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Best ARKit-enabled AR apps: 10 apps you should try on iPhone or iPad

Best ARKit-enabled AR apps: 10 apps you should try on iPhone or iPad

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The first Apple ARKit-enabled augmented reality apps have arrived.Apple announced its augmented reality (AR) platform -- ARKit -- at WWDC 2017 in June. The platform has been open to developers ever since, giving them ample time to create new AR apps ahead... >>

Nest's big announcement: What happened and how to re-watch

Nest's big announcement: What happened and how to re-watch

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Nest has a lot of people scratching their heads right now.Here's the deal: Nest recently put out an invite, asking the media to join it at a press event. The event invite specifically mentioned "popcorn" and a "comfy couch". So, most people assumed Nest... >>

Nest has a new alarm system, video doorbell, and outdoor camera

Nest has a new alarm system, video doorbell, and outdoor camera

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Nest has stepped up its home security efforts.The Alphabet-owned company is live in San Francisco, where it has announced the new Nest Secure alarm system, Nest Hello video doorbell, and Nest Cam IQ outdoor security camera. The alarm system is, as one... >>

63 panoramic photos that went horribly wrong with hilarious results

63 panoramic photos that went horribly wrong with hilarious results

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Isn't technology grand? With advancements in smartphone cameras and the apps that accompany them, we can now take panoramic photographs and have them automatically stitched together for us. This presents everyone with the magnificent power to create... >>

Live Photos in iOS 11: How to use Loop, Bounce and Long Exposure effects and share them

Live Photos in iOS 11: How to use Loop, Bounce and Long Exposure effects and share them

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One of iOS 11's coolest new features is the built-in ability to create different effects in Live Photos. Rather than just have the one standard effect that's been with us since the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus launched in 2015, we now have three effects. What... >>

Ikea Place uses Apple ARKit to show you new furniture in your own home

Ikea Place uses Apple ARKit to show you new furniture in your own home

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Ikea has released its promised augmented reality app, as announced during Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June.Ikea Place is available in the US now and coming to the UK soon. It is a free iOS app that uses Apple ARKit to show you what Ikea... >>

Best UK SIM-only deals: 100GB SIM only offer

Best UK SIM-only deals: 100GB SIM only offer

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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... >>

Google buyout of HTC nears as company suspends trading

Google buyout of HTC nears as company suspends trading

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Google's rumoured acquisition of HTC's phone business could be made official very soon. HTC has reportedly suspended trading of its shares ahead of a "huge announcement" tomorrow, 21 September.It has also called an employee meeting for tomorrow, with... >>

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL: Release date, rumours and everything you need to know

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL: Release date, rumours and everything you need to know

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The Google Pixel was Google's attempt to create a premium Google phone, one that could stand-up against the best in the market, ask top prices and deliver pure Android with a couple of exclusive twists. That's very much been a success, with the Pixel... >>

Roku's latest job openings could point to a voice-controlled smart speaker

Roku's latest job openings could point to a voice-controlled smart speaker

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Roku, purveyor of streaming set-top boxes, could be working on its very own smart speaker that would work in a similar way to Amazon Echo and Google Home, according to some recent job listings. Which Roku media streamer is best for you? All the options... >>

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

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

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For a considerable while now, you have been able to play Xbox 360 games on an Xbox One or Xbox One S (reviewed here). Not all of your old library of games are playable, but there are several hundred titles now available. And Xbox is adding to this list... >>

Daily deals: Amazon free credit

Daily deals: Amazon free credit

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Welcome to Pocket-lint deals of the day where we scour the internet to find you the very best deals that are available in the UK today.We will be regularly updating this page, so check back regularly to make sure you don't miss out on some of the best... >>

Can I watch the Asus Zenfone 4 launch online and what should I expect from the We Love Photo event?

Can I watch the Asus Zenfone 4 launch online and what should I expect from the We Love Photo event?

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Asus is preparing itself for a huge international launch event in Rome. It has dubbed the event "We love photo" and it has been quite clear that this is for the Zenfone 4, its latest smartphone.Asus has something of a chequered history with smartphones.... >>

Xbox One X: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know

Xbox One X: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know

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Announced during E3 2016, as Project Scorpio, the console now know as Xbox One X is, in Microsoft's own words, the "most powerful console yet". See it on Amazon US See it on Amazon UK See it on GAME UK See it on Tesco Direct See it on John Lewis... >>

Xbox One X pre-order deals now available: How and where to pre-order

Xbox One X pre-order deals now available: How and where to pre-order

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There's a new Xbox in town and it's the most powerful console ever made. The new Xbox One X will be available from 7 November, but to ensure you get yours from day one, you should think about pre-ordering.Microsoft put the Project Scorpio edition up... >>

How to disable or customise Do Not Disturb While Driving in iOS 11

How to disable or customise Do Not Disturb While Driving in iOS 11

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One of the new highlight features in iOS 11 is the iPhone's ability to detect when you're in a car, and then automatically switching Do Not Disturb on. This means your notifications will no longer distract you while you're driving (a very good thing),... >>

Best UK contract deals: iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X

Best UK contract deals: iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X

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We roundup the best Apple iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X contract, upgrade and SIM free deals here.The Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X is now available for pre-order and will be available to buy on September 22nd. The iPhone X is due for... >>

Apple iPhone X vs iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone 8: What's the difference?

Apple iPhone X vs iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone 8: What's the difference?

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Apple announced three iPhones at the beginning of September in the form of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X, which has also been called the iPhone 10.The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are similar to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but the iPhone X changes... >>

Apple iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7 vs iPhone 6S: What's the difference?

Apple iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7 vs iPhone 6S: What's the difference?

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Apple's new iPhones have finally been announced following months and months of speculation. They come in the form of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and a more premium model called the iPhone X but Apple is still selling the iPhone 7 models and the iPhone 6S models.That... >>

Best iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus cases: Protect your new Apple device

Best iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus cases: Protect your new Apple device

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The Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus were announced alongside the iPhone X and Apple Watch Series 3 at the company's event in September. The two devices succeed the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, bringing improvements in hardware as well as a glass rear over aluminium... >>

Polk Audio Signa Solo is an inexpensive way to boost your TV's sound

Polk Audio Signa Solo is an inexpensive way to boost your TV's sound

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American audio manufacturer Polk Audio has announced the Signa Solo soundbar. At £149, it's the company's most affordable model and offers an affordable entry point to improve the sound from your flat screen TV. Polk Audio Magnifi Max SR soundbar gives... >>

Amazon said to be developing a pair of glasses powered by Alexa

Amazon said to be developing a pair of glasses powered by Alexa

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Amazon is said to be working on a pair of glasses with Alexa built-in, according to the Financial Times. The glasses, which would be Amazon's first wearable device, would be unlike the ill-fated Google Glass, which featured a small screen in front of... >>

Google Pixel 2 launch event: How to watch it online and what to expect

Google Pixel 2 launch event: How to watch it online and what to expect

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Google is set to unveil the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in just under a month. The new smartphones will be some of the last flagships to be revealed in 2017, and they'll come hot on the heels of the iPhone X announcement. But when is the Pixel 2 launch and... >>

Google's new high-end Chromebook is called Pixelbook, leak reveals

Google's new high-end Chromebook is called Pixelbook, leak reveals

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Google is holding an event soon, and nearly everything it plans to announce has just leaked out, including images of a new Chromebook.Droid-Life posted images of what it looks like, as well as information on what it's called and how much it costs. According... >>

Huge leak: Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL colours, pricing, and more

Huge leak: Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL colours, pricing, and more

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Google is holding an event soon, and nearly everything it plans to announce has just leaked out, including images of its Pixel 2 phones.Droid-Life posted images of what they look like, as well as information on how much they cost and feature. First up:... >>

Google's second Daydream View VR headset fully shown off in leak

Google's second Daydream View VR headset fully shown off in leak

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Google is holding an event soon, and nearly everything it plans to announce has just leaked out, including images of a new VR headset.This virtual reality headset is actually a second-generation version of last year's Daydream View. Droid-Life posted... >>

Google Home Mini speaker pictured in massive leak ahead of event

Google Home Mini speaker pictured in massive leak ahead of event

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Google is holding an event soon, and nearly everything it plans to announce has just leaked out, including images of a new Google Home.This new Google Home speaker is actually a "mini" model that is powered, not wireless. Droid-Life has posted images... >>

Apple iOS 11 tips and tricks for iPhone: Master your new software

Apple iOS 11 tips and tricks for iPhone: Master your new software

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Apple packaged a tonne of improvements in iOS 11 including updates to Maps, keyboard, App Store, Siri and Control Centre.The new OS from Apple brings a host of new features, tips and tricks. We've worked our way through the operating system in order... >>

20 amazing illustrations created using only Microsoft Paint

20 amazing illustrations created using only Microsoft Paint

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We covered recently how Microsoft came very close to killing off the legendary software that is MS Paint in favour of their new 3D version. In order to pay tribute to the great bit of kit that's been around for decades, we've been on the hunt for the... >>

Can I get iOS 11 on my iPhone or iPad?

Can I get iOS 11 on my iPhone or iPad?

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Apple will be launching the full version of iOS 11 from 6pm BST today, 19 September, but will your phone or tablet be able to run it?Well, if you have an iPhone from the iPhone 5s and above you should be okay. In addition, you should be covered if you... >>

HTC Vive standalone Daydream headset: What’s the story on Vive Focus so far?

HTC Vive standalone Daydream headset: What’s the story on Vive Focus so far?

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Google and HTC are making a standalone VR headset together based on the Daydream platform.Google's already made a prototype of the headset, while HTC is readying the consumer version that should be available by the end of the year. In an essay on Medium,... >>

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 longlist announced: See the best products that made the cut

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 longlist announced: See the best products that made the cut

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Towards the end of each year, we host our awards ceremony to reveal the best gadgets from the previous 12 months.The EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards is now in its 13th year and we're now ready to reveal the products that have caught our eye so much they... >>

Nest Thermostat E vs Nest Thermostat 3.0: What's the difference?

Nest Thermostat E vs Nest Thermostat 3.0: What's the difference?

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Nest announced a new, cheaper version of its learning thermostat at the end of August, designed to be more accessible thanks to its $169 price point.The big question is how does Nest Thermostat E compared to the more expensive, $249 Nest Thermostat... >>

Amazon Fire 7 vs Fire HD 8 vs Fire HD 10: Which Fire tablet should you buy?

Amazon Fire 7 vs Fire HD 8 vs Fire HD 10: Which Fire tablet should you buy?

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Amazon's Fire tablets continue to offer a popular alternative to the iPad, and with the choices of Android tablets reducing over the past few years, the Fire family has offered affordable tablets that do just about everything you need. But with three... >>

Amazon Fire HD 10 update brings handsfree Alexa, Full HD display, and a bargain price tag

Amazon Fire HD 10 update brings handsfree Alexa, Full HD display, and a bargain price tag

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Amazon has been enjoying a run of updates on its popular Fire tablets and the next in line is the big one: the Fire HD 10.With a 10.1-inch offering a 1920 x 1200 (Full HD) resolution, this is a tablet that's built around entertainment. Don't confuse... >>

Google app code all but confirms squeezable sides for Pixel 2

Google app code all but confirms squeezable sides for Pixel 2

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Further information regarding the Google Pixel 2's squeezable sides have emerged thanks to 9to5Google. The tech site has carried out an APK breakdown of the latest beta version of the Google app and found some lines of code that refer to Active Edge.... >>

Q Acoustics M2 soundbase delivers room-filling sound at an affordable price

Q Acoustics M2 soundbase delivers room-filling sound at an affordable price

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British audio company Q Acoustics has announced its latest home entertainment product, the M2 soundbase, which is designed to deliver a big sound at a small price.Getting decent sound in your living room or bedroom when watching movies or listening to... >>

28 incredible futuristic weapons and examples of modern military might

28 incredible futuristic weapons and examples of modern military might

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Warfare has always lead to the biggest leaps forward in technology, which each Country constantly striving to have the most advanced and capable armaments to protect their interests at home and abroad. Seemingly drawing inspiration from science-fiction,... >>

5 things to look out for when buying a refurbished phone

5 things to look out for when buying a refurbished phone

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So you want a new mobile phone, but you've decided you want a refurbished phone instead. After all, it's less expensive and, assuming it comes from a reputable source it offers a lot of benefits, such as being checked over for any blemishes, tested, cleaned... >>

Samsung Galaxy S9: What's the story so far?

Samsung Galaxy S9: What's the story so far?

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ only hit shelves a few months ago but that doesn't stop speculation for their successors. As is always the way, as soon as one great device appears, there are always those wanting more. Here are all the rumours relating... >>

Huge Huawei Mate 10 leak shows press pic of 6.1-inch behemoth

Huge Huawei Mate 10 leak shows press pic of 6.1-inch behemoth

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With a 16 October launch planned, we've heard plenty about the Huawei Mate 10 recently and are bound to hear much more on the build up.You're unlikely to see a better leaked picture, however, than the press image posted on twitter by @evleaks - himself... >>

You can now disable the Bixby button on Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8

You can now disable the Bixby button on Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8

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Samsung has released an update for the Galaxy S8, S8+ and Galaxy Note 8, that will let users change the function of the side-mounted Bixby button. What is Bixby? Samsung's smart AI explained Up until recently, when Bixby Voice was finally rolled out... >>

Huawei G10 with front and rear dual-lens cameras destined for China

Huawei G10 with front and rear dual-lens cameras destined for China

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Huawei is set to unveil the Mate 10 flagship on 16 October at an event in Munich, but it now seems that's not the only phone the smartphone manufacturer has for 2017. Photos of a G10 smartphone have appeared online via PhoneArena, which also claims the... >>

Pokemon Go developer to use audio in follow-up AR game

Pokemon Go developer to use audio in follow-up AR game

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Pokemon Go developer Niantic is working on a follow-up augmented reality mobile game and is planning to incorporate audio cues. That means you won't always have to have your phone extended in front of you constantly as you play.Niantic's chief technical... >>

Samsung Galaxy S9 could be a slow-mo superstar with 1,000fps camera

Samsung Galaxy S9 could be a slow-mo superstar with 1,000fps camera

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Rumours surrounding Samsung's next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S9, are already churning away. The latest refers to the camera, which according to a report from Korean publication ET News, could feature a 1,000fps image sensor, capable of shooting... >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tips and tricks: The S Pen is mightier than the sword

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tips and tricks: The S Pen is mightier than the sword

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the most advanced phone that Samsung has ever made. Not only does it offer all the features of the Samsung Galaxy S8 devices, but it debuts the dual camera as well as enhancing the S Pen.For some, the Note 7's early withdrawal... >>

Best Apple Watch accessories: Protect and personalise your watch

Best Apple Watch accessories: Protect and personalise your watch

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The Apple Watch is already on its third generation.App developers and accessory manufacturers alike have had three to get their hands on Apple Watch, so that means they've had time to scratch their heads and dream up something disruptive that'll add value... >>

What is Apple Pay Cash and how does it work?

What is Apple Pay Cash and how does it work?

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Apple will soon roll out an iOS 11 feature, called Apple Pay Cash, that makes it easier for you to send money or receive money from friends.Apple Pay Cash is technically part of Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payment system, but it lives in Apple's iMessage... >>

Microsoft will show where mixed reality is headed at 3 October event

Microsoft will show where mixed reality is headed at 3 October event

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Microsoft is going all in on "mixed reality", as evident by an event it plans to hold for the technology.The Redmond, Washington-based company has invited the media to a Windows Mixed Reality event in San Francisco on 3 October, and it promises to discuss... >>