social media
How to Build Alternative, Better, Social Media Feeds

If you can scroll through your social media feeds without coming across at least a handful of posts you’d rather not have seen, consider yourself in the minority. Most of us deal with this on a near-daily basis. But mass unfollowing people – friends, colleagues, family members – isn’t always an option. We’re here to tell you that there is another way. Read More >>

If I Had to Subscribe to Only One Streaming Service It’d Be YouTube Premium

The number of digital subscription services you can now sign up for is a very long one, and it’s growing all the time – Disney+, Apple Music, Creative Cloud, Headspace, Google Play Pass... you can rack up a hefty monthly bill by the time you’ve covered movies, music, software and more. But I’m here to tell you about the best of them all: YouTube Premium. Read More >>

How to Stop Too Many Tabs From Taking Over Your Browser

Browser tabs. Can’t live with them, can’t live without them. They’re both incredibly useful and an extremely annoying suck on your productivity and your computer’s system resources. But perhaps there is a way to use multiple tabs the way the universe intended without letting them run roughshod over your life. Read More >>

How To Get a Smart Display to Actually Show Videos You Want to Watch

Get yourself a Google Nest Hub or an Amazon Echo Show, and you’ve got a device that can do everything a smart speaker can – plus play videos. It’s not always obvious which video apps work on these smart displays, or what you can do with them, which is why we curated this list of what you can run and can’t run right now. Read More >>

The 20 Best Mobile Games You Probably Have Not Played Yet

Your smartphone is a pretty decent gaming machine, which you might forget about when streaming videos, sending emails, or taking photos. In the last two years alone, 20 amazing games have launched on Android and iOS (or both). Read More >>

How to Install Any App on an Amazon Fire TV

Amazon Fire TV devices, like Amazon Fire tablets, don’t have access to the standard Google Play Store, so you can’t get at as many audio, video and other apps as you can on, say, an Android TV. You don’t have to settle for this state of affairs though – you can sideload just about any app you want on to a Fire TV device by jumping through a few hoops. Read More >>

The Best Apps to Go Offline With

Whether you’re travelling in a foreign country, going through a tunnel, on a limited data plan or in a dystopian future where the basic infrastructure of civilisation has collapsed, you’re not always going to be guaranteed an internet connection on your phone when you’re out of the house. With these apps, it doesn’t matter. Read More >>

smart speakers
All the Ways You Can Use Multiple Smart Speakers Together

With another holiday season over, it’s more likely than ever that you’ve got multiple smart speakers in the same house – Alexa or Google Assistant within shouting range in multiple rooms, just in case you want to check the weather forecast or set a timer. If you do have several smart speakers installed, here are the extra tricks you can do with them. Read More >>

The Amazon Website Is a Clunky Mess – Here’s How to Make It Suck Less

For an enterprise as big and as dominant as Amazon is, you would expect its website to be maybe a little bit more polished and easier to navigate – as it is, it feels like 20 years’ worth of bits of web code bolted rather haphazardly together. While we wait for Amazon to do a ground-up revamp, here’s how to make your shopping a little easier. Read More >>

Android TV vs Apple TV: The Best Platform for Your TV Right Now

If you want Google or Apple software running on your big screen TV as well as on your phone, you’ve got a few options: On the Apple side, the Apple TV box, and on the Google side, the Android TV platform built into sets from companies like Sony, and also showcased very well on the Nvidia Shield TV. Read More >>

9 Improvements We Want to See in iOS 14 and Android 11

In 2019, Apple pushed out iOS 13 and Google launched Android 10 – both polished, mature mobile operating systems that offer just about every feature you could want... or do they? We’ve got some ideas about how Apple and Google might go further with these OSes in 2020. Read More >>

The Best Authenticator Apps for Protecting Your Accounts

If you switch on two-factor authentication (2FA) on your accounts – and you really should – then you need something else besides a username and a password when you log in on a new device. That’s where a good authenticator app comes in. Read More >>

How to Back Up All the Devices That You’re Not Backing Up

We hope you’re all diligently backing up your phones and laptops these days, but our lives are filled with so many gadgets and gizmos that it can be easy to lose track of where all your data actually is and what gadgets actually need a regular back up. Here’s a quick check-up for some of the other gadgets you might have in your home, and how to make sure they’re safely backed up. Read More >>

How to Lock Down Your Phone So Only Certain People Can Reach You

We could all use a break from the constant flurry of phone notifications that roll in every day, but there’s always the worry that we’re going to miss something important – an urgent call from a family member, maybe. The answer is Do Not Disturb, which will block incoming alerts from everyone except a select few contacts. Read More >>

consumer tech
12 Things to Do to Your Friends’ and Family’s Tech to Get Them to Stop Bothering You

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the time when you get to tackle a year’s worth of tech troubles in just one visit to the home of a relative. If you’re the designated IT expert in your branch of the family, here’s how to pass on the most useful advice in the quickest time possible, so you can get back to enjoying yourself. Read More >>