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Best Tablet 2018: The Best Tablets You Can Buy

Tablets are one of tech’s most versatile purchases. You can use them to watch films, send emails, browse the web or even make music. If the size of your phone screen just doesn’t cut it, then a tablet is the perfect companion. There are many great tablets out there – iPads are obvious choices – but there are several we’d recommend for you depending on your budget, needs and taste in design. And of course there are many terrible tablets out…

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Best Student Bank Accounts UK 2018

Along with getting through clearing, finding accommodation, buying text books, and putting together killer Spotify playlists, one of the most important considerations for students is making sure you have the best possible bank account. One that comes with a student-friendly overdraft, dedicated apps, and other benefits that match your university lifestyle. For many this will be the time first dealing with a financial institution, and while it may not exactly be an exciting prospect it’s one well worth getting right.…

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Jabra Elite 65t Review: Great Sound at a Fair Price

If you’re in the market for some wireless headphones then you have a great deal of choice in 2018. While some are large over-ear headphones or the slimmer neckbud design, the smallest you can go is with in-ear buds. The Jabra Elite 65t are the latter and are a comfortable, clever alternative to Apple’s AirPods – and the 65t can even do a little more than Apple’s headphones. With good ambient noise options, decent bass response and easy to use…

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Best Car Tech 2018: Top In-Car Gadgets

For the best fuel economy you need to keep your tyres at the right pressure. And to avoid ruining a punctured tyre by driving after it deflates, you need a warning system. TyrePal’s Solar does exactly this, allowing you to retro-fit a TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) to your car. You remove your existing dust caps and fit the wireless monitors supplied in the kit. They come with rubber covers and nuts to keep them firmly in place and protected…

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How to Dry Out a Phone

If your non-waterproof phone has accidentally got wet, DO NOT TRY TO USE IT. Take it out the water and turn it off. Remove the SIM and any other accessible parts, then rub it dry on a towel or sleeve. Give it a gentle shake to remove any water from its ports.  Then follow our advice below to fix a water-damaged phone. Many phones are not user-accessible, and the only way to get to the internals is often through the…

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How to Secure WhatsApp with Two-Step Verification

Keeping your communication apps secure is an increasingly difficult task these days, thanks mainly to the various scams and hacks that have been taking place. One strong defence against identity thieves is adding two-factor authentication which requires your phone and a security code. Google, Apple, Twitter, Paypal, Yahoo and others already offer this service and WhatsApp is the latest to join the club. It’s an easy way to ensure your messages remain private, and one we recommend setting it up…

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How to watch The Open Championship on TV, online and abroad

The Open is the third major of the year and is the one with the richest history. First contested in 1860, it presents golf’s elite with an opportunity to etch their names in history. Recent winners include Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson and most recently Jordan Spieth. And with Tiger Woods playing for the first time since 2015, it should be a tournament to remember. When is the The Open Championship? The Open starts on Thursday 19 July with…

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Tech Advisor September 2018 Digital Edition

This month This month, we look at HP’s Spectre x360 15-ch005na, a laptop that upends the stereotype that 360-degree convertible laptops can’t deliver top performance. We also round up the best free backup software and services, while our feature on Google looks at everything the firm knows about you and explains how you can limit what information it stores. The past month has seen two of the biggest tech conferences of the year – WWDC and Computex. Inside, we reveal…

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How to Stop your Phone Overheating

‘Will my phone explode?’ is a legitimate safety concern in light of some of the high-profile smartphone battery fiascos, but it’s not just phones – tablets and laptops can be dangerous too. We’ve put together this guide on how to stop your battery overheating and your device setting fire. Why do batteries explode and catch fire? There are several reasons why a phone battery might overheat. Sometimes it’s very much an isolated incident while others, like the Note 7, have a fundamental…

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How to Live Stream on Twitter

While most people associate Twitter with short status updates, hashtags, or the inane ramblings of certain US Presidents, the company also lets you broadcast your thoughts, surroundings and highly questionable environmental policies to the world, all from your iPhone or Android smartphone without typing a word. We explain how to use Twitter live video. What is Twitter live video? Much like its close rival Facebook Live, Twitter live video allows users to quickly livestream events directly to the social media site. Other users…

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How to watch the Athletics World Cup

The first ever Athletics World Cup will see eight countries compete for 102 individual medals over two days in London. It promises to be a showcase of some of the world’s best athletes go head to head in the London Stadium. China, France, Germany, Great Britain & Northern Ireland, Jamaica, Poland, South Africa and the United States will descend on London for a jam packed schedule of events over one weekend. Here’s all you need to know. When is the…

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Garmin Vivomove HR Review: The Least Intrusive Smartwatch

If you want a smartwatch that looks like a normal watch your options are limited. Hybrid smartwatches mix the looks of a classic watch with smart functionality and should really be more popular than they are. But thanks to limited choice and consumer disinterest there are few to choose from. Apple Watch dominates the smartwatch market while Fitbit undoubtedly does that for fitness trackers. Garmin has a foot in both those markets, so it’s no surprise to us that the…

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Best SIM Only Deals: Compare Cheap SIM Only Contracts

Getting a new phone on a contract is the easy option, but paying for that phone upfront and getting a SIM-only contract makes much better financial sense. Our round-up of the best SIM deals in the UK could save you a fortune. It’s worth noting that, even if you choose to opt for a SIM-only deal that requires switching to a new network, you don’t need to lose your number.) Here, we’ve picked out our favourite SIM-only deals to help you discover…

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Best Secure Messaging Apps – Tech Advisor

So many people prefer to text instead of talk these days, so it’s important to consider how secure these services are. You wouldn’t want hackers or those who would do you harm to know where you were going to be, or when your home will be empty. By the same token it’s vital that financial information or account details you might share with a partner over a text doesn’t end up in the wrong hands. To guard against this its…

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Best Running Watches 2018: GPS Watch Reviews

Running is one of the best and most simple workouts. Get your shoes on and take in the park or hit the treadmill at the gym. Wind in your hair, lungs close to bursting – it’s some people’s heaven (with a bit of hell thrown in, of course). Nowadays technology is good enough to help you track your running as well as achieve certain goals. While running watches won’t do the hard work for you, they can be a good…

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Block People On Snapchat – Tech Advisor

Snapchat can be a great way to share your adventures with friends and family, but every now and again some people overstep the line and spoil the party for everyone. If that’s the case then the best thing to do is block them so that nothing they say can appear in your stream. We show you the few short steps it takes to bring harmony back to your Snapchat feed. Updating the app Before you begin, it’s a good idea…

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How to take better photos on your iPhone

The camera in your pocket is the one you’ll tend to use, and these days the best cameras on phones are highly impressive. But there’s always room for improvement and extra creativity. Here are some tips on how to make sure you end up with photos that are far better than mere snaps, as well as videos that look more professional than amateur. Add-on lenses for iPhone Smartphone cameras are getting better and better each year, but you’re stuck with…

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WhatsApp Dropping Support for Older Phones – Are You Affected?

Sadly this one is not a scam: WhatsApp will no longer work on certain older Android, iPhone, Windows, Nokia and BlackBerry smartphones. What are the recommended requirements for WhatsApp? Android 4.0+ iOS 8+ Windows Phone 8.1+ Is your phone supported by WhatsApp? WhatsApp has confirmed that it is no longer supported on phones running: Android 2.3.3 and older Windows Phone 8.0 and older iPhone 3GS/iOS 6 Nokia Symbian S60 BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 At the end of the year the…

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How to Text from a Computer: Android Messages for Web Rolling Out Now

The ability to send a text message from a computer is something you probably don’t think about until you need to do it. But it’s easy to set up and, once you have, you’ll probably find you use it more often than you’d think. Being able to text from a laptop might be more convenient if you’re already using that device anyway. How to use Android Messages for Web Starting this week, desktop support is rolling out for Android Messages. You’ll be able to…

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Glastonbury 2019 Dates, Tickets and Lineup Rumours

It’s festival season but no one is packing welly boots and tents to head to Worthy Farm this year. There is no Glastonbury 2018, but we’ll explain why and also give you details on how and when you can buy tickets for Glastonbury 2019. Glastonbury 2018 doesn’t exist because the festival is taking a ‘fallow year’ to give the land, local residents and organisers a break. A plan to move the legendary event to Longleat fell though, and although founder…

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