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The best Apple HomePod tips and tricks: Plus how to set up HomePod

The best Apple HomePod tips and tricks: Plus how to set up HomePod

By Stuart Miles

So, you've got a new HomePod. Great! But aside from saying "Hey Siri, play me some music" there is plenty more the smart speaker can do.Here we've detailed a load of HomePod tips and tricks to get you started and show you what your new Apple smart speaker... Read more

Microsoft wants you to use Cortana - so it added IFTTT integration

Microsoft wants you to use Cortana - so it added IFTTT integration

By Elyse Betters

Despite all of Microsoft's efforts, its Cortana assistant is just not as ubiquitous as Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri, or Google Assistant.It seems like every new smart home device or appliance in the market supports just about every assistant, except for... Read more

Stunning new Essential Phone model debuts as an Amazon exclusive

Stunning new Essential Phone model debuts as an Amazon exclusive

By Elyse Betters

Essentially really wants you to buy its phone.So, here's the deal: Essential just announced limited-edition colours of the Essential Phone, which are called Ocean Depths, Stellar Gray, and Copper Black. And they're gorgeous. Now, the company has announced... Read more

LG's next flagship is codenamed Judy and might show up this June

LG's next flagship is codenamed Judy and might show up this June

By Elyse Betters

LG's mobile strategy is confusing.It's supposedly now working on a new smartphone design, which is codenamed Judy, and it will be a follow-up to the LG G6 and LG V30.Let's back up for a minute: In early 2018, LG Vice Chairman Cho Sung-jin announced that... Read more

Pokemon Go Eevee evolutions: How to get Vaporeon, Flareon, Jolteon, Espeon or Umbreon

Pokemon Go Eevee evolutions: How to get Vaporeon, Flareon, Jolteon, Espeon or Umbreon

By Chris Hall

Eevee is one of the most interesting Pokemon characters. Not only is it ridiculously cute, but it doesn't have a defined evolution path - and some of the Eevee evolutions have been the best Pokemon to take into battle - like Vaporeon. Right from the... Read more

Why Intel's work on quantum computing is in a spin

Why Intel's work on quantum computing is in a spin

By Dan Grabham

Intel always likes to reveal details of the bleeding edge stuff it works on and we’re now seeing the glimpse of some quantum computing tech that a research program embarked on back in 2015.Quantum computing is the ultimate in parallel computing; the... Read more

Amazing Nokia 7 Plus hands-on pic leaks

Amazing Nokia 7 Plus hands-on pic leaks

By Rik Henderson

With Mobile World Congress only a couple of weeks away, more is being revealed about the Nokia phones we expect to launch there.One of those is the Nokia 7 Plus, which has been subject to a couple of great leaks recently.We've seen a list of specifications... Read more

Starlink explained: How SpaceX will blanket Earth with superfast internet

Starlink explained: How SpaceX will blanket Earth with superfast internet

By Elyse Betters

Elon Musk and his space company recently received a lot of attention for putting a space suit-wearing dummy, dubbed Starman, into a Tesla car and shooting the two into space. While that is exciting, their plans for an internet-beaming satellite network... Read more

Nike and Xbox made three Air Jordan III Xbox One X consoles, and you can win one

Nike and Xbox made three Air Jordan III Xbox One X consoles, and you can win one

By Rik Henderson

Nike is putting itself about a bit. Not content with signing up PlayStation for an exclusive pair of PS4-inspired trainers, it's not working with rival Xbox for a competition to win one of three exclusive Air Jordan III inspired Xbox One X consoles.The... Read more

Uber UK unveils swathe of new safety measures to avoid London ban

Uber UK unveils swathe of new safety measures to avoid London ban

By Rik Henderson

Uber has published a mighty list of changes in its safety measures in the UK, in the hope of avoiding operating bans in London and other British regions.Many of the new practices directly address concerns cited by Transport for London and other regulators... Read more

You can finally get the Moto Z2 Play with Gamepad mod in the UK, exclusive to Three

You can finally get the Moto Z2 Play with Gamepad mod in the UK, exclusive to Three

By Rik Henderson

Three has announced that it will be exclusively ranging the Moto Z2 Play with the Gamepad mod to make it into a handheld games console.We reviewed the Moto Z2 Play in July last year. It impressed us how well it runs for a reasonably priced device, but... Read more

The supercharged 15-inch Surface Book 2 is now available in the UK

The supercharged 15-inch Surface Book 2 is now available in the UK

By Dan Grabham

The 15-inch version of the Surface Book 2 is now available to buy in the UK from the official Microsoft Store, John Lewis and Currys PC World.We've played with this thing and it is a beast, with up to 17 hours of battery life and Intel's latest generation... Read more

Free PS4 with an Xperia phone on Sky Mobile from £25 a month

Free PS4 with an Xperia phone on Sky Mobile from £25 a month

By Rik Henderson

Sky Mobile is offering an amazing exclusive with its Sony Xperia tariffs. If you take a Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Sony Xperia XZ1, Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact or Sony Xperia XA2 phone plus a Sky Mobile price plan, you are eligible for a free PlayStation 4 console... Read more

Virgin Media ups fastest consumer broadband speeds to 350Mbps

Virgin Media ups fastest consumer broadband speeds to 350Mbps

By Rik Henderson

Virgin Media has announced that it is upping its top level broadband speeds to 350Mbps.It will roll out ultrafast broadband services capable of speeds of up to 350Mbps from spring. Around 15 million UK households now have the infrastructure to receive... Read more

iPhone XI or iPhone X2: What's the story so far with the new 2018 iPhone?

iPhone XI or iPhone X2: What's the story so far with the new 2018 iPhone?

By Britta O'Boyle

Apple announced three iPhones last year in the form of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X and now it's time to think about this year's new iPhones! The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus followed the traditional iPhone design and were essentially 'S' versions... Read more

2018 iPhone X will come with smaller notch, claims Barclays

2018 iPhone X will come with smaller notch, claims Barclays

By Rik Henderson

The Apple iPhone X refresh for 2018 will have similar TrueDepth facial recognition on its front facing camera but with a smaller notch, claim analysts working for Barclays bank.Based on reports and meetings they had during CES in January, analysts Andrew... Read more

What are Google Home, Home Max, and Home Mini and what can they do?

What are Google Home, Home Max, and Home Mini and what can they do?

By Elyse Betters

Google wants to embed itself in your home, to one-up Amazon.As a result, we have the Google Home family. Here's everything you know about it, including what it is, how the original Google Home works (especially Google Assistant), and where you can buy... Read more

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

Best movies to look forward to in 2018: Here are all the top film trailers

Best movies to look forward to in 2018: Here are all the top film trailers

By Rik Henderson

We're only a short way into the new year but it's already shaping up to be an excellent 12 months for movie fans.Not only will 2018 herald the return for some much-loved comic book characters, including the biggest ensemble A-list cast every gathered... Read more

How to change your Amazon Echo wake word

How to change your Amazon Echo wake word

By Dan Grabham

Your Amazon Echo or Alexa wake word is what your Amazon Alexa device listens out for before it bursts into action.Usually, this is "Alexa", the name of Amazon's virtual assistant and the default option. But you might not like "Alexa", while if you happen... Read more

Poundland selling PS4 and Xbox One games for £5

Poundland selling PS4 and Xbox One games for £5

By Rik Henderson

UK high street retailer Poundland is selling PS4 and Xbox One games for just £5 each. In fact, you might even find some for less than that, as that's the highest price they are available for.The chain has signed a deal with Music Magpie, which buys and... Read more

Nintendo Labo offers much more to do with the Toy-Con kits than you thought

Nintendo Labo offers much more to do with the Toy-Con kits than you thought

By Rik Henderson

Nintendo has released details and videos of its Nintendo Labo Toy-Con kits and you can do much more with them than previously thought.Inside each kit comes the cardboard, accessories and game codes needed to build specific Toy-Cons, as seen during the... Read more

How to stop someone else buying stuff with your Amazon Echo and Alexa

How to stop someone else buying stuff with your Amazon Echo and Alexa

By Chris Hall

You've long been able to ask Alexa to buy you things from Amazon. But how do you stop accidental ordering on your Amazon Echo with Alexa? (If you don't know what Alexa is, we'll explain all in our What is Alexa? feature.)And how do you stop reckless friends... 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

What is Bixby? Samsung's smart assistant explained

What is Bixby? Samsung's smart assistant explained

By Chris Hall

Samsung's high-end Android phones, come with their own voice assistant called Bixby in addition to supporting Google Assistant.It's Samsung's attempt to take on the likes of Siri, Google Assistant, Cortana and Alexa, with a new AI agent that's going... Read more

Call of Duty movie on track, Sicario 2 director expected to take the helm(et)

Call of Duty movie on track, Sicario 2 director expected to take the helm(et)

By Rik Henderson

A couple of years ago, we reported on the creation of Activision Blizzard's new TV and film studio and its plans to make a Call of Duty movie. However, things have been really quiet since.Now it seems that the project is back on track, with Variety claiming... Read more

Samsung Bixby TV to be launched in March, followed by other Bixby AI appliances

Samsung Bixby TV to be launched in March, followed by other Bixby AI appliances

By Rik Henderson

Samsung will launch its first Bixby-powered television in March, during a press event in New York.Alluded to during CES in January, Samsung plans to integrate its artificially intelligent assistant in numerous products over the coming year, including... Read more

Nokia 7 Plus Android One handset and Nokia 1 press images leak ahead of MWC 2018

Nokia 7 Plus Android One handset and Nokia 1 press images leak ahead of MWC 2018

By Rik Henderson

Nokia is planning a handset avalanche this spring, it seems, with images of another two smartphones leaked online.We've already heard plenty about a likely Nokia 9 and a 2018 version of the Nokia 6, both of which expected to be officially unveiled at... Read more

What is Android One, what does it feature, and which devices run it?

What is Android One, what does it feature, and which devices run it?

By Elyse Betters

There are so many versions of Android it can get confusing.The latest flavour of Android is Android Oreo. But you may have also heard about "stock" Android and Android One and may not understand what they all are and how they differ.Well, stock Android... Read more

Fujifilm X-H1 mirrorless camera marries pro-spec stills and 4K video thrills

Fujifilm X-H1 mirrorless camera marries pro-spec stills and 4K video thrills

By Mike Lowe

Looking for a high-performance mirrorless interchangeable lens camera? Fujifilm just unveiled the X-H1, which is gunning to be king of the hill.With a robust build - it's weather-resistant and scratch-resistant - this mirrorless marvel wraps a magnesium... 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 a version of Messenger for kids - and months after launching on iOS, it's now available on Android.Appropriately called Messenger Kids, it’s a relatively new messaging app designed specifically for children between the ages of six and 12.... 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

Joanna Lumley and EE host 360-degree movie trivia quiz to watch in VR and right here

Joanna Lumley and EE host 360-degree movie trivia quiz to watch in VR and right here

By Rik Henderson

EE is the headline sponsor of the 2018 British Academy Film Awards and to celebrate has made a 360-degree, virtual reality movie trivia quiz you can watch in a VR headset or online.The host is British national treasure Joanna Lumley, who is also hosting... Read more

What is 5G, when is it coming and why do we need it?

What is 5G, when is it coming and why do we need it?

By Max Langridge

Superfast 4G mobile data service is still developing in both coverage and speed capabilities.So why the need for 5G, especially when 4G connectivity speeds will be able to be faster than home fibre connections? We'll explain all below, but be aware -... 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

Google Chrome built-in ad blocker imminent

Google Chrome built-in ad blocker imminent

By Rik Henderson

Google has been working on its own ad blocker to be built into its Chrome browser for the best part of a year. Now it's ready for release, with the software expected to appear in Chrome from tomorrow, 15 February.To date, third-party software, such as... Read more

This is the cheapest 100GB SIM-only data plan you can get anywhere

This is the cheapest 100GB SIM-only data plan you can get anywhere

By Dan Grabham

100GB of data for £20 a month. Sound good? That’s the stunning new SIM-only plan that Virgin Mobile has announced today as part of its new Flash Sale. You also get 5000 minutes, too.The 4G data deal replaces Virgin’s previous £25 for 20GB SIM-only... Read more

Alexa can now play Mornington Crescent with you, be careful though she's a stickler for the rules

Alexa can now play Mornington Crescent with you, be careful though she's a stickler for the rules

By Rik Henderson

Amazon's smart voice assistant can do many things, switch on and off your lighting, answer your Ring doorbell, control your Sonos audio system, but did you know that she can also play Mornington Crescent?Not only that, but she's great at it.Ask her "Alexa,... Read more

Qualcomm’s latest mobile modem promises ‘fibre-like internet speeds’

Qualcomm’s latest mobile modem promises ‘fibre-like internet speeds’

By Dan Grabham

The latest mobile modem from Qualcomm promises “fibre-like” speeds of up to 2Gbps. It’s coming to flagship phones late this year and into 2019.So if we get a Galaxy S10 next year it’s likely to be inside it.The Snapdragon X24 Gigabit LTE mobile... Read more

41 of the most unusual cameras ever made

41 of the most unusual cameras ever made

By Adrian Willings

Camera technology has come a long way since the early days of the camera obscura. Manufacturers and inventors have tried and tested a multitude of different camera designs some quirky, some bonkers, some incredibly successful. Over the years, there have... Read more

BBC Earth: Life in VR added to Daydream, explore the natural world first hand

BBC Earth: Life in VR added to Daydream, explore the natural world first hand

By Rik Henderson

The BBC has released a virtual reality application that works as a companion to its nature programmes, such as Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II.BBC Earth: Life in VR is available on Google Play and through the Daydream app store. It gives users a journey... Read more

Xbox One X enhanced games list: Here are all the games that play better on Xbox One X

Xbox One X enhanced games list: Here are all the games that play better on Xbox One X

By Rik Henderson

The Xbox One X is Microsoft's latest and greatest console and, thanks to its superior chipset and raw power, more than 100 games have been updated to make the most of its 4K HDR video abilities, higher frame rates or both. There are even more on their... Read more

Apple HomePod: Everything you need to know

Apple HomePod: Everything you need to know

By Elyse Betters

The Apple HomePod is now available in the UK, US and Australia. But should you opt for the Siri-powered speaker over one of the HomePod alternatives? Apple HomePod sees Apple looking to change how you listen to music (again) jumping on the iPod nomenclature... Read more

How Xbox One backward compatibility works: The Xbox 360 and Xbox games list and more

How Xbox One backward compatibility works: The Xbox 360 and Xbox games list and more

By Rik Henderson

One of the big selling points for the Xbox One, Xbox One S or Xbox One X is that, as well as more than 1,000 dedicated games, you can also play an ever-increasing library of Xbox 360 titles. Great for those with a large collection of older games and those... 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

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 this year. It's early days still,... 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

Panasonic's 2018 4K HDR LED TVs support HDR10+ and offer Google and Alexa voice controls

Panasonic's 2018 4K HDR LED TVs support HDR10+ and offer Google and Alexa voice controls

By Chris Hall

Panasonic has detailed its 2018 4K HDR LED TVs, joining the flagship OLED models it announced earlier in the year.There are four new series that will carry an LED panel: FX750, FX740, FX700 and FX600. The FX600 is the entry-level point for 4K HDR from... 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