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The best Amazon UK Prime Day deals 2018: These deals are still on!
The best Amazon UK Prime Day deals 2018: These deals are still on! By Dan Grabham

Amazon Prime Day has been and gone, though there are still a few special offers around on the Amazon UK Prime Day Hub. A deal that is still on is the super Amazon Music Unlimited deal that will get you 4 months for just 99p - normally it's £9.99... Read more

Amazon Music Unlimited vs Spotify: Which is best?
Amazon Music Unlimited vs Spotify: Which is best? By Max Langridge

The rise of Amazon Music Unlimited has gone hand-in-hand with the explosion in use of Amazon Echo and the Alexa digital assistant. It integrates seamlessly with Echo, while also working as streaming service on your phone.But Spotify is probably the... Read more

iOS 12 features, release date and more: What's in the public beta?
iOS 12 features, release date and more: What's in the public beta? By Maggie Tillman

Apple's iOS 12 will officially come to iPhones and iPads later in the year but a public beta has just been announced. Check out How to download the iOS 12 beta.The next major update to the iPhone and iPad's mobile operating system was rumoured to be... Read more

YouTube Music vs Spotify vs Apple Music vs Amazon Music Unlimited: What's the difference?
YouTube Music vs Spotify vs Apple Music vs Amazon Music Unlimited: What's the difference? By Rik Henderson

YouTube has introduced YouTube Music to the UK - but is it the best streaming music service? Or does that crown still belong to Spotify or the newer Apple Music or Amazon Music Unlimited? Let's compare the new YouTube Music service against its most... Read more

10 best VPN services for use in the UK
10 best VPN services for use in the UK By Roland Moore-Colyer

Here we round up the best VPN providers available including NordVPN, ExpressVPN and Private Interet Access. The World Cup is upcoming this summer with millions set to watch games worldwide. Recent news about Facebook collecting your data has sparked... Read more

Apple Music vs Spotify: What's the difference?
Apple Music vs Spotify: What's the difference? By Elyse Betters

When Apple Music launched it was with a massive marketing campaign and several celebrities touting how amazing it is, especially when compared to Spotify, another music-streaming service that was getting flak for not paying artists enough.Now that time... Read more

Best Web Hosting Services 2018: 10 of the best cloud, VPS and web hosting providers
Best Web Hosting Services 2018: 10 of the best cloud, VPS and web hosting providers By Roland Moore-Colyer

Designing and running your own website, whether for business or pleasure, is now easier than ever thanks to myriad tools and services available. From WordPress to Squarespace and Wix, there are plenty of free or affordable services around for you to setup... Read more

Which is the best music streaming service in the UK?
Which is the best music streaming service in the UK? By Max Langridge

Music streaming is by far the most popular way for us to consume music. Where once we had to import and rip CDs to our computers, or download songs (legally we hope), we now access to the music from all over the world through our smartphones.There's fierce... Read more

Microsoft Office 365: Should you subscribe to Microsoft's Office suite?
Microsoft Office 365: Should you subscribe to Microsoft's Office suite? By Elyse Betters

Should you subscribe to Office 365 or buy Office 2016 as a one-time purchase?  What is Office 365? Microsoft's Office 365 subscription service enables you to use of all the Office standalone apps, other Microsoft services, and value-added services... Read more

Best budgeting apps: 6 apps to take control of your finances
Best budgeting apps: 6 apps to take control of your finances By Britta O'Boyle

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.It doesn't matter... Read more

Best dieting apps: 8 apps to help you lose weight
Best dieting apps: 8 apps to help you lose weight By Britta O'Boyle

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... Read more

Norad Tracks Santa vs Google Santa Tracker: Which tracks Father Christmas best?
Norad Tracks Santa vs Google Santa Tracker: Which tracks Father Christmas best? By Elyse Betters

Christmas Eve is this weekend, and that means the big man is almost here to deliver presents. There are two really good options for the young and old to keep abreast of the movements of Father Christmas online.One is from NORAD and Microsoft combined,... Read more

Best DNA testing kits: From ancestry to genetics, these are the ones to buy
Best DNA testing kits: From ancestry to genetics, these are the ones to buy By Elyse Betters

Most everyone wants to know where they come from or whether their susceptible to diseases linked to their family's health history. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to this sort of information, usually because their ancestry isn't well documented.... Read more

RingCentral vs Grasshopper vs Vonage: What's the difference?
RingCentral vs Grasshopper vs Vonage: What's the difference? By Pocket-lint Promotion

RingCentral isn't the only cloud-based phone system available for small businesses.There's also Grasshopper and Vonage, for instance. But how do they compare or differ? Is one better than the other? Which is more feature-rich? Is one more affordable the... Read more

Amazon Black Friday deals 2017: Best deals and tips on how to get them
Amazon Black Friday deals 2017: Best deals and tips on how to get them By Elyse Betters

Amazon is doing all it can to get you to visit Amazon.com.Every year, starting the week before Thanksgiving Day and stretching until Cyber Monday, it rolls out all the stops to keep you locked on Amazon and spending all your hard-earned cash. It's a 10-day... Read more

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best Streaming Service
EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best Streaming Service By Britta O'Boyle

The 14th annual Pocket-lint Gadget Awards are nearly upon us, which means in just a few weeks we will be celebrating the best devices across a number of categories including smartphones, TV, laptops and cameras.There are 18 main categories this year,... Read more

7 best encrypted messaging apps for all the Edward Snowdens out there
7 best encrypted messaging apps for all the Edward Snowdens out there By Elyse Betters

Love him or hate him, Edward Snowden made many of us more aware.We now pay close attention to our online privacy and care about things like metadata, surveillance, digital snooping, and data theft. While governments and companies wage war about how much... Read more

Apple says these were the best apps and games in 2016
Apple says these were the best apps and games in 2016 By Elyse Betters

It's that time of year again for the "best of" and "top ten" annual lists.Google just named the top-trending YouTube videos in 2016, and now Apple has announced its favourite apps, games, music, movies, and more. The company's top pick for apps is Prisma,... Read more

Gennady Golovkin VS Kell Brook: Watch boxing live
Gennady Golovkin VS Kell Brook: Watch boxing live By Pocket-lint Promotion

There isn't a person who would not like a good action sequence. Movies are something else but what's your position on the real action? Real action as in, Mixed martial arts, Judo, Muay Thai, Kick Boxing, or Boxing? Where there is real fight, real blood,... Read more

Google Play Awards 2016 winners: Best Android apps and games of the year
Google Play Awards 2016 winners: Best Android apps and games of the year By Rik Henderson

During its Google I/O developers conference, the software giant hosted the inaugural Google Play Awards, a celebration of the most outstanding achievements in apps and games over the last year.The winners were selected by the Google Play team itself... Read more

Best Samsung Gear VR Oculus apps
Best Samsung Gear VR Oculus apps By Luke Edwards

Samsung and Oculus have released their combined effort to bring virtual reality to your face in the Gear VR. The result is an affordable virtual reality headset combined with the accessibility of the Android platform for apps.Google has already been blazing... Read more

Best iPhone photography and editing apps
Best iPhone photography and editing apps By Britta O'Boyle

Can you remember your first camera phone? If you can, you'll probably also remember it was pretty rubbish. Luckily technology has moved on significantly since the first camera phones appeared and smartphones these days are actually, well, pretty good... Read more

Best language and translation apps
Best language and translation apps By Britta O'Boyle

The world is a big place, full of people who speak hundreds of different languages so if you need to speak to someone in China, but only know English, you might run into a few problems. There are a couple of options available to you when it comes to... Read more

15 of the best email apps to help you achieve inbox zero
15 of the best email apps to help you achieve inbox zero By Elyse Betters

Email. Ugh.Just seeing that word can bring a wave of stress upon us like nothing else.It wastes time, clutters both professional and personal lives, and is impossible to organise. Well, almost. Within the last few years, several new email apps have popped... Read more

7 best apps for planning your vacation or holiday
7 best apps for planning your vacation or holiday By Britta O'Boyle

January is a pretty depressing month all in all. It tends to be cold and wet and many of us have the added bonus of having very little cash to our names. But let's forget about that money situation for a minute and focus on cheering ourselves up. We could... Read more

Best fitness apps: 9 apps to get you moving in 2016
Best fitness apps: 9 apps to get you moving in 2016 By Britta O'Boyle

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... Read more

Best Windows 10 apps to download or try right now
Best Windows 10 apps to download or try right now By Elyse Betters

Microsoft's Windows 10 has been available since summer, and the overall message is that it's cool. But, to be frank, it's nothing without apps.We use desktop apps for messaging, mailing, drawing, editing, writing, mapping, playing, gaming, listening,... Read more

Best iPhone 6 Plus apps: Best apps for the 5.5-inch monster (and 3D Touch)
Best iPhone 6 Plus apps: Best apps for the 5.5-inch monster (and 3D Touch) By Elyse Betters

So, you now own an iPhone 6S Plus and want to know if there are any apps available specifically for your new Apple-made phablet? Why, yes...yes there are quite a few good apps to choose from.Many of them simply take advantage of the phone's 5.5-inch screen,... Read more

Best Apple TV apps to try right now
Best Apple TV apps to try right now By Elyse Betters

Apple unveiled the new Apple TV in September during its iPhone 6S event, and now that set-top box is widely available to buy online or through Apple's retail stores. That means it's time to start figuring out which Apple TV apps you want to download first.That's... Read more

50 best iPad apps and games of 2015
50 best iPad apps and games of 2015 By Rik Henderson

We are rapidly approaching the end of 2015 so it's time to look back on some of the great things we were treated to in the last 12 months.The iPad, for example, has had one of the biggest additions to its family, both figuratively and literally, in the... Read more

Google's best Android apps and games of 2015
Google's best Android apps and games of 2015 By Elyse Betters

It's that time of year when companies announce year-end statistics and name their "best of" award winners, and Google is the latest to join the crowd, with its annual round-up of the best Android apps, games, and more.The company didn't specifically... Read more

Best iPhone selfie apps
Best iPhone selfie apps By Rik Henderson

From such humble beginnings, where an arms-length self-shot picture was simply the by product of not having anybody else around, the selfie has become a global sensation. Everybody is doing it.Ellen DeGeneres, James Cordon and Prince, Barack Obama and... Read more

50 best iPhone apps and games of 2015
50 best iPhone apps and games of 2015 By Rik Henderson

Each year Apple reveals which iPhone apps and games were big smashes in the preceding 12 months and this year is no exception. It has been an excellent year for gaming and productivity software, so there were plenty of options when it came to narrowing... Read more

How to create a photo collage: Six best apps
How to create a photo collage: Six best apps By Britta O'Boyle

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... Read more

Best apps for capturing Christmas fun
Best apps for capturing Christmas fun By Britta O'Boyle

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... Read more

Christmas cooking: 5 best apps
Christmas cooking: 5 best apps By Britta O'Boyle

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... Read more

Christmas shopping: Best apps to help you find the perfect gift
Christmas shopping: Best apps to help you find the perfect gift By Britta O'Boyle

Some enjoy the hustle and bustle of the high street as Christmas approaches, while others of us will be turning to our mobile devices to help us find the perfect gift for loved ones this festive season.Last year, mobile commerce firm Weve claimed 88... Read more

5 best navigation apps: Helping you get around as quick as possible
5 best navigation apps: Helping you get around as quick as possible By Britta O'Boyle

A few years ago sat-navs were a big thing. Go back another couple of years before those and you'd find physical maps in cars. Fast forward to the here and now however and you'll find apps on smartphones directing people around, more specifically in... Read more

Best 3D Touch apps for Apple iPhone
Best 3D Touch apps for Apple iPhone By Stuart Miles

Apple's new 3D Touch technology is now available on the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. The technology which is part of the display, lets users press on the screen to reveal secondary actions. The harder you press the more things you can do.With the technology... Read more

iOS 9 vs iOS 8: What's different or new?
iOS 9 vs iOS 8: What's different or new? By Elyse Betters

While kicking off its main keynote at the annual Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday, Apple focused on changes to its apps and introduced new software tricks for iPhones and iPads.It demoed fresh Siri capabilities, for instance, and even a new name... Read more

Meerkat vs Periscope: What's the difference?
Meerkat vs Periscope: What's the difference? By Elyse Betters

There's no doubt about it: Meerkat and Periscope are the new "in" apps.Instagram and Vine are so yesterday, because living in the now is what people want, or at least that's what it seems like, as everyone has been talking about live streaming in recent... Read more

Google's best Android apps of 2014: The most downloaded games and utilities of the year
Google's best Android apps of 2014: The most downloaded games and utilities of the year By Elyse Betters

It's the end of an exciting year for tech and Google has unveiled its “best of” list for 2014, which includes Android apps and games.The list is quite similar to Apple’s “best of 2014” round-up that came out earlier this month, though instead... Read more

Spotify free vs Spotify premium: What's the difference?
Spotify free vs Spotify premium: What's the difference? By Elyse Betters

Spotify has made some big changes to its platform in recent years, revamping the way its desktop and mobile applications work in order to attract more users. What is Spotify and how does it work? There have long been three tiers of Spotify listening:... Read more

Best iPhone accessories and apps to get for Christmas
Best iPhone accessories and apps to get for Christmas By Rik Henderson

Christmas is but a hair's breadth away and it's time to decide what to give granny/little Johnny/sis/the cat as an annual token of affection. And that can be a daunting decision, with each year passing making it harder to a) think of what to buy them,... Read more

Which cloud storage service is right for you? iCloud vs Google Drive vs OneDrive vs Dropbox
Which cloud storage service is right for you? iCloud vs Google Drive vs OneDrive vs Dropbox By Elyse Betters

Although there are tonnes of cloud-storage services out there, hardly anyone will argue that Apple iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox, and Microsoft OneDrive are among the top players.Each service offers a distinct set of features, along with a variety of... Read more

5 best alternatives to Skype: Apps with IM, video calls and file sharing
5 best alternatives to Skype: Apps with IM, video calls and file sharing By Luke Edwards

We use Skype on a daily basis but of late that's starting to become an arduous task. To call Skype glitchy would be an understatement. Even since Microsoft has taken the helm the number of changes haven't been huge and we still have issues with video... Read more

Best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: The first iOS 8 apps you must download
Best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: The first iOS 8 apps you must download By Rik Henderson

Whenever a new iPhone is released there are obviously those who are upgrading on an annually or bi-annually basis, but there are also a flood of people jumping on board for the first time. And there will also be plenty of Apple phone owners for whom iOS... Read more

Best Google Glassware: Here's the top 10 Glass apps to download first
Best Google Glassware: Here's the top 10 Glass apps to download first By Elyse Betters

Google expanded its Explorer Programme to the UK today. That means Brits across the country are thinking about buying their very own headset, and they're likely searching for the best Glass apps to download once their fancy gadget arrives.Well, search... Read more

Best World Cup apps for Brazil 2014: iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry
Best World Cup apps for Brazil 2014: iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry By Rik Henderson

You only need turn on the TV and you're are inundated at the moments by advert after advert featuring a football or Brazilian flavour, or both. Yep, it's almost time for the 2014 World Cup to start and what better way to get in the mood than to fill your... Read more

Apple iTunes Radio vs Samsung Milk: What's the difference?
Apple iTunes Radio vs Samsung Milk: What's the difference? By Jake Smith

If Apple announces a new feature, Samsung isn't far behind.  That's why last week Samsung debuted its take on Apple's iTunes Radio, called Milk, to serve up new music to listeners. Samsung is calling it a "fresh take on music". Apple fanboys and Android... Read more

iOS 7 vs iOS 7.1: What's new?‏
iOS 7 vs iOS 7.1: What's new?‏ By Elyse Betters

Apple has released iOS 7.1 for the iPhone and iPad and we've been tracking the changes to the new update since they first started appearing in the betas for developers to test.Unlike iOS 7, iOS 7.1 is not be a completely new OS update. It therefore isn't... Read more