How to get £15 of Amazon credit for free today when you top up your account

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.

Novak Djokovic vs Kevin Anderson live stream: how to watch Wimbledon men’s final online

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.

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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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The World Cup of Computers: what is the best computer of all time?

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 enciclopedia mecánica 

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.

The less-than-portable CSIRAC

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. 

The Asus Zenbook 13

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.

Tough by name, tough by nature

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.

USA wins!

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.

Final

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.

Look at that blue shell. Look at it.

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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Corsair teases up to 40% off on PC parts and gaming peripherals for Amazon Prime Day

Amazon Prime Day 2018 is little more than a day away, but Corsair was excited to share some early details on its biggest deals coming soon.

Whether you’re looking to pick up a gaming keyboard, mouse, CPU cooler or a PC case on the cheap, Corsair will have a little bit of everything on sale when Amazon Prime Day 2018 kicks off this Monday, July 16th.

Here are just a few highlights of the big sale:

Keep in mind that none of these deals are live yet until Monday, July 16th. We’ll update this post when the discounts are officially on and add even more great savings you can jump on then.

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How to watch Pacquiao vs Matthysse: live stream the boxing from anywhere

Manny Pacquiao is back and he’s out to snatch the WBA welterweight belt from Argentine Lucas Mattyhsse this weekend. This should be some fight and we’re here to make sure you don’t miss any of the action – get yourself a live stream no matter where you are in the world. 

Given the highly controversial nature of his defeat to Jeff Horn last year, which saw the unanimous judge’s decision fiercely contested throughout boxing, Pacquiao will be on a mission for revenge in Kuala Lumpur. 

While not quite at Pacman’s 39 years, 35-year-old Matthysse is another fighter out to prove his career isn’t hitting a decline. An impressive knock-out of Tewa Kiram in January this year would have done his confidence no harm at all, and Pacquiao will need to rediscover some of his form from yesteryear if he’s to out-do defending champion Matthysse. 

Could this be a famous comeback for Pacquiao or a career-ending defeat? Find out by following one of the watching options below and getting a live stream of the big Pacquiao vs Matthysse fight. 

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Why bots taking over (some) journalism could be a good thing

Sometimes it’s easy to be cynical. When I read pieces suggesting that in the future robots will do all the journalism, I wonder: hasn’t that already happened? My news feeds are full of pieces highlighting the funny tweets I saw yesterday, regurgitating press releases and embedding YouTube clips of someone I don’t recognize being ‘totally destroyed!’ by someone I haven’t heard of. You could probably automate that in an afternoon. 

We’re already used to news aggregation, where algorithms create personalized feeds. Could the next step to be automated writing?

Shallow isn’t stupid

Not so fast, bots. Buzzfeed does some brilliant, important journalism, as do many other media properties that also publish the shallow stuff. In our ad-driven utopia, in which hardly anybody wants to pay for news any more, the fluff is often what pays the bills, and it’s bankrolling the good stuff, because good journalism takes time, effort and money; what’s important is rarely what’s bringing in the eyeballs for advertisers.

Washington Post Knowledge Map news service

The Washington Post’s Knowledge Map automatically adds contextual and background information to articles

If robots can take over the grunt work, which in many cases they can, then that has the potential to lower media organizations’ costs and enable them to spend a greater proportion of their advertising income on more serious material. That’s terrible news for anybody whose current job is to trawl Twitter for slightly smutty tweets by reality TV show contestants, but great news for organizations funding the likes of Guardian journalist Carole Cadwalladr, who broke the Facebook / Cambridge Analytica scandal. Isn’t it?

What newsbots can (and can’t) do

A lot of journalism is simple reporting: it simply says, “here is a thing that happened”. And that can be very valuable. 

When the UK’s Met Office issues a weather warning, that’s crucial information for farmers. When a company issues a trading warning or central banks consider raising interest rates, that’s important for the financial markets. When a publication in one part of the world publishes a story, it might be really useful information for organizations in another part of the world, and so on. Automating that kind of thing is pretty straightforward, so for example a bot might take a company’s financial press release and summarize it for a financial news site.

News apps on a tablet and smartphone

We’re already used to news aggregation, with algorithms creating personalized feeds for us. Could the next step to be automated the writing of stories?

Technology can help with a lot of basic reporting. For example, the UK Press Association’s Radar project (Reporters And Data And Robots) aims to automate a lot of local news reporting by pulling information from government agencies, local authorities and the police. It’ll still be overseen by “skilled human journalists”, at least for the foreseeable future, but the actual writing will be automated: it uses a technology called Natural Language Generation, or NLG for short. Think Siri, Alexa or the recent Google Duplex demos that mimic human speech, but dedicated to writing rather than speaking. 

According to Urbs Media editor-in-chief Gary Rogers, who’s working with PA on the RADAR project, “local papers don’t have the staff to write those stories and no centralized operation – even at the scale of PA – is going to take on writing 250 localized stories. We realized if we can write this automation into the local news production process, we are not taking someone’s job, we are doing something that no one else is doing.”

Tools of the trade

Where automation gets interesting is when it assists journalists rather than replaces them. The BBC’s Juicer “takes articles from the BBC and other news sites, automatically parses them and tags them with related DBpedia entities. The entities are grouped in four categories: people, places, organizations and things (everything that doesn’t fall in the first three).”

The New York Times’ Editor app, meanwhile, scans, classifies and tags articles to crunch data faster than humans can. The Washington Post’s Knowledge Map assists readers by linking related content together, automatically “providing relevant background, additional information or answers to frequently asked questions, when the reader wants it”.

The BBC Juicer news aggregator

The BBC’s Juicer scans and classifies stories from multiple sources to help journalists with their research

Fighting the fakes

My biggest worry about artificial intelligence writing stories is that if you put garbage in, you get garbage out. Despite its supposed battle against fake news, Facebook has been loath to exclude the political site InfoWars from its platform – even though InfoWars has variously reported that the horrific Sandy Hook massacre of schoolchildren was a hoax and that NASA has a slave platform on Mars. Over on YouTube, the trending topics algorithm often prioritizes tinfoil-hat nonsense over verifiable fact; on Twitter, we’ve seen the rise of bots endlessly posting the same often baseless claims. An AI that sees such sources as credible is an AI that promotes fake news rather than fights it.

An 1894 cartoon mocking sensationalist newspaper reporters

Fake news isn’t a new problem – this cartoon is from 1894 – but technology has weaponized it.

And of course fake news has very real consequences, whether it’s hoaxes causing real-world violence or quackery and pseudoscience resurrecting deadly diseases we thought we’d got rid of for good.

Fighting fire with fire

The answer may be more AI. For example, the startup AdVerif.ai uses AI to detect fake news and other problematic content on behalf of advertisers who don’t want their ads to appear next to made-up content. It describes itself as “like PageRank for fake news, leveraging knowledge from the web with deep learning”. In practice that means checking not just the page content but the trustworthiness of its publisher, and comparing it with a database of known fake news articles. It’s in its very early stages, and mistakes do get through, but it and systems like it have the potential to help us separate fact from fiction.

Then again, as the internet has demonstrated time after time, the bad guys find ways to use technology too, and they often outsmart the good guys. It isn’t hard to imagine a not-too-distant future where one set of AIs battle fake news while another set comes up with ever more inventive ways to battle the first bunch of AIs. 

Could AI lead to an online arms race between fakebots and newsbots like the one between advertisers and ad-blockers? My optimistic side says no, but two and a half decades spent online tells me yes. 

Maybe I should ask Siri to investigate.

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