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How to Build Giant Structures Using Soda Bottles and a 3D Printer

Reduce, re-use, and recycle are words to live by as we try to minimise humanity’s demand for our planet’s natural resources. But instead of sending your empty soda bottles off to be recycled, scientists from the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany want you to build everything from chairs, to boats, to outdoor shelters with them. Read More >>

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Apple’s Microsoft Office Killer Is Free Again (If You Dare)

We’ve been talking a lot lately about the perks and perils of Microsoft Office, especially the program you begrudgingly used to write your college papers: Word. In what appears to be an unrelated move, Apple just made a whole host of productivity apps free. Get excited for Pages! (Borat voice: “Not!”) Read More >>

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Tips to Keep Shady Software Off Your Computer

Not all applications and browser add-ons come in peace. So you need to know a few warning signs to look out for if you want to make sure that only legit software makes it onto your machine. Here’s how to avoid bad actors and weed out any shady apps that have already taken root. Read More >>

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10 Photoshop Tricks to Fix Your Worst Photos

Starting out in Photoshop can be scary, especially if you’ve never used a graphics tool as robust as it. With a little effort anyone can learn to be comfortable with Photoshop, but there’s a difference between being comfortable in Adobe’s flagship software and being useful with it. Read More >>

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The Best Alternative OSes You Need to Install Already

There’s a world out there beyond Windows, macOS, Android and iOS — and it’s a world worth exploring. The big four operating systems are built to be useful to as many people as possible. Yet many of us have very particular needs and might do better with something more streamlined. Thankfully there are a lot of programmers with needs as particular as our own. Sometimes they build operating systems dedicated to certain computers and smartwatches, or ones intended just for gaming. Other times they’re out tweaking and refining what’s already available. Read More >>

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This Pocket-Sized Synth Uses Dial-up Internet Tricks to Share Sounds and Songs

For electronic musicians who still like being able to perform with dials and buttons, Teenage Engineering’s Pocket Operators are miniature synths that manage to pack a tremendous amount of functionality into a tiny package. And that now includes the ability to import and export sounds and patterns with the new PO-32 Tonic synth. Read More >>

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Nexus 6 Finally Gets the Android 7.1.1 it Deserves

Google has finally got its act together regarding the older Motorola-made Nexus 6 phone and released Android 7.1.1 for the device, in a move that'll make a small pocket of enthusiasts happy for as long as it takes to install. Read More >>

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WhatsApp May Soon Let You Edit and Delete Sent Messages

WhatsApp is reportedly working on a feature that would allow users to delete or edit sent messages -- even if they’ve already been read. Read More >>

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WhatsApp Might Stop Working on Your Parents’ Phones This Month

A cheap new phone could be just the ticket for your mum or dad this year, especially if the poor things happen to be stuck using the ancient iPhone 3GS or something running Windows Phone 7, Android 2.1 or Android 2.2. Read More >>

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The Best Free Alternatives to Expensive Software

If you’re paying for premium software, chances are there’s a free alternative out there you could use instead, with features just as good as the ones you’ve become accustomed to. Whether you fancy a change from your usual application-of-choice, or you’re just on a tight budget, these are the free software apps you need to know about. Read More >>

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Storage- and Battery-Sapping System Updates Named and Shamed by Which?

Performance issues tied to major software releases are unfortunately nothing new, and Which? has compiled a list of system updates that can be particularly tough on your phone or tablet. Read More >>

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How to Get The Best Sound Quality From Your Laptop

Whether you’re gaming, watching movies, or streaming Spotify, there are likely to be times when your laptop’s default sound setup doesn’t quite hit the highs and lows you’re looking for. If you don’t want to settle for subpar audio any longer, there are ways to improve it, and we’ve outlined some of the best below. Read More >>

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Jazzy New Version of Microsoft Paint Shown Off in Demo Clips

Microsoft has decided that it wants Paint to be used for more than just screengrabs, with leaked demonstrations showing off a dramatically different new version of the program. Read More >>

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You Can Now Download iOS 10

iOS 10 is officially available to download, so put those fingers and thumbs to good use. Read More >>

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How To Digitise Your Old Music and Videos at Home

If you’re looking to create digital copies of your old video tapes, vinyl, and cassettes, it can be difficult to know where to start with so many different approaches and hardware setups out there. Our approach should be simple enough for everyone to follow. Here’s what to need to know about creating digital versions of your favourite old movies and music. Read More >>