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Amazon Alexa app: How to master your Echo or Alexa device experience

Amazon Alexa app: How to master your Echo or Alexa device experience

By Elyse Betters

It looks like a lot of people received new Alexa devices this Christmas, as evident by the Amazon Alexa app, which topped app charts this week.It earned the No. 1 spot on the Apple App Store's Top Free chart for the first time and remained there throughout... Read more

52 of the best tech life hacks

52 of the best tech life hacks

By Elyse Betters

You may not know this... but there are several websites and technology-related tips and tricks out there that can totally simplify your daily routine and make your life much easier in general.For instance, Apple's charging cords for iOS devices and Macs... Read more

Should your iPhone battery be replaced? How to tell and where to do it

Should your iPhone battery be replaced? How to tell and where to do it

By Elyse Betters

Apple has confirmed it slows down old iPhones.Technically, the company admitted it slows down processors used in iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, and iPhone SE. These have aging lithium-ion batteries that might cause random shutdowns. So, to prevent your... Read more

How to set up and use Drop In on Amazon Echo devices

How to set up and use Drop In on Amazon Echo devices

By Elyse Betters

Christmas is done and that likely means you have new Echo devices.Whether you have an Echo speaker or an Echo with a screen, you can take advantage one of Amazon's coolest Alexa features: Drop In. With Drop In, you're able to instantly connect to any... Read more

iPhone wallpapers and backgrounds: 98 of the best we've found

iPhone wallpapers and backgrounds: 98 of the best we've found

By Elyse Betters

One of the most difficult parts about owning a new iPhone is picking out an equally new wallpaper.It has to be crisp, beautiful, breath-taking, inspiring, bold, rich, and preferably all of the above. Thankfully, the internet is chock-full of free-to-download... Read more

WhatsApp will drop support for these phones on New Year's Eve

WhatsApp will drop support for these phones on New Year's Eve

By Elyse Betters

WhatsApp has announced it will abruptly stop supporting many older smartphones in the New Year.The decision mirrors WhatsApp's announcement from last year, when it said it planned to drop support for many mobile platforms. Jump forward to now, and the... Read more

Garmin Vivofit 4 has a year-long battery life, always-on colour display

Garmin Vivofit 4 has a year-long battery life, always-on colour display

By Elyse Betters

There are so many activity trackers available, it's hard to figure out which one to buy. Here's a hint: Go for the one with the better battery.No one wants to be out for a run and then see their activity tracker is dead and has not properly tracked their... Read more

Google Chromecast: How to set up Chromecast and get started with it

Google Chromecast: How to set up Chromecast and get started with it

By Elyse Betters

Google's Chromecast might seem complicated, but it isn't.The whole purpose of Google's HDMI dongle is that it's easy: easy for you to watch a YouTube video on your phone or a Netflix stream on your tablet and then wirelessly fling it to your TV so you... 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

Amazon Echo tips and tricks: The ultimate guide to Alexa

Amazon Echo tips and tricks: The ultimate guide to Alexa

By Elyse Betters

The Amazon Echo needs no introduction, that gateway to a world of connected fun. Posing as a cylindrical speaker, the Amazon Echo is was one of the hottest gadgets of 2016, and with a continuously expanding set of Alexa skills, it's a hot product for... 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 Christmas 2017 apps: Elf Yourself, Santa Video Call, and more

Best Christmas 2017 apps: Elf Yourself, Santa Video Call, and more

By Elyse Betters

There's an app for almost anything these days, including Christmas.You can download an app that turns you and family into a bunch of goofy-looking virtual elves, and then you can use that same app to share with the world a festive video clip of you all... Read more

Now Walmart is planning its own Amazon Go-like cashierless store

Now Walmart is planning its own Amazon Go-like cashierless store

By Elyse Betters

Walmart is trying to compete with Amazon by working on its own Amazon Go-like store, though it's still in the early stages of doing so.According to Recode, Walmart is developing a cashier-less store that you can walk into, browse goods in, and cash out... Read more

Future Apple Watches could have an EKG reader to detect heart illness

Future Apple Watches could have an EKG reader to detect heart illness

By Elyse Betters

Apple is developing new versions of the Apple Watch with EKG capabilities, according to a new report.Bloomberg has reported that new versions of the Apple Watch could feature souped-up heart-monitoring technology. More specifically, they could use electric... Read more

Is Amazon working on its own version of YouTube to spite Google?

Is Amazon working on its own version of YouTube to spite Google?

By Elyse Betters

AmazonTube. Doesn't really roll off the tongue.Well, get used to it, because Amazon has applied for an “AmazonTube” trademark, according to a USPTO filing spotted by TV Answer Man. Keep in mind Amazon's application follows Google’s abrupt decision... Read more

What is Kodi and why should cord cutters try it?

What is Kodi and why should cord cutters try it?

By Elyse Betters

If you've ditched traditional cable and are looking to set up your on home media center, look no further than Kodi.The service has been around since 2002, when it was known as XBMC. You can use it to access streaming media content, like videos and music,... Read more

Apple might merge iOS and MacOS apps starting next year

Apple might merge iOS and MacOS apps starting next year

By Elyse Betters

Apple must like Microsoft's "universal apps" approach, because it's apparently doing the same thing.The company might finally begin to merge iOS and MacOS apps sometime next year by allowing developers create a single app that will run across both operating... Read more

Controversy: Apple responds to claims that it throttles older iPhones with degraded batteries

Controversy: Apple responds to claims that it throttles older iPhones with degraded batteries

By Elyse Betters

 There has always been crazy conspiracies about electronic manufacturers deliberately slowing down their old products in order to get consumers to upgrade to their newer products, but as a turns out, this may actually be true - or at least it seems to... Read more

Amazon Fire TV devices now let you browse the web via Silk and Firefox

Amazon Fire TV devices now let you browse the web via Silk and Firefox

By Elyse Betters

Amazon has opened up web browsing to Fire TV users.The online retailer announced that, starting 20 December, all owners of the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick will be able to browse the web on those devices via Amazon's Silk browser or Mozilla's Firefox... Read more

Pokemon Go now uses ARKit to offer souped-up AR features on iOS

Pokemon Go now uses ARKit to offer souped-up AR features on iOS

By Elyse Betters

Pokemon Go now leverages Apple’s ARKit.ARKit lets iOS developers tap into the iPhone and iPad's hardware and software in order to create games that let you place virtual objects in the real world. (You can read more about it from here.) Now, Niantic... Read more

Google Pixelbook vs Microsoft Surface Laptop: What's the difference?

Google Pixelbook vs Microsoft Surface Laptop: What's the difference?

By Elyse Betters

If you're a student who wants an easy-to-use, high-end hybrid laptop, you have two main options: Pixelbook and Surface Laptop.The Pixelbook is essentially a glorified Chromebook, a cloud-based laptop geared toward the education market. However, Chromebook... Read more

Amazon's new Echo Spot, Echo Connect, and Echo Buttons are now available to buy in the US

Amazon's new Echo Spot, Echo Connect, and Echo Buttons are now available to buy in the US

By Elyse Betters

Amazon has released a new Echo device and two new Echo gadgets, just in time for Christmas.In September, the online retailer announced the Echo Spot, Echo Connect, and Echo Buttons, and now, roughly three months later, it's made all three available to... 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

Google Pixel Buds review: More like Pixel Duds
3.0 stars

Google Pixel Buds review: More like Pixel Duds

By Elyse Betters

Google devices are usually hit or miss. The company has a long history of launching its own hardware, but many of those products have gone nowhere, such as the Nexus Q streaming media device, Google Glass wearable, Nexus 7 tablet, and Pixel C convertible.... Read more

Don't want to unfollow a friend? Facebook now lets you 'snooze' them

Don't want to unfollow a friend? Facebook now lets you 'snooze' them

By Elyse Betters

We've all had to unfollow a friend on Facebook.You like them, sort of, but they're a little annoying with the a) political posts b) baby photos c) ALL CAPS statuses, or some combination of the three. Anyway, in order to avoid seeing their stuff, you can... Read more

This will be the first phone to use an in-screen fingerprint sensor

This will be the first phone to use an in-screen fingerprint sensor

By Elyse Betters

Vivo, a little-known Chinese phone maker, will apparently be one of the first to launch a smartphone with an in-screen fingerprint sensor.When smartphone manufacturers moved to infinity-style displays in 2017, virtually removing all bezels around the... Read more

Google Tango explained: What could it do and why was it shut down?

Google Tango explained: What could it do and why was it shut down?

By Elyse Betters

Google is well-known for working on exploratory products and services.From internet-carrying balloons to cars that drive themselves, and everything in between. One such innovation was Project Tango - which was rebranded to just Tango. It was part of the... Read more

Goodbye Google Tango: We hardly knew... Oh wait, we have ARCore now

Goodbye Google Tango: We hardly knew... Oh wait, we have ARCore now

By Elyse Betters

RIP Tango.Google has announced it is shutting down Tango on 1 March 2018. The project was one of Google's first attempts at making augmented reality possible on mobile phones. It was introduced in 2014, then became available through developer kits, and... Read more

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

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

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