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Top photography tips for beginners

Top photography tips for beginners

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Photography is a complicated subject that can be a minefield for some, while to others it comes as naturally as eating a piece of cake. If you sit in the first camp, where the idea of jumping out of a plane is more appealing than picking up a DSLR and... >>

Multi-room audio: What is it and what are your options?

Multi-room audio: What is it and what are your options?

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Multi-room audio is one of those buzzwords that's been kicking about for a couple of years. It's a word that ultimately refers to what you might expect - audio in multiple rooms - but don't be fooled into thinking that's all there is to it. The simple... >>

Best of CES 2016: The 10 best gadgets and concepts

Best of CES 2016: The 10 best gadgets and concepts

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The Consumer Electronics Show takes place annually at the beginning of January in Las Vegas and with it comes announcements of thousands of new and exciting gadgets and products. This year's show was no different with some fabulous launches taking place... >>

Best laptops and tablets of CES 2016: Lenovo, HP and more

Best laptops and tablets of CES 2016: Lenovo, HP and more

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The Consumer Electronics Show marks the launch, or at least announcement, of thousands of devices and products. These range from activity trackers and smartphones to TVs and laptops, with all sorts in between. This year's show saw several laptops announced... >>

Best smartwatches and wearables of CES 2016: Fitbit, Garmin, Huawei and more

Best smartwatches and wearables of CES 2016: Fitbit, Garmin, Huawei and more

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Wearables have come into their own over the last year with 2015 seeing some great products announced from Tag Heuer and Apple's smartwatches to Fitbit and Jawbone's activity trackers. If you thought this area of tech was just a fad, you better think... >>

Best cameras of CES 2016: Nikon, Canon, Panasonic and more

Best cameras of CES 2016: Nikon, Canon, Panasonic and more

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The Consumer Electronics Show hasn't been the best known shows for camera launches, but as the years have gone by more notable products have been announced - and CES 2016 is no different.  Like previous years, there haven't been a huge number of cameras... >>

Fitbit goes fashionable with Blaze smart fitness watch

Fitbit goes fashionable with Blaze smart fitness watch

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Fitbit is no stranger to the activity tracking field with numerous devices in its portfolio including the popular Charge HR. Despite being excellent trackers though, none of the Fitbit models are what you would call pretty. Until now that is. The company... >>

Best smartwatches 2016: The best smart wristwear available to buy today

Best smartwatches 2016: The best smart wristwear available to buy today

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Smartwatches used to be gadgets only James Bond would have access to, but that's no longer the case. These wrist-worn phone companions that can receive calls, texts, emails and social network notifications have been whipping the wearables sector into... >>

Best budgeting apps: 7 apps to take control of your finances

Best budgeting apps: 7 apps to take control of your finances

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Keeping track of finances can be a tricky thing to do, especially if you have more than one account or any kind of credit or store card. Money comes in, money goes out and there is the classic saying, the more you earn the more you spend. Even if you... >>

Best dieting apps: 9 apps to help you lose weight

Best dieting apps: 9 apps to help you lose weight

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January is here which means you'll probably have started drawing up a long list of New Year's resolutions that you have every determination of sticking to. There might be a certain place or activity on there, mixed in with a few other things like... >>

Best Android Wear smartwatch: The best smartwatches available on Google's platform

Best Android Wear smartwatch: The best smartwatches available on Google's platform

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Android Wear launched in 2014 with three hero smartwatches - the Motorola Moto 360, LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live. These three watches are now pretty much obsolete, taken over by fancier models that are far more appealing, far better looking... >>

New Year, new you: 7 tech resolutions for 2016

New Year, new you: 7 tech resolutions for 2016

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The clock has struck and another year has begun. You have probably made all sorts of resolutions - quit smoking, drink less, go out more, spend less, etc. While some of those are more manageable than others, we have rounded up seven tech resolutions... >>

Best fitness apps: 9 apps to get you moving in 2016

Best fitness apps: 9 apps to get you moving in 2016

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New year, new you. Make of that what you will, but if it is getting fit with the help of your trusty smartphone then you've come to the right place. We have rounded up some of the best fitness apps out there, some free and some paid, to help you get moving... >>

Siri vs Cortana: Which is the funniest assistant?

Siri vs Cortana: Which is the funniest assistant?

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You might have heard of Siri and Cortana. They are the lovely personal assistants from Apple and Microsoft, both looking to help their users out whenever they are in need. They aren't just helpful though - they are pretty funny too, depending on what... >>

Best place to put a speaker: Sonos head of design gives us tips and tricks of the trade

Best place to put a speaker: Sonos head of design gives us tips and tricks of the trade

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Sonos has a mission to fill every home with music, as well as to give you the ultimate home music experience. To do this, you not only need to have great speakers, but you also have to have the best possible set-up for them with the best possible objects... >>

Best Apple Watch apps: 31 apps to download that actually do something

Best Apple Watch apps: 31 apps to download that actually do something

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The Apple Watch is no longer the new kid on the smartwatch block. It's been kicking around for nearly a year now and in that time, the apps available for it reach over 10,000. Of course, not all these apps are great, useful or even suited to the Apple... >>

How to create a photo collage: Six best apps

How to create a photo collage: Six best apps

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It wasn't until quite recently that Instagram made it much easier to create a photo collage of several images in one. It's now possible to upload one image that combines up to 10 photos in one directly through the Layout app, which is accessible through... >>

Best iPad mini cases: Protect your 7.9-inch Apple tablet

Best iPad mini cases: Protect your 7.9-inch Apple tablet

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Apple's iPad mini is available in two models - the iPad mini 2 and the newest iPad mini 4 that was announced as the replacement for the iPad mini 3 in September. The iPad mini 2 is the cheapest way to get your hands on an Apple tablet with prices starting... >>

Best iPad Air 2 cases: Treat your Apple tablet

Best iPad Air 2 cases: Treat your Apple tablet

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Apple offers five iPad options with display sizes ranging from 7.9-inches in the mini models to a huge 12.9-inches in the largest iPad Pro. The portfolio starts with the iPad mini 2 and it includes the newer iPad mini 4 followed by the iPad Air 2, the... >>

Tips for low light photography: Capture every Christmas moment

Tips for low light photography: Capture every Christmas moment

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Christmas tends to be a time of pretty lights and low-lit rooms to take full advantage of those lights, which in turn results in images full of random shadows and colours. To help you out, we have compiled a few tips to give you better photo results when... >>

Best apps for capturing Christmas fun

Best apps for capturing Christmas fun

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You wait 364 days for Christmas Day to come round for it to all be over in 24 hours. Countless days of shopping, hours of cooking, more food and drink than is normal for four people to consume let alone one, and then bang, it's Boxing Day and you're... >>

Christmas cooking: 5 best apps

Christmas cooking: 5 best apps

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Christmas can involve months of preparation, from the endless weeks of shopping for gifts, to the pre-ordering of the turkey and stocking up the fridge. The dinner itself can be a mammoth task and although every extra helping hand is useful, there can... >>

Best gadgets 2015: Phones, cameras, games and more, here is the best of the year

Best gadgets 2015: Phones, cameras, games and more, here is the best of the year

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Wow, we've seen a lot of gadgets and games this year, whether that's virtual reality headsets, smartphones, tablets, cameras or simply updates on previously seen greats. And there have been plenty of amazing devices among that lot. The year saw the launch... >>

Microsoft Band 2 review: Function over form
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Microsoft Band 2 review: Function over form

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Microsoft introduced the original Band in October 2014, bringing a device that combined an array of fitness tracking features with a few smartwatch-like functions. Despite being great in terms of functionality, it was heavily criticised for its rigid... >>

Best 10 gadgets for a more connected home

Best 10 gadgets for a more connected home

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Connected homes used to be something you'd associate with the future but that's no longer the case. Over the last few years we have seen several smarthome gadgets and devices appear and they have really come into their own in 2015. Smart heating and lighting... >>