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Future batteries, coming soon: charge in seconds, last months and power over the air

Future batteries, coming soon: charge in seconds, last months and power over the air

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While smartphones, smarthomes and even smart wearables are growing ever more advanced, they're still limited by power. The battery hasn't advanced in decades. But we're on the verge of a power revolution. Big technology companies, and now car companies... >>

Eight lighting tips for your home: An expert shares her design secrets

Eight lighting tips for your home: An expert shares her design secrets

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Walk into a room, flick a switch, and your room is normally filled with light. Is it the right light though? Could it be designed to help your health and well-being? Are there any rules or recommendations you should follow when installing new lights... >>

Spotify's Family Plan is much cheaper now: Here's what you need to know

Spotify's Family Plan is much cheaper now: Here's what you need to know

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Spotify has upgraded its family plan pricing in order to match not only Apple Music but also Google Play Music. The music-streaming service now charges $14.99 a month for up to six Premium accounts per family. Apple Music's family plan similarly costs... >>

Best sports watches 2016: The best GPS watches to buy today

Best sports watches 2016: The best GPS watches to buy today

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While wearables and smartphones are offering more ways to track health than ever, there's still a place for the powerful and accurate GPS sports watch. Sports watches are actually learning from the new kit and becoming smarter. Plenty now go beyond GPS... >>

Best TV catch-up on Freeview Play: England's Euro 2016 warm-up and more

Best TV catch-up on Freeview Play: England's Euro 2016 warm-up and more

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Freeview Play is an incredible useful tool that gives you the ability to scroll backwards through the electronic programme guide and choose catch-up shows to play automatically. Just find the show listed in the last seven days, click on it and it'll open... >>

Which is the best movie streaming box for under £100? Apple TV vs Fire TV vs Chromecast 2 and more

Which is the best movie streaming box for under £100? Apple TV vs Fire TV vs Chromecast 2 and more

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Video streaming has been one of the fastest growing areas of entertainment technology over the last few years, but it has never been as accessible or enjoyable as it is today. Not only do we have swathes of different streaming services, each offering... >>

Google Play Awards 2016 winners: Best Android apps and games of the year

Google Play Awards 2016 winners: Best Android apps and games of the year

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During its Google I/O developers conference, the software giant hosted the inaugural Google Play Awards, a celebration of the most outstanding achievements in apps and games over the last year. The winners were selected by the Google Play team itself... >>

Android Nougat: How to get Android 7.0 on your phone right now

Android Nougat: How to get Android 7.0 on your phone right now

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Google has made a developer preview of the next version of Android, named Nougat, available for Nexus devices. Google typically announces the next Android preview during its Google I/O developer conference held annually in May. This year - for the first... >>

What is Google Home, how does it work, and when can you buy it?

What is Google Home, how does it work, and when can you buy it?

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Google is going after Amazon. Amazon last year announced a connected Bluetooth speaker equipped with a Siri-like personal assistant called Alexa. In our review of the device, which is called Amazon Echo, we praised Alexa as well as the speaker's ability... >>

Chromebooks will soon run Android apps: Will yours get Google Play access?

Chromebooks will soon run Android apps: Will yours get Google Play access?

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Google has announced something major at Google I/O 2016: Chrome OS will soon have access to Google Play, meaning Android apps will finally be able to run on your Chromebook. That's right. Now pick your jaw up from the floor. The company published a blog... >>

Get Android Nougat wallpapers on your phone right now

Get Android Nougat wallpapers on your phone right now

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The third developer preview of Android Nougat is now available, and buried inside the software are four new wallpapers. Anticipation is high for Android Nougat and in an uncharacteristic move, Google released a developer build of Android Nougat into the... >>

What are Android Instant Apps and why do they matter?

What are Android Instant Apps and why do they matter?

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Google announced Android Instant Apps during its Google I/O 2016 developer conference. They represent a big change in how apps are managed, as well as how many apps you might end up having on your phone in the future. Android Instant Apps will allow users... >>

When is Android 7.0 Nougat coming to my phone?

When is Android 7.0 Nougat coming to my phone?

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Every year a major update to Android is released. This year's update has now been named as Android Nougat, following the theme of the dessert-inspired name. It's early days for Android Nougat and this feature will be continually updated over the next... >>

How to watch the UEFA Champions League final for free

How to watch the UEFA Champions League final for free

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It's coming to the end of the domestic football season and there's not many prizes left to dole out. Liverpool sadly lost against Sevilla in the final of the Europa League and Manchester United will be taking on Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final this... >>

The Google I/O 2016 announcements that matter: Assistant, Home, Android N, Instant Apps, Allo, Duo and Daydream

The Google I/O 2016 announcements that matter: Assistant, Home, Android N, Instant Apps, Allo, Duo and Daydream

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Google's I/O 2016 annual developer conference has kicked off in San Francisco, with the opening keynote hosted by Sundar Pichai and chums, announcing a range of developments for Google and Android. Google uses I/O to unveil the next major updates to... >>

20 tech fails that ruined people's lives

20 tech fails that ruined people's lives

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We all rely heavily on technology these days and why not? Most gadgets are enablers that aid us in our daily lives. Where would we be without our smartphones, tablets, TVs, the internet or an electronic back scratcher? However, overuse of tech can... >>

Nokia through the years: 30 best and worst phones, in pictures

Nokia through the years: 30 best and worst phones, in pictures

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Nokia announced on 18 May 2016 that it is coming back to smartphones, pairing up with Android, to bring back innovation and excitement. We thought that Nokia might have bid farewell to phones forever, but the future once again looks bright. Nokia started... >>

Android Pay UK explained: How it works and where it's supported

Android Pay UK explained: How it works and where it's supported

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While you have Apple Pay for the iPhone, Google's system is called Android Pay.  Android Pay launched on 11 September 2015 in the US and has been growing in supported banks State-side since launch. The service has now launched in the UK, as of 18 May... >>

Sony Xperia X vs Xperia Z vs Xperia M: What's the difference?

Sony Xperia X vs Xperia Z vs Xperia M: What's the difference?

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Sony Mobile churns out smartphones like they are going out of fashion. There are currently four devices available to buy across its M range and Z range, but the company has another four within the new X range, three of which will launch in the summer.... >>

Android Pay launches in UK: Here's how to get set up

Android Pay launches in UK: Here's how to get set up

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Android Pay has finally arrived in the UK, following its launch in the US last year. The service allows anyone with a compatible bank and an NFC-enabled Android device running KitKat 4.4 or above to pay for items using their phone anywhere that contactless... >>

New TV shows on BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Amazon and Now TV you must not miss

New TV shows on BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Amazon and Now TV you must not miss

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Even if you don't watch it, you can't hide from the fact that Game of Thrones recently returned to UK screens. Season six is shaping up to be a doozy now it is well under way. We even know what happened to Jon Snow. However, it's not the only big show... >>

Motorola Moto G4 and G4 Plus: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

Motorola Moto G4 and G4 Plus: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

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Lenovo has unveiled the latest update to the Moto G family of devices, this time offering two different versions of the Moto G.  The Moto G4 is the standard fourth-gen Moto G, while there's a boosted version called the Moto G Plus (or Moto G4 Plus),... >>

Cyberbullying facts: 5 things to spot and how to help your child online

Cyberbullying facts: 5 things to spot and how to help your child online

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The internet can be an incredible resource for adults and children, for both entertainment and learning, but it can also be a scary place at times. This is especially true for kids who spend a lot of time interacting with each other online. As with all... >>

What Freeview Play TV or set-top-box is best for you?

What Freeview Play TV or set-top-box is best for you?

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There's a revolution happening in TV catch-up. Paid TV services have long offered on demand services, as have individual applications for a multitude of broadcasters, but now there's a subscription free alternative to catching up on television shows you've... >>

Want to sell your phone? Here's how

Want to sell your phone? Here's how

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These days there are plenty of options for selling your phone but few are as simple as musicMagpie. Although its name doesn't initially scream gadget recycling service and store, that's exactly what it is and selling your phone is as easy as pie (no... >>