LaFerrari Aperta breezes into Paris

Ferrari snuck the world a first look at a convertible LaFerrari back in July, and now it has rolled the car out in Paris, revealing more about its design and performance, as well as its name: LaFerrari Aperta. One of the world’s great hypercars can now be enjoyed with top or without – without losing a step. ..
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Updated: The best DualShock 4 deals in October 2016: find a cheap PS4 controller

The PlayStation and the DualShock controller have been best buds for most of the PlayStation brand’s lifespan. Sony has changed little since the introduction of the dual analog design in 1997, instead pushing the iconic controller closer to perfection with each console generation.Over 40 million PlayStation 4 consoles have been sold so far, and most of them only came with one DualShock 4 controller. If you want to play local multiplayer games, you’re going to need a second, third or even fourth pad. Having a spare to keep charged when the battery drains on another is super handy too.Don’t bother looking on the high street for controller deals – seriously those prices are insane. Online is where the action’s at and we’ve tracked down all cheap PS4 controller deals. We’ve picked out the best deals for the various different colors too for US and UK readers.Loading the best DualShock 4 deals…Cheapest PS4 controller deals by color:We’ve hand picked out a few more tempting deals for the various color variations below too. Prices correct at time of writing, naturally.USA Prices:Gray/Blue: This looks like the same color controller as the one in the Uncharted 4 Special Edition console bundle. This will be your best bet then if you already own a PS4. This has shot up in price in recent weeks and yopu can save money by opting for a different colour. If you’ve gotta have it though, Zavvi is the cheapest today at $61.Blue: One of the best looking DualShock 4 colors out there in this writer’s humble opinion. Grab your Wave Blue DualShock 4 for $45 from Amazon.Red: This one took its sweet time to get to the US of A, but it’s worth the wait once you get it into your hands. Grab your Magma Red DualShock 4 for $49 from Amazon.White: Going for a red, white and blue trilogy? You’ll be needing the Glacier White DualShock 4 for $45 from Amazon then.Camo: This model is a bit of a rare find at most retailers so expect higher prices than most models. Today’s best price for the Urban Camo DualShock 4 is $48.69 at Amazon.UK Prices:Black: The classic original and often the cheapest DualShock 4 option. Black DualShock £41.85 at ShopTo.Silver: These rarer controllers are usually floating around the £50 mark (gross), so it’s a delight to see ShopTo selling the Silver DualShock at £39.85.Gold: If you want this absolutely not-beige PS4 controller you’re going to have to stump up a bulk of extra cash, GameSeek is the cheapest at £57.84. We’d wait for a better price to be honest as we’ve seen it for a tenner less.White: ShopTo is the cheapest around this week but they have been a fiver cheaper than this in recent weeks. Grab a Glacier White DualShock 4 for £41.85.Grey/Blue: This looks like the same colour controller as the one in the Uncharted 4 Special Edition console bundle. This will be your best bet then if you already own a PS4. Zavvi is currently the cheapest, and we’re seeing the price rise steeply elsehwere. Grey/Blue controller at £44.99.Blue: While we prefer the days we saw these for under £40, the lean summer months have driven prices up and most retailers are charging £45 or more. Here’s the cheapest this week: ShopTo at £39.85.Red: ShopTo is the cheapest today as rival outlets are still trying to mugg you off with £45 deals. Get your Magma Red DualShock 4 controller for £39.85.Camo: This one is a bit of a rare find at most retailers so expect higher prices than most models. Today’s best Urban Camo price is £39.85 at ShopTo.
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Updated: The best Chromecast deals in October 2016

The Google Chromecast is one of the most useful and innovative gadgets of the last few years. And if you’re looking to pick one up for the cheapest possible price, you’ve come to the right place!The Chromecast is not only super functional, useful and easy to use but it’s also dazzlingly cheap – what’s not to like?If you’re unsure what Chromecast is, it’s a wifi-connected HDMI dongle that you plug directly into your TV. From there you can use your smartphone or tablet to ‘throw’ video at your TV over wifi, whether it be Netflix movies, live football matches from the major broadcasters or simply just a funny YouTube video sent to you by ‘that’ friend who always sends you ‘funny’ YouTube videos.Chromecast used to be a family of three, but the original USB stick version version has now been phased out. On this page we’ll find you the best prices for the Chromecast 2 (or just Chromecast now) and Chromecast Audio and explain how they differ.What is a good Chromecast deal?This one’s easy. The standard price for a Chromecast 2 is $35 in the USA and £30 in the UK. You should never, ever pay more than that because you can always find one for that price.However, at certain times of the year, prices tumble. On Black Friday last year, for example, we saw Chromecasts going for under $20 in the US, while the UK’s best price was £18 throughout November. That’s a hefty discount on an already super cheap, amazing gadget.Honestly, we would be more than happy to pay the regular $35/£30 asking price for Chromecast because it’s such great value. But equally, you should always make sure you’re getting the best price!Chromecast 2 dealsThe Chromecast 2, or ‘new Chromecast’ as it’s also known, is very similar to the 2013 Chromecast. Sure, it looks a little different. And it’s got slightly faster network performance and a few other tweaks such as coming with a dangly cable instead of as a rigid stick. But essentially the same product in a different shape – that’s why the prices were basically the same. If you can find one for the same price, get this new one.Loading the best Chromecast 2 dealsChromecast Audio dealsWhile it doesn’t offer true multi-room streaming at the moment (fingers crossed that comes soon), this easy-to-use and affordable device modernizes any trusty set of wired speakers you already own with wireless capabilities. In doing so, it also opens them up to features that will grow and get even better over time. Got an old set of speakers or an ancient iPod dock? Turn it into a wireless speaker with Chromecast Audio!Loading the best Chromecast Audio deals…
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Updated: 11 best racing games on PC to strap yourself into

IntroductionUpdate: Forza Horizon 3 has newly topped our list of the best racing games you can play on PC. Continue on to find out why!Few genres manage to unite people from all walks of life like a good racing game. Whether your preference is for outlandish fun or intense realism, the vast collection of racing titles available for PC is sure to offer something that gets your pulse racing and your cheeks aching.In 2016 the list of racing games is seemingly endless – every single genre of motor racing is covered in some capacity. Fortunately for you, we’ve managed to narrow down the selection and pick out some of the best PC racing games out there today.Check out the rest of our PC Gaming Week coverageGabe Carey has also contributed to this article1. Forza Horizon 3As indicated in our review, Forza Horizon 3 is “a petrol-head’s dream,” and we don’t use that phrase lightly. Iterating on 2014’s Forza Horizon 2, exclusive to the Xbox One, Forza Horizon 3 is the first full game in the entire Forza racing franchise to appear on PC – more specifically on the Windows 10 Store as part of the Xbox Play Anywhere program. As such, Forza Horizon 3 brings all the beloved elements of the Forza Horizon sub-series to a wide range of capable gaming machines, and in stunning 4K at 60 fps if your rig can handle it. Along with the visual prowess the series is known for, Forza Horizon 3 brings along with it a distinct convergence between arcade and simulative racing. Included in Forza Horizon 3 are all the outrageous damage bonuses, Speed Zones and barn finds of its predecessor, accompanied by a slew of customization options, head-to-head drivatar challenges and circuit races that appease sim racing fans and casual players alike. All of this takes place on an Australian map of the largest open world the series has seen to date.2. ObliteracersWhile the motorsport enthusiasts amongst you have plenty of racing simulations to drool over, those who prefer something a little more casual are often told to buy Nintendo’s latest console and stick to Mario Kart.The dodgy Italian plumber is unlikely to ever make its way to the PC in any official capacity, but Obliteracers does a mighty-fine job of filling the pixelated void with a game that allows up to 16 players to compete on a single PC using gamepads, laptops and smart devices as extra controllers.The hectic, combat-focused racing features a wide variety of weapons and tracks, and plenty of game modes to keep the party rolling. The courses themselves are well designed and refreshingly varied, with plenty of jumps, loops, bends and areas to overtake – thanks to a burst of speed that is given to players that successfully drift through the corners.3. Assetto CorsaWhile the name might allude to the altogether underwhelming Vauxhall Corsa, this fully-fledged racing sim packs in everything you might expect to live up to the translated title of ‘Racing Setup’.First released to Seam users on the Early Access program back in November 2013, the finalised game arrived on PC just in time for Christmas 2014, and features meticulously reproduced tracks based on laser scans of actual circuits from around the world.In many respects, Assetto Corsa is a direct rival to Project Cars, though it claims to have better handling, more detailed cars and more user-generated content available. The game is now compatible with VR headsets such as Oculus Rift, which provides a truly immersive racing experience you won’t find on any console.4. Rocket LeagueIf you haven’t already heard of Rocket League, then welcome back from that comfy rock you must have been snoozing under. Rocket League may not be your typical racing game, but as it features cars, power-ups and competitive vehicle carnage it had to be included in our list.It’s the 2015 follow-up to the relatively unknown, but snappily titled ‘Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars’, which while almost identical in basic gameplay, didn’t capture the imagination of critiques or gamers back in 2008.If you’re not already familiar, Psyonix’s car-battling concoction is essentially football with cars – a combination that proves to be simultaneously intoxicating and incredibly frustrating. It’s one of those games you’ll desperately want to succeed at, and risk damaging your controller at the times you don’t.Released simultaneously on PS4 and PC, Rocket League came along at just the right time and with more refined gameplay that quickly afforded it a very strong following. A string of upgrades, add-ons and game mode enhancements continue to keep Rocket League fresh and fun, but we’re sure there is still plenty more to see.5. Project CarsIf you are looking for a racing game to push the graphical limits of your gaming PC, Project Cars is likely where you’ll end up. This gorgeous racing sim features some truly stunning weather and lighting effects that make each of the cars and tracks look particularly spectacular.Whether you’re excited by 1970s F1 cars or would prefer to test the limits of your skill in a modern Le Mans prototype, Project Cars offers a substantial selection of cars and tracks that have been reproduced in lavish detail.While it takes a fair amount of fiddling to get the AI and difficulty settings set right, one you’ve found the sweet spot, Project Cars can keep you on the edge of your seat for hours at a time (particularly if you take on one-too-many laps of the Nurburgring Nordschleife).6. Grid 2While there are plenty more realistic racing games out there, few are as satisfying as Codemaster’s Grid 2. This perfectly balanced racer manages to be accessible for casual and more experienced gamers alike, while offering a wide range of licensed cars and exciting tracks – including several real circuits.The aim is to beat the best drivers around in a number of races, and although the hammy voice acting and predictable story – that loosely ties the game together – have been heard and done before, Grid 2 combines superb graphics with rewarding gameplay that’ll keep you going back for a quick thrash about.7. Dirt RallyFew will forget the impact that Colin McRae – the Scottish rally-driving legend – had on the sport, and indeed any game that followed the first bearing his name, which came out in 1998. While the latest incarnation from Codemasters drops the Scott’s name, the high-octane motorsport of rally driving has never felt better than this.Dirt Rally is a proper rally game that does away with so many of the arcade touches that have seeped into the series over the year. Pulling off the perfect ‘Scandi Flick’ is immensely satisfying, and gives players a sense of reward that’s difficult to come by in less enduring racers.As well as being stunning to look at, Dirt Rally features beautiful lighting and weather effects that make it all the more engrossing. Since its release in December 2015, a community of modders has already grown up around the game, who have assisted in tweaking and refining the game to make it even more enjoyable and realistic.8. MXGP2Not everyone prefers their racing set firmly on four wheels, and for those that don’t, the sequel to one of the best motocross games ever is finally here.MXGP2 is – without a doubt – the most beautiful way to experience the mud-flinging, dirt drifting sport of motocross, and features enough detail to keep anyone entertained – even if you haven’t played any older motocross games.Red Bull rider Tony Cairoli did extensive testing with Milestone studios to refine the gameplay and ensure the physics and feel of riding a motocross bike is as true-to-life as possible.With a huge customisation system and a whole host of tracks and stadiums to compete at, MXPG2 offers enough variety for the die-hard fans, whilst keeping us amateurs entertained, too.9. TrackMania 2TrackMania 2 isn’t exactly the most conventional of PC racing games around, but this arcade racer combines Hot Wheels-esque high-speed thrills with a powerful level editor that gives players a limitless number of tracks to enjoy.Originally released in August 2011, TrackMania 2 is split into three different games: Stadium, Valley and Canyon – though you don’t need all three to enjoy the stupidly enjoyable stunt racing on offer. The game’s multiplayer offering is firmly at the heart of the action, where player-made creations firmly take centre stage.It’s the perfect game for a quick blast, but you can quickly get sucked into hours of racing without even noticing, largely because the loops, sweeping barrel-rolls and ridiculous jumps are so utterly enjoyable. The racer has been succeeded by TrackMania Turbo, a console port that brings prettier graphics but lacks many of the customization options – and charm – of its PC predecessor.10. Need for Speed: Hot PursuitGTA V isn’t the only game where you can get chased by cops, you know. You may have heard of the more recent remake of this classic Need for Speed game, which harks back to the 1998 original ‘Hot Pursuit’ title – the third instalment in Electronic Arts’ Need for Speed series.While there’s plenty of standard racing available, the real fun comes in the form of racing other players and evading cop cars – or you can even play as the cops yourself. There’s a wacky races element as you can deploy EMPs, jam your competitors’ radars and set up roadblocks to help you get away.The game’s Autolog feature lets you pit your racing skills against your friends and logs stats accumulated by playing online multiplayer races with up to eight other players. If you’re looking for a racer that stil looks decent and prioritises fun over physics, Hot Pursuit is a brush with the law you’ll want to get into.11. Test Drive Unlimited 2In 2006, Test Drive Unlimited was considered by many to be one of the most ambitious racing games ever. Set on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, it featured over 1,000 miles of road making it one of the largest racing games ever produced.Besides the mile-upon-mile of roads to explore, its sequel, Test Drive Unlimited 2, features a huge wealth of content to keep completists busy. Released in 2011, few corners were cut in the selection of cars available, and there’s an even greater degree of customization than the original – from avatars to vehicles and the abiltiy to buy property, clothes and other goods with your race winnings.
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Mini quadruped robot may bound its way into your heart

Although people are fascinated by quadruped robots such as those made by Boston Dynamics, it’s unlikely that they’ll ever be able to afford such complex machines themselves. Scale things down a bit, though, and four-legged-robot-ownership starts becoming more of a possibility. Such is the case with Philadelphia-based Ghost Robotics’ Ghost Minitaur, which could be scuttling down a street near you someday soon. ..
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SpaceX sets a date to return to orbit following Falcon 9 explosion

It’s been less than a month since SpaceX saw a test firing before a planned Falcon 9 launch end in a ball of fire before it even got started. Now, the company appears ready to get back on the orbital horse with plans for its next launch set for as soon as November…
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Here’s how you can stop jumping back and forth between Google’s calendar and map apps

 Logistics are difficult, especially when every day you’re trying to keep track of 9 meetings, 13 phone calls, a dinner, a post dinner, and a post post dinner. In a new update, Google has decided to do its part to make daily logistics easier by more fully integrating its Maps and Calendar offerings for Android users worldwide. Now, when you open up Google Maps, you’ll be able to… Read More

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