The 10 best NAS devices 2017

If you’re looking to upgrade your NAS for your office, or even your home media library, we’re here to help. We’ve created this information-packed list of the best NAS (or network attached storage) devices you can buy today. It’s absolutely essential to take the time to make sure that you’re buying the best NAS device for your needs, so you should keep in mind your storage and feature needs when you decide to start shopping around.

If you don’t really know what a NAS is, they’re basically hard drives that are connected to your network via Ethernet, and act as shared storage between any and all devices that are connected to the same network. Some NAS devices even let you access the files stored via internet, essentially forming your own cloud storage – much like iCloud or Dropbox, only you control it.

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The best thing is you don’t need unified platforms to use them with all of their devices, they support almost any operating system you could dream of. However, as with any read more

That revamped Mac Pro is still in the works, Apple reminds us

In the very same breath as its iMac Pro availability press release was uttered, Apple slipped in a reminder to the world that an overhaul to its Mac Pro desktop is still in development. Oh, and that homemade professional display is in the works, too.

Unfortunately, Apple didn’t take the opportunity to divulge any new information regarding either product – simply that it hasn’t forgot about it. And, if you read between the lines a bit, it’s clear Apple doesn’t want you to forget, either. Here’s what the company said specifically:

“In addition to the new iMac Pro, Apple is working on a completely redesigned, next-generation Mac Pro architected for pro customers who need the highest performance, high-throughput system in a modular, upgradeable design, as well as a new high-end pro display.”

Yes, we already knew all this, but the fact that Apple has even brought attention back to this product in development – a move practically unheard of for the company before this year read more

Facebook now lets you mute annoying friends or groups for 30 days

We all know those friends who post a little too much on Facebook: the friends who, well, treat it more like Twitter. Today, Facebook announced that it’s giving users the option of temporarily “muting” those folks when they get a little too giddy about a topic, and it’s calling the feature “Snooze.”

If you’re tired of putting up with a particular person, group or page for a while, just click the menu in the upper right-hand corner of their latest post and click “Snooze” and you won’t see anything from them for 30 days. The offending parties won’t be notified.

In many ways it’s a friendlier option than Facebook’s “Unfollow” feature, which keeps the person hidden permanently, or at least until you undo it. 

Maybe that type of permanent ignorance is what you crave for your bliss, but it’s often easy to forget you’ve muted a person for months when you only meant to mute them while they’re read more

Dell cuts the price of some XPS 15 laptops by £250 with this special Christmas deal

Dell is looking to get on all of our ‘nice’ lists this Christmas by offering a fantastic £250 discount on some of its excellent XPS 15 laptops.

The deal, which can be redeemed on certain models with the coupon code XPS250, runs from December 15 until just before midnight on December 31.

So, if you’ve been looking for a chance to get your hands on one of these great laptops, now is a great time!

This code cannot be used in conjunction with other coupon codes, but if you don’t fancy a Dell XPS 15, then you can use the code SAVE10 to save 10% off select XPS and Inspirion PCs instead. This code expires on December 17.

If you have an ad blocking add-on installed in your web browser, you may not be able to open the links to Dell’s website, so temporarily pause the adblocker to click through.

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The best online YouTube downloader

If you want to save a video from YouTube to watch offline, you have two options: you can install a program designed specifically for the job, or you can use an online tool to save the clip without leaving your web browser.

If you download videos regularly then desktop software is the best option, offering better speeds and the ability to save several videos at once, but if you just want to download a single clip then an online YouTube downloader is idea.

In this roundup we’ve chosen five YouTube downloaders which can be used to save offline copies of content. Some of them give you the option of download videos at various quality settings, they may give you the option of downloading just the audio, and some support other video sites such as Vimeo.

What all give tools have in common, though, is that they are all wonderfully simple to use and will quickly furnish you with the videos you desire. Just make sure you have permission from the copyright holder before downloading.

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Apowersoft Online Video Downloader screen grab

1. Apowersoft Online Video Downloader

The read more

Red, white, blue and gray: digging into the world of Far Cry 5 with its lead writer

When you first step into the world of Far Cry 5 you get the sense that you’re coming into something that’s living – the flags are fluttering, the environments are colorful and the characters more so.

However, underneath the colors that are almost brighter than real life, in our short hands-on time with the game we’ve caught glimpses of a grayness that runs deep into its narrative core. This isn’t a negative grayness exactly – it’s a grayness that promises a narrative subtlety that we can’t remember seeing in Far Cry before. 

After a couple of hours with the game, we sat down with lead writer Drew Holmes to discuss what we experienced, suspected and what else we can expect from the game upon its full release. 

A living world

A lot of what makes the world of Hope County, Montana feel so alive is that it’s based on our own world. “There are a lot of games and a lot of franchises that sort of do take historical and factual elements and build their world around that” Holmes explains, read more

Our favourite iPhone SE deal is now free upfront: £22.99pm for 128GB model on EE

When the iPhone SE launched in the early months of 2016, we heralded it as a very welcome addition to Apple’s smartphone family. Finally an iPhone with affordable deals, and it didn’t even scrimp on specs – more or less matching 2015’s flagship iPhone 6S.

But there was one existing well-trodden problem: the storage space, or lack thereof. The cheapest iPhone SE carries only 32GB, which quickly gets eaten up by apps, music and photos. That’s why we’ve been such a fan of this Mobiles.co.uk 128GB iPhone SE deal for such a long time. £22.99 per month for 2GB of data and loads more room to store all your stuff.

And now Carphone Warehouse-owned Mobiles.co.uk has ditched the £50 upfront price. Making this fantastic deal a legendary one…

The iPhone SE deal in full:

iPhone SE 128GB | FREE upfront | Unlimited mins and texts | 2GB data | £22.99pm
We’re not sure how long you’ll be able to get this deal without paying a penny upfront. So if you’ve read more

Win an Honor 7X with TechRadar and Honor – week 2

If you’re looking to upgrade without breaking the bank, the all-new Honor 7X could be The One.

From its FullView widescreen display, dual-cameras to its premium, bold styling the 7X has plenty of flagship features, but without the flagship price. 

Costing just £269.99 SIM-free, it’s already an excellent price – but win this competition by putting your best photography forward, and it won’t cost you a penny.

It’s week two of our win-a-phone-a-week competition bonanza running throughout December. You can see some of the incredible shots taken by last week’s entrants below.

Check out Honor’s Instagram page for some stunning 7X shots and read on to find out more about the phone and to see how you can win a 7X for yourself.

Honor 7X: More for less

Giving you more for less, the Honor 7X’s smart design means it fits a 5.93-inch screen into a very compact smartphone – smaller than most 5.5-inchers.

Honor has combined a sleek, 18:9 aspect ratio with ultra-slim bezels to keep the 7X read more

TechRadar’s ultimate Christmas guide: shopping, toys, wishlists and more

When Andy Williams crooned that Christmas was the “most wonderful time of the year” we like to think he had TechRadar’s festive features line-up in mind, as well as all the caroling and toasted marshmallows. 

Although we’re not going to break into song outside your home (you’re welcome) or fill you with sugar (we’re sorry), we are here for all your wintry tech needs and really, that’s the best Christmas gift of all.

Whether you’re looking for the latest essential tech reads, advice on how to set up your new gadgets, or you’d like help making it through the Boxing Day sales without feeling like you’ve gone three rounds with Rudolph, TechRadar is here to help.

Gifting guides

Now that December is in full swing, you’re probably in the midst of buying gifts or panicking that you haven’t bought any at all. Online retail and the wonder of one-day delivery means you don’t really have to worry until Christmas day has actually passed, right? Right! 

To help you get read more

Best Android Wear watch in India

After an immature start, Google’s OS for wearables – Android Wear is now more refined, courtesy to the version 2.0 of the Android Wear OS. 

The latest update now looks more logical, has a much easier usability features like replying to messages, handwriting recognition, Google Assistant integration and dependency on the smartphone is no more a compulsion. 

If it would have been 2016, it would’ve been a task to list good Android Wear watches but with the new OS, there’s no better time to invest in an Android Wear watch. We have listed a definitive list of best Android Wear smartwatches available in India right now. 

Each wearable has been extensively tested by either Indian or global TechRadar experts throughout our review process. The ranking is based on our in-depth testing and feedback and we’ve then ranked each watch in the list below, kicking off with the best you can grab right now.

LG Watch Style

1. LG Watch Style

The slimmest and best Android Wear till date

Compatibility: Android 4.3+, iOS 9+ | Display: read more