The Fed’s change of direction will only fuel America’s growing debt problem

Despite GDP growth of 3%, the US economy is still built on consumer borrowing, and higher interest rates would force millions into dangerous debt The moment was hugely significant and yet so heavily flagged that it passed without a tremor in...

Augmented reality: Apple and Google’s next battleground

The two biggest players in smartphone software are pitching to win the war for AR. But will Ikea and Pokémon Go be enough to get consumers on board? This year the next big battleground between the titans of the smartphone industry will be augmented...

Oreo: Google announces release of the next version of Android 8

New software promises to extend battery life, improve notifications and speed up smartphones as Google pushes out updates to Pixel and Nexus devices Google’s next version of Android is called Oreo and is being released today to hit smartphones...

The 13-step digital declutter

Running out of storage, overwhelmed by spam or worried about your privacy? These tips will help you clean up your online act If your laptop is running low on storage, Windows’s built-in Disk Cleanup tool can find and wipe unneeded files –...

OnePlus 5 review: as fast and smooth as Google Pixel, without the price tag

New smartphone continues phone’s USP of refined metal design and fluid user experience, but it’s not quite the bargain its predecessors were The new OnePlus 5 has big shoes to fill following, as it does, the excellent OnePlus 3 and 3T, which...

Google is killing off Android’s emoji blobs

The divisive icons have become a mainstay of Android, but now they’re being retired in favour of more conventional smiley faces The best emojis on the market are no more: Google’s weird blobs are being retired in favour of more conventional...

Google’s future is useful, creepy and everywhere: nine things learned at I/O

With Google Assistant coming to the iPhone, the company hopes to kill off Siri and wants to ‘see’ inside your home as it reiterates its AI-first approach There were whoops and cheers from developers as Google announced the incremental ways...

Google forced to open up Android to rival search engines in Russia

The £6.2m settlement sets new precedent for pre-installation of third-party apps and search engines, including Russia’s Yandex Google has been forced to open up Android to rival search engines and applications in Russia, after settling a...

12 ways to hack-proof your smartphone

Protect your privacy, your data and your peace of mind with this guide to beating thieves, whether they’re online or on the street As we’ve recently seen from leaked CIA documents, no one is immune to hacking attacks. Here’s how to protect...

Google unveils Android O, promising better battery life

Developer preview version of new operating system released showcasing a suite of improvements Google has released the developer preview for the next version of its operating system (OS), Android O (which will eventually get a sweet-themed name...