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Facebook and Instagram currently suffering worldwide outage

By | March 13th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

There’s no need to panic, but nearly all of Facebook’s services are currently facing partial or complete outages, with thousands of users around the world affected, including some of us here at TechRadar.

Facebook had to take to Twitter to tell its users it is aware of the global outage and is working to restore functionality.

Anyone affected by Facebook’s outage is faced with an error message on the login page that reads, “Facebook is down for required maintenance right now but you should be able to get back on within a few minutes.… Read the full article

Review: Noble Audio Khan – King of Kings

By | March 13th, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , |

Today we’re looking at the new flagship from Noble Audio – the Khan. It’s a triple hybrid IEM with a unique design.

Disclaimer: Noble Audio provided the Khan at no cost. I only had to pay for importing the product to Austria. Headfonia is not affiliated with Noble. As of this year, Noble is a site advertiser. Many thanks for the generosity and opportunity to review the Khan.

About Noble Audio:

I’m sure everyone has heard of Noble Audio sometime in their audiophile time.… Read the full article

LG's extraordinary OLED TVs – dates and prices

By | March 13th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

LG’s extraordinary OLED TVs

We get fairly inured to the wonders of the latest TVs, the iterative advances in brightness, colour, processing and the rest at CES, ISE and IFA. But we confess to being well impressed by LG’s InnoFest roadshow this week, where the company has taken over a swanky home in Cremorne on Sydney’s North Shore to demonstrate the full range of LG product to visitors from all over the Asia-Pacific region.

There were cabinets that lightly steam your jacket while it hangs, a battery-powered handheld air purifier, new soundbars, some more of those alarmingly large wireless speakers that flash lights when they play — but the stars of the home were undoubtedly the TVs.Read the full article

Major mobile malware campaigns hit 250m downloads

By | March 13th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Two massive mobile adware and data stealing campaigns that already have over 250m global downloads have been discovered by Check Point Research.

Both campaigns target smartphones running Android and exploit the mobile app development supply chain to infect devices and perform malicious actions.

The first campaign has been dubbed SimBad because most of the infected apps are simulator games and so far this mobile adware campaign already has 147m downloads across 210 infected apps on the Google Play Store.

SimBad makes smartphones almost unusable as it displays countless ads outside of the affected app with no visible way to uninstall it.… Read the full article

DirecTV Now: What it is and how it stacks up to Sling and PlayStation Vue

By | March 13th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

After years of operating DirecTV, AT&T has finally gotten into the alternative TV market with DirecTV Now, a cord-cutting service that offers tons of channels for as little as $50 per month. 

It’s ironic, really, that DirecTV Now is being released by AT&T – a bread and butter cable company that said a few years ago that cord cutters would never control the market. But besides being somewhat a somewhat comical twist of fate, AT&T’s switcheroo does highlight one thing: the world’s turning to streaming, and even the big cable companies can no longer ignore that.… Read the full article

Astell&Kern A&Futura SE100 Digital Audio Player

By | March 13th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Astell&Kern A&Futura SE100 Digital Audio Player

Astell&Kern almost singlehandedly created the market for high-end portable music players. Currently it has players priced from $599 (for the AK70) to $3499 (for the SP1000). The SE100, which is part of A&K’s A&futura line, sits roughly in the middle at $1699. If green French cartoon cats are your thing, A&K also has an M Chat version for $100 more. The SE100 utilizes the ESS Sabre ES9038PRPro DAC, which has eight separate channels for processing that are divided into four channels for the right and four for the left.… Read the full article

DirecTV Now is raising prices for all subscribers next month

By | March 13th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

DirecTV Now will introduce two new plans this week called DirecTV Plus and DirecTV Max that will replace the service’s old plans. 

The new plans up the cost of the base service to $50 per month from $35 and – while AT&T will allow legacy subscribers to keep their old, poorly named plans – it says that all basic channel plans will experience a $10 per month price hike.

Unfortunately, that's not all.… Read the full article

Android Q developer beta is available for all Google Pixel phones

By | March 13th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

After some early peeks at features from leaks, Google has released its Android Q developer beta, which you can use if you own any Pixel phone, from the latest Google Pixel 3 all the way back to the first Pixel and Pixel XL.

This is the first Android Q beta of several before its full release, which will likely be in fall. As expected, it’s got a bunch of new features that will refine (and hopefully improve) the Android experience…but since this beta is for developers, a lot of the changes listed on the Android Developers Blog post explain all the new features and APIs for apps.… Read the full article

The UK’s cheapest fibre broadband deal is finally coming to an end today

By | March 13th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

February was a brilliant month for broadband deals and March only continued to pump out the top-notch offers. And yet, throughout that whole time, nothing has managed to beat TalkTalk's brilliant fibre broadband bargain. 

Dropping the cheapest fibre broadband deal in the UK almost a month ago, TalkTalk has finally decided to bring the offer to an end today, giving the other ISPs out there a fighting chance when it comes to affordable internet.

As sad as we are to see it go, it's not all bad news, there is still one more day to grab this offering.… Read the full article

KEF R5 Surround Speaker System Review

By | March 13th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Build Quality

Build Quality

PRICE $10,200 (as tested)



Sweet, clean highs
Superb dialogue clarity
Detailed but not aggressive sound


Slightly limited treble diffusion
R3s make for pricey surrounds


With a sweet balance on music and potent, but not aggressive, manner with movies, KEF’s R-series system delivers all-around outstanding performance.

KEF’S R Series speakers have long occupied the middle range of the British manufacturer’s offerings. While the previous R Series was starting to get a bit long in the tooth, I found the performance of those speakers to be superb, having reviewed the last generation R700 for Sound & Vision’s sister publication Stereophile in 2014.

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