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We'll be live at Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 launch today

Today's the day!  Samsung's latest Unpacked event kicks off at 8am PDT, 11am EDT, 4pm BST and the South Korean firm will unveil its latest phablet - the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 . We'll be reporting live from the New York event to bring you all the latest on Samsung's new big-screen smartphone, so stay tuned for all the build up and action as it happens. In the meantime, check out our rumor roundup and thought pieces to give you an idea of wha...
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Gamescom 2017: all the biggest gaming announcements from Cologne

Update: Microsoft dropped a bombshell announcement at the end of its Age of Empires special keynote held during Gamescom: after 10 long years, it will finally publish Age of Empires IV. Microsoft also announced that following the re-release of the original Age of Empires, it will also release remasters of Age of Empires II and III.   Original article continues below... Gamescom has begun. Arguably Europe's biggest gaming event (some have ta...
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The best John Lewis Black Friday deals 2017

With the 2017 edition of Black Friday now almost upon us, you're going to be wanting to know where all the biggest price drops and reductions are to be found - and here we're focusing on a store that's always one of the major players in the Black Friday fun and games, John Lewis. The venerable high street department store always has lots going on for Black Friday, as we saw last year and in previous years, so stop all the frantic scrolling ...
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Apple and Comcast reportedly in talks for movie rentals right after theater debuts

As more people find creature comforts in watching movies from home with services like Netflix and Hulu, movie studios could soon skip the wait and release new flicks to streaming shortly after they hit theaters — for a price. Distributors like Apple and Comcast — in conjunction with studios like Warner Bros. and the Comcast-owned Universal Pictures — are reportedly in talks with movie theaters to negotiate releasing brand-new films just wee...
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The best Nintendo Switch mods we’ve seen... so far

Another mod inspired by Nintendo's history, this Game Boy Advance SP has been cleverly turned into a thoroughly on-brand Switch dock.  Created by Alexander Blake and posted to imgur and Instagram (@CaptnAlex), this dock was inspired by the realization of the fact that the circuit board in the Nintendo Switch's real dock is around the size of an SP Game Boy. Blake stripped out the insides of the SP and carved a hole above and inside the scre...
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The best Sky broadband deals in August 2017

Sky used to be known best for its TV service, but now its just as synonymous with home broadband internet. Sky broadband is one of the most popular providers in the UK. Whether you want broadband only, or a package of Sky TV and broadband , we'll help you find your way to the best broadband deal . Our postcode checker above will tell you whether the faster Sky Fibre is available in your area. The good news is that Sky has some great prices ...
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The 10 best 2-in-1 laptops of 2017: the best hybrid laptops ranked

Don’t let the dismal return rates at the launch of the Surface Book fool you. Although some of the best 2-in-1 laptops may have been off to a shaky start in their younger years, these Windows 10 -based convertible and detachable-style laptops are now thriving amid a market that has otherwise seen better days.  Then again, not all of the best 2-in-1 laptops are the same. Some are bundled with styluses and detachable keyboards while others ar...
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Here’s what you should be watching, playing and listening to this weekend

The weekend is a wondrous time, full of unlimited potential and infinite possibilities. It’s the time to explore the world and, when it comes time to settle in for the night, binge out on the best movies, shows, music and games you might’ve missed while working this week. But what, exactly, should you binge on?  Welcome back to another installment of Off the Radar, a column where we uncover the best shows, movies, music and games you should...
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The best PS4 games: 20 of this generation's must-play titles

With almost 60 million units sold, the PS4 is without a doubt the highest-selling console of this generation. Part of that is due to the hardware's power, but we all know the main reason for its success is its vast and varied library of games.  Yes, in its first couple of years a depressing number of these were ports of PS3 games like The Last of Us and GTA5, but those days are now behind us, with excellent exclusives like Horizon: Zero Daw...
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Ryzen Threadripper 16-core processor impresses with a beefy overclock to 4.1GHz

AMD’s first batch of mighty Ryzen Threadripper processors officially launch today , but folks who’ve got hold of a chip already have been testing out its overclocking potential, and the good news is it seems the 1950X is a seriously strong performer in this department. This leak comes from a Reddit denizen (going by the name ‘calling the wolf’) who claims to have pushed a Threadripper 1950X to 4.1GHz across all 16-cores, a good chunk above ...
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Only with your help can Google Maps build a better map for everyone

It’s hard enough to just find a good local taco joint. But for some, locating a restaurant that can also accommodate for a disability requires a herculean amount of research and planning. Thankfully, the world of technology has a solution. Google Maps has long been putting its users to task by quizzing them about their favorite destinations. From questions ranging from a bar’s drink offering and vibe of the atmosphere to the availability of...
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This week’s best VPN deals: Hotspot Shield, IPVanish, ExpressVPN

Mozilla, the company behind popular web browser Firefox, has just launched a new private file-sharing tool called Firefox Send that allows users to upload and share even large files securely. While this tool might be a good option for some users, a VPN is a much better option when it comes to bolstered security. By using a VPN to connect to the internet, all of your devices and files will benefit from an added layer of security and protecti...
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Here’s what you should be watching, playing and listening to this weekend

The weekend (n.) the period from Friday evening through Sunday evening, especially regarded as a time for leisure. The Weeknd (also n.) a Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer who probably really enjoys the weekend. Here at TechRadar, we enjoy them both. It’s my pleasure to welcome you back to another installment of Off the Radar, a column where I'll uncover the best shows, movies, music and games you should be checking out with y...
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It looks increasingly likely that the Google Pixel 2 will drop the headphone jack

The biggest talking point around the upcoming Google Pixel 2 and it’s bigger sibling, the Pixel 2 XL, is whether the handsets will drop the headphone jack, and we've got yet more rumors suggesting it's time to pour one out for the 3.5mm port. A tweet shared by managing editor of 9to5Google Stephen Hall, further solidifies the current thinking that Google will drop the headphone jack on the Pixel 2 (and 2 XL), in favor of Bluetooth connectiv...
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The 10 best gaming keyboards of 2017

Update: A more affordable and fully functional alternative to the Logitech 610 Orion, the Hyper X Alloy Elite is characterized by its steel frame and choice of Cherry MX switches. Read on to number 3 on our list to find out more! PC gaming has undergone somewhat of a resurgence these past few years, so it’s more important than ever to keep your gaming keyboard up to date. The top gaming keyboards are mostly mechanical, making them not only ...
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How this Amazon Echo speaker hack could be used to record your every word

When a device is permanently listening to everything that’s happening in your home then you better be sure that it’s secure.  However, researchers from MWR InfoSecurity have discovered a way to hack into the Amazon Echo , giving them the ability to install software that could allow them to listen to, and record, everything that the Echo hears – even if the speaker's usual trigger word has not been activated.  There are a couple of caveats t...
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release date, news and rumors

Update: The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 launch date has been confirmed to be August 23, and new renders appear to gives a full look at the new phablet. We also have a first look at the leaked new Note 8 colors. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the biggest comeback story in phones following all of the disastrous Galaxy Note 7 battery failures last year. And now that our Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus reviews are up, we're focused on what next's for Sams...
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The worst movies you shouldn't be watching on Netflix and Amazon Prime

I had an epiphany this week, while watching one of the worst movies you are likely to see this year. It was The Circle (it's available to view on Netflix if you fancy wasting your life) a movie so terrible it's no surprise that everyone in it has stopped talking about it and probably phoning IMDb right now to get it erased from their CVs.  It has all the hallmarks of a successful movie: it's based on a best-selling novel, features John Boye...
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Apple just got the green light to test 5G in the US

The future of mobile technologies inches ever closer as Apple received the go-ahead to test out 5G wireless broadband connectivity. Granted by the FCC just a few months after applying for a license , Apple has been granted permission to conduct trials with 5G millimeter wave technology on 28 GHz and 39 GHz frequency bands, according to DSLReports . The move comes shortly after the regulatory agency opened up the commercial sale of certain 5...
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Best Android apps 2017: download these now

There are any number of apps and websites dedicated to testing your current data speeds, but for the most part that’s all they do. Meteor aims to add context, not only telling you your download speed, upload speed and ping, but also telling you the implications of that for the apps you use. Meteor will tell you the overall performance you can expect from YouTube, Spotify, Facebook, Waze, Google Maps, Skype, Amazon, Dropbox, Chrome, Flipboar...
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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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