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

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

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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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