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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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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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Google Hangouts just got promoted to be your ultimate work chat service

The world of workplace communication services is as cut-throat as the actual workforce, and today Google is rolling out a massive Hangouts overhaul to better compete with every other service vying for top spot. More than just a somewhat-casual chat client now, Google wants to position Hangouts as the go-to enterprise chat offering through which you collaborate with colleagues no matter where you are in the world. Hangouts has essentially sp...
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Best iPad games: the top free and paid-for titles around

You might balk at Pac-Man appearing in a best-of list for iPad games, but this isn’t your father’s arcade game. Sure, the basics remain: scoot about a maze, eating dots, avoiding ghosts, and turning the tables on them on eating a power pill. But Pac-Man Championship Edition DX is significantly faster, has neon-clad mazes and a thumping soundtrack, and the gameplay’s evolved in key areas. First, the maze is split in two. Clear one side and a...
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Nintendo Switch breaks two-day sales record for the Americas, beating out the Wii

In a series of tweets, New York Times reporter Nick Wingfield has divulged some impressive stats on the Nintendo Switch, saying that the new console’s two-day sales have beaten out all previous Nintendo console releases in the Americas. The information comes to us via Wingfield’s interview with Nintendo America president, Reggie Fils-Aimé. 2. Fri-Sat sales for Nintendo Switch exceeded first 2-day sales in Americas for any system in Nintendo...
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Download of the day: VirtualDJ

Virtual DJ Virtual DJ is much more than a simple music player or audio editor – it puts you behind the virtual decks and lets you mix multiple tracks, matching their speed, crossfading and adding special effects. You can also scratch songs and perform all the other actions you’d expect from a real DJ deck, and it’s completely free for home use. Why you need it With Virtual DJ, you can mix, sample and add effects in real time without any spe...
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Keep your Nintendo Switch away from aquariums and microwaves

If you've splashed out on a brand new Nintendo Switch this weekend then Nintendo has some advice for you: keep your Joy-Con controllers away from aquariums. And microwaves. And mobile phones, and wireless headsets, and wireless printers, and metal objects. The console maker has issued guidance for those having syncing problems with the Switch's wireless controllers and the bad news is there are a lot of wireless gadgets that can interfere w...
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The best Australian tech deals

With the weekend around the corner, it’s time to play your favourite tunes and get jiggy with it as there's some pretty good audio gear on sale today. Plus, there’s a tablet sale to pique your interest and a new toy that we think could be loads of fun. Fresh deals are constantly being added to our ever-growing list of products on sale, so grab yourself a new toy without burning a hole in your pocket. And, as always, don’t forget to scroll d...
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MWC 2017: all the biggest launches from Barcelona's massive phone show

Update: The TechRadar MWC 2017 awards are in and the LG G6 has picked up the Best Phone and Best in Show. Read on for more MWC news in this complete guide to the show. Here you'll find all the news, reviews and opinion you need. There's still lots to come, so please keep checking back.  MWC 2017, or Mobile World Congress 2017 to give it its full name, is the world’s biggest phone show, and this year it’s happening right now - from February ...
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Jaybird's X3 wireless headphones have arrived in Australia

For those of us who love to listen to music while working out, or just while being out and about, going wireless has finally given us the freedom of movement we’ve craved for years. And now there’s another contender that should have both audiophiles and fitness fanatics excited – the Jaybird X3’s are now available Down Under. These premium in-ear sports headphones are sweatproof, and Jaybird also promises they’re both  comfortable and featu...
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Update: Samsung Galaxy S8 launch date confirmed for March 29 in both London and New York

Update: Samsung has just told TechRadar that there will be two Unpacked events for the launch of... whatever phone it is, happening in both London and New York as full launches, not satellites of one or the other. Samsung’s not announcing the Galaxy S8 at Mobile World Congress 2017 , but it is showing a teaser, which reveals that the actual announcement date will be March 29. OK, so technically the Samsung Galaxy S8 isn’t named in the tease...
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Vitality vacuum: the five features fitness trackers still need in the future

Over the past few years, fitness trackers have come a really long way. No longer do we just have the choice between over-priced, garishly-colored, souped-up pedometers that make us feel collectively rubbish for never ever reaching 10,000 steps. Now some of the high-end devices on the market can monitor our fitness levels, track our heart rate, keep tabs on our breathing, know our exact location with the help of GPS and so much more.  But it...
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Spotify enters the realm of original podcasts with three music-based series

It’s been a while since Spotify introduced the ability to stream podcasts through its app , but it’s now taking the next logical step and producing its own content, with the introduction of three music-themed shows. Showstopper is the first to release and promises to “bring together two of the most culturally relevant topics of our time: TV shows and music.”  Hosted by Naomi Zeichner, editor of The Fader magazine, the series is set to cover...
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Google is making a 4K set-top box, but chances are you can’t buy it

If blazing-fast download speeds aren’t enough, new reports suggest Google Fiber subscribers might be receiving a new 4K set-top box on top of it.  According to an FCC filing discovered today by Business Insider , Google is cooking up a 4K UHD wireless set-top box – one equipped with Bluetooth 4.1 and dual-band Wi-Fi. Oh, and the document reports that the set-top box will have access to YouTube in 4K, too.  A 4K wireless set-t...
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Apple Park opens in April - new HQ comes complete with sweet Steve Jobs homage

Apple's futuristic 'Campus' HQ will finally open its doors to employees this April, under its new name, 'Apple Park'. While there's no word yet on whether or not it has a T-Rex, it will have a heartfelt homage to former Apple boss Steve Jobs. Jobs, who helped in the early stages of the site's development, will have the 175-acre campus's 1,000 seater theater named after him. The Park, replacing Apple's current One Infinite Loop base of opera...
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What’s the best Linux firewall distro of 2017?

While servers require more involvement and active maintenance, some aspects of the installation process are, in fact, streamlined, i.e. a server distro is designed to take over an entire hard disk which eradicates the need to define partitions. The firewall distros in this roundup go to great lengths to help you mould the installation as per your network configuration. All of them use browser-based interfaces that can be used to monitor and...
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