reviews
If You Don’t Think You Need a Standalone Graphics Card, This Sub-£100 GPU Will Change Your Mind

For nearly a decade, common sense has dictated that most people don’t need a standalone graphics card in their computer. Gamers need them to make rich titles like Rise of the Tomb Raider hum, and some professionals, like video editors and 3D designers, need them to take the pain out of rendering huge multimedia files. For everyone else, a video card has been treated more like a luxury item than a necessary computer component. But AMD’s $80 (UK price TBA, but who are we kidding it'll probably be £80) Radeon RX 550, a graphics card that costs a bit less than two brand new games you’ll render on it, is such a good value that it might make you rethink the notion that a graphics card is a splurge you should skip. Read More >>

cameras
Sony Rivals Canon’s Best Camera with the Badass A9

For a few years now, Sony’s been the most innovative name in the camera game, besting incumbents like Nikon and Canon in several categories with awesome point-and-shoots, like the RX100 line, and the truly game-changing A7 full-frame mirrorless line. Far from just an innovator, there are now signs the company’s efforts are finding an audience. Read More >>

apple
The 10th Anniversary iPhone Sounds Like a Samsung Clone

According to Mark Gurman at Bloomberg, a traditionally reliable source for iPhone news, Apple’s tenth anniversary iPhone is shaping up to be the company’s most ambitious phone yet. The phone will be a nearly bezel-free slab of glass and stainless steel (or possibly aluminium), the home button will be dead, and a gorgeous OLED display will be the focal point. Read More >>

gaming
Why Did Nintendo Just Kill One of Its Coolest Products in Years?

Remember guys, when you have a really cool product that everyone loves and that sells out immediately, the first order of business is to kill that fucker and put it in the ground before people get too attached. This impossibly foolish logic seems to be guiding Nintendo, which just said it will stop shipping the popular NES Classic. Read More >>

windows
Today’s Windows Update Finally Lets You Put Off Future Updates

It doesn’t matter if you’re pumped for Creators Update, the new version of Windows 10 that makes drawing all over you screen easier. Whether you like it or not, your Windows 10 device will be getting it, starting today with a slow rollout (and starting April 25th on phones). If you’re a part of Microsoft’s Insiders Programme—a beta-like programe that gives you builds of Windows 10 early—then you’ll already be on Creators Update. For the rest of us it will come, like a little surprise, over the coming months. Read More >>

fitbit
Fitbit Is Reportedly Making Another Ugly Smartwatch

Last year, Fitbit inflicted upon us, the public at large, the ugliest smartwatch from a company that should know better. The Fitbit Blaze had great battery life and... that was it. Then, late last year, Fitbit acquired a lot of tech and assets from Pebble, the lauded smartwatch company that found itself murdered by the public’s distinct lack of interest in smartwatches. Read More >>

cameras
Unable to Sell New Cameras, GoPro Wants To Buy Your Old One

GoPro needs a nice, clear-cut win. The company that makes such good action cameras it’s become nearly synonymous with the product has had a rough time. Last year, it had to lay people off and delay the release of its drone after declining sales and improved competition put a severe dent in its coffers. Then, that new drone was recalled because it kept falling out of the sky. After that, the latest iteration of the GoPro action camera was released and sales were sluggish. So, in an effort to fabricate a win, GoPro is begging people to trade in their old GoPro camera for a new one. Read More >>

gaming
Xbox Scorpio’s Beefy Specs Won’t Be Enough

We finally know the specs for Microsoft’s supercharged Xbox One: the Project Scorpio console. They’re impressive. The GPU has nearly four times as many compute units as the original Xbox One and the memory on the console will be 108GB/s faster than the memory in both the Xbox One S and Scorpio’s primary challenger, the PS4 Pro. On paper this thing reads like lightning. Read More >>

reviews
The New Sonos Playbase Is Great, Comes a Little Too Late

There was a brief period of time—think 2011 to 2015, where the pedestal-like soundbar was convenient for TV owners. TVs had become skinnier and sound had ended up crummier as a consequence. Functioning as both speaker and stand, the pedestal was an appealing soundbar-style ideal for TV owners who had no plans to mount a set on their wall, but didn’t have space for a giant sound log resting precariously in front of their set. Sonos’ new Playbase is one of the best pedestal-style sound bars you will be able to buy right now, but, uhh, it’s also way late. Read More >>

apple
An Overhauled MacPro Is Finally Coming Next Year, No Matter What Anybody Thinks

Four years after the launch of the trashcan shaped MacPro, Apple has finally, slyly, announced a new MacPro. The news comes via John Gruber of Daring Fireball: Read More >>

photography
Nikon Tries to Right the Sinking Ship With a Stupid Swarovski Replica

Nikon is, ostensibly, a remarkable company. Sure, it had to lay off quite a few people last year, and back in February, it cancelled a hotly anticipated line of cameras. But Nikon’s a tech-based company that’s managed to innovate and survive a hundred years. Nikon started as an optics company and has endured as one, even as photography has evolved considerably. Few companies can claim the same! What better way to celebrate 100 years of (mostly) success than with the release of...a Swarovski crystal version of one of its most iconic products? Read More >>

security
How to Hide Online Better Than the Director of the FBI

Until last week, FBI chief James Comey seemed like a pretty savvy internet user. The guy knows that you’re supposed to cover your webcam with tape to hide from the NSA and WhatsApp is a fantastic way to communicate securely—even if he hates you for using it. But when the numbnuts set out to make a series of secret social profiles online, he elected to use the name of a 20th century theologian known almost exclusively to theology students and political figures trying to sound smart. Read More >>

windows 10
Windows Creators Update Is Full of Neat Tricks You’ll Never Use

It’s official, come April 11th, Windows 10 Creators Update will begin to slowly roll out to every Windows 10 machine on the planet—whether you want it on said machine or not. Microsoft is clearly fond of the ample changes it made when launching Windows 10 back in 2015, because two years after its initial release. the operating system is on its third major update and Microsoft seems to have nothing truly spectacular to add. Read More >>

guts
Intel Claims Its Magical New Memory Will Speed Your Computer Up for Cheap

For a decade now, one of the biggest factors in choosing a computer has been the choice between traditional hard drive and solid state drive. The former is cheap, bulky, and slow. The latter is expensive, light, and fast. There has been zero middle ground. You’ve had to compromise between price and speed. But Intel’s hoping to eradicate that compromise with its new Intel Optane Memory. According to Intel, installing this single memory stick in your computer could supercharge even the slowest hard drive and give you the SSD’s best feature: speed. Read More >>