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The Open 2019 live stream: how to watch the golf coverage online from anywhere

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 12:49

Royal Portrush is looking resplendent and ready to host the first Northern Ireland-based Open Championship since 1951. Hopefully the field of golfers are equally as prepared to do battle for the famous Claret Jug and their own place in the history books. The good news is that you're in the right place to discover where to get a 2019 Open live stream of every swing.

After Francesco Molinari's incredible win at Carnoustie in 2018, the world's best golfers will head to Portrush in Northern Ireland for the 148th edition of golf's oldest major tournament.

Englishman Max Faulkner took home the Claret Jug at Royal Portrush last time it was here 68 years ago and the likes of Justin Rose, Tommy Fleetwood and Ian Poulter will all be looking to end the English drought at the Open Championship this time around. Lots of eyes will be on Tiger Woods, of course, following his fairy tale Masters win earlier in the season. And talking of fairy tales, home country hero Rory McIlroy will be desperate to go well - he's been made favourite to win at Betfair, followed by the awesome world number one Brooks Koepka and Spaniard Jon Rahm.

If you don't yet know what your 2019 Open live stream options are, then keep on reading. It's FREE in some areas, which is great news.

Live stream golf coverage for free at TheOpen.com

The Open Championship is following the likes of the Masters and US Open, which means you can get a free live stream at TheOpen.com. Assuming it's the same as last year, it should be available globally - fantastic news!

It will be showing action from featured groups - which groups those are we don't yet know - and featured holes (it was 8, 9 and 10 last year). There's even audio commentary to go with them.

That's great if you're only interested in following the players it selects for you, but not so good if you want full and proper coverage. Aside from the TheOpen.com live stream, we have more watching options below.

How to get a 2019 Open live stream from outside your country

We're going to guess that if you've landed on this page, you're going to want something more extensive than that free Open live stream described above. For you, we have full details on which networks are showing the golf in the UK, US, Canada and Australia.

But try to watch your domestic Open Championship coverage while out of the country and you'll soon be faced with a block. That's because broadcasters implement a geo-restriction to stop non-nationals from watching their coverage. Fair enough, but annoying if you've paid for a pricey subscription and still want to watch without having to resort to some dodgy illegal stream you've discovered on Reddit.

How to watch the Open Championship: live stream in UK

How to watch the British Open golf in the US
  • Hulu with Live TV $40 per month - Hulu with Live TV includes CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN.
  • FuboTV $35 for the first month - FuboTV gives you the first month at a discounted rate but after that the price increases to $45 a month. The service includes CBS, Fox, NBC and the NFL Network but does not come with ESPN.
  • PlayStation Vue From $50 per month and the ideal choice for PS4 owners thanks to its access to the likes of ESPN, NBC, Fox, Disney and other essential networks. Crank up the price and you can add the likes of Showtime and HBO, too.
  • DirecTV Now $50 per month - DirecTV Now includes CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and for $5 extra you can add the NFL Network.
  • YouTubeTV $40 per month - YouTubeTV gives you access to CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN.

If you're outside the US this weekend but want to access one of the above options, then you can use a US VPN to effectively transport your computer, phone or tablet's IP back to a US location.

How to live stream Open golf in Canada

How to get an Open live stream in Australia Where is the 2019 Open Championship?

The Open returns to Northern Ireland after 68 years with the world’s greatest players competing for the Claret Jug over the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush.

Who are the favourites for the 2019 Open?

Playing in his home country, Rory McIlroy is looking for his second Open Championship and fifth career major victory and leads the betting with Betfair.

Brooks Koepka, who is yet to lift the Claret Jug and fellow American Dustin Johnson follow McIlroy, with Jon Rahm and three-time Open Championship winner Tiger Woods also well backed.

Who won the 2018 Open Championship?

Francesco Molinari won the 2018 Open, which was held at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland. The Italian finished 8-under to earn his first major title.

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From LittleBigPlanet to Dreams: Media Molecule and the future of DIY gaming

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 11:48

Turn on your console today and you’ll find a rich library of games that put game-making into the player’s hands. Super Mario Maker 2 and Dragon Quest Builders 2 are just two recent critically acclaimed examples, while Minecraft is now the best-selling game of all time.

Of course, this has its history in the modding culture on PC and dates further back to computers like the Commodore 64 which, besides its own software library, allowed anyone to program their own games, giving birth to the bedroom coders of the 1980s.

But these coding options didn’t really exist for the games console, not least because these were considered more as entertainment for your living room TV rather than a workstation. This all changed with LittleBigPlanet on the PS3, its creators Media Molecule headed up by ex-members of Lionhead, a studio that embraced a culture of tinkering with technology and giving players agency.

Console creation

LittleBigPlanet brought build-your-own games to the mainstream, with the emphasis on sharing them.

“We believe that people like expressing themselves in lots of different ways, like gardening, sewing, or making music,” says Siobhan Reddy, Media Molecule co-founder and studio director. “The idea was to give players a home to build upon those experiences they had with the Commodore 64, Lego, dress-up - all of these things that we all collectively, individually loved, and bring that to a console experience.”

Back in 2006, pitching LittleBigPlanet as a platforming game where you could also create and share your own levels actually came at a good time, as it coincided with the rise of user-generated content-sharing platforms like MySpace, Flickr, and YouTube - though there were doubts along the way.

“The idea was to give players a home to build upon those experiences they had with the Commodore 64, Lego, dress-up - all of these things that we all collectively, individually loved, and bring that to a console experience.”

Siobhan Reddy - Media Molecule

“I think what became more challenging as time went by was people believing that we would be able to build a creative community,” says Reddy. The true test came with the game’s public beta a month before launch, which she recalls watching the results from their conference room screen. 

“We knew it would take about half an hour for someone to get through the first bit of the game that would unlock Create,” Reddy explains. “So the clock's ticking down and we're thinking, 'will someone publish something?' And then when we saw that first creation, we're like, okay, all right. And then it just followed and flowed.”

LittleBigPlanet allowed for an incredible breadth of player expression and customization in both its adorable mascot Sackboy and its levels, yet it was also within the constraints of a physics-based platformer. By the time the team had shipped LittleBigPlanet 2 in 2011, they were ready to break free of those constraints for something far more freeform and ambitious, which brings us to Dreams.

No dream too big or small

If you want to just paint, sculpt, or doodle about in Dreams, well, you can.

Currently available in early access on PS4, there’s no simple way to describe Dreams. Sure, you can use it to create your own games, while the final version will also include a fully playable campaign, but it’s really a rich smorgasbord of creation tools comparable to Photoshop, Blender, Garage Band, and YouTube, albeit in a playful form using either the DualShock 4 or PlayStation Move controllers.

And while the infinite possibilities can seem daunting for anyone with blank canvas syndrome, the beauty is that you can enjoy Dreams purely by noodling and tinkering with just one element. 

There may be people who still want to make their own solo projects, but whether you’re interested in creating beautiful environments or interesting character models, the creations become their own reward in the Dreamiverse, with one such favorite trend of Reddy’s being the abundant variety of animals that players are making.

"That’s the dream - that people would riff on each other’s ideas they share.”

Siobhan Reddy - Media Molecule

“I particularly love the pelican,” Reddy says. “And now someone’s made a couple of little games about the pelican, and I love that it’s gone on to have a little life of its own. That’s the dream - that people would riff on each other’s ideas they share.”

There’s also an abundance of support both from in-depth tutorials that cover the basics to masterclasses, as well as from regular community jams to encourage you into the various available pathways.

“You can come into it and just collage a game together, but what I’m also noticing is that people are dipping their toes a little bit more into logic or animation,” says Reddy. “It might be that you always stay on the collage, or it might be that actually you sort of incrementally learn different aspects of game development, or sculpture, or animation, or music. Wherever the mood takes you, we want to provide a pathway.”

Care in the community

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Dreams community really love making animals.

To an extent, Media Molecule has evolved from a traditional game developer to tool creators, as well as curators and moderators, fostering and facilitating a creative community.

There’s probably an advantage to shaping this community early on, in smaller numbers in early access, to prevent the trolling or toxicity that can plague other games. According to community manager Abbie Heppe, Dreams already benefits from having a positive community from the outset. After all, the most common words used among the community have been ‘love’ and ‘thanks’.

“I think as much as there's always been a hunger for people playing games, there's also been the fact that people like putting their own imprint on the games that they play."

Siobhan Reddy - Media Molecule

“I think part of that is driven by the fact that people are doing creative things, and they need to put themselves out there,” says Heppe. “You see that in professional congresses too. People need that sort of support, feedback, and encouragement from people around them. It makes people think about how they react and respond to others.”

Dreams is certainly the most ambitious sandbox for creating just about anything you can think of, but Reddy also modestly refers to it as just one of many other creative experiences, especially where today even traditional games are featuring creative modes of their own, whether it’s Overwatch, Fortnite or even Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

“I think as much as there's always been a hunger for people playing games, there's also been the fact that people like putting their own imprint on the games that they play,” Reddy explains. ”I love the fact that this generation is growing up where it's completely normal to have creativity as part of their game experiences. 

"It's really awesome that we're a generation where that's really celebrated, because it’s obviously something that we love.”

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These are the new Android emoji you'll be using on your phone later this year

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 11:39

We've known that a new slate of emojis are coming to smartphones toward the end of the year, and mere hours after Apple showed its take on them and announced when it'd range them on its phones, Google has done the same.

In February, the Unicode Consortium unveiled what the new icons would be allowing Apple and Google (as well as others) to go away and develop individual looks with unique aesthetics. While we knew what the emojis would be, we didn't know exactly how they'd look on each platform.

While Apple's icons are a little blobby and 3D-like, similar to a cartoon, Google's gone for its flatter and more basic aesthetic, like stickers.

This year, the emojis focus on diversity and inclusivity with icons portraying disabled people, couples of all different genders and races. Plus there's also the addition of an adorable otter.

Apple announced it would release the emojis to its devices towards the end of the year, likely along with iOS 13 in September, and now we know Google will include the emojis in Android Q when that rolls out in August. 

If that's the case, it seems Google will beat Apple in releasing the icons.

Apparently Apple was the company that petitioned Unicode to include the diverse emojis though. We've chosen a select few of the emojis from both Apple and Google so you can compare them.

Apple vs Google: the great emoji showdown
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Microsoft nets billion-dollar AT&T Azure cloud contract

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 11:32

Microsoft has announced a major new partnership with AT&T that could net the company as much as $2 billion.

The deal will see the American telco giant switch to Microsoft's Azure cloud system as the two companies work together on technologies such as cloud, AI and 5G to improve the lives of customers around the world.

AT&T will also move many of its employees over to the Microsoft 365 office suite, giving access to tools such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel and more.

Committed

AT&T says the move is part of its transformation to become a "public cloud first" company, migrating most of its non-network workloads to the public cloud by 2024.

The deal is not exclusive, with AT&T free to utilise other cloud providers alongside Azure - a point it highlighted with a seperate deal with IBM yesterday that will involve cloud migration.

“AT&T and Microsoft are among the most committed companies to fostering technology that serves people,” said AT&T CEO John Donovan. “By working together on common efforts around 5G, the cloud, and AI, we will accelerate the speed of innovation and impact for our customers and our communities.”

AT&T was the first US operator to switch on 5G, and is anticipating a huge growth in mobile data in coming years that will be supported by Azure and other Microsoft technologies. 

The companies have already worked together on a number of products and services, with networking, IoT, and blockchain on the market now, and say they expect to announce additional services later in 2019. 

“AT&T is at the forefront of defining how advances in technology, including 5G and edge computing, will transform every aspect of work and life,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. 

“The world’s leading companies run on our cloud, and we are delighted that AT&T chose Microsoft to accelerate its innovation. Together, we will apply the power of Azure and Microsoft 365 to transform the way AT&T’s workforce collaborates and to shape the future of media and communications for people everywhere.”

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Need new RAM or SSDs? Better act fast, prices may rise soon

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 11:25

Over the last few months we've been enjoying some pretty low prices for the best RAM and SSDs. However, that might be ending soon, as some SSD manufacturers are reportedly discussing price hikes. 

According to a report from Digitimes, SSD manufacturers are planning to raise prices by 10-15% on NAND flash, which would make SSDs more expensive. This is reportedly on top of increases to DRAM module pricing, which would make RAM more expensive. 


Don't panic yet, though: it's important to note that this isn't confirmed, and is little more than rumor at this point. But if you were planning to jump on that cheap SSD deal you've been scoping out, it wouldn't hurt to pull the trigger right now.

If these reports are to be believed, RAM and SSD pricing could jump to where they were back in 2018, when it was ludicrously expensive to even upgrade to middling RAM or a small SSD. We just hope that if the prices do increase, they don't get to a level where the average consumer can't get into computing.

It is a shame, too, as it is one of the best times to build a new computer, especially now that AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation processors, Nvidia Super and AMD Navi graphics cards have finally arrived.

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Prime Day extended: the Amazon Echo Dot is on sale for 50% off

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 11:07

While Amazon Prime Day is officially over, there are still some hot deals that are available on the tech giant's site. Our favorite Prime Day extended sale is the Echo Dot smart speaker that's on sale for $24.99. That's a 50% discount and only $3 more than the Prime Day all-time low price. UK readers can also still get the Echo Dot on sale for £24.99.

The Echo Dot works with Amazon Alexa to play music, answer questions, check the news, and more completely hands-free. You can also use your voice to stream songs from services like Amazon Music, Apple Music, and Spotify and listen to audiobooks from Audible. The smart speaker works with thousands of smart home devices to turn on lights, adjust the temperature, lock the door without lifting a finger. The 3rd-generation Echo Dot is available in charcoal, heather gray and sandstone so you can match the smart speaker to your home decor.

Like we mentioned above, the Echo Dot is only $3/£3 more than the Prime Day price and unlike yesterday's sale, this deal is available to everyone and not just Prime members. 

The best Echo Dot deals: Echo Dot: common questions

If you're undecided on the Echo Dot or want to learn more about the smart speaker, we've answered some common questions below to help make your buying decision.

What is the Echo Dot, and what can it do? The Echo Dot is a compact smart speaker that connects to Wifi to work with Amazon Alexa. You can use your voice to ask Alexa questions, play music, and control other compatible smart home devices.

Is there a monthly fee for an Echo Dot? No, there's no monthly fee with the Echo Dot, just the one-time fee for the smart speaker. You'll need an Amazon account to get started, and you'll need to download the Echo app.

What's the difference between the Echo and Echo Dot? The most significant difference between the Dot and the Echo is the size and price. The Echo is bigger than the Dot and produces a powerful sound. The Echo is also more expensive, costing $20 / £30 more than the Dot. 

You can see more of the best cheap Amazon Echo prices and deals that are currently available.

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Nintendo Switch gets some jazzy new Joy-Con colors this year

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 10:37

It's turning into a big year of Nintendo hardware. Two years after the Nintendo Switch first released, we now know we're getting a handheld-only Switch Lite console, a renewed Switch model with double the battery life – and now even some new Joy-Con controller colors, for more aesthetic improvements.

Nintendo of America announced the new Joy-Cons on Twitter, with Blue/Neon Yellow and Neon Purple/Neon Orange options. They'll cost $79.99 (about £65, AU$115), the same as previous Joy-Con colors, and will be available from October 4, 2019.

You can already get Joy-Cons in yellow, but the blue coloring is one we haven't seen before – and commentators on Twitter were quick to point out comparisons to paint-bucket shooter Splatoon's bright color scheme.

Sure, you're not getting any technical improvements here, and it's a bit depressing not to see any price reduction on hardware that's a couple of years old now. There are also a lot of reports coming in about controller 'drift', with the Joy-Cons tracking the camera angle slowly off in a random direction despite the thumbstick not being used.

But if you're looking for some jazzy new colors to give your current Switch – or battery-enhanced model – a makeover, it's nice to have some options. (Don't forget, though, you can sidestep all these small Joy-Cons with a premium Nintendo Switch Pro controller.)

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The best iPhone 7 Plus deals and UK contracts in July 2019

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 10:37

This plus sized iPhone from Apple was launched alongside the iPhone 7 in September 2016. Until the iPhone X landed, we thought it was the best iPhone on the market, with big improvements on the camera and battery fronts from previous large-screen iPhones.

If you're looking for a big screen iPhone that won't break the bank then the 7 Plus could be a good fit. Prices fell very nicely on the advent of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus and it is far cheaper than the big iPhones like the XS Max - if you go for the earlier iteration you could even end up paying around £300 less than it costs to get the newer massive iPhones. 7 Plus prices can now be found for less than £30 per month.

If you're dead set on grabbing this huge iPhone now, then to help you navigate we've got a handy comparison tool which is designed to help you zero in on the cheapest deals. Underneath that we've chosen what we think are the best value options overall for the biggest networks out there. And if you still need some persuading, we've added a brief review of the iPhone 7 Plus to the bottom of the page.

See also: iPhone 8 Plus deals | iPhone 8 deals | Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus deals | iPhone 7 deals | iPhone 6S Plus deals | Mobile phone deals

Top 5 best iPhone 7 Plus deals this month:

Unlike some other sites we don't manipulate the order of these deals for commercial gain, so the handpicked deals below really are the best iPhone 7 Plus deals for EE, O2, Three and Vodafone right now. Don't forget - if you're looking for something a little different, our comparison widget above is the perfect way to sniff out your perfect deal. This page is for the best iPhone 7 Plus deals in the UK, but if you're after Australian deals, check out the best Australian iPhone 7 Plus deals page. 

There's no denying the iPhone 7 Plus's brilliance - just look at the fantastic cameras, supercharged performance and waterproof design. But that doesn't disguise the fact that it doesn't build massively on the iPhone 6S. If you want true innovation, you'll have to pay the extra for 2017's iPhone X or the even more recent iPhone XR and iPhone XS 

Read more in TechRadar's full iPhone 7 Plus review

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Black Hat SEO: What is it, how does it work and how to solve it

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 10:36

Imagine this scenario as a business with a significant online presence. Your rankings on your target keywords have dropped significantly. You haven’t made any major changes to the content or linking strategy of your website. What’s more, your competitors haven’t changed much on their websites as well.

You managed to discount all of the potential reasons for your downfall: Google algorithm updates, cyclical/seasonal drops, technical issues and so on. Only one remains, negative and Black Hat SEO. SEO expert, Chris Rodgers, dives deeper into the practice in this Q&A: what it means, how it affects businesses and what they need to know to avoid a mess.

1. How to identify if you have been a victim of Black Hat SEO? What are the tell tale signs?

 

Black hat SEO is typically used to achieve enhanced SEO results as quickly as possible, using methods that violate search-engine guidelines. Negative SEO is a technique commonly used to adversely affect the SEO performance of another website, which is a type of Black Hat SEO since these practices would violate webmaster guidelines. 

You may have been hit by negative SEO If you are seeing a sudden decrease in keyword rankings and traffic. If you are engaging in practices like building spammy links or producing low-quality content, you likely have been adversely affected by a search algorithm update or penalty (not negative SEO). These are not easy determinations to make, and require specific SEO tools and expertise to properly diagnose and address. 

If you suspect you have been the victim of negative SEO, the first thing you should check is your backlink profile. Building harmful backlinks would be one of the most common ways that a competitor might try to attack your website. By building “toxic” links to your website, a competitor could cause a manual penalty or simply drive down SEO performance by lowering your site’s trust in search engines.

2. How to clean the mess after a negative SEO attack?

Black Hat SEO refers to techniques that violates webmaster guidelines, What Hat SEO clearly abides by webmaster guidelines, Grey Hat SEO is that which lies in between. The biggest area that crosses over into Grey Hat SEO is the practice of link-building, which technically could be considered against webmaster guidelines depending on how it is performed.

Link-Building is critical part of SEO, and there are many shades of grey in terms of technical approaches that would be difficult to determine white or black. Anchor text is a ranking factor, we know if used in “large scale... guest posting campaigns”, is directly against Google webmaster guidelines, but what is “large scale”? Bottom line is that the more technical you get in trying to influence the algorithm, the closer you are to stepping out of the white and into the grey. 

The most common negative SEO attack is toxic link-building, so the remedy is the same as if you were caught in a manual penalty or have low-quality links that are hurting your website’s SEO performance. For penalty recovery you need to try and identify the toxic links, attempt to remove them, document your work, and then submit a disavow report and reconsideration request to the search-engine.  

3. What is Google doing to combat black hat SEO?

 

Google has applied targeted algorithm updates and implemented AI-systems that can catch manipulative back-links and identify low-quality content that isn't delivering a good user-experience. 

he problem is that someone can intentionally build these same back-links in overtly spammy ways and cause a penalty of someone else's website. As of, 2016 Google supposedly stopped penalizing for many toxic links and instead would ignore them, this would have been expected to cut down on negative SEO as it would be decisively more difficult to trigger a search-engine penalty through toxic link-building.

This may have been an effort by Google to decrease negative SEO. Google has also promoted the use of HTTPS, a more secure server communication protocol for websites. HTTPS is more secure, so less likely to be hacked and injected with sneaky redirects or other Black Hat SEO practices.

4. How can backlinks be used to harm a website?

Toxic links can be pointed at individual pages or different pages cross an entire website, and search-engine penalties can be targeted to specific pages & keyword searches, or can be site-wide.

It is dependent on how wide-spread the issue is and how the algorithm has been manipulated. In regards to negative SEO, a competitor may be more likely to spam your entire site in hopes of a site-wide penalty, or could choose to target a single page if it is of particular importance to them to see it drop in ranking.

An important thing to note is that when you are doing this type of black hat/negative SEO attack, you may see no impact because Google is ignoring the links (which does happen), or the site/page benefits from the links because they are slipping through the algorithm and penalty process. You time is better spent improving your site, not trying to take down someone else’s. Eventually the competitor is likely to identify the issue and recover and may retake their previous position anyway. 

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Pacquiao vs Thurman live stream: how to watch boxing online from anywhere

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 10:17

Philippine Senator and the only ever eight-division world champion, Manny Pacquiao is set to return to the ring on Saturday for a showdown with undefeated Super WBA Welterweight Champion Keith Thurman in Las Vegas. It's one of the most eagerly anticipated fights of the year, and you can watch it all with our guide to getting a Pacquiao vs Thurman live stream.

Future Hall-of Fame inductee Pacquiao may now be the wrong side of 40, but recent wins confirm him as a relevant and explosive boxer at this weight. Meanwhile the speed and power of Thurman makes him arguably the most naturally talented boxer in a hugely competitive division. 

Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) comes into tonight's fight off the back of an impressive points decision victory over Adrien Broner back in January which saw Pac Man defend his WBA (regular) welterweight title. 

Thurman's (29-0, 22 KOs) last appearance in the ring also came in January with a majority decision over Josesito Lopez. It was an understandably rusty display for Thurman, as it marked the end of a near-two-year layoff for the American thanks to injuries. 

Pacquiao is no stranger to giving up height and reach, and his opponent tonight will again hold the advantage in both attributes, but it's Thurman's speed and power that will be worrying the veteran who is ten years his senior.

To catch everything online, you've come to the right place. Read on to find out how to stream Pacquiao vs Thurman live anywhere in the world.

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Vote now in the TechRadar Mobile Choice Consumer Awards 2019 and win top tech

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 10:16

It's that time of the year again. It's time to crown the finest performers in the UK industry, from phone makers to network providers, with the TechRadar Mobile Choice Consumer Awards 2019.

We need your help to narrow down our extensive longlists of the leading contenders to stellar shortlists. And there are great prizes to be won with a bumper bundle of tech worth over £1,000!*

The good news is that voting is now open, so please take a moment to have your say below on who should claim a coveted spot on the shortlist.

Voting on who makes the shortlist for the TechRadar Mobile Choice Consumer Awards will close on July 24, 2019, so make sure you don't miss out.

Once we've counted all the votes, and consulted with our panel of expert judges, we'll announce the shortlist. You'll then be able to vote for the winners in each of the categories.

The winners will be revealed at the TechRadar Mobile Choice Consumer Awards, in October 2019 at an exclusive awards ceremony in London, UK.

Vote in the TechRadar Mobile Choice Consumer Awards 2019

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The best Samsung Galaxy Note 8 deals in July 2019

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 10:13

In theory, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 deals should now be old news - right? Well we would disagree, the phone might have now been replaced by a few newer Samsung models but it still stands as one of their best releases yet, now at a super affordable price.

Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the Galaxy S10 have come out since, full of high-end specs but, they both carry massive price tags. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 deals are definitely still well worth a look. And it's still getting cheaper!

The Note 8 is not by any means a budget device, however. It's a absolutely massive  smartphone, not just in size but also in raw power. It's got the screen size and specification smarts to be a competitor to the highly praised iPhone X or iPhone's new massive iPhone XS Max and neither of those come cheap. But there are now some excellent Samsung Galaxy Note 8 deals floating around. Check out our comparison chart and handpicked favourite Galaxy Note 8 deals below.

Now we know some of you may have fiery memories of the Galaxy Note 7 in your head when looking at this device but leave those worries behind. Both the Note 8 and 9 have massively improved their batteries and you won't be facing overheating problems anymore. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 deals truly are miles ahead of the 7 in every way.

5 best Galaxy Note 8 deals in the UK today: Should I get the Galaxy Note 8 SIM free?

Are you determined to get the very best price? Always looking to see how you can trim a few pounds off your new favourite gadget? As you probably know, you can now pick up cheap SIM only deals for as little as £4 a month, which could make it worth buying a SIM and handset separately.

The Galaxy Note 8's RRP has dropped massively recently to £649. That is much cheaper than it used to be but you will still be putting up a big chunk of money upfront. Even if you get the cheapest SIM card (usually around £4 a month for 500MB data), that would still cost near to £800 over the two years. You're probably better cranking up the upfront cost in our price comparison chart above, imposing a low maximum for monthlies and finding a cheaper deal in the long run.

To get the best price on your new SIM free Galaxy, you can head to our cheapest unlocked Note 8 deals page.

Wondering what all the fuss is about? Well the fervour for the Note 8 is probably doubled due to the fact that the Note 7 was pulled from shelves soon after release. But it doesn't take more than one look at the Note 8 to see that it justifies the hype.

The huge 6.3-inch ‘Infinity Display,’ is gorgeous to look at, the 6GB RAM innards go like a train and there are two best-in-class rear cameras. It's expensive, but we think the Note 8 is worth it. 

Read TechRadar's full Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review

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Half of all smartphones sold in 2023 'will be 5G'

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 10:00

5G smartphones will account for more than half of all mobile phone sales by 2023 as manufacturers seeking to arrest the ongoing contraction of the market.

According to Gartner, sales of devices (PCs, tablets and mobile phones) will fall by 3.3 per cent in 2019 to 2.2 billion. But it is mobile phone shipments that are declining the most at 3.8 per cent.

When it comes to smartphones, the 2.5 per cent contraction is the worst decline ever.

5G smartphone sales 

The decrease has been attributed largely to the increasing lifespan of mobile devices, an issue exacerbated by a perceived lack of innovation within the market. By 2023, the average lifespan of a device will be 2.9 years.

“The current mobile phone market of 1.7 billion shipments is around 10% below the 1.9 billion shipments reached in 2015,” said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. “If mobile phones don’t provide significant new utility, efficiency or experiences, users won’t upgrade them, and will consequently increase these devices’ life spans.”

The arrival of 5G networks has regularly been touted as a way to revive sales. 5G is available in parts of Asia, the US, Europe and the UK but coverage is limited to major cities for now, while handsets are expensive.

Gartner believes seven per cent of mobile operators worldwide will have a commercially viable 5G service by 2020 with 5G-compatible devices accounting for six per cent of the market.

As 5G becomes more widespread, it is thought vendors will seek to release more affordable models in order to increase sales. This drive will see 5G phones account for 51 per cent of the market by 2023.

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Best website builders for portfolios of 2019

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 09:45

Creating a new website is a lot easier than it used to be – rather than learning HTML and CSS, you can just click and drag with your mouse and have something very professional-looking on the internet in minutes.

The wealth of website builders means you've got a great selection of tools to choose from, but it can be difficult to pick out the best from a crowd of so many. To help you narrow down your choice, we've picked five website makers that are particularly well-suited to portfolio work and offer a good balance of price points and features.

All of these site builders offer simple ways of customizing your pages once they're online, so you can regularly change the look of your work, and make sure your talents are always being well promoted on the web.

Weebly

Weebly was first set up with the intention of making it easy to set up a portfolio of work online, and those origins stand it in good stead today, even as it has broadened its horizons to become more of a general website builder. If you don't mind a Weebly subdomain, some ads on your site, and a limit of 500MB storage, you can actually use it for free.

While the choice of themes is relatively small, they're all fully customizable, and they all work on any size of screen, automatically reformatting to suit the display dimensions. Weebly has one of the most elegant and user-friendly website editor interfaces we've seen, so you can tweak your portfolio in exactly the way you want.

One of the many areas where Weebly excels is in the way it calmly handles a lot of technical stuff quietly in the background: it gives you enhanced SSL security by default, and (on the paid options) advanced analytics for your website, plus the option to transfer over a domain name.

If you want to get up and running quickly, would like to spend some – but not a lot – of time customizing your site, and need something that's going to be reliable and comprehensive, Weebly fits the bill. The fact that you can get started for free to see if you like it is an added bonus.

Cargo

There's a lot that appeals to us about the website builder Cargo: the unconventional and varied choice of templates, the intuitive page tweaking interface you can edit them with, and the way that you can build up an entire site without paying a penny (you won't be charged until the site goes live).

It's certainly got more of an edge than other comparable website builders, which might be good or bad depending on what you're looking for. The templates available are all eye-catching and bold, and will work best for people wanting to stand out from the crowd, whether that's with photography or writing.

Every template is responsive and works on a variety of screens, while Cargo also offers some cool animated image effects you can play around with too. On top of that, the site builder is to be commended for its wide choice of fonts as well, plus, even more fonts are being added from time to time.

Besides all of the features on the surface – including an online template editor that hits a nice balance between simplicity and customization – you get 6GB of cloud storage, unlimited pages, unlimited bandwidth, the option to transfer over a domain name if you need to, and a ton of help and support (including tutorial videos).

IM Creator

Built on the latest HTML5 technology and with useful extras like e-commerce and domain name support included, IM Creator is going to be too advanced and in-depth for some, but will suit other portfolio builders perfectly. That's not to say it's difficult to use – there's just more going on.

You don't need to know a shred of code to get started, there are plenty of different themes and looks to choose from, and we like the way the themes are already pre-populated with content. That means you can just edit the sample material that's already there rather than starting from scratch, which can be more daunting.

If you want to go deeper into your website building and customizations, then IM Creator makes this possible. The site editor includes a variety of gallery and slideshow options, plus image effects to drop over your uploaded pictures, and the option to change everything from the fonts used to the page margins.

We'd recommend IM Creator if you're looking to stand out from the pack – it has a wide choice of templates and some detailed editing options too. On the other hand, it does need a bit more of a time and effort investment than other site builders.

Krop

Krop is a creative jobs site and a portfolio builder rolled into one, so you know that its services are trusted by people in the same industry as you (or the same industry that you're trying to break into). What's more, its template options are some of the most well-designed that we've seen.

The website builder ticks all of the boxes that you should be looking for. Setting a site up is quick and easy, you can register a custom domain if you want to, and making tweaks to the design and layout of your pages is very straightforward too. On top of that, you get neat extras like Dropbox and Instagram syncing, and Google Analytics integration.

If you do know some CSS, then you can take more control over the way your site is designed. If not, you can just use the simple site editor instead – picking colors and fonts is as easy as clicking on a side panel.

Those of you who are looking to get a gig at the same time as building your website can of course switch straight over to the job section of the Krop site to find work – there are some big-name employers on the portal. You can try out the service with a free 14-day trial.

Adobe Portfolio

Considering Adobe makes some of the best creative software in the business, you would hope it knows what it's doing in terms of displaying portfolios on the web – and we're glad to report that is indeed the case.

This is slightly different to the other services we've mentioned here, because it's a free add-on to the Creative Cloud suite developed by Adobe. If you don't already pay for the programs then Portfolio is unlikely to tempt you to part with your cash, but if you are a CC subscriber, it's worth looking at this before venturing anywhere else.

While it doesn't offer as many customization and layout options as some of the other site builders we've mentioned here (although, the popular feature request - video backgrounds, has been added), Adobe Portfolio does make the process of getting your work online simple and fun. Of course there's also the tight integration with Adobe's apps, so you can easily share your work straight from Lightroom to the web. You can also purchase and connect a domain if you wish.

Pages are optimized for any device and certain ones can be password-protected if needed, and there's also the option to bring over a domain name you already own. For a simple portfolio maker that plugs right into the apps you already use (assuming that's the case), it's ideal.

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Google Maps now shows bike-sharing docks with real-time updates

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 06:25

Google Maps now shows the location of bike-sharing docks, and whether there are any bikes there for you to grab and ride right now.

If you've already hired a bike, the app will also tell you whether there's a space in the dock for you to leave it.

In December, Google introduced an option to find nearby Lime scooters and bikes, but it's now extended the feature to include all cycle hire schemes. It's also been widened to 23 major cities in 16 countries.

Google began testing this extended version of the service in New York City last year, but has now expanded it to cover 23 more cities in North America and Europe.

These are: Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Chicago, Dublin, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kaohsiung, London, Los Angeles, Lyon, Madrid, Mexico City, Montreal, New Taipei City, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco Bay Area, São Paulo, Toronto, Vienna, Warsaw and Zurich. The company hopes to add more locations soon.

Wheel time

As The Verge reports, Google gets its real-time data from Ito World – a company that it already works with to give real-time info on bus journeys in the UK.

The system isn't yet perfect – bike docks don't appear on the map by default so you have to perform a separate search for them – but it could make it much easier to get around, giving you a view of all nearby bike hire schemes without you having to use each company's own app.

The update is rolling out now for iOS and Android, so keep an eye out for it if you live in one of the supported cities.

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CIOs losing visibility and control over apps and workloads in the cloud

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 06:14

The visibility and control across applications and workloads are expected to get worse as most organisations race to move to the cloud amid the scale and complexity of cloud attacks, a senior security expert said.

“Firms are storing data in more than one environment and due to that, the hybrid IT environment is challenging existing security standards and creating complexity while making the existing legacy cyber defence tools and processes obsolete,” Sunil Varkey, Chief Technology Officer and Security Strategist for Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe at Symantec, told TechRadar Middle East.

“Organisations lost visibility and control of the environment completely by moving to the multi-tenanted cloud providers and heterogeneous environment of the cloud. They cannot manage the identity and authentication of the organisation properly due to the highly fragmented set of security and compliance controls,” he said.

Fundamental of security

He said the fundamental of security is that firms must have visibility and control of the environment they are in.

“Traditionally, we worked on a protrust model where we know where the data and security are stored and which devices and IT is accessing it, and, moreover, we had control over it. As we moved to the cloud, we lost all these aspects. Earlier, the control was under the CIO or an IT manager where the infrastructures use to run,” he said.

Moreover, he said that businesses run their own IT and users have their preferences or choices in apps and CIOs run their apps, so, the cloud is extremely decentralised.

“So, accountability is not getting established. The control over the environment is lost and that is why the number of attacks in the cloud is also increasing,” he said.

CIOs are not able to get a firmer grip on the cloud apps used by their organisations as any department can use a public cloud app service, he said.

Unless CIOs don’t get a firmer grip on the apps, he said that it will lead to “unwelcome surprises” in both the scale of the problem as well as how threats enter the environment.

When you look at security in the cloud, he said there are four components:

   Security while accessing the cloud

   Security of apps and information that are in the cloud

   Security of the cloud

   Proper governance and accountability

Quality skillset is a pressing challenge

So, who is the actual owner of the data in the cloud? Is it the developer who pushed the apps to the cloud or the entity?

Varkey said that it is a shared responsibility, right from the senior management to the cloud providers.

“There are centralised solutions for the cloud to get visibility and control but the quality skillset is a pressing challenge. There is no traditional way to do that but there are automated solutions and analytics services, including AI and machine learning, to help identify and prioritise risky behaviours, identify malicious users and escalate crucial security alerts,” he said.

It is not the lack of technology that is the hurdle and it is also not a costly affair, he added.

Provisionally, he said there is a way of encrypting the data in the cloud but is it widely accepted, no. “Ideally, it is required as we have unauthorised access in the cloud. Majority of attacks are happening due to the overexposure of data in the cloud.  The question is should we do encryption or masking. There are different ways depending on the environment and the regulatory compliant. To begin encryption, you need to know what is the data you are talking about and where it is being stored,” he said.

Insider threats are becoming an issue

Organisations must realign and reinvent their security programs for the new era, he said, as external bad actors are not the only cause of security incidents and data breaches, the root cause of an attack in the cloud could be an insider also.

“Insider threats are becoming an issue; it is purely accidental and not malicious.  Malware is another big issue in the cloud,” he said.

According to a survey conducted by Ponemon Institute in the Middle East,  the most significant threats to the exposure of sensitive or confidential data are employee mistakes and temporary or contract workers.

Immature security practices such as weak passwords, using personal devices for work and shared single credentials are creating serious gaps in an organisation, he said and added that users need to take ownership of avoiding bad practices in data hygiene.

“Organisations need to redesign their security architectures and policies while embracing automation in a bid to face the challenges posed by the evolving cloud threats,” Varkey said.

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Stage 11 Tour de France live stream: how to watch online from anywhere

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 05:59

Feeling refreshed? Then let the Tour de France commence with a stage 11 sprint south west from Albi to the gastronomic city of Toulouse. To see the sights and the cycling from just about anywhere on Earth, be sure to follow our Tour de France live stream guide for Stage 11.

The riders certainly earned their rest after a few solid days of mountainous climbing, but they need to get straight back on the saddle today for some flat sprinting. As the field enters the Pink City, there should be plenty in contention for an exciting sprint finish.

Reigning champion Geraint Thomas has really started making a move in recent stages in what's looking like a spirited defence of his title. He and Colombian Egan Bernal - also of Team Ineos - are now loitering well within range of the top spots, while French native Julian Alaphilippe retains the yellow jersey...for now.

To make sure that you don't miss a single minute of the action, keep reading our guide. We'll tell you all the best (and FREE) ways to watch Stage 11 with Tour de France live stream options no matter where you are today.

Live stream Tour de France Stage 11 from outside your country

We have details of all the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand broadcasters further down this guide. Good news in the UK and Australia where it's on free-to-air TV.

If you're obsessed by watching Le Tour and refuse to miss a stage - even when you're away on business or on holiday - then you'll be disappointed to see your domestic coverage geo-blocked when you try to stream online from abroad. That's where utilising a VPN (Virtual Private Network ) really helps. It let's you virtually change the ISP of your laptop, tablet or mobile to one that's back in your home country. Thus letting you watch as if you were back there.

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UK and South Korea team up for 5G trial

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 05:57

A UK-led consortium is to trial 5G-powered ‘infotainment’ services in Scotland and South Korea as part of the latest government-funded pilot of next-generation network applications.

‘5G RailNext’, which includes Cisco, Soluis, Ampletime, the University of Strathclyde and Glasgow City Council will see how tourists and commuters can be provided with travel information, streaming and gaming services using Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) applications.

Once testing has been complete, the group will expand to the Glasgow Subway and are hoping to work with the London Underground and the New York Subway in the future.

5G RailFirst

The British and Korean governments will each provide £1.2 million in funding, with the UK money coming from the £200m 5G Testbed and Trials Programme. Cisco has already been a beneficiary of the fund, working with the BBC and others as part of a 5G rural connectivity project in Orkney, Shropshire and Somerset.

The partnership with South Korea is designed to drive Korean investment in the UK and provide opportunities for British firms in the Asian country.

“5G is the future of connectivity and we want the UK to be a world leader,” said Digital Minister Margot James. “This collaboration with South Korea will explore innovative ways to use the technology to deliver content and services on transport networks in Seoul and Glasgow.

“I'm delighted that this will create new partnership and business opportunities for UK SMEs, academia and local government."

EE and Vodafone have already launched 5G services in the UK, with Three set to go live in August and O2 before the end of 2019. It is hoped that the British startup ecosystem and research network will allow the UK to have significant influence on the development of 5G networks and applications across the world.

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Images of Fujinon XF16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR and GF50mm f/3.5 R LM WR lenses emerge

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 05:43

Fujifilm has been steadily adding to its XF and GF lens portfolios in recent months, and leaked images suggest that each optics stable will shortly welcome a new member. 

Camera-leaking website Nokishita has released a number of images of two new lenses, the Fujinon XF16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR and GF50mm f/3.5 R LM WR. 

Both lenses have already been included in Fujifilm's lens road maps for the two lines, although little other information has been released up until now.

The XF16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR is a zoom lens designed for X-series bodies such as the X-T30 and X-T3. Its name makes a number of things clear, such as a constant f/4 aperture, weather resistance and the presence of optical image stabilization, while the R in the name denotes an aperture ring – something that can be seen in the leaked images below.

The images also show a filter thread of 72mm and Super EBC coating, with the latter promising 99.8% optical transmittance and just 0.2% reflection across the visible spectrum. This same coating has already been used across a number of X-series lenses, such as the XF18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS and XF18mm f/2 R.

Nokishita goes on to claim that the lens has been constructed from 16 elements across 12 groups, and that it has a minimum focusing distance of 35cm and a magnification of 0.25x. Other specs include a weight of 440g and dimensions of 78.3 x 88.9mm.

The second lens is the GF50mm f/3.5 R LM WR, which has been crafted for users of the company's GFX medium format cameras. Right now, that comprises three models: the GFX 50S, GFX 50R and GFX100.


Offering a focal length of around 40mm in 35mm terms, the lens offers weather resistance and an aperture ring, together with a linear focusing motor on the inside. The only other specs that are obvious right now is a filter thread of 62mm.

There's no official word on any of this from Fujifilm just yet, but Nokishita claims the XF16-80mm F4 R OIS WR will be on sale for $799.99 (around £645 / AU$1,140) while the GF50mm f/3.5 will be priced at around ¥134,460 (approx. $1,242 / £1,000 / AU$1,770). We'll update this once Fujifilm makes everything official.

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Vodafone extends UK 5G network to 8 more towns and cities

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 05:34

Vodafone has extended its 5G network in the UK just two weeks after its July 3 launch, rolling out the service to eight more towns and cities.

The lucky locations are Birkenhead, Bolton, Gatwick, Lancaster, Newbury, Plymouth, Stoke-on-Trent and Wolverhampton, and takes Vodafone's 5G coverage up to 15 places around the country.

The network has already committed to bringing its 5G network to 19 locations by the end of the year, but it's set to exceed this number as Bolton and Lancaster weren't included the the initial list of 19.

TechRadar asked Vodafone whether it expects to launch 5G in more than 19 places this year, and a spokesperson told us: "Our 19 towns and cities still stand however where the opportunity presents itself we will look to put in 5G to other places. 

"Bolton and Lancaster are two such examples. They were not on the original list of 19. Customers will start to see 5G in these places and we will increase coverage over time."

Currently Vodafone offers just two handsets capable of using its 5G network, with the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G the pricier of the two, coming in above the slightly more affordable Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G.

More 5G roaming options

Along with the announcement of extending is UK 5G network, Vodafone has also confirmed you'll now be able to roam on 5G in more European locations.

You can now access 5G roaming speeds in 55 European towns and cities, bringing the worldwide roaming total to 77.

Meanwhile, in the UK, EE has its 5G service in just six cities, and we're still waiting for Three and O2 to launch their 5G networks.

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