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All the Annoying Tech Chores You Need to Do When You Have Time

Like your car, or your kitchen, your tech devices will run best when they’re maintained properly—and that means finding time to do all those low-level maintenance tasks that aren’t much fun, but can keep everything stable and smooth, and avoid problems in the future. Read More >>

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Using AI Smarts, Photoshop Elements Can Now Automatically Open Closed Eyes in a Photo

Have you ever had the perfect photo ruined by someone with their eyes closed in the shot? You could fix the problem with a bit of cloning from an alternate shot using a photo editing app—but Adobe is making the process much easier in the new 2018 version of Photoshop Elements with a dedicated ‘Open Closed Eyes’ feature. Read More >>

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Another Great App Went Subscription Only and Everything is Terrible

I blame Adobe for this. Ulysses, one of the best writing tools available right now, is going subscription only. If you previously purchased Ulysses for Mac or iOS (it works seamlessly across Macs, iPhones, and iPads) you are now going to have to pony up £4.49 a month or £36 a year in order to enjoy any new features the development team might roll out for the software. Read More >>

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Adobe is Finally Killing Flash (For Real, This Time)

Here it is, hiding halfway down the company’s latest press release, like a guillotine in a crowded town square: “Adobe is planning to end-of-life Flash.” Boom. That’s the sound of the blade dropping, and Flash, finally, thankfully, mercifully dying. Because Adobe just killed it. Read More >>

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Eerily Accurate Facial Reconstructions Are Allowing the Dead to Speak

Researchers at Liverpool John Moore’s University have reconstructed the face of a man who lived in Dublin some 500 years ago. Incredibly accurate reconstructions like this are providing archaeologists with new way of studying the past — while also allowing them to visualise some of the most forgotten figures in history. Read More >>

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iOS 11: All the Cool New Features Coming to Your iPhone and iPad

Can you believe Apple’s iOS is 11 iterations old already? It seems like just yesterday we were excited about the prospect of an app store, or the ability to select and copy text. At today’s WWDC keynote, Apple revealed a host of updates and upgrades to iOS, including many longtime requested features. Read More >>

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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 >>