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  1. Intel is trying to hold onto its standing as the processor (CPU) champion after the launch of AMD's Ryzen 3000-series processors, and the company's latest attempt comes in the form of benchmarks comparing the Intel Core i7-9700K to the Ryzen 9 3900X, MSPowerUser reports. Intel's benchmark comparisons come in the form of a slideshow, and they show the Intel CPU winning in most cases. The benchmarks include SYSmark, MobileMark, WebXPRT and 16 video game titles. The choice of benchmarks appears aimed at "a realistic day-in-a-life" according to one slide and a "better indicator of mainstream PC experience" according to another. SYSMark runs actual applications like Microsoft Office programs, and both MobileMark and WebXPRT perform some typical computer tasks. Then, Intel claimed "on par or better" performance in a variety of video games, with the Ryzen processor only winning out in Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation and Assassin's Creed Odyssey. Intel claimed Final Fantasy XV, Far Cry 5, CS:GO, PUBG, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider, among other games, for itself. Check out the match-up: AMD vs. IntelGet the details on Intel's Coffee Lake RefreshSee Intel's new Ice Lake CPUsMissing or obscuring the pointWhile what Intel is claiming in its slides may well be the case, there's plenty of information absent, and some important considerations left unmentioned. For instance, in the video game benchmarks, Intel claims on par or better performance, but doesn't indicate which of the games were only on par, thereby giving itself a victory for what may only be a draw. It's also worth noting that many of the games it lists are older, like Grand Theft Auto V, CounterStrike: GO, and Crysis 3. Another important consideration is system configuration. We don't see a slide showing the exact configuration of the Ryzen machine, and while Intel likely built similar machines, Ryzen CPU performance can vary significantly depending on the RAM installed. Then there's the big elephant in the room: use case. Intel emphasizes realistic use cases, but fails to acknowledge the Intel Core i7-9700K and Ryzen 9 3700X aren't CPUs for typical computer users who just want to browse the web and crank out spreadsheets. They are high-performance components meant for folks with serious computing needs. Benchmarks like Cinebench show just how much raw performance people can get out of a machine, and core counts can really come in handy when it comes to creative workloads. There are extras for Ryzen 9 3900X to consider as well, like PCIe 4.0 support, an included cooler, and the possibility that future games and programs will offer improved support for more cores and threads as chip makers like AMD and Intel continue to boost those numbers. Intel may be posting a win for itself here, but we're still standing by our ranking of the best CPUs, which sees the Ryzen 9 3900X squarely at the top. See our Intel Core i9-9900K reviewVia XFastest http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techradar/digital-home/~4/7JZWITyRzzA
  2. Labor Day is fast approaching, and aside from a long holiday weekend, it also means massive savings from your favorite retailers. Dell is kicking things off with its Labor Day Early Access sale that starts today and lasts through September 4. You can save up to 40% on laptops, TVs, desktops, headphones and more with new doorbuster deals added every day. Dell's top deals include the Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones on sale for $299, the Alienware 25 gaming monitor on sale for $407.96, and the Inwhich is 15 5000 2-in-1 laptop that's on sale for $699.99 and includes a $100 Visa prepaid card. Our top early access pick is the LG 70-inch 4K TV that's on sale for $669.99. That's a $530 discount and Dell is including a $100 Dell eGift card to sweeten the deal. The big-screen TV delivers a life-like picture with bold colors and stunning accuracy thanks to the quad-core processor and 4K Active HDR format. The smart TV also features ThinQ AI technology which works with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant to become your smart home hub. You can browse movies, adjust the channel, launch shows, and control other smart home devices using just your voice. Shop more of Dell's early access Labor Day sale below and keep this page bookmarked as we'll be adding new doorbuster deals throughout the week. Dell Labor Day deals:You can shop more TV deals with our roundup of the best cheap TV sales and 4K TV deals happening now. You can also shop more cheap laptop deals and cheap monitor deals that are currently available. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techradar/digital-home/~4/463ZTzQo38M
  3. OnePlus, on Monday inaugurated its first global research and development (R&D) center in the Indian city of Hyderabad. The R&D facility was inaugurated by Pete Lau, Founder & CEO of OnePlus along with Former Minister of Telangana, K. T. Rama Rao and Principal Secretary for IT and Industries, Jayesh Ranjan. Over the course of the next three years, OnePlus intends to put as much as Rs 1,000 crore into creating its biggest R&D center, right here in Vamsiram's Sohini Tech Park, Nanakramguda, Hyderabad. Why Hyderabad?OnePlus decided to establish an R&D centre in Hyderabad as it is a major centre for startups and MNCs. It wouldn't be wrong to call it one of the biggest IT hubs in India. Moreover, the Chinese electronics maker believes that the city attracts a lot of talent in the area of emerging technologies and as such, it will help generate more employment opportunities. The company already has a workforce of 200 people for its Hyderabad R&D center and Lau mentioned that some of the Product Managers are being relocated to Hyderabad to assist in a more inclusive development. OnePlus also conducts a campus hiring program in major premiere universities and institutes of India like the IITs, to provide opportunities and nurture young talents. The R&D centre will warpcharge this program with an aim to generate more interest amongst youngsters. What will the OnePlus R&D center do?Lau also revealed that the R&D facility will be home to three OnePlus Labs. These include the camera lab, networking and communications lab and automation lab. The new R&D facility will headline development of India exclusive features for OxygenOS and drive 5G network deployment for India, Europe and the UK. But, that's not all. The centre will also work on global product development, improving cameras, AI and performance tests. OnePlus has a dedicated camera lab in Taiwan and the company now wants to set up a second and an equally compelling lab in India. Vikas Aggarwal, General Manager OnePlus India, stated that the company will be taking part in the 5G spectrum trials sometime later this year. The Hyderabad R&D center is expected to play a major role in testing 5G connectivity for its products but we don't have a definite timeline for the same, yet. OnePlus TV: What we want to seeOnePlus TV with 55-inch QLED screen confirmed to launch in IndiaOnePlus TV to debut exclusively in India next month, will be available on AmazonWhat's more for India?OnePlus currently holds the top position in the premium smartphone segment in India. It has captured 43% of the segment in India and 2% globally, which is enough for it to be listed amongst the top five premium smartphone companies of the world. While discussing the company's plans for India, Pete Lau said, “In three years, we plan to grow the new R&D centre in Hyderabad into our biggest globally. We plan to re-focus our R&D efforts on a large scale and drive innovations in India for the global product, especially on the software side with special emphasis on Artificial Intelligence, 5G and IoT.” Apart from its online exclusive partnership with Amazon India, OnePlus is also present in the offline space with 15 OnePlus experience stores and over 1500 partner stores. The company is also looking at large format experience stores as a viable option in its expanding offline strategy. The first OnePlus experience store is also being constructed in Hyderabad and is expected to be fully functional by the next quarter. OnePlus plans to take this concept of large format super experience stores to major metro cities in the next 2-3 years. Besides, now that the R&D centre is operational, OnePlus wants to produce and source more components locally, in line with the Indian government's Make in India strategy. Also Read: Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro specifications confirmed by Xiaomi, days before the launchhttp://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techradar/digital-home/~4/Bp2lliXQGlA
  4. The Disney D23 Expo has become a font of information for breaking Disney news, and this year’s event - which took place over the weekend - was no different. In fact, D23 2019 might’ve been one of the biggest ever in the company’s history as it brought us new trailers for Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker, The Mandalorian and tons of Marvel shows, plus new details on Disney Plus, the company’s streaming service that launches on November 12. Want a quick recap of the weekend’s biggest Disney announcements? Here’s a handy guide to Disney D23 2019. Disney Plus details The star of Disney’s D23 Expo was most definitely Disney Plus. The House of Mouse announced that attendees would be among the first to be able to subscribe to the service at a discount (if they didn’t mind signing a three-year agreement) before giving us some details on the quality and quantity of the streams at a special panel. We know now that the service will support up to four simultaneous streams in 4K / Dolby Vision at the base monthly package price of $6.99. In terms of timing, we learned that Disney Plus will release new episodes of its shows weekly rather than in one season chunks like Netflix, which could give the service time to catch up with competitors who already have massive catalogues (cough, Netflix) and keep users coming back for more. In some less good news, Disney reiterated that the service will be available in the US, Canada, The Netherlands and Australia on November 12, but still didn’t mention a UK release date - sorry folks. The Mandalorian trailer That said, you can’t talk about Disney Plus without talking about its flagship Star Wars title, The Mandalorian, which got its first trailer during this year’s D23 event. The series will be set after the fall of the Empire post-Return of the Jedi (aka Episode 6) and stars a lone bounty hunter donning traditional Mandalorian armor, looking like a color-swapped Boba Fett. The series was created by director/producer Jon Favreau (director of Iron Man and Chef), which bodes well for an interconnected Star Wars TV universe, and stars Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martel from Game of Thrones and Javier Peña on Narcos). Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer The Mandalorian wasn’t the only piece of Star Wars content that came out over the weekend - we also got a new trailer for Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker that’s set to debut in December. You can see the full trailer down below, but in it we see a quick recap of the Skywalker storyline throughout the last eight episodes that concludes with Rey battling Kylo Renon atop the remains of the Death Star II that was destroyed in Episode 6. It’s a scene that hearkens back to the battle between Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan in Episode 3, and it’s going to be awesome. Speaking of old Ben, actor Ewan McGregor confirmed that he will reprise his role in an untitled Star Wars series that will debut on Disney Plus with filming set to begin next year. Marvel TV Shows The end of the last Avengers film might have wrapped everything up in a nice little bow, but don’t worry, Disney Plus will unravel everything with a slate of new shows that will introduce new villains - and heroes - to the Marvel cinematic universe. Among these shows are The Falcon and The Winter Soldier which will debut in 2020 and star Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, respectively, as well as WandaVision, Loki and What If…, which will all make their debut in 2021. Disney also announced new series for She-Hulk, Moon Knight and Ms. Marvel, which will debut on the service at some point in the future. Marvel Movies While Disney’s slate of serialized content is growing in scale, it hasn’t forgotten about its movie-going fans. To that end, Disney divulged new details about Black Panther 2 (that’s now set to release on May 6, 2022) and a new film called The Eternals at D23. According to Disney, the cast of Marvel Studios’ The Eternals includes "Richard Madden, who portrays the all-powerful Ikaris; Kumail Nanjiani, who plays cosmic-powered Kingo; Lauren Ridloff, who portrays the super-fast Makkari, the first deaf hero in the MCU; Brian Tyree Henry, who plays the intelligent inventor Phastos; Salma Hayek, who plays the wise and spiritual leader Ajak; Lia McHugh, who portrays the eternally young, old-soul Sprite; Don Lee, who plays the powerful Gilgamesh; and Angelina Jolie, who stars as the fierce warrior Thena." The President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige revealed concept art images of each character, before announcing three additional cast members: Sersi, to be played by Gemma Chan; aloof loner Druig, to be played by Barry Keoghan; and non-Eternal Dane Whitman, who’ll be played by the King in the North, Kit Harington. We’ll get a full look at the film when it comes out on November 6, 2020. Here's everything you need to know about Disney Plushttp://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techradar/digital-home/~4/l1sLFUE_BV0
  5. If you’re looking for a great ereader, you've probably scoped out the Amazon Kindle range, a diverse series that touches a lot of price points. Amazon is one of, if not the, biggest name in ereader market with the largest virtual library around, so you’re definitely not making a mistake by checking out its Kindles. If you're hunting for a great reading experience and want to save all your money for ebooks, perhaps the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is what you’re looking for – it sits far shy of the top of Amazon’s Kindle range, but is still a great reading experience at a relatively low price. But if you’re a serious reader with money to burn, you’re probably looking towards the higher end of the series to the Amazon Kindle Oasis, with its premium design and broad array of features. To help you work out the difference between the two Kindle ereaders, and point you in the right direction for your new book-centric tablet, we’ve run through the differences between the slates. http://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/8LBkcDEEB7AXQjU5qenAbm.jpg Amazon Kindle Oasis Amazon Kindle Paperwhite vs Kindle Oasis priceThe Amazon Kindle Oasis is Amazon’s highest-end ereader, so it goes for a fitting price. The baseline 8GB storage space costs $249.99 / £229.99 / AU$399, while the 32GB option is priced at $279.99 / £259.99 / AU$449. For four times the storage space that’s only an increase of $30 / £30 / AU$50, so if you’re planning to download loads of books at once, we’d recommend the latter option. If those prices make you weak in the knees, perhaps the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is a better deal for you. An 8GB Paperwhite will cost you $129.99 / £119.99 / AU$199, and 32GB will set you back $159.99 / £149.99 / AU$249, making it a lot more affordable than the Oasis. Bear in mind, you’re going to be paying a bit more cash for Amazon Kindle Unlimited, or to buy your ebooks individually, so your expense doesn’t stop at the hardware itself. Design and displayWhen you think of an Amazon Kindle ereader, you probably envision the standard flat rectangle design found in most tablets these days - and that’s exactly what the Kindle Paperwhite looks like. It’s got a plastic body framing the display, and is a touch bigger than your standard smartphone, so it gives a different ‘feel’ than just reading on Google Play Books. http://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/2icT2iFjUpYUkSgiLJKHG3.jpg Amazon Kindle Paperwhite The Amazon Kindle Oasis has a far more intriguing design: on the back of the body is a large ridge that offers a natural hand-hold to make the ereader easy to grip in a range of situations (like walking, or laying on your back). For its premium price tag you get a range of other improvements on the Paperwhite, like the metal body and physical buttons to help you navigate pages quickly. In terms of screens, the Paperwhite has a 6-inch display, which is short of the Oasis’ 7-inch screen but both have the same 300 pixel-per-inch resolution. The Oasis really shines (pun intended) through its range of extra display options, like a high max brightness and an optional orange ‘warm light’ intended to reduce eye strain when reading. The Kindle Oasis has the superior design and display over the Paperwhite, and this makes it a better device for certain audiences, like people who constantly bash or drop their device, or have sensitive eyes, but the design improvements might not be necessary for all users. Battery lifeWhile we don’t have exact battery sizes for the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite or Oasis, during the course of our review we made a few estimations based on how long they lasted and how quickly the battery dropped. This isn’t quite a scientific or empirical way of measuring the battery life of either device, but without specs it’s the closest we can do – and the winner is pretty clear. http://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/zxMx9NWkKFwCxz7TZ7Pipk.jpg The Amazon Kindle Oasis with its hand-hold ridge The ridge on the back of the Kindle Oasis isn't just a handgrip – it houses the ereader’s chunky battery, so you can expect the device to last a long time. In our review, we estimated the Oasis could last about six weeks if used for half an hour a day, which meets Amazon’s official estimations. The Kindle Paperwhite, on the other hand, seems to last about three weeks if used the same amount of time, depending of course on how bright the display is. So it seems like the Kindle Oasis lasts for twice as long; although both last for such a long period of time that the difference is kind of moot. It's far less annoying than having to recharge your smartphone every day. Other featuresBoth the Amazon Kindle Oasis and Paperwhite run Amazon’s Kindle operating system, which lets you rent or buy books on the Amazon Store, and there’s not much difference in terms of software. Neither ereader has a 3.5mm headphone jack though, so if you want to listen to an audiobook, you’ll have to do it with a wireless headphone. http://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/sh6yQjMLSkKs5RzYG3EwhZ.jpg Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Talking of ports, both the Kindle Paperwhite and Oasis charge up using micro USB. That’s quite an outdated socket, so the devices are quite slow to charge. In fact, the Kindle Oasis and Paperwhite have most features in common, and once you’ve looked past the surface appearances, they’re rather similar devices. VerdictThe main differences between the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Oasis lie in their designs and displays. The Oasis aims to be easy to hold in your hand, and even easier to drop without worrying about it breaking, thanks to its metal chassis. Screen versatility is a big difference too, and the Oasis’ warm light, as well as its increased max brightness, make it a better device for reading in the dark or in bright sunlight. Beyond that, the two devices are rather similar in terms of operating system and user interface, so you’re not going to get a terrible experience on the Paperwhite compared to its premium-priced sibling. So if you’ve got a lot of money to spend on a new device, or the design or display features of the Oasis are vital to you, it’s definitely the device to look for, but if you just want to buy an ereader tablet to get through all your books and comics, then the Paperwhite may be a more viable - and certainly more affordable - choice. These are the best Kindles you can buy right nowhttp://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techradar/digital-home/~4/LZoN7GKFJ_I
  6. Signing up for a simple web hosting package will usually buy you a defined block of resources on a single server: this much web space, that much bandwidth, maybe a set amount of RAM or CPU cores. While this works well for many websites, having fixed resources can be a problem for larger projects. There's generally no way to temporarily allocate extra RAM or bandwidth if you experience an increase in traffic, and even a simple plan upgrade might require your website to go offline for a while. Cloud hosting plans look much like virtual private server (VPS) products, where you'll initially pay for a set amount of web space, RAM, CPU time and bandwidth. But these resources are spread across multiple devices instead of just one, and changing your plan later – adding another gig of RAM, for instance – is generally as easy as dragging a slider, with the extra power coming online within moments. This flexibility is great for delivering extra power when you need it most, and starting prices can be similar to regular VPS hosting (from £10 or $14 a month). Costs will rise as you add resources, but typically you'll only pay for the time in which you use these resources. DigitalOcean's monster 192GB RAM, 32 vCPU and 3,840GB SSD product costs $960 (£685) a month, for instance, but this pay-as-you-go approach allows you to try it out for $1.429 or £1.02 an hour. Cloud hosting still won't be for everyone, and small, simple websites are likely to be better off with regular packages. But the technology has a lot to offer anyone with larger or more ambitious projects, and many hosts run free trials which make it easy to explore their abilities for yourself. Also check out the best website hosting serviceshttp://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/MAgo8opVrBTPBAtqxYR3Lb.jpg Cloud hosting isn't just for big business. HostGator's cloud platform spreads your website load across multiple virtual server instances for more reliable and scalable hosting, but it's as easy to use as standard shared hosting, and only costs a little more. For example, the baseline Hatchling Cloud plan gets you support for one domain, unmetered bandwidth and storage, a share of up to two cores and 2GB RAM, and distributed Varnish caching to speed up the loading of static content. You can get started for as little as $4.95 (£3.50) a month if you buy three years upfront, although the price leaps to $8.95 (£6.40) on renewal. If you need something more powerful, the top-of-the-range Business Cloud plan supports unlimited domains, gives you up to six cores and 6GB RAM, and includes private SSL and a dedicated IP. Another chunky introductory discount means you can pay as little as $9.95 (£7.10) a month over three years, but after that you'll pay $17.95 (£12.80) per month. Benefits of the cloud plans include (up to) twice as fast load times, along with more site statistics, and because your site is mirrored across multiple devices, the ability to switch your site to another server in the event of a hardware failure. But the key advantage of all cloud hosting schemes is scalability. If your site can't cope with demand, you can scale up to eight cores and 8GB RAM with a click. There's no waiting around for someone to process your order and no downtime while your web space is reallocated – you get the extra resources right away. You can sign up for HostGator herehttp://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/wj5YVs2VAvqMdABtKZwDi.jpg 1&1 IONOS Cloud Server Hosting is a powerful range of products which combine dedicated server resources with the performance, flexibility and scalability of the best cloud hosting technologies. Seven standard root access (self-managed) configurations aim to cover everyone from the individual user ($10 or (£10 for UK) a month for a single CPU core, 1GB RAM and 50GB storage) to big businesses (16 cores, 48GB RAM and 500GB storage for a monster $400 or (£400 for UK) a month). All plans have decent specifications, giving you unlimited traffic and email accounts, a bundled SSL certificate, DDoS protection, $100 (£100 for UK) starting credit for the first month and a choice of US and European data centers. A wide range of options includes Windows hosting, or managed hosting with your choice of stack: Apache + MySQL + PHP 7.2, Nginx + MariaDB + PHP 7.2, Joomla, Drupal, WordPress and more. The highlight of the range is probably 1&1's Cloud Hosting Flex package. Not only does this allow for adjusting cores, RAM and storage on demand, and adding up to 99 servers to the same contract, but billing is by the minute and you're only charged for what you use. Prices start at $20.84 (£15.84 for UK) a month including the management fee. There's no long-term contract and the first 30 days is free, giving you the chance to try before you buy. You can sign up for 1&1 herehttp://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/2yGMytSrv8NMA3kV8BnbGH.jpg At first glance, cloud hosting products seem to be divided into two clear groups: user-friendly but basic products from hosts like 1&1, and enterprise-level technology from Amazon, Microsoft, IBM and more, which is so complex that even experts might struggle to set it up. Cloudways represents an interesting middle path. The company offers managed cloud hosting which is powered by your choice of the top providers – Amazon, Google, DigitalOcean, Kyup, Linode or Vultr are supported – and comes packed with features, yet is configured from a simple web console which is just as easy to use as the more basic competition. It's an impressive platform. Cloudways' ThunderStack covers all your core performance needs: Nginx, Apache, Memcached, MySQL/MariaDB, Varnish Cache, PHP 7, PHP-FM and Redis. There's one-click cloning, backup and restore, integrated Git and team collaboration tools for developers, and no less than 60 data centers strategically placed around the world (over 25 locations). Despite all this high-end functionality, Cloudways products are generally simple to operate, and prices start at a beginner-friendly $10 (£7.15) a month for one core, 1GB RAM, 25GB storage and 1TB of bandwidth. It's all supremely configurable, and a free trial allows you to check out the product, with no credit card details required. Furthermore, a referral system is available, where both you and your friends can receive free hosting credits. You can sign up for Cloudways herehttp://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/MEeFuiQ8ForTnnhJapnDXg.jpg Founded in 2002, Bytemark is a UK-based cloud hosting company which has designed its own public platform using open source software. This in-house experience brings some unusual advantages. Bytemark has developed its own hosting environment to set up a server, email and more. It covers everything from installing and managing PHP, MySQL, Perl and Ruby on Rails to helping you configure your firewall, spam rules and backups. Experienced users can manage their account with a command line client, or even automate common tasks by integrating with Bytemark's API. Pricing seems somewhat fair. The baseline specification costs $28 (£20) for one core, 2GB RAM, 25GB storage, 10TB bandwidth and one IPv4. If you need more, everything is available via a simple flat rate: $14 (£10) per 1GB RAM, $2.50 (£2) per 10GB of SSD storage, $28 (£20) per extra 1TB of traffic. Unusually, you can even get a Windows licence for $2.64 (£2) per GB of memory. As ever with cloud hosting, there's plenty of flexibility. You can configure your servers with anything from 1 to 180GB RAM, 1 to 16 CPU cores, and 1 to 8 individual disks with either fast SSD or cheaper archive storage. If you're interested, Bytemark's free trial gives you seven days to find out more. You can sign up for Bytemark Cloud herehttp://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/MzCroDMqNMqgyAB4mU57u7.jpg While cloud hosting schemes always involve pooling resources from multiple devices, most do their best to keep you away from the low-level details. You may be able to scale your plan by adding CPU cores, RAM or storage, for instance, but the console will present this to you as a single system. DigitalOcean's Droplets are based around similar resizable and customizable virtual machines, but that's just the start – the technology has much more to offer. For starters, the system supports Droplets of different types. If the standard plans aren't enough – priced from $5 (£3.55) a month for one core, 1GB RAM and 25GB storage – Optimized Droplets aim to ramp up your performance by using the best Broadwell and Skylake CPUs, and providing more RAM and storage space. Individual Droplets have more features than you might expect, including performance monitoring and alerts, snapshots and automatic system-level backups. There are various interesting ways to work with your Droplets as a group, including setting up a cloud firewall, and using a load balancer to distribute incoming traffic across your infrastructure. DigitalOcean's transparent pricing is a highlight. You're billed hourly, with monthly caps, ensuring you only pay for the resources you use. Many of the features come for free – monitoring, cloud firewall – while others follow very simple pricing rules. Snapshots cost $0.05 per gigabyte per month, for instance, while backups are priced at 20% of the cost of the virtual machine – easy. If all you want to do is host a scalable WordPress site, this will probably be overkill, but developers, sysadmins and other more demanding users will appreciate the power and flexibility DigitalOcean offers. Browse the lengthy list of tutorials (which numbers 2,200+ at the time of writing) on the DigitalOcean site to find out more. You can sign up for DigitalOcean hereYou might also want to check out our other website hosting buying guides: WordPressE-commerceDedicated serverSmall businessWindowsManagedGreenBusinessColocationEmail hostingResellersVPSSharedCheapWebsite buildersBest website hostinghttp://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techradar/digital-home/~4/520gx0tWRac
  7. Every great website needs a snappy, memorable domain name. Coming up with something new is a serious challenge, but once inspiration strikes, you'll need to register that name with a domain name registrar before you can use it online. Registration isn't difficult, but first you must choose from the hundreds of companies competing for your business, and there are several things for you to consider before signing the virtual dotted line. We’ve also rounded up the best overall web hosting servicesHow to choose the perfect domain registrarPricing structures can be complicated. A low headline figure could become expensive on renewal, for instance. Prices vary between domain extensions, too, so a registrar that offers great value for a .com domain might give you a poor deal on when it comes to .org.There may be extra costs for tasks like transferring your domain to another registrar, too. Read the small print before you sign up.Look for any bundled or optional extras. A Whois privacy service prevents your address, phone number and email address appearing as public contact details for the domain, something which could otherwise get you a significant amount of spam email and phone calls. We've seen this cost as much as $11.20 a year, but several registrars provide it for free.Many domain registrars offer hosting as an extra, but keep in mind that web hosting companies can also register domains. If you have an idea of which web host you'd like to use, check the details of its plans: you may be able to register a domain for free when you buy hosting, and that's often the cheapest option.Finally, take a look at the support a registrar offers. You may never need any help at all, but if anything critical crops up – maybe an issue which might cause a problem with renewal – it's important that your provider is on hand to ably assist. Balancing all these priorities can be tricky, so that's why we've created this list of top domain registrars to help point you in the right direction. http://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/dGDqgAyiaprgnwhPgG8YyL.jpg With a name like Domain.com, the EIG-owned brand, means business, focusing primarily on small and medium businesses. It offers most popular top level domains and over 25 country code top level domains and also sells premium domains as a broker. With nearly two decades of online presence, the company - which is one of the world’s biggest domain name registrars - expanded in web hosting and now ranges a number of products including a website builder, a full design service and web hosting. Domain.com prices tend to be average but we have managed to blag a 25% discount off almost everything in your cart*. Non-premium TLD (.Club, .Men, .Win etc) start from $2.99 for the first year ($2.24 with our code). In line with the rest of the industry, they rise significantly after the second year). You need to pay for privacy protection, a reasonable $8.99, plus you can add email, web hosting, SSL certificates and malware protection, none of which is compulsory. You can stick with its basic website builder which is free with every domain: you get a drag and drop website builder, tons of mobile-friendly templates, up to six pages, SEO tools, Paypal integration and even access to stock image library. Support is more than adequate with 24/7 chat, email and phone support. Domain.com may not have the cheapest prices but it provides with a very balanced offering. *All renewals after the initial discounted period will be charged at the then current standard list price for the selected period. Coupon is not valid with sunrise registrations, landrush registrations, EAP registrations, pre-registrations, premium registrations, renewals, transfers, custom website design, other coupons, or special pricing. http://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/YkzGRBQeR534kM2y4n8VwE.jpg Web giant GoDaddy is the world's biggest domain registrar, currently managing more than 75 million domains for 17 million customers around the globe. The company is well-known for its low headline prices, and it's the same story here, for instance, .co domain is available for $1.99 in year one. On the other hand .com and .org are less impressive (though still apparently cheap) starting at $12.17 and $10.17 respectively. Beware, though: these aren't the bargains they initially seem. The first catch is that GoDaddy's starting prices only apply if you pay for two years upfront, and the second year is significantly more expensive (.com rises to $18.17, .uk and .co.uk domains are $12, .org and .mobi are ridiculously high, $21.17 for .org and $26.17 for .mobi - at the moment, first year for .mobi is $7.17, due to an offer). The second problem is that there are no bundled extras, so adding something like Whois privacy – a valuable service often included for free with other providers – costs $8 a month for year one, and $10 on renewal. There's clearly much better value to be had elsewhere, but GoDaddy may still appeal to web beginners looking for a bundled hosting and domain registration deal. The company has an array of products covering every possible requirement, with telephone support if you need it, and buying your domain and hosting from the same provider will make life a little easier. Just keep in mind that other providers can also combine hosting and domain registration, and GoDaddy may not provide the best package for you. Check out our various hosting guides for possible alternatives. You can sign up for GoDaddy domain registration herehttp://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/UcYQzFGYGEkSdhtzCc9Whd.jpg Hover is a popular domain name registrar owned by Tucows, which also operates eNom and the domain reselling platform OpenSRS. Hover's website is clear and straightforward. A domain pricing page allows for checking registration costs before you start, or you can use the search box to immediately locate your preferred TLD (top-level domain). By default the results page displays every domain you can register and their prices, giving you a lot to scroll through and read. But a handy sidebar allows filtering domains by categories including Personal, Businesses, Audio and Video, Food and Drink, and more. It's a neat touch which could help you spot an appealing domain that you otherwise might have missed. Prices are very reasonable, with .com domains costing $12.99 for year one, .co.uk priced at $10.99, .org costing $13.99 and .mobi reaching $15.99. Shop around and you'll find slightly lower prices elsewhere, but Hover generally provides good value. There's a welcome bonus in Whois Privacy, which comes free for as long as the domain is managed by Hover. The company keeps upselling to a minimum, even in the final shopping cart stage. You're simply offered three email-related extras: email forwarding at $5 a year, a 10GB email account for $20, or you can opt for a 1TB inbox, file sharing, a calendar and more, for an annual $29. If you have any questions, support is available via email and chat, although it's not 24/7. Working hours are 8am to 8pm (Eastern Time) Monday to Friday, and 12pm to 5pm at the weekend. You can sign up for Hover domain registration herehttp://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/ubHksnmZ5ZW7V73FbxHBNT.jpg Most domain name registrars offer a simple identikit service with little to separate them from the competition, but Dynadot is an interesting exception which has some unusual advantages. This starts right at the beginning, with your initial search. You can use the website much like any other – type your preferred domain, press Enter, read the results – but you also get Bulk and IDN (Internationalized Domain Name) search tools, and advanced options allow defining which domain extensions to include in your searches, as well as setting those as defaults for all future searches. These searches can optionally return results from domain auctions, Dynadot's Marketplace (where other customers sell domains they no longer need) and other sources. There's also a Backorder option to try and grab a domain that isn't currently available, if it's not renewed. Prices are on the low side, with Dynadot offering both special deals on some extensions and good value at renewal. .com sites are $6.99 initially, $8.99 on renewal. If you’re after a .co.uk domain, that’ll set you back $6.95, with .org costing $7.99 initially, $10.99 on renewal, and .mobi domains are $3.99 initially, $13.99 on renewal. That's just the start: Dynadot also piles on the free extras. A Website Builder allows you to build and host a simple one-page responsive website. There's free domain forwarding if you'd like to redirect visitors somewhere else. DNS support allows creating 50 subdomain records, 10 email addresses, and 5 each of MX and TXT records. There's even a Grace Deletion list which allows returning a domain if you change your mind. This requires a small fee and won't always be allowed (the details on how it works are here), but it's still a welcome extra you'll rarely find with other registrars. Dynadot's support wasn't always as impressive, with live chat being offline when we checked. But the website does have a publicly available forum, allowing anyone to browse common questions and see how happy (or otherwise) Dynadot's customers might be. You can sign up for Dynadot domain registration herehttp://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/WoYSvtAXhkFKZPh7vJuuNM.jpg Founded in 2000, Namecheap is a popular domain name registrar and web host which now manages more than five million domains. Namecheap's excellent website allows searching for individual domains, or in batches of up to 50. If the domain is taken, you can view the Whois record or offer to buy the domain (via DomainAgents) from the current user. If the domain is available, results are displayed across four tabs: Popular, New, Discounted and International. This is a neat approach which makes it easier to browse the list and find what you need. Prices are generally very good at $8.88 (£6.8) for .com domains - $12.98 on renewal, $7.58(£5.8) for .co.uk - $9.58 on renewal, $9.98 (£10) for .org - $14.98 on renewal, and $16.88 (£13) for .mobi (at the moment, you can get .mobi for $2.88 for the first year). There are some special deals available, and Namecheap has an Agent 88 set of domains which are almost always available at $0.48 (£0.35) for the first year (these usually include the following: .site .website .space .pw .press .host .tech .online and .fun – but there may be others as well). That would be good value all on its own, but Namecheap doesn’t stop there: you get WhoisGuard domain privacy thrown in for free. Namecheap's billing is straightforward and honest, with current and renewal prices clearly described in your Namecheap shopping cart, and Auto-Renew turned off. But if there's something you don't understand, helpful FAQ pages and live chat are just a click or two away. You can sign up for Namecheap domain registration herehttp://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/nrEFMyUJPMoscumswQxxf8.jpg Shopping around for a domain registrar can involve a lot of hassle as you research companies you've never heard of, try to separate genuine bargains from marketing tricks, and browse the small print looking for hidden catches. With potential savings only amounting to a few pounds or dollars a year, at best, you might prefer to simply sign up with a big-name provider that you know will give you a reasonable service, even if it does cost a fraction more. Enter Google Domains, Google's lightweight domain registration arm, a straightforward provider that puts speed and simplicity at the top of its priority list. Google Domains doesn't confuse you with endless sales, or 'special' deals that turn out to be not so special after all. Upselling is kept to a minimum. Instead, it's all about making the purchase process as easy as any other online shopping site: search, click, and check out. The difference is obvious from the moment you reach the site. There are no animated ads at the top of the page, no 'Sale!' banners, no low headline prices: just a search box where you enter a single domain. The results page is equally straightforward, with prices listed for nine common top-level domains, and an All Endings tab listing every option in alphabetical order (domain.academy, domain.bargains, domain.camera). One potential problem is that Google Domains doesn't support all the domain extensions you'll get elsewhere, and this includes some quite common examples (.mobi, .tv). If you think you might ever want to buy something beyond the most popular extensions, it’s a good idea to check that your likely choices are available before you buy. Prices are standardized to whole numbers, so for example .com, .co.uk and .org domains are all priced at $12. That's a little above average overall, but better than some, especially as Google Domains throws in free Whois privacy for as long as you're registered. That's a valuable extra which could cost $2.80 to $11.20 a year elsewhere. If you do have any questions, a Help link displays articles on common problems. If that's not enough, the Contact Us page enables talking to a support agent by email, live chat or telephone (Google calls you), the highest level of domain registrar support we've seen anywhere. You can sign up for Google Domains domain registration hereCheck out the best website hosting serviceshttp://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techradar/digital-home/~4/vVrzdLmlAcY
  8. A recent rumor hinted at the existence of a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Super, but it appears that Nvidia doesn’t have such a graphics card waiting in the wings, and in fact the GPU spotted is most likely a model made for its GeForce Now streaming service. So, to rewind a little, earlier in August, details of a purported Super version of the RTX 2080 Ti were unearthed via the AIDA64 benchmarking tool, specifically information relating to an ‘Nvidia GeForce RTX T10-8’ graphics card. Check out these wireless routers made for GeForce NowFind the best Nvidia GPU for youGoogle Stadia vs Nvidia GeForce Now: which is best?However, keen-eyed GeForce Now beta testers have spotted the RTX T10-8 pop up as the GPU being used when streaming games on Nvidia’s US West 2 server (as noted on Nvidia’s GeForce forums, and also on Reddit here and here). You may further recall that GeForce Now was recently upgraded to support ray tracing graphics – initially for servers in Germany and California – and it would appear that this RTX T10-8 graphics solution is an amped up Tesla product which is driving these new capabilities (which makes sense given that this appeared on US West servers). So the theory is that the RTX T10-8 is therefore a GPU produced for Nvidia’s streaming solution, rather than a potential GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Super. Of course, this is only speculation – as was the existence of the RTX 2080 Ti Super in the first place. And even if this is a GeForce Now-only GPU, that doesn’t mean Nvidia will never release a Super version of the RTX 2080 Ti. Although it doesn’t seem like Nvidia really needs to improve on the RTX 2080 Ti right now, anyway, given that AMD’s high-end Navi graphics cards aren’t due any time soon (the latest rumor points to a mid-2020 launch). And also, it’s worth bearing in mind that there’s not much room to maneuver between the existing RTX 2080 Ti and the Titan RTX to fit another product in, anyway. Tracing trouble?Another interesting point here is that you will no longer find these RTX T10-8 GPUs running on GeForce Now servers anywhere – seemingly they weren’t performing well, and were indeed inferior to current Tesla P40 GPUs, with considerably poorer frame-rates being reportedly witnessed. There were evidently teething problems, and fairly serious ones at that. As PC GamesN observes, this could be down to the fact that the new RTX-toting GeForce Now servers are still running on an operating system (Windows Server 2012) that doesn’t support DX12, which is required for ray tracing. So there’s certainly something of a confusing picture here, although any fresh technology can of course expect challenges upon introduction. Furthermore, perhaps there were a lot of gamers leaping on to GeForce Now in these particular areas following the announcement of the introduction of RTX graphics – and the resultant strain on the servers would hardly help matters. These are the best graphics cards you can buy in 2019http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techradar/digital-home/~4/H1_30xZESbE
  9. It's the final day of the August bank holiday sales and we've just updated our selection of the best deals you can get today. So if you want a super cheap Fitbit, a new pair of headphones, a waterproof ereader or maybe you're going to finally get a better broadband deal or a new smartphone there's lot to choose from today. So sit back and check out our picks which include TVs, laptops, consoles, fashion brands, furniture and smart home gadgets too. Digging out discounts is what we do, not just every bank holiday or Black Friday, but every day of the week, so you know we'll steer you to the best ones. To stay tuned on all our regular deal updates, bookmark our deals page or follow us over on Twitter. http://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/54b0b6e40073898e87f068ec93e1c3e8.jpg Bank holiday sales: quick linksAmazon: currently running an end-of-summer sale.John Lewis: save up to 50% on multiple categories.Dell: fantastic discounts on a range of laptops and PCsAO: going big on cheap TVs, laptops, household appliance and electricals.Argos: Big Red Sale on home, garden and tech this weekend.Currys: Summer mega offers and help to 'beat the heat'.Sky TV: Great discounts on SKy Sports and Cinema TV bundles.ebuyer: big discounts on laptops for heading back to school.B&Q: Get that outdoor project sorted while the nice weather's back!boohoo: Save up 80% off everything!Very: Bank holiday deals on home, tech, outdoors, fashion and more.ASOS - new customers save 10% with this code: ASOSNEW19Carphone Warehouse - packed with exclusive online-only discountsCDKeys.com - save up to 90% on games and XBLG/PS Plus subsDFS - save up to half price on sofasDreams - half price sleep event on mattresses and bedsDunelm Mill - save big on furniture, bedding, curtains and rugseBay - discounts on pretty much everythingExpedia - save on combined flights and hotel bookingsExpressVPN - save 49% on a subscriptionJessops - save hundreds on cameras, lenses and gearLastMinute.com - Flash sales and holidays for lessLovehoney.co.uk - save up to 50% at the hottest adults-only storeNew Look - get ready for summer with these dealsNext - clearance event is live right nowNow TV - discounts on Sky TV passes for Chernobyl and moreOntheBeach.co.uk - go all inclusive from just £205ppSuperdry - save big at the popular fashion brandTimberland - summer savings are liveTopShop - student sales and more this weekendTravelSupermarket - get away from it all with hotels, flights and moreWiggle - get discounted active wear for fitness and sports todaySee our full selection of cheap TV dealsCheck out our full roundup of the best cheap laptop dealsIf you're after something specific that's not included above, you'll probably find it in one of our other regular updated deals hubs. We've got a massive list of super cheap TV deals, or maybe it's time for a new cheap laptop? If gaming's your thing and you're looking for a new console we've got you covered for a cheap PS4, or maybe Xbox One deals, or maybe you're after a Nintendo Switch bundle? We've seen some fantastic mobile phone deals too. Bank holidays are also usually a great time to get a cheaper Sky TV deal. Back to the top ^http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techradar/digital-home/~4/OQ_iA70q5No
  10. In many ways, the MacBook Pro 2019 and the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo are very similar devices. They are both packed with cutting-edge components that make them ideal laptops of creative professionals, which also means they’re both pretty expensive as well. They also both have stunning main screens that make photos and videos look fantastic, and they each feature secondary screens that sit above the keyboards. Those secondary screens are both noteworthy features that need to prove they are more than just gimmicks. And, with the high asking price of both laptops, it’s important to know which one to get. So, read on to find out whether the MacBook Pro 2019 or the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo is the best professional laptop for you. http://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/AZrL3iKfFTvKKe8AShL4NW.jpg The latest MacBook Pro design. Price and specsThe 15-inch MacBook Pro 2019 costs $2,399 (£2,399, AU$3,499) for the entry-level model with a 2.6GHz 6-core 9th generation Intel Core i7 processor, Radeon Pro 555X GPU with 4GB of GDDR5 memory, 16GB 2,400MHz DDR4 RAM and 256GB SSD storage. There’s also a model with a 2.3GHz 8-core 9th generation Intel Core i9 processor, Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory, 16GB DDR4 memory and 512GB SSD storage for $2,799 (£2,799, AU$4,099). These are high prices, as to be expected from a high-end Apple laptop, but the price of the 2019 model is actually pretty good value when you consider that, in the US and Australia, the price remains the same as the 2018 model – essentially getting you an upgrade for no extra money if you waited a year. You can also configure the MacBook Pro 2019 and add more powerful components. A fully maxed out version with an 8th generation Intel Core i9 processor with 8 cores and a 2.4GHz clock speed (5.0Ghz boost), 32GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20 with 4GB of HBM2 memory and 4TB of SSD storage costs $5,149 (£4,914, AU$7,859). Meanwhile, the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo comes in fewer configurations. One model comes with a 6-core Intel Core i7-9750H processor, and the price is $2,699 (£2,499, around AU$4,000). There’s also a version with an 8-core Intel Core i9-9980HK processor, and that sells for $3,299 (£2,999, around AU$4,900). Both models come with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, a 15.6-inch OLED 4K touchscreen, a choice of 8GB, 16GB and 32GB of RAM (your choice here will raise the price of the laptop) and up to 1TB SSD storage. http://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/NFvDVGvipBFxhxDJfiofQF.jpg The ZenBook Pro Duo has a much larger secondary display. So, if you want more control over the specifications of your laptop, the MacBook Pro offers more choice – though it can be a bit bewildering if you’re not sure what components you need. Meanwhile, the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo offers less choice – just the two CPUs and amount of RAM, which means it’s harder to get a configuration that perfectly fits your needs, but it’s also simpler as well if you’re not interesting in fiddling about with specifications. Price and performance-wise, the MacBook Pro 2019 and Asus ZenBook Pro Duo are pretty evenly matched, though the highest-end model MacBook Pro is a lot more powerful (and more expensive) than the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo’s top model. The AMD Radeon Pro 555X (and Radeon Pro Vega 20 if you upgrade) of the MacBook Pro 2019 is also a graphics card more suited to professional use, compared to the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo’s RTX 2060, which is a decent graphics card, but its primarily a consumer GPU for gaming. That does mean the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo can also double as a gaming laptop, something the MacBook Pro 2019 cannot do as well. http://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/yPGGpP6NXJ9MCpBsDzwXJb.jpg The 2019 15-inch MacBook Pro. DesignIt’s in the design stakes that the MacBook Pro 2019 and the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo really start to diverge. The MacBook Pro 2019’s design is quite conservative, and is identical to the previous model of MacBook Pro. So, the 15-inch MacBook Pro 2019’s dimensions are 13.7 x 9.48 x 0.61-inches (34.92 x 24.07 x 1.55 cm), and it weighs 4.02 pounds (1.83kg) – which, again, is exactly the same as last year’s model. That means the MacBook Pro 2019 remains an impressively thin and light pro laptop. However, once again ports are very limited – you get just four Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports (two on each side of the laptop) as well as an audio jack port – a rarity on an Apple device these days. Anyone who relies on older peripherals like mice, keyboards or external hard drives will need to purchase an adapter. This can look messy, and it’s an additional cost – as Apple doesn’t include an adapter. Creative professionals in particular may be disappointed by the limited port selection of the MacBook Pro 2019 – is it a price worth paying for the slim design? Meanwhile, the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo’s design is far more revolutionary compared to previous ZenBooks – but that’s not necessarily a good thing. Because of the inclusion of the second screen (which we’ll get to in a moment), the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo is a particularly thick and heavy laptop. With dimensions of 0.94 x 14.13 x 9.68-inches (2.4 x 35.9 x 24.6cm) and a weight of 2.5kg (5.51 pounds), this is a bulky device that especially compared to the MacBook Pro feels rather outdated and cumbersome. http://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/zvkVgzjG3mpBaNjwtDmd8F.jpg The Pro Duo is a thick, stocky laptop. Port-wise, the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo is better than the MacBook Pro, but not by much. You get a Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port, audio jack and USB 3.1 port on the right-hand side of the laptop, and a power port, full-size HDMI and another USB 3.1 port. Which means if you want to plug in an Ethernet cable or microSD card, you’re going to need an adapter, like the MacBook Pro. However, while the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo has the slight edge over the MacBook Pro when it comes to ports, overall the design of the MacBook Pro is leagues ahead of the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo. Apple’s device is thinner, lighter and much more stylish in general. If you’re looking for a laptop to carry around with you, then there’s no competition – the MacBook Pro is the one to get. Main displayBoth laptops have similar screens, and they are both excellent. The MacBook Pro (2019) has a 15.4-inch screen with 2,880 x 1,800 Retina resolution. It uses a backlit LED IPS panel, and is capable of 500 nits brightness. It’s also supports wide color P3 gamut – essential for video editors or anyone who needs their screen to be able to show colors accurately. While the MacBook Pro (2019)’s screen is gorgeous, the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo blows it away with a 15.6-inch, OLED Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160) screen. The higher resolution, combined with the superior OLED technology means the screen of the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo is absolutely stunning – if you’re working with 4K footage, then this is the laptop to get. It also offers 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, as does the MacBook Pro (2019), which is an important consideration for video editors. http://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/ESe3GHNDSMxdzGqfVeNHcc.jpg The Touch Bar of the MacBook Pro. Second screensNow here’s where things get really interesting. Both the MacBook Pro (2019) and the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo feature second screens above the keyboard, but both laptops approach this in very different ways. The second screen of the MacBook Pro, known as the Touch Bar, is a lot more simple – and some would say limited – as it is a thin glass touchscreen that stretches along the top of the keyboard, displaying context-sensitive buttons on its 2,170 x 60 resolution screen. These buttons change according to the application or task that you’re performing, and are designed to give you quick shortcuts for a more seamless workflow. Since the Touch Bar launched in 2016, an increasing number of applications support it. The Touch Bar can be genuinely helpful in some respects, offering quick access to tools and shortcuts depending on what app you’re running. However, even if you don’t use it that much, it’s thin design means it will sit unobtrusively at the top of the keyboard, and it doesn’t feel like the design of the MacBook Pro has been drastically affected to accommodate the Touch Bar. http://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/Exfa8iWAPTorGSUsSn643L.jpg The Screenpad Plus of the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo. On the other hand, the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo’s second screen, known as the Screenpad Plus, is a far more ambitious feature. Stretching along the top of the keyboard, and with a resolution of 3,840 x 1,100, the Screenpad Plus is effectively used as a second screen by Windows. This means you can have whole apps and windows open on the lower screen, freeing up the main screen for yet more apps and windows – a great tool if you’re into multitasking. Asus also provides software for the Screenpad Plus that lets you pin shortcuts and apps to the screen, and to use it in a similar way to the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar. However, third party app support is basically non-existent due to how new (and rare) the Screenpad Plus is. The Screenpad Plus can also be used with the included Asus Pen stylus, essentially turning the Screenpad Plus into a drawing tablet – making it a tempting choice for digital artists. So, the Screenpad Plus is a far more versatile screen than the Touch Pad. However, it has also had a bigger impact on the rest of the laptop. The main reason why the ZenBook Pro Duo is so heavy and bulky is because of the second screen. It also means the keyboard is brought forward, and the trackpad shifted to the side of that. Battery life is also impacted – with the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo’s battery lasting five hours and 11 minutes in our battery benchmark test. In the PC Mark 8 benchmark, which aims to replicate moderate PC use including word processing and video calling, the battery lasted just two hours and 36 minutes. Meanwhile, the MacBook Pro’s battery is hardly affected by the inclusion of the Touch Bar, and lasted seven hours and 36 minutes in our tests. If you’re going to use the Screenpad Plus a lot, this won’t be too bad. However, if not, then it’s a lot harder to ignore – and even more difficult to justify paying extra for the second screen. http://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/a3ifFxrZFbL2TYNGVwXVAb.jpg The MacBook Pro lasts a whole lot longer on a charge. MacBook Pro 2019 vs Asus ZenBook Pro Duo: which should you buy?Both the MacBook Pro 2019 and the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo are very powerful laptops that are aimed at creative professionals. If you want the one with the best screen – and arguably one of the best screens on a laptop period – then the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo is the one to get. Its 15.6-inch 4K OLED screen looks absolutely phenomenal, and while the MacBook Pro’s Retina screen is very good, it just can’t compare on pure pixel density. However, that’s the only thing the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo beats the MacBook Pro at – unless you’re going to be using the Screenpad Plus a lot. The additional 4K screen on Asus’ laptop is a remarkable feat, and definitely has some interesting uses, but it also makes the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo thicker, heavier, more expensive and much shorter lasting than the MacBook Pro on battery. The MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar might not be quite as impressive, but it has some useful features, better third party support and crucially doesn’t mean Apple had to make major compromises to the MacBook Pro’s design. The MacBook Pro beats the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo when it comes to performance, design and battery life. If you’re after a powerful pro laptop that’s easy to carry around and can handle modern creative tasks with ease, then the MacBook Pro is the clear winner here. The best laptop 2019: our pick of the 15 best laptops you can buy this yearhttp://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techradar/digital-home/~4/Cc9A8fxY5gc
  11. When you invest in a drone to take some stunning video footage from the skies, you agree to abide by certain rules – and that includes not adding weapons or fireworks to your autonomous flying machine, the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has warned. The US agency has issued an update on the matter, seemingly prompted by the sharing of videos by people who've had their drones tricked out with all manner of dangerous equipment. A maximum fine of $25,000 is possible for those who break the rules. "Perhaps you’ve seen online photos and videos of drones with attached guns, bombs, fireworks, flamethrowers, and other dangerous items," explains the FAA. We want a flying carApple Music gets new playlistsTake a peek at the PS5"Do not consider attaching any items such as these to a drone because operating a drone with such an item may result in significant harm to a person and to your bank account." Keep on droningThe term "dangerous weapon" covers a lot of ground and extends to the use of fireworks as well as firearms, and more elaborate weapons like flamethrowers. Don't do it – it's not worth the YouTube hits. Of course there's also the high chance of actually injuring someone with a weaponized drone, which then means you're in all sorts of other trouble with the law. You can see the FAA's full list of drone-related rules and regulations here (the UK rules are here and the Australian rules are here). You need to keep your drone under 400 feet (about 122 meters) when flying it, keep your drone in your sight, and of course keep it away from airports. You also need to abide by the rules of wherever you're flying your drone too – the small aircraft are banned in a lot of parks and public spaces, for example. Here's the lowdown on where you can legally fly your droneVia SlashGear http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techradar/digital-home/~4/BXpIad8ya7k
  12. This is it, folks. This super cheap Now TV Sky Sports pass deal will be all over at midnight tonight. So there's still just about time to get signed up and enjoy ten months of access to all 11 Sky Sports channels at a super low price. This special ten-month pass would usually set you back a total of £339.99 at £33.99 a month, but today you can save over 40% and get it for a stunningly cheap £199. instead, but this offer will expire at 23:59 tonight and we don't see a better offer coming for the rest of the season to be honest. This Now TV Sky Sports pass will cover you for the 2019/2020 Premier League season, The Championship and the Carabao Cup. It's not just about the footy though, there's a serious amount of other sport to enjoy with this Now TV pass too. You can start streaming The Ashes cricket series and a bunch of F1 Grand Prix are coming over the next few months too. Actually, while the promotional page over at Now TV is mainly shouting about the footy aspect of this 10-month pass, you actually get all 11 Sky Sports channels. This includes Premier League, Football, F1, Racing, Cricket, Golf, Sky Sports News, Mix, Action, Arena and Main Event. Now TV deals are a great way to access Sky's excellent content without signing up to a long contract. You can pick and choose access to packages like Entertainment, Sky Cinema, Sky Kids and of course Sky Sports channels on a rolling 30-day deal. We've gone into greater detail on all of these options in our regular Now TV passes and offers page. We know plenty of people that use the Now TV service as a beta test to see what's available on Sky's channels before signing up to a regular Sky TV deal with options for even more channels, recording live TV, HD and 4K viewing and potentially bigger savings with a longer contract. If you'd like to check out these options, be sure to take a look at our guide below: Sky TV deals, packages and Sky Q offershttp://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techradar/digital-home/~4/DJzHQHkD8-c
  13. Many banks have chosen to stop providing a secure vault with safe-deposit boxes globally as it has become difficult and expensive to maintain the service. As banks are closing branches and doing more of their business online, there are now fewer locations where these facilities are offered and mostly to most favoured customers. Apart from this, banks see the provision of safe deposit boxes as a loss leader and it does not provide insurance cover to consumers for holding safe-deposit boxes. Safe-deposit boxes are necessary for consumers to place their valuables such as gold or jewellery or important documents such as property deeds or birth certificates. For keeping it at home, you need to make your arrangements to protect it from being stolen or destroyed in a fire. What happens when a thief steals your documents or gold when you are not at home? So, keeping a safe-deposit box at home is not viable for security reasons. We have heard of burglary stories many times despite living in a safe environment. With skill and practice, almost any safe deposit lock combination can be decoded and opened. Banks are not the safest place for lockersBank lockers are not the safest place for your valuables as they have no liability or responsibility for any loss of valuables in lockers and the global banking law does not support it, which means that you should not expect any compensation for theft or burglary of valuables in safe deposit boxes of banks. For holding a safe-deposit box facility, you need to have a bank account and a fixed deposit apart from the locker fees per annum. Despite this, many consumers are in the waiting list and a consumer can access his safe deposit only during banking hours. So, there is a growing demand for safe deposit lockers in the UAE and globally and Dubai-based MySafe is aiming to cash in on the growing demand. In a chat with TechRadar Middle East, Terry Downes, CEO and co-founder of MySafe, estimates that more than 8,000 eligible banking customers need to wait for many years to secure a safe-deposit box in the UAE. To get a locker facility in the UAE, he said that a customer needs to have a residence visa to open a bank account and so it is very difficult for regular visiting people to open a bank account and their valuable assets are at risk. They have to either keep it in the hotel vaults, which are not insured or carry with them wherever they go. Any time accessDownes, who hails from Ireland, said he had the first-hand experience after every bank exited the business three years after the financial crash in his home country and that lead led to a crime epidemic as there were no alternatives. Explaining further, he said that he aims to transform safe deposit lockers similar to what ATM did to cash withdrawal. ATMs were available only at banks before and transactions can be done only during working hours. That concept has changed, he said, and added that every shopping mall now has different ATMs and can be accessed at any point of time. Unlike traditional vaults where management retains one set of key and a customer keeps the second key, Downes said MySafe is a personal service and you alone control access to your safe deposit box. MySafe booking process takes less than 10 minutes to complete and only needs a copy of the passport, a valid visa and ID. “Customers can access the automated safe deposit service at any time and without talking to anyone. Our safe deposit lockers are secured using the latest security and robotic technology,” he said. Service insured by LlyodsMoreover, Downes said that it is also monitored by Dubai Police and Dubai Police Response services 24/7. MySafe claims to be the world’s first secure, insured and automated safe deposit service. Additional security features include card access control, fingerprint scanners and PINs. Downes said that every box at MySafe is automatically insured by Llyods for AED80,000 and clients can purchase additional insurance for up to AED1,000,000. He opened the first facility at Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) in 2017 and then at the lobby of Kempinski Hotel & Residences in Palm Jumeriah six weeks ago. MySafe charges AED1,000 for three months and AED3,000 for one year, inclusive of insurance, for one box. Two people can be registered in one box. “Our game is to create an interest in the market and not to create the largest safety deposit box in the UAE so that we develop this network ourselves and in partnership with the industry or different partners in different segments,” he said. Sinterex aims to become a specialist in healthcare 3D printingMedicus unlocks health data into meaningful insightsOkadoc wants to disrupt the healthcare spacehttp://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techradar/digital-home/~4/Av9p6kpsk3A
  14. As music streaming services battle it out for more market share, one of the key weapons in the fight are recommended playlists – those auto-generated lists of tracks that save you the trouble of picking your own songs, and introduce you to new artists. In order to better compete with Spotify, both YouTube Music and Apple Music have just rejigged the playlists that they offer users, so if you'd previously found their offerings rather stale, now might be the time to take another look. First up is YouTube Music, with a new playlist called Released, that seems to directly match Spotify's New Music Friday playlist. As its name suggests, it features newly released songs – 50 of them in fact. An unoffic look at the PlayStation 5Apple Music vs Spotify: the verdictAn unofficial look at the iPhone 11YouTube Music describes the playlist as "the hottest 50 songs this week, served up fresh to you every Friday", and it's separate from the New Release Mix that YouTube Music also offers (which is more geared towards your previous listening history). Play it againNot to be left out, Apple Music has rolled out a New Music Daily playlist that – you guessed it – serves up new tunes every single day, so you can start every morning with a selected pick of what's new on the music scene. Apple Music describes the playlist as "the latest must-hear songs" and the first one we got access to was 62 songs long. It replaces the Best of the Week playlist (though obviously will get refreshed more often). With new material out from Taylor Swift on both streaming services this week, it's a good time to introduce a playlist featuring new tracks, which is probably something both YouTube Music and Apple Music took into consideration. Bear in mind that as with any automatically refreshed playlist, you'll need to save the songs out to your own library if you want to remember what they are, as they'll be replaced every day or every week. YouTube Music gets a slick way of switching to music videosVia 9to5Google / Digital Trends http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techradar/digital-home/~4/Eqy04rTcJnM
  15. Nintendo's all-time top-selling home console was a massive success, to say the least, but also enormously divisive. By focusing on accessibility and affordability, the Wii reached millions of players who might not have otherwise bought a pricier, more powerful console. That's great! However, the focus on motion controls and weaker graphics put off some longtime Nintendo fans who felt like they were being ignored or edged out. That's not so great. Needless to say, the Wii couldn't be everything to everyone at all times—but when all was said and done, the console still delivered incredible games for all types of players, including many that are still worth looping back on today. Looking to fill holes in your classic collection? Here's a look at our favorite Nintendo Wii games of all time, including an array of familiar Nintendo icons—and a couple of surprises along the way. Not got the new console yet? These are the best Nintendo Switch deals aroundNew Nintendo Switch 2: everything we want to see from the next Switch consolehttp://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/WAVn3WnhaBA7joBKFAn4AP.jpg Super Mario GalaxyOne of the Super Mario series' greatest strengths over the years has been its consistent ability to reinvent itself, and Super Mario Galaxy is undoubtedly one of its best permutations. This planet-hopping 3D quest is bursting at the seams with creative concepts and inventive twists, delivering a pitch-perfect platformer that can stand the test of time. And sequel Super Mario Galaxy 2 goes above and beyond being just a simple follow-up, thanks to its own plethora of brilliant ideas. http://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/t73VxotWUJThkyXd2k7feL.jpg The Legend of Zelda: Twilight PrincessJust as the Switch did with Breath of the Wild a decade later, the Wii came out swinging with a brilliant Legend of Zelda game on day one. Twilight Princess was notably darker than previous games, delivering an epic quest that embraced the Wii's motion controls while making other strides for the series. It also launched on GameCube soon after the Wii debut, but it's primarily known for being a seriously captivating quest on a console known for its casual favorites. http://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/9di3vS5EqFPnCcPM9gncuN.jpg Super Smash Bros. BrawlAlthough not as beloved by the Smash community as the GameCube's Melee before it, Super Smash Bros. Brawl brought massive enhancements to Nintendo's cross-franchise battler. Most important, of course, was the addition of online play, but Brawl is also known for being the first in the series to implement third-party characters such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Solid Snake, setting the stage for many, many more guest brawlers in future entries. http://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/JvVmGsGgKwd3d6ECQvGUzN.jpg Wii SportsThere were a lot of Wii games like Wii Sports, but none of them felt as effortlessly enjoyable as Nintendo's original pack-in. While simplistic, the motion-controlled versions of sports like tennis and bowling showed the brilliance of the Wii's focus on accessibility, and it's a game that you can keep coming back to—with any mix of friends and family in tow. Special shout-out to sequel Wii Sports Resort, which had a few super-fun Wii MotionPlus-enhanced games within but wasn't nearly as impactful overall. http://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/AwwChw9FExwXaAMn3zEtnA.png Metroid Prime 3: CorruptionMetroid Prime was originally built for a dual-analog gamepad, but Metroid Prime 3: Corruption showed how surprisingly adept the Wii Remote and Nunchuk combo could be for a first-person shooter. Metroid Prime 3 marks a high point for the sci-fi adventure sub-series, delivering larger and more immersive environments and some of the best visuals you'll find on the Wii. And the later Metroid Prime Trilogy is even better, packing in updated versions of the GameCube originals with the same kind of added motion controls. http://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/ZudGRLGdXupP99sFUotH3P.jpg Kirby's Epic YarnLooking for a serious challenge? You won't find it in Kirby's Epic Yarn, but don't dismiss this gorgeous platformer because of that. What Epic Yarn lacks in difficulty it more than makes up for with immense charm, as the pink puff is reimagined in an absorbing world made of yarn and fabric. It's a whimsical affair that's sure to put a smile on your face, which is likely to stay put thanks to the creative levels and incredible heart packed within. http://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/H8MPWaMeZSuX9AbNjMTb5P.jpg The Legend of Zelda: Skyward SwordThe Wii houses not just one, but two brilliant Zelda adventures. The second is The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, a game that is built around Wii MotionPlus gesture controls and features a much brighter aesthetic than Twilight Princess before it. With a look inspired by impressionist painters, this dreamy-looking quest sticks to Zelda conventions in some ways while completely sidestepping them in others. The end result is thoroughly captivating. http://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/PNwCB2xujjFhBQLE4qJ5DP.jpg New Super Mario Bros. WiiNew Super Mario Bros. Wii enters unexplored and unexpected terrain for the long-running series with the addition of four-player multiplayer support. The end result is raucous and hilarious, as the side-scrolling levels serve up both cooperation and competition as your heroes leap and bop en route to the finish. It's not as mind-blowingly inventive as Super Mario Galaxy, but this retro-redefined romp is still a blast whether playing solo or with pals. http://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/q4EnSzJzCht8oRqCfVugxN.jpg Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-StarsDecidedly lesser-known than Marvel vs. Capcom and that lineage of cross-franchise fighters, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars is an overlooked gem of a Wii exclusive. Pairing an odd mixture of Capcom characters—from Chun-Li and Mega Man Volnutt to Frank West and Viewtiful Joe—with various anime heroes from Tatsunoko Production series like Gatchaman and Yatterman, this explosive fighter is by far the best available on the Wii. http://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/feKZPQ4uopwcUuD8L67wvN.jpg World of GooWorld of Goo is the only WiiWare game to make the cut and also the only indie game on this mostly Nintendo-dominated list—but it's just that good. This wonderfully offbeat puzzler makes perfect use of the Wii Remote's pointer, letting you drop in gooey, sticky ball-like creatures that can connect to devise makeshift structures. You'll have to build a bunch of them to get your way out of each level, and while the increasingly brainy challenges are a treat unto themselves, the charming look and music add so much to the overall experience. http://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/U3TBB2yTHK3JDaUvTcAhLP.png Donkey Kong Country ReturnsIt's right there in the title: this is the proper, rightfully-celebrated comeback of Rare's Donkey Kong Country series from the SNES, only now in the careful hands of Metroid Prime maker Retro Studios. The end result tickles the nostalgia bone, no doubt, but doesn't feel like an old game lazily returned for the sake of it. Retro's take keeps what worked about the classics while adding new elements and giving it a seriously challenging edge. Long live Kong. http://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/XhMPLsy2Ku5FYdsKcyYLHP.png Mario Kart WiiMario Kart Wii isn't the most inventive entry in the beloved racing series, but with accessible motion controls opening up the fun to an even wider array of players, it's yet another winner. The Wii Wheel shell for the Wii Remote was a fun touch, especially for kids, while online play was a blast and the addition of motorbikes added a neat twist to the familiar formula. If you have a Wii and plan to play with pals, then you have to have Mario Kart Wii alongside. http://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/RZbqFbpnW9befPKadxLM7P.jpg Xenoblade ChroniclesWii owners lucked out with a pair of Zelda originals, but those aren't the only role-playing epics worth remembering on the console. Nintendo's own Xenoblade Chronicles continued on the spiritual legacy of games like Xenogears and Xenosaga, this time delivering a vast open world to explore along with compelling characters and satisfying combat. It kicked off a series that has since continued on Wii U and Switch. Nintendo Switch review: Nintendo's latest...but is it the greatest?http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techradar/digital-home/~4/rj86fZQhKDA
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