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By Steve Morton | Stories from the world of technology

Samsung inadvertently admits Apple got some things right

At its Unpacked event, Samsung insisted it wants everything to work together now. Does that remind you of anyone?<p>At the end of Samsung's Unpacked …

Washing Machines

SSD vs. HDD

Solid-state drives (SSD) and hard disk drives (HDD) are the two main storage solutions available to consumers and they each have their benefits. That …

Computer Hardware

Watch a Guy Build a Brand New, Completely Obsolete Gaming PC With 20-Year-Old Parts

On June 25, 1998, Microsoft released Windows 98. It didn’t come out with quite as much fanfare as Windows 95 did, so to commemorate the OS’ 20th …

Half-Life (Video Game)

iOS 11.4.1 tips, tricks, and secrets 35 - Page 35 | ZDNet

Landscape mode in Settings<p>Quite a few people have asked me how to get landscape mode in the Settings app on iOS -- simple, just turn the iPhone …

App Store

Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS Released, Download Links & Details Inside

Yu can now download Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS. We bring you up to speed on the new features, kernel version and changes on offer in this first LTS point …

Linux

Chrome browser flags Daily Mail and other sites as 'not secure'

<b>Security warnings will pop up on the Daily Mail website today if visitors are using the latest version of Google's Chrome browser.</b><p>It is one of many sites the browser will flag because they do not use HTTPS - the secure version of the web's underlying data transfer protocol.<p>Many sites have switched …

IT security

How to Calibrate Your Computer Speakers Without a Fancy Microphone

Most audio receivers worth their salt come with a tiny microphone that you can use to automatically calibrate your speakers to your room’s specific …

Operating Systems

What is 5G and what will it mean for you?

<b>Superfast "fifth generation 5G" mobile internet could be launched as early as next year in some countries, promising download speeds 10 to 20 times faster than we have now. But what difference will it really make to our lives? Will we need new phones? And will it solve the "notspot" issue for</b> …

Internet of Things

Surface Go vs. iPad

Of all the low-cost tablets out there, the new Surface Go has its eye squarely focused on the Apple’s iPad.<p>Both touchscreen mobile devices have …

Windows 10

Mobile phone warning road signs 'a UK first'

<b>A roadside system that detects if a mobile phone is in use in a passing vehicle is being piloted in a UK first.</b><p>Despite being unable to pick up whether the driver is using the phone, it is hoped it will act as a deterrent to people making calls behind the wheel.<p>The technology picks up the phone …

Road Safety

Surface Go Is Microsoft’s Big Bet on a Tiny-Computer Future

Panos Panay is the betting type. You can see the evidence in Microsoft's Building 37, where two $1 bills stick out from beneath a Surface tablet …

Windows 10

Turn Your Ubuntu Hardy to Mac OSX Leopard

<b>Updated</b>: <i>The updated version of this tutorial for Ubuntu Intrepid can be found at Turn Ubuntu Intrepid into Mac Leopard.</i><p>You can’t really turn a Linux …

QLED vs. OLED TV: Similar names, totally different technologies

There’s a new(ish) kind of TV in town, and it’s called QLED. Samsung coined and trademarked the term, announcing the first QLED TVs at CES 2017, but …

OLEDs

The best headphones

Headphones are everywhere, invading our ears in a conquering horde. And like hordes, they come in every style, color, and configuration you can …

Audiophile

The best TVs under $1,000

The 4K Ultra HD revolution has left the star-studded homes of the video elite and landed in Everytown, U.S.A. Now just about anyone can get a TV …

4K Ultra HD

Blogger/Blogspot emails

If you use Blogger/Blogspot for your blog you will have noticed that since 25 May you will not have received emails containing the comments.<p>Also …

Old iPhone running slowly? iOS 12 will speed it up, tests show

Apple's first iOS 12 beta is looking promising on performance improvements for older iPhones.<p>One of the headline features of iOS 12 is that it should …

Annoyed by MacBook dongles? Microsoft charges $80 for a single (huge) USB-C one

If you thought it was annoying having to buy MacBook/MacBook Pro dongles, spare a thought for owners of Microsoft’s Surface Pro and Surface Laptops …<p>If they want to connect any USB-C devices, they’ll need to lay out $80 for a dongle. Not only that, but the Surface Connect to USB-C Adapter is huge, …

Intel’s 7th Gen NUCs Are Now “Ubuntu Certified”

A slate of 7th-gen Intel NUCs are now officially certified for Ubuntu, Canonical has announced. If you’ve had your eye on an Intel NUC for dev work, …

Instagram longer videos: How new IGTV feature will work

<b>Instagram has released a long-form video feature which allows users to post hour-long clips.</b><p>IGTV lets users create content exceeding the current maximum 60-second clip limit for the first time.<p>It's not clear if the longer videos would include adverts or if users would be paid for their content as …

Social Media

Apple jams Facebook's web-tracking tools

<b>Apple will attempt to frustrate tools used by Facebook to automatically track web users, within the next version of its iOS and Mac operating systems.</b><p>"We're shutting that down," declared Apple's software chief Craig Federighi, at the firm's developers conference.<p>He added that the web browser Safari …

Mobile Safari is holding the iPad back

There has been much discussion recently about iPad vs. Macs vs. Chromebooks vs. Surface laptops in recent months. Chromebooks are coming in convertible formats. Microsoft is touting a touchscreen laptop. Apple even had a commercial with the tagline of “What’s a computer?” when talking about …

In 2018, Windows died at home and nobody cared

While Microsoft's desktop operating system continues to be a key fixture of enterprise computing environments, it faces extinction at home. And …

New 6-bay NAS from Synology offers 72TB of storage

Synology has added a new 6-bay NAS to its DiskStation+ series, and it's aimed squarely at photographers and medium sized businesses. The DS1618+ can …

Instagram introduces ‘time spent’ feature to encourage time away from screen

Image-sharing app Instagram was acquired by Facebook in 2012 for $1bn (£740m) and is now estimated to be worth more than $100bn (£74bn). It has over …

Contacts and People

Brexit to 'force Airbus sat-nav work on Galileo out of UK'

<b>An executive at Airbus says that work on the Galileo sat-nav system will have to be moved out of the UK if the company wins a key contract.</b><p>Galileo has become something of a political football in Brexit talks.<p>The EU says it would have to stop the UK from accessing the encrypted part of the network …

How to keep using Time Machine without AirPort or Time Capsule

Apple’s AirPort routers introduced one game-changing new feature to the world: easy backups. Time Machine is Apple’s automatic backup utility, and it made backups easy enough for non-nerds to use regularly.<p>The easiest way to use it was to buy a Time Capsule, a wireless AirPort router with a hard …

There’s no perfect minimalist phone — yet

I went searching for the perfect minimalist phone, but I ended up back with my iPhone<p>I have no love for my phone. And yet, it’s the first thing I reach for in the morning and often the last thing I look at before going to sleep. I reach for it obsessively, reflexively, often for no reason at all. …