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This New Robot Will Help Keep Hearts Pumping

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First it wraps the organ in polymer arms. Then it pierces the flesh with a pointy rod. …read more

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The best TVs for gaming on PS4 and Xbox

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Best TVs for Gaming Buying Guide: Welcome to TechRadar’s round-up of the best 4K TVs for PS4 and Xbox you can buy for any budget in 2017.

If you’re like us, you use the Xbox One and PS4 every single day. And while you could hook them up to any old 1080p TV, if you want the best picture quality, you’re going to have to net yourself a nice 4K TV.

When the original Xbox One and PS4 consoles came out, it looked like video games – on consoles, at least – had opted to sit out the 4K revolution that was already sweeping the TV world: Both consoles were originally resolutely HD-only, and there wasn’t so much as a sniff of support for the high dynamic range (HDR) technology that was just joining 4K on the TV scene.

Skip forward three years and mid-generation hardware updates have given us the PS4 Pro and Xbox One S: consoles capable of outputting both 4K and HDR for video and gaming purposes. (Although, PCs are starting to see graphics cards supporting 4K and HDR, too.) To …read more

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The best Usenet providers of 2017

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You might think, given that most ISPs no longer provide direct access to it and the majority of the free providers online have disappeared, that the venerable Usenet service has died a death. But that’s not entirely true; there are still many active discussion areas in the bigger groups.

But let’s be realistic: the real reason to lean towards Usenet in the current age is for file sharing – the groups below alt.binaries.* are very active, carrying many downloadable files of all kinds. But to gain access to the large amount of Usenet bandwidth you’ll need in order to collect these files, you’ll have to pay.

The key if you’re looking at binary newsgroups is, due to Usenet’s distributed server architecture, in finding a provider whose servers are fast, and who retains copies of binary files uploaded to Usenet for as long as possible. So with that – and many other – considerations in mind, here’s our breakdown of the best Usenet providers.

Cyber Monday 2017: Best Tech Deals, from Playstations to Sonos Speakers

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The most exciting, best Cyber Monday tech deals we’ve found around the web for 2017! …read more

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The best graphics cards 2017: top GPUs for your PC

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Coming up on Black Friday, it’s only a matter of time before the best graphics card – that one you’ve been dreaming of for what feels like a century – goes on sale at a fraction of its original cost. That’s the magic of the holiday shopping season, after all. Among all of the trampling and lining up in the freezing cold weather, there’s a communal effort to celebrate that products are finally being sold for what they’re worth rather than being price gouged for a profit.

But then, when you see those deals pop up on Newegg and Amazon, how do you know which graphics card is going to make your gaming PC ramp up your games to the highest settings at your monitor’s native resolution and an acceptable frame rate? Refer to none other than our categorically unparalleled rankings of the best graphics cards. We’ve slid these bad boys into our congruous computers and tested them all out before writing full-length reviews of them.

That’s how you know you can trust our recommendations. Because, after putting in hours upon hours of work investigating whether some of the biggest names in graphics are worth what they’re asking for, why …read more

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The best 13-inch laptop 2017: the top 13-inch laptops we've reviewed

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Best 13-inch laptop

If this year is anything to go by, a 13-inch screen is nothing to scoff at. In fact, the best 13-inch laptops to go on sale this Black Friday are more portable than 15-inch notebooks and frankly easier on the eyes than an 11- or a 12-incher. There’s a reason that the most popular laptop size is between 13 and 14 inches, and in fact, the bulk of our picks found on the list below occupy the 13.3-inch space.

Wherever your next laptop falls on that spectrum, you’re going to want to make sure that it does. Now, while we are quite literally lumping all of the best 13-inch laptops in together, they don’t all share the same characteristics. Some, like the HP Spectre x360 are 2-in-1 laptops, focused more on their double lives as laptops and tablets than on coughing up the most performance on the longest battery lives. Others on our lists are simpler, conventional laptops or Ultrabooks.

No matter what kind of person you are and what sorts of tasks you use your laptop for, you can count on the best 13-inch laptops around to get you by swimmingly. As such, we’ve done our best to …read more

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The best cheap GoPro deals on Black Friday 2017

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Cheap GoPro deals during Black Friday 2017 are rather easy to find if you’re fast enough to scoop up one of the best action cameras on sale this holiday season.

These tiny cameras so good that the name GoPro is more popular than the entire action camera category in general. But they don’t come cheap – well most of the time at least. We’ve rounded up all of the best GoPro deals, so that if you do want to buy one, you can make sure you get the best possible price. Our deals are checked every day to make sure all GoPro prices are up to date! We didn’t really see any significant discounts on Black Friday, so we’d jump on any discounts you see rather than wait.

If you’re just after a regular camera deal, be sure to check out our guide to the best cheap cameras.

What’s a good GoPro deal?

Well, that’s up to you. We’ve ordered the GoPros on this page in order of prestige. You can get some seriously discounted GoPro deals if you opt for some of the older models or the relatively new unnumbered GoPro Hero Session, which offers all the best GoPro features …read more

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Budget investment great but UK needs more

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All business eyes have, as usual, been on Philip Hammond’s budget. Of course, all companies are concerned about aspects of the budget – the tax levels, any new elements of red tape that are being introduced – but high-tech companies are especially interested this year.

It was widely heralded that Hammond would throw plenty of tit-bits to the high-tech sector and those waiting for the good news were not disappointed. The morsels came thick and fast: £160m for 5G mobile networks; £100m for an additional 8,000 fully qualified computer science teachers supported by a new National Centre for Computing £75m for artificial intelligence and, news that would gladden many a schoolchild’s heart, extra incentives for maths.

Hammond said that the high-tech industry was already thriving in the UK, with a new high-tech business founded every hour. “I want that to be one every half hour,” he says.

The drive for 5G – and how it’s funded – is a tricky problem. Just last week, BT chief executive Gavin Patterson was bemoaning the difficulty the company was having in building the business case for the technology. It certainly didn’t sound like the technology was coming round the corner any time now.

You only have to …read more

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Cheap laptops: the 10 best budget laptops that (very little) money can buy

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Now that the Black Friday deals frenzy is upon us, it’s more apparent than ever that the deals you should be anticipating are right around the corner. That includes discounts on the best cheap laptops you can buy this holiday, either for yourself or for a beloved recipient who would prefer you don’t break the bank this year on a computer with an Apple logo embedded into its lid.

There’s a certain stigma surrounding the best cheap laptops, which we believe goes unwarranted. We’ve tested and reviewed and/or ranked every laptop that follows these introductory paragraphs and – we have to say – they’re all nearly as fantastic as anything you’d shell out over a grand on, if not more because they’re all under 500 dollars, pounds or whatever you pay for stuff with. Our first entry is faster than a MacBook Pro, if you buy the right configuration.

And yet, the best cheap laptops 2017 has to offer get unfairly overlooked. Some of them are perfectly competent machines with fierce amounts of horsepower, while others are more concerned with sweeping looks and 2-in-1 form factors that are just as good for productivity as they are for curling up into …read more

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A Conversation About Race and Gender in Andy Weir's *Artemis*

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Weir’s new sci-fi novel goes deep on technical specs but skimps on the social nuance. …read more

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