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Securing a future without passwords

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 06:33

How many times are you unable to use digital applications because you’ve forgotten your password? Are you left scrambling through endless loose papers with passwords scribbled down to find out which password is for which account? Perhaps you prefer using similar passwords across multiple accounts? Chances are, we are all guilty of doing this at some point as we too often opt for convenience over security.

It’s not hard to see why. To make employees lives easier and more flexible, large enterprises are deploying an average of 163 cloud applications to help in this process. Yet it’s hard to fathom the sheer scale of logins required for users to access these services, which plays a big part in workers choosing insecure methods to help them remember passwords. 

The wider implications of this are significant. According to Verizon’s 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report, 80 per cent of hacking-related breaches are a result of weak or compromised credentials, while 29 per cent of all breaches involved the use of stolen credentials. The consequences of a breach can be catastrophic, with the average cost of a stolen record $148, and the total cost incurred from a data breach averaging at $3.86m - far from small numbers.

To tackle this, we need to shift away from failing password-only authentication systems, and instead seek more appropriate ways to strengthen security and keep our personal credentials safe.

Inadequacy of passwords

Okta recently commissioned research delving into passwords and found that an alarming 78 per cent of respondents use an insecure method to help remember their password, with 34 per cent admitting to using the same password for multiple accounts. But should workers take the blame? A psychology study by Sasse supports the notion that we can only remember a finite number of passwords, increasing the likelihood of using repeat passwords.

Another study (Schacter) found that many choose passwords that are easy to remember or strike an emotional significance within us. As cyber attacks become more sophisticated and personal by the day, the chances of having a password discovered and personal data exposed to risk, increase. And sweeping digital transformation strategies across the enterprise will see more services become digitized; likely heightening the number of weak passwords. 

Beyond the password conundrum

Overcoming the reliance on passwords is not going to happen overnight, but with technology advancements, such as biometrics, there is finally encouragement for a passwordless future.

There are real-life examples of this in motion. India’s Aadhaar identity system gives citizens a unique 12-digit number based on their biometric and demographic data, enabling access to welfare, tax payments and social services. Estonia has also followed a similar initiative through its e-Identity system, which provides its citizens a digital identity via a chip-and-pin e-card designed to authenticate people.

National identity systems such as these show promise for the enterprise to adopt similar digital identities in the workplace, built off more personal data. Unlike passwords and usernames, personal data such as biometrics are much harder to replicate or even break as this data is unique to an individual.

Biometrics as a solution

Okta’s research showed a growing appetite and acceptance of biometrics as an added layer of security at work or even a long-term replacement of passwords. A staggering 70 per cent of respondents feel there are advantages to using biometric technology in the workplace. However, 86 per cent of respondents have some reservations about sharing biometrics with their employers, demonstrating that workers are ready for the ease of use, but need to gain trust and education of organisations’ use and protection of data.

While biometrics may be more of a longer-term goal, organisations can start with adopting contextual factors to ease authentication processes. Factors such as geolocation and IP address can help validate a user and grant them access to workplace applications. If these factors are considered ‘trusted’, then access can be granted without the need to enter a password.

In today’s society, there is mounting pressure to tackle incidents of cybercrime. We must all do our part in being more vigilant and careful with the information used in authentication processes. But this should not only be the responsibility of employees. Enterprises need to move away from their reliance on passwords, which have failed us an authentication method for far too long. By adopting passwordless technologies such as biometrics and contextual factors, businesses can increase security and tackle data breaches more effectively.

 

Jesper Frederiksen is the General Manager, EMEA, for Okta.

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Reliance Jio Fiber with broadband speeds upto 1Gbps to be commercially available from September 5 across India

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 06:26

Jio Fiber is set to be commercially available for people across India from September 5, Mukesh Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Industries Ltd at it's 42nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) announced. 

The day also marks the third anniversary of Jio which now boasts of over 340 million subscriber base making it the numero uno telecom operator in India. 

Jio Fiber is the FTTH (Fiber-to-the-home) service for home broadband users in India. The service has been in beta testing since over a year now in 0.5 million homes and in the interim has generated around 15 million registrations from across 1,600 towns of India.

Jio plans to reach over 20 million residences and 15 million businesses around India as it plans to roll out to the wider audience in the next 12 months.

Let’s take a look at the different services offered by Jio Fiber.

Jio Fiber Home Broadband price and features

With Jio Fiber, users will get access to internet connectivity with speeds upto 1Gbps. The base plan will offer 100Mbps speeds and starts at Rs 700 per month. It goes all the way up to Rs 10,000 each month.

As part of the Jio Fiber Welcome Offer, everyone who subscribes to any of Jio Forever Annual Plans will get an HD or 4K television along with Jio 4K set-top box.

Jio Fiber will come bundled with subscriptions to major leading OTT platforms. At the moment, it wasn’t revealed who those players are and we don’t know whether Netflix, Prime Video or Hotstar are among those platforms. However, we could spot Eros Now, Voot and ALTBalaji apps during the presentation. 

Reliance will also offer a Premium membership of Jio Fiber to customers which comes with a bunch of additional services like First-Day-First-Show Movies. 

Anyone with a subscription of Jio Fiber Premium service will be able to watch movies on their TV at their time of release in theaters. This service is scheduled to start from sometime in mid-2020.

Jio is offering a landline phone with the broadband connection with unlimited calling facility. The company reiterated its promise of providing voice calls from JioFiber landline free for everyone.

Also, Jio announced international US and Canada tariffs for its customers with unlimited calling at Rs 500 per month.

The Jio Fiber connection comes with the Jio 4K set-top box and gives access to ultra HD content. It will also allow users to initiate multi-party video conferencing via Jio Call for free.

Jio’s 4K set-top box supports broadcast input from local cable operators in different regions. Reliance had acquired stakes in three major cable operators-- DEN, Hathway and GTPL to that effect. The combination of the three operators will allow Jio access to over 30,000 local cable operators across India.

Reliance will offer these operators upgraded infrastructure to help them one-up DTH operators. At least, that’s the aim for Jio.

Jio’s set-top box also offers “console-like” gaming and the company has partnered with Microsoft Game Studios, Riot Games, Tencent Games, Gameloft, Milestone and more for its catalog of games which it calls Jio Games.

The device is compatible with all major console controllers and enables 4K gaming with little to no latency.

We can expect titles like Halo, Age of Empires, Forza, League of Legends, PUBG Mobile, Arena of Valor, Asphalt, Modern Combat to be available from the catalog. However, we are not sure at the moment whether Jio Games will be an add-on to the base subscription or will be offered with every tariff plan.

Jio also revealed its Mixed Reality headset, the Jio Holoboard during the presentation, which works synonymously with the set-top box. It is created by Tesseract which is a company working in the immersive technology space in India. 

There is no release date for the Jio Holoboard as of now but it aims to offer immersive shopping, education and theater-like entertainment experiences powered by its apps.

For power users, Reliance has announced Jio PostPaid Plus service which is touted to be a platinum grade service and product experience. This includes priority migration to Jio from the comfort of your home, family plans with data sharing, better tariff rates on international roaming and phone upgrades.

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Reliance Jio Fiber with broadband speeds upto 1Gbps to be commercially available from September 5 across India

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 06:26

Jio Fiber is set to be commercially available for people across India from September 5, Mukesh Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Industries Ltd at it's 42nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) announced. 

The day also marks the third anniversary of Jio which now boasts of over 340 million subscriber base making it the numero uno telecom operator in India. 

Jio Fiber is the FTTH (Fiber-to-the-home) service for home broadband users in India. The service has been in beta testing since over a year now in 0.5 million homes and in the interim has generated around 15 million registrations from across 1,600 towns of India.

Jio plans to reach over 20 million residences and 15 million businesses around India as it plans to roll out to the wider audience in the next 12 months.

Let’s take a look at the different services offered by Jio Fiber.

Jio Fiber Home Broadband price and features

With Jio Fiber, users will get access to internet connectivity with speeds upto 1Gbps. The base plan will offer 100Mbps speeds and starts at Rs 700 per month. It goes all the way up to Rs 10,000 each month.

As part of the Jio Fiber Welcome Offer, everyone who subscribes to any of Jio Forever Annual Plans will get an HD or 4K television along with Jio 4K set-top box.

Jio Fiber will come bundled with subscriptions to major leading OTT platforms. At the moment, it wasn’t revealed who those players are and we don’t know whether Netflix, Prime Video or Hotstar are among those platforms. However, we could spot Eros Now, Voot and ALTBalaji apps during the presentation. 

Reliance will also offer a Premium membership of Jio Fiber to customers which comes with a bunch of additional services like First-Day-First-Show Movies. 

Anyone with a subscription of Jio Fiber Premium service will be able to watch movies on their TV at their time of release in theaters. This service is scheduled to start from sometime in mid-2020.

Jio is offering a landline phone with the broadband connection with unlimited calling facility. The company reiterated its promise of providing voice calls from JioFiber landline free for everyone.

Also, Jio announced international US and Canada tariffs for its customers with unlimited calling at Rs 500 per month.

The Jio Fiber connection comes with the Jio 4K set-top box and gives access to ultra HD content. It will also allow users to initiate multi-party video conferencing via Jio Call for free.

Jio’s 4K set-top box supports broadcast input from local cable operators in different regions. Reliance had acquired stakes in three major cable operators-- DEN, Hathway and GTPL to that effect. The combination of the three operators will allow Jio access to over 30,000 local cable operators across India.

Reliance will offer these operators upgraded infrastructure to help them one-up DTH operators. At least, that’s the aim for Jio.

Jio’s set-top box also offers “console-like” gaming and the company has partnered with Microsoft Game Studios, Riot Games, Tencent Games, Gameloft, Milestone and more for its catalog of games which it calls Jio Games.

The device is compatible with all major console controllers and enables 4K gaming with little to no latency.

We can expect titles like Halo, Age of Empires, Forza, League of Legends, PUBG Mobile, Arena of Valor, Asphalt, Modern Combat to be available from the catalog. However, we are not sure at the moment whether Jio Games will be an add-on to the base subscription or will be offered with every tariff plan.

Jio also revealed its Mixed Reality headset, the Jio Holoboard during the presentation, which works synonymously with the set-top box. It is created by Tesseract which is a company working in the immersive technology space in India. 

There is no release date for the Jio Holoboard as of now but it aims to offer immersive shopping, education and theater-like entertainment experiences powered by its apps.

For power users, Reliance has announced Jio PostPaid Plus service which is touted to be a platinum grade service and product experience. This includes priority migration to Jio from the comfort of your home, family plans with data sharing, better tariff rates on international roaming and phone upgrades.

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Ultimate Ears brings its bassier Wonderboom 2 speakers to Australia

Sun, 08/11/2019 - 22:20

Ultimate Ears and its range of portable Bluetooth speakers has done remarkably well in Australia thus far, with the Boom series becoming somewhat of a household name due to its rugged design and crowd-pleasing sound.

Today, the company has announced that the smallest member of the family is getting an update, with the compact Wonderboom 2 now officially available in Australia for AU$129.

The Wonderboom 2s maintain the small ball-esque shape of their predecessor, but the revised design minutely increases the size and packs in other improvements across the board.

Ultimate Ears has promised that the overall audio profile of the new speaker is bassier than its forebear, for example, and a new ‘Outdoor Mode’ automatically switches the equalisation to be more mid- and treble-focussed for better sound projection when you’re outside.

While you could pair two of the original Wonderbooms together for a volume boost and larger sound, the feature has been upgraded to enable the speakers to play in true stereo – now, each unit plays either the left or right audio channel, rather than just the same mono signal.

The battery life has also been bumped up from 10 to 13 hours, and the IPX7 durability rating is now an IP67 rating – that means it keeps the same water resistance as before (“can be immersed in liquid up to 1m for up to 30 minutes”) but is also totally dust tight.

The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 is available now for AU$129 in five new two-tone colour schemes – Deep Space Black, Crushed Ice Grey, Radical Red, Bermuda Blue, and Just Peach.

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Huawei Mate 30 Pro: release date, news, price and leaks

Sun, 08/11/2019 - 15:34

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is the next major phone launch from the Chinese smartphone manufacturer after the Mate 20 Pro, with the covers expect to be lifted on the new handset (and the base Huawei Mate 30) in October.

And while there's still uncertainty around the company's future it looks to be on more stable ground than it was earlier in 2019, so this is a phone that should still be worth considering.

That said, while the Huawei P30 and the Huawei P30 Pro have full access to Android and Google's apps, there's an outside chance that Huawei Mate 30 Pro may launch with the firm's own operating system. We doubt it though as things stand at the moment.

Update: Leaked renders show both the Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro from front and back in cases. Plus, another leak hints at the possible quad-lens camera specs.

Not much is known about the Huawei Mate 30 Pro yet, but rumors are starting to roll in, all of which you’ll find below. We’ll also update this article any time we hear any credible new information.

Could the phone come out, and if it does will it reach our list of the best Android phones? We'll have to wait until launch to find out for sure.

It's not just the Mate 30 Pro that's worth keeping an eye out for though. The new iPhone and Google Pixel 4 are both hotly tipped to arrive in the coming months too, giving you plenty of new options to consider.

Cut to the chase
  • What is it? The successor to the Mate 20 Pro
  • When is it out? Likely October 2019
  • What will it cost? Likely to rival other top flagships
Huawei Mate 30 Pro release date and price

There aren’t any Huawei Mate 30 Pro release date rumors yet, but we have a pretty good idea of roughly when we’ll see it.

Huawei always announces new entries in its Mate range towards the end of the year, and more specifically it announced both the Huawei Mate 20 range and the Huawei Mate 10 in October of their respective launch years.

So an October announcement is our best guess. There’s no guarantee of that, especially as the Huawei Mate 9 was announced in November 2016, but at the very least the Mate 30 Pro will likely be announced in the last few months of 2019, alongside the standard Huawei Mate 30.

The most recent whisper we've heard suggests the Mate 30 phones are going to get launched sooner than expected, in September, so perhaps Huawei is planning to spring a surprise on us.

The Mate 30 Pro is likely to land in October. Image Credit: TechRadar

There aren’t any price rumors yet either, but the Huawei Mate 20 Pro cost £899 / AU$1,599 (around $1,150) at launch, so it’s likely that the Mate 30 Pro will cost at least that much.

It’s worth noting also that given Huawei’s ongoing issues in the US, the Mate 30 Pro probably won’t be available there.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro news and rumors

One of the major Huawei Mate 30 Pro rumor so far comes from a Huawei patent, which shows a phone case with space on the back for extra camera lenses.

You can see the image below and based on that it looks like there could be room for five rear lenses, up from three on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and four on the P30 Pro.

Of course, patents don’t always become real devices, and even if this does get used it might not make it to the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, but it would make sense for Huawei to increase the number of lenses on its flagship, given that a number of other phones are doing the same.

This could point to extra lenses on the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. Image Credit: Mobielkopen

We've also heard from Huawei itself that the Mate 30 range might support 5G, but that so far the company is only "considering" this.

Beyond that, we can be confident that the Mate 30 Pro will have a new generation of the company’s top-end in-house chipset. 

The current top version is called the Kirin 980 and made its debut in the Huawei Mate 20 range. Based on previous names we can guess that the next one will be called the Kirin 990.

The Mate 30 Pro is also likely to have at least four rear cameras, given that the Huawei P30 Pro does, and it might have a similar design to that phone, including a tiny notch and hardly any bezel.

Having said that, multiple leaks have now shown a design with a larger notch, along with a curvier screen. The curves of the screen can be seen below.

But we've also seen an older set of renders supposedly showing the handset. The over-sized camera block matches the cutout in the patent leak above, and appears to house at least four cameras.

On the front, this Huawei Mate 30 Pro leak suggests the handset will have dual front-facing cameras, surrounded by screen in a similar fashion to the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.

Is this our first proper look at the Huawei Mate 30 Pro? (Image Credit: IT Home)

Big camera blocks are starting to become one of the major design points for phones set to launch in the second half of 2019, with both the iPhone 11 and Google Pixel 4 also tipped to adopt larger bumps.

We've actually heard an alternative to this large phone block, though, as a leaked render shows a circle camera block with the lenses aligned in an X shape. It's a futuristic design for sure, but it's rather surprisingly large, and could be obnoxious in physical form.

That circular block can be seen again in another leak (below), albeit without the 'X' configuration and oddly only seemingly housing three lenses. This leak also highlights the large notch, and seems to show a headphone port on the standard Mate 30, but not on the Mate 30 Pro.

As well as the actual design of the cameras, we've heard a tiny bit about the camera capabilities, thanks to Huawei trademarking the phrases 'Cine Lens' and 'Camera Matrix'.

We're expecting the former to be a lens with specific features designed for video recording, but the latter is a bit of a mystery at the moment, as it could refer to many things.

Elsewhere, a leak has suggested that at least one of the phones will have four rear cameras, consisting of two 40MP lenses, an 8MP lens, and a time-of-flight (ToF) depth sensor.

On the front of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, leaked images of the display show screen cut-outs for many cameras – more than for a dual-lens front-facing snapper, as some smartphones have, so it's possible that the device will have Apple-style facial unlocking.

What we want to see

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is likely to be a powerful, impressive phone, but for it to really stand out it could do with the following things.

1. An improved camera

The cameras on the Mate 20 Pro are generally very good, but in our review we found that shots taken with the ultra-wide-angle lens would sometimes have warped edges.

We also noted that the phone’s HDR skills weren’t a match for some of its top rivals, such as the Google Pixel 3 and iPhone XS, so these are two things that we’d like to see improved for the Huawei Mate 30 Pro.

2. More lenses

Three is good, more is better. Image Credit: TechRadar

While we’re on the subject of the camera, we’d also like more lenses. The three on the back is a good start, but with the likes of the Nokia 9 getting five lenses there’s always room for more.

This may well happen too, as early rumors suggest that extra rear lenses could be a feature of the Mate 30 Pro.

Similarly, we’d like to see an extra lens on the front of the phone, especially if it can be used to power Apple-calibre facial recognition.

3. No notch

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a good-looking phone, but one element that could start to look dated in 2019 is its notch, since phones are starting to arrive with punch-hole cameras instead.

But ideally we don’t even want that for the Mate 30 Pro, what we’d like to see is a truly all-screen design with the camera and sensors somehow built into the screen. That might not be possible, but Huawei is often among the first to show new technology in handsets, so you never know.

4. A slicker interface

One ongoing issue with all of Huawei’s phones is the heavy EMUI overlay the company sticks on top of Android.

We’d like to see the Huawei Mate 30 Pro stay closer to stock Android. Better yet, ditch EMUI entirely and use Android One – which would also ensure software updates could be offered rapidly.

5. An improved in-screen scanner

The Mate 20 Pro's scanner needs work. Image Credit: TechRadar

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has an in-screen fingerprint scanner and it was among the first phones to sport one. It’s a cool feature but in the Mate 20 Pro’s case it’s not perfect.

It’s only on a small area of the screen, so can be hard to find without first turning the screen on (which brings up an icon). It also isn’t perfect at recognizing prints.

That’s all forgivable since it’s the first generation of the tech, but by the time the Mate 30 Pro launches, Huawei will have had another year to perfect it, so let’s hope it will use the time wisely.

6. A 3.5mm headphone port

Like many phones, the Mate 20 Pro lacks a 3.5mm headphone port, but we’re still not convinced that it’s time to abandon wired headphones.

There are lots of arguments for the convenience of wireless headphones and the fact that the space used for the port could better be used for other things.

This is all valid, but many of us still have wired cans that we don’t want to bury just yet. Some of us also don’t want to have to charge our headphones, and when it comes to sound quality wired can still have the edge.

7. Something new

Most of the things listed above are focused on perfecting the Mate 20 Pro, but what we really want to see for the Huawei Mate 30 Pro is something completely new and exciting.

Some sort of futuristic feature perhaps or a completely new, completely dazzling design. We’ll leave the specifics to Huawei, but in the face of the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the iPhone 11 it’s likely to take more than impressive basics for the Mate 30 Pro to truly stand out.

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The best back to school sales 2019: deals on laptops, backpacks, tablets, and more

Sun, 08/11/2019 - 09:51

Back to school sales season is officially upon us and that means discounts on laptops, backpacks, tablets, headphones and more. You can find excellent deals from retailers like Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy on top brands such as Apple, Dell, Samsung, and more. And we're all set to show you the finest deals you can get right now.

Whether you're a college student looking for dorm room essentials or a student in need of a new laptop, we've listed the must-have school supplies at the best online price. Our standout deals include the 32GB Apple iPad on sale for $249, the Lenovo Chromebook S330 Laptop on sale for $166, and the Apple 13.3-inch MacBook Air on sale for $899.99.

We've listed the best back to school deals that are currently available below and we'll be updating this page as new sales pop up. Like we've mentioned above, this is an excellent time to find great deals on tech and appliances, so even if you're not a prospective student, you can still take advantage of the stellar sales that are happening now.

The best back to school sales: Back to school deals: 

See our roundup of the best laptops under $500: the best budget laptops around and our 10 tips for buying a Back to School laptop.

You can also see the best iPad for Students and the best laptops for kids.

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We have a date for the Huawei Android Q beta – and maybe the Mate 30 launch

Sun, 08/11/2019 - 09:30

Huawei is holding its Developer Conference in China, and we've already heard about its new HarmonyOS and Honor television plans. The company has now also confirmed when the Android Q / EMUI 10 beta program starts for the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro.

That date is September 8, reports 9to5Google, at which point you'll be able to take the new OS for a spin on the latest flagship phones (no mention of the P30 Lite, as yet). Huawei also confirmed which other phones will get the update at a later stage – a list which closely matches the one given to TechRadar back in June.

The phones in line for an update are:

  • Huawei Mate 20
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 20 Porsche Design
  • Huawei Mate 20 Lite
  • Huawei Mate 20 X
  • Huawei Mate 20 X (5G)
  • Huawei Mate 10
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design
  • Huawei P20
  • Huawei P20 Pro
  • Huawei P Smart
  • Huawei P Smart+ 2019
  • Huawei P Smart Z
  • Honor 20
  • Honor 20 Pro
  • Honor 20 Lite
  • Honor View 20
  • Honor 10
  • Honor 10 Lite
  • Honor 8X

That should offer some reassurance for those worried about Huawei's ongoing battle with the US government and its access to Google software. Right now it looks as though tensions are easing, though there have already been plenty of twists and turns in the story so far, and there might be more to come.

New features arriving with Android Q and the EMUI 10 software Huawei builds on top include a system-wide dark mode, and new options for connecting your phone with your computer (which sounds a bit like Samsung DeX).

Waiting for the Mate 30

Also from Huawei's conference, one of the company's executives may have revealed when we can expect the Huawei Mate 30 and the Mate 30 Pro to get their official reveal.

These devices are due to launch on September 19, reports XDA Developers, though that's based on a translation of a conversation held during a media briefing session – so it's not quite set in stone yet.

Huawei Consumer Business Software President Dr. Wang Chenglu highlighted the date as the day when we'd see the new flagship phones as well as the new Kirin 990 processor, though Huawei usually waits until October to launch its Mate phones.

The Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro should rock up with upgraded camera systems, and running Android Q / EMUI 10 (though the Mate 30 Lite might be a different matter). Of course we'll bring you all the news and rumors as we get them.

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School backpacks on sale: deals on North Face, Nike, Fortnite, Adidias and more

Sun, 08/11/2019 - 09:21

School backpacks are usually right up there on our checklist of back to school deals to look out for each year. And lots of retailers are cutting prices on a huge range of bags. So whether you need something for school or college you're bound to find a great deal at the moment with prices falling as they are.

We've had a good look around to give you a head start with deals from top brands like Nike, Adidas, North Face and more. Let's not forget about the crazy-hot Fortnite game either as there's a huge array of Fortnite backpacks to choose from too. If our highlights don't take your fancy, we've also included a selection of links to stores having the best school backpacks sales right now.

Whether you're looking for a functional backpack which will protect your tech accessories or you need a comfortable bag that will also look cool, we've got you covered with a variety of different choices.

Our top backpack deal is the Fortnite gaming backpack that's a whopping $48 off right now at Amazon. Other standout picks include the durable North Face 15-inch Laptop Backpack that's on sale for $89.99, and the XDesign Travel Backpack that comes with a USB charging port and priced at just $19.99.

Shop our full list of the top backpack deals below and also see our roundup of best back to school backpack sales that are happening now. These deals won't be available for long, so if you see something you like, you should take advantage now before its too late.

The best back-to-school backpack deals: The best back-to-school backpack sales:

Interested in other back to school deals? You can see our roundup of the best back to school sales: deals on laptops, tablets, smartwatches & more.

If you're looking for a new laptop you can see our roundup of the best laptops under $500 and our 10 tips for buying a back to school laptop.

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Man Utd vs Chelsea live stream: how to watch today's Premier League football online from anywhere

Sun, 08/11/2019 - 09:02

In recent times this fixture would have been nailed on as an early Premier League title decider. However, a change in fortunes and circumstance for Manchester United and Chelsea means fans and management of both clubs will have slightly more modest hopes and ambitions this season, with Champions League qualification likely to be seen as a great achievement. See how each starts out today with a Man Utd vs Chelsea live stream - no matter where on Earth you are.

Chelsea are ushering in a fresh new era as rookie boss and club legend Frank Lampard takes the helm, while United go into the season after a decidedly mixed transfer window.

Hamstrung by a transfer ban, much of the focus today will be on what sort of team Lampard has cooked up out of last year's leftovers and a raft of eager youngsters that must now make the quick transition from unwanted loan stock to fully-fledged Chelsea first-team contenders.

Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjae also looks to set to be reliant on younger members of the playing staff making their mark on the first team as part of the Norweigan's "long rebuild". The addition of Harry Maguire will add some presence and character to United's back line, as well as a major goal threat at set pieces. However, the loss of Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan on transfer deadline day without bringing in a suitable replacement now leaves the Red Devils's looking decidedly light up front. 

Paul Pogba has shaken off a back injury and looks set to start for United, but Alexis Sanchez continues to be rested following his exertions at  the Copa America earlier in the summer. Chelsea, meanwhile, have been sweating on the fitness of key midfielder N'Golo Kante, who is a doubt with a knee injury 

Today's match looks set to be a fascinating encounter - check out our guide below on how to obtain a Man Utd vs Chelsea live stream - regardless of where you are in the world.

And to find out how to watch the rest of the weekend's games and beyond, check out our guide on how to live stream the 19/20 Premier League football season

Use a VPN to watch Premier League football from outside your country

If you're abroad this weekend but still want to watch your home coverage, you'll need a VPN to do so. That's because your normal coverage will be geo-blocked. It's really easy to do and stops you having to tune in to some dodgy stream you've heard about on Reddit.

How to stream Man Utd vs Chelsea live in the UK 

How to watch Man United vs Chelsea: US live stream 

How to watch a Premier League live stream in Canada

How to live stream Man Utd vs Chelsea in Australia

How to watch Manchester United vs Chelsea: New Zealand live stream 

How to live stream Manchester United vs Chelsea in India

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England vs Wales live stream: how to watch international rugby online from anywhere

Sun, 08/11/2019 - 08:58

The road to Japan starts at Twickenham today in yet another battle for rugby union supremacy between England and Wales. Today's Test match marks the third time the two teams have met in eight months. Don't miss out on any of the action by following our tips on getting an England vs Wales live stream below.

Despite the pair being somewhat over-familiar, today's game nevertheless looks set to be an intriguing affair, as fringe players make their claim for a more prominent place in the squad as the Rugby World Cup draws ever closer. 

Following a(nother) disappointing Six Nations campaign, England will be looking to get things back on track today against a Wales side that dished out a stinging comeback victory against them in Cardiff during the tournament back in February. Coach Eddie Jones has named a 33-man England squad and looks set to dish out Test debuts to wing star Ruaridh McConnochie and flanker Lewis Ludlam.

Grand Slam winners Wales are on a 14-match unbeaten run and look in rude health ahead of Japan. Taulupe Faletau’s broken collarbone sadly rules him out of today's game and the World Cup, but his absence presents an opportunity for the likes of Aaron Shingler to make a claim for the number eight shirt.

It's set to be a mouth-watering clash and is not to be missed. So keep reading to discover how to get an England vs Wales live stream.

How to live stream today's rugby from outside 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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Sky TV deals: Sports, Cinema and broadband bundles get huge price cuts - save over £250

Sun, 08/11/2019 - 08:49

What do you mean you've not sorted a Sky TV deal yet to get your Sky Sports fix? Not to worry, as there's still time to take advantage of one of the many different Sky Sports offers today. We've also got a brilliant offer for all you movie fans as Sky Cinema is getting involved in the bundle price beat down today too. Or get Cinema and Sports together for an even bigger discount.

We've also found an incredible Sky broadband and TV bundle on the super fast 59Mb fibre connection which actually works out even cheaper than the basic 11Mb bundle. Decent broadband speeds like this fibre option are absolutely essential for modern households with multiple smart devices, phones and HD/4K media streaming and downloads on the go at any time.

Sky Sports is one of the more expensive add-ons to a Sky TV bundle and it's been a while since we've had a decent offer to be honest. But the summer drought is almost over and Sky has knocked big chunks off two different Sky deals today, one with Sky Entertainment and Sky Sports and the other also adding the excellent Sky Cinema package on top. You're getting everything in lovely HD too.

The following bundles both come with Sky Entertainment as the base of the package. This comes with loads of top channels like Sky Atlantic, Sky One, Comedy Central, Fox, SyFy and more. You also get the Sky Q box which can record multiple shows simultaneously.

As for the sporting content, you get all 11 Sky Sports channels with either bundle, including Premier League, Football, F1, Racing, Cricket, Golf, Sky Sports News, Mix, Action, Arena and Main Event. If you opt for Sky Cinema too, extra channels will include Action, Comedy, Thriller, Drama, Sci-fi & Horror and Select - not to mention a huge choice of on-demand movies and a new premiere added every day.

You can add other extras (4K upgrades, Sky Kids, box sets/Netflix) as you go through the bundle process, but if you decide to add Sky Cinema to the deal after originally clicking the bundle option without, be sure to back out and start again as it doesn't discount its price unless you chose that option from the start for some reason.

The best Sky TV deals for sports, movies and more

If you're also in the market for a new TV to enjoy all this content on , we can help you save a lot of money and get the best price via our roundup of the latest cheap TV deals. Want to make sure you don't miss a game this season? Then check out our guide, Premier League 19/20 live stream for advice on how to watch every game online and from anywhere.

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West Indies vs India live stream: how to watch ODI cricket series from anywhere

Sun, 08/11/2019 - 07:17

An opportunity for both teams to regroup after a World Cup where they disappointed, India are in the West Indies for a full tour. The visitors have already won a three-match T20 series and now the action continues with a trio of one day internationals. Check out our guide below on how to live stream the West Indies vs India ODI series, no matter where you are in the world.

India's tour of the West Indies, has so far been something of a stop start affair thanks to near relentless rain during its T20 stop offs in Florida and Guyana. But when the weather has played ball, it's been India who have looked the stronger side.

The change in format is likely to see personal changes for the next run of games, as both teams try to work out their best starting elevens for next year. Young hopes Navdeep Saini and Rahul Chahar have both shined for India in the T20 series, deflecting attention away from rumours of a rift within the team camp. The pair look likely to get a further opportunity over the next three games. The Windies, meanwhile, will be hoping Kieron Pollard's positive return from injury will inspire a side that still looks a little low on confidence.

Follow the instructions below to watch all of the coverage of these ODI International encounters. We'll tell you how to grab a West Indies vs India live stream from pretty much anywhere on Earth.

Live stream West Indies vs India away from your country

In the UK, Australia, India or the US and looking to find out how to watch the ODI matches between the West Indies vs India? We've got all the details about the broadcaster with the rights to show the series in your region below. 

But if you're away from home country - maybe abroad on business or on holiday - but still want to tune in to your domestic coverage of the match then you'll run in to issues. Because of broadcaster geo-blocking, you won't be able to watch online from overaseas. By using a VPN however, you'll be able to watch the game without having to resort to watching a potentially illegal feed from a dubious website.

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The next super-sized iPhone could be called the iPhone 11 Pro

Sun, 08/11/2019 - 05:30

We know that new iPhones are on the way in September, but might one of those iPhones be called the iPhone Pro rather than the iPhone Max?

Apple's larger iPhones had the "Plus" label attached from the iPhone 6 Plus in 2014 to the iPhone 8 Plus in 2018. Last year that naming was retired and we had the iPhone XS Max.

This particular tip comes from Twitter user CoinX: that name might not be familiar to you but the naming of the 2018 iPhones were correctly predicted by the same Twitter account, so it has a certain amount of credibility to it.

The tweet text – '"Pro" for iPhone?' – is a little on the ambiguous side. It could mean there will be both a Pro and Max model, though it's more likely that the former will replace the latter, alongside (maybe) the standard iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11R.

What makes the new naming policy more plausible is that it would bring the iPhones in line with the iPads – the iPhone Pro would match the iPad Pro. We've had the MacBook Pros for years of course as well.

The big upgrades in this year's iPhones look set to be on the back, with at least some models getting triple-lens rear cameras, housed in a rectangular box.

On top of that, the usual internal upgrades are to be expected, though from what we've heard so far there won't be too many design changes from the iPhone XS.

The introduction of a Pro model would  suggest some kind of premium-level experience, whether that's the screen size, or the camera capabilities, or something else. We'll find out for sure in September.

Via 9to5Mac

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare battle royale could be a standalone free game due out early 2020

Sun, 08/11/2019 - 05:27

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare could be getting a battle royale mode after all, except it will follow on from the main game as a standalone (and free) offering, due out early in 2020.

This is just a rumor, but it comes from a source with a solid enough track record regarding Modern Warfare leaks – YouTuber LongSensation who has some 100,000 subscribers and previously leaked the name of the next episode of Call of Duty before it was publicly known.

So, going by this, Activision’s strategy would appear to be that the battle royale won’t be an update for the core game itself, but will be downloadable for free, by anyone, to hoover up as many players as possible. In other words, it’s aiming to make a similar sort of impact as Apex Legends managed earlier this year, with a massive initial spike of interest and player numbers.

If this happens at all, of course. We’ve previously chewed over the possibilities out there which could be the next big battle royale hit, and theorized that it could come from Call of Duty. There have certainly been previous rumors which pointed to the possibility of battle royale with the game, although equally suggestions there won’t be any such mode (or that it could be implemented on a small-scale basis).

Infinity Ward hasn’t actually said either way whether there will be battle royale, although nothing has been announced yet – or denied. Indeed, the developer seems to be rather guarded about the possibility, perhaps suggesting there is more to these rumors than might seem at first glance.

Large-scale combat

Battle royale wasn’t part of the initial multiplayer reveal for Modern Warfare, although a 50 vs 50 ground war mode was shown off – and it will possibly support more than 100 players eventually. And the presence of that indicates that the game engine is designed to handle large-scale combat, of course…

The prospect of a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare spin on battle royale taking on the heavyweights of the genre like Fortnite is an exciting one indeed, but we’ll just have to see how all this speculation pans out.

Via GamesRadar

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Samsung Galaxy Book S vs Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Sun, 08/11/2019 - 05:00

Samsung surprised us all with the recent reveal of the Samsung Galaxy Book S, its latest notebook that aims to redefine what we can expect from a Windows 10 laptop – while taking aim at the likes of Microsoft’s Surface Pro 6.

The Surface Pro 6 is Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 laptop/tablet hybrid, and it’s an excellent showcase for the operating system, with a stylish design, thin and light feel and some impressively powerful components considering the size.

It’s exactly the sort of device that Samsung wants the Galaxy Book S to be, which is why we’ve pitted them against each other to see which one you should buy. Read on to find out…

The Samsung Galaxy Book S is an expensive device... but so is the Surface Pro 6

Price

The Galaxy Book S will start at $999 in the US when it launches later this year, and while we only have official pricing for the US at the moment, that converts to around £820/AU$1,500, and we expect official UK and Australian prices to be roughly in line with that when they are announced.

That price tag firmly puts the Galaxy Book S in the premium laptop range – which means consumers will have certain expectations when it comes to design and performance, so Samsung has its work cut out if it wants to justify that kind of asking price.

Meanwhile, the Surface Pro 6 wasn’t too far off that price when it launched, with a starting price of $899 (£879, AU$1,145) – and that doesn’t include the cost of the $99 (£99, AU$139) Surface Pen, nor the $159 (£149, AU$249) Type Cover.

The Samsung Galaxy Book S is more of a traditional laptop, which means its keyboard is included – so you don’t need to pay extra for a comfortable typing experience. We don’t currently know if the Samsung Galaxy Book S comes with a stylus, however.

The Surface Pro 6 can be configured with more powerful components – which raises the price accordingly. We expect the Samsung Galaxy Book S to also have a variety of configurations.

So, comparing launch prices, the Samsung Galaxy Book S and Surface Pro 6 are pretty equal. They are both premium devices that may be beyond a lot of people’s budgets, but there is one thing going for the Surface Pro 6 in this regard. Since its launch last year, the Surface Pro 6 has had a few tempting price cuts, especially during Black Friday and Amazon Prime Day, which means you should be able to get it for a fair bit cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Book S, which due to how new it is (it hasn’t even released yet) probably won’t be getting any big price cuts any time soon.

The Surface Pro 6 is a powerful hybrid despite its small size

Specifications

The Samsung Galaxy Book S is notable because it will be the first laptop that’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx, a 7nm 64-bit Octa-core chipset (2.84 GHz + 1.8Ghz). Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips were originally built for powerful smartphones, but recently they’ve been powering laptops as well. They bring some of the best aspects of smartphones, such as instant-on boot times, long battery lives and always-connected cellular data to laptops.

The Snapdragon 8cx is the first of the series that has been built especially for laptops, which means performance should be much improved over previous Snapdragon chips (something that we’ve often criticized when reviewing Snapdragon-based laptops).

Qualcomm claims that the Snapdragon 8cx will provide performance equivalent to an Intel Core i5 processor – which is a big claim indeed. We won’t be able to properly test that claim until we get our hands on the device.

The Galaxy Book S also comes with 8GB of RAM and a choice of 256GB or 512GB of SSD storage. There’s also a microSD slot for expanding storage, and you can install a SIM card for always-connected LTE mobile internet.

Meanwhile the Surface Pro 6 comes with more conventional components, which could give it the performance edge. The base version uses a quad-core 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8250U processor. If Samsung’s and Qualcomm’s claims are correct, then the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx will be able to match this.

On paper, at least, it looks like the 8cx has the edge, thanks to more cores (eight versus four) that run at a higher frequency, but it’s not that straight forward. We’ve used enough Core i5-powered laptops to know what Intel’s processor is capable of, so we’d still (cautiously) give the performance edge to the Surface Pro 6. The Core i5 in the Surface Pro 6 is capable of a boost to 3.4GHz when needed, giving it a decent uptick in performance during strenuous tasks.

The Surface Pro 6 can also be configured with a more powerful Intel Core i7 processor, which will widen the performance gap further.

The Surface Pro 6 also comes with 8GB of RAM, which can be upgraded to 16GB, along with a 256GB SSD and microSD card reader.

So, until we get the Galaxy Book S to try out for ourselves, we’d say they are quite evenly matched, but with the Surface Pro 6 having the edge – especially if you go for the i7 version.

The built-in LTE connection of the Galaxy Book S is a great feature

Where the Galaxy Book S does beat the Surface Pro 6 is with its LTE connection. Being able to get online pretty much anywhere in an instant, without worrying about finding a Wi-Fi network, is a real game changer, and it also allows the Galaxy Book S to remain connected when not in use. This allows it to download emails and other messages, so they are ready and waiting for you when you open it up.

Not only is using an LTE connection to access the internet more convenient, but it’s more secure as well, as it means you’re not relying on public Wi-Fi hotspots, which can often have security implications.

Other benefits of the Snapdragon platform – like instant-on boot times – help make the Galaxy Book S feel a lot more modern that the Surface Pro 6 – which could end up feeling a little old fashioned.

Battery life

Probably the biggest difference between the two devices is battery life. Thanks to the Snapdragon 8cx chipset, the Samsung Galaxy Book S is capable of an incredible 23 hours on a single charge – essentially giving you multiple days of use. Of course, this will vary depending on what tasks you’re performing, and we haven’t had a chance to verify the claim ourselves, but having used previous Snapdragon-powered laptops, we’re pretty sure the Galaxy Book S will reach that kind of life.

Meanwhile the Surface Pro 6 lasted eight hours and 45 minutes in our battery life benchmarks. That’s pretty respectable, but it pales in comparison with the Galaxy Book S.

The design of the Surface Pro 6 is fantastically thin

Design

Unlike previous versions of the Galaxy Book, which had a similar design to the Surface Pro thanks to its tablet design, the Galaxy Book S has a more traditional laptop style, with a solid aluminium case that covers the back of the screen and the keyboard.

It’s impressively thin and light, weighing just 2.1 pounds (0.96 kg), which makes it comfortable to hold in one hand. At just 305.2 x 203.2 x 11.8mm when closed, this is a seriously thin device.

Despite its thinness, it still features two USB-C ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Meanwhile, the 13.3-inch display offers a 1080p resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio.

For the Surface Pro 6, Microsoft hasn’t strayed from its tried-and-tested design for previous Surface Pros, but that’s no bad thing, considering how popular its sleek and stylish look has been.

The tablet measures only 0.33 inches (8.5mm) thin and weighs a mere 1.7 pounds (771g), which is quite thinner and lighter than the Galaxy Book S. However, remember that this is without the keyboard attachment. With the Type Cover on, the Surface Pro 6 inevitably gets heavier and thicker – though it remains slimmer and lighter than the Galaxy Book S.

The Surface Pro 6’s design does disappoint when it comes to ports, with Microsoft yet again failing to include a USB-C port. So, you’re stuck with a single USB 3.0 port, but you do get a mini DisplayPort for plugging into an external screen.

The Samsung Galaxy Book S has the edge when it comes to ports

The screen is slightly smaller at 12.3-inches, but it has a higher resolution of 2,736 x 1,824, which along with high contrast ratio and 100% sRGB support, means it looks incredibly crisp and vibrant. The aspect ratio is 3:2, which feels a bit more boxy than the widescreen ratio of the Galaxy Book S.

In the end, both designs have their pros and cons. The Surface Pro 6 is the more portable device, but it’s let down by out-of-date ports, while the Galaxy Book S has a design that exudes class.

Samsung Galaxy Book S vs Microsoft Surface Pro 6: which should you buy?

When comparing the Samsung Galaxy Book S vs Microsoft Surface Pro 6, it’s clear that while both devices offer excellent designs and features, they are aimed at quite different audiences, which means choosing which one is best for you can be quite easy.

If you want a truly modern-feeling laptop with amazing battery life, then there’s no competition – you’ll want the Galaxy Book S. This also applies if you want a laptop that let’s you go online almost anywhere – the built in LTE support for the Galaxy Book S makes this the clear winner, as you’re no longer relying on Wi-Fi to get onto the internet.

However, if you’re looking for something lightweight but powerful, then the Surface Pro 6 is the one to get, thanks to some truly impressive specs – especially if you upgrade it.

It’s also the more portable of the two devices, which makes it a good choice for students and anyone who travels a lot but wants to bring along a computer to work on.

Price-wise, these are both expensive devices, but the Surface Pro 6 is often discounted, so you could find a real bargain. In the end, the cost might be the most important consideration of all.

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Argentina vs South Africa live stream: how to watch today's Rugby Championship 2019 match from anywhere

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 13:52

With a one-point lead over New Zealand in the table heading into the final weekend, South Africa could claim their first Rugby Championship title in ten years today with a win against Argentina. To discover whether they can prevail, keeping reading to discover how to get yourself an Argentina vs South Africa live stream - no matter where on the world you are.

A bonus-point win in Salta today will make certain of the title for Rassie Erasmus' side. The Pumas, meanwhile, will be looking to end an unwanted run of their own, coming into the match on a eight-game losing streak.

Having been narrowly beaten by Australia in their last Rugby Championship encounter - their second tight loss in a row following a brave display against the All Blacks in their opening game - Argentina will be going all out to notch up an overdue win in front of their own fans. Agustin Creevy left a big hole for the Pumas when he was ruled out against Australia but the hooker has been declared fit to face the Springboks today.

The Springboks are set to shuffle their front row pack for this clash with Tendai Mtawarira, Bongi Mbonambi and Trever Myakane all set to come into the side.

We're in for a fascinating face-off,  so keep scrolling down to see how you can catch a 2019 Rugby Championships live stream of Argentina vs South Africa.

How to watch the 2019 Rugby Championship from outside your country

Down below, there's the local broadcast options if you're in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, as well as the UK, US and Canada.

But if you're away from home this weekend and try to live stream the Rugby Championship online, you'll be annoyed to discover that it won't work due to geo-blocking. Crucially, using a VPN service allows you to watch the rugby union no matter where in the world you are. It's surprisingly easy to do.

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Huawei gears up to fully open its Huawei Mobile Services to global developers

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 12:06

Huawei has grown into an industry giant and has developed preliminary capabilities necessary to build a smart ecosystem.

Now, Huawei is going to fully open its Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) to global developers, allowing them to quickly access the HMS ecosystem for resource sharing.

At the Huawei Developers Conference, the second-largest smartphone player announced that it will open 14 types of HMS Core capabilities, 51 services, and 885 APIs to developers worldwide, in hopes of building an intelligent ecosystem for all scenarios.

Today, the Huawei HiAI open platform has more than 2,500 partners and over 140 million IoT devices worldwide that support HiLink protocols.

115% growth in apps

Currently, there are more than 43,000 applications connected to HMS Core as of July this year.

Dr. Wanag Chenlu, president of software engineering department at Huawei Consumer Business Group, said that apps have grown 115% when compared to 20,000 during the same period a year ago.

He said that Huawei aims to empower more users to benefit from its new user interface – EMUI 10.

Emotion UI is Huawei’s user interface build on Android and EMUI 10 is based on Android 10 (Q).

The Chinese player expects 150m users to use EMUI 10 compared to 120m users for its EMUI 9 and 90m users for EMUI 8.

EMUI has 500m daily active users

Chenlu said that EMUI has 500m daily active users across 77 languages and in 216 countries

With Huawei’s new Ark compiler, he said that app performances are 60% smoother. The compiler has already collaborated with more than 40 top apps.

“Huawei Mobile Services is growing rapidly. We now have 910,000 global developer registrations as of July, an increase of 102% when compared to 450,000 during the same period last year,” he said.

Moreover, he said that Huawei will provide more support for developers by offering more diverse tool kits and sharing more platform capabilities.

“We will build ecosystems and attract partners as apps developers need to develop the apps only once instead of different apps for different screen sizes,” he said.

EMUI 10 now supports TVs, smartphones and tablets

To accelerate the intelligent development of devices other than smartphones and enhance user experience in different scenarios, Huawei launched the HiLink & LiteOS & chip suite, which covers the device and cloud service open platform, operating system, and the chip.

The HiLink & LiteOS & chip suite helps resolve the IoT industry development difficulties in an end-to-end manner, making IoT development simpler and more efficient.

Chenlu said the combination of HiSilicon chips including LiteOS, Gigahome and Honghu will provide developers with underlying technology optimisation for device intelligence.

Moreover, he said that Huawei is bringing Hollywood movies, in theatres, TV series and variety shows, science, technology and education and documentaries to the Huawei Video service.

Huawei's Head of Software Marketing Jonathon Zhang said that the EMUI 10 is at present designed for TVs, smartphones and tablets.

“PCs will come later. 27 smartphone models, including some Honor models, to be upgraded to EMUI 10. The P30 devices will get EMUI 10 beta in the middle of next month and for Mate 20 series and Honor V20 in October,” he said.

Salient features of EMUI 10
  • Full-colour Always-on Display 
  • Magazine unlock AI beauty algorithm
  • Morandi style textured impression in low saturation
  • Magazine layout for an enhanced reading experience
  • Dark mode, even for third-party apps
  • Private connection between home devices for encrypted transmission of call content
  • Multi-screen collaboration
  • Seamless data transfer between devices
  • Drag and drop, support for third-party apps
  • More rounded icons and new animations
  • More clock and calendar styles
  • HiCar video lets users pair their phone to control music, navigation and even functions like A/C on the car infotainment dashboard
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Start university with a saving thanks to this 9-month fibre student broadband deal

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 11:31

You've confirmed your university on UCAS, you've chosen your halls or living arrangements, you've even invested in an entire IKEA kitchen set (oh, you keen student you). But one thing that might not have even crossed your mind is what to do about your broadband deal.

The major difficulty of choosing your broadband as a student is the knowledge that most broadband packages are 12 or 18 months. That means you'll be paying not just through term-time, but also through the summer while you're back home.

Luckily, we have a solution for you. An exclusive TechRadar broadband deal with a contract of just 9 months. And, costing just £18.99 a month, you're not even having to pay much to get this offer - especially considering you get to share the cost between you.

So whether you're a wide-eyed first year sorting your new house or a final year student tiredly stumbling into the new term, you can see this offer in full below. Or see a full list of the best student broadband deals with our dedicated guide.

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The only real issue with this offer is the speeds that you'll be getting. At 17Mb, this is technically fibre but it doesn't quite match the speeds you can expect elsewhere. With that in mind, if you still want to cling on to the flexibility but want some faster speeds, Virgin could be the way to go.

Offering a collection of 1-month rolling plans with speeds starting at 213Mb, Virgin could be ideal if you're moving into a large house share. Unlike the Onestream deal, where this falls short is in its pricing.

With prices starting at £40 a month, this will most likely benefit big houses where bills can be split across a good few people.

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Steam gamers warned of Windows 10 security risk

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 11:10

Valve's popular PC gaming platform Steam is vulnerable to a hugely damaging zero-day security vulnerability, experts have warned.

According to new findings, around 72 million Windows users are at risk of having their systems taken over by an attacker who could then install malware, steal data, compromise passwords and more.

The vulnerability was disclosed by security researcher Vasily Kravets, who discovered a privilege escalation vulnerability which could allow an attacker with minimal user permissions to gain the same levels of access as the system admin.

A threat actor could take advantage of this by launching malware using those raised privileges, Kravets explained, saying:

"Some of the threats will remain even being run without administrator rights. The high rights of malicious programs can significantly increase risks, programs could disable antivirus, use deep and dark places to hide and change almost any file of any user, even steal private data." 

Steam Client Service

The vulnerability itself affects the Steam Client Service which launches with full systems privileges on Windows. Kravets discovered a way to modify the system registry so that the Steam service could be used to execute another application but with the same elevated privileges.

Unfortunately proof of concept code has already been made available by security researcher Matt Nelson and this makes the vulnerability even more serious as potential attackers now know how to exploit it.

Kravets disclosed his findings just 45 days after submitting his report on the matter to Valve. Typically researchers wait 90 days before publicly disclosing a vulnerability as it gives the affected businesses time to fix the vulnerabilities in their software.

The vulnerability has not been fixed already because Kravets initially reported it using the HackerOne bug bounty system. His report was initially rejected by HackerOne for being out of scope because the attack required “the ability to drop files in arbitrary locations on the user's filesystem” according to The Register. After Kravets convinced HackerOne that the vulnerability was both valid and serious, his report was sent to Valve and rejected again a few weeks later.

Since the proof of concept code has already been published, it is likely that we'll see the vulnerability exploited in the wild soon.

To prevent falling victim to the attack, it is recommended that users follow standard security protocols including not using pirated software, not reusing passwords for multiple sites and services, employing two-factor authentication and applying the latest system updates and patches since an attacker would need access to a user's system to exploit the vulnerability in the first place.

Via Forbes

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The upcoming Apple iPads are tipped to feature more camera lenses

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 11:00

If you actually must take photos with a tablet then we've got some good news for you: the next refresh of Apple's iPad and iPad Pro lines are being tipped to come with upgrades in the camera department.

Japanese blog Mac Otakara, which has a reasonably good record in terms of Apple tips and rumours, says the next iPad Pro will feature a triple-lens rear camera and the next iPad will feature a dual-lens rear camera.

In fact the slates are predicted to get the same sort of rectangular rear camera housing that we're expecting to see on the iPhone 11 models when they show up in September.


Up until now, even the most expensive of the iPads have only come with a single-lens rear camera (it's a 12MP one in the latest iPad Pro), so this would be quite a step up for Apple and the photo-taking capabilities of its iPads.

According to the supply chain source speaking to Mac Otakara, new iPads and iPad Pros are due to be launched this October, though for now we'd take the rumors with a little pinch of salt.

It's the first time we've heard something like this, and while it's certainly possible that Apple wants to upgrade the iPad cameras, these devices are hardly going to appeal to professional photographers.

What it would do is allow the iPads to make use of Portrait mode effects, blurring the background while the subject remains in focus. Extra lens would also help with augmented reality apps.

Aside from speed bumps on the inside, we're not expecting too many changes on the next round of iPads, although this might just be the year that the entry-level iPad ditches the Home button and adopts Face ID.

Via Apple Insider

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