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Best Black Friday UK laptop deals: Acer, Asus, Lenovo and more

Best Black Friday UK laptop deals: Acer, Asus, Lenovo and more

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Black Friday may not officially take place until the 24 November, but that hasn't stopped retailers starting deals early. As with previous years, there are loads of savings on laptops, netbooks and notebooks to be had – so plenty of opportunity to... >>

Apple HomePod: Price, release date, specs and everything you need to know

Apple HomePod: Price, release date, specs and everything you need to know

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Apple used its keynote at WWDC in June 2017 to announce a range of updates and evolutions, but the most exciting product to be unveiled at the time was the HomePod.Apple HomePod sees Apple looking to change how you listen to music, again, jumping on... >>

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+: What's the story so far?

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+: What's the story so far?

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ only hit shelves a few months ago but that hasn't stopped speculation for their successors. As is always the way, as soon as one great device appears, there are always those wanting more. Here are all the rumours relating... >>

Apple iPhone 2018: What's the story so far?

Apple iPhone 2018: What's the story so far?

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Apple announced three iPhones in September 2017 in the form of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus followed the traditional iPhone design, while the iPhone X shook things up a little.What does that mean for next year's... >>

What is Black Friday and what are the best UK Black Friday deals?

What is Black Friday and what are the best UK Black Friday deals?

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Black Friday has become a worldwide phenomenon. Coupled with Cyber Monday, Black Friday offers incredible deals from multiple retailers online and in-store. The main action happens on just one day, but there are plenty of bargains to be had on the build-up... >>

Best UK Black Friday games deals: PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo bargains

Best UK Black Friday games deals: PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo bargains

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Soon it will be time for Black Friday and then Cyber Monday will be upon us, so there will be plenty of time to snag many a games bargain. And not only can you get the best games for peanuts, you can get yourself a shiny new console for a song.That's... >>

Which Amazon Kindle is best for you? Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage or Kindle Oasis?

Which Amazon Kindle is best for you? Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage or Kindle Oasis?

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The Kindle reader is one of the most popular choices for ebook reading, letting you read your favourite books on a digital device, without the drawbacks that come with using a tablet or smartphone.Not only is the Kindle power efficient, meaning it will... >>

Best Black Friday UK smartwatch deals: Apple, Samsung, Fossil and other smartwatches at great prices

Best Black Friday UK smartwatch deals: Apple, Samsung, Fossil and other smartwatches at great prices

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With Black Friday fast approaching, online retailers are already starting to roll out the offers, so there are plenty of smartwatch deals to be had.With a range of smartwatches being produced by various manufacturers including Apple, Samsung, Pebble... >>

Best Black Friday UK smart home deals: Huge Echo, Google Home, Hive and Nest discounts

Best Black Friday UK smart home deals: Huge Echo, Google Home, Hive and Nest discounts

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend is brilliant news for anyone looking to make their home smarter with the latest technology but for less than it would cost you the rest of the year.The deals have started early in 2017, with some major discounts on... >>

Best Black Friday UK phone deals: Huawei, Nokia and HTC sales

Best Black Friday UK phone deals: Huawei, Nokia and HTC sales

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There's no doubt that the smartphone is king. It's probably the device that you use the most, covet the most and pay the most for, on a regular basis. With Black Friday 2017 already getting underway for many phone retailers already, there's the chance... >>

Google Home vs Google Home Mini vs Google Home Max: What Google Home speaker should you buy?

Google Home vs Google Home Mini vs Google Home Max: What Google Home speaker should you buy?

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After releasing a lone Home smart speaker in 2016, Google added two new products to the mix in 2017 in the form of the Home Mini and the Home Max. The first two - Google Home and Google Home Mini - have had prices slashed for Black Friday to compete... >>

Best Black Friday UK tablet deals: Amazon Fire, Huawei, Lenovo and Acer tablet bargains

Best Black Friday UK tablet deals: Amazon Fire, Huawei, Lenovo and Acer tablet bargains

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With Christmas coming up fast, sales season is picking up the pace, especially as Black Friday is upon us.There's no better time to snaffle a quality Christmas present for a loved one or even yourself, and why not a shiny new tablet?Plenty of the online... >>

Best Black Friday 2017 UK camera deals: DSLR, compact, mirrorless and action camera bargains

Best Black Friday 2017 UK camera deals: DSLR, compact, mirrorless and action camera bargains

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Black Friday falls on 24 November 2017 and will offer a great chance to snap - geddit? - some camera deals at a cut of the usual price.So whether you're looking for a compact, mirrorless or DSLR camera, we'll be updating this page to bring together the... >>

Best Black Friday UK TV deals: 4K, HDR, OLED TVs and more

Best Black Friday UK TV deals: 4K, HDR, OLED TVs and more

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Black Friday is on the horizon, which means TV deals. Whether you're looking to get yourself a new TV for Christmas, or if you're more interested in the greatest TV for the 2018 World Cup, then Black Friday is the time to buy.Black Friday officially... >>

Best Black Friday UK fitness tracker deals: Polar, Samsung and more

Best Black Friday UK fitness tracker deals: Polar, Samsung and more

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Black Friday has turned into the biggest shopping day of the year with loads of deals running through to Cyber Monday so you can save yourself a packet in the run-up to Christmas.With fitness trackers and sports watches being top of the list for many... >>

Best Black Friday deals: Moto G5 Plus for under £200

Best Black Friday deals: Moto G5 Plus for under £200

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Welcome to Pocket-lint deals of the day where we scour the internet to find you the very best deals that are available in the UK today.We will be regularly updating this page, so check back regularly to make sure you don't miss out on some of the best... >>

Paribus: How to easily find out if stores owe you a refund

Paribus: How to easily find out if stores owe you a refund

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Have you ever bought an item and then discovered that the store later discounted it?It's an annoying problem for most consumers. We all like a good deal, and we all like to get cash back, especially if it takes little to no effort. But, it's not easy... >>

What is Facebook Creator and what can you do with it?

What is Facebook Creator and what can you do with it?

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Facebook is going all in on video.The social network has been focusing hardcore on video lately, with a big push into live video broadcasts, 360-degree videos, stories, auto-playing clips in the news feed, as well as the launch of a dedicated place to... >>

Facebook Trust Indicators: What are they and can they stop fake news?

Facebook Trust Indicators: What are they and can they stop fake news?

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Fake news is an international crisis.The issues surrounding fake news are complex: first, you have world leaders using the term "fake news" as a way to deligitamise all media coverage of their regimes, and then there is the widespread sharing of misinformation,... >>

OnePlus 5T vs OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3: What's the difference?

OnePlus 5T vs OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3: What's the difference?

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OnePlus has announced an upgrade to its OnePlus 5 smartphone. The new device, called the OnePlus 5T, is available to pre-order as of 16 November, five months after the original 2017 flagship from the company.We've compared its specs to the OnePlus... >>

OnePlus 5T vs OnePlus 5: What's the difference?

OnePlus 5T vs OnePlus 5: What's the difference?

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OnePlus has announced another smartphone at an event in New York on 16 November in the form of the OnePlus 5T. Rumours for the new device increased from zero to multiple in a matter of days earlier in the month but now everything is official.How does it... >>

OnePlus 5T: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

OnePlus 5T: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

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It's official: OnePlus has launched another smartphone in 2017 and it's called the OnePlus 5T. The new device is an update to the OnePlus 5, just like the OnePlus 3T was to the OnePlus 3, but rather than a hardware upgrade, the OnePlus 5T sees a design... >>

OnePlus 5T vs Google Pixel 2 XL: What's the difference?

OnePlus 5T vs Google Pixel 2 XL: What's the difference?

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OnePlus has announced the OnePlus 5T, its second flagship smartphone of 2017. The new device offers very similar hardware to the OnePlus 5, but it brings with it a 18:9 aspect ratio display, putting it in the same playing field as the likes of the Samsung... >>

OnePlus 5T vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Galaxy S8+: What's the difference?

OnePlus 5T vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Galaxy S8+: What's the difference?

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OnePlus has announced its second 2017 flagship, the OnePlus 5T, which will be available to pre-order from 16 November and on sale from 21 November.The new handset offers the same hardware as its predecessor, the OnePlus 5, but it brings an 18:9 aspect... >>

Best UK SIM-only: 12GB data SIM for £13

Best UK SIM-only: 12GB data SIM for £13

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Over the past few years, SIM-only contracts have seen something of a resurgence in the consumer market. There are at least two reasons for this. Firstly, carriers (or networks) don't make much money on selling phones, and so they can make practically... >>

Best US Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017 deals

Best US Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017 deals

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Ah, 'tis the season again. The season of Christmas sales!This year's sale season begins on Black Friday (the Friday after Thanksgiving in the US) and extends to Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving in the US), and it's when companies and retailers... >>

Amazon Echo Show: Release date, price and everything you need to know

Amazon Echo Show: Release date, price and everything you need to know

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Amazon has an extensive range of Echo devices. All of them can respond to voice commands, control smart home products and answer questions, but the Echo Show is a little different.It's the only Echo Device with a touchscreen display, and ushers in some... >>

How can I watch the OnePlus 5T launch event online?

How can I watch the OnePlus 5T launch event online?

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OnePlus has announced when it will unveil its latest flagship smartphone.The company will introduce the new OnePlus 5T in Brooklyn, New York on 16 November. Like most smartphone unveilings, you will be able to tune into the keynote address and see the... >>

Amazon Echo vs Echo 2 vs Echo Plus vs Echo Tap vs Echo Dot vs Echo Show vs Echo Spot: What's the difference?

Amazon Echo vs Echo 2 vs Echo Plus vs Echo Tap vs Echo Dot vs Echo Show vs Echo Spot: What's the difference?

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Amazon's Echo lineup is insane at this point, spanning smart speakers, video devices and new Alexa Gadgets.The Echo family of products has grown rapidly over the last couple of years, with a flurry of new devices announced in September 2017 to add to... >>

When is Android Oreo coming to my phone?

When is Android Oreo coming to my phone?

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Google releases a new version of Android each year. For 2017, that's Android 8.0 Oreo, the name revealed on 21 August during the solar eclipse in the US.Like last year's Nougat update, Android Oreo was initially launched as a developer preview as Android... >>

The EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 winners revealed

The EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 winners revealed

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Another year draws to a close but not before we celebrate the finest games, gadgets and other tech treats of the last 12 months in the annual EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards. It's time to reveal the winners.You have been voting in your droves, along with... >>

Best advent calendars 2017: From lipsticks and Lego to gin and rare whiskey

Best advent calendars 2017: From lipsticks and Lego to gin and rare whiskey

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December is an exciting month for lots of children, not just because of Christmas falls and the (very, very small) chance of snow, but because many get a piece of chocolate every single morning for 25 days straight. The chocolate might be a bit on... >>

Best iPad mini cases: Protect your 7.9-inch Apple tablet

Best iPad mini cases: Protect your 7.9-inch Apple tablet

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Apple's iPad mini 4 was announced as the replacement for the iPad mini 3 way back in September 2015. It starts at £419 and it is the smallest tablet in the iPad portfolio with its 7.9-inch display, which is the same as the original iPad mini, iPad... >>

Best VPN services 2017: Top 10 VPNs to keep your browsing secure

Best VPN services 2017: Top 10 VPNs to keep your browsing secure

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VPNs, or virtual private networks, are becoming more popular as a means to keep internet browsing private and access services that may be region locked, as well as help people hide away from the more malicious parts of the internet.In normal internet... >>

HTC Vive Focus: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

HTC Vive Focus: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

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HTC has officially unveiled a brand new VR headset called the HTC Vive Focus. It's a standalone headset that runs on HTC's own VR platform, the also brand new Vive Wave and has access to the Viveport content store for downloading apps and games. Allow... >>

How to broadcast voice messages to your Google Home speakers

How to broadcast voice messages to your Google Home speakers

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You can now use your Google Home speakers as an intercom system.Google has updated its Google Home speaker lineup so that you can easily send a message to everyone in your home or office. It's basically pushed a Google Assistant upgrade that lets you... >>

33 of the weirdest and wildest movie villains of all time

33 of the weirdest and wildest movie villains of all time

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They say that no idea is original, but there have certainly been some weird and wild movie villains over the years. From not-so-terrifying toy robots to un-frightening foodstuffs, we dive into the weird world of unlikely, and often unwise, movie villains.... >>

Why great colour is important for your next TV choice

Why great colour is important for your next TV choice

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The picture quality of any TV you buy depends on five key elements: contrast, colour, sharpness, motion clarity, and source recognition/adaptation.We recently looked at the first of these, contrast, in the context of Philips' stunning new P5 picture processing... >>

Disney's standalone streaming service: What's the story so far?

Disney's standalone streaming service: What's the story so far?

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Disney is currently developing on a standalone streaming service - and it hasn't been shy about discussing it with the media.Thanks to the company's talkative CEO, we have a good idea about when it will launch, how much it will cost, and what types of... >>

Roku's voice-controlled smart speaker: What's the story so far?

Roku's voice-controlled smart speaker: What's the story so far?

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Thanks to Amazon, every tech company is making a smart speaker.Heavyweights like Google, Apple, and Microsoft are now competing with Amazon's Alexa platform and Echo lineup, by releasing their own speakers loaded with assistants. And let's not forget... >>

Best tech toys 2017: Connected toys, robots and more

Best tech toys 2017: Connected toys, robots and more

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For many, the days of just building a spaceship out of Lego or playing a game of Monopoly are long gone.Today, kids want interactive tech toys that are powered by an app or that connect to the internet. They want animals that learn and grow as you play... >>

Best fitness trackers 2017: The best activity bands to buy today

Best fitness trackers 2017: The best activity bands to buy today

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The wearables market offers a plethora of devices from smartwatches and heart rate measuring headphones to sports watches and activity trackers. There is such a breadth of choice, it's difficult to know where to start, let alone make the right decision... >>

Apple has fixed the strange iOS bug that wouldn't let users type 'I'

Apple has fixed the strange iOS bug that wouldn't let users type 'I'

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Users who downloaded iOS 11.1 - and couldn't type the letter "I" as a result - now have a permanent fix.Apple recently rolled out a software update to iOS 11 in order to deliver new emoji characters and a fix for the KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability, but it... >>

What is Google Files Go, how does it work, and do you need it?

What is Google Files Go, how does it work, and do you need it?

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Google has launched a new Android app. It's called Files Go.Technically, right now, the app is available as a beta, but it seems like anyone with a device running Android (5.0 and up) can download it from the Google Play Store and test it out. The primary... >>

Amazon Fire for Kids Unlimited: How to download and watch videos offline

Amazon Fire for Kids Unlimited: How to download and watch videos offline

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Kids love watching videos.And giving them a tablet to use, especially when traveling, can be a real lifesaver - unless, of course, there's no internet for them to connect to during the trip. Without internet, they can't download and watch movies. However,... >>

Next Apple iPad Pro: What's the story so far?

Next Apple iPad Pro: What's the story so far?

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The latest Apple iPhones have now been announced and are now available to buy, including the premium iPhone X model that ditches the TouchID home button in favour of FaceID. With the phones out of the way though, the spotlight has turned to the next... >>

Best Android phones 2017: These are the Androids you're looking for

Best Android phones 2017: These are the Androids you're looking for

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Android now makes up a huge proportion of the smartphone market. Unlike Apple where you have the choice of a smaller, larger or super expensive iPhone, in Android you have some serious decisions to make when it comes to buying a new phone.Android celebrates... >>

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite - What's the story on Niantic's next AR game?

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite - What's the story on Niantic's next AR game?

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The developer behind Pokemon Go is working on a Harry Potter game.That means, as soon as next year, you should be able to overlay pieces of the popular wizarding world onto your real world, resulting in an immersive experience the most die-hard Potter... >>

Best smartwatches 2017: The best smart wristwear available to buy today

Best smartwatches 2017: The best smart wristwear available to buy today

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Smartwatches used to be gadgets only James Bond would have access to, but that's no longer the case. These wrist-worn phone companions that can receive calls, texts, emails and social network notifications have been whipping the wearables sector into... >>