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HTC U11's hallmark feature may soon be worth the squeeze
In our HTC U11 review, we were clear on one thing: the phone's squeezable sides were innovative, but ultimately unimpressive. A key qualm of this standout feature was that you couldn't customize the presses...
The LG V30 has its work cut out for it. After its successor, the LG V20, came onto the scene, the competition frankly picked apart everything unique it had going for it. The HTC U Ultra lifted the second...
Uber lets you visit multiple destinations in a single trip
Uber India announced two new features for its riders and driver partners, making it easier for both the parties to get in touch with each other. The two new features, namely, in-app chat and multi-destination,...
Chrome is sending extra help for muting noisy websites
You're probably familiar with the experience of having your internet browsing rudely interrupted by audio blasting out of one of your browser tabs, usually accompanied by a video or advert that's decided...
Reliance JioPhone Specifications and Features Revealed
Reliance has finally announced the detailed specs of its JioPhone which is now listed on the company’s official website. The new generation feature phone comes with decent internals and a few interesting...
JioPhone pre-order kicks off today: Here’s how to book it
Reliance Jio will open up pre-orders for their much-anticipated disruptor, the JioPhone from today at 5:30 PM. Jio’s feature phone on steroids aims to bring a change for the next billion people, those...
Facebook now let’s you create and share GIFs using its camera app
There was a time when Facebook came in with it’s simple interface and unique features gaining millions of users every week. It literally ate the known social networking websites and took over to be the...
See the LG V30 from every angle in new leaked renders
Due to be officially announced on August 31, the leaks and feature reveals have been flying thick and fast for LG’s newest flagship, the V30. The latest reveal comes from prolific leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks)...
Reliance JioPhone competitors: Feature phones with 4G connectivity
Reliance JioPhone has taken the Indian mobile market by storm. The zero-cost feature phone comes with 4G LTE connectivity along with the advanced VoLTE calling facility. Additionally, the JioPhone offers...
Phone a friend: Instagram will soon let you live stream with a guest
Nearly a year since it first launched its own live streaming feature, Instagram is now adding the ability to tag in a friend to join in on your latest casts.Currently in testing for a select number of...
Google is getting rid of Instant Search on desktop
Google prides itself on bringing information to its users quickly, but one of the tech giant's speediest search features is on the way out.Google is phasing out Instant Search, a feature unveiled in 2010...
This may be the most useful feature of the iOS 11 update
Automatically connecting to Wi-Fi may seem like a simple and useful feature, but it's not when you're forced onto networks with poor signal.One of the newest iOS 11 features will now stop you punctually...
Apple patents secret 911 fingerprint dialling
In the future, iPhones may be able to recognise a sequence of fingerprints as a covert command to call the emergency services.The patent gives Apple the exclusive rights to allow iPhone users to make...
Intex to produce Jio’s upcoming 4G VoLTE compatible feature phone
We heard about Jio’s 4G VoLTE feature phone a couple of days ago. Much to our surprise, it has now been learned that the handset will actually be produced by Indian OEM Intex Technologies. While the company...
Xiaomi 5X could be the first phone to launch under the company's rumoured sub-brand
Xiaomi was recently in news for it’s multi-year cross-licensing deal with Nokia, then again there were rumours about the company coming up with a sub-brand to foray in the offline market against Oppo...
Facebook on mobile may soon let you make GIFs
If you thought Facebook was running out of ways to help you bombard your friends' news feeds, think again.It appears that the social media giant is trying out a new feature for its mobile app that allows...
Google Maps adds live public transport updates for Sydney commuters
Google’s Transit Product Lead, Cayden Meyer, perhaps understands how mind-bogglingly difficult it is to keep tabs on Sydney’s public transport system, particularly during peak hours and rainy weather. Apps...
Should OnePlus 3T users go for an upgrade?
The OnePlus 5 is one of the most talked about flagships right now. With the phone going on open sale only yesterday, the demand is higher than ever right now. But what if you already own a OnePlus 3T?...
Snapchat’s new map feature could be tracking you all the time
Snap Inc., owner of the popular social media app Snapchat, recently released a new feature that has some privacy advocates concerned.Snap Maps was rolled out to several countries, including Canada, on...
Cortana can now help you score deals through Microsoft Edge
Microsoft is augmenting Edge with another feature from digital assistant Cortana so you can save a few bucks while shopping (and maybe convince you to actually use the internet browser).The tech giant...
It doesn’t matter if you hate the new Nokia 3310, it’s already done its job
The new Nokia 3310 has taken a bit of a beating in a number of online reviews. It’s too expensive, it doesn’t have enough features and it isn't as close to the original as people wanted. Thing is, HMD...
Edge Sense: the HTC U11’s killer feature explained
The HTC U11 has a lot going for it, but the feature HTC has pushed - or, should that be squeezed - most is Edge Sense.That's the official name for the phone's pressure-sensitive frame, a feature which...
New Spotify Codes feature helps you quickly share songs
You've stumbled across a killer new track that you'd like to share with your fellow music taste influencers, so how do you go about it? Well, you just got a new option for this very task in the form of...
Google Home can now tell who in your house is talking to it
Google introduced support for multiple Google Home users on Thursday, which means it's now capable of distinguishing whether you're talking to it, or your wife is. The new Google Home feature, which is...
HTC U launch confirmed for May
HTC has confirmed the unveiling of its new flagship phone to the world - the HTC U - on May 16.The new flagship phone has also been shown off briefly in a five second teaser on Twitter, showing off some...
Windows 10 Power Throttling set to save a lot of laptops' battery life
The Windows 10 Creators Update has only been available for two weeks and already Microsoft is prepping further upgrades for the operating system, this time in everyone’s favorite category: battery life....
Panasonic Lumix FZ80 / FZ82
With DSLRs and mirrorless cameras seemingly dominating the camera market you could be forgiven for wondering where, exactly, a bridge camera sits within this competitive arena. But they do offer something...
Telegram app brings its secure calls feature to Australia
Alternative messaging service Telegram has officially rolled out support for secure internet-based phone calls in Australia with its latest version (3.18) of the app.The voice-call feature was introduced...
Google’s fact checking feature now works on all searches worldwide
Search engine giant Google has rolled out an enhanced fact check feature for all searches made on the site from today. This comes as part of a global move to fight the proliferation of fake news and incorrect...
HTC U ‘Ocean’ specs and features revealed in huge new leak
With the Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium announced the runway is now clear for HTC’s true 2017 flagship – the HTC U, or the ‘HTC Ocean’ as it’s previously been known. Until recently...
Here’s how to use Snapchat's new feature
Snapchat just made its Stories feature, which lets you check out professional curated Snaps from around the globe, a heck of a lot more fun. Instead of blindly opening Snapchat and just poking around...
Google adds “order ahead” feature to Waze, letting you skip the morning coffee line
EnlargeDunkin' Donuts reader comments 16 Share this story Google wants to make your morning commute as easy as possible with a new feature in its navigation app Waze. The company added an "order ahead"...
Oh snap: Facebook adds Snapchat-like filters and Stories
Facebook is going all in on a new suite of features for sharing your goings-on with friends without cluttering your News Feed with images only meant to be seen once.Specifically, the social network is...
Facebook launches Town Hall feature to find lawmakers
Facebook launched a new tool Monday that’s designed to make it easier to find and “follow” your elected representatives.The Town Hall tool lets U.S. users find state and federal representatives based on...
If you lost your AirPods, here's how to find them using a new iPhone feature
Apple's latest version of iOS, released yesterday, includes a new feature called "Find My AirPods." It's similar to Find My iPhone or Find My iPad in that it allows you to locate a lost gadget. There's...
The next Apple Watch could let you leave your iPhone at home
The next generation of Apple Watch could be a whole lot more useful if a recent analyst report is anything to go by. Christopher Rolland, an analyst from Susquehanna Financial Group, has said that based...
Instagram's next feature could be a foodie's dream
Instagram is looking to do more for advertisers than unveiling new filters, as the Facebook-owned service will soon allow users to use the picture sharing site to also book appointments with local businesses.The...
Google Maps now makes sure you never forget where you parked
If you've ever found yourself going, "Dude, where's my car?" one too many times in a crowded parking lot, Google Maps' latest feature may be of use to you.The search giant's wayfinding app has a new ability,...
Android O: Is this the Oreo feature list we'll see at Google I/O 2017?
With Android Nougat comfortably settled into a bunch of different smartphones, with Google's annual I/O conference just two months away, all eyes in the mobile world now turn to what Google's got planned...
Qualcomm has made a new chip for flip phones (yes, in 2017)
reader comments 0 Share this story Don't call it a "processor." Qualcomm Feature phone shipments still command a significant chunk of the market in countries where smartphones are less mature. Qualcomm...
Tired of sitting through show intros? Netflix has the solution
Netflix is rolling out a "Skip Intro" button to its service that bypasses the opening credits of certain shows - shaving binge viewers precious seconds from their upcoming TV marathon. Not every program...
Netatmo’s first security camera, called Welcome, was designed to monitor the interior of your home or office, and introduced facial recognition software so that it could alert you to strangers, or ‘welcome’...
Amazon’s Alexa could soon recognize users by their voices
reader comments 4 Share this story Adam BowieAmazon's Alexa is may be about to get smarter. According to a report from Time, the online retailer is working on voice identification software for Alexa which...
Nokia 3310 hands-on: It’s hard not to like this modern take on the feature phone
reader comments 1 Share this story The Nokia 3310. The new one. The back is smooth and matte on this grey version. Here is an illicit photo with the back removed, which probably would have earned me a...
New Nokia 3310: everything you need to know
The Nokia 3310 is one of the most-loved phones of all time, and now, 17 years after its initial launch, the beloved mobile is getting a reboot. Say hello to the new Nokia 3310.It's still a feature phone...
Updated WhatsApp Statuses let you share photos and videos that disappear
EnlargeWhatsApp reader comments 1 Share this story WhatsApp rolled out two-step verification last week, and now it's updating an existing feature to compete with Snapchat. The Facebook-owned messaging...
Google Maps makes your favorite places social with launch of shareable lists
EnlargeGoogle reader comments 4 Share this story Starring important places in Google Maps is a convenient feature that has been around for a while, but now Google is expanding it to make Maps more social....
Windows 10 will soon get one of macOS Sierra’s best features
It’s pretty obvious by now that the Windows 10 Creators Update is going to be massive. Further affirming that reality is the release of a new picture-in-picture mode within the latest Windows Insider...
Facebook’s new Community Help feature will help connect people during disasters
Facebook will roll out a new feature Wednesday that will make it easier for people affected by disasters to find each other locally to provide and receive help. Story continues below The world’s largest...
PS4 Pro’s new update will breathe new life into your old games
PS4 owners are already excited for the console's upcoming firmware update thanks to Sony finally allowing games on an external storage device, but another feature of the version 4.5 software update looks...
WhatsApp testing feature to revoke messages you sent by mistake
If you've ever sent a drunk or mistaken text over WhatsApp then you'll be glad the service is considering a new option to correct poor life decisions. Mashable reports that WhatsApp is testing a feature...
WhatsApp will soon let you track your friends
A number of interesting new features have been spotted in the WhatsApp beta for iOS and Android recently, one of which appears to be live location tracking.It appears that the Live Location feature will...
iOS support comes to Android Wear 2.0 in final dev preview
The final Android Wear 2.0 developer preview has launched with iOS support being the standout feature. In this fifth update, iPhone users can now pair a test watch (either the Huawei Watch or LG Watch...
Tidal now lets you fiddle with your favorite jams
Tidal may be used to pulling publicity stunts to set itself apart, (remember that whole business with The Life of Pablo "never, never, never" coming to Apple Music?) but the music streaming service's...
No network, no problem: Google now saves your mobile searches for when you’re back online
Do you frequently find yourself suffering from a spotty mobile internet connection? Google has announced a new update to its Android search app that you may find useful.Now, if you search for something...
Google and LG to debut two smartwatches on February 9
The first smartwatches to launch with Android Wear 2.0 will be built by LG. In close collaboration with Google, it will launch the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style concurrently on February 9 – not so...
Tap on: iPhone 8 may finally catch up to this Android feature
Need a reprieve from the CES 2017 madness? How 'bout an iPhone 8 rumor or two?A duo of juicy iPhone 8 bits comes courtesy of a Forbes chat with well-known leaker Sonny Dickson. Dickson dishes on details...
This whopping 20,000mAh portable charger is just £15.99 today
You're using your fancy smartphone or tablet more than ever, and as such the power keeps draining. You've got to do something about it.You know that a portable battery pack will do the trick, but - like...
Microsoft Makes Accessibility Improvements in Office 365 Updates
Microsoft has added technology to help users create Office content that can be more readily accessed by people with various levels of vision, hearing, cognition or mobility impairments. . Microsoft is...
Facebook takes on Skype with group calls from the desktop
In its ongoing mission to do everything every other app can do, Facebook has given a select number of users the option to make group audio calls straight from its desktop site. Watch out, Skype and Hangouts.You...
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