Kol Tregaskes

10,106 Added | 19 Magazines | 3,622 Likes | 313 Following | 9,366 Followers | @koltregaskes | Used to work in the games industry, a very keen photographer, likes music, movies, sport, computing + games, web development, art, tech and sci-fi. My magazines are curations of my favorite articles

Google Pixel 2 XL review: Oh Google, what have you done?

Expensive, lacks key features and the screen is problematic. Underwhelming<p>Say it quietly but, on the face of it, there’s nothing all that special …

Phones

Microsoft reveals the Surface Book 2 (but has bad news for UK buyers)

Packing five times the graphical power of its predecessor, the Surface Book 2 looks like one to watch<p><b>Update:</b> Good news and bad news about the Surface …

Laptops

Google Makes It Easier for At-Risk Users to Lock Down Their Accounts

Google is rolling out a fancy new security feature today that’s designed to protect users who face significant risk of having their accounts …

Security

Wednesday briefing: GCHQ is using social media for mass surveillance

Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, British intelligence services have searchable databases of millions of people's personal social media data, Twitter …

Han Solo

Activision patents matchmaking system designed to encourage microtransactions

Call of Duty publisher Activision has patented a method of matchmaking designed to increase a player's spend on microtransactions.This system would …

Patents

Metal vs. plastic vs. glass: Which is the best phone material?

One day phones will be made from stardust and unicorns. For now, though, we have three choices.<p>Phones all look the same once you scrape away a few …

Phones

How to Download The Fall Creator’s Update on Windows 10 Right Now.

Microsoft

Tech Analysis: Gran Turismo Sport vs Forza Motorsport 7

Forza Motorsport and Gran Turismo: two franchise juggernauts that push the technical limits of their respective platforms. As console-orientated …

Gran Turismo Sport

Explore Space Using Google Maps  

Google Maps

Google now lets you try out apps before downloading them in the Play Store

An unexpected, but welcome, move.<p>Back at Google I/O 2016, Google announced something called "Android Instant Apps." Android Instant Apps is a system …

Google

Bagless vacuum cleaners don’t live up to allergy claims

<b>Bagless vacuum cleaners promising more hygienic dust emptying are no better than standard bagless models at stopping dust spraying out, Which? tests</b> …

Consumer Reports

Stunning AI Breakthrough Takes Us One Step Closer to the Singularity

Remember AlphaGo, the first artificial intelligence to defeat a grandmaster at Go? Well, the program just got a major upgrade, and it can now teach …

Artificial Intelligence

Could Google 'fix' the Pixel 2 XL's display with a software update?

Okay, now let's talk about the realistic parts of the situation.<p>We know people have opinions on the Pixel 2 XL's display. Some are bad, some are …

Google

How video game difficulty became a cultural battleground

In the 1990s a group of Japanese video game designers were faced with a curious problem. Most games at the time came with three difficulty options, …

Game Design

Google Home with display will reportedly support YouTube and web browsing

The device is codenamed "Quartz", and it'll support YouTube, Google Maps, web browsing, and much more.<p>With the Pixel 2's unveiling on October 4, we …

Google

7 Photography Myths Exposed

Photographers, of all people, should know that the world is not black and white. There are many shades of grey between black and white, between good …

Tutorials

The Cryptocurrency Trading Bible

Or maybe your wanna be a baller, shot-caller? You want a gold-plated house, a yacht and rap video supermodels jiggling around one of your six …

Trading

Google Photos now recognizes your pets as people, like it should

This is a good update, Brent.<p>Google Photos' growing feature set can be difficult to keep track of at times, but one that continues to impress me even …

Google Photos

Gran Turismo Sport review

Something had to give. After Gran Turismo 6, a wild, vast and maddeningly uneven game that whisked players from West Sussex to the moon and back in …

Gran Turismo Sport

WPA2 hack: what you need to know, and what you need to do

<b>Researchers in Belgium have broken the WPA2 wi-fi security protocol – the wireless security standard used by most consumer and business routers. We</b> …

Information Security

Krack has broken Wi-Fi security... but it's not all doom and gloom

Public Wi-Fi networks have always been privacy nightmares. The potential for all Wi-Fi networks to be abused, with hackers able to access information …

Information Security

The Technology Excellence Awards 2017: We crown the best brands and pick the top products of the year

Thousands of you voted for the brands you trust, and we painstakingly picked out the top products of 2017 – here are this year's results<p>The UK has …

Google Drive

All Trailers Are Spoilers Now

No one <i>really</i> knows what a spoiler is anymore. The term has become a subjective judgment tied to one person’s ideas about how much they can know about …

Star Wars

DICE offers clarification on Star Wars: Battlefront 2's controversial crate system

DICE has offered clarification on Star Wars: Battlefront 2's controversial loot crates and progression mechanics, telling players that "the complete …

Geek

The Evil Within 2 review

The scariest thing you'll hear in The Evil Within 2 isn't the sound of your very own daughter burning alive, or the paralysing roar of an alerted …

The Evil Within 2

Gran Turismo Sport fixes the series' racing - but at what cost?

'The real driving simulator', runs Gran Turismo's long-serving tagline, a point of pride as well as something of a distinction - whether made …

Gran Turismo Sport

How Jon Hare's Sociable Soccer went from Kickstarter flop to Steam Early Access

On 12th November 2015, Jon Hare launched a Kickstarter for Sociable Soccer, the spiritual successor to the classic football game he designed 25 years …

Soccer

Nvidia Holodeck is the next step for VR, and it’s incredible

Holodeck is Nvidia's way of moving the VR industry into the future<p>Virtual reality is great for transporting us into new worlds and placing us in the …

Virtual Reality

How Star Wars Battlefront 2's stunning tech scales across consoles

DICE's Frostbite engine kicked off the console generation with Battlefield 4, and the technology has evolved considerably over the last four years. …

Star Wars Battlefront

Are loot boxes gambling?

Sin City is the global capital of gambling. Casinos with colourful chips, well-postured croupiers and automaton pensioners plugged into slot …

Las Vegas