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Essential Phone's new colours are gorgeous, but also very limited
Essential Phone's new colours are gorgeous, but also very limited By Elyse Betters

Essential is trying to lure more people into buying its phone.The company has launched three limited-edition colours - and they're gorgeous. Essential is giving them a staggered release, starting with the "Ocean Depths" model on 15 February at 12pm PST,... Read more

Funniest internet reactions to Apple HomePod's white ring marks
Funniest internet reactions to Apple HomePod's white ring marks By Elyse Betters

If you haven't heard yet, HomePod can ruin some wood furniture.When Pocket-lint reviewed Apple's smart speaker, we discovered its silicone base left a white, discoloured ring on our solid oak kitchen worktop that was treated with Danish oil. Apple told... Read more

7 best Google Home compatible devices you can buy today: top Google Assistant accessories
7 best Google Home compatible devices you can buy today: top Google Assistant accessories By Elyse Betters

Google Home is more than just an internet-connected speaker with a voice assistant. It also works as a smart home hub.Google Assistant on Google Home can control smart home devices, although it's fair to say it doesn't support as many products as its... Read more

Is Samsung still making Galaxy Glass? New filing pops up with logo
Is Samsung still making Galaxy Glass? New filing pops up with logo By Elyse Betters

Not to be outdone by Apple's recent patent filing, Samsung has filed its own smart glasses-related trademark.Sure, the company has been rumoured to be making smart glasses for a quite a while, but the timing of this latest filing looks like Samsung is... Read more

#Ringgate: How to stop HomePod from leaving rings on wood surfaces
#Ringgate: How to stop HomePod from leaving rings on wood surfaces By Elyse Betters

Oh, Apple. We really wanted to love the HomePod. But, when we reviewed it, we discovered the silicone base on Apple's smart speaker left a white, discoloured ring on our solid oak kitchen worktop that was treated with Danish oil. Corroborating our findings,... Read more

These Samsung videos tease 3D emoji and other Galaxy S9 features
These Samsung videos tease 3D emoji and other Galaxy S9 features By Elyse Betters

Samsung clearly doesn't care if everyone in the world learns everything about its forthcoming flagships ahead of their unveiling.Exhibit A: An official Samsung YouTube channel (Samsung Mobile Korea) has uploaded three teasers that strongly hint at several... Read more

What is Apple Watch Nike+? And how is it different to the standard Apple Watch?
What is Apple Watch Nike+? And how is it different to the standard Apple Watch? By Elyse Betters

Here's everything you need to know about Apple Watch Nike+. Be sure to check out our Apple Watch Nike+ review as well, where we said it looks great, has a sporty feel, and feels really comfortable on the wrist. Apple Watch Nike Plus is designed to... Read more

How to control your Nest devices using Amazon Alexa commands
How to control your Nest devices using Amazon Alexa commands By Elyse Betters

Those of you who own a Nest-branded smart device can immediately begin controlling it with your voice, via Amazon's Alexa.That's right. Nest has two skills that allow its devices to work with Alexa’s voice controls. With the Nest Thermostat skill, for... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S9 to sport Animoji-like 3D emoji and stereo speakers
Samsung Galaxy S9 to sport Animoji-like 3D emoji and stereo speakers By Elyse Betters

Those of you who like the idea of Apple's Animoji feature - but prefer Samsung devices - will be happy to hear this latest rumour.Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus flagship smartphones will come with two new features: 3D emoji and stereo speakers,... Read more

It's about time: Google Pixel Buds are now available to buy in the UK
It's about time: Google Pixel Buds are now available to buy in the UK By Elyse Betters

Do you want a pair of headphones with built-in Google Assistant?Until recently, the only stand-out headphones optimised for Google Assistant were the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. However, Google recently launched its own Pixel Buds, which allow you to speak... Read more

Future Echo devices could come with Amazon's own custom AI chip
Future Echo devices could come with Amazon's own custom AI chip By Elyse Betters

Not to be outdone by Apple and Google, Amazon has reportedly begun development of its own artificial intelligence chip.According to The Information, Amazon has started designing a custom AI chip for Echo devices, with the purpose of improving Alexa and... Read more

Apple might bring Animoji to iPad and FaceTime in future iOS update
Apple might bring Animoji to iPad and FaceTime in future iOS update By Elyse Betters

Apple has a lot of ideas in the works for iOS.Although the Cupertino-based company reportedly won't introduce too many features in the next major update to its mobile operating system, iOS 12, choosing instead to focus on reliability and improving performance,... Read more

Samsung patent shows in-display fingerprint scanner, likely for Note 9
Samsung patent shows in-display fingerprint scanner, likely for Note 9 By Elyse Betters

It looks like Samsung is embracing in-display fingerprint readers.For instance, the forthcoming Galaxy Note 9 is expected to be Samsung’s first Android smartphone with an in-display fingerprint reader, according to a new report (translated) from China.... Read more

What is ZigBee and why is it important for your smart home?
What is ZigBee and why is it important for your smart home? By Elyse Betters

There's been an explosion in smart home devices over the past few years. What was once referred to as "home automation" and still referred to as "Internet of Things" has now settled into a more friendly category we call smart home. We've got heating,... Read more

Apple's AR/VR headset pops up in new patent for head-mounted display
Apple's AR/VR headset pops up in new patent for head-mounted display By Elyse Betters

Apple is definitely working on a headset or a pair of smart glasses.We know this thanks to leaks about the company talking to parts suppliers at CES 2018 as well as several reports that have claimed the device will launch as soon as next year. Oh, and... Read more

Qualcomm is working with phone makers to launch 5G devices in 2019
Qualcomm is working with phone makers to launch 5G devices in 2019 By Elyse Betters

Everybody loves fast internet.Everything from smartphones to even our cars require speedy internet connections. Thankfully, a few years ago, 4G became a thing and made it easier for people to browse the web, send text messages, make phone calls, and even... Read more

Google Assistant might come to all Chromebooks, leaked code shows
Google Assistant might come to all Chromebooks, leaked code shows By Elyse Betters

Google Assistant is everywhere - except for in Chromebooks, oddly.Technically, you could buy Google's own Pixelbook, which starts at £999/$999, if you want to have a laptop with built-in Google Assistant. Since 2011, Google has been developing its Chrome... Read more

Snapchat custom lenses: How to create your own lens right now
Snapchat custom lenses: How to create your own lens right now By Elyse Betters

Snapchat has become unnecessarily complicated.We've published so many guides on how the app works and how you can take full advantage of its features, and yet, it updates every other week, which throws a wrench into the mix and makes it complicated for... Read more

How to get rid of Snapchat's new update and turn off auto updates
How to get rid of Snapchat's new update and turn off auto updates By Elyse Betters

Snapchat is rolling out a massive update to users in the UK - and people are not happy about it.The update essentially shuffles around core features, like putting Snapchat Stories from your friends on the Chat/Friend screen (to the left of the camera).... Read more

What is Snapchat, how does it work and what is it used for?
What is Snapchat, how does it work and what is it used for? 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

Want to see Samsung's Galaxy S9+ phone in 'Coral Blue'? Here you go
Want to see Samsung's Galaxy S9+ phone in 'Coral Blue'? Here you go By Elyse Betters

Samsung hasn't unveiled the Galaxy S9 yet, but you'd be forgiven if you thought otherwise, considering how often it's leaked out in recent weeks.We've seen reports with all sorts of leaked details about the upcoming device, as well as leaked images that... Read more

Huawei to hold event on 27 March, likely for P20 phone unveiling
Huawei to hold event on 27 March, likely for P20 phone unveiling By Elyse Betters

Huawei doesn't need MWC 2018 to announce new phones.Although the company will attend the mobile trade show later this month, it has decided to host its own press event just one month later, on 27 March, in Paris. Huawei has sent invites to the media,... Read more

iPhone wallpapers: 98 of the best wallpapers and coolest backgrounds we've found
iPhone wallpapers: 98 of the best wallpapers and coolest backgrounds we've found By Elyse Betters

Picking out a new iPhone wallpaper can be challenging. It has to be crisp, beautiful, breath-taking, inspiring, bold, rich, and preferably all of the above! We've scoured the web looking for some of the coolest and best iPhone wallpaper backgrounds and... Read more

Duo behind HBO's Game of Thrones will create new Star Wars film series
Duo behind HBO's Game of Thrones will create new Star Wars film series By Elyse Betters

Disney-owned Lucasfilm is letting the team behind HBO's Game of Thrones write a new Star Wars trilogy.Lucasfilm has announced on Tuesday via the Star Wars website that David Benioff and DB Weiss, the showrunners from HBO’s adaptation of George RR... Read more

Amazon's discounted Prime Exclusive phones ditch the lock screen ads
Amazon's discounted Prime Exclusive phones ditch the lock screen ads By Elyse Betters

The lock screen has become obsolete.Thanks to facial recognition and fingerprint sensors, most people don't really look at their lock screens anymore. Think about it. You pick up your iPhone X, and bam, you're in your phone. The device's Face ID technology... Read more

Samsung might pull an Apple and increase price of Galaxy S9 by a lot
Samsung might pull an Apple and increase price of Galaxy S9 by a lot By Elyse Betters

Samsung wants to up the price of its flagship phone this year.According to TechRadar, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 will be £100 more expensive than last year's Galaxy S8, which launched at £689, and it'll be £220 more than 2016's Galaxy S7, which... Read more

Huawei P20 case leaks show an iPhone X-like notch and cameras
Huawei P20 case leaks show an iPhone X-like notch and cameras By Elyse Betters

Huawei is cooking up iPhone X-like flagships.Before we get any further, remember that, in November 2017, the Chinese manufacturer teased a depth-sensing camera system that's clearly meant to take on Apple's TrueDepth face detection technology. Fast forward... Read more

Apple HomePod vs Google Home vs Amazon Echo: What's the difference?
Apple HomePod vs Google Home vs Amazon Echo: What's the difference? By Elyse Betters

Apple's HomePod is here, so how does it compare to the other key players on the market? Namely the significantly cheaper Amazon Echo and Google Home devices.  Check out our verdict on the Apple HomePod Amazon released the original Amazon Echo three years... Read more

Honor 9 Lite debuts with quad-camera setup and bezel-less screen
Honor 9 Lite debuts with quad-camera setup and bezel-less screen By Elyse Betters

Huawei's Honor brand has launched a new phone series.Called the Lite Series, the first phone in the range will be the Honor 9 Lite. It has a 5.65-inch "edge-to-edge" FullView HD display - something Honor described as a "bezel-less screen" with a 18:9... Read more

Best Apple MacBook cases and sleeves: Protect your 12-inch laptop
Best Apple MacBook cases and sleeves: Protect your 12-inch laptop By Elyse Betters

 Got a MacBook? You're not alone, of course, and there are absolutely stacks of MacBook cases to protect your diminutive laptop. Here's a selection of the best MacBook cases around.  Best iPhone X cases: Protect your new Apple device AppleApple now... Read more

Huawei Mate 10 Pro preorders launch in the US with $150 gift card
Huawei Mate 10 Pro preorders launch in the US with $150 gift card By Elyse Betters

Huawei’s new flagship phone, the Mate 10 Pro, is coming to the US.The company has opened up preorder sales in the country, despite news that two major carriers - AT&T and Verizon - decided not to carry the phone in their stores, reportedly due to US... Read more

OnePlus made a 'Lava Red' OnePlus 5T just in time for Valentine's Day
OnePlus made a 'Lava Red' OnePlus 5T just in time for Valentine's Day By Elyse Betters

Do you love your significant other? Then buy them a red-hued phone!Or, at least that's what OnePlus would like you to do this Valentine's Day. The company has unveiled a "Lava Red"-coloured OnePlus 5T. It's the same exact device that debuted last year,... Read more

Intel shows off its Vaunt smart glasses that might one day use Alexa
Intel shows off its Vaunt smart glasses that might one day use Alexa By Elyse Betters

It turns out Intel really is serious about smart glasses.A week after Bloomberg claimed Intel wants to sell its majority stake in an augmented reality firm, with the ultimate hope of launching a pair of consumer smart glasses, The Verge has posted photos... Read more

Future Huawei Watch might let you gesture and write on back of hand
Future Huawei Watch might let you gesture and write on back of hand By Elyse Betters

Smartwatch screens are frustrating.While phone makers have been delivering phones with the larger displays or more screen real estate than ever before, those same phone makers have been selling smartwatches with dinky little screens that are hard to futz... Read more

What is Microsoft Edge? The lowdown on Microsoft's Windows 10 browser
What is Microsoft Edge? The lowdown on Microsoft's Windows 10 browser By Elyse Betters

Edge is Microsoft's latest internet browser. It's part of the Windows 10 operating system and also available for iPhone and Android devices. Edge is coming to the iPad in due course, too. It first debuted in 2015 under the codename Project Spartan.Here's... 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

If you're a new iPhone X user, you might have realised that there are a few problems and annoyances with Apple's new super handset. At £999/$999, one would expect perfection, but, of course, nothing is perfect - not even the latest and greatest from... Read more

How to watch Super Bowl LII (2018) in the US and UK
How to watch Super Bowl LII (2018) in the US and UK By Elyse Betters

Are you excited to watch the big game?The biggest sporting event in the American calendar will see the New England Patriots go up against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Pats hope to claim their sixth Super Bowl title. But will they? You can find out by... Read more

These leaked Samsung Galaxy S9 pics reveal phone's innards and specs
These leaked Samsung Galaxy S9 pics reveal phone's innards and specs By Elyse Betters

Do you want to see what the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+'s innards probably look like?Samsung is hosting its 2018 Unpacked press event at MWC 2018 this month, when it plans to announce the new Galaxy S9 and S9+. And thanks to several leaks and reports, we... Read more

Best Super Bowl LII (2018) commercials: Amazon, Pepsi, Dundee, and more
Best Super Bowl LII (2018) commercials: Amazon, Pepsi, Dundee, and more By Elyse Betters

The biggest sporting event in the American calendar is around the corner, with the New England Patriots going up against the Philadelphia Eagles, in the hopes of claiming their sixth Super Bowl title.Super Bowl LII, also known as Super Bowl 52, is scheduled... Read more

YouTube's live TV app finally comes to Apple TV and Roku devices
YouTube's live TV app finally comes to Apple TV and Roku devices By Elyse Betters

You can now watch YouTube TV on the Apple TV. Google officially launched its entry into the streaming of live TV, with YouTube TV, last year. It starts at $35 a month and lets you access live and recorded content from major networks typically found on... Read more

Microsoft Office 365: Should you subscribe to Microsoft's Office suite?
Microsoft Office 365: Should you subscribe to Microsoft's Office suite? By Elyse Betters

Should you subscribe to Office 365 or buy Office 2016 as a one-time purchase?  What is Office 365? Microsoft's Office 365 subscription service enables you to use of all the Office standalone apps, other Microsoft services, and value-added services... Read more

What is Apple Pay Cash, how does it work, and when can you use it?
What is Apple Pay Cash, how does it work, and when can you use it? By Elyse Betters

Apple Pay Cash is technically part of Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payment system, but it lives in Apple's iMessage app.And all the money you receive via Apple Pay Cash will live on a virtual card called Apple Pay Cash card, which exists within Wallet, Apple's... Read more

How to ask Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to set music alarms
How to ask Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to set music alarms By Elyse Betters

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are at war for our ears, and as a result, they often one-up each other with features, like music alarms.For instance, in December 2017, Amazon announced Alexa was updated to include support for music alarms. That means,... Read more

How to set up Google Home using your Android or iOS device
How to set up Google Home using your Android or iOS device By Elyse Betters

You've bought a Google Home. That's great. Now, you got to set it up.Or, maybe you're interested in buying one, but first, you want to see how easy it is to get it up and running. You're in luck - because we've compiled a guide that breaks down the entire... Read more

Google Assistant on iPhone: What can it do that Siri can't?
Google Assistant on iPhone: What can it do that Siri can't? By Elyse Betters

Thanks to a new standalone app available on Apple's App Store, you can take full advantage of Google Assistant and start barking commands at it like you can with Siri.But can it replace Apple's default voice assistant? We'll explain all.  What is Google... Read more

Sick of saying 'OK Google'? Google might let you set custom hotwords
Sick of saying 'OK Google'? Google might let you set custom hotwords By Elyse Betters

A Google app teardown has revealed a new feature possibly coming to Google's AI-based assistant.The Google app 7.20 APK has coding that suggests custom hotwords and the ability to choose a primary and secondary language for Google Assistant are on the... Read more

Galaxy X coming soon? Samsung says it'll use foldable OLED displays
Galaxy X coming soon? Samsung says it'll use foldable OLED displays By Elyse Betters

Samsung's foldable Galaxy X phone might finally launch this year.In an earnings call on Wednesday, Samsung said foldable OLED displays and Bixby will help drive the company’s growth in 2018: "As for the Mobile business, Samsung will continue its efforts... Read more

Amazon SmileCodes explained: How to use those QR codes for discounts
Amazon SmileCodes explained: How to use those QR codes for discounts By Elyse Betters

Amazon has developed its own QR codes to offer discounts.They're called SmileCodes, and you can find them in all sorts of places in the real world. They've been in testing in Europe over the past few weeks, but now they're coming to the US. With them,... Read more

How to use Amazon Alexa to send SMS texts to phones by voice
How to use Amazon Alexa to send SMS texts to phones by voice By Elyse Betters

Amazon has quietly updated its Alexa assistant once again - this time, adding the ability to send SMS text messages.You can now ask Alexa to send SMS text messages to a contact's mobile phone, rather than just message people through the Alexa app, but... Read more

Apple wants a more stable iOS, so don't expect major features in iOS 12
Apple wants a more stable iOS, so don't expect major features in iOS 12 By Elyse Betters

Apple has different plans for iOS this year.The company wants to delay some key features until next year, according to Axios. One of those features is a complete refresh of the home screen. In the meantime, Apple plans to fix performance and quality issues... Read more