The best PS4 Pro games: push your console to its 4K HDR limits

It’s the most powerful console on the market, but if you’re looking for the best PS4 Pro games, you might have to do some research before splashing the cash at your local games shops.

You see, not all PS4 Pro games have been created equal.

And, to clarify, to call them PS4 Pro games isn’t quite accurate either – Sony’s mandated that all PlayStation 4 games going forward work on both the newest and oldest PS4 consoles. It means developers have to get creative in order to scale to both machines, something that some manage better than others, while some merely use it to firm up the performance of titles that stutter on the less powerful, older hardware.

But we’re not interested in stuttering missteps, or the disappointing 4K HUD improving half-assed updates to the likes of Overwatch. If you want to take advantage of the PS4 Pro in all its 4K or HDR glory, these are (on a technical level) the best games to show off your new console with.

Download of the day: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is the best tool around for detecting and eliminating potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) from your Windows PC. It performs on-demand scans of your whole system (including heuristic analysis to detect brand new threats), quarantines any undesirables it finds, and lets you purge them all with a single click.

Why you need it

Free software is fantastic, but sometimes when you download a program, an unwanted extra comes along for the ride.

PUPs – also known as adware – aren’t viruses, so they might not be picked up by your regular security software, but they’re a nuisance. They can redirect your homepage, change your default search engine, add toolbars to your browser, and generally make your life miserable. They can also compromise your privacy, monitoring your comings and goings, then reporting back to advertisers.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware also wipes out more serious issues, including ransomware. It won’t replace your usual antivirus software, but it a superb addition to your online security arsenal.

When you first install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, you’ll be given a 14-day free trial of the premium edition, including real-time scanning. Once that expires, you’ll have to open the program and scan for issues yourself, but this is easy and well worth the effort.

Download here: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Best Amazon Prime Video TV shows: 30 essential shows on Amazon Prime

UPDATE: Look out for the full season run of Christina Ricci’s Z: The Beginning of Everything, which is available from 27 January. 

Welcome to TechRadar’s guide to the best Amazon Prime TV shows around, a constantly updated list of the best shows on Amazon Prime that we have been watching and loving on what has become one of the most popular streaming services around. It wasn’t always this way, though.

In the UK, Amazon had a stuttering start when it came to taking on Netflix in the big streaming battle. This was partly due to a stubborn insistence on Amazon’s part to keep its streaming setup separate, hoping to make Lovefilm (a company it acquired when DVDs were all the rage) into an on-demand brand.

This didn’t work so along came Plan B. Lovefilm didn’t have global appeal, but it did have a backbone on which Amazon built the streaming service we know today – Amazon Prime Video.

Since this move, Amazon Prime has grown into a media powerhouse. Taking, and in some ways surpassing, Netflix’s self-serving model to produce its own content Amazon now has a bevy of television shows that are begging to be watched on its own platform. The choice is expansive and that’s where we come in.

TechRadar has curated a list of the best Amazon Prime shows around. Chosen by the team, these are the shows streamed in the UK that are Instant classics primed to offer up hours of compulsive viewing.

It’s worth noting that these are the best Amazon Prime TV shows that can be watched instantly when you have Amazon Prime access. There are many more shows you can watch through Amazon but these have to be purchased to be viewed. We will keep this list constantly updated if any paid shows become free that we feel need to be included.

Not convinced Amazon is the way forward? Then check out our Best Netflix TV Shows article and see what Amazon’s biggest rival has on its service.

Best free iPad apps 2017

It’s not like Microsoft Word really needs introduction. Unless you’ve been living under a rock that itself is under a pretty sizeable rock, you’ll have heard of Microsoft’s hugely popular word processor. What you might not realize, though, is how good it is on iPad.

Fire up the app and you’re greeted with a selection of handy templates, although you can of course instead use a blank canvas. You then work with something approximating the desktop version of Word, but that’s been carefully optimized for tablets. Your brain keeps arguing it shouldn’t exist, but it does — although things are a bit fiddly on an iPad mini.

Wisely, saved documents can be stored locally rather than you being forced to use Microsoft’s cloud, and they can be shared via email. (A PDF option exists for recipients without Office, although it’s oddly hidden behind the share button in the document toolbar, under ‘Send Attachment’, which may as well have been called ‘beware of the leopard’.)

Something else that’s also missing: full iPad Pro 12.9 support in the free version. On a smaller iPad, you merely need a Microsoft account to gain access to most features. Some advanced stuff — section breaks; columns; tracking changes; insertion of WordArt — requires an Office 365 account, but that won’t limit most users.

Presumably, Microsoft thinks iPad Pro owners have money to burn, though, because for free they just get a viewer. Bah.

Top 10 best cloud storage services of 2017

According to a recent blog post by IBM, people and businesses will continue the trend of reducing their need to rely on costly hardware and infrastructure by placing files and applications in the cloud.

Given the multitude of cloud storage providers out there, you must take care in choosing a provider who will offer the maximum amount of low-cost storage and bandwidth, while still keeping your data safe.

This list represents our top 10 picks for cloud storage. All offer a free tier allowing you to see if they’re right for you before handing over any hard-earned cash.

1. Dropbox

The Granddaddy of cloud storage, Dropbox offers a rather measly 2GB of free storage, but this can be increased up to 16GB free of charge by linking your Dropbox to social media and referring friends to join the service. 

Dropbox Business subscriptions allow users to collaborate on work as well as giving each person unlimited space in a personal Dropbox account. There are also enhanced features for file recovery and versioning. Business pricing starts from $12.50 per user (around £10, AU$17).

Price: 2GB free. 1TB for $9.99 a month (around £8, AU$13) with Dropbox Pro

2. Google Drive

Google Drive is a natural choice for owners of Android devices as it’s already integrated, but users of other platforms may appreciate the generous free storage too. You can also store high definition photos on your mobile phone with companion app Google Photos, and make use of Google’s own office suite (now known as G Suite).

Downsides include the fact that the web interface isn’t very easy-to-use, although Windows and Mac users can download a desktop app to drag-and-drop files easily. 

Price: 15GB free. 100GB for $1.99 a month (around £1.50, AU$2.50). 1TB for $9.99 a month (around £8, AU$13).

3. Mega

With an insanely generous free tier and a simple drag-and-drop interface, Mega is one of the cloud storage heavyweights. There’s a handy mobile app to allow you to upload files and photos, as well as sync clients with desktop machines. 

Mega claims that all data stored in its cloud is encrypted on your device before it reaches the firm’s servers. As the company has released the source code to its sync client, experts can check that there are no vulnerabilities. 

Price: 50GB free. 200GB for €4.99 a month (around £4, $5, AU$7)

4. OneDrive

OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) is integrated into Windows 10’s file explorer. You don’t have to download an additional app – it’s there to use out of the box, which is obviously very convenient for those who have made the jump to Microsoft’s newest operating system.

Microsoft’s Photos app can also use OneDrive to sync pictures across all your devices. There’s an app for Android and iOS devices, and there’s even one in the App Store for Mac users (although it has received mixed reviews).

Price: 5GB free. 50GB for $1.99 a month (around £1.50, AU$2.50)

5. iCloud

If you want to back up your iPhone to iCloud, you’ll need more than the free 5GB allowance Apple gives you, but compared to rivals iCloud prices are very reasonable. 

The Mac Finder app integrates iCloud Drive, where you can store any files you wish. Documents created in the iWork office suite are also saved to iCloud and can sync across your devices. Windows users can also sync their files with iCloud Drive using the official client, and access the iWork apps on the iCloud website. 

Price: 5GB free. 50GB for $0.99 a month (around £0.80, AU$1.30). 200GB for $2.99 (around £2.50, AU$4)

6. Box

Box’s website currently seems to be pushing its business plans as clicking ‘sign up’ takes you to the biz subscription page where for $15 per user (around £12, AU$20) you can benefit from advanced collaboration options and unlimited storage.

As Box has been around for a while, it is supported by a number of mainstream apps such as Google Docs and Office 365. The Box Sync client is available from the Downloads page for Mac and Windows, plus there’s also an official Android client.

Price: 10GB free. 100GB for $10 a month (around £8, AU$13)

7. NextCloud

NextCloud isn’t an online cloud storage provider itself, but offers free software to download and install a cloud storage service on your own server. Using a server on your home network for cloud storage is much faster. You can also enable encryption and make sure the information never leaves your home network, which is far safer. 

If you’ve no server or IT experience, you can even purchase a preconfigured NextCloud Box from the website which comes with a 1TB hard drive and will work with an inexpensive Raspberry Pi board to keep your data synced. 

Price: Free to install and use. Self-hosting so storage costs vary. NextCloud Box is $79.99 (around £65, AU$105)

8. SpiderOak

SpiderOak is part of a new trend of zero knowledge cloud storage providers. The website claims that after installing the client your data is encrypted before syncing. Unfortunately since SpiderOak hasn’t made the client source code public, there’s no way to confirm this. 

The SpiderOakOne client is available for Windows, Mac and Linux as well as Android and iOS. You can also log in via the web interface but privacy lovers may prefer not to as it exposes your password to SpiderOak employees. 

Price: 2GB free. 250GB for $9 a month (around £7, AU$12). 1TB for $12 a month (around £10, AU$16)

 9. IDrive

IDrive offers continuous syncing of your files, even those on network drives. The web interface supports sharing files by email, Facebook and Twitter. Cautious or click-happy users will be pleased to hear that files deleted from your computer are not automatically deleted from the server, so there’s less danger of removing something important accidentally.

IDrive also offers IDrive Express – a service whereby if you lose all your data they will ship a physical hard drive out to you, allowing for the swift restoration of all your backed up files. 

Price: 5GB free. 1TB for $52 a year (around £40, AU$70)

10. pCloud

While some bandwidth limits apply, there seems to be no limit to the size of files you can upload, so feel free to sync large media files with pCloud.

The service is available for all desktop and mobile platforms – users can also log in via the website. The company itself is registered in Switzerland which has strong privacy laws, and you can also pay a premium of $3.99 (around £3, AU$5) for pCloud Crypto to lock (and unlock) individual files with passwords.

Price: 20GB free. 500GB for $4.99 a month (around £4, AU$6.50). 2TB for $9.99 a month (around £8, AU$13)

LG G6 could be the first non-Pixel phone to feature Google Assistant

It’s not long until we get to see LG’s upcoming flagship, the G6, in its final form at Mobile World Congress on February 26, but until that date there’s still speculation to be done – and the latest rumor flying around is that the phone could be the first phone outside the Pixel line to support Google’s AI voice assistant, Google Assistant.

According to Business Korea, LG has turned to Google for help in integrating an AI system into its latest handset in an effort to strengthen its ties with global companies and bolster its smartphone business. 

Considering that many of the leading flagships now have virtual assistants built in, working with Google is a good way for LG to keep up with the competition without straining itself to create a system of its own.

Keeping up with the virtual assistants

It would also give the company a great boost in South Korea itself, as there are currently no phones in that market that support Google Assistant. 

This formation of a closer relationship with Google ties in with recent reports that LG is working with the company to develop the first smartwatches that will support Android Wear 2.0 when it launches on February 9.

LG hasn’t confirmed these reports, but all will likely be revealed at LG’s MWC event in Barcelona on February 26 – we’ll be bringing you all the latest news from MWC, so watch this space.

HTC’s long-rumored smartwatch has been snapped again

There’s been talk of an HTC smartwatch since way back in 2013, but while there’s still no sign of a release date, the watch, believed to be codenamed HTC Halfbeak, has just been leaked in an assortment of photos.

These images, shared on Weibo, match earlier leaked shots and don’t really show us anything new, with the same round display (believed to have a resolution of 360 x 360), the same plastic strap and the same heart rate sensor on the bottom.

The watch also has Under Armour branding alongside HTC’s, which again is something we’ve seen before.

But while there’s no new information here the existence of new images does suggest the HTC Halfbeak might still be in the works – though it appears to be running Android Wear 1.0, which could mean the photos actually aren’t recent, since Android Wear 2.0 is launching imminently and any new Android smartwatch is likely to use that from day one.

It could be coming soon

But that’s also cause for hope, as with Android Wear 2.0 landing in early February we’re expecting a number of new smartwatches to arrive soon after, so the HTC Halfbeak could well be among them.

If so, MWC 2017 at the end of February is likely when we’ll see it. But with LG reportedly launching two new smartwatches on February 9 the HTC Halfbeak could have some stiff competition.

The best cheap PS4 deals in the January Sales 2017

2017 is off to a great start, with plenty of cheap PS4 deals. The January sales have seen some excellent bargains with some prices dipping below £200! the latest PS4 bundles are selling fast, so don’t dawdle if you see a PS4 price you like. The new white PS4 Slim is out this month too, so we’ve rounded up the best deals for the ice cool console.

On this page we’ve listed the best cheap PS4 deals in the UK (here’s our US PS4 deals page) so you can find all of the cheapest PS4 prices. Below you’ll find all of the absolute cheapest standalone PS4 deals from UK retailers, followed by our pick of what we think are the bundle deals that offer the best value. 

The PS4 is currently available in a number of different forms. You can still get the original PS4 in 500GB and 1TB versions and you’ll find prices for those just below. Under that you’ll see the best deals for the new PS4 Slim which has come in to replace the original model with a slimmer design. And at the bottom you’ll see deals for the new PS4 Pro – the new fancy 4K model.

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The best PS4 deals

The original PS4 with optical out audio options

These are the regular, older, full-sized PS4 deals. Expect to see a few tasty bargains as retailers clear space for the new PS4 Slim. Prices have been dropping naturally in recent months, so if you’re not bothered about 4K visuals (get a PS4 Pro if you are) and are yet to pick up a PS4, you could find a fantastically cheap deal here. We’re starting to see this model get phased out with better deals to be found on the PS4 Slim further down this page. 

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The best PS4 Slim deals:

The PS4 Slim is… slimmer, quieter and smaller

The new PS4 Slim launched in September 2016 for around £259 (500GB) or £310 (1TB). This new model has effectively replaced the original PS4 now . The console itself is smaller, lighter and more power efficient and the 500GB model is priced at a similar (if not cheaper) level to the older PS4, so you’re not paying extra for the refined tech. We’d seriously advise you scroll down to the bundles further down this page as many of them are cheaper than buying the console on its own! Stores are now taking orders for the new White model too, so we’ve listed the best deals below.

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The best PS4 Pro deals:

The PS4 that offers 4K gaming and Netflix

Essentially, the PS4 Pro is a 4K upgrade of the current PS4, rather than a ‘next-gen’ console. The keywords to take in from the PS4 Pro are 4K and HDR. The new machine allows game developers to include 4K resolution and High Dynamic Range options in their games, so expect the like of Uncharted 4, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Days Gone, Horizon: Zero Dawn and more to look even better on a HDR-enabled 4K TV. You’ll also be able to stream 4K content from Netflix and Amazon. Want to get the right TV? Then check out our cheap 4K TV deals page.

The best PS4 bundle deals this week…

You’ll often find that the most attractive way to get a cheap PS4 is with a bundle with extra hardware or extra games. These are the best PS4 bundle deals currently available in the UK – we update these deals on a regular basis.

White PS4 Slim | Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare | £229.99 @ Amazon
The initial batch of White PS4 Slim pre-orders cost around £260, so we’re delighted to see Amazon knock a chunk off the price and bundle in a game. This brings the price more in-line with similar black PS4 bundles – meaning you’re not forking out extra for paint-job on this super cheap white PS4 deal.

View this deal: White PS4 Slim with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare £229.99 @ Amazon

White PS4 Slim | FIFA 17 Steelbook Edition | £229.99 @ Amazon
As with the deal above, the value here stems from the fact most retailers are still charging £250-£260 for the new white PS4 Slim. So getting it with a game for £229.99 is a bargain. You’re getting the Amazon-exclusive Steelbook for FIFA 17 too.

View this deal: White PS4 Slim with FIFA 17 (steelbook) £229.99 @ Amazon

1TB PS4 Slim | Driveclub | Uncharted 4 | The Last of Us: Remastered | extra DualShock V2 controller | Now TV Pass | £279.99 @ Hughes
This new official bundle is packed with value and top Sony exclusives. Yes even Driveclub (it’s come a long way since that awful launch). Uncharted 4 is a solid Game of the Year contender and The Last of Us: Remastered is a perfect excuse to play the updated PS3 classic again, or for the first time if you’re really lucky. All that value and you’re getting the 1TB console too, an extra controller and a two-month Now TV pass!

View this deal: 1TB PS4 Slim, Driveclub, Uncharted 4, The Last of Us £279.99 @ Game

500GB PS4 Slim | Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare | £229.85 @ eBay
A great price alone for a PS4 Slim and getting a brand new game too is a sweet bonus. As for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, it marks the series’ first proper space-setting, features a better than usual campaign and includes the usual extensive multiplayer options. It also has John Snow looking clueless in a space suit. The John Lewis has gone up £50 this week but Tesco us still rocking this super price.

View this deal: 500GB PS4 Slim, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare £229.85 @ eBay

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500GB PS4 Slim | Watch Dogs and Watch Dogs 2 | £229.99 @ Zavvi
This new PS4 Slim comes with physical copies of both the original Watch Dogs and the new Watch Dogs 2. Even if you don’t need the original game, this represents the best value if you’re after the new console and the sequel as the console alone is usually closer to £250 and this bundle cost £20 more last week

View this deal: 500GB PS4 Slim with Watch Dogs double pack £229.99 @ Zavvi

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PS4 Slim: Or if the above deal sells out, you can also get it for £199.99 @ ShopTo’s eBay

PS4 Slim: The cheapest price around for a PS4 with a copy of Uncharted 4. Don’t miss it at just £229.99 @ Amazon

PS4 Slim: Or for the same price (today at least) get the same bundle plus a 2-month Now TV cinema pass. £229.99 @ Game

PS4 Slim: Looking for a PS4 Slim with a copy of FIFA 17? Well, stop looking as you can get this bundle, plus a Now TV pass for £229.99 @ Game. Or ditch the Now TV pass and get a two-year warranty instead for £229.95 @ John Lewis

PS4 Slim: Love Lego? Love Star Wars? We have the perfect PS4 deal for you then as you’re getting a PS4 Slim with Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens and a blu-ray of Star Wars: The Force Awakens for only £229.99 @ Zavvi 

PS4 Slim: Argos has a great PS4 bundle today. Get the PS4 Slim, FIFA 17 and a extra V2 DualShock 4 controller (in blue, black or red) for £249.99 @ Argos.

PS4 Slim: This PS4 deal with the new Slim console comes with either a copy of The Last Guardian, Uncharted 4 or No Man’s Sky for free. An ace PS4 deal for £249.99 @ Argos

Limited Edition Destiny PS4: This super rare white PS4 is covered with Destiny-inspired artwork and also comes with a copy of Destiny: The Taken King. We’ve never seen it at this super cheap price before either. Grab yours for just £249.99 @ Zavvi

The best PS4 Pro deals this week

PS4 Pro 1TB |Infamous: Second Son | Fallout 4 | Now TV | £349.99 @ Game
Not a bad selection of extras at all here. Infamous: Second Son is getting a 4K patch soon and Fallout 4 will last you a small eternity. When you need a break there’s the Now TV movie pass. A bargain considering the RRP of the PS4 Pro is £350 anyways.

View this deal: PS4 Pro, Infamous: Second Son, Fallout 4, Now TV £349.99 @ Game

Cheap PlayStation Plus deals

If you’re buying a PS4, you’ll probably need a cheap PlayStation Plus deal too. PlayStation Plus (aka PS Plus or PS+) allows you to play PS4 games online, along with access to the Instant Game Collection, a bunch of free games for PS4, PS3 and Vita each month. The default price for a year is £40. CD Keys is known for having some great PlayStation Plus deals, so we’d head there if you need a top up or want to stack some subs.

Need an extra cheap PS4 controller? Don’t forget to check our Best DualShock 4 deals. Or maybe a cheap PlayStation VR deal?

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The best free music app for Windows 2017

The best free music app for Windows

Music makes even the dullest day more fun, but the default players that ship with Windows’ various versions aren’t exactly all-singing, all-dancing audio extravaganzas. Here are the apps that make music amazing on your PC.

Foobar2000 is a powerful free music app that can be as simple or advanced as you like thanks to its modular design

1. foobar2000

Some music players are all style and no substance, with flashy interfaces and a distinct lack of decent features. Foobar2000 is the opposite. It doesn’t look like much – it’s designed to be simple and memory-efficient – but you can make it look any way you like and add whatever features you want.

That’s because what’s already a very useful audio player, ripper and converter offers stacks of ‘components’, which extend its powers even more. Components include CD burning, decoding of PlayStation sound files, visualizations, playlist organisers and all kinds of useful things. You can even customize the keyboard shortcuts to suit your way of doing things. Foobar2000 is the best free music app for Windows.

Download here: foobar2000

Spotify’s desktop app gives you access to all of the service’s best features, including community options

2. Spotify

Spotify’s official desktop client is a great free music app for managing tracks across all your devices
Spotify isn’t the only free music app for streaming, but it’s the one everybody knows and the client software is extremely well designed.

Spotify isn’t just a music player; it’s a music platform that works not just on Windows but on mobile devices, games consoles and all kinds of other devices too.

As you’d expect from a service that’s primarily about subscriptions the free version is limited in what it can do – tracks shuffle and you’ll get the odd advert – but if you don’t mind somebody else controlling the playlist it’s a great way to soundtrack whatever you’re doing.

Download here: Spotify

3. MusicBee

An incredible free music app for Windows that puts a wealth of information at your fingertips
MusicBee describes itself as the ultimate music manager and player, and it’s available for Windows versions from Vista onwards. If you’re still using the Windows default, it’s like moving from black and white to Technicolor.

There’s a multi-band equaliser with digital signal processing effects, support for high-end audio cards, upmixing from stereo to surround sound and even support for some WinAmp plugins to expand the app further.

It comes with a choice of skins, syncs with mobile devices including Android and Windows phones, integrates with and includes a vizualizer to make your music look as good as it sounds.

Download here: MusicBee

Dopamine is wonderfully easy to use, with a simple wizard to help you import your songs and get started

4. Dopamine

Free music app Dopamine guides you step-by-step to help you get more from your favorite tracks
Dopamine is your brain’s happy juice, and its music playing namesake should give you the warm and fuzzies too. This free music app is designed to make organizing and listening to music as simple as possible, and it looks absolutely brilliant on Windows 10.

It supports wav, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, WMA and M4A/AAC, and there are a range of views from full-window to sitting in the taskbar. It’s a lovely-looking thing and it really is easy to use, and we like the way you can make it as shouty or quiet as possible by changing the notifications settings. It’s well worth the download.

Download here: Dopamine

MediaMonkey is ideal for managing a messy music collection – adding metadata and syncing with mobile devices

5. MediaMonkey

If your music library is looking a bit disorganized, MediaMonkey will help you get it in order
One of the big pains about digital music is that if your collection is bigger than a few albums, it’s easy for it to get messy. For example, you might have REM and R.E.M., or U2 and good music. Haha!
MediaMonkey can’t stop unwanted U2 albums turning up, but this free music app can automatically tag your music as well as other useful things including DLNA streaming, syncing with devices including Android and iPods, run in DJ mode, automatically set volumes so tracks don’t vary, record CDs and download audio from the internet.

Add-ons offer even more including sound effects and additional format support.

Download here: MediaMonkey

What Winamp lacks in gloss, it makes up for in downloadable add-ons for dozens of other programs and services

6. Winamp

A classic free music app supported by a huge collection of downloadable skins and plugins
Winamp has been languishing in development hell for a while now, but a new version is coming and the classic version remains a very good little music app that we love to bits, largely because it was our introduction to the joys of MP3 music.

It’s ancient in software terms but there’s a charm to it that more modern players lack – partly because it looks horrible, and partly because you can make it look even more horrible.

But the real fun is in its visualizations and plugins, which have the benefit of two decades of developers’ efforts. If you fancy kicking it old-school, it’s a lot of fun.

Download here: WinAmp

VLC Media Player isn’t just great for video – it can also handle pretty much any audio format you can think of

7. VLC Media Player

A brilliant free music app, VLC Media Player can play just about any file or music stream
You probably know about VLC, the kick-ass free video player, but you might not know about VLC, the kick-ass free music app. And here’s the twist: they’re the same program.

VLC Media Player might not be as pretty as some other media apps, but that’s never been a key part of its appeal: it’s the fact that VLC can import and export in file formats so numerous that we’re secretly convinced some of them are completely made up. It plays any kind of disc you can throw at it, supports all the main online streaming protocols, and of course it has brilliant video features too. It’s an absolute gem.

Download here: VLC Media Player

AIMP is an advanced free music app packed with tools to enhance your listening experience and ensure you get the best performance from your PC’s audio hardware


A free music app towards the pro end of the spectrum, with advanced audio-enhancing options
AIMP has been kicking around for 10 years now, but it’s still very much alive; its most recent release was just a few weeks ago. This is a free music app for power users, with a built-in 18-band equalizer and a whole host of sound effects and even a vocal remover, smart playlists based on criteria you select, a fantastic audio file converter and CD grabber, and group tag editing to keep your library in top shape.

You can even get AIMP to wake you up in the morning or automatically shut down the system at night once your favorite tunes have lulled you into a deep sleep. 

Download here: AIMP

Resonic’s main selling points are its superb real-time frequency analysis and brilliantly designed interface that minimizes time-consuming clicking

9. Resonic

Give your mouse a rest with Resonic’s single-click interface, no-click scrolling and quick shortcuts
Resonic might not have the high profile that other music apps enjoy, but it’s a high quality app with an interesting approach: it’s built around frequency analysis and waveform viewing so you can actually see what you’re listening to – not as a visualization but as a real-time view of the audio file and the frequencies it’s using. There’s something wonderfully hypnotic about that.

The rest of this free music app is good too with an attractive interface, wide format support, automatic fades and a sleep timer. Resonic integrates with the Taskbar in Windows from Windows 7 onwards too. And there’s an integrated MIDI synth that’s optimized for quick auditioning of MIDI tracks.

Download here: Resonic

Audacity is an excellent tool if you make your own music, enabling you to enhance and perfect your tracks before you publish them

10. Audacity

An oldie but a goodie, Audacity can be used as a music player, but we like it more for editing music. It’s particularly good for jobs such as digitizing old cassettes or vinyl records, removing background noise and chopping albums into discrete tracks, and you can use it for multi-track recording and for audio mastering.

If your hardware supports it, you can even record at sample rates of up to 192,000Hz – the same as pro recording studios use – or up to 384,000Hz if you have a high-res sound card. The loopback feature is particularly handy – it captures whatever the system is playing, making it great for recording Skype calls and other audio.

Download here: Audacity

Best movies on Netflix UK (January 2017): over 100 films to choose from

Welcome to our new and constantly updated list of the best Netflix movies in the UK right now, charting the best movies on Netflix to watch, so you don’t have to endlessly search for something new. 

Netflix may have taken the world by storm with its TV output but, as you will see from the following list, there’s plenty of movies on Netflix to devour once you have got all that binge-watching out of your system.

Netflix has had its regular purge of titles, ridding itself of a number of movies for 2017, but it’s also added some fantastic ones too, as you will see in this comprehensive list.

Our Best Netflix Movies list has been broken up into categories to make it easier for you to navigate. To make things neat and tidy we have chosen 10 movies to watch in each category – with further recommendations listed at the bottom.

In all there’s around 150 movies to choose from here, all chosen because they are, simply, the best films on Netflix to watch right now.

From comedy to indie, to horror and kids, there’s a movie category for everyo