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Apple launches second generation AirPods with wireless charging
Posted on Wednesday March 20, 2019

Bluetooth earbuds have longer battery life, hands-free Siri and new wireless charging case

Apple has launched a new version of its hugely popular wireless earbuds, the AirPods, with long-anticipated wireless charging and longer battery life.

The second-generation AirPods look identical to the previous version, complete with a white stalk that looks like a set of earphones with the cables cut off. But now the earbuds last longer when used for phone calls between charges and support hands-free access to Apple’s Siri voice assistant.

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Amazon's cheapest Kindle now has a better screen and a front light
Posted on Wednesday March 20, 2019

Higher contrast, better touchscreen and Paperwhite-like light among improvements

Amazon has released a new version of its cheapest Kindle e-reader with an improved screen and a reading light, a feature previously held back for its more expensive devices.

Costing £10 more than the previous generation, at £69.99, the new Kindle has a 6in e-ink display with an adjustable front light that projects from the sides to make the screen readable in the dark.

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Major study suggests Apple Watch can detect irregular heartbeat
Posted on Saturday March 16, 2019

More work needed to see if wearables can help screen for heart problems, but researchers call study encouraging

A huge study suggests the Apple Watch can detect a worrisome irregular heartbeat – but experts say more work is needed to tell if using wearable technology to screen for heart problems really helps.

More than 419,000 Apple Watch users signed up for the study, which was funded by Apple and the largest ever to explore screening seemingly healthy people for atrial fibrillation (A-fib), a condition that if untreated eventually can trigger strokes.

Related: Blow to low carb diet as landmark study finds high fibre cuts heart disease risk

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Five of the best noise-cancelling headphones
Posted on Saturday March 16, 2019

Blocking out annoying sounds on flights or the commute with these options priced from £80

Daily life is stressful enough without being subjected to the noise of others. Thankfully noise cancelling headphones can help by actively blocking oppressive distractions, whether it’s for flights, the commute, or just in the office, with effective options costing from £80.

Here’s a quick guide to separate the wheat from the chaff.

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The Hypervolt massager: it's as if I've grasped an electric fence and can't let go
Posted on Monday March 11, 2019

It pumps out 3,200 percussions a minute to help your muscles recover after exercise. And it does the trick – if you like feeling like a cut of meat being tenderised

The words “personal massaging device” make one spontaneously vibrate with the effort of suppressing a thousand schoolboy jokes, but let’s pretend we are better than that. The Hypervolt, a name that positively screams “fragile masculinity”, is the latest product from Hyperice, a company that usually specialises in foam rollers and ice compression packs with a name that is weirdly reminiscent of Müllerice.

The Hypervolt (£374.99, hyperice.co.uk) looks sci-fi and fun; like Barbarella’s gun. It doesn’t want to be fun, though; it wants to speed up muscle recovery after intense exercise, using percussion therapy. This has nothing to do with nervously air-drumming in a doctor’s waiting room, while you sit expecting the results of your blood test, and this review is also nothing to do with that, so stop worrying and get it together, man. Percussion therapy involves vibrating muscles at high speed, to stretch them out after the tightening effects of exercise, as well as loosen the connective tissues surrounding them. It is not intended for lazy people such as me, who rarely exercise and store all tension in their thoughts. (What if the doctor says I’m not lazy – that there’s actually something wrong with me? Would that be better or worse? Immaterial. Focus.)

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MWC 2019: folding wrist phones, 5G and quintuple cameras – 8 standout gadgets
Posted on Friday March 01, 2019

Also unveiled in Barcelona: Microsoft’s Hololens 2 and phones with folding screens

The annual mobile technology jamboree in Barcelona has revealed the latest exciting developments that will feature in phones, tablets and watches over the next 12 months. From folding handsets and ultra-sophisticated cameras to brick-like smartphones with a very long battery life – here are eight of the most notable products from Mobile World Congress 2019 this week.

Samsung’s $2,000 Galaxy Fold changes the smartphone game

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 review: novel slider finally hits the UK
Posted on Wednesday February 27, 2019

‘China’s Apple’ finally lands in the UK with cut-price top-spec phone with a slide-out selfie camera

After several years of threatening Xiaomi has finally entered the UK with a series of good-value smartphones starting from £99 including the range-topping Mi Mix 3. But has “China’s Apple” delivered something new, or just another forgettable Chinese smartphone?

At first glance the £499 Mi Mix 3 looks fairly boring. The front has a giant display, just like the rest. The back appears shiny glass, just like the rest. It’s got polished metal sides, just like most. But pick up the phone and you realise it’s hiding more than one secret.

Screen: 6.39in FHD+ AMOLED (403ppi)

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

RAM: 6GB of RAM

Storage: 128GB

Operating system: MIUI 10.2 based on Android 9 Pie

Camera: rear dual 12MP camera, front dual 24MP selfie-camera

Connectivity: dual sim, LTE, wifi, NFC, Bluetooth 5, wireless charging and GPS

Dimensions: 157.9 x 74.7 x 8.5mm

Weight: 218g

You get a 10W wireless charging pad in the box which takes the phone’s cabled charger

There’s an AI button you can configure to launch Google Assistant, or a variety of other apps or functions

The Mi Mix 3 vibrates every time anything turns up in the notification shade, including the download manager for app updates and other bits, which can get annoying

A 5G version of the Mi Mix 3 is due to go on sale later this year

Pros: notchless all-screen design, good screen, slide-out camera, wireless charging and pad in the box, top performance, solid battery life, good camera, excellent value, great gesture navigation

Cons: MIUI software isn’t as good as the competition, heavy, no water resistance, no headphone socket

Honor View20 review: top phone at half the cost of an iPhone XS

OnePlus 6T review: you’d have to spend double to get better than this

iPhone XR review: Apple’s cheaper battery king

Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: cutting-edge brilliance

iPhone XS Max review: Apple’s supersized smartphone

Google Pixel 3 XL review: big is still beautiful

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Honor View20 review: top phone at half the cost of an iPhone XS
Posted on Friday February 01, 2019

A big screen with a hole-punch notch, a cracking 48MP camera, great performance and battery

The Honor View20 made by Huawei, the Chinese manufacturer at the centre of a political storm, offers a top-notch experience including a great camera for £500 – less than half the price of an iPhone XS.

The company is at the centre of allegations of violating sanctions and theft of trade secrets, but it’s undeniable that it has produced some excellent phones at affordable prices over the last year. The View20 is Honor’s attempt to show that is has the beans to step out from the shadow of just being Huawei’s cheaper sub-brand with a top-flight phone of its own.

Screen: 6.4in FHD+ LCD (398ppi)

Processor: octa-core Huawei Kirin 980

RAM: 6GB or 8GB of RAM

Storage: 128 or 256GB

Operating system: Magic UI 2 based on Android 9 Pie

Camera: rear 48MP camera + 3D sensor, 25MP selfie-camera

Connectivity: headphone socket, LTE, wifi, NFC, Bluetooth 5 and GPS (dual-sim available in some regions)

Dimensions: 156.9 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm

Weight: 180g

The notch obscures the time in the left corner when using Android Auto on the phone

There’s a tiny amount of uneven backlighting at the very bottom of the screen, which almost looks like shadow from the bezel

Sometimes the three navigation buttons were shunted slightly off to the left of the centre when held in portrait orientation

Honor has included a very useful button on the navigation bar to rotate the screen when you have auto-rotation disabled (as I have all the time)

The View20 is one of the first three Android phones to support Fornite at 60fps

Pros: hole-punch notch, snappy performance, good battery life, brilliant camera, good screen, dual-sim, headphone socket

Cons: Magic UI not to everyone’s taste, no expandable storage, no water resistance, no wireless charging

OnePlus 6T review: you’d have to spend double to get better than this

Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: cutting-edge brilliance

Google Pixel 3 review: raising the bar for the Android experience

Google Pixel 3 XL review: big is still beautiful

Apple iPhone XS review: two steps forward, one step back

iPhone XS Max review: Apple’s supersized smartphone

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Super Bowl: experimental radar aims to stop drone drama at game
Posted on Monday January 28, 2019

After rogue drone sightings halt flights, startup seeks permission to test tracking system at Sunday’s game

A Bill Gates-funded startup is seeking permission to test a new kind of drone detector at Sunday’s Super Bowl game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots in Atlanta.

Echodyne, a Seattle-based company, filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Sunday to operate two experimental radars “in the immediate vicinity” of Mercedes-Benz Stadium to “alert security personnel, including federal officers, of any unidentified drone activity during Super Bowl LIII”.

Related: First Gatwick. Now a film about a serial killer drone. We have been warned

This story has been updated to correct the cost of Echodyne’s system.

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Amazon Echo Show (2nd gen) review: Alexa's bigger, brighter smart display
Posted on Tuesday January 15, 2019

The latest smart speaker with screen looks better, sounds great and has built-in smart hub

The new second generation Echo Show is bigger with a better display, but is size enough to keep Amazon ahead of stiff competition from Google?

Since the original Echo Show launched last year the software has been refined, but the experience is broadly the same. The Show is a voice-first Alexa speaker, with touch interactivity as an additional input rather than the core experience. If you never wanted to touch the screen beyond the initial set-up ,you wouldn’t have to.

It routinely got stuck on one particular photo in my library, showing it for hours on end.

If you’re listening to music while cooking, the Show will just display recipes and steps without interrupting via voice.

You can’t turn off the tips of things to try through Alexa that show at the bottom of the screen when just showing photos, which is very annoying.

You can disable the camera entirely if you want to, but if you don’t trust Amazon with your data you shouldn’t be buying an Alexa device.

You can use the Echo Show as a Bluetooth speaker or connect it to a Bluetooth speaker.

Despite the screen, shopping on the Echo Show is still tedious and better done via a phone or tablet.

Pros: good, big screen, sounds great, good for recipes, Amazon Prime Video, Alexa, YouTube and BBC iPlayer (in a browser), good smart home control, integrated Zigbee hub, Bluetooth

Cons: no 3.5mm socket, expensive, big and hard to blend in with furnishings, annoying “Try Alexa” tips you can’t turn off, using a browser to get to video sites is irritating, no Netflix or most TV catch-up services

Amazon Echo second-generation review: smaller, cheaper and better

Amazon Echo Spot review: cute smart speaker with a screen

Google Home Hub review: the smart display to buy

Sonos One review: the best smart speaker for audiophiles

Apple HomePod review: Siri lets down best sounding smart speaker

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CES 2019: from beer tech to a banned sex toy – 10 standout gadgets
Posted on Friday January 11, 2019

Also unveiled in Las Vegas: the world’s first rollable TV and Alexa for your toilet

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas revealed what the tech world has in store for us this year. From the spectacular to the controversial – as well as some total tosh – here are 10 of the most memorable products unveiled at CES 2019 last week.

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Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) review: better all round
Posted on Thursday January 10, 2019

Latest small smart speaker has improved looks, sound and still has everything good about Alexa

Amazon’s latest low-cost Alexa-powered smart speaker, the third-generation Echo Dot, looks better, sounds better, but still costs the same budget-friendly £50.

When the second-generation Echo Dot launched in the UK it had very little in the way of competition. Having everything that was good about Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant squeezed into a smaller package half the price of the bigger Echo, it was a no-brainer.

Related: How do I get the best from Alexa?

Alexa can finally recognise different voice profiles for different users in one home in the UK as of November

The blue light ring around the top is easy to see from across the room

You can buy things on Amazon via voice if you want, but it can be a laborious process unless you know the precise name of the item and variant. I turned it off.

Pros: can always hear you, small but loud enough, great device support, clear when muted, activity can been seen from across the room, Bluetooth, 3.5mm audio socket

Cons: music distorts at max volume, no real bass, general knowledge not quite as good as Google Assistant

Amazon Echo second-generation review: smaller, cheaper and better

Google Home review: the smart speaker that answers almost any question

Google Home Mini review: a brilliant little £50 voice assistant speaker

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Gadgets: the hardest thing to make now is a profit
Posted on Tuesday January 01, 2019

Be it smartwatches or smart speakers, it’s never been easier to make gadgets. But only the big players have the muscle to survive

Imagine a shopper in an electronics store. Look, there’s a Fitbit display, with its “activity bands” which measure your steps and show details. Or, more pricey, its Versa smartwatch. Perhaps to save money, just buy the activity band? But wait … just over there are some generic activity bands, and they’re cheaper. Maybe save some money with those.

Move along a bit, and there are GoPro cameras. But once again, there are some slightly cheaper models beside them; not well-known brands, but a camera is a camera, surely? Further along, there’s a Parrot drone. Next to those is a Sonos speaker, which works with Amazon’s Alexa. But beside it is a cheaper Amazon Echo, and a voice-controlled Google Home, and a Siri-enabled Apple HomePod. Why would you go with the smaller brand, faced with those offerings from tech’s behemoths? Or, at the previous displays, why not just buy the cheaper models?

Related: The 20 best gadgets of 2018

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Tech gift guide: 10 ideas for last-minute presents
Posted on Friday December 21, 2018

From Apple AirPods to Amazon tablets, here are suggestions for all budgets

Stuck for a gift for Christmas with the clock steadily ticking on? Here are some tech suggestions for all range of budgets.

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Microsoft Surface Headphones review: close but no cigar
Posted on Thursday December 13, 2018

Pricey Bluetooth headphones have excellent controls but only good, not great sound quality, noise cancelling and battery life

Surface Headphones are Microsoft’s high-price, premium noise-cancelling cans aimed squarely at toppling the current kings, Bose and Sony.

Headphones seem like an odd choice for the Xbox, Office and Windows maker, but the are being produced by Microsoft’s burgeoning consumer electronics arm responsible for its line of Surface computers and accessories.

You can pair them with up to 10 Bluetooth devices from any brand, but only connect to two at a time

A female voice announces battery life when you turn on the headphones

The text-to-speech sounds a little like a depressed robot and makes a right hash of some Bluetooth device names, pronouncing iPad as “eee-pad” for instance

It can take up to five minutes for the headphones to realise they’ve lost connection to a device

They come with an analogue 3.5mm cable with a mic built in, which turns the headphones on and off when plugged in

They don’t work any better with Windows 10 or a Surface Pro 6 than any other Bluetooth headphones

Pros: comfortable, well made, great controls, solid connectivity, USB-C, adjustable noise cancelling/ambient sound

Cons: no Cortana support in the UK, battery life, sound and noise cancelling not quite as good as rivals, fairly big, no support for AAC/apt

Hushed tones: six of the best noise-cancelling headphones

Bose QC35 wireless headphones (2016): simply unrivalled noise cancelling

Marshall Mid Bluetooth headphones review: sound that will rock you

Marshall Major III Bluetooth review: rocking wireless headphones

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The 20 best gadgets of 2018
Posted on Sunday December 09, 2018

From electric bikes and fold-up drones to combat robots and digital skipping ropes… the year’s most desirable technology

Instead of relying on heat, this innovative device employs the Coanda jet-flow effect (which helps keep planes airborne) to wrap and style hair. It requires relearning how to coax your locks, but you can say goodbye to heat damage and singed foreheads.

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2018 review: the new standard
Posted on Thursday December 06, 2018

Refined design, water resistance and good screen makes latest e-reader about as good as a single-use device gets

The new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is thinner, lighter and now water resistant, setting a new standard for what an e-reader should be.

There’s only so far you can push a single-use device. Technically the Kindle Paperwhite is more than just an e-reader, as it now has Bluetooth for playing back audiobooks too. But it’s still a book reader, plain and simple.

Screen: 6in e-paper (300ppi)

Dimensions: 167 x 116 x 8.2 mm

Weight: 182g (4G version 191g)

Connectivity: Wi-Fi (3G optional), Bluetooth

Storage: 8 or 32GB

Battery life: rated for approximately 21 hours of reading

Amazon’s optional cases are excellent, but add bulk and weight and aren’t that easy to get on and off

The Paperwhite is the first Kindle with 4G, which I got noticeably better signal with when traveling but given ebooks are tiny in size they download in about the same time

There’s no USB-C, so you might need a dedicated micro-USB cable just for the Kindle

Pros: great screen, easy to use and buy books, X-ray, audiobooks, even backlight, good battery life, light and easy to handle, water resistance

Cons: microUSB, no page turn buttons, no automatic brightness adjustment, more or less locked into Amazon’s ecosystem

Amazon Kindle Oasis 2017 review: the Rolls-Royce of e-readers

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Which electric bike should I get? And are they safe?
Posted on Saturday December 01, 2018

I’m thinking about giving it to my 80-year-old dad, but I’m not sure if he’ll cope with the extra speed

Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper.

My cycling-mad father is 80 this year and considering getting an electric bike to allow him to stay in the saddle. Can anyone suggest a good one that isn’t £3,000? Will he be able to cope with the extra speed – any other octogenarians made the same move?

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Amazon Echo or Google Home: which should I buy?
Posted on Saturday November 24, 2018

I’m thinking of getting a smart speaker for a present, but wonder if the novelty will wear off

Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper.

I’m thinking about buying one of those Amazon Echo or Google Home speakers as a gift for my partner at Christmas. My worry is that it might be fun at first but then you stop using it. How have other readers got on with them? And which is best, the Amazon or the Google one?

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Where to get the best UK Black Friday deals and offers
Posted on Friday November 23, 2018

Preparation is key to getting the best Black Friday deals, so try this handy guide to what’s on offer in the UK

Black Friday, Britain’s biggest shopping event, is nearly upon us, and with many high street retailers struggling, shoppers can expect to bag some good bargains.

It originated in the US, where stores mark the start of the festive shopping season the day after the Thanksgiving public holiday with big price cuts and promotions.

Related: Amazon and high street chains kick off Black Friday early

Related: Black Friday: stay out of the red with our smart shopping guide

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Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Touch review: It's a hard drive! It's a carpet sample!
Posted on Monday March 25, 2019

Though my review title makes fun of the basket-weave polyester fabric covering a goodly proportion of Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Touch's upper surface, in truth (and in my opinion) it's a very attractive drive. Perhaps more so than a lot of competitors. 

Alas, while you might think that the textured material would provide more grip, it seemed that there's actually a bit less. Go figure. Regardless, it's an attractive, svelte drive, and a very good performer that you should consider even if your tastes run contrary to mine. 

Design and features

There's rarely much to talk about design-wise with an external drive, so the the fact that the top of the Ultra Touch is carpeted—excuse me, covered—in a polyester basket-weave immediately makes it distinctive. I quite like the look, but taste is subjective. As to the technical details, the Ultra Touch is a 2.5-inch external USB 3.1 (Gen 1/5Gbps) hard drive available in 1TB (the capacity we tested) and 2TB capacities, and either black or white. 

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How to make the most of Roku voice controls
Posted on Monday March 25, 2019

Everything you need to know about controlling Roku with Alexa, Google Assistant, or your voice remote.

Ninety7 Sky Tote Portable Battery Base review: Take your second-gen Amazon Echo anywhere
Posted on Monday March 25, 2019

Here’s an inexpensive way to carry the Alexa digital assistant with you everywhere.

Best cheap laptops: We rate the best-sellers on Amazon and Best Buy
Posted on Monday March 25, 2019

When you’re looking for a good, cheap laptop, knowledge is power. Every budget machine (which we’re defining as Windows laptops costing $500 or less) is the product of compromise—corners carefully cut here and there to hit a price point.

Your job is to find the one that checks off the most boxes for your needs. We’ll show you what to look for by highlighting which budget laptops among the best-sellers currently listed at Amazon and Best Buy are worth buying. We haven’t necessarily tested these specific machines (we’ll let you know if we have), but we’ve seen enough similar ones to have a good idea of the pros and cons. We’re also focusing on 14-inch and larger laptops, because part of the great deal should be getting a decent-sized display.

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Z-Edge T4 dash cam review: Great video, a touchscreen, and style for miles, but no GPS
Posted on Monday March 25, 2019

When I pulled the Z-Edge T4 out of its box, I was thinking the company had made a mistake and sent me a digital camera instead. Most dash cams, capable or not, have a rather cheap feel. The T4, on the other hand, has the heft and feel associated with the object I mistook it for.

The T4 is also a very good dash cam with a super-handy 4-inch touch display and a 1080p rear camera. Put bluntly, it’s easily the classiest dash cam system I’ve reviewed. For $170 with a 32GB SD card? Sold. If you don’t need GPS. Dang.

Design and features

Gushing and consternation aside, the T4 is a somewhat large dark gray and silver camera, measuring approximately 4.5 x 2.5 x 1 inch at the lens. As mentioned, it has a huge 4-inch touch display that’s deftly responsive. 

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Dash cam reviews 2019: Catch the maniacs and meteors of daily driving
Posted on Saturday March 23, 2019

How to play DVDs in Windows 10 for free
Posted on Friday March 22, 2019

You can play a DVD in Windows 10 for free with a little help. But that help’s probably best if it doesn’t come from Microsoft. I’ll tell you how Microsoft’s solution sort-of works for some people. Then I’ll tell you about the much better alternative called VLC that anyone can use and gets regular updates. Best of all, it’s free!

Updated March 22, 2019, with a second look at the Windows Store app.

RIP Windows Media Center

When Windows 10 came along in 2015, it left behind Windows Media Center, a utility for home theater PCs that let you play DVDs on your computer. Windows 8 didn’t come with it either, but users running Windows 8 Pro could still install Windows Media Center.

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Best e-readers for digital-book lovers
Posted on Friday March 22, 2019

Folks used to think that e-readers would relegate traditional paper books to the scrapyard of the past and destroy the publishing industry as we knew it. But, in the time since the first Kindle e-reader was unveiled in 2007, the dire declarations of what effect the devices might have on our reading habits and on publishers have given way to widespread acceptance from industry wonks and bookworms alike, for one simple reason: E-readers are pretty great.

Lightweight, easily readable in direct sunlight or, on models equipped with a built-in backlight, in the dead of night, an e-reader is an excellent choice for browsing periodicals, documents, comic books, and of course, books. Most are capable of storing thousands of books—and with power-efficient E Ink displays, word aficionados can typically read for weeks at a time before their device’s battery will need to topping off. These are all great features but, as they’re all features that most e-readers share, choosing which device to buy can be daunting. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you find the device that suits your needs. We’ve assembled reviews of the most popular e-readers on the market today—as well as some you might not have heard of that deserve your attention.

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The best Kindle: Reviews and buying advice
Posted on Friday March 22, 2019

When someone says they want an e-reader, they most likely mean they want an Amazon Kindle. Knowing which Kindle to buy is the next question, and it depends on your budget and your reading preferences. With this guide and our in-depth reviews, we’ll help you find just the right Kindle for you or your lucky loved one.

Updated 3/22/2019 with news of the All-new Kindle, the updated affordable model (starting at $89.99 on Amazon with Special Offers, or $109.99 without Special Offers). Read more about it in our All-new Kindle news story, where we also compare its specs to those of our top pick, the Kindle Paperwhite. 

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Best Galaxy S10e, S10, and S10+ cases: Top picks in every style
Posted on Friday March 22, 2019

Aside from its great screen, ultra-fast processor, and awesome camera, the Samsung Galaxy S10 its also big, slippery, and fragile, and the last thing you want is a giant crack in it.  Here are our favorite cases for the S10 so far.

Update 3/22/19: Added new categories for best wallet cases and best rugged cases.

Beat clear cases for Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e

Along with super slim bezels and a gorgeous display, the Galaxy S10 has one more thing going for it: beautiful new colors to choose from. Available in new "prism" finishes that change color depending on the light, a flamingo pink that's too cool for school, and two luscious ceramic options, it's a shame to cover up your Galaxy S10 with a case. So here are some great ones that will still its natural color shine through:

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Intel kills the Compute Card, a small-form-factor modular computing product that didn't stick
Posted on Friday March 22, 2019

Intel’s Compute Cards always felt like an odd response to the push toward smaller form-factor computing, and the market apparently agreed: Intel said Thursday it has decided to discontinue development.

Compute Cards, first launched in 2017, were little bigger than a credit card and several times thicker. The self-contained modular computing card contained one of four Intel processors, from a Celeron up to a Core i5, plus memory and storage.

The first clue that Compute Cards were in jeopardy came from NexDock, which developed a modular laptop shell, the NexDock 1, that was powered by your phone. (The company launched during a period when Microsoft’s Continuum environment was in vogue, in conjunction with a Windows Phone.)  A similar device, known as the NexPad, was powered by a Compute Card and has now been discontinued, NexDock said, because of the uncertainty from Intel.

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Bloody B975 review: The optical switches impress even if the 'edgy' aesthetic doesn't
Posted on Friday March 22, 2019

Optical keyboards entered the mainstream last year with Razer’s Huntsman Elite. But as I noted at the time, Razer was far from the first company to explore optical keyboard switches. A few years back I started noticing a company called “Bloody” showing up at every trade show, fronting huge booths full of keyboards—ones equipped with optical switches.

Why it’s taken us so long to review one of Bloody’s keyboards, I’m not sure, but we’ve finally gotten our hands on one. Bloody recently sent us its B975, one of its more recent (and more refined) models. I’ve spent the last few weeks typing on it, and you know what? I like it—even if Bloody’s claims about optical switches are a bit overblown.

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Help your iPhone stay safe and last all day with Amazon's big one-day accessory sale
Posted on Friday March 22, 2019

Phone accessories can add functionality or fun personalized flair to your device, and it’s even better when you get them on a deal. If you’re looking for a cheap case or battery pack for your iPhone, Amazon is running a today-only sale on many of little-known mobile company Altigo’s accessories. The sale features portable chargers, cases, earbuds, and over-the-ear headphones, for discounted prices ranging from $7 to $35.

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Master C# Programming for Just $31
Posted on Friday March 22, 2019

Making it as a successful programmer means knowing the industry's key tools and languages. To this end, you'll need to get serious with your education and learn one of the most important coding languages in use today with the Complete C# Coding Bootcamp, price dropped to just $31.

As far as programming languages go, C# is among the most popular. It’s a high level language that’s used to produce professional-level software like desktop applications, games, web apps, and much more. And, since it’s a general purpose language, the possibilities of what you can do with it are almost limitless. The point is, if you want to offer elite level skills to a future tech employer, then you absolutely have to learn C#.

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Upgrade your gaming setup with killer deals on peripherals we adore—and a free game
Posted on Friday March 22, 2019

Friday is always a good day for a gaming deal, and we’ve put together a juicy combo deal today. Amazon’s got great deals on one of our favorite gaming mice, and a highly regarded mechanical keyboard that earned our Editors’ Choice award. On top of that we’ve found a great free game. Let’s get started.

First up is the Roccat Tyon multi-button gaming mouse for $50, down from $60. This is the all-time low for this mouse on Amazon, though we have seen it hit this price several times in recent weeks. This is truly a multi-button mouse. In fact, we named it  “the best gaming mouse with lots of buttons” in our roundup of the top gaming mice. It offers a ridiculous 14 programmable buttons, along with an 8,200 DPI sensor and an RGB light channel around the bottom of the mouse.

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Bent iPad Pros may develop logic board issues, but good luck getting the Apple Store to fix it
Posted on Friday March 22, 2019

Two different Apple Store technicians concluded that a Macworld reader’s iPad Pro issues were caused by bending but refused to repair it under warranty.

Swann Outdoor Security Camera review: a straightforward way to monitor the exterior of your home
Posted on Friday March 22, 2019

With only the most essential features, this weatherproof camera is ideal for security novices.

The best indoor air quality monitors: Identify the pollutants that can compromise your health and comfort
Posted on Friday March 22, 2019

Whether you suffer from allergies or asthma or just want to optimize your indoor environment, these devices will give you insight into the air you're breathing.

Data caps must die: How Google and Microsoft's cloud gaming ambitions could conquer ISP greed
Posted on Friday March 22, 2019

Now that Google Stadia and Microsoft XCloud have been unveiled at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, it's safe to say cloud gaming has arrived, promising a future where content will be streamed to smartphones over high-speed Wi-Fi and 5G.

But if these services are to flourish, something else must die: the data caps ISPs impose upon most consumer Internet service plans. No one ever liked these limits except the ISPs. Now that major tech companies have some skin in the streaming game, data caps may finally have too many enemies to survive. 

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15 years later, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is finally happening
Posted on Friday March 22, 2019

Good things come to those who wait, and in this case to those who waited a long time. Fifteen years after the release of one of the most beloved “cult” role-playing games ever made, it’s finally getting a sequel in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2.

And while publicly Paradox only showed a trailer at tonight’s reveal event, we were given a 30-minute behind-closed-doors demo at this week’s Game Developers Conference. Check out the trailer below, and then read on for more details.

Good night, good luck

Bloodlines 2 begins with a slaughter. On a foggy Seattle night, vampires swoop down from the rooftops in Pioneer Square and conduct a Mass Embrace, converting a group of humans into so-called “Thin Bloods.” It’s a dangerous and illegal act. Abandoned to the world, these bewildered and naive Thin Bloods threaten the Masquerade, the elaborate social pact that prevents humans from finding out about vampires.

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