gadgets
4 Simple Rules for Giving Your New Gadget a Long Life

If you’ve just put down hundreds of pounds in exchange for a polished new gadget, than you want that money to go as far as possible—which means making sure that your device of choice enjoys a long and healthy existence before it heads off for recycling many years down the line. Read More >>

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The 7 Settings to Change as Soon as You’ve Set Up Your New Phone

Congratulations! You’ve got yourself a shiny new smartphone, you’ve worked your way through the initial setup and login process, and you’re ready to start using it in earnest. Before you start Snapchatting and WhatsApping though, check out some of the default settings Android and iOS apply for you—because they might not be exactly what you want. Read More >>

internet
12 Useful Web Tools You Didn’t Know About

Google isn’t the only company creating useful apps for the web. There are plenty of great online resources made by non-Alphabet companies, provided you know where to look. Here are 12 of our favourite online apps and websites that are worth collecting in your browser’s bookmarks, ready to go at a moment’s notice, to convert files, enhance photos, make GIFs, pick colours, transfer documents and more besides. Read More >>

technology
4 Improvements in Mozilla’s Overhauled Quantum Firefox

In the nine years that it’s been around, Google Chrome’s speed and simplicity convinced most of us to make the switch from whatever browser we were using before (though not everyone is a Chrome fan). With a major overhaul and some serious streamlining, Firefox is hoping to claw back some of that market share. Read More >>

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7 Handy Google Assistant Tricks You Didn’t Know About

Google Assistant is keen on taking as big a role in your life as possible, and to that end Google keeps pouring new features into the app, whether it’s on your phone, your dinky smart speaker, your Pixelbook, or your Nvidia Shield. Here are 7 capabilities that the Assistant has been given that you might not have made use of yet—we’ve specifically tested them on phones, but they should work to some extent on other devices too. Read More >>

ios
8 Annoying iOS 11 Problems and How to Deal With Them

Updating your iDevice to the latest version of iOS gets you the newest features and the best security protection, but it can also bring with it a slew of bugs and issues. iOS 11 has caused myriad problems, so here’s an easy reference guide to some of the issues you might be seeing and what you can do about them. Read More >>

smartphones
Why You Don’t Need an iPhone X – Or Any Other Expensive New Phone

Hold on just a moment before you drop £1,000 (or more!) on an iPhone X—or another expensive phone from Samsung, Google, or anyone else. Do you really need that flagship handset? The list of reasons not to buy one of the latest and most expensive phones gets longer every year. Read More >>

apps
34 New Features Your Favourite Apps Added That You Didn’t Notice

It’s not easy keeping up with all the features in your favourite apps, with dozens of updates pouring down from your app store of choice every week. Just in case you’re not using your apps to their full potential, here are 34 recently introduced tricks and tools that you might not have spotted yet. Read More >>

technology
Why Other People Can’t See Your Emojis and How to Fix It

We’ve got more emojis at our fingertips than ever before, but are your friends, relatives, colleagues, and favourite chatbots seeing the colourful cartoon symbols you think they’re seeing? There are several different reasons why emojis can get lost in translation between apps, devices, and platforms, and here we’ll explain how to stop it from happening. Read More >>

google
10 Tricks to Make Yourself a Google Pixel 2 Master

Oh, picked up a shiny new Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL did you? Not had to return it due to screen or audio issues? Wanting to dig a little deeper into the neat features that are available on Google’s own-brand smartphone? Well, you’ve come to the right place—here are 10 tricks to do more with your Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL phone. Read More >>

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4 Situations Where a Dedicated Camera Still Smokes a Smartphone

Smartphones have revolutionised the way we take pictures and record our lives—it’s hard to remember a time when we didn’t always have a camera with us. For all their convenience though, and all the smartphone camera improvements we’ve seen in the last few years, the dedicated camera isn’t dead yet. Read More >>

technology
Simple Benchmarks to Run on Your Computer to Check If It’s Working Well

At first glance the computer on your desk might look a lot like last year’s model or the model your colleague has, but looks can be deceptive—if you want to really rate your laptop and find its place in the power and performance stakes, that’s where benchmarks come in. Read More >>

smartphones
7 Ways to Use Your Spare Smartphone Time Productively

Standing in line at the pizza place, you’ve got a couple of minutes to kill, so you stare down at your phone, and fire up. Rather than browsing through a long list of inane tweets or matching jewel colours up against each other, you can actually be using that time productively. Read More >>

streaming
You Should Probably Buy a Set-top Box or Streaming Dongle, No Matter What TV You Have

Smart TV features are for the most part terrible, so if you’re looking to pipe Netflix or whatever service into your television, you’re best off buying a smart box or dongle. We would never suggest that you don’t need a big beautiful screen—you cannot watch Game of Thrones on an Apple TV alone—but no matter how new and flashy (or old and junky) your television, a smart add-on makes sense. Read More >>

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How to Spot Fake Photos on the Web

Take a moment before you reshare that hilarious or terrifying image on your favorite social media channel of choice—is it, in fact, as authentic as it first appears? From political scenes to shark invasions, the web is rife with fake photos thanks to easy-to-use image editing tools and gullible viewers. Here’s how to make sure you don’t get caught out. Read More >>