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Huawei MateBook X Pro (2019) first look: MacBook Pro killer gets even better

Latest Tech News - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 08:30

During MWC 2019 in Barcelona, Spain, Huawei has pulled the curtain back on a brand new version of MateBook X Pro laptop with updated parts inside.

Essentially speaking, this update is a simple configuration refresh, with minor improvements to the laptop’s processor and graphics options as well as new Thunderbolt 3 support. It seems Huawei hopes to build on the critical acclaim its previous laptops have garnered by doubling down on its winning design.

Upon taking a close look at the Huawei MateBook X Pro, this isn’t the one to upgrade to if you already own last year’s model. However, newcomers will be impressed by Huawei’s knack for merging performance and panache.

Price and availability

For the new MateBook X Pro, Huawei isn’t yet discussing price, though the laptop will be available in the US this May, with a wider release to follow. While we don’t know exactly how much the laptop will cost, here’s what it will start with inside.

Huawei MateBook X Pro (2019) being unveiled at MWC 2019.

The entry level MateBook X Pro will include an 8th generation Intel Core i5-8265U processor with Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8GB of DDR3 memory and a 256GB SSD. If you want more power than that, then an Intel Core i7-8565U is available along with double the memory and storage as well as dedicated Nvidia MX 250 graphics.

Both MateBook X Pro options include the 13.9-inch, 3,000 x 2,000-pixel resolution touchscreen and fingerprint reader within the power button for biometric login via Windows Hello.

Design and display

This new version of the MateBook X Pro looks essentially identical to the 2018 model, which is no bad thing. The most glaring difference between the two models is that this one lacks the lotus flower logo, which Huawei appears to be moving away from entirely.

Huawei is selling the laptop in the same color options of “Mystic Silver” and “Space Gray,” and within the same aluminum frame measuring just 0.57 inches thin and weighing only 2.93 pounds as the previous version. That’s MacBook Air levels of portability.

Also like the MacBook Air, this model supports Thunderbolt 3 through one of its three USB-C ports, but it also offers a standard USB 3.0 port.

The MateBook X Pro uses the same super-sharp screen in 3:2 aspect ratio as before, producing 100% sRGB color with a 1,500:1 contrast ratio and 450-nit maximum brightness. Unsurprisingly, the display is gorgeous, with rich and vibrant color, and now supports a touch-based cut-and-paste tool made by Huawei.

We’re definitely impressed by the display’s massive 91% screen-to-body ratio, thanks to super thin bezels, but don’t necessarily think it was worth bringing back the webcam that hides beneath the keyboard. This decision is only going to turn away buyers that hold lots of video meetings.

Closing thoughts

The latest MateBook X Pro is just as impressive as the one that came before it, if not more so with increased power throughout. However, these updates are rather small, and therefore not going to be as keenly felt by upgraders from the previous model.

Without knowing how much Huawei intends to charge for the laptop, it’s difficult to pass even preemptive judgment on such a product. That said, while this version of the MateBook X Pro is more powerful than ever, we would have liked to see the laptop differentiate itself further from Huawei’s MateBook 13 or even 14.

  • MWC (Mobile World Congress) is the world's largest showcase for the mobile industry, stuffed full of the newest phones, tablets, wearables and more. TechRadar is reporting live from Barcelona all week to bring you the very latest from the show floor. Head to our dedicated MWC 2019 hub to see all the new releases, along with TechRadar's world-class analysis and buying advice about your next phone.

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Huawei MateBook 14 first look: MateBook X Pro power without the panache

Latest Tech News - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 08:30

Huawei took the opportunity at MWC 2019 to debut one of its stranger choices for a laptop, at least at first glance: the Huawei MateBook 14.

The MateBook 14 aims to serve as a single step beneath the X Pro for consumers that want the same amount of power without arguably superfluous features.

Just how much better of an alternative will this laptop be for the cash-strapped MateBook X Pro fan? That will be tough to tell without an official price yet, but it’s looking like an impressive laptop nevertheless.


Price and availability

Unfortunately, Huawei isn’t yet discussing price for the MateBook 14, though the laptop will be available in the US this May, with a wider release to follow. While we don’t know exactly how much the laptop will cost, here’s what it will start with inside.

The entry level MateBook 14 will include an 8th generation Intel Core i5-8265U processor with Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8GB of DDR3 memory and a 256GB SSD. For those that want more power, an Intel Core i7-8565U is available along with double the memory and storage as well as dedicated Nvidia MX 250 graphics.

Both MateBook 14 options include the 14-inch, 2,160 x 1,440-pixel resolution touchscreen and fingerprint reader within the power button for biometric login via Windows Hello.

If you’re wondering what makes this laptop any different from the MateBook X Pro, then that lies largely in the screen technology and the ports on hand.

Design and display

The funny thing about the Huawei MateBook 14 is that it doesn’t simply look like a much bigger MateBook 13, or a marginally bigger MateBook X Pro, but rather a fusion of the two. This version of Huawei’s laptop uses the more smoothed, two-piece aluminum frame build of the MateBook 13 but also includes the webcam hidden beneath the keyboard of the MateBook X Pro.

Like all of its laptops, Huawei is selling the MateBook 14 in both "Mystic Silver" and "Space Gray" varieties, and the MateBook 14 measures 0.63 inches thin and weighs 3.28 pounds. That makes this Huawei’s thickest and heaviest flagship machine yet, but not by much.

That extra vertical space allows the MateBook 14 room for a relative bevy of ports compared to the MateBook X Pro: one USB-C 3.1 port (charging), one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port and an HDMI port.

As for the display, Huawei has ensured that it’s just as color accurate as its leading laptop’s, at 100% of the sRGB gamut. However, in the spirit of a lower price, the screen isn’t nearly as sharp, at 2,160 x 1,440 pixels, and the display’s contrast ratio (1,000:1) and brightness (300 nits) are a bit lowered in comparison.

The touchscreen supports the same proprietary, touch-based cut-and-paste tool that the MateBook X Pro does, which could make sharing screen shots and other content a little easier. Huawei also went with a taller 3:2 aspect ratio for this display, naturally.

The display’s massive 90% screen-to-body ratio, thanks to super thin bezels, is certainly impressive. However, we would have much rather Huawei sacrificed this figure a bit for a webcam above the display, as with the MateBook 13. This decision is only going to turn away buyers that find themselves in lots of video meetings.

Closing thoughts

The Huawei MateBook 14 may look indistinguishable from the new MateBook X Pro at first glance, but a closer first look reveals some major differences. These differences could serve audiences that want the MateBook X Pro power profile – without the extra niceties – rather well.

However, the true appeal of the MateBook 14 will ultimately come down to its price. The appeal of this laptop rests almost solely on just how much cheaper it will end up being than Huawei’s absolute best laptop. Will the MateBook 14 become the thin-and-light to beat, or will we all just be better off splurging on a MateBook X Pro?

  • MWC (Mobile World Congress) is the world's largest showcase for the mobile industry, stuffed full of the newest phones, tablets, wearables and more. TechRadar is reporting live from Barcelona all week to bring you the very latest from the show floor. Head to our dedicated MWC 2019 hub to see all the new releases, along with TechRadar's world-class analysis and buying advice about your next phone.

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Three days with the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Latest Tech News - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 07:58

As good of a phone as the Samsung Galaxy S9 was, it was an iterative upgrade over the Galaxy S8 and was released in a year where Android phone makers such as Huawei pushed real hard on their flagship products- overtaking Samsung in many areas. 

Samsung knew that it had to come up with something special with the Galaxy S10- especially considering that it’s also the 10th anniversary edition of the phone.

While the Galaxy S10 doesn’t go on sale until the 8th of March, we’ve been using it as our daily driver for the last three days. You’ll have to wait for our full review to find out how it compares to other phones, but here’s what we think of it so far.

It starts with the screen

While there is plenty to love about the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, the one feature that will mesmerize you is the screen. At 6.4-inches and edge-to-edge with a punch hole for cameras, the Dynamic AMOLED panel is breathtakingly gorgeous.

The 1440 x 3040 resolution makes it plenty sharp as well but those are specs that you’ll likely see on other phones. What sets Samsung apart is the quality of the screen- there is nobody in the industry that makes as good of a display and it clearly shows on the Galaxy S10 Plus.

 Traditionally, Samsung sets the colors to pop but on the S10, the default is set to the toned down “Natural” mode which is well calibrated. You can still change the screen mode to “Vivid” if that’s what you prefer the colors to pop. 

Another improvement Samsung has made is that these new OLED panels emit 61 percent less blue light and that is something you only realize when you switch the night mode on and don't see a huge difference. 

Have you been working out?

Once you’re done marveling at the screen, you realize how thin and light the Galaxy 10 Plus is for a phone with a 6.4-inch display. Folks around the office wondered if this was the non-plus version of the phone when they initially picked it up.

We’re not quite sure how Samsung managed to keep the weight of the phone down to 175 grams but if feels really light in your hands. It also not as slippery as last year's model. 

While we still prefer the size and in-hand feel of the regular Galaxy S10, the Plus is definitely smaller and lighter than you’d expect.

Ultrasonic sensor - Supersonic experience

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is the first phone to use an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. Although it's not as fast as a capacitive sensor, it works much more reliably than optical fingerprint sensors. The only time we struggled with the ultrasonic sensor on the Galaxy S10 Plus was when we took it inside a pool.

 Also, you don’t have to worry about the blinding light in the dark that the current generation of in-screen optical fingerprint sensors use. 

Rocking performance

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus comes in two variants- the Snapdragon 855 for the US market and the Exynos 9820 for almost everywhere else in the world. We received the Exynos model for review which will also be the one that goes on sale in the Middle East.

The Exynos 9820 is an octa-core processor arranged in three clusters with four cores running at 1.95GHz, two cores at 2.31GHz and two more cores at 2.73GHz. Coupled with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, the Galaxy S10 Plus produced the highest Geekbench scores we’ve seen on an Android phone yet- 4473 for single-core and 10031 for multi-core.

It’s not just the benchmarks that the Galaxy S10 Plus is fast at- even everyday operations felt extremely zippy with apps launching and switching almost instantly. While we'll continue testing the speed, we won't be surprised if the Galaxy S10 takes the performance crown for Android phones.

Go wide or go home

With the Galaxy S10 line-up, Samsung has introduced a triple camera setup on its flagship phone. Like last year’s Galaxy S9, the primary camera is a 12MP sensor with a variable aperture while the secondary 12MP telephoto provides 2X optical zoom and bokeh effects. 

 What is new is the third sensor which is 16 MP at f/2.2 and 12mm for an ultrawide angle giving you good versatility when composing your images. Here are some sample shots from the Galaxy S10's camera in different lighting conditions. 

Samsung has introduced new scenes and AI capabilities on the Galaxy S10 bringing it more in line with the current generation of competing handsets. We’ll definitely be looking at the camera in greater detail in our full review.

More testing to be done

There are many more features on the Galaxy S10 Plus that need to be looked at in greater detail and require more time. For example, the S10 Plus is equipped with a massive 4,100mAh battery but that takes a few days to settle and measure. 

There’s also Wi-Fi 6 capabilities that aren’t present on any other phone and HDR10 video recording that will come with a software update. And last but not the least- the front cameras inside the punch hole. 

We’ll cover all of that in our upcoming review to see where the Galaxy S10 stands amongst other Android phones and whether it’s worth the price tag it’s asking for. But based on this quick look, we’re mighty impressed with what Samsung has done with the Galaxy S10.

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Chelsea vs Manchester City live stream: how to watch 2019 Carabao Cup final from anywhere

Latest Tech News - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 07:56

The final of English football's second cup has produced a top drawer final, with two of the country's finest clubs battling out the EFL Carabao Cup final. It's London against Manchester, and with our help you can get a Chelsea vs Manchester City live stream wherever you are.

Although the magic and mystery of a cup final means that predicting a winner is never easy, it's no surprise that the bookies have made Manchester City odds-on favourites for this one. They're in a rich vein of form, no less exemplified by a thundering 6-0 win a fortnight ago against...you guessed it, Chelsea.

So Chelsea will be seeking some serious revenge. But enigmatic manager Maurizio Sarri is under pressure at Stamford Bridge, failing to get his team to fire on all cylinders. Things aren't going at all well in the Premier League and the red side of Manchester dumped them out of the FA Cup on Monday. A bit of silverware could save Sarri some blushes - and his job.

Manchester City, on the other hand, breezed into the FA Cup quarter-final last weekend and their charge to the top of the league has been thrilling to watch. They thrashed Arsenal in the final of the EFL Cup 3-0 last year thanks to goals from Sergio Agüero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva, and Pep Guardiola's men will be confident of making it a fourth Carabao Cup win in six years.

So will it be Chelsea or Manchester City that gets to lift the trophy at Wembley today? Below we're going to talk you through the best ways to watch the EFL Cup action in the UK and the rest of the world so you can ensure you can easily live stream Chelsea vs Man City today.

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Further down the page we have details of catching the Carabao Cup Final in the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. All require some kind of subscription.

But if you've paid for that subscription but are outside the country this weekend, then you'll soon find your access geo-blocked when you try to watch. To stop feeling like you've wasted your money (and assuming it's within the services Ts&Cs), you could use a VPN to watch as if you were back at home.

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Best rugged smartphones of 2019: Waterproof, shockproof and more

Latest Tech News - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 07:30

If you're after a phone that can withstand the elements, or survive accidental drops and knocks, then our list of the best rugged smartphones in 2019 is here to help.

Not only are the best rugged smartphones money can buy water and dust proof, they also come in shock-resistant cases, which makes them ideal for working outdoors. If you're a fan of outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing and climbing, then these brilliant rugged smartphones are a great choice as well.

The best rugged smartphones will have undergone stringent IP68 tests to ensure that they meet military-specified standards for protection against vibration, shock, extreme temperatures, dust and water (albeit in controlled environments).

The best rugged smartphones will also offer extra features to distinguish themselves from the rest of the competition: some have infrared camera functionality, others have sound level meters and even VOC (volatile organic compound) detectors.

Finally, just bear in mind that while all ruggedized smartphones will be waterproof and dustproof (and therefore meet the IP68 specification), not all waterproof phones will be ruggedized.

So, read on to find out our top picks for the best rugged phones on the market right now.

The Cat S61 is, in our view, the best rugged smartphone money can buy in 2018. This is a brilliant flagship phone in its own right, and it's a significant improvement on its predecessor (the Cat S60) in almost every way. At 162 x 77 x 13mm with a weight of 259g, this is a substantial piece of kit, and one that feels reassuringly solid and robust. 

In fact, it features both MIL Spec 810G and IP69 certifications, meaning the phone is designed to endure even high pressure water jets which are common in many industries. There’s plenty of polycarbonate and rubber to absorb shock and protect the device from drops, and a metal frame to improve its overall structure. 

It also features handy tools not found elsewhere, such as an  indoor air quality sensor as well as a laser-assisted distance measurement tool, and it also comes with some decent smartphone specifications as well, including 4Gb RAM, a Snapdragon 630 SoC and a lovely 5.2-inch 1080p screen. It comes with Android 8.0 and will be kept updated with the latest versions of Google's operating system in the future.

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The AGM X3 is the third flagship rugged phone from the Chinese manufacturer, following on the X2, which is also listed in this best rugged smartphone guide. With the X3, AGM is looking to break into new markets outside of its native China. The company claims this is the most rugged smartphone on the market with IP68 certification, and not only is it tested to MIL-STD 810G standards, it's also noticeably lighter and thinner than many of its bulky competition.

Not only is it impressively rugged, but it's also packed with the kind of tech we'd expect to see in flagship phones from the likes of Apple and Samsung, including a top-of-the-range system-on-a-chip, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and bags of RAM.


Note: Gearbest is an online Chinese retailer, and while its quoted price includes delivery, it’s exclusive of any taxes that may be levied by HMRC or the courier companies on behalf of the vendor. If you want to buy tech from Chinese sites, we’d advise you read this first.

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We were promised that the Doogee S90 would be unlike any other rugged smartphone on the market, and to be fair, that's what we got, with a modular design that lets you build a handset that best suits your needs. This modular approach means the Doogee S90 is bulkier than many of its competitors, so bear that in mind.

However, in our tests the Doogee S90 performed brilliantly, racking up some of the best numbers we’ve seen in our benchmarks.  Doogee confirmed that the price of the S90 after Kickstarter will be $369.99 (£285). The gamepad and the wireless charger will cost $29.99 (£23) each while the battery will be available for $39.99 (£31), the intercom for $49.99 (£39) and the night vision camera for $59.99 (£46).  

  • If you're interested you can buy the Doogee S90 from its Kickstarter

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Blackview has a range of rugged IP68 certified Android phones available and they tend to be both tough and affordable, if a little light on features. This latest model, however, comes in at a considerably higher price point and it has all the bells and whistles including PTT (push-to-talk) for walkie-talkie style communication. 

In fact, you'd be hard pushed to find another rugged smartphone that offers anywhere near the amount of features – and battery life – that the Blackview BV9500 Pro does. It's solidly built, which does mean it's a heck of a bulky device, but what really makes the Blackview BV9500 Pro stand out above the rest of the rugged set is its comprehensive list of features that make it ideal for outdoor use. 

We tested out the AGM X1 earlier this year and found that it was mighty likable. The X2, which has been just released, promises to push the envelope even further with a complete upgrade to the internals. An upgraded Qualcomm processor now runs alongside 6GB of RAM. There’s a 16-megapixel camera at the front and a pair of 12-megapixel sensors at the back, surpassing even established models like the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Other than the boosted battery capacity (6000mAh) and 128GB of on-board storage, there’s also a VOC (volatile organic compound) detector, which makes this an incredibly useful smartphone for the right audience. It does support NFC and USB Type-C but offers no wireless charging and it supports only one 4G SIM.

The industrial, rugged look of the Doogee S60, and the fact that it uses a microUSB connector – not to mention the rather silly sounding name – might put off some potential buyers here. But if you can overlook these downsides, then this device has a lot to offer – and it’s half the price of the above AGM X2. 

The S60 packs a powerful punch, with a Gorilla Glass 5 glass overlay on the display, plus it offers dual SIMs plus dual standby, a 24W quick-charge charger, NFC and even wireless charging (but no wireless charger). It is crammed with sensors and tools as well, which will come in useful for handymen (and women): there’s a barometer, a gyroscope, a coulomb meter, a sound level meter and even a bubble level.

The Ulefone Armor 2 is one of a number of recently released rugged smartphones that offer significant upgrades over their predecessors at a very affordable price, far cheaper than either the S60 or the AGM X2. Somehow it still offers similar core components (a Mediatek Helio P25 octa-core CPU, 6GB of RAM and 64GB on-board storage).

The camera subsystem is the weakest of the three but nonetheless on par with other top-end non-ruggedized devices like the Samsung Galaxy S8 (note that the pixel count is only part of the equation when it comes to gauging the overall picture quality). This phone’s battery capacity is slightly under par and there’s no audio connector, so you will need to use a converter. Like the S60, it is bundled with a virtual toolkit that contains a few tools; but there’s no sound level monitor.

The Blackview BV7000 Pro is a balanced product aimed at a wider audience beyond the traditional builders and ruggedized verticals. In use, the phone proved to be a capable performer and didn’t stutter or run sluggishly during our brief encounter. The screen is gorgeous – even in broad daylight – and little additions like ‘smart somatosensory’ (which uses hand-waving to trigger events), the customizable notification light, or Parallel Space, which allows for apps to be cloned and used by multiple users, are great differentiators.

There’s no wireless charging or NFC, plus you’re still limited to 802.11n Wi-Fi. For now, though, the BV7000 Pro provides an interesting compromise if you want a mid-range model that doesn’t give away your trade, can take a few pictures in torrential rain, and doesn’t break the bank.

The Zebra TC75x brings mid-range smartphone performance to ruggedized devices, albeit with a hefty price tag. The handset does more than make up for its cost, though, thanks to an impressive build quality and an enterprise-level application suite (and support). It is far more expensive than the rest of the competition, but then again, this rugged phone’s features put it at the cutting-edge of what is usually a rather slow moving niche.

A number of challengers have appeared on the market (Cipherlab, Cat, Unitech) but a successful product requires more than just a cheap price tag. Motorola’s legacy lives on and the wealth of expertise that the TC75x packs puts the device in a league of its own, both in terms of price and overall features.

Also consider

Other noteworthy ruggedized smartphones available on the market are:

The Cat S60 is a good choice if you want to have access to a portable, feature-heavy and very handy infrared camera.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is ideal for those who want a branded ruggedized smartphone with the latest technology inside.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active is a smart move if you want the best value branded ruggedized smartphone.

The Homtom HT20 is the handset to go for if you want the absolute cheapest quality smartphone.

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Xiaomi Mi 9 and Samsung S10 5G will make you want to use wireless charging

Latest Tech News - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 07:13

Wireless charging has been a feature on flagship phones for years now. It first debuted on the Nexus 5 back in 2013, and since then manufacturers have toyed with the feature but we've yet to see major innovations in the space.

Whenever we ask the question to manufacturers who don't support wireless charging why the feature isn't included on its latest generation of devices, we're often greeted with the fact not many users think it's worthwhile.

That's then often backed up by research that says customers don't think the technology works fast enough. So what if a company has managed to find a way to make it faster?

That's what both the newly announced Xiaomi Mi 9 and Samsung Galaxy S10 5G are able to do.

25W fast wireless charging has just been announced on both of these phones, and Xiaomi claims it's latest flagship device can go from 0% to 100% in under an hour and a half.

Take last year's Xiaomi Mi 8 and website GTrusted found the phone would charge from zero all the way up to 100% in 110 minutes. So it's a big claimed improvement.

That test was conducted using old Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology, but that was a limitation of the charger included in the box. If you bought another charger, the phone was capable of Quick Charge 4.0 tech.

We don't have any stats for how fast it can charge with Quick Charge 4.0 charger, but if you're using the default charger in the box this newer phone is already capable of charging up wirelessly faster than last year's phone was with a cable.

Why use wires?

If that's the case - we haven't had the chance to test out Xiaomi's claim yet - then why wouldn't you just use wireless charging instead?

Samsung also announced last week that its top-end, super expensive Samsung Galaxy S10 5G would be supporting 25W fast wireless charging when it's on sale later in 2019, but it won't be that fast on other devices like the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus.

This may be the game changer that makes people adopt wireless charging properly. 

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It's helpful to just place your phone on a pad and not have to worry about plugging it in, but so far charging speed has meant wireless is more suitable to overnight use rather than quickly pumping your phone up at your desk when you're there for a spare half an hour.

The next hurdle will be wireless chargers supporting 25W tech. Many are already prepped for 25W compatible devices, but if you haven't upgraded your charging pad for a while or you've gone for a cheaper Qi compatible charger you may find it isn't capable of these higher speeds.

As time goes on, and - perhaps more importantly - other devices begin to support 25W, we're sure to see fast-charging wireless tech take over the phone market in the next few years.

What about Apple?

Apple could especially be a driver in the space considering how it has embraced wireless charging since the iPhone 8. 

Rumors at the moment suggest Apple AirPods 2 will support wireless charging and two-way wireless charging - like we've seen on the S10 range and Huawei Mate 20 Pro - may also come to the iPhone 11 family later this year, if rumors are to be believed.

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If the company is that dedicated to pushing ahead with wireless charging, it may be that Apple is also ready to embrace 25W fast-charging tech.

This may be the end for phone manufacturers saying wireless charging tech is too slow, but of course cost will be a major driver of whether it's on your next smartphone.

There's a reason it's debuting on the most expensive of Samsung's new S10 family, but it's a feature Xiaomi has managed to bring to a phone that only costs €449 (about $500, £390, AU$715).

Charging up the entirety of the Xiaomi Mi 9's 3300 battery is no mean feat in an hour and a half, so if Xiaomi can do that on a mid-range priced phone, why can't other flagship makers?

MWC (Mobile World Congress) is the world's largest showcase for the mobile industry, stuffed full of the newest phones, tablets, wearables and more. TechRadar is reporting live from Barcelona all week to bring you the very latest from the show floor. Head to our dedicated MWC 2019 hub to see all the new releases, along with TechRadar's world-class analysis and buying advice about your next phone. 

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Italy vs Ireland live stream: how to watch Six Nations 2019 rugby online from anywhere

Latest Tech News - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 06:50

It's the third round of the 2019 Six Nations and the opening favourites, Ireland, are set to tackle the outsiders, Italy. You can watch all the action that's expected from a game of this magnitude using this guide on how to enjoy the Six Nations from anywhere you happen to find yourself. Get an Italy vs Ireland live stream with these details.

The reigning Six Nations champions, Ireland, have so far managed to beat Scotland in their last game, 22–13, but unexpectedly lost their opening game against England 20–32. Italy, on the other hand, have both their games - 20–33 to Scotland and 15–26 to Wales. Italy's advantage this time is that this game against Ireland is on home turf in Rome - can they spring a huge upset?

Historically it doesn't look good for Italy as in the last 24 games the team has only claimed victory once against Ireland, at the 2013 Six Nations where they won 22–15. The Italy captain, 35-year-old Sergio Parisse, suffered a concussion in a club game and so will miss out on this clash with Ireland. 

Ireland will also be missing players in the form of Garry Ringrose who is suffering from a hamstring issue, Will Addison with a back complaint and Rhys Ruddock with hamstring pains. Ireland do now have Chris Farrell cleared after a knee-injury. Iain Henderson and Tadhg Beirne are also back on the squad.

You can catch all the excitement with an Italy vs Ireland lives stream using the handy guide below which helps you get in on the action from anywhere you are in the world.

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If you're outside your country of residence - whether that be the UK or anywhere else - and try to start streaming the rugby via your native broadcaster, you'll soon discover that you can't as it is location restricted. Fear not, the action is still within your reach. All you need to do is download and install a VPN to effectively trick your computer into thinking that it's back home. That way you can enjoy your home coverage (as long as you do so in compliance with the broadcaster's Ts&Cs) without delving into the dangers of an illegal stream.


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Samsung Galaxy Fold gets a much closer look in eerie music-less video

Latest Tech News - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 06:28

It's been a few days since the Samsung Galaxy Fold was made official, but the Samsung Newsroom has unveiled a (rather creepy) video that looks at the new phone in more detail.

The YouTube posting makes the phone seem far more desirable than it did on the stage, with an extra touch of gloss on top. What's clear though is that the 'snap' into the large-screen mode is rapid indeed, something that many prospective users might have worried about.

There's a demo of how the camera works, a close up of the hinge and a look at how wide-screen Instagram and video calling will function on the new Galaxy Fold.

Intriguingly there's nothing on the 'triple-app' mode that's coming on this device, but you go get to see wireless charging in action. 

(Full disclosure: there's a Galaxy smartwatch put on the back first, showing how the wireless charging begins. It's then replaced by a yellow pair of Galaxy Buds, and we at first thought this was a lemon. You know, to show what can't be charged.)

The creepiness comes in the lack of background music, which makes us wonder if this video went up a little early. But with so many foldable phones coming at MWC 2019, perhaps it's best that Samsung speedily pushes the virtues of its most innovative device in years - it doesn't want to get left behind if the competitors come up with something more appealing to consumers.

MWC (Mobile World Congress) is the world's largest showcase for the mobile industry, stuffed full of the newest phones, tablets, wearables and more. TechRadar is reporting live from Barcelona all week to bring you the very latest from the show floor. Head to our dedicated MWC 2019 hub to see all the new releases, along with TechRadar's world-class analysis and buying advice about your next phone. 

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Leaked images show off Microsoft's HoloLens 2 a few hours early

Latest Tech News - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 05:30

Microsoft has a launch event scheduled for later today in Barcelona at MWC 2019, and it's already dropped hints that a new HoloLens model is on the way. Well – spoiler alert – we now have some leaked images of the device via @WalkingCat on Twitter.

We don't learn too much about the HoloLens 2 aside from its looks, but you can see for yourself the thinner, lighter frame that's been rumored. It also looks like you'll be able to interact with holograms directly.

Another improvement over HoloLens 1 is expected to be a wider field of view and improvements in eye-tracking technology, both mentioned in patents filed by Microsoft while it's been working on the tech.

All should be revealed soon: the Microsoft MWC event is scheduled for 6pm in Barcelona, which is 5pm in London, 12pm in New York, 9am in San Francisco and 4am on Monday in Sydney. We will of course bring you all the news here.

MR, AR, VR...

The original HoloLens employs what Microsoft likes to call mixed reality – essentially advanced augmented reality (with computer graphics elements blended in with the real world) plus some virtual reality (complete self-contained digital worlds).

Microsoft usually uses the same MR term for the HoloLens and its Windows Mixed Reality headsets, even though the former is more AR and the latter is more VR.

The first HoloLens was announced way back in 2015 and eventually went on sale to developers in 2016. It's still available to commercial customers for a hefty fee of $5,000 (about £3,830).

Rumors of a cheaper follow-up have been swirling for a while, and it looks very much like the big reveal is almost here. Check back later for the full story from our team on the ground in Barcelona.

Via The Verge

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Xiaomi announces Mi 9 worldwide release date and price

Latest Tech News - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 05:19

After launching its Mi 9 flagship smartphone in China a week prior, Xiaomi has announced it will be coming to worldwide markets at its press conference at MWC 2019 in Barcelona.

The Mi 9 device, succeeding the Mi 8, has some pretty impressive features, including its powerful cameras, but it remains to be seen if the Mi 9 will help Xiaomi achieve its goal of finally breaking into Western markets.

Perhaps the most appealing aspect of the Mi 9 is its tri-lens rear setup, which consists of a 48MP main camera, 16MP ultra-wide and 12MP telephoto lens. These are joined by a 20MP selfie-cam, which seems surprisingly powerful for a front-facing snapper.

One novelty of the device is its curved back, as opposed to most handsets which have flat rears, which provides a unique feel as well as better protection for the phone 173g, 7,61mm phone. 

Faster wireless charging

The device's 3,300mAh battery is nothing particularly special compared to the rest of the market, but its 20W wireless charging seems rather useful (and speedy), particularly given that most devices have 15W wireless charging as standard currently.

The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, the latest processor that also powers some versions of the Samsung Galaxy S10 series. The Mi 9 also features Game Turbo mode, which when activated boosts performance and framerate while playing mobile games.

The Mi 9 will launch in three colors - 'Ocean Blue', 'Lavender Violet' (which looks red to us) and 'Piano Black'. The curved rear of the device causes a rainbox effect, according to Xiaomi, giving it a funky look.

You can pre-order the Mi 9 immediately - from Spain and Italy, where it'll release on February 28. We don't know the release date elsewhere, other than a cryptic "very soon" from Xiaomi, but will keep you updated when we find out.

The device starts at  €449 (converts to around $500, £390, AU$715) for the 64GB memory device and costs €499 (roughly $550, £430, AU$800) if you want 128GB internal storage.  We currently only know the prices in Euros, so the final cost in other currencies may be different upon release.

MWC (Mobile World Congress) is the world's largest showcase for the mobile industry, stuffed full of the newest phones, tablets, wearables and more. TechRadar is reporting live from Barcelona all week to bring you the very latest from the show floor. Head to our dedicated MWC 2019 hub to see all the new releases, along with TechRadar's world-class analysis and buying advice about your next phone. 

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G may be your first 5G-ready phone

Latest Tech News - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 05:07

Xiaomi has just unveiled its first 5G smartphone at MWC 2019 and it's a reworking of its current flagship, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3.

Unlike the standard Mi Mix 3, the new version will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset inside to allow access to 5G internet. 

That's the top-end chipset we're seeing in a variety of flagship phones, including versions of the Galaxy S10.

It's set to support Three's forthcoming 5G network in the UK as well as Orange in wider European markets.

First to MWC

Xiaomi doesn't currently release its phones in the US, so it's unlikely you'll be able to buy the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G there.

Everything else we've seen for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is here including the ceramic design, 256GB of storage and a 6.39-inch display. 

It also features the sliding design that allows you to access the front-facing selfie camera while having a full screen on the front without a notch. 

We don't have an exact release date for the Mi Mix 3 5G, but the company has said it'll be out around May 2019. When we learn more on the release date, we'll be sure to let you know.

We do know the price for Europe where it's set to cost €599 which is around £520 / $680 / AU$950.

We're live at the Xiaomi press conference right now where we're expecting to hear about the Xiaomi Mi 9 coming to European markets and possibly even a foldable phone.

MWC (Mobile World Congress) is the world's largest showcase for the mobile industry, stuffed full of the newest phones, tablets, wearables and more. TechRadar is reporting live from Barcelona all week to bring you the very latest from the show floor. Head to our dedicated MWC 2019 hub to see all the new releases, along with TechRadar's world-class analysis and buying advice about your next phone. 

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DeGale vs Eubank Jr live stream: how to watch the fight online from anywhere

Latest Tech News - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 13:05

After years of bitter rivalry and months of preparation, the two super-middleweights are finally about to meet in the boxing ring. The former sparring partners' relationship turned sour when insults got personal, and they've been at each other's throats ever since. Now it's time to take that into the ring and we'll tell you how to get a DeGale vs Eubank live stream regardless of where on Earth you are.

Chris Eubank Jr (27-2, 21 KOs) will be up against former two-time world super-middleweight champion DeGale (25-2-1, 15 KOs).

At 33 years old, DeGale has admitted that the outcome of this fight could determine if he continues his boxing career or retires completely. After giving up his IBF title last summer to chase big fights like this one, this is the decider. While Eubank Jr lost badly to George Groves last February, after an eight fight winning streak, and will be out in the ring looking to prove a point. 

To make sure you don't miss this grudge match, we've got information about your viewing options below together. Getting a DeGale vs Eubank live stream is even FREE in some regions and all perfectly legally.

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If you've been looking forward to this fight and already know where to watch, your plans may be scuppered if you're out of the country when you go to watch. That's because broadcasters geo-block their coverage if you try to watch from abroad.

But there's a clever workaround for this, which is perfectly legal (assuming the broadcaster's Ts&Cs allow it) and it involves using a piece of software called a VPN.

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The best Samsung Galaxy Watch Active prices and sales in February 2019

Latest Tech News - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 11:03

Samsung's announcement of its new Galaxy S10 phone wasn't the only new product information to drop. The tech retailer also announced its newest Galaxy smartwatch -  the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active. The newest Samsung wearable will be available to buy on March 8, but you can pre-order now at several retailers that we've listed below with prices.

As the name implies, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is focused on fitness, and its new design and features reflect that. The ultra-lightweight Galaxy Active comes in one size and features a 1.1-inch display. The fitness watch continually monitors your heart and will send alerts when an abnormal heart rate is detected. The Samsung watch can also help with your sleep and stress, analyzing your sleep patterns and sending you breathing exercises when high stress levels are detected. The Galaxy Active will also help you keep on track with your health and fitness goals by tracking up to 39 exercises and displaying your health summary on the smartwatch display. The waterproof watch comes in four different colors and has a battery that lasts for days on a single charge.

The Samsung Galaxy Active Watch has a pre-order price of $199.99/£229. The main reason the Active Watch is cheaper than the original Samsung Galaxy Watch ($329 / £279 for the 42mm model) is that the Active is missing the rotatable bezel, a core feature from the Samsung Galaxy Watch. So navigation of the menus and features is handled by the touchscreen and two side buttons. If you plan on using the Samsung watch just for fitness purposes, then the Galaxy Active is a great alternative at a lower price.

You'll find all the pre-order prices from several retailers below. For a limited time, Walmart is even offering a free charging pad if you pre-order the Galaxy Watch Active before March 17. Amazon UK is also offering a free charging pad if you order before April 19. Samsung UK is not only offering a free charging pad (must order before March 20), but will also knock £80 off your order if you trade in your old watch. 

Samsung Galaxy Watch pre-order prices

You can also find out more about the Samsung smartwatch with our Samsung Galaxy Watch Active review.

If you're interested in Samsung's newest phone you can find the best Samsung Galaxy S10 prices and deals in the US, and we've got you covered for UK pre-order deals of the Galaxy S10 too.

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Oppo’s new 10x lossless zoom technology lets you wave goodbye to blurry photos

Latest Tech News - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 10:21

Oppo is ready to give your distant subjects an extreme close-up. At a presentation today just ahead of Mobile World Congress, Oppo announced the new camera system that will be coming to future smartphones in the second quarter of 2019.

Its 10x lossless zoom technology will utilizes three camera modules to make it all come together. The main camera is a 48 megapixel, one for capturing everyday images, while a second 16mm, 120-degree wide-angle lens is designed to take in more of whatever you’re trying to capture.

The last is a telephoto lens with a focal length of 160mm, which has been carefully set up in a ‘periscope’ manner. A prism reflects light at 90 degrees onto the sensor, while also stabilizing the image the more you zoom in. According to Oppo, this new setup has improved image precision by up to 73%.

We got our hands on a prototype phone with the new camera, and we came away rather impressed. It’s important to note that you can’t just snap a photo and then zoom into it afterward expecting all the details to remain. The 10x zoom only comes into effect while you’re framing your image, not in-post after you’ve captured it.

Oppo had set us up in front of a town diorama, and we were able to use the demo phone to zoom in on a market scene. Even though we were slightly shaking our hands – on purpose – while taking the photo, the captured image was clear and detailed. Due to it being a prototype device, we weren’t able to test if the lossless zoom worked on video as well.

Scenarios where this level of zoom would be welcomed could be anything from snapping photos at a concert to trying to zoom in on architecture detailing. Zooming in on a subject while trying to retain detail is something that smartphones have struggled with for years, and have only recently gotten better at. 

We’ll have to wait and see how Oppo’s new cameras fare when it officially comes out next quarter, but for now it’s a suitably impressive bit of tech that snap-happy users are bound to appreciate.

MWC (Mobile World Congress) is the world's largest showcase for the mobile industry, stuffed full of the newest phones, tablets, wearables and more. TechRadar is reporting live from Barcelona all week to bring you the very latest from the show floor. Head to our dedicated MWC 2019 hub to see all the new releases, along with TechRadar's world-class analysis and buying advice about your next phone.

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Was this photo snapped on the rumored Nokia 9?

Latest Tech News - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 09:30

Press events for MWC 2019 start tomorrow, and one of the shows in the schedule is being hosted by Nokia: perhaps to unveil the Nokia 9. Now we've got what could be the first Nokia 9 snap to be made publicly available.

The image was snapped and posted to Instagram by photographer Konsta Punkka, with a caption referencing the Nokia event on February 24. The post is also labeled as a paid partnership with Nokia Mobile.

That Instagram post was then shared on Twitter by HMD Global's Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas, who said he was "super excited" to have Konsta appearing on stage at the launch.

You don't have to be a professional detective to put two and two together and make an informed guess that this really is a Nokia 9 image – and quite an impressive one at that, with plenty of detail in the darker and lighter areas.

Five-lens camera

Nokia phones have always put plenty of emphasis on camera quality, and the Nokia 9 is being tipped to have a five-lens camera around the back.

That should mean the phone is capable of some rather impressive photo trickery, but we'll have to wait and see on the details. If we're able to snap pictures as good as the one above with the Nokia 9, we'll be happy.

Away from the camera, the Nokia 9 is being tipped to come with a 6-inch display, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage on board. It might also have the "PureView" name attached – but we're not sure yet.

We are of course on the ground in Barcelona at MWC 2019, and will bring you all the announcements right here as they happen on Sunday and Monday.

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The OnePlus 7 5G is launching on EE in the UK soon, but skipping the US altogether

Latest Tech News - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 09:15

The OnePlus 7 5G has an official release date window and carrier, at least in the UK, but you shouldn't expect anything more than the 4G LTE version in the US.

The next OnePlus phone – and the first to support 5G – will launch in the second half of 2019 in the UK, exclusively through carrier EE, according to USA Today.

We'll even see a OnePlus 7 5G prototype teased at MWC 2019 on Monday, but for US consumers, it'll be a literal tease of what's to come, mostly likely in the OnePlus 7T.

The OnePlus 7 timing makes sense – Q2 2019 is between April 1 and the June 30. The OnePlus 6 was announced on May 16 last year and released on May 22.

OnePlus 7 specs confirmed

OnePlus 7, the popular placeholder name following the OnePlus 6T in November, won't deviate from the company's cheaper price for flagship-level specs philosophy.

It'll have the Snapdragon 855 chipset and use Qualcomm's 5G-capable X50 modem. This is the chipset that's inside the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and S10E phones, as well as the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Fold.

The best news is that while 5G phones are going to be more expensive across the board, OnePlus founder and CEO Pete Lau said in the interview that he wants to keep them under $1,000 (about £766, AU$1,402).

Samsung never announced the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G price, but it'll certainly be well over $1,000 – that's the starting price of the 4G LTE Galaxy S10 Plus with a smaller screen, smaller battery and one less camera.

MWC (Mobile World Congress) is the world's largest showcase for the mobile industry, stuffed full of the newest phones, tablets, wearables and more. TechRadar is reporting live from Barcelona all week to bring you the very latest from the show floor. Head to our dedicated MWC 2019 hub to see all the new releases, along with TechRadar's world-class analysis and buying advice about your next phone. 

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Wales vs England live stream: how to watch Six Nations 2019 rugby online from anywhere

Latest Tech News - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 08:15

England are back after beating the favourites, Ireland and destroying France last match, to potentially win the 2019 Six Nations and this time it's an undefeated Wales standing in their way. It's yet another of the tournament's grudge matches, and you can be sure not to miss out on watching by following our advice on getting a Wales vs England live stream.

While England is on a bit of a winning streak, it's nothing compared to that of Wales. They've cruised (kind of) to a 24-19 win over France and a 26-15 defeat of Italy -that means they've won a record-equalling 11 in a row.

The two undefeated sides will meet on Welsh turf at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. The Welsh side has made a few changes to it since beating France as coach Warren Gatland has opted for Gareth Anscombe to start as fly-half instead of the more experienced Dan Biggar and scrum-half Gareth Davies steps in for the injured Tomos Williams – lock Cory Hill will replace Adam Beard as skipper.

England's side now has Jack Nowell back on the wing, after sitting out the last game, and Ben Moon at loosehead prop replaces the injury-scuppered Mako Vunipola. England has beaten Wales in their last four matches, but this will be a tremendous test of their talent.

This game is set to be a powerful clash and is not to be missed. What's more, it's free-to-air in the UK. So keep reading to discover how to get an England vs Wales live stream in the third round of the 2019 Six Nations.

How to live stream Wales vs England in the UK for free How to live stream the Six Nations when you're not in your country

If you're outside your home country - whether that be the UK or anywhere else - and try to start streaming the rugby via your native broadcaster, you'll realise that you can't as it's location restricted. Fear not, the action is still within your reach. All you need to do is download and install a VPN to effectively trick your computer into thinking that it's back home. That way you can enjoy your home coverage (assuming you comply with the broadcaster's TS&Cs), minus the risk of using a naughty stream from an illegal source.

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France vs Scotland live stream: how to watch Six Nations 2019 rugby online from anywhere

Latest Tech News - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 06:07

France are back after a battering from England last game, this time to take on Scotland in the 2019 Six Nations. It's a tricky one to predict, so make sure you tune in - regardless of where on Earth you are - with a France vs Scotland live stream.

France hasn't had a good run at the Six Nations so far, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory to Wales first and then being destroyed by England a fortnight ago. Scotland beat Italy but then lost narrowly to Ireland and now is riddled with injuries, so this game could be a chance to save face for the French side in front of their home support.

Scotland has lost its star man Finn Russell to injury, replaced by Pete Horne. Stuart Hogg at full-back and Huw Jones have also been lost to injuries. With Wales and England still to face, Scotland need to overcome all that to make sure that they have the best possible springboard to the World Cup later in the year.

The French side has been named by Jacques Brunel with youngsters Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack to replace veterans Morgan Parra and Camille Lopez.

This game is certainly going to be an intriguing clash and is not to be missed. What's more, it's free-to-air in the UK. So keep reading to discover how to get a France vs Scotland live stream in the third round of the 2019 Six Nations.

How to live stream Scotland vs France in the UK for free How to live stream the Six Nations when you're not in your country

If you're outside your home country - whether that be the UK or anywhere else - and try to start streaming the rugby via your native broadcaster, you'll realise that you can't as it's location restricted. Fear not, the action is still within your reach. All you need to do is download and install a VPN to effectively trick your computer into thinking that it's back home. That way you can enjoy your home coverage (assuming you comply with the broadcaster's TS&Cs), minus the risk of using a naughty stream from an illegal source.

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Google Fit is closing its website to focus on the apps

Latest Tech News - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 05:30

If you're a fan of using Google Fit on the web, brace yourself: it's getting closed down as Google shifts its focus to the apps for Android and Wear OS. The day the shutters come down is Wednesday, March 19.

"As we continue to focus efforts on adding new capabilities that enhance the mobile and smartwatch Google Fit experience, we’ll be turning off this Google Fit website on 19 March 2019," Google says via a banner on the Fit website.

The notice continues: "To keep tracking your activities and get coaching toward your health goals, install the Fit app on your Android phone or Wear OS smartwatch."

The website was a convenient way to get a look at Google Fit statistics on a big screen without installing an app, but it seems Google now views it as redundant – if you don't have the Android app you can find it here.

Not fit for purpose

The mobile app was given a major redesign at the end of last year, a redesign that hasn't been extended to the web – which was one sign that Google was about to pull it.

Considering just about every other app that Google makes is on the web and on smartphones though, from Gmail to Google Maps to Google Keep, it's strange that the browser version of Google Fit should get the chop.

You can't track steps or heart rate using your laptop, of course, which is perhaps one reason Google has decided to cease operations for Google Fit on the web.

Whatever the reasoning, you've got less than a month to enjoy looking up your exercise statistics online. All your Google Fit history and data will be kept and available through the Android app.

Via 9to5Google

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BT adds £50 M&S vouchers to its freebie-fuelled fibre broadband deals

Latest Tech News - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 05:15

Every time BT drops its latest broadband plans, there is always a sense of excitement to see what freebies they will have stacked on top. This week is especially exhilirating as BT Broadband has announced an offer that's completely exclusive to TechRadar readers - aren't you the lucky ones!

In addition to BT's usual enticement in the form of pre-paid Mastercards on its Superfast 1 and Superfast 2 packages, BT is also giving TechRadar fans a £50 M&S voucher. That means up to a total of £120 back in vouchers and Mastercards, knocking the overall effective price way down.

If you keep scrolling you will find the two BT broadband deals that come with these freebies, so you can choose the one that works best for you. But it is worth noting that these deals come to an end on February 28, so you do have to act fast.

BT's new fibre broadband deals What is a BT Reward Card?

The Reward Card that BT sends out is a pre-paid credit card that you can use anywhere that accepts Mastercard. In short, that's around a million shops, cafes and restaurants around the world, so you shouldn't find it difficult to find places to spend, spend, spend.

It's an old-fashioned chip and pin card, rather than contactless. But do make sure that you claim your Reward Card within three months of installation, otherwise you'll lose out on all that cash.

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