Nubia Z11 Review

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Nubia Z11 review

We won’t blame you if you’ve never heard of Nubia. This particular Chinese smartphone brand has recently been making waves in its home territory, but until now hasn’t made a big push into the western hemisphere, though its parent company, ZTE, has some presence.

The Nubia Z11 is the brand’s first smartphone to launch worldwide, and touts a “bezel-less” design and camera technology which will supposedly give your DSLR a run for its money.

Announced at IFA 2016 in Berlin, the Z11 is a flagship that focuses firmly on design and photography, while also offering a hearty spec sheet, complete with up to 6GB of RAM, to ensure it keeps pace with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, LG G5 and HTC 10.

Though we have yet to fathom why anyone would need the option of 6GB of RAM in their phone in 2016, Nubia isn’t the only manufacturer to bump up the RAM, as the very similar OnePlus 3 also boasts that amount, and costs less too.
 

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Your future smartphone could be free

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iMac 2016 release date, news and rumours

With smartphone ownerships levels near saturation point in Western markets, manufacturers and network operators are busy looking for new ways to entice customers, while at the same time extending their presence into emerging markets.

In those developing spaces (and in the budget market in the West), it’s a race to the bottom to bring costs down – and the end result could be a free smartphone, complete with free calls, texts and data.

Meanwhile, marketing and advertising agencies around the world are experimenting with increasingly audacious schemes in a bid to get their products and ads in front of consumers in a highly competitive landscape.

Many believe we could be heading towards a revolution in smartphone provision, with technology and marketing converging to the point where your future smartphone could cost you absolutely nothing.

Users are now accustomed to seeing adverts on most websites and apps – and it could eventually be possible to support the cost of both a smartphone and a network plan simply by including adverts on the lock screen or launching apps.

 

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iMac 2016 release date, news and rumours

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iMac 2016 release date, news and rumours

Although it may seem that the range has only recently had an upgrade, the late 2015 iMac brought little more than a processor upgrade and a long-awaited bump to Retina screens across the board.
 
With Apple’s computing market share dipping to 4.9% in Q2 of 2016, there are few doubts that the company will release a spread of updated all-in-ones at its September 2016 event.

The biggest updates are likely to be seen with the guts of Apple’s iMac range, with Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors now ready for production. The latestAMD Polaris graphics chips should also be on-board, providing plenty of grunt for would-be video editors, high-resolution gaming and more.

Other improvements are being chattered about via the rumour mill in the expectedly feverish build up to the new iMac’s release, with VR compatibility currently headlining the list of less attention-grabbing features.
Keep on reading to find out more about the new developments we’re expecting from the 2016 iMac refresh.
 

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Best Bluetooth headphones for your smartwatch

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Best Bluetooth headphones for your smartwatch

With the rise of the Apple Watch and Android Wear smartwatches you can now carry your tunes on your wrist, but you’ll need a spiffing pair of wireless headphones to listen to them.

As smartwatches become less tethered to your smartphone, pairing them up with headphones makes more and more sense. The Apple Watch can already play music, track your exercise and even pay for things in your local store, so untethering is becoming more and more common. What’s more, going wireless is greta with your smartphone too.

We’ve rounded up the best Bluetooth headphones on the market to suit all budgets, so check out these wireless streaming beauties.
 

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10 Ins’Pi’ring Raspberry Pi B+ Projects to Try For Yourself

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10 Ins'Pi'ring Raspberry Pi Zero Projects
There’s little doubt that the Raspberry Pi has transformed classrooms, bedrooms and hobbyist workbenches throughout the world, and has fast become an instantly recognisable British product we should all be proud of.

Whilst it’s now not the newest or most powerful model of Raspberry Pi available, the B+ is one of the most widely used. Having replaced the original Model B in July 2014, this single board micro computer is behind some truly ins’Pi’ring projects. Sorry, we couldn’t resist.

The B+ has more power than the Model A or A+; swaps an SD card slot for a more compact micro SD; fits in an additional 2 USB ports over the original Model B; has better audio and video outputs; increases the GPIO header from 26 to 40 pins; and despite all these new features, still uses up to 1W less power than earlier models.

Here at LifeHacker we’ve unearthed a variety of exciting pi-projects, but if you’re looking for a truly exciting project to take on with your new Pi B+, then keep reading!
 

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10 Ins’Pi’ring Raspberry Pi Zero Projects

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10 Ins'Pi'ring Raspberry Pi Zero Projects

Just when you thought computing couldn’t get much smaller, along comes a miniaturised version of the – already diminutive – Raspberry Pi: The Zero. At just half the size of the Raspberry Pi A+, this tiny new model was launched on the front cover of a magazine – proof of Moore’s Law (if it were needed).

Crammed into a package measuring 65mm x 50mm x 5mm, there’s a surprisingly capable 1GHz processor, 512mb of RAM, a micro-SD slot, micro HDMI video output and two micro-USB sockets (one for data and one for power)

It might not have quite the connectivity of its larger brothers, but the Raspberry Pi Zero is still the perfect starting point for a wide variety of projects, from simple media streamers to more exciting inventions.

We’ve covered a variety of exciting pi-powered projects already here at Lifehacker, but if you’re on the hunt for a truly exciting project, then try one of these for size.
 

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10 best overlooked PC shooters that you shouldn’t ignore

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10 best overlooked PC shooters that you shouldn't ignore

Whether your preferred weapon of choice is an MP5 or a plasma assault rifle, the extensive list of PC shooters has an epic history that stretches right back to ID Software’s Hovertank 3D – a predecessor to Wolfenstein and Doom released in 1991 by the (now) legendary ID Software.

After the enormous success of Doom and other shooting games that ruffled sensitive feathers back in the early 90s, the first-person shooting genre is packed full of titles spanning virtually every country, world or theme you could ever think of.

We’ve rounded up some of the most overlooked PC shooters you might not have played that are still worth playing today – many of which can be played on a computer with very modest specifications.
 

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10 best racing games on PC to strap yourself into

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10 best racing games on PC to strap yourself into
Few genres manage to unite people from all walks of life like a good racing game. Whether your preference is for outlandish fun or intense realism, the vast collection of racing titles available for PC is sure to offer something that gets your pulse racing and your cheeks aching.

In 2016 the list of best racing games is seemingly endless – every single genre of motor racing is covered in some capacity. Fortunately for you, we’ve managed to narrow down the selection and pick out some of the best PC racing games out there today.
 

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Gigabyte P57Wv5 review

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Gigabyte P57Wv5 review

Although Gigabyte may be more renowned for its range of desktop motherboards and graphics cards, it has more recently become deservedly well-known for its variety of gaming-focused laptops.

 

Following up from the notable Gigabyte P55K V4 we looked at last year, the Taiwanese manufacturer brought a new selection of gaming laptops to CES 2016, the pick of which may well be the 17.3-inch Gigabyte P57Wv5.

 

Although it may not be quite as slim, light, or pack quite the graphical processing power of the top-end Gigabyte P37X, the P57W has more than enough to chew through any game you might throw at it. Under the hood, a speedy combination of the latest Intel Core i7-6700HQ Skylake processor and Nvidia GTX 970M graphics rivals most desktop gaming rigs for power.

 

While it is not as thin as the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro, or as quite as trendy as the Alienware 17, the Gigabyte P57W makes for an enticing package that – on paper at least – strikes an even balance of price and performance.

 

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Best games for Apple Watch

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Best Games for Apple Watch

You’ve set your watch face, downloaded the best Apple Watch apps and even uploaded music to your wrist. Now it’s time to have a bit of fun with the Apple Watch and load up some time-killing games.

 

A smartwatch might not be the first platform you think of when you consider casual gaming, but thanks to a whole host of sensors, touch screen and flick-of-the-wrist accessibility, the Apple Watch actually makes for an interesting platform – as long as you don’t expect to be playing the next Call of Duty on your wrist.

 

Whether you’re waiting in the queue to pay for your McDonalds using Apple Pay, or catching a breather after that strenuous workout, here is our roundup of the best games for Apple Watch that you can play right now.

 

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Best VR Web Browsers

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Best VR Web Browsers

After years of trials, tribulations and terrible failures, VR is finally becoming a reality. Whether you are eying up an Oculus Rift or getting the vibes for HTC’s Vive, it’s not just the inevitable avalanche of VR games and video content that are suitable for virtual reality viewing – now you can browse the 2D web in 3D, too.

 

For those after that total immersive experience, we’ve rounded up the best VR web browsers currently available.

 

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Asus ROG G752 Review

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Asus ROG G752

Once all but a misnomer, today there are more gaming notebooks to choose from than ever. While the trend lately has favored more more svelte and understated gaming laptops, machines packing a big screen and big performance haven’t gone anywhere.

 

Asus’s enthusiast gamer hardware and accessory line, Republic of Gamers (ROG), includes a range of ROG PCs and laptops packing the latest performance hardware into distinct chassis and frames that are aimed to stand out.

 

Following last year’s highly-praised Asus ROG G751, the Asus ROG G752 is another portable PC gaming beast that features a distinctive design and plenty of oomph to run even the most demanding of PC games at the highest settings.

 

Although this 17.3-inch monster is available in a variety of high-end configurations, the model sent to techradar for review (a G752VT, specifically) features an Intel Skylake, 2.6GHz quad-core i7 processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 128GB solid-state drive (SSD) alongside 1TB of hard disk storage, and a super-fast GeForce GTX 970M graphics card with 3GB of video memory.

 

With beefy specifications and Asus’s renowned build quality in tow, there’s a lot to like about this massive machine, coupled with a few surprises along the way.

 

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The Best LG G4 Accessories

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The Best LG G4 Accessories

The LG G4 is the Korean giant’s latest attempt at a top smartphone, which packs a stunning display, cracking camera and plenty of power.

 

The design is certainly alternative compared to the variety of black rectangles on the market, as you can have it in plastic or leather – plus the power and volume buttons are on the back. In short, the G4 takes many aspects we loved about the G3, and brings them bang up to date.

 

If you’ve decided this IS your handset of choice, then make sure you’re making the most of your new smartphone by lavishing it with a selection of the best LG G4 accessories available.

 

Whether you simply want to protect it with a hard-wearing case, keep it charged with a handy dock or give it even more storage capacity for storing games and media, there’s a wide range of kit available to match up with your LG G4.

 

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Best Moto 360 Watch Straps

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Moto 360 Watch Straps

If you’ve just picked yourself up one of Motorola’s second gen Moto 360 smartwatches, it’s essential to add a top-looking strap to make it your own.

 

The problem with most smartwatches is that while looks are improving all the time, the straps are often an afterthought. This was the case with the original Moto 360, which came with a rather lacklustre leather band.

 

Motorola has since upped its game with the Moto 360 2, which not only is available in three different sizes – 42mm and 46mm ‘mens’ options and a 42mm ‘womens’ female – but also now features stylish lugs either side of the circular body to easily attach one of the best Moto 360 watch straps.

 

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Philips 258B6QJEB review

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Philips 258B6QJEB review

While it may not quite reach the heady heights of the latest 4K displays in terms of pixel count, the Philips 258B6QJEB is an interesting option if you’re seeking a QHD monitor. At 25 inches, it’s a compact piece of kit compared to the many 27-inch (and larger) monitors out there.

 

There aren’t many alternatives at that size, with Dell’s UltraSharp 25 and the HP Z25n proving two more expensive alternatives. Arguably, neither look as good as Philips’ sleek new entry. The appeal of having a smaller monitor on your desk is twofold – there is more space around it for other things, and it can also help with uncomfortable eyestrain that may occur if you are sat too close to a large display.

 

Priced at around £260 (about $400, or AU$550), the 258B6QJEB packs a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution IPS LCD panel that offers excellent viewing angles and image quality, along with an abundance of connections, speakers and a USB hub that makes this particular display a versatile choice.

 

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