While the world outside has become steadily dystopian as countries battle coronavirus with lockdowns and social distancing, people staying inside have been embracing science fiction themselves, donning virtual reality headsets and heading off to new realms from the comfort of their living rooms. VR has been around a while, but the technology is really coming into its own now – no longer is it a gimmick or a futuristic pipe dream. There’s never been a better time to get yourself a headset. There have been some ground-breaking VR games recently, but that’s not all the technology can do – it’s a burgeoning new creative platform for films, experiences and social media too. We take a look at the best VR has to offer in 2020.
Mobile phones are prized possessions nowadays but their portability and huge price tag makes them highly coveted by increasingly sneaky thieves. We take a look at the best ways to keep your phone safe, and what to do to protect your data if it goes AWOL.
Lockdown has left some of us with a vast surplus of free time as we forgo those really time-consuming activities like seeing your friends and family, going out for dinner or seeing your nan. If by now you’ve stared at every wall in your house several times over and are starting to get just a little bit tired of it, there’s plenty of stuff you can do to keep yourself entertained, often available at your fingertips.
Looking for a new laptop can be a labyrinthine quest through bewildering concepts and mystifying jargon. However, it is likely to be a companion you’re going to be spending a lot of time with – and your livelihood, university grades or gaming reputation may well depend on it – so it’s worth getting it right. Our guide will help tread a careful path through the baffling terminology and impenetrable specifications, keeping you from spending too much on features you don’t need, whilst making sure you won’t be launching your new purchase out of the nearest window anytime soon.
Tech is a brutal world, in which even the most successful products are supplanted by newer versions and quickly become obsolete. And in their search for that one successful product, tech companies are filling product graveyards with failed concepts: some genuinely terrible, but some just unlucky. We take a look at five that potentially deserved better.
Drones can be a fun toy to experiment with; whether you belong to a remote-control club or like to take your electronic device out for a weekend of adventure. While some drones need certifications, or permission from the CAA (civil aviation authority) to fly in the UK, small unmanned drones often fall below the strict regulations that apply to commercial drone use making them an excellent gadget to take out and about.
Unlike model aircrafts, drones can offer multiple cameras and can more easily get into congested areas when navigating an area or even taking photos or video for personal use. Drone technology is changing all the time, and while aerial photography is one of their most well-known uses, there are many ways in which drones are being used to offer enhanced viewing experiences, create new sports, catch criminals and even make our daily lives easier and safer. Here are some awesome ways you may see drones in use near you.
If someone asked you what the dirtiest item in your everyday life is, what would you say? Your toilet seat? Your doormat? Your colleagues’ hands? Yes, these are all pretty dirty, but the worst offender is actually your computer keyboard. According to a study by the University of Arizona, your keyboard harbours 400 times more bacteria than your toilet. Your phone screen is also a dirty place, although less so than your keyboard. If you’re not careful, these bacteria can cause a whole range of infections, so, given the coronavirus pandemic, it would be a good idea to clean things up.
Whether you are new to working out or have had a gym membership for a while, there are a variety of workout apps which can really help you to meet your goals and have fun doing it. Maybe you need a little extra motivation such as Zombie Apocalypse or perhaps you just like to get those calories burned while listening to top DJ playlist material.
Don’t worry about your phone system – there are options for both iOS and Android smartphones with app purchases and free stuff included. Whatever your style, there is a fun app with your name on it (no, not literally) that is ready and waiting to help you get in your 30 minutes – or more – of daily exercise.
The RedMi Dragon Rises
If you’re looking for a new mobile, you might want to consider going the Chinese route. Chinese smartphones have made it to the top when it comes to world mobile phone use with three main manufacturers which have really shone on the international stage in the past few years – Xiaomi, OnePlus, and of course Huawei. The big three offer top of the range phones along with competitive pricing, but what sets these three Eastern giants apart from the rest?