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Realme 3 Pro and Realme C2 launched to take on Xiaomi Redmi 7 series in India

Latest Tech News - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 05:35

Realme Mobiles has announced its latest smartphone, the Realme 3 Pro in India on Monday. It was the much-awaited phone from the company as it aims to take on the mid-range smartphone segment competing with the likes of Redmi Note 7 Pro.

Alongside the Realme 3 Pro, the company also announced a budget phone, the Realme C2 in India.

Realme 3 Pro: specifications, price and availability

Realme 3 Pro features a 6.3-inch Full HD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) IPS panel which is topped by 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 for added protection against regular wear and tear.

It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset with an octa-core CPU and Adreno 616 as the graphics processor. This is backed by 4GB/6GB of RAM with 64GB/128GB storage. There's an option to increase the storage via microSD card by upto 256GB. Under the hood, the phone runs on Android 9.0 Pie with ColorOS 6.0 interface.

Coming to the camera, the Realme 3 Pro sports two sensors on the rear. The dual camera setup consists of a 16MP primary camera powered by Sony IMX519 sensor with an f/1.7 aperture along with a 5MP snapper with f/2.4 aperture that will assist in depth sensing.

On the front, the Realme 3 Pro sports a 25MP selfie camera with an aperture of f/2.0.

The Realme 3 Pro has a 4,045mAh battery which supports 20W fast battery charging via VOOC 3.0 adapter provided in-the-box.

Realme 3 Pro starts at Rs 13,999 for the variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage and goes up to Rs 16,999 for the model with 6GB RAM + 128GB onboard storage.

Realme Mobiles will host the first sale of Realme 3 Pro on April 29 at 12 noon on Flipkart and Realme India Store. In addition, the company is also hosting its first pop-up store on April 27 at Pacific Mall, New Delhi from 4:30 PM IST, where attendees can get a chance to experience the Realme 3 Pro before making a buying decision.

Realme C2: specifications, price and availability

Image Credit: Realme Mobiles

Along with the Realme 3 Pro, the company also announced the Realme C2 in India. It features a 6.1-inch HD+ (1560 X 720 pixels) display with a waterdrop notch on the front and is powered by MediaTek Helio P22 chipset.

The rear panel of the C2 has diamond-cut design and house dual camera system. It consists of a primary 13MP camera assisted by a 2MP depth-sensor. Additionally, there's a 5MP selfie camera housed within the waterdrop notch.

It runs on Realme's custom UI ColorOS 6.0 which is based on Android 9.0 Pie.

Realme C2 has a 4,000mAh battery to boot which, given its pricing, is more than what one could ask for.

The C2 will be available in two variants- either with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage or with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. This can further be expanded by upto 256GB using a microSD card.

Realme C2 with 2GB of RAM is priced at Rs 5,999 while the 3GB model will be up for grabs at Rs 7,999. The first sale is scheduled for May 15 at 12 noon on Flipkart and Realme India Store.

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Samsung reportedly puts its Galaxy Fold launch events on hold in China

Latest Tech News - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 05:30

Samsung is reportedly pushing back its planned Galaxy Fold launch events in China this week – and though a last-minute hitch with venues is being blamed by insider sources, it also gives Samsung a little more time to investigate screen issues with the device.

As SamMobile reports, several events have been postponed, including ones in Shanghai and Hong Kong, although Samsung is promising that the April 26 Fold launch in the US will go ahead as planned.

In response to a number of press review units developing glitches around the display hinge, Samsung previously said it was ready to "thoroughly inspect" the broken units to see what had gone wrong.

Some of the problems seem to have stemmed from the removal of a protective plastic layer on the display – it may look like an optional screen protector but it's actually essential to the smooth operation of the folding screen.

Fold on hold?

Perhaps a few extra days will give Samsung chance to make it clearer that the screen cover shouldn't be removed under any circumstances (don't forget this if you're planning to pick up a Galaxy Fold of your own).

After unveiling the innovative folding phone, Samsung said it had undergone rigorous testing, and that the handset was ready to withstand 200,000 folds – or around five years of regular use.

We'll have to wait and see what Samsung's investigation turns up, but as yet there's no indication that the phone won't go on sale across the world as originally planned.

The Galaxy Fold retails for $1,980 in the US, €2,000 in mainland Europe and £1,799 in the UK. It's just one of several foldable phones we're expecting to see on the market in the next few years.

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5G deployment will be the hottest topic of discussion at ITU conference in Egypt

Latest Tech News - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 02:46

New frequency bands for 5G deployment will be the hottest topic of discussion when ITU (International Telecommunications Union) members meet at the World Radio Communication Conference (WRC) 2019 in Egypt.

The WRC takes place between October 28 to November 22 and is organised by the ITU to review and revise radio regulations.

Tareq Al Awadi, Executive Director for spectrum management at the TRA and chairman of Arab Spectrum Management Group, told TechRadar Middle East that WRC is an important event for the industry where regulators decide on allocating spectrum around the world and who gets to use what frequencies- including satellite operators and broadcasters.

The vital C-band

Much of the focus will be on the C-band (3.3GHz-3.8GHz), where satellite operators use these frequencies, apart from the higher frequency bands, also known as millimetre wave.

The millimetre wave operates within the 24.25GHz to the 86GHz range and most of it are not used by satellites.

ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao said that the conference will fix the basic standards and the spectrum for 5G and “we can have a much better idea on how to fix the rules and other issues.”

The ITU hopes that satellite operators will cooperate in moving from analogue to digital in a bid to free up any unused spectrums as digital occupies less radio spectrum. “We encourage satellite operators to have good cooperation and coordination with the ITU as the satellite providers have made huge investments since the 1970s,” he said.

Al Awadi said that satellite operators in the UAE such as Thuraya and Yahsat have some difficulties in the C-band but have made technical arrangements to protect their air stations.

“We don’t have much problem in the UAE. Even in the Arab group, C-band has been assigned for any 5G deployment by 2020. Some countries have issues with 3.4GHz and 3.8GHz but the frequency bands for both the telecom operators in the UAE have been allocated in the C-band.

Moreover, he said that TRA has already assigned a number of frequency bands for 5G last year in the C-band and port operators such as DP World are currently using 100Mhz in the C-band. 

“By the end of this year or beginning of 2020, port operators will have between 200MHz and 250MHz in the C-band.

Revenue potential with 5G

According to a recent report by Swedish telecom company Ericsson, Telecom operators in the UAE stand to gain an additional $3.3 (Dh12.1) billion in revenues by 2026 from the digitalisation of industries with 5G technology.

The report states that growth potential in the UAE is being driven by the digitalisation of the manufacturing sector, expecting it to contribute 18% of the potential revenues by 2026, followed by energy and utilities with 16% and public safety by 12.5%.

Al Awadi said that the 5G business model is completely different from 3G/4G and the UAE is ready for the fourth industrial revolution. “Some countries have already started at 700MHz for lower bandwidth and some countries, including the Arab countries, are also interested in the L band (1-2GHz),” he said.

In the next two to three years, he said that the UAE will start 5G in mobile and fixed-line businesses and that is where the devices will be available. 

“The devices for verticals such as manufacturing, utilities, healthcare, retail, agriculture and Automotive, etc. are not yet ready but the network will be ready. These new use cases are the ones which will make 5G a success. 5G will be available initially in certain hotspots and will take years to have full coverage” he said.

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APC's May 2019 issue is on sale now!

Latest Tech News - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 00:34

 

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update is packed with irresistible enhancements. Take a tour of them all in the new issue of APC, and learn how to get your PC running just the way you like it.

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How to watch Game of Thrones season 8, episode 2 stream online from anywhere

Latest Tech News - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 17:48

Last week we were finally gifted with the return of Game of Thrones. As excited as we were to finally get to watch Game of Thrones again, it pales in comparison to how we're feeling about season 8 episode 2.

While last week's episode got us feeling the GoT shivers once again, it didn't quite swing into the all out warfare the finale is promising, but promo trailers for season 8 episode 2 show that everything is about to change. With conflicts between pretty much every character you can think of being advertised, you are not going to want to miss this second episode.

Luckily for you, you're in the right place for all your how to watch Game of Thrones episode 2 know-how. We've tracked down the streaming services, costs and times for the second episode so you can be ready with your bowl of popcorn before it starts - you can find a full guide for several countries down below.

We would attempt to catch you up on seasons 1-7 in preparation for the new episode but considering there's 2 days, 15 hours and 30 minutes worth of content...it might take us a while. Just know, this season is going to be big! 

So with the first episode now live and the second imminent, this is the place to be to see how to watch Game of Thrones season 8, episode 2, no matter where you live. 

Watch Game of Thrones episode 2: stream from outside your country

Want to watch Game of Thrones season 8, episode 2 in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, India, UAE or New Zealand? We've found all of your best options and listed them below.

But, if you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstances where you've booked a holiday over the air time of the first episode, then things get a bit more difficult. For those unlucky fans, all hope isn't lost yet. You will find that watching it won't be an option thanks to geo-blocking. This means that broadcasters do tend to try and stop you from watching in other countries, putting up some virtual roadblocks.

But, thanks to a little bit of working around, there is still a way to catch all the episodes while you're away. By using a VPN, you will still be able to catch up on the show by changing your IP address to a location back where you live, allowing you to watch that important first episode (assuming that doesn't breach any TS&Cs, of course) - and that's without finding some dodgy stream on Reddit.

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Can I use a tablet as a replacement for my smartphone?

Latest Tech News - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 12:00

There are two pieces of tech that are arguably vital for a connected existence in the modern world; smartphones are part of our daily routine, as a tool to communicate with the wider world (as well as serving as a portable entertainment device), while for many, a laptop or computer is crucial for work.

Tablets are meant to fit both these tasks – they’re portable like smartphones and share the same operating systems, but they’re large enough to comfortably run word processors and spreadsheets like a computer.

But can you actually use a tablet as a replacement for a smartphone? To find out I locked my smartphone away, and spent a few days using my iPad (2017) as my only form of portable tech. 

Walking on com-mute

When I’m commuting, I always use my phone to stream music or podcasts on Spotify, but since my tablet had to go in my bag rather than my pocket, my headphone cable couldn't reach it. So, I walked to work in silence, sans tunes, and sans casts.

I say silent, but my music would normally allow me to ignore the horrible sounds of London’s Euston Road, so I swapping my smartphone for a tablet made me more in-tune with my surroundings – which wasn't a good thing.

Taking the London Underground was a whole different story however – while previously I’d squinted at ebooks or Netflix shows on my phone, with a tablet I had a portable cinema on my lap, and I made sure to make the most of it.

I always loaded up the tablet with the best Netflix shows I could find (which were always longer than my commute, annoyingly), and since people often bring laptops onto the tube I felt no shame having my moderate-sized handheld.

A size above. Image credit: TechRadar

Work hard

Ditching my laptop in order to work on an iPad felt like a real trial by fire, as it’s a very different beast to a laptop. 

Typing on the iPad’s on-screen keyboard took a while to get used to, as when I touch-typed on it like I would a laptop keyboard, I’d often lose letters in words or accidentally swipe down on keys, selecting symbols instead of letters. 

You definitely can’t use tablet keyboards in the same way as physical ones, although my tablet typing pace definitely got closer to my usual keyboard-enabled speed after a while.

The iPad was a blessing when it came to working in different places though – it’s always a chore having to assemble and boot up a chunky laptop when working on the go, but with the iPad I could whip it out and have it running in a matter of seconds.

I also really enjoyed the lack of distraction brought about my ditching the smartphone – the absence of a gadget to fiddle with and browse on meant I was more focused on work and less likely to lose large chunks of time to doing nothing.

Playing it call

The biggest issue with using a tablet as a phone, is that a tablet isn’t exactly a portable texting and calling device  and while that’s certainly true, who really needs to text and call nowadays?

All my communication is done through WhatsApp, emails, Slack, video calls and actual human face-to-face interaction, and I’d estimate that I only make or receive one phone call a week.

That’s not a lot, and after my tablet-exclusive time I didn't have a single missed call or text, which shows how unimportant these phone features have become to me (of course I had WhatsApp calls and messages, but I rarely if ever dip into my phone contract). 

Who texts now anyway? Image credit: TechRadar

Using a tablet did reduce my communication in one major way, as the inability to whip out my phone and scroll through apps meant I spent a lot less time on social media – but I’d say that’s actually a good thing, and I spent more time on non-phone activities and real-life conversations.

Play hard

I’m a big mobile gamer, and have been known to disappear into a quick game from time to time of something light like a puzzle game or sometimes heavier fare, like PUBG Mobile.

Having an iPad didn’t change that, but it was like playing a HD remaster of a childhood classic – the bigger screen made games play quicker, look better, and feel more immersive. 

For the few days my tablet was my only piece of portable tech, I probably played more games than I usually would on my phone, because the experience was more like playing on a console with a big TV screen.

The iPad was superior for all kinds of media too – as I’ve already said it was like having a portable theatre for watching content at all times of day, so much so that sometimes I’d stay in bed to watch Netflix instead of making my way to the living room TV (I have a very active lifestyle, I know).

Doesn't exactly blend in, but a great speaker anyway. Image credit: TechRadar

Similarly audio quality was great – I love using my smartphone as a speaker when I’m cooking, cleaning or showering, and the audio quality on my iPad was better that on most phones I’ve used.

What did I miss?

I quickly got used to not having a phone, but there were a few things I did miss about my smartphone.

I’ve recently got into smartphone photography, but the iPad (2017)’s 8MP camera, and its massive footprint, didn’t exactly lend itself to taking photos.

One of these is better than the other, try and guess which. Image credit: TechRadar

Flicking through social media, games and work apps while in bed wasn’t very easy with a tablet that weighed double that of a phone, and I dropped it on my head multiple times while trying to have a leisurely browse.

Some apps that work great on phones aren’t optimized for tablets either, and they looked pretty horrible with tiny windows on a massive screen.

Overall though, I quickly forgot what it was like to use such a small and dainty device like a smartphone as my regular handset, as my tablet all but consumed my life, and its lack of portability meant I spent way less time looking at screens and way more time staring into the distance instead.

I'd really recommend putting down your phone once in a while to see if a tablet is good for you – of course that's a big ask, what with the price of tablets, but if you're looking for an upgrade from your old phone, maybe a tablet is the way to go.

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These Google Pixel 3 XL deals beat everything else on the market

Latest Tech News - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 11:45

For the past couple of months we've seen Google Pixel 3 deals drop in price to quickly become the budget flagship of choice. But while the camera phone extraordinaire has been enjoying cheap bills, its older brother, the Google Pixel 3 XL has refused to budge in price - until now.

Popular mobile phone retailer Mobiles.co.uk has taken the Pixel 3 XL and cut the hefty price tags. Offering two 5GB data Vodafone offers, costing £24 a month or £26 a month with differing upfront costs. Upgrading to the bigger model Pixel 3 doesn't have to suck the life from your bank balance right now. 

You can see both of these offers below with their exact costs. Or if a Google device doesn't quite fulfil what you need from a phone, check out our guide to the best mobile phone deals.

These unbeatable Google Pixel 3 XL deals in full: Why choose a Google Pixel 3 XL?

Google has built up a reputation as the best camera phone on the market and it really doesn't disappoint! Offering unique camera software to best the rest of the market, snaps from this phone are not easy to compete with.

Combine that with Google's clever AI features, powerful processor and competitive battery life and you've got a phone worth far more than the prices you'll see above.

Read our full Google Pixel 3 XL review here

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APC full-version software downloads

Latest Tech News - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 10:01
Full-version commercial software for APC magazine readers (for a limited time only)

May 2019 - Issue #467

Please note that these exclusive downloads will only be available for a limited time, from 22/04/2019 to 16/06/2019.

Abelssoft Undeleter


One hasty mouse click at the wrong time – and instantly you’ve lost important files. 

But not if you have a recovery tool like Abelssoft Undeleter at hand. 

Undeleter lists all recently deleted files which can be found in a specified drive, partition or folder. 

The user can also set filters for the search, specifying which file format they’re after, or to search for a particular word in the file names. 

Photos, documents, layout files, music or videos: thanks to the search filter you can stay clear of the vast, unorganized mass of deleted files. 

Once the desired file is located, a mouse click is all it takes to restore what would otherwise be lost forever. 

Download link: Abelssoft Undeleter (11MB)

April 2019 - Issue #466

Please note that these exclusive downloads will only be available for a limited time, from 25/03/2019 to 12/05/2019.

Abelssoft File Organizer


 

Downloads, new photos, current documents: For many users, these files first end up directly on the desktop. This is where the naked chaos soon breaks out. The new Abelssoft File Organizer ensures order – fully automatically.  

File Organizer creates its own icon on the desktop: if the user drags a file onto this icon it will be processed automatically according to previously set rules. 

Depending on the file type or certain letter sequences in the file name, the files can be moved to a certain folder and thus automatically sorted away. 

Files can also be compressed, copied or deleted automatically.

Download link: Abelssoft File Organizer (3MB)

March 2019 - Issue #465

Please note that these exclusive downloads will only be available for a limited time, from 25/02/2019 to 21/04/2019.

Abelssoft ScreenVideo


 

With ScreenVideo, you can create videos of everything on your screen with just one click. You decide whether you want to record the whole screen or just a part of it. 

To explain something to someone, a video is ideal. The practical moderator function uses picture-in-picture technology to integrate you directly into the corner of your screen video. 

All you need is a webcam and off you go!

Download link: Abelssoft ScreenVideo (47MB)

February 2019 - Issue #464

Please note that these exclusive downloads will only be available for a limited time, from 28/01/2018 to 08/04/2019.

Easy Backup 2019


 

EasyBackup is the perfect zero-click solution for all your backup needs. 

EasyBackup backs up the data all by itself, as soon as a previously defined USB stick or an external hard disk is connected to the computer. The medium is recognized and the backup will start. It is a fast backup tool that can be used by every person immediately and is ready for everyday use in seconds.  

Download link: Easy Backup 2019 (4MB)

January 2019 - Issue #463

Please note that these exclusive downloads will only be available for a limited time, from 31/12/2018 to 17/02/2019.

Abelssoft AntiLogger


Abelssoft AntiLogger is especially developed to detect and neutralise spyware. 

To harden your system against unwelcome Intruders in the future, the background guard provides a permanent protection.

Since not every suspicious application is a harmful spyware application, AntiLogger provides the option to treat each piece of flagged software individually. 

This application has been optimised for Windows 10.  

Download link: Abelssoft AntiLogger (4MB)

Christmas 2018 - Issue #462

Please note that these exclusive downloads will only be available for a limited time, from 3/12/2018 to 20/01/2019.

Abelssoft Find My Files


Find My Files impresses with high speed and accuracy, based on a specially developed search syntax for NTFS index technology. 

New methods of data forensics are used, which are also used by ministries and investigative authorities. 

The search program has a helpful Search-As-You-Type function, which provides you a suitable result in real time while entering the search term. 

External hard disks can also be included in the search, and the result list can be sorted by important information with a single click.

Download link: Abelssoft Find My Files (5MB)

December 2018 - Issue #461

Please note that these exclusive downloads will only be available for a limited time, from 5/11/2018 to 23/12/2018.

Abelssoft FileFusion


FileFusion is an innovative tool that can clear up to 31% of disk space. 

On each PC there are many files, such as images or system files, which are duplicated, but with the innovative FileFusion technology this can be reversed, through the three-stage process of deduplication. 

FileFusion is a quiet background operation and users won't notice any difference in their daily computer usage, except when they check their hard drive space! 

Download link: Abelssoft FileFusion (25MB)

November 2018 - Issue #460

Please note that these exclusive downloads will only be available for a limited time, from 8/10/2018 to 2/12/2018.

Abelssoft PC Fresh


PC Fresh optimises computers — and now, with its open-with-Manager, file associations too! 

Windows does what it pleases — and that’s usually far too much. PC Fresh cuts the fat off, ending unnecessary Windows services, pruning startup programs, and resolving system slowdowns. 

Additionally, the software finds lost application serial numbers hidden on the system and allows the user to customise various aspects of Windows. 

PC Fresh also includes manager for easily assigning file associations, such as opening .txt files with WordPad. 

Download link: Abelssoft PC Fresh (6MB)

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The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition - why pay more for less?

Latest Tech News - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 10:01

While the shift from physical media has changed the world of music, movies and PC gaming in recent years, console gaming has been a bit more stubborn. After much speculation though, Microsoft is finally trying to give us a not too subtle push towards a digital-only marketplace for our games with the imminent release of the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. The thing is, you'd be a fool to buy into it at this time.

PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo fans have always been quite vocal on reasons for fearing a digital-only future, and as Deals Editor of TechRadar, I can see why. And nostalgia for a collection of physical games doesn't really fit into it as much as it used too either.

Quite simply, it's all about the prices for both hardware and software. Microsoft (and plenty of other publisher partners) haven't quite grasped the concept of fair pricing for digital games and now the hardware seems to be following suit. And when you look at the overall bang for your buck and game-buying options delivered by the new Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, it's an underwhelming piece of hardware, representing poor value for money.

The Xbox One S All-Digital price

When considering a digital-only console, it needs a hook to really tempt us away from the traditional disc-based versions. There are at least a few bundled games to get you going in Minecraft, Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon 3. But how about some technical improvements inside promising slightly quicker loading, or less power consumption? Getting rid of a the disc-drive would surely provide an opportunity to reimagine the chassis of the console for a more compact design too of course? Yeah, you're getting none of that. 

The new Xbox just has a forlorn blank white space where the disc slot used to be, effectively gagging your gaming options for a huge back-catalogue of games and blu-rays. And why bother with expensive redesigns, when you can spend 30 seconds in PhotoShop? It worked out ok for Deadpool after all...

Image credit: 20th Century fox

The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition will cost $249 in the US and £199 in the UK. Microsoft claims that's cheaper than the $299 MSRP / £249 RRP of the current S model, which is technically true. But decent retailers, ones that you'd have to be seriously unlucky to be unaware of, haven't charged those prices for a long, long time. 

Before all the digital-only console rumours really starting emerging over the last few months, the Xbox One S had already become one of the best-priced gaming consoles on the market as Microsoft discontinued the older 500GB models in favour of making the 1TB one the new standard, while keeping the prices the same - the 1TB models used to be $50/£50 more expensive.

At the time of writing, over on our Xbox One deals (UK) page you could pick up a standard 1TB Xbox S, a digital copy of The Division 2 and a physical copy of Forza Horizon 4 for just £209.99 at Amazon. And it's not a rare sight to see the console on its own go for around £190. Over on the Xbox One deals (USA) guide you'll find highlights from just $199 including either Minecraft or Battlefield V. And don't forget it's only April, a time of year when console deals are usually a bit, well, awful.

To say goodbye to discs, or more precisely having the option of using discs at least, Microsoft needs to really up its game with a better deal. So naturally, for basically the same amount of money (or less!), we'd certainly advise picking up the regular Xbox One S, instead. 

Why rob yourself of the opportunity of buying a physical disc when you spot a bargain online or at your local store for both new and pre-owned games? Or maybe you'll want to play both regular and 4K blu-rays (the Xbox One S is a very reasonably-priced 4K blu-ray player). Even if you love the idea of a clutter-free disc-free future, there's zero incentive to shut off the past with the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition at the current price.

The Xbox Game Pass could make this interesting...

Before the initial Xbox One S All-Digital announcement was revealed (and priced), I was actually intrigued to see what we'd get as Microsoft has been absolutely killing it lately with its not so secret weapon - the Xbox Game Pass.

Like many for the current console generation cycle, the PS4 is my main gaming machine, while my Xbox One would have been slung on eBay a long time ago if delivering heavy boxes and dealing with randos on the selling site wasn't such a hassle. I haven't bought a physical game for it since Rise of the Tomb Raider and Quantum Break before that, with only a a steady supply of Xbox Live's Games with Gold and the need to finally finish the backwards-compatible Fallout: New Vegas giving me any reason to turn it on. And then I tried the Game Pass free trial.

This is as close as we've ever got to a genuine 'Netflix for Games.' Sure you download titles rather than stream them, but given how much broadband speeds can vary, not to mention game-streaming is much more data-intensive than movie streaming (we're still hyped for Google's upcoming Stadia service though) that's totally fine for us as once a title is on our hard-drives we never need to dread a buffering pause. 

The clearest comparison to Netflix though, in addition to a wide choice of nearly 200 titles now, is the value. At $9.99/£7.99 a month (or less if you buy a larger amount upfront in a deal) it simply wipes the floor with any of the rival gaming subscriptions services, especially Sony's laughably over-priced PlayStation Now. Add in the fact that Microsoft has been adding its latest exclusives to the service, on the day of release no less, and it's one of the best gaming deals we've ever seen. Which is why it's baffling to not see the console released with a free six or 12-month subscription at this price. 

The other elephant in the room though when looking at digital-only consoles is the outrageous pricing for new games on digital stores. When a new game is released on disc, you'd generally expect to pay $60/£40 for it, maybe a bit more for the likes of Red Dead Redemption 2 or the newest FIFA. Take yourself over to the PSN and XBL stores on your console and you'll find a trap for the overpaid and uninformed. 

Although we have to admit the pricing disparity is more of a UK issue nowadays as standard versions of digital version of the games regularly cost £60 compared to £40 for a physical version. In the US, things have improved and we're more used to seeing $60 for both physical and digital versions. But still, shouldn't digital games be cheaper than physical ones? We've been asking that question for years though.

Physical copies of games of course carry extra value in that they can be resold by the buyer and prices drop on them much sooner than digital thanks to the more open and competitive retail landscape. PC gaming is pretty much all digital now, but even with Steam's dominance in the digital marketplace, there are at least other stores selling game keys too, ensuring at least some competitive pricing on the scene. 

Could the all-digital Xbox One be a good option though?

If you already have a PS4, but have fancied an Xbox One for a while, the All-Digital Edition could potentially be worth a look. The lack of a physical disc-drive isn't as much of a concern when you can still buy discs for your PS4, and the small number of exclusives on Microsoft's platform are available quite cheaply in digital format, or are found on the Game Pass. And quite simply, if you have no intention of buying the Game Pass, then I see little reason to pick up this console. 

But still, I can't recommend this console as things stand today. You save no money and it'll cost you even more than the disc version at most stores stores. But let's not forget though, the Black Friday deals are coming.

This will give Microsoft the opportunity to price the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition at at a level it should have been from the start. Honestly, we want to see this for $150/£99 to really tempt us to going all in on digital. And even then, it probably won't cost much more to get a Black Friday discount on the disc-based version.

Nobody knows your buying habits better than you though. We just want you to get the best bang for your buck. So even if you've already stopped buying physical games, we'd still wait a while for the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition to drop in price.

How it could affect the next console generation?

Microsoft has fallen Sony behind this generation. The Xbox One consoles have undersold compared to Sony's runaway machine. The exclusives have been few and far between and recent ones like Sea of Thieves and Crackdown 3 have turned out to be disappointments not worth the long wait. It didn't help that the messaging was such a disaster before the Xbox One even launched - remember the always-online/no preowned fiasco? Oh and forcing the 'essential' Kinect camera on gamers made for an overpriced launch that made the decision even easier for gamers.

Xbox Game Pass is Microsoft's hottest innovation in years though and the more members it can build up now, the better its chances of making gamers consider the Xbox Two, instead of a PS5 if they know there is going to be an affordable service to give them lots to play on the console. 

A super low price on the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition right now would have given Microsoft a chance to show off to gamers how strong the company's future is looking and urge them to stick with Microsoft next-gen. We can only hope that by the time this disc-less console reaches an attractive price point we haven't lost interest as we may be too busy saving our cash for a PS5 or Xbox Two if this year's E3 convinces us the next-gen consoles are coming next year. 

A discount announcement during E3 week could make things much more interesting though - don't make us wait until Black Friday, Microsoft. For now though, we'll keep you updated on the latest prices for all three versions of the Xbox One console via our deal pages below. And be sure to bookmark our E3 page too for all the latest news as it happens live from LA.

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Leaked case dummies give us another look at the iPhone 11 models

Latest Tech News - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 09:30

The number of rumors and leaks we're getting on the iPhone 11 continues to grow: yesterday we heard some new analyst predictions and today we've got some new case dummies to examine.

Shared on social media and reported by SlashLeaks, the dummies look like they've been manufactured to help case designers get ready for the new batch of phones in September.

iPhone 11 leak (credit: SlashLeaks)

If these enclosure models are genuine – and there's always an "if" with a leak like this – they don't tell us much we don't already know, but they back up previous rumors.

There are indeed "iPhone XI" and "iPhone XI Max" versions, supposedly 6.5 inches and 5.8 inches in terms of display dimensions. What we don't get a look at here is the follow-up to the iPhone XR, but who knows how Apple will label that.

What we think we know so far

The triple-lens rear camera setup that we've heard so much about is in evidence again, so it looks a good bet that this is indeed the way Apple's going this year.

All will be revealed in full in September – like last year, the rumors suggest three iPhone 11 models will be on show, with three different screen sizes.

Two-way wireless charging is something that Apple is being tipped to introduce to the iPhone range in 2019, while we've also heard unofficial whispers that the battery is going to get significantly bigger too.

On top of all that you can expect the usual bump in speed and performance as Apple tries to keep pace with rival handsets, including the Google Pixel 4.

Via AppleInsider

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This Now TV offer will let you watch every episode of Game of Thrones, including season 8

Latest Tech News - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 09:24

Now TV deals and Game of Thrones are a perfect match this weekend, and just because season 8 kicked off last week, doesn't mean it's too late to get involved. Not only can you still watch that first episode on demand ahead of episode two tonight (or tomorrow morning if you will), but you'll also find the entire box sets for seasons 1-7 are available to stream right now. You could be watching just minutes from now.

We've been rebinging them again lately and it's fantastic fun watching old episodes with knowing eyes, looking out for early clues to larger events later on. We'd certainly rather do that than watch a five-minute summary of it all on YouTube. If you're going to do that (maybe you want to let a few episodes of the new season build up for a proper session first), just be look out for spoilers from your friends/colleagues/randoms on the bus/talking trees and the like.   

This really is the best Now TV pass deal we've seen for quite some time and perfectly timed for Game of Thrones fans. You can watch live at the same time the show broadcasts in the US at 2am each Monday or watch it later on at a more sensible hour. Or both.

You'll find the free Now TV app on a huge range of devices. Smart TVs are most convenient if they have the app available, but you'll also find it on PlayStation and Xbox consoles, Chromecasts, Roku sticks and boxes, Apple TV, EETV, modern Youview boxes, mobiles, tablets or simply login with your PC or Mac. 

If you want to check out the full range of services offered by Now TV, head on over to our Now TV deals and offers guide. And if you've been meaning to upgrade your TV, be sure to have a peak at our roundup of the best cheap TV deals.

And if you happen to be outside the UK but still desperate for your GoT fix, then you'll need a VPN in order to get around pesky geo-blocking. Our favourite is ExpressVPN, thanks to its speed, security and simplicity to download and use.

So now all you need to figure out is whether your're going to stay up and watch or catch it at a more reasonable hour!

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Flagship phones have gone completely mad and it's all our fault

Latest Tech News - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 07:00

I can't watch it again. I just can't. Won't. You can't make me. Please.

I don't care about the Samsung Galaxy Fold's inconvenient, well, 'fold' down the center of its magic expand-o-screen. Or that some other reviewers' Folds reportedly broke after just a few days. Or that it'll cost nearly two grand and is a bit fat. It's the "Galaxy Fold: Unveiling" video on Samsung's official YouTube channel that's squelching my adrenal gland like a spider choke-holding a satsuma. 

We begin in darkness. Then, the eerie gloss of some… thing fades into view. A woman starts singing: "Come with me, and you’ll be, in a wooorld of pure imagination" - but in that sort of creepy lullaby voice that's best juxtaposed with footage of a serial killing clown sharpening his tools or shaky-cam footage of a zombie outbreak. Bursts of static. People screaming. "Come with meeee…" The camera falls sideways. The screen cracks. A wailing man is dragged out of shot by tearing, grasping hands. Buy Samsung.

It's terrifying. It's also mad. Brad-Pitt-Chanel-advert mad. "We didn't just change the shape of the phone. We changed the shape of tomorrow," Samsung proclaims. You changed Friday? Into what? A cube? What else did you do? I wasn't there for the Fold's announcement, but I can imagine the Brand High Priest onstage with his hands raised addressing the flock. "We didn't just create a folding phone. We deleted Tuesday," he declares. One seventh of the audience immediately disappears. The rest are on their feet, shouting in tongues, applauding and rending clothes.

The video ends with a hashtag imploring us to, "#DoWhatYouCant". Which I can only interpret as, "buy our unaffordable phone". But I haven't had time to check that with the auguries yet.

The Galaxy Fold launch event. (Image Credit: Samsung)

Hashtag hypnotism

Apparently, this is what it takes to sell a flagship smartphone in 2019. It's the natural end-point of Steve Jobs' coming-down-from-the-mountain Apple press conferences (often with literal tablets). You can't just sell a phone anymore: you have to spritz it with a magical glamour and Derren Brown people with hashtag hypnotism. It isn't a phone: it’s a statement. A lifestyle. A talisman of beauty and wealth. That makes phone calls.

And while Samsung's Fold is the device currently flexing self-consciously in the limelight, all this sparkly nonsense really did begin with Apple. In his book, The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, NYU professor Mark Galloway expertly dissects how Apple leapfrogged the total dominance of its competition to become the 'it' brand. It's a long book and only a quarter of it is about Apple, but basically: Apple didn't sell phones; Apple sold luxury. Even more basically: Apple sold sex.

"Since men are wired to procreate aggressively, the caveman in us hungers for that Rolex, or Lamborghini - or Apple," Galloway writes. "And the caveman, thinking with his genitals, will sacrifice a lot (pay an irrational price) for the chance to impress."

'Irrational' barely starts to cover it. Today, the most expensive iPhone you can buy - the iPhone XS Max, with 512GB of storage - costs one-and-a-half-thousand pounds ($1449, AU$2,369). The first iPhone, which launched in 2007, cost £269 ($599 in the US for the 8GB model). 

Which, if you adjust for inflation, might help take your mind off the fact you just spent £1500 on a telephone. Like an eighties Wall Street tycoon. Or a Kardashian. Or Donald Trump.

The iPhone XS Max is big in size and price. (Image Credit: TechRadar)

What do you get for your £1500 with the iPhone XS Max? The Apple website simply can't contain itself. It doesn't have videos: it has "Films", describing in nebulous buzzword-ery just what each model will deign to provide for your money. 

Technologically speaking: smartphones are done. We've finished them. We can stop now.

You get surgical-grade stainless steel (as you'd expect from a phone that's just gouged your eyes out), an "Intelligent A12 Bionic" chip with a "Neural Engine" (either an upgraded processor or one of those eggs that trap people in virtual reality in Black Mirror), and wireless charging. What's that? Does the outside use an advanced physical vapor deposition process for colors and reflectivity? Um, of course it does, grandad. Why else would it cost so much?

And therein lies the rub. Right there, in the messianic advertising rubbish. It's not technological breakthrough that's driving every major brand to release more blindingly flash smartphones year-on-year. It's us. The cavemen. And our throbbing caveman genitals. Because the truth is, technologically speaking: smartphones are done. We've finished them. We can stop now.

Top Trumps

Remember Steve Jobs' insistence that the iPhone would always have a 3.5-inch screen, because that was the "perfect size for consumers"? Well, OK, he was wrong about the number - but Apple (along with everybody else) does since seem to have settled on a new "perfect", which hovers somewhere around six inches. 

Until we evolve bigger hands, six inches just is about the right size to hold comfortably. You can make bigger phones - the XS Max, the Galaxy Note 9, for example - but you'll reliably sell fewer of them than those phones which conform to the post-Jobsian standard. 

And if you go too big, then you've stopped making phones and started making tablets. Which is fine. Unless you're a company that already makes tablets, in which case you've added yourself to your own list of competitors.

So, what else can you tweeze into your flagship smartphone to justify both a high price and the mandatory twelve-month update? Well, that £1500 iPhone XS Max managed to swallow 512GB of storage. Which would totally hold all your music and TV shows and films (proper films, Apple - not ones of models taking photos on sand dunes for some reason). Or at least it would, if Apple wasn't simultaneously pushing Apple Music and Apple TV Plus, which covers all three of the above - as do Netflix, Amazon Prime, Google Music, Spotify and so on.

Resolution? That can always go up, right? Right. Except, again, screen size can't. So sooner or later, you inevitably reach the point where the human eye can't tell the difference between one screen's clarity and another, even if one is technically 1000 times sharper. And unless you're projecting the contents of your Instagram feed onto a field from a circling blimp, the same goes for camera resolutions.

Do you  project the contents of your Instagram feed onto a field from a circling blimp? (Image Credit: TechRadar)

So, what are you actually selling when you launch/unveil/conjure a flagship smartphone today? Numbers, mostly. 512GB of this. 20MP of that. Words, too: "bionic", "neural", "bokeh", "surgical". Not technically meaningless - just meaningless in the practical sense. 

Small incremental increases, year-on-year, in what boils down to an incredibly expensive game of Top Trumps. The digital equivalent of those diver's watches that can survive depths that would crush a human torso into giblets for isopods.

Or, you can make a phone that folds. Or rolls. Or makes toast. It doesn't really matter - so long as your audience is just a bunch of horny cavemen playing Top Trumps. It's only if those cavemen ever put your new phone, your last phone and a print-out of their bank statement next to each other that you have worry about being clubbed.

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Netflix tests a random episode mode to help you decide what to watch

Latest Tech News - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 05:30

The amount of choice on Netflix can feel overwhelming at times, and if you're looking for recommendations about what to watch, there might soon be a new way of finding it: a random episode mode.

Spotted by Android Police, the experimental feature might better be described as a popular episode mode, serving up an episode that a lot of other users have watched.

According to a sample screenshot, the mode could pick out an episode of Our Planet or The Office for you. A random episode button appears on the playback screen too.

For the time being this seems to be just another test for Netflix, which hasn't announced anything officially. It may never roll out to everyone, but it's interesting to see the sort of tweaks Netflix is trying.

More competition

Diving deep into the middle of a series might not be the best way to start watching something but Netflix would appear to think it has potential.

Of course the streaming service already offers plenty of ways to get you started on something new, including trailers that auto-play on the home screen and an advanced recommendation engine.

If the random or popular episode option does indeed get added as a feature for everyone, it's something else to make use of when you don't know what to watch.

With Apple and Disney launching their own on-demand TV and movie services this year, Netflix knows it has to keep innovating to survive – and this might end up being one small way of doing that.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active vs Samsung Galaxy Watch

Latest Tech News - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 05:00

Samsung has now launched the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active, the second wearable in what's now become a range. This is offered as an alternative to the standard Samsung Galaxy Watch and we've given both of them four-star reviews. But there are lots more differences than just an adjective added to the Active's name.

That said, the two wearables also have plenty in common, and the decision you make isn't as simple as opting for the Galaxy Watch Active if you want a sporty wearable and the Galaxy Watch if you don't.

With that in mind we've compared these two watches, highlighting all the key differences along with what's the same, so you can make an educated choice as to which to buy.

Design

The Samsung Galaxy Watch comes in both 46mm and 42mm sizes, with 22mm straps used for the larger model and 20mm for the smaller. While it comes with a silicone strap, you can swap that out for any standard pin-based watch strap.

The body of the watch is metal, but it's a substantially-sized thing at either 41.9 x 45.7 x 12.7mm or 46 x 49 x 13mm (depending on whether you go for the small or large option). It's also a hefty thing at either 49g or 63g (depending on what size you choose) without a strap, but it undeniably looks high-end.

Everything is a little simpler for the newer Galaxy Watch Active, as you can only get it in a 40mm size. The actual dimensions are 39.5 x 39.5 x 10.5mm, so it's a little smaller than even the smallest variant of the standard Galaxy Watch.

It's also a whole lot lighter at just 25g without a strap, despite also being made of metal, and that light weight makes it ideal for working out in. Speaking of the strap, you'll get a 20mm silicone one, and as with the standard Galaxy Watch this can be swapped out for other bands of that size.

Other differences include the presence of a rotatable bezel on the standard Galaxy Watch, which can be used for navigating the wearable's screens.

It's a handy feature and arguably would be even more useful on the Watch Active, since its compact screen can make the watch a bit cramped to interact with, but it's not offered here, perhaps to ensure a smaller build.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active does come in a slightly wider range of colors though, with black, silver, rose gold and green shades offered, while the Samsung Galaxy Watch just comes in silver, midnight black and rose gold.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy Watch has either a 1.3-inch or 1.2-inch 360 x 360 circular Super AMOLED screen that comes in at around 278 pixels per inch. The screen size is matched to the body size - so the 46mm watch has a 1.3-inch display, while the 42mm one has a 1.2-inch screen.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active meanwhile comes in just one size - a 1.1-inch screen, but it's still 360 x 360, so has a marginally higher pixel density, and as with the standard Galaxy Watch it's Super AMOLED.

Of course, while the Active might be a little sharper, it's also a bit more cramped - if you have big digits you might get on better with the larger screen on the Samsung Galaxy Watch. We didn't find the small screen too much of an issue in our review though, and we found both displays to be bright and colorful.

One additional thing to note though is that while the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active's screen uses Gorilla Glass, the standard Galaxy Watch uses Gorilla Glass DX+, which should make it a little more resistant to scratches.

Fitness

 Samsung Galaxy Watch Active. Image Credit: TechRadar

While the standard Galaxy Watch isn't quite as focused on fitness as the Galaxy Watch Active, nor is it lacking in that area, as it has a heart rate monitor, GPS, an altimeter, a barometer, and it's waterproof, so you could wear it in the pool if you so desired.

It can track 39 different exercises, with six of them auto-tracked, and it can also track your sleep, measure your stress and vibrate on your wrist to remind you to move more.

It also comes with a stress monitoring feature that uses the heart rate tracker to give you a clear picture of your stress levels throughout the day. When it thinks you're experiencing stress it will offer you breathing exercises and mindfulness sessions to help calm you.

Stress monitoring on the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active. Image Credit: TechRadar

These worked well in our tests, though aren't a rival for paid meditation apps like Headspace and Simple Habit.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active offers all this and adds a blood pressure monitor to the mix. We haven't been able to test this yet so can't say whether it's any good, but that and the more lightweight design are the only real things this watch does to earn its 'Active' moniker above and beyond what the Galaxy Watch offers.

Battery and features

Samsung Galaxy Watch. Image Credit: TechRadar

The Samsung Galaxy Watch is a wearable that just keeps on going, with battery life of around four days in our tests. At least, for the larger model with its 472mAh battery. The smaller model has just a 270mAh battery, and despite its smaller screen it's only rated for around three days between charges.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active meanwhile has a 230mAh battery, so it's smaller than even the smallest Galaxy Watch one. In our tests we found it would last just around two days between charges, which actually is pretty standard for smartwatches, but a lot worse than the standard Galaxy Watch.

As for features, highlights of the Galaxy Watch include NFC, which lets you make use of Samsung Pay for contactless payments. It also optionally comes with LTE, meaning you can get calls and texts on the watch without it being connected to your phone.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active meanwhile also has NFC but doesn't have LTE, so if you want to stay in touch with the rest of your world you'll have to keep your phone with you.

OS and power

Samsung Galaxy Watch. Image Credit: TechRadar

Both the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Watch run Tizen, which is a rarity on smartwatches, but it's an operating system that we like a lot. It also has access to over 60,000 watch faces and a variety of apps.

As for power, both watches have a 1.15GHz dual-core Exynos 9110 chipset and 4GB of storage. RAM is similar but not identical - the Galaxy Watch comes with either 768MB or - if you opt for the LTE model - 1.5GB, while the Galaxy Watch Active comes with 750MB.

So there's not much to choose here other than there being a little more RAM in the standard Galaxy Watch. In practice we found performance on both watches was generally smooth.

Price

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active. Image Credit: TechRadar

The Galaxy Watch Active costs £229 / $199.99 / AU$348, which is a mid-range smartwatch price.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch launched at $329 / £279 / AU$499 for the 42mm model and $349 / £299 / AU$549 for the 46mm version. 

If you want LTE it costs $379 / AU$599 (around £290) for the 42mm model or $399 / AU$649 (roughly £305) for the 46mm one. Though you can often now find it for a bit less than those prices.

Takeaway

The Galaxy Watch Active is a smaller, cheaper alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Watch. It looks just as stylish, performs similarly well and has most of the same features. It also adds blood pressure monitoring to the mix.

Yet it doesn't do much to justify the 'Active' name, and it lacks the rotating bezel and optional LTE of the standard Samsung Galaxy Watch. It also has worse battery life in our tests.

So unless you really want blood pressure monitoring the Samsung Galaxy Watch is arguably the better device overall, but it's priced at a premium, so if you're on a budget or have dainty wrists then the Galaxy Watch Active is the better choice.

As we noted at the top, we awarded both wearables four stars, so you can't really go wrong with either.

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Huawei sees no impact on its 5G business from Middle East despite US accusations

Latest Tech News - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 03:13

Huawei will not be put off by the false accusations of spying by the US and its allies and will push ahead with its 5G rollout and investments in the Middle East.

Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the Samena Council’s Leaders’ Summit 2019, Charles Yang, president of Huawei Middle East, said that the US has not been able to prove its allegations and it will not impact its business in the Middle East.

The world’s largest telecom networks equipment manufacturer has come under the microscope and the US has asked many countries to block Huawei from supplying telecom equipment despite Huawei repeatedly denying the allegations.

In fact, the US is also expected to push its allies at a meeting in Prague on May2-3 to make it difficult for Huawei to dominate the 5G telecom networks space. According to media reports, Germany and Poland have no plans to stop Huawei from participating in the race for super-fast internet network.

US applying diplomatic pressures

So far, Yang said that only Australia is following the US way to scrutinise Huawei and applying political measures and diplomatic pressures.

“It is using the power of the country against a company which is not seen in the open history. The truth will prevail in the end and will be shown to the world. If the US wants to accuse Huawei, they need to have solid evidence.”

He added that cybersecurity is a top priority for the company that has served three billion users in 170 countries (1,500 carrier networks) and never had any network security incident. Moreover, he said that Huawei is the first telecom supplier that has proactively and voluntarily accepted the strictest network security reviews from the UK since 2010.

Huawei has 283 global partners and 57 regional partners for 5G and expects to have one million bases stations globally by 2020. Yang added that “5G is the most secure network ever as it uses a 256-bit algorithm compared to 4G’s 128-bit algorithm.” 

Jyoti Lalchandani, vice-president and regional managing director for research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), told TechRadar Middle East that Huawei may feel a short-term pinch, but it is unlikely to experience any major long-term pain as it has strong relations with global telecom players and market forces will “inevitably” come into play.

“Huawei is a much stronger player in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and certain parts of Europe. The company is making major strides in 5G and has been expanding its R&D investments significantly over the past few years,” he said. 

Huawei has been active in the Middle East telecom space for 19 years, and Yang stressed that there has never been any security incident which is why the regional telecom operators trust Huawei. He urged the governments, partners and vendors to work together and set up a unified standard for cybersecurity. 

“If a unified standard for cybersecurity happens, Huawei will be the first vendor to sign the deal,” he said. 5G is not only important to the telecom operators but also to the whole of society. “4G changed the life but 5G will change the society. We think that it will take three years for 5G to attain 500 million users while 4G took six years and 3G took nine years to achieve the 500 million user base,” he added.

Flexing muscles

Sukhdev Singh, vice-president at market research and analysis services provider Kantar AMRB, said that the US regulators and the government always have clout on influencing other countries decision with whom they should partner with and that can have an impact on the telecom operators globally.

However, he said the local technology adoption is getting more mature and not so much dependence on the US technology providers now.

“It all depends on how much each government is convinced, and if the governments' influence is not there to ban Huawei, then it will not have a big impact on Huawei.  If the US and other countries ban Huawei, they will have constraints and have fewer players in the telecom space and it may hurt the telecom industry’s innovation and growth,” he said.

How important Huawei is in the 5G race?

According to online market intelligence platform IPlytics, the Chinese company leads the race in the number of 5G standard technical contributions by a company. Huawei held 11,423 patents in 2018, followed by Ericsson with 10,351 and Nokia with 6,878, the other two big networks equipment makers.

With Huawei investing $15 billion in R&D annually and ranks among the top five, it has a clear strategic positioning in the 5G race and has the capacity to mass produce 5G chips, 5G mobile routers and CPE (customer-premises equipment), a wireless router for home.

Huawei is also one of the few smartphones manufactures, after Samsung and Oppo, to showcase 5G mobile devices.

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Crawford vs Khan live stream: how to watch the fight online from anywhere

Latest Tech News - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 17:20

Amir Khan is going over to US turf to take on the unbeaten American boxer Terence Crawford. The prize on offer is the US welterweight belt which is currently held by Crawford who has not been defeated in 34 fights. And you can get a full Crawford vs Khan live stream by reading this tailor-made guide.

Amir Khan (33-4, 20 KOs) was out of the ring for over a year before returning to win back-to-back fights against Phil Lo Greco and Samuel Vargas.. But Terence Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs) is a new level for Khan to take on as he's not only a three-weight world champion but is highly regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers out there right now.

While 32-year-old Khan may be seen as at the end of his career by some, the former unified junior welterweight champion still packs a punch and could give Crawford some real problems in the ring. 

Sounds like an intriguing contest, doesn't it? Well the good news is that it's being broadcast live around the world, and we're here to help you discover the best places to watch a Crawford vs Khan live stream.

Live stream Crawford vs Khan from outside your country

If you've been looking forward to this fight and already know where to watch, your plans may be scuppered if you're out of the country when it's on. That's because broadcasters geo-block their coverage if you try to watch from abroad.

But there's a clever workaround for this, which is perfectly legal (assuming the broadcaster's Ts&Cs allow it) and it involves using a piece of software called a VPN - better that than trying to get some dodgy stream from Reddit.

Live stream Crawford vs Khan in the US

How watch the Khan vs Crawford fight in the UK

How to watch Khan vs Crawford in Pakistan

We've looked and we've looked (and we've looked) and we can't find any news of a broadcaster in Pakistan showing Amir Khan in all his mean, lean glory this Saturday. Not great if you're there and were hoping to see him fight on Sunday morning. If that changes, we'll be sure to let you know.

The only alternative is to use one of our best VPNs as described above, set your location to a country on this page that is broadcasting and go from there. But do bear in mind that most paid streaming services do require a credit card based in the country the service is from.

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Libreoffice vs Apache OpenOffice: how to choose the right free office suite for you

Latest Tech News - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 13:00

When it comes to free office software, there are two main choices: LibreOffice and OpenOffice (or, to give it its proper name, Apache OpenOffice). The two are remarkably similar, so how can you choose the right one for you?

First, it's worth thinking carefully about whether you need desktop office software at all. Provided you have an internet connection, Google Docs, Sheets and Slides might offer everything you need, without the need to install anything, and with the extra bonus that everything you create will be automatically saved to the cloud. No more lost documents, or having to email work to yourself.

However, if you write, create spreadsheets or make presentations regularly, you might find that you need some of the more advanced features that you only get in desktop software. If you're in that camp LibreOffice and OpenOffice are two of the best options around. They're both free to download and use, even professionally, and they're open source, which means their code is publicly available.

Indeed, they're so similar that you might have a hard time choosing between them, but there are some key differences.

Why are they so similar?

LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice share a common ancestor: OpenOffice.org. This open source office suite was originally developed by the software giant Sun Microsystems, but not all of its developers were happy with the project's direction after Sun was acquired by Oracle.

As a result, a group of developers broke away and created a new fork. This became LibreOffice, which has been hosted by The Document Foundation ever since.

In 2011, Oracle announced that it was ending development of OpenOffice.org, and donated the code to Apache

LibreOffice Calc and Apache OpenOffice Calc (Image credit: The Document Foundation; Apache)

What are the differences?

Frequency of releases

One of the biggest differences between Apache OpenOffice and LibreOffice is the frequency of releases. LibreOffice is updated much more frequently than Apache OpenOffice, which means you'll receive new features and bug fixes more quickly.

The frequency of updates means there's also more potential for bugs in LibreOffice, but any that do appear are likely to be resolved quickly.

Selection of tools

Both LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice offer essentially the same set of apps (Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Base and Math), but LibreOffice also includes a tool called Charts. As its name implies, this is a small application specifically for creating charts and graphs, ready to be imported into other documents. Handy for presentations.

Language support

If you're multilingual, it's worth noting that Apache OpenOffice offers more in terms of flexibility when it comes to languages, letting you download additional language patches as plugins. If you choose LibreOffice, you'll need to pick one language at the start and stick with it.

Presentation templates in LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice (Image credit: The Document Foundation; Apache)

Pre-installed templates

If you often need to make presentations, LibreOffice has the edge in terms of the number (and quality) of slide templates available. Both software suites offer plenty of user-made designs to download, but LibreOffice's selection of pre-installed options is far superior to OpenOffice's.

Design

As you can see from the screengrabs, LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice are almost identical. The functional differences are very minor; for example, the sidebar in OpenOffice Writer is open by default, whereas in LibreOffice it's closed.

LibreOffice does look a little more modern thanks to its larger icons and leaning towards subtle pastel hues, but it's nothing that'll affect your everyday work.

Supported file types

This is likely to be the biggest deciding factor for many people. Although both LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice can open and edit native Microsoft formats DOCX and XLSX, only LibreOffice is able to save to these formats.

If you're going to be sharing documents with people using Microsoft Office, LibreOffice might therefore be the better choice.

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Apple reportedly planning big upgrades to the cameras on the iPhone 11

Latest Tech News - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 09:30

What's on your wishlist for the 2019 iPhones? Based on analyst reports, Apple is planning to give both the front-facing and rear-facing cameras on the iPhone 11 models a significant upgrade this year.

Well-respected Apple watcher Ming-Chi Kuo says that the selfie camera will get a boost from 7 megapixels to 12 megapixels, 9to5Mac reports.

An extra layer of glass will apparently be added to the lens as well, for boosting the quality of your snaps, and these upgrades are being tipped to come to all three iPhone 11 models due in September.

Around the back, meanwhile, Apple is being tipped to add a third lens with super-wide angle capabilities on the two higher-end models, so you can fit more in your shots.

Go wide

The successor to the iPhone XR will have a dual-lens rear camera, Kuo says, with the follow-ups to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max featuring triple-lens rear cameras, with the new 12MP super-wide angle lens.

A triple camera array is something we've been seeing a lot in the iPhone 11 leaks that have appeared online so far, and it makes sense that Apple would want to upgrade the camera capabilities this time around.

The new report suggests Apple is going to use a special coating to make the front-facing cameras and the third rear-facing camera lens almost invisible.

That might make the square rear camera design a little less jarring – it's appeared in several leaked renders, and looks likely to dominate the back of the two premium iPhone 2019 models.

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Disney’s biggest competitor isn’t Netflix - it’s Fortnite

Latest Tech News - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 09:00

Back in 2013 Netflix’s Ted Sarandos perfectly captured the strategic challenge that  the growing streaming service rapidly faced: “The goal is to become HBO faster than HBO can become us”, he told GQ magazine, in reference to the premium cable powerhouse that broadcasts the likes of Game of Thrones.

In other words: Though Netflix’s streaming technology is new and exciting (or at least it was five years ago), the technology alone won’t keep Netflix ahead - content matters too. That’s why, fast-forward to 2019, Netflix has utterly transformed both the living room and the movie theater. This year it is expected to spend a eye-watering $15 billion on films and TV shows for us to watch. 

In just a few short years Netflix has transformed from the new upstart challenger into the 800Ib gorilla in the entertainment industry. Even Amazon, a company that eats entire sectors for breakfast, has to play second-fiddle to Netflix when it comes to streaming.

And for that reason, there are some people out there like John Meyer, an industry analyst and founding partner at Transpire Ventures,  who think that even Disney, one of the biggest names in entertainment, might not be able to beat it. 

"I strongly believe Disney will not become a threat to Netflix whatsoever"

John Meyer, Transpire Ventures

"I strongly believe Disney will not become a threat to Netflix whatsoever," Meyer said in an email to TechRadar. "After all, they are a tech company at heart and have enormous power with the data they capture on their millions of subscribers, which helps them design what original content to create."  

But here’s the thing: Maybe Disney doesn’t need to beat Netflix. Maybe Netflix isn’t even Disney’s biggest strategic challenge. Instead, maybe Disney CEO Bob Iger should probably spend more time worrying about Fortnite

 (Image Credit: Epic Games) 

Picking your battles

Now, at first that might sound confusing. Why would Disney+, a new streaming service that bears close resemblance to Netflix, compete with an online game?

The answer was probably best given by Netflix itself in a letter sent to shareholders earlier this year: “Our focus is not on Disney+, Amazon or others, but on how we can improve our experience for our members.” 

"We compete with (and lose to) Fornite more than HBO."

Netflix, in a letter to shareholders

Furthermore, “We compete with (and lose to) Fornite more than HBO.” 

That's a pretty telling statement.

It's basically acknowledging that streaming services aren't that concerned with one another and instead, they're looking at the bigger picture - not only your generation, but the generation coming up right after it, too. 

And Netflix knows they're going to be much harder to win over.

If Disney wants this to be their future, it will have to start winning kids over now.  (Image Credit: Netflix) 

Disney will need to duke it out with Fortnite

At this point you might be thinking that Disney, rights holders and creators of franchises like Star Wars and Frozen must have kids wrapped indefinitely around their finger, and that that gives them an advantage here, right?

Wrong.

Chances are that if you’re reading this article, you grew up in a vastly different media environment to kids today. The reason we’re so excited about Disney+ is because it appeals to us, our interests and our sense of nostalgia. 

But if you’re eleven years old today, your world isn’t (exclusively) one of Marvel and Disney Princesses. It is one where mindshare is dominated by Fortnite, aggressively dumb YouTubers and, presumably, a bunch of other entertainment brands in the gaming, fashion, music and movie world. Instagram influencers. Snapchat stars – not to mention the content your friends are producing.

So there could be a generation of kids growing up today who lack the pavlovian reaction we have when we hear John Williams’ Star Wars theme tune, because that mindshare has instead been stolen by the Epic Games upstarts.

We might love these characters, but it doesn’t mean the next generation will too.

It’s inevitable that Fortnite the game will at some point be knocked off of its perch as top dog and replaced by another new game in the next year (cough, Apex Legends), but the real threat to Disney in the long term is that there’s currently a generation of kids who will have a similar reaction when Epic Games reboot Fortnite in 20 years time that we have to the Star Wars Episode IX trailer.

We can already see the generational schism starting to happen. When Solo came out, the childrens’ market research firm Kids Insight found just 2% of kids mentioning the film in the month before it was released - performing worse than Deadpool 2 (not exactly a kids film) and Peter Rabbit (yes, the one with James Corden). To them, Star Wars is less a cultural touchstone and more just a logo on one of dad’s old t-shirts.

Similarly, when The Muppets performed at London's O2 last year, they failed to sell out the arena - because the characters lack the cultural cachet they once commanded with an older generation. We might love these characters, but it doesn’t mean the next generation will too.

Kids love Moana, but they might love Fortnite even more... (Image Credit: Disney)

Kids are the key

Disney owns your childhood and, if everything goes right with Disney+, it will own your kid's childhood, too.

Whether Disney+ manages to beat Netflix in terms of subscribers numbers is almost irrelevant. Even if it ends up second or third place, there will always be a place on your smart TV or your iPad for Disney+. Why? Because Disney owns your childhood and, if everything goes right with Disney+, it will own your kid's childhood, too.

For both better and worse, Disney isn’t a company that makes a technology platform, or even one that makes films. The entire company is instead focused around intellectual property - hence why theme parks are just as important to the company as feature films. Under current CEO Bob Iger, Disney has hoovered up all of the characters you enjoyed as a kid: It bought the Muppets in 2004, Pixar in 2006, Marvel in 2009, LucasFilm in 2012 and 20th Century Fox just this year. 

Think of the mindshare that gives Disney - whether it is Kermit, Buzz Lightyear, Captain America, Han Solo or Homer Simpson you want to watch, you have to hand over your cash to their single corporate gatekeeper.

Disney is still thinking about that future generation - this year alone, Disney is rolling out Avengers: Endgame, Star Wars Episode IX and a remake of The Lion King, all of which will attract a young audience and win significant mindshare - but the utter cultural dominance of Fortnite among young people is an example that even though Disney might seem unbeatable today, it shouldn’t assume that the characters and stories that we love will continue to work forever.

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Man City vs Spurs live stream: how to watch today's Premier League football online

Latest Tech News - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 07:07

Got your breath back yet? Well it's time to go again. Same teams, same stadium, same result? Unlikely, but Man City have a Premier League title to win and Spurs will want to show that going through on Wednesday was no fluke. You're in the right place to get a Man City vs Tottenham live stream - regardless of where on Earth you are.

So which way is this one going to go? Forget the two legs of the Champions League and the smart money would always be on Manchester City. With that attacking force that includes Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and both Silvas, very few teams on the planet can compete.

But that's exactly what Spurs have done over the last couple of weeks. And they will want to embrace the confidence and take it back to the Etihad today. Without talismanic striker Harry Kane, they'll be weakened in attack. But Son Heung-Min has shown that he's more than capable of leading the Spurs front line.

Keep reading to discover all the details you need in order to live stream Man City vs Tottenham Hotspur, regardless of where in the world you are. And to find out how to watch every single league game this season, you should also take a look at our guide on how to live stream Premier League football

Use a VPN to watch Premier League football from outside your country

If you're abroad this weekend but still want to watch your home coverage, you'll need a VPN to do so. That's because your normal coverage will be geo-blocked. It's really easy to do and stops you having to tune in to some dodgy stream you've heard about on Reddit.

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