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By Steve Morton | Stories from the world of technology

Some Thoughts on Notetaking on the iPad Pro

Despite being an Apple fangirl of sorts, I haven’t owned an iPad since the iPad 3 (also known as the “new iPad”, the first iPad with Retina, or as I …

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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.

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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 …

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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, …

The iPhone 8's Big New Feature Is On the Way

Samsung Display, a subsidiary of the electronics giant, will begin manufacturing organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screens for the iPhone 8 later …

The iPhone is also getting drag and drop with iOS 11

Apple’s newest mobile operating system, iOS 11, is primarily focused on turning the iPad into something resembling a desktop computer. You’ve got a dock for apps, a new file system, and features like drag and drop. But, not all of these changes are destined for the iPad only. The ability to drag …

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With HomePod, Apple may finally get serious about Siri

Siri has lagged behind Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa, but that may be about to change.<p>Stuck at home on a rainy day, Zooey Deschanel, in long-sleeve pink pajamas, peered out her window and started up a conversation with her iPhone.<p>"Let's get tomato soup delivered," she said. The phone quickly …

New MacBook Pro Details Reveal Apple's Hidden Goal

As expected, Apple announced a number of updates to its MacBook and MacBook Pro computers. The macOS powered laptops now come with Intel’s seventh-generation processors, finally bringing them up to parity with the Windows 10 competition, but these MacBook updates remains iterative and insipid.<p>Along …

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What’s new in iOS 11? Hands-on with 100+ features and changes

We’ve been playing with iOS 11 for the last 12 hours or so, and have been able to experience a plethora of the new features offered by the release. As you might expect, iOS 11 is quite buggy at this stage, but it’s a truly promising release that’s littered with so many new features that it’s hard …

Why Windows must die. For the third time

Microsoft knows Windows is obsolete. Here's a sneak peek at its replacement.<p>Last week, a key event occurred in the history of personal computing. It …

O2 to scrap Europe roaming fees

Technology reporter<p><b>From 15 June, O2's Pay Monthly and Business customers will be able to use their UK plans abroad - in 47 European destinations - at no extra cost.</b><p>The move echoes the scrapping of roaming charges in similar locations by EE, Three and Vodafone.<p>It coincides with the incoming …

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The Apple Watch is the only thing keeping me in the Apple ecosystem

I’ve been watching developments over in Android land with some interest. No, I’m not about to jump ship (again!), abandoning all my Apple gadgets. …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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

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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 …

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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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 …

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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, …

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 …

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