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How voice assistants have doomed the remote control

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

If there's one common theme at this year's CES 2019 – the Las Vegas tech expo we've been covering all week – it's talking.

Not just chatting on the show floor (though there's been plenty of that too). By talking we mean the sheer avalanche of devices arriving with support for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and so many other competing voice assistants.

In fact, everything from motorcycle helmets, water bottles and phone chargers to doorbells, pianos and toilets at least now has the option of being controlled by voice.… Read the full article

First look: Sony 360 Reality Audio

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

RIP, stereo. You'll be missed. But the audio world has moved on and now we’re ready for something more than two channels of audio. 

But how far can this brave new world of audio tech take us? Well, if Sony's recently announced 360 Reality Audio format is anything to go by, it's around 24 object-based channels arranged in a 360-degree soundstage. 

360 Reality Audio is an ambitious attempt to create a new immersive music format designed to be streamed over mobile music streaming services and played through compatible headphones.… Read the full article

How to watch live online as China attempts to land on the Moon

By | December 27th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

Picture credit: CNSA

China is orbiting the moon – and is about to (try to) land on it. Almost exactly 50 years after NASA's Apollo 8 mission successfully put astronauts in orbit of our satellite for the first time, a Chinese probe called Chang’e-4 (CH-4) now circling the moon is about to send a lander to the moon's far side.

That's a destination no space agency has visited before, and it will be a huge test of China's space technology – and a massive source of national pride if it comes off.… Read the full article

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This month’s SpaceX’s ‘rideshare’ rocket may help change the internet forever

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

Picture credit: Astrocast

Early December saw the launch of the 19th rocket of 2018 from Elon Musk's SpaceX from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, but this one was a bit different. What got most of the attention was that it was the first launch from SpaceX to re-use a first-stage rocket booster for a third time.

Already famous for its reusable rockets, SpaceX successfully landed it on a drone-ship stationed in the Pacific Ocean. However, it was what was carried into low Earth orbit that was the real ground-breaker – no less than 64 separate satellites.… Read the full article

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First Look: Amazon Echo Link and Amp could take over the audiophile market

By | September 24th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

Echos are for people who want to set kitchen timers and listen to music through tiny speakers, right? Until Amazon's September event, that's how many music fans would have described Amazon's line-up of Alexa-powered Echo speakers

That's now all changed with Amazon's introduction of a clutch of hi-fi components – the Echo Input and Echo Sub, but more importantly, Echo Link and Echo Link Amp – that together have the potential to take Alexa to every speaker, amplifier, hifi and TV in every room in a house. 

Did Amazon just make a play for the entry-level audiophile market – and take a huge swipe at Sonos along the way?… Read the full article

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Will 2018 be the year the download officially dies?

By | January 7th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

When was the last time you downloaded an MP3? If you're one of the legions of subscribers to streaming platforms like Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music, rumors about the death of the download probably won't bother you one bit.

Digital Music News reports that Apple, the company that was key in legitimizing downloaded music with its iTunes service, is set to kill it off.

Sources within Apple suggest that the timeline for phasing out downloads is being brought forward, and that they could cease within a year (the original plan, apparently, was two years).… Read the full article

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Lossless audio explained: sorting the FLACs from the ALACs

By | November 29th, 2017|Categories: TechRadar|

Thanks to the PC, the iPod and then the smartphone, the music world was once ruled by the 128kbps MP3 file. Our music was mobile, and heavily compressed, and to anyone who had been used to CD or vinyl, it sounded pretty terrible. Lossy MP3, WMA and AAC music ripped from CDs or downloaded was the way of things… until recently.

The rise of more advanced audio formats has signalled a new wave of music appreciation, raising the average listener's expectation of quality while giving committed audiophiles what they're always after: the chance to hear the most authentic recreations of their favorite songs and artists.… Read the full article

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In Depth: Best Euro 2016 podcasts to download right now

By | June 10th, 2016|Categories: TechRadar|Tags: |

In Depth: Best Euro 2016 podcasts to download right now

Best Euro 2016 podcasts to download right now

The Spanish and English leagues may be the epicentres of world football right now, but from 10 June -10 July 2016 it will be France that briefly takes over for Euro 2016, arguably the world’s highest quality international tournament.

From this Friday, 24 teams – including England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland – in six groups will play a total of 51 matches in 10 venues. You can, of course, watch all the games live on the BBC and ITV for free in the UK and on ESPN and others in the USA (check here for international broadcasters), but if you’re after something beyond the usual TV punditry, it’s to pod-land you must go.… Read the full article

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