In Depth: Best of TechRadar: this week’s best features and hottest reviews
Sony Walkman at 35
Looking back at the most iconic music player of all time
Last week, the Sony Walkman turned 35 years old. The Walkman is, therefore just a year younger than I am, and I certainly feel like we’ve grown up together. Since the original Sony TPS-L2 was introduced in 1979, Sony has sold somewhere in the region of 220 million Walkmans, and it’s still selling them today. I am not exaggerating when I say that the Walkman was the product that made Sony into a global name. If you weren’t there, it’s hard to explain just how much those of us who were lusted after the Walkman. From Sony’s first models, through to that yellow one you could take in the shower, the Walkman range was THE gadget of the 80s and 90s, and we all wanted one like the kids want smartphones today. More, even. Happy birthday Sony Walkman: 35 today
Close encounters of the 3D kind
The resurgence of post-converted 3D
The process of converting 2D film to 3D movies has a reputation for turning out an inferior product – mainly because the first filmmakers to use this process made such a bad job of it. Clash of the Titans has been widely regarded as such a botch job (due to a studio’s insistence on 3D and a director having no time to make the post production process work ) it was felt that true 3D was the only way forward for the technology. That was until James Gunn spoke out.
Android L vs iOS 8: what’s different?
New OS versions go head to head
The battle for mobile’s soul is raging and there are only two heavyweight platform contenders. Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS are getting better (and more similar) with every passing year. The latest incarnations, Android L and iOS 8, made their entrances at developer conferences, WWDC and Google I/O. Let’s take a look at how they compare and work out whether Apple and Google are treading their own paths or starting to converge. Read all about it
Best TV 2014: what TV should you buy?
Helping you buy the perfect TV for you since 2008
There has never been a better time to buy a new TV. Gone are the days when 32-inch TVs weighed 16 tonnes and cost £1,500. These days you can pick up a 50-inch LCD TV for closer to £300. LCD panel technology has well and truly matured, and while brands like Sony and Panasonic push the boundaries of performance, you’ll also find names like Toshiba doing very exciting things in the budget TV sector. The practical upshot of this is that no matter what you’re after, how big you want to go or how large your budget is, there’s a perfect TV out there for you. So which one is right for you, your family and your living space? In this buying guide, we will walk you through everything you need to know about being a new TV. Best TV 2014
4K TV and Ultra HD: Everything you need to know
4K is the hottest buzz word in the tech world right now, and it’s rewriting the rulebook when it comes to image quality. It affects not just the world of 4K TV and cinema, but also cameras and image capture, smartphones and tablets, computer monitors and PC games – practically anything that displays images or records video. 4K TV sets are now available from most of the major TV manufacturers, but they’re merely the tip of a very cool technology iceberg. So what, we hear you ask, is 4K really all about? …
Best 32-inch TVs
Let us help you choose the best 32-inch TV
Still going strong as we plunge headlong into the summer of 2014, the 32-inch TV is one of the most popular consumer electronics products in the UK. It was always the most popular TV size by far, mainly because many British living rooms can’t physically take a TV much bigger than 32-inches in size. But in recent years as living rooms graduate to bigger sizes, 32-inches has become the de facto size option for a ‘big’ bedroom or secondary TV. Best 32-inch TVs
Facebook toying with your feelings
What does the experiment mean for you?
Facebook has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons: last week it emerged that nearly a quarter of a million users’ news feeds were deliberately manipulated to see if such manipulation could change their moods. Critics say that’s unethical at best and downright evil at worst, and the UK Information Commissioner’s Office has announced that it will investigate whether Facebook has breached data protection legislation. What does it all mean?
Stick or twist
Will the tech industry thrive in an independent Scotland?
Should Scotland be an independent country? That’s the question 8 million Scottish people will be asked in the independence referendum come September 18. It seems like, with such a highly emotional issue, the thoughts and needs of Scotland’s tech industry don’t really matter when considering the future of the country’s sovereignty. But as technology and innovation are increasingly driving economies around the world, a future union or independent Scotland will have to embrace technology to keep up.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
Out with the old, in with the new
Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Mini was a popular little smartphone and one we were rather fond of too, but it’s had its time to shine and soon it will be taking a back seat to the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini (although we all know it’ll be on the shop shelves for the next 7,000 years still). The question is, just what has changed in the new handset? And is it really much better than its predecessor? Well strap in, and prepare your brain for answers to both of those questions… plus, there will also be some pictures too. Keep your hands and arms inside the carriage. Read the battle of the Minis
10 best Spotify Connect systems
Get connected to Spotify with these great speaker systems
Spotify is gradually supplanting digital downloads as the dominant way that we listen to music, with 10 million subscribers and 40 million active users across 56 countries listening to its 30 million tracks. With Spotify adding more than 20,000 new songs daily, it’s definitely time for Spotify Connect, a new badge for hi-fi gear that enables effortless control of music across a phone, tablet and speakers. Allowing music to be sent direct from the Spotify app to any of these systems, Spotify Connect is a streamer’s dream. Best Spotify Connect systems
Why you don’t need a camera with more than 6MP
The six million pixel man
I guess that many of us have programed ourselves to want more of a good thing, and perhaps also to not know when we have enough. There’s security in having more than we need, in the stored hoard, in the squirrel’s stash, for when the expected unexpected comes to pass: we crave reassurance that we’ll get by and be equipped to take any situation in our stride. There’s a glut of reality TV shows at the moment that deal with those who fill their house with collections of junk and precious belongings. Do we act in a similarly illogical, paranoid and pathological manner when deciding how many pixels we need in a camera? Read all about it
LG G2 Mini review
The LG G2 Mini is a fine example of a mid or low-end smartphone and shows just how far we have come in the last year. All manufacturers have benefited from having much better components available to them this year but LG has done a fine job packaging them up into the G2 Mini. The size and shape of the phone, along with LG’s generally helpful software enhancements make the G2 Mini a genuinely pleasant phone to use. Only the lack of auto brightness really detracts from the experience. Superb battery life and a usable camera are welcome additions as is the excellent build quality, but the price you pay for these is a relatively higher purchase cost than some competitors. LG G2 Mini review
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