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By Steve Morton | Stories from the world of technology

Awesome Mac Pro concept packs expansion slots pros want

Professional Mac users will have to wait until 2018 for a glimpse at the new Mac Pro Apple is working on, but if the next-gen computer looks anything like this new concept, it might be worth the wait.<p>German site <i>Curved</i> created a Mac Pro concept that shows how Apple could add modular features, …

MacBook

How to avoid buying counterfeit Apple cables and chargers

Apple says its investigation found that 90 percent of into Apple-branded goods sold on Amazon are counterfeit. Here's are some tips on how to avoid …

Amazon

Surprise Apple refresh: Lower-priced new 9.7-inch iPad and special edition iPhone 7

Apple has quietly released a new 9.7-inch iPad, starting at a new low price of $329.<p>Apple tries to boost iPad sales by releasing a new 9.7-inch …

iPhone

10 most influential headphones – in pictures

Designs that made the act of listening a personal experience, from early in-ear prototypes to Bluetooth, wireless and noise-cancelling varieties

Headphones

Apple AirPods: One month in

Quite by accident, I realised today that it’s a month since I first wrote about having a pair of Apple’s hard-to-get AirPods. So, one month in, what …

Headphones

Synology vs Drobo: Battle of the desktop NAS devices

David Gewirtz compares two leading desktop network attached storage devices, the Drobo 5N and the Synology DS916+. If you're looking for small …

Nokia’s 3310 returns to life as a modern classic

Nokia has sold 126 million of its original 3310 phone since it was first introduced back in September, 2000. It was a time before the iPhone, and Nokia ruled with popular handsets that let you play simple games like Snake. Now the 3310 is making a nostalgic return in the form of a more modern …

Nokia 3310

Nokia 3310 mobile phone resurrected at MWC 2017

Technology desk editor<p><b>Nokia's 3310 phone has been relaunched nearly 17 years after its debut.</b><p>Many consider the original handset iconic because of its popularity and sturdiness. More than 126 million were produced before it was phased out in 2005.<p>The revamped version will be sold under licence by …

Phones

How to access Mac's hidden photo-editing app

Whether you know it or not, if you own a Mac, you also own a surprisingly powerful editing tool—and it's hiding in plain site.<p>Not everyone needs …

New Apple TV to bring super-sharp 4K video this year

Apple’s fifth-gen Apple TV will reportedly be capable of streaming ultra-HD 4K images, according to a new report. The new box is codenamed “J105” and could launch later this year.<p>The article also notes a couple of previously unrevealed details about the current fourth-gen Apple TV, such as the fact …

Is Nokia bringing back the 3310 and who would want a retro phone?

By Michael Baggs <i>Newsbeat reporter</i><p><b>Rumours suggest that Nokia are planning to bring back their iconic 3310 phone.</b><p>Mobile users of a certain age have been getting very excited on social media about the return of this sturdy, reliable handset.<p>If you were in the market for a new phone in the year 2000, …

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Trying out the new Apple AirPods

We’ve been waiting on the arrival of a pair of Apple AirPods in this household for several weeks. To cut a long story short, they were a much-delayed …

Headphones

Apple Removes Tool to Check if an iPhone or iPad is Activation Locked

Apple has removed its Activation Lock status checker on iCloud.com at some point in the past few days. The tool enabled users to enter the serial number or IMEI of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and find out if the device is secured with Activation Lock, helping buyers avoid purchasing a device …

Glastonbury festival installing WiFi-enabled hedges

Mobile operator EE is the official partner of the festival and has created themed hedges, which are shaped like some of the festival's main stages, …

Festivals

New Moleskine covers for your digital devices

New Moleskine covers for your digital devicesWherever you go, they go. Bring your analog and digital notes even closer with the new collection of …

Gear & Gadgets

The iPhone at 10: How the smartphone became so smart

50 Things That Made the Modern Economy, BBC World Service<p><b>On 9 January 2007, one of the most influential entrepreneurs on the planet announced something new - a product that was to become the most profitable in history.</b><p>It was, of course, the iPhone. There are many ways in which the iPhone has …

Apple activates iCloud.com Calendar spam reporting feature

Apple on Sunday instituted a new junk content reporting feature on its iCloud.com web portal, the first step in what appears to be an activation of …

iOS

How to Fight Calendar Spam

I wrote a few days ago about the increasing amount of calendar spam. I'm not alone as I received a lot of email asking how to fix this. I woke up to …

How-To's
iPhone

$5 'Poison Tap' hacks locked computers

<b>A developer has created a $5 (£4) device that can hack into an unattended computer even with a locked screen.</b><p>The tool called Poison Tap can break into a password-protected computer if the user has left an internet browser running in the background.<p>The attacker can then remotely use the victim's web …

Microsoft partners with old rival Linux Foundation

<b>Microsoft has thrown its financial weight behind Linux, the operating system that rivals its own Windows.</b><p>One of the company's former chief executives once described the platform as being "a cancer".<p>It is now spending $500,000 (£400,000) to join the Linux Foundation, which promotes the open-source …

I have lived the USB-C #donglelife. Here’s what you’re in for

I come from the future of ports, where everything is wonderful and terrible<p>There has been more talk of dongles now that Apple has gone and done it: excised all ports on the new MacBook Pros except one: USB-C. It is good and right to be unhappy that there aren’t any standard USB-A ports, MagSafe, or …

iPhone

An Open Letter To Apple From The Actual Working Pros

Dear Apple,It’s been a week since your keynote and I’ve had a lot to think about and digest. I’ve read the countless opinions around the internet and …

Laptops

Make Your Own Miniature Linux Laptop for Less Than $100

While you can install Linux on just about anything, old tablets are probably the cheapest way to do it. Case in point, Node put together a guide that …

Tablets

This is What It Looks Like when a Huge Lithium Ion Battery Goes Boom

The FAA’s lithium ion battery regulations can be a real pain to deal with for photographers, but there’s a good reason the agency is worried about …

Batteries

What to Do When Your iPhone 7 Home Button Breaks

The iPhone 7 is the first version of the phone to use a stationary home button, so if it stop working, it can be a little scary. Thankfully, Apple …

Samsung's mobile division profits fall by 96% in wake of Note 7 disaster

It’s not a great time to be working in Samsung’s mobile division. The South Korean manufacturer reported its earnings this week, and the results …

Samsung

Apple killed a MacBook Pro feature that photographers rely on

There's no question the new MacBook Pros are flashy. The new Touch Bar is exciting and the Touch ID is awesome. And who's going to hate on thinner and lighter machines?<p>I'm not jazzed over losing the MagSafe magnetic charging port, but I do like the versatility of having four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) …

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Brexit hikes price of all Apple’s Macs in the UK by up to 25%

More reasons to be miserable about the UK’s vote to leave the European Union: Apple has hiked the pound sterling price of Macs, old and new, by as much as 25 per cent to take account of currency fluctuations in the wake of the June referendum vote. Thanks #Brexit.<p>The company announced a clutch of …