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  • The tech that helped Team GB win gold
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    The tech that helped Team GB win gold

    By 7 August 2012

    Great Britain has had an incredible run of success at the London Olympics. Legends have been made almost instantly. Be it Mo Farah’s incredible 10,000 metre win, Ben Ainsley’s stunning sailing or Victoria Pendleton’s efforts in the velodrome, our...

  • Best iPad games: Arcade
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    Best iPad games: Arcade

    By 7 August 2012

    What makes the iPad such a great arcade gaming device is its bigger screen. Pick up something like the iCade and you even have a fully fledged arcade machine. Couple that with some classic games wrapped up in some of the best apps and you have an arcade...

  • Twitter apps scared of what happens next
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    Twitter apps scared of what happens next

    By 6 August 2012

    The arrival of the official Twitter app in 2010 was a warning shot for many of the third-party developers on the microblogging social network that had made so much hay while the sun shined. If that wasn't indication enough that the good times might be...

  • Best portable radios
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    Best portable radios

    By 3 August 2012

    Fancy some political discourse, Olympic sport commentary, gentle DJ patter or pop-rock clatter on the run? It’s online and on your TV, smartphone and tablet, but hard-button radios are still one of the nation’s favourite gadgets. The most popular...

  • How to shoot the Olympics: a photographer's guide
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    How to shoot the Olympics: a photographer's guide

    By 2 August 2012

    We can’t think of a much better opportunity to take your latest piece of photographic kit for a spin than the London 2012 Olympics. Packed full of all different photographic situations, it is an amateur photographer’s dream. Some will have compact...

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich: When is it coming to my phone?
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    Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich: When is it coming to my phone?

    By 2 August 2012

    Google has announced the launch of the latest version of Android: Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, in Hong Kong on Wednesday - and with it the shiny new Samsung Galaxy Nexus. That’s all very well and good, but when is it coming to your Android...

  • Outlook.com vs Gmail
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    Outlook.com vs Gmail

    By 1 August 2012

    The just-launched Outlook.com offers plenty in the way of web-based email action. It goes head to head with the current favourite, Gmail, which with things like Google Docs, Apps and Drive integration, is fast becoming a one-stop shop for managing your...

  • How to get your new Outlook.com address
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    How to get your new Outlook.com address

    By 1 August 2012

    Microsoft’s metro-style Outlook.com has launched and is already receiving plenty of praise for its ease of use and clean approach to design. Early adopters are also going to be treated to a much bigger choice of possible email addresses when they sign...

  • Super Hi-Vision eyes-on: London 2012 Olympics in 8k
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    Super Hi-Vision eyes-on: London 2012 Olympics in 8k

    By 31 July 2012

    The Olympics have long been a test platform for new technology. Be it clever swimsuits or innovative sets of trainers, whatever you see at the Olympics is usually at the cutting edge. It doesn’t have to be just sports however, TV networks often use...

  • How to watch the Olympics online
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    How to watch the Olympics online

    By 27 July 2012

    The games are almost upon us. Paul McCartney is prepping his hair and getting ready to treat us to a track by Wings (they're only the band the Beatles could have been). Beckham is getting ready to ride a horse and Daniel Craig is going to wow us with...

  • Mountain Lion tips and tricks
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    Mountain Lion tips and tricks

    By 26 July 2012

    Mountain Lion has arrived and with more upgrades than Pamela Anderson’s front half, getting to the bottom of what’s new isn’t exactly easy. There are more than 200 new features in Mountain Lion, many of which are pretty much straightforward, say...

  • Game Centre in Mountain Lion features unwrapped
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    Game Centre in Mountain Lion features unwrapped

    By 26 July 2012

    Mountain Lion has brought with it more than 200 changes to OS X. Like a Transformer, there is more to it than meets the eye. In fact, there is so much new to explore that even Optimus Prime would be impressed. Hidden in the relative treasure trove of...

  • Best Olympic apps for following the London 2012 Games
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    Best Olympic apps for following the London 2012 Games

    By 26 July 2012

    The London 2012 Games is something you’ve either got tickets for or not. As it goes, you’ve still got a chance to get some Olympics tickets, but what you can pick up with far greater ease - and often for free - are a whole host of Olympic apps. So,...

  • London 2012 travel: Avoid the chaos with technology
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    London 2012 travel: Avoid the chaos with technology

    By 25 July 2012

    If you’re not already sick of the London 2012 Olympics, then you will be when you find yourself stuck in Games traffic. With all the hysteria it’s hard to tell whether the capital’s transport network will bend and buckle under the weight of all...

  • Will my Mac run Mountain Lion? And how can I upgrade if it does?
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    Will my Mac run Mountain Lion? And how can I upgrade if it does?

    By 25 July 2012

    It's here. OS X Mountain Lion is to be the latest and greatest update to Apple's Mac operating system. The problem, just as with Snow Leopard, is that a few Mac users are going to get left behind. So can your Mac run the new system? Should you grab a...

  • Planning your visit to the London 2012 Olympic games
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    Planning your visit to the London 2012 Olympic games

    By 24 July 2012

    There is so much to look forward to with the London 2012 Olympics. Not only is it an opportunity to see more world class sport in a blink of an eye than you might see in a lifetime, it's also a great excuse to explore London. You might be visiting from...

  • Compact system cameras (CSC): Which mirrorless system camera is best for me?
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    Compact system cameras (CSC): Which mirrorless system camera is best for me?

    By 23 July 2012

    Compact system cameras. No, wait, mirrorless interchangeable cameras. Or is it digital single lens mirrorless? It's no wonder that the onslaught of this relatively new camera market has caused its fair share of confusion. The announcement of the Canon...

  • The kit Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France with
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    The kit Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France with

    By 23 July 2012

    So, Wiggins did it, becoming the first Briton to win the Tour de France in its 109-year history. Taking victory at the Champs Elysee after a gruelling 2000-mile trip, Wiggins is the man of the hour. He didn't exactly manage it on a ten quid bike from...

  • London 2012 Olympics tickets: how to buy them online - it’s not too late
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    London 2012 Olympics tickets: how to buy them online - it’s not too late

    By 23 July 2012

    With the London 2012 Olympics all but upon us, you’re probably in one of  two camps. The first - let’s call it the Happy Camp - is a group who have tickets to the Olympic Games, are thoroughly excited and getting more and more so as the time draws...

  • Canon EOS M: Everything you need to know
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    Canon EOS M: Everything you need to know

    By 23 July 2012

    Canon has unveiled the EOS M, its first entry into the compact system camera market. An entirely new system demands a closer look, especially when it comes from Canon. What might look like a shrunken down 650D on the specs sheet looks altogether different...

  • Best iPhone sports apps
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    Best iPhone sports apps

    By 20 July 2012

    Keeping tabs on your favourite team, driver, golfer or whatever other sport you follow, is much easier thanks to the smartphone. Now you can have a constant stream of stats and updates telling you just how badly or how well your team is doing. But the...

  • Augmented Reality 2012: Is the dream any closer?
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    Augmented Reality 2012: Is the dream any closer?

    By 19 July 2012

    Stuff of the cinema but panned as gimmickry in the real world, augmented reality soldiers on in 2012. The concept is a noble one - annotate the world around us with virtual information to enhance our understanding, enjoyment and usefulness of the immediate...

  • Best iPhone games: arcade
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    Best iPhone games: arcade

    By 19 July 2012

    The arcade will always be the spiritual home of gaming. A place of 50 pence coins, spilt Slush Puppies and smoking grannies playing on one-armed bandits, they were once a gaming institution. Sadly the arcade is now but entirely gone, replaced by inexpensive...

  • What's new in Microsoft Office 2013?
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    What's new in Microsoft Office 2013?

    By 18 July 2012

    Microsoft Office 2013 is yours to download for free. Well, the preview is anyway, so get on that pony quick before the software gets official and starts to cost you. While you wait for that progress bar to chug along you might want to take a second to...

  • Now TV: Everything you need to know
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    Now TV: Everything you need to know

    By 18 July 2012

    Sky’s Now TV has launched, offering on-demand movies while allowing you to dodge the Sky subscription needed for Sky Go. There is a lot to like about the new service, but at £3.49 per rental, or £15 a month, is it really worth it? We have had a long...