Gadgets

Review: AirWheel Q3

Review: AirWheel Q3

Introduction Half Segway, half unicycle, the AirWheel Q3 arrived in the TechRadar office at the beginning of August promising a "revolution" in personal mobility. I was intrigued. After all, why walk to work when you can just… stand to work? The AirWheel is a personal transport vehicle that uses a gyroscope and attitude control stabilisation [...]

August 31, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Review: Basis Carbon Steel Edition

Review: Basis Carbon Steel Edition

Introduction and design Let’s face it, fitness trackers are still awfully limited in their ability to keep track of what’s going on with your body. We’re just only starting to see a few devices with extra biosensors such as the wrist-mounted heart rate monitor on the Samsung Gear Live and sleep tracking functionality of the [...]

August 23, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Review: Jawbone Up24 review

Review: Jawbone Up24 review

The smart and sporty Jawbone Up24 is the most fashionable, lightweight and comfortable fitness tracking wearable you can buy, and it has a beautiful app to match. Its activity and sleep tracking internals are also just about as brainy as the Fitbit Force and Nike FuelBand SE. Some functionality is sacrificed in the name of [...]

August 17, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Gaming

Microsoft’s Minecraft buy said to have cost it $2.5 billion

Microsoft’s Minecraft buy said to have cost it $2.5 billion

Why would Microsoft want to buy Mojang? Now that’s a silly question. Minecraft is one of the most popular games of this day and age, and it has longevity too. No wonder the deal is reportedly already locked in, according to Reuters. The Microsoft-Mojang buy was first rumored this week, and the site’s source says [...]

September 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Week in Tech: Week in Tech: Watch out, Apple’s back and bigger than ever

Week in Tech: Week in Tech: Watch out, Apple’s back and bigger than ever

What’s black and white and gold and completely invisible? The iPhone 6, if you were trying to watch Apple’s live stream as it unveiled the biggest phones it’s ever built. Apple also unveiled the long-rumoured iWatch, now called the Apple Watch, and a new way to pay called – yes! – Apple Pay. Elsewhere Microsoft [...]

September 13, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Exclusive: The consumer-ready Oculus Rift will launch in public ‘beta’ by summer 2015

Exclusive: The consumer-ready Oculus Rift will launch in public ‘beta’ by summer 2015

Oculus is keeping quiet on its plans for the launch of a consumer-ready version, but we’ve learned that the company is planning to roll out a public ‘beta’ for the headset as early as April 2015. Multiple sources with knowledge of the matter have told TechRadar and VRFocus that Oculus VR is planning to launch [...]

September 12, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Computing

Review: Asus Transformer Pad TF103

Review: Asus Transformer Pad TF103

Introduction Asus’ previous Transformer Pads have already established the concept – a good quality tablet that washes its own face, combined with an optional keyboard docking station that ups the price and desirability. At £199 (US$ 279, about AU$ 353) for the tablet alone or £239 (US$ 299, AU$ 429) for the tablet-and-dock combination (reviewed [...]

September 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Hands-on review: IDF 2014: Dell Venue 8 7000

Hands-on review: IDF 2014: Dell Venue 8 7000

Innovation comes in all shapes and sizes, but rarely does that innovation look as good as it does with the world’s thinnest tablet, the Dell Venue 8 7000 series, announced on Tuesday at IDF. And the reduction to a svelte 6mm is only the beginning. The real innovation isn’t exactly something you can see…well, unless [...]

September 11, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Hands-on review: IFA 2014: Asus Zenbook UX305

Hands-on review: IFA 2014: Asus Zenbook UX305

Asus unveiled the UX305, its newest flagship laptop at IFA 2014 this week. The device, it claims, is the world’s thinnest 13-in QHD+ ultrabook, giving it one of the highest pixel densities of any computers on the market. It faces competition from the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro and the Samsung ATIV Book 9 as well [...]

September 9, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Photography

HTC might be about to launch a GoPro-rivalling camera

HTC might be about to launch a GoPro-rivalling camera

The GoPro might be facing some serious competition soon, as HTC is said to be developing its first camera, which will be waterproof and designed for extreme sports. A new report from Bloomberg claims the Taiwanese company is to reveal a camera with a wide-angle lens and 16MP sensor. We’re told it will connect to [...]

September 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Damien Demolder: Fuji’s popular 56mm lens has had a filter added – isn’t that just cheating?

Damien Demolder: Fuji’s popular 56mm lens has had a filter added – isn’t that just cheating?

Canon has been going on for years about the wonderful irises it uses. Those in the best glass and L lenses feature eight or nine curved blades to create an almost perfectly circular aperture, and Canon says this is the magic answer to attractive out-of-focus highlights. The quality of out-of-focus highlights has become a sort [...]

September 12, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Feeling adventurous? The new Ricoh WG-M1 could be the perfect companion

Feeling adventurous? The new Ricoh WG-M1 could be the perfect companion

‘Ruggedised’ compact digital cameras are ten a penny these days, but the new Ricoh WG-M1 is different – and how. It doesn’t even look like a camera, for a start, with its laid-down-flat design, the LCD screen on the top and buttons on the sides. If you want to stand out from the crowd, this [...]

September 11, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Software

Google CEO says it’s too soon for a Motorola Nexus

Google CEO says it’s too soon for a Motorola Nexus

When Google’s purchase of Motorola was finalized this past May, many expected Moto to take the reins on the next Nexus device. This was despite repeated statements from Google explaining that Motorola wouldn’t receive preferential treatment over partners like Samsung, LG or Asus when it came to developing a new Nexus smartphone or tablet. In [...]

December 12, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 upgraded to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 upgraded to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean

Samsung has started pushing out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update to the Galaxy Note 2. It’s only reached Poland so far, according to the table over at SamMobile, but is rolling out in phases. So keep hitting the update button and hopefully you should see it soon enough. So what’s new? Well there’s a [...]

December 12, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Exclusive: Microsoft: IE auto-update caused internal panic

Exclusive: Microsoft: IE auto-update caused internal panic

With Internet Explorer finally getting auto updates for the first time this year, the UK lead for the product has told TechRadar that she has quelled a ‘reasonable amount of internal panic’ from the Microsoft enterprise teams. Auto-updating to the latest browser has been a big boon for rivals like Chrome, and clearly makes sense [...]

January 12, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Component

CES 2012: LaCie shows off new Thunderbolt products

CES 2012: LaCie shows off new Thunderbolt products

LaCie has announced the 2big Tunderbolt Series and the eSATA Hub Thunderbolt series at CES 2012. The storage specialist is showing off its latest Thunderbolt-equipped offerings with the technology offering transfer rates three times that of FireWire 800. LaCie 2big features RAID security, hot swappable discs and a solid aluminimum case, with capacities up to [...]

January 12, 2012 | 0 Comments More
CES 2012: Can Intel take the smartphone fight to ARM?

CES 2012: Can Intel take the smartphone fight to ARM?

Can Intel take the smartphone fight to ARM? Intel’s ‘Medfield’ Atom chip has been a long time coming, and we first reported on its announcement back in February 2011 after Mobile World Congress. Now we know it’s called the Intel Atom Z2460, and is at the heart of the new Lenovo K800 smartphone released today [...]

January 12, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Updated: CES 2012 highlights: what you need to know

Updated: CES 2012 highlights: what you need to know

CES 2012 highlights The world’s greatest tech show – CES 2012 – kicked off on Monday 9 January (if you’re a show obsessive, note that’s a week later than usual). Running until Thursday, the show sees the entire tech world descend on Las Vegas. We’ll be hearing from the biggest names in technology to talk [...]

January 12, 2012 | 0 Comments More

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Exclusive: The consumer-ready Oculus Rift will launch in public ‘beta’ by summer 2015

Exclusive: The consumer-ready Oculus Rift will launch in public ‘beta’ by summer 2015

Oculus is keeping quiet on its plans for the launch of a consumer-ready version, but we’ve learned that the company is planning to roll out a public ‘beta’ for the headset as early as April 2015. Multiple sources with knowledge of the matter have told TechRadar and VRFocus that Oculus VR is planning to launch [...]

September 12, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Alien: Isolation creators still need to ‘figure out’ virtual reality

Alien: Isolation creators still need to ‘figure out’ virtual reality

We can confirm that Alien: Isolation is grip-the-controller-until-your-fingers-bleed terrifying, but where there’s a will to turn up the scare dial from 10 to 11, there’s a way. And so Creative Assembly demoed a section of the game with the Oculus Rift at this year’s E3, allowing virtual reality to add a whole added level of [...]

September 10, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Film isn’t dead! The Lomo LC-A 120 helps fuel the retro revival

Film isn’t dead! The Lomo LC-A 120 helps fuel the retro revival

The newly announced Lomo LC-A 120 is about as far as you can get from a modern digital camera. It has a plastic box for a body, a fixed focal length lens and click-stop focusing that relies on your own judgement of distance – and remembering to set the focus for each shot. It does [...]

September 9, 2014 | 0 Comments More