Monthly Archives - June 2017

Best Google Home tips & tricks

A smart speaker that places the power of Google Search and its associated services in your home and from which all the family can benefit, Google Home is one of the best new consumer devices to hit the UK this year. (Also see our full Google Home review.) If you haven’t already bought one, and aren’t already using Amazon Echo or an alternative smart speaker, we couldn’t recommend it enough. You can pick up a Google Home for £129 from the Google Store, Argos, Currys, John Lewis and Maplin. Getting [...]

Best gaming headsets of 2017

You may think of gaming headsets as the sort of purchase limited to the hardcorest of the hardcore gamers, but there are actually plenty of people who could benefit from a decent set.Whether you want to play online and trash talk your competition, get great audio from your Switch while you play on the go, or just plug in to save your family or partner from listening to the sounds of gunfire while you game, a decent gaming headset is worth [...]

Age of Empires Definitive Edition latest news: release date, features and beta

The original Age of Empires turns 20 this year, and Microsoft knows exactly how to celebrate: by releasing it again, in shiny 4K, as Age of Empires: Definitive Edition.First announced at E3 2017, the Definitive Edition is a full remaster of the original 1997 real-time strategy game, with improved visuals, a re-orchestrated soundtrack, bug fixes, UI tweaks, and a host of other modern enhancements. Read on to find out everything we know so far, including how to sign up for [...]

Best laptop bags of 2017

It's extremely rare these days to get a case or bag included when you buy a laptop, and it may not be wise to buy one from the manufacturer as having a big logo simply advertises the fact that you're carrying something valuable worth stealing.To avoid being a target for thieves, and to help keep your delicate electronics safe as you travel, we've rounded up a selection of rucksacks, messenger bags and briefcases that are designed to do precisely that. Need [...]

2017 Microsoft Surface Pro review  

The original Surface Pro marked Microsoft’s entry into the tablet market and the 2-in-1 has been refined and improved over the years. We were impressed with the Surface Pro 4 and now, 18 months later, we’re just as bowled over by the Surface Pro.You’ll have noticed the absence of the expected ‘5’ – this is just Surface Pro. Why did Microsoft change the naming scheme? We don’t know for sure, but the 2017 Surface Pro is such a slight [...]

OnePlus 5 vs HTC U11 review

Both HTC and OnePlus have stepped up the game for their 2017 flagship phones, but which is better. The OnePlus 5 and HTC U11 are quite similar yet very different handsets so we compare them on price, design and specs to help you choose. Read: Best phones for 2017.It's worth noting that there was no OnePlus 4 with the firm skipping the unlucky number. The previous device was the OnePlus 3T, which was a performance upgrade of the OnePlus 3. Also [...]

How to watch Wimbledon 2017 live stream

With the Qualifying stage wrapping up this week, the annual Wimbledon tennis championship will be in full swing from Monday 3 July 2017. We show you how you can tune in live online - for free and on any device - whether you're in the UK or abroad, at home or hiding under the desk at work, or even if you want to catch up later on in your own time. The BBC is the host broadcaster for Wimbledon 2017, so [...]

How to watch Tour de France 2017 on TV and online

This year, as in the past, you can watch the Tour de France 2017 live on TV as well as a range of devices including smartphones and tablets. Here's the TV schedule and the Tour de France 2017 teams. In the UK, you can watch the Tour de France on TV on ITV and Eurosport. You can find the broadcaster for your region on the official Tour de France site by clicking the 'Broadcasters' tab at the top. How can I watch Tour [...]

Android O latest rumours – name, release date, new features & public beta

Google has made available the public beta of Android O, meaning everyone (everyone with a compatible Nexus or Pixel device) can try out the upcoming OS and see the new features ahead of its final release later this summer. Also see: How to find out which version of Android I have Android O focuses on 'fluid experiences' and vitals, with new features headlining during its first public appearance at Google I/O 2017 including picture in picture (multi-windowing mode), notification dots (long-press [...]

MacBook Pro 15in (2017) review

It’s always an event when Apple launches a MacBook, both literally and figuratively. This year though MacBook Pro fans will have to settle for an internal spec improvement rather than radical design overhaul.As has been the case since Apple ditched the 17-inch MacBook Pro back in 2012, there are two sizes of MacBook Pro in the 13-inch and the 15-inch models. As we said in our preview of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the 15-inch model is more deserving of the [...]