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How to Keep Group Chats From Driving You Mad

There you are, minding your own DM business, when all of a sudden you’re added to a group chat with a bunch of other work colleagues, neighbours, parents, old school friends, or people probably, maybe going to a party in three weeks’ time. You don’t have to settle for this shoddy group chat etiquette – here’s how to stay out of it. Read More >>

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How to Speed Through Youtube Videos, Podcasts, Audiobooks, and Even Netflix

Who has the time to watch and listen to everything out there, right? Netflix has riled up movie makers by testing out variable speed settings in its Android app so you can speed up the movie to get through it faster. For the time being, it’s only a limited test, but you’ve got a host of other ways to get through your movies and your podcasts more quickly. Read More >>

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WhatsApp Prepares for Apocalyptic Online Shopping War

Mobile chat app WhatsApp is extending its – and therefore also Facebook's – reach into the shopping world, with the messaging tool launching a new section it calls Catalogs; an online storefront for indie retailers, so you never need to multitask away from it again. Read More >>

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The Best Alternatives to the Subscription Services Taking Over Your Digital Life

We live in a subscription-filled world – a few pounds a month in return for a bevy of digital services. (Apple alone has launched what feels like several dozen in the last year). But is this the best use of your money? Are the alternatives to subscription packages actually... better? Here are the options you need to consider. Read More >>

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Google’s New Anti-Smartphone Apps, Ranked

We know that we’re all spending too much time glued to our phones, rather than looking at the person we’re talking to, the movie we’re watching, the sunset we’re missing, or the children we’re ignoring, and Google and Apple know it too. Google has pushed out six ‘experimental’ apps to try and curb our collective smartphone addiction – and here’s what we think of them. Read More >>

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The 20 Apple Arcade Games That Make It Worth the Money

Out of all the subscription bundles that Apple has pushed out in its recent lurch towards being a services company, it’s the £5-a-month Apple Arcade one that makes the most sense – a tonne of exclusive games for mobile and desktop, all for one flat fee. Just how good a deal Apple Arcade ends up depending on the games. We’ve heard a lot about the captivating Day-Glo endless runner game Sayonara Wild Hearts, but there are countless other games also available and it can be hard to find the one that’s right for you. That’s where we come in. Read More >>

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Mobile Networks Agree on Mast Sharing to Patch-Up Rural Coverage

The big UK mobile networks have agreed on a joint plan of action to tackle some of the poorest rural connection not-spots and only-if-you-stand-there-spots, and are creating – with the promise of £1bn of new-ish money from various sources including the government – a Shared Rural Network to allow roaming for subscribers currently lumbered with only one half decent mast gently microwaving to their turf. Read More >>

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What Windows 10X is – and Why it’s the Future of Microsoft Software

We’ve got another variation of Microsoft’s operating system to keep track of: Windows 10X. It’s coming first to the dual-screen Surface Neo due in 2020, but behind the scenes it tells us much more about the future of Windows across multiple devices and form factors – and we’ve got everything you need to know about this new take on Windows. Read More >>

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These Weirdos Think Not Having a Phone Signal is a Good Thing

One particular farm in South Ayrshire is campaigning to become the country's first official "offline black spot," and is petitioning the council to have requests to build phone masts that may connect its land refused. Read More >>

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The Best Apps for Spending Less Time on Your Phone

Are you, maybe, perhaps, spending too much time staring at your phone? Those minutes spent scrolling through social media feeds and beating your latest high scores can really add up, and before you know it, you’re losing hours a week you could be spending more productively. These apps will help you strike a balance. Read More >>

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Three Accused of Ripping Off Customers by Avoiding End-of-Contract Switching

Mobile network Three is the only one of the main mobile players that has not committed to automatically putting customers on lower tariffs when their initial deals end, leading to accusations that it's ripping off those loyal to its masts and services. Read More >>

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19 Things You Can Do in iOS 13 That You Couldn’t Before

Happy iOS 13 day! If you’ve got an iPhone 6s or something newer, get ready for your iOS 13 update, which will roll out today. We’ve seen beta releases and on-stage demos, but here’s the definitive list of all the new features and settings you can now play around with on your phone. Read More >>

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17 Things You Can Do in Android 10 That You Couldn’t Do Before

It’s here! Android 10, once known as Android Q, is finding its way to Pixel phones, the Essential phone, and other handsets just as soon as manufacturers give the all-clear. When you get Android 10 on your device, these are the new features and goodies you can start playing around with. Read More >>

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How Mesh Messaging Apps Work, and Why You Might Need One

A particular type of app is back in the news on the back of the Hong Kong protests: Mesh messaging apps that allow users to keep in touch without relying on wifi networks, mobile networks, or any other type of infrastructure controlled by the authorities... and these apps can be useful whether or not you’re trying to stay under the radar of the government. Read More >>

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Huawei is in Talks to Launch a ‘Pilot Program’ Using Russian OS as Replacement for Android

After being placed on a so-called Entity List by the U.S. federal government, severely restricting its access to American technology, Chinese tech giant and world’s second-largest smartphone manufacturer Huawei is investigating using the Russian-made Aurora operating system as a replacement for Google’s Android OS on its mobile devices, Reuters reported on Monday. Read More >>