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Four tuner frenzy: The all-you-can-EEat TV Freeview PVR

Enough functionality to fight YouView et al? Review  Television's a lot smarter than it used to be, and there's an ever-increasing number of ways that the basic experience can be enhanced, whether it's by providing extra Over-The-Top...Show More Summary

Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

Bizarrely, no 3D printing was involved Downrange  We here on the El Reg gun sensation desk considered getting Gaz to make an unimportant part or accessory for his Lee Enfield out of 3D printed plastic, or in some other fashion involve...Show More Summary

The STEALTH Plug-in Hybrid: Audi A3 e-tron Sportback

You wouldn't know it was an EV... except it might use NO petrol Vulture at the Wheel  It would have been difficult for Audi to launch an electric car more from BMW's. Whilst the BMW i3 has been styled and engineered to look and perform like something from another planet, the new A3 e-tron most definitely has not.…

Upchuck nation: Half a million CHUMPS now own Google Cardboard VR gear

Boxed in fandroids get fresh round of updates Google's virtual reality headset Cardboard has now been shipped to 500,000 customers, after the ad giant unveiled the gizmo in the summer.…

Are you a Geek Dad/Uncle/Mum/Aunt? Ten Techy Gifts for kids this Xmas

Don't know or like kids? Maybe still look Product Roundup  It's that time again. Get ready to dig deep into your pockets, and spend your hard earned cash on gifts for the kids, the nieces and nephews, the neighbour's sprog and just about everyone else who's flung their arms round your knees and cooed "Unkle" appealingly. Show More Summary

Samsung and Apple team up on 14nm, chips expected in 2015

Samsung and Apple are reportedly teaming up again on 14nm, just months after TSMC launched its own Apple products. This type of multi-foundry strategy may become more common in the future thanks to long-term concerns over the future of the industry.

2015 Nissan Murano review: Heavy on tech, Nissan blurs the line between mainstream and luxury

The 2015 Nissan Murano makes a big leap forward on technology and comfort. The third generation of Nissan’s midsize two-row crossover is wonderfully quiet and trim levels can be loaded with driver assistance technology. Even though it’s a mainstream crossover, the Murano is likely to put pressure on the luxury Lexus RX. It’s that good.

Google, spotting a gap in the VR market, pushes Cardboard on the Play Store

Remember that neat little cardboard contraption that turns your Android smartphone into a pair of do-it-yourself virtual reality goggles? Well, it seems that Google isn't content to let that cheeky little idea die. Instead, the folks at Mountain View are doubling down on this adorable low-cost VR solution, and dedicating an entire section of the Play Store to Google Cardboard.

Bad news, future: Computer brains are easily tricked by optical illusions, too

For some reason, we often think of computers as infallible -- subjective, logical, rational, and nearly always right. There is something about a computer's lack of emotion and intelligence that makes them strangely trustworthy -- while,...Show More Summary

Windows 10 full unveil set for January 21, will showcase new unified mobile version

Microsoft's preview event for Windows 10 is coming in late January and the company is expected to unveil a host of changes to both mobile and desktop environments. Will fixing the sins of Windows 8 be enough to tempt buyers?

ET deals: Buffalo DriveStation 3TB USB 3.0 hard drive $90, YouthDigital Mod Design 1 course $149

If you're looking for a physical storage solution, we've just spotted a deal on a massive 3TB drive that averages out to about to a puny three cents per GB. YouthDigital is also back with a limited time flash sale on their popular Mod Design 1 coding course for young students.

BPG: A new, superior image format that really ought to kill off JPEG

For all of the massive technological advances that we've seen over the last few years, there are still a number of dinosaurs from a bygone era that -- rather unfortunately -- just won't die. JPEG is one of the most prominent examples: It was created more than 20 years ago, and yet its antiquated, bloated, blocky algorithm still dominates the web. Show More Summary

G.Skill Phoenix Blade (480GB) PCIe SSD Review

G.Skill hasn't been a very visible SSD OEM lately. Like many DRAM module companies, G.Skill entered the market early around 2009 when the market was very immature and profits were high, but lately the company has more or less been on a hiatus from the market. Show More Summary

Ford Sync 3 simplifies the interface (again), ditches Microsoft for Blackberry’s QNX OS

Less clutter, bigger fonts, simpler backgrounds should make Sync 3 easier. The upgrade path for 10 million existing Sync users: a new Ford.

Xbox One finally breaks the PS4’s winning streak, sells 1.2 million consoles in November

After an 11-month run at the top of the sales charts, the Xbox One finally outsold the PS4 in November in the US and UK. In the US alone, Xbox One sales totaled an impressive 1.2 million units in November. Is this a sign that a turnaround...Show More Summary

Sonic BOOM: 10 blast-tastic soundbars

Fatten up your fat telly audio Product round-up  As much as we love our flatscreens, there’s no getting away from the fact that 99 per cent of them sound atrocious. The good news is there are plenty of ways to liven up living room TV audio, from soundbars with wireless subwoofers to pedestal-style soundbases. Show More Summary

Ford dumps Windows for QNX in new in-car entertainment unit

BlackBerry's exit ramp from smartmobes is approaching As foreshadowed in February, Ford has announced a new in-car entertainment and communications system that will run on BlackBerry's QNX real-time operating system, not Windows as is the case for the company's current efforts.…

Win7 Driver Issues? Microsoft, AMD Recommend Uninstalling KB3004394

Though we don’t normally report on Windows updates, we’ll make an exception on this one. AMD sends word this evening that they are advising users to remove update KB3004394, which was released as part of this week’s Patch Tuesday, due...Show More Summary

ET deals: Dell Inspiron 20 touch all-in-one desktop for $249, plus monitor deals

We've just come across this doozy of a discount, which gives you an Intel powered all-in-one desktop with a 20-inch touchscreen for just $249. That's 45% off the usual price and one of the best values we've ever seen while it's here, but it won't be for long.

Windows 10: The Next Chapter

Today Microsoft revealed that they will be hosting an event at Redmond to announce the next chapter of Windows 10 on January 21 st, 2015. This event should reveal the Consumer Preview for Windows 10, and build on the changes already shown in the Technical Preview. Show More Summary

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