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By Steve Morton | Stories from the world of technology

Protect Yourself With a Free VPN Service

Can't afford a premium VPN? That's no reason to leave your network traffic unprotected. Here's everything you need to know about free VPN …

Privacy

One week in with the iPhone X

I finally got my hands on the new iPhone X last Sunday and I have to admit, it’s rarely left my hands since then. This – finally – is the iPhone I’ve …

Phones

WhatsApp: How the supermarket voucher scam works

<b>Scammers have used WhatsApp to trick people into handing over personal information by tempting them with bogus supermarket vouchers.</b><p>The messenger app was used to send fake vouchers to people, purporting to be from trusted chains such as Asda, Tesco and Aldi.<p>The messages claimed to offer hundreds of …

Identity Theft

Microsoft Windows 10 breaches Dutch privacy law

<b>Microsoft breaches data protection law in the Netherlands because of the way its Windows 10 operating system processes personal information, according to a report.</b><p>The Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) also said users were not clearly informed about what data the technology giant was using.<p>There …

Microsoft

Why you want a macOS home server, and how to get one going

Sure, you can get a network attached storage device, or rely on somebody's cloud -- but, I've run a Mac-based home server for a very long time. Why …

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The 10 best phones that still have a headphone jack

Samsung Galaxy S8<p>Samsung Galaxy Note 8<p>Moto Z2 Play<p>OnePlus 5<p>LG G6<p>Moto G5 Plus<p>Moto E4<p>Asus ZenFone 3 (5.5-inch)<p>iPhone SE<p>iPhone 6S and 6S Plus<p>LG V30<p>Google Pixel XL

Phones

Seagate Launches 12TB Desktop and NAS Hard Drives

These huge drives are meant for digital creatives as well as home, small business, and enterprise NAS units.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but …

Western Digital

Apple’s swollen batteries are symptomatic of a larger industry problem

If you’ve been following Apple’s latest iPhone launch you’ll be aware that the start of sales hasn’t gone all that smoothly. Following six early reports of battery issues with the new iPhone 8 Plus, Apple has now launched an official investigation onto these cases to determine the cause of the …

Batteries

Secure your iPhone and iPad: Change these iOS 11 privacy and security settings now

Part of a ZDNet Special Feature: Security TV - Video Series<p>New to iOS 11? You need to lock down your device. Here's how you do it.<p>By ZDNet Editors | …

iOS

iOS 11 Makes Sharing Your Wi-Fi Password Much Easier

iOS: Having an elaborate, secure password on your Wi-Fi network can be a great thing. A great thing until that weekend you have guests visiting from …

Wi-Fi

How to Get Started With Control Center in iOS 11

For iOS 11, Apple has completely overhauled Control Center. Control Center is that tray that pops up when you swipe up from the bottom of the display …

iOS

How to Use iOS 11's New iPad Keyboard (and Uninstall It If You Hate It)

If you’ve installed iOS 11 on your iPad, then you’ve probably come face-to-face with the operating system’s new keyboard feature, Key Flicks. …

iOS

How to Get the Most Out of iOS 11's New Screenshot Editor

With iOS 11, Apple rolled out a new screenshot tool for the iPhone and iPad that allows you to quickly edit your screenshot after you capture …

iOS

The iPhone 8 Plus is the best smartphone camera DxOMark has ever tested

Apple fans who were hopeful the iPhone 8/Plus would represent a big step up in camera quality over the already-respectable iPhone 7/Plus have …

Add wireless charging to your old iPhone

No, you don't have to buy the latest iPhone 8 or the bank-busting iPhone X to get wireless charging on your iPhone. Here's how to do it for a …

iOS essential skills everyone should know | ZDNet

How to switch to Low Power Mode<p>Your iPhone or iPad will automatically switch to Low Power Mode when the battery drops past 20 percent (and switch off …

iOS

Apple explains Face ID on-stage failure

<b>Apple has explained why its new facial recognition feature failed to unlock a handset at an on-stage demo at the iPhone X's launch on Tuesday.</b><p>The company blamed the Face ID glitch on a lockout mechanism triggered by staff members moving the device ahead of its unveil. Yahoo News was first to report …

Craig Federighi

Should You Upgrade to the iPhone 8?

It’s September, and that can only mean one thing: Apple just announced some new iPhones. This year, the company unveiled the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, …

IPhone 8

5 Announcements From Apple's iPhone 8 Event That Actually Matter

Apple just unleashed 2 hours of hype, bringing media and fans to its new Cupertino headquarters to unveil its latest lineup of gadgets and software. …

Peer-to-peer

Canada’s vital role in the communications revolution

Guglielmo Marconi was instantly a name known around the world, comparable today perhaps to Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Jobs.<p>The cool, crisp breeze dancing in from the Atlantic Ocean lifted my hair back from my face, and the bright sunshine highlighted a massive iceberg floating a few miles out, a …

Titanic

Review: Alpine's iLX-107 is the first, and best, aftermarket wireless CarPlay receiver

Alpine's newly released iLX-107 is the first infotainment system to boast wireless CarPlay compatibility, allowing users to listen to tunes, …

iOS

The ghostly radio station that no one claims to run

“MDZhB” has been broadcasting since 1982. No one knows why.<p>In the middle of a Russian swampland, not far from the city of St Petersburg, is a rectangular iron gate. Beyond its rusted bars is a collection of radio towers, abandoned buildings and power lines bordered by a dry-stone wall. This …

St. Petersburg

I mocked the Apple Pencil. Now my iPad productivity depends on it

Optimized for the iPad Pro, this $99 accessory is not just for artists. From note taking and document signing to image editing and drawing, the Apple …

Tablets

Some Thoughts on Notetaking on the iPad Pro

<i>Update: An Update on Notetaking with iOS and MacOS</i>Despite being an Apple fangirl of sorts, I haven’t owned an iPad since the iPad 3 (also known as …

IPad Pro

Apple iPhone 10th anniversary: a timeline of the landmark device

The impact of the iPhone cannot be understated. Its release kick-started a new technological era focused on apps, social media and an endless …

The iPhone at 10: How it changed everything

Ten years ago the first iPhone went on sale - the device would go on to revolutionise the world of technology and communications.

iPhone

Photographers, Beware of Upcoming macOS Transition Issues

Apple announced High Sierra, the next version of their macOS, at the Worldwide Developer Conference last week. The final version will be available …

iOS

Knomo Introduces ‘DropGo’ Wireless Charging / OUT OF OFFICE

In 2014, we released our Knomad Organiser, a single fold-out folio to store everything you need for the day – with a built in portable battery to …

iOS 11 Notes app finally lets you search notes when you save

Apple’s Notes app got a few headline updates in the iOS 11 section of the 2017 WWDC Keynote — in-line sketches and handwriting recognition for example — but there’s another tiny tweak that might be an even bigger deal than those two. Now, when you use the Share arrow to send a URL, snippet of text, …