Elyse Betters

Apple imagined a version of Siri that can whisper responses to you

Apple imagined a version of Siri that can whisper responses to you

By Elyse Betters

Siri sucks to use in public.Think about it: whether you're in a library or a grocery store, it's awkward to use Siri. She's loud. But, imagine if she could whisper. Would you use it more then? Apple seems to be asking itself this very question, according... Read more

Samsung's Bixby smart speaker: What's the story so far?

Samsung's Bixby smart speaker: What's the story so far?

By Elyse Betters

Leaks and rumours from the past year will have you believe that a Bixby-powered smart speaker is on the way.Samsung is reportedly developing such a device, and if the latest news is true, we'll see it arrive sometime in 2018. It's early days still, so... Read more

Axiim Link HD includes the first wireless audio transmitter for Xbox

Axiim Link HD includes the first wireless audio transmitter for Xbox

By Elyse Betters

Want to make your 4K gaming experience even more immersive? AV brand Axiim has just announced its Link HD speaker system for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. It includes a magnetic transmitter that'll provide you with 7.1 wireless audio channels and uncompressed... Read more

T-Mobile TV streaming service: What will it offer and how will it work?

T-Mobile TV streaming service: What will it offer and how will it work?

By Elyse Betters

T-Mobile is going to "un-carrier" your TV.The US carrier has been using "un-carrier" as a marketing campaign for the past four years as a way to differentiate itself from other carriers, like Verizon or AT&T, which were known to force its customers into... Read more

Google Assistant comes to Android L phones and Android M and N tablets

Google Assistant comes to Android L phones and Android M and N tablets

By Elyse Betters

Google has announced it is expanding its Google Assistant service so that it will be available on more mobile devices.It's coming to Android Lollipop phones as well as Android Marshmallow and Nougat tablets. It'll launch on Android Lollipop phones where... Read more

Twitch made an Alexa skill: Here's what gamers can do with it

Twitch made an Alexa skill: Here's what gamers can do with it

By Elyse Betters

Amazon-owned Twitch is embracing Amazon’s Alexa platform. The gameplay-streaming service has announced the launch of a Twitch Alexa skill, but it’s only available in the US. With this skill, you can effectively control Twitch with your voice by asking... Read more

Tweetstorms are now official: How to thread your tweets together

Tweetstorms are now official: How to thread your tweets together

By Elyse Betters

Twitter has launched a new feature: the ability to thread tweets.To understand this feature, you have to go back to 2014, when Twitter began letting users link replies to originating tweets. It essentially allowed them to quickly post a barrage of tweets,... Read more

Drone flying in the UK and US: All the rules and regulations explained

Drone flying in the UK and US: All the rules and regulations explained

By Elyse Betters

If you want to buy a drone for recreational use, make sure you know all the rules and regulations first.Imagine spending all the money you've saved up on that one super sexy drone you've been eyeing for a while, only to find out that you can't operate... Read more

How to set up and play music on multiple Amazon Echo devices

How to set up and play music on multiple Amazon Echo devices

By Elyse Betters

Amazon's Echo devices support multi-room audio.Technically, Amazon is calling the new feature "multi-room music", but it works similarly; you can use the feature to play music across multiple Echo devices in your home at the same time. But there are... Read more

Christmas deal: Save $50 on Oculus Rift and Touch Controller bundle

Christmas deal: Save $50 on Oculus Rift and Touch Controller bundle

By Elyse Betters

If you've been waiting to buy the Oculus Rift, now is the time to get it, as Amazon has just slashed the system's price.Amazon (US) knocked $50 off the Oculus Rift and Touch Controller bundle, bringing the price down to $349. The bundle was already reduced... Read more

Hurry! Amazon Christmas US deals: Echo Show is $80 off right now

Hurry! Amazon Christmas US deals: Echo Show is $80 off right now

By Elyse Betters

Amazon has slashed prices on many of its own devices, including the Echo Show, just in time for Christmas.The Echo Show, which is basically an Echo speaker with a touchscreen display, now costs $149.99 on Amazon (US), down from its usual $229.99 price.... Read more

Apple’s iMac Pro will be available from 14 December, starting at $4,999

Apple’s iMac Pro will be available from 14 December, starting at $4,999

By Elyse Betters

You can buy Apple's new iMac Pro from 14 December.The company has announced its latest workstation will be available this week, with pricing starting at $4,999 in the US. It's a top-of-the-line machine with a 27-inch Retina 4K display. The powerful, all-in-one... Read more

19 weird and whacky personal transportation vehicles that you'd love to ride

19 weird and whacky personal transportation vehicles that you'd love to ride

By Elyse Betters

Most people love a great vehicle.We collect vehicles. We put vehicles in shows. We even make alternative vehicles and various transportation devices because - let's face it - vehicles are so awesome that limiting ourselves to the four-door variety just... Read more

Apple's TV app explained: How does it work and where is it available?

Apple's TV app explained: How does it work and where is it available?

By Elyse Betters

Apple's TV app is the replacement for its decade old Video app and can be used on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. The TV app, originally available in the US, now now available in the UK and essentially adds universal search to Apple TV and iOS devices... Read more

Google Chromecast tips and tricks: 15 ways to enhance your streaming experience

Google Chromecast tips and tricks: 15 ways to enhance your streaming experience

By Elyse Betters

You're probably reading this because you own a Chromecast but don't know what to do with it beyond casting YouTube or Netflix videos from your device to a TV. Well, Pocket-lint is here to help.You can use Chromecast to magically turn on your TV, play... Read more

66 best Christmas movies you can stream in the US right now

66 best Christmas movies you can stream in the US right now

By Elyse Betters

If you're anything like us, you're trying to watch as many Christmas films as possible over the holiday season.There are tonnes of films to choose from after all, including cult classics, cute newbies, and of course the occasional oddballs that you secretly... Read more

Which Microsoft Surface device is best for you? Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, Surface Book, or Surface Studio?

Which Microsoft Surface device is best for you? Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, Surface Book, or Surface Studio?

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft offers four Surface device families within its portfolio comprising the Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, Surface Book and Surface Studio.Each has a touchscreen, but only three of them are "mobile", as one of them is an eye-catching all-in-one that... Read more

Fitbit Ionic's first major software update adds new apps and watchfaces

Fitbit Ionic's first major software update adds new apps and watchfaces

By Elyse Betters

Fitbit has rolled out the first major update to Fitbit OS, the software that powers its Ionic smartwatch.The update adds more than a dozen third-party apps, including: British Airways, Clue, Flipboard, Game Golf, Hue Lights, Nest, Surfline, The New York... Read more

OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition phone announced - see it here

OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition phone announced - see it here

By Elyse Betters

If you love OnePlus and Star Wars, prepare to lose your mind.With Star Wars: The Last Jedi about to hit cinemas in two weeks, we’re seeing all sorts of merchandise pop up, and that includes tie-ins with tech companies such as OnePlus, which has just... 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 launched a new version of Messenger for kids.Appropriately called Messenger Kids, it’s a new messaging app designed specifically for kids between the ages of six and 12. It does not require a Facebook account, which makes sense, considering... Read more

Amazon Echo vs Echo 2 vs Echo Plus vs Echo Tap vs Echo Dot vs Echo Show vs Echo Spot: What's the difference?

Amazon Echo vs Echo 2 vs Echo Plus vs Echo Tap vs Echo Dot vs Echo Show vs Echo Spot: What's the difference?

By Elyse Betters

Amazon's Echo lineup is insane at this point, spanning smart speakers, video devices and new Alexa Gadgets.The Echo family of products has grown rapidly over the last couple of years, with a flurry of new devices announced in September 2017 to add to... Read more

Google made a computer vision kit so your Raspberry Pi devices can see

Google made a computer vision kit so your Raspberry Pi devices can see

By Elyse Betters

Google has unveiled a new add-on for Raspberry Pi.At Google I/O earlier this year, Google wasn't shy about discussing technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning and how it is committed to integrating them into its products and services.... Read more

Forget your password? No worries, just let Samsung scan your palm

Forget your password? No worries, just let Samsung scan your palm

By Elyse Betters

Samsung is looking into a new way of verifying your identity and, oddly, reminding you of your password should you ever forget it.The company, which already offers biometric-based unlocking technologies on its devices, ranging from facial recognition... Read more

The co-founder of Vine says he's working on a 'follow-up' app to Vine

The co-founder of Vine says he's working on a 'follow-up' app to Vine

By Elyse Betters

A follow-up to Vine is in the works.Vine was a mobile app that allowed users to share six-second videos. Founded in 2012, it became hugely popular almost overnight, which led to Twitter buying it and, well, letting it flounder and fail within a few years.... Read more

Apple Heart Study launches as FDA clears first Apple Watch EKG reader

Apple Heart Study launches as FDA clears first Apple Watch EKG reader

By Elyse Betters

Apple has launched a new app.It isn't a productivity app or video app or note-taking app or any of that usual app stuff. Instead, this new app will allow the company to collect your heart rhythm data, as long as you're wearing the Apple Watch. Called... Read more

Like Microsoft's Edge browser? Now you can use it on iOS and Android

Like Microsoft's Edge browser? Now you can use it on iOS and Android

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft unveiled a beta version of its Edge browser for iOS and Android last month, but now, it is officially launching the app for anyone to try.Microsoft's mobile strategy over the past couple years has been all about developing quirky-yet-useful... Read more

Apple iPhone X problems: Common problems and how to fix them

Apple iPhone X problems: Common problems and how to fix them

By Elyse Betters

Now that people are getting their hands on the iPhone X, many are struggling to understand some of the new features and gestures, while others are realising that that there a few problems to overcome too.The iPhone X is undoubtedly the biggest and boldest... Read more

Is HMD working on a new Nokia 5? Leaked benchmark suggests yes

Is HMD working on a new Nokia 5? Leaked benchmark suggests yes

By Elyse Betters

HMD Global appears to be working on a new Nokia phone.There is currently a lot of excitement about the company's yet-to-be-announced Nokia 9, which is expected to launch next year as a high-end flagship device, but little has been said so far about HMD's... Read more

YouTube Reels explained: How the Snapchat Stories-like tool works

YouTube Reels explained: How the Snapchat Stories-like tool works

By Elyse Betters

YouTube has announced a new feature: Reels.The Google-owned video platform revealed in a blog post, which mostly discussed the expansion of the Community tab, that it is introducing Reels as a way of giving its users the ability to share content in the... Read more

MacOS High Sierra 'root' bug allows admin access without a password: Who is affected and how to fix it

MacOS High Sierra 'root' bug allows admin access without a password: Who is affected and how to fix it

By Elyse Betters

A massive security hole affecting Mac computers running the latest version of MacOS High Sierra has been discovered.This is a critical bug that allows anyone on a Mac to log in and change the admin settings - using just the username "root" with no password,... Read more

Windows 10 Sets: How do the tabs work and when can you try them?

Windows 10 Sets: How do the tabs work and when can you try them?

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft has announced a new Windows 10 feature, called Sets."Sets" is basically another name for tabs. The company is planning to add tabs to apps in Windows 10, allowing you to group together apps in a single window pane. Windows 10 testers have been... Read more

What is HDMI 2.1 and when will the first cables arrive?

What is HDMI 2.1 and when will the first cables arrive?

By Elyse Betters

A new version of HDMI is here.Most devices today use HDMI version 2.0, but the HDMI Forum, which is the governing organisation that sets specifications for HDMI cables, announced and just released version 2.1. It brings some major changes, including support... Read more

Cyber Monday deals week: Save $50 on Garmin Speak, brings Alexa navigation to your car

Cyber Monday deals week: Save $50 on Garmin Speak, brings Alexa navigation to your car

By Elyse Betters

Amazon's Cyber Monday deals didn't end on Monday, as evident by an amazing deal it currently has for an Alexa-enabled Garmin device.Garmin, the company once well-known for its GPS navigation devices, recently announced a new speaker that doubles as the... Read more

Miss the Instant Pot Black Friday special? No worries, it's now 40% off for Cyber Monday

Miss the Instant Pot Black Friday special? No worries, it's now 40% off for Cyber Monday

By Elyse Betters

The popular Instant Pot is on-sale for Cyber Monday.The Instant Pot DUO Plus 6qt nine-in-one model is just $74.95, down from its usual $119.95 price on Amazon (US). The deal is for Cyber Monday only, however, so you best hurry. But that's not all: The... Read more

Apple sale: Save up to $100 on BeatsX, PowerBeats3, or Solo3 headphones

Apple sale: Save up to $100 on BeatsX, PowerBeats3, or Solo3 headphones

By Elyse Betters

Apple has discounted three of its Beats headphone models up to 30-per cent off their usual prices.The company doesn't often mark down its prices on products, and it has been known to skip Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales altogether in past years, though,... Read more

Garmin Black Friday (US) deals: $80 off Vivosmart HR, $100 off Forerunner 735XT, and more sales

Garmin Black Friday (US) deals: $80 off Vivosmart HR, $100 off Forerunner 735XT, and more sales

By Elyse Betters

Garmin makes a tonne of smart watches and fitness trackers, and many of them have been deeply discounted for Black Friday.For instance, the excellent Garmin Forerunner 735XT is $299.99, a $100 reduction. It's Garmin's second-tier device, designed for... Read more

Anova Sous Vide cooker with Alexa control is $80 off for Black Friday

Anova Sous Vide cooker with Alexa control is $80 off for Black Friday

By Elyse Betters

If you've been itching to try a sous vide, now is the time to grab one, as some of the best models are now on sale on Amazon in the US.Starting off with the Anova Sous Vide Cooker, it's a popular gadget you can use to cook. The model with Wi-Fi connectivity... Read more

Wow! Sphero took $50 off its R2-D2 and other robots for Black Friday

Wow! Sphero took $50 off its R2-D2 and other robots for Black Friday

By Elyse Betters

Sphero, the company behind BB-8 and other robot toys, has reduced some of its most popular products on Amazon (US) for Black Friday.Starting off with R2-D2, which we previewed here, it's marked down $50, bringing the cost to $129 from $179.99. Unlike... Read more

Amazon.com Black Friday 2017: Best deals and tips on how to get them

Amazon.com Black Friday 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

Roku Black Friday sale includes 30 per cent price cut on Streaming Stick+

Roku Black Friday sale includes 30 per cent price cut on Streaming Stick+

By Elyse Betters

Roku is getting in on Amazon's Black Friday bonanza.The maker of set-top boxes and streaming media devices has discounted a bunch of its devices on Amazon. The deals last all week and include a 30-per cent price cut on the Roku Streaming Stick+. It's... Read more

Nest Black Friday (US) deals: $50 off thermostat, $60 off indoor camera, and more amazing sales

Nest Black Friday (US) deals: $50 off thermostat, $60 off indoor camera, and more amazing sales

By Elyse Betters

Amazon is holding a 10-day Black Friday extravaganza, with bargains on its own devices and other goodies, including devices from Nest.The latest Nest Learning Thermostat, which works with Amazon Alexa, is $199 for Black Friday, down from $249.99. You... Read more

Best US Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017 deals: TVs, Consoles, Laptops and more

Best US Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017 deals: TVs, Consoles, Laptops and more

By Elyse Betters

Ah, 'tis the season again. The season of Christmas sales!This year's sale season begins on Black Friday (the Friday after Thanksgiving in the US) and extends to Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving in the US), and it's when companies and retailers... Read more

Minecraft comes to Windows Mixed Reality ahead of major update

Minecraft comes to Windows Mixed Reality ahead of major update

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality platform is still new, but we're starting to see exciting and immersive content arrive for it, including SteamVR titles, and now, Microsoft's own blocky adventure game.That's right. Minecraft has officially arrived for... Read more

Samsung seems to confirm foldable Galaxy X is real in support page

Samsung seems to confirm foldable Galaxy X is real in support page

By Elyse Betters

Samsung has inadvertently confirmed it is planning a device that was previously only rumoured: the Galaxy X.Thanks to a support page on Samsung’s own website (via Mobiel Kope and LetsGoDigital), details about the Galaxy X have surfaced online. The support... Read more

Uber bought 24,000 of these Volvo SUVs for its self-driving car fleet

Uber bought 24,000 of these Volvo SUVs for its self-driving car fleet

By Elyse Betters

Uber has signed a deal with Volvo.Under the deal, which is reportedly worth more than $1 billion, Volvo will supply the ride-hailing company with 24,000 "autonomous driving compatible" vehicles between 2019 and 2021. Uber is clearly trying to ramp up... Read more

Amazon announces new (RED) Echo and 150 other (RED) items for charity

Amazon announces new (RED) Echo and 150 other (RED) items for charity

By Elyse Betters

Amazon has partnered with (RED) on a US-only sale for charity.(RED), founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver, aims to help fight AIDS. It teams up with famous brands and companies, like Apple, which agree to contribute up to 50 per cent of profits from... Read more

What is Facebook Creator and what can you do with it?

What is Facebook Creator and what can you do with it?

By Elyse Betters

Facebook is going all in on video.The social network has been focusing hardcore on video lately, with a big push into live video broadcasts, 360-degree videos, stories, auto-playing clips in the news feed, as well as the launch of a dedicated place to... Read more

Facebook Trust Indicators: What are they and can they stop fake news?

Facebook Trust Indicators: What are they and can they stop fake news?

By Elyse Betters

Fake news is an international crisis.The issues surrounding fake news are complex: first, you have world leaders using the term "fake news" as a way to deligitamise all media coverage of their regimes, and then there is the widespread sharing of misinformation,... Read more

Does your iPhone X not work in the cold? Then grab this update now

Does your iPhone X not work in the cold? Then grab this update now

By Elyse Betters

Apple has pushed out a new iOS update to fix a weird iPhone X quirk.The update, called iOS 11.1.2, is the seventh official update to Apple's iOS 11 mobile operating system. It arrives about one week after Apple released another iOS 11 update to correct... Read more

Motorola's latest Moto Mod is a Polaroid printer for your phone

Motorola's latest Moto Mod is a Polaroid printer for your phone

By Elyse Betters

Motorola has a new Moto Mod: the Polaroid Insta-Share Printer.Motorola has a handful of modular attachments for its Moto Z smartphone line. These attachments, dubbed Moto Mods, expand the functionality of a phone. In this case, the Polaroid Insta-Share... Read more