Everything you need to know about Apple Music

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Apple Music has arrived! On 1 July Apple’s first music-streaming service was released, alongside the iOS 8.4 update made available to all Apple devices. Apple will now be competing will longstanding streaming services like Spotify, Pandora, Rdio, Google Play and Tidal. Membership to Apple Music costs $9.99 per month. There is also a family plan available, where multiple users can use the same account, costing $14.99 per month. There is a free trial period of three months available so that users can decide whether they … Continue reading

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The next chapter in Microsoft’s history

Microsoft Windows 10 Edge

Windows is one of the most well-known PC operating systems across the world. It is currently being used by around 1.5 billion people and Microsoft Office is the go-to productivity software for 1.2 billion people. It is the operating system that serves as an introduction to the world of personal computers for the majority of people. In September 2014 Microsoft officially unveiled Windows 10 (codenamed Threshold) as a unified platform for desktop computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones and other all-in-one devices. The company said that the … Continue reading

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Most talked-about tech industry controversies

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The tech industry has brought us many great inventions that have made our lives easier and better. It has also seen a number of controversies that caught the attention of the world. Here are some of the biggest scandals to come out of the tech industry: Sony BMG copy protection rootkit In 2005 Sony BMG (a record company) came under fire for their use of deceptive, illegal and harmful copy protection measures on approximately 22 million CDs. Every CD had two pieces of hidden software … Continue reading

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10 upcoming games to be released at E3 2015

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From 16 to 18 June, the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (more commonly known as E3) will be held in Los Angeles, California where it will showcase the latest and greatest games to be released on the market in 2015. It may no longer be the biggest gaming expo out there, but it still garners a lot of attention and excitement amongst gamers each year. Seeing as there are more rumors than concrete news about the upcoming event, we’ve scoured the Internet to compile the most … Continue reading

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Most anticipated tech announcements still to come in 2015

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We are already in the middle of 2015 – but there are still six months of amazing tech surprises that lie ahead of us for this year! Here are updates, announcements and releases from the tech world that are set to arrive in the second half of 2015. Windows 10 Windows 10 has been called the last version of the operating system ever. Microsoft is moving towards a “software as a service” system with the (rumoured) July 2015 release. Major releases of Windows every few … Continue reading

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28 free online resources to explore

Free online resources

Free stuff is always awesome, right? Especially if it is of great quality. This week we’ve curated a range of free Internet resources for you to explore to your heart’s content. Stock photography • Death to Stock (http://deathtothestockphoto.com/): This site sends high quality images to your inbox each month. The images come from professional US and Canadian photographers who are sent on road trips and assignments to capture awesome images. • Pexels (http://www.pexels.com/): Over 2,000 photos and counting under the Creative Commons Zero license. You … Continue reading

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Beyond search: the Google tools you need to know about

Google tools

When most people think of Google, they think of search. However, since its 1996 inception, Google has expanded its services and products to way beyond what it started out to do. Here are some of the tools that Google has added to its repertoire that can help expand your knowledge: Google Trends (https://www.google.com/trends/) If you want to know what people are searching for the most at the moment, then Google Trends is your go-to site. Explore what YouTube videos are globally the most popular, what … Continue reading

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How Google Now can boost your efficiency

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Last week we discussed the background of Apple’s Siri and all of the commands that you can give this intelligent voice assistant. Now those of you who do not use Apple need not feel left out, because Google has developed its very own voice-activated helper specifically for Android and the Google Chrome web browser, called Google Now. Here is the lowdown on Google Now and how it can boost your efficiency. Some background info on Google Now Google Now is an intelligent personal assistant created … Continue reading

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Meet Siri, your new best friend

Apple Siri voice assistant

Many people dismiss the thought of talking to a smartphone’s voice assistant as ridiculous or impractical, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. A voice assistant like Apple’s Siri can be valuable for organising mundane everyday tasks, for getting things done at times when you’re not able to physically pick up your phone (like when driving) or just saving a bit of valuable time here and there. Voice assistants can play a helpful role in one’s busy life if you can get past the … Continue reading

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How to increase the battery life of your iPhone or Android smartphone

Increase smartphone battery life

The longevity of smartphone batteries seems to be the one thing that manufacturers just can’t get right, no matter how advanced technology becomes. The battery of a new phone may be great for the first few weeks after you get it, but then it starts to decline. While we may accept the fact that smartphone batteries are just not meant to be awesome (yet), there are some tricks you can try to get more juice from your iPhone and Android smartphone batteries. For iPhone* Signal … Continue reading

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