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Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition review

Save your iPad and snag your child a tough Amazon tablet packed with age-appropriate content. In this Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet review, we put the device through its paces with kids in the wild. Find out if the curated content, rugged case, and parental controls stand up.
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Key settings you need to change on your Sony Xperia XZ3

It's always a smart move to customize your new smartphone to your liking, and there are certain settings that need tweaking straight out of the box. We've got step-by-step instructions here for key Sony Xperia XZ3 settings we think you should change to tailor your device and get more out of it.
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Sony Xperia XZ3 tips and tricks

If you've got Sony's Xperia XZ3, then you'll want to come to grips with that slick OLED screen, dig into the software for useful features, and squeeze as much as you can from the phone. We've got you covered with some useful step-by-step Xperia XZ3 tips that will help you unlock handy features.
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Razer Phone 2 vs. Razer Phone: Is it time to level up?

Razer surprised us with a gaming phone last year, but now it's back with a new, improved version. We take a look at the differences between the Razer Phone 2 and the original Razer Phone to find out exactly what has changed. We'll help you decide if it's time to level up, if you already own the original.
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With Google Duplex and more, the Pixel 3’s A.I. brains are unrivaled

Every phone manufacturer has been hyping artificial intelligence with hyperbole-packed marketing, but Google is crafting features we actually want that actually work. The new Pixel phones might not be stylish, but the A.I. smarts are highly desirable.
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Google Pixel 3 vs. Pixel 2 vs. Pixel: Picking the perfect phone for you

If you're shopping for one of Google's Android smartphones, but you're not sure if the latest is worth springing for, or you're looking to upgrade from an older Pixel and you want to know what's changed, we've got some help for you. We compare the Google Pixel 3 with the Pixel 2 and the original Pixel.
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Sony Xperia XZ3 review

Sony fans will be excited about the adoption of OLED in its latest flagship phone, which also offer incremental improvements over its predecessor, but should anyone else be? We put it through its paces in our Sony Xperia XZ3 review to find out exactly how it measures up.
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Nokia 7.1 vs. Honor 8X vs. Moto G6: Budget phone battle royale

The budget end of the Android smartphone market has improved enormously, making it tough to choose the right phone for you. We pit three of the best budget phones available right now against each other in various categories to find out whether the Nokia 7.1, the Honor 8X, or the Moto G6 is your best option.
LG V40 ThinQ Review

LG V40 ThinQ vs. LG G7 ThinQ: Which LG flagship is right for you?

If you've decided on LG for your next phone, all that remains is to pick the right flagship. LG's top two phones right now are the LG V40 ThinQ and the LG G7 ThinQ, and we're here to compare them in various categories and pick winners. Read up on the differences and decide what matters to you.
LG V40 ThinQ Review

LG V40 ThinQ vs. V35 ThinQ vs. V30: Which of LG’s big phones is best for you?

You've decided on LG for your next phone and you love to shoot video, the only question remaining is which V Series phone to go for. We break down the differences between the LG V40 ThinQ, the LG V35 ThinQ, and the LG V30 and pick winners in each category to help you find the right device for you.
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Apple iPhone XS Max vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Powerhouse face-off

The biggest and best smartphones Apple and Samsung have to offer are powerful and feature-packed, so it can be tough to choose between them. We pit Apple iPhone XS Max against the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 across various categories here to find out which one might suit your needs best.
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Apple iPhone XS vs. Sony Xperia XZ3: Which is the best phone for you?

What happens when one of Apple's best clashes with one of Sony's top performers? We decided to compare the iPhone XS with the Xperia XZ3 in various categories to find a winner and help you choose your next phone. These consumer electronics giants both turn out great devices, but which is right for you?
Apple Watch Series 4

How beneficial is ECG in the new Apple Watch? We asked an expert

The idea that the new Apple Watch Series 4 might be able to save lives with its ECG and heart-tracking functionality is very exciting. We spoke to a leading cardiac electrophysiologist and makers of another ECG device to find out how it works and what it might mean for wearers.
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Apple iPhone XS Max vs. Huawei P20 Pro: Clash of the titans

If you're in the market for a stunning flagship with cutting-edge specs and top performance, then these two behemoths must be on your radar. Join us for a comparison of the Apple iPhone XS Max and Huawei P20 Pro as we attempt to unravel which is best in various categories and help you to choose between them.
iOS 12

5 reasons to install iOS 12

If you're uncertain about whether you should download and install iOS 12, we've got five reasons why you should go ahead. These are five of our favorite iOS 12 features, with details on what they offer and why they're important improvements. Find out what you're missing and why iOS 12 is worth it.
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This orange puck keeps you online in any country, with one hidden catch

Staying connected to the internet on your travels can be a challenge and sometimes results in hefty cell phone bills you could do without. We tried out the Skyroam Solis, a global Wi-Fi hotspot and power bank billed as the perfect solution. Tested in Berlin, we found that it worked well up to a point.
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OPINION: Apple’s new iPhones show off its best tech, and also its greed

Apple’s devices have always commanded a premium, but iPhones also offer cutting edge tech and beautiful design that justifies the high price tag. Apple’s accessories are a whole different story. No fast charging or headphone dongle in the box, these overpriced accessories show Apple’s greed.
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Apple iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 vs. iPhone 7 vs. iPhone 6s: Which is best for you?

If you don't want to spend big on the latest Apple flagship, you might consider the slightly cheaper iPhone Xr, or an older iPhone. We pit the Xr against last year's iPhone 8, the iPhone 7, and the iPhone 6s to see what has changed over the last few years and help you find the right iPhone for you.
Apple iPhone X Review

Apple iPhone XS vs. iPhone X: What difference does a year make?

If you're mulling an upgrade from the iPhone X to the iPhone XS or trying to choose between these two tempting iPhones -- or you just want the lowdown on the differences, then you're in the right place. Join us for a close comparison of the specs and features that these Apple flagships have to offer.
iOS 12

5 things Apple fixed with iOS 12

As much as we like Apple's mobile operating system, it's not perfect, so we were glad to find a few improvements in iOS 12. Here, we've picked out a few things that Apple has fixed with the latest iteration of iOS. Most of them are minor improvements, but others were long overdue.
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Huawei P20 Pro vs. Apple iPhone X: A battle of flagship smartphones

Can Huawei's P20 Pro defeat Apple's iPhone X? We compare the two expensive flagships in various categories to find out which smartphone is better. The headline feature for the P20 Pro is the triple lens camera, but can it beat Apple's shooter. We also take a look at performance, display, and more.
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There’s no silver lining for iCloud users, and Apple needs to fix it

It’s important to be able to backup your photos, messages, and files, and to have them sync across devices, but Apple’s iCloud service is lagging behind the competition. With few changes since it was introduced and just 5GB of free storage, it’s about time Apple made some improvements.
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Here’s how to show the battery percentage on an iPhone

It’s not always easy to tell exactly how much battery life you have left on your iPhone just by looking at the wee battery icon. Sometimes you want a clear number, so here’s how to show the battery percentage on an iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, or any other model of Apple smartphone.
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Opinion: Apple needs to modernize its antiquated annual app update routine

Much is made of Apple’s swift software update schedule, but the annual iOS update encompasses core app updates as well as system tweaks, whereas Google pushes out core app updates year-round. We delve into the differences, ask why Apple does things this way, and discuss whether Google’s approach is better.
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How to use Find My iPhone

Thanks to Apple, finding a lost or stolen iPhone is easy. Here's our guide on how to use Find My iPhone, one of the best features of iOS. This built-in service makes it easy to locate any of your Apple devices, from an iPhone to a MacBook. You can also use the feature to remotely control your iPhone.
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Temi is your personal robot butler, like an Amazon Echo Show on wheels

If you’ve been dreaming of a domestic robot or a smart speaker that can follow you around the house, then Temi could be just what you’re looking for. We went hands-on with the personal robot at IFA 2018 in Berlin to find out exactly what it’s capable of doing and how well it can get it done.
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Best wireless chargers of IFA 2018

Wireless charging has been around for a few years now, but Apple’s adoption of the Qi wireless charging standard in its iPhones has sparked an influx of new products. We found some very tempting wireless chargers on the show floor in Berlin. These are our picks of the best wireless chargers of IFA 2018.
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Best smartphones of IFA 2018

With new devices from Sony, HTC, LG, Huawei, Honor, BlackBerry, ZTE and more, we actually saw more smartphones than expected at IFA in Berlin this year. Many of them were midrangers or budget bargains, but there were a couple of flagships too. These are our picks of the best smartphones of IFA 2018.
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ZTE Axon 9 Pro hands-on review

The ZTE Axon 9 Pro made its debut at IFA in Berlin today. The new flagship smartphone is the first from beleaguered manufacturer ZTE since the Axon 7. Dip into our ZTE Axon 9 Pro hands-on review to learn all about what it offers. It won’t be coming to the U.S. but you’ll be able to buy one in Europe very soon.
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Tempow’s new Bluetooth software ties your smart home together

The latest Bluetooth protocol from French startup, Tempow, allows you to sync your smart TV, smart speakers, and Bluetooth speakers. TAP Smart is a clever piece of software with countless applications and we checked it out at IFA in Berlin.
Asus Zenfone 5Z

Asus Zenfone 5Z tips and tricks

If you’ve snagged yourself one of the best bargains of the year, then you might be interested in some Asus Zenfone 5Z tips and tricks to help you get the most out of it. We delve into some of the hidden features of the Asus Zen UI and highlight the options that we've found the most useful.
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Best Samsung Galaxy Note 9 cases

Samsung's latest productivity powerhouse is a stunning smartphone, but that glass exterior and huge 6.4-inch screen are liable to pick up scratches or cracks if you drop it. You should really buy one of the best Samsung Galaxy Note 9 cases, and we've got a list of our top picks for you right here.
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The best Asus Zenfone 5Z cases and covers

There's no doubt that the Asus Zenfone 5Z offers a lot for the money, but the glass sandwich design is prone to drop and scratch damage so you should invest in some protection. We've rounded up the best Asus Zenfone 5Z cases and covers for you here, but it's relatively slim pickings so far.
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The hottest phones of 2018 are still to come. Here’s what’s around the corner

There have been some fantastic smartphones already release in 2018, but there are plenty more to come. Apple, Google, and a few other manufacturers are still set to make a play for your upgrade fund, so let’s look at the most hotly-anticipated phones still on the horizon before the end of the year.