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Volkswagen ID Concept preview: Electric atonement?

Volkswagen ID Concept preview: Electric atonement?

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"What does the ID stand for?" "Isn't Diesel'?!" shouted one lark across the Volkswagen stand at the Paris Motor Show. Follow the auto industry and you'll know the score by now about the pickle VW is in related to diesel emissions fixing. Yes, Volkswagen... >>

Porsche Panamera (2017) preview: A tantalising tech-fest

Porsche Panamera (2017) preview: A tantalising tech-fest

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Say hello to Porsche's new Panamera, shown off in all its glory at the Paris Motor Show 2016. But let's cut to the chase: the last Panamera was always a bit of a difficult car to look at. As one of the people we talked to in Paris said: "it looked like... >>

Land Rover Discovery (2017) preview: Seven-seat family disco

Land Rover Discovery (2017) preview: Seven-seat family disco

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The British star of the Paris Motor Show 2016 was undoubtedly the new Land Rover Discovery. You'll be aware that there's already a Discovery Sport, but big brother Discovery promises to do more than it's sibling - it's more luxurious, more powerful, has... >>

GoPro Hero5 Black review: A new breed of super Hero
5.0 stars

GoPro Hero5 Black review: A new breed of super Hero

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A new GoPro flagship action camera has finally arrived, two years after its predecessor. The Hero5 Black - which was announced alongside the Hero5 Session and the long-awaited Karma drone - and brings a host of new features with it. The new Hero launches... >>

Pentax K-1 review: Full-frame underdog can teach the competition some new tricks
4.5 stars

Pentax K-1 review: Full-frame underdog can teach the competition some new tricks

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It's been long, long overdue. But the time has come: Pentax has finally created a full-frame DSLR, the K-1. And at £1,600 this 36-megapixel monster is one competitively priced camera, certain to help Pentax make its mark in an already fiercely contested... >>

Amazon Video review: Hitting the Prime time
4.5 stars

Amazon Video review: Hitting the Prime time

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With Amazon becoming the almost default choice for DVD and Blu-ray purchases, it was perhaps no surprise to see the company offering this content in a different format.With Lovefilm on the books providing the postal rental solution, the way that Amazon went... >>

Apple iPhone 7 Plus review: Big changes from the big iPhone
4.5 stars

Apple iPhone 7 Plus review: Big changes from the big iPhone

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It's September and that means new iPhones. In particular, a refresh of the larger-scale model in the iPhone 7 Plus.The 2016 version of the almost ubiquitous 5.5-inch smartphone from Apple looks much likes its 6S Plus predecessor, except there's a new... >>

Huawei Nova Plus review: The middling mid-ranger
3.5 stars

Huawei Nova Plus review: The middling mid-ranger

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Huawei hasn't been shy about the fact it wants to dominate the European market. Unlike the likes of Apple, or HTC, its strategy isn't just to release one or two phones it thinks everyone will buy. Instead, the Chinese manufacturer releases dozens of phones.... >>

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV review: The 30-megapixel monster
5.0 stars

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV review: The 30-megapixel monster

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Canon has stepped things up a gear in recent years by leading with higher-resolution DSLR cameras. It had long been said that the 24-megapixel mark would be the company's limit until lenses could make the best of the capture resolution - a concept that... >>

Audeze iSine are the world’s first planar magnetic in-ear headphones, we have a listen

Audeze iSine are the world’s first planar magnetic in-ear headphones, we have a listen

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High-end, California-based headphone manufacturer Audeze has taken much of the same technology found in the excellent Sine on-ear headphones, and put it into two dinky pairs of in-ears. The iSine 10 and iSine 20 bear a slight resemblance to the Millennium... >>

Halo Master Chief and Darth Vader Bluetooth speakers in the flesh, both on pre-order now

Halo Master Chief and Darth Vader Bluetooth speakers in the flesh, both on pre-order now

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When we last met AC Worldwide, we saw a couple of superb, Star Wars-licensed Bluetooth speakers in the shape of a Stormtrooper helmet and C-3PO's head respectively. We were also told at the time that they would soon be joined by Darth Vader and Master... >>

Bush Spira E3X review: The £200 Argos phone looking to topple Moto G

Bush Spira E3X review: The £200 Argos phone looking to topple Moto G

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Own-brand smartphones are a cheap way of getting a handset without the commitment of a contract - you simply buy and go with whichever carrier you fancy. Which is why the £199 of the Bush Spira E3X - which is effectively an “Argos phone” in the UK,... >>

Oculus Rift review: The VR revolution begins here
4.0 stars

Oculus Rift review: The VR revolution begins here

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Our first dalliances with virtual reality (VR) were with Virtuality, a system created by W. Industries back in the early 90s, and it blew our minds at the time.The graphics were basic and blurry, the headsets cumbersome and heavy, and a session with a... >>

Audi TT RS review: A serious upgrade, with serious performance
4.5 stars

Audi TT RS review: A serious upgrade, with serious performance

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Of all the Renn Sport models that Audi makes, the TT RS perhaps makes the most sense. At its basic level, the Audi TT is a sports car lite. That dropping roof and low-slung stance point to a sporty little coupé or roadster, even when it's a front-wheel... >>

Ford Focus RS first drive: The B-road baller

Ford Focus RS first drive: The B-road baller

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When was the last time you truly felt alive? Today more than ever, it is perhaps the experiences we have - and the moments when we feel a sense of risk, jeopardy, fear, exhilaration or just sheer joy - that make us truly wide-eyed. Which brings us to... >>

Netflix review: The leading light in home entertainment
5.0 stars

Netflix review: The leading light in home entertainment

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Netflix needs no introduction. The company quickly gained momentum in the US with its DVD rental service that evolved into video streaming on demand, before spreading its wings to the UK in 2012. So impressive has the rise of Netflix been, that it's become... >>

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso review: Carting the kids around couldn't be more cool
4.5 stars

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso review: Carting the kids around couldn't be more cool

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With SUVs flying off forecourts and onto driveways at a pace that doesn't match their often-sluggish performance, the MPV class is seen as the wallowing hinterland of modern cars.  It's where you end up when you've expanded your family beyond an estate... >>

Sony MDR-1000X review: Quite simply phenomenal noise-cancelling headphones
4.5 stars

Sony MDR-1000X review: Quite simply phenomenal noise-cancelling headphones

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Sony's mission to deliver its best noise-cancelling headphones has lead to the birth of the MDR-1000X. It's a solid name, for a solid pair of noise-cancelling headphones.The MDR-1000X set their sights on the lucrative wireless noise-cancelling segment... >>

Hisense 75M7900 4K TV review: Budget sense, but HDR nonsense
4.0 stars

Hisense 75M7900 4K TV review: Budget sense, but HDR nonsense

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The 10-inch difference between a 65-inch TV and a 75-inch TV is more than just a measurement. It marks the difference - at least in any fairly regular-sized living room - between just watching television and stepping into the world of home cinema. Unfortunately... >>

Fitbit Charge 2 review: Taking charge
4.5 stars

Fitbit Charge 2 review: Taking charge

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The Fitbit Charge HR was the fitness tracker to beat in 2015. It wasn't only one of the best from the company - which also makes the Surge, Blaze and Alta - but one of the best dedicated trackers with heart-rate monitoring from any manufacturer.And now... >>

TomTom Spark 3 review: Getting better with age
4.0 stars

TomTom Spark 3 review: Getting better with age

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Waking early in the city offers plenty of unique advantages to the urban runner. It's a chance to run as the local population is wiping the sleep from its eyes, going about the routine of preparing for the day, heading to work, heading home from nights... >>

Sony RX10 III review: A camera for all seasons
4.5 stars

Sony RX10 III review: A camera for all seasons

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As its name suggests, the RX10 III is the third iteration of Sony's RX10 bridge camera, building on the appeal of the RX10 II (which Sony continues to market and sell) by boosting the optical zoom's reach. Given that the limited 24-200mm equivalent zoom... >>

Apple MacBook (2016) review: Is port-free still the future?
4.0 stars

Apple MacBook (2016) review: Is port-free still the future?

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The revival of the MacBook range in spring 2015 resulted in one of the most beautiful and portable Apple laptops: the 12-inch MacBook. It was also one of the most controversial, with just a single USB Type-C port handling all the connectivity and charging.... >>

Forza Horizon 3 review: Bigger, brasher and better-looking than ever
5.0 stars

Forza Horizon 3 review: Bigger, brasher and better-looking than ever

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Spin-off franchises - equivalent, say, to the way in which Cheers spawned Frasier - are very rare in the games industry, and for such a franchise to outshine its parent title is all but unprecedented. Yet that is exactly what Forza Horizon has done, and... >>

GoPro Karma preview: Badass but beautifully simple drone

GoPro Karma preview: Badass but beautifully simple drone

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GoPro announced its entry into the drone market with Karma alongside its new flagship action camera the Hero 5, at its 2016 launch event. Karma has been the subject of rumours for months, but details have finally been revealed and it's pretty damn cool.We... >>