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The best student laptops: all the best options for school

Latest Tech News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 12:25

School can get really expensive really fast: books, tuition and accommodation add up quickly, and that’s without adding one of the best laptops for students to the mix. However, the silver lining is that many of the best student laptops out there that could save you hundreds of dollars. In fact, the best laptops for students are budget-friendly devices that exude style and power without burning a hole in your pocket.

That’s a more than a good thing, especially because when you’re spending all your money on textbooks and ramen, saving up for a new laptop can be hard. The prime candidates for a student laptop will put value above having the top-of-the-line processors and graphics cards, yet still boast enough juice to get you through your demanding load and some post-schoolwork entertainment. 

You won’t have to limit yourself to Windows 10, either, as some of the best Chromebooks are capable of going head-to-head with some of the best laptops, which means you can get all your work done without spending a fortune.

Going to school can be a stressful time, we know, and you don’t need to add the pressure of running around campus with a barely functional laptop to your plate. You deserve to have an excellent laptop, and that’s why we sought out the best laptops for students that you can afford with your budget: no one should be limited to an ancient relic just to get some work done, but you shouldn’t have to sell a kidney, either.

We’re huge fans of laptops that can expertly combine price and performance without any compromises, and the Huawei MateBook 13 comes closer to hitting that perfect balance than anything in 2019 so far. It’s thin and light, ideal for stuffing it in your backpack as you hurry from one class to another; and it’s fast and affordable. This beautiful 13-inch Ultrabook will let you get all your work done in style, without breaking the bank. The battery life is underwhelming though, so carry the charger around with you.

Read the full review: Huawei MateBook 13 


Dell’s flagship laptop has always ranked among the best laptops for students and professionals as well as casual, everyday users. But, the Dell XPS 13 2019 brings back the entry-level model, making it more inexpensive for college students again. Plus, Dell managed to fix our biggest issue with the XPS lineup – the webcam. The manufacturer has moved the webcam up to the top of the display, where it belongs, so your family and friends don’t have to stare up your nose when you’re Skyping. 

Read the full review: Dell XPS 13 

Though the Surface Laptop was one of the best laptops for students, but it was held back by below average performance, a lack of ports and Windows 10 in S Mode. The Surface Laptop 2 greatly improves on its predecessor, however – except for the port situation. It’s now packed with 8th-generation Intel Kaby Lake Refresh processors, full-fat Windows 10 Home and a black color option. We wish it had even a single USB-C port, but that doesn’t change the fact that you’ll be able to get all your tasks done in style with this laptop.

Read the full review: Surface Laptop 2

When you’re looking for a laptop for school that strikes a balance between price and performance, a dollop of style can’t hurt. The Microsoft Surface Go isn’t just one of the best Windows tablets, but it’s also one of the most ideal laptops for students, especially from a value perspective. Don’t be fooled by the low-power components, either – Microsoft has engineered this tablet to keep up with all your general schoolwork and more without breaking a sweat.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Go 

The Dell XPS 15 has consistently made it to our list of best laptops for students for a few years now, and Dell has taken that old “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach here. Not much has changed since the 2017 model, but that’s not a bad thing. What you’re getting here is an Ultrabook that isn’t only reliable; it also has enough juice to get you through pretty much any workload. The best part? The Dell XPS 15 is very affordable. And, while the entry level should be just fine for most users, you can configure this thing with up to an Intel Core i9 processor and 32GB of RAM, upgrading the Dell XPS 15 into an extremely powerful workstation. We just wish Dell would move that webcam.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 15 

You don’t need some bougie affair from Apple that looks like something out of a designer catalog. For school, you need a laptop that’s going to get the job done. And, the Acer Swift 5 should be near the top of your list. This affordable Ultrabook is packed with the latest 8th-generation Intel processors as well as enough RAM and SSD storage to get you through pretty much any assignment. It’s not the most good-looking laptop in the world, but with that price, looks hardly matter.

Read the full review: Acer Swift 5

The Microsoft Surface lineup has made a name for itself for being among the best Windows devices out there, with stunning touch screens, impressive performance and long-lasting battery life. The Surface Pro 6 continues this tradition, even if it doesn’t bring anything new to the table. What you’re getting here is a speedy Windows tablet that can effortlessly turn into a laptop through the Surface Type Cover, making it one of the best laptops for students. You can get your work done then effortlessly transition into break time.

Read the full review: Surface Pro 6

Most schoolwork that’s not specialized (i.e. engineering) can be done on a Chromebook while saving hundreds of dollars. So if you’re a student who’s on the market for a laptop that will let you do all your research, type up papers, and nothing else, the Dell Inspiron Chromebook 11 2-in-1 is going to be right up your alley. The Dell Chromebook 11 2-in-1 won’t be able to do much heavy lifting, but at under $300, it doesn’t need to. This is the best laptop for students on a very limited budget.

Read the full review: Dell Inspiron Chromebook 11 2-in-1

We were left waiting for Apple to renew the MacBook Air for years, as it declined in quality with a 5th-generation Intel Core processor and an out of date, low-resolution display. Thankfully, Apple has recently ushered the MacBook Air into the modern age, with 8th-generation fanless processors, a thinner and lighter design, and perhaps most importantly – a Retina display. No more will you be forced to compromise on modern features if you want an “affordable Mac,” which makes the MacBook Air one of the best laptops for students, especially those in college.

Read the full review: MacBook Air 

If you have the means to splurge, and you’re a macOS addict (we get it), the 2018 MacBook Pro is the most powerful MacBook that’s ever existed. With its formidable hexa-core processors and up to a whopping 32GB of memory, this Cupertino powerhouse will get you through whatever you throw at it. It also includes an overhauled third generation Butterfly keyboard that will not only be less distracting to the students around you, but will be less prone to failure if some dust comes within 10 feet.

Read the full review: MacBook Pro 15-inch (2018) 

Bill Thomas and Gabe Carey have also contributed to this article.

Images Credit: TechRadar


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ExpressVPN ups simultaneous VPN connections to five

Latest Tech News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 12:00

ExpressVPN, a popular VPN provider that currently ranks first in our best VPN buyers’ guide, now allows five devices to connect simultaneously on the same account. It was one of the most popular requests from its users and makes its premium price more palatable.

That is still one fewer than NordVPN (although the latter has a catch) and still half what IPVanish is offering. But there’s more to an award winning VPN than just how many devices you can connect at the same time. Note that you can still install the application on as many devices as possible. There was and still is no limit to installations. The limits are only applied to simultaneous connections.

Plus, ExpressVPN continues to run its 49% off promotional price and 3 FREE months if you take out an annual subscription - you can head to the ExpressVPN website for more details.

Go beyond the 5-devices limit

There are ways to circumvent that limit of five though. ExpressVPN itself mentions the fact that you can run the service from a compatible router. That will protect users that connect to it but not if they are out and about on mobile network (or on a public hotspot). The list of routers is pretty limited but ExpressVPN has confirmed that it is working hard to bring the service to newer and faster models.

Until then you can always buy a router from Flashrouters; the top-of-the-range Asus RT-AC5300 DD_WRT router for example is one of the best wireless routers on the market although it comes with a steep price.

You should also be able to achieve the same on a smartphone or laptop that doubles as a hotspot; Windows 10, iOS and Android allow you to run a hotspot for free. 

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More AMD Navi GPUs show up in a Linux driver

Latest Tech News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 11:49

We recently heard a rumor that up to five AMD Navi graphics cards would come to market, via a leaked certification. Well, it looks like that may be true, if recent code spotted in a Linux driver update is any indication. 

These potential GPUs were spotted by none other than famed PC hardware leaker TUM_APISAK, in a Linux update commit that has since been taken down. Luckily, there are screenshots, which hint at four new Navi GPUs, one of which is labeled as "NV_Unknown" – spooky.


The one we already know about is the NV_Navi 10 and 10 lite, which would be the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT and RX 5700. But, what could all of these other GPUs be?

Mystery GPUs

We could see a full lineup spring up out of Navi, with the NV_Navi 12 and NV_Navi 14 potentially being entry level to mid-range graphics cards, potentially competing with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1650. 

But, what's curious is the NV_Navi 21. We could see something like a Radeon RX 5800 series occupying the high end. But might AMD replace its existing AMD Radeon VII with a Navi GPU? 

There isn't a lot of information we can really glean off of an update like this, but we doubt AMD is done with Navi. And, of course, we can't forget about that rumored Nvidia Super RTX lineup, either. We'll just have to wait and see what Team Red has add to its graphics card lineup. 

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Walmart takes on Amazon Prime Day early with this Samsung TV deal

Latest Tech News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 11:36

If you're looking for a killer deal on a premium 4K TV, and don't want to wait and sift through Amazon Prime Day deals, then you're in luck. Right now Walmart has the Samsung 55-inch 4K QLED TV on sale for $899.99. That's a $398 discount and the lowest price we've found for the feature-rich TV.

The Samsung Q6FN QLED TV has everything and more that you'd want in your dream TV. The 55-inch TV is part of Samsung's QLED lineup, which means you'll experience a life-like picture with brilliant colors and sharp contrasts. You'll watch movies and TV shows in stunning 4K UHD resolution with bold, bright colors thanks to the Quantum Dots which produces over a billion shades. The Samsung TV also features Ambient mode, which allows your TV to blend-in seamlessly to your home by playing background music and displaying photos and other decorative content.

The 55-inch TV features smart capabilities so you can stream your favorite content from the home screen of your TV. The Samsung TV also includes Bixby Voice, which allows you to change the channel, adjust the volume, and more using your voice. The ultra-thin TV features a 360 degree design and a clean cable solution, so your TV looks sleek and clean from every angle.

This is a fantastic deal and price for a 55-inch 4K QLED smart TV. We don't think Amazon Prime Day will be able to match this discounted price, so if you're interested, you should act now before its gone.

Learn more about Prime Day with our guide on Amazon Prime Day: everything you need to know for the July deals event.

See more of the cheapest OLED TV prices and deals and shop other cheap TV deals and sale prices that are currently going on.

You can also learn more about our top-rated TVs with our guide on the best TVs of 2019: the big-screen TVs worth buying this year.

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

Latest Tech News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 11:22

While both Canada and the Netherlands have already claimed their place in the next round of the Women's World Cup 2019, today's match between the two is far from insignificant. Read on to find out how you can catch an Canada vs Netherlands live stream from anywhere around the world with our instructions below.

As well as acting as a decider for who wins Group E, today's result will determine the two teams' paths in the knockout stage. While the winner will play Japan in their next game, whoever loses today's match will face tournament favorites USA - a showdown no team will fancy at this stage of the competition.

A key feature of today's match will be how the two main opposing strikers fair. Canada's Christine Sinclair has so far failed to score in the tournament, while Dutch hotshot Vivianne Miedema notched twice against Cameroon to became her country's all-time top scorer at the age of just 22.

Don't miss any of the action by following the instructions below and grabbing a live stream of Canada vs Netherlands 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 FIFA Women's World Cup: Canada live stream 

Live stream Canada vs Netherlands in the US

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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 today's match in the UK 

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Ring vs Nest: it’s the clash of the cameras in a doorstep duel

Latest Tech News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 10:47

Welcome to a clash of the titans. In the red corner there’s Ring, now owned by Amazon. In the blue corner, say hello to Google subsidiary Nest. Both firms can add HD eyes to your smart home in the form of video doorbells and security cameras, but there are some important differences between the two platforms.

Both sets of products are designed to make your home more secure and more convenient. Video doorbells can tell you who’s at the door, while connected cameras enable you to see what’s happening in or around your house.

Both platforms can detect intruders and notify you wherever you are, and both can be expanded to cover your entire property. But there are some important differences in what they do, what other products they work with, and what they cost to buy and run.

Below we'll tell you all you need to know in order to decide which system, and which products, are right for you – and with Amazon Prime Day just around the corner you can expect to see cut-price deals on most of the products featured here.

Ring vs Nest: what are the key features?

Both platforms work with IFTTT, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and the Nest Hello also has Google Home notifications for your smart speakers: if someone comes to the door your Google Home or Google Home Mini will tell you somebody’s there.

Ring and Nest both enable you to set up multiple zones, for example your windows, where motion detection should be ignored. They both offer person recognition, so you don’t get alerted if the cat moves or a leaf blows past the window, and Nest also offers facial recognition.

As you’d expect from a Google-powered product it’s very good, and while it takes a little bit of training it does a good job of working out who’s at the door so you can decide whether you want to get up or not.

Both platforms can deliver live video from their hardware to compatible devices: via Google Home Hub for the Nest device and via the Echo Show for the Ring one. Ring also works with Samsung’s SmartThings and Amazon’s Echo and Fire devices, while Nest has its own Works With Nest family of compatible products and services.

The Nest Hello. Image credit: TechRadar

Ring: options and accessories

Ring makes three video doorbells and three kinds of cameras: the Stick Up Cam, the Spotlight Cam and the Floodlight Cam. All of the cameras bar the Floodlight Cam are available in wired, wireless and solar variants.

You can also buy a charger for the Ring Video Doorbell, and there’s a plug-in chime so you don’t need to rely on your phone for notifications. The chime also comes in a Pro version that doubles as a Wi-Fi extender. Ring also sells a huge range of fixings for its cameras and doorbells.

Nest: options and accessories

Nest makes one video doorbell, three indoor cameras and an outdoor camera, all of which are wired. The outdoor camera doesn’t double as a security light, although it does have infrared night vision.

The Nest products are part of a wider ecosystem that includes the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect smoke detector, the Nest x Yale smart lock, a Wi-Fi range extender and a range of Nest Secure alarm sensors. Not all Nest products are available in every country.

Both firms offer bundles that combine multiple products in a discounted package. You’ll find some retailers do the same.

The Ring Video Doorbell 2. Image credit: Ring / Amazon

Ring vs Nest: which is easiest to set up?

In the doorbell department it’s an easy win for Ring’s entry-level models here: its Doorbell and Doorbell 2 can run on battery power, but the Doorbell Pro and Nest Hello can’t.

That means you don’t have to mess around with wiring if you don’t want to – and even if you do have a wired doorbell already, you might still need to install a transformer to give the Nest Hello enough juice.

The non-Pro Ring doorbells are therefore going to be much simpler and cheaper to install, but the battery does make the Ring doorbell wider than a normal doorbell so it can be an awkward fit on some door frames.

Ring also offers wireless cameras in the form of the Stick Up Cam Battery and the Stick Up Cam Solar, although the latter one still needs to be connected to its solar panel.

The Nest Cam. Image credit: TechRadar

Ring vs Nest: how much do they cost?

Ring doorbells start at £89 / $99.99 / AU$149 for the basic Video Doorbell, rising to £449 / $499 / AU$499 for the Video Doorbell Elite. The Stick Up Cam starts at £139 / $149 / AU$319.

The Nest Hello Video Doorbell is £229 / $249, but that doesn’t include the recommended £100 / $100 installation. The Nest Cam range starts at £159 / $199 / AU$279 for the Nest Cam Indoor, rising to £329 / $349 for the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor. The Nest Hello and the Nest IQ Outdoor are not currently sold in Australia.

Remember that the price you pay for these systems isn’t just what you pay for the hardware. There are subscription fees to consider too; without them you won’t get all the features or more than 24 hours of cloud storage.

Ring vs Nest: how much do the subscription plans cost?

Ring calls its subscription service Ring Protect. There are two tiers: Protect Basic, which is for one doorbell or camera, and Protect Plus, which covers all the devices at a single address.

Both plans include 60 days of storage (30 in Europe), and Protect Plus also throws in professional monitoring (US only) and 10% off additional Ring purchases.

Protect Basic is £2.50 / $3 / AU$3 per month or £24.99 / $30 / AU$30 annually. Protect Plus is £8 / $10 / AU$10 per month or £80 / $100 / AU$100 annually.

Nest’s subscription service is called Nest Aware, and it’s £4 / $5 / AU$7 per month for five days of video storage, £8 / $10 / AU$14 for ten days, or £24 / $30 / AU$30 for thirty. Additional cameras are 50% of that cost, so that’s an extra £2 / $2.50 / AU$3.50 to £12 / $15 / AU$15 per month per additional camera.

Ring vs Nest: which one is right for you?

That depends on whether you’ve already embraced the exciting world of smart home technology. If you have, then it makes sense to look first at the platform that plays most nicely with what you’ve got.

So if you’re a paid-up Alexa fan or use Samsung’s SmartThings then the Ring range is likely to suit you better; if you’re all-in on Google then Nest will probably be a better fit.

Neither platform is a good fit with Apple’s HomeKit: while both offer iOS apps, they don’t integrate with Apple’s smart home platform in the way Hue lights or Ecobee thermostats do. Choosing either option effectively means running two separate smart home systems in the one place.

If you haven’t already thrown your money into the smart home ring then Ring looks like the better beginners’ bet: the Nest range is prettier and generally more polished but Ring’s hardware is generally cheaper, most of its doorbells don’t require expensive installation, and its all-in subscription works out considerably less expensive than a Nest one if you have multiple cameras.

Its camera range is more versatile too, with wireless and solar options as well as the standard wired models, and if you hang on for Prime Day, Black Friday or any of Amazon’s sale events, you’ll almost certainly be able to buy it at a big discount.

It’s worth mentioning here that Amazon also has non-Ring smart security products, at least in the US, where its Amazon Cloud Cam is priced to sell and integrates tightly with Amazon’s various hardware products. However, since its introduction in late 2017 it hasn’t been joined by any further devices.

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Royal Ascot live stream: how to watch 2019 horse racing online from anywhere

Latest Tech News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 10:11

This year's Royal Ascot is expecting 300,000 visitors in total, and many more hundreds of thousands to watch around the globe. So yes...you could say it's popular! As well as being one of the premier horse racing events of the season - with 30 races to enjoy over the course of five days - it also brings out the stars, the high society and the Royal Family. And we'll tell you how to watch a 2019 Royal Ascot live stream from wherever you are on Earth.

The event dates back over 100 years and it's still going strong. While Royal Ascot week is now as much about dressing up, enjoying food and drink and, let's face it, having a flutter – it's also, of course, about the horse racing.

Plenty of world famous trainers, owners and celebs will be at the event, but it's the horses that are the true stars.

Thursday is the famous Ladies Day, where the hats and dresses get all the attention. But at 4.20pm there's also £500,000 on the line in one of the event's biggest races - the Gold Cup. While the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on Saturday (also at 4.20pm BST) has to be the marquee event of Royal Ascot week. And with Frankie Dettori back in the saddle for 2019, he'll be bringing the personality and looking to add to his prolific 60 wins at this event over the years.

If you want to catch all the action live, read on to find out the best way you can do exactly that from wherever you are. Good news - getting a Royal Ascot live stream is absolutely free in the UK.

How to watch Royal Ascot 2019 for free in the UK

Royal Ascot 2019 will be aired on ITV live on ITV meaning it's free for anyone to watch via TV, the ITV Hub app or a TV player online.

Coverage of the event will start at 1.30pm BST daily and run across the five days.

Get a Royal Ascot live stream from outside your country

If you're outside the UK this week and want to keep up with your wagers and accas with Ed Chamberlain and his ITV racing chums, then you can always use a VPN as described below to tune in without being geo-blocked (and, by the way, we have US watching options below that, too).

It's surprisingly easy to do, and can be broken down into three easy steps (or should that be jumps?).

How to live stream Royal Ascot 2019 from the US

In the US, NBC Sports will be showing live coverage of the Royal Ascot 2019 week from 8.30am ET / 5.30am PT every morning. You'll need an NBC cable subscription to get access.

Cord cutter? No worries - there are loads of TV streaming services that will let you access NBC Sports content without signing up to a long cable agreement - and usually with a free trial, too. For example: 

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Queen's Club tennis live stream: how to watch the 2019 championship from anywhere

Latest Tech News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 09:58

It's time for the annual Queen's Club tennis tournament and we're praying for two things - firstly that the weather cheers up a bit, and second that Andy Murray's hip holds out. It's the big comeback for the former Wimbledon champ and world number 1 – at a tournament he's won a record five times – which could set him up nicely for doubles at SW19 right after. See how Andy and the rest get on with a Queen's Club tennis live stream.

Founded back in 1890, this 129-year-old tournament is held in West Kensington and is part of the ATP World Tour 500 series – it's also one of the oldest tennis tournaments on the planet. It's also where a world's fastest serve record was set by Andy Roddick in 2004 with a smashing 153 mph mega swing.

The 2018 winner Marin Cilic defeated Novak Djokovic, both of whom will be returning this year as will 2017 winner Feliciano Lopez. All that should make for great viewing and Murray says of his return: "Once you get back on a match court, that’s when you can really test yourself. I’d imagine after here I’d get a better idea of where I’m at."

While centre court can only hold 9,000 people, you don't need to miss out. So if you want to catch all the action live, read on to find out the best way you can live stream Queen's Club tennis from wherever you are. The ace news (sorry) is that it's absolutely free to watch if you're in the UK.

How to watch Queen's Club tennis 2019 for free: UK stream

This year Queen's Club tennis 2019 will be aired on the BBC Two live, meaning it's free for anyone to watch via TV, the BBC iPlayer app or a TV player online.

Alternatively, if you're watching online, we'd heartily recommend TVPlayer.com, which offers a host of channels with a high quality stream.

Amazon Prime will also host the event this year, live, so you can stream direct from any device that has the Prime Instant Video app. 

Generally speaking, Queen's coverage will start at around 1pm daily.

Get a Queen's Club tennis live stream from outside your country

If you try to watch this calssic British tennis tournament from abroad while on holiday or away on business, you'll discover that iPlayer will block your progress. It isn't licensed to show the action outside the UK.

To get around that block, you can use a VPN - or Virtual Private Network - to pretend that your laptop or mobile's IP address is back in the UK. It's much simpler than it sounds, and can be done in three very easy steps:

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Blink vs Ring: what are the differences between Amazon's cams?

Latest Tech News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 09:52

If you're looking into getting a home security camera, you may well be looking at products from Blink or Ring. Both brands are owned by Amazon, but they bring very different capabilities and price points to the party.

Blink offers affordable security cameras for in and around the home. It’s a scalable, entry-level system that’s designed to be easy to fit and use. For a relatively low price, you can set up motion-sensing cameras and have alerts send to your smartphone. There’s no monthly fee, and the cameras use regular batteries.

Ring is best known for its video doorbells, but the security firm has expanded to offer a range of complementary security cameras. Prices are higher than for Blink products, and you’ll need to subscribe to one of Ring's Protect plans if you want to store recorded footage, but the hardware is more versatile and offers several potentially important extra features.

While Amazon owns both companies, Blink and Ring are quite different prospects. Both are worth considering if you’re looking to set up security cameras in and/or outside your home, but it's likely that one system will suit you better than the other – so let’s dig into what each offers.

Pricing: Blink

For a single indoor camera from Blink you’ll pay £79.99 / $79.99 (about AU$145), but you can add additional cameras for £69.99 / $69.99 (roughly AU$125) each. You also have the option to buy a five-camera system for £289.99 / $279.99 (about AU$525).

The Blink XT, which is the outdoor weatherproof camera, will cost you £99.99 (approximately AU$180) for a single camera system, with additional cameras at £89.99 (around AU$165) each, though you can get a five-camera system for £399.99 (roughly AU$725).

The Blink XT. Image credit: Blink / Amazon

If you're in the US, the outdoor model is the Blink XT2 rather than the XT. This costs $99.99 for one, then $89.99 for additional cameras, or you can pay $379.99 for a five-camera system.

This promises improved motion detection, two-way audio, and longer battery life over the original Blink XT, but is otherwise similar. It should be landing in the UK some time in 2019.

Blink systems come with a wireless hub, called a Blink Sync Module, that can support up to 10 cameras. There are no monthly fees.

Pricing: Ring


Ring offers video doorbells. The original Video Doorbell is £89 / $99.99 / AU$149 and the Video Doorbell 2 is £149 / $159 / AU$329.

You can also get a variety of security cameras from Ring. The basic Stick Up Cam can be placed indoors or out and costs £139 / $149.99 / AU$319 for the wired or battery-operated version.

You can also get a solar version, powered by its own solar panel for £179 / $229 / AU$399. There’s also a Spotlight Cam at £169 / $169 / AU$329 for the wired or battery model, and £199 / $229 / AU$359 for the solar version. Finally, there’s a Floodlight Cam at £199 / $199 / AU$379, which is designed to be wired in.

The Ring Stick Up Cam. Image credit: Ring / Amazon

It’s not essential to subscribe to a Ring plan unless you want to be able to record video – without a plan your Ring cameras will just work as live feed devices. The Protect Basic or Protect Plus plans store recorded video in the cloud for 30 days. A Protect Basic Plan is £2.50 / $3 / AU$4 per month or £24.99 / $30 / AU$40 per year, but only covers one device. A Protect Plus Plan costs £8 / $10 / AU$15 per month or £80 / $100 / AU$150 per year, and covers every Ring device at one address.

Types of camera and equipment

Blink is a more basic system offering two types of camera that need to be hooked up wirelessly to a Sync Module over Wi-Fi. Ring offers a variety of standalone devices that connect directly to your Wi-Fi network.

The Blink. Image credit: Blink / Amazon

The indoor Blink camera has motion and temperature sensors and a microphone. It can record HD video at 720p and takes two standard AA lithium batteries.

The slightly more expensive Blink XT or XT2 camera is suitable for the outdoors as it has an IP65 rating. It can also record at higher quality, up to 1080p, and it has infrared night vision.

Blink suggests the batteries will last up to two years, but much depends on how often your camera is triggered – in practice, the Blink XT2 should easily be able to hit the two-year mark.

Ring’s system is far more versatile. All three of the security cameras record 1080p footage, just like the Ring Video Doorbell 2. You can choose rechargeable battery power, wire them in, or opt for the solar panel with the Stick Up Cam or Spotlight Cam.

The Stick Up Cam can be used indoors or out and it offers two-way talk, which is lacking in all Blink systems except the Blink XT2. The Spotlight Cam is designed for outside, and adds LED light strips and a siren.

The Ring Floodlight Cam. Image credit: Ring / Amazon

Ring also offers the Floodlight Cam, which is designed to replace security lights. It lights up when it senses motion, streams video and sends you a notification. It also includes a 110-decibel siren to help you scare off suspicious people. The Floodlight Cam must be hardwired to a standard electrical box.

Ring even offers a full alarm security kit with motion sensors and a keypad, but it’s a standalone product that doesn’t integrate with the cameras.

Smart home features

You can use Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant with both Blink and Ring devices. You can also set up motion events to trigger other smart home devices, so that, for example, your porch lights turn on when motion is detected at the door.

If you have an Amazon Echo you can even use it to communicate through your Ring cameras and have a two-way conversation. The Ring app also works with various smart lock systems.

Using the app

The Blink Home Monitor app is free for Android or iOS. It enables you to customize your camera settings, determine the sensitivity of the motion sensor, choose the length of video clips it records, and set up a schedule if you want. The app records video in five second bursts by default, but you can increase that up to 60 seconds.

You’ll get alerts on your phone when motion is detected by your Blink cameras, and you can then review the recorded clips. You can also choose to tune in to the live feed, but you can’t record video when watching a camera live.

You’ll also be asked if you’re still watching every 60 seconds. The free storage space is enough for 7,200 seconds of video in total and it will overwrite the oldest video clips as soon as the limit is reached. If you're using the Blink XT2, you can also use two-way audio through the app.

The Ring app is also free for Android and iOS. It will alert you when motion is detected, or when the doorbell rings if you opt for a doorbell.

You can view a live feed of the camera and, if you’re using a doorbell, Stick Up, or Spotlight Cam, even have a two-way conversation with whoever is there. You can also adjust the sensitivity of the motion sensors to reduce the risk of false positives.

Which is right for you?

You could install either the Blink or Ring systems yourself, unless you opt for the wired-in Ring devices. If you’re looking to keep costs down and just want a basic system with no hidden fees or subscription, then Blink could be exactly what you need. The Ring devices are more expensive to begin with, and you’ll need a monthly subscription to record and review video.

Ring offers a much more versatile set of devices and power options, with extra features such as light and siren functionality. There are also cameras with two-way audio, and while Blink offers this too, it's only on the Blink XT2, which is currently only available in the US and Canada.

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The best power banks of 2019: portable chargers to keep your gadgets going

Latest Tech News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 09:49

Power banks are one of the ultimate accessories for the modern gadget lover to have stowed away at the bottom of their bag. 

Whether it's to recharge your phone, laptop, Nintendo Switch or any other piece of tech you take around with you, a power bank can ensure you're not left without charge wherever you are.

As portable chargers have become commonplace, of course, they run into the opposite problem: there are a lot to choose from. We base our recommendations on a balance of battery capacity, safety and a svelte size with ample power reserves.

Below you'll find our list of the best portable chargers that include compact designs, high-capacity options and even laptop-compatible power banks. Hopefully we can recommend the perfect charger for you to ensure you never fall to 0% battery again.


Best power banks for capacity

Image Credit: iMuto

If you're looking for a high capacity charger that's portable, the iMuto 20,000mAh portable charger may be for you. It offers a 20,000mAh capacity that will be able to charge your average smartphone over four times and still have some charge left.

It can also charge some MacBooks and laptops too, but you may want to make sure it will be compatible with your computing option before you buy it. Considering the price though, we really like the iMuto... plus you've got the color choice of white or black.

Image Credit: RAVPower

The RAVPower 20,000mAh doesn't look much different to a lot of the options above and below, but it offers a lot of capacity and can be cheaper than the other devices surrounding it.

You have two ports here so you can charge two gadgets at the same time and it'll have enough capacity to be able to charge both a mobile and an iPad or tablet from 0% too.

Image Credit: Aukey

This power bank features two ports so you can charge both your phone and your tablet at the same time and also has a light to show you how much battery charge is leftover.

The blocky design may not be for everyone, but this portable charger should be able to charge your phone and other gadgets a few times over with such a high capacity cell inside.

Image Credit: Anker

You've likely heard of Anker, and this is one of the company's best portable chargers. It comes with a huge 20,100mAh battery inside, meaning this will be able to charge up your phone or tablet multiple times before it needs a recharge.

It also comes with high-speed charging for your devices if they use PowerIQ or VoltageBoost. It won't be able to use Qualcomm's QuickCharge technology, but it'll still boost your device when you're on the go.

Image Credit: Mophie

The Mophie Powerstation Plus XL is one of the best power banks designed for the iPhone and iPad (aside from the new iPad Pro 2018 range with its USB-C port), and we say that for several reasons. 

It contains an embedded Lightning cable you can’t lose, it charges via a Lightning cable and you can charge it wirelessly with any Qi charger, so you may already have everything you need.

This 10,000mAh power bank has a soft fabric finish and can charge two devices at once, one via the 10W USB-A port and another with the integrated Lightning charger. You won't find as much use from this portable charger if you're on Android, though it's still possible to use that USB-A port so you can help a friend charge.

Best slim power banks

 Image Credit: Xiaomi

Xiaomi has a hand in some unexpected sectors of technology, including audio and portable chargers. But don't sleep on either, as it's onto something worth checking out. 

During our testing, its 10,000mAh Power Bank provided good results, both in terms of its portability and charging potential. While not the fastest charger out there, it was able to charge our Google Pixel 2 in a little over two hours. Thankfully, it's discreet enough that you can bring it with you just about everywhere to plug in when necessary.

It's not rare for a power bank to come with a charging cable, but we appreciate that this one has been built with care to suit both micro USB and USB-C users with the same cable, as seen in the above gallery.

 Image Credit: Veho

With 10,400mAh inside, two USB outputs and fast charging technology the Pebble P1 Pro may be one of the best all-round power banks you can buy right now. This doesn't have anything to do with the defunct watch brand, but instead it's called the Pebble for its curved edges design.

This should be able to recharge most phones at least two and a half times from a single charge, plus this power bank can be charged up by either microUSB or USB-C so you won't need to have a specific cable with you to pump it up again when it's out of juice.

 Image Credit: Poweradd

Poweradd also offers a great slim portable charger, and it's one of the cheapest options on this list yet boasts a substantial 10,000mAh cell inside.

It may be quite heavy, but this is only 1.3cm thick, making it a great device to slip into your back pocket when you're out and about. You'll want to grab a cable to go with it though as unlike the Iceworks choice above it doesn't come with one built in.

 Image Credit: Anker

We love this little guy. The Anker PowerCore II 10,000 power bank is perhaps the most portable option on this list and allows you to have at least two full charges for your phone in your back pocket ready to go.

At only 209g and 1.5cm thick, you'll be able to take this around with you and not feel weighed down while still having 10,000mAh of extra power for any of your devices. Plus it comes with Anker's own fast-charging tech that should mean you won't be plugged into it for too long.

Like a lot of the chargers on this list, it doesn't come with a cable attached so you'll need to take your own out and about with you.

 Image Credit: RAVPower

This is the cheapest option for a portable charger we have on the list, but this option from RAVPower should suit you for recharging your mobile phone while on the go.

It has a capacity of 6,700mAh, which should recharge your average smartphone at least once and maybe even twice. There are three color options here with the choices of either pink, bright blue or silver. 

The LEDs on the side of the device also show you how much charge is left and there's fast-charging tech built-in too.

 Image Credit: Jackery

Don't you hate it when you have to pull a charging cord out alongside your pocket battery? The Jackery Bolt has both Lightning and MicroUSB cables built-in, so you won't have to juggle cords.

Unfortunately, that means the latest Android phones that recharge via USB-C won't get any use out of the Bolt. But it has a decent 6,000mAh of battery, which is good for between one and two full smartphone recharges depending on your device. 


Best power banks with lots of ports

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This may not be the most portable charger on our list, but it features a lot of ports, so you can charge multiple devices at the same time. It'll even charge laptops as well as your phone and tablet.

You can charge six devices at once, and with a 50,000mAh capacity it has the juice to do that, so if you're usually surrounded by a lot of tech this is possibly one of the best chargers to buy.

Image Credit: Qi-infinity

Looking for a another option with lots of ports on it? This may be a good choice for you, as there are four ports and you can charge up your MacBook as well as USB devices such as your phone.

There's a quick charge port too, which will fast charge compatible devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S7.

Best power banks for both laptops and phones

Image Credit: RAVPower

RAVPower's portable charger is a great choice if you need a device that can charge both your laptop and your phone. It features USB-C and normal USB outputs as well as an AC output, so you can plug your laptop charger directly in.

There's also a 20,100mAh capacity battery inside, so this will be able to juice up your phone or tablet multiple times before you need to put it back on charge.

Image Credit: Poweradd

The picture above may be deceptive, as this isn't a small charger and is capable of charging up your laptop or tablet as well as your phone simultaneously.

You can charge up to three devices at the same time and it comes with a 23,000mAh capacity, so it should last long enough between recharges.

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Vivo's 120W Super FlashCharge charging tech can fill a 4,000mAh battery in just 13 minutes

Latest Tech News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 09:21

Vivo has announced its new fast-charging solution, 120W Super FlashCharge which is capable of filling up a 4,000mAh battery in mere 13 minutes. The company is expected to showcase its Super FlashCharge tech during Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2019, which starts from June 26.

Image Credits: Vivo (Weibo)

Until Vivo's announcement, we've seen smartphone makers gunning to provide their consumers with a super-fast charging solution. However, these have been limited by up to 50W charging solution. Recently, Xiaomi teased that it's working on a 100W Super Charge Turbocharger, but Vivo seems to have one-upped them.

Vivo has revealed that its 120W Super FlashCharge tech will take 5 minutes to fill 50% of the battery in a 4,000mAh phone, and 13 minutes to fully charge it. While the numbers are impressive, we don't wish it to be the father to the thought. Fast charging a battery generally leads to the generation of more heat, and we still don't know how the company plans to tackle that aspect. Will it be built into the charging adapter? Or will it only support particular phones?

We'll know more next week when the MWC Shanghai kicks off, and Vivo possibly debuts the Super FlashCharge tech.

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UK porn block scheme delayed for another six months

Latest Tech News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 09:08

Ed: The Secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport has announced that the scheme, commonly known as the UK porn block, has been postponed for another six months because of an "administrative oversight"

The UK porn block scheme could be frozen once again according to a Sky News report which cites anonymous sources and say that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Secretary Jeremy Wright will make the announcement in Parliament later today.

The body in charge of implementing the UK porn block, the British Board of Film Classification, was apparently told of the development yesterday afternoon, Wednesday, June 19.

The reason put forward for delaying - but not cancelling - the UK porn block is a technicality. DCMS failed to notify the European Commission as it is legally required to thereby undermining the legal basis of verifying someone’s age.

Campaigners against the scheme have put forward the frightening potential of tracking profiles and browsing habits of millions of UK individuals with online surveillance and blackmail a distinct possibility. MindGeek, the owner of most of the major porn sites online, is one of the age verification partners for the scheme with AgeID. 

There’s also the fact that the law can be circumvented by using VPN to access porn from a server (and IP address) abroad. The delay though is likely to be indefinite although Alastair Graham, from AgeChecked, understandably disagrees.

“Regardless of today’s news, online age verification is coming.” he said, “The way that we transact online needs better protection, whether it’s the sale of knives, access to gambling sites, or placing barriers in front of adult content.” 

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Leica CL gets a makeover with a new Urban Jungle model

Latest Tech News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 08:35

If any manufacturer has a tradition of producing cameras with understated style, it's Leica. From its long-loved M series rangefinders to its most recent Q2 compact, subtlety and blending into the background is key.

But the brand clearly feels it can go one better on the blending-in front, in the shape of a new special-edition camo-clad version of its CL compact system camera that's set to be with us shortly.

The model, which has been designed in collaboration with French-Italian photographer Jean Pigozzi, is based on the original CL that was released two years ago. 

While the internals are the same as before – a 24.2MP APS-C sensor, EyeRes viewfinder and Maestro processor being the key components – the new arrival bears an urban camouflage pattern on its leather body covering, which previously was a plain black.

Leica has made a short video introducing the camera, which you can watch below:

It arrives with a new grey rope strap to match the body's styling, and comes complete with the teeny pancake-like Elmarit-TL 18 mm f/2.8 ASPH. lens, which gives the user an effective focal length of 27mm to work with in 35mm terms.

As with the CL, the camera can also work with further TL prime and zoom lenses, as well as SL-series objectives, although using it with the L adapter opens up the opportunity to use decades' worth of older optics designed for the company's more established M and R lines.

Keen? The camera goes on sale on June 25 in Leica stores and boutiques, but you'll have to get in there sharpish, as only 150 of these are set to be produced. As is the case with many Leica cameras, you'll also have to be fairly flush, with its $3,950 / £3,300 / $AU6,000 asking price making it fairly costly for an APS-C camera.

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Using innovative technology to feed our growing population

Latest Tech News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 08:30

If you’ve seen Netflix’s new series, “The Society” then you’ll know it follows a group of highschoolers coming to terms with the sudden disappearance of all adults. With no explanation as to how their parents disappeared, the teenagers have to adapt and learn how to survive independently. With complete social and economic collapse, they have no consistent food supply. This means they have to learn how to farm their own food in order to guarantee supply for an uncertain future. 

You may wonder what this has to do with feeding a world of 9 billion people – and the role technology may play. But, this is a striking allegory for how we need to develop more sustainable farming practices if we are to guarantee food-supply for the ever-growing human population. It’s a topic on all of our minds. Global food demand is on the rise. In fact, according to McKinsey, if current trends continue, then by 2050, caloric demand will increase by 70 percent, with crop demand for human and animal consumption set to increase by at least 100 per cent.  These demands are shaping our agricultural markets in a way that we have never witnessed before. 

Agriculture is an industry that is no stranger to technology, especially when it comes to the Internet of Things (IoT). Putting technologies like blockchain and artificial intelligence to the side, IoT is revolutionising the industry. By enabling intelligent objects to connect to one another and to the outside world using the internet – it’s possible to be smarter in our approach to farming. Utilising sensors and processors make it much more feasible to farm in real-time. The question is, are enough farmers using IoT technologies, and are they doing so sustainably?

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Agriculture of Things

IoT can be adopted into agricultural practices in many ways. One interesting example of this is precision farming. This is a method that pursues the goal of managing agricultural land in a site-differentiated and targeted manner. 

Take a farm full of cattle for example. By implementing Precision Farming Technologies (PFT), it becomes possible for the farmer to monitor each individual animal on the farm. This means monitoring the animal’s temperature, nutrition levels and also monitoring for illness or stress. This enables livestock farmers to identify any poorly animals – and to treat them and get them back to health faster. Whilst each farmer will monitor different things, dependent on the livestock they are looking after – the idea remains the same. IoT sensors provide real-time insights into each animal, ensuring livestock welfare, sustainability and minimising loss of produce.

Another example of using IoT in agriculture is Variable Rate Technology (VRT). This is similar to precision farming, but instead of measuring livestock, measures site-specific or partial-impact soil tillage using differential global positioning systems. 

Image credit: Pixabay

Smart vineyards

To showcase smart technologies at play in the agriculture world, a great example is smart vineyards. For vineyards to remain sustainable, we must be aware of the impact that global warming is having on viticulture. This means preparing for rapid weather changes, and extreme weather conditions. 

This is why today, we’re witnessing more and more winegrowers placing reliance on sensors distributed around the vineyards. The sensors are relied on to send environmental data, drone images and information about the composition of the leaves to cloud platforms. The result – an easier way to plan work on a day-to-day basis. Essentially, thanks to IoT technology – wine growers get much more peace of mind. 

Work smarter, not harder 

Being smarter in our approach is more important than ever before. It’s important farmers understand that IoT does not remove them from their social responsibilities. Previously used unsustainable methods like poor irrigation practices have contributed to the loss of about one quarter of land used for agriculture over the last 25 years. To put this into perspective, this means that every three years, an area the size of Germany is lost to deserts. Whilst, the world’s population has grown by about two billion in the same time period. 

This is why innovative technologies are needed, and IoT isn’t the only one. Hydropnoics, the art of cultivating plants with water is another approach being adopted today. It means less water is consumed, it’s possible to better control nutrient supply, yield and quality can be improved and no herbicides are required. 

When it comes to implementing change for the better, what we do now will be integral for ensuring a more sustainable future. Agriculture industries across the globe need to utilise modern technologies in order to secure a reliable global food supply for the coming decades.

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Huawei P30 Pro Android Q update 'confirmed' by Huawei - but is it really?

Latest Tech News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 08:23

Huawei has told TechRadar that it is planning future software upgrades for 16 of its current devices - which would include the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro Android Q update many are already clamoring for.

A new blog post from Huawei in the UK was posted to clear up issues prospective customers have been confused about, including whether its devices will get solid software updates.

In that, Huawei stated that 'it was confident' that its smartphones would get access to future Android updates, so we spoke to the brand to get clarification.

When asked directly whether the brand could guarantee future Android Q updates for its top handsets, it told us: "All Huawei smartphones and tablets will continue to receive security patches and Android updates"

This dovetails well with the leak of EMUI 10 beta that emerged for the Huawei P30 Pro a few days back - that software is based on Android Q.

The Mate 20 Pro is further along the line as it has received approval from Google for the Android Q upgrade, so that one is pretty much certain to be coming, as the ban is currently temporarily lifted.

The full list of devices Huawei submitted to Google for the proposed update:

  • P30 Pro
  • P30
  • Mate 20
  • Mate 20 Pro
  • PORSCHE DESIGN Mate 20 RS
  • P30 lite
  • P smart 2019
  • P smart+ 2019
  • P smart Z
  • Mate 20 X
  • Mate 20 X (5G)
  • P20 Pro
  • P20
  • Mate 10 Pro
  • PORSCHE DESIGN Mate 10
  • Mate 10

One thing that's just a little off is the constant use of the word access, though. "Our most popular current devices, including the P30 series, will be able to access Android Q."

That could just be a translation issue, and means that the over the air upgrade to Android Q will land as expected for all Huawei's top phones. However, even if it is locked out of Google's updates, like any brand Huawei users can still download Android Q, but the open source variant.

Or perhaps Huawei use said open-source option, which is available to any brand but shorn of the Google mobile services, to create its own update for Android Q, but one that might not be identical to the one users would receive if the software upgrade landed normally.

The blog post also doesn't share any details on what will happen after Android Q. The Huawei ban in the US may continue to cause issues for those who have bought Android devices and expect to get solid software updates for a number of years afterwards.

What's also worth noting is that this is from the UK side of Huawei, so there's no gurantee these proposed updates will be available all over the world. 

Honor 20 also set to get Q

A trusted TechRadar internal source has also told us the new Honor 20 series (which includes the Honor 20 Pro and Honor 20 Lite) will receive the Android Q update.

We've asked Huawei for further clarification on the blog post as well as what the plan is for after Android Q, and we'll be sure to update you with more information as we have it.

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Apple looks to move some production away from China

Latest Tech News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 08:16

Apple has asked its key suppliers to evaluate production and assembly options outside of China as it seeks to diversify its supply chain.

The Cupertino-based company has long relied on China for the rapid assembly of its devices and the manufacturing of components but fears the ongoing trade dispute between Beijing and Washington means the risks of such dependence are too great.

Apple has been touted as one of the American firms that could be targeted by Chinese government blacklists or trade tariffs as retribution for the US government’s decision to ban Huawei from the country.

Apple China

However, Nikkei Asian Review, says that not even a resolution to the dispute would change Apple’s decision.

"A lower birth-rate, higher labour costs and the risk of overly centralizing its production in one country” were all reasons cited by the publication.

It is thought that between 15 and 30 per cent of activities could be moved to other countries, with India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Mexico among the candidates. However it would take several years to move even a portion of production away from China given the complex ecosystem that has been established there.

Indeed, five million jobs in China rely on Apple’s presence, while the company itself employs more than 10,000 people.

China is also a huge market for Apple, with the economic slowdown in the country cited as a major factor in lower than expected demand for iPhones and shrinking revenues back in January. Any move to make its devices unappealing to the Chinese market would have a major impact.

However, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has said he is opposed to any tit-for-tat action, claiming he would be the first to protest any sanctions.

Via Nikkei

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Usain Bolt launches his electric scooters in the UK – but you can't ride them

Latest Tech News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 07:59

Bolt Mobility, an electric scooter sharing company co-founded by sprinter and footballer Usain Bolt, has made its UK debut. There's only one problem: its scoooters aren't legal to ride in the country.

The launch took place at Bolt's Tracks and Records restaurant in London, where guests were able to try scooters on a three-meter stretch of floor downstairs. Powered scooters are becoming a common sight on British streets, but private spaces like this are technically the only places where they're allowed by law.

Bolt Mobility is already hiring out scooters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and and in May 2019 expanded into Paris.

The Bolt Scooter Rental app will recognize UK users, and clearly has all the infrastructure set up for the service to launch as soon as possible.

At the time of the launch, however, it showed only one available scooter in the UK, in a part of Cambridge highlighted in red and somewhat alarmingly flagged as a 'bad area'.

"I know it's not legal here in London, but that's what we're working on," said Bolt at the launch. "We're here to show you how we can help, and bring awareness, to let you know that this is a solution for all the traffic."

Not so fast

It's taking time for authorities to catch up with the booming electric scooter industry, and while some cities are opening up to the vehicles, others are tightening their roles - including Paris, where scooters will be restricted to a top speed of 20kmph (12mph) from July, and banned from parks and gardens.

"One of the biggest things I've noticed traveling and competing around the world is all this traffic," Bolt said. "I've been to Paris, New York, Miami - I've been all over the world, to so many cities, and it's always the main problem for me. So when we decided to do this launch, for me it was a no-brainer, because I know about time, and what it means to be on time. So I was happy to be a part of this, and to push this."

Usain Bolt speaks at Bolt Mobility's launch event in London (Image credit: TechRadar)

Unfortunately for Bolt, it's going to take a little more than good intentions to kick-start electric scooter sharing in the UK.

Legalizing powered scooters means a change in high-level legislation, and the current state of UK politics (with a new transport secretary still getting his feet under the table and likely to be reshuffled by a new prime minister, the summer recess due to start, and the looming specter of Brexit), it's not at the top of anyone's to-do list.

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Best Wi-Fi extenders of 2019: top devices for boosting your Wi-Fi network

Latest Tech News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 07:48

Welcome to our list of the best Wi-Fi extenders that can make sure your wireless network reaches every corner of your home or office.

In this list you'll find the very best Wi-Fi extenders which have the sole goal of boosting your Wi-Fi network, ensuring that your devices can securely and reliably connect to the internet, no matter how far away they are from the router.

The best Wi-Fi extenders can help if you find your devices are suffering from slow network connections - or the connection is dropped altogether - without you having to spend a fortune nor having to resort to routing network cables through your property.

Wi-Fi extenders work by placing them in areas where the Wi-Fi network starts to break down. They connect to the original network, the extend the signal so that you have more wireless coverage.  

The best Wi-Fi extenders on this list are worth considering for anyone who lives or works in a large building, as you’ll find that your Wi-Fi network can get weak – or disappear entirely – in the furthest reaches of the building.

So, if you want to super-charge your Wi-Fi network, read on for our list of the best Wi-Fi extenders you can buy in 2019.

If you need to expand your networks coverage and you also want network-based cybersecurity, the Plume Superpods will get the job done – for a price. You see, the Plume SuperPods act as one of the best WiFi extenders right out of the box, but they also come with a subscription service that will protect your network from cyber attacks, as well as remove ads from the internet. But, even if you don’t need that extra software, the excellent performance alone is enough to make this WiFi extender worth your time.

Read the full review: Plume SuperPods

Over the last few years, Netgear has basically become a household name in the networking world. And, they’ve put their extensive expertise to fantastic use with their AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender EX6150. This fantastic extender is a simple device that you can inconspicuously plug right into any electrical outlet, and is our current choice for the best Wifi extender in 2018.

As an added bonus, the EX6150 features quick and simple installation, free of any hassling installation software. Just follow the easy-to-read instructions, and before you can even blink, you’ll have fast and reliable Wi-Fi covering the entire home or office. It’s just that easy.

D-Link's Wi-Fi Dual Band Range Extender (DAP-1520) is tiny and inconspicuous, meaning that while it has extremely robust performance boosting your Wi-Fi network throughout your home or office – it’s virtually invisible to anyone who isn’t explicitly looking for it.

The unassuming and straightforward design does come with some inherent issues, however: it doesn’t feature an Ethernet port for extending a wired connection. Also, contrary to some of the best Wi-Fi extenders, the antennae are internal, and while that does allow it to disappear into the background, it does mean range is somewhat reduced. Despite this, it is still one of the best WiFi extenders money can buy.

Sure, TP-Link is a Chinese networking company that has been slowly been gaining recognition in the west, and with good reason. With devices like the TP-Link RE350 AC1200 Wi-Fi Range extender, it’s easy to see their worth: it does the job well, and it’s cheap. It might not be the fastest Wi-Fi extender in the world, but with the range this extender offers at the price it’s available at it’s a steal. Plus, thanks to an LED signal indicator on the front, installation is simply a breeze. 

The Linksys RE6500 AC1200 is an yet another Wi-Fi extender that looks more like a router. The more sturdy design allows Linksys to include four gigabit Ethernet ports, which means that you are empowered to expand your network to internet-connected devices that need an ethernet connection.

It also has an audio output jack which allows you to connect it to speakers or an audio system, allowing you to stream digital music from your PC to your audio receiver. This is a pretty robust and flexible device, and one of the best WiFi extenders for the money.

If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to beef up your Wi-Fi network, and you’re ok with making a few concessions in performance and features, then the D-Link DAP-1320 Wireless N300 Range Extender is a great device for you. This tiny device doesn't include any Ethernet ports, and it doesn't feature dual bands or 802.11ac, presently the fastest form of Wi-Fi.

Still, it is designed well and built to last, and it's a quick, easy and cheap way of bolstering your Wi-Fi network as long as you’re not anticipating too much network traffic.

  • This product is only available in the US and UK at the time of writing. Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the TP-Link RE350 

The Linksys Velop makes a sound argument for a wireless mesh network’s ease of setup. With the aim of replacing both your router and your now-antiquated range extender, the Velop arrives at a time when companies like Google and Netgear are doing the same thing. The main way Linksys hopes to differentiate its contender in the wireless mesh networking space is with a user-friendly setup that anyone with a smartphone can understand. With just a visit to the App Store or Google Play marketplace, you’ll have the Linksys Velop running in a matter of minutes. It's certainly a worthy addition to our list of the best WiFi extenders in 2018.

Read the full review: Linksys Velop

If you’re looking for a great way to upgrade your network to have great coverage no matter where you go in your house, a powerline adapter is a fantastic choice. Not only do they maintain the same functionality that the best Wi-Fi extenders can afford, but the TRENDnet Wi-Fi Everywhere Powerline might just be a dream come true. It may not be aesthetically pleasing, and the price tag may be a tad high, but this unit more than makes up for those issues with sheer performance. And, unlike other powerline adapters, the TRENDnet Wi-Fi Everywhere comes equipped with a clone button that will, well, clone the SSID and WPA key of your network so that it can double as a Wi-Fi extender. An expensive Wi-Fi extender. 

Read the full review: Trendnet Wi-Fi Everywhere powerline 1200 AV2 

  • This product is only available in the US and UK at the time of writing. Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Linksys Velop 
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A 25% discount makes Smarty's unlimited plan the best SIM only deal we've ever seen

Latest Tech News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 07:45

We talk a lot about big data SIM only deals, seeing some incredible offers come and go, but no offer has ever been quite as good as this one. Offering a colossal 25% discount on its already-brilliant unlimited data SIM only deal, underdog Smarty has just dropped the best SIMO we've ever seen. And no...that's not just us being dramatic. 

So what's so great about this offer? Well, the key feature is its pricing. Marked down from £25 a month to £18.75, until July 16 Smarty will have the cheapest unlimited data SIMO out there.

Click this link to head straight through to Smarty and sign up - or keep reading for more details.

But it's not just the pricing that puts Smarty above the rest right now. One of Smarty's key selling points is its flexibility, offering all of its contracts on a rolling 1-month basis. That means that you can leave whenever you want and stay as long as you like, keeping this £18.75 pricing for the rest of your life if you're dedicated enough.

Finally, if all of that wasn't already enough, Smarty offers tethering with this plan with no speed caps. That means you could connect your tablet, laptop or console, use unlimited data and not get your speeds capped at all.

Now you know what's up for grabs, you can see this offer in full below. We would point out that this is unlikely to be toppled, even by Three - the erstwhile king of unlimited data.

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While no unlimited data SIMO is going to beat this, Three sits in a close second place. With two separate unlimited data offers, one for two years at £20 a month and the other for one year at £22 a month, Three isn't far behind Smarty. So if you like your SIMO from a name you know or will be missing the end date of this deal, Three could be the way to go.

Or if £18.75 is still more than you're willing to spend, Vodafone's 8GB of data for £10 a month is an affordable way to get a decent amount of internet each month.

Finally, for those who prioritise speed over everything else, we would recommend EE's 25GB for £23 a month. More expensive than Smarty but you get access to the UK's fastest 4G speeds. 

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How to watch Wimbledon 2019: live stream the tennis online from anywhere

Latest Tech News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 07:27

It's time to spend over the odds on strawberries and cream so you can properly enjoy the tennis action from the grass courts of Wimbledon 2019. This year the All England Lawn Tennis Club will see the world's best racket masters take to the courts to battle it out for the silverware. But you don't need to fight the crowds to enjoy it as, with this guide, you can live stream Wimbledon 2019 from anywhere in the world.

This is the 133rd Wimbledon Championships and, despite Andy Murray making a return after injury to Queen's this year, the three-time Grand Slam champ won't be appearing in the gentlemen's singles at Wimbledon. He does hope to get the wildcard for a doubles appearance. Talking of wildcards, the 2002 Wimbledon champ Lleyton Hewitt has been granted one to appear in the men's singles this year.

Last year saw Novak Djokovic win the gentlemen's singles title and Angelique Kerber take the ladies' singles title. Since then Djokovic has won the Australian Open while Rafael Nadal took victory at the French Open. This year's hot favourite to take the silverware home from Wimbledon is Djokovic with Federer and Nadal closely following. The women's favourite is Serena Williams followed by Petra Kvitova and newly crowned French Open champ Ashleigh Barty.

You can live stream Wimbledon 2019 using the guide below so read on to find out how to get your lawn tennis fix from anywhere in the world.

Use a VPN to live stream all the tennis at Wimbledon from outside your country

This prestigious event on the sporting calendar is of course being broadcast worldwide, with some countries (Australia, New Zealand and, of course, the UK) getting free Wimbledon live streams. Not so much luck if you're across the Atlantic - sorry US tennis fans.

But if you don't have easy access to watch Wimbledon when away from your country and want to catch all of that geo-blocked domestic coverage, then you can still watch it by downloading and installing a VPN. That way you can login to a server back in your country and then watch as if you were sat in the British Isles.

How to live stream Wimbledon 2019 in the UK for free Live stream Wimbledon for FREE at Wimbledon.com and YouTube

Wimbledon.com is globally live streaming action and that goes for Wimbledon's YouTube channel, too, so handy if you want to watch via an app on your mobile phone or tablet.

The trouble is, assuming Wimbledon 2019 is the same as last year, it doesn't have the rights to show the big action from the show courts - that becomes a particular problem if you're only interested in the top seeds and as the fortnight reaches its climax. We reckon you should stick to the breadth of coverage offered by the BBC if you can.

How to watch Wimbledon 2019: live stream in the US

Logging in to the broadcast from overseas is also a great option using a US VPN and following the instructions above.

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