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Nvidia reveals first AI platform for edge devices

Latest Tech News - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 16:03

In an effort to help bring artificial intelligence to edge devices, Nvidia has announced its new Nvidia EGX platform that has the ability to understand and act on data in real time without having to send it to the cloud or data center first.

Up until now, AI algorithms were so complex that they required powerful machines to run them in cloud data centers. However, this required a great deal of bandwidth and resulted in higher latency which is why Nvidia and other hardware manufacturers have been trying to bring AI to the edge of the network instead.

Ideally AI should be run where data is created whether that be in retail stores, manufacturing facilities or warehouses.

Nvidia's entrance to the AI edge market makes a great deal of sense as its graphics processing units are known for how well they can handle AI with the Tesla V100 being used for deep learning and the Quadro GV100 creating realistic images in real time using ray tracing.

Nvidia EGX

One of the best aspects of Nvidia's new EGX platform is the fact that it is scalable and can be used in a number of configurations. 

For instance, EGX starts with the tiny Nvidia Jetson Nano which can provide one-half trillion operations per second (TOPS) with just a few watts for tasks such as image recognition and spans all the way to a rack of Nvidia T4 servers to deliver over 10,000 TOPS for real-time speech recognition and other real-time AI tasks.

Vice president and general manager of Enterprise and Edge Computing at Nvidia, Bob Pette explained how the EGX platform was designed to meet the needs of enterprise customers in a press release, saying:

“Enterprises demand more powerful computing at the edge to process their oceans of raw data — streaming in from countless interactions with customers and facilities — to make rapid, AI-enhanced decisions that can drive their business. A scalable platform like NVIDIA EGX allows them to easily deploy systems to meet their needs on premises, in the cloud or both.” 

The platform also integrates security, storage and networking technologies from Mellanox which Nvidia plans to acquire by the end of the year.

Nvidia is working with 13 different server manufacturers to sell its EGX platform including Cisco, Dell-EMC, HPE, Lenovo and others. EGX is also compatible with AI applications running on AWS and Microsoft Azure and the platform can even connect to IoT services from both providers.

Via Silicon Angle

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Here's what iOS 13 Dark Mode reportedly looks like

Latest Tech News - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 15:23

Ready to tone down your iPhone and iPad brightness with the iOS 13 beta update next week? That's exactly what Dark Mode will do, according to the latest Apple leak.

The first screenshot of iOS 13 Dark Mode has surfaced on 9to5Mac, and it shows a black theme where we once saw an all-white background for the Apple Music UI. The switch to Dark Mode should be as simple as tapping a button in Control Center.

(Image credit: 9to5Mac)

Inverting current white and light gray color schemes to black and dark gray is going to be easier on your eyes, especially at night, and it also has the potential to save battery life on OLED-equipped iPhone screens like the iPhone XS Max that can essentially turn pixels off when display true black.

Two additional iOS 13 Dark Mode are shown flanking the Apple Music screenshot in this same leak. Both have subtler differences: the home screen has a darkened app dock outline and the screenshot UI is smokey gray instead of a very light gray color.

(Image credit: 9to5Mac)

iOS 13 changes reminders, Find My iPhone

We're also getting our first look at the new Reminders app and an all-encompassing 'Find My' app that combines Find My iPhone with Find My Friends.

The new iOS 13 Reminders app has a triage system to it with four categories: Today, Scheduled, Flagged and All, and the quartet of options is uniquely color coded. The Reminders app on macOS 10.5 should be getting the same exact treatment.

'Find My' is ready to find everything important to you. In other words your friends and family's location, and your all-important Apple devices. This is the combined version of the Find My iPhone and Find My Friends apps, and it's said to include a big map interface, with separate menu tabs containing devices and peoples' names.

The first iOS 13  beta is expected to launch on Monday, June 3. We'll be in San Jose live blogging about the Apple event and telling you all of the latest Apple software.

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Australian police can now snoop on public Wi-Fi users

Latest Tech News - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 15:07

Connecting to public Wi-Fi always carries certain risks but users who access the internet at McDonald's and Westfield in Australia could be targeted for surveillance by police under the country's new encryption legislation.

According to a briefing by the home affairs department obtained through a freedom of information request, police can use new powers to compel device manufacturers, telecoms, social media companies, retailers and other businesses that give their customers free Wi-Fi to provide information on users.

When it passed through the Australian parliament in December, the Telecommunications Access and Assistance Act raised a number of red flags due to the high number of offenses with a  prison sentence of three years.

At the time, the tech sector warned that the law would harm Australian companies but due to the re-election of the Morrison government, the law will remain unchanged at least for this term of parliament.

Telecommunications Access and Assistance Act

Under the new law, law enforcement agencies will have the power to compel cooperation from “designated communications providers” but in reality “any Australian retailer who offers a mobile phone application for online shopping or offers an application for mobile viewing” could be required to assist in police spying.

The briefing also provided several examples of the type of assistance authorities can lawfully require such as having a social media company help to automate the creation of fake accounts, a mobile carrier increasing a user's data allowance so surveillance methods don't eat up all of their data, forcing a device to send messages as an unecrypted SMS and a data center providing access to a customer's server rack to install a surveillance device.

Chief executive at the Communications Alliance John Stanton explained how the new law could force service providers to compromise their own networks, saying:

“One of the more concerning examples is the installation of software on to a network that’s been developed by agencies. The service provider isn’t necessarily going to know what that software is capable of doing, and what risks it presents to the security of its network and its customers.”

The new legislation does prohibit government agencies from requiring for backdoors to be built into products but they could still get around this by targeting flaws that have already been discovered which would grant them access.

  • We've also highlighted the best VPN so that you can stay protected while using public Wi-Fi

Via The Guardian

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The Byton M-Byte isn't just a car – it's a 'smart device on wheels'

Latest Tech News - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 14:05

"We called it a ‘smart EV’, and that was really the vision that we had – to build a kind of digital living space," Dr Daniel Kirchert, CEO of electric car startup Byton, tells TechRadar at GreenTech Festival in Berlin. "A smart device on wheels."

Byton whipped the wraps off its first model, the M-Byte at CES 2018. The M-Byte is a premium vehicle, the crowning glory of which is an enormous 4K screen that spreads across the full width of the dashboard, eliminating the need for conventional instruments and dials.

With the finished vehicle now tantalizingly close to release (the first production M-Bytes are due to arrive with their proud owners at the end of 2019), we were keen to learn more about the company's progress so far, and its vision for the future of driving.

Byton CEO Daniel Kirchert at GreenTech Festival (Image credit: Byton)

"Byton was founded three years ago with a very small team," Kirchert says, sitting beside us in an M-Byte concept vehicle at Byton's booth on the show floor. 

"The main team members joined from BMW – they left BMW to found their own company. And the big opportunity was to found a company on a white piece of paper – to say ‘what do we need to do? Where do we need to go to find our talents?’ To have the perfect setup for an automotive company, not only for building and selling cars, but also for making money with digital services, with app mobility, peer-to-peer sharing opportunities and so on. A bigger approach.

"Then we started with the initial investment, and the idea was to create a global company. So we have our concept and design studio in Munich, Germany, we have our R&D center in Santa Clara, California, and we are building our manufacturing plant in Nanjing, China. It’s almost finished. We have a prototype lab there (they produce our prototypes for testing) and the production factory will be finished in a couple of weeks."

Giving back your time

The show-stealing 48-inch screen isn't the only display in the M-Byte. There's also a touchscreen in the center of the steering wheel, plus one for each of the rear passengers.

These are coupled with cameras equipped with facial recognition, which will identify you as you settle in, and load your personal profile from Byton's own cloud servers, adjusting seat position and screen content to suit you. There's also voice control, which Kirchert says will make the whole driving experience much more smart and relaxed.

The M-Byte's crowning glory is its 'coast-to-coast' screen (Image credit: Byton)

"If you think about a lot of people in their premium cars taking out their smartphone to do navigation and putting it here" Kirchert says, gesturing to the futuristic dash, "there’s really a gap in what current cars can offer."

There'll be no such phone-fiddling with the M-Byte. Instead, the curved display can show a huge high-resolution map for simple navigation, with the car's software offering recommendations for things to do and places to eat, based on what it's learned about your preferences.

"And of course it will also be ready for autonomous," says Kirchert. The production cars will all have the necessary hardware for Level-3 autonomy, with software upgrades scheduled for a gradual rollout. Level-4 autonomy is on the cards too, but will take a little more time.

"So when we have, for example, highway driving, which is definitely already the standard of the technology in this car, then you would be able to do something on that screen like working, making video calls, or something like that. And that’s ultimately what this is – this is a car ready for the age of autonomous and shared mobility."

The M-Byte will feature facial recognition for driver and passenger profiles (Image credit: Byton)

So what does that mean for tomorrow's drivers? Will the car still be a means of transport, or will it become something else in 20 years' time, filling a different role in our lives?

"I think there will still be a kind of mobility, just A to B," says Kirchert, "but if you think about it, most people are commuting every day, maybe one to two hours per day, it’s really down-time, especially if you’re driving. It’s really lost time in your life, and it’s very meaningful actually to say we want to give back that time.

"We want to make the car a digital space and allow you to do what you want, and by autonomous technology, but also by having a complete new user experience."

Membership, not ownership

These time-saving features won't just be available to M-Byte owners – in keeping with GreenTech's motto 'celebrate change', the car is also a prime candidate for vehicle-sharing, which will help reduce the number of vehicles on the road.

"A privately owned vehicle on average is standing 95% of the time, only moving 5%, so it’s a big waste in that sense," says Kirchert. "Especially the young generation in the big cities around the whole world – they care less about owning a car, but they want to use a car.

The M-Byte undergoes cold weather testing (Image credit: Byton)

"But the experience in the car will still be quite important from my point of view. That’s also why we designed this car not just as an individual car, but also as a shared car. [...] So you can imagine you don’t need to be a Byton owner, but you can be a Byton member.

"Via your smartphone, you can go wherever around the world, open a car, get in, get recognized by the face, your personal profile is downloaded – it will feel like your own car. It is a personalized experience."

We won't be seeing the car on the show floor at CES Asia next month. Instead, the company will be gearing up for the M-Byte's world premiere, where it will announce the car's pricing, plus a lot of product information. "We will also launch our next generation app," says Kirchert. "In the app you will be able to experience the product, order the product [and] make the down-payment."

The company has already received around 55,000 reservations based on the concept car alone, so it seems the 'smart device on wheels' is an idea that people are really willing to invest in. It'll be interesting to see if automakers more widely follow suit (even if their screens are more modestly sized).

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Nvidia's pro-grade Quadro RTX graphics are coming to laptops

Latest Tech News - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 12:49

Computex 2019 has shown that mobile workstations are going to get a lot more powerful when it comes to graphical workloads. That's because the latest professional graphics processors (GPUs) from Nvidia are finally coming to notebooks. 

These new mobile workstations – some of which are consumer laptops freshly outfitted with this work-ready gear– will include Nvidia's Quadro RTX GPUs built on the Turing architecture.

Many of the laptops that will come out with this high-end hardware will have all the horsepower of even the best gaming laptops, and then some. Many will boast the latest Intel Core i9 processors (CPUs), for incredibly strong processing power to go alongside the solid graphical power.

While several of Nvidia's Quadro GPUs will appear in the new mobile workstations, the powerful Quadro RTX 5000 seems to be chief among them. This GPU will power many of the new laptops under Nvidia's RTX Studio moniker.

Who's making them?

The new mobile Quadro RTX graphics cards will come to workstations from many of the big names in laptops.

Acer is launching the ConceptD 7 notebook that will be powered by a Quadro RTX 5000 GPU. This is part of Acer's new Concept D 'prosumer' family of products, with refined designs, serious specs and steep prices.

There will also be Razer Blade Studio Edition laptops, which will include an upgraded Razer Blade 15 and Razer Blade Pro 17. The new laptops will each feature a Mercury White anodized aluminum finish, 32GB of RAM, 1TB of NVMe storage and Quadro RTX 5000 GPUs paired with Nvidia's new Studio drivers – firmware designed to support graphics-intensive workloads.

MSI also has a line of Quadro RTX-packed laptops coming. These include models will live in the existing WS and WE series as well as a new WP series. They'll be badged by Nvidia's RTX Studio label. MSI will start the series with the WS65, WS75, WE75 and WP65 laptops.

In addition to these, HP's Z workstation will add the Quadro RTX GPU, and models will also come from Dell, Asus and Lenovo.

Check out all of TechRadar's Computex 2019 coverage. We're live in Taipei to bring you all the breaking computing news and launches, plus hands-on reviews of everything from fresh laptops and desktops to powerful new components and wild overclocking demonstrations.

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China is dropping Windows from its military devices

Latest Tech News - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 12:47

As tensions between the US and China grow due to an escalating trade war, the Chinese military has decided to stop using Microsoft Windows in favor of its own custom operating system.

The decision was revealed in a recent issue of the Canadian military magazine Kanwa Asian Defence which reported that Chinese military officials will not be using Linux as their new OS but will develop their own custom operating system for improved security.

As a result of Edward Snowden and other big leaks, the Chinese government knows full well what the US is capable of when it comes to hacking devices running Windows, Mac and Linux.

This is why China's government plans to adopt a “security by obscurity” approach by using its own custom OS which will make it more difficult for the US and other foreign threat actors to spy on Chinese military operations.

Security by obscurity

According to the Epoch Times, a newly formed “Internet Security Information Leadership Group” will be tasked with developing the new OS and rolling it out to devices that had previously run Windows.

The new group will answer directly to the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) so that it is separate from the rest of China's military. The United States Cyber Command operates in a similar way as a separate entity in the US Department of Defense.

The Internet Security Information Leadership Group also believes that the German-developed programmable logic controller (PLC) used in 70 percent of China's industrial control systems today poses a huge risk to the country's national security.

For this reason, Chinese authorities have laid out plans to upgrade the country's network to become more advanced in cyber technology.

Via Epoch Times

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Samsung's bargain A series is showing up the market with its incredibly affordable deals

Latest Tech News - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 12:46

In a world where the best mobile phone deals cost a small fortune, we always welcome new entries to the market that offer something both affordable and spec-heavy. With Samsung's latest A series, you get exactly that.

Samsung's latest collection of 'A' devices - the Samsung Galaxy A40, Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A70 - all landed with pricing you would expect for budget devices while maintaining Samsung's usual level of quality.

But as if they weren't already competitively priced, iD Mobile - a Carphone Warehouse-owned retailer and network - has brought forward some deals so cheap they make the rest of the market look like a pricing error.

The even better news? These offers from iD are completely exclusive to TechRadar readers. That means you can revel in impressively low monthly bills while boasting about it too. And you can even knock an extra tenner of the upfront price by entering the voucher code IDMOFF10 at the checkout.

You can see all of these offers below or check out our guide to the best Samsung phone deals to see just how much you're saving here.

  • Want to see the competition? Check out our guide to the best iPhone deals

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New Death Stranding trailer to drop on May 29

Latest Tech News - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 12:35

Sony may not be attending E3 2019, but that doesn't mean we won't be getting any news on upcoming Sony exclusives anytime soon. 

In fact, following a series of cryptic tweets from Hideo Kojima, Kojima Productions has confirmed that a brand new Death Stranding trailer will drop on May 29. 

Check out the tweet below:

If that's not enough, there are also rumors that Sony will drop a new trailer for The Last of Us: Part 2

These rumors come via reports from two Spanish websites, Gamereactor and Legion De Jugadores (via GamesRadar), which state a new trailer will be released alongside details of the release date.   

No E3, no problem

The Last of Us: Part 2 (Image credit: Naughty Dog)

Rumors that Sony will drop a new Last of Us 2 trailer alongside the Death Stranding trailer should be taken with a pinch of salt, but it's not totally out of the question. Last month, a poster on Resetera suggested that we would be seeing more of The Last of Us: Part 2 before E3 2019

Regardless of whether the rumors of a new Last of Us 2 trailer are true, we definitely know that we will get to see more of Kojima's Death Stranding. Let's just hope this trailer sheds some more light on what the game is actually about, as wells as when we can expect it to be released.

Sony has not officially revealed what time we should expect these trailers to drop, but we'll be keeping you updated with all the latest news on both titles.

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Specs and images of Panasonic's upcoming 10-25mm f/1.7 lens leaked

Latest Tech News - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 12:10

Panasonic has made no secret of the fact that it's launching a new 10-25mm f/1.7 lens for its G-series cameras, and that news will have no doubt provided some relief to existing G-series users in light of the arrival of the newer S1 and S1R bodies.

However, the company has only officially confirmed a few details of the new optic, and has only gone as far as showing it off at a handful of events – but a leaked spec sheet and press shots that have emerged tell us more.

Japanese camera-leaking website Nokishita spotted that US retailer Focus Cameras had published specs on its website before hastily removing them:

  • Aperture range: f/1.7-16
  • Lens configuration: 17 pieces in 12 groups (including 3 aspheric lenses, 4 ED lenses, 1 UHR lens)
  • Minimum shooting distance: 0.28m
  • Maximum shooting magnification: 0.14x (0.28 times 35mm conversion)
  • Aperture blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm)
  • Filter diameter: 77mm
  • Diameter and length: 87.6 x 128 mm
  • Weight: approx. 690g

Other details include a stepless 'de-clicked' aperture ring, and a dust-proof and drip-proof construction with freeze protection down to -10C. 

The lens was listed on the retailer's website with a price tag of $1,797.99, which works out to around AU$2,560 in Australia and £1,400 in the UK, although there's no guarantee that prices won't be higher or lower in specific territories. 

With holding pages for the lens now also appearing on other retailers' sites, it seems it won't be long until Panasonic makes the 10-25mm f/1.7 official. 

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Apple AirPods 2 release date, news and rumors

Latest Tech News - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 11:56

Whatever happened to the AirPods 2? After waiting months for the newly announced AirPods model to finally land, what we actually got was a small tweak on the previous iteration, leaving us hanging for a true Apple AirPods 2 release date to be revealed, rather than the stepping stone product we were given.

And while the new AirPods (2019) do sport some cool new features like the ability to charge wirelessly, they aren't quite the all-out AirPods 2 upgrade we were hoping for. 

The good news is that the next-generation of Apple AirPods could be right around the corner. We've heard rumors about waterproof, noise-canceling earbuds for nearly a year at this point and now analysts are saying that they'll arrive by the end of the year or, at the very latest, early on in 2020.

In fact, the a 2018 report from TF International Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that we could be getting two more headphones between 2018 and 2020 – an updated version of the original Apple AirPods (check) and the brand new AirPods 2. 

Now that Apple has released an brand new iPod touch (7th Generation) in anticipation of Apple Arcade this autumn (September - November 2019), it's possible that the company will launch the AirPods 2 around the same time. 

We also have Apple's WWDC 2019 keynote fast approaching on June 3, but it feels a little too soon for Cook and co. to announce the new AirPods 2 – after all, the updated AirPods (2019) only came out two short months ago. And realistically, the same could be said for a late 2019 release.

So, with everything pointing to a 2020 release, what do we actually hope to see in the AirPods 2, and how will they improve on Apple's bestselling true wireless earbuds?

Apple AirPods 2: Cut to the chase
  • What are they? The long-awaited AirPods 2 (not to be confused with the recently updated AirPods (2019) true-wireless earbuds.)
  • When are they out? Our best guess is early 2020, but nobody knows for sure.
  • How much will they cost? Probably similar to the AirPods (2019), which start at $159 (£159/AU$249) – though they could jump to $199.
Apple AirPods 2: release date

Now that Apple has released an updated 2019 version of the original AirPods, we're not expecting the AirPods 2 to be coming out any time soon. 

Back in 2018, tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that the an improved pair of the true wireless buds with support for wireless charging would arrive in 2019, to be followed by a major upgrade in 2020, with an all-new design. 

So, could these be the AirPods 2 we've been waiting for? So far, Kuo's predictions have been pretty accurate, right down to the AirPods 2019 connectivity upgrade, so we're betting on an early 2020 release for the AirPods 2. 

It's possible that we'll see them even sooner, to coincide with the company's new gaming service, Apple Arcade, which is coming this Fall (between September and November 2019). However, we think it's possibly too soon after the released of the upgraded AirPods (2019). 

We originally expected the upgraded 2019 AirPods to be significantly different from their predecessors thanks to trademark and Bluetooth SIG filings, but we now know that's not the case. 

That doesn't mean we won't ever see these features, however. We wouldn't be surprised if Apple was saving features like biometric sensors, new color schemes, and waterproofing for the AirPods 2.

Before we go into the features we're expecting from the AirPods 2 in 2020, let's take a look at what's new with the current AirPods:

The original Apple AirPods and the AirPods (2019) (Image credit: Apple)

AirPods 2 price and availability

Our best guess is that the AirPods 2 will be priced similarly to the current AirPods, which cost $159 / £159 / AU$249 / AED679 with the standard charging case, and $199 / £199 / AU$319 / AED829 with the new Wireless Charging Case bundled in. 

It's possible that the AirPods 2 will be more expensive than their predecessors, but we'd be very surprised if they exceed $200. 

The final price will likely come down to the features that the new AirPods 2 sport. Before we go into the features we're expecting from the AirPods 2 in 2020, let's take a look at what's new with the current AirPods...

What's new with the AirPods (2019)?

Apple hasn't changed much in terms of design in it's latest update to the AirPods – instead, the next-gen improvements seem to be largely under the hood.

Inside the buds there is a newly-designed H1 chip which Apple has built specifically for the headphones. It improves connectivity pairing times, the efficiency of the battery life, and allows for hands-free "Hey Siri" functionality.

New for the AirPods 2019 is the wireless charging case for the earbuds, which means you can use Qi-compatible charging mats to power the case without having to stick a cable in. 

As for sound quality, the 2019 upgraded AirPods are no different from the ones you could get in 2016. 

AirPods (2019) (Image credit: Apple)

Apple AirPods 2: rumors

Previous trademark filings suggest that the second generation AirPods would be a health and fitness device, in addition to being a pair of true wireless earbuds. Now we know that the updated AirPods don't have these features, we think we will see them in the AirPods 2 in 2020. 

Back in July 2018 Apple filed a patent for biometric sensors which would allow the AirPods 2 to take on fitness tracking capabilities like those seen in the Jabra Elite Wireless. This followed another patent filed in March, which further fueled the rumors.

We also heard separately that the AirPods 2 would come in black and white, be both waterproof and offer active noise-cancellation. Another patent from July suggested that Apple was working on some pretty nifty tech for how the earbuds handle outside noise as well as dissipating pressure from inside the ear canal. 

The patent outlined a valve system that would allow sound to escape your ear canal to avoid that weird reverberating effect that occurs when you speak with earbuds in your ears. 

It then goes on to describe how the earbuds would handle ambient noise, using a microphone to filter in noise from the outside world so that you can remain aware of your surroundings while still hearing your music.

One rumor that did prove to be accurate however was wireless charging and Bluetooth 5.0 - but instead of being an improved thanks to an updated W2 chip, Apple has designed a brand new H1 chip, which is made for headphones specifically.

Image credit: Apple

Apple AirPods 2: what we want to see

Noise-cancelation

Only a couple of years ago, companies were struggling just to get true wireless earbuds working, but now the goalposts have already shifted to packing more and more functionality into their shells. 

The Sony WF-1000X manage to include noise-cancelation technology inside their diminutive shells, and we were hoping see similar functionality make it to the second generation of AirPods. 

Apple’s fancy ambient noise technology outlined above suggested the company is thinking along these lines, and as it didn't make the cut for the 2019 upgrade, we're expecting to see noise-cancelation in the AirPods 2.

The Sony WF-1000X feature noise-cancellation technology (Image credit: Sony)

More physical controls

Apple isn’t much of a fan of buttons, but there are some cases where they save you a lot of time and effort, and headphones are one of these instances. 

On-board controls have become an almost essential feature in headphones in recent years, allowing us to control music playback and volume without having to struggle to get our phones out of our pockets. 

Now the 2016 AirPods did allow you to control music in a sense, but they relied entirely on Siri, Apple’s voice assistant. 

New to the 2019 upgraded AirPods is the ability to double tap the right earbud to start your music up if it’s paused or skip to the next track if you’re currently playing a track...and that's it. 

We'd like to see the AirPods 2 take this further, allowing you to skip backwards and forwards more easily. What would be really great, would be to put those long stems to use and add in some swipe volume controls. 

The B&O Beoplay E8 feature touch-sensitive controls to allow you to control your music (Image credit: TechRadar)

Changeable ear tips

Apple likes to rely wholly on sleek white plastic, but we aren’t a fan of the lack of rubber tips on the AirPods, especially when there’s no cable to catch them if they fall.

We want any true wireless earbuds to feel nice and secure in the ears, and including a number of changeable ear tips so we can select those that perfectly fit our ears would be the ideal way of achieving this. 

One individual in the TechRadar office even went to the length of fixing some rubber tips from an alternative pair of headphones onto their AirPods to make them feel more secure. 

We weren't expecting Apple to change it's rather rigid design aesthetic with the 2019 update, but here's hoping it will for the AirPods 2. 

Better Android pairing

Given that Apple likes to ensure all its products are designed to work as a family this has little chance of happening, but we’d love to see the AirPods play slightly nicer with Android phones. 

On iPhones, pairing is a dream. You simply hold the AirPods near your phone and they connect more or less automatically. 

However with Android the process is a lot more complicated and involving jumping into settings menus to select the AirPods manually. We’d love to see Apple simplify this process for the AirPods 2, though we're not holding our breath.

Beats'Solo 3 Wireless come in a number of flashy colors other than white (Image Credit: Beats)

Different designs and colors 

We get it, Apple likes white things. But in an era where iPhones and iPads are available in a range of different colors we’d love to see this same courtesy extended to the AirPods. 

We just want our headphones to match our phone and our Apple Watch; is that so much to ask?

Although Apple has experimented with different colors for its various devices, its earbuds have always stayed the same iconic white. Still, the AirPods 2 are rumored to be coming in a second black option as well. 

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Investment Week website suffers data leak

Latest Tech News - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 11:18

Thousands of readers of a major UK financial news sites may have had their personal data leaked after the site suffered a major data breach.

As many as 330,000 financial buffs may have had their details revealed after the Investment Week website was found to be failing to protect user details securely.

The information, apparently held in unprotected records, included sensitive personal information such as full names, email addresses, and other subscription details, including business addresses - which given the theme of the publication, could include some of the UK's top firms.

Breach

The database also included unencrypted user passwords, which could have been cracked if subject to a brute-force attack.

The breach was discovered on April 4th, but more information was detected this week on a Reddit thread uncovered by anonymous security researchers.

Incisive Media, the publisher of Investment Week, released a statement on April 29th saying it was "sorry" to inform readers of a "potential breach of security that may have resulted in the unauthorised disclosure of your login details to our websites".

"Incisive Media take data security and protection very seriously," the company added, noting that it had informed the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) of the breach.

However the researchers who discovered the threats did not immediately hear back from Incisive, meaning it may have breached the 72-hour disclosure window demanded by GDPR.

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Leica Q2: 10 things we've learnt from our tests

Latest Tech News - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 10:47

Full-frame sensors don't just exist in DSLRs and mirrorless cameras – you can buy compact cameras with these nestled inside them too. 

True, there aren't many such cameras, and they're fairly niche, but their more targeted audience means that when a manufacturer does release one it will probably be something special.

The latest addition to this exclusive club is the Leica Q2, a camera whose handsomeness is difficult to argue with, build hard to fault… and price tag difficult to swallow. It packs a 47.3MP full-frame sensor and a fixed 28mm f/1.7 lens inside a body the size of an entry-level mirrorless camera, with the further advantage of a built-in electronic viewfinder and even 4K video.

That's what it offers – but what's it like to use? And what else might you need to know that might not be obvious from the spec sheet? From the good to the bad, here's a quick look at what we've found so far.

1. Minimal design hides lots of features

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Like most of Leica's cameras, the Q2 is pretty minimal in terms of physical controls. Most manufacturers like to flood their cameras with with all kinds of customizable buttons and switches, but here things are kept simple – although if you think that means there's less to control, you'd be wrong. 

For example, there's only one physical Fn button that lets you assign a function of your choice, a control that's usually included in abundance on other cameras, and if you press it down once it simply brings up either the default option or one you've selected; but if you press and hold it down you get a whole menu of other options.

Similarly, there's no movie function engraved onto any dial or button, but if you press the unmarked central button on the menu pad the camera immediately crops to a 16:9 ratio, and brings up a dot that lights up when you start recording footage. 

There also appears to be no eye sensor that switches between showing you the scene on the LCD and in the viewfinder, until you realize that this is actually hidden next to the latter. Little things like this make you appreciate how well Leica has managed to balance high functionality with minimal design.

2. It's rare in offering a genuinely silent shutter

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DSLRs can be fairly noisy when they take an image, and even many mirrorless cameras that claim to offer silent shutters still emit a slight but audible click as the image is captured. 

In some cases this can be noticeable enough for it to be more accurately described as 'very, very quiet' rather than silent, but the Q2 is genuinely silent. You wouldn't actually know an image was being taken unless you're watching the camera, which makes it perfect for situations where discretion is essential. 

3. Detail is exceptional for a camera this small

There aren't many cameras that can deliver 47.3MP images from a full-frame sensor in a body this small – in fact, outside of the Leica Q2, there aren't any. The closest you'll get is the Sony RX1R II, a three-year-old compact that's a little more portable but which has much the same idea as the Leica Q2, with a slightly lower-resolution 42MP sensor.

Not that 5MP is going to make much difference, but images from the camera show the Q2 is capable of capturing masses of detail right across the frame. Even when you're using the lens at its widest aperture, where we normally see softness, sharpness is excellent. If you need image quality that will rival the best DSLRs and mirrorless cameras right now in terms of sheer detail, you'd be hard pressed to find it on any other compact camera.

4. Looks great… handling, less so

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Leica's cameras are unquestionably handsome, and the Q2 makes no attempt to break with that tradition. But with no grip, it also suffers the same fate as the Sony RX100 series and many other cameras designed in the same way: namely that there's nothing really to get hold of around the front.

Unless, that is, you mount an external grip, which Leica will happily sell you. This screws into the base plate, and gives you a good bit of extra camera to wrap your hand around, although being a Leica grip means you'll have to pay around £110 / $125 for the privilege.

5. The viewfinder is better than expected

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Lots of people still prefer an optical viewfinder on their cameras to an electronic one, and in some cases they can be easier to use. But it's pointless to deny just how good some of today's electronic viewfinders can be – and the one on the Q2 is pretty damn good.

It's huge, bright and has 3.69 million dots to play with, so it shows excellent detail. It's particularly nice to use when you're manually focusing the lens, as it magnifies right into the scene, and shows you exactly where you're focusing with the assistance of colored highlights.

The menus look nice and crisp and the eye point is really good too, which means you can have the camera slightly away from you and still see everything inside in its entirety. It's pretty much what you want an electronic viewfinder to be.

6. You get four lenses in one

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Well, kind of. 

Although the camera is only equipped with a 28mm lens that you can't change, the Q2 is the latest model of its kind to offer an additional cropping option that improves its flexibility for subjects you might not normally capture with a such a wide lens.

Pressing a small unmarked button on the back of the camera brings up a box on the screen that correlates with a focal length of 35mm (above). So, as long as you frame up your shot within this box, the resulting image will appear as though it were taken with a 35mm lens. 

Press this button again and it jumps to 50mm, and press it once more and you get a 75mm box, and each time the camera simply drops the resolution so that you get a slightly smaller image size as you increase the focal length. The fact that it normally takes images at 47MP means that even when you're at 75mm you still end up with a 7MP file – plenty large enough for sharing online or printing to modest sizes.

7. The average entry-level DSLR has better battery life

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This is admittedly the Achilles' heel of compact cameras, but 350 frames per charge is what CIPA – the association that tests these things – reckons you can get from a single charge of the Q2's battery. In practice, you're likely to get a little more than that, but it still pales in comparison to even the cheapest DSLRs.

Canon's EOS Rebel SL3 / EOS 250D, for example, is rated for 1,070 shots per charge, while Nikon's D3500 offers 1,550 shots per charge – and both can currently be picked up for fraction of the cost of a Q2. 

There are good reasons for this disparity – that big and bright electronic viewfinder for a start, while the fact that there's no USB port on the body also means you can't top the battery up conveniently when you're out shooting. So you better pack that charger. 

8. Not the best for videographers 

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Given that even many cheap smartphones are capable of recording 4K video, manufacturers release cameras without this feature at their peril in today's market. It will always get picked up on, and it only ages your camera faster.

Fortunately, the Q2 arrives with not just 4K video but 4K video in both UHD (3840 x 2160) and DCI (4096 x 2160) flavors, which is pretty impressive when you consider that most cameras will only offer the former. You can even record Full HD video to 120fps for smooth slow-motion footage.

Even so – and despite the optical prowess of the lens, the wide aperture and so on – if you want to take video recording seriously you may be better off with something else. You get limited control compared to the current generation of mirrorless cameras and DSLRs, and the lack of microphone or headphones is a turn off (although not necessarily an issue if you're recording to a separate device).

9. Lovely bokeh

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Bokeh is something of an obsession for many photographers. The term derives from the Japanese for 'fuzzy' or 'blurred', and it relates to how good the defocused areas in an image look, particularly small points of light, which we'd ideally want to be nice and round.

Although it's something we tend to associate more with portraiture, and lenses with a longer focal length, the wide aperture of the lens here makes it easy to capture images with a shallow depth of field and blurred backgrounds. And the Q2 does really well to create nicely rounded bokeh – it's not always perfectly smooth when you're viewing images at their full size in Photoshop, but very pleasing nonetheless. 

10. The lens is super sharp – but not flawless

Leica is renowned for the quality of its optics, and the lens on the Q2 is sharp enough to do the 47.3MP sensor justice. Even when you're shooting images at the widest f/1.7 aperture, where you tend to find a little softness with most lenses, the camera is capable of recording a superb level of detail.

There's a tiny bit of room for improvement though. The corners of the image hold up better when you use narrower apertures (higher f-numbers) – they're not quite as tack-sharp at wide apertures. 

Also, when you look at raw files you can see some noticeable distortion that makes straight lines and edges a little bendy. That said, if you open up your raw files in Photoshop you'll probably not notice this, as these files have corrections automatically applied to them to iron the worst out. 

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OLED vs QLED: the battle of the TV tech titans

Latest Tech News - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 08:17

OLED vs QLED may just be the TV rivalry of our time. And like the plasma vs LCD rivalry before it, the question on everyone's lips is which panel technology will come out on top.

Both technologies seem to have surprised the wider TV market. Despite the expensive and troubled manufacturing of organic LED panels, OLED has rapidly grown in prominence, thanks to support from the likes of LG, Panasonic, Sony, and Hisense. 

QLED TV on the other hand came out of nowhere in 2017 – technically as a rebrand of Samsung's SUHD television range – but now make up a huge proportion of Samsung's televisions.

But is QLED tech the very peak of current TV technology, as many people would claim, or does it just get more of an advertising push? Is the rival OLED technology – supported by almost all other TV brands – actually the real deal? 

If you hate acronyms and don't know how to start choosing between them, this is what you need to know about both QLED and OLED TV technologies – what they are, how they differ, and which brands support them. 

Sony A1E OLED (Image Credit: Sony)

What is OLED?

The battle between QLED and OLED is best summarised in one sentence: QLED is a mis-termed tweak of existing LCD technology, while OLED is a completely different technology. 

The key phrase here is 'self-emissive'. OLED – which stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode – uses a carbon-based film between two conductors that emits its own light when an electric current is passed through.

Since the pixels themselves are producing the light, when they need to be black they get switched off completely. That means no chunky LCD backlight, remarkably realistic blacks, so-called 'infinite' contrast, lightning-quick refresh rates and a muted brightness ideal for movies – if dim by LED standards. Watching an OLED TV for the first time will give you that rare feeling of having just witnessed something really very special. 

OLED has been stuck at only a few TV sizes for the past few years – given the smaller scale of its manufacturing compared to LED – though LG has now expanded to a 88-inch LG 8K OLED and is planning to develop 48-inch panels to give viewers a wider choice of OLED sizes.

  • OLED TV: check out our full guide to the panel technology

Sony has also embraced OLED.

What is QLED?

QLED isn't a new TV technology as much as it is a rebrand. Until last year Samsung called its flagship TVs SUHD, but that didn't fly, so it's now called them QLED. Yes, it sounds very, very similar to OLED, which suggests either a decision to muddy the minds of the TV buying public, or an inferiority complex. Or both. In fact, QLED – which stands for Quantum-dot Light Emitting Diode – is very different to OLED.

The weirdest thing is that QLED TVs are not QLED TVs. A QLED TV should be just like an OLED TV in having a panel that's self-emissive, so that it can switch individual pixels on and off. Samsung's QLED TVs can't do that, and in fact just put a quantum dot colour filter in front of an LCD backlight. It's premature to call them QLED, and they should really be called QLCD-LEDs. Thankfully, not even the acronym-riddled TV industry could live with that. 

The inorganic quantum dot light-emitting diodes in a QLED panel do not emit their own light, but instead are illuminated by a backlight, just like any LCD TV. That's why they're not as thin as OLED TVs. 

So, really, it's not a next-gen display technology at all, just a tweak to LCD TV tech. However, that doesn't mean it's not impressive – it really is very good. 

Samsung barrels into 2019 with the Q90 QLED (Image Credit: Samsung)

Which brands support OLED & QLED?

The battle between OLED and QLED is a story about branding, and it's also about a South Korean rivalry. Every single OLED panel found inside every single OLED TV is made by LG Displays, and every single QLED panel is made by Samsung. 

Team OLED: 

Most TV brands are lining-up behind OLED, believing it to be the superior technology for picture quality. It's hard to disagree, but despite LG, Sony, Panasonic, TP-Vision (under the Philips brand in the UK), Loewe, Bang & Olufsen, Skyworth, and ChangHong all now selling OLED TVs, they do tend to be very expensive. The maker LG Display just can't produce enough OLED panels fast enough to bring them in at a lower cost, which is making OLED TVs seem like a top-tier premium TV technology only. 

Team QLED: 

Samsung abandoned its efforts to make OLED TVs in 2014 due to low production yields, and only started talking about QLED again back in 2017. It's now trying to popularize the technology by getting other companies involved. 

Though the brands behind QLED are fewer, they're quickly getting unionised. Samsung, Hisense and TCL banded together under the QLED Alliance back in 2017, in order to advance QLED development – and shift more QLED sets in the world's biggest TV market, China.

Panasonic has four new OLED models for 2019, including the GZ950 / GZ1000 (Image Credit: TechRadar)

Should I buy a QLED TV or an OLED TV? 

If you're after a high-end 55-inch TV, buy an OLED TV, since both technologies are the same price at that size. However, if you have something else on your mind – a smaller screen size and/or smaller budget to play with – it's more complicated that that. 

Since LG Displays makes all OLEDs and Samsung all QLEDs, you might think that it's possible to draw grand conclusions about which tech is better with – for example – games, and which is better with movies. That's not the case. As with all consumer electronics products, it depends on (a) how much you spend, and (b) which brand you opt for. 

Samsung's flagship QLED is the Samsung Q900R 8K QLED TV, while the LG E8 OLED best extol's OLED's virtues. Check out our reviews of these two sets if you want to see the best both technologies have to offer. 

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The future for OLED & 'true' QLED

If you are after the very best in picture quality, the advice is simple; buy an OLED TV. However, it's a close run thing, and besides, that situation may not last for long because so-called QLED TVs may soon ditch the LCD backlight to actually become QLED technology proper... and therefore catch-up with OLED. Cue 'true' QLED. 

"True QLED sets are self-emissive, as with OLED sets, and are not yet in the market, but are anticipated to be so in the coming years," says David Tett, Market Analyst at Futuresource Consulting. "When it is released it is expected to provide the strongest challenge to OLED yet, as it brings many of the same benefits as OLED, with few potential drawbacks." 

So-called 'true' QLED TVs that are self-emitting were rumored to be incoming from Samsung in 2020, if not later. As well as being self-emissive – so as capable as OLED TVs at switching pixels on and off individually – 'true' QLED TVs should retain their brightness advantage. Samsung could even compete with a OLED-QLED hybrid, if recent reports are anything to go by.

If the future is bright for QLED, those behind OLED panels are hoping that one of the technology's native characteristics, flexibility, wins the day. "OLED sets can offer new audio solutions that see the panel vibrate to create sound and could also offer new form factors, both due to their flexible nature of the panel," says Tett. This is nowhere clearer than with LG's incoming rollable OLED, the LG Signature Series OLED R,  which is able to curl up into the television's base.

For now it's OLED that takes the crown for the best – and most expensive – TV tech around, but unless LG Display can massively increase its production rate and create more screen sizes, the immediate future of the mainstream TV could still belong to QLED. 

  • For our top TV recommendations, check out our guide to the best 4K TVs
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Nvidia announces that three new FreeSync monitors are now G-Sync certified

Latest Tech News - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 08:16

Earlier this year, Nvidia made it possible for monitors that use AMD’s rival FreeSync technology to be compatible with its own G-Sync tech, and at Computex 2019, it announced three more FreeSync monitors are now G-Sync compatible.

The new monitors are the 24-inch 120Hz Dell S2419HGF, the 25-inch 144Hz HP 25X and the 27-inch LG 27GL850.

In case you’re wondering, G-Sync and FreeSync are similar technologies that allow monitors to match their refresh rate with the frame rate of a videogame – essentially eliminating screen tearing (an annoying visual glitch that occurs when the game and monitor are out of sync) while also making games feel smoother and more responsive.

Although the two technologies were similar, Nivida was keen to keep them separate – with G-Sync certified monitors having to match a high standard of performance, while only working with Nvidia hardware.

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Getting certified

Nvidia has now allowed certain FreeSync monitors (which are usually a fair bit cheaper than G-Sync monitors) to be certified as G-Sync compatible – but that doesn’t mean the company has relaxed its stringent quality control.

In fact, while Nvidia has tested over 500 potential monitors, only 28 – including the three new monitors announced at Computex – have been deemed worthy.

Nvidia has also released a blog detailing how it tests those monitors, and why some of them failed – including poor image quality, flickering and narrow VRR ranges.

So, while Nvidia has opened up G-Sync, it should still be a mark of quality that ensures you get the very best gaming experience from the monitors that pass certification.

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Xiaomi launches Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro in China

Latest Tech News - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 07:18

After being in the shadows for a long time, Xiaomi finally took wraps off their latest K-series of phones which includes the Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro for now. Dubbed as "Flagship Killer 2.0" by the company, Redmi K20 series packs serious power that can go toe to toe with some of the more premium smartphones in the market right now.

Xiaomi Redmi K20 series price and availability

The Redmi K20 with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage is priced at CNY1,999 while the 128GB storage variant costs CNY2,099. The topmost variant with 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage is priced at CNY2,599

Prices of the four variants of the Redmi K20 Pro starts at CNY2,499 for 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. Further, the 128GB storage variant will cost CNY2,599.

Redmi K20 Pro with 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage is priced at CNY2,799 and it tops out at 256GB which costs CNY2,999.

Xiaomi has launched both the phones in China and it is expected that the K20 series could arrive in India by the end of June. 

Xiaomi Redmi K20 and K20 Pro specifications

The Redmi K20 Pro features a 6.39-inch Full HD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) Super AMOLED screen topped with Gorilla Glass 5. For the first time, Xiaomi's Redmi lineup has a phone with no notch on the front as it makes do with a pop-up mechanism for the front-facing camera. The phone also has a fingerprint sensor that's embedded into the display.

It 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 of storage.

The phone has a triple camera setup on the back consisting of a primary 48MP camera with an f/1.8 aperture, a secondary 13MP ultra-wide angle lens and an 8MP telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom. On the front, there's a 20MP selfie camera that's housed in a motorized pop-up module.

Redmi K20 Pro has a 4,000mAh battery and supports 27W fast charging. Xiaomi claims that the phone can be charged by upto 58% in just a matter of 30 minutes and will be fully charged in 74 minutes tops.

The regular Redmi K20 has the same display and cameras but is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 with an octa-core CPU and Adreno 618 as the GPU. It will be available with 6GB/8GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB/256GB of storage.

Additionally, the Redmi K20 also has a 4,000mAh battery but it supports 18W fast charging, unlike the K20 Pro.

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Forget leather – HP is making laptops out of wood

Latest Tech News - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 07:11

HP is no stranger to making laptops out of unusual materials – such as the leather-bound HP Spectre Folio – and at Computex 2019, the company has revealed its releasing its Envy range of laptops with bodies that are partially made out of wood.

The HP Envy Wood line up will come with a thin layer of wood over their metal bodies, with the palm rest, trackpad and even fingerprint reader having wood designs.

The laptops will come in a choice of wood and color options, including walnut, pale birch and ceramic white birch. HP also promises that the wood will come from sustainable sources.

Can't see the wood for the HPs

According to HP, there will be wooden variants of the 2019 models of the HP Envy 13, HP Envy 17, HP Envy x360 13 and HP Envy x360 15.

HP hasn’t yet revealed the price or specs for the wood-clad laptops – which will release later this year – but they will come with a choice of Intel or AMD processors, will benefit from long battery lives, and will offer a choice of OLED screens for the high-end Envy x360 models.

Some people may think that a wood-covered laptop will simply be an expensive novelty. However, we were very impressed with the Spectre Folio, which gives us confidence that HP has the ability to make an attractive and desirable laptop out of organic material.

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Cricket World Cup 2019 live stream: how to watch every game online from anywhere

Latest Tech News - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 06:46

The 2019 Cricket World Cup is nearly here, with nine of the world's elite cricket-playing countries descending upon the hosts England for the international limited overs cricket tournament. Expect big hitting, athletic fielding and one team left standing by the end on July 14 - you've come to the right place to find out how to live stream every last ball of the Cricket World Cup regardless of where you live.

So what should we expect from the 12th incarnation of Cricket World Cup? Well the hosts England enter the tournament as favourites (according to Betfair at least). Not only have they proved over the years that they should be feared in the unique British conditions, but Eoin Morgan's men come in on fantastic form, too. Their batsmen in particular have set new standards, with Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root all hitting form at the right time.

India have the world's two top ICC ODI ranked batsmen (Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma) and the number one bowler (Jasprit Bumrah) and will naturally be a feared force. But perhaps most attention will be on reigning champions Australia, as they welcome back suspended duo Steve Smith and David Warner.

With the likes of South Africa, New Zealand, Pakistan and West Indies also involved and hungry to win the competition, it should be a fantastically exciting few weeks of daily cricket action. If you want to know where you'll be able to watch every single match, we'll tell you exactly where you can catch them online with a Cricket World Cup live stream.

How to watch the 2019 Cricket World Cup from outside your country

You don't have to miss a single minute of Cricket World Cup - even if you're abroad and discover that your home broadcaster's online coverage is geo-blocked (we hate it when that happens).

If that happens to you and you're desperate to watch that domestic coverage, there's still a way to get it that doesn't involve putting your security at risk with some dodgy, illegal stream from Reddit. You can simply use a VPN to login back to your country that is broadcasting the actions, and it's really easy to do:

Upcoming Cricket World Cup fixtures

Thursday 30 May

England vs South Africa - Lord's, London, 10.30am BST

Friday 31 May

Pakistan vs West Indies - Trent Bridge, Nottingham 10.30am BST

Saturday 1 June

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka - Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, 10.30am BST

Australia vs Afghanistan - County Ground, Bristol, 1.30pm BST

How to stream the Cricket World Cup live in the UK 

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Huawei says FedEx redirected packages to the US

Latest Tech News - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 06:44

Huawei says it is reviewing its relationship with courier service FedEx after packages intended for addresses in Asia were redirected to the US without explanation.

Reuters reports that two packages sent from Huawei offices in Japan and addressed to colleagues in China were diverted to the US. Huawei also alleges that FedEx attempted to redirect two other packages sent from Vietnam to the US.

The evidence for these actions supposedly lies in FedEx’s tracking records, and Huawei says it has not received a sufficient explanation. FedEx reportedly said this was an error and an isolated issue, however Huawei says its confidence in the company has been undermined.

Huawei FedEx

Huawei says the documents contained documents rather than technology and declined to speculate on why it thought the packages were diverted. The company has effectively been frozen out of the US telecoms market due to fears that its equipment is a national security risk. But this belief has spread to Huawei’s consumer handset division, too.

Earlier this month, Last week, the US Commerce Department prohibited American firms from doing business with Huawei, a move which means the company’s handsets will no longer receive updates for the Android operating system from Google or access to its popular applications.

However, the impact of that order is set to be far-reaching and could have even more disastrous consequences. UK-based chip designer ARM has temporarily ceased work on its contracts with Huawei, while Japanese firm has stopped shipping some components.

Huawei has repeatedly denied any allegations of espionage and says the US has produced no proof to support its claims.

 via Reuters 

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Why the autonomous future will be dominated by hybrids and electrics

Latest Tech News - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 06:43

The most interesting tech innovations with cars these days tend to fall into two categories. On one hand, driverless car tech is progressing nicely (if a bit slower than expected). The sensor tech is improving and getting more affordable, such that adaptive cruise control, lane mitigation, and crash avoidance are becoming more common even in lower cost cars.

On the other hand, hybrids and electrics are pushing boundaries (and the range you can expect). I was impressed by the 2019 Honda Insight because it can go up to 550 miles without a fill, yet it drove like a normal car – one that doesn't feel at all like a budget model.

We’ll start seeing a convergence of these two major pillars of innovation over the next few years. It makes sense. Tesla has led the charge (no pun intended) by offering some of the most impressive driverless car tech and, at the same time, led the way forward in terms of electric range and feedback for the driver. I still remember the first time I saw the range on a Model S (at that time around 330 miles, but some models can last up to 370 miles).

The two innovations seem to coincide in automotive tech – the more hybrid tech progresses, with better feedback and data for the driver, the more safety and autonomous tech seems inevitable.

This became obvious to me driving the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid this past week, including a trip across two states. I had the same jaw-drop moment realizing that the plug-in can go 32 miles in all-electric mode – typical on many smaller hybrids from Lexus and others, but the first time I’ve tested this feature in a minivan – and around 488 miles with electric-assist. That was enough range (520 total) to make the cross-state drive a little more economical.

The shape of things to come

What I really appreciated though was the simple and clear display that shows real-time feedback. You can see exactly how much power the vehicle is using, whether it’s all electric, the gas engine, or a combination of both. I charged up several times, and then monitored how the Pacifica would stay in all electric mode for about 32 miles.

If I stepped down on the accelerator too much, the gas engine would engage. I learned to drive more carefully. The animated screen shows which drivetrain (electric, gas, or both) is activated as you drive.

You can also check your driving history using a simple and colorful chart. One day I drove entirely in electric mode around my hometown, charging up a couple of times in my own garage. I was able to check which days on my trip gave me the most range, and thought back about how part of that longer trip had involved an area with more hills and used more gas.

This level of feedback is just about right – there isn’t too much information, and yet it was enough to change how I drove the Pacifica and became a daily challenge.

I can see how there will be a confluence of this economical driving and feedback with the future of autonomous cars, when we have even more time to monitor how the vehicle is driving. As we enter an age of more intelligent cars that also connect to the roadway and other cars, we’ll see more safety tech match up nicely with more innovations in how the car itself drives, the ability to tweak more settings, and an interface that helps us keep tabs on things.                     

Overall, the Pacifica Hybrid is a good example of progress. It’s a full-size minivan with seating for seven comfortably. The Pacifica also has adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping. I was impressed because I wasn’t expecting this much range – or this much tech.

On The Road is TechRadar's regular look at the futuristic tech in today's hottest cars. John Brandon, a journalist who's been writing about cars for 12 years, puts a new car and its cutting-edge tech through the paces every week. One goal: To find out which new technologies will lead us to fully driverless cars.

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Gigabyte unveils new thin, light and powerful laptops at Computex 2019

Latest Tech News - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 06:33

Gigabyte has shown off its new Aorus 5 and Aorus 7 gaming laptops at Computex 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan, with the company packing some seriously impressive tech into their thin and light bodies.

Both the 15-inch Aorus 5 and the 17-inch Aorus 7 will come packing the brand-new 9th generation Intel Core i7-9750H processor, as well as an Intel 760p SSD for storage and an LG IPS 144Hz gaming display.

According to Gigabyte, these new Aorus laptops have been made in collaboration with “well-known innovators worldwide”, making them the only laptops with 100% components from reputed brands.

Those components include Samsung-made RAM, Intel Killer 1550 Wi-Fi, and Nvidia graphics cards, all of which mean these new Aorus laptops should offer excellent performance and reliability.

Gigabyte hasn’t revealed prices, but we expect them to be quite high.

The new Gigabyte Aero 15 laptop (Image credit: Gigabyte)

New and improved Aero series for creators

Gigabyte also showed off its new Aero series of laptops, which are aimed at content creators (such as video editors and photographers).

The 15-inch Aero 15 OLED features an Intel Core i9 8-core processor and Nvidia GTX 20 series graphics card, which should make it an excellent workstation laptop that can handle heavy duty video and image editing and rendering tasks.

These components are packed into a body that’s just 2cm thin and weighs 2kg. Gigabyte is also promising 8.5 hours of battery life – which would certainly be impressive considering the powerful hardware.

The screen of the Aero 15 OLED uses a 4K Samsung AMOLED panels and are Xrite Pantone certified for color accuracy – ideal for digital artists and photographers, for whom color accuracy is of the utmost importance.

The non-OLED Aero 15 (and the brand-new 17-inch Aero 17) uses a Sharp 240Hz IGZO display.

Gigabyte also uses an exclusive suite of tests to ensure that its Aero laptops can handle the rigors of creative work. According to the company, it “wants to ensure each and every creator gets the most stable performance in various scenarios, by taking the Aero to an industry first with specialised software and hardware compatibility tests including Adobe creative suite, Wacom digital drawing boards and Thunderbolt 3 external storage devices.”

The Aero 15 and Aero 15 OLED will be available in June 2019, and the flagship models will come with an Intel Core i9-9980HK processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 GPU.

There will also be configurations with Core i7-9750H processors and either an RTX 2060 or RTX 2070 GPU.

The new 17-inch Aero 17 is planned for August 2019.

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