Mac Reviews

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active gets touch bezel with software update

When we reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Watch, our main complaint was the loss of the rotating bezel on other Samsung watches that is so good to navigate Tizen OS with. We were glad to see the return of the feature as a digital touch bezel on the recent Galaxy Watch Active 2.  Samsung must have heard the criticism though, as it has announced that a software update will bring the touch bezel to the first generation of the Galaxy Watch Active.…

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The Best TV Shows On Disney Plus In November 2019

Disney Plus has finally dawned, and with it comes a whole host of televised content – both old and fresh. We’ve taken a magnifying glass to all the programmes on Disney+, and selected some of the best ones available to give you a new show to binge. If you’d prefer a one-off film, then take a look at our picks of the best movies on Disney+. Or if you’re not in the states, then see how to watch Disney+ from the…

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You can now turn off most red notification dots in the Facebook app

The little red dots that appear on Facebook are synonymous with that sweet dopamine hit you get when checking your notifications. They scream out from the muted blue and white: pay me attention. Now, the Facebook app will let you hide some of them to help you keep your chill. TechCrunch first reported the change, which has been confirmed by Facebook. We’ve also tried it out on Android and it’s working swimmingly. By pressing and holding the Groups, Marketplace or Profile…

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Instagram will test hiding likes on posts in the US

Instagram will start testing hiding like counts to anyone but the post’s creator in the US after rolling out the feature in other parts of the world (Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand). The move is against the influencer-led metrics game in favour of people’s wellbeing. TechCrunch reported that Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri made the announcement on stage at the Wired25 conference on Saturday. He said: “We will make decisions that hurt the business if they help people’s well-being and…

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Toshiba Canvio Advance 4TB Portable Hard Drive review

Need an affordable hard drive with a high capacity that you can carry around with you or use for off-site backups, and you’ll be looking for a HDD (Hard Disk Drive), a proven storage medium that’s been around for years. HDDs today come in capacities unthinkable only a few years ago. For a little over £100/$100 you can pick up a portable hard drive that can carry 5TB. If you want a speedy portable hard drive you need an SSD…

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Samsung teases future foldable flip phone design with One UI 2

Samsung has vaguely teased what its next foldable phone might look like with a video showing a flip-phone design. Recalling the popular form factor of the 90s and early 2000s, we also expect to see a Motorola Razr foldable display smartphone to debut in November.  Samsung debuted the video at its developer conference, where onstage executives praised its pocketability and compact design. The video shows the concept next to the existing Galaxy Fold to see how both designs use space…

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Android 10 beta now available for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10

 If you have a Samsung Galaxy Note 10 or Note 10 Plus, you should now be able to opt into the open beta to try Samsung’s take on Android 10. Known as One UI 2.0, Samsung’s Android skin update may still be in beta, but comes much faster than in previous years. Companies like OnePlus can push out Android updates to its latest phones just days after Google, but it has always taken Android heavyweights Samsung a lot longer. That…

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BBC introduces interactive news service for Alexa devices

The BBC has today launched an improved news service for Amazon Alexa smart speakers and compatible devices. Saying “Alexa, ask the BBC for the news” now starts an interactive bulletin where you can skip stories simply by saying “next”. The new service is separate from the recent announcement that the BBC will introduce its own voice assistant for its website and iPlayer.  Usually when you ask a smart speaker device for the news it will play the headlines from a…

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Plantronics BackBeat Pro 5100 Review

Most true wireless earbuds tout long battery life, top sound, or slick design, but the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 5100 are all about call quality. Don’t get me wrong – these are competitive when it comes to music listening and battery time, but the real focus is excellent noise cancellation on your own voice so that you sound as crisp and clear as possible even in noisy environments, making them one of the best picks around if you need true wireless…

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HMD confirms Android 10 rolling out to Nokia 8.1 with others to follow

HMD is starting to act on its promise of bringing Android 10 to the majority of its current Nokia Android phone line up. The company said the Nokia 8.1 will receive the OS update in the UK today from 15 October, with the Nokia 7.1 and Nokia 9 PureView to follow before the end of the year. Android 10 is a decent reboot of Android that adds gesture navigation, smart replies, more privacy controls, focus mode and Family Link to…

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Best USB-C adaptors for adding ports to your laptop

As more laptops and devices use the latest USB-C connection standard for ports and power delivery, users are looking for the best USB-C hubs and adapters (also known as dongles) that will allow the use of legacy USB accessories as well as display, memory-card, Ethernet, HDMI and even VGA ports. The great news is there is a wide choice of quality USB-C adapters and hubs now available, and at reasonable prices. Laptops used to be loaded with an array of different ports, but…

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Volt Connect 2020 Review: Electric Bike for Touring & Commuting

Volt has been producing electric bikes for almost a decade and – as you might guess by the name – that’s all it does. This means its bikes aren’t simply standard frames with a motor bolted on: they’re designed from the ground up to be electric. And while current technology doesn’t yet allow for an electric bike to look as sleek as a regular bike, the new 2020 Volt Connect is still pretty good looking with its curved top tube,…

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Huawei Mate 30 Pro Review: The black spot

Chinese tech giant, Huawei, has just unveiled its latest powerhouse; complete with top-tier internals, a quad camera and an intriguing design with a new ‘Horizon’ display, but without Google Play Services onboard is there a place for the Huawei Mate 30 Pro among its competitors outside of China? Price & Availability Arguably the biggest question mark hanging over the launch of the Mate 30 Series was whether or not the phones would see release outside of China, at least until the company finds…

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OnePlus 7T pop-ups will let you buy the phone a week early

As it has done in previous years, OnePlus is hosting eight pop-up events in Europe to mark the launch of the OnePlus 7T Series. There will also be eight held in India and one in New York. The London pop-up is on 12 October at Carousel in Covent Garden. It opens at 11am and sounds like it’s more of a showcase and hype area, with a Google Lens powered photo gallery of images taken on the OnePlus 7 Pro and…

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Best Lego Deals of September 2019

Lego may be almost 70 years old but its popularity continues to grow. The colourful plastic bricks and minifigures are loved by kids and adults alike, with sets ranging from Harry Potter and Disney to James Bond and World Buildings. There is a catch, though. Lego does not come cheap. Some sets cost upwards of £200 which makes buying them as Christmas presents rather pricey. Thankfully, there are some great Lego deals available, particularly as part of big sales like…

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Best Kids Headphones 2019: Protect Your Child’s Hearing

Choosing the best headphones for your children is important because using the wrong ones could cause life-long damage to their hearing. Headphones for kids are essential tech kit for parents as (1) none of us want to hear Spongebob for more than ten minutes or be subjected to either blam-blam action gaming or the high-pitched whine of Alvin the Chipmunk, and (2) maybe we can listen to something else while the kids are amused on the computer, tablet, phone or TV. Another…

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Huawei Mate 30 Review: Hands-on

The long-rumoured Huawei Mate 30 series has finally launched, manifesting as both the Huawei Mate 30 Pro and the more modest Mate 30. Despite its standing in the shadow of the ‘Pro’ model, the standard Mate 30 still packs plenty of punch in its own right and comes with a significantly smaller price tag. Price & Availability The Mate 30 Series stands as Huawei’s latest flagship smartphone lineup and comes with expectantly high pricing as a result. While the full-fat Mate…

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OnePlus reveals design of the upcoming 7T

OnePlus is used to teasing its phones and creating hype. It must when it launches them every six months, trying to convince loyal fans and newcomers alike to buy into the incremental upgrade. With this year’s OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro ready to be upgraded there have been many leaks of both phones. The company just announced the phones will launch in India, New York and London soon but then CEO Pete Lau posted on OnePlus’ official forum with two…

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Best Google Pixel 3a & 3a XL deals UK

The Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL, first announced on 7 May at the company’s I/O event in California, became available to buy as of 8 May, 2019. We’ve scoured the web to bring you the very best Pixel 3a deals in the UK. Google’s new mid-range phones are more affordable than ever, at almost half the price of the Pixel 3. They have a familiar design with the two-tone finish on the rear like the Pixel 3, available in…

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Hard To Beat Vodafone’s Cheap Broadband & Free Echo Plus Bundle On Now

Vodafone’s current broadband offers are hard to beat, though Virgin is trying. Until 13 August, Vodafone is bundling a free Echo Plus with its Superfast 1 and Superfast 2 broadband plans, which are cheaper now than they were earlier this month. The Echo Plus is worth £139.99 on it’s own.  Update 08-08-2019: BT has just thrown down the gauntlet with its own BT Sport and broadband bundles which now include a free Xbox One S or Samsung Galaxy Tab A.…

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