After a day of time trialling spread the field even further, the 2019 Tour de France heads back to the Pyrenees for more hard climbs and exhilarating descents. To see the sights and the cycling from just about anywhere on Earth, be sure to follow our Tour de France live stream guide for Stage 15.
The 2019 Tour riders will have to do battle with both each other and the vertiginous landscape of the Pyrenees. And the climbs don’t come much harder than this one.
Reigning champion Geraint Thomas has really started making a move in recent stages in what’s looking like a spirited defence of his title. He and Colombian Egan Bernal – also of Team Ineos – are now loitering well within range of the top spots, while French native Julian Alaphilippe still retains the yellow jersey…for now.
To make sure that you don’t miss a single minute of the action, keep reading our guide. We’ll tell you all the best (and FREE) ways to watch Stage 15 with Tour de France live stream options no matter where you are today.
Live stream Tour de France Stage 15 from outside your country
We have details of all the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand broadcasters further down this guide. Good news in the UK and Australia where it’s on free-to-air TV.
If you’re obsessed by watching Le Tour and refuse to miss a stage – even when you’re away on business or on holiday – then you’ll be disappointed to see your domestic coverage geo-blocked when you try to stream online from abroad. That’s where utilising a VPN (Virtual Private Network ) really helps. It let’s you virtually change the ISP of your laptop, tablet or mobile to one that’s back in your home country. Thus letting you watch as if you were back there.
How to live stream Tour de France Stage 15 FREE in the UK
Going in to the fourth and final round at the 148th Open Championship, it’s Irishman Shane Lowry with a handsome cushion at the top of the leaderboard at Royal Portrush. But trust us when we say the bookies won’t be paying out quite yet – discover who will be lifting the Claret Jug with a 2019 Open live stream of every swing.
The players are continuing their hunt for the famous Claret Jug at the 148th Open Championship – the first time that the world’s oldest golf major has been held in Northern Ireland in almost 70 years.
Shane Lowry’s astonishing 63 on Saturday means that he heads in to Sunday at the top of the leaderboard by four shots, with Englishman Tommy Fleewtood joining him in the final pair. A little way behind him are a clutch of Americans (J.B. Holmes, Rickie Fowler, world number one and Brooks Koepka) and more Englishmen (Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Danny Willett).
If you don’t yet know what your 2019 Open live stream options are, then keep on reading. It’s FREE in some areas, which is great news for those wanting to watch the closing stages of the action at Royal Portrush.
The Open Championship is following the likes of the Masters and US Open, which means you can get a free live stream at TheOpen.com. Assuming it’s the same as last year, it should be available globally – fantastic news!
It will be showing action from featured groups and featured holes 5, 6 and 7. There’s even audio commentary to go with them.
That’s great if you’re only interested in following the players it selects for you, but not so good if you want full and proper coverage. Aside from the TheOpen.com live stream, we have more watching options below.
How to get a 2019 Open live stream from outside your country
We’re going to guess that if you’ve landed on this page, you’re going to want something more extensive than that free Open live stream described above. For you, we have full details on which networks are showing the golf in the UK, US, Canada and Australia.
But try to watch your domestic Open Championship coverage while out of the country and you’ll soon be faced with a block. That’s because broadcasters implement a geo-restriction to stop non-nationals from watching their coverage. Fair enough, but annoying if you’ve paid for a pricey subscription and still want to watch without having to resort to some dodgy illegal stream you’ve discovered on Reddit.
How to watch the Open Championship: live stream in UK
FuboTV $35 for the first month – FuboTV gives you the first month at a discounted rate but after that the price increases to $45 a month. The service includes CBS, Fox, NBC and the NFL Network but does not come with ESPN.
PlayStation Vue From $50 per month and the ideal choice for PS4 owners thanks to its access to the likes of ESPN, NBC, Fox, Disney and other essential networks. Crank up the price and you can add the likes of Showtime and HBO, too.
DirecTV Now $50 per month – DirecTV Now includes CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and for $5 extra you can add the NFL Network.
YouTubeTV $40 per month – YouTubeTV gives you access to CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN.
If you’re outside the US this weekend but want to access one of the above options, then you can use a US VPN to effectively transport your computer, phone or tablet’s IP back to a US location.
The Open returns to Northern Ireland after 68 years with the world’s greatest players competing for the Claret Jug over the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush.
Who are the favourites for the 2019 Open?
Playing in his home country, Rory McIlroy is looking for his second Open Championship and fifth career major victory and leads the betting with Betfair.
Brooks Koepka, who is yet to lift the Claret Jug and fellow American Dustin Johnson follow McIlroy, with Jon Rahm and three-time Open Championship winner Tiger Woods also well backed.
How much does the winner of the Open Championship get?
While The Open ranks last among golf’s four biggest tournaments in terms of prize money, the winner still picks up a sizeable payday. There’s been a slight increase over last year’s winnings, with the prize pool has increased this year to $10.75 million (£8.56m), whilst the winner will pocket $1.935 million (£1.54m).
Who qualifies for the Open?
It’s the golf tournament every pro golfer wants to Its play in, but there are only 156 places available. Players can qualify in one of four ways.
The most common for top-tier stars is through exemption. The top 50 players on the current Golf World Rankings all go through in this way, as do the top 10 players from the previous British Open Championship. All players who have won one of the other three majors in the previous five years also get an exemption, as do the top 30 players from previous year’s PGA Tour money list and those on the European Order of Merit. Finally, all previous Open Champions under the age of 60 also get an exemption.
Players that don’t make the exemption criteria can get an invite via the Open Qualifying Series (OQS), and also via local qualifying. Finally, if the field size has not reached 156, players that have the highest rating in the official golf rankings that haven’t already qualified will get the nod.
Who won the 2018 Open Championship?
Francesco Molinari won the 2018 Open, which was held at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland. The Italian finished 8-under to earn his first major title.
Welcome to fight night! It’s time for Saturday night boxing from Sin City and the legendary Manny Pacquiao is set to return to the ring for a showdown with undefeated Super WBA Welterweight Champion Keith Thurman. It’s one of the most eagerly anticipated fights of the year so far, and you can watch it all with our guide to getting a Pacquiao vs Thurman live stream.
Future Hall-of Fame inductee Pacquiao may now be the wrong side of 40, but recent wins confirm him as a relevant and explosive boxer at this weight. Meanwhile the speed and power of Thurman makes him arguably the most naturally talented boxer in a hugely competitive division.
Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) comes into tonight’s fight off the back of an impressive points decision victory over Adrien Broner back in January which saw Pac Man defend his WBA (regular) welterweight title.
Thurman’s (29-0, 22 KOs) last appearance in the ring also came in January with a majority decision over Josesito Lopez. It was an understandably rusty display for Thurman, as it marked the end of a near-two-year layoff for the American thanks to injuries.
Pacquiao is no stranger to giving up height and reach, and his opponent tonight will again hold the advantage in both attributes, but it’s Thurman’s speed and power that will be worrying the veteran who is ten years his senior.
To catch everything online, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to find out how to stream Pacquiao vs Thurman live anywhere in the world.
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There’s loads on the line tonight at the O2 in London as Britain’s Dillian Whyte takes on Colombia’s Oscar Rivas. Both the WBC interim heavyweight title and a future crack at champion Deontay Wilder as mandatory challenger are the spoils for the victor in what looks set to be an explosive showdown. You can live stream the Whyte vs Rivas fight and its undercard using our guide below.
Whyte has had a frustrating wait to get his dream title fight, having been ranked as the top contender by the WBC since November 2017. A win tonight will earn him the big money bout he’s been craving for so long. Whyte comes into tonight’s tear up with nine straight wins under his belt – the most recent coming against his fellow Brit rival Dereck Chisora in December.
He certainly hasn’t taken the easy option with his opponent tonight – Oscar ‘Kaboom’ Rivas, a 32-year-old Colombian who usually fights out of Canada, has an impeccable 26-0 (18 KOs) professional record. His past conquests include Andy Ruiz Jr, the recent shock victor over Anthony Joshua.
There’s a pretty strong undercard to get things nicely warmed up as well, with veteran Brit heavyweight Dereck Chisora taking on the equally unpredictable Artur Szpilka from Poland.
Read on to find out how to live stream Whyte vs Rivas boxing from absolutely anywhere.
Live stream Whyte vs Rivas from outside your country
In the US, Canada (where DAZN has you sorted) or UK tonight? Then scroll just a little further down this page and we’ll tell you who’s broadcasting the boxing from where you are.
But if you’re abroad this weekend then you’ll need another way to watch and avoid possible geo-blocking. That’s where using a VPN comes in.
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Walmart’s ‘The Big Save’ sale has been extended through the weekend, and you can find killer deals on electronics, home items, appliances, and more. You can also find a rare discount on the latest model Apple AirPods. Walmart has the Apple AirPods and charging case on sale for $144.99. That’s a $14 discount and the best price we’ve found for 2nd generation AirPods. Walmart also has the Apple AirPods with the Wireless Charging Case on sale for $179.
The Apple AirPods come with a charging case that offers 20 hours of battery life and up to three hours of talk time on a single charge. Unlike the previous model, the 2019 AirPods feature an H1 headphone chip that provides fast pairing and seamless connectivity. The H1 chip also allows you to use your voice to ask Siri questions. You can switch songs, turn the volume up and even place calls completely hands-free.
Discounts for AirPods are extremely rare, and Walmart’s summer sale ends tomorrow. This might be your last chance to snag a pair of discounted AirPods before Black Friday.
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You can also see more of the best Walmart sales, which include price cuts on TVs, laptops, appliances and more.
Best TV Buying Guide: Settle in for TechRadar’s round-up of the best TV sets you can get your hands on in 2019.
Picking a TV is no simple task. If you’re a movie buff, this screen may end up as your best friend not just for the coming months, but years – while we replace our phones on a fairly regular basis, the best TV screens should sit prettily in our living rooms for a good long while. They’re pricey purchases, and we expect to get our money’s worth.
And with so many features to consider, with new TV technologies being introduced all the time, making a decision is getting harder all the time. A brand new top-of-the-line TV can offer such a wide range of different technologies and features that it can be hard to know what you’re looking for. With the major manufacturers in a yearly arms race to outdo rivals, keeping up with all the latest developments isn’t always easy.
Confused about high dynamic range? Don’t miss our guide to HDR
Feeling flummoxed? Don’t worry, TechRadar is here to be your guide. Our guide to the best TVs available will help you separate the cheap panels from the best 4K screens. We’ll help you find an awesome flatscreen without wasting hours of research comparing spec sheets.
If you’re looking for a buying guide that deals with TVs that only support the new Ultra HD resolution, check out our guide to the best 4K TVs. If getting a flatscreen on the cheap is your main concern, check out the best 4K TV deals.
But, if you’re looking for the best-of-the-best TV out there today without limits or stipulations, this is the place for you.
“So, should I buy a TV now or wait it out?”
We hear this question a lot. Like most technology, TVs are getting incrementally better all the time, but recently there has been a huge flurry of progress as manufacturers have rushed to embrace new display standards including Ultra HD and HDR.
Thankfully, things seem to have settled down a little in this department, and the majority of TV manufacturers now support these next generation of features, including newer versions of HDR such as Hybrid Log Gamma.
So long as your next TV purchase supports these technologies (looking for an Ultra HD Premium certification is a good way to go), we reckon you won’t be kicking yourself in six month’s time when the next batch of sets arrive
That said, we’d be remiss if we didn’t let you know about the cool technologies that are just around the corner in TV tech. Chief amongst them is support for the new HDMI 2.1 standard, which as well as allowing support for 8K at 60 frames per second and 4K at 120 will also allow for FreeSync to be supported over HDMI.
It’s cool technology for sure, but unless you’re seriously into your gaming then we reckon you’re safe making a purchase now.
Want better audio? Check out our guide to the best soundbars available.
Once you’ve decided on a panel, make sure you read our guide on to make sure you’re getting the most out of it.
At the top of our list for 2019 is the LG C8 OLED – available in both 55 and 65-inch iterations. It’s here because it combines an impressive picture, an extensive set of features, an attractive design and its unrivaled smart platform, to deliver one of the best TVs we have seen to date. It’s not as bright as an LCD TV but those deep blacks make a huge difference to the dynamic range of the image. It’s also capable of vibrant and gorgeous colours, not to mention an astounding level of detail with native 4K content.
There are other OLEDs worth considering this year (see: Sony’s A1 and AF8 OLED or LG’s own E8 and W8 OLED models) but we think the OLED C7 offers the best price-to-performance ratio of any TV under the sun in the year 2019.
The LG W7 OLED is truly something special. Not only is it one of the thinnest TVs to ever grace our vision (it’s 2.75mm thin), but it’s also one of the most gorgeous. When fed the right kind of content – in this case, 4K HDR10 or Dolby Vision video – it truly shines. A super-slim design alone wouldn’t have been enough to warrant the extra cost to upgrade to LG’s latest panel. But the thin frame on top of a Dolby Atmos soundbar on top of four types of HDR support on top of the magnetic mounting system on top of the new webOS 3.5 operating system surely did the trick. This incredibly gorgeous TV isn’t without its faults (see: motion handling, its sticker price and soundbar issues), but in terms of sheer picture performance there’s nothing else like it right now.
It looks like someone on Samsung’s TV design team has been watching 2001: A Space Odyssey. The 65-inch Q9 is a ringer for that film’s mysterious black monolith thanks to the way both its front and back sides are completely flat and feature ultra-robust, polished finishes. Ultra HD HDR playback is what the Q9F was created to do and, given Samsung’s potent HDR track record, it’s no surprise to find that it does it supremely well. Even though the Q9F has 4K HDR optimisation in its DNA, it’s capable of looking seriously good with high definition standard dynamic range content too.
The X930E Series builds on last year’s X930D series in a few important ways, the first of which is by including one of Sony’s new X1 Extreme chipsets. These are around 40% more powerful than the original X1 chips, and introduce separate databases to help the TV analyze noise and upscale sub-4K sources to the screen’s native 4K resolution. Add in an apparently much-improved sound system and Sony’s Triluminos technology for delivering today’s wider color ranges and the X930E series seems to tick all the right boxes.
Unfortunately, though, even an improved version of Sony’s Slim Backlight Drive can’t completely hide the fact that with current edge LED technology there’s always a backlight-based price to pay for all that HDR-sating brightness.
When it came out, the KS9800 produced the most dramatic demonstration of what new high dynamic range technology was capable of. Its brightness in particular was unprecedented, which helped it deliver a much fuller sense of HDR’s expanded light range and color capabilities than we’d ever seen.
The screen features that helped it excel with HDR also made the UN65KS9800 gorgeous to behold with standard dynamic range sources, and it even sounds fantastic despite having no visible speakers. That said, it was expensive.
But instead of going straight for Samsung’s flagship from last year, consider LG’s E6 or G6 OLED TVs as well. The OLED screens deliver superior black levels, avoid backlight bleed issues and excel with standard dynamic range content, but the UN65KS9800 delivers more punch, dynamism and detail with HDR.
If LG’s OLED isn’t your thing, spend some time checking out Sony’s version.
The 55A1 – and the A1 OLED series overall – are crowd pleasers in just about every way. Their ‘picture only’ design has been beautifully realized, managing to be simultaneously subtle and dramatic.
Their vibrating screen delivers a far more powerful and effective sound performance than I’d thought possible, too. The real stars of the show here, though, are the A1’s exquisitely detailed, contrast-rich and colourful pictures.
These prove emphatically what we’ve long suspected: More brands using OLED technology can only lead to good things.
Only it’s exceptionally high price tag prevents it from toppling LG’s budget panels.
The TH-65FZ1000M is a luscious OLED that puts performance first. Its colour handling is class-leading, and its HDR talents are a match for any of its rivals. In fact, it just might offer the best picture performance that we’ve seen on a 4K OLED to date.
The TH-65FZ1000M isn’t the complete package, lacking as it does Dolby Vision and Atmos compatibility, but it wins more arguments than it loses. We suspect you’ll appreciate the easy sophistication of its smart platform, the quality of that low-lag game mode, and the sheer musicality of the Technics soundbar.
Continue on to page two to read about what to look for when buying a TV!
What TV technology is best? Which is the best LCD TV? Which screen size is best for your living room? What’s the difference between LCD and LED TVs?
The answers aren’t always obvious. In fact, buying a new TV can be stressful even for the tech-savvy – there are so many brands, so many features, so many screen sizes, colors, technologies and flavors to choose from.
So which one is right for you, your family and your living space? In this guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about buying a new TV.
What types of TV are there out there?
There are a lot of different screen types out there, all working in different ways to produce the same results. Each technology has its own unique strengths and weaknesses so here are some basics to consider:
LCD TV: CCFL Until recently, all LCD TVs were backlit by always-on, CCFL (cold cathode fluorescent) lamps. This ageing technology has been superseded by the superior LED method on more expensive sets, but is still standard on some cheaper models.
LED TV: Direct LED These displays are backlit by an array of LEDs (light emitting diodes) directly behind the screen. This enables localised dimming – meaning immediately adjacent areas of brightness and darkness can be displayed more effectively – and greatly improves contrast. LED TVs are also more power efficient and capable of a wider colour gamut than CCFL sets. Because of the extreme cost of mounting these arrays of LEDs, Direct LED TVs have largely been out muscled by Edge LED…
LED TV: Edge LED With these TVs, LEDs of the backlight are mounted along the edges of the panel. This arrangement enables radically slender displays and offers superior contrast levels to CCFL, but can’t achieve the same picture quality as directly lit LED sets. However, they do come in far cheaper which is why most LED TVs out there now use this technology.
OLEDTV The backlighting on OLED (organic light emitting diode) sets is achieved by passing an electric current through an emissive, electroluminescent film. This technique produces far better colours and higher contrast and also enables screens to be extremely thin and flexible. This is the holy grail display technology and only in 2014 did a bigscreen OLED TV go on sale. So it’s new, it’s expensive and the top brands are still struggling to get their heads around it. To date, only LG has been able to release full sized OLED TVs.
Quantum Dot As yet we’re not quite at the stage where we’re going to get self-emitting quantum dot LEDs, but they’re a-coming. What we do have though is Samsung producing its Nanocrystal filter based on quantum dot technology to produce a seriously improved colour palette and contrast levels that get mighty close to the pinnacle of OLED.
Plasma TV PDP (plasma display panel) TVs use glass panels containing millions of tiny cells filled with a mixture of inert gases. Electricity excites the gases, causing them to illuminate the pixels across the screen. Plasma, while arguably superior to LCD in terms of contrast and colour accuracy, is only viable on large (42in+) screens and has been dropped by all but a handful of manufacturers. You’ll be lucky to find one on the shelves these days.
Curved TV Some manufacturers are now making TVs that have slightly curved screens. But unlike old CRT TVs, the curve is inwards rather than outwards. The idea is that this makes every pixel equidistant from your eyes, delivering a more satisfying picture. However, there are drawbacks for this type of screen – the main one being that if you sit far enough to one side – more than 40 degrees or so – the curve clearly starts to affect the image’s geometry, foreshortening content near to you and compressing the image’s centre.
What resolution tech should I go for?
HD HD TVs come in two resolutions. Sets with the HD ready are required to be able to display a minimum 720p picture, and generally has a screen resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. Meanwhile, Full HD TVs have a higher resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It’s highly advisable that you don’t go for anything less than full HD in this day and age.
Ultra HD and 4K The resolution of Ultra HD is exactly four times higher than full HD – 3840 x 2160. It means a far more detailed picture, with content requiring a lot more bandwidth and storage space. 4K TVs tend to be good at upscaling HD video to Ultra HD but there are currently very few options for watching native 4K content. Read more about 4K.
HDR Potentially the next big thing in TVs, HDR produces astounding levels of visual fidelity and can be found in some of the latest Ultra HD TVs. Arguably the shift to HDR video could make a more dramatic difference to your viewing experience than moving from HD to 4K. Like still HDR images, the moving version expands the range of both the light and dark ends of spectrum, providing more detail for both. HDR needs new filming methods though – at the moment there is no way to backfill HDR into existing video. It also needs new TV tech too, with Samsung the only ones to create specific screens, though LG and Sony are going be able to update some of their existing stock to be compatible.
Buying a flatscreen television is a major investment and one that you can’t afford to take lightly. Just popping into the closest store and grabbing the first plasma or LCD you see won’t get you the best deal, the screen that suits your needs, or the gear you require to make the most of your new purchase.
People tend to pick the size of their flat TV based on the amount of space they have for it, this isn’t necessarily wise. Flat TVs take up much less space than you might think, so your new TV may end up a foot or two further away from your viewing position, making the picture appear smaller.
Also, with hi-def, you can have a bigger screen and the same viewing distance without worrying about seeing blemishes inherent to the source. HDTV’s lack of noise means that the ideal distance to sit from the screen is three to four times the height of the TV.
How to calculate the right size HD TV:
The trick here is to ensure that your TV is big enough to fill your line of vision, but small enough to be sharp and clear. Remember, if you intend to only watch standard-definition sources, the bigger the screen gets, the worse the image will look.
The ideal screen size can be calculated by multiplying the distance that you intend to sit away from it by 0.535 and then rounding this up to the nearest size.
So, if you sit 80in away from your TV, the ideal size is 42-inch (80 x 0.535= 42.8).
What features should I look out for?
Features are too numerous to go into here, but here are some things you should consider.
Photo viewing: If you have a digital camera, a TV that has a slot for memory cards or a USB socket for a card reader will let you view your photos onscreen.
Here are some of the things we look for when we review a screen, so you should, too…
Contrast: Bright whites shouldn’t have any signs of green, pink or blue in them, while blacks should look solid and not washed out, grey, green or blue.
Colours: Look at how bright and solid they are; how noiseless their edges are; how ‘dotty’ richly saturated areas are and how natural skin looks, especially in dim scenes.
Fine detail: How much texture does the screen give? Does a tree look like a green lump, or can you see the individual leaves
Edges: Check for ghosting, bright halos and jaggedness, especially around curves.
Motion: Check moving objects and quick camera pans for smearing or blurring, trailing, jerkiness and fizzing dotty noise.
Image artefacts: Look for blockiness, colour bands, grain, smearing, dot crawl: anything that looks like it’s added by the TV picture processing or a weak TV tuner. Tinker with a TV’s picture settings before making a final decision. Factory settings are rarely good for everyday viewing.
What about sound?
To provide the best audio to complement the pictures, your TV should be hooked up to a surround sound system, but this isn’t always an option. So, here’s what we listen for when testing a TV’s speakers:
Bass: Deep, rounded rumbles that don’t cause the set to rattle or speakers to distort, cramp or overwhelm the rest of the sound; but that expand when needed.
Vocals: Voices should sound open, rich and clear, not boxed in, nasal or thin.
Trebles: Treble effects should sound clean, rounded and smooth in loud scenes and shouldn’t dominate the soundstage.
Soundstage width/depth: A good TV should throw the sound away from the TV, to the sides, forward and back, to give an extra dimension to what’s on screen, without losing any coherence.
Questions to ask before you buy
Taking the time to consider these questions will make choosing the best TV easier…
HD or 4K?
4K TVs are stunning and even though there is currently little native 4K content to enjoy, the good ones are able to upscale HD to 4K very well. That being said, unless you’re buying a very large TV – we’re talking 65-inches plus – full HD should be adequate.
What size do I need?
This is dictated by the dimensions of the room where the TV is going and the amount of cash you’re prepared to spend. As a general rule of thumb, work out how far from the set you’ll be sitting (in inches), multiply that distance by 0.535 and then round up the result to the nearest screen size. Bear in mind that a decent smaller telly is often a more sensible investment than a larger, less accomplished one. And if you’re going to buy a 4K TV, you can sit much closer because of the higher resolution.
How many HDMI sockets do I need?
For a living room TV you should be looking for a minimum of 3 HDMI inputs. If you want to attach a set-top box as well as games consoles etc, those HDMI ports will fill up fast.
Can I connect my older, analogue kit?
Most new sets carry no more than two composite connections, while S-video is fast approaching obsolescence. Check that your new TV can hook up to older digiboxes, VCRs or DVD decks that you might want to plug into it.
Do I want to hang my TV on the wall?
First off, you’ll need to consult a construction expert to check that the wall in question is strong enough to support a flatscreen. Then find out if the set you want is designed to be wall-mounted and, if so, ask if the relevant bracket is included in the basic package or as an optional extra.
Will I be connecting it to a home cinema?
If the answer is no, you might want to think more carefully about your set’s audio performance. Look for a screen that can go as loud as you’ll need without distortion or cabinet rattle. Consider how dialogue sounds and how much low-end rumble the bass is capable of.
Conversely, it’s pointless paying out more cash for exceptional built-in speakers if you already have a decent home cinema system.
We’ve got the best gaming laptops on here that will satisfy your gaming needs, whether you have the space for a thicc desktop replacement that boasts the most powerful graphics and processors so that you can run the Division 2 and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice with the settings cranked, or you just want a thin and light gaming laptop that’ll let you play your favorite games while on the go. Yes, that includes affordable ones that will help you stick to your budget.
The best gaming laptops have evolved so much in such a short amount of time, and now they’re more powerful than ever before. Thanks to more powerful components like the Nvidia RTX graphics, the top-of-the-line gaming laptops can run the best PC games at the highest resolutions and frame rates. You won’t even need to build the best gaming PC to get powerful hardware and performance anymore, not when the best gaming laptops come in every shape and size.
So, don’t judge a gaming laptop by its cover. Thanks to Nvidia Turing Max-Q graphics for laptops to start, many of the best gaming laptops hide great power inside their relatively compact chassis. Look at the aptly named MSI GS65 Stealth, for instance. And, if you want a beastly desktop replacement, that option is still open to you, with devices like the MSI GT75 that demand attention from anyone that steps in the room.
And, we’ve tested these best gaming laptops ourselves, so you know they’re up to snuff.
These days, the best gaming laptop manufacturers are scrambling to design the thinnest gaming laptop that also showcase raw power. At the moment, the one that might be leading the charge might just be the Asus ROG Zephyrus GX701. At just 0.7 inches thick, this beast of a laptop boasts an Intel Coffee Lake Core i7 chip, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics and 16GB of RAM. That means you can play any PC game under the sun on Ultra, and also take it with you wherever you go – excellent for travelers with a penchant for gaming. Plus, it’s packed with RGB lighting that’ll dazzle just about anyone.
Play some of the best PC games on the move and very discreetly with the MSI GS65 Stealth, which might just be the gaming laptop of your dreams. Coming in at just 0.69 inches thick and featuring impressive hardware like Intel Coffee Lake processors and Nvidia GeForce GTX 10-series – refreshed with RTX 20-series graphics at CES – the MSI GS65 Stealth packs a punch in its very svelte package. There’s nothing you won’t be able to throw at this thing that’ll slow it down. And, thanks to the smart aesthetic, you’ll be able to lug this beefy rig everywhere you go, making it the best gaming laptop to hit the streets.
For a few years now, the Razer Blade has consistently been named as one of the best gaming laptops on the market. And for good reason, as it packs some powerful components and boasts a beautiful display in its elegant chassis. That’s true for the 2019 model as well, which now rocks up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080. That is, frankly, a ton of power for a laptop with this thin. If that’s not enough graphics power for you, you can use the Razer Core for future expansion. Make no mistake: it is pricey; but it might be worth it if style and power are equally important to you.
A small number of gaming laptops just don’t pull any punches, enabling you to run any game you can imagine on Ultra without breaking a sweat – and the MSI GT75 Titan is a terrific example. It’s a behemoth of desktop replacement, packed with 6-core Intel Coffee Lake processors, plenty of RAM and powerful Nvidia Pascal graphics. Aptly named, this is indeed a titan, and is neither portable nor cafe-friendly. However, if raw power is what you’re after, this is the best gaming laptop for you, as long as you’re prepared to shell out the money.
Yes, thin and light gaming laptops are trending right now. However, if you have no problem with a thick, heavy and monstrous laptop, as long as it can breeze through any game you throw at it, then the Asus ROG G703GI is the best gaming laptop for you. This gaming machine is massive – not to mention, one of the more expensive Asus laptops – but it does justify its gargantuan size and price with gaming performance that can give the best gaming PCs a run for their money. With its two power bricks, it’s not exactly an ideal travel companion. Leave this one at home where it belongs.
If you want one of the best gaming laptops, but don’t want to miss out on the ultra-portable craze, you need to consider the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1. Packed with an Intel Kaby Lake G-series processor, this gaming laptop can keep up with its competitors rocking a GTX 1050 without featuring truly discrete graphics. And, when you combine that gaming horsepower with a chassis that looks this good, it’s a total win – even if you have to endure some fan noise to get there.
When you’re setting out to buy one of the best gaming laptops, one of the first things you’ll likely notice is how expensive they can get. Luckily, the Dell G3 15 is not just extremely affordable, but it punches above its weight class with great 1080p gaming performance. With up to an Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU, you’ll be able to play all the latest games at 1080p without breaking a sweat, even if it’s not at max settings all the time. And, that blue on black color combo is quite a looker, if that’s your aesthetic.
Ever since Intel unveiled its i9-8950HK, we just knew that it would find its way behind the best gaming laptops 2018 had to offer, and we’ve been proven right heading into 2019. The Alienware 17 R5 is a beast of a gaming laptop with the aforementioned CPU and an overclocked GTX 1080. If you’re willing to get an absolute tank of a laptop that weighs nearly 10 pounds, this hulking computer will demolish any and all games you throw at it. Just don’t expect to throw it in a bag without some severe back pain.
The Lenovo Legion Y720 looks to be a solid choice for a mid-range gaming laptop. While we’ve seen plenty of laptops break the bank for the best specs and performance, this 15.6-inch option starts at a refreshingly affordable AED 5,699 – and users on a tighter budget may want to consider the lower-end Legion Y520 that starts at AED 3,699.
Over the last decade, we have changed the way we use our laptops – thanks for the most part to the best 2-in-1 laptops. Hybrid laptops come in many shapes and sizes, and there’s nothing like flipping that laptop into tent mode to watch Netflix or into tablet mode for playing Plants vs Zombies after a long yet productive day of work on that same computer.
Many of the best 2-in-1 laptops, like the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1, come fitted with the best processors, which also makes them some of the best laptops on the market right now. And, we can’t wait to see what the future holds for this versatile form factor.
The best 2-in-1 laptops are, more often than not, convertible, so the keyboard flips around the back, transforming the device into a tablet. Other devices, like the Surface Book 2, approach it differently. Microsoft’s convertible has a detachable screen, and its high-resolution PixelSense display is held up by sheer magnetic force when in laptop mode. No matter how they deliver the 2-in-1 functionality, these versatile laptops usually have stylus compatibility – even if it’s now becoming rarer to find a stylus included in the box.
To help you find the best 2-in-1 laptop for your needs, we’ve put together a list of the best hybrid notebooks we’ve reviewed recently, taking all their pros and cons into account.
Have you been on the market for one of the best 2-in-1 laptops that touts some serious horsepower? You’re in luck. The Dell XPS 15, which incidentally gets our vote for one of the best Ultrabooks you can buy today, has been elevated as among the most coveted 2-in-1 laptops – with discrete class Radeon RX Vega graphics to boot. With it, you get a stunning convertible without sacrificing sheer power. So, while it has a price tag that’s a little on the high end, it’s completely worth the hole in your pocket.
For years, HP’s Spectre line of Ultrabooks and 2-in-1 laptops has been all about blending elegance with performance, and the 2019 HP Spectre x360 15 is no different. Touting an 8th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics and 8GB of RAM in its base configuration, this 2-in-1 can handle anything your daily workload throws at it – and then some (like a bit of light gaming like playing Anno 2070, for example). Just bear in mind the Spectre x360 is a bit heavy for a 2-in-1, so you likely won’t be using it in tablet mode that often. Put it in tent mode instead, and watch some movies on its stunning 4K display.
We had nothing but love for the original Surface Book. So when we heard that there was going to be a 15-inch Surface Book 2, we couldn’t contain our excitement. Unfortunately, in the end, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 isn’t the best 2-in-1 laptop out there. However, it’s still an impressive machine that’s only held back by a handful of necessary compromises. This 2-in-1 laptop features cutting-edge 8th-generation processors as well as Nvidia 10-series graphics for gamers and creatives alike. Couple that with its unique convertible solution, and the Surface Book 2 is an ace in our book.
While it doesn’t offer the same level of graphics performance, the Lenovo Yoga 920 is a much more affordable alternative to the Surface Book 2. For anyone who’s looking for value, rather than a detachable screen, the Lenovo Yoga 920 has a lot to offer. The design, for example, is less pronounced and has the subtlety of a more traditional Ultrabook. Meanwhile it’s thin and powerful at the same time.
It’s no secret that we’re fans of the Microsoft Surface Book 2 13-inch, seeing as how we only raved about it earlier in this list, but what do we think of its 15-inch counterpart? Well, with its longevity, high-end specs that will breeze through most productivity demands and a lot of entertainment, and of course, its unique design features, we’re inclined to feel the same way. This model isn’t for the budget shoppers, but if you’ve got the cash, its base model with 256GB storage is well worth the $2,499 tag and the best 2-in-1 laptop money can buy.
Picking the best camera phone in 2019 has gotten harder, with new front-runners in recent months, including Huawei and Samsung
The best camera phone isn’t easy to pick out. It’s not just the latest iPhone or the camera with the most megapixels. A lot of it comes down to how well the smartphone has optimized its software to snap photos or record videos.
Note: We’re always updating this best camera phone list, and as new software tweaks happen and additional phones come out, we’ll keep everything fresh and continue to test everything we get our hands on.
It’s also important to consider which photos you’d want to capture, since some smartphone cameras can handle certain scenarios better than others.
We’ve tested all of the best camera phones in a multitude of lighting conditions, scenarios, and with a wide variety of subjects. Knowing how each camera performs at different shooting tasks will help you know which can capture the moments you want to save.
So, before you settle on the best camera phone for you, you’ll want to determine what your needs are. Great front-facing sensors with a wide angle to snap better selfies? An array of different sensors on the back for versatile shooting? Knowing will help you decide what can suit your uses.
Beyond the specs and capabilities of the camera itself, there are a number of aspects about the phone you’ll also want to consider. For example, getting a high-storage option or one that supports a microSD card will be helpful if you capture lots of 4K video.
It’s also worth thinking about battery size and screen quality – if you’re going to be heading out all day and doing longer photography sessions, you’ll need a battery that can keep up.
And if you’re mostly going to look at your photos on the phone, then a phone with OLED screen technology can really make your snaps pop – but if it’s social media, or even printing out your photos, that’s your plan then you’ve got a wider array of options.
We’ve listed all that information below, along with some of our top test snaps so you can make the right decision when it comes to choosing your next camera phone.
The Huawei P30 Pro has been meticiously engineered to be the best cameras phone. How? Two ways: it’s the best low-light performer we’ve tested and its ‘periscope’ telephoto lens takes astounding optically zoomed-in shots at a distance.
There were a lot of cameras to test on this phone, including four on the back: a 40MP main lens, an 8MP telephoto lens, a 20MP ultra-wide lens, and then a ToF (time-of-flight) camera to sense depth for portrait photos.
The Huawei P30 Pro camera also uses an RYYB (red yellow yellow blue) sensor instead of the industry standard RGB (red green blue) sensor to capture more light, and it shows. The snaps we took for our review had more detail and less shadow than the competition, yet they didn’t look completely overexposed. It’s a fine balance that few phone manufacturers get right with their tiny cameras and limited software.
It’s all amazing for a smartphone, but not entirely perfect. We did notice some purple fringing in areas, and the camera software controls aren’t always responsive when switching between ultra-wide, 5x zoom, 10x zoom and digital 50x zoom. But the fact that you can get insanely close to objects with a 50x zoom and also shoot at night as if all of the lights were on really sets a new bar for camera phones in 2019.
The Galaxy S10 Plus, along with the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e, debut cameras new to Samsung owners. In addition to an improved regular camera and a 2x optical telephoto lens on the S10 and S10 Plus, there’s also a 123-degree ultra-wide lens on the back of the trio of phones.
We found the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus to be extremely versatile and fun to shoot with. This is mainly down to its best-in-class camera software. It’s feature-packed with modes like Color Point. It’s a Live Focus (bokeh) mode that masks the background in grayscale, while letting your subject pop. You can change this in post (to become a blur or a swirling blur) and slide the intensity up and down. It’s our favorite new camera mode of 2019.
Where does it fall short? Samsung’s photos apply aggressive smoothing to mask noise in low-light, preventing it from topping the Google Pixel 3 and Huawei P30 Pro. You’re not going to get the very best shots next to those phones, but we’ve still consider them really good and the huge 6.4-inch display to be the best.
Note: the Samsung Galaxy S10e has the new ultra-wide lens, but lacks the telephoto lens, while the standard S10 lacks the dual-front facing camera of the Plus (though we didn’t see much difference between portrait selfies on the Plus and the normal S10).
With three rear cameras the Huawei Mate 20 Pro offers a highly versatile camera phone experience.
The P20 Pro ushered in this era of great Huawei cameras, and the Mate 20 Pro inherits its 40MP wide-angle f/1.8 lens and 8MP, f/2.4 3x telephoto with OIS and then builds on it further.
Rounding out that trio of rear-facing cameras is the new star, an ultra-wide 16MP, f/2.2 lens. It expands the Mate 20 Pro’s feature set, letting you take a wider array of photos from limited positions.
Even for casual shooting, it makes life easier when trying to fit a bunch of far-flung elements in the same photo.
The Mate 20 Pro’s overall low-light performance is superior to that of most other smartphones we tested, especially with its seconds-long-exposure Night Mode.
The phone’s 3x telephoto does a great job of snagging distant shots, and the hybrid 5x zoom adds a digital blend to give you a bit more reach. It’s not perfect, but in our comparative testing, it outdid some digital-only zooms like on the Google Pixel 3.
There’s a host of other features in the camera app on the Mate 20 Pro too, allowing you to really fine tune and tinker with the photography experience.
Apple’s latest iPhone duo boast powerful dual rear cameras, but it’s not just the specs that appeal about the firm’s mobile photography experience – it’s also the ease of use of their smartphone snappers.
The iPhone camera app is well known for being a simple, clutter-free interface, focused on taking great snaps every time with minimal controls, modes and settings for the user to worry about.
It means that you don’t quite get the same breath of shooting options as you do on the likes of the Samsungs and Huaweis, but the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max boast Apple’s best smartphone snappers to date, with improvements to their low-light capabilities.
If you want a phone to pull out and take a quick snap with minimum effort, the new iPhones are some of the best camera phones around.
Apple has popularized the blurred background Bokeh effect, and Portrait Mode is one of the best implementations of the technology we’ve used on a smartphone, with a range of studio lighting effects adding extra pizzazz to your compositions.
Both the iPhone XS and XS Max have exactly the same dual 12MP rear cameras, with the only differences between the two being screen size, battery size and their physical size.
The 6.5-inch display on the iPhone XS Max gives you a huge viewfinder when it comes to snapping photos, but it comes with an equally huge price tag, with the still-expensive iPhone XS producing the same results in a smaller form factor.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 builds on the strong camera offering of the Galaxy S9 Plus, with a number of small enhancements making it even better.
The result is a handset which is comfortable shooting in any scenario, including in low light, for some truly impressive shots.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 camera identifies and adapts to various subjects with a new scene-optimizer feature. It adjusts the white balance and color based on 20 subjects as varied as sunsets, flowers, food, birds, text and so forth.
Compared to even the six-month-old S9 Plus, the Note 9 camera captures more detail, but you’ll have to squint to see the differences.
As this is a Note device, you get Samsung’s S Pen stylus included with the handset, and you can use the button on this as a remote shutter key.
It means you can set the Galaxy Note 9 down on a surface and walk away from it and still snap a shot using the S Pen. It’s a relatively minor perk, but one we enjoy using.
One slight mark against the Note 9 is its lack of HDR video recording, but for many this won’t be an issue.
the Huawei P20 Pro is still a top camera phone over a year after it released.
Its party piece is the triple camera setup on its rear. Yes, that’s right, three cameras, with a combined megapixel count of a staggering 68MP. Chuck the 24MP front facing camera into the mix as well and the phone has a total count of 92MP.
Megapixels only get you so far, but the good news here is that the Huawei P20 Pro backs up its MP count with a strong suit of camera features.
The main 40MP camera is backed up by a 20MP black and white sensor that helps with image processing, including decreasing noise and improving dynamic range – although as default the P20 Pro shoots at 10MP.
The third rear camera has a 3x ‘zoom’ lens and an 8MP sensor, letting you zoom into a scene without using digital zoom – which means there’s very little decrease in image quality when used.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is the best camera phone right now, fusing an excellent all-round smartphone experience with a highly accomplished photography offering.
Round the back you get two cameras, with the main 12MP sensor joined by a secondary 12MP sensor directly below it.
It’s the main sensor which is rather special though, as it has a world’s-first-on-a-phone f/1.5 aperture, meaning that it performs fantastically well in low light.
That’s not all this sensor has up its sleeve though, as it also features Samsung’s new Dual Aperture Technology, allowing it to move from f/1.5 (for low light) to f/2.4 (reduces overexposure in bright scenes).
The S9 Plus pulls in 28% more light with 30% less noise compared to the S8 Plus, and has the benefit of Samsung adding DRAM to its image sensor stack, allowing photos to be made up of a composite of 12 frames instead of 3 frames.
Meanwhile the second camera allows you to take bokeh-rich photos, with parts of the image blurred while other parts are in focus.
You can also record slow motion video at 240fps (in 1080p) and super slow motion at 960fps (in 720p).
This is all wrapped up into an easy-to-use camera app with an automatic mode which takes care of most of the technological trickery, meaning all you have to do is point and shoot for a great snap.
The best Ultrabooks won’t just be able to get work done, but they’re also a status symbol of sorts. Just think about it: you’re sitting at a coffee shop, where everyone is either using a Chromebook or some big and bulky laptop relic. Then, you whip out an Ultrabook – a thinner, lighter, faster and more attractive laptop, rocking the best processors and SSDs on the market.
These svelte stunners are as much about portability as they are about sheer horsepower. The best Ultrabooks won’t freeze up on you when you’re trying to get an important project done, or run out of battery on a short flight. And, you can easily stow it in your backpack and carry it around with you with hardly any effort.
We took the time to find and test the best Ultrabooks on the market for you, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds. From established names like Dell and HP, to brands you might have only heard of recently (brands like Huawei), these thin and light laptops will get you through your work day in style. We tested and reviewed all the best Ultrabooks on this list ourselves, so you can be confident you’re getting your money’s worth.
For a few years now, Huawei has been lurking in the shadows, ready to take on the best Ultrabooks, and its time has finally arrived. Like the Huawei MateBook X Pro before it, the Huawei Matebook 13 packs in a ton of powerful hardware into an attractive shell, while keeping the price low enough for anyone to afford. Plus, we have to mention those discrete graphics – it may be one of the smallest laptops out there to pack an MX150 GPU. It’s not hard to see why the Huawei Matebook 13 is the best Ultrabook right now.
Weighing only 1.21kg and measuring a mere 0.3 inches thick at its thinnest point, the Dell XPS 13 is an Ultrabook at its most essential. You won’t find that it’s the cheapest option by any means, especially as the more affordable Intel Core i3 configuration no longer exists. However, the Dell XPS 13 is a gorgeous testament to what a thin-and-light notebook can do. It wields the latest 8th-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, of course, but it also packs a trio of USB Type-C ports and the option of an Alpine White finish that we can’t get enough of.
The original Surface Laptop was one of the best Ultrabooks when it first came back, though it was held back from true greatness due to its relatively weak hardware and Windows 10 S. However, in 2018, the Surface Laptop 2 has come back with a vengeance – bringing stronger quad-core processors and the full-fat version of Windows 10. It’s through these core improvements that the Surface Laptop 2 is able to bring the purest Windows 10 experience on a laptop, at a price that won’t make you gasp in horror.
Sometimes an Ultrabook comes along that’s a complete game changer. And, the 2018 model of the Huawei MateBook X Pro was exactly that This beautiful Ultrabook brings high-end components into an elegantly designed package that puts even the MacBook Pro to shame. It really is one of the best Ultrabooks on the market. Plus, despite the 2019 model touting an Intel Whiskey Lake processor, it was still disappointing, and it’s still the 2018 model that’s captured our computing cores.
If a powerful and stunning Ultrabook fitted with 2-in-1 functionality is what you’re looking for, it’s hard to find a better laptop than the HP Spectre x360. This thin and light Ultrabook isn’t just packed with the latest Intel Whiskey Lake processors and plenty of RAM, but it also may just be the most beautiful laptop you can buy today. The HP Spectre x360 won’t just see you through your workload, but it will also make you look good while doing it – leaving no doubt that it’s one of the best ultrabooks 2019 has to offer.
Welcome to Paradise! It’s time for MMA fans to turn their attention to the Octagon in Las Vegas. That’s where Jon Jones and Thiago Santos – as well as plenty more UFC stars – will do battle tonight, and you’re in the right place to discover how to get a UFC 239 live stream – it doesn’t even matter where in the world you are.
Jon Jones has certainly had a stellar but often controversial career in the Octagon. Defeating Daniel Cormier four years ago for an unprecedented eighth straight Light Heavyweight title defence should have been the apex, but he was later stripped of the title for testing positive in a drug test for benzoylecgonine. That wasn’t the first or last misdemeanor, with DUIs, homophobic slurs and out-of-Octagon scuffles all dogging his career.
But you can’t deny Jones’s talent or record. He has only one MMA loss to his name in a decade-long career, and that UFC Light Heavyweight belt has been an almost permanent fixture around his waist. Veteran Thiago Santos will have to be at his very best to even lay a scratch on Jones during their title fight in Vegas tonight.
But that isn’t the night’s only big fight at UFC 239 as the awesome Amanda Nunes puts her Women’s Bantamweight belt on the line against the official #1 rated bantamweight contender, Holly Holm. Both have wins against the legendary Ronda Rousey on their record – this should be a classic. And then there’s the still-undefeated welterweight Ben ‘Funky’ Askren taking on Jorge Masvidal, while European fans are represented by Polish Jan Blachowicz as he faces Luke Rockhold.
Whoever you’re cheering on during today’s MMA action, we’ll show you how to live stream UFC 239’s main card from anywhere in the world – for US viewers, you should just head straight to ESPN+.
Worry not if you’re a huge UFC fan but aren’t in the US to watch that ESPN+ coverage tonight. If you find the coverage is geo-blocked, you can try using a VPN to change your IP address to a US server and watch this week’s main card just as if you were back at home.
How to watch UFC online in the US exclusively on ESPN
The iPad has been positioned and pushed hard as a tool for businesses, but these days many companies produce apps which are just as at home running on your iPhone (which is an even more handily portable device, of course).
However, deciding which business apps to use on a mobile platform can be a headache, and the last thing you need is an iPhone that’s filled with so many apps you don’t know which to use or prioritize. This is especially the case when there are likely other apps and services you need to use your iPhone for, on top of immediate business uses.
We’ve therefore taken a look at some of the biggest and most useful business software for your iPhone, to help keep your mobile platform free from clutter. Better still, if you use some or all of these apps, the chances are your business will be running to a good degree of efficiency and productivity.
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With Salesforce establishing itself as such a prominent enterprise platform, its only right they took care of business on mobile. Thankfully, for fans of the platform who like to work on the move, the Salesforce app has plenty to keep you productive outside of the office.
The service’s CRM data tools, communication tool Chatter, diary organization, and business process features can all be utilized from your iPhone or iPad. You can also receive updates from accounts on the go, tap into conference calls, access your sales actions via the publisher, log calls, create and update opportunities, and complete sales tasks.
Contextual notifications keep you up to speed wherever you are, as do report dashboards and live updates from your business. If something requires an action, the aforementioned Chatter tool enables you to start conversations with colleagues, with the ability to attach photos and files too.
For organizations that use Salesforce and encourage mobile productivity from their workers, the Salesforce app is an excellent tool to have in the software arsenal.
Enterprise organization and project management is always a complex, multifaceted affair, but Trello aims to ease the headache by bringing everything together on one easy-to-use platform.
The breadth of features on Trello means virtually everyone in your organization is served, from sales and marketing to HR and operations, and teams can design and customize the platform to suit their needs. It also includes over 100 integrations with productivity tools like Google Drive, Slack, and Jira.
Those who use Trello on iPhone and iPad received good news earlier in 2018 when a significant update took place on the app. Among the improvements was the custom fields power-up enabling you to organize information in new, visually appealing ways, enhancements to the calendar and date selector, clickable links in checklists and comments, plus the ability to attach and send multiple files at the same time.
For an app of this nature, Trello is surprisingly easy on the eye and with a slick UI bringing together it’s range of tools and features, this is a very strong mobile tool for work on the move.
Microsoft may be the company that many Apple users love to hate, but Microsoft’s Office suite remains the most widely used around the world, especially when it comes to docs, spreadsheets, and presentations. While there are other office software providers out there, a recurring problem with some is that what you see on the screen for your document can differ radically from what is printed out.
Microsoft Word is the app you’ll probably find yourself using at some point, whether you want to or not, with Excel and PowerPoint possibly following behind.
The good news is that Microsoft’s apps are free to download on iOS, but the bad news is that they come with limited functionality – unless you subscribe to Office 365.
Whether you personally care for the Microsoft brand or not, its Office software remains the default for most larger businesses, so you may find yourself having to use the Office apps more often than not – and be thankful for them all the same.
Hot Schedule is dedicated to managing schedules and shifts between managers and employees. Not only does it allow managers to set shifts, but it also allows employees to swap shifts with each other.
This can provide significant time savings for managers, as all they have to do to publish a shift pattern, and workers who want more hours can claim extra shifts they need, while those who need to reduce their hours in a particular week can do so.
Managers can monitor everything as much as they need to, allowing assigned shifts to be held or swapped as required.
And, of course, employees also find it an invaluable app for helping manage their own work-life balance.
While Hot Schedule might not seem the most obvious app to include in this list, it’s definitely useful to consider if you do have multiple employees.
Additionally, even with its admittedly minimal cost of $2.99, it’s the most popular business app in the Apple AppStore.
Built in the cloud, Wrike is a one-stop-shop for project management, planning and team collaboration. Adaptable to tasks both big and small, organizations ranging from SMBs right up to Fortune 500 companies are among Wrike’s purported 15,000 users.
Rather than merely serving as a mobile add-on to your Wrike account, the iOS app aims to be a standalone, multi-functional service in its own right. From creating a brand new account with Wrike to managing workflow across your business and sharing reports, virtually every phase and feature can take place in the app.
The tools include live inbox communication, access to folders, projects and tasks, assigning and scheduling work, sharing images and files, tracking time spent on tasks, accessing personal and shared dashboards, and viewing and sending performance stats to people both inside and outside of your organization.
While the iOS app is free, Wrike accounts themselves are at the more expensive end of the market, with packages for small to medium size businesses (5-200 users) costing $24.80 (£19) per user, per month.
BT loves to give away an impressive freebie – a quick look at any BT broadband deals will show you that. But something we’re less accustomed to is the company going big on its SIM only deals. And yet, here we are with free speakers, reward cards and impressive pricing.
The general gist of this offer is this – get a 12GB data (and unlimited calls and texts) SIM only deal from BT for £15/pm and receive a free JBL Bluetooth speaker worth £119. But here’s where the offer gets really interesting. On top of the free speaker, BT is also giving away a £65 reward card – in other words, a pre-paid Mastercard to spend in-store or online as you please.
If you take into account the value of that reward card, you’re effectively only paying £9.59 per month. That is an absolutely exceptional price for this much data, especially considering you’re still getting the free wireless speaker.
If you don’t happen to have your internet with BT you can still get this offer, but you will be paying slightly more…£20 a month to be exact. But you do still get both the speaker and the £65 reward card.
You can see this offer below, as well as all of BT’s other SIM only offers, all with the speaker and reward card. Need something to pair with your brand new SIM? check our guide to the best SIM-free phones around.
Put this on the more speculative end of the scale for now, but one analyst firm has suggested that Apple is already working on a foldable, 5G-ready iPad to shake up its tablet line-up in the near future.
The tip comes courtesy of the Economic Daily News and IHS Markit analyst Jeff Lin, and it’s based on the familiar supply chain sources. A bending iPad could be with us as soon as next year, the report says.
Apparently the iPad would have a MacBook-size screen but we don’t get much in the way of other details. It might be a true foldable like the Huawei Mate X, or two separate screens connected with a hinge.
We already know that Apple is investigating both 5G technologies and folding screens, but we wouldn’t take this prediction too seriously just yet – 2020 seems like a quick turnaround for Apple to get this out the door.
Foldables, 5G incoming
While this year has seen foldable phones appear for the first time, the likes of Samsung and Huawei are yet to put them on sale to consumers – it’s a very difficult technology to produce and get right.
Apple usually waits until it can get something properly implemented before adding it to their devices, whether it’s wireless charging or waterproofing, and it’s likely to be the same with folding screens.
The 5G part of this particular prediction is more believable: Apple has been tipped to bring out a 5G iPhone in 2020, so iPads wouldn’t be too far behind (or might even appear before the phones do).
Other analysts have suggested a 5G iPad is in the pipeline, and it may well be something that’s kept to the Pro line of devices – but the consensus seems to be that 5G-enabled models won’t show up until 2021.
It’s usually the game nobody wants to play in, but the build-up to today’s third-place playoff between Sweden and England suggests both sides are looking to end their campaigns on a high. To see who takes the bronze medal at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, make sure that you have all the information to get an England vs Sweden live stream.
Their 2019 Women’s World Cup journey has been an inspirational one for millions of viewers watching back home, but England striker Ellen White says there will be “huge disappointment” if the Lionesses do not finish third in France. Sweden coach Peter Gerhardsson is similarly focused about the game, telling reporters: “Ending up third of course feels a lot better than ending up fourth. We’ll do everything in our power to try to do that.”
As well as signing off from the tournament, the game will also provide one last appearance at this level for a number of players, with England and Chelsea midfielder Karen Carney revealing she will retire from international football following today’s match.
The advantage looks to be with England going in to the match – as well as having to lift themselves after missing out on the final, Sweden will also be suffering from fatigue after their gruelling semi-final with the Netherlands went to extra time.
Don’t miss any of today’s action by following the instructions below and grabbing a live stream of England vs Sweden wherever you are in the world.
Watch a FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 live stream from outside your country
If you’re in UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, we’ve got your viewing options listed below. If you’re out of the country for today’s match, you may find that geo-blocking will prevent you from watching your regular domestic coverage from abroad. You don’t have to risk watching the match on a dodgy stream, however.
With the option of using a VPN service, you can tune into the match no matter where you are in the world, and its super easy to set up.
Ring that bell. The undefeated WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade must defend his title against Maciej Sulecki if he wants a shot at the undisputed title. Who will walk away with the belt tonight? You can live stream the Andrade vs Sulecki fight to find out, using this guide.
While Andrade (27-0 17 KOs) has an impressive record, and is coming from a twelfth round TKO of Arthur Akavov in January, he’s going to be challenged by world rank number 10 Sulecki (28-1 11 KOs) who beat Gabriel Rosado in March.
Selecki will be entering the ring in his first ever world title challenge fight so expect the Polish boxer to be at his best. But Andrade, on home turf, knows this is an obstacle he must go beyond to take on Saul Canelo Alvarez for the undisputed champion title.
There’s a lot to fight for on both sides and each boxer is fighting at a high level right now meaning this should be a clash well worth watching, no matter what time you need to be up where you are in the world. The rest of the card is looking strong, too, with Joseph Parker taking Alex Leapai in the heavyweight division.
Read on to find out how to live stream Andrade vs Sulecki boxing from absolutely anywhere.
Live stream Andrade vs Sulecki from outside your country
In the US, Canada (where DAZN has you sorted) or UK tonight? Then scroll just a little further down this page and we’ll tell you who’s broadcasting the boxing from where you are.
But if you’re abroad this weekend then you’ll need another way to watch and avoid possible geo-blocking. That’s where using a VPN comes in.
How to watch Andrade vs Sulecki: US live stream
How to watch a Andrade vs Sulecki live stream in Canada
How to watch the Andrade vs Sulecki fight: UK stream
Following the success of All Elite Wrestling’s debut Double or Nothing event over Memorial Day Weekend, the promotion is back with its second event…AEW Fyter Fest. As it looks to build momentum to try and take on the might and money of the WWE, you can see all the action tonight with our guide to watch AEW Fyter Fest for FREE.
The main card will feature six matches including a huge six-man tag team matchup where Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks will face off against the Lucha Brothers and Laredo Kid. Cody will take on Darby Allin in a singles match and Jon Moxley and Joey Janela will go head to head in a match wrestling fans won’t want to miss.
The event will coincide with the 10th year of the CEO Fighting Game Championships. New Japan Pro Wrestling held matches during last year’s gaming convention and now it’s AEW’s turn. Today’s wrestling will begin with The Buy In pre-show where SCU will take on Best Friends and Private Party in a three-way tag team match with the winner earning a shot at All Out for first-round bye in the world tag team championship tournament. Next Michael Nakazawa will take on Alex Jebailey in a hardcore match to close out the pre-show.
Unlike Double or Nothing which was a $50 pay-per-view event, AEW will stream Fyter Fest for free on B/R live. This will likely help AEW keep up the momentum as it prepares for its new TV series that will air on TNT this fall and it’s also a great way to say thank you to the promotion’s fans.
Wherever you are in the world, we’ll show you how to watch AEW Fyter Fest live online so that you don’t miss a single second of tonight’s action.
Live stream AEW Fyter Fest from outside your country
Scroll down if you’re reading this in the US, Canada or UK – we’ve described you’re watching options in more detail down there.
But if you’re abroad this weekend and unlucky enough to be in a country where the only way to catch the wrestling is via some dodgy, illegal stream you’ve found on Reddit – or if you discover your home coverage is geo-blocked where you are – then we have a top tip to get a much better way to watch.
How to watch AEW Fyter Fest: USA live stream
Wrestling fans in the US are in luck as AEW Fyter Fest will be streamed for free on Bleacher Report Live (B/R Live). To get access to this live stream, you’ll have to sign up for an account but considering the promotion’s inaugural event Double or Nothing was a $50 PPV, this seems like a small price to pay to watch tonight’s wrestling. Once you’ve setup an account, you’ll be able to watch AEW Fyter Fest for free on PC, mobile, Roku, Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV.
How to get a AEW Fyter Fest live stream in Canada
AEW didn’t forget about Canada and just like in the US, Fyter Fest will be streamed for free on B/R Live. You’ll need to sign up for an account but once you do, you’ll be able to watch the event in its entirety on your favorite streaming devices, your smartphone and on PC.
How to watch the Fyter Fest AEW PPV in the UK
Unfortunately if you’re in the UK and want to watch tonight’s event, you’ll have to pay but thankfully not that much as ITV has announced that Fyter Fest and AEW’s next event Fight for the Fallen, will both be available on FITE.TV. Getting access to a Fyter Fest live stream in the UK will cost you just £8.99 which is still quite reasonable.
Pokémon Go: the world’s first augmented reality app to become a household name. Niantic’s mobile AR game is still going strong two years after it first released, with a constant drip of events and updates keeping budding trainers glued to their phones and pounding the streets.
And while it hasn’t managed to top the peak of its popularity in 2016, it’s still going strong and finding plenty of new ways to improve its player experience.
So what’s the latest news for Pokémon Go? As you’d expect, brand new features are being added all the time and community events are still going strong. Plus we have another summer of Pokémon Go Fest events to look forward to.
But without further ado, here’s our guide to all the latest Pokémon Go news and updates.
What’s new? Pokémon Go is celebrating its third anniversary
Third Anniversary Celebrations
Three is the magic number in the Pokémon universe and Niantic is celebration Pokémon Go’s third anniversary with some new features and events.
From June 28 shiny Alolan Pokémon will appear in the game. Players will have the chance to encounter and catch Rattata, Sandshrew, Vulpix, Diglett, Meowth, Geodude, Grimer, Exeggutor in their Alolan forms. There will also be items featuring the styles of the three team leaders available in the in-game Style Shop with which players can customize their own avatars.
Limited Time Events
From June 28 until July 6, players could encounter a Pikachu wearing a party hat while taking an in-game snapshot. Pichu wearing party hats will be available to hatch from 7km eggs, too.
For a slightly longer term, from June 28 until September 2, players will be able to take advantage of the fact that trading Pokémon will cost 1/4 less Stardust and faster take downs when it comes to Raid Bosses. Finally, for this period players of level 10 and above will see “Jump-Start Research” tasks, the rewards for which will allow lapsed, or friends of lapsed, players get back into the game and continue playing on a more level field.
When’s the next Pokémon Go event?
Pokémon Go Fest
There are more PokémonGo Fest gatherings taking place around the world this summer. While these gatherings take place in specific cities, even if you can’t make it it’s worth keeping an eye out for the ways you can participate from a distance.
July 4 – 7: Dortmund, Westfalen Park
August 5 – 12: Yokohama
Alongside Pokémon Go Fest Professor Willow has set some challenges on a global scale this summer for each of the team leaders – Spark, Blanche and Candela – and their followers so that everyone can take part no matter where they are. When a team successfully completes their task, they’ll get special rewards.
Spark’s challenge period in tadem with Chicago’s event has already taken place.
Next up is Candela’s XP challenge during the Dortmund Fest from July 4 to July 7. The challenge for each team is still to complete 15 million research tasks globally but this time Team Instinct will unlock 1-hour Lucky Eggs, Team Valor will get triple Hatch XP and Team Mystic will be treated to double Raid XP on completion. Any unlocked bonus will then run until July 16. If all bonuses are unlocked then Entei will be available in raids on July 14.
The final challenge is for Blanche, revolving around Stardust. This challenge ties in with the Fest in Yokohama and runs from August 5 to August 12. This time around players must complete 25 million research tasks globally (there’s a little more time, after all). On successful completion, Team Instinct will 3000 Stardust per Raid, Team Valor will get triple Hatch Stardust and Team Mystic will unlock 1-hour Star Pieces. Any unlocked bonus will then run from August 13 until August 20. Unlock all of the bonuses? Then you can look forward to Suicune Raids on August 13.
When’s the next Pokémon Go Community Day?
What date is the next Community Day? July 21
Who’s the starring Pokémon? Mudkip
Now that Slakoth has had its day, the next Pokémon Go Community Day takes place on July 21. The featured Pokémon for the event has been confirmed as Mudkip. While the exclusive move for the event is still to be confirmed, bonuses for the day will be 3x catch XP and 3 hour lures.
Pokémon Go update: what’s next?
Niantic hasn’t revealed any more plans for what’s coming next in Pokémon Go in terms of the big picture but there are always new creatures and new events happening in the game. Big reveals can happen at any time, though, and we’ll report them right here if and when any announcement happens.
After releasing some of the best games in franchise history on the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo and Game Freak are finally ready to bring the main Pokémon games to the Nintendo Switch – the first of which are called Pokémon Sword and Shield.
The games will release globally on Nintendo Switch this November and will bring with them a brand-new region, features and Pokémon for trainers to swoon over.
The key points Nintendo has announced so far are that the games are set in the Galar Region (basically, a Pokémon-ified version of the UK) and will include a number of new creatures including three new starting Pokémon, Scorbunny, Sobble, and Grookey. We’ll also see a new mechanic called Dynamaxing that will replace Z-Moves and Mega-Evolutions, and more intense gym battles.
How does Sword and Shield stack up to Pokémon Let’s Go: Pikachu and Eevee? Those games acted as a sort of reboot of the original Red and Blue titles for the Nintendo Gameboy, and for many didn’t count as a ‘core’ Pokémon experience. Since Pokémon Sword and Shield are the first mainline Pokémon games to come to Nintendo Switch, and expectations are much, much higher.
So what do we know, and what are we hoping to see when Pokémon Sword and Shield launch this year? Read on to find out.
[Update:Junichi Masuda has reiterated that not all Pokémon will appear in Sword and Shield in an address to fans. Read on to find out more.]
What is it? The eighth-generation of Pokémon games
When can I play it? November 15, 2019
What can I play it on? Nintendo Switch
Pokémon Sword and Shield: release date
During a special Pokémon Sword and Shield focused Nintendo Direct on June 5, Nintendo revealed that Pokémon Sword and Shield will release globally on November 15, 2019.
In addition, Nintendo announced pre-orders for a double-pack edition of the games will be available soon.
Pokémon Sword and Shield: trailers
The most recent (and best) glimpse we’ve had of Pokémon Sword and Shield was during a special Nintendo Direct in June. The Nintendo Direct shed a lot of light on what new features we can expect alongside some new Pokémon pals.
Check out the video below:
The first Pokémon Sword and Shield trailer didn’t give too much away, but you can see the first glimpse of the environments and art style.
You also get a first look at three new starter Pokémon: the fire-rabbit Scorbunny, twig-monkey Grookey, and a sad-looking tadpole (sadpole?) called Sobble.
Check the trailer out below:
The last video, released right around the time of E3 2019, highlighted some of the geographical features of the Galar Region and introduced us to raid battles – a mechanic taken from the Pokémon Go mobile game.
Pokémon Sword and Shield screenshots
Pokémon Sword and Shield news and features
Pokémon producer Junichi Masuda has reiterated the news that not all Pokémon would be available to catch in Sword and Shield in a statement to fans on the official Pokémon site. In the statement, Masuda thanked fans for their love of the Pokémon series but reaffirmed the decision to limit Pokémon in the game to those within the Galar region.
He did, however, add that “even if a specific Pokémon is not available in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, that does not mean it will not appear in future games.”
Fan backlash against the news has been severe but it seems that Game Freak is sticking to its guns. Masuda added in his statement that the Galar region will see “the world of Pokémon continues to evolve. The Galar region offers new Pokémon to encounter, Trainers to battle, and adventures to embark on. We are pouring our hearts into these games, and we hope you will look forward to joining us on this new journey.“
Can’t catch ’em all
It’s been confirmed that Pokémon Sword and Shield will not feature every Pokémon from the franchise so far, making them the first mainline games to do so. Given there are now more than 800 species of Pokémon this is, perhaps, not all that surprising.
The reason, according to Game Freak producer Junichi Masuda (via Famitsu), is that on reaching generation eight there will be more than a thousand Pokémon in the Pokédex. Such a large number means “it has become extremely difficult to make Pokémon with a new personality play an active part and to balance their compatibility” as well as to make sure they’ll all be balanced in battle.
Not only that, it would be too difficult to have so many in-game models with a high enough graphical quality.
Though the choice saddens Masuda, he says that it’s a decision he “had to make some day” and that he’s opting to “choose the quality”.
Pokémon Ball Plus
We didn’t hear much about Pokémon Sword and Shield during Nintendo Direct at E3 2019, but it was teased that the Pokémon Ball Plus can be used to take your in-game Pokémon for “a stroll”. However, the ball cannot be used as a controller.
In addition, it was teased that “good things” will happen if you build up a strong connection to one Pokémon in particular.
Release date revealed
Nintendo held a special Pokémon Sword and Shield focused Nintendo Direct on June 5 that revealed both games will release globally on November 15, 2019.
Max Raid Battles
Much like Pokémon Go, Sword and Shield has a feature which allows trainers to team up with up to three others online to take on more powerful Pokémon.
Pokémon Sword and Shield’s wolf-like Legendary Pokémon are Zacian (sword) and Zamazenta (shield).
This new mode allows trainers to make their Pokémon giant and super-powered. This mode can only be activated once during a battle and lasts three turns before a Pokémon reverts to normal size.
More new Pokémon
Alongside the starter Pokémon, Nintendo has also revealed a few more new Pokémon joining Sword and Shield: Wooloo (sheep Pokémon), Gossifleur (a fancy lady Pokémon that evolves into Eldegoss), Drednaw (who resembles a snapping turtle) and Corviknight (a raven and glorified taxi service for the Galar region).
Galar features a Wild Area where trainers can explore, battle and capture Pokémon. Which Pokémon appear depends on the environment and weather.
Trainers will battle Pokémon leaders in Stadiums rather than the usual gyms. These stadiums are huge and packed with a cheering audience.
Nintendo revealed your new rival is Hop, whose older brother is the Pokémon champion of Galar. Meanwhile Professor Magnolia and her assistant Sonia will act as your guides.
Trainer outfit customization will be a feature
While it’s not a brand new feature, trainer outfit customization has been popular with Pokémon players since it was introduced in X and Y. And it’s a feature which a recent Uniqlo competition has confirmed will be in Pokémon Sword and Shield.
In a collaboration with The Pokémon Company, the clothing brand asked fans to design a top which would then be sold in stores. Now that the winning entry has been chosen (a design featuring Magikarp and Gyrados) it’s been revealed that the top will also be wearable in Pokémon Sword and Shield as a trainer outfit.
Just how many more outfit options there’ll be in the games isn’t known yet, but we’re hoping to catch a glimpse of some more if Nintendo shows us some new Sword and Shield footage during its E3 conference this year.
Made for handheld
While the Pokémon Let’s Go games were developed with TV mode in mind, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa has stated that Pokémon Sword and Shield will “emphasize the fun of playing Nintendo Switch in handheld mode.” Furukawa made the comments during Nintendo’s March 2019 Financial Results Briefing (via Nintendo Life).
A whole new world
We know the game is set in a brand new region of Galar, rather than a rehash of Kanto or a previously visited territory. Galar seems to be loosely inspired by England’s cities and countryside, with rolling hills and brickwork cities to explore.
The trailer also showed glimpses of jewel-encrusted mines and what might even be a football stadium (see the kit below), though we’re waiting to see whether competing in a Pokémon-themed Football World Cup will be possible for players.
Brand new Pokémon
Yup, this is a new generation of Pokémon, meaning you’ll be seeing a lot of new faces – as well as a lot of old ones. The trailer gave us a mix of familiar Pokémon like Pikachu and Hoothoot along the new starters, and we’re hoping Game Freak manage to keep the new designs interesting (no ice cream or candelabra Pokémon, please.)
Modern to the core
Sword and Shield look to retain the look and 3D animation style of the Pokeémon Let’s Go games that launched on Nintendo Switch last year.
Pokémon games haven’t been flat 2D games in years, and has increasingly been moving towards full-size avatars and 3D environments. Some may miss the old-school pixel charm of the earlier games – and find the 3D creature models a bit bland – but for better or worse this is what we’re getting.
Pokémon Stars what?
What still confuses us is that we’ve been waiting for the long-rumored Pokémon Stars game for over two years now, Eurogamer. published a report in late 2016 that said multiple sources had confirmed a new version of Pokémon Sun and Moon was being developed for the Switch under the code named Pokémon Stars.
While it never materialized, ‘Stars’ could well have been a code-name for what eventually became the Let’s Go games, or could still prove a Switch port for the Sun and Moon games.
While Prime Day 2019 is still weeks away, Amazon is offering a rare promotion right now exclusively for Prime members. Starting today, you can get four months of Amazon Music Unlimited for just $0.99 in the US or 99p in the UK. The music streaming service normally costs $7.99/£7.99 per month, so with this offer you’re saving $31/£31 and receiving four months of unlimited tunes. This promotion ends on July 16 and is for new subscribers only.
Amazon Music is a subscription streaming service that’s comparable to Spotify and Apple Music. The unlimited service gives you access to tens of millions of songs and thousands of playlists and stations. Amazon Music lets you listen to your favorite tunes ad-free and will even personalize your recommendations based on your listening habits. You’ll also be able to enjoy hands-free listening with any Alexa-enabled device. You can ask Alexa to find a playlist, skip a song, turn up the volume and more.
Like we mentioned above this offer ends on July 16 and only applies to Prime members who are first-time customers of Amazon Music. Not a Prime member? You can sign up for a free 30-day trial here so you can not only enjoy Amazon Music Unlimited but also partake in the biggest July shopping event.
Amazon is also offering the same deal for UK Prime Members. First time Amazon Music customers will get four months of Amazon Music Unlimited for just £0.99. If you’re not an Amazon Prime member you can sign up for a free 30-day trial here.
Shop more deals with our guide on Amazon Prime Day: everything you need to know about the 48-hour sale.
The fifth generation of cellular technology (5G) and the sixth generation of Wi-Fi networking technology (Wi-Fi 6) will complement each other and will be game changers for digital transformation, according to an industry expert.
Speaking to TechRadar Middle East, Alaa ElShimy, Managing Director and Vice President for Enterprise Business at Huawei Middle East, said that the biggest limitation for digital transformation is connectivity.
However, he said that with better technological capabilities, Wi-Fi 6 will have a great impact on the digital transformation across multiple industries. He also said that Wi-Fi 6 is injecting new momentum into the market applications and service innovations which will be a “new growth engine” in the next three years and will become equal to or more than the sales of Wi-Fi 5 Wave 2. ElShimy believes that that everyone in the UAE would have migrated to Wi-Fi 6 in the next two to three years
Pushing the standards
In 2015, the 802.11ac Wave 2 standard was released to push beamforming and MU-MIMO to the mainstream, improving the system access capacity. However, 802.11ac supports only 5GHz terminals, which degrades user experience on the 2.4 GHz frequency band. Huawei is one of the key contributors to the 802.11 group and to Wi-Fi 6 in particular.
Wireless standards evolve once every three to four years and Wi-Fi 6 brings additional advantages of supporting both 2.4GHz and 5GHz, thus making it more compatible with older standards than Wi-Fi 5.
“Wireless networks are becoming capable of handling critical user services like 4K/8K, AR & VR, connected robotics, [supporting] higher number of users per access point, better application awareness and experience,” ElShimy said.
ElShimy thinks that current wireless access points and 4G networks aren’t equipped to handle the number of devices trying to simultaneously connect to the network and he believes that Wi-Fi 6 is the ideal solution. He states that Wi-Fi 6 is four times faster than Wi-Fi 5 and has four times the capacity.
“The speed [for] Wi-Fi 5 is between 1Gbps and 2.5Gbps while [Wi-Fi 6] can go up to 10GBps. Wireless networks are becoming capable of handling critical user services like 4K/8K, AR & VR, connected robotics, [supporting] higher number of users per access point, better application awareness and experience,” ElShimy said.
From 2012 to 2050, the number of US citizens over 65 years of age will almost double from just over 43 million to nearly 84 million according to the United States Census Bureau. While the baby boomers can expect an increased life expectancy for enjoying retirement, most will also want to preserve their independence for as long as possible, not least by remaining in the family home.
Even so, the National Council on Aging reports that: “Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans.” However, medical alert systems can help safeguard and protect the health and security of older citizens through the miracle of modern digital technology. Providing a virtual electronic safety net, help can be just a button push away.
Medical alert systems can come in all different shapes and sizes to suit personal preferences, too. There are options such as wall-mounted units with wireless monitoring, pendants to wear, even health monitors that can be used with nothing more intrusive than a smartwatch.
Retirement no longer has to be about nursing homes and hospital care – now older citizens can enjoy freedom and independence with the latest in medical alert system technology, knowing that in the event of an emergency, help is already on its way.
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Medical Guardian offers a comprehensive suite of services that form an “always-on-call, personal emergency response system.” This starts with personalization options, and the system can be configured for cord cutters without a landline, and for coverage of outdoor areas via a simple setup process. The account gets accessed via the MyGuardian Customer Care portal for payment options and additional resources. Monitoring is provided via multiple 100% US-based monitoring centers.
As falls frequently occur in bathrooms, it is reassuring to know that Medical Guardian includes waterproof communication options. For those times that a fall victim may have gone unresponsive, often due to another medical condition (for example stroke, seizure or cardiac arrhythmia) being the cause of the fall, as opposed to slipping on a rug, there is an integrated Automatic Fall Alert to assist.
Also, there are options to cover additional family members so they can benefit from the system, and get assistance as well if needed. The website features an online risk assessment score to gauge the risk of a fall.
The company offers a range of products, including options to use at home, and others for on the move. At the low end is the Classic Guardian system, that features a base station that connects to a landline, with a watch-style device that maintains a connection to the base station across over 1300 square feet.
Another option is Mobile Guardian, which is a wearable medical alert watch, which communicates over AT&T’s 3G network, and includes GPS location data so you can be found in an emergency. The watch is also good for everyday use, and additional features include weather forecasts, and SMS communications.
Looking for a medical alert service for an active senior on the go, without a bulky base station? Then Lively Mobile Plus from Great Call has you covered.
The heart of this service is the pendant, suitable to wear on the neck or clip to a pocket, which features GPS technology to determine location, a fall detector that automatically calls for help in a fall event, and is waterproof. Backing up the service are certified agents who are “trained in emergency procedures,” and have the fastest agent response time as determined by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute.
The pendant costs $37.49, plus an activation fee for the hardware. There is also a monthly fee that starts at $19.99 monthly for the Basic Plan, and goes up to $34.99 per month for the Ultimate Plan that includes device replacement and fall detection.
ADT is a household name for home security equipment, but also offers a variety of medical alert systems to suit a variety of needs via its ADT Health brand.
At the bottom end is the basic device that connects to a landline. It features a simple base station, and a waterproof button on a watch band to press for help, but it only has a 300 foot range. There is no activation charge, and a monthly $29.99 fee for the service.
The firm’s mid-range plan is Medical Alert Plus, which has an extended in-home range that grants independence to those who love to garden or relax in the yard. It requires no landline, and has a fall detection option.
There is also a mobile medical alert system called ‘On-The-Go.’ This one is a portable device, without a base station, with optional fall detection, and GPS to track the location. There is a wireless connection with two-way talk. The monthly fee is $39.99 for the service.
LifeStation Medical Alert is a budget-friendly basic medical alert system. It has a base station that connects to a landline, and a distinguishing feature is that an additional user with a second device can be added for $3.99 per month.
LifeStation Medical Alert also comes with a wearable pendant or wristband with built-in GPS, as well as a fall detection sensor.
The base station has an ordinary range of 500 feet, a waterproof help button, and an automated weekly tester. Also, bathroom and hallway buttons can be added for additional access for $2.49 per month. The cost of the basic service, before the extras, is $25.95 per month, if paid annually.
One Call Alert offers a family of products to suit different needs and price points. The starter system is landline based, and uses a simple push button on a watch band to a base station, and starts at $24.95 per month.
The firm also offers a higher tier home device, that does not need a landline, but rather uses a base station with a cellular connection and has a sleeker button device, with a monthly service fee of $34.95 a month. The top offering, the ResCube Pro Mobile, which is a completely mobile solution that dispenses with the base station, can be had for $39.92 per month.
All plans feature US-based trained professionals, and there is an option to have a previously created action plan to notify first responders, family and friends, should an incident occur. One Call Alert also has a A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.
MobileHelp develops some of the most popular medical alert systems, of their MobileHelp Duo offering is a good mid-range service compared to the rest of the market.
The system comes with a base station, which is made by MobileHelp themselves rather than a third party, and this comes with a mobile help button to call for assistance if needed. The base station runs on a celullar network rather than a landline, which offers the advantage of still being on even in the event of a power failure.
There’s also a suite of online tools provided, which can be used to register and monitor both the service and its use. It can also include medication reminders as well as track user activity when required. The suite is mobile friendly, so can be access on a computer or smartphone.
There are no upfront fees with any MobileHelp service, so all hardware is included in the prices and there are no activation fees. The monthly price comes in at over $40 a month, which is higher than average, but there are discounts for paying annually that make the service much more competitive.
Among the service features of note is that the speakerphone is especially clear, more so than some rival service providers. And while MobileHelp openly state that they don’t provide their own call centers, they do use Rapid Response, which is an award-winning service for customer care.
Bay Alarm Medical has been providing medical alert systems for over 70 years, and offers multiple monitoring and tracking options for the home, outside, and even one specifically for use in an automobile. Its push button technology can allow you to alert family, friends, or 911 services directly, with prices starting from $19.95.
LifeFone works with its own cellular phone network to offer a mobile emergency pendant or wristband with a built-in help button. LifeFone has in-home monitoring and mobile solutions, and is recognized as a leading service by hospitals, caregivers, and consumer groups. Prices start from $24.95 per month.
While GetSafe offers traditional medical alert systems similar to other providers, not least a home hub and neck pendant, it differs in also offering voice-activated consoles as a main product. This means setting up alert boxes around the home, but the senior doesn’t have to wear or press anything – they can literally just call for help when needed, and describe what sort of help they require. Both landline and cellular options are available. Pricing for the service is $24.95 monthly.
QMedic focuses on a mobile wearable bracelet or pendant, which not only has an alert/help button, but also allows two-way communication so that you can do more than just ask for help – you can also clearly state what help you need and whether you require medical assistance. As well as being waterproof it is also proactive and can flag unusual user behavior patterns. QMedic was awarded ‘Best Medical Alert System for Compliance and Activity Monitoring 2019’ by Caring.com.
The iOS 13 public beta release date and time could be announced in a few days, as Apple laid out a July window in which the wider beta testing would begin.
That gives us time to pour over the iOS 13 features found in the developer beta right now – the ones Apple announced on stage at its WWDC 2019 keynote on June 3.
You can get iOS 13 beta right now, but it isn’t meant for everyone – yet. Paying Apple developers are the intended audience; Apple strongly advises normal users wait.
It includes Dark Mode, the long-awaited UI tweak to invert those bright white-screen backgrounds is here, and so is the new QuickPath swipe keyboard and iPadOS.
In the meantime, we’ll explain (and show) what it’s all about, including Dark Mode, a long-awaited UI tweak allowing you invert those bright white-screen backgrounds.
There are so many iOS 13 features announced, and we’ll explain them all. But we’ll start with the iOS 13 release date schedule and all-important compatibility list first.
iOS 13 release date schedule
June 3: iOS 13 beta 1 and first look at WWDC 2019
June 17: iOS 13 beta 2 launched for developers
Soon: iOS 13 public beta release date for adventurous testers
Early September 2019: iOS 13 Golden Master (final dev beta)
Mid-September 2019: iOS 13 likely to launch with new 2019 iPhones
The iOS 13 public beta release date is going to be announced very soon. Apple said it would launch in July, though last year’s iOS beta came on June 25, so we’re eager to see how the timing shakes out in 2019.
We’ve mapped out an iOS 13 beta timeline, from the beta 1 and beta 2 that are out now to the final version of the software. It all begins with a first look at the update in the form of the developer beta. We had June 3 date pinned down as the release date months ago, long before we got our WWDC invite.
1. iOS 13 developer beta: The iOS 13 beta 2 is available today but restricted to paid Apple developers. Good news: unlike iOS 13 beta 1, this new version can be installed over the air (OTA), whereas beta 1 required Xcode or macOS 10.15 to be installed first. It’s a bit easier to install, but you should probably wait for the public beta, which is always more stable, or upgrade to the dev beta on a non-primary device.
2. iOS 13 public beta: This is Apple’s way of testing features on a larger scale. When is the iOS 13 public beta release date? Apple said July, although last year the iOS public beta launched on June 25. It’ll be worth the wait – it’s typically a more refined version of the iOS developer beta, although it can still be rough, and never includes all of the features implemented in the final version of the software.
3. iOS 13 golden master: This will be the final version of the iOS 13 software, released one week before the final iOS release, meant for developers and public beta testers. At this point it’s very stable, and gives app makers seven days to adapt to the final software.
4. The official iOS 13 release date: We’ll get the new iOS 13 software in its final, stable form about one week after the next iPhone launch event, at which we expect to see what we’re calling (for now) the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max and iPhone 11 XR. The date? Probably mid-September (last year it was September 17).
iOS 13 compatibility list
iOS 13 requires iPhone 6S or later, iPad Air 2 or later, the new iPad mini 4 and iPhone SE
It won’t come to older devices that support up to iOS 12: iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2 and mini 3
iOS 13 compatibility requires an iPhone or iPad from the last four years (depending on the device category). That means phones like the iPhone 6 won’t be getting iOS 13 – if you’ve got one of those devices you’ll be stuck with iOS 12 forever.
You’ll need an iPhone 6S or later, the iPad Air 2 or later, and the new iPad mini 4 or later, or the iPod touch 7th generation. No surprise, the new iPod Touch 7th gen is the only devices of its class that gets iOS 13 support.
The iPhone SE fits into an odd category, as it has iPhone 6 era specs, but came out after the iPhone 6S. Don’t worry, everyone’s favorite little iPhone will get iOS 13.
iOS 13 Dark Mode
Overdue Dark Mode is coming to iOS 13 and iPadOS
We saw macOS get a system-wide Dark Mode in 2018
Shortcut to black-and-dark-gray UI lives in Control Center
Dark Mode in iOS 13 is going to be system-wide, meaning it’ll change the hues from bright white and light grey to black and dark gray on all supported apps.
It’s a nice feature when you’re using your iPhone at night and want to avoid bright white hues shining in your face. It may also save battery life on the OLED-equipped iPhones, from the iPhone X onward. Apple didn’t talk about this at all, but we know that OLED displays essentially ‘turn off’ pixels when rendering blacks.
Turning on iOS 13 Dark Mode can be done in Control Center inside the Display slider (right next to the Night Shift and True Tone toggle), according to Apple, or you can set it automatically to turn on at night through a schedule or custom time.
The yellow-tinting Night Shift mode finally gets a bright-light dimming companion, and a lot of people couldn’t be happier.
iOS 13 on iPad is iPadOS, and it’s a big change
Some of the biggest changes we expected for iOS 13 on the iPad are actually coming in an update called iPadOS. Apple is signaling that the iPad needs its own platform.
That means big improvements to your iPad workflow, starting with the home screen redesign. Pinned Widgets, as we predicted in our iOS 13 rumors roundup, lets you add widgets from the Today View screen (that left-mode screen on your iPhone and iPad). So far, it’s iPad-exclusive, and not coming to iOS13 for the iPhone.
Slide Over lets you have multiple apps open and cycle through them like rolodex. You can also fan to preview them all at once with a swipe gesture, kind of like the recents menu on many phones and tablets. It’s multi-tasking made easier.
Split View has been enhanced to let you open one app on both sides of the screen (it wasn’t possible before), and Apple demoed this by showing Notes side-by-side with Notes. You can also pair an app with more than one app – so now Safari can be paired with Pages in one space and Safari can be paired with Mail in another.
App Expose is new to the iPad software, letting you see all of the space you have open. There’s an App Expose icon on the Dock, requiring only a single press to get into the convenient overview mode.
New copy, paste and undo gestures are coming to iPadOS. Three fingers scrunched down was shown to copy text, three fingers expanding (in the opposite direction) dropped the text on the page, and sliding three fingers across the screen undid the last action. We’ll have to see how this performs when the software lands.
Apple’s keyboard can float around the screen in a smaller form, and it’s debuting a swiping gesture keyboard, which it calls QuickPath Typing. There are also more keyboard shortcuts (a lack of shortcuts was a complaint we had about previous iOS versions).
With iOS 13, Apple’s default QuickType keyboard will be incorporating swipe-to-type, a popular way of sliding across the keyboard to form words. We’ve used this in prior iOS keyboard extensions like Google’s Gboard and SwiftKey.
You can use the QuickType and QuickPath methods of typing interchangeably, and so far supported languages include English, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, German, French, Italian, and Portuguese is now included.
iOS 13 debuts new ‘Find My’ app
Apple is combining Find My Friends and Find My iPhone in iOS 13, and the union lets you locate your friends and missing gadgets with a faster, easier-to-use interface.
What’s really neat is that it’ll use a crowd-sourced encrypted Bluetooth signal to help you track down devices that aren’t connected to Wi-Fi or cellular. That’s mostly a big help for Macs, but it could also help with an iPhone in rare cases, too.
Best of all, while Find My Friends didn’t always work for us, Apple may be making a bigger push to get location tracking right with this new iOS 13 app now in the limelight.
iOS 13 hints at Apple Tag product
The theory that Apple is taking on the Tile tracker is backed up in the iOS 13 beta, according to a new leak regarding what’s been dubbed the ‘Apple Tag’.
While the redesigned Find My app is supposed to locate your Apple devices and also your iPhone-carry friends, the Apple Tag is allegedly designed for everything else. Think: keys, bag, water bottle, or anything else a Bluetooth tracker could attach to.
The Apple Tag wasn’t a part of the iOS 13 reveal during WWDC 2019, but it could be an announced alongside the iPhone 11 in September. After all, it is mobile hardware.
iOS 13 makes your old iPhone faster, last longer
More people are holding onto their iPhones for longer, and that’s something Apple seems to recognize – and the company is speeding up iOS 13 to accommodate them.
The most important iOS 13 stats: app launch speed is up to twice as fast according to Apple, and Face ID unlocking will be 30% faster than before. Apple also found a way to make app downloads smaller, up to 60% on average; iOS 12 gave us a faster update, and iOS 13 looks to build upon that.
Battery life is also something Apple is tackling this year. Its aim is to slow the rate of battery aging by reducing the time your iPhone spends fully charged. iOS 13 is supposed to learn from your daily charging routine so it can wait to finish charging past 80% until you need to use it.
Reminders gets a big overhaul
Of all the built-in apps, Reminders is getting the biggest revamp in iOS 13. It appears to be better organized, and includes shortcuts that make it easier to add reminders.
Big, color-coded buttons for Today, Scheduled, All and Flagged categories offer you a better oversight of your pressing tasks, while the keyboard when you’re in this app has a top-line Quick Toolbar that acts as a shortcut to easily add times, dates, locations, flags, photos and scanned documents.
Making plans in Messages? Siri will step in to suggest reminders that can be created, like a personal assistant who chimes in at all the right times.
Camera and Portrait Mode changes
The iOS 13 is going to offer important changes to camera features, starting with enabling you to change the intensity of light in Portrait Mode, which is something we’ve wanted for a while. Portrait mode is also getting a new monochromatic effect called High‑Key Mono.
The Photos gallery is becoming what Apple called “a diary of your life”, with a new tab designed to document your best photos by day, month and year. You’ll also have more pinch controls to zoom in and out of the Photos gallery.
Photo editing is refined with iOS 13, adding adjustment controls and filters, while the video editing portion mirrors this almost entirely: nearly every photo tool and effect – including filters, rotating and cropping – will make it over to video. If you’re not good at tinkering with video, there’ll even be an ‘Auto’ adjustment button.
New Siri voice sounds more natural
There’s a new Siri voice debuting with iOS 13, and it sounds more natural than before – we’ve heard a sample and the tone is the same, but it sounds less robotic.
It uses advanced neural text‑to‑speech technology, according to Apple, and you’ll particularly notice this when Siri says longer phrases, like reading the Apple News aloud or answering knowledge questions.
The timing is good, because Siri can also do a lot more talking if you wear AirPods – Siri can read incoming messages and pipe them through the buds, which is convenient.
One more new Siri perk: your voice assistant on HomePod will understand the voices of the various family members in your home. This should mean, for example, that asking “What’s on my Calendar?” won’t bring up someone else’s irrelevant information.
Memoji gets makeup, Messages gets info sharing
Apple is putting more of ‘Me’ in Memoji, allowing one trillion configurations: new hairstyles, headwear, makeup, and piercings to name a few categories. Examples on the WWDC stage showed that these personalized Animoji masks allow for such granular accessory detail as eyeshadow, braces and even AirPods.
Memoji Stickers are something entirely new – iOS 13 will bring more iPhone and iPad users into the Memoji fold, TrueDepth camera or not. You can customize a Memoji and iOS 13 will automatically create a fun-looking sticker pack that lives in a sub-menu on the keyboard, which you can use in Messages, Mail, and third‑party apps.
You’ll be able to share your personalized Memoji with contacts through iMessages, but only when you grant them access. The same applies to sharing your name and photo with contacts, so you can chose how people see your name, for example. According to Apple, you can decide whether you want your profile shared with everyone, with only your contacts, or just once.
New HomePod features
You might not know this, but the HomePod is part of the iOS family, and it’s getting updates too.
First, you’ll be able to transfer songs from your iPhone by simply holding your phone closer to the HomePod speaker. Previously, you had to tell Siri to do this, but now this hand-off feature is a bit easier, and you don’t have to talk to do it.
The HomePod will also introduce Live Radio – you can ask Siri to play 100,000 stations from all around the world. And HomePod will allow you to recognize who in your family is talking, and personalize the response – great with Apple Music, where selections will be based on your taste and history. It goes beyond Music, Messages, Notes, Reminders, and more.
Sign-in with Apple
Apple is taking on Facebook Connect, Google and other platforms that allow you to conveniently sign in to third-party accounts. Sign-in with Apple is poised to protect your privacy more than Facebook and Google do.
What’s neat is that if you don’t want to fork over your email to an app developer or website, Apple will create a unique random email for you, and the email will be unique to that site or app.
Maps get revamped
iOS 13 Maps looks a lot better, even if everyone likes to hate on it. Will it ever be better than Google Maps? No, probably not. But for people who want Apple’s pre-loaded maps app on iOS 13, it’ll be much better.
There’s way more detail here by way of Apple rebuilding maps from the ground up. There’s more realistic detail for roads, beaches, parks, and buildings, and you can now explore cities with a 3D 360-degree experience.
Favorites were a part of Maps before, but iOS 13 makes these saved locations easier to navigate to with one tap – they appear at the very top of a search menu. Sometimes Google Maps on iOS doesn’t get this right (but does better on Android). That’s one reason to keep Apple Maps installed, even if you’re a Google Maps person.
Text formatting in Mail
Mail is getting some changes when it comes to writing out properly formatted email. You’ll have more control over font style, size, color, alignment, indenting and outdenting text, and numbered and bulleted lists.
What we’re really hoping to see in iOS 13 is the ability to insert a hyperlink into some text in an email. On both iOS and Android devices, that’s just not possible in their default mail clients (that we’ve seen) – you have to paste long URLs, and that’s not a computer, no matter what you call your operating system.
Connect to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth from Control Center
This is huge – and we’ve been asking for it for several years. You’ll soon be able to select Wi‑Fi networks and Bluetooth accessories right from Control Center.
Android has had this for years, and it was always convenient to connect to new Wi-Fi networks or Bluetooth earbuds without having to navigate away from your current app and dive into five Settings submenus. Apple is finally coming around in iOS 13.
Xbox One and PS4 game controller support
If you’re going to play games on your phone, you might as well do it with one of the two best controllers available (and maybe something you already own).
Enter PS4 and Xbox One game controller support for iOS 13. Apple didn’t say if all games will support this or if it’ll be limited to Apple Arcade, but whatever the case may be, we’re happy to be able to put our PS4 controller to use everywhere we roam.
Silence Unknown Calls
Nuisance SPAM calls drive us crazy every day, and iOS 13 wants to fix the issue with the help of Siri, which scans your Contacts, Mail and Messages to see if you’ve previously been in contact with the caller.
Silence Unknown Calls sounds fairly smart, if you’re not expecting business numbers cold-calling you for work. Those that do call you and aren’t on your personal ‘VIP list’ will go straight to voicemail.
More iOS 13 features to come with the public beta
We’re waiting until the iOS 13 public in July to test out the software, but there’s so much more to this update that we haven’t yet explained – there’s just that much to it.
We’ll continue to update the iOS 13 news here, with our guide to what you need to know about its features and how it’ll change your iPhone. There might be a separate iPadOS now, but iOS 13 is still mighty important to millions of people.
The one crime statistic that is falling across the US year-on-year is burglary, and that’s because homeowners are turning to home-based security systems that can help prevent crime. It’s not just about trying to deter opportunists, but also making sure that even determined burglars will have difficulty forcing their way into your home without being caught.
Yet there’s such a wide array of home security options available to the homeowner, from CCTV and security cameras, to monitoring solutions, it can all seem overwhelming. Luckily, there are an increasing number of all-in-one solutions that use the latest technology to bring together different aspects of surveillance, monitoring, and prevention, to help homeowners feel safer.
What’s even better is that you no longer need a complicated setup of monitoring cameras, as most modern security systems are unobtrusive, easy to install and use, and even stylish.
So we have done the legwork for you – we’re good like that – to present this list of five of the best home security solutions. We think these products bring together the best in security, safety, and technology, to help give you peace of mind and better protect you, your family, and loved ones, from unwelcome intruders.
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The Ring Alarm Security Kit is an all-in-one security solution that’s simple to set up, and doesn’t require a service subscription to use. The standard Alarm Security Kit is priced at just $199 – cheaper than most competitors – yet comes with a base station, keypad, contact sensor, motion detector and range extender. You can buy additional components individually to extend your protection, or purchase one of the larger Alarm Security Kit bundles.
The Ring Alarm Security Kit uses smart sensors and motion detectors that send mobile alerts when triggered. Everything is managed from the Ring app, which allows you to monitor everything from a single panel on your phone or tablet. It can also be integrated with other security devices from other brands, and you can even operate it using Amazon’s Alexa.
A backup battery in the kit ensures that even in the event of a power failure, the Ring kit will continue to run for up to 24 hours, using your cellular network to keep connected.
As mentioned, there is no need for a subscription plan, though there are contract-free Ring Protect Plans available, for either $3 or $10 a month, which allow you to store more video using the Ring app, as well as access member benefits and discounts on additional security product purchases. These might be useful if you plan to buy other equipment from Ring, such as its video doorbell, sirens, smoke detectors, cameras, and more.
Those with more modest homes, such as a rented apartment, may want a simpler plug-and-play solution, such as the Canary All-in-One which retails for $169. One plastic canister provides a 1080p HD camera with night vision, a 90dB siren, an integrated temperature, air quality and humidity monitor, and the device is available in white or black to match a variety of decors.
Setup can be completed in a few minutes as the device just needs to be connected to electrical power and the internet for protection to kick-off.
While the Canary All-in-One can be used with free access, a membership plan of $9.99 monthly is needed to get the most out of it. Features included are full length videos that are stored for 30 days, unlimited video downloads, and two-way Canary talk.
Nest made its name in home technology with its thermostat which debuted in 2011. These days, Nest is part of Google, and the company has expanded into home security with Nest Secure.
This is sold as the Nest Secure alarm system, commanding a premium fee of $399, and it includes a base station, two Nest Tags, and two sensors. The Nest Tag is a key fob-style device that can arm or disarm the system when in proximity with the base station – other options for arming include a passcode, Google Assistant, and the Nest App.
The sensor is Stick Nest Detect, which is a versatile piece of hardware, as each one can be used to secure a window, door, or even a wall, as it detects motion, with additional sensors available for $49. All of these sensors feed their information through the base station to the Nest App.
Nest Secure works over Wi-Fi, but cellular access as a backup is a $5 additional monthly option. The system can also be expanded with options for indoor and outdoor cameras, and compatible Yale electronic locks.
While this system is designed to be used for self-monitoring through the Nest App, there is also an option for professional monitoring via Brinks Home Security for $29 monthly, or $19 monthly with a three-year contract (more about that later).
Abode offers a security solution that is professional-grade, and yet easy to install for the homeowner. Like its competition, the company offers a starter kit that includes the essentials: a gateway, a mini door/window sensor, a remote key fob, a motion sensor, and a security sticker – that package retails for $299.
This does not include a keypad which will run you $79 extra, and is designed for self-monitoring via a smartphone app. There are a wide variety of expansion options available, including indoor add-on sirens, a water leak sensor, and a glass break and vibration sensor, to name just a few of the many offerings.
Upgrade to the next plan for $329, and this includes the same starter kit, plus a year of cellular backup on the T-Mobile or AT&T network, and 50% off the add-on keypad. The top plan goes for $379, which includes everything from the lower plans, complete with a year of professional monitoring.
SimpliSafe is a well-known brand in the security space. Unlike some other solutions, the company offers five different options for its starter kit. At the low-end is the aptly named Foundation Kit, which has a base station, keypad, an entry sensor and a motion sensor, all for $229.
At the top-end, the Haven Kit, which is priced at $489, includes the same base station and keypad, as well as a key fob, four entry sensors, two motion sensors, a 105dB siren, a panic button, freeze sensor, water sensor, and a smoke detector, which is suitable for a larger home, and obviously protects you from more than just burglary.
All kits are backed by a 60-day guarantee – the product can be returned if it does not work out for you – and you have a choice of monitoring plans that include professional monitoring and cellular backup (and neither requires a contract).
The base unit itself can detect motion and sound, and when its smart sensors are triggered it can record in 1080 HD video. Although the unit has nightvision capability, it can also be connected with smart sensors and Z-wave lighting units, to expand its range both inside and outside of your property.
It’s also compatible with a number of other smarthome devices, which can be configured so that even when you are away, indoor and outdoor lighting can be programmed to simulate someone at home.
When an event is triggered, an alert can be sent via text to your phone or other device, along with a video and/or audio clip of it. This allows you to decide whether the event is worth further action.
However, the base unit is intended to work as more than a security device, and is also powered by Amazon’s Alexa assistant. This allows you to connected with your Amazon account to play music, radio stations, or audiobooks you may have associated with it.
Additionally, there’s a membership plan available which allows you to expand on the basic 24-hours online storage to a 30 or 60-day storage plan, along with the ability to store more video as well as get further discounts at Honeywell.
Brinks works with a wider variety of smart home devices than most other companies, plus it offers both DIY and professional installation options as required. You can buy into Brinks Home Complete, or purchase the Nest Security System (see above) at a discount through Brinks. The service is really focused on providing the monitoring for you, which comes in relatively cheap in industry terms at $29 per month, after hardware costs. The one caveat is to expect to sign a three-year contract, with early exit penalties coming into play 30 days after purchase.
ADT is an established security company that offers equipment tied to a subscription-based monitoring service, most of which will require professional installation that the company can provide. Like Brinks, ADT pushes for a three-year initial contract, which afterwards is renewed monthly, but unlike all the other firms listed it’s not very transparent about pricing. While other companies are happy to offer a single fee per product/package, ADT pushes on custom sales for custom packages, which means it’s difficult to make a direct price comparison.
Frontpoint Security sells itself on ease of use, with a DIY home surveillance and security kit based on free-standing sensors that don’t require any wall mounting, drilling, wires, etc. However, the equipment is sold as part of a contract-term package, and pricing will depend on the period committed to upfront. Plans cost between $34.99 to $49.99 a month, with the cost of equipment discounted to $99 if you commit to a three-year contract.
Like its rivals we’ve just mentioned, Vivint offers a combined equipment and monitoring service package, with everything run through a cellular network with backup batteries. However, Vivint SmartHome is something of a premium option, requiring a five-year term and monthly prices that can stack up. Even so, some argue that you get what you pay for, and Vivint certainly has a strong reputation in the security industry.
Link Interactive costs less than most of the other solutions listed here, plus it boasts an admirable range of security options you can customize yourself. Promoting itself as “the best value in home security”, the company runs on a cellular network rather than a landline, and puts less reliance on using a phone app for monitoring. By providing a two-way voice panel, if you can’t get to your phone, the firm can contact you or the emergency services directly if they suspect there’s a need to.
If you’re in the market for a tablet, but don’t want to splash out too much, there are two main brands you’re going to be looking at – iPads and Samsung Galaxy Tabs.
Apple’s most basic iPad range, most recently the iPad 9.7 (2018), brings Apple’s iOS operating system from iPhones to slates, and is affordable by Apple standards.
Samsung Galaxy Tabs come in various models, but the cheapest is the Tab A range, and the last entry in that line was the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018). It runs on an Android operating system, so presents quite a different experience than the iPad 9.7.
So which entry-level tablet should you spend your money on? We’ll run through the main differences between the slates to help guide your decision.
iPad 9.7 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5: price
The first major difference between the iPad 9.7 (2018) and Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018) is the price – although both are meant to be entry-level slates aimed at a more affordable price point, one is quite a bit more pricey than the other.
You can pick up the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 for $329 / £249 (roughly AU$470), or $419 / £299 (roughly AU$600) if you want a version that can connect to LTE networks.
Whichever model you pick, it only comes in a 32GB size. Still, that’s a fairly low price for a tablet, so it definitely falls into the ‘affordable’ bracket.
The Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018) isn’t available in Australia though, so if you’re based there, your choice between tablets is set to be a lot easier.
The iPad 9.7 (2018) will set you back a little more, as it starts at $329 / £319 / AU$469 for a 32GB Wi-Fi model, rising to $559 / £539 / AU$799 for a 128GB model with Wi-Fi and LTE.
That’s generally quite a price rise on the Galaxy Tab A 10.5, especially in the UK, so you’d expect a better tablet as a result.
Design and display
In terms of screens, you’re actually getting the same tech in both the iPad 9.7 (2018) and Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018), in the form of IPS LCD touchscreens – that means there shouldn’t be a huge difference between the two in terms of max brightness and how good colors look.
As the names suggest, the sizes are different though, at 9.7 inches and 10.5 inches respectively, so you’re getting a bigger screen on the Galaxy Tab A.
The resolution of the iPad is 1536 x 2048 for a pixel density of 264 pixels per inch, while the Galaxy Tab A is 1200 x 1920 for 216 pixels per inch, so while the latter is bigger, images shown on it won’t be as sharp. This might be a concern if you’re a cinephile or someone buying a tablet for artwork, but many people might not notice the difference.
As one tablet is bigger than the other in screen size, it also has a larger body. The Galaxy Tab A 10.5 has dimensions of 260 x 161.1 x 8mm compared to the iPad’s 240 x 169.5 x 7.5mm, so the former is longer and thicker, but the iPad is actually wider. That’s in part due to the differing aspect ratios – the Galaxy Tab is 16:10, while the iPad 9.7 is 4:3.
You’re also getting a heavier device in the Galaxy Tab A 10.5, as the Wi-Fi model weighs 529g, which is 60g more than the 469g Wi-Fi iPad. There’s a similar difference for the LTE model, with the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 weighing 534g, while the iPad 9.7 weighs 478g.
Both tablets have glass fronts, but the iPad 9.7 has an aluminum body, while the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 is plastic – this makes the latter feel a little less premium. In general, though, both conform to the standard tablet design of a rectangular device with thick bezels.
Both slates have 3.5mm headphone jacks, which is something many premium tablets are missing, but while the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 has a USB-C port, which lets it charge quite quickly and makes it compatible with many peripherals, the iPad has a Lightning port, which makes for slower charging.
One other important point worth noting is the Galaxy Tab A’s rear camera bump, which sticks out quite a way – you can’t actually put the tablet flat on a table without it rocking, so you’ll have to splash out on a case to compensate for this unless you like to hold your tablet while you use it.
Battery life and camera
There’s no clear winner in terms of battery life between the tablets, and that’s because they both take roughly as much use before running out of charge.
In the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018) you’ll find a 7,300mAh battery, and there’s an 8,827mAh power pack in the iPad 9.7 (2018) – while that makes it seem like the iPad will last longer, don’t forget it has a higher resolution screen, so you might find them lasting around the same amount of time.
In fact if anything Samsung’s might last longer, as the company claims its slate can last for up to 15 hours of internet use on Wi-Fi, while Apple quotes 10 hours.
Charging is a similar story – the Lightning port used on the iPad is rather outdated, compared to the USB-C on the Galaxy Tab A, so you’ll find the latter charges quite a bit quicker than the former.
Camera performance isn’t something you necessarily look for in a tablet, and as such the gadgets rarely have powerful cameras, but slate snappers can still be useful for a range of functions.
Both tablets have an 8MP rear camera, and pictures you take on them will have roughly the same level of quality. However while the iPad 9.7 has a 1.2MP front camera, the Galaxy Tab A’s is 5MP, so your video calls and selfies will be of a higher quality on Samsung’s slate.
Specs and features
Inside the iPad 9.7 (2018) you’ll find the Apple A10 Fusion chipset, which was also used in the iPhone 7, and would now rank among the mid-range modern processors.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 comes with the Snapdragon 450 chipset which, again, is a few years old, but it was a mid-range rather than flagship chipset when it was released, so overall it’s the lesser of the two.
The Galaxy Tab A does beat the iPad in terms of RAM, with 3GB as opposed to the Apple tablet’s 2GB, but in benchmark tests we found the iPad had about 50% more power than its Galaxy rival, likely because of the chipset.
When using the interface, the iPad is noticeably quicker and easier to operate, and in general iOS is better optimized for tablets than Android – the performance difference between the slates becomes more obvious the more you use them, and it quickly becomes clear the iPad is much easier to use.
The iPad also has a fingerprint scanner in its home button, whereas you’ll have to type in your password for the Galaxy Tab A, which makes unlocking the iPad much quicker.
Plus, the iPad 9.7 (2018) supports the Apple Pencil, making it a better bet for digital doodlers – though this costs extra.
When you’re using the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018), it feels a little lacking, both in terms of interface speed and software, and the feel in your hands, and Android just isn’t well optimized for tablets yet.
However, the Galaxy Tab A is a cheaper device, and provides you with a bigger screen, so if you want your tablet as a big device to watch content on the go, it’s a safe bet, especially as it also has potentially better battery life.
But if you want to use your tablet for work or playing games, the iPad 9.7’s extra processing power and better operating system should lure you in.