Huawei confident the Kirin 980 will outpace Apple’s A12 Bionic

Apple released the iPhone XS last weekend with the new A12 Bionic processor based on a 7nm process. A few weeks preceding that, Huawei announced it’s own 7nm processor- the Kirin 980.

Huawei’s processor is expected to debut with the upcoming Huawei Mate 20 Pro on the 16th of October and during a product brief in Dubai, Huawei mentioned that it’s confident it’s processor will be better than Apple’s A12.

Huawei has been working on the Kirin 980 for over three years and there are three areas Huawei has focused on which are Power and Efficiency, Intelligence, and, Connectivity.

The Kirin 980 features 6.9 billion transistors which is exactly the same number Apple has managed to pack on the A12 Bionic. Huawei is claiming that the Kirin 980 is 75% faster than its previous generation as far as the CPU is concerned and 46% faster when it comes to the GPU. 

Power efficiency is 57% better on the processor and an extremely impressive 178% better on the the GPU. These advancements should make the Kirin 980 faster and a lot more efficient.

Coming to intelligence, Huawei has doubled down on it’s NPU with real time video processing  as well as the capability of recognizing 4,500 images per minute. AI loading prediction will also make the processor much more intelligent on making sure when to provide the performance and when to scale back to save on power.

Finally with connectivity, the Kirin 980 will be the world’ first processor supporting LTE Cat.21 with peak download speeds on 1.4Gbps. Considering that Huawei is responsible for a lot of infrastructure in the UAE telco space, there’s a good chance that we’ll see impressive radio performance in this part of the world.

The Kirin 980 is shaping up to be one of the best processors for this year and it will be interesting to see how it compares to Apple’s latest. We’re looking forward to testing it out when its released on the new Mate series mid October.

New Huawei Mate 20 Pro leaks show off the phone in full

We’re expecting Huawei to unveil the Mate 20 Pro at a special event on October 16, alongside the standard Mate 20 – part of a very busy October for smartphone launches we might add – and some new renders of the upcoming phone just hit the web.

Picked up by SlashLeaks, the renders show the Mate 20 Pro in a blue silicone case, as well as a “smart view” cover where part of the screen is left free to show an always-on display (with the time and date and other information). Around the back, we can see the rumored triple-lens rear camera in its rectangular configuration.

The leaks would appear to confirm that the Mate 20 Pro won’t have the teardrop-style notch up at the top, like the Mate 20 is said to be carrying. Instead it goes for a more conventional display notch, possibly to hold some extra face-scanning technology.

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro (credit SlashLeaks)

We’ve already had one Huawei Mate 20 device see the light of day, of course: the Huawei Mate 20 Lite. While this phone is likely to share several design cues with the handsets that are yet to come, the more expensive phones should come packing more of a punch.

So far we’ve heard that the Mate 20 and the Mate 20 Pro are going to come rocking in-screen fingerprint scanners on the front, and the new leaks (with no cut-out on the cases for a rear fingerprint scanner) would seem to confirm that. Wireless charging is apparently on the way too, based on accompanying renders of a charging dock.

The same source has shared images of a new “NM card” as well, which is apparently Huawei’s own take on the standard memory card format. If you want some expandable storage for your new Mate 20 Pro phone, then Huawei will sell it to you.

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The three Ws: Web hosting, WordPress or Website builder?

When creating a website, early on, those involved should decide on the exact breakdown of responsibilities between those in the business and outside companies contracted to provide services and technical knowledge. 

The three Ws represent three possible divisions of responsibilities, where external service companies handle some aspects of website creation, and the business others. 

With web hosting, a service provider sells space and access to a server (or virtual server) where the website can exist, but the content of that location is entirely down to the company to provide – whether crafted by them or another external firm. 

WordPress is a widely available content management system that was initially very popular with bloggers. Using it, a relative novice to the web can create a working website pretty swiftly, and private hosting services for this platform are widely available. 

The third alternative we’re discussing, a website builder, is a software tool for creating websites without any understanding of HTML or other technical knowhow. Once the site is completed and tested, it is uploaded to the hosted location, and the domain name then points to this server. 

An easy way to think of these different options is to imagine organizing a wedding reception.

Web hosting is the equivalent of hiring a venue, but doing all the catering yourself, so you get to choose exactly what people will eat. 

WordPress has a good selection of pre-prepared foods but doesn’t require the bride, groom or relatives to cook on the day. And using a website builder is like ordering pizza to be delivered to the reception. 

Let’s look in greater detail at what each option offers, and the strengths and weaknesses of these different approaches. 

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Web hosting

Those who buy hosting have the most flexibility concerning the nature and content of their site. However, they are also taking on a greater workload to deliver the end product.

Most hosting businesses have some kind of website creation system that you get as part of the hosting package. But if you want to create an e-commerce solution, then it is likely that you will use the server space to host a third-party platform, or an entirely custom-built site. 

What you’ve bought is storage space and access to the site for internet users, and the rest is up to you.

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Joshua vs Povetkin: live stream tonight’s big fight online from anywhere

Joshua vs Povetkin is HERE! If you’ve landed on this guide, it’s because you’re in a panic trying to find a live stream. Well the good news is that we have all the information you need right here. Take a scan below to see how to watch where you are, a tip for streaming safely, and information on a FREE Joshua vs Povetkin live stream in certain in the US and other regions.

Joshua’s ascent to the top of the heavyweight boxing tree has seen him become a bona fide international sport star and every AJ bout becomes an eagerly-anticipated affair. Saturday’s showdown at Wembley is no different, as the Brit looks to defend his immaculate 21-0 record and move a step closer to a sought-after fight with Deontay Wilder.

But Saturday’s partisan home crowd could be much mistaken if they’re expecting a cruise for AJ. Only the great Wladimir Klitschko has ever defeated Povetkin in his 35 career fights, and the Russian will be full of confidence having registered eight consecutive victories since that defeat. 

With Joshua’s mix of fleet-footed style and heavy-hitting substance, this is a contest not to be missed whatever the outcome. Keep scrolling down to find out how you can watch Joshua vs Povetkin wherever you are in the world – but hurry, there isn’t long until the fight starts. Ding ding!

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More Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL images appear ahead of their October launch

Those of you who went into 2018 hoping there would be a few leaks of the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL ahead of time have had your wildest dreams exceeded: we’ve seen an avalanche of unofficial videos and images showing off Google’s new flagships from all angles. If you still want more, well, we’ve got more.

First up is renowned tipster Evan Blass, who posted renders of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL on Twitter. You can see the two screen sizes, rumored to be around 5.3 inches and 6.2 inches, and the chunky, distinctive notch on the display of the larger phone. No look at the software or the back of the phones here though.

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Google Pixel 3 leak (credit @evleaks)

Second up is Twitter tipster Ishan Agarwal, who has posted what seem to be genuine snaps of the Pixel 3 XL in white. This time you can see the phone powered up and the back of the device, sporting a single-lens camera. There’s a fingerprint scanner on the rear, so no in-screen reader for Google this time around.

Agarwal says his sources have told him the Pixel 3 XL features a “frosted” glass back and plastic sides (or perhaps metal with some kind of coating). The SIM tray is located down at the bottom too, apparently (it’s on the left-hand edge on the Pixel 2).

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Google Pixel 3 XL leak (credit @IshanAgarwal24)

None of these pictures are guaranteed to be the real deal of course, but considering we’ve seen so many similar snaps in recent weeks and months, it’s highly likely that what you’re looking at here are Google’s new handsets. They get officially unveiled on October 9.

Don’t expect any revolutionary innovations though – all signs point to a specs boost (so a faster, more capable phone), and the usual round of camera improvements (possibly as much on the software side as the hardware side), but nothing too dramatic.

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The race towards convergence is what awaits VPNs

Until ten years ago, VPNs weren’t that popular and many people around the world didn’t even know what they were. With the tremendous popularity of smartphones, however, and other handheld devices, VPNs have now almost become a household product.

Today, everyone knows what a VPN is, what it does and how it is useful to them online. Apart from encrypting your data, a VPN also bypasses geo -restrictions and overcomes ISP throttling. But with the ever-changing landscape of cybersecurity, what role will VPNs play in the future? 

Increase in VPN Users The VPN industry has already boomed in the last decade as people have become more aware of their online privacy. However, owing to some recent developments, we may see a considerable increase in number of global VPN subscribers in the years to come. 

A major reason for this trend is the recent data retention and internet privacy laws introduced by governments around the world that allow ISPs and government surveillance agencies to track, log and share personal data of internet users without their consent.

Innovations in mVPN Protocols 

Smartphones are the popular choice for internet users today. This may explain why a majority of VPN providers have dedicated applications for leading platforms like Android, Windows, iOS and Blackberry. 

Currently, mobile-based VPNs use encryption protocols like IKEv2, IPsec, SSL and MobileIP.

With time, however, we are sure to see them developing more sophisticated solutions like quantum encryption to help their customers counter brute-force decryption techniques commonly used by snoopers, hackers and covert agencies.

Cloud-centric VPNs

With an alarming increase in cyberthreats over the years, Cloud technology has also become a popular source for businesses to protect their sensitive data. So it could be a matter of time before we see cloud-centric VPN services that give their clients’ data 360-degree protection against online threats. 

It may seem a bit far-fetched but some of the most popular VPN brands have actually started offering their clients Cloud Storage as a part of their VPN plans. So cloud-centric VPN service could be a reality sooner than we expect.

VPN adblockers

Digital marketing has seen our screens being invaded with annoying pop up ads. These ads are targeted specifically to customers based on their internet usage and search history which is logged and sold by ISPs to other marketing companies. 

With a VPN, you can currently prevent ISPs from logging your data. However, with the passage of time, you may even see VPNs integrate features such as ad-blockers that promise you a more private experience.

Over the years, the VPN industry has grown in leaps and bounds. The future of VPNs looks bright and holds much promise, especially since the introduction of stricter data retention and internet privacy laws. Hence, we may soon see newer more user-friendly innovations in some of the world’s leading VPN brands.

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Telltale Games is laying off most of its staff, canceling upcoming games

It’s just about the end of the road for episodic gaming studio Telltale Games: the outfit is laying off 225 of its 250 staff, and looks to be canceling most of the titles it had in the pipeline. The remaining staff are working on the Minecraft: Story Mode series for Netflix, according to reports.

“Today Telltale Games made the difficult decision to begin a majority studio closure following a year marked by insurmountable challenges,” Telltale said in a statement. “Telltale will issue further comments regarding its product portfolio in the coming weeks.”

While it hasn’t been confirmed by Telltale, reports from US Gamer cite sources saying that everything on the studio’s schedule except for Minecraft: Story mode will no longer be seeing the light of day. That includes the Stranger Things series of games that was announced back in June.

Out of time

“It’s been an incredibly difficult year for Telltale as we worked to set the company on a new course,” said CEO Pete Hawley. “Unfortunately, we ran out of time trying to get there. We released some of our best content this year and received a tremendous amount of positive feedback, but ultimately, that did not translate to sales.”

The games that Telltale has put out have indeed attracted plenty of praise and plenty of fans for their narrative and visual quality, but it would appear there just weren’t enough people playing these choose-your-own-adventure-style titles.

Gamers who have been playing through the final season of the The Walking Dead are likely to be left in limbo, with no confirmation yet that the second episode due to launch next week will make it out, let alone the third and fourth episodes slated for later this year. The Wolf Among Us 2 is another title that has apparently been canceled.

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40 years of the laptop: how mobile PCs changed the world

Main image: The IBM ThinkPad 700 series first appeared in 1992

If you own a PC there’s a very good chance it’s a lightweight and portable laptop, rather than a big and bulky desktop. Those rectangular boxes that are tethered to your desk have been declining in popularity, with laptops now far outstripping them when it comes to sales.

Thanks to an almost constant stream of innovations, the humble laptop has become slimmer and lighter than ever before, while the hardware inside them has become ever-more powerful, while batteries are lasting longer.

Creating a powerful and portable computer is no mean feat, and here we look back at some of the pivotal moments in the history of laptop development, and examine how early machines influenced the laptops of today.

1981: Osborne 1, the world’s first truly mobile computer

Photo of Osborne 1

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Many people consider the Osborne 1 to be the granddaddy of laptops. Released by Osborne Computer in 1981, the Osborne 1 had a five-inch screen, two floppy drives, a modem, battery pack and a keyboard that was built into the lid.

Although it was big and bulky (it weighed 11kg, which is just over the combined weight of five MacBook Pros), this early computer still has some recognizable laptop features. Sadly, it wasn’t a hit, but it showed the potential of a portable personal computer – for the first time, people were able to carry their computer with them and work on them when traveling.

At the time of its release it cost $1,795, which would be around $5,000 (£4,000, AU$7,000) in today’s money.

1983: Grid Compass 1101, the first clamshell laptop

Photo of Grid Compass 1101

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The first portable laptop that really looked like a laptop was the Grid Compass 1101, which was released in 1983. It featured the clamshell design, with the screen able to be folded up against the keyboard when closed. This remarkable innovation meant that the Grid Compass 1101 could be more easily carried around, while the screen and keyboard were kept protected.

It was such a successful and influential design that it’s endured to this day, and while the Grid Compass 1101 itself wasn’t a huge success due to its high price of around $10,000 (around $25,000 / £20,000 / AU$35,000 in today’s money), the patents on many of its innovations earned GRID Systems Corp a lot of money.

1989: Compaq LTE and Compaq LTE 286, the first notebook PCs

Photo of Compaq LTE

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Up until this point, early laptops were sometimes referred to as ‘luggables’, due to the fact that while they were more portable than a regular PC, they were still large and bulky, and not easily carried.

However, in 1989 the Compaq LTE and LTE 286 were released, and they’re generally regarded as the first notebook PCs, as they were around the size of a paper notebook. These smaller laptops were easier to carry around, making them more popular with people who travelled a lot.

They were also two of the first laptops to include a built-in hard drive and floppy disk drive, making them even more versatile. The hard drive in the Compaq LTE offered 20MB of storage space, which was doubled for the Compaq LTE 286.

1989: Macintosh Portable, the first Apple laptop

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1989 also saw Apple release its first laptop device, and while it wasn’t as small or as easy to carry as the Compaq LTE (it was still considered a ‘luggable’ device), it offered very good battery life and decent screen – something modern MacBooks are still renowned for.

Due to its size and weight it wasn’t a popular device, but it did spur on competitors to release Mac-compatible laptops that were more portable – these days it’s strange to think of any other company other than Apple building Mac hardware.

1991: Apple PowerBook 100 series: a revolutionary early laptop

Photo of Apple PowerBook 100

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In 1991, Apple released a series of PowerBook laptops – the PowerBook 100, PowerBook 140 and PowerBook 170 – which were far more successful than the company’s previous attempts at creating a portable PC, and they ushered in a number of revolutionary features that have become staples of modern laptop design.

For example, the keyboard was positioned towards the back of the bottom half of the laptop, providing room at the front for palm rests and a trackball. Up until that point most laptops had the keyboard positioned at the front, with the space at the back for function key reference cards and instructions.

The included trackpad was also noteworthy, as it provided a convenient way of controlling a pointing device. With operating systems moving away from text-only command line interfaces to graphical user interfaces, these pointing devices would become pivotal.

The Apple PowerBook series was immensely popular, and over the years the PowerBook line brought in more innovative features that we now take for granted in laptops. In 1994, the PowerBook 500 series was the first laptop to include a true touchpad, and the first to include a built-in Ethernet network adapter.

1992: IBM ThinkPad 700 – a powerful and iconic laptop

Photo of IBM ThinkPad 700

In 1992 IBM released its first ThinkPad laptops, the 700, 700c and 700t, and these, along with the Apple PowerBook 100 series, can be considered some of the first modern laptops, helping to shape the laptop landscape for the next 25 years. 

The ThinkPad came with a red TrackPoint in the middle of the keyboard, which was used to control the pointer, and the iconic feature is still found in modern ThinkPads.

The ThinkPad 700 also really showcased what a laptop device could be capable of. It had a full-color 10.4-inch display, which was larger than any laptop screen that had come before, a 120MB hard drive and a powerful IBM 486 SLC processor.

The design of the ThinkPad was both stylish and functional, and it won a host of design awards. IBM was keen to highlight how well built the ThinkPad was in a series of promotional events, with, for example, the laptops being used by archaeologists in Egypt. The ThinkPad 750c was taken into space by NASA, proving just how capable these modern laptops were.

With innovative features and design choices used to overcome the technological issues of the time, these early laptops paved the way for the modern machines we now use daily, and it’s these early pioneers we have to thank for making laptops the brilliantly versatile devices we have in our homes, schools and workplaces.

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Cardiff vs Man City live stream: how to watch today’s Premier League football online

The Welsh locals are sure to give Manchester City’s trip to Cardiff City a cup tie feel, so this is one not to be missed. Even though it’s a Saturday 3pm kick-off, you can still live stream the full 90 minutes in certain regions by following the instructions in this article. 

Sometimes life can look a bit easy for City, but their Champions League defeat at home to Lyon this week reminded us that any team is fallible, and Cardiff will be desperate to capitalise on any lingering mental frailties on Saturday. However, if Pep Guardiola’s side can repeat the performance that saw Sane, Silva and Sterling score in a thorough dismantling of Fulham last week, City fans should have little to worry about.  

For their part, newly promoted Cardiff are still looking for their first win of the season. Sol Bamba’s early goal had the Bluebirds dreaming of an upset at Chelsea last week, but Neil Warnock’s side will need to defend much more stoutly if they are to prevent City inflicting the same kind of damage (a 4-1 defeat) that occurred at Stamford Bridge. 

So are we about to see a famous Premier League upset or another City masterclass? Find out by following the instructions below and tuning into a live stream of Cardiff vs Man City wherever you are in the world. We’ve also got our Premier League watching guide to help you out with the rest of your live stream needs this EPL season. 

Use a VPN to watch Premier League football from anywhere

If you’re out of a country that’s usually showing a televised Premier League match, or if you’re not by a TV come kick-off time for the big games – don’t sweat. With numerous online channels and, crucially, the option of a VPN service, you can tune into this televised fixture no matter where you are in the world. And best of all, it’s really easy to do:

How to stream Cardiff vs Man City live in the UK 

Hard to believe, isn’t it, that outside of the UK, there is a live stream of every single Premier League game somewhere in the world? For example, NBC in the US and Optus Sport in Australia have both got the rights to show every single of the 380 Premier League matches. But the UK doesn’t have the rights to show you any 3pm kick-offs.

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Google ‘Pixel Stand’ charger leaked ahead of next month’s Pixel 3 launch event

In a clear sign that the world has run out of Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL leaks in advance of the October 9 launch event, accessories for the two forthcoming smartphones have now surfaced.

Specifically, we’re seeing the Google Pixel Stand – what’s believed to be an official wireless charger that doubles helpful notifications display, theorizes 9to5Google.

Yes, there could be a hidden USB-C connector sticking out of this charger (masked by the phone), but a wireless charger would make this a more novel accessory in 2018.

Google Pixel Stand for Google Pixel 3

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What’s interesting is that the Pixel 3 appears to sit upright in portrait mode, judging by the diagram photos the site found inside the latest Google app APK. It can show notifications and even a photo-filled slideshow; it’s not just a static lock screen.

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It won’t be alone

Google’s October 9 launch event is poised to usher in a new era for the traditionally software-based (but increasingly hardware-savvy) search company.

We’re expecting to see a lot of devices – the Google Pixel 3, Google Pixel 3 XL, and the now Google Pixel Charger. We may also get a new Google Home speaker.

The Google Home Hub, said to have a 7-inch tablet-shaped display and a shrunken Google Home Max-like speaker stand, could launch at the October 9 event, too.

The Google event next month is going to be Ultra packed, to say the least. TechRadar will be reporting on the announcements live in New York, so stay tuned for more.

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