In an effort to further improve the browsing experience of its Project Fi customers, Google is introducing its new enhanced network feature which allows devices to switch between Wi-Fi and mobile networks faster as well as its new optional always-on VPN service.
Fi already uses a VPN service by default to protect users when they’re connected to any of the almost two million supported Wi-Fi hotspots. Now Google is extended this feature to cellular connections to further protect its users privacy.
In a blog post announcing the new feature, Google explained how its VPN will even prevent it from seeing what its users do online, saying:
When you enable our enhanced network, all of your mobile and Wi-Fi traffic will be encrypted and securely sent through our virtual private network (VPN) on every network you connect to, so you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that others can’t see your online activity. That includes Google—our VPN is designed so that your traffic isn’t tied to your Google account or phone number (just like mobile traffic that isn’t sent through the VPN).
Enhanced network features
In addition to providing users with a VPN, Fi is also making it faster for devices to switch between Wi-Fi and mobile networks.
Once this feature is enabled, a user’s device will automatically detect when a Wi-Fi connection becomes weak and the service will fill in those gaps with cellular data. Although the new system is still in the testing phase, Google says that it already reduces a user’s time without a working internet connection by up to 40 per cent.
Both the VPN and the enhanced network will begin rolling out to Fi users later this week. These new features are turned off by default so users will have to go to the Fi Network Tools in the Project Fi app to enable them.
One thing to note is the fact that Google says your data usage will likely increase by around 10 per cent with its VPN feature turned on.
Samsung revealed its brand-new Android 9-based One UI at its Developer Conference last week, and said that a beta version will be available to some Galaxy S9, S9 Plus and the Note 9 this month. A stable public version will be rolled out in January 2019.
At the time, nothing was said about older handsets receiving the revamped user interface. However, speaking to Android Central a few days ago, the South Korean electronics giant has confirmed that its 2017 flagships – the Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and the Note 8 – will also receive the update.
While this is good news for those using the older handsets, no rollout date has been confirmed yet. There is a possibility that the One UI rollout for the older generation handsets could coincide with the Android 9 Pie update which, we’re hoping, won’t be too long after the public release of One UI early next year.
If you’d like to try the new interface, and use a 2018 Samsung flagship handset, you can become a beta tester by downloading the Samsung Members application from Galaxy Apps or the Google Play Store, and signing up. You will, however, need to be in the US, Germany, or Korea to register for the beta version.
Read more: Samsung Galaxy X/F – the company’s first foldable phone
Pokémon has been a worldwide phenomenon for over 20 years, and yet somehow, there’s never been a live-action movie based in Nintendo’s world of pocket monsters – until now!
Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for its upcoming film Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, starring Justice Smith (The Get Down), Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai) and Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) as the voice of the titular mouse sleuth.
Pikachu’s Sherlock Holmes-inspired alter-ego made his debut in the 2016 Nintendo 3DS game Detective Pikachu, instantly becoming a fan favorite. A movie adaptation of the video game was announced very shortly after its release.
Blending live-action actors and settings with CGI animated creatures, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu seemingly follows the plot of the game quite closely, with a young man named Tim Goodman (Smith) teaming up with Detective Pikachu to solve a mystery – the twist is that Goodman can actually understand Pikachu, where everyone else only hears “Pika Pika!”
Based on the trailer below, the voice casting of Reynolds as Detective Pikachu seems like an inspired and hilarious choice that’s sure to bring the family-friendly laughs when the film hits theaters on May 11, 2019.
Pokemon Go update: all the news and rumors for what’s coming next
Controlling a camera – even the one on your phone – like the professionals is easier than you think. Cut through the crust of intimidating terms and you can start using your camera’s manual mode to get a degree of control over your shots you might have thought you’d need a high-end DSLR for.
Give us just 10 minutes of your time and we can explain everything you need to know in order to sound, and shoot, like a pro.
We’ll be looking at these terms through the lens, so to speak, of a phone camera. However, this is all foundational knowledge that applies to any kind of camera, even up to something far more powerful like the Canon EOS R.
This is the most useful control for manual shooting. Shutter speed is the duration for which the camera’s shutter is open, enabling light to hit the sensor; although, unlike cameras, phones don’t actually have physical shutters these days – instead the sensor is simply activated for the required length of time.
A shutter speed of, for example, 1/30 means the scene is recorded for one thirtieth of a second. Many phones let you stretch this out to an ultra-long 30 seconds, and cut it down to a fast 1/3200 of a second.
The pros and cons of different shutter speeds are fairly simple to grasp. A very fast speed lets you shoot fast-moving objects without motion blur, but unless the shooting environment is very bright the camera will need to use a higher ISO to compensate for the limited amount of light the sensor receives.
A very slow shutter speed means the sensor will receive more light – and on a bright day you’ll only be able to slow it down so much before the image will look too bright, or overexposed. This is where parts of the sensor are effectively ‘maxed out’ with light, turning the corresponding areas of the photo into blocks of white.
Slow shutter speed or long exposure photography is one of the best reasons to buy a phone tripod like the Gorillapod. Keep the phone still and you’ll be able to take very high-quality night images, or blur motion in a scene for creative effect – an exposure of several seconds turns cars into streaks of light, crowds into ghostly semi-transparent figures and moving water into a milky blur.
No tripod? You can still get great results ifyour phone has OIS. This is optical image stabilization, with a tiny motor in the camera moving the lens to compensate for the ‘shake’ that can occur when you hand-hold your phone.
Using OIS you can take exposures of up to half a second and still get sharp photos, as long as your hands aren’t overly shaky.
Have a play with shutter speed to see how long you can make an exposure without causing blur, then take the phone out at night, and use this slowed-down exposure to see how much it improves your shots.
Don’t have OIS? Shutter speed control in your bare hands is much less useful, as slowing it down beyond 1/10 of a second will often cause blur.
The aperture value is the size of the opening that lets light into a camera lens, and onto the sensor, and it’s one of the most important shooting settings when you use a DSLR or compact system camera.
However, it doesn’t really come into play when you’re taking photos with your phone, as all current phones bar some top Samsung models have fixed apertures, and the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus and Galaxy Note 9 can only switch between two settings – f/1.5 and f/2.4.
A value like the S9’s f/1.5 is the f-stop rating. Divide the focal length of the lens by the f-stop rating and you get the width in millimeters of the lens opening. As the actual focal length of the S9 camera is 4.3mm, we can calculate the width at f/1.5 as 2.86mm, and that drops to 1.79mm when using the f/2.4 mode.
So why, you may be wondering, is the Galaxy S9’s lens described as 26mm? That’s because its view of a scene is equivalent to that of a full-frame (or film) camera with a 26mm lens.
ISO is perhaps the most alien-sounding of all the basic camera settings. Fortunately, it’s also often the one you have to worry about the least when taking photos.
It refers to the sensitivity of a camera’s imaging sensor to light. The higher the ISO value, the less light the sensor needs to create a well-exposed image.
For photos that contain the least noise (that unsightly speckling you see in low-light shots) and the most detail, you want to keep the ISO as low as possible. Each camera has a ‘base’ ISO, which is the lowest sensitivity setting it can use. This is usually ISO50 or ISO100.
Some photographers deliberately use high ISO settings to get a grungy, grainy look, for example in documentary images. However, thanks to the amount of processing applied to images taken with phone cameras, doing the same with your phone rarely produces good-looking results.
However, manually increasing ISO gives you more scope to use very fast shutter speeds when capturing fast action, or in very low light. ISO800 and above are considered high settings, and phones generally let you push the ISO up to around 2000-3200.
Most of the time we recommend shooting with ISO set to Auto, as the correct setting to use is generally as low as possible, but high enough to render bright images at your chosen shutter speed.
The exception is if the phone’s auto mode isn’t actually clever or flexible enough to make that decision, which you can tell if the preview image looks too bright or dark when ISO is set to Auto.
Photography isn’t really about capturing images, but light instead. All light has a color ‘temperature’, which varies from cool blue hues to warm yellows, and this can manifest itself as a color ‘cast’, or tint, in your photos.
When you shoot in Auto mode, the camera compensates for color temperature by adjusting the white balance, which works on the principle that if the white tones in an image look truly white then the other colors will fall into line and look ‘right’.
Auto settings don’t always get it right though, and some phone manual modes enable you to select white balance presets for typical conditions, such as Cloudy, Daylight and so on.
On some cameras you’ll see white balance represented by values on the Kelvin scale, a measure of temperature. Kelvin values such as 2700K are more warm, while those around 5000-7000K are cool, and look blue-ish.
Changing the white balance and color temperature can radically alter the character of a photo; however, by forcing the ‘wrong’ white balance you can come up with some interesting creative results.
Exposure compensation is such a useful control that many phones even pack it into their Auto modes. It’s expressed as an EV (exposure value), for example 0, -1 or +2, which is a measure of relative brightness.
Adjusting exposure compensation is very handy if you find the image preview looks too dark, or too light. A camera’s exposure metering is often a compromise to take account of both light and dark areas, so if the camera’s judgement doesn’t match your own, you can intervene.
If an image is too bright you can add ‘negative’ exposure compensation (minus values); if an image looks too bright you can add ‘positive’ exposure compensation (plus values). The camera will adjust the aperture or shutter speed accordingly to let in more or less light.
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The video game release is absolutely rammed with excellent new releases right now and of course that means the Black Friday deals season is getting closer. So you’re probably in the mood for some super cheap PS4 prices and deals if you’re reading this. We’ve looked through all the latest deals to bring you the most up-to-date selection of PS4 bundles and PS4 Pro prices on the net.
Naturally, you’ll be wanting some games with your shiny new PS4 Slim, so we’ve included bundles with discounted software including the likes of Red Dead Redemption 2, FIFA 19, Spider-Man, God of War and more. 2018 really has been an incredible year for games on PS4.
On this page we’ve listed the best cheap PS4 prices in the UK (here’s our US page and our Australian page) so you can find all of the cheapest PS4 deals. Below you’ll find all of the absolute cheapest standalone PS4 deals from UK retailers, followed by our pick of the extras-packed PS4 bundles that offer the best value and discounts.
The PS4 is currently available in two forms. Directly below, you’ll find the best deals for the PS4 Slim which has come in to replace the original model with a slimmer design – we generally no longer list prices for the older PS4 as the Slim is cheaper nowadays and a better piece of kit. After the PS4 bundles you’ll see the latest deals for the PS4 Pro – the newer fancy 4K model (here’s the lowdown on the differences).
The PS4 Slim is… slimmer, quieter and smaller
The PS4 Slim launched in September 2016 for around £259 (500GB) or £310 (1TB) and has now replaced the original fatter PS4. The new console is smaller, lighter, more power efficient and cheaper than the remaining stock of the older PlayStation 4 deals nowadays, so you’re not paying more for the refined tech. We’d advise you check out the cheap PS4 bundles further down this page as many of them are cheaper than buying the console on its own or you can get a lot more for a spending a bit extra on top.
You’ll often find that the most attractive way to get a cheap PS4 is with a bundle with extra hardware or extra games. These are the best PS4 bundle prices currently available in the UK – we update these deals on a regular basis.
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The PS4 that offers 4K gaming and Netflix
Essentially, the PS4 Pro is a 4K upgrade of the current PS4, rather than a ‘next-gen’ console. The keywords to take in from the PS4 Pro are 4K and HDR. The new machine allows game developers to include 4K resolution and High Dynamic Range options in their games, so expect the like of Uncharted 4, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Days Gone, Horizon: Zero Dawn and more to look even better on a HDR-enabled 4K TV. You’ll also be able to stream 4K content from Netflix and Amazon. Want to get the right TV? Then check out our cheap 4K TV deals page. We’ve seen big discounts as Sony fights off the latest Xbox One X deals too.
If you’re buying a PS4, you’ll probably need a cheap PlayStation Plus deal too. PlayStation Plus (aka PS Plus or PS+) allows you to play PS4 games online, along with access to the Instant Game Collection, a bunch of free games for PS4, PS3 and Vita each month. The default price for a year is £50. We can do better than that though, so check out our selection of the best PlayStation Plus deals.
Need an extra cheap PS4 controller? Don’t forget to check our Best DualShock 4 deals. Or maybe a cheap PlayStation VR deal? If you’re still torn, maybe you’d prefer one of our Xbox One deals?
A decent battery is the root of any smartphone worth its salt. It ensures that you can get the most out of your phone during any point of the day, without worrying about battery drain. More importantly, its the underlying factor behind whether or not you can listen to tunes on your device when you’re on your way home after a long day at work.
Quite a few phones that go all out with their features, forget to back it up with a big battery. But, there are still ample options in the market that fall within the mid-range or budget segment.
Keep in mind that battery size alone isn’t the determining factor for a smartphone’s battery life. The phone’s chipset and a consumer’s usage pattern also have a big part to play.
Xiaomi’s pet project, the POCO F1 has a 4,000mAh battery which powers a 6.1-inch Full HD+ (2246 x 1080 pixels) IPS panel. There’s a Gorilla Glass coating on top of the display to prevent accidental damage to the screen. The POCO F1 is powered by top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset and an octa-core processor. The POCO F1 comes in 6GB/8GB of RAM and 64/128/256GB of onboard storage which is expandable. There’s a dual camera setup on the back which consists of a primary 12MP sensor and a secondary 5MP camera that aids in depth sensing. On the front, the POCO F1 sports a 20MP selfie camera. The price of the POCO F1 starts from Rs 20,999 and goes all the way up to 20,999 for the Armoured Edition POCO F1.
Read the full review here: Poco F1 review
After receiving a warm response for the existing Redmi phones in India, Xiaomi introduced its plus sized Mi Max 2, which has a massive 5300mAh battery. As per the company’s claim, the battery offers 18 hours of video playback, 57 hours of talk time and over 31 days of standby. Not only is the battery big, but the phone also has a huge 6.44-inch full HD display, which is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3.
Along with its mammoth battery and display, the smartphone offers decent support for day-to-day tasks. In fact, it can be a great smartphone for multimedia enthusiasts with features like the dual speakers. It comes packed in an attractive metal unibody shell, which adds to its premium feel.
So, if you are in the market for a phone with big battery and display, the Mi Max 2 can be a good choice.
Read the full review: Xiaomi Mi Max 2 review
The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is the newest member of this list with its mega 5000mAh battery. Though the phone is equipped with a big battery, it doesn’t last as long as you’d expect it to, but it crossed the 24 hour threshold nonetheless.
Keeping in mind that the phone only costs Rs 10,999, it’s a decent option that runs on Stock Android offering an above average user experience. The company highlights the phone’s audio feature, which is considerably loud, but isn’t necessarily ‘better’.
Also, keep in mind that the phone doesn’t support fast charging. Even so, the review unit displayed ‘charging rapidly’ and did indeed charge ‘rapidly’.
Overall, the phone has more features than other phones in the same price range and quite honestly, running on a pure version of Android is definitely a heavy selling point.
Read the full review: Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
Launched in September 2017, the Gionee M7 Power sports a 6-inch full HD+ FullView IPS display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The screen is protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 3 on the top. The highlight of the phone is its 5000mAh battery, which offers tons of power.
It is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 435 chipset, coupled with 4GB of RAM. The 64GB internal storage is expandable to up to 256GB.
The phone is available on Amazon in Black and Gold colours.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro is an incredible smartphone for its price point. Even after heavy usage through out the day, the battery won’t run out in the span of 24 hours. Idle battery life will last for quite a while.
The camera performs well, the SoC boosts efficiency and the option for expandable storage make things a lot easier.
Read the full review: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
It may be the cheapest of the range, but the Moto E5 still packs a sizeable 5.7-inch display with a tall 18:9 aspect ratio display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 13MP rear camera, microSD slot and a rear facing fingerprint scanner. There’s also a big 4,000mAh battery, stock Android 8.0 Oreo interface, headphone jack and a 5MP front facing camera. Not bad for the price, but the competition is really tight around this price.
Read the full review: Moto E5
Just like its predecessor, which was previously on this list, Redmi Note 5 also comes with a battery capacity of 4,000 mAh. The phone lasts comfortably on a single charge for a whole day under heavy usage. If you use your phone with moderation, the battery will last even longer.
It takes around two hours to fully recharge using the regular 5V adapter provided in-the-box.
But if you already own a Redmi Note 4, then refrain from the upgrade because very little is different in the two variants. They even run on the same chipset.
Read the full review: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 review
After launching the Srt.phone, India based Smartron has launched a budget smartphone in the country with a big 5,000mAh battery. While the device does not offer powerful hardware, it is good for a secondary device for all-day use priced at Rs. 7,999.
While the device is being offered as a budget device, it does not feel cheap at all. It features a metal body with plastic bands at the top and bottom and features a fingerprint sensor at the rear.
Read the full review: Smartron t.Phone P
The camera on your smartphone matters more than the battery? Then maybe you should be looking at our list of the best camera phones on a budget!
Some people just a need a bigger screen because it make productivity tasks so much easier to execute. Here are the best 4G tablets in the market right now.
Don’t care about the battery or the camera? If you’re looking for a holistic phone that covers all the bases and doesn’t compromise on any part of the smartphone experience, then you should be looking at our list of the top 10 smartphones that we’ve tested.
The UK’s main trade union body has warned employers against microchipping their staff to improve security. According to The Guardian, The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has expressed alarm about a small but growing market selling contactless implants to employers in the name of security and convenience.
“While technology is changing the way we work, this makes for distinctly uncomfortable reading,” a spokesperson said. “Firms should be concentrating on rather more immediate priorities and focusing on engaging their employees.”
Chips with everything
British company BioTeq sells and installs medical-grade NFC and RFID chips. According to CEO Steven Northam, BioTeq has already sold 150 implants in the UK. Most of these have been to individuals, but some financial and engineering companies have had their staff chipped.
The chips are inserted in the flesh between the thumb and forefinger, and enable people to open doors and start cars with a wave of their hand. They can also be used to store important medical information. Northam himself has been fitted with a chip, as have all BioTeq’s directors.
Another similar firm, Biohax of Sweden, told The Sunday Telegraph that it’s speaking to several British legal and financial firms about fitting employees with microchips, including one with hundreds of thousands of staff.
“These companies have sensitive documents they are dealing with,” said Jowan Österlund, the founder of Biohax. “[The chips] would allow them to set restrictions for whoever.”
Whatever you think of Lewis Hamilton, you’d have to be a real grouch to deny that winning a fifth Formula One World Drivers’ Championship is a very special achievement. If Mexico was crossing the line, then this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix is the victory march – which he’ll start from yet another pole position. And we’ll tell you how to get an F1 live stream from absolutely anywhere with our advice in this guide.
Four titles in five years confirms that Hamilton is the dominant force in this era of F1. It feels like a good few weeks ago since we were talking about the 2018 Formula 1 season being a two-horse race between him and his German foe Sebastian Vettel. The second half off the season has been all about the Brit.
So what will the Brazilian Grand Prix hold? A chance for Hamilton to celebrate in style? The opportunity for Vettel to take a consolation victory? Or maybe the time to shine for the likes of Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen and Kimi Räikkönen – all of who have wins this season – or Valtteri Bottas, who hasn’t.
Keep reading to see all of your F1 live stream options – it doesn’t matter where in the world you live. We’re not talking some dodgy feed you’ve found on Reddit either – we’re only interested in legal feeds of the Brazilian Grand Prix here.
Stream F1 live from absolutely anywhere with a VPN
How to live stream F1 action from Brazil: UK stream
How to watch the Brazilian Grand Prix: US live stream
So just what kind of effect will that huge last-gasp win in the week have on this game? Manchester City are doubtless still the favorites to beat United in the derby this weekend, but the victory in Turin must surely put a spring in the Red Devils’ step. Make sure you follow the instructions in this guide to grab a live stream of what promises to be an electrifying Manchester derby.
Man City vs Manchester United is always one of the highlights of the Premier League season. Man City’s arrival at the top table of English football has cranked up the intensity of this derby in recent years. Once the mere ‘noisy neighbours’, City lead the way in Manchester right now as they defend their Premier League title.
The last time these sides met, United took great pleasure in delaying their hosts’ title celebrations with a stunning 3-2 comeback at The Etihad, and City’s thirst for revenge adds extra spice to this latest clash. Could the Silvas and Aguero run riot against United’s leaky defence or will we see another derby-winning display from Pogba on the red side?
You can find out by following the instructions in this guide and tuning into Man City vs Man United wherever you are in the world. And don’t forget to check out our watching guide to the Premier League season, taking care of that stream no matter where you are or what fixture you want to watch.
Use a VPN to watch Premier League football from anywhere
If you’re in a country that’s not 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 City vs United live in the UK
How to watch Manchester City vs Manchester United: US live stream
How to watch Manchester derby: live stream in Canada
How to watch Man City vs Man United: Australia live stream
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How to live stream Man City vs Man United in India
Now that the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR have gone on sale, we can start turning our attention to the 2019 batch of iPhones coming next September – and we’ve already got one insider tip about what might be arriving with next year’s Apple handsets.
According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo – who has a very respectable record when it comes to predicting Apple’s hardware moves in advance – the 2019 iPhones are going to arrive with different types of antenna technology. The new antenna will apparently produce more reliable performance as Apple pushes towards 5G in 2020.
As 9to5Mac reports, technically the switch is going to be from Liquid Crystal Polymer antennas to Modified Pi antennas, primarily to improve yield rates and simplify the production process, to make sure you can get your iPhones on schedule next year.
Potential price improvements
As for the actual impact on performance, there won’t be much difference for calls or data – the 2019 iPhones will still have six antennas built into them, though Apple might be able to strike a better deal on component prices, according to Ming-Chi Kuo.
It’s still very early days for 2019 iPhone rumors, though you can now consider the speculation to have officially started. We’ve already seen tipsters predicting that the next batch of Apple handsets will drop 3D Touch, while the aforementioned Ming-Chi Kuo has also said that the 2019 phones are going to offer improved Face ID scanning.
One of the big unknowns is what exactly the 2019 iPhones are going to be called. The iPhone XS 2? The iPhone 11? There are a few different ways Apple could go with the naming system next time around, and it’ll be interesting to see which route they take.
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