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If you plan to buy Samsung's Galaxy S8, here's why you should get the larger model
The screen matters, too. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are capable of supporting HDR video from Amazon, which means they're running some of the highest quality content, including movies and TV shows, with...
Here's how to send someone a Starbucks coffee from your iPhone
Apple's iMessage makes it easy to give your friend a quick caffeine boost thanks to new support for Starbucks gift cards. It sounds way more complicated than it is, so stick with me here. All you'll need...
Amazon Fire TV Stick (2014)
Update: A newer, faster Amazon Fire TV stick has just been released, but owners of this, the original Amazon Fire TV Stick, haven't been left out in the cold. Thanks to a recent software update Alexa...
Why it’s time to sell your old iPad, and how to get the most money for it
Apple is expected to launch new 12.9- and 10.5-inch iPad Pros in the coming months, which means there's no better time to sell your old iPad.If you sell your device now, you'll get the most return on...
You absolutely shouldn't buy a new iPad Pro right now
If you're itching to buy a new iPad Pro right now — hold off. Apple has already launched an updated version of the 9.7 inch iPad, and analyst reports suggest two other new iPads will launch in 2017, including...
New iPad: everything you need to know
Update: The new iPad from Apple is out today. You'll be able to order from around the world by the end of the day, and we expect to see if appear on the Apple website at 8AM PT (11AM ET, 3PM GMT) .Apple...
Trump’s tragic budget kills vital science to boost defence
Why join? With a free New Scientist account you'll enjoy increased access to New Scientist content and ideas. Every week the editors release a selection of articles to New Scientist account holders. These...
Download of the day: LibreOffice
LibreOfficeLibreOffice is a whole suite of office software that can easily replace Microsoft Office on your Windows PC. It includes well designed and fully-featured programs for word processing, spreadsheets,...
Acer Predator 21 X
Updated: We've had a bit more time to play with the Acer Predator 21 X at CES 2017 and have updated our impressions.We'd scoff if you told us about one of the Acer Predator 21 X's crazy features. A curved...
12 Deals of Christmas: Save £15 on the 4K Amazon Fire TV
Picked up a cheap 4K TV deal recently? If it doesn't have built-in Smart TV capabilities, then you'll need something like Amazon's Fire TV box to get the best movie streaming experience. Today's a great...
Nintendo NES Classic is coming back to Best Buy, but you'll need to act fast
The Nintendo NES Classic is one of the most wanted gifts of 2016, and as many shoppers are finding out, it's nearly impossible to track the tiny console down. Enter Best Buy. The retailer is gearing up...
Downloads advent calendar: get AirDroid free today
AirDroidThe holidays are an expensive time, so we’re bringing you a special treat: a full, free, fun Windows program to download every day until Christmas.Behind our advent calendar's third door you'll...
This connected armband may one day stop you snoring
Do you constantly get jabbed in your side while you sleep for snoring? The Anti-Snore Wearable may be the ultimate solution to stop your bruising.The Anti-Snore Wearable is a band that goes around your...
Moto Z Force
Update: Motorola announced that its current lineup of smartphones, including the Moto Z Play, Moto Z and Moto Z Force, will each receive the upgrade to Android Nougat.Once it hits, you'll be able to bask...
ZTE Blade V7 Lite
The cheaper companion to the flagship ZTE Blade V7, the V7 Lite sports a different design and weaker internals, but also comes with a much lower price point – £149.99.For that modest outlay you get a...
How to become an Uber driver
How to become an Uber driverThe Uber taxi service is taking the world by storm – hailing an Uber driver for a trip is easy, and often cheaper than regular taxis. But did you know that it's also easy to...
Gears of War 4 review
Gears of War 4 reviewDespite a new platform, a new development team and a new-ish set of muscled heroes on its box art, Gears of War 4 isn't some grand reimagining of the series that helped Xbox 360 go...
Hands-on review: Google Pixel
Google Pixel reviewThis is a flash hands on review to give you the chance to see what the phone is all about as soon as possible. Stay tuned as we'll be expanding and upgrading this review very shortly...
Spotify swipes right on Tinder
Are you a Tinder user that's struggled to perfect your most dateable profile? Well, we hate to break it to you, but you've got a new element to sweat over - your music taste.Thanks to a new partnership...
How to download macOS Sierra right now
Goodbye Mac OS X and hello macOS Sierra. Apple announced at WWDC 2016 that its new operating system for its Mac computers and MacBook laptops has been given a new name – and a lot of exciting new features,...
Updated: iOS 10 tips and tricks
iOS 10 shortcutsApple's forthcoming iOS 10 update was unveiled one week ago, and even in its current beta form, it's already transforming the way developers use their iPhone and iPad.The best new iOS 10...
Download guide: How to build your perfect browser with Vivaldi
Download Vivaldi free and create your own browserVivaldi is a free, open source browser that will change the way you surf forever. It's almost infinitely customizable, letting you adjust every link, toolbar,...
How to control your smart home with IFTTT
How to control your smart home with IFTTTThe smart home is the latest craze, promising to link all the devices in your abode together in a flexible, customisable and clever mesh. Do you want to switch...
Download guide: Download this free toolkit and build your own website in a weekend
Website in a weekendBuild a free website in a weekendA personal website lets you share your passions with the world. It could be a hobby (photography, writing, cooking and travel are all popular topics),...
Gallery: No Man's Sky tips: 5 things to help you get started
IntroductionNo Man's Sky is a massive game. There are an almost infinite number of worlds to explore and harvest for resources, and at the beginning your limited inventory and understanding of the game...
How to store and share images with Google Photos
Uploading photos to Google PhotosWith its world-class reputation as a search engine and email provider, Google might not be the first thing to spring to mind as a place to store your photos online. Photo-sharing...
15 new features in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update
Windows' latest operating system has just received its first major update in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, so-called because it dropped right around the OS' one-year anniversary.The Anniversary Update...
Updated: How to install Windows 10 while it's still free
How to install Windows 10Could Windows 10 really be the last ever version of Windows? That is will it be an operating system that upgrades and evolves without needing a major version increase? If you currently...
Updated: Android Wear: everything you need to know
Android Wear interface, features and compatibilityAndroid Wear is Google's smartwatch operating system and the main competitor to the watchOS-running Apple Watch. It's been around since 2014 and soon it's...
Pokemon Go tips and tricks guide
Pokemon Go guideAs soon as Nintendo announced it was working on smartphone-based games with its official first-party properties, only one word was floating in the minds of Ninty fans - Pokémon. The...
Updated: iOS 9: 62 tips and tricks
Get to know your iOS 9 tweaksAfter eight years of upgrades and interactions, we've come to expect certain things with iOS updates. Each time around, Apple offers a few new apps, a couple marquee features,...
12 new iPhone shortcuts in iOS 10 that will save you time
Apple's forthcoming iOS 10 update was unveiled one week ago, and even in its current beta form, it's already transforming the way developers use their iPhone and iPad.The best new iOS 10 features involve...
Updated: Android Wear 2.0: Everything you need to know
Release date and compatibilityUpdate: We've now gone hands-on with the new Android Wear 2.0 platform – check out the updates to the platform that we've tried out.Android Wear 2.0 is the first 'big'...
These are the Macs you'll need to run macOS Sierra
As previous rumors indicated, yesterday Apple renamed its desktop operating system and turned OS X into macOS, but the name wasn't the only thing to change – the company also switched up the hardware requirements...
How to download iOS 10 beta right now
At its WWDC 2016 keynote, Apple announced the availability of iOS 10 beta, the latest version of its operating system software for iPads and iPhones. It's a beta, which means that it's an early form of...
Why Hosting SVG Online Is Hard (… and How to Do It)
I've been talking about SVG a lot lately. Frankly, there's a lot to excited about if you're a designer, game maker, UI expert or animator. [caption id="attachment_132704" align="alignright" width="480"]...
Updated: 35 best PC games: the must-play titles you can't afford to miss
IntroductionUpdate: Go to Hell... in number 17 on our list.The PC is either making a comeback or never went away in the first place, depending on who you ask. Whichever camp you're in, a deluge of triple-A...
Six errors you should never make when buying a phone
Don't make these smartphone mistakesIt's tough buying a new phone in the 21st century. Sure, there are a handful of safe choices that'll see you right for the next 12 months, but they're often rather expensive,...
Skylanders Imaginators lets you bring your weird creature ideas to life
Since the launch of the first Skylanders, the game's developers have received countless pieces of art from fans with ideas for new characters. Over time it became clear that this was a sign of where the...
Updated: The best free iPhone games on the planet
The best games money can't buyThe days when you had to buy a dedicated gaming rig and spend a load of cash for a quality gaming experience are long gone. Thanks to the iPhone (and iPod touch) and the App...
Updated: The best iPhone games 2016
The best of mobile gamingIt would take approximately 34,506,455 years to play through every single iPhone game on the App Store. Well, OK, we might have made that number up, but surely we can't be too...
13 LG G5 camera tips to get you snapping like a pro
How to use the LG G5 cameraCompact cameras are old news - the new breed of smartphones is perfect for nearly any snapping situation, and are a lot more portable too. In fact, they're getting so good that...
PayPal Credit hits the UK with a tasty interest-free incentive
PayPal Credit, the service that lets people use PayPal in place of their credit cards, is expanding to the UK in the service's next step towards dominating the online retail payment space.As you might...
How to build an AirPlay receiver with Raspberry Pi Zero
AirPlay Raspberry Pi receiverAirPlay is great for wirelessly piping music through your home, but even basic AirPlay speakers come with a hefty price tag attached. You may already have a perfectly serviceable...
Neko Atsume tips and tricks
How to play Neko AtsumeNeko Atsume (which translates, quite literally as 'collecting cats)' tasks you with using toys and food to attract cats to your home. There are 53 to lure and add to your collection...
What do I need for 4K? - CNET
What do you need to get 4K in your home? I'll give you a hint: it's more than just a TV. While the 4K-compatible TV is the most obvious part -- and prices on those TVs have never been lower -- there's...
How Do You Measure the Success (or Failure) of Your UX Design?
Have you ever been in the situation where you're getting plenty of traffic but not getting enough conversions? In most cases that's a huge red flag that you need to reevaluate your UX design. Unfortunately,...
PS4 Remote Play launches for PC and Mac tomorrow
Remote Play game streaming between PlayStation 4 and PC or Mac computers arrives tomorrow, as part of the latest firmware update to the Sony console.Essentially a fancy name for network streaming, Sony...
Learn How These Entrepreneurs Are Making $20,000 per Month
Maybe you've got a great side hobby that you know you can turn into a business with a little help. Maybe the only step you've got worked out in your plan to make a ton of cash is "…Step 3: Profit." Whatever...
Toyota patents augmented-reality windshield - Roadshow
Enlarge ImageDon't know what's going on here? Fear not, there are only dozens of lines of text associated with this image. Learning is just an engineering degree away! Toyota via FreePatentsOnline Have...
Tips and tricks for getting started with Ubisoft's The Division
Getting startedMove over Destiny – there's a new huge online open-world shooter in town: The Division. The latest game from Ubisoft – the people behind Assassin's Creed, Far Cry and Watch Dogs...
Update your Kindle this week, or you could be stopped from buying books
If you own a pre-2013 Amazon Kindle you'll need to update it before Wednesday this week, or you may be stopped from downloading purchased books or buying new ones.Kindle models that are older than 2013...
Week in Tech: Week in Tech: VR is everywhere and everything is awesome
This week we've mainly been strapping buckets to our heads and bumping into things. No, we haven't been on the cider again – we've been getting ourselves ready for virtual reality, which is going to be...
You can now connect Facebook to Gear VR and play games with friends - CNET
Oculus -- the Facebook-owned platform that runs on Samsung Gear VR and, of course, Oculus Rift -- is doing the inevitable and getting a lot more social. New features let you connect your Facebook account...
UPDATED: Fallout Shelter tips and tricks
Fallout shelter tips and tricksBethesda's Fallout Shelter remains one of our favourite mobile games of the year - despite some fairly hefty flaws and a frustrating lack of end-game.We're hoping that the...
The 10 best Google Cardboard apps and games
Everyone should try virtual reality, and thanks to Google Cardboard, nearly everyone can. All you need is a smartphone and one of the many Cardboard headsets available. Funny enough, some of them are actually...
Split-screen viewing for March Madness 2016 comes exclusively to Apple TV
Ah, March. The end of winter, the beginning of brighter commutes, and the hope that your team will be the one cutting down the nets at the end of March Madness. The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament has...
WhatsApp's new document-sharing feature is another shot at Slack
WhatsApp will now let users share documents with one another, another move to take on business-focused apps like Slack.Right now documents are limited to PDFs, but you'll be able to pull them from cloud...
Quantum Break Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET
In Quantum Break, time is broken, and it's up to you, as Jack Joyce, to fix it. Using his singular ability to stop time, and a generous application of ammunition, you'll fight back the foot soldiers of...
Skyrocket Sky Viper Hover Racer Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET
For the most part, toy drones don't let you do a whole hell of a lot beyond fly around and maybe do some flips or record low-quality video. That can be fun for awhile, but then it'll either get left to...
Why better technology won’t stop violent videos going viral
Will technology help to combat violent videos on Facebook?Reuters/Dado RuvicBy Chelsea WhyteOn Easter Sunday, a man chose 74-year old Robert Godwin Sr at random on a street in Cleveland, Ohio, shot him,...
Facebook and Apple have spent more on lobbying than they ever have this year
As Facebook has been tinkering with brain-computer interfaces and an augmented reality camera platform, it's also been cultivating some good old fashioned Washington influence. According to federal lobbying...
Facebook is looking to hire a head of news products to combat fake news
Facebook is looking to hire someone to head up its news products, a significant new role charged with helping to combat the proliferation of so-called fake news on its service. Facebook is talking to...
Facebook's moonshots: Making brains type and skin hear
It looks like just another beige office park building next to a dental office in Menlo Park, California. Yet Building 8, across the street from Facebook’s main campus, houses the social network’s biggest...
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