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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 tips and tricks: The ultimate guide to mastering your Note

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 tips and tricks: The ultimate guide to mastering your Note

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If you thought the Galaxy S7 was going to be the top smartphone of 2016, then think again, as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 wants to be top dog.  In typical Samsung style, this superphone is absolutely stuffed full of features, options and settings. You'll... >>

Best SIM-only plans available in the UK

Best SIM-only plans available in the UK

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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... >>

Android N Nougat: How to enable and use split-screen mode

Android N Nougat: How to enable and use split-screen mode

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While some Android phones have had split screen multitasking for a while, Android N, or Nougat, is the first to have it built in to the OS. Once Android 7.0 Nougat starts its rollout, every phone with the software installed will be able to take advantage,... >>

What is Intel Project Alloy? The wire-free VR headset explained

What is Intel Project Alloy? The wire-free VR headset explained

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Virtual reality is a big deal, but delving into the virtual world typically requires a tethered-to-PC solution. That's where Intel Project Alloy does things differently: this all-in-one VR headset is designed without wires, with all its computational... >>

How to get the Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update rolling out now

How to get the Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update rolling out now

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Microsoft released the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 PCs earlier this month, and at the time, it said the update would arrive for Windows 10 mobile devices "in the coming weeks". The update is now rolling out. Microsoft confirmed on 16 August that... >>

Google Duo video calling app: How does it work and is it free to use?

Google Duo video calling app: How does it work and is it free to use?

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Google is going after FaceTime and WhatsApp and other video-calling apps with its own solution called Duo. Duo is free to use and enables 1-to-1 video calls. It relies on your number, lets you reach people in your phone’s contacts list, offers end-to-end... >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Note 5 vs Note 4: What's the difference?

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Note 5 vs Note 4: What's the difference?

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Samsung's next Galaxy Note device has been revealed at an event in New York, adding another smartphone to the company's 2016 flagship portfolio. By default, the next Note should be called the Note 6 but Samsung skipped a digit and headed straight for... >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Galaxy S7 edge vs Galaxy S7: What's the difference?

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Galaxy S7 edge vs Galaxy S7: What's the difference?

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Samsung has finally announced the next generation of Galaxy Note at an event in New York, putting all the rumours to rest.  The new device is going by the name of Galaxy Note 7, rather than Galaxy Note 6, in order for it to be better associated with... >>

Google Fuchsia OS: What is it and what does it power?

Google Fuchsia OS: What is it and what does it power?

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Google is developing an entirely new operating system. But here's the thing: it's unclear at the moment what this operating system is for, including what devices it might power. Here's everything we know so far about the project, which is currently going... >>

Next Nexus (2016): Release date, rumours and everything you need to know about Marlin and Sailfish

Next Nexus (2016): Release date, rumours and everything you need to know about Marlin and Sailfish

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Google's Nexus programme gives birth to a pure Android smartphone every year, sometimes two. The idea behind the Nexus is to showcase Android in its purest form, away from the poking and prodding of manufacturer skins. Importantly, the Nexus is the chance... >>

Apple Music vs Spotify: What's the difference?

Apple Music vs Spotify: What's the difference?

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It's been a year since Apple Music launched with a massive marketing campaign and several celebrities lined up, including Taylor Swift, touting how amazing it is to use, especially when compared to Spotify, another music-streaming service that was getting... >>

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 250 titles currently available. Xbox is also adding to this list regularly as each title... >>

Sony Xperia XR vs Xperia Z5: What's the rumoured difference?

Sony Xperia XR vs Xperia Z5: What's the rumoured difference?

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Sony is one of the only manufacturers left to announce a new flagship in 2016 and it looks like the beginning of September might be when we will see it appear. The name is a little up in the air at the moment though, after the company scrapped the "Z"... >>

Apple iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 7 Pro: What's the rumoured difference?

Apple iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 7 Pro: What's the rumoured difference?

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Apple is rumoured to be announcing three smartphones in September. Yes you did read that right, we said three. They are going by the names iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 Pro, although they have also been called iPhone 6SE, 6SE Plus and 6SE Pro,... >>

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

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

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Apple's new iPhones - the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus - are due to launch in the next few months, with most placing their bets on a September announcement. Rumours of the two devices, as well as a third, have been circulating around the rumour mill for... >>

Best films to look forward to in 2016 and 2017: Here are all the top movie trailers

Best films to look forward to in 2016 and 2017: Here are all the top movie trailers

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As we're now well in the second half of 2016, we've already had some cracking movie releases this year. Many of which are now even available to watch on DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray or streamed online. But there are still a few massive films to come.... >>

Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: Release date, rumours and everything you need to know

Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: Release date, rumours and everything you need to know

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The Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus launched in September 2015, followed by the smaller iPhone SE in March 2016. Rumours started circulating around the Cupertino company's next bigger smartphones long before the iPhone SE hit shelves though. Every year,... >>

Best iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus cases: Treat your new Apple devices

Best iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus cases: Treat your new Apple devices

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Apple's latest flagship smartphones - the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus - are available all around the world and you can pick up either from multiple retailers. Not much changed in terms of design compared to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, if you... >>

17 Facebook tips and tricks you probably never heard about

17 Facebook tips and tricks you probably never heard about

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Facebook has been around for a while, but chances are, you have no idea about the several hidden features buried within the social network. It's easy to only use the surface of Facebook: you log on, check your notifications, send a few chats, post a status... >>

Pokemon Go: How to use battery saver

Pokemon Go: How to use battery saver

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Pokemon Go's biggest problem is battery drain. In a world where smartphones are notorious for eating battery really quickly anyway, it's a double-whammy of battery carnage. Fear not, for in the recent update to the Pokemon Go app, the battery saver feature... >>

What is SolarCity and why is Tesla buying it?

What is SolarCity and why is Tesla buying it?

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If Tesla Motors has its way, when you go shopping for your next electric vehicle, you might also walk out of the store with a home battery and a new roof for your house made up entirely of solar cells. Earlier this month, entrepreneur Elon Musk announced... >>

Xbox One S vs PlayStation Neo (PS4K): What’s the rumoured difference?

Xbox One S vs PlayStation Neo (PS4K): What’s the rumoured difference?

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With Sony announcing a special PlayStation event in New York for 7 September, it is commonly thought that we'll finally see the company's plans for its next generation console - a massively upgraded version of the PS4, currently codenamed PlayStation... >>

What is GoPro Omni? The 360 VR camera rig explained, release date and price info

What is GoPro Omni? The 360 VR camera rig explained, release date and price info

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It's not the first time we've heard about GoPro Omni - the six GoPro camera rig used for 360-degree virtual reality capture, announced early 2016 - but it is the first time we've seen it and learned about its end-to-end workflow. So just what can you... >>

Best Ultra HD Blu-ray players: Spinning 4K discs

Best Ultra HD Blu-ray players: Spinning 4K discs

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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 is a new thing for 2016. The format has been... >>

New MacBook Pro (2016): What’s the story so far?

New MacBook Pro (2016): What’s the story so far?

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Everyone thought Apple was going to update its MacBook Pro line at WWDC 2016, but it didn't. Now the world is expecting refreshed models to come out this autumn instead, especially because the MacBook and MacBook Air were updated in March. Keep in mind... >>