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UPDATED: Best fitness tracker 2015: top activity bands to wear

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It’s a brand new year and that means you need of the one of the best fitness trackers for 2015 to stick to that always-elusive resolutions. You’ve taken the first of many meaningful steps.

Right now, there are plenty of familiar brand names out there: Jawbone, Nike, Fitbit and Samsung, as well as new entries from the likes of Microsoft and Garmin. But which has the best tracker?

All of them count calories burned and tally up your total steps, and an increasing number of fitness bands keep an eye on your heart rate. There’s no shortage of metrics tracked via your wrist movement.

It comes down to performance. That’s why we took every literal step to find out which tracker lives up to the hype of giving you that extra nudge for jogging or even walking – you’ve got to start somewhere.

1. Jawbone Up24

Fitness Trackers Wearables Devices Gadgets 10 Best Fitness Trackers Nike FuelBand SE Jawbone Up24 Samsung Gear Fit Basis Carbon Steel Garmin Vivofit Misfit Flash Microsoft Smart Band Samsung Gear S Fitbit Surge Apple WatchSimplicity is bliss

Are you in the market for a nearly weightless fitness tracker? Look no further than the Jawbone Up24. Ditching a built-in display makes it one of the lightest wearables available, weighing in at a scant 20 grams coupled with a comfortable soft exterior.

While the Up24 lacks a display of any kind, it syncs every step and your sleep data to a gorgeous smartphone app. All your biometric data is then displayed clearly with with bar graphs, line charts and all with so many colors. The Up24 will also periodically tug at you with reminders to get up, plus users can setup personalized challenges that go beyond burning more calories. For example, you can set goals to get more sleep or make sure to drink a healthy amount of water everyday.

A superior, though more expensive, follow-up dubbed the Jawbone Up3 is being readied with a brand new design and extra sensors, though it’s been quietly delayed.

Jawbone Up24 review

2. Fitbit Charge

Fitness Trackers Wearables Devices Gadgets 10 Best Fitness Trackers Nike FuelBand SE Jawbone Up24 Samsung Gear Fit Basis Carbon Steel Garmin Vivofit Misfit Flash Microsoft Smart Band Samsung Gear S Fitbit Surge Apple WatchFitbit Charge is the rebirth of the Fitbit Force

Welcome back to the best of list, Fitbit. Sure, the Fitbit Force was recalled due to causing skin irritation, but it was among the best step and calorie burning counters to wear on your wrist. It’s back sans all of the rashes as Fitbit Charge, and it has the same OLED display, metrics and form factor. There’s a some new stuff here too: a texturized rubber design, slightly easier-to-buckle clasp and caller ID functionality.

Alternatively, the Fitbit Charge HR adds a heart-rate monitor for a bumped up price, while the Fitbit Surge (which we mention later on among the best fitness trackers) is the company’s “Superwatch.” Those are tempting features, but most people will be satisfied with the Fitbit Charge’s basic metrics and syncing.

Fitbit Charge review

3. Nike FuelBand SE

Fitness Trackers Wearables Devices Gadgets 10 Best Fitness Trackers Nike FuelBand SE Jawbone Up24 Samsung Gear Fit Basis Carbon Steel Garmin Vivofit Misfit Flash Microsoft Smart Band Samsung Gear S Fitbit Surge Apple WatchThe classic is still one of the best

It’s an oldie but a goodie. The Nike FuelBand SE was announced way back in November 2013 but it’s still one of the most stylish and effective fitness trackers to ever come out. Sporting a hard plastic band, the FuelBand SE is small and discreet as a regular – if a bit stiff – wristband. The dot matrix LED display makes for an easy to read digital clock and lights up with rainbow colors whenever you’ve accomplished your goals.

The FuelBand SE is also one of the most goal-oriented fitness trackers, gamifying the act getting fit with fuel points awarded for every little completed workout. At the end of the day you can see how close you came to your fuel point target as well as your total calories burned and steps taken. Beyond traditional exercises like running, you can also set the Fuel Band SE to quantify activities like yoga and bowling.

Nike FuelBand SE review

4. Basis Carbon Steel

Fitness Trackers Wearables Devices Gadgets 10 Best Fitness Trackers Nike FuelBand SE Jawbone Up24 Samsung Gear Fit Basis Carbon Steel Garmin Vivofit Misfit Flash Microsoft Smart Band Samsung Gear S Fitbit Surge Apple WatchAll the metrics!

The Basis was one of the first companies to come out with a fitness tracker equipped with a massive array of sensors in order to track heart rate, perspiration and even skin temperature. While Basis has since introduced an all-new Peak smartwatch, it’s still a bit of a mess, which is why we’ve included the older generation: the Carbon Steel Smartwatch.

One of the best features of the Basis Carbon Steel is that it can tell when you start exercising – completely on its own. This smartwatch will intuitively start tracking your activity whenever you start a run, set off on a long trek or take a nap then record all the data as soon as you finish. It’s a seamless process in comparison with most fitness trackers where you have to press a button to mark the beginning and end of a session.

Carbon Steel Smartwatch review

5. Samsung Gear Fit

Fitness Trackers Wearables Devices Gadgets 10 Best Fitness Trackers Nike FuelBand SE Jawbone Up24 Samsung Gear Fit Basis Carbon Steel Garmin Vivofit Misfit Flash Microsoft Smart Band Samsung Gear S Fitbit Surge Apple WatchFitness tracking with a side of notifications

Samsung has introduced plenty of smartwatches into the wearable world and now it has a fitness tracker with the Gear Fit. Despite a much more band shaped design, the Gear Fit still carries over many of the same features from Samsung’s smartwatches including a beautiful AMOLED display and notifications.

Of course as an fitness tracker, the Gear Fit is also equipped with an accelerometer and gyroscope a to track your movements. Unfortunately it also comes with a very finicky heart rate sensor that picks up some rather unreliable data. It’s not perfect, but the Samsung Gear Fit is one of the few wearables that tows the line between activity tracking and the best smartwatch features.

Samsung Gear Fit review

6. Garmin Vivofit

Fitness Trackers Wearables Devices Gadgets 10 Best Fitness Trackers Nike FuelBand SE Jawbone Up24 Samsung Gear Fit Basis Carbon Steel Garmin Vivofit Misfit Flash Microsoft Smart Band Samsung Gear S Fitbit Surge Apple WatchA glorifed pedometer yes, but an excellent one at that

On the complete opposite spectrum of the Samsung Gear Fit, is the Garmin Vivofit fitness tracker. It doesn’t do notifications, nor does it have GPS or a light up screen. In fact you won’t even need to plug it in at night because the Vivofit comes with a battery rated to last an entire year.

For the most part, it does little more than act as a digital watch with a pedometer that counts your steps to estimate how many calories you’ve burned. There’s also a little red growing line on the screen to remind you to get up when it’s full and some very basic sleep tracking. Simplicity is the Vivofit’s strength and its affordable $75 (about £47, AU$91) price also makes this a perfect way to get into fitness trackers on the ground floor.

Garmin Vivofit review

Tech Bargains: TechRadar Deals: TVs, soundbars, Android tablets, storage and more!

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Take a deep breath, everyone – it’s nearly the weekend.

So while you wait for the clock to tick past five O’clock , have a browse through this week’s final round-up of tech deals.

As usual we’ve got tablets, TVs, soundbars, accessories, portable storage and more!

Let’s kick off with a great deal on an excellent HD TV. Samsung’s H6400 series was one of our favourites from 2014. It already represented great value, but now things are even better. You can get the 48-inch Samsung UE48H6400 TV, with Freeview HD, voice control, 2x 3D glasses, free 12 month MUBI movies subscription and a 3 month pass to music streaming service Deezer – all for just £529!

Today’s Big Deals

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Looking for a super cheap Android tablet? Look no further than the heavily discounted Lenovo S5000 7-incher. Currently going for £87.99 at Argos/eBay.

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Great deal on the Wacom Bamboo Pad Light Touchpad with digital stylus – now just £19.54 at Amazon.

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No room for a soundbar in front of your TV? Think about getting a soundbase which your TV can sit on top of. This one from Orbitsound is great and currently just £119.99 at Amazon.

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Want a Mac for less than £340? You can currently get a refurbed Mac mini with Core i5 Intel CPU for just £339.

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And if you’re an extreme sports enthusiast with a GoPro, you can currently get a good deal on an extension pole for your action cam. This GoPole is currently just £35.99!

MORE DEALS

EE 4G 6GB Pay As You Go Mobile Broadband Combi Sim – £14.99

HP 15 Laptop, Intel Core i3, 4GB RAM, 1TB, 15.6″ – £349.95

WD My Passport Ultra 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Auto and Cloud Backup – Black – £50

Swees® 50W 5V / 10A 5 Port USB Charger Wall Charger Adapter – £13.99

Toshiba 320GB Store.E Basics Portable Hard Drive – £29.99

SEIKI SE39UY01UK 39-Inch 4K Ultra HD – £259.99

Duracell MN2400 Plus Power Alkaline AAA Size Batteries (Pack of 12) – £4.50

Sony MDRZX310 Foldable Headphones – Metallic Black – £12.50

Tech Bargains: TechRadar Deals: TVs, soundbars, Android tablets, headphones and more

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Happy Thursday! It’s nearly the weekend and to celebrate we’ve got more daily deals for you!

Today we’ve got some cheap smartphones, TVs, cameras, headphones, tablets, portable hard drives and more!

Let’s kick off with some excellent portable bargains? If you’re after a smartphone AND a camera, why not get both in one device? The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is an Android smartphone and a compact camera all in one and is currently available for £139.

Or if portable gaming is more your thing, how about this Zavvi deal on a New Nintendo 3DS bundle which includes the new handheld as well as Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask – all for £174.99.

Today’s Deals

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Looking for a kick-ass new tablet? Look no further than the Google Nexus 8.9-inch Android tablet. Packing powerful components and running the latest version of Android Lollipop, it’s currently available on Amazon for £389.81.

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If a TV is what you’re after, this is a big one at a great price. The Panasonic TX-55AS640B is a 55-inch 1080p TV which has now been reduced to £699 at Currys.

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While we’re on living room entertainment, if you’re buying a TV or just want to upgrade your existing set, this Philips soundbar is now just £49.99!

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Need some new headphones? Check out the AKG K619 – now just £39.99 down from £99!

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If wireless headphones are more your bag though, we’ve still got you covered – these Philips Bluetooth headphones are now just £49.99!

MORE DEALS

Samsung NX2000 20 Megapixel Digital Camera Twin Lens Kit (20-50mm amd 16mm) – White – £279

Kingston 240GB V300 SSD – £63.99

Nikon L330 20MP Bridge Camera – Black – £99.99

Binatone Terrain 750 Twin Walkie Talkie – £25

Panasonic 42 inch VIERA TX-42A400B Series 4 Full HD Freeviw HD LED TV – £295

Kingston Technology 16GB DataTraveler Micro USB Flash Drive – £5

Samsung Memory 64GB Evo MicroSDXC UHS-I Grade 1 Class 10 Memory Card without Adapter – £22.76

HTC Flip Clip-On Case Cover for HTC One (M8) – White – £7.98

updated: Best Bluetooth speakers of 2015: our top 5 reviewed

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The bazooka-sized boomboxes of yesteryear are no more, and haven’t been for a while now. They have made way for portable, wireless speakers that are more capable, and sometimes, are as small as a soda can.

But the path to glory for the Bluetooth speaker hasn’t always been strong. In fact, it’s been downright shaky at times, as innovation in design flew past the actual execution of reliably streaming music wirelessly in its early years.

Most of the bugs have been shook loose, and the Bluetooth speakers arriving on store shelves today are better and more affordable than ever. What with long-lasting battery life, stunning audio reproduction and other useful features, these speakers can turn any trip away from home into a tune-filled party.

We’ve done the digging to present to you our top reviewed picks for best Bluetooth speakers.

Harman Infinity One

Harman Infinity One

For a heavy-hitting option, look no further than the Harman Infinity One. After all, Linkin Park helped develop it, so you know it has got to be good. (*wink)

In all seriousness though, this Bluetooth speaker can fill the room with rich sound from top to bottom. A slouch, the Harman Infinity One is not. You’ll find all of the important features here, like speakerphone and NFC capabilities, as well as a solid battery life.

At $300, it’s quite a steep investment for most just looking to pipe sound wire-free. But if you’re looking for a stellar-looking option that boasts enough good qualities to justify its price, your search ends here.

Get this if your entertainment center is longing for a bold-looking and powerful companion.

JBL Charge 2

JBL Charge 2

Coming in at $150 (£129, about AU$170) is the JBL Charge 2. It’s about the size of a large can of energy drink, but we promise that it has more functionality than one.

With great sound quality that booms through the cylindrical chamber, the deal is only made sweeter with its fantastic battery life, which can charge your power-hungry devices if you’re away from an electrical source. Sure, it’s not as flashy looking as the LED-decorated JBL Pulse, but its capabilities blow it out of the water for your money.

Get this if you want a durable speaker, but don’t care too much how it looks, so long as it performs well.

Dell AD211

Dell AD211

A good Bluetooth speaker is something we all deserve, but it’s also something we can’t all afford. Thankfully, Dell stuck this stellar option in the budget Bluetooth speaker category.

The Dell AD211 won’t win awards for design, though some may dig its simple style. Whatever bad we had to say about (not much) it, can be mostly ignored once you hear that it retails for a staggeringly cheap $59 (£68.39, AU$79).

Taking value into consideration, you’ll have a hard time finding an affordable speaker with good battery life, NFC compatibility and a built-in microphone. But the AD211 has it all, and for a bargain.

Get this if you’re ballin’ on a budget and you need the most feature-packed speaker for your money.

Harman Kardon Esquire Mini

Harman/Kardon Esquire Mini

While this chic Bluetooth speaker is marketed to the on the go business professional, always catching flights to go catch more flights, the Harmon Kardon Esquire Mini is an easy recommendation.

It’s hard not to be partial to such a good-looking speaker, but thankfully, its performance ranks just as high in our book. Albeit a tad expensive for its size ($150, £129.99), it makes up for the financial burden with great battery life and fantastic style.

If size is of utmost importance, you’ll be pleased with the Esquire Mini, as it’s about the thickness of two smartphones. Of course, you wouldn’t guess that the voluminous sound would be coming out of such a small device.

Get this if want a pocket-friendly Bluetooth speaker that’s fashion-savvy.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20

Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20

Just like people do, some Bluetooth speakers try to do everything. And just like people, some Bluetooth speakers can do this gracefully and some cannot. The Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20 succeeds at being a multi-functional speaker that rings it at the pleasing tune of $129 (about £104, AU$155).

Compared to other speakers on this list so far, its design stands out, for starters. It’s about the size of a hard-cover book and can compliment a bookshelf, if you please, or just a table top.

This speaker houses a bunch of cool features, even some you may not use. The ‘aux in’ port allows it to amplify beyond what your computer is capable of. Its internal microphone can even record audio to a microSD card.

Get this if a cool, novel-sized Bluetooth speaker packed with premium sound and fun features (recording audio, “Roar’ volume boost) appeals to you.

We’ll update this page as we review better speakers, so stay tuned. Let us know if you have had a good experience with these picks or any others, for that matter.

Tech Bargains: TechRadar Deals: Smartphones, TVs, tablets, hard drives and more

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It’s Tuesday morning and that can only mean one thing – more deals!

Today we’ve got some cheap smartphones, TVs, cameras, headphones, tablets, portable hard drives and more!

Let’s kick off with some excellent portable bargains? If you’re after a smartphone AND a camera, why not get both in one device? The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is an Android smartphone and a compact camera all in one and is currently available for £139.

Or if portable gaming is more your thing, how about this Zavvi deal on a New Nintendo 3DS bundle which includes the new handheld as well as Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask – all for £174.99.

January Sales: quick links

Gift cards: Amazon gift cards | Gift card store | John Lewis gift cards|Currys gift cards|PC World gift cards | GAME gift cards

TODAY’S HOT DEALS

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When the LG G Flex – the world’s first curved smartphone – launched a year ago, it cost well over £600 SIM free which was a bit steep. Today though, you can pick one up for just £244.99 – that’s more like it!

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And while we’re on LG’s mobile devices, you can also get a great deal today on the 7-inch LG G Pad Android tablet. It’s currently just £76.99 at Expansys.

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The Nintendo 3DS deal above isn’t the only portable gaming bargain we’ve seen this morning. You can also pick up a Sony PS Vita with the Sports & Racing Mega Pack and a 16GB memory card all for just £129.99!

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And the first of two portable storage bargains now. Firstly, Argos currently has this Toshiba Canvio 2TB hard drive for just £59.99 – that’s a great deal.

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Meanwhile PC World has a 256GB PNY USB 3.0 memory stick for just £74.99.

MORE DEALS

Netgear EX2700 300mbps WI-FI Range Extender – £18.99

Toshiba Encore WT8-A-102 8-inch Tablet – £159

Samsung UE32H5500 32-inch Widescreen Full HD Smart LED TV – £249

TomTom Via 130 EU GPS Unit – £79.99

Sennheiser CX 200 Street II – £13.99

Integral UltimaPro 64GB Class 10 SDXC Memory Card – £18.99

Gioteck HC2 Stereo Headset For PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC – £19.99

Samsung GALAXY S4 Zoom – £139

NEW 3DS Black Console – Includes Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask – £174.99

January sales: quick links

Quick links to the best January sales deals:

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Very sales homepage | Electricals sale | TV sale | Tablets and E-Readers | Games & Consoles | Clothing, fashion & footwear sale|Home, garden & furniture sale | Home & Garden |

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Amazon sales | Games & console deals | Electricals & computing sale|Clothing sale | DVD & Blu-ray sales | Shoes and boots sale | Toys & Games sale

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Argos sales | Technology, Gadgets & Gaming sale | Home & Garden|Toys and Games | Sport & Leisure | Health & Beauty sale | Clothing sale

currys

Currys sales homepage | TV Mega Sale | Cameras & Audio|Laptop & Computing sales | Hard drives & printers | Home Appliance sales|Software sales

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Tesco Direct: The Big Sale | Smartphones & Mobile | TVs & Accessories| Headphones & Speakers | Computing & Office| DVD & Blu-ray sale |Furniture sale

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John Lewis Sale | Tech & Gadgets sale | Home & Garden|Sports Gear|Womenswear | Menswear | Furniture sale|Beauty sale

Gift cards: Amazon gift cards | Gift card store | John Lewis gift cards|Currys gift cards|PC World gift cards | GAME gift cards

The best drones to fly in 2015

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DJI Inspire 1

DJI Inspire 1

Not content with having cornered the consumer drone market – and every news bulletin – with its amazing Phantom 2 Vision+, DJI has now launched a stunning mid-range drone aimed at prosumers. Like the Phantom, the new Inspire 1 is ready to fly straight out of the box using an iPad or Android tablet to monitor the action. The high-tech hand controller is a joy and equipped with ultra smooth joysticks and extra switches for controlling the quad’s retractable carbon fibre prop arms and its new 360˚ 3-axis, modular gimbal. Naturally, it all comes pre-configured with DJI’s trusted GPS technology and all the usual fail-safe modes, including auto take off and landing. It can even fly steadily indoors without GPS using its clever Optical Flow positioning sensor.

The Inspire 1’s own-brand camera is equipped with a Sony 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor and shoots 4K at 30fps and 1080p at up to 60fps with no GoPro-style fisheye to taint the view. It also takes excellent 12MP stills in JPEG or RAW. What’s more, the camera and gimbal can also be operated by a second person using another hand controller; just like the pros do it. Expect around 20 minutes of flying time from the drone’s intelligent 5700mAh 6S battery.

In the pantheon of camera-wielding UAVs, the Inspire 1 is an unequivocal winner. Think of it as the Audi R8 of drones: its gentle controls are perfectly dialled for smooth, rock steady videography but slam the stick forward and it shoots off at speeds in excess of 45 mph, twisting and turning like a dragonfly on steroids. Right now, this thing is matchless.

From £2,380, dji.com

Walkera Tali

Walkera Tali H500

The Tali H500 has six blades instead of four so there’s every chance you’ll land it in one piece should a motor give up the ghost. It’s also several inches bigger and more powerful than DJI’s Phantom, and it comes with retractable landing gear so the camera’s view isn’t obscured by the legs.

The Tali H500 is superbly built. This isn’t some shed-made Heath Robinson affair – it’s a bona fide, factory-produced UAV equipped with a reliable set of pilot-aid components like GPS, return to home, even a fly around setting for circular flights. The 5400MAh battery delivers around 18 minutes of safe flying time. Like DJI’s Inspire 1 and Phantom 2 Vision+, the Tali H500 comes out of the box ready to fly and is equipped with a 3-axis gimbal and Walkera’s own iLook+ GoPro-style camera. Unfortunately, the camera might be the package’s weakest link. It’s no match for the GoPro or the Phantom camera, but it works seamlessly with the rest of the system, allowing pilots to control the camera and gimbal from the ground while viewing what the camera sees on the transmitter’s small but decent colour monitor. Thankfully, the gimbal cage is just the right size to retro fit a GoPro, though you will need to spend an extra £100 or so on some video uplink components if you plan to fit one.

The Walkera’s Devo 10 remote is one of its strongest facets. Aside from two gimbal controls, there are switches aplenty: one for retracting the landing gear, another for auto take off, another for GPS and manual modes and yet another for setting the circular flying mode. The flip-up colour monitor isn’t iPad Mini standard but it’s good enough for composing shots and seeing where you’re going. If you’re looking for a UAV that flies exceedingly well and doesn’t look like a toy, then this is the one to go for. However, we advise you swap the iLook+ camera for a GoPro.

£1,220, hobbyone.com

Parrot Bebop

Parrot Bebop Drone

When Parrot launched its camera-equipped AR Drone back in 2010, it inadvertently kick-started a whole new category of consumer electronics. Well here’s another Parrot to add to the flight list. The lightweight, four-motor Parrot Bebop Drone is ready to soar out of the box and comes rammed to the hilt with an ample shedload of electronic wizardry that makes it both chimp-easy to control and extraordinarily stable in flight, especially when flown indoors.

Tech Bargains: TechRadar Deals: Cheap TVs, headphones, tablets, cameras + more

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It’s Monday morning and that can only mean one thing – more deals!

Today we’ve got some cheap TV deals, cameras, headphones, tablets, portable hard drives and more!

January Sales: quick links

Gift cards: Amazon gift cards | Gift card store | John Lewis gift cards|Currys gift cards|PC World gift cards | GAME gift cards

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First up, how about this brilliant deal on the Samsung UE32H5500 32-inch TV? It’s a full HD TV with built-in Freeview HD and lots of smart TV features. And it’s currently going for just £249 at Amazon – great deal!

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While we’re on the Samsung screens, how about this brilliant 4K/Ultra HD gaming monitor? With a resolution of 3840×2160, it’s perfect for getting every ounce of power out of your graphics card and currently costs just £375 with free delivery.

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Or if a camera is what you’re after today, how about this Nikon L330 bridge camera? It’s a 20MP jobby with HD video capture and currently available at Argos for just £99!

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Looking for a cheap Android tablet? Tesco has refurbished Hudl tablets available for just £99.

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And finally, the ever popular Sennheiser CX300 ii earphones are still just £18.99 at Argos!

MORE DEALS

GOgroove BlueSENSE TRM Bluetooth Audio Transmitter for TVs , MP3 Players etc for £17.99 with code @ Amazon Use code TRADAR16 to reduce to £17.99.

The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1 [ Paperback ] £10.99 at Amazon

Dell UltraSharp 25 inch u2515h 2560×1440 IPS Monitor £255.97 delivered @ box.co.uk

WD Elements Portable 1.5TB (Recertified) £41.99 @ Western Digital

Raspberry Pi B+ starter kit £34.99 at Amazon

Sekonda Men’s Quartz Watch – Usual Price £30 £11.21 @ Amazon

Gigabyte motherboard Z97P-D3 £57.90 @ Amazon

Blackberry Playbook 7″ Tablet 64GB HDD 1GB Wi-Fi Grade A Refurbished £49.99 @ simplygames

Crucial M500 120GB SSD – Lowest Price Ever – £46.98 @ Amazon

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 (Wi-Fi, 8GB) £104.99 @ Expansys / Rakuten Use coupon code JANOFFER25

Lenovo A7 7 inch Tablet – 16gb £78.99 @ Argos

Sharp LC60LE651LMK2 60 inch Full HD Freeview HD 3D Smart TV £599.99 @ Argos

Sony MDR-XB450AP Xtra Bass Overhead Headphones now only £33.89 @ Amazon

AKG K430 Earphone – Black / Silver £14.99 @ Amazon

Currys External USB SoundCard Asus U1 £9.99

Fractal Design Core 2500 Mid tower Case £39.50 @ amazon

Asus MAXIMUS VII RANGER Z97 Gaming Motherboard + Intel i7 4790K CPU – £365.74 @ Scan.co.uk (£377.23 Delivered)

Tannoy Revolution DC4T Floorstanding Speaker. Dark Wood Espresso finish. £209.90 @ Peter Tyson Using code B15MT10 gives you extra 10% off.

Red5 Salt Powered V8 Car £8.99 @ Argos

January sales: quick links

Quick links to the best January sales deals:

very

Very sales homepage | Electricals sale | TV sale | Tablets and E-Readers | Games & Consoles | Clothing, fashion & footwear sale |Home, garden & furniture sale | Home & Garden |

amazon

Amazon sales | Games & console deals | Electricals & computing sale |Clothing sale | DVD & Blu-ray sales | Shoes and boots sale | Toys & Games sale

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Argos sales | Technology, Gadgets & Gaming sale | Home & Garden |Toys and Games | Sport & Leisure | Health & Beauty sale | Clothing sale

currys

Currys sales homepage | TV Mega Sale | Cameras & Audio|Laptop & Computing sales | Hard drives & printers | Home Appliance sales |Software sales

tesco

Tesco Direct: The Big Sale | Smartphones & Mobile | TVs & Accessories| Headphones & Speakers | Computing & Office| DVD & Blu-ray sale |Furniture sale

john lewis

John Lewis Sale | Tech & Gadgets sale | Home & Garden|Sports Gear| Womenswear | Menswear | Furniture sale|Beauty sale

Gift cards: Amazon gift cards | Gift card store | John Lewis gift cards|Currys gift cards|PC World gift cards | GAME gift cards

ZTE’s big-screen Grand X Max+ goes small on price (pictures)

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Five representatives from the finalist Milestone teams will tell us how they plan to get to the moon and win $30 million next year. You won’t want to miss this exclusive CNET event.

Tech Bargains: TechRadar Deals: Cheap TVs, laptops, chargers and more!

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It’s nearly the weekend but there’s still time for another dollop of tech dealery before you slack off this afternoon!

Today we’ve got some good bargains on TVs as well as exclusive deals on a portable charger and a Bluetooth audio transmitter!

Let’s start with this excellent deal on an Xbox One wireless controller – you can currently pick one up for just £29.99 with the magic code JANGIFT10 – saving you ten entire English pounds.

January Sales: quick links

Gift cards: Amazon gift cards | Gift card store | John Lewis gift cards |Currys gift cards|PC World gift cards | GAME gift cards

Today’s Hot Deals

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The H6400 range of TVs was one of our absolute favourites of 2014. It struck an excellent balance between price and performance and along with Sony’s W805 was probably the best value TV of the last year. Now you can get the 48-inch Samsung UE486400 even cheaper at just £499 – well worth considering if you’re after a new TV.

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Turn your MP3 player or laptop into a wireless music machine with this Gogroove Bluetooth audio transmitter! Normally it’s £23.99 but we’ve got an exclusive deal for you – get it for £17.99 with our secret code TRADAR16.

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Another exclusive here – this time on the Omaker Brilliant portable charger – one of the most popular products we’ve ever featured in deals. With its 10,000mAh capacity it’ll charge your phone several times over without needing to be topped up! Get it for just £14.89 with our secret code TRADAR11.

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And how about this deal on the Lenovo Z50 laptop? Lenovo is the most popular laptop brand in the world, and you can currently get this Core i7-4510U 2GHz laptop with 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD and Windows 8.1 for just £469.95 down from £579.99.

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Aaaaand finally, if you’re looking to get somewhere this weekend, perhaps a new sat nav is what you need? The Garmin nuvi 52LM is currently discounted on Amazon to £59.99.

MORE HOT DEALS

Sony KDL-65W955BBU 65″ LED TV £1,399.00 @ HIFI Confidential

WD Elements Portable 1.5TB (Recertified) £41.99 @ Western Digital

Scrabble Original Board Game £9.99 Delivered at Amazon

Dell UltraSharp 25 inch u2515h 2560×1440 IPS Monitor £255.97 delivered @ box.co.uk

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Updated: Google IO 2015: news, rumors and predictions

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In the months since the less-than-thrilling IO 2014, Google has unleashed a number of tantalizing products and intriguing concepts that have us looking forward it its 2015 conference.

With Android L releasing into the wild, the revelation of the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, Android Wear smartwatches winding up on wrists everywhere, and devices like Project Ara and Project Tango teasing us with possibilities, Google is setting itself up for even more innovation in 2015.

Unlike last year’s IO, which was short on exciting announcements, we expect Google to rebound an event loaded with breakthroughs, surprises and products we can’t wait to use. Read on for the latest news and rumors surrounding the show, and let us know what you’d like to see in the comments below!

Also, head to Page 2 for what we’d like to see at Google IO 2015.

Project Ara

The intrigue around Project Ara, Google’s modular phone, is palpable. The biggest question surrounds whether this thing will actually work with so many parts options, and thankfully we’ll get a chance to see if it can in the second half of the year.

Project AraBuilding blocks of phones of the future?

Google announced in mid-January Project Ara will launch as a pilot program in Puerto Rico later on this year. We know, that’s after IO, but we wouldn’t be surprised to hear more about this program, and maybe even some more test markets, before IO is in the books. Look for some nitty gritty on how Project Ara functions during the conference as well as a pitch to developers and components makers to bolster the Ara ecosystem.

Android 5.0 Lollipop and Chrome

Android 5 is pretty sweet, but it’s having a hell of a time getting to flagship phones. Sure, the HTC One M8 developer and unlocked additions were treated to Lollipop in mid-January along with Galaxy S5s living in the UK, but that’s hardly widespread adoption.

Android Lollipop

We hope by the time IO rolls around, most flagships on most major networks have joined Team Lollipop. If that’s the case, it would make for good timing for the next version of Android to release, something like Android 5.5 or even, dare we say, Android 6. Announcing Android 6 would fit Google’s timeline for new mobile OS reveals; it was at IO 2014 that we first met “Android L,” after all.

Chrome also seems likely for lots of IO love. While we haven’t heard anything specific to IO, we do have a sense of things to come. Google announced in mid-January Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS, letting users access their PC on their iPhone or iPad. The concept is nothing new, but the fact Google released this specifically for iOS gives us a clue that more cross-OS functionality is top of Google’s mind.

Cardboard

Oculus Rift may rule the VR roost, but don’t count Cardboard out before it gets a chance to shine.

Cardboard

In December 2014, Google announced some choice updates for its VR viewer, including a dedicated page for apps on Google Play and a number of places to purchase Cardboard so users don’t have to make their own. Developers (the target IO audience) were also given access to Cardboard SDKs for Android and Unity. New viewer specs and a wave of VR-related hiring rounded out the year-end announcements.

So what does this mean for IO 2015? Likely plenty. There’s six months between these announces and the conference, ample time to hire VR folks, improve the viewers design (Cardboard 2, anyone?) and create apps and games to prance out on the IO stage. Expect Cardboard to get more than a brief mention at this year’s conference.

Android Auto

Besides wearables, there’s really no hotter space for companies to get into than cars right now. Google, as you know, has been very active on the auto front.

Google self driving car

Let’s start with a no-big-deal project (not) – its self-driving car. Google followed up the buzz around its initial mock-up by revealing in December 2014 it has a self-driving prototype that, you know, actually drives its self. Google is currently testing this version and plans to put functioning vehicles on Northern California roads sometime this year. A Google IO 2015 demo feels very plausible.

In addition to its self-driving car, car companies are signing up for Android Auto left and right. Several Android Auto-related announcements were made during CES 2015, including ones from Pioneer, Volkswagen and Parrot. Following Android Auto’s debut at IO 2014, you can bet your left blinker Google has more car talk planned for this year’s gathering.

Android TV

Say hello to the new king of Google’s TV OS ambitions. Google TV is dead, the company announced in early January, usurped by the burgeoning Android TV platform.

Android TV

With support ending for Google TV and the one-year anniversary of Android TV’s emergence approaching at IO, Google is sure to spend plenty of time talking about the smart TV system this year. Sony plans to put Android TV in all its 2015 models, and developers are now encouraged to create Android TV and Cast-enabled apps.

Google will no doubt enlighten us further on its living rooms plans at IO 2015, placing Android TV at the heart of it all.

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