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BlackBerry KeyOne hands-on: A keyboard, at a cost

BlackBerry KeyOne hands-on: A keyboard, at a cost

I used to be a fan of QWERTY keyboards on smartphones, but as auto-correct for on-screen keyboards improved and devices slimmed down with a focus on touch, the charm of a physical 'board faded. BlackBerry wants to bring that back, though, with the BlackBerry KeyOne, a brand new smartphone that differentiates itself from the crowd with its physical thumbboard under a touchscreen. I spent some time trying the KeyOne out here at Mobile World Congress 2017.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 hands-on: Premium Android with S Pen

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 hands-on: Premium Android with S Pen

Does anybody care as much about Android tablets these days as Samsung does? With the tablet segment in the doldrums and little but the iPad making any money, you'd be forgiven for questioning the existence of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, making its debut today at Mobile World Congress 2017. According to Samsung, though, this particular pen-enabled Android slate is just what the market ordered.

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Samsung Galaxy Book hands-on: S Pen and Win 10 to scare iPad Pro

Samsung Galaxy Book hands-on: S Pen and Win 10 to scare iPad Pro

2-in-1 tablets are selling like wildfire, and the new Samsung Galaxy Book range is the company's attempt to get in on the Windows 10 action. Offered in two sizes - the 10-inch Galaxy Book 10, and the 12-inch Galaxy Book 12 - both tablets, freshly revealed at Mobile World Congress 2017 today, feature high-end construction with lashings of real metal and glass. With a new S Pen, detachable keyboard, and optional integrated LTE, meanwhile, should Apple and Microsoft be worried?

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LG G6 hands-on: It’s all about this amazing screen

LG G6 hands-on: It’s all about this amazing screen

If at first you don’t succeed, go back to basics and squeeze out the best of the best features minus all the gimmicks: that’s just what LG is doing with the highly anticipated G6. It's 2017, and it’s abundantly clear that, since the launch of the G5 and the abject lack of interest in the whole "module" concept, it’s time for the Korean mobile phone manufacturer to make a sharp about-turn and focus on what matters most: making a solid phone. That being said, when I met with LG’s designers for both devices in South Korea earlier this month, it was made abundantly clear that the design of the G6 was already being considered in parallel with the G5. That helps explain why the two phones feel so very different.

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Canon EOS M6 digital release date, pricing, and hands-on

Canon EOS M6 digital release date, pricing, and hands-on

This week the folks at Canon have shown the EOS M6 digital for the first time officially, along with release and pricing details. This camera rolls with a 24.2-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and a DIGIC 7 image processor with ISO 100-25600 capabilities. Inside is combination IS with five-axis image stabilization and the ability to capture video at 60p with Full HD resolution. This camera is also able to capture photos with high-speed continuous shooting at up to 7 frames per second (fps) or up to 9 frames per second with AF Lock.

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NES Classic Edition first impressions: Feels like the first time

NES Classic Edition first impressions: Feels like the first time

It might be strange to see to the words "NES Classic Edition first impressions" in the title of this article when the infamous mini console has been out for more than four months now. Like many of you, I've spent those months looking high and low for one, only to be greeted by "sold out" notifications everywhere I looked. I was finally able to get one last week, and since it was first hooked up to the TV, it's seen almost constant play. I'll share my opinion on whether or not the NES Classic Edition was worth the four month wait later (more on why that particular article will be delayed in a bit), but for now, I thought I'd share my early thoughts on it.

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“Into the Wild” hands-on: AR serving a higher purpose

“Into the Wild” hands-on: AR serving a higher purpose

Tech companies are pushing virtual reality as the next wave of computing, but, as cool as it is, VR as we currenly know it has innate limitations that doesn’t make it suitable for many cases. Like being able to move around the real world with less fear of bumping into things, or being able to interact with said real world as well as a virtual one at the same time. That’s why when there was a need for an immersive and hi-tech experience, a group of organizations and companies turned to the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and Google’s Tango augmented reality platform to create “Into the Wild”, an experience that aims to not only delight the eyes but also touch the heart.

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Senstone voice-recorder makes Star Trek comms badge an AI notetaker

Senstone voice-recorder makes Star Trek comms badge an AI notetaker

Mix a dictaphone with a connected Post-It note, add voice-to-text transcription, and you get Senstone, the latest "AI" equipped gadget aiming to corral your moments of genius. Launching on Kickstarter today, the discreet pendant promises not only a simple way to capture voice recordings, but transcribe and organize them on your iPhone, too. I've been trying a prototype Senstone over the past week; read on for some first impressions.

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2018 Ford Mustang GT: Photos just don’t do it justice

2018 Ford Mustang GT: Photos just don’t do it justice

Opinions were divided when Ford took the wraps off the 2018 Mustang redesign. The biggest refresh to the retro-meets-modern relaunch back in 2015 that the Blue Oval had attempted, the new car proved to be contentious, with not everybody - myself included - convinced by the new front-end particularly. Now, having spent some time up-close with the 2018 Mustang, I'm about ready to change my mind.

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Opera Neon hands-on: “Concept Browser” hits more than it misses

Opera Neon hands-on: “Concept Browser” hits more than it misses

Opera is looking to change the state of internet browsers, and it has launched a new browser called Neon as the first step in realizing that vision. Starting today, Opera Neon is available to download on Mac and Windows, and it's the culmination of a year and a half of work by Opera's design team. As everyone knows, competition in the web browser space is stiff, so I downloaded Opera Neon and took it for a spin to see how it stacks up to more traditional browsers.

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HTC U Ultra price, specs, and unique features

HTC U Ultra price, specs, and unique features

The folks at HTC have released a new set of devices, the most powerful of which is the HTC U Ultra. We had the opportunity to go hands-on with the HTC U Ultra and its closest relative, the new HTC U Play, getting up close and personal to see all the details. These devices have been created in a vein similar to the LG V10 and V20 devices, made to cater to users with a very specific set of features on their "must have" list for a smartphone.

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HTC U Ultra and U Play hands-on: 2017’s Android wildcards

HTC U Ultra and U Play hands-on: 2017’s Android wildcards

HTC has not one but two new Android smartphones, the HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play, part of its new "U" family that promises to be more personable - and hopefully memorable - than previous handsets from the company. Intended to claw back some of the attention HTC has lost over the past couple of years at the hands of the iPhone and Samsung's relentless Galaxy launches, the concept behind "U" is to buck the status quo, seemingly based on the principle that you might not be able to convince everybody so you might as well really, really cater to a subset of HTC fans. We spent some time with both devices to see if they could sway us.

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