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Google Duo group video calls have arrived

Latest Tech News - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 04:50

Google Duo's long-awaited group video calling feature has finally arrived for users of the app around the world.

Having been tested on select users since January, the feature had already been spotted in a few countries by eagled-eyed users earlier this month, according to Android Central.

Now group calling on Google Duo is available globally on iOS and Android, and means that you can video call up to seven other people at one time. According to a blog post by Google, "group calls are also encrypted end-to-end so your conversations stay private" – which is how video messages are handled on the service.

Save your precious data

Google has also announced a new data saving mode for the app in select regions, "including Indonesia, India, and Brazil". In these countries, turning on data saving mode in the app's settings will limit data usage on mobile networks and WiFi, "for both you, and the person you're calling".

This feature is only available on Android right now, but Google says it will be "rolling out to more markets in the coming months"; whether that means it will also come to iOS remains to be seen.

As well as that, Google has updated Duo's video messages feature, which allows you to send quick recorded messages to your contacts. Now on Android and "coming soon to iOS", you'll be able to personalize video messages by "adding text and emojis, or even drawing on your message using brushes".

Whether these new features will prove a problem for Apple's FaceTime isn't clear yet; after all, Google Duo allows up to seven users per chat, which pales in comparison to FaceTime's 32 users per chat.

That being said, who really wants to speak to 32 people at once? Seven sounds far more manageable.

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eBay voucher code knocks 15% off all tech for today only - iPads, consoles, TVs and more

Latest Tech News - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 04:43

Today's new eBay voucher code is a great chance to save some money on a huge range of electronics. You'll have to be quick though as the voucher code expires at midnight tonight.

While 10% and the occasional 15% off eBay voucher codes to appear quite often this one's something of a rarity as it's not tied to a select handful of retailers. And when those codes come around, they're not usually the best ones either. Today though the code can be used for any tech deal regardless of the retailer.

We've already spotted some fantastic bargains on the eBay pages from top tech merchants like Currys, Argos and AO.com. If you miss out though, or don;t find anything today, be sure to take a look at our coverage of the best Bank Holiday sales

There are cheap iPads, discounted Nintendo Switch bundles, ridiculously low Fire TV Sticks and more. We'll keep adding them below as we find them.

There are some minor caveats to consider with today's ebay voucher code, but nothing to stop you saving some big bucks on a range of electronics from a huge selection of professional online merchants.

eBay voucher code of the week
  • Voucher code: PLUGIN15
  • Minimum spend: £20
  • Maximum discount: £60
  • Expires: 23:59 May 24th 
  • Uses: Once per UK customer
  • Where: eBay.co.uk

So where do you start? We've added some highlight deals and sections below to take you through a range of categories to give you a head start if you have something specific in mind. Quick tip, if you want to work out the discounted price before you go through the checkout process, fire up the calculator app on your phone and times the price by 0.85 to see the sum you'll pay. Don't forget though, the maximum discount would be £60 as per the terms of the eBay deal.

eBay deal highlights

We've got you covered with an extensive range of deal pages such as TV deals and cheap laptops. Nothing take your fancy? Check out our full range of deal pages to see if you can find the tech discount you've been waiting for. 

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Everything you always wanted to know about age verification but were afraid to ask

Latest Tech News - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 04:30

Beginning on July 15th, internet users in the UK will have to verify their age when viewing adult content online as part of the government’s upcoming Porn Block. The new legislation is designed to help protect children online by limiting their access to adult websites and content. However, adults that do wish to view mature content online will soon have to verify their age before doing so.

There are already several age verification systems set to be rolled out when the Porn Block comes into effect this summer. TechRadar Pro spoke with OCL’s CEO Serge Acker, who created the PortesCard, to find out how his anonymous, face-to-face age verification solution will work.

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Samsung Galaxy A70S rumored to include world’s first 64MP phone camera

Latest Tech News - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 21:17

Following a recent report that the Galaxy Note 10 may miss out on Samsung's highly anticipated 64MP phone-camera sensor, it's now looking like the South Korean electronics giant will debut its megapixel monster on a far less premium device.

According to Korean site ET News, Samsung is planning to bring the world's first 64MP phone camera to the Samsung Galaxy A70S handset – an upcoming mid-range phone which will likely be an upgrade to the just-released Galaxy A70.

That Samsung would choose a mid-range phone to debut its 64MP sensor is hardly surprising, though – Samsung CEO DJ Koh told CNBC last year that the company would "bring technology and differentiation points starting from the mid-end."

If the report does prove accurate, Samsung's Galaxy A70S could snatch the megapixel crown from current reigning champ Sony, which in 2018 debuted the IMX586 smartphone sporting a massive 48MP snapper.

ET News suggests the Samsung Galaxy A70S could launch during the second half of 2019, though there's currently no word on which specific territories the phone will be released in.

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MSI puts Intel Core i9 processors and Nvidia RTX GPUs into its Trident desktops

Latest Tech News - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 20:01

Computex 2019 is right around the corner, and besides massive announcements like the expected release of AMD's Ryzen 3000 CPUs and Navi graphics cards, plenty of other companies have kit to show. MSI is one of them, as it has upgraded its small form-factor gaming PC, the MSI Trident X, with new internals from Nvidia and Intel.

The new MSI Trident X Plus comes alongside upgraded models of two MSI laptops, the GE65 Raider and GT76 Titan. 

The new Trident model will feature Intel's 9th-Generation Core i9 processor (CPU) and Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics for the best gaming performance, and that's all going into a 10-liter case.

MSI claims this makes the new Trident X Plus the smallest gaming desktop in the world powered by a 9th-Gen Core i9 processor. To keep all those components cool despite their close proximity, the Trident X Plus is designed with MSI's Silent Storm Cooling 3 technology, which separates the CPU, graphics and power supply to have their own distinct channels for airflow. 

The previous generation of the Trident X proved to be one of the best gaming PCs, so the new model could have a strong shot at ranking. We'll have a better idea of just that once MSI releases the pricing and availability information for this bad boy.

Other peripherals for pairing

A gaming desktop is only as good as the peripherals you use it with, and MSI has a whole suite of them to pair with its latest computers.

The company has new keyboards and mice coming, but we haven't found the company to offer the best gaming keyboards or best gaming mice in the past. However, it also has a few new monitors on offer, and an earlier MSI Optix monitor ranked among our best gaming monitors.

MSI has a new Optix 4K monitor with a 31.5-inch, curved display. It's positioned as a small TV replacement with FreeSync and sub-10ms input lag. There's also the super-fast Oculus NXG25R monitor with a Full HD display that boasts a 240Hz refresh rate and a 0.5ms response time.

At the more premium end, MSI also has the new Optix MPG341CQR monitor with a wide, curved 3,440 x 1,440 display boasting a 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms of input lag for smooth gaming. It also has a 21:9 aspect ratio for a cinematic experience that's furthered along by support for HDR with HDR 400 (we presume this is VESA's DisplayHDR 400 certification).

MSI is rounding out its offerings with two new series of PC cases as well. Again, pricing and availability information is not yet available, something we hope to glean from MSI while on the show floor in Taipei.

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MSI amps up laptops with 9th-Gen Intel Core i9 processors, Nvidia RTX graphics

Latest Tech News - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 20:00

Computex 2019 is almost here, and with it will come a couple of new gaming laptops from MSI bringing the latest in high performance silicon from Intel and Nvidia. 

MSI has unveiled the new hardware in a press release ahead of the show in Taipei, where both will be on display from May 28th to June 1. The new laptops are upgrades to existing lines, with the MSI GE65 Raider stepping up in the thin and light gaming laptop space, while the MSI GT76 Titan upgrades the previous GT75 Titan's parts.

While MSI has selected these two new gaming laptops to highlight, it may have even more in store. It will also be showcasing major updates to its productivity-focused Prestige series.

It's what's on the inside that counts here

The 17-inch MSI GT76 Titan is coming in hot, but MSI has a new cooling solution to tame the 8-core/16-thread Intel Core i9 processor inside – even as it overclocks to 5.0GHz. The MSI Cooler Boost Titan system will include 11 heat pipes and four fans for serious airflow that should keep the Intel Core i9 and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 graphics running smoothly no matter what game you're playing.

Meanwhile, the MSI GE65 Raider is keeping things more discrete, with a svelte design compared to its larger sibling. But, it's still aimed at smooth gaming with a 9th-Gen Intel Core i9 processor, GeForce RTX graphics, and a 15-inch, 240Hz IPS display for fluid visuals.

Unfortunately, MSI has not yet revealed pricing and availability details for either of these laptops. We hope to get more information on this during Computex while on the ground.

We'll be keeping a lookout for these laptops when they launch, so we can test them and see how they fair against the best gaming laptops. Considering that the GT75 Titan is already ranked highly, their odds may be good.

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Dolby and Universal Music Group are releasing thousands of songs in Dolby Atmos

Latest Tech News - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 18:36

Dolby and Universal Music Group announced today that the pair will release ‘thousands of songs’ from the music label in the Dolby Atmos Music format. 

The new, remastered versions of these songs will include “a diverse list of artists across a wide range of genres, from hip-hop, pop, and rock through jazz and classical music”. In an email to TechRadar, a Dolby representative explicitly mentioned “What’s Goin On” by Marvin Gaye, “7th heaven” by Beck, “Drive” by R.E.M. and “Mama said Knock You Out” by LL Cool J.

Dolby Atmos, for those who might not be familiar with the technology, is like super-powered surround sound that doesn’t just use two-channels (stereo), five-channels (surround) or seven-channels of audio, but rather any number of channels that the audio editor chooses. Each channel, in this case, can be an instrument or sound effect, layering the effects to create a 360-degree sound sphere. 

According to Michael Frey, UMG’s President of Operations, the reasoning behind the remastering is to allow artists to “share their music directly as intended and created in the studio. Dolby Atmos Music gives artists the power and creative freedom to express their story like never before.”

The Dolby representative we spoke to didn’t give the exact timing of when the songs would be available to listen to, but said that the companies will have more information about the partnership soon. 

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AMD Navi RX 3080 specs leak ahead of Computex 2019

Latest Tech News - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 16:35

Information on AMD Navi graphics cards keeps leaking out, and this time the specs for the AMD RX 3080 have been spotted online ahead of Computex 2019.

This leak comes via renowned leaker KOMACHI, and while the tweet was deleted, it was spotted by Wccftech. Despite the remarkably similar name, it doesn't look like the AMD Navi RX 3080 will go up against something like the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080


Instead, with its rumored 2,560 stream processors and 8GB of VRAM on a 256-bit bus, it looks like it will take on RTX 2070 instead – something that recent leaks back up. We've heard for a while now that the first round of AMD Navi graphics cards – known simply as 'Navi 10' – would occupy the mid-range, rather than competing with Nvidia's flagship RTX 2080 Ti.

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It's all coming together, now

Because Computex 2019 is right around the corner, there's been a wave of speculation and leaks about AMD Navi, and it's all starting to come together. 

We already know that the next-generation mid-range graphics cards from Team Red are coming in Q3 2019, and it's rumored that Nvidia is gearing up to compete. It hasn't been confirmed to appear at Computex, but just a couple days ago we heard a rumor that these new GPUs would be on sale by July 7

Add that to all the leaked benchmarks, and we're pretty confident that at least some of the rumors are true. And, if Nvidia's recent 'Super' tease is any indication, Team Green is getting ready for something big to drop. 

It's going to be interesting to see if these rumored new AMD Navi GPUs are going to be able to compete in the mid-range, as that's where the real AMD vs Nvidia smackdown typically occurs. The flagships of the world get the headlines, but the mid-range is where people usually spend their cash. 

We just want to see if AMD can provide better value for the money at that $499 price tag with the Navi RX 3080 than Nvidia offers with the RTX 2070. But at least we don't have to wait too much longer until Computex 2019 to learn fact from fiction.


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AMD is front and center in Acer's latest Nitro 5 and Swift 3 notebooks

Latest Tech News - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 14:23

AMD may not have the strongest footing in the mobile computing space, with most (currently all) of the best laptops and best gaming laptops powered by Intel processors (CPUs) and Nvidia graphics processors (GPUs). But, Acer has turned to AMD to power its latest Nitro 5 gaming laptop and thin-and-light Swift 3 notebook.

AMD has seen its processor sales ramp up, thanks to the introduction of its Ryzen line. Naturally, the company has been going full steam ahead on Ryzen. 

While AMD's mobile CPUs have lagged behind its desktop counterparts, launching later than the desktop components, they may be on the rise.

The Nitro 5 design remains unchanged, however, it appears. (Image Credit: Acer)

Helpful inclusions

The inclusion of 2nd Generation Ryzen mobile processors in the new Nitro 5 gaming laptop can give the component a stronger foothold in the mid-tier gaming market, especially as the Nitro 5 is already a value option that lines up well with Ryzen's placement as a value alternative to Intel CPUs.

AMD Ryzen CPUs in the Acer Swift 3 may be an even bigger deal. The last iteration of the thin-and-light laptop running on Intel is already one of our top picks for laptops thanks to its budget value and strong performance for the price.

The new Acer Swift 3 will offer up to a Ryzen 7 3700U quad-core processor. That can come with integrated Vega 10 graphics that outclass the prior Swift 3's Intel HD Graphics 620 option, according to UserBenchmark scores. But, the Swift 3 will also get the option of dedicated Radeon 540X graphics for an even bigger performance boost.

Since AMD's components are generally more affordable than Intel's, Acer looks to be upping the premium features as well. For example, the new Swift 3 will have thinner bezels around its 14-inch display than the previous model. The Nitro 5 is getting thinner bezels, too.

Acer is unfortunately not yet talking pricing or availability for these products in any of the regions that TechRadar covers.

This could be a win-win for Acer and AMD. Acer is likely getting to improve the Nitro 5 and Swift 3 designs without increasing price, and AMD will get to show up in machines that have a strong shot at being popular. Acer laptops currently hold the top four spots on Amazon's best sellers list for laptops.

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Google Assistant just got smart enough to track the New York City subway

Latest Tech News - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 14:13

Google Assistant and Google Pay are making navigating New York City a little easier this month thanks to new subway and bus integrations with the city's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

Starting today, millions of NYC residents and tourists can ask Google Assistant when the next subway and bus is coming. We tried it out and have some thoughts below.

And, starting May 31, Google notes that the MTA will launch its contactless payment system, OMNY (short for One Metro New York), at certain bus and metro stations. This will let users skip the time-consuming MetroCard kiosk by swiping their device instead.

Google Maps will play a part, too, letting you know which accept stations accept Google Pay in addition to offering the usual real-time tracking of trains and buses.

We tested it out already

We just asked our Google Home speaker, "Okay, Google, when is the next 7 train coming." It told us the wait time for the next two trains in each direction.

That's infinitely more helpful when you're getting ready in the morning or running out the door for work, which should make a long New York City commute a little easier.

While this helpful Google Assistant assist launched today, we have to wait until May 31 to test out the contactless Google Pay portion of today's announcement.

Even when it does launch, it won't immediately cover the whole MTA network, and it's really designed for one-off pay-per-ride commuters. Select subway stations and  Staten Island buses will get the contactless receivers first in a pilot program.

The initial subway stations on the list are on the 4-5-6 lines between Grand Central and Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center. We plan to be first in line to test it out anyway.

Global expansion and feature expansion

New York City is joining a list of over 30 cities getting similar features, including London, Singapore, and Moscow. Not all those cities are outside the US, as New York City will be joining Chicago (the first 5G city in the US) and other locales.

All of this goes a little further toward cementing Google's position as an all-in-one solution for getting around. Beyond driving, walking, and cycling directions, Google has also included details on ride sharing services and is even working on a feature to locate Lime electric bikes and scooters

Being able to use Google Assistant know when trains are coming, and then to pay with Google Pay, just further rounds out the package the search giant has on offer.

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Instagram website was leaking user details for months

Latest Tech News - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 14:10

A security researcher has revealed that Instagram's website leaked user contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, over a period of at least four months.

Data scientist and business consultant David Stier discovered that the source code for some of the social network's user profiles included the account holder's contact information whenever it loaded in a web browser. He notified Instagram regarding the issue shortly after he discovered it earlier this year.

The desktop version of the Instagram's website did now show user's contact information in their profiles but it was used by the photo-sharing site's app for communication.

According to Stier, the contact information for thousands of accounts was exposed and private individuals including some minors as well as businesses were affected. Cybercriminals could have easily scraped this data from Instagram's website to create an index filled with the contact details of thousands of the service's users.

Leaked contact information

Facebook said that it was investigating the issue this week but did not provide further details into its findings. 

This isn't the first time that data from Instagram was leaked online and the company is also investigating a database filled with user information left unsecured by a marketing company called Chtrbox.

Stier found evidence that user's phone numbers and emails had been in Instagram's source code since at least October by examining archived versions of Instagram profiles. He first reported the issue to the company in February and it was fixed in march.

Unfortunately, the contact information is still available on the Instagram app from users who opted into letting others contact them through the app. This is a bit better than including this sensitive data in the site's source code but not by much as hackers could use social engineering to obtain this information for themselves.

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Nvidia teases something 'super' for GeForce graphics cards

Latest Tech News - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 13:51

Nvidia already launched its Turing graphics lineup over the last eight months or so, but it looks like something new and 'super' is on the way.

Ahead of Computex 2019, it looks like Nvidia has a new graphics card in store, likely something that will compete with the AMD Navi cards rumored to be revealed next week. 

This comes by way of a cryptic video that appeared seemingly out of nowhere today. It's just a few seconds long, but Nvidia is certainly trying to build up the hype.

But, what is it? The video doesn't drop any hints this time around – instead it just looks like a closeup on an engraving of a 'Super' logo, in the same style as what the Nvidia RTX Founders Edition cards feature. So, is this a new graphics card – it's on the GeForce YouTube channel, so we know it's a gaming product.

This is just speculation, but it could be Nvidia teasing 'super' variations of its existing RTX lineup, said to feature faster VRAM to better compete with AMD's Navi cards. Nvidia Turing Founders Edition cards already get hot under load, so we might see improved coolers on any overclocked parts.

Either way, Computex is quite literally around the corner at the time of writing, so we're sure we'll find out what this 'Super' graphics card is during the show.

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Nintendo at E3 2019: what we want to see from the special Nintendo Direct video

Latest Tech News - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 13:28

Nintendo will be at E3 2019, once again opting to host a special Nintendo Direct E3 livestream rather than holding a live press conference.

Last year saw Nintendo dropping big announcements, such as the official reveal of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Super Mario Party, alongside news that Fortnite was coming to the Nintendo Switch. And we're expecting the House of Mario to have a bigger and better livestream at E3 2019.

So what are we expecting? Mainly, we're hoping Nintendo will offer more solid details on titles which have already been announced such as Pokémon Sword and Shield, Link's Awakening Remake and Luigi's Mansion 3 - not to mention Animal Crossing on the Switch

But we're also hoping there's a few unannounced titles on the way too, third- and first-party alike. If we're being really optimistic, there could even be news about the new Nintendo Switch – but it's not super likely given the lack of concrete rumors.

Nintendo's livestream usually lasts between 45 minutes and an hour, but that's not much time to cram our entire wishlist in. So we've gathered together a list of the things we would most like to see from Nintendo at E3 2019.

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Pokémon Sword and Shield

Pokémon Sword and Shield (Image credit: Nintendo)

Nintendo has already announced that Pokémon Sword and Shield will be hitting the Nintendo Switch in late 2019, with the next generation of Pokémon games seeing players traversing the brand new region of Galar (based on Britain). 

While we already know the new core Pokémon games will bring with them fresh Pokémon to train, we don't know much about these outside of the starter options. We also don't know much about the game's new features (or which will be making a return) or how Sword and Shield will differ, if at all.

Therefore, we're hoping Nintendo will fill in all these details during E3 2019, including providing us with a firm release date for the games.

Animal Crossing on Nintendo Switch

Animal Crossing (Image credit: Nintendo)

Nintendo has remained pretty tight-lipped since announcing last year that Animal Crossing will be coming to Nintendo Switch sometime in 2019.  

While we did get a lovely trailer to accompany the announcement, it didn't actually give any details of new gameplay mechanics, or even which characters would return from previous games.

Now that we're halfway into 2019, we think it's about time that Nintendo spilled the beans on Animal Crossing on Nintendo Switch – and it probably will. We're expecting Nintendo Direct at E3 2019 to offer a heap of details about the upcoming Animal crossing game, as well as a firm release date for the highly-anticipated title.

Link's Awakening Remake

Link's Awakening Remake (Image credit: Nintendo)

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening remake was announced during a Nintendo Direct earlier this year. Nintendo revealed we'll see the remake of the 1993 GameBoy classic on Nintendo Switch in late 2019 but, once again, didn't confirm a solid release date. 

Apart from dropping an announcement trailer (that sees Link and friend's rejigged into 3D), Nintendo didn't give any more details about the remake. What will be the same? What will be different? We don't know yet, but we're hoping Nintendo will use E3 2019 to reveal all the juicy details.

Luigi's Mansion 3

Luigi's Mansion (Image credit: Nintendo)

Luigi just doesn't learn his lesson when it comes to haunted houses – and we're very glad. Nintendo announced last year that Luigi's Mansion 3 will be hitting the Nintendo Switch in 2019. 

No solid details about the spooky new installation of Luigi’s flagship franchise have been released as of yet. However the announcement trailer showed Luigi creeping through a haunted mansion with ghosts bursting out from behind cleaning supplies as he battles them with his trusty new Poltergust G-00.

Much like with Pokémon Sword and Shield and Link's Awakening, we're expecting Nintendo to confirm the release date for Luigi's Mansion 3 at E3 2019 as well as offering up a few more details about what we can expect from the long-awaited sequel. 

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Image credit: Nintendo)

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was revealed at last year's E3, taking up the majority of the Nintendo Direct livestream. Following a successful launch in December last year, Nintendo is now focusing on DLC for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

We've already seen Piranha Plant and Persona's Joker added to Smash's roster as part of DLC, but who is next on the cards? We're pretty in the dark about which character will join Smash's lineup yet, but we're expecting Nintendo to shed some light on this at E3 2019. 

While we're hoping for Doom's Doomslayer, Banjo Kazooie and Crash Bandicoot, we're not holding out hope...

More third-party games

L.A. Noire (Image credit: Team Bondi)

More and more third party games are emerging on Nintendo's hybrid console, and we're expecting even more to be on the way. This will likely be in the form of some indie favorites, AAA titles and even newly announced games fresh from E3 2019. 

Skyrim and LA Noire were examples of ports done right, making last-generation games feel fresh thanks to some interesting Switch control integration and the sheer novelty of playing them on the go. We'd like to see some more beloved games make their way to Switch this year – a Grand Theft Auto title seems to be a popular request that we can get on board with.

Nintendo Switch 2?

Nintendo Switch (Image credit: TechRadar)

Color us optimistic, but we're hoping Nintendo will announce the new Nintendo Switch at E3 2019. It is very, very unlikely but we can always hope. 

New Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch 2, Switch Pro, Switch Mini, or a pair of new Switch consoles – whatever the new handheld from Nintendo is called, there's going to be at least one other Switch model coming down the line at some point soon. Not necessarily at E3 2019, but maybe. 

Mostly all we have to go on at the moment is rumors but, with the PS5 and next Xbox on the horizon, a Nintendo Switch 2 announcement at E3 could really steal this year's show - and Nintendo is pretty good at surprise announcements...

Metroid Prime 4

Metroid Prime 4 (Image credit: Nintendo)

Metroid Prime 4 has had a rocky development road since it was announced back at E3 2017 with a logo and little else. A brand new Metroid Prime title for the Switch got fans hyped, but they were disappointed to find out Metroid Prime 4 is even further away than initially expected as Nintendo scrapped the project and decided to start again with the help of developer Retro Studios. 

We've not heard anything about Metroid Prime 4 since then, so we're expecting Nintendo to provide a development update during its Nintendo Direct at E3 2019 – even if it's just a short one. 

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Only one in ten NHS Trusts are fully digitized

Latest Tech News - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 12:59

The UK government is aiming for a Paperless NHS by 2020 but new research from OpenText has revealed that many NHS Trusts are falling behind with only one in ten (12%) being fully digitized.

The company obtained this new data by issuing a Freedom of Information (FoI) request to 74 NHS Trusts across the UK, thought only 52 responded.

Back in January, the UK government announced its new NHS Long Term Plan with the intention of addressing the healthcare system's lack of interoperability in hopes to improve the quality of patient care and healthcare outcomes in the UK. Under the plan, all secondary healthcare providers are required to transition to digital records by 2023 to ensure that clinicians can access and interact with patient records and care plans no matter where they are.

However, the new data obtained by OpenText shows there is still progress to be made with just 37 percent of responding Trusts stating that over half of their patient records have been digitized. Surprisingly, only 23 percent of NHS Trusts confirmed that 76-99 percent of their patient records, including scans, letters, notes and results, are currently digitized.

Digitizing patient records

Under the FoI request, respondents were asked to confirm the number of paper-based patient records they collected in Q4 2018. Of the 52 NHS Trusts surveyed, 69 percent were unable to provide an answer to this question and only 16 Trusts (31%) were able to provide this information. During Q4 2018, these NHS Trusts alone created over 1.7m paper-based records.

However, the majority (62%) of these Trusts, do have plans to digitize all patient records with 12 percent already fully digitized and a further 21 percent aim to become fully digitized within the next one to two years.

Additionally one in five (21%) Trusts plan to become paperless within the next three to four years in accordance with the new government guidelines.

Head of UK public sector at OpenText, Tracey Lethbridge explained how a one patient, one record environment can help NHS Trusts manage digital patient data, saying:

“With new Government guidelines in place, the ultimate goal is to empower healthcare organisations to evolve working practices and provide better patient care whilst reducing costs. One way to achieve this is to take a digital approach to information management. Through the creation of a “one patient, one record” environment, NHS clinicians can easily access the necessary information – regardless of where it is and in what form – to more effectively commission and monitor services that reflect the needs of patients. Ultimately, accurate and timely patient data is at the heart of delivering quality care and will ensure all front-line care staff can access this information where and when it is needed, boosting their productivity and enabling them to help more patients, more quickly.”

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Apple Watch sale: Walmart has the Apple Watch 3 back down to $199

Latest Tech News - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 12:56

Memorial Day sales are officially here, and Walmart has discounted a variety of best-selling tech items. A standout deal from the sale event is the Apple Watch 3 that's currently on sale for $199. That's an $80 discount and the lowest price we've seen for the Apple smartwatch.

The Series 3 is a health-focused smartwatch that also functions like an iPhone. The Apple Watch tracks calories and activities and measures workouts like running and yoga to help meet your fitness goals. The waterproof watch includes GPS technology so you can also track how far you've gone and monitor progress made. The smartwatch offers heart rate monitoring and will notify you when an unusually high or low heart rate is detected. The Apple Watch also lets you stay connected with the ability to make calls, send messages, and receive notifications.

Like we mentioned above, this is the lowest price we've seen for the Series 3 watch and a fantastic deal if you've wanted to snag an Apple smartwatch. The Apple Watch 4 is also currently on sale for $350, which makes the $199 price tag on the Series 3 extremely attractive. 

If you're interested in Apple's latest smartwatch, Amazon has the Apple Watch 4 on sale for $349. The Series 4 watch offers an upgraded design and additional health features such as built in ECG, fall detection and emergency SOS.

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Interested in other smartwatches? We also have the best cheap Fitbit sale prices and deals that are happening now. 

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Xbox at E3 2019: what we want to see from Microsoft's big keynote conference

Latest Tech News - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 11:52

It's shaping up to be a big E3 for Microsoft. With Sony skipping this year's event entirely, Microsoft's Xbox E3 2019 conference has the chance to steal the whole show. And it looks like that could be the case, with rumors circulating that E3 2019 will finally be the year that Microsoft unveils the next Xbox console (or consoles plural as the case may be). 

We're expecting Microsoft to go full force with hardware this year, revealing details of the next-generation Xbox along with any games we can expect to see on the upcoming console. Despite this potential focus on hardware, we're expecting Microsoft to have some software exclusives up its sleeve too at this year's Xbox show.

We're also hoping to see more about what Microsoft has been working on with its newly-acquired studios, which include the likes of Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice developer Ninja Theory and Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian Entertainment. 

So, without further ado, we've put together a list of everything we're hoping to see from Microsoft at this year's Xbox E3 2019 conference.

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Next-generation Xbox console (or consoles)

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Could E3 2019 finally be the year Microsoft unveil the next generation of Xbox consoles? We think so. For a long time a new Xbox seemed like a dream, but now Microsoft has confirmed a next-generation Xbox is in development – and rumors suggest there's more than one console in the works. 

The official story started last year when Xbox Chief Phil Spencer told the thousands of attendees at E3 2018 that the console (or perhaps series of consoles) is in development: "our hardware team is deep into developing the next generation of Xbox consoles, where we will once again deliver on our commitment to set the benchmark for console gaming." 

Since Spencer's announcement details have slowly bubbled up all around the net on the purported system. First we got a codename for the collection – Xbox Scarlett – and now we've heard rumblings of the first games to be designed for the next-gen Xbox: The Elder Scrolls 6, Cyberpunk 2077 and Halo Infinite.

There's even been a leak of the alleged specs of two upcoming next-generation consoles (codenamed Anaconda and Lockhart). What's more, this same report claims these consoles will be announced at E3 2019, with a release date rumored for 2020. 

While we are taking these rumors with a pinch of salt, we do expect Microsoft will unveil at least one next-generation Xbox console at E3 2019 – and we can't wait.

Project xCloud

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It's likely we'll hear more about Microsoft's Project xCloud streaming service. Project xCloud was announced by Microsoft at E3 2018 but we haven't heard much about the streaming service since. 

What we do know is that Project xCloud promises to let you play big-name games on whatever device you want, whenever you want.

Project xCloud will leverage Microsoft’s existing data centers across the globe, literally loading up servers with the component parts of multiple Xbox One consoles, and using these to run the games streamed directly to your mobile device of choice.

The end result will be that gamers will be able to play the likes of Halo, Forza and other classic console and PC big hitters on their phones or tablets.

You’ll be able to use an Xbox controller hooked up to your mobile via Bluetooth, or if you want to dispense with that, Microsoft is promising touch controls that will work just fine as an alternative.

E3 2019 would be a great time for Microsoft to reveal more details on Project xCloud, including when we can expect a release, especially given that Google has announced the Stadia and Sony's cloud gaming plans have leaked

George R.R. Martin and FromSoftware's unannounced title

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According to a report by Gematsu, FromSoftware is working on a new project in collaboration with George R.R. Martin – the author behind the fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire, which was the basis of the hugely-popular Game of Thrones TV series.

Gematsu's source claims the open-world title (known internally as “GR”) has been in development for the past three years and will be published by Bandai Namco. But when will this new title officially be revealed? According to Gematsu's source, the game will be officially announced at Microsoft’s E3 2019 press conference. 

According to an investigative report from Spawn Wave and Liam Robertson (via GamesRadar), George R.R. Martin and FromSoftware are working on an open-world RPG title (rumored to be called "Great Rune") which will explore Norse mythology and see the player on horseback.

Gematsu's report echoes these rumors and, in addition, Martin has confirmed in a blog post that he has "consulted on a videogame out of Japan".

While we don't expect the title to be a Microsoft exclusive (unless it's timed), we're hoping the rumors will come true and we'll get an official announcement during the Xbox E3 2019 keynote.

Halo Infinite

Halo Infinite (Image credit: Microsoft)

Microsoft finally announced the the next entry in the Master Chief saga at last year's E3. While we didn't get any solid details about Halo Infinite (apart from the teaser trailer) it looks like it'll be the sixth main entry in the Halo series. Well, we're hoping that's the case... 

We're also hoping that Microsoft will give us all the juicy details at E3 2019 - maybe alongside the next generation Xbox announcement? Halo Infinite looks likely to be a launch title for the next Xbox, so we aren't expecting a release until, at least next year.

Gears 5

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We waited with bated breath during Microsoft's E3 2018 Xbox conference for the announcement of Gears of War 5 - and Microsoft didn't disappoint. The company revealed that Gears 5 is in the works and even dropped an enticing announcement trailer. 

Gears 5 sees the series having its first female protagonist, Kait. Marcus Phoenix will still appear, but Kait will take the starring role as she takes her team on a personal mission which will continue on from the emotional ending of Gears of War 4. 

While we garnered quite a few details about the game's story, we didn't get much in the way of solid details about when we can expect to get our hands on Gears 5, what gameplay will look like or what new features we can expect.

These are all details we're hoping Microsoft will reveal during its E3 2019 keynote, including whether we will see Gears 5 as a launch title on the next Xbox.

Xbox VR

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This is mainly optimistic thinking on our part, but Microsoft seems to really be dragging its feet when it comes to VR, instead putting a lot of effort into the HoloLens 2 mixed reality headset.

The PlayStation VR continues to grow in strength, so we expect Microsoft will be much more active about developing and progressing VR technology for the next-generation Xbox. 

At E3 2018, we asked Xbox’s corporate vice president, Mike Ybarra, about Xbox's future VR plans.

“For us, we’re going to continue to invest on the Windows side where people are engaging," Ybarra told TechRadar, at the time. "Our MR devices work with Steam games now – I love what’s happening there – and in the living room there are still, in my opinion, challenges to be solved. But we’re looking at that and we’re listening to customers and fans, but our investment profile will remain on Windows for now.”

When asked for any details about who Microsoft might be talking with to bring VR to its consoles, Ybarra said that he couldn’t comment on that at this time but at no point was there an outright no to VR on consoles.

We're hoping Microsoft will unveil further VR plans at this year's E3 keynote, maybe to coincide with the announcement of the next Xbox? 

New exclusive

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Alongside the games we already know about, we're expecting Microsoft to have some brand new exclusives up its sleeve. This seems pretty likely, particularly because the company has been acquiring studios left, right and center, including Ninja Theory, Obsidian Entertainment, Playground Games and Compulsion Games (to name just a few). 

We're hoping this will result in some killer Xbox exclusives, especially as the collection on the Xbox One has been pretty sparse. Whether these titles will be current-generation, next-generation or cross-generation will likely be tailored by whether or not we see the next Xbox. 

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Uber launches ScUber: an underwater ride-hailing service

Latest Tech News - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 10:14

It was a pun waiting to happen – Uber has launched an underwater ride-hailing service named, naturally, ScUber.

ScUber is a partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland, and will take pairs of passengers for a trip to Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

You can book your trip through the regular Uber app, but unlike UberX, UberXL or UberBLACK, which are charged based on a flat fee, plus rates of charge and distance, a dip in the sub will set you back a flat fee of AU$1,500 (about $1,000, £800) per person. It takes two to dive, so that fee will be doubled for each sub.

That's pretty steep, but you'll be helping save the reef you're visiting; as part of the project, Uber is donating $100,000 to Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef to help preserve the delicate coral ecosystem.

Down under

ScUber won't be sticking around for long. You'll be able to hail a sub from Heron Island between May 27 and June 3, and from Agincourt Reef, off the coast of Port Douglas, between June 9 and June 18.

“We're looking forward to seeing how visitors to the Great Barrier Reef embrace this new form of movement and become advocates of the reef for years to come," said  Susan Anderson, regional general manager of Uber, Australia and New Zealand.

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Best compact camera 2019: 10 top compact cameras to suit all abilities

Latest Tech News - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 09:37

From simple snappers for beginners to high-end powerhouses, here are the best compact cameras you can buy right now. 

Compact cameras and the compact camera market have changed considerably over the last few years. Smartphones, with their ever-improving cameras, have decimated budget models and as a result camera manufacturers have concentrated on putting more advanced features into compact cameras to make them more attractive than ever before.

Compared to compact cameras of old, manufacturers are now tending to design models based around physically larger sensors than used to be the norm. The result of this change is that you're now going to get significantly better image quality than even the best smartphone. In some cases, the sensors in some high-end compact cameras can rival DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.  

The wide variety of different compact cameras means there's a wealth of choice out there to pretty much suit all photographic needs and budgets. 

There are small compact cameras that can slip in a pocket yet have huge zoom ranges, and large bridge cameras that look like DSLRs, but have a large, fixed zoom lens and lots of automated easy-to-use options (though don't expect DSLR-rivalling image quality). That's not forgetting waterproof options and high-end models that are a great alternative to a DSLR or mirrorless camera should you want something a bit more portable. 

If you need a bit more help figuring out what kind of camera you need, then your best place to start is by reading this article: What camera should I buy?

Otherwise, read on to find out our pick of the best compact cameras you can buy right now.

Before we take a look at our pick of the compact cameras out there today, we wanted to highlight a great value option. Sony's latest camera in its RX100 line, the RX100 VI, is one of our favourite compact cameras right now, but there's no getting away from the fact that it's a pricey option. The good news is that all of the previous generation models are still available at much more tempting prices. Sitting in the middle of this is the RX100 III and while it might not offer some of the latest features it's still a great compact at a bargain price. The large 1.0-inch sensor delivers excellent levels of detail, with the broad and fast range of the zoom lens making it a versatile travelling companion. There's also a built-in pop-up viewfinder and a tilting screen (though its not touch-sensitive). Take into account the sleek, premium finish and it all adds up to a great compact camera at a great price.

Best compact cameras in 2019

It may be one of the more expensive options here and it's not a compact for everyone, but if you're after a high-quality camera, you're not going to be disappointed with the fabulous X100F. Everything about it oozes class. Unlike a lot of compacts here, it has a fixed lens as opposed to a zoom, but this 35mm equivalent f/2.0 lens is paired with a DSLR-sized 24.3MP APS-C sensor that delivers cracking results. There's also the tactile external controls and clever hybrid viewfinder - you have the option of electronic and optical views make it a joy to shoot with. You'll need some photo knowledge to get the best from it, but the X100F is an exquisite camera that you'll cherish if you take the plunge.

Panasonic invented the travel-zoom camera genre - compact cameras that you can fit in a pocket but that have long zoom lenses built-in. Despite strong competition, the ZS range (known as TZ outside the US) has continued to dominate sales, and it looks set to continue this with the brilliant Lumix ZS200 (called TZ200 outside the US). As we first saw with the Lumix ZS100 / TZ100, Panasonic has been able to keep the camera body about the same size as earlier ZS-series cameras but squeeze a much larger 1-inch sensor into the camera to deliver much better image quality. The zoom lens isn't quite so extensive as some, but the versatile 15x zoom should be more than enough for most users, while you also get (an admittedly small) electronic viewfinder, 4K video and a great touchscreen interface. If you're looking for a neat all-in-one compact camera that delivers great images, this is it.  

If you're looking for a powerful all-in-one bridge camera, then the RX10 IV from Sony is the best there is. You'll pay a premium for that performance, but when you look at what else is out there for the same price, the RX10 IV is virtually in a league of its own. Featuring a huge 24-600mm f/2.4-4 zoom lens, the RX10 IV builds on the RX10 III with an overhauled AF system that now does justice to the rest of the camera, while the 1-inch, 20.1MP sensor is capable of achieving excellent levels of detail. Handling is very polished, feeling like a DSLR in the hand and complemented by a large and bright electronic viewfinder. That's not forgetting the ability to capture video in 4K and shoot at up to 24fps. Impressive stuff.

While there's now a decent selection of premium 1.0-inch sensor compact cameras to choose from, the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II sets itself apart thanks to its dinky proportions and streamlined controls. The highly pocketable dimensions do mean there are sacrifices to be made, with the PowerShot G9 X Mark II featuring a relatively short focal length zoom lens. However, if you're looking for a neat compact camera that can produce vastly superior images to your smartphone, and has decent connectivity options and simple-to-use controls, the PowerShot G9 X Mark II is an excellent choice.  

Compact cameras with sensors larger than 1-inch in size are typically limited to fixed-focal-length lenses, which is great for quality but less so for flexibility. But not the Panasonic LX100 II; it manages to marry a 17MP Four Thirds sensor – the same size as those found inside Panasonic's G-series mirrorless cameras – with a zoom lens equivalent to 24-75mm in 35mm terms, proving that sometimes you can get quality and flexibility at once. The original LX100 was something of a landmark camera for offering something similar, and this latest iteration takes the baton, with a nippy AF system, robust body, clear 4K videos and a useful electronic viewfinder among its highlights.

Sony's original RX100 was a landmark camera that fused a 1-inch sensor in a compact, metal body with the controls and image quality demanded by enthusiasts. The RX100 VI goes several steps further, though, with a 'stacked' sensor design for high-speed data capture. This means it can shoot 4K video, amazing 40x slow motion and still images at 24fps in continuous burst mode. That's not forgetting the neat little built-in electronic viewfinder that its rivals lack, while this sixth generation model now packs an impressive 24-200mm zoom lens. It's a pricey option and does have its quirks, but if you're looking for a versatile, pocket-sized compact with a quality zoom lens, you won't be disappointed. 

This trend towards bigger sensors shows up in the Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 (known as the FZ2500 in the US). Bridge cameras are very popular because they offer a colossal zoom range at a modest cost. To design a big zoom, though, the makers have to use a tiny sensor – and here Panasonic took the wise choice to sacrifice zoom range for better quality. The Panasonic FZ2000 uses a 1-inch sensor, and while the zoom tops out at 480mm equivalent, which is relatively short for a bridge camera, that's still plenty for all but the most extreme everyday use. We love the FZ2000 because it delivers both image quality and zoom range - if you're looking for something a bit cheaper, the older FZ1000 is still available.

Keen photographers usually go for a DSLR or mirrorless camera, but they also want something that will slip in a pocket for those days when the big camera needs to stay at home. Usually, that means putting up with a smaller sensor – but not this time. Somehow, Canon has shoehorned a DSLR-sized APS-C sensor into a compact camera body. There's also a built-in electronic viewfinder and refined touchscreen interface. The zoom range is a bit modest at 24-72mm, but there's nothing else quite like it. 

Waterproof down to 15m, the Tough TG-5 is also crushproof to 100kg and drop-proof from 2.1m. It can even be used in temperatures as low as -10°C. If you want a rugged, go-anywhere camera, this is it. Olympus has taken the unusual step of actually dropping the pixel count from 16MP on the TG-4 to 12MP on the TG-5 for a better high ISO performance. Add in raw file support and this makes image quality that bit better than its predecessor, while it can shoot 4K video at 30p or high speed footage at 120p in Full HD. Our pick of the waterproof bunch of compacts. The recently announced TG-6 offers a small scattering of benefits, although the TG-5 is still very much available and a camera we continue to rate if you need something as rugged as it is capable.

If you're wanting a compact camera that can do a better job than your smartphone the WX220 ticks a lot of boxes, especially when you consider the extra flexibility offered by the 10x optical zoom, running from 25-250mm. Images are bright and punchy, with decent detail – ideal for sharing online or printing at typical sizes – while it's nice to see Wi-Fi connectivity included as well. The 2.7-inch screen is a little on the small side, but that does help to keep the dimensions of the camera to a pocket-friendly size. The WX220 may not have lots of bells and whistles, but what it does do, it does well.

Also consider...

None of the above take your fancy? Got some cash to play with? Here are two further options.

The Q2 is a thing of beauty, and right now it's arguably the best compact camera around. It's not for everyone – not least because it costs a small fortune – but if you genuinely want the best compact you'll be hard pushed to find a finer one than the Q2. Leica hasn't compromised on the spec sheet, with the 47.3MP sensor producing masses of detail and keeping noise impressive low, while the 3.68 million dot electronic viewfinder is bright and sharp. Also bright and sharp is that 28mm f/1.7 lens, while 4K videos show plenty of detail. It's not the easiest to handle (although you can get an optional grip) and some may have preferred a tilting screen, but its build quality is near-faultless. If you're pining for such a camera in your life but can't quite find the funds, consider the previous Q1 model, which offers a slightly stripped-down feature set by comparison for a hell of a lot less.

We had mixed feelings when we came to review the GR III, but it still deserves a mention here. Why's that? Because, despite a few quirks, Ricoh managed to get a lot right, and it delivers something no other compact quite manages right now, namely the combination of an image-stabilized 24MP APS-C sensor inside a body that you can squeeze into your pocket. Other advantages include a high-performing lens, fast operation, a revamped menu system and understated styling to help keep you discreet when you're out shooting. The fixed 28mm-equivalent lens won't be to everyone's taste, and the battery life is also disappointing, but for those who need to travel light and take great images, this is a very capable alternative to an interchangeable-lens camera.

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PS5's 'incredibly powerful' backwards compatibility will let you play online with PS4 players

Latest Tech News - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 09:06

Rejoice PlayStation 4 owners! If you're not in a position to upgrade your PS4 to Sony's upcoming PlayStation 5, but still want to play online with your squad, then you're in luck. 

Sony has revealed that the PS5's "incredibly powerful" backwards compatibility feature will allow PS5 and PS4 players to play together online.

During a recent corporate strategy meeting, Sony explained how the PS5's backward compatibility feature will work – in particular, when it comes to multiplayer games.

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"Backwards compatibility, in a networked era, becomes something that is incredibly powerful," Sony CEO Jim Ryan explained (via GamesRadar). "Because the gaming community is somewhat tribal in its nature, backwards compatibility gives us the opportunity to migrate that community from PlayStation 4 to next gen using the ability to play the PS4 games they have on their next generation console – groups of 10, 20, 50 gamers. 

"So we see this, given the size of the community that we've been able to accumulate over all these years and hard work on PlayStation 4 as a really critical success factor for us. We think it's incredibly important."

Deputy president John Kodera went on to confirm that PS5 and PS4 players will be able to play online jointly, saying "cross-generation the community can enjoy the games together." 

What does this mean?

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This enhanced backwards compatibility feature means that even if you have a PS4 and your friend has a PS5, you'll be able to play online together.

Although, Sony hasn't revealed whether this backwards compatibility feature will only apply to specific games, such as Sony exclusives, or be available for all online mutiplayer games.

At the same presentation, Sony revealed the PS5 will offer "seamless" Remote Play cloud gaming and "dramatically improved graphics rendering".

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Amazon Alexa is rolling out to 2019 LG AI ThinQ TVs

Latest Tech News - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 08:49

LG has announced that it's rolling out Amazon Alexa support to its 2019 LG AI ThinQ TVs, which includes its range of LG UHD TVs, NanoCell TVs, and OLED TVs.

Amazon's voice assistant joins Google Assistant, which is already supported by LG TVs, meaning LG customers have more choice when it comes to controlling their TV with their voice.

According to LG, the update will be "implemented through the Alexa app", with US customers receiving the update this month. Customers in Europe and Asia can expect the update to roll out "in the weeks to come".

Flexibility for users

Having Alexa built-in to their TVs means that LG customers will be able to "ask Alexa questions, [and] access over 90,000 Alexa skills" without the need for an external Alexa device like the Amazon Echo

It also means your LG TV could become the center of your smart home, with the ability to control your Alexa-compatible smart gadgets by giving commands to your TV. 

If you usually start your day by watching a bit of TV, another useful feature of the Alexa-integration is the ability to use Alexa Routines with your TV. These are "series of actions such as providing traffic information, reporting the weather and listing the day’s agenda items", which are triggered simply by saying “Alexa, start my morning.”

LG's pioneering rollable OLED TV (Image credit: TechRadar)

Whether you use Alexa, Google Assistant, or a combination of both, contextual knowledge from the LG ThinQ AI assistant will also intelligently weave the assistants together, remembering previous commands so that you can talk in a more natural way to trigger previously or regularly used commands.

As well as Alexa integration, LG has announced that LG 2019 OLED and select NanoCell TVs "will receive AirPlay2 and HomeKit support via a mid-year update".

This means that if you have a 2019 ThinQ AI TV, you'll be able to "watch videos on the Apple TV app and other video apps as well as enjoy photos [and] music on compatible LG TV's connected to an Apple device".

The introduction of Apple HomeKit means that users will also be able to control these TVs by interacting with Siri or Apple's Home app, giving customers a range of options when it comes to using AI assistants with their TV.  

It's been a big year for LG, with the launch of the world's first rollable OLED television at CES 2019, the LG Signature Series OLED TV R.

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