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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15 best PC gaming headsets 2017

Every PC gamer wants the best picture. After all, there’s nothing like a curved, ultra-wide or 4K monitor to really make for a top-notch immersive experience. But what about the best sound? As gamers flock to the latest graphics cards, processors, mice and keyboards, the best PC gaming headsets often fly under the radar. Because they’re “optional”, you have a bit of leeway to skimp when it comes to audio.  That ...
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Amazon deals for Mother's Day give you big Echo and Kindle discounts

Mother's Day is on Sunday, May 14, and if you want to get your mom, grandma, significant other or any special woman in your life more than just a Hallmark card, keep reading.  Amazon is running a number of deals on some of its top tech over the next week, giving you plenty of perfect gift ideas to choose from. And hey, mom's earned it: she had to raise you, right? These special offers are available right now and end at 9pm PT on Saturday, M...
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Landline phones are hanging around, but just barely

In a study sure to shock you to the core, it appears that citizens in the US are close to giving up on landline telephones — but haven't done so just yet. A US Department of Health and Human Services study released today found that 50.8% of American homes have gone exclusively wireless with their phones.  39.4% of homes used both landlines and at least one wireless phone, meaning that just 6.5% of homes in the US were landline-only, leaving...
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iPhone sales are flat leading up to the iPhone 8

Apple has announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2017, and with revenue of over $52.9 billion, the tech giant is clearly doing just fine.  iPhone, however, is another matter, though there's no reason for Apple to worry as it gets ever closer to its biggest product launch of the year.  Here are the Q2 figures: Apple sold 50.8 million iPhones which CEO Tim Cook said was in line with internal expectations. This is, however, ...
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Download of the day: AIMP

AIMP Are you still using Windows Media Player or – gasp – iTunes on your PC? Then for the love of all that is good and great in the world, embrace AIMP instead. Unlike the programs we’ve just mentioned it’s fast, friendly and won’t have you throwing f-bombs around every time you try to do anything. Why you need it Most of us use our PCs for some kind of music playback, whether it’s hardcore techno while we hoover or podcasts for us to ponde...
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Project Scorpio: everything we know about Microsoft's 4K-ready Xbox

Update:  If you're curious about what Project Scorpio games might actually look like then a series of screenshots from a recent Microsoft tech demo might give you a better idea. Original article continues below... Consoles are weird right now aren't they? First we had the rumors, and then the release of the PS4 Pro and Microsoft's Xbox One S , a souped up 4K-lite version of the Xbox One . And this year, with Project Scorpio, Microsoft is br...
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Google Home just became your perfect kitchen companion

Have ambitions of competing on Master Chef or Chopped? Yeah, us too, and while we're still perfecting the fine art of, um, not burning food, Google Home wants to help you kill it in the kitchen.  The smart speaker is today adding recipes to the mix, allowing users to follow step-by-step instructions for over five million recipes read out by Google Assistant. Yes, you read that right: five million.  With the likes of Bon Appetit, The New Yor...
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Google may be working on three Pixel 2 devices

Work has started on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL - follow up phones to last year’s Google branded handsets - and a new rumor suggests there may be a third phone in the works too. Code in the Android Open Source Project suggests there will be three devices all running Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 system on a chip. The phones packing the Snapdragon 835 isn’t a massive surprise – it’s Qualcomm's current top of the range chipset and it's unli...
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Download of the day: Torch Web Browser

Torch Web Browser Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Edge are all fine browsers, but to get the most out of them you have to spend time tracking down and installing extenesions to add extra features. Chrome-based Torch Web Browser helps you avoid that hassle with a set of great preinstalled plugins that are ready to use immediately. Why you need it As you'd expect from its origins, Torch Web Browser looks and acts much like Google Chrom...
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HTC has finally settled on a name for its 2017 flagship phone

We thought the long-running saga of the name of HTC's 2017 flagship phone had been settled earlier this week, when the company sent out invites for a press event for the HTC U, due to be held on May 16. Definitely the HTC U and not the HTC 11 then? Well, apparently there's another twist in the tale. VentureBeat reports that the phone will be branded the HTC U 11, borrowing from both this year's naming scheme and flagship HTC phones of the p...
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Major Windows 10 updates will come twice a year, Microsoft promises

Microsoft has confirmed that the next major Windows 10 update, codenamed “Redstone 3,” is slated to land this September. In the same blog post making the announcement, the firm promised to release major Windows 10 updates every March and September from here on out. Citing strong consumer feedback regarding the want for more predictability and stability from Microsoft’s Windows update model, Windows Commercial Marketing GM Bernardo Caldas st...
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Getting romance right is gaming's next achievement to unlock

It’s probably not a stretch to say that most of us don’t turn to video games for their life-affirming, touching and realistic love stories.  That’s not to say there aren’t gamers out there who wouldn’t love to see love stories in their games; at this point I firmly believe that we’re past the point that audiences would be resistant – it’s abundantly clear from the number of games that are out there and the number of different stories that t...
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Lloyds Bank jumps onboard Microsoft's Windows Hello secure payment tech

Allowing users to ditch their passwords completely, Microsoft has joined forces with the Lloyds Banking Group to pioneer new, quicker, and safer security options that let you make payments with your face – i.e. Windows Hello via Windows 10 . Building on the biometrics that allow users to unlock their machines using fingerprint or facial recognition software, certain Windows 10 users will soon be able to log-in to their online banking accoun...
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The tech I’ll use to take on the London Marathon

So, we’re already at day two in the 10 day countdown towards the London Marathon, and I’ve had a few people asking what sort of tech I’ll be using in the race - so I’ve put together a guide to what I’ll be using. However, what I’ll be running with will be useless to one person, or irrelevant to another - it’s what makes you feel good. I don’t like running with a phone strapped to my arm but some people can’t do without it - and that’s OK. T...
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HTC One X10, now official, will focus on battery life and style

Rumors for the HTC 11 – also may be known as the HTC Ocean – are thin on the ground at the moment, but a new phone from the Taiwanese company has surfaced and it's called the HTC One X10. The phone originally leaked thanks to Twitter leaker Evleaks, but now appears to be official.  The One X10 stands out with a 4,000mAh battery and boasts a full-metal design, but oddly enough, it only appears to be showing up on the Russian HTC website. It'...
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10 best Android phones in Australia: which should you buy in 2017

UPDATE: We've added the LG G6 to our list of the best Android phones in Australia. LG has ditched the gimmicks of its last couple of handsets, and it's all the better for it. Read on to find out more! Apple may have kickstarted the smartphone revolution when it launched its very first iPhone back in 2007, but it was Google's Android operating system that truly took it mainstream. With an open platform and multiple manufacturers using the op...
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The best USB flash drives 2017

USB memory sticks (or flash drives as they're often known) are essential to how we consume data on our PCs these days, and to help you choose what kind of USB sotrage is right for you, we've put together this list of the best USB flash drives you can buy today. If you want to shift some huge pictures or videos around, then the best option is to throw them on a USB stick or a memory card - if you're lucky to have a reader around. Need to bac...
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Android Nougat release date: when you'll get it and everything you need to know

Update: Google's Android Nougat has launched on a lot of phones over the last five months, while others have the update in the offing.  There's a good chance your phone – whether it's a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Huawei P9 or Honor 8 – already has the software update or it's coming in the next few weeks. But it's often extra confusing because the Android Nougat release date for some phones doesn't always reflect what you see in your software u...
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The weirdest Super Mario games ever

Think Bates Motel, but with more koopalings - Hotel Mario is almost as horrific. A shoddy puzzle game developed for the Philips CD-i console, this one thankfully wasn't developed by Nintendo, but Philips Fantasy Factory instead. Featuring unresponsive controls and bizarre full-motion video cutscenes, Mario has to work his way through a series of hotels... shutting doors. Not exactly a vintage outing for Mario. It's often considered the wors...
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Nintendo Switch doesn’t need apps to flourish

As you may or may not already know, the Nintendo Switch didn’t ship with support for popular video streaming apps, like Hulu or Netflix. And while it will get them “ in time ”, it might not be getting them soon. Many people are upset, relating this sort of omission as the death knell of a home console in the modern era. I disagree with that sentiment. In fact, not only do I believe that their absence isn’t a bad thing, I’ll go even further ...
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