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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 enhances your media collection with information it finds online

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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The HTU U Play.

These new HTC phones learn your habits and repeat them - so be careful what you do with them

HTC says its new smartphones contain artificial intelligence that can learn a user’s phone habits and replicate them.

You don't have to live in a built-up area to get fibre broadband - but it helps to be close to one of these cabinets

How fast a broadband connection do you need for Netflix?

HOW MUCH broadband do you need? In the last month, more of us than ever have flirted with streaming TV services like Amazon Prime and Netflix, yet the regulator Ofsted says more than a million homes are still unable to get what it considers a decent internet signal.

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You can track your lost iPhone remotely - if you remembered to active the software.

How safe is your phone from viruses?

COMPUTERS, as everyone knows are breeding grounds for viruses. In fact, they’re the high-tech equivalent of standing next to someone blowing his nose in a crowded train carriage. That’s why you should never use one without protective software installed.

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Time may be up for the Apple Watch

In with the new: Top 5 tech trends for 2017

2016 will likely be remembered for all the wrong reasons, and when you consider that the biggest emerging trends in the technical arena have been Pokemon Go and the spread of fake news, you get some perspective on how bad things have been.

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James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond in Amazon Prime's Grand Tour, one of the new 'smart shows' now available on your TV

Christmas streamers: What to watch on your smart TV this holiday

BY NOW, you may already have experienced the annual disappointment of flicking through the double issue of Radio Times to discover that there’s virtually nothing worth watching on any of the dozens of channels you can now receive. So it’s exactly the right time to explore the world beyond your aerial or Sky dish.

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This �100 instant printer from Polaroid produces 2x3in pictures from your phone, without ink or wires.

Top 5 last-minute tech gifts for Christmas 2016

IT’S NOT too late to fill someone’s stocking next weekend with a piece of covetable Christmas kit, even if you want to buy it online.

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At �200, this Parrot AR Drone is no toy, but it's a great Christmas gift for an enthusiast

From £10 to £200: Best drones to buy as gifts this Christmas

THEY COULD hardly be more unsuited to an English winter, but drones are, apparently, the gift at the top of most men’s wishlists this Christmas.

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Google's Auto app can now be used on your phone as well as your car stereo

Don’t buy a new car stereo - here’s how you can use your phone instead

CAR MAKERS have their hands full with important questions of what colour upholstery to have with the SRi trim, or, in the case of Volkswagen, whether to try reporting their emission levels accurately. Audio systems are a long way down their priority list.

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The Amazon Echo Dot sits on a shelf and waits for you to speak to it

Why the age of the remote control will soon be over

A TIME before remote controls seems positively prehistoric today - yet until the mid-Seventies, they were unheard of in Britain. Even then, the first ones were capable of doing nothing more than muting the volume and clicking between the three available channels.

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Google's Chromecast Ultra streams 4k video direct from the web

How to watch 4K content on your TV right now

IF YOU’VE bought a new TV recently, or plan to in the near future, there’s a good chance that it will come with an ultra high definition screen, whether you want it to or not.

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The �250 Rega Planar 1 is a bare-bones turntable without even a speed knob

Why vinyl records sound no better now than the first time around

THOSE of us who grew up in the era of the vinyl record were, I suspect, glad to see the back of the perishing things. Putting to one side the rose-tinted specs, they took up too much space, scratched too easily and wore out the stylus every few months.

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The Pixel phone is the first to be made by Google itself.

Which is best: OnePlus 3 or Google Pixel phone?

WHAT WITH Samsung’s latest phone self-combusting in your pocket and airlines refusing to let you on board if you’re carrying one, it’s not surprising that some of us have begin looking elsewhere.

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This 14-inch Chroomebook by Acer has 4GB of memory and costs �280

Do you REALLY still need Windows on your laptop?

WITH SO many of us using our phones for day-to-day computing, the market for larger devices - tablets, let alone laptops - has begun to decline. The absence of a new tablet in Google’s recently-announced Pixel range of devices speaks volumes.

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Samsung has temporarily halted production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones

Hottest new phone (literally): Samsung Galaxy ‘catching fire even after fix’

The launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 in the UK could be in doubt after reports emerged that replacement handsets still have battery issues that can cause them to catch fire.

Your TV and speakers don't always work in harmony

How to eliminate problems in your home cinema setup

SOMETIMES, when technology takes a leap forward, it also takes two steps back. No-one ever used to worry about having to hook up a TV to an external speaker and then work out what to do when the sound went out of sync with the picture - but that is the reality of audio-video connectivity today.

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The Microsoft Surface is a laptop and a tablet, for the price of... both

China syndrome: Get a Microsoft Surface clone for just £275

IT TOOK Microsoft years to convince anyone that “pen computing” was a good idea - and just as a few users are beginning to catch on, along comes another company to steal their lunch.

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Venturer's BravoWin and EliteWin 2-in-1 tablet laptops are top of the class

TECH TALK: Venturer BravoWin and EliteWin 2-in-1 tablet laptops are top of the class

Looking for a school or college 2-in-1 tablet laptop at an affordable price? We have the win win solution - the new Venturer BravoWin and EliteWin.
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