Cheap But Dangerous : NPR

Estelle Sidler

After impact, the authentic Specialized Evade helmet on the left held up but the counterfeit on the right crumbled. Specialized says the fakes lack reinforced roll cages — internal skeletons that hold the helmets together even after a crash.

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After impact, the authentic Specialized Evade helmet on the left held up but the counterfeit on the right crumbled. Specialized says the fakes lack reinforced roll cages — internal skeletons that hold the helmets together even after a crash.

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Forget the fake Rolex watches sold on street corners. These days, most counterfeits are sold over the Internet, right into your home. And some of them could seriously hurt you.

Take bicycle helmets. If you don’t use one, you probably have a child or relative who does. Bike helmets are meant to protect us if we

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The best cheap hard drive deals and prices for September 2020

Estelle Sidler

With the rise in popularity of the best SSDs, many people have started to write hard drives off as a thing in the past. That’s a mistake – the best hard drives offer huge amounts of storage at prices that SSDs just can’t match. If you have a giant library of music, video or even photos, it’s a good idea to look at a traditional hard drive for all your archival needs.

Regardless of what you need the storage for, nobody wants to pay full price for what is essentially old technology, no matter how useful it is. As with any type of PC hardware, the MSRP is more of a guideline than any kind of firm rule. 

Luckily, we here at TechRadar have combed through hundreds of deals across the internet to find best hard drive deals so you won’t miss the greatest sales. 

Best hard drive deals

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BT broadband deals are a top choice with cheap bills, fast speeds and cash incentives

Estelle Sidler

If you’re looking to get your internet sorted this weekend, BT could be the perfect provider to go with. Across two of its broadband deals, it’s providing fast speeds, cheap bills and a big incentive.

These two plans are BT’s Fibre 1 and Fibre 2. Go with the first option and you’ll pay just £27.99 a month while scoring speeds that average 50Mb. While that is already a strong package, BT is then also throwing in a £70 Mastercard on top.

Speeds a bit too slow for you? BT’s Fibre 2 deal ups the price you’re paying to £29.99 a month but also increases your speeds to 67Mb. Like the plan above, you also get a Mastercard, this time with a value of £110.

Whichever of the two packages you prefer, these are two of the best fibre broadband deals around. You can find out more below.

BT broadband deals:

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Here are four cheap as chips ways to profit from investing in technology instead

Estelle Sidler



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No one can doubt the might of US technology giant Apple. More than a billion of us are hooked on its sleek devices and there are few places in the world where its ubiquitous chomped-apple logo would not be recognised. 

But can the company really be more valuable than all of the 100 biggest UK companies combined – as its recent share price indicated? This is the question now facing investors in Apple and other tech giants. 

On the one hand, there is no question that these companies are reshaping our world. 



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Cheap as chips: In recent days, shares in some tech companies have fallen sharply as nervous investors cash in their holdings

Google has a near-monopoly on internet search, Netflix has kept hundreds of millions of us entertained during lockdown, while Amazon has made shoppers come to

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The Best Cheap Wireless Router Deals for September 2020

Estelle Sidler

For all the heavy lifting they do every day, wireless routers don’t get the appreciation they deserve. Pretty much all of us take them for granted, yet these humble little devices perform a vital job: Turning your wired internet connection into a Wi-Fi signal that laptops, printers, mobile devices, smart TVs, streaming players, and gaming consoles can connect to wirelessly. You’re probably currently using a fairly basic router supplied by your internet service provider (and you’re likely paying monthly rental fees for the privilege, too, which will total much more than what the router itself is worth).

Buying your own Wi-Fi router has other advantages along with potentially reducing those ISP fees, too, such as giving you tighter control over your local network and letting you enjoy a clearer, congestion-free wireless connection. To help you find one, we’ve rounded up the best cheap wireless router deals you can score right

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What’s the best cheap VPN? We found three good options

Estelle Sidler

If, like millions of people, you’re still working from home due to the global pandemic, a virtual private network is more essential than ever for protecting your privacy online. The only problem is, a free VPN usually doesn’t offer as much security as most people need, and a paid VPN service can be pricey. With the current crisis pinching many people’s pockets, paying a hundred dollars or more for homebound privacy protection doesn’t square with everyone’s priorities. 

But never fear: It’s possible to find a cheap VPN service that can reliably secure your internet connection without having to designate a place in your home as a server location. Some of the most affordable VPNs are less than half the price of some premium VPN services. And they still offer a fast connection, decent download speed, and a wealth of features with only an internet connection. You can even

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Best PlayStation Plus deals 2020: cheap PS Plus membership

Estelle Sidler



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With much of the world still avoiding going out due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there’s never been a better time  – or a better excuse – to enjoy the latest Playstation games. Even better, with a PlayStation Plus membership you can engage in epic online multiplayer battles and grab free games! Membership to PlayStation Plus costs £50/$60 per year but we’ve found deals of up to 50% off.

As you’ll see below, we’ve scoured the internet for the very best PlayStation Plus membership deals to save you money. You’ll find a handy price comparison below, along with some unmissable deals. Yes, there are shorter subscriptions – but the 12 month option offer the best value by far.

Read on and we’ll explain all the exciting benefits of PlayStation Plus – including how to get free games

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People are using DIY panelling to give their homes a modern makeover on the cheap and the results speak for themselves

Estelle Sidler

FORGET forking out thousands when redesigning your home, DIY panelling is the latest home makeover trend that can be achieved for less to nothing. 

Hundreds of homeowners are showing off their wooden panelled walls that they have put up themselves on a budget – and they look extremely stylish indeed. 

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A woman has shared her incredible bedroom transformation using MDF wood and paint
A woman has shared her incredible bedroom transformation using MDF wood and paint
The wall before was in desperate need of some TLC
The wall before was in desperate need of some TLC

Taking to Facebook, a savvy homeowner shared how she went into B&Q and cut up bits of MDF for £13 a sheet to make a creative backboard. 

After sticking the boards up on her walls using just tac nails, she then filled in the gap, and used a wood primer, before painting it green. 

The finished result was stunning and racked up thousands of likes online from impressed internet users. 

She wrote on the DIY

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The Best Cheap Samsung Galaxy Buds Deals for September 2020

Estelle Sidler

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The days when the Apple AirPods were the only good brand-name true wireless earbuds in town are in the rear-view mirror, and while Apple may have ushered in the true wireless revolution, it didn’t take long for other brands like Samsung to catch up. This is especially good news for Android smartphone users who can’t enjoy all the features of the AirPods, and if you’re in that camp and are looking for an Android-friendly AirPods alternative, the Galaxy Buds are one of the best choices. They’re not all that much cheaper than AirPods, though, so we’ve combed the internet to bring you the best Samsung Galaxy Buds deals that will let you enjoy true wireless freedom and save you some cash.

Today’s best Samsung Galaxy Buds deals

  • Samsung Galaxy Buds (White, Amazon Renewed)$50, was
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Cheap Chinese phones found to be shipping with malware

Estelle Sidler

Showing advertisements on smartphones is not a new concept. Sometime back Amazon tried selling phones at subsidized rates if users were OK with lock-screen ads. While this was a win-win situation where users would get the same device at a cheaper price and the advertisers would get a better reach. Though it got mixed reactions and thanks to Google’s ban on lock-screen ads, the project was dumped.

For some OEM’s advertisements are a major source of revenue. Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, that prefers calling itself an Internet company, has openly accepted that since it sells devices on a razor-thin margin, advertisements on phones become a major part of its revenue. Realme has also integrated advertisements in its UI despite mocking Xiaomi several times for doing so.

The fact that Samsung has also not shied away from showing ads even on their flagship devices suggest that it’s not just a Chinese

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