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What is ZigBee and why is it important for your smart home?

What is ZigBee and why is it important for your smart home?

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There's been an explosion in smart home devices over the past few years. What was once referred to as "home automation" and still referred to as "Internet of Things" has now settled into a more friendly category we call smart home. We've got heating,... >>

Garmin Forerunner 30 is a cheap GPS smartwatch made for runners

Garmin Forerunner 30 is a cheap GPS smartwatch made for runners

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Garmin has announced a new Forerunner-branded watch.Earlier this year, we reviewed the Forerunner 35, a GPS smartwatch that we described as perfect if you're looking for an affordable entry into the world of running watches. Its fitness tracking is faultless,... >>

Dyson confirms it's making a radical and expensive electric vehicle

Dyson confirms it's making a radical and expensive electric vehicle

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Let's hope Dyson's new car sucks as well as its vacuums.Dyson, the UK company that makes fancy vacuum cleaners, has announced in a letter sent to employees that is developing an electric car. It should be unveiled in 2020. Dyson also confirmed it has... >>

Atari reveals Ataribox console specs, pricing, release date, and more

Atari reveals Ataribox console specs, pricing, release date, and more

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We're beginning to learn more about Atari’s Ataribox.First announced three months ago, the Ataribox has officially received around 90,000 registrations on Ataribox.com (in other words, that many people have signed up to learn more about the upcoming... >>

Office 2019 is the next version of Microsoft Office, coming next year

Office 2019 is the next version of Microsoft Office, coming next year

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Microsoft is readying a major update to Office.While at its Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida, Microsoft announced the next release of its Office productivity suite. Called Office 2019, it'll arrive in the second half of 2018 and consist of all... >>

Samsung Windows Mixed Reality headset pictured in huge leak

Samsung Windows Mixed Reality headset pictured in huge leak

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Samsung plans to dabble in Windows Mixed Reality, it seems.Microsoft is holding an event next week to showcase the future of its Windows Mixed Reality platform, and it'll likely unveil new headsets while it is there - maybe even one from Samsung. Twitter... >>

Lifx goes after Philips by adding HomeKit support to its smart lights

Lifx goes after Philips by adding HomeKit support to its smart lights

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"Siri, turn off my Lifx light."When it comes to smart lighting, you probably think of Philips first, but there are other options, such as Lifx. It makes Wi-Fi enabled smart lights, including ones that change colour. And it has finally added support for... >>

You can now install Apple's MacOS High Sierra update on your Mac

You can now install Apple's MacOS High Sierra update on your Mac

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High Sierra is finally official.The latest major update to Apple’s desktop operating system, MacOS High Sierra, is now available as a free upgrade for existing Mac users. It's an over-the-air update you can access from the Mac App Store. You can also... >>

Apple now uses Google search results instead of Bing in Siri and Spotlight

Apple now uses Google search results instead of Bing in Siri and Spotlight

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Goodbye, Bing. Hello, Google.Apple no longer uses Bing as the default search engine for Siri web search results in iOS and in Spotlight on the Mac. Instead, it uses Google. Apple even issued a statement on the switch (via TechCrunch): “Switching to... >>

Google Pixel 2 details leak out: Bokeh blur, redone launcher, and more

Google Pixel 2 details leak out: Bokeh blur, redone launcher, and more

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Google's upcoming Pixel 2 flagship will apparently look very similar to the original model, but that doesn't mean it won't have new features.Artem Russakovskii‏, founder of Android Police, posted new details about the Pixel 2 on Twitter. He said the... >>

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... >>

Will my Mac run MacOS High Sierra?

Will my Mac run MacOS High Sierra?

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Apple's latest version of MacOS comes out on 25 September. But can your Mac run it?While at its mostly annual developers conference in San Jose, Apple showed off MacOS High Sierra, a major update to the MacOS Sierra operating system announced last year.... >>

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

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

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Kids these days.If they aren't Venmo-ing cash to their friends, they are snapping with Snapchat. Or, they're sending anonymised messages to each other with Sarahah, an app that shot to the top of app charts this past summer. Nearly 20 million people have... >>

EE supports a new 'Enhanced HD Voice' feature, starting with iPhone 8

EE supports a new 'Enhanced HD Voice' feature, starting with iPhone 8

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EE has announced it supports "the next generation of voice service".So, you've probably heard of HD Voice before. If not, it's also called Voice over LTE (VoLTE). And it is designed to enhance phone conversations so that people sound more natural and... >>

Is HTC working on a U11 Plus phone with a nearly bezel-less screen?

Is HTC working on a U11 Plus phone with a nearly bezel-less screen?

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Google's $1.1 billion deal with HTC made a lot of headlines this past week while another bit of HTC news seemed to fall flat.HTC confirmed that it is "currently working on the next flagship phone, following the successful launch of the HTC U11 earlier... >>

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... >>

Google will make own future Pixel phones after buying part of HTC

Google will make own future Pixel phones after buying part of HTC

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Google's rumoured acquisition of part of HTC's phone business is now official. It has paid $1.1 billion to take on some of HTC's staff and hardware expertise, including the team assigned to designing Pixel smartphones.It has also signed an agreement for... >>

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... >>

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:... >>

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... >>

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... >>

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... >>

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... >>