Don’t buy a Google Home or Amazon Echo speaker this month – here’s why

Google and Amazon continue to lead the way with their Home and Echo smart speakers two of the most popular on the planet. However, if you were thinking of treating yourself to one of these intelligent music makers we’d advise to wait a few weeks. Amazon and Google are both holding major launch events in September and we’re expecting to see new smart speakers being unleashed on the world. Google has even confirmed that a new speaker is on its way with an invite to an event on Wednesday, September…

Apple iPad 2020 review: A small change that makes a big difference

Apple is the undisputed champion when it comes to tablets. The iPad has just turned 10 with the US technology firm recently confirming it has sold a staggering 500 million of them since the first device was revealed back in 2010. The iPad range continues to reign supreme and is easily the best tablet you can buy and now there’s a refreshed entry-level model which gets a significant boost to its performance. Express.co.uk has been trying out this new iPad 2020 and here are our thoughts on this latest device…

TikTok BAN: Millions could be blocked from popular video app tomorrow

TikTok could be banned from Apple and Android app stores from tomorrow as a new US block comes into force. US President Donald Trump wants the popular app blocked in the country over concerns that the Chinese-owned platform could pose a security risk to US citizens. TikTok has denied any control or influence from the Chinese government and has insisted the app behaves responsibly on both Android and iOS devices. Unless a deal can be struck over the next few hours a full block on the app could come into…

iOS 14 is out: 9 of the best new features available on your iPhone

Here are 9 exciting new features available on your iPhone after updating to iOS 14 (Image: APPLE • GETTY) iOS 14 is available to download right now to your iPhone. In celebration, we’ve highlighted nine of the best new features coming to your smartphone that you need to know about. Apple has flipped the switch and started to roll-out its feature-packed iOS 14 update to iPhone owners across the globe. For those who missed it, iOS 14 was teased earlier this summer during Apple’s annual developer conference. Since then, the…

iOS 14 release: 3 things every iPhone owner must do before downloading

iOS 14 brings a slew of dramatic changes to your iPhone, including changes to how you store your apps, stunning new interactive widgets to place between your apps, new features in iMessage that’ll be immediately familiar to anyone who uses WhatsApp and much, much more. If your iPhone is compatible with iOS 14 (you can check that here), you’ll want to run through a number of pre-flight checks to ensure that your smartphone is ready to download and install the iOS upgrade when it becomes available later today (September 16,…

3 things you must do to your iPhone before downloading iOS 14 today

iOS 14 brings a slew of dramatic changes to your iPhone, including changes to how you store your apps, stunning new interactive widgets to place between your apps, new features in iMessage that’ll be immediately familiar to anyone who uses WhatsApp and much, much more. If your iPhone is compatible with iOS 14 (you can check that here), you’ll want to run through a number of pre-flight checks to ensure that your smartphone is ready to download and install the iOS upgrade when it becomes available later today (September 16,…

New Apple Watch release – 3 things Apple needs to stay ahead of the Galaxy Watch

It’s almost time for Apple to reveal its next swathe of gadgets. The US tech firm has a major launch event scheduled for tonight and with invites featuring the words “Time flies”, the Apple Watch Series 6 could be the star of the show. This hugely popular wearable hasn’t been refreshed since late last year and Apple won’t want to fall behind its rivals, such as Samsung and Fitbit, who have all been releasing smartwatches and fitness trackers over the past few weeks. The big Apple Watch reveal looks set to…

iPhone 12 release event: new iPad Air, Apple Watch Series 6, AirPods 3

Apple has sent out invites for its next major hardware showcase on September 15, 2020 (Image: APPLE • GETTY) Apple has mailed out invites to its hardware showcase, which will be held Tuesday September 15, 2020. The Californian likes to tease fans with a clue about what to expect from the event (usually pun-based) and this year is no different. The invites include the tagline “Time Flies,” coupled with an Apple logo made using swirling blue curves. Donning our deerstalker for a moment, Dear Watson, we’d guess the tagline hints…

iPhone owners might be tempted to cancel their Amazon Prime membership

A pricier subscription tier will include Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade (£4.99 a month), Apple News+ (£9.99 a month) and iCloud storage (5GB allowance is free, while 50GB costs £0.79 a month and 200GB storage costs £2.49 a month). If you were to subscribe to all of these services from Apple individually, it would cost you £32.45 a month, or almost £390 a year. As iPhone and iPad sales slow, the company is increasingly relying on an increase in sales of accessories – like its best-selling AirPods, AirPods Pro…

Spotify working on new karaoke mode to challenge Apple Music and TiDAL

Spotify subscribers who love to sing along to their favourite tracks and playlists could soon show-off their talents thanks to a new mode coming to the music streaming app. According to the latest whispers, Spotify is working on a new karaoke mode. With its recent focus on exclusive podcasts, you could be forgiven for thinking that Spotify was pivoting away from the music streaming portion of its music streaming app. With almost identical on-demand music libraries now available from Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Prime Music, TiDAL and more for a…