How Are New Emoji Decided?

Emoji don't just appear out of nowhere. Behind every avocado, unicorn and taco, someone, somewhere, has had to suggest, approve, design and create each individual image. In fact, there's a huge group of people in charge of developing new emoji. They review requests, identify potential issues and, most importantly, help…

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Google Assistant: A Closer Look

Google Assistant first appeared on the scene in 2016. Originally a part of the Google Home smart speaker, it made the leap to smartphones a few months later with the arrival of Google's first handsets, the Pixel and Pixel XL. The tech giant has been busy refining its virtual assistant…

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How To Boost Your Mobile Signal

If you live in a busy, built-up city it might be strange to remember that not everyone in the UK receives a super-fast phone signal. For many smartphone users, particularly those who live in remote locations, being unable to send texts and make calls at home can still be a…

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Face ID & Facial Recognition Explained

With the launch of iPhone X as part of iPhone's 10th anniversary, facial recognition technology has been thrown into the spotlight. As one of the signature features of Apple’s new premium device, it hasn't failed to generate heaps of discussion. Whether you're a little unsure, or fully ready to…

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Mobile payments explained

Technology is always giving us new ways to spend our cash, and smartphone payments are the latest way to make paying for stuff easier. Services like Samsung Pay and Apple Pay mean you can buy items with your phone without even opening your wallet. But what is Apple Pay, and…

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Smartphone jargon explained

Deciding which smartphone you want in your pocket can be tricky enough, before you discover the long list of technical specifications that accompany each product page. Whether you're struggling to understand the difference between RAM and ROM, or unsure what type of processor will best suit your needs, there's no…

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A closer look at cloud-based services

Unless you're heading somewhere without internet access, there's really no point carrying around a USB in your pocket. Cloud-based storage services have taken over, and enable people to access important files from a number of different devices, no matter where they are. It's even possible to share and edit files…

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How does wireless charging work?

When it comes to technology at home, there's nothing worse than a tangle of wires. However, over recent years, our tethered tech has been slowly freeing itself from the tyranny of the dreaded cable. Wi-Fi was one of the first to lead the charge, allowing us to access the web…

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