Google’s next Chromecast should offer improved connectivity

It’s been a while since we saw a new Chromecast, so it’s perhaps no surprise that an updated edition is rumored to be on the way: and according to a filing with the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) in the US, it should be packing improved connectivity options.

Specifically, the new and improved dongle is going to rock up with support for Bluetooth and 5GHz Wi-Fi bands (a faster but shorter-range wireless standard available on most modern routers), Variety reports.

A Chromecast with full Bluetooth functionality was rumored back in May. The current Google Chromecast includes a Bluetooth chip, but it’s only used during the setup process – you can’t use it to hook up gaming controllers or a mouse and keyboard, or to stream audio to the device.

Hardware spectacular

Exactly what Google plans to do with Bluetooth support on the Chromecast remains to be seen. Extra peripherals seems likely – so you could connect up a gaming pad and use the dongle as a little gaming device. Mouse and keyboard support would make navigating menus and entering text much easier too.

Don’t expect there to be many changes on the outside though: it sounds as though the new Chromecast is going to look exactly the same as the existing ones. Google currently sells a standard 1080p Chromecast and a 4K Chromecast Ultra.

We know Google is planning a mammoth hardware event for October 4 or thereabouts, where we’ll probably see new phones, new laptops, and maybe even a new Pixel-branded smartwatch too. Based on the latest FCC filings, an updated Chromecast could well be thrown into the mix as well.

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The best thin and light laptops

If you work on the move, a thin and light laptop will make a world of difference. Today’s devices are slender enough to slip neatly into a bag or briefcase, taking up no more space than a magazine, and they’re so light you’ll barely notice they’re there.

You don’t have to compromise on power, either. Our favorite super-slim laptops are powerful enough to tackle any task, including demanding work like video rendering, editing huge raw photo files, and even gaming. You’ll also get a generous allocation of storage, so you don’t need to worry about uploading your files to the cloud. You can keep all your work on your computer, ready to access even when you don’t have an internet connection.

Here we’ve rounded up laptops that strike the perfect balance of speed, light weight and sleek design, and will transform the way you work forever.

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Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Ten years ago, Steve Jobs amazed audiences by pulling a Macbook out of an envelope, and Apple still sets the standard for super thin, super light laptops. Weighing just 1.37kg and measuring a mere 14.9mm at its thickest point, the latest MacBook Pro is its best machine to date.

The Touch Bar – essentially a narrow strip of screen – is a new addition that houses controls that change depending on the program you’re using, letting you adjust settings, change fonts, set colors and more with a quick tap of your finger. No more messing around with fiddly menus.

This laptop certainly isn’t cheap, but if light weight and power are your priorities, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better option.

Read the full review: Apple Macbook Pro with Touch Bar 13-inch 2018

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Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

Dell’s premium convertible is a shade heavier than the Macbook Pro at 1.97kg, and a hair wider at 16mm, but you can easily chalk up that tiny difference to the tougher hinge required to transform it from a notebook to a tablet and back.

It’s a stunning device whichever mode you choose, and seriously powerful thanks to a discrete Radeon graphics card and Intel Core i7 processor. It also boasts 16GB RAM, and an extremely generous 512GB SSD. One of the finest 2-in-1s around.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

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Microsoft Surface Book 2 (13.5-inch)

The Surface Book 2 tips the scales at just 1.53kg, and although its body is a little thicker than the XPS 15 and Macbook Pro, it’s still super slender at 22.8mm.

It’s Microsoft’s best looking and most powerful 2-in-1 to date, with a screen that neatly clips off to transform it from laptop to tablet.

It’s a pity there’s no Surface Pen included – you’ll need one to get the most out of that sublime touch screen, so make sure you allow a little extra in your budget.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Book 2 (13.5-inch)

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Google Pixelbook

At 1.1kg, the Pixelbook is so light you’ll barely notice you’re carrying it, and its 10.3mm-thick chassis will slide neatly into your bag.

If your work involves a lot of typing, you’ll be pleased to know that the Pixelbook boasts a particularly fine keyboard, and its glass trackpad is a joy to use.

Because the PixelBook runs Chrome OS, you’re limited to using apps from the Chrome and Google Play Stores – not software made for Windows or macOS. That still gives you plenty of choice, though, and the selection is growing every day.

Read the full review: Google Pixelbook

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Lenovo Yoga 920

Not only does the Lenovo Yoga 920 work in three configurations (laptop, tablet and tent) thanks to its 360-degree, it weighs a mere 1.37kg and is wafer-thin (just 13.9mm at its thickest point).

You’ll appreciate its excellent battery life if you often find yourself fighting fellow commuters for the power outlet on a train, and unusually for an ultra-thin laptop, the Yoga 920 delivers excellent sound. It boasts an Intel Core i7 processor to tackle resource-intense work, though its graphics are a little underpowered compared to its rivals.

The highest hardware spec (with an enormous 1TB SSD and UHD screen) is sadly only available in the US and Australia, but buyers in the UK can choose from options that are almost as good, and carry more modest price tags.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga 920

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How to watch Carl Frampton vs Luke Jackson: live stream the fight free from anywhere

Belfast’s Carl Frampton is on home turf to take on Australian Luke Jackson. Frampton isn’t just aiming to win this fight but to get the resulting glory of being the three-time world champion. And you can live stream the whole thing for free, by following this guide.

Assuming he secures victory tonight, Frampton could go on to fight IBF champion Warrington later in the year. Speaking about today’s opponent, Frampton said: “I have boxed at a very high level for a long time. This is the first time he has mixed it at a high level and he is not going to be able to cope, especially coming to Belfast.”

While Jackson is undefeated in his last 16 bouts, he’s not fought outside of Australia yet. As such the former WBA and IBF super-bantamweight and WBA featherweight champion, Frampton, is the favourite to beat Jackson.

If you wan to see the exciting fight live, you can do from anywhere in the world using the live stream guide right here. And thanks to Facebook, YouTube and a VPN, you can do so absolutely FREE!

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How to watch Carl Frampton vs Luke Jackson fight in the UK

How to watch Carl Frampton vs Luke Jackson: Australia stream

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like any network has picked up the fight down under – strange, considering the local interest. So if you’re based in Australia and keen to catch the fight, your best bet will be using one of the VPN services above then connecting to US servers for access to Showtime Boxing on Facebook or YouTube.

Image courtesy of Frank Warren and Queensbury Promotions

How to watch Tyson Fury vs Francesco Pianeta: live stream the big fight free from anywhere

Tyson Fury is back for his second fight since his comeback and now its former European heavyweight champion Francesco Pianeta that is in the sights of the Gypsy King. The best bit…you can live stream the Fury vs Pianeta fight for free from anywhere with this handy guide.

After seeing off Sefer Seferi at a canter in the fourth round of his last fight, Tyson Fury is on the rampage for another comeback victory. If he takes out Pianeta as expected, it should see him line him up for a fight against Deontay Wilder next.

Despite the last fight being Fury’s first since he beat Vladimir Klitschko in 2015 for the world heavyweight title, he appears to still have his form. Now the 33-year-old Pianeta, at a five-stone weight and four-inch height disadvantage, stands in the way of Fury’s ultimate end goal – a fight against Anthony Joshua.

Fury sounds confident saying: “I’m feeling healthy as a trout, fit as a flea. I’m very happy, everything is going smoothly, injury-free, training is going well. Just the same routine day in, day out for the last 10 weeks. I’ve had two or three days off since my last fight, I got straight back in the gym.”

To see if Fury can steamroller his way to victory you’ve come to the right place. Read on to find out how to stream the Fury vs Pianeta fight live anywhere in the world – and absolutely FREE, thanks to Facebook, YouTube and a VPN.

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How to watch Tyson Fury vs Francesco Pianeta fight in the UK

How to watch Tyson Fury vs Francesco Pianeta: Australia stream

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like any network has picked up the fight down under. So if you’re based in Australia and keen to catch the fight, your best bet will be using one of the VPN services above then connecting to US servers for access to Showtime Boxing on Facebook or YouTube.

Chelsea vs Arsenal live stream: how to watch today’s Premier League football online

The second weekend of the new Premier League season brings together two heavyweights from the capital – both of them under new managers. It’s an intriguing face off, and we’re here to show you how you can live stream Chelsea vs Arsenal wherever you are in the world. 

Chelsea have begun the Maurizio Sarri era with a defeat in the Community Shield but an all-important win away at Huddersfield in the league. Good news for The Blues comes in the form of Eden Hazard’s returning fitness following his World Cup exploits, and the Belgian could well be the star of the show if he starts against Arsenal. 

Having been beaten comfortably by Man City on Sunday, the fixture list is not being kind to new Gunners boss Unai Emery. Dominating the possession will again be a tall order at Stamford Bridge, making the counter-attacking pace of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all the more vital if Arsenal are to hurt Sarri’s side. 

We’ve got your live stream options covered for the season in our Premier League watching guide, but for all the info specific to Chelsea vs Arsenal live streams, keep scrolling down. 

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 Chelsea vs Arsenal live in the UK 

How to watch Chelsea vs Arsenal: US live stream 

How to watch Chelsea vs Arsenal: Canada live stream 

How to watch Chelsea vs Arsenal: Australia live stream

How to watch Chelsea vs Arsenal: New Zealand live stream 

How to live stream Chelsea vs Arsenal in India

How to live stream Diamond League Birmingham: watch athletics from anywhere

The Diamond League moves on to Birmingham this weekend for its 12th and final meeting ahead of the finals in  Zürich and Brussels at the end of August. YOu can live stream the likes of Dina Asher-Smith, Zharnel Hughes and Noah Lyles all taking part.

On Saturday at Alexander Stadium, there will be a total of 14 events (seven men’s events and seven women’s events) including pole vaulting, long jump, high jump, hurdles, 100 meter races and more. The Diamond League attracts the biggest names in athletics from all around the world and two world records have previously been set at the at Birmingham in 2004 and 2006.  

While many of the finalists in this year’s fourteen-leg series of track and field meetings have already been decided, the last places in the IAAF Diamond League finals are still up for grabs. This means that the competition at Saturday’s events will likely be fierce as athletes try to qualify for their place in the final where they could be crowned the IAAF Diamond League champion and walk away with a winning bonus of $50,000.

If you’re a fan of athletics and enjoy seeing contestants from all over the world compete in track and field, then the Diamond League is an absolute can’t miss. Lucky for you, we’ll show you how to live stream the Diamond League at Birmingham from anywhere in the world.

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How to watch the Diamond League athletics: UK live stream

If you’re in the UK, then you’re in luck as the BBC will be showing all of the action at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham for free both on television and online. To watch the Diamond League on your TV, simply head to BBC One on Saturday and if you happen to miss the event, it will be re-broadcast on BBC Two on Sunday. You can also stream the whole event via BBC iPlayer on mobile and on your favorite streaming devices such as Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast and more.

Not in the UK but still keen to watch? Then you’ll need to grab one of the VPN services above and get yourself logged in to the UK before heading to TVPlayer.com.

How to watch the Diamond League athletics: US live stream

Athletics fans in the US can catch all of the coverage of this year’s Diamond League on NBC either on TV or online. The network will show the Diamond League at Birmingham this Saturday at 9am ET or 6am PT.

Avid track and field fans who want the most extensive coverage of the Diamond League can sign up for the NBC Sports Gold Track and Field Pass that will allow you to watch the entire Diamond League live and on-demand at each of the fourteen legs around the world. The service is currently on sale for $69.99 but if you want to watch all of this year’s marathons and international competitions on all of your devices then it just might be for you.

Don’t have NBC and don’t fancy paying for the privilege of watching the athletics? Then you could always download and install a VPN and then watch the FREE UK broadcast as described above.

  • DIRECTV NOW $50 per month – DIRECTV NOW gives users all the channels needed to watch the athletics and loads of other sporting events. Use DIRECTV NOW’s 7-day trial will let you test out the platform.
  • Sling TV $25 per month – Sling TV is an inexpensive way to watch sport. Sling TV is compatible with Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One, Chromecast as well as lots of other devices and its easy to get started with a 7-day free trial. 
  • fuboTV $19.99 for the first month – fuboTV has a low introductory price though after that the price goes up to $44.99 a month and includes 70 channels. There’s a 7-day trial available so you can test out its functionality for yourself.

How to watch the Diamond League at Birmingham in Canada

For Canadians watching the event is a straightforward process as the entire Diamond League at Birmingham will be aired on CBC starting at 9am on Saturday. The network will also live stream the event online so whether or not you have a television, you’ll still be able to catch all the action this weekend.

Or you could always give that VPN route a whirl. Just follow the easy instructions further up the page.

How to live stream Diamond League athletics in Australia

Australians with Eurosport, you’re in luck. The sports channel will be covering the Diamond League at Birmingham from 11pm. This is available through the Eurosport app with a subscription that means you can watch it from plenty of devices anywhere with a good enough data connection. 

Main image courtesy of birmingham.diamondleague.com

Netflix is testing video ads that play between episodes

Your next Netflix binge-watching session might be interrupted with a video advert for one of Netflix’s own shows, as the video streaming platform has confirmed it’s testing the idea with a limited number of users.

Reports on Reddit explain how it works. As you finish one episode and wait for the next one to buffer up, Netflix will serve up a trailer for one of its own programs – something like Orange is the New Black or The Crown that Netflix has funded directly rather than licensing from elsewhere.

After you’ve sat through the promo, your binge-watching continues. As yet there’s no indication as to if or when the ads will roll out to everyone, or how many people are in the trial (though it seems to be live in several countries).

“Surfacing recommendations”

“We are testing whether surfacing recommendations between episodes helps members discover stories they will enjoy faster,” Netflix told Ars Technica in a statement as it confirmed that a test for video adverts was indeed underway.

Netflix says the ads are skippable, so if you can find the remote or the mouse quick enough, you don’t have to sit through a promo clip of Ozark or Better Call Saul. So far the trailers do seem to focus on Netflix’s own programming, though that’s based on user reports rather than anything Netflix has said officially.

On some platforms Netflix already shows video previews when users hover over titles. Ultimately it’s going to be user response – how many of these adverts get clicked on – that will determine whether the test gets rolled out as a permanent feature.

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Rugby Championship 2018 live stream: how to watch the rugby online from anywhere

The number one rugby competition in the southern hemisphere is back and so are Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina. We’re here to tell you how you can live stream each tie of the 2018 Rugby Championship wherever you are in the world. 

Having won five of the last six competitions – including a clean sweep last year – the All Blacks will be hot favorites once again. Steve Hansen’s side recorded a 3-0 series win over France earlier in 2018 and have the strength-in-depth to overwhelm each of their rivals in the coming weeks. The world-class Beauden Barrett is likely to shine at number 10, but watch out for rising star Richie Mo’unga who may be given a chance to deputise at fly-half should Barrett need resting. 

Last year’s runners-up Australia always provide a stiff test but enter the tournament on the back of a bruising 2-1 series defeat to Ireland. South Africa may arrive with more confidence having seen-off England 2-1 in June, and in Sale Shark’s talented Faf De Klerk, the Springboks have a scrum-half with the ability to set the tempo of big games. 

Underdogs Argentina lost every game in last year’s tournament and have been out of form so far in 2018, so will need new coach Mario Ledesma to revitalise the camp if they’re going to be competitive.

Whatever happens in this year’s championship, we’re in for a fascinating twelve games of rugby right across the Southern Hemisphere’s most impressive arenas, so keep scrolling down to see how you can catch a live stream of the 2018 Rugby Championships. 

  • See also: how to watch the Premier League football from anywhere

Use a VPN to watch the Rugby Championship from anywhere

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

How to stream the Rugby Championship 2018 live in the UK 

How to watch the Rugby Championship: US live streams

How to live stream the Rugby Championship 2018 in Canada

How to live stream the Rugby Championship in Australia

How to watch the Rugby Championship 2018 in New Zealand

How to live stream the Rugby Championship in South Africa

OnePlus may partner with T-Mobile to launch the OnePlus 6T

OnePlus’s half-way upgrade from the OnePlus 6 has yet to be officially announced, and though we’ve come across plenty of rumors about the OnePlus 6T, perhaps the biggest news for the phone is that T-Mobile will sell it directly through a partnership with OnePlus. 

The partnership, which was explained to CNET by people familiar with the arrangement, includes an October launch date, and it entails the OnePlus 6T being customized for T-Mobile’s network. Though this would be an exclusive partnership, OnePlus is still expected to sell a standard version not tied to T-Mobile.

When the deal comes to fruition, it will be very different than the strategy OnePlus used for its original OnePlus One, a phone that was hard to get your hands on even if you wanted one. Back then, the company was so small it used an invite system to sell phones (and drum up some hype at the same time). 

If all goes according to plan, it appears OnePlus could finally have a phone that any customer walking through a T-Mobile store could just chance upon.

OnePlus for the people!

Bargain hunters have always had a lot to like from OnePlus, and any that are in a T-Mobile store will probably have a hard time missing the flagship looks and lower price of the OnePlus 6T.

With both T-Mobile’s unlimited data plan and OnePlus’s phones offering great value to shoppers, a partnership like this could go a long way toward cementing OnePlus’s place as a true value champ while also making it a household name.

Of course, this makes us wonder, will the T-Mobile version come in magenta?

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Best OnePlus 6 cases to protect your new phone

While we’ve already started to see rumors of a OnePlus 6T, the existing OnePlus 6 is still the best the company has to offer. And, if you own a OnePlus 6 but no case, it’s probably time to get one, because the glass design introduced in this model is not quite as safe from drop damage as previous OnePlus phones were.

There are plenty one OnePlus 6 cases that will still let you show off the great looks of your phone, and even more that can go a long way toward protecting your OnePlus 6 from all sorts of potential hazards, whether they be water or high falls.

If you’ve been waiting because plenty of popular smartphone case manufacturers held out on making OnePlus 6 cases, don’t worry. We’ve found some good options anyway.

Spigen Rugged Armor case

Spigen’s Rugged Armor case is a great combination of protection and affordability. It has a simple one-piece construction using flexible TPU to easily wrap around the phone and protect it from all sides.

Covering the rear, save for a camera and fingerprint scanner cutout, this case will go a long way toward protecting the glass back of the OnePlus 6. Meanwhile, the raised edges can also protect your screen from falls onto flat surfaces.

At $12.99 on Amazon, this is an easy pick for OnePlus 6 owners.

Otterbox Commuter case

Otterbox has a great reputation for making smartphone cases, so it’s always refreshing to see one available for a phone like the OnePlus 6. 

The Commuter Case combines a rubber cover that goes around the OnePlus 6 with a hard polycarbonate shell to add extra protection and keep everything in place. The case also has port covers, so when you’re not using the ports, you can prevent dust and dirt from getting in.

The Otterbox Commuter case may be expensive at $39.95, but preventing serious damage to your OnePlus 6 is well be worth that cost.

Tudia Arch S case

Likely to maintain its title as the most affordable OnePlus 6 case around, Tudia’s Arch S is no slouch in terms of build quality or looks.

This model in particular is extra grippy and fits right around the curves of the phone to avoid any extra bulk that we commonly see with cases. You’ll find access to ports and buttons unfettered by this case.

Available in a few different colors, this one won’t cost you more than $10, that’s with shipping included.

Ringke Fusion case

It’s about time that some cheaper OnePlus 6 cases hit the market, and it looks like Ringke heard the call with its Fusion case. This one comes in clear and black color options and provides a minimal, but comprehensive coverage around the latest OnePlus phone.

Despite its minimalist design, it actually adds a bit of buffer space between the corners to protect it better against drops. The case also comes with a wrist strap in case you want to keep it strapped to your wrist but out of your hand.

Anccer Slim Fit case

The OnePlus 6 is a dead-serious smartphone that’s packed with impressive specs for an appealing price, but Anccer says “lighten up a bit, will ya?” with a nice selection of color options for its Slim Fit case.

From predictable favorites like black and silver, there’s also red, rose gold, blue and green to select between, among a few others. This one certainly isn’t as protective as a ruggedized option, but if you’re looking for a bit more pizzazz for your OnePlus 6, this is a good place to look.

OnePlus Flip Cover case

Looking for a classy add-on for your new OnePlus 6, the flip cover is the way to go. If you take a call, a little cut-out near the top allows you to hear the ear speaker easily while the case is closed.

Flipped open, there’s a card slot where you can easily fit a few cards and a little cash. This doesn’t look like the most protective option around, but if you’re looking for a case that holds form and function in equal regard for $19.95 (£17.95).

OnePlus Bumper case

The most rugged option available through OnePlus, the Bumper case protects your OnePlus 6 from every angle and is available in a few different colors and build materials.

Most stylish is the nylon, which gives your phone the soft feel of fabric. Ebony wood and Karbon will both appeal to certain crowds.

This one goes for $24.95 (£23.95) and looks to be a worthy investment for your new phone.

OnePlus Silicone Protective case

Available only in red, the soft silicone case is the perfect option for those who want to protect their phones with something simple in look and feel.

Built to take a beating, silicone keeps your phone in one place on a surface and will likely age well, even if you get it dirty.

This rather basic case offers easy access to all buttons and ports, and will cost you $19.95 (£17.95).