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Confident Coding, book review: A useful programming primer

Confident Coding: Master the Fundamentals of Code and Supercharge Your Career • By Rob Percival • Kogan Page • ISBN 9780749479633 • 272 pages • £14.99/$19.95 Programming is such a key skill for the modern world that it’s now taught in every UK school. However, plenty of adults have never even written an HTML tag, let alone a full program. Confident Coding is a beginner’s guide by the author of a popular online coding course that alternates sections explaining why…

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LG WK9 Wireless Speaker with Google Assistant hands on review

Watching Amazon and Google duke it out in the smart home space is a lot like watching the Cold War play out in technology: every time Amazon seems to have the lead, Google races to catch up – sometimes creating something even better than Amazon’s original device.  This happened with the Amazon Echo … which was countered by the Google Home; then the Amazon Echo Dot was met with the Google Home Mini. And now it’s happening to the Amazon…

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Sony HT-Z9F soundbar hands on review

It used to be the case that if you wanted Dolby Atmos, the 3D surround sound technology, in your home you had to invest in a seriously beefy home cinema package. Ceiling mounted speakers were the best you could get, but a set of upwards-firing separate speakers were also an option.  Since then, Atmos has found its way into more and more convenient packages, meaning you no longer have to dedicate your whole living room to your setup if you…

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25 companies using drones right now

Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Google Plus With giants like Amazon, UPS and NASA all investing in drone fleets and with drone sales set to soar even more this year, Techworld looks at how businesses around the world are using the technology to improve customer service, maintenance and even capture the news. Find out how leading companies in tech and outside of it are investing in drone technology.  Read next: Will drone deliveries take off in the UK? Source link

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Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus hands on review

Samsung Galaxy A8+ is the latest edition to Samsung’s mid-to-high end A-series lineup, which also is the first big launch from the South Korean firm in India. Also, the A8+ is the first phone to sport a dual camera setup on the front, which should ideally improve the selfies on this one.  We must also note that a smaller Galaxy A8 was also launched just before CES 2018, but shown off for the first time at the mega event. There’s…

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iPad mini 4 Review – Macworld UK

Back in September 2015, Apple unveiled the iPad mini 4, which went on sale the very same day. Despite being squeezed in between the impressive 12.9in iPad Pro, a new Apple TV and the shiny Rose Gold iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the iPad mini 4 actually represented a big update for the little tablet. However, it’s now been almost two years and the same iPad mini is available. Apple has chosen to concentrate on its bigger tablets and leave the iPad mini…

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Sony WF-SP700N noise-cancelling true wireless headphones hands on review

Sony has never been a company to oversell a product with an eye-catching name, and last year’s WF-1000X were a prime example of this. Those headphones were the first in the world to pack noise-cancellation into a tiny true wireless form-factor to incredibly impressive effect.  The $179.99 (around £130 / AU$230) WF-SP700N continues this trend of pairing exciting products with unexciting names by adding IPX4 splashproofing to the mix to create a pair of true wireless earbuds that Sony claims…

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Jabra Elite Sport True Wireless Headphones review

Jabra is known for its hands-free speakers and wireless phone headsets, so last year’s release of the Elite Sport Truly Wireless Headphones ($250 MSRP) wasn’t a surprise. The company’s first stab at truly wireless earbuds is geared entirely for athletes, with features like a built-in heart-rate monitor and sensors for tracking running and other high-impact exercises. Unfortunately, the Elite Sport doesn’t possess the same level of audio quality you’ll find in other Jabra products. It’s all the more frustrating because…

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Maze Alpha X hands on: A well-built phablet with a fabulous screen Review

I switched from using the Maze Alpha in December to testing the Maze Alpha X and have had a month of bezel-less, well-performing devices. The Android 7.0 Alpha X phablet has a CNC-machined slim metal frame, a bezel-less display, with an 89.6 percent screen-to-body ratio, larger than the Maze Alpha. It has a 6.0 inch capacitive display with a 2160 x 1080 pixel resolution LG screen, 18:9 aspect ratio, and 508 PPI. There is some space for an LED notification…

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Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 hands on review

For CES 2018, Dell has brought with it not only the newly revamped Dell XPS 13, but also a brand-new take on its larger model: the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1. This revision not only features more powerful innards across the board, but never-before-used inputs for an even more modern feel. Considering we already quite liked the previous XPS 15 model, giving it a 360-degree hinge and an optional 4K Ultra HD display powered by 8th-generation Intel Core processors with AMD…

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UK fintech startups to watch

Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Google Plus Fintech is booming in the UK, with venture capitalists and the big banks circling companies that can transform financial services and make everyone rich. In 2017, the country’s fintech sector attracted £1.34 billion of venture capital funding, according to research by funding database PitchBook. The figure is almost half of £2.99 billion that was invested across UK tech companies, an all-time high that almost doubled the £1.63 billion outlay of 2016. Here are some of the hottest fintech startups…

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Maximus Camera Floodlight review | TechHive

Ring is the brand most people think of when it comes to floodlight cams, but Maximus (and its corporate ally Kuna, which provides the underlying technology) is trying harder to get noticed. The Maximus Camera Floodlight, first announced way back at last year’s CES is finally available—and it’s a compelling value. The Maximus doesn’t have an answer for every feature that you’ll find in the Ring Floodlight Cam, but it offers some features Ring doesn’t (I’m in the process of…

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Sony Xperia L2 hands on review

The Sony Xperia L2 is a cheap Android smartphone that offers a reasonable set of features, but it’s not going to blow you away. Announced at CES 2018, the Sony XperiaL2 comes with a 5.5-inch 720p HD display, Mediatek chipset, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, microSD slot, fingerprint scanner, 13MP rear camera and 8MP front snapper. Sony Xperia L2 Ultra price and release date The Sony Xperia L2 Ultra release date is set for the end of January, but…

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Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra hands on review

The Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra is a big screen, triple camera-toting, affordable smartphone that will try and tempt those not able to afford the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro. Arriving alongside the Xperia XA2 and Xperia L2 at CES 2018, the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra packs in a 6-inch full HD display, Snapdragon 630 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of storage, 16MP + 8MP dual front cameras and a 23MP rear…

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Mac Pro 2018 (or 2019) preview

The last time Apple updated the Mac Pro it made a big deal about how it was revolutionary and proof that Apple could still innovate. The 2013 Mac Pro was built around a thermal core that cooled a 12-core Xeon processor, a 256GB flash drive, up to 64GB RAM, and two GPUs, all squeezed into a tube that was 9.9in by 6.6in. Read our review of the 2013 Mac Pro here, also, here’s How to choose the Mac with the…

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Abode home security system review: Easy to install, reasonably priced

DIY home security systems aren’t a new thing, but developers are slowly working the kinks out of what can often be a complicated system with lots of moving parts that, should a single component fail, could result in catastrophic consequences. That’s good news for homeowners concerned about their safety, but who might be shy about paying thousands of dollars for a traditional system. Abode hit the scene three years ago, and it now offers a wide array of home security…

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