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Your future smartphone could be free

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iMac 2016 release date, news and rumours

With smartphone ownerships levels near saturation point in Western markets, manufacturers and network operators are busy looking for new ways to entice customers, while at the same time extending their presence into emerging markets.

In those developing spaces (and in the budget market in the West), it’s a race to the bottom to bring costs down – and the end result could be a free smartphone, complete with free calls, texts and data.

Meanwhile, marketing and advertising agencies around the world are experimenting with increasingly audacious schemes in a bid to get their products and ads in front of consumers in a highly competitive landscape.

Many believe we could be heading towards a revolution in smartphone provision, with technology and marketing converging to the point where your future smartphone could cost you absolutely nothing.

Users are now accustomed to seeing adverts on most websites and apps – and it could eventually be possible to support the cost of both a smartphone and a network plan simply by including adverts on the lock screen or launching apps.

 

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iMac 2016 release date, news and rumours

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iMac 2016 release date, news and rumours

Although it may seem that the range has only recently had an upgrade, the late 2015 iMac brought little more than a processor upgrade and a long-awaited bump to Retina screens across the board.
 
With Apple’s computing market share dipping to 4.9% in Q2 of 2016, there are few doubts that the company will release a spread of updated all-in-ones at its September 2016 event.

The biggest updates are likely to be seen with the guts of Apple’s iMac range, with Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors now ready for production. The latestAMD Polaris graphics chips should also be on-board, providing plenty of grunt for would-be video editors, high-resolution gaming and more.

Other improvements are being chattered about via the rumour mill in the expectedly feverish build up to the new iMac’s release, with VR compatibility currently headlining the list of less attention-grabbing features.
Keep on reading to find out more about the new developments we’re expecting from the 2016 iMac refresh.
 

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10 Ins’Pi’ring Raspberry Pi B+ Projects to Try For Yourself

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10 Ins'Pi'ring Raspberry Pi Zero Projects
There’s little doubt that the Raspberry Pi has transformed classrooms, bedrooms and hobbyist workbenches throughout the world, and has fast become an instantly recognisable British product we should all be proud of.

Whilst it’s now not the newest or most powerful model of Raspberry Pi available, the B+ is one of the most widely used. Having replaced the original Model B in July 2014, this single board micro computer is behind some truly ins’Pi’ring projects. Sorry, we couldn’t resist.

The B+ has more power than the Model A or A+; swaps an SD card slot for a more compact micro SD; fits in an additional 2 USB ports over the original Model B; has better audio and video outputs; increases the GPIO header from 26 to 40 pins; and despite all these new features, still uses up to 1W less power than earlier models.

Here at LifeHacker we’ve unearthed a variety of exciting pi-projects, but if you’re looking for a truly exciting project to take on with your new Pi B+, then keep reading!
 

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10 Ins’Pi’ring Raspberry Pi Zero Projects

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10 Ins'Pi'ring Raspberry Pi Zero Projects

Just when you thought computing couldn’t get much smaller, along comes a miniaturised version of the – already diminutive – Raspberry Pi: The Zero. At just half the size of the Raspberry Pi A+, this tiny new model was launched on the front cover of a magazine – proof of Moore’s Law (if it were needed).

Crammed into a package measuring 65mm x 50mm x 5mm, there’s a surprisingly capable 1GHz processor, 512mb of RAM, a micro-SD slot, micro HDMI video output and two micro-USB sockets (one for data and one for power)

It might not have quite the connectivity of its larger brothers, but the Raspberry Pi Zero is still the perfect starting point for a wide variety of projects, from simple media streamers to more exciting inventions.

We’ve covered a variety of exciting pi-powered projects already here at Lifehacker, but if you’re on the hunt for a truly exciting project, then try one of these for size.
 

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10 best overlooked PC shooters that you shouldn’t ignore

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10 best overlooked PC shooters that you shouldn't ignore

Whether your preferred weapon of choice is an MP5 or a plasma assault rifle, the extensive list of PC shooters has an epic history that stretches right back to ID Software’s Hovertank 3D – a predecessor to Wolfenstein and Doom released in 1991 by the (now) legendary ID Software.

After the enormous success of Doom and other shooting games that ruffled sensitive feathers back in the early 90s, the first-person shooting genre is packed full of titles spanning virtually every country, world or theme you could ever think of.

We’ve rounded up some of the most overlooked PC shooters you might not have played that are still worth playing today – many of which can be played on a computer with very modest specifications.
 

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10 best racing games on PC to strap yourself into

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10 best racing games on PC to strap yourself into
Few genres manage to unite people from all walks of life like a good racing game. Whether your preference is for outlandish fun or intense realism, the vast collection of racing titles available for PC is sure to offer something that gets your pulse racing and your cheeks aching.

In 2016 the list of best racing games is seemingly endless – every single genre of motor racing is covered in some capacity. Fortunately for you, we’ve managed to narrow down the selection and pick out some of the best PC racing games out there today.
 

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Best UK Weather Apps: Top 5 Downloads for Android, iOS and Windows Phone

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Best Weather Apps

Are you planning a barbecue this weekend? Maybe you want to know how the weather’s doing in Weston-Super-Mare before road-tripping to the beach? If you are in need of an accurate pocket predication of the weather on your Android, iPhone or Windows smartphone (or tablet), then you’ll want to pick up one of these weather apps to make sure you choose the right clothes – and don’t get soaked or sun burned.

 

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10 notebooks, 2-in-1s and convertibles perfect for Windows 10

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Windows 10 is finally upon us, and while every manufacturer worth their salt is about to launch a fleet of new laptops into the market especially designed for Microsoft’s latest operating system, some have already been revealed.

 

Of course, there are also a variety of laptops on the market that may not come with Windows 10 straight out of the box, but will receive the upgrade in due course. They may be missing dedicated keyboard shortcuts, ultra-sensitive Cortana-compatible microphones and other little extras, but they’ll still run the latest incarnation of the world’s most popular operating system almost as soon as it’s available, thanks to the upgrade program Microsoft is offering.

 

Click through the gallery to see which notebooks, 2-in-1s and convertibles we’re recommending for your latest mobile computing upgrade.

 

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10 best iPad Air 2 cases 2015

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Besti Pad2 Cases

 

Apple released the iPad Air 2 to great fanfare in October last year, bettering its predecessor by shaving off precious millimetres to take it down to a dizzying 6.1mm thick; improving the screen’s colour and fidelity; including the Touch ID sensor, and bumping up the power with Apple’s latest A8X chip to round off the winning package.

 

Unlike previous iPads, the iPad Air 2 has exactly the same bezel sizes, but the thinner form means that many cases compatible with the original iPad Air simply won’t fit the new model.

 

With the new svelte form and lighter weight of just 437g, you’ll no doubt be tempted to whip it out at any available moment, so keeping that beautiful aluminium shell and glass screen protected is even more crucial than ever.

 

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Motorola Razr V3: the greatest phone of all time

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Razr V3

 

Motorola was there at the beginning, introducing the world’s first mobile phone – the Motorola 8000x – back in 1983. A symbol of new communication and fast-paced modern business, the 8000x became somewhat of a status symbol, with an eye-watering price of £3,000.

 

Motorola’s highly-successful MicroTAC came to market in 1989 and was the first mobile phone that looked less like a brick, and more like a modern mobile phone, with the StarTac claiming the title of ‘world’s smallest’ phone to date in 1996.

 

In the late 90s, whilst the rest of the world was switching to GSM, and Nokia was becoming increasingly popular, Motorola made the mistake of sticking to the analogue phones that had made its fortune, and needed something special to put the American giant back on top.

 

Its most popular handset to date – the Motorola Razr V3 – was that phone, selling over 50 million handsets between 2004 and 2006, and becoming the world’s biggest selling clamshell phone in the process.

 

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Nokia’s 3310: the greatest phone of all time

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Nokia 3310

 

The success of the 3210 led Nokia to create the device that gets phone lovers the world over misty eyed: the 3310. This sleek, compact phone had all the features of the 3210, but in a smaller and lighter frame (133g vs 153g), many customisation options thanks to swappable front and rear panels, along with many other improvements to the internals and software.

 

It was the out-right resilience of this iconic handset that today puts it in the mobile phone hall of fame, that and the fact that it sold over 126 million units since its launch September 1st 2000.

 

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Is Android 5.0 Lollipop a Sweet Enough Upgrade?

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Android Lollipop

 

Continuing Google’s trend of naming its operating systems after tasty treats, they’ve plumped with the name ‘Lollipop’ for the 5th edition of their mobile OS, and as you’d expect there is plenty of new features to sink your teeth into.

 

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Vonda Barnes’ Top 5 Apps

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untitled-shoot-0576Coming from a background in music you would think I’d be fluent in music apps and all manner of social media. However my band, Madasun were predominantly around before the age of Facebook and Twitter, and this new social scene hit faster than any of us could imagine.

I’ve had to catch up with a world of apps, but now they’re a part of my daily life.


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An Interview with Eric Migicovsky – Pebble CEO

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0x600Eric Migicovsky is the 27yr old CEO of Pebble Smartwatches, and a Systems Design Engineering graduate from the University of Waterloo. Despite what you may think however, he’s not new to smartwatches. It was in Holland  in 2008 whilst cycling through Delft – where he was studying industrial and mobile product design- that he came up with his idea of a smartphone-connected watch to display notifications and allow control over the smartphone.


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Craig Rowe talks tablets

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Best_tabletsTablet computer ownership more than doubled in the past year, but if the idea of choosing one puts you in a spin let Craig Rowe, QVC Presenter, tech lover and blogger explain in straightforward terms how to go about choosing the right tablet without the headache.

Working on tech shows I’m amazed by the variety in spec, price and quality of tablets, so don’t just grab the first thing you see. Here’s my top 5 points to bear in mind when choosing a tablet…


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