CES 2019: all the latest news and reviews

CES 2019 is now in full swing, and we’ve been hard at work covering the show live all week. We’ve seen major keynotes from Intel, LG, Samsung, Sony and others filling us in on what we’ll be seeing on the show floor.

After the deluge of news, we’ll be hitting the show floor to hunt out the very best, most innovative and yes, even the strangest, products at the show. It’s exhausting work, but there’s no place like Vegas during CES.

What can you expect to see at this year’s show? We’ve got all the news, reviews and opinions that’s on show at CES 2019.

What and when is CES 2019?  

The 2019 International CES will begin on Tuesday, 8 January and end on Friday, 11 January. It’s been taking place since 1967 and is staged by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), a trade organization that represents over 2,000 consumer tech companies in the U.S. 

Though it gets a lot of attention from the world’s media, this is not an event where the public can go see the latest tech. Unlike the IFA exhibition in Berlin each August, the CES is open only to the electronics trade, as well as journalists, bloggers and plenty of blaggers. (You know who you are…) 

How big exactly is CES? It’s huge. If you’re going for the first time, go on a few five-mile walks in the preceding weeks. Seriously, it’s hiking boots-big. There are 2.75 million net square feet of exhibit space. Eleven venues. 24 product categories. Some company’s booths are vast and complex, while other, smaller firms grab a table in one of the 25 marketplaces. 

In terms of footfall, the CES attracts about 180,000 people from 155 countries, as well as 6,500 media, who visit 4,500 exhibiting companies. All the biggest tech companies in the world gather … well, except for Apple.  

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Where does CES 2019 take place?

Since 1978 the CES has been staged in Las Vegas. Why? Hotel rooms, all 150,000 of them, and counting. The main venue is the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center (LVCC), which is a short (and very busy) monorail ride from The Strip, where most of the hotels are. 

Along with the nearby Westgate Las Vegas and Renaissance Las Vegas, this is referred to as Tech East. This is where most of the major booths are. Tech West (comprising the Sands Expo, The Venetian, The Palazzo, Wynn Las Vegas, and Encore) is where you’ll find hi-fi and audio. 

At Tech South (ARIA, Park MGM/Park Theater and Vdara) you’ll see VR, AR, and gaming. There are shuttle buses between the venues, but it’s best to stay put for the day at one of the three areas to avoid the traffic. 

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CES 2019 highlights

Here’s our pick of the best CES roundups, opinion pieces and trends that have emerged from CES 2019.

TechRadar’s 2019 CES Awards: the best tech we saw in Vegas

During our time at CES 2019 we’ve seen some brilliant tech, and we’ve picked the very best gadgets that’s we’ve seen at this year’s event. 

So, which tech did we think was worthy of the coveted TechRadar CES awards?

Your next TV could be the giant HP Omen X Emperium PC gaming monitor

The HP Omen X Emperium, is a monitor as lust-worthy as it is ridiculous, with a 65-inch 4K display, G-Sync HDR and even a built-in Nvidia Shield console for streaming games. It’s totally over the top, but that’s why we love it, and if you have the budget, you should consider getting it as your next TV.

Alexa already has your home, now she wants your car

A trend quickly developing at CES 2019 is the entry of Amazon Alexa into the car, with numerous announcements linking the digital assistant into the fundamentals of future vehicles.

10 weird and wonderful gadgets from CES 2019’s ‘Ninja hangout’

CES 2019’s ‘Ninja hangout’ is a place where smaller companies can show off their innovative new products. It’s also a great place to see some of the weirdest tech on show at Las Vega, and we’ve collected the oddest gadgets we saw at the hangout.

CES 2019 has made gaming laptops exciting again

Gaming laptops have been in a bit of a rut recently, but at CES 2019, we’ve seen a huge number of innovative new notebooks that have made us excited about gaming laptops again.

The weirdest gadgets from CES 2019

The future is going to be weird. At least, that’s the impression we get from what we’ve seen at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. Prepare to be amazed, amused, and bewildered, as we bring you our pick of the weirdest gadgets we’ve seen at CES 2019. 

TV makers are finally thinking outside the box at CES 2019

CES 2019 has had some impressively innovative TVs on show, with TV manufacturers now offering something new when it comes to televisions, and our time at CES 2019 has shown us that the air is buzzing with TV revolution. 

Apple just had its best CES ever – and it’s not even at the show

Apple wasn’t at CES this year – as usual – but it didn’t stop the company from having one of the best showings out of all the companies that actually were at CES, thanks to its key partnerships in the home entertainment space.

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We’ve seen some truly amazing technology on show at CES 2019. You can find individual break downs further down the page, but here are the biggest news stories and most interesting products we’ve seen so far.

Twitter invites users to test new designs in open beta

At CES 2019, Twitter announced plans for an open beta program to let users test new interface features, plus a raft of features that are intended to make conversations ‘healthier’ and less vitriolic.

8K TV gets big boost as major manufacturers band together

The newly-formed 8K Association (8KA, for short) made up of Samsung, Panasonic, TCL, Hisense and AUO has been created to figure out what standards make the most sense for the future and have its members take a more careful approach toward adoption, so consumers will understand better what kind of quality they’re getting with their new TV. 

Lexar’s world-first 1TB SDXC card is now available for purchase

Lexar has revealed the first 1TB SDXC memory card at CES 2019. The Lexar Professional 633x SDXC UHS-I card falls under the fastest speed class (Class 10/V30 for video recording), boasting a read speed of up to 95MB/s – enough to store 650 minutes worth of 4K footage.

AMD 7nm Ryzen 3rd Generation processors will come mid-2019

AMD has announced its first 7nm processors will be Ryzen 3rd Generation, with the company using its CES 2019 keynote to debut an unnamed octa-core, 16-thread CPU based on the company’s new 7nm Zen 2 architecture. The new CPU seems to be made specifically to go head-to-head with Intel’s flagship Core i9-9900K.

AMD debuts 7nm Radeon VII graphics card to combat Nvidia RTX 2080

During its CES 2019 keynote, AMD announced the Radeon VII graphics card, which is the company’s latest and most powerful consumer GPU. As expected, this is AMD’s first 7-nanometer (nm) graphics processor, and improves upon the previous generation in every way.

A smart mirror from LG that has more style than you do

LG’s Smart Mirror rocks AI that can recommend clothes that suit your body type and fashion sense.

Using a system of scanners to determine attributes like height, weight, waist size, leg length, etc. the smart mirror will build an avatar of yourself that you can then customise with virtual clothes and purchase their real-world counterparts directly.

Pimax is showing us what ‘8K’ VR will look like

It may technically only house two 4K lenses, and each of those displays may technically be upscaled from 1,440p, but this ultra-wide VR headset from Pimax offers an incredible 200-degree field of view.

This is significantly greather than the 145-degree and 120-degree offered by the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift respectively. The best news is that we’ll be seeing the units in hands of customers as soon as February.

Sphero’s silicone smart rings let kids make music with a tap of their fingers

Sphero Specdrums

Sphero (the company best known for creating the BB-8 Star Wars toy), has launched Specdrums at CES 2019, which are a pair of app-enabled rings that let kids create music by tapping their fingertips on different colored surfaces.

Tapping on different colors produces different sounds, and although the rings come with a multi-colored playmat for experimenting, the rings will also work with everyday objects.

Cambridge Audio shows off its AptX HD wireless turntable

With the launch of new Bluetooth audio standards like AptX HD, fewer high-end manufacturers are snubbing wireless transmission of audio, and Cambridge Audio with its Alva TT turntable is the latest to join the trend.

The Alva TT is the world’s first vinyl turntable supporting AptX HD Bluetooth audio and is able stream 24-bit/48kHz audio to headphones, amplifiers and speakers alike.

Sharp quietly drops a 8K video camera prototype

Sharp has taken the wraps off a consumer video camera that can shoot 8K. Simply known as ‘8K video camera’, it’s still a prototype, but can record up to 30p (with Sharp aiming for 60p, while it features a Micro Four Thirds sensor and lens mount to boot. 

Mercedes-Benz and Garmin smartwatch could tell your car how stressed you are

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German auto giant Mercedes-Benz has teamed up with Garmin to create a smartwatch that can feed important health data back to your car.

It’ll then figure out how calm or stressed you are and make changes to the car accordingly, including changing the air conditioning, seats, lighting and music.

Evovacs’ latest robot vacuum cleaner boasts impressive AI

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At CES 2019, robot vacuum maker Evovacs unleashed its smartest model yet: an AI-powered bot that uses machine learning to keep your floors spotless, without accidentally sucking up articles like socks that will prove bad for its digestion.

Google Assistant’s Interpreter Mode makes everyone multilingual

While Google Translate has been doing a tremendous job at bridging the language gap, Google Assistant’s new Interpreter Mode steps things up to the next level.

With the ability to translate live voices into different languages, with a surprising degree of accuracy and convenience, this innovation is potentially world-changing tech.

Leave the laundry-folding up to Foldimate

Have you ever asked yourself how much you’d pay to never have to fold laundry again? 

Foldimate answers that question and, while it may be a heavy weight on the wallet, it does seem to do the job. Could it be worth it for the convenience?

TicWatch S2 and E2 are waterproof sequels to two of our favorite smartwatches

Chinese brand Mobvoi has announced the TicWatch S2 and E2, and although they’re rather similar to their predecessors, they both feature waterproofing up to 50 metres and handy swim-monitoring modes.

Other improvements such as a 30% bump-up in battery life for each watch have been revealed, but much of the charm of the originals will still remain.

Dell ramps up its XPS 13, and finally moves the webcam

While we’ve been a big fan of the XPS 13 from Dell since its first iteration, the placement of its webcam beneath the display has always been a bugbear of ours.

Thankfully, on top of some refreshed internal specs to keep it up to speed, one of the biggest changes that’s landed with the Dell XPS 13 (2019) is to move the webcam  above the display.

Don’t worry, you’ll still find the ultra-slim bezels around the top and sides of the 13.3-inch display, but now there’s a tiny 2.25mm pinhole camera using a 720p widescreen sensor and four far-field microphones in the upper bezel.

Check out our hands on review for a more detailed look at the new flagship.

Alcatel’s latest entry-level smartphones offer up Full View screens at a low price

Alcatel has shown off two budget smartphones at CES 2019: the Alcatel 1X and Alcatel 1C.

The Alcatel 1X (2019) is the slightly more premium of the two handsets, with a 5.5-inch 18:9 Full View display with an HD+ (so, 720p) resolution, dual 13MP + 2MP rear cameras, a fingerprint scanner and face recognition technology. 

Meanwhile, the Alcatel 1C (2019) is aimed at emerging markets, with a more affordable price tag, and packs a smaller, 5-inch 18:9 display and runs Google’s lightweight mobile OS, Android Go.

Michael Kors Access Sofie 2.0 announced

The Michael Kors Access Sofie 2.0 smartwatch has been announced at CES, and it comes with loads of new features in a stylish design we’ve come to expect.

The new model includes GPS, so you can track your runs without your phone. It has also got NFC, meaning you can make contactless payments with Google Pay, and there’s a heart rate monitor, none of which were offered by the original Access Sofie.

Kate Spade Scallop 2 smartwatch has Google Pay, GPS and heart rate tracking

The Kate Spade New York Scallop 2 smartwatch, which has just been announced at CES, has lots internal improvements over the last generation including GPS so you can keep track of your location and NFC to allow for Google Pay contactless payments. 

Honda’s Dream Drive in-vehicle experience aims to gamify travel

Honda Dream Drive

Honda has unveiled its new Dream Drive innovation, which aims to deliver a whole new in-vehicle experience.

It’ll allow drivers and passengers to exploit the vast array of goods and services that are available on the web, but from the safety and comfort of their cars. 

Philips Hue is leading the way in outdoor smart lighting at CES 2019

Philips Hue has launched a number of new products as part of its outdoor smart lighting range at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, with the new devices designed to welcome you home and lend some ambience to your outside space.

The new range includes the new Philips Hue Outdoor sensor, a battery powered motion sensor that detects you as you approach your home, and switches on your lighting system, along with new outdoor lamps and lights, that can all be configured using the Hue smartphone app.

Alexa is coming to Razer gaming peripherals

At CES 2019, Razer has announced that it has got together with Amazon to bring Alexa support to some of its gaming peripherals.

This means you can control Chroma RGB lighting on Razer mice, keyboards, and other gaming accessories verbally by speaking to Alexa. While this won’t appeal to everyone, it’s a sign of Alexa’s growing popularity that it’s cropping up in all kinds of places.

Google Assistant is now in your bathroom mirror

Voice assistants are cropping up in all kinds of places at CES 2019, and Google Assistant has been spotted in Capstone Connected Home’s Smart Mirror, which features both voice and touchscreen capabilities.

The Smart Mirror allows you to access Google Assistant, check weather and traffic before you head out for the day, and even stream YouTube.

 

The Galaxy S10 isn’t at CES 2019, but Samsung’s 5G plans are

We were never really expecting the Galaxy S10 to show up, but Samsung has been at CES 2019, and it’s shown off some exciting smartphone tech that gives us an idea about what we can expect from the company’s upcoming flagship smartphone.

It looks like 5G, the faster mobile internet technology, will be a big feature in 2019, and the S10 could also run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855, which is also at CES 2019.

New Netgear Orbi packs the latest Wi-Fi tech for super-fast home internet

Netgear has shown off its improved Orbi mesh Wi-Fi router at CES 2019, and it comes with Wi-Fi 6 support (also known as 802.11ax) that will make wireless network speeds even faster, and will better cope with heavy network traffic.

According to Netgear, this will  “address the performance needs of the gigabit internet home”.  With so many internet-connected devices being shown off at CES 2019, we’ll need routers that can handle all the traffic, and it looks like Netgear will deliver.

Eye AF coming to Nikon’s Z6 and Z7

Nikon has revealed that it’s working on firmware to add Eye AF to its first full-frame mirrorless cameras. 

Eye AF allows the cameras to automatically detect a subject’s eyes to make attaining critical focus easier, and Nikon will also add support for raw video output via firmware.

Hyundai’s ‘walking car’ could be the ambulance of the future

Hyundai walking car

CES is great for getting glimpses of future tech, and at CES 2019, Hyundai showed off a new concept vehicle that could make it easier to reach victims of natural disasters: a ‘walking car’, which uses articulated legs to navigate off-road following floods, fires and earthquakes.

Under Armour’s true wireless FLASH in-ears could make you a better runner

Sportswear brand Under Armour has unveiled its new true wireless FLASH headphones, which it says are designed “by runners, for runners”. 

These in-ear headphones are fully cordless, and connect automatically to your smartphone via Bluetooth. They feature IPX7 water-resistance and have five hour battery life, with a charging case that can boost the battery by 20 hours.

Aftershokz Xtrainerz are ideal headphones for swimming

Aftershokz Xtrainerz are bone-conducting headphones that bring music while you swim.  You just place them on your temples and the music will vibrate through your skull, so you don’t need to fiddle around with earbuds that can easily fall out while swimming.

Xtrainerz come with a 4GB internal memory, meaning you can fill them up with MP3, WMA and other file formats, but there’s no streaming options like Spotify. 

Intel finally announces its first 10nm processors

Intel Ice Lake

The wait is finally over, Intel has finally announced its first, real 10nm processors and has shown them working on stage. What’s more Intel announced multiple series of 10nm chips on the way with Ice Lake, LakeField and Cascade Lake server chips.

Samsung’s 98-inch QLED 8K TV is mind-boggling

If you thought the best 4K TVs were massive, Samsung has upped the ante with an immense 98-inch Q900 QLED 8K TV. It’s basically more screen than your eyes can handle.

Meet HTC’s next-gen VR headset

HTC Cosmos

HTC is speeding along to its next headset and its shooting for the starts with its newly announced Cosmos headset. The headset maker claims it’s next device will be lighter, easier to setup and require no external tracking software. We had our first look into the HTC Cosmos, but it’ll be months before HTC will share more about its form factor and functions so this one won’t be coming any time soon.

In the more immediate future, HTC also announced the Vive Pro Eye, which features eye-tracking technology, and Viveport Infinity games pass subscription service that’s basically Netflix for VR.

Groove X’s cuddly Lovot robot is stealing hearts at CES 2019

The new Lovot robot from Groove X has been spotted at CES, and it’s a seriously cute robotic companion with big cartoon eyes and teddy bear-soft exterior.

Groove X says that Lovot is designed to “nurture people’s capacity to love” by demanding the affection of its owner. It’s certainly very cute, but it might cost a huge amount as well, with a pair of the robots available for preorder for 598,000 yen, which works out at around $5,520/£4,320/AU$7,750.

McAfee and Google Assistant will let you secure your smart home with your voice

At CES 2019, McAfee announced the launch of new Secure Home Platform voice commands for Google Assistant, which will enable you to keep track of your whole network without fiddling with software and app interfaces.

Secure Home Platform will come built into routers and gateways, and will let you perform security checks using spoken commands.

Asus announces ROG Zephyrus S GX701 ultra-thin gaming laptop

Asus has announced its new ultra-thin ROG Zephyrus S GX70 gaming laptop, which comes with brand-new Nvidia GeForce RTX with Max-Q design graphics. Configurable up to an RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design and 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM, Nvidia’s new laptop graphics combine the power of its high-end RTX 2080 graphics card with a slim design that allows it to be installed in thin gaming laptops.

The ROG Zephyrus S GX701 also comes with an 8th generation Intel Core i7-8750H six-core processor with a turbo clock speed of 4.1GHz. It can also be fitted with up to 24GB of DDR4-2666 RAM.

Asus also showed off its innovative Mothership GZ700 gaming laptop, which comes with a completely new and unique form factor that allows it to house some seriously impressive tech inside.

Huawei’s MateBook 13 could be a MacBook Air killer

Huawei announced the new MateBook 13, a 13-inch Ultrabook at CES 2019, which  features 8th-generation Whiskey Lake, full-power processors, 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of RAM, with an optional Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU. This all powers a 13.3-inch 2K (2,160 x 1,440) touch display.  

Best of all, the MateBook 13 will continue Huawei’s tradition of releasing powerful tech in stylish Apple-like designs for a lot less money than the competition.  The laptop will be available later in January for $999 (about £780, AU$1,410) for the Mystic Silver Core i5-8265U model. Users can opt for the Space Gray Intel Core i7-8565U MateBook 13, with Nvidia MX150 graphics for $1,299 (about £1,025, AU$1,830). 

Asus Chromebook Flip gets a power boost

Asus has announced the followup to its popular Chromebook, the Asus Chromebook Flip C434.

Its screen has had a massive upgrade, with a new NanoEdge display technology that crams a 14-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) display into a 13-inch laptop. 

It also features 8th-generation Intel Amber Lake fan-less processors, up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. With the lightweight nature of Chrome OS, this hardware will let you get some serious work done.  

Eve Light Strip takes on Philips Hue

We got to check out a new Apple HomeKit-compatible LED light strip, the Eve Light Strip , which has debuted at CES 2019 this week, and it’s a bit brighter than our old favorite, the Philips Hue LightStrip Plus.

The Eve Light Strip is a 2m long bendable strip of LED lights. It’s $79 (other region pricing coming soon) and comes with adhesive on the back so you can attach to your various parts of home for extra flair. 

Arlo’s new DIY security system detects intruders, gas leaks, dripping pipes, and more

Arlo (the Netgear-owned smart camera manufacturer) has announced a new DIY security system at CES 2019 that will keep your home safe from pretty much any threat you can think of.

The Arlo Security System features an all-in-one Multi-Sensor that detects windows and doors opening and closing, motion, smoke, carbon monoxide, water leaks, temperature changes and more

Blackberry wants to make your smart speaker more secure

Blackberry has announced that it will license its Blackberry Secure technology to smart device manufacturers, in a bid to make smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon Echo, more secure.

Samsung Notebook Odyssey is the company’s most powerful laptop so far

Samsung Notebook Odyssey

Want a powerhouse gaming laptop you can slip into your rucksack? The Samsung Notebook Odyssey hopes to do just that, with a slim 19.9mm chassis (weighing 2.36kg) that still packs a 144Hz refresh rate, Full HD resolution, 8th-generation Intel Core i7 six-core processor, and GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card. 

Explicitly for ‘serious gamers’, it should be out in the US from early 2019 – and will likely be angled as a companion to the Samsung HMD Odyssey VR headset.

Netatmo unveils first smart video doorbell

Netatmo smart video doorbell

Want to keep a closer eye on the deliveries, guests, or prospective burglars frequenting your doorstep? Netatmo, purveyor of many a security camera, are expanding their smart home range with the new Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell.

The smart doorbell comes with a 1080p Full HD camera comes and 160-degree wide angle lens, and is the first to work with Apple HomeKit. With this, you can control the doorbell using Siri voice controls, or by connecting the device in tandem with other smart home products – like turning on the porch lights when a potential intruder is outside.

Mui’s new smart display is a touch-sensitive plank of wood

Mui smart display

Why not? The first product from Mui’s Japan-based studio was funded on Kickstarter, and houses a touch-sensitive smart display inside a sleek wooden furnishing.

The display can show clocks, thermostats, weather information, text messages and slogans, and allow you to control other connected smart devices in your home. It ships out September 2019 to early backers, though with style like this we could certainly see it seeing a wider release beyond that.

Dell’s Alienware m17 is the thinnest and lightest 17-inch gaming laptop yet

 Dell always brings the goods to CES, and 2019’s event is no different, with the laptop maker showing off the Alienware m17, which the company claims is the thinnest and lightest 17-gaming laptop ever.

It packs Intel Coffee Lake H-series CPUs, Nvidia Turing graphics and a 17-inch display into a chassis that’s just 0.91 inches (23mm) thin, weighing just 5.79 pounds (2.63kg), and it’s all cooled by Alienware’s Cryo-Tech v2.0 cooler. 

Razer announces new Blade 15 gaming laptop with Nvidia RTX graphics

Following the reveal that Nvidia RTX graphic cards are coming to laptops, Razer announced that its refreshed Blade 15 gaming laptop will feature the tech, with configurations up to a mighty Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU.

Other specs include an Intel Core i7-8750H, 16GB of RAM and up to a 512GB SSD, and the refreshed model keeps the svelte design with a chassis that’s only 0.7 inch (17.78 mm) thick.

Acer Predator Triton 900 is a revolutionary gaming laptop

During CES 2019, Acer detailed the Predator Triton 900 gaming laptop which we first briefly glimpsed back at IFA 2018 in August. We’ve now got a better look at it, and it comes with Nvidia’s latest Turing graphics cards (up to an RTX 2080 GPU),  8th-generation Intel H-series processors  and a 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160) G-Sync display.  

Perhaps most interestingly, it also comes with a radical new form factor.  The Acer Predator Triton 900’s screen features an “Ezel Aero Hinge” that allows the 17-inch display to rotate and move. You can move the display in front of the keyboard, to put it into an Ezel mode, or you can even put the laptop in a tent mode for consuming media. 

HP also updates its gaming laptops and desktops with Nvidia RTX graphics

HP is another company that has used CES 2019 to announce that it is updating it products to feature Nvidia’s newest RTX graphics cards, for its Omen gaming laptops and desktops.

The 2019 edition of the HP Omen 15 will feature an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, 16GB of RAM, 128GB SSD and 1TB hard drive, along with the RTX graphics card.

It has also updated the HP Omen Obelisk 875 1010 and 1020 gaming desktop PCs.   The former features an Intel Core i7-9700K and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080, bumped up to an Intel Core i9-9900K and an RTX 2080 Ti for the latter. Both models feature the same 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD with a 1TB hard drive. 

Nvidia RTX mobile graphics bring ray-tracing to gaming laptops

Nvidia has finally announced that its RTX graphics cards are coming to gaming laptops, and according to the company, 40 gaming laptop models are launching with the new graphics inside starting January 29. 

In fact, just after Nvidia’s announcement, a range of laptop makers such as HP and Razer, announced new laptops with RTX mobile graphics cards. This will be huge for gaming laptops in 2019.

Nvidia announces the GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card

Nvidia has announced its much-anticipated RTX 2060 at CES 2019. This is the mid-range entry in the company’s latest range of graphics cards, priced at $349 (about £270, AU$490).

Nvidia didn’t announce any specific specifications for its new mid-range GPU, but it promised that it would be more powerful than even an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti.

It also showed off how the RTX 2060 was capable of playing Battlefield V at Ultra settings and RTX On at well above 60 fps thanks to DLSS also being enabled.

The Asus StudioBook S brings workstation performance to a thin and light chassis

Asus has revealed its workstation-class laptop, the Asus StudioBook S.  Aimed at business use, it comes with Intel Xeon processors and Nvidia Quadro P3200 graphics – along with up to 64GB of RAM and 4TB of SSD storage. This means the StudioBook S packs enough raw horsepower to please content creators and other professionals alike.

The Asus ZenBook 14 is smaller and more powerful than ever

Asus announced its 2019 lineup of thin and light Ultrabooks at CES 2019, including the ZenBook 14 and the new Zenbook S13.

The Asus ZenBook 14 packs the latest Whiskey Lake Ultrabook processors, along with Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics and up to 16GB of RAM into a svelte, blue chassis that’s as thin as it is light. This Ultrabook weighs just under 1.45kg (3.2 pounds), while managing to cram a 14-inch display into a 13-inch chassis.

Meanwhile, the Asus ZenBook S13 keeps the same 12.9mm (0.51 inches) thickness of the original ZenBook S, but this time around, it managed to shove an Nvidia MX150 GPU in the mix.

Samsung’s 2019 TVs will harness AI 

Samsung has announced its plans for its 2019 line up of TVs, and the company is looking to expand its AI’s capabilities to improve Bixby, the sound quality of its TV’s built-in speakers, and Tizen, its smart TV platform. 

In 2019, users will be able to ask Bixby questions, and it will use context awareness to automatically adjust answers based on a specific question. Bixby will also be able to integrate with an intelligent home, allowing it to control Samsung devices, other Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, and life-on-demand services.

Samsung TVs will also be getting a dedicated iTunes app for movies and TV shows – the first time iTunes content will be available on a non-Apple TV – alongside support for AirPlay 2.

AMD 2nd Gen Ryzen Mobile processors surprise us at CES 

While all eyes were trained for AMD to announced 7nm Ryzen 3rd Generation processors and Vega II graphics cards, the company has surprised us all with its new 2nd Gen Ryzen Mobile CPUs.

Whereas in years past AMD would only introduce a handful of CPUs, the chipmaker now has a full product stack to power everything from gaming laptops, Ultrabooks, budget notebooks and even Chromebooks – which reminds us…

AMD processors are coming to a Chromebook near you 

For the longest time, Chromebooks have included either Intel or ARM-based processors across the board. But, at CES 2019, there have been plenty of Chromebooks announced with AMD processors for the first time.  

Chief among these new AMD-based Chromebooks are the HP Chromebook 14 and the Acer Chromebook 315. HP hasn’t shared pricing information for the HP Chromebook 14, but the inclusion of an AMD processor could mean a more affordable Chromebook – making it more appealing to students that don’t necessarily need the fastest hardware.

Byton confirms M-Byte car will be available in 2019 with AI, 5G and 48-inch display 

Electric car startup Byton is back. After unveiling its M-Byte Concept vehicle back at CES in 2018, it’s returned to Las Vegas, Nevada for CES 2019 with news that the M-Byte will be available before the end of 2019. 

The look of the interior has been updated over the Concept for the production version, but the huge screen remains, as does the 7-inch ‘driver tablet’ which is mounted in front of the steering wheel. The tablet doesn’t rotate with the steering wheel though, keeping it orientated correctly the whole time. 

HP Omen X Emperium redefines the term ‘gaming monitor’

Nvidia’s “Big F**king Gaming Display” (BFGD) project kicked off at CES 2018, and now we know partner HP has been working on one with the debut of the Omen X Emperium. And, at 65 inches and with a soundbar built-in, this screen definitely lives up to Nvidia’s vulgar project name.

With Nvidia’s G-Sync HDR technology, the Emperium can actively sync its 144Hz refresh rate with the frame rate of your PC’s Nvidia graphics card powering the graphics. This creates a tear-free visual without any stuttering that even the best graphics cards can’t get around without such a feature.

HP spared no expense with this absolutely ‘extra’ gaming monitor, but don’t worry – you’re footing the bill, and it’s massive.

CES 2019 reviews

AfterShokz Xtrainerz

While we’re big fans of the bone-conducting AfterShokz Xtrainerz headphones, the lack of Bluetooth connectivity make these expensive options a much harder sell.

Technics EAH-F70N noise-cancelling headphones

Strong noise cancelling capabilities and a cool pass-through audio feature make Technics EAH-F70N headphones one to watch.

Lenovo Smart Clock

For those thinking that smart home hubs are rapidly overtaking the world of alarm clocks, Lenovo’s Smart Clock is here to prove you right… maybe. Although it does a lot of things right, we think it may be a little pricey compared to some of its fully-fledge smart home brethren.

Royole FlexPai

While it may not be such a terrific phone, the Royole FlexPai has some incredible tech in it, and may just represent the future of tablets and phones.

Jabra Elite 85H

Although Jabra are known for focussing on more affordable and sports-centric headphones, this latest pair – the Jabra Elite 85H – packs features that could well allow it to rival the likes of Sony and Bose.

TicWatch E2 and S2

We loved the first iteration of both these smartwatches, but is waterproofing and some other minor bumps enough to impress? Find out in our TicWatch E2 and TicWatch S2 hands on reviews.

Dell XPS 13 (2019)

On top of the usual refresh of internal specs to bring it up to 2019’s standards, the latest Dell XPS 13 (2019) finally moves its webcam to where it’s meant to be!

Asus ZenBook S13

With a bezel-less screen unlike anything you’ve seen and packing more hardware than most other Ultrabooks, the Asus ZenBook S13 is a unique machine worthy of your attention

Michael Kors Access Sofie 2.0

The Michael Kors Access Sofie 2.0 isn’t much of a design change from the last-gen watch, but it now comes with lots more tech inside that may make it more tempting.

Kate Spade Scallop 2

The design of the Kate Spade Scallop 2 is similar to the last generation, but there’s lots of interesting tech packed in here, making it a fully-fledged smartwatch worthy of your attention.

Sony Master Series Z9G 8K HDR TV

If you’ve been waiting for the proper sequel to the Sony Z9D/ZD9, the new Sony Master Series Z9G could be the immaculate 8K follow-up we’ve been waiting for. 

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro (2019)

The new Samsung Notebook 9 Pro might be Samsung’s best looking and performing Ultrabook ever. Thanks to its stand out design, it makes a great first impression and it has the specs to duke it out with the best laptops on the market. 

Samsung Notebook Flash

With plenty of features not often found in laptops at this price and an attractive design, the Samsung Notebook Flash should prove to be a fine laptop for students and budget-conscious consumers alike. 

Withings Move

It’s not brimming with new tech, but the Withings Move looks like it may be perfect for those after an affordable hybrid with a vibrant design. 

Withings Move ECG

The Withings Move ECG is one of the first products to offer an electrocardiogram on a consumer wearable, and it has the benefit that it looks good at the same time. This looks like it may well be one of the most interesting hybrid smartwatches money can buy.

MSI GS75 Stealth

The MSI GS75 Stealth takes the best of the GS65 Stealth and blows it all up to 17.3 inches, while implementing Nvidia’s latest graphics. Color us impressed.

Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless

The Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless makes wireless gaming mice accessible to almost everyone with its unbelievably low price, excellent ergonomics and seamless connectivity. 

Corsair Ironclaw RGB

If you can look past the odd design, the Corsair Ironclaw RGB is an affordable, high-performance gaming mouse that big-handed gamers can love. 

LG Signature Series OLED TV R (65R9)

Vegas was the perfect backdrop to show off this magical, rollable 65-inch LG Signature Series OLED TV R (65R9) TV. 

Huawei MateBook 13

Not to get ahead of ourselves, but we’re generally expecting the Huawei MateBook 13 to be a benchmark laptop for 2019, and the one other laptop makers will need to beat.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 might be more expensive than the graphics card it’s replacing, but it’s also a helluva lot more powerful, too. This mid-range GPU will make your PC gaming dreams come true.

Aircharge wireless charger

Aircharge at CES 2019

Wireless charging is on the up, and the CES will definitely see three new products from Aircharge: a Fast Wireless Charger 10W, Fast Dual Charger 10W, and a PS4 DualShock 4 Wireless Adapter. Both chargers will deliver 10W fast wireless charging, including both Apple and Samsung fast wireless charging. 

AMD Ryzen processor

AMD at CES 2019

Semiconductor company AMD has already said that it intends to show-off its 3rd-gen Ryzen processors and new graphics products at CES 2019.

AMD has shown off its first ever 7-nanometer GPU, the Radeon VII, at CES 2019. 

According to a recent leak, that will include three new entry-level Ryzen 3 processors (3300, 3300X, 3300G),  three mid-range Ryzen 5 processors (3600, 3600X, 3600G) and two Ryzen 7 processors (3700, 3700X). On top of the mainline processors, AMD might also surprise us with a few new mobile processors in the form of the 2.6GHz AMD Ryzen 3 3200U, 2.1GHz AMD Ryzen 3 3300U CPU and 2.1GHz AMD Ryzen 5 3500U.

Beyond processors, CES 2019 might be the place that we see the company’s next AMD Navi GPUs – though, that seems a little less likely than the 3rd-gen processors. 

All the latest AMD CES 2019 news:

  • AMD may launch a new Radeon GPU at CES 2019
  • AMD debuts 7nm Radeon VII graphics card to combat Nvidia RTX 2080
  • AMD Ryzen 3000 next-generation 16-core processors leaked
  • Next-gen mobile AMD Ryzen processors spotted in laptop benchmarks
  • AMD’s X570 chipset might be the first to add next-generation PCIe support

Asus ZenFone AR

Asus at CES 2019

Asus has really pushed the boat out with the Mothership GZ700 gaming laptop, just announced at CES. It ditches the usual form factor of most laptops and piles its components behind the laptop screen, rather than beneath the keyboard, reportedly to assist better airflow to the hardware.

Asus also announced its new ultra-thin ROG Zephyrus S GX70 gaming laptop, combining the power of its high-end RTX 2080 graphics card with a slim design that allows it to be installed in thin gaming laptops.

All the latest Asus CES 2019 news: 

  • Asus beams down innovative Mothership GZ700 gaming laptop
  • Asus announces ROG Zephyrus S GX701 ultra-thin gaming laptop

Audio Technica new wireless headphones

Audio Technica at CES 2019

After producing some of the best over-ear headphones for both professionals and casual listernes alike, Audio Technica has unveiled a pair of true wireless in-ears – the Sound Reality ATH-CKR7TW and the Sonic Sport ATH-SPORT7TW.

Not to be outdone by Technics, Audio Technica has also brought about a whole heap of new turntables and refreshments to its current lines, including the AT-LP60X, AT-LP60XUSB, AT-LP60XBT, and the AT-LP60XHP.

  • Audio Technica announces new in-ear headphones with true wireless tech
  • Audio-Technica unveils four new LP60 turntables to suit all vinyl fans

Canon cameras

Canon at CES 2019

CanonRumors.co reports that CES 2019 could see the unveiling of a Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III – complete with a new image sensor and a longer zoom range – and possibly a G9 X Mark III. That rumor seems to be even more likely than ever now that Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III product images surfaced online.

Something that’s beyond rumor, however, is the new line of Vixia camcorders, with Canon revealing its HF G50, HF W11, and HF W10 camcorders. While the latter two are built to tackle the elements, with waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof bodies able to withstand temperatures of -10C / 14F, the G50 is aimed more at the prosumer market with some impressive specs.

All the latest Canon CES 2019 news: 

  • Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III product images surface online
  • Canon’s newest Vixia camcorders are both shockproof and waterproof 

HTC at CES 2019

HTC Cosmos

HTC is speeding along to its next headset and its shooting for the starts with its newly announced Cosmos headset. The headset maker claims it’s next device will be lighter, easier to setup and require no external tracking software. We had our first look into the HTC Cosmos, but it’ll be months before HTC will share more about its form factor and functions so this one won’t be coming any time soon.

In the more immediate future, HTC also announced the Vive Pro Eye, which features eye-tracking technology, and Viveport Infinity games pass subscription service that’s basically Netflix for VR.

All the latest HTC CES 2019 news:

  • First Look: HTC Vive Cosmos

Intel processor

Intel at CES 2019

Intel came out guns blazing at its CES 2019 keynote, announcing the first 10nm Ice Lake processors based on its Sunny Cove architecture – and even showing the chip powering a running laptop.

The new chips aim to bolster modern PC performance, while Intel’s new Project Athena initiative hopes to push mobile computing to the next era with thinner and lighter hardware across industry partners like Huawei, Asus, and Lenovo.

Intel also announced six more 9th-gen processors, ranging from Core i3 to Core i9, to release soon. Our own digging leads us to think some of these will launch without integrated graphics cards, in an attempt to lower prices and cut into AMD’s share of the market, though those details were curiously absent from the press conference…

All the latest Intel CES 2019 news:  

  • Intel announces its first 10nm Ice Lake processors
  • Intel’s new 9th Gen desktop CPUs may have ditched integrated GPUs to take on AMD
  • Intel rumors suggest mainstream 10-core processor could be on the way

A photo of an LG robot

LG at CES 2019

As expected, we’ve seen a lot of new TVs and TV-related announcements from LG. The Korean-based electronics manufacturer revealed the boosted Alpha 9 (Gen. 2) TV processor that will power its 2019 OLED TVs in advance of CES, and it was clear going in that LG would have a lot to show.

The highlight of LG’s conference has to be its rollable OLED television, now named as the LG Signature Series OLED TV R, which will be on sale in the second half of the year – and given its unique mechanical design, certainly won’t be cheap.

But otherwise LG’s conference was marked by collaboration. There are a host of new partnerships with other manufacturers, with Apple Airplay 2 support and a dedicated iTunes movies app coming to LG’s ThinQ smart TVs this year. LG is also combining support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, giving more choice than ever with TV voice controls.

And just when you thought you had LG figured out, it announces a smart cupboard that steams your clothes. Featuring a mirrored door with integrated display, automatically moving hangers, and a smart steaming system, this cupboard will take care of your dusty, wrinkly clothes for you.

We had our hearts set on LG’s foldable phone being unveiled, though it looks like we may have to wait until MWC 2019 to hear more on that.

All the latest LG CES 2019 news:  

  • LG’s new ThinQ TVs support Apple AirPlay, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa
  • The LG Signature OLED TV R is the world’s first rollable TV
  • How LG is making sure its rollable OLED TV will survive 50,000 unfurlings
  • LG Styler is a smart cupboard that steams your clothes while they hang
  • LG HomeBrew is a Nespresso-like beer maker for your home
  • LG continues assault on Sony and JBL with new XBoom speakers at CES 2019
  • LG in 2019: Alexa, 8K, and smarter image processing for OLEDs
  • LG readies high-end Dolby Atmos sound bars with Google Assistant
  • LG G8 release date set for March with 3D cameras but not 5G
  • LG to showcase new ‘ultra’ monitors at CES 2019

Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell

Netatmo at CES 2019

Feeling secure in your home security? Smart home provider Netatmo has branched out into its first smart video doorbell, adding to its range of smart security cameras, and connected home devices. It can be easily linked up to your existing wired doorbell, and is the first smart doorbell to work in tandem with Apple HomeKit.

  • Netatmo gets its first smart video doorbell

Nvidia keynote

Nvidia at CES 2019

Nvidia revealed its GeForce RTX Mobility graphics cards at CES 2019, with the RTX 2080, and other cards, now available for gaming laptops.

Moreover, Nvidia may be preparing more than just RTX graphics for laptops at CES 2019, with a reference to MX250 graphics just appearing in an HP laptop listing. 

The supposed HP Zahn 66 Pro 14 G2 Notebook PC was reportedly listed somewhere by HP with an Nvidia GeForce MX250 with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, first shared by Twitter user Momomo

 All the latest Nvidia CES 2019 news:  

  • Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics for laptops rumored for CES
  • Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 leak reveals photos and robust specs
  • Nvidia GeForce MX250 graphics pop up in HP laptop leak

Panasonic at CES 2019

Among other things, Panasonic has promised to “bring Hollywood home” with its latest and greatest GZ2000 OLED TV. The TV will be exclusively compatible with the high dynamic range still mode (or HLG photography) found on the company’s Lumix range of cameras, making it ideal for professional photographers reviewing or displaying their work.

Again on the home cinema front, Panasonic has unveiled two high-spec 4K Blu-ray players, both supporting passthrough Dolby Atmos and the latest version of HDR (HDR10+). The DP-UB450 supports Dolby Vision as well, while the DP-UB150 aims to be slightly more affordable, although pricing and availability is yet to be announced.

We were holding out for a full reveal of the upcoming Lumix S1 and Lumix S1R mirrorless cameras, though Panasonic kept things to a brief tease of the specs we can expect.

 All the latest Panasonic CES 2019 news: 

  • Panasonic GZ2000 OLED TV courts photographers with new HLG photo mode
  • Panasonic launches 4K Blu-ray players with HDR10 and Dolby Vision
  • Panasonic teases more Lumix S1 and Lumix S1R specs…

Royole foldable phone

Royole at CES 2019

The world’s first foldable phone is here. Royole beat LG and Samsung to the punch with the Royole FlexPai, featuring a 7.8-inch AMOLED screen that folds in half. The ‘developer’ version of the handset is already on sale, albeit for a pricey $1,318 (around £1,035, AU$1,850), and we’re sure to see a lot more of this foldable tech in the coming year.

We’ve managed to spend a little bit of time with it on the showroom floor and have laid out some initial impressions, so be sure to check out our hands-on review of the Royole Flexpai.

 All the latest Royole CES 2019 news: 

  • Hands on: Royole FlexPai review

Samsung The Frame television

Samsung at CES 2019

A CES launch for the previously announced Samsung Galaxy Home smart speaker – compete with Bixby – seems a shoo-in, but will Samsung launch its Galaxy X foldable phone? “While the full Samsung launch might be at Mobile World Congress we could instead see the Samsung Galaxy S10 launched at CES, which won’t be foldable but will have 5G and triple camera, plus a new notch design on the front panel,” says Tom Morrod, Senior Research Director, IHS Markit. 

Looking to get ahead of the deluge of news, Samsung has announced two new versions of its Samsung Notebook 9 Pen 2-in-1 laptop. Scheduled for a vague ‘2019’ release and with no pricing to speak of, the laptops are both a rehash (13.3-inch) and an expansion (15-inch) of the late 2017 debut model. We’ve also had a new Samsung Notebook Odyssey announced, which will be the company’s most powerful laptop yet.

On the TV front, Samsung have rejigged its MicroLED range: now with a ‘smaller’ 75-inch modular television called The Window, and a far larger 219-inch telly carrying the name of The Wall. We’ve also seen a new size option for the recent 85-inch Q900R 8K QLED TV, boosting the already-incredible display up to a whopping 98-inch wonder. 

We heard rumors of a possible transparent TV being patented by the company, and since Samsung is often launching design-led screens, that wouldn’t be a surprise – though if you’re after some more practical features, the newly announced Remote Access should be able to source files, programs and cloud services from connected devices and computers direct to your TV.

What we do know for sure at this point is that Samsung will enhance its Serif TV and The Frame designer screens with QLED tech. The new screens will make their debut at the show and, according to Samsung, will reside in the large lifestyle TV exhibition zone of Samsung’s booth. 

The last rumor we’ve heard concerning Samsung 2019 TVs is that they might include both Bixby and Google Assistant – giving users the choice over which assistant they’d like to use.

All the latest Samsung CES 2019 news:  

  • Samsung’s 2019 smart TVs are getting Apple’s iTunes and AirPlay 2 support
  • Samsung’s monstrous MicroLED TV will be available in 75- and 219-inches
  • Samsung Notebook Odyssey is the company’s most powerful laptop yet
  • Samsung debuts Notebook 9 Pen with fresh design, introduces 15-inch model
  • Samsung’s 98-inch Q900 QLED 8K TV is more screen than your eyes can handle
  • Samsung Notebook 9 Pro gets a sleeker design and beefy 8th-gen Intel processor
  • Samsung now has a robot for everything: Bot Care, Bot Air, Bot Retail and more

Sony wireless sport earbuds

Sony at CES 2019

Sony first launched the Master Series range last year for its high-end home televisions, and has now confirmed this year’s flagship will be Sony’s Z9G 8K LED TV: an 85-inch monster with 8K resolution and Sony’s latest X1 Ultimate processor.

All the latest Sony CES 2019 news: 

  • Sony’s stunning 85-inch 8K TV headlines its new Master Series range

Spotify smartphone app

Spotify at CES 2019

The streaming service doesn’t normally deal in hardware, but could Spotify use CES 2019 to launch its own voice search interface to compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home? Spotify has suites reserved at the Wynn Encore …   

One thing’s for sure, after CES 2019 the world of tech won’t ever be the same.  

Technics at CES 2019

The masters of the vinyl DJ turntable, Technics, has finally launched another member of its acclaimed SL-1200 line after a nine-year wait. The SL-1200 MK7 features reverse playback, a core-less direct drive motor and motor control technology to allow for more responsive scratching.

To have something to listen to your new SL-1200 turntable, Technics has also announced a pair of over-ear hi-fi headphones – the EAH-F70N and EAH-F50B. They both support apt-X HS and LDAC standards, and the F70N come packing hybrid active noise cancelling, which intelligently detects the noises to be cancelled via multiple microphone locations.

  • Technics upgrades its famous DJ turntable with the SL-1200 MK7
  • Technics F70N noise cancelling headphones are ready for hi-res apt-X HD

WeMo at CES 2019

WeMo Light Switch

It’s easy to overlook some of the smaller smart home releases alongside the big PC and television announcements – but the new WeMo Light Switch is a simple replacement for an existing dumb light switch, which can connect direct to the Apple HomeKit ecosystem without the old WeMo bridge.

The WeMo Light Switch price ranges from $39.99 for a single-pole switch to $49.99 for a three-way switch – with prices outside the US yet to be announced.

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The best cheap TV sales and 4K TV deals in January 2019

There’s still time to take advantage of some of the very best cheap TV sales. TV prices on some fantastic Ultra HD 4K TVs have been dropping nicely in recent months in the UK. We’ve got you covered if you’re looking for TV deals in the US too. If you’re in the mood for even more deals on other items, be sure to check out our roundup of the best January sales.

We’ve tried to find something for everyone here. So we’ve got you covered for multiple size categories and we’ve looked at both ends of the pricing scale so you can get a cheap TV on a low budget, or you might find a higher quality set for a lower price than you expected – although those super new 8K models aren’t coming down any time soon. Not to worry though, as some of these HDR 4K TV deals will make your jaw drop.

And with the bleak weather and long nights being here for a while now and your Netflix watch list getting longer and longer all the time you may as well settle down for the winter and enjoy them with a lovely TV. Netflix, Amazon, Sky TV and the like are all increasing their 4K content too so you won’t be short on Ultra HD content to watch.

We keep our eye on the latest TV deals throughout the year, so we’re poised to find you the best price whenever the need to replace your old TV arises. We’re fully behind the 4K TV movement too as a competitive market has seen prices reach affordable levels much quicker than when HD tellies first came around. One look at the prices below and you’ll see what we mean. So much so, we’ll rarely even mention regular HD TVs here seeing as Ultra HD TV deals are so cheap today.

Finding you the best cheap TV deal

We’ve split our carefully curated 4K TV deals into different size categories immediately after our pick for cheap TV deal of the week. Whatever your budget, we’re sure we can find something for you. 

Note: all of our selected TV sales highlights are for 4K/Ultra HD TVs and include a built-in freeview tuner as standard. Pretty much every deal comes with Smart TV functionality built-in along with HDR technology. If they don’t, we’ll clearly call it out.

The best cheap TV you can buy today

Hisense H43AE6100UK cheap tv prices sales deals

4k tv sales

Samsung UE65MU6220

Extra retailer cheap 4K TV sales links:

Not found the right cheap TV for you today? Or maybe you’d prefer to directly browse the TV sales at your favourite retailers instead of our highlights of the best cheap TV deals? We’re updating this page on a regular basis, so you may have better luck another day. If you want to take a look for yourself now though, here are the direct links to a the full collection of TV sales at multiple stores. 

  • Amazon
  • AO.com
  • Argos
  • Very
  • John Lewis
  • Currys
  • ebuyer

More large screen 4K TV sales

If you’re after more seriously large TV deals, we should warn you, they don’t come cheap. However, if you want to see some more large screen TV deals -we’re talking about 65 to 85-inch TVs- we’d recommend heading over to AO.com,  John Lewis, Currys and Amazon as they seem to stock more models than most UK retailers.

Best free Android apps of 2019: 100 you must download

It’s been ten years since Android was first outed by Google, and back then it was hard to imagine the sheer number of apps we’d have today.

There are apps for everything, and many of them are completely free, meaning you’re just a few downloads away from supercharging your smartphone at no extra cost.

  • What’s the best phone of 2019?

Admittedly, the huge quantity of apps doesn’t mean they’re all quality – far from it in fact, and finding the good ones can be tough. 

There are tools and techniques to help, with various lists in the Play Store providing you with Editor’s Picks across a range of categories, new releases and even apps that are specifically recommended for you based on your previous installs.

You can also hunt out apps that are similar to your favorites by searching for an app you have and seeing what else comes up.

And checking out user reviews and ratings can save you from downloading a dud of an app.

But even with all that, the sheer number of apps on Google Play means many of the best can often get lost, while weaker ones sometimes rise to the top.

So to make sure you never install a duff app here’s our selection of the best you should install right now – each one carefully chosen to ensure you’ll have a whole suite of fun, engaging and, dammit, useful apps on your phone or tablet.

New this week: BBC Sounds

BBC Sounds brings all of the BBC’s live radio content and podcasts to one app, so you can listen live on your phone, and subscribe to and stream podcasts.

BBC Sounds also lets you pick up where you left off on another device, so if you get halfway through a podcast on your phone, you’ll be able to start from that point on your tablet automatically. It can also recommend content based on what you’ve been listening to, so it’s a good way to discover new things.

It’s basically iPlayer for radio (in fact the plan is for it to ultimately replace BBC iPlayer Radio) and if you listen to a lot of BBC content it’s arguably a smarter, better choice than listening on a radio or using another podcast app.

At the moment the BBC Sounds app is UK-only, but given that the iPlayer Radio app is available globally we wouldn’t be surprised if BBC Sounds is one day too.

SAFE (which stands for Security Assessment Framework for Everyone) shows you at a glance how secure your Android device is, giving it several scores out of five – one for its configuration settings, one for connectivity, one for applications and one for the operating system.

Higher is better and it factors in all kinds of things, including whether your SIM card is locked, to whether you allow installation from unknown sources, and whether you allow notifications to show their content on your lock screen.

As well as the overall score for each category you can see a list of all these factors, with ones in red being ones that aren’t secure (in the app developer’s opinion). You can tap on each of these things for more details as well as a guide to making them secure.

You probably won’t be aiming for a perfect score, especially as some things that SAFE puts in red will be intentional things that you want or need. For example, it considers location services and Bluetooth to be insecure.

Still, it’s a good way to quickly and easily assess the security of your device and tighten it up if you feel the need. SAFE might even end up highlighting some vulnerabilities that you didn’t know about or hadn’t considered, which should be enough to make it worth a download.

If you ever use public Wi-Fi networks, then 1.1.1.1: Faster & Safer Internet is for you. That’s because public Wi-Fi is notoriously lacking in privacy and security. There’s a chance the provider will sell your browsing data and it also allows other people – if they have the skills – to snoop on your browsing data.

But 1.1.1.1 helps stop either of those things from happening by changing your DNS resolver to one managed by Cloudflare (the company that makes this app). It promises never to sell your data or use it to target adverts, and by browsing through Cloudflare you’re also hiding your data from any other potential snoopers.

As an added bonus, you might even get a speed boost, as Cloudflare’s DNS resolver is the fastest public one. The app is also completely free and easy to use – there’s just a single toggle to turn 1.1.1.1 on or off. That’s it.

Scripts is a language-learning app focused specifically on learning to write and read in Chinese, Japanese or Korean. These languages are among the trickiest to learn as each one has a unique alphabet, but Scripts gives you a fighting chance.

It does this by showing you letters from the language you choose to learn, and then taking you through short exercises which see you swipe across your screen to draw the letter yourself. Initially you’ll be swiping across an outline of the letter, but it quickly moves on to just showing the letter at the top of the screen or not showing it at all, so you really have to learn to progress.

You’ll repeat the same letter a lot, but the exercises are all bite-sized, and so is your study, as you can only practice for five minutes each day unless you pay.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as everyone should be able to fit in five minutes of learning, but if you do want more you can pay $10.99/£10.49 per month, with discounts if you commit to a year.

That gives you unlimited time, removes adverts, lets you access Scripts offline and gives you full access to Drops. We’ve covered Drops previously but it too is a language learning app, but it’s broader, rather than just being focused on the alphabet. 

InboxIt doesn’t try to do everything. Rather, the app does one thing, but does it very well. That one thing is emailing things to yourself, be it photos, videos, URLs or text.

You might not think that you need a separate app to send yourself an email, but InboxIt speeds up the process. Once you’ve set the app up you simply tap the ‘Share’ icon on the content you want to send, then select InboxIt and the content will automatically be emailed to you. No need to select an email address, type out a subject or anything else.

And if you’re in the habit of emailing yourself reminders, you can do that from InboxIt too. Just launch the app, select ‘New reminder’, type one out and hit ‘Save’.

You can set the free version of InboxIt to send things to a Gmail address, which will probably suit most people just fine. But if you want to use a different email you can pay $0.99/£0.99 to unlock premium features, which also include the ability to use Gmail labels and a custom email subject prefix.

The Amazon Alexa app is essential if you have an Echo device, but previously it was an app you probably wouldn’t spend much time in. That’s all changed now though, thanks to an update that aims to make it the only app you need  to control your smart home.

It’s a similar overhaul to the one Google Home got, allowing you to turn lights on and off, control your thermostat and more.

You can also control and set up aspects of Alexa from the app, of course, such as adding skills to it, managing timers and alarms and setting up Routines.

The last of those is perhaps the most interesting, as these allow you to set a custom command that will cause Alexa to carry out a custom set of actions. For example, you could set the command “Alexa, time for bed” to turn off all your lights and turn down the thermostat.

If you’re anything like us then you probably open Facebook or Twitter about 600 times a day on your phone, even when you know nothing has changed and that you should be doing something far more important.

But if you’re anything like us then you’re also motivated by rewards, and Hold gives you them for not using your phone.

Simply activate it and put your phone down, and you’ll receive 10 points for every 20 minutes that you resist the lure of your apps and messages.

These points can then be exchanged for rewards. These change over time and depend on what country you’re in, but examples include free popcorn at the cinema and free contact lenses. You don’t have to bank very many points for some of the rewards either, with many being available for as little as 20 points.

And if free and discounted stuff isn’t enough incentive to stay off your phone, how about a little friendly competition? You can link up with your pals in the app and compete to get the most points.

Esports still have a long way to go before they’re as popular as conventional sports, and part of what’s holding them back is accessibility, but that’s something the Blizzard Esports app could help with.

The app makes it easy to keep up to date with activity in Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, StarCraft, StarCraft II and World of Warcraft, offering schedules, scores, news and the option to set alerts reminding you to tune in when an event kicks off.

When it’s time to tune in, you can do so via the Blizzard Esports app, so it’s a great companion for anyone into esports for the games above, or anyone who thinks they might want to get into them.

Blizzard Esports is a little limited in that it only covers esports under the Blizzard banner. It won’t do much to help you understand the games being played if you’re completely new to them either, but for anyone with a bit of understanding and interest it’s a great addition to your app arsenal.

There are various Android apps designed to help monitor or control your child’s smartphone use, but now finally one has come from a big name, specifically Google.

Google Family Link is actually two apps. There’s Google Family Link for Parents, which you’d be installing on your device, and Google Family Link for Children and Teenagers, designed to be installed on the devices of family members under 13.

Once both are installed and set up, you can use your device to view your child’s smartphone activity, choose which apps to allow, set screen time limits, lock their device, control in-app purchases and locate their device.

Google Family Link is a useful set of tools for making sure your child isn’t accessing content they shouldn’t, using their phone when they shouldn’t, or spending money, or it can be used as more of a safety feature to locate them when they’re not with you. It’s also completely free.

WikiDIY is a website that’s packed full of DIY projects, with guides for everything from making unicorn cupcakes to making a willow whistle. But it’s not all about making things, as WikiDIY also has guides for things like how to clean rubber on shoes or how to take good photos at night.

All of these guides can now be found in its new DIY Projects app, and they come with step by step instructions, diagrams, and in some cases videos. The guides also have questions and answers supplied by readers, along with lists of what you’ll need and any warnings that it’s worth being aware of before you start.

You can search for specific guides, browse by category, and bookmark your favorites. And while the app itself isn’t the best we’ve seen (it often feels like little more than a web wrapper) it’s hard to argue with the quality and quantity of the content.

For years Pocket has been helping people find the time to read all the articles they find online that would otherwise go ignored.

You know the situation: you’re idly browsing but don’t have much time or should be doing something else, when you happen across an article that looks interesting. Maybe you plan to read it later and then forget, maybe you just resign yourself to the knowledge that it will go unread.

But with Pocket, you can save it to a reading list so it won’t be forgotten, and make it available both offline and on just about any device with an internet connection, so you can read it wherever and whenever.

It’s a great app, but as of recently Pocket has got even better, as now you can also listen to articles you’ve saved, so you don’t even need to read them. Pocket’s look has also been updated in an attempt to make it more pleasant to read from for long periods. So if you’re not already using it there has never been a better time to start.

Curator claims to be the first gallery app that organizes your photos using AI entirely offline, giving you the search power of something like Google Photos, without compromising on your privacy.

It works well too. The first time you launch the app it will analyze and assign tags to all of your photos (which can take a long time), then if you search using a keyword, such as ‘beach’ or ‘cat’, it will show you every image containing that.

Curator has a nice interface too, with two themes and the ability to view albums, all images, or all of the tags that have been assigned.

Albums can be renamed and favorited, photos can be moved between albums and there are gesture controls, to help you navigate the interface faster. There are also new features on the way, such as private folders and shared albums.

If you don’t care about the added privacy offered by Curator, then Google Photos is still the better app. Not least because it backs up your images and gives you access to them from other devices, but Curator is a strong alternative for those who prefer to keep their online presence to a minimum.

Google Home isn’t a new app, but it has recently been overhauled, making it now perhaps the best solution for managing your smart home, particularly if you have smart home devices from a number of different brands.

That’s because Google Home now lets you control them all from within the app. Or, at least, it does with most things. Inevitably some devices probably won’t be supported, but thousands are from hundreds of brands.

You simply link them up to the Google Home app, then you can assign them to a room in your house, so that for example every smart device in your living room is grouped together.

You can see all your devices from the main screen though, divided into these groups, and you can interact with some of them in a limited way from there (for example turning lights on or off) or tap on the device to do more with it (such as adjusting the brightness).

You can also invite other members of your household to the app, so they can also manage smart devices from it, and the only real limitation is that some functionality isn’t supported.

For example, with LIFX lights you can’t currently adjust the colors from Google Home, and with our Honeywell thermostat we can’t adjust schedules. But for the basics it’s a lot easier – and smarter – than jumping between multiple apps for all your smart devices.

SW True-Fi Beta aims to maximize the potential of your headphones by tuning sound settings specific to the headphones you have plugged in. You do this by selecting yours from a long list of supported headphones, then True-Fi does the rest.

But you can also adjust the sound according your age and make manual tweaks to aspects of it, such as the bass.

The adjustments only work when playing music through the SW True-Fi Beta app, but that needn’t be a problem, as not only can it play local music files, it can also connect to Spotify and play music from there.

Not all headphones are currently supported, which is the main limitation of the app, but if yours aren’t then you can contact the company to ask them to be added.

Pexels is a database of photos that you can use for free for any purpose, including commercial uses, with no attribution needed (though it notes that attributions are still appreciated).

You can search using keywords or browse trending images, while tapping the photographer behind a photo will show you their other work on Pexels and let you follow them, so you never miss anything new that they upload.

You can also ‘like’ and collect photos within Pexels and if you want to take them outside the app you can easily share them with Instagram or other apps, save them as your wallpaper, or simply download them.

But Pexels also lets you become one of the photographers, as you can upload any of your own photos to the app for other people to use. However you choose to use Pexels though, it’s a slick, beautiful app.

Your Phone Companion is a companion app for a PC app called – you guessed it – Your Phone. The companion app itself doesn’t do much, other than allowing the main desktop app to do its job of showing your phone’s photos and SMS messages on your Windows 10 PC.

Both can be browsed, photos can be downloaded, and messages can even be sent and received on your desktop, so you don’t have to keep turning back to your phone.

While that’s ‘all’ the app does, those two features could be very useful for anyone who spends a lot of time at their computer, or who tends to email themselves photos to get them onto their PC.

It’s worth noting that Google Photos does the photo part too, and is better at it, since it’s a full-featured gallery app, but this is a good alternative for anyone not already using that.

Business cards are a somewhat dated concept but they still serve a purpose, so in an attempt to bring them into the 21st century, HiHello Contact Exchange makes them digital and even easier to share than the physical kind.

The app lets you create multiple different cards containing different information. You might for example have a work card that contains your work email and job title, while a personal card could have your personal email and Facebook link.

Lots of different things can be added to each card though, including your phone number, website, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Twitter and more.

To share a card you just launch the HiHello app, tap on the card you want to share, tap the share button to display a QR code and then the person receiving it simply points their phone camera at the QR code to get it.

Alternatively you can email or text the card to someone, so unlike a conventional business card they don’t need to be physically present to receive it. And the card can be saved to their phone’s address book, meaning they don’t need the HiHello app themselves.

1lyrics is designed to show the lyrics to songs as you listen to them, but handily you don’t need to play the songs in 1lyrics itself, instead it supports numerous music players, including ones that use locally stored songs, and streaming players, such as Spotify.

Just start listening to a track on your player of choice then open 1lyrics and it should show the lyrics to the current song. In some but not all cases it will even scroll them in time with the music.

Lyrics that you’ve viewed in the past are saved, so you can access them at any time, even if you’re not currently listening to the song in question, and it’s quite an attractive app, pulling in artwork for the songs it provides the lyrics to.

There are some caveats here. For one thing, it doesn’t currently work with all music players, though more are set to be supported over time. It also doesn’t have lyrics for every song, though we tried some semi-obscure stuff and it found lyrics without any issue, so you should be able to get lyrics for most things.

Endomondo is one of the oldest Android fitness apps and it’s still one of the best, thanks in part to regular updates.

It’s packed full of features, letting you track not just running, cycling and walking but also more than 60 other activities -, so if there’s a sport you do, chances are Endomondo has some tools to help you monitor it.

GPS monitoring lets you track statistics such as distance and pace, but you can also manually log indoor workouts or anything else where GPS won’t be much use.

Additionally, Endomondo can be paired with other accounts and wearables, such as the Fitbit app and heart rate monitors, allowing it to sync data with them.

With custom goals, challenges (that in some cases even have prizes) and the ability to compete with friends, there’s a lot to keep you motivated and the app itself is slick and easy to use.

All of these features are free, but you can unlock various extra tools such as personal training plans and advanced statistics if you subscribe to Endomondo Premium, which costs £9.99 (around $13) per month, though it’s only around a third of that price if you commit to a year.

Photo Map is simply a world map that displays your photos over the parts of the world that you took them in.

Zoom out and you’ll likely just see a single thumbnail of one of your images over each country that you’ve snapped shots in, but zoom further in and you will see photos grouped into much smaller areas too.

The thumbnails also have a number on them, telling you how many photos are in that gallery. You can easily see them all and enlarge them with a tap.

There are a few options, such as the ability to change the look of the map or add terrain or satellite imagery to it, but mostly it’s just a great and simple idea – a visual way of separating your photos based on where they were taken. This is definitely one for those who like to travel!

Photo Map is free to use, but a one-off $1.49/£1.29 IAP will get rid of adverts.

When was the last time you sent a letter? It’s probably been a while. It’s probably been even longer since you sent one that wasn’t a birthday card!

That’s probably by choice – after all, why would you when texts and calls are so much faster? But there is something potentially appealing about the simple act of waiting for a letter to arrive. It helps make them feel less disposable and more important.

Slowly aims to replicate that. It doesn’t see you putting pen to paper, but it does make you wait when sending and receiving messages. The result – if you’re anything like us – being that you value them and look forward to them more.

Slowly isn’t really for sending messages to people you already know though. Rather, it’s for getting to know new people. It lets you send messages either to a random recipient, or to ones filtered based on metrics such as age and interests.

Once you send a message, the amount of time you’ll be waiting for them to receive it depends on where in the world they are. It’s not quite as slow as snail mail, generally taking between a few hours and a day, so it’s a nice middle ground between an old-fashioned letter and an instant message.

Onedox describes itself as a digital P.A. for your household bills, and that’s fairly accurate. The app lets you link accounts for your household bills, such as gas, electricity, internet, Netflix, Spotify and more, then shows you details of each billing, all on one screen.

The app also shows you renewal dates – so you’ll know when prices might be changing and when you can shop around for a new deal. Tapping on any account will show additional details, such as previous bills, price changes, and any notes you’ve added to the account.

It makes staying on top of your bills a lot easier and ensures you can always have a clear idea of exactly how much you’re spending.

The only downside – other than the fact that this is UK-only right now – is that not all accounts are supported. For example, some gas companies can’t currently be added.

However, Onedox is adding new companies and categories of bill all the time, so one day you really will be able to manage all your bills from one screen. Right now you’ll have to make do with managing most of them, which is still pretty handy.

Google’s official health and fitness app, Google Fit has been around for a while, but it’s now been overhauled and is better than ever as a result.

At the heart of the overhaul there’s ‘Move Minutes’ and ‘Heart Points’. The former records your general movement throughout the day and aims to encourage you to make small changes, such as walking up stairs rather than taking the elevator.

Heart Points reward you not just for the amount of time you’re active but for how much you raise your heart rate – a feature which really helps the app stand out.

In line with most fitness apps, the core features are still available; you can track various workouts, monitor and adjust your goals, and even get some basic customized tips and coaching, based on the activity that you do.

Datally is probably not one of Google’s best-known apps, but it deserves to be, especially if you have any interest in monitoring or conserving your data.

The app lets you see how much data you’ve used in the last day, week or month, as well as telling you which apps are using the most data. It also has some clever extra features, two of which were added recently – so even if you’ve used Datally before it could be worth revisiting.

There’s ‘Bedtime mode’, which disables data on your phone between two times that you set, which means that apps won’t be using data in the background while you sleep.

Futhermore, ‘Emergency bank’ lets you set aside a portion of your monthly data allowance for emergencies. You decide how much and Datally will make sure you don’t use it accidentally.

These join existing features such as the data saver mode, which blocks apps of your choice from using data when you’re not connected to Wi-Fi, plus you can view a list of nearby Wi-Fi networks, including information on whether you need a password for them. If you ever find yourself running low on data, then Datally is the app for you.

Inware does one thing and does it well: it tells you about the device you’re running the app on. More specifically, it tells you just about every hardware detail, from the screen size and resolution, chipset, RAM amount and battery size, to far more in depth information, like the current speed each core is running at and the serial number.

Inware can also tell you how much RAM is currently in use, how healthy the battery is, how hot the battery is, how much storage there is in total and in use, the build number, what security patch your device has, what GPU it has, the aspect ratio of the screen and plenty more besides.

It goes way more in depth than your phone’s settings screen likely will, so if you’re ever curious about an aspect of your handset’s hardware or software, this is the app for you.

Visual impairments are one of many things that technology has made slightly easier to live with, and Envision AI is a prime example of how tech can help.

Point your phone’s camera at whatever’s in front of you, press a button, and the AI will examine it and say out loud what it thinks it’s seeing.

Descriptions can be moderately detailed, taking in multiple objects in a scene (for example a computer monitor and the desk it’s sat on).

With common objects it all seems quite accurate, though testing it on more unusual things, such as a wooden sculpture of an elephant, led to more mixed results.

As well as scenes, Envision AI can also read out text, even if it’s handwritten (though unclear handwriting will again lead to mixed results).

So it’s not perfect, but Envision AI could make a big difference to anyone who struggles to see or read on their own.

There are all sorts of apps designed for journaling your travels, but Polarsteps can do much of the work automatically.

The app will track where you’ve been and add photos from your travels, giving you a map and gallery of all your trips, simply by having the app running in the background on your phone.

You can make trips manually and add any photos it missed, but creating trips automatically means you’ll have at least a partial record of your adventures without doing anything.

This might sound like it would hammer your phone’s battery, but in fact Polarsteps is designed to only use around 4% each day and it doesn’t even need to be connected to the internet, which is ideal if you’re traveling somewhere where data costs extra.

You can keep your trips private or share them with friends and family, and by following people in the app you can see their journeys as they happen. Polarsteps is also nice to look at, easy to use and completely free, making it near essential for anyone who wants a visual record of their trips.

Anchor is both an app for both listening to podcasts, and creating and sharing your own. It’s that second part that’s the most interesting.

You can record audio straight from the Anchor app, or import recordings. You can also add friends to a recording, even if they’re elsewhere in the world, allowing you to have a recorded conversation that you can use as a podcast.

You can add various sound effects, and rearrange and edit parts of the podcast, so you’re not limited to a single audio file.

Once you’re done you can share your podcast, not just on Anchor itself, but also on the likes of Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts. When it’s out in the world, you can use Anchor to track how many listeners it has, and which parts of the podcast are most played.

If all you want to do is listen to podcasts then there are other apps that do the job just as well or better (Pocket Casts is always a favorite), but Anchor is a slick, simple way to get into podcasting yourself.

If you love slathering filters all over your photos then there’s a good chance you’ll love Picai, as it makes the process a lot smarter than most apps.

But this isn’t just a tool for sticking filters on photos you’ve already taken (though you can do that too). Rather, it’s a camera app. Simply point it at something you want to photograph and it will use AI to detect what you’re looking at, even going so far as to provide a text pop-up telling you what it sees.

From there it will automatically choose filters that it thinks would be a good fit and overlay two of them on the viewfinder – one on the left half, the other on the right. That means you can see what a filter will look like before you even take a photo.

If you’re happy with one, you can swipe horizontally across it to select it, or you can swipe up or down to cycle through filters. It’s a clever idea, well implemented and completely free.

If you’re serious about your beer then you need Untappd on your phone. It not only has a database of beers for you to discover and rate, but also highlights nearby beer-related events and shows the beer menus in local bars.

Add a venue to your favorites, and you’ll get alerts when it starts selling a new beer. There’s a social element too, which lets you follow friends to see what they’re drinking (and what they think of it).

Whether you want to make a wish list to help you keep track of all the beers you want to try, keep a log of what you’ve already tried so you can remind yourself whether you liked something, or just keep abreast of all the beer-related happenings in the area, Untappd is for you.

Google Clock (or simply ‘Clock’) is a fairly ordinary clock app in many ways, but it has the polish you’d expect from Google and is now better than ever, thanks to Spotify integration, meaning you can set a Spotify song or playlist as your alarm.

That instantly gives it an advantage over many clock apps, and the fact that Google Clock is free doesn’t hurt either.

Beyond that you get a timer, a stopwatch, the ability to create and save multiple alarms, and the option to view times for other parts of the world.

Of course, it also has Wear OS integration, so all of your alarms and timers can be synced with your wrist, and there are several options to tailor the app to your preferences, such as being able to change the clock style and the snooze duration.

Overdrop is yet another weather app, but it stands out more for its widgets than its forecasting skills.

It has quite a lot of them, and many are beautifully designed, showing some combination of the weather, time, day, date and battery level. We’d be surprised if you can’t find one you like, and while some are reserved for the paid Overdrop Pro app, many are free.

Beyond that, Overdrop is a perfectly accomplished weather app, with seven-day forecasts, nice animated illustrations, and information on things like cloud cover and humidity.

Khan Academy Kids is packed full of games and activities designed to entertain and educate young children.

From sorting objects based on their color, to selecting the right letter to complete a word, to drawing and a whole lot more, there are apparently thousands of activities in here, and while we haven’t tested that many, the ones we have tested are varied and well put together, with colorful drawings, songs and sound effects.

Most of the interactions use simple tap and swipe gestures, so most children should be able to navigate the app comfortably. A colorful character sits in the corner, and can be tapped whenever help is needed.

There’s a lot here, and Khan Academy Kids should be suitable whether you want something your kid can do on their own, or something they can play through together with you.

Notes by Firefox is a very simple note-taking app, ideal if you just want to jot down basic notes without wrestling overbearing interfaces and unwanted options.

The look is minimalist, with a mostly white screen housing all your current notes. You can tap on one to open and edit it, tap the plus button to make a new note, or tap the minus next to a note to delete it. There are a few formatting options – you can create bullet points or numbered lists, add headings and use bold and italics, but that’s about it.

However, Notes by Firefox does have a few tricks up its sleeve, as it syncs between your Android device and the Firefox browser on your desktop, so you can access your notes from multiple devices, and they’re secured with end-to-end encryption.

Other than that, this is a basic app, but if you’re not a power user it should be all you need, and it’s completely free.

Emma helps you keep a close eye on your money. Link all your bank accounts (including credit cards) and you’ll be able to see all their balances in one place.

But that’s just the beginning. Emma also tells you how much money you have in total across all your accounts, as well as how much debt you have, and how much money you gain or lose in total each month.

It also lists all transactions and has a good stab at putting them into categories, such as shopping, transport or bills. This also means you can see at a glance how much you’re spending in each category, which is a good way to make you more aware of your spending and potentially reduce it.

You can change any miscategorized spends, see a list of recurring payments, get a weekly breakdown of spending and income, and more.

Of course, Emma is secure too. It uses SSL 256-bit encryption, supports fingerprint locking and doesn’t store your banking credentials.

Emma is an essential app if you have accounts with more than one bank, but even if you don’t, chances are that it gives you a lot more insight into your money than your bank does. The only real downside is that it’s UK-only.

There are a lot of language learning apps on Android, but when it comes to languages such as Japanese, Mandarin and Korean, which have different alphabet systems, most apps fall a bit flat in teaching you to read and write in the language.

But that’s where LingoDeer excels, with various exercises designed to teach you the alphabet and grammar, as well as more conventional lessons focused on speaking and hearing the language.

LingoDeer can feel a bit intimidating at times, especially if you’re a complete beginner, as these alphabets can look completely alien, but we’re not sure there’s any way around that. Learning one of these Asian languages is going to be hard, and LingoDeer is a good way to get started.

There are so many words in the English language, including all sorts of weird and wonderful ones that you might never have come across. But how do you come across them? Browsing a dictionary is inefficient, so instead you could try Orphic, an app dedicated to the more unusual and interesting parts of English.

The app contains hundreds of words and will highlight a new one for you every day, even sending you a push notification for it if you want, so you can constantly learn new words.

You can also head into the app and explore its library of language at your own pace. For every word you can see definitions, example sentences and even hear an audio clip, so you can be sure you’re saying it right.

You can also add words to a list of favorites, so you can easily return to them later, and Orphic promises to add new words regularly, so the app should get better over time.

Space Nation Navigator is an oddity. Part game, part learning tool, part fitness app – the only thing uniting it all is a focus on space.

There are various ‘missions’ including mini games, such as memorizing codes to repair a spacecraft, quizzes, and even physical exercises designed get you ready for an outer space adventure.

There are also videos and articles that teach you more about space and the people exploring it, while leaderboards give you extra incentive to carry out the various activities.

There’s the slightly annoying need to buy ‘coins’ or watch adverts if you want to replay missions, but otherwise Space Nation Navigator is an interesting app for anyone with even a passing interest in space. A bit more focus might help, but there’s a lot of content here.

Mei: Messaging with AI promises a lot, but at the moment – at its core – it’s primarily an SMS app that can also analyze the messages you send and receive to show you a personality profile for you and the people who message you.

It will tell you your top five characteristics, and assign a percentage score to your openness, emotional control, extraversion, agreeableness and conscientiousness.

You can tap on any of these to dig deeper. For example, tapping on openness will show how adventurous, emotionally aware and imaginative you are in Mei’s opinion, among other things.

You can also use the app to see how similar you are to the people you message and what traits you have in common.

As well as standard SMS messages, if you’re talking to someone else who also uses Mei you get end-to-end encryption and free international messaging (due to messages then being sent over the internet), along with other tools such as expiring messages and the ability to unsend messages.

The app’s in beta, and more features are coming, including additional AI abilities, such as the app being able to detect if you’re not texting as you normally would, perhaps because you’re in an unusual state of mind, and alerting you to that fact.

Being in beta, Mei might not be totally bug-free, but it’s an interesting upgrade to your standard SMS app.

Wherever you are, chances are there are hundreds of different plant species within walking distance, and most of us have no idea what all but the most common are called.

PlantNet aims to make identifying them easier – simply snap a photo and the app will attempt to identify what kind of plant or flower you’re seeing using visual recognition software.

Assuming you’ve taken an in-focus shot with just a single type of plant in it you’ll probably get one or more suggestions, complete with names and pictures.

This is probably the main thing you’ll use PlantNet for, but you can also view pictures submitted by other users and browse plants by a number of categories, such as where in the world they’re found. In many cases there are also links to Wikipedia pages about the plants, so you can learn more about them.

As an identification tool PlantNet isn’t perfect, but it’s a whole lot better than nothing, and even if it can’t always identify the plant you’re looking at with 100% accuracy, chances are it will highlight some other interesting species in the process of trying.

There are plenty of podcast apps already but when Google makes one it’s worth paying attention, and Google Podcasts doesn’t disappoint, instantly reaching the heights of the best free ones.

It’s got a minimalist design that’s light on color, but the app’s not light on features, as it automatically syncs podcasts across devices, so you can start listening on one and finish on another, it works with Google Home and you can launch straight into podcasts from Google Assistant and the Google Search app.

Google Podcasts also gives you recommendations based on your listening history and preferences, so it’s a decent way to find new content, and there are other tools, such as the ability to change the playback speed.

None of which would matter if it didn’t get the basics right, but it does, letting you subscribe to podcasts and highlighting new episodes on the main screen, letting you stream or download podcasts, and providing lists of the top podcasts in various categories.

Quip is an office suite built for teams, as not only can you create documents and spreadsheets, you can also share them with others and work on them collaboratively.

It supports real-time messaging too and while this app will mostly be of use for teams of people who work together it could also be used for other things, such as shared grocery lists and to-do lists.

You can access it all from your phone, tablet or computer, so you’ll never be far from the work and information you need, and Quip is quite full-featured when it comes to actually creating documents and spreadsheets, as for example it supports over 400 spreadsheet functions.

You probably won’t want to make much use of them from a phone, but if you’re on a tablet then Quip is a great way to work on the move, and even on a phone it can be good for reading, editing and commenting on work.

If you like to have relaxed background music on while working, reading or anything else, then Loffee is definitely worth a download.

The app contains a handful of curated playlists, all featuring lo-fi music that’s ideal for relaxing to or having on while you do something else.

To our mind, the music choices are great, as well as often featuring little known bands and artists, so you’re sure to find things that you like and haven’t heard before.

If you do, you can follow links to the artist’s Facebook, SoundCloud, Twitter and Instagram pages, while other tools in the app include a timer (which shuts the music off when it finishes counting down), and the ability to listen to songs offline.

The Loffee app itself is also something you’ll want to spend time in, as each playlist has a custom illustration that’s almost as soothing as the music. You can’t cast music to other devices and the actual selection of songs is small, so this won’t replace your main music apps, but it could definitely complement them.

Your phone might already have Google Lens built in, but if not you can now download it from the Play Store, and that’s worth doing.

Once you’ve launched the app you can point your camera at almost anything and get information on it. Point it at a book and it will give you links to reviews of the book and places to buy it. Other products also produce store links, or if Google Lens can’t definitively identify something it will suggest similar products.

You can also point it at a landmark to get information on it, at foreign text to translate it or at an event to add it to your calendar. You can even point it at plants or animals to identify them.

The results aren’t perfect. In our experience Google Lens will regularly incorrectly identify something or fail to come up with any suggestions for what something might be, especially with more unusual items, but it works often enough to be genuinely useful, especially once you get used to the kinds of things it’s likely to work with – so you know whether to even bother booting it up.

Starling Bank is more than just an app. In fact, it’s a bank account, but it’s a modern one that’s entirely app-based. That means there are no branches and there’s no web access.

That could sound daunting, if the prospect of changing bank account isn’t already off-putting enough, but in fact having everything in an app keeps things simple, and there are some powerful tools here not offered by most conventional banks.

For example, it has zero ATM withdrawal fees or transaction fees when using your card abroad, it lets you temporarily or permanently lock your card in-app, and you can enable or disable contactless payments, ATM withdrawals and online payments, for extra security.

You can also send in-app requests to friends and family who owe you money (and who don’t need Starling themselves to pay you back), receive instant notifications for income and outgoings, and a whole lot more.

As for changing your bank to take advantage of all this, well, you don’t necessarily have to. After all, there’s no real downside to having two bank accounts, but if you do decide you want to go all-in with Starling Bank that’s simple too, as there’s an account switching service that does all the hard work for you.

This one’s for UK users only, but there are similar app-based banks elsewhere, such as Simple in the US.

Today in History is exactly what it says on the tin, telling you what happened today in history, and as it turns out there’s usually a lot that happened.

The Today in History app will tell you about events, births, deaths, holidays and just about everything else significant that ever happened on the current day, and it includes pictures, text and links to Wikipedia articles (which is where it pulls its data from).

It’s an attractive app and even better if you use the widget, which shows you events from this day in history on your home screen.

Today in History also lets you download content for offline use, get notifications and – for anyone who’s not a native English speaker – switch to one of 50 different languages, a switch which cleverly will also affect the events you see, with those relevant to the culture associated with that language being prioritized.

Google News replaces Google Play Newsstand, and it’s a strong substitute. Throughout the day it will highlight the top five current stories that it thinks you’ll care about, based on the sources and topics that you tell the app you like, but if you keep scrolling down you can also see other news.

The best bit about Google News though, might be the option to see ‘perspectives and context’. It’s a little button next to stories, which when tapped shows the same story as reported by various different sites and inevitably from various different perspectives, including some that you might never find on your own.

As such it can give you a more rounded look at the news than you’d get if you’re always just using your preferred news source.

Other features of Google News include the ability to filter headlines by subject or source, and subscribe to paid news sources with a single tap.

Pet Care Diary is a fairly simple but potentially very useful app for keeping track of when your pet needs feeding, cleaning, walking or whatever else.

Essentially, it’s like a calendar or to-do list, where you can set up events and reminders, but they’re all focused on your pet, and if you have more than one pet you can set up individual profiles for each, where you can see every upcoming event and reminder, as well as previous ones.

You can also add comments to each reminder, as well as assigning a category, such as ‘food’ or ‘veterinary care’.

Pet Care Diary is probably most useful if you have a high-maintenance pet or multiple pets with their own schedules and needs, but if you ever find yourself putting pet-related things in your calendar, or forgetting to do them, then it’s definitely worth having.

The core app is free, but for US$2.99/£3.99 you can unlock the pro version, which removes adverts and lets you create an unlimited number of pet profiles, among other things.

If more than one person in your household buys groceries, then Bring! is an app that you should really look into.

It’s a grocery list app, as you might have surmised, but it lets you share and collaborate on lists, so everyone who might buy something can see the current list, and anyone else in the household can see it and add to it. Whenever someone does buy things from the list they can tick them off with a tap, so there’s no danger of the same thing being bought twice.

Bring! also lets you add photos to each entry, which is handy if you want to add something very specific, such as a certain brand of item, or if you just want to add some color to the list. But Bring! also has its own database, with images for hundreds of items.

You can create and share multiple lists if, for example, you have a general grocery list and another one for a party. There’s even a recipe section, designed to inspire you to cook, and making it easy to add all the ingredients to your shopping list.

Technically there’s no reason you couldn’t use Bring! for other types of shopping lists as well, or even for to-do lists, but it’s designed for – and excels at – groceries.

Privacy is increasingly hard to come by, especially if you live much of your life online, but Signal Private Messenger can at least ensure no one snoops on your messages.

The app uses your normal phone number and address book, so as with WhatsApp, you don’t need to set up a separate account or anything, making it convenient to use.

Signal is more secure than WhatsApp or most other messaging apps. Not only does it use advanced end-to-end encryption, but it’s also open source, meaning anyone can audit the code to verify how secure it is.

Signal lets you set messages to delete anywhere from five seconds to one week after they’ve been seen – or you can have them remain forever if you’d prefer.

The app also promises that its server never has access to your messages or any other data, plus it offers password or fingerprint protection and it’s not light on general messaging features, as it also supports group chats, voice calls and attachments.

In all, it’s a decent enough messaging app that it could be a strong choice even if privacy and security are only of secondary concern.

Steam Link allows you to stream your Steam games from your PC to your Android phone or tablet, so you can play them from anywhere in your house.

You are limited to your house though, as your computer needs to be on and using the same Wi-Fi network as your Android device for this to work. No Steam streaming on the train, then, but it’s quite freeing if you’re usually tethered to a desk.

You also need a fairly fast and stable internet connection and most games will need you to pair your phone with a Bluetooth controller, though some simpler ones can be controlled purely touchscreen.

Still, if you’re big on gaming but wish you could play your ‘proper’ PC games from the couch, bed or bath, then Steam Link is well worth trying.

Neverthink is an app that aims to give you interesting things to watch, without you ever having to think or decide on them for yourself.

All you actually have to decide is the general category of content you’re in the mood for, be it learning something new, comedy, news, food videos, or one of dozens of other categories.

Once you’ve selected one a relevant video starts playing. These are sourced from the internet and it’s all subscription-free stuff that you could find yourself, except now you don’t have to.

There’s Chromecast support, and if you see something you like you can favorite it to return to later, and that’s about it.

It’s worth noting also that the content is all hand-picked by actual people. There aren’t any algorithms here, and Neverthink promises that hours of new content is added every day, so there should always be so  mething to watch.

There’s a lot more to the weather than you’ll generally see in a typical forecast, and it can be a lot more interesting – and beautiful – than a simple temperature reading.

Ventusky knows this, as it makes forecasts more engaging by including an attractive weather map and wind animation, complete with the current temperature shown on the map, so you can see exactly which areas are what temperature at a glance.

Hourly forecasts let you see how the weather will change over the day and tapping on any hour or day will adjust the weather map accordingly.

You can also view weekly charts of the temperature, precipitation and wind, so you can see how much it varies over time.

Sunrise and sunset times are also available, so there’s a lot to sink your teeth into, but really Ventusky is all about that weather map and wind animation, which shows the motion and direction of the wind in a mesmerizing way.

From the name you might think ChefsFeed is a recipe app, or maybe a social network for chefs, but while there’s an element of both it’s so much more than that.

ChefsFeed, really, is for anyone who loves food. It has articles and videos about food and restaurants, and yes, some recipes, but most of it’s not so much about cooking your own dishes as it is about food culture, with articles titled ‘why restaurants are a refuge for the restless’, and ‘sourcing sustainably is a way of life’, for example.

The app also helps you find new places to dine out, with a section highlighting interesting and recommended restaurants near you, complete with their opening hours and contact details.

You can filter these suggestions by price, distance and type of food, among other things, and save your favorites, so you’ll never forget a place you planned to try.

SketchBook isn’t a new app, but while many of the features used to cost money, it’s now completely free, making it worth revisiting.

The features that are now free include more than 130 brush presets, customizable canvas sizes, various rulers, high quality image imports and more.

And that’s on top of all the basic tools that were already free, such as a layer editor and pen mode, all of which combine to make this one of the most generous free sketching apps available on Android.

Coming from Autodesk, the power of SketchBook should come as no surprise, but it’s an app that seemed worth the money previously and is now utterly essential if you’ve even toyed with the idea of digital sketching.

Facebook Local is all about finding events and attractions nearby. It links to your Facebook account then shows a bunch of events listed on Facebook that are near your current or home location, or another place of your choice.

Some of these will be from friends and pages that you follow, but it will also dig up other local public events, so you’re likely to discover things that you wouldn’t have found on your main Facebook feed.

You can filter events and attraction by type, date, location or time, view them on a map and add them to your Facebook calendar, so it’s simple to control what you see and keep track of what you’re interested in. You can also add your phone calendar to the app, so you can see and manage everything in one place.

More or less all of this stuff can be found on Facebook itself, but Facebook Local is a much more focused way to find out what’s going on around you, without all of Facebook’s many distractions, so it’s worth having on your phone even if you already have the main Facebook app.

Ever wanted your own custom emoji and stickers that star you, rather than a generic face? Then you should definitely download Bitmoji.

This lets you recreate your likeness in cartoon form, with loads of tools available to make the look as perfect as possible. Then you can choose an outfit and get access to dozens if not hundreds of stickers, each of which feature you.

These can be shared to various chat and social apps, but Bitmoji has deeper integration with Gboard, letting you share its stickers direct from the keyboard. It can also be linked to your Snapchat account, making your Bitmoji your Snapchat avatar.

You can alter the look of your Bitmoji at any time, so if you change your own hairstyle you can change theirs to match, or just give them a new outfit, and new stickers and customization options are being added over time, so you shouldn’t get bored.

Opera Touch is a browser that’s designed to be used with one hand, with a ‘Fast Action Button’ that’s always visible and easy to reach at the bottom of the screen. Tapping it launches you straight into a web search, where you can type or speak your query.

There’s even a barcode scanner here, so you can quickly look items up online without having to type their names.

Gesture controls ensure you can navigate the rest of the interface with one hand, letting you switch to recent tabs, reload or close the current page or send it to your computer.

That last one is powered by Opera Flow, which lets you share links, videos and the like between your phone and computer with a single tap or click – though of course to enable this you’ll also need to be running Opera on your PC.

Opera Touch is also fairly secure, with features such as an ad blocker and even cryptocurrency mining protection, which reduces the risk of malicious sites using your phone to mine cryptocurrency in the background – an act that can drain your battery or even cause your phone to overheat.

There are some missing features, most notably private browsing and a desktop mode. Hopefully they’ll be added at some point, but considering Touch’s focus on simplicity, they might not.

Learning to code isn’t easy, but learning the basics is easier in recent years than it ever used to be, and that’s partially because apps like Grasshopper exist, guiding you through the first steps (of JavaScript, in this case) with exercises and quizzes.

The exercises are often presented a bit like puzzles. For example, very early examples task you with completing flags of countries by selecting the right code in the right order. This can feel almost like a game, and is engaging and enjoyable as a result.

Achievements can be gained to further motivate you, and while the app will never make you an expert it does aim to leave you with fundamental JavaScript skills, so you’re ready to take on something more advanced.

You probably didn’t realize that you can save the world while browsing the net, but you can make a small difference by using Ecosia Browser, which uses its ad revenue to plant trees.

Ecosia has already planted over 26 million trees thanks to its users, and for roughly every 45 searches you make another one will be planted.

Beyond its environmental credentials, Ecosia is also a very competent browser. It’s based on Chromium so the look and feel is a lot like that of Google Chrome, meaning it’s likely to be familiar to you.

It supports tabs, private browsing and bookmarks, lets you view your history, allows autofill of forms and has various privacy controls, so you don’t have to sacrifice a feature-packed browsing experience to help the Earth.

PhotoDirector is one of the more powerful and polished photo editing apps available on Android. It’s got you covered for fun filters, frames and effects, but it gives you more control than some of its peers. For example, you can adjust the strength of effects and choose to apply them globally or selectively.

You get a lot of control over the core image too, as you can adjust the white balance, saturation, hue, sharpness, tone and more.

You can also rotate, crop or mirror the image, cut out sections, adjust the perspective, and if you’ve taken a portrait remove red-eye. There’s more here, too much to list, but suffice it to say, PhotoDirector is a comprehensive app.

You’re not limited to just editing photos you’ve already taken either; there’s also a camera component, allowing you to take new shots and see how effects and filters will look before you’ve even taken a picture.

PhotoDirector is free to download and use. There’s an optional subscription for £2.59 (around US$3.70) per month if you want to unlock additional tools, remove adverts and improve the output quality, but the core app is already far more generous than most free offerings.

Seven – 7 Minute Workout Training Challenge promises to get you fit in just seven minutes a day, and while a longer workout might do you more good, we can’t deny that this got our hearts racing.

There’s a wide variety of exercises and workouts, with an animated man or woman showing you how to do each one, along with an optional text explanation.

So far, so standard, but Seven also doles out achievements, lets you add friends for some friendly competition and has specific training plans for different goals. For example, if you tell the app you want to lose weight, it will give you different workouts to if you want to increase your mobility.

The exercises in Seven don’t require any equipment, so you can do them from home or even your office if you have a bit of space, and you can create your own workouts too if there are specific exercises that you like.

Seven is partially free, but there’s an optional US$9.99/£9.99 monthly subscription which unlocks additional workouts, exercises and personalized workout plans. If you like the free version, it could be worth considering.

ESPN has all the sporting news and scores you need (probably) all in one place. While not all sports are covered by the app, many are, including soccer, golf, tennis, basketball, F1, baseball and loads more, and you can select your favorite teams and leagues to have them highlighted by the app.

You can see the latest scores, any breaking news, and drill down into more detailed stats for specific players, teams and games.

There’s also video content, usually surrounding the latest news and results, which you can cast to a big screen.

You can get push notifications sent to your device too, so you’re always up to date on the latest goals and wins.

Drum Pads – Beat Maker Go is a drum machine which lets you easily make beats on the go. There are numerous sound packs split across various genres, such as dubstep, EDM and hip-hop, and once you select one you can get tapping on the drum pad.

There are various effects that you can apply to your track, such as distortion and delay, you can create loops and save your finished pieces, then share them with friends.

Drum Pads is accessible enough that beginners should be able to have fun with it (though some trial and error will be required), but there’s enough here to appeal to more advanced users too.

Otter Voice Notes is a voice recorder, but that’s just the beginning. It also uses AI to automatically turn the recordings into written text so you can read them back rather than having to listen to them.

The app also lets you search for keywords, so you can find exactly the piece of information you’re looking for in seconds, even in long recordings. This all makes it a great tool for recording meetings, lectures and the like, especially since Otter can be trained to recognize voices and you can tag who’s talking, so that even in text form you can see the true flow of a conversation.

You can also create groups with other Otter users if you want to share recordings, and all of your recordings are saved in the cloud so you can access them anywhere and don’t have to store them on your Android device.

The text transcription isn’t perfect (though Otter claims it will get better over time if it’s you talking, as it gets to know your voice better), but it’s reasonably accurate in our experience and you can always go in and make changes to the text manually.

Just a Line is a simple example of the creative potential offered by AR (augmented reality). It lets you view the world through your phone camera and draw on scenes by touching the screen.

You can see your drawings from multiple angles as you move the phone around, and you can film your creations to save them or share them with others.

There’s not a whole lot more to it than that, and Google (which built the app) describes Just a Line as an experiment, so you should go in expecting a curiosity rather than a full-featured app, but it’s a fun introduction to AR that can be enjoyed by all ages.

If your phone battery isn’t lasting as long as you’d like then deleting Facebook could help, as the app tends to use a lot of life, but what to do if you also want to keep using Facebook on your phone? Get Facebook Lite.

This is a lightweight version of the Facebook app, with most of the core features, including your timeline, the ability to post status updates and photos, comments, events, notifications and more, but it uses a lot less power and a lot less data.

Facebook Lite also works even if you only have a 2G connection, so you’ll be able to use Facebook in places that you wouldn’t have been able to before, and it takes up less space on your phone.

The main downside to it is that the interface is much less attractive than on the standard Facebook app, but if you can get used to that it could be a worthy replacement.

RememBear is a simple, surprisingly cute password manager full of bears. Simply add all your passwords to it, lock them behind a master password or fingerprint, and RememBear can auto-fill login forms with them so you never have to remember them or type them again.

RememBear can also generate new secure passwords, so you won’t have to think them up, and the data is synced across devices, so if you don’t have your phone to hand you can access your logins from a computer or other device.

You can also store credit card details, there’s end-to-end encryption and there’s a built-in browser for secure web browsing.

RememBear lacks some features offered by rivals like LastPass, such as favorites, but more features are likely to be added over time. It’s also free to use on a single device, though there’s a paid version that you’ll have to upgrade to for $35.99/£32.49 per year if you want to access your account on multiple devices.

It’s probably fair to say that most ringtones that come with phones aren’t very exciting, and while you can easily set a locally stored song as your ringtone, you won’t necessarily want the whole thing. That’s where Ringtone Maker & Music Editor comes in.

First, you can get this app to scan your device for any stored audio files, sort them by track, album or artist, then select the one that you want to turn into a ringtone and you’ll be able to choose a start and end point – handy for cutting boring intros.

You can type out exactly what point in the music you want to start and end the ringtone down to the millisecond, and you can also cut parts of the music, copy and paste parts, or even meld multiple audio files together. There’s also a basic recording feature built in, so you can record your own ringtones and then edit them.

Once done, you can save your ringtone and assign it either system-wide or to a specific contact.

Ringtone Maker is easy to use and supports various file types, including MP3, FLAC, OGG, WAV, AAC, M4A, MP4 and 3GPP/AMR, and the only real issue it has is the number of adverts, but there’s a pro version that gets rid of them for US$3.99/£3.29.

Moovit is the only app you need to navigate public transport wherever you might be in the world.

Simply enter a destination and it will tell you how to get there from your current location (or you can set a different start point).

Moovit will give you various route options using different forms of transport by default, but you can tell it to only include certain kinds of public transport, or to minimize walking or transfers.

Select a route to see full step by step instructions or get live navigation. The app will tell you exactly where to go and even alert you when you’re nearing your stop so you don’t need to stare at your phone screen the entire journey.

There are also timetables for buses and trains and you can save your favorite destinations or transit lines to quickly get directions and timetables in future.

Moovit also has widgets, offline maps, and transport information for thousands of cities in over 80 countries. We weren’t kidding when we said it’s the only public transport app you’ll need.

Trips by Lonely Planet is a visually beautiful way to share your travel experiences or view those shared by others.

It’s essentially a journaling app designed for globetrotters. Create a new trip in the app, give it a title, subtitle and cover photo, then add your choice of photos, text and maps.

Your trips can be kept private or shared publicly, you can edit them after posting, and of course you can view and favorite other people’s.

There’s a slight social element in that you can follow other users, so you’ll always see any new trips they post, but mostly this is just about seeing the world from your phone and sharing your own trips with the world.

TouchPal is a truly feature-packed keyboard, and an enormously customizable one at that. Not only can you select from thousands of free themes, you can also create your own, picking a key color and adding a background image or color.

All the usual settings are also available, letting you customize the keyboard height and width, change the key layout, enable or disable auto-correct and much more.

There’s also a ‘Curve’ mode, which lets you swipe across keys to select them rather than tapping, and more uniquely a ‘Wave’ setting that builds on predictive text by putting AI-driven next word suggestions under the keys as you type.

You can also access various emoji and GIFs from the keyboard, bring up a Google search and use voice typing. None of that would matter if TouchPal was slow or inaccurate, but in our tests it works well – just as long as you take the time to get it set up how you want it.

Bandcamp is a service that highlights and sells music from numerous artists, mostly of the independent variety, and with the Bandcamp app you can access all of its content from your phone.

As well as buying music, you can stream or download music you already own, and in many cases stream songs that you haven’t yet bought.

You also get access to a weekly podcast that highlights music you might not have come across before, so it’s a good way to discover your next favorite musician.

You can also search, browse, add things to your wishlist and comment on releases, sharing your thoughts with the wider Bandcamp community.

It’s a handy app if you’re into music (and who isn’t?) and a great way to support up and coming artists.

Zomato (formerly Urbanspoon) is probably all you’ll ever need to find and choose restaurants. From the main screen you can see a list of nearby restaurants, each of which has a user rating out of five. You can also search using filters, such as whether you can book, whether the place is currently open and whether it has Wi-Fi, then sort the results by distance, cost, rating or popularity.

There’s also a tab for viewing collections, which are restaurants sorted into categories such as ‘newly opened’ or ‘romantic’.

Tap on a restaurant and you can see photos and reviews added by other users, along with details about what it costs, opening times, an address and map and in many cases menus and lists of pros and cons. From here you can also call the restaurant or add your own photos or review. In some cases you can even book a table direct from the Zomato app.

You can also bookmark your favorite restaurants and follow other users, so you can see where they’ve been and what they like.

If you’re reading this then chances are you could probably stand to spend less time on your phone – we know we could. If so, THRIVE could be just what you need to stay focused and in the moment.

The app lets you block all apps, notifications, calls and texts for a set duration, though you can set up a VIP list of people whose calls and texts will still get through, and you’ll always be able to call emergency numbers.

That’s the default mode in THRIVE, though you can deactivate it if you decide you need to use your phone after all.

If you really want help staying off your phone there’s also a ‘Super Thrive Mode’, which – short of rebooting your phone – can’t be deactivated before the allotted time runs out.

If anyone tries to contact you while you’re using one of these modes, you can set an auto-reply message that will let them know when you’ll be available again.

There’s also an App Blocking mode, which will block access to apps of your choice after you’ve used them for an amount of time that you can set. So, for example, it might block Facebook after you’ve used it for 30 minutes. You then can’t access it again until 12am the next day.

THRIVE isn’t the only app designed to keep you off your handset but it could be one of the most useful, as while most try to incentivize you, THRIVE simply stops you.

If you play an instrument then you probably sometimes need backing tracks, and Backing Track Play Music can provide them.

It has thousands of backing tracks designed for guitarists, bassists, drummers, keyboardists and singers, and you can filter by instrument, genre, artist, or just perform a general search.

The selection is decent and varied, covering many big hits from artists of various genres. You’ll also find lyrics and tablature for many songs, and the app claims new backing tracks are added every day.

The core app is free, but if you want to get rid of adverts and be able to download backing tracks for offline use, you can grab Backing Track Play Music Pro for $1.49/£1.29.

Your phone is probably your most used device, so it’s understandable if you get a bit bored of it sometimes and want a change. Rather than buying a whole new handset you could just change your launcher, and Microsoft Launcher is one of the best around.

Formerly known as Arrow Launcher, it’s been around for a while and it keeps improving, most recently thanks to the addition of Cortana, which you can activate by tapping an icon or long-pressing the home button. Cortana isn’t any better than Google Assistant (or arguably even as good), but it’s a change and you can still use Google Assistant as well.

The rest of the app has a lot to offer, including loads of customizable gesture controls. For example, you can open the app drawer with a two-finger swipe up, but if you’d rather that gesture launched your favorite app, you can set it to do that instead.

You can also make Microsoft Launcher your own by customizing the theme, icons and accent colors, and if you’re not feeling inspired when it comes to wallpaper then you can set it to automatically change daily.

Got your old home screen exactly how you like it? Then when setting up Microsoft Launcher you can choose to import the old layout, bringing all your folders with you.

There’s also a clever unified search bar on your home screen that can search both the contents of your phone and the web. For the latter it uses Bing of course, but you can’t have everything.

Yummly is a super customizable recipe app for picky eaters and cooks. It’s packed with over a million recipes, and you can add various filters to dictate which ones you see.

These include basic dietary and allergy options, such as vegetarian, pescatarian and gluten-free, but you can also add specific disliked ingredients that you want to avoid, filter by taste such as sweet or bitter, choose the nutritional values you’re interested in (such as low-carb), and pick which cuisines you do or don’t want to see.

There are also filters for prep time and techniques required, such as baking or blending, so you can tweak the requirements exactly to your liking, or those of your guests.

All that aside, Yummly has many of the same features as other recipe apps, including a built-in shopping list, personalized recommendations, the ability to save favorites, and videos that teach you cooking techniques.

Most Android users probably opt for Chrome as their web browser, and it’s a solid choice, but there are more interesting – if not necessarily better – options, such as Cake Web Browser.

This attractive browser will instantly load the most relevant result when you search for something, which can save precious time if what it’s loaded is useful or slow things down if it isn’t.

From that first page you can swipe left to get to the search results and pick a different site, or swipe right to instantly load the next result, then keep swiping right to keep moving through the results.

You can customize and reorder the sources it uses for web, video, image, news and shopping searches to improve the accuracy of its search results, but this is otherwise a fairly basic browser – you can open multiple tabs, view your history, bookmark pages and the like, but if you want things like desktop sites or privacy and accessibility controls you should look elsewhere.

Still, if you want a refreshingly different, stripped back browsing experience then Cake Web Browser is well worth a look.

Two of the main reasons for using a VPN are accessing geo-restricted content and maintaining your privacy and security online.

ProtonVPN can help with both of those, and costs a lot less than most rivals. In fact, the core service is totally free, and there are no bandwidth restrictions, so you can use it as much as you want.

There are no ads either, because it’s fully funded by optional paid subscriptions (starting at around $5/£3.50 per month). These unlock higher speeds, VPN servers in more countries and the ability to use ProtonVPN on more than one device.

But for free you still get access to VPNs in three countries, and a whole lot more security than you’ll have without a VPN, as your activity will be encrypted and protected by Swiss privacy laws, and it won’t be logged.

If you’re a movie lover then you might already know about Letterboxd, and if you don’t you should. It lets you keep track of movies you’ve watched, add them to your list with a single tap, review them, give them a star rating, and say when you watched them.

It also lets you keep track of what you want to watch, thanks to a comprehensive film database and the ability to add films to a watch list – again with a single tap.

Letterboxd helps you discover films by highlighting what’s currently popular, and offering thousands of lists created by users of the app. These lists all have a theme, and while that’s sometimes as simple as someone’s favorite movies, usually it’s a lot more interesting than that, for example one list is titled “They aren’t films, they’re experiences”.

Of course, you can also make lists of your own, and Letterboxd is a bit of a social network too, letting you follow other users and comment on their lists.

Your calendar can already create reminders, but you need to be in the calendar to make them. With Remindee you can create a reminder from within almost any app, and not just within an app, but with the reminder itself linked to the content you’re viewing.

For example, if you’re on a web page and want to read something later, you can use Remindee to remind you about it at a more convenient time. Or if you want to watch a YouTube or Netflix video when you get home, you can do the same for that.

Hit the share button, select Remindee and a box pops up letting you set a time and date when you want to be reminded. The box is automatically populated with a link to the content you were viewing, but you can add additional details if you want.

Head into Remindee itself and you can see upcoming and past reminders, and if you plan to use it a lot you can add a persistent Remindee option to the notifications dropdown.

It’s a simple idea, but a useful one. Achieving the same with your calendar would mean first opening it and then copying the link across manually, so if your reminders tend to be content-focused then Remindee could be a slick alternative to whatever you’re using now.

There are loads of filter apps and photo fixers on Android, but LightX Photo Editor is one of a much smaller number of comprehensive editing apps.

It has plenty of filters, as well as tools for sharpening images and removing blemishes, and much more besides.

You can tweak the hue, saturation and tone, adjust the focus, add a frame, sticker or text, merge images, create collages, flip, crop and rotate, draw on pictures and change the perspective.

All of that is free, though there’s an optional IAP to remove adverts and add a few extra features.

Whether you opt for the free or paid version, LightX is a powerful, feature-packed app that should suit most mobile photo-editing needs.

While there’s still something to be said for keeping a paper journal, going digital gives you a lot more convenience, security and features, and Day One Journal is one of the best tools for the job.

Having enjoyed years of popularity on iOS, it’s finally arrived on Android, bringing with it a slick interface that lets you see your journal entries by date, as a gallery of attached images, or on a map of the world with pins that take you to an entry made at each location.

Making a new entry is as simple as tapping the big plus or camera icons on the main screen, depending on whether you want to start with a photo or text. Day One Journal adds the time and current weather to each entry automatically.

You can also set reminders to help you get into the journaling habit, star your favorite journal entries to easily return to them, add tags, and get alerts for entries you made on this day in previous years, or at nearby locations.

With optional fingerprint or passcode security, no unauthorized eyes will be able to access your memories.

That’s all free, but there’s also an optional $24.99/£22.49 yearly subscription that lets you back everything up to the cloud, access your journal on multiple devices, keep multiple journals and more. It’s not cheap, but could be worthwhile if you get really into journaling.

Exercise should be its own reward, but if it’s not then you might want to check out Winwalk Pedometer.

As well as doing the important job of counting your steps, Winwalk also rewards you with a coin for every hundred you take. Save these coins up and you can ultimately cash them in for vouchers at the likes of Tesco and Starbucks.

The rewards – which appear to be UK-only for now – do take a while to earn. You’ll need 9,450 coins for a £5 Starbucks voucher for example at the time of writing, but you can get a scratch card for just 65 coins, and these have a chance of unlocking the same vouchers.

You can also top up your points faster by inviting friends to join Winwalk and completing ‘missions’, which tend to involve installing and using other apps.

Rewards aside, Winwalk is a basic but competent pedometer. You can have it permanently visible on your lock screen or notification shade, showing how many steps you’ve taken and how far you’ve walked, and it will take a stab at estimating how many calories you’ve burned.

Once you’ve used it for a while, Winwalk will also tell you your average seven-day and 30-day step counts, and how many steps you took on your best day.

It seems reasonably accurate, but although you can set your gender, age and weight, you can’t set your stride length, so if it’s mis-measuring yours there’s not much you can do to fix it.

Canva was a hit on iOS and now it’s arrived on Android, giving you a simple yet powerful way to create posters, collages, flyers, cards, Instagram posts, banners and headers for blogs or other social media, and more.

It’s a graphic design app, and one that’s intuitive from the moment you launch it. Start by choosing the type of content you want to design, then take your pick from a wide selection of ready-made templates (or search for something specific). Once that’s done, you’re ready to get editing.

You can tap on any part of a template to change it with context-sensitive tools. Tap on text, for example, and you can write something new, or change the font, size, color and spacing.

Select an image to change the color, add a filter, adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation, or switch it for a different picture altogether – either one of the many in Canva or one from your gallery.

You can also drag and rotate things, and there’s unlimited undo, so you can go back as many steps as you want if you make a mess of the whole thing.

When you’re done, you can save your creation to your phone or share it online. It’s also saved in the ‘Your designs’ section of the app, which you can access from the web and other devices, so you’ll never lose a design you’ve made.

Need more podcasts to listen to and not sure where to start? You could do a lot worse than Scout FM.

This is a podcast discovery app with various ‘stations’ of podcasts focused on a particular theme, be it mindfulness, the latest news, entertainment, and many other topics.

These stations work like playlists; rather than just giving you a list of podcasts in each category, it plays one automatically and lets you move to another with a swipe of your finger. You can pause with a tap, and there are options for skipping, changing playback speed. It’s a fairly basic player, but all the essentials are there.

You probably won’t use Scout FM as your main podcast app – not least because you can’t actually choose a specific podcast to play – but if you’re open to hearing something new and just aren’t sure what to start with, it can help you find a whole new selection of favorites.

Did you know that the best time to buy a car is at the end of the month, since salespeople have quotas to hit and are more likely to cut you a deal? Or that you can get gum out of hair by dipping it in coke? If you had Life Hacks you would.

This appropriately named app has hundreds of hacks spread across various categories, such as ‘Money Savers’ and ‘Study Boosters’.

Tap on a category and you’ll be shown a selection of cards, each of which has a life hack on it. The bottom of each card also has the option to favorite, copy or share it, so you can easily build up a library of useful hacks or share them with your friends.

New hacks are also regularly added, so you won’t run out of things to learn. Some of the hacks are clearly aimed specifically at US users as they’re related to businesses like Walmart and Wendy’s, but most of them could be useful wherever you are.

Hitlist is designed to both find cheap flight deals and give you ideas of where to go. You start by selecting your home airport, then you can select a destination and the dates you want to travel, then get results sorted by price.

So far, so familiar, but Hitlist lets you select a range of dates rather than a specific flight day if you’re prepared to be flexible in order to save money, or you can even enter no dates at all if you’re happy to travel at any time.

And that’s just half of the app. The other half is about discovery. Hitlist will highlight various locations and events, such as the best cities for New Year’s Eve, and the best places for photography. Tapping on any of these will let you drill down to specific locations and then look for flights.

If you save a location you can also get alerts from Hitlist whenever the flight prices drop, so there’s a lot here, whether or not you know where you want to go.

Smiling Mind is a meditation app for everyone, and when we say everyone, we really mean it, as there are meditations specifically designed for various age groups and situations, from kids of 7 through to adults, from office workers to athletes, from those new to meditation to those who’ve been doing it for years.

There’s also resources for anyone trying to teach meditation in the classroom, and whatever your age or situation you’ll find meditations of varying lengths, from as little as around one minute, to around half an hour.

The app will also keep track of how many meditations you’ve done, the total duration and on what days, and if you want to share the app you can set up sub profiles, so everyone has their own accounts.

Unlike many meditation apps, Smiling Mind is also completely free. There’s no subscription, no in-app purchases and not even any adverts.

While many of us have moved to streaming music, there is still a place for locally stored music on Android, and Phonograph is one of the better players.

Phonograph puts aesthetics and ease of use first, so it’s always pleasant to operate. The app has a Material Design look that fits with Google’s vision of Android, but it’s also packed full of album art and color, so there’s never a dull screen.

You can also customize the colors and overall theme and look of the app, while the color of the main ‘now playing’ screen will change based on the album artwork of the current track.

The layout is simple too, with your music library sorted by song, album, artist or playlist, and you can switch between views with a swipe, while most other options are no more than a tap away.

Although not as feature-packed as some players, Phonograph has a number of handy extras and toggles, like gapless playback, information and images pulled automatically from Last.fm, a sleep timer, widgets and lock screen controls.

It’s not often that Google’s apps come to iOS before Android, but Motion Stills did, as it was designed to stabilize Live Photos, so they’d come out smoother. Now though it’s out on Android too, letting you shoot a short video clip which the app stabilizes.

Clips that you shoot can be saved as a video or a looping GIF and then shared on social media, and Motion Stills also lets you use a ‘Fast Forward’ mode, which will condense up to a minute of footage into a shorter clip. This too is stabilized, to keep it smooth, and you can pick the playback speed.

Motion Stills only works for new footage – so you can’t import and stabilize anything you’ve already shot (though if you just want to turn old footage into a GIF there are plenty of other apps that will do that).

But for anything new you shoot Motion Stills is a great way to make a GIF or short video and ensure footage remains smooth. It’s fast too, as footage is stabilized in real time, so you don’t need to wait for it to process your clip, and it’s completely free.

Timbre’s full name is ‘Timbre: Cut, Join, Convert mp3’, and that tells you almost everything you need to know about it: this is an app for cutting, joining and converting files.

But the MP3 bit in the name rather undersells it, because Timbre can also work its magic on WAV, FLAC, M4A, AAC, PCM, AIFF, Ogg, WMA, ALAC, MP4, AVI, FLV, MOV, WebM, MKV and MPEG files.

You can convert from one file type to another, which is handy if, for example, your music or video player doesn’t like a specific file type.

You can also trim down audio and video files, or combine several files into one, which you might want to do if you’re editing together a video with multiple scenes, or making a mixtape.

Those are the headline features of Timbre, but there are also tools to remove audio from a video file, split a single audio file into two parts, and change the bitrate of an audio file.

All of these things are simple to do, with Timbre sporting a clear interface, and it’s completely free as well.

Almost unavoidably there will be times when you have to hand your phone to someone else, be it to show them some pictures or let them make a call, but what you probably don’t want is the risk of them rummaging through your other apps.

Or, equally, you might not be in the habit of handing out your phone, and not really want to have to unlock it every time you use it either, but still want security for your most sensitive apps.

Either way, Norton App Lock can help, by, well, locking the apps of your choice, behind a PIN, pattern or fingerprint scan.

The app itself is easy to use – just set up the security options you want, then tap the padlock next to any app you want to lock. Once done, you’ll get Norton’s lock screen whenever you (or anyone else) tries to launch the app.

While Norton App Lock isn’t the only option for this it is the best we’ve come across, as it’s fast, loading the instant you tap on a secured app, rather than keeping you waiting. It’s also smart enough not to re-lock an app until you turn the screen off, and it has other handy features too, like one-tap locking of all the apps it thinks you should be securing.

Your phone probably came with a calculator app, but we can almost guarantee that All-in-One Calculator is better. Not only does it have a basic calculator (which changes to a scientific one when you hold your phone in landscape orientation or swipe in from the right edge), it also has over 75 specialist calculators and unit converters.

These cover everything from solving equations, to converting weights and lengths, to working out percentages, averages, density and more. There’s even a currency converter, which updates to offer the current exchange rates, and a BMI calculator.

Most of these you’ll probably never need to use, but next time you need to calculate or convert anything All-in-One Calculator will ensure the answer is never more than a few taps away.

Evernote is an excellent app for your Android device that lets you stash and sync all your text notes, voice memos and files on your phone and access them through a desktop computer.

It’s a brilliant productivity tool that lets you organize and search your notes so you always have exactly what you need at your fingertips.

The paid premium version unlocks offline access and use on an unlimited number of devices, among other things, but for free you still get a vast, feature-packed digitial notebook that’s easy to navigate.

There are probably hundreds of photo apps around, but Google Photos stands out as it gives you unlimited storage for photos and videos, all for free.

That’s reason enough to jump on board, especially as it works not just on Android but on iOS and computers too.

But with basic editing tools and the ability to make collages and albums this is more than just photo and video storage, it aims to be your first and last stop after taking a picture. To achieve that it will need a few more features, but it’s well on its way.

If you’re serious about running or cycling then you should be serious about Strava. As smartphone fitness tools go it’s one of the best, allowing you to track your performance, set goals and see daily progress updates.

There are leaderboards and challenges to give it a competitive edge and if you’re ever not sure where to run or cycle you can find user created routes on the app, or share your own. All of that comes free of charge, while a premium version adds even more tools.

Arriving in a brand new city is always exciting but it can also be a little daunting, especially if you need to get around using public transport. Citymapper – Bus, Tube, Rail is a brilliant app that brings you real-time information on public transport for cities around the world.

You can easily plan your route using all kinds of transport, from buses to ferries, and you can be kept up to date with real-time data, including any disruptions or cancellations. An essential app for any city-bound traveller.

If you fancy learning a foreign language then make sure you download Duolingo: Learn Languages Free, as it’s one of those rare apps that manages to be both educational and fun, ensuring that you’ll keep coming back for more to brush up on your language skills, with bite-sized, genuinely useful lessons and tests.

Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Turkish, Dutch, Irish, Danish, Swedish, Ukrainian, Esperanto, Polish, Greek, Hungarian, Norwegian, Hebrew, Welsh, English, Swahili and Romanian can all be learned, it’s mostly free and it’s one of the best ways you can learn a new language with your Android device.

Lexar’s world-first 1TB SDXC card is now available for purchase

At Photokina 2016, SanDisk announced the world’s first 1TB SD card, but that never did hit shelves. Lexar, however, has beaten every other card manufacturer to the punch by revealing its own 1TB SDXC memory card at CES 2019, and it’s already on sale.

The Lexar Professional 633x SDXC UHS-I card falls under the fastest speed class (Class 10/V30 for video recording), boasting a read speed of up to 95MB/s.

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To put that kind of storage into perspective, you should be able to fit about 650 minutes worth of 4K footage on a single Lexar Professional 633x SDXC UHS-I card.

This whopper of an SD card comes to us “almost 15 years” after Lexar announced a 1GB option, showing how far the company has come. It was only two years ago that Lexar’s parent company Micron discontinued the brand before selling it off to Chinese company Longsys in 2017. Lexar then made a comeback in late 2018.

The card is on sale for a recommended price of €439.99 (about $507/£397/AU$708).

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10 weird and wonderful gadgets from CES 2019’s ‘Ninja hangout’: second brains to robot toilets

Sure, you can spend your time checking-out the big brands’ latest wares at CES 2019, but if you really want to see what’s coming next, it’s to the smaller Tech West that you must head. 

CES supremo Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), knows a thing or two about ‘ninja innovators’, and he also knows where they hang out. 

“Eureka Park in the Sands is where a lot of the wannabe ninjas hang out,” said Shapiro to TechRadar. “We have 1,100+ startup companies right in that one area, and that’s certainly where the future ninjas are.”

On display in Eureka Park, and upstairs at the Sands Expo (where successful ninjas eventually progress to) are everything from an Alexa-compatible motorcycle helmet to an electric toothbrush that clean teeth in 10 seconds, though CES would not be complete without at least one high-tech toilet…

1. PurrSong LavvieBot 

Cat parents, rejoice and welcome from South Korea the world’s first and only cat litter box on the Internet of (nasty) Things. 

First, your cat jumps up into the main compartment to do business, and after it’s left, LavvieBot noiselessly pushes a rake through the litter before hurling a few handfuls of clean litter on top. LavvieBot also deodorizes itself, and sends data on your cat’s weight and, naturally, it’s toilet schedule, to a PurrSong app. 

Yes, it’s a bit of a statement piece, but since this is basically a robot toilet cleaner, who cares? LavvieBot launches on Indiegogo in May 2019.

2. AVA Byte Garden

You’ve gone vegan, you hate single-use plastic, and you love talking. To plants. If that’s you, this smart indoor garden on the Canadian Delegation’s booth in Eureka Park is for you. 

A counter-top device with a self-contained water pump, humidity and water level sensors for automatic watering, and a HD camera for recording plant growth and ‘harvest data’, it’s designed for growing herbs, lettuce and tomatoes indoors. 

It’s also Google Assistant-enabled, so you can ask: “Hey Google, how’s my garden?” The box includes pre-seeded, soil-free compostable pods. It’s still in prototype stage, and being crowdfunded now, but should cost around $229/£180.

3. OrCam MyMe

Do you have trouble remembering faces? Wearable cameras have been around a while, with Google Clips the latest effort, but MyMe goes way further than life-logging to become something of a ‘second brain’.

Currently being crowdfunded on Kickstarter, MyMe weighs just 17g and contains a 13-megapixel camera, which it uses to create an AI capable of recognizing faces and text, allowing the wearer to tag and organise people in circles such as work, friends, and family. It will cost $399/£312 when it goes on sale in March. 

4. Y-Brush

How much cleaner would your teeth be if you could professionally clean them in just 10 seconds? 

There’s a lot of tech in Eureka Park from France, with one of the standouts being this ’10-second toothbrush’. 

Consisting of a handle, a brush, a charging station, a storing pod and a toothpaste applicator, its makers claim that Y-Brush, developed and tested by dentists for three years, automatically deep cleans teeth using sonic vibrating technology and nylon bristles. 

Hailing from Lyon, France, Y-Brush is already on sale for $125/£99. 

5. Embr Wave

This personal thermostat cools you down or heats you up on-demand. 

Getting hot and bothered in an airport queue? Just hit the Embr Wave bracelet and it will cool the temperature-sensitive skin on your wrist, creating a sensation something akin to the chill of an ice cube on your wrist, triggering your body’s comfort response to help you feel five degrees cooler or warmer.

It can also recreate the comforting warmth of having your hands by the fire. Investors in its maker, Embr Labs, include Intel and Bose. Embr Wave costs $299/£235. 

6. Galanck Le Galuchon backpack

CES isn’t known for travel gear such as backpacks, but this one sports some top tech. 

Designed for cyclists, but just as good for those travelling by scooter, rollerblades and skates, the Le Galuchon backpack is connected to the eGalanck GPS navigation app. 

It lights up to increase the visibility of cyclists, sends vibrations into the arms of the rider for ‘sensorial’ guidance, and automatically signals using lights on the backpack’s shoulder straps when you turn or brake. 

7. Invoxia Pet Tracker

GPS trackers have been around a while, but only recently has the tech shrunk enough to become convincing for use with small dogs and cats.

Winner of a CES Innovation Awards in Wearables this week, the 42 x 24 x 17mm, 15g pet tracker from a French start-up in Eureka Park’s fitness technology zone gets around the other problem of short-range connectivity by shipping with a three year subscription to Sigfox, the low-power IoT network that works throughout most of Europe.

It’s waterproof, with a three month battery life, and permanently keeps track of a dog or cat’s location via a phone app. It’s on sale now for $112/£89, including that Sigfox connection.

8. Loop Earplugs

Anyone with tinnitus knows that they should have protected their ears years ago. Cue this earplug for music from Antwerp, Belgium, which is designed to reduce decibels while not looking anything like a hearing aid. 

Loop combines an acoustic channel and a filter, rather than a blocker, which allows sound waves to enter via a small opening and pass through a hollow acoustic channel. 

The result is clear speech and music, but with volume reduced by 20 decibels. They’re on sale in five colors for $30/£24. 

9. Glance Clock

The Amazon Echo Wall Clock may have been merely the first of many smart clocks. The latest salvo comes from Glance Tech in the Holland Tech Square, which is demonstrating a clock designed to get your eyes off your smartphone. 

Aimed at living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, bedrooms and offices, Glance can be configured to set reminders – visible on its LED screen at a glance, naturally – of meetings, appointments and messages. 

Glance synchronizes with phones via Bluetooth, Google Calendar and iCal, displays weather, outside temperature and humidity, plays nicely with IFTTT, and comes equipped with a motion sensor and ambient light sensor. It’s on sale now for $199/£157.

10. Jarvish X-AR

Over in the Taiwan Tech corner is Jarvish, which has an on-sale-soon concept of a motorcycle helmet embedded with augmented reality tech. 

At its core this helmet is designed to give the rider 360° vision, with a tiny heads-up display showing the feed from a camera on the rear of the helmet. 

In that way, it’s much like Google Glass. However, it’s also got embedded speakers that deliver 360° audio, it records footage from all journeys to an SD card just like a dash cam, and it can even broadcast everything in its field of view live to social media if you ask Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant. 

It also includes voice-activated navigation. It will go on sale in September for $1,599/£1,263. 

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Your mirror may soon be able to decide the clothes you wear

Ever find yourself wanting to throw your entire wardrobe away and start over again? You may have even considered getting a personal shopper… but what if you could get that service without even leaving your bedroom?

We’ve just seen the world’s first smart mirror that features artificial intelligence tech to recommend clothes for your body type and fashion sense.

It’s made by LG, and while it’s still in the concept stage at the moment, the smart mirror was demonstrated to us on the floor at CES 2019.

The LG smart mirror scans your body type to work out your height, leg length, waist size and more. It’ll then recommend clothes that will suit your measurements and overall style.

In a demo we saw, the information was generally quite accurate but it wasn’t 100% right, so you’d likely have to do some fiddling with the stats manually to make sure it has your measurements correct.

It’ll then generate an avatar of yourself on the screen that you can dress up like you’re choosing your clothes in The Sims. You’ll be asked the type of clothing you’re looking for, such as informal or formal, shirts or sweaters, and then it’ll generate an outfit for you and recommend the right sizes.

For example, in our demo we asked it to provide a sweater for the avatar and it appeared on the screen. You can then rotate the avatar, look closer to see if you like the material and then order it directly from the mirror.

These are all real clothes that you can buy and have delivered to your door. At the time of writing there are only clothes from US retailer LF, but an LG representative confirmed to TechRadar the company is looking to bring other brands and retailers into the partnership soon.

The aim is, eventually, to have hundreds of different outfits to choose from at your disposal without having to visit lots of different stores and try them on. You can also choose your outfit manually, but it’s interesting to see what the AI thinks suits you best.

How this will work in the real world remains unclear, but we’d hope the artificial intelligence would be able to get a clearer picture of your likes and dislikes over time to develop a stronger sense of your style.

LG foresees this as a device for the home, but this could also be used for personal shopping experiences in stores as well. You could enter your local shopping center, stand in front of one of these and have an AI personal shopper recommend outfits to you in a matter of minutes.

To cap it off…

LG isn’t the only company debuting new smart mirror technology at CES 2019 either. Capstone has unveiled its first smart mirror, but this is a very different idea to what LG’s wants to offer.

Capstone’s mirror (pictured at the top of this article) is designed for your bathroom and comes with Google Assistant built-in. The idea is you’ve got a screen in front of you when you wake up so you can ask questions, see your schedule for the day and watch the news all while brushing your teeth. It’s slightly transparent so from certain angles you’re able to see the image while also getting a clear reflection of your face. 

And then there’s the Artemis smart mirror from Care OS that allows you to preview your make-up or a new hairstyle using augmented reality. 

The Artemis smart mirror from Care OS

Unlike the avatar that LG’s mirror creates, this will line up the look you’re thinking of going for on top of your own face to give you a clear picture if that red lipstick is going to work with your outfit or whether you should do your hair in a different way.

It’ll also be able to play tutorials on the screen so you can easily watch videos for make-up and hair tips.

We’ve seen a slew of augmented reality apps for your phone so you can preview radical new hairstyles and looks, but having this capability built into your smart mirror at home may encourage you to be more experimental with your style and give a more true-to-life realization of what you’re looking at.

Care OS will debut the Artemis smart mirror in the second half of 2019, but you’ll be paying for the privilege to get the tech into your home as it’s set to start at $20,000.

Smart mirrors aren’t a new concept – we’ve previously seen the HiMirror Plus+ that aims to help you improve your skincare regime – but it seems 2019 may be the time that people start to install this tech in their homes.

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