How to watch the World Snooker Championship final: live stream for free

Well, we think it’s fair to say that it’s not the final that anybody was expecting, but this year’s World Snooker Championship finale will be battled out between two grizzled old competitors. Mark Williams and John Higgins have been here before, with six titles between them – but both will be determined to take the trophy home to their respective corners of the UK.

Will it be Scottish Higgins? Four time winner and one of the best ever players to pick up a cue. Or Welsh Williams? He, at 43, could be the oldest winner of the World Snooker Championship since compatriot Ray Reardon took the title 40 years ago. You can find out with our guide on how to live stream all the snooker over the final weekend.

Selby’s been shocked. Ronnie’s been rocked. Trump’s been dumped and Ding’s been binned. It’s been a tournament full of unexpected twists and turns, with the 32 players competing for the staggering £425,000 (about $600,00, AU$800,00) prize whittled down to the last two. And you can watch it all to see who bags the winnings – and the glory.

Getting a live stream of the 2018 World Snooker Championship is really easy, as the BBC has the rights to show it in all its glory. And even if you live outside the UK keep reading as we’ll show you how to stream the snooker from wherever you are in the world. All you have to decide is who you’re cheering for – the Wizard of Wishaw or the Welsh Potting Machine?

How to watch the Snooker World Championships for free: UK stream

The BBC goes all out with its coverage of the national treasure that is the Snooker World Championships. So if you’re in the UK and you have a TV license, then you can catch it on BBC Two for the live broadcast and a nightly highlights show.

If you’re not in front of a television, then the iPlayer or BBC Sport app is the way to go for uninterrupted action and your pick of what to watch.

The other way to watch the BBC online is to go via TVPlayer.com, which doesn’t require any sign ins and hosts all of the UK’s free-to-air channels without having to worry about hopping around from site to site or app to app. Easy as a straight red into the corner pocket.

Live stream the Snooker World Championship on Facebook

If you don’t happen to live in the UK, don’t worry as the 2018 World Snooker Championship is again being broadcast in more than 30 countries around the world for free on Facebook. The list of countries included features the US, Pakistan, India, Brazil, Colombia and more from the Americas and Asia.

All you need is a Facebook login to watch the live action, with your choice of which table to watch at any one time. Head on over to the World Snooker Facebook page to watch.

Stream the Snooker World Championships anywhere else in the world for free 

If you’re neither in the UK or in one of the countries showing it on Facebook (or, shock horror, not registered to Facebook), then there’s still an easy way to watch.

Simply download and install a VPN to change your IP address to one in the UK and head over to TVPlayer.com. Great news if no local broadcaster is showing it or you’re just partial to the commentators (Davis, Virgo, Thorne!) featured by the BBC. Here’s how to stream the snooker with a VPN:

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Best document scanning apps of 2018

Despite the fact that we live in an increasingly digital world, many organizations still print out important documents on paper – whether it be a letter, contract, bank statement, invoice, receipt or educational handout. At the same time, these are usually sent out via the post and end up in your letterbox. 

One of the main reasons companies rely heavily on paper is because they understand that there are still people who don’t have access to the internet. But this is only a minority of folks, with estimates suggesting that just 10% of British homes and 11% of American homes aren’t connected to the internet.

Receiving bank statements, retail invoices and important notices through the post may seem redundant when you can access most of this information online, although you can’t shy away from the fact that paper still dominates society. Unfortunately, managing so many letters isn’t exactly easy. Most of us end up misplacing important documents. 

But technology, as it often does, can save the day in the form of document scanning apps. With these, it’s possible to scan paper-based items such as letters, receipts and contracts using the camera of your mobile device. You can then keep them safe and stored on the cloud for future use. The other benefit of this sort of software is that it lets you send documents quickly. Here are the best document scanning solutions out there right now.   

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Dropbox Business

With around 500 million users around the world, Dropbox is clearly one of the most popular file sharing and cloud computing tools on the market. And it also offers a nifty, mobile-based feature for scanning documents, which is capable of capturing text, multi-page documents and photos. 

Dropbox’s scanning capability works across Android and iOS devices, giving you the ability to transfer important documents to save virtually on the cloud in a quick and easy manner. However, there are a few limitations. The feature only works with typed documents written in English at present, and there’s no support for PDF files.

At any rate, Dropbox Business is a great way to store and organize sensitive company documents. With, you’re able to recover and restore misplaced files, create and share content with colleagues, access files from any device, get feedback on work, protect files with passwords and other security features, and control who can access certain documents.   

The standard edition costs £10 ($13.50) a month per user, providing 2TB of cloud storage, 120 days of file recovery, 256-bit AES and SSL/TLS encryption, smart sync, Office 365 integration, admin console access, remote device wipe and a range of collaboration tools. However, there is a 30-day free trial available. 

  • You can download Dropbox Business here

Abby FineScanner

If you’re looking for something a little more advanced, it’s worth checking out Abby’s FineScanner. The software not only lets you turn scanned documents into PDF and JPEG files, but it also uses optical character recognition to scan texts in 193 languages from around the globe.    

Compatible with Android and iOS, the app lets you scan both printed and handwritten texts straight from your mobile device. There’s not only support for nearly 200 languages, but FineScanner also works with 12 file formats, including DOCX, PDF and TXT. The great thing about the app is that it preserves original document formatting.   

What’s more, you can access a set of easy-to-use annotation tools to add signatures and notes to text. And the iOS version of the software sports a feature called BookScan, which lets you digitize books with ease. It turns facing book pages into separate images, removing any defects and removing curves. 

 Once you’ve made a scan, you can share it with anyone over email or save it to cloud storages such as Dropbox, Evernote and iCloud Drive. Currently, FineScanner is free to download on Android and iOS devices, but it offers in-app purchases if you’d like to get more storage and capabilities.   

  • You can download Abby FineScanner here

Genius Scan

Genius Scan is yet another highly popular mobile scanning app, with its developers claiming that the software has digitized more than half a billion documents worldwide. Described as “a scanner in your pocket”, it lets you turn paper-based documents into JPEG and PDF files.   

Headline features include smart page detection, perspective correction and image enhancement. And with patch scanning, you can create digital copies of dozens of pages within seconds. The app also enhances the legibility of documents, ensuring they’re readable, and you can keep your files organized with titles, tags and a search function. 

Just like FineScanner, you can upload scanned documents to a range of cloud storage platforms, including Dropbox, Evernote, Expensify, Facebook, Google Drive, OneDrive (and OneDrive for Business), OneNote (and OneNote for Business), FTP, SugarSync and WebDAV. If you’re scanning sensitive documents, you can protect them with built-in encryption, passwords and Touch ID. It’s free to download on Android and iOS, but offers in-app purchases.   

  • You can download Genius Scan here

Scanbot

Scanbot is positioned as an easy and fast way to create high-quality scans on iPhone, iPad and Android devices. According to the developers behind the app, it is capable of making “hundreds of decisions to capture the document perfectly, crop the document, straighten it and apply the filter”. 

With the software, you can scan documents, receipts, sketchbooks, whiteboards, business cards, labels, QR codes and barcodes. Once you’ve scanned an item, you can choose from five color modes to make it look perfect. There are also tools to crop and optimize scanned documents, all of which are automatically captured with 200+ dpi.   

You’re able to save documents as PDR or JPD files, and you can upload these to a range of major cloud services. The software supports iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, Amazon Drive, Slack, Todolist, OneDrive, OneNote and Box.

If you plan on using Scanbot for business purposes, you can easily fax documents directly from your mobile device in 50 supported countries. As is the case with most of these apps, Scanbot is free to download on Android and iOS, with the option of in-app purchases. 

  • You can download Scanbot here

CamScanner

As the name suggests, CamScanner is an app that turns the camera of your mobile device into a document scanner. With it, you’re able to scan a range of documents, from invoices to receipts. The software turns scanned documents into PDF files, which are automatically uploaded to cloud services such as Box, Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote and OneDrive 

Targeted specifically at business users, the app lets you invite colleagues to view and comment on scans. However, they must hold a user account. There’s also an advanced editing feature, which lets you add annotations and watermarks to documents, making them look more professional. For improved security, you can add passcodes to documents.   

The app is free to download on Android and iOS. But you can upgrade to a premium plan to get to get 10GB of storage, add 40 extra collaborators to the app, send document links with password protection and batch download documents. You have the option to pay either $4.99 (£3.70) a month or $49.99 (£37) a year.

  • You can download CamScanner here

Google is planning to add Bluetooth to a new Chromecast dongle

Sharp-eyed Google watchers have noticed a rather interesting development over at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the US – specifically that Google has registered a new Chromecast device with Bluetooth support.

Now before you start dreaming about using Bluetooth headphones with your Chromecast or maybe beaming audio in the other direction, we don’t know anything about this new dongle yet. It’s not particularly clear what Google is planning with this Bluetooth support, and it’s made no official announcement yet.

What is clear is that this is a new Chromecast – existing devices won’t get Bluetooth support, so Google must be intending to show off something new soon. That said, it looks like an upgraded version of the second-gen Chromecast, not the Chromecast Ultra.

All eyes on I/O

It’s even possible that the updated Chromecast is going to work with Bluetooth keyboards and gamepads, but at the moment this is all just speculation. For an FCC filing to be registered, though, this is a device that’s quite far down the road to a launch.

When will we get more details? As it so happens, Google has a big developer conference happening next week in the shape of Google I/O 2018. The company likes to show off new hardware devices and software updates at I/O each year, so it’s possible that we’ll get information about a Bluetooth Chromecast then.

In the meantime, maybe hold off on a Chromecast purchase if you’re thinking about getting one in the next few weeks – it’s likely that an improved version of the dongle is launching in the near future.

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Best vacuum cleaners: 9 best vacuums from cordless Dyson to robot Roomba

Like a clean house but hate to, you know, clean? Then you need to check out one of the best vacuum cleaners of 2018 to ease the chore.

With new advancements in vacuum cleaning tech, it’s gotten easier to snipe up unwanted dust and debris in a snap, but also harder to make a selection.

There are so many vacuum cleaners to choose from, and who really wants to spend their time picking out an appliance that means work around the house?

Luckily, once you’ve selected the best vacuum cleaner for you, turning your home into a sparkling, dust-free abode will never be easier. 

Most of the best vacuum cleaners these days have done away with the massive cord that was always a tripping hazard, and instead feature a cordless design. Dyson, for one, has vowed to stop developing corded vacuums after the release of the new cordless Cyclone V10.

Vacuum cleaners today are much slimmer than the vacuums of yore, and some even have brains of their own. While it’s still a “chore” in the traditional sense, vacuum cleaning can now be done in far less time and with far greater ease thanks to cordless vacuums and those that clean your house while you’re out and about.

Digging out the best Dyson or Roomba to help lighten the load can be the sort of investment where the benefits become almost immediately clear. Like the budding Ghostbusters we are, sucking up junk into our proton-pack-aping vacuum cleaners can actually be quite satisfying. It’s instant gratification, seeing the dirt, grime and crumbs sucked away into the netherworld of the vacuum cleaner’s bin.

And it only gets better if you’ve got a top-notch gadget to help you do it all. Whether it’s a lightweight cordless, a super-powerful upright or a “who needs humans?” robot cleaner you’re after, these are the best vacuum cleaners TechRadar has used. They all suck, but in the best possible way.

Dyson’s newest cordless vacuum cleaner is so good, the company is no longer producing new corded vacuums. That’s how confident Dyson is that the Cyclone V10 and the vacs that follow will meet all your cleaning needs. 

Simply put, the Cyclone V10 is the best vacuum Dyson has ever made. Dyson has redefined its cyclone technology to produce more suction power than ever; the new V10 digital motor is 20% more powerful than the previous V8, and, we can assure, it sucks a lot (we mean that as a compliment).

You’ll notice a number of crucial changes between the V10 and older V models. For example, the barrel is now front-facing, and all attachments connect here directly. The design allows for greater suction efficiency, according to Dyson. The V10 is smarter than ever before, too, and can even detect differences in altitude, air pressure and temperature, and adjust itself for maximum performance. 

Prices and models vary across regions, but needless to say, you pay for the Cyclone V10’s souped-up suction. And while the Cyclone V10 is more powerful than ever and boasts a more energy-dense battery than previous models, putting it on the highest setting will drain the battery in about five minutes. At the lowest setting, however, you’ll get up to 60 minutes of use, and that should be plenty for your everyday messes. 

Read our full Dyson Cyclone V10 review

Don’t want a Dyson? This Shark IF250UK is a cheaper and suitable alternative to some of the top end products from Dyson that sit in this list. It’s another cordless cleaner that can run for 22 minutes from a single charge – but the best bit is there are two batteries in the box, so you can just hot swap out mid-clean and get 44 minutes in total.

We really like the design of the Shark IF250UK, although it is a little on the heavy side. It comes with Shark’s Flexology technology that means you can bend the cleaner at the mid-way point so you can get those hard to reach places like under your sofa without having to get down on your hands and knees.

It’s not as lightweight as the Dyson above, but we still found it easy enough to carry and suitably portable. 

This thing is powerful too. If you own a pet, you can get a special edition version that comes with in-built pet cleaning features, but in an animal-free home we found the Shark IF250UK cleaned up easily when using its maximum suction mode.

For a lower price than the Dyson above in this list, the Shark IF250UK is suitable as your next vacuum cleaner as it’s just as powerful as the competition and easy to use.

Read the full Shark IF250UK review

Formerly the best cordless vacuum experience that money could buy, the Dyson V8 Absolute is still a top-of-the-line battery powered vacuum cleaner, even as the Cyclone V10 has dethroned it as the very best. It also remains an absolute joy to use.

First, the design. With a removable extender pole and equipped with six different heads for different surfaces and use cases, the V8 Absolute is lightweight and easy to run around the house. But with the suction motor in the pistol-grip handle area, you can easily clip a head directly onto the main unit, turning the whole thing into a portable cleaner, perfect for going up the stairs of de-crumbing the car.

A full-charge will give you around 40 minutes of use, which is really impressive for a cordless cleaner – though mileage will vary once you start using on the motorized heads, or switch on the V8 Absolute’s MAX mode. You’ll rarely need it though – for a handheld, this cleaner will rival even an upright for sheers dirt-sucking power. Its large bin will take in plenty of trash too before needing emptying – another convenience not often seen in a cordless.

Best of all though, it genuinely is fun to use. The sci-fi aesthetic makes it one of the few “white goods” gadgets you’ll happily leave on show in the house, with the transforming design as useful as it is clever. It’s worth saving the cash for.

The Gtech AirRam MK2 blends the flexibility of a cordless vacuum with strong suction performance and easy use, making it a great choice for those looking for a vac they can quickly whizz around the home.

It’s super easy to setup out of the box, and after the the initial charge (it takes four hours to fully charge from flat) you’re ready to go. The need to charge however can be a hassle, especially if an accidental spillage has occurred and you want to quickly clean it, only to find the AirRam MK2 is out of battery. You could use it if plugged into the wall, but with such a short charging cable supplied that’d be wholly impractical.

An hour on the charger will give you a short burst of power to address a spillage, but if you’re planning on doing a general clean you’ll want a fall charge, which gives you around 40 minutes of use – similar to what you’d get from Dyson’s V8 Absolute.

While charging may be a little inconvenient at times, it means you’re never tethered to a cord when using the Gtech AirRam MK2 and that is where is comes into its own. It’s lightweight and highly manoeuvrable body allows you to quickly and efficiently move round your home.

Gtech’s Airlock technology automatically adjusts the head for different flooring types, and suction is generally very good – but it’s not the best on offer.

The collection bin may be a bit on the small side too, but it’s incredibly easy to empty and ensures you don’t get your hands dirty, with the removable cylinder featuring a sliding lever that pushes out all the nasties.

It’s easy to carry up and down stairs, but with no hose or attachments you can’t easily vacuum stairs with it, or hard to reach areas of your home. It’s price tag makes it a more approachable option than the Dyson however, so if you’re on a budget it’s well worth a look.

If you want serious suction from your vacuum cleaner, Dyson is the market leader. Its cyclone technology has long been touted as the best sucker around, and on the Light Ball Multi Floor we can safely say; this thing sucks big time. In a good way.

With 90AW of suction power the Dyson Light Ball Multi Floor tackles carpet, wood floors, laminate and more. Each pass hoovers up dust, hair and other particles struck inside your carpets too, not just those sitting on top.

We were surprised, and impressed with the amount of stuff it picked up during the first few trips around our house – clearly our previous vacuum wasn’t doing the job as effectively.

When the large bin fills up, it’s just a simple one button release from the body of the Light Ball, and then another one button press to dispense its contents into the bin – although with the large flag that opens at the bottom you’ll need to angle the cylinder accordingly.

As well as acting as a standard upright cleaner, the Light Ball also comes with a built in hose and tools, allowing you to tackle hard to reach places, ceilings and stairs with relative ease.

It’s still a bit of a beast to carry up and down stairs though, and at times the long 9.4m cord does get in the way, making you wish this was a cordless vacuum – but the trade off will be inferior suction.

If you’re in the market for a vacuum cleaner that will give your floors a seriously good seeing too, then the easy to use, highly maneuverable and surprisingly quiet (considering the suction) Dyson Light Ball could be up your street.

With AI smarts improving all the time and robotics increasingly as at home as on the production line, the sci-fi dream of having a little robot helper to potter about the house is increasingly becoming a reality. The Dyson 360 Eye is the vacuum cleaning company’s first effort in the space, and makes a good account of itself.

After a relatively painless app-powered set-up process, the camera equipped Dyson 360 Eye is able to navigate your home, weaving around obstacles on a cleaning routine you again establish through the app. 

Considering its small size, it’s surprisingly capable at sucking up the rubbish in your home and, when its battery gets low and it’s time for a recharge, the 360 Eye will intelligently return to its charging station without any prompting. 

It’s a premium product, commanding a high asking price that’s best used as a supplement to your usual cleaning rota rather than a replacement. With the 360 Eye doing the rounds once every day, you’ll find that your home will need a “deep clean” vacuum session by your own hand far more rarely. 

But there’s still room for improvement if the company ever make a second generation – the tall clearance makes it difficult for the 360 Eye to fit under furniture, a bigger bin would lessen the need to keep emptying it out, and a larger battery would give it a better chance of completing a whole-house sweep in one pass without a recharge session. 

The limitations of the wider product category taken into consideration, it’s a solid luxury cleaning product regardless.

Dyson’s not the only company working with robotics in the home space, and many rate iRobot and its Roomba 980 vacuum cleaner very highly, too.

A low-clearance, dirt-sucking disc, it’s likewise intelligent enough to go about its business in your home without much prompting from its human owners. The Roomba 980 will intelligently map your home for problem spots, kicking into a high-power mode when carpets are identified, and weaving around chair legs and other potential obstacles. 

With a two hour battery life, it will manage a longer cleaning cycle than the Dyson before it too heads back to its charging dock.

Other smart features of the Roomba 980 include its battery-powered “Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barriers” which signal to the bot which area to avoid if placed across a doorway, and more granular control over its cleaning procedures through its accompanying app. 

However, the Roomba 980 too has room for improvement, with it’s app not always terrible intuitive, and the robot itself sometimes getting bamboozled by cables.

It’s another pricey cleaning luxury, and making the choice between it and its Dyson rival will be a tough one. But for those that can afford it, the Roomba 980 is another excellent cleaning convenience. 

You may not have heard of the name Eufy before, but this more affordable robot vacuum cleaner offers some fantastic value and it comes from the sister brand of Anker, which is the closest thing to a household name in the world of portable chargers.

The RoboVac 11 has lots of cleaning settings included an automatic mode, maximum power, edge cleaning, single room cleaning or a mode that specifically focuses on one small area.

The problem is, unlike the two vacuums above you can’t connect the RoboVac 11 to an app so you can’t monitor or set your robot cleaner to go when you’re not in the house.

Instead it’s all activated through a remote control that comes in the box with the RoboVac 11. You can set it up on a timer so the cleaner will automatically head on its journey once a day, but it’s not as useful as having an app to do it from anywhere in the world.

There’s also no mapping technology built in and instead the RoboVac 11 will just make its own way around your home until the battery runs out. It uses infrared sensors to avoid bumping into furniture in your home, but it can be quite frustrating if you’re to sit and watch it work as it doesn’t clean as efficiently as some other cleaners.

With a 0.6 Lm bin this will keep going for multiple cleans and we found the battery life to last around 90 minutes on the automatic mode and a little bit less if you’re using the maximum power suction.

The Eufy may not be the most efficient or powerful robot vacuum cleaner on the market, but considering its super low price point it’s impressive how much value for money you get with the RoboVac 11.

Read our full Eufy RoboVac 11 review

While not quite as familiar a name as Dyson or Roomba, with the Neato Botvac Connected, Neato managed to create a vacuum cleaner that definitely gives the others a run for their money. 

At 10 cm tall, it comfortably manages to shuffle under most items of furniture, and uses laser guidance to map the room. It’s very satisfying watching it figure out which items of furniture it can navigate under and around. 

A little frustratingly, it doesn’t seem to factor in the little protruding circle on top of the unit that houses the Neato logo, and so does occasionally get caught on items that it only just clears.

You can control the Neato Botvac Connected using your phone, set up routines for when you want it to clean, and even pause mid-clean. There are also convenient buttons on the unit itself; one for ‘spot clean’ that will do one room, or ‘house clean’ that will do your entire home before guiding itself back to its base station. 

At 0.7 Lm, the bin size is bigger than both the Dyson 360 and the Roomba, but is still small in comparison to a standard vacuum cleaner, and will need emptying mid-clean if you have a large (or particularly dirty) home. 

There is the option to either have the Neato clean in Eco or Turbo mode, which will give you quieter or deeper cleaning, depending on your preference. From the time that we have spent with it, the deeper cleaning mode provides a very thorough level of cleaning, although will invariably miss areas that require moving of obstacles, so you’ll still need an occasional once-over with a hand-held vacuum cleaner.

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