Apple’s rumored cheaper HomePod tipped to have Beats branding

Bought yourself a HomePod yet? Amidst talk that sales aren’t doing too well, we’ve heard rumors about a cheaper version hitting the market, and today there’s some extra information about that cut-price HomePod – it’s going to come with Beats branding.

Remember that Apple acquired the Beats audio company back in 2014, though there’s hardly been a deluge of Apple-and-Beats-branded kit in the meantime. The move could be a handy way of promoting the Beats label while giving HomePod smart speaker sales a much-needed boost at the same time.

The new report comes from Sina in Asia (via 9to5Mac) and should be taken with a pinch of salt for the time being. It’s certainly plausible that Apple would restyle its cheaper HomePod in this way, though it might cause a little confusion for prospective buyers.

The price is right?

As for the cheaper HomePod more generally, the leaked information matches up with what we’ve already heard. The price has apparently been set at $199 (about £150), which is some way south of the $349/$319 you’ll have to pay to get one of the premium HomePods.

Siri could well be cut from the device in an attempt to save some money and differentiate the less expensive speaker from the more expensive one. Presumably the audio quality won’t be quite as mind-blowing either – Apple must be making savings on the hardware components somewhere.

Various tipsters have said the lower-cost HomePod is scheduled to launch before the end of the year, so we shouldn’t have too long to wait. It might show up at WWDC 2018 in June or perhaps at the September event Apple will hold to launch the iPhone XI.

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Shared hosting vs dedicated hosting: Which plan should I choose?

Choosing the correct hosting package is crucial for your website to perform properly. When reviewing web hosting packages, everything can seem a bit overwhelming. There are different packages with many features and a plethora of pricing options. How do you know which is best for you and your website? Today, let’s look at the differences between shared hosting and dedicated hosting.

Overview

Shared hosting is one of the most common hosting packages. In shared hosting, thousands of websites are stored and hosted on a single server.

Shared hosting is similar to renting and living in an apartment. The apartment complex amenities are shared with everyone. When signing an apartment contract, you agree to share the courtyard, playground, parking lot, and swimming pool. This is the same for shared hosting. All users share the available resources with each ‘neighbor.’ Each ‘neighbor’ has an allotted amount of resources that they can use. In shared hosting, these amenities would be CPU usage, memory, and disk space.

Dedicated hosting is different to shared hosting in that none of the resources are shared. All resources and server disk space belong to you. Dedicated hosting is similar to owning a house. You don’t have to worry about sharing your driveway, backyard or private swimming pool.

Similarly, with dedicated hosting, nothing is shared and all resources are dedicated to your website. This grants you the power and flexibility to configure your server, install custom software, and manage the overall resources for your website.

Dedicated hosting requires that you complete all maintenance and updates for your server.

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What are the advantages of shared hosting?

Being the most common type of hosting, shared hosting is also the most affordable. Unlimited disk space is another advantage. This means that when your website starts to grow, you won’t have to worry about your account becoming too full.

If you get minimal traffic on your website, or your website does not require a large amount of resources, shared hosting is a perfect option. As resources are shared, smaller websites which don’t use as many resources can run efficiently.

Shared hosting generally comes with an easy to use dashboard where you can configure your account settings, and also install content management systems and configure domain settings.

You don’t need to worry about updating hardware or running maintenance updates. All maintenance and updates are completed by your hosting provider, giving you more time to focus on content.

Lastly, you can get up and running swiftly with shared hosting, allowing visitors to view your website within hours of getting started.

What are the advantages of dedicated hosting?

Dedicated hosting has its own advantages, including the fact that it provides superfast load times even while facing heavy traffic. As its resources are not shared, this gives your website 100% of the processing power. This allows for optimal performance, helping with Google rankings and SEO.

Dedicated hosting gives you the key to the front door for the full server. This is called root access. With root access, you have full control of your server. With this control and flexibility, you can ensure that your website and server are fully secure and all processes are running. You can also manage your server using root access via the command line.   

With room for growth and scalability, dedicated hosting has increased reliability. This brings peace-of-mind knowing that your website resides on the best hosting package possible.

Lastly, most dedicated servers are DDoS protected ensuring that not only does the server stay secure, but most importantly, your website stays live.

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What are the disadvantages of shared hosting?

The limitations of sharing resources is an obvious disadvantage of shared hosting. With the ability to host thousands of websites on one server, shared hosting servers restrict the amount of resources that you can use. This will slow down the overall speed of your website. If you suddenly receive a spike in traffic, your website may experience slowness or downtime due to resource restrictions.

Another disadvantage of shared hosting is security. Due to thousands of websites being hosted on a single server, it’s generally speaking not possible for the hosting company to run security updates on each website. That said, some hosting companies do ensure server security by having requirements which force certain updates to be run.

Unfortunately, you cannot apply server customization on shared hosting. Server customization can affect other websites on the server in different ways. Due to this, when on shared hosting you are required to use the standard server configuration.

What are the disadvantages of dedicated hosting?

Since dedicated hosting has advanced features, the price is higher compared to shared hosting. It is one of the most expensive hosting methods in the market. All additional features do come at a cost, but it is certainly worth it for those who need complete control and customization over their hosting.

The technical side of dedicated hosting does require server administration knowledge. With having this control comes responsibility, as server security is extremely important. If you are not familiar with shell access and the command line, this can certainly be a disadvantage of a dedicated server.

Unlike shared hosting where updates and maintenance are managed by your hosting company, a dedicated server is not managed by the hosting company. The hosting firm does provide the physical hardware upgrades, but you will be responsible for managing software updates and maintenance.

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Conclusion

Choosing a hosting package for your website is an important decision. The correct package will allow your website to perform with the optimal speed and performance.

Shared hosting is the least expensive option and is known as being the easiest to get started with. It is generally the perfect hosting package for smaller websites.

Dedicated hosting brings a lot of power and flexibility to the table, but also comes with responsibility. It is not the right hosting package for every website, but it is worth it for those who need complete control.

Your website’s requirements, your technical understanding and your budget are the important factors in deciding between shared hosting and dedicated hosting.

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How to watch Stevenson vs Jack: live stream the boxing online from anywhere

Toronto is going to be the home to tonight’s big fight where home country light-heavyweight hero Adonis Stevenson takes on Swedish Badou Jack.

Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevenson is set to defend his WBC title against the former super-middleweight titleholder, and below we’ve got all the details so you can live stream the action online.

Stevenson may sound great on paper with his one loss in 30 fights, but Badou isn’t far off that either at 25 fights with only two losses and a draw. Tonight should be a compelling match for the light-heavyweight title. 

You’re going to want to watch this one in real time as it’s one of the most anticipated fights of the year so far. That’s why we’ve put together this guide so you can find the easiest way to watch it tonight. Not all boxing is available in every country though so you may find you’ll have to use a VPN to stream the fight, which you’ll find out all about that below.

How to watch Stevenson vs Jack: US stream

How to watch Stevenson vs Jack fight in the UK

How to watch Stevenson vs Jack: Australia stream

It’s not being shown in Australia – use a VPN
There’s no word on a live stream or TV provider for the Stevenson vs Jack if you live in Australia. 

Instead you may have to use one of the livestream options above and combine it with a VPN to be able to watch the fight live.

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E3 2018: all the latest news and rumors from this year’s big gaming show

E3 2018 is just a matter of weeks away. Unless you’re a gamer still clinging to the joys of your Atari 2600, you’ll probably have heard about the biggest show in the gaming calendar. Every June, the best and brightest talents in the industry descend on a heat-baked Los Angeles to showcase their digital wares to the world.

It’s where the big platform makers (Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft) come to show off their latest bit of hardware, or a new game that’s going to get chins wagging and keyboards clacking. It’s where we get amazing surprise reveals (could this be the year we finally get Half-Life 3?) and more in-depth looks at previously teased titles.

[Update: E3 is drawing closer and we’re dreaming about all the things we want to see from Nintendo during its livestream.]

So when is it?

The next incarnation of E3 will take place from 12 June to 14 June 2018. As with most previous years, the show will take place at the huge Los Angeles Convention Center and will include all the usual conferences, keynotes and hands-on booths on the show floor.

The E3 2018 press conference schedule so far

  • EA – June 9 at 11am PT/ 7pm BST
  • Microsoft – June 10 at 1pm PT/ 9pm BST
  • Bethesda – June 10 at 6.30 pm PT/ 2.30 am BST
  • Ubisoft – June 11 at 1pm PT/ 9pm BST
  • Square Enix – June 11 at 10am PT/ 6pm BST
  • Sony – June 11 at 6pm PT/ 2am BST
  • Nintendo – June 12 at  9am PT/ 5pm BST

What’s coming from… Sony

Sony has now confirmed that its press conference will take place on Monday June 11 at 6pm PT/ 2am BST. 

With PS4 Pro having already been introduced fewer than two years prior to E3 2018 – effectively extending the lifecycle of the generation by a good few years at least – we shouldn’t be hearing anything too major on the hardware front. We’d bet our houses that PS5 is already in early development, but we won’t be seeing it any time soon. And Shawn Layden has already confirmed that no hardware will appear at the show. 

He’s also confirmed that the presentation will focus on four main Sony exclusives: Death Stranding, Ghost of Tsushima, Spider-Man and The Last of Us Part 2. Fans can expect deep dives, development updates and new trailer for all of these titles as well as announcements from third-party publishers and indie developers. 

  • Check out the six things we really want to see from Sony during E3

What’s coming from… Microsoft

Microsoft has now confirmed that its plans for E3 2018 but this time they’re a little different. Taking a leaf out of EA’s book, Microsoft is moving things away from the Los Angeles Convention Center show floor in order to host a more fan-focused event in the Microsoft Theater. Though Microsoft will still have a presence on the traditional show floor, this space will be dedicated to the streaming service, Mixer. This admittedly goes some way to explaining those show floor plans that were doing the rounds which suggested Microsoft would be a much smaller presence.

Even Microsoft’s press-briefing is moving location. Breaking out of the Galan Center, it too will be held in the Microsoft Theatre on June 10 at 1pm PT/ 9pm BST.

This change appears to be in response to the increased attendance numbers and scale of the show which has resulted from opening the doors to the public. 

“Not only does the Microsoft Theater allow us to centralize our Xbox presence at E3,” Mike Nichols, Corporate Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer said, “but its size enables us to include even more fans and partners in the Xbox E3 2018 Briefing than ever before.”

Though we now know when the show is happening and where it’s taking place, we still don’t have any idea what exactly will be announced. After the big reveal of Xbox One X in 2017, we’re expecting a more software focused affair.

Halo 6 [insert forgettable subtitle here] will serve as the final chapter for 343 Industries’ post-Bungie trilogy, and while we don’t think the developer will be moving on from Master Chief anytime soon, we imagine the next Covenant-bashing title will be marketed as a big turning point in the series. Gears Of War 5 might get a showing (we think it’s a light early, but you never know) and rumors abound that Fable may be getting a reboot, leaving hopes of a Fable 4 appearance.

But what about VR? Xbox has invested heavily in HoloLens, and while the only game-related content we’ve seen showcase so far remains an interactive Minecraft world, we’re hoping we get to see it relaunched with a proper gaming slant. 

What’s coming from…Nintendo

Nintendo has confirmed that its traditional broadcast and Treehouse Livestream will be taking place from Tuesday June 12 at 9am PT/ 5pm BST. 

With a new Zelda and a new Super Mario already out in the wild, we’re expecting Ninty to start rolling out its other tried and tested franchises. It’s high-time for a new Smash Bros, built from the ground up for Switch, and one that embraces the eSports scene that’s formed about Brawl and Melee over the years.

Nintendo has confirmed that Smash Bros will be a big focus for the show, getting a good chunk of the presentation, appearing first in the livestream and having a large section of the show floor to itself. 

Kirby and Yoshi are also set to get new adventures in 2018, so we’re fully expecting Nintendo to showcases gameplay from both. Yoshi’s Wooly World was a side-scrolling hit on 3DS, so what we’ve seen so far suggests a platformer in a similar vein will follow suit. We’re also hoping (however unlikely it might be) that Animal Crossing might finally be coming to Switch with a new entry. Please, please, please, Nintendo…

Metroid Prime 4 will almost certainly appear, whether it be at Nintendo’s E3 show or in a special Nintendo Direct beforehand. The recent revival on 3DS has been well received by fans, so we’ve high hopes for Samus Aran’s next full fat adventure. Finally, there’s the one everyone’s been asking for: a Switch-based Pokémon. Rumoured to be called Pokémon Stars, the new entry could be a new pure Poke title or a rehash of Sun/Moon – either way, give us proper Pokémon on our TVs, Ninty! 

Nintendo may be set to put even more joy into your gaming life with a revised version of its Joy-Con gamepads, according to a new FCC filing, too. However, those expecting a massively-revamped controller look likely to be left a bit disappointed – the filing points to a quality of life upgrade, one that fixes the intermittent connectivity issues that has dogged the Switch since its launch. The Joy-Con controllers (or the left hand unit at least) has been known to lose its connection to the core console – leaving Nintendo to issue only partially successful software fixes, and to urge gamers to avoid playing near items as disparate as aquariums and microwaves. The new pads could fix that – here’s hoping they improve the D-Pad, too.

We also imagine there’s a chance Nintendo will announce some new kits for its upcoming Nintendo Labo accessory which is now available worldwide. 

  • 6 things we want to see from Nintendo at E3

What’s coming from… EA

We now know that EA Play will be returning to Los Angeles’ Hollywood Palladium from June 9 until June 11, just before E3 itself officially kicks off.

EA has confirmed that, as you’d expect, fans will get the chance to see and play the latest EA Sports titles such as Madden 19, FIFA 19, NHL 19 and NBA Live 19 (if the latter performs well enough in the meantime). 

It’s now also been confirmed that the new Battlefield game will make an appearance though we still don’t know anything about what the game will actually involve. 

Anthem, the new monster-hunting IP from Canadian developer Bioware, looks to right the wrongs of Mass Effect Andromeda with its mashup of Lost Planet, Dark Void and Destiny. Its dynamic environments, volatile weather patterns and co-operative action certainly have our attention, and though its release date has recently been pushed back, it’s going to one of the show’s biggest takeaways with a brand new “inside look.”

More details about what else will appear at the show are yet to be confirmed. 

What’s coming from… Ubisoft

Ubisoft has now confirmed that its press conference will be taking place on June 11 at 1pm PT/ 9pm BST. 

Outside of more details on a new Assassin’s Creed (personally, we’re hoping that Origins two-years development cycle becomes the new norm), we’re fully expecting Ubisoft to roll out the only other remaining Tom Clancy franchise worth its salt: Splinter Cell. With Michael Ironside rumoured to be returning to voice Sam Fisher, we’re excited to see a post-MGSV Splinter Cell and how it improve on the grossly underrated Blacklist. We also expect to see a little more information on The Division 2 now that it’s been confirmed.

Then there’s the big one: Beyond Good & Evil 2. This was the surprise reveal of E3 2017, and while the game is certainly in the early stages of its development, 2018 will mark the original game’s 20th anniversary, so we’re hoping for a little more insight into its world and the nature of the game to come. Oh, and could we see Rainbow Six Siege 2? With one of the biggest communities outside of COD and Battlefield, a follow up on Siege could well breach its way onto the stage in LA.

What’s coming from… Bethesda

Bethesda has now confirmed its presence at E3 2018 by revealing its press conference will take place on Sunday, June 10 at 6.30 pm PT. A short trailer announcing the presentation showed figures representing Bethesda’s big franchises: Elder Scrolls, Doom, and Fallout. But it didn’t say exactly what kind of reveals we can expect.

At this years show we think there are a few things that we can probably expect to see, including another expansion for the Elder Scrolls Online and some new additons to Quake Champions. 

On the less certain side, we’re fully expecting to see a new AAA announcement from Bethesda this year. With a new Wolfenstein, a reboot of Doom, a new Dishonored and a return to Fallout released recently many are hoping for a some kind of Elder Scrolls return. However, as has been said before, Bethesda has plans for two more games before the Elder Scrolls 6, so we could see a brand new IP from Bethesda this year or perhaps even a sequel to Doom. 

We imagine there will also be some DLC announced, perhaps for Wolfenstein 2, and we could also hear some more about that mobile game the company has been working on.

We’re also expecting some more Switch port announcements – Dishonored on Switch would be a welcome announcement.

What’s coming from… Square-Enix

Square-Enix didn’t have a huge presence at E3 2017, but 2018 will be a huge year for the Japanese publisher so it’s unsurprising that the publisher has announced its very own showcase for June 11 at 10am PT/ 6pm BST. The Final Fantasy 7 Remake (or at least the first episode) should be one of its biggest selling points, as this’ll mark three years since its official announcement in 2015.

Kingdom Hearts 3 is also due to drop in 2018, and with Square-Enix having re-released every other entry with increasingly nonsensical subtitles, it’s time for something new. With Toy Story and Big Hero 6-themed worlds already confirmed, fans are already chomping at the bit for time with Sora, Donald and Goofy.

Then there’s the Tomb Raider sequel, Shadow Of The Tomb Raider. With Eidos Montreal (of rebooted Deus Ex fame) in the development hot seat and Uncharted having coming along with two outstanding entries since Rise Of The Tomb Raider, we’re fully expecting Lady Croft to take back her treasure hunting crown from Nate, Chloe and Nadine.

  • For a look at years past, check out our complete guide to E3 2017

How Microsoft is modernizing the classroom with technology

Microsoft is a strong believer in empowering students to be independent through technology. Earlier this week, the Redmond-based company held a special education event at its flagship retail store to show what it and its partners are working on to help empower the children of tomorrow through their studies.

From accessibility programs, Minecraft virtual classrooms and HoloTours in Windows Mixed Reality, Microsoft enriching learning with the latest technology.

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Some school laptops, like the Dell Chromebook 11, come with lights to help students too shy or unable to raise their hands, but what about after the teacher calls on them? Snap + Core First is a symbol-based communication application designed to help those with speech and language disabilities express themselves in the classroom.

Part of Microsoft’s free Learning Tools, Immersive Reader can improve reading and writing for people regardless of their age or ability. The program can read text out loud, break it into syllables, and increase spacing between lines and letters for easier reading.

Microsoft Teams might seem simply like a Slack competitor for businesses at first blush, but it has also become an important tool for classrooms. The application can help drive collaborative classrooms, making team work on shared projects simpler, while giving students a space where they can all be heard no matter their ability to communicate.

OneNote is a powerful catch all tool for written notes, drawn diagrams and marking up papers. However, it’s made even better with all the collaborative features built into it, plus the ability to plug it directly into Microsoft Teams makes sharing the virtual classroom easy.

Like Audacity on steroids meets Office 365 or Google Drive, Sound Trap is a collaborative music making and sound mixing application made for everyone. Better yet, the software is all available on the web, so its platform agnostic; users on PCs, Macs or even Chromebooks can easily join add their own tracks, play with the synthesizer and add their touch to the music.

For everyone who went to school and remembers how terrible those algebra questions that asked you about ‘two trains leaving the station at different times,’ be jealous that there’s a better way now. Fluid Math adds a visual cue to equations, so you can really see which train arrive first and see the real impact numbers can have on life.

STEM is all the rage in schools and Microsoft is putting the curriculum to practical experiments. The Education Workshop is a collection of fun and practical experiments that has kids creating a controllable robotic hand, testing water quality and launching HotWheels cars through a loopy de loop. All the experiments are available for free online and are designed to be easy to construct from household items.

Programming can be tough to get into, but Microsoft MakeCode turns the process into a simple and visual plug and play interface. Once kids get the hang of programming robots or Arduino-controlled lights, they can switch the interface to JavaScript and really start learning how coding languages work.

Minecraft has proven to be a great educational tool already in its base form, but the Education Edition turns the experience into virtual classrooms. We got a short demo in which we created compounds from basic elements. Then we constructed a balloon by combining helium, latex and some twine to help some pigs fly.

Plugging directly into Minecraft: Education Edition, Code Connection lets you code scripts to automatically build structures in the game. Alternatively, students could give Agent Trials a try and program a robot to navigate through maze in Minecraft.

Go around the world and take a step back in time with HoloTour in Windows Mixed Reality. It’s one thing to read about the Roman Circus Maximus, but HoloTour lets you experience the scale of locations as if you’re right there. On top of that, the experiences blend together real-life 360 video with computer generated graphics for interactive experiences.

Best PDF editor of 2018

Compact, feature-packed and viewable on just about every device around, PDF documents are a great way to share information. Editing them, unfortunately, is a very different story.  

You may be able to make some basic document tweaks, perhaps highlighting text or adding new content, with a decent PDF viewer (our list of the best PDF readers will point you in the right direction.)  

Microsoft Word and similar word processors can often import PDFs to allow simple changes, but this isn’t true PDF editing, either. Word must convert a PDF into its own more limited internal format to allow you to make changes, then convert it back when you’re done. Not only does this limit your editing options, but all those conversions could remove functionality from the document or change the way it looks.

If you’re looking to take full control over your document, there’s no substitute for a specialist PDF editor which understands the format, allows you to edit content directly, and gives you full access to all the features PDF makes available.

A decent free editor might be enough for casual users, but if you’re the demanding type we’d recommend you check out our pick of the paid versions, first. From creating documents to conversion, OCR, editing and security, they offer much, much more, and most provide unrestricted free trials to let you test them out. 

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Foxit PhantomPDF

Foxit is probably best known on the PC for its free PDF reader, but the company also produces a quality PDF editor in PhantomPDF. 

The package excels at PDF creation, with tools to generate documents from Chrome, Firefox, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Visio, as well as by combining images, using clipboard content and by printing documents from just about any Windows application. 

A comprehensive PDF reader includes all the features you’d expect, and probably a few more: multi-tab browsing, side-by-side comparisons, page thumbnail navigation, smart search tools which include bookmarks and comments, and touchscreen support for maximum usability.

It’s a similar story with the editor. As you’d expect, PhantomPDF can edit, annotate and reformat text, edit and replace images, reorganize pages and manage headers, footers, watermarks and more. But it also goes further, with OCR to extract text from images, custom actions for links and bookmarks (open a file, play a sound), and advanced features including layer manipulations and an option to convert text to paths.

Foxit’s own ConnectPDF technology could be a standout feature for business users, with tools to control access to your documents (including giving individual readers their own specific document rights), track document usage, collaborate with others and notify everyone of new document releases.

There’s way more to the package than we have space to cover here, but fortunately the Foxit website has an excellent feature table which spells out most of the details.  

Foxit PhantomPDF comes in three flavors – PhantomPDF Standard covers the essentials for a one-off $129 (£92), PhantomPDF Business delivers everything we’ve described here for $159 (£114), and a student and educator version is available for only $9.95 (£7.11) a year. Check out the trial build to find out more. 

  • You can download Foxit PhantomPDF here

Gaaiho PDF Suite 4

Gaaiho PDF Suite 4 is a collection of three standalone applications: Gaaiho Doc is an industrial-strength PDF editor, Gaaiho PDF Converter creates PDFs directly from Office and other formats, and Gaaiho PDF Driver is a virtual printer driver which can generate PDFs from anything else you can print.

Although this seems like a familiar mix, there’s more to some of these modules than you might think. The conversion feature doesn’t just import a single Word or Excel document and spit out an equivalent PDF, for instance. It can handle multiple files, optionally combine or overlay them, and apply watermarks, embed fonts, tweak security settings and more, all in a single conversion process. 

There’s OCR support in both conversion directions, too, enabling you to create a searchable, editable PDF from an image-based imported document, or save an image-based PDF to a searchable document in some other format. 

Gaaiho Doc’s talents include the ability to convert your PDFs to a fully writable document, making most editing operations far easier and more straightforward than you’ll find elsewhere. 

Unusual extras include strong support for Excel, such as the ability to create a new workbook from within Gaaiho Doc, and extensive collaboration tools enabling multiple users on the same LAN to discuss documents and work on them together.

There is one notable catch. The standard PDF Driver can only handle a maximum of 1,000 pages or 100 files every 24 hours, potentially a real hassle if you’re working your way through a big archive. (You can remove the limit by purchasing another product).  

If that’s not an issue, Gaaiho PDF Suite 4 can be yours for $5.40 (£3.86) a month billed annually, while an unrestricted 30-day trial allows you to try before you buy. 

  • You can download Gaaiho PDF Suite 4 here

Nitro Pro

Nitro Pro is a comprehensive PDF handling application which delivers the functionality you need, and more, in almost every area.  

The package offers a host of ways to create PDF documents. It can convert more than 300 source formats to PDF, scan documents directly to PDF files, and combine multiple existing PDFs into a single document. It can also use OCR to create searchable PDFs from scanned images, and use an Outlook plugin to convert emails or attachments to PDF.  

A straightforward Office-style ribbon interface makes it easy to access Nitro’s editing options. You’re able to add, edit or mark up text, add handwritten signatures, apply stamps, draw shapes, design and insert forms, add bookmarks, attach files, and generally transform the document to suit your needs.  

Security features range from the ability to search for and redact words and phrases, remove metadata, apply a password and sign your document with a digital signature.  

Smart integration with Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and Box allows you to work with your documents wherever they’re stored, while secure document sharing and viewing analytics make for hassle-free collaboration.  

Put it all together and Nitro Pro is a well-designed mix of high-end functionality and consumer-friendly ease of use. If there’s an issue here, it’s probably the price: at £133.99 ($188) for a one-year license, it’s notably more expensive than most of the competition. 

  • You can download Nitro Pro here

PDF-XChange Editor

Most PDF editors are aimed at a business audience, which is probably why they tend to be bulky, complicated and expensive.  

PDF-XChange Editor is refreshingly different: it’s compact, fast and feature-rich, with many core tools available for free, and a high-end PDF-XChange Editor Pro license available for only $54.50 (£39), less than half the price of the corporate competition.

This doesn’t mean the package is short on power. You can edit and transform content, replace and recompress images, annotate text, apply standard stamps or create new ones, work with watermarks, create and manage bookmarks, design forms, customize security settings, and the list goes on…

If you’ve checked out our best PDF reader feature you’ll know that some of this can be done with a standard reader, but PDF-XChange Editor gives you much more. You can make documents interactive, perhaps creating forms which calculate or validate values, or attaching custom JavaScript to specific content.

You’re not just able to add watermarks – the package can remove them, too. Arguably best of all, a capable OCR engine makes it easy to identify the text in an image-based PDF and make it searchable and selectable.

This array of features means it might take a while to find your way around the package, and if you use a premium feature in the free build, you’ll be warned that the final document will be watermarked. But it’s hard to get too annoyed about that – most commercial PDF editors don’t offer a free version of any kind – and overall, PDF-XChange Editor gives you a great deal of accessible functionality for a very fair price.

  • You can download PDF-XChange Editor here

Sejda PDF

Sejda PDF is an interesting service which offers both an online PDF editor and a desktop package, each available in both limited free and full-featured commercial editions.

The packages cover the editing basics, but don’t have the depth of the competition. Sejda PDF can fill in forms, for instance, but you can’t design new ones, let alone extend them with PDF-XChange-like dynamic calculations and validation.

What Sejda does offer is a capable set of document-level PDF manipulation tools. It can combine, reorder, merge and split files, crop and trim them, apply watermarks, add headers and footers, and add Bates numbering to multiple documents in a single operation. Files can be opened from your own device or directly imported from Dropbox and Google Drive.

Sejda’s range of pricing options is another highlight. Want to try it out? You can run three free tasks a day, though with a few size and other restrictions (up to 200 pages, maximum file size of 50MB.) If you only need the service very occasionally, you can buy a 7-day pass from $5 (£3.57). Access to Sejda Web and Desktop costs $5.25 (£3.75) a month paid annually, and there are also perpetual licenses and team discounts available.

The limited feature set means Sejda PDF won’t be right for everyone, but the service carries out its core tasks well, and if you could use both an online and desktop editor, it may be worth a look. 

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How to stream the FA Cup final live and for free: watch Chelsea vs Manchester United from anywhere

‘Abide With Me’ is waiting to be sung, the trophy engraver is ready to etch and the fans on both sides are in fine voice up Wembley Way. The tension is almost unbearable, as the historic FA Cup comes to a climax this season. It’s Manchester United vs Chelsea, and you can get a free FA Cup final live stream wherever you are.

With the World Cup around the corner and the big Champions League final next weekend, it’s easy to forget that the UK domestic football season isn’t over yet. But the magic of the FA Cup comes first, with today’s game likely to be an ill-tempered affair.

It’s a repeat of the 2007 FA Cup final where the two teams faced each other, but there are some key differences eleven years on. Jose Mourinho helmed the victorious Chelsea that year and will be hoping for glory once again, but this time for his Manchester United eleven over arch rival Antonio Conte’s side.

Despite 2nd and 5th place finishes in the league for United and Chelsea respectively, there’s a feeling for both sides that the 2017-18 season has been something of a disappointment. Neither did managed anything significant in Europe and Manchester City waltzed the Premiership title. But a big FA Cup final win could be the redemption that Mourinho and Conte need.

You can watch stars like Paul Pogba and Eden Hazard try to carve out their little piece of history by getting a live stream of all the FA Cup final action live and for free from wherever on Earth you are. Below we’re going to talk you through the best ways to watch the FA Cup final in the UK and the rest of the world so you can ensure you can easily live stream one of the biggest matches in the footballing calendar.

How to live stream FA Cup final in the UK for free:

The BBC will be hosting the FA Cup final on Saturday May 19. It’ll be on BBC One – naturally – and the coverage is set to start today at 4.10PM with actual kick-off ready for 5:15PM.

You’ll be able to watch it live on TV, through the BBC iPlayer app or online with the iPlayer live stream. You’ll have to pay for a TV license if you want to watch this in the UK though. There’s also the BBC Sport website that will be live streaming the whole game in a similar way to the BBC One coverage too.

The alternative is to watch the game on TVPlayer.com, which requires no logins or hassle.

If you can’t live stream the FA Cup final as it happens then TVPlayer Plus will allows you to ‘record’ Chelsea vs Man United and watch it later. You’ll need to sign up for a paid account, but the good news there is that the site offers a 14-day free trial so no payment is required. 

Live stream the FA Cup final from anywhere in the world

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How to watch the FA Cup final: US live stream

In the US, there are lots of options for ways to watch the FA Cup final. You’ll be able to tune in through FOX on your TV as well as the respective FOX streaming services as well. If you don’t have access to Fox, you’ll be able to find it on Sling TV, DirectTV Now and Fubo Premier, but you’ll be paying separately for each of those services to be able to watch the game. Fubo Premier does offer a seven day trial, so you can always use that to watch the game and then be sure to cancel it again afterward.

And if none of that works for you, there’s always the VPN option for a completely free watch. By downloading and installing a VPN, you can effectively trick your computer into thinking that it’s in the UK. It’s really easy to get started with a VPN – below you’ll find out how exactly to do it:

How to watch Chelsea vs Man United: Australia stream

In Australia you have a selection of choices too with ESPN being the main host for the FA Cup final. You can watch live on that channel with your TV, or you can stream it online as well.

You’ll also be able to watch it through both SBS and SBS Live, plus there’s an app so you can stream it for free in Australia. We don’t think this will work in other countries though, so don’t use this route if you don’t live in Australia (unless you want to use a VPN to do so).

You’ll be able to download The World Game app that’s produced by SBS and will show the game for free on either iOS or Android devices.

The best way to stream the FA Cup final 2018 in Canada

As far as we can tell, there will be no official broadcast of Chelsea vs Man U in Canada, and certainly no free stream. That means you’re limited to watch the match using a VPN. It let’s you watch everything for free from the comfort of your own home or elsewhere on a tablet or phone – just follow our easy three steps above.

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How to watch the Royal Wedding right now: live stream Harry and Meghan’s big day

The wedding of the year is finally here! Harry and Meghan will come out Windsor Castle later on today a married couple before processioning around the streets to thousands of devoted onlookers. You may not be able to be there in person, but you can watch every moment of Harry and Meghan’s big day from the comfort of your own home – and absolutely free.

It’s been six months since the formal announcement of the announcement of the engagement between HRH Prince Harry and the American actress Meghan Markle. Today she’ll walk down the aisle with Prince Charles at St. George’s Chapel, on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Ever since Prince Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II first allowed television cameras into the chapel during her wedding to Prince Philip, royal weddings have been an event celebrated the world over. The service will be conducted by The Rt Revd. David Conner, the Dean of Windsor, and will be officiated by Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury. 

Harry’s mother Princess Diana’s wedding to Prince Charles is currently the most watched live television event in UK history with 31 million people tuning in to watch live, but thanks to the star-studded nature of the latest Royal Wedding we’re expecting loads of you are going to want to watch.

And thanks to the wonders of the internet you can be one of the millions watching Harry and Meghan’s wedding from anywhere – we have information on your viewing options in Australia, the US, Canada, New Zealand and anywhere else you are in the world and for FREE.

How to live stream the Royal Wedding in the UK:

There are a number of different options for how to watch the Royal Wedding in the UK. The entire event is being broadcast on BBC One, with coverage running until 2pm BST, being presented by Dermot O’Leary and Kirsty Young from the castle’s moat, with Huw Edwards presenting from the roof of the Windsor Guard Room.

If you’d prefer to hear Philip Schofield and Julie Etchingham’s presentation of events, you’ll want to tune in to the ITV coverage from 9:25am until 3pm BST. Or just use TVPlayer.com and flick between the two at your will.

There is also the option to watch the event on Sky, where Sky News is broadcasting all the festivities in Ultra HD. The Sky coverage has already started and runs until 3pm.

Live stream the Royal Wedding for free anywhere else in the world:

Watch the Royal Wedding on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

The Royal Family don’t want to hide its big event away from the world. So it has made the decision to show it for free across its YouTube and social media channels. That means you can watch for free from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. The Royal Wedding live stream can be found as follows:

  • YouTube – The Royal Channel 
  • Facebook – The British Monarchy Facebook page
  • Twitter – @RoyalFamily, @KensingtonRoyal, @ClarenceHouse 
  • Instagram – @TheRoyalFamily, @KensingtonRoyal, @ClarenceHouse

How to live stream the Royal Wedding 2018 in the US:

Like the UK viewers, viewers in the US have a number of different options for how to tune in. Unlike their British counterparts, American viewers are going to need an early start if they plan to watch all the run up to the event. 

BBC America and BBC World News will be running a simultaneous broadcast with BBC One, starting at 4:15am ET, 1:15am PT. If you’re only wanting to view the event itself, you may be more interested in HBO’s coverage that begins with the ceremony at 7:15am ET, 4:15am PT. 

Both BBC America and HBO require a subscription to watch, should you want a free to watch option, it’s worth checking out CBS, NBC, ABC and Good Morning America which will each be devoting time on Saturday to the festivities. If you’re not going to be near a TV set, there will be online and mobile coverage from most of these providers too. 

How to live stream the Royal Wedding 2018 in Canada:

It’s a simpler proposition if you’re in Canada, with the ceremony is being broadcast by CBC as we speak. Remember, the ceremony itself will only start at 7am ET, 4am PT if that’s all you’re interested in seeing and aren’t bothered about seeing dignitaries, celebrities, polo players and other friends of Harry and Meghan rock up at Windsor Castle.

How to live stream the Royal Wedding 2018 in Australia:

Australian viewers have a number of different options for watching Harry and Meghan’s marriage ceremony for free, with the BBC broadcast being shown simultaneously by Foxtel, starting at 7pm AEST.

If you’d rather have coverage that is more Aussie-flavored, there’s local coverage from ABC, SBS, Seven, and Nine, with start times ranging from 7pm to 7.30pm AEST.

How to live stream the Royal Wedding 2018 in New Zealand:

Your choices are a little more limited if you’re in New Zealand, with the BBC coverage being broadcast by TVNZ from 10.30pm Wellington-time. This is only the final half hour of the preamble so you’ll see the royal family arrive but not the rest of the guests. 

If that’s too late a night for you, TVNZ will also be showing highlights the following day. 

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Samsung AR/VR headset release date, price, news and rumors

Samsung has been in the virtual reality (VR) game for some time now thanks to its partnership with Oculus for the Samsung Gear VR headset, but it looks like the tech giant could be preparing to launch a new wireless headset that uses both augmented reality (AR) and VR technology.

The news is interesting for a few reasons. While VR headsets have become a lot more common over the past few years, to date AR has largely been limited to apps on our phones.

AR headsets have been released – including the likes of Google Glass and Microsoft HoloLens – but these remain largely out of consumer consciousness.

There are a few major differences between the rumored AR/VR headset and Samsung’s already-released Gear VR headset. 

The Gear VR is made strictly for VR, meaning it blocks out the entire outside world and instead displays a new, virtual reality. AR, on the other hand, involves being able to see the outside world and displaying virtual elements over the top of it.

Samsung Gear VR is built for virtual reality only

If Samsung does launch an AR headset, it could change the tech world forever. AR is considered by many to be the next big thing in tech – and could even replace the smartphone. 

Of course, Samsung may have some serious competition. A long time rival has been rumored to be working on its own AR/VR reality headset. 

We’re talking about the rumored Apple VR headset with AR capabilities, and if the products are launched at the same time, it could mean all-out war in the AR/VR space. That’s a good thing for consumers, however, as it will lead to more innovation and more choice.

But what will Samsung’s new AR/VR device look like? And how much will it cost? Here’s everything we know about it so far.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? A wireless headset from Samsung capable of both VR and AR
  • When is it out? No official word yet, though it could be announced at IFA 2018 in September
  • How much does it cost? No official word yet

Release date

Samsung’s AR/VR headset may be well and truly on its way. 

Rumors indicate that Samsung may be planning on launching the headset as soon as September, at IFA 2018 in Berlin.

Will the new headset be unveiled at IFA 2018?

Of course, just because it announces the headset at IFA doesn’t mean that it’ll be available in September of this year. Still, we expect that if it’s not available as soon as announced, it will instead be available within a year of its reveal.

That is, if Samsung announces it at IFA 2018. It could still be a year or more off before Samsung lifts the lid on this mysterious AR/VR device, though of course, that’s just our speculation. 

Price

In addition to when the headset might release, one major unknown is exactly how much the headset will cost. Like the Samsung AR/VR headset release date, price is likely to remain unknown for the time being.

We can, however, look at the pricing of other products to get a general idea of how much it could potentially cost.

The Samsung Gear VR comes in at $129 in the US, but you need a compatible Samsung phone to use with it. The standalone Oculus Go is perhaps a more appropriate comparison, and it’s priced at $200 / £200 / AU$300, or $250 / £250 / AU$370 for a version with more storage.

Microsoft HoloLens costs $3,000

Other augmented reality headsets, however, are a little pricier. There’s the Microsoft HoloLens, which comes at a hefty $3,000 (£2,719 / AU$4,369), but there’s also a HP mixed reality headset that features Microsoft software and runs for $300 and requires a decently powerful computer to connect to. 

Last but not least is Samsung HMD Odyssey, a mixed reality headset that comes at $500 and features the Windows Mixed Reality platform.

We expect the new Samsung product to be decently accessible to most people, so it probably won’t run for more than $500. Still, that’s just speculation – it could end up being far more or far less.

What will it be like?

Rumors indicate that the new Samsung AR/VR headset will be a little different than other offerings, in that it will be wireless, and won’t require a phone to work. 

In other words, it’ll be a completely self-contained headset that runs using Samsung’s own self-built chips. 

It’ll also make use of Samsung’s OLED displays – which means the AR portion of the headset may actually involve a camera displaying the outside world on a screen rather than digital elements being projected onto glass.

That would also help with the VR aspect. It’s important to remember that the headset is supposed to combine AR and VR, and when the headset is being used for VR, it’ll need to be able to block out the outside world. 

Considering this, it’s looking like Samsung’s new headset won’t be the smart glasses we’ve been holding out for.

Samsung’s new AR/VR headset won’t need a phone to work

One key thing to note about this headset is that Samsung is building it in partnership with Microsoft. 

What that means is that the hardware is likely to be Samsung-built, while the software will most likely be some form of Windows Mixed Reality. 

We’ll have to wait and see if it’s the same software that’s on other Windows Mixed Reality headsets, or a tweaked version of the software.

Another important thing to note is that the headset is rumored to be wireless, and won’t require connection to a computer or phone. What that means is that it’ll be among the first truly mobile augmented reality devices built for consumers.

It’s possible the new headset could be similar to the Samsung HMD Odyssey, an existing Samsung-made Windows Mixed Reality headset. We’re hoping, however, that it’s a totally new product.

Will it be like Apple’s VR headset?

Samsung isn’t the only company working on an AR headset. Apple has been rumored to be working on AR Glasses for some time now, while new rumors have cropped up that Apple is making an AR/VR headset, though it’s not clear if this is in addition to its AR glasses, or a replacement for it.

While the two rivals headsets could both features AR and VR capabilities, there will be some major differences between the two products. For starters, the operating system will be different. 

Apple is likely building its own operating system for its rumored product, while Samsung, through its partnership with Microsoft, will most likely be using Windows-based software for the headset.

Apple is reportedly developing an AR/VR headset, too

Apart from that, we expect both products to be wireless, standalone devices, and we expect them both to be targeted towards consumers. 

There may be an emphasis on design as a way to entice customers to wear the product more often as they go about their daily lives – especially for Apple.

Rumors give us an idea about what Samsung’s new AR/VR headset could end up looking like, but there’s still a lot we don’t know. Will this be the product to push augmented reality to the average consumer while at the same time shaking up the VR industry? We’ll have to wait and see.

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The first 4K G-Sync HDR gaming monitor hits pre-order at a budget-busting price

If you were hyped up about the very first 4K, Nvidia G-Sync HDR gaming display from Acer, the Predator X27, then try not to get too deflated by this: the thing costs $1,999 (about £1,490, AU$2,660). 

The news comes via a pre-order listing on Newegg, promising that the monitors will be ready to ship on June 1.

That price is more than most high-end gaming PCs – full stop. However, the price is less than expected, given earlier leaks from European retailers of prices converted from Euros reaching nearly $3,000.

Unfortunately, Newegg has yet to list the monitor in the UK or Australia. Either way, expect equally eye-watering prices in those regions.

Now, at least there’s a relatively good reason why this monitor is so damn expensive. Simply put, on paper, this screen is better than literally any other gaming monitor.

This monitor has a faster refresh rate than most 4K displays at 144Hz, and the 384 backlight zones behind the HDR technology work well in tandem with G-Sync frame smoothing. Then, there’s the DCI-P3 color gamut standard met by the monitor with a brightness of 1,000 nits required by HDR10 certification.

As PCWorld points out, that’s far brighter than the 600 nits found in AMD’s FreeSync 2 displays.

All told, you’re going to have to wait for Nvidia’s next generation of graphics cards to even play games at the maximum resolution that this display allows. The GTX 1080 Ti can’t even handle 4K at 144Hz in today’s top games. So, beware, early adopters.

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