Month: August 2017

Father’s Day gift guide Australia 2017

UPDATE: It's crunch time, with Father's Day 2017 almost upon us. If you haven't been able to get your father something special to celebrate him, we've added a little something that could simplify matters for you.

Revised gift guide below…

It’s always hard shopping for Dad and the temptation is often just to make a beeline for the latest power tool or the best barbie when Father's Day comes around each year. But we reckon there’s a different tack you can take – getting him a cool gadget and you can help the grown man relax and feel like boy wonder instead. 

For this year’s Father's Day gift guide, we’ve skipped the boring bits – you won’t find any recommendations for the best power pack or the best storage devices – and instead, we’ve rounded up the coolest gizmos at a range of different price points, so you can get your father something special to best match his personality.

So start planning and get shopping as, this year, Father’s Day is on Sunday, September 3.

Last-minute Father's Day gift idea

Gift vouchers and gift cards: If you're scrambling to get your dad a last-minute gift, head on over to our sister site Getprice and take a look at the wide selection of gift vouchers you can get dad. These gift vouchers aren't restricted to just gadgets and gizmos – with one of these, dad can go shopping at David Jones, Wild Earth, Appliances Online, just to name a few. So hurry, before you run out of time!

For the hardworking dad

  • Samsung Galaxy Book (12-inch): A 2-in-1 device that's built for work and leisure, the Samsung Galaxy Book is an ideal gift for the dad who regularly partakes in both. Whether dad needs access to Windows 10 with full desktop versions of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, or if he just likes to binge on TV shows and movies, the Galaxy Book's gorgeous 12-inch HDR-ready Super AMOLED display lets him experience it all with eye-popping visual clarity. And, with the inclusion of Samsung's best-ever S Pen, dad will be able to take notes and create digital art using 4,096 levels of pressure-sensitivity. The 12-inch Galaxy Book starts at $1,599.
  • Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch; 2017 edition): Gift dad the “touch of genius” with Apple’s latest 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Replacing the function keys at the top of the keyboard, the Touch Bar gives him the power to customise how he uses his laptop. The newest 13-inch Retina display MacBook Pro is incredibly light, thin and comes with a 227ppi screen at a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution. With 256GB of storage, 8GB of memory and an Intel Core i5 processor, there’s plenty under the chassis to keep dad’s work flowing smoothly. It admittedly costs a pretty penny, but you can find a good deal that’s lower than its usual RRP of $2,699.
  • Dell XPS 13 2-in-1: This is the smallest 13-inch 2-in-1 from Dell and it features an QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) InfinityEdge display that will give dad an almost edge-to-edge screen. Highly portable, with the promise of up to 8 hours of battery life, this sleek silver 2-in-1 comes in various configurations with prices starting at $2,299, but if you’d like to get dad the model with the most bang for buck, we’d recommend the Intel Core i7 CPU/512GB SSD/16GB RAM. It costs $2,799 on Dell’s website, but if you purchase it before August 31, you can save $148 on the machine by snagging one from 13 IT for $2,650.
  • ASUS ZenBook UX430 laptop: Don’t judge this little beauty of laptop by its smaller price. The ASUS ZenBook UX430 features a vibrant 14-inch 1080p display squeezed into a well-crafted 13-inch chassis, making it ultraportable and lightweight. Under the hood is an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage. The ZenBook UX430 is priced at an affordable $1,399 and makes for an excellent ultrabook.
  • Gigabyte Aero 14: If your Dad is one of the many that enjoys his weekend gaming, then the slim and lightweight 14-inch Aero 14 from Gigabyte is a great option to satisfy those gaming needs. The QHD (2,560 x 1,440) anti-glare display tilts back a whopping 190 degrees and comes equipped with an 2.8GHz-3.8GHz Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD. And, of course, there’s a 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card that can drive games along at a steady clip. The Gigabyte Aero 14 is available at Mwave for $2,499.
  • Apple iPad Pro (10.5-inch): Apple has finally produced a tablet that could possibly replace a MacBook if Dad ever needs to get work sorted while on the move. And the Cupertino firm has also managed to cram the best of everything into the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro – great audio, an amazing screen and plenty of power. The iPad Pro is now an entertainment hub that flips to become a mobile work station. The cheapest 10.5-inch model has an RRP of $979, but it’s available for just $881 at Officeworks.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: This is by far the best Android tablet to date, with Samsung adding an HDR-ready screen to keep your on-the-go entertainment looking vibrant and sounding just as good with four speakers placed around the body. Included in the box is the S Pen, but dad will have to shell out a bit more if he wants to use it as a 2-in-1 as a keyboard isn’t included. The 9.7-inch Galaxy Tab S3 is priced at $949 for the Wi-Fi-only model and $1,099 for the one with 4G capabilities, but a bit of hunting around could see you save some dosh on this amazing tablet.
  • Microsoft Surface Pro: Microsoft has dropped model numbers for the latest avatar of the Surface Pro, but has revamped the motherboard, added a larger battery, updated the Intel CPU and redesigned the cooling system. So allow dad to unleash his creative streak by getting him the brand-new Microsoft Surface Pro with prices starting at $1,199.
  • Samsung T5 Portable SSD: Portable storage is essential for dad to backup and protect his files, and with the T5's built-in AES 256-bit hardware data encryption providing much needed peace of mind, dad can rest assured that his files will be safe from prying eyes. On top of this security, Samsung's SSD also is capable of incredibly fast transfer rates with no moving parts, reaching a write speed of over 444Mbps in our comprehensive speed tests. Bing Lee has the 500GB T5 Portable SSD for $319 and if that's not enough space for dad, you can pick up a 1TB model for $639 and a whopping 2TB version for $1,199.

For the communicative dad

  • Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: If you think dad needs to upgrade his old mobile, perhaps Apple’s latest flagships might tickle his fancy. They’re bigger than Apple’s previous flagship handsets and not everyone considers them to be the upgrade Apple usually promises with each new release, but they’re both great phones nonetheless. They usually retail at a four-figure price tag, but shop around and you could get a bargain that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. The iPhone 7 is available in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB storage options. If you wish to get the bigger model, head to our sister site Getprice to compare prices on the 32GB, 128GB and 256GB iPhone 7 Plus options.
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+: Would dad prefer Android over iOS? Bring him up to date by upgrading his old handset to Samsung’s latest offerings. the Galaxy S8, and it’s bigger brother, the Galaxy S8+, have generated a great deal of hype with the excellence. The new range’s impressive Infinity Displays take up almost all of the front-of-handset real estate and offers gorgeous 5.8” and 6.2” screens respectively. And, like the iPhone flagships, it’s possible to find a brand-new handset for less than its actual RRP – you can get the Galaxy S8 for anywhere between $763 to $1,1199 while the Galaxy S8+ will set you back between $849 and $1,349.
  • Huawei P10 Plus: If dad isn’t too enthused about the big brands, but you’d still like to spoil him, the Huawei P10 Plus is one heck of a phone with mighty specs, plus it sports front and back Leica cameras, if you dad loves mobile photography. With 6GB RAM, 128GB of internal storage and a 5.5-inch QHD display, this phone can give the big brands a run for their money. You can get dad one for anywhere between $759 and $1,099.
  • Motorola Moto G5 Plus: Upgrading dad’s old phone doesn’t have to cost the earth. There are some very good budget options and the Moto G5 Plus is one of them. This new model from Motorola comes in 32GB storage and 16GB storage options, but they both look and feel like a premium handset and perform really well. And the more expensive model is just $449.

For the snap-happy dad

  • Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 compact camera: The latest in the RX100 line is one of the best compact cameras available in the market, if dad loves to capture family memories. It is, however, a pricey option. The first generation RX100 might be a tad old, but it’s still a darn good camera for a bargain price. The large 1.0-inch 20.2MP sensor delivers excellent details and the 28-100mm lens is broad and fast. Plus the Cyber-Shot RX100 retails for only $649, but Sony occasionally does have it on sale.
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II: The original E-M10 was a small, versatile and budget mirrorless camera option, but the second generation E-M10 has more features, giving you plenty more bang for your buck and dad the thrill of taking excellent pictures, despite the smaller micro three-fourths sensor. And even if you add in a lens, you can still get an E-M10 for less $1,000.
  • DJI Spark: Gift dad the ability to take to the air with the Spark from DJI. This little drone is packed full of features crammed into a package no bigger or heavier than a can of Coke. It features automatic flight capabilities and has the ability to recognise hand gestures. The main camera comes with a 12MP sensor that can capture Full HD video at 30p and 3,968 x 2,976 resolution images. Get dad one for less than its RRP of $859.

For the audiophile dad

  • Audio-Technica AT-LP120 turntable: Has dad been hoarding his vinyls in the garage? Give him the pleasure of dusting them off and playing them again on one of the best turntables there is in the market today. The AT-LP120 can be connected to to mixers and computers via USB and, with fewer moving parts than most traditional turntables, there’s less vibration, meaning less additional noise. And the AT-LP120 is available for just $448 from Addicted to Audio.
  • Pro-Ject Essential II turntable: If your Father’s Day budget doesn’t extend to the $450 mark, the Pro-Ject Essential II is a minimalistic turntable with a price tag of just $399. Despite the budget pricing, the sound is warm with a low-vibration brushless motor. Get the Pro-Ject Essential II for dad from Todds Hi-Fi.
  • Bose QuietComfort QC35 over-ear wireless headphones: Dad deserves the best, and if he enjoys his music, gift him a pair of headphones to match that love. Bose have been leading the way with premium audio for quite some time, and with the QuietComfort series they’ve done well to bring that high fidelity to the wireless headphone market. With top-notch noise cancellation, a 20-hour battery life, and luxurious padding, these headphones will make his listening experience a pleasant one. These premium headphones retail for $499 apiece, but it is possible to find good bargain online. Head over to our sister site Getprice and get a set for lesser.
  • Sennheiser Momentum in-ear headphones: The candy-apple detailing on the Sennheiser Momentum in-ear headphones is a nice touch, giving it these budget headphones a premium look. And dad will love the sound quality. But bear in mind that there are different models for each mobile OS, so make sure you get a set that matches his phone. They’re $169 a pop for Android and iOS at MiniDisc.com.au.
  • Bose SoundLink Revolve+ Bluetooth speaker: Sit with dad this Father’s Day and let him radiate the love of his favourite tunes everywhere with this 360-degree Bluetooth speaker from Bose, which promises excellent sound quality. It also features Siri and Google voice commands, is water resistant and very portable. Like the Bose headphones, the SoundLink Revolve+ carries a premium $439 price tag, but head to VideoPro and get one for just $395.
  • Logitech UE MegaBoom Bluetooth speaker: If you think won’t be too impressed with the premium speakers, the UE MegaBoom from Logitech had big sound, long battery life and easy to use. Plus the MegaBoom can give dad hours of enjoyment for just $268 when purchased from OfficeWorks.

For the couch potato dad

  • LG OLED55C7T 4K smart TV: When we said dad deserves the best, we weren’t joking. And one way to show him how much he means to you is by upgrading his entertainment system and teaching him to relax some more. LG’s 55-inch OLED TV is sure to impress with its promise of vibrant colours, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos Sound. It will set you back by almost $3,500 but you could save a couple of hundred by comparing prices for the LG OLED55C7T at Getprice.
  • Kogan 65-inch Agora 4K smart TV (series 9): Think OLED technology is overrated? Well, we’re quite sure that dad wouldn’t mind a 65-inch UHD 4K telly that will enhance his entertainment. Kogan’s built a huge company off the back of affordable TVs and the Agora Series 9 prove how. If you’d like to gift dad a basic 4K telly, nothing else will beat the price point of $1,299.
  • Google Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra: Dad love to Netflix and chill but doesn’t have a smart TV to directly stream from the app? Then gift him the ability to cast his favourite shows on his TV with Google Chromecast. This little nifty device plugs into a telly’s HDMI port and set up via a smartphone app. Once done, dad can ‘cast’ whatever he wants to watch from his device to his TV. And it costs as low as $55. If you think he’d like more features than what the Chromecast offers, for less than $100, the Chromecast Ultra will give him what he wants, and then some. 
  • Logitech Harmony Elite remote control: It’s the one to rule them all, giving your father the power to control his entertainment and smart devices with just one remote control. So if he’s been getting confused with all the different remotes for different devices around the house, the Logitech Harmony Elite will ease his torment when he wants some peaceful couch time. The Harmony Elite can replace up to 15 remote controls. It does come at a steep price of $449.95, but save some cash and get the Harmony Elite from Harris Technology for just $296.
  • Cambridge Audio TVB2 sound bar: If you’re going to help dad set up the ultimate cinema experience at home, the Cambridge Audio TVB2 sound bar promises room-filling sound plus easy connectivity via Bluetooth and NFC for streaming from mobile devices. Optical and AUX-in analogue input means any TV or source can be connected, letting dad get his feet up and enjoy great audio with 120W of power behind each beat. The TVB2 sound bar is available through VideoPro for $597.
  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: If your dad loves to read, give him the convenience of carrying his entire library around with him. The latest version of the Kindle Paperwhite is the best yet. With Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity globally, downloading books anywhere is a breeze. The screen light is easily adjusted to suit the reading environment and the battery generally lasts a few weeks between charges, even with the light on. And it’s the most cost-effective Kindle too, available for a wallet-friendly $182.29 from Kogan. for the Wi-Fi only version, while you can get dad the 3G Paperwhite from Officeworks for just $247.
  • Kobo Aura H2O and Aura One: If your father prefers to read where it’s nice and quiet, taking books to the bath might be his way of relaxing. Or perhaps he loves to laze on the beach with his favourite read. If that’s the case, the dust- and waterproof Kobo Aura H2O is the perfect reading platform. With speedy page turns and long battery life, it’s just like reading a book, and you can lay your hands on one for $259 from Mighty Ape. You could even consider gifting him the Kobo Aura One, which has a larger, beautiful screen and a high-quality reading experience. You can get the Aura One from Mighty Ape for $359.

For the style-conscious dad

  • Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Sonic Toothbrush: Bring dad’s oral hygiene habits to the digital age by upgrading his boring old toothbrush to the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean rechargeable electric toothbrush. The head vibrates hundreds of times each second, providing excellent cleaning with minimal effort. Plus the battery could well last all week before it needs a top-up, making the Sonicare DiamondClean Sonic toothbrush well worth the $299.95 price tag.
  • Braun Series 9 razor: If dad travels a lot, for work or otherwise, disposable razors are all well and good, but why let him compromise when he can be pampered with a great shave every day thanks to Braun’s Series 9 razor and its five-element system. It’s great for wet or dry use and comes in a nifty travel case too. Prices start at $599.

For the gaming dad

  • Nintendo Switch: We love that Nintendo’s new console is designed to go wherever dad wants to be – at home or on the go. If your father loves a bit of fun and games, the Nintendo Switch could give him hours of joy with Mario and the gang. Go on, bring out the little boy in him with the Switch, available for $469.
  • Samsung Gear VR: Has dad got a Samsung smartphone? Then gift him the ability to step into a whole new world of virtual reality and experience the universe through a different set of eyes… well, goggles over his eyes. The Samsung Gear VR is compatible with all Galaxy devices – except the Note 7, of course – and is great for VR newbies who own a compatible Samsung device. And with the controller, the Samsung Gear VR costs just $199.
  • Logitech G920 Driving Force gaming wheel: Does your dad navigate roadways like a Formula One driver? And if he loves his video games, then gift him something that will see him drive like a pro without getting hurt. The Logitech G920 Driving Force gaming wheel features dual-motor force feedback, quiet helical gearing with anti-backlash, and on-wheel controls, plus it’s compatible with both Xbox One and PC. The G920 retails for nearly $500 a pop, but you can save some cash by getting it from Wireless1 for just $345.

For the outdoorsy dad

  • Fitbit Charge 2: Not too keen on you father’s dad bod? Give him a nudge by gifting him a fitness tracker that will remind him to get his cuddly curves tightened. It’s great for everyday use and will help dad focus on getting fit and back in shape. The revamped version even comes with a tap-activated OLED display. Grab a Charge 2 for less than its $249.95 retail price by heading to our sister site Getprice.
  • Garmin Fenix 5X: There might come a day when dad would be hiking out of the woods at sunset, only to be confronted by the meanest dropbear this side of the Hawkesbury. Dad’s tough, but he’ll need something tougher to help him through the ordeal. The Garmin Fenix 5X will not only keep tabs on his heart rate and details of his hike, it will even open maps for him so he can find his way back to civilisation. The watch is scratch resistant and waterproof to 100m, and will sync to his smartphone notifications. So go on, get the big man one of the best outdoor GPS watches available in the market. The watch isn’t cheap, but you could get one that costs less than its $999 RRP.
  • JBL Under Armour Sport HR in-ear wireless headphones: If a fitness tracker alone isn’t going to do the job, then your father might like to get fit with a new gym buddy that will not only keep tabs on his heart rate, but also play his favourite workout tunes. JBL has been making bass sound better and better, and the Under Armour Sports HR Bluetooth headphones promise to deliver just that with the company’s Signature Sound with Pure Bass technologies. Heart rate is only a touch away via the sensor on the right earbud and being sweated on isn’t a problem, thanks to its IPX5 rating. The JBL Under Armour Sport HR headphones retail for $369 exclusively at JB Hi-Fi.
  • Laser PB-CJ6000 portable power bank and car jump starter: Does dad love his long drives? And if the family is tagging along every time, there’ll be plenty of devices on board that would need juicing up on those road trips. But it’s not just handheld devices that need charging – sometimes the family car needs a little jump start. Small, compact and easily portable, this 6,000mAh battery backup pack will not only keep dad’s devices charged up, but come with jumper cables to give the car a helpline when it needs it most. This Laser PB-CJ6000 portable power bank and jump starter is available for just $79.95 from Mwave.

For the connected dad

  • Google Home: Every dad could use a little help around the house, and the Aussie-speaking Google Home AI assistant can do just that, giving dad the opportunity to get lazy and talkative. Google Home can control lights on the house, play dad’s favourite tunes, give him updates on traffic or read him the news, amongst other things. Google Home retails for $199 in Australia, but if you’re comfortable with an imported model, you could save a bit of money and upgrade the Home to the ‘Strayan version by going into the app’s settings. Head to our sister site Getprice and see if you can find a good bargain on the Home.
  • Google Wifi: Has dad been complaining about the Wi-Fi connection at home? Get him Google’s simple, easy-to-use mesh system and wait for those complaints to disappear. Google Wifi is the most value-packed Wi-Fi mesh system yet, and you can get dad a single unit for $199. If the family home is large, a pack of three units, which would work together to ensure every nook and cranny has seamless Wi-Fi, the pack of three is $499.
  • Nest indoor/outdoor cameras: Every dad wants to protect his family, so give him a head start by getting him the smart security cameras from Nest. The outdoor camera is weatherproof and there’s a subscription service where dad can access the footage captured if he ever needs it. The cameras are available exclusively from iSelect for $319 apiece.
  • Philips Hue smart lighting: Whether your father wants plain ol’ white light or wants to zhuzh up the home’s ambience with coloured or dimmable lights, Philips Hue is the smart lighting system that will take care of his needs. Philips Hue is easy to install, easy to use and works with Google Home voice commands. Starter packs are available for the regular white bulbs, the dimming lights and the coloured versions with prices ranging from $59 to $289 at Officeworks.

For the smart dad

  • TechLife and APC magazine subscriptions: If he really loves tech, why not give your dad the gift of knowledge and know-how – and the ability to stay up to date with the latest tech news and reviews – with a subscription to one of Australia's best-selling tech mags? Head to Magshop and you can pick up 12 issues of TechLife or APC for just $62 – that's a saving of 48% off the regular cover price! And with TechRadar's Australian team contributing to both mags, we can guarantee that they're great reads!

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Best Netflix TV shows: the top Netflix television series in Australia

UPDATE: Season 3 of Narcos is here, so it's time to head back to Colombia and witness the real life story of the Cali Cartel and the DEA agents tasked with taking them down. If the show's intense trailer is anything to go by, this will be one hectic season – more information on the next slide!

It's been a long time coming (like, a seriously long time) but Netflix has finally arrived on Australian shores, giving Australians unfettered access to all of the critically-lauded Netflix Originals shows. Not only that, users also have access to a wealth of other licensed material.

Sure, Netflix also streams movies, but its television output is perhaps the reason most people have signed up for an account. There's nothing quite like firing up Netflix and binge-watching a series at your own pace. Getting instant access to entire seasons of House of Cards from day one is half the appeal.

This is why we've created the TechRadar guide to the greatest TV shows on the Australian version of Netflix right now (in no particular order). We'll keep this best TV show list constantly updated with the latest television shows that you should be watching and also tell you why.

While the first two seasons of Narcos recounted the true story of the world's most infamous drug lord, Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura), and the DEA agents (Boyd Holbrook and Pedro Pascal) tasked that brought him down, the third season shows us what happened after the end of Escobar's reign. This time, the focus in on the Cali Cartel, a drug empire so powerful, that its wealth rivalled that of Fortune 500 companies. This riveting crime drama plays like a cross between City of God and Goodfellas, employing a voiceover-based narrative that gives you an unprecedented look at the ins and outs of Colombia's drug trade. Violent, sexy, well-written and immaculately acted, Narcos is truly one of the best shows on Netflix, and we're glad to see it continue even though Pablo's story is over. We expect things to get even hairier from this point on. 

Seasons on Netflix: 3

Everything has been leading to this – Marvel's insanely popular Netflix shows, each set in the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe, are finally colliding in The Defenders. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, all the lead heroes of their own respective shows, must now come together to stop a threat that aims to watch New York City fall. Think of them like the television equivalent of The Avengers, only more street-level. Will they be able to put aside their differences to fight as a team? Or will The Hand, the shadowy, ancient criminal organisation that featured in both Daredevil and Iron Fist, take one more step towards global domination? You'll have to binge-through this 8-episode special event to find out!

Seasons on Netflix: 1

If you've seen and are a fan of David Wain and Michael Showalter's hilarious film Wet Hot American Summer (WHAS), then you've surely watched its Netflix Original prequel series, WHAS: First Day of Camp (also on our list of the best shows on Netflix Australia). Hilariously taking place during the same summer of 1981 (despite a cast that's obviously aged by 15 years), the series hit every comedic note that made the film a cult favourite. Now, a sequel series has been made that sees our beloved characters return to Camp Firewood ten years after the events of the film and first series. Set in 1991, the show gets a lot of comedic mileage out of its new era, and sees most of its original cast return in some form or another (Bradley Cooper is unfortunately absent, though Adam Scott does a good job of filling his shoes). If you've ever wondered what these ridiculous characters might be like as adults, this is a series you must watch. 

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Though Netflix's new crime drama Ozark has understandably been compared to Breaking Bad, the show approaches similar themes in an entirely different and uniquely intense way. Chicago businessman Marty Bryde (Jason Bateman, who also directs some of the episodes) seems like a standup guy, but has actually spent years laundering drug money for a Mexican cartel. When it's revealed that his friend and business partner has been skimming money off the top, Marty finds himself in debt to a trigger-happy drug lord who has no qualms about murdering Marty's entire family, including wife Wendy (Laura Linney) and their two young children. Now, Marty's only chance at keeping his family alive is to move them to the Ozarks, a long coastline in Missouri that Marty believes is potential a goldmine, so that he can pay back the money that's owed. Gripping and very adult, Ozark will surely appeal to fans of shows like Fargo and the aforementioned Breaking Bad. 

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Inspired by the beloved video game franchise of the same name and modelled after Japanese anime, the Netflix Original series Castlevania isn't shy about packing its short four-episode season with as much blood and guts as possible. Produced by noted geek Adi Shankar (Dredd) with animation by the renowned Frederator Studios (Adventure Time), Castlevania sees Dracula (Graham McTavish) wage war on mankind after the senseless killing of the one human he loved. Now, it's up to whip-cracking hero Trevor Belmont (Richard Armitage) to stop him. With comparisons to Game of Thrones, Castlevania is definitely a series made with adults in mind. If you like brutal medieval stories that are willing to explore some seriously dark territory, you're going to love Castlevania. 

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Did you know that competitive body painting was a thing? Well, if you didn't, Skin Wars is here to show you what you've been missing out on! Hosted by Rebecca Romijn and featuring RuPaul Charles, Skin Wars pits the world's best body painters against each other for a chance to win a grand prize of $100,000. Contestants are given weekly tasks that involve painting naked models. Need more convincing? Well, the tasks will put their skills for painting and storytelling to the test, with a panel of judges handing out verdicts at the end of each episode. The person who presents the least skin-tillating artwork will be sent packing. Brutal, but hey, war is Hell. 

Seasons on Netflix: 1

From the makers of Orange is the New Black comes Netflix's latest hit series, GLOW, a show based on a real-life all-women wrestling league that existed in the '80s. Why's it called GLOW? It stands for Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, that's why! The show stars Alison Brie (Community) as an aspiring actress who auditions for the wrestling gig after being fed up with the lack of meaty female roles in Hollywood. Here, she can be a fierce warrior, one who is in charge of her own destiny and gets to play opposite other strong women. Like Orange is the New Black, GLOW is a show that masterfully balances comedy and drama. We can only hope that it gets as many seasons as that award-winning show.  

Seasons on Netflix: 1

It may have never reached the heady heights of House Of Cards, but Orange Is The New Black is another show that proves Netflix is now up there with HBO when it comes to offering decent programming. Set in a woman's prison, Orange doesn't shirk the big issues of violence and rape but manages to mix these with a heady dose of black humour. Oh, and its first series was actually more popular than Cards, which is a surprise as Netflix's advertising has always been very Spacey heavy. And, if you've already watched the first four seasons, you'll be happy to know that season 5 has just made its way to the service. Get ready to binge!

Seasons on Netflix: 5

Finished watching Netflix's new Voltron reboot series and crave even more intergalactic action? Well, you're in luck – Netflix has seen fit to drop a whole bunch of classic Voltron episodes from the original series on its service! Rather than just posting them in the order they were released, the episodes have been handpicked by members of the creative team behind the new series. Not only that, each episode is prefaced by a short introduction from the person who picked it detailing why it's important to them. A must-watch for Voltron fans who want to take a stroll down memory lane.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Ever spent an evening with friends watching bad movies and cracking jokes at their expense? If that's you, you're going to love Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K). Based on a flimsy premise involving a scientific experiment by Gizmonic Institute, the show's lovably homemade sci-fi angle is just an excuse to have comedian Jonah Ray hang out with a bunch of wise-cracking robots named Gypsy, Tom Servo and Crow as they relentlessly mock utterly terrible movies. The new Netflix version is actually a remake of an American cult favourite from the '80s and '90s and each episode will actually give you an entire movie to cringe and laugh through. Charming, funny and endlessly entertaining, MST3K is bound to capture a whole new generation of fans.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

True crime fans, get ready for your newest obsession. The People vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story recounts the 1994-1995 murder trial involving all-star NFL legend O.J. Simpson, in which he was accused of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ronald Lyle Goldman. The first in a series of one-off stories, American Crime Story season one is an engrossing and terrifically-acted retelling of the infamous trial told from the perspectives of both the prosecution and the defence. Cuba Gooding Jr. gives a fantastic performance as O.J., while Sarah Paulson (as Marcia Clark), David Schwimmer (as Robert Kardashian) and John Travolta (as Robert Shapiro) provide exceptional support. 

Seasons on Netflix: 1

They say that chefs are like the new rock stars of our time, and if that's the case, the lovably-outspoken celebrity chef and author Anthony Bourdain is the culinary equivalent of Iggy Pop and Henry Rollins rolled into one charming yet thoughtful dish. In his show No Reservations, Bourdain roams the globe in search of mouth-watering meals, although unlike most other travel/food programs, Bourdain spends an equal amount of time exploring the cultures and socio-political environments that birthed them. Funny, eye-opening and extremely entertaining, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations is a must-watch show for foodies and globetrotters alike. 

Seasons on Netflix: 2

Set aside any pre-conceived notions that you might have about a 'sexy Archie' series and get ready for one of the most addictive new shows of the year with Riverdale. First things first – this ain't your grandpappy's Archie show. A modern day re-imagining of the beloved comics franchise that has spanned almost eight decades, this Twin Peaks-inspired version of Riverdale is fraught with murder, deception and small town scandal. Famous characters like Jughead, Veronica, Betty and even Josie and the Pussycats are all present and accounted for, only with a decidedly millennial twist. The question on everybody's lips: Who killed star quarterback (and most popular kid in school) Jason Blossom? With new episodes fast-tracked from the US every Friday, your only problem will the seven day wait between episodes. 

Seasons on Netflix: 1

True crime stories are so hot right now, evidenced by the immense popularity of the podcast Serial and HBO's The Jinx. Netflix's original series Making a Murderer however, is probably the hottest of them all, documenting and recounting the trials of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, two working-class Americans accused of the murder of 23-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach. Over its 10 episodes, the show exposes the failings of the Wisconsin justice system in blood-boiling detail. Having spent 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Steven Avery is exonerated based on new DNA evidence. However, shortly after his release, he becomes the prime suspect in Halbach's murder, and Avery is put through the ringer once again by law enforcement figures that seem to have it out for him. What follows is an anger-inducing sequence of events that involve forced confessions, unconvincing (and possibly planted) evidence, dodgy lawyers and a complete presumption of guilt from almost everyone involved. Compelling, infuriating and tragic, we guarantee you won't be able to stop watching Making a Murderer once you've started.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

When Marvel revealed that it would be creating several Netflix shows tied directly into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fanboys (like me) were over the moon. The fact that it would start by bringing Daredevil back to life (Evanescence pun completely intentional) after the much-maligned Ben Affleck film was more than we could have ever hoped for. This isn’t some low-level player – Daredevil is a genuine fan favourite. And if you ask us, ‘The Man Without Fear’ is probably better suited to being the star of a series rather than another movie – especially as he’ll eventually team up with Netflix’s other Marvel heroes Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage in the Netflix miniseries, The Defenders. Though the series kicked off with a bang in the first season, Marvel has managed to top it in every single way in the second season, with the inclusion of The Punisher and Elektra dialling up the action and intensity considerably.

Seasons on Netflix: 2

One of the greatest cartoons of the '80s, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe has finally made its way to Netflix Australia! Set on the magical world of Eternia, the show follows Prince Adam, a young man who becomes the superhero He-Man whenever he holds aloft his magic sword and speaks the words: "by the power of Greyskull!" Together with his friends, Teela, Man-At-Arms, Battlecat and Orco, He-Man regularly faces off against the dastardly (and deliciously campy) villain known as Skeletor, who will stop at nothing in his attempts to take over the realm. If you're after a mad rush of nostalgia, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe should do the trick!

Seasons on Netflix: 1

In retrospect, it would seem impossible for Marvel to surpass its last Netflix Original series, Daredevil, with a show about a hard drinking ex-superhero that's little known outside of comic book circles, but that's pretty much what it's done with Jessica Jones. Though the show doesn't quite reach the action heights of Daredevil, Jessica Jones manages to be even more compelling in terms of story and character. Based on the comic Alias by Brian Michael Bendis, the show sees private investigator Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), bar owner Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and celebrity Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor) do battle with a mind-controlling creep named Kilgrave (David Tennant), whose incredible obsession with Jessica is causing everyone around her to die. Dark, violent and quite sexual for a Marvel show, Jessica Jones is required viewing for fans of the MCU.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Arguably the finest show on television, Mad Men is a brilliant time capsule that takes us on a journey through the ever-changing landscape that was 1960s America. Over the years, we get to see the country evolve through the eyes of the people who work at a swanky New York advertising agency – most notably our lead character Don Draper (John Hamm), a damaged individual with a hidden past and a drinking problem who is constantly engaging in infidelity. Through the show, we get some insight into the slow rise of power for women in the workplace while facing overt sexism, race relations and the evolution of the American family during the most tumultuous period in American history. Truly an outstanding, must-watch show.

Seasons on Netflix: 6

Many scoffed when it was announced that MTV would be making its own Scream show based on the hit Wes Craven-directed film series of the same name, but that initial cynicism bleeds away once the show sinks its hooks into you. Inspired by the films but in no way connected to them, the show maintains the meta-commentary and slashing action that the Scream name is known for while creating a whole new mythos of its own. Featuring a (mostly) likeable cast, buckets of blood and a central mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end, fans will definitely get a kick out of Scream’s small-screen slashing mayhem. And, with Scream currently in its second season, Netflix is fast-tracking brand new episodes directly from the U.S. every tuesday.

Seasons on Netflix: 2

One of the funniest shows to hit TV in years, Brooklyn Nine-Nine stars Andy Samberg as an immature goofball who also happens to also be a brilliant NYPD detective. The show revolves around the many cases (and shenanigans) that Samberg and his equally hilarious co-stars get wrapped up in under the watchful eye of their stern Captain. Quick-witted and full of heart, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a new comedy classic.

Seasons on Netflix: 3

Netflix has been killing it with its Marvel shows so far, having already launched two well-received top-tier shows in Daredevil and Jessica Jones. Now, it’s time for a new kind of hero – Luke Cage, also known as Power Man to fans of the comics the show is based on. If you’ve watched Jessica Jones, you’ll already be familiar with this literally unbreakable character, as he played a pivotal role in that show’s first season. This series, however, picks up some time after that, with Cage relocating from Hell’s Kitchen to Harlem, and finding himself coming to blows with local gangster Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes. Expect plenty of intense action with a real hip-hop flair.

Series on Netflix: 1

The best way to approach BoJack Horseman is to let it slowly grow on you. Chances are you won’t be blown away by it from the first episode, but once you get hip to its rhythm, you’ll likely find it to be one of the best animated comedy shows since Bob’s Burgers. Will Arnett voices BoJack, a washed-up ’90s sitcom star who spends his days being bitter about his failures alongside perpetual houseguest, Todd (Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul). Things get complicated when his cat girlfriend and agent Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris) hires ghost writer Diane (Alison Brie) to pen BoJack’s memoir. Filled with hilarious characters that could only exist in drawing-form, BoJack Horseman is a real winner.

Series on Netflix: 3

Someone escaping from a Domesday cult shouldn’t be a recipe for comedy but Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt manages to squeeze the funny out of this premise. Created by Tina Fey and starring Ellie Kemper as the title character, the show sparkles with wit and lands on the right side of kooky. Best of all, season 2 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has arrived and is fizzing with the same energy of the first. If you’re a fan of shows like Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock, you’re pretty much guaranteed to love Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Seasons on Netflix: 2

You’ve never seen a lawyer show like this before. Suits mostly avoids the ‘courtroom drama’ angle that law shows usually take, and instead focuses on the dealings behind the scenes. Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) is a brilliant man with a photographic memory who is wasting his life away as a petty drug dealer, until lawyer-extraordinaire Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) hires him to work at the most prestigious law firm in New York. Let’s hope no one finds out about his lack of a law degree. Absolutely addictive.

Seasons on Netflix: 5

If there ever was a poster boy for Netflix, House of Cards' Frank Underwood would be it. Funded completely by the streaming service, Cards' boasts a visual style crafted by director David Fincher and immense acting by Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. The reason: Netflix positively wanted you to binge watch, putting all episodes up at once. With five seasons currently available, Netflix's Card trick is still impressive and shows just how far Netflix has come, bringing the service worldwide critical acclaim and awards attention. With the world as focused on US politics as it is now, House of Cards is downright therapeutic entertainment. 

Seasons on Netflix: 5

One of the freshest and most enjoyable shows Netflix has put out to date, the semi-autobiographical Master of None sees comedian Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) play Dev, a character much like himself who is trying to navigate his family, friends, acting career and love life in New York City. Hilarious and thoughtful, Master of None gives Dev the opportunity to reflect on difficult subjects like like racism and misogyny in a way that's warm, funny and eye-opening – no easy feat! Master of None also has an amazing soundtrack, and some wonderful supporting turns from Noël Wells, Eric Wareheim, Kelvin Yu and Ansari's own scene-stealing parents, Shoukath and Fatima.

Seasons available on Netflix: 2

An incredibly fascinating four-part docu-series charting the birth of hip hop music, Hip Hop Evolution takes us on a trip back to New York City's South Bronx area during the tumultuous early '70s. Beginning with the famous DJ Kool Herc block party that started it all and continuing on to the early days of gangsta rap music in the late '80s, Hip Hop Evolution is an eye-opening examination of all the elements that led to rap music becoming the global phenomenon it is today. Featuring countless interviews with hip hop pioneers, including Africa Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash and Kurtis Blow, this Netflix Original series is one of the most entertaining cultural lessons you're ever likely to see. Once you're finished watching this, keep the beat going with Netflix's other brilliant hip hop show, The Get Down.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Before he was the showrunner for Marvel’s Daredevil, Steven DeKnight worked on the gratuitously violent and sexual series Spartacus. At first glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there’s nothing more to the show than meat-headed beefcakes fighting and screwing in a 300-aping manner, but there’s so much more going on – we follow Spartacus (the late Andy Whitfield and his replacement, Liam McIntyre) as he is taken into slavery and forced to do cruel and unimaginable things in the gladiatorial arena, just waiting for the day that he can finally get his revenge on slave-owners Batiatus (John Hannah) and Lucretia (Lucy Lawless). All of this culminates in one of the most satisfying season finales in recent memory. Be warned – this show is filled with grotesque violence and an immense amount of sex and nudity. It’s like Game of Thrones times ten.

Seasons on Netflix: 4

Reportedly Netflix’s most expensive show ever, The Get Down is an absolutely dazzling look into the birth of hip hop music in the South Bronx during the late 1970s. The show effortlessly blends real life footage from the period with scenes from the show, mixing them together like a good DJ. Created by Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!), The Get Down is bursting with style, drama, colourful characters and fantastic music. If you have even the slightest interest in hip hop music, consider The Get Down required viewing.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Fans of brainy, politically-minded science fiction, like the incredible Battlestar Galactica reboot series, would do well to check out The Expanse, a futuristic series that sees our Solar System colonised by humans. Initially presented in the guise of a cop procedural about a missing person, The Expanse’s stakes are quickly raised when a vast political conspiracy becomes apparent that threatens the fate of our galaxy. Starring Thomas Jane, Steven Strait and Shohreh Aghdashloo, The Expanse is a show that takes a little while to warm up to, but once you’re hooked, you won’t be able to look away. 

Seasons on Netflix: 1

As far as dystopian fiction goes, Black Mirror is up there with the very best. Penned by Charlie Brooker, who before this was disassembling and decimating the news in his show NewsWipe, Black Mirror consists of a handful of caustic tales about the perils of technology, shady governments and human nature as a whole.

Not only has Netflix nabbed the original seven episodes of the show to stream, comprising two series and a Christmas special, but it also funded a further six. Each standalone episode holds a mirror up to our society in extreme satire, with themes that are not too far from issues facing us all today: social media highs and embarrassing lows, technology going awry and new games that start to feel all-too real. Pitch-black comedy at its absolute darkest, Black Mirror is a must for tech-heads with a wicked sense of humour. 

Seasons on Netflix: 3

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Playing like a cross between Stephen King and Steven Spielberg, Stranger Things is a nostalgic and somewhat scary throwback to the classic Amblin films of the ’80s. In the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, young boy Will (Noah Schnapp) disappears in the middle of the night without a trace. The very next day, a young girl in a hospital gown appears in town, scared and unable to speak. In true Goonies/Stand By Me-fashion, the girl joins up with Will’s buddies in an attempt to track down their missing friend. Also embroiled in the mystery is the young boy’s mother, Joyce (Winona Ryder) – a woman who must confront terrifying forces if she has any hope of seeing her son again. To say anything else would be to say too much, so if you like the sound of this ’80s homage, watch it before someone spoils it for you.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Playing like a hilariously twisted version of Back to the Future, Rick and Morty follows a whiny high schooler and his alcoholic scientist grandfather as they set out on crazy adventures across the Universe. From Dan Harmon, creator of Community, and Justin Roiland, who voices both the titular characters, Rick and Morty is an endlessly clever show that never ceases to come up with mind-blowing stories to tell. This isn’t just the best animated sci-fi comedy since Futurama – it’s even better. So, grab your Plumbus and strap in, because the second season of Rick and Morty is now available to stream on Netflix Australia!

Seasons on Netflix: 2

Reviled on initial release and then rediscovered as a cult classic, the 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer is the kind of satirical comedy that leaves most people scratching their heads. Those in the know, however, see it as an absolutely pitch-perfect, gobsmackingly hilarious spoof of the summer camp movies of the late ’70s and early ’80s. Many of the actors in the original film went on to become huge stars (Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler), so it should be considered a minor miracle that all of these people were wrangled back almost 15 years later to star in a prequel series for Netflix. If you haven’t seen the original movie, you might want to stream it on Netflix before watching the show, but if you have seen it and love it like we do, you’ll be over the moon with Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Praise Odin! We finally have a brutal and (mostly) historically-accurate show about Norse culture that would make Thor proud. Vikings takes us on a journey through Scandinavian/European history as Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a man who may or may not be a direct descendent of Odin himself, rises up the viking ranks and searches for new civilisations alongside his band of viking brothers. Best watched with a pint of mead in your hand.

Seasons on Netflix: 3

One of the funniest comedians to come out of Britain in years, Matt Berry (The Might Boosh, The IT Crowd, Snuff Box) is back with another pompous blowhard character that's entirely in his much-perfected wheelhouse. In Toast of London, Berry plays Steven Toast, an eccentric, washed-up actor whose antics off the stage are almost as insufferable as the ones on it (when he can actually find a worthwhile gig, that is). To make matters worse, Toast is surrounded by a number of comically-named characters who are just as aberrant as he is. Will Toast ever catch a break? A single episode of the show will probably be enough to answer that one…

Seasons on Netflix: 3

Like a cross between Modern Family and The Walking Dead (with a spattering of Dexter thrown in for good measure), Santa Clarita Diet is a hilariously gory Netflix Original series that sees suburban mum Sheila (Drew Barrymore) suddenly acquire an insatiable hunger for human flesh. Though shocked at first, Sheila's loyal husband Joel (Timothy Olyphant) and daughter Abby (Liv Hewson) are determined to keep this family together, even if it means covering up a number of murders…

Seasons on Netflix: 1

On the list of shows that were tragically cut down before their prime, Number 1 is Firefly. Number 2, however, is Freaks and Geeks, the show that served as a launching pad for some of our favourite stars in comedy today. Brash, mischievous and hysterical, James Franco, Jason Segel and Seth Rogen provide a perfect counter-balance for the tepid (and completely loveable) Linda Cardellini. The show scores the last spot on our list and in our hearts because at the end of the day we've all been Cardellini's character, Lindsay. We've all been picked on, called a nerd and genuinely loved something – whether that's cellphones, computers, televisions, whatever. And just when you think you'll never fit in, the right group of people somehow find their way into your life.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

After he had produced the perfect female lead in Buffy and before he was Hulk smashing with The Avengers, Joss Whedon created a short-run sci-fi series that has spawned not only a massive cult following but, quite astonishingly, a movie. The reason it was such an underground success was because Firefly takes the Star Wars framework of making space messy, where everything is a little rough around the edges – including the crew. It even has its own Han Solo in the form of Nathan Fillion's Malcolm Reynolds. Whedon's witty words permeate the whole of Firefly, which is not so much a space opera but a space rock opera.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

A truly opulent historical epic, The Crown is a majestic Netflix Original series that deals with Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) and her rise to the throne, starting in the 1940s and moving on to modern times. With a reported budget of £100 million, Netflix and Left Bank Pictures spared no expense to tell this story of royalty with as much detail and historical accuracy as possible. Though it might seem like a stuffy costume drama, the brilliant photography and incredibly sense of scale will leave you flabbergasted. Featuring terrific acting and wonderful direction from Peter Morgan (who directed the Oscar winning film, The Queen), The Crown is the perfect show for Downton Abbey fans who are looking for their next big fix. 

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Before he was a global superstar, Will Smith was the frontman for the late '80s/early '90s hip hop duo, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. With a winning sense of personality and infectious hits like 'Parents Just Don't Understand', Smith took his performing talents and turned to acting by starring in the family sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Playing a fictionalised version of himself, Smith moves in with his stuffy high society Aunt and Uncle's family in the posh suburb of Bel-Air. Before long, his crazy persona turns the entire family's dynamic on its head, bringing a sense of much needed humour into their lives. A classic series with one of the best and most memorable theme songs of all time, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is as fresh and funny now as it was 20-odd years ago. Now, sing it with us: "In West Philadelphia, born and raised, on the playground is where I spent most of my days…"

Seasons on Netflix: 6

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THE INTERNET OF THINGS 2017 REPORT: How the IoT is improving lives to transform the world

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This is a preview of a research report from BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service. To learn more about BI Intelligence, click here.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is disrupting businesses, governments, and consumers and transforming how they interact with the world. Companies are going to spend almost $5 trillion on the IoT in the next five years — and the proliferation of connected devices and massive increase in data has started an analytical revolution.

To gain insight into this emerging trend, BI Intelligence conducted an exclusive Global IoT Executive Survey on the impact of the IoT on companies around the world. The study included over 500 respondents from a wide array of industries, including manufacturing, technology, and finance, with significant numbers of C-suite and director-level respondents. 

Through this exclusive study and in-depth research into the field, BI Intelligence details the components that make up IoT ecosystem. We size the IoT market in terms of device installations and investment through 2021. And we examine the importance of IoT providers, the challenges they face, and what they do with the data they collect. Finally, we take a look at the opportunities, challenges, and barriers related to mass adoption of IoT devices among consumers, governments, and enterprises.

Here are some key takeaways from the report:

  • We project that there will be a total of 22.5 billion IoT devices in 2021, up from 6.6 billion in 2016.
  • We forecast there will be $4.8 trillion in aggregate IoT investment between 2016 and 2021.
  • It highlights the opinions and experiences of IoT decision-makers on topics that include: drivers for adoption; major challenges and pain points; stages of adoption, deployment, and maturity of IoT implementations; investment in and utilization of devices, platforms, and services; the decision-making process; and forward- looking plans.

In full, the report:

  • Provides a primer on the basics of the IoT ecosystem
  • Offers forecasts for the IoT moving forward and highlights areas of interest in the coming years
  • Looks at who is and is not adopting the IoT, and why
  • Highlights drivers and challenges facing companies implementing IoT solutions

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The best Australian laptop deals for September 2017

If you're looking for a cheap laptop or a mammoth saving on a premium portable computer, you've come to the right place. We've scoured the web for savings — from the usual suspects to the niche deal sites— and rounded up all the genuine and worthwhile specials in one neat place. We've covered everything from budget browsing machines to high-performance powerhouses, so you'll no doubt find something to match your needs.

Up the top, we've highlighted a selection of the latest deals that we've sniffed out, so you can reap the rewards of having your finger on the pulse. Below that we've covered some of the more popular laptops that often come up on special, and then included a quick list of the best prices on TechRadar's pick of the latest best laptops.

If you're from the US or the UK, check out our selections of the top laptop deals in the US or in the UK.

Best laptop deals this week

Lenovo ThinkPad E570p Laptop ($1,040): This laptop from Lenovo is a very impressive all-rounder, with the latest generation of Nvidia GPU in the GTX 1050Ti, it's no slouch for gaming, and the ability to toggle between performance and quiet modes make it suitable for work and for play. If you use the code OZGAMING at checkout, you can knock an extra $259 off the already low price of $1,299, bringing it down to just $1,040.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 128GB i5 4GB ($989): The Surface Pro 4 from Microsoft is a an excellent way to experience desktop-standard software in a tablet form factor — add on a Type Cover and you'll get yourself one of the best 2-in-1s available. While there is a lower-spec model Surface Pro 4 with a mobile processor, this is the cheapest price you'll be able to grab a proper Intel Core i5 unit for. From Dick Smith's store, you can the price has been knocked down from $1,495 to $989.

Asus ZenBook 3 UX390UA 12-inch Ultrabook ($1,995): Asus ZenBook's are perhaps rivalled only by Apple's line of laptops when it comes to dazzling aesthetics, and this ZenBook 3's deep-blue and gold-trim chassis truly dazzles. The specs are also pretty hot, with an Intel Core i7 CPU and 512GB SSD crammed into a refined and sleek chassis. You can knock $760 dollary-doos off the asking price if you shop at Computer Alliance, where it's currently just $1,995.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 14-inch 2-in-1 ($2,399): If you're after a premium 2-in-1, the X1 Yoga from Lenovo balances the perks of powerful performance with a lightweight, slim design. The base model comes with an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD. You can currently save up to $1,050 at the Lenovo store, when you use the code DEALS at checkout, bringing it down from $3,449 to $2,399.

Lenovo Thinkpad E570 15-inch Business Laptop ($1,049): Nab yourself an exceptional business laptop  in the Lenovo E570, complete with Windows 10 Pro, a 15-inch Full HD display and Intel Core i5 processor. If you shop at Lenovo's online store and enter the code DEALS at checkout, you can save $650 on the cost of $1,699, or almost 40%, bringing it down to $1,049.

We'll keep on updating the list of deals as and when we find them. Below, you'll find up to date prices on five of TechRadar's favourite laptop, so keep an eye out for those savings.

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The best deals on our favourite laptops

Over the years we've reviewed plenty of laptops and, as a result, we've seen what to avoid and what to jump on when there's savings to be had. We'll keep track of the prices of some of the best we've seen so that you can snatch up a bargain when they do show up. Check out the prices below and see if anything has dropped enough to tickle your fancy.

Best laptops

Saying that we're very happy with Dell's XPS 13 is a huge understatement. The slim profile, revolutionary design and small frame bely its powerful performance and gorgeous 13-inch screen. Typically you'd have to weigh up portability and performance, but the XPS 13 has managed to strike a fine balance between the two. With Intel's latest Skylake processors plus lighting, quick storage and memory, the XPS 13's starting price is certainly an impressive one. We're so chuffed with it that it's taken the top slot as the best Ultrabook, the best Windows laptop and the best overall laptop.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 13

There are some seriously expensive gaming laptops out there, once you get involved in the optimisation and the latest GPUs, things start get pricey. But if you're after a capable machine on a budget, try out the Dell Inspiron 15-inch gaming laptop.

Read the full review: Dell Inspiron 15-inch gaming laptop

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A seriously sleek all-aluminium chassis, a higher resolution than the discontinued Asus ZenBook UX305, and an impressive swath of ports, including the latest USB-C interface, the latest UX310UA ZenBook is a serious contender for the MacBook Air and, if you're a Windows person, is much better value.

Read the full review: Asus ZenBook UX310

Although the specs are modest, the forward-thinking design of Lenovo's Yoga Book makes it a decent option for creative types and those that want a little more out of their laptops. Sacrificing a bit of raw power means you'll get an innovative digital touchpad and drawing surface for a much more intuitive and precise approach to graphical art.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga Book

cheap surface pro deals

We know this is technically not a laptop, but it does come close to being a 2-in-1 (if you get the Type Case) and, most importantly, it has the power to get in the ring with some of its non-tablet competitors. Running the full-blown version of Windows 10 and having the option for a powerful Intel Core processor, this is by far the laptoppiest tablet available, and the price certainly isn't that bad.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Pro 4

If you're after some more further info on the best laptops, check out some of our other dedicated articles:

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Federal labor officials have filed a complaint against Tesla accusing it of violating workers’ rights (TSLA)

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The National Labor Relations Board has filed an official complaint against Tesla, saying the company violated workers’ rights by suppressing their unionization efforts.

Tesla will have to submit an answer to the charges on or before September 14 and appear at a hearing before an NLRB administrative law judge in Oakland, California, that will begin November 14.

The Union Auto Workers, a labor union, and three Tesla employees submitted separate complaints in April claiming the company had coerced employees trying to aid a unionization effort into silence. The NLRB said it has found merit to the charges and filed them into one official complaint.

The complaint says Tesla forced employees to sign a restrictive confidentiality agreement that prevented them from organizing or discussing their work conditions. It also claims some Tesla security guards and human-resources employees intimidated factory workers who were trying to pass out leaflets regarding the union organizing efforts and asked them to leave the premises.

Workers at Tesla’s Fremont factory have been calling for a union since the the beginning of this year. Those part of the union effort say they regularly face excessive mandatory overtime and dangerous work conditions.

“These allegations, which have been filed by the same contingent of union organizers who have been so outspoken with media, are entirely without merit,” a Tesla spokesperson said in a statement. “We will obviously be responding as part of the NLRB process.”

Here’s Tesla’s statement in full:

“As we approach Labor Day weekend, there’s a certain irony in just how far the UAW has strayed from the original mission of the American labor movement, which once advocated so nobly for the rights of workers and is the reason we recognize this important holiday. Faced with declining membership, an overwhelming loss at a Nissan plant earlier this month, corruption charges that were recently leveled against union leaders who misused UAW funds, and failure to gain traction with our employees, it’s no surprise the union is feeling pressured to continue its publicity campaign against Tesla. For seven years, the UAW has used every tool in its playbook: misleading and outright false communications, unsolicited and unwelcomed visits to the homes of our employees, attempts to discredit Tesla publicly in the media, and now another tactic that has been used in every union campaign since the beginning of time – baseless ULP filings that are meant only to generate headlines. These allegations, which have been filed by the same contingent of union organizers who have been so outspoken with media, are entirely without merit. We will obviously be responding as part of the NLRB process.”

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30 big tech predictions for 2017

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Technology is disrupting nearly every part of our daily lives.

Smartphones have allowed us to stay connected to each other at literally every moment of our lives, whether it’s on our daily commutes or on faraway vacations.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is making us more connected than ever with smart home devices that can control our lights and thermostats and order food for us with simple voice commands.

Robo advisors are making investing more accessible and more affordable for everyone.

And the list is growing.

Almost every industry has been disrupted by digital technologies over the past decade. And, in 2017 we expect to see more revolutionary developments impacting our businesses, careers, and lives.

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  • Autonomous car road tests
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Nest is planning a major announcement on September 20

It's been a relatively busy time for Nest, having launched two new additions to its smart home lineup just this year. However, it looks like the company is about to get busier with something new to announce in less than a month.

Nest is sending out invites for a September 20 press announcement promising something big in the works, according to The Verge.

Given that the company recently released its Nest Cam IQ security camera — as well as announced the Nest Thermostat E just earlier today — we can't help but wonder what else Nest has up its sleeve.

Going off the mention of needing 'popcorn' and a 'comfy couch' for the press announcement, it's possible that some kind of home theater accessory could be Nest's next big thing — that, or it just wants viewers all cozied up for its conference.

We're just speculating at this point, so the best move now is to wait until late September to learn what Nest has waiting in store for us. In the meantime, we'll go shopping for that popcorn — but only because that invite made us a little peckish.

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