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The Halo Sport 2 electrically shock your brain into helping you learn to juggle

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

When you’re sitting there having electricity pumped into your brain, you can’t help but wonder what you’ve signed up for.

That’s what happened when we tried out the new Halo Sport 2 headphones, tech that delivers an electrical current to the motor center of your brain.

The idea is to use this device for 20 minutes before an activity to create a state of ‘hyper-learning’ by neuropriming. 

This means exciting the tissue in your brain artificially before an activity, basically improving your capability to learn and embed new movements.… Read the full article

Aftershokz Xtrainerz headphones will finally get you excited about swimming

By | January 8th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Swimming is fine – it’s a good all-over workout, but there’s not a lot of variation in the interest levels. Enter the Aftershokz Xtrainers, launched at CES 2019: bone-conducting headphones that bring music to your watery workouts more simply than ever before.

Looking past the needless abundance of z’s in the name, these new headphones are designed to bring you music on the go without the need for difficult-to-use earbuds. 

We’ve tried a number of options to help you swim with music, and the wired headphones always just end up falling out, getting hit by a flailing arm or just not offering a clean enough seal to allow you actually hear the music.… Read the full article

HTC’s Vive Cosmos VR headset is amazing – and frustrating – in equal measure

By | January 7th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

We've been attending HTC press conferences for over a decade, and they've never failed to deliver at least a sliver of excitement.

That's ranged from a belief that this brand could take on the iPhone with the HTC Desire (which it did) to charting new territory into virtual worlds with the Vive headset (which offered a possible, exciting view of the future rather than an amazing product we could buy right now).

Fast forward four years from the launch of the Vive headset, and we're still not living in a VR-powered world.… Read the full article

Jabra Elite 85h headphones change sound and invoke Alexa without a single touch

By | January 7th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

When you're deep into a movie or a brilliant track, the last thing you want is to lose all the audio when you move from one place to another.

The new Jabra Elite 85h headphones – launched at CES 2019 – are designed to try and take away the annoyance of having to alter your headphone settings on the fly to get the best sound experience when leaving home, commuting or just wandering around a big city.

This works using Audeering technology, an audio analysis company that Jabra's parent company GN Technologies has a minor stake in, where artificial intelligence uses eight microphones to analyse the surroundings and decide on the best sound quality needed.… Read the full article

LG G8 release date set for March with 3D cameras but no 5G

By | December 28th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

If you're hoping the LG G8 will be the phone that packs in every single bit of top-end technology, chances are you'll be disappointed this year. Where some brands are said to be joining the 5G train early, LG looks set to miss that feature for its upcoming flagship.

However, in a perhaps smarter move, it's going to launch a phone with the high-speed connectivity later in the year.

The news comes from Korean site ET News (translated), which quotes an unnamed senior official as saying that LG will launch two smartphones this year to separately service the current 4G needs and the next-gen 5G speeds.… Read the full article

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This Apple launch Bad Lip Reading parody is the best thing you’ll see today

By | December 22nd, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

We're big fans of the Bad Lip Reading (BLR) channel here at TechRadar, the YouTube brand that takes high-profile public speaking events and adds its on interpretation of the words being said.

So when we saw that BLR had parodied an Apple launch, we were straight onto the video – and it does not disappoint.

With launches of elements like the DeBonk DeBonk musical can opener, the Apple Wish Prince app and the, well, Apple Hole, the graphics are so well done that it would be hard to convince someone without any clue about Apple's line up that some of these aren't real.… Read the full article

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Sonos wins big as Apple topples Samsung at T3 Awards 2018

By | September 28th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

It was the busiest night on record as the 12th annual T3 Awards saw a massive 51 gongs handed out – with Sonos the big winner on the night.

The premium audio brand nabbed three awards, with the powerful Sonos One winning Best Multiroom Speaker, as well as the overall title of Best Gadget, due to its excellent audio prowess and masses of connectivity.

Apple finally beat Samsung to the title of Best Phone, with the judges (including TechrRadar's Cat Ellis) deciding that the iPhone X was a more impressive upgrade than the likes of the Pixel 2 XL and the Samsung Galaxy S9 – the first time Samsung hasn't won the award since 2015.… Read the full article

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Jabra Sport Pulse bring elite training to the masses: should you buy them?

By | November 23rd, 2017|Categories: TechRadar|

Jabra reckons that we're all wasting our time trotting around the park for a few minutes a week, getting tangled in a million wires, which is why its created the Sport Pulse headphones.

These launched at £200 but have slowly come down in price. These new wireless headphones can read your pulse just by sitting in the ear, which has become more popular in the months  since the Pulse launched.

[Update: With both the Jabra Move Wireless and the Jabra Elite Sport headphones getting discounts this Black Friday, we think it's likely that the Jabra Sport Pulse headphones get a reduction too.Read the full article

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LG’s new Tone headphones are high-end AirPod competitors

By | December 28th, 2016|Categories: TechRadar|

LG's impressive Bluetooth headphones will feature even fewer wires when launched at CES 2017.

The popular LG Tone range of headphones, which have traditionally featured a Bluetooth neckband with wired earbuds connected, are to be upgraded in a big way for their launch at the start of the new year.

The LG Tone Studio is the headline device, where the neckband becomes a charging cradle for the wireless buds. That means you could dispense with the wearable section altogether, although you'll be losing volume control and play/pause functionality.… Read the full article

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LG confirms the ‘big feature’ for the forthcoming V20 smartphone

By | August 11th, 2016|Categories: TechRadar|Tags: |

LG confirms the 'big feature' for the forthcoming V20 smartphone

LG has outlined one of the ‘lynchpin’ features of its forthcoming powerful V20 phone – and it’s all about the audio.

The new LG V20 will feature something called a Quad DAC (digital to analogue converter), which improves the quality of the audio streaming into your ears significantly.

LG has been banging on about high-end audio since the launch of the LG G2 four years ago, which introduced 24-bit sound on an Android phone (improving the output dramatically), but now it’s added in the new DAC which supports up to 32-bit music files.… Read the full article

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