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Week in Tech
The week the internet went dark

The biggest threat to internet security to date was uncovered this week. A two year old hole took the "s" out of https and was dubbed, emotively, the Heartbleed bug. Thousands of websites are potentially affected, meaning your passwords, emails, usernames, card details and more could possibly have been access by internet crims. Luckily, TechRadar is on hand: here are the seven things you need to know about Heartbleed, and robust advice on when to change your password.


Heartbleed emerged the very week that Microsoft retired support for Windows XP. COINCIDENCE? Well, yes. But still, it could cause a whole new set of security issues for XP users. What are your options? The best bet is to upgrade to a newer version of Windows - but you could take the opportunity to give Linux a try. Or just sack it all off and buy a Mac.

Phone fever

Time for some good news: the Samsung Galaxy S5 is here! It's on sale today and comes with a bunch of freebies to boot. In our official S5 review, Gareth Beavis proclaimed: "The Samsung Galaxy S5 can be defined by one word: evolution." It's powerful. It's competent. It's… more of the same. So how many stars? You'll have to click to find out.

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In this week
Week in Tech: The week the internet went dark
Talking points: Windows 8.1 Update 1, Windows XP, iPhone 6, superstar smartwatch
Competition: WIN! A Nikon Coolpix P7800 compact camera worth £499.99
The week's best buys: PlayStation 4, Tesco Hudl, Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
Top 10: Mobile phones
Talking points
Windows 8.1 Update 1 is live: here's how to download and install it
Microsoft has taken the wrappings off Windows 8.1 Update 1, packing in a slew of new features to entice users to upgrade to its latest OS. The meat of the update is all about the desktop experience, restoring some core Windows 7 functionality, and making life a little bit easier for mouse and keyboard users. Read more
What to do with your old Windows XP PC
It was looming for an eternity, and now Microsoft's official April 8 support deadline for Windows XP has passed. You can, of course, continue using your PC running the creaky-at-the-knees operating system, but doing so ramps up the risk to your security and privacy. What should you do when you part ways with XP? Read more
Apple's courtroom slides hint at bigger, cheaper iPhone 6
We've been hearing whispers from industry sources that Apple may release a bigger-screened iPhone 6 for a while now and the latest hint comes straight from the horse's mouth. Slides from one of Apple's secret internal meetings have been shown to the court in the newly revived Apple/Samsung legal hoohah. Read more
Will.i.am has built his own call-making smartwatch, says it'll launch in July
Pop star Will.i.am has shown off his home-brewed smartwatch, which he claims will be released in July this year. During an appearance on the Alan Carr chat show (of all places), on Friday night, the musician demonstrated the device which he said can make calls without the need for a smartphone. Read more
WIN! A Nikon Coolpix P7800 compact camera worth £499.99
TechRadar has teamed up with Nikon to give you the chance to win the great Coolpix P7800 premium compact camera. The compact sits at the top of Nikon's Coolpix line-up. It's good enough to be your only camera, or it would make the perfect go-anywhere sidekick for a DSLR owner. For a chance to win, just answer one simple question.
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WIN! A Sony Xperia Z
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WIN! An Xbox One and BT home entertainment package worth over £1,000!
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The week's best buys

The most powerful games console in the world, the PS4 will become a complete system with a few more features and games.
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The Hudle offers some surprisingly accomplished components for your money. If you're looking for a budget option, this won't disappoint.
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With a huge display and powerful innards, this makes the best practical use so far of Samsung's S Pen stylus and productivity apps.
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Are you changing passwords for Heartbleed?
@thedavidmullett Would it not be better to wait until all the services you use are verified fixed? Changing now might be too early.
@Saanjh85 It's a hassle to change your passwords. Yes, but considering the risk of exposure, it is totally worth it!
@h0m54r Not if the server's still compromised it's not!
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