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Best free software for small businesses

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

Setting up a small business is hard enough without the extortionate costs associated with modern software licenses. Set up a number of seats with full-price software and you could be looking at monthly bills nearing the salary of an employee.

Now, we wouldn't advise that you start cutting corners – a creative business trying to survive on Gimp and Inkscape rather than ponying up the cash for Creative Cloud isn't going to remain a creative business for very long.

But there are some business functions that you can reasonably hand off to free software without too much difference, and there are certain pieces of free software that can make your business more efficient.… Read the full article

The best iPad games of 2019

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

The iPhone revolutionized gaming through multitouch, but the iPad provided a larger canvas and power for fully immersive and expansive experiences.

Apple’s tablet remains a powerful, engaging gaming device, whether you delve into innovative touchscreen games, or use a controller for a more console-style experience.

Whatever you prefer, the very best games are found in our lists. Check back weekly for our latest favorite.

iPad game of the week: Backfire ($2.99/£2.99/AU$4.49)

Backfire features an exorcist trying to cleanse an ancient curse; for some reason, this is achieved by piloting a neon-green ship around hellish arenas.… Read the full article

How smart devices are leaving consumer privacy vulnerable

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

2018 was a big year for consumer privacy as the Cambridge Analytica and Facebook data privacy hearings helped shed further light on the issue. Added to this was the fact that app location tracking and privacy bugs were found in widely-used apps such as Apple's FaceTime.

Smartphones could arguably be the greatest spying device ever created with a camera, microphone and a location tracker all in one place and carried everywhere a user goes. While nation-states have targeted smartphones for traditional spying, it has also become a lucrative way to collect consumer's personal information.… Read the full article

Intel graphics cards release date, news and rumors

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

For the longest time, the best graphics cards have been an all-out war between Nvidia vs AMD. However, there have been rumors floating around for a while now that Intel is building a team of GPU talent to jump in on the action. In a marketplace where graphics cards are more expensive than ever, with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 and AMD Radeon VII costing significantly more than their last-generation equivalents, we’re ready for a third party to jump into this war and spice up the market. 

If Intel approaches the GPU space targeting the same audience it does with its processors – trying to dominate the high-end, it could finally give Nvidia some real competition and force them to drive prices down.… Read the full article

NASA is sending this tiny helicopter to Mars next year

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

When NASA's 2020 Mars rover lands on the red planet, it will release an unusual piece of cargo: a miniature helicopter specially built for the Martian skies.

The space agency announced its plan to send an autonomous aircraft to Mars last year, and has now unveiled the design for the tiny vehicle. 

Building a helicopter that can survive the harsh environment of Mars is no mean feat; it has to be able to fly in the planet's thin atmosphere and survive temperatures of -75C at night (or lower away from the equator).… Read the full article

Apple’s streaming service: everything we know so far

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

Today's the day – Apple is expected to launch its long-awaited streaming service later today (Monday, March 25) at its keynote event, in a move that could create a serious rival for the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Disney's upcoming streaming service Disney+

The tech giant recently sent out invitations for the event with the suggestive title "It's show time", which further fueled rumors that the currently unnamed streaming service will launch later today. 

Not only that; its rumored that Apple will also be launching a newspaper and magazine subscription service, and perhaps even an iOS game streaming service, making it a huge day for the San Cupertino company, 

So, all eyes are on Apple today – but can it truly rival the world's most popular on-demand platform, Netflix?… Read the full article

How to find a great PC gaming laptop for you

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

Gaming on a laptop used to be a pleasure reserved for the rich few who could afford the combination of portability and power, but now we live in a world where this notion is fully achievable for many.

As a result you can get stunning 4K graphics for gaming on the go, or a capable mobile gaming rig on a budget that leaves you the cash to splash out on more games.

The key is to work out exactly what you need from your gaming laptop so that you can spend your money most wisely to get the perfect laptop partner for you. 

Is portability key?… Read the full article

How VR made me a better football player

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

For those of us that aren’t naturally gifted athletes, playing our favourite sports in VR can be the closest we get to imitating professional-level football, rugby, or cricket players.

Like the FIFA, NFL, or golfing video games on modern PS4 and Xbox One consoles, VR sports experiences offer an avenue to sporting achievements – that don’t involve getting up at the crack of dawn for gruelling interval training.

But the spatial element in virtual reality, and the way it’s increasingly able to track the motion, speed, and location of our limbs, could make VR a useful training and diagnostics tool for professional users as well as casual gamers.… Read the full article

What are the unexpected benefits of Making Tax Digital?

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

The deadline for Making Tax Digital is fast approaching and for businesses who are still getting to grips with the changes they need to make, the process can seem daunting. 

Put simply, from April 1, businesses above the VAT threshold of £85,000 need to keep digital records and submit their returns using HMRC compatible software. Although 30,000 businesses have already signed up, many have further work to do. 

So, why the fuss? And what benefits will this initial disruption to the way people work have?… Read the full article

Our guide to finding the right Chromebook for you

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

The Google Chromebook started as an idea from Google to create its own operating system, one that meant faster and better performing laptops without the high charges. 

Since then, lots of manufacturers have got involved creating their own Chromebooks which are now so powerful, battery efficient and good looking that they're a truly viable laptop – only you don't have to pay the usual laptop prices. 

However, they're not laptops as you know them, with cloud-based storage and Google-only apps, which might sound constrictive, but actually has lots of benefits.… Read the full article