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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

Microsoft is making a 'Windows 10 Lean' for devices with less storage

Microsoft is making a 'Windows 10 Lean' for devices with less storage

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft is making yet another edition of Windows 10.Microsoft has a twice-yearly update schedule for its Windows 10 operating system. The next update, called Spring Creators Update, is due this spring. But it also offers different editions of Windows... Read more

New Snap Spectacles 2018: Everything you need to know

New Snap Spectacles 2018: Everything you need to know

By Elyse Betters

Snap, the company behind the popular Snapchat app, has announced a new pair of smart glasses which are - even just looking at the basic details - a far better attempt at creating some smart glasses.Called Spectacles, they're the second version of a product... Read more

What is Fitbit Pay, how does it work, and which banks support it?

What is Fitbit Pay, how does it work, and which banks support it?

By Elyse Betters

Fitbit makes fitness trackers, and now, a full-fledged smartwatch that you can make payments with, thanks to a service called Fitbit Pay.Originally launched on the Fitbit Ionic - check out our full Fitbit Ionic review - and now on the Fitbit Versa,... Read more

Snappables: How to use Snap's new lenses with built-in AR games

Snappables: How to use Snap's new lenses with built-in AR games

By Elyse Betters

Snapchat has updated again!Seriously, at this point, it seems like the app pushes out new features and changes its core functionality every other week. The latest example is a new type of lenses called Snappables. These are designed to let you play augmented... Read more

Gmail 2018 update: All the new features and how to get them now

Gmail 2018 update: All the new features and how to get them now

By Elyse Betters

Google has rolled out a massive update to Gmail.The update, which is primarily for the web version of Google's email service, brings new security and artificial intelligence features. Here's everything that's new, and if you want to start playing with... 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

Amazon Music Unlimited is performing rather well. MIDiA says it's the third largest music streaming service after Spotify and Apple Music, with around 16 million subscribers. Here's everything you need to know about Amazon Music Unlimited, including... Read more

How to download and view your Instagram data report

How to download and view your Instagram data report

By Elyse Betters

Facebook is making sure you can access your data across all its apps.The social network already let you download your data archive, but now, you can also download your data from WhatsApp and Instagram, both of which it owns. To learn how to download your... Read more

How to download and view your WhatsApp data report

How to download and view your WhatsApp data report

By Elyse Betters

WhatsApp is allowing users to download and view the data it collects.The Facebook-owned service is announcing this feature ahead of the European data privacy rules that go into effect 25 May, as well as in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.... Read more

You now have to be 16 or older to use WhatsApp in Europe

You now have to be 16 or older to use WhatsApp in Europe

By Elyse Betters

If you live in Europe and let your kids use WhatsApp to communicate with friends and family, that's about to change. 15 secret WhatsApp tricks you might not know about Facebook-owned WhatsApp is banning anyone under 16 years old from using the app in... Read more

What are Amazon Key and In-Car Delivery and how do they work?

What are Amazon Key and In-Car Delivery and how do they work?

By Elyse Betters

Have you ever had a package stolen from your doorstep?It can happen to anyone. There's not much you can do when you've ordered something to be delivered to your home and it arrives when you're not there, whether that's because you're at work or walking... Read more

7 essential iOS 11 features for students on iPad

7 essential iOS 11 features for students on iPad

By Elyse Betters

Apple's iOS 11 software was a major update when it arrived last Autumn. It was more geared towards the iPad than any previous release of iOS.  If you're a student, this feature outlines why it can transform your iPad experience at home and in class. What's... Read more

Here's what we're expecting from Spotify's launch event today

Here's what we're expecting from Spotify's launch event today

By Elyse Betters

Spotify is holding an event today at which it will talk about "what's next" with its mobile app and wider music streaming service. The event will take place at 9am EST, that's 2pm BST and 3pm CEST. Since the company invited the media to its upcoming... Read more

What is IFTTT and how does it work?

What is IFTTT and how does it work?

By Elyse Betters

The internet is a wonderful thing chock-full of fun and useful experiences, but it can also complicate our lives.With so many websites and apps in the world, you've probably experienced difficulty in managing them or even completing basic tasks. Luckily... Read more

Samsung's AR Emoji might be used for video chatting in the future

Samsung's AR Emoji might be used for video chatting in the future

By Elyse Betters

It looks like Samsung had bigger plans for AR Emoji.The company recently launched AR Emoji with its latest devices. Initially, everyone figured Samsung was just copying Apple's Animoji. But even Apple sort of lifted the idea from Snapchat, which has long... Read more

It's finally happening! Amazon is working on a robot for your home

It's finally happening! Amazon is working on a robot for your home

By Elyse Betters

Does Amazon want to make Rosey the robot a reality?It is reportedly developing a home robot - and we can't help but think about The Jetsons. According to Bloomberg, which described the yet-to-be-announced effort as "top-secret", Amazon's robot project... Read more

Apple might debut iPhone SE 2 in May with no headphone jack

Apple might debut iPhone SE 2 in May with no headphone jack

By Elyse Betters

The next iPhone SE could arrive this spring.After talking to iPhone case manufacturers at the Global Sources Mobile Electronics trade-show, Japanese blog Macotakara claimed Apple is making a second-generation iPhone SE, with plans to announce the device... Read more

Yes, you can buy Nintendo Labo Toy-Con replacement parts

Yes, you can buy Nintendo Labo Toy-Con replacement parts

By Elyse Betters

Nintendo is allowing you to buy replacement parts for Nintendo Labo.The company just released Nintendo Labo, its crazy cardboard accessory lineup for the Nintendo Switch console. Nintendo Labo transforms the Switch's display and controllers into other... Read more

Uh-oh! LG might not be able to make Apple's 2018 iPhone OLED screens

Uh-oh! LG might not be able to make Apple's 2018 iPhone OLED screens

By Elyse Betters

Some units of the next iPhone are expected to feature LG-made displays, but according to a new report, that might not actually happen.LG Display is supposedly increasing its OLED screen production capabilities in order to secure orders for Apple's 2018... Read more

Alexa Announcements now in the UK: How to broadcast your voice to all your Echos

Alexa Announcements now in the UK: How to broadcast your voice to all your Echos

By Elyse Betters

"Alexa, tell everyone it's time to go!" Wouldn't it be nice if Alexa could help you hurry your family along or maybe announce that dinner is ready?Now, families with Echo devices in their home can do just that, thanks to a new "Alexa Announcements" feature... Read more

Meet Daisy, Apple's new robot that recycles 200 iPhones in an hour

Meet Daisy, Apple's new robot that recycles 200 iPhones in an hour

By Elyse Betters

Apple has a new recycling robot.Named Daisy, it can tear apart nine different versions of the iPhone in order to recover certain materials inside. This new robot is technically a successor to Liam, another recycling robot made by Apple. Liam was revealed... Read more

Tim Cook: Apple won't water down iOS and MacOS by merging them

Tim Cook: Apple won't water down iOS and MacOS by merging them

By Elyse Betters

Tim Cook just curb-stomped an Apple rumour.In December, Bloomberg echoed long-existing rumours when it claimed Apple wanted to merge iOS and MacOS apps sometime in 2018 so that developers could create a single app that'd run across both operating systems.... Read more

Hurry! Ancestry.com's AncestryDNA test is 40% off

Hurry! Ancestry.com's AncestryDNA test is 40% off

By Elyse Betters

DNA-testing kits are so popular that even South Park's mocking them.Still, they're awfully fun and easy to use. Ancestry.com, for instance, has its own DNA kit, which we've tried and found to be an incredibly interesting experience. AncestryDNA is... Read more

How to create custom Amazon Alexa skills without any coding knowledge

How to create custom Amazon Alexa skills without any coding knowledge

By Elyse Betters

Amazon has opened up its Alexa platform so that anyone - and we mean absolutely anyone - can create a custom Alexa skill.Skills are Alexa apps that provide Amazon's assistant with additional features. For instance, there's a popular Jeopardy! skill, which,... Read more

Apple might launch new iPhones well before its usual autumn event

Apple might launch new iPhones well before its usual autumn event

By Elyse Betters

Well, it looks like Apple has been real busy.According to filings pulled from the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) database, which were spotted by French website Consomac, Apple has a bunch of unreleased iPhone models with the model numbers A1920, A1921,... Read more

VW will install fast chargers for EVs at 100 US Walmart stores by 2019

VW will install fast chargers for EVs at 100 US Walmart stores by 2019

By Elyse Betters

Next year, when you need to charge your EV, go to Walmart.The big-box retailer probably wouldn't be your first choice, but VW's subsidiary, Electrify America, has announced it is installing (PDF) electric vehicle chargers at more than 100 Walmart stores... Read more

Amazon reveals number of Prime subscribers for the first time

Amazon reveals number of Prime subscribers for the first time

By Elyse Betters

Amazon, for the first time, has revealed how many people subscribe to Prime, and it came close to revealing the same for Amazon Music.The company, which just released its annual shareholder letter, said the subscription service has 100 million paid members... Read more

Call of Duty Alexa skill uses AI to offer personalised training

Call of Duty Alexa skill uses AI to offer personalised training

By Elyse Betters

Alexa has a new skill that's just for COD players.You can now ask Amazon's voice assistant how well you played in your last Call of Duty: WWII match. Activision has launched a new skill for the franchise. Available in beta, it uniquely uses artificial... Read more

Nintendo Labo for Nintendo Switch: Everything you need to know including how the cardboard Toy-Cons work

Nintendo Labo for Nintendo Switch: Everything you need to know including how the cardboard Toy-Cons work

By Elyse Betters

In a couple of weeks Nintendo will release Nintendo Labo, its crazy, inventive new cardboard accessories for the Nintendo Switch.The Nintendo Switch is a games console designed to work both at home and when out and about. The main unit can be inserted onto a... Read more

Amazon made a web browser app for Android called... Internet

Amazon made a web browser app for Android called... Internet

By Elyse Betters

Amazon owns the Internet.Literally. It's launched a new web browser app for Android, and it's called Internet. The app went live in Google Play Store in March, but Amazon never publicly announced the product, so it went unnoticed until TechCrunch spotted... Read more

How to solve Amazon Echo mic problems

How to solve Amazon Echo mic problems

By Elyse Betters

Amazon Alexa is fun to use... when she can hear you.If you own an Echo device, especially one of the original models, you've likely noticed that Alexa picks up your voice when she feels like it. You can yell all you want, and Amazon's assistant will still... Read more

Apple might launch a subscription news service within the next year

Apple might launch a subscription news service within the next year

By Elyse Betters

Apple wants you to pay it for access to news, according to a new report.Bloomberg reported that Apple’s recent acquisition of Texture, which has been called the "Netflix of magazines", was all part of a plan, in which Apple is attempting to create... Read more

What is Android Things and when will the first devices arrive?

What is Android Things and when will the first devices arrive?

By Elyse Betters

Google makes operating systems, and Android Things is the latest example, designed to power lightweight - but not dumb - devices from smart displays to kitchen appliances. Google now makes a bunch of operating systems. Android powers smartphones and... Read more

Anker's EverCam is a wireless, splashproof security cam with AI

Anker's EverCam is a wireless, splashproof security cam with AI

By Elyse Betters

Anker-owned Eufy just launched a Kickstarter for a security camera.Called EverCam, it's a water-resistant, HD-recording device pitched as a wireless indoor or outdoor home security camera. It doesn't need to be plugged into a wall outlet or even be mounted... Read more

Philips Hue lights are now fully integrated with Hive devices

Philips Hue lights are now fully integrated with Hive devices

By Elyse Betters

Hive has added a new smart lighting product to its lineup, but, more interestingly, it's announced that Philips Hue lightbulbs are now fully integrated with its connected platform.The company's new lights are the HiveLight Dimmable GU10 spotlights. They're... Read more

Apple Watch might soon have access to third-party watch faces

Apple Watch might soon have access to third-party watch faces

By Elyse Betters

Raise your hand if you don't want Mickey Mouse on your Apple Watch.Apple's smartwatch is a few years old at this point, and yet, it still doesn't support third-party watch faces. In other words, developers aren't allowed to create their own watch face... Read more

Is your iPhone storage full? Here's how to free up space on iPhone

Is your iPhone storage full? Here's how to free up space on iPhone

By Elyse Betters

Here's how to free up storage space on your iPhone: delete stuff.Kidding. Kinda. But, whether you do own an old 16GB iPhone or a new 256GB iPhone, there are ways you can save space and avoid getting those stupid error messages about not having enough... Read more

Want to see the iPhone X in gold? Here you go, thanks to the FCC

Want to see the iPhone X in gold? Here you go, thanks to the FCC

By Elyse Betters

Earlier today, Apple sent a memo to its employees warning them not to leak, but it should probably worry more about the US FCC.A filing from Apple at the Federal Communications Commission has revealed a yet-to-be-released gold iPhone X. Because the confidentiality... Read more

ESPN+: How does it work, what does it offer, and how much is it?

ESPN+: How does it work, what does it offer, and how much is it?

By Elyse Betters

ESPN+ is finally here.Disney's latest product is a direct-to-consumer subscription video service for all you MLB and NHL sports fans. There’s no separate app to install on your device; it's all within the redesigned ESPN app that's now available. Here's... Read more

Google Fuchsia OS: What's the story so far?

Google Fuchsia OS: What's the story so far?

By Elyse Betters

Google has been developing an entirely new operating system that's currently capable of running on its high-end Pixelbook.But here's the thing: it's unclear at the moment what this operating system is intended for, including what devices it might one... Read more

Amazon slashes price of Ring Video Doorbell now that it owns Ring

Amazon slashes price of Ring Video Doorbell now that it owns Ring

By Elyse Betters

Amazon has finalised its purchase of Ring, a maker of smart doorbells and outdoor security cameras, and as a result, it's cutting some prices.The first-generation Ring Video Doorbell now costs $100 (roughly £89), down from about $150 on Amazon and $179... Read more

Motorola's latest Moto Mod is an affordable stereo speaker

Motorola's latest Moto Mod is an affordable stereo speaker

By Elyse Betters

There's a new Moto Mod accessory available, and although it's yet another speaker, it happens to be the most affordable speaker mod. Motorola's Moto Mod accessory line has continued to grow since it was launched a couple years ago. The latest addition... Read more

Instagram data portability tool will let you download a copy of your data

Instagram data portability tool will let you download a copy of your data

By Elyse Betters

Facebook-owned Instagram has confirmed a new feature it'll soon launch: a data portability tool.Facebook, the social network, offers a similar tool that allows users to download an archive of all their data on Facebook. You can read about that tool from... Read more

Zuckerberg goes to DC: 9 ridiculous moments from the hearings

Zuckerberg goes to DC: 9 ridiculous moments from the hearings

By Elyse Betters

Mark Zuckerberg has survived hours of questioning from members of Congress. And if there's one takeaway from the whole thing, it's that US lawmakers seem to know very little about how the internet works.The hearings were to be a crucial moment for Facebook,... Read more

Snap Spectacles 2.0: New pair of Spectacles pop up in FCC filing

Snap Spectacles 2.0: New pair of Spectacles pop up in FCC filing

By Elyse Betters

It's official: Snap has developed a new pair of smart glasses.Documents published by the US Federal Communications Commission, and spotted by Variety, describe a “wearable video camera” made by Snap. The device has "Spectacles" branding and "Model... Read more

Mark Zuckerberg dodges monopoly questions, suggests Facebook won't always be free

Mark Zuckerberg dodges monopoly questions, suggests Facebook won't always be free

By Elyse Betters

Earlier, Pocket-lint tried to come up with some Facebook alternatives...And then, it occurred to us that there are no competitors at the same scale. If you have a job where you manage a Facebook brand page or group, you need a Facebook account. And if... Read more

What is HQ Trivia and how to play?

What is HQ Trivia and how to play?

By Elyse Betters

HQ Trivia has exploded in popularity in the past few months.With millions of people using the popular live game show, it's clear the mobile app, which was founded by the co-creators of Vine, is here to stay. So, here are your answers to some to the most... Read more

Will Google launch this Android TV dongle and Assistant remote in May?

Will Google launch this Android TV dongle and Assistant remote in May?

By Elyse Betters

Google might launch an Android TV player that you can control by voice.When Google shut down Google TV a few years ago, it replaced the platform with something completely different: Android TV. It is easy to operate, can be controlled via voice, and has... Read more

How to blacklist news sources in Apple News on iOS devices

How to blacklist news sources in Apple News on iOS devices

By Elyse Betters

Apple's News app for iOS devices shows a tonne of publications by default, some of which you may hate.If you're like us and wish you could mute - or blacklist, so to speak - certain publications, you'll be glad to know it's really easy. So, if you're... Read more