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Hands-on with the Apple iOS 10 beta

We’ll probably see iOS 10 release alongside the iPhone 7 in September, but why wait? Apple has officially released the public beta, which means anyone can grab it today. Before you load up on it though, there are some compelling reasons to hold off. It’s pre-release software, which means it isn’t as fast, polished, or bug-free as the final 10.0 version will be, nor is it entirely...[Read More]

17 ways to master YouTube, the most distracting website in the entire world

True story – we once spent 1.5 hours on YouTube watching videos of cats jumping in fright when faced with stationary cucumbers. And all we initially wanted to do was find a decent pizza recipe. YouTube is one of the internet’s biggest distractions, full of bizarre, scary stuff, but it can also be brilliant and full of wonder. No doubt you’re familiar with most of its workings by ...[Read More]

iOS 9.3 will add night viewing mode and multi-user classroom support

It’s still surprising to see how open Apple has become with its beta testing, and since the company seems to time its iOS, watchOS, and tvOS updates to launch simultaneously, that means a lot of clues coming out at once about the next big gadget enhancements. That’s the case again, as a public beta version for iOS 9.3 – along with developer versions of watchOS 2.2 and tvOS 9.2 &#...[Read More]

Here’s what to expect from iOS 9 later this year

Headliner for Apple’s WWDC? That’d be iOS 9, which got a very extensive reveal at the San Francisco event yesterday evening. Or morning, depending on where you are in the world. The update is scheduled for later this year, as is customary, but here’s what you can expect from your Apple mobiles and tablets when the update lands. Siri’s getting extra smarts Siri, the lauded d...[Read More]

Microsoft updates its health Band and shows off new website

Microsoft has just updated its Band wearable with a new tile and an onscreen keyboard. The update is accompanied by a new Health website that will provide a dashboard for viewing the data collected by Band. For developers, there is also a preview of the upcoming SDK. At present, you can see data that includes pace, distance and elevation. According to Microsoft, Band integrates this data with MapM...[Read More]

Twitter adds group messages and video for mobile

Late last year Twitter hinted at new features coming to the service soon. Now the first two of those have arrived: the ability to send private messages to groups of up to 20 people and the ability to shoot 30-second videos directly from the Twitter mobile app. Both features will become available to Twitter users in coming weeks. The group-messaging feature uses Twitter’s existing Direct Message fu...[Read More]

Windows 10: the 8 biggest new features coming to PCs and tablets

Microsoft closed its consumer-focused Windows 10 event with a bang yesterday by revealing the HoloLens headset. But before all of that futuristic hoopla, the word of the day was the company’s big new operating system, and how it aims to atone for the divisive shift seen in Windows 8. Yes, giving it away to even Windows 7 users is a great start. However, it’s clear that Windows 10 plans...[Read More]

Apple Watch can control Apple TV, plus Tim Cook hints at other uses

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke extensively with Bloomberg Businessweek for its latest issue, and now the full interview is on the web – with a few choice bits on the Apple Watch included. One interesting feature is the ability to control your Apple TV directly from the watch, so you don’t have to worry about misplacing the tiny remote or finding your nearest iOS device. And Cook teased much more f...[Read More]

10 things you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

After months of leaks, rumours and general pie-in-the-sky speculation, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has finally made its debut at IFA 2014, in Berlin. Before you dive into another oversized phone on contract, here’s everything you need to know about Samsung’s latest phablet. 1. It has a 2K screen While the Note 4’s Super AMOLED display retains the same 5.7in size as its predecessor,...[Read More]

See Hyundai’s Genesis driving itself in a convoy – after the drivers bail out

[youtube url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPTIXldrq3Q”] How do you test whether your driving assists really work? Like, really, really work? The way that Hyundai have taken is to put a bunch of their Genesis vehicles into a line, let their drivers abandon their cars one by one with the assists turned on (onto the back of a passing truck) and then let the line of vehicles follow eac...[Read More]

Hyundai Genesis can spot speed cameras – and keep you under the limit

There will be a time in the not-so distant future when we won’t have to spare a single thought for driving. Cars will become robotised Google taxis and we’ll be able to enjoy a particularly taxing Candy Crush Saga session on the monotonous slog to visit the in-laws. Hyundai hasn’t quite unveiled the self-driving car – but the upcoming Genesis saloon has the next best thing; it will not only ...[Read More]

Nintendo canning online gaming features for the Wii, DS, DSi

Nintendo has, perhaps unsurprisingly, announced that many of the online features enjoyed by their Wii console and DS/DSi handheld gaming units will be going away later this year. According to the announcement, as from 20 May this year “…certain online functionality, including online play, matchmaking and leaderboards for many Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi games” will be termi...[Read More]

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