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Serbia vs Switzerland live stream: how to watch today's World Cup match online

Latest Tech News - 5 hours 2 min ago

This Group E game sees Serbia come out from a 1-0 win over Costa Rica to take on Switzerland who managed to hold group favourites Brazil to a 1-1 draw. It's all to play for for these two World Cup teams at Russia 2018.

In 13 matches against the Swiss, the Serbians have only lost twice. If Serbia can progress it'll be the first time the nation has reached the last 16 of the World Cup since playing as an independent nation.

So far, every time the Swiss have drawn their opening match at the World Cup they've ended up qualifying from their group. Meaning they're currently in a good place to continue that pattern.

Serbia’s manager Mladen Krstajic took on Switzerland as a player in 2001 so should have some inside understanding of what they're up against in this crucial match that could help make history for Serbia. 

You can live stream every World Cup 2018 match for free using our handy World Cup viewing guide. Or read on to see you options for Serbia vs Switzerland where you are.

Use a VPN to watch the World Cup 2018 from anywhere for FREE

You don't have to miss a single minute of World Cup soccer - even if the country where you are isn't broadcasting certain games. Because every second of action is being shown somewhere (the UK, for example, is televising every game for free - see below), you can simply use a VPN to login to a region that is broadcasting the game. And it's really easy to do:

How to stream Serbia vs Switzerland live in the UK 

How to watch Serbia vs Switzerland: US live stream 

How to watch Switzerland vs Serbia: Canada live stream 

How to watch Serbia vs Switzerland: Australia live stream 

How to watch Switzerland vs Serbia: New Zealand live stream  Exclusive World Cup competition with VyprVPN

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Windows 10 gets a nifty Mac feature, thanks to QuickLook app

Latest Tech News - 5 hours 17 min ago

A nifty piece of macOS functionality that you might be familiar with – QuickLook – can now be enjoyed by Windows 10 users, thanks to a new app which has hit the Microsoft Store.

Mac users can select a file and simply tap the spacebar to invoke QuickLook and pop-up a quick preview of said file in a window, allowing them to, for example, have a closer look at a photo without having to fully open it in an app.

Spotted by The Verge, the QuickLook app is a free download from the Microsoft Store, and implements exactly the same kind of handy in-line previews when you’re working with files on the Windows 10 desktop (note that it doesn’t work with Windows 10 S).

Just like the macOS function, you tap the spacebar to view the preview of the file, and tap again to close it – or hit the Enter key to close the preview and open the file in an app. You can also zoom in or out of previewed images or documents by scrolling the mouse wheel while holding down the Ctrl key.

Known issue

So, this definitely seems like a smart little piece of software for Windows 10, given that it’s free, although note this is still a working version, as there is a somewhat irritating known issue, namely that previewing Microsoft Office files could crash the app.

Hopefully that will be a problem the developer can sort sooner rather than later.

Mac owners who use QuickLook should be aware that earlier this week, an exploit was revealed that could potentially spill your sensitive and encrypted data – read our report for the full details. Meanwhile, hopefully Apple will patch this particular vulnerability in macOS pronto.

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Bullitt Group secures rugged smartphones with BlackBerry tech

Latest Tech News - 5 hours 20 min ago

British smartphone manufacturer Bullitt has agreed a deal with BlackBerry that will see the former’s products protected by the Canadian firm’s security technology.

Bullitt produces a range of ruggedized devices for outdoor use and has global licences for the Cat and Land Rover brands. Among its most recent products is the Land Rover Explore.

Its smartphones are used in more than 100 countries, and the firm claims the deal will ensure its devices are protected both on the inside and the outside.

BlackBerry Bullitt Group deal

"With the rising threat of hacks and security breaches in mobile and connected IoT devices, it was important for us to find a partner that can help us keep pace with, and protect against, the fast-changing security challenges that concern our customers,” said James Shannon, chief product officer, Bullitt Group. 

“By partnering with BlackBerry, we’re able to provide a level of security that will give our customers peace of mind when communicating and using their devices for business, or in their everyday lives.”

BlackBerry was once the leader in the enterprise mobile market, but its fortunes faded dramatically at the start of the decade and it withdrew from direct smartphone manufacturing.

It has instead transitioned into a services and software firm. In addition to supplying businesses and governments with enterprise mobility management (EMM) technology, it also licences its security expertise to device makers. The BlackBerry Secure licence that Bullitt has negotiated will allow it to integrate security at a hardware level.

 “Bullitt Group’s customers, from farmers and construction workers to outdoor enthusiasts, will now be able to have rugged products that aren’t just durable on the outside, but also strong on security on the inside,” declared Alex Thurber, head of mobility solutions at BlackBerry.

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Pokemon Go finally gets trading – but not for everyone

Latest Tech News - 5 hours 24 min ago

Pokemon Go is finally allowing a section of players to trade their captured Pokemon with each other, after an online update to Niantic’s free-to-play AR game.

As of June 22nd, a variety of new, social features are available. The game now supports gifting and trading, meaning that players can send items or Pokemon across their respective versions of the mobile app. 

If another trainer accepts your ‘friend request’, you’ll be able to link your Pokemon Go accounts and makes use of these new in-game perks.

The new features are currently only available to trainers over level 30, but the official Pokemon Go Twitter account clarified they would be rolled out to lower-level trainers in due course.

Get ready for a whole lot more trading

What’s exciting about this development is not just the improved capability to Pokemon Go on mobile. It’s also paving the way for a larger trading network with the upcoming Pokemon Let’s Go! games on Nintendo Switch.

The new Pokemon games for Switch will integrate a number of features from the mobile game, including its motion-based capture mechanic, and replacing random encounters with visibly roaming Pokemon.

Nintendo has confirmed that gamers will be able to port Pokemon caught in Pokemon Go onto the Switch entries, though sadly not the other way around.

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The Resident Evil 2 remake on PC won't require a scary powerful rig

Latest Tech News - 5 hours 46 min ago

A fully remastered re-release of Resident Evil 2 was one the surprise hits of E3 2018, and even better that it’s coming to PC. Somehow the best news is the lax system requirements that were just published on the game’s pre-order page on Steam.

Luckily, fans of the seminal survival horror game who want to play on PC likely won’t have to incur a major upgrade as an extra price of entry into this haunted house. In fact, if you want an ideal – or recommended – play experience, you won’t even need a very recent processor.

Here are the minimum requirements for playing the game on PC:

  • OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (64-bit required)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4460, 2.70GHz or AMD FX-6300 or better
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 or AMD Radeon™ R7 260x with 2GB Video RAM
  • DirectX: Version 11

And, here’s what’s needed to play the game as it was intended to look and feel:

  • OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (64-bit required)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770 or AMD FX-9590 or better
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 480 with 3GB VRAM
  • DirectX: Version 11

See, those aren’t so bad, are they? Granted, you’ll need one of the latest graphics cards to play the game at recommended settings, but at least it’s one of the most affordable models.

Of course, these friendlier system requirements are likely on account of the game being released to the comparatively limited PS4 and Xbox One. Nevertheless, be grateful that it won’t take much to play the best survival horror game all over again on the superior gaming platform.

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'Cheza' Chromebook could be a Snapdragon 845 2-in-1 tablet

Latest Tech News - 5 hours 47 min ago

Snapdragon processors surprisingly came to Windows 10 laptops before Chromebooks despite the fact that the latter can now use Android apps, but there might soon be a Snapdragon 845-powered Chrome OS machine to rectify this.

Supposedly a new 2-in-1 tablet named ‘Cheza’ is in the works, according to XDA developers who discovered some early code in Chromium. 

About Chromebooks dug a little deeper into the rumored device, and it claims the device will feature a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution display, plus support for USB-C and a detachable keyboard, like the Surface Pro.

Chromebooks in the past have featured CPUs from the likes of Intel, Rockchip and MediaTek, but this would be the first to feature a Qualcomm processor. Aside from being a debut Snapdragon 845 device, Android apps have all been optimized for Qualcomm’s chips, so ‘Cheza’ could be one of the best Chromebooks to run mobile apps.

It could also be one of the first always-connected Chrome OS devices, thanks to Snapdragon 845’s chipset including an integrated LTE modem.

That said, we’re waiting for some more information (such as a brand attached to this mystery Chromebook) and an official announcement before we put too much stock into these rumors.

  • Could this 2-in-1 Chromebook be a shoe-in for our best laptops?

Via Liliputing

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OnePlus 7: what we want to see

Latest Tech News - 6 hours 44 sec ago

The OnePlus 6 is another successful phone in the range, managing to match up to handsets almost twice its price. It’s an exciting phone then, so can you blame us for already being excited about what’s coming next?

In fact, what’s coming next might be the OnePlus 6T - a phone which if it launches at all will probably land before the end of 2018 but will likely only be a small upgrade on the OnePlus 6.

What we’re really excited about though is the OnePlus 7 – the true next generation in the range and a phone which could be a major upgrade.

We don’t know anything about the OnePlus 7 (or even the OnePlus 6T) yet, but we’ll be sure to add any leaks and rumors as and when we hear them. In the meantime, here’s what we hope the phone will offer, along with some speculation about it.

Cut to the chase
  • What is it? The next numbered phone from OnePlus
  • When is it out? Likely mid-2019
  • What will it cost? Probably at least $529 / £469 (around AU$840)
OnePlus 7 release date and price

The OnePlus 7 will probably land sometime in the middle of 2019. The OnePlus 6 was announced in May 2018, so May 2019 is a possibility for the OnePlus 7, though we got the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 3 in June of their respective years, so June 2019 is also a possible launch period.

Before that though we’ll probably get the OnePlus 6T, which based on previous ‘T’ models may land in or around November 2018.

There’s no word on what the OnePlus 7 will cost, but the OnePlus 6 started at $529 / £469 (around AU$840) and prices have been gradually creeping up since the range began, so we’d expect the OnePlus 7 will cost at least that much if not more.

The OnePlus range isn't as cheap as it once was

OnePlus 7 news and rumors

There aren’t any rumors about the OnePlus 7 or OnePlus 6T yet, but the phone may well have a glass back, since OnePlus only recently switched to glass with the OnePlus 6.

It’s likely to also have an alert slider, since previous handsets in the range do, and it’s sure to have the best Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset available at the time along with masses of RAM (the OnePlus 6 came with a choice of 6GB or 8GB).

Don’t expect a microSD card slot though based on past form and the screen resolution is very much a question mark – OnePlus has consistently stuck with Full HD resolutions, but that’s feeling ever more dated so sooner or later we’d expect a switch to QHD or higher.

What we want to see

We don’t know anything much about the OnePlus 7 yet but based on the OnePlus 6 and what’s going on in the rest of the phone world we know what we want from it.

1. A QHD screen

The OnePlus 6 has a good screen, but it could stand to be sharper

OnePlus always packs its phones full of cutting-edge specs and features, yet it always sticks with a Full HD screen, which isn’t a match for most of the top-end flagships.

That may well be keeping costs down, but it’s time the range made the jump to QHD, especially given that its screens are getting bigger, so we want to see that happen for the OnePlus 7.

2. A microSD card slot

You can get a decent amount of storage in the OnePlus 6 but you don’t get a microSD card slot, so if the amount it ships with isn’t enough you’ll have to start deleting things.

That’s not ideal and while the 256GB top size should be plenty for most people it won’t be for everyone – especially those who plan to pack their phone full of music, films and games. So adding a slot into the OnePlus 7 would be much appreciated.

3. Proper water resistance

The OnePlus 6 should survive a spill, but we want more of a guarantee from the OnePlus 7

The OnePlus 6 has some water resistance, but it doesn’t have an IP rating. So it should be able to survive a splash if you dry it off quickly but can’t really be put in the water.

Not that we’d advise doing that in general with most phones, but knowing that it would survive if you did – or if you use it in heavy rain - could give some real peace of mind that you don’t get with the OnePlus 6, so we’d like to see this improved for the OnePlus 7.

4. Stereo speakers

The OnePlus 6 has just a single speaker, and its placement at the base of the phone makes it easy to muffle, so we’d like to see it ideally moved and definitely doubled up for the OnePlus 7, with a second speaker allowing for loud stereo sound.

Sure, you’ll probably mostly use headphones anyway, but having a quality speaker setup can make all the difference when you just want to watch a YouTube video or listen to a podcast without plugging in.

5. No notch

For the OnePlus 7 we want no notch and no bezels

The OnePlus 6 is one of many recent phones to get a notch, and while it can be hidden if you prefer, what we’d really prefer for the OnePlus 7 is no notch at all.

But we don’t want a return to big bezels either. We’re starting to see phones like the Vivo Nex and Oppo Find X which have almost no bezel at all and we’d like the OnePlus 7 to join them. This isn’t out of the question, especially as Oppo is heavily linked with OnePlus.

6. Wireless charging

Despite having a glass back, the OnePlus 6 doesn’t support wireless charging, which seems like a major omission for a flagship phone.

This is probably a cost-cutting measure and, in a sense, seems reasonable, since we doubt wireless charging is a heavily used feature, but it would be nice to have.

7. An in-screen scanner

Along with an all-screen design we’d like the OnePlus 7 to have an in-screen fingerprint scanner. That way it could still have a scanner without having to awkwardly place it on the back.

And in-screen scanners are currently a high-tech novelty which could help the OnePlus 7 stand out from the crowd – or at least match up to it, depending on how many phones have them by the time the OnePlus 7 launches.

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The A to Z of Photography: Viewfinders

Latest Tech News - 6 hours 8 min ago

Many cameras have viewfinders, even though they have a screen on the back for viewing and composing pictures. In fact viewfinders are considered a must-have amongst enthusiasts and professionals, partly because they’re much easier to use in bright light where regular screens can be hard to see, and partly because for many people it’s more natural to put the camera to your eye than it is to hold it at arm’s length.

Some lower-end cameras don’t have viewfinders, relying solely on the screen on the back of the camera for composing photos. That won’t suit everyone, but for those who’ve only ever used a smartphone beforehand, it’s probably fine.

Direct vision viewfinders

These are the oldest and simplest type, but not used much these days. Most viewfinders today show you the view through the camera lens, but direct vision viewfinders are separate. They point the same way as the camera and have roughly the same angle of view, but they’re simply approximate framing devices rather than accurate renditions of what the camera lens sees.

Old snapshot cameras used direct vision viewfinders because they were cheap and simple, and they’re still used for instant cameras today. At the other end of the market they’re used for their clarity and immediacy by Leica in its rangefinder cameras and by Fujifilm for the hybrid direct vision/digital viewfinder in its X100F and X-Pro2 cameras.

They might not be as accurate, especially for close-up shots where parallax shifts can cause framing errors, but direct vision viewfinders do have some advantages. One is that they are very bright and clear. Another is that a ‘brightline’ frame shows you clearly what the camera will capture but you can also see a little outside the frame too, which can be helpful for anticipating the action.

Optical viewfinders

This is the type you get with DSLRs. You see the scene through the camera’s own lens, and this is achieved with the mirror inside the camera body, which reflects the image up into the viewfinder right up until the moment you press the shutter button, when the mirror flips up and out of the way. The single lens reflex is the only camera design which gives you this optical view through the lens, and it’s still the favourite camera type amongst many photographers today.

The specifications for an optical viewfinder will include its coverage of the camera frame (100% is obviously best, but some more affordable entry-level models feature 95% coverage) and its magnification (higher magnifications give you a larger viewfinder image).

Electronic viewfinders

Also called ‘EVFs’ for short, these also show you the view through the camera lens, but this time you’re looking at a small digital display, which shows a live view straight from the camera’s sensor. Technically, there’s little difference between an EVF and the screen on the back of the camera, except that the EVF uses a smaller screen shielded from the light and magnified by the viewfinder eyepiece.

Mirrorless cameras use electronic viewfinders because there’s no mirror in the camera body to create an optical image – hence why they’re called ‘mirrorless’ cameras to distinguish them from DSLRs. 

Electronic viewfinder specifications will include their resolution (in millions of dots), their magnification and, sometimes, their refresh rate (a faster refresh rate means less lag).

Optical viewfinders vs EVFs

There is an ongoing debate amongst photographers about DSLRs versus mirrorless cameras, and part of this revolves around the pros and cons of optical versus electronic viewfinders.

Optical viewfinders are typically sharper and clearer and, because you’re using your naked eye rather than a digital display, your vision adapts automatically to different lighting conditions. You see in the viewfinder what you see with your naked eye when you move the camera away.

Electronic viewfinders often have a faint ‘granular’ appearance because of the tiny dots that make up the display, and there can be some viewfinder ‘lag’ if you move the camera quickly. But a digital display can show you the scene as it will be rendered by the camera’s current settings – so you get to see the effect of exposure and white balance adjustments, or any special colour modes or effects offered by the camera.

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The best free blogging site of 2018

Latest Tech News - 6 hours 38 min ago

Free blogging sites have come a long way in recent years, and it’s now easier than ever to create a professional-looking blog to share a hobby with likeminded people, express your opinions, and establish an online presence. 

These free blogging sites are aimed at hobbyist bloggers – blogs are created and managed online, and hosted on the blogging platform’s own servers. If you want to create a self-hosted blog, the downloadable version of WordPress is an excellent option, with total flexibility, support for third-party plugins, and as much storage as your hosting plan allows.

If you're interested in making a static website rather than an online journal, take a look at our guide to the best free website builders.

You can host a WordPress blog yourself, or create one online and have it hosted at wordpress.com

Powerful and highly customizable, WordPress is a brilliant platform for blogs of any size, and bloggers of any level of experience.

Creating your first blog is very straightforward, with a simple wizard that guides you through the process of choosing a name and suitable theme. You can leave it there and begin writing posts immediately, but the real fun lies in the more advanced editor, which lets you customize virtually every aspect of your blog’s appearance.

Unlike some blogging sites, WordPress isn’t a drag-and-drop affair, and you’ll have to familiarize yourself with its system of menus. It’s well worth the effort, though, and enables you to create something truly personal. The editor also lets you create static pages – like a writer’s biography, for example.

The post-writing interface is much like an ordinary desktop word processor (though some options are presented in a toolbar at the top, while others are in a menu at the side, which can be a little confusing at first). Again, time spent getting to know the interface is rewarded with advanced features like customizable social media sharing buttons, geotagging, and the ability to pick a custom style for individual posts.

Sometimes you might want to create a photo gallery, for example, and other times a more text-focused style would be more appropriate. You can also view and edit the HTML source.

As your blog grows, WordPress lets you track its stats, including page views, visitors, likes and comments over time. You can also see how readers reach your site, which content they viewed, and where they are in the world, so you can tailor your content accordingly.

Your site is hosted on WordPress servers, with an address in the format yoursite.wordpress.com. Users of the free service don’t get email or live chat support, but the WordPress community forums are very active and questions are usually answered within a few minutes. 

WordPress displays ads on free blogs, but provided you can live with that, it’s undoubtedly the best free blogging site around.

Try it online: WordPress

Blogger has been around for many years, but has kept up with current trends and technology, including responsive blog templates

Blogger is another superb blogging platform. It’s not quite as powerful as WordPress, but more accessible for new users, which comes as no surprise when you learn that it’s owned by Google.

Blogger offers an excellent selection of templates, all of which include mobile versions optimized for smaller screens – a very sensible addition with so many people accessing online content through smartphones. 

Blogger’s post-editing tool is much like WordPress, but offers fewer options. As a result, its toolbars are less confusing – a trade-off between power and usability.

One of Blogger’s best features is its integration with other Google apps and services. For example, it uses your Google Drive account to store images and other files for your blog. Google Drive gives you 15GB of space free, so Blogger is a good choice if you’re planning to share a lot of high-res photos.

Spam comments are a big problem on blogs, so Blogger’s automatic spam filter can help save your sanity. You can monitor comments via Blogger’s dashboard, which also lets you see visitor stats. There are some handy visualizations here, including a world map to show the global distribution of your readers.

Your blog will have an address in the format yoursite.blogger.com, and, like all Google services, will include ads. Support is available through the Blogger user forum, which is very active but has a strange layout that can be a little off-putting.

In all other respects, Blogger is brilliant – one of the best free blogging sites if you prioritize ease of use over flexibility and are a fan of the Google ecosystem.

Try it online: Blogger

Wix offers a choice of blog building tools, making the process as simple or involved as you like

Wix is our favorite general-purpose free website builder, and is great for creating stylish blogs too. Its chief drawback is storage – you have just 500MB for your files and data traffic is restricted to 500MB per month, so you’ll need to upgrade to a premium plan if your blog really takes off. 

Once you’ve created an account, select ‘blog’ from the list of categories, then choose either Wix Artificial Design Intelligence (ADI) or Wix Editor. Wix ADI asks a series of very simple questions, then builds a site around your answers – ideal if you’ve never created a site before and find the idea intimidating. Wix Editor is very straightforward too (simpler than Blogger or WordPress), but is much more flexible than ADI and will be a better choice for most users.

One of Wix’s best features is its choice of image sources, including your hard drive, social media, free images from Wix itself, and pictures from its partner stock photography site Bigstock. If your blog posts are text-heavy, these free images are a great way to make them look more appealing.

On the downside, your custom wix.com URL will include a string of not-too-snappy letters and numbers that might make it hard to memorize. 

That aside, its resources and friendly approach mean Wix just pips Weebly to third place. Free Wix sites include a tiny ad for the company in the top-right and another at the bottom, but these won’t spoil the look for your blog.

Try it online: Wix

Blogs on Weebly are built from a combination of content blocks

Weebly takes a modular approach to blog-building, with a drag-and-drop editor that lets you choose which elements to add to your site, and where. 

Pick a basic template, then plonk various types of content onto the page, including social media links, text, images, maps, and sections of code. It’s a refreshingly simple way to build a blog that feels unique to you, but doesn’t require any messing about with menus.

It’s worth noting, however, that certain content blocks can only be positioned in certain areas; it isn’t a total free-for-all. This makes sense – forcing you to stick within the confines of your chosen template stops the page looking messy – but you might find it limiting. 

Blog posts are made in the same way: drag text boxes, picture frames, buttons and page breaks into position, then click to edit them. One particularly nice feature is the ‘secret draft link’, which lets you preview your unpublished post, and even share it with others via email before releasing it into the wild. 

Weebly has some other interesting tricks up its sleeve too, including an area for pasting in Google Analytics tracking code (though it doesn’t offer analytics itself).

As with Wix, you’re only given 500MB for uploaded content, so photographers might want to look elsewhere. Weebly puts an ad in your site’s footer, but it doesn’t obscure any of your content.

Try it online: Weebly

Penzu is a personal blogging tool that lets you create your own private diary

Whereas the other free blogging sites are designed to get as many eyeballs on your posts as possible, Penzu is the equivalent of a locked diary stashed in a safe.

Penzu is a journal platform that makes your posts private by default and locks them down with at least one password (even after you’re logged in, you need a second one to read or edit your posts). That’s because it’s designed for private thoughts and personal reflection. There are free apps for iOS and Android that enable you to update your Penzu diary anywhere, but the contents are for your eyes only.

Penzu isn’t a tool for self-promotion, so although it’s far from ugly, it understandably focuses on function rather than looks. Custom colors and backgrounds come at a price – currently $20 (about £14, AU$25) per year.

It’s a shame that 128-bit AES encryption is also limited to the paid-for version, and there’s a fair amount of pressure to upgrade. Extra options are often dangled under your nose then yanked away, but the core offering is a good one, and if you simply want a place to record your thoughts and practise writing, Penzu could be just what you need.

Try it online: Penzu

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Best cloud mining providers of 2018

Latest Tech News - 7 hours 3 min ago

Cloud mining is the process of buying CPU power from dedicated data centers who use their own equipment to mine cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC) on your behalf.

The main advantage of this approach is that you don't need to have in-depth knowledge of mining hardware, nor buy expensive and hard-to-obtain devices. Renting 'hash power' (usually measured in Gigahertz per second or GH/s) also means you don't have to deal with the heat and noise that comes with a DIY mining project.

Many of these companies either source their own equipment or build it cheaply and have placed their data centers in countries like Iceland and China where electricity is cheap, passing the savings on to you.

In this guide, we will explore five of the most reputable cloud mining companies. As there are many scam outfits posing as miners, where possible we've chosen cloud miners who can prove that their data centers exist or are endorsed by a reputable firm. Take some time to do your own research before investing at your own risk, of course – ultimately this is your money.

If you are interested in cryptocurrencies but don't feel happy with the idea of mining, you can also simply purchase Bitcoin as an investment (see our guide on how to buy Bitcoins with Bitstamp). Without further ado, let’s move on to our selections for the best cloud mining providers.

As one of the oldest (it dates back to 2013) and largest cloud mining centers, there seems to be no better place to begin than with Genesis.

Its website offers a live feed of some of the data centers which are based in Iceland, a country where cheap geothermal electricity is readily available.

Mining contracts are technically available for all major cryptocurrencies and you can visit your online dashboard at any time to reallocate your purchased 'hash power' (so, for example, you could go 60% Bitcoin and 40% Litecoin).

In terms of fees, Genesis currently charges $0.14 per TH/s per day for mining Bitcoin. The price of other cryptocurrencies may vary so we encourage you to make your own enquiries. The website has a Payouts section which you can use to monitor how much you've mined. Due to high transaction fees on the network, your mined coins may need to meet a minimum threshold before the funds are actually transferred to your wallet.

The simple interface combined with Genesis Mining's solid reputation has meant that at times the company cannot keep up with demand for mining contracts (which tells a story of its own). At the time of writing only Bitcoin mining contracts were available for purchase, although this will likely change later in the year.

Hashnest was launched in 2014 by Bitmain, which is a world-renowned manufacturer of ASIC mining hardware. Bitmain also operates one of the largest mining pools in existence: Antpool. Combined with the photos of a handful of data centers on the Hashnest website, this is persuasive proof that the company is legitimate.

While Bitmain is based primarily in China, Hashnest has mining farms around the world, which benefit from low cost electricity.

The website currently offers a Payout Accelerated Cloud Mining Contract or PACMiC for short. The PACMiC is a type of electronic contract structured in such a way that Bitmain pays the maintenance costs of mining rigs (such as electricity), and all the mining revenue will be used to pay back the owner of the PACMiC. When the principal is not fully paid back, it will share profit with buyers.

This loosely translates as 6.0TH/s of hash power in exchange for 1 BTC. Hashnest claims this results in rolling profit pay-outs for each block found with an annualized ROI of over 14%.

Alternatively you can purchase hash power directly from Antminer devices such as the S9 which has a rate of around 12,5TH/s. You then pay a fixed maintenance fee depending on the efficiency of the device – for instance, the fee for the S9 is currently $0.19/TH/day.

Contracts for the Antminer devices are currently sold out but you can still buy a PACMiC contract if you have the funds.

Hashflare is a subsidiary of Hashcoins, another manufacturer of Bitcoin mining equipment which has been around since 2013. Its website gives a detailed rundown of the firm’s data center including pictures.

Hashflare offers you the chance to purchase hashpower for a variety of SHA-256 and Scrypt coins such as Bitcoin and Litecoin as well as Ethereum and ZCash. You're also free to choose your own mining pool.

Hashflare is open about its maintenance fees: they are $0.0035 for every 10 GH/s of SHA-256 coins and $0.005 for every 1 MH/s of Scrypt coins a day. Ethereum contracts are not subject to any maintenance fees. Your total pay-out will depend on the mining pool you've chosen and how much hash power you've allocated to it.

At the time of writing, only Ethereum mining contract was available, all others were out of stock.

As of January 2018, Hashflare has also temporarily suspended new Bitcoin withdrawals due to a large number of unconfirmed transactions. The company plans to resume withdrawals once this is resolved.

The Hashing24 team claims to have been involved in Bitcoin mining since 2012, although the website itself has only been around since 2016. The company appears to have no data centers of its own, rather, it has partnered with big name providers such as BitFury to lease hashpower to customers. Note that Hashing24 is mentioned on Bitfury's website, which may reassure customers that the operation is real.

If you're new to cloud mining, you can also use Hashing24's demo mode to simulate a Bitcoin mining contract to see how much you might earn. This is a good way to help you understand some of the concepts behind cloud mining, but won't necessarily let you project future profits, as mining difficulty and BTC price will vary over time (naturally).

After registering you can currently sign up for Bitcoin mining contracts only, for a period of 36 months. If these are sold out (as they were at the time of writing) you can also try out Hashing24's auction feature which allows you to bid on hashpower from existing customers.

Regardless of how you purchase your mining contract, Hashing24 charges a flat fee of $0.00033 per GH/s per day. There's also a one-time fee for purchasing hashing power with a particular host.

Eobot has been around since 2013 and is registered in California. Its owners have decided to remain anonymous, so there are no photos or office addresses on the main website.

Eobot's site did not play nicely with our ad-blocker on registration, forcing us to use another browser. However, once sign up was complete, we saw that the website notifies users when someone logs into their account from a new IP address. Two-factor authentication is also enabled by default, meaning that in order to access your account, you need to provide a code sent by email as well as your password.

Eobot offers mining contracts either for 24 hours or five years. The website is neatly laid out and also offers a fee estimator to allow you to calculate daily profits in exchange for the hashpower you purchase. Its main page is very clear that most investments will take around 52 months to break even.

Maintenance fees are currently set at $0.00021/GH/s/day. Unlike other cloud mining websites we've reviewed, Eobot also offers an easy to understand explanation of how maintenance fees work. Contracts are available for a wide range of cryptocurrencies.

Due to the owner's desire for anonymity and in order to stay within the law, direct deposit of funds by bank transfer isn't supported. You can, however, buy contracts with Bitcoin and via a USD credit card using Epay.

Top image credit: Hashing24

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The best Amazon Kindle deals in June 2018

Latest Tech News - 7 hours 16 min ago

Welcome to TechRadar's dedicated page for Amazon Kindle deals. This is the top spot to find all the cheapest Kindle deals for all models, whether it be for the classic ereaders or the Fire tablet versions. We cross check every model of Kindle with every retailer every day to pull in the best deals so that this page is always up to date with the cheapest prices.

You'll find the latest prices from a wide range of retailers for the latest Kindle ereaders. We've found the best prices on the basic yet impressive regular Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite and you'll also find the best deals on the more luxurious models of the Kindle Voyage and Kindle Oasis. Want more functionality from your slate? Then take a look at our best iPad deals.

We've highlighted a few prices on multiple Kindle devices below. Keep looking further down the page though and you'll find extensive price comparison charts on every model, complete with details and advise about the device.

What makes a good Kindle deal?

If this is your first Kindle, you'll be wanting to know - how do you tell a good Kindle deal when you see one? Luckily, there are so many good ones out there it's pretty easy!

The early Kindle ereaders don't have LCD screens or powerful internal components which means they're usually a lot cheaper than tablets and phones. The lack of a glass screen is fantastic for glare-free reading though and an immediate improvement over using the Kindle app on your phone or tablet.

The Kindle Voyage normally has a price of about US$220/£170/AU$299 so if you can get it for cheaper than that you're onto a winner. After that, there isn't a huge difference in features so it all depends how much you want to spend. If you can find the Kindle Paperwhite for under US$120/£110/AU$169 you're getting a good price, while the Kindle 2016 model (which has all but disappeared from Australian stores) has a fairly static price of US$80/£59, but every now and then it dips lower. With the new Kindle Oasis model arriving recently, we may see the older models' prices drop soon.

For the tablets, the best thing to do is just work out how much you want to spend and pick up the model that sits closest to your budget. The HDX models are the good ones so do go for one of those if you can.

What do 'Special Offers' mean on the Kindle listings?

When looking at a Kindle ereader listing, whether it's on Amazon's website, or on a different retailer's site, you'll often see 'includes special offers' in the title or item description. Choose without special offers and the price will jump up £10/US$20.

Essentially, these Special Offers act as Amazon-based screensaver-style advertisements on your Kindle device. So when you pop your Kindle on from sleep mode you'll see an ad for a book on Amazon's Kindle store, or maybe a third party ad.

Annoying right? Actually, I opted for with Special Offers (I do love a cheap deal), and it's not bothered me one bit. You can swipe the ad away easily (no trying to find the tiny X icon here) and get on with your reading straight away. When in sleep mode, the ads cycle on the screen, but they're not illuminated and they don't seem to consume any power. They don't slow anything down when powering on the device after shutdown either.

Seeing as they don't interfere with the experience at all, I'm glad I didn't spend the extra £10 to block them. Hey, some of them (sales ads etc) have been worth clicking through to. If you really don't like them though, you can always pay the difference at a later date to get them removed. So we'd opt for the cheaper 'includes special offers' option first.

 Here are the best Kindle deals currently available...

Kindle Paperwhite deals

The best standard Kindle ever is a value-for-money winner

The 6th generation Kindle Paperwhite is the best standard Kindle yet, it's the most cost effective ereader on the market and it easily beats the Kobo Aura on performance and design. Unlike the cheaper model, this one comes with screen lighting. Amazon has managed to create a fast e-ink tablet with inventive reading apps. You can lookup words in the dictionary without leaving your page, or even flick through any relevant Wikipedia entries for most words or terms. The latest version's screen is now just as good as the more expensive Voyage model. As far as value for money goes, this is the one to beat.

Amazon Kindle (2016) deals

The new 2016 Kindle (also known as the 'All-New Kindle' and ‘Kindle Touch 2016’ in Australia) is the updated version of the entry level Kindle last released in 2014. If you want the cheapest option, this is the one you should go for as the 2014 version has been discontinued and any deals you see are probably for preowned or refurbished units. With prices starting around £60/US$80/AU$109 you're getting a bargain. The 2016 model is also available in white (the 2014 was black only), it's lighter, thinner, has double the RAM speed and double the storage capacity at 4GB. The lack of a lit screen is the only thing holding it back really.

Kindle Oasis deals

The luxury waterproof ereader you've been waiting for?

The reinvigorated all-new Kindle Oasis costs US$249/£229/AU$389 for the cheapest Wi-Fi version. This is an upgrade over the older Oasis (which is no longer available) and a huge improvement. It's 15% cheaper, bigger and also the first waterproof kindle, arguably justifying the top end price-tag. The Kindle Oasis is also the first kindle to support Aubidle audio books, although you'll need a pair of bluetooth wireless headphones to use this feature as there's no built-in speaker or 3.5mm headphone port. This new Kindle ereader's 7-inch screen makes it the largest in the current Kindle range and tempting for readers wanting to view a larger page, meaning you won't have to turn pages as often. The page turn buttons are given a wider bezel on the side than the Kindle Voyage, making it easier to hold one-handed - the screen will flip over to accommodate left-handed readers too. The considerably cheaper Voyage and Paperwhite models are excellent alternatives and feature the same screen resolution. That larger screen and waterproofing for peace of mind are pretty tempting though.

Kindle Voyage deals

A modest improvement over the Paperwhite

The Voyage used to be the most expensive Kindle around before the Oasis arrived, but at least we're seeing the price drop now. Amazon's Voyage is still one of the best ebook readers available. It's more compact than most other Kindles and the screen is sharper than the standard Kindle. Although, the latest version of the far cheaper Paperwhite now comes with the same 300ppi screen, leaving this model looking a tad overpriced by comparison. Modest improvements on the Voyage include a flush display making the device easier to keep clean, adaptive screen lighting for easier lighting adjustments and additional page turning buttons.

Amazon tablet deals

Want something a bit more advanced than a Kindle ereader? If your needs are a bit more media-intensive as you want a handheld device for gaming, viewing movies (especially on Amazon Prime) and browsing the web, an Amazon tablet could be for you. Naturally, there's a Kindle app, but the glass screen can be a hindrance for extended reading sessions.

Australian readers should note that these Fire tablets aren't available Down Under.

Amazon Fire 7 deals

Amazon's most popular Fire tablet

Sitting at the budget end of Amazon's Kindle tablet range, the Fire 7 is generally the cheapest of the lot as it doesn't have a HD screen. Amazon has just refreshed the Fire 7 range though and it now comes with Alexa, the virtual assistant from the Amazon Echo devices. You can also have different profiles - some for the kids - through Amazon FreeTime.

Amazon Fire HD 8 deals

The All-New Amazon Fire HD 8 is an improved beast

For this low price, the Amazon Fire HD 8 is one of the best tablets around, especially if you're happy to jump into Amazon's ecosystem. Mobile gamers will appreciate the improved tech inside the more recent versions as it comes with more storage, 50% more RAM and a 1.3GHz processor. Better yet, the 2017 edition seen below now comes with integrated Alexa - the excellent virtual assistant from the Amazon Echo range. You're not paying any more for the privilege either, so we'd only recommend the latest version.

Amazon Fire HD 10 deals

 The All-New Amazon Fire HD 10 is a much-needed upgraded

The new and improved Fire HD 10-inch tablet finally joins Amazon's other Fire tablets with the 'All-New' treatment. This is good news for buyers as this replacement is cheaper than the scant few deals available for the old Fire HD 10.

The cheapest model now comes with 32GB of storage instead of 16GB, has a clear full HD 1080p screen and has twice as much RAM to run even faster than before. All this and the RRP comes in at just £149/$149. The headline feature though is the introduction of the voice-controlled Alexa app (one and the same as the Echo devices) to the tablet.

We're a bit sad to see the old aluminium body go, as it looks a little less premium with the plastic finishes (black, red and blue available at launch so far). But seeing as we'd be putting a protective cover on it anyways, it doesn't really make any difference when we think about it.

Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition

Got tech-hungry children, but don't want them to get their grubby mitts on your tablet or phone all the time? The Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet could be the answer. In addition to enhanced durability (look at the size of that housing), it also comes with a two-year guarantee, which covers the tablet -even if the kids break it- no questions asked. There are plenty of software safeguards too, such as making sure they can only watch appropriate content online, adjustable screen-time limits and access to loads of age-appropriate games.

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

Bigger and better than the Fire 7 Kids. You're getting a larger screen with HD visuals. The sound is better too as the mono speaker has been banished for Dolby Atmos and dual stereo speakers. The battery has been boosted up to around 12 hours, compared to the eight offered by the smaller model and you get 32GB of storage instead of 16GB. You're still getting that same tough build quality and two year guarantee too. Come on, don't make your child grow up with SD visuals. Doesn't everyone deserve HD, even if they are going to smear jam all over it and throw it around a bit?

We check our Kindle deals every day to make sure they're always up to date and available!

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Nigeria vs Iceland live stream: how to watch today's World Cup football online

Latest Tech News - 8 hours 7 min ago

Nigeria and Iceland are set to go head-to-head today in a mad scramble to make it out of World Cup Group D. With Argentina flagging, the second place spot is really up fro grabs at Russia 2018.

Iceland is the smallest nation ever to play in the World Cup and the team marked their World Cup debut in style by holding Argentina to a draw. All eyes will be on Iceland striker Alfred Finnbogason after his goal in the team’s last match against Argentina.

Nigeria need a win today as Iceland currently sits one place and one point above it in the Group D standings. The team had an unimpressive start at the World Cup after a 2-0 defeat to Croatia. Now Nigeria must show the world that the team has more to offer than a stylish kit. 

Whether you’re a football fan living in Nigeria, Iceland or anywhere else in the world, we’ll show you exactly how to live stream the 2018 World Cup for free from wherever you are in the world. 

Use a VPN to watch the World Cup 2018 from anywhere for FREE

You don't have to miss a single minute of World Cup soccer - even if the country where you are isn't broadcasting certain games. Because every second of action is being shown somewhere (the UK, for example, is televising every game for free - see below), you can simply use a VPN to login to a region that is broadcasting the game. And it's really easy to do:

How to stream Nigeria vs Iceland live in the UK 

How to watch Nigeria vs Iceland: US live stream 

How to watch Iceland vs Nigeria: Canada live stream  

How to watch Iceland vs Nigeria: Australia live stream 

How to watch Nigeria vs Iceland: New Zealand live stream  Exclusive World Cup competition with VyprVPN

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GarageBand's Artist Lessons are now free

Latest Tech News - 9 hours 22 min ago

Apple's GarageBand isn't just a feature-packed music production studio for macOS and iOS – it's also a great way to learn an instrument, and it's now an even better teacher with free Artist Lessons for piano and guitar.

Artist Lessons were formerly available for US$4.99 (about £4, AU$7) each as in-app purchases, but are now bundled as part of the free Basic Lessons library. They launched in 2009 as a way for aspiring musicians to learn popular songs from the people who made them. Sting, Sarah McLachlan, Fall Out Boy and Death Cab for Cutie all created lessons, which were initially only available in 20 countries. 

The latest Garage Band update not only lifts the price tag, it loosens the geographical restrictions as well, making the celebrity tutorials available in more than 150 countries.

Free to play

The update also gives GarageBand's library a boost with 1,000 new electronic and urban loops, plus 400 animal, voice and machine sound effects. 

There are new instruments too, including the guzheng or Chinese zither, koto (the national instrument of Japan) and Japanese taiko drums.

There's also a compatibility update for the app's iOS version, making life easier for musicians who switch between mobile and desktop devices. 

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The incredible £23 per month Galaxy S9 deal is back - and now in Titanium Grey

Latest Tech News - 9 hours 38 min ago

The Samsung Galaxy S9 was already one of the sexiest phones on the market. Its svelte Gorilla Glass 5 and aluminium body means it has the good looks to match its magnificent brains.

But if you ever thought that the Lilac Purple or Coral Blue casing colours looked a bit gawdy, then your ideal Galaxy S9 may just have hit the shelves. Say hello to Titanium Grey.

And perhaps even more excitingly, the price has just been slashed on Samsung Galaxy S9 deals. That means the £23 per month 4GB tariff on Vodafone is now back down to its cheapest level - around £650 for the two year term. That isn't much more than buying the handset on its own outright!

Our favourite 3 best Galaxy S9 deals in the UK today Titanium Grey Samsung Galaxy S9

Already available in other parts of the world, the new Samsung S9 shade has gone on sale in the UK today exclusively at Carphone Warehouse and its stable of online stores (i.e. Mobiles.co.uk, e2save).

So if your head has been turned by the Titanium Grey Samsung, we've lined up the best Galaxy S9 deals in that (or any of the other three colours) above.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 rumor points to a PC version

Latest Tech News - 9 hours 40 min ago

Red Dead Redemption 2 is inbound for the PC – at least according to the LinkedIn profile of a programmer who worked for Rockstar.

As reported by VG247 – and also detailed on a Reddit thread spotted by Wccftech.com – the Experience section in the programmer’s LinkedIn profile lists the games they worked on, and that includes Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR 2).

Interestingly, the employee listed the platforms for RDR 2: PS4, Xbox One and PC, and several sources have verified that the programmer’s LinkedIn profile in question is a genuine one.

This would indicate that although the PC version hasn’t been officially announced, it's in the works. At this stage, however, it’s still a rumor to be treated with caution (it could be a simple mistake on the LinkedIn profile, for instance).

Time will tell

That said, it certainly makes sense for RDR 2 to make it to the PC, as it’s an extra audience for Rockstar to tap into.

While the original game didn’t grace the PC – due to porting the sprawling code being a seriously uphill struggle, compounded with time pressures, if whispers on the web are to be believed – Grand Theft Auto V was eventually unleashed for Windows after a considerable delay.

If RDR 2 is coming to PC, it’s likely to will follow a similar pattern, with launch delayed by a year or so. This is pure speculation right now, but it’s definitely an interesting hint of things to come for those who want to play the Western-themed open world sequel on the desktop PC with a quick-draw gaming mouse and keyboard combination.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is slated for release on October 26 for PS4 and Xbox One, so hopeful types could speculate on a summer 2019 release on PC. The hype train is slowly gathering steam, and a fresh trailer released last month built up some serious anticipation for the game.

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The World Cup Of fitness tech: technology you need to stay healthy

Latest Tech News - 9 hours 47 min ago

The World Cup 2018 has got everyone talking about football. Here at TechRadar we decided it’d be the perfect opportunity to take a look at the wearable tech created to make the beautiful game even better. 

Technology and football may not seem like a match made in heaven. But thanks to more advanced smarts, the game is improving. For example, luxury brand Hublot made a smartwatch specially for referees during the World Cup called the Big Bang Referee

According to Hublot, the smartwatches “will be connected to goal-line technology, an electronic video assistance system for refereeing which follows all the trajectories of the ball and determines for certain if the ball did or did not entirely cross the goal line.”

But what we’re interested in is the fitness tech that has the player in mind and really delivers to improve your game on the pitch - for pros to amateurs to those who love a good weekend kickabout.

Whether that’s trackers created specially for football, which rate your game and keep up with your keepie-uppies, heart rate monitors to help with your HIIT and improve your overall fitness, through to our favourite all-rounder for tracking how well you’re performing both on and off the pitch. 

Browse through our premiere league table of fitness wearables and find the one that’s best for you.

Zepp Play Soccer

Best for tracking the best bits of your game 

One of the first football wearables on the scene, simply put the little Zepp Soccer device into a sleeve that you wear on your calf and away you go. It can track all of the most important bits of your football play, including sprints, goal conversion rate, total kicks, distance covered, max speed and lot more. The device is Bluetooth-enabled, so you can then view all of these stats from the app, which is a really simple and intuitive design. Perfect for catching up on the important stuff when you’re feeling tired and sweaty after a game. 

DribbleUp

Best for perfecting your ball skills

Oh come on, there’s a smart everything else. Did you really think there wasn’t a smart football out there somewhere? The DribbleUp allows you to practice your control, juggling and shooting skills. But technically it’s not smart. There are no sensors stuffed inside. Instead, the surface of the ball is covered in optical markers, which means you can use the app on your phone to track it as you train. It’ll then analyse your performance and provide guidance about how you can improve your skills. 

Get DribbleUp here.

Playertek

Best for tracking your game (and your team’s game)

The PlayerTek system is designed for both individual players and whole teams. The Pod, the bit that does the tracking, has a built-in accelerometer to keep tabs on how you’re moving, which is then used to create really detailed visualisations and pitch heat maps that show you how you’ve been performing on the pitch and the style of your game. If your whole team wants to use the system, you can get access to an entire squad analysis dashboard, which is great for coaches who are serious about upping the performance of their team. 

Get Playertek here 

Moov Now

Best for coaching and motivation 

Staying fit off the pitch is really important to players looking to work up the ranks. One of our favourite fitness trackers, the Moov Now, can monitor all kinds of activity, from swimming to boxing. But it really excels because it keeps you motivated with personalised training. Based on your movement and heart rate data, the audio guidance will do all the thinking for you, allowing you to focus on sweating it out. 

Jabra Sport Coach

Best for wristband haters

When you’re chasing the ball on the pitch, working out at the gym or running outside having a tracker strapped to your wrist, or your chest, can be really annoying. We feel your pain. That’s why the Jabra Sport Coach is a great option. It’s a pair of headphones designed for working out with best-in-class noise cancellation and enhanced bass. But it’s a fitness tracker too, it can count your reps, track your every move keeping tabs on distance, pace, steps, cadence and calories burned. But the ‘Coach’ part is the really cool bit, because it can guide you through pre-prepared circuits and tell you how to improve your performance in real-time. Granted it’s not for football, but it’s ideal for football players when they’re working on their fitness off the pitch. 

Wahoo Tickr X

Best for HIIT

HIIT (that’s High Intensity Interval Training) is a kind of workout where you move between different heart rate zones. A lot of HIIT classes tend to guess as you enter each, mixing up the intensity and timing. But if you’re serious about training, it’s worth investing in a tracker that alerts you when you’re in these specific zones, so your workouts are more tailored to you. There are plenty of great wrist-based devices on the market, but the Wahoo Tickr straps to your chest, which many believe is a much accurate way to measure your heart rate. It syncs up to the Wahoo app and can track heart rate, calorie burn, reps and much more. 

Garmin Forerunner 645 Music

Best for running

There are plenty of brilliant devices on the market built for runners. What you’re looking for in a running wearable is mostly heart rate tracking, so you know you’re working out in your optimal zone, and GPS, so you can keep track of where you venture to. Most of Garmin’s higher-end watches do both of those things extremely well, but the Forerunner 645 Music is a current favourite because it packs 500 tracks worth of music into its small form factor, which is ideal if you want to leave your phone at home when you hit the road. 

Strenx by GymWatch

Best for strength training

When you’re looking to up your game, strength training is just as important as cardio. So although hitting the weights section at the gym can feel tedious for those who prefer running around a pitch, it’s all part of the process. Luckily tracking your weight training has got a whole lot easier with the Strenx. This wearable keeps tabs on the weights you lift and the bodyweight exercises you complete while it’s strapped to your upper arm, from push-ups to barbell lifts to pull-ups, you can create a custom programme to keep you focused on your goals. 

Get the Strenx by GymWatch here

Fitbit Ionic

Best all-round fitness tracker

The Fitbit Ionic is one of our favourite all-rounders for tracking your fitness, your steps and keeping an eye on your general well-being. It has GPS smarts, so it’s ideal for runners and has a bunch of pre-prepared workouts for a quick blast of HIIT or circuit training at the gym or in the park. Fitbit has also been working hard on its sleep tracking, using heart rate data to better inform its algorithm to work out what stage of sleep you’re in, how long for and the quality of your rest once you’re there. We all know sleep is a huge part of overall performance, so it’s worth tracking and improving your rest if you want better results on the pitch. 


TechRadar's World Cup coverage is brought to you in association with Honor. 

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This Nintendo Switch accessory will let you play classic games in ‘vertical mode’

Latest Tech News - 10 hours 2 min ago

A new crowdfunded peripheral for the Nintendo Switch is set to expand the ways players can use the best-selling handheld console.

Flip Grip is a handheld accessory for ‘vertical-mode gaming’. The shape of the Grip allows you to angle the Switch screen vertically in handheld mode, meaning you can play classic video games such as Galaga or Punch-Out!! in their original, vertically-oriented glory.

While some re-releases of classic games on the Switch do allow for vertical display, there’s currently no intuitive way to play – other than awkwardly leaning the Switch screen against another surface.

A Kickstarter campaign is currently running to support manufacture of the accessory, which at the time of writing had just reached its US$42,000 (about £32,000, AU$57,000) goal.

Nintendo will be watching

Nintendo is famously protective of the integrity of its products, and doesn’t always take kindly to third-party ‘solutions’ to its console design choices.

But if Switch users are able to access suitable peripherals for facilitating vertical play, we could see the feature appear in more games in the future.

Nintendo may even decide to bring out an official, first-party version – as we saw with the adjustable charging stand announced in May, which offered an official alternative to third-party docks prone to ‘bricking’ Switch consoles.

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YouTube creators can now jazz up live streams with pre-recorded video snippets

Latest Tech News - 10 hours 4 min ago

YouTube has announced a bundle of new tools for creators, including the ability to combine live streaming with pre-recorded video. 

The new tool, called Premieres, means creators can multitask during broadcasts – answering live questions while playing a recorded clip, for example. Premieres will roll out over the next two weeks, starting with users in its beta testing program.

The site is also launching channel memberships as a way for creators to earn extra cash from their clips. Viewers can sponsor their favorite channels for a monthly fee of US$4.99 (about £4, AU$7). In return, they'll receive custom emoji and badges, plus the warm, fuzzy feeling that comes from supporting the content they enjoy.

There are new merchandise opportunities as well. Creators with over 100,000 subscribers can design goodies like T-shirts and mugs on Teespring and have them advertized on a virtual shelf under their videos. Many YouTube stars already supplement their income with merch sales, but until now they've had to direct their fans to a storefront on a different site.

Premium plans

YouTube announced the new tools at its annual VidCon event in Anaheim, California, which kicked off yesterday shortly after the global launch of YouTube Premium and YouTube Music.

The site is clearly keen to show that it's taking content seriously – and for good reason. The site has faced fierce criticism this year for unsavory videos appearing on YouTube Kids, and its slow response when star vlogger Logan Paul shared footage of a suicide victim with his millions of (mostly young) subscribers.

YouTube's competitors are also nipping at its heels. Instagram's move into long-form video, IGTV, lets regular users share videos up to 10 minutes in length, while social media celebrities can keep their cameras rolling for up to an hour.

Via The Verge

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The best Fujifilm Instax Mini deals in June 2018

Latest Tech News - 10 hours 12 min ago

Looking for the best Fujifilm Instax Mini prices? We're here to help you compare all the best deals on the most popular Instax Mini cameras, including the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 prices, the newer Instax Mini 9, or the retro-themed instant cameras like the Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 or Instax Mini 90.

Prices alone might not be enough though, so we've given each of these Instax Mini cameras a rundown of information to help you choose the one that's right for you. The fun cameras are always popular during the summer months for outdoor holiday snaps, so this is a great time to pick one up.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 prices

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 is one of the most popular instant cameras on the planet thanks to its super cheap price and bold, cheerful and colourful design. Simple to use and with brightness controls, built-in flash and cool 1.8-inch x 2.4-inch images printed straight from the camera, this really is a bargain. But could you be tempted by the newer Instax Mini 9?

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 requires two AA batteries and is available in black, grape, raspberry, pink, blue and yellow.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 prices

There's really only one difference between the Instax Mini 8 and the Instax Mini 9 and it's a tiny little mirror. The Instax Mini 9 has a small mirror next to the lens, making lining up selfies much easier and ensuring a more accurate picture. The newer Mini 9 is slightly more expensive than the Mini 8, but consider this: if you're likely to be taking a lot of selfies, the mirror could save you a small fortune on film costs as you'll have fewer wonky, poorly framed snaps. If the price is right for the colour you want, this is the one we'd go for.

The Instax Mini 9 requires two AA batteries and is available in cobalt blue, flamingo pink, ice blue, smoky white and lime green.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 prices

There's certainly an argument that the Instax Mini 8 is aimed towards a younger or more casual market with its bright pastel colours and chunky build. But there are some slicker options available for not much more - namely the Fujifilm Instax Mini 70.

The Instax Mini 70 features more control options and shooting modes than the Mini 8/9 and takes better pictures in the dark. It comes with the selfie mirror as standard too. With a smoother metallic paint job, it loses the toyish vibe of the above models for something much more professional looking while maintaining the compact instant camera vibe. If you'd feel silly holding the Instax Mini 8, but want a similar design, this is your best bet.

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 runs off two CR2 batteries and is available in moon white, canary yellow, island blue, passion red, stardust gold and midnight black.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 prices

If you're looking for something with a more retro feel then it's hard to beat the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 and its traditional leather-style binding. As you can see in the price comparison chart below, it's also the most expensive of the Instax Mini cameras in Fujifilm's range.

You're not just paying for the old-school vibe though. Bulb modes ensure you won't get pictures that are too blurry or dark. On the other side of the scale, this is the first Instax Mini camera that allows you to turn off the flash, meaning you won't get any images with way too much white light. A double-exposure mode allows you to put two images on one piece of film too.

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 instant camera is powered by a rechargeable NP-45A lithium battery making it the only rechargeable Instax Mini camera from Fujifilm. Colour options are much more modest than the other Instax Minis as the only differences are in the leather-style wrap finishes where you can choose between brown or Neo Classic (black).

Instax Mini Film

Looking for some extra Fujifilm Instax Mini film packs? We've compared the best deals from multiple retailers in our price comparison charts below. The cheapest packs usually have 10 or 20 Instax Mini film papers to print out your latest photos. Take a look at the options further down the chart and you'll see prices for larger packs too.

These film packs are compatible with all the cameras on this page. You might not see the Mini 9 mentioned on the packaging or item description, but that's only because the Instax Mini 9 is still quite new and the film packaging hasn't caught up. The Instax Mini 9 takes the same film as the Instax Mini 8.

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Brazil vs Costa Rica live stream: how to watch today's World Cup football online

Latest Tech News - 10 hours 19 min ago

After an uninspiring draw against Switzerland, will we see Samba Boys kick-start their  Russia 2018 World Cup against Costa Rica. There's sure to be a lot of talent on the field for Brazil vs Costa Rica and we know that people will be live streaming Brazil vs Costa Rica in their droves - so this page will tell you the best ways to do so and for absolutely no cost.

Brazil will once again be hot favourites in this Group E clash, with a talent-rich squad expected to put on a show against Costa Rica. Hoping to pass a late fitness test,, Neymar will surely be influential in orchestrating Brazil's assault on the Costa Rican goal, but if the Paris St-Germain star is not firing (or not available) there are plenty of dangerous forwards to pick up the slack. 

You wouldn't envy Costa Rica's rearguard going into this one, yet hearteningly for the Los Ticos, much of their strength lies in their organisation and defensive qualities at this World Cup. Giancarlo González of Bologna and Oscar Duarte of Espanol form a solid presence in the middle of the defence, while star of the squad, Real Madrid's Keylor Navas, will be hard to beat behind them. 

Could we have another upset on the cards? Or is this Brazil side the real deal, and the Switzerland draw was a mere blip? You can find out with a free live stream of Brazil vs Costa Rica via one of the options outlined below. Don't forget you can stay across all live streams at the 2018 World Cup wherever you are in the world, courtesy of our World Cup watching guide

Use a VPN to watch the World Cup 2018 from anywhere for FREE

You don't have to miss a single minute of World Cup soccer - even if the country where you are isn't broadcasting certain games. Because every second of action is being shown somewhere (the UK, for example, is televising every game for free - see below), you can simply use a VPN to login to a region that is broadcasting the game. And it's really easy to do:

How to stream Brazil vs Costa Rica live in the UK 

How to watch Brazil vs Costa Rica: US live stream 

How to watch Costa Rica vs Brazil: Canada live stream 

How to watch Brazil vs Costa Rica: Australia live stream 

How to watch Costa Rica vs Brazil: New Zealand live stream  Exclusive World Cup competition with VyprVPN

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