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Fingers crossed that Valve’s new Knuckles VR controller is as good as it looks

Valve is hoping to make virtual reality gaming a more finely-tuned and immersive experience with the introduction of a new ‘Knuckles’ controller for SteamVR that's now shipping to developers. With the device being unleashed (at least to devs), Valve has taken the opportunity to spill more info on exactly how the controller works – previously, we’ve seen glimpses of Knuckles, notably at Steam Dev Days 2016 last fall, but not much was shared ...
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Former Apple exec Scott Forstall on creating the iPhone and what the reviews got wrong

Scott Forstall hasn't spoken publicly about the iPhone in five years, not since he was fired from Apple in 2012. But Forstall, Apple's former SVP of iOS who worked closely alongside Steve Jobs from the time they worked together at NeXT, spoke candidly about the creation of the original Apple handset during a fireside chat with journalist John Markoff Tuesday night at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.  Forstall was ru...
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The 7 best Chromebooks of 2017: the top Chromebooks ranked

In 2011, Google partnered with Asus and Samsung to pioneer a brand of laptops powered entirely by its Chrome browser that it hoped would give budget Windows notebooks a run for their money. In the time since then, Chromebooks have grown more and more accessible – even in their printing capabilities . Chromebooks have penetrated the market in virtually every class of computer. That even includes categories as niche as rugged 2-in-1 notebooks...
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Behind the code: a conversation with an ethical hacker

When most people think of hackers they think of movie tropes; hooded teens stood on street corners uttering "I'm in" in hushed tones before taking down the evil corporation. Or maybe we've just watched Hackers too many times.  In the real world, hackers are a blight, stealing sensitive information and shutting down essential services. Thankfully, there are also ethical hackers, known as 'white hats', who basically do everything that illegal...
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E3 2017: all the announcements from gaming's biggest show

E3 2017, arguably the biggest event in the gaming industry calendar, is officially over (sad face). This year's show, which welcomed a whopping 68,400 attendees, saw a huge console reveal in Microsoft's Xbox One X . The machine formerly known as Project Scorpio is 4K-ready, insanely powerful and goes on sale November 7 for the price of $499 (£449 / AU$649). Will you be picking one up? If you missed this year's show, check out our photo tour...
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The best wireless headphones available in India

Wireless headphones can be polarizing. Not everyone loves the idea of dropping the stalwart 3.5mm jack. But, listen, it's possible to get that pristine audio quality that wired headsets provided along with the convenience of wire-free listening. All you need is a pair of awesome wireless headphones, and thankfully we've rounded up the best right here.  You might've been hesitant to cut the cord before – everyone has heard a horror story of ...
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The best Australian EOFY tech deals

Tax-time sales are here again. The end of the financial year is often when retailers try and get rid of aging stock or work overtime to reach sales targets, with the result being massive discounts on a range of products – from cars to home appliances and plenty in between. The TechRadar team is here to help you find the best tech products on sale for the cheapest prices, handpicked to make it easier for you to find your newest toy. Note tha...
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Best VPN for PC: Our 5 top choices

It’s clear that the shift to mobile devices is accelerating, and the slump in the sales of PCs has been well-documented over the past few years. That said, the PC is still holding its own, and indeed there have been some more positive signs in terms of sales recently. There are certainly plenty of folks out there who still prefer desktop computers, or at least use a PC to do the odd task here and there – and if they wish to do so with the m...
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Microsoft at E3 2017: 6 things we want to see

Microsoft has been keen to talk up the potential for virtual reality on Project Scorpio, especially since Sony has beaten them to market with the PlayStation VR headset.  But aside from assurances that the console will indeed support VR gaming, we don’t yet know exactly how this will be achieved.  One possibility is that Microsoft brings its own virtual reality headset to market, much as it is doing in the augmented reality space with its H...
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The best VPN services 2017

A VPN (virtual private network) is a secure and private solution within the wider internet itself that allows users - individuals, organisations and businesses - to send and receive data while maintaining the privacy and secrecy of a private network. That means you could use one to create a secure tunnel into your company network to enjoy access to private internal systems, but also means you could browse in complete privacy online and acce...
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Best NBN-ready modem routers in Australia

With the aim of covering over 60% of the country by 2020, NBN Co is rolling out its broadband service to an average of about 250,000 premises each month.  Once connected, customers can enjoy blazing-fast speeds of up to 100Mbps for gaming, streaming their favourite shows and movies, or just plain ol’ ‘net surfing, especially on the faster fibre to the node/basement (FTTN/FTTB) or fibre to the distribution point/curb (FTTdp/FTTC) connections...
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The best free iPhone apps 2017

The Weather Underground app (or 'Wunderground' to your iPhone, which sounds like an oddly dark Disney film) is one of those products that flings in everything but the kitchen sink yet somehow remains usable. Whatever your particular interest in the weather, you're covered, through a slew of 'tiles' (which can be moved or disabled to suit) on a huge scrolling page. At the top, you get a nicely designed tile detailing current conditions and s...
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PlayStation at E3 2017: six things we want to see

It launched to great fanfare, was priced sensibly and delivered a virtual reality experience that felt leagues ahead of what its price tag would suggest it should have been capable of (while not feeling too far behind the more expensive competition), but it’s starting to feel a little bit like Sony has fell out of love with its PlayStation VR headset. Though releasing alongside a solid launch line-up that included big names like Eve: Valkyr...
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Here’s a look at Paul Allen’s new project which launches rockets into outer space

Paul Allen, one of the co-founders of Microsoft has been secretly working on a pet project of his own. Today we get to know more about it, thanks to pictures posted online. Allen owns a company called Stratolaunch Systems, which builds mammoth aircraft to carry rockets and launch them into outer space. As you can probably see from the picture, this is easily the biggest plane in the world. The plane, known simply as the Stratolaunch aircraf...
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iOS 11 release date, news and rumors

Update: Next week, the iOS 11 update launches for your iPhone and iPad, at least in beta form. New features are said to include smarter battery life, peer-to-peer Apple Pay payments and FaceTime Audio overtaking standard calls between Apple devices. iOS 11 is going to be a big deal. Here's the latest on the update ahead of June 5. Apple's iOS 11 update marks the tenth anniversary of the iPhone, and it's poised to grace a completely redesign...
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Here’s what you should know about new Android-based ‘Judy’ malware

Malware and Android are quite synonymous for a variety of reasons. Given the versatility and openness of the Android platform, malicious apps can easily make their way into the Play Store. However, things are slightly different now with the introduction of Google Bouncer which screens every app for malware. However, some developers are clever enough to bypass this altogether and still have malicious apps on the Play Store. Earlier today, we...
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Download of the day: RiskyPhone

The objective of free indie game RiskyPhone is simple – make your way to the station and catch your train before it leaves. Walk into one of your fellow pedestrians (crash test dummies marching blindly with fierce determination) and you’ll both be sent sprawling onto the pavement (or road, if you’re particularly clumsy). Shaking hands with a car isn’t a good idea either – the world will tumble and turn black and, just in case you weren’t ce...
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Android co-founder's new phone reveal teased for Tuesday [Update]

Update: Whelp, if you didn't think we were in for a phone reveal on May 30, think again.  Android co-founder Andy Rubin's start-up Essential sent out another tweet on May 25, this time of a rectangular silhouette that looks suspiciously like a phone (the buttons!). True to rumors, it appears there's a hardware attachment, likely for the camera, on the top. We heard you @renan_batista - here's something to hold you over until next week: pic....
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Twitch vs YouTube Gaming vs Microsoft Mixer: which streaming service is for you?

Update: Microsoft has decided to mix things up slightly and change the name of its service to Mixer , adding in a few new features which we've detailed further in.  We have come a long way from gaming being a solitary 'best-enjoyed-in-the-dark-whilst-wearing-one’s-luckiest-pants' hobby. Now, it’s a hugely popular social experience accounting for incredible amounts of web traffic with millions of people not only playing online together, but ...
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Google makes it easier to share photos, notes and more with family members

Because constantly swapping passwords and usernames can be a pain, (if not also a security risk) Google is adding new ways for families to share with each other while still staying logged-on to their own private Google Accounts. Starting today, Google is rolling out ways to include family members when you use Google Photos , Google Keep , and Google Calendar . For example: family sharing on Google Photos now lets users send out their latest...
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OnePlus 5 leak tips it to be faster than the Samsung Galaxy S8

The forthcoming OnePlus 5 could be faster than the Galaxy S8 and the Google Pixel XL when it launches in the near future. TechRadar has been sent a chart from a trusted source close to OnePlus showing internal testing of app load times for the new smartphone versus the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Google Pixel XL . The results are promising for the fledgling smartphone brand, with the OnePlus 5 delivering times quicker than its rivals in most of t...
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Download of the day: qBittorrent

qBittorrent Some torrent apps offer every conceivable function. Others keep things as simple as possible. qBittorrent sits right in the middle, aiming to “meet the needs of most users while using as little CPU and memory as possible”. That means while it isn’t too frightening it still packs in a lot of features. It boasts an integrated torrent search engine, media player, encryption, prioritisation of torrents and the files within those tor...
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3D displays on smartphones could soon become a reality

Every Star Wars fan understands the importance of a hologram – those messages could mean life or death in a galaxy far, far away.  For years, optical engineers have been trying to create freestanding holograms – three-dimensional images created with lasers – and have achieved some success, like the virtual image of Tupac Shakur at Coachella 2012 or, more recently, the hologram of French presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon. But these a...
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Google IO liveblog: the 2017 keynote updates in real-time

10:03AM: It's started. Right on time, we're now into the introduction video (a cute animated short) for the Google IO keynote, right before Google CEO Sundar Pichai takes the stage. 09:48AM: There's a lot of work that goes into bringing you news and updates of live events like the Google IO keynote. These are just two of the people behind the madness, Michelle (left) and me, Matt Swider (right). We're psyched to be in Mountain View on the G...
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Google's Night Light for Chromebooks looks to help you sleep better

Enjoy using your Chromebook at night? You (or at least your eyes) might enjoy the next feature making its way to Google's laptop operating system. Keen-eyed Reddit users have spotted a "Night Light" mode in Chrome OS' experimental Canary channel, where new-but-incomplete builds of the operating system are testing before rolling out to the public at large. Night Light mode allows Chromebooks to tint the screen with a yellowish hue during cer...
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