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Google Pixel 2: What do we want to see?

Google Pixel 2: What do we want to see?

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With a new year on us, we're about to head into a cycle where all the phones of the year get updated - Samsung, LG, Sony and Huawei all launched new devices at Mobile World Congress. Nokia also rejoined this list.Heading toward the end of 2017 we'll... >>

Google I/O 2017: When is it, where to watch, and what to expect

Google I/O 2017: When is it, where to watch, and what to expect

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It's official: Google I/O 2017 will take place in May in Mountain View.Google holds an annual conference for developers, engineers, executives, and the media -- so that it can discuss all-things Google and Android-related. Developers and engineers use... >>

Which is the best movie streaming service in the UK? Netflix vs Amazon Prime vs Now TV and more

Which is the best movie streaming service in the UK? Netflix vs Amazon Prime vs Now TV and more

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Film and TV show streaming services have become increasingly important to the way that we want to consume our content in the UK.As well as the free platforms from the country's major broadcasters, such as BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub, digital subscription,... >>

Snapchat adds universal search: Here's how it lets you quickly find friends and chat

Snapchat adds universal search: Here's how it lets you quickly find friends and chat

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Snapchat is rolling out a new design for iOS and Android users.The update (version 10.0.0), which released on 23 January, not only introduces a quicker way to start chats with friends and groups from anywhere in the app, but also universal search bar... >>

What is Vine Camera and what can it do?

What is Vine Camera and what can it do?

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Twitter took the decision in October 2016 to kill off Vine, the video sharing app. Although, it turns out it hasn't been completely killed off at all. Vine now lives on as Vine Camera, which you can use to create short, 6.5 second clips and either save... >>

HTC Halfbeak Under Armour smartwatch: What's the story?

HTC Halfbeak Under Armour smartwatch: What's the story?

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The HTC smartwatch has been often rumoured, but has failed to appear, with dates in 2015 and 2016 slipping by, with HTC staying out of the smartwatch arena.HTC does have some wearable devices however, first showing off the HTC Grip, a sports device that... >>

Google Home tips and tricks: Master your domestic AI

Google Home tips and tricks: Master your domestic AI

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Google Home isn't just a speaker with built-in Google Search.With it, you can control your smart home devices, cue up a movie on your TV, replace your desktop speakers, and more. To get the most out of your Goole Home, you really need to do a deep-dive... >>

Fitbit tips and tricks: Get more from your Alta, Flex, Charge, Blaze and Surge trackers

Fitbit tips and tricks: Get more from your Alta, Flex, Charge, Blaze and Surge trackers

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Fitbit brings one of the best fitness platforms out there when it comes to presenting how much, or how little you move in an easy-to-understand format. It delivers the data but it does so in a simple and user-friendly way so you aren't swamped with too... >>

Best VR headsets to buy in 2017, whatever your budget

Best VR headsets to buy in 2017, whatever your budget

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The age of virtual reality is upon us (again) with a torrent of devices and content having launched throughout 2016, with many more expected for 2017.The idea of VR isn't new. It's been circulating in the tech space for a number of years, but recently,... >>

Google Pixel and Pixel XL tips and tricks: Getting to grips with Google's phone

Google Pixel and Pixel XL tips and tricks: Getting to grips with Google's phone

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With the Pixel and the Pixel XL, Google has taken a step away from the Nexus programme. While it's still committed to delivering updates to the previous pure Android devices, and while Android Nougat will have many similar features on the Pixel, there... >>

What's the point of Snapchat and how does it work?

What's the point of Snapchat and how does it work?

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You've probably heard about Snapchat. It's the popular mobile app that allows you to send videos and pictures, both of which will self destruct after a few seconds of a person viewing them.Snapchat is also a fun messaging app. You can capture a photo... >>

Can't buy a NES Classic Mini? How to build your own retro console for just £50

Can't buy a NES Classic Mini? How to build your own retro console for just £50

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Like vinyl records, Robot Wars and football hooliganism, retro gaming is in the middle of a resurgence. There are reimagined consoles coming based on both the ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64, and the Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo download stores are crammed... >>

What is Meitu and why is everyone using it?

What is Meitu and why is everyone using it?

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Forget about Prisma. Meitu is the latest photo-editing app to go viral.The Chinese app has been around since 2008, but it landed in the US in early January and already has about 430 million users outside of China. It's been installed on 1.1 billion devices... >>

Yep, the worst passwords of 2016 were still led by '123456'

Yep, the worst passwords of 2016 were still led by '123456'

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It seems no one got the memo from last year: "123456" doesn't make a good password.Despite pleading from security experts, many of us still use go-to, easy-to-recall passwords for most of our online accounts. Gemalto recently surveyed 9,000 consumers... >>

Best speakers 2017: Best wireless and Bluetooth speakers for your tunes

Best speakers 2017: Best wireless and Bluetooth speakers for your tunes

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Speakers come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes, from larger options that have the power to fill your whole living room and then some, to smaller, portable ones that are great for taking to picnics or moving from room-to-room.Finding the right... >>

It's the Vine-al countdown: Save your Vines now before it's too late

It's the Vine-al countdown: Save your Vines now before it's too late

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Twitter is killing Vine as we know it.The video-sharing mobile app, which burst onto the scene in 2013, giving people the ability to create and post 6-second video clips, will be discontinued and turned into Vine Camera. Although many Vine creators found... >>

16 Snapchat tips and tricks you probably had no clue about

16 Snapchat tips and tricks you probably had no clue about

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Snapchat is easy to learn and use -- as long as you have someone to show you the ropes.You can take a photo or a video, add a caption or doodle or filter or sticker or lens over top, and then send the final creation (aka a "snap") to a friend. Or, you... >>

28 Snapchatters to follow for their awesome Snapchat stories

28 Snapchatters to follow for their awesome Snapchat stories

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It's easy to find famous or interesting people to follow on just about every social network, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. But Snapchat is the exception; it doesn't even make it close to easy.To add Snapchatters, you must know their usernames,... >>

5 Nintendo Switch games to pre-order first, and one well worth the wait

5 Nintendo Switch games to pre-order first, and one well worth the wait

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The Nintendo Switch has been revealed in full. We know the price, release date and the accessories to expect at launch and throughout the year. You can even pre-order the new console yourself.But what about the games? There's a healthy list of titles... >>

25 real-life robots that will make you think the future is now

25 real-life robots that will make you think the future is now

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If you're anything like us, you probably can't wait for the day you can go to the store and easily (and cheaply) buy a robot to clean your house, wait on you, and do whatever you want.We know that day is a long way off, but technology is getting better... >>

YouTube's paid Super Chat feature: What is it and how does it work?

YouTube's paid Super Chat feature: What is it and how does it work?

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YouTube has announced a feature that'll give creators more money.Called Super Chat, it essentially allows viewers to pay to pin a comment on live streams. So, when someone goes live, you will see a new cash symbol in the chat window and can click it to... >>

HTC U Ultra vs Google Pixel XL: What's the difference?

HTC U Ultra vs Google Pixel XL: What's the difference?

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HTC has announced a new family of smartphones in the U range, designed to focus on delivering smartphones that serve you better, as their names suggest.The U Ultra debuted alongside the mid-range U Play, and although the U Ultra isn't HTC's 2017 flagship,... >>

HTC U Ultra: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

HTC U Ultra: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

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HTC has announced a new family of devices - U - with two new phones, the mid-range U Play and a more premium U Ultra.Kicking off 2017 in some style, these two new handsets promise to be all about you, while also signalling quite a departure from HTC's... >>

HTC U Play: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

HTC U Play: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

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HTC has announced the U Play, sitting in a new handset family with the U Ultra, positioned under flagship level. While the U Ultra offers close to flagship specs, the U Play is a lower-spec mid-range device, very different from the handset it launched... >>

HTC U Ultra vs U Play: What's the difference?

HTC U Ultra vs U Play: What's the difference?

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HTC has announced two new smartphones in the form of the U Ultra and the U Play, both of which have been designed to focus around you, as their names suggest.The two devices feature very similar and unique designs, but they differ in what they offer in... >>