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What is Google Home, and how does it compare with Amazon’s Echo?

Google Home, a voice-controlled smart speaker that will rival Amazon’s Echo, will launch in the UK next week. But it it a case of technology looking for a use?

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You can switch energy suppliers online in less than an hour

Are they hiding the best deals from you? How to read between the lines of the price comparison sites

IF YOU haven’t already had a letter from your energy company this year, telling you that they have hiked their prices, keep an eye on your doormat.

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Google Photos uploads your pictures automatically to a cloud - but make sure you don't delete the wrong ones.

How to stop Google Photos accidentally wiping your treasured pictures

TAKING photographs used to be an expensive business: a roll of film had only 24 exposures - 36 if you were feeling flush - and hardly any of us got through more than a couple of rolls on a week’s holiday.

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The red iPhone 7 which has been produced in partnership with an Aids charity

Apple launches £339 iPad and a £700 red iPhone

Apple has unveiled a new version of its iPad tablet and the first red version of the iPhone.

This 40-inch Samsung HDR TV is just under �500, but it's too small for a big room

What is an HDR TV and should you buy one?

THIS YEAR marks the 50th anniversary of the first colour transmissions in Britain and next year, the 20th anniversary of digital TV. That is the point at which they finished inventing television.

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The �225 Honor 6x phone has a dual-lens camera on the back

Which phones are better buys than the Samsung Galaxy Note 8?

SMARTPHONES have pretty much reached saturation point: everyone who wants one, has one. That’s why so much research and development effort is going into making newer and better ones.

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Broadband speed remains a source of consternation.

How the Humber divides Yorkshire’s broadband haves and have-nots

THE YORKSHIRE region’s best and worst broadband speeds are on either side of the Humber Estuary, figures have revealed.

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Pictured is Patrick Noakes Venue Director at Victoria Gate Casino, Leeds

Hitting the jackpot

Patrick Noakes has landed a top job at the citys new �30m super casino and knows just what to do when the chips are down. He speaks to Neil Hudson.

Patrick Noakes has hit the jackpot after taking on one of the biggest jobs in the UKs casino industry  right here in Leeds.
Patrick is taking the reins as Venue Director at the multi-million pound Victoria Gate Casino, which held its glittering VIP launch just last month.
But its not purely down to luck that hes won one of the most sought-after jobs in the business. Patrick has spent 31 years working at casinos across the UK and abroad, overseeing venues from Yorkshire to Gibraltar.
Ive spent the majority of my life working in casinos and seen tremendous changes in the industry during that time. The Victoria Gate Casino is the future of casinos in the UK, he explains. I still get the thrill of being on the casino floor, but the business has evolved dramatically

Get the low down on Victoria Gate’s new casino - its manager says it’s the best in the UK

Patrick Noakes has landed a top job at the city’s new £30m super casino and knows just what to do when the chips are down. He speaks to Neil Hudson

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The Intel Compute Stick is a complete PC that plugs inte the back of a TV set

The £130 Windows PC that plugs into your TV

WE HAVE become used to the way a computer should look: it’s either a laptop or it’s a base unit hooked up to a screen, keyboard and mouse.

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Get more bang for your Netflix buck

10 essential apps to help you get the best from your Netflix account

Netflix is popular for a reason – but despite a well-stocked viewing library it’s far from perfect as an experience. Fortunately there are a range of tools and features that can make Netflix searching and streaming more user-friendly.

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You can skip this ad in a year: YouTube drops 30-second commercials

YOUTUBE is to stop placing “unskippable” 30-second adverts in front of videos, the site’s owner, Google, has announced.

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The Sunnycam Extreme is a camcorder disguised as a pair of glasses

How to record everything you see, with just a pair of glasses

A DECADE and a half ago, you would have paid around £500 for a decent camcorder - which is why they tended to be sold only to semi-serious amateur photographers and those hoping to recoup their outlay from Jeremy Beadle, by filming someone falling into a hole.

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The iRobot Braava Jet 240 mops your floors by itself, while you try not to trip over it

Automating your home - for better or worse

A REPORT out the other week suggested that robots and computers could obviate the need for a quarter of a million civil servants in the course of the next 15 years. NHS administrators could go the same way.

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Broadband prices have soared for some

Broadband prices for most loyal customers ‘hiked by a third in just five years’

BROADBAND prices have risen by more than a third in just five years, with users loyal to one supplier hit hardest, a survey reveals today.

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You can still download Windows 10 for free

How you can still install and run Windows 10 for free

IF YOU have paid £100 or more for a copy recently, this news may not be entirely welcome, but you can now install and run Windows 10 for free.

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Can you control what teenagers access online?

How to stop kids accessing and other ‘unsafe’ apps

IT’S a fair bet that you won’t have heard of a smartphone app called unless you opened the papers the other week and read that it was being used by undesirables to target school children.

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You can tweak the Windows 10 'Anniversary Update' more to your liking

Five ways to make Windows 10 less annoying

THE latest update to Microsoft Windows - an operating system that’s almost as old as personal computing itself - will have made it to your Windows 10 machine by now. You may not have noticed it, because despite the ballyhoo there’s virtually nothing new about it - but since you have it, you may as well make use of it.

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Potential nuisance callers and scammers could be able to buy sensitive personal and financial information for as little as 4p a record

Your personal data on sale to scammers and cold callers for just 4p

NUISANCE CALLERS and fraudsters are able to buy the phone numbers and personal details of almost anyone from unscrupulous traders for as little as 4p each, a consumer body has warned.

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Amazon is for sellers as well as buyers

Fed up with eBay? Try these four lucrative alternatives for sellers

SELLING your spare junk on eBay is so easy now that many of us give barely a second thought to the alternatives. Yet there is a raft of other online resources that could give you as much, if not more, bang for your buck.

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Kodi as it looks on screen

Are Kodi Boxes legal? Everything you need to know

THERE HAS been much debate lately about the legality, or otherwise, of so-called Kodi Boxes - miniature PCs that connect to your television set and allow you to watch videos stored on your home network and - controversially - other networks entirely.

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