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The makers of Roomba could one day sell maps of your home

Roomba maker iRobot has big plans for its automated vacuum bots, but it could involve gathering up something a little more personal than dust and crumbs. iRobot CEO Colin Angle thinks that the future of the company's floor cleaning hockey pucks may lie in using them to map the layout of customers' homes, according Reuters . In the report, Angle claims that while the internet of things boom has resulted in everything from smart thermometers ...
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Microsoft says it's still working on that Halo TV series

Speculation around a TV spin-off for Halo, one of the most iconic gaming franchises of our time, has been swirling for years , but we've not heard much about the project lately. Now Microsoft has told AR12Gaming that a show is indeed still in the works. "Progress on the Halo television series continues," says a Microsoft spokesperson. "We want to ensure we're doing this the right way together with a team of creative partners... that can hel...
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The 9 best SSDs of 2017

Updated: We've added the HP S700 Pro SSD to the ninth slot. Read on find out why this business-oriented drive is one our top picks. Looking for the best SSD, otherwise known as solid-state drive? You've come to the right place, as we list the very best SSDs you can buy in 2017. We've also got some handy buying advice if you're looking to get a new SSD. Capacity has always been the source of insecurity for SSDs. Even now, 15TB will cost you ...
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We can't afford to let driverless cars kill off public transport

Imagine, if you will, a line.  At one end of the line, which we'll call the 'low-effort' end you've got public transport. They're easy to ride; you sit down and their drivers take you to your destination. You might not have much say in what that destination is, but at least you don't have to pay any attention on the way.  They’re low effort, but also incredibly inflexible.  Turn your gaze now to the opposite end of the line, where you'll fi...
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The best movies on Netflix: great films you can watch in Australia right now

UPDATED: Steven Spielberg's masterpiece Munich has been added to Netflix Australia's lineup – find out more about it on page 3 ! If you're new to Netflix and want to find the best movies to watch, or you're tired of browsing the app for 30 minutes before finding something to watch, you've come to the right place. With thousands of movies at your disposal, it's easy to get stuck in binge-watching mode, but finding the honest-to-goodness best...
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Nokia 8 leak shows off new Zeiss dual-cameras and final design

The Nokia 8 is now far less of a mystery, as its purported final design has been leaked in full.  As seen on VentureBeat , Nokia’s 5.3-inch Android Nougat flagship bares all, including its 2.5D curved glass front, the nearly bezel-free display and (surprise!) its Zeiss-powered dual-lens camera system, reportedly featuring two 13MP sensors.  Last month, TechRadar reported on Nokia’s partnership with Zeiss , a power play to put its foray into...
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Leaked photo gives us our best look yet at the Galaxy Note 8

We've got some big-hitting phones still to come in 2017 but few are generating as much buzz as the Galaxy Note 8 - and thanks to a photo posted to Twitter we may just have got our best look yet at the upcoming phablet, even if we still have to wait for its official debut. Posted by Twitter use Ice Universe , who has a better-than-average record as a tipster, the shot shows three Galaxy Note 8 handsets in a row complete with minimal, slightl...
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The best laptops of 2017: top laptops for every need

Buying a new laptop is a big investment - so you want to make sure you buy the perfect device that suits your needs. That's why we've put together this list of the best laptops you can buy today - to help you buy a new laptop with confidence. With thorough testing we have reviewed and ranked the top laptops. We’re so sure of our recommendations that we guarantee confidence, accuracy and comprehensiveness in our reviews. What you'll find bel...
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Samsung SM-G9600 leaks out with Snapdragon 840: Could this be the Galaxy S8 Mini?

There have been multiple reports that have talked about how the Samsung Galaxy S8 has failed to impress in the market. Although the company has denied these claims, it seems like the manufacturer is already preparing a new variant of the Galaxy S8. A Geekbench listing has revealed the existence of the Galaxy S8 Mini or “Lite” sporting the new quad-core Snapdragon 840 processor on board.  We haven't seen too many Snapdragon 840 powered smart...
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These are the strangest Amazon Prime Day deals

Amazon Prime Day, it’s one of the best days for buying tech at deep discounts, and at the same time it’s also a great way for Amazon to empty out its warehouses. Just like any store, you’re bound to find some weird stuff among the back shelves, and so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to find the strangest deals of Amazon Prime Day. Save 33% on Pheromones For Women/Men Pheromone Cologne Oil : Looking to attract that special someone? Well pherom...
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Oculus Rift and Touch bundle gets a massive price cut

Those who have been thinking of taking the plunge into VR gaming might want to make a move this summer, because the Oculus Rift has just seen a major discount, with the price of the headset and controller bundle dropping to $399 – a reduction of $200. The Rift and Touch bundle has also been reduced to £399 in the UK, which is again two hundred notes less than it was previously. The catch? Well, there isn’t one as such, except for the fact t...
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Download of the day – Grow

Grow is a lovely indie platform game with a gameplay mechanic reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland.  The game's protagonist is a crow wearing a rather natty knitted sweater, who must venture across a wintry landscape to safety. He faces various challenges along the way, which can be overcome by eating either mushrooms to apples. Mushrooms make him grow, making high ledges and hills accessible, while apples make him shrink small enough to pass...
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The best Xbox One deals on Amazon Prime Day 2017

So you're looking for an Xbox One deal and Amazon Prime Day is almost here! We'll be updating this page with the latest offers over the next few days to make sure you don't miss out. We've also highlighted the best Xbox One bundles you can get right now. There are some superb Xbox One deals and bundles around this week with some going for less than £200! Microsoft is going all out to put pressure on its rivals as the Xbox One is now the che...
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Here's how much we watch Netflix compared to every other major streaming service

It's no surprise that more and more households are beaming in their favorite shows over the internet — but even as cable-cutting completion grows, one service stills remains the top dog by a sizable margin. As you might've guessed, that service is Netflix, which takes up more of customers' viewing time in the US than all major competing over-the-top (OTT) streaming services combined, according to MarketingCharts . The data, gathered by comS...
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The HTC U11’s killer feature could be coming to a mid-range phone

Edge Sense is the HTC U11 ’s headline feature, letting you squeeze the phone to interact with it in a variety of ways, but you might not have to buy HTC’s flagship to get a squeezable phone of your own, as rumors suggest a mid-range HTC handset is on the way with Edge Sense baked in. Revealed by TheLeaker and @LlabTooFeR , the phone is apparently called the HTC Ocean Life, though we wouldn’t be surprised if it launches under a different nam...
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Amazon Echo vs Show vs Dot vs Tap: which is best smart home speaker for you?

Honestly, not everyone needs an Amazon Echo . Sure, it’d be nice. But most of us don’t have $179 (£150, around AU$230) burning a hole in our pockets.  Sometimes, an Amazon Echo Dot or an Amazon Tap might make more sense, considering that they cost less and are nearly identical in terms of functionality.  The last thing we’d want you to do is overspend on a gadget you might not really need and have therefore come up with a quick and easy gui...
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Facebook can now help you find Wi-Fi anywhere

If you're a remote worker looking for a place to set up your mobile office or just someone with a limited data plan, free Wi-Fi can be more precious than food or water. Now Facebook is pushing out a new feature inside its mobile apps to help you locate the nearest hotspots. It's called Find Wi-Fi and it's been in limited testing since last year, though Facebook has now pushed the button to roll it out globally, so everyone should be getting...
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Here's what's new on Stan in July 2017

With so many movies and TV shows available on each of the streaming services in Australia, it can be tough to keep up with all the new releases that appear each month. In an effort to keep you informed about the best shows and movies that are in the process of being added to Stan, we will be bringing you an updated list of what you can expect on the service on a monthly basis. Without further ado, here at the best movies and TV shows set to...
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You may soon be able to see who likes you on Tinder before you swipe

Tinder is testing out a new premium tier with additional features including one that users have been requesting for a long time, the ability to see who likes you before you like them. It’s the age old dilemma, who shows the first sign of interest. What if you swipe and they don’t? What if you’re swiping away people who have liked you and then ending up with nothing. Nightmare.  Now it looks like you’re going to be able to pay your way out o...
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The best Australian Xbox One X deals: where to pre-order the 4K Xbox

Formerly known as Project Scorpio, Microsoft officially unveiled the   Xbox One X at E3 2017, after a year of waiting. This is the full 4K HDR upgrade from Microsoft that existing Xbox One owners and newcomers to the brand have been waiting for. So we imagine you're after any information you can get about an Xbox One X pre-order? Or maybe you need to be convinced before placing your order? Why should I buy an Xbox One X? While not technical...
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Leaked Pixel 2 specs show Google has some surprises in store

There's no doubt the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL are two of the most highly anticipated flagship phone launches yet to happen this year, and thanks to an anonymous source "familiar" with Google's plans we now have more details to go on. As XDA Developers reports , the source says there will indeed be two new Pixel phones this year: a 4.97-inch model that's largely similar in size and look to the original phone , and a bigger 5.99-inch device...
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Google promises to stop scanning your inbox to serve up ads

Since it arrived on the scene in 2004 with a whopping 1GB of free storage space for users, Gmail has been funded by targeted advertising linked to the content of your emails, but that's going to change later this year. "Gmail content will not be used or scanned for any ads personalization" at some unspecified point in the next few months, Google announced in a blog post , although you will still see adverts in your inbox - they'll just be g...
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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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