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Today is the last day to register a .uk domain

Latest Tech News - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 13:51

Businesses and individuals with a third-level domain (.co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk, .net.uk, .plc.uk or .ltd.uk) have until Tuesday morning to secure the shorter second level (.uk) equivalent of their domain before it becomes available to the public.

Five years ago, Nominet, the registry for the .uk domain launched a new shorter domain ending called .uk. Registrants of existing .co.uk domains were given five years to decide if they wanted the corresponding .uk domain.

On Tuesday, June 25, the five year 'Right of Registration' period will come to an end with the deadline closing at 6:00 am BST. So if you haven't yet registered for a .uk domain, now is your last chance.

Of the original ten million rights, around 1.8m are still available for the rights holder to exercise. If you believe you may have the right to a .uk domain, you can easily check to see if you do by heading to this website and entering your domain.

Right of Registration

As the deadline approaches, many big brands such as Samsung, Audi and Toyota have signed up for their .uk domains.

However, once the deadline closes on Tuesday morning, all outstanding rights expire and the domains will become generally available in July.

Managing Director of Registry Solutions at Nominet, Eleanor Bradley explained that while it is the last day for businesses and invdividuals to claim their .uk domain, their existing .co.uk domains will not be affected, saying:

“With the deadline approaching, companies and individuals need to take action now to avoid missing out on securing the shorter domain. By taking up the equivalent .uk they guarantee they – and no-one else – can use it now and in the future. But it’s a choice. In a world with hundreds of different domain endings already available, from .uk and .com to .london and .vip, we know not everyone will feel it’s a priority.  For those happy with the .co.uk domain they already have, it is important to know that it will continue as normal.”

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Save $50 on the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 on Amazon

Latest Tech News - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 13:41

We're still waiting for Amazon Prime Day to arrive, but you're in luck if you need to get an affordable processor before then. The Ryzen 5 2600, one of the best budget processors is 25% off on Amazon today in the US, meaning you can pick it up for as little as $149.99. 

This is a 6-core, 12-thread desktop processor with a boost clock of 3.9GHz. What's better, because all AMD processors are unlocked, you can overclock it to get even more performance – as long as you pick out a compatible motherboard. This is easily one of the best processors for gaming, especially in this price range – you won't have any trouble with your CPU bottlenecking your gaming performance. Our advice, though – pair the Ryzen 5 2600 with some speedy RAM to squeeze out some extra performance. 

At its regular price of $199, the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 is already a steal for how much performance you're getting. But, at just $149, there's no reason not to jump on it. 

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Apple launches iOS 13 and iPadOS public beta early

Latest Tech News - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 13:37

Apple must be feeling confident about iOS 13 and iPadOS, as the public beta for both operating system updates has launched a week sooner than anticipated.

Originally scheduled for July, Apple's public beta program allows you to get iOS 13 as well as iPadOS today and test them out on your existing iPhone and iPad, respectively.

There are a lot of changes attached to iOS 13, and even more in the separate iPadOS public beta. Apple is treating them as a distinct software platforms this year.

iOS 13 and iPadOS change list

We already have a good idea of what you'll experience in the iOS 13 and iPadOS beta program, given the first look Apple gave us at WWDC 2019 on June 3.

Dark Mode is the biggest highlight, letting you invert those bright white backgrounds on first-party apps into black and dark gray colors. That's a huge plus when you're reading in bed at night.

iOS 13 is changing up the QuickType keyboard with the new QuickPath keyboard, a feature that allows you to trace-type, like you can on Android keyboards. Not having to lift your finger to form words is a nice perk for anyone wielding a big phone.

Find My is a brand new app debuting with iOS 13 and iPadOS public beta, combining the tracking features of Find My Friends and Find My iPhone into one app. Editing in the Photos app has also been overhauled, as has the way you sort your pictures and videos.

You don't have to own a newer iPhone to take advantage of Memoji stickers, the personalized motionless character that now lives in your emoji list with tons of fun expressions. It will work on older iPhones without the TrueDepth camera.

Want all of the iOS 13 features in a list? We've got a full page up and running detailing the changing coming today and in the pipeline for the final software's release date.

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macOS Catalina public beta is now available to download

Latest Tech News - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 13:31

If you can’t wait until later this year to test out Apple’s latest operating system, then you can now download the macOS Catalina public beta.

Apple has now released the early version of macOS Catalina for anyone with a compatible Mac to try out. Initially, macOS Catalina was released as a Developer Preview, which required people to enrol in the Apple Developer Program, which costs $100 (about £69, AU$140).

However, the public beta is free. Check out our guide on how to download and install the macOS 10.15 Catalina public beta for steps on how to get the software.

Use with caution

As the macOS Catalina public beta is an early version of Apple’s operating system for Macs and MacBooks, you should only install it if you’re happy with the risk of running a beta version. Because it’s an early version, there will be incomplete features – as well as bugs and other issues – that come part and parcel with a beta release.

The aim of releasing beta versions is for people to test the software and report back with any problems. This will allow Apple to fix those issues before the official release of macOS Catalina, which we expect to be around September 2019, going by previous macOS releases.

If you rely on your Mac for important tasks and don’t want to risk running into any bugs or errors, we recommend holding off until later this year.

However, if you want to try out the very latest features then you can sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program. Just make sure you back up your Mac first.

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Sweden vs Canada live stream: how to watch today's Women's World Cup 2019 match from anywhere

Latest Tech News - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 13:15

Having suffered a blow to their confidence with a 2-0 defeat to the USA, Sweden nevertheless find themselves in the knockout stages of the 2019 Women's World Cup and will look to put their last match behind them. Canada's route to the second round of the Women's World Cup was a similar story, with back-to-back wins followed by humbling defeat in their final game - in the Canucks' case a 2-1 loss to the Netherlands. 

On paper it looks like we're set for tightly-contested game, and it's one you'll be able to watch from anywhere around the world with our Sweden vs Canada live stream guide below. 

Canada edged into the last 16 thanks in no small part to its lock tight defence which has only conceded in two of their previous 10 matches. They will need to be at their best once again here this evening to thwart the Swedes who will have striker Kosovare Asllani back from injury.

With Sweden having also been fairly resolute at the back in recent times, keeping five clean sheets in their previous ten games, its looking unlikely we're about to witness a goal-fest.

Up for grabs tonight is a quarter-final clash with Germany, after they saw off Nigeria 3-0 in confident fashion on Saturday. Don't miss any of today's action by following the instructions below and grabbing a live stream of Sweden vs Canada wherever you are in the world.

Watch a FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 live stream from outside your country

If you're in UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, we've got your viewing options listed below. If you're out of the country for today's match, you may find that geo-blocking will prevent you from watching your regular domestic coverage from abroad. You don't have to risk watching the match on a dodgy stream, however.

With the option of using a VPN service, you can tune into the match no matter where you are in the world, and its super easy to set up.

How to watch a FIFA Women's World Cup live stream in Canada

Live stream Canada vs Sweden in the US

- Discover our pick of all the US's best sports streaming sites

As well as opening up your viewing options for the Women's World Cup, using a VPN allows you to watch all your domestic sports coverage from abroad.

How to stream Sweden vs Canada live in the UK 

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Best gaming mouse 2019: the best gaming mice we've tested

Latest Tech News - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 12:55

We put together a list of the best gaming mice we’ve tested and reviewed in the last few months. No matter what kind of PC games you're into, you'll find the best gaming mouse to satisfy your gaming needs. Oh, and while you’re at it, you may want to pick up one of the best gaming mouse pads as well. And be sure to keep checking back, as we'll keep adding the latest and greatest gaming mice.

Pick the best gaming mouse for you on this list, and add it to your gaming arsenal. Because, even if you already have the best gaming PC on the market, and you’ve blown most of your budget on your fancy rig, grabbing the cheapest mouse you can find at your local big box store just isn’t the right move.

Gaming peripherals are a big part of how immersive and smooth your gaming experience is. In fact, the mouse you’ll be using, especially, can make or break your game. So it only makes sense to put the same level of commitment into choosing a gaming mouse as you would with the bigger purchases. Everything attached to your powerhouse rig should be of comparable quality.

As far as the best gaming mouse for your needs, keep an eye open for one that can balance price and performance, while packing in some unique features in between. There’s an age-old myth that the most expensive mouse on the shelf is going to be the best one, but that’s simply not true. The SteelSeries Sensei 310, for example, has all the performance you could ask for at less than the price of a new AAA game.

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When it comes to the best gaming mouse, features, balance and performance are all there in equal measure in the SteelSeries Rival 710, which is why it tops our list. This gargantuan gaming mouse – at least, in terms of power – is a little expensive, but when you weigh that price against the customizable OLED display, haptic feedback (great for you MOBA players) and excellent build quality, the SteelSeries Rival 710 is easily a solid purchase. The kicker? Everything is modular, even down to the sensor, so you never have to feel like you’re missing out on the latest tech.

Read the full review: SteelSeries Rival 710 

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The SteelSeries Sensei 310 is the best gaming mouse like no other, both in terms of price and performance. The low cost of admission is about the same price that you’d expect to pay for a AAA game that’s been out for a little while, and with it, you also get its out-of-this-world TrueMove 3 optical sensor, making it almost impossible to contend with. This mouse, with no preference when it comes to dexterity, is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to real-world sensitivity. And, you can pick up the SteelSeries Rival 310 if you want similar performance, but a more right-handed approach to dexterity.

Read the full review: SteelSeries Sensei 310 

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The best gaming mouse is always going to be the one that delivers excellent performance at a price that won’t break the bank. The Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless is the poster child for this ideal price-to-performance ratio. At less than $50, you’re getting a wireless mouse that has RGB lighting, boasts a long battery life and doesn’t at all suck. The ergonomics are specifically for right-handed users, but at this price and with this impressive performance, there’s little to moan about.

Read the full review: Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless

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Aesthetically, you generally have two main options when you’re shopping around for the best gaming mouse: a high-performing mouse that looks like it would fit in the office, or a mouse that lives and breathes that ‘gaming life’. The Logitech G502 fits firmly in the latter category, with its robotic design. But, don’t let that intimidate you. With adjustable weights and a jaw-dropping 16,000 DPI sensor, this gaming mouse backs its look with superb performance. It’s not ideal for users with huge hands, but beyond that, this one has definitely earned its spot in the best gaming mouse list.

Read the full review: Logitech G502 Hero 

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We’ve given the Roccat Kova Aimo lofty scores for solid build quality, customizability and excellent gaming performance that gets even better after some tweaking in the Roccat Swarm software. It’s white version looks eerily like those scary robots from I, Robot, but the solid black one is stunning and will definitely blend in with any set-up. Fans of LED lighting might find it a bit wanting, but this gaming mouse’s ambidexterity more than makes for its minor flaws. All things considered, it’s definitely the best gaming mouse we’ve tested this 2019 so far.

Read the full review: Roccat Kova Aimo

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If you’re looking to find the best gaming mouse that’s both economical and functional, then the Cooler Master MasterMouse MM520 is the terrific addition to your gaming set-up. It won’t win any beauty contests, but packing quality Omron switches and a reasonably sensitive sensor capable of up to 12,000 DPI makes it a smart purchase, which in turn makes it’s easy to look past the unappealing design – especially if you use a claw grip.

Read the full review: Cooler Master MasterMouse MM520 

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Have you been getting into the World of Warcraft: Classic beta? If so, then you’ll want to check out the Razer Naga Trinity. Razer’s Naga mice have always been fan favorites in the MMO community, and the manufacturer has taken the Naga Trinity to a whole new level. With it, you’re getting three easily swappable side plates, so that you can configure your mouse to fit your needs and the game you’re playing. Add in the insane 16,000 DPI sensor and Razer Chroma RGB lighting to the mix, and you’ll be topping the DPS meters in no time.

Read the full review: Razer Naga Trinity 

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If you find yourself scoffing at some of the gaming mice available in 2019 that sport over-the-top designs, then you should take a look at the HyperX Pulsefire Surge RGB. Featuring extremely reliable Omron switches and ravishing RGB lighting – not to mention an impressive 16,000 DPI sensor – you’re scoring the best gaming mouse for an excellent price. Plus, it’ll fit into any office, at least once you turn down the lighting effects because of its more accessible design.

Read the full review: HyperX Pulsefire Surge RGB 

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Most of the best gaming mice on the market are either too small or too light, or even a bit of both, giving gamers with big hands very few options. To make matters worse (for you, at least), some of the big mice out there are loaded with gratuitous buttons and weird shapes that make them look like asylum-seekers from an alien robot planet. The Corsair Ironclaw is just the opposite. It’s an attractive mouse for big-hand users, with a design that won’t make you want to toss it inside your desk drawer every time you have company. Plus, it’s tough as heck, which means it can handle rough and tumble, making it the best gaming mouse for you.

Read the full review: Corsair Ironclaw RGB

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When you take stock of all its awesome features, it might shock you to find the Gigabyte Aorus M5 at only $69. This stunner is among the best gaming mouse of great value that we’ve gotten our hands on this year. It’s also very customizable, not to mention offers great ergonomics and fun RGB lighting. Plus, as far as features that will give you the gaming advantage, it boasts an adjustable weight distribution system, on-the-fly DPI adjustments and Omron switches tested for 50 million clicks, to start. If you’re in the market for a mouse that gives you more bang for your buck, this is it.

Read the full review: Gigabyte Aorus M5

How to choose the best gaming mouse

While you’ll definitely find the best gaming mouse of your gaming dreams, doing so will take a bit of time and some effort. That’s expected; there’s a ton of complicated technical jargon that goes into the best gaming mice – terms like polling rates and DPI ratings that a regular buyer might not be familiar with. For the record, you’ll want a higher number of both, but these two terms mean drastically different things.

For newcomers to the world of PC gaming, when you see the term DPI, that is shorthand for ‘dots per inch.’ The higher the number, the wider the range wherein you can specify your how sensitive your mouse is. If you don’t have a lot of desk space available, but you still want accuracy and precision, then opt for a gaming mouse featuring a higher DPI rating that can be toggled to a lower DPI, in case you get a bigger desk.

Meanwhile, a high polling rate means you’re getting faster response times. The polling rate is measured in hertz, so it usually ranges from around 125 to 1,000Hz. The latter means that your mouse’s position is reported to your computer 1,000 times per second.

Other key gaming mouse factors you’ll want to consider are ergonomics – particularly if you’re left-handed – and RGB lighting.

Bill Thomas, Gabe Carey and Michelle Rae Uy have also contributed to this article

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WeTransfer suffered a security incident last week

Latest Tech News - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 12:51

The file sharing service WeTransfer has revealed that it was affected by a security incident in which it shared files with the wrong people for two days last week.

Unlike other services that limit the size of the files you can send, WeTransfer has made a name for itself by allowing free users to send up to 2GB of files while paid users can send up to 20GB of files at a time. WeTransfer Plus users are also able to add passwords to their files for greater security.

The company began to inform users today via email that on June 16 and 17, files sent using its service were delivered to users who were not the intended recipients. According to these emails, WeTransfer is unsure as to what caused the security incident but its team is looking into the matter to find out more.

Security incident

In addition to sending out emails to affected users, WeTransfer also posted a security notice on its website in which the company explained that some accounts were logged out and others had their passwords reset for additional protection. The company also blocked access to all of the Transfer links that were involved in the incident.

WeTransfer reassured users that it would find and share answers with them soon, saying:

“We understand how important our users' data is and never take their trust in our service for granted. We are still investigating the complete scope and cause of the incident, and will update further as soon as possible.”

The full scope of the incident won't be revealed until we know more but since private and potentially sensitive files are often shared using WeTransfer, this could end up being a big privacy issue for affected users.

Via Bleeping Computer

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Best laptops for engineering students in 2019

Latest Tech News - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 12:39

As an engineering student in 2019, you’re going to want to find a laptop that’s both powerful and flexible enough to handle all of your coursework. The best laptops for engineering students must have the best graphics, in order to handle all the complex applications and computational tasks that engineering schoolwork requires.

The exacting demands of an engineering student can, in some cases, make the hunt for the perfect laptop slightly easier, as it narrows your options in an increasingly crowded market.

Still, it can be hard to find the best laptop, especially because you need enough power without breaking the bank. So we thought we’d make it easier on you by putting together a list of the best laptops for engineering students. Now, you can spend less time finding the best laptop for school, and more time studying.

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The HP Spectre x360 15-inch isn’t all beauty with that gold trimming on black finish. Fitted with powerful graphics and and equally powerful processor, one of HP’s latest 2-in-1s has the brains and brawn as well, making it a capable machine. Without a doubt, it’s one of the best laptops for engineering students as well, and not just because of its Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti graphics. It also has a beautiful and responsive 4K touchscreen display, and the optional HP Tilt Pen so you can create those 3D models like a pro.

Read the full review: HP Spectre x360 15T (2019)

If you’re looking for a workhorse and you have the funds for it, then Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Extreme mobile workstation is the ideal machine for you. It has several configurations on hand, depending on your needs and budget, but at its most basic, it’s already pretty powerful, packed with a solid graphics card in a robust carbon-fiber and aluminum package that will survive any field work. There’s no doubt that this mobile workstation earned its spot in our best laptops for engineering students list.

Read the full review: ThinkPad X1 Extreme Mobile Workstation

Make no mistake, the Razer Blade Pro is a gaming laptop first and foremost; but it’s also a great mobile workstation for engineering. Sure, it’s expensive, but it’s less than an inch thick so you can haul it to class and packs an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 – what’s not to love? If that’s not enough, the Razer Blade Pro also brings Razer’s Ultra-Low Profile Mechanical switches to a laptop for the first time ever. It kind of resembles an everyday chiclet keyboard, but press down on it, and you’ll fall in love… though we wouldn’t be hitting those keys hard when you’re in a classroom.

Read the full review: Razer Blade Pro

The Samsung Notebook 9 is what other 2-in-1 laptops have been an epitome of mobile computing since their conception. It hones in on the S-Pen, Samsung’s own proprietary stylus with 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity (the same as Microsoft’s new Surface Pen), a nifty little accessory that conveniently doesn’t require charging. While the touchscreen display is only 1080p, at between 350 and 450 nits of brightness, you won’t be paying any mind to the pixels, or lack thereof. Plus, the lengthy battery life more than makes up for this hybrid’s few shortcomings.

Read the full review: Samsung Notebook 9 Pro

  • This product is only available in the US at the time of writing. UK and Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the HP Spectre x360 15.

The Dell G3 15 might not be many things, but for $799, you can get some pretty powerful components (we’re talking 9th-generation Intel chips and GTX graphics) to back you up – whether you’re gaming or actually doing schoolwork. It’s a combination of affordability and power, and that’s exactly why it’s one of the best laptops for engineering students. As long as you’re ok lugging a gaming laptop around campus.

Read the full review: Dell G3 15

How to choose the best laptop for engineering students?

So, what exactly makes for the best laptops for engineering students? Since you're probably going to be running complex programs, such as AutoCAD, you're definitely going to need to have a laptop with enough power to run them.

We recommend a laptop with the latest Intel Core i5 or Core i7 chips, and at least 8GB of RAM, though 16GB is even better.

Many of the programs engineering students rely on are also graphically intensive – especially CAD, MATLAB and Solid Works, which are used for 3D modelling and video rendering. This means that it's essential to have a laptop with a dedicated graphics card - rather than an integrated one powered by the processor.

This is why the best gaming laptops are also ideal choices for engineering students, as they offer that kind of graphic power, and the fact that they can handle games for when you unwind after classes is cherry on top.

A big screen with a high resolution is also advisable, and if you're going to be working on site a lot, it would be a good idea to take a look at some of the rugged or well-built laptops that are built to withstand accidents on work sites.

With those requirements in mind, take a look at our list of the best laptops for engineering students above.

Michelle Rae Uy has also contributed to this article

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These are today's ultimate cheap iPhone deals - beat the flagship Apple prices from £20/pm

Latest Tech News - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 12:37

While there is no doubt we're massive fans of Apple's latest and greatest smartphones, the one thing we could never quite get on board with was the prices. You could spend £1,000+ on the likes of the iPhone XS Max or, you could spend half that on one of the incredibly cheap, older iPhone deals floating around right now.

With some incredibly affordable options on iPhone 7 deals and iPhone 8 deals (one exclusive to you, dear readers of TechRadar), now is the perfect time to grab a cheap iPhone.

Yes, these devices aren't quite as spec heavy as the likes of the iPhone XR but at prices going as low as £20 per month, we're happy to jump back to 2016 and 2017, especially considering how good Apple can be.

Ready to cut your monthly bills right down? You can see all of these budget phone contracts down below. Or if its flagship or nothing for you, check out our guide to the best mobile phone deals for all of your other options. 

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PS5 could mark the end of loading screens after Sony patent

Latest Tech News - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 12:31

Picture the scene. You're walking through a massive enchanted forest. Lines of trees run on seemingly for miles, birds in the distance cross impossible distances, and there seems to be no end to your adventure in sight – that is, until you hit a loading screen.

As the worlds of today's video games get larger and larger, developers and console makers are having to figure out new ways to keep gameplay feeling like a fluid experience, without having to groan at a 30-second loading screen every time you enter an elevator or open a door (we're looking at you, Fallout). 

But a patent from Sony describes a type of loading software designed to stop this from happening.

Sony's patent, 'System and method for dynamically loading game software for smooth game play' – which, at the time of writing, seems to have crashed due to the number of users attempting to read its page – outlines a technology that tracks the player's movement through their environment, loading relevant assets as you move into certain areas. 

The patent describes the process as follows: 

“A system and method are disclosed for dynamically loading game software for smooth game play. A load boundary associated with a game environment is identified. A position of a character in the game environment is then monitored. Instructions corresponding to a next game environment are loaded into a memory when the character crosses the load boundary, such that game play is not interrupted."

Game interrupted

Technically this patent is a continuation of a previous patent filed in 2012, but with added functions for when a player / character passes the aforesaid "load boundary". Those might be additional events triggered when passing certain points, certain sections of game environments being visible despite not being adjacent areas, or previous areas being loaded again when back-tracking through the boundary.

It seems like a version of the technology used in games like God of War, which famously achieved a continuous camera shot throughout the whole game, without loading screens – or Breath of the Wild, which managed to run a huge open world environment even on the underpowered Nintendo Switch.

Using dynamic ways to load or remove sections of levels, including the kinds of character, creature or enemy assets found there, is going to be increasingly crucial for ensuring an immersive experience that isn't regularly interrupted – ensuring that loading is something that happens dynamically in the background of your games rather than at set points that render the game unable to do anything else.

The PS5 laughs at your load times

While there's no specific mention of the upcoming PS5 console in the patent itself, it's not hard to make a connection. Sony is going to aim for ever bigger games on its upgraded hardware, and we've already seen examples of PlayStation games running with vastly reduced loading times on what will become the PS5 hardware.

With the processing chops to support 8K resolutions and improved VR performance, the PS5 console will be a lot better placed to reduce or remove loading times entirely, and the updated patent seems to show Sony realizing how important this will be to gamers looking for more immersive experiences – no matter how demanding it is on their consoles.

Via Digital Trends

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Best Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus plans and prices in Australia

Latest Tech News - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 03:16

Naturally, the freshly-launched range of Galaxy handsets contains a Galaxy S10 Plus, and it just so happens that it's one of the most expensive and powerful Android handsets money can buy!

You can check out everything there is to know about this powerful, pretty handset and learn our impressions of it in our Galaxy S10 Plus review, but for those looking to get their hands on it for less, this page will cover the best plans available.

See also: Galaxy S10e hands-on review | Galaxy S10 hands-on review | Galaxy S10 Plus review

Best Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus plans

The Galaxy S10 Plus has been announced in two storage configurations, with a 128GB model starting at $1,499 , and the larger 512GB option setting you back $1,849, but here's some of the best savings we've found on the mammoth Android.

If you're going for the larger Galaxy S10 Plus, Optus has an excellent deal on its massive 200GB data plan. Woolworths Mobile is crushing it on the budget front, and for an all-in premium plan, there's no-one quite like Telstra.

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Best Samsung Galaxy S10e plans and prices in Australia

Latest Tech News - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 03:15

Well, the affordable entry into Samsung's 2019 range of flagship handsets is here, and the Samsung Galaxy S10e is a stunner. Alongside the main Galaxy S10 and the larger S10 Plus handsets, the S10e offers some seriously premium style and features at a more palatable price.

You can check out our hands-on Samsung Galaxy S10e review for more deep info on the specs and looks of the 'budget' offering, but for those chasing down a way to save even more on the handset, then here's the best hand-picked plans available.


See also: Galaxy S10e hands-on review | Galaxy S10 hands-on review | Galaxy S10 Plus review

Best Samsung Galaxy S10e plans

The more affordable Galaxy S10e has been announced in a single storage configuration (128GB) and will set you back $1,199, but here we've rounded up the best plans on offer so you won't have to fork out all that cash all at once.

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Best Samsung Galaxy S10 plans and prices in Australia

Latest Tech News - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 03:10

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.

See also: Galaxy S10e hands-on review | Galaxy S10 hands-on review | Galaxy S10 Plus review

Best Samsung Galaxy S10 plans

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.

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.

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Best cheap phones 2019: our top budget mobiles in India

Latest Tech News - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 01:13

Notches, the disappearing 3.5mm headphone jack and multiple cameras are all the rage this year. Not to mention making screens as bezel-less as possible. Once flagship models initiate a design or functionality trend, it's rare that new devices in the budget segment don't follow. 

In India, specifically, the budget segment of the smartphone market is booming. The best selling brands in country, including Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Samsung, all have their strategy for this year aimed towards launching as many budget phones are possible. 

Currently, a user who plans to spend somewhere under Rs 20,000 on a smartphone has loads of options. 

We have compiled a list of devices which will provide you a bunch of features without burning a hole in your pocket.

Huawei P30 Lite

Apart from the teardrop notch and the colorful back designs, the P30 Lite has little in common with its siblings. The P30 Lite discards several key features from the higher-end P30 phones but aims to retain the spirit of the P30 series by offering a high-end striking design alongside an adept camera setup.  

The phone can handle most tasks well enough for casual users. You can easily get a days worth of moderate use with the conservative battery capacity and if you happen to run out of juice the phone can charge up relatively quickly with the bundled fast charger. 

Hands on: Huawei P30 Lite review

Redmi Note 7 Pro

The Note 7 Pro is one of Redmi's first two launches as Xiaomi's official sub-brand in India (the other being the Note 7). It brings the 48MP camera to the budget smartphone market, and while the design isn't new, it's certainly a revamp for the brand. 

Under the hood is the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core chipset, and an Adreno 612 GPU. There are two storage variants- the 4GB/64GB variant is priced at Rs 13,999, while the 6GB/128GB version is priced at Rs 16,999. It will go on sale on March 13 at Mi Home stores, mi.com, Flipkart and Mi Partner stores.  

Hands on: Redmi Note 7 Pro review

The Redmi Note 7 is the younger fraternal twin of the Note 7 Pro, and it looks like it too. It boasts of the cheapest 48MP camera in the Indian market- it starts at Rs 9,999 for the base 3GB/32GB storage variant. Like its better-looking brother, it will go on sale on March 13 at Mi Home stores, mi.com, Flipkart and Mi Partner stores.  

 The Galaxy M30 follows the same design language as its younger siblings, the M20 and M10. It has a polycarbonate rear panel with a glossy finish and a triple rear camera setup on the top right corner- the M10 and M20 only have a dual rear camera. The Super AMOLED FHD+ display (2280x1080 pixels) is a definite upgrade on the other two as well.

Samsung Galaxy M30 is powered by Exynos 7904 chipset, the same one as the M20.  You can get either 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage or 6GB RAM with 128GB storage.  The phone starts at Rs 14,990 for the 4GB/64GB base variant.

Read our M30 hand-on review here

Samsung Galaxy M20

The newly-launched Samsung Galaxy M20 invokes a single watchword- 'balanced'. While it lacks the flair and performance specs of the pricier Samsung devices, it's a neat, attractive-looking piece in its own right. Priced at Rs 10,990 onwards, the Galaxy M20 brings an immersive display, impressive selfie camera, and smooth UI/UX performance to the budget smartphone sector. 

Read our full Samsung Galaxy M20 review 


Samsung Galaxy A50

The Samsung Galaxy A50 is a stunning device- the reflective coating on the back makes for a very good-looking phone, and the large Super AMOLED display is great for video and graphic content. The daylight camera isn't too shabby either, though the Live Focus is a bit hit-and-miss. 

But there are a few snags- the OneUI needs more fine-tuning, and definitely more speed. There's a noticeable lag in performance, which doesn't bode well. Hopefully further updates will iron the kinks. The low-light camera is disappointing too. 

Samsung Galaxy A50 review

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2

The successor to the popular Max Pro M1, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 is a great all-round performer. It runs stock Android and has only 3 pre-loaded apps- Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger. The Snapdragon 660 is paired with an Adreno 512 GPU; the pair can handle most tasks and heavy games with minimal glitching. 

The low-light camera is a bit of a let-down, and the phone runs Android Oreo out of the box, but the Android Pie update has been available since January. The battery life is great, but the lack of fast charging means that the device takes nearly 3 hours to charge fully. A full battery will last about 9-10 hours of heavy usage and multitasking, so it will last the ordinary user over 24 hours. 

Xiaomi has added the new Redmi 6 Pro smartphone to its sub 10K lineup this time. It's the first Pro smartphone in the segment, and it justifies the name with some promising specs on paper and reliable real-life performance. It gets the notch design, the first from the company to have the feature, a 4000mAh battery and last year's most reliable mid-range chipset Snapdragon 625 with 3GB/4GB of RAM and a full HD display. At Rs 8,999, it's a steal. 

The successor to the Oppo Realme 2, the Realme 3 is a good value-for-money proposition. It comes in two storage variants- 3GB/32GB, and 4GB/64GB- and in two colour options, Radiant Blue and Dynamic Black. 

The price starts at Rs 8,999 for the base variant, and Rs 10,990 for the higher storage variant. The performance of the ColorOS 6.0 and the cameras could have been better- the OS especially has a few kinks in the performance that need to be ironed out. But for the asking price, it's a good option if you don't mind a few hits and misses. 

Read our full Realme 3 review

In the shadow of the Galaxy S10, Galaxy Fold, and the Galaxy Buds, Samsung also launched the Galaxy A30 phone. It's the middle child, but nevertheless, quite a good phone in its own right. 

Performance is smooth- the A30 runs Android 9 Pie out of the box, with the Samsung One UI. The camera effects can be a bit unreliable, and you're clearly getting the camera that you paid for. The 4000mAh battery can easily last a day, and the phone supports 15W fast charging.

It comes with only 4GB/64GB of storage, but there is a microSD card slot if you want more. It retails for Rs 16,990 on Amazon.

Hands on: Samsung Galaxy A30 review

The Honor 10 Lite has an excellent display, and is a premium-looking smartphone in the budget category. The camera's also pretty decent, though some images might feel overly processed. The micro USB port also feels a bit dated. But it's a well-performing device, well worth the price. 

Honor 10 Lite review

Redmi Note 6 Pro

The Redmi Note 6 Pro, another phone that's worth a gander, was released last year as a successor to the very popular Note 5 Pro. It has dual rear and front cameras, a rarity in the budget segment; both cameras produce detailed, above-average pictures. The 4000mAh battery easily lasts a day, and the phone also supports fast charging. It runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, but should soon get the Pie update. 

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Apple’s rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro may arrive this year – sans OLED display

Latest Tech News - Sun, 06/23/2019 - 22:51

Back in February, we first reported that Apple is considering a 16-inch MacBook Pro with a totally new design, and while a more recent rumor suggested that it might not arrive until 2020 (or 2021), yet another piece of speculation has cropped up which believes it actually will ship this year, as reported by Forbes

According to the London-based market analysts at IHS Markit, Apple is readying its 16-inch MacBook Pro for reveal at an event in September, which is traditionally the time of year when the Cupertino company unveils its latest iPhone range. 

"We foresee that Apple will release a new product [at the] Sep’19 Apple event if there’s no unexpected development issue," said Jeff Lin, Associate Director of Consumer Electronics at IHS Markit.

While we reported a couple of days ago that Apple could be plotting to switch to OLED for its tablet and laptop displays, the specifications detailed by IHS Markit suggest otherwise, citing a 16-inch TFT-LCD oxide display from LG with a resolution of 3,072 x 1,920.

Of course, all of this should be taken with a grain of salt, as there's no telling how accurate IHS Markit's information is. This isn't the only prognostication that the British analytics outfit has made today – the company also believes a foldable Microsoft Surface with Android app compatibility will arrive in 2020.

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Foldable Microsoft Surface with Android app compatibility rumored for 2020

Latest Tech News - Sun, 06/23/2019 - 22:40

Rumors of a foldable Microsoft Surface product have been circulating for well over a year now, but the latest leak offers up more possible details than ever before.

Speaking with Forbes, British analytics outfit IHS Markit claimed that a smaller foldable Surface device would arrive in the first half of 2020, according to “supply chain info” that it has obtained.

Furthermore, IHS Markit stated that the device would rely on Microsoft’s upcoming foldable-friendly version of Windows 10, would be able to support Android and iCloud apps, and would run on Intel’s new 10nm Lakefield SoC (System on a Chip).

The new version of Windows 10 – which is rumored to be named Windows Core OS (or WCOS for short) – features integrated UI support for dual displays.

Physically, the foldable Surface is said to feature dual 9-inch displays in a 4:3 aspect ratio. The folding edge will supposedly be reinforced by a sturdy hinge (hinted at in recent patents) and, internally, the device will include a support for an always-on LTE or 5G mobile data connection.

While there have been plenty of whispers surrounding a pocket-sized Microsoft device codenamed Andromeda, the unit referred to by IHS Markit will apparently be Surface-branded, known internally as Centaurus, and will be closer to a 2-in-1 in size and functionality.

As foldable phones like the Huawei Mate X and the Samsung Galaxy Fold get closer to launching, the lines between smartphone, tablet and laptop are beginning to blur – although it may take even these giant tech titans some time to perfect the balance between affordability and reliability.

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Cameroon vs England live stream: how to watch Women's World Cup 2019 match from anywhere

Latest Tech News - Sun, 06/23/2019 - 11:30

Game on! Although they enjoyed a flawless group stage campaign with three wins from three, England didn't emphatically blow away of their opponents in the same way that other 2019 Women's World Cup contenders like France and the USA have. They now face a testing challenge in the first knockout stage - make sure you don't miss a minute with a Cameroon vs England live stream today.

It's unlikely Cameroon will be a push-over - the African side have had to battle their way to get to the last 16, and their last-gasp win over New Zealand will ensure they'll go into this game with confidence at a high.

With a quarter-final tie against either Norway or Australia at stake, both managers will be pleased that they don't appear to have any injuries going into today's game. 

England boss Phil Neville rested a number of players in their last match against Japan, so expect the likes of Jodie Taylor, Beth Mead, Nikita Parris and Fran Kirby to all be back among the starting 11.

Making their second consecutive appearance in the round of 16 at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, Cameroon will be hoping to go better than they did at Canada 2015 where they were narrowly defeated 1-0 by China.

Don't miss any of the action by following the instructions below and grabbing a live stream of Cameroon vs England wherever you are in the world.

Watch a FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 live stream from outside your country

If you're in UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, we've got your viewing options listed below. If you're out of the country for today's match, you may find that geo-blocking will prevent you from watching your regular domestic coverage from abroad. You don't have to risk watching the match on a dodgy stream, however.

With the option of using a VPN service, you can tune into the match no matter where you are in the world, and its super easy to set up.

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- Discover our pick of all the US's best sports streaming sites

As well as opening up your viewing options for the Women's World Cup, using a VPN allows you to watch all your domestic sports coverage from abroad.

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Microsoft Office vs LibreOffice

Latest Tech News - Sun, 06/23/2019 - 10:00

Microsoft Office and LibreOffice are both excellent office suites, but how can you be sure which is right for you? On the surface the two look very similar, but there are some important differences to bear in mind when making your decision.  

Price

LibreOffice is free to download and use, even for commercial purposes – no strings attached. Because it's open source software, you can also download and edit the source code, should you wish to.

You can buy a one-time license for Microsoft Office, but a Microsoft Office 365 subscription offers the best value. There are different tiers available, depending on your needs, with options for business and personal users.

Programs

One of the key considerations when you're choosing between Microsoft Office and LibreOffice is the programs on offer.

LibreOffice includes Writer (word processing), Calc (spreadsheets), Impress (presentations), Base (databases), Math (editing formulas) and Draw (vector graphics).

A Microsoft Office 365 personal subscription includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive (with 1TB storage) and Outlook. PC users get Publisher and Access as well, though Mac fans will miss out.

File compatibility

Of all the free office suites available, LibreOffice offers the best file compatibility around. Its tools can import and export all the most common file formats, including Microsoft DOCX, PPTX and XLSX. it also supports a wider range of non-Microsoft file formats than Office 365.

However, it's worth bearing in mind that documents won't always look exactly the same in LibreOffice as they do in Microsoft Office programs. This is partly due to Microsoft's use of its own fonts, and partly due to difference in the way data is interpreted and rendered on-screen.

For most purposes this won't be a problem, but if you frequently share files with people who use either LibreOffice or Microsoft Office, you might find it more convenient to stick with the same office suite as them to ensure you're all on the same page.

User support

If you choose Microsoft Office, one of the things you're paying for is the customer support. Microsoft provides a help app that can lend a hand with common problems, and there's an online chatbot that can provide solutions too. If the automated systems don't provide the answers you need, there's phone and live chat supporrt with real Microsoft technicians.

Microsoft has published a set of guides for helping you carry out common tasks using Microsoft Office as well, which can be enormously helpful.

If you choose LibreOffice, you'll be relying on the goodwill of Community Assistance – but there's a lot of it. You'll find a wealth of information in the LibreOffice Wiki, Ask.LibreOffice provides a ticketing system where you can submit queries (and read answers to other users' questions), and there's an IRC channel for live chat. 

The important thing to remember is that, although LibreOffice's support is excellent, it's all dependent on volunteers donating their time and expertise. The Document Foundation is under no obligation to provide support, and you may have to wait longer for a reply than you would if you were using Microsoft Office. 

Understandably, there's no phone support for LibreOffice, which might be an issue if you're looking for software for your business.

Collaboration

With Microsoft Office 365, multiple users can share files via OneDrive, and collaborate on the same document with real-time chat.

There's no equivalent feature for LibreOffice, so if you're looking for a free office suite for collaborative working, Google Docs, Sheets and Slides should be your first port of call.

Cloud services

If you opt for LibreOffice and want to store your documents in the cloud, you'll have to piece together your own system (understandably, The Document Foundation can't provide free server space for LibreOffice's millions of users). This doesn't have to be complicated, though, and a service like Dropbox makes it easy to sync files to the cloud by saving them in a dedicated folder on your PC or Mac.

You can also sign up for Microsoft OneDrive without being an Office subscriber, or check out one of our other recommended free cloud storage providers.

If you opt for a Microsoft Office subscription, things are much more straightforward, because Microsoft OneDrive is built right into each program and is the default save location for all new documents. A Microsoft Office 365 subscription also gives you more storage space than a free OneDrive account.

Platforms

Microsoft Office 365 is available for Windows and Mac, with mobile apps for iOS and Android (the latter of which will also work with ChromeOS). There's also Microsoft Office Online, which offers pared-down versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint in any modern web browser.

LibreOffice is available for Windows, Mac and Linux, with a portable version that can be installed on a removable storage device. However, there are no apps for working on smartphones, tablets and Chromebooks, with the exception of LibreOffice Viewer for Android, which uses the same engine as the desktop software to let you read documents. There's also a remote app for controlling slideshows made with LibreOffice Impress.

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Amazon overtakes Google and Apple to become the world’s most valuable brand

Latest Tech News - Sun, 06/23/2019 - 09:36

Amazon has become the world’s most valuable brand this year by overtaking Google and Apple, according to a report. Last year, Google was ranked the top, followed by Apple and Amazon.

The 2019 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands ranking, released by WPP and Kantar put amazon on top. Smart acquisitions by the brand have led to new revenue streams and combined with the ability to stay ahead of its competitors by offering a diverse eco-system of products and services, has allowed the e-commerce giant to accelerate its brand value growth.

“Amazon’s phenomenal brand value growth demonstrates how brands are now less anchored to individual categories and regions. The boundaries are blurring as technology fluency allow brands, such as Amazon, Google and Alibaba, to offer a range of services across multiple consumer touchpoints,” said Doreen Wang, Kantar’s Global Head of BrandZ.

Disruptive ecosystem models are flourishing

Using their consumer experience and expertise, she said that these brands are crossing over into the business services sector, creating new opportunities for brand growth.

“Disruptive ecosystem models are flourishing in regions such as Asia, where consumers are more technology-enabled and where brands are integrating themselves into every aspect of people’s daily lives,” she added.

Asian brands increase their presence with 15 Chinese, three Indian and one Indonesian brand making the ranking among a total of 23 from the region.

“The growth in value of this year’s top 100 brands to an all-time high proves the power of investing in brands to deliver superior shareholder value. Behind this headline growth figure lies the success coming from a new phenomenon of ecosystem brand building,” David Roth, CEO of The Store WPP EMEA and Asia and Chairman of BrandZ, said.

“We’re seeing a move from individual product and service brands to a new era of highly-disruptive ecosystems. Brands need to understand the value this type of model can create and should embrace its approach to be successful in the future,” he said.

Instagram emerged as this year’s fastest riser

For the first time, Alibaba overtook Tencent and became the most valuable Chinese brand, moving up two places to No 7. Tencent dropped three places to No 8. 

Instagram emerged as this year’s fastest riser, climbing 47 places to No 44.

Despite the economic uncertainty surrounding the US and China trade tariffs, almost a third of a trillion dollars ($328 billion) of value was added to the BrandZ Top 100 Global ranking over the last year, giving it a combined brand value of $4.7 trillion – roughly the combined GDP of Spain, Korea and Russia.

Much of this value is derived from consumer technology brands appearing in the ranking which combined are now worth in excess of $1 trillion.

The report said that luxury is the fastest growing category (+29%) followed by retail (+25%), fuelled by the shifting preferences to digital channels from Gen Y and Gen Z consumers.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 might keep expandable storage as a Pro feature

Latest Tech News - Sun, 06/23/2019 - 09:30

Not long to go now until the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 sees the light of day – an August launch is expected – and the latest from the rumour mill suggests at least one Note 10 model is ditching expandable storage.

Max Weinbach from XDA Developers took to Twitter to reveal a few Note 10 tidbits from a source who's played with two of the upcoming phones. Apparently a microSD card slot is only present on the Pro model.

That would be a break with tradition for Samsung, as expandable storage support has long been a mainstay of its flagship phones. The Galaxy S10 phones can take up to 512GB of the stuff.

Admittedly the standard Note 10 will no doubt come with plenty of internal storage on board, but having the option to expand it is always useful.

About that headphone jack...

Weinbach's tweets also weigh in on the continuing saga over headphone jack support in the Galaxy Note 10. Depending on which sources you believe, the Note 10 will have or maybe won't have a 3.5mm audio port.

According to these latest leaks, the headphone jack is being retained on both the Note 10 and the Note 10 Pro, so you can carry on using your old wired headphones as usual (or invest in a new pair without having to switch to USB-C or wireless).

This will be the first year that Samsung launches a Pro edition of the Note alongside the standard model – if the rumors are accurate. The multi-model strategy has worked for the Galaxy S series, so Samsung is apparently keen to expand it.

Based on previous Note launches, we should see the new phones appearing sometime in August, bringing with them some speed and camera boosts over the 2018 model. As always, we'll bring you the news as it's made official.

Via SamMobile

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