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Will.i.am is back – but not with a new single. The prolific rapper and music producer, turned prolific tech guru, has unveiled the new smart assistant 'Omega' to compete with the likes of Alexa and Google Assistant.
In keeping with Will.i.am’s extensive musical influence, Omega seems geared towards a music streaming audience. The demonstration at San Francisco’s annual Dreamforce conference, where Omega made its first public appearance, showed the AI playing tracks at request, before providing information about the artist playing and any upcoming gigs or live performances.
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As reported by Yahoo Finance, Will.i.am was quick not to criticize the other major players, but called Omega a response to ‘the pain points people feel’ when using existing voice assistants like Siri, Google Assistant, and Alexa.Where is the love?
The Omega smart assistant is the latest attempted innovation from the high-profile musician’s technology startup, i.am+.
The most notable effort from the tech incubator included the poorly-received Puls wearable, a high-cost smartwatch without the smarts to recommend it in a bloated wearables market – so should we care about its latest venture into AI?
It would be easy to be sceptical of Will.i.am’s repeated attempts to make a splash in the consumer tech market, though he certainly has the brand strength to give any new creations a decent shot.
We’ve seen little of Omega so far, but if it offers a viable, music-focused alternative to the likes of Alexa or Google Assistant – it’s likely we’ll see Omega built into some Bluetooth headphones down the line – there may be some love for it yet.
While LG itself has more or less confirmed that the LG V40 ThinQ will have five cameras, it hasn’t told us much about them, but a new leak may have filled in some of the gaps.
Evan Blass (who has a good track record) shared an image on Twitter, showing each lens along with what it’s designed for, revealing that the rear of the LG V40 ThinQ apparently has a standard lens, a super wide-angle one and a telephoto zoom lens.
That should make for a very versatile camera. The LG G7 ThinQ and LG V35 ThinQ both have standard and wide-angle lenses, so this adds a telephoto one to the mix, letting you get in closer to the subject. It's a slightly different approach to the Huawei P20 Pro, which has a standard lens, a black and white one and a telephoto one.
The front-facing camera meanwhile apparently has both a standard and wide-angle lens, again giving you options when shooting.
None of this is confirmed of course, so take it with a pinch of salt, but this isn’t the first time we’ve heard about the rear camera having this combination of lenses, with an earlier leak also adding that the standard lens will be 20MP, the wide-angle one will be 16MP and the telephoto will be 13MP.Getting certified
This isn’t the only LG V40 ThinQ news though, as the phone has also now received Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) certification. Specifically, five versions of the handset have received it, as spotted by MySmartPrice.
This doesn’t reveal much, other than the presence of Bluetooth 5.0, but does show that the phone must be very close to launch. Not that we needed any more evidence of that, as LG has confirmed that it will announce the LG V40 ThinQ on October 4.
As the eagle-eyed journalists of German website WindowsUnited.de report, at around the 50:54 mark of the first episode of Netflix Iron Fist Season 2, a character is seen using a black laptop-like device with Microsoft’s logo on the back – the same one stamped on the company’s range of Surface products.
Product placement in high profile TV shows and movies is commonplace, but it’s rather unusual for a product that hasn’t been officially released to make an appearance.
We only get a very brief glimpse of the device, so we wouldn’t call this concrete evidence, but with rumors swirling that Microsoft is planning on releasing a black Surface device, apparently known as 'Surface Black' internally, this could be a little hint of what’s to come.Price tags
Meanwhile, another rumor suggests that the Surface Laptop 2 and the Surface Pro 6 will make an appearance at the event on October 2, and while both machines will offer updated specifications, they could cost the same as their previous generation predecessors.
This is welcome news, and comes courtesy of Winfuture’s Roland Quant, who tweeted that we’ll see the two devices with the same price as before. He also notes that we won’t see any other hardware.
We don’t have long to wait to find out how accurate these leaks are, and we’ll be at Microsoft’s event reporting live on whatever the company has to show.
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We are all busy with life stuff, so anything that can give us a few precious moments back to us is worth its weight in gold. Enter the Samsung QuickDrive, a washing machine that cleans your washing fast, really fast!
Where other washing machines take their time to make sure your smalls are nice and clean, the Samsung QuickDrive uses some fantastic cutting-edge technology to clean your kit in no time at all.
The reason the Samsung QuickDrive WW8800M washing machine is speedy is because it has a unique fabric care drum that's been equipped with a pulsator that creates a fast water flow that covers the entire drum.
This cutting-edge technology means that the detergent you put into the wash penetrates deep into the fabric, to give your clothes a thorough wash in no time at all.
The results speak for themselves: Samsung pitted the QuickDrive WW8800M against the Samsung WW8500K with a 5KG 40 degree cotton wash and the result was a wash that took half the time.Quiet is the new loud
You would think that with it being speedier, the drum would be noisier but this isn’t the case, thanks to the Vibration Reduction Technology that can be found within QuickDrive washing machines. The quiet Digital Inverter Motor will also give you long-lasting, reliable performance.
Added to this are some smart other features, such as Optimal Wash. Here the washing machine measures the weight and size of the load and calculates just the right amount of water needed to clean your soiled clothes.
Two other fantastic features that are included in the range are Ecobubble and AdWash. AdWash is simple but brilliantly effective. The AdWash door allows you to add in a sock or other piece of clothing into the washing machine while it’s spinning. While EcoBubble uses innovative cool wash technology to allow you to wash at cooler temperatures to save on energy.
If you have put your washing on just as you are about to leave the house (as many of us do), then you can still have peace of mind that the washing will be done properly. Just use the accompanying mobile app - couple with Samsung SmartThings - and through your smartphone you can check and monitor your laundry cycles.
There's also a delay end timer which lets you delay the time that the wash programme end. So you can set your washing to finish the moment you put the key on the door.
Fast, efficient and packed with the smart tech, the Samsung QuickDrive range is the brighter than white future of washing machines that you can get in your home right now.
Forget those iPhone 8 deals. Laugh in the face of iPhone XS deals. It may now be in its terrible twos, but Apple's iPhone 7 remains one of the best mobiles we've ever used and the price of iPhone 7 deals is less than its successors.
We're hoping that the launch of Apple's most recent smartphones will mean that iPhone 7 deals will begin to fall again. Other than the fantastic 20GB+ tariffs knocking around on EE, none of the other networks are proving very competitive on the iPhone 7. We're especially disgruntled with Vodafone at the moment, as its really sexy sub-£25 per month deals have now been cruelly ripped away.
On this page you'll find all of the best iPhone 7 deals you can get right now. Whether you're looking for unlimited data, a free phone or any other type of tariff, you can use our comparison chart below to choose the cheapest option out there. Scroll down to find the best deal for you. And don't forget that you'll get £10 off the handset cost if you get your iPhone 7 from Mobiles.co.uk - you just need to enter our exclusive 10OFF discount code when you get to the checkout.
At the top of our guide you'll see what we've chosen as this month's best value iPhone 7 deals in the UK (if you're down under, head over to our best Australian iPhone 7 deals). These are chosen purely on the basis of value - unlike some other sites we don't manipulate the order of these deals for commercial gain! Then we pick out the best deals on the four major networks, those being EE, O2, Three and Vodafone.
Now let's break down the best iPhone 7 deals by network...Best iPhone 7 deals on EE this month Best iPhone 7 deals on O2 this month Best iPhone 7 deals on Vodafone this month Best iPhone 7 deals on Three this month
These are the best prices that you can get on Google Pixel 2 deals and big brother Pixel 2 XL. They're not the best we've ever seen, but they're certainly not bad at the moment.
The great news is though that there's been a return for a fantastic deal on the regular-sized Pixel 2. For only £23 per month, you can get 4GB of data on Google's latest handset. And, as it has been for the last few months now, bear in mind that you can actually get the XL for around the same as the Pixel 2. Strange, but true.
Whichever handset you covet, you can use our comparison chart below to identify the best Pixel 2 deal for you. Google's quest to build a smartphone as popular as the latest iPhone and Samsung Galaxy flagship mobiles took a massive step forward when the original Google Pixel launched last year. And its successor - the aptly named Google Pixel 2 - has continued the stellar work.
Need some more convincing? Use the DEAL20 voucher code from Mobiles.co.uk that knocks £20 off the upfront cost of any deal from that retailer. And there's a summary of our expert review at the bottom of the page.
We've scoured the UK's networks and retailers to home in on the best Pixel 2 deals. You can get the new Google smartphone on O2, Vodafone or EE - the choice is yours...The best Google Pixel 2 XL deals in the UK today:
Want that bigger QHD+ screen? Go for the Pixel 2 XL instead if you plan to use your phone to stream films and TV. But you'd better be prepared to pay for the privilege - the price really shoots up, as there are fewer retailers competing on price.Google Pixel 2 deals for SIM-free: how much does the phone cost?
When the Pixel 2 hit the market, we were urging people to buy the handset outright and combine it with a cheap SIM only deal. The Pixel 2 costs £629 and the Pixel 2 XL will be £799 to buy SIM-free and adding in a SIM plan for a fiver a month made financial sense. But now that contract plans have shot down in price, they are now the more cost-effective way to go.
There's no doubt that the Pixel 2 is one of the very finest Android phones out there, but the Pixel's successor is a familiar story of incremental improvements rather than whole-scale change. The feature that might just get you buying are the top-of the-line cameras for photos and video. While the delightful screen, great-sounding speakers and slick Android operating system will all appeal to a range of smartphone users.
Virgin Media led the way in the introduction of fast fibre broadband to the UK. The likes of BT, Sky and TalkTalk now offer competing services, but Virgin Fibre is still the fastest you can get.
After using TechRadar's postcode tool to see if Virgin is available where you live, you can check our comparison table to discover how much you'll need to pay for Virgin broadband, phone and TV packages. We'll get you the very best broadband deal for your home - you can now get it for less than £30 thanks to Virgin's VIVID 50 plan. But prices have recently gone up, making it more important than ever to use our comparison chart to bag the best price.
Prefer to order by phone? Then call 0808-281-2998 and speak to an adviser dedicated to Virgin broadband deals.
Virgin Fibre's USP is its super fast broadband speeds. Using only cables there's no such thing as cheap Virgin Media broadband, but even its least expensive broadband only plan gives speeds of up 50Mb - that's faster than the entry-level fibre broadband offered by the likes of Sky and Plusnet.
VIVID 50 fibre broadband
Thanks to its dazzling speeds and independent cabling, Virgin Media's broadband has traditionally been more expensive than its competitors. But Virgin's most affordable plan, the VIVID 50 tariff, brings the monthly price down under £30 per month. Considering you'll be getting average speeds of 54Mb speed (equivalent to 6.75MB per second), that's a very nice price.
VIVID 100 fibre broadband
No longer the cheapest Virgin fibre deal on the block, you'll need to pay over £30 to get Virgin's second lowest broadband tariff. But you're unlikely to feel too shortchanged with the connection speeds. The 108Mb average speed translates to 13.5 MB per second - you shouldn't be frustrated with any buffering, even when a few of you are streaming content at the same time.
VIVID 200 fibre broadband
As Virgin proudly points out, VIVID 200 more than doubles the maximum speed supplied by BT Infinity and Sky Fibre's fastest speed. The ultrafast 213Mb speed (on average) is a good fit if you stream 4K films and if there are 10 or so devices connected at once. And like all of Virgin's broadband offerings, it's completely unlimited - you can download and stream as much as you wish.
VIVID 350 fibre broadband
Home broadband speeds in the UK don't come faster than those provided by Virgin's VIVID 350 fibre plan, and no other provider comes anywhere even close. It costs almost £50 a month, but you get average speeds of 45MB per second. To say that's extremely rapid feels like an understatement
Yes indeedy. If you dial 0808-281-2998 you'll go through to a call centre manned by advisers who can take you through your Virgin Media purchase over the phone.How much is a Virgin Media bundle with broadband and TV?
To entice you in, Virgin has some broadband and TV bundles with an attractive price tag for the first year:
Player bundle Virgin's basic bundle adds 70+ TV channels, weekend calls, Sky On Demand and a brand new Virgin TV V6 box to your VIVID 50 broadband plan.
Mix bundle The Mix bundle more than doubles the amount of channels you get with the Player bundle, adding the likes of Sky 1, Sky Sports News and Sky Living.
Full House bundle If you're happy to part with more than £50 a month for your broadband and TV, Virgin's Full House bundle combines fibre optic broadband with more than 230 TV channels. There's good news for sports fans - the extra channels include BT Sport 1, 2 and 3. And there are box sets if drama's more your thing.
VIP bundle With the VIP bundle Virgin rolls out the red carpet. As well as premium TV channels such as all the Sky Sports and Sky Cinema offerings, Virgin also throws in a second Virgin TV V6 box. That means you can record up to 12 channels at once with 2TB of storage - enough for around 1,000 hours of TV. Ideal for large families.Can I get a phone line with Virgin Media broadband?
You can indeed - and the good news is that you can keep the phone number you previously had with your BT phone line.
The starting cost is roughly the same as a Virgin broadband only plan for the first 12 months, and then goes up after the first year. That includes unlimited weekend calls to landlines and numbers on Virgin Mobile.
After that, you can start adding extra talk time to your plan. A little extra a month gets you Talk More Weekends, which adds all UK mobiles to your allowance. Talk More Evenings and Weekends allows calls to any UK number after 7pm on weekday evenings, while Talk More Anytime gives you as many calls as you like at any time of day.
Got friends or family abroad? A further upgrade allows calls to 30 international locations - including Australia, Canada and the USA - as part of the Talk More International Anytime plan.Do I have to pay anything up front for Virgin broadband?
Yes, but not a lot. No matter which Virgin Media broadband package you choose, you'll have to pay a one-off £20 activation fee.How long will my Virgin Media contract be?
The standard Virgin broadband contract is for 12 months, after which your monthly price may be subject to change.
But if you're a commitment-phobe, you can choose to go on a flexible 30 day rolling contract instead. The only downside is that you have to pay £65 upfront for the privilege.How do I contact the Virgin Media helpline?
You can call 0345-4545-1111 to speak to one of Virgin's customer advisers, or 150 from a Virgin phone. But that's only between 8am and 10pm - outside of those times you'll have to rely on the company's online support pages.