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Eurovision 2019 live stream: how to watch the song contest from anywhere

Latest Tech News - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 05:02

It's the day you've been waiting for. The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest! A guilty pleasure for some, an excuse to get all your mates round and embrace the camp for others. The Tel Aviv Convention Centre in Israel is all prepared for the 64th edition of the annual singing extravaganza, but are you? Well you've landed in the right place to discover how to get a 2019 Eurovision live stream - no matter where on Earth you are.

With the "Big Five" of the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain qualifying automatically alongside the hosts and a further 20 coming from the two semi-finals, we're now all set for the 26 act final event. That's where the real business begins, with acts from the Netherlands, Russia and Sweden the early favorites to take home the trophy and the right to host next year's event.

Once everyone has performed Madonna is set to take to the stage for a highly anticipated performance. Word is that she'll be performing the incredible Like a Prayer, in addition to one of her new tracks.

Winners are then picked based on viewers' votes and with up to 20 votes available per song, it's important to play your part if you want to be involved. So watching the event is key and we're going to tell you exactly how you can live stream the Eurovision 2019 song contest from wherever you are in the world. You can also scroll further down the page to discover more about this year's event and some of our favorite bits from its rich history.

How to watch the Eurovision Song Contest from outside your country

This year the grand final will be available to watch via the Eurovision YouTube channel. This means easy access through any device that you can get at YouTube with. The downside? You'll miss out on the commentary (or perhaps that's a positive if you're hosting a Eurovision party and really like the limelight).

If you're more interested in watching your home country's coverage - and there are details on watching in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, US and Canada further down this page - but you're abroad this week, then you'll soon discover that the Eurovision goodness is geo-blocked by the broadcaster. Annoying, if you take particular delight in your domestic coverage. But the good news is that there's another way to get hold of it.

How to live stream Eurovision 2019 in the UK for FREE:

Good old aunty Beeb will be broadcasting the entire Eurovision Song Contest for free (assuming you have a TV Licence, of course). That means you can watch the main final via the BBC One on your TV from 8pm BST but it also means you can enjoy it online and on mobile via the iPlayer with Graham Norton as your wise-cracking host.

Representing the UK is 21-year-old singer Michael Rice who was voted in after competing on the BBC's You Decide selection show. He will sing a song called "Bigger Than US" which was written by Laurell Barker, Anna-Khara Folin, Jonas Thander, and John Lundvik.

Outside the UK this week? Fear not, as you can follow our instructions above to use a VPN and watch as if you were back in blighty. So that means no need to miss out on Graham Norton's unique take on the whole thing. Once downloaded, installed and a UK server has been chosen, head over to TVPlayer.com for a steady, free stream.

How to live stream Eurovision 2019 in Australia for FREE:

Since Australia's SBS is airing the whole final it should be easy to enjoy it on the big screen. That also means you can get all the fun online using the SBS On Demand service that works on multiple devices – ideal if you're on the go. Just remember to set your alarm if you want to watch all the singers live, as the show begins at 5am AEST. It's all set to be the biggest vote since, well...actually, scrap that.

Find out more in our full guide on live streaming Eurovision in Australia.

How to stream Eurovision live in New Zealand this year:

New Zealand's usual Eurovision broadcaster, UKTV, doesn't appear to be airing the event this year. But you don't need to be home in New Zealand to enjoy. You can still watch all the action online using a VPN. Check out how easy that is up the page with our handy guide.

Once you've sorted that, the next step is working out how you'll get up early enough to watch it!

How to watch the Eurovision Song Contest in the US:

It doesn't look like there'll be any dedicated stateside broadcaster showing 2019 Eurovision. Sorry.

Luckily, there's always that YouTube coverage. Or, if you want a more thorough watching experience, grab a VPN and watch via another country's home broadcaster.

How to live stream Eurovision 2019 in Canada:

This year OMNI Television will broadcast the Eurovision 2019 event in Canada. Not heard of it? It's a specialist multicultural station, so Eurovision is an obvious fit.

But if you're out of Canada at the time but are still interested, scroll up to see how you can enjoy the contest using a VPN. It means you can watch everything for free from elsewhere on a tablet or phone.

Eurovision 2019 FAQ: Your questions answered

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OnePlus 7 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus vs Huawei P30 Pro: the powerhouse playoff

Latest Tech News - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 04:30

OnePlus has launched its newest range of phones, including the OnePlus 7 Pro, the company’s first ever ‘Pro’ phone - we're in a world of 'ultra premium', apparently.

The OnePlus 7 Pro has features we haven’t seen yet in a device from the brand – and some that are fairly new to phones in general, making the Pro a pretty competitive handset.

One way the OnePlus is aiming to win over audiences with the 7 Pro is that it looks a lot like the recent Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, which also has a large, curved display and impressive internals. 

You’re getting an arguably better screen in the Galaxy S10 Plus, but there’s a glaring gap in it thanks to the ‘punch-hole’ camera, which may annoy some users hoping for full-screen fluidity.

And if we're looking for high-end phones that sport a curved edge, we simply have to add the new Huawei P30 Pro into the mix.

All three are offering some seriously impressive headline specs in their own individual ways - so ahead of our full, head-to-head-to-head rundown, here are the key things you should know:

Price and availability 

The competition between the OnePlus 7 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus and Huawei P30 Pro is a little lighter if you live in the US, as the latter phone isn’t available there, so you can comfortably ignore it if you’re looking for a new phone – in most other regions all three phones are available though.

The OnePlus 7 Pro is the clear winner when it comes to cost - the cheapest variant, which nets you 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM, comes in at $669 or £649 (around AU$1,200). The 256GB+8GB RAM is $699 / £699 (around AU$1,300) and the 256GB+12GB RAM, if you need that much, is $749 / £799 (around AU$1,500).

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus has a similar-to-before but premium design

If you’ve got a lot of money to spend, the most expensive of these premium phones is the 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage model of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, which will set you back $1,599 / £1,399 / AU$2,399. 

Of course you don’t have to spend that much to own the phone from Samsung, so a 8GB / 512GB version will cost you $1,249 / £1,099 / AU$1,849, and the lesser 8GB / 128GB phone is $999 / £899 / AU$1,499.

This £899 / AU1,599 price (around $1140) is shared by the cheapest Huawei P30 Pro, which has 12GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory, and then the price increases to £1,099 (around AU$2,000, $1,400) if you want 512GB of storage instead.

Design and display 

The one unifying feature between all three smartphones is that they have displays that are curved glass, with the screen falling away at the sides of the phone. This gives them a distinctly ‘premium’ look, but in other ways there’s some distinction between the screens.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

The Huawei P30 Pro has a Full HD+ OLED screen, but both the OnePlus 7 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus have Quad HD+ AMOLED displays, which makes for more vivid color reproduction. 

That’s not to say the P30 Pro has a lesser screen, as it’s bright and clear, but its competitors take are arguably the more proficient in this space.

The OnePlus 7 Pro

In terms of size, the phone with ‘Plus’ in its name actually has the smallest screen, at 6.4 inches for Samsung's entry.

That’s smaller than the Huawei P30 Pro, at 6.47 inches, and the OnePlus 7 Pro, with its 6.67-inch screen. The OnePlus 7 Pro additionally benefits from a 90Hz refresh rate, which makes interacting with the display smoother and feel more responsive when scrolling.

One important distinguishing feature between the phones – possibly the most important to many people – is the front-facing camera situation. 

The Huawei P30 Pro has a small, tear-drop notch

In the Huawei P30 Pro this is housed in a traditional notch, with a ‘tear-drop’ design, but the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus has a ‘punch-hole’, which means the camera is cut out of the screen, in the top right corner. 

The Galaxy S10 punch hole camera

The OnePlus 7 Pro has a completely different idea – its front-facing cameras are housed in a pop-up section, which rises from the phone’s body when you need it. This is an intriguing design, as it means the handset has a screen unbroken by any complications, but a mechanical part provides the potential for breaking and snapping.

The OnePlus 7 pop-up camera

There’s another difference between the design of the phones – while the Galaxy S10 Plus has a 3.5mm headphone jack, the P30 Pro and OnePlus 7 Pro have followed the trend of premium phones and dropped it, so if you’re a fan of wired headphones there’s a clear champion.

Camera

Photography is one of the most competitive areas for smartphones, and premium phones need powerful cameras to justify their price tag.

On the OnePlus 7 Pro there’s a triple-camera setup, consisting of a 48MP main snapper joined by an 8MP sensor with a telephoto lens, and a third camera with a wide-angle lens.

The OnePlus 7 Pro camera

Highlights of this trio include 3x optical zoom and a few processing powers, like super resolution mode which enhances small details in pictures, such as faces or textures.

The Huawei P30 Pro snapper

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus has a lower megapixel count, but that doesn’t necessarily make it a worse camera. On the rear of the handset there’s a 12MP main shooter, a 12MP sensor with a telephoto lens, and a third 16MP camera with an ultra-wide lens – if you’re getting deja vu, that’s because the prupose of each sensor is basically the same as in the OnePlus 7 Pro.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 camera

If you’re looking for impressive camera specs, perhaps the Huawei P30 Pro is the phone you’re looking for – it has four cameras, consisting of 40MP main, 20MP ultra-wide angle, 8MP telephoto, and time-of-flight depth-sensing cameras. 

Because of this it’s useful in a range of situations and contexts, so is the most flexible of the phones for photography.

While the OnePlus 7 Pro has the highest megapixel count on a sensor, the P30 Pro’s variety in terms of camera potential means it’s arguably the best of the phones if you’re a keen photographer.

Front-facing cameras are important too – the P30 Pro has a 32MP sensor, while the OnePlus 7 Pro has a 16MP snapper. 

On the Galaxy S10 Plus you actually have two cameras – one of which is a 10MP main sensor and the other being an 8MP depth-sensing camera. 

This means it’s great at sensing depth, allowing you to take selfies with accurate bokeh and blurred backgrounds, so if selfies are your main draw for a camera, perhaps the Galaxy S10 Plus is the phone for you.

Specs and battery life 

Both the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus and OnePlus 7 Pro use a cutting-edge Snapdragon 855 chipset (at least in the US - the S10 Plus uses an Exynos 9820 in many other parts of the world). 

The 855 is the latest and greatest processor from Qualcomm – however the Huawei P30 Pro’s Kirin 980 is advanced enough to give it a run for its money, as is the Exynos 9820 from Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

With roughly equal chipsets, you can expect all phones to handle intensive tasks like gaming and video rendering roughly similarly, but the OnePlus 7 Pro and 1TB Galaxy S10 Plus have 12GB of RAM, while other Galaxy S10 Plus models and the P30 Pro have 8GB of RAM, a difference you may notice if you’re frequently handling complicated tasks.

Battery capacity for the phones is as follows: the OnePlus 7 Pro’s is 4,000mAh, and there’s a relatively small step up to the Galaxy S10 Plus at 4,100mAh and the Huawei P30 Pro’s 4,200mAh.

With such a similar battery capacity, you can expect each to last a relatively similar amount of time, and charging speeds are rather similar too – the OnePlus 7 Pro doesn’t have wireless charging though, which the others do, so if you use this convenient method of charging, you might want to look elsewhere.

 Which is right for me?

Each of these premium phones have their own strengths to differentiate them from the competition - which is great for you, the buyer, when making a decision.

The OnePlus 7 Pro shines for a low cost

In the case of the Huawei P30 Pro, this is the camera – the quad-snapper combo is the most flexible to facilitate all your photography needs.

On the OnePlus 7 Pro, you’re looking at a great display, as its large, unbroken Quad HD+ screen tops the others for viewing media and playing games - and combined with a superbly low cost.

It’s what’s inside that counts with the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus – it has a high-end processor, bigger storage potential and wireless charging, although on the outside the two front-facing cameras and 3.5mm headphone jack are important too.

So if you’re looking to spend as much money as you can on a chunky, premium Android smartphone, you’ve got to consider your main use of a phone, and make a purchase accordingly.

We'll be updating this piece in the coming weeks as we compare these phones head to head - but for now, it's pretty clear where the distinctions lie between this high-end handsets.

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It's your last chance to get a £30 Amazon voucher with Vodafone's cheap fibre broadband deals

Latest Tech News - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 04:23

Wouldn't it be nice to be rewarded for getting your new internet package? Vodafone seems to think so considering it is currently offering a pretty tempting incentive when you sign up for either of its broadband deals.

Exclusive to TechRadar readers, ordering either of  Vodafone's packages - Superfast 1 or Superfast 2 - will earn you a £30 Amazon UK voucher. Considering the fact that Vodafone has some of the best value fibre broadband deals on the market, we're confident in saying it doesn't get a whole lot better than this.

With Amazon Prime Day set to drop in July, you'll have the perfect opportunity to use the voucher just around the corner. Or if you need to go even cheaper, an ADSL option perhaps? Then check out our guide to the best cheap broadband deals.

But like all good things in life, there's a catch. This deal comes to an end this Sunday so a rushed attitude is needed if you want to capitalise on this exclusive reward.

TechRadar's EXCLUSIVE fibre deals from Vodafone:

Vodafone says that it will take up to 120 days after you sign up to verify your purchase. Then, once verified, details of how to claim the voucher will be sent to the email address you have provided. You will then have 90 days to claim the voucher. 

Ultimate Speed Guarantee

When it comes to avoiding slow connection speeds, Vodafone broadband is leading the way where we imagine other internet providers are bound to follow. It offers new fibre broadband customers an internet speed guarantee with minimum speeds of 25Mb for Superfast 1 and 55Mb for Superfast 2.

If Vodafone fails to deliver on the speeds, customers will be entitled to a 15% discount off their next monthly bill. It makes Vodafone's broadband plans the only widely available packages to offer such a speed guarantee in the UK.

Compare fibre broadband deals with our price comparison:
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Minecraft Earth takes the original game and blends it with Pokemon Go

Latest Tech News - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 16:29

After teasing the announcement during its Build 2019 keynote, Microsoft has officially announced Minecraft Earth, a new augmented reality (AR) game in the style of Pokemon Go for iOS and Android devices. 

The announcement was made today – on the game’s 10-year anniversary – and Microsoft says that Minecraft Earth will go into beta this summer (June - August) with pre-registration available now on Minecraft Earth's website

What makes Minecraft Earth different from the other AR games like Pokemon Go or Harry Potter Wizards Unite is that, instead of collecting or battling iconic monsters, Minecraft Earth is putting a heavy emphasis on collaborative building – i.e. the thing that made Minecraft so famous in the first place. 

According to early details on the game, players will collect resources while walking around their neighborhoods which can then be used in either small-scale construction projects with friends or life-size collaborations with anyone else in your neighborhood. 

While the foundation of the game seems to be set around the construction aspect, there will also be a survival aspect to the game where you have to fend off creeps, and a cultivation system where mobs (Minecraft’s term for animals) can be crossbred to create new creatures for either your public or private creations.

Minecraft Earth will be free-to-play and, according to its pithy FAQ, Microsoft doesn’t plan on implementing any sort of loot box system for the game – though we expect there to be some form of micro-transactions sometime down the road. Check out the first trailer for the game below. 

  • Will we see Minecraft Earth at E3 2019? Only time will tell...
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Intel Comet Lake release date, news and features

Latest Tech News - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 16:07

Following Intel Comet Lake can be a pain, much like the successor to any other platform from Team Blue (looking at you, Cannon Lake). Over the last couple of years we’ve probably seen a dozen Intel ‘Lakes’ come and go, but it looks like Comet Lake will take over as the next mainstream platform for desktop and laptops. 

Back in November, rumors started emerging about 10-core Comet Lake processors based on the same 14nm process as Coffee Lake Refresh. Then, things were relatively quiet until another leak from the Chiphell forums hinted at a 10-core Comet Lake processor alongside Cascade Lake-X HEDT chips.

Then the supposed roadmaps started leaking out, and it looks like Comet Lake will be the next mainstream processors. We don’t have any official details, of course, but we do have enough to do some educated speculation about Intel Comet Lake’s release date, specs and price. 

So, be sure to keep this page bookmarked, and we’ll update it with any information that comes our way.

 Cut to the chase 
  • What is it? Intel’s next desktop and mobile platform 
  • When is it out? TBD 
  • What will it cost? Likely starting around $122 (about £90, AU$170)  


Intel Comet Lake release date 

For the last few years, we’ve seen Intel’s mainstream platforms launch around October. Coffee Lake Refresh went up for preorder on October 19, 2018, preceded by Coffee Lake’s launch around the same time last year. However, according to leaked roadmaps spotted by Tweakers, Comet Lake might not follow precedent and launch in October. 

These roadmaps suggest that the Comet Lake launch will be pushed back to early 2020, so we might even see these processors announced at CES 2020. 

The only problem with this theory is that we’re expecting Ryzen 3rd Generation to launch in Q3 2019, which would give AMD a huge leg up over Intel if Team Blue doesn’t have any desktop chips to offer until next year.

Computex 2019 is right around the corner, so maybe Intel will surprise us all with a Comet Lake announcement, followed by a release this fall. We wouldn’t bet on it, though. 

Intel Comet Lake price 

Now, obviously we don’t have official pricing information for Intel Comet Lake processors, but we can do a bit of speculation based on previous generations of desktop processors. Coffee Lake Refresh saw the prices go up a little bit from Coffee Lake, but the differences were pretty negligible – just $20 (£30, AU$135) from the Intel Core i7-8700K to the i7-9700K. Below, we went ahead and listed the pricing of Coffee Lake Refresh’s desktop offerings, but we could see prices go up or down (probably up) when Comet Lake is actually announced. 

  • Intel Core i3-9100F – $122 (about £90, AU$170)  
  • Intel Core i3-9100 – $122 (about £90, AU$170) 
  • Intel Core i3-9300 – $143 (about £110, AU$199) 
  • Intel Core i3-9320 – $154 (about £118, AU$215)  
  • Intel Core i3-9350KF – $173 (£194, about AU$230) 
  • Intel Core i3-9350K – $173 (about £130, AU$240)  
  • Intel Core i5-9400F – $182  (£188, about AU$250) 
  • Intel Core i5-9400 – $182 (£194, about AU$250)
  • Intel Core i5-9600 – $192 (about £150, AU$260)  
  • Intel Core i7-9700 – $323 (about £250, AU$450) 
  • Intel Core i7-9700K – $374 (£409, AU$659) 
  • Intel Core i9-9900K – $488 (£519, AU$899)  

Intel Comet Lake specs 

Because we’re so far out from Intel Comet Lake seeing the light of day, we don’t know what it’ll actually be capable of. But, don’t worry, we have plenty of rumors to fuel some speculation. 

One of the most common threads among Comet Lake rumors is the fact that we’re going to see up to 10-core 20-thread desktop chips. We’re going to go ahead and assume that if this is true, this 10-core 20-thread processor will be the follow up to the Intel Core i9-9900K, with a 10-core single threaded chip taking over the Core i7-9700K’s slot.

Comet Lake is also rumored to be yet another iteration of Intel’s 14nm FinFet manufacturing process. If this is true, we wouldn’t expect much improvement in the way of power efficiency, and thermals will probably start to ramp up. And, in the face of AMD’s processors getting down to a 7nm process, Comet Lake on 14nm would be pretty disappointing.

But, Comet Lake isn’t just about desktop, there are also rumored mobile chips. And, we’ve seen some leaked benchmarks for an Intel Core i5-10210U on GFXBench, along with some Geekbench results spotted by Notebook Check – though the Geekbench results have been taken down.

This U-series chip looks to be a 15W 4-core, 8-thread processor with a 1.6GHz base clock. We don’t see any boost clocks, but we expect it’s a bit higher than comparable 8th-gen Ultrabook chips.

And, well, the results of these benchmarks are less than stellar. They absolutely are better than what, say, the Whiskey Lake i5-8565U can do, but they don’t blow it out of the water like we’d expect from a generational leap. Still, this is early days, so we’d take these leaked benchmark results with a grain of salt. 

Beyond core counts and clock speeds however, we’re not sure what else will get baked into Comet Lake. We’ll probably see things like PCIe 4.0 support and maybe faster RAM, but none of that is clear yet. As Comet Lake gets closer to a release, we’ll probably see more substantial feature information. 

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GozNym cybercrime network dismantled by Europol and DOJ

Latest Tech News - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 15:06

The cybercriminals behind the GozNym malware, which stole over $100m from bank accounts since its creation, have been apprehended as a result of a joint operation between Europol and the US Justice Department.

During a press conference in The Hague, prosecutors said that 10 defendants in five countries have been accused of using malware to steal money from over 41,000 victims consisting mostly of businesses and financial institutions.

Of the 10 defendants, five were arrested in Moldova, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Russia while the leader of the group behind the GozNym malware and his technical assistant are begin prosecuted in Georgia. The remaining five defendants, who are all Russian nationals, are still on the run though they are currently wanted by the FBI.

All of the defendants were charged with conspiracy to commit computer fraud, conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

GozNym malware

GozNym was developed by combining the Nymaim and Gozi malware families into one powerful banking malware that spread across the US, Canada, Germany and Poland. Since it first appeared in 2016, the banking malware has been used to target dozens of banks and credit unions.

GozNym has been described as malware as a service and the leader of the network obtained the code for the two malware families after it leaked online and used it to build his own more powerful malware strain. He then recruited other cybercriminals to join his operation while advertising the new malware on Russian speaking forums.

The malware used encryption and other techniques to avoid detection by antivirus tools while the cybercriminals sent out hundreds of thousands of phishing emails to businesses and banks in an attempt to gain access to their computer systems. Once a system was infected, the malware would steal passwords for bank accounts that the cybercriminals would log into and cash out.

According to the prosecutors, the GozNym malware network was hosted and operated through a bulletproof hosting service known for having lenient attitudes towards cybercrime.

  • Protect your systems from the latest cyber threats with the best antivirus

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iPhone 8 deal: pay $6 per month for a pre-owned iPhone 8 from Sprint

Latest Tech News - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 15:03

If you're looking for a killer deal on a pre-owned iPhone, then you've come to the right place. For a limited time, Sprint is offering a pre-owned iPhone 8 for just $6 per month. This offer runs through May 23 and is for new and existing customers who add a new line of service with Sprint's 18-month Flex lease.

Apple's iPhone 8 is a solid and reliable phone, featuring a 4.7-inch display, 12MP camera and touch ID fingerprint for secure authorization. The iPhone 8 has the ability to charge wirelessly and offers a battery life that can last a full day on a single charge. This particular deal from Sprint is for a pre-owned device, which means it may have visible wear and tear but has been tested for functionality and comes with a 90-day limited warranty.

A pre-owned iPhone 8 currently retails for $599 at Walmart, but with Sprint's offer you would pay a total of just $144 with their lease-to-own option. Sprint's 18-month Flex plan lets you upgrade or return your phone after 12 payments or you can own the device by paying $6 per month for an additional six months.

See more iPhone 8 offers with the best iPhone 8 deals that are currently available.

If you're interested in the newer model iPhone we also have the best iPhone XR deals.

Learn more about Prime Day with our guide on Amazon Prime Day 2019: everything you need to know for the July deals event.

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HPE to acquire supercomputer maker Cray in $1.3bn deal

Latest Tech News - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 13:54

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has announced that it will acquire supercomputer maker Cray for $35 per share in cash in a deal valued at approximately $1.3bn.

HPE's President and CEO, Antonio Neri explained how the acquisition will help drive the next generation of high performance computing (HPC), saying:

“Answers to some of society’s most pressing challenges are buried in massive amounts of data. Only by processing and analyzing this data will we be able to unlock the answers to critical challenges across medicine, climate change, space and more. Cray is a global technology leader in supercomputing and shares our deep commitment to innovation. By combining our world-class teams and technology, we will have the opportunity to drive the next generation of high performance computing and play an important part in advancing the way people live and work.” 

HPE expects the deal to increase its footprint in federal business and academia while also providing it with the means to sell supercomputing products to its commercial clients.

Growth of HPC

The explosion of data from AI, ML and big data analytics coupled with evolving customer needs for data-intensive workloads are currently driving a significant expansion in HPC. Over the next three years the HPC market is expected to grow from $28bn in 2018 to $35bn in 2021.

Exascale is a growing segment within HPC and over $4bn of Exascale opportunities are expected to be awarded over the next five years.

The combination of HPE and Cray will deliver significant customer benefits including future HPC-as-a-Service and AI and ML analytics through HPE Green Lake.

The deal is expected to close by the first quarter of HPE's fiscal year 2020 following regulatory approval and HPE will incur one-time integration costs that will be absorbed within its fiscal year 2020 free cash flow outlook of $1.9bn to $2.1bn that remains unchanged.

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Save over £100 on Huawei P30 and P30 Pro deals after a major price cut

Latest Tech News - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 12:22

If you've been desiring Huawei's newest powerhouse smartphones but your bank account is telling you otherwise, now is the time to act and go in on these incredible flagship devices.

We've seen prices rise and fall on these devices since they were both released, but a recent slash in costs has left both the Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro at their best prices yet.

While Huawei P30 deals have always been pretty affordable, the really exciting news here is the P30 Pro deals. A discount of this magnitude on our #2 ranked phone in the world is something you won't see again for a while.

You can see all of these price cut deals below or head over to our mobile phone deals page to compare these costs to the rest of the market. 

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The Echo Dot is 99p when you pay for just one month of Amazon Music Unlimited's family plan

Latest Tech News - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 12:07

Amazon Music Unlimited is the mega-retailer's version of Spotify. And if you sign up and pay for just one month of the service, you can get yourself a nifty Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker for just 99p instead of the usual £49.99. There's never been a better Alexa deal on the market.

So yes, the catch to getting this super cheap price is having to sign up for another service, but considering it only costs £14.99 and you can cancel it straight away so that's the only payment you make, it's still a fantastic offer.

You might not want to cancel the excellent music streaming service though, especially as it works so well with Alexa smart speakers like the Echo Dot with you being able to simply request songs, artists and albums with voice commands. The family plan allows you to share access to over 50 million songs on six accounts to be played on smart speakers, mobiles, laptops, Fire TV devices and more. 

Amazon isn't insisting you sign up for a long period of time. All you need to do is pay for a single month after the free trial period ends. Amazon will then send you a discount code which you can use to discount an Echo Dot down to just 99p.

Amazon Music Unlimited and Echo Dot deal

The promotion for the super cheap Echo Dot runs until May 24, and once you have your discount code you have until June 30 to redeem it. You can see the full T&Cs on the promo page once you click through, but we've covered the most important parts - namely that you're free to cancel the subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited once that first payment of £14.99 has gone through.

If the 'family plan' is bit overkill for your needs, but you enjoy Amazon Music Unlimited, once you've received your discount code and ordered the Echo Dot, you could always downgrade your membership to standard version for £9.99 a month, or if you're an Amazon Prime member, £7.99 a month. Not a Prime member? Give it a go with a free trial and you can test our the super fast delivery options and film/TV streaming service too.

The Amazon Prime Day deals are coming in July with some huge discounts on multiple Amazon devices. And while it's possible that this promo might return, going off past years, we think it's more likely we'll see the Echo Dot go down to £29.99 - £24.99 at the absolute most.

And if you end up sticking with the Music Unlimited service, that might be a perfect opportunity to pick up some extra speakers to dot around the house or beef up the sound in one room.

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Verizon's 5G speed peaks at 1.4Gbps, but only if you do 'the 5G shuffle'

Latest Tech News - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 12:05

You can at last get incredible 5G phone speeds in the US today, according to our tests, but only in two cities and only if you do what we're calling 'the 5G shuffle.'

We were able to test the Verizon 5G network in Chicago using a Samsung Galaxy S10 5G (and we'll stick around to keep doing so until Tuesday on our own), and we've been able to pull down consistent speeds topping 1Gbps. One of our 5G tests peaked at 1.385Gbps.

But to get these headline-worthy speeds, we had to basically move (or dance) around the 5G nodes that sit above lampposts on specific blocks in Chicago. It's reportedly the same in the only other US city with active Verizon 5G nodes, Minneapolis.

Amazing 5G speeds, with some caveats 

TechRadar became the first outlet with a 5G phone when the Moto Z3 5G launched last month, but the Verizon 5G network was just getting underway. It either wasn't as fast back then, or we didn't get consistent-enough signal to reach the heights we're seeing now. It even frequently dropped back down to 4G LTE mid-test.

Now, five weeks later and with the Galaxy S10 5G in hand, we've gotten speeds that made the Verizon engineers on hand from New York visibly excited. They're seeing the nearly 1.4Gbps speeds in the wild for the first time, too.

Speeds tests using the Ookla app offered us some insight into peak raw speeds, and they were great. But it was also important to do real-world tests – while doing the 5G shuffle – to see how Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Android game downloads did.

The most shocking 5G test?

  • Stranger Things (Entire First Season) on 5G: 38.78 seconds
  • Stranger Things (Entire First Season) on 4G: 1 hour 16 minutes

Yes, we waited on the same rainy street corner in Chicago to test these speeds. One finished in under a minute, and the other took one hour and 16 minutes.

The difference is staggering in this 5G test. We used the Galaxy S10 5G connected to Verizon's 5G ultra wideband signal. The 4G comparison test used an iPhone XS Max on AT&T's getting '5Ge' signal (which isn't actual 5G, as we've reported multiple times).

We were also able to download Fortnite in 2 minutes and 55 seconds and Asphalt 9: Legends in 2 minutes and 23 seconds on the Galaxy S10 5G.

While these 5G tests weren't at nearly 1.4Gbps, they were fast (around 1Gbps) and depended on if the app maker was optimized to deliver fast speeds. Downloading the game PUBG from the Google Play Store, for example, was a bit slower than downloading the same game file from the Galaxy App Store.

In other words, the pull from our 5G device and direct line of sight of the 5G node was important, but so is the push from Google, Netflix and other content providers.

We'll continue to update our week-long 5G test as we get more time the the Galaxy S10 5G and compare it to 4G LTE in Chicago.

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Verizon's 5G speed peaks at 1.4Gbps, but only if you do 'the 5G shuffle'

Latest Tech News - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 12:05

You can at last get incredible 5G phone speeds in the US today, according to our tests, but only in two cities and only if you do what we're calling 'the 5G shuffle.'

We were able to test the Verizon 5G network in Chicago using a Samsung Galaxy S10 5G (and we'll stick around to keep doing so until Tuesday on our own), and we've been able to pull down consistent speeds topping 1Gbps. One of our 5G tests peaked at 1.385Gbps.

But to get these headline-worthy speeds, we had to basically move (or dance) around the 5G nodes that sit above lampposts on specific blocks in Chicago. It's reportedly the same in the only other US city with active Verizon 5G nodes, Minneapolis.

Amazing 5G speeds, with some caveats 

TechRadar became the first outlet with a 5G phone when the Moto Z3 5G launched last month, but the Verizon 5G network was just getting underway. It either wasn't as fast back then, or we didn't get consistent-enough signal to reach the heights we're seeing now. It even frequently dropped back down to 4G LTE mid-test.

Now, five weeks later and with the Galaxy S10 5G in hand, we've gotten speeds that made the Verizon engineers on hand from New York visibly excited. They're seeing the nearly 1.4Gbps speeds in the wild for the first time, too.

Speeds tests using the Ookla app offered us some insight into peak raw speeds, and they were great. But it was also important to do real-world tests – while doing the 5G shuffle – to see how Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Android game downloads did.

The most shocking 5G test?

  • Stranger Things (Entire First Season) on 5G: 38.78 seconds
  • Stranger Things (Entire First Season) on 4G: 1 hour 16 minutes

Yes, we waited on the same rainy street corner in Chicago to test these speeds. One finished in under a minute, and the other took one hour and 16 minutes.

The difference is staggering in this 5G test. We used the Galaxy S10 5G connected to Verizon's 5G ultra wideband signal. The 4G comparison test used an iPhone XS Max on AT&T's getting '5Ge' signal (which isn't actual 5G, as we've reported multiple times).

We were also able to download Fortnite in 2 minutes and 55 seconds and Asphalt 9: Legends in 2 minutes and 23 seconds on the Galaxy S10 5G.

While these 5G tests weren't at nearly 1.4Gbps, they were fast (around 1Gbps) and depended on if the app maker was optimized to deliver fast speeds. Downloading the game PUBG from the Google Play Store, for example, was a bit slower than downloading the same game file from the Galaxy App Store.

In other words, the pull from our 5G device and direct line of sight of the 5G node was important, but so is the push from Google, Netflix and other content providers.

We'll continue to update our week-long 5G test as we get more time the the Galaxy S10 5G and compare it to 4G LTE in Chicago.

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Best action camera 2019: 10 cameras for the GoPro generation

Latest Tech News - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 12:04

If you're looking for the best action camera, then you've come to the right place. Action cameras are unlike any other kind of camera. They're designed to be attached to helmets, surfboards, cars and other objects, and they're small, tough and simple to operate, with a lens that captures the world in high-definition video.

Their small size and dramatic POV ('point of view') footage has made them popular with extreme sports participants, who capture their adventures by attaching cameras to themselves or their equipment. They're also used by TV production companies where using a regular video camera would be impossible. 

You don't have to be an adrenaline-junkie or filming your own TV show. Action cameras are also great fun for the family, especially on days out or vacations when you simply want to hit record and document you time together. 

Who makes the best action camera though? GoPro is without question the market leader - in fact, they invented this whole action camera genre. They're not alone though, with a number of new rivals out there to tempt you. 

When it comes to key features on action cameras, most now shoot 4K footage, though some do these better than others, offering faster frame rates for buttery-smooth footage, while the very best action cameras have slick image stabilization systems to make the most of this. 

While action cameras are principally for shooting video, the best action cameras also shoot pretty decent still images as well, though don't expect anything better than a point-and-shoot compact camera. 

Other features to consider when looking for the best action camera include Wi-Fi, GPS and touchscreen control. These all bump up the price, and while they are invaluable in some situations, you can still get great footage without them.

Before we look at our top picks of the best action cameras you can buy right now, GoPro has just announced three new action cameras

The top of the range GoPro Hero7 Black replaces Hero6 Black and is our best action camera pick right now. We'd even recommend you now avoid the Hero6 Black. Don't get us wrong, it's not a bad action camera at all, it's very good, but with the price of the older model only a few dollars or pounds less than the Hero7 Black, you're better off spending your money on the newer model. 

Best action cameras in 2019

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While it may share pretty much of the same headline video specs as the Hero6 Black that it replaces, the Hero7 Black offers a number of big improvements. The most significant of this is the addition of GoPro's all-new HyperSmooth image stabilization technology. It really is very impress, delivering gimbal-smooth video footage. TimeWarp video is a further new feature, one that combines the idea of regular frame-by-frame time-lapse shooting (which you can still do separately) with HyperSmooth – essentially, a stabilised hyperlapse, while the user interface has been overhauled for a much better user experience. Delivering buttery-smooth 4K video footage the Hero7 Black is the best action camera you can buy.

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If you're aquatic-minded, or you need to know exactly where you were, and how fast you are going when you took a video, buy a GoPro Hero7 Black. However, if you're more interested in saving money on features you didn't even want, the Yi 4K+ Action Camera is one of the simplest and best designed gadgets around. Everyone considering buying an action cam should have a look at the Yi 4K+ Action Camera because it's almost exactly the same and, in some ways, even better than a GoPro. 

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While the Hero 7 Black is the top of the GoPro pile, the Silver fills the void beneath this and while it can’t quite pull off all the fancy tricks as its big brother, it’s priced far aggressively, especially once you see just how much tech you still get. This includes stabilised 4K video recording, waterproofing down to 10m, together with a 2-inch touchscreen on the back and Voice Control that allows you to instruct the camera to perform almost all main functions without you raising a finger. A fine choice for first-time users.

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The RX0 II is part action camera, part stills camera. This tiny second-generation camera boasts a large 1-inch sensor (just like Sony's premium compacts) that can shoot 15.3MP still images, while there's a top class Zeiss Tessar T* 24mm f/4 fixed wide-angle lens. Not only ultra compact, but crushproof and waterproof with it, the RX0 II can shoot 4K footage at 30fps and Full HD footage at 120fps. This second-generation model comes with a Soft Skin Effect mode and advanced Eye AF, while Sony's also managed to squeeze in a tilt-able LCD screen (capable of tilting up to 180° and down by 90°). It's a bit fiddly to use and expensive, so doesn't lend itself to the casual user, but for those looking for a rugged camera that can shoot great 4K footage, this shouldn't be ignored. 

Olfi has improved on the original One.Five with the new Black version, bringing with it a number of internal improvements, as well as improved external microphone performance. All in all, there's not much an Olfi One.Five Black owner is left wanting for, despite the unit costing half the price of GoPro's leading camera. It misses some of the more advanced features found on other, pricier action cams, but for those who simply want to capture good-looking footage without breaking the bank, there's very little to complain about, especially as it comes bundled as a great little kit. 

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It may have been overshadowed by both the Hero6 Black and Hero7 Black, but the Hero5 Black still has a lot to offer. Shooting 4K footage up to 30fps, video footage is incredibly smooth, while the ability to shoot stills in raw format brings even more flexibility. Waterproof down to 10m without the need for a protective case, it's also simple to use, while the addition of a rear touchscreen, voice control and GPS make it one of the most feature-packed cams currently available. The great news is that it's never been cheaper, making it an even more tempting proposition.

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How often do you take an action cam underwater? If the answer's not a lot, then the Yi 4K Action Camera could be for you. While there's an optional underwater case available, the camera isn't waterproof. There is a large and responsive touchscreen, a big battery and a fast file transfers however, and while it may lack a few niceties – and we would include lens distortion correction and image stabilisation in that list – the Yi 4K Action Camera remains a great value addition to any adventurer's kit bag.

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If you've been eyeing up a GoPro for some time, but haven't been able to justify the price, the stripped-down Hero could be the answer. It doesn't shoot 4K, but does shoot nice and smooth Full HD footage and is a great camera for the novice or casual user who just wants to capture the action without worrying about which frame rate or resolution they should be using. There are better specified-action cameras out there for a similar price, but they don't have the refined design and polished control of the Hero. 

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Bullet shape cams might have fallen out of fashion recently thanks to GoPro and its box-shaped cameras, but the TomTom Bandit bucks the trend. In fact, the Bandit packs features that other manufacturers will need to follow if they're to keep up with this newcomer. Taking years of GPS experience, TomTom has built in a series of sensors that not only record location but speed and G-force too, so that when these sensors pick up that something exciting has happened they automatically tag the footage. Back in the pub and with the app open and connected, a quick shake of your phone and the app will automatically edit your footage ready for upload. It really couldn't be easier.

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Yi's range of action cams are pretty cheap, but this is the most affordable model in the range. While it shoots 4K footage, the frame rate is pretty slow and jerky. Don't let that put you off though as the Yi Lite can shoot some really smooth Full HD footage up for 60fps. With easy to use touchscreen navigation, a decent app and all the essential features most occasional users want, the tough, reliable and affordable Yi Lite proves an impressive entry-level action camera. If you're looking for something even more affordable, take a look at Yi's Discovery Action Camera - you won't find a better camera for the price. 

Also consider

Though not technically a action camera, DJI's new Osmo Pocket is still going after the same audience. While it's not as rugged as dedicated action camera rivals, the Osmo Pocket has a clever trick up its sleeve in the shape of a built-in gimbal. Gimbals as designed to counteract unwanted movement and help you shoot super-smooth videos - while GoPro's Hero7 Black has some clever image stabilization tricks, there's no substitute for dedicated hardware. The Osmo Pocket features three-axis stabilized gimbal and measures just four inches tall. The 1/2.3-inch sensor is capable of recording 12MP still images and 4K video footage up to 60fps, while there are built-in dual microphones that use advanced noise-canceling algorithms, which DJI says should ensure that you capture high-quality audio to match your footage. We've already got our hands on one, and you can see what we think by clicking the link below.

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Ford Ranger Raptor 2019: the most fun you can have on sand without a bucket and spade

Latest Tech News - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 12:00

Last year, once again, the Ford F-Series pickup was the most high selling vehicle in the world. Bearing in mind it's a pickup truck and mainly sells in the US, that's a mind-twisting thought. As such, it's had a lot of refining over the years and is now pushing the limits with its Raptor variant, which is finally reaching the UK. 

The Ford Ranger Raptor was created as a reaction to an off-road scene in the US that sees tinkerers modify their trucks to get up seemingly impossible courses until it becomes possible. Essentially the race will have a section that can't be done, competitors keep changing their truck builds until someone has one that can do it, then everyone has that new feature. Ford wanted to offer near that level of capability but right off the factory line. Enter the Raptor.

Image credit: Luke Edwards

Built to do it all

The main appeal of the new Raptor is its off-road capabilities. We're not just talking about four by four here, this thing goes way beyond that with options for two wheel drive, four wheel high gear and four wheel low gear as well as six modes including snow, sand and even Baja mode for serious off-road enthusiasts that don't want too much of that assistance lark turned on – like the handy Electronic Stability Control mode. 

The beast features a low alloy steel chassis which is super strong to handle knocks. The bash plate in the front is even reinforced as it's built with getting beaten by rocks in mind. You also get a decent 281mm of clearance so rock evasion should be easy even for those new to off-roading. We certainly made use of it more than once. Even the tailgate has attention to detail with a super light easy lift and lower system that makes it a one hand job for anyone. 

Image credit: Luke Edwards

One of our first experiences in this twin-cab beast was to take it dune-bashing in the desert. As such it meant flooring it most of the time as it flew up and down the sandy hills, seemingly without much effort required. A huge set of grip-laden specialist tyres did likely help but the performance, with no getting stuck in the sand at all, was impressive.

The engine is a 210bhp, 500Nm, 2.0-litre EcoBlue Diesel unit which means this doesn't glug the fuel but still churns out enough power – across the super smooth 10 automatic gears – to get you out of most situations. While we did have it floored for the desert legs, the road going segments had plenty of power. Only serious racers that want to push the car to really dangerous off-road speeds would need any more power than this offers.

Image credit: Luke Edwards

Details like the red stitching in the steering wheel give a clue to how extreme this car can go. That's so you know where the wheels are facing when you're thrashing the wheel from left to right and have lost track of where you are. It's actually really, really useful in the sand – especially when cresting a hill blindly and needing to know how you're going to land. Yes we also mean in a jump – this does that too.

We hit a jump at about 40 mph and got over a foot of air and the car landed without even making much of a noise – ideal for those classic movie car chases on the hilly San Francisco roads then, if that's your thing. 

The shocks are another area that offers above-and-beyond abilities. These use separate containers to store the hydraulic fluid so you don't have to worry about seizing up in extreme heat or dust conditions. Yup, we told you this was extreme. Even the seats have special suede sections woven into the leather to give you more grip so you stay in position when flying over the bumps at speed.

The sat-nav has a breadcrumb feature that lets you mark out a route when off-road so you can be guided back to the start if you need assistance which is a nice way to feel safe while pushing the limits further than you might otherwise.

Image credit: Luke Edwards

Day-to-day duties 

As a workhorse, this car is one of the best options out there, it's as tough as that chunky grille makes it look. But it will also be kindly enough to get along with other cars on the roads too. It's not too wide for UK roads, it feature twin cabs for a 'real car' feel inside with lots of space and the noise cancelling is excellent leaving you with a comfy ride. 

Sure, the finish inside is rugged but you still get the smarts of SYNC 3, meaning Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. To be honest those two are what you'll likely end up using mostly. You also get multi-zone climate control, heated and electric adjust seats, plus lane keep assist and traffic sign recognition. It's like a really capable car that also has insane boot space and can go pretty much anywhere you point it. 

A built-in modem option means you can be permanently connected, where signal allows, with a local Wi-Fi hotspot system that supports up to 10 devices at once. Yup, this is a family friendly car that'll give the parents sat-nav guidance with traffic alerts while also streaming tablet friendly shows to the kids in the back. 

Image credit: Luke Edwards

Verdict

The Ford Ranger Raptor is the ultimate plaything, the kind of truck children play with in toy form – but now it's a reality you can drive. While the engine is efficient it's still a big car so don't get this if you want to save the environment. That said, this is a great way to run just one car for both work and pleasure. You most likely won't find an environment in the UK where this can't go – unless you're so extreme that you know specific car-killer bogs or want to go up a mountain that climbers would balk at.

This car isn't cheap, starting at near the £40,000 (about $50,000, AU$75,000) mark. Since you get a car and a truck and an off-road toy all in one that price does seem less steep. But, of course, this is a specific vehicle built for specific needs. If it meets yours then you're going to be hard pressed to find a better alternative. Although, of course, you could save ten grand and go for the Ranger Wildtrack but just be a bit less off-road capable. 

Image credit: Luke Edwards

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Ford Ranger Raptor 2019: the most fun you can have on sand without a bucket and spade

Latest Tech News - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 12:00

Last year, once again, the Ford F-Series pickup was the most high selling vehicle in the world. Bearing in mind it's a pickup truck and mainly sells in the US, that's a mind-twisting thought. As such, it's had a lot of refining over the years and is now pushing the limits with its Raptor variant, which is finally reaching the UK. 

The Ford Ranger Raptor was created as a reaction to an off-road scene in the US that sees tinkerers modify their trucks to get up seemingly impossible courses until it becomes possible. Essentially the race will have a section that can't be done, competitors keep changing their truck builds until someone has one that can do it, then everyone has that new feature. Ford wanted to offer near that level of capability but right off the factory line. Enter the Raptor.

Image credit: Luke Edwards

Built to do it all

The main appeal of the new Raptor is its off-road capabilities. We're not just talking about four by four here, this thing goes way beyond that with options for two wheel drive, four wheel high gear and four wheel low gear as well as six modes including snow, sand and even Baja mode for serious off-road enthusiasts that don't want too much of that assistance lark turned on – like the handy Electronic Stability Control mode. 

The beast features a low alloy steel chassis which is super strong to handle knocks. The bash plate in the front is even reinforced as it's built with getting beaten by rocks in mind. You also get a decent 281mm of clearance so rock evasion should be easy even for those new to off-roading. We certainly made use of it more than once. Even the tailgate has attention to detail with a super light easy lift and lower system that makes it a one hand job for anyone. 

Image credit: Luke Edwards

One of our first experiences in this twin-cab beast was to take it dune-bashing in the desert. As such it meant flooring it most of the time as it flew up and down the sandy hills, seemingly without much effort required. A huge set of grip-laden specialist tyres did likely help but the performance, with no getting stuck in the sand at all, was impressive.

The engine is a 210bhp, 500Nm, 2.0-litre EcoBlue Diesel unit which means this doesn't glug the fuel but still churns out enough power – across the super smooth 10 automatic gears – to get you out of most situations. While we did have it floored for the desert legs, the road going segments had plenty of power. Only serious racers that want to push the car to really dangerous off-road speeds would need any more power than this offers.

Image credit: Luke Edwards

Details like the red stitching in the steering wheel give a clue to how extreme this car can go. That's so you know where the wheels are facing when you're thrashing the wheel from left to right and have lost track of where you are. It's actually really, really useful in the sand – especially when cresting a hill blindly and needing to know how you're going to land. Yes we also mean in a jump – this does that too.

We hit a jump at about 40 mph and got over a foot of air and the car landed without even making much of a noise – ideal for those classic movie car chases on the hilly San Francisco roads then, if that's your thing. 

The shocks are another area that offers above-and-beyond abilities. These use separate containers to store the hydraulic fluid so you don't have to worry about seizing up in extreme heat or dust conditions. Yup, we told you this was extreme. Even the seats have special suede sections woven into the leather to give you more grip so you stay in position when flying over the bumps at speed.

The sat-nav has a breadcrumb feature that lets you mark out a route when off-road so you can be guided back to the start if you need assistance which is a nice way to feel safe while pushing the limits further than you might otherwise.

Image credit: Luke Edwards

Day-to-day duties 

As a workhorse, this car is one of the best options out there, it's as tough as that chunky grille makes it look. But it will also be kindly enough to get along with other cars on the roads too. It's not too wide for UK roads, it feature twin cabs for a 'real car' feel inside with lots of space and the noise cancelling is excellent leaving you with a comfy ride. 

Sure, the finish inside is rugged but you still get the smarts of SYNC 3, meaning Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. To be honest those two are what you'll likely end up using mostly. You also get multi-zone climate control, heated and electric adjust seats, plus lane keep assist and traffic sign recognition. It's like a really capable car that also has insane boot space and can go pretty much anywhere you point it. 

A built-in modem option means you can be permanently connected, where signal allows, with a local Wi-Fi hotspot system that supports up to 10 devices at once. Yup, this is a family friendly car that'll give the parents sat-nav guidance with traffic alerts while also streaming tablet friendly shows to the kids in the back. 

Image credit: Luke Edwards

Verdict

The Ford Ranger Raptor is the ultimate plaything, the kind of truck children play with in toy form – but now it's a reality you can drive. While the engine is efficient it's still a big car so don't get this if you want to save the environment. That said, this is a great way to run just one car for both work and pleasure. You most likely won't find an environment in the UK where this can't go – unless you're so extreme that you know specific car-killer bogs or want to go up a mountain that climbers would balk at.

This car isn't cheap, starting at near the £40,000 (about $50,000, AU$75,000) mark. Since you get a car and a truck and an off-road toy all in one that price does seem less steep. But, of course, this is a specific vehicle built for specific needs. If it meets yours then you're going to be hard pressed to find a better alternative. Although, of course, you could save ten grand and go for the Ranger Wildtrack but just be a bit less off-road capable. 

Image credit: Luke Edwards

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AMD Ryzen processors and Navi graphics cards coming in Q3 2019

Latest Tech News - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 11:50

AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation processors and Navi graphics cards are still on the way in Q3 2019, according to AMD’s new roadmap at its annual shareholder meeting earlier this week. 

There have already been plenty of rumors that Ryzen 3rd Generation and AMD Navi would be launching in July 2018, with AMD CEO Lisa Su herself hinting that Team Red’s Computex 2019 keynote would reveal ‘new details’ about the 7nm lineup.


 

But, thanks to this annual shareholder meeting, we now know that Ryzen 3rd Generation processors and Navi graphics cards should be ‘formally introduced’ sometime in Q3 2019.  

As for what these chips will be capable of, AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation will be based off of a 7nm architecture and will bring PCIe 4.0 tech to the mainstream. This should increase bandwidth to GPUs and M.2 SSDs, which are more popular than ever before. 

We know a bit less about AMD Navi graphics cards, we know they’re coming in Q3, but we don’t know what they’ll be capable, or whether they’ll compete with Nvidia Turing cards at the high-end. We have seen previous rumors that AMD Navi graphics cards wouldn’t see high-end cards until next year, so we could just see some mid-range Navi 10 GPUs at Computex.  

 What about Threadripper? 

One thing that’s notably missing from this roadmap is AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3rd Generation. We had previously expected Threadripper 3000 chips in 2019, but it is conspicuously missing here. This lines up with a previous rumor that Threadripper 3rd Generation would be pushed back to early 2020.

What will be interesting to see with this Threadripper delay is whether or not the rumored higher core counts of Ryzen 3000 will cannibalize Threadripper sales. We doubt we’ll see a mainstream Ryzen chip that gets on the Threadripper 2990WX’s level, but we could see up to 16 cores on a Ryzen 9 processor.

This also means that Ryzen 2nd Generation will also have to compete with the rumored Intel Cascade Lake-X, the next Intel HEDT platform rumored to launch at Computex.  However, because Team Blue’s next HEDT chips are rumored to be based on its 14nm manufacturing process, this might not be the death sentence it seems like. We’ll just have to wait and see. 

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The iFi Aurora wireless audio system isn't like other speakers

Latest Tech News - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 11:49

Looking for a unique gadget to really stand out in your home? The iFi Aurora is a wireless music system from UK audio brand iFi, and is making a bid for pride of place in the living room.

An unholy clash of bamboo slats and aluminium girders – with a trapezium OLED display – the Aurora ditches conventional wisdom over speaker design to make a real visual statement. And even if you don't like that statement, the boldness of its structure is something to be admired.

Sat somewhere between quirky diorama and ambitious concert hall, the iFi Aurora was inspired by Japanese architecture and designer Julian Haziza's experience working in home furnishings. 

The result is a speaker that doesn't try to keep out of view, like a flat TV soundbar or compact smart speaker – it's the opposite of the strategy shown by both the Amazon Echo and Google Home ranges, which have moved towards curved edges and gray mesh exteriors to blend with soft furnishings as much as possible.

Not so with Aurora. "We wanted it to make visual noise," says Haziza. "We don't want to make an object that will disappear."

At £199, the iFi Aurora isn't a premium-priced device either, and packs in a lot of inputs. As well as the standard Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections for streaming music, there's also Airplay for connecting to Apple devices, USB and micro SD slots for your own music files, Amazon Echo compatibility, optical, and auxiliary connections for your TV or set-top box. There's even a disc drive for CD, DVD and Blu-ray.

It's easy to tire of the usual treadmill of black and grey speakers that get released to market each other. Usually iterating on a tested formula, it's rare that we see an audio product that decides to make its own style rules.

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Don't you recognise me?

If the looks aren't selling it, you may know the iFi name for its award-winning DACs, like the xDSD that sits at the top of our best portable DACs guide.

You'll find an internal DAC built into the speaker, with support for 32-bit/192kHz audio, as well as all the high-resolution Bluetooth codecs (aptX HD, AAC, LDAC, LDHC) you could want.

The elevated design, too, allows for an open and expansive sound, with 320W of audio output pumping through the Aurora's eight drivers. The audio should be faithful, even if the outside isn't faithful to much that has come before.

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4K TV deal at Walmart: the Vizio P-Series TV gets a $500 price cut

Latest Tech News - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 11:15

If you're looking for a killer discount on a top-quality TV, then look no further than this excellent deal from Walmart. You can get the Vizio P-Series Quantum 65-inch TV on sale for $1,498. That's a whopping $500 discount and the best price we've seen for the 4K UHD TV.

The 65-inch TV is part of Vizio's P-series Quantum line, which means you'll get to enjoy a cinematic-like picture experience. The Vizio TV features Quantum Dot technology which includes up to 1,000 nits resulting in bright, intense colors and sharp, dramatic contrasts. The 65-inch TV also features Dolby Vision HDR and a full array backlight, creating a high-quality life-like picture.

The Vizio smart TV has Chromecast built-in, which allows you to stream thousands of movies and TV shows from the Chromecast app on your phone or tablet. This TV is also compatible with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant so you can use your voice to turn on the TV, change channels, watch movies and more.

The Vizio 65-inch TV is not only an excellent deal but also a fantastic price for a large-screen TV with exceptional picture quality. The Vizio P-Series is most comparable to Samsung's QLED TVs, which are currently priced around $2,500 - $3,500. This makes the $1,500 price tag on the Vizio P-series extremely attractive.

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Best camera bag 2019: 10 backpacks and shoulder bags to protect your camera kit

Latest Tech News - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 11:14

Whether you're getting up before dawn to hike up mountains for that one special sunrise shot, or commuting with your camera in tow, every photographer needs to keep their kit safe and protected, and from backpacks and daysacks to holsters and rollers, photographers can now carry their kit, accessories (and even some lunch) in all kinds of luggage.

Most of bags featured here are for DSLR or mirrorless cameras, whose interchangeable lenses, demand some thought when you're mobile. Most also now find room for a laptop – as big as 17-inches in some cases – or at least a tablet; with post-processing so integral to digital photography, who wants to wait until they get home to see how a photoshoot turned out? 

Best camera bags in 2019

Though it might seem pretty pricey, the Everyday Messenger is bristling with clever touches and is well worth the outlay. A spring-loaded flap-catch with four fastening points is both secure yet easy to use, letting the bag expand or contract to suit varying loads. The flap also has a zippered top passthrough for even easier access. There are slots for a 13-inch laptop and tablet, plus you can attach a tripod on top. Rather than using typical foam partitions, the main section contains innovative dividers that snap around and over individual items. Everything’s supported by a wide and supple shoulder strap, and we also like the stabilizing waist strap that prevents the bag bouncing as you stride. Beautiful build quality and attention to detail seals the deal.

Read our in-depth Peak Design Everyday Messenger 13 V2

It’s tough to create a truly special camera backpack, as competition in this area is particularly fierce, but Gitzo has come up with a real winner in the Adventury 30L. Designed to accommodate a pro DSLR (including a Canon EOS-1D X Mark II or Nikon D5) with a 70-200mm f/4 lens attached, plus a second body and up to four more lenses. Alternatively, you can pack a 400mm f/4, a camera body and a couple of lenses or small accessories. There's also space for a 15-inch laptop as well. As you'd expect for a Gitzo product, the quality is excellent, with great internal padding, while the bag itself is made from weather-resistant materials, with coated zippers and bottom section. Should conditions get really bad there's also a rain cover, while the color of the materials used is designed to help the bag blend in when you're outdoors.

This backpack zips up a 13-inch laptop and a tablet in a front pocket, while the main compartment for camera gear is accessed under a padded, zipped lid on the back-facing side. It fits one DSLR body and three lenses, including a 70-200mm, and there are some useful design flourishes – as well as a roomy top section for accessories (and perhaps even a packed lunch), there’s a pull-out rain cover in the base, and an expandable tripod pocket. It's also sized to house a DJI Mavic Pro drone.

This pocket-packed shoulder bag somehow manages to squeeze in both an 11-inch laptop and a tablet, as well as camera gear, while the padded kit compartment flat-packs when empty. Inside, three snap-shut pouches spring open to grip a compact mirrorless camera or DSLR (though it's best for smaller entry-level models). It’s probably not rugged enough for landscape photographers, but it does well around the city – and it makes for a great carry-on bag for flights. It's even got a pass-through for a telescopic handle, so it can piggy-back on rolling luggage at airports. 

It's luxury choice for sure, but this stylish leather messenger bag is something a bit special. Available in either black or chestnut finishes (as well as a more affordable charcoal cotton twill), this is a great choice if you want to travel light, with the bag itself only weighing in at a mere 0.82kg. The main compartment has space for a DSLR or mirrorless camera with a lens attached, along with a divider so you can pop an additional lens in as well. The finish is first class, with a very comfy padded strap, while there's also a nicely integrated, magnetic, double flap closure system. If you prefer, you can use an optional zipper closure for added security as well as quick access. A premium choice, but a lovely bag if you're looking to treat yourself.

If you're going to be travelling a lot with you're camera, then the Hexad Access Duffel is the answer. Featuring a clamshell, one half of the bag can be set aside for clothes and other travel essentials, while the other half for photo gear, with dual side-access pockets. These can accommodate Wandrd's medium camera cubes (sold separately) which offer protection for your kit. If you just want to use one, you've get even more space for day to day stuff. There's also a padded laptop sleeve, stowable backpack straps and a handy expandable laundry pocket. Then there's the weather-sealed materials used, while the overall finish is excellent. Perfect if you're going to be on a city break and want to travel light.

Ideal for professional photographers or anyone flying off on a landscape photography expedition, a safari or or even just storing your kit when it's not in use, you won't find a better solution than the Peli 1510 Protector Case. It's not just the protection it provides that makes it a great buy – the ease with which you can organize and access your camera kit on location makes it incredibly useful. It's a little heavy and bulky, but it's worth it for the protection it provides.

Read our in-depth Peli 1510 Protector Case review

Despite there being some great backpack out there, no-one has yet produced a decent curved-back backpack for high-grade hiking that also stores a DSLR. The Kontrast doesn’t quite fill that niche, but it does act as a stop-gap – large enough to take a reasonably big lens (a 105mm fits fine), it can be stuffed into a backpack or slung over a shoulder while out on the trail. Inside there’s a ‘hammock system’ halfway down for cradling and securing the lens, while the sides also have pockets for accessories and memory cards. Solid and good value, the Kontrast impresses. 

Designed for compact mirrorless APS-C cameras like the Sony A6500 and Panasonic's Lumix G85/G80, this holster-style case makes good use of space. A camera fitted with an 18-50mm lens can fit inside the main compartment, while there’s a zip-around section attached to the bottom for another lens. It’s compact, sturdy and offers a lot of protection, but it's worth trying it out with your specific camera and lens to make sure it all fits neatly. As well as a shoulder strap and belt loops, the Holster XS Plus includes a few zipped pockets for SD cards and accessories. 

Looking more like traditional urban luggage than a camera bag, this bug-shaped backpack has a hard yet padded front lid that zips all around, and drops down for easy access. The dividers inside are easy to move and secure, and make it simple to configure for a DSLR and two to three lenses. If used in that configuration there's just a small zipped area for other items, but an UltraFlex divider can be used to make the bag half for camera gear and half for other stuff, making the Tahoe BP 150 handy for anything from street photography to a serious hike. There's also an organizer area in the lid with a tablet pouch, and a couple of mesh side pockets. 

This backpack isn't strictly a camera backpack, but is certainly worth consideration if you're looking for a quality bag to stuff plenty into if you're going to be out for the day. While there's no padding for camera gear, you'll easily be able to fit a padded camera pouch into the 22 liter main compartment. As well as this, there's also a large 15-inch laptop compartment and elastic side pockets. Nice and comfy fully loaded, this is a great bag to wonder round the city with camera in hand. 

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Sky Broadband Boost is here to pursuade you to buy its broadband deals

Latest Tech News - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 11:07

Sky has announced a new offer that aims to give its customers the fastest broadband speeds possible - and it's aptly named Sky Broadband Boost. Yup, this is a direct attack on BT Broadband and Virgin Media broadband and it might just work.

Sky Broadband Boost is clearly a response to the new Ofcom rules that mean providers must pay fines to customers when they fail to offer the broadband speeds they promised at point of sale. As such this new Boost offer is being put in place to make sure every Sky broadband user gets exactly what they're paying for - it will be added on automatically to all new packages.

That means that Broadband Boost offers daily monitoring of your line and if any fault is found you'll get a text saying Sky is working to fix it fast. On top of that, if you need an engineer visit, that will be available for free even at weekends and evenings. Sky also says if your speeds drop it'll pop 2GB of data in your Sky Mobile Piggybank, presuming you have the mobile package too.

Also launched with this new service is an app to control your service better, called Sky Broadband Buddy. It's designed for parents who want a bit more control over what their children are getting up to online and monitor screen time.

If you want to discuss the new perk in more detail and talk through package options, you can call 0800-014-2334 to speak to somebody about Sky broadband deals.

Like the sound of Sky's new offering but want to see how the competition compares? Check out our best broadband deals feature to learn everything you need to know about getting the best broadband at the perfect price. 

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