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A fitness tracker you may not have heard of is now our favorite band
Here at TechRadar we want to help you find the best tech to suit your gadget needs at an affordable price, so we've completely re-thought and overhauled our best fitness tracker ranking.Fitness trackers...
Convicts at San Quentin are learning to code -- and some land jobs in tech when they get out
Schuhmacher said he has "fallen in love with coding," thanks to the program, and feels he is better prepared for life on the outside. "Seventeen years feels like a lifetime, and it's amazing to think...
AMD Ryzen 5 processors are coming in a few months
Ryzen 7 was just the tip of the iceberg for AMD’s next-generation processor ambitions. AMD also revealed its plans to roll out Ryzen 5 processors at an even more disruptive price (sub $300/£250/AU$400)...
Nvidia ShadowPlay Highlights share your coolest PC gaming moments
On top of announcing some new graphics cards with the GTX 1080 Ti, Nvidia also announced new software features to its ever expanding GeForce Experience at GDC 2017.ShadowPlay Highlights finally makes...
Arianna Huffington: I will hold Uber's 'feet to the fire'
I just joined Travis and Liane Hornsey, Uber's recently hired Chief Human Resources Officer, for the company's weekly meeting. We spent over an hour discussing women in the workplace — and talking about...
Cybercrime costs the global economy $450 billion: CEO
Langan outlined four ways firms can improve their cybersecurity, including having the right strategy in place and increasing their technological defenses. "Thirdly, more importantly and where people actually...
Bolt EV Stars at Washington Auto Show
Washington Auto Show 2017 opened Friday in the U.S. capital, featuring several interesting new models. Manufacturers are trying to dazzle prospective buyers with electric propulsion, better performance,...
Researchers achieve major breakthrough in flexible electronics
Semiconductors, which are the very basic components of electronic devices, have improved our lives in many ways. They can be found in lighting, displays, solar modules and microprocessors that are installed...
Why mums and babies prefer to keep to one side of each other
Stefanie Neumann/plainpictureBy Alice Klein Mothers hold their children more on the left and wild mammals seem to keep their young more on that so too, at least when fleeing predators. Now it seems many...
Doom is one of the best games of 2016, and it's at an absolute bargain price
DOOM is one of TechRadar's favourite games of the year - we even included it in our best tech of 2016 rundown - so a price point of less than £16 represents fantastic value. The id Software game brings...
Apple and Square announce new payments partnership
The goal of the deal is to drive adoption of both services and give consumers better, more secure options than they currently had with credit and debit cards, the executives said. Many people hate the...
Best budget tech items for the holiday
Best budget tech items for the holiday Echo products still can’t offer audio that syncs across devices in more than one room. The new and improved Dot takes Amazon’s best-in-class smart home speaker and...
Battery cars a better choice for reducing emissions than fuel cells
Many communities would be better off investing in electric vehicles that run on batteries instead of hydrogen fuel cells, in part because the hydrogen infrastructure provides few additional energy benefits...
US takes aim at cyberattacks from connected devices as recalls mount
Obama administration officials sought on Monday to reassure the public that it was taking steps to counter new types of cyber attacks such as the one Friday that rendered Twitter, Spotify, Netflix and...
Google Pixel vs Pixel XL: which has the better battery?
Google's new Pixel smartphones are now out and ready to buy. But before you splash the cash on one, you deserve to know which has the better battery life.We weren't impressed with the battery life of...
Nintendo NX won't make the same mistakes as the Wii U, exec says
It's not surprising to hear that the Nintendo Wii U was a dud, but it is coming from Nintendo's Chief Operating Officer, Reggie Fils-Aimé. Speaking with [a]list, a marketing website, Fils-Aimé...
iPhone 7 rumors: What features to expect in new phone
Devoted Apple watchers will have heard that the iPhone 7 is right around the corner -- allegedly being unveiled at a Sept. 7 Apple event. Leaked images of the new phone that have made their way online...
It's time we all became eco-warriors for water
AF archive/Alamy IN Frank Herbert’s science fiction classic, Dune, the inhabitants of the titular desert planet survive by wearing “stillsuits” that recycle every drop of water they excrete, coupling...
Kindergarteners' mathematics success hinges on preschool skills
Researchers have discovered that preschoolers who better process words associated with numbers and understand the quantities associated with these words are more likely to have success with math when they...
Graphene-infused packaging is a million times better at blocking moisture
Plastic packaging might seem impenetrable -- and sometimes nearly impossible to remove -- but water molecules can still pass through. And this permeability to moisture can limit the lifespan of a product....
Thinking 'I can do better' really can improve performance, study finds
Telling yourself 'I can do better,' can make you do better at a given task, a study has found. Over 44,000 people took part in an experiment to discover what motivational techniques really worked. The...
Microsoft waves magic Wand to make chat bots better
Microsoft has made another acquisition, snapping up Wand Labs in an effort to bolster its chat bot efforts.Wand Labs is a messaging app developer that was founded in 2013 and has chops pertaining to 'conversational...
Review: UPDATED: Moto Z Force
Raise your hand if you dropped a phone before. Did you drop a phone just now in an effort to raise your hand? Good news, you can upgrade to the Moto Z Force soon.It's Motorola's more practical modular...
Facebook's new AI will analyze everything you say to better understand you
Facebook introduced its language learning "understanding engine" today in order to better understand how humans communicate. Facebook calls it DeepText, and what makes it so powerful is that...
Mary Meeker: Ad-blocking surge means online ads need to be better
"If ever there was a call to arms to create better ads, this is it," Meeker, a partner at venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, said on stage at the event in Rancho Palos Verdes, California....
Facebook wants your News Feed to get more personal; here’s why
The News Feed is the first thing you see when you open the Facebook app and the social networking company wants it to get a lot more personal. Earlier this month, tweets surfaced showing Facebook testing...
Will Dreem bring on better dreams?
Embed Share USA TODAY's Jefferson Graham takes a look at Dreem an active wearable that the company says improves the quality of sleep. Video by Robert Hanashiro Model holds the Dreem, a $399 wearable tech...
Best smart home tech for your grad
Best smart home tech for your grad Neato Botvac Connected Robot Vacuum The new Neato app is well-designed and easy to use, and finally brings remote control functions to the Botvac line. The Neato Botvac...
User’s Guide to Disrupt NY 2016
Hard to believe that Disrupt NY is just around the corner! TechCrunch has partnered with an amazing array of sponsors who promise to make your experience at the conference better and better. Official...
Moto G4 promises better battery and camera; launch likely on May 17
Comments By: Tech Desk | Updated: May 6, 2016 3:52 pm Motorola Moto G4 will launch in India on May 17. The next Moto G promises better camera and battery Motorola is all set to launch its fourth generation...
SoundCloud turns on ads and Go premium subs in the UK and Ireland
Now that SoundCloud has inked licensing deals with all of the big music rightsholders, the startup is wasting no time rolling out subscription services and advertising to a wider number of markets...
Remitly raises $38.5M more to take on Western Union, passes $1b transferred annually
Remittances are a huge business, with $582 billion transferred in 2015 and $432 billion of that sent specifically to emerging markets, according to the World Bank. Today, one of the bigger startups...
Bots may be cool, but DigitalGenius thinks it found a better way
Bots seem to be all the rage this week, thanks to the release of Facebook’s Messenger Bot program at F8, but not everyone sees bots as the way to keep up with the customer service glut. DigitalGenius,...
World Bank pledges $2.5 billion for teenage girls’ education
WASHINGTON — The World Bank on Wednesday pledged $2.5 billion to educate and empower adolescent girls in low-income countries as a way to improve their well-being and fight poverty. Speaking at the spring...
Google Calendar will help you achieve your goals - no excuses
As part of Calendar's 10th anniversary celebrations, Google is rolling out a new feature to help you better achieve your goals.It's called - appropriately - Goals and will help you easily pencil in the...
Facebook Chat-Bots Could Be Better Than Humans
Artificial intelligence "chat-bots" could be the future of online interaction, Facebook has said. The social media giant is building the ability into its Messenger app for third-party software to engage...
Streamline Your Coding Workflow & Become a Better Programmer
To be a great programmer, it’s not enough to master a programming language—you also need to know how to use the tools, frameworks, and techniques that’ll make it even better. And that’s exactly what the...
How Bose's bad speaker system changed audio forever
The result: Three different glowing reviews from three different writers at three major publications, Jacob said. After that, sales took off. The company was always privately held, mostly by Bose himself....
iOS 9.3: 7 new features coming to your iPhone and iPad - CNET
Sarah Tew/CNET A new iOS update is here for your iPhone, iPad and iPod. iOS 9.3 is now available for and includes welcome upgrades that'll help you sleep better and stay organized.iOS 9.3 is arriving...
Best camera phones so far this year
The Edge has a gorgeous larger curved screen and larger battery than the otherwise identical standard S7. The extra navigation tools can be useful when used judiciously. When you pile on these extra navigation...
More chargers than gas stations? It's a reality in Manhattan - Roadshow
Enlarge ImageNext time you take your Tesla into the city, be sure to act like a total snob after you pass every gas station. I hear people love that. Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow Remember when electric vehicles...
The Doom Beta might be scary, but its system requirements aren't
Doom is back, and you'll be able to dive into the Closed Beta on May 13 if you're the lucky owner of a code. If you believe in making your own luck, pre-ordering Wolfenstein: The New Order before May 26...
RBC's Mahaney: Amazon a good buy, here's why
Mahaney said Amazon's excess demand problems should be alleviated soon, as the company increases its order fulfillment fees. "About half of all of the items sold by Amazon are actually other people's...
Your next Android phone may be about to get much better at VR
Virtual Reality on your phone is about to get a whole lot better if you buy a new, high-end Android phone in the coming months.Qualcomm is opening up its VR SDK (software development kit) for the Snapdragon...
'SuperBetter' author explains how games help with extreme stress
Jane McGonigal, author of the recent book SuperBetter(Photo: Kiyash Monsef) In 2009, a serious concussion sent game theorist and designer Jane McGonigal to bed with strict instructions from her doctor:...
Samsung Galaxy S7 (Verizon Wireless)
Think of it as the Galaxy S6...S. The Samsung Galaxy S7 ($672; 32GB) looks so much like the Galaxy S6 that you'd be excused for thinking it's not a major upgrade. Rather than reinvent the design like it...
Toyota's latest navigation tech isn't for cars - Roadshow
Toyota is not content to stay in the automotive space. Its latest effort -- known as Project Blaid -- combines wearables with cameras to create a piece of equipment that could better help the visually...
7 essential tech projects for the weekend
Wow – where did that week go? Don't know about you, but for us it flew past. But at least that means the weekend is here – so now's the perfect time to get on with a range of projects that will make your...
Building a better mouse trap, from the atoms up
For most of human history, the discovery of new materials has been a crapshoot. But now, researchers have systematized the search with machine learning that can scan millions of theoretical compounds for...
Here's why Netflix thinks HDR is more exciting than 8K television
Netflix is viewing HDR as the next great frontier in television technology, describing it as "more exciting than 8K in the near term." Speaking to techradar in a plush show-home in the Barcelona...
Instagram now has 200,000 advertisers
And this new scale means a better experience for users, and a better return for advertisers. "Having 200,000 advertisers gives us an ability to better tailor the ads that people see to their likes and...
5G may be the future of mobile: But a couple of things have to happen first
Unsurprisingly, 5G advocates have been out in force at this year's Mobile World Congress. Image: Anna Solana/ZDNet It seems 5G has become a sort of Promised Land for a better mobile experience: greater...
The Faraday Cortland Is An Electric Bike That Looks Like A Regular Bike
Three years after its original eBike the Porteur, Faraday Bicycles is launching its second luxury eBike, the Cortland. Now available for preorder on Kickstarter, the Cortland will bring a better...
Do I need to upgrade to Ultra HD Blu-ray? - CNET
CNET After countless rumors and delays, Ultra HD "4K" Blu-ray is arriving this year. The initial movies have been announced, and some have even been selling before the official March 1 date. But since...
Simplified system could allow for better robot-human communications
A new system, developed by researchers at MIT, could provide a more streamlined way for robots to communicate with humans in difficult situations, including during emergency response operations. The new...
Facebook tips for teens and parents on Safer Internet Day
Take some time to think about the ways you can be a better neighbour on Facebook, says Facebook's Head of Global Safety Antigone Davis; this year's Safer Internet Day theme is ‘Play Your Part for a Better...
Work Less, Get More Done, and De-Stress. Sound Good?
What if we told you that you could get way more stuff done and be a total productivity machine…and you don't have to give up your Netflix account or bathe in unicorn tears every morning to do it? Better...
Researchers report on new tool to provide even better Landsat images
A team of investigators describes a new imaging spectrometer design that could enable improved images from NASA's Landsat, for better understanding of phenomena, and environments as diverse as coral reefs,...
Economy barely grew last quarter
The U.S. economy finished the year on a flat note, much as it started 2015, stoking concern about its vulnerability in the months ahead to turmoil in China and elsewhere in the global economy. [...] consumer...
Group learning makes children better decision-makers, study finds
Children who participate in collaborative group work to learn about significant social issues become better decision-makers than their peers who learn the same curriculum through teacher-led discussions,...
Why better technology won’t stop violent videos going viral
Will technology help to combat violent videos on Facebook?Reuters/Dado RuvicBy Chelsea WhyteOn Easter Sunday, a man chose 74-year old Robert Godwin Sr at random on a street in Cleveland, Ohio, shot him,...
Facebook and Apple have spent more on lobbying than they ever have this year
As Facebook has been tinkering with brain-computer interfaces and an augmented reality camera platform, it's also been cultivating some good old fashioned Washington influence. According to federal lobbying...
Facebook is looking to hire a head of news products to combat fake news
Facebook is looking to hire someone to head up its news products, a significant new role charged with helping to combat the proliferation of so-called fake news on its service. Facebook is talking to...
Facebook's moonshots: Making brains type and skin hear
It looks like just another beige office park building next to a dental office in Menlo Park, California. Yet Building 8, across the street from Facebook’s main campus, houses the social network’s biggest...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark