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Should I buy a TCL TV? A look at one of the fastest growing TV brands

By | June 21st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

'Should you buy a TCL TV?' It’s a question that might be hard to answer when you’re in the midst of shopping for your next television. With so many TVs around these days, making head or tail of all the names on the market can be nigh impossible. 

That’s why we’ve put together this guide to the Chinese electronics brand, so if a TCL television comes your way, you know whether it’s the right one for you.

TCL hasn’t been around for quite as long as some of the players in the TV market, but in recent years has grown to one of the larger TV manufacturers in the world.… Read the full article

Netflix wants to vibrate your phone during movies

By | June 21st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Worried that your Netflix experience isn't dynamic enough? That could be set to change with a new rumble feature being tested by the massive streaming platform to hammer home the impact of big-set action scenes on your phone.

The feature, tentatively named 'Project Rumble Pak', arose from one of Netflix's Studio Hack Days, when devs attempt to innovate the streaming service in surprising new ways.

Project Rumble Pak seeks to emulate some of the rumble features seen in modern console controllers – like the DualShock 4 or Xbox One controller – which attempt to provide responsive haptic feedback based on what's happening on screen. 

But this time it's your smartphone, using the vibrations usually set off by calls and notifications to enhance your viewing experience.… Read the full article

Echo Show 5 vs Echo Spot: which Amazon smart display comes out on top?

By | June 18th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Smart home enthusiasts are in thrall to Amazon. With the humble Amazon Echo having found its way into millions of homes worldwide, and expanded into a number of distinct models, it’s no surprise that the latest Echo to land from the retail giant – the Echo Show 5 – is already drumming up excitement.

The launch of the Echo Show 5 later this month is set to be something of a refresh. The new screen-based Echo manages to undercut both the Echo Spot and previous Echo Show on price – Amazon’s other smart displays currently on sale – while still seemingly offering the latest and best of smart functionality to boot.… Read the full article

TCL is making some crazy TVs – here’s why you can’t buy them

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

Can’t quite find a TV that feels different from the rest? We’re not surprised: while the market is packed with countless television models in a variety of sizes, from 32-inch bedroom screens to 88-inch wall-fillers, most of them tend to stick to the same basic shape, casing, and colorings.

After all, the most important part of a TV is the picture, and to a certain extent the external appearance of the television is a side dish to the main meal on offer – if you get to the end of a 90-minute Netflix movie and all you paid attention to was the TV stand, something has clearly gone wrong.… Read the full article

Sleep trackers might be ruining your sleep

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

Looking to improve your sleep quality with a sleep tracker? You may be doing more harm than good.

A number of sleep scientists, speaking to the New York Times (via Engadget), have warned against the reliability of commercial sleep trackers, saying that imperfect data and obsessive tracking may not be what we need for better sleep.

Dr Kelly Baron at the University of Utah spoke of the disconnect between the sleep that tracker users experienced and what their trackers were telling them, often causing them to seek medical help for nonexistent sleep conditions. 

Dr Baron also co-authored a 2017 paper that coined the term "orthosomnia", meaning an "perfectionist quest to achieve perfect sleep" – but one that might ruin your sleep hygiene in the process.… Read the full article

TV’s biggest competitor? TCL’s CEO says smartphones

By | June 14th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Screens are everywhere now. Taking into account mobile phones, tablets, laptops, desktops and televisions – not to mention smart displays – it’s no longer surprising to have several screen-based devices in your home, making the classic television a harder proposition than ever. So how does a TV maker compete in such a flooded market?

We spoke to the Kevin Wang, CEO of Chinese electronics brand TCL Multimedia, about the challenges facing TV makers today – even for one like TCL, which recently became the second-largest TV manufacturer in the world by units shipped.… Read the full article

Hisense TV lineup 2019: the year of ULED television

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

What to make of Hisense? The Chinese manufacturer has long had a reputation for affordable TVs, speakers, and assorted home appliances – though its growth in the television space has shown there’s far more to the brand than simply budget tech.

With ultra-thin models, forays into 8K and projector-television hybrids (you heard me), Hisense is proving a force of innovation in a rapidly evolving market, one where manufacturers are having to compete with new form factors like Samsung’s modular screens or LG’s rollable OLEDs.… Read the full article

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Hisense’s OLED challenger comes to UK and Europe

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

If you're on the lookout for a mid-priced OLED TV in the UK or Europe, Hisense may have you sorted. The Chinese manufacturer is on the cusp of bringing its first OLED set to these new shores, after launching it in Australia late last year.

The Hisense TV is a 4K UHD OLED television – with a slim panel design, Dolby Vision / Dolby Atmos support, HDR, and 200 Smooth Motion Rate – available in 55 and 65-inch sizes.… Read the full article

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Apple could brick its own devices to crack down on shoplifting

By | May 31st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Given the cost of Apple products these days, it's no surprise that brick-and-mortar Apple Stores are still grappling with the issue of theft. When someone wanders out with an iPhone in the pocket of their hoodie, and isn't caught on camera, what is a poor multinational technology corporation meant to do?

The answer may be in a new wireless security system: one that can disable phone, tablets or laptops that have been smuggled out of the store. 

As reported by Patently Apple, the US Patent and Trademark Office has now published a patent filed by Apple on January 31, outlining the anti-shoplifting technology.… Read the full article

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The next health push for Apple: apps for asthma?

By | May 28th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

With only a week to go before WWDC 2019, hordes of Apple fans – and pundits – are looking to see what the technology giant will choose to unveil at the developer-focused conference. If Apple's recent acquisition of Tueo Health is anything to go by, it could have something to do with asthma.

Never heard of Tueo Health? The Singapore-based startup started getting notice in 2017 after raising over $1 million in seed funding, while working on applications for mobile to help with user health (via CNBC).… Read the full article

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