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Nvidia Gamescom 2018 press conference: How to watch it
Nvidia Gamescom 2018 press conference: How to watch it By Rik Henderson

Nvidia is one of few companies to host a press conference at Gamescom this year.It will kick off the mammoth European videogames show with a special showcase event for press and members of the public alike. And that will start with a keynote address.... Read more

Best upcoming Nintendo Switch games to look forward to in 2018 and beyond
Best upcoming Nintendo Switch games to look forward to in 2018 and beyond By Rik Henderson

The Nintendo Switch has proven to be a very capable competitor to the PS4 and Xbox One, while offering something else beside: portability.And now that it's hit its stride, there are plenty of games coming out to play at home and away. There's even the... Read more

Google Home with touchscreen display coming to take on Amazon Echo Show
Google Home with touchscreen display coming to take on Amazon Echo Show By Rik Henderson

Google is said to be releasing its own version of the Amazon Echo Show in time for the holidays.A display-equipped Google Home will reportedly be released prior to Christmas, in order to directly compete with Amazon's Alexa device.What's more, the company... Read more

Leaked Oppo R17 and Vivo V11 pics show waterdrop is the new notch, OnePlus 6T to get it too?
Leaked Oppo R17 and Vivo V11 pics show waterdrop is the new notch, OnePlus 6T to get it too? By Rik Henderson

We've seen the Oppo F9 in the flesh already and one of its most eye-catching features is the design of its 2nd generation notch. Rather than copy the iPhone X - as many other manufacturers do - Oppo has opted for a notch design that is being called "waterdrop"... Read more

Nokia 9 launch date revealed, Nokia event planned for next week
Nokia 9 launch date revealed, Nokia event planned for next week By Rik Henderson

Nokia will officially unveil the long-awaited Nokia 9 smartphone next Tuesday, 21 August.At least, that's what we expect. The company hasn't yet confirmed the actual handset it will launch at a dedicated event on that day.Instead, it has posted a teaser... Read more

eBay flash deal gives you 15% off everything on site today only
eBay flash deal gives you 15% off everything on site today only By Rik Henderson

You might have thought Amazon Prime Day was a great time for bargains but eBay.co.uk is offering something even more spectacular: 15 per cent of everything found on the website. Tech. Games. Everything.From 10am today (Friday 17 August) and today only,... Read more

Best upcoming PS4 games to look forward to in 2018 and beyond
Best upcoming PS4 games to look forward to in 2018 and beyond By Rik Henderson

There are some cracking games coming up this year for PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro, not least those soon to be shown in more depth at Gamescom 2018. And that's why we've decided to round up the best you can expect to see in the coming months, even stretching... Read more

Oculus Rift vs HTC Vive: VR's best experiences go head to head
Oculus Rift vs HTC Vive: VR's best experiences go head to head By Rik Henderson

If you're considering virtual reality, then chances are you've already heard of both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. These are the main two competitors if you're considering high-end, serious virtual reality technology. They come with a hefty price tag... Read more

Gamescom 2018: The games, consoles and announcements to expect
Gamescom 2018: The games, consoles and announcements to expect By Rik Henderson

Although E3 each June is the largest and most known videogames show in the Western hemisphere, Germany's Gamescom is where more of the biggest forthcoming games are actually playable.That's why we love it so much, so we can go hands-on with many more... Read more

What is Freeview Play and how can I get it?
What is Freeview Play and how can I get it? By Rik Henderson

Freeview is no longer just a digital TV platform, it also embraces connected tech and online content. And now there's Freeview Play that offers on-demand TV directly within its electronic programme guide, so you don't have to hunt through individual... Read more

2TB PS4 Pro 500 Million Edition pre-orders sold out already, but there might be new stock coming
2TB PS4 Pro 500 Million Edition pre-orders sold out already, but there might be new stock coming By Rik Henderson

Sony Interactive Entertainment will soon release a rather special edition version of the PlayStation 4 Pro although you might find one hard to come by. Pre-orders are currently sold out.Although pre-orders started on Amazon.co.uk at 10am Wednesday 15... Read more

Google Coach: Google's new health system for Wear OS revealed in leak
Google Coach: Google's new health system for Wear OS revealed in leak By Rik Henderson

Google is planning a major overhaul in the way it helps you track health and wellbeing on smartwatches and Android phones.A new service, potentially called Google Coach, is in the planning stage and Android Police has received a whole stack of details... Read more

Harman Kardon Citation 500 smart speaker comes with Google Assistant and be at IFA 2018
Harman Kardon Citation 500 smart speaker comes with Google Assistant and be at IFA 2018 By Rik Henderson

Harman Kardon will show the Citation 500 smart speaker to the public for the first time at IFA 2018 from 31 August.The high-end speaker comes with Google Assistant built in, so works like a Google Home or other voice controlled speaker using the same... Read more

WhatsApp backups to be free and unlimited on Android, not so iPhone
WhatsApp backups to be free and unlimited on Android, not so iPhone By Rik Henderson

Thanks to a deal with Google, WhatsApp backups to Google Drive will be free and unlimited from 12 November 2018.That means, if you use an Android handset and want to backup your entire chat history to a Google Drive account, they will no longer take up... Read more

JBL Tuner is the portable radio for the Bluetooth generation
JBL Tuner is the portable radio for the Bluetooth generation By Rik Henderson

Contrary to many expectations, radio is still going strong in the age of digital music streaming. It still manages to capture our attention, whether we are millennials, old farts or somewhere in-between. And it shows no signs of stopping.However, streaming... Read more

Here's the Huawei Mate 20 Lite in all its leaked glory
Here's the Huawei Mate 20 Lite in all its leaked glory By Rik Henderson

There's no doubt that Huawei will be unveiling a new series of Mate phones soon - it even sent us a coded safe screaming with spoilers.What we don't know exactly is how many phones will be announced. We can take a guess, though, that there will be a Huawei... Read more

Cheaper Apple MacBooks to enter production soon, report
Cheaper Apple MacBooks to enter production soon, report By Rik Henderson

Could we finally see the long-awaited Apple MacBook Air refresh soon? A report from inside the production chain suggests so.Digitimes claims that Apple partner Quanta has received "orders for Apple's new inexpensive notebooks". That is said to include... Read more

Leaked Motorola P30 renders show notch is not going away
Leaked Motorola P30 renders show notch is not going away By Rik Henderson

Critics of the notch need look away now. Leaked images of the Motorola P30 show the brand owned by Lenovo is continuing to embrace the design.Posted by Android Pure, several renders of the alleged handset give the impression that Motorola is continuing... Read more

HTC U12 Life won't be made by HTC itself, crikey!
HTC U12 Life won't be made by HTC itself, crikey! By Rik Henderson

Rumours of a new mid-range HTC phone are ramping up, suggesting it could be announced soon. Or, at least, a HTC badged phone.The HTC U12 Life has been touted since spring this year, and we fully expect to hear something official on it in the next couple... Read more

LG Styler ThinQ: Now you can even talk to your bedroom wardrobe
LG Styler ThinQ: Now you can even talk to your bedroom wardrobe By Rik Henderson

LG will show smart, connected, artificially intelligent bedroom furniture at IFA 2018 in a couple of weeks.The LG Styler system is already available in the US and several other regions, but the new models are far smarter and offer voice control.It effectively... Read more

How Spotify works with Samsung devices: New partnership and benefits explained
How Spotify works with Samsung devices: New partnership and benefits explained By Rik Henderson

During its Unpacked press event where it unveiled the Galaxy Note 9 smartphone, Samsung also announced a new partnership with music streaming service Spotify.Spotify will be fully integrated with the new flagship phone, but there is more to the alliance.Several... Read more

New Palm "Pepito" Android phone revealed in leaked pic
New Palm "Pepito" Android phone revealed in leaked pic By Rik Henderson

After appearing in certification listings on the WiFi Alliance and FCC websites, an image of the first Palm smartphone in seven years has emerged.Acquired by Android Police, the Palm handset, which goes by the codename "Pepito" and thought to have the... Read more

What is Nintendo Switch Online, how much does it cost and when is it coming?
What is Nintendo Switch Online, how much does it cost and when is it coming? By Rik Henderson

Ever since the Nintendo Switch was released, Nintendo has been promising an online subscription service.And although its full launch was delayed several times, Nintendo Switch Online will be with us soon.We also know pricing and exactly what your membership... Read more

Apple Car project could be go, go, go again
Apple Car project could be go, go, go again By Rik Henderson

Considering we haven't heard much on Project Titan for a while, you can be forgiven for thinking Apple had given up on plans to make its own car. However, a new development now suggests otherwise.It seemed as if Apple had shelved or scaled back the project,... Read more

Sonos One and Beam get Alexa announcements, broadcast messages around the house
Sonos One and Beam get Alexa announcements, broadcast messages around the house By Rik Henderson

Amazon's Alexa announcements feature has been added to Sonos speakers for the first time.The Sonos One and Sonos Beam smart speakers now have the ability to broadcast messages around the home, bringing the young ones to the dinner table or making sure... Read more

Red Dead Redemption 2 release date, gameplay trailer and more
Red Dead Redemption 2 release date, gameplay trailer and more By Rik Henderson

Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the most widely anticipated games of 2018.Coming more than eight years after the much-loved previous outing, it's certainly about time Rockstar released a sequel.Here then is everything you need to know about Red Dead Redemption... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Watch official, several days battery on a single charge
Samsung Galaxy Watch official, several days battery on a single charge By Rik Henderson

Samsung has officially announced its all-new smartwatch: the Samsung Galaxy Watch.As heavily rumoured, gone is the Gear S branding in favour of bringing it into the Galaxy family.There are three different models available - Silver, Midnight Black and... Read more

Fortnite for Android confirmed, Samsung Galaxy phones first invited to beta
Fortnite for Android confirmed, Samsung Galaxy phones first invited to beta By Rik Henderson

Samsung Galaxy phones, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 unveiled today, will be the first to get into the Fortnite Mobile for Android beta that launches this week.That means Samsung Galaxy S9 owners will also be among the first to play it, not just... Read more

Nokia 8110 4G "banana phone" now on pre-order, relive the 90s
Nokia 8110 4G "banana phone" now on pre-order, relive the 90s By Rik Henderson

The refreshed edition of one of the 90s most iconic phones is now available for pre-order in the UK.The Nokia 8110 had the nickname "banana phone" for a reason and the new 4G version has a similar curved shape. The new edition also comes in banana yellow,... Read more

Watch Fortnite for Android running on a phone that isn't a Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Watch Fortnite for Android running on a phone that isn't a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 By Rik Henderson

When the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is unveiled during Unpacked today, it is widely believed that the Android version of Fortnite will be mentioned as being a Samsung timed exclusive. However, the Android version of the hugely successful game will hopefully... Read more

You can now watch Roku content on PC, Mac, mobile or tablet
You can now watch Roku content on PC, Mac, mobile or tablet By Rik Henderson

Roku is expanding its reach beyond its own set-top-boxes and media streaming sticks. You can now access its free film and TV service, The Roku Channel, on PC, Mac, mobile and tablet - basically, anything with a web browser.Select Samsung smart TVs can... Read more

Google Pixel 3 XL fully revealed in hands-on pics and video
Google Pixel 3 XL fully revealed in hands-on pics and video By Rik Henderson

While there have been plenty of renders and images that reportedly show the forthcoming Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones, few are as detailed as the latest batch to hit the 'net.That's because they are hands-on shots of an alleged full production... Read more

Nintendo Switch Online subscription not needed for Fortnite, it seems
Nintendo Switch Online subscription not needed for Fortnite, it seems By Rik Henderson

When Nintendo Switch Online launches in September, many games will require Switch owners to pay a monthly subscription fee in order to continue to enjoy their online capabilities. That includes multiplayer gaming over the internet.However, eagle-eyed... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 price revealed ahead of Unpacked launch
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 price revealed ahead of Unpacked launch By Rik Henderson

Unlike previous years, Samsung has been rather poor at hiding details on its next flagship phone.The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be announced at a dedicated Unpacked event in New York this Thursday, 9 August, but there will likely be few surprises. We... Read more

Bose QC35 II headphones are now Alexa-enabled
Bose QC35 II headphones are now Alexa-enabled By Rik Henderson

Bose has added Alexa support to its QC35 II wireless ANC headphones.Newly stocked versions of the headphones will come with Alexa support already (as signified by a sticker on the box), but those who already own a pair will need to update the firmware.This... Read more

Qualcomm's next gen Wear OS chip to be unveiled 10 September
Qualcomm's next gen Wear OS chip to be unveiled 10 September By Rik Henderson

Qualcomm has teased the date it will unveil its next smartwatch chip specifically designed for Google's Wear OS platform.In a "save the date" email to multiple journalists in the US, the company attached an image of a watch showing the time "9.10". It... Read more

Palm PVG100 will see return of iconic brand as an Android phone
Palm PVG100 will see return of iconic brand as an Android phone By Rik Henderson

It's taken a fair while but it seems the Palm brand is finally coming back to the smartphone market soon.There has been talk of a new Palm handset being released since TCL bought the name three years ago, but not much else.Now it seems we have conclusive... Read more

Numskull mini Pac-Man arcade cabinet actually plays full game
Numskull mini Pac-Man arcade cabinet actually plays full game By Rik Henderson

Numskull Designs is well known for its videogames merchandise, including T-shirts, Christmas jumpers and candles that smell of the apocalypse, but it will soon also make arcade machines.Its new Quarter Arcades replica cabinets are 1/4 sized recreations... Read more

You will soon be able to afford a 4TB SSD for your PC
You will soon be able to afford a 4TB SSD for your PC By Rik Henderson

While solid-state drives have greatly grown in capacity in recent times, the prices charged for storage of a Terabyte and over are extortionate. They are generally for corporations rather than consumers.Samsung will soon buck the trend, however. It has... Read more

Logitech's Powered wireless iPhone stand charges while you still use your phone
Logitech's Powered wireless iPhone stand charges while you still use your phone By Rik Henderson

Ever since Apple adopted Qi wireless charging for its iPhone range there have been plenty of wireless chargers designed specifically for them. Few though are as elegant at the Logitech Powered.That's because the Logitech Powered Wireless Charging Stand... Read more

Sony UBP-X500 is a stripped back deck designed to play 4K Blu-rays well
Sony UBP-X500 is a stripped back deck designed to play 4K Blu-rays well By Rik Henderson

With the explosion of 4K video streaming and the very capable 4K disc spinning talents of the Xbox One S and Xbox One X, you can be forgiven for wondering why standalone players exist. Especially at the £200-300 mark.Sony hopes to prove otherwise though,... Read more

New Oppo flagship phone will be first with Corning Gorilla Glass 6
New Oppo flagship phone will be first with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 By Rik Henderson

Oppo will be the first smartphone manufacturer to adopt Corning Gorilla Glass 6.Corning confirmed in a press announcement that its next generation, super tough phone glass will make its debut on the next Oppo flagship handset, which is thought to either... Read more

Amazing Sky Sports deals for start of Premier League: Sky Q and Now TV bargains
Amazing Sky Sports deals for start of Premier League: Sky Q and Now TV bargains By Rik Henderson

The football Premier League season kicks off this Friday, with Manchester United vs Leicester City live on Sky Sports, and you can make sure you don't miss a minute of the action on Sky or Now TV with some amazing deals.Serious footy fans can subscribe... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Watch details dump reveals free $299 headphones and more
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Watch details dump reveals free $299 headphones and more By Rik Henderson

There has been so much written about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 already that you'd think that nothing more can be revealed ahead of Unpacked on Thursday. The Samsung Galaxy Watch too.However, Reddit user Wan997 has managed to unveil a few more alleged... Read more

Football Manager 2019 release date, trailer, formats, Bundesliga and all the info so far
Football Manager 2019 release date, trailer, formats, Bundesliga and all the info so far By Rik Henderson

With the new Premier League football season about to start, Sports Interactive and Sega have announced a few details about this year's iteration of Football Manager.FM19 is coming this November and gets a brand new look. Here's what we know about the... Read more

Google Pixel 3 release date revealed in extraordinary leak
Google Pixel 3 release date revealed in extraordinary leak By Rik Henderson

It's no secret that Google will launch Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones in the coming months, but the exact release date has proved elusive. Until now.A massive leak has revealed that the Google Pixel 3 (and its larger sibling, undoubtedly) will be... Read more

Samsung soundbars and speakers get Deezer lossless audio streaming
Samsung soundbars and speakers get Deezer lossless audio streaming By Rik Henderson

Samsung has announced that it several of its wireless speakers and soundbars are now compatible with Deezer's High Fidelity Lossless Audio streaming service.Those with a Deezer HiFi account can listen to over 36 million tracks at 16-Bit/44.1kHz and many... Read more

Audi e-tron all-electric SUV will finally debut in September, with pre-orders opening and price revealed
Audi e-tron all-electric SUV will finally debut in September, with pre-orders opening and price revealed By Rik Henderson

Audi has been detailing aspects of its first all-electric vehicle for more than three years, but the Audi e-tron is finally ready. To pre-order, at least.On 17 September, the full, consumer model of the Audi e-tron will be unveiled, showing the final... Read more

EA Origin Access Premier gives you all new games for £14.99 a month, including FIFA 19, Battlefield V and Anthem
EA Origin Access Premier gives you all new games for £14.99 a month, including FIFA 19, Battlefield V and Anthem By Rik Henderson

EA is adding a new, premium tier to its PC monthly subscription service that adds all new EA games to the library you can access. This will include FIFA 19, Battlefield V and Anthem.Origin Access Premier was announced during E3 2018 but now we know prices... Read more

Massive Samsung Galaxy Note 9 picture dump leaves nothing to the imagination
Massive Samsung Galaxy Note 9 picture dump leaves nothing to the imagination By Rik Henderson

If you're still wondering what to expect during Samsung's Unpacked event on 9 August wonder no more. There will be nothing to see that we haven't seen already.At least, that's our opinion after the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 9 picture leak. It is so comprehensive... Read more