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The best upcoming TV shows and movies on Netflix

Latest Tech News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 20:32

UPDATE: Jennifer Aniston's new film Dumplin' has been added to our list of the best upcoming movies on Netflix, along with a trailer and release date. Watch it and find out more about the film on the next slide!

Netflix has changed the way we engage with television shows and movies forever, giving us the most convenient way to experience both from the comfort of our living rooms, laptop screens or smartphones. 

With a rapidly growing library of shows on the service and a huge lineup of projects in the works, we've put together a list of the best upcoming TV shows and movies on Netflix for 2018 and beyond. 

The shows and films on this list have been hand-picked based on how excited we are for them, meaning that it's not intended to be a complete release schedule. Instead, consider it our curated list of the coolest looking Netflix Originals currently in the works. 

We've also included upcoming seasons of already established shows which we're really eager to see. So without further ado, these are the best TV shows and movies coming soon to Netflix.

From Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) comes the brand new Netflix Original animated GitS series, Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045. Not much else is known about the new series, other than it marks the return of Major Motoko Kusanagi (whose new look for the show can be seen above) and that it will debut sometime in 2020. 

Release date: 2020

Saddle up, space cowboys, because Spike Spiegel and crew will return in a brand new, live action Cowboy Bebop series from Netflix! We don't know much about it as yet, though it has been confirmed that series creator Shinichiro Watanabe will be involved as a consultant on the show. The original show followed a band of misfit bounty hunters, each haunted by their own past, as they travelled the galaxy trying to keep food in their bellies. Packed with incredibly action, amazing style and lovable characters, Cowboy Bebop is ripe for further adventures – provided Netflix can stick the landing. Christopher L. Yost (Thor: Ragnarok) will write the new series, while Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg will act as showrunners.

Release date: TBA

Jim Henson's classic family film The Dark Crystal is getting an official follow up from Netflix, and not only that, it will forgo CGI and feature puppets exclusively – just as Henson would've intended. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will see a returns to the world of Thra, and will follow three Gelfling as they start a rebellion against the evil Skeksis in an effort to save their home. You can watch the first behind the scenes teaser below. 

Release date: TBA

Arguably the hottest actor in martial arts cinema right now thanks to his starring turns in The Raid films, not to mention his supporting turn in the upcoming Mark Wahlberg actioner Mile 22, Iko Uwais has signed with Netflix for a 10-part series that takes place in San Francisco's Chinatown district. Uwais plays an aspiring chef who becomes an assassin tasked with restoring balance among the ancient triads that rule city. In case you need more convincing, Uwais will also act as the lead fight choreographer and stunt co-ordinator on the show, which also stars Byron Mann (Altered Carbon), with John Wirth (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles; Falling Skies) acting as showrunner. 

Release date: TBA

First published in 1978, the novel Watership Down told an survival story about a group of rabbits that venture out of their warren to find a new home in an attempt to escape tyranny and oppression. An animated version came shortly after, and while it looked like something akin to an old Disney film at first glance, its content would be considered incredibly bleak and disturbing to most children. Now, Netflix and BBC have teamed up to produce a new four-part Watership Down animated series and have already lined up some big names to lend their voices to the project, including John Boyega, James McAvoy, Gemma Arterton, Nicholas Hoult and Sir Ben Kingsley. Expect it to be even darker than the original. 

Release date: 2018

Having assembled an amazing cast for his next movie (now known as Velvet Buzzsaw), writer-director Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) looks set to deliver a fantastic Netflix Original film in the future. The film will star Nightcrawler alums Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo, along with John Malkovich, Daveed Diggs, Natalia Dyer, Tom Sturridge, Billy Magnussen and Zawe Ashton. The film has been described as a horror thriller. Sounds intriguing to us!

Release date: TBA

Exciting news for fans of Martin Scorsese's classic gangster films – the director is bringing The Irishman to Netflix in 2018, and Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino (working with the filmmaker for the very first time) are all along for the ride. The Irishman follows a mob hitman (De Niro) as he recalls his possible involvement in the murder of Jimmy Hoffa, and is based on the best-selling book by Charles Brandt. If you're a film buff and aren't excited about this, you may need to check your pulse. 

Release date: 2018

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Google Maps, Mail and Photos: top tips to make you a mobile master in seconds

Latest Tech News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 19:38

Google's core apps are almost designed to be taken for granted by owners of Android smartphones – Gmail, Maps and Photos are always there, delivering some of the core functions we use our handsets for. 

But dig deeper into what these apps can do, rather than just using them on autopilot, and you'll discover a bunch of handy features you may never have known existed. 

So let's take a look at some of the Google app features you may not have used before – we're confident that a few of these will make it into your daily routine. 

The features below are designed for Android phones, but most of them are equally applicable to iPhone users - we'll highlight where that might not be the case.

Google Maps

How to cache map areas in Maps

Google Maps lets you save huge chunks of map data, and this can be very handy. A phone doesn’t need mobile data to track your location, as it can use satellite-based GPS – but without downloaded or 'streamed' maps, it’ll look like your location is being tracked on a blank page. 

If you have the storage capacity on your phone you can download a rectangle hundreds of miles wide, and even more in the north-south axis. However, just saving a few square miles that you navigate around regularly should make Google Maps feel seamless. 

To select an area to download, tap Offline Maps in the Google Maps menu, then Select Your Own Map. You’ll see a map that you can pinch and drag to fit the cached area window, along with how much storage space it'll take up.

How to use Street View on your phone

You can do a lot in Google Maps, but parts that Google doesn’t think you’ll want to use every day aren’t always the easiest to find. Street View is a good example. 

The app doesn't let you zoom into Street View when you're in Satellite view, as you can in a browser, but in any of the view modes you can tap and hold on a point on the map to bring up a red map marker, and you'll then see a thumbnail image at the bottom-left of the screen – tap on this and Street View will launch from that point on the map. 

Log where you park your car

There are whole apps dedicated to letting you log where you've parked your car, but Google Maps can do it for you too. 

Just tap on the blue dot that identifies your location and menu will pop up that lets you find nearby spots and share your location – and also save that spot as your car’s parking location. 

This logs it as a saved point on the map, making it really easy to find – you'll want to remember this tip next time you're visiting an out-of-town shopping mall or parking at an airport.

Gmail

Creating a signature

Many of us use signatures for our work email, but few of us do so for our own accounts. 

You can add you own with just a few taps, and this will only apply to emails sent from your phone. In Gmail, tap the three-line icon to open the menu, scroll down to Settings and then select the account you want to add a signature to. 

Scroll down the Settings screen and you’ll see the Mobile Signature option. This lets you type in a message that’ll appear at the bottom of your mails – it might be the perfect place to apologize in advance for any egregious autocorrect errors you your phone makes. 

Gestures

If you want to change how Gmail feels to use, you can customize its gestures. As standard, when you flick left or right on an email it gets archived. However, you can change this, and make left and right swipes do different things – your options are delete, mark as read, move to a folder, snooze or no action at all. 

This is one of the clearest ways to make the Gmail interface work smarter for you – although if this all seems like overkill then it probably means you’re a 'no action' kind of gesture user. 

You’ll find these controls in the General Settings sub-menu in Settings, under Swipe Actions, although this tip doesn't work with the iOS version of the app.

Shortcut search commands

Ready to get nerdy? Gmail offers a search feature that, we’d bet, 99% of people don't know about. But if you have an inbox crammed with 10-plus years of emails and you need to find one, or you want to have a clear-out, Gmail's 'search operators' are invaluable. 

These are codes that you type into the search bar, and here are some examples:

Size:0000000 Change those zeroes to a number and Gmail looks for emails that are larger than that number, in bytes. So 1000000 will look for emails that are roughly larger than a megabyte. 

Older_than:1y – No surprises here: this command brings up all emails received more than a year ago. 

Has:attachment – This filters emails that include an attachment

Has:YouTube – Handy if you want to see emails that include a YouTube video 

If those don’t sound especially useful for your needs you can check out the full list of commands at the Google website.

Make your emails look more interesting

Start adding color and formatting to your emails and you quickly risk entering Comic Sans territory in terms of taste; however, if you’re emailing your friends, rather than your boss, maybe it doesn’t matter. 

You won’t see formatting options as standard when composing an email on your phone. To bring them up, long-press some text to select it and then select Format from the pop-up menu to bring up a bar of options. 

Among other things you can use italics, underline phrases, change font colors and add highlighting to text.

If you're using an iPhone, you're limited to only italics, bold and underlining - perhaps Google thinks iOS users don't have time for such frippery (or it was just too hard to implement).

Google Photos

How to free up space on your phone

If you've had your phone for any length of time, no end of storage will be taken up with photos of your kids, your lunch, and the occasional accidental snap of the inside of your pocket. 

Google Photos offers the best way to quickly free up a lot of storage space, short of deleting those 4GB games you only played once. 

In the Settings menu there’s an option called Free Up Space. This removes from your phone shots that have already been uploaded to Google servers, assuming that you've turned on photo backups. 

The one thing to note is that if you use Google’s free 'unlimited' online storage you’ll then permanently lose the photos at their original quality. To get around this you'll want to back up your favorite shots to your laptop or desktop computer, if you still have one. 

On a Windows computer, plug the phone into a USB port and enable USB file transfers in the phone’s drop-down menu – you can then drag and drop photos in Explorer as if your phone was a USB stick. The process is similar on a Mac, but you need to download the Android File Transfer app, available direct from Google. 

Using search

Search is perhaps the most sneakily powerful part of Photos, making full use of the clever software Google always has working behind the scenes. 

You can probably guess some of the kinds of searches you can make – type in a place name, for example, and Google Photos uses the geocaching tag on the image find suitable matches. Search for a particular month and, sure enough, photos from that month will show up.

However, you can also search for all kinds of objects, because Google automatically AI-scans your images as part of the process. Want pics of puppies, cheese, pizza, castles, rocks or faces? Just type in that term and Google Photos works its magic to find what you’re after. 

Settings images as your wallpaper

Google Photos lets you set your phone wallpaper right from the app (if you're not on an iPhone, that is), and many of you may have done so already; however, the whole point of this article is that we're not assuming everyone’s an Google whiz kid.

To set one of your photos as your wallpaper, find the image in the Photos app itself. Now tap the three-pip Settings menu button in the top-right of the screen and select Use As. 

This will bring up a sub-menu of options, such as setting it as a WhatsApp profile picture (if you have that app installed), as well as making it your Android wallpaper. 

Making your images more social-friendly

Google Photos Assistant offers many ways to tweak your photos before sharing them online – and the less capable your phone's camera, the more important editing becomes. 

There are two parts of this to explore. First, just open up a picture and select the button that looks like a column of sliders. This opens up the editing menu. Photos keeps this part simpler than most image-editing apps, with a just a row of presets and Light, Color and Pop sliders. 

For a natural look just apply the Auto preset, which adds a little more oomph to your shots without altering their character too much. 

All done? The next top pick is Collage, found in the Assistant tab. This fits multiple shots into a single image, for a fetching 'lifestyle' look. 

Brought to you in association with Nokia and Android One, helping you make more of your smartphone. You can learn more about the new Nokia 7.1 here, and you'll find more great advice on getting the most from your phone here.

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Spyro's big price drop makes it the perfect gift for the PS4 lover in your life

Latest Tech News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 19:01

Still haven't grabbed Spyro yet? Well now could be the perfect time in the lead up to Christmas.

Amazon is offering 20% off the Spyro Reignited Trilogy, meaning it's only £23.99 rather than £29.99 - saving you £6 on the nostalgic platformer collection. While this may not seem like a huge saving, it's the cheapest we've seen the title since Black Friday and Cyber Monday. 

The Reignited Trilogy includes HD remastered versions of the first three Spyro games: Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! and Spyro: Year of the Dragon. That's three titles for less than the price of one. Bargain. Plus, can you really put a price on nostalgia?

Best PS4 bundle deals

Haven't got a PlayStation 4 to play Spyro on? Don't worry, we have you sorted. Below are the best PS4 bundle deals right now:

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Honor View 20 release date, price, news and leaks

Latest Tech News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 11:05

The Honor View 20 - or Honor View 11 as it's rumored to be called - could be one of the very first phones of 2019, but it looks to have more than just that accolade as it seems set to include some novel tech, including a pinhole camera in the front screen.

While we don’t know as much about the handset as you might expect for a phone that’s this close to launching, some news and rumors are emerging. 

We've rounded up the best information we could find from the web's rumor mll and covered the key parts below, along with information on when you’ll actually be able to get your hands on the Honor View 20.

We’ll also be adding to this article as soon as we hear anything new, so make sure to check back regularly if it’s a phone that you think is worthy of a place in your pocket.

Cut to the chase
  • What is it? The successor to the Honor View 10
  • When is it out? Probably January 22
  • What will it cost? Likely upwards of £449 (around $580, AU$800)
Honor View 20 release date and price

Hottest leaks:

  • Coming January 22

The Honor View 20 is set to be announced on January 22, as Honor has sent out invites for a launch event on that date. 

Sure, while the View 20 isn’t named the company has said that this is a high-end phone, and given the timing the Honor View 20 is the obvious candidate. After all, the Honor View 10 was announced in December 2017 then went on sale in January 2018.

As for what it will cost, there’s no news there, but it’s likely to cost at least as much as the Honor View 10, which launched for £449 (around $580, AU$800).

That moon is a not so subtle hint at the pinhole camera

Honor View 20 design and screen

Hottest leaks:

  • An all-screen front
  • A 1080 x 2310 resolution

We don’t know much about the design of the Honor View 20, but it’s likely to have an all-screen look on the front with minimal bezels. Why? Because as the invite above shows, it looks set to have a pinhole camera cut-out in the top left corner, instead of the much-maligned notch.

This move would also likely strip out a lot of the top bezel. It would also be the first Honor phone with such a design – although the Huawei Nova 4 (from Honor's parent company) might get there first.

Having said that, according to some sources, the two phones could actually just be a single model, with the Nova 4 launching internationally as the Honor View 20. 

If so, then the image below (supposedly of the Huawei Nova 4) could show the new View 20, meaning there's very little bezel on the phone.

Credit: Trending leaks

A user agent profile spotted by NashvilleChatter meanwhile points to the screen having a 1080 x 2310 resolution, which would be an ever so slight boost on the 1080 x 2160 resolution of the Honor View 10 and would hint at a longer screen ratio.

Beyond all that, we can guess that the Honor View 20 might share some design elements with the View 10, which had a metal rear, although the bezels this time around are likely to be smaller. 2017's View also had a 5.99-inch screen, so the View 20’s screen will likely be at least that size.

It’s worth noting also that, prior to Honor sending out an event invite and all but confirming a pinhole camera in the process, there were some earlier leaked images shared on SlashLeaks supposedly showing the phone, which instead had a teardrop notch.

You can see these below and it’s technically still possible that these are accurate, as Honor hasn’t confirmed the name of the phone we’ll be seeing in January.

So on that basis it's possible that something else will be announced with a pinhole camera and the Honor View 20 really will have a teardrop notch, but we doubt it given the invite.

This is supposedly the Honor View 20, but we're not convinced. Credit: SlashLeaks

Honor View 20 camera and battery

Hottest leaks:

  • A pinhole camera
  • Strong low light skills
  • Fast charging

We’re more or less certain that the Honor View 20 will have a pinhole front-facing camera, thanks to the event invite. But that might not be the only camera feature that the invite hints at, as it shows the Paris skyline at night and reads “see the unseen”, which could be a suggestion that the Honor View 20’s camera will work well in low light.

Alternatively, it could be simply referencing that the pinhole camera allows for more screen real estate to be shown, which also makes a lot of sense.

We don’t know the specs of the camera, but the Honor View 10 had a dual-lens rear camera with both a 16MP color lens and a 20MP black and white sensor, so the View 20 may have a similar setup, though probably with some upgrades.

Given that Huawei’s (Honor’s parent company’s) flagship range now includes several phones with three rear cameras it’s possible that this will get a third camera too.

Indeed, some sites (such as 91mobiles) are reporting that the Honor View 20 will have three rear lenses, possibly a 16MP/24MP/16MP combo, but it's not clear where that site is getting its information from, so we'd take that with a pinch of salt.

Bloomberg has also reported that Huawei will soon launch a phone with a camera that can accurately judge distances between objects and create 3D models of them for use in augmented reality. 

Given the timing of the launch it's possible that this camera will be found on the Honor View 20.

We haven’t heard much about the battery yet, but thanks to a certification with a Chinese body, noted by GSMArena, we do know that it will probably support 22.5W fast charging. 

As for the size of the battery, it was a respectable 3,750mAh in the Honor View 10, so a large one is likely.

Honor View 20 OS and power

Hottest leaks:

  • An octa-core Kirin 980 chipset
  • Android Pie and EMUI

Honor has confirmed that a forthcoming device, believed to be the Honor View 20, has an octa-core Kirin 980 chipset. That’s the chipset you’ll find in the likes of the Huawei Mate 20 and Huawei Mate 20 Pro. It’s also likely to be used in the Huawei P30 range, so it’s top-end.

We don’t know the rest of the specs, but the Honor View 10 came with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, so the Honor View 20 will probably at least match that. Based on the previous phone a microSD card slot is also likely.

As for the operating system, it’s sure to run Android, in all likelihood Android 9 Pie. In fact, exactly that was spotted in the user agent profile mentioned above. It’s also sure to have the company’s heavy EMUI interface on top.

  • The Honor 11 is also probably coming soon
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Darts live stream: how to watch the 2019 World Championship from anywhere in the world

Latest Tech News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 09:48

The PDC World Darts Championship is set to kick-off this week as some of the world's best darts players go for the title of world champion. This year will see the highest number of players take part in the tournament so far, at 96 pros (including two female players), who are going for a £2.5 million prize fund that's up for grabs. And you can live stream darts from World Championship using this handy guide.

This year sees the new layout with extra players battling it out across 95 games that span 28 afternoon and evening sessions over 20 days. In something of a new era for the game of darts, 2018 will be the first since Phil 'the Power' Taylor retired, and the last for Dutch legend Raymond van Barneveld.

Rob Cross is the champion after his victory over Taylor in last year's final. That said, he's still only seeded second, with the awesome Michael van Gerwen favourite once again to take home the world title for a third time. Scotland's Peter Wright and Gary Anderson, as third and fourth seeds shouldn't be discounted though, the latter also seeking a third win at Ally Pally.

After winning the UK & Ireland's Women's World Championship qualifier, England's Lisa Ashton will make her World Darts Championship debut this year. She will be joined by three-time women's world champion Anastasia Dobromyslova.

If you want to catch all the action, you've come to the right place. Read on to find out how to watch a World Darts Championship live stream from anywhere you fancy using whatever device you like best - it's even FREE to do so in some territories.

How to live stream darts from anywhere in the world with a VPN

How to watch the World Darts Championship: live stream in the UK

How to watch the World Darts Championship: US live stream

How to watch the World Darts Championship in the Netherlands

How to watch the World Darts Championship: Australia live stream

Main image courtesy of pdc.tv

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A 5G, Snapdragon 855 version of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is arriving in 2019

Latest Tech News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 09:30

Get ready: the 5G phones are on their way, and we now know that one of the handsets leading the pack is going to be the recently unveiled Xiaomi Mi Mix 3. An updated version of the phone is coming in 2019 with 5G capabilities, the company has confirmed.

A 5G variant had already been teased, but as Android Central reports, Xiaomi used the China Mobile Global Partner Conference to announce that the new model be rocking the Snapdragon 855 processor and X50 5G modem – the magic formula for 5G access. The handset will arrive in Europe in the middle of the year and then China after that.

Xiaomi also confirmed that the phone will be able to achieve 2Gbps download speeds. Other specs include up to 10GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, and a 3,200mAh battery, so you can expect to pay quite a high price for it.

The 5G future

As network operators start the process of upgrading their infrastructure to 2019, a process which begins in earnest next year, mobile phone makers are preparing to launch 5G handsets whether you're ready for them or not.

We already know that a lot of these phones are going to be running the Snapdragon 855 chip – though it's possible that several 2019 flagships will come in 5G or non-5G flavors, so you can take your pick. Apple is being tipped to launch a 5G-ready iPhone in 2020, by which time 5G networks should be more widely available.

As well as significantly faster download and upload speeds (depending on your phone and network), 5G is also going to bring with it improved capacity – so you shouldn't lose signal at music festivals and sports stadiums in the future.

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Video: The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a powerhouse with a camera setup that no other phone can match

Latest Tech News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 07:48

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro is easily the most innovative smartphone of this year offering top-end specs, a beautiful design and features that will power the next generation of smartphones.

It also has the most versatile camera we have ever seen on a smartphone which includes the primary 40MP wide-angle f/1.8 lens bundled with a 8MP, f/2.4 3x telephoto and an ultra-wide 16MP, f/2.2 lens. The combination of these three Leica lenses allows you to take smartphone photography to new levels

We tested the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro under different lighting conditions, indoors, outdoors, macro and ultra-wide modes and the camera lived up to the hype surrounding it.

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TechRadar's downloads advent calendar: get Ashampoo Disk-Space-Explorer 2018 free

Latest Tech News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 07:00

The holidays are an expensive time, so we’re bringing you a special treat: a full, free Windows program to download every day until Christmas.

Behind the ninth door on our free downloads advent calendar you'll discover the full version of Ashampoo Disk-Space-Explorer 2018 – a fantastically useful tool that gives you a total overview of file distribution and disk space consumption.

Unlike Windows Explorer, Disk-Space-Explorer 2018 lists results based on file types, making it easy to spot those using more than their fair share of resources.

There are customizable filters to let you sort by certain file types (images or game files, for example), and the results are presented in bar and pie charts so you can see at a glance the proportion of disk space used by each file type.

You can also drill down through your file system for more detailed results. Grab Ashampoo-Disk-Space-Explorer 2018 free today and get a full picture of what's happening on your drives.

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The best Boxing Day sales 2018: what to expect before the January sales

Latest Tech News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 05:55

The Boxing Day sales have turned into a special event to finish off the year in style for all those last-minute bargains. But with so many stores shouting about new deals it can all turn into a bit of a blur, or maybe that's the eggnog and excessive amounts of turkey lulling us into a slumber.

The short version: you've got better things to be doing on the Christmas break than checking all the usual retailers and shifting through deals. So let us do it for you and roundup the finest ones right here!

When do the Boxing Day sales start?

Not a silly question at all. We actually saw lots of retailers push the button (probably with gravy on their fingers) quite early on Christmas Day. But it's not unusual to see some stores unleash new deals a few days earlier too. With so many super fast delivery options available now, or in-store pickup, retailers are keen to keep the deals going right until the last possible moment before Christmas Day. And a good thing too given how many of us tend to buy late - we'll start soon, honest. Maybe next week. 

If just before Christmas is the time to scramble for last-minute gifts, anytime from the day itself onwards is the chance to treat yourself or use those gift vouchers to make a great deal a truly spectacular bargain. Let's do this!

When do the January sales start?

Expect an early start here too. Although if we're going off the last few years, the January sales haven't been particularly special. It's been all about the Boxing Day deals really, although we're pleased to report some of the better ones stayed online a good few days into January. January sales are more of a continuation of the Boxing Day sales so you can probably expect to see many stores simply rebrand the sales to 'January' ones from the day after Boxing Day on December 27th. 

Given many workplaces are off until around January 2nd, retailers are keen to show you the best deals as soon as possible while you've got time off at home rather than try to push deals on you while you're heading back to work or nursing that New Year's Eve hangover.

Who's having a Boxing Day sale?

All the big stores get stuck in. With so many keen shoppers going online over the Christmas period in recent years, it's just too good a chance for them to finish 2018 off with some extra money in the bank. Let's take a look at the big hitters below and what you can nab from each.

Boxing Day sales retailer quick links

More a fan of browsing through the sales for your own special deals? Well, let us give you a head start. The links below will take you through to a wide range of retailers we're used to seeing get stuck into the Boxing Day and January sales spirit.

The best Boxing Day sales and deals from last year

Want a little taste of what to expect in the upcoming Boxing Day sales? Directly below you'll find a selection of some of the best deals we saw last year. Naturally, these prices expired a long time ago, but they they could be even cheaper now too! We'd certainly keep our fingers crossed for lower prices each year too. 

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Next year's iPhones tipped to look a lot like this year's iPhones

Latest Tech News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 05:30

The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR have only been with us for three months, but speculation about what their successors might look like has already started – and apparently, they're going to look very much like the 2018 iPhones.

Analyst Anne Lee, with Japanese investment bank Nomura, is predicting that the design of the 2019 iPhones isn't going to change much from the handsets that just launched, 9to5Mac reports. So the template set down by the iPhone X will get another outing: expect the same three display sizes and the same notch on top.

Considering this year's iPhones weren't vastly different in design from the iPhone X, Apple had been tipped to shake everything up a bit in 2019, but apparently that's not going to happen – at least according to this analyst.

What happens next

While Lee isn't one of the most well-known names in iPhone analysis, there is some sound reasoning here: Apple wants to wait for the next wave of internal tech – specifically 5G – before going to the trouble of redesigning its iconic smartphone.

Inside sources have already revealed that Apple is planning to add 5G capabilities to the iPhone in 2020, so that seems a good a time as any to give the overall design a refresh too. Exactly how Apple will evolve the look of its phones remains to be seen – perhaps the 2018 iPad Pros offer a few hints.

Anne Lee also says augmented reality is going to play a big part in upcoming iPhones – the AR features on the handsets are going to get upgraded in both 2019 and 2020 she says. By the time a new decade rolls around, we might even have some Apple AR glasses.

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Best Android phone 2018: which should you buy?

Latest Tech News - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 18:40

The best Android phones of 2018 are starting to look a lot more interesting, with some wild design changes showing up. Given the quantity of killer Android smartphones, it can hard to pick a winner, but we’ve had plenty of hands-on time with each, and have done the tough job of sorting for you.

For now, Samsung is still holding strong thanks to its talent for blending features, high specs, and a great design. But, with the way its competitors have been making quick advancements to their design and technology, the roster of best Android smartphones should get more and more interesting.

If you’re on the market for a new Android smartphone, be sure to check all of these devices out, as you might find some you’d never have thought of. You can also see the best phones and best unlocked phones to see how Android and iOS devices stack up. And, if you need mobile service to go with your phone, we can help you find the best unlimited data plan.

Now, let’s take a look at the best Android phones available right now.

While many try, it can be really hard to beat a Samsung flagship that nails just about every aspect of being a great Android smartphone. The Galaxy S9 Plus offers so much to meet the varied needs of just about any phone user.

The design of the Galaxy S9 Plus is great, with a nearly bezel-less display measuring 6.2 inches across. That screen is crisp with a high resolution, and it’s only made better by the Super AMOLED technology. And, let’s not forget about the inclusion of a 3.5mm headphone jack and an IP68 rating against water and dust ingress.

Pair that great design with powerful internals, ample storage that’s expandable via microSD card, and a suite of capable smartphone camera sensors, and you’ve got an easy winner. The pot is only sweetened by the lower price of the Galaxy S9 Plus compared to phones like the Mate 20 Pro, iPhone XS, and Galaxy Note 9.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

If it weren’t for the slightly bulkier design and the higher price, the Galaxy Note 9 would likely be at the top of this list. But, it still lands a neat second place behind the S9 Plus.

With a sharp, 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display, it’s offering a great viewing experience for anyone that’s on the go often. Inside, it’s powered by the same components as the Galaxy S9 Plus, but with larger storage capacities available, a bigger battery, and more RAM optional. 

The Galaxy Note 9 sets itself apart with the S Pen, which enables some handy hands-free features and smooth note-taking. The cameras on front and back are just as impressive as the Galaxy S9 Plus shooters. For everything that the S9 Plus offers and a little bit more, this is a winner if you have the wiggle room in your budget.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro isn’t the easiest to get your hands on in the US, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive a phone. It’s the best we’ve ever seen from Huawei, and stacks up well against all other Android phones.

It’s QHD display measures 6.39 inches and supports HDR10 for a great visual experience, as long as notches aren’t an issue There’s a fingerprint sensor embedded underneath the display as well. Inside, it’s offering impressive performance with Huawei’s own Kirin 980 chipset and 6GB or 8GB of RAM. It comes with plenty of storage and a large battery as well. 

The camera offering on the Mate 20 Pro is truly impressive, with a combination of three cameras on the back and a super-sharp 24MP selfie camera. The rear camera system combines a 40MP wide-angle sensor, an 8MP telephoto sensor, and a 20MP ultra-wide sensor. The result is an incredibly versatile snapper with AI backing it up.

Read more: Huawei Mate 20 Pro review

Almost as impressive as the Mate 20 Pro is Huawei’s earlier P20 Pro, which took the company’s phones to the next level in terms of camera performance. The P20 Pro also features a versatile triple-sensor camera system on the rear, combining a 40MP, 20MP, and 8MP sensor with different Leica lenses to offer lots of flexibility.

Inside the P20 Pro is Huawei’s Kirin 970 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 4,000mAh battery to offer plenty of life. At the price, which is comfortably below the Mate 20 Pro, these specs feel right.

The design is also eye-catching, with a two-tone finish on the rear and a big 6.1-inch OLED screen on the front. 

Read our full review: Huawei P20 Pro

The Galaxy S9 just isn’t quite as exciting as some of the other new phones, and that sees it fall a bit lower than its larger siblings despite having similar looks and internals.

Like 2017’s model, it has a stunning 5.8-inch display that fills almost the entire face of the device, ridding you of needless bezels and (for better or worse) the home button. 

The rear fingerprint sensor has been better positioned over the Galaxy S8. But, with newer phones offering in-screen fingerprint sensors, it’s just not that exciting. Still, the flagship quality and performance of this phone are not to be overlooked, nor is the recent trend in price, which sees it competing more closely with the likes of affordable OnePlus phones.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy S9

Google’s Pixel 3 XL is the best choice for anyone focused more on the camera than the phone. It’s the best camera phone on the market, and it does that with just one rear sensor, two front-facing sensors, and a whole lot of software optimization.

The design of the Pixel 3 XL isn’t quite as dazzling as the other offerings on this list, but it’s passable. It boasts a 6.3-inch OLED screen, but has a glaring notch at the top. The dual front-facing speakers help make up for that unsightly notch.

The internals are also competitive with the other flagship phones. And, with regular operating system updates guaranteed by Google, the Pixel 3 XL may have a longer life than some of the competition.

Read more: Google Pixel 3 XL review

For brilliantly high performance and the looks of a premium Android smartphone all at a fraction of the price of the competition, the OnePlus 6T is the phone to get. 

The new flagship from OnePlus has leapt ahead of some of its biggest competitors, Apple and Samsung included, to push forward a 6.41-inch display that has almost no bezel, a tiny notch, and a fingerprint sensor built into the display.

OnePlus’s cameras have also improved, making them close in quality to some of the best smartphone cameras around, if not quite as good. OnePlus also does a great job offering tweaks to Android that improve the experience without introducing a bunch of clutter.

Read more: OnePlus 6T review

LG may not be as present in the collective phone consumer consciousness as it once was, but it’s recent smartphones have been quality options. The LG G7 ThinQ is a testament to that.

Inside, the LG G7 is similar to other flagships, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset and 4GB or 6GB of RAM depending on the device’s storage size. It has a 6.1-inch display with a sharp 1440 x 3120 resolution, and can offering a blazing 1000 nits when you really need to see the screen in direct sunlight.

The dual-sensor system on the rear offers both a standard camera and a super-wide-angle lens for versatile shooting. AI helps the cameras along as well, recognizing scenes and subjects to dial in the settings so you can get a good shoot.

Read our full review: LG G7 ThinQ

It may be older and running on 2017’s hardware, but the Galaxy Note 8 is still an impressive Android phone. And, it’s only getting more affordable.

The design is similar to the Galaxy Note 9, so no one needs to know it’s not the newer phone. And, the Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 aren’t likely to feel slow too soon. The 6.3-inch screen is still plenty, and it offers a sharp resolution. The internals paired with the screen are still going to be great for gaming, and will compare favorably with the Note 9 for watching videos.

The dual-sensor camera on the back offer great bokeh in photography, even if they’re not quite as good as the newer cameras on the S9 Plus and Note 9. If you’ve got a tight budget, there will be plenty to like about the Note 8.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Note 8

If you hate the smartphone notch, you can still get the best smartphone camera without it. Google’s Pixel 3 comes in smaller and more affordable than its bigger sibling, but it offers the same best-in-class camera performance.

The design of the Pixel 3 isn’t quite up to par with the rest of the new flagships from 2018, as it has sizable bezels above and below the screen. It fits a 5.5-inch display with a resolution slightly above Full HD. 

Though it’s not winning any contests for its looks, the internals are up to the task, with a Snapdragon 845 and 4GB of RAM to power through most tasks quickly. Google’s phones also get timely and ongoing updates to the operating system, so the Pixel 3 may remain relevant longer than some of its competition.

Read more: Google Pixel 3 review

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Lomachenko vs Pedraza live stream: how to watch today's boxing online from anywhere

Latest Tech News - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 16:15

It's time for the WBA lightweight world title holder Vasyl Lomachenko to defend his title against WBO title holder Jose Pedraza. Having undergone shoulder surgery since his title claiming fight, Lomachenko has been training hard for this pairing. Judging from the fact he won that fight, after tearing his shoulder, this is going to be a tough man to beat.

Ukraine's Lomanchenko has a 11-1, 9 KO record that should set him in good stead, although his small number of title fights doesn't compare to Puerto Rican Pedraza who stands at 25-1 with 12 KOs. That said, Lomanchenko has a massive 396-1 amateur record with an Olympic gold medal for his native Ukraine.

While Lomachenko won his title from Jorge Linares by TKO, Pedraza nabbed his by a unanimous decision victory over Raymundo Beltran. We're just not sure which way this one is going to go.

As with most boxing, it's not always available in every country so you may find a VPN is the best way to stream the fight, which you'll find out all about that below. It's our guide to watching a Vasyl Lomachenko vs Jose Pedraza live stream.

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Apple's Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XS looks to be on the way

Latest Tech News - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 09:30

Some good news if you've invested in an iPhone XS and are worried about damaging it or running out of battery before the end of the day: Apple's official Smart Battery Case line-up for the new 2018 iPhones looks to be about to launch.

That's based on some leaked images obtained by 9to5Mac, showing a slightly refined design and three different variations to pick from (the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR, perhaps?). The images have been discovered in code for watchOS and iOS, so we'd file towards the more believable end of the rumor scale.

There are mentions of three models – A2070, A2071 and A2171 – and an identifier that suggests the products will launch before the end of 2018, just in time for the holiday shopping. They wouldn't make a bad stocking filler for friends and family.

Long live the iPhone battery

Apple hasn't made its own Smart Battery Cases since 2016 and the iPhone 7 phones, so we're glad to see them back on the market (probably). It looks as though more of the case will be taken up with a battery this time, which might mean more battery capacity.

For video playback over Wi-Fi, Apple quotes a battery life of up to 14 hours for the iPhone XS (with a 2,658mAh battery), up to 15 hours for the iPhone XS Max (with a 3,174mAh battery), and up to 16 hours for the iPhone XR (with a 2,942mAh battery). We'll have to wait and see how much of a boost these new cases might give you.

The iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case that Apple still sells is yours for $99/ £99 / AU$149, so expect the new cases to go for a similar price (and perhaps a bit higher, if we know Apple). As soon as they're made official, we'll let you know.

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TechRadar's downloads advent calendar: get Ashampoo Music Studio 2018 free

Latest Tech News - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 07:00

The holidays are an expensive time, so we’re bringing you a special treat: a full, free Windows program to download every day until Christmas.

Behind the eighth door on our free downloads advent calendar we've hidden Ashampoo Music Studio 2018 – a full suite of tools for editing music and exporting it to your PC or burning it to disc.

Ashampoo Music Studio 2018 is a brilliant tool for managing your whole music collection. It can open music files from your PC or rip them from CDs, and fetches correct metadata automatically from an online database to ensure everything is kept organized.

Music Studio 2018 also includes powerful editing tools that let you split and mix tracks, normalize volume, and convert between popular audio file formats.

If you're burning your music to disc, you'll be pleased to see that Ashampoo Music Studio 2018 also includes a built-in cover editor, with handy templates for making your own custom inlays.

Whatever you want to do with your music collection, Ashampoo Music Studio 2018 has you covered. Download it today and start getting your songs in shape.

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More leaked images of the Samsung Galaxy S10 phones appear

Latest Tech News - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 05:30

We're expecting the Samsung Galaxy S10 phones to get their official unveiling not long after the new year festivities are over, so it's perhaps no surprise that leaks continue to drip out in advance. The latest preview images to appear show all three phones in the line-up: the S10 Lite, the S10, and the S10 Plus.

First up are three images courtesy of a case manufacturer, via trusted insider source Evan Blass – we've got the 5.8-inch S10 Lite, the 6.1-inch S10, and the 6.4-inch S10 Plus on show, complete with Infinity Display screens and hardly a bezel in sight.

Samsung Galaxy S10 leak via @evleaks

But what about that cut-out "Infinity-O" notch? These renders have it up at the top in the center of the screen, whereas previous leaks had it over to the right. Or maybe over to the left. While it seems certain that Samsung will ditch the traditional notch for a smaller pinhole cut-out, there still seems to be some debate about where it will be.

Next we have sneak preview shots of the Galaxy S10 Lite, thanks to another prolific Twitter leaker, Ice Universe. This time we can see the back and sizes of the camera, complete with a dual-lens rear camera and a fingerprint scanner on the side.

Samsung Galaxy S10 leak via @universeice

That's another unknown: just where Samsung might choose to put the fingerprint scanners on the Galaxy S10 phones. With the likes of Huawei and OnePlus now selling handsets with in-screen fingerprint sensors, Samsung won't want to fall behind – and that makes us think the S10 and S10 Plus will have these sensors in the display. Not the S10 Lite though, on this evidence.

No doubt we've got plenty more in the way of leaks, rumors and idle speculation to look forward to between now and the end of February. Samsung is being tipped to launch the S10 phone family at the MWC industry expo in Barcelona.

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The best laptop accessories for Christmas

Latest Tech News - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 05:00

Struggling for inspiration for Christmas presents? In this guide, we'll list the best laptop accessories that will make ideal gifts for friends and loved ones, providing inspiration for what to buy for anyone who owns a laptop.

From laptop sleeves and bags, to mice and other peripherals, we've picked the best accessories that make using a laptop even better.

Not only will we give you some great gift ideas, but our price comparison tool will scour the internet to find the very best prices as well, so you can save some all-important cash in the run up to Christmas.

The tried and true JanSport is tough to go wrong with. A full-canvas bag with nylon mesh inside including a 15-inch laptop sleeve, this version of the JanSport comes in several colors for a variety of prices. A fleece-lined media pocket and a removable storage pouch are included in the price, making it an excellent business laptop backpack.

The distinctive design of the Mammut Xeron Courier 25, along with the name, suggests that this is a laptop bag that is designed for people who commute by bike. Even if that's not your usual mode of transport, this is a brilliant laptop bag that makes an ideal Christmas present for people who want to carry their notebook with them while they cycle.

Smaller than Logitech’s flagship, the MX Master, the Logitech MX Anywhere 2 is the ideal travel mouse. It can connect with up to three distinct devices with 2.4GHZ wireless technology or with Bluetooth, making it obvious why this mouse is renowned for having quick setup and surprisingly long battery life. Capable of extremely quick charging, in just four minutes, the MX Anywhere 2 charges enough for an entire day. 

Jabra Move Wireless are excellent – and affordable – wireless headphones that are the ideal accessory for a laptop. If the person you're buying for watches a lot of movies and TV shows on their laptop, or listens to Spotify, then they'll want a pair of cans that provide brilliant sound quality. From the fun and edgy design to excellent performance, these headphones are sure to please laptop owners this Christmas.

A brilliant gift idea for laptop users is a portable power bank that can give the batteries in their laptops a boost without having to search for a power socket. The PowerAdd Pilot Pro2 is a great example, as it comes with 10 connectors that cover most of the laptops on the market today, and it’s backed by a two-year warranty. The Pilot Pro2 is also light enough to carry around wherever you go, coming in under 560g. The only thing that holds it back is that it doesn’t have any USB-C connectors.

No one likes having a hot laptop, even when the weather outside is frightful, which is why a laptop cooler is a great Christmas gift. When laptops work hard – especially gaming ones – the hardware inside a laptop can get quite toasty. The Cooler Master MasterNotepal is a slick and solid laptop stand gets its strength from aluminium – and that’s not the only bonus that comes from the MasterNotepal’s metal design. Meanwhile, the bottom of the stand is rubberized and has clasps for keeping cables tidy, and the top of the device has an anti-slip strip – perfect for keeping the laptop secure.

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Jaguar I-Pace: the future, now

Latest Tech News - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 03:25

Even if you like a little bet now and again, we reckon you'd have been reluctant to put much money on Jaguar being among the first true luxury car brands to launch an all-electric car, but that's exactly what it's done – the I-Pace is the famous marque's first all-electric car, and it's a major achievement. 

With its output dwarfed by that of rivals Audi, BMW and Mercedes, the cards were stacked against Jaguar. However, while we've seen some of those German giants dip their toe in the water with the likes of the BMW i3 and VW Golf-e hatchbacks, what makes the arrival of the I-Pace even more impressive is that it's the first premium all-electric SUV from an established car manufacturer. It also means it's fighting directly with Tesla's Model S. 

Performance and charge times

Let's get down to the nitty gritty. The I-Pace features two permanent magnet synchronous electric motors housed to deliver constant four-wheel drive. This sees the I-Pace produce 394bhp delivered through a single-speed gearbox. 

With all that power delivered instantly, you'll be able to plant your foot to the floor and out-drag a Porsche 911 Carrera (991) to 60mph (4.5 seconds versus 4.6 seconds since you ask), while the I-Pace can reach a top speed of 124mph.

The range of the large 90kWh lithium-ion battery under the floor of the I-Pace is a notable 292 miles, according to WLTP (Worldwide harmonized Light vehicle Test Procedure). This is a new process that measures fuel, energy consumption, range and emissions in passenger vehicles in Europe, and is designed to provide figures closer to real-world driving behavior.

While the I-Pace is compatible with Rapid 100kW chargers, which will charge your I-Pace in 45 minutes (that's from 0-80%), these are few and far between (in the UK at least). The reality is that you're going to be using a more widely available Rapid 50kW charger, which will get you from 0-80% in one hour 45 minutes. Why not 100%? Most rapid chargers reduce or cut the power well before 100% charge to protect the battery, while you also need to take into account that an EV is unlikely to require charging from 0%, unless you've had to push it onto the forecourt.

If you're looking to charge at home, you'll most likely be looking to get a Fast 7kW charger installed, which will charge all the way to 100% in 13 hours. You can also connect the I-Pace into the main via a plug socket, but with a trickle of just 3kW, be prepared for a 30-hour wait to charge the I-Pace fully from zero.

Elegant and sophisticated

Having the battery and motors tucked underneath allows the design to break away from that of more traditional SUVs, with a shorter nose and squared-off rear. The large grille on the front is a Jaguar signature, but on the I-Pace it's just for show, while the flush door handles raise out of the bodywork when you unlock the car, and retract again once you're on the move. It's an elegant-looking car, and we reckon Jaguar's design team has got the look and proportions of the I-Pace pretty much spot-on. 

The relatively long wheelbase of the I-Pace means there's also plenty of space inside – there's ample room for four adults, with a decent amount of space in the boot for dogs and prams – and that's not to mention the small 27-liter boot in the front of the I-Pace. 

Up front, the cockpit of the I-Pace is sleek and sophisticated, with a nice mixture of gloss black panelling, brushed metal and leather. Rather than a single gigantic display like the one in the Tesla S, the I-Pace sports three screens, along with a smattering of physical controls. 

The infotainment interface is similar to the Range Rover Velar's, split over two displays in the centre console. While it's relatively intuitive to use, there's still room for improvement here, and it's not quite as responsive as we'd have liked. This is complemented by a configurable virtual cluster display behind the steering wheel. 

There's also a premium Meridian sound system fitted as standard, although you can spec your I-Pace with a 825W surround sound system.

Driving and range management 

A few short trips into town got us used to the effortless handling of the I-Pace, but we planned a longer 140-mile round trip to really get to grips with the car. 

Once kids had been bundled in the back and the dog in the boot, we set off with a range reading of 252 miles on a chilly autumn morning. The cold start meant the heating had to be cranked up, which means range is reduced, and before getting out of town and hitting the motorway we'd used up 15 miles of charge to get just five miles. 

If you're going to invest in an I-Pace you're probably going to invest in a home wall charger, which is where the I-Pace's pre-conditioning comes into play. This allows the interior of the car to be heated or cooled while the I-Pace is still hooked up to the power supply, without eating into your range. 

This was a lot less stressful than we first thought, with the range decreasing a lot less rapidly than our early-morning motorway trip

With the exception of a quick boot of the accelerator pedal as we entered the motorway slip road, where the I-Pace showed how blisteringly quick it could be as it accelerated from 30 to 70mph, the rest of our drive was fairly pedestrian. With the I-Pace in Eco mode, and with gentle application of the accelerator, most of the journey seemed to revolve around looking at the distance to go and the range remaining.

We arrived out our destination with a range of 130 miles remaining – and we'd managed to chew through 120 miles for a 70-mile trip... if it was going to be a similar story for the return leg, we'd know what range anxiety feels like. 

After a couple of hours at the beach and a few glances at Zap Map to check charging points for the way home we decided to take a more cross-country route home, which was also 10 miles shorter than the motorway route. 

This was a lot less stressful than we first thought, with the range decreasing a lot less rapidly than on our early-morning motorway trip, and it soon became apparent that we'd have more than enough juice to get us home without a stop at a services to top up with two tired children.

The route back also allowed us to unshackle the I-Pace from the confines of its Eco mode, and enjoy the Dynamic mode, in which throttle response is that bit snappier. The I-Pace also handles very well for such a heavy car (it weighs over 2,000kg) when diving into bends, while the power delivery is impressive.

Range-wise then, things can get a touch stressful, but then this wasn't a regular daily drive. It's not really the I-Pace's fault either, with the charging infrastructure (in the the UK at least) holding the car back on longer journeys. Fit a wall charger at home, though, and you'll be sorted for regular runs to work or the shops, or short blasts just for fun, without a care in the world. 

Verdict

The I-Pace is a brilliant car, whether you view it as an EV or and SUV. It has a forward-looking design that's still recognizably Jaguar, while sporting a fresh, modern interior with plenty of space.

It's also incredibly accessible and easy to drive, with super-smooth power delivery thanks to the absence of any gears – some might worry that the lack of a gearbox would make for a rather sterile driving experience, but any such reservations are soon banished by the blistering performance delivered by the I-Pace's two motors.   

The I-Pace is a stunning achievement, and one that signals the end of Tesla's monopoly on premium electric cars. 

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Snag a 64GB Samsung S9 at a $500 discount

Latest Tech News - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 17:31

If you've been hunting for a deal on a leading Android smartphone, this is it. Best Buy has a deal up for a Samsung Galaxy S9 – which was released earlier this year – for $216.

To be clear, you'll have to sign up with Sprint for a two-year plan, and that discount is applied through monthly bill credits. But that brings the typical monthly price of $33 all the way down to $9. 

(Also, the deal only applies to a single hue: you can get any color you like as long as it's black, as the saying goes.)

That, as we say in the biz, is pretty bonkers. Get this one while you can.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is one of the leading Android phones - and No. 4 on our list of the best phones in 2018 - for a reason. Its powerful Snapdragon 845 chip, 4GB of RAM and expandable storage (up to 512GB) make this a solid contender.

Its Super AMOLED screen has a stunning 1440 x 2960 resolution, and at 5.8 inches, it won't stretch out your hand when trying to text or navigate. The phone is IP68 dust and water resistant, too.

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Google urged to work with US military

Latest Tech News - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 17:18

At a recent event a top US general said that it was “inexplicable” that US tech giants do not want to work with the Pentagon as they pursue business opportunities with firms in China.

Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called out US companies for making compromises in order to operate in China, saying

“We are the good guys and it’s inexplicable to me that we would make compromises in order to advance our business interests in China where we know that freedoms are restrained, where we know that China will take intellectual property from companies.”

Google's CEO Sundar Pichai has gone on record saying that the company has invested in China for many years and plans to continue to do while also working the US government on health care and cybersecurity projects.

Employee backlash

Earlier this year, Google chose not to renew a contract with the US government in which it helped the US military analyse images from aerial drones due to employee backlash over the moral implications of the project.

The defense program, called Project Maven, created a rift within the company as its employees did not condone the technology they worked to build being used for war.

At the same time, Google is also developing a censored version of its search engine for the Chinese market which it has said is experimental and far from a public release.

Lawmakers, employees and human rights activists have heavily criticized the company for not trying to stand up to the Chinese government policies which censor politically sensitive issues from being shown to its populace.

Via Reuters

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Qualcomm is ready to support foldable phones, and it won't require big chip changes

Latest Tech News - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 16:46

The future of smartphones is 5G with speeds that rival your current WiFi connection, but we're also hearing about the foldable phone trend coming in 2019.

The good news is that chipmaker Qualcomm says it's ready to support the foldable phone revolution. The company's new Snapdragon 855 chipset supports that idea, even though foldables haven't been a big topic at its Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii.

"We're ready for [foldable phones]," said Keith Kressin, Qualcomm's senior vice president of product management, in a response to a question from TechRadar. "And if an OEM wants to introduce a mobile with a Snapdragon 855, awesome."

However, Kressin was quick to point out that, "we're not going to talk a lot about it," noting that "we don't have specific features we would like to announce today." 5G has largely been the focus during this year's Snapdragon Summit.

Foldable phones would only require minor chip changes

Qualcomm, which has its Snapdragon chips at the heart of a majority of top Android phones, won't have to change much to support the advent of foldable phones. 

"There are changes required," said Kressin. "But instead of being processing focused, it's more like display subsystem changes, and some GPU changes."

In other words, only minor tweaks may be needed. He noted that any tweaks to the System on a Chip largely "depend on how the OEM wants to do the foldable." So far there's only one Qualcomm OEM partner showing a foldable phone prototype: Samsung.

Samsung demoed its 'Infinity Flex Display' technology at its developer conference in November. That technology may come to the rumored Galaxy X (or Galaxy F) in 2019. We could see more of this phone at CES 2019 or MWC 2019.

There's no guarantee that Samsung will use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 in its foldable phone – or any phone including the inevitable Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus.

But the two firms work closely together, with Samsung using Snapdragon chipsets in some of its flagship phones and actually manufacturing Qualcomm's chips through a strategic partnership.

When TechRadar asked Samsung to comment on the future of foldable phones, the company preferred to wait until its hardware is ready to be shown in full in 2019. By that time, the next Snapdragon Summit may hold chip surprises dedicated to foldables.

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