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When is Android 7.0 N coming to my phone?

When is Android 7.0 N coming to my phone?

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Every year a major update to Android is released. This year's update is currently known as Android N, although it will eventually get a dessert-inspired name. We don't currently know what Android N's final name will be, but Google is letting Joe Public... >>

OnePlus 3 vs OnePlus 2: What's the rumoured difference?

OnePlus 3 vs OnePlus 2: What's the rumoured difference?

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The OnePlus 3 has been the subject of rumours for several months now, since the end of 2015 in fact. The OnePlus 2 launched in July 2015 but speculation suggests we might see the OnePlus 3 arrive a little earlier. With that in mind, here are the rumoured... >>

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... >>

Best fitness trackers 2016: The best activity bands to buy today

Best fitness trackers 2016: The best activity bands to buy today

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The wearables market has really taken off over the past couple of years bringing with it a plethora of devices from smartwatches and heart rate measuring headphones to sports watches and activity trackers. There is such a breadth of choice out there,... >>

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... >>

Best smartphones to look forward to in 2016

Best smartphones to look forward to in 2016

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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... >>

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... >>

Android VR: What's the story on Google's big move into VR?

Android VR: What's the story on Google's big move into VR?

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You might've heard by now: Google is going big on virtual reality in 2016. It's still early-days, but reports about executive-level shakeups at the company, as well as VR talent poaching, VR-related job listings, as well a rumours of new hardware, all indicate... >>

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),... >>

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

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

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Since last November, you have been able to play Xbox 360 games on an Xbox One. Not all of your old library of games are playable presently, but there are more than 150 titles currently available. Xbox is also adding to this list regularly as each title... >>

Motorola Moto G4 vs Moto G4 Plus vs Moto G3: What's the difference?

Motorola Moto G4 vs Moto G4 Plus vs Moto G3: What's the difference?

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The king of budget smartphones - the Moto G - has been updated, again. There isn't just one model marking the fourth generation of the handset though, instead Lenovo-owned Motorola announced two - the Moto G4 and the Moto G4 Plus. The Moto G has come... >>

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... >>

Microsoft to recycle Xbox Gamertags: How to finally grab your dream one

Microsoft to recycle Xbox Gamertags: How to finally grab your dream one

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Microsoft has announced that it is freeing up nearly 1 million Gamertags. These are Gamertags that were claimed by someone from the original Xbox era but have long since been abandoned. They never migrated to Xbox 360 and have been inactive for a long... >>

Google Spaces: What is it, how do you use it, and why should you try it?

Google Spaces: What is it, how do you use it, and why should you try it?

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Ahead of Google I/O 2016, Google has launched a new product that's meant to help people in a group share things more easily. Called Spaces, the new product is launching as both a mobile app and desktop app for all Gmail accounts. The idea is that people... >>

YouTube for iOS finally supports Google Cardboard: Here's how it all works

YouTube for iOS finally supports Google Cardboard: Here's how it all works

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YouTube is fully embracing virtual reality, as of today. YouTube has long offered 360-degree videos so that you can pan around and watch and feel like you're in the middle of the action, though it's not the same as strapping on an immersive VR headset... >>

Next Sony Xperia flagship: What's the story so far?

Next Sony Xperia flagship: What's the story so far?

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It might come as a surprise to Sony Mobile fans, but the company's next flagship isn't going to be called the Xperia Z6. Sony announced a new range of smartphones at MWC 2016 called the X Series, as well as confirming in a statement that the "Z line... >>

Apple iPhone 7 in pictures: Renders and leaked photos gallery

Apple iPhone 7 in pictures: Renders and leaked photos gallery

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Following the first reported drop in Apple revenues since 2003, this year, Apple is under pressure to perform. The iPhone 7 could finally see a drastic jump forward as the company tries to impress and pull back sales lost to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and... >>

Best iOS keyboards: The top third-party ones to try, and how to set them up

Best iOS keyboards: The top third-party ones to try, and how to set them up

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When Apple introduced iOS 8 a couple years ago, it also introduced support for third-party keyboards, meaning you get to install and use whatever type of keyboard you prefer, including glide-typing keyboards and GIF-search keyboards and emoji-only keyboards.... >>