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Logitech Craft review: This $200 keyboard can do two things its competitors can’t

The Logitech Craft keyboard is what happens when a keyboard engineer glimpses Microsoft’s Surface Dial hockey-puck peripheral and decides: We can do that, too. But if you want to spend $200 for just a keyboard, don’t bother: The only way the Craft makes sense is if you see value in its Surface-Dial-like navigation knob that also integrates with Logitech’s PC-spanning Logitech Flow software.  Aesthetically, there’s room for improvement. The Craft weighs a ponderous 2.08 pounds, anchored by a broad metal…

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LG V30 Review: LG’s Best Phone

It was no surprise whatsoever that LG launched the new V30 at IFA 2017 in Berlin. LG isn’t one to keep its phone a secret right up until the launch event and so not only confirmed the name ahead of time, but various specs and features and well. Ahead of MWC 2018 it’s also let the cat out the bag on the fact it is updating the V30 with its new AI technology. It’s not yet clear if current V30 owners…

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Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy, book review: Inventions with unexpected connections

Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy • By Tim Harford • Little, Brown • 344 pages • ISBN: 978-1-4087-0911-5 • £18.99 In a November 2017 article in The Atlantic about the fortunes of Google X, the ‘moonshot factory’, Derek Thompson distinguishes between innovations and inventions. Innovations, the incremental improvements in existing technologies, are Silicon Valley’s bread and butter. Inventions, or real breakthroughs, are harder to find and require the kind of commitment to basic research that’s rare today in…

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Corsair Dark Core RGB SE review

Wireless gaming mice, once derided for adding latency and potentially faulty connections over the air, are now the pinnacle of engineering by peripheral makers. Most offer nearly latency-free performance, long battery life, first-rate build quality and some even feature novel wireless charging technology. Unfortunately, many of these wireless mice come with equally impressive price tags like the $149 (£149, AU$249) Logitech G903 and $139 (£139, AU$239) Razer Lancehead. Corsair’s first wireless gaming mouse, the Dark Core RGB SE, offers all…

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Reolink RLC-422W home security camera review: Affordable, nearly vandal-proof outdoor security

Reolink has been on a roll lately, turning out uniformly solid and affordable security cameras. The RLC-422W ($109.99 at Amazon) continues that winning streak. It’s marketed as an indoor/outdoor camera, but it’s hard to imagine bringing it inside your home. This is a dome-style unit like the type you see dotting the ceiling of your favorite big-box store, and though that will likely ward off unwanted visitors who see it spying from your garage overhang, it might have the same…

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Antivirus Zap for Mac Review

Antivirus Zap for Mac review Antivirus Zap differs from the other antivirus for Mac we’ve reviewed in a handful of important ways. First, it’s available through the Mac App Store. Secondly, it’s just £9.99/$9.99 as a one-off cost – although at the time of writing was available at half price. In other words, this isn’t a yearly subscription service like the others reviewed here. Antivirus Zap is also incredibly highly regarded on the App Store in terms of reviews, showing…

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Bitcoin and beyond: Which banks are investing in blockchain?

Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Google Plus While the spotlight has shone on the dramatic highs and lows of the various cryptocurrency markets like bitcoin, the existing big banks have been making great strides with their ideas for the underlying blockchain technology. Major financial institutions have explored blockchain for a variety of purposes: optimising supply chain records, battling fraud, tracking payments and making existing processes more efficient. See also: what is blockchain? This interest has led to the big banks striking partnerships with major…

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GogoToro Outlet Evaders review: A fun, powerful, and portable power bank

GogoToro recently released a series of power banks inspired by classic video games: There’s the DexCharge, Cheeky-Charger, and Outlet Evaders. Each pack comes with a different color scheme, as well as a sheet of stickers for the user to customize the pack. For this review, I’m specifically evaluating the Outlet Evaders pack, available for $39 from GGTR’s site or Amazon. Note: This review is part of our roundup of portable power banks. Go there for details on competing products and our testing…

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Metal Gear Survive Review: Punishing, Yet Rewarding

Metal Gear Survive is the latest Metal Gear title developed and published by Konami, now available to buy around the world. Survive is the first open-world Metal Gear game to be developed following the departure of Hideo Kojima, the legendary Producer and Designer who has worked on the series for over three decades. Has the Metal Gear franchise lost its magic after the departure of Kojima, or does the survival aspect breathe new life into an ageing franchise? We’ve spent…

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iMac Pro review | TechRadar

The iMac Pro, as the name suggests, is a powerful, sleek and stylish all-in-one computer with the familiar form factor of Apple’s iMac range, but with the power, features and, yes, price that is squarely aimed at professional users. When Apple unveiled the iMac Pro at its WWDC event last year, it touted the computer as ‘the most powerful Mac ever made,’ and it is clear that the Cupertino company has succeeded. This is an incredibly powerful machine that’s been…

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Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac Review

Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac review Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac originates in Russia, which could raise concerns as the news suggests that quite a lot of cybersecurity threats originate there. However, perhaps it makes sense to tackle them using an antivirus app that originates there too. Whatever the case, we took a look at Kaspersky Internet Security, which is £39.99/$39.99 per year for one device, and available to buy here. This contains additional features like privacy and online payment…

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Top platforms for developers to build chatbots

Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Google Plus We saw unprecedented hype about chatbots in 2017 thanks to Microsoft’s bot ‘Tay’ and Facebook’s decision to integrate chatbot capabilities into Messenger. The use of artificial intelligence and ability to converse in natural language can make chatbots seem as if we are experiencing the future right now. However, you don’t have to be a Silicon Valley giant with endless developers to hand to build one. In fact, you could do it from your own…

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Nest Cam IQ review: Lots of exciting features with a big fat price tag

Nest Labs candidly admits it’s only been iterating on the Dropcam platform it acquired in 2014, starting with its very first Nest Cam. The all-new $299 Nest Cam IQ is an entirely new home security camera, offering a host of best-in-class features. Does that make it worth three bills? The white, cup-shaped Nest Cam IQ doesn’t resemble the original Nest Cam so much as the Nest Cam Outdoor. But the similarity is purely superficial. Inside, the camera takes a big…

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Dell XPS 13 9370 (2018) Review: The Best All-round Windows Laptop

The Dell XPS line has always been good, but this year it is now certainly great. The 2018 XPS 13 is the best laptop Dell has ever made, and boy has it made a few. Comparing it to the MacBook is lazy – the XPS 13 is more powerful by some distance than Apple’s MacBook, the 12in rival of a similar price. In fact, the Core i7 XPS 13 we tested is the smoothest, fastest XPS ever and worthy of…

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