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Ten of the best apps for doing your Christmas shopping

It’s not that many years since the idea of shopping on your phone – or “m-commerce” as the jargon of the time put it – was laughed at by many experts. Who would actually buy stuff from that little device in their pockets? As it turns out, lots of people.

Smartphones and tablets may never completely …


Help-to-buy Isa offers a helping hand on to the housing ladder

A tax-free payment from the government of up to £6,000 for couples buying their first home, and interest rates of up to 4% when saving for a deposit, will be on offer to young buyers who take up the new help-to-buy Isa, which will launch next week.

The 4% interest rate will be on offer in branches …


Fitbit's Cheapest Fitness Tracker is Now Cheaper Than Ever

Fitness trackers can help you ward off holiday weight gain, but if you don’t want to commit to wearing a bracelet every day, the clip-on Fitbit Zip …

Formula E announces ‘Roborace,’ the first driverless car race series

Formula E has just partnered with investment company Kinetik to kick off the world’s first driverless car racing series.

Formula E, the first electronic car circuit race, uses electric cars capable of approximately 140 miles per hour. The new series, dubbed Roborace, will pit 10 teams — with two …

Driverless Cars

iPhone and iPad help drive mobile shopping to record share of Black Friday sales

Adobe has released its initial annual online shopping data for the biggest shopping days of the year, Black Friday and Thanksgiving Day, showing …


Add Drake’s ‘Big Rings’ to your selfies with Snapchat’s new Beats-sponsored Lens

Snapchat users in the US are in for a treat today. The company has partnered with Apple’s Beats to create a special Lens feature for Black Friday.

To see what it is, just take a selfie and tap on your face for a second to turn the feature on. You’ll be presented with a series of lights and borders, …


Snapchat and Instagram experiment update: Turns out this is harder than the kids make it look

About six weeks ago, I started a mini experiment to find out if I was too late (or too old) to hop on the Instagram and Snapchat trains.

As a mid-thirties male, I’m not really in the demographic for either product, or I certainly don’t feel like I am. Nonetheless, it’s time to take a look at if or …


Microsoft Lumia 950 Review

Apple Byte - Who does it better? Apple Pencil vs. Surface Pen

Best paid UK jobs 2014 Compare your pay to the national average

The influence of financial services on the economy is spelled out again as City brokers steal top spot in this year’s official list of highest …


Do pop-up dialogue boxes drive you potty? You’re not alone

There’s little more frustrating for a regular computer user than a pop-up that demands your undivided attention right when you’re in the middle of something crucial.

No one wants to deal with pop-ups. They’re a bane of the modern life, from ads to irritating dialogue boxes, and should be put out to …

Raspberry Pi

Nobody thinks the snooper’s charter is a good idea, but UK pushes ahead anyway

You know when everyone tells you what you’re doing is wrong but you do it anyway? That’s the UK government right now.

Tech folks, human rights campaigners and even a member of the House of Lords charged with overseeing the government’s latest attempt to increase its spying powers are all united in …

United Kingdom

Leicester and Chelsea are title contenders - Arsene Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has joined Louis van Gaal in considering Leicester as genuine Premier League title contenders.

Leicester sit at the top of the table after a superb start to the season under Claudio Ranieri -- with Jamie Vardy leading the drive as the division's top goal scorer.

They …


Xherdan Shaqiri: Why the 'Alpine Lionel Messi' is loving life in Stoke

Exclusive interview: Stoke City's marquee summer signing explains why a 'flip flap' against Chelsea proves he is getting back to his best

It was, Xherdan Shaqiri says, a sign; a sign that his confidence is coming back. A sign that he is returning to the level he knows he can play at; that the …

Lionel Messi

Jamie Vardy vs Ruud van Nistelrooy: whose Premier League record is the more impressive?

Leicester City forward has the chance to break record at Manchester United on Saturday, but whose 10-match scoring streak is most impressive?

Jamie Vardy made footballing history last week by equalling Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of netting in 10 consecutive Premier League matches, but whose …

English Premier League

The best travel deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Get 35% off at the Viceroy New York in Manhattan

Book a stay at boutique hotel Viceroy New York in Midtown Manhattan on Cyber Monday (30 November) and receive 35% off stays from 1 December through to 30 September 2016. Guests can book from $159 a night.

British Airways …

North America Travel

Van Gaal worried by United's attacking woes

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal conceded he was "worried" about his team's goal-scoring problems after a goalless draw with PSV Eindhoven left their Champions League campaign in the balance.

Victory on Wednesday would have taken United into the last 16, but with Jesse Lingard blazing their …

Louis van Gaal

Liverpool vs Bordeaux: Christian Benteke saves Simon Mignolet's blushes after keeper's howler

Liverpool 2 Bordeaux 1: Klopp's side reach Europa League knockout stage after Belgian striker's glorious goal makes up for keeper's unusual error

Jürgen Klopp said he wants Liverpool fans to crave every second of his team’s performances, but it was he who could not bear to watch the critical moment …


Daniel Sturridge is injured again - and goes for scan on his foot

Perennially crocked forward complains of pain and misses Europa League tie against Bordeaux despite training for eight successive days

Daniel Sturridge’s latest comeback was aborted at the 11th hour when he pulled out of Liverpool’s Europa League clash with Bordeaux with a foot injury.

• Liverpool …

Daniel Sturridge

Can Leicester keep it up?

Leicester's remarkable ascent to the top of the Premier League table has been the story of the season so far, but a tough run of fixtures will test …


The best Argos Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2015 deals

Predicted to be the biggest ever Black Friday, here are this year's best offerings from Argos

Black Friday has finally arrived, and you can find the best Argos deals here.

"Christmas shopping is stressful enough without doing it all in one weekend – that’s why we want to make every Friday a …

Smart TV

This is why phones tend to land screen down when we drop them

Buttered toast tends to land butter-side down when you drop it. This piece of wisdom is not just another one of Murphy’s adages. It’s a fact, proven …


Why Google created Primer

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Google Calendar

Huawei Mate 8 packs Android 6.0, 6-inch display, and aluminum body

A little more than one year after the debut of the Ascend Mate7, Huawei has taken the wraps off of its latest flagship, the Mate 8.

Like the Mate7 …


Raver? Protester? Telegram now lets you pull together Supergroups of up to 1,000 people

Planning a rave? Or maybe a protest? Well, messaging service Telegram has just upped its support for mass-organizing by introducing Supergroups, which can include up to 1,000 members.

Until now, group chats were only able to accommodate 200 members on Telegram. That’s fewer than Skype, but more than …

Islamic State (ISIS)

You could go to court for backing up your music collection in the UK

It is once again illegal to make personal copies of your own music, videos and ebooks in the UK, thanks to the withdrawal of last year’s private copying exception.

The exception, which was introduced in October 2014, was the subject of a judicial review sought by music industry stakeholders …

United Kingdom

Sony confirms official PS4 Remote Play app for Windows and Mac

Well that was quick. It's only been a couple of days since someone came up with an unofficial app to stream PlayStation 4 gaming to PC, but earlier today, Sony's awesome Shuhei Yoshida confirmed on Twitter that his company is "indeed working on an official [Remote Play] application for PC/Mac." …


The internet is obsessed with this new Acapella app

Chances are you’ve seen videos like this in your timeline recently:

Or maybe ones like this:

The internet is utterly obsessed with this new app called Acapella. It has a simple concept: people record multiple videos, layering them to create harmonies a la Pitch Perfect. It’s actually a technique …


Microsoft’s new 3D audio tech helps the visually impaired get around cities independently

For two years, Microsoft has been working on Cities Unlocked, an ambitious project to use advanced GPS and smartphone technology to help the visually impaired navigate cities on their own.

The Telegraph tested phase two of the initiative and reported that, aided by spatial audio, Microsoft’s …


11 great resources to learn and work in Python

Roger Huang is an entrepreneur who is working on his next venture, and advising several others on growth. This post originally appeared on Code(Love).

Python is one of our favorite languages. Versatile, and yet easy to grasp, it’s one of the best languages at expressing the logic behind code with a …