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Best cable management solutions: Keep your desk, TV and mobile cables tidy

Best cable management solutions: Keep your desk, TV and mobile cables tidy

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If you're anything like every other human being on earth, you'll likely have (or at some point, had) a giant monster of a messy cables somewhere. Whether it's on the floor near your TV stand, behind your PC, near your bedside table or just in your backpack.... >>

Philips Ambilight explained: Why you need to light up your living room

Philips Ambilight explained: Why you need to light up your living room

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Any technology that can immerse you deeper in your home TV and movie viewing is great in our book. The most obvious one would be sound, but Philips has a proprietary technology that glues you to the screen.That technology is Ambilight, and it refers to... >>

Best Buy's Black Friday in July: All the best deals in one place

Best Buy's Black Friday in July: All the best deals in one place

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Not to be outdone by Amazon, Best Buy is holding its own summer sale.Amazon recently held a Prime Day event, which, to put it mildly, was a huge success and had everyone wondering if Amazon had managed to topple Black Friday, a massive shopping sale extravaganza... >>

Do you force-quit apps to save your iPhone's battery? Well, don't

Do you force-quit apps to save your iPhone's battery? Well, don't

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We all have our little ticks when it comes to using gadgets.Maybe you like your Mac or Windows desktop to be completely cleared of clutter. Maybe you obsessively close all the open browser tabs on your phone. Or maybe you always force-quit apps on your... >>

Pokemon Go finally adds Legendary Pokemon: How to unlock them

Pokemon Go finally adds Legendary Pokemon: How to unlock them

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OMG.Niantic has announced that it's finally going to release Legendary Pokemon in Pokemon Go. This is something players (aka trainers) have been begging for like a year. The studio has also detailed how the new feature will work. So, here's everything... >>

Nissan Leaf takes on Mongol Rally: 10,000 miles in an all-electric vehicle

Nissan Leaf takes on Mongol Rally: 10,000 miles in an all-electric vehicle

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If the idea of trading in your petrol-guzzling car for a planet-friendly all-electric model has appealed to you but range anxiety has stopped you, this is a story that might help you take the leap. Chris Ramsey, founder of Plug In Adventures, set off... >>

Here's what is different in the Google app's new feed experience

Here's what is different in the Google app's new feed experience

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Google has announced some updates to the feed experience in the main Google app. Here's what you need to know.The company said the app now offers "improved machine learning to anticipate what’s of interest to each individual user," as well as "the option... >>

Snapchat: How to multi-snap record and change the colour of any object

Snapchat: How to multi-snap record and change the colour of any object

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Snapchat has updated again.And the latest changes should make it easier for you to record and edit many snaps. It's introducing two new features, the first of which is called multi-snap recording, while the second is called tint brush. Here's everything... >>

10 new Sky Sports channels explained: What they are and how to get them

10 new Sky Sports channels explained: What they are and how to get them

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Sky Sports has rebranded its TV channel line-up, adding a few new stations to the mix in the process. Now TV has announced that they will all be available through the streaming platform too.From today, 18 July, Sky Sports subscribers through Sky, Now... >>

Game of Thrones season 7: When it's on, how to watch it and full trailers right here

Game of Thrones season 7: When it's on, how to watch it and full trailers right here

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Tired of being the only person who doesn't know who Jon Snow is or what the heck "winter is coming" means?No worries. Now's the time to jump on the Game Of Thrones bandwagon. Season seven has now started on HBO and Sky in the US and UK respectively, huzzah!... >>

Best drones 2017: Top rated quadcopters to buy, whatever your budget

Best drones 2017: Top rated quadcopters to buy, whatever your budget

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Drones are filling the headlines as well as the skies these days.From military drones bombing targets to amateur camera drones pestering celebrities, crashing into National Parks, or shipping drugs into prisons – they're everywhere. But they're not... >>

Best turntables to help you join the vinyl revival

Best turntables to help you join the vinyl revival

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You'd be hard pushed to have avoided what some people are calling "the vinyl revival" in some way. You'll no doubt have noticed a greater presence of vinyl records in your local music shop, whether it be a chain or an independent.There's a good reason... >>

Apple MacBook battery life tips: Make your laptop last longer

Apple MacBook battery life tips: Make your laptop last longer

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We are always keen to get more from our laptop battery, allowing us to work that little bit longer on the road without needing to find a power socket.Aside from the simple and well-known tip of turning your screen brightness down to save power, there... >>

Best Android phones 2017: These are the Androids you're looking for

Best Android phones 2017: These are the Androids you're looking for

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Android now makes up a huge proportion of the smartphone market. Unlike Apple where you have the choice of a smaller or larger iPhone, in Android you have some serious decisions to make when it comes to buying a new phone.Android celebrates variety and... >>

11 best movies and TV shows to get the most from your OLED and Ambilight TV

11 best movies and TV shows to get the most from your OLED and Ambilight TV

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With the emergence of OLED as a TV technology, and its deep, involving black levels and vibrant colours, certain movies and TV shows have never looked so good in the home.Then add Philips' proprietary Ambilight tech to the mix, where the action on screen... >>

Apple's AR platform: These demos show what ARKit can do in iOS 11

Apple's AR platform: These demos show what ARKit can do in iOS 11

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Apple sees a lot of potential in augmented reality.Ever since Pokemon Go exploded in popularity last summer and subsequently revived interest in both Apple's App Store and mobile gaming, Apple has said several times that it is embracing the technology,... >>

Amazon Fire TV tips and tricks: How to get the most from your Fire TV Stick or 4K box

Amazon Fire TV tips and tricks: How to get the most from your Fire TV Stick or 4K box

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Amazon released its latest streaming device at the beginning of April, the second generation Amazon Fire TV Stick which now comes with an Alexa Voice Remote.Not only does it access streaming services including BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, Netflix and Amazon's... >>

Best smart thermostat: Nest, Hive, Tado, Honeywell and more

Best smart thermostat: Nest, Hive, Tado, Honeywell and more

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Clever heating systems have really come into their own over the last couple of years, with several solutions available to allow you to control your heating using your smartphone.The systems that exist all look to make it simpler and easier to control... >>

What is PayPal and how does it work?

What is PayPal and how does it work?

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PayPal has been in the mobile payments business for more than a decade. It's been around even longer as an online financial service, but mobile is the area that seems to be growing fastest.Most recently, an agreement with Apple enables iOS device owners... >>

Best Amazon Prime Day deals 2017 US: All the best deals in one spot

Best Amazon Prime Day deals 2017 US: All the best deals in one spot

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Amazon Prime Day is nearly here, starting at 9pm EST this evening (Monday 10 July).This is an annual, day-long event exclusive to paid Amazon Prime subscribers across the world. That means, if you're a Prime member, the next 30 hours will be filled to... >>

Doubling up on Alexa: How to use multiple Amazon Echo and Dots

Doubling up on Alexa: How to use multiple Amazon Echo and Dots

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Amazon is pushing the Echo and Echo Dot hard, in a bid to dominate the connected home market before too many players - like Google - can catch up.The Amazon Echo got off to a flying start, establishing itself as one of the hottest smart home devices,... >>

Best Amazon Prime Day deals 2017 UK: Super cheap TVs, Kindles, consoles, smartphones, Echo and more

Best Amazon Prime Day deals 2017 UK: Super cheap TVs, Kindles, consoles, smartphones, Echo and more

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Amazon Prime Day is well underway and you have until the end of play tonight, Tuesday 11 July, to grab yourself some incredible bargains. It ends at midnight and when the deals are gone, they're gone. All the latest upcoming Prime deals LIVE Deals of... >>

Amazon Kindle Oasis vs Kindle Voyage vs Kindle Paperwhite: What's the difference?

Amazon Kindle Oasis vs Kindle Voyage vs Kindle Paperwhite: What's the difference?

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Amazon announced the first Kindle in 2007 and since then we have seen seven generations go by. The eighth more recently became available in the form of the Kindle Oasis and it heads the current line-up of the Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Voyage.All... >>

Dronestagram's 2017 contest: Here are the winners' best drone photos

Dronestagram's 2017 contest: Here are the winners' best drone photos

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We've reached Peak Drone.Dronestagram, a social network for sharing images captured by drones, has announced the winners of its annual International Drone Photography contest. This is its fourth contest ever, and although thousands of images were entered,... >>

Amazon Echo vs Amazon Tap vs Echo Dot vs Echo Look vs Echo Show: What's the difference?

Amazon Echo vs Amazon Tap vs Echo Dot vs Echo Look vs Echo Show: What's the difference?

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It wasn't long ago that a voice-controlled speaker and smart home assistant was the stuff of science-fiction, but in a relatively short time it has become reality. The Amazon Echo and other Alexa-enabled devices offer just that.Amazon isn't the only manufacturer... >>

Amazon Echo tips and tricks: Getting a grip on Alexa

Amazon Echo tips and tricks: Getting a grip on Alexa

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The Amazon Echo almost needs no introduction, that gateway to a world of connected fun. Posing as a cylindrical speaker, the Amazon Echo is was one of the hottest gadgets of 2016, and with a continuously expanding set of Alexa skills, it's a hot product... >>

Amazon Echo: What can Alexa do and what services are compatible?

Amazon Echo: What can Alexa do and what services are compatible?

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Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker controlled with your voice. It features a personal assistant called Alexa, who will perform various tasks for you and control various systems.There are seven microphones within Echo, all of which feature enhanced noise... >>

Amazon Echo: First 7 things you should do to get Alexa started

Amazon Echo: First 7 things you should do to get Alexa started

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Your Amazon Echo has just arrived and you might have glanced at the quick-start guide, but beyond the basic setup, do you know what Alexa can do or what services you want to integrate with your device?Read on as we run through our list of the top things... >>

What is Instagram Stories and how does it work?

What is Instagram Stories and how does it work?

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Facebook-owned Instagram has a copycat Snapchat feature: Stories.Here's the deal... With Snapchat Stories, you can broadcast multiple snaps (videos and photos) taken throughout the day, complete with overlays of doodles and stickers and filters and masks.... >>

Jawbone is shutting down: How will that affect you?

Jawbone is shutting down: How will that affect you?

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Jawbone is going out of business.The company, well known for its Bluetooth earpieces and wireless speakers and fitness tracking efforts, has entered into liquidation proceedings, according to The Information. We've contacted Jawbone for a comment and... >>

Changing the way we view TV: TP Vision's head designer talks about styling Philips' sets

Changing the way we view TV: TP Vision's head designer talks about styling Philips' sets

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Televisions have not only radically changed in performance in recent times, they have also changed in style. Where once we had a massive beast dominating the corner of a living room, we now have a super-slim flatpanel either hanging on a wall or stealthily... >>

15 secret WhatsApp tricks you might not know about

15 secret WhatsApp tricks you might not know about

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WhatsApp. Wonderful, wonderful, WhatsApp. The messaging service that made BBM look boring and text messages redundant.Of course there are now heaps of messaging services around, but WhatsApp has had a massive head start on almost all of them, meaning... >>

What is two factor authentication and why should you use it?

What is two factor authentication and why should you use it?

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Over the past few years you may have heard a number of companies, app makers and service providers announce that they're launching two factor verification or two factor authentication, often abbreviated to 2FV. If you ever wondered what the heck it even... >>

Best outdoor smart home cameras: See outside your home anytime

Best outdoor smart home cameras: See outside your home anytime

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There are plenty of smart home security cameras available to help you keep an eye on the inside of your home from wherever you may be, but there are also now a number of options for keeping check on the outside too.In the past, security systems for around... >>

Best Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus cases: Protect your new Samsung smartphone

Best Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus cases: Protect your new Samsung smartphone

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Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus offer stunning designs, huge displays and plenty of power. They come with IP68 waterproofing, super slim bezels, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and 18.5:9 ratio curved screens.As with all smartphones though, they won't... >>

Can I get Amazon Prime Now one-hour deliveries in my area?

Can I get Amazon Prime Now one-hour deliveries in my area?

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You might not have known already, but Amazon Prime members in certain cities have the option to order deliveries to arrive on the same day. Indeed, they can even arrive within one or two hours, with the latter available as a free option.Known as Amazon... >>

Snapchat links: How do you link a website to your snap?

Snapchat links: How do you link a website to your snap?

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Surprise! Snapchat has updated again.At this point, Snapchat updates are becoming a weekly, if not daily, thing. But this latest update is worth talking about, because it gives average iOS and Android users a feature commonly limited to brands and advertisers:... >>

Nokia 6 Android phone: Specs, prices, release date and everything you need to know

Nokia 6 Android phone: Specs, prices, release date and everything you need to know

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Nokia announced its return to the global smartphone stage with the launch of the Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3, a trio of Android smartphones designed to attack the affordable segment of the market.The Nokia 6 first launched in China as a JD.com exclusive... >>

The best July fourth tech deals

The best July fourth tech deals

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Happy July 4! To celebrate, we have rounded up the best July fourth 2017 deals available today in the world of tech. July 4 offers and dealsSamsung have a great July fourth offer where if you purchase a Samsung S8, you will receive a $200 gift card.... >>

Best battery packs for smartphones: Portable power

Best battery packs for smartphones: Portable power

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There is nothing worse than running out of power on your phone. Well, there is, but when it happens it feels like the worst thing in the world.Unfortunately, as advanced as smartphones have become in recent years, battery life is still something they... >>

What is Circle with Disney, how can it moderate kids' internet usage and how do you set it up?

What is Circle with Disney, how can it moderate kids' internet usage and how do you set it up?

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No matter how responsible or communicative your children are, ensuring their online activity is safe and healthy is no easy matter. For parents this is a challenge on many levels. What content is children accessing? Which devices are they using to go... >>

MacOS High Sierra: 29 new changes you can actually see

MacOS High Sierra: 29 new changes you can actually see

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We'll admit it: MacOS High Sierra is kind of boring compared to previous updates to the Mac operating system.Sure, it has a new file system underneath, and it will eventually include support for virtual reality experiences. But in terms of obvious visual... >>

Zelda Breath of the Wild DLC Pack 1 - The Master Trials now available: Here's how to get it

Zelda Breath of the Wild DLC Pack 1 - The Master Trials now available: Here's how to get it

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Nintendo has released the first DLC for Breath of the Wild and it's not shirking on the new content.The DLC Pack 1, entitled "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - The Master Trials", is included as part of the Expansion Pass for Nintendo Switch and... >>

Cyberbullying: How to spot the signs and what steps to take, revealed by Internet Matters GM

Cyberbullying: How to spot the signs and what steps to take, revealed by Internet Matters GM

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Internet Matters is a not-for-profit organisation that helps parents understand the digital world, so they can ensure their children can use the internet and connected devices safely.It has many articles and how-to guides about all manner of digital subjects,... >>

21 of the best office tech pranks of all time

21 of the best office tech pranks of all time

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Office pranks have always been a firm favourite on the internet and, for those cooped up in an air-conditioned office from nine to five for most of the year, they're a great escape from the humdrum. The best office pranks we've seen range from the surprisingly... >>

How to join the MacOS High Sierra public beta and get it working on your Mac

How to join the MacOS High Sierra public beta and get it working on your Mac

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The next version of MacOS is official.While at WWDC 2017, Apple announced and previewed MacOS High Sierra, a major update to the MacOS Sierra operating system that released last year for Macs. It includes many behind-the-scene upgrades that will make... >>

Original iPhone vs iPhone 7: What's the difference 10 years on?

Original iPhone vs iPhone 7: What's the difference 10 years on?

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Today, 29 June 2017, is 10 years to the day since the original Apple iPhone hit store shelves in the US. It's arguably the most significant mobile device ever launched, and no device before or since has had such a big impact on the market.Simply put,... >>

What is Amazon Prime and what do you get for your money?

What is Amazon Prime and what do you get for your money?

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Amazon Prime launched in 2007 in the UK and two-years earlier in the US. It's now available in multiple countries around the world and millions of members have signed up to receive a swathe of benefits.However, it can be a little confusing as to what... >>

Canon EOS 6D Mark II vs 5D Mark IV: What's the difference and which should I buy?

Canon EOS 6D Mark II vs 5D Mark IV: What's the difference and which should I buy?

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When the Canon EOS 5D MkIV burst onto the pro camera scene in 2016, it hit so many tick boxes that, well, few other full-frame cameras seemed to be worth a look-in.Until, that is, looking at the price. The 5D Mark IV is a rather pricey machine - it's... >>