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Garmin Fenix 5 gets price drop… but you should hold off until Prime Day

By | June 26th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Ahead of the glut of Amazon Prime Day deals, we're already seeing some drops in the price of some good pieces of tech – but this one has our spidey senses tingling.

The Garmin Fenix 5 is a robust and powerful running watch, and perfect for the multisport lover (who doesn't need Spotify on board – that's reserved for the newer Garmin Fenix 5 Plus) and it's down to £349 on Amazon UK.

  • You need tunes to run.
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When is Amazon Prime Day 2019? This leak could have confirmed the date [Updated]

By | June 12th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is fast approaching – but when is it going to be? Well, some sleuthing from our sister site Real Homes may have uncovered the date, with a PR for vacuum firm Tineco seemingly 'confirming' it will be in the third week of July.

While the source originally stated that its 10 Hero and 10 Master vacuum cleaners would be part of the Prime Day main deals on July 16 and 17, it has since retracted that statement and said that this was the date from 2018, sent out in error.… Read the full article

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Pro Display XDR – first look: Apple’s new monitor is not for mere mortals

By | June 3rd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Let's just preface this by saying that, unsurprisingly, we're not professional creatives that need a monitor with exquisitive color reproduction and high brightness for HDR playback.

So, with that in mind, it should hopefully contextualise what we're saying about Apple's Pro Display XDR, the 32-inch LCD monitor to be paired with the new Mac Pro, and seems to be hugely capable.

Like so many Apple products, it's about the premium gloss applied on the top – but with the Cupertino brand's professional equipment it can be hard to give a true feel of what the technology can achieve in the hands of the right people.… Read the full article

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Huawei ban: the global fallout explained [Updated]

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

Update: Huawei has been banned from the WiFi alliance, as well as other key smartphone governing bodies – however, the brand does not believe this will be a hindrance to future device creation. Trump has also offered a glimmer of hope for the electronics giant, stating that future trade deals could include the Chinese company.

Huawei has found itself at the center of a global tussle between the US and China after Trump administration placed the Chinese brand on the ‘entity list’, limiting the business US companies could do with it, and leading to worldwide implications.… Read the full article

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Huawei Android ban temporarily lifted – but it’s still not good news for the brand

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

The US Commerce Department has temporarily lifted the ban on American businesses working with Huawei – allowing software updates to continue on Huawei phones.

The license rolls back the restrictions from the goverment and will allow Google to continue working with Huawei, allowing the Chinese brand to keep using Android in the same manner as before until August 19, according to Reuters.

We've contacted Huawei for comment, but the brand did not immediately respond to TechRadar's request.

While this is good news for Huawei, the temporary rescinding of the ban really only allows the brand more time to prepare for the launch of its next handsets and develop the Android Q update for its current smartphones. 

Given we're not expecting the next flagship phone, the Huawei Mate 30, until later in the year, this lifting doesn't relieve fears that the brand will struggle without having full access to the Android operating system.… Read the full article

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Huawei ban causes trade-ins to surge as news breaks of Android block

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

Update: The US Commerce Department has granted a temporary lifting of the trade ban with Huawei, allowing Google to resume working with the brand. Full story here.

It seems that the news of Google's ban on Android services for Huawei phones is causing worry among users, as a large surge in trade-ins began as soon as the situation was confirmed.

UK trade-in site Music Magpie told TechRadar that it saw 154% more Huawei devices offered than a regular Monday, picking up pace throughout the day, after Google blocked Huawei's access to future Android systems, following the decision by the US to place the brand on the 'Entity List', effectively stopping American companies working with Huawei.… Read the full article

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The new Apple TV app is here – a step towards a Netflix rival, or something else?

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

Apple has unveiled big changes to its TV app, rolling out visual improvements and setting things up to integrate the hotly anticipated Apple TV Plus streaming service later this year.

The app is now live on Apple TV devices, iPads, iPhones and iPods (assuming you're a good little Apple user and have updated recently…), as well as – somewhat remarkably, for those that haven't heard – on Samsung TVs.

What you'll be getting is a new tile-based interface, a bundle of new 'channels' to watch, and new sections, including one dedicated to children.… Read the full article

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Will iOS 13 mean iPhone 6, iPhone SE and iPhone 5S users will be heartbroken?

By | May 10th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

If you're a user of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE or iPhone 5S… look away now, as a rumor has suggested that Apple's new iOS 13 won't be coming to your phone.

And the bad news doesn't stop there – if you've got an iPad Mini 2 or the iPad Air, you'll be equally disappointed, as a large swathe of devices are reportedly going to be consigned to the 'un-updated' bin from 2019.

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Does the Pixel 3a spell trouble for future Google flagship phones?

By | May 9th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

One of the key questions to come from the launch of the Google Pixel 3a launch is what this means for the search giant's phone strategy going forward – and a strong hint suggests that it's going to stay confusing for at least a year.

Speaking to Android Police, Google has 'committed' to launching cheaper, less-powerful versions of its Pixel range for the 'foreseeable future', and while it wouldn't confirm future models, it seems likely that this will mean the Google Pixel 4a will one day exist.… Read the full article

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Here’s why you should always research AirPower rival charging mats

By | May 3rd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

After the original AirPower mat from Apple was finally confirmed as dead on arrival, users have been hunting for a decent replica. It looked like one had been found, but that might not be the case.

An AirPower alternative from AirUnleashed promises to charge three devices at once, just like the original device was going to – but some digging from PhoneArena shows there are some elements you'll want to be aware of.

PhoneArena is pointing to the fact the AirUnleashed product is very similar to a much cheaper, off the shelf 'white label' version of the same thing – and there's no way of knowing the quality of that model, or why it's so much cheaper.… Read the full article

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