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Tokenization may be can be explained as as little package of information that will be passed along or or about a PC system to control-which computers change it it will be to transfer. This can be an organized predicable type of accessibility. Tokenization may be can be explained as little package of information that will be passed along or about a PC system to control which computers change it will be to transfer. This can be an organized predicable type of access-control, contrary to CD. Tokens are found amongst the others, in token-ring and FDDI systems. The function of precedence, computer screen, tokenization vendors & booking in the access-control parts-
Precedence and booking: Typically, when a symbol is introduced, the following stop in the band as well as info to move gets the ability to support the the band. However, in IEEE 802.5 version, one more choice is also likely. A stop that’s waiting to distribute in revenge of of the place of the stop in the band is not unable to save the symbol that is energetic. Every stop and each contains a signal of precedence. As the framework moves via a stop and waiting to distribute may save the following available keepsake through inputting its signal of precedence in the A-C (access-control) area of the keepsake or the information body. The stop with greater problem re-instate it by a unique and might remove a booking of precedence that is lesser. Among additional channels of equal priority, the process is the 1 st. Through this process the opportunity when the symbol becomes free to air promptly is acquired by the stop maintaining the booking; it comes later actually on the band.
Computer Screen: a few issues may happen to touch the procedure for the system of token ring. In a single scenario, a stop may possibly don’t air again otherwise or a symbol a symbol may possibly ruined by the sound, in that circumstance there may no expression in the band also info might not be sent by any station. In additional scenario when its flip finishes, a stop may possibly don’t get rid of its utilization of information body from band that is special or may not dispatch this expression. Tokenization is a means whereby information accident may be confined in a manner that is complete.
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When we reviewed it, we felt the TCL 6-Series (R615, R617) was the best budget series of TVs available this year. And while we stand by that fact, there’s a deal on Amazon today that stands to usurp our top pick.
The deal in question is on the LG 65UJ7700 – a 4K TV with HDR10 and Dolby Vision support that comes with LG’s webOS 3.5 built-in – that puts the TV at just under $650, a savings of around $1,150. That puts the LG TV at the same price as the 55-inch TCL 55R617, which means you can get 10 extra inches of TV panel for the same price.
While the 65% discount is almost enough of a reason to buy the LG TV without any additional qualification, you can rest easy knowing that you’re actually getting one of the better mid-range TVs of last year: At just 12ms of lag response, the TV is great for gamers and with Dolby Vision support it’s a solid pick for the cinephile in your life as well.
The deal goes live at 4 pm PST / 7 pm EST and will be live until the TV sells out … which we expect to happen rather quickly.
UPDATE: Most of the Prime Day deals from yesterday (July 16) have ended, but the Spotlight Deals are still live. We’ll keep adding new deals through the day so you won’t miss out on any of the good stuff.
Amazon’s Prime Day launched in overseas markets a few years ago and very quickly became one of the most popular mid-year sales in those territories. And although the online retailer took its time to launch Down Under, Amazon is finally hosting Australia’s first ever Prime Day.
(Not in Australia? We’re also covering the Amazon Prime Day sales in the UK and USA.)
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The highly anticipated shopping event has kicked off and will continue for 36 hours, ending at midnight on July 17. To participate, however, you will need to be an Amazon Prime member.
In Australia, Amazon Prime costs $6.99 a month, or $59 a year. However, as an introductory offer, Amazon has reduced the monthly subscription to $4.99, with the offer ending in January 31, 2019. For those signing up for Prime, the monthly cost will revert to $6.99 a month from February 2019 onwards.
But there is a 30-day free trial. So if you just want to give the service a trial run, now would be a good time to sign up and you can shop to your heart’s content during Prime Day.
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Prime Day Australia 2018: All the best deals
Prime Day deals can bring you plenty of savings with speedy delivery times, but it can be rather time consuming to sift through pages and pages of deals to look for the best tech deals.
And given each deal goes live at a different time, we decided to make things easy for you and list all the big discounts on the best gadgets right here as and when the sale on the item begins.
There’s a good chance you can still snag some of the best Amazon Prime Day deals right now simply because Amazon.com has been down a lot today.
Its 36-hour Prime Day 2018 deals marathon was instantly met with 404 errors thanks to a massive numbers of deal hunters trying to reach the site, all at the same time, according to people we talked to from the company.
That’s good news and bad news. Bad news if you weren’t able to checkout with the Amazon products you wanted – 4KTVs are as cheap as $290, Amazon Echo Show is $100 and Amazon Echo Dot is back to $29.99 in the US, for example.
But it’s good news if you didn’t log on today and want a deal that would have been sold out normally. You’re in luck.
US: Amazon Prime Day deals are back on
UK: Amazon Prime Day deals are back on
What did people see instead of deals? Dogs
Amazon went down and displayed its unique 404 page errors: photos of dogs owned by Amazon employees. “Sorry, something went wrong,” reads the error message. “Please go back and try again or go to Amazon’s home page.”
Amazon, a dog-friendly workplace, names the dogs on each of the 404 error pages: Bowser, Jax, Robin and even little Tanq.
It’s a little better than the standard error message we usually get, but doesn’t exactly make up for the Prime Day deals we missed out on during prime Prime Day.
Huawei has released two new affordable handsets in the UAE that bring Artificial Intelligence to selfies. The HUAWEI nova 3 and the HUAWEI nova 3i sit on top of the previously released HUAWEI nova 3e in terms of features and pricing.
Both the phones sport dual front cameras in a 24MP + 2MP configuration with f/2.0 wide aperture and offer AI beautification as well as bokeh effect with depth-of-field information. Also common amongst both the phones is a 6.3-inch notched display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and an FHD+ resolution of 1080×2340 pixels.
The HUAWEI nova 3 is priced at AED 1,799 whereas the HUAWEI nova 3i is on sale at AED 1,299.
HUAWEI nova 3 – flagship level specs
The HUAWEI nova 3 is the higher-end of the two products with better cameras on the back and a faster Kirin 970 processor which is identical to the one found on Huawei’s flagship phones such as the P20 Pro and the Mate 10. Along with the high-end processor the HUAWEI nova 3 also comes with up to 4GB RAM and 128GB storage.
Camera tech present on the back is made up of a 24MP primary sensor with a 16MP secondary sensor and is capable of recognizing over 200 different scenarios across eight unique categories that include blue skies, beaches, plants, night, stage performances, flowers, rooms and snow.
You also get a beefy 3,750 mAh battery that should keep the HUAWEI nova 3 running all day.
HUAWEI nova 3i
The HUAWEI nova 3i features the Kirin 710 processor which is most likely a mid-tier product built on the 12 nm process. It will be equipped with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage space.
On the back, you can expect a 16MP primary camera with a 2MP secondary sensor to help you take shots with bokeh effect. This configuration is similar to the one found on the HUAWEI nova 3e released earlier in the year.
Battery capacity on the HUAWEI nova 3i is slightly lower at 3,340 mAh although considering the more power efficient processor, we could expect a full day out if it as well.
Both these phones run the Android Oreo 8.1, overlaid with Huawei’s latest EMUI 8.2 interface. If you’ve used a Huawei phone before you’ll know what to expect here, but this is one of the heavier Android skins, and quite different from stock Android.
The HUAWEI nova 3 will be available in three colors which are Iris Purple, Airy Blue and Black while the HUAWEI nova 3i will replace the Airy Blue with Pearl White and keep the other two colors.
The HUAWEI nova 3 Series will have 12 months manufacturer warranty and a VIP dedicated Hotline Service, door to door device collection-repair-return and free engraving services available at all Huawei Service centres across the UAE. Additionally, customers can buy HUAWEI nova 3 series under old to new trade-in offer at Huawei Service Centres and select independent retailers across UAE
WWE Extreme Rules 2018 will be the last stop on the road to SummerSlam and wrestling fans that prefer non-traditional matches where anything can happen are in for quite the show. Not only will there be cage matches but chairs, sticks and other non-conventional weapons will also be allowed as Sunday’s WWE Extreme Rules pay-per-view event is the spiritual successor to the now defunct ECW.
There are eleven matches on Sunday’s card and the three-and-a-half hour show will feature a Steel Cage match, a tables match and James Ellsworth will even be suspended above the ring in a shark cage when Alexa Bliss takes on Nia Jax for the Raw Women’s Championship.
Unfortunately due to a 30-day suspension, Ronda Rousey will not be in the ring but she will be in the crowd. Brock Lesnar is also sitting this one out but he will return with Rousey for SummerSlam.
Jeff Hardy will go up against Shinsuke Nakamura in a singles match for the WWE United States Championship and Extreme Rules 2018 will conclude with the Bulgarian Brute Rusev trying to take the WWE Championship from AJ Styles. Rusev earned the opportunity by outlasting Big E, The Miz, Samoa Joe and Daniel Bryan in SmackDown LIVE’s first-ever Gauntlet Match.
If you’re a fan of wrestling then WWE Extreme Rules 2018 is an event you won’t want to miss and we’ll show you how to live stream it from anywhere in the world for free.
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Stick to the WWE network
If you’re watching from the United States, then subscribing to the WWE network is your best bet as it is the most cost effective way to watch. Other pay-per-view providers including Dish, XFINITY and Cable One are showing Extreme Rules 2018 but they cost upwards of $40 each.
How to watch Extreme Rules 2018: Canada stream
It’s the WWE Network again
As is the case in the WWE’s home country, the WWE Network is also the cheapest, most convenient place to watch Extreme Rules 2018 in Canada. However, you could choose to go with Bell, Shaw PPV or SaksTel PPV but expect to pay similar prices to PPV providers in the US.
How to watch Extreme Rules 2018: UK stream
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How to watch Extreme Rules 2018: Japan stream
The WWE Network is available in Japan
Japanese fans eager to watch Nakamura take on Jeff Hardy for the United States Championship can catch all the action live on the WWE Network. Extreme Rules 2018 will start at 8am on Monday morning in Japan. Alternatively, DMM.com, J:Com and Sukachan are all listed as offering PPV options.
It’s finally time for the 2018 FIFA World Cup final! One month and a day after Russia 2018 started, it all boils down to France vs Croatia. Oh, World Cup 2018 – we’ll miss you, but we still have a huge climax to one of the most spellbinding FIFA World Cups in living memory to enjoy. And you’ve come to the right place to find out how to live stream every last joyous, heartbreaking minute of France vs Croatia in the Russia 2018 World Cup final absolutely free and regardless of where you live.
So it’s France vs Croatia then. Probably not the final anybody had expected when Russia 2018 kicked off a month ago, but arguably the two best teams at this year’s FIFA World Cup.
Didier Deschamps’ France would undeniably be uttered in that breath. Kylian Mbappé has lit up the festival of football, ably assisted by the likes of Antoine Griezmann and the incredible defensive work of N’Golo Kanté. France blew Belgium away in the semi-finals and will go into Sunday’s final as obvious favorites.
But Croatia’s midfield axis of Luka Modrić and Ivan Rakitić has been the linchpin of a very talented side and a lot of fans’ dark horses at the start of Russia 2018. Add in the threat of striker Mario Mandžukić and wily attacking of Ivan Perišić, and you have an eleven that could still seriously test the French.
If you want to know where you’ll be able to see the France vs Croatia World Cup final, we’ll tell you exactly where you can watch it online. And if you’re looking for a free live stream, we’ve got that key information for you, too.
See how football and tech combine in TechRadar’s guide to the World Cup
Use a VPN to watch the World Cup final 2018 from anywhere for FREE
You don’t have to miss a single minute of World Cup soccer – even if the country where you are isn’t broadcasting certain games. Because every second of action is being shown somewhere (the UK, for example, is televising every game for free – see below), you can simply use a VPN to login to a region that is broadcasting the game. And it’s really easy to do:
How to stream the World Cup final live in the UK
The UK’s two main free-to-air channels – BBC and ITV – are sharing out the World Cup final coverage – you can take your pick. That obviously means you can make the most of their respective iPlayer and ITV Hub apps if you’re looking to watch on your phone or tablet, too.
Alternatively, just head to TVPlayer.com instead. That hosts all UK freeview channels, so you can just easily click on whichever one is showing the match.
Abroad for the World Cup but still want the UK coverage, then grab a VPN and follow the instructions above.
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The Amazon Prime Day deals land at midday tomorrow and chances are, you’re going to be spending money. Possibly a lot if the deals are going to be as good as we think they are. It’s all very hush hush before the discounts go live.
We can tell one thing though and that’s how to take advantage of a couple of Amazon promotions right now that give you bonus credit on top-ups. And as much as we hate recommending such a thing, you’re going to have to put your shoes on for one of them. We pulled that face too.
The first deal involves getting £10 added to your Amazon account for free when you top up your balance ‘in stores’ with £40. We’re pretty confident about spending at least £50 on Amazon Prime Day, so getting a tenner of that for free is ok by us.
For full details on the promotion can be found at Amazon, although you might want to read our advice too, as we’ve tested this out for ourselves too and there are things to consider to make it much easier.
This promotion has to be used in stores with PayPoint functionality on the tills. Use the postcode checker on PayPoint’s site to find your nearest compatible store (a lot of small Co-Op and Tesco stores have them). You can take in a scanable barcode on your phone as mentioned at Amazon via the link above. If the store can’t get it to scan, ask for an Amazon Top Up Gift Code – that’s what we had to do.
Then ask for a £40 top up. You’ll get a code on a receipt, which you then add to your account at home like a gift voucher. It’ll say £40 has gone on, and then you’ll get an email from Amazon saying £10 extra has been added to spend on anything sold by Amazon directly – it won’t actually appear on your balance, but will be taken off the total once you’re at checkout.
We’d advise calling any store before you head out, but PayPoint stores seem to be on the ball. Over on the promo’s website, Amazon also says you can buy the credit at epay-enabled stores, which generally have significantly more outlets according to their postcode checker.
However, we tested eight stores in the centre of Bath and not one of them had a clue about the promotion, or Amazon credit in general. So we’d avoid the epay option in all honesty as it was an absolute waste of shoe leather for us.
Remember, this offer can’t be done online and is not the same as buying a set amount gift card from your local supermaket, that’s a different thing entirely and you won’t get the bonus £10.
How to get another £5 for free
While using the Amazon app to add in our code received via the method above we noticed a bit of promo text saying ‘Top up £25, get £5 free’. So after adding the other £40, we went back to this option under ‘my account’ under the ‘top up account’ option, followed the steps to activate the promotion, added £25 and then received an email shortly after notifying us that £5 credit had been applied in the same manner as the £10 credit from the PayPoint deal.
Now go and get your £15 of free Amazon credit
So free money for Prime Day? Yes please. So head on over to the Amazon promo, check online for your nearest PayPoint store, call ahead just to check if it’s out of your way, head down and scan the barcode on your phone or ask for a gift code, top up £40 and apply it online. Then lookout for the other option to get £5 free with a further £25 top up.
Be sure to come back to us on Amazon Prime Day and we’ll show you all the best deals.
So it’s going to be Novak Djokovic vs Kevin Anderson in the men’s singles final at Wimbledon 2018. It’s looking like an absolute cracker after two epic semis, and we’re here to tell you how you can get a 2018 Wimbledon live stream and watch all the tennis online from the All England Club championships for free, wherever you are in the world.
The gentlemen’s side of the Wimbledon 2018 has had a bit of everything. The disappointing homeboy hero dropout, as Andy Murray went missing with injury. Huge upsets – none bigger than the greatest of all time Roger Federer being defeated in the quarter-finals. And some grass court tennis of the very finest quality at SW19.
And a fabulous Wimbledon 2018 fortnight reaches its conclusion today, with a worthy final. Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson battled hard to get to the final Sunday. Both survived epic five-set marathon matches to have chance of winning the 2018 Wimbledon title. So will it be Djokovic who wins his fourth crown, or Kevin Anderson’s maiden Grand Slam.
Whatever happens, we’re here to make sure you don’t miss a single serve. Check out the Wimbledon live stream options below, kick back, and watch the Wimbledon 2018 gentlemen’s singles final absolutely free.
Use a VPN to live stream the Djokovic vs Anderson Wimbledon final from anywhere for FREE
If you don’t have easy access to watch Wimbledon in your country and want to catch all of that beautiful UK coverage, then you can still watch it for free by downloading and installing a VPN. That way you can login to the UK and watch the tennis as if you were sat in the British Isles. And it’s really easy to do:
And here’s how to live stream the FIFA World Cup final for free too
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Wimbledon.com and YouTube streaming
Wimbledon.com is globally live streaming action and that goes for Wimbledon’s YouTube channel. The trouble is, it doesn’t seem to have the rights to show the big action from the show courts and so won’t have the final. We reckon you should stick to the breadth of coverage offered by the BBC.
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Ah, football. Footy. Soccer. The feet. The balls. Some nets. A few flags. It has it all, and while the World Cup is enthralling (or disappointing, depending on how well your country is doing) fans across the globe, it’s got us thinking: what country has been responsible for the greatest ever computer?
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That’s why we’ve pitted the most famous computers from a variety of countries in a knockout tournament to see who will take home the TechRadar World Cup of Computers™.
Knockout Match 1
Russia (Elektronika 60) vs Spain (Enciclopedia Mecánica)
Well, our World Cup of Computers has got off to a cracking start with this showdown between Russia and Spain. Representing Russia is the Elektronika 60, a terminal computer made by the Electronika company. Its claim to fame is that in the 1980s, the first version of Tetris was written for it by Alexey Pajitnov.
On the Spanish side is the Enciclopedia Mecánica, the Mechanical Encyclopaedia, which was patented back in 1949 by Ángela Ruiz Robles, and is often thought of as the first e-book reader.
The Russian team storms onto the pitch with a RAM size of 8KB and performance speed of just 250,000 operations per second, and this has led to a pretty lacklustre performance. However, its iconic status as the home of one of the most popular games ever invented means it’s still an imposing opponent.
Meanwhile, the Spanish team’s age may be a disadvantage in this game, as it doesn’t have any RAM whatsoever, and uses compressed air to move rotating spindles that displays text and images.
It seems to be a bit of a lopsided match, but the crowd is cheering the Enciclopedia Mecánica on, as it paved the way for the massively successful Amazon Kindle to take over the world.
But wait, what’s this? The ref is holding up a yellow card towards the Russians! Oh dear, oh dear. It looks like the Elektronika 60 is being penalised for being a Soviet clone of the LSI-11, a 16-bit minicomputer by the Digital Equipment Corp.
This leaves the field wide open for the Enciclopedia Mecánica, which has a clear ethical advantage, having been created by Ruiz Robles to lighten the weight of the books carried by her students and, in celebration of her 121st birthday, Google immortalised her in a Google doodle.
That’s it! The whistle has blown and the winner is: Spain! What an upset so early on in the competition! Russia were the favorites thanks to their more powerful hardware, but the beautiful simplicity of Spain’s Enciclopedia Mecánica, combined with its principled ambition to make the life of its creator’s students easier, has seen it through to the next round.
Knockout Match 2
France (Alcatel Minitel communication terminal) vs Australia (CSIRAC)
The next match of our knockout round pits France’s Alcatel Minitel communication terminal against Australia’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Automatic Computer. Both have less-than-catchy names, but the Aussies get an early advantage by being better known as CSIRAC, which is slightly easier to type.
CSIRAC was Australia’s first digital computer, released in 1949, making it one of the oldest competitors in this tournament. But, as Spain proved, age is no barrier to success in this World Cup. It’s one of the oldest surviving first-generation electronic computers, and it’s one of the first in the world to play digital music. If you’ve ever used Spotify on your PC, then give a small moment of thanks to the CSIRAC next time Ed Sheeran comes on for making all this possible.
But, charging towards it on the pitch comes the young (sort of) pretender, France’s Alcatel Minitel communication terminal. Introduced in the early 1980s by the French government, this beige beauty effectively created the internet before the internet existed. Except it was all in French, and there were no pictures of cats on it.
Using the Alcatel Minitel communication terminal, owners could access up to 22,000 databases and services after paying a subscription charge. France Telecom gave away millions of the terminals for free, and they can still be found in over 6 million homes. Some French government agencies also continue to use these devices.
The fact that the Alcatel Minitel communication terminal is still in use, and not just a dusty curio, gives it an early lead in this contest.
With a text-based screen, keyboard (which can be folded away to cover the screen, beating Microsoft’s Surface Touch Cover by several decades) and a modem that is capable of speeds of 1200 bit/s, the Alcatel Minitel communication terminal is running rings around the CSIRAC, specs wise, the latter being a valve-driven computer which uses mercury acoustic delay lines to store data, with a memory clock of 1000 Hz and a control unit that takes two cycles to execute an instruction.
France is dominating this game, but in the dying minutes of the match, its showboating may be its undoing. While the Alcatel Minitel communication terminal is still being used, some people blame the popularity of the device as being the reason why France was slow to embrace the internet. That self-sabotaging streak isn’t just quintessentially French, but it’s also given the CSIRAC a lead, which despite its age and low computational power, has arguably done nothing but further technological progress for its home nation.
And now the whistle has blown, and Australia has won! Sorry France. If you’re upset by this result, log on to the Minitel service to complain.
Knockout Match 3
Taiwan (Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN) vs England (Sinclair ZX Spectrum)
Oh, come on. This isn’t fair. Taiwan brings the Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN onto the pitch. It’s a sleek and sexy ultrabook, with an 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor clocked at 4.0Ghz, full HD 13.3-inch display, 8GB of RAM and Nvidia MX 150 graphics, and it’s the world’s thinnest laptop with discrete graphics.
Meanwhile, England is represented by the ZX Spectrum, which has a 3.5Mhz Zilog Z80 A CPU, 16KB of RAM and has an image resolution of 256 x 192. Well, at least it’s not an Amstrad.
So, the Taiwanese team is well ahead in terms of specs, but what about likeability? Sure, the Asus ZenBook 13 is beautifully designed, lightweight and comes with a backlit keyboard, but the Sinclair ZX Spectrum underdog has plenty of charm as well. It has that iconic rainbow graphic on its keyboard, for example.
There must be something going for it, at least, as even though it was launched in 1982 and discontinued in 1992, over 40 new pieces of software have been released so far in 2018! Would the ZenBook have that kind of following over 30 years later?
And the games. Oh, the games. Jet Set Willy, R-Type, Dizzy, The Hobbit. Match Day II for football fans who are still reading this.
As for the ZenBook 13, what iconic games can it play? Except for all of those games via emulators. And many modern classics thanks to its powerful dedicated GPU. OK, fine, the ZenBook 13 is a much better computer than the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Game over. Taiwan won. We’re not bitter.
Knockout Match 4
USA (Apple iMac G3) vs Japan (Panasonic Toughbook CF-31)
Here is the match that many people have been anticipating: the showdown between two goliaths: on the US side we have the iconic iMac G3, one of the most popular all-in-one PCs ever made, and from Japan we have the near-indestructible Panasonic Toughbook CF-31.
First on the pitch is the iMac G3, which although slightly egg shaped, is a tough little PC, emerging onto the scene in 1998, with an eye-catching design by Sir Jonathan Ive that became a pop culture icon in the 1990s.
Meanwhile, the Panasonic Toughbook CF-31 is a sturdy little bruiser, combining military-endorsed ruggedness with high performance. It comes with a full magnesium alloy case and built-in handle, scoffing at the iMac G3’s fancy colored look in favor of a ruthlessly robust design.
It may not look as pretty as the iMac, but can Apple’s PC survive a six foot drop, high temperatures, dust and water like the Toughbook CF-31? Of course not. You just have to look at the G3 the wrong way for it to crack like an over-expensive egg.
With a DVD drive, GPS, touchscreen and more, the Toughbook CF-31 is dominating this game, while the iMac G3 can barely keep up with its 4GB hard drive and 128MB RAM. However, the US team is showing some ballsy innovation as well, ditching the then-common floppy drive in favor of something called ‘USB’ ports. Will it pay off? Yes. Yes it did.
And, while the Panasonic Toughbook CF-31 is playing an exceptional game thanks to power and build quality, it’s struggling against the iMac’s status as an icon of modern computers. The fact that it helped change the fortunes of the floundering Apple, which went on to become one of the biggest companies in the world, means the win has to go to the iMac G3.
But Japan should hold its head high, the Panasonic Toughbook CF-31 put in a fantastic performance.
Semi-final match 1
Spain (Enciclopedia Mecánica) vs USA (Apple iMac G3)
Spain’s Enciclopedia Mecánica enters the pitch with the crowd roaring its support, buoyed by its surprise win in the knockout round. It’s clearly the underdog in this match, but the audience love it. However, as it does a lap of victory (a bit premature, as the match has only started), it’s got one of its spindles stuck in ground! A free spindle is furiously waving around, and the word ‘ayuda!’ can just about be made out.
And here comes the USA with its iMac G3! It rolls onto the pitch, straight up to the Enciclopedia Mecánica and crushes it under its weight, like a great big egg laid by Jony Ive himself.
Semi-final match 2
Taiwan (Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN) vs Australia (CSIRAC)
Here we are at our last semi-final match, and Australia’s CSIRAC is already on the pitch, and looks terrified. Taiwan’s Asus ZenBook 13 saunters in, full of confidence and RAM, easily the favorite in this match.
Oh, and it’s off to a bad start, as the CSIRAC has blown a valve in fear! Meanwhile, the Asus ZenBook 13 dominates the game, the only valve it knows being the company behind Half-Life and Steam, everybody’s favorite DRM-riddled storefront.
With the Asus ZenBook 13 running rings around the still-smoking CSIRAC, it’s a clear win for the Taiwan and the Asus ZenBook 13.
Taiwan (Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN) vs USA (Apple iMac G3)
Here we are at the final of TechRadar’s World Cup of Computers. Both sides have played spectacularly well in this tournament, and we can tell this is going to be a close game.
The Apple iMac G3’s iconic design gives it an early lead, but the ZenBook 13 counters with a slim and light look that makes it an incredibly desirable laptop. The sheer feat of engineering it’s taken to cram the powerful components of the ZenBook 13 into such a slim body is a marvel, putting the ZenBook 13 ahead early on in the match.
However, the iMac G3 fights back thanks to just how important the device was in changing Apple’s fortunes. If Apple hadn’t struck gold with the iMac G3, who knows what the computing landscape would look like these days. While the ZenBook 13 is a great device, it hasn’t had the same impact for Asus.
We’re getting into the last minutes of the game, and it looks like it could be a tie. However, the ZenBook 13 has one more trick up its sleeve: the future.
While the iMac G3 was a ground-breaking all-in-one PC (which means it is a desktop PC with a built-in monitor), all-in-ones remain a rather niche product.
Meanwhile, the ZenBook 13 represents the future of computers. It’s powerful, light and beautifully designed. Ultrabooks like the ZenBook 13 are redefining what we think of when it comes to computers.
It’s a risky manoeuvre, but it’s paid off, and as the final whistle blows Taiwan – with the Asus ZenBook 13 – is the champion of TechRadar’s World Cup of Computers 2018! A very well-deserved winner.
WINNER: Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
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