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HP Pavilion x360 hands-on: Beats Audio gets flippable

HP Pavilion x360 hands-on: Beats Audio gets flippable

This week in Barcelona we’ve had the opportunity to get a look at the HP Pavilion x360, a convertible PC that works as a tablet, a notebook, and a portable entertainment center (so to speak). In our first impressions we’ve seen this device to be a slightly more rugged-looking machine than we’d originally suspected. This isn’t the sleek metal wedge of a notebook you’d get in a MacBook Air - instead it’s made to handle the constant movement you’ll be laying upon it with converting at every turn.

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ hands-on

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ hands-on

This week the folks at Lenovo have revealed the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+, and today we’re getting out first hands-on experience with the machine. This device is easily the finest tablet the company has put forth thus far with Android aboard, rolling with a three-mode delivery with a 10.1-inch "20/20 Vision" Full HD (that’s 1080p) display to boot. This device also rolls with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor under the hood.

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LG G Pro 2 hands-on

LG G Pro 2 hands-on

LG has brought its new phablet, the LG G Pro 2, to MWC 2014, and we've been getting to grips with the 5.9-inch Android smartphone here at the show. The South Korean company isn't letting the grass grow under its feet, either, equipping the G Pro 2 with a 13-megapixel camera capable of recoding 4K video in addition to images with optical image stabilization. Read on for our first impressions.

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Plantronics Voyager Edge hands-on

Plantronics Voyager Edge hands-on

Plantronics' latest Bluetooth headset, the Voyager Edge, wants to be all things to all people. Slotting into the company's Voyager range - known for their excellent performance but, even Plantronics admits, somewhat "call center" appearance - but with the style of the more consumer-centric Discovery range, the Voyager Edge is also Plantronics' first real attempt to reposition Bluetooth headsets as smart wearables, not just accessories. We caught up with the company to try the Voyager Edge out and see what makes it so special.

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Kopin Pupil hands-on: Glass tech without geek looks

Kopin Pupil hands-on: Glass tech without geek looks

Kopin has revealed its latest wearable system, Pupil, a combination of a micro-display and voice control noise-cancellation system the company hopes will eventually be used in head-worn tech like Google's Glass. A reference design intending to show how wearable computing could be integrated into a design that's more palatable to the consumer market, Pupil isn't intended for the market in its current form, but is instead intended to showcase the fruits of Kopin's new partnership with Olympus in display technology. We caught up with Kopin to find out more.

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Titanfall: Xbox One vs PC

Titanfall: Xbox One vs PC

After having played the Titanfall Beta on both the Xbox One and PC (via Origin on Windows 8), we’ve come to one conclusion. If you want to play Titanfall on your Xbox One, we’d recommend simply skipping the demo of the PC side of things. When you’ve got a ramped-up beast of a gaming PC pitted against the Xbox One, gameplay is comparable - but the graphics delivery difference is immense.

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Titanfall Beta gameplay First-impressions: Xbox One

Titanfall Beta gameplay First-impressions: Xbox One

When you enter Titanfall, you realize quite quickly you're inside a truly modern game. Even in Beta, we're not expecting many people to complain about the graphics, that is, even before we enter gameplay. This isn't a game where the developers (Respawn Entertainment) scrimped on the graphic design and user interface surrounding the in-game action - on the contrary. This game is ready to roll in a visually spectacular way right at the first screen.

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Brighter beacons: Up close with Qualcomm’s Gimbal for Apple Stores

Brighter beacons: Up close with Qualcomm’s Gimbal for Apple Stores

With Gimbal, Qualcomm has a device that breaks quite a few molds. Open source, secure, and conceptually cool, Gimbal has the ability to actually make a difference in your day-to-day life. If you’re one to shop at an Apple Store, chances are you already know just how sublimely smooth the Gimbal experience can be. We sat down with Kevin Hunter, Qualcomm’s Senior Director of Product Management for Retail Solutions, to find out just how Gimbal makes it happen, both for retailers and consumers.

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Verizon Nokia Lumia Icon gets official: first-impressions

Verizon Nokia Lumia Icon gets official: first-impressions

Verizon has refilled its Windows Phone flagship spot, with the Nokia Lumia Icon distilling what we liked from the Lumia 1520 into a 5-inch form-factor with a crisp metal chassis and 20-megapixel PureView. Fronted by a 5-inch, 1080p Full HD OLED ClearBlack display, and running Windows Phone 8 on Qualcomm's 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 quadcore, what the Lumia Icon is particularly focusing on is video recording quality, both in terms of image thanks to the oversampling and lossless zoom of PureView, and a more impressive soundtrack with directional audio recording. Check out our first impressions after the cut.

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