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This super-soft headband is designed to gently rewire your bad sleeping habits

By | April 24th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

French neurotech company Dreem has released an updated version of its sleep-tracking headband, with a new, softer feel, improved audio quality and more flexible fit.

Poor sleep isn't something you should take lying down; it can result in serious health problems, including increased risk of dementia and heart attacks, disrupted hormones, and a weakened immune system. Dreem aims to solve this problem by identifying your particular sleep issues and coaching you to better habits.

The whole band is completely bendable, we redesigned the electrodes and we changed the material to make it even softer

Hugo Mercier, CEO, Dreem

Dreem has two parts: the headband itself, and its accompanying app, Dreem Coach.… Read the full article

Are shared experiences the future of virtual reality?

By | April 23rd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

VR is traditionally a lonely experience. After slipping on a headset, you're typically isolated (even if you're sitting in a group), and even multi-person experiences only let two or three people share the same world. But it doesn't have to be that way.

From April 26 to May 4 at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, virtual reality company Parallux is premiering a new experience that 16 people can watch and enjoy together. The experience, Cave, is a tale set 12,000 years ago when stories were told around fires, harking back to the earliest days of shared storytelling.… Read the full article

Libreoffice vs Apache OpenOffice: how to choose the right free office suite for you

By | April 20th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

When it comes to free office software, there are two main choices: LibreOffice and OpenOffice (or, to give it its proper name, Apache OpenOffice). The two are remarkably similar, so how can you choose the right one for you?

First, it's worth thinking carefully about whether you need desktop office software at all. Provided you have an internet connection, Google Docs, Sheets and Slides might offer everything you need, without the need to install anything, and with the extra bonus that everything you create will be automatically saved to the cloud.… Read the full article

The Nikola Wav is an electric jet ski with a 4K screen in the dash

By | April 17th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Bouncing along the waves on a jet ski can be terribly dull, so electric vehicle company Nikola Corporation has come up with a solution: embed a waterproof 12-inch 4K display in the dash to distract you from all that tedious scenery.

The Nikola Wav (which The Verge reports is pronounced 'wave')  takes its inspiration from sports bikes, and features such unusual goodies as LED lights and cruise control. 

The Wav isn't just a concept either – Nikola is taking reservations (though it isn't divulging the price yet) and hopes to start shipping in the mid-2020s.… Read the full article

Nissan celebrates the GT-R’s 50th birthday with a tech-packed special edition

By | April 17th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The Nissan GT-R is 50 years old, and Nissan is celebrating in style with a fresh, tech-packed special edition that takes its inspiration from the racetrack.

The 2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition keeps the car's classic look, but is packed with new tech, including the NissanConnect infotainment system that impressed us in the revamped Micra and Qashqai.

NissanConnect not only covers audio, navigation and communication, it also connects to a smartphone app that allows you to remotely lock and unlock the car's doors, activate the alarm, contact the emergency services, and track down its whereabouts.… Read the full article

Get an early look at the BBC’s new VR Doctor Who experience

By | April 17th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The BBC has released the first trailer for its new Doctor Who VR experience, which casts you as the Doctor's companion and takes you on a journey through time and space in the TARDIS.

The Runaway features an animated version of 13th Doctor Jodie Whittaker, and although details of the release are currently scarce, the BBC says it will launch on selected VR headsets in the coming months.

The Runaway will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival's Virtual Arcade on 26 April, alongside 21 other virtual and augmented reality experiences. 

Strange and magnificent

The experience will involve you waking inside the TARDIS after colliding with "a strange and magnificent ball of living energy called Volta".… Read the full article

Need a lift? Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robots gang up to tow a truck

By | April 17th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Boston Dynamics' eerily lifelike SpotMini robots can't just sprint like a mechanical cheetah, open doors, and load a dishwasher, it's also capable of some seriously heavy lifting, as demonstrated in a new video.

In the clip, a pack of 10 SpotMinis haul a truck across Boston Dynamics' parking lot- a feat more often seen on World's Strongest Man. The truck is in neutral, and the little bots are towing it up a one degree gradient.

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Introducing the first all-electric Aston Martin

By | April 16th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Aston Martin has unveiled its first all-electric car, the Rapide E, at the Shanghai Auto Show. The car's design is based on the existing Aston Martin Rapide saloon, and although it's ready to go into production, only 155 will be made.

The car has a range of over 200 miles in tests, and Aston Martin claims it will charge at 185 miles per hour using a standard 400V 50kW charger, or 310 miles per hour with a fast-charging 800V outlet delivering 100kW or higher.… Read the full article

The best free PDF editor 2019

By | April 15th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Free software for editing PDFs is hard to come by, but there are some excellent tools around if you know where to look.

PDF documents are designed to look and behave exactly the same way on any device. That makes it a brilliant format for sharing, but editing them is another matter. Most office software and photo editors let you export documents in PDF format, but editing requires a dedicated tool. That's because PDF was initially a proprietary format owned by Adobe, and it still owns some of the technologies associated with it.… Read the full article

Lockheed Martin reveals concept for manned lunar lander

By | April 11th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Lockheed Martin has revealed a design for a lunar lander that it hopes will take astronauts to the Moon in 2024.

The company has outlined a plan that ties in with NASA's work on human space exploration, and if successful, would take the US to the lunar surface four years earlier than originally planned.

The accelerated timeline seems to be a response to the growing list of other nations planning to leave their footprints on the Moon, including China, Israel and India.… Read the full article