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Nvidia sheds light on Pixar's future plans

The secret technology that makes the F1 world go round

Real-time simulation about to get a whole lot smarter

"With the recent news that Pixar is to revisit some of its best-loved franchises, announcing sequels to The Incredibles and Cars, it's fair to say that animated movies are still very much big business in Hollywood.

To create these films and bring the characters to life takes a mountain of hardware and software that's changing at an incredible pace - something TechRadar found out when we spoke to Greg Estes, Nvidia's vice-president of marketing for the Professional Visualisation and Design business. So what's going on?

What you need to know about Google Android Wear

Google s Android Wear announced

Google-fired smartwatches from Moto and LG announced

On the same day Apple is tinkering with last-generation iPad 4 and iPhone 5C technology, Google is busy designing the future with a wearable version of its Android operating system.

Android Wear is a new platform that extends the company's leading software to smartwatches, fulfilling the SXSW promise Android head Sundar Pichai made about the push for Google-powered wearables. In fact, he personally penned the announcement. Read more on this

Did Ubisoft mislead gamers about Watch Dogs' graphics?

Fun fact that screen has fewer pixels than the Samsung Galaxy S4 image credit CERN

PC rigs used ahead of next-gen consoles. But is it a big deal?

If you've ever had the pleasure of hearing a bunch of jaded gamers enter a withering-off with each other about their shared passion, there's every chance you've heard the term 'bullshot'. It's a term we like to roll out when a publisher releases wildly misleading screenshots of its games. Screens bereft of any UI or HUD, for example. More on this

Oculus Rift not worried by Sony s VR headset

Oculus rift CEO talks about Morpheus

Sony has announced its PS4 VR headset at GDC, and while many are calling it an Oculus Rift rival, the new tech has at least one surprise supporter. TechRadar sat down with Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe and asked if Morpheus is actually good for Oculus Rift, to which he replied, "Totally." What else does he think?

Morpheus our first impressions

Hands on with Project Morpheus

Sony's VR headset shown off at GDC 2014

In mythology Morpheus is the god of dreams and in science-fiction he's the god of sweet leather trench coats, but at GDC 2014 Morpheus means Sony's virtual reality headset. Designed exclusively for the PlayStation 4 but still very much in beta mode, it could completely change console gaming, and give real merit to your loved ones' claims that you're ignoring them in favor of virtual worlds. Read out hands on: Project Morpheus review

Check out the new Oculus Rift

We get our hands on Crystal Cove

Crystal Cove is improved and ready for developers

The latest version of the VR headset Oculus Rift is finally going out to developers. While the head tracking, 1080p Crystal Cove has been demoed since CES 2014, as of today it's available to developers for just US$350. That's US$50 more than the past developer kit, which contained a lower resolution Oculus headset and a control box. The new Oculus Rift development kit 2 has no control box – all the guts have been integrated into the headset itself, and the Rift has just a single cable - HDMI and USB woven together. Read more of our hands on with Oculus Rift

8 bits of wearable tech you need to see right now

Phone not included

From budget VR to quirky smartwatches

This is shaping up to be most significant week for wearable tech yet. Not only has Google unveiled Android Wear, a wearable version of its OS, but Sony went on to steal some of the limelight with its long-awaited PS4 VR headset, Project Morpheus.

Meanwhile, London's playing host to the Wearable Technology Show, where scores of developers are showing off their body-latching gadgets. What did we see?

Chromecast UK is finally here

iOS 7 1 CarPlay

Our first impressions of Google's streamer

At its heart the Chromecast is a simple and cheap way to add a host of on-demand and catchup services to your television, priced at £30.

But what does Chromecast bring in terms of partnerships, and will it be a hit? Continue reading...

Galaxy Tab Pro 8 4

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 review

The best effort yet from the Korean firm?

A charitable sort might call Samsung's approach to tablets comprehensive, but it could just as easily be described as scattershot. The past few years have seen the launch of 7-inch, 8-inch, 10-inch, and now 12-inch devices aimed at a full range of budgets.

This focus on quantity has arguably come at the expense of quality for Samsung, with no single outstanding tablet coming from the world's largest consumer tech company. Read more of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 review

Wallets and NFC tremble as PayPal pays it forward

Samsung Galaxy S6 what we want to see

The next gen of payments?

Britain may have a shiny new pound coin to look forward to, but the real future of currency lies in digital payments.

PayPal is one of the major driving forces behind that shift and it's just added some new ways to get people paying with their phones, not their wallets. But what is the future?

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