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Google Is Working To Solve The Chromebook’s Support Problem
PCs have no expiration date. Chromebooks do. However, executives at Google recently revealed they’re working with Chromebook makers to ensure you won’t end up buying a Chromebook that will go out of support anytime soon. During a press briefing to ma
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Tested: How Fast Is The Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ Versus The Surface Pro 7?
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 7+ (or Surface Pro 7 Plus) launched unexpectedly, stepping up from the Surface Pro 7’s 10th-gen Intel Ice Lake chips to 11th-gen Tiger Lake Core chips. The question we immediately had was: is the Surface Pro 7+ worth the upgra
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Review: Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro
Price: £219 (inc VAT) from Priced at £219, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro are worthy options for Samsung-focused Android users who want a little bit of everything packed into their wireless earbuds, whether it’s attractive audio perfor
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Are Upgradeable Laptops The Future?
In the age-old laptop vs desktop debate, those who prefer a permanent workstation often highlight one of its key advantages: upgradeability. Most desktop PCs let you swap out the processor, RAM and hard drive as and when they need replacing, allowing
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Review: Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3
Price: £539 (inc VAT) from As a global tech giant, Samsung produces an incredible amount of hardware each year. Its high-end TVs and flagship smartphone usually make most of the headlines, but there are plenty of devices specificall
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New Chromebooks Will Ship With Google’s Stadia Pre-installed
Google is making a play to turn Chromebooks into gaming platforms. Going forward, new models will ship with the Google Stadia cloud gaming service pre-installed. “Did you know Chromebooks now come with @GoogleStadia already installed?” the official
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The Story Of The Windows XP ‘Bliss’ Desktop Theme
It’s not too far-fetched to believe that a billion people have viewed the ‘Bliss’ image that defines the desktop view of Windows XP. But you’d barely notice the real-world ‘Bliss’ scene if you stepped out of your car and gazed at it today. Driving an
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Review: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Price: £1,149 (inc VAT) from There are all sorts of concessions that you can pay to a phone depending on factors like price or its standing within a brand’s portfolio; when it comes to the Pro Maxes and Ultras of this world, however
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Microsoft Mesh: Why You Should Be Sceptical About This New VR Platform
I am very sceptical about Microsoft Mesh, the company’s new virtual-reality platform, and you should be, too. Microsoft’s last attempt at virtual reality, the HoloLens headset, was introduced with a flourish before largely melting away. The signs so
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Microsoft Rolling Out Azure Percept Camera, Mic And Services
Microsoft may have given up on smart speakers for the consumer, but the company hasn’t given up on letting others build intelligent devices based on its own technologies and hardware. Microsoft has launched Azure Percept, a platform of hardware and
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Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy SmartTags
Price: £29 (inc VAT) from Samsung Galaxy SmartTags have entered a market already dominated by the third-party Tile tracker, and possibly about to be disrupted by the rumoured circular AirTags from Apple. Can Samsung use the strength
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What Type Of SSD Should You Buy?
Solid-state drives have clear advantages over old-school hard-disk drives: SSDs are faster, quieter, and consume less power. Problem is, they also come with an array of acronyms listed in their specs, which can make it hard to figure out what you nee
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Surface Laptop 4 Leaks Suggest A Mix Of AMD And Intel CPUs
We’re starting to see leaks about Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 4, which is rumoured to be launching in the spring. A new report says both the 13.5in and 15in Surface Laptop 4 versions will offer AMD’s Ryzen processors, though they may not be the chips
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Review: Samsung Galaxy S21
Price: £769 (inc VAT) from The Galaxy S21 might be the smartest phone Samsung has ever made. Like the iPhone 12, it doesn’t have the best specs or the biggest screen. But it delivers where it counts, at a price that’s very attainabl
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3 Tweaks That Help Your Laptop Battery Last Longer
Even if you’ve got a long-lasting notebook, sometimes you need to preserve every last bit of your laptop’s battery to help it survive the day. Recently, my house suffered from extended power and Internet outages during a brutal wind storm. These thre
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How To Make Your Laptop Go Faster For Free
If your old laptop needs a little more pep in its step, there’s an easy fix most people overlook: the performance settings. These settings reside in most laptops, usually via a pre-installed utility. The vast majority of laptop users never poke aroun
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Review: Microsoft Surface Pro 7+
Price: £1,629 (inc VAT) from By naming this Windows tablet the Surface Pro 7+, Microsoft mistakenly implies that it’s some sort of minor upgrade from the Surface Pro 7. Nothing could be further from the truth: we rarely see such mas
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Microsoft Viva Is Teams’ Attempt To Replace Your Company’s Intranet
Microsoft has announced Viva, a new ‘employee experience platform’ that integrates with Microsoft Teams. If your company uses Teams, chances are that you’ll see Viva, along with some of its more familiar features like Topics and Insights, soon. The t
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Intel Regains Market Share From AMD In Notebook, Desktop PCs
Although AMD executives have touted their market-share gains in the PC processor market during 2020 as a whole, Intel actually clawed back a bit of share during the fourth quarter, an independent analyst confirmed recently. That’s probably just fine
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Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook
Price: £299 from We’ve all grown accustomed to a certain design ethic when it comes to Chromebooks. Either they are compact laptops with 11.6in displays or larger 14in variants that often have the ability to fold the display back th
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Surface Laptop 4’s Big Change Will Be Its Tiger Lake, Ryzen Processors
Microsoft’s next-gen Surface Laptop 4 will follow Microsoft’s recent trend of upgrading internal components more often than external features. The new laptops will include up-to-date Intel Core and AMD Ryzen processors and not much else, a new report
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Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371
Price: £1,799 from The ZenBook Flip S is a premium, performance-focused convertible laptop. That’s arguably a niche within a niche, but if that’s where you are there is a lot to like here. Eleventh-generation Intel chips are paired
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How To Tell If Your Password Has Been Stolen
Coming up with a strong, unique password and storing it in a password manager or browser isn’t good enough. You need to know if and when your password was stolen in a password breach, so you can act quickly enough to change that password before your
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Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED (2021)
Price: £2,699 (inc VAT) from Gigabyte’s new Aero 15 OLED laptop is the first we’ve seen to feature one of Nvidia’s brand new, high-performance RTX 30 series GPUs – but instead of targeting this graphics power at gamers, here Gigabyt
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5 Easy Tasks That Supercharge Your Security
Protecting your personal data isn’t just smart these days – it’s a necessity. As the world grows more and more connected, your private information becomes more and more valuable. Whether it’s using leaked info from website breaches to hack into your
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13in MacBook Pro (M1)
Price: £1,299 from For years, it’s been iPhone this, iPhone that. And for good reason. But now, the Mac – the platform that pushed Apple to the forefront of computing – is back in the spotlight. And for good reason. While the Intel
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Best Password Managers
We are terrible at passwords. We suck at creating them (the top two most popular remain ‘123456’ and ‘password’), we share them way too freely, and we forget them all the time. Indeed, the very thing that can ensure our online security has become our
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Oppo Reno 4 Pro 5G
Price: £649 (inc VAT) from The Reno series has always placed a focus on aspects like design and camera performance, with the best of the current bunch – the Oppo Reno 4 Pro 5G – being no exception. Oppo has hit what could roughly be
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Best Antivirus Software
Antivirus software is nearly as crucial as a PC’s operating system. Even if you’re well aware of potential threats and practice extreme caution, some threats just can’t be prevented without the extra help of an AV program – or a full antivirus suite.
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Realme 7 5G
Price: £279 (inc VAT) from The Realme 7 line has pushed the envelope in terms of what you can expect from an affordable phone; with the standard 7 serving as a brilliant budget option, while the higher pricing of the 7 Pro edges it
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