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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

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

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

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

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

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

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