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Amazon Music app for iOS and Android now has hands-free Alexa voice control
Amazon Music app for iOS and Android now has hands-free Alexa voice control By Rik Henderson

Amazon has introduced hands-free Alexa voice control for its Amazon Music application on iOS and Android.It is only available for Music Unlimited and Prime Music subscribers in the US at present, with no word yet on the feature coming to UK versions of... Read more

Steam Link arrives on Android as expected but is barred from iOS by Apple
Steam Link arrives on Android as expected but is barred from iOS by Apple By Rik Henderson

Valve has received an unexpected set-back in its games streaming plans. Earlier this month we wrote that it was to release Steam Link for Android and iOS, which enables you to stream full PC games to your mobile device over a home network.You need a decent... Read more

Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate: The only video conversion, editing, downloading and burning tool you need
Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate: The only video conversion, editing, downloading and burning tool you need By Pocket-lint Promotion

At first glance, Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate appears to tell you exactly what it does on the tin (convert videos, as if you needed to ask). However, video conversion is only part of the story. Video Converter Ultimate also includes everything... Read more

Best PDF editors for Windows: Top 5 editors to tweak and edit your PDF files
Best PDF editors for Windows: Top 5 editors to tweak and edit your PDF files By Pocket-lint Promotion

If you've ever been sent a PDF to fill out then you know what a hassle it can be. You've either got to print the document, complete it by hand then scan it back onto your machine to send it back or find a decent PDF editor to get the job done. PDFs are... Read more

How to install a VPN on an Amazon Fire TV Stick or Fire TV
How to install a VPN on an Amazon Fire TV Stick or Fire TV By Steve Dye

Amazon's Fire TV Stick and 4K Fire TV streaming devices each allow you to convert any TV into a smart one. You just plug one into a spare USB or HDMI port and connect it to the internet. This opens up a multitude of new video services, including Amazon... Read more

How to watch Mark Zuckerberg's European Parliament meeting online
How to watch Mark Zuckerberg's European Parliament meeting online By Maggie Tillman

Facebook's CEO is about to sit down for another government hearing, but this one is in front of the European Parliament instead of US Congress.In April, Mark Zuckerberg survived hours of questioning from members of Congress. If there was one takeaway,... Read more

The browser shopping tool that will save you money when booking your next hotel room
The browser shopping tool that will save you money when booking your next hotel room By Pocket-lint Promotion

Ever find yourself searching for a hotel room only to wonder if you've got the best price?While many of the big hotel price comparison sites like to tell you they've found the best price for a room, that's not always the case. It turns out many of them... Read more

Star Wars' John Boyega shows you how to help fight cancer using just your phone and the DreamLab app
Star Wars' John Boyega shows you how to help fight cancer using just your phone and the DreamLab app By Rik Henderson

Vodafone has joined forces with Imperial College London in the ongoing fight against cancer and you can help. You can lend your smartphone's processing power to researchers to help speed up necessary calculations while you sleep.The Vodafone Foundation... Read more

10 best ARKit-enabled apps: The best augmented reality apps for iOS
10 best ARKit-enabled apps: The best augmented reality apps for iOS By Elyse Betters

Apple has its own an augmented reality (AR) platform. Known as ARKit, the company announced it last June, and now, there are a bunch of ARKit-enabled apps you can use on your iOS device.Augmented reality isn't a new technology, but Apple decided it should... Read more

Fortnite is coming to Android phones this summer, says Epic Games
Fortnite is coming to Android phones this summer, says Epic Games By Elyse Betters

Epic Games has announced that its hugely popular battle royale game is coming to Android.In a developer blog post, it confirmed the game, Fornite, would arrive for Android phones sometime this summer. The company also detailed several new features that... Read more

What is YouTube Music? YouTube's new music streaming service explained
What is YouTube Music? YouTube's new music streaming service explained By Max Langridge

YouTube has tried its hand at a music streaming service a couple of times already, but they failed to make a real impact against the clout of Spotify and Apple Music. Now though, YouTube is back with YouTube Music, which on paper at least appears to be... Read more

New YouTube Music streaming service launches giving access to songs unavailable elsewhere
New YouTube Music streaming service launches giving access to songs unavailable elsewhere By Max Langridge

YouTube has announced it is launching a brand new music streaming service called YouTube Music. The new service will begin rolling out to the US, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea next week, before coming to the UK and select other territories... Read more

Sick of Alexa's voice? Amazon now allows skills to use different voices
Sick of Alexa's voice? Amazon now allows skills to use different voices By Elyse Betters

Those of you who really want Alexa to have different voices will be happy with this latest development.Amazon has released a new developer preview that essentially lets Alexa skill developers add a new voice to their skills. They can pick from a handful... Read more

How to download a copy of all the data Apple collects on you
How to download a copy of all the data Apple collects on you By Elyse Betters

If you're anything like us at Pocket-lint, you're now super aware of the amount of data you give companies, like Apple.Whether it's granting full-on access to your social profiles, or casually leaving a trail of metadata, like when and who you messaged... Read more

WhatsApp updates group chats, makes it easier to catch up on missed messages
WhatsApp updates group chats, makes it easier to catch up on missed messages By Max Langridge

WhatsApp has become the go-to messaging service for many, offering simple cross-platform chat for over a billion people worldwide. Groups are an essential part of the service and the reason many users turn to it and now WhatsApp has introduced some changes... Read more

If you own Samsung’s Galaxy S9, you can now play with ARCore apps
If you own Samsung’s Galaxy S9, you can now play with ARCore apps By Elyse Betters

Google's augmented reality platform now supports one of the most popular Android devices available: the Galaxy S9.Previously, ARCore was limited to Pixel devices, Nexus devices, and a few other Android handsets from the likes of Asus, Huawei, LG, Moto,... Read more

Do you hear yanny or laurel? This crazy audio clip is just like that dress
Do you hear yanny or laurel? This crazy audio clip is just like that dress By Elyse Betters

Remember the dress that was blue and black or gold and white? Well, the internet has just surfaced a similar mind-bending stumper.Enter: the "Yanny"" or "Laurel" audio clip. Those two words clearly sound nothing alike when pronounced aloud, and yet, if... Read more

What is Google Drive, how does it work, and is Google One cheaper?
What is Google Drive, how does it work, and is Google One cheaper? By Elyse Betters

Google has reduced the cost of Google Drive and is promising to add some really neat features to the online storage service.Drive has been around for years now but has changed relatively little since launch; it lets you upload files, create files, share... Read more

What is Facebook's Clear History tool and how does it work?
What is Facebook's Clear History tool and how does it work? By Elyse Betters

Don't you wish you could just 'clear' your Facebook history?With the recent Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, many people became aware of how much data Facebook tracks and keeps on them, as well as how that data can be easily monetised (and weaponised)... Read more

How Massdrop is using the power of the many to save for the one
How Massdrop is using the power of the many to save for the one By Pocket-lint Promotion

Everyone like's a deal, but you're rarely able to haggle your way to one in a shop these days. Massdrop's approach is different, rather than haggling a deal one by one, it uses the buying power of its users to try and get a better deal with companies... Read more

Are cryptocurrencies safe? Here's how to protect against attacks
Are cryptocurrencies safe? Here's how to protect against attacks By Mike Brown

Cryptocurrency is booming again. As Bitcoin recovers from its price decline and analysts predict a surge in value, newcomers will want to know whether it is secure to invest in these blockchain-based projects.Beyond the usual steps of keeping software... Read more

iPhone X gets YouTube HDR
iPhone X gets YouTube HDR By Rik Henderson

YouTube has quietly rolled out the ability to view videos with HDR on iPhone X.The phone has supported high dynamic range technology since launch, with wider colour gamut and contrast rich content being available from other services - such as Apple's... Read more

Apple might launch an Apple Pay-branded credit card early next year
Apple might launch an Apple Pay-branded credit card early next year By Elyse Betters

Apple could get into the financial business, according to a new report.The Cupertino-based company is reportedly in the process of releasing a credit card. This new initiative would be part of a partnership with investment bank Goldman Sachs, The Wall... Read more

Apple could soon let you subscribe to video services via its TV app
Apple could soon let you subscribe to video services via its TV app By Elyse Betters

Apple is expected to add a new capability to its TV app this year.According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple wants to copy Amazon by offering customers the ability to subscribe to video streaming services from its TV app. Currently, customers... Read more

Google Duplex: Is it really OK to get calls made for you by AI?
Google Duplex: Is it really OK to get calls made for you by AI? By Dan Grabham

Since Google demonstrated its Google Duplex capability yesterday, the reaction was overwhelmingly positive in terms of the technology and the possibilities for it as a feature within Google Assistant.“Allowing people to interact with technology as naturally... Read more

What is Google Assistant, how does it work, and which devices offer it?
What is Google Assistant, how does it work, and which devices offer it? By Elyse Betters

Google is taking on Alexa, Siri and Cortana with its own voice assistant: Google Assistant. It has made incredible progress thus far and it's probably the most advanced of the assistants out there.Google first unveiled Assistant at Google I/O in May... Read more

Google I/O 2018: All the announcements that matter
Google I/O 2018: All the announcements that matter By Elyse Betters

Google's developer conference has kicked off.The keynote speech is where we learn what the company has planned for the next version of Android and Google Assistant. The main idea is that Google can get the developer community up to speed with any new... Read more

What is Google Lens, how does it work, and which devices have it?
What is Google Lens, how does it work, and which devices have it? By Elyse Betters

Google Lens was one of Google's biggest announcements in 2017.But it was a primarily a Google Pixel-exclusive feature at launch. If you've been waiting for Google Lens to come to more phones, you'll be glad to know that day has finally arrived. You see,... Read more

Google Maps could get AR walking navigation in future
Google Maps could get AR walking navigation in future By Rik Henderson

Google has shown a prospective new augmented reality feature it could add to Google Maps in future.During its Google I/O keynote at the start of its developers conference, the company demonstrated the ability to use AR in order to navigate around a city... Read more

Google Assistant's new Pretty Please mode encourages kids to say 'please'
Google Assistant's new Pretty Please mode encourages kids to say 'please' By Elyse Betters

Google is demoing a bunch of new features at Google I/O 2018, including that it's going to teach your children to use 'the magic word'.A new Pretty Please mode for Google Assistant will help ensure everyone in your household is saying "please" and "thank... Read more

New Google Assistant voices coming this year - and you can skip saying 'Hey Google' every time
New Google Assistant voices coming this year - and you can skip saying 'Hey Google' every time By Dan Grabham

Google has said that six new voices are coming to Google Assistant this year. One of the voices is singer-songwriter John Legend.Also announced at Google I/O is a feature called Continued Conversation that means you don't have to say "Hey Google" for... Read more

What is Google Family Link and how do its parental controls work?
What is Google Family Link and how do its parental controls work? By Elyse Betters

If you have kids, you probably care about they do on a mobile device.Don't get us wrong. You want them to explore, tinker around, and aspire to be Mark Zuckerberg 2.0, but at the same time, there are some things children shouldn't do on an internet-connected... Read more

Gmail's new Smart Compose tool uses AI to help you write entire emails
Gmail's new Smart Compose tool uses AI to help you write entire emails By Elyse Betters

Google's annual developer conference is underway, with company executives currently on stage announcing new products, including that Gmail is getting another update soon.You see, drafting an email takes time. You need to think about what to say, then... Read more

What is Bitcoin? Everything you need to know about the infamous cryptocurrency
What is Bitcoin? Everything you need to know about the infamous cryptocurrency By Mike Brown

Bitcoin’s price has soared over the past 12 months, but many people are still baffled by what exactly it is - so let us explain!Bitcoin is a virtual currency known as “cryptocurrency”. It has enabled people to move money around the world at speed... Read more

All future iOS apps must support iPhone X's Super Retina display
All future iOS apps must support iPhone X's Super Retina display By Max Langridge

Apple has used its official app developer portal to announce that all future apps, whether new ones or updates, must use the iOS 11 SDK and must support the Super Retina display of the iPhone X, from July 2018.  iPhone XI, iPhone 11 or iPhone X2: What's... Read more

Microsoft Build 2018: All the announcements that matter
Microsoft Build 2018: All the announcements that matter By Elyse Betters

The biggest tech companies hold annual developer conferences, and Microsoft's is now underway.Every year Microsoft spends a couple days trying to bring developers and software engineers into its fold with a developer conference called Build. While at... Read more

Here’s why you must change your Twitter password
Here’s why you must change your Twitter password By Dan Grabham

Twitter is asking all its users to change their passwords - and also for all other services they use that same password on. So read this and then go and change it! The company is effectively erring on the side of caution by asking everyone to do this,... Read more

Instagram now lets users natively add credit and debit cards for shopping
Instagram now lets users natively add credit and debit cards for shopping By Elyse Betters

Instagram is about to become a full-fledged e-commerce platform.The Facebook-owned app has added a native payments feature, although it's currently limited to only some Instagram users, according to TechCrunch. The new feature will allow you to add a... Read more

Apple Pay users have doubled over the last year
Apple Pay users have doubled over the last year By Dan Grabham

Financial results are boring, but Apple’s tend to reveal some really interesting facts about the company, the way it works and the high level of success it enjoys as it manages to make cash where others fail to profit. Or, at least, most others fail... Read more

Amazon Alexa skills for kids: New Lego, Pac-Man, and other skills go live
Amazon Alexa skills for kids: New Lego, Pac-Man, and other skills go live By Elyse Betters

The first Alexa skills built specifically for kids are now live in the UK.Initially, there are handful of new skills, including a new Lego skill and a Pac-Man skill. According to Amazon, all these new experiences are designed to "mix learning with fun".... Read more

Facebook's F8 event recap: All the announcements that matter
Facebook's F8 event recap: All the announcements that matter By Elyse Betters

Day one of Facebook's F8 developer conference is done and dusted.The company wrapped up its keynote, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg doing his best to keep developers interested in building for his platform. He attempted to rally them, but at the same time,... Read more

What is Amazon Prime Book Box and how does it work?
What is Amazon Prime Book Box and how does it work? By Elyse Betters

Amazon has quietly launched something called Prime Book Box.Essentially, it's a monthly book subscription service for kids. If you subscribe, you will receive (delivered to your door) a box with four board books or two hardcover picture books or novels.... Read more

Instagram could be getting four new features, including live reactions and slow-mo recording
Instagram could be getting four new features, including live reactions and slow-mo recording By Max Langridge

It seems like every week, Instagram adds a new feature to its app. Just recently, the photo sharing service added the ability to add multiple photos and videos to a Story.  Instagram tips and tricks: How to master the app and post amazing pics How to... Read more

What is Samsung Pay, how does it work, and which banks support it?
What is Samsung Pay, how does it work, and which banks support it? By Elyse Betters

Samsung Pay has been active in several countries, including the US and South Korea, for a while and is now available in the UK too.It is a platform that allows you to pay for goods and services simply by waving your Samsung device near a cash register... Read more

What is Ed Balls Day and why is #EdBallsDay trending on Twitter?
What is Ed Balls Day and why is #EdBallsDay trending on Twitter? By Rik Henderson

You might have noticed a strange hashtag at the trending charts on Twitter today, at least in the UK. "#EdBallsDay" is riding strong with tens of thousands of tweets expected today alone.But what is Ed Balls Day and why are so many posting funny comments... Read more

Facebook Messenger Kids: How does it work and where is it available?
Facebook Messenger Kids: How does it work and where is it available? By Elyse Betters

Facebook has a version of Messenger for kids - and months after launching on iOS, it's now available on Android.Appropriately called Messenger Kids, it’s a relatively new messaging app designed specifically for children between the ages of six and 12.... Read more

7 best Bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchanges 2018
7 best Bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchanges 2018 By Mike Brown

Looking to buy some Bitcoin? If you’re new to the world of cryptocurrencies and blockchains, you may struggle with finding the best exchange. It’s important to choose a provider with a good reputation, suitable set of features, and offers the coins... Read more

Amazon just hiked the price of Prime for US customers by 20 per cent
Amazon just hiked the price of Prime for US customers by 20 per cent By Elyse Betters

Billionaire Jeff Bezos wants even more of your hard-earned money.His company, Amazon, has revealed it will increase the annual cost of a Prime membership in the US. It will cost $119 a year, a 20-per cent increase from the previous $99 price. This change... Read more

Apple's iTunes desktop app has arrived in the Microsoft Store
Apple's iTunes desktop app has arrived in the Microsoft Store By Elyse Betters

Those of you running Windows 10 S will be glad to hear that Apple has finally brought iTunes to the Microsoft Store.At its Build 2017 conference, Microsoft revealed Apple was planning to bring its iTunes desktop app to the Microsoft Store. It might not... Read more

Three adds Snapchat to Go Binge, use it at no cost to data allowance
Three adds Snapchat to Go Binge, use it at no cost to data allowance By Rik Henderson

Three has partnered with Snap to add Snapchat to its Go Binge scheme. That means, like Netflix, Apple Music, TVPlayer, Deezer, SoundCloud and the UKTV Play channels, Three customers can use Snapchat as much as they like without it impacting on their monthly... Read more