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Apple Music will be available on Sonos, just not at launch

Apple Music will be available on Sonos, just not at launch

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One of the major questions we had about Apple Music on its launch at WWDC last month is will it be available through Sonos speakers like major rivals Spotify, Deezer and Tidal? The answer is yes, it seems. Apple has confirmed that it is working closely... >>

FIFA 16 preview: Refinement not reinvention

FIFA 16 preview: Refinement not reinvention

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It could be said that EA Sports is emulating Apple where the latest FIFA is concerned. Apple has an "S" year biannually, choosing to modify and adapt the last generation of iPhone rather than reinvent the device. This is EA's "S" year. FIFA 16, from the... >>

You no longer need to pay for a monthly subscription to get Netflix

You no longer need to pay for a monthly subscription to get Netflix

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Netflix has introduced pay-as-you-go gift cards that pay for access to its streaming service but without the need for a regular monthly subscription. Not only does this give gift givers the option to send friends and loved ones money towards the use of... >>

Virgin Media signs BT Sport Europe to ensure it's league leader in footy coverage

Virgin Media signs BT Sport Europe to ensure it's league leader in footy coverage

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Virgin Media has confirmed that it will be adding the new BT Sport Europe channel to its line-up from its 1 August launch date to ensure that it is the only TV provider that will offer every sports channel available before the start of the football season.... >>

Batman Arkham Knight review: Best of the Bat yet
4.5 stars

Batman Arkham Knight review: Best of the Bat yet

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With so many triple-A games arriving towards the end of the year, it comes as no surprise that Warner is not leaving anything to chance with the third in Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham trilogy. It has cunningly released Arkham: Knight, the first to hit the... >>

Xbox One vs Wii U vs PS4: Which console should you buy in 2015?

Xbox One vs Wii U vs PS4: Which console should you buy in 2015?

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E3 is over and the western world's biggest videogaming show certainly lived up to its billing as the place for top games debuts this year. The titles on offer prompted much excitement and it looks like this generation of gaming is starting to mature and... >>

Forget Chromecast and Fire TV Stick, the Lenovo Ideacentre Stick 300 is a full PC in a dongle

Forget Chromecast and Fire TV Stick, the Lenovo Ideacentre Stick 300 is a full PC in a dongle

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Dongle-style stick devices have become popular of late, able to be hidden around the back of a television yet provide smart TV functionality, apps and access to all manner of video content. Devices such as the Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Stick and... >>

Onkyo embraces DTS:X and continues down Dolby Atmos path with TX-RZ900 and RZ800 receivers

Onkyo embraces DTS:X and continues down Dolby Atmos path with TX-RZ900 and RZ800 receivers

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Onkyo has announced two premium AV receivers with support for DTS:X, the audio company's latest surround format that, like Dolby Atmos, adds extra spatial effects to a sound mix. The receivers also continue Onkyo's recent tradition of support Dolby Atmos... >>

Your next smartphone might come from John Lewis

Your next smartphone might come from John Lewis

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UK high street retailer John Lewis could well be the first major rival to Dixons Carphone since Phones 4U went bust last year. It plans to trial selling mobile phones in its stores, with two dedicated John Lewis shops to open soon in its Oxford Street,... >>

Xbox at E3 2015 highlights, the games coming soon: Rise of the Tomb Raider, Halo 5 and more

Xbox at E3 2015 highlights, the games coming soon: Rise of the Tomb Raider, Halo 5 and more

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As Microsoft traditionally has its E3 press conference first thing on the Monday prior to the show, it is generally the one that leads the way with announcements. However, this year was different in that Bethesda had its first E3 press conference ever,... >>

Huge Samsung Galaxy A8 specs leak shows the company's thinnest phone yet, coming soon

Huge Samsung Galaxy A8 specs leak shows the company's thinnest phone yet, coming soon

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Although the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge smartphones are beautiful and undoubtedly the company's finest phones yet, at 6.8 and 7mm respectively they aren't its thinnest. The Galaxy A7 holds that crown with a waistline of 6.3mm. And that is about to... >>

Jeremy Clarkson's Top Gear sacking made Forza 6 a better game, says Dan Greenawalt

Jeremy Clarkson's Top Gear sacking made Forza 6 a better game, says Dan Greenawalt

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Although BBC TV show Top Gear will still be a significant part of Forza Motorsport 6 when it is released on 15 September it will not feature new presenter Chris Evans. Nor will it feature the dulcet tones of disgraced ex-presenter Jeremy Clarkson, who... >>

Project Morpheus vs Oculus Rift: Which VR experience won E3 2015?

Project Morpheus vs Oculus Rift: Which VR experience won E3 2015?

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Although E3 2015 played host to some amazing games this year two things stole the show in our eyes, and both were virtual reality headsets that will be available to the public some time in the first half of 2016. Oculus finally revealed its consumer... >>

Skylanders Superchargers gets Nintendo stars as new figures... and they double as Amiibos

Skylanders Superchargers gets Nintendo stars as new figures... and they double as Amiibos

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One of the most pleasant surprises of E3 2015 was provided by Activision and developer Vicarious Visions who revealed that not only does this year’s Skylanders game get vehicles for the first time, two massive Nintendo licensed characters will also... >>

Best sports and driving games of E3 2015: FIFA 16, Forza 6, Mario Tennis and more

Best sports and driving games of E3 2015: FIFA 16, Forza 6, Mario Tennis and more

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The latest genre (or genres, technically) to get our focus for an E3 2015 round-up feature is sports and driving games, which we have lumped together because most driving games are essentially motorsport titles and therefore seem a good fit. We've seen... >>

Halo 5 on HoloLens hands-on: A gaming match made in Heaven?

Halo 5 on HoloLens hands-on: A gaming match made in Heaven?

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One of the best received demonstrations during Microsoft’s E3 press conference involved a device we tried out for the first time at the Build developers conference last month: HoloLens. The company showed how it could be used to add an all-new element... >>

Best shooters of E3 2015: Star Wars Battlefront, COD: Black Ops 3, Gears 4 and more

Best shooters of E3 2015: Star Wars Battlefront, COD: Black Ops 3, Gears 4 and more

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If it's quality games you're after you are in for a treat. This year's E3 videogames convention is jam packed with amazing looking triple-A titles that offer conclusive proof that the industry has got the hang of this new generation of console malarkey.... >>

Super Mario Maker preview: Building our own Mario levels, every Nintendo fan's dream

Super Mario Maker preview: Building our own Mario levels, every Nintendo fan's dream

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One of the more quirky Wii U titles trailed during the E3 special edition of Nintendo Direct was Super Mario Maker. Not just a game, it allows you to build and then play your own Mario Bros levels and, presumably, then share them with a community of other... >>

Xbox One Elite Controller hands-on: Play like the professionals

Xbox One Elite Controller hands-on: Play like the professionals

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Although there was a lot of talk about a new Xbox One controller in the build up to E3, that was just a remodelled standard version with a new 3.5mm headphone port. We certainly didn't expect Microsoft to pull something else out of the bag - and something... >>

Razer Mamba (2015) hands-on: The best gaming mouse on the planet

Razer Mamba (2015) hands-on: The best gaming mouse on the planet

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As games have become more sophisticated and graphical resolution has increased dramatically, so too has the need for ever more sensitive gaming gear. For PC gamers, an accurate and sensitive mouse is a must. For pro-gamers it is their lifeblood. And one... >>

EA at E3 2015, the highlights: Star Wars Battlefront, Mass Effect Andromeda and more

EA at E3 2015, the highlights: Star Wars Battlefront, Mass Effect Andromeda and more

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Electronic Arts' press event prior to E3 2015 started with an amazing game reveal in Mass Effect 4 - titled Mass Effect Andromeda - and ended with what could well end up being the true star of this year's show, Star Wars Battlefront. However, there were... >>

Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars Play Sets explored, including the original trilogy (gallery)

Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars Play Sets explored, including the original trilogy (gallery)

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We must admit that although we liked the last two Disney Infinity games, especially 2.0 with the Marvel tie-in, we strongly believe the third in the series will be the best. And that's not just because of the Star Wars licence. Disney Infinity 3.0 will... >>

Oculus Rift consumer headset launch livestream: Here's how to watch it

Oculus Rift consumer headset launch livestream: Here's how to watch it

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Although Oculus is expected to be one of the stars of next week's E3 videogames show in Los Angeles it will actually be publicly unveiling its consumer model today, Thursday, 11 June. And for those not invited to the special event in San Francisco it... >>

Oculus Rift in pictures: See how it's changed since 2012 Kickstarter debut

Oculus Rift in pictures: See how it's changed since 2012 Kickstarter debut

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Oculus first burst onto the scene on 1 August 2012 when it started a Kickstarter funding round for its Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and it could not have imagined what would happen in the following years. It raised a mind-boggling $2.437 million... >>

Which is the best movie streaming service in the UK? Netflix vs Amazon Prime vs Now TV and more

Which is the best movie streaming service in the UK? Netflix vs Amazon Prime vs Now TV and more

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Over the last few years, movie and TV show streaming services have become increasingly important to the way that we want to consume our content in the UK. As well as the big and obvious free platforms from the country's major broadcasters, such as BBC... >>