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Get a high-powered 2019 smartphone deal for £7.50 a month...with just one tiny catch

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 06:56

In a world where paying well over £1,000 for a brand new phone is the new norm, we're always looking out for those mobile phone deals that can slice those costs down as much as possible - that's where this super cheap phone deal comes in.

The folks over at Mobile Phones Direct have pulled out a phone contract dripping in affordability. Offering the impressive Motorola Moto G7 Power for an effective £7.50 a month.

Considering that works out to just £180 over the two year contract, you would be right to assume there's a catch. Well there is, but by no means a major one. This contract actually costs £24 a month.

Now before you gather the mobs and grab the pitchforks, let us explain. Yes, you do have to pay £24 a month but Mobile Phones Direct will also throw in an absolutely whopping £396 in cashback. That cashback can be claimed through five payments throughout your contract, effectively bringing the cost of this phone plummeting down.

While you might be thinking this is all a lot of work, you might be right...however, we can tell you now that even with Black Friday just around the corner, you will seriously struggle to find any mobile phone deal overall this cheap even then!

What makes the Motorola Moto G7 Power so good?

Considering the pricing listed above, you would assume this is a cheap, throwaway phone. And yet, the Moto G7 Power has specs way above its price range.

The most impressive feature is the battery. Containing a 5000mAh battery, this dwarfs the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, iPhone 11 Pro Max and the Huawei P30 Pro for battery power. And just to rub it in a bit more, the device features fast charging

Past that, the phone features many features expected from phones these days - a fingerprint scanner, 3.55m headphone jack and a full size 6.2-inch LCD screen.

The phone just falls short in the camera department and carries a processor that won't blow minds.

Read our full Motorola Moto G7 Power review

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Watchmen HBO beginner's guide: what to know before you watch

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 06:41

HBO’s Watchmen TV series is drawing close, finally bringing release to the hordes of comic book fans, culture geeks, and anyone vaguely interested in watching TV. But if this is your first time encountering the world of Watchmen, there are some things that might not be obvious when you start watching the show.

TechRadar had the chance to sneak-peek at the first few Watchmen episodes, and we can confirm this is a show very much deserving of your time – even if its bold take on the source material may be lost on those who aren’t familiar with the original comic series (published in a compilation graphic novel in 1987).

Who will watch the Watchmen? If you will, this is everything you need to know about Watchmen’s history before switching on that first episode.

1. This all started as a graphic novel

Watchmen started as a DC comic series in 1986, with a compilation of all 12 issues being published in 1987. The graphic novel regularly features on lists of the greatest books of all time, and has become a poster child for comics-as-literature ever since.

How did it all begin?

The original Watchmen comics were unafraid to offer a bleak and uncompromising view of recent political affairs, reflecting anxieties over nuclear warfare and police brutality in a medium that (in the 1980s) still wasn’t afforded the seriousness and respect it deserved. It wasn’t light reading, and you shouldn’t expect light watching either.

There have been multiple adaptations or continuations for the characters in Watchmen, including a recent comic mini-series, The Doomsday Clock, running from 2017 to 2019, as well as the 2009 movie directed by Zak Snyder. 

Watchmen co-creator Alan Moore has been an outspoken critic of the way that DC – which owns the copyright to Watchmen – has used his characters, with show creator Damon Lindelof having to publicly justify his TV adaptation in an open letter on Instagram.

2. Heroes have emerged – and changed everything

The cast of HBO's Watchmen, including Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) and Tim Blake Nelson (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs).

This may be an obvious point for those used to consuming, well, fiction – but there are some key events that distinguish the history of the US (where the graphic novel is largely set) and the world from the one we know.

The world of Watchmen starts to diverge from our own in the 1940s, when masked vigilantes start to appear to tackle small-time crime in North America’s bustling cities, beginning to blur the line between keeping order and just adding more violence to the streets around them.

While these heroes varied in popularity over time, and were often utilized by law enforcement and the US military, an official legal bill – the Keene Act – was passed in 1977 to prevent “costumed adventuring”, forcing many of them into retirement or more underground activities. In HBO’s TV series, even police officers have resorted to using masks to protect themselves and their families, though unauthorized vigilantes are still outlawed.

Notable heroes (or anti-heroes) included The Comedian, Nite Owl, Silk Spectre, Rorschach, and Moth Man. As HBO’s Watchmen takes place 30 years after the events of the comic, some of these characters will be more present than others, but there are also plenty of hints and nods to those off-screen that have clearly shaped the narrative in some way.

3. But this isn't quite a superhero story

If you’re used to the super-powered abilities of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they are in short supply here. Watchmen’s ‘heroes’ tend to be in peak physical condition, or have a knack for a certain skill – such as intelligence, subterfuge, or gadgetry – but they’re very much magnifications of regular people rather than people with claws for hands or laser beams coming out of their eyes.

There are some notable exceptions (namely Dr Manhattan, discusses below) but the characters here tend to be more Batman than Superman – and often without the former’s extensive cash reserves.

4. Dr Manhattan (yes, the blue one)

A tease in the Watchmen trailer showed off a glimpse of the world's only true superhero.

The only true superhero in the traditional sense, Dr Manhattan was an atomic scientist in the US military – original name Jonathan "Jon" Osterman – who was physically obliterated after becoming locked into an atomic test chamber. His body slowly reformed into a glowing god-like being with blue skin and the ability to manipulate matter, make duplicates of himself, and see into the past and future. 

He becomes a tool for the US government, and is instrumental in the country winning the Vietnam War (unlike in our own history). He also has a relationship with the Silk Spectre, another costumed hero, with their relationship forming a large part of the narrative.

At the end of the comic, Dr Manhattan largely left behind human matters, moving to Mars and ominously suggesting in the final pages that he might try to create human life of his own. There’s a brief glimpse of him in the trailer, from what looks like a satellite image, but he'll certainly cast a long, blue shadow – whether or not he appears much himself.

5. Adrian Veidt – and that giant squid

Jeremy Irons as Adrian Veidt / Ozymandias.

“Smartest man in the world” is quite the moniker, but fully deserved for Adrian Veidt, or Ozymandias, who acts somewhat as the villain in the Watchmen comics. He instigates a complex plot to do away with numerous vigilantes, even faking an assassination attempt on himself to divert suspiscion. 

He even manages to create and transport a giant, telekinetic squid into the city of New York – you read that right – killing millions in order to stoke fear around alien, transdimensional beings and band the globe’s countries together to prevent the escalation of nuclear war (which works, for now). Hero or villain? It’s never quite that simple in Watchmen.

There’s a lot of speculation around Jeremy Irons playing this character in the Watchmen TV show, though you’ll have to watch it (or read some spoilers) to find out whether this is true.

6. The legacy of Rorschach

How does white supremacy tangle up with Rorschach's journals?

The closest thing to Watchmen’s narrator was Rorschach, an emotionally bruised and bruising vigilante detective who spends much of the comics decrying the moral wasteland he sees in the US around him.

He’s unceremoniously obliterated by Dr Manhattan when threatening to expose Veidt’s plot to the world, though his diary – shown in excerpts of narration through the comics – makes its way to a newspaper office, with Watchmen ending on a news staffer wondering whether to pick it up and read it.

What we do know about HBO’s Watchmen is that Rorscach’s diary made it into the world, and was co-opted by a white supremacist group known as the Seventh Cavalry, whose members wear their own versions of Rorschach’s iconic ink-stained mask – based on the Rorschach Test that gauges one’s psychological state by what they read into various blot-like images, and formed a large part of the comics’ questioning of self-identity and the blurring between person and mask.

7. Clocks, watches, and smiley faces

The iconic smiley badge, worn by The Comedian.

In keeping with the nuclear anxieties of the time, the Watchmen comics use recurring motifs that hark to the Doomsday Clock, a real-life device that symbolizes how close humanity is to self-made destruction.

The image of a clock counting down to midnight reappears throughout the comics, with blood-stained smiley face pins and pocket watches using similar visual cues in imaginative ways – and you’ll want to keep an eye out for something similar in the show.

Where, when, and how to watch

Those are just the key figures and plot events to keep in mind before you tune into Watchmen – but you can expect Damon Lindelof’s show to play around with them as much as it pays tribute. 

You can find the first episode on the services below at the times designated, with new episodes dropping weekly for the season’s nine-episode run.

US: HBO Now (9pm EST, Sunday 20 October)

UK: Sky Atlantic / NOW TV (9pm GMT, Monday 21 October)

You can find out more about the show itself in our Watchmen release date, trailers, cast and characters guide.

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The world's smallest full-frame mirrorless camera, Sigma fp now available in India

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 06:20

Sigma, a Japanese company mainly known for its range of camera lenses and accessories recently debuted the world's smallest mirrorless camera. The Sigma fp is a full-frame mirrorless snapper that is supremely lightweight at 370g and can record at 4K UHD resolution. It is now available to purchase in India at Rs 2,15,000 for the body.

At this price, the Sigma fp goes up against the likes of popular full-frame mirrorless cameras like the Sony Alpha A7R III and Nikon Z6, to name a few.

Mr. Ananth Seshan, Director, Shetala Agencies - who represents SIGMA in India, said, “SIGMA fp is a fantastic new generation of cameras that will revolutionize digital photography and film-making. There are several modes the camera can be used with, making it highly versatile and perfectly adaptable to different styles of photography or videography.”

Sigma fp uses a 24.6MP BSI-CMOS sensor with the Bayer filter and can also record 12-bit CinemaDNG RAW video to an external recording unit. It has a built-in heat sink and the body is structurally sealed to make it resistant to dust and usual splashes of water.

The camera doesn't have a mechanical shutter and instead replaces it with an electronic one. One advantage of having an electronic shutter is the elimination of shutter sound and shock while taking pictures.

This mirrorless camera supports the L-Mount which means one can use other compatible lenses from Panasonic and Leica along with Sigma. Besides, one can also use a mount converter to attach Canon's EF Mount lenses on the Sigma fp.

Sigma has adopted a modular system for this camera, with users able to add features such as a hot shoe, viewfinder and a bigger handgrip to suit their shooting style and optimize the camera for stills or video.

The camera supports an ISO range of up to 25600 and has a 49-point autofocus system in place. On the back, there's a 3.15-inch LCD monitor with 2,100,000 dots and a 3:2 aspect ratio. The Sigma fp is devoid of a viewfinder given its small size but the company offers an LCD ViewFinder separately that can be attached to the camera.

In India, Sigma fp starts at Rs 2,15,000 for the body and Rs 2,50,000 with a Sigma 45mm kit lens. The company hasn't revealed the prices of optional accessories yet.

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Even the most budget Moto G8 phone is set to have a surprisingly advanced camera

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 06:09

The Moto G8 series of smartphones is bizarrely leaking months before we'd expect it to – first the Moto G8 Plus specs were leaked in full, and now it seems hands-on images of the Moto G8 Play show us what the budget end of the Moto G8 series is set to look like.

These snaps come from Brazilian site Tudocelular, and they show the front and back of the handset. Admittedly that's not a lot to go on, but luckily Motorola puts sleeves on its handsets with plenty of information, so there's actually a lot of information.

We were expecting to see the Moto G8 smartphones launch at the beginning of 2020, ahead of MWC 2020, but new rumors are pointing to a much earlier October 24 release date. The number of leaks we've been seeing suggest this could actually be the case.

Motorola has a lot on its plate right now. Between the Moto G8 series of (what we're expecting to be) four smartphones, the Motorola One Macro which is awaiting a global rollout, and the foldable Motorola Razr which is slated for a November 13 unveiling, there are set to be plenty more Moto phones out by Christmas.

What are these Moto G8 Play specs?

The most intriguing feature of the Moto G8 is that it looks set to have three rear cameras – the Moto G7 Play only had one, so three is a surprisingly big showing for the budget device of the range. The Moto G8 Plus leak suggested it'll have three snappers too, so if these are to be believed the distinction between these devices will be less.

One of these will be the main camera, which is set to be 48MP on the Moto G8 Plus but will likely only be 13MP on the Moto G8 Play, matching the single shooter on the G7 Play. This will definitely be joined by a sensor with an ultra-wide lens, which is detailed on the box, but the third lens is unclear. It could be a telephoto lens, or perhaps macro or a depth sensor.

On the front of the Moto G8 Play there's set to be an 8MP selfie camera, which is what we saw in the Moto G7 Play. This sits in a fairly large notch – it's not huge, and is smaller than the G7 Play's, but it's also not as small as other smartphones might have.

The screen is set to be a 6.2-inch HD+ display, which is quite a surprise, since the Play has often been the smaller of the Moto G range – the Moto G7 Play was only 5.7 inches. 

The phone looks set to run on a 4,000mAh power pack, which again is much bigger than the 3,000mAh in the G7 Play. With a capacity that high, the Moto G8 Play looks set to rival the expected Moto G8 Power in terms of battery size (unless that gets a boost too).

In terms of design, the handset doesn't actually look that much like the Moto G7 Play, but it looks a lot like the Moto G8 Plus render we saw. There's a smaller notch than before, a higher rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and no circular central camera bump. Instead, the cameras are vertical down the side of the device.

From the leaked images, it looks like the Moto G8 Play could be way more advanced in terms of specs than the Moto G7 Play – which, lest we forget, was the most 'budget' of an already-affordable line of handsets. Does this mean the price could see a healthy bump up too? We'll have to wait until October 24 to find out, if that is indeed when we find out about the Moto G8 handsets.

Via GSMArena

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UK government reveals major cybersecurity investment

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 06:07

The UK government has announced a multi-million pound investment project to help protect the country's businesses from cyberattacks.

The £36m scheme will see the government partner with leading tech firms such as ARM as part of the next phase of the Government’s Digital Security by Design initiative, which has also previously been backed by Google and Microsoft. 

The news comes soon after recent DCMS research found the average cost of a cyber-attack on a business, including data breaches, has increased by more than £1,000 since 2018 to £4,180. 

Secured

ARM, long regarded as one of the UK's top technology success stories, will be lending its hardware expertise to help develop new chip platforms that are more resistant to cyber threats.

The company will look to create prototype silicon known as the Morello Board, which will act as a real-world test platform for prototype architecture developed by ARM that uses the University of Cambridge’s CHERI protection model to help spot and stamp out new security threats.

Alongside this, the government is also funding that development of safer, more resilient wireless networks through a new ‘Prosperity Partnership’ between Toshiba Research Europe, University of Bristol, GCHQ and Roke Manor Research. 

The funding will help research new techniques that are able detect future threats and mitigate their effects – including financial extortion, terrorism and damaging or destroying established systems.

“Cyber-attacks can have a particularly nasty impact on businesses, from costing them thousands of pounds in essential revenue to reputational harm," Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom said, announced the plans. 

“Cyber-criminals operate in the shadows, with the severity, scale and complexity of breaches constantly evolving. It’s critical that we are ahead of the game and developing new technologies and methods to confront future threats, supporting our businesses and giving them peace of mind to deliver their products and services safely. 

“Investing in our world-leading researchers and businesses to develop better defence systems makes good business and security sense.”

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Malicious WAV files can be used to deliver malware and cryptominers

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 06:04

Security researchers have discovered a malware campaign that uses seemingly innocent audio files to deliver malicious code and cryptocurrency miners. WAV files with the malware hidden in them using steganography played as normal, giving no indication that there was anything wrong with them.

The malware-riddled files are sent out to victims via email, and once played will install and run a mining tool for the Monero cryptocurrency. In other cases, Metasploit code was used to open up a computer to remote attack.

Researchers Anuj Soni, Jordan Barth and Brian Marks from BlackBerry Cylance are the trio who made the discovery. "Each WAV file was coupled with a loader component for decoding and executing malicious content secretly woven throughout the file's audio data," they explained. "When played, some of the WAV files produced music that had no discernible quality issues or glitches. Others simply generated static (white noise).

"Our analysis reveals some of the WAV files contain code associated with the XMRig Monero CPU miner. Others included Metasploit code used to establish a reverse shell. Both payloads were discovered in the same environment, suggesting a two-pronged campaign to deploy malware for financial gain and establish remote access within the victim network".

Hiding in the music

The encoding and obfuscations used to encode the malware into the audio files makes it very difficult to detect. While the examples discovered by BlackBerry Cylance researchers made use of audio files, they warn that the same techniques could be used to hide malware in any type of file.

A detailed write-up of how the attack works can be found on the Threat Vector website.

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Get two games for £30 at Argos before Black Friday, including Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 05:33

We're expecting to see some great Argos Black Friday deals next month, but you don't need to wait until November to find a bargain – for a limited time, you can get two selected PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch games for just £30.

It's a great deal, and includes titles such as Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Tom Clancy's The Division 2 and Wolfenstein: Youngblood.

This deal ends at midnight on October 18, so you'll need to move quickly to grab your games.

Don't see anything you fancy? Don't worry, there will be lots more great discounts on games, consoles and bundles throughout Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and we'll be on hand to bring you all the best deals as soon as they appear.

Via IGN

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Intel will take on Nvidia and AMD GPUs by mid-2020 – but gamers could be disappointed

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 05:31

Intel could be preparing to launch its discrete graphics card, based on its Xe architecture and built using the 10nm process, by the middle of 2020.

This means that by the halfway point of next year, Nvidia and AMD, the two main players when it comes to discrete (standalone) GPUs will have to share the market with a new rival: Intel.

The rumors of a mid-2020 launch for the Intel Xe graphics card come from industry sources, according to DigiTimes. Apparently, the sources have said that: “Instead of purely targeting the gaming market, Intel is set to combine the new GPUs with its CPUs to create a competitive platform in a bid to pursuit business opportunities from datacenter, AI and machine learning applications.”

That means that Intel’s upcoming graphics card might not be aimed at gamers. The focus on AI and machine learning applications in particular could worry Nvidia, which has been investing heavily in those areas.

Increasing influence

So, PC gamers looking for a new GPU to run the latest games might be a bit disappointed. However, according to DigiTime’s sources, Intel is looking to increasing its profitability in the PC and datacenter markets, which also increasing its influence and reach in the AI and autonomous driving markets.

While Intel is best known for making processors, along with integrated graphics (which are included in the same chip as the processor), it has dabbled in making discrete GPUs before – but without success.

It seems like the company is more determined to succeed this time, and has nabbed AMD’s former CTO of graphics, Raja Koduri. Intel has also created an R&D center in India to work on the 10nm Intel Xe GPU, which again according to DigiTimes will launch in 2020, with a 7nm GPU, using Foveros 3D technology coming in 2021.

The rumours of an Intel Xe graphics card release date of mid-2020 corresponds with an earlier cryptic tweet by Koduri, which hinted at a June 2020 release.

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Huawei ships 400,000 5G base stations as third generation Massive MIMO arrives

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 05:30

Discussions about security and politics are never too far from the agenda when Huawei is concerned, but the company is pressing ahead with its 5G strategy, announcing new products and claiming strong industry momentum.

Ryan Ding, the head of Huawei’s carrier business, told the Huawei Mobile Broadband Forum in Zurich that it had now shipped more than 400,000 5G base stations and has secured more than 60 5G contracts. In contrast, it took Huawei five years to shift 170,000 4G base stations.

Despite the well-documented difficulties facing the Chinese firm, it is confident that consumer and industrial demand will see this figure rise even further in the near future.

Huawei M-MIMO

Huawei competes with the likes of Nokia and Ericsson to provide mobile operators with radio equipment and executives believe the launch of its third generation Massive MIMO (M-MIMO) platform will give it a significant technical advantage over the competition.

M-MIMO ‘tracks’ users from a base station to deliver faster speeds and support more devices. Huawei’s third generation M-MIMO supports up top 400MHz in all spectrum scenarios and transmits power of up to 320W – the highest in the industry – to allow operators to expand C-Band coverage.

It is also only 25kg in weight, allowing it to be installed by just one engineer and making it easier to deploy in sites where there is limited space due to existing equipment.

Executives were eager to claim leadership in the field, pointing out that it has been investing in M-MIMO for several years and has released three generations of the technology since 2016. Huawei argues that this body of expertise, along with its investments in chipset and radio technology mean it is better placed to serve customers.

As operators begin deployment of M-MIMO and other operators start to offer similar products, Huawei is pointing out that it has 700 mathematicians on its books, all working on the algorithms that power its technology.

Competitive field

“Several years ago we predicted M-MIMO would be major trend and the convergence of frequencies with antennas would go mainstream,” said Edward Deng, President of Huawei Wireless Solutions. “Our competitors are only starting now.

“[Our third generation M-MIMO] can support greater bandwidth, higher power and greater coverage. It’s lighter to help engineers with installation and lower the cost of deployment. It also has lower power consumption to drive down OpEx.”

Huawei’s difficulties are not going away just yet, although confirmation it will not be barred in Germany’s 5G rollout is a boost, and it has used its conference to reiterate a desire to work with industry on the issue of security and to continue to play a major role in standardisation.

It is looking forward to the launch of 5G Release 16 next year, which will allow for standalone 5G, and Release 17 which will include provisions for IoT in 2021. The latter standard will be critical in delivering new services for industry.

Huawei’s blacklisting in the US has limited its access to components from the US, but for now, it is having little impact on its products.

“We have shipped 400,000 M-MIMO units [so far] and 300,000 of those were shipped after May 16,” said Chaobin Yang, head of Huawei’s 5G product line. “Some modules have US-originated components and some don’t, but from a product perspective this makes no difference. Many of our shipments these are mixed and we have no idea which ones are [which].”

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BT's new SIM only deals with free BT Sport make rebrand launch worth celebrating

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 05:01

BT's having a facelift. In fact, you may have already noticed as the new BT logo has been slowly rolled out over the last few weeks. But today is the official rebranding launch at BT Towers.

Of course the TechRadar deals hunters like to look at nice things, but we get way more excited about great looking bargains. So BT Mobile's picturesque wave of new SIM only deals have really caught our eye.

We could wax lyrical about these offers all day - they really take the SIMO fight to the likes of Three and iD Mobile - but they're so good that they can easily speak for themselves:

So we're talking about big data SIM only deals for as little as £15 per month. But it's worth noting that the above prices are the special rates for BT Broadband customers only. If you're not already among that merry throng, then each tariff will cost you a fiver a month more.

Regardless, that's a very good base from which to begin. But then note the addition of the BT Reward Cards, too, which are pre-paid credit cards that you can spend in-store or online anywhere that Mastercard is accepted. A delightful little perk to add value to your SIM.

But it doesn't even stop there. There's an extra bonus for sports fans as well, as BT will give you a year's worth of FREE access to the BT Sport app by way of an extra incentive. So that means exclusive Champions League football, plenty of Premier League, Premiership rugby and more.

How do BT Mobile SIM only deals compare?

We like these SIM only deals from BT rather a lot (can you tell!?), but it would be remiss of us not to let you know what else is out there at the moment.

Three continues to impress, and two deals in particular stand out - its 12GB for £12/pm effort, and then the all guns blazing unlimited data for £20/pm, where you get it for half price for the first six months.

But let us throw a wildcard at you, too. The lesser-known Smarty can offer unlimited data for £18.75 per month FOR LIFE! But you have to get in there before the offer disappears next Tuesday.

Still not found what you're after? Then get yourself over to our best SIM only deals guide to see all of the best tariffs out there in the UK right now.

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UK consumers would rather ditch Facebook than Huawei

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 04:55

British users are losing faith in many of the most popular apps on the market today over concerns their data is being misused.

A study by Open-Xchange found that nearly a third (32 percent) would be happy to stop using products and services developed by Facebook - with a further 14 percent saying this extended to WhatsApp and Instagram.

In contrast, only 11 percent of UK users would stop using Huawei products, despite repeated accusations that the Chinese firm is engaged in surveillance practices.

Trusted

Other technology giants fared better in the survey, with only 10 percent actively looking to stop using services/products developed by Google. A further 11 percent of UK consumers said they are actively looking to stop using products or services developed by Apple.

Overall though, it seems that many consumers have serious trust issues when it comes to sharing their data online, with just six percent saying that big tech firms ‘completely’ respect their right to privacy online.  

Over half (58 percent) said they do not trust the big messaging platform providers with their personal data, and a similar amount (63 percent) answering ‘no’ when asked whether or not they believe that the big messaging platforms respect their privacy rights.

In total, just five percent of Britons state that they ‘completely’ trust these firms when it comes to how they handle their data.

“Today's biggest privacy risks arguably come from the big messaging platform providers," said Rafael Laguna, CEO of Open-Xchange. "These businesses are essentially utilities that we rely upon for personal and business communications; yet for a huge proportion of us, trust in these firms is at an all-time low." 

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Have your Bose headphones stopped working? Here's what you should do

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 04:22

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are among the best noise-canceling headphones on the planet, but a recent firmware update has reportedly left customers with headphones they just don't work as well as they used to.

Following the firmware update in June, proud owners of the QC 35 II headphones have been complaining of "noise cancelation degradation" in the Bose forums, according to What Hi-Fi?.

Bose has now offered customers who are experiencing these problems the option to complete an online survey – if the company believes your problem to be suitable, it'll give you a call, or arrange for a Bose engineer to pay you a visit at home.

Home visits do come with a small caveat however; you'll need to live in Massachusetts, USA, or in a bordering state for Bose to come to your home.

Should I buy the Bose QC 35 II?

On June 26, Bose said that it left the noise cancelation feature unchanged in the recent firmware update; however, a message from the Bose community team told QC35 II owners on September 2 that, "we have a dedicated team working on your complaints every day, all day... we’ve also contacted some of you to ask if we could come to your home, and test your QC35 II, with your phone, in your surroundings."

While some customers were initially able to uninstall the firmware update, Bose has since blocked the ability to do this, saying that the update was designed “address identified security concerns, according to The Verge.

Reports of issues with the Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones comes after the brand launched its class-leading Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700, which were made with a focus on sleek design and “breakthrough” audio tech that applies noise cancelation to calls as well as music.

Now that there's a newer model on the block, we're expecting to see the QC 35 IIs – and other older Bose headphones – to be discounted over Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

If you're thinking of buying a pair of noise-canceling headphones this November, it's worth considering the issues some Bose customers have had with this particular model – which are otherwise a fantastic pair of over-ear headphones.

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Samsung warns users of a flaw that lets unregistered fingerprints unlock the Galaxy S10

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 04:14

A flaw is found on the Samsung Galaxy S10, which allows unregistered fingerprints to unlock the phone. The company says it's aware of the issue and a fix should be coming soon.

Last week, a Samsung Galaxy S10 owner found that her left thumb could also unlock the phone, but she'd only added the right thumb. It started happening after she applied a third-party screen protector to the phone. It was then tried on other S10's as well, and all of them confirmed the issue.

Samsung was quick to acknowledge this bug and issued a statement, promising a fix soon. It added that only "Samsung authorized" accessories should be used. In a statement to BBC, Samsung said that it is aware of the malfunctioning fingerprint issue and will soon roll out a software patch.

Unlike other in-display fingerprint scanning solutions, Samsung uses an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner on the S10 and the Note10. It allows fingers to be recognized even if they are wet or soiled. However, a thick screen protector will meddle with this scanning process, and that is likely to be the case here.

What should the S10 users do?

The issue currently seems limited to only a few screen protectors, and shouldn't be long before Samsung fixes even that. In the meanwhile, if you need to use a screen protector on your Samsung flagship, go for slimmer plastic ones, or continue using the pre-applied one.

Also, we would recommend you to change the unlock method to anything but fingerprint by the time Samsung releases a fix for the issue.

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Studio Ghibli movies are headed to HBO Max as the streaming wars heat up

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 04:01

For the first time ever, movies by the Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli are coming to a streaming service. And no, it's not Netflix, Amazon Prime or even Disney Plus – it's HBO Max which has bagged the rights.

The much-loved catalogue, which includes animated classics such as Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, will be available to stream on HBO Max when the service launches in spring of 2020.

The entire Studio Ghibli back catalogue will be coming to HBO Max – interesting considering that Spirited Away, the animation house's most successful film, was original distributed in the US by Disney.

A big win for HBO

"We are excited to be working with HBO Max to bring the complete collection of Studio Ghibli films to streaming audiences in the U.S. As a premium content brand, HBO Max is an ideal home for our films," said Koji Hoshino, chairman of Studio Ghibli, in a statement to Variety

"Upon launch of the service this spring, existing Ghibli fans will be able enjoy their favorites and delve deeper into the library, while whole new audiences will be able to discover our films for the first time."

It's a day many thought would never come – as Hayao Miyazaki, founder of the studio and leading creative force behind many of the films, has been outspoken of his dislike for streaming services previously.

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New Motorola Razr folding phone teased for November 13 launch

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 03:41

Rumors of a foldable Motorola Razr handset have been building ever since the company's CEO teased TechRadar with details of one back in early 2018, but it may now be finally time for us to see it.

Motorola has invited press in the US to an event in Los Angeles, with a variety of hints that it's planning to unveil the company's first foldable phone.

The invite comes with a GIF that shows the hinge of the Motorola Razr V3 with the tagline 'an original unlike any other'. 

When the GIF moves, it seems to peel back and unveil another handset underneath but it's hard to gleam any meaningful information about the phone from this small teaser.

That's not all though, as the invite also states 'you're going to flip', which is a clear reference to the original Razr series being flip phones.

If it all wasn't clear enough, it also says this will be the 'highly anticipated unveiling of a reinvented icon' so we can expect it to sport that Razr name as well when we hear about it next month.

The event is set to take place in Los Angeles on November 13, so it's not long until we'll hear more details about his handset directly from Motorola.

Via GSMArena

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How to watch The Walking Dead online: live stream season 10 anywhere

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 03:26

The Walking Dead is back and heads are set to roll, with the dreaded zombies being back and hungrier than ever. The show almost saw the loss of Rick on the previous season, but luckily he managed to escape and is back to fight for his life on season 10.

Don't know where to watch it? Don't worry this isn't a matter of life or death - we're here to tell you how to watch The Walking Dead online - no matter where on Earth you are.

Season 10 brings fresh new battles and challenges for the remainder of humanity. And we're not talking strictly about zombies either, as the season 10 trailer teased the main worry for the Survivors is the Whisperers. 

Sunday's episode was certainly different, as it was split into two timelines and told the tale of how Alpha came to be the brutal butcher she is.

Now it's time for the next episode, titled Ghosts, and the teaser has shown that it will revolve heavily around the imminent war between the Survivors and the Whisperers. The trailer for the episode implies that there will be a huge show down between Alpha and Carol.

Don't want to miss the epic fight? Keep reading to discover more ways to watch The Walking Dead online and on TV. And if you can't get access to the show on a TV in your country, then your best bet could be online using a VPN. Find out more below.

Watch The Walking Dead online from anywhere in the world:

If you're away from home, out of the country, you can still get your undead fix. This is possible using a VPN to get around the usual geo restrictions - so you can live stream The Walking Dead at the exact same time that it broadcasts in the US.

Which VPN is best for you? Our fave is ExpressVPN. And how do you use that to watch The Walking Dead online? Read on to find out all you need to know.

How to watch the The Walking Dead in the US:

To watch The Walking Dead season 10 in the US you can do it most easily with access to AMC itself which will air the show at 9/8c each week on Sunday night. 

However if you don't have cable, you can access AMC shows with an internet connection and a paid for service like DirectTV Now, Sling TV or PlayStation Vue. You can also watch all The Walking Dead Season 10 on Amazon Video, Apple iTunes, FandangoNOW and VUDU. Which means you can watch it on your laptop, smartphone, smartTV or tablet. 

The great news is that you can get free trials with some of these servers so if you want to try before you buy, that's an option too.

Not in the US this Sunday? Then don't feel like you need to miss out. Head back up to our instructions for how to watch via a VPN above, and then you can watch through your preferred online method above.

How to watch The Walking Dead in the UK:

You can watch The Walking Dead season 10 on Fox TV every Monday at 9pm BST. Fox TV which is a paid for channel that is included on some Sky, Virgin Media, and TalkTalk packages to name a few. 

Beyond that you can also access the channel using a less commitment based service like Now TV. This lets you pay for a bundle for a period of time so you don't need to commit. For this you can opt for the Entertainment bundle for £8.99 per month which can be cancelled month to month and includes a one week FREE trial.

Not in the UK to watch? It's OK, you don't have to set it to record or rely on catching up - get your zombie fix by downloading a VPN and watching from wherever you are as described above.

Where can I watch old episodes of The Walking Dead?

It's never too late to start watching The Walking Dead with its nine seasons already completed and crammed full of excitement that never gets old. There are lots of ways to catch up:

US: You've got plenty of option so take you're pick! Here's a handy list of some of the most popular ones we've found: Google Play, iTunes, Fandago Now, Microsoft Xbox and Windows, Netflix, PlayStation Entertainment Network, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, Vudu and Amazon Video.

UK: NOW TV has every single Walking Dead episode ever made on its service, although you'd have to do A LOT of binge watching if you want to fit them all in to a single month's Entertainment Pass. However if you're an  Amazon Prime customer you can just go there to catch up on the first 9 seasons.

Everywhere else: If you've hunted high and low and still can't find anywhere showing the old 132 episodes(!) of The Walking Dead, then it might be worth giving a VPN a try to get access. Then you can potentially grab hold of them from a US or UK source.

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One of our best-rated Bluetooth speakers is down to just £61 at Amazon

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 03:23

If you want a great Bluetooth speaker to accompany you in the pool, shower or just being thrown around your life, then the UE Wonderboom 2 is one we rate highly - and it's now been given a big price chop at Amazon.

This is the lowest price we've seen for the floatable waterproof speaker, bringing it down from £89.99 to just under £62, which qualifies as a top bargain.

The Wonderboom 2 is optimized for listening outdoors, with an 'Outdoor Boost' mode, an IP67 dustproof/waterproof rating, and an impressive 13 hours of battery life – an increase of 30% compared to its predecessor.

Rugged design and powerful sound solidify the Wonderboom 2 as one of the best portable waterproof speakers you can buy – that's why we awarded it 4.5/5 stars when we reviewed it back in June.

It comes in a range of cool colours, but this particular deal only applies to the peach-hued model. 

Today's best portable speaker deal

While a saving of over £28 is never to be sniffed at, it's worth bearing in mind that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are coming up very soon – and that means the Wonderboom 2 could be discounted even further, but not by that much more.

If you want to wait, make sure you bookmark our Black Friday deals page for the latest news from the massive sales event; however, if you're in a hurry to get your hands on a new Bluetooth speaker, you can check out the deal above.

Via What Hi-Fi?

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New on Netflix this week: Living with Yourself: Season 1, The Laundromat, Arrow: Season 7 + more

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 01:36

With so many TV shows and movies arriving on Netflix in Australia each week, it can be hard to keep track of the service's many new additions as they arrive.

To help you find what's really new, we'll be publishing weekly updates that succinctly list all the new shows and films arriving on Netflix Australia, while also highlighting the week's biggest and most important releases, offering brief rundowns of the best shows and movies for this week.

So without further ado, here's what's new on Netflix for the week of October 7 to October 13, 2019. As you can see, it's fairly light in terms of new content this week, but there are still a few great options available.

For a complete list of everything that's coming to the service for the whole month, check out our guide to what's new on Netflix Australia in October 2019.

This week's highlights

Living with Yourself: Season 1 (18/10/2019)

Proving that two Paul Rudds are better than one, Living with Yourself is an existential comedy with a mind-bending premise that's right out of a Rick and Morty episode. Miles (Paul Rudd) is a man who finds himself struggling at life, and decides to do something about it by visiting an intriguing spa which promises to make him a better person. Unfortunately for Miles, that better person has materialised as a separate entity and has taken over his actual life. Funny thing is, everyone prefers this new and improved version. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine), Living with Yourself is sure to be delightfully quirky and heart-warming in equal measure.

The Laundromat (18/10/2019)

From acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Eleven, Magic Mike) comes The Laundromat, a star-stuffed affair that sees a woman named Ellen Martin (Meryl Streep) investigate an insurance fraud that leads back to a Panama City-based law firm (run by Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas) whose sole purpose is to help the world's wealthiest citizens amass even larger fortunes. Now, Ellen's determined to uncover this corrupt system and bring it down. 

Arrow: Season 7 (16/10/2019)

Unmasked to the public and serving a life sentence in prison, the Green Arrow's troubles have only just begun. Unable to protect his family while incarcerated, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) must find a way to survive while the villainous Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo) continues his reign of terror on the outside. Meanwhile, a ban on vigilantes has left Star City unprotected, leaving Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) to fend for herself using drastic measures. With the eighth and final season of Arrow set to drop soon, now's the perfect time to catch up before the show comes to a close.

Everything else that's coming to Netflix this week

ORIGINAL SERIES

Toon: Seasons 1-2 (18/10/2019)

MeatEater: Season 8 (18/10/2019)

Avlu (18/10/2019)

Baby: Season 2  (18/10/2019)

Interior Design Masters  (18/10/2019)

La casa de las flores: Season 2 (18/10/2019)

NETFLIX FILM

Eli (18/10/2019)

Seventeen (18/10/2019)

Upstarts (18/10/2019)

ORIGINAL COMEDY

Martin Matte: La Vie, La Mort...Eh La La..! (14/10/2019)

Park Na-rae: Glamour Warning (16/10/2019)

ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY 

Ghosts of Sugar Land (16/10/2019)

Tell Me Who I Am (18/10/2019)

Unnatural Selection (18/10/2019)

KIDS & FAMILY

Mighty Little Bheem: Diwali (18/10/2019)

Spirit Riding Free: Pony Tales Collection 2 (18/10/2019)

Greenhouse Academy: Season 3 (25/10/2019)

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

The Losers (15/10/2019)

Green Lantern (15/10/2019)

Police Academy (15/10/2019)

Cobra (15/10/2019)

Beowulf (15/10/2019)

The Pagemaster (15/10/2019)

Demolition Man  (15/10/2019)

The Big Bang Theory: Season 11 (17/10/2019)

What's about the rest of the month?

Of course, the list above is comprised solely of the shows and movies that are coming to Netflix next week. For a complete list of everything that's coming to service throughout the entire month of October, click here

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Samsung's swanky Serif QLED TVs are available in Australia from today

Latest Tech News - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 23:46

Aimed squarely at customers with interior design at the forefront of their buying decisions, Samsung's stylish new Serif QLED TV family has officially launched in Australia – and at surprisingly affordable price points for QLED sets, we might add.

Available in 43-inch and 55-inch models, Samsung's Serif TVs are designed with aesthetics and decor in mind, and were developed in collaboration with Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, two esteemed French industrial engineers whose work is admired around the globe.

As you can see, Samsung's Serif televisions sport a unique, outward-curving frame with an L-shaped profile, and have a distinctly space-age appearance. 

Included with each Serif QLED set is a four-legged metal frame which allows them to literally stand out. Alternatively, they can also be placed on traditional TV stands and cabinets, but where's the fun in that?

More than just a pretty frame

Apart from looking especially slick, Samsung's Serif TVs boast many of the benefits than can be found in the South Korean company's other QLED televisions, such as Ambient Mode (which includes two exclusive Bouroullec created designs in 'Fabric' and 'Leaf'), SmartThings compatibility, HDR10+ support and the ability to display over a billion colours. 

Additionally, Near Field Communication (NFC) has also been brought into the mix, allowing users to wirelessly connect to a set and play music through it by simply resting a compatible Android smartphone on the TV.

Available today from the Samsung website and select Harvey Norman and Good Guys locations, the Serif QLED TVs are priced at AU$2,399 for the 55-inch model and AU$1,599 for the 43-inch model.

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Budget smartphone maker Realme lands in Australia with four tempting handsets

Latest Tech News - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 20:47

As flagship smartphones from the likes of Apple, Samsung and Google are comfortably cracking the AU$1,000 mark in Australia, we’re seeing a rise in the number of budget and mid-range handsets that promise premium features at less than half the cost.

The latest brand to arrive on the scene, Realme, has launched locally with four new handsets due to become available throughout October, all under AU$500 and packing features that belie their price. Three of them, for instance, sport quad cameras while one even boasts an OLED display.

Realme has been around for a little over a year now, being founded by former Oppo vice president Sky Li, and already boasts 17 million global users. As the prices may suggest, the brand is targeting younger users that are still looking for “premium functionality, technology, and style”.

All four of the new handsets run on Oppo’s latest ColorOS 6.0, which is based on Android 9, and the brand shares production and supply facilities with Oppo. Research, development, and design teams, though, are independent.

Realme XT

The most premium of the range, the Realme XT (as reviewed by our Indian team), weighs in at only AU$499 and manages to pack in a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display (1,080 x 2,340) with a small “dewdrop notch”. It’s also able to capture images with resolutions up to 9,216 x 6,912 thanks to its “Ultra 64MP” mode and its quad-camera array.

These four cameras include an ultra wide-angle shooter capable of 119-degree photos, the primary 64MP snapper, as well as portrait and macro cameras for depth-effects and detailed close-range shots respectively.

Other standout specs include Gorilla Glass 5, a Snapdragon 712 CPU, Adreno 616 GPU, 8GB of RAM, a 4,000mAh battery and 128GB of storage (expandable by 256GB via microSD).

You can pick this handset up in either Pearl White or Pearl Blue finish options for AU$499 from October 22.

Realme 5 & 5 Pro

The middle two handsets in the range come in the form of the Realme 5 and the Realme 5 Pro (again, reviewed by TechRadar India), although the differences between them are more prominent than their titles may suggest.

Both phones share a similar quad-camera array to the Realme XT, with ultra wide-angle, portrait, and macro lenses, although the primary camera is a 12MP for the regular 5 and 48MP for the 5 Pro, rather than the 64MP one found in the XT.

The Realme 5 is actually the larger of the two handsets, with a 6.5-inch HD+ (720 x 1,600) display and massive 5,000mAh battery that promises almost 30 days of standby battery life.

By comparison, the 5 Pro has a 4,035mAh battery (which is still rather large), a 6.3-inch FHD+ (1,080 x 2,340) display, twice the RAM at 8GB, and bumps up the processor from a Snapdragon 665 to a 712.

The Realme 5 is available in Crystal Blue or Crystal Purple for AU$299 from October 25, while the Realme 5 Pro will land in Crystal Green and Sparkling Blue for AU$399 later on from October 30.

Realme C2

The most affordable of the bunch, the Realme C2, has a 6.1-inch HD+ display (720 x 1,560), a dual 13MP + 2MP camera array, 4,000mAh battery, 3GB of RAm and 64GB of storage (expandable by 256GB via microSD).

The C2 is available in either Diamond Black or Diamond Blue for only AU$199 from October 30.

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