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Corsair K68 is built to resist Mountain Dew spills and Doritos dust

Latest Tech News - 5 hours 25 min ago

Imagine fighting your hardest to win a team battle in Overwatch and just when you think you can take that victory swig, a Mercy flies in with a last ditch revive. Your hand jumps back to attention on WASD, but in your haste you’ve inadvertently knocked over the bottle onto your keyboard and suddenly much more than the game is ruined.

The Corsair K68 was designed exactly to survive this type of scenario with a new water and dust resistance rating of IP32 rating. This comes thanks to a silicone rubber shield right underneath the keys.

The impermeable material should prevent any liquid from dripping into the keyboards mechanical switches or underlying circuity and make cleaning up easy.

Aside from its rugged features, the Corsair K68 features Cherry MX Red switches with a full red LED backlighting setup. Along the top-right corner of the keyboard you’ll also find a full set of media shortcut keys for changing volume and playback controls. Although there aren’t any dedicated macro keys, the Corsair K68 is fully programmable through Corsair Utility Engine software. 

The Corsair K68 is available now – though pricing has yet to be announced – in North America, China and South Korea (the latter of which gets a special blue LED backlit version). We predict the keyboard will likely make its way to more territories soon enough.

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New iPhone 8 images show fingerprint scanner will be built into the screen

Latest Tech News - 10 hours 2 min ago

Some years Apple does a decent job of keeping its upcoming handsets secret, but this year isn’t one of them. We’ve had a steady stream of leaks and today there’s both a CAD image and shots of the iPhone 8 in a case, revealing that – as has been rumored – the fingerprint scanner will seemingly be built into the screen.

That’s worth emphasising, as some earlier leaks suggested the scanner might find its home on the back of the phone, and while leaked dummy units of the iPhone 8 show an absence of visible scanners, they were made based on diagrams which may not have had every marking in place, so left the possibility of a rear-mounted scanner open.

These leaks though leave less in doubt. The CAD image was shared by Benjamin Geskin, who’s been leaking a lot of iPhone 8 stuff. The design here shows an all-screen front, albeit with a cut-out at the top for the front-facing camera, while on the back there’s that vertically aligned dual-lens camera that we’ve seen so much of.

Circles aren't scanners

There’s also a circle, which you might reasonably think is the fingerprint scanner, but according to Geskin it’s simply the location of the Apple logo.

And backing that up, Slashleaks has posted images of a dummy iPhone 8 unit in a case – with no fingerprint scanner cut-out on the back.

Of course, there’s no guarantee any of this is accurate, but case manufacturers may have got an early look at the phone and are likely to be at least reasonably confident in the design before building cases for it.

For now, we still can’t totally rule out the possibility of a rear-mounted scanner, or a return of the home button below the screen. But, while an under-screen scanner once seemed unlikely, it’s now looking like the most probable outcome.

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Moto E4 might launch on July 17 with a surprisingly high price

Latest Tech News - 13 hours 41 min ago

There’s not much that we don’t now know about the Moto E4, assuming the rumors all prove accurate, but until today one thing that was still up in the air was the launch date.

Now, we might know that too, as leaker Roland Quandt posted on Twitter that it “supposedly ships” on July 17.

That would make sense, given that the Moto E3 launched in July 2016, though the Moto Z2 is rumored to land on June 8 and it seems a bit odd to launch the new phones a month apart – either leaving a bigger gap or launching them at the same time would surely make more sense, so we wouldn’t totally rule out a June launch for the Moto E4 (or a July launch for the Moto Z2).

Specs and prices too

Alongside the date, Quandt also posted a detailed specs list, there’s not really anything here that hasn’t been leaked previously, but it matches previous information about the E4, with claims of a 5.0-inch 720 x 1280 screen, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a microSD card slot, an 8MP rear camera, a 5MP front-facing one, and – at least in some regions – NFC.

Quandt also claims that the Moto E4 will cost $249.99 in Canada, which amounts to roughly $185/£145/AU$250. That would make the E4 a fair bit more expensive than the Moto E3, which launched at around $130/£100/AU$170.

Hopefully that part of the rumor is wrong then, but if the launch date is right we should know soon.

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Panasonic EX750 and EX600 TV series brings cinema experience to your home

Latest Tech News - 14 hours 32 min ago

At an event in New Delhi, Panasonic India has unveiled a new 2017 line-up of 4K Ultra HD TVs along with the UA7 sound system. The TV line-up comprises of EX750 and EX600 series, which consists of 4K TVs with screen sizes ranging from 43-icnh to 65-inch. With this launch, the Japanese conglomerate aims to capture 10% market share in the 4K TV segment by the end of FY17-18. 

Speaking about the particulars, the expensive and the most elegant of all is EX750 flagship model with 65-inch 4K Ultra HD screen. It will be selling for Rs. 3,10,000. Its new cinema display with 4K Hexa Chroma Drive Pro, Panasonic’s Original Revolutionary Colour Processing Technology, provides a vivid color reproduction with a wide color range, resulting in an ultimate 4K viewing experience as well as a theater experience. 

The EX750 is equipped with 550nits Super Bright Panel, HDR1000 and is powered by the same Studio Colour HCX2 processor. It consists of 4 HDMI Terminals, 3 USB ports. It comes with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi. The 'Switch Design,' with Swivel functionality, on the Panasonic 65” EX750 offers the perfect viewing angle and gives plenty of options of where you can place your television. Overall, watching on this 65-inch monster will be a treat to eyes. 

On the other hand, EX600 series consists of three models: 55-inch, 49-inch, and 43-inch screen sizes priced at Rs. 1,78,900, Rs. 1,41,000, Rs. 78,900 respectively. All of them are designed to provide Smartest user experience, allowing users to access all their entertainment content in one place. They house 3 HDMI ports and 2 USB terminals. The interior frame is elegantly crafted with a Switch Design pedestal that allows the stand width to be adjusted according to preference.

On purchase of EX750 65-inch, EX600 55-inch, and Ex600 49-inch models, you will get a new UA7 all-in-one sound system for free. 

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The LG G7 could use 2018’s most powerful chipset

Latest Tech News - 15 hours 6 min ago

As good as the LG G6 is there’s one area where it’s found lacking relative to its rivals. We’re talking, of course, about its Snapdragon 821 chipset, which was good for 2016 but a bit dated by 2017, when the G6 launched. There’s evidence that next year’s LG G7 will really have the power to compete though.

According to Aju Business Daily, the LG G7 will use the Snapdragon 845 – the chip which is likely to be the successor to the Snapdragon 835 found inside the likes of the HTC U11 and some versions of the Samsung Galaxy S8. The site claims that LG and Qualcomm (the makers of the chip) began collaborating early in May.

So far little is known about the Snapdragon 845, but apparently it will be 30% more powerful than the Snapdragon 835, so the LG G7 could be one of the most powerful phones around if it really does use the Snapdragon 845.

Not much news

Not much else is known about the G7 yet, which is no surprise since it’s likely almost a year away, though one early rumor suggests it will have an OLED screen.

And if you just can’t wait until spring 2018 for a new LG flagship – even one as powerful as the G7 is shaping up to be – there’s always the LG V30, which is likely to land in the next few months.

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Is Xiaomi Mi6 launching in India on 23 July?

Latest Tech News - 15 hours 12 min ago

Amid speculations about Xiaomi Mi6's Indian launch, Manu Kumar Jain's tweet bolstered the rumor that Mi6 may hit Indian shores soon. While praising the overwhelming success of Redmi Note 4, Redmi 4A, and Redmi 4, he also dropped a hint that a new product is in the pipeline that could go on sale on July 23. If Xiaomi Mi6 is what the company's VP is referring to, then it should delight Xiaomi India fans. Also, it will go neck to neck with the upcoming OnePlus 5. 

Here's what Manu Kumar Jain, Vice President, Xiaomi tweeted-

Since the beginning of 2017, Manu Kumar has been dropping many hints whenever a Xiaomi product is ready to hit Indian market. While the Redmi 4 series is already a hit in India, it seems the right time for the Mi6 has finally come. 

In a conversation with TechRadar India, Jai Mani, Product manager, Xiaomi India hinted that the company may bring the high-end variant of the Mi6 this time. He also said the company has learnt from the feedback received for Mi5, and it will mould the strategy for its next flagship killer in India. 

Lately, Xiaomi is concentrating on Indian market by launching products in quick succession, which is a great sign for the company as well as Indian fans. 

To recap, Mi 6 comes with a 5.15-inch IPS LCD Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) screen with a pixel density of 428ppi. The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 4 on the top.  Under to hood, it is powered by a 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core chipset with custom Kyro cores paired with Adreno 540 GPU. In the storage segment, it packs 6GB LPDDR4 RAM and 64/ 128GB internal storage. It runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box with Xiaomi's custom software layer MIUI on the top.  

On the camera front, Mi6 houses a dual-camera: a 12MP sensor with standard wide-angle lens and a 12MP sensor with a telephoto lens. The rear camera is assisted by a PDAF and dual-tone LED flash. 4-axis OIS which was first introduced on Mi5 makes its way back on to the Mi6's camera. It features an 8MP selfie snapper.

A non-removable 3350mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 4.0 fuels Mi6. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C, etc. A under-glass fingerprint sensor is encapsulated in the home button. Other sensors onboard include an accelerometer, gyro, proximity, and compass. 

The standard 6GB/ 64GB variant of Mi6 costs 2499 Yuan (Rs. 23,450 approx.). 6Gb/ 128 GB model is priced at  2899 Yuan (Rs. 27,180 approx.). The premium ceramic variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage will be selling for 2999 Yuan (Rs. 28,125 approx.). It is available in blue and gold color options.

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We may now know everything about the Moto Z2 Play

Latest Tech News - 15 hours 31 min ago

It doesn’t look like there are going to be any surprises when Motorola launches the Moto Z2 Play, as following several other leaks we’ve now got a full specs list accompanied by numerous images of the phone.

The shots, which appear to be official press renders, show the Z2 Play in white/gold, black/grey and white/silver, with a design that matches what we’ve seen before, including seemingly a metal build, a slim frame and a home button (with a built-in fingerprint scanner) below the screen.

According to WinFuture, which leaked the images, the Moto Z2 Play has a 5.5-inch 1080 x 1920 display, an octa-core Snapdragon 626 chipset clocked at up to 2.2GHz, 64GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot and a 12MP rear camera with a dual-LED flash and the ability to shoot video in 4K.

It also has a 5MP front-facing camera with a single-LED flash, a 3,000mAh battery, supports NFC and runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The source adds that it will support Moto Mods and is just 6.6mm thick – other than where the camera juts out.

Boxed up

And that’s not all. Separately, TecDuos has posted hands-on shots of the Moto Z2 Play and its retail box on Instagram, revealing that it has 4GB of RAM, a laser autofocus for its camera and fast charging.

All of which paints a picture of an upper mid-range phone, and given that we’re seeing press shots and retail boxes one which is probably about to launch. In fact, many of the press images have a date of June 8 on the screen, which could mean an announcement is only just over a week away.

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New website bug can crash Windows 7 and 8

Latest Tech News - 15 hours 48 min ago

Just as we're all recovering from the spread of WannaCry, another security problem shows up on the internet - in this case a special line of web code that can send Windows 7 and Windows 8 into a serious slowdown.

As Ars Technica reports, Russian security experts have shown how a rogue file call to the Windows Master File Table on an NTFS disk can soak up system resources and end up leaving your computer pretty much unusable, eventually leading to a crash.

All that it takes is a visit to a page showing an image coded in a certain way, and your woes begin. Your machine isn't actually hacked or exposed, but it's an annoying little bug that Microsoft will no doubt be scrambling to fix.

Turn it on and off again

Windows 7 and Windows 8 (and 8.1) are the OSes affected, along with Windows Vista which is no longer supported by Microsoft. If you're using any browser in Windows 10, or Google Chrome on any OS, you should be safe.

While the bug has been reported to Microsoft, we haven't heard any official acknowledgement of the problem or any timescale on when a fix might be pushed out through the usual channels.

As always, keep your browser and your operating system right up to date to minimize the risk of getting hit by these sort of issues. No one seems to have tried to use the trick yet out in the wild, but if you do notice problems, a simple reboot should fix it.

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This week’s best VPN deals: VyprVPN, IPVanish, KeepSolid VPN Unlimited

Latest Tech News - 17 hours 56 min ago

Protecting yourself online while using a full-fledged operating system such as Windows 10 or macOS can be a difficult and cumbersome task at times. This is why Microsoft recently announced Windows 10 S which prevents users from downloading new software from the web, locking the process of downloading and updating apps to the Windows Store.

However, for those who don’t want a lightweight or restricted operating system, and indeed those who need a better choice of software than the selection currently available in Microsoft’s store, a VPN can allow you to download new software and browse the web securely and privately.

Most VPN providers offer services globally and thus charge in US Dollars rather than local currencies, so we've listed pricing in Dollars for the sake of simplicity. Bear in mind that when you click through to the actual deals, you may find the prices automatically displayed in pounds, or whatever your native currency may be.

These are some of the best deals we found for browsing and downloading securely:

1. VyprVPN - From $60 per year

This VPN offers very fast performance as a result of its 700+ servers across more than 70 locations, with over 200,000 shared IP addresses available to users. VyprVPN also supports unlimited data usage and comes with a number of great additional features including an auto-connect option, a kill switch and increased security as a result of the company’s own Chameleon protocol (on the Premium plan) and VyprDNS. This service also offers a 3-day trial for new customers to give the VPN a test drive before making their final decision.

2. IPVanish - Only $62.28 for 12 months

IPVanish is a great choice for users looking to use torrents or download files as this service provides excellent download speeds and supports unlimited P2P traffic. This VPN also keeps zero logs on its customers download and browsing data to ensure that you have total privacy online. IPVanish has 700 servers across more than 60 locations with 40,000+ shared IP addresses available. The company offers a 7-day money-back guarantee in case you are unsatisfied with the service.

3. KeepSolid VPN Unlimited - $149.99 for a lifetime license

KeepSolid is competitively priced and offers support for up to five devices. This VPN includes a well-designed PC client that provides users with plenty of information on their service, for example displaying both their real and virtual IP addresses, and also plotting them on a map. KeepSolid has 1,200+ servers across 71 locations, and the firm offers a 7-day free trial so you can get a feel for the service, plus there’s a 7-day money-back guarantee if you do sign up and subsequently change your mind.

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Nintendo is reportedly ramping up Switch production in time for the holidays

Latest Tech News - 18 hours 58 min ago

Kudos to you if you've managed to get your hands on a Nintendo Switch since it launched in March, because demand has been high and supply has been short for the portable console so far. Now Nintendo is reportedly going to do something about it.

The gaming company has increased its order of Switch units for the coming months, the Financial Times reports, hoping to head off any supply problems that might arise around the holiday season. No one wants a disappointed kid at Christmas.

At the moment the Switch is selling out within hours of going on sale at most retailers. Nintendo itself has said the device is its fastest-selling console ever, and insiders are saying the aim is to get 18 million units out within the first year.

Here comes Mario

Another factor in all of this is the release of the Super Mario Odyssey game near the end of the year - it's a Switch exclusive and will be prompting a lot of gamers to shell out for their own console come Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Nintendo itself hasn't said anything one way or the other about ramping up production, but US exe Reggie Fils-Aime previously promised no supply issues for the console back in January. While it hasn't been impossible to get hold of a Switch since March, it hasn't been particularly easy either.

Meanwhile, as the FT reports, the high demand for Switch consoles is doing wonders for Nintendo's share price - a confidence that's further bolstered by Nintendo's plans to continue to cash in through mobile games for Android and iOS.

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Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro up for grab on Flipkart from today at just Rs. 7,990

Latest Tech News - 19 hours 32 min ago

Samsung launches Galaxy J3 pro on e-commerce platform Flipkart. The device will be put on sale starting from 29 May at a discounted price of Rs. 7,990. It will be available in three color options: Gold, Black, and White. The device comes pre-installed with ‘Make for India’ features such as Ultra Data Saving (UDS) mode and S bike mode. UDS helps consumers save up to 50% mobile data cost, while S bike mode encourages responsible riding.

“The Galaxy J3 Pro delivers powerful performance, outstanding display and also packs in consumer-centric features developed at our R&D centers in India. This launch will give Flipkart consumers the opportunity to buy ‘Galaxy J Series’ which is the largest selling range in India”

VP, Online Business, Samsung India

To recap, Galaxy J3 Pro rocks a 5.0-inch Super AMOLED (720 x 1280 pixels) display with a pixel density of 294 ppi. Under the hood, it is powered by a Spreadtrum 1.5 GHz Quad Core processor.

In terms of storage, it packs 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage with an option to expand the storage via microSD card upto 256GB. The device runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop with the company's customer software layer TouchWiz UI on the top. A removable 2600mAh battery fuels the device.

On the camera front, it houses an 8MP rear camera equipped with f/2.2 aperture, autofocus, HDR, and LED flash. On the front, it sports a 5MP camera with f/2.2 aperture. 

Connectivity options on Galaxy J3 Pro include 2G, 3G, dual-4G LTE, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/GLONASS, OTG support, microUSB port, etc. Sensors on board are Proximity and Accelerometer. 

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Asus' thinnest convertible laptop leads its Computex showcase

Latest Tech News - 19 hours 48 min ago

Asus has claimed it has created the world's thinnest convertible laptop with the ZenBook Flip S. 

Measuring in at 10.9mm thin and 1.1kg in weight, it trumps even the 12-inch MacBook as the smallest and lightest laptop. To create such a compact convertible, Asus constructed a new ergo lift hinge design that's made of steel alloy and only measures 3.9mm in thickness. This mechanism should also see users through opening and closing the notebook at least 20,000 times. 

Meanwhile, the body is made of aerospace-grade aluminum, and for cooling Asus has went with an ultrathin vapor-chamber cooling system.

Another core piece of the ZenBook Flip S is a 13.3-inch nano edge 4K UHD display that features ultrathin 6.11mm bezels.

With a touchscreen the ZenBook Flip S also fully supports the Windows Ink and works in tandem with the Asus Pen to offer 1,024 levels of precision, as well as reading 10 to 300 grams of force. Windows Hello is also fully supported with an integrated fingerprint sensor.

Modern Standby combined with Instant Resume features see the laptop waking up from sleep 3 times faster than other laptops. This is partially thanks to the ZenBook Flip S' speedy hardware that includes the latest Intel Core i7 CPUs with up to 1TB PCIe SSDs and 16GB of DDR3 RAM.

The Asus ZenBook Flip S starts at $1,099, however, the company has yet to say anything on availability.

Timelord science

Asus ZenBook 3 Deluxe, which the company calls most prestigious laptop in the world.

Measuring in at 12.9mm and weighing just 1.1kg, it's incredibly light and thin for a 14-inch laptop in a 13-inch notebook shell. This is made possible thanks to its chassis being made of aerospace-grade metal. 

The Asus ZenBook 3 Deluxe also sees the same nano-edge display that also uniquely features a 0.55mm thin sheet of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for the cover glass. 

Configurations go up to an Intel Core i7, 1TB PCIe SSD and 16GB of RAM. If you want more power the laptop also connects to Asus' external GPU solution, the XG Station 2.

In terms of inputs, it includes a glass covered touch pad and fully back-lit keyboard. The ZenBook 3 Deluxe also features quad-speakers with Harmon Kardon's Smart Amp technology to make it three-times louder than your average laptop.

Asus has set the starting price for the ZenBook 3 Deluxe at $1,199, but again, hasn't mentioned availability.

Move over MacBook Pro

Rounding out the trio of Ultrabook announcements was the Asus ZenBook Pro. It amps up the power with an Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti and Intel Core i7 H-series (read: quad-core) processors.

Over other ZenBooks, the Pro is further upgradable to a 1TB PCIe x4 SSD and 16GB DDR4 RAM.

Despite all this power the ZenBook Pro is also thin and light at just 18.9mm thick and 1.8kg in weight. The 15.6-inch nano-edge 4K display is no slouch either.

The Pro also features a 14 hour battery life thanks to a 73WHr battery and can charge up to 60% after 49 minutes. Quad-speakers also find their way to the Pro for a 2.5x louder sound and 1.6x wider frequency response.

The Asus ZenBook Pro starts at $1,299 with no word on availability.

Viva la VivoBook

Beyond its ZenBook announcements, Asus also brought out a new VivoBook S. It's a run-of-mill 15.6-inch laptop with a regular Intel Core i7, Nvidia GeForce 940MX, though, you can add some serious add-ons including an 2TB HDD plus a 512GB SSD and 16GB of RAM. 

It's all packed into an 17.9mm thick and 1.5kg aluminum chassis. Asus has also honed the screen-to-body ratio to 80% thanks to its 7.8mm bezels. This 15-incher starts at $499.

If you're looking for something that's a step up but not the ZenBook Pro, the Asus VivoBook Pro similarly features Intel Core i7 H-series CPUs, Nvidia GTX 1050 that's cooled with dual fans. Other specs include 16GB of RAM, Intel Optane Memory, 2TB HDD and 512GB SSD.

The cherry on top is a 4K UHD 15.6-inch display that renders 100% of the RGB color gamut. This last entry comes in at a starting price of $799.

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Here's what's new on Netflix Australia in June 2017

Latest Tech News - 20 hours 40 min ago

As the number of shows and movies available to stream in Australia continues to grow at an impressive rate, it can be tough to keep up with all the new additions to each streaming service each month.

We've all come to anticipate a new stable of Netflix Originals releases each month, but figuring out which shows they are and when exactly they become available isn't so easy. And what about the large number licensed shows and films that are made available to stream, if only for a limited time?

In an effort to keep you informed of the best shows and movies that are in the process of being added to Netflix, we'll be bringing you an updated list of what you can expect on the service on a monthly basis. 

Not only that, we'll also be singling out the biggest releases, as well as a number of quality TV shows and films which we believe deserve your time. 

Anyway, enough jabbering – here's what's new on Netflix in June 2017.

TV shows highlights for June, 2017

GLOW (Season 1): From the makers of Orange is the New Black comes GLOW, a fictionalised take on the real-life all-women professional wrestling league of the same name that existed during the '80s. Why's it called GLOW? It stands for Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, so expect a cast of strong ladies (including Community's Alison Brie) kicking butt while wearing outrageous spandex outfits. Release date: June 23, 2017.

Orange is the New Black (Season 5): Everyone's favourite group of incarcerated women is back with the fifth season of Orange is the New Black. Season four ended on quite a down note, with fan-favourite Lolly (Lori Petty) being dragged away to a psych ward. We she be back? We'll have to wait and see. Release date: June 9, 2017.

Fargo (Season 2): Picking up with an entirely new story, Fargo season 2 continues the anthology premise established in the first season with a whole new set of characters and a different time period. Beautician Peggy (Kirsten Dunst) is finds herself in a horrific predicament after accidentally running over a criminal (Kieran Culkin) and attempting to cover it up. We wouldn't dream of spoiling anything else from this twisted tale for you. Release date: June 16, 2017.

Movies highlights for June, 2017

Okja: From visionary Korean director Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host, Memories of Murder) comes Okja, a Netflix Original film that sees a young girl named Mija (An Seo Hyun) risk everything to protect her animal friend Okja – a huge, friendly hippo-like creature created by a multi-national company for food purposes. Also stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton and Paul Dano. Release date: June 28, 2017.

Suicide Squad: What do you do when the arrival of Superman ushers in a new age of super-powered threats to national security? If you're agent Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), you put together a team of expendable super villains including the likes of Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and bogan-extraordinaire Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) to do your dirty work for you. Release date: June 7, 2017.

Munich: One of Steven Spielberg's darkest films, Munich tells the story of a real-life operation that saw Israeli Mossad agents retaliate against the men they believed responsible for the massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympics which left the entire Israeli team dead. Stars Eric Bana and Daniel Craig. Release date: June 30, 2017.

The Last Samurai: Tom Cruise has made some pretty epic films throughout his career, and The Last Samurai may be the biggest of them all. Cruise plays a Civil War veteran who's hired to train a modernised Japanese military to destroy the last remaining samurai in Japan. Of course, he's captured during battle by said samurai and quickly becomes enamoured by their beliefs and way of life. Now, he must fight to defend the honour of the samurai he was once hired to kill. Release date: June 25, 2017.

Harry Potter 4-movie marathon: Rejoice, Potter fans! Netflix is adding Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire to its service on June 16, so get ready for a magical marathon! Release date: June 9, 2017.

...and the rest for June 2017

TV shows and stand-up

Flaked: Season 2 (2/6/2017)
My Only Love Song: Season 1 (9/6/2017)
You Me Her: Season 2 (15/6/2017)
The Ranch: Part 3 (16/6/2017)
El Chapo: Season 1 (16/6/2017)
Gypsy: Season 1 (30/6/2017)
Chelsea: Season 2 (streaming every Friday)
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments: Season 2B (June 6, 13, 20, 27)
Oh, Hello On Broadway (13/6/2017)
Marco Luque: Tamo Junto (15/6/2017)
Rory Scovel Tries Stand-Up For The First Time (20/6/2017)
Chris D'Elia: Man on Fire (27/6/2017)
World of Winx: Season 2 (16/6/2017)
Free Rein: Season 1 (23/6/2017)
Little Witch Academia: Season 1 (30/6/2017)
The Blacklist S4 Finale (5/6/2017)
Animal Kingdom (7, 14, 21, 28 June 2017)
The Originals: Season 3 (25/6/2017)
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series: Season 2 (1/6/2017)
Inspector Gadget: Season 2 (1/6/2017)

Movies and documentaries

Lucid Dream (2/6/2017)
Shimmer Lake (9/6/2017)
You Get Me (23/6/2017)
New Year's Eve (18/6/2017)
Disney's Pete's Dragon (20/6/2017)
Storks (21/6/2017)
The Magnificent Seven (28/6/2017)
Kardashian: The Man Who Saved OJ Simpson (1/6/2017)
What If (1/6/2017)
The Man in the Iron Mask (1/6/2017)
Of Mice and Men (1/6/2017)
Theatre of Life (1/6/2017)
Life in a Day (1/6/2017)
Catfight (1/6/2017)
Little Boxes (1/6/2017)
Saving Banksy (2/6/2017)
The Lovely Bones (2/6/2017)
The Flintstones (2/6/2017)
True Story (3/6/2017)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (4/6/2017)
Eye for an Eye (9/6/2017)
Gimme the Loot (15/6/2017)
Enemy at the Gates (16/6/2017)
Ninja Assassin (18/6/2017)
The Gift (21/6/2017)
Bokeh (22/6/2017)
Vanilla Sky (23/6/2017)
J. Edgar (25/6/2017)
A Hologram for the King (25/6/2017)
Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful (28/6/2017)
The Intervention (30/6/2017)

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Download of the day: RiskyPhone

Latest Tech News - Sun, 05/28/2017 - 14:00

The objective of free indie game RiskyPhone is simple – make your way to the station and catch your train before it leaves. Walk into one of your fellow pedestrians (crash test dummies marching blindly with fierce determination) and you’ll both be sent sprawling onto the pavement (or road, if you’re particularly clumsy).

Shaking hands with a car isn’t a good idea either – the world will tumble and turn black and, just in case you weren’t certain, you’ll be informed that yes, you are indeed dead.

That’s tricky enough, but it’s made even tougher by the need to concentrate on your smartphone as you roam the streets. Rather than something useful like Google Maps, your app of choice is a game that requires you to tap a button corresponding with the color displayed on the screen. To throw yet another spanner into the tool-clogged works, this word might be ‘purple’ written in blue, or ‘blue’ in yellow. Risky indeed.

Tap, swipe, crash

The navigation takes a while to get used to, using a variation on the usual keyboard and muse system. You move using the WASD keys, but instead of making your character turn, A and S make you strafe left and right, respectively. You can look around using the mouse, but this won’t affect your direction of travel. That awkwardness just adds to the slapstick fun, though – it’s reminiscent of the classic track and field game QWOP, in which each of the athlete’s limbs is controlled independently.

Your fellow pedestrians' indifference to traffic lights has exactly the outcome you'd expect

RiskyPhone also has a delightful synth-heavy soundtrack that matches the moody marching of its faceless inhabitants. You might never catch that train, but it’s brilliant fun.

To play the game, download and extract the ZIP archive, then run the file SmartPhone.exe.

Download here: RiskyPhone

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10 best Linux distros for privacy fiends and security buffs in 2017

Latest Tech News - Sun, 05/28/2017 - 11:22

The awesome operating system Linux is free and open source. As such, there are thousands of different ‘flavours’ available – and some types of Linux such as Ubuntu are generic and meant for many different uses. 

But security-conscious users will be pleased to know that there are also a number of Linux distributions (distros) specifically designed for privacy. They can help to keep your data safe through encryption and operating in a ‘Live’ mode where no data is written to your hard drive in use.

Other distros focus on penetration testing (pen-testing) – these come with tools actually used by hackers which you can use to test your network’s security. In this article, we’re going to highlight 10 of the best offerings when it comes to both privacy and security.

While definitely not for novice users, Qubes is one of the top privacy-conscious distros. The graphical installer must be used to install the OS to your hard drive, which will be encrypted.

Qubes OS uses the Xen Hypervisor to run a number of virtual machines, compartmentalising your life into ‘personal’, ‘work’, ‘internet’ and so on for the sake of security. This means if you accidentally download malware on your work machine for instance, your personal files won’t be compromised. 

The main desktop uses colour-coded windows to show different virtual machines, making it easy for you to tell them apart.

Tails (which stands for ‘The Amnesiac Incognito Live System’) is probably the most well-known privacy-focused distro. It can be run from a DVD in Live mode whereby it loads entirely into your system RAM and will leave no trace of its activity. The OS can also be used in ‘persistent’ mode where your settings can be stored on an encrypted USB stick.

All connections are routed through the anonymity network Tor, which conceals your location. The applications in Tails have also been carefully selected to enhance your privacy – for example, there’s the KeePassX password manager. Do note that vulnerabilities are constantly discovered with Tails so be sure to check for updates (as you should do with any OS, of course).

This lightweight pen-testing distro is based on Arch Linux. While relatively new, it contains over 1,600 different hacking tools, saving you the trouble of having to download what you need each time.

BlackArch can be run live from a USB stick or CD, or installed onto a computer or virtual machine. It can even be installed onto a Raspberry Pi to give you a portable pen-testing computer that you can carry anywhere.

The ‘anti-forensics’ category is particularly worth mentioning as it contains tools to scan your memory for passwords to encrypted devices. This helps protect your machine from a ‘cold boot’ attack.

Named after the Hindu goddess, Kali is one of the oldest and most well-known pen-testing distros. The Kali download page offers ISOs that are updated weekly, which can be run in live mode or installed to a drive. Kali will also happily run on ARM devices like the Raspberry Pi. 

Kali’s reputation is so formidable that its creators offer training through the Kali Linux Dojo. Lessons include customising your own Kali Linux ISO and learning the fundamentals of pen-testing. For those unable to attend the training, all educational resources from the classes are available on Kali’s website free of charge. 

This privacy-oriented operating system is based on Fedora Linux and can be run in Live mode or installed to your hard drive. Just as Tails OS routes all your connections through the Tor network to anonymise your connection, Ipredia routes all your network traffic through the anonymous I2P network.

Features include anonymous email, BitTorrent client, and the ability to browse eepsites (special domains with the extension .i2p). Unlike Tor, I2P doesn’t act as a gateway to the normal internet, so Ipredia cannot safely access regular websites. The advantage of only accessing eepsites is that your connection is truly untraceable.

Booting a Live operating system is a nuisance as you have to restart your machine, while installing it to a hard drive means there’s a risk of it being compromised. Whonix offers an elegant compromise by being designed to work as a virtual machine inside the free program Virtualbox

Whonix is split into two parts. The first ‘Gateway’ routes all connections to the Tor network for the second ‘Workstation’ part. This hugely reduces the chance of DNS leaks which can be used to monitor what websites you visit. 

As it runs in a virtual machine, Whonix is compatible with all operating systems that can run Virtualbox.

This intentionally misspelled distro is the successor to the awesome Ubuntu Privacy Remix. The OS contains no support for network hardware or internal hard drives, so all data is stored offline in RAM or on a USB stick. It can be run in Live mode, but when booting from a volume also allows you to store some of your settings in an encrypted ‘Cryptobox’. 

Another clever feature is that kernel modules can only be installed if they’ve been digitally signed by the Discreete Linux team. This prevents hackers from trying to sneak in malware. Note that this operating system is currently in the beta testing stage.

This pen-testing distro comes to us from the Italian team Frozenbox. Like Kali and BlackArch it categorises tools for easy access and even has a section for the ones you most commonly use.

Parrot is based on Debian but has much more colourful backgrounds and menus. As such, its hardware requirements are rather more than other pen-testing distros such as Kali. A minimum of 2GB of RAM is recommended.

For those with minimal resources, Parrot Cloud is a special version of the distro specifically designed to run on a server. It has no graphics but does contain a number of networking and forensic tools to allow you to run tests remotely. 

Subgraph OS is based on Debian Linux and is designed for ultra-tight security. The kernel has been hardened with a number of security enhancements, and Subgraph also creates virtual ‘sandboxes’ around risky applications like web browsers. As such any attacks against individual applications won’t compromise the entire system.

A specialised firewall also routes all outgoing connections through the anonymous Tor network. Each application has to be manually approved by you both to connect to the network, and to access other applications’ sandboxes.

The OS is designed to be installed to a hard drive. Encryption of your file system is mandatory meaning there’s no danger of writing unencrypted data anywhere. Subgraph is still in its testing phase so do not rely on it to protect any truly sensitive data (and as always, keep regular backups).

Our tenth offering is, rather aptly, TENS (Trusted End Node Security). Formerly known as LPS (Lightweight Portable Security), this Linux distro has been designed by none other than the US Air Force and is NSA approved [PDF].  

The public version of TENS is specifically designed to be run in Live mode, meaning that any malware is removed on shutdown. It includes a minimal set of applications but there is also a ‘Public Deluxe’ version which comes with Adobe Reader and LibreOffice. All versions include a customisable firewall, and it’s also worth noting that this operating system supports logging in via Smart Card.

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Here's more evidence Snapchat is getting into the drone business

Latest Tech News - Sun, 05/28/2017 - 10:18

Disappearing photos and videos might not always (or ever) be profitable, which is why representatives of Snapchat parent company Snap have spoken about spreading out into other areas - and one of those other areas could well be drones.

We first got word that a Snapchat drone could be on the cards back in March, when anonymous sources speaking to the New York Times said the company was busy working on its own drone, ready to capture photos and videos from the skies.

Now Buzzfeed reports that Snap has picked up Ctrl Me Robotics, a small LA-based drone manufacturer, for the relatively cheap price of $1 million. That should give the makers of Snapchat some extra expertise for their push into the drone market.

Snaps from the air

At this stage it's not clear if Snap would ever put its own drone on sale or just make software or attachments for other devices, but it now seems clear that the company's push into hardware is going to go way beyond Snapchat Spectacles.

We also don't know whether Ctrl Me Robotics ever got to the stage of making its own drones, but it was certainly working on custom products and software for other drones, enabling filmmakers to get the best possible shots from the air - and that definitely sounds like something Snap would be interested in.

We've no official comment from Snap yet, so the guessing game about where it's planning to go with its drone technology continues. As soon as something new is officially announced, no doubt Facebook will try to copy it.

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Download of the day: Synthesia

Latest Tech News - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 14:00

Fancy yourself the next Stevie Wonder or Rick Wakeman? No? Well, you should give Synthesia a go anyway. This brilliant little game works much like Guitar Hero, but for the piano, and is also a great tool if you're learning to play in real life.

To play, just select a song and Synthesia will highlight each key you need to hit to play it. There's a good selection of songs in the free game, with varying degrees of difficulty, and more are available if you decide to splash out on the premium version. 

Depending on how you've set the preferences, it will either pause until you've mashed the right one, or carry on without you and dock points at the end if you didn't keep up. You can play by tapping letters on your ordinary PC keyboard, or attach a MIDI keyboard if you're interested in learning to play properly (or you have one gathering dust in the garage).

Keyboard warriors

Synthesia lets you play with one hand or both, and there are specific options for practicing the melody (with the song pausing until you hit the right note), the rhythm (with the song moving on at a constant speed), or a full recital (one playthrough at full speed).

If you never progressed past a wonky performance of London's Burning at school, this is your chance to shine

At the end you're given a grade for your performance  - though sadly none of the applause and whoops you get in Guitar Hero, pianists presumably being above that sort of thing.

Download here: Synthesia 

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BA computer woes leave flights cancelled and passengers stranded

Latest Tech News - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 09:53

If you're trying to take off on a British Airways flight from London today then you might not be in the best of moods - a serious computer malfunction has left planes on the tarmac, with all flights from Gatwick and Heathrow cancelled until at least 6pm on Saturday May 27.

"We apologise for the current IT systems outage," the airline said via its Twitter page. "We are working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible." If BA provides any more updates, then we'll keep you in the loop on this page.

The BBC reports that the issue is affecting the BA website and its mobile apps, as well as the systems that keep flights running at the airport. Some staff have had to resort to using good old white boards to get information out to passengers.

Rescheduling and refunds

Whatever the problem is, it looks like it's knocked out BA's computer systems across the globe. A spokesperson for the airline told the BBC that it doesn't appear at this stage to be related to any kind of cyberattack.

Flights from other airlines are running in and out of Heathrow and Gatwick as normal for the time being, so if you're taking off for the bank holiday weekend or half term then your best bet is to check for updates straight from the company you've booked with.

BA says affected passengers will be offered a rescheduled flight or a refund, though judging by the amount of ire being shown on social media at the moment, that might not be enough. Details on the computer downtime are scarce at the moment, but when we hear more, we'll let you know.

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Google makes it easier to find your own stuff from the search box

Latest Tech News - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 09:00

Google has begun rolling out a new Personal tab on its search results page, so users can quickly switch to looking through their own stuff rather than the web at large: items from Gmail, Google Photos and other Google services are included.

The search capabilities aren't actually new - you've long been able to search through your private Google Photos and Gmail accounts from the Google search page, as long as you're logged in - but the new tab puts a clearer line between what's personal and what isn't.

For example, you could put "sydney" into Google and see the usual mix of results from Wikipedia and the Australian tourist board, then switch to the Personal tab to get photos you've taken in the city, or emails that mention it, or appointments mentioning Sydney from your Google Calendar.

Up close and personal

There's been no official announcement from Google yet but it seems the roll out has been relatively widespread, making us think this is more than a limited trial. Check under the More menu after searching on a phone or computer to see if you've got the feature.

As yet the Personal filter option doesn't seem to have made it to the official Google apps for Android and iOS, though it should do in due course. Obviously, none of your personal stuff can be seen by anyone else - you need to be logged in to view it.

The move might mean more users looking for their own stuff through Google, and allowing Google to serve up ads against it. The Personal tab also reinforces the way Google has evolved as a company, from indexing the web at large to trying to know as much as it possibly can about you.

Via 9to5Google

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Best drones 2017

Latest Tech News - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 07:30

Once the stuff of a madman's dreams, drones are now very much a reality – so much so that it's possible to own one of these flying technological wonders for a surprisingly small amount of cash. 

As the general public's appetite for these devices grows, so too does the sheer volume of options available. The drone market has exploded in the past few years, catering for everyone from those who simply want to fly something around the sky for fun to industry professionals who use them to capture 4K aerial video without the need for a helicopter.

Below you'll find a selection of drones which we consider to be the best ones available right now. We've included a wide range of price options as well, to cater for those shopping on a budget as well as luckier, deeper-pocketed individuals.

Before laying down your hard-earned cash for one of these drones, it's wise to investigate what kind of regulations exist in your particular region. Many countries require users of large drones to register them officially, so make sure you're in possession of the facts before taking to the skies to avoid any brushes with the law.

The DJI Inspire 1 may look like some kind of fearsome war-robot from the far future, but once you've gotten over its rather intimidating appearance it's all too easy to fall in love with this agile and feature-rich device. 

It comes with its own controller, which boasts amazing range (you'll need to supply a monitor via your smartphone or tablet's screen, though), and the camera – which is mounted on a gimbal for aiming – is upgradeable, so you don't need to worry about your investment becoming obsolete after a few months.

Performance in the air is nothing short of exemplary, even in quite windy conditions. The DJI Inspire 1 is also incredibly swift and – when twinned with that excellent controller – easy to manoeuvre. It's only shortcomings are its cost and the fact that the bundled battery only gives you around 15 to 20 minutes of flight time before it needs recharging.

Read the full review: DJI Inspire 1

A refinement of the already impressive DJI Phantom 3 Professional, the Phantom 4 brings with it a more sturdy construction, updated object-avoidance technology and – like so many of DJI's offerings – an excellent dedicated remote control which connects to an equally feature-rich smartphone app.

4K video recording is supported, and the gimbal design means you get rock-steady footage even when the drone is moving at speed and changing direction. The biggest downer – and you'll notice this is a common complaint with many commercial drones – is battery life, which is only around 15 to 20 minutes, depending on how hard you're pushing the drone.

While it's not quite in the same league as its Inspire 1 sibling, the Phantom 4 offers a similar degree of performance and functionality for a lower price, making it an excellent option for budding aerial photographers rather than experienced professionals.

Read the full review: DJI Phantom 4

The Bebop 2 is a mid-range offering which won't break the bank yet offers a surprising amount of features for the price. The camera utilises a fisheye lens, and stabilization software removes the need for a gimbal; combined with the intelligent construction of the chassis, which uses rubber dampeners to reduce vibration in-flight, this results in video footage that's refreshingly judder-free.

If you're feeling especially flush you can take the Bebop 2 to the next level by purchasing the optional flight controller and FPV headset. The former connects to your smartphone and offers proper flight controls, while the latter uses your phone's screen to present a first-person view of what the Bebop 2 is actually seeing. It's initially quite jarring to fly the device in this fashion, but after a while you'll wish all drones came with such an accessory.

On the downside, Parrot has locked away some of the Bebop 2's more interesting features, such as route planning and 'follow me' functionality, behind a paywall, which means the cost increases further if you want to use these. Battery life is also somewhat disappointing, so it may be worth investing in a spare power cell.

Read the full review: Parrot Bebop 2

The Mavic Pro is the smallest drone in DJI's lineup, and features folding arms so it can be stowed away in your bag. Don't let its diminutive size fool you though – this pint-sized flyer boasts the kind of performance that DJI's other drones are famous for.

The camera is mounted on a gimbal, which is unusual for drones of this size. It delivers fantastic results with both photos and video in good lighting, although the small size of the sensor means low-light shooting can sometimes be tricky. The Mavic Pro has a top speed of around 40mph, so it's no slouch in that department, and the battery is good for around 20 to 25 minutes of aerial action.

As is the case with other DJI drones, the Mavic Pro comes with a dedicated remote control that uses your phone's display to show you exactly what the device is seeing. Range is quoted as being over 4 miles, giving you the opportunity to capture some amazing stills and video without worrying about the connection dropping.

Read the hands-on review: DJI Mavic Pro

It's rare for a company to put the looks of its drone ahead of core functionality, but the Xiro Xplorer V certainly looks unique, especially when it's up in the air. This device really does look the business thanks to its sharp edges, LED lighting and fetching camo color scheme. All of this fits nearly into a specially designed backpack, which is an optional extra but comes highly recommended.

Like the Parrot Bebop 2, the Xiro Xplorer V uses a fisheye lens to grab wide shots and capture stable video footage. Sadly the implementation of this lens isn't as impressive as on Parrot's drone, and there's quite a bit of distortion towards the edges of the frame, especially during video recording.

That aside, the Xplorer V is recommended purchase, especially when you consider that it's priced a little lower than some of its rivals. Battery life is good as well, topping out at around 25 minutes per charge.

Read the full review: Xiro Xplorer V

This is the smallest drone featured in this list, and also one of the cheapest. Despite its humble status (and rather odd name) the Dobby is a surprisingly powerful and versatile piece of kit. Pitched by ZeroTech as a 'selfie drone', it's small enough to fit in your bag, which gives it an advantage over many drones, which are often too large to be carried around easily.

The small size of the Dobby means it gets battered around in strong winds, but on a good day its performance is impressive. It's controlled via a smartphone application and features such as orbital moves, object tracking and facial recognition are all included as standard, and are easy to execute. The drone's audio and visual sensors, fixed on its underside, mean you can perform palm take-offs and landings, and you can use it indoors.

For such a small drone it should come as no surprise to learn that stamina is perhaps the biggest sticking point with the Dobby – the battery lasts between five and 10 minutes, depending on variables such as wind speed and recording time. Photo and video quality are also a step down from some of the more expensive drones on this list.

Read the full review: ZeroTech Dobby

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