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What a joke! The secret of the Queen and Prince Philip's 70-year marriage

A good sense of humour features high on dating websites as a desirable quality (“GSOH”), but with the 70-year marriage of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, it is more a case of SSOH – a shared sense of humour. Those who know the couple best say it has been their enduring ability to laugh at the …

Family

iPhone X Is Everything Wrong With Tim Cook's Apple

“Say hello to the future” adorns Apple’s iPhone X marketing. That is true… as time moves forward the future of the American company is selling more handsets to a captive audience. But is the iPhone X really the future of smartphones? Or is it just Tim Cook forgetting the lessons of Steve Jobs and …

Tim Cook

15 neat hidden features in iOS 11

After months and months of beta, iOS 11 is finally here — and it’s a huge update. In particular, Apple has tucked away many little features that you won’t see right away.<p>If you want to impress all your friends with your mad iOS skills, here is a list of some of these features. I also wrote a short …

This home theater makes you rethink your priorities in life

Here are 6 old technologies Apple wants you to think are revolutionary

We know, we know. Apple takes its time to do new technologies “right,” not “first.” But if you watched Apple’s September 12 announcements for the …

Mobile Technology

Turn an old monitor into a wall display with a Raspberry Pi

Have an old monitor and Raspberry Pi lying around? Put them both to great use with this DIY wall-mounted display.<p>So you have an unused Raspberry Pi -- or five -- lying around and you don't know what to do with it. You're not alone, even if there are hundreds of projects at the ready.<p>You can turn it …

Can you solve it? Pi Day puzzles that will leave you pie-eyed

Hi guzzlers.<p>Tomorrow is Pi Day – March 14 – the annual excuse for the mathematical community to circulate puns about buns. I mean to honour pi, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, which to two decimal places is 3.14, hence 3/14, as the Americans write tomorrow’s date.<p>In recent …

Raspberry Pi

15 best local multiplayer games for Android

Playing video games with other people is the best way to play video games. You get to share in the excitement, challenge your friends, and have fun together. Social gaming is relatively easy on Android. However, it’s a little more difficult if you want to play with a friend in the same room as you …

In-App Purchases

The Headphone Jack Is Gone—But There’s No Need to Panic

Alternatives to the AirPod to make the most of your iPhone 7 (and no, Apple did not invent bluetooth)<p>Last week’s Apple event featured the same cast …

Phones without headphone jacks are here... and they're annoying AF

<i>"Wah wah wah. Get over it Ray."</i><p>That's the response I expect to hear from all the apologists who think that smartphones without headphone jacks are …

Mobile Technology

11 basic Excel tricks that will change your life

Microsoft Excel is an amazing piece of software, and even regular users might not be getting as much out of it as they can. Improve your Excel efficiency and proficiency with these basic shortcuts and functions that absolutely everyone needs to know.<p>Of course you can move from cell to cell with …

Researchers build a 1,000-core processor

You may have heard of many-core processors before, but you probably haven't seen anything like this. UC Davis has developed the KiloCore, a CPU that (as the name suggests) packs a whopping 1,000 cores -- extremely handy for very parallel tasks like encryption, crunching scientific data and encoding …

Mobile Devices

Read 8 Raspberry Pi Analog Sensors Simultaneously Using the New RasPiO Analog Zero (video)

Alex Eames from RasPi.TV has been at it once again creating another awesome add-on for the Raspberry Pi and has launched his fifth Kickstarter …

VRidge lets you try Oculus and Vive games on your lowly Cardboard

VR hype is in overdrive. After decades of promises, sleek, consumer-grade virtual reality is finally real, thanks to companies like Oculus and HTC/Valve.<p>But, hype aside, the VR that you tried is probably very different from the high-end experience offered by the Oculus Rift or Vive. Instead of a …

Google and Apple don't really compete and never have

It makes sense. Apple and Google are widely held to be bitter rivals in the mobile space. Steve Jobs was once so angry about Android allegedly ripping off the iPhone, he vowed to go "thermonuclear" on Google.<p>Everything Google announced this week — and everything that Google has announced in mobile …

Netscape: the web browser that came back to haunt Microsoft

So Microsoft has decided to “retire” Internet Explorer, its web browser. So what? For most internet users the news probably ranked somewhere near the latest information about bond yields on Romanian debt. But for old timers like this columnist, it draws a line under an interesting chapter in the …

Software

The Solitude of 'Skyrim' Remains The Remedy For An Overly-Connected Age

The first thing I did when I got my new gaming PC set up was to use Internet Explorer to download Google Chrome. The second? I downloaded Steam and installed Skyrim straight away.<p>I did it as a test of sorts. I’d never played Skyrim on PC before, because my past computers have always been too …

Call of Duty

Beam is an Android-powered projector that fits into a light socket

We’ve certainly seen some awesome projectors in the tech world lately, but none quite like this. The Beam smart projector is powered by your Android device, and has a ton of functionality like waking you up in the morning with the latest news, showing you your social updates when you come home, and …

Gear & Gadgets

Build Your Own Raspberry Pi-Powered Linux Handheld

If you’re looking for a fun maker project, Chris Robinson at Node has posted a great one – building a Raspberry Pi-powered handheld Linux terminal with a distinctly Nintendo DS-style look.<p>Robinson says his creation is “best suited to command line stuff” and “a pretty good tool for learning the …

Raspberry Pi

We're Giving Away a Nexus 6 and Nexus 9

Whether you’re considering your first Android device or are a hardcore Android fan, don’t miss our latest giveaway at TNW Deals. For the great low price of free, you can enter to win a brand new, top-of-the-line Google Nexus 6 smartphone or Nexus 9 tablet!<p>Both devices sport high-end specs for …

App lets you run APK via Google Chrome on your PC or laptop

A little while back, Google opened up a few Android applications to run on its Chrome OS, and shortly afterwards an unofficial hack showed up allowing users to side load Android APKs onto their Chromebooks. A great feature for the limited number of Chromebook owners, but something that would be …

5 Android apps you can't miss this week - Google Play Weekly

Welcome back to another Google Play Weekly! This week we talk about:<p>A new browser that lets you browse the web without an internet connection.<br>• The AOSP Android Browser security flaw affects up to 40% of Android users.<br>• Google Play Services was updated to version 6.1 and includes improvements to …

How to Double Check Your Google Account Security Settings

The unofficial Google Operating System site writes about a little gem found under the security section of everyone’s Google account settings …

The iPhone 6 Has Samsung Backed Into A Corner

The iPhone 6 represents Apple's attempt to get into the phablet market. Consumers have been clamoring for Apple to make a large-display smartphone for some time now. This is especially true in emerging markets:<p>Tim Cook's Apple makes four smartphones. Even Goldilocks could find one that fits just …

Is this is the beginning of the end for Apple?

It tells you a lot that the only officially sanctioned way to see Apple’s event was by tuning in on an Apple device. Apple likes to preach to the converted and, regardless of what it reveals, there are people waiting to praise it. As smartphone innovation slows in general, there’s been a growing …

Apple Watch

Another 5 Reasons Video Games Are Actually Good For You

Several more ways video games are making us better.<p>It’s been a while since we’ve touched on the benefits of video games on our health and well-being. …

5 Times Apple Hit Legal Trouble Over Product Names

What's in a name? For Apple, a lot of legal trouble.<p>Time and time again, whenever Apple announces the name of a product, some other company comes out …

14 Video Games That Changed My Life

I was at a friend's house when the phone rang. It was mom. She got a Nintendo. I rushed back to find <i>Super Mario Bros.</i> on the living room TV.<p>Video …

Animal Shaped Security Cameras

Why should a security camera look like a bland industrial artifact when it can look like a piece of art? These Animals cameras by Italy-based Parson …

Call Me A "Doormat" If You Like, But I'm The SmartMat

Doormats get a bad rap. They take all the dirt we can wipe off on them, withstand tremendous weight, let our dogs urinate on them. And when doormats …

Living Rooms