Hottest new tech in February revealed
Fujifilm’s high performance X100F camera, NVIDIA’s new 4K streaming box and a Mobile World Congress preview. Our edit of the gadgets we currently love…
NVIDIA Shield TV
Picked up a 4K TV in the January sales? The NVIDIA Shield 4K is the latest must-have accessory. The Shield is part TV streaming box, part games console.
It’ll help you get so much more from your new TV. It can stream Netflix and Amazon Prime in 4K. So shows like Stranger Things and The Man in the High Castle will look superb – packed with 4 times the detail of HD TV. NVIDIA is synonymous with PC gaming, and there are hundreds of games you can stream through your TV using Shield – without needing a PC or separate console. It comes with a TV remote and a Shield gaming controller so you’re good to go straight out of the box.
Other cool features of Shield:
- Supports 4K HDR, a cutting-edge video technology being used by Netflix and Amazon Prime
- HDR vastly increases detail between the darkest and brightest scenes, and makes colours ultra-realistic
- Stream games like Watch Dogs 2, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and The Witcher 3 through your TV
- Cast video from your phone onto your TV with the built in Google Chromecast 4K Ultra
- Search for TV shows, movies and games using your voice with Google Assistant built-in
Mobile World Congress 2017
Some of the biggest new smartphones of 2017 will make their debut at Mobile World Congress this month. It’s a huge tech show in Barcelona - think CES but focusing on phones, tablets and wearables.
Sony and LG are among the firms expected to launch new flagship phones at the event, which gets under way on February 26. We’ll be reporting on all the main launches from MWC, so be sure to check in to TechTalk for latest updates.
LG has sent out invitations to its launch event, which is rumoured will see the introduction of the LG G6 smartphone. Sony, it’s been reported, is planning to reveal a number of new phones. We’ll have to wait and see what actually launches once the event gets under way.
Can’t wait? Take a look at some of the best products of MWC 2016 with our Best tech from Mobile World Congress guide
Fujifilm updates its flagship compact camera
Fujifilm’s X100 series has been one of the best compact cameras in recent years. Now it has launched the fourth generation of the camera, called the Fujifilm X100F.
It’s probably the most stylish camera you can buy and is capable of shooting incredibly high quality images thanks to its large DSLR-style sensor and sophisticated manual controls.
Cool features of the Fujifilm X100F:
- Retro 60s-style design for timeless shooting style
- Rugged and durable metal body for shooting when out and about
- Complete control of shutter speed, aperture and exposure with the dial around the lens
- Excellent performance when shooting in low light and indoors
- Focus on fast-moving subjects anywhere in the frame with the sophisticated hybrid autofocus
- Superb picture quality – sharp and detailed – with the CMOS III X-Trans sensor (24.2MP)
It’s expected to be one of the most wanted cameras around when it goes on sale this month. Browse our Fujifilm compact cameras
Sky goes dish-free to reach more homes
Satellite dishes have been a fixture of residential streets up and down the country for decades. But they’ll no longer be essential for you to receive Sky TV.
That’s right, Sky has announced that from 2018 it will be able to provide Sky TV without a dish. People subscribing to Sky without a dish will receive the service through their box and over broadband. Before you start thinking about how to get your dish down, the move is aimed at delivering Sky TV to people who cannot have a dish installed because of where they live.
‘We’re planning to launch our Sky TV service without the need for a satellite dish for the very first time,’ says Stephen van Rooyen, Sky UK’s chief executive, ‘giving millions more homes the chance to enjoy TV with Sky.’