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What is Google Wifi and how does the mesh router work?

What is Google Wifi and how does the mesh router work?

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Google introduced Google Wifi in the US at the end of 2016 and now its own broadband router is coming to the UK.It's a bit different to many other routers in that it can pair with other Google Wifi routers around the home to make a mesh network and therefore... >>

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 looking to embed itself in your home, in a bid to one-up Amazon.Amazon announced its Echo speaker, complete with its voice-controlled personal assistant called Alexa, back in 2014. Google followed with Home in 2016 - its hands-free smart speaker... >>

How to find lost AirPods with Apple's new Find My AirPods feature

How to find lost AirPods with Apple's new Find My AirPods feature

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Apple has released the iOS 10.3 software update for iPhone and iPad, and it introduced a new feature called Find My AirPods.Find My AirPods makes it easier to keep track of the Apple AirPods wireless earphones. It works with AirPods that are connected... >>

How to turn on Apple's Night Shift mode and adjust the colour on Macs

How to turn on Apple's Night Shift mode and adjust the colour on Macs

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Apple has brought its Night Shift mode - which first debuted on iOS devices with iOS 9.3 - to the Mac.With the release of MacOS Sierra 10.12.4, anyone who owns a Mac running Sierra can now cut down on the amount of blue light they're exposed to during... >>

Quake Champions explained: Everything you should know about the return of the eSports king

Quake Champions explained: Everything you should know about the return of the eSports king

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Without Quake, it's debatable whether the eSports scene as we know it would ever have existed. The seminal 1996 first-person shooter introduced multiplayer action - over a LAN in those days - to the genre, and the rest is history. It was Quake that introduced... >>

18 great movie quotes that work with Sky Q voice search, try these out yourself

18 great movie quotes that work with Sky Q voice search, try these out yourself

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Sky started to roll out its long-awaited voice search feature to Sky Q boxes from Wednesday 22 March, and while not everyone will have the software update yet, there are plenty trying out right now.All Sky Q boxes will have the update by the "end of spring"... >>

Best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players 2017

Best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players 2017

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Many will proclaim that optical media is dead and that streaming is the way ahead, but one look at the quality of the latest blockbuster movies on Ultra HD Blu-ray and you'll change your mind.Ultra HD Blu-ray hit the headlines in 2016. With a standardised... >>

Google Photos tips and tricks: Store and edit your photos like a pro

Google Photos tips and tricks: Store and edit your photos like a pro

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Google Photos has been around for a couple years now and is a go-to service for many people looking to store their photos and videos.Google Photos not only lets you save personal media to a virtual locker but also makes that media available across all... >>

LG G6 tips and tricks: Get to grips with the long-screened flagship

LG G6 tips and tricks: Get to grips with the long-screened flagship

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As has long been the case, LG loaded its latest flagship with its own flavour of Android. That means some features and customisation options are available here that might not be available on other phones, or just work differently.  LG G6 review: The... >>

What is Facebook Live, how does it work, and which devices support it?

What is Facebook Live, how does it work, and which devices support it?

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In an attempt to rival Twitter-owned Periscope, Facebook lets mobile users broadcast live videos. Now, more than a year after introducing Facebook Live, all users can now go live from a computer.With this functionality, Facebook is going after desktop-aimed... >>

You can now use Amazon Alexa on Huawei Mate 9: Here's how it works

You can now use Amazon Alexa on Huawei Mate 9: Here's how it works

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Remember when Huawei said it would bring Amazon Alexa to the Mate 9 phone? Well, today is the day.At CES 2017 in January, the Chinese first manufacturer announced that an over-the-air update would deliver a "Huawei Alexa app" to Mate 9 customers in the... >>

Which iPhone is best for you? iPhone SE, iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, iPhone 6S Plus or iPhone 7 Plus?

Which iPhone is best for you? iPhone SE, iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, iPhone 6S Plus or iPhone 7 Plus?

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There is plenty of choice when it comes to smartphones, almost too much in fact. Chances are if you are reading this feature however, you have at least narrowed your options down to the iPhone.So as you have discarded Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry,... >>

What is Sky Q, how much does it cost and how can I get it?

What is Sky Q, how much does it cost and how can I get it?

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Sky Q has been around for more than a year now, first launching as a premium service but now offered as the de facto option for newcomers to Sky TV.Existing Sky+ users can also upgrade to Sky Q at reduced rates, so it's really the future for the provider.... >>

Amazon Alexa adds Prime Now: How to get fast deliveries with your voice

Amazon Alexa adds Prime Now: How to get fast deliveries with your voice

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Amazon is constantly improving its voice assistant, Alexa, and its latest feature is a "prime" example (pun intended).The company has announced Alexa now works with its Amazon Prime Now delivery service, meaning you can now use your voice to order goods... >>

Samsung Galaxy S7 tips and tricks: Master your new Galaxy

Samsung Galaxy S7 tips and tricks: Master your new Galaxy

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 is one of the hottest smartphones of 2016, along with its Samsung Galaxy S7 edge sibling and winner of Best Smartphones in the Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2016.The SGS7 launched on Android Marshmallow, but has updated to Android Nougat... >>

When is Android 7.1.1 Nougat coming to my phone?

When is Android 7.1.1 Nougat coming to my phone?

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Every year a major update to Android is released. 2016's update is called Android Nougat, following the theme of dessert-inspired names.Unlike previous updates, Nougat was first released to developers with a public preview beta programme, meaning early... >>

Instagram now lets you save live videos: Here's how to do it

Instagram now lets you save live videos: Here's how to do it

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Instagram began letting users stream live videos last year, but it didn't let them save broadcasts.But the app has now updated, finally allowing users to download broadcasts to their phones once they've concluded. Twitter's Periscope and even Facebook's... >>

Bang and Olufsen at 92: A closer look at how the luxury brand found its success

Bang and Olufsen at 92: A closer look at how the luxury brand found its success

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If someone were to ask you to name some high-end speaker brands, chances are Bang & Olufsen would feature somewhere in that list. The Danish audio firm has become synonymous with luxury audio products that may cost a fair few quid, but deliver something... >>

Facebook videos now auto-play with sound on: Here's how to stop it

Facebook videos now auto-play with sound on: Here's how to stop it

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Facebook's auto-playing videos in the news feed are tolerable - even enjoyable - because they're muted by default.But that's about to change.Going forward, videos will now automatically play with the sound turned on. Facebook recently announced the change... >>

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 vs Apple iPad Pro 9.7: What's the difference?

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 vs Apple iPad Pro 9.7: What's the difference?

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Samsung and Apple don't just go head-to-head in the smartphone ring, they do it in the tablet ring too.The new Samsung Tab S3 is gunning for Apple's iPad Pro more so than ever, offering a premium build, S Pen and a hefty price tag.Here is how the... >>

Samsung 4K HDR TV choices for 2017: QLED Q9F, Q8C, Q7C and Q7F compared

Samsung 4K HDR TV choices for 2017: QLED Q9F, Q8C, Q7C and Q7F compared

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Samsung's 2017 line-up of TVs is on us, introducing more models that promise to offer outstanding results.The big introduction is QLED being pushed as the flagship branding, with four models in this new top tier carrying the Q moniker. Other categories... >>

What Philips Hue smart bulbs are there and which should you buy?

What Philips Hue smart bulbs are there and which should you buy?

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The Philips Hue smart lighting system has grown dramatically in the last few years, in both popularity and number of available products.And from April, a new Philips Hue Candle bulb will join the fray, fleshing out the product range of connected LED... >>

Amazon Alexa comes to iOS devices: How does it work and what can it do?

Amazon Alexa comes to iOS devices: How does it work and what can it do?

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If you own an iPhone, you now have access to Alexa voice commands.No, that doesn't mean you can replace Siri with Alexa. In order to access Amazon's voice assistant, you have to go inside the company's main shopping app. Here's everything you need to... >>

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 vs Tab S2: What's the difference?

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 vs Tab S2: What's the difference?

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Samsung unveiled its next iPad-rival during Mobile World Congress 2017 on 26 February. The new tablet will hit shelves on 31 March, with pre-orders starting from 17 March.Here is how the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 compares to 2015's Galaxy Tab S2. Samsung... >>

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know

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Samsung didn't use Mobile World Congress to launch its latest flagship smartphones, but that doesn't mean the South Korean tech giant kept quiet at the show.In fact, it did quite the opposite with the announcement of not one, but two new tablets, one... >>