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A Simple Software Update Lets Any Smartphone Detect Squeezes And Forceful Touches

Apple made a big deal about the advanced technology it developed to facilitate the 3D Touch feature on the iPhone 6s. But engineers at the University of Michigan have not only recreated the feature such that it can work on any smartphone, they have also improved it by enabling phones to detect when they’re being squeezed, too.


Google Maps Driving Mode Is Your Essential In-Car AI

You’re probably used to getting turn-by-turn directions to your next destination with Google Maps, but there’s also a pretty-well-hidden Driving Mode just for… well, driving. It alerts you to traffic problems, directs you to nearby gas pumps and stores, and is useful for those times when you already know your route or don’t even have a destination in mind.


Samsung Might Skip The Galaxy Note 6 And Go Straight To 7

A Korea IT News report suggests that Samsung will skip the ‘6’ in its Galaxy Note series of large-screen, stylus-toting Android smartphones and go straight to the Galaxy Note 7, in a move to harmonise the phone’s name with its more popular and mainstream Galaxy S7. There’s no superstition or subterfuge behind this alleged move, but it’s just a relic of the fact that the original Note launched a year behind the Galaxy.


How To Use Your Headphones As An iPhone Camera Remote

The iPhone’s camera app shutter button isn’t always in the most convenient place — particularly if you’re trying to operate it one-handed. You can use the volume button as an alternative, but there’s another way to take a picture you might not be aware of.


Microsoft Is Demolishing Its Smartphone Business

A week after selling off its feature phone division, Microsoft has announced that it’s also “streamlining” its smartphone hardware business, cutting 1850 jobs in the process.


How To Use Google Inbox As A Read-It-Later Service

If you’re looking to ditch your favourite read-it-later service, all you need is the Google Inbox app, Google’s newest email client. Here’s exactly how to save pages from the web to Inbox so you can catch up on reading later.


How To Stop Facebook From Bringing Up Your Bad Memories

Facebook’s getting bigger on nostalgia these days, now that it’s got several years of our lives stored up in its digital vaults. But if you’d rather live in the present and make a clean break with the past — or just one person in particular — here’s how to do it.


The Lumia 650 Proves That 'Windows Phone' Is Dead

Search for the phrase “Windows phone” in Microsoft’s announcement of the new Lumia 650 and you’ll find… nothing. Sure, it’s a Windows phone, but Microsoft has well and truly decided to go all-in on its strategy of aligning its powerful Windows 10 tablet and laptop and desktop devices with the lower-powered Windows 10 Mobile platform to attract customers.


How To Teach Siri Better Pronunciation

Siri making a meal of your boyfriend’s name? Or is it just not getting the right amount of twang in when trying to say the name of the local cab firm? If you think Siri’s pronunciation skills leave something to be desired then you can retrain the app yourself in just a few minutes — here’s how to go about it.


The Best Music Apps You've (Probably) Never Heard Of

Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, blah blah blah… change the record, can’t you? Stand out from the crowd by using one of these lesser-known jukebox apps to listen to your tunes on your smartphone. In the end you might find you prefer using them to the more well-known alternatives.


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