Best of TechRadar 2013: our favourite features and wisest words of the year

Plus points: why Google+ is now everywhere you look online

Google Plus

It's the social network you may not want but it's here to stay

Web giant Google launched Google+ on 28 June 2011 as an invite-only "field test", with golden tickets sent to a few early adopters and journalists. The proposition was attractive: a Facebook-rivalling social network, integrated into all of the web services you already use, backed by Google's raw energy and innovation. Up front were Circles - a way to organise everyone you know, and share content only with those who would be interested in it. The photos of your new-born baby could be shared with your "Family" circle, while you type out a filthy joke for your "Friends" circle and then pen a paradigm-busting blog post for your "Work" circle. Continue reading...

Flight club: how drones can save lives and deliver our mail


Amazon's Air Prime scheme changes the conversation

Up until a couple of weeks ago, if you asked the Average Joe about drones, he may have offered a description of clandestine, pilotless US military planes, flying over the Middle East, dropping their destructive payloads on suspected terrorists. However, just recently, on a quiet Sunday night, the conversation changed thanks to Amazon and its imagination-capturing CEO Jeff Bezos. Continue reading...

Beyond Google Glass: the future of wearable tech

Looking beyond Google Glass the future of wearable tech

We talk to some of the major players involved in the most exciting new sector in tech

What if we told you that Google Glass and Galaxy Gear were just the beginning? That the impending arrival of Google's super-futuristic wearable computer and Samsung's wrist-based wonder were simply the commencement of our ascent into the realms of science-fiction cyborg-dom? Beyond the AR specs spearheaded by Google and the smartwatches in the works from Apple, Samsung and others, there are countless minds creating wearable solutions that will revolutionise health and fitness, the workplace and everything in between - from our socks to our sex lives. Continue reading...

The evolution of Shazam: from music maestro to TV tagging


Can Shazam become the only app you need for TV?

What is that song? It's a simple question but one Shazam has built an audio-recognition empire on, having answered it billions of times through its app. It was first answered on 19 April 2002. T Rex's Jeepster was the very first tag, when the service was then called 2580. Skip to 2013 and the 10 billionth answer was given this month as Lady Gaga's Applause. Continue reading...

10 things you didn't know your smartphone could do


Supercharge your phone in ten easy steps

Smartphones are great, they're basically a computer in your pocket packed full of features to make your life easier. But some of those features are less obvious than others, so to help you get the most out of your phone here are 10 things that you might not have known it could do. Continue reading...

Six marvels of the 4K revolution at Sony Pictures Studios in LA

Six marvels of the 4K revolution

To say Sony is serious about 4K is a bit like saying Canon seems to kinda like making cameras. 4K is at the heart of Sony's entire operation, and that's not surprising given the fact that it's the only company that can tell an on-brand end-to-end 4K story. It makes the movies and TV shows, it produces the cameras to shoot the content, it makes the projectors to display it in cinemas, it publishes the movies on disc, and it delivers 4K it to the home in the form of TVs, games consoles and media servers. Sony has already shipped over 15,000 4K projectors worldwide. To mark the forthcoming launch of Sony's new 4K TV range, Sony invited us to Sony Pictures Studios in LA to take a closer look at its 4K ecosystem. We've seen 4K movie sets, we've seen Breaking Bad being remastered in 4K and we've compared Sony's 4K TVs against every other brand.

Here are the six coolest techno-marvels we saw in LA

How the PS3 won the console war

How the PlayStation 3 won the console war

Despite its shaky start, Sony's seventh-gen powerhouse played a blinder