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The Nexus 6 is reportedly being recalled from AT&T stores

By Michael Rougeau

The Nexus 6 is reportedly being recalled from AT&T stores

This is odd, but the Nexus 6 is reportedly suffering from a crippling bug that only affects the first batch of handsets sent out on AT&T.

That’s according to Droid Life, which spoke with “multiple sources” about the issue.

The bug apparently causes the Google flagship’s display to go black and prevents it from connecting to AT&T’s service, “essentially leaving the device useless,” the site says.

As a result AT&T stores are allegedly being told to send back the Nexus 6 handsets they’ve received so far, causing stock shortages until they can get more in. AT&T’s website lists the Nexus 6 as “out of stock” as well.

Nipped in the bud

There hasn’t been any major hubbub online about the bug, which suggests it hasn’t affected many Nexus 6 handsets.

On the other, that may be exactly what AT&T is hoping to avoid with this alleged recall.

If you currently have an AT&T-branded Nexus 6 you might want to go into one of the carrier’s stores and see if you can get it replaced, whether you’ve seen this issue yet or not.

We’ve asked AT&T and Motorola to confirm these details and what they recommend their customers do if they’ve already purchased the Nexus 6 from the carrier, and we’ll update here if we hear back.

Luckily there are plenty of other places to get the Nexus 6 in the meantime.

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A Chromebook for the holidays comes with 1TB of Google Drive storage

By Michael Rougeau

A Chromebook for the holidays comes with 1TB of Google Drive storage

Google is offering a pretty good deal to anyone who buys or receives a new Chromebook for the holidays: a whole terabyte of free Google Drive cloud storage.

Just get a new Chromebook and register for the offer before January 1 and you’ll get 1TB of Google Drive storage for free, Google Group Product Manager Alex Vogenthaler said on the Drive blog.

The offer lasts a full two years, after which point you’ll have to start paying for it – but still, that’s a $240 (about £150, AU$280) value.

Google says only some Chromebooks will be eligible, so make sure you’re getting one that is if you plan on taking advantage of this.

And check out TechRadar’s list of the best Chromebooks if you need inspiration.

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Review: Updated: HTC One (M8)

By Gareth Beavis

Review: Updated: HTC One (M8)

Introduction and design

Update: Nearing a year since its release, the HTC One M8 is still cozied up near the top of our favorite phones. It’s about to stay there a little while longer too, what with some screenshots dug up showing Android 5.0 Lollipop on the HTC One M8 running beautifully. That is, until the HTC One M9, or whatever they decide to call it shows up.

If you’re enjoying the HTC One M8 for Windows Phone 8.1, prepare for the launch of Microsoft Windows 10, which will be hitting computers and mobile soon.

I’d hate to be a phone designer these days, trying to achieve unique and exciting features in a jaw dropping package for what is essentially a screen with some extra bits and pieces surrounding it.

So it’s all the more impressive that HTC, fresh from making the best-looking phone of 2013, has managed to make the HTC One (M8), a phone crammed full of power and great features while improving the design that won it so many accolades.

The poor naming aside, the One (M8) is a phone that takes the superb DNA of last year’s device, improves it in nearly every area and then packs it full of all the latest technology…and still finds space to pack in a microSD card slot.

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On top of that the chassis has been retooled to now be made of 90% metal, up from around 70% last year, and the result is a brushed aluminium design that seems compelling the second you lay eyes on it.

HTC One M8 review

Let’s go back in time a little bit here: when it launched the HTC One X – let’s not get into the fact that this company needs to employ a whole new team dedicated to naming products – the company was in a nosedive.

HTC One M8

From the heights of the HTC Desire, the world’s first true iPhone competitor, it had fallen dramatically, and sales were in the toilet.

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The brand needed a reboot, and the HTC One was just that. It wasn’t a commercial success in the same vein as the iPhone 5S or the Samsung Galaxy S4, but it was critically superior.

So HTC had a tough choice: make a sequel that was mere evolution, an HTC One S (wait… that’s been done) if you will, which would make the world realise it truly believed in its design trajectory, or reinvent the wheel again, try and different kind of impressive phone and run the risk of offering up a flop?

HTC One M8 review

Somehow the company has managed to navigate these choppy waters and create something that stands astride both categories.

The HTC One (M8) is an even better designed device that takes the principles of the original One, expands them in the right places and adds in some more HTC sauce here and there.

The result offers up something that can compete with Samsung on the technological front yet still stand toe-to-toe with Apple, arguably the producer of some of the best-looking devices of all time.

Of course, the One (M8) isn’t a phone that’s going to be to everyone’s tastes. It’s expensive, coming in at least £500 SIM free (AU$899, around US$820), but that’s to be expected from a flagship phone like this.

HTC One M8 review

You’ll need to be ready to pay top dollar for the HTC One (M8), but once you hold it you’ll accept that it deserves to command such a premium.

There are other things that will put off some too: the fact that the screen is now 5 inches mean this is a larger device, one that can take two hands to operate at times, and it’s even bigger than the 2013 version as a result.

HTC needs to sort out its efforts in the mid-to-low smartphone arena, but that’s a topic for a different day. The HTC One (M8) is a phone that’s supposed to offer the best of the smartphone market, one that will survive the onslaught of the iPhone 6 and the Galaxy S5, while preserving HTC’s heritage and bringing the bottom line closer to something more healthy.

Through a clever combination of technology and design, it appears the company has managed to just do that – and in today’s impossibly congested smartphone market (especially at the high end) that’s something to be applauded.

Design

As you can guess from the introduction, the HTC One (M8) is a phone that is as much about premium design as it is about packing in the latest version of Android and a decent processor.

The brand took great pains to point out that the One (M8) is a phone that builds on the heritage of last year’s One, but improves in just about every arena. The metal chassis is still there, and the aluminium casing now makes up 90% of the frame, up from about 70% previously.

HTC One M8 review

This is probably the most significant change, along with the fact the back and sides are now more curved, as it brings a really impressive feel in the hand. If the original One was characterised by first-time users saying ‘Wow, that feels lovely’ the next iteration takes that message further.

There will be very few brand-agnostic people that wander into their local phone emporium, pick up the HTC One (M8) and a couple of competitors, and find that the Taiwanese brand’s new device is streets ahead in the design stakes – and I’d bet that most would be unable to resist a purchase after that.

HTC One M8 review

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Amazon's free streaming service reportedly a go, for real this time

By Michael Rougeau

Amazon's free streaming service reportedly a go, for real this time

Amazon was said back in March to be working on a free streaming service, though the bookseller staunchly denied it at the time.

Now those rumors have been reignited thanks to a new report from the New York Post.

The site says Amazon will launch a free, ad-supported video streaming service early in 2015.

The service will reportedly be completely separate from Amazon Prime.

OK, go

The Post spoke with “ad sources” who are allegedly in talks with Amazon about the service, one of whom said it will be designed to ultimately “lure” users into paying for Prime subscriptions.

And unlike when Amazon was reportedly considering this move in March, it’s now “a definite go,” the site says.

For now Amazon is remaining mum on this one, so it sounds like we’ll probably have to wait until next year to find out for sure.

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Buying Guide: Fitness tracker deals: how to save big on fitness trackers this holiday season

By TechRadar Staff

Buying Guide: Fitness tracker deals: how to save big on fitness trackers this holiday season

After you’ve gorged yourself on the turkey and pies, it’s time to get fit! What’s the best thing to get you out of bed and on the run towards a healthy heart? Fitness trackers.

Fitness trackers have been notorious for being a bit on the pricey side so take advantage of these amazing Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

We’ve created this handy list of the best fitness tracker deals around so you can get the jump on some post-Thanksgiving shopping without having to aimlessly push and shove too much.

Jawbone UP24

The Jawbone UP24 is one of the smartest and sportiest fitness trackers you can get.

There are also three sizes you can choose from and right now, and Best Buy has the medium Jawbone UP24 on sale for $122. The large and small wearables are retailing for $129.

You can also get a black Jawbone UP24 from Target for $149 or a white Jawbone for $129.

White and black too boring? You can find more colors of the UP24 from Amazon for $107-$169.

Nike FuelBand SE

The Nike FuelBand SE remains a popular fitness tracker and slightly cheaper than the other fitness wearables out there.

The FuelBand SE is $99 from Best Buy and comes in a variety of sizes.

For more sizing options and color choices, Amazon has the FuelBand SE for $102.00 – $378.15.

Samsung Gear Fit

The Samsung Gear Fit is also a neat little fitness tracker. It has the ability of your run-of-the-mill trackers but with the added bonus of a lovely curved screen.

You can pick up the Gear Fit from Target for $149.99 with free shipping.

It’s also $149.99 from Best Buy with free shipping.

Walmart has it for a slightly higher price right now at $170.99.

Amazon has it listed at the lowest price yet: $126.99.

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Google Now Offering 1TB Free Google Drive Space With Chromebook This Xmas

By Joey-Elijah Sneddon

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Google is upping the amount of Google Drive storage it offers with new Chromebooks, jumping from 100GB to a mammoth 1TB for two years. The ‘holiday bonus’ means anyone finding a Chromebook under their Christmas tree next month will be unwrapping an additional $240 worth of value — more than the cost of most Chromebooks themselves! “With that much […]

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How can I restore photos on my iPhone which were lost in a “restore” operation?

By Answers Hi, I just got an iPhone 6 and lost some pictures due to doing a “restore”.Is it possible to retrieve data in any way? I attempted to run data recovery software but the Mac won’t recognize the phone in a way that would allow me to conduct a scan. The pictures are not incredibly important, […]

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How can I use an ordinary mic and headphone headset with a tablet?

By Answers How to use mic-headset combo for external mic use in Android KitKat tab? The tab is Dell Venue 7 (non voice call version). On plugging in the combo , the headphones work for headphone pin , but mic pin plugging does not allow mic access? Next , if mic can be enabled too, then how […]

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Where can I get a good, unlocked Android phone in the US, for use abroad?

By Answers I want to buy an unlocked Android phone from Boston USA, to be used in India. I have seen that Amazon and eBay do sell unlocked phones but I always found 2-3 comments saying the phone was not new or was locked for a US sim. I am looking for an HTC M8 or a […]

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The big tech firms you may not have heard of

By Jamie Carter

The big tech firms you may not have heard of

Nuance, Narrative Science and Qualcomm

When it comes to tech, it’s all about GAFA – Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon – and perhaps Microsoft, too. Chuck-in a plethora of startups that either wither away or get bought out by one of the above, and you’ve got the tech industry in a nutshell, right?

Actually, no. The big boys might get all of the attention, but the tech landscape is far more varied, with some huge companies at the core of some of the gadgets and web services we use every day – and they’re firms that many people have never heard of.

Nuance

Nuance Communications: a speech-driven future

This Massachusetts-based US company is all about voice recognition and natural language processing, and there’s a good chance you use its products every day. Nuance tech powers Apple’s Siri as well as its own speech-to-text products, and it also owns Swype, the virtual keyboard app for smartphones and tablets.

Probably its most famous other product is Dragon NaturallySpeaking/Dictate, software that lets users ditch a keyboard and speak to a computer when word processing. Its Nuance Cloud Services is licensed to myriad manufacturers that want to interact with users via voice, such as the Omate Smartwatch and smart TVs from Samsung. Nuance is hoping that the voice recognition revolution soon spreads to toasters, thermostats, light switches and cars.

However, Siri will soon run on Apple’s own voice recognition system, so Nuance will effectively be competing with both Apple and Google in the voice recognition industry. Cue its recent interest in call centres and hospitals with both its call routing and Dragon Medical transcriptions software, and cloud-based medical speech recognition technology. Nuance’s work on voice biometrics could mean a new swathe of gadgets that not only recognise words, but who’s speaking them.

Expect Nuance to come up with myriad voice-enabled apps as well as next-gen conversation tech that will banish remote controls or learned speech commands and bring natural speech and conversation to all kinds of electronics.

Narrative Science

Narrative Science: making a big deal of big data

We hear about big data all the time, but there’s a problem; there’s just too much of it. Natural language generation of this data is the game of this Chicago-based company, and it could help address the huge thirst for big data-led content.

Its leading product is an artificial intelligence platform called Quill, automated writing software that takes structured data and almost instantly translates it into readable English news stories. We’re not talking about the incisive columns or the entertaining prose found on TechRadar Pro, of course, but instead analysis in areas that no-one’s writing about. In short, it’s for the financial industry.

This state of the art analytics engine extracts insight, describes situations, predicts outcomes, and generates prescriptions based on core data, but Narrative Science isn’t about replacing humans. Instead it’s more about making machines do the boring, difficult stuff with data and coming up with easy-to-explain answers based on trends it spots. It is, in short, about making big data a big deal.

Qualcomm

Qualcomm: the ‘systems on a chip’ company

The San Diego-based mobile chipmaker – the world’s biggest – is at the heart of the digital communications and smartphone revolution, but aside from the odd name check on the spec sheets of handsets, Qualcomm barely gets a mention.

Qualcomm is basically a group of inventors that has come up with – and licensed, with lucrative results – much of the technology used by Samsung, Sony, LG and others in their gadgets. Qualcomm’s key product is Snapdragon, a family of mobile systems on a chip that are found in most Android smartphones and tablets.

However, this company has got its finger in myriad tech pies, most notably the Internet of Everything and ‘automotive infotainment’. Cue its $2.5 billion (around £1.6 billion, AU$2.9 billion) purchase in October of CSR, a Cambridge (UK) based tech leader in Bluetooth, Bluetooth Smart and audio processing. As well as bolstering its open source device-to-device communications system, AllJoyn, the acquisition of CSR complements its purchase of wireless HDMI connectors company Wilocity earlier this year.

Qualcomm is also experimenting with wearables (the Qualcomm Toq), multi-room music (Qualcomm AllPlay), mobile TV (Qualcomm LTE Broadcast) and wireless electric vehicle charging (Qualcomm Halo).

Xiaomi, Alcatel-Lucent and Cisco

Xiaomi: the ‘Apple of China’

Chinese phone maker Xiaomi (pronounced ‘sh-how-me’) will sell around 60 million phones this year and 100 million in 2015, but why the fuss? Founded in China in 2010, its near-doubling of business is down to Xiaomi’s growth out of China and into six other countries in Asia, but there’s much more to come with the Beijing-based company’s plans for international expansion on the horizon.

Xiaomi

The success in China of Xiaomi’s sleek flagship Mi-3 phone (among others) has led to comparisons with Apple, though at Xiaomi it’s all about super-low prices, which range from just $150 (around £95, AU$170) to $300 (around £190, AU$340). All of its handsets run on the firm’s own MIUI rom user interface, with no need for Android or any other outside influence. The MIUI is an open platform of apps and games, and it helped Xiaomi sell more smartphones last year in China than Apple.

Xiaomi also makes smart TVs and set-top boxes, and could move into tablets soon, too. Next year Xiaomi will launch in India and Brazil, but not only to provide phones. It already runs a massive Apple iMessage-like MIUI Cloud Messaging service in China, but Xiaomi will get to both India and Brazil before the ubiquitous Amazon Web Services. Although for now it’s largely centred on the Chinese market, this is a company with huge ambitions, so watch this space.

Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent: the plumbers of the internet

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Updated: 10 best Android tablets in the world

By TechRadar

Updated: 10 best Android tablets in the world

Best Android tablets: 10-6

Our list of the best Android tablets in the world – regularly updated

If you’re looking for a tablet and don’t fancy an iPad, then Android is currently the way to go. (Don’t know what an Android tablet is? Check out: what is an Android tablet?)

There are other options out there with Windows 8 tablets such as the Surface Pro 3 – but Android KitKat and Android Lollipop remain the main rivals to the iOS 8 toting iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

Some Android tablets have 10-inch screens, others seven, some land somewhere in between and a handful even push the boundaries past 10 inches. There are big differences in battery life, processing power, RAM and price.

We’ve gathered together the best the Android tablet market has to offer, so read on to see which Google-powered slates you should be considering.

10. Tesco Hudl 2

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Tesco surprised everyone with the Hudl. Not only had the supermarket giant gone and made a tablet but it was actually pretty good and even better value.

The inevitable follow-up was less surprising, but no less good. At £129 it combines similarly great value for money with a larger, higher resolution 8.3-inch 1920 x 1200 display, a 1.8GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM.

The Tesco Hudl 2 isn’t a top tier slate, but it’s excellent value for money and well specced enough that you shouldn’t find yourself wishing you’d spent more.

Quick Verdict

Although not quite as good value as the Nexus 7, the Tesco Hudl 2 is probably the best value 8-inch slate on the market. If you can afford an extra £50 or so you might want to consider the LG G Pad 8.3, but if not this is a fine choice.

9. Samsung Tab Pro 10.1

Best Android tablets

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 arrived with an impressive 2560 x 1600, slim build and a decent chunk of power and this saw it top Samsung’s tablet tree for a short while.

It has since been overthrown with the arrival of the Galaxy Tab S, but that doesn’t mean the Tab Pro 10.1 isn’t still worth a look.

A slightly lower price and powerful innards still make it a decent Android tablet, although the typical plastic build quality is evident again.

Quick Verdict

If you’re not concerned with owning the best of the best, and would rather save yourself a few pennies then the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 should definitely be on your radar.

With a high-res screen, punchy processor and a huge array of features the Tab Pro 10.1 has a lot to offer, including a more attractive price tag.

8. Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

A direct rival to the iPad Mini 3, the 8.4-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro sports a stunning display in a portable size with the option of LTE connectivity if you want to spend a little extra cash.

Back to the 8.4-inch display though and you’re treated to an eye-popping 1600 x 2560 resolution and the Super AMOLED technology ensures colours are vibrant.

It does suffer from some poorly placed speakers, and the jury’s still out on Samsung’s faux leather plastic design, leaving the Tab Pro 8.4 feeling a little on the cheap side.

Quick Verdict

A recent price drop has made the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 a slightly more attractive offering, and design aside it does well to match the iPad Mini 3 in terms of power, performance and features. It doesn’t quite match the overall quality of Apple’s package though.

7. LG G Pad 8.3

Best Android tablets

What’s this? LG in the top ten for smartphones and tablets? Could the brand be on a rebound?

Well, when you make an Android tablet with a design language like this one, perhaps it’s time to quietly worry at Samsung. In place of plastic, it’s got a lovely aluminium shell, and connectivity with other Android phones makes it a viable option for a wider range of users – you can receive and reply to texts direct from the G Pad 8.3.

Some might question whether the Snapdragon 600 chip is too low-power, but it allows for a sleeker design according to the Korean brand.

Quick Verdict

We really liked the G Pad 8.3, and it was only lower down in our list thanks to a slightly higher battery drain than we were expecting – plus the overlay can take some getting used to.

It’s the closest competitor to the iPad Mini out there, in terms of design, and it’s a tablet we’re not ashamed to pull out of a stylishly slim bag. Perfect if you like the size of the iPad mini 3, but can’t afford it or prefer the Android OS.

6. Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+

Best Android tablets

Lenovo’s Yoga tablets took a little time to get off the ground, but the Chinese company has really upped the quality in these flexible slates.

The bulbous cylinder at one end of the tablet holds a massive 9,000mAh battery and also houses a small kickstand. It means you can position the Yoga at almost any angle, which is great for watching movies.

The 1920 x 1200 pixel screen resolution is rather nice, has plenty of brightness and is a major upgrade on the old model. Similarly, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC with four cores all clocked at 1.6GHz is also a serious upgrade from the weak processor used last time.

Quick Verdict

The shape and size of the Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+ is not going to appeal to all. Portability isn’t as good as other tablets, but if you’re looking for a media device this has a lot to recommend it. The massive battery life and handy kickstand are both unique features that give this tablet its appeal.

Number 5: Google Nexus 7

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Get a full day's battery charge in just 15 minutes

By Andrew Williams

Get a full day's battery charge in just 15 minutes

Currently raking in funds on Indiegogo, Petalite Flux is an external battery that uses a special charge dock to let it charge up in just 15 minutes.

External chargers are handy, but remembering to charge them up can be a pain. Indie project Petalite Flux seeks to solve that my making a battery that can charge in just 15 minutes.

It does this using an unusual charge dock that claims to use tech from the electric car world, using a 10A charge current rather than the 2A one you get with most other external batteries.

The Petalite Flux battery itself is a 2,600mAh unit, which should get you a full charge with smaller phones or most of a charge with big smartphone beasts like the iPhone 6 Plus and Sony Xperia Z3.

This is far from the first quick-charging external battery seen on places like Indiegogo and Kickstarter, and not the fastest either, but the Petalite Flux seems neat because the battery part you need to carry around with you is small.

The big, clever bit stays at home rather than filling up your pockets.

The price of fast charging

Petalite is looking to earn $30,000 on IndieGoGo, and at the time of writing it has earned around $8,500 with 27 days to go.

To get the full package you’ll need to sponsor $64/£41, which gets you a Flux battery and the charge dock.

Real big spenders can fork out $2,850 to get 10 charge docks and 100 Lux batteries, or $10,000 to become an exclusive retail partner.

Petalite reckons the batteries will be available around June 2015, so there’s a little while to wait still.

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Get a full day's battery charge in just 15 minutes

By Andrew Williams

Get a full day's battery charge in just 15 minutes

Currently raking in funds on Indiegogo, Petalite Flux is an external battery that uses a special charge dock to let it charge up in just 15 minutes.

External chargers are handy, but remembering to charge them up can be a pain. Indie project Petalite Flux seeks to solve that my making a battery that can charge in just 15 minutes.

It does this using an unusual charge dock that claims to use tech from the electric car world, using a 10A charge current rather than the 2A one you get with most other external batteries.

The Petalite Flux battery itself is a 2,600mAh unit, which should get you a full charge with smaller phones or most of a charge with big smartphone beasts like the iPhone 6 Plus and Sony Xperia Z3.

This is far from the first quick-charging external battery seen on places like Indiegogo and Kickstarter, and not the fastest either, but the Petalite Flux seems neat because the battery part you need to carry around with you is small.

The big, clever bit stays at home rather than filling up your pockets.

The price of fast charging

Petalite is looking to earn $30,000 on IndieGoGo, and at the time of writing it has earned around $8,500 with 27 days to go.

To get the full package you’ll need to sponsor $64/£41, which gets you a Flux battery and the charge dock.

Real big spenders can fork out $2,850 to get 10 charge docks and 100 Lux batteries, or $10,000 to become an exclusive retail partner.

Petalite reckons the batteries will be available around June 2015, so there’s a little while to wait still.

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BMW i3 is first electric model to be crowned Green Car of the Year

By Andrew Williams

BMW i3 is first electric model to be crowned Green Car of the Year

The BMW i3 has become the first pure electric car ever to win the Green Car of the Year award, as part of the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Green Car Journal presents the award, and it’s quite a big deal that this is the first time a purely electric car has received it.

Among the final five cars shortlisted (and beaten by the i3) for the award this year were the Chevrolet Impala, which has a hybrid natural gas engine, the diesel Audi A3 and the more conventional VW Gold and Honda Fit.

Cooking with electricity

Efficiency will have played a big part in the BMW i3’s victory. It manages the equivalent of 124 miles per gallon in its pure electric version, making it more efficient than any petrol-powered runabout.

There are two versions of the BMW i3. Both have electric engines, but there’s also a version with a range extender that charges up the battery using its own petrol engine, acting as a generator. It’s still the electric part that drives the wheel at all times, though.

You can get 80-100 mile range out of the pure electric BMW i3, and over 150 miles from the range-extended version.

The BMW i3 starts at $41,000/£30,680, although in the UK you can shave £5k off that thanks to the government’s electric car grant.

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BMW i3 is first electric model to be crowned Green Car of the Year

By Andrew Williams

BMW i3 is first electric model to be crowned Green Car of the Year

The BMW i3 has become the first pure electric car ever to win the Green Car of the Year award, as part of the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Green Car Journal presents the award, and it’s quite a big deal that this is the first time a purely electric car has received it.

Among the final five cars shortlisted (and beaten by the i3) for the award this year were the Chevrolet Impala, which has a hybrid natural gas engine, the diesel Audi A3 and the more conventional VW Gold and Honda Fit.

Cooking with electricity

Efficiency will have played a big part in the BMW i3’s victory. It manages the equivalent of 124 miles per gallon in its pure electric version, making it more efficient than any petrol-powered runabout.

There are two versions of the BMW i3. Both have electric engines, but there’s also a version with a range extender that charges up the battery using its own petrol engine, acting as a generator. It’s still the electric part that drives the wheel at all times, though.

You can get 80-100 mile range out of the pure electric BMW i3, and over 150 miles from the range-extended version.

The BMW i3 starts at $41,000/£30,680, although in the UK you can shave £5k off that thanks to the government’s electric car grant.

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Alcatel brings super-cheap Pixi 7 tablet to the UK

By Jeff Parsons

Alcatel brings super-cheap Pixi 7 tablet to the UK

If you’re despearate for a new tablet but aren’t on the bank manager’s Christmas card list, Alcatel has come to the rescue.

The company has launched the Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 7 tablet in the UK for a piffling £69.99 after revealing it way back in February at MWC.

Why so cheap? Well, glad you asked. It’s got a 960 x 540 TFT display (which sports a disappointingly low 157ppi), unnamed “triple core” 1.2GHz processor, 512MB RAM, front and rear 0.3MP cameras and a 2840mAh battery for four (count ‘em) hours of browsing time.

(Infa)red hot

The tablet runs Android 4.4 KitKat although whether it allows Google Play access or not hasn’t been mentioned. And even if it does, we’re not sure how many apps you’ll get on 4GB of space on the Pixi 7 – there is a microSD slot though.

It’s also got an infared port which: “transforms the tablet into a universal remote control and also allows you to stream content straight from your tablet to your TV.”

Exciting stuff indeed. Perhaps it might behove us at this moment to point out that you can now buy the original Tesco Hudl tablet for £9.01 more. And that’s likely to be a fair bit more impressive.

Still, if £9.01 is still a little rich for your tastes, you can pick up the Alcatel Onetouch Pixi 7 tablet in Blueish Black (seriously) at Three stores nationwide from today.

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Week in Tech: Week in Tech: Everything is awesome and we're all gonna die

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Week in Tech: Week in Tech: Everything is awesome and we're all gonna die

The world of tech is rather like the world of pop: one minute you’re the next Taylor Swift; the next, you’re even less popular than Limp Bizkit. This week we discovered the futuristic facial tech that’s fallen out of favour, saw the most unexpected comeback by one of tech’s biggest names, wondered if Valve can ever top its ten-year-old hit Half-Life 2 and found the tech founder who could talk the hind legs off a Bono. It’s a poptastic Week in Tech!

N-N-N-N Nokia

Remember Nokia, the big name in phones for the last billion years? Well, now it’s back! Back! BACK! – er, sort of. The Nokia N1 tablet looks like an iPad mini, runs Android and isn’t actually made by Nokia. It’s the first fruit of a licensing deal that lets Foxconn use the brand in exchange for big piles of money, and while Nokia did contribute the design it has no intention of making or marketing its own kit any more.

Google Glass: go hard or go home

It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas, and Google Glass is starting to look a lot like a turkey. The launch of the consumer edition appears to have been pushed back to 2015, big name firms such as Twitter have started to back away and even Google’s own Sergei Brin has been spotted without his facial furniture.

Hugh Langley doesn’t have high hopes for its future, and suspects it’s created its own killers: as he says, “Glass’s biggest problem might be that its very existence has led to the creation of its biggest rivals” in the form of VR headsets. Unlike them, “Glass isn’t exciting enough to be a mass-market device.”

Don’t be selfish. Help with Sailfish

Smartphone firm Jolla has started an Indiegogo campaign to build the world’s first crowdsourced tablet, and it surpassed its fundraising goal in just a few hours. Jolla doesn’t just want your money, though. It wants your ideas too: it wants to know what features people really want to see in their tablets, and pledging money gives you a voice in that as well as a nice discount.

iOS brings the Beats

As many of us expected, Apple has decided to roll out the Beats Music service to every iOS user – but it won’t be free. It could arrive as early as March, and while it’ll still cost money it may be the beginning of a streaming price war: Apple has reportedly been courting record labels in an attempt to halve the service’s price.

Gimme Steam

Valve won’t be at CES 2015, we’ve discovered – but it will be at GDC 2015, and it’s planning a really big push in an attempt to re-ignite the fire under its home console hardware. The devices are still in the pipeline – Alienware ones should begin shipping within minutes of you receiving this – but it’s safe to say the initial enthusiasm and hype has waned somewhat in recent months.

Apple’s making money, again

Despite the best efforts of rival payment services and huffy retailers, Apple’s Apple Pay system appears to be doing very well indeed: McDonalds reports that 50% of its contactless payments are currently Apple-powered, while Whole Foods says it’s processed 150,000 Apple Pay transactions in the US so far.

It’ll be interesting to see if it can repeat its success in the UK, where PayWave contactless bank cards are already widespread: while America leads the world in many things, it’s only just coming over to the idea of Chip and PIN technology so it’s ripe for a bit of Apple magic. The UK payments market may be a tougher nut to crack.

Elon Musk: we’re all doomed (so you might as well buy that Tesla now)

Tesla boss Elon Musk is one of the most consistently interesting people in tech, so whenever he makes predictions it’s worth paying attention. So it’s a shame he’s running about the place with a black cape on shouting “Doom! DOOOOOOOOM!” and predicting the end of humanity. He’s suggested that artificial intelligence will wipe us out before, but now he’s put a date on it: he reckons we’ll be in deep doo-doo “in the five year timeframe, 10 years at most.” Have a great week while you still can!

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Source:: Tech Radar

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Week in Tech: Week in Tech: Everything is awesome and we're all gonna die

By TechRadar

Week in Tech: Week in Tech: Everything is awesome and we're all gonna die

The world of tech is rather like the world of pop: one minute you’re the next Taylor Swift; the next, you’re even less popular than Limp Bizkit. This week we discovered the futuristic facial tech that’s fallen out of favour, saw the most unexpected comeback by one of tech’s biggest names, wondered if Valve can ever top its ten-year-old hit Half-Life 2 and found the tech founder who could talk the hind legs off a Bono. It’s a poptastic Week in Tech!

N-N-N-N Nokia

Remember Nokia, the big name in phones for the last billion years? Well, now it’s back! Back! BACK! – er, sort of. The Nokia N1 tablet looks like an iPad mini, runs Android and isn’t actually made by Nokia. It’s the first fruit of a licensing deal that lets Foxconn use the brand in exchange for big piles of money, and while Nokia did contribute the design it has no intention of making or marketing its own kit any more.

Google Glass: go hard or go home

It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas, and Google Glass is starting to look a lot like a turkey. The launch of the consumer edition appears to have been pushed back to 2015, big name firms such as Twitter have started to back away and even Google’s own Sergei Brin has been spotted without his facial furniture.

Hugh Langley doesn’t have high hopes for its future, and suspects it’s created its own killers: as he says, “Glass’s biggest problem might be that its very existence has led to the creation of its biggest rivals” in the form of VR headsets. Unlike them, “Glass isn’t exciting enough to be a mass-market device.”

Don’t be selfish. Help with Sailfish

Smartphone firm Jolla has started an Indiegogo campaign to build the world’s first crowdsourced tablet, and it surpassed its fundraising goal in just a few hours. Jolla doesn’t just want your money, though. It wants your ideas too: it wants to know what features people really want to see in their tablets, and pledging money gives you a voice in that as well as a nice discount.

iOS brings the Beats

As many of us expected, Apple has decided to roll out the Beats Music service to every iOS user – but it won’t be free. It could arrive as early as March, and while it’ll still cost money it may be the beginning of a streaming price war: Apple has reportedly been courting record labels in an attempt to halve the service’s price.

Gimme Steam

Valve won’t be at CES 2015, we’ve discovered – but it will be at GDC 2015, and it’s planning a really big push in an attempt to re-ignite the fire under its home console hardware. The devices are still in the pipeline – Alienware ones should begin shipping within minutes of you receiving this – but it’s safe to say the initial enthusiasm and hype has waned somewhat in recent months.

Apple’s making money, again

Despite the best efforts of rival payment services and huffy retailers, Apple’s Apple Pay system appears to be doing very well indeed: McDonalds reports that 50% of its contactless payments are currently Apple-powered, while Whole Foods says it’s processed 150,000 Apple Pay transactions in the US so far.

It’ll be interesting to see if it can repeat its success in the UK, where PayWave contactless bank cards are already widespread: while America leads the world in many things, it’s only just coming over to the idea of Chip and PIN technology so it’s ripe for a bit of Apple magic. The UK payments market may be a tougher nut to crack.

Elon Musk: we’re all doomed (so you might as well buy that Tesla now)

Tesla boss Elon Musk is one of the most consistently interesting people in tech, so whenever he makes predictions it’s worth paying attention. So it’s a shame he’s running about the place with a black cape on shouting “Doom! DOOOOOOOOM!” and predicting the end of humanity. He’s suggested that artificial intelligence will wipe us out before, but now he’s put a date on it: he reckons we’ll be in deep doo-doo “in the five year timeframe, 10 years at most.” Have a great week while you still can!

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Source:: Tech Radar