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Roundup: Best of TechRadar: this week's best features and hottest reviews

10 best phablets in the world today

Galaxy Note 3

Because bigger is definitely better, right?

Our hands might not be getting any bigger but our phones certainly are. As flagships like the LG G3 and OnePlus One creep up to 5.5 inches, phablets are starting to resemble small tablets, arguably filling the roles of both a smartphone and a slate. If you think that one device is better than two, or just have really big hands, then there is a growing selection of phones to suit and these are the ten best. Read: 10 best phablets

Google driverless car hysteria shows humans are too stupid to drive

Google driverless car hysteria shows humans are too stupid to drive

People just don't 'get' driverless cars

People are hysterical about driverless cars. They just don't get it. In fact, reactions to Google's vehicle prove that most people struggle to grasp even the most basic benefits of driverless cars, let alone the more nuanced possibilitiesThere's loads of broken logic being used, too. Some argue that you can't have driverless cars mixed with human-driven cars because humans are so bad and erratic at driving. But if humans are so bad, how do they cope with each other? The bottom line is that driverless cars will be much, much more accurately and reliably controlled than human-driven cars. And that includes reacting to poorly-driven human cars. Read all about it

HP Envy Leap Motion review

HP Envy Leap Motion

HP's Envy line has had recent ups and downs, but it seems to have found its feet recently. Being (and looking like) a lower-cost alternative to a MacBook Pro-like machine is no bad thing – especially for people who want that kind of power without the cost. While the Leap Motion controller doesn't add much to the package, it's still not a bad machine overall anyway, especially in the oft-neglected 17-inch category. However, it's well worth looking at the HP Envy TouchSmart 15 if you are considering this laptop, because it's a lot cheaper for almost as much power. HP Envy Leap Motion review

10 best TV deals in the UK for June 2014

Cheap TVs: 10 best TV deals in the UK for June 2014

Hey you, are you looking for a cheap TV?

With most brands' latest TVs just out and a World Cup coming up, there's never been a better time to snap-up a cheap TV. Retailers are desperate to clear their stockrooms and cheap TVs a-plenty are pouring out with bargain price tags slapped on. Read: Cheap TV deals of the month

Huawei Ascend P7 review

Huawei Ascend P7

Huawei's new hero phone isn't going to worry the flagships

The Huawei Ascend P7 is a solid phone across the board, but doesn't excel beyond the competition in any particular area. The camera's not quite as punchy as the units in the high-end Nokias and the iPhone 5S or even Samsung's top Galaxys, the chassis isn't as impressive as the HTC One M8, the price not as low as the Nexus 5, the overall experience not quite as smooth as... loads of other phones. Huawei Ascend P7 review

5 big iWatch hints that Apple dropped at WWDC

Healthkit

Apple might be making a compelling case for the wearable

Apple didn't unveil the iWatch at WWDC 2014, but it did the next best thing: it dropped some almighty hints about the technology that might be heading to our wrists. Should it actually exist, we expect Apple to announce its long-rumoured wearable later in the year to coincide with the iPhone 6. Whatever shape the iWatch ultimately takes - and we're increasingly convinced that the "watch" bit is misleading - these hints from Apple's WWDC ketnote give a pretty good idea of what it might do. Continue reading...

axx 200

Creative Axx 200

A bluetooth speaker with a lot of talent

The Creative Sound Blaster Axx 200 is a portable Bluetooth speaker with an identity crisis. I say that because it's not just an NFC-enabled Bluetooth speaker, it's also a PC soundcard, an MP3 player, a phone charger, a speaker phone, a voice and call recorder, a megaphone and a police siren. Yes, a megaphone and a police siren. Seriously. Creative Axx 200 review

HTC One M8 vs HTC One E8

HTC One M8 vs HTC One E8

It's metal vs plastic, but what else has changed?

The newly announced HTC One E8 is a slightly odd prospect. At its core it's very similar to the impressive HTC One M8, just with a plastic build and a couple of other changes. The idea seems to be to deliver flagship specs at a lower price point, but when the two devices are so similar it's hard to imagine that they'll both be big sellers. Nevertheless, the HTC One E8 is here, so if you're wondering just what the difference is between it and the One M8 we've got the answers.

Sony Xperia Z3: what we want to see

Sony Xperia Z3: what we want to see

We want changes galore, but will we get them?

It seems like the Sony Xperia Z2 has barely been available any time at all and yet already there are a few rumors circling around the Sony Xperia Z3. That's not entirely surprising, the smartphone world is fast moving at the best of times and while most companies bring out one flagship a year Sony has started releasing one every six months or so, which means the Xperia Z3 may not actually be all that far off. Read all about it

Wearable cameras are all the rage but should we all become lifeloggers?

Wearable camera

We're all Big Brother now

Life-logging is all the rage. Sony's new SmartBand SWR10 wristband records your activity, but not just the steps you take or the calories you burn. This wearable builds a profile of your everyday activities by logging the time you spend on Facebook, the songs you listen to and what you browse on the web, too. Continue reading...

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50 best Android games 2014

While the 'free-to-play' market has taken a bit of a beating of late due to gamers falling out of love with the use of in-app payments, the world of mobile gaming is still an exciting one. Whether you want games that will last the length of a commute, or want to be lost in a port of GTA where you spend hours mowing down pedestrians and making money out of murder, there is a game on here for you. This constantly updated list is a mixture of free and paid for games, and also that one in between - some in-app payments aren't really that bad. Honest! If by the end you think we have missed something special off of the list, let us know and we will see if it is worthy of inclusion further down the line. Read: 50 best Android games

Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20 review

Creative Roar SR20

A pounding new Bluetooth speaker

Consider the best wireless speaker you've ever owned. What did you like about it? If I worked on a betting website, I'd say it'd be features like superb audio quality, a low-latency connection, and the ability to charge your mobile device. How does Creative's latest Sound Blaster portable speaker stand up to that list? Well, it might not set the new standard in portable audio, but at $199 (about £119, AU$213), the price is right for this bass-heavy Bluetooth speaker. Creative Roar SR20 review

Live sports streaming: the future is HD and multiscreens on your phone

LTE Broadcast

You've got an HD display in your pocket, why not take advantage?

Anyone who's been to a sporting event which has action away from where you're stood or sat will know the frustration of not being able to watch more than one thing at the same. That's about to change though, thanks to LTE Broadcast - aka Multicast. Say you're an avid tennis fan and you're enjoying the mixed doubles finals on centre court at the French Open. That's great, but several other matches are happening at the same time on other courts around Roland Garros in Paris and the only information you get are brief score updates on the big screen. Now imagine streaming any of those other matches live, in HD, to your smartphone sitting unloved in your pocket. Pretty cool, huh?






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