft will not be unveiling a Lumia 850 Windows 10 device... >>

Nintendo Wii U officially a massive flop, but Splatoon still amazes

Nintendo Wii U officially a massive flop, but Splatoon still amazes

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The Nintendo Wii U is a huge failure, it's official! Sales figures released with the company's year end financial results confirm that it is likely to be the worst-selling console in Nintendo's history save for the Virtual Boy. But that doesn't really... >>

HTC Vive: Virtually Dead will be the most terrifying VR experience yet, and you can get tickets

HTC Vive: Virtually Dead will be the most terrifying VR experience yet, and you can get tickets

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As part of the launch of HTC Vive in the UK, HTC has announced a terrifying immersive theatre experience that you can buy tickets for. Running from 19 March to 3 April, Virtually Dead is a one-hour production in a secret location in East London. It features... >>