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Google Play Newsstand is the latest Google app to get a makeover

Google Play Newsstand is the latest Google app to get a makeover

By Max Langridge

Following the update to its Play Music app, Google has kept the paint brushes out and given the Play Newsstand app a makeover too. The Newsstand app is designed to combine free and paid for editorial content from newspapers and magazines, and is now better... Read more

Quick! Amazon Prime membership slashed to £59 as a limited offer

Quick! Amazon Prime membership slashed to £59 as a limited offer

By Chris Hall

Amazon has already started slashing prices for Black Friday, but there's a great offer on Prime membership if you've not already signed up.Amazon has slashed the price to £59 for new Prime members, so if you've been wondering whether to sign up or not,... Read more

Google PhotoScan: Here's how it turns print photos into digital photos

Google PhotoScan: Here's how it turns print photos into digital photos

By Elyse Betters

Google has launched a scanner app for turning your old prints into digital photos that can be saved to the cloud.The app, called PhotoScan, is now available. The idea is that you can ditch your traditional flatbed scanner, which takes like a year to scan... Read more

Google Play Music gets smarter and much better looking

Google Play Music gets smarter and much better looking

By Max Langridge

Google has begun rolling out an update for its Play Music music streaming service that introduces machine learning to deliver more accurate music recommendations. Which is the best music streaming service in the UK? Apple Music vs Spotify vs Tidal and... Read more

WhatsApp gets video calling at last, move over FaceTime

WhatsApp gets video calling at last, move over FaceTime

By Rik Henderson

A feature that many have been requesting for years is soon to be added to WhatsApp: video calling.Engadget reports that the Facebook-owned company will be introducing full video calling to its iOS, Android and Windows apps in the "coming days".You can... Read more

What is Amazon Music Unlimited and how does it work?

What is Amazon Music Unlimited and how does it work?

By Elyse Betters

After a successful launch in the US in October, Amazon has also launched its on-demand music streaming service in the UK.It's called Amazon Music Unlimited, and it takes on Spotify and Apple Music and other similar streaming services. Here's everything... Read more

Are you colour blind? This Microsoft app will help you see colour

Are you colour blind? This Microsoft app will help you see colour

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft has launched an iOS app called Colour Binoculars.It was developed to help the colour blind see a broader spectrum of colours. It works for anyone with the three most common forms of colour blindness, and it comes from a pair of Microsoft software... Read more

You can now ask Siri to send money using PayPal

You can now ask Siri to send money using PayPal

By Max Langridge

PayPal has now integrated Siri into its app to make it easier to send money to friends and family when you owe them back. Instead of going into the app, typing in the amount and authorising it, you can now say "Hey Siri, send Mike £50 for the gig tickets... Read more

Snapchat World Lenses aren't for your face: Here's how they work

Snapchat World Lenses aren't for your face: Here's how they work

By Elyse Betters

Let's be real: Lenses are the best part of Snapchat.The popular mobile app enables you to capture photos and videos and overlay them with doodles, text, filters, and lenses. Lenses are animated overlays that augment your face. You can see yourself - in... Read more

Android 7.1 Nougat review: Subtle but super-sweet OS update
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Android 7.1 Nougat review: Subtle but super-sweet OS update

By Cam Bunton

Android 7.1 Nougat is the latest version of Google's mobile operating system. It makes its debut on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, the company’s first home-made phones, and will soon make its way to other devices.While the pre-Pixel version of Nougat... Read more

Facebook's WhatsApp is testing a Snapchat Stories-like feature

Facebook's WhatsApp is testing a Snapchat Stories-like feature

By Elyse Betters

Facebook is trying to go after Snapchat again.The company is developing an ephemeral photo feature for WhatsApp, the popular messaging app it acquired a couple years ago for more than $19 billion. Remember, Facebook once tried to buy Snapchat, but the... Read more

Microsoft Teams is here: A Slack-like app that's part of Office 365

Microsoft Teams is here: A Slack-like app that's part of Office 365

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft is the latest company to go after Slack.A couple weeks after Facebook unveiled its Slack-like messenger service, called Workplace, which allows teams to easily communicate, video call, share files, and stay up to date in one place, Microsoft... Read more

If you want to be a wizard, cast a spell with your Android phone

If you want to be a wizard, cast a spell with your Android phone

By Elyse Betters

Fantastic Beasts is scheduled to premiere soon, so Warner Bros is teaming up with Google to offer a magical promotion.The upcoming film, which hits theatres 18 November, is set in JK Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", but it takes... Read more

Bellabeat's new Shell app can capture the sound of your womb

Bellabeat's new Shell app can capture the sound of your womb

By Elyse Betters

Bellabeat, the company that makes health trackers designed to look like jewelry, has developed an app for expecting parents.The new app, called Shell, works with an add-on. Together, they can record and listen to fetal heartbeats - without any Doppler... Read more

How to play the awesome Halloween Google Doodle

How to play the awesome Halloween Google Doodle

By Max Langridge

Today is Halloween and to celebrate, Google has created a mini game as its commemorative Doodle. The game sees you playing as a cat on a quest to get back a book of spells from an evil ghoul. We've played the full game so we can help you know how to play... Read more

Windows 10 Creators Update: 6 new features Microsoft didn't announce

Windows 10 Creators Update: 6 new features Microsoft didn't announce

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft's next major Windows 10 update has a few hidden features.While at its 26 October event in New York City, the company announced the Creators Update, an update coming to Windows 10 in early 2017. Microsoft also demoed a bunch of features we can... Read more

Apple's new TV app for Apple TV and iOS puts all your content in one place

Apple's new TV app for Apple TV and iOS puts all your content in one place

By Elyse Betters

Apple is holding its Hello Again hardware event in San Francisco, CA, where it has just unveiled a new Apple TV app.Called TV app, naturally, the app is basically a way for Apple TV to offer universal search. CEO Tim Cook, while on stage, said Apple wants... Read more

Twitter just killed video sharing app, Vine

Twitter just killed video sharing app, Vine

By Max Langridge

Twitter has just announced it is killing off Vine, the video creation and sharing app it owns. The announcement was made on Medium, another social blog website owned by Twitter. What is Vine? The Vine app will still remain for the next few months so you... Read more

Microsoft announces Surface Studio, an all-in-one PC

Microsoft announces Surface Studio, an all-in-one PC

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft is live in New York City, where it is unveiling new Surface goods.After introducing an updated Surface Book laptop, Microsoft announced an all-in-one Surface-branded PC called Surface Studio. This is a new product. It features a 28-inch PixelSense... Read more

Microsoft Windows 10 Creators Update: What’s new?

Microsoft Windows 10 Creators Update: What’s new?

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft is live in New York City, where it is holding a hardware event.While at the event, the company revealed the next major Windows 10 update would be available in "early 2017" and that it would be called Creators Update. Keep in mind the last major... Read more

BT Family SIM plan for up to 5 family members could save you cash

BT Family SIM plan for up to 5 family members could save you cash

By Max Langridge

BT has launched a new Family SIM plan that lets you and up to four other family members each have a SIM card for smartphones and tablets, with individual monthly allowances, all while saving money.BT says the plan can save families up to £372 a year... Read more

Londoners will soon benefit from Link's 1Gbps Wi-Fi booths

Londoners will soon benefit from Link's 1Gbps Wi-Fi booths

By Max Langridge

BT is teaming up with LinkNYC, Intersection and Primesight, an outdoor advertising company to bring free Wi-Fi to the streets of London via Link booths. The booths will give out a Wi-Fi signal of up to 1Gbps that anyone in the vicinity of will be able... Read more

How to show battery percentage on your Android 7 Nougat device

How to show battery percentage on your Android 7 Nougat device

By Chris Hall

One of the big criticisms of stock Android has always been that the some of the basic niceties are missing. One of the most prominent of these is simple: battery percentage.It's a common tweak from the likes of HTC, Samsung or Sony, meaning you can see... Read more

What is Spotify and how does it work?

What is Spotify and how does it work?

By Adrian Willings

Spotify is a digital music streaming service that gives you access to millions of songs, podcasts and videos from artists all over the world.Spotify is immediately appealing because you can access content for free by simply signing up using an email address... Read more

Amazon has now made it easier to buy your favourite Kickstarter products

Amazon has now made it easier to buy your favourite Kickstarter products

By Max Langridge

Amazon has introduced a new Kickstarter Collection section as part of its Launchpad platform for startups to sell their products and get them noticed. The programme works with capital firms, startup accelerators and crowd-funding platforms such as Kickstarter... Read more

Cortana will soon be better at understanding English than you

Cortana will soon be better at understanding English than you

By Rik Henderson

Microsoft claims to have made a significant breakthrough in speech recognition that could result in a artificially intelligent assistant that is better at transcribing speech than a human being.Its latest research into conversational transcription has... Read more

Microsoft will roll out next major Windows 10 update in March

Microsoft will roll out next major Windows 10 update in March

By Elyse Betters

A new clue has indicated when the next Windows 10 update might arrive, just two months after Microsoft released the Anniversary Update.Several reports have claimed Microsoft will release two major updates to Windows 10 in 2017, with the first one currently... Read more

Amazon Music Unlimited launches, prices start at $3.99 for Echo-only subscription

Amazon Music Unlimited launches, prices start at $3.99 for Echo-only subscription

By Max Langridge

Amazon Music Unlimited, Amazon's first fully-fledged music streaming service, has launched in the US, with several different subscriptions available. Amazon will properly join the music streaming market with Music Unlimited Music Unlimited will be more... Read more

Nexus owners: Android 7.1 Nougat coming in late October

Nexus owners: Android 7.1 Nougat coming in late October

By Chris Hall

Google has confirmed that it will be running a beta programme for Android 7.1 Nougat starting later in October.That will come as welcome news for Nexus owners, with the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P joining the Pixel C as the first devices to get access to the... Read more

Facebook Workplace: How does it work, what does it cost, and when can you use it?

Facebook Workplace: How does it work, what does it cost, and when can you use it?

By Elyse Betters

Facebook has officially launched its Slack competitor: Facebook Workplace.This offering is part social network, part messenger, and part productivity tool for teams. Your Workplace account is only visible to people in your team/company and is separate... Read more

Facebook Events is an app now: Here's how it works

Facebook Events is an app now: Here's how it works

By Elyse Betters

More than 100 million people use Facebook's Events feature to share hundreds of millions of events.That's a lot of events - and so, naturally, Facebook thinks the feature deserves its own app. On 7 October, Facebook introduced a new app called Events... Read more

Microsoft is holding a hardware-focused event on 26 October

Microsoft is holding a hardware-focused event on 26 October

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft has sent invites to the media for an autumn hardware event.The event is happening on 26 October at 10 am ET in New York City. Pocket-lint's press invite is stamped with an "Imagine what you'll do" tagline, as are other versions of the invite... Read more

Amazon will properly join the music streaming market with Music Unlimited

Amazon will properly join the music streaming market with Music Unlimited

By Max Langridge

We reported back in June that Amazon was potentially working on its own proper music streaming service, that would be separate to its current Prime Music service. Prime Music comes as part of Amazon's £79/year Prime subscription and gives subscribers... Read more

What is Prisma and how does it turn your pics and vids into artwork?

What is Prisma and how does it turn your pics and vids into artwork?

By Elyse Betters

Forget about Instagram. A new app is all the rage right now, mostly because it's loaded with some amazing, artsy filters.These aren't regular, old filters. They won't add a nice glow to your skin in perfectly-setup selfies, nor will they make the backgrounds... Read more

Mastercard will now let you pay for things with your face

Mastercard will now let you pay for things with your face

By Max Langridge

Mastercard has announced it's now rolling out a new technology called Identity Check Mobile which should make it quicker and easier to pay for things on your phone. The technology has already been trialled in the US, Canada and the Netherlands and must... Read more

What is Facebook Marketplace and how can you use it to buy and sell?

What is Facebook Marketplace and how can you use it to buy and sell?

By Elyse Betters

Facebook is taking on Etsy and Ebay.The company has developed a new feature/tool/hub that you can use to buy and sell goods. Facebook basically noticed that more than 450 million people use Facebook Groups to buy, sell, trade, and barter. You could setup... Read more

Your Android phone isn't safe, it could soon lose the headphone jack too

Your Android phone isn't safe, it could soon lose the headphone jack too

By Max Langridge

Android users may have laughed in the face of Apple when Cupertino announced it was removing the 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but those sniggles may be short-lived. Apple iPhone 7 review Apple iPhone 7 Plus review The USB... Read more

TalkTalk ditches line-rental, probably not cheaper, definitely less confusing

TalkTalk ditches line-rental, probably not cheaper, definitely less confusing

By Max Langridge

TalkTalk is saying it's returning to its "challenger roots" with the introduction of a new broadband pricing structure. The company says it has become the first major internet provider to reward its existing customers, as well as new ones, so that anyone... Read more

Amazon Prime adds Twitch Prime to offer game discounts, free loot

Amazon Prime adds Twitch Prime to offer game discounts, free loot

By Elyse Betters

Amazon-owned Twitch now offers benefits just for Amazon Prime members.This new set of benefits is dubbed Twitch Prime. To get access to it, you must pay Amazon's annual $99 Prime membership fee. An Amazon Prime membership gives you free two-day shipping... Read more

Facebook's Messenger Day feature is a Snapchat Stories copycat

Facebook's Messenger Day feature is a Snapchat Stories copycat

By Elyse Betters

It seems like everyone is trying to copy Snapchat these days.Shortly after Facebook-owned Instagram launched a Stories feature, which lets users broadcast a collection of photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours, Facebook has begun testing a similar... Read more

Spotify could be looking to buy SoundCloud

Spotify could be looking to buy SoundCloud

By Max Langridge

Swedish music streaming service giant Spotify is in “advanced talks” to take over SoundCloud according to the Financial Times, although neither company has commented on the rumours.While the price Spotify could pay for the service hasn’t been disclosed,... Read more

Meerkat made a Houseparty app that lets you do group video chats

Meerkat made a Houseparty app that lets you do group video chats

By Elyse Betters

Meerkat is back, with a new app that already has a million users.Shortly before Periscope became known as one of the most popular live-streaming apps on the market, a similar app called Meerkat debuted at SXSW and basically became an overnight sensation,... Read more

Use Android Pay and have a Mastercard card? You can travel for free in London throughout October

Use Android Pay and have a Mastercard card? You can travel for free in London throughout October

By Max Langridge

Mastercard is once again offering its customers free travel on London’s public transport networks. Mastercard gave Apple Pay users free travel in November 2015 and for October this year, Android Pay users are the lucky ones.The offer will only apply... Read more

Facebook might launch its Slack-like messenger for all in October

Facebook might launch its Slack-like messenger for all in October

By Elyse Betters

Facebook has been working on a product to compete with Slack for the past two years, and according to a new report, it might be ready for a commercial launch.Slack is a messenger platform popular among companies and teams, including Pocket-lint. We even... Read more

Amazing Google Pixel leak shows-off pure Android design

Amazing Google Pixel leak shows-off pure Android design

By Chris Hall

With Google planning something of a mega launch party on 4 October, there has been no shortage to leaks and rumours approaching launch day.Amongst the most hotly-anticipated devices are the new Pixel handsets, stepping in to replace the Nexus devices... Read more

Google Allo: How to set up and use the latest smart messenger

Google Allo: How to set up and use the latest smart messenger

By Cam Bunton

Allo, Google’s latest smart messenger is officially rolling out on the Android Play Store and iOS App Store now in the UK . The launch comes just a couple of days after it first hit the US market. If you have an iPhone, simply search for "Google... Read more

Yahoo confirms state-sponsored hack stole 500 million users' data: Were you affected?

Yahoo confirms state-sponsored hack stole 500 million users' data: Were you affected?

By Elyse Betters

Yahoo has announced that it was the victim of a "state-sponsored" hack.The hack, which actually occurred two years ago and is thought to be the largest internet theft on record, has resulted in the personal data and account data of at least half a billion... Read more

Here's how to save drafts of photos on Instagram

Here's how to save drafts of photos on Instagram

By Elyse Betters

One of the most annoying things about Instagram is the inability to save edits.Instagram isn't perfect, but the Facebook-owned app has been constantly updating as of late in an attempt to be better, with most recent example being it now supports drafts.... Read more

Grammar Snob for iMessage will turn you into a super annoying person

Grammar Snob for iMessage will turn you into a super annoying person

By Elyse Betters

We can't stop playing with the new iMessage app.When Apple rolled out iOS 10 to the public earlier this week, it also unleashed a new iMessage app with its own mini app store. Pocket-lint has already detailed how the updated messaging app works, as well... Read more

You can't search ‘butt’ in iMessage now because it shows MLP porn

You can't search ‘butt’ in iMessage now because it shows MLP porn

By Elyse Betters

Porn and My Little Pony should never go together. Like, ever.When Apple released iOS 10 to the public this week, it introduced a new iMessage app with the built-in ability to search GIFs. There were many third-party keyboards available previously that... Read more