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How the 5G network could benefit the military

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

What happened to 5G? Once an exciting story about technological progress that was all about doing things faster on our phones, the next generation of mobile connectivity has now become intertwined with international geopolitics.

So what has 5G got to do with the superpowers? And how, exactly, could it be used by governments and the military?

5G: why is it a geopolitical issue?

It’s all about two of the dominant superpowers in the world, China and the USA. Although there are plenty of companies from around the world that are building 5G mobile networks (Nokia, Samsung, Ericsson, to name but three), a seriously big player across the world is Huawei. 

It’s a completely different business to selling smartphones, but it’s the same China-based company.… Read the full article

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Virtual reality needs spherical displays, say researchers

By | May 5th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Virtual reality is with us. It's real. It's here. But it's not exactly popular. Some think that's because we're social beings, and the idea of sitting on our own and being entertained alone and separated from others is off-putting.

Technically impressive they might be, but if the likes of HTC Vive Pro, Google Daydream View and the new Oculus Go merely allow us to spend more time with computer-generated characters, they're only ever going to have niche appeal. Besides, collaboration between players, and even two players seeing each other, is tricky without accurate avatars, which means using a lot of hardware.… Read the full article

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Blue Origin: everything you need to know about the Amazon.com of space

By | April 25th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Expensive, expendable rockets are history. Humanity's future is to take its heavy industry into space to protect Earth, and travel to space safely, reliably and affordably. That's what Blue Origin is all about.

What was once a secretive research company now has proven rocket launch systems and advanced plans to take commercial paying payloads and space tourists into space. Open for business, rapidly growing and quickly gaining commercial contracts, is Blue Origin on course to become the next Amazon.com of space?… Read the full article

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SpaceX: everything you need to know

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

SpaceX has changed what we all think about space. Its reusable rockets that land back on the launch pad are a thing of wonder, but by now, relatively routine. Its massive Falcon Heavy rocket recently completed its first commercial mission without a hitch, and Space is now on the cusp of taking US astronauts up to the International Space Station (ISS).

Add some talk about missions to the moon, and ultimately the colonisation of Mars, and it’s no wonder that SpaceX is credited with single-handedly reviving humanity’s interest in space exploration. 

What is SpaceX, who owns it and where is is based?

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OLED vs LCD vs LED: which TV technology should earn a place in your living room?

By | March 6th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Bamboozled by TV tech terms OLED, LCD and LED? Wondering why OLED is so expensive? Or unsure of the benefits of LCD and LED TVs? Where do QLED TVs come into it? If you're buying a TV and have questions like these buzzing around in your head, we're here to help.

Let's face it, the most important part of any television is the picture quality. Nowadays most smart TV platforms meet the same general requirements, and TVs in general don't vary too much in shape or the kinds of sizes available – but the sorts of panels and picture processors you'll find in your TV can vary hugely between manufacturers.… Read the full article

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IMAX Enhanced: an inside look at the new standard heading to home theaters

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

If you're a movie buff, an IMAX theater is the best cinema experience money can buy – so how would you like to bring that experience into your living room? 

While it doesn't quite promise to bring hundreds of speakers or a massive 72-foot projection screen into your living room, IMAX Enhanced will be a game-changer by offering expanded aspect ratio and immersive sound to a living room near you.

IMAX Enhanced is both a new licensing and certification program for home entertainment gear that was announced last September, launched in December and made its debut to the world's tech industry at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. 

There were billboards outside the venues, there were demo rooms, there were fast-talking presenters on the booths of Sony, DTS, Denon, and Marantz.… Read the full article

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Boeing and Bell’s ‘flying cars’ will be the first of many

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

Everybody hates traffic, but would you get in a flying car to avoid it? What about an autonomous helicopter, or a drone aircraft piloted remotely? Welcome to the world of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft that, semantics aside, is getting some serious support from both manufacturers and governments.

Could we soon see flying cars in our cities? Aircraft-maker Boeing announced last week that it's just tested a prototype of a 'flying car' to advance the safety and technology of urban air mobility vehicles that until recently have been a pipe-dream.… Read the full article

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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

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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

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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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