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How to Attract Generation Z as Employees

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 07:16

Employers are planning to hire 10.7% more class of 2019 graduates than they did from the class of 2018, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. 

With college hiring up, in order for employers to recruit these candidates as effectively as possible, it is essential that they take into account that Gen Z is the first digitally native generation, displays a high level of hustle and motivation, and enjoys social interaction and work that ties them to their community. 

Applying for a job and not hearing back (also known as the “resume black hole effect”) is simply not an option when it comes to recruiting the class of 2019 - they want meaningful engagement, and in a low unemployment job market, businesses who want to stay competitive need to provide a seamless candidate experience. 

As this is the first generation entering the workforce that was born with phones in their hands, a mobile touch point is a great place to start.

Here are five tips on how to attract Gen Z talent: 

1. Creativity

Utilize a constant touch point that is human in nature. This generation is traditionally more creative than its predecessors, and is reaching out to companies on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for job opportunities. Businesses need to respond quickly to attract these younger candidates, and offer them validation that they will be valued at your company. 

2. Money

Salary isn’t everything. While previous generations are mainly motivated by salary, new graduates are looking for much more than that, starting with opportunity for development. The relationships they create, and the skills they are going to build will be critical, as they view their first job out of college as a stepping stone to the next one. 

3. Technology

Be creative with technology. Generation Z was born with phones in their hands and raised with the newest technology already at their fingertips. In order to attract this generation, you need to demonstrate that your organization knows how to leverage the latest technology in unique and creative ways that will allow them to build upon their existing skills. 

4. Speed

Respond quickly, or you might as well not respond at all. The reality is that Gen Zers have always experienced instant gratification, and they expect nothing less when it comes to their job pursuits. If you aren’t responding with lightning speed, and through their preferred mediums (text, for example), you are likely to miss out on a large number of top candidates. 

5. Social media

Use social media wisely. Although we constantly hear about this generation embracing social media, it is important to tread lightly in this area. Research from IBM has shown that Gen Z is more sensitive over their personal information, so absolutely do not stalk Gen Zers there, and avoid recruiting them on their personal social media accounts. 

Use social media to build and communicate your brand in smaller, punchier bites rather than big campaigns, and be sure to use direct messaging sparingly and considerately. Visual mediums, such as FaceTime or Skype, and live-streaming play well with this audience, who prefer building trust through face-to-face interactions. 

Attracting talent

The way businesses attract talent is a candidate's first interaction with that company, and leaves a lasting impression whether that process resulted in employment or not. While reaching this generation on their preferred media is necessary to recruit and engage them, there is a fine line to be drawn when it comes to personal preferences. 

At first it may seem difficult to meet all of the above criteria, but taking these tips into account will provide a much more fruitful recruitment process, and will yield higher recruiter productivity gains and increased application completion rates and recruiting funnel conversion. The generation born with phones in their hands are bound to notice when companies go the extra mile to make them feel comfortable in the recruitment process.

Mike Pauletich is currently VP of Global Alliances & Partnerships at Mya Systems and with more than 25 years of recruiting industry experience

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Samsung Galaxy S11 could get a significant power boost

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 07:12

The Samsung Galaxy S11 could be the first handset to benefit from the South Korean firm's latest announcement; mass production of the industry's first 12Gb LPDDR5 Mobile DRAM, which is super-fast memory for premium smartphones.

While that's a real mouthful, simply put it means better smartphone performance for the next generation of devices.

Samsung claims its new RAM is "1.3 times faster than the mobile memory (LPDDR4X) that is found in most of today's high-end smartphones."

The new DRAM will be combined into 12GB RAM packages which will apparently be able to transfer 44 GB of data, or about 12 full-HD (3.7GB-sized) movies, in one second.

Made for 5G and AI

Samsung also notes that its new RAM is also optimized for 5G and AI, so unsurprisingly its future handsets will be 5G-enabled. Shocker.

This announcement confirms that Samsung will continue to offer a 12GB of RAM configuration option in future handsets, something we've already seen in the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, and something we fully expect to see in the upcoming Galaxy Note 10.

However, the Note 10 may arrive too early to feature the latest RAM, with mass production of the memory only set to start at the end of July. The handset is due to be announced on August 7 - which makes the RAM a more likely candidate for the Galaxy S11 in 2020.

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Intel admits it won’t catch up with AMD’s 7nm chips until 2021

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 07:12

Intel has explained how it struggled to bring 10-nanometer processors to market, while also admitting that we won’t see its 7nm chips until 2021.

Meanwhile, its competitor AMD has recently released 7nm chips (such as the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X).

The revelations come from Intel CEO Bob Swan, who said at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colorado, that Intel’s goal to have a 2.7x transistor density improvement in its 10nm chips compared to current 14nm chips was too ambitious.

"At a time when it gets harder and harder, we set a more aggressive goal. From that it just took us longer," Swan said.

Because of this, Intel has been slow to move on from 14nm. This has led many people to suggest that – for Intel at least – Moore’s Law is dead.

Moore is less

Moore’s Law, which is named after Intel co-founder and former CEO Gordon Moore, states that transistor density in computer chips doubles every two years. It’s been a driving principle behind Intel’s processor strategy, and many people credit it with the fast pace of technological advancements we’ve seen in the past.

Because of Intel’s delays with 10nm, it has fallen behind this schedule. However, with 10nm out this year and 7nm out by 2021, Intel is hoping it can catch up with Moore’s Law.

Swan admits that the 2.7x scaling for 10nm was both too ambitious and too complicated. He also explains how Intel made an error when it “prioritized performance at a time when predictability was really important”.

However, as Swan notes, “The short story is we learned from it, we'll get our 10nm node out this year. Our 7nm node will be out in two years and it will be a 2.0X scaling so back to the historical Moore's Law curve.”

You can watch a recording of Swan's appearance on Fortune's website.

So it looks like we’ll finally see 10nm chips from Intel this year, while 7nm will have to wait until 2021. That’s a long time considering both AMD and Qualcomm have 7nm chips out right now. But will Intel be happy with ceding any performance advantage 7nm brings to its two biggest competitors for that long?

Via PC Gamer

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Double data and £20 per month bills - this Samsung Galaxy A40 deal is excellent

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 06:59

Amazon Prime Day might now be gone but that doesn't mean the cheap prices have to stop. With a brand new 2019 Samsung device for just £20 a month, Carphone Warehouse is holding strong to the ethos of Prime Day even now it's over.

Discounting the Samsung Galaxy A40 to just £20 a month and £19.99 upfront, Carphone is offering an excellent price to grab this mid-range device. Better still, this deal comes with a double data bonus - giving you 4GB for the price of 2GB - and absolutely unlimited calls and texts.

A quick check of our Samsung Galaxy A40 deals guide will show that this is one of the best prices on this device - especially with this much data. You can see this contract down below or head over to our mobile phone deals comparison to see how it fares up against the rest of the market.

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Carphone Warehouse's ace Samsung A40 deal: Is the Samsung Galaxy A40 any good?

Sliding directly into the middle of Samsung's new 'A' series, the Samsung Galaxy A40 offers a strong handset at an incredibly affordable price tag. It features a sizeable, infinity Full HD+ screen, a 3100mAh battery and the retention of a fingerprint scanner on the back. For the price you're paying, this device feels pretty premium.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy A40 review

Why buy from Carphone Warehouse?

Everyone knows the name 'Carphone Warehouse' but what is it that makes the retailer really standout?

Providing 'text to switch' features - allowing you to easily change over your number when you switch contracts - as well as phone trade-ins to save money with your old handset, Carphone is working to make your purchase as easy as possible.

Combine that with Carphone's next day delivery guarantee and click and collect options from 850 stores and the high-street retailer is looking like a strong option - discover its latest prices and offers with our Carphone Warehouse deals guide.

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Netflix tries out a mobile-only streaming plan, as subscriber growth slows

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 06:32

It’s an interesting time for Netflix. While the streaming service is still in a hugely strong financial position, and able to fund a huge number of original shows and films, it’s uncertain whether it can keep up the explosive growth it’s had in the past few years. 

In fact, Netflix shareholders got a bit of a fright this quarter, as the company revealed it had overestimated the number of new subscribers joining the service – with only 2.7 million new signups instead of the forecast five million.

In a letter to shareholders (via BBC), Netflix confirmed that “Paid membership grew by 2.7m, less than the 5.5m in Q2 a year ago and our 5.0m forecast. In Q3, we expect to grow by 7m paid memberships, more than the 6.1m in Q3 a year ago.”

It’s not a death knell for Netflix by any means, but it was enough to see its share price drop by 10%, which won’t go unnoticed in the company coffers – even if the tone of the letter remains optimistic about the future, with Netflix adding: “Consumers around the world continue to move from linear television to internet entertainment at a remarkable rate.”

Going mobile

One of Netflix’s strategies seems to be in shaking up its existing subscription plans, with a new mobile-only streaming option to gain a larger foothold in new markets (via The Verge).

While the mobile-only plan is only being launched in India for now, Netflix will certainly be keeping an eye on how it performs, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see it rolled out to other territories worldwide too, given recent concerns over subscriber growth.

The Basic Plan for Netflix is certainly cheap, but with competitors like Disney Plus undercutting it on price, and high-profile shows like Friends leaving the service, it makes sense to offer a bargain price for those willing to use Netflix in a more restricted fashion.

In the letter to shareholders, Netflix adds: “After several months of testing, we’ve decided to roll out a lower-priced mobile-screen plan in India to complement our existing plans. We believe this plan, which will launch in Q3, will be an effective way to introduce a larger number of people in India to Netflix and to further expand our business in a market where Pay TV ARPU is low (below $5). We will continue to learn more after launch of this plan.”

With over 140 million viewers paying a monthly fee for access to Netflix’s expansive catalogue of titles, there’s no denying the streaming giant is still dominating the online landscape – but it's becoming apparent that its potential for growth is limited.

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MVNOs attract price-conscious customers from 'big four'

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 06:03

Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) are more successful at attracting price-conscious customers when they want to switch provider, new YouGov research has revealed.

MVNOs, such as, use one of the ‘big four’ Mobile Network Operators’ infrastructure (EE, O2, Three and Vodafone) to power their services.

Some, such as Sky and Virgin Media, operate MVNOs to complement their other communications services but others, such as Giffgaff and Tesco Mobile, offer aggressively priced handset and SIM-Only deals to win market share.

MVNO popularity

For mobile users seeking to reduce their monthly outgoings, this is an extremely attractive proposition. Last year, six per cent of UK changed network. However, while MNOS had to absorb a net loss of 21 per cent, MVNOs experienced a net gain of 23 per cent.

Those who switched operator saved an average of £1.88 a month last year however there is a significant difference when that figure is broken down.

Customers who switched from one MNO to another MNO paid an average of £22.33 a month – an increase of £2.14.  This contrasts with the £13.48 spent by someone who moved from an MNO to an MVNO - a decrease of nearly £5.

However, there is a large proportion of consumers willing to pay more for their contracts – so long as they get the latest features and handsets. One of the trade-offs with an MVNO is that many don’t offer the most advanced services, additional features, or premium devices.

Indeed, 51 per cent of those who switched to an MVNO kept their handset while the same percentage who moved to an MNO got a new phone. This is especially true of iPhone owners who seek to spread the cost over a number of years.

“The continued rise of MVNOs comes from consumers feeling comfortable about switching phone networks in a way that they don’t when it comes to moving bank,” said Russell Fedlman, Director of Digital, Media and Technology and YouGov.” However, while the growth of MVNOs has clearly been welcomed by the public, it poses several challenges to both MNOs and also the wider industry (handset manufacturers, retailers etc). Only time will tell how the market adapts and responds to this change.”

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Google pulls 'stalker apps' from Play Store

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 06:01

Google has pulled seven apps from the Play Store after allegations they allowed users to stalk unsuspecting victims.

The seven apps, all apparently built by the same Russian-based developer, were detected by security firm Avast, which alerted Google to their features.

The company says that the apps could have been used to follow employees, children, family members and even romantic partners without their permission.

Stalker apps

Avast says it initially detected four stalking apps, before uncovering a further three from the same developer on the Play Store.

These latter three offerings included "Spy Tracker" which was supposedly designed to help parents track their kids' movements and access messages and call history. 

Also revealed was "SMS Tracker" which could be installed on work phones to let employers follow every move their employees made on their device, including geo-tracking to see what time they arrived at work, as well as noting call history, and messages. 

The third app, "Employee Work Spy" worked in a similar way to the parent/child tracker, but would have again allowed company bosses to track employee movements, read text messages and access call history, all under the pretence of protecting the device from malicious workers.

The Employee Work Spy app in action (Image credit: Avast)

The apps were detected using Avast's mobile threat detection platform, which discovered that these services had been installed more than 130,000 times, with the most installed both having more than 50,000 installs.

“These apps are highly unethical and problematic for people’s privacy and shouldn’t be on the Google Play Store, as they promote criminal behavior, and can be abused by employers, stalkers or abusive partners to spy on their victims," noted Nikolaos Chrysaidos, head of mobile threat intelligence and security at Avast. 

"Some of these apps are offered as parental control apps, but their descriptions draw a different picture, telling users the app allows them to ‘keep an eye on cheaters’. We classify such apps as stalkerware, and using we can identify such apps quickly, and collaborate with Google to get them removed.”

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New Amazfit GTR smartwatch can last for over two months on a single charge

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 05:50

Following on from the announcement of the Amazfit Verge 2 back in June, the company has just introduced a new budget sports watch called the Amazfit GTR. 

The Amazfit GTR is suitable for a variety of training scenarios and its main unique feature is a battery that can last up to 74 days, according to manufacturer Huami.

It's available in two size variants with either a 42mm or 47mm case. Both of these are likely to be large on your wrist, although one will obviously be much bigger than the other.

The watch offers built-in GPS for mapping whatever activities you're planning to undertake. It also comes with a 5ATM (5m) water resistant design that makes it suitable for tracking your time in a pool.

It's limited when it comes to smartwatch functionality, but you'll be able to see phone notifications from third-party apps on the display.

That screen measures 1.39 inches with a resolution of 454 x 454 on the larger variant of the watch, while the smaller one measures 1.2 inches and has a resolution of 390 x 390.

The 74 day battery life claim is impressive on paper, but that's just for using this device in its basic watch mode. If you want to be using more features that we've listed above, you'll get either 24 days of usage in average use or 40 hours direct GPS tracking.

Unclear release date

Those in China will also have access to a third version of the watch with a red colored strap and gold body. This is the Iron Man special edition, but it's unlikely the company will sell that one in other countries.

When you'll be able to buy these watches – if at all – remains unclear. Often Amazfit announces and releases its smartwatches in China before bringing them to the rest of the world, and that seems to be no different here.

We'd expect to see the Amazfit GTR brought to the US and UK in the coming months, but we're doubtful the Iron Man special edition will come in tow. This is a budget watch, so you'll be able to buy the 47mm variant for around $150 / £120 / AU$210. The 42mm is likely to cost around $120 / £100 / AU$170.

Those prices are likely to change a lot as they are just conversions of the Chinese pricing, but we'll be sure to update you with the latest on prices for the watch once we know it.

Via Wareable

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iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max and iPhone XR dummy handsets caught on camera

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 04:37

We fully expect Apple to launch a trio of new smartphones in September, and things may have taken a step closer to reality thanks to a video supposedly showing the body of the rumored iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max and iPhone 11 R.

The video from Mobile Fun claims to show dummy units of the three handsets that is has acquired from its "teams in China direct from case testing for the upcoming Olixar range and are correct in terms of physical size, port orientation and screen size."

While there's no firm guarantee that these devices are what we'll see launched later this year (and Mobile Fun has a checkered history with accurate 'leaks'), they do fall in line with a number of previous rumors which point to a largely similar design with the only major change being a bigger camera block on the rear of the new iPhones.

Same size

According to Mobile Fun, the screen sizes and dimensions of the new iPhones are exactly the same as the current series of handsets.

That means the iPhone 11 would have a 5.8-inch display and measure 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm, although it's expected to gain an extra rear camera, taking the count up to three.

The iPhone 11 Max is set to be the largest of the trio, with a 6.5-inch screen and 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7mm footprint, plus it's also tipped to get a triple rear camera setup.

Finally, the rumored iPhone 11R would sit in between its siblings in terms of size, with a 6.1-inch display and dimensions of 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm. It too is claimed to gain an extra rear camera, moving it from one camera on the iPhone XR to two snappers on the new iPhone.

While this latest iPhone 11 leak appears pretty convincing, it's still worth taking it with a pinch of salt as Apple is yet to reveal any details on new devices, and we're still  over two months away from any potential launch.

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Dell's Black Friday in July deals are back with big savings on its laptops

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 02:01

Dell's Black Friday in July event continues, with more 'Mega Deals' that run for one day only.

Once again, Dell has knocked off some impressive savings for its excellent range of laptops, so if you've been waiting for the right time to buy a Dell, you may find the perfect deal for you.

New Mega Deals are going live every day this week, and many of the big price cuts will only last a day.

Here's our pick of the best Dell Black Friday in July Mega Deals for July 18:

These deals end 11:59 tonight, July 18. Tomorrow should see some other great deals.

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Best cheap smartphones in Australia for 2019

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 01:33

UPDATE: Motorola's Moto G7 and Moto G7 Plus have both landed on our list of the best cheap smartphones in Australia for 2019. Read on to find out where they placed and what they have to offer! 

While handsets like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, iPhone XS and the Google Pixel 3 are stealing headlines around the world, there's a lot of intriguing (and cheap) stuff going on in the world of budget phones.

Sadly smartphone innovation isn't cheap – and most of it is reserved for high-end contract handsets. There is however such a thing as a good cheap smartphone, and ever so gently all those amazing features from the flagship devices are slowly trickling down to the budget phones.

That's why we have sorted through hundreds of inexpensive smartphones in order to rank the best options that you can buy unlocked without monthly fees and, importantly, without a two-year contract.

No, these aren't the best smartphones available in Australia, so you won't find the new Galaxy S10 among them. However, it is a selection of our favourite budget and mid-range smartphones. If you're looking to pick up a decent handset for not much cash, these are the top cheap phones your money can buy - even on a budget.

Motorola's Moto G7 Plus is the most premium offering in Motorola's new G7 range, delivering more power, improved cameras and speedier charging tech when compared to last year's still impressive G6 Plus.

As we've come to expect from Motorola's G series of affordable handsets, the G7 Plus boasts some exceptional features, including a large 6.2-inch display, 4GB of RAM and dual rear facing cameras. Admittedly, there are a couple of spots where it cuts corners to keep the cost down, but it's made those cuts in the right areas in order to minimise the impact on the user experience.

If you didn't see the Moto G7's price tag before picking it up, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was an upper mid-range smartphone rather than the budget offering that it is. This due to the device's premium feel and sophisticated design, which offers a sturdy metal frame sandwiched between glass on the front and back of the phone. 

It's got a big, bright display with minimal bezel and a teardrop notch for its 12MP selfie camera, while on the rear its got a dual lens 16MP + 5MP camera which allows for depth of field shots and a new 'cutout' mode which allows you to separate foreground objects from shots and applying your own zany backgrounds.

Admittedly, its 3,000mAh battery is a bit smaller than some of the other handsets on this list, such as the Nokia 7.1 with its huge 4,000mAh offering, making its battery life just 'fine' instead of 'great', with around 8-10 hours of juice with heavy usage. Of course, that's alleviated by the G7 Plus' 27W TurboPower charger, which will recharge the phone's battery by 40% in just 15 minutes. 

An improvement over its predecessor in every way, the Moto G7 Plus is highly recommended for those who want to balance functionality with affordability.

See the best Moto G7 Plus outright deals here

For many, the Moto G name has become synonymous with quality on a budget. Motorola has a knack for delivering relatively higher spec handsets than its competition at the same price point, and its new Moto G7 is no exception. 

Taking a lot of what made last year's Moto G6 such a great budget phone, the Moto G7 boasts a lists of refinements that make it feel even more like an upper mid-range product.

Though the handset arrives alongside a slightly better sibling in the Moto G7 Plus, the standard Moto G7 is still an all-round terrific phone. It packs a quad-core Snapdragon 632 chipset (as opposed to the octa-core Snapdragon 636 processor found in the Plus model), but you wouldn't know it based on the snappy performance it delivers in every day use.

Its cameras are also a slight downgrade from the larger model, with a 12MP primary sensor, 5MP secondary sensor and 8MP selfie snapper, however, we've found its photographic capability to be quite impressive regardless – you probably still won't find many smartphones with a better camera at this price point. 

In terms of battery life, the G7 delivers more or less the same experience, however, while fast charging is available, it's not quite as fast as the G7 Plus, offering a 15W charger in the box instead of its larger sibling's 27W TurboPower charger. 

While Moto G7 Plus edges it out by including some additional high-end features, the standard G7 is good enough for most users who are just after a very affordable handset that offers nice build quality, great performance and decent photographic capability.

See the best Moto G7 outright deals here

Deceptively affordable for a phone that looks and feels premium, the Nokia 7.1 brings terrific specs, a striking HDR display and stylish design to the mid-range market and manages to do so for just $499. 

A phone that punches well above its weight, the Nokia 7.1 boasts a Snapdragon 636 chipset inside, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage (of course, you can expand that with a microSD card).

As part of the Android One program, the Nokia 7.1 runs a near stock version of Google's mobile OS, with two years of updates and three years of security patches guaranteed. It now runs the latest Android 9 Pie operating system, too.

Plenty has been said about HMD's PureDisplay screen technology on the Nokia 7.1, and what it ultimately adds up to is a gorgeous display that supports HDR10 video content (that includes Netflix and Amazon Prime Video).

What's also impressive is that this mid-ranger also sports a great dual camera setup (12MP + 5MP) on its rear, allowing users to take take brilliant depth-of-field shots with very little effort. On the front, you also get an 8MP snapper for selfies.

Add to this a USB Type-C fast charging port, and what you have is the current high watermark for phones under the $500 price point. 

Read the full review: Nokia 7.1 (2018)

Though its been superseded by the G7 series, last year's G6 range still has plenty to offer. Some of the most immediate premium features it boasts include an 18:9 aspect ratio, allowing for more vertical space when reading articles and a wider playing field when gaming or watching videos. 

Despite this aspect ratio change and a significant bump in screen-size, the handsets have kept to a similar size courtesy of a considerable thinning of the top and bottom bezels, resulting in a display-to-body ratio that feels modern enough without entering notch territory.

Another ‘premium’ trend that the series has adopted is a glass rear panel. This is an essential design point for handsets that offer wireless charging, but considering the G6 range doesn’t support this feature, it’s a purely aesthetic (and heavily smudge-laden) addition. It's exceptional fast-charging, and it’s a joy to see the G6 sporting the future-ready USB-C. 

You’ll also find the whole set running on an OS that’s delightfully close to the no-fuss stock Android operating system, but with just the right amount of clever Motorola features sprinkled on top.

The G6 deftly balances its price with the features and performance you’d expect from a modern handset in this class. Despite sharing the same amount of RAM as its Play counterpart (3GB), the slight bump in its processor and graphics chip gives it a considerable performance edge over the more affordable alternative.

Now, let’s consider the extra $80 you would need to drop to upgrade from the Play to the G6. You’ll be getting a snappy dual-lens rear camera, a USB-C port, NFC capabilities, an actual glass chassis, a front-facing fingerprint scanner, water-repellent coating, and a 1,080 x 2,160 display, bumping the pixel density up from 282ppi to 424ppi. 

Many of these upgrades would be worth the dollar-difference alone, but when combined with the performance boosts on tap, it’s easy to recommend forking out the little extra for the G6. 

It’s not without identically-priced competition, however — the notch-toting Huawei Nova 3e offers similar performance in an arguably trendier package. That said, fans of Motorola's midrange phones will find the Moto G6 to be a very attractive prospect.

Read the full review: Motorola Moto G6
See the best Moto G6 outright deals here

Once again offering a flagship feel at a fraction of the usual cost, this year's updated Nokia 6 (or the Nokia 6.1 as it's officially known) sports a terrifically sturdy build quality, also offering a pure Android One (which now supports Android Pie) experience for those who aren't willing to shell out for a Google Pixel 2

Its all-metal build is the first thing you're likely to notice, with a significant heft that makes it feel tough in comparison to most modern smartphones. Its matte finish feels smooth in the hand, with some metallic detailing around the phone's edges, buttons and camera offering a bit of added pizzazz. 

And, unlike most handsets in this price range, the Nokia 6.1 also sports a USB Type-C port for speedy data transfer and fast charging. That it also has a 3.5mm headphone jack is just the icing on the cake. 

At $399, it's great value, though there are some caveats — system data alone takes up over 12GB out of a 32GB total of onboard storage, leaving you with less than 20GB before you've even downloaded or saved a single thing. Thankfully, the phone allows for expandable storage thanks to its MicroUSB slot. 

Admittedly, its camera is nothing to write home about, taking adequate photos that probably won't blown anyone away. We also found that the Nokia 6.1 struggled to take decent low-light photos. 

Still, at this price it's probably unreasonable to expect flagship-quality snapshots (though the Oppo A57 and Sony Xperia XA1 come quite close), and in terms of design and overall performance, the Nokia 6.1 is a real winner. 

Read the full review: Nokia 6 (2018)

It's really, really difficult to fit an Apple phone on a best cheap phones list, but there has to be at least one that's inexpensive enough for iOS fans who refuse to try Android.

The cheapest is the iPhone 5S. The best deal we've been able to find through a carrier is Telstra, which has the 16GB version available for $369 on an pre-paid plan. Alternatively, you could buy it outright on the Kogan website for $429, no contracts required. 

You're only getting 16GB, but then again, so are entry-level iPhone SE owners. It comes in space gray or silver, has Touch ID and a still-impressive 8MP camera and runs iOS 10.

Read the full review: iPhone 5S
See the best iPhone 5S outright deals here

Sony has aced this phone’s design in a few respects. It looks and feels slick, with metal used in the right places. This is also one of the cheapest phones you’ll find with a camera that wouldn’t have looked out of place on a flagship a year or two ago. 

Inside, you get an ample 32GB of storage, and there’s also a microSD card slot (next to the nanoSIM) in the pull-out tray. Colour reproduction on the 720p screen is respectably rich and vivid, and the display is also super-bright with superb contrast. 

Max out the backlight and outdoors visibility is excellent. In Geekbench 4, the Sony Xperia XA1 scored a solid 3,628 points, around 200 less than the 3,824 score the Moto G5 Plus achieved in our tests. Don’t read too much into that, though. This phone is very much in the same league as the Moto G5. 

The XA1’s rear camera is among the very best at this price, using a 23MP sensor of 1/2.3-inch size, the same scale as some dedicated compact cameras, and produces images with great detail. 

Read the full review: Sony Xperia XA1
See the best Sony Xperia XA outright deals

Often unofficially referred to as the ‘LG G6 Mini’, the LG Q6 takes that flagship phone’s design and shrinks it down slightly to deliver a much more attractive handset than its affordable price point would suggest. We’ve even seen it for as little as $299! 

The Q6 offers an impressive 18:9 FullVision display with reduced bezels. Dual SIM support is also included, and you can easily switch between two cards right from the device’s navigation bar, so when you consider that huge screen, this is a great device for international travellers with a lust for watching movies. 

It’s also quite capable when it comes to photography, with its 13MP rear camera producing some exceptional snaps under the right conditions. We’re also fans of the ability to switch between standard and wide-angle selfies. 

The LG Q6 isn’t without its downsides, though — it lacks a fingerprint scanner, and it’s slightly less powerful than some other competing phones in this price range. Still, you’re unlikely to find a prettier handset for under $400. 

Read the full review: LG Q6
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Officially Australia's cheapest Android One phone (meaning it's as close to stock Android as a non-Pixel phone can be), this year's Nokia 3 (officially known as Nokia 3.1) is a great option for kids and first-time smartphone owners. 

Even if you're neither of those things, the Nokia 3.1 is also great for those who want to check out the latest versions of Android soon as they're released (it runs Android Oreo right of the box, and is guaranteed to receive at least two full software updates in the future).  

While it's not the snappiest budget phone out there, the Nokia 3.1 offers a quality build, a bright HD+ (720p) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, a microSD card slot (allowing you to expand upon the 16GB of onboard storage that's included) and a decent 13MP primary camera with auto focus capability. 

Priced at just $249, it's hard to look past the Nokia 3.1 as a budget smartphone that'll let you see what Android One is all about. It's also ideal as a first phone, particularly for kids. 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 leak offers more proof of rear-mounted, magnetic S Pen

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 21:32

Last week, we reported on a Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 leak that showed a clear indentation along the rear of the tablet, strongly suggesting the inclusion of a magnetic S Pen for the productivity-focused device. 

Now, an exclusive new leak from Android Headlines has revealed some very official-looking renders which all but confirms a rear-mounted, magnetic stylus for Samsung's still-unannounced tablet. 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 with rear-mounted S Pen [via Android Headlines]

Stuck on you

As you can see, the leaked render above shows the Tab S6's rumored magnetic S Pen, which seemingly snaps onto the tablet directly under a new dual camera setup on the rear of the device – the first to appear on any Samsung tablet. 

The design decision is sure to be a divisive one, as the rear-mounted S pen, which is suspected to charge wirelessly and boast Bluetooth functionality, would likely have to be detached each time a user wants to lay the tablet flat on a table – a proposition which has already drawn some very strong reactions around the TechRadar offices with some labelling it "awkward".

Additionally, the unconfirmed device's leaked renders also show off its alleged keyboard cover, which now seemingly includes a kickstand that gives off strong Microsoft Surface Pro vibes.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is expected to be officially unveiled in the coming weeks ahead of the Galaxy Note 10 reveal. You can check out the rest of the leaked renders, which show the device in multiple colors, over on Android Headlines.

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Firefox will soon alert users if their saved passwords have been breached

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 21:21

With the security of personal information becoming an increasing priority amongst the general public, many tech companies are promising heightened protection in response, and are introducing new methods of dealing with any breaches once they've occurred.

However, for users, half the battle is knowing whether or not you’ve even been affected, which is where websites like Have I Been Pwned can help. Created by security specialist Troy Hunt, the site can alert users if their email address has been found in any reported data breaches.

Mozilla collaborated with Hunt late last year and has since incorporated his site’s data in Firefox’s own built-in Monitor tool. Monitor allowed users to receive notifications if the details they enter crop up in any future breaches, rather than just checking retrospectively.

Now, as discovered by BleepingComputer, Mozilla plans to integrate this Monitor service to work in conjunction with its Lockwise password manager, aiming to have it ready in two versions time, for Firefox 70.

This integration would allow the tools to cooperate, scanning any saved emails and passwords and cross-referencing them with the immense database of login details from Have I Been Pwned, actively alerting users if they’ve been affected and suggesting they change their password.

While this feature will warn users of any existing accounts saved with Lockwise that have a password potentially exposed in a data breach, they won’t work retroactively. That means users will still need to manually check if their account credentials have been exposed in older breaches.

As part of the new feature, more detailed stats will also be displayed on the extent of the impact on your account, including the number of email addresses affected, amount of breaches they are involved with, and the number of passwords exposed in the breaches.

Firefox 70 is currently expected to see release by the end of October.

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Instagram is now hiding like counts in Australia, Canada and five other countries

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 20:25

It began in Canada in May and now it’s spreading. 

Immediately after changes to the photo-sharing platform were announced in April, Instagram began hiding the total number of likes on posts in Canada as a test. The design change meant that account owners could see how many likes they have, but nobody else will be able to tell.

How this change has been received is as yet unknown, but Instagram is expanding its testing ground to six other countries – Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Ireland and Brazil.

Starting July 18, total like counts will disappear from posts on the main feed, profiles and permalink pages.

Users will be informed of the change via a message appearing on the top of their feed.

Users will be informed of the changes via a message

Say goodbye

Instagram has acknowledged that online bullying is a major problem on the platform and has rolled out two new tools to combat the issue. It also came under pressure when the killer of a teenage girl posted images of her body on Instagram – they were online for hours before being taken down.

According to Mia Garlick, the Director of Public Policy for Facebook and Instagram in Australia and New Zealand, this change is to make the platform less competitive. 

“We hope this test will remove the pressure of how many likes a post will receive, so you can focus on sharing the things you love,” she said in a statement.

While the average user won’t mind too much, this change could affect influencers in a massive way. However, Instagram says the testing won’t impact businesses or influencers as no changes will be made to measurement tools like Insights and Ads Manager, where likes and engagement metrics will continue to be recorded.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 7: what we want to see

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 17:56

Microsoft has been consistently designing some of the best Windows tablets and 2-in-1 laptops for years with its Surface lineup. When the Surface Pro 6 launched however, back in October 2018, there were relatively few improvements over the 2017 model. So, we were starting to wonder if we were going to see more impactful improvements to the Surface Pro formula. 

Enter the Surface Pro 7. We’re now starting to see all kinds of patents for the new Surface Pro coming out of the woodwork that may just change how we use Microsoft’s tablets.

For instance, there’s a new USB-C magnetic Surface charger, which we really hope comes to fruition. Couple that with Intel’s new Ice Lake processors that should launch sometime this year, that is if Microsoft doesn’t pack it with new ARM processors, and the Surface Pro 7 may end up being the most powerful model yet. 

However, because nothing has been confirmed, this is all informed speculation. Still, we will update this article with any new information that surfaces.

Cut to the chase
  • What is it? The next Surface Pro tablet
  • When is it out? Late 2019 at the earliest
  • What will it cost? Probably around $899 (£879, AU$1,349) to start.

Surface Pro 7 release date

Because the Surface Pro 6 only came out a few months ago, it’s unlikely that we’ll see the next one any time soon in 2019.

The Surface Pro 4 and Surface Pro 6 both launched in October 2015 and 2018, respectively. However, the Surface Pro 2017 did see a June release date. It’s possible that the Surface Pro 7 will launch in October 2019, but the release cadence for Surface Pro devices appears to be approximately every 16 to 18 months.

In other words, we might see the Surface Pro 7 until Spring or Summer 2020. We could see it hit the streets in October, if Microsoft wants to target that annualized release, but we’ll believe that when we see it.

Don’t worry, as we’ll update this article just as soon as we hear any word – official or otherwise – on the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 release date. 

Surface Pro 7 price

The Surface Pro 6 launched at $899 (£879, AU$1,349) for the base model, a noticeable increase in price over the Surface Pro 2017, the base model of which was $799 (£799, AU$1,199). So, the pricing of the Surface Pro 7 could go one of two ways: either it gets another price increase of $100, or it may just stay the same price. We doubt the price will drop again, though.

If the price does go up by another $100, and start at $999 (about £770, AU$1,380), it’ll put the Surface Pro 7 in the same league as devices like the Dell XPS 13 and the HP Spectre x360 – not to mention the new iPad Pro.

Much like anything else here, we won’t know the actual pricing of the Surface Pro 7 until Microsoft is ready to share it. But, we’ll update this article as soon as that happens.  

What we want to see

Because the Surface Pro 7 is so far out right now, it’s hard to predict what exactly will be in the next Surface device. However, based on all the patents that Microsoft has filed recently, like an update to the Surface Pen that would make it more accurate, we have come up with a wishlist of updates we’d like to see.  

Blazing Speed
Back at CES 2019, Intel announced Ice Lake, the first 10nm Sunny Cove architecture for laptops. And, while we don’t just yet just how well these processors will perform, the smaller manufacturing process will inevitably lead to better performance and efficiency. 

However, we’ve seen some rumors that Qualcomm Snapdragon-equipped Surface devices are “floating around”. It’s unlikely that the top-end Surface Pro 7 would use an ARM processor like this, as there would be problems with software emulation of x86 apps. However, we could see an entry-level Surface device using these ARM chips. 

If the Surface Pro 7 includes these new processors, you can expect considerably improved performance and battery life across the board. 

Thunderbolt 3, please
Microsoft, for obvious reasons not worth getting into here, has been hesitant to implement Thunderbolt 3 into its Surface Products. And, while this was excusable in the early days, it’s getting harder and harder to ignore with each Surface release. 

Fortunately, we have reason to believe that Microsoft will release the Surface Pro 7 with Thunderbolt 3 support, or at the very least basic USB-C charging. Microsoft has patented a new magnetic charger with a USB-C input that would function like the current Surface charger. 

We’re truly not sure whether Surface Pro 7 will support Thunderbolt 3, as it depends upon Microsoft’s willingness to trade its proprietary technology for Thunderbolt 3, which it must pay Intel to license.

An improved Type Cover
The Surface Pro 6’s Type Cover is already one of the best tablet keyboard accessories out there. It’s not only very responsive, but also has plenty of feedback and is made of solid materials. However, we haven’t seen any marked improvements to its since the Surface Pro 2017. We don’t think there’s any such thing as a perfect product, so we want to see how Microsoft improves on the formula next.

Like the charging capabilities, we might have an idea of the next generation Type Cover will look like. Microsoft has patented a thinner Type Cover that should reduce the footprint of the device all around. It looks like Microsoft is planning on doing this by using a trackpad that’s built right into the printed circuit board. 

It might also use haptic feedback in the keys, to improve the tactile response of typing, which would be necessary on a thinner keyboard cover.

It’s a bizarre move, but we’re intrigued nonetheless – if Microsoft can make the Type Cover slimmer without falling in the same trap as Apple’s Butterfly keyboards, it could be a game-changer.

We’ve also seen a patent that would make the fabric covering the Type Cover smarter. It would feature touch sensitivity, so you could swipe through news stories and photos without having to find the touchpad or the touchscreen. We’re not sure who was asking for this tech, but it’s still a cool idea. 

Image Credit: TechRadar

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus gets a massive price cut at Walmart

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 17:17

If you're still searching for a killer phone deal post-Prime Day, then you've come to the right place. Walmart's 'The Big Save' sale has been extended until today with sitewide discounts on tech, appliances, home items, and more. One of the best deals we've seen is the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus phone that's on sale for just $237.99. That's a massive $600 price cut for the refurbished Samsung smartphone.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus features a beautiful 6.2-inch end-to-end display that flows seamlessly into the aluminum shell. You can take crisp and clear pictures on the Samsung phone with an impressive 12MP rear camera and 8MP front camera. The front-facing camera provides an Auto Focus feature which tracks faces resulting in extra sharp selfies. The S8 Plus packs 64GB of storage and includes a 3,500mAh battery that claims to last a day-and-a-half.

This particular offer from Walmart is for a refurbished phone, which means the phone has passed an industry-leading 65+ point inspection with no signs of wear and tear. Walmart's summer sale ends tomorrow, so you should snag this killer phone deal before it's gone.

You can shop more of the best Walmart deals that are happening now on TVs, appliances, laptops, and more.

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Borderlands 3: release date, news and trailers for the next Borderlands game

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 15:01

More than six years after Borderlands 2 burst into our lives, Borderlands 3 has finally been announced and given a firm release date that we can count down to. 

After so long waiting, it hardly feels real that the release date of Borderlands 3 is so close; we've even spent some hands-on time with the game now!

With larger-than-life characters, a lively and colorful alien planet to explore, tons of absurd weapons, and a wisecracking sense of humor, Borderlands has managed to blow some fresh air into an FPS genre that often sticks to 'gritty' visuals and dull urban environments.

Here's everything we know so far about the game, and when it's finally going to be landing on PC and consoles.

[Update: There's a new Borderlands 3 trailer. Read on to watch it for yourself and to find out more about the game's Vault Insider Programme and that cross-play news.]

Image Credit: Gearbox

Cut to the chase
  • What is it? The third numbered game in the first-person shoot and loot franchise
  • When can I play it? September 13, 2019
  • What can I play it on? PS4, Xbox One, PC and Google Stadia
Borderlands 3 release date

Gearbox has now confirmed a release date of September 13, 2019.

Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3 trailers and preview

While we wait for the game to land, we do have a number of new trailers to pore over. The latest isn’t trying to tell you anything specific but it’s a real mood setter and you can tap your feet to The Turtles so it’s well worth a watch. 

E3 brought us an exciting amount of new footage including a new cinematic trailer and ten whole minutes of gameplay footage. You can watch both below:

Gearbox took to the stage at PAX East (March 28-30) to show off  the formal announcement trailer below. You get a good look at the new villains of the series (a brother and sister?), new shiny cities and creaking scrapyards, and series-favorite robot Claptrap doing some breakdancing.

It looks... pretty much the same as any Borderlands game before it, which is both reassuring for fans and a bit disappointing for those looking for a new spin on the series. It's too early to judge before we've seen more, though. 

What we know for sure is that there'll be a lot of guns (over one billion, and even one with little machine legs) and a whole lot of looting in expansive sandbox environments. Oh, and a saxophone solo – because why not?

There's also a separate announcement trailer for the release date, which also names the four vault hunters and the name of the villains: the Calypso Twins...

The official announcement came only days after a 'Mask of Mayhem' teaser you can see below. It's packed with little clues and hints of the game to come, including everything from a morse code to braille, and what seems to be a broken-up redeem code (C35TB - WS6ST - TXBRK - JJH6H - TTTJT) that we imagine will be usable for some sort of DLC reward or exclusive skin for eagle-eyed viewers.

What's more, we've been able to spend some time with the game thanks to a hands-on gameplay reveal event that TechRadar attended. The gameplay loop, at least, is familiar, with your job to take down enemies, look their corpses, and level up. It looks like Gearbox is putting plenty of detail and imagination into the weaponry this time around.

What's new is a focus on movement that's more fluid, and improvements to multiplayer, including the option for allies to revive each other. There's also "loot instancing", designed to level the playing field a little for groups of friends who've spend different amounts of time in the game. Borderlands 3 also gives you your very own spaceship, the Sanctuary 3.

For a full rundown of everything we saw in our time with the game, check out our hands-on preview in full.

Borderlands 3 news and rumors

No cross-play at launch

Although it’s something Gearbox is interested in making happen, there will be no cross-play in Borderlands 3 when it launches. Randy Pitchford confirmed this news via Twitter where he also said that the team is committed to making the dream a reality in the future so keep your fingers crossed, folks.

Vault Insider Programme

Want to earn in-game loot before Borderlands 3 is even released? Then you’ll want to take a look at the Vault Insider Programme. Not only will signing up to this bring you news about the game as it’s announced, it’ll dish out points that can be spent in Borderlands 3 or Borderlands 2. 

The Vault Insider Programme is basically part of the marketing push ahead of Borderlands 3 so it probably won’t surprise you to know that points are earned after you set up a Gearbox Shift account and link it up to your various social media channels. You’ll get your points from watching the latest videos, visiting the Borderlands social media channels, essentially doing a lot of the things you might do anyway if you’re interested in the game. 

You can either spend your points on a randomised piece of loot or weaponry or save up for something specific. 

Accessibility improvements

In addition to the new ping system, Borderlands 3 includes a bunch of other features that aim to increase the game's overall accessibility including compatibility with the Xbox Adaptive Controller, re-mappable controls, a variety of subtitles and closed captioning options, and level-syncing (which will allow you to play with friends, even if you're different levels). 

There have also been improvements made to online match-making. Players will be able to search for a match in the background while continuing to play the game, and  match preferences can be more specific than previously. This means you can find players at the same point in the story as you or set the mode you want to play in.

Ping system

At a panel at Guardian Con last week (via PC Gamer), Gearbox revealed it has added a range of new features to Borderlands 3 to make multiplayer more accessible than its predecessors. The biggest addition? An Apex Legends-style ping system that allows players to communicate with each other without ever having to say a word. 

Much like in Apex Legends, Borderlands 3's multiplayer will allow players to simply cover over an enemy or chest and then press a button to 'ping' it to your fellow teammates. In other words, it lets you highlight important things like hostiles, good loot and objectives. 

This feature will allow players to communicate easily and without having to deal with the stress of a stranger screaming down your headset. Of course, that option remains available.

Check out a video of the new ping system in action below:


As promised, Borderlands 3 made an appearance at E3 2019 with a brand new cinematic trailer, 10 minutes of gameplay to pore over and confirmation that there's a brand new planet called Eden 6 that's inspired by the Louisiana swamps.

Oh, and those rumors about a Borderlands 2 DLC bridging the gap to the third game? Those were true. Borderlands 2: Commander Lilith and the Fight for Sanctuary offers a 10-hour story which starts right at the end of Borderlands 2.

Even better, it can be downloaded for free from now until July 9 on Xbox One, PS4 and Steam. After that it'll cost you £11.99 so if you have any interest in Borderlands 3 it's worth picking up right now.

Reports of Borderlands 2 DLC - confirmed

The rumors about a Borderlands 2 DLC bridging the gap between the second and upcoming third game were true. Commander Lilith and the Fight for Sanctuary DLC is free and available now.

Details, details, details

We managed to have a chat with Amanda Christensen, a concept artist at Gearbox and a key character designer on Borderlands 3. She told us that "the most obvious jump is in terms of our level of detail" in the upcoming game, and that there are a "bunch of cool little details" spread throughout. It's a revealing chat and you can read everything Christensen had to say about Borderlands 3 here.

DLCs: quality over quantity

The DLC future of Borderlands 3 looks bright enough, after Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford intimated on Twitter that future DLCs would focus on quality over quantity: it seems as though Borderlands 3 might focus on fleshing out the capabilities of the game's starting classes instead of asking players to start building new ones from scratch, and that's fine with us.

Epic Games Store exclusive – to start

While Borderlands 3 will launch on PS4, Xbox One and PC, the PC version will start as an Epic Games Store exclusive, before joining the Steam Store six months on.

Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford hinted at this back in December, when he voiced his support for the new marketplace. Epic has been courting various exclusives for its store, including Metro Exodus and The Division 2, so we're not overly surprised.

Cross-platform co-op could be included

A listing page for Borderlands 3 on the Microsoft store gave a hint to a very-cool potential new feature landing with the game – cross-platform multiplayer. Though the page in question has since been pulled, it showed the game's feature set to include play across consoles not limited to Microsoft's own. With the game initially an Epic Games Store exclusive, and that platform's biggest title, Fortnite, being cross-platform in many console scenarios, there's certainly the genesis of the infrastructure to support the feature if true.

A representative for the game's publisher, 2K Games, told IGN that “Cross play is something we’re looking at closely, but don’t have anything to confirm or announce at this time.”

Vault Hunter names

The release date trailer also gave us the names of the four vault hunters, which offer their own spins on the traditional four classes. We have a Gunner weapons expert (Moze), a Siren with floating fists at the ready (Amara), an android Beastmaster (Fl4x), and a suave, stealthy Operative (Zane). We also got the names of the entry's villains: the very evil-looking Calypso Twins (not identical).

Borderlands 3 confirmed – as well as a board-game

Gearbox gave us the announcement we wanted on March 28, at PAX East in Boston. The showcase was hit with technical difficulties – like a lot – and for some reason included a really long magic trick. But we got our first look at the anticipated title, as well as a tie-in board-game called Borderlands: Tiny Tina’s Robot Tea Party

Image Credit: Gearbox

4K remasters (for free!)

Good news for anyone with a copy of Borderlands 1, 2, or the Pre-Sequel: Gearbox is releasing enhanced 4K remasters of the previous games, and anyone who already owns them will get to download the remastered version for free. You'll need a 4K ready console or PC to make the most of it, but it's wonderful fan service for those who do.

Hints, lots of hints

At PAX West 2017, Pitchford announced during a panel that 90% of the Gearbox team is “working on the thing I think most of you guys want us to be working on.”

Pitchford also took part in an IGN Unfiltered interview around the same time, when he said that if another Borderlands game were to be made, it would be more of a true sequel as opposed to another Pre-Sequel spin-off. 

Caught in the act

And in April 2017, Pitchford took to Twitter to post a picture of himself wearing a motion capture suit with the caption “Doing a shoot... I may or may not be a psycho bandit in a video game we may or may not be working on. Also, happy Bulletstorm launch day!” 

Given that Psychos are a Borderlands enemy we’d say this tweet can be read with a fairly large nudge and wink.

The GDC presentation

Before all of this Pitchford took to the stage during Epic Games’ Unreal presentation at GDC in March 2017, where he showed off new rendering tech that “may be used in a future Gearbox game.” He explicitly said the footage shown was not from a video game but what was shown was highly reminiscent of Borderlands. 

He also revealed that this new tech is capable of simulating different physics depending on a planet’s properties. Specifically he said “there might be different physics and the sun and the moons might be in different positions than what we’re used to on Pandora.”

That seems to have been pretty prophetic – as we know Borderlands 3 will be making use of some new environments beyond what we saw on Pandora in the previous games.

Some changes

Borderlands regular Mikey Neumann won't be writing on the new game, as he was unfortunately forced to resign from the project due to health complications. The lead writer on Borderlands 2, Anthony Burch, has also since left the company. There’s been no hint with regards to who’ll be taking up the pen after their departures. 

Another change is that the voice behind Claptrap, David Eddings, has left Gearbox for Rooster Teeth so it’s unlikely he’ll be taking up the role again. 

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4K TV deals at Walmart: price cuts on Samsung, LG, Vizio, and more

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 14:55

If you missed out on Amazon Prime Day this year, you still have time to snag some killer deals. Walmart's competing 'The Big Save' sale has been extended another day with massive savings sitewide. You can find Black Friday like prices on headphones, appliances, laptops, and most importantly on 4K TVs.

The best Walmart TV deal we've seen is the Vizio 55-inch 4K TV that's on sale for $319.99. That's a $158 discount and a fantastic price for a mid-size TV with premium features. The smart TV has Chromecast built-in and works with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant so you can stream from Hulu, Netflix, and more using your voice. The 55-inch TV features 4K Ultra HD resolution and full-array LED backlighting, which results in a high-quality life-like picture.

Like we mentioned above, this is a crazy-good price for a 55-inch 4K smart TV and the lowest price we've seen for this particular model. Walmart's summer sale ends today, so you should snag this rare deal while you can.

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Get a great deal on every Google Home smart speaker in the Walmart sale

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 13:36

Usually, the day after Amazon Prime Day has up moping about the office, sad that all the super cheap deals have dried up. There's no time for that today though as the Walmart sale has taken the bargain baton from Amazon to give us one final day of deals.

And we've been enjoying the latest battle between Amazon Echo deals and the Google Home smart speaker/screen range. Google has an extra day to play with now though and these prices are absolute scorchers.

The tiny but mighty Google Home Mini is on sale for just $25, saving you 50% on the base MSRP. The standard-sized Google Home has come down to just $69 from $129. If you really want some room-filling sound from your smart speaker than the rarely discounted Google home Max is $150 cheaper than usual at $299. And if you'd like a smart speaker with a screen, Walmart's deals have you covered there too with the Google Nest Hub (aka, the recently renamed Google Home Hub), can be yours for an ever so tempting $79, down form the standard $149.

All of these devices feature the excellent Google Assistant built-in. You can ask it any questions you can think of an it'll use the enormously-powerful Google search engine to read an answer back to you. You can also use it for basics like asking about the weather forecasts and the news. Or how about requesting songs via Spotify and YouTube Music? Smart home devices like Nest and Hive thermostats and Philips Hue bulbs are supported too.

The best Google device deals in the US:

Shop more Google Home devices with our list of the cheapest Google Home prices: the best Home Mini, Hub and Max deals.

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Fujifilm to open new content experience center in London

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 13:36

From its retina-punishing Instax cameras and handsome X-series models through to its high-end GFX medium-format monsters, Fujifilm certainly has a product portfolio wide enough to entice photographers from all corners.

And now the company will be bringing them all together in a new home, with the launch of a new concept experience center in London.

Situated in Covent Garden, and said to be the world's first store of its kind for the Japanese company, the center will not only allow photographers get their hands on a wide range of Fujifilm's imaging products, but also promises to inspire visitors to create, print and share their images.

Theo Georghiades, General Manager of Fujifilm UK and the new venture's project leader, said: “Image quality is core with all the products that we have, and we want to be able to showcase this, whether it’s with Instax, X-series or GFX, or with photo gifting and printing. 

“We want to reward our customers with a 360-degree offering. This isn’t just an old fashioned camera club: we want everyone to feel welcome and enjoy image making.”

The center will have a number of different zones that showcase various products and services from the company, from separate areas for the GFX system and X-series cameras through to an Instax camera and printers experience zone, and a further Wonder Photo Shop for printing and gifting. 

The center is set to be located on Long Acre, one of the busiest streets in the area. Right now it's still being constructed, and it's expected to open its doors towards the end of the year.

Fujifilm is also expected to announce two new lenses shortly, the Fujinon XF16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR and GF50mm f/3.5 R LM WR lenses, while rumors of an X-Pro3 camera have also been bubbling way for some time.

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