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What is Venmo, how does it work, and where is it available?

What is Venmo, how does it work, and where is it available?

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If you're bummed that Apple Pay Cash didn't launch with iOS 11 in September, consider trying Venmo.Have you heard the phrase "Just Venmo me?" If not, you probably will soon. Venmo is a 7-year-old mobile app that lets people easily transfer money between... >>

Roku might drop a new 4K HDR streaming stick and remote soon

Roku might drop a new 4K HDR streaming stick and remote soon

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Roku could be preparing a shake up to its lineup.Days after it was revealed Roku might be developing a voice-controlled smart speaker, we're now learning it will finally release a device to compete with Google's Chromecast Ultra. According to Zatz Not... >>

Best ARKit-enabled apps: Top 10 augmented reality apps for iOS

Best ARKit-enabled apps: Top 10 augmented reality apps for iOS

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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... >>

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... >>

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,... >>

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... >>

Apple Face ID works with sunglasses, can be disabled by gripping sides of iPhone X

Apple Face ID works with sunglasses, can be disabled by gripping sides of iPhone X

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Apple announced new details about how Face ID works... via an email.The iPhone X's exclusive facial-recognition feature will work with most sunglasses, according to Apple's software engineering chief, Craig Federighi, who has replied to an email from... >>

Essential is making a high-end audio jack accessory for its PH-1 phone

Essential is making a high-end audio jack accessory for its PH-1 phone

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Essential is developing more modules for its phone.The company has confirmed it is actively developing a high-end audio accessory to support a 3.5mm jack -- something it didn't include on the Essential Phone at launch. The Essential team revealed the... >>

iPhone wallpapers and backgrounds: 98 of the best we've found

iPhone wallpapers and backgrounds: 98 of the best we've found

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One of the most difficult parts about owning a new iPhone is picking out an equally new wallpaper.It has to be crisp, beautiful, breath-taking, inspiring, bold, rich, and preferably all of the above. Thankfully, the internet is chock-full of free-to-download... >>

Bose's next headphones might come with a Google Assistant button

Bose's next headphones might come with a Google Assistant button

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Bose might be Google's next partner.A couple weeks ago, Google announced it partnered with manufacturers, including Panasonic and LG, with the purpose of integrating its Google Assistant AI into their speakers and appliances. Now, we think Bose will be... >>

What is YouTube TV, which channels does it offer, and how does it work?

What is YouTube TV, which channels does it offer, and how does it work?

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It's been long rumoured that Google will use YouTube to introduce a live TV service. The company has now confirmed those suspicions.Google officially launched its entry into the streaming of live TV, with YouTube TV. It lets you access live and recorded... >>

GoPro Hero 6 action camera pictured in leaked retail box with key specs

GoPro Hero 6 action camera pictured in leaked retail box with key specs

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Want to see what GoPro's next camera looks like?In February of earlier this year, action-camera maker GoPro had confirmed that it planned to release a Hero 6 camera by the end of 2017. It is now September, so that means we should see the company announce... >>

Snapchat: How to add 3D animated Bitmoji lenses to your snaps

Snapchat: How to add 3D animated Bitmoji lenses to your snaps

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Snapchat's latest update completely changes how you use Bitmoji.Last year, Snapchat bought Bitstrips, the company behind Bitmoji. Snapchat is now leveraging that acquisition in away that reminds us of Pokemon Go. In that AR-based game, you can look through... >>

Nokia 2 budget phone with massive battery appears in leaked image

Nokia 2 budget phone with massive battery appears in leaked image

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HMD Global might release its fifth Nokia-branded phone this year.The device - dubbed the Nokia 2 - is expected to be a budget smartphone that packs a huge 4000,mAh battery, and we know this thanks to a listing on the US FCC site. Nokia 2 also recently... >>

Google will unveil next Pixel on 4 October, says we should 'ask more'

Google will unveil next Pixel on 4 October, says we should 'ask more'

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Google doesn't want you to think about iPhone X anymore.The company has launched a website that suggests we "ask more" and teases, "thinking about changing phones?", followed by an announcement that tells us to "stay tuned for more on 4 October". Google... >>

Apple iOS 11 wallpapers: Download them now for your iPhone or iPad

Apple iOS 11 wallpapers: Download them now for your iPhone or iPad

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A few days before Apple's September 2017 event, the final build of iOS 11 leaked out, revealing all sorts of announcements ahead of the event.Apple, of course, has since confirmed everything that was discovered in the big leak, but one thing it didn't... >>

What is Apple's Portrait Lighting and how does it work on iPhone?

What is Apple's Portrait Lighting and how does it work on iPhone?

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One way Apple differentiates its latest, premium iPhones over other models is by giving them exclusive features.This year, Apple has come up with a new camera feature known as Portrait Lighting. It's supposed make it easier for you to take photographs... >>

What is Apple's True Tone display?

What is Apple's True Tone display?

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At its 12 September event, Apple took the wraps off two new iPhone series: iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X. All three devices come with True Tone display, a technology which first made its appearance on iPad Pro. It works a lot like the white-balance-compensating... >>

It's official: Apple shows off the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

It's official: Apple shows off the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

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Apple has announced plenty of new products for release this month and beyond, including the iPhone X. However, if you can't stretch to the latest, innovative handset - as it starts at £999 - you might want to consider an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus instead.Both... >>

What is Apple Face ID and how does it work?

What is Apple Face ID and how does it work?

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Apple has announced a new facial-recognition feature, which has been rumoured for months, but it's exclusive to the new iPhone X.The technology, called Face ID, effectively replaces Touch ID fingerprint scanning. It uses a “TrueDepth camera system",... >>

Apple iPhone X event: What was launched and how to re-watch?

Apple iPhone X event: What was launched and how to re-watch?

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Apple's major iPhone X event is now done and dusted.We were treated to not one, or two, but three new iPhone models. But before the company got into those new devices, it announced a new Apple Watch, new Apple TV, and more. If you were busy during the... >>

Apple Animoji explained: Here's how to use those animated emoji

Apple Animoji explained: Here's how to use those animated emoji

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Apple has introduced a new iOS 11 feature: Animoji.Animoji are custom, animated versions of popular emoji characters found on iPhone. The feature uses the new Face ID facial-recognition system, which is exclusive to the iPhone X, to create 3D emoji that... >>

Sony RX10 IV debuts with 'world's fastest' hybrid AF and 24fps bursts

Sony RX10 IV debuts with 'world's fastest' hybrid AF and 24fps bursts

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Sony is in New York City, where it just announced another Cyber-shot RX10-branded camera.Called the RX10 IV, it packs the "world’s fastest" AF lock speed of just 0.03sec, according to Sony, as well as offers 24fps continuous shooting with full AF/AE... >>

Mercedes shows off its 1000-horsepower Project One hypercar

Mercedes shows off its 1000-horsepower Project One hypercar

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Mercedes-Benz has shown off that new hypercar it's been teasing.Dubbed the Mercedes-AMG Project One, the showcar was unveiled at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. Based on the features, like more than 1,000 horsepower, it seems like a concept,... >>

Xiaomi launches a ceramic unibody sequel to the slim-bezeled Mi Mix

Xiaomi launches a ceramic unibody sequel to the slim-bezeled Mi Mix

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Xiaomi has launched a sequel to the Mi Mix. It's called Mi Mix 2.The original Mi Mix earned rave reviews for its slim bezels and game-changing design, which, unlike most smartphones, offered a different location for the earpiece and the front-facing... >>

Apple iPhone X's OLED display: How will it differ from LCD screens?

Apple iPhone X's OLED display: How will it differ from LCD screens?

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Apple's next flagship iPhone, the iPhone X, could feature an OLED display, rather than the LCD screens found on previous iPhones.This is a big deal, if you care about screen technology. The average user likely won't notice it, nor will they really care,... >>

Apple iOS 11: 11 new features on your iPhone and iPad

Apple iOS 11: 11 new features on your iPhone and iPad

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Apple made iOS 11 official while at WWDC 2017, way back in June.As is customary for new versions of iPhone and iPad software, iOS 11 was pushed out to customers via an over-the-air update a few days before the new iPhones were due to land on store shelves... >>

YouTube HDR: Here's how to find and watch YouTube videos in HDR

YouTube HDR: Here's how to find and watch YouTube videos in HDR

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YouTube now supports HDR (high dynamic range) content.With HDR-compatible televisions bursting onto the market, and several media companies such as Netflix and Amazon offering HDR content, many consumers are likely wondering what's going on with Google-owned... >>

Uber wants its entire vehicle fleet in London to be all-electric by 2025

Uber wants its entire vehicle fleet in London to be all-electric by 2025

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Uber's cheapest, most popular UberX tier will soon be either fully-electric or hybrid.With "500-year" hurricanes happening all the time now, it seems like everyone should be talking about climate change and the role we play as a fossil fuel-dependent... >>

Stride is a new Slack-like chat app from the makers of HipChat

Stride is a new Slack-like chat app from the makers of HipChat

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There are so many Slack-like chat apps these days.There's Facebook's Workplace and Microsoft's Teams and so on. But that isn't stopping Atlassian, which makes the HipChat chat app, from introducing Stride, another chat app. But this one has a slightly... >>

That HTC U11 squeezing gimmick just got a lot more useful

That HTC U11 squeezing gimmick just got a lot more useful

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HTC's U11 might be less gimmicky now.The HTC U11 has an Edge Sense function that lets you squeeze its sides to launch a range of things. In our review of the device, we said you could turn off Edge Sense and you'd know no difference. Sure, it's something... >>

Apple iPhone 8 won't have Touch ID, will unlock via facial recognition

Apple iPhone 8 won't have Touch ID, will unlock via facial recognition

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Apple will ditch Touch ID altogether for the iPhone 8.According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple had trouble embedding the fingerprint scanner into the phone's screen. We've heard for months that Apple wanted to axe the home button and add facial recognition,... >>

Netflix future in doubt as Disney looks to take back control

Netflix future in doubt as Disney looks to take back control

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Netflix can't be happy right now.Disney's CEO, Bob Iger, just announced that Marvel and Star Wars titles will be streamed exclusively on Disney's new streaming platform that is due to launch in late 2019: "I have described a very rich, treasure trove... >>

How to turn on Twitter Night mode on desktop, iOS, and Android devices

How to turn on Twitter Night mode on desktop, iOS, and Android devices

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Did you know Twitter has a Night mode feature?Well, Twitter's iOS and Android apps have offered the feature since last year, but now, it's available on the desktop. Night mode re-skins the app and site so that they appear darker, making it easer to read... >>

Plex users can view live TV with DVR on Amazon Fire TV and the web

Plex users can view live TV with DVR on Amazon Fire TV and the web

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Plex Live TV and DVR are now available on Amazon Fire TV.In other words, you now have another way to stream over-the-air shows. Previously, Plex Live TV and DVR was only accessible on Android, iPhone, Android TV, and Apple TV devices. Plex, which was... >>

You can now use Kobo's mobile apps to listen to audiobooks

You can now use Kobo's mobile apps to listen to audiobooks

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Looking for a new audiobook source?Well, Rakuten's Kobo has added audiobooks to its iOS and Android ebook apps. Kobo, if you didn't know, is an e-reader maker that also offers the Kobo Reading mobile app, which allows you to browse Kobo's extensive catalogue... >>

You can interact with this BBC radio play using Alexa or Google Home

You can interact with this BBC radio play using Alexa or Google Home

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The BBC has developed a new interactive radio story.The broadcasting company, well-known for its radio plays, has announced a new project: a comedy/science fiction play titled The Inspection Chamber. It partnered with an audio company Rosina Sound on... >>

Microsoft might unveil a new Surface device in London next month

Microsoft might unveil a new Surface device in London next month

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Microsoft will supposedly have a new Surface device to show us at the end of October, according to a report.The company is planning to hold its annual Future Decoded event from 31 October to 1 November in London. Devices Chief Panos Panay is scheduled... >>

Amazon Echo Show tips and tricks: Master Alexa from a touchscreen

Amazon Echo Show tips and tricks: Master Alexa from a touchscreen

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Amazon's Echo speaker now comes with a touchscreen - and whole host of hidden ways to leverage Alexa.The Echo Show launched earlier this year, and in Pocket-lint's review, we noted that Amazon could go in so many directions with it. Sure, we'd like to... >>

What is Garmin Pay, how does it work, and which banks support it?

What is Garmin Pay, how does it work, and which banks support it?

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Garmin now lets you make purchases on the go.First, there was Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay. Then, there was Fitbit Pay. Now, we have Garmin Pay. All these mobile payment systems work with contactless payment readers so that you can check out... >>

You can now buy those cool Minecraft Xbox One wireless controllers

You can now buy those cool Minecraft Xbox One wireless controllers

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If you love Xbox and Minecraft, then you'll want to check these out.Microsoft recently announced a Minecraft limited-edition bundle of the Xbox One S, which includes a 1TB console and a vertical stand, as well as an Creeper Xbox One wireless controller,... >>

This is Apple's Steve Jobs Theatre, where it will unveil next iPhones

This is Apple's Steve Jobs Theatre, where it will unveil next iPhones

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Apple plans to show off its Steve Jobs Theatre soon.The Apple Park venue, which is named after the late CEO and company co-founder, Steve Jobs, will be formally unveiled to the public during an iPhone 8 event on 12 September. There's no getting past that... >>