Author: Duncan Pike

I've been interested in tech for as long as I can remember. A few facts about me; I learnt how to code when I was 5, I helped Mark Shuttleworth develop Ubuntu when I was 9 and now I write for a tech publication. Only one of those facts is true. I also have a drama degree, hence the writing.

On Monday, we reported that Apple users were facing a rather inconvenient problem. Some users were reporting a problem when trying to unlock their iPhone 13 with the new ‘unlock with Apple watch’ feature that comes with iOS 15. The bug is particularly inconvenient if you’re in public and need to unlock your phone and you’re (hopefully) wearing a face mask. You’d have to input your passcode and hope no one was looking over your shoulder. The company acknowledged the problem and said it was working on a fix and would include it in “an upcoming software update”. But until…

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Chinese tech giant Xiaomi introduced the latest addition to their wireless earbuds range yesterday. The True Wireless Headphones 3 Pro is the latest AirPods clone to hit the market and are the direct successor to the — yep you guessed it — True Wireless Headphones 2 Pro. It seems like Xiaomi is upping production of their personal audio accessories lately. Not so long ago, in May the company launched the Flipbuds Pro, which was its first set of buds with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). It used a 3-mic system and offered up to 40dB of noise reduction. Xiaomi has carried…

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For those of us that grew up with and around technology in general, computers specifically, the concepts of folder structure and a file shouldn’t sound too foreign. But they’re some of the things that are easy to take for granted. At the risk of sounding like the neighbourhood old man that tells you to get off his grass, much of today’s youth has grown up with smartphones and operating systems that simplify that side of using a computer. When they need a file, they just search for it. A folder, inside another folder If you’re either too young to know…

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Privacy and security-focused software company Brave Software has entered the video conferencing realm with a privacy-conscious video chat feature built directly into their own browser, called Brave Talk. Users of the Brave browser can initiate a video call directly in the browser by clicking on the camera icon or by going to talk.brave.com. Calls need to be started within the Brave browser, but once started can include participants using any browser. The feature is made possible using the open-source ‘Jitsi as a Service’ platform and so features many of the same privacy features as Jitsi Meet. Because you can use…

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In Samsung’s lineup of devices, the Fan Edition (FE) series is the company’s attempt to bring the flagship smartphone experience to the masses at an affordable price. So far, they’ve done pretty well. When the S20 FE launched last year it was by no means a perfect smartphone. But it did garner a fanbase for those who want value for money and also want to stay in Samsung’s ecosystem. The newest entry to the series, the S21 FE, was first accidentally confirmed by Samsung itself and fans have been patiently waiting ever since. The device was initially expected to release…

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Youtube is testing out a feature that allows users to download videos, but it’s not available to all users and it doesn’t work how you’d think. So don’t be too quick to get your hopes up. A few things to get out of the way first. First off, this is just a trial run of the feature and it’s only available to Premium subscribers. Does anyone actually pay for that? The other disappointment is that, at least for now, you can’t watch the videos outside of your browser. So while you’re still technically downloading the videos, it might be better…

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As we draw closer to the 5 October launch of Windows 11, you might still have some questions about the next Operating System (OS). The biggest and most important of those is probably, ‘can my PC even run this thing?’ because Microsoft wasn’t exactly leaping to explain all of the new, kinda strict requirements.  Initially, Microsoft had the PC Health Check app that would attempt to answer those questions for you. The problem was if it found a problem it wouldn’t tell you why. Then Microsoft took the app away and with it, the most convenient way to check if…

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OnePlus announced today that it will not releasing a new phone this year and will be replacing OxygenOS for OnePlus devices and ColorOS for Oppo devices with a “unified and upgraded global operating system.” The company’s CEO Pete Lau confirmed this in a press briefing for its unified OS announcement.  OnePlus have released a T version of its number flagship range since 2016’s 3T which is usually an incremental upgrade to the existing flagship range. Well, not this year. The next flagship device we’ll see from them will be some time next year. It will ship with the new OS…

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Sony recently released a new firmware update for both the 1000 series and 1100 series PS5s. This update can, in certain cases, give you a little extra performance. Not a whole lot though, we’re talking about a few percentage points here which can translate to about 2-3fps. Still, they’re frames you didn’t have before. If you didn’t know, earlier this month, the PS5 received a hardware revision that changed the cooling system a little but functions more or less the same as the launch consoles. The launch consoles have the model number CFI-1000 and the revised consoles are labelled CFI-1100,…

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