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Sony Xperia Ear: the first in new breed of intelligent devices

Sony Xperia Ear: the first in new breed of intelligent devices

Sony's Xperia brand has been, for quite a few years now, synonymous with mobile devices. But smartphones, and especially tablets, are no longer the hottest craze in the market, something that Sony is feeling especially in its coffers. To adapt to the times, Sony is "re-imagining" the Xperia brand to embrace more types of devices. In particular, devices that exude intelligence and deliver personalized experiences. In other words, more smart devices, starting with the Xperia Ear, which Sony promises is more than just an in-ear Bluetooth headset.

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Hands-on with the (potentially doomed) HP Elite x3

Hands-on with the (potentially doomed) HP Elite x3

Is HP inspired, doomed, or just a glutton for punishment? The company is diving back into the smartphone arena, but it's not taking the obvious route. Instead, the HP Elite x3 runs Windows 10, making it a rare beast in the first place, though HP's positioning of the device as a businessman's best friend makes it even more unusual.

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Samsung Gear 360 hands-on: A pocket-friendly VR camera

Samsung Gear 360 hands-on: A pocket-friendly VR camera

Samsung has pushed consumer virtual reality hard with the Gear VR, and now it's looking to put VR creation into the hands of the public with its new 360-degree camera. The Samsung Gear 360 is aiming at the consumer VR sweet-spot, the company says, offering much better resolution than most low-cost 360-degree cameras but without the huge price tag of professional kit like Nokia's OZO.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 hands-on with Galaxy S7 edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 hands-on with Galaxy S7 edge

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is the most hotly-anticipated Android smartphone of 2016, so the good news is that it's pretty damn good. Announced today at Samsung's latest Unpacked event in Barcelona, Spain, the S7 - and its Galaxy S7 edge sibling, with a bigger screen and curved edges - pick up the torch from earlier Galaxy flagships and gives them a shove in the direction of the South Korean firm's latest obsessions.

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The Huawei MateBook is Windows 10’s iPad Pro killer: Hands-on

The Huawei MateBook is Windows 10’s iPad Pro killer: Hands-on

Windows 10 tablets with detachable keyboards are clearly A Thing here at Mobile World Congress this week, with Huawei revealing its MateBook PC. Aiming, so the Chinese company promises, to bring about the age of Business 3.0, the super-sleek 12-inch tablet sets the iPad Pro in its sights, but for those who want full Windows app support.

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LG G5 hands-on: LG goes metal and modular

LG G5 hands-on: LG goes metal and modular

LG promised something out of the ordinary for Mobile World Congress this year, and the LG G5 certainly delivers. The company's flagship Android smartphone for 2016 not only ditches the little-loved plastic of its predecessor, but introduces a new range of "Friends of G5" accessories that can expand its functionality, in some cases physically modifying it depending on whether you want more polished photography, better audio, or even more accurate control of your drone.

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Nextbit Robin: A Modest Proposal and our 3 first impressions

Nextbit Robin: A Modest Proposal and our 3 first impressions

Day 1 with the Nextbit Robin, a smartphone that puts unused apps and media in the cloud to keep the burden of storage off its user. I'm already impressed. Instead of attempting to create another unit that more of less drives toward smartphone aesthetic singularity, this device has a strong, blatantly design-conscious look. It's not for everyone. It's not even for most people. This device is not meant to do battle with Apple and/or Samsung. And it's not going to do battle with either one. Instead, this device is doing something unique.

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Saving the IoT from WiFi with Particle’s Electron

Saving the IoT from WiFi with Particle’s Electron

The Internet of Things might seem pretty ubiquitous at this point, but there are still headaches in getting things connected. Most internet-linked devices rely on WiFi, and though that's common in homes and increasingly in offices (though the latter might be ruled by a draconian IT department), out in the wild it can be harder to find consistently.

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Hands-on with Sensor-1, a smart Bluetooth watchdog

Hands-on with Sensor-1, a smart Bluetooth watchdog

Bluetooth trackers and IoT-style connected gadgets have given us tech that James Bond once could only dream about, but startup Metasensor has even broader ambitions than Q. Sensor-1 is a roughly coin-sized, motion-tracking Bluetooth puck that promises to secure your belongings, help you avoid forgetting your phone, and even hunt down objects without power-hungry GPS.

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Olympus PEN-F hands-on: Retro Reloaded

Olympus PEN-F hands-on: Retro Reloaded

It's the impeccable retro charm you see when you first hold the Olympus PEN-F, but it's the addictive creative potential locked inside that lingers. Latest in the company's PEN line of rangefinders, it arrives to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Olympus' first consumer camera but, thankfully, is more than just a special edition.

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HP Sprout Pro hands-on: 3D-scanning PC action on another level

HP Sprout Pro hands-on: 3D-scanning PC action on another level

This week the folks at HP have revealed the HP Sprout Pro, a new version of the first HP Sprout revealed last year. This new version rolls with a 6th-generation Intel Core i7 processor inside (the newest and most top-class), and you'll have top-end graphics as well. This version of the device is aimed a bit more at the education market, coming with Skype for Business and software that lends itself to scanning documents on the fly.

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This robot is furious and we don’t know why

This robot is furious and we don’t know why

This BUDDY robot we're about to tell you about was found at CES 2016 appearing to scurry around with a terrifying, sobbing face. That was when we first saw it. We later realized it was probably mad, maybe a little bit annoyed. He, if we're going to be so presumptuous as to give it a gender, seemed to be angered by the fact that he had to roll around the floor while his cohort, another robot, was allowed to sit on the table.

The one on the table was happy.

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