Here are the new Samsung QLED TVs coming to the UAE in 2018

Samsung is having a tough time competing with LG in the high-end TV segment. With the world cup around the corner, there was no doubt that Samsung would give a big push it’s new QLED line-up to try and steal some share form LG and it’s OLED TVs. 

Today, we got to see the new range of QLED models Samsung is releasing in the UAE. In total, there are four new series of QLED TVs- the Q9F, Q8C, Q7F and the entry-level Q6F QLED. Further down the line will be Samsung’s new UHD models that will be prefaced with the new NU- distinction. 

These new QLED ranges is expected to be in stores by May 15 with prices starting at AED 6,499 and going all the way up to AED 26,999. Let’s find out what’s new with these models and what separates the higher-priced models to the lower end ones.

Samsung 2018 TV technology

The star of the show for Samsung in 2018 is still the QLED TV screen – essentially a variation on traditional Quantum Dot LED-LCD panels that feature a peak brightness between 1,500 and 2,000 nits. For a reference point, that’s about twice as bright as the competition from 2017 and four to five times as bright as the HD/SDR TV you’re used to watching. 

For 2018, Samsung says it will be improving the black level performance of its QLED TVs – ideally bringing them down without trading any of its signature brightness. If it can pull this off, you’ll see a much better contrast ratio and better visual fidelity for 4K/HDR content. (Remember, Samsung TVs support two kinds of HDR right now, HDR10 and HDR10+.) 

The other new feature Samsung announced is its new Ambient Mode. When the TV is turned off, Ambient Mode will help the TV mimic the color and pattern of the wall on which the TV is displayed, so that it blends seamlessly into home décor.

Also updated for 2018 is the invisible Connection that now combines power and AV data in one fiber optic cable.

Samsung QLED 2018 Models

Samsung Q9F QLED TV (available in 65 and 75-inches)

On the higher-end of Samsung’s QLED line-up is the Q9F. This year you can expect Ambient Mode and better black levels alongside the screen’s insanely iridescent peak brightness. Also new this year is the switch from an edge-lit design to a Direct Full Array panel which Samsung claims offers improved contrast ratio. 

Samsung Q8C QLED TV (available in 65-inches)

Moving down the line is Samsung’s Q8C QLED TV in a divisive curved form factor. Like the Q9FN, you’ll see a switch from last year’s edge-lit design to a Direct Full Array panel and Ambient Mode. The Q8C has a slightly lower peak brightness than the Q9F.

Samsung Q7F QLED TV (available in 55-, 65- and 75-inches)

The Samsung Q7F was the golden ticket to last year’s QLED line-up. Offering one of the best price-to-performance ratios in the entire line-up, it was the Q7F that roped AV enthusiasts into buying a QLED TV. The 2018 Q7F will have most of the same features as last year, but will include Ambient Mode. 

Samsung Q6F QLED TV (available in 55-, 65- and 75-inches)

Last up in the QLED line-up is the Samsung Q6FN QLED TV. The Q6F is a bit less bright overall than the rest of its Quantum Dot-equipped brethren but if you’re looking for some of the same spectacular colors at a spectacular price, it appears as though the Q6FN will be the best place to get it in 2018.

  • More of an LG enthusiast? Here’s the LG 2018 TV Catalog to peruse

Apple now faces a class action lawsuit over failing MacBook Pro keyboards

Unfortunately for Apple, the curious case of the failing MacBook Pro and MacBook keyboards is refusing to go away. It now faces a class action lawsuit issued in California, which states that the company knew there were problems with the latest butterfly-switch keyboard design and went ahead with it anyway.

Based on a barrage of reports from users, the keyboard design introduced in 2015 and then tweaked in 2017 is so delicate that it’s much more likely to fail than the keyboards on older models. Just a small speck of dust or debris can cause problems, apparently.

Data collected by AppleInsider from Apple Genius Bars and authorized third-party repair shops suggests the keyboard failure rate has more or less doubled since the new design appeared. The stats show 11.8% of repairs were related to the keyboard – and usually, the entire keyboard needs replacing.

Thousands affected

While the majority of MacBooks and MacBook Pros are obviously working fine with the new keyboards, a substantial number of users have reported problems. An online petition calling for Apple to replace defective keyboards is up to 19,000 signatures at the time of writing – not a small number.

To be fair to Apple it does offer a one-year warranty on new laptops and so if your problems start within that time window you can get a keyboard swap for free in the space of a few days. The new lawsuit claims that isn’t enough and says the “core functionality” of these devices has been compromised.

We’ll have to wait and see what Apple’s response is, but the keyboard controversy threatens to put people off buying a new MacBook or MacBook Pro – not something Apple CEO Tim Cook and his colleagues will be pleased about. You can view the class action lawsuit online here.

  • Future MacBooks could get a crumb-resistant and spill-proof keyboard

Via 9to5Mac

How to watch the Spanish Grand Prix online: stream F1 live from anywhere

If we were Lewis Hamilton we’d be feeling pretty good about ourselves at the moment. Fresh off a win at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix; top of the podium at Spain last year; on pole position today; and, oh yeah, the current Formula One World Drivers’ Champion. Thing’s are looking pretty rosy for the British Mercedes driver right now.

The Spanish Grand Prix is one of the oldest on the Formula One calendar and the first of the season in Western Europe. Hamilton may be the favourite for this year’s race after that rapid qualifying time, but the likes of teammate Valtteri Bottas Sebastian Vettel will be chomping at his exhaust pipe from second and third on the grid. And former winner Max Verstappen will all be gunning for him from fifth. That a potentially thrilling exciting Grand Prix, and you can live stream all the F1 action from anywhere in the world on any device you wish.

It’s likely to be a hot and draining Grand Prix at Spain’s Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. We can almost smell the whiff of burning rubber. And live streaming F1 action from the circuit is really simple, even if your local broadcaster hasn’t got the rights, and on pretty much any device. Keep reading to find out how to live stream F1 coverage absolutely anywhere – and you can even do so for free in certain regions!

How to live stream F1 action from Spain: UK stream

How to watch the Spanish Grand Prix in the US:

How to watch Spain Grand Prix: Australia stream

Use a VPN to watch the Spain Grand Prix from your country

Unlike the UK, US and Australia, not every country has access to watch a live F1 stream. But not all is lost, using a VPN will let you virtually place your laptop, smartphone, tablet or Smart TV in a country that is showing the Spanish Grand Prix:

Stay safe during the Spain Grand Prix

Images courtesy of Formula1.com

How to watch the Ali vs Munguia fight: live stream the boxing online from anywhere

If you’ve landed here, we’re probably right that you’re looking to watch Ali defend his WBO super welterweight title against Jaime Munguia tonight.

This may not be the most legendary pairing of boxers dueling it out that you’ll watch this month, but it should make for an interesting fight that will hopefully be longer than last week’s Golovkin vs Martirosyan fight. That finished in the second round.

The two boxers here will be taking to the Turning Stone Resort Casino in New York for the fight, with the undercard being a fight between Rey Vargas and Azat Hovhannisyan.

If you want to tune into the fight, you’ll find all of the details you need to watch it live in this article. It isn’t hugely available on TV worldwide, so a VPN may be the best way to stream the fight, so we’ve given you all the details below.

How to watch Ali v Munguia: US stream

How to watch Ali v Munguia fight in the UK

Much like last week’s Golovkin v Martirosyan fight, you won’t be able to watch this in the UK. It seems the normal go to streaming sources for boxing don’t think it will be worthwhile for the amount of people that will tune in.

It may be down to the super late start time of 3AM, but it’s a shame for UK boxing fans. Our best recommendation if you’re dedicated to watching this fight live is finding a way to combine one of our VPN recommendations with one of the streams on this page.

How to watch Ali v Munguia: Australia stream

The same goes for Australia – there’s no official provider for the fight there. That means you’ll have to find a separate live stream and watch it through a VPN or miss out on the big fight. 

How to live stream UFC 224: watch Nunes vs Pennington for free from anywhere

It’s fight night! UFC 224 is is promising big things, and there’s one major reason – the long-awaited Nunes vs Pennington fight. The women’s bantamweight title is up for grabs and Brazil’s Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes wants to keep it just as much as the United States’ Raquel “Rocky” Pennington wants to take it from her – and you can watch it all with a free live stream.

Before that grand finale you can also enjoy battles from Souza vs Gastelum, Dern vs Cooper, Lineker vs Kelleher and Belfort vs Machida. It’s a packed undercard, but the attention will really be on the ladies.

Amanda Nunes is the current women’s bantamweight champion and will be riding a six fight winning streak when she enters her third title defence against Raquel Pennington, who has won her last four fights.

Since Nunes hasn’t lost in almost four years the pressure will be on to dethrone her. But as the woman famous for that unforgettable Ronda Rousey first-round knockout win at UFC 207, she’s not one to be defeated easily.

As is always the case with UFC, there are plenty of ways to watch the fight. But these usually cost you. Read on to find our guide on how to live stream UFC 224 and, more importantly, how to do it for free.

Live stream UFC 224 with the UFC Fight Pass

How to watch UFC 224: US live stream

Either cable or go for Fight Pass
For US cable and satellite subscribers the options to watch are many with the fight aired on FX, DirectTV, at&t, VerizonFios, Comcast, Dish, Cox and many more. Check out the service you use to see if its being shown. And if you have one but are out of territory, then read the information above to find out more about how to use a VPN to watch UFC.

If you’re a cord cutter or don’t bother with cable these days, then the obvious option is the UFC Fight Pass.

How to watch UFC 224: Canada live stream

Fight Pass is the best option in Canada
Canada’s Sports Net which usually airs a lot of UFC won’t have UFC 224. That means that the cheapest way to live stream UFC 224 is via the Fight Pass. Be warned, Canada’s Sports Net which usually airs a lot of UFC won’t have this fight. 

Pay-per-view on BellMTS is an option as well. But at $65, we don’t know why you wouldn’t go for the much cheaper UFC TV option instead.

How watch UFC 224: UK live stream

How to watch UFC 224: Australia live stream

How to watch the Linares vs Lomachenko fight: live stream the boxing online from anywhere

Tonight’s big fight you need to be watching is Lomachenko vs Linares where two of the top lightweight fighters on the planet will face off – it’s almost time, and you can live stream the whole thing by following our handy guide.

Venezuelan Jorge Linares is the world’s undisputed top lightweight boxer, but don’t write off Vasyl Lomachenko yet as he’s the  top junior lightweight who’s fighting right now. This one’s got ‘classic’ written all over it.

Linares will be defending both his WBA and Ring Magazine Lightweight titles too, so it’s well worth tuning in to a live stream for. Gold is on the line, and the Ukrainian Lomachenko is hungry for more titles.

To ensure you can see the whole thing in real time so you don’t miss any of the action, we’ve put together this guide to help you watch it live. As with most boxing, it’s not always available in every country so you may find a VPN is the best way to stream the fight, which you’ll find out all about that below.

  • Looking for a Sam Sexton vs Hughie Fury live stream? Look no further.

How to watch Linares vs Lomachenko: US stream

How to watch Linares vs Lomachenko fight in the UK

How to watch Lomachenko vs Linares: Australia stream