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

How Dolby is bringing Atmos into the home

Hacking our ears: how Dolby is bringing Atmos into the home

Atmos is homeward bound

Since Dolby Atmos arrived on the cinema scene in 2012, the technology has set a precedent for movie sound. The intricate but sparse sonic landscape of Gravity, Godzilla's guttural roar, the rain-soaked urban jungle of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes... all of these have benefitted from the Dolby Atmos Cinema Processor and its support of up to 128 discrete audio tracks. Given its use of over 60 speakers in the cinema, particularly overhead ones, it was a surprise when Atmos technology was announced for the home back in June. But Dolby's engineers believe they have created the right atmosphere for Atmos to work in a home environment. How Dolby is bringing Atmos into the home

Build your first gaming PC: 5 tips from a first-time builder

Build a gaming pc tips

Experts often overlook these tips for building a gaming PC

"Hey everyone, my name is Joe, Reviews Editor for TechRadar, and I've never built a PC. Until now. Yes, I work for a technology media outlet and have never tangled my fingers in SATA cables. This is my shame. But recently all that changed." Continue reading...

Why live TV and sports in 4K will not work over the internet

Why live TV and sports in 4K will not work over the internet

Netflix needs 15.6Mbps but live TV is another matter

Netflix has described 4K as "the format for the Internet" and with precious few other outlets for Ultra HD it's pretty easy to agree. Slowly but surely, the SVoD giant is adding UHD content to its line-up, most recently a couple of movies and box-set poster boy Breaking Bad. However, the BBC's recent live Ultra HD trials during the World Cup and the Commonwealth Games have highlighted an inconvenient truth: live sports coverage is a bandwidthosaurus. Read all about it...

You'll be able to charge your car wirelessly from 2017

Qualcomm Halo

Say no to cable constraints

Electric cars certainly have potential, but it's a pain having to plug them in to charge - give it three years though and you'll be able to ditch those annoying cables. Wireless car charging technology is already up and running on the safety cars of the new Formula E championship - the world's first fully electric racing series - and from 2015 even the race cars will charge wirelessly. Continue reading...

The world's 1000 must have gadgets

Cool gadgets: The best tech you can buy in 2014

It's our mission at TechRadar to help you find the tech products that are best for you. That's why we review the specific products we do, while offering a veritable smorgasbord of helpful buying guides and product round-ups to help you find the cool gadgets, perfect play things and workplace wonders. Whether it be an ideal camera phone for your mum or a kick-ass Blu-ray player to pair with your new TV, we've got the experts on hand to offer the very best buying advice on the internet. Here you'll find a comprehensive repository of all that expert knowledge. With buying advice and specific product recommendations, look no further for your best chance of finding all the cool gadgets available today. Read: Cool Gadgets

Best TVs 2014: choose the right TV for you

Best TV 2014: what TV should you buy?

Buying Guide

There has never been a better time to buy a new TV. Gone are the days when 32-inch TVs weighed 16 tonnes and cost £1,500. These days you can pick up a 50-inch LCD TV for closer to £300. LCD panel technology has well and truly matured, and while brands like Sony and Panasonic push the boundaries of performance, you'll also find names like Toshiba doing very exciting things in the budget TV sector. The practical upshot of this is that no matter what you're after, how big you want to go or how large your budget is, there's a perfect TV out there for you. TV Buying Guide

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review

Smaller isn't always better

If you're taken with the Galaxy S5's design, fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor, but can't afford its lofty price tag - or want a handset that's more manageable in the hand - then the Galaxy S5 Mini is a strong replacement. Shop around a little more though and the likes of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, HTC One Mini 2, iPhone 5C or OnePlus One make for some tough competition. Samsung may have created this sector of the mobile market with the Galaxy S3 Mini, but it no longer rules the roost and unless you're wedded to the firm's ecosystem there are better options available at this price point. Read: Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review

HTC One E8 review

HTC One E8 review

The plastic twin to the all-conquering M8

I always say: buy the best phone you can afford, as you'll be thankful in a year's time when you've still got 12 months left to run. With this handset, if you can, jump up to the full-fat One M8 to get the best experience, both aesthetically and spec-wise. This is a phone that's in the weird situation of being bettered by a device that came out months before. That said, if you can't (or don't want to) afford that, then the One E8 is a really great entry point into the higher echelons of the HTC ecosystem. Read: HTC One E8 review

Sharp Aquos Crystal review

Hands on: Sharp Aquos Crystal review

A sophisticated budget smartphone – from a distance

At first glance, Sharp has made, well, a sharp smartphone for its first entry into the US market. The Aquos Crystal, borrowing the naming convention of the Japanese vendor's HDTVs, isn't your everyday mid-range handset. Sporting a nearly bezel-less, 5-inch display, the Aquos Crystal looks like it would fit right in next to the Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3 and other flagship Android phones, at least from a distance. When holding one of these in your hand, it becomes almost immediately clear that this is a budget-friendly device, albeit a greatly upscaled one. Hands on: Sharp Aquos Crystal review

HTC One M8 for Windows Phone review

Hands on: HTC One M8 for Windows Phone review

A familiar phone with a totally different twist

How does the HTC One M8 for Windows Phone feel in the hand? Well, exactly like its Android counterpart. It's the same phone. Same dimensions, same cameras, same internal parts, same everything. The only difference is Windows Phone 8.1. It's a beautiful piece of hardware. HTC took great care in making sure the design gives a seamless experience in handling the phone. It's weighty, that's for sure, but not so heavy that it would annoy you when it's in your pocket or purse. Hands on: HTC One M8 for Windows Phone review






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