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Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 pre-order deal drops 10% off the price

Latest Tech News - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 23:34

Bose has a long history of making some of the best noise-cancelling headphones money can buy. What began with the wired Bose QuietComfort 25 was soon overshadowed by the popularity of the QuietComfort 35, now in its second iteration.

However, Bose isn't resting on its laurels just yet. The audio manufacturer recently announced the release of the newest device to join its superb noise-cancelling range and, from all accounts, the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 will outdo the QC35s in every way.

Although Bose touts the new cans for office use, especially noisy ones, there's one standout feature that will suit the regular commuter just as well. Where other noise-cancelling headphones eliminate ambient noise so you can focus on the music you're listening to, it doesn't do the same when you're on a phone call. The person on the other end of the line will hear all the noise that surrounds you.

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 changes that by applying active noise cancellation to both phones calls as well as music. This is achieved thanks to an array of eight microphones, six of which are for traditional noise cancellation while listening to tunes, while the other two (in conjunction with two of the traditional mics) work to focus your voice and eliminate ambient sound during phone calls.

There are 11 noise-cancellation levels on the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 as compared to three on the Bose QC35 II. However, all this comes at a hefty cost.

The new headphones are already available for purchase on Bose's website for a whopping $599.95 in black, with the Luxe Silver coming at a later (undisclosed) date. However, if you're really keen to be an early adopter of this great gizmo, then you can save when shopping on Amazon Australia.

Prime exclusive

The new headphones are currently up for pre-order at most major retailers, with the device shipping only on August 27. While it is full price at most stockists in Australia, Amazon Australia is currently offering 10% off the listed price of the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700.

You will, however, need to be a Prime member to take advantage of this discount.

Not yet a Prime member? Sign up now and immediately start reaping the benefits of this subscription, including free and expedited shipping, access to Prime Video and exclusive offers like this Bose deal.

If you are already a Prime member, just add the device to your cart, then proceed to checkout. You will initially see the listed price of $595 in your cart, but choose a delivery address and the 10% discount will be automatically applied, bringing the price down to a more affordable $535.50, saving you $59.50 on the preorder.

Prefer a gift card instead?

Amazon Australia isn't the only retailer sweetening the deal for those wanting to get themselves the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700.

Harvey Norman is also offering a preorder deal, but instead of a discount on the full price, the retailer is throwing in a bonus gift card worth $100 and free delivery to boot. This offer ends at 11:59pm AEST on August 28, but the gift card is valid for 36 months from date of issue.

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Details of Sonos' first portable Bluetooth speaker leaked in marketing images

Latest Tech News - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 21:11

We recently found out that Sonos had registered a new device with the FCC, and we even managed to get our first look at what could be the audio company’s first Bluetooth-enabled speaker via a single leaked image. At the time, though, all we knew was its model number (S17) and that it would boast a feature called Auto Trueplay.

A new leak over the weekend, however, has revealed a lot more about the new speaker, including its name. German publication WinFuture – which specializes in Microsoft leaks – has obtained several images of what will purportedly be called the Sonos Move. The images include marketing shots as well as close-ups of the product itself, giving us our first real look at the upcoming speaker, along with its rumored charging base.

A leaked marketing image showing the rumored Sonos Move

  • There’ll be plenty of brand new tech shown off at IFA 2019 as well and we’ll be there to cover all important reveals.
You gotta move it, move it

The charging base seems to be an optional method to keep the speaker juiced up, as it appears the device can be charged via USB-C while away from home. While on the charging base, the speaker can be set up for use on a Wi-Fi connection, and the toggle switch on the rear of the device will enable Bluetooth so it can be carried around via the recessed grip. 

Built-in LED lights will reportedly indicate battery levels and connection status.

Like Apple’s HomePod, Sonos’ new speaker was rumored to feature Auto Trueplay capabilities, which would allow the device to use its onboard microphones to automatically adjust the volume to suit the ambience. That may well be possible, thanks to the six microphones arrayed in a circle on the top plate of the speaker.

The microphone array on the top of the rumored Sonos Move

According to a report from The Verge, the Sonos Move – if that is indeed what the audio brand is calling its upcoming speaker – will ship with support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, as well as Apple’s AirPlay 2. 

However, the report suggests that, when in Bluetooth mode, voice commands won’t be available, and the Sonos app cannot be used to control the device. When connected to Wi-Fi, the speaker will appear on the Sonos app with the inclusion of a battery indicator.

Nothing else is known about the Sonos Move, but the company has a press event scheduled for August 26-27, so we won’t have to wait too long before the official word is out.

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There’s no official Switch exchange program, says Nintendo

Latest Tech News - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 15:34

A Nintendo spokesperson rebuffs reports that there’s an existing exchange program for new Nintendo Switch owners to swap their newly-purchased units in for the improved model that dropped early July.

A slew of reports emerged late last week indicating that the Kyoto-headquartered manufacturer has been letting users exchange Switch units purchased after July 17 for Version 2, as long as they cover shipping and shipping insurance costs. These reports came after the quiet release of the updated version of the Nintendo Switch, which now boasts a better battery life of up to 9 hours.

However, in a statement to The Verve, a spokesperson for the company says that they actually “do not have a Nintendo Switch exchange program.”

But, they are welcoming exchange requests

Still, all is not lost. While there is no official Switch exchange program, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get yours exchanged.

These reports of Nintendo allowing exchanges have been corroborated by many users who’ve had a similar experience, with one user saying they even made an exception for him though he ordered his on July 14th, as his delivery date was on the 19th. Additionally, Polygon got in touch with Nintendo’s customer service department and confirmed that they are indeed welcoming such exchange requests.

Even the Nintendo spokesperson’s statement to The Verve seems to hint at this unofficial exchange policy: “We always want players to enjoy their Nintendo Switch systems, and if anything ever gets in the way of that, we encourage them to visit http://support.nintendo.com for support, or to contact our consumer support team.”

Of course, notwithstanding the improved battery life, there’s no glaring difference between the previous version and the current one, according to one review. If up to three hours more of juice is something worth paying shipping costs for – not to mention, being on hold for a long time – it can’t hurt to call them up to see if you can get yours exchanged as well.

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Best budget smartphones in India 2019: phones under Rs 10,000

Latest Tech News - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 14:47

Budget smartphones are dime a dozen, but not all of them are made equal. Xiaomi has been ruling the roost when it comes to best budget smartphones in India, but its rivals like Samsung and the new kid on the block, Realme, are giving it a tough fight.

As a result, there are several great options when it comes to phones under Rs 10,000. In such a scenario, finding the best phone that suits your needs while still offering great value for money can be a bit of a task.

Worry not, though, if you want to know what are the best phones under Rs 10,000 in India, we are here with a few answers.

Combing a minimalist design with the traditional high-quality build that is expected from Samsung smartphones, the Galaxy M10 is the most affordable Galaxy smartphone to be launched recently in India. The waterdrop notch on the front further accentuates the Galaxy M10’s design while allowing Samsung to squeeze in more screen real estate.

While the camera performance is average and the Galaxy M10 may not be the most powerful smartphone in this segment, it should attract users who want a decent smartphone from a reliable brand.

The Redmi Note 7S replaces the Redmi Note 7 and offers 48MP camera under Rs 10,000. It features the same gradient glass back design, waterdrop notch and a bright high-quality display at the same time.

When you also consider the massive 4,000mAh battery and the updated MIUI skin, the Redmi Note 7S sounds like a very good proposition.

Xiaomi has a slew of options for users across several price ranges. The standard Redmi series slots in the sub-Rs 10,000 range, sometimes conflicting with the base Redmi Note phones and the entry-level Redmi A series.

Nevertheless, this offers another option for buyers looking for a smartphone under Rs 10,000. The Redmi 7 sports a gradient design and a waterdrop notch, which can be an enticing set of features at a starting price of Rs 7,499.

The smart design, coupled with a massive 4,000mAh battery and a price tag of Rs 7,499 make the Redmi 7 an unmissable option in this range.

The Realme 3 is a fabulous looking device, mostly thanks to the stunning blue and black gradient design on the back. While the bezels look a bit too thick on the front, the Realme 3 is a looker.

The camera experience is average, and some users may not take too well to ColorOS, but the Realme 3 is a noteworthy option nonetheless. The large battery coupled with a HD+ resolution display and a mid-range processor should give you a two-day battery life with normal usage.

Read our full review of the Realme 3

Just like its successor, the Honor 9 Lite features a great design, giving it a very premium look that belies the price.

The 18:9 aspect ratio display is vibrant and is reason enough to buy this phone. It also has a quad-camera setup, making it a good option for those who want a decent camera experience in this price range. There's no fast charge support, which could be a deal breaker for some, but at this price, there is little to complain about.

Read the full review: Honor 9 Lite review

Xiaomi offers great value for money with its hardware, but its MIUI skin has its share of critics. For such users, the company has a line-up of Android One smartphones that offer the stock Android experience coupled with the value for money factor that Xiaomi smartphones are known for.

The Mi A2 might seem a little old at this point, but if you are looking for that smooth, stock Android experience under Rs 10,000, the Mi A2 is what you need.

Samsung has been trying to reinvent itself in the budget segment for a while now, and the Galaxy M series is a good testament of the company's efforts. The Galaxy M20 offers a good balance between power, performance and battery life.

The Galaxy M20’s understated, minimalist design coupled with the waterdrop notch, a bright display and the massive battery help it get into this list. If you want a Samsung phone under Rs 10,000, the Galaxy M20 is a good option.

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Top budget smartphones with big batteries in India

Latest Tech News - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 14:24

Smartphones have come a long way from needing to be charged halfway through the day to lasting more than a day. Improvements in the battery charging technology that lets you charge your smartphone really fast are an added boon, too. However, nothing beats a smartphone that can last through a hectic day at work.

Quite a few phones that go all out with their features forget to back it up with a sizeable battery. Still, there are several options in the market that fall within the mid-range or budget segment and are powered by massive batteries.

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Launched on the back of the popular Zenfone Max Pro M1, the Max Pro M2 continues with the best bits about the M1 while bringing some improvements. The energy-efficient Snapdragon 660 chipset coupled with the 5,000mAh battery means that the phone should last more than a full day of normal usage without breaking a sweat.

While the battery life is great, the lack of fast charging means that the Zenfone Max Pro M2 takes nearly 3 hours to charge fully. That aside, it is a good option if battery life is your primary criterion.

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The Zenfone Max Pro M1 revived Asus’ fortunes in the budget segment. With this device, Asus has focused on basic things like the battery life, value for money and a decent display. The mid-range Snapdragon 636 chipset which is paired with a 5,000mAh battery means you can expect the device to last a long day of use without any issues.

The only issue is the camera performance, but if it’s not a deal-breaker for you, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 is still a good option.

Read our full review here

Vivo has upped its game in the budget and mid-range segments over the last few months in India. While a few other smartphones are aimed specifically at a slightly younger audience, Vivo has tried to offer a slightly more rounded package with the Z1 Pro.

The Z1 Pro is also one of the few smartphones in this price range to sport a punch hole notch. If you are looking for a smartphone that offers really long battery life, the Z1 Pro won't let you down with its massive 5,000mAh battery. The display, camera and the glossy design round off the remaining important aspects.

Samsung has been trying to reinvent itself in the budget segment for a while now, and the Galaxy M series is a good testament of the company's efforts. The Galaxy M20 offers a good balance between power, performance and battery life.

The Galaxy M20’s understated, minimalist design coupled with the waterdrop notch, a bright display and the massive battery help it get into this list. As far as budget smartphones with big batteries are concerned, the Galaxy M20 is right up there with the best ones.

You can read our full Samsung Galaxy M20 review here


Vivo is evolving. While it was known for its pricey smartphones that didn’t offer as much of a value for money as Xiaomi did, the company’s recent launches like the Z1 Pro and now the S1 mean that customers are in for a good time.

The Vivo S1 features a stunning gradient design on the back, giving it a rich, premium look. Aimed at the imaging enthusiasts, the Vivo S1 also includes an in-display fingerprint sensor that adds to its advantages. Topping it off is a massive battery that should last more than a day’s usage. This, coupled with fast charging should mean you can bid goodbye to battery life woes.


Samsung has been trying to reinvent itself in the budget segment for a while now, and the Galaxy M series is a good testament of the company's efforts. The Galaxy M30 offers a good balance between power, performance and battery life.

Add to it, Samsung's excellent Super AMOLED display, a massive battery that can last for a couple of days on a single charge and a wide-angle camera, you have a recipe for a great phone that has a competitive advantage over its competitors.

Read our review of the Samsung Galaxy M30


Xiaomi has dominated the budget and entry-level smartphone segments for a long time now. This is no different this year either - the launch of the Redmi Note 7 Pro changed the market dynamics yet again.

Apart from its imaging capabilities, the Redmi Note 7 Pro offers a great bang for your buck thanks to the great display, a well-balanced chipset and battery life that we've all grown to expect from Xiaomi's Redmi Note series.

Read our full review of the Redmi Note 7 Pro

The Redmi Note 7S replaces the Redmi Note 7 and offers 48MP camera under Rs 10,000. It features the same gradient glass back design, waterdrop notch and a bright high-quality display at the same time.

When you also consider the massive 4,000mAh battery and the updated MIUI skin, the Redmi Note 7S sounds like a very good proposition.

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Best phones under Rs 12,000 in India for August 2019

Latest Tech News - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 13:40

Thanks to the ever-increasing competition in the budget smartphone segment in India, Indian smartphone buyers have never had it this good, especially in the sub-Rs 15,000 segment. There are options from several companies if you’re looking for a good smartphone under Rs 15,000, but options under Rs 12,000 can be a little limited and confusing.

If you are looking for best phones under Rs 12,000 in India, we have prepared a list that is tailored for your needs.


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Want a budget smartphone that looks like a premium smartphone? The Honor 10 Lite should be on your list, then. Sporting a gradient glass back design and a waterdrop notch, the Honor 10 Lite punches much higher than its price tag would otherwise suggest.

The Honor 10 Lite offers some important upgrades in terms of power and cameras over the Honor 9 Lite. This coupled with a fabulous design and the aggressive starting price of Rs 10,999 make it a very noteworthy addition in this list.

Xiaomi offers great value for money with its hardware, but its MIUI skin has its share of critics. For such users, the company has a line up of Android One smartphones that offer the stock Android experience coupled with the value for money factor that Xiaomi smartphones are known for.

The Mi A2 might seem a little old at this point, but if you are looking for that smooth, stock Android experience under Rs 12,000, the Mi A2 is what you need.

Just like its successor, the Honor 9 Lite features a great design, giving it a very premium look that belies the price.

The 18:9 aspect ratio display is vibrant and is reason enough to buy this phone. It also has a quad-camera setup, making it a good option for those who want a decent camera experience in this price range. There's no fast charge support, which could be a deal breaker for some, but at this price, there is little to complain about.

Read the full review: Honor 9 Lite review

The Redmi Note 7S replaces the Redmi Note 7 and offers 48MP camera under Rs 10,000. It features the same gradient glass back design, waterdrop notch and a bright high-quality display at the same time.

When you also consider the massive 4,000mAh battery and the updated MIUI skin, the Redmi Note 7S sounds like a very good proposition.

Xiaomi has a slew of options for users across several price ranges. The standard Redmi series slots in the sub-Rs 10,000 range, sometimes conflicting with the base Redmi Note phones and the entry-level Redmi A series.

Nevertheless, this offers another option for buyers looking for a smartphone under Rs 12,000. The Redmi 7 sports a gradient design and a waterdrop notch, which can be an enticing set of features at a starting price of Rs 7,499.

The smart design, coupled with a massive 4,000mAh battery and a price tag of Rs 7,499 make the Redmi 7 an unmissable option in this range.

Samsung has been trying to reinvent itself in the budget segment for a while now, and the Galaxy M series is a good testament of the company's efforts. The Galaxy M20 offers a good balance between power, performance and battery life.

The Galaxy M20’s understated, minimalist design coupled with the waterdrop notch, a bright display and the massive battery help it get into this list. If you want a Samsung phone under Rs 12,000, the Galaxy M20 is a good option.

The Realme 3 is a fabulous looking device, mostly thanks to the stunning blue and black gradient design on the back. While the bezels look a bit too thick on the front, the Realme 3 is a looker.

The camera experience is average, and some users may not take too well to ColorOS, but the Realme 3 is a noteworthy option nonetheless. The large battery coupled with a HD+ resolution display and a mid-range processor should give you a two-day battery life with normal usage.

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Best HP laptops 2019: the top HP laptops we’ve seen and tested

Latest Tech News - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 13:24

Considering getting one of the best HP laptops on the market? Well, you’re in luck. Over the last few years, HP has been rebuilding their reputation for high-end laptops. And, they’ve since succeeded, with HP laptops going through their own renaissance, thanks to their line of Ultrabooks running on Windows 10.

In fact, HP’s rebranding has resulted in some of the most gorgeous laptops we’ve ever gotten our hands on, like the new HP Spectre x360 2019, for instance, with its gold trimming and high-resolution displays. The best HP laptops have evolved into gorgeous pieces of kit that focus on design flair, rather than cheapness, giving Mac users realistic options if they’re considering switching to Windows.

This resurgence has also brought about the popular ‘privacy filter’ – named Sure View – to prominence. What’s even better is that it doesn’t seem like HP is slowing down any time soon, with cool new products like the HP Envy Wood slated to hit the streets later in the year, so expect more to be added to this best HP laptops list this 2019.

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The HP Spectre x360’s 2019 refresh hasn’t stopped it from topping our list of the best HP laptops to buy right now, touting a smart redesign that takes its look and performance to a new level. This gorgeous gem-cut 13-inch will draw admiring looks at whatever coffee shop you work in, while the powerful hardware will handle anything you throw at it, including strategy games. It even has the 4K display option, if you’re willing to splurge. 

Read the full review: HP Spectre x360 2019

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The HP Spectre x360 15-inch is clearly dressed for success, from elegant gold trimming on a matte black finish to powerful innards that include an 8th-generation Intel chip, Nvidia GTX graphics and more than enough storage space most typical users will need. It’s undeniably one of the best HP laptops on the market, and you will be impressed by it the moment you behold that stunning 4K screen. If you’re looking to move to the Windows 10 environment, this is a fantastic alternative to MacBook Pros, but with a better gaming experience.

Read the full review: HP Spectre x360 15T (2019)

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While it doesn’t exactly redefine the PC like HP’s marketing claims, the HP Spectre Folio does enough right things to merit a place among the best HP laptops you can buy in 2019. Clad front to back in leather, this 2-in-1 laptop is intended for the luxury buyers, as evidenced by its lofty price tag. Unfortunately, it’s not the fastest laptop out there. However, the fanless chip on board has enough juice to get you through your day-to-day workload, as long as you’re not expecting to get any serious video editing done. This is more for the professional taking a device between meetings.

Read the full review: HP Spectre Folio 

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While the HP Chromebook 14 isn’t as powerful as other Chromebooks, this tiny laptop has a few aces up its sleeves, helping it secure a well-deserved spot among the best HP laptops. Those aces include striking a good balance between ample screen space and portability, as well as a surprisingly excellent keyboard and a decent trackpad. That’s without mentioning how vivid the display and how low its price tag is.

Read the full review: HP Chromebook 14

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We named the EliteBook x360 1040 G5 as the “apex predator of the business world” in our review because, well, it is. It boasts many excellent features in its handsome-looking chassis, as well as plenty of ports to go around, including a port that works wonders and impressively audio. Simply, this HP laptop is an ideal match for the professional who demands seamlessness and power at work. It’s not the perfect machine, but it’s got plenty of features that make up for its flaws, making it among the best HP laptops on the market.

Read the full review: HP EliteBook x360 1040

Don’t judge this budget gaming laptop by its cover. It’s conservative design and poor quality chassis aside, the HP Omen 17 is one incredible gaming machine packed with excellent features. With its G-Sync display, solid speakers, and 4K gaming (if you’re ok with lower frame rates), this is one of the best HP laptops for gaming. Best of all, it offers great value at an affordable price. So if you don’t have the funds to splurge on a premium gaming laptop, you know you’ve got an option in this one.

Read the full review: HP Omen 17

Thanks to its sleek, 13-inch design, this 2-in-1 is slimmer that you would have expected, which works in your favor when using it in tablet mode. There are other compelling reasons why the HP Envy x360 (2019) is worth considering when you’re in the market for o. If you are interested in the latest AMD innards, this is a great choice. This HP beauty also offers a premium build, boasts 9 hours of video playback and delivers a performance that will get you through most of your schoolwork and project, at a very affordable price.

Read the full review: HP Envy x360 (2019)

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If you’ve been watching the laptop market as long as we have, you’ll have noticed that the best gaming laptops kind of get a bad rap, thanks to their lack of mobility. However, HP has addressed this issue by packing plenty of new features that gaming laptops tend to lack. First, you can overclock the Omen X, which just means free performance – which will keep it at the top of the stack longer than competitors. For gamers, the HP Omen X is a no-brainer.

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HP’s flagship Spectre line of Ultrabooks and 2-in-1s might get all the hype, but the manufacturer has a long-running tradition of crafting some of the best business laptops. The HP Elitebook is an excellent example, packing in powerful Ryzen processors, plenty of memory and speedy SSDs beneath a svelte all-metal chassis. It is a tad pricey, but if you’re looking for an office laptop, with all the requirements that business-grade products require, this is the best HP laptop for you.

Read the full review: HP Elitebook 745 G5

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The HP Spectre 13 is arguably one of the most gorgeous laptops we’ve ever seen or used. The ceramic white finish is beautifully complemented by a two-prong hinge design that’s extremely appealing as well as utilitarian. The Spectre 13 goes even further by packing some serious horsepower. It leverages the power of 8th-generation Intel Kaby Lake Refresh processors to outmatch the competition. It’s been discontinued on the HP site, but the HP Spectre 13 is still one of the best HP laptops this year. Search for it, as third-party retailers still sell it.

Read the full review: HP Spectre 13 

Bill Thomas and Michelle Rae Uy has also contributed to this article

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Huawei P40: what we want to see

Latest Tech News - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 11:30

While we're still waiting for a firm Huawei P40 release date leak, we're excited for the upcoming smartphone – the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro came out in March 2019 after all, and we already know how the Chinese firm can improve with their successors.

That’s not to say the P30 and P30 Pro are bad phones, far from it – the latter currently tops our best camera phones list, and we gave them both near-perfect scores. 

We’ve taken them for intensive camera tests and described how they got us excited to take pictures with our phones, so we’re definitely fans.

Smartphones are a competitive industry, and with near-constant flow of new phone launches bringing with newer upgrades, the Huawei P40 and Huawei P40 Pro will need to arrive with significant upgrades to be relevant. 

The Google Pixel 4, iPhone 11, and Huawei Mate 30 are set to launch before the end of 2019, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 has already been announced, so there's plenty for the P40 and P40 Pro to build from in 2020.

We’ve listed what we want to see in the Huawei P40 below, as well as what we already know or have heard rumored. We'll be constantly updating this article with all the latest Huawei P40 leaks and rumors as they happen, to bring you the best idea of what to expect ahead of the handset's official launch.

Cut to the chase
  • What is it? The latest in Huawei's P range of smartphones
  • When is it out? Likely in the first few months of 2020
  • What will it cost? Probably a tiny bit more than the P30 series

Huawei P40 release date and price

A launch is still likely months away, and we don’t have a firm Huawei P40 release date from any rumors or leaks just yet, but we can offer up a prediction based on the company's previous event activity. 

The P30 and P30 Pro were unveiled in Paris in March 2019, and the P20 and P20 Pro launch event look place in March 2018. So, our early Huawei P40 launch date prediction is March 2020. Shocker, right?

It makes sense too, as Huawei likes to separate its phone launches from other big tech events. It had previously launched new P series handsets at MWC in Barcelona at the end of February, but that's a show which features a huge number of launches and it gets more exposure by delaying by a couple of weeks and holding its own event in March.

The Huawei P40 price is a more interesting conversation. At launch the Huawei P30 cost £699 / AU$1,099 (roughly $910), and the P30 Pro started at £899 (AU$1,599, around $1,140), which were both pricier than the previous year’s entries.

We’re expecting that trend to be followed in 2020 if the phones are as much of a tech upgrade as we’re hoping, so you could see the Huawei P40 and P40 Pro inch closer towards premium phones.

One thing we’re not expecting though? For the Huawei P40 to be available in the US, as previous Huawei phones haven’t been.

What we want to see 1. A new camera lens

When the Huawei P30 Pro came out with four lenses, it was one of the first smartphones to do so, and even the P30’s three were impressive.

But now more affordable smartphones have four cameras, like the Honor 20, so one way for Huawei to continue its photography dominance, and distinguish itself from the competition, would be to add yet another lens.

Our top choice for this extra lens would be a Motorola One Action-style 'Action Cam' for recording video, as video-specific cameras are things we haven’t seen too much in cameras. 

An anamorphic lens would also be great for recording video, as that type of lens is used by professional film-makers as it letterboxes the footage and captures lens flare, with other perks too.

2. Wireless charging

This is something we ask for in every new phone, as it’s a feature that’s becoming bigger over time, but wireless charging on the Huawei P40 would be a really useful feature that would fit its premium status.

We’re hopeful this feature will be added – the Huawei P30 Pro had wireless charging, as did the Mate 20 Pro, so it’s probably on a matter of time before Huawei brings the feature to its non-pro phones. 

The P30 Pro

3. Improved display technology

If we were to sum up the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro displays, it’d be ‘good not great’ – the OLED are HDR10, which is fine for viewing content, but nothing on competitors with QuadHD or even 4K displays.

Huawei is always trying to be competitive in the camera department, and to view increasingly amazing pictures you’re going to need better and better displays, so it would make sense for Huawei to update its range. 

Perhaps by fitting the Huawei P40 with AMOLED tech in the screen, with QuadHD or even 4K, Huawei could stay ahead of the competition.

4. Keep the notch

We’d like the Huawei P40 to keep the notch of the P30. This is something of a controversial stance, so stay with us here – but we don’t want Huawei to follow the trend of increasingly bizarre and gimmicky notch alternatives.

The reason for this is that, currently, there are no better solutions to the front-facing camera problem. Punch-hole cut-outs take up as much, if not more space, and pop-up cameras are a gimmick that can be an inconvenience when done well, and very annoying when not.

It’d be good if Huawei could shrink the P30 Pro’s notch, which is rather thick, but the P30’s is slim and inoffensive compared to that of many other phones. Better to imitate this than try something different, that ends up backfiring.

5. A redesigned user interface

This is going to be less of a controversial opinion – we’d like Huawei to redesign EMUI, its own-brand user interface, in time for the Huawei P40.

EMUI

Currently, EMUI is arguably rather bright (some would call it garish), and it comes with quite a bit of bloatware that you’ll find yourself uninstalling straight away. Chinese phone manufacturers frequently have UIs that are popular in China, but not as much elsewhere, and EMUI is a prime example.

If Huawei could dust up this UI for the Huawei P40 (which may be a simple task if the phone runs on Harmony OS), it’d certainly be much more pleasant to use.

6. Even further camera zoom distance

One of the most impressive Huawei P30 features was the digital and optical zoom available on the camera, but we’d like to be wowed again if the Huawei P40 zoom saw an upgrade.

The Huawei P30 allowed for 3x optical zoom and 30x digital, and the P30 Pro saw up to 5x optical and 50x digital – that’s pretty impressive sight. But now that smartphones like the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom support a crazy 60x zoom (despite the name), Huawei is going to have to pull out the big guns to keep competitive.

Perhaps we could see an improved telephoto lens in the P40 and P40 Pro, as well as a better megapixel count so that digital zoom creates less grainy results.

7. Dual-lens front camera

Huawei’s smartphones are noted for their rear camera arrays, but we’d like to see the Huawei P40 cameras on the front to also allow for competition-crushing pictures, and the best way for Huawei to achieve this would be by having multiple front-facing cameras.

We’ve already seen this done in phones like the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, which has two cameras on the front which ‘see’ depth in order to add appropriate ‘bokeh’ background blur. If there was something similar in Huawei’s upcoming phones, even just the Huawei P40 Pro, it’d give the device a competitive edge.

8. Increased IP protection rating

While the Huawei P30 Pro had IP68 protection, making it pretty much accident-proof (it means it’s dust resistant, and can be submerged up to 2 metres for half an hour), the P30 was had only an IP53 rating, so it was dust and splash protected, but if you dunk it in the bath along with your P30 Pro, it’s not turning on afterwards.

We’d like the Huawei P40 to have resistance to match its P40 Pro counterpart – we don’t like having to worry about the safety of our smartphone at all times, and if the P40 could match the P30 Pro’s protection, it’d help us sleep safe and sound at night (and by bodies of water).

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Sonos IKEA Symfonisk lamp speaker vs bookshelf speaker: which is best for you?

Latest Tech News - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 10:00

What if your bedside lamp could send you to sleep with a lullaby? Or if your bookshelf played relaxing tunes as you leafed through a dog-eared copy of your favorite book?

Enter the Sonos IKEA Symfonisk lamp speaker and bookshelf speaker, which do just that, combining practical home furnishings with Sonos’ audio expertise.

Many were skeptical when Swedish furniture retailer IKEA announced that it would be teaming up with the acclaimed audio brand Sonos – but both speakers scored an impressive four out of five stars in our recent reviews.

So, which of these unconventional wireless speakers would suit your home best? We take a look at the pros and cons of the lamp speaker and the bookshelf speaker to help make your decision easier. 

The Symfonisk lamp speaker

Symfonisk lamp speaker vs bookshelf speaker: price and availability

In true IKEA fashion, neither of these speakers are particularly expensive; the cheapest of the two is the bookshelf speaker, which costs $99 / £99 / AU$149, while the lamp speaker will set you back  $179 / £150 / AU$269.

That means the lamp speaker is closer price-wise to the Sonos One, which you can currently pick up for around $200 / £200 / AU$280 – and sometimes less, if you bag yourself a good deal. 

So, if sticking to a budget is your biggest concern, you may want to opt for the bookshelf speaker, but neither is going to rinse your bank account. 

The Symfonisk bookshelf speaker

Symfonisk lamp speaker vs bookshelf speaker: design

Let’s start with the Symfonisk lamp speaker, which, unsurprisingly, looks like a lamp – although instead of a traditional base, the base is essentially a speaker, encased in a white wraparound grille.

If you’ve had traumatic experiences with IKEA flat-pack furniture in the past, have no fear: you simply have to screw in a bulb, put the lampshade in place, and plug in the figure-of-eight power lead, and you’re ready to go. 

While the Symfonisk lamp speaker doesn’t sport the slimmest build, it blends nicely into the home. In terms of connections, you’ll only find an ethernet port – both speakers can connect to your home network via Wi-Fi, but you may find a wired connection to be stronger and more reliable. Otherwise, the unit sports an on/off switch, and play/pause and volume controls. 

The Symfonisk bookshelf speaker blends equally well into your home decor. It can be wall-mounted as a bookshelf that can hold up to 3kg of books or ornaments, or you can place it horizontally or vertically on any suitable surface.

Coming in white or black, the brick-shaped bookshelf speaker has a fabric grille on its front, with play/pause and volume controls. As with the Symfonisk lamp speaker, the only connectivity options you’ll find are a power lead and wired ethernet port. 

The Symfonisk lamp speaker

Symfonisk lamp speaker vs bookshelf speaker: features

The Symfonisk lamp speaker and bookshelf speaker share many of the same features – and these wireless speakers are more than just basic IKEA products with a few drivers supplied by its audio partner. 

Instead, they're fully-fledged members of the Sonos ecosystem, and as such can link to any other Sonos component you have on your home network; you could also pair two of the Symfonisk speakers for stereo sound, or even pair one with Sonos’ existing home cinema devices, like the Sonos Beam, Sonos Playbar, Sonos Playbase, or Sonos Amp

This means you can even use the speakers as rear channels in a 5.0 or 5.1 surround sound system – pretty cool for a lamp and a bookshelf.

As Sonos products, both Symfonisk speakers eschew Bluetooth connectivity in favor of a home internet connection, via Apple AirPlay 2 or Spotify Connect. 

The obvious difference between the two speakers is that the lamp speaker also functions as lighting for your home; what’s cool about this is that you could choose to fit it with a smart bulb, like the Philips Hue.

So, if you want to embrace the smart home, the Symfonisk lamp speaker allows you to do this more thoroughly than the bookshelf speaker. 

The Symfonisk bookshelf speaker

Symfonisk lamp speaker vs bookshelf speaker: sound performance

Whether you’re using the lamp speaker or the bookshelf speaker, it’ll only take a few moments to connect them through the Sonos app, where you’ll also find various means of tuning the Symfonisk for optimal sonic performance. 

One example is TruePlay, which uses the microphone built into your smartphone or tablet to scan the shape of the room you're in and amend the EQ settings accordingly.

The app also features a simple two-band equalizer that lets you fine-tune the bass and treble response. We found that both speakers benefitted from a little reduction in the bass, with Sonos’ Loudness feature left on to add some focus and punch. 

Both the Symfonisk lamp and bookshelf speakers offer a full-bodied soundstage and a lively, enjoyable presentation; however, the lamp speaker fares slightly better in terms of accuracy and width. 

That’s partly due to the circular wraparound grille utilized by the lamp speaker – this design allows its soundstage to open up more than that of the rectangular bookshelf speaker, for a more immersive listening experience. 

That’s not to say the bookshelf speaker sounds bad; in fact, its audio performance is better than you might expect. Bold, focused and full-bodied, the Symfonisk bookshelf speaker certainly isn't shy about throwing music into the room.

Neither speaker offers the detail and precision of the Sonos One, but it's important to remember that they both offer dual functions, and also that they're cheaper than Sonos’ flagship wireless speaker.

The Symfonisk lamp speaker

Takeaway

Which Symfonisk speaker you should buy isn’t a particularly taxing decision: if you want a lamp, go for the lamp speaker, and if you could use a bookshelf, or just want a speaker that you can place on a bookshelf or similar, go for the bookshelf speaker.

If both appeal equally, it’s worth noting that the bookshelf speaker is significantly cheaper, and offers many of the same features as the lamp speaker; both are fully-fledged members of the Sonos ecosystem, and could therefore be paired with each other, or with other speakers to great effect. 

The lamp speaker is the better-sounding of the two, by a small margin, with its wraparound grille providing a wider soundstage than the bookshelf speaker. 

Whichever speaker you go for, you won’t be buying into a mere interior design gimmick: as well as making attractive focal points in your living room, the Symfonisk speakers are very capable audio devices in their own right.

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The Apple Watch 5 tipped to come in ceramic and titanium versions

Latest Tech News - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 09:30

You wait all year for some decent Apple Watch Series 5 rumors and then two come along at once: we only just heard that the fifth-generation wearable might launch in September and now there's news of some different casing materials getting added this year.

Brazilian site iHelp BR spotted graphics hidden in the beta code of watchOS 6 that point to ceramic and titanium casings – quite possibly for the Apple Watch 5 but maybe as new options, alongside stainless steel, for the Apple Watch 4.

Apple has offered ceramic smartwatches in the past, but the option was removed on the Series 4. There's never been a titanium Apple Watch though, so that's completely new.

We did hear rumors about a ceramic model for the Series 5 wearable back in February, from noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. It's possible that both the Series 5 and the Series 4 (which presumably will stay on sale) are going to get the new editions.

Watch and wait

Only yesterday we reported that Ming-Chi Kuo is expecting a new Apple Watch 5 in the second half of 2019. That would fit in with the launch schedule of previous models, but we haven't heard much in the way of rumors or speculation about a new edition for 2019.

It's possible that Apple is going to unveil the Apple Watch 5 alongside the new iPhones for 2019, at an event which is being tipped to happen in the second week of September, though that's not official yet.

Further digging by iHelp BR found references to both 40mm and 44mm size smartwatches, so whether these titanium and ceramic labels apply to Series 4 or Series 5 devices, they'll have the same chassis size as the existing Apple smartwatches.

If we are getting a new Apple Watch 5 next month then it's not clear exactly what features and improvements it's going to bring along with it, though watchOS 6 offers some clues – it gives the Apple Watch its own App Store portal, for example.

Via 9to5Mac

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Best single player PC games 2019: the top PC games for playing solo

Latest Tech News - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 08:00

Welcome to our pick of the best single player PC games in 2019. Single player PC games exhibit gaming at its finest. 

Throw around all the numbers you want about the popularity of Fortnite, or how League of Legends fills out arenas all over the world, but a well-crafted solo experience has the unparalleled ability to sweep you away to meticulously crafted worlds and immerse you in unique forms of storytelling.

Even in the last few years, the best single player PC games have conquered new narrative and technical frontiers, which is why we’ve decided to round up 10 of the best single player PC games that you can play right now in 2019.

Make sure you check out our picks of the best PC games as well, for the very best single and multiplayer PC games from a wide range of genres.

1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 

Four years on from release, millions of gamers continue their solemn journeys across the war-ravaged low-fantasy world of The Witcher 3. It remains a high watermark of videogame storytelling; everything from side-quests with lowly peasants to the political tinkerings of lords and barons seems to get the same degree of love and attention from the writers.

It’s the game that made surly, concrete-voiced hero Geralt of Rivia a gaming icon (and soon to be star of a Witcher Netflix show). The world is not just sensational in terms of topographical scale and variety, but also in its sense of history and life, as it seems that every village, castle ruin and cave has a story to tell. 

The fact that The Witcher 3 remains as impressive an experience today as it was when it first came out is testament to its pioneering role in the medium.

2. Doom

There’s something audaciously old-school about a game that does away with meaningful plot in favor of vicious, driving violence. In 2016’s Doom you’re somewhere between a human battering ram and artillery cannon, tearing apart and decimating a familiar but vibrantly redesigned army of demons in the most satisfying ways imaginable.

A key conceit is that in order to gain health and ammo, you need to charge headlong into the enemy and pull off brutal Glory Kills, forcing you to always be right up in the faces of shrieking Revenants and obese Cacodemon heads. 

Everything in the game – from that forward momentum to the clanging tech-metal soundtrack – propels you, leaving you breathless after each fracas like no other game...

… except maybe for the upcoming sequel.

3. Resident Evil 2: REMake

A remake of one of the great survival horror games can be a poison chalice, but Capcom managed to create a magnum opus both within the series and among all videogame remakes.

Like the original, RE2 REMake has two overlapping campaigns as Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield. While it follows the narrative beats of the original game, it’s also an exemplar of modern level design, as you solve puzzles and open up shortcuts around the mazey Raccoon City Police Department. 

Each zombie is a bullet sponge and mortal threat, resources are limited, and an infallible blue man dressed like a hard-boiled detective marches after you through much of the game. Remake or not, this is one of the best horror game ever made.

4. Celeste

The makers of Towerfall, one of the greatest couch multiplayer games around, took some of that game’s best mechanics and converted them into a triumphant 2D platformer about climbing a mountain. 

The core mechanic is the ability to dash in eight directions, but as you progress you’ll find yourself encountering an ever-growing trickle of new obstacles and challenges. Eventually, Celeste amounts to a tough old time.

Many levels can be played through in different iterations, and all that finger-cramping platforming is enveloped by a touching story about friendship and tribulation. Celeste feels as important and seismic for the modern 2D platformer as Super Meat Boy was when it came out nearly a decade ago.

5. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey 

Taking a year out in 2016 to rethink the Assassin’s Creed series was a wise move by Ubisoft, and with Odyssey that decision really paid off. Looking to RPGs for inspiration, it’s an unthinkably large open-world adventure set in the arid azure idyll of the Hellenic peninsula.

It’s not just the scenery and gloriously recreated Greek architecture that makes Odyssey such a joy, it’s in the way Alexios and Kassandra’s story weaves through history and myth, and in how it refines certain systems - like ship-sailing and level-based enemies - from previous games.

Some will balk that it’s no longer the cloak-and-dagger assassin game the series is known for, but the reality is that it’s now become so much more.

6. Total War: Warhammer 2

When the Total War series stagnated with Rome 2, for its next project Creative Assembly took on one of the most inspired possible fusions of videogame genre and IP: epic-scale strategy and Warhammer.

Total War: Warhammer 2 embraces the asymmetry of its source material, with each faction offering a unique tactical and narrative experience. If you also own Total War: Warhammer 1, all the major factions of the vibrant grimdark world are represented in the sequel. 

Skaven lurk in city ruins and skurry through an underworld, Vampire Coast pirates embark on treasure hunts, and Dwarves hunker down behind heavy armour, ready to repel any infantry charge.

Each campaign lasts dozens of hours, offering endless clashes between the most well-crafted, inventive armies seen in a strategy game.

7. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Sekiro is a tense, tough, and visually striking samurai game set in a mythologised feudal Japan, and it's one of the best single player PC games you can buy.

If you’ve played Dark Souls or Bloodborne, you’ll know what to expect, and know already whether its unforgiving style is for you. Some see the punishing combat as sadistic, others see it as a high-challenge, high-reward experience with no equal. Whichever way you lean, you can’t question the precision of Sekiro’s mechanics.

Where Sekiro differs from its spiritual predecessors is that it’s less obtuse, with a linear, coherent narrative and an inclusion of more mainstream action-game elements. 

You leap around vertically-oriented levels in search of shortcuts and secrets, while combat is about finding the right angle and timing for that precious killing katana blow. It’s never easy to land, but once you start doing so regularly, you begin to understand what all that suffering is for.

8. What Remains of Edith Finch

A complete change of pace from the big-money behemoths that populate this best single player PC games list, Edith Finch is so poignant and beautifully crafted that it will touch the souls of even the most stubborn walking-simulator naysayers.

As the titular character, you wander around her vast, recently abandoned family home set on a haunting, crepuscular island in Washington State. You explore the richly detailed house, entering the still-furnished rooms of each family member where you get swept up in dreamy, surreal vignettes showing how they died.

It’s a meditative game about piecing together the story of a family that seems to be afflicted by an implacable curse.

Edith Finch is the kind of thematically heavy, highly curated experience that doesn’t seem to be quite done justice by the word ‘videogame’.

9. Hollow Knight

Of all the genres to have re-emerged since the indie revolution nine-odd years ago, the Metroidvania has been the biggest benefactor. The kinds of games that have come out haven’t just been throwbacks to the good old days of the 90s, but profound evolutions in their own right.

Hollow Knight feels like the zenith of the last several years of Metroidvania design, and it's earned its place in this list of the best single player PC games. You explore an enchantingly forlorn subterranean kingdom as the titular knight, incrementally gaining abilities that let you descend deeper into the world.

It’s both brooding and cute, magical and challenging, shaped by thoughtful touches like the fact that Hollow Knight physically pulls out a map whenever you look at the map screen. 

10.  Dishonored 2 

One of the tragedies of single-player gaming is that the immersive sim – descended from cerebral first-person games like System Shock, Thief and Deus Ex – has rarely been a big seller. So the future of masterpieces like Arkane’s Dishonored always seems tenuous.

Dishonored 2 casts you as a preternaturally gifted assassin on a revenge mission in the sun-kissed steampunk city of Karnaca. Each sizeable area lets you explore apartments, shops and cluttered rooms from all angles before swooping in on your objectives.

It’s both visceral in its black-magic-and-blades combat, and ingenious in its level design, with the ever-shifting Clockwork Mansion and the time-travelling Crack in the Slab offering some of the most memorable gameplay sequences you’re likely to play.

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Will your next phone use dark mode by default?

Latest Tech News - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 07:00

We’re entering a new dark age. Developers are falling over themselves to develop dark versions of their apps in preparation for the imminent release of Android Q and iOS 13, with their system-wide dark modes.

This will apply not only to your phone’s interface – apps will also be switched to dark mode when you activate the option. In Android Q, any apps without a specially reated dark version will be ‘forced’ when dark mode is activated, which will adjust the interface colors automatically and potentially spoil the designer’s carefully crafted user experience.

Currently, Android features an interface-only dark mode, which can be activated manually or triggered automatically based on the color of the user’s chosen wallpaper. It might seem like a purely aesthetic choice, but there are also practical reasons for turning down the brightness.

One of the biggest of these is power-saving. Google’s own research revealed that darker interfaces are far less of a drain on system resources, and allow users to go longer between charges.

It’s also been suggested that bright lights from screens (particularly phones, which we often use in bed) can stop us getting a good night’s sleep.  Although blue light is often cited as a particular concern, some professionals, including  John O’Hagan of Public Health England’s centre for radiation, chemical and environmental hazards, say light on all wavelengths can disturb circadian rhythms, so limiting light exposure in general can help regulate your natural sleep cycle.

Finally, dark mode just looks cool. White interfaces have been the standard for so long, it’s refreshing to have a different option.

With all that in mind, why is light mode still the default – and could it change when Android R and iOS 13 roll around?

Turn out the lights

For both companies, going dark by default would be a huge change. The bright, white look has been an essential part of Google’s design language from the very beginning, with its origins as a blank page with a logo and central search bar.

It’s since added colored elements (as explained in its Material Design principles) but the clean, white design has always been central to its identity.

Apple has also long associated itself with clean, white lines – starting with the Snow White design language in 1982. However, it’s become much more adventurous with colors in recent years – and its fans seem to approve. The announcement of dark mode for macOS Mojave last year was met with much whooping and cheering (even more than usual for an Apple launch event), so it’s easier to imagine Apple taking the plunge and making dark the default.

Things might change on the Android front, too. Even if Google sticks with white for stock Android on its own Pixel phones, the likes of Samsung and Huawei might prefer the benefits of the dark side. After all, why wouldn’t they want to prolong battery life wherever possible – and provide the experience users are whooping for?

The future is dark.

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Early access program gives us a sneak peek at Apple Arcade

Latest Tech News - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 05:30

We've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Apple Arcade since it was announced back in March, and now we have a few more clues as to what it will look like, courtesy of an internal early access program at Apple.

Details obtained by 9to5Mac show a few of the screens and the games as they look at the moment, via the Mac App Store.

Apple employees can get in on the action for $0.49 per month, but testing apparently only lasts until iOS 13 launches – we're expecting that to be in September (with the new iPhones), so this early access preview might be a short one.

There's also the option of a one-month free trial which is likely to be offered out to the general public, encouraging them to give Apple Arcade a whirl (Apple Music also offers a free trial to newcomers).

Some of the games highlighted in Apple Arcade at the moment include Way Of The Turtle ("two curious turtles lost on a cursed island"), Down In Bermuda ("voyage across the Atlantic on the journey of a lifetime"), and Hot Lava ("run, jump, climb and surf in first person across nostalgia-packed environments").

Apple has previously promised a choice of more than 100 titles when Apple Arcade finally opens up its doors, and developers are no doubt hard at work trying to get their games ready for the big day – a lot of games are currently marked as "in development".

Of course the design of Apple Arcade and the choice of games could change between now and whenever the service launches, but it's an interesting peek into what to expect.

Apple has yet to confirm how much Apple Arcade is going to cost, and there are other unanswered questions about the service too – like whether multiplayer features will be included. As soon as Apple makes anything official, we'll let you know.

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Save £140 on Now TV Sky Sports pass for ten months of access

Latest Tech News - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 04:01

We're into week two of the new Premier League season, but that doesn't mean it's too late to take advantage of this incredible Now TV Sky Sports pass deal. There's no reason you couldn't get live streaming Premier League football straight away.

This special ten-month pass would usually set you back a total of £339.99 at £33.99 a month, but today you can save over 40% and get it for a stunningly cheap £199. instead, but this offer will expire on August 26th and we don't see a better offer coming for the rest of the season to be honest.

This Now TV Sky Sports pass will cover you for the 2019/2020 Premier League season, The Championship and the Carabao Cup. It's not just about the footy though, there's a serious amount of other sport to enjoy with this Now TV pass too. You can start streaming The Ashes cricket series and a bunch of F1 Grand Prix are coming over the next few months too. 

Actually, while the promotional page over at Now TV is mainly shouting about the footy aspect of this 10-month pass, you actually get all 11 Sky Sports channels. This includes Premier League, Football, F1, Racing, Cricket, Golf, Sky Sports News, Mix, Action, Arena and Main Event.

Now TV deals are a great way to access Sky's excellent content without signing up to a long contract. You can pick and choose access to packages like Entertainment, Sky Cinema, Sky Kids and of course Sky Sports channels on a rolling 30-day deal. We've gone into greater detail on all of these options in our regular Now TV passes and offers page.

We know plenty of people that use the Now TV service as a beta test to see what's available on Sky's channels before signing up to a regular Sky TV deal with options for even more channels, recording live TV, HD and 4K viewing and potentially bigger savings with a longer contract. If you'd like to check out these options, be sure to take a look at our guide below:

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Galaxy Note 10 is finally out; here’s all you need to know

Latest Tech News - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 00:15

Now that the wait is over, and Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy Note10 on the 8th of August during the Unpacked event, it’s time to highlight what makes it the most powerful phone in the market and what offers you could get. 

For the very first time in the history of Note series, the device is offered in two sizes. Yet, that did not affect the display screen size; on the contrary, Samsung has made the Galaxy Note10+ screen even bigger while keeping a compact shape for a comfortable grip. Whether you choose to go for the 6.3” Galaxy Note10 or the 6.8” Galaxy Note10+; they both are lighter and slimmer than Galaxy Note9. Not to mention, its Infinity-O display and best-in class Dynamic AMOLED technology provide the most uninterrupted viewing experience.  



As for the intelligent S PEN, a lot of new features have been added as it caninstantly turn your handwriting into text, and it enables you to control the phone without even touching it. You can also charge the Galaxy Note10+ fast enough by which 30 minutes can actually last you all day.**


If you usually struggle with storage, then you’d be happy to know that the standard storage size coming with the Galaxy Note10 is 256 GB and with the Galaxy Note10+ is 256 GB as well as 512GB. The latter can even be expanded with a Micro SD card up to 1.5TB in storage size which is legit the same size of a laptop. Not only that allows the Galaxy Note10+ to function like a laptop, but so does the 12GB RAM which allows the smoothest multitasking experience on the go.

Now is the best time to purchase the Galaxy Note10, starting from 3,499 AED, as the pre-order offer is there for a limited period of time with an exclusive package loaded with value-added benefits worth 1,053 AED when you pre-order through Samsung.com.

In addition to the complimentary Galaxy Buds, the pre-order offer on samsung.com includes Samsung Care+, which provides protection against accidental damage up to 2 years for the very first time, as well as 0% instalment plans up to 12 months. On top of all that, you get 50% discount on the all-new Galaxy Note10 accessories. The offer expires on the 23rd of August; don’t miss out and be first to own the next-level power!

**Based on condition.

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UFC 241 live stream: how to watch Cormier vs Miocic 2 (and the rest) from anywhere tonight

Latest Tech News - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 19:43

It's almost time for Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic to go again. UFC 241’s long awaited main event rematch is nearly here as the massive MMA event has returned to California. Sound good? Then keep reading to discover the best ways to get a UFC 241 live stream - no matter where you are in the world.

Stipe Miocic defended his title three times before losing to Cormier by knockout in the first round at UFC 226 in July last year. Cormier, who already held the title of light heavyweight champion at the time, became the new heavyweight champion and only one of four fighters to hold two UFC championships simultaneously. he's the favorite to defend his crown tonight, but not by much.

While Cormier fought three times last year, Miocic has not fought a match since his defeat but he has been hoping for a rematch. At UFC 241 Miocic will get his chance and we’ll see whether he or Cormier is the better fighter.

Elsewhere on tonight's card, Nate Diaz will return to the Octagon for the first time since losing to Conor McGregor in August 2016 and the former lightweight title challenger will take on Anthony Pettis in a welterweight match.

Whether you’ll be cheering for Cormier or Miocic during today's MMA action, we’ll show you how to live stream UFC 241’s card from anywhere in the world - for US viewers, you should just head straight to ESPN+

Live stream UFC 241 from outside your country

Worry not if you're a huge UFC fan but aren't in the US to watch that ESPN+ coverage this weekend. If you find the coverage is geo-blocked, you can try using a VPN to change your IP address to a US server and watch this week's main card just as if you were back at home.

How to watch UFC online in the US exclusively on ESPN+

Live stream UFC 241 in the UK

Live stream UFC 241 on PPV in Australia The UFC 241 card in full

Main Card

-Daniel Cormier (c) vs. Stipe Miocic – for heavyweight title

-Nate Diaz vs. Anthony Pettis

-Paulo Costa vs. Yoel Romero

-Gabriel Benitez vs. Sodiq Yusuff

-Derek Brunson vs. Ian Heinisch

Preliminary Card

-Clay Collard vs. Devonte Smith

-Raphael Assuncao vs. Cory Sandhagen

-Christos Giagos vs. Drakkar Klose

-Manny Bermudez vs. Casey Kenney

Early Preliminary Card

-Hannah Cifers vs. Jodie Esquibel

-Brandon Davis vs. Kyung Ho Kang

-Shana Dobson vs. Sabina Mazo

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UFC 241 live stream: how to watch Cormier vs Miocic 2 (and the rest) from anywhere tonight

Latest Tech News - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 19:43

It's almost time for Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic to go again. UFC 241’s long awaited main event rematch is nearly here as the massive MMA event has returned to California. Sound good? Then keep reading to discover the best ways to get a UFC 241 live stream - no matter where you are in the world.

Stipe Miocic defended his title three times before losing to Cormier by knockout in the first round at UFC 226 in July last year. Cormier, who already held the title of light heavyweight champion at the time, became the new heavyweight champion and only one of four fighters to hold two UFC championships simultaneously. he's the favorite to defend his crown tonight, but not by much.

While Cormier fought three times last year, Miocic has not fought a match since his defeat but he has been hoping for a rematch. At UFC 241 Miocic will get his chance and we’ll see whether he or Cormier is the better fighter.

Elsewhere on tonight's card, Nate Diaz will return to the Octagon for the first time since losing to Conor McGregor in August 2016 and the former lightweight title challenger will take on Anthony Pettis in a welterweight match.

Whether you’ll be cheering for Cormier or Miocic during today's MMA action, we’ll show you how to live stream UFC 241’s card from anywhere in the world - for US viewers, you should just head straight to ESPN+

Live stream UFC 241 from outside your country

Worry not if you're a huge UFC fan but aren't in the US to watch that ESPN+ coverage this weekend. If you find the coverage is geo-blocked, you can try using a VPN to change your IP address to a US server and watch this week's main card just as if you were back at home.

How to watch UFC online in the US exclusively on ESPN+

Live stream UFC 241 in the UK

Live stream UFC 241 on PPV in Australia The UFC 241 card in full

Main Card

-Daniel Cormier (c) vs. Stipe Miocic – for heavyweight title

-Nate Diaz vs. Anthony Pettis

-Paulo Costa vs. Yoel Romero

-Gabriel Benitez vs. Sodiq Yusuff

-Derek Brunson vs. Ian Heinisch

Preliminary Card

-Clay Collard vs. Devonte Smith

-Raphael Assuncao vs. Cory Sandhagen

-Christos Giagos vs. Drakkar Klose

-Manny Bermudez vs. Casey Kenney

Early Preliminary Card

-Hannah Cifers vs. Jodie Esquibel

-Brandon Davis vs. Kyung Ho Kang

-Shana Dobson vs. Sabina Mazo

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Geekbench 4 benchmark suggest an 18-core Cascade Lake-X chip

Latest Tech News - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 13:23

While the Cascade Lake Xeon CPUs has been out for a few months now, Intel still hasn’t shared any concrete information regarding Cascade Lake-X. However, this recent leak could indicate that, despite delays, Intel is gearing up to roll these long overdue high-end desktop (HEDT) chips soon.

Hot off the heels of its Ice Lake chips release, Intel looks like it has no plans of slowing down. Tom’s Hardware recently reported that another possible Cascade Lake-X processor (CPU) has made an appearance on the Internet.

An unknown processor with the codename, Intel 0000, appeared in the Geekbench 4 database on August 16 inside a Dell Precision 5820 Workstation. According to Geekbench’s benchmarking data, this CPU boasts 18 cores and 36 threads, putting it in the perfect position to succeed the Intel Core i9-9980XE. 

Bearing the Stepping 7 identifier, Tom’s Hardware thinks that this chip could be an 18-core Cascade Lake-X processor.

Outperforming the Intel Core i9-9980XE

Not much else is known about this mysterious Intel 0000 chip. What we do know is that it boasts 18 cores, 36 threads and a base clock speed of 2.19 GHz. Although that base clock – as well as that 3.28 GHz maximum boost clock – is a tad worrying, it might just be that Geekbench 4 made a mistake identifying them. That, or the chip is still in its early stages.

Either way, it’s already looking promising. It appears to outmatch the Intel Core i9-9980XE by 3.36% in single-core workloads and about 7.4% in multi-core workloads, beating out i9-9980XE’s 5,212 (single-core) and 50,837 (multi-core) benchmark results, again indicating that it could replace the Skylake-X Refresh flagship.

If it is still being fine-tuned by Intel, we may be looking at an even better performance that could rival or even eclipse whatever AMD has in store with their 3rd-generation Ryzen Threadripper.

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France vs Scotland live stream: how to watch today's rugby international online from anywhere

Latest Tech News - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 11:57

The Rugby World Cup 2019 is getting close and so it's time for the international warm-up matches to start heating up. France vs Scotland will be the first in a double-header between the two nations that should give them a chance to show what they've got in stock for the world. You can live stream the France vs Scotland rugby action from anywhere using this guide. 

The latest big matching of the two sides was at this year's Six Nations where France beat Scotland 27-10. Of the total 93 matches between the two sides since 1910, France has won 54 while Scotland has had to settle with just 36 wins, with three draws.

This time Scotland will have Saracens centre Duncan Taylor on the starting line, after returning from a two year break because of a knee injury. This will earn him his 22nd cap for Scotland where he will appear alongside captain Stuart McInally and another injury returned player, former skipper John Barclay.

It should be an enjoyable warm up game for both teams ahead of the World Cup and it's a match you can watch live - no matter where in the world you are - by following our France vs Scotland live stream tips below.

How to live stream rugby union when you're not in your country

If you're outside your country of residence - whether that be the UK or anywhere else (see your other options below) - and try to start streaming the rugby via your native broadcaster, you'll soon discover that you can't as it is location restricted. Fear not, the action is still within your reach. All you need to do is download and install a VPN to effectively trick your computer into thinking that it's back home. That way you can enjoy your home coverage (as long as you do so in compliance with the broadcaster's Ts&Cs) without delving into the dangers of an illegal stream.


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iPhone 11R release date, price, news and leaks

Latest Tech News - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 11:30

Apple is largely expected to release three new iPhone models this year, and among them we’re likely to see a successor to the iPhone XR, which for now we’re calling the iPhone 11R – though that might not be its launch name.

We’ve got more on names below, but more importantly we’ve also collected all the leaks and rumors we can find about the iPhone 11R’s design, specs and features.

Being an iPhone, and being this close to launch, a lot has been leaked, so there’s plenty to get stuck into. We’ll also be sure to update this article whenever we hear anything new, so check back regularly for all things iPhone 11R.

Cut to the chase
  • What is it? The successor to the iPhone XR
  • When is it out? Signs point to September 10
  • What will it cost? A lot - but less than the iPhone 11
iPhone 11R release date and price

The iPhone 11R is sure to land in September, as that’s when Apple typically announces new handsets. More specifically, it’s very likely to land on September 10, as an image showing this date has been found in the iOS 13 beta.

Even before that though, we predicted that it would be announced on September 10, as in the last few years the announcements have taken place on the Tuesday or Wednesday around that date.

Wednesday September 11 is unlikely for obvious reasons, so the Tuesday was our best guess, with pre-orders likely opening on Friday September 13, and the phone probably going on sale on Friday September 20, based on past form.

However, the iPhone XR actually went on sale later than the iPhone XS range, with people unable to buy it until October 26 of 2018, so we can’t rule out a similar delay here. Though sources do suggest they will all go on sale at the same time, and either way a September 10 announcement is still likely.

Even that isn’t set in stone though, with @evleaks (a reputable leaker) posting a timeline that suggests a late September announcement for the iPhone 11 range.

As for the price, there aren’t any real rumors about that, but much of a price rise for the most basic model seems unlikely, so we could be looking at something similar to the $749 / £749 / AU$1,229 starting price of the iPhone XR.

The iPhone XR was a 'budget' model, so the 11R likely will be too.

iPhone 11R or just iPhone 11?

One thing that we’re unclear on is what the iPhone 11R will actually be called, with one source pointing just to ‘iPhone 11’ (with the two more premium models being called iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max).

There’s also the question of whether ‘11’ will be used, or whether Apple will opt for ‘XI’. Or perhaps the number will be dropped altogether and we’ll simply get the ‘new iPhone’ or the iPhone R.

iPhone 11R design and display

The consensus so far is that the design won’t be changing much for the iPhone 11R, meaning you can still probably expect a notch and a similar overall look.

The one key difference that has been heavily rumored is the look of the cameras though, as these are now expected to sit in a square block at the top left corner, making them rather more prominent than the iPhone XR’s small single-lens snapper.

Most leaks so far show the more premium iPhone 11 models, but the video below gives you a look at the possible design of all three, complete with that camera change.

The source of this video also claims that the iPhone 11R will be 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm, which is identical dimensions to the iPhone XR. So if true then there really won’t be many changes at all.

Another difference could be the colors, with the iPhone 11R rumored to land in black, white, yellow, lavender and green shades, as you can see in the image below, showing shards of glass supposedly intended for the phone.

You can also see the possible design of the iPhone 11R again, this time in the form of case moldings. Elsewhere we’ve similarly heard talk of black, white, gold and dark green shades. There’s also the possibility of a ‘rainbow’ finish on some models – though expect this to be subtle if it appears at all.

Slightly less convincingly we may also have seen the iPhone 11R in the wild, appearing in the reflection of a Galaxy Note 10 Plus. It’s not the best of looks, but it shows the redesigned camera that we’re expecting.

As for the display, rumors suggest that will stay at 6.1 inches and continue to use LCD, rather than OLED. However, it’s said that the screen could sport some improvements, such as better anti-aliasing. So don’t expect a big change here. Think subtle.

iPhone 11R camera

This is the biggest change we’re expecting for the iPhone 11R, with rumors not just pointing to a new square shape, as detailed above, but also to an extra lens, with the iPhone 11R thought to have two rear lenses, where the iPhone XR has just one.

It’s possible that it could even have three, as some phones in the range reportedly do, but two is looking the most likely number for now.

It’s expected that these lenses will both be 12MP, but a source claims that they will be ‘new’, suggesting some upgrades.

It’s not clear what roles the two lenses will serve – one is expected to be a standard lens, but the other could either be wide-angle or telephoto based on leaks (with the iPhone 11 Max getting all three). If we had to guess, we’d say the 11R would get the telephoto lens, as the iPhone XS had a main and telephoto combination. One report has also said as much.

We’ve also heard that the image signal processor might be enhanced, and that the front-facing camera will be boosted from 7MP to 12MP, and will incorporate an extra layer of glass to improve the quality of photos.

The iPhone 11R could go from one lens to two.

iPhone 11R battery and specs

According to one source, the iPhone 11R could have a 3,110mAh battery, which would make it around 5.7% larger than the 2,942mAh one in the iPhone XR. That’s not a big jump, but then the iPhone XR already has the best battery life of any modern iPhone, so that might be all it needs.

Elsewhere, respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said to expect a battery increase of around 5%, which tallies with the rumor above, so they could well be on to something.

As for charging, while some early reports suggested Apple might move to USB-C, most rumors point to Lightning remaining. This is believable, especially in the case of the iPhone 11R where Apple will be trying to keep costs down.

The iPhone 11R might charge fast though, with claims of an 18W charger potentially coming in the box, though elsewhere we’ve heard that it will stick with slow 5W charging, so we’re not sure what’s true here. If we had to guess, we’d say faster charging on this basic model is unlikely.

Moving on to core specs, Apple is sure to include a new chipset, likely to be dubbed the A13. Storage meanwhile could come in at 64GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities, or 128GB, 256GB and 512GB, depending on which rumors you believe – though in both cases it’s not clear whether all iPhone 11 models would get all these sizes or not.

As for the operating system, that’s sure to be iOS 13. What the phone almost certainly won’t have is 5G.

iPhone 11R other features

The iPhone 11R is sure to have Face ID of course, but it could be even better this year, with one source saying that it will work from a wider range of angles.

Beyond that we’re moving into the territory of unlikely things. It’s rumored for example that at least some iPhone 11 models will support the Apple Pencil, but we’re not convinced, and if any do, the iPhone 11R will be last in line.

We’ve also seen patents for a camera designed for underwater photography, and an in-screen fingerprint scanner that would let you place your finger anywhere on the screen to unlock the phone. But patents often don’t get used, and if these ones do we’d think they’re too premium for the features to appear on the iPhone 11R.

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