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Top tech: five of the coolest gadgets this week


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Date Added: 6th March 2014
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NVIDIA's take on the Android tablet is apparently the fastest in the world. We check out this and a pick of other promising gizmos waiting to be exchanged for your hard-earned cash


Introduction

One of the biggest shifts technology companies seem to be making at the moment is in turning consumers into creators. We love sites such as Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube because they allow us to express ourselves, and today's smartphones have become as powerful as yesterday's digital cameras.

One area which has always been neglected is home-made games, though, which require knowledge of coding to create. Microsoft's Project Spark aims to change this by putting powerful game creation tools in the hands of the average Xbox One user. And while you're putting together your perfect game we've found a tablet, a phone, a laptop and a speaker to keep you going.


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1. Nvidia Tegra Note 7 LTE

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Nvidia's take on the Android tablet is apparently the fastest in the world, and although it's been out in the UK (£139.99) and USA ($199.99) for a while, it's just been announced for the rest of Western Europe, Brazil and Ukraine. There's also a 4G LTE version coming up, so you can play awesome 3D games and create artwork with the stylus while you're out and about.

2. Project Spark Beta

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Microsoft's supposedly revolutionary meta-game has just entered beta on the Xbox One. It invites gamers to create their own games, which can be customised down to the tiniest detail or simply assembled from other users' creations. It's a little like Little Big Planet, but with a lot more content and plenty of new possibilities, and it looks like a perfect way to get started in the complex world of game design.

3. Sony Xperia Z2

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Sony's latest smartphone is packed with some amazing technology, including a 20.7 megapixel camera, 4K ultra high-definition video recording and digital noise cancelling headphones. Like its predecessor, the Xperia Z1, it's waterproof and dustproof, so you don't have to worry when you drop the £600 device down the toilet.

4. Samsung Chromebook 2

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You're never going to be able to do 3D modeling on a Chromebook, but that's kind of the point – these cheap and frill-free laptops are designed merely for running the Chrome browser and Google Docs. They're great little machines for getting things done, and Samsung's latest 11-inch (£200) and 13-inch (£250) takes on the format come with a natty faux-leather finish.

5. Creative Sound Blaster Roar

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This small speaker certainly ticks all our boxes: it'll play music from your phone via Bluetooth or from a MicroSD card, it's bi-amplified for a rich and expansive sound stage, and it has a ROAR button. We're not sure what the latter does, but everything should have a ROAR button. It's due for release very soon, and it'll set you back less than $200 (£120).

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