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Linux Mint 19.2 beta is now out with a streamlined Cinnamon spin

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 05:32

Linux Mint 19.2 has been released as a beta, and it comes in three different flavors, each with a different desktop environment as a default.

Codenamed ‘Tina’, the new OS will be supported until 2023, and can be downloaded with the Cinnamon, Mate, or Xfce desktop environments depending on your preference.

Changes for Mint 19.2 include an improved Update Manager, with a better interface, and touches such as now warning the user when their Mint installation is 90 days from end-of-life.

Software Manager has also seen some useful tweaks, which include a loading screen being introduced for when the cache is being refreshed, and there’s improved support for those using low resolution displays.

Boot benefits

And if you hit boot configuration problems – maybe you’re running Mint alongside Windows in a dual-boot setup – a new Boot Repair feature is able to fix the most frequent problems encountered, which could be pretty nifty.

There are various other minor changes, as you would expect, including a load of new wallpapers. Another interesting thing to note is that the Cinnamon version of the OS uses significantly less system memory than before – something in the order of two-thirds of the RAM with the move from Cinnamon 4.0 to 4.2, the developers note.

If you want to see the full list of what’s different with Mint 19.2, you can check the release notes here. As ever, remember this is still in beta, so there will likely be some teething issues.

You can grab Linux Mint 19.2 from the following links each of which point to the version which carries the mentioned desktop: Cinnamon, Mate, or Xfce.

Mint is a popular distro and is a good option for those who are new to the world of Linux, and those switching from Windows or Mac, as we explain in our best Linux distros roundup.

Via Neowin

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Turbo VPN is the fastest growing VPN on mobile, figures show

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 05:28

Turbo VPN is the mobile VPN service with the biggest growth in the second quarter of 2019 (compared to the previous year). Mobile analytics company, App Annie, compiled these numbers exclusively for TechRadar and they show that the free VPN privacy app had the largest absolute year-over-year growth in worldwide downloads in Q2 2019 despite being released only in April 2018.

This is a measure that takes into account growth relative to overall movement of all apps in the referenced categories across iOS and Android. Turbo VPN is developed by a Singaporean company, Innovative Connecting, which claims to have more than five million users in 137 countries.

Despite its website having only one page with a single Gmail address and no support provided (the privacy policy is hosted elsewhere), the app has more than 50 million downloads with almost three million reviews averaging 4.6/5.

Our review found out that “it is great as a free service to quickly unblock a site, but doesn't have the features, performance or power for more demanding users”. Importantly though, it can unblock Netflix and has unlimited bandwidth. TurboVPN makes money from adverts and from the in-app products that it sells with the annual plan selling for $35.99.

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Here's every game coming to Ubisoft's Uplay+ subscription service

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 04:55

Google Stadia, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Apple Arcade – it's hard to keep track of all the game subscription services that are popping up. At E3 2019 Ubisoft showed its hand: Uplay+, which would showcase the developer's own catalogue of games, and ahead of its September launch we've finally got a look at the complete list of games it will initially offer subscribers.

It's a good list! While the lineup is unsurprisingly limited to Ubisoft's franchises, meaning the likes of Assassin's Creed and Tom Clancy games dominate the list, it's a very complete and deep dive into Ubisoft's catalogue nonetheless.

So, not only do you get recent triple AAA titles like Assassin's Creed Odyssey (in its complete 'Ultimate' edition, no less) but also classics of yesteryear like Beyond Good and Evil and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

Uplay+: complete launch day games list

Here's the complete list of games heading to Uplay+ at launch:

  • Anno 1800 - Deluxe Edition
  • Anno 2205 - Ultimate Edition
  • Assassin's Creed - Director's Cut
  • Assassin's Creed Brotherhood - Deluxe Edition
  • Assassin's Creed Chronicles - China
  • Assassin's Creed Chronicles - India
  • Assassin's Creed Chronicles - Russia
  • Assassin's Creed Freedom Cry - Standalone Edition
  • Assassin's Creed II - Deluxe Edition
  • Assassin's Creed III + Liberation Remastered
  • Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag - Gold Edition
  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey - Ultimate Edition
  • Assassin's Creed Origins - Gold Edition
  • Assassin's Creed Origins - Discovery Tour
  • Assassin's Creed Revelations - Standard Edition
  • Assassin's Creed Rogue - Deluxe Edition
  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate - Gold Edition
  • Assassin's Creed Unity - Standard Edition
  • Beyond Good and Evil
  • Brothers in Arms: Earned In Blood
  • Brothers in Arms: Hells Highway
  • Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30
  • Child of Light
  • Cold Fear
  • Far Cry 2 - Fortune's Edition
  • Far Cry 3 - Blood Dragon (Standalone)
  • Far Cry 3 - Deluxe Edition
  • Far Cry 4 - Gold Edition
  • Far Cry 5 - Gold Edition
  • Far Cry New Dawn - Deluxe Edition
  • Far Cry Primal - Digital Apex Edition
  • Flashback Origin
  • For Honor - Marching Fire Edition
  • From Dust
  • I Am Alive
  • Imperialism
  • Imperialism 2
  • Might & Magic IX
  • Might & Magic VII - For Blood And Honor
  • Might & Magic VIII -Day of the Destroyer
  • Might & Magic X Legacy - Deluxe Edition
  • Might & Magic: Heroes II - Gold Edition
  • Might & Magic: Heroes III - Complete Edition
  • Might & Magic: Heroes V - Standard Edition
  • Might & Magic: Heroes VI - Gold Edition
  • Might & Magic: Heroes VI - Shades of Darkness
  • Might & Magic: Heroes VII - Deluxe Edition
  • Might & Magic: Heroes VII - Trial by Fire
  • Monopoly PLUS
  • Ode
  • Panzer General 2
  • Panzer General 3D assault
  • POD Gold
  • Prince of Persia (2008)
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands - Deluxe Edition
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
  • Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
  • Rayman 2
  • Rayman 3
  • Rayman Forever
  • Rayman Legends
  • Rayman Origins
  • Rayman Raving Rabbids
  • Silent Hunter 2
  • Silent Hunter 3
  • Silent Hunter 4: Wolves of the Pacific - Gold Edition
  • Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic - Gold Edition
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth - Standard Edition
  • Speed Buster
  • Starlink - Digital Deluxe Starter Kit
  • Steep - X Games Gold Edition
  • The Crew - Ultimate Edition
  • The Crew 2 - Gold Edition
  • The Settlers 1 - History Edition
  • The Settlers 2 - History Edition
  • The Settlers 3 - History Edition
  • The Settlers 4 - History Edition
  • The Settlers 5: Heritage of the Kings - History Edition
  • The Settlers 6: Rise of an Empire - History Edition
  • The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom - History Edition
  • Tom Clancy's EndWar
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Future Soldier - Deluxe Edition
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands - Ultimate Edition
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six - Standard Edition
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3 - Gold Edition
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Lockdown
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege - Ultimate Year Four Edition
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas II
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist - Deluxe Edition
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction - Deluxe Edition
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent
  • Tom Clancy's The Division - Gold Edition
  • Tom Clancy's The Division 2 - Ultimate Edition
  • Trackmania Turbo
  • Transference - Uplay
  • Trials Evolution - Gold Edition
  • Trials Fusion - Standard Edition
  • Trials Rising - Gold Edition
  • Uno
  • Valiant Hearts
  • Warlords Battlecry
  • Warlords Battlecry 2
  • Watch_Dogs - Complete Edition
  • Watch_Dogs 2 - Gold Edition
  • World In Conflict - Complete Edition
  • Zombi
More to come

This is, it should be remembered, just the initial list for the service – Ubisoft intends to put its newest titles onto the service, like Gods and Monsters and Watch Dogs: Legion, as soon as they become available. In some cases games will even launch sooner on Uplay+ than they will elsewhere, while those signed up will get automatic access to any beta tests the developer is running.

It's certainly tempting then – especially if there's one of Ubisoft's big franchises that has always tempted you but remained out of reach.

Uplay+ lands on September 3, and will (at least initially) be for PC players only. It's set to cost $14.99 or €14.99 per month, with UK and AU pricing yet to be announced.

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Xiaomi launches Redmi K20 and K20 Pro in India

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 03:49

The much-awaited smartphones from Xiaomi's stable, Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro are now official in India. The Redmi K20 is the company's mid-range phone while the Pro variant goes well beyond the segment and into a premium range. 

It will be interesting to see how Xiaomi pushes the Redmi brand forward as the company hasn't witnessed great success with its premium Mi branded phones in the past. Having said that, the Redmi K-series looks like a new chapter for the brand and the phones surely pack a punch.

Xiaomi Redmi K20 & K20 Pro pricing and availability

The Redmi K20 is offered in two variants-- 6GB RAM + 64GB storage at ₹21,999 and 6GB + 128GB storage at ₹23,999.

Redmi K20 Pro will be available starting at ₹27,999 for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.There's a maxed-out version of the K20 Pro with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage which is up for grabs at ₹30,999.

Xiaomi also revealed a Redmi K20 Pro Signature Edition which is crafted out of gold with diamond studding and is priced around ₹4,80,000. However, there is no information about when the phone will go on sale as thee company is just making 20 units of these.

Redmi K20 series goes on sale for the first time from July 22 at 12 noon and can be purchased from Mi India store, Flipkart and Mi Home stores across India.

Xiaomi has also announced its Mi 27W SonicCharge fast charging adapter at ₹999 as the phones ship with 18W fast chargers.

Xiaomi Redmi K20 & K20 Pro specifications

Redmi K20 Pro is the most premium Redmi branded phone yet. The chassis is aluminum while the rear glass panel has a Gorilla Glass 5 coating. It features a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED screen with a Full HD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) resolution and is topped with a layer of Gorilla Glass 5. There's no cutout for a notch as the phone makes do with a pop-up selfie camera. This lends the screen a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and is also HDR and DCI-P3 compatible. The screen is also home to an in-display fingerprint sensor. 

The phone is powered by top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset with an octa-core CPU and Adreno 640 GPU. This is paired with 6GB/8GB of RAM and 64GB/128Gb/256GB storage options. It runs on Android 9.0 Pie-based MIUI 10.

Redmi K20 Pro has a triple camera setup on the back and the array consists of a primary 48MP sensor with an f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP telephoto lens backed by PDAF/Laser autofocus with 2x optical zoom and finally a 13MP ultrawide lens.

On the front, there's a 20MP selfie camera housed inside a motorized pop-up module with an f/2.2 aperture.

It has a 4,000mAh battery which supports 27W fast battery charging. There's also an 8-layer graphite cooling system for faster heat dissipation. The Redmi K20 Pro comes in three different gradient options-- carbon black, flame red and glacier blue.

The Redmi K20 has the same hardware as the Pro variant with the exception of Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 chipset under the hood. It's got an octa-core CPU and is backed by Adreno 618 as the graphics processor.

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Dell Black Friday in July continues with £220 off the Dell Inspiron 17

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 02:01

Amazon Prime Day is over for another year, but Dell's Black Friday in July event continues, with more 'Mega Deals' in store for us today, July 17.

With a name like Mega Deals, you'd expect some big savings, and you won't be disappointed, with Dell knocking £220 off its stylish Inspiron 17 laptop.

Check out our pick of the best of today's deals below. Dell is posting new Mega Deals every day this week, and many of the big price cuts will only last a day, so if you see something you like, you may want to act fast!

Here's our pick of the best Dell Black Friday in July Mega Deals for July 17:

These deals end 11:59 tonight, July 17. Tomorrow should see some other great deals.

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Bose QC35 noise cancelling was gimped by recent software update, claim owners

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 01:50

Both generations of Bose's QuietComfort 35 headphones have long been some of the most popular noise-cancelling cans around, and rightly so. They're known for delivering both excellent sound quality and first-rate noise-cancelling that can keep the world out when you want some peace and quiet to enjoy your tunes (or audiobook/podcast/movie/game).

However, after Bose recently rolled out a round of firmware updates to the original QC35s and more-recent QC35 IIs in June, some users have complained that the noise cancellation feature seems to be less effective than before.

According to users on the Bose Community forum and Reddit, firmware update 3.0.3 for the first generation QC35s alongside firmware 4.5.2 for the QC35 IIs has “has totally destroyed the ANC”. However, it seems that not all users have been affected. Some have reported that updating the firmware via the Bose Connect app and then resetting the headphones has caused no issue. 

Exactly what may have triggered the problem is as yet unknown. 

We’ve reached out to Bose for a comment but were still awaiting a formal response at the time of publication. However a report from The Verge states that the audio manufacturer is aware of the issue, but that the company has claimed that nothing in the update should be a cause for degradation in noise cancellation performance.

Not the first time…

If you're feeling a sense of déjà vu here, that may be because a similar scenario has played out before. Back in 2017, Bose rolled out firmware 1.2.9 for the original QC35s, and immediately after users took to Reddit to complain about sound quality degrading. In that instance, Bose also claimed there was nothing wrong with the update. 

The company has also discouraged users from downgrading the firmware if they’re facing problems. According to a Bose Community forum manager in 2018, doing so “can create unexpected behavior in a product and negatively impact or reduce functionality”.

In the 2017 case, Bose said too few people had sent back their devices for the company to identify the core problem. This time, however, there seem to have been enough complaints online, including a petition on Change.org, for Bose to take the proactive step of removing the latest firmware updates until it can investigate further. Here's hoping they find a fast fix.

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Apple is ordering up exclusive podcasts to take on Spotify and Amazon: report

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 23:21

The growing success of podcasts has led major players in the tech industry to finally start considering them as a serious source of revenue, with big brands increasingly offering funding and support to existing producers and original creators.

A new report from Bloomberg suggests that Apple intends to fund its own original podcasts and stream them exclusively on its own platform, according to “people familiar with the matter”, in order to compete with the existing market.

The report claims that podcasting companies have been approached by Apple executives offering to buy exclusive rights to their series’, although the Cupertino firm’s plan isn’t fully laid out in these communications.

Earlier in 2019, music-streaming giant Spotify spent over $200 million to acquire two successful podcasting companies – including Gimlet Media – in the hope to become “both the premier producer of podcasts and the leading platform for podcast creators”.

Recently, Apple discontinued its long-running iTunes music platform in favor of splitting it up into Apple Music, Apple TV, and Apple Podcasts, signalling a more focused approach to each category.


Despite being predominantly responsible for the initial popularity of the category in 2005, when the company officially added the ability to subscribe to podcasts in the iTunes app, Apple hasn’t altered its strategy around the free audio format in any significant way over the past 14 years.

Now, more than a quarter of Americans listen to podcasts at least once a month, and even if they currently use Apple's Podcasts app, none of that audience pays anything to the company – or even encounters any advertising from the tech giant.

While there’s currently no official word from Apple on its exact plan for exclusive podcasts – or even if there is one – it seems like a sensible move for a company that has, perhaps unwittingly, found itself with a large amount of influence over the format.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 won’t get new gaming-focused Snapdragon 855 Plus

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 23:03

With Qualcomm having revealed its new gaming-centric Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset overnight, which is officially set to debut with the release of Asus ROG Phone 2 next week, Samsung fans may have been hoping that the updated processor might find its way into the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus

Unfortunately, that probably won't happen, as according to 9to5Google (via Dutch site WinFuture), the US version of Samsung's upcoming productivity-focused flagship will stick with the standard Snapdragon 855 system-on-a-chip (SoC) – the part that's currently powering the company's Galaxy S10 range.

While that may be disappointing to hear for North American Note fans, as with other Galaxy handsets the international version of the Note 10 will reportedly use Samsung's own Exynos SoC – and specifically a brand new Exynos 9825 model.

The as-yet-unannounced SoC is expected to be an upgrade from the 8-nanometer (nm) Exynos 9820 chipset, which is featured in the international Galaxy S10, and there's a chance it will be built with Samsung's 7nm process, which would allow the Exynos 9825 to offer more energy efficiency, and would put the Korean-made SoC more in line with the US models' Snapdragon 855 SoC in terms of power. 

Of course, we won't know this for sure until Samsung officially reveals its highly-anticipated Note 10 range at the handset's launch, which has been confirmed for August 7 in New York. 

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DJI teases arrival of new lightweight Ronin gimbal

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 21:13

After the launch of DJI’s Ronin-S gimbal at CES 2018, it became a must-have accessory for the serious videographer. But, if you’ve ever used one you’ll know that it’s heavy, making it uncomfortable to use through a full day’s worth of filming.

However, DJI seems to have heard users’ concerns and has ‘accepted the challenge’ of making a professional gimbal that’s lightweight and “smarter” to use.

A sneak-peek video posted to DJI’s official Twitter account says we’ll be seeing the new gimbal sooner than we thought, with the launch taking place at the Challenge Accepted event on July 17.

The featherweight contender

We don’t know much about the upcoming gimbal, except that FCC filings from July 15 carry the name Ronin-SC/Ronin-S Command. Paperwork for a focus wheel, a new Ronin-SC camera grip, an updated focus motor and a wall adapter were also filed.

The teaser video doesn’t give too much away either. All we can tell is that the upcoming gimbal will be of a similar design to the original Ronin-S, but in a more lightweight and compact setup that makes for better ergonomics.

With competition strong from the likes of Zhiyun’s Weebill Lab, DJI needed to refresh the Ronin range to match usability. So here’s hoping we get to see a superbly refreshed stabilizer.

The launch is expected to take place at 9am EST on July 17 (1pm GMT / 11pm AEST) and we’ll bring you the news as soon as it happens.

[via DroneDJ]

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Forget Prime Day, here are Walmart's best deals happening now

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 20:51


While Amazon is wrapping up its 48-hour Prime Day event, Walmart's 'The Big Save' sale is still going strong. The retail giant is trying to compete with Amazon by launching its sale a day earlier and extending the end date to Wednesday.

Walmart also has a leg up on Amazon by offering their deals to everyone – you don't need to be a member or have a subscription. You also get free shipping on all orders over $35. The deals aren't bad either, with massive savings on everything from 4K TVs and laptops to kitchen appliances and vacuums. You'll also find discounts on Google smart home devices, which aren't available on Amazon.

See our roundup below of the best Walmart deals that are still available. Keep in mind these offers end tomorrow, so you should take advantage of these rare sales while you can.

Walmart has a lot of stuff on offer right now, with a wide range of devices and categories to really stick it to Amazon on Prime Day.

We've had a look through, and these are the ones we're most interested in – check out the top choices:

TechRadar is scouring the site rounding up all the top deals on Amazon Prime Day - and we’ve put all the best Prime Day deals in one simple-to-use place to help you find the offers that will really matter to you.

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The cheapest Xbox One controller deals and prices on Amazon Prime Day 2019

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 20:25

Cheap Xbox One controller prices aren't too easy to find. That's because retailers rarely lower the price of Xbox controller deals, leaving shoppers to pay full price most of the time. 

You'll find this is the case no matter where you shop - the Xbox One controller price stays steady, unless Microsoft decides it's discounting the controllers, usually for a very limited time around the big sales events. So fingers crossed for Amazon Prime Day.

You can, however, find competitive prices online, and that's where we come in. We're here to help you find the best prices on Xbox One controllers. 

Here’s the thing: console deals are awesome, and often come loaded with huge savings, but unless you buy a bundle that specifically packs in a second controller, your Xbox One will only arrive alongside one. Why is that the case? The main reason is that it’s cheaper that way, yet it still makes it seem like the manufacturer is cutting you some kind of deal. 

But just because you’re getting shorted a controller doesn’t mean you should go without a second one - how else would you ever play a local multiplayer game without one? For that reason a second controller is a crucial pick-up. So let's see what Xbox One deals are out there.

The cheapest Xbox One controller prices

Xbox One controllers in all colors of the rainbow! 

While black and white are the most popular choices for extra gamepads, they're not the only options. In fact, if you really want to add a splash of color to your console, there are plenty of neat controller color schemes to do just that. 

We've listed them below for your perusing convenience. 

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This Fire TV Stick Prime Day price makes it practically an instant buy

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 15:13

As we head into the final day of Amazon Prime Day, there are still massive savings to be found on TVs, appliances, tablets, and more. There are also killer deals on Amazon's own device, like the popular Fire TV stick. The streaming player is down to just $14.99, which is the lowest price we've seen for the Amazon device. Prime members can also get the 4K Fire TV Stick on sale for $24.99, which is also the lowest price we've seen for the 4K streaming device. UK readers can get the Fire TV stick on sale for £19.99, and the 4K version is a mere £24.99 - both of those are the best prices yet and should be pounced on immediately if you want to get stuck into a new Prime Video membership.

The Fire TV Stick turns your television into a smart TV so you can stream your favorite movies and TV shows from sites like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, and more. Just plug the stick into your TV, connect to the internet, and enjoy tens of thousands of channels and apps. The streaming stick also works with Amazon Alexa so you can use your voice to browse programs and control other smart home devices.

See the Fire TV deals below and keep in mind this stellar offer will end tonight at midnight PDT. If you're in the UK, you can also scroll down to see Fire TV deals in your region.

The best Prime Day Fire Stick deals (USA): The best Prime Day Fire TV Stick deals (UK): Fire TV stick: common questions

If you're not sure if you should buy a Fire TV stick or want to learn more about the streaming device, we've listed some common questions below to help make your buying decision.

How does the Fire TV Stick work? You simply plug the Fire TV stick into your HDTVs HDMI port and you can either power it with the outlet plug provided, or you might find you r TV's USB port can provide enough power instead. Connect to the internet via Wi-Fi and once online, you'll be walked through the setup process and you can log in to your existing Amazon account. The Bluetooth remote can help you navigate menus, and the built-in Alexa allows you to use your voice instead if you wish.

Is there a monthly fee for the Fire Stick? There's no monthly fee with the Fire TV stick, just the one time cost for the streaming device. There are paid services, like Netflix and Hulu, that require monthly expenses to get you access to thousands of movies and TV shows. Amazon Instant Video's content is a free park of Prime Membership.

What channels come with the Fire Stick? You can watch live TV with services like Sling and PlayStation Vue or stick to movies and TV shows with subscription services like Amazon Video and Netflix. The best part about a Fire TV is that you'll only pay for channels and services that you want.

TechRadar is scouring the site rounding up all the top deals on Amazon Prime Day - and we’ve put all the best Prime Day deals in one simple-to-use place to help you find the offers that will really matter to you.

You can find more UK deals with our roundup of the best Amazon Prime Day deals happening now.

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Superfast Shell fibre broadband deals now come with a Google Home Mini freebie

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 14:59

How's the Amazon Prime Day shopping gone? Picked up any tech bargains? If you thought that you'd exhausted them, think again. Shell Energy is now giving away free Google Home Mini smart speakers with its fibre broadband deals...an offer that's reserved only for TechRadar readers!

Shell's offering Superfast Fibre Broadband with average speeds of 35Mb for very handsome monthly bills of only £23.99. That already makes it one of the very cheapest fibre broadband deals around in the UK. And if you sign up by midnight this Sunday, you'll get an email within 60 days of your account going live with details on how to claim your brand new Google Home Mini.

Need something even faster? Well an extra £3 per month will let you upgrade to Shell Energy's Superfast Fibre Plus tariff. At a 63Mb average, you get almost double the speed making this the one one to opt for if you love streaming 4K UHD shows or are a keen gamer. And don't worry...you still get that Google Home Mini.

You can see Shell's cut price fibre internet deals below so you can find the package that works best for you. Or for all of the fastest broadband offers, check out our guide to the best fibre broadband deals

It's worth noting that when you click through from this article to the Shell Energy website that you won't see anything about the free Google Home Mini. But Shell assures us that the gift will be honoured. There's some small print below if you scroll further down this page.

  • Rather go all out on your broadband? Check out our broadband and TV deals page for the biggest packages available.

Shell fibre broadband deals + Google Home Mini Are Google Home Minis any good?

You've probably guessed this by now, but we LOVE a freebie. But there's only point getting excited about them if they're any good. Luckily, the Google Home Mini definitely fits into this category.

It's a great way to introduce yourself to the world of smart home devices (or to add a new node to another room in your already kitted out home), with Google Assistant waiting to play your favourite tunes, tell you the weather, turn your lights on and off and much more. The speaker isn't terrific, we must admit, but it's certainly better than nothing.

You can learn everything you need to know with our Google Home Mini review.

The small print

Shell Energy has the following terms and conditions that apply with this free Google Mini Home broadband deal:

  • Customers signing up to any Shell Energy broadband product through TechRadar between Monday 15th July and midnight on Sunday 21st July will be eligible to receive a Google Home Mini at no additional cost.
  • Customer will receive an email within 60 days of their account going live providing details of how to claim their Google Home Mini as long as they meet the following eligibility criteria on the email is due to be sent.
  • Customer must have signed up during the Promotional Period via TechRadar.
  • Customer must not have cancelled their Shell Energy broadband product.
  • Customer must not have a pending cancellation on their Shell Energy broadband product
  • Customer must not have any overdue charges on their Shell Energy broadband account.
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When does Prime Day end? Time is running out to get your cheap deals

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 14:10

We're well into the final day of the 48-hour sale now, but you might be wondering how much time you have left to take advantage of these super low prices? Well take a look below and we'll answer the question of exactly 'when does Prime Day end?'

Well take a look below as we've given the rundown for multiple countries as there are some slight variations in the times due to some nations straddling multiple time-zones...or blatantly helping themselves to another countries' deals. Yes really.

We'll also tell you how to sign up to an Amazon Prime trial if you've left that super late too so you don't miss out on these exclusive member-only discounts. Plus, there are links to our Prime Day roundups where we'll tell you about the best deals happening right now in the sale.

You should expect most Prime Day deals to finish at the times mentioned below. Inevitably though, we usually see a few deals hang around for an extra few days. This is usually from third-party merchants keen to cater to latecomers. If you see a great discount on an Amazon device (and there are many), or a red hot deal on a key item like a gaming console or TV, we certainly wouldn't bank on it being there after Prime Day officially ends. Wait too long and you may have to hold on until Black Friday for you next chance.

When does Prime Day end in the USA? 

In the US, Amazon Prime Day ends tonight, Tuesday July 16 at 11:59pm PDT. Or July 17 1:59 AM CDT and 2:59 AM EDT for those time zones.

It's important remember that in order to take advantage of the best Amazon Prime Day deals you must be an Amazon Prime member. Not to worry though, as you can sign up for a free trial today. And if you want to stay in the know about the best savings of the sale, head on over to our Prime Day deals roundup.

When does Prime Day end in the UK?

If you're shopping in the UK, Amazon Prime Day officially ends at 23:59 tonight, Tuesday July 16. If you want to stay up-to-date on the best offers the 48-hour sale has to offer, be sure to keep an eye on our UK roundup of the best Prime Day deals.

Not signed up to Amazon Prime? Then you won't be eligible for these deals. That's ok though, as you can sign up for a free 30-day trial and enjoy the deals without paying for membership if you cancel the trial before it ends.

When does Prime Day end in India?

This has been India's best Amazon Prime Day yet as the retailer has really started to gather momentum. As in other territories, you can expect Amazon Prime Day India to wrap things up tonight around 23:59 tonight, July 16th. 

We'll be sure to highlight the finest Indian Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals for you in our roundup. Don't forget, you need to be a Prime member to enjoy these exclusive discounts. You can sign up for Prime membership for just ₹129 a month.

When does Prime Day end in Australia?

Amazon is really taking its time to establish itself in Australia compared to how quickly it dominated other parts of the world. So we might finally see deals as tempting as UK and US buyers are used to seeing. 

Amazon Prime Day in Australia will 'officially' end at 23:59 (AEST) on Tuesday July 16. However, Amazon will also be offering deals from the US store to Australian Amazon customers and with expedited international delivery too.

Given the time difference, this means Prime Day in Australia effectively extends beyond the official 48 hours to closer to 65, with the US deals ending around 5pm on the 17th.

That's a seriously long time to be vigilant for bargains. So how about you just bookmark our best Australian Prime Day deals page to cut to the chase throughout the big event?

You must be an Amazon Prime member to partake in the sale though. So do grab a free trial if you haven't already.

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Phishing scam targeted UK airport users

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 11:39

The UK was targeted by a large number of significant cyber-threats last year, according to new government figures.

A wide-ranging phishing campaign that used spoof emails from a major UK airport to try and steal customer details was revealed as one of the biggest threats blocked by GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) last year.

The specific airport targeted has not been named, but the criminals used fake gov.uk emails to try and target victims, sending out 200,000 emails claiming that recipients would receive a payout upon paying a small deposit.

Scams

The news was revealed in the NCSC's Active Cyber Defence report - the second such time it has released such findings.

Overall, the NCSC disclosed said it had stopped 140,000 separate phishing attacks in 2018, as well as taking down 190,000 fraudulent sites - nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of which were offline within 24 hours of being detected.

Many fraudulent email campaigns took the form of HMRC communications, spoofing official messages from the organisation to offer tax returns if victims provide details of their bank account.

The NCSC also noted a number of other major campaigns it helped shut down, including a primary school being involved in the spread of a large-scale malware infection because its anti-virus system was not working, and an unnamed public sector organisation that deals with sensitive information getting breached because its employees had downloaded unauthorised software.

“Organisations are specifically at risk (of attack), with their valuable data ensuring there is a target firmly placed on their back at all times," said David Mount, Director, Europe at Cofense. "Yet, while software and firewalls have been put in place, technology is not enough to keep out the phishing threats."

“As important as technology is in the fight against those with malicious intent, it should be allied with employee awareness and education to keep businesses secure. By deploying their most adaptable and intelligent resource – employees – businesses can build a risk-aware culture and stand strong in the fight against threat actors."

"By combining real time intelligence from security-aware humans, with leading-edge technology, organisations can identify both vulnerabilities and active attacks in progress more quickly with fewer resources, leading to a more successful outcome.”

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Phishing scam targeted UK airport users

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 11:39

The UK was targeted by a large number of significant cyber-threats last year, according to new government figures.

A wide-ranging phishing campaign that used spoof emails from a major UK airport to try and steal customer details was revealed as one of the biggest threats blocked by GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) last year.

The specific airport targeted has not been named, but the criminals used fake gov.uk emails to try and target victims, sending out 200,000 emails claiming that recipients would receive a payout upon paying a small deposit.

Scams

The news was revealed in the NCSC's Active Cyber Defence report - the second such time it has released such findings.

Overall, the NCSC disclosed said it had stopped 140,000 separate phishing attacks in 2018, as well as taking down 190,000 fraudulent sites - nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of which were offline within 24 hours of being detected.

Many fraudulent email campaigns took the form of HMRC communications, spoofing official messages from the organisation to offer tax returns if victims provide details of their bank account.

The NCSC also noted a number of other major campaigns it helped shut down, including a primary school being involved in the spread of a large-scale malware infection because its anti-virus system was not working, and an unnamed public sector organisation that deals with sensitive information getting breached because its employees had downloaded unauthorised software.

“Organisations are specifically at risk (of attack), with their valuable data ensuring there is a target firmly placed on their back at all times," said David Mount, Director, Europe at Cofense. "Yet, while software and firewalls have been put in place, technology is not enough to keep out the phishing threats."

“As important as technology is in the fight against those with malicious intent, it should be allied with employee awareness and education to keep businesses secure. By deploying their most adaptable and intelligent resource – employees – businesses can build a risk-aware culture and stand strong in the fight against threat actors."

"By combining real time intelligence from security-aware humans, with leading-edge technology, organisations can identify both vulnerabilities and active attacks in progress more quickly with fewer resources, leading to a more successful outcome.”

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Three switches on cloud-based 5G core network

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 11:24

Three is starting to migrate customers to a brand-new cloud-based core network ahead of the launch of its 5G service in August.

The core network has been tested with more than 3,500 staff since February and is now ready to handle commercial traffic. 4G customers will also be moved onto the new core, meaning all users will benefit.

The infrastructure, delivered by Nokia, is a key component of Three’s £2 billion 5G investment programme, which also includes new equipment, spectrum and an IT transformation.

Three 5G core

5G networks will deliver improved speeds, greater capacity, and ultra-low latency that will enable a raft of new consumer and business applications. Three’s new core network will make it easier and quicker to rollout new services, while also improving the cost-effectiveness of its infrastructure.

To improve latency even further, Three has moved away from using just three data centres in London and the Midlands to 21 dotted around the country. This means that data processing in the core is performed closer to the point of collection.

All data centres have also been connected to fibre to reduce the time it takes to send data between mast and core. All of Three’s mobile sites have been connected to the core since December.

Three says the combination of the core network and its significant spectrum holdings will allow it to deliver enhanced capacity for customers and the UK’s fastest 5G speeds.

“UK consumers have an insatiable appetite for data as well as an expectation of high reliability.  We are well positioned to deliver both as we prepare for the launch of the UK’s fastest 5G network,” said Three CEO Dave Dyson.

Three sees 5G as its opportunity to transform from the UK’s smallest mobile operator into the market leader thanks to its significant spectrum holdings boosted by auction victories and the acquisition of UK Broadband (which operates the Relish Fixed Wireless Access broadband service).

In addition to a 5G FWA, Three will launch 5G mobile services in 25 towns and cities before the end of the year.

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Amazon Prime Day 2019: the ultimate day 2 deals list

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 11:06

The next wave of Amazon Prime Day deals are live in the US mean you can save hundreds of dollars on just about everything Amazon sells – at least until midnight Pacific time tonight.

You don't have nearly as much time to act now that we're into Day 2 of Prime Day deals. But, good news, our deals experts are here to help you sort the best deals.

One of the big pieces of news on Prime Tuesday was a stellar MacBook Lightning deal - where the usually-$930 MacBook Air (2017) was reduced to just $699... but it lasted less than an hour.

(If you want information on all the Lightning deals, we've got a Lightning Day deals live blog running now, which is a great place to see the great stuff available for short times).

The best-selling deal we've had on the site is - unsurprisingly - to Amazon's own devices. The Echo Dot's $22 price tag has been a big winner for many, but it's the Fire Stick that's currently the most popular - it's actually been off sale, but is now listed as being back in stock (with $45 of SlingTV credit too).

If you're just looking for the best deals though, that's why we're here. We've been trawling through Amazon and the surrounding retailers to see what's on offer - and there have been some rather stellar deals, and we're letting you know the price pre-deal so you're know this is a true Amazon Prime Day deal.

The good news for deals hunters is you're still going to be able to claim price slashed 4KTV deals, cheap laptops, affordable headphones, Nintendo Switch bundles and even Apple AirPods and iPads on sale.

It's also the last day before Black Friday to save a lot of money on Amazon devices, like Echo speakers, Fire TV Sticks and Fire Tablets. Simply put, CEO Jeff Bezos has found a way to corner the smart home market, and deals days like this help a lot.

Here are the best Amazon Prime Day deals we've found today, with new ones getting added every few minutes, as we're updating this page live.

We have all of the Amazon Prime Day deals rounded up here:
US:
You're on the correct page now – scroll down, friend
UK:
Here's the best Amazon Prime deals in the UK
AU: The list of the Amazon Prime deals down under

Amazon, of course, makes almost all of its own devices the stars of Amazon Prime Day, and that's been no different in 2019. This applies to everything from Echo smart speakers (including the newer Echo Show models), Fire TV Sticks, Fire Tablets and Kindles. 

Not everything on sale belongs in the purely tech - Amazon Prime Day is the perfect time to get those essentials you need every month, or save some cash on important things for a summer trip coming up... we've got the best rounded up below.

There are a bunch of cheap laptops on sale as Prime Day deals, including the Surface Laptop. The cheapest prices, however, revolve around Google Chromebooks. That's going to be important if you're shopping during Amazon Prime Day for Back to School deals. 

Apple AirPods lead this category, with a rare price drop, even on the new wirelessly charging version of the true wireless earbuds. Noise-canceling headphones, gaming headphones and Bluetooth speakers are also on sale.

Smartphones deals are hard to come by, but Samsung came out in full force with Galaxy phone deals applying to both this year and last year's Android phones. Looking for deals on the Note 9, S9 or even the new S10 series? Prime Day deals have you covered.

How about a tablet? Everyone wants an iPad these days. Good news, it's on sale during Amazon Prime Day (while it remains in stock, of course). This applies to the latest entry-level iPad and the prior iPad Pro with a 10.5-inch display.

Amazon Prime Day has become one of the best ways to build our your smart home, and at the heart of it all is Alexa, the company's voice assistant. It's found in a lot of devices nowadays and connects to Ring video doorbells, robot vacuums and even electric toothbrushes and instant pots.

If you don't have a 4K TV yet, Amazon Prime Day represents your best shot as getting one for a cheap price. You could pay under $200 for a 43-inch 4K TV with HDR, for example - that's perfect for a second room.

Apple Watch and Fitbit rule the wearables deals on Amazon Prime Day, with a mix of smartwatches and state-of-the-art fitness trackers. But we also really like the Samsung Galaxy Watch (our top pick for smartwatches) if you have an Android phone.

Computing deals is a bit of a misnomer - it's a catch-all category for everything computing. It's a lot of hard drives, SSDs, Wi-Fi routers, keyboards and other accessories.

Cameras are consistently on sale every Prime Day, and this means you can finally save some money on GoPro, DSLRs, mirrorless cameras. Lenses are also on sale from each of the big-name camera makers.

Both games and consoles are on sale for Amazon Prime Day. We also spotlight some controller deals, just in case you want to go in on local multiplayer like the old days (and don't want to pay current exorbitant controller prices).

More coming from Amazon Prime Day

The majority of the major Amazon Prime Day deals have launched, so what you see if what we feel have a great discount and is worth buying, plan and simple. The best advice is to buy right away while things are in stock. Amazon Prime Day tends to be the one during the summer in the US when items sells out quickly. Amazon CEO has designed Prime Day to be this way.

We'll continue to update this Prime Day deals page as new items come up for sale. That's why we're locked in for the next 24 hours, just in case more prices drop.

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Amazon Prime Day 2019: the ultimate day 2 deals list

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 11:06

The next wave of Amazon Prime Day deals are live in the US mean you can save hundreds of dollars on just about everything Amazon sells – at least until midnight Pacific time tonight.

You don't have nearly as much time to act now that we're into Day 2 of Prime Day deals. But, good news, our deals experts are here to help you sort the best deals.

One of the big pieces of news on Prime Tuesday was a stellar MacBook Lightning deal - where the usually-$930 MacBook Air (2017) was reduced to just $699... but it lasted less than an hour.

(If you want information on all the Lightning deals, we've got a Lightning Day deals live blog running now, which is a great place to see the great stuff available for short times).

The best-selling deal we've had on the site is - unsurprisingly - to Amazon's own devices. The Echo Dot's $22 price tag has been a big winner for many, but it's the Fire Stick that's currently the most popular - it's actually been off sale, but is now listed as being back in stock (with $45 of SlingTV credit too).

If you're just looking for the best deals though, that's why we're here. We've been trawling through Amazon and the surrounding retailers to see what's on offer - and there have been some rather stellar deals, and we're letting you know the price pre-deal so you're know this is a true Amazon Prime Day deal.

The good news for deals hunters is you're still going to be able to claim price slashed 4KTV deals, cheap laptops, affordable headphones, Nintendo Switch bundles and even Apple AirPods and iPads on sale.

It's also the last day before Black Friday to save a lot of money on Amazon devices, like Echo speakers, Fire TV Sticks and Fire Tablets. Simply put, CEO Jeff Bezos has found a way to corner the smart home market, and deals days like this help a lot.

Here are the best Amazon Prime Day deals we've found today, with new ones getting added every few minutes, as we're updating this page live.

We have all of the Amazon Prime Day deals rounded up here:
US:
You're on the correct page now – scroll down, friend
UK:
Here's the best Amazon Prime deals in the UK
AU: The list of the Amazon Prime deals down under

Amazon, of course, makes almost all of its own devices the stars of Amazon Prime Day, and that's been no different in 2019. This applies to everything from Echo smart speakers (including the newer Echo Show models), Fire TV Sticks, Fire Tablets and Kindles. 

Not everything on sale belongs in the purely tech - Amazon Prime Day is the perfect time to get those essentials you need every month, or save some cash on important things for a summer trip coming up... we've got the best rounded up below.

There are a bunch of cheap laptops on sale as Prime Day deals, including the Surface Laptop. The cheapest prices, however, revolve around Google Chromebooks. That's going to be important if you're shopping during Amazon Prime Day for Back to School deals. 

Apple AirPods lead this category, with a rare price drop, even on the new wirelessly charging version of the true wireless earbuds. Noise-canceling headphones, gaming headphones and Bluetooth speakers are also on sale.

Smartphones deals are hard to come by, but Samsung came out in full force with Galaxy phone deals applying to both this year and last year's Android phones. Looking for deals on the Note 9, S9 or even the new S10 series? Prime Day deals have you covered.

How about a tablet? Everyone wants an iPad these days. Good news, it's on sale during Amazon Prime Day (while it remains in stock, of course). This applies to the latest entry-level iPad and the prior iPad Pro with a 10.5-inch display.

Amazon Prime Day has become one of the best ways to build our your smart home, and at the heart of it all is Alexa, the company's voice assistant. It's found in a lot of devices nowadays and connects to Ring video doorbells, robot vacuums and even electric toothbrushes and instant pots.

If you don't have a 4K TV yet, Amazon Prime Day represents your best shot as getting one for a cheap price. You could pay under $200 for a 43-inch 4K TV with HDR, for example - that's perfect for a second room.

Apple Watch and Fitbit rule the wearables deals on Amazon Prime Day, with a mix of smartwatches and state-of-the-art fitness trackers. But we also really like the Samsung Galaxy Watch (our top pick for smartwatches) if you have an Android phone.

Computing deals is a bit of a misnomer - it's a catch-all category for everything computing. It's a lot of hard drives, SSDs, Wi-Fi routers, keyboards and other accessories.

Cameras are consistently on sale every Prime Day, and this means you can finally save some money on GoPro, DSLRs, mirrorless cameras. Lenses are also on sale from each of the big-name camera makers.

Both games and consoles are on sale for Amazon Prime Day. We also spotlight some controller deals, just in case you want to go in on local multiplayer like the old days (and don't want to pay current exorbitant controller prices).

More coming from Amazon Prime Day

The majority of the major Amazon Prime Day deals have launched, so what you see if what we feel have a great discount and is worth buying, plan and simple. The best advice is to buy right away while things are in stock. Amazon Prime Day tends to be the one during the summer in the US when items sells out quickly. Amazon CEO has designed Prime Day to be this way.

We'll continue to update this Prime Day deals page as new items come up for sale. That's why we're locked in for the next 24 hours, just in case more prices drop.

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Sony's Alpha A7R IV is the world's first mirrorless camera with a 61MP full-frame sensor

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 10:36

Sony has finally lifted the lid on what it's been teasing over the past few days, confirming that a new Sony A7R Mark IV will join its full-frame camera stable.

The A7R IV is the latest arrival in the company's hugely popular A7 line of mirrorless cameras, and follows the A7R III released in 2017. And with a new back-illuminated 61MP sensor at its heart, resolution is once again very much the focus here.

This pixel count is a significant step up from the 42.4MP A7R Mark III, and ahead of the 47.3MP Panasonic S1R, which has, up until now, offered the highest sensor resolution on a full-frame mirrorless camera.  

The sensor can also be used on an APS-C crop mode, outputting images at 26MP, while it promises 15 stops of dynamic range.


As we would expect, the A7R Mark IV arrives with five-axis image stabilization built in, and this can work in partnership with the equivalent system inside E-mount lenses.

567 phase-detect AF points, meanwhile, cover 76% of the frame, and the system supports Real Time tracking for humans and animals, both in stills and videos. A number of other popular Sony features make the cut, such as the AF joystick around the back of the camera and the popular EyeAF feature, which identifies a subject's eyes – here even when shooting videos, a first for Sony.

Other key features include 4K video recording, which is captured from oversampled 6K footage, with S-Log2/3 and support for HLG video. The camera also shoots at up to 10fps at full resolution, with autofocus and autoexposure working throughout. That's the same as the A7R III, although it's impressive considering the added pixel count.


The camera's EVF packs 5.76 million dots – significantly higher than the 3.69 million dots of the A7R III – while the LCD below this responds to touch, and can be tilted up and down to facilitate high- and low-level shooting. 

Sony also promises upgraded dust and moisture resistance for the body, together with an enhanced Multi Interface hotshoe and updated wireless connectivity options. The camera also mirrors the A7R III in offering twin card slots around its side, both for SD-type media and both supporting UHS-II cards.

As with recent A7 models, the camera arrives with a Z-series battery, although it's also launched along with a new VG-C4EM battery grip that will be compatible with the camera.

The camera will be available in September priced at $3,500 in the US, while the grip will cost $400. In Australia, the A7R IV will arrive on shelves at the end of August with a price tag of AU$5,699. Australian pricing for the grip, however, hasn't yet been revealed.

We also have no word yet on UK pricing and availability, but we'll update this article as soon as we know more.

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