Month: May 2015

KinoConsole streams PC games to mobile devices

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Portal for iPad, anyone? KinoConsole can stream that and other Steam games.
Photo by Rick Broida/CNET

Watch your back, Nvidia Shield. Upstart developers are making it a breeze to stream PC games to mobile devices, at a cost that’s hard to beat.

Last month, for example, Remotr brought its game-streaming software to Windows and Android. And, now, KinoConsole offers similar functionality, this time for both Android and iOS.

It works like this: You install the free KinoConsole Windows server on your PC, then grab the KinoConsole app for your phone or tablet. I did some quick testing with it on an iPad Air.

The server automatically scans and adds your Steam library of games, though you can manually add executables as well. When you run the app, you’ll immediately see a list of games; then you simply tap one to run it.

Getting started really was that simple, but from there things got a little tricky. I tested KinoConsole with Portal and Tomb Raider, and although I could see the games and their start menus on my iPad, no amount of onscreen dragging or tapping would let me choose “Play.”

Fortunately, it’s easy to add onscreen controls like D-pads, control sticks and gamepad-style buttons, so with a few tweaks I managed to get both games running. There’s also support for external gamepads if you have one. However, although I could still hear audio from my PC, it wasn’t coming through on my iPad.

Mostly I messed around with Portal. The 60-fps setting (available only in the $4.99 Pro version of KinoConsole) was choppy, even on my home Wi-Fi network, but the game ran smoothly — and looked good doing so — at 30 fps.

Another glitch: Although the app allows you to play games from outside your home network, using Google account credentials to sign in, I could find nowhere within the app to enter those credentials. It merely kept searching for “network (null).”

Needless to say, KinoConsole has room for improvement. But I like how easy it is to set up onscreen controls, and you can’t beat the price: the basic version is free. If you have even a passing interest in playing PC games on the go, you should at least give this a try.

Buying Guide: 10 best iPad Air 2 cases 2015

Apple released the iPad Air 2 to great fanfare in October last year, bettering its predecessor by shaving off precious millimetres to take it down to a dizzying 6.1mm thick; improving the screen’s colour and fidelity; including the Touch ID sensor, and bumping up the power with Apple’s latest A8X chip to round off the winning package.

Unlike previous iPads, the iPad Air 2 has exactly the same bezel sizes, but the thinner form means that many cases compatible with the original iPad Air simply won’t fit the new model.

With the new svelte form and lighter weight of just 437g, you’ll no doubt be tempted to whip it out at any available moment, so keeping that beautiful aluminium shell and glass screen protected is even more crucial than ever.

There is an almost bewildering selection of iPad cases available on the market; some are simple yet effective screen covers like Apple’s own Smart Cover, while others will give your iPad the appearance of a mini Apple laptop with the inclusion of a full qwerty keyboard.

Before you plump for a new case, think about how you’ll be using the iPad. Is the addition of a physical keyboard really that important to you? Do you need an adjustable kick-stand? Are you planning on taking your iPad with you on an outdoor adventure but fear you might drop it? Would you prefer real leather, plastic, silicone or something altogether more unique?

As it stands, here are our favourite iPad Air 2 cases for a range of budgets, tastes and requirements:

Best iPad Air 2 Cases

The ClamCase Pro

Price: Around £120
Buy: ClamCase Pro on Amazon.co.uk

If you saw an iPad Air 2 equipped with the stylish ClamCase Pro all-in-one keyboard case and stand, you would be forgiven for thinking that you had just clapped eyes on some kind of Apple netbook. The ClamCase Pro is a pricey combination that justifies its price tag with an excellent chiclet-style physical keyboard which connects via Bluetooth, and a hard polycarbonate shell into which the iPad snugly fits. It also has a full 360° hinge which allows for a range of viewing angles, automatic iPad wake and sleep functionality, a range of special function keys while also keeping the ports easily accessible.

Best iPad Air 2 Cases

The ZAGG Slim Book

Price: around £120
Buy: Zagg Slim Book on Amazon.co.uk

If the idea of a physical keyboard companion appeals, but you aren’t sure that you want it as a permanent addition to your iPad Air 2, then the ZAGG Slim book tablet keyboard & detachable case might be the right duo for you. The Slim Book has a backlit Bluetooth keyboard with a moveable hinge that gives you a variety of viewing angles – comparable to the similarly priced ClamCase Pro, but with movement more restricted to just 135°. The Slim Book does however make up for this with its variety of ‘modes’. You can either use it like a laptop in ‘keyboard mode’, Flip the case around into ‘book mode’, face the tablet away from the keyboard in ‘video mode’, or do away with the keyboard entirely in ‘case mode’.

Best iPad Air 2 Cases

Apple Smart Case

Price: around £40
Buy: Apple Smart Case on Amazon.co.uk

It’s no surprise that Apple knows its consumers well enough to offer a wide range of cases alongside the iPad Air 2 on their online store, but despite the price being higher than some very similar unofficial cases, none is more popular than the official Smart Case and Smart Cover. Unlike the Smart Cover, which only protects the screen, the Smart Case provides full coverage by also protecting the back with the same dyed leather material. As you would expect, the front cover is compatible with the iPad’s automatic wake and sleep features, and can also roll back to also act as a two-way stand. It can either support the tablet upright for watching a film or using FaceTime, or alternatively be used to tilt the iPad Air 2 into a usable typing position.

Best iPad Air 2 Cases

MOFRED Ultra Slim Leather

Price: around £10
Buy: MOFRED Ultra Slim Leather on Amazon.co.uk

Looking for something similar to Apple’s official Smart Case, but at a fraction of the cost? MOFRAD’s Ultra Slim Leather case might just be the perfect alternative. Priced at less than half that of the official product and available in a wider range of colours, this case provides full protection for your iPad Air 2 while capable of exactly the same automatic wake and sleep functions. It can also be used as a stand in the same two ways as the official case. Unlike the official model which has an all-leather exterior, MOFRED’s case has a hard-shell case that clips onto the iPad, but provides just as much protection, and still has all the necessary cut-outs for access to buttons, charging and the camera.

Best iPad Air 2 Cases

Gumdrop Hideaway

Price: around £47
Buy: Gumdrop Hideaway on Amazon.co.uk

The medium-priced silicone Hideaway from Gumdrop is billed as a ruggedised case that offers maximum protection for an iPad Air 2, while including a ‘hideaway’ stand that offers two different positions for viewing or typing. As long as you are happy to eschew the stylish looks of Apple’s latest tablet, the Hideaway encases it in a grippy, textured silicone, with a rigid polycarbonate frame inside to absorb the impact of drops and shocks.

Best iPad Air 2 Cases

Belkin QODE Ultimate Pro

Price: around £130
Buy: Belkin QODE Ultimate Pro on Amazon.co.uk

The QODE Ultimate Pro case from Belkin is another ingenious case for the Apple iPad Air 2 that combines the smarts of a thin and light Bluetooth keyboard with the convenience of a detachable hard-shell case. The magnetic hinge is quite a different design to other keyboard cases we’ve featured, but holds the iPad securely and means that the tablet can be used in either portrait or landscape modes. Belkin claims some unique features such as a full year of battery life from one charge, a backlit keyboard, and the ability to easily switch between two connected devices.

Tactus MagnaTuff

Tactus MagnaTuff

Price: around £29
Buy: Tactus MagnaTuff on Amazon.co.uk

Can a case care? If so then it’s safe to say that the Tactus MagnaTuff cares about your iPad Air 2. Why else would it cocoon it in not just a hard shell to protect it from bumps and falls, but also a soft inner lining? As well as doing the utmost to keep your iPad Air 2 safe, the Tactus MagnaTuff also has a flip-stand, like most good cases, allowing you to stand it on any flat surface, so you can operate your iPad without holding it, or even just settle back and enjoy a movie. With a built in auto shut-off magnet the MagnaTuff will also make sure your tablet isn’t wasting away battery when it’s not in use. Handy.

OtterBox Defender

OtterBox Defender

Price: around £71
Buy: OtterBox Defender on Amazon.co.uk

OtterBox makes cases for just about every major smartphone and tablet around and its Defender series is designed to offer superior protection. It’s a little bit bulky, but with not one, not two, but three layers of protection the OtterBox Defender keeps your iPad Air 2 safe from bangs and falls and with shock absorption and port covers it does a good job of keeping the internals safe from damage too. There’s even a stand, which doubles as an extra layer of protection when not in use and a built in screen protector ensures the display is kept safe too. The OtterBox Defender isn’t cheap, but it’s a whole lot more affordable than a new iPad Air 2, which could be the alternative if you don’t keep it adequately protected.

ESR Illustrators Series

ESR Illustrators Series Smart Cover

Price: around £19
Buy: ESR Illustrators Series Smart Cover on Amazon.co.uk

Protection is all well and good, but it seems a shame to cover up something as beautifully designed as the iPad Air 2 with a plain case, or worse, an ugly one. The ESR Illustrators Series is designed to add a bit of flare to your slate. Sure, you’ll be covering up the metal, but in its place you’ll be showing off a giraffe smoking a cigar or a dog in a jumper. Style aside it’s a fairly solid case too, keeping both the front and back of your iPad Air 2 protected and as the cover is magnetic it stays shut and keeps your screen off when not in use. Plus it’s usable as a multi-position stand, so you can stand your iPad up to watch a movie or angle it to type on.

Inateck Felt Sleeve

Inateck Felt Sleeve

Price: around £27
Buy: Inateck Felt Sleeve on Amazon.co.uk

Most iPad Air 2 cases are hard, but the Inateck Felt Sleeve is a softer solution, with grey felt and brown leather. It looks good and stands out from the crowd of hard shells. Yet it’s still strong enough to protect your tablet from scratches and absorb shocks, plus it’s weather-resistant, so you don’t need to worry about light rain soaking through it. As it’s a sleeve you have to take the iPad out to use it, but once you do it can also be folded into a handy stand and it means that when you’re actually using your iPad Air 2 you can see it in all its glory, rather than have it be obscured by a case.

Android M is official and coming later this year

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Google previewed the new Android M at its Google I/O developer conference.
James Martin/CNET

Google officially introduced Android M, the next version of its mobile operating system, at its annual I/O conference in San Francisco on Thursday.

As with 2014’s Android L preview, which eventually became
Android 5.0 Lollipop
, Google hasn’t yet granted Android M its delicious dessert name or a version number. Those details will likely come later this year when M makes its general debut on devices. For now, though, this is a developer-only affair.

Google Now gets smarter with Now on Tap

The least interesting thing about Google Now on Android M is that you can launch the Google Search app (where Google Now cards reside) by pressing and holding on the home key, instead of swiping up from the bottom of your device screen.

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Now on Tap takes Google Now to the next level.
James Martin/CNET

What will really elevate your heart rate is a much more context-sensitive Google Now that can understand the email you’re reading, note the song you’re playing and the dry cleaner you’re using, and surface useful information about those very things. Google calls this feature Now on Tap.

Example: Showing the location of a gas station when you’re driving back to the car rental lot before your flight (Google already knows all these things from the reservations you’ve made and the location of your phone.)

Example: Listening to a song and asking, “OK, Google, where’s she from?” — without having to name the artist.

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Context is king for Google’s Now on Tap for Android M.
James Martin/CNET

Now on Tap also promises to alert you about times for the last train home, a cool event in your area or where you parked your car (an existing feature). If you go out, Google’s Now on Tap will tell you when places are busy, and where you might want to go next.

Android Pay

Android M officially ushers in Android Pay, a mobile payments system that Google talked about during Mobile World Congress earlier in 2015. The Android Pay platform lets third-party apps process payments both within the app (think in-app payments) and in retail stores, using NFC. Google Wallet, the standalone mobile wallet app, won’t disappear, but it will use Android Pay.

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Android Pay will work with 700,000 vendors at launch.
James Martin/CNET

If your phone has a fingerprint reader, you can authorize payments with your print, as you can with iOS. (Samsung also has its own similar payment system, called Samsung Pay.)

Android Pay will work with 700,000 stores, like Walgreens, Macy’s and Best Buy, to name a few.

Power!

Google’s mobile devices are going to support the new USB Type-C standard of charging cable. That means it can be charged or also charge other devices. Better yet, it’s got the same shape on both sides, meaning you won’t have to grapple with which one is “up.”

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Type-C chargers plug in upside down and right-side up.
James Martin/CNET

That’s for charging up, but what about saving power to begin with? Android M also includes Doze (video), an energy-saving feature that Google says will use less power the current standby mode. Basically, if you walk away from your device for a lengthy period of time, it hibernates to save on battery. You’ll still hear important alarms and incoming messages, but with as little as half the power consumption of before.

App permissions

The update introduces a change to how apps use the resources on your phone or tablet, such as Wi-Fi connectivity, the camera and your photo library and contacts.

In the past, installing an app essentially waved the green flag for the whole bundle, requiring blanket approval of permissions. Now, apps will ask for access to parts of your phone or Google account when they need it. For instance, a messaging app might not ask for permission to use your camera until you try to take and send a photo. This is very similar to how iOS devices handle permissions — apps ask for permission to use your camera, contacts or photos on a need-to-use basis.

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Android M devices won’t just charge. They can turn your device into the power source, too.
James Martin/CNET

“With the new permission model, updates are seamless,” Google said at I/O, because the apps can update automatically without requiring your permission up front.

Smoother linking transitions

Google has a new vision for smoothing out the way that Android links from an app to another app, and from the app to the Web. A lot of behind-the-scenes work will help developers create faster, more complete transitions when you skip around. This will roll out to users in Q3.

Developers only

Android M is available for developers, on Google’s Nexus devices, where it’ll incubate and grow until (we expect) fall, when it should launch on Nexus devices before rolling out to other existing hardware.

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The Android M preview will help developers make the next OS a better place. James Martin/CNET

When it does, M will pick up a version number, like Android 5.2 or 6.0, and a new sweets-themed name. That moniker is up in the air for now, but speculation ranges from Marshmallow to Muffin to Marzipan or even a branded name, like M&Ms (we saw this with Android 4.0 KitKat). Heck, we’ll even throw Marmalade and Meringue into the mix.

This is a developing story. Follow CNET’s Google I/O live blog and see all of today’s Google news.

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The week’s best PS4 deals:

There’s no doubt that Sony’s PlayStation 4 is the hottest games console on the planet now. Here are the cheapest PS4 standalone and bundle prices we’ve found this week:

Cheapest PS4 console: Get the PS4 console on its own on eBay for only £294.99.

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Deal 1: Playstation 4 with The Witcher 3 & Bloodborne – Now only £319 at Tesco direct

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The week’s best Xbox One deals:

The Xbox One has evolved into a fantastic, versatile console with loads of cool features. Here are the cheapest Xbox One standalone and bundle prices we’ve found this week:

Cheapest Xbox One console: Get the Xbox One on its own at eBay for only £249.99.

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Best cheap TV deals of the week:

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Read more: Cheap TV: 25 best TV deals for April 2015

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Android M to support USB Type-C for faster charging

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The new version of Android will support USB Type-C for quicker charging.
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Android phone and tablet users will be able to charge their devices up to three to five times faster courtesy of the upcoming version of Android and support for the new USB Type-C port.

At its I/O event on Thursday, Google announced support for the USB Type-C standard. That means you’ll be able to plug the new type of USB cable into a new phone or tablet in any direction, sparing you from having to fiddle with it. The USB Type-C port is the latest update to the standard USB port that lets you charge and connect different devices, such as phones and PCs.

More importantly, your device will charge faster thanks to the new USB connection. And with Android M, you’ll be able to use your phone to charge another device at the same time.

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New Android devices will come with the new USB Type-C port. But what about existing devices? Those are backward compatible, but you’ll need a special adapter to make Type-C hosts and devices work with all of those existing devices.

Google did not reveal which new devices would come with the Type-C connector.

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Sonos: Two Room Sonos Starter Set – For as little as £299

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Headphones: Sennheiser OCX 685i Sports In-Ear Canal Headphones – For as little as £23.45 at Amazon

Car Charger: Belkin 2.1 A Bullet Micro Car Charger with Removable Charge and Sync Lightning Cable – Now only £9.90 at Amazon

Laptop: LENOVO Flex 10.1″ Convertible Touchscreen Laptop – For as little as £199.97 at PC World

USB: MyMemory 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive – Down to just £21.59 at mymemory with the code BIG10

Powerbank: EPCTEK® High Capacity 5V 20000mAh External Rechargeable Portable Battery Pack – For only £9.06 at Amazon

Printer: HP 1010 Colour Deskjet Printer – Reduced to £19 at tesco

Media Stick: Fire TV Stick – For only £25 at Amazon

PS4: Playstation 4 with The Witcher 3 & Bloodborne – Now only £319 at Tesco direct

PS4: Playstation 4 with The Witcher 3 & £25 PSN card – Now only £319 Tesco direct

PS4: Playstation 4 with The Witcher 3 – Now only £299.99 at Tesco direct

Games deals of the day

Wii U: Splatoon – Down to just £24.97 at gameseek

DS: Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Call – For as little as £3.99

PSVita: Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters – For as little as £19.99 at graingergames

PC: Sid Meier’s Civilization V 5 – The Complete Edition – Down to only £8.90 at cdkeys

Xbox Live: 12 Month Xbox Live Gold Membership – For only £22.90 at cdkeys

3DS: Mario Kart 7 3DS – Game Code – Down to just £12.99 at cdkeys

PS4: Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition – For as little as £16.99 at base

iphone 6

The UK’s best phone deals

TechRadar has some really funky tools for sorting through all of the best deals from all of the big UK networks for every phone on the market. We’ve also got some special pages where we’ve pulled out the best deals so you don’t have to….

Here are our picks for the best…

Check out the new: TechRadar Phone Store

See specific deals related to the following hot handsets:

Samsung Galaxy S6 | Samsung Galaxy S5 | HTC One M9 | LG G3 | Samsung Galaxy Note 4 | Sony Xperia Z3 | Sony Xperia Z3 Compact | Google Nexus 6 | Moto X

ps4

The week’s best PS4 deals:

There’s no doubt that Sony’s PlayStation 4 is the hottest games console on the planet now. Here are the cheapest PS4 standalone and bundle prices we’ve found this week:

Cheapest PS4 console: Get the PS4 console on its own on eBay for only £294.99.

DealsRadar’s Top 3 PS4 bundles…

Deal 1: Playstation 4 with The Witcher 3 & Bloodborne – Now only £319 at Tesco direct

Deal 2: Playstation 4 with The Witcher 3 & £25 PSN card – Now only £319 Tesco direct

Deal 3: Playstation 4 with The Witcher 3 – Now only £299.99 at Tesco direct

xbox one

The week’s best Xbox One deals:

The Xbox One has evolved into a fantastic, versatile console with loads of cool features. Here are the cheapest Xbox One standalone and bundle prices we’ve found this week:

Cheapest Xbox One console: Get the Xbox One on its own at eBay for only £249.99.

DealsRadar’s Top 3 Xbox One bundles:

Deal 1: Get the Xbox One with Halo MC Collection for only £254.15 (TODAY ONLY) using code MARCHSALEDAY6.

Deal 2: Get the Xbox One with Forza 5 from Tesco for just £299.00.

Deal 3: Get the Xbox One with Halo MC Collection, Battlefield Hardline, Ori and the Blind Forest all for just £319.99 at GAME.

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Best cheap TV deals of the week:

DealsRadar understands that not everyone wants to spend thousands on a new TV. Here are the best cheap TV deals we found online this week.

Cheap TV deal 1: Samsung UE32H5000 LED HD 1080p TV | £209 | Argos

Cheap TV deal 2: Panasonic TX-42A400B 42inch Widescreen | £288 | Amazon

Cheap TV deal 3: LG 55LB561V LED TV | £449.95 | Richersounds

Read more: Cheap TV: 25 best TV deals for April 2015

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Hard drives and storage:

With smartphones recording 4K video and taking photos at 50MB a pop, it’s not surprising that our laptops are running out of storage space.

Cheap Storage deal 1: Toshiba HDWC130EW3J1 3TB Stor.E Canvio | Now £74.95 | Amazon

Cheap Storage deal 2: Kingston 64GB USB 3.0 DataTraveler Mini Flash Drive | Now £15.99 | Amazon

Cheap Storage deal 3: Samsung Memory 32GB Evo MicroSDHC UHS-I Grade 1 Class 10 Memory Card with USB Adapter | Now £15.99 | Amazon

Cheap Storage deal 4: Seagate Backup Plus 8TB USB 3.0 Desktop 3.5 inch External Hard Drive |Now £199.99 | Amazon

Read more: Best Hard Drive Deals

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Portable phone chargers:

If your smartphone or tablet is constantly running out of power at the most inconvenient times, you should think about buying a portable power bank.

Cheap Portable Charger deal 1: TeckNet® Power Bank 12000mAh Fast Portable Charger Battery Pack | Now £13.97 | Amazon

Cheap Portable Charger deal 2: EasyAcc 10000mAh Brilliant Ultra Slim Dual USB | Now £18.99 | Amazon

Cheap Portable Charger deal 3: VINSIC 20000mAh Ultra-slim Power Bank | Now £25.90 | Amazon

Cheap Portable Charger deal 4: Anker® Astro Mini 3200mAh Ultra-Compact Lipstick-Sized Portable Power Bank | Now £13.99 | Amazon

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Amazon gift cards | John Lewis gift cards | Currys gift cards| PC World gift cards | GAME gift cards

TechRadar Deals: DealsRadar: Sony TV, earphones, Hive, router, games and more

DealsRadar is the go-to destination for all the best prices on tech and games on the internet. We update daily with links to the best deals on miscellaneous tech and games, with dedicated sections for all your favourite products!

If you’re looking for a new phone why not check out our new TechRadar Phone Store.

DealsRadar’s Daily Deals:

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Sony PS4: You can currently pick up a PlayStation 4 with a copy of The Witcher 3 and a 90-day PlayStation Plus card for £299 at Argos.

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PC monitor: This is a good deal on an excellent computer monitor. Get the AOC I2757FM 27-incher with IPS panel for just £149.99 at Amazon. This deal is available until the end of the day so be quick!

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Laptop: Tesco direct currently has a bargain of an HP laptop deal. Get the HP Pavilion 15-[293na 15.6-inch laptop with quad-core processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB storage for just £299.

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Printer: Get a new HP printer for half price at Amazon – the HP P1102w is down to £49.99 from £100.

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Sonos: This is a great Sonos deal for anyone looking to start up a multi-room audio system. Get the Sonos 2 Room Starter Set – that’s two Sonos PLAY:1 wireless speakers for just £299 while stocks last. To put that in context, one Sonos PLAY:1 on its own costs £169 so you’re getting the second for just £130. The deal is available at Sonos.com

DealsRadar Recommended Deals:

Media Hub: NOW TV Box + 3 Month Entertainment Pass – For as little as £14.86 at Shopto

HD Projector: Optoma H181x Full 3D HD Ready Home Entertainment Projector – Down to just £299.99 at Amazon

Mobile: Motorola Moto G (Free £20 tesco gift card) – Now only £95 at tesco mobile

Speaker: Q Acoustics 2020i Speakers – Walnut Finish – Down to just £139 at Amazon

Speaker: XMI X-Mini ME XAM16-B Portable Thumb Size Speaker — For as little as £9.99 at Amazon

Keyboard: Rii Mini RT-MWK01+ 2.4GHz Wireless Entertainment Keyboard – Reduced down to £17.35 at Amazon

TV: Sony KDL60W855BBU 60-inch Wedge Design Widescreen 1080p Full HD Smart LED 3D TV – Down to only £799 at Amazon

Heating: Hive Active Heating and Hot Water with Professional Installation – Down to just £129.99 at Amazon

Router: ASUS DSL-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N 900 VDSL/ADSL Modem Gigabit Router – Now only £89.99 at Amazon

Headphones: Sennheiser OCX 685i Sports In-Ear Canal Headphones – For as little as £23.45 at Amazon

Car Charger: Belkin 2.1 A Bullet Micro Car Charger with Removable Charge and Sync Lightning Cable – Now only £9.90 at Amazon

Laptop: LENOVO Flex 10.1″ Convertible Touchscreen Laptop – For as little as £199.97 at PC World

USB: MyMemory 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive – Down to just £21.59 at mymemory with the code BIG10

Powerbank: EPCTEK® High Capacity 5V 20000mAh External Rechargeable Portable Battery Pack – For only £9.06 at Amazon

Printer: HP 1010 Colour Deskjet Printer – Reduced to £19 at tesco

Media Stick: Fire TV Stick – For only £25 at Amazon

PS4: Playstation 4 with The Witcher 3 & Bloodborne – Now only £319 at Tesco direct

PS4: Playstation 4 with The Witcher 3 & £25 PSN card – Now only £319 Tesco direct

PS4: Playstation 4 with The Witcher 3 – Now only £299.99 at Tesco direct

Games deals of the day

PSVita: Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters – For as little as £19.99 at graingergames

PC: Sid Meier’s Civilization V 5 – The Complete Edition – Down to only £8.90 at cdkeys

Xbox Live: 12 Month Xbox Live Gold Membership – For only £22.90 at cdkeys

3DS: Mario Kart 7 3DS – Game Code – Down to just £12.99 at cdkeys

PS4: Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition – For as little as £16.99 at base

iphone 6

The UK’s best phone deals

TechRadar has some really funky tools for sorting through all of the best deals from all of the big UK networks for every phone on the market. We’ve also got some special pages where we’ve pulled out the best deals so you don’t have to….

Here are our picks for the best…

Check out the new: TechRadar Phone Store

See specific deals related to the following hot handsets:

Samsung Galaxy S6 | Samsung Galaxy S5 | HTC One M9 | LG G3 | Samsung Galaxy Note 4 | Sony Xperia Z3 | Sony Xperia Z3 Compact | Google Nexus 6 | Moto X

ps4

The week’s best PS4 deals:

There’s no doubt that Sony’s PlayStation 4 is the hottest games console on the planet now. Here are the cheapest PS4 standalone and bundle prices we’ve found this week:

Cheapest PS4 console: Get the PS4 console on its own on eBay for only £294.99.

DealsRadar’s Top 3 PS4 bundles…

Deal 1: Playstation 4 with The Witcher 3 & Bloodborne – Now only £319 at Tesco direct

Deal 2: Playstation 4 with The Witcher 3 & £25 PSN card – Now only £319 Tesco direct

Deal 3: Playstation 4 with The Witcher 3 – Now only £299.99 at Tesco direct

xbox one

The week’s best Xbox One deals:

The Xbox One has evolved into a fantastic, versatile console with loads of cool features. Here are the cheapest Xbox One standalone and bundle prices we’ve found this week:

Cheapest Xbox One console: Get the Xbox One on its own at eBay for only £249.99.

DealsRadar’s Top 3 Xbox One bundles:

Deal 1: Get the Xbox One with Halo MC Collection for only £254.15 (TODAY ONLY) using code MARCHSALEDAY6.

Deal 2: Get the Xbox One with Forza 5 from Tesco for just £299.00.

Deal 3: Get the Xbox One with Halo MC Collection, Battlefield Hardline, Ori and the Blind Forest all for just £319.99 at GAME.

best cheap tvs

Best cheap TV deals of the week:

DealsRadar understands that not everyone wants to spend thousands on a new TV. Here are the best cheap TV deals we found online this week.

Cheap TV deal 1: Samsung UE32H5000 LED HD 1080p TV | £209 | Argos

Cheap TV deal 2: Panasonic TX-42A400B 42inch Widescreen | £288 | Amazon

Cheap TV deal 3: LG 55LB561V LED TV | £449.95 | Richersounds

Read more: Cheap TV: 25 best TV deals for April 2015

hard drive deals

Hard drives and storage:

With smartphones recording 4K video and taking photos at 50MB a pop, it’s not surprising that our laptops are running out of storage space.

Cheap Storage deal 1: Toshiba HDWC130EW3J1 3TB Stor.E Canvio | Now £74.95 | Amazon

Cheap Storage deal 2: Kingston 64GB USB 3.0 DataTraveler Mini Flash Drive | Now £15.99 | Amazon

Cheap Storage deal 3: Samsung Memory 32GB Evo MicroSDHC UHS-I Grade 1 Class 10 Memory Card with USB Adapter | Now £15.99 | Amazon

Cheap Storage deal 4: Seagate Backup Plus 8TB USB 3.0 Desktop 3.5 inch External Hard Drive |Now £199.99 | Amazon

Read more: Best Hard Drive Deals

portable power bank

Portable phone chargers:

If your smartphone or tablet is constantly running out of power at the most inconvenient times, you should think about buying a portable power bank.

Cheap Portable Charger deal 1: TeckNet® Power Bank 12000mAh Fast Portable Charger Battery Pack | Now £13.97 | Amazon

Cheap Portable Charger deal 2: EasyAcc 10000mAh Brilliant Ultra Slim Dual USB | Now £18.99 | Amazon

Cheap Portable Charger deal 3: VINSIC 20000mAh Ultra-slim Power Bank | Now £25.90 | Amazon

Cheap Portable Charger deal 4: Anker® Astro Mini 3200mAh Ultra-Compact Lipstick-Sized Portable Power Bank | Now £13.99 | Amazon

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Gift cards:

Amazon gift cards | John Lewis gift cards | Currys gift cards| PC World gift cards | GAME gift cards

Google rumored to launch two new Nexus phones this year


Could Google roll out two new successors to the Nexus 6 this year?
CNET

Google may roll out two Nexus phones this year — but no Nexus tablet.

Made by LG, one new Nexus phone codenamed the LG Angler would offer a 5.2-inch screen, according to Android Police. The other phone, manufactured by Chinese vendor Huawei and given a code name of Bullhead, would reportedly sport a 5.7-inch display.

Basing the scuttlebut on a “reliable” source, Android Police gave the rumor a confidence rating of 7 out of 10, which means the odds are pretty good assuming the source is indeed reliable.

If true, this would mark the first time Google has released two Nexus phones in one year. By giving each phone a different screen size, Google may be trying to pull off the same feat as Apple — offer one phone with a “relatively” smaller screen and another with a larger more phablet-sized display to capture as wide an audience as possible. The current Nexus 6 also is a beast of a phablet with a 6-inch screen. So Google may be looking to shrink the screen size to make this year’s devices more accessible to the average consumer.

Details on the phone’s specs are “tenative” for now, according to Android Police, and may have changed since the blog site received the information. But based on the source, the LG Angler would be powered by Qualcomm’s 64-bit, hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor, the same high-end chip used in the LG G4 smartphone. The battery capacity would be around 2700mAh. The Huawei Bullhead would be equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and offer a battery capacity of 3500mAh.

Both phones are likely to be released in October, the usual time frame for new Google Nexus devices. Google may announce the new phones this Thursday at its 2015 I/O conference, but that’s not a sure bet. Last year, the company didn’t reveal the Nexus 6 at its 2014 I/O event and instead waited until later in the year for the phone’s debut.

And what of a new Nexus tablet? Nothing is in the works for this year, according to the source. No reason was revealed. But if true, that means last year’s Nexus 9 would remain Google’s current Nexus tablet.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Revit #95 motorcycle makes your iPhone the display

While windscreen mounts have long allowed car drivers to use their smartphones as driving displays, attempting the same on a motorcycle has generally been considered folly.

But a new concept bike from Dutch company Revit actually puts the phone front and centre, using an iPhone as a mounted instrument display for its Revit #95 bike.

Based on KTM’s 950 Super Enduro motorcycle, the Revit #95 completely replaces traditional instruments, instead including a specially mounted bracket for your iPhone, which can display your key information in real time using a number of “dash” apps.

Revving the concept

Revit iPhone display

Being a concept bike, there are a few other high-tech developments, like an all-aluminium gas tank and the inclusion of a Christini All Wheel Drive system, which allows the bike to shift power to the front wheel should the rear tyre lose 80 percent traction or more.

Given the iPhone‘s many apps and on board navigation, it was only going to be a matter of time before someone attached it to a motorcycle.

That said, while an iPhone display looks cool, it’s doubtful that motorcycle manufacturers will be rushing to follow this trend just yet.

Via: Gizmag

Google patent details Amazon Echo-style smart toys

If you thought the idea of barking commands into a cylindrical black box to order supplies from Amazon was strange, get a load of what Google may be planning for the next generation of internet-connected smart toys.

The US Patent and Trademark Office (via Engadget) published a patent application from Google late last week entitled “Agent Interfaces for Interactive Electronics that Support Social Cues,” which could wind up being little more than child’s play.

Effectively an internet-connected, voice-activated device not unlike Amazon Echo, the Google patent describes “an anthropomorphic device, perhaps in the form factor of a doll or toy, may be configured to control one or more media devices.”

Unlike Echo, such smart toys could be configured to respond to movement through the use of a camera, as well as spoken words or phrases from a microphone attached to the head of the device.

Attractive user interfaces

Naturally, Google’s device would be able to communicate with a server on its network, allowing the smart toy to transmit commands to other connected media devices so it’s as functional as it is cute.

“Cute” is definitely what Google seems to be going for here, describing the device as an “attractive user interface” for young children, thanks to its disguise as “cartoonish dolls or toys,” although “other physical appearances” are also at least hinted at.

Taking it one step further, the smart toy could “express curiosity, (it) may tilt its head, furrow its brow, and/or scratch its head with an arm” in response to a child’s commands, which certainly sounds like the beginning of a bad horror movie to us.

That’s exactly how an attorney for Big Brother Watch described potential privacy concerns with the smart toys to BBC last week, but it’s unclear what, if anything, Google engineers may have done since the original patent filing in 2012 to address them.