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The iPad could finally get mouse support with iOS 13

Latest Tech News - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 05:03

As much as Apple has tried to position its iPad Pro range as a laptop alternative, there are some areas where it really can’t compete, and one is the absence of mouse support – but that could soon change.

According to developer and leaker Steve Troughton-Smith, mouse support is in the works for the iPad as an accessibility feature. The claim came in response to a similar claim from MacStories editor-in-chief Federico Viticci, who on his Connected podcast recently claimed that mouse support was coming.

Viticci talks specifically about using a USB mouse connected to the iPad Pro’s USB-C port, but it’s not clear whether the feature would be limited to iPads with said port (which would be quite restrictive, as only the iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) have such a port).

And if the feature is made available for other iPads, it’s also not clear whether it will be just the iPad Pro range that gets it, or whether the likes of the iPad Air (2019) will as well.

Troughton-Smith, for his part, has tweeted that he doesn’t think Apple would limit support to USB mice, which may suggest the feature also won’t be limited to the latest iPad Pro models.

Of course, the feature itself is just a rumor for now, but with two sources claiming it’s in the works there’s a fair chance it'll happen.

The biggest question in that case is when. It’s likely to arrive with a major iOS update, so we may see it land with iOS 13, which is expected to be announced at WWDC 2019 on June 3 – though the final public launch probably won’t be until September.

However, neither of these sources have given a time frame for the arrival of mouse support, so we might be waiting longer.

Via: BGR

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Tesla boosts Model X and Model Y with improved range and faster charging

Latest Tech News - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 05:02

New versions of the Tesla Model S and X are entering production, with upgrades including improved range and faster charging.

The updated Model S Long Range can travel 370 miles on a single charge, while the new Model X Long Range can keep going for 325 miles using the same 100kWh battery pack.

As the company explained in a blog post, this performance boost is the result of new drivetrains that were initially designed for the Tesla Model 3.

"All Model S and X vehicles now benefit from Tesla’s latest generation of drive unit technology, which combines an optimized permanent magnet synchronous reluctance motor, silicon carbide power electronics, and improved lubrication, cooling, bearings, and gear designs to achieve greater than 93% efficiency," it said.

The updated cars will charge faster too, achieving 145kw on V2 Superchargers, and 200kW on the new V3 Superchargers. Tesla claims this will let drivers juice up 50% faster.

Feeling tempted?

Tesla will also be introducing Standard Range versions of the S and X, which won't produce quite the same mileage after a charge, but will carry more manageable price tags.

If you've already bought a Model X or Model Y, you might feel a little frustrated to be missing out. To reward your loyalty, the company is offering an incentive to upgrade to the new Performance version of either car by throwing in the Ludicrous Mode upgrade for free. This option usually costs an extra $20,000 (about £15,000, AU$28,000), and enables the Model S to go from 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds, and the Model X in just 2.4 seconds.

It's another example of what Tesla CEO Elon Musk meant when he described the company's cars as "an investment", though you'll only benefit if you have rather a lot of spare change burning a hole in your pocket.

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Mobile Industry Awards 2019: Shortlists revealed

Latest Tech News - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 05:00

With just weeks until the 2019 Mobile Industry Awards, we are delighted to announce the shortlists for all this year’s awards.

From Phone of the Year and Hottest New Phone for 2019 to Best High Street Retailer and Best MVNO, the Mobile Industry Awards look to recognise the top performers across the whole UK space.

Now celebrating its 17th year, the Mobile Industry Awards (#MIA2019) represents the highest standard of excellence in the UK mobile industry - from the boardroom to the grassroots.

This year’s winners will be collecting their trophy on the 6th June 2019 at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel - so who is up for this year's awards?

Channel & B2B

Innovation Award

Airtime Rewards

Crystalusion

Invisible Shield

IPCortex

Samsung

Sky Mobile

Tech as a Service

We Fix


Managed Service Provider of the Year

Brightstar

Mobliciti

Uplands


Best Unified Comms Dealer

Aerial Direct

Onecom

Uplands


Business Growth Award

Aerial Direct

Amazon

Argos

Colldorado

IP Exchange

SaltDNA


CSR Initiative of the Year

Genuine Solutions 

Onecom

The One Point

DISTRIBUTION 


Best Enterprise Service & Solution

Tech Data

Jerasoft

Metricell

SaltDNA

Statto Opencell


Recycling and recommerce award           

Brightstar

Exertis

Genuine Solutions

Redeem


Technology incubator of the year           

Brightstar

SaltDNA

Tech Data


Mobile distributor of the year   

Brightstar

Daisy Distribution

Exertis

Genuine Solutions

Tech Data

Westcoast

Retail

Best High Street Retailer

Carphone Warehouse

EE

O2

Tesco Mobile

Three

Vodafone


Best Online Retailer

Amazon UK

Mobiles.co.uk

O2.co.uk

Sky Mobile


Best Sim Free Retailer

Amazon UK

Argos

Envirofone


Best Repair Service

iSmash

O2

WeFix


Best Recycling Service

GSUK Recovery & Reuse Experts

musicMagpie

O2 Recycle

Network

Best MVNO

Sky Mobile

SMARTY

Superdrug Mobile

Tesco Mobile

Virgin Mobile


Best MVNO Partner

BT Wholesale

Lifecycle Software Ltd

Three Wholesale


Best Business Network

EE

O2

Vodafone


Best Consumer Network

EE

O2

Tesco Mobile

Vodafone


5G network pioneer      

EE

Samsung

Three

Technology

Best Manufacturer Field Marketing Team

Alcatel

Huawei

Samsung


Best Value Phone (< £200)

Honor 10 Lite

Honor 8X

Huawei P Smart 2018

Moto G6

Samsung Galaxy J6

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite


Best Mid Range Phone (< £450)

Honor View 20

Huawei P20

iPhone 7

Nokia 8.1

Oneplus 6T

Samsung Galaxy S9


Best Ruggedised Phone 

AGM X3

Blackview BV9500 Pro

Cat S61

Doogee S90

Land Rover Explore 

Zebra TC75x


Best Mobile Accessory

Apple Airpods

Belkin Qi Wireless Charger

InvisibleShield Glass+ Visionguard

Mophie Powerstation

Samsung Buds

Tech21 impact shield


Hottest New Phone for 2019

Apple iPhone Max S

Honor View20

Huawei Mate X

Huawei P30 Pro

Samsung Galaxy Fold

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G


Accessory Manufacturer of the Year

Anker

Belkin

Incipio

JBL

Tech21

Zagg


Smartphone Manufacturer of the Year

Apple

Honor

Huawei

Motorola

Samsung

Sony


One To Watch

Doro AB

HMD Global

Honor

Oppo

TCL

Xiaomi


Phone of the Year

Apple XS Max

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Huawei P20 Pro

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung S9 Plus

Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro

For all awards updates, visit the Mobile Industry Awards 2019 site - we look forward to seeing you on the June 6th 2019! 

If you have any questions or queries about how to attend or enter, get in touch at mark.fermor@futurenet.com

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Oscars won't make it harder for Netflix to win an award

Latest Tech News - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 05:00

The board of directors at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which distributes the film industry's coveted Oscar awards, has decided not to extend the minimum period eligible films need to be screened in a theater.

The Academy's board of directors ruled in favor of its existing guidelines, which require a seven-day run in a Los Angeles theatre to qualify for an Oscar nomination.

The issue was put to a vote over concerns that streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime were eating at the viewership numbers of traditional cinemas, with some calling for the minimum run period to be extended. 

Even veteran director Steven Spielberg emerged to criticize Netflix's Oscar ambitions, saying that "TV movies" shouldn't be considered in the same category as traditional cinema experiences.

The Netflix-produced Roma managed to scoop three awards for Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Cinematography at the Oscars last year, despite being released simultaneously through Netflix's own streaming platform and seen in larger numbers in people's homes.

Business as usual

Nothing seems to have changed for now, but we're only going to see more films from streaming services winning awards down the line, and it makes sense that quality titles are rewarded, even if there's disagreement over who should qualify for what.

The seven-day requirement exists to ensure that any nominated titles have had a theatrical release, but an extension could also limit the exposure received by smaller budget or foreign-language titles, which don't always see a lengthy run in US theaters.

In a statement, Academy president John Bailey stated that “We support the theatrical experience as integral to the art of motion pictures, and this weighed heavily in our discussions."

Via Reuters

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Kingdom Hearts 3 has been a massive, massive, massive hit

Latest Tech News - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 04:59

Take a guess what the best selling game of the year so far is? No, it's not the big budget shooters Anthem or The Division 2. It's not even the critically acclaimed revamp hit that is Resident Evil 2.

Nope. It's the charming, colorful Kingdom Hearts 3.

Square Enix's Disney-meets-Final Fantasy role playing sequel is the US's top seller for 2019, not only outselling regular chart fixture Red Dead Redemption 2, but even its much-loved original game in the series. 

While Kingdom Hearts 3's overall tally will be hard to precisely track due to platform holders keeping digital sales a closely guarded secret, it managed to ship five million copies in its first week alone.

A worldwide hit

It's been equally successful around the globe. In Japan it's managed to hit 800,000 units sold, making it the best selling game of the year in the country, with it also topping the European charts.

In our four star Kingdom Hearts 3 review, we called the game "a charming and action-packed adventure, marrying the fantastical nature of Final Fantasy with the magical familiarity of Disney in worlds that are almost indistinguishable from the films they depict."

However, we also felt that "the convoluted story and slow-burning intro could be enough to deter new players from giving the series a chance."

The sales milestone accompanies the news that Kingdom Hearts 3 is also getting a new tough-as-nails Critical Mode DLC update, rolling out now. 

Will the game retain its lofty position? It's set to be a tough year – we're still waiting on the release of a new FIFA 20 game, Pokemon Sword and Shield and a big-budget Star Wars game in the shape of Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order. But it's off to a flying start.

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Google Pixel 3a leak shows us the cut-price handset once again

Latest Tech News - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 04:46

The Google Pixel 3a looks almost certain to launch in May – probably at Google IO 2019 – and yet another leak regarding the affordable Pixel 3 variant has added more fuel to the rumor fire.

The latest Pixel 3a leak comes to us via reliable phone tipster Evan Blass, who posted an official-looking press shot of a handset he says is the Google Pixel 3a.

It matches up with previously leaked images of the handset, which bears a clear resemblance to the standard Pixel 3, launched back in October 2018.

Pixel 3a release date reveal?

This latest Google Pixel 3a leak may also give us a hint of the launch date for the handset, with May 7 shown on the phone's screen – that's the first day of Google's IO conference.

Other Pixel 3a rumors suggest the handset will have a 5.56-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 670 chipset, 4GB of RAM and a 12MP rear camera.

Whatever the Google Pixel 3a turns out to offer, we're likely less than two weeks away from its official unveiling, so we could know the exact details very soon.

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The UK will let Huawei build selected parts of its 5G infrastructure

Latest Tech News - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 23:37

British Prime Minister Theresa May has today made the surprise announcement that her government will give Chinese telecommunications provider Huawei the go-ahead to help build 5G infrastructure in the UK.

The decision comes despite warnings from both the American and Australian governments about the potential threat posed by deploying Huawei equipment. Britain's western allies have both voiced fears that the Chinese manufacturer has close ties to the Chinese government, and that its telecommunications  could, therefore, be used as a vehicle for state-sponsored espionage.

With most developed nations currently racing to set up 5G cellular networks, Huawei is one of just a few providers of the technology required for the next generation of mobile connectivity.

The American and Australian governments have both banned Huawei from providing components to build 5G networks in their countries, with a former Australian Prime Minister lamenting that the Five Eyes nations – that is, the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada – have not developed the capability to roll out 5G networks 'in house'.

Despite recent reports suggesting that the potential security risks posed by Chinese-made equipment can be mitigated, the bans in the US and Australia remain in place  and both countries continue to push allies to likewise ban Huawei from building their own 5G networks. 

You’ve been warned

While today's announcement could potentially strain the UK’s relationship with the US and Australia, Britain’s National Security Council has only agreed to allow Huawei access to ‘non core’ parts of the country's 5G infrastructure, according to The Telegraph. And although it isn’t a blanket ban, the decision is not likely to please either the Chinese government or Huawei.

A recent study claimed that if the UK completely banned Huawei from building the country’s 5G mobile network, it could cost the British economy as much as £6.8 billion. Another report, which was commissioned by industry body Mobile UK, has said the exclusion of Huawei would delay the widespread availability of 5G in the UK by 18-24 months.

However, the ban on Huawei equipment hasn’t stopped telcos from the US and Australia from rolling out 5G networks locally. AT&T has switched on 5G in some US cities, while Australia’s biggest telco, Telstra, has done the same Down Under.

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Apple has quietly launched an official Apple TV YouTube channel

Latest Tech News - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 21:50

In the lead up to the arrival of the Apple TV Plus streaming service, Apple has quietly launched an official YouTube channel that's dedicated to all things movies and television, as discovered by MacStories

Apple seems to have launched the YouTube channel a month ago with a video highlighting the various storytellers who are currently throwing their creative support behind the Cupertino company's upcoming streaming service, including Hollywood heavyweights like Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams.

At present, however, the channel features very little Apple TV Plus-related promotion (though it is there), instead showcasing general movie and television-based content, such as interviews from HBO's Game of Thrones and M. Night Shyamalan's film Glass, movie trailers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and The Lion King, and behind-the-scenes clips from Hellboy and Broad City. 

As MacStories has pointed out, every video on the channel appears to be ad-free, making it an ideal first destination for new movie trailers. Surprisingly, many of the videos published to the channel are still only in the hundreds of views. 

Another highlight? Comments are also disabled on all of the videos, allowing users to simply enjoy the content without the risk of accidentally getting a face-full of unwanted trolling. Sounds good to us!

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The best projectors 2019: 8 projectors to consider for your home cinema

Latest Tech News - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 20:27

Best Projector Buying Guide: Welcome to TechRadar's guide to the best home cinema projectors - featuring both 4K and HD models. 

Projectors have long held a vaunted position in the home cinema. That's because while TVs are more than adequate to deliver 4K HDR content, you'll likely need to refinance your house if you want a picture larger than 75-inches. 

But 75-inches is just the beginning for the cinema world.

Whether you want to splash Blu-ray movies across a large white wall, magnify your gaming experience, or throw photos and slides from a mobile device onto a 100-inch plus screen, a home cinema projector should be your first choice.

Unfortunately while most AV enthusiasts dream of the day they bring home a beamer for their living room, few tend to follow through. They have the misconception that projectors are hard to setup (they're not), hard to maintain (they're not) and cost significantly more than a TV (they don't). 

To that end we want to dispel the myths perpetuated by non-cinephiles out there and help you pick a fantastic-looking projector without breaking the bank. To that end, we've rounded up the best projectors we've tested throughout the last year or two and have ranked them below.

Looking for something cheaper? Don't miss our guide to the best projector deals that gets updated each and every month!

We reviewed the predecessor to the HT3550, the BenQ HT2550, late last year, and to great results, but its sequel offers a few great new features: It has a beautiful new design, for starters, but it’s also optimized for BenQ’s HDR-PRO, which supports HDR10 and HLG, plus it zooms up to 1.3 times, and supports a screen size of up to 120 inches with a brightness of up to 2,000 lumens. 

The real upgrade here, however, is the projector’s contrast ratio. While the HT2250 offered a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, the HT3550 steps that up to an impressive 30,000:1 - and the result is a super dynamic image. 

While it might have been nice if the projector could get slightly brighter, given the fact that with enough ambient light it can put a serious damper on the overall image quality, we think the BenQ HT3550 is arguably the best way to go if you’re looking for a great projector in the $1,500/£1,500 price range.  

Read the full review: BenQ HT3550 (W2700)

The BenQ HT2550 may look a bit pricey to someone used to seeing discount 4K TVs, for the price you can’t do much better. The projector boasts vivid, clear colors, plenty of detail, and a 4K resolution – all at well under $2,000. That’s no small feat.

The projector isn’t perfect – the blacks on offer aren’t as deep as we might have liked, the projector still creates some fan noise and there’s also no lens shift – but those small downsides aside, we think the BenQ HT2550 is an excellent option for those that want a solid, no-frills projector with support for a 4K resolution and HDR content. 

Are there better options? Well, there’s the Optoma UHD50, which is $100 cheaper and offers many of the same perks (though color accuracy isn’t quite as good, and the BenQ projector is slightly better-built) but in the end, we think it’s better to spent the extra $100 for the BenQ HT2550.

Read the full review: BenQ HT2550

The BenQ TK800 is the best projector of 2018

Like the HT2550, the main selling point of the BenQ TK800 is that it supports faux-4K by using XPR technology that essentially takes a 1920x1080 pixel DLP chip and flashes the image four times in incredibly fast succession to create an image with a perceived resolution of over eight million pixels. 

Amazingly this actually works, and even with test patterns the images appear to be 4K in terms of resolution. 

What's different about it is that it's also really bright, which means that even with SDR content it can deliver images that have genuine impact, even in less-than-ideal conditions. As such you can use the TK800 in a room with white walls or big windows, and still enjoy a huge projected image.   

Also expect excellent motion handling, which is great for gaming, and it has a low input lag which is also good news for gamers. (The BenQ even supports 3D, although you will need to buy the glasses separately.)  

On the debit side, the black level and the shadow detail are both poor, and the TK800 also uses a color wheel, which restricts its range of colors, especially where HDR is concerned. It also means that certain people will see ‘rainbows’, but that’s just a limitation of single-chip DLP projectors. On top of all that, it's quite noisy thanks to both the color wheel and a fan, although the latter is necessary given the amount of heat generated by the bright bulb. 

Read the full review: BenQ TK800

For the last 10 years, JVC has been the projector brand to follow for black levels that will beat your local cinema screen. It's all thanks to JVC's D-ILA technology, which rival DLP and SXRD models just can't touch. 

Native contrast of 40,000:1 makes blacks looks truly black... that is, if you treat your cinema room to a nice, dark paint job. 

This year one of the main upgrades is HDR performance. The punchiness of HDR won't challenge an ultra-bright LCD TV, but here you'll get an image several times the size. 

Similar to the BenQ HT2550 and TK800 listed above, this beamer uses JVC's eShift technology, which projects two different 1080p images sequentially at 120Hz frequency, making up the detail of a native 4K display. Don't worry, in-person you'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference between this and 4K. 

Smart, voice activated controls for a home cinema projector may sound like the kitchen-sink approach to feature lists at first glance, jumping on the buzz-word (or should that be ‘wake word’?) bandwagon of Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri or Google’s Assistant. But think about the environment and scenario that your average projector viewing session takes place in, and it starts to make a lot of sense – you’re in a dark room where seeing buttons isn’t always easy, possibly with your hands loaded up with popcorn and other treats. 

Being able to shout “play the movie!” at a voice activated projector, potentially installed in a bracket high above your head, seems like a sound move. 

Ultimately, while the Alexa features are fun (if a little perfunctory) everything about this the Optoma UHD51A performs exceptionally. At this price you’re going to be hard pressed to find a projector that can deliver this level of picture quality and this feature set more confidently.

The Optoma UHD51A represents a great shift in 4K projecting quality if you find yourself on a tighter budget. What’s on offer here allows even those with smaller living spaces and more modest bank balances a taste of the home cinema high life.

Read the full review: Optoma UHD51A

Now selling for $1,799.99 (£1,799.99), this very large projector is based around Epson's own 3LCD engine and it deals in 4K, HDR 10, 3D, it has an electronic lens, an auto-focus system, and it can reach 2,400 lumens brightness.  

What prevents this from being higher on our list is that doesn't offer the greatest feature-set around – even Epson offers models with more bells and whistles (notably its step-up EH-TW9400, which adds Hybrid Log Gamma, 4K/60p HDR at 18Gbps, and Epson's 4K WiHD wireless transmitter), nor is as ultra-detailed as native 4K projectors – but the massive 4010/EH-TW7400's combination of must-have features and uncompromisingly cinematic images is impossible to argue with.   

Read the full review: Epson Home Cinema 4010 (EH-TW7400 in the UK)

The UHD65 is a hugely enjoyable projector that manages to deliver very good images in both ambient light and blackout conditions. Most projectors commit to one or the other, halving their versatility. 

Though the UHD65 sacrifices both ultra-high brightness for daytime viewing and completely convincing black levels in a blackout, it's actually giving as close the 'best of both worlds' as any projector could: From upscaled HD TV channels and DVDs to Netflix 4K and a Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, few users will have complaints about the cleanness, detail or colour of the UHD65's images.

However, we did miss a few luxury touches that a projector this price should include: The remote control is the same as you’d find on a projector a sixth of the price (and includes some button that have no function), and there’s no motorised zoom, focus and lens shift. All of these would've added a more polished, professional feel, which high-priced products like the UHD65 should always offer; it shouldn’t just be about new technology.

Read the full review: Optoma UHD65

If you want big screen home entertainment but don’t have the space, or funds for a large flatpanel TV or home cinema projector, then LG’s DLP LED Minibeam PH450UG Ultra Short Throw (UST) could be the answer. 

It needs only a dozen centimetres or so to cast a huge image onto a white wall or screen and, even better, it’s also ridiculously compact and relatively affordable at $650 (£529, around AU$864). 

There is a catch of course: The PH450UG has a resolution of just 720p. If you need more, LG has the PF1000U, a slightly larger 1080p UST model, that sells for $1,399 (£999). There are other projectors in this price range capable of 1080p – like the class-leading BenQ HT670 – but if you’re committed to the small form factor, the PH450UG is the way to go.

Read the full review: LG PH450UG Minibeam Projector

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Apple might let third parties use more iPhone NFC functionality

Latest Tech News - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 17:49

You might be able to swipe your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max to get into work or pay for food – with services other than Apple Pay. Apple might allow third parties access to more NFC capability in iPhones, sources told TechSpot, which could extend to tap-to-pay and authentication functionality in non-Apple software.

Currently, Apple only lets developers access to NFC Data Exchange Format (NDEF), which could, for example, enable users to swap contact information. 

Apple is allegedly opening up iPhone tech to other NFC formats, according to the unnamed sources. One of these, ISO 7816, is usually used for identification and access cards; others, FeliCa and MiFare, enable financial tap-to-pay and/or metro card authentication largely in Japan, but also Hong Kong, mainland China, Indonesia, and elsewhere. 

Tap-to-pass?

While this info comes from anonymous sources, it still hints at a more exciting future that would let consumers roll more authentication and actions into their iPhone. That’s what Apple’s been keen to do anyway – look no further than the baffling Apple credit card

But it could also let consumers use their iPhones for more mundane tasks, like swiping to get through work security or into hotel rooms. It would also, assumedly, let folks use alternative payment services through NFC.

We’ll have to wait for more official confirmation, but with WWDC 2019 coming, we’ll likely hear either way if this feature is really coming.

  • Wonder which iPhones are NFC-enabled? Here's our list of the best iPhones
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AMD's 50th anniversary may be honored with special Ryzen and Radeon VII parts

Latest Tech News - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 17:08

Following a previous leak that suggested an AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Anniversary Edition, a new leak shows product packaging for what could be anniversary models of both the aforementioned Ryzen processor (CPU) as well as a Radeon VII graphics card, as shown by Videocardz.

While the leak shows the boxes that the special edition Ryzen 7 and Radeon VII would come packaged in, it doesn't show anything else. There is no specs list nor unboxed product and no pricing. There's just a link that points to AMD's 50th Anniversary page.

The earlier leak of the Ryzen 7 2700X Anniversary Edition did have prices, because it was spotted on retail websites. Those prices fell in the ballpark of $350, which is a touch above the $329 (£299, AU$469) starting retail price of the standard Ryzen 7 2700X. It would be safe to guess the Radeon VII Anniversary Edition will also be slightly more expensive than the standard edition.

What to expect

One detail the packaging does show is a render of the Radeon VII on the side of the box. While the standard Radeon VII is gray with red accents, the Anniversary Edition appears fully dressed in red. This Team Red (AMD) style may catch the interest of long-time AMD fans to contrast their builds from Team Green (Nvidia) and Team Blue (Intel). 

Though we don't see much beyond the CPU heat spreader on the Ryzen 7 box, it could come bundled with a similarly red Wraith Prism cooler.

Aside from simply being a limited edition with some slightly different style going on, the Ryzen 7 2700X and Radeon VII 50th Anniversary Editions could be binned components with higher overclocking capabilities either out of the box or by users. Intel's 50th-anniversary came with the Core i7-8086K which performed particularly well in overclocking, so it would make sense for AMD to do something comparable for its 50th birthday with both its CPU and GPU lines.

The only question is which AMD fans are going to jump on these new products when Zen 3 CPUs and Navi GPUs may be right around the corner.

Via Tom's Hardware

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Apple WWDC 2019: date and keynote predictions

Latest Tech News - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 16:51

Apple's WWDC 2019 keynote is a month away and we have a lot to look forward to from Tim Cook and company. Its the stage on which new mobile, Mac and Apple TV software is likely to debut – and maybe a little hardware news will get made.

The WWDC 2019 date is Monday, June 3, Apple confirmed back in March and it'll once again take place at the McEnery Convention Center, where Apple held WWDC the previous two years. 

The keynote has traditionally been a showcase for Apple to hype updates to its suite of software, inspiring developers with new features three months in advance of the typical launch dates and teasing the rest of us.

It's possible that we'll see new hardware, too – that hasn't always been the case. Apple introduced its HomePod smart speaker as well as new versions of the iPad Pro WWDC 2017, but only unveiled software at last year's event, waiting for its October hardware-focused show to unveil the new iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 12.9.

We're also expecting to see updates that integrate all the streaming services Apple introduced at its event earlier in 2019. Apple TV Plus is the company's platform to house the handful of prestige shows it's been purchasing and producing over the last couple years, while Apple Arcade is the gaming service to play across every Apple device (except the Apple Watch).

In any case, here's what we heavily suspect (if not outright know) Apple will talk about at WWDC 2019.

iOS 13

The iOS 13 update is the next big release for Apple's mobile operating system, and it's poised to build on the increased speed in older iPhones and Group FaceTime expansion that arrived in iOS 12. 

The next Apple mobile OS update is expected to bring long-awaited features like Dark Mode and perhaps iPad layout changes on the table. iOS 9 and iOS 11 brought big changes to iPad software, so we expect the same from iOS 13. 

At this point, we don't know which older devices will be compatible with iOS 13. Apple typically requires devices to run a particular chip or newer to run their OS, with iOS 11 and iOS 12 supporting iPhones and iPads with an A7 processor (iPhone 5S, iPad Air and iPad Mini 2) and better.

Based on previous iOS rollouts, the first iOS 13 beta for developers will likely arrive during or a few days after WWDC 2019. Everyone else will be able to try out the new OS when its public beta launches, which is expected at the end of June. We're anticipating an official release alongside the iPhone 11, which should be coming in October, if Apple follows its usual schedule.

macOS 10.15

We loved macOS 10.14 (aka Mojave) for finally introducing system-wide Dark Mode and additional creative tools, but we haven't heard much at all about macOS 10.15 – which doesn't even have a cool nature-themed codename yet (in keeping with recent releases, it will likely reference a California biome).

We don't know much about what's officially coming, but macOS 10.15 could include iOS features like Siri Shortcuts (and potentially the Shortcuts app), Screen Time, improved Apple ID management and special iMessage effects. We've also seen rumors that iTunes will be split into four different apps: Music, Books, TV, and Podcasts. 

There's also the possibility that macOS 10.15 enables Mac users to link up their iPads as secondary displays.

On the other hand, it's also possible that we'll only see incremental improvements, as happened with the move from 10.13 Sierra to 10.14 High Sierra. If that's the case, perhaps we'll see that minimal upgrade in the name – Dry Mojave, maybe?

Apple ruffled feathers when it raised minimum system requirements for macOS Mojave and locked out older machines, so we don't expect those thresholds to change this time around. To be specific: we expect anything newer than a 2015 MacBook, mid-2012 MacBook Pro, any late 2012 MacBook Air/Mac mini/iMac, late 2013 Mac Pro or 2017 iMac Pro to be able to run the next macOS.

Assuming Apple runs its usual schedule, it will introduce macOS 10.15 and release it in late September.

watchOS 6

We haven't heard anything about watchOS 6, but we're assuming that update will be announced at WWDC 2019 for owners of the newer Apple Watches. Perhaps it will be the long-awaited sleep tracker feature (Apple did buy sleep tracking company Beddit two years ago), though that's rumored to be coming to Apple's wearables in 2020.

watchOS 6 will almost certainly be compatible with the latest Apple Watch 4 and previous Apple Watch 3, while support for Apple Watch 2 is likely. We don't have high hopes for the original Apple Watch, however, as it stopped getting updates with watchOS 4.

We expect Apple to follow precedent and launch a watchOS 6 beta shortly after WWDC 2019, then release a final public version in September.

tvOS 13

If you thought we hadn't heard much about Apple's other probable software updates, we know even less about tvOS 13, which we expect to be announced at WWDC 2019. 

But Apple TV devices will certainly support the company's new streaming services. Apple TV Plus will have exclusive shows from big names like Oprah, Steven Spielberg, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and M. Night Shyamalan, and is expected to launch in later 2019. That's around when Apple Arcade is set to launch, which will have a host of games you can play across iOS, macOS and tvOS devices.

At last year's WWDC, Apple mentioned very little about the then-upcoming tvOS 12, which brought Dolby Atmos overhead surround sound, Dolby Vision HDR standard and zero sign-on that auto-filled passwords from your home Wi-Fi network (for US users, at least).

We don't know about any features coming with the supposed tvOS 13, but if it follows precedent, it will arrive in mid-September.

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Razer launches new Blade Pro 17 alongside impressive Blade 15 refresh

Latest Tech News - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 15:41

Alongside the announcements of new high-power mobile CPUs from Intel and new mobile Nvidia 16-series GPUs, Razer has launched its own new products. These come in the form of new Razer Blade Pro 17 and a mid-2019 refresh to its Razer Blade 15 line.

The update to the Razer Blade Pro 17 has been some time coming, and the new model enjoys some considerable changes. The bezels around the screen are trimmed down dramatically, allowing for a smaller overall chassis size while keeping the large screen. The trackpad has also been moved to sit below the keyboard instead of to the side of it.

Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan says the new Blade Pro 17 is "the perfect laptop for gamers who demand a large display, an insane amount of connectivity options and excellent performance with no room for compromise."

The speeds and feeds

The new Razer Blade Pro 17 comes powered by the new Intel Core i7-9750H six-core processor (CPU) paired with the choice of an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060, RTX 2070 Max-Q, or RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics processor (GPU). The laptop boasts 16GB of DDR4-2,667MHz memory, though users can swap in Intel XMP-compatible DIMMs with speeds up to 3,200MHz.

In terms of storage, every model comes with 512GB of PCIe SSD storage and an empty M.2 slot for extra storage by default. Each drive slot can support up to 2TB of storage.

For ports and wireless, the Razer Blade Pro 17 includes a 2.5-Gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI 2.0b, a UHS-III SD card reader and five USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports with three using Type-A connections and two using Type-C connections. One of the Type-C ports also supports Thunderbolt 3. Beyond the Ethernet, the laptop also supports the new Wi-Fi 6 standard.

The 17.3-inch display on the Razer Blade Pro uses a Full HD matte panel with a 144Hz refresh rate and 100% coverage of the sRGB color space.

The Razer Blade Pro 17 starts at $2,499 (about £1,920, AU$3,520) and will go on sale starting May 2019 in the US, Canada, UK and other markets. Upgrading to the model with an RTX 2080 bumps the price up to $3,199 (about £2,450, AU$4,510).

The Pro isn't all

Alongside the 17.3-inch Pro are some updated models of the Razer Blade 15.

The new Razer Blade 15 comes packing a 9th-Gen Intel Core i7-9750H processor with six cores and is paired with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 to power the now-standard 144Hz ,1080p display. And, that's just for the 'Base' model. 

The advanced model has the option of a 240Hz display with 100% coverage of the sRGB color space, or a 4K OLED with 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space – and an RTX 2080 to power it.

The Razer Blade 15 Base starts at $1,999 (about £1,530, AU$2,820), while the Advanced models start at $2,399 (about £1,840, AU$3,380). Both launch April 24 in the US and Canada with additional markets to follow in May.

Given what these new models are packing, particularly the color-rich OLED display, they actually offer considerable competition to the new Razer Blade Pro 17 for creative workloads. They're offering the same CPU and GPU options, equivalent RAM (with the Advanced model able to offer the same upgrades as the Pro), and displays that are the same or better if only slightly smaller.

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2019 London Marathon live stream: how to watch coverage from anywhere in the world

Latest Tech News - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 10:30

The surge of the adrenaline, the smell of the vaseline, the shine of the silver foil blanket. It must be London Marathon time! 26.2 gruelling miles around the streets of the UK's capital city, it's one of the world's most famous long-distance road races and thankfully getting a 2019 London Marathon live stream is a heck of a lot easier than trying to compete in the thing.

And the 2019 edition is likely to be one of the most watched in recent years, thanks to the presence of one Sir Mo Farah. Yep, Mo's back again. But with the fastest marathon time of 2hrs 1mins 39secs set by Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge in Berlin last year, he's the one to watch. Will it be misery or the Mobot? Either way, TechRadar will tell you how to live stream all the Marathon action.

But the London Marathon isn't just about the so-called elite runners. It's the fun runners, wheelchair athletes and plethora of weird and wacky fancy-dress costumes that make the event so iconic. Around 40,000 people will be running today, the vast majority fulfilling long held dreams.

And the great news is that getting a live stream of the 2019 London Marathon is really easy, as the BBC has the rights to show it in all its glory - just as it has since the inaugural year in 1981. And even if you live outside the UK keep reading as we’ll show you how to live stream the London Marathon 2019 from wherever you are in the world.


How to watch the London Marathon for free: UK stream Stream the London Marathon from outside your country

We've got your UK and US watching options covered in this article. But if you try to watch the 2019 London Marathon and you're abroad, you're going to be out of luck - coverage will be geo-blocked.

Luckily, there's an easy way around even this hurdle. Simply download and install a VPN to change your IP address to a server back in your country. That way, your laptop, mobile or streaming device will think it's back at home and thus the geo-block will be avoided. Lovely!

How to watch a 2019 London Marathon live stream in the US

If you’re in the US and want to watch this year’s London Marathon, then you’re in luck as you have several ways to watch the event. 

NBC Sports will air all the action on the day with the Elite Men's race starting from 5.10am ET, 2.10am PT.

If you’d prefer to stream the London Marathon on your computer, streaming devices or on mobile, the NBC site and NBC Sports App will also be streaming the event. 

If you want more athletics for your buck and plan on tuning into the Diamond League as well as the rest of the IAAF Championships, NBC Sports Gold also offers a Track and Field Pass for $74.99 a year. The service lets you stream all of the top marathons and other athletic events without commercial interruptions and if you happen to miss an event, you can always watch it later on-demand.

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Anthem's next big update promises new Stronghold and bug squashing

Latest Tech News - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 10:14

Anthem hasn't had an easy ride since its launch in February. BioWare's online multiplayer has been plagued by bugs and crashes, while also being criticized for its poor end game and predictable narrative. Is there any saving Anthem? Well, BioWare certainly hopes so.

The developer has announced the next big Anthem update will roll out today for all platforms, adding a new Stronghold and squashing some pesky bugs. 

Check out the announcement tweet from BioWare's global community lead Andrew Johnson below:

How to download the update

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So how do you access the update? According to Johnson, Anthem players will be able to download the latest patch after a five-hour server maintenance period (during which servers will be down), which means the update should be available to download from 10am PDT / 1pm EDT / 6pm BST on April 23 (or 3am AEDT on April 24).

However, Johnson recommends keeping an eye on the EA Help Twitter feed for updates... just in case.

This is the latest in a series of big updates BioWare has rolled out for Anthem, the last being a patch that introduced Legendary Missions and new cosmetics.

But we found that despite these updates, even a month after release, Anthem is still a hard game to like and simply isn't good enough (you can read our Anthem review for the full low-down). We can only hope this new update will go some way in changing that...

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Tesla wants a fleet of self-driving taxis by 2020

Latest Tech News - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 10:13

Tesla has laid out an ambitious vision for the future of autonomous vehicles, with plans for a fully-autonomous Tesla model and a fleet of robo-taxis on the road by 2020.

The claims came at a Tesla event hosted in Palo Alto, where ElonMusk waxed lyrical about the technology being developed at Tesla.

Tesla has made no secret of its plans for self-driving cars, with Musk suggesting that Tesla vehicles could one day ship without a steering wheel or pedals, and that automated driving would advance to the point that human driving became outlawed.

While Tesla has a reputation for missing its own deadlines, rapid development in the sector is making fully autonomy vehicles look like a very real possibility in the coming years. We're holding our breath on 2020, but Musk's prediction of "over a million robo-taxis on the road" still doesn't look too far off.

Look ma, no hands

The event showed off a new microchip, designed to vastly improve the company's fledgling self-driving software, Autopilot.

The chip, which Musk described as "objectively [...] the best chip in the world", was designed in-house and marked a shift away from using Nvidia's microchips inside Tesla vehicles. 

As reported by Bloomberg, Nvidia contested some of the claims made in the presentation, saying that a system made of multiple Nvidia chips would be more powerful – but conceded that Tesla has "raised the bar for self-driving computers".

Musk notably claimed that the hardware installed in Tesla vehicles was already sufficient for full self-driving capability (known as 'level 5 autonomy', which requires no interference from a human driver), and that the company only needed to iterate the software to get to a truly hands-free future.

Via Engadget

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Here's every Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 and 1660 Ti laptop announced so far

Latest Tech News - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 09:29

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and 1650 have finally arrived on laptops, making more powerful budget gaming laptops available to everyone. 

When the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti launched back in February, it changed the budget graphics card landscape entirely. Nvidia did it again with the GeForce GTX 1660 a couple weeks later, but we were left wondering when these budget graphics processors (GPUs) would arrive in the best gaming laptops. Well, the wait is over.

Laptop manufacturers from Asus to MSI have their own gaming laptops featuring these budget GPUs, covering a wide range of different price points and configurations. We went ahead and sorted through all the different product announcements and laid out all the important details below. 

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Lenovo

Lenovo is refreshing a chunk of its Legion lineup with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and 1650 graphics. Spearheaded by the high-end Lenovo Legion Y740, these gaming laptops should have a more approachable entry level.

Speaking of entry level, the Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Gaming laptop will be available starting at $869 (about £670, AU$1,200), topping out with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 in an inconspicuous chassis. This laptop will be available in May.

Going up a rung, you have the Lenovo Legion Y540 at $1,209 (about £930, AU$1,690) for the 15-inch model and $1,269 (about £970, AU$1,770) for the 17-inch model. Specs-wise, it's similar to the IdeaPad L340 Gaming, but with more robust cooling. The Lenovo Y540 will be available in May for the 15-inch model and June for the 17-inch.

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The Lenovo Legion Y7000p is a bit more specialized for gaming with awesome cooling and beefy specs, starting at $1,199 (about £920, AU$1,670) and will come out in May. This svelte gaming laptop features Lenovo's signature 'Y' logo on the back. It tops out with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060, but will also be available starting with the GTX 1650.

Lenovo is also refreshing the Legion Y7000, which will feature more robust lighting and thinner bezels, but pricing and release information isn't available at the time of writing.

If you want your gaming laptop to go all-out, with no compromises, you're going to want to take a look at the Lenovo Legion Y740. This behemoth of a laptop will start at $1,609 (about £1,240, AU$2,250) and will be available in May. This beast comes with a 144Hz, Full HD (1080p) Nvidia G-Sync display, taking advantage of whatever GPU is packed inside, whether it's the GTX 1660 Ti or even an RTX 2080

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Asus

Asus is taking a slightly different approach to its gaming lineup with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and 1650. Rather than offering these GPUs as a baseline option in its most powerful gaming laptops, they're featured in Asus's more budget-oriented laptops. 

For instance, the Asus TUF lineup has always included some of the most attainable gaming laptops, and the TUF FX505 and TUF FX705 are no different. These laptops will be packed with up to Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics, paired with AMD Ryzen mobile accelerated processors (APUs). This pairing means you get the absolute most value for your money.

These TUF laptops are also built 'tough', meeting military-grade MIL-STD-810G standards, so they should survive that trip to the tournament. Pricing information for these laptops isn't available yet, but we should see it closer to their Q2 2019 release date.

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Then, there's the Asus Zephyrus M GU502, a thin-and-light gaming laptop weighing in at just 1.9kg (4.19 pounds). But, because it's packed with 9th-generation Intel processors and starting with a GTX 1660 Ti, that thin chassis belies a powerful device. Thankfully, Asus includes an intelligent cooling solution, so that the thin chassis shouldn't compromise the hardware.

This svelte design, paired with the 240Hz, Full HD display and built-in HiFi DAC, means that you can get in some high-end gaming in with excellent sound, without having a device that looks like a gaming laptop. The Asus Zephyrus M GU502 will be out in May, and will set you back $1,899 (about £1,460, AU$2,680).

The Asus Zephyrus G GA502 takes a similar approach to the previously mentioned TUF laptops, in that it adopts AMD Ryzen mobile APUs and pairs them with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. But, it does so while remaining remarkably thin at light, measuring just 20mm thick and weighing only 2.1kg.

This laptop manages this thin design by implementing intelligent cooling, with a self-cleaning thermal module that resists dust and debris. So, that thin and light design won't get in the way of serious frame rates. That's good, because with a 120Hz refresh rate in its display, you're going to want that hardware to perform at its peak. The Asus Zephyrus G GA502 will be out in Q2 2019, and is available for pre-order right now starting at $1,099 (about (£840, AU$1,550).

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Dell and Alienware

And, of course Dell has refreshed its various gaming laptop lineups with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1650 graphics – as well as Intel 9th generation mobile processors. 

Dell's GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1650 lineup starts with the Dell G5 and G7, which will open with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 and a 9th-generation Intel Core chip. What's more, these mid-range laptops will be enhanced with a four-zone RGB keyboard and optional OLED or 240Hz displays.

The Dell G5 and G7 will be available starting today at currently undisclosed prices, and you can order them with Turing GTX graphics, with Intel 9th-generation processor models to arrive in June.

Then, of course, you have the Alienware m15 and m17 laptops, starting out with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 at currently undisclosed prices. And, like the Dell G-series laptops, you can order either laptop with Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti or 1650 graphics starting today, or in June if you're looking for a 9th-generation Intel processor.

If you're looking for a laptop to get some professional work done, you're in luck. Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics will be behind the Dell XPS 15 2019 arriving this June. We don't have any more details about this 'prosumer' Ultrabook but, if the XPS 13 is any indication, it should be a solid improvement – we just hope Dell moves that webcam.

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MSI

MSI has also upgraded its gaming lineup with Nvidia GeForce GTX Turing graphics. With the exception of its beefy GT Titan, MSI's entire gaming lineup will be available with either the GTX 1660 Ti or GTX 1650.

That means you can pack out the MSI GS65 Stealth with a GTX 1660 Ti, so you don't have to splurge on an RTX 2060. The MSI GE Raider, GL63 and GF Thin will also be available with Nvidia Turing GTX graphics. 

The MSI GP75 Leopard has also been refreshed with these new GPUs, but also comes with a new RGB keyboard. 

However, we don't have pricing or availability information for any of these refreshed gaming laptops at the time of this writing. But, considering many of the other laptops we've covered here are either already available or will be by June, we expect to hear more about MSI's GTX 1660 Ti-powered laptops in the near future. 

Beyond gaming, Nvidia Turing graphics will be powering MSI's P-series creative laptops. Alongside the 15-inch P65 Creator, there will also be a new 17-inch P75 Creator. Both laptops will feature 4K displays and lightweight designs, so you can get heavy-duty creative work done on the go.

We don't have availability or pricing information for these creative-focused laptops at the time of this writing, either. We suspect we'll hear more closer to their release.

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Acer

Acer is refreshing most of its gaming laptops, and even the Aspire 7 with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 and 1660 Ti graphics. 

The Acer Aspire 7 and Acer Nitro 5 will feature the GTX 1650, alongside an Intel Core i7-9750H. Going further up the chain, Acer will now offer the Nitro 7 with a GTX 1650 or a GTX 1660 Ti, which should make entry-level models more affordable. The Nitro 7 will also feature an Intel Core i7-9750H.

Then, there's the Acer Predator Helios 300, which is a more high-end gaming laptop. The entry level Helios 300 will now feature an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, as well as the Intel Core i7-9750H.

All of these Acer laptops are available today, but we don't have pricing or release date information for the GTX 16-series or Intel 9th-generation models. 

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OnePlus 7 launch date confirmed as May 14

Latest Tech News - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 09:01

The OnePlus 7 launch date has been confirmed as May 14, after the Chinese firm sent out invites to the event.

It's a week before Honor launches the Honor 20 – OnePlus has just leapt ahead of the competition in terms of release dates.

OnePlus is hosting three launch events, in London, New York and Bangalore, with the OnePlus 7 launching simultaneously in each.

As it did for the OnePlus 6 launch, it has once again extended the invitation to the public, but you'll need to pay for a ticket if you fancy attending.

Early tickets for the event can be bought at £16 / $20 until April 15 (so the discount lasts 48 hours), but OnePlus hasn't said how much the tickets will be after that.

Early bird goes the launch

Attending the event lets you watch the official unveiling of the phones – the OnePlus 7 and premium OnePlus 7 Pro, as well as get hands-on with them after the show, so attendees will be among the first in the world to do so.

If you can't make the event, or don't want to pay money to try out a phone when you could just test it out in stores for free once it's out, OnePlus will also be live streaming the event on YouTube and social media platforms.

There will be a fourth event in Beijing in China on May 16, two days after the other launch parties – OnePlus is following Honor's intriguing precedent of being a Chinese company that launches some of its product in the UK and US before it does in China.

TechRadar will be attending the OnePlus 7 launch events worldwide and reporting live, so check back on May 14 for all our expert opinion as well as news and reviews for the products.

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Intel's new H-Series mobile processors bring high performance to laptops

Latest Tech News - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 09:00

Intel is continuing the journey of rounding out its Coffee Lake Refresh processor (CPU) family with a new slew of high-performance mobile CPUs. Anyone looking for high-power CPUs in laptops will likely be looking at computers powered by these new models in the near future.

Intel is simultaneously expanding its lineup of 9th-generation Intel Core desktop processors alongside the launch of the high-performance, H-Series of 9th-gen Intel Core mobile processors. These new mobile processors are indicated with the suffix 'H' or 'HK'.

These new CPUs are targeted at a growing crowd of PC gamers as well as at creators looking for high-performance internals for stylishly designed computers. While a 45W TDP for all of the new mobile processors may prevent them from showing up in the thinnest and lightest notebooks, they can definitely end up in larger, productivity-focused devices.

What they can deliver

At the high-end of the spectrum, Intel is launching the Intel Core i9-9980HK and the Core i9-9980H. Both are monsters for mobile, with eight cores, 16 threads, and a single-core boost speed of 5GHz for the former and 4.8GHz for the latter. For the i9-9980HK, overlocking is available to push performance to the limit.

Intel is also launching two Core i7 and two Core i5 models in the mobile H-Series. But, unsurprisingly, there's no mention of a Core i3 model getting the H-Series treatment.

Arriving with the new CPUs is support for the new Wi-Fi standard: Wi-Fi 6. This allows for greater overall bandwidth, reduced network latency and more simultaneously connected devices.

The new H-Series CPUs all support Intel's Optane memory, which means they'll be able to take advantage of the new Optane Memory H10 that combines large SSD capacities with a substantial amount of Optane memory to boost overall performance in a way similar to how hybrid hard drives combined a small amount of flash storage with a hard drive to boost speeds.

New desktop CPUs are coming, too

Alongside the new mobile CPUs, Intel has revealed more than 20 additional CPUs for desktops. These range from some new high-end entries in the Core i9 and Core i7 series (without overclocking) down to dual-core Pentium and Celeron processors.

Notable among the new desktop CPUs are the T-Series processors. We'd previously spotted a leak on Intel T-Series processors, and the release confirms the details of that leak. All of the new T-series processors have a low TDP of 35W, making them strong options for smaller, quieter desktop builds.

All told, Intel's new processors hold a lot of potential for mobile and small-form-factor PCs, even if they'll have to contend with AMD's upcoming 7-nanometer chips. 

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Nvidia expands GTX 16-Series with new mobile graphics and desktop GTX 1650

Latest Tech News - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 09:00

Nvidia's Turing architecture is making its way to more affordable gaming laptops. While the Nvidia 20-Series graphics processors (GPUs) – like the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 – have seen mobile versions released on high-end gaming laptops, now more affordable 16-Series GPUs are coming to gaming laptops as well.

Nvidia's new 16-Series mobile GPUs have debuted in builds from all major manufacturers, like Dell, Acer, Asus and Lenovo. The new graphics processors will also be available to boutique laptop builders.

Most new models are available immediately, and prices for new laptops powered by 16-Series GPUs start at $799 (about £610, AU$1,125). 

16-Series performance

The new 16-series mobile GPUs will use Nvidia's Max-Q technology, enabling thinner and quieter laptops without a serious sacrifice to graphics performance, and be available in standard configurations with a bit more power. 

In the GTX 9-series and earlier, Nvidia's mobile GPUs tended to see a significant performance drop from their desktop counterparts. With the 10-Series and onward that difference has diminished, and the new 16-Series GPUs look to continue that trend.

Nvidia is boasting the ability of the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti to hit over 100 frames per second (fps) in popular titles like Fortnite, Overwatch and Apex Legends – that's at 1080p resolution and 'High' detail settings in each game. While the ability to do that will depend on other parts in the computer as well, the new GPUs offer promising potential.

Nvidia's Optimus technology is still around to help prolong battery life, with Nvidia claiming up to two times longer battery life. The new GPUs also have improved capture features, including Nvidia Ansel and automatic highlights. Using the graphics cards' built-in capture can also improve on CPU-based capturing while reducing impact on game performance.

In addition to the mobile GPUs, Nvidia is releasing a desktop version of the new GTX 1650. The new budget card will come from Nvidia's board partners and start at just $149 (about £115, AU$210).

From April 23 to May 22, Nvidia is bundling 16-Series graphics cards and laptops with a Fortnite package that includes 2,000 V-Bucks and the Fortnite Counterattack Set.

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