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25 awesome album covers recreated in MS Paint

25 awesome album covers recreated in MS Paint

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Microsoft Paint is one of the wonders of the Microsoft operating system and a piece of bundled software that's been around since the very first version of Windows in 1985. More recently, news appeared to spread that Microsoft was killing off MS Paint in... >>

What is Sarahah, how does it work, and where is it available?

What is Sarahah, how does it work, and where is it available?

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Kids these days.If they aren't Venmo-ing cash to their friends, they are snapping with Snapchat. Or, they're sending anonymised messages to each other with Sarahah, an app that shot to the top of app charts this past summer. Nearly 20 million people have... >>

How to use iOS 11's new Quick Start set up: It's a kind of magic

How to use iOS 11's new Quick Start set up: It's a kind of magic

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There are plenty of changes in iOS 11 to discover. So much so, we've created a large, extensive tips and tricks guide that detais all the nitty-gritty things you can do. One of the more useful changes is the Quick Start setup option. When you buy a... >>

Best iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus cases: Protect your new Apple device

Best iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus cases: Protect your new Apple device

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The Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus were announced alongside the iPhone X and Apple Watch Series 3 at the company's event in September. The two devices succeed the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, bringing improvements in hardware as well as a glass rear over aluminium... >>

48 insanely neat photos of cables that belong in a modern art gallery

48 insanely neat photos of cables that belong in a modern art gallery

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There's a certain breed of IT worker who has a deep fetish for all things neat and tidy. The result is a server room with hundreds of cables neatly organised, cable tied and manipulated into perfect angles. Not only is the outcome aesthetically pleasing,... >>

Daily deals: PS4 with FIFA 18 Ronaldo Edition under £200

Daily deals: PS4 with FIFA 18 Ronaldo Edition 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... >>

Best UK SIM-only deals: 100GB SIM only offer

Best UK SIM-only deals: 100GB SIM only offer

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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... >>

What is Venmo, how does it work, and where is it available?

What is Venmo, how does it work, and where is it available?

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If you're bummed that Apple Pay Cash didn't launch with iOS 11 in September, consider trying Venmo.Have you heard the phrase "Just Venmo me?" If not, you probably will soon. Venmo is a 7-year-old mobile app that lets people easily transfer money between... >>

Apple TV 4K: The full list of 4K HDR and Dolby Vision movies on iTunes

Apple TV 4K: The full list of 4K HDR and Dolby Vision movies on iTunes

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Apple has started to add 4K HDR movies on iTunes, with Dolby Vision where possible. Apple TV 4K will go on sale tomorrow, 22 September, but you can still order your 4K content in advance.If you open iTunes on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, PC or even... >>

Yes, you can use Sling TV to watch world sporting events - here's how

Yes, you can use Sling TV to watch world sporting events - here's how

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Autumn is around the corner, and that means autumn and winter sports are too.If you like soccer, you'll want to make sure you can watch all the popular games and matches this season. Normally, you might subscribe to a sports cable package, but if you're... >>

Which is the best movie streaming box for you? Apple TV 4K vs Fire TV vs Chromecast and more

Which is the best movie streaming box for you? Apple TV 4K vs Fire TV vs Chromecast and more

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A lot of TVs nowadays have some variation of streaming service built in, but there are still plenty of us that still have "dumb" TVs. And in that case, if you want to access streaming services, you'll need a streaming box.With such a vast range of streaming... >>

iPhone battery tips and tricks: How to fix iOS 11 battery problems

iPhone battery tips and tricks: How to fix iOS 11 battery problems

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Apple has just released the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 11. Some iPhone owners have noticed that following the update, battery life has taken a considerable hit. The iPhone's battery gets complaints at the best of times, but some... >>

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... >>

Best ARKit-enabled apps: Top 10 augmented reality apps for iOS

Best ARKit-enabled apps: Top 10 augmented reality apps for iOS

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The first Apple ARKit-enabled augmented reality apps have arrived.Apple announced its augmented reality (AR) platform -- ARKit -- at WWDC 2017 in June. The platform has been open to developers ever since, giving them ample time to create new AR apps ahead... >>

Nest's big announcement: What happened and how to re-watch

Nest's big announcement: What happened and how to re-watch

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Nest has a lot of people scratching their heads right now.Here's the deal: Nest recently put out an invite, asking the media to join it at a press event. The event invite specifically mentioned "popcorn" and a "comfy couch". So, most people assumed Nest... >>

63 panoramic photos that went horribly wrong with hilarious results

63 panoramic photos that went horribly wrong with hilarious results

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Isn't technology grand? With advancements in smartphone cameras and the apps that accompany them, we can now take panoramic photographs and have them automatically stitched together for us. This presents everyone with the magnificent power to create... >>

Live Photos in iOS 11: How to use Loop, Bounce and Long Exposure effects and share them

Live Photos in iOS 11: How to use Loop, Bounce and Long Exposure effects and share them

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One of iOS 11's coolest new features is the built-in ability to create different effects in Live Photos. Rather than just have the one standard effect that's been with us since the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus launched in 2015, we now have three effects. What... >>

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL: Release date, rumours and everything you need to know

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL: Release date, rumours and everything you need to know

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The Google Pixel was Google's attempt to create a premium Google phone, one that could stand-up against the best in the market, ask top prices and deliver pure Android with a couple of exclusive twists. That's very much been a success, with the Pixel... >>

How Xbox One backward compatibility works: The Xbox 360 and Xbox games list and more

How Xbox One backward compatibility works: The Xbox 360 and Xbox games list and more

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For a considerable while now, you have been able to play Xbox 360 games on an Xbox One or Xbox One S (reviewed here). Not all of your old library of games are playable, but there are several hundred titles now available. And Xbox is adding to this list... >>

Xbox One X: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know

Xbox One X: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know

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Announced during E3 2016, as Project Scorpio, the console now know as Xbox One X is, in Microsoft's own words, the "most powerful console yet". See it on Amazon US See it on Amazon UK See it on GAME UK See it on Tesco Direct See it on John Lewis... >>

Xbox One X pre-order deals now available: How and where to pre-order

Xbox One X pre-order deals now available: How and where to pre-order

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There's a new Xbox in town and it's the most powerful console ever made. The new Xbox One X will be available from 7 November, but to ensure you get yours from day one, you should think about pre-ordering.Microsoft put the Project Scorpio edition up... >>

Apple iPhone X vs iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone 8: What's the difference?

Apple iPhone X vs iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone 8: What's the difference?

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Apple announced three iPhones at the beginning of September in the form of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X, which has also been called the iPhone 10.The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are similar to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but the iPhone X changes... >>

Apple iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7 vs iPhone 6S: What's the difference?

Apple iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7 vs iPhone 6S: What's the difference?

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Apple's new iPhones have finally been announced following months and months of speculation. They come in the form of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and a more premium model called the iPhone X but Apple is still selling the iPhone 7 models and the iPhone 6S models.That... >>

Google Pixel 2 launch event: How to watch it online and what to expect

Google Pixel 2 launch event: How to watch it online and what to expect

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Google is set to unveil the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in just under a month. The new smartphones will be some of the last flagships to be revealed in 2017, and they'll come hot on the heels of the iPhone X announcement. But when is the Pixel 2 launch and... >>

Apple iOS 11 tips and tricks for iPhone: Master your new software

Apple iOS 11 tips and tricks for iPhone: Master your new software

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Apple packaged a tonne of improvements in iOS 11 including updates to Maps, keyboard, App Store, Siri and Control Centre.The new OS from Apple brings a host of new features, tips and tricks. We've worked our way through the operating system in order... >>

20 amazing illustrations created using only Microsoft Paint

20 amazing illustrations created using only Microsoft Paint

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We covered recently how Microsoft came very close to killing off the legendary software that is MS Paint in favour of their new 3D version. In order to pay tribute to the great bit of kit that's been around for decades, we've been on the hunt for the... >>

HTC Vive standalone Daydream headset: What’s the story on Vive Focus so far?

HTC Vive standalone Daydream headset: What’s the story on Vive Focus so far?

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Google and HTC are making a standalone VR headset together based on the Daydream platform.Google's already made a prototype of the headset, while HTC is readying the consumer version that should be available by the end of the year. In an essay on Medium,... >>

Nest Thermostat E vs Nest Thermostat 3.0: What's the difference?

Nest Thermostat E vs Nest Thermostat 3.0: What's the difference?

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Nest announced a new, cheaper version of its learning thermostat at the end of August, designed to be more accessible thanks to its $169 price point.The big question is how does Nest Thermostat E compared to the more expensive, $249 Nest Thermostat... >>

Amazon Fire 7 vs Fire HD 8 vs Fire HD 10: Which Fire tablet should you buy?

Amazon Fire 7 vs Fire HD 8 vs Fire HD 10: Which Fire tablet should you buy?

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Amazon's Fire tablets continue to offer a popular alternative to the iPad, and with the choices of Android tablets reducing over the past few years, the Fire family has offered affordable tablets that do just about everything you need. But with three... >>

28 incredible futuristic weapons showing modern military might

28 incredible futuristic weapons showing modern military might

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Warfare has always lead to the biggest leaps forward in technology, which each Country constantly striving to have the most advanced and capable armaments to protect their interests at home and abroad. Seemingly drawing inspiration from science-fiction,... >>

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

Samsung Galaxy 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 doesn't stop 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... >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tips and tricks: The S Pen is mightier than the sword

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tips and tricks: The S Pen is mightier than the sword

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the most advanced phone that Samsung has ever made. Not only does it offer all the features of the Samsung Galaxy S8 devices, but it debuts the dual camera as well as enhancing the S Pen.For some, the Note 7's early withdrawal... >>

Best Apple Watch accessories: Protect and personalise your watch

Best Apple Watch accessories: Protect and personalise your watch

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The Apple Watch is already on its third generation.App developers and accessory manufacturers alike have had three to get their hands on Apple Watch, so that means they've had time to scratch their heads and dream up something disruptive that'll add value... >>

What is Apple Pay Cash and how does it work?

What is Apple Pay Cash and how does it work?

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Apple will soon roll out an iOS 11 feature, called Apple Pay Cash, that makes it easier for you to send money or receive money from friends.Apple Pay Cash is technically part of Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payment system, but it lives in Apple's iMessage... >>

Huawei Mate 10: What's the story so far?

Huawei Mate 10: What's the story so far?

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Like Samsung and LG, Huawei also releases more than one flagship smartphone a year. Samsung's comes in the form of the Note series, LG's in the form of the V series and Huawei's in the form of the Mate series.The Mate 10 is therefore the next device... >>

Best upcoming smartphones: The future phones of 2017

Best upcoming smartphones: The future phones of 2017

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With the pace of smartphone evolution moving so fast, there's always something waiting in the wings. No sooner have you spied the latest handset, then there's anticipation of something else, the next big thing.We've rounded up the best smartphones for... >>

19 amazing aerial photographs with a new perspective of the world

19 amazing aerial photographs with a new perspective of the world

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In a series of photographs called "Flatland", Turkish artist and photo manipulator Aydın Büyüktaş uses a collection of aerial photographs to create these images which give a new perspective to the world. Aydın Büyüktaş says that he got the... >>

iPhone wallpapers and backgrounds: 98 of the best we've found

iPhone wallpapers and backgrounds: 98 of the best we've found

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One of the most difficult parts about owning a new iPhone is picking out an equally new wallpaper.It has to be crisp, beautiful, breath-taking, inspiring, bold, rich, and preferably all of the above. Thankfully, the internet is chock-full of free-to-download... >>

25 of the most incredibly futuristic electric cars from the last few years

25 of the most incredibly futuristic electric cars from the last few years

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Concept cars are incredible, especially if and when they eventually become reality. Of course, a lot of them don't and perhaps some are nothing more than a pipe dream or a manufacturer showing that they're not just stuck in their ways and can think "outside... >>

Which Apple Watch and strap is right for you? Series 1, Series 3, Nike+, Hermès or Watch Edition?

Which Apple Watch and strap is right for you? Series 1, Series 3, Nike+, Hermès or Watch Edition?

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Apple announced the fourth generation of its smartwatch in the Apple Watch Series 3 in September 2017, three years after the original was announced.The new model replaces the now discontinued Series 2, which was announced in September 2016, the... >>

25 amazing Photoshop artists with skills that will blow your mind

25 amazing Photoshop artists with skills that will blow your mind

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We all know the power of Photoshop, you'll regularly see the results of its use on magazine covers and in advertising campaigns. But it's much more than just a tool for touching up and beautifying images, it's also a powerful piece of software for creating... >>

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... >>

What is YouTube TV, which channels does it offer, and how does it work?

What is YouTube TV, which channels does it offer, and how does it work?

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It's been long rumoured that Google will use YouTube to introduce a live TV service. The company has now confirmed those suspicions.Google officially launched its entry into the streaming of live TV, with YouTube TV. It lets you access live and recorded... >>

Snapchat: How to add 3D animated Bitmoji lenses to your snaps

Snapchat: How to add 3D animated Bitmoji lenses to your snaps

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Snapchat's latest update completely changes how you use Bitmoji.Last year, Snapchat bought Bitstrips, the company behind Bitmoji. Snapchat is now leveraging that acquisition in away that reminds us of Pokemon Go. In that AR-based game, you can look through... >>

How to make your own Xbox One Design Lab controller: From idea to hands-on in easy steps

How to make your own Xbox One Design Lab controller: From idea to hands-on in easy steps

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Limited edition and custom controllers have been hugely successful for all the current games consoles, with multiple colours and designs available from Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo alike.However, only one of those also allows you to design your own,... >>

Apple Watch Series 3 vs Series 2 vs Series 1 vs Apple Watch (2015): What's the difference?

Apple Watch Series 3 vs Series 2 vs Series 1 vs Apple Watch (2015): What's the difference?

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Apple announced a new smartwatch at the beginning of September in the form of the Apple Watch Series 3, available in GPS only or GPS and Cellular models. The new smartwatch sits alongside the Apple Watch Series 1, which is essentially the same as the... >>

Best iPhone X cases: Protect your new Apple device

Best iPhone X cases: Protect your new Apple device

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Apple's iPhone X features a lovely design made up of a surgical-grade stainless steel frame coupled with a glass rear and an all-screen glass front. It's the kind of finish you really don't want to cover up with a case but you know if you don't, it's... >>

Apple iOS 11 wallpapers: Download them now for your iPhone or iPad

Apple iOS 11 wallpapers: Download them now for your iPhone or iPad

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A few days before Apple's September 2017 event, the final build of iOS 11 leaked out, revealing all sorts of announcements ahead of the event.Apple, of course, has since confirmed everything that was discovered in the big leak, but one thing it didn't... >>

What is Apple's Portrait Lighting and how does it work on iPhone?

What is Apple's Portrait Lighting and how does it work on iPhone?

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One way Apple differentiates its latest, premium iPhones over other models is by giving them exclusive features.This year, Apple has come up with a new camera feature known as Portrait Lighting. It's supposed make it easier for you to take photographs... >>