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It's big, powerful, adept at creative tasks and productivity and one of the most noteworthy devices of 2019 - what else could we be referring to other than Samsung's Note 10.
And as much as we loved this phone when it first came out, we were left staring at a range of offers that weren't all that affordable. But thanks to a few new plans from Mobiles.co.uk, that seems to have changed.
One offer in particular has really caught our eye, dangling the promise of £43 a month bills and a staggering 90GB of data. Even with the £175 piled on upfront, this blasts the rest of the competition away for the top spot in our Samsung Galaxy Note 10 deals guide.
Or for those still considering the monthly price to be too high, Mobiles.co.uk has another offer worth your consideration. £39 a month, 45GB of data (here's the catch) and a hefty £225 upfront.
And while these are both excellent contracts, they do get better. Samsung is currently offering a free pair of Galaxy Buds when you buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 10. Once you've bought one of these offers, head on over to Samsung to claim them. And you can use TechRadar's exclusive 10OFF voucher code to save a tenner off the price.
Both of these offers work out as some of the best pricing we've seen so far on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and without cramming on a whole load of extra costs, really can't be beaten.
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Under the hood of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, you will find 8GB Ram and a 3500mAh battery, making this a pretty powerful device. And the 'S' pen - a tool for productivity through your phone - is back, too and smarter than ever.
On the outside you'll notice a triple camera set-up. That gives you access to not just a wide-angle camera and optical zoom but also 4K video, optical image stabilisation and 'bokeh' video abilites.
You can read our full Samsung Galaxy Note 10 review for more information
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It might now be a good few models behind but iPhone 7 deals are still an excellent purchase thanks to their position as the standout cheap iPhone. For those who like Apple but not the crazy high prices that come with it, this is the place to be.
The release of Apple's iPhone 11 and its two more powerful models was a big reminder of the costly nature of Apple and just another reason the iPhone 7 could be the ideal phone for you.
But despite its age the iPhone 7 still rocks many of the specs we have come to expect from Apple. A mid-size battery, strong processor and the much loved iOS features Apple has made famous.
When it comes to choosing the tariff for you there is still a surprisingly large range of iPhone 7 deals. Big data remains affordable and brilliant cheap contracts under £20 are readily available. And with Black Friday almost here, we're expecting prices to drop even further!
On this page you'll find all of the best iPhone 7 deals you can get right now. Whether you're looking for unlimited data, a free phone or any other type of tariff, you can use our comparison chart below to choose the cheapest option out there. Scroll down to find the best deal for you.
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The Apple iPhone 7 might now have fallen behind, becoming one of Apple's older devices and yet, the specs till hold up. The battery might not be market leading but for the price you pay for iPhone 7 deals, the water resistance, impressive camera and strong processor are a perfect combination.
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Some folks with external GPUs have run into trouble with the latest version of macOS 10.15 (Catalina), with serious problems encountered including Macs freezing and failing to boot up in some scenarios.
This issue was highlighted by Apple Insider, which noted that only certain external GPUs (or eGPUs – graphics cards in external enclosures) were affected. Reportedly it’s eGPUs that use Radeon 570 and 580 graphics cards which are running into trouble, with Mac mini users seemingly suffering the most at the hands of this macOS Catalina gremlin.
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Sadly the problems are pretty nasty ones and include folks reporting that their Macs are freezing, or not booting up when a display is connected to the eGPU (or the Mac might start in the latter case, but then immediately restart).
It’s not clear what the root cause might be, and Apple hasn’t been drawn to comment yet, but the current most likely culprit seems to be the drivers for AMD’s Polaris graphics cards (the Radeon 570 and 580 are both Polaris).Vega victory
It seems that Vega-based GPUs aren’t hit by this issue. Furthermore, it’s worth noting that some of the affected eGPUs are on Apple’s official list of supported products for suitable Thunderbolt 3 enclosures, which are recommended for certain graphics cards
Indeed, Apple Insider asserts that it has tested a Sonnet eGPU with a Sapphire 570 graphics card inside, finding issues present – and that particular all-in-one combo is recommended by Apple.
Hopefully whatever bugs are messing things around here will be ironed out soon enough.
Support for external GPUs was introduced back with macOS High Sierra (10.13.4) as a neat way to beef up the power of your MacBook (or indeed other Mac) via a Thunderbolt 3 port (with its chunky bandwidth).
Support has been considerably refined since, with a good deal of optimization work carried out in Catalina and before. However, the lack of official support for Nvidia graphics cards remains a serious sticking point for many folks.
Naturally, some bugs are to be expected in the new version of an operating system, and macOS Catalina has also reportedly been causing emails to go missing in some cases.
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UK technology users are increasingly wary about how their data is gathered and secured online, according to new research.
Nearly half (45 percent) of the UK public remains unconvinced that technology developments are being governed well enough, particularly when it comes to the use of personal data.
However a new study from Fujitsu shows that even when offered the chance to improve this standing, many users pass it up, with only a fifth (21 percent) saying they fully read terms and conditions covering how their data is secured.
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Fujitsu's study found that there are a number of significant concerns blocking large-scale technology adoption in the UK.
Among the top issues were security concerns around the sharing of personal data (named by 35 percent of respondents), lack of trust in how organisations will use personal data (34 percent) and a lack of trust in the reliability of such technology (31 percent) being flagged as the most pressing.
“Technology is having an undeniable positive impact, not just on broader society but on the public’s personal lives. Whilst citizens are excited about the impact technology is having on their everyday lives, particularly in education and ‘life admin’, they are still wary of some of the newer technologies,” said Ravi Krishnamoorthi, Managing Director & Head of Private Sector, Fujitsu UK.
“It’s clear that in order for the UK to remain at the forefront of technological innovation, more needs to be done to educate the public on the benefits that certain technologies can have on their lives now and in the future, and to build their trust in the security of those technologies.”
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The office as we know it is constantly evolving - from densely packed desks to cubicle farms to informal, open plan spaces. Each of these changes have been matched by ongoing developments in technology, from communication and collaboration tools in the cloud, to seamless integration of mobile, to real-time processing and instant access to large amounts of data.
As a result, visions of the future office are top of mind for many business leaders. This includes the office space itself as well as the way people are working. As a leading new domain name for modern businesses, with more than 190,000 registrations, .Cloud is partnering with many companies that are changing their workspaces to accommodate the modern working world.
With the growth of companies offering flexible working policies and co-working spaces, it’s clear that we’re changing the way we work. But how is the time spent behind our desks reshaping the space around us?Personalising the employee experience
According to Jenny Tran, president of Fint.Cloud, it’s more of a personal experience, than something that’s affected by trends: “At Fint.Cloud, embracing the office of the future is not at all about staying ahead of the trends. Instead, it is about creating an environment that employees would like to work in.”
When it comes to the future of office software, we’re seeing an increased focus on bringing employees together in the office to create a collaborative working environment. Whether this is by meeting rooms or including recreational areas with sofas and ping-pong tables, for example, the focus is on bringing people together and fostering relationships.
It’s also important to ensure that the latest technologies deployed in a workplace support employees in enabling them to work efficiently together. With more and more employees equipped to work on the move, the design of the future office will have a strong emphasis on bridging the gap between home and more traditional workspaces.
This flexibility is largely enabled by evolving technology such as cloud services, which allows employees to work collaboratively no matter where they’re working from. One example is Fashion.Cloud, as Co-founder Rene Schnelle, Co-founder explains:
“As a platform aimed at strengthening the wholesale community, we believe in teamwork and mutual support - also in our own work. However, this does not mean that all employees have to sit in one place. With cloud-based solutions and tools, employees can collaborate and build relationships across borders.”
As workplace flexibility evolves, so too does your office space.The future is flexible
Another factor to keep in mind is that as businesses and employees continue to favour remote software and flexible working, there won’t be a need to accommodate as many people in the office at once, so the physical size of the traditional office will become smaller.
Jenny Tran of Fint.Cloud says, “There are many people out there who would also appreciate not having to commute and having flexible working hours, so we also see a lot of people remotely - think of young mums and digital nomads.” We will see a more personalised employee experience taking shape, reflecting the emerging needs of younger generations to have greater control of their professional lives.
A focus on collaborating across office spaces is also priority for Fashion.Cloud. Rene Schnelle says, “We have teams working together from our two offices in Hamburg and Amsterdam but also remotely from Ukraine or Argentina. In addition, employees can work from home one day a week. This way, we create the optimal team and give our employees the freedom to live and work where they want.”
Once a familiar space, the office is undergoing extensive change as the digital revolution in the workplace continues. Creating a modern environment requires modern thinking in order to succeed. Now is the time for visionaries, business leaders, workplace architects and designers, to design the office of the future.
Mou Mukherjee is the Head of Registry Services at .Cloud.
The Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 XL are being announced later today, and there’s seemingly not much that we don’t know about them, but one thing that’s still unclear is what they will cost – and the latest leak points to a lower price than we’d previously heard.
According to a “carrier source” speaking to DroidLife, the Google Pixel 4 will start at $799 (roughly £630 / AU$1,180), while the Pixel 4 XL will start at $899 (around £710 / AU$1,330).
While we’ve included approximate price conversions for other regions, those are actually the same prices as what the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL started at, meaning that other regions might be the same too. That would mean a starting price of £739 / AU$1,199 for the Pixel 4 and £869 / AU$1,349 for the Google Pixel 4 XL.
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Those, of course are just starting prices, with prices to go up along with storage, and the source didn’t say how much by. But if Google does keep the starting prices the same as last year’s models that would be a pleasant surprise.
Not only are new generations of flagships often more expensive than their predecessors, but a previous leak pointed to a starting price of $999.99 for the Pixel 4 XL (with no price given for the standard model), while another leak, this time in Euros, suggested a similarly high Pixel 4 XL price, along with a higher price for the Pixel 4.
Given that there’s no agreement on prices we’d take all of these rumors with a pinch of salt, but we’ll find out the truth soon, as at the time of writing we’re just hours from the Pixel 4 launch. TechRadar will be reporting live from the event and you can check out our Pixel 4 launch live blog for all the news as it happens, or watch along with the Pixel 4 live stream.
KKR has secured a majority stake in full fibre provider Hyperoptic, becoming the latest investment firm to take an interest in the UK’s communications infrastructure.
Founded in 2011, Hyperoptic’s fibre to the premise (FTTP) network now covers nearly 400,000 homes and businesses in 43 towns and cities. Its current expansion roadmap will see this footprint quadruple over the next three years.
Financial details have not been disclosed, but it has been confirmed that CEO Dana Tobak and Executive Chairman Boris Ivanovic will continue in their roles.
“We are confident that with the support of KKR and their significant expertise enabling high-growth businesses, our ambitious infrastructure plans to build our hyperfast network out to two million homes by 2021 and five million by 2024 will be realised,” said Tobak.
KKR already has communications joint-ventures with Telxius in Spain and Altice in Frnace, while it owns German fibre company Glasfalser. It was apparently attracted to a UK market in which fibre coverage stands at just eight per cent – far less than other countries in Europe and elsewhere.
“Hyperoptic has a market-leading position and superior consumer product,” said KKR. “The business is strongly positioned to meet the growing demand for full-fibre services in the UK through further investment and national roll-out, supporting housing development and renovation.”
The UK has seen a number of major acquisitions and investments over the past few years. Last year CityFibre was acquired by private equity firms for £538 million, while Hull-based ISP KCOM is being purchased by Australian fund Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA).
The vast majority of the UK’s superfast broadband is powered by fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) technology, but the government and industry have since adopted fibre first strategies. In addition to altnet rollouts from CityFibre, Hyperoptic and Gigaclear, BT Openreach plans to deploy fibre to 15 million UK premises by the middle of the decade, while Virgin Media and TalkTalk are also embarking on rollouts.
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Some Android phone and tablet users are reporting a bug with Google Assistant, which causes their device's screen to stay powered on indefinitely after hearing the wake phrase 'Hey Google'.
This is seriously frustrating for people who own other devices (such as Google Home smart speakers) that are activated using the same spoken command.
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Several staff members from Android Police noticed that their phones and tablets weren't going back to sleep after recognizing that the wake command was intended for a different device. This is a serious battery drain (even with dark mode activated), and a potential security risk as it leaves the device unlocked.
It could also lead to images being burned into the screens of LCD devices, causing permanent damage.Chronic insomnia
The same problem has been reported periodically on the Google support forums since September. It mostly seems to affect Google Pixel and Google Home devices, though one OnePlus 6T owner found their phone awake with its battery at 1% hours after Google Assistant detected the wake phrase.
The cause of the problem has yet to be identified, and it appears to be intermittent, but we'll keep you updated if a fix emerges. In the meantime, we recommend keeping an eye on your phone every now and then (particularly if you own other devices with Google Assistant) so you can turn the screen off manually if necessary.
Via Android Police
The Google Pixel 4 launch event takes place today, and we're expecting to see the search and tech giant launch two new flagship smartphones: the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.
However, we could see more than just phones at the Google launch event, with a new Nest Mini smart speaker, Pixelbook Go Chromebook and Wi-Fi routers all rumored to arrive at the showcase in New York City.
We'll be reporting live from NYC, with the event kicking off at 10am EDT (7am PDT, 3pm BST, 1am AEDT on October 16). You can follow all the announcements as they happen, and read our expect analysis, here at our Google Pixel 4 launch event live blog – and, of course, we'll be bringing you our hands-on first impressions of the Pixel 4 phones and other new devices.
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06:00 - A good way of predicting what we may see today at the Made by Google launch event is taking a look at what was announced last year. Winding back the clock to October 2018, we saw Google launch four new products.
You can see them all in the video below:
05:00 - It's not just new Pixel phones we're set to see today, with rumors of an upgrade to Google's entry-level smart speaker - the Home Mini - suggesting it'll be launched at the same event.
There have been plenty of leaks around the second generation speaker, including speculation that it's name will change to Nest Mini.
04:45 - There's no question that we will see the Google Pixel 4 today, and we know that's what it will be called too, thanks to this tweet by the search giant from June.
04:30 - It seems there's very little we don't already know about the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. Earlier this year Google even tweeted a picture of the rear of the phones, confirming a large camera block (rumored to house two cameras).
However, the leaks have continued to flow, and even today, mere hours ahead of launch, new information continues to spill onto the web – and of course we're bringing it all to you, to give you an idea of what to expect.
Today's Google Pixel 4 leaks
Rumors that Google is reportedly working on a new bite-sized smart speaker, called the Google Nest Mini, have been circling for a while now – but new leaked images appear to reveal what the next generation of the Google Home Mini will look like.
Promotional photos of the new Google speaker were published by WinFuture, revealing that the Google Nest Mini will look extremely similar to the original Google Home Mini – but as predicted, will be wall-mountable, with a groove on the back of the speaker to allow for this.
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The leak comes just hours before Google's Pixel 4 launch event, which is when we are expecting the tech giant to unveil the Google Nest Mini.
While Google hasn't confirmed this, the company was recently awarded an FCC certification in the US for a new "media streaming device". This, alongside the leaked images, suggests that a Google Nest Mini release date is, in fact, imminent.What do the leaked images reveal?
Aside from showing the Google Nest Mini is wall-mountable, we can glean a few other details from the leaked images.
Firstly, it doesn't look like the design of the Google Nest Mini is vastly different from that of its predecessor, the Google Home Mini; it seems to be roughly the same size, with the same pebble-like shape and fabric grille.
WinFuture says that the grille is made from shredded plastic bottles, with the lower part of the housing "made [from] at least 35 percent recycled plastic".
Like its predecessor, the Google Nest Mini appears to be available in a range of neutral colors; according to 9to5Google, this will include charcoal, gray, coral, and light blue.
We were expecting the new Google Nest Mini to feature a 3.5mm audio jack will boast a 3.5mm audio jack, putting the new smart speaker in direct competition with the Amazon Echo Dot; however, we can't see a jack in the leaked images.
According to WinFuture, the new Google Assistant speaker will work with Bluetooth 5.0, and will feature built-in Chromecast support, like the Google Home Mini.
Google hasn't confirmed whether these images are genuine, but we don't have long to wait if the Google Nest Mini is actually to be released at today's Pixel 4 event; you can watch along with us via the Pixel 4 live stream which begins at 10am EDT (7am PDT, 3pm BST, 1am AEDT).
Reliance Jio introduced the world’s first video call assistant which can be accessed without needing a dedicated app.
At the ongoing Indian Mobile Congress 2019 in New Delhi, Jio showed off a video call assistant bot that is aimed at customer support and communications. All it requires is a 4G-enabled phone call to connect with this AI-backed bot. It will one day replace the wait-times before talking to a customer care executive.
This innovation comes in partnership with Radisys, which is a US-based company and a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Ltd. The Jio bot can listen and understand the customer’s queries and provide relevant answers in return, thus giving small businesses with speedy resolution of common customer issues. The platform is also said to learn over time and improve its answering accuracy automatically.
The bot can be controlled via a Jio Bot Maker tool that will make the AI more easily accessible to enterprises. It requires minimal coding to set up and can be customized to fit the specific needs and customer engagement requirements for each business.
On top of customization capabilities, the Jio video-call bot can be adapted to a unique avatar to act as the face of the customer care exec. Some of the suggestions include the CEO, a brand ambassador/celebrity, or any other person chosen by the brand. He/She can be talked to by dialing the helpline number and can answer back in multiple regional languages.
Three says a new partnership with cloud communications platform provider Pareteum will help it secure more of the UK wholesale mobile market as it transitions to 5G.
The long-term, multi-million pound deal will support Three’s search for growth in wholesale, as well as IoT, while also allowing Pareteum to expand its reach in the UK.
Specifically, the deal will allow for the launch of new mobile brands and IoT services on 3G, 4G and 5G infrastructure.
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“This is a major milestone for Three Wholesale and a vote of confidence in our network,” said Darren King, head of Three's Wholesale Business Development. “We are really excited about the opportunity that this partnership delivers. We have significant growth ambition in the IoT and Enterprise Communications markets and Pareteum brings global scale and proven capabilities.”
Three was a relative latecomer to the MVNO market, but wholesale subscribers now account for more than a tenth of the 11.7 million using its infrastructure. MVNO partners include Dixons Carphone’s iD Mobile, Superdrug (which is also owned by Three’s parent CK Hutchison), and Three’s own in-house no-frills operator SMARTY.
However Three believes the additional capacity afforded by its 5G spectrum holdings will give it a key advantage in securing more MVNO customers. Three is also undergoing a transformation programme that has seen it embark on an IT upgrade and roll out a new cloud-based core network.
Additionally, CK Hutchison has created a global digital unit to identify and create new services across the various businesses under its control.
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Six whole days of top class shuttlecock smashing action has arrived with the 2019 Denmark Open. And you can watch all the drama from the badminton championships unfold as it happens - no matter where you are in the world - by reading TechRadar's Denmark Open live streaming guide here.
One of the sport's most prestigious tournament's, the Denmark Open is also one of badminton's most lucrative with a prize pot this year of $775,000. Taking place in Odense and held since 1935, the competition takes its place on the Badminton World Federation World Tour as a Super 750 tournament.
Last year saw Japan's Kento Momota take the men's singles title while China's Tzu Ying Tai took the title for the women's championship.
Momota heads to Odense as the top seed for this year's event, with Taiwan's Chou Tien-Chen ranked second seen by many as the tournament favourite following his victory at the Yonex Chinese Taipei Open last month.
Japan's Akana Yamaguchi comes into the tournament as the top seeded women's player, despite crashing of the recent World Championships in Basel in the first round. The eventual winner in Switzerland was the number two ranked P.V. Sindhu of India, who will be looking to shake off her indifferent form since winning the title following early exits at the China Open and Korea Open last month.
Don't miss any of the crucial Denmark Open badminton action, by following our live stream guide below.
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This year, many of the games will be available to watch via the BadmintonWorld.TV YouTube channel as they're happening. There will also be catch-up and delayed streaming games shown on the channel – all for FREE.
That means you can catch games via the YouTube app on smartphones, tablets, computers, smart TVs, consoles and more.
The content is restricted in some countries however (including in the US), so if you happen to be travelling at the time and still want to keep up with a badminton live stream on YouTube then you'll need a VPN.How to live stream badminton in the UK for FREE
The great news for fans of the sport in the UK is that they'll be able to watch unrestricted coverage of the tournament via the official BWF YouTube channel, BadmintonWorld.TV which will be live streaming all the key action from Odense for FREE.
Outside the UK this week? Live coverage of the tournament from the BWF YouTube channel is restricted in some territories due to broadcast rights issues. Fear not though, as you can follow our instructions to use a VPN and watch as if you were back in blighty. So that means there's no need to miss out on the action as you won't be stopped by geo-blocking.Streaming the 2019 Denmark Open live in India
Action from the Denmark Open will be aired live in India via Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports Select 2 and Star Sports Select 2 HD. That means you can live stream the action via a short-term subscription to the Hotstar website.How to live stream 2019 Badminton World Championships in the US for FREE
Unlike the UK, live coverage from the BWF's YouTube channel won't be available to viewers in the States. It's not all bad news, however, as the Olympic Channel website will be showing live action from the tournament from the quarter-final stages onwards which will be available to viewers across the USA.
Want to watch on your mobile? Then there's an Olympic Channel app for Andoird and iOS, too.
The Google Pixel 4 is set to launch today, and we're expecting to find out about the upcoming generation of Google smartphones – however several retailer pages have accidentally been put live early.
These show us a lot of what we were already expecting, like the use of the Snapdragon 855 chipset, but there's a potentially worrying stat in there.
The retailer page comes via UK phones retailer Carphone Warehouse – although it's been taken down now - which detailed some of the specs of the handset.
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One of those specs? The battery size – supposedly you'll get a 2,800mAh power pack in the Pixel 4, and 3,700mAh in the Pixel 4 XL. That suggests that not only has Google not fixed a big Pixel 3 problem, but it may have actually made it worse.What's the problem?
The Google Pixel 3 is a great phone in many ways, but one of its biggest issues is that the battery life is severely lacking. The handset's 2,915mAh capacity is below industry averages, and as such we often had trouble getting the device through a day of use without powering it back up.
We were hoping the Pixel 4 would fix that issue, but if the battery capacity truly is lower than the Pixel 3, not only is the problem not solved, it'll actually be worse!
That said, the Pixel 3 XL had a decent 3,430mAh capacity that we had no problems with, and at 3,700mAh, the Pixel 4 XL could give us even better battery life - potentially making it the handset of choice when it comes to deciding between the two.
Of course, since Google hasn't officially announced the battery sizes itself (or launched the Pixel 4), we can't be 100% sure these are the exact sizes – but it seems highly unlikely that a major retailer would have a page full of information, ready to go live in a few hours time, with facts that are wrong.What other Pixel 4 specs were leaked?
The Snapdragon 855 chipset has been confirmed by the CEO of Qualcomm, the company that makes the chipset, and the retailer page lists this processor. There's also said to be 6GB of RAM, which is a step over the 4GB in the Pixel 3, and 64GB and 128GB storage options.
We've been wondering what the handset's second camera is, and it seems joining the 12MP snapper from the older phones is a 16MP telephoto camera for zoom shots.
The Google Pixel 4 screen is set to be a 5.7-inch AMOLED display, with the Pixel 4 XL slightly bigger at 6.3 inches (hence the XL name).
What about the price? Well, that's still unconfirmed, and it's the biggest piece of news we're waiting to hear about.
The Google Pixel 4 is set to launch in just a few hours time, at 10am EDT (7am PDT, 3pm BST, 1am AEDT), and TechRadar will be on the ground ready to report all the news, reviews and analysis you need. We're set to launch a live blog soon, but if you want to watch along with the event by yourself, there will be a Pixel 4 live stream you can watch too.
The Google Pixel 4 is meant to be Google's epitome of smartphone design and camera prowess, so it may come as a surprise that it won't be using the latest smartphone chipset when it debuts later today.
Qualcomm has confirmed both the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL - which are expected to be announced later today - will use the Snapdragon 855 chipset rather than the 855 Plus.
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There's not a major difference between the two chipsets - most of the improvements on the Plus relate to its gaming performance - but it does mean it's not the latest version of the chip including on Google's flagship phones.
You likely won't find the phones slow, as the chipset is still an impressive setup, but this just shows that the company isn't positioning the Pixel 4 range as a competitor to the top-end gaming phones that use the Plus.
The confirmation of this chipset comes from Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon on Twitter who seemed to mistakenly tweet the confirmation of the chipsets a day early, in a post that has since been deleted.
The Google Pixel 4 is set to launch later today (10am EDT, 7am PDT, 3pm BST) at an event in New York where it's expected we'll learn about the new Pixel 4 range as well as a variety of other products.
We'll be covering the launch live with an upcoming live blog, plus you can learn how to watch the Pixel 4 live stream here.
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If “what is a Google Chromebook?” is a question you’ve been asking yourself, then you’ve stumbled into the right place.
By now, you’ve most likely heard of Chromebooks or have seen the term thrown around. They’re essentially lightweight and generally more affordable laptop alternatives that run on ChromeOS and are designed to handle less demanding, less processor-intensive tasks.
Well, a Google Chromebook is basically a Chromebook designed and manufactured by Google. The Google Pixelbook, for example, is the company's flagship Chromebook, while the rumored Pixelbook Go, which we've just gotten our best look at, might just be the company’s lighter and more affordable Chromebook.
In this guide, we’ll talk about exactly what a Google Chromebook is, how it differs from other Chromebooks and how it (and other Chromebooks) differ from traditional laptops. We’ll also explain what Chromebooks can do as well as list the pros and cons of such devices.
By the end of the article, you’ll hopefully have a better understanding of Chromebooks, be able to decide whether or not a Google Chromebook is right for you, and even be able to explain to the next person when they ask the question, “what is a Chromebook?”
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The key difference between Chromebooks and other laptops is the operating system. Rather than Windows or macOS, Chromebooks come with Google Chrome OS installed. This is rather like a mobile phone operating system and can only run apps from the Chrome Web Store or the Google Play Store.
That might sound restrictive, but there are thousands of apps to choose from and all the basics are covered. For text documents, spreadsheets and presentations you have Google Docs, Sheets and Slides; for quick photo editing you can use Adobe Photoshop Express; and for movies and TV you can choose from Google Play Movies, Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video.
Chrome OS can run apps from the Chrome Web Store, as well as Android apps from the Google Play Store
If you need specialist software, however, then a Chromebook isn’t the laptop for you. For example, if you’re a photographer or designer who relies on the full version of Photoshop then you’ll need a MacBook or Windows laptop. Serious gamers will also need to stick with Windows – though there’s a great selection of fun games in the Google Chrome Store and Google Play Store for casual players.
You can use a Chromebook offline, but they work best when connected to the internet. Chrome OS will update silently in the background when you’re online, and your documents sync to your Google account so you can access them anywhere.Chromebook hardware
There are two types of Chromebook: traditional laptops, and two-in-one devices that convert into tablets. Most Chromebooks have touchscreens, but those that don’t won’t work as well with apps downloaded from the Google Play Store, as these are designed chiefly for mobile devices.
Chrome OS can run on less powerful hardware than Windows 10 or macOS, which means Chromebooks are often more affordable than other laptops. For example, the Asus C300M is a great little Chromebook that comes in at under $250/£200/AU$300 – ideal for a student budget.
A cheaper Chromebook will have relatively little storage space – typically 32GB or 64GB. This is fine if you’re using Google Docs, Sheets and Slides for your work, because all your documents will be saved to the cloud rather than your device. It’s also not a problem if you’re streaming video and TV shows.
The Asus C300M is a great example of a budget Chromebook – small, light and ideal for everyday work and web browsing
If you want to keep large files on your device like photos and videos, you’ll need to add an SD card (most Chromebooks have a slot for one) or connect an external HDD or SSD. There are some premium Chromebooks with more storage, like the Google Pixelbook, but for the same price you could get a Windows 10 laptop with equally good specifications.
You can hook a Chromebook up to a printer using Google Cloud Print, or to a TV using Chromecast, but you won’t be able to hook up hardware that needs its own drivers (like security cameras and scanners, for example).
If that's not an issue for you and you don't need any niche software, then opting for a Chromebook could save you a lot of money when you're buying your next laptop.
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Should I buy a Chromebook? Is this a question you’ve been asking yourself? If you know nothing about this fairly new class of laptops and have been wondering what makes it different from traditional laptops, you’re not alone. Many have asked the same question, which is why we’re here to clear things up a bit for you.
So, what exactly is a Chromebook? In essence, Chromebooks are designed to run a lightweight operating system that’s intended to help you with some productivity tasks, but mostly handle light computing ones like browsing the Internet, streaming videos and playing mobile games. In other words, they are typically some of the most lightweight and among the most affordable laptops around.
So the question now is: are Chromebooks good enough as a laptop replacement for you? Ultimately, it all depends on your computing needs. If your typical computing needs involve several processor-hungry apps or specific software unavailable in the Chrome OS, then Chromebooks probably won’t cut it.
However, if you’re day-to-day computing demands involve browsing the web, working on documents online, streaming videos and playing mobile games, then the Chromebook is a perfect – not to mention, very affordable – laptop alternative.
It’s worth knowing, however, that not all Chromebooks are created equal. Some are more powerful than others while a small number tout a premium price tag. In fact, you can spend over $1,000/£1,000/AU$1,300 on a Chromebook with powerful hardware, even though it still won’t be able to run software from outside the Google Play and Google Chrome Stores.
A Google Pixelbook will set you back even more – though we've just gotten our best look at the Pixelbook Go, which should give budget buyers a more affordable Pixelbook option – And at that price range, there are no advantages over a Windows laptop.
To be fair, Chromebooks are often discounted heavily on Black Friday, so it's worth taking a look at the best Chromebook deals on the day to find a bargain. Our guide on Black Friday laptop deals: how to get the best model for the best price has more advice on getting a Chromebook on the big day.What is a Chromebook?
Let’s begin with a quick overview: what is a Google Chromebook exactly? Generally speaking, Chromebooks are light and cheap laptops that run Google’s ChromeOS operating system.
Most traditional laptops run on either the Windows 10 operating system or the macOS, if they’re Macs. Chromebooks, on the other hand, run on the ChromeO, a lightweight operating system that isn’t as fully featured as Windows 10 or macOS. In fact, when ChromeOS was first released in 2011, it was extremely bareboned, and you needed an internet connection to use apps such as Google Docs.
What is a Google Chromebook?
ChromeOS has evolved since then. Now install apps – including Android apps – and use it (to an extent) without an internet connection. However, it’s still more limited than Windows 10 and macOS.
The fact that's it’s a lightweight operating system is one of the reasons why Chromebooks are so appealing to many users, in the first place. It doesn’t need powerful components to run, and it can use hardware that Windows 10 or macOS would struggle to run on, keeping the overhead price down. This enables Chromebooks to be much more affordable to users than other laptops.
That also means Chromebooks have impressively long battery life, easily lasting a whole work day – plus, some movie watching – on a single charge.
While we sometimes refer to the devices as ‘Google Chromebooks’, a number of major laptop manufacturers make Chromebooks. In fact, the first Chromebooks were released by Samsung and Acer in May 2011, and other manufacturers like Dell, HP and Asus joining have jumped on the bandwagon.
What is a Google Chromebook?
Of course, Google has also released its own Chromebooks over the years. Interestingly, while most Chromebooks are affordable alternatives to Windows and Mac laptops, Google’s Chromebooks, like the Google Pixelbook, are premium devices that show that a Chromebook can be as powerful, and as beautifully designed, as any MacBook or Windows laptop – and also just as expensive, if not more.What software can a Google Chromebook run?
Now that you know the answer to the question: what is a Google Chromebook?, let’s get into how it works. Because Chromebooks run ChromeOS, you can’t simply install and run Windows or Mac programs. Instead, you are limited to Chrome apps and online apps that you can run through the Chrome browser, such as Google Docs.
The good news is that there’s a decent selection of Chrome apps. Plus, using online apps like Google Docs means you won’t need to install as many as apps, which is why many Chromebooks only need small hard drives – which again helps to keep their price low.
Additionally, Chromebooks are now also able to run Android apps, giving Chromebook users access to thousands of apps through the Google Play Store. Most modern applications have a version for Android devices, which means Chromebooks users have a huge range of software, from office suites like Microsoft Office to photo editors and even games, at their disposal.
What is a Google Chromebook?
Chromebooks can also run Linux applications, further bolstering the productivity benefits of the devices. Compatible Chromebooks can now use programs that were created for Linux, the open source desktop operating system.
While ChromeOS used to be seen as a limited operating system, the scope of the software you can now run on a Chromebook is truly impressive, making it – now more than ever – a viable alternative for more users.
Lastly, ChromeOS is a lot less prone to viruses and malware than Windows 10, as malicious users are more likely to attack Windows 10 devices due to their popularity. Using cloud-based services on a Chromebook also limits the number of files you download and install, and ChromeOS is automatically updated with the latest security patches to keep you safe and secure.
What is a Google Chromebook?Chromebooks and education
Because of the affordability, long battery life and security of Chromebooks, they've become increasingly popular in the education sector.
They're indeed ideal laptops for students, as they come with pretty much all the software they would need, including word processors and presentation programs. The use of cloud services such as Google Docs also allows for online collaboration between students and teachers, and several manufacturers have made Chromebooks that are specially designed for students, with durable bodies that can survive being tossed into a backpack and carried around all day.
The Chrome Education License also enables schools to provide Chromebooks to students and easily manage the devices centrally, ensuring that only approved apps are installed.
Most importantly, the parental controls these Chromebooks have on hand can also ensure that students are kept safe from inappropriate online content.
So, to answer the question, 'What is a Google Chromebook?' Essentially, they're affordable laptops with simple designs, and they can surprise you with how flexible and adept they are for handling many day-to-day tasks.
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Realme Mobiles has taken wraps off of its first flagship smartphone, the Realme X2 Pro, in China. And like all the recent flagship phones, this one too is powered by Qualcomm's top-of-the-line Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, which makes it the most powerful offering by the Oppo spin-off yet.
Alongside, the company also announced the Realme X2 Pro Master Edition, which has been designed by Naoto Fukasawa and features a distinct design inspired by cement mix and red bricks. The back is made from glass and has been further treated to produce a matte finish.
The X2 Pro will be making its way to India sometime in December this year, as stated by CEO Madhav Sheth.
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Realme X2 Pro features a 6.5-inch Full HD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels) resolution Super AMOLED display, which has been sourced from Samsung. The screen has a 90Hz refresh rate and supports 100% of DCI-P3 color gamut. It is topped with a layer of Corning's Gorilla Glass 5 for added protection.
Being a flagship, Realme has not done away with the notch design on the front as opposed to other flagship phones who have implemented different solutions for a full-screen experience. It gives the phone a 91.7% screen-to-body ratio. Also, there's a fingerprint sensor embedded into the display for faster unlock speeds.
The X2 Pro has a quad-camera setup on the back, which consists of a primary 64MP camera that uses Samsung's GW1 sensor with an f/1.72 aperture and 6P lens. The secondary camera uses a 13MP telephoto lens with an f/2.5 aperture and support for 20x digital zoom. There's an 8MP ultra-wide lens with a 115-degree field-of-view that doubles up as a macro camera as it supports a focusing distance of up to 2.5 cm. The fourth camera uses a 2MP sensor for analyzing the depth and assisting in creating portrait pictures.
On the front, there is a 16MP selfie camera that uses the SonyIMX471 sensor for selfies.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ powers Realme X2 Pro. It comes in 6GB/8GB/12GB of RAM and three storage options-- 64GB/128GB/256GB. The Master Edition of the phone has a single variant, with 12GB RAM and 256GB UFS 3.0 storage. It runs on ColorOS 6.1, which is based on Android 9.0 Pie.
The phone also features stereo speakers that have been tuned by Dolby Atmos effects for Hi-res audio experience.
The X2 Pro comes fitted with a 4,000mAh battery that supports 50W SuperVOOC Flash Charge, which is claimed to charge the phone fully in 35 minutes tops.
Realme X2 Pro is priced starting at Rs CNY 2,699 (~Rs 27,000) for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage going up to CNY 2,899 (~Rs 29,000) for the variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage and CNY 3,299 (~Rs 33,000) for the maxed out variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. The Master Edition is also priced at CNY 3,299.
With the Samsung Galaxy S10 and its more expensive, and more affordable, siblings landing in Australia, everyone's eager to get their hands on what is shaping up to be one the best Android handsets around.
While you can learn everything there is to know about the handset in our hands-on Samsung Galaxy S10 review, we know you're really here to check out what it takes to get yourself one of these shiny flagships, so this page will cover the best plans available.
The Galaxy S10 is available in two storage configurations, with a 128GB starting at $1,349, and the larger 512GB option setting you back $1,699, but we've found some choice plans that'll help soften the blow.
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As we've come to expect, Optus has run away with an outstanding offer on the regular Galaxy S10 handset, putting it at the same price as the cheaper S10e, but Telstra's unlimited plan is still the only one of its kind on the playing field, so if you're not keen on stressing about data limits, that's your go.
India is often said to be a sleeping giant when it comes to electric vehicles. In these early years, where manufacturers are still figuring out their products and strategies for India, Ather Energy has already begun shipping its scooters and has thousands more on pre-order. We recently got a chance to check out the Ather 450 and understand how it became the poster child of the Indian EV movement.India as an EV market
There is no doubt that electric vehicles will replace ICEs (internal combustion engine vehicles) in the future. However, adoption has been rather slow. A recent study by Bloomberg revealed that India has only about 8,000 electric cars on the roads, a minuscule figure considering the 1.3 billion population of the country.
There are numerous reasons for this slow pace— inadequate charging infrastructure, expensive battery production charges, relatively higher upfront costs, and lesser range (mileage). While real efforts to promote EVs by the government have started only recently, it’s a reminder that the handful of companies that are committed to this future are taking huge risks by being early adopters.
The manufacturing of electric vehicles is not cheap. They call for entirely different assembly lines, different drivetrains have to be developed, and the component production is yet to reach a feasible scale that will bring the costs down. R&D will also have to start from the ground up, and specialized knowledge and expertise are still in their growing stages. For a price-sensitive market like India, these factors further hamper the sales of electric vehicles.What sets Ather Energy apart?
Ather Energy was one of the first electric-only automobile manufacturers in India when they commenced operations in 2013. However, it was only a year ago, on September 2018, that Ather 450 deliveries started. All these years were used to develop a vehicle that is not only comparable to the ones that people are used to but also adds a layer of smart software that holds everything together and improves over time.
The market will soon have many offerings of electric vehicles, but our native software integration will differentiate Ather from any other competitor.Swapnil Jain, co-founder, Ather Energy
“Legacy automakers come with a very mechanical view at cars,” explains Swapnil Jain, the co-founder. “But at Ather, the team consists of engineers and designers from various disciplines such as product, mechanical, software, communications, etc.”.
Electric vehicles are more like advanced computers than cars from the inside. That is especially true for the Ather 450 because all the peripherals, including the headlights, horns, speakers, are controlled by software. Almost all the basic functions have a piece of code backing them. It may seem unnecessary at first glance, but this means everything can be monitored, customized, fixed, and thus, improved via OTA updates.
Here’s a growing list of features that weren’t initially present on the Ather 450 scooter, but gained them over time:
- Auto brightness on the digital dashboard
- Onboard diagnostics
- Different riding modes (Sport, Ride, Eco)
- Riding stats
- Multi route selection for the onboard GPS
- Fan sound reduction
All of these, along with a couple more were added later, reminding us about the possibilities in the future. All of these can also be interacted with on the Ather app on your phone.
The Ather 450 has 46 sensors onboard that monitor all the crucial components like battery health and thermals, motors, GPS, riding patterns, charging habits, and more. Each of these sensors communicates with the cloud providing them with specific real-time information, which in turn helps to squash bugs faster than ever before. Predictive maintenance information and ride statistics are offered to the riders, so they know how to improve and get the most out of their vehicles. “This also gives us data to iterate on our products faster and goes a long way for making rapid product development possible.”
We enquired about how the location tracking works and what the consumers feel about it. They explained that some riders were justifiably concerned about their location being tracked, but it works in a way that the scooter’s live location is not constantly being shown or monitored. Instead, it is stored and converted in a format that makes the data easier to decipher. But for consumers that there are still worried, there’s also an “Incognito mode” that can be toggled, which stops location data from being shared.
How Ather Energy makes an "ever-improving vehicle"An intelligent charging network
Following this discussion, we headed out to the Ather Space, which is a flagship experience center in the heart of Bangalore, to test-drive the 450 ourselves and get a better feel of some of the other features and improvements. When Ather was founded, pre-orders mainly happened at its website. This store acted as an additional touchpoint for consumers to try out the vehicles, understand the tech behind it, and get immediate answers to any questions. It’s also one of the 36 Ather Grid locations which offer free, fast charging to the public.
The Ather Grid network was brilliant. We often hear how a lack of charging infrastructure scares customers away from electric vehicles, and this is Ather’s well-executed answer to that. These are essentially charging points that can be used by any electric vehicle for free (till the end of this year). These are also connected to the cloud and need to authenticate your vehicle before starting the charging. The power will also automatically cut off when to prevent the overcharging of the batteries. Ather has kept it available for all EVs and has a couple of Mahindra cars that frequently visit the Grid.
Interestingly, only about 5% of the charging happens at these charging stations, with the majority of it taking place at homes overnight. It is likely to change once more 450s hit the roads. Range anxiety is usually always a point of contention when discussing electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, but once again, Ather harnessed data to find the most feasible solution.
The average distance covered by an Ather 450 daily is 20.9 km, far lower than the maximum range of almost 100 km. It meant that most users would probably not need to charge daily. More importantly, Ather implores users to charge their scooters overnight and expects it to become a habit for electric vehicles going forward. The scooter is smart enough to know when to stop charging to prevent overcharging the batteries.
We asked if this regular charging is a healthy habit, considering that it increases the number of charge cycles being used. The solution, once again backed by data, was pretty smart. The Ather 450 has a 2.4 kWh battery; however, it’s charging is limited to 95% on the top and 5% on the lower end. Lithium-ion batteries inherently lose their charge holding capacity way faster when taken from 0 to full regularly. By limiting the range, the number of charge cycles increases by more than double.
According to the ride data acquired by Ather, a 90% range is the sweet spot for riders to ensure battery longevity without taking a big toll on the battery life. Technically speaking, an 80% range by limiting the battery from 10% to 90% would yield the battery conditions (almost a 5x improvement over 0 to 100%), but the range reduction would be too big for most riders. But that could theoretically be an option in the future.Ather 450 initial impressions
After having understood the tech that makes the Ather 450 so smart, it was time we test what the ride felt like. Our non-technical initial impression revealed quite a few exciting features that just seemed so obvious at first but are rare to find on two-wheelers.
There is no direct electric switch to start the bike. You need to manually “swipe to start engine” on the digital dashboard, after which a big label on the top persists, informing the rider about the engine status. Since EVs make no noise or vibrations when switched on, it can be a hazard if a rider gets on without knowing if the engine is engaged or not.
There’s also a reverse “Park assist” mode, which slowly drives the scooter backward. No other two-wheeler currently offers this and can be a life-saver if you happen to park your vehicle on a slope or it gets stuck in a pothole.
We quickly switched to the Sport mode to get a feel of what the 450 was capable of, and the engine torque was mind-blowing. If you’ve never driven an electric vehicle, the acceleration will baffle you. Within seconds we could go from a slow cruising speed to the top speed to overtake others without putting any strain on the engine. The only perceivable strain was the increased engine noise, but we were told that it was the cooling fan getting faster to keep the rest of the internal thermals in check and not the engine sound.
When customers return from a test ride back to the Ather Space, they are greeted with a cool data visualization that shows a ton of information around their short trip. From basics such as total distance, max speed and average mileage to the more complex stuff such as the most efficient 100m driven, gradeability, inertia and how sharply you leaned while turning are explained. Once again, this data is stored on the Ather cloud to understand riding patterns better, and no, it is not always visualized and studied by individuals. Outside of these test rides, they are in a more compact data format that can’t be directly inferred.
Ride data from my test-ride. The glowing green patch on the left indicates the most efficient bit of the journey.
Back at the office, they also shared data around which ride modes are preferred by the current crop of Ather owners so that they can eventually create additional ride modes, which can be a mix of sprinting and cruising or whatever the users seem to prefer. For example, 55% of the trips are made in the Ride mode and 28% use only the Sports mode, with the rest being a mixture. It could be used to add another driving mode, which allows the scooter to make short bursts of high-speed and drop back to regular cruising speeds for a better range.The future of mobility
While consumers will be able to lower their fuel charges, Swapnil believes this will be way more useful in B2B scenarios where the vehicles are more likely to touch their maximum range more regularly, amplifying the savings. Use cases could include parcel or food deliveries, last-mile commute, and vehicle rentals. Bounce, which is the world’s fastest-growing bike-sharing startup, is also in talks with Ather as they work towards electrifying their fleet.
The future of mobility is expected to have four prominent characteristics. Denoted as CASE, vehicles of the future will be:
- Connected: the vehicles will be communicating with one another, the cloud, GPS satellites and other parties involved in the journey.
- Autonomous: still a few years away, vehicles will one day drive themselves from point A to point B, requiring minimum human interjection.
- Shared: with the rising costs of upfront vehicle ownership and dipping sales, a shared/rental model makes a lot more sense where the vehicle can be picked from where you need and dismissed when done.
- Electric: moving away from fossil fuels is going to be an inevitable change that is going to be prevalent in the automotive space in the years to come. Regardless of the emissions prospect, they are just more superior vehicles in almost every way. Once battery densities improve with technology, even the last hurdle of range will be gone.
Considering this, innovative automobile manufacturers such as Tesla Motors and Ather Energy are better positioned to succeed in the future and extend their leads over other companies that are just starting their electric journeys. It’s not just about what these vehicles can do today, but also about what they will be capable of in the future.