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A tale of three mountains: The Pocket-lint Three Peaks Challenge

A tale of three mountains: The Pocket-lint Three Peaks Challenge

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There was a palpable sense of excitement as we packed our gear into the Land Rover Discoverys for the long drive north to Kinlochleven in Scotland. Pocket-lint teamed up with Asus, with support from friends at Land Rover, Berghaus and Under Armour, aiming... >>

Disney's Star Wars films: What is going on and how many are being made?

Disney's Star Wars films: What is going on and how many are being made?

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Let's talk about Star Wars for a minute. The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm in 2012 and announced shortly after the production of a sequel trilogy that includes episodes 7 through 9. More recently, it announced the production of a "few standalone"... >>

Apple releases iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan public betas: Here's how to try them

Apple releases iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan public betas: Here's how to try them

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Apple has launched the first public beta of El Capitan, the next version of OS X. It also released a public beta of iOS 9, making it the first public beta for a major iOS update. Both betas are free to install and test. The company unveiled its operating... >>

Office 16 for Mac is now available: Here's everything you need to know

Office 16 for Mac is now available: Here's everything you need to know

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Office 16 for Mac sees a big step forward for the Microsoft Office suite on Apple's computers, updating the version of the software for the first time since 2011. Version trackers will also note that this sees the Mac getting its updated version of Office... >>

How to make your home smart for under £1500

How to make your home smart for under £1500

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Connected homes are fast becoming the thing to have as more and more devices appear hoping to make your home life easier, simpler and smarter. There is everything from appliances to heating, lighting and other gadgets available, all of which can be remotely... >>

How to stop Apple Music charging you when your free trial ends

How to stop Apple Music charging you when your free trial ends

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If, like us, you signed up to Apple Music almost as soon as it became available you will have to start to pay for the service from 1 October, which will cost £9.99 a month for a normal individual subscription, £14.99 for a family subscription for up... >>

Cord-cutter's guide: How to survive on just 8 apps in the US

Cord-cutter's guide: How to survive on just 8 apps in the US

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So you're thinking about ditching cable. Welcome to the cord-cutting world. Similar to how some people have cancelled their traditional phone lines in favour of mobile devices in recent years, the cable TV industry has noticed steep declines in subscriptions... >>

Which is the best music streaming service in the UK? Apple Music vs Spotify vs Tidal and more

Which is the best music streaming service in the UK? Apple Music vs Spotify vs Tidal and more

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As long as there have been digital music files there has been digital music piracy, with services like Napster becoming massive around a decade ago simply because the music industry couldn't keep up with the illegal distribution of its content. However,... >>

Best fitness trackers: The best activity bands to buy today

Best fitness trackers: The best activity bands to buy today

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The wearables market has really taken off over the past couple of years leaving behind 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, it's... >>

Showtime launches its HBO Now-like streaming service: Here's what you need to know

Showtime launches its HBO Now-like streaming service: Here's what you need to know

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You can now watch Showtime in the US without a cable subscription. The premium cable network has launched a standalone online streaming service aimed at cord cutters. The service is a lot like HBO Now, a similar cord-cutter streaming service from HBO... >>

Netflix's first wave of original films: What are they and when can you watch?

Netflix's first wave of original films: What are they and when can you watch?

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Netflix is growing up. It's moving on from original series (like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black) to original films, and those films are coming very soon. Netflix has in fact just announced when the first wave will roll out to its streaming... >>

iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus release date, rumours, and everything you need to know

iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus release date, rumours, and everything you need to know

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The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have both been around long enough now to consider them part of the furniture. And it's not too long before Apple traditionally launches its new range of handsets, so that means it's time to look toward the near future and speculate... >>

HTC Aero: Everything we know about HTC's next hero phone

HTC Aero: Everything we know about HTC's next hero phone

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HTC's last two flagships released with nearly indentical designs, but now, for the first time in a couple of years, it's getting ready to break away from tradition and launch a new smartphone line. Or at least that's what all the latest reports, rumours,... >>

Which Android Wear smartwatch is best for you? Asus vs LG vs Motorola vs Samsung vs Sony

Which Android Wear smartwatch is best for you? Asus vs LG vs Motorola vs Samsung vs Sony

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Smartwatches are growing in popularity and they have come along way since the original models launched. The smartphone platform you have will dictate the smartwatch models available to you but as you are reading this feature - chances are you have an... >>

The summer gift guide: Active and adventure gadgets

The summer gift guide: Active and adventure gadgets

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You're an on the go type of person, we can tell that, and here are six on the go gadgets that are perfect for the summer. Whether it is giving you access to your music and running stats on a training session or powering your tablet in the car, these gadgets... >>

The summer gift guide: Business travel gadgets

The summer gift guide: Business travel gadgets

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Just because it's summer doesn't mean you get to stop working. But whether you are travelling for work or pleasure these gadgets will take care of your precious kit.  Griffin Keyboard Wired with Lightning Connector Connect to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod... >>

The summer gift guide: Power on the go gadgets

The summer gift guide: Power on the go gadgets

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Power, we all need it, even more so when we travel. Here are some of the best portable power chargers or adapters to make the most of your gadgets when you are on the go this summer.  Griffin 2-in-1 USB to MicroUSB/Lightning Retractable Cable Compact,... >>

The summer gift guide: Audio gadgets

The summer gift guide: Audio gadgets

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Music makes any trip or holiday better and what better way to make it more memorable, than with some great tunes? These players, speakers, and headphones will enhance that experience.  Jarre Aeroskull Nano Small, compact, oh and crafted in the shape... >>

Real-life smarthome: What is it really like living with Honeywell, Nest, Tado, Hive, Philips Hue, Netatmo and Withings?

Real-life smarthome: What is it really like living with Honeywell, Nest, Tado, Hive, Philips Hue, Netatmo and Withings?

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The smarthome is no longer the subject of dreams - it is very much the here and now. There are numerous products and devices out there that will turn your house into a clever one, from smartphone-controlled lights to heating and cameras. But what is it... >>

What is raw capture and do I need it on my phone?

What is raw capture and do I need it on my phone?

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The most fiercely fought of battles when it comes to smartphones is in camera performance. It's the first port of call when it comes to comparisons, it's where the fans compete and contrast their devices. Smartphone cameras have been getting more sophisticated... >>

Anki Overdrive vs Anki Drive: All the new features explained

Anki Overdrive vs Anki Drive: All the new features explained

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When Anki first revealed its Anki Drive robot car racing game it was really cutting edge and new. Now there are competitors arriving on the scene that emulate the idea of having a track-based racing toy controlled by iPhone or Android apps. Anki still... >>

Nobody wants to be first to remove their Facebook rainbow profile photo: Why is it such an issue?

Nobody wants to be first to remove their Facebook rainbow profile photo: Why is it such an issue?

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This year in support of Pride, Facebook offered a filter to add rainbow colours to anyone's profile picture. But with Pride almost a week ago, people are starting to question if it's ok to change profile picture again. Nobody wants to go first, nobody... >>

5 crazy smarthome gadgets you didn’t know you needed

5 crazy smarthome gadgets you didn’t know you needed

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A smarthome can be made up of all sorts of wonderful gadgets, from smartphone controlled heating and lighting, to cameras, colourful garden lights, robot hoovers and clever washing machines. There aren't just wonderful products out there for the smarthome... >>

Best tennis gadgets and tech to make you a better player

Best tennis gadgets and tech to make you a better player

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After watching Wimbledon, countless Brits will be taking to their local courts for at least a week before getting bored again. After seeing the professionals, then realising one's own ability, it can be a bit deflating. But with this kit you could be... >>

Apple Music is finally live: 10 tips you need to know

Apple Music is finally live: 10 tips you need to know

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Apple Music is now out, and we'll admit, the whole thing is a bit overwhelming. Not only do you need to figure out how to get the service up and running, but you also need to sign up for the free trial, embark on the setup process, specify what music... >>