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Snapchat Cleat Chats mean you can you unsend messages

Snapchat users can rejoice as the app will allow you to unsend a message, avoiding those awkward moments when you make a faux pas you immediately regret. It’s a new feature called Clear Chats. The feature will arrive in an upcoming update that will arrive in the next few weeks, according to TechCrunch. Once the latest version is out and you’ve downloaded it, you’ll be able to long-press on any message and select the option to delete. This will apply…

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Tech Advisor August 2018 Digital Edition

This month The big news of the past month was the release of Microsoft’s Windows 10 April 2018 Update. Our guide looks at its  numerous changes and improvements, with two – Timeline and Nearby Sharing – sharing the marquee. Also this issue, we have everything Google revealed at its I/O 2018 developer conference. Plus,we get hands-on with the latest Android P Public Beta and show how you can download it onto your handset. If, like us, you have trouble remembering all…

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How To Block Someone On Twitter

Twitter is a great way to connect with people, keep up on the latest news, and argue directly with high ranking political figures. But, it can be a vitriolic place at times, especially when things turn personal. We show you how to keep the flame-wars at bay, by blocking people on Twitter. If you’re worried about what your Twitter account reveals to the public, then you might also want to know How to delete all tweets. What does blocking a Twitter account…

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How to Downgrade iOS 12

If you’ve upgraded to iOS 12 and got cold feet, it’s possible to downgrade, but be quick. There are two main ways to do it, one of which requires you to have a backup and the other which – fortunately – doesn’t. Here’s how to go back to iOS 11. How to downgrade iOS: Method 1 – no backup needed* * You may lose your text messages, but all other settings and apps will remain after the downgrade Download the appropriate IPSW file…

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HTC U12 Plus vs iPhone 8: What’s the difference?

HTC U12 Plus vs iPhone 8 The iPhone 8 is yet another solid smartphone from Apple and there’s another challenger from the Android world wanting to take it out. Step in, the HTC U12 Plus with Edge Sense 2 and no less than four cameras. Can it win? HTC U12 Plus vs iPhone 8: Price and availability Splashing out on a flagship phone isn’t cheap and the easiest way for us to compare the two is by the RRP if…

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Neato Botvac D7 Connected review: Frustrating Excellence

Robot vacuum cleaners are getting better. Once a gimmick, they are now big business and are actually getting good enough to replace your normal vacuum cleaner. Some may think it’s lazy to get a robot to do the work, and they might be right. But if you can buy a robot that will clean your floor every day while you’re not even there, you might be tempted to invest – and gain a lot of time that you’d otherwise spend…

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Best Phone 2018: Best Smartphone Reviews & Buying Advice

There are so many good phones to choose from including the Samsung Galaxy S9, iPhone X and Google Pixel 2 but which one is the king of the castle? Is there even a winner? There’s no one choice for everyone, so bear in mind the best phone for you might not be number one in our chart. Phones come in all shapes, sizes and prices. Here, we review and rank the ten best phones money can buy. Your buying guide for the best phones in 2018 When choosing…

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What is Google Duplex? – Tech Advisor

The stakes for the best digital assistant were raised significantly by Google after it announced Duplex. Rather than answering your questions about the weather, traffic conditions, or location of the nearest coffee shops – as the Assistant does currently – Google Duplex does something quite different: it makes phone calls and books appointments for you. Did AI just became genuinely useful, or are things getting weird way too fast? Does Google Duplex make phone calls? Yes. And it seems to do it…

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How to Extend Phone Battery Life

Even in 2018, it’s tough to go much longer than 24 hours without charging your smartphone. Better battery technology simply hasn’t arrived yet, which means it’s down to software and settings to eke out the limited power for as long as possible. Phone, OS and even processor makers are all working to improve things on this front. The latest Qualcomm chips are more energy-efficient than ever, and in the upcoming Android P (for which a public beta is now available), for example,…

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Android P Wear OS Release Date Rumours

We were hoping to see an update to Android Wear roll out in the summer following a May Google I/O announcement. Instead Google has rebranded Android Wear as Wear OS, since it’s not restricted to Android users, and released a second Developer Preview for the upcoming Android P update. You can download the Developer Preview if you have a Huawei Watch 2, but be warned that it is pretty buggy. You’ll find the necessary software and instructions here. (Also see: Google is working…

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How to Password Protect iPhone & iPad Apps and Folders

Despite constant requests for a guest mode and the ability to make certain folders or apps off-limits, Apple has repeatedly ignored its users’ pleas in successive iOS updates. It sees iPhones and iPads as individual devices, not shared gadgets, so allows the owner to use a passcode protect everything but not individual apps or folders. So if you do let your kids or your spouse use your iPad or iPhone but want to prevent them using a particular app or a…

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How to watch the Haye vs Bellew fight in the UK

After his defeat 14 months ago, David Haye has been tempted back into the ring by victor Tony Bellew. Haye says his soul is on the line – so it sounds like you better tune in. Here’s how to do so in the UK whether or not you have Sky Sports. When is Haye vs Bellew on? The fight takes place in London on Saturday 5 May. Coverage starts at around 8pm and as with most boxing fights, the start time…

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Best New Phones 2018: Should I Upgrade Now?

Is now a good time to upgrade your smartphone or is there a better phone just around the corner? To help you make a decision we’ve rounded up the best new phones still expected to arrive in 2018. New phone release dates 2018 16 May: Nokia X6 16 May: OnePlus 6 23 May: HTC U12 23 May: Xiaomi Mi7 4 June: Apple iPhone SE 2 June: Moto Z3/Z3 Play July: Moto Z3 Force July/August: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 August: Nokia 9 August: Nokia…

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Best GoPro 2018: All Cameras and Alternatives Compared

GoPro’s range of action cams has been slimmed-down over the past few years, but it can still be confusing to decide which one to buy and there are lots of cheaper alternatives that are worth a look. We compare GoPro cameras and alternatives. There’s a brand new model, the GoPro Hero, which we haven’t yet reviewed. Plus, you can still buy older GoPro models from many retailers, which adds to the confusion. In this article, we explain the differences between…

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Samsung Gear IconX Review: Small, Smart, Flawed

It’s taken a few years for Bluetooth technology to get small enough to fit into earbuds, but since Apple’s AirPods dropped they are coming thick and fast. Samsung’s second-generation earbuds, the IconX, are a very different product. They are squat little blocks vaguely aimed at fitness with clever touch input and running coaching built in. As more wireless earbuds hit the market, we were hoping Samsung’s buds would be as good as its phones. They nearly are – but there’s…

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Best Travel Apps: The 15 Best Travel and Holiday Apps

If you’re off on a big holiday, perhaps backpacking through Europe or Asia, you’ll want to be fully prepared. There’s a shedload of Android and iOS travel apps that claim they will make your trip better. Few actually can. So we’ve gone to the trouble of finding the best holiday and travel apps out there.  So whether you’re booking flights and hotels for international travel, or exploring your own backyard, there’s an app here to help you. If you still haven’t…

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Best Fitness Tracker of 2018: Activity Bands for Every Price and Person

Your buying guide to the best fitness trackers in 2018 Fitness trackers are the best way to continuously monitor your daily activity, be it casual or professional. The perfect smartphone companion, a tracker helps measure activity throughout the day be it steps, swims, boxing, running or weights and allow you to view all the data on your smartphone. The downside? There are tons of them. Way too many! Brands like Fitbit dominate the conversation, and while they are good, there…

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Best Search Engines: Alternatives to Google Search

In the realms of online search, it’s fair to say that Google has somewhat cornered the market. This can be seen in the way people now say that they’ll ‘Google’ something when they have a question to be answered. But, if you don’t want to use the all-conquering behemoth then there are a few others available. We show you the best alternative search engines to Google. If you’re looking to get the most out of your time online then it…

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Best Bluetooth speakers 2018: Best Wireless Speakers from £149

Sometimes you get what you pay for, and this is often the case with audio products. Although there are some decent budget options, here we round up the best Bluetooth speakers that money can buy. Prices start at £149 here, which is pretty good for a high-end device, and range all the way up to £499. Most are around the £250 mark, though. In the Bluetooth speaker market, there’s a wide range of devices available. You might be looking for…

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Best Camera Phone 2018: What’s the Best Smartphone for Photo & Video?

Flagship phones have got to the point where raw performance doesn’t really need to get much better, and so they are differentiated by their design, battery life, unique features and photography capabilities. We’re focusing on the latter here, given that for many people a smartphone now replaces a physical camera. Our aim: to discover what is the very best phone camera money can buy, for photos, videos and even selfies. We’ve tested and compared four phones with the best cameras currently available: iPhone X,…

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