Smart home manufacturer Nest is being taken under the wing of Google – and not for the first time.
[Update: Since the news broke of Nest rejoining Google there’s been a pretty significant team change. More on that to follow.]
Nest was originally taken on by Google four years ago after being purchased for $3.2 billion, but split off from Google and became a property of Alphabet, Google’s parent company.
Now it’s back in the fold, and all indications point towards a greater integration of Google’s voice assistant, Google Assistant.
Sales figures are good
It’s always been a little strange that Google and Nest were two Alphabet companies making smart home products independent of each other, and rumors have been circulating for a while now that this move was on the cards.
Nest is most famous for its smart thermostats Learning and E, and its top-of-the-range security cameras Cam IQ and Cam Outdoor. It’ll be interesting to see if the design language of the Nest range changes to fall more in line with the other hardware from Google.
Google’s smart home range is, for now at least, limited to its smart speakers, the Home, Mini and Max. It appears to be a success, however, with Google claiming that it’s “sold tens of millions of products for the home in just the last year”.
That quote comes from the Google blog post penned by Nest CEO Rick Osterloh to announce the organizational change. Also included were some interesting claims about Nest’s sales figures: “The company doubled its hardware portfolio last year – selling more devices in 2017 than the previous two years combined.”
An interesting development is that since the news of the reabsorption broke, Matt Rogers, one of Nest’s co-founders has announced that he’s leaving the company.
With other co-founder Tony Fadell (known to some as “one of the fathers of the iPod”) leaving the company in 2016, this means that Nest is now without either of it’s original creators.
We’ve yet to find out if Nest products will be rebranded as Google, or what other changes we’re likely to see. The only thing we do know is that Google is doing its best to become the dominant force in the smart home market.
- Want to know what else Google is working on? Check out: Google is working on a console and game streaming service
Let’s get this out of the way immediately: the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is never going to be your go-to option if you’re on a tight budget. It’s a Goliath of a smartphone, both in terms of sheer size and internal power. It’s got the screen size and specification smarts to be a competitor to the much lauded iPhone X and that doesn’t come cheap.
We’ve picked out our very favourite deals as well, and we tell you more about this mammoth mobile further down the page. But as you’d probably expect, prices now aren’t a patch on what we were seeing over the January sales season. You’ve missed your opportunity to bag a bargain, but at least you’re in the right place to see today’s best Galaxy Note 8 deals.
It might seem a tad unfair, but we can’t not mention the Galaxy Note 7 debacle when talking about its successor. Samsung’s 2016 aborted project due to overheating and fire risks means that we’ve had to wait two years for a fully functioning Note-branded phablet from the South Korean tech behemoth. But we can now move forward from that chapter in tech history – the Note 8 is well and truly here!
Samsung’s ‘Unbox your tickets’ offer
Until February 15, you can claim a pair of free gig or music festival tickets – including Katy Perry, Little Mix, Arcade Fire, Elbow, Steps and the London BST festival – when you buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 from selected retailers. Find out more about the offer by heading to TechRadar’s news story on the ‘Unbox your tickets’ promotion.
The best Galaxy Note 8 deals in the UK today:
Should I get the Galaxy Note 8 SIM free?
You must be somebody after our own heart. Always looking to see how you can trim a few pounds off your new favourite gadget. As you probably know, you can now pick up cheap SIM only deals for as little as £4 a month, which could make it worth buying a SIM and handset separately.
Well the Galaxy Note 8’s RRP is £869. Even if you get the cheapest SIM card (usually around £4 a month for 500MB data), that would still cost almost £1,000 over the two years. You’re probably better cranking up the upfront cost in our price comparison chart above, imposing a low maximum for monthlies and finding a cheaper deal in the long run.
To get the best price on your new SIM free Galaxy, you can head to our cheapest unlocked Note 8 deals page.
Wondering what all the fuss is about? Well the fervour for the Note 8 is probably doubled due to the fact that the Note 7 was pulled from shelves soon after release. But it doesn’t take more than one look at the Note 8 to see that it justifies the hype.
The huge 6.3-inch ‘Infinity Display,’ is gorgeous to look at, the 6GB RAM innards go like a train and there are two best-in-class rear cameras. It’s expensive, but we think the Note 8 is worth it.
Read TechRadar’s full Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review
Now let’s break down the best Samsung Galaxy Note 8 deals by network…
Best Galaxy Note 8 deal on EE this month
Best Galaxy Note 8 deal on O2 this month
Best Galaxy Note 8 deal on Vodafone this month
Best Galaxy Note 8 deals on Three this month
In April 2017, a report from IDC stated that the global shipment of PCs went up for the first time since Q1 2012 on an annualised basis. The first quarter of 2017 noted 0.6% year-on-year increase in PC shipments. While overall PC growth has seen a slump over the last five years, the market for PC gaming equipment has seen considerable growth globally.
According to a report from Jon Peddie Research, the Asia Pacific region was the biggest and fastest growing market in gaming PCs overall. Dense population, ease of arrangement and a booming gaming culture are major reasons for this, especially in a country like India.
As companies target these new gamers, it’s important to know what products will actually help you. For instance, PC gamers usually swear by mechanical keyboards. They also want fancy RGB lighting and customisable macro keys. There’s more of course, so here’s some help for choosing the best gaming keyboards in India.
Logitech has been seemingly going out of its way to make only the most high-end, cutting-edge peripherals without taking value into consideration. That’s all changed with the G413 Carbon, a mechanical keyboard that sacrifices RGB backlighting and customisable macro keys in favour of an affordable price tag.
Its low-profile appearance may look simple in comparison to competing keyboards, but the Logitech G413 Carbon has a magnesium-alloy skeleton exposure. Though the Romer-G switches might be a turnoff for Cherry MX enthusiasts, they’re virtually silent, fairly responsive and rated for 70 million actuations.
Read the full review: Logitech G413 Carbon
Like the Corsair K70 Rapidfire before it, the K95 RGB Platinum is a gaming-first mechanical keyboard with plenty of versatility to get the job done. The simple arrangement of a single row of six macro keys keeps this QWERTY keyboard neat and organised. The software may be sloppy, but if all you’re doing is assigning macros, you may not even need it.
The Corsair K95 RGB Platinum packs in 8MB of memory dedicated for storing profiles. The keyboard is backlit and supports 16.8 million colours. Its military grade aluminium body makes it well suited for travel as well.
The choice between mechanical and membrane keys has been a difficult one for some. But now Razer brings the two together with its ‘Mecha-Membrane’ Ornata keyboard.
These new keyboards have shorter keys, the tactile feel of the green switches from the Blackwidow X Chroma, and an audible click. Just like its other products, the Ornata features a fully customisable, per-key backlight and it comes with a plush pleather wrist rest too.
Logitech has followed up its Orion Spark G910 mechanical keyboard with the G810, which arrives with a refreshingly grown-up feel. Sporting Logitech’s own Romer G switches, which aren’t quite as squishy as Cherry’s various switches, the G810 possesses a snappier feel than other gaming keyboards whether typing or gaming.
Featuring smart media keys that work equally well on both Windows and OS X, Logitech’s latest keyboard is a solid all-round offering. If you’re fed up of the weird markings, LCD screens and strange parts that come with competing “gamer-focused” keyboards, the G810 might be for you.
Many mechanical keyboards are gaudy and unwieldy, aimed at gamers on the, err, ostentatious side. That’s not the case with the SteelSeries Apex M500. Like the Logitech G810, the Apex M500 eschews unnecessary bells and whistles in favor of clean design and bare essentials. While it’s lacking media keys, macros and other such extras, it benefits from a compact design that wastes no space. Tailored towards e-Sports, its minimal leanings are refreshing and it looks great on a desk, accompanied by the right monitor and the right mouse, of course.
In-ear headphones are a love it or hate it affair. Some people love their compact design and the fact that you can easily wear them under a hat or a helmet, while others dislike the feeling of having something sitting directly in your ears.
Light and compact enough for the gym without sacrificing on audio quality, in-ear headphones are perfect for more or less every situation you can think of throwing at them – running, biking, hiking or simply walking around town.
Ideally, the best in-ear headphones (often referred to as earphones) should be ultra-comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. Newer models might be completely wire-free, but if battery life is a concern for you, you might want a pair of wired buds.
We’re constantly reviewing new pairs of earphones, so we’re always updating this list as we find better ones available.
Here are the top 10 best earbuds, ordered by audio performance-to-price ratio:
Not sold on earphones? Check out our guide to the best headphones of any type.
The 1MORE Triple Driver has a lot to offer at the price it comes at. The three drivers produce impressive sound quality with deep bass that is hard to find in any other earphone. Moreover, they are compatible with both iOS and Android. They come bundled with nine sets of ear tips, thus ensuring a comfortable fit for all.
Read the full review: 1More Triple Driver In-Ear Headphone
The V-Moda Forza offers a lot – it sounds good, it’s built to last and its modular design is like nothing we’ve seen before on an earbud.
The Forza, therefore, are perfect for anyone who wants a headphone that can do it all, from working out to taking these with you on the morning commute to the work.
It’s not the most balanced sounding or highest resolution, but the water resistance and modular design of the Forza make it a pretty compelling option.
Read the full review: V-Moda Forza
Second on our list is the RHA T10i. It’s here for one simple reason – the sound quality is incredible, thanks to the snug seal created when the headphones are stuck in your ear. Plus the bass is also robust for such small earphones.
The RHA T10i looks slick with a metal finish around the drivers and around the cable as well. They also come with several replacement tips if the defaults don’t fit your ear canal. They’re more expensive than other buds on the list, but there’s good reason they’re in our top spot.
Read the full review: RHA T10i
If you have a tendency to lose or break headphones but still value sound quality, it’s hard to think of a better option than the RHA S500u.
These headphones have no business sounding this good for the price. Sound quality is balanced with a slight mid-bass bump. Bass is slightly emphasised but not egregiously and features good impact while maintaining good control. And highs, while sibilant at times, makes music sound more exciting.
Read the full review: RHA S500u
There’s no shortage of sub- Rs 13k headphones on the market, but the Beyerdynamic iDX 200 iE are at the top of the pack.
Their excellent build quality, sound and design make them one of the most well-rounded in-ear headphones we’ve ever heard. No, they’re not cheap, but again, you get what you pay for.
Read the full review: Beyerdynamic iDX 200 iE
The Klipsch Reference X6i are a wonderful-sounding package. Their comfort, build quality, sound quality and features make it great value for the money, too.
They have some problems (like an awful lot of cable noise while you’re moving around with them on), but if you’re looking for balanced sounding in-ear headphones, we can wholeheartedly recommend the Klipsch Reference X6i.
Stated simply, they’re supremely comfortable audiophile-level in-ear headphones for an affordable price.
Read the full review: Klipsch Reference X6i
With the appealing candy apple detailing, Sennheiser gets you in the door. But once you’re in, you’ll stay for the killer sound quality that comes from the Momentum In-Ear earphones.
These are the among the best deals in the headphones market as it stands today. The company has a version available for each flavor of mobile OS – Android and iOS – so everyone can get in on the goodness.
Read the full review: Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear
It is the high-end variant of the 1MORE Triple driver earphones listed above. These come with four drivers integrated into an aluminium shell, which delivers amazing sound and comfort to its users.
Just like its younger sibling, the 1MORE Quad Driver comes with nine sets of ear tips and is compatible with both iOS and Android.
The earphones may sound costly to some, but if you are looking for a great build and balanced audio quality, then they are worth every extra penny.
Read the full review: 1More Quad Driver In-Ear Headphones
NuForce knocked it out of the park with the BE Sport3 headphones. They’re an incredible value for a pair of wireless headphones that sound good, last all day, have a bulletproof build and incredible noise isolation.
While they’re not the most dynamic or resolving headphones, NuForce shows us that the future of wireless headphones is a bright one.
Read the full review: Optoma NuForce BE Sport3
Focal Sphear is the first in-ear headphone from the company. The electro-dynamic drivers inside the earbuds deliver rich sound. The earphones can be an ideal choice for commuters who love to listen to their favourite tracks on the go.
The earphone lacks a remote, which might annoy some users. Also, the plastic build questions the durability.
Read the full review: Focal Sphear
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