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Intel works on 10nm desktop processors to close gap with AMD's 7nm CPUs

Latest Tech News - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 13:31

AMD's Ryzen 3000 processors are champions of the desktop space right now, and that's leaving Intel in a tough spot. Despite rumors that Intel might try to catch up by skipping straight to desktop processors (CPUs) using 7-nanometer (nm) architecture, the company still has plans to bring its 10nm architecture to desktop devices, according to PC Gamer.

From the Ryzen 5 3600 at the bottom of the stack to the Ryzen 9 3900X at the top (at least as far as commercially available options), AMD's CPU offerings with its 7nm architecture are amazing blends of performance and price.  And, that value has let AMD eat up Intel's market share.

That sudden shift in power dynamics in the market offered some feasibility to the rumor Intel would skip 10nm architecture for desktops in order to focus on a 7nm design that would compete directly with AMD. So far, Intel has released processors built on its 10nm Ice Lake architecture in mobile devices, but we haven't seen desktop versions available to consumers. 

And, a leak from HardwareLUXX had suggested Intel wasn't satisfied with the speeds achieved by Ice Lake, and would therefore focus on 7nm for desktop processors instead. That rumor had previously been refuted by Intel to Tom's Hardware, but without clarity on just what Intel would release. Since then, PC Gamer learned from a source that Intel still fully planned to release standalone desktop CPUs.

A numbers game

At a glance, it might seem like Intel skipping 10nm to focus on its 7nm architecture would make sense. After all, AMD is already there and thriving. 

But, processor architectures aren't all created equal. Intel has stressed that its 10nm process node is comparable to 7nm nodes designed by other foundries. Though, we'll really have to wait and see, since AMD's 7nm desktop processors don't go head to head with Intel's current, 10nm mobile processors. Still, Intel's 7nm architecture should be a further improvement on that, assuming Intel doesn't run into some of the speed issues Ryzen 3000 CPUs have encountered.

This battle is only going to heat up (though the processors themselves may get cooler and cooler), as Intel's 7nm chip aren't coming until 2021 while AMD may be moving onto an enhanced 7nm+ Zen 3 architecture in 2020

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AWS may finally be breaking up with Oracle

Latest Tech News - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 13:31

Amazon's cloud computing division AWS has announced that it has decided to utilize its own databases instead of Oracle's and the company has finally turned off its last Oracle database.

AWS has managed to move 75 petabytes of internal data stored on almost 7,500 Oracle databases back to its own service.

In a blog post, AWS's Jeff Barr explained that the database migration is now complete after several years of work, saying:

“Today I would like to tell you about an internal database migration effort of this type that just wrapped up after several years of work. Over the years we realized that we were spending too much time managing and scaling thousands of legacy Oracle databases. Instead of focusing on high-value differentiated work, our database administrators (DBAs) spent a lot of time simply keeping the lights on while transaction rates climbed and the overall amount of stored data mounted. This included time spent dealing with complex & inefficient hardware provisioning, license management, and many other issues that are now best handled by modern, managed database services.”

While the majority of Amazon's Consumer business has been moved off of Oracle's databases, some third-party applications which are tightly bound to Oracle were not migrated.

AWS databases

Amazon has been working to move off of Oracle databases for the last several years but due to the size of its projects, this was a difficult and time consuming task.

Over 100 consumers services have been moved to AWS databases including many customer-facing tools such as Alexa, Amazon Prime, Twitch and others. AWS also moved a number of its internal tools like AdTech, its fulfillment system external payments and ordering to its own databases.

Each team at the company moved an Oracle database to an AWS database service such as Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Aurora, Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) and Amazon Redshift. The company also revealed that each group was allowed to choose the service they wanted based on their own individual needs and requirements.

While the move certainly bodes well for AWS, Oracle is losing a huge customer and Amazon's departure could encourage other companies to follow suit.

Via TechCrunch

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Best laptop accessories: the best peripherals for laptops today

Latest Tech News - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 13:20

Your laptop is capable of a lot. It packs just about everything you could need electronically into one device. But, that's not to say it couldn't do with a few accessories to expand or augment its features.

Your trackpad might be good enough in a pinch, and your keyboard could do for sending off a quick email. For serious work, you may find yourself wanting something better, though. That's where some of these accessories can come in.

Handy laptop accessories will make sure your device's shortcomings are easier to overlook. We've picked out several products that we feel can dramatically improve the experience you have using your laptop. And, they may be enough to keep you from needing to spend a load of extra cash to upgrade to a new laptop.

We haven’t had a chance to test all of these accessories ourselves, but don’t worry – we here at TechRadar are laptop experts, and we’ve used our tech expertise to find the best laptop accessories on the market right now.

The FileHub from RAVPower is an enormously capable device that can benefit just about any laptop. While many accessories rely on USB connections to connect to your laptop, the file hub uses Wi-Fi. In other words, it won't matter if your computer only has one USB-C port or only has USB-A ports.

The FileHub creates a wireless local network to allow for wireless data transfer. That's a good start, but it gets better with the FileHub's built-in SD card reader and USB port. This means you transfer files and backup data between USB drives, SD cards, and your laptop without any wires.

It also has an Ethernet port, so you can connect it to modems and use it as a Wi-Fi router. You can also use it to extend existing Wi-Fi networks.

Anker's compact USB-C hub is a helpful device for ensuring the USB-C port on your laptop isn't a limitation. It can turn a single USB-C port into five separate connectivity options all at once.

It has two USB 3.0 Type-A ports that you can plug thumb drives, external hard drives, keyboard, mice, and more into. It also has a full-size SD card reader and a microSD card reader. And, there's an HDMI port with support for up to 4K at 30Hz or 2K and Full HD at 60Hz.

The hub also includes a handy travel pouch to keep debris out of the ports and to protect the attached cable.

If your laptop's keyboard and trackpad don't feel like they're as good as they could be, you don't have to rely on them. The Corsair K83 Wireless keyboard is a brilliant option to upgrade.

The Corsair K83 combines an excellent feeling keyboard with a trackpad into a device that's ready to sit on your lap, offering comfortable typing and mouse navigation while your laptop sits on a table. The trackpad even has separate mouse buttons for easier click-and-drag control.

You'll be able to connect the Corsair K83 to your laptop using the included USB dongle, which offers a gaming-level 1 millisecond response time. Or, you can connect it via Bluetooth, freeing up your USB ports for other devices.

Read our full Corsair K83 review

Logitech's MX Master 2S wireless mouse is simply the best mouse you can get for productivity on your laptop. It combines an excellent, ergonomic design (albeit only for right-handed users) with multiple scroll wheels and customizable buttons.

Aside from its impeccable tracking, which can make mouse-intensive work a lot easier than a trackpad would, the option to customize the buttons can help you navigate extra quickly. Plus, its support for both Bluetooth and USB connectivity means you can choose how you want to connect to your laptop. The battery will keep you using it wirelessly for up to 70 days on a single charge.

Read our full Logitech MX Master 2S review

While our laptops' storage is getting ever faster with SSDs and more recently PCIe-based drives, the cost is also going up. And, that's leads many to buy laptops with smaller capacities – 128GB and 256GB laptops are not uncommon.

Upgrading to higher capacities generally comes at a high price, and you may not need that much storage right away. And, unless you're loading your laptop up on software, you may not need to go with an internal upgrade at all. SanDisk's Ultra Fit drive is a potent add-on that can plug into a USB port and simply live there permanently.

We've added 128GB of storage to our laptop and never unplug the drive. It makes for a great boost to storage, and is excellent for holding files, pictures and videos. With USB 3.1 speeds, files transfer quickly. And, if you're worried about security, the drive can be encrypted, so someone can't easily access your files by snagging the drive.

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Fake iOS jailbreak could be putting iPhone users at risk

Latest Tech News - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 12:16

A new vulnerability has been discovered which exists across legacy iOS hardware and while some have used it to jailbreak their devices, Cisco Talos recently discovered that cybercriminals have set up a fake website looking to capitalize on users trying to jailbreak their iPhones.

However, instead of actually jailbreaking a user's device, the site just prompts users to download a malicious profile that the attackers then use to conduct click fraud.

Checkm8 is a bootrom vulnerability that impacts all legacy models of the iPhone from the 4S through the X. The campaign discovered by Cisco Talos tries to capitalize off of a project called checkrain which uses the checkm8 vulnerability to modify an iPhone's bootrom and load a jailbroken image onto the device.

The Checkm8 vulnerability can be exploited using an open source tool called “ipwndfu” developed by AxiomX but the attackers being tracked by Cisco Talos run a malicious website called that preys on users searching for the legitimate checkrain project.


The fake checkrain site tries to appear to be legitimate by claiming to work with popular jailbreaking researchers such as “CoolStar” and Google Project Zero's Ian Beer. The page prompts users to download an application to jailbreak their phone but there actually is no application, as the attackers are trying to install a malicious profile onto the end-user device.

When a user first visits the fake website, they are presented with a download button. Cisco Talos noticed several things about the site, including the mention of A13 devices which aren't vulnerable to Checkm8, which indicate that the website is not legitimate.

Additionally, the website says that users can install the checkrain jailbreak without using a PC but in reality, the Checkm8 exploit requires that the iOS device be in DFU mode and is exploitable using an Apple USB cable. Another tip off was the fact that the fake checkrain site uses an SSL certificate from LetsEncrypt while the actual site doesn't even have an SSL certificate.

Once the download button is clicked, an app with a checkrain icon is downloaded an installed onto a user's iPhone. However, while the icon may appear like a regular app, it is actually a bookmark to connect to a URL.

Instead of providing users with an authentic jailbreak, the threat actors behind this campaign are instead using their devices to commit click fraud

As tempting as a jailbroken device may seem, by trying to exploit the Checkm8 vulnerability, you could be opening your device and your data to hackers.

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This Disney Plus trailer shows off hundreds of launch films and shows

Latest Tech News - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 12:16

If you can't wait until Disney Plus launches in mid-November, Disney has dropped a massive three-hour-long trailer to give you a sneak peak at the animation through the ages coming to the much-hyped TV streaming service.

It's not quite every launch title – the video is named "Basically Everything Coming to Disney+ in the US" – and the exact titles on Disney Plus are going to vary between various territories. But it gives an easy visual run-through of what TV shows and films we can expect from the service, without having to scroll through 600 individual tweets on the Disney Plus Twitter account (which also happened this week).

You can see the Disney Plus trailer below.

Give us some Disney, already

Hype is building for the Disney Plus service, with a huge raft of titles set to come our way when it launches in the US and Canada on November 12, and New Zealand / Australia on November 19.

The issue of exactly which titles we'll get is an interesting one, with licensing difficulties between territories meaning that some countries could get the short straw – while the lack of a Disney Plus UK launch date is still giving us grief over how far behind the UK will be. 

In the meantime, though, this three-hour trailer is probably the purest shot of Disney you can find – though it might be better played in the background rather than a three-yard stare. You might want to look at the best Netflix movies, best movies on Amazon Prime, or best 4K Blu-ray movies for something with an actual plot.

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Save nearly £30 on this fantastic waterproof speaker ahead of Black Friday

Latest Tech News - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 12:16

The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 is one of the best portable speakers we've reviewed – and now it's cheaper than ever thanks to a 30% discount over at Amazon.

Since its release in June, this is the lowest price we've seen for the floatable waterproof speaker, bringing it down from £89.99 to just under £62 – a bit of a bargain if you ask us. 

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. 

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. 

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 below.

Today's best portable speaker deal

Via What Hi-Fi?

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Microsoft Office now supports dark mode for iPhone and iPad

Latest Tech News - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 05:50

Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and OneNote now support dark mode for iOS 13 and iPadOS, which should delight workaholics who spend their evenings tackling reams of spreadsheets.

OneNote was first to receive a makeover, as MacRumors spotted on October 15, and the other Office apps have now followed suit.

"Go easy on your eyes with ‌Dark Mode‌," say the release notes for Microsoft's note-taking app. "Switch to ‌Dark Mode‌ in low light environments or whenever you want to increase the legibility of the OneNote user interface and the readability of your notes."

However, not all early adopters are fans. While menus and buttons in Excel appear black, spreadsheet cells remain white, which means there's a sharp contrast that can be harsh to look at – and that's just one example.

Word documents also appear white against dark toolbars, and there are some inconsistencies in how colors are used in different apps, though hopefully Microsoft will resolve some of these issues in a future update.

Enable dark mode for Office

After your Office apps are updated, you'll find that they respect your system-wide color preferences, so if you have dark mode activated already, your apps will change automatically.

There don't appear to be toggles for changing the color of Microsoft's apps manually, so sadly you're out of luck if you'd prefer not to use your device's settings. Perhaps an option will be added in future, if Microsoft sees sufficient demand.

Via Wccftech

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FIFA 20 gets a huge update, fixing Career Mode issues, bugs and more

Latest Tech News - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 05:31

It promised big changes and the most complete game of football ever committed to console, but the launch of FIFA 20 a month ago was not without its problems. A new patch has now arrived in an attempt to address the concerns of the mega-series most ardent fans.

In the wake of the #FixCareerMode hashtag conversation on Twitter, its understandable that the solo game would get the most attention from developers EA Sports, and it has.

A massive number of fixes have been made to Career Mode, such as whole international tournaments failing to trigger during seasons, or computer controlled teams sending out inappropriately weak teams from their squad rosters.

Here's some other Career Mode fixes:

  • Managers were sometimes getting fired despite having very good records.
  • Various fixes to the questions being asked in press conferences.
  • The Carabao Cup was incorrectly going to extra time in the Semi-Finals instead of directly to penalty kicks.
  • Indicator that shows which team is controlled by the player was missing from some screens.
  • Corrected some issues with which teams were qualifying for various stages of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.
  • Transfers that included both a transfer fee and a player exchange do not reflect the player exchange in the associated Transfer News.
  • There was no email notification of receiving Sell-On Clause revenue. (This was an issue with receiving the email only, the revenue was still being added to your team.)
  • The Transactions screen was not properly reflecting the amount that was paid out from a Sell-On Fee following the transfer of an applicable player.
  • Shortcut to Inbox was not correctly displaying on Press Conference days.
  • Recently signed youth players were requesting playtime too often.
  • Various issues related to News articles.
  • Various text issues impacting Liga 1.

On the ball and off the pitch improvements

Elsewhere the Legendary AI has been beefed up, goalkeepers have been improved and the fitness exploit has been nerfed.

You can read the huge list of patch notes in full by visiting the EA Sports FIFA 20 forums.

FIFA 20 remains an exciting football gaming proposition, with the introduction of the street-style Volta mode a welcome addition to this generation's take on the beautiful game.

However, as we approach the launch of the PS5 and Xbox Project Scarlett, there's the sense that EA needs to raise the bar once again as the next-gen machines come into view, particularly in how it handles its 'is-it-or-isn't-it-gambling?' Ultimate Team mode.

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League of Legends is coming to mobile phones – here's how to pre-register

Latest Tech News - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 05:24

You'll soon be able to download and play the League of Legends game you know and love on mobile – well, not exactly the same game, but a near-identical version modified for smartphones, as well as consoles.

This is League of Legends: Wild Rift, and it was just announced by developers Riot Games at a 10th anniversary celebration for League of Legends. Yes, it's been around for a decade – feel old yet?

League of Legends: Wild Rift is not exactly the same as League of Legends on PC; the main difference is in controls, as the game has been optimized for gamers who aren't using a mouse and keyboard. There's also slightly shorter game times, at around 15-20 minutes, and a new version of the map.

Given how popular LoL has been for the ten years of its existence, fans may be hoping for a game as close to the original as possible. We'll find out for sure at some point in 2020, when LoL: Wild Rift will be available on Android and iOS – though you can pre-register on the Google Play Store now. The console version is set to come later, though there's no word on which games will be included (almost certainly PS4 and Xbox One, and possibly Nintendo Switch, if we're lucky).

A new age of mobile gaming

League of Legends isn't the only hugely popular game that's making its way to mobile, either. Call of Duty saw a mobile port in October 2019 with a massive launch weekend, while stalwarts Fortnite and PUBG remian hugely popular on smartphone devices – with the new Fortnite Chapter 2 update set to continue that streak.

Even PC games have found a footing in the mobile world with classics like Rome: Total War, Tropico, FTL: Faster Than Light, Runescape and more all getting well-received mobile ports.

So it's no surprise that League of Legends is finding its way to mobile – it's still one of the biggest PC games, after all, even ten years after release. If League of Legends: Wild Fire is a success, we could see even similar games make their way to mobiles such as DOTA 2 and Heroes Of The Storm.

Via The Verge

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3D printing is helping to tackle nuclear waste

Latest Tech News - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 05:22

3D printing is finding more and more innovative applications – from printing meat in space to using giant printers to fashion entire boats – and the latest intriguing development is using the technology to help recycle more nuclear waste.

Over in the US, scientists from the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have 3D-printed parts which will facilitate recycling more spent nuclear fuel.

Currently, nuclear engineers can recycle 95% of spent fuel from a nuclear reactor, with the remaining 5% having to be stored as ‘long-term’ waste. The aforementioned 3D-printed equipment can be used to sort and recycle some of the latter, meaning that an extra 2% of nuclear waste can be recycled.

That might not sound like a particularly impressive percentage, but when you consider that it’s 2% of 5% of waste that can’t be dealt with without moving to some kind of long-term storage – which obviously isn’t an ideal scenario – you get a bit more of an idea of the sort of leap that’s being made here.

Long-term isn’t so long…

In fact, this extra 2% of recycled waste would mean that the length of time for which prolonged storage is required would be vastly reduced.

Andrew Breshears, a nuclear chemist at Argonne, explains: “Rather than store 5% for hundreds of thousands of years, the remaining 3% needs to be stored at a maximum of about one thousand years. In other words, this additional step may reduce the length of storage almost one thousand-fold.”

A further consideration is the process of breaking down this nuclear material could be used to generate electricity in a fourth-gen fast reactor, the scientists assert.

The benefits of using parts from a 3D printer for this recycling process include offering “inherent safeguards against nuclear proliferation”, as well as the flexibility they bring to the process. As Argonne engineer Peter Kozak explains: “If a part did fail, it would be easy to reprint and replace it. We could easily add or remove steps.”

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The Outer Worlds will be a 4K game on Xbox One X – but not on PS4 Pro

Latest Tech News - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 05:10

The Outer Worlds is one of the most anticipated games of 2019, and for good reason. With the Fallout: New Vegas developer at the helm of this massive sci-fi RPG, and a good sense of wacky humor underpinning the action, it looks to put some fun back into a genre weighed down with gray, unrelenting post-apocalyptic landscapes. 

Enjoying The Outer World's popping colors and lively environments, though, may be a bit harder on some consoles than others.

Obsidian has confirmed that The Outer Worlds will only be available to play in 4K resolution on the Xbox One X console – as well as PC – without the same 'enhanced' 4K feature on the PS4 Pro.

Regardless of the quality you'll be playing in, The Outer Worlds will launch on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 25 – though PC gamers will need to use the Epic Games Store for now.

Playing favorites

We don't know if Microsoft's acquisition of Obsidian has anything to do with this news, though it sets a sad precedent for developers offering a tiered experience between platforms at the expense of the player experience.

It's always a shame to see quality vary between platforms, though of course how much it affects you will depend on your gaming platform of choice – as well as the resolution of the monitor or television you're using. 

You'll need a 4K TV to play games in 4K, anyway – and anyone playing on the regular PS4 or Xbox One S won't have the option of native 4K games. The eventual Nintendo Switch port of The Outer Worlds will also be capped at HD resolution, due to the console's hardware limitations.

Via GameSpot

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Huawei Mate X unboxing video suggests the phone may be released soon

Latest Tech News - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 05:08

Huawei's Mate X folding smartphone has been a long time coming but it may be nearing its full release now, and we know that thanks to a leaked unboxing video that has appeared online.

The unboxing was uploaded to YouTube by account Kim Poh Liaw, and while we can't confirm its accuracy it looks to be a similar box to what we expect from Huawei, and the phone itself is similar to what we've seen in the past.

However, the device in the video now comes with a button to unlock the folding display, which wasn't present on the Mate X when it was announced. You can watch the short unboxing video below:

Huawei hasn't been entirely clear about the release date for the Mate X, and the current statement from the company says the device will be launching between September and November this year.

That suggests the company has six weeks left to get the device on sale, but it's currently unclear where it will be first available.

We can assume that China will be the first place you're able to buy the Huawei Mate X considering that's the company's main market, but it has yet to confirm if the foldable will come to the UK, US or Australia.

It's unlikely to come to the US after the Huawei ban situation, while those in the UK and Australia may be able to buy the device but without Google's services on the phone, so it may be hamstrung without access to the Google Play Store.

Via Phone Arena

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Moto G8 Plus leak suggests it will steal the killer features of Motorola One phones

Latest Tech News - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 05:02

In 2019, we saw a new series of Motorola phones emerge, with the Motorola One line (consisting of that phone, the One Vision, One Action, One Zoom, and One Macro) providing high-end camera features on budget phones. It had people asking, 'what does this mean for the Moto G range?' – but it seems Motorola's most popular series could actually steal Motorola One features.

That's according to a leak regarding the Moto G8 Plus, from German site Winfuture, which details the upcoming phone's specs in great detail, along with images. Pay close attention to the camera features, and you may start to notice a few familiar faces.

The main camera (of three, over two in the Moto G7 Plus) is said to be a 48MP snapper – the Moto G series hasn't had a sensor of this resolution before, but some Motorola One handsets, such as the One Zoom, do.

The next camera is a 16MP ultra-wide snapper, with which you can film video while holding the Moto G8 Plus vertical, and it will come out in horizontal. Does that sound like a crazy feature to you? Motorola One Action fans will recognize the description, as that was the titular camera (and feature) on that handset.

The third camera is a 5MP depth sensor, as found on the Motorola One Vision, but that was also present on the Moto G7 Plus, so it's less of a wild new addition than the other cameras.

Joining it is a laser autofocus system, which looks like a fourth camera on the back of the handset, but it's actually not. It's useful for, as the title suggests, snappy autofocus.

Then, around the front, there's a 32MP selfie camera. That's almost three times the resolution of the 12MP front-facing camera in the Moto G7 Plus, but only a hair above the 25MP of several of the Motorola One handsets. It's looking likely then, that Motorola realized the popularity of powerful cameras to take selfies with.

By looking at the three rear cameras and one front-facing camera, it seems that Motorola has copied the popular camera elements from its Motorola One series of handsets, and brought them to its 'main' series of phones, the Moto G devices. But there's a lot more to the Moto G8 Plus leak than that.

There's more than the Moto G8 Plus camera

The Winfuture leak details a lot about the Moto G8 Plus – almost everything in fact. It seems set to have a 6.3-inch display with a 2280 x 1080 resolution, and it's broken up by a small central notch. 

Inside the handset there will apparently be a Snapdragon 665 chipset, a mid-range processor that's a little bit more advanced than the Snapdragon 636 in the G7 Plus. This will be accompanied by 4GB of RAM and options for 64GB or 128GB of storage space.

The Moto G8 Plus battery will apparently be 4,000mAh, a healthy step up over the 3,000mAh in its predecessor, and will supposedly be chargeable through an upgraded version of Motorola's TurboPower charger, although its exact charging speed hasn't been listed.

Of course this is all a leak right now, so take it with a pinch of salt, but it does provide an interesting look at the possible Moto G8 Plus.

So when should we expect the Moto G8 Plus launch date to be? We'd say early 2020, as Motorola usually launches its G series at the beginning of the year, but the leak actually suggests it will launch in Brazil on October 24.

We won't have long to wait to work out if that turns out to be true, so head back to TechRadar then to check the validity of this leak.

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Samsung Galaxy S11 could have a very long screen

Latest Tech News - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 04:54

As well as flagships getting bigger, gaining cameras, and reducing bezels with each passing year, one other trend we’re seeing is more widescreen displays, moving from the 16:9 of old, to 18.5:9, 19:9, 20:9, and in the case of phones like the Sony Xperia 1, even 21:9. The Samsung Galaxy S11 probably won’t go quite that far, but it might have a 20:9 screen.

That possibility is based on a HTML5test result for a Samsung phone with the model number SM-G416U. While we don’t know what device this is, the model suggests it’s a member of the Galaxy S range, so it could well be the Galaxy S11 or Samsung Galaxy S11 Plus, and the reported resolution of 384 x 854 points to a 20:9 aspect ratio.

That’s obviously not the full resolution of the phone, it never is in these tests, but the ratio is likely to be If so, that would make for a slightly more widescreen display than the 19:9 Samsung Galaxy S10.

Wider by the year

While we’d take this with a pinch of salt for now, it’s a believable change, since not only is that the trend, but the likes of the Samsung Galaxy A70 and Galaxy A80 already have a ratio of 20:9.

This doesn’t tell us much else about the phone. Some sites are speculating that this could mean even smaller bezels than the Galaxy S10 has, but there’s no real evidence of that. Having said that, being a new flagship model, it’s very likely the Galaxy S11 will have smaller bezels anyway.

For now, we really don’t know what to expect from the Galaxy S11 range. There aren’t many rumors yet, unsurprisingly since the phones probably won’t land until around February. We’d expect more leaks to start springing soon though, and we’ll be sure to cover all the credible ones when they do.

Via and GSMArena

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Honor 9X could launch in India soon, as teased by the President

Latest Tech News - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 04:52

The mid-range Honor 9X might soon be coming to India, as the company’s President confirms global availability.

The Honor 9X was unveiled in China in July, alongside the 9X Pro, as the company’s latest mid-range smartphones. It was earlier confirmed to come to India but no date was specified. Geroge Zhao, the Global President at Honor took to Facebook to announce that they will now be bringing the 9X to global markets. The first wave will include a couple of European countries such as Russia and the Netherlands.

Honor 9X specifications

Unlike the previous Honor mid-rangers, the 9X opts for a premium glossy back that glistens with an “X” shaped pattern with a gradient. The fingerprint scanner moves from the end to the side, now embedded in the power button.

On the inside, the Honor 9X is powered by the new Kirin 810 chipset. It is an octa-core processor fabricated using a 7nm manufacturing process, which is uncommon in the budget segment. RAM varies between 4 and 6GB. GPU Turbo 3.0 also cuts.

Up front, the Honor 9X has a 6.59-inch LCD with a Full HD+ resolution. Notably, there’s no notch or punch-hole for the front camera, as that is located in a pop-up housing on the top. It’s a 16MP front camera.

Talking of cameras, the Honor 9X has a dual-camera setup consisting of a 48MP f/1.8 primary camera along with a 2MP depth sensor.

Honor 9X Pro

Back in China, a Pro variant was also unveiled, which brought a couple of upgrades over the regular 9X. The back had an additional 8MP ultra-wide shooter. The same Kirin 810 chipset is assisted with liquid-cooling for better thermal performance. RAM and Storage go up to 8GB and 256GB. 

However, there's no explicit confirmation if the 9X Pro will also get a global launch alongside the Honor 9X.

Honor 9X price

In China, the Honor 9X starts at CNY 1,399 (~Rs 14,000) for the 64 + 4GB variant, CNY 1,599 (~Rs 16,000) for the 64 + 6GB variant and CNY 1,899 (~Rs 19,000) for the 128 + 6GB model.

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One of Windows 10’s core apps gets redesigned for power users

Latest Tech News - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 04:34

Windows 10’s Calculator app has had something of an overhaul to make it look considerably sleeker at first glance in Scientific mode, a change which is now live for those testing the next update for the OS.

Those who use Calculator in Scientific mode, which is bristling with functions and buttons, will find that some of these have been tidied away into drop-down menus (as spotted by Aggiornamenti Lumia).

Namely sin, cos, tan and their ilk have been placed into a Trigonometry drop-down, and similarly there is a Function drop-down which is the home of functions (strangely enough) like dms and deg.

All of this means that when you switch to Scientific mode, there is much less of a sprawl of keys facing you.

As mentioned, this is now live for those testing Windows 10 19H2, which was recently christened the November 2019 Update, and will soon be made available to all Windows 10 users.

Hidden depths

Calculator is an oft-used app for many, if only as a convenient point of access on the desktop for doing a quick sum – although some folks may not realize the power behind the application looking beyond the Standard mode.

As well as Scientific, there’s a Programmer mode (which can work in hex or binary), a date calculator, and a whole bunch of converters for changing things like weights from pounds to kilograms, for example.

So even for basic users, it can be very handy not just for quick sums, but convenient conversions.

Via MS Power User

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Flagship Realme X2 Pro to launch in India on November 20

Latest Tech News - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 02:07

The Realme X2 Pro will launch in India on November 20, and will be the company’s first flagship to land in the country.

Realme India has started sending out teasers which confirm that the X2 Pro will be unveiled at an event in New Delhi. The invite also suggests some ‘other surprises’ to be expected too. The Realme X2 Pro was unveiled in China on October 15, and will now come to other Asian and European markets, including India.

It was originally teased to launch in India in December, but an earlier launch is always welcome.

Realme X2 Pro specifications

For its first flagship, Realme is going all out with the hardware specifications. The Realme X2 Pro will be powered by the latest Snapdragon 855+ chipset, with up to 12GB of LPDDR4X RAM. The 128 and 256GB storage variants also get UFS 3.0 storage for faster operations.

As with many current flagships, the X2 Pro also has a 90Hz refresh rate display for smoother user experience. It is a 6.5-inch Full HD+ display with a 20:9 aspect ratio and a notch on the top. It is covered by Gorilla Glass 5 and has an in-display fingerprint scanner too.

It will be yet another Realme device with a 64MP quad-camera setup, consisting of a 64MP Samsung Bright ISOCELL GW1 image sensor with an f/1.7 aperture, a 13MP telephoto lens that can provide shots with a 20x hybrid zoom, an 8MP ultrawide shooter with a 115-degree field of view and a 2MP depth sensor for portraits.

The other notable hardware addition is the inclusion of SuperVOOC Flash Charge, which can take the Realme X2 Pro’s 4,000 mAh battery from 0 to full in just about 35 minutes with an output of 50W.

In China, the Realme X2 Pro was priced at CNY 2,699 (~ Rs 27,000) for the 6GB + 64GB variant, CNY 2,899 (~ Rs 29,000) for the 8GB + 128GB variant and CNY 3,299 (~ Rs 33,000) for the top model with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Cement and Brick Master Editions were also unveiled. The Indian pricing is expected to be similar to the Chinese pricing, or a little higher.

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Google Pixel 4 vs Pixel 3: what upgrades does Google's newest phone bring?

Latest Tech News - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 02:00

The Google Pixel 4 has been unveiled: it’s Google’s latest flagship smartphone, and it brings a number of upgrades over the Google Pixel 3, which launched in 2018.

Many of those upgrades are in the camera department, and with the new Pixel 4, Google is bidding to stay in the running for having the best camera phone – the Pixel 3 held that crown until it was bested by the Huawei P30 Pro, and now Google is back to try and usurp the Chinese brand.

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But what’s actually new in the Google Pixel 4, compared to the Pixel 3? Well, quite a lot actually. Below we’ll run you through what's new in the Pixel 4, and how it compares to its predecessor.

Google Pixel 4 vs Pixel 3 price

When the Google Pixel 3 was released it cost $799 / £739 / AU$1,199 for 64GB storage and $899 / £839 / AU$1,349 to bump that up to 128GB.

The Google Pixel 4 price is actually lower than that in some regions, at $799 / £669 / AU$1,049 for the 64GB model and $899 / £769 / AU$1,199 if you want 128GB. 

Moving to the XL phone, the Pixel 3 XL was $899 / £869 / AU$1,139 for 64GB, and $999 / £969 / AU$1,499 to boost that to the higher 128GB storage option.

The Pixel 4 XL, on the other hand, costs $899 / £829 / AU$1,279 for the smaller 64GB option and $999 / £929 / AU$1,429 to scale that up to 128GB.

So in the US prices for both handsets were equal at launch, but in other regions the Pixel 4 is launching at a lower price tag than the Pixel 3. Saying that, Pixel 3 deals have seen the price of that handset drop, so the older device remains that little bit more affordable.

Google Pixel 4 vs Pixel 3 design and display

The Google Pixel 4 has a 5.7-inch display, which is a step up over the 5.5 inches of the Pixel 3 – however it’s a different story with the larger models. The Pixel 4 XL comes with a 6.1-inch display, yet the Pixel 3 XL was a relatively whopping 6.3 inches.

Google Pixel 3

Both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 4 range have OLED displays, which is pretty high quality, but not as cutting-edge as the AMOLED used by certain competitors.

One notable difference is that the Pixel 4 phones have a 90Hz refresh rate, which means the screen updates 90 times per second instead of 60, which is the standard on smartphones. This should make scrolling and browsing that bit smoother, although the jury is still out on whether this is a vital feature for smartphones.

In terms of design, the Pixel 4 actually looks pretty similar to the Pixel 3 in most ways – from the front, at least. On the back, the major difference becomes apparent: while the Pixel 3 had a single rear camera, the Pixel 4 has two, and a flash, housed in a chunky square block. It looks a lot like the iPhone 11, in fact.

Neither the Pixel 4 or 4 XL have a 3.5mm headphone jack, like the predecessors. Both phones do get the now-standard USB-C port.

One final feature that the Pixel 4 is missing from the Pixel 3 is that the new phone doesn’t have a rear fingerprint scanner; instead it uses facial recognition, which is definitely more cutting-edge in terms of tech, although how reliable it is here remains to be seen.

Google Pixel 4 vs Pixel 3 camera

The Google Pixel 3 topped our list of the best camera phones when it was released, and the Pixel 4 is vying for supremacy again by adding an extra camera to the rear of the device. It’s worth remembering that Google’s camera strengths lie in software, not hardware, so an extra camera isn’t necessarily as important as the AI and processing systems in the handset.

Google Pixel 3

The Pixel 3 had a 12.2MP rear camera, and the Pixel 4 keeps this but adds in a 16MP telephoto lens for improved zoom range (and better portrait mode images). While the Pixel 3 phones had two 8MP front-facing selfie cameras, the Pixel 4 handsets have only a single one, so for selfies, perhaps the old phones are actually better.

The star of the show is Google’s processing though, which in the Pixel 3 series could spruce up pictures by enhancing brightness, contrast, and color pop, thanks to the Pixel Visual Core neural processing chip, which used machine learning to improve pictures. There were also a range of software perks like Night Sight for industry-leading low-light photography and Top Shot, which takes multiple pictures and lets you choose the best.

All this is improved in the Google Pixel 4, as the neural processing chip is even better, meaning better machine learning, improved automatic processing, and a whole range of new photography features. These include Astro mode, which lets you take detailed and well-exposed shots of the night sky, and Dual Exposure Control, which lets you decouple the brightness of the foreground and background in shots to produce balanced exposures.

So while the Google Pixel 4 might take pictures that look just as great as those from the Pixel 3, there are some extra smarts on board, and you can take pictures in a wider range of settings, so it’ll likely be an even better smartphone camera.

Google Pixel 4 vs Pixel 3 battery life and specs

The Google Pixel 4 has a 2,800mAh battery, which is actually smaller than the one in the Pixel 3, which came in at 2,915mAh – and that device had a smaller screen. Google says software optimizations will keep the Pixel 4 going for longer, so we'll be sure to test that claim in our full review.

As for the XL devices, the Google Pixel 3 XL had a 3,400mAh battery, and that's seen a healthy increase to 3,700mAh in the Pixel 4 XL, so the new XL phone will likely last a good bit longer.

Google Pixel 3

In terms of processor, the Google Pixel 4 has a Snapdragon 855 chipset, which is an update over the Snapdragon 845 in the Pixel 3, and which should make it a little more powerful for gaming and multitasking, although it’s likely to be the AI machine learning for photography that makes the most use of this extra processing power.

There’s also 6GB RAM in the new phone, a step up from the 4GB in the Pixel 3, which again will be useful for all the high-tech processing your photos will need.

Active Edge makes a return in the Pixel 4, which means you can squeeze the handset to easily summon Google Assistant, and there’s also Motion Sense, which enables you to use hands-free gestures to do certain things on the handset without touching it, like swiping to skip a song or hang up on calls.


The Google Pixel 4 brings some new features to the Pixel line, but it's also a step back in a few ways, with a weaker battery capacity, only one front camera, and no fingerprint sensor.

Saying that, Google's camera strengths lie in its software as much as in the hardware, and the improved camera features, Motion Sense, and built-in Android 10 may be enough to convince you that the new phone is a worthwhile upgrade.

If you're comparing the XL handsets, though, the Google Pixel 4 XL is definitely a solid step up over the Pixel 3 XL in most ways, and thanks to it being cheaper (when comparing launch prices), it's definitely the better plus-sized option.

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Pixel 4 XL OLED screen nabs DisplayMate’s highest possible score

Latest Tech News - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 00:43

It probably won't come as much of a surprise that the new Google Pixel 4 XL has an improved display over last year's model, but now DisplayMate, the world's leading authority on smartphone displays, has officially confirmed it, awarding the handset its highest possible score, as spotted by Ausdroid.

In its thorough tests, DisplayMate notes a number of areas in which the Google Pixel 4 XL outperforms its predecessor, citing an upgrade in display power efficiency, a peak brightness that's 10% higher and vastly improved absolute color accuracy.

Interestingly, although the Pixel 4 XL's OLED display is capable of an overall higher peak brightness than before, DisplayMate does note a relatively small decrease in brightness when it comes to color shifts in viewing angles and the phone's always-on display.

While it's true that DisplayMate awarded the Google Pixel 4 XL its highest score of A+, it's worth noting that the site hands this score out fairly regularly when it comes to premium displays these days – this year alone, the testing site gave the same score to Samsung's Galaxy S10, describing it as the "most color accurate display ever", while the OnePlus 7 Pro received similar plaudits.

Still, an improved display is always a good thing, and we're glad to see that Google has left behind the screen issues that plagued the Pixel 2 back in 2017.

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Google won't sell Pixel 4 & Pixel 4XL in India, here's why

Latest Tech News - Tue, 10/15/2019 - 23:32

Google just got done away with a formal announcement about its next generation products including the much-awaited Pixel 4 series. And while the those who were following the developments got to know all about the phone before its launch, thanks to the numerous leaks, Google itself corroborated some of the speculations.

However, not until the last few hours of the launch had we started heard rumblings about the Mountain View giant skipping past India for the launch of the Pixel 4. Fast forward the launch, which essentially established Pixel 4 as the epitome of next generation computational photography, we now have an official statement from Google India.

It reads: "Google has a wide range of products that we make available in different regions around the world. We decided not to make Pixel 4 available in India. We remain committed to our current Pixel 3a phones and look forward to bringing future Pixel and other hardware products to India."

But why?

This basically confirms that we shouldn't hold out on the hope that the phone will be available in the near future. However, it also hints that the Pixel 3a successors will most likely make their way to India. Reading a bit more into the line, the hint could also be read as a possibility that the Pixel 4a series won't feature Project Soli radar that's one of the highlights of the new Pixel 4 phones.

Needless to say, prospective buyers who were waiting to get their hands on the new phones are left aghast. While the number of Pixel phones sold in India aren't much (because we don't see more people using it on the streets), the word is that Google couldn't procure the necessary licenses as the 60GHz mmWave frequency band that Soli radar works on is banned for public use.

This chip is important because it also works with a facial recognition system and the new phones don't come with a fingerprint sensor. So, Google couldn't just manufacture Pixel 4's without the Soli radar. Also, in a country like India, where only 80,000 Pixel 2 phones were sold, it doesn't make sense from a business viewpoint.

Google's Pixel 4 phones feature a 90Hz refresh rate screen, night mode with astrophotography, dual exposure settings, a telephoto lens with Super Res Zoom and Motion Sense gestures. For photographers, the phone features the latest computational photography system in a compact form factor, but something folks in India are going to miss out on this time.

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