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Smartprice tablets, tweeting consoles and how to never to lose a password again

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1 | The App To Up Your iPad Photo Game

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We’ve all been there. You’ve spent a great weekend away with your friends and now there’s a Facebook photo album to be created, but obviously, you can’t just upload the photos as they are, all #nofilter. This isn’t 2011. The new Flickr app for iPad is here to make sure all your images are polished to perfection. The new iOS app is optimised to take advantage of the iPad’s large retina display, with a range of live video and photo filters and a comprehensive editing suite giving you the option to utlisise up to 3,000,000 pixels per photo. Plus, it comes with 1,000GB of free storage for all those early edits gone wrong. If you can’t make yourself look good after that, we're afraid to say, you’re probably beyond help.

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The new Flickr for iPad app is available in 11 languages and is free in the App Store


2 | The Physical Security Key For Your Online Accounts (That You Definitely Won’t Loose)

 

 

For most men, the daily hunt for their keys is as much a part of their morning routine as burning their breakfast or having a miniature breakdown waiting for the shower to heat up. Arguably, forgetting your online keys — i.e. 10+ passwords we all need — is far worse. This is the thinking behind Google’s new USB security key-code. You’ll need a FIDO Universal 2nd Factor compliant USB (Google it), but once you’ve synced the key with Google, you’ll be linked up to their secure servers and able to access your accounts hassle free. Basically there’s no way for hackers to imitate it. Now, if we could just find that laptop charger…

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3 | The Tablet That Puts Your Tesco Clubcard To Good Use

We know it’s difficult to remember your clubcard on those late-night trips to Tesco to stock up on Red Stripe, but it could be worth double checking your pockets next time you step out as you could end up picking up a tablet for just £65. While Tesco isn't renowned for its tech, the new hudl2 is ideal if you just want to pick up the basics. There’s an 8.3-inch HD screen running on Android tech, plus it comes with Blinkbox movie, music and ebook streaming services. It’s all backed up by an Intel Quad Core processor with sound courtesy of Dolby, meaning there’s no reason why you can’t stream the final season of The Sopranos while battling through the weekly shop.

From £129, or potentially £65 if your Clubcard game is strong. tesco.com


4  | The Spotify Package To Put An End To Miley Cyrus

Whether you live with your parents and have to put up with them blasting Status Quo, or you’ve got kids of your own and you now know all the words to every single Miley Cyrus song ever written, you’re in need of a way to subtly educate the ears of your nearest and dearest. Spotify Family is a subscription package that offers four premium accounts, and saves you 50 per cent each, which means more music for less. Billing goes through a single account, taking the hassle out of it and letting you concentrate on setting up that Queens Of The Stoneage playlist for your Mum. However, if it’s privacy you’re after, there’s also the option to keep your own playlists, history and recommendations completely separate. Perfect.

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5 | The Games Console Upgrades Perfect For Show-Offs

The dust has settled around the battle of the Xbox One and the PS4, and it seems Microsoft’s console has come out on top. However, that isn’t stopping it launching a new update which includes the ability to share your achievements straight to Twitter. We’re not just talking tweets about your latest super-human knife-kill on COD either, the update will let you upload 30-second video clips straight from your console to the interweb. Plus, you’ll be able to access a leaderboard with the tap of a button to see how your pals’ skills compare. There’s also the option to see which TV shows are trending, with recommendations based on your profile, meaning you’ll never miss another episode of Bake Off. Perfect for those winter afternoon gaming sessions.

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