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Which network is currently ahead in the race to 5G?

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 03:00

There's no denying that 5G is kind of a big deal. Partially launched in the UK (depending on your network and location), it means faster speeds when on the move and lower latency so things like streaming video just got better. 

With a more reliable connection, you'll be able to enjoy higher quality video calls, download content while on the train, and even stream gaming sessions from your phone. 

It's likely that 5G connections will be 100 times faster than a standard 4G connection. That's not all either as, in theory, it'll all be far faster than many home broadband connections too, with 5G estimated to hit average speeds of 80-100Mbps.

So, what could it mean for changing the mobile landscape? Well, quite a lot. It could mean downloading a boxset within seconds while on your commute, and it could also mean more reliable conference calls, with no latency slowing down responses between you and your boss. 

All that is only possible with the right network though, and there's quite the battle right now between major UK networks to see who comes out on top in the race to 5G. Let's take a look at where each of the main networks are right now. 

Image credit: EE

EE

The largest mobile phone network in the UK, EE has nearly 30 million customers, and it's clearly keen to maintain that foothold via the rise of 5G. It's the first network to launch a 5G network and is therefore immediately appealing to anyone keen to be ahead of the rest. However, your mileage will vary massively depending on where you live.

The service is only currently available in limited parts of Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, and Manchester. If you live in one of those cities, it's the network you need to be with. Plans are afoot to expand that number to 16 by the end of the year, including Bristol, Coventry, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield. 

The network currently offers four 5G launch devices to choose from. There's the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, OPPO Reno 5G, and LG V50 ThinQ. In addition, EE is keen to embrace the idea of mobile broadband taking over from fixed-line broadband with the 5GEE Home Router and 5GEE WiFi in the pipeline. For now, interested customers can register their interest. 

EE did a pretty good job in the past with 4G and spreading it across the country, so it makes sense that the firm would be doing similar with 5G. 

Image credit: Vodafone

Vodafone

The third largest mobile network, Vodafone is second out of the gate with 5G and has a fairly strong plan. Set to launch its 5G network on July 3, the service will be available in seven locations from day one – London, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Cardiff, and Bristol. 

Another 12 locations are planned by the end of the year, including Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Newbury, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington and Wolverhampton.

However, Vodafone only has two 5G devices available for launch. There's the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G that's also available at EE, along with the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G

That's slim pickings for anyone keen to find the perfect smartphone for them. There's also the Vodafone 5G GigaCube, a wireless router that aims to bring 5G into the home but, much like EE, that's a 'register interest' kind of deal for now.

While Vodafone may offer more locations that have a 5G network, they're already a little behind EE when it comes to how you use it. Still, that won't matter for people in slightly smaller cities that are desperate for 5G as soon as possible. 

Image credit: O2

O2

The second largest mobile network in the UK, O2 isn't exactly forthcoming about its 5G plans. Simply announcing that its 5G network will launch in 2019, the network has plans for four cities to have 5G available through its service. 

Those places comprise the capitals of the UK – London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, and Belfast. No other details have been released regarding other city rollouts in the future. 

There's also the issue that potentially, O2 will only offer one launch device, which looks likely to be the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. An announcement was made in May that O2 would also stock the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G but given recent issues with Huawei, this could end up changing. If you don't want a Samsung handset, O2's 5G coverage isn't going to be for you. 

O2 isn't exactly looking appealing to early adopters, but then it does still offer an impressive 99% population coverage with 4G (and has recently improved its rural coverage) so it's a safe infrastructure to fall back on when you're not in a 5G area. If you know you’re going to regularly travel to areas without a 5G network, O2 is a decent option, even if it's a little slow on the 5G uptake. 

EE will be bringing 5G to Glastonbury Festival. (Image credit: EE)

Three

If you thought O2's plans were a little vague, that's nothing compared to Three's plans. Firmly behind in the race to 5G supremacy, the firm has merely confirmed its 5G network launch in 2019 and named one city that will benefit – London. 

The Huawei Mate 20 X 5G has been mentioned as a possible launch device, but that's it, and it seems unlikely to come to fruition. 

Keen to embrace 5G as quickly as possible? In that case, it's best to give Three a miss. Its vagueness is far from appealing and the network is well and truly last in the race. 

The winner

EE is currently miles ahead of the competition. First to launch a 5G network, it also offers the most 5G compatible devices. Plus, it's available right now rather than requiring you to wait till later in the year. 

Its coverage plans aren't quite as extensive yet as Vodafone's, but if you're looking to pick a 5G network right now (and you live in a relevant city), you can't really go wrong with EE. 

With such plans in place, it's about time that O2 and Three shake things up and actually release some concrete details so potential 5G adopters actually know where to go next for their super fast speed fix. 

5G Uncovered, in association with Samsung, brings you everything you need to know about the next wave of connectivity - not just how fast it's going to be, but in just how many ways it's going to change your life. Our 5G Uncovered hub is carefully curated to show everything there is to know about the next generation of connection.   

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Transforming sports for spectators: the 5G effect

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 02:00

The goal of every athlete is not just to win, but to continually grow faster and stronger, so that they may keep on winning in the future. But this isn’t just the case in sports. As we speak, every player in the mobile industry is gearing up for their biggest competition yet: the launch of 5G.

5G will, of course, be a lot faster and stronger than the 4G we’re used to – just as it was an improvement on the 3G that came before it. The improvements are pretty mind-boggling; speeds could conceivably be up to 100 times faster than 4G, but this is only one benefit of the new standard. 

The other is in terms of latency – the time it takes for your device to communicate with the network.

To demonstrate what this means, the US network Verizon and infrastructure provider Ericsson put together a rather clever demonstration: they gave two American football players VR headsets and mounted cameras on top.

They then sent the video from the cameras over 5G back to the 5G base station, and then from the base station back to the VR headsets – so they would still see what their eyes would naturally, but it would be sent over 5G first.

The result? It turns out that 5G is so quick, it’s possible to throw and catch a football even with images being transmitted to a base station and back, while still maintaining millisecond precision.

Faster connectivity for fans

This clever demo, however, is not the only thing that 5G and sports have in common. In fact, 5G looks set to transform the entire sports viewing experience.

First, let’s look at stadiums and arenas. The most annoying thing that can happen at large events is the mobile networks not working, because thousands of people are all in the same place and are trying to connect to the same mobile antenna. 

The good news is that with 5G, this should become a thing of the past as the next-gen mobile network won't just support a denser number of connected devices, but has also been designed to support millimeter wave frequencies, which mean venues will be able to place more, highly directional 5G equipment to ensure everyone can maintain a decent connection.

Having everyone connected in their seats is not just convenient for social media platforms like Facebook as this sort of connectivity could also be used to offer attendees access to action replays from multiple angles – making up for the one thing that TV can do better than being at the game in person. 

On a more practical level, 5G could also end the nightmare of queuing for ages at the bar at half time, as ordering drinks and snacks from our seats using our phones could become the norm.

Even more ambitiously, we may not be too far away from 5G-powered augmented reality  according to Verizon– we may soon be able to hold up our phones and have the players name and stats float above them as they run around the pitch. The line between FIFA on your Playstation 4 and real life is going to get a little blurry.

Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium is the first to have a dedicated 5G network. (Image credit: Tukewood Media)


Slice that network

Viewing away from the stadium could also improve with 5G. Most obviously, the increased bandwidth and reduced latency should put an end to buffering, even when you’re trying to catch the game while on the bus, but its reliability could go far beyond this thanks to a controversial new technology that’s baked into the 5G standard called network slicing.

At the moment, when you use the internet, all traffic is treated equally – whether you’re sending emails, doing some important work, or rotting your brain watching TikToks. 

Network slicing, however, could enable phone networks to pick and choose what gets priority, and syphon off slices of the available bandwidth for particular favored services. 

Most obviously this will help the emergency services, but it is surely inevitable that as phone networks compete to win over customers, reliable, slice-off access to live sports will prove and attractive proposition. So we can hopefully expect no buffering whatsoever.

The benefits of 5G and network slicing go beyond the immediate consumer proposition too. In fact, 5G could make it easier for TV networks to film and broadcast games – meaning there could be plenty more sporting content to watch, even if your team is in the lower leagues.

How? As SportsPro reports, BT Sport and EE carried out an intriguing trial, sending a team to film a football match between non-League UK football titans Braintree Town and Bromley FC. 

What made it unique wasn’t the diminutive stature of the teams playing, but the fact that all of the pictures were not edited and produced from the stadium as in traditional football broadcasts. 

Instead, pictures were sent back over 5G to BT Sports’ headquarters in London, where a production team was able to turn the raw images into a TV show. If the production team can all stay in one place, it means they can produce multiple broadcasts on the same day – or even at the same time.

Image credit: EE

In other words, 5G could massively reduce the number of people needed to make live sports broadcasts happen – which could, in turn, result in more sport to watch; perfect if you support a smaller sports team.

But there is one last twist: in a world of 5G ubiquity, will people actually want to watch more football, or other traditional sports? The challenge from 5G is that it might make another type of sport more attractive: esports.

Esports have experienced huge growth over recent years thanks to social media and services like Twitch popularizing the players and the clans. According to one estimate, last year 400m people watched esport content – a number that is expected only to continue rising, with stars like Ninja and the “FaZe” clan commanding millions of dollars in sponsorship and advertising revenue just as easily as the biggest footballers do.

With 5G, broadcasting and watching esports is going to be even easier. No longer will there be any constraints on where we can watch from – so don’t be surprised if we start to see players broadcast from their mobile devices, rather than from their bedrooms.

5G Uncovered, in association with Samsung, brings you everything you need to know about the next wave of connectivity - not just how fast it's going to be, but in just how many ways it's going to change your life. Our 5G Uncovered hub is carefully curated to show everything there is to know about the next generation of connection.   

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The iPhone SE2 won’t turn up at WWDC 2019 - or ever

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 01:00

WWDC 2019 is so close that one can practically imagine what iOS 13 will bring – but while we might see some new hardware this year (the Mac Pro 2019 could make an appearance) we’re not going to see an iPhone SE2.

In fact, we’re never going to see the much-vaunted sequel to Apple’s surprise hit of 2016, the phone that brought back the right amount of nostalgia and fused it with cutting-edge technology. It was known as the iPhone Special Edition and it looks like Apple is leaving that as an exclusive moniker for the phone. 

The iPhone SE2 will never happen for one simple reason: we're past the point of smaller smartphones, and the SE is synonymous with being compact… which is sad, as no matter how hard a brand tries to push ever-increasing screen sizes, there’s always going to be a market for that.

That smaller, four-inch screen represented something that so many smartphone users still desire: a phone that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. Something that you can interact with easily with a single set of digits, one that doesn’t see you using your nose to hit the right hand side of the screen when you're holding something in your other palm.

A phone that could be used with one hand appealed to a specific set of smartphone users: those that didn’t really want one. Those that realized that to be unconnected on the go meant to be behind society’s curve, and realized the iPhone was generally regarded as one of the easiest handsets to use. The SE was one of the cheapest to go for, so became a no-brainer for many.

That’s a powerful mix, and why the phone continued to be successful years later – still selling rapidly even as it was discontinued in 2018, before being quietly re-released earlier in 2019. Tim Cook’s surprise at its success after launch shows that Apple didn’t realize the impact it could have.

It's game over for small phones

The modern smartphone is becoming less about the hardware and more about what users can do with it. It’s a device for more in-depth applications, platforms that need a larger screen area to allow users to see the improved and more detailed functionality offered. 

Younger smartphone users are increasingly drawn to the bigger screen sizes, allowing them to devour more online media, enjoy YouTube videos in greater clarity and edit their own social media presence to a more refined degree.

An all-screen, but smaller, phone could appear, but that would raise the cost significantly in terms of the improved display and the need to create a perfectly-balanced phone. 

The all-screen SE (possibly called the XE) would have to cram in cutting-edge components to take advantage of all the new tricks iOS brings, and making sure the cost stays palatable enough to be within reach of those that would like an iPhone but don’t want to pay exorbitant amounts for it.

When it comes to considering a successor to the iPhone SE, there's also the issue of the much-missed feature that would never appear on a new budget model: the headphone jack. 

We questioned why the new iPod Touch still has the audio port, and the reason is likely that the new Touch is using the same design as one from four years ago, so keeping the headphone jack made sense.

Apple will never launch another compact smartphone in the vein of the iPhone SE, so even if it were to come out with a phone that was aimed at those that wanted a cheaper iPhone, one that used older designs, it would likely be something based on the iPhone 7's shape or later. 

The headphone jack still offers real convenience for users, even if Bluetooth connections are far slicker. [Image credit: TechRadar]

An iPhone SE2 could follow the iPhone 6S’ design and keep the headphone port, but it would feel something of a rather large backtrack over Apple’s ‘courage’ in removing it from its smartphone line.

Given the iPhone SE was the last new smartphone from Apple to pack the headphone jack, a new SE without the port would feel even further removed from the original, a separate line that merely shares the name (were the iPhone SE2 to actually appear.

So what might be coming?

Given all the above, you might be confused as to why recent rumors have tipped an iPhone SE2 for 2020… or even WWDC 2019. 

While we’re not expecting to see any phone hardware at Apple’s developer conference, that doesn't mean we’re never going to get a new, stripped-down version of the iPhone.

It’s perfectly feasible that Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis’ predictions of a lower-cost iPhone, one shorn of elements like 3D Touch, could appear in the near future. It would most likely be based on the older designs, those of the iPhone 7 and 8, to protect price but still offer a large enough screen size for modern app use.

We’ll likely see this in 2020, but given a different name than SE - like the iPhone 5C's colorful ‘natural successor’ was named the iPhone XR, Apple will likely want to create a new proposition rather than encourage natural comparisons.

Apple rarely launches big changes to its hardware at WWDC, and this year we’re mostly expecting to see big upgrades to iOS alongside the launch of macOS 10.15 and the retooling of iTunes to split into different apps.

Our best guess at the announcement of this lower-cost phone would be either alongside the new iPhone launch in September, or perhaps even at its own event (in the same vein as the iPhone SE, which landed at a special launch in March 2016). 

What’s almost certain is that Apple won’t be taking a phone design that’s nearly seven years old and packing it with new technology – the angular, industrial design might have come back with the new iPad Pro, but for Apple to apply the same language to a new iPhone, even a reboot, seems too much of a stretch at this stage.

So if you’re hankering after an iPhone SE2, one that looks and feels the same as your older model, we’d suggest trying to make peace with a slightly larger handset and the benefits that brings, or soldiering on with an aging device – because it seams that special edition looks set to remain the only such thing Apple will ever make.

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Nikon may have three new Z series cameras in the pipeline

Sun, 06/02/2019 - 21:09

Nikon’s first attempt at a full-frame mirrorless camera was a success, although there were some who were expecting a pro-level body to lead the charge. If fresh rumors are to be believed, a professional-level Z series snapper could join the ranks of the Z7 and Z6 either in 2019 or 2020.

Online publications Nikon Rumors and The New Camera have found five new Nikon camera codes that have recently been registered, meaning we can expect to see more than just the one high-end full-frame mirrorless camera, which is rumored to be the Z9.

The Z9 will allegedly come with high-end specs and dual card slots, but no other detail has yet been discovered. It might be the first new Z series mirrorless camera we can expect, with rumors suggesting it could arrive as early as August or September 2019.

Mixing it up

The second Z series camera rumored to be arriving some time soon – perhaps in late 2019 or early 2020 – is the Z5, but this isn’t slated to be a full-frame mirrorless option. Instead, it’s supposed to boast a 30MP to 32MP APS-C crop sensor, will carry the same core specifications as the Z6 and, like the Z9, could also feature dual card slots.

There’s also supposed to be an entry-level Z3 body (also being dubbed the Z1) in the pipeline that could be announced in 2020. Rumors suggest that this could be a DX camera – so a mirrorless version of the D3500 entry-level DSLR perhaps, one that could give Canon’s EOS RP some competition. 

However, from what we can piece together from the few whispers of the Z3, this budget snapper will supposedly come with a fixed rear LCD display, a sensor with a 24MP or 26MP resolution, a single microSD card slot and no viewfinder. If that’s the case, this might be a very compact mirrorless body indeed.

Adding to the DSLR range

While reports suggest Canon is killing off its popular EOS 7D line, Nikon isn’t shying away from padding out its DSLR line. Nikon Rumors has found codes registered for two new DSLRs alongside the possible three new mirrorless cameras.

The Nikon D760, the successor to the almost five-year-old D750, could be announced some time this year, while the D5 could also see an upgrade in the form of the Nikon D6. The latter is rumored to house a 24MP sensor and will have 4K/60p video capabilities, along with sensor stabilization for smoother capture.

All the cameras we’ve listed above, however, are just whispers at the moment. There’s no definitive news for any of the above potential products, so we’d recommend you take it all with a pinch of salt. But if there’s any truth to this influx of Nikon snappers, then we should know soon enough.

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Sun, 06/02/2019 - 20:38

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Apple over-ear headphones: what we want to see from the rumored StudioPods

Sun, 06/02/2019 - 14:01

Rumors of a pair of Apple over-ear headphones have been circling for a while now, with numerous outlets reporting that the San Cupertino company is planning to release a pair of studio-quality cans this year. 

According to a report by Bloomberg, Apple’s over-ear headphones, which some are calling the Apple StudioPods, could arrive in the second half of this year. 

With Apple’s WWDC 2019 keynote fast approaching on June 3, could we be about to see the brand’s first ever over-ear headphones?

What we’ve heard so far

Rumors surrounding a pair of Apple over-ear headphones are just that – rumors. There’s been no confirmation from Apple that it’s planning to release cans to compete with the likes of Bose, Sennheiser, and Sony headphones.

The earliest reports of Apple over-ear headphones came in February 2018 from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who claimed that Apple was working on updated AirPods and “own-brand, high-end over-ear headphones with an all-new design”.

As we now know, Kuo’s prediction about the updated AirPods turned out to be right, as the release of AirPods (2019) earlier this year demonstrated. 

He was also right about the kind of upgrades Apple’s true wireless earbuds would receive, predicting that they wouldn’t look very different from the original AirPods, but would have an upgraded chip and a wireless charging case. 

With Kuo’s predictions being correct so far, we wouldn’t be surprised if he was right about the over-ear model too. 

The Beats Studio 3 Wireless headphones (Image credit: Apple)

In June 2018, Bloomberg reported that Apple was planning “studio-quality over-ears headphones” that will “use Apple branding and be a higher end alternative to the company’s Beats line”.

Apple acquired Beats in 2014 for $3 billion, and already sells Beats-branded over-ear headphones on its website. 

Speaking to people close to the matter, Bloomberg reported that Apple originally intended to “introduce the headphones by the end of 2018, but has faced development challenges”, and is now targeting a 2019 launch.

More recently, a January 2019 report from Bloomberg said that the new headphones could arrive in the second half of this year. 

Despite no official confirmation from Apple that the headphones exist, some outlets have already started calling the rumored headphones the Apple StudioPods. As MacWorld says, the company is likely to seek consistency by “re-using the Pod suffix that unites so many of its music products: the EarPods, AirPods, HomePod, and iPod”. 

What we want to see from Apple's over-ear headphones

The best over-ear headphones combine slick design, comfort, and portability – ideally without breaking the bank. But these days, headphones can be incredibly tech-heavy as well, which is what we would expect from a pioneering company like Apple. 

That’s why we’d like to see modern conveniences like wireless connectivity, built-in voice assistance, and active noise-cancelling in the rumored Apple over-ear headphones – and above all else, fantastic sound quality.

The Apple AirPods (2019) (Image credit: TechRadar)

Better sound quality than the AirPods

They may be popular, but Apple's AirPods have never been known for their audio quality. While they have a lively presentation, they can sound a bit harsh when it comes to higher frequency sounds like snares, violins, and trumpets.

The Apple AirPods also aren’t the bassiest earbuds on the market – but more powerful bass could absolutely be achieved by a higher-spec pair of over-ear headphones. 

Ketan Bharadia, International Technical Editor of What Hi-Fi? agrees: “I've never rated the sound of the company's in-ears but, considering [Apple’s] engineering might and the sonic qualities of their iPhones and the HomePod, there's plenty of potential for over-ears to stir things up.”

Over-ears tend to offer higher sound quality than in-ear models anyway, partly because they have bigger drivers than in-ear models. These larger drivers are able to displace larger volumes of air than their smaller counterparts, which in turn creates a more powerful audio performance. 

According to Audio Advice, these larger drivers tend to reproduce the “widest range of frequencies, from silky smooth highs to tight, deep bass,” providing a richer, more colorful soundstage than in-ear headphones. 

This mockup from Curved shows the so-called StudioPods charging wirelessly (Image credit: Curved / Labs)

Classic Apple design

Take away the technical aspects of a pair of headphones, and you’ve essentially got a (potentially very expensive) piece of headgear – and as such, it’s important that they look good. 

We know that Apple has a strong design aesthetic; despite initial ridicule, the Apple AirPods have become iconic for their unique design, with lots of true wireless earbud manufacturers since taking inspiration from their long, protruding stems and all-white minimalist color scheme. 

Although Apple hasn’t even confirmed the existence of the StudioPods, that hasn’t stopped German tech publication Curved from mocking up its own concept illustrations of what the headphones might look like. 

The illustrations from Curved are based on the look of Apple’s HomePod, framed by “the same textile mix as Apple’s smart speaker”. 

They also take inspiration from Beats headphones in terms of their shape and build, but swaps the Beats logo for Apple’s own hallmark. 

Curved also predicted that the headphones would charge wirelessly, showing the mocked-up headphones resting on an Apple-branded charging platform, and that the housings would feature touch controls, a little like the Microsoft Surface headphones.  

The Microsoft Surface Headphones (Image credit Microsoft)

Decent sound isolation

The way Apple’s over-ear headphones sound will have a huge impact on the different situations they can be used in, as Senior Supervising Engineer at the National Film & Television School Jeremy Rodeschini explains: 

“My role is to do with sound engineering covering a wide range of applications from theatrical sound to VR as well as live sound – and each application has very different requirements.”

While Rodeschini looks for “excellent isolation from ambient noise, reliability, and robustness” from the headphones he uses for mixing live sound, comfort and “a slightly flattering response” is preferable when he’s recording actors delivering their lines in the studio. 

Of course, noise isolation isn’t just useful for working with live sound; for anyone who wants to listen to music in loud environments, like on their daily public transport commute for example, good noise isolation makes a world of difference. 

How well a pair of headphones can isolate ambient noise depends on how well they seal around your ears, creating a physical barrier that prevents environmental sound from getting to your ears; this can be challenging for over-ear styles, as they don’t offer as tight a seal as in-ear models. 

Still, a good pair of over-ear headphones should be able to physically block a decent amount of ambient noise, and this is something we would expect from a pair of high-end headphones from Apple. 

Fantastic noise-cancelation

The Sony WH-1000MX3s (Image credit: Sony)

If Apple wants its StudioPods to compete with the best over-ear headphones on the market, it should take a leaf out of Sony’s book, and offer the same high-standard of noise-cancelation provided by the Sony WH-1000XM3s, as well as noise isolation.

The best noise-canceling headphones make commuting a breeze, eliminating the noise of crying babies, honky traffic, and the loud conversations of your neighbors by digitally tuning out unwanted environmental sound. 

With Apple’s technological might, we’d be surprised if a pair of over-ear headphones from the San Cupertino company didn’t include noise cancelling technology – after all, it’s an increasingly common feature of premium headphones. 

Both the Beats PowerBeats Pro and the Apple AirPods (2019) contain Apple's H1 chip (Image credit: TechRadar)

Apple's H1 headphone chip

If Apple is going to release a pair of over-ear headphones, we’d expect them to have the same H1 headphone chip that’s built-in to the AirPods (2019) and the PowerBeats Pro.

Apple’s new H1 chip is designed to improve connectivity and battery life, and allows for a new ‘Hey Siri’ voice activation feature in the upgraded AirPods – all of which we would like to see in any future Apple over-ear headphones. 

Wireless isn’t everything though – if Apple markets these headphones as studio-quality cans, the option to use a wired connection to your device will be crucial.

This is because wired headphones tend to offer higher quality audio than their wireless counterparts, as Joe Cox, Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi? explains:

“Bluetooth would traditionally compress your music files to transmit them wirelessly, reducing audio quality before it’s even reached your headphones”. 

While advances in Bluetooth like aptX HD means that audio quality is far better than it once was, you won’t find this technology in Apple’s AirPods (2019) – and if the company doesn’t include support aptX HD in the StudioPods, the option for a wired connection will be important to get that studio-quality sound.

Audio accuracy

It could be that the new Apple StudioPods take inspiration from the over-ear headphones already offered by Beats like the Beats Studio 3 wireless noise-canceling headphones – but these models aren’t exactly known for their audio quality either, with some criticizing their bass-heavy presentation.

If Apple frames these new headphones as studio-quality, true audiophiles like Rodeschini will be looking for perfect audio accuracy:

“Personally I like a comfortable pair of headphones that delivers a sound that is as close to the original as possible so I get to appreciate all the expertise of the mixer and get as close as possible to the artists intention.” 

He continues, “if a headphone is adding any color to the soundtrack, it would be like adding the same blend of spices to every dish you eat without the chef's knowledge – not desirable in my opinion.”

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Best Linux server distro of 2019

Sun, 06/02/2019 - 12:36

While Windows may be the world's most popular Operating System (OS) for desktop PCs, the world's most popular OS for the internet's web servers is Linux.

Usually bundled along with Apache, MySQL, and PHP - and frequently referred to as a LAMP configuration - a wide variety of different Linux distros are used. 

Sometimes it's down to personal preference, sometimes market forces, and sometimes due to small advantages a particularly distro will have in regards to the core applications to be used, security concerns, or stability issues.

Ultimately, most web users will never notice any difference because the OS works very much in the background, and it will only be the system administrators and IT managers who take notice of which distro of Linux is used.

But which Linux should be used? In most situations the choice won't be critical and mostly be an issue of personal choice. However, we'll list some of our favorite ones below.

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1. Debian

Debian is over 20-years-old and in part owes that longevity to the emphasis placed on producing a stable operating system. This is crucial if you want to set up a server as updates can sometimes clash badly with existing software.

There are three branches of Debian, named 'Unstable', 'Testing' and 'Stable'. To become part of the Stable current release, packages must have been reviewed for several months as part of the Testing release. This results in a much more reliable system – but don't expect Debian to incorporate much 'bleeding edge' software as a result. 

You can get started with Debian using a minimal Network Boot image which is less than 30MB in size. For a faster setup, download the larger network installer which at just under 300MB contains more packages.

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2. Ubuntu Server

While Ubuntu is best known for bringing desktop Linux to the masses, its Server variant is also extremely competitive. Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, has developed LTS (Long Term Support) versions of Ubuntu Server, which like the desktop flavour can be updated up to five years after the date of release, saving you the trouble of upgrading your server repeatedly. Canonical also periodically releases versions of Ubuntu Server at the same time as the latest desktop distro (i.e. 18.04.1).

If you're intent on building your own cloud platform, you can also download Ubuntu Cloud Server. Canonical claims that over 55% of OpenStack clouds already run on Ubuntu. For a fee, Canonical will even set up a managed cloud for you using BootStack.

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3. OpenSUSE

OpenSUSE (formerly SUSE Linux) is a Linux distro specifically designed for developers and system admins wishing to run their own server. The easy-to-use installer can be configured to use 'Text Mode' rather than install a desktop environment to get your server up and running.

OpenSUSE will automatically download the minimum required packages for you, meaning only essential software is installed. The YaST Control Center allows you to configure network settings, such as setting up a static IP for your server. You can also use the built in Zypper package manager to download and install essential server software such as postfix.

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4. Fedora Server

Fedora is a community developed operating system based on the commercial Linux distro Red Hat. Fedora Server is a special implementation of the OS, allowing you to deploy and manage your server using the Rolekit tool. The operating system also includes a powerful PostgreSQL Database Server. 

Fedora Server also includes FreeIPA, enabling you to manage authentication credentials, access control information and perform auditing from one central location. 

You can download the full 2.7GB ISO image of Fedora Server using the link below. The same page contains a link to a minimal 583MB NetInstall Image from Fedora's Other Downloads section for a faster barebones setup.

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5. CentOS

Like Fedora, CentOS is a community developed distribution of Linux, originally based on the commercial OS Red Hat Enterprise Linux. In light of this, the developers behind CentOS 7 have promised to provide full updates for the OS until the end of 2020, with maintenance updates until the end of June 2024 – which should save the trouble of performing a full upgrade on your server in the near future.

You can avoid unnecessary packages by installing the 'minimal' ISO from the CentOS website, which at 906MB can fit onto a 90 minute CD-R. If you're eager to get started, the site also offers preconfigured AWS instances and Docker images.

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The cheapest Oculus Rift prices and Oculus Go sales in June 2019

Sun, 06/02/2019 - 10:35

So you're here for the best and cheapest Oculus Rift prices, but did you know there's a new Oculus in town in the form of the more affordable Oculus Go? On this page you'll find the latest Oculus Go prices along with the original and more powerful headset's cheapest offers.

The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is one of the best VR devices on the market. It's backed by world-class technology, has a growing library of games and apps, and now you can get it at its cheapest price ever. That's because the Oculus Rift price was permanently reduced a while back making it much more affordable. The headset also is now bundled with the Oculus Touch controllers in the UK and US. You're saving a few hundred notes now, which we always love.

In the box, you'll find the Oculus Rift headset, two Touch controllers, two Oculus room sensors, all the cables you need to connect it, and seven free VR apps and games, including popular title Lucky's Tale, Quill and Robo Recall.

Oculus Rift prices

When searching for an Oculus Rift sale price, you should always make sure that you're looking at one of the newer bundles with the Touch controllers. Otherwise, you could end up paying $399 in the US and £399 in the UK for just the headset, or you could pay more than you should for the starter kit.

Every deal listed on this page is for the current retail version of the Oculus Rift. We've vetted these deals so you won't end up with a dev kit version (Dk1 or Dk2) early build. You can find a few of these early models around the net, especially on eBay, but be warned, many of these are the earliest versions of the headset, made available to early adopters or developers. We'd stay away from them as they're not the refined finished product available at your favorite retailers and they probably don't come with controllers either.

Looking to upgrade your PC gaming setup further? Check out our best monitor deals.

Oculus Go prices

If the Oculus Rift looks a little pricey and you're not ready to invest in an upgraded rig, there is a cheaper way to enjoy Oculus VR and that's by taking a look at our Oculus Go sale prices.

The Oculus Go, is a standalone VR experience that does not require any extra equipment like a powerful PC, gaming laptop or modern smartphone. It has everything it needs built into the headset. You also get a hand-controller which makes interacting with menus and playing games much easier than trying to select things with your face.

The visual quality isn't quite up there with the full-sized version and you can't lean in to make things appear closer, but the other degrees of head movement are covered in a huge range of apps and games available from the Oculus store. So if you're after a fun VR experience beyond those dodgy headsets you slot your phone into, then we'd seriously advise you check out the latest Oculus go prices below.

Oculus Touch controller deals

Oculus Touch is a pair of motion controllers with buttons that provide a more intuitive way of interacting with select Oculus Rift games. The controllers come bundled in with most Oculus Rift deals, and certainly those sold by official retailers. 

The controllers, which let you interact with VR games and apps by moving your arms around and pressing buttons, originally cost a rather steep £190/$199 for the pair, essentially bringing the overall cost much closer to the HTC Vive VR setup. 

On the plus side, the controllers have been reduced to a much more attractive £99/$99, making them an essential purchase if you bought the headset before it was bundled with the controllers.

How much does the Oculus Rift cost?

In the UK, the original recommended price was £549 and $599 in the US. Thankfully, it's recently been reduced and you can now pick one up for £399/$399. Feel free to bookmark this page though to keep an eye on the best Oculus Rift prices as they are updated daily to reflect the best online Oculus Rift deals out there.

Will my PC run Oculus Rift?

That's a good question, and certainly one to ask before splurging out on the virtual reality lid for your rig. Handily, there's a neat Oculus Rift compatibility tool you can try via our very own Downloads section.

If you're starting out from scratch and want to build your own Oculus Rift ready rig, check out TechRadar's article below.

Can I use the Oculus Rift on the PS4 or Xbox One?

Not on either so far. Sony has its own headset with PlayStation VR for the PS4, so we're not expecting Oculus Rift compatibility any time soon. As for Oculus Rift on the Xbox One, it's also a no, but with a potential 'maybe' further down the line. Oculus teamed up with Microsoft to include a PC/Oculus-compatible Xbox One controller with the retail release of the headset, so there's already a relationship to potentially build on. Microsoft's HoloLens VR/augmented reality headset has been very quiet of late and hasn't really been pushed as an Xbox One headset, leaving plenty of room for speculation that the Oculus Rift will make it's way to the Xbox One.

Can I use Oculus Rift on my phone?

Get out. Oh, you must be confusing the Oculus with the Samsung Gear VR. Samsung's headset is far cheaper and is made for mobile apps, rather than full-fat PC experiences. Well worth a look though if you have a compatible Android mobile phone. As things stand, your phone would probably melt faster than the sets-on-fire-for-fun Galaxy Note 7 if you tried convincing it to even look at an Oculus Rift.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 could go all the way up to 45W fast charging

Sun, 06/02/2019 - 09:30

We're eagerly awaiting the official arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, expected to arrive in August, but until that happens we've got plenty of leaks and rumors to go on – including talk of 45W fast charging.

We've previously heard that the Note 10 is going to bring some rapid charging to the table, but up until now we haven't been sure just how rapid it would be.

According to respected tipster @UniverseIce on Twitter, the phone battery could be juiced up with 45W of power. That's some improvement over the 15W charger and charging tech that came with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

The tweet takes some deciphering though – it shows Leonardo da Vinci, a charging symbol, and the number 101101. It starts to make sense when you remember 'Da Vinci' is Samsung's codename for the Note 10 and that 101101 is the number 45 in binary.

Charge it up

Charging speeds on a phone are a combination of how much power the charger can provide and how much power the phone can take.

An overall wattage of 45W would probably put the Note 10 at the front of the field in terms of charging speeds, though without more information it's difficult to say exactly how quickly it would get from zero to 100%.

The Huawei P30 Pro, for example, comes with 40W fast charging and can get up to a 70% charge from nothing in just 30 minutes. Wireless charging speeds are usually significantly slower.

We'll have to wait and see to know for sure how quickly the Note 10 will be able to get charged up, but @UniverseIce is one of the more reliable leakers out there as far as phone info goes.

Via GSMArena

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The weird and wonderful PCs of Computex 2019

Sun, 06/02/2019 - 06:00

Every year Computex brings forth some truly weird and wonderful things. While there's some great tech on the show floor that's worth looking at, we couldn't help but notice a slew of rather interesting PCs being showcased at various booths.

Now, some of these PC cases are created purely for enthusiasts to marvel at, but we would be kidding if we didn't admit that some of them would look right at home here in the TechRadar offices.

So here's our collection of the best and most unique PCs seen at Computex this year.

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Check out all of TechRadar's Computex 2019 coverage. We're live in Taipei to bring you all the breaking computing news and launches, plus hands-on reviews of everything from fresh laptops and desktops to powerful new components and wild overclocking demonstrations.

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iTunes could close in the next few days

Sun, 06/02/2019 - 06:00

We've been expecting Apple to close iTunes for a while now, in order to divide it into different apps, and it looks like the tech company is putting the ball in motion, suggesting we'll see the new face of Apple's media plan at WWDC 2019

As noticed by Reddit user u/MalteseAppleFan,  the iTunes Instagram account has had all its content deleted – in addition the iTunes Twitter account hasn't been updated in nearly a week as of writing, and all posts on iTunes' Facebook page have also been removed.

We've heard Apple is planning to replace iTunes with Apple Music, and presumably iTunes' other content would be moved to Apple's other platforms, such as Apple TV Plus.

Shuttering iTunes' social media accounts would make sure consumers only followed the accounts of iTunes' newer apps, so Apple's steps to do so suggest we could hear news of iTunes' closure in the next few days. The iTunes Twitter and Instagram accounts already point towards the Apple TV accounts, so this move could already be in motion.

Apple's week-long developer conference WWDC 2019 begins on June 3, and we're expecting Apple to announce its new software and hardware upgrades like iOS 13 , MacOS 10.15, WatchOS 6 and more. TechRadar will be on the ground reporting for the whole week, so stay tuned to find out the future of Apple.

Via Appleinsider

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Apple tipped to clamp down on tracking inside kids apps

Sun, 06/02/2019 - 05:30

WWDC 2019 gets underway tomorrow, Apple's yearly get together for developers and app makers, and we just got another rumor about what's in store – tighter controls on user tracking inside apps targeted at kids.

According to the WSJ, Apple CEO Tim Cook is set to announce more controls over what can and can't be gathered in terms of user data, as well as pushing for more transparency over the data that gets collected.

The WSJ tested 80 apps highlighted in the iOS App Store, including some apps aimed at children, and found all but one included third-party trackers. There was an average of four trackers per app.

An app aimed at children aged between 2 and 7, Curious World, was found to be sending user names, ages, and data on in-app activity back to Facebook.

Stronger privacy and security

Selling marketing info is of course a key way that developers can make money and fund their apps in the first place – and so Apple is going to have to strike a balance to keep both app users and app developers satisfied.

It's also worth pointing out that the problem is by no means exclusive to iOS, though Apple's mobile operating system was the focus of this latest WSJ report.

"As part of our ongoing efforts to make users' data even more secure, we will continue to address the challenges of improving transparency and helping users get stronger privacy and security protections for the data they've chosen to share," Apple told the WSJ.

Look out for some of those challenges to be addressed at the WWDC keynote on Monday, when we're also expecting to hear about Apple's plans to break up iTunes.

Via Engadget

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South Africa vs Bangladesh live stream: how to watch today's Cricket World Cup 2019 match from anywhere

Sun, 06/02/2019 - 05:05

How are your Sunday plans looking? If they're anything like ours, they involve finding a television, laptop or tablet and settling in for the next match in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Sounds pretty good, doesn't it? Well you're in the right place to discover how to get a South Africa vs Bangladesh live stream, regardless of where you are in the world.

Take a look at the odds on somewhere like Betfair and you'd think this one was over before it's even begun - South Africa are heavy favourites over Bangladesh. But then...see how far that got Anthony Joshua yesterday and Serena Williams in the French Open tennis

And that also seems to disregard just how convincingly South Africa were beaten in the 2019 Cricket World Cup opener on Thursday against England. The bowling of Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo and makeshift opener Imran Tahir meant that the absence of Dale Steyn wasn't missed too much. But it will be on captain Faf du Plessis to rally his troops and get the likes of Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram and Quinton de Kock firing on all cylinders.

To oversimplify things on Bangladesh's side, so much rests on their one true superstar Shakib Al Hasan. Currently ranked as the number 1 all-rounder in international one day cricket, today will see him earn his 199th ODI cap. If he adds to his seven centuries and 200-odd wickets, Bangladesh could trouble the Proteas at the Oval in their first match of this year's World Cup.

So this may not be as easy to call as it first looks. What is straightforward however, is getting a South Africa vs Bangladesh live stream in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Continue reading to see how to watch from just about anywhere on Earth.

Watch a Cricket World Cup 2019 live stream from outside your country

Watching in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, US or India? We've got all the details you need about the broadcaster in your country further down this page.

But if you're away from your home country today, the minute you try to watch your domestic broadcast you'll discover that you can't because of geo-blocking. That's annoying, but by using a VPN you can watch it anyway without reverting to some dodgy, illegal feed you've dug out online.

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Every 5G trial live in the UK right now

Sun, 06/02/2019 - 05:00

It has been a long time coming, but 5G has finally landed in the UK, with the first network just switched on and the first wave of 5G handsets hitting stores.

That’s good news, as 5G could prove to be a revolutionary technology. At the very least it will make any process that involves data a lot faster, so you’ll be able to download large apps in seconds, stream 4K content without buffering, and load websites instantly.

But it’s also set to provide lower latency, which will be a major boon to online gamers, and to offer increased capacity, so being in a stadium or city center full of other 5G users won’t lead to network congestion.

Even that’s just the beginning – 5G could transform industry, lead to a massive rise in the Internet of Things (IoT), and a whole lot more. So, it’s set to enact a real change in the mobile landscape and beyond.

Still, while we’re on the cusp on networks launching 5G services, we’re not quite there for every single one yet. Below you’ll find everything we know so far about the 5G launch plans of the UK’s four major networks, but we’ll also look at what they’re doing in the meantime, including their numerous 5G trials.

EE will be bringing 5G to Glastonbury Festival. (Image credit: EE)

EE

EE was the first network to launch a 5G network in the UK, and at the time of writing it's the only one to have done so.

It’s initially targeting a small number of cities with parts of London, Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham now, while parts of Bristol, Coventry, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield will apparently get it later in 2019.

EE has been carrying out various 5G trials to get here. It was responsible for the “UK’s first” 5G trial network, which it switched on in Canary Wharf in late 2018. It quickly expanded that trial, switching on nine 5G sites across London.

That has been EE’s main 5G trial so far, but it has also carried out smaller ones, such as demonstrating the first live 5G broadcast, and looking ahead, EE plans to bring 5G to this year’s Glastonbury Festival, giving festival-goers an early chance to experience the technology at the event in late June.

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Vodafone

Vodafone has revealed more about its 5G launch plans than any other network so far, saying that it will enable 5G on July 3.

It will be quite a big launch too, with 5G set to arrive in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and London from day one – though we wouldn’t expect city-wide coverage straight away.

After that, it plans to bring 5G to Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Newbury, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington and Wolverhampton later in 2019, and it's confirmed that it won’t charge any more for 5G than 4G.

It has been a long road to get here though. Vodafone has run numerous 5G trials, including major trials in the seven cities it plans to initially launch 5G in. These trials went live in late 2018 and Vodafone stated at the time that they were the “most comprehensive” to date.

These trials – which started with MediaCity UK in Salford, Greater Manchester - were mostly just open to Vodafone itself and to other businesses. But the public has been able to get involved with some parts of the trials, as in February 2019, when Vodafone switched on 5G at Manchester Airport, allowing the public to connect to it like a Wi-Fi network – bypassing the need for a 5G phone.

And it’s perhaps no surprise that Vodafone is looking like it might be the first UK company with a live, full 5G network, as it has also been responsible for a number of other 5G firsts, such as being the first UK network to test 3.4GHz spectrum (which will be used for 5G) and the first company anywhere in the world to connect smartphones to a 5G network.

Three’s 5G network will land sometime in 2019. (Image credit: Three)

Three

Three is behind EE and Vodafone, both when it comes to a 5G launch date and 5G trials – but possibly not by much.

The network said in April 2019 that it was on track to launch 5G during the second half of the year, but hasn’t yet been more specific than that, and hasn’t said where 5G will initially be launched either, suggesting that it probably won’t land as soon as some rivals.

It seems a safe bet that London will be one of the first places to get it though, especially as Three has 5G test beds live on Oxford Street and in Central St Martins, the latter of which was used during London Fashion Week to deliver the “world’s first” 5G mixed reality catwalk.

It has also been trialing another world-first, in the form of a cloud-based core 5G network, which is designed to make it easier and quicker to roll out new services, and which is part of a £2 billion infrastructure investment Three is making in preparation for 5G.

O2 has brought 5G to the O2 Arena. (Image credit: O2)

O2

O2 has said that it plans to launch 5G at some point in 2019, so like Three it’s a bit vague so far. However, unlike Three it has said where will get 5G first, specifically Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London – the UK’s four capital cities.

Ahead of this launch it is carrying out a number of trials, including, unsurprisingly, some in London. These include trials of Massive MIMO (a technology that will be fundamental to 5G) at King’s Cross and Marble Arch, as well, perhaps most significantly, as launching a 5G test bed at the O2 Arena.

It is also carrying out other trials less relevant to mobile, such as providing 5G spectrum to help test autonomous cars.

5G Uncovered, in association with Samsung, brings you everything you need to know about the next wave of connectivity - not just how fast it's going to be, but in just how many ways it's going to change your life. Our 5G Uncovered hub is carefully curated to show everything there is to know about the next generation of connection.   

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WhatsApp slides onto the Nokia 8110 4G phone

Sun, 06/02/2019 - 04:50

The Nokia 8110 4G, affectionately known as the banana phone is getting one of the most popular applications released for it. Users of this KaiOS based phones will finally be able to WhatsApp using the enigmatic yellow phone.

Announced during MWC 2018, the comeback of the Nokia 8110 4G certainly created some noise. Mostly targeted as a secondary phone, the 8110 appealed to an older crowd for nostalgic reasons.

However, the functionality of the 8110 4G was limited due to the lack of apps commonly found on iOS and Android platforms. This, could also be considered as a selling point for the banana phone, giving the hyper-connected user a break. 

But WhatsApp is a key requirement for many- like phone calls and text messages. And those users can now put their main smartphone away during times they don't want to be bombarded with data and carry on with the Nokia 8110.

Other apps already available on KaiOS include Google Maps, Facebook and Twitter. WhatsApp can be downloaded from the KaiOS store on your Nokia 8110. While text messaging and sending photos/videos works well with it, it currently does not support voice messaging or calls.

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The cheapest Chromecast prices and deals in June 2019

Sat, 06/01/2019 - 19:35

With competition from rival devices heating up, it's a good time to be on the lookout for some of the cheapest Chromecast prices. Google Chromecast is not only one of the most useful and innovative gadgets of the last few years, it's also excellent value for money. And if you're looking to pick one up for the cheapest possible price, you've come to the right place!

Chromecast is a Wi-Fi HDMI dongle that you plug directly into your TV. From there you can use your smartphone or tablet to 'throw' video at your TV over Wi-Fi, whether it be Netflix movies, live football matches from the major broadcasters or simply just a funny YouTube video. On this page we'll find you the best prices for the Chromecast Ultra, Chromecast 3, Chromecast 2 and Chromecast Audio and explain how they differ. You'll have to be quick on Chromecast Audio, as Google has announced it will no longer be making new units.

With prices already pretty cheap, there's no need to hang on for specific Chromecast sales of the other dongles. If you're in the UK or US and would prefer to stream content from a standalone box, you should take a look at the latest Roku deals. Otherwise, there's a strong selection of streaming devices over on our Amazon Fire TV prices and deals page.

The cheapest Chromecast 3 prices

The newest version of the standard (non-4K) Chromecast is this 3rd-gen iteration. Generally, you'll find it for the same prices as the previous model. It's phasing out stock of the older model, although if you spot the older one for a decent amount less, you're not missing much at all by skipping the new one. The only real improvement is a modest boost to the speed it'll load up videos and start running them in full HD. The actual dongle looks a bit different too (see images), but other than the speed boost, that's all your getting for the Chromecast 3. At least now we know why Google basically launched this without really letting anyone know. 

The cheapest Chromecast Ultra prices

The 4K Chromecast Ultra is the newest member of the Chromecast family. If you have a 4K TV or are planning on getting one, it's certainly worth picking one of these up. Chromecast Ultra deals are usually around £69/US$69/AU$95, so anything cheaper is an added bonus. It's worth noting though that the 4K-ready Amazon Fire TV Stick prices are cheaper nowadays though and that device also comes with a remote.

The best Chromecast Audio deals

While it doesn't offer true multi-room streaming, this easy-to-use and affordable device modernizes any trusty set of wired speakers you already own with wireless capabilities. In doing so, it also opens them up to smart features. Got an old set of speakers or an ancient iPod dock? Turn it into a wireless speaker with Chromecast Audio! You'll have to be quick though as Google recently announced it is ceasing production of the Chromecast Audio dongle. That means once stock is sold out from stores, don't expect to see any fresh units. Prices may even end up increasing as stores capitalize on the situation. After that, you might only be able to find used or refurbished models. It's a shame Google has decided to drop the Chromecast Audio as there aren't that may similar devices out there. That being said, You could try the new Amazon Echo Input, which comes with voice-controls included too for a similar price.

The cheapest Chromecast 2 prices

The Chromecast 2, is very similar to the now discontinued 2013 Chromecast. Sure, it looks a little different. And it's got slightly faster network performance and a few other tweaks such as coming with a dangly cable instead of as a rigid stick. But essentially the same product in a different shape - that's why the prices were basically the same. There's a newer version out now, although it's only moderately faster.

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Joshua vs Ruiz Jr live stream: how to watch tonight's big fight from anywhere

Sat, 06/01/2019 - 18:50

Fight night has arrived, and the unified heavyweight champion of the world is at Madison Square Garden. The UK's Anthony Joshua is putting his belts on the line against Mexican Andy Ruiz Jr in New York City tonight. And you're in the right place to see all the boxing with a Joshua vs Ruiz Jr live stream - no matter where in the world you are.

The undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, Anthony Joshua, will be stepping into the ring for the first time since September last year. They say that it's the boxing fight Anthony Joshua can't win either way. Beating Andy Ruiz Jr too early, and it looks like a no-contest. Go all the way and AJ looks weak. Lose and...well, that's just unthinkable. But this is in no way an insignificant fight, with Joshua making his US debut - and at Madison Square Garden, no less. His IBF, WBA Super, WBO and IBO world heavyweight titles are on the line 

He was due to fight Jarrell Miller but that fight fell through after Miller failed the drugs tests. That's how Ruiz Jr now has the chance to step up in class to take on the champion. But it's thought this fight will be in the hands of the champ as a setup to a fight between him and Deontay Wilder. He'll have to take care of business at Madison Square Garden on Saturday first, though.

Joshua has so far had 22 fights which he won every one of with 21 KOs. But Ruiz has had 33 fights, won 32 and also got 21 KOs. So, on paper, Ruiz Jr could be a real threat. You won't want to miss it - read on to see how to get that Joshua vs Ruiz Jr live stream.

How to watch the Joshua vs Ruiz Jr fight from outside your country

If you want to watch the boxing outside of your country you may find that the content is geo-restricted. That could mean that, despite having access when on home turf, you are blocked while away. Fret not, that can be rectified with the use of a clever piece of software called a VPN - better that than hunting for some dodgy, illegal stream on Reddit.

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