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Updated: 80 best free iPad games 2015

Smash Hit We imagine the creators of Smash Hit really hate glass. Look at it, sitting there with its stupid, smug transparency, letting people see what’s on the other side of it. Bah! Smash it all! Preferably with ball-bearings while flying along corridors! And that’s Smash Hit — fly along, flinging ball-bearings, don’t hit any glass face-on, and survive for ... Read More »

Buying Guide: 10 best gaming laptops 2016: top gaming notebooks reviewed

Updated: We’ve added the Acer Predator 15 to our list of the best gaming laptops money can buy. You don’t even need to tell us what happened when you told your friends that you want to buy a gaming laptop. Their inner elitist got the best of them, and bashed you for not just building an outright gaming desktop. But ... Read More »

What’s the best Raspberry Pi for your needs?

Benchmarks and spec table The core tech specs of all the various Raspberry Pi models Linux Format recently benchmarked the Pi 1 Model B+, Pi 2 Model B and Pi Zero. The SunSpider test measures browser responsiveness in milliseconds, the lower the better. The Pi 2 predictably came out on top by some distance – it scored 2,476 versus 9,477 ... Read More »

Updated: Best free iPhone apps 2015

Runtastic You might get the sense that GPS trackers are all very much alike, and there’s some truth in that. But we nonetheless reckon Runtastic is worth installing, on the basis that it’s nicely designed, frequently updated, and quite generous with its free tier. The app tracks your movements, calculating distance, speed, pace and calories burned. For free, you get ... Read More »

6 computing blunders of 2015

2. Welcome to the world of guinea pigs This year, big software houses like Apple and Microsoft are welcoming you to a whole new world. Sadly, it’s not a virtual world, and everything you experience, do and feel are real. This is the world of beta software. To paraphrase Shakespeare, all the software world is a stage, and you are ... Read More »

LattePanda is a tiny board with the full power of a Windows 10 PC

The LattePanda might sound like some kind of eco-friendly coffee, but in actual fact it’s a nifty piece of technology, being a Raspberry Pi-style tiny computer which comes with Windows 10 installed for not much more than £50. This is another Kickstarter project, and one that is certainly flying with the LattePanda managing to rack up well over double its ... Read More »

Delayed Microsoft Surface Hub just got more expensive

Microsoft announced that the Surface Hub video conferencing will cost more after an even further delayed launch. Officials told ZDNet in an email that the Surface Hub’s price will increase by as much as $2,000 (£1,349, AU$2,766), and that the release has been pushed back from January 2016 to a vague first quarter shipping date. The smaller 55-inch Surface Hub ... Read More »

Amid massive layoffs, Toshiba will dramatically reduce PC production

More bad news out of Japan. Toshiba expects to lose $4.5 billion (£780b) this fiscal year and cut 30% of its consumer electronics workforce. The company will focus its PC sales on the US and Japan, which could mean the end of consumer Toshiba PC sales in Europe. Additionally, Toshiba will cut 1,000 jobs from its headquarters operations staff, which ... Read More »

5 computing innovations that shaped 2015

2. Singular connection Apple made an early bet with the USB Type-C connection when it released its slimmer than “Air” MacBook. In a highly controversial move, the 12-inch laptop sheds all of its ports, including a power port, for a single USB-C connection. USB-C offers three main benefits, including fast transfer speeds, a reversible connection so you won’t have to ... Read More »

OS X 10.11.3 El Capitan beta available for the brave at heart

Just two days after Apple released the first beta of OS X 10.11.3 El Capitan to developers, it is now making the software available for OS X users in its Beta Software Program to try. OS X 10.11.3 beta 1 is now available for public beta members to download. Like the developer beta released earlier in the week, Apple did ... Read More »

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