reviews
Netgear’s Orbi Voice is a Great Mesh Network, but the Smart Speaker Won’t be for Everyone

There are a lot of trends going on in the router world these days, but one of the most interesting (I think) is the idea of the mesh network. Mesh systems can cover a much larger area than a single router, but unlike range extenders they're supposed to seamlessly switch to the strongest WiFi signal - rather than clinging onto the oldest one until the signal is too weak to maintain it. Netgear is one of the companies to go big on mesh systems with the Orbi brand, and they sent me the new Orbi Voice smart speaker to check out. TL;DR: the mesh system is great, but the whole smart speaker stuff could do with some work. Read More >>

shopping
Aldi’s 3D Printer is Back in Stock

Aldi is a weird and wonderful shop where impulse buying a chainsaw when you were looking for some bread is a very real possibility. Lidl is the same, but Lidl also never stocked a 3D printer as far as I can recall. Aldi did just over 18 months ago, and now it seems they're back in stock for slightly less money. Read More >>

deals
Argos Is Selling an All-Digital Xbox One S for Just £3 to 10 Customers

Argos is offering customers the chance to get their hands on the new Xbox One S Digital for just £3, but you'd better be a fan of Josh Parkin's artwork because that's part of the deal. Read More >>

tv
The Greatest What We Do in the Shadows Moments (So Far)

The only thing I didn’t like about What We Do in the Shadows’ first season? The commercial breaks! Rude interruptions aside, the FX series based on Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s brilliant 2014 movie was a consistently hilarious mockumentary about the mundane and occasionally macabre lives of Staten Island’s resident vampires. While we wait for season two, there’s no better time to revisit our favourite moments so far. Read More >>

huawei
Huawei’s Mate 30 Pro May Have Leaked if These New Renders Are the Real Deal

Renders of Huawei's upcoming P30 Mate Pro have surfaced online, and if we can trust that they're not just the figment of someone's imagination, then they reveal lots of tidbits about the company's upcoming flagship phone. Read More >>

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AMD’s New GPUs and CPUs Keep the Pressure on the Intel and Nvidia Competition

E3 hasn’t been just for games for a while. While the video games are certainly the focus, companies like AMD are reminding us that what we play on is sometimes crucial to what we play. At E3 the company announced a whole line of CPUs and GPUs intended to make gaming better, and the thing they all had in common? They run on 7nm. Read More >>

movies
Toy Story 4 Is a Heartwarming, Boundary-Pushing Addition to the Beloved Franchise

Above all else, the one thing Toy Story 4 needed to do was make itself worthy of the title “Toy Story.” That’s a name with a grand tradition in animation. A name that promises excellence, not some by-the-numbers cash-grab. And while it’s certain to grab a lot of cash, the movie somehow lives up to that high standard. It’s an exciting, surprising, incredibly funny film that’s just as poignant and heartfelt as you’d expect from this franchise. Read More >>

movies
Men in Black: International Is a Galaxy of Fun for a New Generation

Men in Black: International will not be the best movie you see this year. There are plot issues, character arcs go unfinished, and the ending felt rushed. But it’s still a campy, cool sci-fi spy thriller – one that coasts on the natural charisma of Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth, who may be one of this generation’s best comedic duos. In a sense, it kind of feels like the perfect sequel to the original Men in Black. It’s an entertaining movie made better by the people in it. Read More >>

lego
Lego Says It Didn’t Steal the Idea for Its Jurassic World T-Rex From Lego Ideas Submission

Lego revealed its 3,120 Jurassic World T-Rex this week, complete with minifigs and the iconic Jurassic Park gates, but now the company is fending off any potential accusations that it's based on a rejected Lego Ideas concept. Read More >>

chernobyl
You’ve Seen Chernobyl on TV – And You Can Easily Visit It For Yourself

Sky Atlantic’s Chernobyl is the hottest thing on TV right now - and looks set to destroy anything that goes near it next awards season. But did you know that Chernobyl is somewhere that you, yes, you dear reader, can visit with relative ease? Read More >>

google
Tired of Leaks and Speculation, Google Just Dropped an Official Pic of the Pixel 4

Earlier this week, noted phone sleuth Steve Hemmerstoffer (@onleaks on Twitter) teamed up with Pricebaba to create renders of the upcoming Pixel 4 based on leaked schematics. Naturally, this got the rumour mill riled up, but now in an unprecedented move, Google decided to one up the recent fan renders with the first official picture of the Pixel 4. Read More >>

gaming
A Nerdy Theory About Why PS5 and Project Scarlett Aren’t Coming Until 2020

Let’s think about this. Disappointing as it might be, we’re not getting a new PlayStation or Xbox in 2019. There are a lot of reasons why. But I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit, and I think I have figured out at least one very good reason. AMD, Sony, and Microsoft all declined to speak about future products when I asked them about this theory, but just because they won’t talk to me about my theory, doesn’t mean it’s pointless. So what’s my theory? I think the graphics architecture Microsoft and Sony need to build their consoles just isn’t ready yet. Read More >>

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I Played Doom on a Chromebook

There’s a lot we still don’t know about Google’s forthcoming streaming game service Stadia, and we won’t know some of it until it’s available in the wild. But in a controlled demo of Stadia at E3, I was treated to a solid experience, as well as some fresh information about how the company plans to deliver Stadia to people with bad internet. And even better, I played the latest and greatest Doom right on a Pixelbook. No weird hacks. No fussy apps. Just me and a whole bunch of monsters on Mars. Read More >>

bluetooth
The Future is a Poundland Tracker on Every Important Lego Piece

A previously aspirational piece of branded technology has hit Poundland for the price of literally £1, with the TrackR Pixel promising to end the misery of near-range lost items with its Bluetooth connectivity. Read More >>