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Skullcandy Crusher Evo review: Like a subwoofer for your head

Skullcandy Crusher Evo review: Like a subwoofer for your head

Skullcandy Crusher Evo wireless headphones
$199
The Good

Huge • thumping bass • Long battery life • Built-in Tile tracking • Unique Personal Sound system

The Bad

Bass slider can drown out sounds • Overall sound quality is just OK

The Bottom Line

Skullcandy’s new bass-heavy headphones mostly deliver the goods, even if more expensive competition provides richer total sound quality.

⚡ Mashable Score
4.0
😎 Cool Factor
4.0
📘Ease of Use
4.0
💪Performance
3.5
💵Bang for the Buck
4.5

Back in high school, I had friends who spent what little money they had tricking out their otherwise modest cars with bass systems that shook you to the bone, regardless of how bad it might have made everything else sound. Skullcandy’s new Crusher Evo over-ear headphones come with a similar philosophy. Read more…

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I tried out the ghd rise Volumising Hot Brush on long, thick hair. Here’s how it fared.

I tried out the ghd rise Volumising Hot Brush on long, thick hair. Here's how it fared.

I can’t remember the last time I styled my hair before leaving the house. Thinking about this ritual from a bygone era makes me nostalgic (remember going out?).

So, when I got the opportunity to review the ghd rise Volumising Hot Brush, it took me right back to the days of straightening my hair before a night out. What I’d conveniently forgotten, of course, is just how laborious the entire process is. 

If you’re not familiar, ghd has just launched a new hot styling brush that claims to be kind to your hair while providing all-day-long volume. Number one on the list of features is something ghd calls “ultra-zone with predictive technology.” Now, what that string of words appears to mean is that an infinity sensor ensures the styling temperature of 185° is maintained across the entire 32mm barrel of the brush. That basically means you’ll end up with consistent results when styling your locks. The product takes 25 seconds to heat up, meaning you can get styling straight away. And it also has a 2.7 metre swivel cord, which makes it easier to move and hold the brush when you’re using it. Read more…

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5 of the best budget computer speakers for your home office

5 of the best budget computer speakers for your home office

Now that so many people are working from home full-time, a lot of us are spending a lot of time in front of our home computers. And if there’s one thing that’s true about most computers, it’s that they have pretty terrible built-in speakers. 

Chances are, you’ll max out the volume button on your laptop and still find the sound too soft to hear your boss on a Zoom or Google Meet conference. And if it’s that bad for a conference call, can you imagine streaming a movie or listening to music?

Luckily, you don’t have to just accept your computer’s shoddy speakers as a fact of life. You can either listen to audio with headphones or, even better, with computer speakers. And there’s even better news: you don’t have to break the bank to get decent computer speakers. There are lots of great speakers for a shopper on a budget.  Read more…

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BEST FOR UNDER £100

Bose Companion 2 Series III

These speakers deliver amazing, crystal clear sound at a reasonable price.


    £89.95 from Amazon

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    BEST FOR DURABILITY

    Logitech S120

    These compact, durable speakers deliver the sound you want at a low price.


      £30.88 from Amazon

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      BEST FOR UNDER £50

      Creative Pebble V2

      These speakers are small, lightweight, modern and deliver powerful sound with minimal distortion.


        £24.99 from Amazon

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        BEST FOR DESIGN

        Edifier R980T

        If you have the office space, these speakers will deliver great sound from your computer.


          £59.99 from Amazon

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          BEST FOR LAPTOPS

          Sanyun SW102

          These small, light, and USB-powered speakers are a great choice if you use a laptop instead of a desktop computer.


            £29.99 from Amazon

            7 of the best gaming headsets for the PS4

            7 of the best gaming headsets for the PS4

            There are pretty much only upsides to having a good gaming headset. Whether you want to hear the audio quality of your games more clearly because your TV speakers leave something to be desired, or you’re just trying to avoid disturbing whoever else is living with you, it isn’t difficult to find a situation where a nice headset improves your gaming experience. 

            But what are the best gaming headsets? Like with most pieces of gaming hardware, the amount of choices offered to consumers when it comes it buying one cannot be overstated. With loads of brands making a wide range of headsets that land all over the price spectrum, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, and even discouraged from getting one at all.  Read more…

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            BEST FOR WIRELESS

            SteelSeries Arctis Pro

            Packed with premium features and boasting 2.4G lossless audio, the SteelSeries is a top-of-the-line wireless gaming headset.


              £299 from Amazon

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              BEST FOR CUSTOM AUDIO MODES

              PlayStation Platinum

              A totally competent wireless device that brings two standout things to the table: custom audio modes and 3D audio support.


                £128.97 from Currys PC World

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                BEST FOR COMFORT

                Razer Nari Ultimate

                Although some say the sound quality could be better, the Razer Nari Ultimate headset reigns supreme when it comes to long-lasting comfort.


                  £182.01 from Amazon

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                  BEST FOR WIRED

                  Logitech G PRO X

                  The Logitech G Pro X has a great suite of features, including a Blue Voice microphone and EQ profiles, and is built exceptionally well.


                    £190 from Amazon

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                    BEST FOR BATTERY

                    Sennheiser GSP 370

                    Long gaming sessions need long battery life, and the Sennheiser GSP 370 has exactly that (as well as other great features that make it a worthy purchase).


                      £169 from Amazon

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                      BEST FOR LOW BUDGETS

                      HyperX Cloud Stinger

                      Exceeds expectations for being a budget device, with enhanced comfort, intuitive audio controls, and a convenient mic setup.


                        £88.20 from Amazon

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                        BEST FOR NOISE-CANCELLATION

                        Turtle Beach Stealth 700

                        Immersion and active noise-cancellation are the names of the game with the Turtle Beach Stealth 700s.


                          £129.99 from Amazon

                          6 of the best ice cream makers for making frozen treats

                          6 of the best ice cream makers for making frozen treats

                          Ice cream makers have never had a moment like other popular kitchen devices. They’ve never trended like bread makers or air fryers, but that could still change.

                          We’re not totally sure why these devices haven’t had their moment in the spotlight, because everyone loves ice cream, right? It’s probably something to do with workload, as you generally can’t throw all of your ingredients into an ice cream maker and hope for the best. Well you can, but the result might not be what you had in mind.

                          You still need to do some preparation even with the very best devices. You’ll also need to devote around two hours of your day to the cause, because ice cream takes time. We’re really not trying to put you off. We just want to be very clear about what these machines require from you, because you do need to be committed. Read more…

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                          BEST FOR FEATURES

                          Cuisinart ICE100BCU

                          Impressive machine makes delicious ice cream, gelato, frozen yoghurt, or sorbet in as little as 40 minutes.


                            £250 from Amazon

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                            BEST FOR VERSATILITY

                            Sage BCI600UK

                            This ice cream maker features 12 hardness settings for all your desired desserts.


                              £349.99 from Amazon

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                              BEST FOR BEGINNERS

                              Duronic IM540

                              A straightforward option that takes less than 30 minutes of churning to make smooth and creamy ice cream.


                                £44.99 from Amazon

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                                BEST FOR ATTACHING

                                Kenwood Major AT957A

                                This Kenwood attachment makes smooth ice cream, frozen yoghurt, and sorbets.


                                  £60.49 from Amazon

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                                  BEST FOR KIDS

                                  Sensio Home

                                  The Sensio Home machine can create ice cream, sorbet, gelato, and frozen yoghurt in just 20 minutes.


                                    £34.95 from Amazon

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                                    BEST FOR CUSTOMISING

                                    Cuisinart ICE30BCU

                                    This ice cream machine lets you add extra toppings through the lid whilst mixing.


                                      £76.60 from Amazon

                                      6 of the best strimmers for tidying up your garden

                                      6 of the best strimmers for tidying up your garden

                                      Beautiful gardens are not created without the blood, sweat, and tears of busy gardeners. The best gardens are the direct result of hours of hard work, and it’s a constant battle to make sure things continue to look neat and tidy.

                                      Gardeners are continuously faced with pests, weeds, and plants that simply refuse to grow. To win this fight, gardeners must equip themselves with the best gear on offer. That means investing in tools like lawn mowers and strimmers.

                                      The lawn mower is probably the most important purchase a gardener will make, but the strimmer is a close second. These devices keep your lawn edges and borders tidy by cutting back weeds and long patches of grass. Basically, these products handle everything that your lawn mower can’t reach. They are essential tools for keeping your garden looking its best. Read more…

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                                      BEST FOR ERGONOMICS

                                      Bosch ART 30

                                      The lightweight and ergonomic design makes it easy to handle, and you can adjust the handle height with a click.


                                        £62.99 from Amazon

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                                        BEST FOR WEIGHT

                                        Flymo SimpliTrim Li

                                        This lightweight strimmer utilises a powerful integrated 14.4 V battery with a run time of 40 minutes.


                                          £79.99 from Amazon

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                                          BEST FOR ADJUSTING

                                          VonHaus 20V Max

                                          The 180 degree adjustable trimmer head helps you get accurate border edges by tackling the trickiest spots.


                                            £59.99 from Amazon

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                                            BEST FOR CORNERS

                                            Greenworks Tools G40LT

                                            The electronic speed control helps when you’re navigating the edge of a patio, sensitive plants, or tree trunks.


                                              £90.99 from Amazon

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                                              BEST FOR BEGINNERS

                                              WORX WG157E.9

                                              Not the most powerful or adaptable, but it’s easy to handle and gets the job done effectively.


                                                £39.99 from Amazon

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                                                BEST FOR POWER

                                                McCulloch TRIMMAC

                                                With a power output of 0.6 kW, this petrol strimmer easily cuts through dense grass.


                                                  £129.99 from Amazon

                                                  6 of the best cordless lawn mowers for your garden

                                                  6 of the best cordless lawn mowers for your garden

                                                  You can fill your garden with a wide range of beautiful flowers, shrubs, and trees, but it’s still going to look tired if your lawn is out of control. There is no amount of water features and hanging baskets that can make up for an ugly lawn.

                                                  The first step towards creating an oasis in your garden is to cut the grass. A neat and tidy lawn looks great, and it’s actually pretty easy to achieve. Once you deal with any bare or patchy sections, you just need to make sure that it doesn’t grow too long. For this, all you need is a lawn mower.

                                                  There are absolutely loads of options out there for every type of garden and gardener. You can take your pick from a long list of electric, cordless, manual, and petrol devices, and the best model for you will really depend on the size and shape of your lawn (and how often you are going to use it). If you are working with a smaller space, you should probably opt for a cordless lawn mower. Read more…

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                                                  BEST FOR POWER

                                                  WORX WG743E.1

                                                  This popular lawn mower uses two 4.0Ah batteries simultaneously for extra power and runtime.


                                                    £244.03 from Amazon

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                                                    BEST FOR MANOEUVRABILITY

                                                    Yard Force LM G32

                                                    A powerful, lightweight, and manoeuvrable lawn mower that takes the strain out of cutting the grass.


                                                      £159.99 from Amazon

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                                                      BEST FOR NOISE

                                                      Makita DLM460Z

                                                      The brushless motor drive system, soft start technology, and constant speed control keeps noise down.


                                                        £399 from Amazon

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                                                        BEST FOR ADJUSTING

                                                        Flymo Mighti-Mo

                                                        Five different cutting heights let you make adjustments throughout the year.


                                                          £234.99 from Amazon

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                                                          BEST FOR STORAGE

                                                          Einhell GE-CM 33

                                                          This lawn mower offers space saving storage thanks to the foldable handlebar with quick release fastener.


                                                            £249.95 from Amazon

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                                                            BEST FOR LAWN HEALTH

                                                            Greenworks Tools G40LM35K2

                                                            A versatile lawn mower that also mulches your grass, enriching your soil with valuable nutrients.


                                                              £199.98 from Amazon

                                                              4 of the best electric massagers for soothing aches and pains

                                                              4 of the best electric massagers for soothing aches and pains

                                                              We know that you’re tense at the moment. We’re tense too. Everyone is tense, OK? 

                                                              We could all benefit from a professional massage, preferably somewhere picturesque by someone who really knows what they’re doing. Probably with lots of candles, some atmospheric music, and maybe a few essentials oils in the air.

                                                              All of that sounds absolutely amazing, but it’s just not something you can expect to receive on a regular basis. If you want regular release from tension, you are better off considering an electric massager. These devices can help to reduce pain and tightness, increase mobility, and aid in the recovery from injuries. Read more…

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                                                              BEST FOR RECOVERY

                                                              Theragun PRO

                                                              One of the most powerful percussive therapy devices with the features to help you recover.


                                                                £549 from John Lewis

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                                                                BEST FOR THE WHOLE BODY

                                                                HoMedics ShiatsuMax 2.0

                                                                A premium device offering 14 massage programs to perfect your home treatment.


                                                                  £299.99 from Amazon

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                                                                  BEST FOR HEAT

                                                                  RENPHO Shiatsu

                                                                  This device provides four powerful deep-kneading massage nodes and a reinforced heating function.


                                                                    £59.99 from Amazon

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                                                                    BEST FOR CUSTOMISING

                                                                    MARNUR Shiatsu

                                                                    This massager offers eight rotation knots with optional heating and three adjustable intensities.


                                                                      £51.99 from Amazon

                                                                      6 of the best keyboards for working from home

                                                                      6 of the best keyboards for working from home

                                                                      The reality of working from home is different for everyone, and depends on lots of factors. 

                                                                      For some people, the transition to working from home is totally straightforward. These people will probably have their home office set up with things that make for a comfortable and efficient working day. They’ll have desk chairs, monitors, and printers. Basically, all the things that you take for granted in the office.

                                                                      It isn’t so easy for everyone, and some people will be struggling to adapt to this new professional landscape. These people are probably missing all the little things they loved in the office, like the coffee machine and the air conditioning. To these people, we recommend investing in your WFH setup. Read more…

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                                                                      BEST FOR APPLE

                                                                      Apple Magic

                                                                      This sleek and stylish keyboard is ready-made for Apple enthusiasts.


                                                                        £149 from Amazon

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                                                                        BEST FOR DESIGN

                                                                        Arteck 2.4G

                                                                        This durable keyboard has a heavy duty feeling and low-profile keys.


                                                                          £59.99 from Amazon

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                                                                          BEST FOR STORAGE

                                                                          Microsoft Universal

                                                                          Thin, lightweight, and foldable keyboard easily fits into a purse, bag, or pocket.


                                                                            £94.99 from Amazon

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                                                                            BEST FOR GAMING

                                                                            Razer Huntsman Elite

                                                                            This keyboard uses advanced technology for unmatched speed, stability, and accuracy.


                                                                              £199.99 from Amazon

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                                                                              BEST FOR COMFORT

                                                                              Corsair K55 RGB

                                                                              Provides top levels of comfort for long working and gaming sessions.


                                                                                £54.99 from Amazon

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                                                                                BEST FOR PORTABILITY

                                                                                Logitech Keys-To-Go

                                                                                Work anywhere and on any device with this lightweight and adaptable keyboard.


                                                                                  £54.99 from Amazon

                                                                                  5 of the best smartwatches for your kids

                                                                                  5 of the best smartwatches for your kids

                                                                                  The percentage of kids who have a smartphone grows by the year, and this trend is seemingly only going in one direction. Kids start begging for their own phone as soon as they can talk (or at least it probably feels that way to parents who are always handing their phone over to keep a kid busy). 

                                                                                  In some ways, your child having a phone on them at all times can alleviate some serious worries about location and communication, but worries about internet safety, cyberbullying, and screen time might outnumber the reasons for a young child to have a phone of their own (even though parental control software exists for this exact purpose). Read more…

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                                                                                  BEST FOR HEALTHY HABITS

                                                                                  Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2

                                                                                  Kids will actually want to assume some responsibility with this coin-based, Disney-themed reward system.

                                                                                  • GPS: No
                                                                                  • Battery life: Non-rechargeable, but up to one year
                                                                                  • Sleep tracking: Yes
                                                                                  • Water resistance: Waterproof up to 164 feet
                                                                                  • Communication features: None


                                                                                  £79.99 from Amazon

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                                                                                  BEST FOR GAMES

                                                                                  VTech KidiZoom DX2

                                                                                  The kid-proof watch to choose if your goal is fun and learning rather than daily routines and keeping in touch.

                                                                                  • GPS: No
                                                                                  • Battery life: Up to two weeks
                                                                                  • Sleep tracking: No
                                                                                  • Water resistance: Splash-proof, but shouldn’t be submerged
                                                                                  • Communication features: None


                                                                                  £49.97 from Amazon

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                                                                                  BEST FOR SPORTS

                                                                                  Fitbit Ace 2

                                                                                  More independent than most kid watches but more fun than an adult Fitbit, the Ace 2 is a cool companion for kids who have a smartphone.

                                                                                  • GPS: No
                                                                                  • Battery life: Up to five days
                                                                                  • Sleep tracking: Yes
                                                                                  • Water resistance: Waterproof up to 164 feet
                                                                                  • Communication features: Call and text notifications


                                                                                  £69.99 from Amazon

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                                                                                  BEST FOR OLDER KIDS

                                                                                  Fitbit Ace

                                                                                  This stripped-back fitness tracker is a great way to encourage and motivate kids to get moving.

                                                                                  • GPS: No
                                                                                  • Battery life: Up to five days
                                                                                  • Sleep tracking: Yes
                                                                                  • Water resistance: Yes
                                                                                  • Communication features: None


                                                                                  £75.31 from Amazon

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                                                                                  BEST FOR APPS

                                                                                  Kurio V 2.0

                                                                                  Stay connected with this smartwatch that comes pre-loaded with 20 apps.

                                                                                  • GPS: No
                                                                                  • Battery life: Up to three days
                                                                                  • Sleep tracking: No
                                                                                  • Water resistance: No
                                                                                  • Communication features: Messaging


                                                                                  £59.99 from Amazon

                                                                                  The best bread makers for staying home and baking

                                                                                  The best bread makers for staying home and baking

                                                                                  These are testing times, and we all have different ways of getting through the day. Some rely on work, some turn to gaming and streaming, and some exercise. Everyone is unique, except when it comes to baking.

                                                                                  We don’t know what causes this strange phenomenon, but in uncertain times, everyone seems to resort to bread making. Maybe it’s coded deep within human DNA, because we simply can’t resist a bit of baking when disaster strikes. 

                                                                                  It does make a lot of sense when you consider just how good homemade bread actually tastes. We don’t know who needs to hear this, but shop-bought and homemade bread are not the same. A freshly baked loaf is a thing of beauty, and deserves to be celebrated. It’s the star of the show, not the side. Read more…

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                                                                                  BEST FOR PERSONALISATION

                                                                                  Panasonic SD-ZX2522

                                                                                  This bread maker lets you choose from three levels of loaf size and crust colour.

                                                                                  • Dimensions: 38.2 x 25.6 x 38.9 cm
                                                                                  • Number of programmes: 37


                                                                                  £239.99 from John Lewis

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                                                                                  BEST FOR STORAGE

                                                                                  Morphy Richards Homebake 502001

                                                                                  This compact bread maker comes with a wide range of features and programmes.

                                                                                  • Dimensions: 36 x 26.5 x 28.5 cm
                                                                                  • Number of programmes: 14


                                                                                  £99.99 from Amazon

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                                                                                  BEST FOR FEATURES

                                                                                  Panasonic SD-ZB2502BXC

                                                                                  Advanced features guarantee a wide variety of breads, cakes, jams, and compotes.

                                                                                  • Dimensions: 38.2 x 25.6 x 38.9 cm
                                                                                  • Number of programmes: 27


                                                                                  £179.99 from Argos

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                                                                                  BEST FOR BEGINNERS

                                                                                  Cookworks Breadmaker

                                                                                  This cheap bread maker has all you need to bake a variety of loaves.

                                                                                  • Dimensions: 35.4 x 28.7 x 25.8 cm
                                                                                  • Number of programmes: 12


                                                                                  £44.99 from Argos

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                                                                                  BEST FOR SPEED

                                                                                  Morphy Richards Fastbake 48281

                                                                                  Works quickly to produce homemade bread, with a wide range of impressive features and programmes.

                                                                                  • Dimensions: 30 x 28.5 x 40.5 cm
                                                                                  • Number of programmes: 12


                                                                                  £59.99 from Argos

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                                                                                  BEST FOR AESTHETICS

                                                                                  Russell Hobbs 23620

                                                                                  Good looking bread maker does all of the work for you.

                                                                                  • Dimensions: 29.5 x 29 x 31.9 cm
                                                                                  • Number of programmes: 12


                                                                                  £64.99 from Argos

                                                                                  Quibi’s tech lives up to the hype. The shows? That’s up to you.

                                                                                  Quibi's tech lives up to the hype. The shows? That's up to you.

                                                                                  If you have an unquenchable thirst for streamed content and a few bucks to spare each month, Quibi would like a moment of your time.

                                                                                  An actual moment, in this case. The short-form video app is launching Monday in the U.S. and Canada after months of attention-grabbing headlines involving its star-studded original shows. Don’t get it twisted, though — this isn’t just a Netflix competitor. The Quibi app is mobile-only, so you won’t be watching any of these shows on your TV.

                                                                                  If you think that seems like unfortunate timing given everything happening in the world right now, you could be right. A mobile-only streaming service may not be able to fully shine during a lockdown when hardly anyone one is particularly, well, mobile. The good news is Quibi does everything it sets out to do. Read more…

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                                                                                  The best headphones for Samsung loyalists in the UK

                                                                                  The best headphones for Samsung loyalists in the UK

                                                                                  Your Samsung smartphone might offer plenty of great features, but the headphones that came with it probably aren’t that great. You are better off upgrading and buying separate earphones or headphones that offer a far superior listening experience.

                                                                                  Before you jump in and invest in a fancy new set, it’s worth having a think about how you intend on using your headphones. Are you planning on commuting with them regularly? Do you travel frequently? Do you love using Samsung’s voice assistant? It’s important to pick a pair that works for you.

                                                                                  Are Beats headphones compatible with Samsung?

                                                                                  Apple bought headphone manufacturer Beats back in 2014 so it you might think that you can’t use Beats headphones with your Samsung smartphone. This is not the case. You can definitely still use your Beats headphones with a Samsung smartphone, although you’ll miss out on things like Quick Glance to see your battery life.   Read more…

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                                                                                  BEST FOR SIMPLICITY

                                                                                  Samsung Galaxy Buds

                                                                                  Great all-around headphones, especially if you don’t want to spend a while tweaking.

                                                                                  • Colours: Black, White, and Yellow
                                                                                  • Battery life: 6 hours (doubled when using carrying case)


                                                                                  £139 from Samsung

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                                                                                  BEST FOR TRAVEL

                                                                                  Sony WH-1000XM3

                                                                                  These super smart noise-cancelling headphones can detect ambient noise around you and adjust as needed.

                                                                                  • Colours: Black and Silver
                                                                                  • Battery life: 30 hours (with active noise-cancellation on)


                                                                                  £330 from Amazon

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                                                                                  BEST FOR SOUND QUALITY

                                                                                  Bose QuietComfort 35

                                                                                  Besides offering a balanced audio experience, these have three levels of noise cancellation so you can block out the world.

                                                                                  • Colours: Black, Silver, and Rose Gold
                                                                                  • Battery life: Up to 20 hours wireless and 40 hours wired


                                                                                  £260 from Amazon

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                                                                                  BEST FOR VOICE SUPPORT

                                                                                  Beats Solo3

                                                                                  You’ll get a bit of everything: fast battery charging, a stylish look, and useful features.

                                                                                  • Colours: Black, Red, Club Navy, Club Red, Club White, Club Yellow, Rose Gold, Satin Gold, and Satin Silver
                                                                                  • Battery life: 40 hours


                                                                                  £179.95 from Amazon

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                                                                                  BEST FOR OLDER SAMSUNG SMARTPHONES

                                                                                  1MORE Triple Driver

                                                                                  If you’re into wires, you won’t find better sound quality for this price.

                                                                                  • Colours: Silver and Gold
                                                                                  • Battery life: N/A


                                                                                  £67.99 from Amazon

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                                                                                  BEST FOR RUNNING

                                                                                  Creative Outlier Gold

                                                                                  Great for active people thanks to sweatproofing capabilities and an impressive 14-hour battery life.

                                                                                  • Colours: Gold
                                                                                  • Battery life: 14 hours


                                                                                  £94.99 from Amazon

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                                                                                  BEST FOR WORKOUTS

                                                                                  Samsung Flex

                                                                                  Thanks to a magnetic design, these earphones easily snap and fold together to store well.

                                                                                  • Colours: Black
                                                                                  • Battery life: 8 hours


                                                                                  £62 from Amazon

                                                                                  Motorola puts out a foldable Razr test video in response to durability concerns

                                                                                  Motorola puts out a foldable Razr test video in response to durability concerns

                                                                                  After Motorola’s reborn Razr seemed to fail a recent durability test, the company fired back with a response and a test of its own.

                                                                                  The Razr broke after only 27,000 folds from FoldBot, a tool developed to literally fold and unfold devices to test its durability. CNET planned to put the device through 100,000 folds, a goal well below the Samsung Galaxy’s record of 120,000 folds. The site tested it during what was supposed to be a 12-hour livestream, but it was cut short when the Razr’s hinge got stuck and the FoldBot was unable to continue … folding. 

                                                                                  Motorola responded with a statement and the below video, which shows its own folding machine fully opening and closing the phone. The FoldBot only partially closes the phone before opening it again.  Read more…

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                                                                                  Uber, Lyft are officially up and running in British Columbia

                                                                                  Uber, Lyft are officially up and running in British Columbia

                                                                                  People in Vancouver, British Columbia no longer have to feel left out when it comes to ride-sharing. Anyone going out this weekend can finally snag an Uber or Lyft home in the wee hours of the night.

                                                                                  Less than 24 hours after both ride-share companies were given the green light to operate in Vancouver, their respective apps officially went live, Global News reports.

                                                                                  Heads up #Vancouver, we’ve officially landed! 🚗

                                                                                  Now 2 am you, and 8 am you, and 5pm you can grab a Lyft to your favourite bar, grandma’s house, a museum, the market, Rogers Arena, a bridge, the Seawall, a park… you know, wherever. It’s all in the apppic.twitter.com/h35oop7lfu

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                                                                                  Viewers still using TiVo will soon see ads before their recordings

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                                                                                  The digital TV recording company TiVo is back in the spotlight with some upcoming changes and new products. 

                                                                                  TiVo had its heyday back in the early 2000s before DVR and streaming were everywhere, but it still has a few million subscribers. Those viewers will soon be subjected to ads playing before their TV recordings. 

                                                                                  It’s a bit ironic for the company that gained popularity for letting you scrub through ads during TV shows and programs. On its website, TiVo still lists this as a benefit: “[We] give you the power to skip ads.”

                                                                                  According to an industry news outlet, the ads will go out to all users with the latest software version known as TiVo Experience 4, but will be skippable. That’s a relief. But users aren’t too happy. On a TiVo online forum one user wrote, “If they start doing this to me I’m out. No way they’re forcing me to watch ads on a device I paid almost $1,000 for with lifetime service.” Read more…

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                                                                                  6 of the best light masks for acne, according to reviews

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                                                                                  According to the American Academy of Dermatology, adult acne is on the rise, affecting up to 15 percent of women. (As if adulting wasn’t already stressful enough!) 

                                                                                  Though topical creams may get the job done for some, there’s a new kind of acne treatment that’s becoming increasingly popular: acne light therapy. Basically, this high-tech solution aims to kill the bacteria that causes acne and prolongs the vicious breakout cycle. It also targets age spots, acne scars, discoloration, and other blemishes. Light treatments work by shining different types of LED light (either red or blue light) onto your skin at a close distance. The red light treatment takes aim at inflammation while the blue light treatment targets the acne-causing bacteria at the source. Read more…

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                                                                                  BEST FOR MORE THAN JUST ACNE

                                                                                  Lacomri 7 Color LED Light Therapy Acne Mask

                                                                                  Designed to treat acne, reduce wrinkles, remove rashes, and more, this is one of the more comprehensive light therapy masks out there.

                                                                                  • Power: Standard wall plug-in


                                                                                  $124 from Amazon

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                                                                                  BEST LIGHTWEIGHT MASK

                                                                                  Hangsun Light Therapy Acne Treatment LED Mask

                                                                                  It can be reused for over a month before it needs a new charge and reviewers found it to be surprisingly comfortable.

                                                                                  • Power: USB or portable battery power bank


                                                                                  $33.99 from Amazon

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                                                                                  BEST FOR ACNE SCARS

                                                                                  NEWKEY LED Face Light Therapy Mask

                                                                                  A professional-style treatment that targets multiple issues, including those dreaded acne scars.

                                                                                  • Power: USB charging


                                                                                  $118.89 from Amazon

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                                                                                  BEST FOR SEVERE ADULT ACNE

                                                                                  IlluMask

                                                                                  Also targets wrinkles and other aging properties in addition to acne.

                                                                                  • Power: Requires 4 AA batteries


                                                                                  $23 from Amazon

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                                                                                  BEST FOR NECK BREAKOUTS

                                                                                  Project E Beauty LED Photon Therapy Treatment Mask

                                                                                  A cordless design means you won’t be tethered to one spot during your treatments.

                                                                                  • Power: Wireless, uses 110V-220V to charge


                                                                                  $199.99 from Amazon

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                                                                                  BEST FOR CUSTOMIZATION

                                                                                  Dermashine Pro 7 Color LED Face Mask

                                                                                  Since it comes with a wide range of treatment options, you can really get your money’s worth.

                                                                                  • Power: USB charging


                                                                                  $149.99 from Amazon

                                                                                  Don’t make calls with Siri or Google or you could get scammed

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                                                                                  If you’ve ever used Siri or Google to call a business, you could be in danger of falling victim to a new scam. 

                                                                                  Phone calls made with voice assistants could open people up to scammers, who have found a clever new way to exploit our growing dependence on Siri and Google. That’s according to the Better Business Bureau, which issued a warning about the scheme.

                                                                                  Here’s how it goes down, according to the BBB: you need to call a business, like an airline, but you don’t know what number to call. So you do what many of us do and ask Google or Siri to “call [business name]” for you you. 

                                                                                  But instead of calling your bank or your airline, the assistant calls a scammer impersonating someone from the company, who will try to trick you into sending them money. Read more…

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                                                                                  These women are disrupting their industries one click at a time

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                                                                                  When it comes to emerging technology we don’t always think of women in lifestyle. Instead, our minds dart to computer programmers, IT gurus and software developers. 

                                                                                  Thanks to these forward-thinking female entrepreneurs however, that’s all starting to change. They’ve turned their hard work and determination into thriving businesses – all thanks to a bright idea, and a helping hand from the right devices. 

                                                                                  These days, if you’re a busy content creator or a business mogul in the making – there’s nothing more important than having the best tools. But how do you choose which products to go with? Easy – you go with the ones that help you do your best work.  Read more…

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                                                                                  Apple Watch users could have access to a whole suite of new faces soon

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                                                                                  Gone through all the Apple Watch faces? Apple could be finally opening up the floor to third-party developers for Watch faces, hints a tiny line of code.

                                                                                  Apple has long maintained control over available faces for its Apple Watch, only allowing official partners like Disney and Pixar to release special editions. Customisation for users is currently limited to modifying “complications” on official watch faces, where there’s an ability to pull information from third-party sources.

                                                                                  But a tiny line of code could suggest the company is gearing up to loosen this exclusivity, a clue picked up by 9to5Mac. Read more…

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                                                                                  CES’ sexism problem is about more than booth babes and pink robots

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                                                                                  CES is a place of extremes. Each year, tech companies big and small spare no expense in coming up with bizarre ways to showcase their (often relatively mundane) gadgetry: massive tunnels made of huge OLED displays, home appliances with built-in assistants, and weird concept cars unlikely to make it far beyond the Las Vegas Convention Center floor.

                                                                                  But, peer behind the over-the-top displays of headline-grabbing “innovation,” and there’s a troubling truth that should come as little surprise to anyone in the industry: CES still fuels the sexist narratives so many have worked to change over the last year.  Read more…

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                                                                                  Why a company is recycling old coffee grounds to make bed sheets

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                                                                                  Take your coffee to bed.

                                                                                  The Australian bedding company Ettitude takes coffee grounds from local cafes to upcycle your morning jolt into their bamboo-coffee sheets.

                                                                                  The company launched a Kickstarter this month to get the bamboo-coffee blend tucked onto your bed by next month. They claim the coffee blocks odors, wicks away moisture, and keeps your bed fresh. 

                                                                                  Not bad for used coffee grounds.

                                                                                  Based on the company’s calculations, we drink 2.25 billion cups of coffee every day around the world. But most of the grounds to make those drinks go to waste. That’s where this company steps in and embeds the would-be wasted coffee grounds into yarn fibers made from recycled plastic water bottles. Read more…

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                                                                                  Why a company is recycling old coffee grounds to make bed sheets

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                                                                                  Take your coffee to bed.

                                                                                  The Australian bedding company Ettitude takes coffee grounds from local cafes to upcycle your morning jolt into their bamboo-coffee sheets.

                                                                                  The company launched a Kickstarter this month to get the bamboo-coffee blend tucked onto your bed by next month. They claim the coffee blocks odors, wicks away moisture, and keeps your bed fresh. 

                                                                                  Not bad for used coffee grounds.

                                                                                  Based on the company’s calculations, we drink 2.25 billion cups of coffee every day around the world. But most of the grounds to make those drinks go to waste. That’s where this company steps in and embeds the would-be wasted coffee grounds into yarn fibers made from recycled plastic water bottles. Read more…

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