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Netgear wants you to spend almost $700 on an Orbi Wi-Fi 6 router

Latest Tech News - Fri, 09/06/2019 - 04:00

At the IFA 2019 tech show in Berlin, Germany, Netgear announced the worldwide release of the Orbi Wi-Fi 6 mesh system, as well as a price – and it’s shockingly expensive.

While we’ve known that Netgear has been working on a Wi-Fi 6 update for its Orbi system, we now know that it will launch in the coming month, and the price will be $700 (£749, around AU$1,300) for a router and a satellite system.

That’s right… $700. It seems if you want the latest Wi-Fi tech in an Orbi system, you’re going to have to spend a lot of money.

While we’re sure the Orbi Wi-Fi 6 kit will be very good – like its predecessor – the $700 asking price is pretty ridiculous.

For that (incredibly high) price, you’re getting the next generation of wireless technology that promises wider coverage and better transfer speeds in an update to its brilliant Orbi mesh routers, which in our view is one of the best routers you can buy.

Offering speeds and bandwidth that allows 4K and 8K streaming, as well as keeping up with the increasing speeds of broadband internet, the Orbi WiFi 6 Tri-band Mesh System (RBK852), comes with 4x4 radios and supports 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz fronthaul, as well as 5GHz backhaul (which is the wireless network that connects each individual mesh router together to create one large Wi-Fi network).

It’s promising tech, and Netgear states that the Orbi WiFi 6 Tri-band Mesh System (RBK852) will be the first Wi-Fi 6 mesh system on the market (though Asus also announced its ZenWiFi Wi-Fi 6 mesh system at IFA), but will it be worth the money?

Nighthawk Wi-Fi 6 mesh extender also announced

Netgear also announced the new Nighthawk AX8 8-Stream WiFi 6 Mesh Extender (EAX80), which it claims will bring Wi-Fi 6 speeds to parts of your house previous wireless networks struggled to reach.

It comes with four gigabit LAN ports and a USB 3.0 port for network storage, and it is comparable with any Wi-Fi router, potentially turning your existing router into a Wi-Fi 6-enabled device.

This could be a more affordable way of getting into Wi-Fi 6, and it’s available to pre-order for $250 (£279, around AU$500), with an expected shipping date of later this year.

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iPhone 12 could bring back Touch ID with in-screen fingerprint sensor

Latest Tech News - Fri, 09/06/2019 - 03:50

While the iPhone 11 may be just around the corner, the 2020 iPhone 12 certainly isn't – and you may have to wait for that distant release if you're hoping for in-screen fingerprint ID in an iPhone, because a new report says that's when it'll be available.

This iPhone 12 leak comes from Bloomberg, which puts out frequent (and fairly accurate) reports on new tech from a select few companies. 

According to sources close to Apple's infrastructure, the company is looking to implement in-screen fingerprint technology in the iPhone 12, although it may even be pushed back to the 2021 iPhones.

In-screen fingerprint technology is a means of opening your phone by simply pressing a thumb or finger on the screen of your phone, and it's seen as a rather premium (yet not Face ID levels of premium) version of having a physical place to press your finger.

Most mid-range and high-end Android phones have in-screen fingerprint sensors (and even a few budget handsets have embraced the tech), so if the report is accurate, Apple would be playing catch-up to other brands. However there's a reason to question the report.

What happened to Face ID?

For the past couple of years, Apple has touted its Face ID system of unlock in newer iPhones and iPads, which replaced the physical Touch ID fingerprint sensor as a means to unlocking your phone, securely logging into apps and approving payments via Apple Pay.

However, if Apple is to embrace in-screen fingerprint sensors, the move would go against its previous assertions of Face ID supremacy, and Apple would contradict itself in a big way.

It's possible Apple may offer both Face ID and the new Touch ID on the iPhone 12 and beyond, but perhaps it's seen how convenient fingerprint sensing is compared to facial recognition (if you're not in the right environments, your iPhone or iPad can struggle to recognize you). 

Apple's previous heel-turns have often been quite subtle, and this would be a big case of it changing its mind.

It's worth, therefore, taking the new report with a pinch of salt. A tasty pinch of salt, because in-screen fingerprint sensors are a solid and useful feature. 

We're not expecting to see this feature on the new iPhone 11, which will launch on September 10, and we'll be reporting live from Cupertino, California to bring you all the latest.

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Emporio Armani and Diesel launch new designer smartwatches

Latest Tech News - Fri, 09/06/2019 - 03:00

Smartwatches are some of the most cutting-edge pieces of tech you can get right now, so if you're splashing out on wearable kit, fashion brands are offering something costing a little more for an alternative design.

That's what we've got with the Emporio Armani Smartwatch 3 and Diesel On Axial Smartwatch, the newest gear from two of the biggest fashion brands.

The two new smartwatches have just been unveiled, available in collections with a few different designs and colors. They both build on previous devices, the Emporio Armani Connected and Diesel On Full Guard 2.5 respectively (no, neither conforms to any kind of naming convention), but bring new features and designs to the table.

The devices are similar in terms of tech, but it's their appearance that sets them apart.

Both devices are coming out in October, so if you're interested, they're coming out just in time to get added to your Christmas list.

Emporio Armani Smartwatch 3

The Emporio Armani Smartwatch 3 runs on Google's Wear OS and is powered by the Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset, which brings with it better power savings and the option of an always-on display - although we're unsure whether that's going to be enabled.

The Smartwatch 3 has 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, and premium features like a microphone, speaker, accelerator, gyroscope, and built-in flashlight.

There are fitness features like an 'upgraded' heart rate monitor, swimproofing, and goal tracking, but this wearable certainly isn't a fitness tracker at heart.

In fact, the selling point is the watch's design. It has a 1.28-inch AMOELD screen, with a sleek stainless steel case. There are few different models, and the only difference between them is the highlights of the case – there's black, silver, gold, green, blue, and red. It certainly has a minimalist look, but that just leaves more room for the screen.

The Armani Smartwatch 3 will sell for $395 (roughly £320, AU$590), so it's a fairly high-end device, but you'd expect that given the name on the branding.

Diesel On Axial Smartwatch

The Diesel On Axial has basically exactly the same specs as the Emporio Armani Smartwatch 3, right down to the 1.28-inch AMOLED screen. It's powered by Wear OS, runs on Snapdragon Wear 3100, and has a range of fitness and lifestyle functions.

The real difference between the two devices is the design, with Diesel bringing a stainless steel case and ring on the top, so it's a bit of a bulky device, but it looks more sturdy as a result.

There are a few different finishes for the devices in Diesel's collection, and there are quite a few differences between each, more so than in Armani's device. You can pick it up with a few combinations of strap and ring color and material, depending on what device appeals to you more.

Diesel's On Axial Smartwatch is a touch less expensive than Armani's, and it'll cost you $350 (around £290, AU$520) when it becomes available.

Although each of the smartwatches certainly looks good, we're going to wait until we're actually wearing them before we can pass a definite judgement, so look out for our Smartwatch 3 and On Axial reviews before the products themselves drop, in order to work out if they're great smartwatches or just good-looking pieces of redundant tech.

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F1 live stream: how to watch the Italian Grand Prix 2019 online from anywhere

Latest Tech News - Fri, 09/06/2019 - 02:16

Formula 1 for 2019 has seen Mercedes, led by Lewis Hamilton, take most of the points this season. Ferrari has been putting up as best a fight as possible and now it's time to take the race to its home turf in Italy. Can Charles Leclerc find another winning performance? Watch an F1 live stream using this guide to find out.

The 2019 F1 season has reached Italy - can Ferrari make up points on its home soil? Mercedes currently leads with 471 points and Ferrari follows with 326, followed by Red Bull Racing at 254.

Yep, Lewis Hamilton is still the one to beat on this track with an impressive six poles so far, making it his second best for pole behind Melbourne where he's had eight.

But with Monza expected to flatten the Ferrari SF90's power to aerodynamic efficiency even more than Spa, that could be the car to beat...just like it was in Belgium.

In short this is a really exciting race that could be a turning point for the entire season and is not one to be missed. You can see all the exciting racing using an F1 live stream from anywhere in the world – here's how.

How to watch the Italian Grand Prix from outside your country

To see how you can stream F1 live from the Italian Grand Prix in the UK, Australia, the US, Canada and New Zealand, then scroll a little further down this page to see the broadcast options. But if you try and tune in to your native stream from outside your country, you'll quickly discover that it's geo-blocked.

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Picture of sleek-looking OnePlus TV remote shared by the company CEO

Latest Tech News - Fri, 09/06/2019 - 02:07

OnePlus is not looking to slow down its barrage of teasers for the upcoming OnePlus TV. Today’s hype-builder comes in the form of this photo shared by the CEO which shows us what the remote will look like.

The OnePlus TV will be the company’s first non-smartphone related product and is expected to be unveiled in India in the coming weeks, and will be followed by a global launch. As always, the company has begun building up hype around the upcoming release by slowly sharing bits of information about it.

OnePlus’ CEO Pete Lau took to Twitter to share this image of the OnePlus TV remote. No additional details were shared but taking a closer look at it does give away a few interesting nuggets.

The OnePlus TV remote looks pretty minimal, made of polished aluminium. It has only a couple of buttons including the regular Android navigation keys, a Google Assistant button for voice commands and another key with just a OnePlus logo on it. There’s no information on what it will be for. 

Up top, there’s a four-directional navigation pad/D-pad which should be for moving around the user interface. There’s one last blank button on the bottom which is probably a customizable key of some sort. The volume rocker is on the right side, just like smartphones. There also seems to be a USB Type-C port on the bottom of the OnePlus TV remote to take care of charging.

The remote seems very similar to Apple TV Siri remote and other smart home appliances, but hopefully will function better. The OnePlus TV is going to run a customized version of Android TV OS by Google and will bring features such as a built-in Chromecast, voice controls, Google Assistant etc., along with some sort of integrations with OnePlus smartphones.

Current rumours point to a September 26 launch of the OnePlus TV, alongside the OnePlus 7T series. Looking at the current trend, we can expect the company to share some more specifications around both of them in this buildup phase.

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You can now use Apple Music on the web

Latest Tech News - Thu, 09/05/2019 - 22:45

While Apple Music is set to replace iTunes as the main hub for the tech giant’s audio offerings once macOS Catalina rolls around, there hadn't been any word on an online web app version (akin to what Spotify offers) – until now.

Today, Apple has launched a public beta for the Apple Music web app, allowing any existing subscribers to log in and use all the same functions as the mobile or desktop app, all without having to install anything.

This includes the curated For You and Radio sections, as well as the fully-featured Browse tab, which shows up a wide variety of new, trending, and genre-specific music, as well as playlists selected by the service. The interface will also adapt to whether you're using a dark mode or not.

As mentioned, the web app is currently in beta, but because it’s publicly-available any subscriber to Apple Music can use it – what the 'beta' tag essentially means is that there might still be a few kinks that need to be ironed out, or some user interface improvements to be made once Apple has received feedback from its fans.

The move to add a web interface is the latest in Apple’s ongoing pursuit to dominate competition such as Spotify in the music streaming space – a rivalry which has escalated considerably over the last year.

On top of this factor, with a web app for Apple Music in place, the Cupertino tech firm should theoretically be able to drop its support for iTunes on Windows devices, which it currently plans to do for its own products with the imminent rollout of MacOS Catalina.

In June, Apple announced that it would be ending support for iTunes from Catalina onwards, and replacing it with separate Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV apps in order to better embrace the streaming revolution.

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Leaked iPhone 11 images from case maker show off range's sleek new designs

Latest Tech News - Thu, 09/05/2019 - 21:23

It's happened before and it will happen again – there's just a few days to go before Apple announces the 2019 iPhones and the leaks and rumors are flooding in thick and fast, with some renders coming from case makers looking to cash in on the hype.

The latest batch of images are a collection of studio shots taken by case maker Nood Cases, giving us a pretty good look at what is very likely the design for the upcoming iPhone 11 range.

Nood Cases has released slim protectors for the three different 2019 iPhones, each accompanied by some elegant studio shots taken using replica models of the upcoming flagships available to view on the case maker's website.

Unlike some rumors leaked on Twitter – which could be completely fabricated as we recently discovered – the shots on the Nood Cases website could be as close to the real thing as we can possibly get right now as the cases are already available to purchase.

If the images are accurate, it confirms what we've heard about the improved camera system on the square rear bump on the iPhone 11 range, with the base model showing a dual-lens array, while the other two show off three rear cameras.

That rear camera bump has a been a sore spot for many Apple fans, but the cases make the handsets look more elegant and streamlined by covering the bump, leaving only the lenses exposed. 

The images show off slim designs with the three side buttons seen on previous iPhone models, but nothing else can be garnered from the shots. While the front-facing shot of the handsets on the Nood Cases website shows off a phone with no notch, that's an illusion Apple used for it 2018 handsets as well, employing a wallpaper that was black at the top.

It's interesting to note the nomenclature Nood Cases is using for the three flagships – instead of calling them iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11R, the case maker has called the three models iPhone XIr 11, iPhone XI 11 Pro and iPhone XI 11 Pro Max.

Our guess is that the company is as yet unclear what naming system Apple will choose and has used all possible options as a proxy for the time being.

Invitations to the 2019 iPhone announcement have been sent out and everything will be disclosed on September 10. We're expecting Apple to introduce us to the Apple Watch 5 as well on the same day.

In the meantime, we've put together everything we know about the iPhone 11 in one place, so you can keep up with all the rumors and leaks before the final reveal.

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See the upgraded Huawei Mate X 5G chipset that was spotted at IFA 2019

Latest Tech News - Thu, 09/05/2019 - 18:59

The core of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro and foldable Mate X will be a new souped-up 5G chipset, and it was spotted for the first time in the halls of IFA 2019 this week.

The Huawei-made Kirin 990 chipset showed up on a not-so-subtle convention center banner and was photographed by keen-eyed Twitter user Roland Quandt.

Huawei has an uncertain future on account of the Huawei ban in the US, but it's still moving ahead with new technologies, as evidenced by the Kirin 990 chipset. We previously learned of the Kirin 990 when Huawei confirmed it would power the Mate X.

Here's a look at the sign:

The sign notes that the Kirin 990 chipset will have 5G capabilities built-in. This means there won't need to be an external 5G modem in addition to the chipset. The chip is also built on a 7nm FinFET Plus design that uses Extreme Ultraviolet lithography, for a dense, power-efficient design.

However, there has previously been speculation that upcoming Huawei flagship phones would be getting a Kirin 985 chipset. Now, this doesn't rule out that possibility. If Huawei chooses to offer 5G and 4G-LTE-only variants of its next phones, it could use different chipsets for each.

Not the only player

As exciting as this news may be for Huawei fans eyeing a future Huawei P40 or the upcoming, foldable Mate X, Huawei isn't the only company jumping into chipsets with embedded 5G capabilities.

Samsung just announced the Exynos 980 chipset, which will also have a built-in 5G modem. And, it should be in mass production by the end of this year and land in the Samsung Galaxy S11.

Huawei's Kirin 990 will likely be appearing in flagship-grade devices, though. So, it may be the more premium of the chipsets. Samsung's Exynos 980 chipset appears to have specs that will better position it at the heart of mid-range, 5G phones.

However, Huawei is likely going to be first to market. The Mate 30 Pro is scheduled to launch September 19, and it would be a bad look for Huawei to tout its new chip before launching a phone built around anything less.

Via: Huawei Central

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Google wants to make its AI Hub more collaborative

Latest Tech News - Thu, 09/05/2019 - 18:22

Google Cloud has updated its AI Hub with new collaborative features that will facilitate sharing between data scientists and machine learning teams.

Back in April, AI Hub launched as a beta but now the search giant is giving the hosted AI repository a major overhaul which includes a new home page, machine learning taxonomy and additional content as well as the ability to favorite notebooks, models and other assets.

While these new features will improve AI Hub, the sharing features will probably have a much larger impact on data science workflows. G Suite users will likely notice some similarities between the sharing, permission and collaboration features that have been added to AI Hub.

By adding a familiar sharing interface to AI Hub, data scientists and developers will have an easier time collaborating and now they will be able to share notebooks, trained machine learning models and KubeFlow pipelines with their colleagues and peers.

AI Hub

As part of Google Cloud's new update to AI Hub, users that are logged in will be able to access recent shared private assets and content and this should lead to faster model building.

Groups of users will now be able to share their work with colleagues by giving them the ability to either edit or view their work. However, users with permission to view one's work will be able to fork an asset by either downloading or opening a copy but they won't have the ability to edit or change the version originally shared on AI Hub.

Google Cloud is also giving AI Hub users the ability to copy and share the URLs of public assets on social media, once again to help facilitate greater collaboration.

Training and deploying machine learning models is difficult work but hopefully Google's update to AI Hub can help users work together to ease some of the burden.

Via ZDNet

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Philips' OLED+934 and OLED+984 TVs lead a suite of intriguing TVs at IFA 2019

Latest Tech News - Thu, 09/05/2019 - 18:04

Phillips claims the striking top mounted tweeter design on the 65” OLED+984 allows for improved high frequency audio performance, particularly for dialogue, due to its separation from the soundbar’s larger drivers.

The new premium TVs both feature speakers developed with British audio specialists Bowers & Wilkins, with the OLED+984 sporting a floating soundbar along with a unique centrally mounted tweeter enclosure nestling above.

Phillips claims the striking top -ounted tweeter design on the 65-inch OLED+984 allows for improved high frequency audio performance, particularly for dialogue, due to its separation from the soundbar’s larger drivers.

Having already snuck into the wild last month when it was awarded the EISA Best Home Theatre TV 2019 award, the OLED+984 is the first Philips set for some time to feature four-sided Ambilight - the illuminating colored lights that create a shimmer behind the screen - thanks to increased space saved by the enhanced audio design.

Lower spec, still impressive

Meanwhile, the OLED+934 is a 2.1.2-specification Dolby Atmos-enabled TV which will come in 55-inch and 65-inch models. 

It, too, sports two 5cm upward-firing speakers within its soundbar array, to achieve the enhanced sound quality during playback of Dolby Atmos content.

Both of the new OLED+ sets run on Android 9 Pie operating system and boast Philips' third-generation P5 processing engine, which they claim doubles the processing power of the original P5 CPU, bringing improved noise reduction, sharpness and colour accuracy.

A secret extra

The Philips OLED+754

While it wasn’t shown off during the Philips’ main press conference, the company’s new entry-level OLED754 TV was demonstrated to select press. 

Coming in 55-inch and 65-inch variants it features built-in Amazon Alexa voice control as well as both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support.

Set to go on sale in the UK next week, it runs on the Linux-based Saphi operating system and is powered by an earlier second-generation version of the P5 processor the set. 

With the 55-inch set to start at £1,500 (around $1,850 / AU$2700), expect that price to drop when online retailers get their hands on stock. 

Alongside the TVs, Philips there were also showing off a new set of wireless headphones from the company’s revitalised audio line, with what it claims is “best-in-class” noise-cancelling. 

The new mid-range over-ear PH805’s, boast Bluetooth 5.0 and offer cancellation up to 27dB, blocking out up to 95% of background sounds according to the manufacturer.

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LG G8X ThinQ dual-screen hybrid gives you a taste of the foldable phone future

Latest Tech News - Thu, 09/05/2019 - 18:01

The LG G8X ThinQ has been announced at IFA 2019 in Berlin, Germany, and the South Korean firm's latest flagship smartphone offers up a foldable phone form factor which boasts two displays rather than one large flexible screen.

While we wait for the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X to finally go on sale, LG is continuing to push forward with its own take on the new form factor.

As a standalone handset, the LG G8X ThinQ has many of the expected specs for a high-end phone. There's a 6.4-inch, 19.5:9 OLED display, Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, multiple cameras including a 32MP selfie snapper, under-screen fingerprint scanner, and a sizable 4,000mAh battery. 

There's fast and wireless charging, stereo speakers, an IP68 dust and water resistance rating (which means it can survive being submerged briefly) and a headphone jack.

However, the screen resolution is 'only' Full HD+ - many top-end handsets have QHD as standard these days. Plus, you get just two rear cameras with a 12MP main sensor joined by a 13MP ultra-wide offering (but if the Pixel 3 has taught us anything, you can do a lot with just a single lens), and the design is premium without being game-changing.

Things get far more interesting when you pair the LG G8X ThinQ with the LG Dual Screen cover. This isn't the first time we've seen this clip-on second screen, but LG has refined the solution for the G8X, making it a more attractive proposition.

One screen, two screen, three screen

Connect the Dual Screen case to the G8X ThinQ (via the USB-C port on the base of the phone) and you'll instantly double screen real estate. The case houses a second, identical display - a 6.4-inch OLED with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, Full HD+ resolution and even the same sized notch cut-out (minus the 32MP selfie camera).

You can run different apps on each screen simultaneously, while some apps and games are able to take advantage of both displays. There's a wide variety of use cases, which you can read about in our hands-on review.

The case also adds a third display to the setup. Close the case (so the two main displays face each other) and you'll spot a small black and white screen on the front of the case. It's big enough to display the time, date, notification icons and caller ID.

We currently don't know the LG G8X ThinQ release date or price, but LG says the handset will be available before the end of 2019. Where exactly it will be available from still remains to be seen, and we'll be sure to update you with this important information as soon as we find out.

IFA 2019 is Europe's biggest tech show, and the TechRadar team is in Berlin to bring you all the breaking news and hands-on first impressions of new TVs, wearables and other devices as they're announced.

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Packers vs Bears live stream: how to watch tonight's NFL from anywhere

Latest Tech News - Thu, 09/05/2019 - 17:43

The waiting is's time for the return of the NFL. And it all starts with the Green Bay Packers taking on the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field to see which one will take first blood. And now it's finally back, there's no reason to miss out on the first NFL game of the season - this guide will tell you how to get a Packers vs Bears live stream regardless of where in the world you are.

Today’s game will see two of NFL's oldest and most recognisable franchises going head-to-head. Both come in to the season feeling positive about heading all the way to Superbowl LIV. Packers and Bears fans really need them to - it's been 22 and 34 years respectively since either lifted the Vince Lombardi trophy.

Those with even the shortest memories will recall the 24-23 thriller that these teams played out this time last year. It was the Packers who took victory then, and Matt LaFleur's men will be eager to repeat the trick tonight. Stalwart Aaron Rodgers will be pulling the strings from QB.

Bears fans have their first chance to take a look at young running back David Montgomery in his first career start. Chicago was string on defense last time around, so will be hoping to be impregnable in front of the Soldier Field faithful.

Whether you’re a Packers fan in Wisconsin, a Bears fan in Illinois or a general football fan anywhere else in the world, we’ll show you exactly how to live stream today's game on all of your devices so that you don’t miss a minute of the action.

Watch the Packers vs Bears game online from outside your country (or in a blackout)

Watching this game from the US, UK, Canada or Australia? We'll tell you how to catch the NFL game further down the article.

But if you're somewhere else in the world - or if a coverage blackout is stopping you from watching in the US - then there's still a way you can live stream Packers vs Bears online (and you don't even have to slum it with a grainy, illegal feed you've found on Reddit). Instead you could use a VPN - or Virtual Private Network - to change the IP address to one in a different state or country which does have a stream. And it's not even hard to do.

How to watch the Packers vs Bears in the US Can I watch with the NFL Game Pass?

Well it's a no and a yes. The NFL Game Pass in the US will only let you watch a replay of the game, but not the live action.

Interestingly, it's a different story with an International NFL Game Pass where all 256 regular season games are being shown absolutely live...shame you can't officially get access to that if you and your laptop's IP address is in the US.

Other ways cord cutters can stream NFL live online

Sling TV $40 per month - Sling TV splits its live NFL options across its $25 a month Blue plan and $25 a month Orange plan. By combining the two, you get a $10 dollar discount and access to Fox, NBC, ESPN and the NFL Network.  

Hulu with Live TV $40 per month - Hulu with Live TV includes CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN but does not come with NFL Network.

FuboTV $35 for the first month - FuboTV gives you the first month at a discounted rate but after that the price increases to $45 a month. The service includes CBS, Fox, NBC and the NFL Network but does not come with ESPN.

DirecTV Now $50 per month - DirecTV Now includes CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and for $5 extra you can add the NFL Network. However, with this service you can only watch football on local TV stations live.

YouTubeTV $40 per month - YouTubeTV gives you access to CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN but just like with Hulu with Live TV, there is no NFL Network.

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Honor Vision: first look

Latest Tech News - Thu, 09/05/2019 - 17:03

The Honor Vision is the first smart TV from Huawei’s Honor subdivision. While it’s competitively priced, the television’s big draw is inside: it’s the first device to run HarmonyOS, Huawei’s cross-platform operating system. 

Given the buildup around HarmonyOS, especially as an alternative phone operating system should the US-Huawei tensions lead to a permanent ban from Android, it’s clearly the most intriguing ‘feature’ of the Honor Vision and slightly pricier Honor Vision Pro that are available exclusively in China.

TechRadar got a first look at the newly-named Honor Vision during a press tour of Honor parent company Huawei’s Shenzhen, China campus, and it looks unique - thanks to its 55-inch UHD screen, and built-in camera. Yes, the ‘Pro’ version of Honor’s TV has a lens that pokes out the top of the screen (and retracts when not in use for privacy), enabling casual video chatting in the home. 

It seems well suited for the Chinese market, however, it’s hard to predict whether it will appeal to consumers abroad. Here's what we thought.

Price analysis

The cheaper of the two models, the Honor Vision retails for 3,799 RMB (around $530, £434, AU$787) while the camera-packing Honor Vision Pro costs 4,799 RMB (around $630, £548, AU$994). 

In terms of specs, the Honor Vision packs 2GB of RAM with 16GB of storage, while the Honor Vision Pro keeps the RAM the same and ups the storage to 32GB.

Unfortunately, however, both Honor Vision models are only sold in China at the moment, and we’re unsure if or when it will be sold abroad. The company is waiting to evaluate its reception and gauge worldwide demand before deciding which market to move on to next, Honor told TechRadar.

Chatting with an Honor employee through his Honor phone.


At first glance, putting a camera in a TV seems like a weird move - but it’s actually at the center of Honor’s strategy for the Vision.

As we were shown, the camera allows folks to make video calls to anyone with a Huawei account. This is actually a big usability roadblock, as it’s easiest to get an account with a Huawei or Honor phone, though you can also use it in a browser. 

Still, when we saw Huawei employees use the TV interface to call another employee with a Huawei phone, there weren’t any hiccups. Some features hadn’t been activated yet, like switching from landscape to portrait by rotating the participant’s phone (it stayed in landscape), but it was definitely one person on a TV contacting another person on a phone using just data.

That seems a bit over-the-top to a Westerner - why would you need to video chat with a massive 55-inch screen outside of, say, a corporate environment? But one Huawei employee explained that this use case appeals to Chinese consumers because their culture strongly endorses close families living in multigenerational homes. When living apart, the Honor Vision helps those at home (older family members, generally) to easily chat up distant relations.

That feature might be less appealing to Western consumers, but for the privacy-minded, the camera does retract completely when not in use.

The camera’s performance doesn’t seem too impressive (Huawei hasn’t released its exact specs, aside from 1080p HDR resolution), but it’s sharp enough for casual conversation. The lens can also tilt down up to 10 degrees - a one-time adjustment on setup in case the Honor Vision has been mounted high up on a wall.

The most promising tech might be the TV's NPU chipset, which enables facial recognition, body tracking and gesture detection. Those don’t have too many uses now, but they could be integrated with future apps and services. 

Smart TV (HarmonyOS)

HarmonyOS, previously known by its codename HongMeng, is an operating system that theoretically could be used for phones, tablets, televisions, and more - much like the still-unreleased Google Fuchsia

Google’s decision to temporarily block Huawei devices from getting Android updates shocked the Chinese company into claiming its new OS - now known as HarmonyOS - could be adapted for use in its smartphones. But given how entrenched Huawei and Honor devices are in the Android ecosystem, it makes sense for the companies to endeavor to stay with Google’s mobile operating system.

Especially because the HarmonyOS we see today can’t run a phone - not yet. It runs fine on the Honor Vision - at least, it runs as well as other good smart TV operating systems, with moderate smoothness and speed. Sadly, the bar is so low that a slight delay in commands is de rigueur.

The interface’s home screen looks much like that of other smart TVs: a row of media categories (films, shows, etc) up top with subcategories below to browse. Click through those, and you’ll find individual media to sift through. 

But otherwise, the HarmonyOS-powered interface in the looks a lot like other Chinese smart TVs. Media content in each category populates downward, as opposed to the infinite horizontal scroll in Western platforms like Netflix. There’s also a notification ribbon at the top displaying notifications and messages in a scrolling marquee.


Aside from all the fancy bells and whistles, the Honor Vision is, indeed, good for watching media. The 55-inch UHD screen displays in 4K, and supports 87% NTSC wide color gamut with up to 400 nits of brightness. That's a bit on the low side, obviously, but that makes sense given its price.

The TV packs HDR for better color saturation as well as motion-sharpening tech like Motion Estimate and Motion Compensation (MEMC), which helps eliminate motion blur in fast-moving videos. For audio, the Honor Vision Pro has six 10W speakers (four full range, two ultra slim high-frequency units), while the regular Honor Vision only has four speakers. It also has six microphones that pick up sound from up to 5 meters away, mostly to use in tandem with the camera for video chatting.

But what you can do is start screen-sharing from your smartphone to the Honor Vision through a new feature called Honor Magic Link. While you’re scrolling through photos or playing a game - or just want to use your phone as a remote control - tap your device near a special sticker to port it up on the big screen via DLNA/Miracast standards, without even requiring an app. 

We saw an Honor employee beam a game of PUBG to an Honor Vision, and while the 100ms latency might be too slow for any sort of competitive player, it was good enough for spectators to appreciate.

The other cool feature? Want to tell a loved one you’ll be home later, or just tell a relative you’re thinking of them? You can also send messages to an Honor Vision TV - it’ll appear in the ribbon marquee, and users can see the full content in a dedicated Information Sharing Center. These messages are sent using Huawei Share, which is only available on phones with EMUI - which means this feature is limited to Huawei and Honor phones for now.

Early verdict

It’s hard to forecast how the Honor Vision will do, as there are certainly cheaper smart 4K TVs available in China. Xiaomi, for example, has a big share of that market with five years’ head start selling cheap smart TVs.

But as a pioneer of HarmonyOS, the Honor Vision could be something of a staging ground for the multi-platform operating system, integrating new apps and products before Huawei and Honor release additional devices running HarmonyOS. Its importance might not be appreciated until years down the line - especially if politics force Huawei to develop its OS into something that truly rivals iOS and Android.

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Samsung has a new chipset likely to bring cheaper 5G phones in 2020

Latest Tech News - Thu, 09/05/2019 - 16:55

Samsung has just announced a new chipset called the Exynos 980 - and given its specs and features, it could be at the heart of many upcoming 5G-connected devices.

The Exynos 980 puts a 5G modem alongside all the usual brains and AI processing power, making it the company's first such all-in-one chip, according to Samsung's press release.

While it might look like this chip could power next year's Galaxy S11, a close look at the specs suggest it will be more prevalent in mid-range smartphones, though it could still be an impressive piece of hardware.

Connectivity is at the forefront in the Exynos 980. that's thanks to the 5G modem which will support sub-6GHz connections, such as Sprint's 5G network in the US or EE's 5G network in the UK. In interviews with TechRadar, Qualcomm didn't confirm whether the Snapdragon 855 and X50 modem combo that powered the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G enabled the phone to hook up to frequencies lower than millimeter wave (mmWave), so the new Exynos chip could connect to sub-6 networks like Sprint 5G.

It also support other connections from 2G to 4G, and has the ability to combine a 4G LTE connection with a 5G connection to stack up the downlink speeds of both, which theoretically enables it reach up to 3.55Gbps. This is called "E-UTRA-NR Dual Connectivity." To top it off, the Exynos 980 will support Wi-Fi 6.

AI is front and center in the Exynos 980 as well, with a neural processing unit (NPU) built into the chip. Instead of sending certain data to remote servers to be processed, the NPU can locally process that data. This keeps it secure.

Not a flagship chip

The Exynos 980 is a complete package, with an onboard CPU and GPU as well. But, based on the CPU, it's not going to be in the highest-end devices.

It combines two Cortex-A77 CPUs with six Cortex-A55 for a blend of high-performance and high-efficiency. It uses a Mali-G76 GPU to handle the graphical needs of games, augmented reality, and the like. 

As capable as those Cortex-A77 CPUs may be, Samsung has relied on custom CPUs to do the heavy lifting in its Exynos 9825 (in the Galaxy Note 10) and Exynos 9820 (in the Galaxy S10) chipset, leaving two Cortex-A75 cores and four Cortex-A55 core to handle the rest. For future flagships, it's likely to keep up this type of CPU configuration.

So, the Exynos 980 chipset is more likely coming to mid-range phones like Samsung Galaxy A-series. And, the new chip will let those phones feature up to 108-megapixel cameras, HDR10+ support, and encoding and decoding of 4K video at 120 frames per second.

Samsung says the chip should begin mass production this year.

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Samsung Galaxy Fold: what has changed for the version you'll be able to buy?

Latest Tech News - Thu, 09/05/2019 - 16:31

Samsung has announced that the Galaxy Fold is finally being released this week, and the company has made some changes to the foldable phone for its second attempt at a full, public launch.

Back in April 2019, some tech press got their hands on the first samples of the Galaxy Fold and - after they publicized a handful of glaring flaws - less than a week later Samsung had delayed the release of its cutting edge phone, deciding it just wasn't ready for the market.

The company went back to development to fix the issues and bring out a second, refined version of the handset, which is the device that's ready for release. We've tried it out at IFA 2019, and here are all of the changes that Samsung has included for its new Galaxy Fold.

Change one: You can’t peel off the screen protector

You may remember that one of the big issues with the original Galaxy Fold was the thin plastic screen protector, which had been - unbeknownst to press - integral to the design of the phone. That remains the case on the new Fold, but it's no longer terribly easy to peel off.

Despite warnings within the box as you open up the Galaxy Fold that asked you not to take off the screen protector, some reviewers who had the device did exactly that and damaged their handset in the process.

Samsung took its device and found a way to ensure you can't remove the screen protector. That's the lip that you can see in the photo above, which runs around the outside of the phone.

It's a small rim that sits around the outside of the display now holding down that screen protector so you can’t just peel it off on day one. In fact, it means you can't even tell there's a screen protector over the device.

Change two: It’s more durable than ever

That's the biggest refinement, but it's not the only one. Lots of minor yet important changes have been brought to the Galaxy Fold for the proper release, and a lot of them relate to the durability of the phone.

For a device that bends, you'll want it to be as durable as possible. The company has added some caps to the top and bottom of the hinge so it's less likely for dirt and dust to get caught up in that important part of the phone that's being bent multiple times a day.

Samsung also added metal elements that lay underneath the screen to give the device a sturdier feel. This improves rigidity when locked into its tablet form, which makes it feel like sturdier device.

Overall, lots of minor improvements have been brought in here to try and improve the durability of the device, but until it's in people's hands, we won't really know how well these improvements have worked.

Change three: It now comes with 5G

It doesn't look like the US will get the 5G version of the phone according to CNET and it's unclear whether Australia will be able to buy the 4G or the 5G model, but for those in the UK you’ll be only able to buy the 5G variant of the phone.

That makes sense to include the burgeoning internet technology on the device as you’re already spending a lot of money on the phone itself so you'll want it to be futureproof.

We’ll be sure to test out the 5G variant of the phone once we’ve got our hands on it in the coming weeks. Those in the UK are able to buy the phone from September 18, which is exclusive to EE.

We've yet to learn exactly when Samsung will be bringing the device to the US and Australia.

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US Open live stream: how to watch the tennis semi-finals online from anywhere

Latest Tech News - Thu, 09/05/2019 - 16:14

We're in to the last few days of what's been a fiery US Open, full of shocks and surprises - but the last tennis major of the 2019 season isn't over yet. The last four standing in the men's and women's draws are ready to do battle and so we've compiled this handy guide for getting a US Open live stream online or on TV, no matter where you are in the world.

Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka are both out. That leaves Serena Williams ready to make up for her meltdown in last year's final. She's looking to get to US Open title number seven (7!). Ukrainian Elina Svitolina has never made a Slam final before, and nor have the other two semi-finalists Belinda Bencic and Bianca Andreescu. Williams is now odds-on to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 women's Grand Slam singles titles.

On the men's side, Rafael Nadal is the clear favorite to add to his previous three titles here. He has to get past the relatively unknown Matteo Berrettini in the semis, with one of the much fancied Daniil Medvedev and Grigor Dimitrov finally able to make a Grand Slam final.

For the 139th time, the best of the best from the tennis world will come together for the US Open in Flushing Meadows, New York City to battle it out for glory and to see who has the best hard-court game. This year there's a bumper prize money pot of more than $57 million up for grabs at, including $3.9 million for each singles champion.

Make sure you don't miss any of the tennis by following our US Open live stream guide below.

Live stream the US Open tennis 2019 from outside your country

For your watching options in the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, we have more details below - just scroll down the page.

But if you try to watch your domestic coverage from somewhere outside your home country, you'll soon find a problem...geo-blocking. That's where the broadcaster prevents you from watching the feed overseas.

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VPN servers attacked by Chinese cybercriminals

Latest Tech News - Thu, 09/05/2019 - 15:57

Fortinet and Pulse Secure's enterprise VPN servers are currently under attack by a group of Chinese state-sponsored hackers after details regarding vulnerabilities in their products were publicly disclosed at this year's Black Hat security conference.

A group known as APT5 (or Manganese) is carrying out these attacks and according to a recent report from FireEye, the group has been active online since 2007 and it “appears to be a large threat group that consists of several subgroups, often with distinct tactics and infrastructure”.

The cybersecurity company says that the group has targeted organizations across a variety of industries though its main focus appears to be on telecommunications and technology companies with a special interest in satellite communications firms.

After details emerged about vulnerabilities in both Fortinet and Pulse Secure VPN servers during a talk by security researchers at Devcore, a subgroup of APT5 began scanning the internet for vulnerable servers from both companies.

APT5 attacks

The CVE-2018-13379 vulnerability in Fortinet's VPN products and the CVE-2019-11510 vulnerability in Pulse Secure's VPN products are both “pre-auth file reads” that allow an attacker to obtain files from a VPN server without having to authenticate.

APT5 and other cyber threat actors have exploited these two vulnerabilities to steal files containing password information or VPN session data from Fortinet and Pulse Secure's products. However, those who have observed their attacks have yet been unable to determine if the group was successful in breaching either company's devices.

Security researchers at Devcore discovered the Fortinet and Pulse Secure vulnerabilites earlier this year and the company reported the issues to both vendors at the beginning of this year. Pulse Secure released a patch in April and Fortinet released a patch a month later in May.

However, APT5 was able to continue its attacks as many customers from both companies have yet to patch their devices. If your organization has a VPN server from either Fortinet or Pulse Secure, it is highly recommended that you patch your device immediately to prevent falling victim to an attack by APT5 or other cybercriminal groups looking to exploit these vulnerabilities.

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Phishing campaign targets victims with hacked SharePoint

Latest Tech News - Thu, 09/05/2019 - 15:21

A dangerous new phishing campaign has been uncovered that uses compromised SharePoint sites and OneNote documents to trick potential victims from the banking sector to visit their landing pages.

The cybercriminals behind the campaign have chosen Microsoft's web-based SharePoint collaborative platform to launch their attacks because the domains it uses are often overlooked by secure email gateways and this allows their phishing messages to actually reach users' inboxes.

After compromising a SharePoint account, the attackers use that account to send an email to potential victims in which they ask them to review a legal assessors proposal via an URL embedded in the message. This new phishing campaign was discovered by researchers at Cofense who explained why its tactics are so effective in a blog post, saying:

“SharePoint is the initial delivery mechanism to deliver a secondary malicious URL, allowing the threat actor to circumvent just about any email perimeter technology.”

Hiding in plain sight

The URL in the initial message sends users to an attacker-controlled SharePoint site where a well-made fake OneNote document made to be illegible asks the targets to download the full version using an embedded link. However, this link actually sends bank employees to the attacker's phishing page.

On the phishing page, targets see a web page impersonating the official OneDrive for Business login page with a message above the login form which reads: “This document is secure, please login to view, edit or download. Select an option below to continue”.

From here, users are given the option to login with an Office 365 account or with their account from any other email provider. This way if a user is unwilling to give up their Office 365 credentials, the attackers will still get access to another one of their accounts.

Once a victim inputs their login credentials, they are collected automatically by the BlackShop Tools phishing kit used in the campaign and available for sale on the dark web.

To prevent falling victim to a phishing attack, it is recommended that you avoid opening emails from unknown contacts and carefully scrutinize the URLs of the websites you visit.

Via Bleeping Computer

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Before Dark Souls and Elden Ring: FromSoftware's weird, wonderful past

Latest Tech News - Thu, 09/05/2019 - 15:15

Role-playing games have changed a lot throughout the years, transitioning from a genre that was once set in stone, to something that’s unpredictable, exciting and diverse. 

At the helm of changing our perception of RPGs and their potential are companies such as FromSoftware. This Japanese developer has taken gamers on a variety of treacherous pilgrimages, from the cursed lands of the Souls series to the diseased-ridden streets of Bloodborne’s Yharnam. 

With the fairly recent edition of the Sengoku inspired Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and the upcoming epic collaboration with George R.R. Martin that is Elden Ring, it seems like FromSoftware's unforgiving game mechanics can be injected into any mould. 

It’s easy to forget, however, that FromSoftware has been developing games since as early as the original PlayStation, with its take on RPGs finally reaching a refined state once Hidetaka Miyazaki stepped in to direct Demon’s Souls. FromSoftware's legacy of role-playing titles is a crucial part of the company's history, reflecting its journey to becoming the master of the RPG experience. 

The dawn of FromSoftware

King's Field

FromSoftware originally developed productivity software, which is perhaps why its take on videogames leans towards the dark and dismal. If you can’t recall ever seeing its logo on games of the past, it could be due to the fact that it had other companies publish its titles in the West, such as Crave, Ubisoft and Agetec. 

FromSoftware’s debut role-playing experience, King’s Field, was actually the first RPG to launch on the PlayStation in the West. First released in Japan in 1994, King's Field is a first-person medieval fantasy, which is often hailed as the grandfather of the Souls series. 

While this statement in itself should be taken with a pinch of salt, King's Field has undeniable tones of ambiguity within a dark and perilous landscape, which are all vital components of FromSoftware’s signature franchise, and is why Demon’s Souls is referred to as a spiritual successor. 

Despite the first King’s Field title not receiving a western release, the series' second instalation eventually made its way onto the PlayStation in 1995, two years before Final Fantasy's Cloud Strife and his unwieldy sword. The game sold well enough to merit four sequels, with polarized opinions when it came to reviews.

However, many of the game's faults are also regarded as its features, with mechanics being described as slow. The speed of the game is said to attribute to its immersion factor, allowing players to take in the world around them. When you compare this style of gameplay to modern FromSoftware titles, it’s clear to see that the company has always had a thing for slowing the player down, whether it be literally, or by adding consequences for haste. 

If we can take one thing from the King’s Field series, it’s that FromSoftware had a clear vision of what it wanted an RPG to be - a dark and fantastical adventure that should be approached with pace. Mechanically, however, King's Field feels distant from the adventures we know and love today, with more of the company's progression being portrayed by experimentation in the early 2000s.

Trial and error


During the dawn of the PlayStation 2 in the early noughties, FromSoftware began to drift away from the King’s Field formula - for better or for worse. 

SquareSoft’s dominance within the RPG scene had become a force to be reckoned with, solidifying its stronghold with three Final Fantasy titles on the original PlayStation. In order to tackle its competitors, FromSoftware would have to try something different enough to merit player’s time. The company’s first two titles on the new PS2 platform, Eternal Ring and Evergrace, were both still RPGs, yet they created a split in FromSoftware’s application of role-playing games.  

Eternal Ring is visually the same as the King’s Field series at face value, with a first-person view of a slow-paced fantasy adventure, featuring a magician as its protagonist. It’s clear that FromSoftware wanted to challenge SquaresSoft’s RPG formula, with even the game’s tagline reading “Who said Fantasies had to be Final?”. 

Underneath the hood, Eternal Ring began to develop complex RPG mechanics that would help convey the depth that the genre was capable of. While Eternal Ring handles like an Elder Scrolls game on Ritalin, it features a ‘build your own’ ring system that allows players to use gems to both equip spells and boost stats simultaneously. With such a vast number of combinations of gems and rings, Eternal Ring boasts a level of customization that was absent from most RPGs of the time.

On the other hand, FromSoftware’s additional PS2 title Evergrace was a step into the brave unknown for the company, with mechanics that may seem all too familiar to Souls fans. Aesthetically, however, Evergrace is more akin to a Japanese anime than FromSoftwares usual affair, with the game’s protagonists featuring a get-up that’d be welcome in a Final Fantasy party. 

"With such a vast number of combinations of gems and rings, Eternal Ring boasts a level of customization that was absent from most RPGs of the time"

Evergrace has something of a convoluted plot, with details surrounding the world and characters ambiguous. There are two playable characters, Darius and Charlene, who both follow a different narrative and combat styles. The main crux of the plot revolves around the characters trying to uncover the secrets of ‘The Crest’, a mysterious mark that is described as being cursed for those branded. Sounds familiar? The similarities to Dark Souls don’t end there.

Evergrace is a third-person RPG that features a ‘paper doll’ form of customization, which was another way of describing how your character would wear their equipped armour and clothing. Being able to customize a character's appearance in an RPG was a novel mechanic, especially considering its absence from the big players of the genre. This mechanic wasn't just ‘style over substance’, as each equipped item also had a collection of stats, which could correlate with physical attributes. 

In terms of ‘levelling up’, the system implemented is somewhat vague, with stats being upgradable upon collection of a ‘blue fruit’, but the attributes themselves follow the same pattern as Dark Souls. While this is something many titles have now adopted, it seems FromSoftware knew that this system was a perfect fit for its RPGs, as it can still be found in the likes of Dark Souls and Bloodborne. 

Evergrace received a mixed reception amongst critics of the time, with clunky gameplay being one of the game’s setbacks. Despite this, it’s easy to see how the combat system in Evergrace could transition into the action RPG elements found within SoulsBorne titles, with the player actively trading blows of weapons and magic with an enemy.  This also corresponds with a ‘power’ bar, which effectively works on a similar level to stamina, only with a depleted bar affecting how much damage can be done to enemies. 

It’s important to remember that despite the fact there are similarities, that's not to say the mechanics of Evergrace hold a candle to anything from the modern FromSoftware library. Instead, this comparison serves as an explanation of how the company structure its game design. 

The birth of Souls

Demon's Souls

Throughout the noughties, FromSoftware stuck to what it knew best, focusing mainly on its Armored Core and King’s Field franchises. Despite the company’s ambitions when it came to RPGs, none of its attempts seemed to stand out amongst a sea of Square Enix hits. The transition to becoming one of the biggest names of the role-playing genre was something of a fluke, with certain internal developers taking a rather opportunistic approach to laying out their artistic visions.

After the development of Armored Core 4, a team at FromSoftware began work on a project with the intention of creating an action RPG. The project faltered at the early stages of conceptualization, which lead to Hidetaka Miyazaki making a request to join the team in hopes of revitalizing the work towards making the concept a reality. 

So, how does this tie into the other FromSoftware games from before? Well, the team working on said project comprised of company veterans such as Shinichiro Nishida, who was one of the King’s Field writers. These veteran’s game design standards, alongside Miyazaki’s own vision, which was inspired by the likes of Bushido Blade and Monster Hunter, almost guaranteed a formula for success. Of course, the games main inspiration was drawn from King’s Field, using its art style and difficulty to mould something new. 

This blend of existing concepts and new visions lead to the creation of Demon’s Souls, the title which would serve as a proof of concept for how FromSoftware could create further unique RPG experiences. 

Yharnam wasn’t built in a day

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

FromSoftware’s slow transition into creating titles like Dark Souls, Bloodborne and Sekiro was a necessary step to creating their iconic formula.

While FromSoftwares legacy might be flawed, but these games kickstarted ideas that had been previously unseen in the RPG genre. The company’s most recent title, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice demonstrated that the formula is beginning to experiment with a different approach, which might mean that the upcoming game Elden Ring may stray even more from the beaten path.

Needless to say, the company has developed its confidence when it comes to the execution of ideas, with plenty of time spent at the drawing board during their infancy. Who knows, perhaps we’ll be looking back at modern-day FromSoftware titles in the future, assessing how they influenced every changing world of RPG mechanics as we know it. 

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OnePlus 7T might get the 90Hz display without needing the ‘Pro’ label

Latest Tech News - Thu, 09/05/2019 - 14:58

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau just all but confirmed the company's anticipated OnePlus 7T will get the 90Hz display found in its OnePlus 7 Pro. The 90Hz display was well received, and it will be coming to a more affordable phone soon, Lau told CNET in an interview.

To quote Lau: "The overwhelming positive feedback pushed us to bring 90Hz, which we believe will become standard on flagship phones, to our highly acclaimed premium lineup so that more people can experience the smooth scrolling display." And, Lau said the new device will be cheaper than the OnePlus 7 Pro. It will also launch very soon.

Making sense of it

These details all suggest a OnePlus 7T with a 90Hz display. OnePlus releasing an updated Pro model that costs less than the previous OnePlus 7 Pro seems highly unlikely, as it would more likely replace the previous model at the same price point.

OnePlus has consistently updated its phones, adding a T to the name, since the OnePlus 3T several years ago. These phones have come with some minor changes like processor upgrades or slight design changes from their non-T predecessors.

The OnePlus 7T is already expected soon, and may even launch as soon as September 26 in India, with a later launch in October elsewhere, according to one leak. Right now, eyes are on an October 15 OnePlus launch.

All of the details line up well with a OnePlus 7T coming with a 90Hz display. But, that may be its only significant upgrade. It may still stick with the teardrop notch, with the pop-up camera remaining exclusively for the Pro model. There has been some speculation that both the OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro could get updated to Qualcomm's faster Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset.

One thing that's almost certain is that Lau was probably not talking about a new, cheap phone. OnePlus seems to have abandoned the idea of making truly cheap phones, and we wouldn't count on another OnePlus X-type device.

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