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The Tech Addicts Podcast

Feb 18, 2024

With Gareth Myles and Ted Salmon
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Feedback, Fallout and Contributions

Jeremy Harpham - I too was looking for a recent i5 or higher 16GB chromebook recently Gareth and couldn't find any models available in the UK. My Chromebox is 16GB but when I started monitoring memory usage (using diagnostics) I never saw a point when I was using more than 8GB - this is since Google optimised Chrome and Chrome OS with recent updates. In the end I bought the i5 8GB Acer 516GE and it is highly recommended as a great all-rounder with a fab 16" screen in a virtually 15" and light, too. The only downside is battery life where I tend to get around 6 hours compared to 10 or more on other Chromebooks - the price you pay for the spec I guess. £849 from Acer

News, Mews and Views

Bad news for BitLocker users — its encryption can be cracked remarkable easily

Spiral-shaped lens provides clear vision at a range of distances and lighting conditions

31 year old sea-floor generator tech will soon begin commercial operation

Microsoft is killing off Publisher in 2026

Hardline on the hardware

Samsung will re-release the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite tablet in 2024 - Official site

Acer Chromebox Mini debuts as a fanless mini PC with ChromeOS

New Chromebook ‘Xol’ emerges with an Assistant Key built in

Easy-to-Repair Knockoff of Original iPod is Crowdfunding Smash

The Wearables Watch

Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro global pricing revealed ahead of launch

Moto Watch 40 announced

Phone Zone

The first leaked Google Pixel Fold 2 image shows an extra camera and a new design

HMD Global confirms there will be new Nokia phones

You'll be able to use your Samsung Galaxy phone as your PC's webcam from March

The Name of the Game

Microsoft Store now lets you instantly try games without downloading them

Microsoft is considering launching a number of Xbox-exclusive games on PlayStation - Starfield and Indy are NOT coming to PS5

Flap your trap about an App

Microsoft's CCleaner-like PC Manager for Windows 10 and 11 is now widely available via the Store

Microsoft's brand new PC Manager could actually slow down your PC

Copilot will soon explain what you're reading in Notepad

Audacity gets AI transcription and noise suppression courtesy of Intel OpenVINO plug-ins

This fantastic File Explorer alternative now has its own list view

YouTube's new Shorts feature is a direct attack on TikTok

OpenAI’s new Sora text-to-video model can make shockingly realistic content - Marques Brownlee’s 12 Minute YouTube Video

Google Gallows & Chrome Coroner

Google Chrome's Android-like media player is just about ready

Google One now has more than 100 million subscribers

Google's Reading Mode app now works in Gmail and social media apps

Hate replying to emails? Gmail is now making it much easier on Android


Bargain Basement: Best UK deals and tech on sale we have spotted

Anker 24,000mAh Power Banks with 140W Output £89.99 from £139.99 and the 20,000mAh 200W version £85.99 from £129

Rii New Dual Mode Wireless Multimedia Keyboard with Touchpad - £16.49 Was: £23.99 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra - WiFI 512gb version £769

Samsung EVO Select 512GB microSDXC U3 130MB/s £34.99 from £40.49

Corsair RM850e (2023) Fully Modular Low-Noise ATX Power Supply - £95.99 Was: £139.90

Elgato Stream Deck+ White, £159.99 from £199.99

BONTEC TV Wall Bracket for 32-84 inch LED LCD Flat & Curved Screen - £18.47 Was: £38.99 down to £32.29 + 30% off voucher 

Soundcore by Anker, Space One - £71.99 from £89.99

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