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Did Tim Cook just reveal in an email that a new Mac Mini is coming?

Did Tim Cook just reveal in an email that a new Mac Mini is coming?

By Elyse Betters

It's been a few years since Apple updated the Mac Mini.As a result, most people think it is dead. But is it? According to MacRumors, which posted an email from Apple CEO Tim Cook to a Mac Mini user, the device will still be an important part of Apple's... Read more

What's the point of Snapchat and how does it work?

What's the point of Snapchat and how does it work?

By Elyse Betters

Snapchat is confusing. Right?We’ll agree it seems that way. It basically updates every couple weeks, at the very least, adding new features or changing core functions. And, at the end of the day, the whole concept behind Snapchat is, well, odd. After... Read more

Official: Nokia 7 is a mid-range bothie phone heading to China

Official: Nokia 7 is a mid-range bothie phone heading to China

By Elyse Betters

HMD Global has announced a new Nokia phone: the Nokia 7.It's a mid-range device, headed for China. HMD Global described the 5.2-inch Nokia 7 as a phone "wrapped in 7000 series aluminium chassis" with "diamond cut bevelled edges" and a "3D glass curvature... Read more

Google reveals ARCore will come to more Samsung Galaxy devices

Google reveals ARCore will come to more Samsung Galaxy devices

By Elyse Betters

Samsung and Google have partnered up so that Google's ARCore will come to even more Galaxy smartphones.ARCore is Android’s version of Apple ARKit. It's a baked-in augmented reality platform that developers can leverage. It's very different from Tango,... Read more

Motorola made a £99 Moto Mod speaker with built-in Amazon Alexa

Motorola made a £99 Moto Mod speaker with built-in Amazon Alexa

By Elyse Betters

Motorola has announced a new Moto Mod for its Moto Z phones.It's a $149.99/£99 speaker attachment with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. In other words, it turns your phone into a little Echo device. Called the Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa, the... Read more

How to add non-Google accounts to the official Gmail for iOS app

How to add non-Google accounts to the official Gmail for iOS app

By Elyse Betters

It's hard to find the perfect iOS app for email, right?Although Apple restricts you from changing the default mail app for anything on iOS, there are a few decent email apps in the App Store, such as Spark, Airmail, Alto, and Edison Mail. Google's official... Read more

BlackBerry Motion all-touch phone now available to pre-order for £399

BlackBerry Motion all-touch phone now available to pre-order for £399

By Elyse Betters

TCL has announced when you can get its latest BlackBerry smartphone.BlackBerry is a brand name synonymous with one thing: keyboards. When you think of the mobile maker's name, you think of old-style smartphones equipped with tiny QWERTY keys. But it has... Read more

Garmin Speak brings Alexa to your car, with turn-by-turn navigation

Garmin Speak brings Alexa to your car, with turn-by-turn navigation

By Elyse Betters

Garmin, the company once well-known for its GPS navigation devices but now dominates fitness wearables, just made an Alexa device.It has announced a new speaker that includes integration with Amazon’s assistant. It's not just another Alexa speaker,... Read more

Google hid a custom image processor inside Pixel 2 and didn't turn it on

Google hid a custom image processor inside Pixel 2 and didn't turn it on

By Elyse Betters

Google just revealed a surprise, cool feature that is oddly still laying dormant in its latest Pixel 2 smartphones.Called the Pixel Visual Core, it is Google’s first custom system-on-a-chip (SOC) for consumer devices. The company described it as a "fully... Read more

Google Daydream View (2017) review: New looks and lenses, but no new tricks
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Google Daydream View (2017) review: New looks and lenses, but no new tricks

By Elyse Betters

Mobile VR is the most affordable way to experience virtual reality.You can go ultra cheap with the £15 Google Cardboard headset, which works with most iOS and Android phones, or you can spend a little more on the £80 Samsung Gear VR, which works with... Read more

ZTE Axon M is a dual-screen flip phone you might actually want

ZTE Axon M is a dual-screen flip phone you might actually want

By Elyse Betters

ZTE has a new device, and it's, um, interesting.Called the ZTE Axon M, it's basically a flip phone. But not the type some of you may you remember from the early 2000s. It's a full-featured Android smartphone with two full-size displays, which are connected... Read more

Fossil launches new Q Neely and Q Jacqueline hybrid smartwatches

Fossil launches new Q Neely and Q Jacqueline hybrid smartwatches

By Elyse Betters

Fossil has two new hybrid smartwatches, called Q Neely and Q Jacqueline, which are now smaller than ever. Described as being "tailored specifically to the female customer," these new additions to the Fossil Q line look like classic analogue watches,... Read more

HTC to hold 2 November event, likely for HTC U11 Plus phone

HTC to hold 2 November event, likely for HTC U11 Plus phone

By Elyse Betters

There's another flagship phone coming this autumn.First, there was the Galaxy Note 8, then we had the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, and just earlier this month, we got the Google Pixel 2. Now, HTC is introducing its entry. As spotted by Chinese site ITHome,... Read more

Google Wifi now lets you block inappropriate sites to protect kids

Google Wifi now lets you block inappropriate sites to protect kids

By Elyse Betters

Google has updated Google Wifi with a new tool that gives you more control over the types of sites your kids can visit.The popular mesh Wi-Fi router system now offers a tool called Site Blocking. It is rolling out so that you can block more than eight... Read more

You can now control a Chromecast with Google Assistant on your phone

You can now control a Chromecast with Google Assistant on your phone

By Elyse Betters

Google Assistant just got more useful for mobile device owners.Google's digital assistant has always been able to control a Chromecast, but only from a Google Home speaker. Now, for the first time, Google Assistant on Android phones can do the same thing,... Read more

Prepare for Virgin Hyperloop One as Branson invests heavily in future of travel

Prepare for Virgin Hyperloop One as Branson invests heavily in future of travel

By Elyse Betters

One of the world's richest men likes the idea of a hyperloop. A hyperloop is essentially a fast train. Elon Musk, who popularised the idea, calls it a "cross between a Concorde, a railgun, and an air hockey table". One company making this type of high-speed... Read more

That white Essential Phone is now available to buy, ships next week

That white Essential Phone is now available to buy, ships next week

By Elyse Betters

No, Essential didn't forget about the white model of its phone.In fact, the company finally plans to start shipping the white model next week. It's begun sending emails out to people who preordered it, saying that the phone is ready and "will start shipping... Read more

Google finally begins integrating Duo video calling into Android

Google finally begins integrating Duo video calling into Android

By Elyse Betters

Remember Duo?Last year, Google launched the video calling app, and now, it's integrating Duo directly into Android. According to a Google blog post, the company wants to roll out simpler video calling to Android users, so, going forward, they'll bein... Read more

Huawei Mate 10 Pro render and specs leak out, will run Android 8.0 Oreo

Huawei Mate 10 Pro render and specs leak out, will run Android 8.0 Oreo

By Elyse Betters

Believe it or not, there are more flagship phones in store for 2017.Huawei is preparing to launch its annual Mate flagship. And, thanks to VentureBeat's Evan Blass, we have a leaked render showing one model, codenamed Blanc. The current Mate lineup,... Read more

Apple's CEO thinks the tech for quality AR glasses 'doesn’t exist' yet

Apple's CEO thinks the tech for quality AR glasses 'doesn’t exist' yet

By Elyse Betters

Apple's CEO wants you to fawn over ARKit, not its rumoured AR device.Tim Cook is a huge fan of augmented reality. He talks about it a lot. So much so that Apple has been rumoured to be developing a dedicated AR device. However, in an interview with The... Read more

Razer teases 1 November event, likely for a new smartphone

Razer teases 1 November event, likely for a new smartphone

By Elyse Betters

Razer is finally doing something with Nextbit.When Razer, a company well-known for making gaming products and accessories, bought the maker of the Robin smartphone earlier this year, we were told that Nextbit had plans to continue doing "cool stuff in... Read more

How to create Amazon Alexa voice profiles so it can recognise you

How to create Amazon Alexa voice profiles so it can recognise you

By Elyse Betters

Amazon's Alexa platform is catching up to Google Assistant, with the ability to recognise individual voices.Google Home can personlise Google Assistant responses to a specific person in your household. So, if your husband asks it for a calendar briefing,... Read more

Oculus Connect 4: What happened and how to re-watch the keynote

Oculus Connect 4: What happened and how to re-watch the keynote

By Elyse Betters

Oculus VR's annual developers conference has kicked offThe event's keynote usually features notable Oculus figureheads, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. However, Oculus itself has faced a tough year, as its founder, Palmer Luckey, was pushed out... Read more

Oculus shows off new Santa Cruz standalone headset and controllers

Oculus shows off new Santa Cruz standalone headset and controllers

By Elyse Betters

While at its Connect conference in San Jose, California, Oculus VR revealed a new Santa Cruz prototype headset design.The headset was first unveiled last year at Connect, and was described as a way to experience VR without having to be tethered to a PC... Read more

You can now pre-order the new Sonos One with Alexa - get it here

You can now pre-order the new Sonos One with Alexa - get it here

By Elyse Betters

If you've ever wanted one smart speaker to rule them all, you really should consider the Sonos One.Announced last week, the new Sonos One is a smart speaker with far-field microphones and the ability to work with multiple digital assistants - starting... Read more

Twitter reveals a 'save for later' feature so you can bookmark tweets

Twitter reveals a 'save for later' feature so you can bookmark tweets

By Elyse Betters

Twitter is developing a “save for later” feature.The new tool will arrive at some point in the future, as reported by BuzzFeed. Keith Coleman, the company’s head of product, announced it in a tweet, noting users are often request a way to bookmark... Read more

Amazon is making a smart doorbell so delivery drivers can access homes

Amazon is making a smart doorbell so delivery drivers can access homes

By Elyse Betters

Amazon is obsessed with last-mile deliveryFor instance, it is making delivery drones that will drop stuff on your front door step, and it's exploring towers to house them. But more recently, it's interested in ensuring deliveries actually arrive at their... Read more

What is Tamagotchi, how has it changed, and why is it back?

What is Tamagotchi, how has it changed, and why is it back?

By Elyse Betters

Ah, the 90s.It's the decade of chokers, Game Boy, beepers, and Tamagotchi. Sure, we forgot to feed them occasionally, but there was no digital pet better than these, which were first released by Bandai in Japan in 1996. Within six months, they became... Read more

Watch the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer right here

Watch the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer right here

By Elyse Betters

It's here.The new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has just landed, following its worldwide premiere during Monday Night Football's halftime show. The last time we got a glimpse of the upcoming film was during Disney’s D23 Expo in July, and before... Read more

Samsung might embed a fingerprint reader under the Note 9's display

Samsung might embed a fingerprint reader under the Note 9's display

By Elyse Betters

Samsung's next Note might have a feature that was once rumoured for Apple's iPhone X: an under-display fingerprint reader.According to a note penned by a well-known analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities, Samsung might embed a fingerprint reader under... Read more

Does this OnePlus 5T leak show the phone's 6-inch 18:9 display?

Does this OnePlus 5T leak show the phone's 6-inch 18:9 display?

By Elyse Betters

Flagship season isn't done just yet.In the past couple of months we've seen the Galaxy Note 8, Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone X, and the Pixel 2 debut, but another high-end smartphone might still be on the horizon: OnePlus’ next T-branded device. According... Read more

Google Assistant has a hidden male voice: Here's how to enable it

Google Assistant has a hidden male voice: Here's how to enable it

By Elyse Betters

Google Assistant has a female voice, by default. You can change it.To be fair: Most tech companies give their monolithic voice-activated digital assistants female voices at launch, rather than male ones. And while that makes it seem like they are actively... Read more

Hatchimals are back: They're totally different now and double the fun

Hatchimals are back: They're totally different now and double the fun

By Elyse Betters

Last year's "it" toy is back.Remember Hatchimals? Well, Spin Master, the maker behind the toy egg, has shown off a second-generation version that's bigger, heftier, and quite literally double the fun. Called Hatchimals Surprise, it now features two furry... Read more

9 Alexa skills that make use of the Amazon Echo Show's display

9 Alexa skills that make use of the Amazon Echo Show's display

By Elyse Betters

So, you own an Amazon Echo Show, and now you want to take full advantage of that cool display. No problem.Well, there is one small problem: Amazon launched the Echo Show in the US months ago, and now you can get it in the UK, but most of the third-party... Read more

Amazon Alexa calling and messaging: What is it, how does it work, and where can you use it?

Amazon Alexa calling and messaging: What is it, how does it work, and where can you use it?

By Elyse Betters

Did you know you can use Alexa to call and message others?With the launch of the Echo Show, Amazon introduced a new Alexa calling and messaging feature. It lets you make and receive calls, as well as send messages between Echo devices and the Amazon Alexa... Read more

What is high-resolution audio and which streaming services offer it?

What is high-resolution audio and which streaming services offer it?

By Elyse Betters

If you've ever listened to a CD recording of your favourite album next to a stream from Spotify, you may well notice a difference. That's because the quality of the recording on the CD is significantly greater than the compressed stream you get from Spotify. High-resolution... Read more

If you hate the Essential Phone's camera, grab these updates now

If you hate the Essential Phone's camera, grab these updates now

By Elyse Betters

Essential is updating the Essential Phone's camera.In reviews of Essential Phone (PH-1), critics were, um, critical of the phone's camera, but now, the company is hoping to fix that via a new firmware update for the phone as well as an update to the Essential... Read more

Netflix price hike affects 4K viewers in UK and US most

Netflix price hike affects 4K viewers in UK and US most

By Elyse Betters

Netflix has raised its prices in the US and UK, charging more for its standard and premium services.The standard service, which allows you to stream shows and movies in HD on up to two screens at once, now costs $10.99 and £9.99 a month respectively,... Read more

BlackBerry Motion touchscreen phone fully revealed in leaked image

BlackBerry Motion touchscreen phone fully revealed in leaked image

By Elyse Betters

People still buy BlackBerry phones.It's easy to dismiss the company since Apple and Android completely dominate the mobile space, but BlackBerry still exists, and its chugging along, pumping out new devices every so often. Now, according to leaker Evan... Read more

Apple WatchOS 4.0.1 update brings fix for Wi-Fi bug on Series 3 models

Apple WatchOS 4.0.1 update brings fix for Wi-Fi bug on Series 3 models

By Elyse Betters

Apple has released a new software update for the Apple Watch.The software on the smartwatch is upgrading from WatchOS 4 to WatchOS 4.0.1. This update comes one week after Apple first released WatchOS 4 to the public, and it can be downloaded through the... Read more

Google Pixel 2 event: What was announced and how to re-watch

Google Pixel 2 event: What was announced and how to re-watch

By Elyse Betters

Google's October 2017 event is done and dusted. Google Pixel XL under £400 today Hot on the heels of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X announcement, Google has announced its own flagship devices, as well as new smart speakers, a new VR headset, a new hands-free... Read more

Google's Daydream View VR headset revealed: Upgraded lenses and more content too

Google's Daydream View VR headset revealed: Upgraded lenses and more content too

By Elyse Betters

Google is holding a product launch event and it just officially announced the Daydream View. This virtual reality headset is actually a second-generation version of last year's Daydream View. We previously wrote about the leaks of this device that had... Read more

Google Home Max and Home Mini: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

Google Home Max and Home Mini: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

By Elyse Betters

Google has announced two new devices: Home Max and Home Mini.It has expanded its Google Home lineup from one speaker with built-in Google Assistant two three speakers with built-in Google Assistant. The two new models, Home Max and Home Mini, are meant... Read more

Google's hands-free Clips camera uses AI to capture candid moments

Google's hands-free Clips camera uses AI to capture candid moments

By Elyse Betters

Google has introduced a surprise new device.Shortly after announcing new Home Max and Home Mini speakers, as well as new Pixel phones and so much more, Google brought out a camera that uses artificial intelligence to capture moments that you might otherwise... Read more

It's official: Google announces smaller, softer Home Mini speaker

It's official: Google announces smaller, softer Home Mini speaker

By Elyse Betters

Google is in the middle of holding a product launch event, and it just announced the Google Home Mini.Isabelle Olson, who is lead designer for Home hardware, took the stage in San Francisco to introduce the latest version of Google Home, Google's smart... Read more

Google Home calling: How does it work and where is it available?

Google Home calling: How does it work and where is it available?

By Elyse Betters

Google just made Google Home a more compelling rival to Amazon Echo.Earlier this year, Amazon launched an Alexa calling service, giving Echo users the ability to phone other Echo users and users of the Alexa app. And if you have the new Echo Show, you... Read more

HP's new Spectre 13 comes with a fancy paint job and 4K touchscreen

HP's new Spectre 13 comes with a fancy paint job and 4K touchscreen

By Elyse Betters

HP's Spectre 13 is a laptop with a truly striking design and high-quality build, and now, HP is updating it.The company has unveiled a second generation of the computer. Called the new Spectre 13, it's still 10.4mm thin, but it's also much narrower and... 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

New Pixelbook specs have leaked out ahead of Google's 4 October event

New Pixelbook specs have leaked out ahead of Google's 4 October event

By Elyse Betters

We're pretty sure Google is going to announce a laptop tomorrow.Google is expected to launch two new Pixel phones at its 4 October event, but according to leaks, the company might also unveil a high-end Chromebook, dubbed Pixelbook. If you had your doubts... Read more

How to add interactive poll stickers to your Instagram story

How to add interactive poll stickers to your Instagram story

By Elyse Betters

Instagram has added a new feature: interactive poll stickers.The feature is exclusive to Instagram Stories. With it, you can ask a question in your Instagram story, and your followers and friends will be able to respond by voting. Here's what you need... Read more