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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.
Xqisit iE200 Bluetooth in-earphones

TECH TALK: Xqisit iE200 Bluetooth in-earphones are sound choice

Apple's decision to lose the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus means that wireless Bluetooth earphones are the coolest new accessory and I'm recommending the Xqisit iE200.
A GoPro camera can go where your phone can't

Don’t try this at home: Best value action cams this autumn

UNLESS you’re a movie-making enthusiast, there is little point these days in buying a camcorder. Your smartphone is capable of doing almost as good a job, and then uploading the results to YouTube before you’ve even stuffed it back in your pocket.

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Kodi as it appears on the official Google Play Store

Is it legal to watch free Premier League football on Kodi?

AN ONLINE trader is believed to be the first person in Britain to be prosecuted for selling Android TV boxes that allow the free viewing of Premiership football matches.

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Microsoft faces compensation demand over failed Windows 10 updates

THE COMPUTER giant Microsoft was under pressure last night to compensate customers after hundreds of users said the latest version of its Windows operating system had stopped their machines working properly.


iLost them already: iPhone7 fans queue in the rain for cordless kit

GADGET enthusiasts were queuing in the rain this morning to be among the first to claim ownership of Apple’s latest iPhone, so it was appropriate that the new model is now water resistant.

Amazon's smart speaker

Amazon introduces the loudspeaker you can talk back at

Amazon has announced that it will start selling its voice-activated smart speaker system Echo in the UK.

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The latest version of Apple's mobile operating system which powers the iPhone and iPad, iOS 10, has suffered issues during its launch.

Apple’s new update crashed my iPhone

The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system which powers the iPhone and iPad, iOS 10, is reported to have crashed the devices of many users.

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Vofafone's Sure Signal is a mini mobile transmitter for your home.

Top tricks for using your mobile when there’s no signal

MOBILE phones are an indispensable part of modern life, even if we seldom use them for making actual phone calls. But as we all know, Britain - and the northern half of Yorkshire in particular - is a patchwork quilt of coverage, with more holes than the A64 after a wet winter.

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Technology Will Save Us DIY Speaker Kit

How to make a loudspeaker from a balloon

Technology Will Save Us DIY speaker kit: Discover how you can turn a simple balloon or a painted cardboard box into a portable speaker and plug it into your smartphone or tablet to play your favourite tunes.

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Wireless headphones have been around for some time.

How to make your favourite old headphones work with the iPhone 7

Despite the addition of new features such as waterproofing, twin high-resolution cameras and a pressure-sensitive button, most of the fuss about the iPhone 7 has been about something that’s missing.

BT's Smart Hub router could be yours for nothing

How to haggle with your broadband supplier - and get a free upgrade

WE ALL know that a little light haggling with a mobile phone supplier is likely to procure us a better deal and a new handset - especially when the contract is nearly up. But it’s less well known that you can pull the same trick with your internet company.

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The new iPhone 7 and its cordless earbuds have been unveiled in San Francisco.

Cord-cutter: What the iPhone 7 looks like, and when you can get it

Apple has unveiled the new iPhone 7, having made the phone water resistant for the first time and removed the headphone jack.

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Sheffield broadband speeds are among the slowest, say campaigners

Superfast South Yorkshire? You’d get better broadband in Poland

SOUTH YORKSHIRE has slower broadband speeds than some rural villages in Poland and Romania, a campaign group has claimed.

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Take a snipe at Ebay

Two ways to win on Ebay almost every time, at the lowest possible price

IF you’re in the habit of bargain hunting on Ebay, you’ll know how annoying it is to find yourself outbid a few seconds before an auction ends - especially when the price has held steady for the previous six days.

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Panasonic made this TV themselves - but it's not the case with all brands

Never mind the badge on the front - who REALLY made your TV set?

Hello, Tosh, got a Toshiba? Actually, you may never know for sure, because even if you fell for that memorable sales pitch and bought a TV with Toshiba’s name on it, there’s no guarantee they actually made it.

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