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How to get the most out of Apple Maps
Apple Maps wasn't very good when it launched, but now it's full of features that have substantially improved it. On Monday the company added public transit support for Paris, allowing Parisians to get...
Samsung Galaxy S8 won’t launch with Bixby Voice feature
One of the key features of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus handsets will not be available when the phones ship, the smartphone giant has revealed.The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be released...
Microsoft's newest version of Windows is now available
Microsoft officially released its newest version of Windows on Thursday. The Windows 10 Creator's Update was announced earlier in the year and enables new functionality across many of the core features...
Snap drops after Facebook launches more copycat features
Evan Spiegel's Snap fell more than 5 percent Tuesday morning, on the heels of Facebook announcing it was beefing up its camera features, making its app more like Snapchat. Facebook unveiled three new...
Apple snaps up Workflow, an iOS automation app for power users
Enlarge / The Workflow app.Workflow reader comments 0 Share this story Late yesterday, Apple closed a deal to acquire Workflow, an app for iOS power users that lets you string a series of repetitive actions...
First dinosaurs may have been omnivores in the north hemisphere
New anatomy lessonChameleons Eye/REX/ShutterstockBy Chelsea WhyteHips really can lie. In 1888, H. G. Seeley split the dinosaur family tree into two branches based on pelvic bones, but a new analysis suggests...
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...
The best free email client 2017
Manage multiple email accounts and calendarsThe best free email clients1. eM Client2. Mailbird Lite3. Claws Mail4. Inky5. Opera Mail6. Mozilla Thunderbird7. Windows Live MailRead on for our detailed analysis...
Google just made texting on Android more like WhatsApp
Google has announced it's going forward with a new way to text on an Android phone, swapping out the default Messenger app for a new texting app called Android Messages.Besides the (ever so slight) name...
Sound bar buying guide: What you need to know
The Samsung is one of the best sound bars we’ve ever heard for both movies and music. The dedicated rear speakers deliver increased immersion compared to single-speaker designs. Dolby Atmos is only available...
Microsoft Office 365
[Editor's Note: What immediately follows is a rundown of the latest developments and features Microsoft has added to Office 365 since this review was last updated.]January 2017Office 365 Advanced Threat...
LG Watch Sport and Watch Style features revealed in one final leak
LG is heavily rumored to be announcing two new Android Wear devices very soon; the Watch Sport and Watch Style. These will be the first devices to run Android Wear 2.0, and new leaked details have confirmed...
BlackBerry may be ready to launch its first budget phone in years
BlackBerry has already confirmed it will provide more details of the Mercury at MWC 2017 (Mobile World Congress), but it seems the company may also have another surprise for us at the show.Recent leaks...
All the major new additions in the iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4 betas
Enlarge / Devices running iOS 10.Andrew Cunningham reader comments 0 Share this story As predicted yesterday, now that Apple has the iOS 10.2.1 and macOS 10.12.3 releases out the door, it's turning its...
Need a new TV? Check out these super Samsung TV deals at Walmart
With Super Bowl LI just a few weeks away, there's no better time to up your TV game. Not only will you impress your friends with a shiny new set, but you'll also get even more kudos when you tell them...
Google Voice gets its first big update in five years, adds new UI and features
reader comments 22 Share this story Your eyes aren't deceiving you, this is the new Google Voice app lineup. Google Examples of the inbox, conversation, and voicemail views in the Android app. Google...
Best devices for your smart home
Fisher-Price Newborn Rock ’n Play Sleeper Fisher-Price’s SmartConnect Sleeper makes calming your baby easy and hands-free. The movement patterns work well, the cradle itself is soft and comfortable, and...
Oppo launches R9s in Australia, an affordable phone for happy-snappers
Oppo has announced the launch of its new R9s smartphone in Australia today, revealing the company's next step after its R9 and R9 Plus models. The company recently topped the market share for smartphone...
HTC U Ultra vs. HTC U Play: Comparing 5 Key Features in Each
HTC has watched its smartphone market share tumble in recent years, forcing it to turn its attention to other markets, including wearables and virtual reality. But that doesn’t mean it’s left the smartphone...
Nvidia Shield 2017 is out today, but you may not need to upgrade after all
Nvidia announced today that its upgraded Nvidia Shield TV set-top box is now available for sale.The media player offers 4K HDR streaming, major gaming capabilities, and some brand-new features like the...
If you find your phone battery is dying off quickly, the Lenovo P2 wants to impress you for your next upgrade by offering a full three days of battery.That’s a lot of life, especially considering most...
10 weird and wonderful gadgets from CES 2017
At CES, if your product doesn’t have a touchscreen it’s really not fulfilling its potential. At least that must be what Vinci thought when it designed its headphones. With their touchscreen earpads that...
Misfit has been creating fashionable but useful fitness trackers for a number of years now, but the Vapor is the first time the company has created a smartwatch.The Vapor still feels like a Misfit product...
Comcast's new internet features turn your home into a digital domain
Wish your home was smarter? Comcast is here to help. The internet service provider has introduced a new set of cloud-connected features at CES 2017 designed to sync your devices and help you control them...
Why your WhatsApp might not be working today
The popular messaging app, which now has over 1 billion users the company claims, said that it decided to make this decision in order to continue introducing more advanced features that old operating...
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...
DNN's New Content Management System Uses Microservices
Evoq 9, which provides omnichannel publishing inside a microservices architecture, allows text and images to be created once, then deployed wherever needed. Remember the Java mantra from years ago: "Write...
Acer Switch Alpha 12
The success of the Microsoft Surface has proved that there’s a market for tablets that can replace your laptop. We loved the Surface Pro 4 for its sharp screen, excellent Type Cover keyboard and precise...
Uber's Beacon update will help you find your cab with dashboard lights
Uber is introducing a few new features to its cars and app this week that should make finding your ride even easier, particularly in the busy holiday period.The most interesting feature is called Beacon....
Gifts for men: 11 best gifts for him this holiday
"What am I going to get so-and-so for Christmas?"It's the age-old question, made especially tricky when trying to nail the perfect gift for that person (or persons) who's impossible to shop for. Ever...
iOS 10.2 features: everything in the new iPhone and iPad update
Apple's iOS 10.2 update has launched, bringing you new features whether or not you just upgraded to iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.Today's free software update focuses on three key areas: messaging, the default...
10 best PC peripherals to get your game on this Christmas
Each successive year brings a fresh batch of PC peripherals designed to help you eke maximum enjoyment out of the latest games.Unlike graphics cards, processors and other components that get more powerful...
Smartwatch or fitness tracker -- which one to give?
You want to give that special person in your life either a smartwatch or fitness tracker as a present for the holidays. The problem is you’re not sure which type of device to get. Your decision should...
Virgin TV V6 box release date, news and features
Virgin media has finally announced its long-awaited 2016 set-top box. The new box sports 4K/HDR playback across Netflix and YouTube, but there's no word yet on whether the box will support live 4K broadcast. Virgin...
Asus ZenBook Flip UX360
With laptops racing to see who can be the thinnest and lightest, compromises must be made. The Apple MacBook ranks as one of the thinnest and lightest ultraportables on the market, but you’ll have to...
Our Office 2016 review has been fully updated for November 2016Microsoft Office is a lot more than Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook, although that’s what most people think of first. There’s now a whole...
Two great gesture controls are coming to the Pixel and Pixel XL
The Pixel and Pixel XL already have strong screens, but they’re about to get even better, with the addition of raise-to-wake and double-tap to wake.These features are basically exactly what they sound,...
Sky Q Voice Search is still coming - but you'll have to wait until next year
It's pretty much the best set top box on the UK market currently, but Sky Q is still missing one of its key promised features - Voice Search, as accessed through its remote control.While it's a little...
10 Reasons to Buy the Google Pixel Smartphone This Holiday Season
Smartphones are close to the top of holiday shopping wish lists, according to recent data from the Consumer Technology Association. As usual, Apple’s iPhone remains in high demand. But for the first time...
The best webcams 2016
What's the best webcam for you? Despite laptops and all-in-one desktops having built-in webcams these days, regular desktop PCs don't have this luxury.So, if you want to buy the best webcam for video...
Words and bones tell a similar story about deep history
Common descent of human populations is reflected both in their cranial features and their linguistic affiliations over vast geographic distances, new evidence suggests. The formation of different languages...
Download of the day: Firefox Test Pilot
Everybody loves Firefox, but many of us still have little niggles and wish-lists of features we’d like to see. Sometimes we wonder, wouldn’t it be great if we could travel into the future, find out what...
LG Begins Android 7.0 Nougat OS Rollout to Its G5 Smartphones
The Nougat operating system updates will start in South Korea and expand to other countries, including the United States, in the future. LG has started rolling out the latest Android operating system—version...
Fossil is launching 20 hybrid smartwatches under its designer brands
The Fossil Group has announced that it will be launching 20 new hybrid smartwatches under several of its designer brands including Armani, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, and Diesel.Rather than the digital...
ZTE Axon 7 Mini Android Handset Delivers Strong Features for $300
In recent years, Chinese mobile device maker ZTE has been expanding its sales footprint around the world in hopes of becoming a leading smartphone maker alongside Apple and Samsung. The company's Axon...
After more than 365 days, this make-or-break version of Microsoft's veteran Windows operating system is off to a strong start. And, the way in which new features and improvements keep arriving means that...
Supreme Court raises doubts about judgment against Samsung
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court raised serious doubts Tuesday about a $399 million judgment against smartphone maker Samsung for illegally copying parts of the patented design of Apple’s iPhone. Justices...
WhatsApp now lets you draw on your photos, just like Snapchat
Whatsapp is rolling out new features changing how you share photos on its messaging service, giving your inner artist a chance to doodle on photos Snapchat-style.With a tap of a button, the latest version...
Mac Week: The 'macOS' of 2016 vs the 'Mac OS' of 1984
September 20, 2016 marked the glorious return of Mac OS – err, sorry, "macOS" – at least by name, and with it a host of new features and capabilities for Apple's various Mac desktops and MacBooks.This...
Google rebrands: Apps for Work are G Suite, enterprise platform is Google Cloud
Flickr user leolintang reader comments 1 Share this story Google's cloud services have a new name: everything cloud-based—including the Google Cloud Platform, enterprise mobility, and even Chromebooks—is...
Buying Guide: The 7 best PC cases: top cases for your next gaming machine
IntroductionIt's tempting to dismiss PC cases as big black boxes, but that's dismissing huge swathes of the market – and one of your system's most important components.There's a huge amount of variety...
How to get new iPhone features early
National technology writer Rod Chester reviews the iPhone 7 Plus and Apple's new AirPods. Customers gather at a US tech-giant Apple store during the launch of the new iPhones on September 17, 2016. Picture:...
HTC Desire 10 Pro brings flagship features to a lower price point
HTC is reinvigorating its Desire series of smartphones after a couple of years of mediocrity for the range, with the Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle breathing new life, and flagship features, into...
iOS 10 Includes Useful Features That Aren't Just for Show
NEWS ANALYSIS: Apple is billing iOS 10 as its biggest mobile operating system release, which could be true, but most people will be interested in only a few of the improvements. Installing a new operating...
A Quick First Look at iOS 10's Capabilities, Features
In a little more than 24 hours after downloading Apple's iOS 10, I've been able to get better acquainted with the mobile operating system's features and capabilities. Just as Apple executives said at the...
Hands-on review: Moto G4 Play
Moto G4 PlayThe Moto G4 Play just wants to have some fun. It isn't necessarily the most skilled at any one thing, but it's hard to look away from a deal this good.Sitting at the bottom of the G4 totem...
Coming soon: A world where you’ll never have to file an expense report
Companies that use Pleo can have cards issued to individual employees with each one having its own limits or conditions. As soon as a person makes a purchase, the mobile app sends a push notification...
iOS 10 reviewed: There’s no reason not to update
Enlarge / iOS 10 is here.Andrew Cunningham reader comments 11 Share this story By nature, iOS is not a permissive operating system. Apple started from a position of not trusting third-party software developers,...
10 Features That Set Apart the Apple Watch Series 2 From the Original
Although the iPhone 7 grabbed the most attention at Apple's Sept. 7 press event, the Apple Watch Series 2 is a nice new addition to Apple's hardware lineup. The smartwatch is heavily focused on activity,...
Amazon's Fire HD 8 could be the cheap tablet we've been waiting for
Amazon has announced a refresh of the Fire HD 8 with a vastly cheaper price and new innards, and it may be the first tablet from the retail giant that's worth picking up.The Fire HD 8 features an 8-inch...
Pokemon Stars: all the latest leaks from the rumored Nintendo Switch game
Though there’s been no official confirmation that a game called Pokémon Stars is coming to the Nintendo Switch, we do know that a Pokémon game will make its way to the console eventually. There are many...
The best PC games of 2017… so far
Blimey! We’re not even halfway through the year and we’ve already had a veritable smorgasbord of gaming delicacies served to us in 2017. And it’s not one genre or tier dominating the scene either, with...
Acer’s Predator Triton aims to be the king of ultra-thin gaming laptops
Acer has unveiled a pair of new gaming notebooks, including a super-thin laptop which packs an impressive amount of power for its size.The Predator Triton 700 is the first in a new series of laptops designed...
Slender: The Eight Pages
Falling into the broad category of survival horror, Slender: The Eight Pages is a first person puzzler based on the Slender Man myth. Your mission is to find the titular eight pages about the pale, faceless...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark