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10 best phablets in the world today

Galaxy Note 3

Because bigger is definitely better, right?

Our hands might not be getting any bigger but our phones certainly are. As flagships like the LG G3 and OnePlus One creep up to 5.5 inches, phablets are starting to resemble small tablets, arguably filling the roles of both a smartphone and a slate. If you think that one device is better than two, or just have really big hands, then there is a growing selection of phones to suit and these are the ten best. Read: 10 best phablets

Google driverless car hysteria shows humans are too stupid to drive

Google driverless car hysteria shows humans are too stupid to drive

People just don’t ‘get’ driverless cars

People are hysterical about driverless cars. They just don’t get it. In fact, reactions to Google’s vehicle prove that most people struggle to grasp even the most basic benefits of driverless cars, let alone the more nuanced possibilitiesThere’s loads of broken logic being used, too. Some argue that you can’t have driverless cars mixed with human-driven cars because humans are so bad and erratic at driving. But if humans are so bad, how do they cope with each other? The bottom line is that driverless cars will be much, much more accurately and reliably controlled than human-driven cars. And that includes reacting to poorly-driven human cars. Read all about it

HP Envy Leap Motion review

HP Envy Leap Motion

HP’s Envy line has had recent ups and downs, but it seems to have found its feet recently. Being (and looking like) a lower-cost alternative to a MacBook Pro-like machine is no bad thing – especially for people who want that kind of power without the cost. While the Leap Motion controller doesn’t add much to the package, it’s still not a bad machine overall anyway, especially in the oft-neglected 17-inch category. However, it’s well worth looking at the HP Envy TouchSmart 15 if you are considering this laptop, because it’s a lot cheaper for almost as much power. HP Envy Leap Motion review

10 best TV deals in the UK for June 2014

Cheap TVs: 10 best TV deals in the UK for June 2014

Hey you, are you looking for a cheap TV?

With most brands’ latest TVs just out and a World Cup coming up, there’s never been a better time to snap-up a cheap TV. Retailers are desperate to clear their stockrooms and cheap TVs a-plenty are pouring out with bargain price tags slapped on. Read: Cheap TV deals of the month

Huawei Ascend P7 review

Huawei Ascend P7

Huawei’s new hero phone isn’t going to worry the flagships

The Huawei Ascend P7 is a solid phone across the board, but doesn’t excel beyond the competition in any particular area. The camera’s not quite as punchy as the units in the high-end Nokias and the iPhone 5S or even Samsung’s top Galaxys, the chassis isn’t as impressive as the HTC One M8, the price not as low as the Nexus 5, the overall experience not quite as smooth as… loads of other phones. Huawei Ascend P7 review

5 big iWatch hints that Apple dropped at WWDC


Apple might be making a compelling case for the wearable

Apple didn’t unveil the iWatch at WWDC 2014, but it did the next best thing: it dropped some almighty hints about the technology that might be heading to our wrists. Should it actually exist, we expect Apple to announce its long-rumoured wearable later in the year to coincide with the iPhone 6. Whatever shape the iWatch ultimately takes – and we’re increasingly convinced that the “watch” bit is misleading – these hints from Apple’s WWDC ketnote give a pretty good idea of what it might do. Continue reading…

axx 200

Creative Axx 200

A bluetooth speaker with a lot of talent

The Creative Sound Blaster Axx 200 is a portable Bluetooth speaker with an identity crisis. I say that because it’s not just an NFC-enabled Bluetooth speaker, it’s also a PC soundcard, an MP3 player, a phone charger, a speaker phone, a voice and call recorder, a megaphone and a police siren. Yes, a megaphone and a police siren. Seriously. Creative Axx 200 review

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