Surface Pro 3
Can this hybrid replace your laptop and tablet?
The Surface Pro 3 brings Microsoft dangerously close to its vision of "replacing the laptop," with vastly improved hardware inside and out. The driving idea behind the Surface Pro 3 is putting the full weight of Microsoft's software and hardware chops behind a single device. And features like this Surface Pen and OneNote instill confidence that the company is doing good by that vision. Price and barely optional accessories aside, we're already bullish on what this hybrid device is capable of. And we've been skeptical bordering on critical of the category since it popped up a few years back.
Hands on: Surface Pro 3 review
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Surface Pro 2
Bigger and better or more of the same?
Microsoft marketed the Surface Pro 2 as "the tablet that's got it all," but apparently that wasn't quite true, given the big leap forward the Windows maker has made with the announcement of the Surface Pro 3. Although everyone anticipated Microsoft would unveil a smaller Surface, the folks in Redmond went in the other direction, bypassing a new model of its ARM-based Surface tablet in favor of a larger Surface Pro instead. So is the Surface Pro 3 better than the Surface Pro 2?
Surface Pro 3 vs iPad Air vs Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
Battle of the full-sized tablets
Microsoft has unleashed its cavalry in the battle of big tablets in the form of the Surface Pro 3, its most impressive and desirable tablet yet. But is it enough to draw the eyes of the masses from the iPad Air and even the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2? As phones continue to get bigger, the same is true for tablets, and the space for 10-inch plus slates is getting more and more crowded. So which big tablet has what it takes to beat the other two?
25 Xbox One tips and tricks
Can you believe the Xbox One has been around for six months already? It's changed massively in that short space of time too; from Microsoft releasing monthly patches and updates to just last week ditching the requirement that Kinect is bundled in with every console. It's hard to keep up with every little thing that the system can do when you're concentrating on the important stuff like, oh, playing games, so we've gone ahead and done a little research. From convenient short-cuts to little-known freebies, here are 25 must-know tips and tricks to squeezing every last bit of value out of the One. 25 Xbox One tips and tricks
10 best 4K TVs in the world today
Future-proof your home with an Ultra HD TV
Everyone wants an Ultra HD 4K TV! It's all about future-proofing, though there's slightly more to it than that; some of the first batch of Ultra HD TVs pump out best-ever Blu-ray images, thanks to some wonderfully adept upscaling tech. The birth of 4K could also lead to the re-birth of 3D – it just looks so much better at this higher resolution. The big stumbling block – as always – is money, but already there are relative bargains to be had and, better still, some sumptuous designs stuffed with new innovations. The race for 3840x2160 pixels is on. Read: Best 4K TVs in the world today
Five steps to keep your Android phone secure
Android might be free but some things about it should be locked up
You have in your pockets a snooper's best friend. You take it everywhere: from your office to your bedroom, from the dining room to the lavatory (and hopefully clean it after). It records almost everything you do and can be made to turn against you in a matter of minutes. Believe it or not, the modern day smartphone is a private citizen's worst privacy nightmare. Read all about it
Tech-crazy Mercedes-Benz S350 is the best car in the world
'Benz is back to its best
The best car in the world? That'll very probably be the Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTEC. Or at least the new S-Class in general. But what does that actually mean here in 2014? The fastest? The most efficient? The techiest? Hold those thoughts. First, know this: the new S-class brings together unprecedented levels of technology, luxury and efficiency, and somehow still manages to be more than the sum of its parts. This is a car that can drive autonomously, spot humans with night vision cameras and detect and avoid collisions. All the while, it will also massage all four main seat occupants, pummel them acoustically with a preposterously powerful 1,540W audio system and even perfume the air. Continue reading...
A great budget Blu-ray player
The BDP-S1200 is Sony's most basic Blu-ray player for 2014, and that says a lot about how smart these machines have become in the past few years, with playback of HD discs just one of its many skills. It upscales DVD, it plays CDs and – crucially – the BDP-S1200 has apps a-plenty. For a mere £59 in the UK, $79.99 in the US and $109 in Australia, this is smart stuff. Read: Sony BDP-S1200 review
Who's watching you online and how to stop them
There's more to privacy than private browsing modes
Whenever you do something online, somebody is watching you. That somebody isn't just the owner of the site or service you're connecting to; it could be your ISP, your favourite social network, one of many advertising companies or the security services. You don't need to be paranoid or hiding from the NSA to worry about how much information you're sharing online, though. Continue reading...
5 things you need to know about Wolfenstein: The New Order
Probably the most unapologetic shooter you'll play this year
Wolfenstein: The New Order is out today on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and last-gen consoles. You might have heard of it: it's the one that throws you into a alternate, Nazi-ruled 1960, puts a gun in your hand, and tells you to shoot, stab and strangle everything. It's fast, it's bloody, it's off-the-wall-and-onto-the-Nazi-panzer-hound bonkers. But most importantly, it's a return to the series that kickstarted the FPS genre back in 1992. We had a chat with the game's senior gameplay designer, Andreas Ojerfors, and pulled together five essential things you need to know about Wolfenstein: The New Order and the tech it's built upon. Read all about it
Don't fear Google's Chromebooks, they won't go extinct like netbooks did
Ultra-light and soon to be ultra-popular?
They're small. They're portable. They don't cost very much, and they don't run Windows. Sound familiar? If you're thinking back to the heady days of the very first netbooks, so are we - but while Chromebooks do sound awfully like netbooks, that doesn't mean they're bound to suffer the same fate.
Read: Why Chromebooks are here to stay