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Apple teased us with the next version of iOS in June, revealing a bunch of new features at WWDC that wouldn't be ready until today -- unless of course you love the thrill of a potentially buggy public beta, which has been available since the end of June. But if you like to play it safe, or if you simply never bothered getting your hands on the update early, today is the day my friends. Most of the world can now officially download iOS 11.

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You've seen the contract prices and you might be tempted to sign up and avoid paying big upfront for Samsung's excellent, expensive and explosion-proof Galaxy Note 8 -- but while signing up for a plan may mean more money in your pocket in the short term, you could end up paying much more over the life of the phone. Here's how much you can save by buying a Note 8 outright and choosing the right prepaid plan.

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Having a broken phone is not a situation you want to be in for long but there's always the question of whether to stump up the cash for a professional repair or have a go at fixing it yourself (assuming you've no insurance or warranty coverage). This should be your guide for deciding when to tackle some DIY repairs and when to leave it to the experts.

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It only took five years since the inductive charging standard's adoption by nearly every major manufacturer, but Apple has finally added Qi inductive charging (also known as wireless charging) to its mobile devices. Sure, better late than never, but do people need to care about having yet another way to charge their devices, or is that extra long cable good enough? Is wireless charging worth the price, or potential compatibility issues?

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The Oppo R11 is a mid-range phone with a surprisingly good dual camera, and it's already available in black, gold or red. But what if you were an obsessive fan of professional football club FC Barcelona? Would you buy a red and blue and gold R11, complete with 18-karat gold plated FC Barcelona logo and FC Barça-themed Android skin?

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When the iPhone X eventually arrives in November it will come loaded with a futuristic camera module that, if all goes right, should let you securely open your phone with little more than a glance. The promise is enticing -- a perfect blend of convenience and security that's hard to come by in mobile computing devices. After an impressive demo of the tech on Tuesday, we're left with a glaring question: If it works as intended, then what happens to Touch ID?