smartphones
These Are the Only Push Notifications You Should Allow on Your Phone

Our smartphone apps are constantly clamouring for our attention—whether it’s a high score that needs beating or a group chat that needs responding to, there’s often a constant stream of pings and buzzes to distract us. Take a closer look and so many of these alerts are low priority or completely unnecessary. You can mute the noise while still allowing important notifications through. Read More >>

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The Best Free Apps and Software You’re Not Already Using

There’s a wealth of free software and apps available to help you get the most out of your computer or smartphone (or both)—so much, in fact, that it’s hard to get around to trying most of them. That’s where this list comes in. It’s freshly curated to highlight the top tools and applications you’re (probably) not already using. Read More >>

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Former MI6 Boss Says Huawei Should Not be Trusted With the UK’s Comms

Today, a different group of people have uploaded their opinions on whether or not Chinese tech giant Huawei should be trusted with our mobile networks and data connections, and the decision from this latest bit of thinking is... Bad Huawei. No Huawei. Get down Huawei. Read More >>

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How to Charge Your Gadgets as Fast as Possible

It’s hard to think of a scenario where you’re not going to want to get your gadgets charged up as quickly as possible – whether you’re heading to the office or off on an evening out, you want that battery level as high as possible when you leave. But getting your gadgets charged up is about more than how long they’re plugged in for. There are tips and tricks that can get it charging faster. Read More >>

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Why You Should Install a Download Manager

While streaming services have cut down on the amount of downloading most of us have to do nowadays, and built-in browser downloaders can do the job for the casual web surfer, if you’re transferring a serious amount of files on a regular basis then a dedicated download manager is worth a look. Read More >>

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15 Quick Tips to Make Browsing the Web More Bearable on Mobile

We’re doing more than half of our browsing on mobile devices now, and that trend is only going in one direction. With that in mind, don’t settle for a second-class browsing experience on your mobile device—these tips and tricks can load pages faster, make them easier to read, and get you around the web more quickly. Read More >>

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Do You Need Anti-Virus Apps for Your Phone?

While you might be used to having to protect against malware and viruses on your computer, security tools are less common on phones. Should you be installing antivirus apps on your smartphone, or are the built-in protections that come as part of Android and iOS enough to keep you safe? Read More >>

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Report: Apple May Spend Over Half a Billion on its Subscription Game Service

Sources say Apple is spending hundreds of millions of dollars, and may exceed half a billion dollars in total funding, for its upcoming Arcade game subscription service, the Financial Times reported this weekend. Read More >>

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Simplify Your Life With the Best Minimalist Apps for Your Phone

Life is complicated enough without apps that are weighed down with features you don’t need. Make your smartphone an oasis of calmness, tranquillity, and elegant design choices with our picks for the best minimalist apps of the moment—they stick primarily to the job they were made for, and are easy on the eyes. Read More >>

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How to Enable Dark Mode Nearly Everywhere It’s Available Right Now

Dark mode can make software easier on the eye, give you a refreshing change from the norm, and even save on battery life if you’re using an OLED display – here are all the apps and platforms offering the option of a dark mode right now, and how to enable it in each case. Read More >>

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USB4 is Going to Revolutionise the USB Standard All Over Again: What You Need to Know

It’s that time again—another USB standard is upon us, ready to upgrade your device’s ports and cabling in the coming years. Here we’re going to explain everything you need to know about USB4, including the speed improvements in the pipeline and the new capabilities it’s going to borrow from Thunderbolt 3, which shares the same port shape but is a different and more demanding protocol that can piggyback on top of USB-C ports. Read More >>

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How to Make Sure Important Emails Stay Out of Your Spam Folder

The algorithms guarding our inboxes have now developed to the stage that spam is usually kept at bay, but these auto-sorting processes aren’t perfect yet—if you’re not regularly opening up your spam folder to check on your email provider’s accuracy, you could well be missing some genuinely useful messages that you need to see. Read More >>

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The Complete Guide to Tethering From Your Phone or Tablet When You Don’t Have Wifi

Phone or tablet tethering can give you some precious internet connectivity when you’re out of wifi range, and in terms of connecting on the go, it’s much more secure than the public wifi you’ll find in hotels, coffee shops, and so on. Here’s how to do it, simply and painlessly, whether you’ve got Android or iOS on your mobile device. Read More >>

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We’d Boycott 5G if We Knew What’s Good for Us

It seems like only yesterday I was annoyed about being stuck on a 2G connection while the rest of the country appeared to be upgrading to 4G. Now it's happening again, only it's 5G the mobile executives are taking about preparing now. And I'm still on the same 2G connection. Read More >>

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11 Things Your Phone Can Do That You Probably Never Knew About

You use your smartphone a lot, we’re sure of that, but you’re probably just touring round the same apps and the same settings day after day. Are you aware of everything your pocketable mobile device is capable of? Here are 11 features you might have missed that should come in useful somewhere down the line. Read More >>