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Best 4K TVs: Ultra HD televisions to buy in 2017

Best 4K TVs: Ultra HD televisions to buy in 2017

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The time of Ultra HD or 4K is now. This latest step in high-definition is no longer something for the rich and privileged, it's coming from all sides, making your TV viewing better than ever before.There's a huge amount of choice and plenty of confusion:... >>

Sony 4K HDR TV choices for 2017: A1 OLED, ZD9, XE94, XE93, XE90, XE85, XE80 compared

Sony 4K HDR TV choices for 2017: A1 OLED, ZD9, XE94, XE93, XE90, XE85, XE80 compared

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Sony has revealed its Bravia TV line-up for 2017, following much the same format as its excellent 2016 televisions, but boosting performance and tweaking the design in many areas.Sony is offering a full selection of 4K HDR televisions for 2017, on top... >>

Facebook Friends Day: What is it and how do those cheesy videos work?

Facebook Friends Day: What is it and how do those cheesy videos work?

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Friends Day is a thing, apparently.On Thursday, Facebook users from around the globe checked their profiles and saw a notification that wished them "Happy Friends Day", and it came along with an automatically-created video that celebrated the occasion.... >>

11 ways to make the most of your cracked phone screen

11 ways to make the most of your cracked phone screen

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The humble smartphone might be able to do a million and one tasks allow you to do everything from call your mum to tweet your best friend, but drop it on the floor and it has the potential to become a shattered mess.While we would recommend getting it... >>

Android Nougat: How to get Android 7.1.2 on your phone right now

Android Nougat: How to get Android 7.1.2 on your phone right now

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Google has a public beta of the next version update of Android, Nougat 7.1.2, available for Pixel and Nexus devices.Google typically announces the Android preview during its Google I/O developer conference held annually in May. In 2016 - for the first... >>

What PS4 Pro games are 4K HDR ready? The complete list of optimised games

What PS4 Pro games are 4K HDR ready? The complete list of optimised games

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The PlayStation 4 Pro is the pinnacle of console gaming as it stands. It is pricier than its sibling but well worth considering by those with 4K TVs.That's because it has been designed to run the same PlayStation 4 games as the other consoles in the... >>

Football in 4K and Dolby Atmos, is there anything better? Our verdict

Football in 4K and Dolby Atmos, is there anything better? Our verdict

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We've written a lot about Dolby Atmos of late, especially about the audio tech's ability to enhance movie viewing. But it doesn't stop there.BT Sport has taken the bold step to accompany some of its Ultra HD presentations of live footy matches with Dolby... >>

Apple AirPods firmware update: How to check for and install latest version

Apple AirPods firmware update: How to check for and install latest version

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Updating your headphones is now a thing.Apple has released a firmware update for AirPods, its £159 wireless earbud product. The update, called firmware 3.5.1, began rolling out on Wednesday, bringing undisclosed bug fixes. Although the installation... >>

Dolby Atmos explained: What is it and how do I get it?

Dolby Atmos explained: What is it and how do I get it?

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Home cinema isn't just about the picture, sound is just as important too. For years we've have 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound systems, but now that's all set to change with the mainstream arrival of Dolby Atmos.Dolby Atmos has the potential to make as significant... >>

Wi-Fi Calling: What is it and which devices support it?

Wi-Fi Calling: What is it and which devices support it?

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With customers driving the demand for always on connectivity, mobile phone networks are turning to Wi-Fi to enable services that their own masts might not be able to provide.That's a good thing for those who want to remain connected in an area that perhaps... >>

What is 5G, when is it coming and why do we need it?

What is 5G, when is it coming and why do we need it?

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We’re still in the middle of the 4G revolution in that the superfast mobile data service is still in its infancy in both coverage and speed capabilities.With current technologies capable of offering internet speeds of up to 150Mbps in areas offering... >>

Best upcoming PS4 games to look forward to in 2017: The Last of Us 2, Red Dead Redemption 2 and more

Best upcoming PS4 games to look forward to in 2017: The Last of Us 2, Red Dead Redemption 2 and more

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So, you're now the proud owner of a PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 4 Pro, or are still considering whether to make the investment or not. Either way, you'll find our list of tantalising gaming treats enough to have you excited for the months ahead.There... >>

How to activate Three Wi-Fi Calling on iPhone

How to activate Three Wi-Fi Calling on iPhone

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After what seems like an age of promising, Three has finally enabled baked-in Wi-Fi calling in to the iPhone. If you have an Apple iPhone and are on the Three network, you'll be able to make and receive calls and texts from anywhere you have a Wi-Fi connection,... >>

7 best encrypted messaging apps for all the Edward Snowdens out there

7 best encrypted messaging apps for all the Edward Snowdens out there

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Love him or hate him, Edward Snowden made many of us more aware.We now pay close attention to our online privacy and care about things like metadata, surveillance, digital snooping, and data theft. While governments and companies wage war about how much... >>

Best mirrorless cameras 2017: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

Best mirrorless cameras 2017: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

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You're looking to buy a compact system camera (CSC) but don't know what to go for? Perhaps the term alone confounds: we've seen plenty of naming conventions being thrown around of late, from simple "mirrorless" through to terms such as "digital single... >>

Best DSLR cameras 2017: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

Best DSLR cameras 2017: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

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You want to buy a DSLR camera but don't know what to go for? Then you've come to the right place, as this is where we round-up the best DSLR cameras of 2016. We'll guide you through the hottest cameras available - and only models that we've seen in reality... >>

Best compact cameras 2017: The best point and shoot cameras available to buy today

Best compact cameras 2017: The best point and shoot cameras available to buy today

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If you're looking for the best compact cameras of 2016 then you've come to the right place. We will guide you through the hottest cameras to save you time when it comes to buying one from your local shop or online.Compact cameras are plentiful. With new... >>

Google I/O 2017: When is it, where to watch, and what to expect

Google I/O 2017: When is it, where to watch, and what to expect

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It's official: Google I/O 2017 will take place in May in Mountain View.Google holds an annual conference for developers, engineers, executives, and the media -- so that it can discuss all-things Google and Android-related. Developers and engineers use... >>

Which is the best movie streaming service in the UK? Netflix vs Amazon Prime vs Now TV and more

Which is the best movie streaming service in the UK? Netflix vs Amazon Prime vs Now TV and more

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Film and TV show streaming services have become increasingly important to the way that we want to consume our content in the UK.As well as the free platforms from the country's major broadcasters, such as BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub, digital subscription,... >>

Snapchat adds universal search: Here's how it lets you quickly find friends and chat

Snapchat adds universal search: Here's how it lets you quickly find friends and chat

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Snapchat is rolling out a new design for iOS and Android users.The update (version 10.0.0), which released on 23 January, not only introduces a quicker way to start chats with friends and groups from anywhere in the app, but also universal search bar... >>

What is Vine Camera and what can it do?

What is Vine Camera and what can it do?

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Twitter took the decision in October 2016 to kill off Vine, the video sharing app. Although, it turns out it hasn't been completely killed off at all. Vine now lives on as Vine Camera, which you can use to create short, 6.5 second clips and either save... >>

HTC Halfbeak Under Armour smartwatch: What's the story?

HTC Halfbeak Under Armour smartwatch: What's the story?

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The HTC smartwatch has been often rumoured, but has failed to appear, with dates in 2015 and 2016 slipping by, with HTC staying out of the smartwatch arena.HTC does have some wearable devices however, first showing off the HTC Grip, a sports device that... >>

Google Home tips and tricks: Master your domestic AI

Google Home tips and tricks: Master your domestic AI

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Google Home isn't just a speaker with built-in Google Search.With it, you can control your smart home devices, cue up a movie on your TV, replace your desktop speakers, and more. To get the most out of your Goole Home, you really need to do a deep-dive... >>

Fitbit tips and tricks: Get more from your Alta, Flex, Charge, Blaze and Surge trackers

Fitbit tips and tricks: Get more from your Alta, Flex, Charge, Blaze and Surge trackers

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Fitbit brings one of the best fitness platforms out there when it comes to presenting how much, or how little you move in an easy-to-understand format. It delivers the data but it does so in a simple and user-friendly way so you aren't swamped with too... >>

Best VR headsets to buy in 2017, whatever your budget

Best VR headsets to buy in 2017, whatever your budget

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The age of virtual reality is upon us (again) with a torrent of devices and content having launched throughout 2016, with many more expected for 2017.The idea of VR isn't new. It's been circulating in the tech space for a number of years, but recently,... >>