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Best toys 2017: smart toys for kids of all ages

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We could spend all day covering all the best tech for doing serious things, but where’s the fun in that? We’re living in the future, why not have some fun with it?

[Update: The fantastic DropMix and Little Bits Droid Inventor Kit have been added to our best toys 2017 list. Both have offered up endless fun in the office.]

There are tons of smart toys and gadgets out there, from Star Wars drones that you can remotely control, to robots that you can hold a conversation with, even RC spaceships that you can pit head to head against each other.

There simply has never been a better time to let your inner child reign supreme. And, if you don’t know where to start, you can rest easy knowing that we here at TechRadar have created a list of all the best connected toys you can buy today. So, if you’re looking for something to pick up on Black Friday for the younger members of your family (or even for yourself, we won’t judge), check out these great options.

Click the video below to watch our review of the Anki Overdrive: Fast & Furious Edition.

Don’t go thinking that it’s gonna all be …read more

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The best Android tablets in 2017: the best slates running Google's OS

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Looking for a tablet and thinking about an Android device? Well, there are other options out there with Windows 10 tablets such as the Surface Pro – but tablets running Android remain the main rival to the iOS 10-toting New iPad, iPad Pro 10.5, iPad Pro 12.9, iPad Pro 9.7 and iPad mini 4.

And there are plenty of options to consider. Some Android tablets have 10-inch screens, others seven, some land somewhere in between and a handful even push the boundaries past 10 inches. There are also big differences in battery life, processing power, RAM and price.

Below you’ll find our selection of the best Android tablets on the market right now. You’ll find devices from all price and size points and these are the very best tablets powered by Google’s own operating system.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 is our favorite Android tablet in the world right now and replaces the Galaxy Tab S2, which is also a Samsung product.

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The best iPhone 6S deals for Black Friday 2017

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It doesn’t take a genius to work out why you’ve landed on this page, dear reader. You fancy a new iPhone, but the prices you’ve seen for the iPhone 8 have given you a fright and got you searching around for something a little cheaper. Grabbing an iPhone 6S deal is the obvious solution.

But that’s only half true. Now certainly seems like a good time to buy Apple’s 2015 flagship phone with the best prices out there at the moment only £22.99 a month. But iPhone 7 deals just took a massive price tumble, which makes it more or less on par with 6S prices. Well worth considering if you want an iPhone that has a one year technology advantage.

If you want more than the minimum of data, then check out our comparison chart below, or head straight down to our pick of the best tariffs on the web. You don’t have to wait until Black Friday to grab a bargain iPhone 6S.

The 6S may not be the newest (or best) iPhone any longer, but it still features all of the excellence of one of Apple’s best-selling phones – the iPhone 6 – with added …read more

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'Vapor Wake' Explosive-Sniffing Dogs Help Protect the Thanksgiving Day Parade

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This year, a team of Labrador retrievers trained to sniff out body-worn explosives will help lock down NYC’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. …read more

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iPhone X colors: which shade should you choose?

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The iPhone X is one of the first phones from Apple to come with a glass back, and while it sports a brand new design and extra features like Face ID and wireless charging, the color choices are rather limited.

There’s no red version, no rose gold and no Jet Black variant.

Below we talk you through each of the colors you can buy the iPhone X in but be warned it’s a very limited choice, especially considering you can currently buy the iPhone 7 in five shades.

Space Grey

The first color for the iPhone X is Space Gray, and despite being the darkest shade this isn’t the Jet Black look we saw on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

As it has a glass back, it’s a very different look to what we’ve seen on previous Apple handsets and if you’re looking for a darker iPhone this is your only choice.


Apple is calling the shade you can see in the photos above Silver. In the photos above – and in real life – it looks a little closer to white to us, but that’s the title Apple …read more

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Best Apple Watch apps for your smartwatch in 2017

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Update: The best Apple Watch apps list is one we’re constantly updating. Here’s what’s been making our iPhone smartwatch tick.

The Apple Watch has now been superseded by the Apple Watch 2, and yet these much-hyped iPhone smartwatches are just now seeing their true potential through apps and games in 2017 following the Watch OS 3 launch.

Why? It’s the fact that this is a brand new product category, so while it’s one of the best smartwatch options out there, even Apple CEO Tim Cook admits it’s still in “learning mode.”

The number one question we hear from new Apple Watch owners is “Well, what apps should I download first?” To make answering that query easier, we devised a thorough best Apple Watch apps list.

Here are the best apps, going along with our selection of the best apps for Android Wear and the best apps for Pebble. With the right apps, your beautiful timepiece will become so much more.

See our review of the Apple Watch Series 3 below.

New this week: Night Sky

We know what you’re thinking: surely it should be W for Wikipedia? V was formerly known as Viki, but had to …read more

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CyberLink slashes up to £184 off its premium video software

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The multimedia experts at CyberLink are offering huge discounts on video and photo software for Black Friday.

You can snap up CyberLink PowerDVD 17 Ultra for just £39.99 until Friday. In addition to the feature-packed multimedia suite, you’ll also get video conversion and burning tool Power2Go 11 Platinum (normal price £54.99) thrown in for free. Plus there’s 30GB of free CyberLink Cloud storage (normal price £23.99) in this bundle, bringing the total saving to an amazing £168.47.

PowerDVD 17 Ultra plays and streams videos from just about any source, including Ultra-HD Blu-Rays and 4K YouTube clips, and can stream content throughout your home via Roku, Chomecast and Apple TV devices. There’s Oculus Rift and HTC Vive support, plus TrueTheater HDR to make videos look better than ever.

If you’re more interested in making your own videos, CyberLink PowerDirector 16 is discounted to £54.99. With 25GB of cloud storage, extra templates and the full AudioDirector sound editing studio thrown in too, that’s a colossal saving of £184.98.

PowerDirector 16’s intuitive storyboard mode makes it simple to piece together video clips, photos and audio files by dragging and dropping. Intelligent color correction adjust lighting, hue …read more

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'She’s Gotta Have It: Spike Lee’s Netflix Series Is a Defiant, Savvy Love-Fest

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Lee’s debut film returns in series form, and renews its celebration of female desire. …read more

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Doctors want to show you the inside of your body in VR

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For many people, it’s hard to visualise what happens inside our bodies. Even for doctors, who spend their careers on the subject, it can be tricky to get a handle on what some processes actually look like – particularly those that happen on a tiny scale.

But that could be about to change – cell biology experts have partnered with virtual reality engineers to show how it’s possible to visualise scientific data in a 3D virtual world. The results, they hope, could allow scientists, students and even members of the public to explore and interact with their own cells.

Until pretty recently, most visualisation of what happens inside a cell was done in two dimensions – on paper or a computer screen. But with the arrival of hardware like the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and even Google Cardboard, it’s possible to explore it in 3D.

The sub-cellular world

In an article in the journal Traffic, a team of researchers have outlined what that might look like – explaining how they used a scanning electron microscope to build a 3D virtual model of a “real” cell.

“VR transforms the way we look at cells and lets us explore the sub-cellular world,” …read more

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5 reasons why a Dell laptop should be your ultimate Black Friday buy

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday are excellent times to buy a new laptop, as online stores drop their prices, but if you’re not sure what brand to go for, we have five compelling reasons why you should bag yourself a Dell laptop bargain this Black Friday.

During Black Friday, will be running some exclusive deals, letting you get your hands on some of its best laptops at amazing prices – but you’ll need to be quick, as these offers are only available while stocks last.

Buying a new laptop isn’t a decision that should be rushed, so here are five top reasons for buying a Dell laptop this Black Friday.

1. Powerful and affordable

There’s not much worse than buying a cheap laptop on Black Friday and finding that it’s slow and under-powered, and filled with ageing components that struggle with anything more taxing than a quick check of your emails.

You won’t have to worry about this with a Dell laptop, as they are packed with powerful components that can handle all manner of tasks.

2. World-class build quality

Dell is renowned for making brilliantly-designed laptops like the XPS 15 that pass through rigorous quality control tests …read more

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