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Gmail to start charging, Amazon to buy Zoom, and 5G to struggle with living up to the hype – 2021 tech predictions

Are you willing to pay for Gmail? Will the streaming wars see one or services die? Tech predictions for 2021.

4 Jan 2021 - 8:45PM

Are you willing to pay for Gmail? Will the streaming wars see one or services die? Tech predictions for 2021.

Gmail to start charging, Amazon to buy Zoom, and 5G to struggle with living up to the hype – 2021 tech predictions
Matthew McConaughey’s new memoir Greenlights is an unconventional look at his childhood and career – which explains why he finally married wife Camila Alves

With his new memoir Greenlights, the Dallas Buyers Club star opens up about his father’s death, his relationship with his wife, Brazilian model Camila Alves, and how life is really just a series of traffic lights

2 Nov 2020 - 10:10AM

With his new memoir Greenlights, the Dallas Buyers Club star opens up about his father’s death, his relationship with his wife, Brazilian model Camila Alves, and how life is really just a series of traffic lights

Matthew McConaughey’s new memoir Greenlights is an unconventional look at his childhood and career – which explains why he finally married wife Camila Alves
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit lets you race in a remote-controlled car as Mario on tracks you make in your home

Nintendo Switch has brought Mario Kart to your home, letting you build a physical track and race around your room. The console adds the other drivers and obstacles; the only thing missing is the jumps.

21 Oct 2020 - 8:15PM

Nintendo Switch has brought Mario Kart to your home, letting you build a physical track and race around your room. The console adds the other drivers and obstacles; the only thing missing is the jumps.

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit lets you race in a remote-controlled car as Mario on tracks you make in your home
Lenny Kravitz’s Let Love Rule is a heartfelt coming-of-age memoir about daughter Zoë Kravitz, his father’s infidelity and relationship with ex-wife Lisa Bonet – interview

Instead of focusing on fame, the rock star opted to address the first 25 years of his life in his new memoir – speaking candidly about his relationships and experiences with racism

14 Oct 2020 - 4:45AM

Instead of focusing on fame, the rock star opted to address the first 25 years of his life in his new memoir – speaking candidly about his relationships and experiences with racism

Lenny Kravitz’s Let Love Rule is a heartfelt coming-of-age memoir about daughter Zoë Kravitz, his father’s infidelity and relationship with ex-wife Lisa Bonet  – interview
Star Wars: Squadrons gives you a 1990s arcade game experience on steroids, and at home, as players pilot their own starfighters

The Star Wars franchise is getting a new video game that takes players to the skies. Inspired by the ’90s arcade Star Wars flight games, Star Wars: Squadrons lets fans pilot their own starfighters and battle Imperial forces.

7 Oct 2020 - 5:29PM

The Star Wars franchise is getting a new video game that takes players to the skies. Inspired by the ’90s arcade Star Wars flight games, Star Wars: Squadrons lets fans pilot their own starfighters and battle Imperial forces.

Star Wars: Squadrons gives you a 1990s arcade game experience on steroids, and at home, as players pilot their own starfighters
Jim Parsons on all-gay The Boys in the Band remake for Netflix: ‘There was a tribal aspect I didn’t realise I belonged to’

Parson leads all-gay cast in Netflix remake of 1968 play about a gay birthday party in New York. ‘People tend to discuss this play in terms of the self-loathing, but I also see tenderness, forgiveness and heroism,’ its director, Joe Mantello, says.

4 Oct 2020 - 10:15PM

Parson leads all-gay cast in Netflix remake of 1968 play about a gay birthday party in New York. ‘People tend to discuss this play in terms of the self-loathing, but I also see tenderness, forgiveness and heroism,’ its director, Joe Mantello, says.

Jim Parsons on all-gay The Boys in the Band remake for Netflix: ‘There was a tribal aspect I didn’t realise I belonged to’
Chromecast streaming device, once for nerds, back as a TV plug-in, with Google looking to eat into sales of Amazon and Roku rivals

Of new devices Google announced this week – an updated Nest home speaker, two new Pixel smartphones and Chromecast – it is the latter that customers are most likely to want, now that it’s become a TV plug-in for streaming.

5 Oct 2020 - 7:24PM

Of new devices Google announced this week – an updated Nest home speaker, two new Pixel smartphones and Chromecast – it is the latter that customers are most likely to want, now that it’s become a TV plug-in for streaming.

Chromecast streaming device, once for nerds, back as a TV plug-in, with Google looking to eat into sales of Amazon and Roku rivals
Three punctuation tips to write better text messages and not confuse different generations

Ellipses, periods (full stops), exclamation marks – three common punctuation marks in text messages, but did you know that older and younger people can interpret them in different ways? Here are tips on avoiding confusion.

30 Sep 2020 - 8:45PM

Ellipses, periods (full stops), exclamation marks – three common punctuation marks in text messages, but did you know that older and younger people can interpret them in different ways? Here are tips on avoiding confusion.

Three punctuation tips to write better text messages and not confuse different generations
A Covid-19 detector on your wrist? That’s what Fitbit is claiming for its new Fitbit Sense smartwatch –it even reads your sweat

The Fitbit Sense tracks your heart and breathing rates, reads your skin temperature and senses how much you sweat. It may give early warning of symptoms of infectious diseases – including Covid-19, Fitbit claims.

28 Aug 2020 - 12:45PM

The Fitbit Sense tracks your heart and breathing rates, reads your skin temperature and senses how much you sweat. It may give early warning of symptoms of infectious diseases – including Covid-19, Fitbit claims.

A Covid-19 detector on your wrist? That’s what Fitbit is claiming for its new Fitbit Sense smartwatch –it even reads your sweat
Epic showdown: Fortnite maker sues Apple and Google app stores over in-game currency payments

Fortnite has a direct payment option for mobile users, that bypasses Apple and Google stores, which usually take a 30 per cent cut. Google and Apple removed the game from their app stores, now Epic Games is suing both companies.

19 Aug 2020 - 8:15PM

Fortnite has a direct payment option for mobile users, that bypasses Apple and Google stores, which usually take a 30 per cent cut. Google and Apple removed the game from their app stores, now Epic Games is suing both companies.

Epic showdown: Fortnite maker sues Apple and Google app stores over in-game currency payments
Why summer hit Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is the perfect game for the coronavirus age

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout has been the hit of this summer, with more than two million players buying it since its August 4 release. Here’s why. Plus three other games worth playing.

14 Aug 2020 - 8:19PM

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout has been the hit of this summer, with more than two million players buying it since its August 4 release. Here’s why. Plus three other games worth playing.

Why summer hit Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is the perfect game for the coronavirus age
Games, trivia quizzes add human connection to online meetings in the work-from-home era

Adding game elements to online meetings helps people loosen up and interact ahead of what could otherwise become a dry encounter, companies are finding.

11 Aug 2020 - 8:45PM

Adding game elements to online meetings helps people loosen up and interact ahead of what could otherwise become a dry encounter, companies are finding.

Games, trivia quizzes add human connection to online meetings in the work-from-home era
Review | Google Pixel 4a beats iPhone SE as the best budget phone with premium features, such as real-time captions for videos

The Google Pixel 4a has most of the features of last year’s Pixel 4, but at less than half the price. It outclasses the similarly priced iPhone SE in all but photo management and battery life.

6 Aug 2020 - 10:45AM

The Google Pixel 4a has most of the features of last year’s Pixel 4, but at less than half the price. It outclasses the similarly priced iPhone SE in all but photo management and battery life.

Google Pixel 4a beats  iPhone SE as the best budget phone with premium features, such as real-time captions for videos
Hey, Gmail and Yahoo – there’s a new email service offering more privacy, and it costs US$99 a year

Gmail and Yahoo are free, but your emails can be scanned for information. The founder of Hey, a new service users have to pay US$99 a year to use, says his alternative offers more privacy.

23 Jul 2020 - 9:13PM

Gmail and Yahoo are free, but your emails can be scanned for information. The founder of Hey, a new service users have to pay US$99 a year to use, says his alternative offers more privacy.

Hey, Gmail and Yahoo – there’s a new email service offering more privacy, and it costs US$99 a year
The Old Guard’s Kiki Layne on Charlize Theron, Will Smith and kicking in Hollywood Doors

Breakout star Kiki Layne, who plays a freshly ordained immortal warrior in new Netflix film The Old Guard, talks about kicking in Hollywood doors, working alongside Charlize Theron and being inspired by Will Smith.

19 Jul 2020 - 9:25PM

Breakout star Kiki Layne, who plays a freshly ordained immortal warrior in new Netflix film The Old Guard, talks about kicking in Hollywood doors, working alongside Charlize Theron and being inspired by Will Smith.

The Old Guard’s Kiki Layne on Charlize Theron, Will Smith and kicking in Hollywood Doors
Dan Stevens is a beast in Netflix Eurovision film, singing, dancing, bulking up – and modelling for naked statues

Stevens played Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey and the Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, but playing a Russian billionaire singer in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga was a dream come true, actor says.

12 Jul 2020 - 6:04PM

Stevens played Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey and the Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, but playing a Russian billionaire singer in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga was a dream come true, actor says.

Dan Stevens is a beast in Netflix Eurovision film, singing, dancing, bulking up – and modelling for naked statues
8 video conferencing tips for Zoom meetings and Google Hangouts, from looking straight at the camera to adjusting the lighting

There are many etiquette rules people need to embrace as more of us work at home and take meetings on apps like Zoom or Google Hangouts. Here are some tips to get you at the top of your video conferencing game.

4 Jun 2020 - 7:28PM

There are many etiquette rules people need to embrace as more of us work at home and take meetings on apps like Zoom or Google Hangouts. Here are some tips to get you at the top of your video conferencing game.

8 video conferencing tips for Zoom meetings and Google Hangouts, from looking straight at the camera to adjusting the lighting
Braveheart 25 years on: how Mel Gibson listened to Kevin Costner and went big to win five Oscars for epic production

Kevin Costner’s advice for Mel Gibson after the success of Dances with Wolves was to the point: go big. The actor did just that in Braveheart, made using 3,500 extras for battle scenes in a pre-CGI age.

14 May 2020 - 9:00PM

Kevin Costner’s advice for Mel Gibson after the success of Dances with Wolves was to the point: go big. The actor did just that in Braveheart, made using 3,500 extras for battle scenes in a pre-CGI age.

Braveheart 25 years on: how Mel Gibson listened to Kevin Costner and went big to win five Oscars for epic production
Hollywood star Jim Parsons on his creepy role in Netflix series and life after The Big Bang Theory

Jim Parsons became one of the world’s most recognisable actors as Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory. His role as a creepy talent agent in Netflix series Hollywood couldn’t be further away from the science boffin.

13 May 2020 - 5:02AM

Jim Parsons became one of the world’s most recognisable actors as Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory. His role as a creepy talent agent in Netflix series Hollywood couldn’t be further away from the science boffin.

Hollywood star Jim Parsons on his creepy role in Netflix series and life after The Big Bang Theory
App that lets you leave a video message for recipient to reply to later, Marco Polo is an app store hit amid coronavirus crisis

The coronavirus lockdown has increased business for messaging apps, and Marco Polo is seeing record downloads, beating Skype and WhatsApp. The app allows users to send text and video messages to recipients, who reply when they have time.

1 Apr 2020 - 9:15PM

The coronavirus lockdown has increased business for messaging apps, and Marco Polo is seeing record downloads, beating Skype and WhatsApp. The app allows users to send text and video messages to recipients, who reply when they have time.

App that lets you leave a video message for recipient to reply to later, Marco Polo is an app store hit amid coronavirus crisis
Coronavirus and weddings: can you tie the knot safely, can all your guests attend, should you postpone? Your questions answered

If you are supposed to be celebrating a wedding soon, factors to consider include whether to go ahead, especially if your locality has coronavirus, whether it will be safe for guests, and whether you can have a honeymoon.

13 Mar 2020 - 8:00PM

If you are supposed to be celebrating a wedding soon, factors to consider include whether to go ahead, especially if your locality has coronavirus, whether it will be safe for guests, and whether you can have a honeymoon.

Coronavirus and weddings: can you tie the knot safely, can all your guests attend, should you postpone? Your questions answered
What are Samsung and Motorola thinking? Will their US$1,400 smartphones repeat Apple’s mistake?

Samsung is selling its premium Galaxy and Galaxy Flip for US$1,400, while Motorola’s Razr flip phone starts at US$1,500. Will they have to follow Apple’s lead and later drop the price to increase sales?

18 Feb 2020 - 6:00AM

Samsung is selling its premium Galaxy and Galaxy Flip for US$1,400, while Motorola’s Razr flip phone starts at US$1,500. Will they have to follow Apple’s lead and later drop the price to increase sales?

What are Samsung and Motorola thinking? Will their US$1,400 smartphones repeat Apple’s mistake?
How to make money on YouTube: find a niche, interact with your audience, collaborate with others and more tips

You don’t need the most expensive camera to make money on YouTube, but you do need passion, your own niche, interaction with your audience and the ability to consistently generate content, says a YouTube insider.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:35PM

You don’t need the most expensive camera to make money on YouTube, but you do need passion, your own niche, interaction with your audience and the ability to consistently generate content, says a YouTube insider.

How to make money on YouTube: find a niche, interact with your audience, collaborate with others and more tips
Sleeping in separate beds could save your marriage, and sex life might even improve

Sleep disruption from a partner’s snoring, restlessness, different work schedule – among other reasons – can build resentment in a relationship. Separate beds could be the solution – and may even improve sex life.

13 Feb 2020 - 7:02PM

Sleep disruption from a partner’s snoring, restlessness, different work schedule – among other reasons – can build resentment in a relationship. Separate beds could be the solution – and may even improve sex life.

Sleeping in separate beds could save your marriage, and sex life might even improve
Say what? How tech is helping translate between languages – and how far it still has to go

Real-time translation technology – via your phone or digital personal assistant – makes communication with people who don’t speak your language easier, but The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’s Babel fish concept is still a long way off.

10 Feb 2020 - 9:26PM

Real-time translation technology – via your phone or digital personal assistant – makes communication with people who don’t speak your language easier, but The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’s Babel fish concept is still a long way off.

Say what? How tech is helping translate between languages – and how far it still has to go
Snubbed Awkwafina still grateful despite Oscar disappointment for her role in The Farewell, which won actress a Golden Globe

Awkwafina may not have got an Oscar nomination for her critically acclaimed performance in The Farewell but she was still grateful for the journey the film took her on, and said it was enough to be generally recognised for her work.

16 Jan 2020 - 8:00PM

Awkwafina may not have got an Oscar nomination for her critically acclaimed performance in The Farewell but she was still grateful for the journey the film took her on, and said it was enough to be generally recognised for her work.

Snubbed Awkwafina still grateful despite Oscar disappointment for her role in The Farewell, which won actress a Golden Globe
Fitbit helps woman catch her boyfriend cheating, thanks to activity recorded at 4 in the morning

A viral Twitter thread details how a Fitbit app helped a woman discover her boyfriend was cheating on her. The reason? A spike in his activity levels at 4am.

18 Dec 2019 - 3:00PM

A viral Twitter thread details how a Fitbit app helped a woman discover her boyfriend was cheating on her. The reason? A spike in his activity levels at 4am.

Fitbit helps woman catch her boyfriend cheating, thanks to activity recorded at 4 in the morning
Facebook, Google and Twitter: what happens to your online accounts when you’re dead?

Social media companies are examining ways to manage our digital legacies without hurting your surviving loved ones. Facebook and Google allow users to assign digital caretakers for their accounts.

14 Dec 2019 - 12:30PM

Social media companies are examining ways to manage our digital legacies without hurting your surviving loved ones. Facebook and Google allow users to assign digital caretakers for their accounts.

Facebook, Google and Twitter: what happens to your online accounts when you’re dead?
Gucci, Burberry, now Walmart’s ‘Let It Snow’ jumper – fashion misfires of 2019 and the criticism they drew

Garment that appeared to show Father Christmas preparing to do three lines of cocaine is not the first fashion faux pas of 2019 – remember Gucci’s blackface jumper and Burberry’s hoodie featuring a noose?

13 Dec 2019 - 12:12AM

Garment that appeared to show Father Christmas preparing to do three lines of cocaine is not the first fashion faux pas of 2019 – remember Gucci’s blackface jumper and Burberry’s hoodie featuring a noose?

Gucci, Burberry, now Walmart’s ‘Let It Snow’ jumper – fashion misfires of 2019 and the criticism they drew
Google Home or Amazon Alexa, which is best to buy? Smart speakers – all you need to know

Amazon has dominated the home voice assistant market since launching the original Echo in 2014, but Google is making up ground. Its Assistant is on more than a billion Android smartphones and on smart home devices.

28 Nov 2019 - 8:19PM

Amazon has dominated the home voice assistant market since launching the original Echo in 2014, but Google is making up ground. Its Assistant is on more than a billion Android smartphones and on smart home devices.

Google Home or Amazon Alexa, which is best to buy? Smart speakers – all you need to know