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Top trends in enterprise mobile applications

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 10:30

In the past several years, businesses and consumers alike have been promptly adopting mobile technologies and platforms. Mobile apps are now a part of everyday life for many people. Applications such as Slack, Evernote, and WhatsApp are changing how people share and store information around the world. 

There are several major factors influencing enterprise mobile applications, including the advancement of 5G, blockchain technologies, and artificial intelligence (AI). As these and other technologies begin growing in popularity, they will no doubt influence enterprise mobile application development. 

According to the Annual Mobile App Development Report for 2017, over 70 percent of employees spend two hours or more a week accessing company information with their mobile devices. With the number of smartphone users expected to reach 2.6 billion by the end of 2019, mobile application development is going to be a high priority for businesses around the world. Not only that, but entire IT strategies will have to change as well. 

Companies are rapidly incorporating mobile applications into their larger IT strategies, allowing them to grow their mobile presence further. Big data, the Internet of Things (IoT), and machine learning are all propelling this growth.

Business opportunities and considerations

With such a considerable increase in mobile computing and usage, the opportunity for enterprise mobile application development and research increases as well. The number of business sectors that can utilize mobile applications in the workplace is virtually unlimited. 

According to one report, “Market trends are also driving the need for enterprise apps with companies citing the need for improved communication (55%), an increasingly mobile workforce (54%) and the increasing importance of user experience (44%) as the top trends.” Not only that but mobile applications also greatly improve business processes and worker productivity. Forbes writes, “Mobility results in (i) increased throughput (as measured by sales), (ii) less inventory, and (iii) fewer operational expenses.” 

There are a variety of technologies and resources that can help enterprise mobile application development, such as IoT and AI. Companies should also consider edge networking and edge computing for their mobile applications. Edge computing enhances the user experience, speed, and content delivery by bringing computing power and capabilities closer to the source of the data. What does this mean technically? It means that devices store massive amounts of data locally and then send it to a central repository for processing. Some devices even perform data processing locally, which reduces traffic overload to the central repository. 

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Mobility challenges

However, numerous challenges must be considered as well. First, if a company decides to develop its own in-house application for increased productivity or enhanced business processes, from scratch, it will have to develop, create, and deploy an application that the company is able to utilize successfully. The user experience must be fine-tuned to ensure that employees are maximizing the application’s capabilities. In addition, updates must be made regularly to ensure that the app is current and that there are no bugs. 

Security is another major challenge for mobile applications. Even companies that utilize third-party applications, like Slack, face serious security problems. For instance, if a computer is stolen and a Slack channel is opened, valuable company information could be stolen. They must consider security mechanisms like multi-factor authentication (MFA) to help ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of critical business information. 

However, if a company creates their own applications, they have an entirely new set of security challenges. Vulnerabilities in application code is a common security weakness that coders must be able to spot and mitigate efficiently. Programs like the OWASP Top 10 can be a highly effective tool for spotting application risks and vulnerabilities, such as injection, broken authentication, and data exposure. 

Possibly the most difficult challenge for mobile applications is lifecycle management. As explained in an Enterprise Mobility Exchange article, “Failure to consider a complete mobility lifecycle could be consequential, and it might leave an enterprise in a vulnerable position.” Whether an application is in the beginning provisioning stages or in the decommissioning process, enterprises must be able to manage the entire lifecycle of an application properly from specification and design to development, testing, migration, and deployment. Doing so will ensure that business applications are fully operational when in production and completely disposed of when they are no longer in use.

Ultimately, enterprise mobile applications will continue to rise in popularity as more and more people begin using mobile technologies. In addition, they are rapidly increasing in popularity among a variety of different business sectors. Most businesses utilize some form of mobile application for their day to day interactions or business processes. But enterprises should also consider the challenges that come with mobile applications, regardless of whether they use a third-party application or develop their own application.

Nacho De Marco, CEO of BairesDev

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Live stream IPL: how to watch 2019 Indian Premier League cricket online from anywhere

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 10:13

The purists will take some convincing, but let's face it...the Indian Premier League is the most thrilling, exciting tournament on the cricket calendar. And that's even in a year when the World Cup and Ashes are still to come. To ensure you don't miss a moment of Twenty20 action, follow our guide to watching a 2019 IPL live stream from anywhere in the world.

The IPL has grown into a cricketing behemoth over the span of the last decade and millions of global fans tune in to watch the breathtaking 20-over format. It also brings together the world's very best players to participate in the two-month extravaganza.

Last year's winners, the Chennai Super Kings, are favorites in the 2019 IPL to make it two wins in two years. And it's no great surprise when you look through their roster - MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay, Faf du Plessis and Harbhajan Singh are all in the ranks. They'll face stiff competition from the likes of the Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals. Although so far Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore have really struggled.

If you’re a fan of cricket and don’t want to miss any of the action of the 2019 Indian Premier League, then here’s our guide that will help you watch every game this season either on your television or with an IPL live stream online from all your favorite streaming devices.

How to live stream IPL 2019 cricket from outside your country

In India, UK, US or Australia? We've got you covered below with your official broadcasting options.

But if you're out of the country and are still desperate to tune into certain matches, you'll quickly find that online access is geo-blocked. In order to get around that (and assuming it complies with the Ts&Cs of the broadcaster in question), you can download and use a VPN.

How to watch IPL 2019 online in India

Star India and, in particular, Star Sports is the official broadcaster on TV in the host country.

Not got access to Star? No worries - you can sign up for its over-the-top Hotstar streaming service instead. This will cost you either ₹299 (around $3) for a month or ₹999 ($14) for an entire year.

There’s some relief for Airtel and Jio users as the telecom giants have bagged a deal with Hotstar. Both Airtel and Jio are allowing their users to stream live watches through Airtel TV and JioTV apps respectively.

And it's not just cricket that Hotstar has on show, the above subscription also gets you access to hit US TV shows with Game of Thrones among the ones you can watch.

How to watch IPL 2019: UK live stream

If you live in the UK BT Sport has nabbed the rights to the 2019 IPL action. If you have a subscription, this means you’ll be able to watch the matches on TV or if you would prefer to watch an IPL live stream online away from your TV, you can do so by downloading the BT app on mobile.

Away from the UK, but still want to watch the action? Then you'll need to go down the VPN route to watch BT Sport as if you were back at home.

How to get a 2019 IPL live stream in Pakistan

Relations between Pakistan and India continue to be fractious to say the least, and one of the results is that the 2019 IPL will not be broadcast in Pakistan. Very disappointing news for the cricket-mad nation.

How to watch IPL cricket in Australia

How to get a 2019 IPL live stream in the US 

If you want to watch IPL 2019 in the US then you can do so on Willow TV.  Willow is a dedicated live cricket channel in the US and Canada that is available from a number of cable providers including Dish, Spectrum, Xfinity, Verizon Fios and more.  

Customers that subscribe to Willow TV will be able to use their cable provider’s login and password on willow.tv to stream IPL 2019 right from their computer. Alternatively, Willow TV also has apps for Android and iOS if your prefer to watch matches on the go. 

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Apple Watch 3 Nike+ special edition just hit its lowest price ever

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 03:59

After an Apple Watch, but don't want to break the bank? We may have a deal that suits you perfectly as it offers the Apple Watch Series 3 Nike+ special edition at the lowest price we've ever seen.

If you buy it now from Argos, you'll be able to get the larger 42mm version of the watch for only £259.

You can get either the black or silver version for the same price. Strangely, Argos is still selling the smaller (and usually cheaper) 38mm version of the same watch for £279.

When we looked to buy the 42mm Nike+ special edition, delivery wasn't always available all over the country. However, we did find it was still in stock in a number of stores at the time of writing.

The Apple Watch 3 has become more affordable since the launch of the Apple Watch 4, but it's still difficult to find the company's 2017 wearable at a price this low. It's a £50 discount compared to what Argos was selling this watch for a few weeks ago.

We praised the Apple Watch 3 upon its release for its strong battery life and impressive fitness features, plus with the Nike+ edition you'll get a sport-appropriate strap too.

Via T3

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The best upcoming TV shows and movies on Netflix

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 03:23

UPDATE: Get ready, true crime fans, because the new film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is set to explore the trial and personal relationships of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. Find out more about the film on the next slide!

Netflix has changed the way we engage with television shows and movies forever, giving us the most convenient way to experience both from the comfort of our living rooms, laptop screens or smartphones. 

With a rapidly growing library of shows on the service and a huge lineup of projects in the works, we've put together a list of the best upcoming TV shows and movies on Netflix for 2018 and beyond. 

The shows and films on this list have been hand-picked based on how excited we are for them, meaning that it's not intended to be a complete release schedule. Instead, consider it our curated list of the coolest looking Netflix Originals currently in the works. 

We've also included upcoming seasons of already established shows which we're really eager to see. So without further ado, these are the best TV shows and movies coming soon to Netflix.

A rare film about a heinous serial killer that's told from a survivor's point of view, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is guaranteed to cause a stir when it's released later in the year. Picked up by Netflix with an eye on awards contention, the film stars the handsome and charismatic Zac Efron as Ted Bundy, the disgusting and reprehensible real-life serial killer who raped and murdered at least 30 women in the mid-to-late seventies. With Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, director Joe Berlinger (The Ted Bundy Tapes) attempts to show how a man like Bundy could possibly have convinced his girlfriend (Lily Collins) of his innocence despite the overwhelming evidence against him. Check out the film's first trailer below.

Release date: Late 2019

From Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) comes the brand new Netflix Original animated GitS series, Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045. Not much else is known about the new series, other than it marks the return of Major Motoko Kusanagi (whose new look for the show can be seen above) and that it will debut sometime in 2020. 

Release date: 2020

Saddle up, space cowboys, because Spike Spiegel and crew will return in a brand new, live action Cowboy Bebop series from Netflix! We don't know much about it as yet, though it has been confirmed that series creator Shinichiro Watanabe will be involved as a consultant on the show. The original show followed a band of misfit bounty hunters, each haunted by their own past, as they travelled the galaxy trying to keep food in their bellies. Packed with incredibly action, amazing style and lovable characters, Cowboy Bebop is ripe for further adventures – provided Netflix can stick the landing. Christopher L. Yost (Thor: Ragnarok) will write the new series, while Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg will act as showrunners.

Release date: TBA

Jim Henson's classic family film The Dark Crystal is getting an official follow up from Netflix, and not only that, it will forgo CGI and feature puppets exclusively – just as Henson would've intended. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will see a returns to the world of Thra, and will follow three Gelfling as they start a rebellion against the evil Skeksis in an effort to save their home. You can watch the first behind the scenes teaser below. 

Release date: TBA

Arguably the hottest actor in martial arts cinema right now thanks to his starring turns in The Raid films, not to mention his supporting turn in the upcoming Mark Wahlberg actioner Mile 22, Iko Uwais has signed with Netflix for a 10-part series that takes place in San Francisco's Chinatown district. Uwais plays an aspiring chef who becomes an assassin tasked with restoring balance among the ancient triads that rule city. In case you need more convincing, Uwais will also act as the lead fight choreographer and stunt co-ordinator on the show, which also stars Byron Mann (Altered Carbon), with John Wirth (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles; Falling Skies) acting as showrunner. 

Release date: TBA

Exciting news for fans of Martin Scorsese's classic gangster films – the director is bringing The Irishman to Netflix in 2018, and Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino (working with the filmmaker for the very first time) are all along for the ride. The Irishman follows a mob hitman (De Niro) as he recalls his possible involvement in the murder of Jimmy Hoffa, and is based on the best-selling book by Charles Brandt. If you're a film buff and aren't excited about this, you may need to check your pulse. 

Release date: 2019

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The best cheap fitness trackers in India: Top affordable sports bands

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 01:56

The wearables space which started out as in form of pedometers for step counting has evolved into activity trackers which are powerful when it comes to keeping track of your activities and fitness.

Right now, there's a huge development happening in the activity tracker space with more and more advancements like sleep analysis, heart rate monitoring and even blood pressure monitoring. 

These latest generation activity trackers can help one track steps, calories, distance travelled and monitor heart rate and sleep. However, what they all have in common is they can help anyone go from unhealthy to fit. Plus, now, they have an affordable price tag too. We filtered out the fitness bands that can get the job done, without hurting your pocket. 

The Moov Now wearable is one of the best movement trackers out there thanks to its 9-axis accelerometer - the same one used in missile navigation systems. As a result it can not only track your daily steps, calories and the like, but also other movements. That means guided, personalised training feedback.

The Moov Now can measure running impact, gym repetitions and swimming strokes, so you can work out with a virtual personal trainer that knows exactly how well you’re doing and can tell you how to improve. It’s also waterproof and lasts a good six months before the watch battery needs swapping out.

Read the Moov Now review

The Huawei Band 2 Pro is our second favorite cheap fitness tracker in the world as it offers a lot of decent features for relatively little money.

Fitness band features include your standard step and sleep tracking but it also comes with a heart rate monitor, VO2 Max sensor, GPS for when you're out running and it offers some good battery life too.

There's a very slim screen on the Band 2 Pro unlike the Moov Now above, but interacting with it is a little difficult and while it does show some notifications it's not always easy to read them. As an affordable fitness tracker though, there's a lot to love about the Band 2 Pro.

Read the Huawei Band 2 Pro review

The key addition over the entry-level Vivofit 3 is the always-on, color display that’s visible in sunlight. This is remarkably achieved without sacrificing the year-long battery life of the stellar third edition. Basic stats like steps, distance, calories and sleep are covered off, while there’s also automatic activity detection thanks to the Move IQ system. 

Thanks to the Garmin Connect app you can also customize the display, while setting timers and alarms directly from the wrist. Best of all the Vivofit 4 it also 20 per cent cheaper than the Vivofit 3’s 2015 launch price. Of course you’ll miss out on premium features like heart rate tracking and GPS, but that’s to be expected at this price.

Read the Garmin Vivofit 4 review

Want the cheapest fitness tracker on this list? It's here and it's called the Mi Band 3, and it's not a completely useless device. In fact, the Mi Band 3 can do a lot considering how much it costs.

It comes with a battery life that should last around a whole month depending on how much you'll be using it, and there is tons of fitness tech built-in. There's no GPS, but it comes with a heart rate monitor and tracking tech for your daily step and workouts too.

It's not the most attractive fitness tracker you can buy, but it has a slimline design and it's light so you won't really notice you've got this on your wrist. The screen can show you stats for your workouts, and it's much bigger than the one on the Mi Band 2.

If budget is your main concern in your search for a fitness tracker, it's hard to go wrong with the Mi Band 3 from Xiaomi.

Read the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 review

The Jawbone UP3 looks good, like really good. And there are plenty of colors and styles to pick from for your ideal model. Each features motion-sensing smarts to track steps, calories burned and various exercises automatically. But it’s the sleep tracking that Jawbone excels at.

The UP3 will track light, deep and REM sleep variations after automatically kicking into sleep mode as you nod off. It also tracks resting heart rate, which can help to give a more accurate picture of health as it changes.

What’s really useful is actual feedback in the app, with links to relevant scientific articles that could help offer ways to improve your sleep. Since it lasts for seven days on a charge and you rarely need to take it off.

Read the Jawbone UP3 review

The Lenovo HX03F Spectra is very affordable for the build quality and features it offers. The 0.96-inch display is bright, and can be easily viewed under direct sunlight. Also, the touch response is quite fast. 

It has all the necessary sensors, including an optical heart rate sensor, which is rare at this price range. On top it offers features like Multi-Master Interface switching, anti-sleep mode and some innovative reminder types. 

It supports both iOS and Android, where it takes minimal time and effort to pair and sync. 

There’s a reason Fitbit was one of the first breakthrough activity tracker makers and is still going strong today - it works. And in the case of the Fitbit Flex 2 it works well, has a lot of features for a low price.

The Flex 2 will do all the usual step, distance and calorie burn tracking using its motion sensor smarts, but it goes further. You can also track sleep and even do exercises that the band will automatically detect and track. Everything syncs wirelessly to the smartphone app and offers clear feedback to help you make health progress.

The Flex 2 is also swim-proof, comes in different styles and uses LED lights and vibrations to notify you about calls and texts from a connected smartphone. All that and it should last five days before needing a charge.

Read the Fitbit Flex 2 review

Perhaps one of the more innovative devices on this list, the TomTom Touch is a fitness tracker with a built-in body fat scanner that should be able to give you a clearer picture of your fitness than most other trackers.

Press the button on the top and it will do a scan of your body fat to work out the ratio of flabby bits compared to what you should have.

It also comes with all the other tracking tech you'd expect, including a heart rate monitor and step counter to make sure you're doing your best to keep fit and healthy.

Read the full TomTom Touch review

The Misfit Ray is an affordable yet very attractive activity tracker that should appeal to anyone wanting to make sure their wearable enhances their look.

There are plenty of muted color options to pick from and each features the same anodised aluminum central device with LED lights. There’s also a smart button that can be set to control aspects of your smart home, for example.

The swim-proof wearable uses replaceable batteries for a charge-free six months of constant use. That includes step and sleep tracking plus vibration alerts for calls, messages, reminders and alarms.

Read the Misfit Ray review

If price is your main focus, you may want to opt for the Misfit Flash. You can get this tracker for so little money now we were surprised while writing this guide.

We originally gave the Misfit Flash a three star review, which isn't very good, but since the price has dropped we think this tracker is a lot better value now and worth picking up if you're looking for something very simple to track your steps.

It won't be able to do a lot of what the other trackers on this list can do though, so if you want much more than a glorified pedometer you should look elsewhere.

Read our Misfit Flash review

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Huawei agrees 40 5G contracts

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 01:46

Huawei has shrugged off its recent difficulties by signing up more mobile operators as 5G customers.

The Chinese telecoms equipment giant had agreed 40 commercial 5G deals by the end of March and has now shipped more than 45,000 5G base stations.

Rotating CEO Ken Hu confirmed the figures during a speech at the Huawei Analyst Summit in its hometown of Shenzhen where he said the company expected there to be 2.8 million 5G users by the end of 2025.

Huawei 5G contracts

He added that this is the first generation of mobile networks in which handset development has kept pace with that of network development. Huawei will be a major player in both markets, competing with the likes of Ericsson and Nokia in infrastructure, and with Apple and Samsung in smartphones.

Huawei’s progress has been thwarted by hostility from the US government, which has banned the use of the company’s kit in American 5G networks on national security concerns. Huawei has repeatedly denied such accusations, going as far as to sue the US government, but this hasn’t stopped Washington from placing pressure on its allies to adopt a similar stance.

Concerns are easing though, with the EU urging member states to share cybersecurity data with each other rather than banning a single vendor, while Germany is keen to promote supplier diversity and has strengthened security requirements for all suppliers – not just Huawei. It is thought the UK will adopt a similar approach when a report is published later this month.

And it appears as though there has been no major impact on the business. Despite a modest decline in carrier revenues, overall income was up by a fifth thanks to strong sales of smartphones. And with demand for 5G equipment likely to increase over the coming months and years, Huawei will be confident revenues will continue to grow.

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PUBG Mobile 0.12.0 released with EvoZone, Darkest Night and friendly spectator mode

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 01:43

Tencent is seeding PUBG Mobile 0.12.0 update to players around the world. The 0.12.0 update which entered into beta earlier this month brings in a host of new additions to the zombie mode, a bunch of bug fixes and general gameplay improvements. PUBG Mobile also unveiled its Prime and Prime Plus subscription which starts at Rs 79 in India and provides players with in-game items along with discounts in the shop and on crates.

Here is everything that has been added with PUBG Mobile 0.12.0 update.

New EvoZone mode with zombie events

Up until the last update, the various zombie modes that have been included in the game were listed under "Event Mode". After 0.12.0 update, the zombie events are now listed under EvoZone mode and includes Survive Till Dawn and Darkest Night zombie events. The developers have assured that more events will be added in the near future.

A new zombie mode, Darkest Night has been added to EvoZone which pits the players against zombies for a night. All the teams surviving the onslaught till dawn will win the match.

Zombie: Survive Till Dawn mode has received a couple of new additions along with tweaks to existing gameplay elements. In this mode, the zombies have been given the ability to jump, climb over walls and on roofs. Zombie dogs have also been included with the update. Some of the improvements that come with the update include fine-tuning the M134 mini-gun for better in-game handling, flamethrower dealing more damage than before among others.

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PUBG Mobile 0.12.0 changelog: what's new

New Feature: EvoZone

- Replaces Event mode

- Survive Till Dawn is now under this mode

- More new modes will be added in the future

New EvoZone Mode: Darkest Night

- Stay alive for one night while fighting zombies

- All teams that are still alive at dawn will win

Changes to Survive Till Dawn:

- Stun Grenades now also stun zombies

- Added Liquid Nitrogen Grenades to freeze enemies and reduce their movement speed

- Added jumping zombies and zombie dogs

- Some zombies can now climb over low walls or onto roofs

- Added RPG-7 and Jungle Style Magazines

- Flamethrowers now deal more damage

- M134 handling has been tuned

- Players will gain affixes that grant certain buffs

- Zombies now move slower after being hit by firearms

- Added Survive Till Dawn quick chat messages to Default and Classic voice packs

- Daily missions can now be completed in Survive Till Dawn

- Players can now spectate matches that their friends, Crews or Clan members are currently in, and view others' information while spectating as well as adjust Spectator Mode privacy settings

- Scope crosshair colors can now be changed in settings

- Portable Closets can now be swapped while in a match

- Spring Theme and Treasure is now available. Each draw guarantees a unique reward, and Sakura Dacia or Pink Rose Set is a guaranteed drop when drawing 10

- Popularity has been added to Spaces. Players can now show their support by giving LIKEs to one another, and become Partners with friends that have 400 Synergy or more. Partners will appear in each other's Spaces

- Players can now add Shop items as Favorites and be notified when these items are on sale

- Duplicated time-limited items will now be stacked to only show 1 icon per item with total amount of time remaining (maximum duration is 999 days)

- New Achievements: Best Companion, Superstar, Winning Culture, Adventurer, Until Dawn, and A Step Too Far

Other Improvements

- Automatic door-opening has been tuned

- Dynamic weather odds have been tuned

- More buildings have been added to Dino Park, Coal Mines and Goroka in Vikendi

- Crew Challenge qualifying round has been expanded, and top 10 teams now get unique outfits

- Emulator detection enhanced to stop emulator players from being matched with players on mobile devices

- Friend invitations now show map and lag information

- Quick Chat messages are now edited in Inventory

- Quick Chat messages can now be displayed as a wheel to make sending messages faster and easier

- Shadow effects can now be disabled to reduce resource consumption, heat and battery usage

- Added a reminder on dismantling duplicated items for Silver

- Previews are now available in some pages. Tap the reward icon to preview outfits

- Gallery now only show items currently in stock at the Shop

- Cloth Bandana (Leopard) with first purchase has ended. Rewards for first purchase of the season will be updated

- RP Backpack now remember settings from the previous season

- Mythic outfit emotes can now be heard by more players

- Added haptic feedback to some buttons

- Added animation for dropping empty magazines when reloading

- Animation for throwing grenades while prone has been tuned

- Animation added for opening/closing doors

- Fixed a bug where hair was not displayed correctly when equipping certain headgear

- Fixed a bug where Season 6 Pants caused graphic glitches in certain footgear

- Fixed a bug where doors were not displayed properly

- Fixed a bug where players may get stuck in buildings in certain areas

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Indian government asks Google and Apple to remove TikTok from their app stores: Report

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 00:53

With over 9 million downloads on the Google Play Store, TikTok is a very popular video making app around the world. According to a report by The Economic Times, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has asked Google and Apple to de-list TikTok from their respective app stores. This development happened after the Supreme Court of India declined a stay order on the ban of the video making app which was issued earlier by the Madras High Court.

As per a report by Sensor Tower, TikTok acquired 188 million users in Q1 2019 and ByteDance (the company behind the app) has India to thank for over 88.6 million additions. In India, the app has been cited for "encouraging pornography".

The case for ByteDance is being argued by Abhishek Manu Singhvi who is a senior advocate in India. He had earlier filed an appeal for a stay order on imposing a ban on TikTok in India. 

TikTok released a statement on the case and said, "As per the proceedings in the Supreme Court today, the Madras High Court will hear the matter on ex parte ad interim order. The Supreme Court has listed the matter again for April 22, 2019, to be apprised of the outcome of the hearing on the April 16th, 2019 before the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court. At TikTok, we have faith in the Indian Judicial system and the stipulations afforded to social media platforms by the Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011. We are committed to continuously enhancing our existing measures and introducing additional technical and moderation processes as part of our ongoing commitment to our users in India."

Interestingly, TikTok has received a similar treatment in Bangladesh and for a while in Indonesia where it was banned for a week. The case being made by TikTok here is that it's a social media app similar to Facebook and it cannot possibly have control over the content its user's post. Having said that, the company had recently announced that it had removed videos which were in violation of their guidelines.

If Google and Apple go forward with the order and de-list TikTok from their app stores, the download numbers are expected to take a huge plunge.

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Netflix to test new weekly 'top 10 list' that ranks most popular shows and movies

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 22:25

Netflix has always kept its viewership numbers pretty close to the chest, and while it will likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future, the streaming colossus today revealed that it will soon begin testing a new feature that provides users with a definitive 'top 10 list' of its most popular TV shows and movies.

"Later in Q2 we’ll be running a test to improve our UK member experience by releasing weekly top 10 lists of the most popular content on our UK service across various programming categories," said Netflix CEO Reed Hastings in his Q1 letter to investors.

He continued, "For those who want to watch what others are watching, this may make choosing titles even easier." 

Of course, there's no guarantee the top 10 list will stick around after Netflix has finished testing the feature, with Hastings stating that, "After a few months we’ll decide whether to end or expand the test."

Netflix's already presents a list of top trending shows on its home screen, however, in this instance the shows and movies listed are all personally curated for each user based on their viewing history. It will be interesting to see how the overall list varies, and how the online conversation surrounding the feature evolves after the test kicks off in the coming months.

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Major security flaw found in EA Origin gaming client

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 21:58

Electronic Arts’ PC gaming platform, Origin has been found to have a security vulnerability that allows hackers to trick users of the service into opening and running malicious software on their system.

EA’s answer to the popular Steam and Epic storefronts is used to launch the publisher’s own gaming titles such as Apex Legends and Anthem, but researchers from Underdog Security found a loophole in the Windows version of the client – installed by tens of millions of gamers.

As reported by TechCrunch, it was possible to trick the desktop app to run any program on the user’s computer when clicking on a custom link, which in turn could allow hackers to run certain commands on their system and download malicious programs such as malware.

What’s more, the link doesn’t even need to be explicitly clicked on for the Origin client to execute it, with the ability of a script to open the problematic link when a user visits another unrelated page.

Thankfully, EA released a patch that successfully addresses the exploit on Monday, but users of the service are recommended to check they’re running the latest version. Mac users can breathe easy as the vulnerability never affected that version of the client.

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2019 Pulitzer Prizes for photography awarded to images of migrants and famine

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 21:12

The prestigious Pulitzer Prize has its 2019 winners, and while it celebrates the best in literature, music composition and journalism, there are two categories for photography as well.

The prize for the Breaking News Photography category went to the photojournalists from Reuters for their images of the migrant caravan heading towards the US border. The photographs are “a vivid and startling visual narrative of the urgency, desperation and sadness of migrants as they journeyed” north through Central and South America.

The Feature Photography prize was awarded to Lorenzo Tugnoli for his contributions to The Washington Post. His photographs of the devastating effects of the famine were initially entered into the Breaking News Photography category, but the jury moved them to the Feature Photography instead. 

He won the prize for the “brilliant photo storytelling of the tragic famine in Yemen, shown through images in which beauty and composure are intertwined with devastation”.

Congratulating his photography team, Reuters’ editor-in-chief Stephen J Adler rightly said, “While it’s gratifying to be recognized for the work, public attention should be focused more on the people about whom we report than on us: in this case, the Rohingya and the Central American migrants.”

We have displayed only a few images from each category here, but you can view all the winning images, along with the descriptions, at the Pulitzer Prize website

Please do keep in mind that some of the images are graphic and heart-wrenching.

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The best cheap phones in the US 2019

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 17:52

The best cheap phone in the US can be a little tricky to pick, as it's not always going to be based around what phone launches with a low starting price. Some of the best cheap smartphones are actually older models with heavy discounts, while certain new phones offer killer value and the latest perks.

Another major factor that goes into finding the best cheap phone is the price. Cheap for one person isn't necessarily the same for another person. With flagship phone prices from Apple and Samsung flying up toward $1,000, some people may find anything under $600 cheap, while those with tighter budgets could be looking below $400 or even below $200 for a smartphone. 

Fortunately, no one gets left out when it comes to great cheap smartphones. Older phones from Samsung and Apple come in at prices that thrift shoppers can afford, and new phones from OnePlus, Huawei, Motorola, and more manufacturers that might have fallen off your radar can pack new technologies into affordable packages well worth considering.

We've assembled a ranked list of the best phones under $600, $500, $400, and $200. No matter your budget, we're recommending a smartphone for you based on these price categories. These value phones are frequently unlocked, contract-free, and SIM-free, making them even easier to pick up and try out. 

Just know that mobile devices on this list definitely won’t be the very best phones in the US. Don't expect the high-end iPhone XS or Samsung Galaxy Note 9 here. A lot of these are a step below in performance and quality, but in line with their low prices.

In fact, every cheap phone here should be just fine for anyone looking to save several hundred dollars on a discounted iOS 12 or Android Pie device. Here are our top recommendations. 

Best phones under $600

OnePlus 6

The OnePlus 6T is a cheap phone for some people, yet still too expensive for others. But we have to start somewhere, and a standout phone for under $600 is where we begin. 

The OnePlus 6T deserves a spot on this list simply because it features flagship-level specs (which are even better than some flagship phones, specifically in the 6GB and 8GB of RAM options) and a big screen north of six inches, with a price that falls south of every major flagship out there.

Plus, the 6T offers something most other $1,000 smartphones don't: an in-screen fingerprint sensor. Innovation isn't reserved for the most expensive tier of the smartphone market.

But if the $549 starting price of the OnePlus 6T is still a bit much, track down a OnePlus 6 (released earlier in 2018), which has nearly the same top-tier specs for perhaps even lower prices.

Read the full review: OnePlus 6T

You're never going to get a cheap iPhone if you opt for the newest models. But, if you dig a little deeper, you can get an older model at a good price. The iPhone 8 may have a dated design next to the iPhone X and 2018 iPhones – bigger bezels, fewer cameras – but it offers a strong price-to-performance value.

The A11 Bionic chipset inside of the iPhone 8 is still plenty powerful for anything you'll throw at it, and Apple keeps legacy devices supported for a long time. So you'll be able to update the operating system to iOS 12 and probably even to iOS 13 and beyond.

The rest of its specs aren't too shabby, with a 12MP rear camera, 7MP front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM and either 64GB or 256GB of storage. While the 1,821mAh battery isn't huge compared to flagships, it can change wirelessly.

Read the full review: iPhone 8

Best phones under $500

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If you're patient, Samsung's flagship Galaxy S devices have been getting some of the biggest and most consistent discounts after their release. The Galaxy S9 is no exception. The phone is only a little over a year old, and already you can find it for under $500.

Better still, it's not going to feel too dated. You'll be able to run Android Pie and the Snapdragon 845 chipset with 4GB of RAM is still reasonably powerful. The reduced bezels around the display help it stay relatively trendy, while the high resolution display isn't likely to show signs of aging in the phone's lifetime. Add in an IP68 rating against water and dust, and it's a high value phone that you're not likely to have to replace because of a little accident at the pool.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy S9

If you look to the smartphone manufacturers that don't have incredible popularity, you can often find strong value options. That's the case with the Honor View 10. When it launched, it was offering strong performance from a Kirin 970 chipset that came paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which are higher specs than what the base Galaxy S9 included.

The Honor View 10's design may not win over any who prize elegance with its a simple and dated style, but its aluminum sides and back are still a step above normal budget builds. Plus, it manages to be thinner than the iPhone XS and Galaxy S9 while still having strong battery life and including a 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone also has expandable storage using a microSD card if 128GB isn't enough.

Read the full review: Honor View 10

Best phones under $400

The Moto Z3 Play isn't an especially impressive smartphone, especially compared to the OnePlus 6T. With 4GB RAM, a less-powerful Snapdragon 636 chip, smaller battery and a slightly smaller screen, it's outdone by OnePlus' phone in almost every way.

Almost – because the ace up Moto's sleeve are its signature MotoMods which snap to the back of its phones to add functionality. While some are far less useful (like the projector), others can be handy, like those adding big speakers or a lot more battery life.

Still, the Moto Z3 Play starts at $349 now thanks to a price cut, and you can likely find other combos to sweeten the deal. 

Read the full review: Moto Z3 Play 

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That's right, Nokia still has phones coming out. Things where dicey for a while there, but the company has been making a comeback recently, and its Nokia 7.1 handset offers a strong value.

The Nokia 7.1 offers a big, bright screen with the notch we've seen on so many other smartphones in the past couple years. The display even supports HDR10 for superior contrast and colors. The Snapdragon 636 chipset isn't the most powerful, but will do for all but the most serious mobile gamers and power users. And, all of that is packed into an a aluminum and glass design the won't feel nearly as cheap as the phone is.

Read our in-depth review: Nokia 7.1

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When you're looking for a great budget smartphone, you should always see what Motorola is cooking up in its Moto G line. The family of smartphone almost always has something strong on offer, and the Moto G7 is no exception.

The Moto G7 has a capable is not incredible Snapdragon 632 chipset with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. And, it's fit into a modern looking chassis. The edges are aluminum, with glass on the front and back.

The screen really brings the Moto G7 into modernity, with a big, 6.2-inch display that has just a small teardrop notch at the top akin to the OnePlus 6T. You also get a fingerprint scanner on the back, dual rear cameras, a headphone jack, and light water resistance.

Read our in-depth review: Moto G7

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If you like the sound of the Moto G7 but want to be sure you've got the battery life to make it through the day and then some, the Moto G7 Power is another strong option at a value-friendly price.

The Moto G7 Power packs a 6.2-inch display into the body, though it has a big screen notch at the top. The resolution is lower than the standard Moto G7, but that can serve to keep the performance smoother and battery life longer. With a 5,000mAh battery, the Moto G7 Power is definitely a top option for budget shoppers looking for a smartphone that'll last all day without concern.

It's not the most exciting phone, but it's also way cheaper than the most exciting phones – and you won't have to worry about buying an external battery pack.

Read our in-depth review: Moto G7 Power review

Best phones under $200

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If you want one of the Moto G7 phones but needed to go for an even lower price, the Moto G7 Play is a compelling option. It still has the Snapdragon 632 chipset powering the more expensive Moto G7 models, but it comes at a price well below the others. That said, it does come with only 2GB of RAM, which won't help much with heavy multitasking. 

Still, at a budget price, you're getting a screen that looks fairly modern with a notch at the top, even if it doesn't serve much purpose beyond a particular aesthetic. Even if the resolution is only HD Plus, it still musters a pixel density of 294ppi at 5.7 inches.

Beyond that, you get a fingerprint scanner, a headphone jack, and USB-C for charging, though you'll have to buy a Motorola Turbo Charger yourself.

Read our in-depth review: Moto G7 Play review

iPhone SE

Apple's last hurrah for the four-inch form factor is still one of our favorites, even if the company doesn't sell it directly anymore. The phone brings specs that put in on par with the iPhone 6S.

The fact that you can usually get this smartphone for under $300 already makes it an absolute steal if you're a loyal iOS user, and we've seen it under $200. Sure, it doesn't come with all of the bells and whistles of a brand new iPhone XR or iPhone XS, but complete with the iOS 12 update that came to this (and many other) older iPhone models, it's made even faster than before. 

Plus, if you like being able to use your smartphone with one hand, no new iPhone is as ready for that.

Read the full review: iPhone SE

Cameron Faulkner and David Lumb contributed to this list.

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The cheaper, disc-less Xbox One S All-Digital Edition launches in May

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 17:19

If the rumors didn’t give it away months ago, Microsoft has officially announced the All-Digital Xbox One S - a new 4K HDR streaming-capable console that doesn’t use discs or physical media of any kind. 

The All-Digital Xbox One S will be available globally starting on May 7, 2019 for $249 (around £190, AU$349) and joins Microsoft’s Xbox One family of consoles, allowing it to play the same games as the slightly more expensive Xbox One S

In fact, based on the specs shared by Microsoft, you won’t be able to tell the difference between the two when they’re side-by-side. (Specs include a 1TB HDD, 8-cores, Custom Jaguar CPU @ 1.75GHz, Custom GPU @ 914 MHz, 12 CUs, 1.4 TFLOPS, 8 GB DDR3 @ 68 GB/s, 32MB ESRAM @ 218 GB/s.) 

To complement the system, Microsoft has also unveiled a new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate plan that combines both an Xbox Live Gold membership plus a membership to Xbox Game Pass for $14.99 per month, and will be available to all Xbox One owners. As before, you can still buy Xbox Game Pass separately for $9.99 and Xbox Live Gold for $9.99 per month, but this deal does save you 25%.

The first bundle of the console that comes out on May 7 will include three games including Minecraft, Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon 3... er, rather, the digital download codes for those games as, remember, there's no disc drive.

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Apple and Qualcomm agree to stop suing each other

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 15:55

Apple and Qualcomm’s current legal clashes, including a blockbuster patent argument with literally billions of dollars on the line that just started its opening arguments, are all officially over. Both companies have signed an agreement to dismiss all ongoing litigation, renew licensing and chip supply contracts, and even secured a payment from Apple to Qualcomm, per a press release.

Apple and Qualcomm have been fighting in court for years. The aforementioned patent case was the largest of several legal disagreements: Apple brought suit against Qualcomm in 2017 for $1 billion, alleging the latter was overcharging its licensing fees for mobile communication tech – and then Apple would have to pay Qualcomm again for its modem chips to stick in iPhones. 

In opening remarks, Apple lawyers characterized this by saying Qualcomm “double dips,” making $16.1 billion in chip sales and an additional $7.23 billion in licensing fees from Apple in the years 2010 to 2016, according to CNET. The trial ballooned into a $27 billion, five-week affair with Qualcomm wanting damages of its own for breach of contract.

But now, that fight is over. Per the agreement, both companies have reached a “six-year license agreement” starting April 1, 2019, which includes a two-year option to extend, as well as a multiyear chipset supply agreement.

End of current litigation...everywhere

Per the agreement, all global lawsuits between the companies have been dismissed. They had been engaged in legal battles in China, Germany and elsewhere.

The companies have been exchanging legal challenges for years. Back in March, a separate trial was resolved in favor of Qualcomm, with a San Diego court slamming Apple with a $31 million fine for infringing on the chipmaker's patents.

Until we hear more details, it's unclear which company compromised more to nail down their new agreement. But the way is cleared for Apple to pack iPhones with Qualcomm chips again in every region – and Qualcomm is one of the only producers of a modem chip that connects to 5G networks, a chip used in the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G...

Perhaps Apple decided it would be easier to settle rather than depend on Intel's shaky promises or acquiesce to putting a Huawei 5G chip in the company's future phones?

  • Here are all the 5G phones coming out in 2019
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Fitbit sale at Amazon: save on the Fitbit Alta and Charge 2 activity tracker

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 15:45

Summer is just around the corner, and if you're looking to get in shape, a fitness tracker can be the perfect companion to help you. Lucky for you, Amazon has the best-selling Fitbit Alta on sale for only $84.99. That's the best price we've found for the top-rated activity tracker.

The Fitbit Alta is made for everyday wear, with an ultra-slim and lightweight design. The Alta tracks activities such as steps, distance, and other exercises, and will even give you friendly reminders to stretch your legs and start moving. The water-resistant Fitbit also tracks calories burned and records your sleep to provide you with helpful insights.

Once you download the Fitbit app, you can track all of your activity on your smartphone or computer and follow progress you've made. You can also get personalized workout videos, and log your exercises to help you meet your fitness goals. The Alta has an impressive battery life of up to five days, and offers basic smartwatch features such as call, text and calendar notifications.

If you want a fitness tracker that also offers heart rate monitoring, you might be interested in the Fitbit Alta HR. The Alta HR has all the features of the Fitbit Alta, but continuously tracks your heart rate, and has a slightly longer battery life. The Fitbit Charge 2 is more advanced than the Alta HR and not only monitors heart rate but also includes GPS technology and features a larger display screen. Both activity trackers are on sale at Amazon.

Fitbit deals:

If you're interested in other Fitbit discounts you can find the best cheap Fitbit sale prices and deals that are currently available.

If you're interested in the Fitbit Versa we have the cheapest Fitbit Versa prices and deals that are going on.

You can also learn more about the above fitness trackers by checking out our Fitbit Alta review, Fitbit Alta HR review and Fitbit Charge 2 review.

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Apple HomePod 2 could provide stereo sound anywhere in the room

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 15:06

Apple's long-awaited HomePod 2 smart speaker could sound even better than the original, if new patents granted to the tech company are anything to go by. 

Apple's patent for a 'Multi-listener stereo image array' describes a system where "multiple people can experience a stereo audio effect, regardless of where they are seated," according to Apple Insider.

In layman's terms, the patent describes a system that uses multiple drivers and advanced sonic processing to send an audio signal to each person in the room – and each of them will hear the appropriate left and right channel, no matter where they are. 

Now, you might wonder how the HomePod will know where you're standing in the room. For that, Apple has a second patent that it calls "System and method for dynamic control of audio playback based on the position of a listener." 

Again, sparing you the technical jargon, the patent describes a system that uses an imaging device (i.e. a camera or sensor of some sort) to see where people are located in the room as well as how they're sitting or standing. 

The idea, more or less, is that the next HomePod will be able to tell what you're doing – if you're lying down, walking closer to the speaker or walking out of the room completely – and change the sound by amplifying or reducing volume, or completely pausing the audio until you come back. 

Psycho-acoustics are really something, huh?

If you're coming from the world of two-channel sound, this might all sound a bit... implausible. Or at least unlikely to ever be developed. 

But as crazy as this all sounds, there really are a number of companies working on 3D sound at the moment. Creative has its solution called Super XFI, and Sony has 360 Reality Audio that made its debut at CES 2019, not to mention Dolby Atmos and DTS:X that have been on the market for years. 

Now, all of these solutions work differently – Creative uses a software solution, Atmos uses upfiring speakers and 360 Sound is both an audio format and a technology. The main takeaway: not only is this possible for Apple, but other companies are already doing something similar.

Will all these technologies finally give Apple's next HomePod the edge on the better-selling Amazon Echo and Google Home? We'll just have to wait to find out.

Nick Pino also contributed to this article

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update: release date, news and features

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 15:03

Microsoft, in its continuous mission to make Windows 10 better than ever, finally released the Windows 10 October 2018 Update at the end of last year. This update follows in the footsteps of the Windows 10 April 2018 Update.

The Windows 10 October 2018 Update, much like previous versions of the OS, brings a ton of new and exciting features to freshen up your PC experience. With new features like the Windows 10 News app and improved phone integration, the Windows 10 October 2018 Update revolutionizes the way we use Windows 10.

The Windows 10 October 2018 Update also brings some improvements to Windows Mixed Reality and even some Hololens improvements. If this sounds attractive, you’ll be happy to know that – after getting pushed back due to it deleting user data – the Windows 10 October 2018 Update is available now. 

However, problems seem to keep emerging. For instance, the latest Windows patches are experiencing conflicts with some antivirus apps, like Avast and Avira, causing users PCs to slow down or lock up. But, hey, at least you can remove a USB drive without ejecting it now.

So, now that you can download and install the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, we thought it was about time to jump into all the details. So, keep this page bookmarked and we’ll update it with any new information that comes our way. 

Cut to the chase
  • What is it? The next major update for Windows 10
  • When is it out? The Windows 10 October 2018 Update is available now
  • What does it cost? As with previous major Windows 10 updates, it is free
Windows 10 October 2018 Update release date

The Windows 10 October 2018 Update is finally out now, even though there are plenty of problems. 

It was initially launched back at the beginning of October, but it was pulled after bugs were discovered that were deleting user data. But, Microsoft has lifted that restriction, and it’s available to download once more. Then, earlier in March, Microsoft released a patch that fixed some performance issues related to the ‘Retpoline’ Spectre fix. But, this same patch broke some PC games. 

Either way, if you haven’t updated yet, we’ll show you how to download and install the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. Or, if you just want to wait until the Windows 10 May 2019 Update (we don’t blame you), you’ll be happy to know that update has entered the last stage of testing, and should be out at the end of May 2019.

The Fall Creators Update came out in October

Windows 10 October 2018 Update name

While Redstone 5 is what it was called during development, the actual name is going to be the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. It’s not as catchy as past launches like the ‘Anniversary Update’, or the ‘Creators Update’, but at least it has a very clear title, we guess. 

Windows 10 October 2018 Update confirmed features

Now that the Windows 10 October 2018 Update is available, we know all of the features that made it into the final update. From the Cloud Clipboard that lets you copy and paste between devices to the new release of DirectX Raytracing, which takes advantage of the new Nvidia Turing cards, here are all the features that are included in the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

Improvements to Windows 10 Fluent Design

Microsoft introduced elements of the Fluent Design user interface with the April 2018 Update, and at its Build 2018 event, it showed off more effects and features that will come in Redstone 5.

So, expect more apps, including standard Windows programs, using the Fluent Design interface, and there will be some eye-catching 3D effects for Mixed Reality experiences.

Improved Game Mode and Game Bar

Windows 10 Game Mode was already a clear benefit to gamers – even if it’s barely noticeable. With Windows 10 Redstone 5, Microsoft has stated that it’s adding more options to game mode to further optimize gaming performance, but it didn’t really get into specifics.

However, the improvements to Game Bar might be more noticeable, and even actually useful to PC enthusiasts and power users. Instead of having to run a third-party program like MSI Afterburner, users will be able to see visualizations of system utilization – think GPU, CPU and RAM usage, as well as frame rate. This will be an amazing addition, and will go a long way to informing users why their games start to run slow. 

Intelligent multitasking with Sets

While Sets is one of the more hotly-anticipated new features, Microsoft recently pulled it from Redstone 5's preview builds.

According to Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar in a blog post announcing the 17704 preview build, “we’re taking Sets offline to continue making it great. Based on your feedback, some of the things we’re focusing on include improvements to the visual design and continuing to better integrate Office and Microsoft Edge into Sets to enhance workflow”. 

So what is Sets, anyway? Well, the basic idea is to bring the concept of tabs from the web browser to the entire interface of the OS in general, so you can have windows with tabs that contain web pages, apps, folders – a mix of everything essentially.

At Build, Microsoft showed off more about the potential of Sets in Windows 10, showing how you can have an open document, and clicking a web link will open the web page in a tab next to the document, with everything you open organized in that Set. 

You’ll then be reminded with prompts while your working about the tabs, which should give you intelligent help when working across a variety of documents, apps and websites.

It doesn’t look like Sets is going to make it into the final release of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, but we might get it in the next major Windows 10 release.

Storage Sense

In the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, Microsoft implemented a new storage feature called Storage Sense. This will automatically free up storage space on your hard drive by getting rid of old files you don’t use anymore. It’ll take these files and back them up on OneDrive, so you’ll still have access to them – without clogging up your hard drive. 

You’ll have to manually enable this feature in Redstone 5, but it could be a great option for anyone that doesn’t want to manually sort through hundreds of files to optimize storage performance.

Better Progressive Web Apps

Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are websites (or web apps) that are implemented as native apps and act just like a normal app would, giving users notifications, live tiles, and even working offline in Windows 10. At Build 2018, Microsoft showed how these web apps will integrate better with Windows 10 in Redstone 5.

They will look and behave more like standard Windows 10 apps thanks to an improved interface, and Microsoft also revealed that you’ll be able to download the apps directly from its Edge web browser.

Improved Your Phone app

Microsoft is making a big deal of having Windows 10 work with all manner of devices, and with Redstone 5, we should see a radically improved Your Phone app that will allow you to easily interact with your smartphone through Windows 10.

This is done by downloading the Your Phone Companion App (previously named Microsoft Apps) on Android. This app still has the ability to highlight other Microsoft Android apps, though will now allow you to interact with your PC through your phone.

You’ll be able to read and reply to text messages from your Windows 10 device, as well as easily share files, photos and more between your PC and your phone.

Windows 10 News App 

With Windows 10 Redstone 5, we’re going to get a more refined News App, which will let users gather all the news relevant to them in one curated spot. Including hints of Microsoft’s fluent design, it’ll fit right in to all of the other recently revolutionized tools in Windows 10.

Microsoft is hoping to use this news apps to take on services like Apple News or Google News, with a focus on an easy, intuitive news experience. 

Cloud clipboard

A new feature spotted by people using an early version of Redstone 5 is the cloud clipboard, which will allow users to copy and paste across different devices thanks to the new cloud-powered clipboard. User can trigger the new function by simply hitting Windows Key + C.

The copied content will then be available in other Windows 10 devices, and in the future Android and iOS devices as well.

 Microsoft Mixed Reality improvements 

It wouldn’t be Windows 10 without improvements to Mixed Reality, and the October 2018 Update should have them in spades. In one of the most recent Windows 10 Redstone 5 builds, Microsoft included a variety of improvements to Mixed Reality quality of life, including the ability to seamlessly take screenshots and immediately import them into an email.

And, if you’re using a backpack PC to fuel your Mixed Reality desires, you’re in luck. Microsoft has removed the requirement to connect a monitor to use a Mixed Reality headset.

Improved search previews

Another feature due to arrive with Windows 10 Redstone 5 is improved search previews. These now support apps, documents and other files, and should make searching Windows 10 even easier.

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The cheapest Samsung Galaxy Buds prices, deals and sales in April 2019

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 14:58

Along with the Samsung Galaxy S10 phone, Samsung has also launched a pair of true wireless headphones - the Samsung Galaxy Buds. The Samsung Galaxy earbuds are available for purchase now, so we've put together a list of the best prices and sales from several retailers below.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds come in a small compact case that doubles as a charging station. One full charge provides an impressive six hours of play time, and the charging case provides up to an additional seven hours.

The Galaxy Buds are lightweight and compact and come with three adjustable ear tip and wingtip sizes so you can find a size that's right for you. The water-resistant earbuds also feature touch controls so you can turn up the volume, skip songs and more with a touch to your ear. You can also control the Galaxy Buds from its compatible app which offers a "Find My Earbuds" feature if you ever misplace them.

The Samsung earbuds deliver quality audio by AKG which provides powerful bass and a balanced range of sound. You can also control how much surrounding noise you want with the Ambient Aware feature. This lets you customize what you want to hear while still blocking out background noise. 

Samsung Galaxy Buds prices

The Samsung Galaxy Buds currently retail for $129 (£139 / AU$249) which is actually cheaper than Samsung's previous truly wireless headphones, the Gear IconX ($149.99 / £157). The only features that the Galaxy Buds lack when compared to the Gear IconX are the ability to load your music to the earbuds, increased water-resistance and audio coaching for exercises. The Samsung earbuds are also cheaper than Apple's Airpods ($159/£159) which makes the Galaxy Buds one of the most affordable high-end wireless earbuds on the market.

You'll find all of the prices below from several different retailers so you can find the best deal that's currently available. 

You can learn more about the Samsung earbuds with our Samsung Galaxy Buds review. You can also shop more of the best cheap wireless headphone deals and sales that are currently going on.

If you're interested in Samsung's newest phone you can find the best Samsung Galaxy S10 prices and deals and you can also shop the best Samsung Galaxy Watch Active prices and deals.

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OPPO Reno with unique pop-up camera and 10x zoom launches in the UAE

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 14:31

OPPO today unveiled its hotly talked about Reno series at a global launch event in the UAE. The Reno series is the Chinese tech company’s latest premium smartphone range and another attempt to offer a creative solution to the dreaded notch. It has a unique selfie pop-up camera that slides up like a wedge from the top. 

The Reno series includes two models, the flagship Reno 10x Zoom and a slightly underpowered Reno Edition, both of which will sport the side-swing pop-up camera. Folks in the UAE can start pre-ordering the Reno series in Ocean Green or Jet Black from April 17th and pre-orders open up in Saudi from April 18th. 

As for pricing, the Reno Edition will be available for AED 1,899 / SAR 1,899 for the 6GB/256GB configuration but you’ll have to wait a little bit longer for pricing details on the Reno 10x Zoom which will come in a 8GB/258GB config. We do expect the 10x Zoom to a bit pricey but OPPO will be partnering with Etisalat to offer 24month smart pay options to consumers. 

Reno and Reno 10x Zoom Specs

The Reno 10x Zoom and Reno Edition will sport sizable 6.6-inch and 6.4-inch FHD+ OLED displays respectively. Both models will have Android P and all the software bells and whistles that come with OPPO’s premium range as well as VOOC 3.0 charging via USB-C ports and in-display fingerprint scanners. They both will also have the most talked about feature, a16MP f/2.0 pop-up side-swing selfie camera on top capable of taking selfies in low-light conditions.

The flagship 10x Zoom model will powered by the latest Snapdragon 855 processor coupled with 8GB RAM and 4,065 mAh battery capacity. There are three cameras on the back starting with the main 48MP main sensor capable of shooting 4K video with a 13MP telephoto lens and an incredulous 10x hybrid zoom for super close-up shots. No headphone jack on the 10x Zoom but does have stereo speakers and supports Dolby Atmos.

Specs are slightly watered down for the Reno Edition that has a Snapdragon 710 under the hood with 6GB RAM and a respectable 3,765 mAh battery capacity. It only has two cameras on the back but adds in a headphone jack that’s been ditched on the Reno 10x Zoom. The main sensor is a 48MP lens that can also capture 4K video coupled with a 5MP telephoto lens for those artsy bokeh shots. 

OPPO will also work with Etisalat and Zain to enhance 5G development in the region by carrying out commercial 5G smartphone co-tests. 

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Barcelona vs Manchester United live stream: how to watch today's Champions League online from anywhere

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 14:15

If the first leg was a tad underwhelming, tonight's rematch should be an absolute cracker. To the neutral football fan, Barcelona against Man United has to be the draw of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. Two of the very biggest names in world club football meet in the second leg of their 180 minute encounter and we're here to tell you how to live stream Barcelona vs Manchester United from absolutely anywhere in the world.

So which way is this huge tie going to go? Manchester United's renaissance under Ole Gunnar Solskaer has slowed down a little in recent weeks - culminating in that 1-0 loss at Old Trafford a week ago.


But they will still be buoyed by their impossible comeback win against PSG in the last 16. Paul Pogba's Premier League form may have dipped, but the likes of Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard should be on hand to offer the fire power.

Barcelona's superstars don't require much of an introduction - Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele, Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic...oh yeah, and a guy called Lionel Messi. Between them, they'll be licking their lips at United's defensive frailties and very hopeful indeed that they grab capitalise on their away goal advantage and reach the semi-finals. They have had the liberty of resting players in La Liga, too, with their massive points advantage at the top.

We honestly can't predict who's going to come out of this on top - we're just hoping for an absolute feast of football. To ensure that you don't miss a minute, read on to see how to get a Barcelona vs Manchester United live stream no matter where you are in the world.

Use a VPN to watch Champions League football outside your country

If you try to watch your domestic coverage of this Champions League game away from your home country, then you'll inevitably find that it's geo-blocked. Thankfully, there's a way around this, namely via a VPN. That allows you to tune in no matter where you are in the world. And best of all, it's really easy to do, especially if you use our number one recommended provider ExpressVPN.

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