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Which? Technology news roundup, 2 May 2014

Tube strike apps, electric car mileage, Mac apps


Commuting chaos affects many of us at one time or another, so why not be prepared for tube strikes, broken down trains and gridlocked buses? We list nine apps that could make travel nightmare more bearable, whether your passion be reading, writing, or self-improvement.

Elsewhere, we list our picks of the best MacBook OS X Mavericks apps to help you create a truly customised user experience. We’ve also been out on the roads testing a sat nav that doubles as a dash cam, as well as putting the claimed mileage of three popular electric cars to the test.

All this and more on Which? Tech Daily.

Top apps to beat commuting chaos

Whether it’s striking Tube staff or air traffic controllers walking out at the crest of your summer holiday, you don’t have to let your time be held hostage to delays and cancellations. Here we list a selection of apps that take at least some of the grind out of even the most delayed commute.

Mac software – top free apps for your MacBook

Did you know that new apps are launched every day designed to make your Apple Mac experience all the easier. Here we roundup some must-have apps to kit out your MacBook or mini.

The truth about electric car ranges

We’ve been wowed by the high tech features on new electric models from Tesla and BMW, but the most important question that surrounds electric cars remains their battery range. Find out how the claimed mileage of three popular electric cars compares to the results of our independent road tests.

Binatone DVR505 – a sat nav dash cam combo

The Binatone DVR505 looks much like a normal sat nav, but adds a camera to monitor and record the road ahead should you run foul of a car crash scammer. Find out whether the DVR505 offers the best of both worlds, or is only half-baked.

Helpdesk Challenge – speed up your PC or laptop

From adding extra memory to using Window’s own software, ReadyBoost, we take a look at some hardware options for all budgets that should give your computer an immediate performance boost.

Spotify & Google Music – should you subscribe?

Music streaming is rapidly becoming the future of music delivery, but should it be? We asked one enthusiast and one skeptic to argue for and against music streaming – read on for the heated debate.

Office Online – create, edit and share via Chrome Apps

Microsoft recently released Office Online, a web-only package of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote through the Chrome web store. Read more about why Office Online could be for you if you need a fast (and free) way to create documents.

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