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Sat, 13 Aug 2022 18:19:13 +0000

I've gamed on the best graphics cards for the past two years. Here's what I've learned.
Posted on Sat, 13 Aug 2022 18:19:13 +0000

Author : John.Loeffler@futurenet.com (John Loeffler)

I've had the privilege of gaming on the best graphics cards and laptop GPUs on the market for the past two years, and I've learned a few things along the way.

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As we get closer to the end of this graphics card generation, there is a lot of excitement around what comes next for Nvidia and AMD. I'm certainly one of those people who is eager to see what Team Green and Team Red have in store, especially if they can do more to prioritize energy efficiency and value for the customer rather than go all in on power and performance that no one – even the planet – can afford.

That said, I've been in a rather privileged position relative to most people in that I've actually been able to game on pretty much every current-gen graphics card for work, and so I've learned a thing or two about the current state of the market for the best graphics cards, and where the technology needs to go in the next generation.

Ray tracing is still a work in progress right now

An artist and apprentice use a taut string and perspectival window to draw a foreshortened image of a lute.

A woodcut of an artist and apprentice using a taut string and perspectival window to draw a foreshortened image of a lute, an analog ray tracing technique developed by Rennaissance artist Albrecht Dürer. (Image credit: Public Domain)

Ray tracing is a fascinating technology that has huge potential to create stunning life-like scenes by mimicking the way our eyes actually perceive light, but boy howdy is it computationally expensive.

The number of calculations required to realistically light a scene in real time are enormous, and are why real-time ray tracing was long considered practically impossible on consumer grade hardware. That is, of course, until Nvidia releasing its Turing architecture with the GeForce RTX 2000-series graphics cards.

As the first generation of consumer graphics cards with real time ray tracing, it is understandable that it was a neat experimental feature, but you really couldn't do much with it while playing without absolutely cratering your frame rate. This is still true, even as we wrap up the Nvidia Ampere generation of cards.

These cards are better able to handle real time ray tracing, especially at lower resolutions, but you will still need to make a compromise between resolution and ray tracing. For example, there is no graphics card that can effectively ray trace a scene at native 4K resolution that isn't a complete slideshow other than the RTX 3090 Ti, which is able to ray trace Cyberpunk 2077 at about 24 fps with ray tracing turned on.

AMD, meanwhile, is on its first generation of graphics card hardware with real time ray tracing, and it's performance is definitely where Nvidia Turing cards more or less were when it came to ray tracing performance, which is to say not awful, but still definitely first-gen tech.

Upscaling the future

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Cyberpunk 2077's benchmark tool running at 4K on ultra setting with ultra ray tracing presets but no DLSS (Image credit: CD Projekt Red)
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Night City's megatower #3 in Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077's benchmark tool running at 4K on ultra setting with ultra ray tracing presets with DLSS set to Quality settings (Image credit: CD Projekt Red)
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Night City's megatower #3 in Cyberpunk 2077'

Cyberpunk 2077's benchmark tool running at 4K on ultra setting with ultra ray tracing presets but DLSS set to ultra performance preset. (Image credit: CD Projekt Red)

So how does anyone effectively play any of the best PC games at high resolutions with ray tracing turned on anyway if even the best gaming PC possible nowadays is going to struggle?

I'm glad you asked, because the true revolutionary development of the past few years hasn't been ray tracing, but graphics upscaling. Nvidia Deep Learning Super Sampling and AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (as well as AMD Radeon Super Resolution), have made playing PC games at high resolutions and settings with ray tracing possible.

In our slideshow above, you can see the difference between native 4K with all setting and ray tracing turned up to ultra presets and how the game looks without DLSS, with DLSS set to quality, and DLSS set to performance. I can tell you that the difference isn't really apparent while running the benchmark or playing the game either.

Without upscaling, those with Nvidia GTX 1060s and AMD RX 5700 XTs would have very little reason to upgrade to a new graphics card, honestly.

Some of the best games don't take advantage of this hardware, and those that do can still suck

The thing about games is that they are rarely about the incredible graphics, but are about the experience. The kind of hardware we're seeing now makes for some great looking games, but if they are poorly optimized, what's the point? You end up with a Cyberpunk 2077, a game that launched so broken on PCs that it took a substantial amount of market value off the studio that made it, CD Projekt Red.

Meanwhile, something like Vampire Survivor can pretty much take over Steam even though it looks like it can run on an NES doped up on Adderall, largely because it hits at the core of what makes us want to play games in the first place: we want them to be fun. And the fact is, you don't need an RTX 3090 Ti to have fun, and I think way too many of us forget that.

If Nvidia and AMD were smart, they would focus less on making cutting edge graphical improvements and more on efficiency and value, so that those gamers who do want to get the best graphics and performance out of a game can do that without having to spend a fortune to do so. Gamers are going to be less and less able to pay for the best Nvidia Geforce graphics cards and the best AMD graphics cards in the years ahead, and it would honestly suck if we keep seeing an already expensive hobby get even more inaccessible.


Sat, 13 Aug 2022 15:17:16 +0000

GitHub update will help you squash the hidden security bugs in your code
Posted on Sat, 13 Aug 2022 15:17:16 +0000

Author : wmccurdyjournalism@gmail.com (Will McCurdy)

New GitHub feature will update developers about potential vulnerabilities within their actions.

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GitHub will now send a Dependabot alert for vulnerable GitHub Actions which could make it easier to stay up to date and fix security vulnerabilities in your actions workflows.

GitHub Actions is the platform's continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) solution, which allows users to automate their software development pipeline. 

The new alerts will be powered by the GitHub Advisory Database, which is a security vulnerability database inclusive of Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) and GitHub-originated security advisories taken from the world of open source software.

How can I enable the feature?

To receive alerts on GitHub Actions and vulnerabilities impacting your code, you can enable Dependabot by selecting “Enable all” under the Code security and analysis tab.

If you already happen to be using Dependabot, no problem, there is no additional action required.

You can also contribute some of your wisdom to help other users become more secure.

If you are the owner of a GitHub Action and you discover a vulnerability, you can start the process of creating an advisory from the security tab in your repository. 

Once the repository advisory is created and tagged within the GitHub Action ecosystem, the GitHub curation team will review the repository advisory and create a global advisory when appropriate.

You can find out more about managing vulnerable dependencies on GitHub by heading here.

Github isn't the only company that is looking to remedy some of the vulnerabilities related to open source code, which is a common way for cybercriminals to try and hijack endpoints.

It's a topic that gaining the attention of the wider technology industry, which is understandable as open source vulnerabilities have been the causes of some of the most devasting cyber attacks of the past few years, including the Log4j attack.

Google recently said it "will continue to make open source security a priority and urge others to do the same because the health and availability of open source projects strengthen the security posture of users and developers everywhere.”

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Sat, 13 Aug 2022 14:27:30 +0000

There's now a whole new way to log-in to your Google account
Posted on Sat, 13 Aug 2022 14:27:30 +0000

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Google has a few ways to make sure forgetting your work password isn't a complete disaster anymore.

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Google has announced its Cloud and Workspace accounts will now support single sign-on (SSO) from third-party identity providers in a welcome security boost.

The company says it hopes the move will allow customers to “more easily access Google’s services using their existing identity systems.” 

Google has supported SSO via the widely available SAML protocol for more than a decade, however allowing multiple SAML 2.0-based identity providers should increase the tech giant’s appeal to IT admins across the globe.

Google Cloud single sign-on

ON the company’s Cloud blog, Google Workspace Identity Product Manager Matthew Soldo explained how companies will often end up with multiple identity providers, which could be down to mergers, acquisitions, or simply a variety of IT strategies. Soldo hopes that adding support for multiple identity providers will allow companies and workers to access Google Cloud without time-consuming migrations, which often result in complex transitions and issues.

Google Cloud administrators can enable up to 100 profiles from the Admin console. Setup includes keying in some elementary data, like a sign-in URL and an X.509 certificate for authentication. 

Future plans for the company’s single sign-on operations include the addition of OIDC support - another protocol that can be used alongside SAML-based identity providers. This is expected to arrive later in 2022.=

In an effort to make its cloud services as appealing to business customers as possible, Google has been pushing swathes of security updates, including alerts for potentially hazardous changes made to Google accounts.

Despite rumours of new apps that could be on their way to Workspace accounts, Google has also been in the spotlight for the wrong reasons, having threatened to turn back on its promise to early G Suite adopters. 


Sat, 13 Aug 2022 14:00:00 +0000

Step aside Google, Amazon, Roku: TiVo is coming to smart TVs
Posted on Sat, 13 Aug 2022 14:00:00 +0000

Author : al.griffin@futurenet.com (Al Griffin)

TiVo, a brand best known for its DVRs, will be the next player in the smart TV interface game.

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Remember TiVo? Back in the pre-cord-cutting days, the company’s DVRs were omnipresent – so much so that the phrase “TiVo it” was used interchangeably to mean recording a TV show. Now, the company is bouncing back as a third-party smart interface alternative to Google, Amazon, and Roku on the best 4K TVs, with the first TiVo-powered sets expected to arrive sometime in mid-2023 in both Europe and the US.

That information comes from streaming business publication Next TV, which, directly quoting TiVo parent Xperi CEO Jon Kirchner, also dropped news that the company’s TiVo Stream platform will appear in sets from a "leading tier 2 provider that makes multiple TV sets under multiple brands."

Making TiVo Stream a widely available smart TV interface option pits the company against Google, Amazon, and Roku, all of which have been regularly tapped by tier-2 TV brands to run their respective Google and Android TV, Fire TV, and Roku TV OS platforms. 

It also throws TiVo into a very crowded smart TV environment: beyond current Google, Amazon, and Roku options, sets from LG, Samsung, Hisense, Vizio, Panasonic, and Philips each come with their own proprietary smart interface. None of these are particularly distinguished, however, and some can be downright irritating. For example, Samsung TV owners are required to set up an online user account to do something as simple as add an app to its Tizen smart interface, or to adjust its layout.

Compared with the proprietary interfaces offered by major TV brands, Google TV and Roku, in particular, have a clean appearance and are easy to customize and search content with, including using voice control. Google, of course, requires the same account sign-in to make actions happen, but Chrome/Gmail accounts are common, and so most people already dwell in Google’s ecosystem.

Tivo doesn’t exactly arrive as a stranger to the TV streaming world. The company’s TiVo Stream 4K, a $40 Android TV streaming box, has been kicking around for a number of years, and it still sells TiVo Edge DVRs with cable TV and antenna-only connections that also provide built-in streaming from apps such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Vudu, YouTube, and more. 

But the Stream 4K has been eclipsed by other cheap streaming sticks from Roku and Amazon, while the Edge is endangered by a 2020 FCC ruling that cable providers are no longer required to supply the CableCards used by Edge DVRs to tune and record TV programs. Given the tenuous nature of its hardware business, it makes sense that the company is seeking other options like smart TV integration to rake in revenue.

Does TiVo have what it takes to be a smart TV player? 

Between existing Roku and Google-based offerings, the third-party smart TV ecosystem was already crowded, and the more recent introduction of Amazon’s Fire TV to that mix makes it seem like there’s now more than enough options for set makers to turn to if they don’t want to create a proprietary platform.

Let’s now toss TiVo into that smart TV maelstrom. In its favor, the company already has a deal in the works, so TiVo-powered smart TVs are on their way in 2023 whether anyone wants them or not. Its hardware business may have taken a downturn with the advent of cord-cutting, but the TiVo brand still has strong consumer recognition, even if people are now much more likely to stream than “TiVo” shows using a DVR.

As a former TiVo user for many years before cutting the cord myself, I was a fan of the TiVo interface and the remote control used to control the company’s box. I also remember its search features as being infinitely better than what was available on the DVR supplied by my cable TV service. Given TiVo’s tradition of superior usability, there’s a good chance that the qualities which set it apart in the now-fading cable TV and DVR era will carry over into the current smart TV and streaming one.

It’s important to emphasize at this point that the new TiVo we’re talking about which will appear in smart TVs won’t have any DVR-like capability. In the words of Xperi CEO Kirchner  – once again quoted in Next TV – the forthcoming TiVo sets will be for "people looking for an OEM-branded experience powered by TiVo, and not looking for a TiVo-powered TV.”

Even so, apps such as YouTube TV, fubo TV, Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, and others offer cloud-based DVR functions that allow subscribers to record and store live TV channels online for later streaming, in some cases at no additional cost. Such a TiVo-like feature could conceivably be incorporated into a “branded experience powered by TiVo” even if there are no current plans to make that happen.

If it did, we’d get our old TiVo back to TiVo stuff, but this time without the clunky external set-top box.


Sat, 13 Aug 2022 10:51:30 +0000

Watch out Nvidia – new AMD RDNA 3 GPU leak promises big things
Posted on Sat, 13 Aug 2022 10:51:30 +0000

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Nvidia could be in some trouble if the next-gen GPU battle pans out along the lines this leak suggests.

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AMD’s next-gen graphics cards are rumored to be somewhat different than previously expected spec-wise, going by a new leak – and while there’s a bit of disappointment about some assertions made in this fresh spillage, there’s really nothing to worry about. Indeed, it’s likely Nvidia that’ll be worrying over some of the info floated here…

Before we get into why that might be the case, let’s examine the leak itself, which comes from Angstronomics (via VideoCardz), a publication which covers the semiconductor industry that we’ve heard from before. (Even if it isn’t one of the more regular sources that divulge info on Twitter, we regard Angstronomics as reliable enough – plus a major YouTube leaker more or less backs up these seriously in-depth details, and we’ll come back to that).

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The key points to this speculation include that AMD is concentrating on “area, area, area”, meaning smaller chips that are still powerful enough to hit Team Red’s performance targets for RDNA 3, and also a focus on performance per watt (efficiency). Of course the company has already boasted about hitting a 50% increase over RDNA 2 with the latter (the same jump RDNA 2 made over the original RDNA architecture).

Apply your own seasoning liberally with all this, but Angstronomics tells us that Navi 31 – the flagship model for RX 7000 graphics cards – will be as rumored with one Graphics Chiplet Die (GCD) plus six Memory Chiplet Dies (MCDs), with 12,288 cores (known as ALUs). That main GCD will apparently be 308mm² in size, and the other big change from previous speculation mentioned is the Infinity Cache size which is apparently 96MB for the top dog model (a cut-down Navi 31, presumably the non-XT version, will use 80MB).

The rumor mill has mentioned much bigger sizes than this, such as 192MB; and indeed the existing Navi 21 employs 128MB of Infinity Cache, so it’d actually be smaller than that. Angstronomics reckons that AMD experimented with twice the amount of stacked cache for Navi 31, but that this didn’t work out to provide enough additional performance to be worth doing.

Hence some of the slight disappointment around these rumored specs, and the second point which has caused a little concern comes with the purported configuration for Navi 32, which Angstronomics asserts will run with 7,680 cores rather than 8,192 as previously believed. Infinity Cache is apparently set to be pitched at up to 64MB, and maybe 128MB for a 3D-stacked model (but again, it seems like AMD may have mulled this idea, and then abandoned it due to it not making sense cost-wise for the extra performance gained).

As for Navi 33, the mid-range offering, this will be a lot smaller if Angstronomics is on the money, with the chip previously rumored to perhaps be up towards 400mm² in size, but actually weighing in at more like 200mm². It’ll supposedly run with 32MB of Infinity Cache.

Regarding the cooling system for the flagship RDNA 3 graphics card, AMD is thought to be keeping a similar triple-fan system to the existing flagship, but it’ll be a bit taller. The GPU will use a pair of 8-pin PCIe power connectors, according to the leaker.

Analysis: Worried by all this? Well, maybe it’s Nvidia that should be worrying…

As mentioned, some folks have been worrying over elements of this purported spec, and some of the bits which seem to have been cut down slightly – or a lot in the case of Infinity Cache – compared to previous chatter from the grapevine. However, there’s no need to worry really, and indeed, it’s potentially Nvidia that should be doing the fretting, and here’s why.

Interestingly, Moore’s Law is Dead (MLID), a prominent YouTube leaker, has swiftly chimed in on this one, and after having spoken to multiple sources, he pretty much backs up everything that Angstronomics puts forward here. That said, there’s one key difference, namely that for the Navi 32 GPU, MLID is still hearing it will be 8,192 cores, rather than the 7,680 cores mentioned in this new leak. Of course, MLID still admits his sources could be wrong, so it could go either way yet (and 7,680 cores is certainly feasible).

MLID’s sources do broadly back up the accuracy of the specs and smaller die sizes mentioned here, and lesser loadouts of Infinity Cache – but here’s the key thing on this front. MLID notes that the performance estimates he’s hearing haven’t really changed, and that he still expects AMD to maintain the rumored performance leaps we’ve heard about in the past – enough to compete with Nvidia’s RTX 4000 range – even if specs have been tweaked along the above lines.

Even if performance does end up a touch weaker than Nvidia, there shouldn’t be much difference MLID theorizes. And we have to remember that given the smaller die sizes mentioned, it’ll be cheaper for AMD to make these RDNA 3 GPUs – and therefore price them to attack Nvidia RTX 4000 models. That could be the most exciting thing about next-gen cards, if AMD gets aggressive with pricing, Nvidia could be in trouble – particularly seeing as its more power-hungry GPUs (at least going by the rumor mill) could mean other complications like a PSU upgrade.

Not to mention that Nvidia is supposedly having a tough time with deciding on the next-gen Lovelace launch schedule, which could allow AMD to get in there first with RDNA 3 graphics cards, availing itself of a head-start for sales on top of all these other factors. We shouldn’t get carried away with any of this rumor peddling, of course, but this latest spillage must be worrying for Nvidia on several fronts, we’d imagine.

Oh, and as for Intel – Angstronomics mentions Navi 33 outdoing the flagship Arc Alchemist GPU while being more power-efficient, and costing less than half as much, which would obviously be a bit of a torpedo to sink Team Blue’s desktop GPUs (which are already struggling badly even as it is, without next-gen rival products being around).


Fri, 12 Aug 2022 22:20:05 +0000

iPhone 14 /14 Pro leaks live: likely release date, price, specs and more
Posted on Fri, 12 Aug 2022 22:20:05 +0000

Author : gareth.beavis@futurenet.com (Gareth Beavis)

Join us as we talk through all the hottest rumors

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The iPhone 13 Pro Max in silver facing down on a table

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Hello, and welcome our iPhone 14 leaks live blog. We're trying something different here, a chance to talk expected release date, price and specs of the new phones, with a sprinkling of chat about the latest rumors - such as the possible iPhone 14 price hike.

Give this page a bookmark, and remember that if you want to stay up to speed on everything iPhone, also bookmark our iPhone 14 hub, where we round up all the latest rumors, leaks and news in one handy spot... all the way until the expected launch date in September.

Key iPhone pages to check out

New iPhone 14 - our one-stop shop, constantly updated throughout the year, with all the leaks and rumors dissected and filed in easy-to-read sections. Immerse yourself in it and look like an in-the-know genius with friends.

iPhone 14 Pro Max - what's the biggest phone of the year for Apple? The 14 Pro Max, we think - both in terms of size and expected impact on the market. This is where all the good rumors come to be sorted.

iPhone 14 Max - Bye bye iPhone 14 Mini, it's all about the Max this year - a non-pro version of Apple's largest handset.

Apple Watch 8 - this is the other thing we're likely to see at the September event... a new thing from Apple to strap to your wrist.

Apple Watch 8 Rugged Edition - anything you can do, Samsung, Apple can do... better? Let's see with this round of rumors on Apple's Watch 5 Pro rival.

iPhone 4S edge of screen

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Right, so here we are - our first live, on-the-go dissection of some of the top rumors we've seen in the last week (and a fair smattering of the stuff we're pretty confident of seeing next month, based on the consistent leaks over the last year).

I've been writing about and covering iPhone launches since 2008, and one thing that's clear is that since the iPhone 6 or so, we've seen far more leaking of key elements of the phones in the build up to the launch, a far cry since the days of the iPhone 4 being found in a bar and everyone losing their minds...

Apple Event September 2021

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Right, let's start with a live one: the iPhone 14 price. Recently, respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo pointed to some strong results from one of the iPhone suppliers, stating they believed that it was going to be making a vast majority of the iPhone models.

That manufacturing company, Hon Hai / Foxconn, has suddenly increased its financial outlook, which leads Kuo to confirm his belief that the iPhone will increase in cost around 15%.

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What would that mean for you, if you're looking to buy one of the new iPhone 14 models?

Based on the fact Apple likes to keep its iPhone prices ending $49 or $99, I suspect the new iPhone 14 will start at $799 and the smaller iPhone 14 Pro to hit $1099. This is just an educated guess at this point though - the ASP (average selling price) mentioned means that it could be Apple spreads the cost through the range to keep it balanced.

The iPhone 13 Pro Max lying on a table, face up, showing the home screen

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Talking of live ones, we've just published a story that Apple is expecting no hit to its orders of the new iPhone 14 range, despite the cost of living going up so much in recent months.

That right, despite the mooted 15% increase in price, Bloomberg is reporting that Apple has ordered 90 million units of its phones, clearly confident it can shift them over the course of the year and anticipating no slow down in demand.

That's surprising and touches on something I'll discuss in more detail later on: the expected absence of the iPhone 14 mini. To keep orders up at that level, which reportedly is in line with previous years, shows real confidence at this point - and means Apple must have new features that it feels are going to resonate with consumers.

Man holding iPhone in hand

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We did some good analysis recently on the iPhone 14 release date - let's go over it again here because I've got a pretty good gut feeling on this one.

My prediction is that the iPhone 14 launch date will be September 13, and then - regular as clockwork - on September 23 we'll see it on shop shelves.

I can say this because I've attended all the physical iPhone launches since iPhone 6, many years ago - and they've always been on or around my birthday. The rumored September 6 launch date doesn't jive with that, therefore it has to be the week after.

I once complained to a fellow journalist that I always had a disrupted birthday because of the iPhone launch, and he looked at me with sadness and told me he'd missed his entire 40th birthday day because he crossed the date line and the day just disappeared to come to an iPhone unveiling.

I shut up after that.

iPhone 13 Pro Max

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OK, next up for disucssion is your friend and mine: the iPhone 14 Max.

I can't tell you excited I was when I started hearing glimmers of this phone begin to leak late last year, as it was the phone that I've thought Apple should make for years.

What is it? It's the iPhone Pro Max without the Pro bit - so my expectation is that the 14 Max will have the A15 Bionic chipset inside (from 2021) and only two lenses on the rear, with the 14 Pro Max having the best of everything.

Wait! Don't dismiss it yet - the thing I've enjoyed using the 13 Pro Max for is simply the battery life, and a larger 14 Max would be able to have that without the cost of the Pro Max.

Sure, the best camera is a brilliant thing - and I've got some wonderful snaps from the 13 Pro Max - but in these most cost-conscious times, I think the 14 Max is going to be a winner.

That means we'll see the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max - that's some lovely symmetry there.

iPhone 13

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While we're on the subject, one of the strongest (and most believeable) rumored changes for Apple this year is that the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro models (and the related Max devices) will have different chipsets.

The new iPhone 14 will stick with the A15 Bionic chipset, where the iPhone 14 Pro will have the A16, and likely a touch more RAM inside.

While you could see that as Apple making the iPhone 14 worse (and, I suppose it is, given until this point every iPhone has always had the very best CPU inside) I see it as a good thing in helping consumers decide.

Because while the Pro range is always marketed at high-power creatives and people that need loads of power, in reality they're popular because they just are the best iPhone.

So making it clearer that the Pro range is really the phone for the professional - much like the MacBook Pro vs MacBook - will simplify the choice for many.

However, that brings us back to price - unless Apple keeps the cost of the iPhone 14 the same as the iPhone 13, because of a similar engine, then it's not going to be fair on the customer.

Sure, make the iPhone 14 Max more expensive than the iPhone 13 mini - it's bigger and all the larger components cost more - but otherwise let's hope for parity.

Free iPhone

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Maybe the A15 will disappear after all - I just came across an interesting idea from a sometimes-correct leaker speaking to Forbes.

LeaksApplePro has suggested that the iPhone 14 WILL come with an A16 Bionic chipset - but it'll be a rebadged A15, and the iPhone 14 Pro will pack an 'A16 Bionic Pro' chip.

Now, Apple does have precedent here: the S6 chip in the Apple Watch 6 was essentially just rebadged as the S7 for the Watch 7, albeit with capacity for faster charging.

Would Apple do something as bold with the iPhone 14? This brand has been at great pains to say how powerful it silicon is, and to skate over that with a minor upgrade would be a big change.

Close up of the iPhone 13 Pro notch.

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Let's break (briefly) from the question over how the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro might differ - there's a lot more to go over there - and speak about a key upgrade that might help offset the cost of the new 14 Pro: larger storage.

A note in June from research firm Trendforce forecast that the iPhone 14 Pro will start at $1,099, but would pack in 256GB of storage to begin with, rather than the 128GB on offer for the 13 Pro. 

Both will still go up to 1TB of storage, but for the 'average' pro having that extra on-board capacity, allowing you to build out more 8K video (if that comes to pass) will be a big boon.

iPhone 13 Pro in pink

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Let's all lean back and wander through more scurrilous rumor paths now, where we 'investigate' the leaks on the new iPhone 14 colors.

This is far more shaky ground, because the leaks are often rampant in the build up but have so often proved to be false, so what we 'know' so far could be utter balderdash, to use a heavily British phrase.

This is what's rumored: the iPhone 14 Pro range will drop the green and Sierra Blue options (which would be awful, as the blue looks great) and will replace it with a purple option.

The iPhone 14 models will continue with white, black, red and blue, will lose the pink and green choices, and also come in hard with a purple offering.

The basis of this rumor appears from a posting on Chinese social network site Weibo that's since been deleted, so read into that what you will - it's from a few months ago too, so even it was true at the time it could have all changed by now.

An iPhone in a tripod mount

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Shall we talk cameras next? A few things here to get through, so strap in. The iPhone 14 and 14 Max are set to continue with two 12MP snappers on the back, used to capture ultra-wide and 'normal' snaps. 

I predict that the ultra-wide camera will get the macro mode that's present on the current iPhone 13 Pro Max - currently the hardware is similar on the iPhone 13 models, but the cheaper phone can't capture really close up photos like the Pro phones can.

It's not clear exactly why that is, but it's certainly annoying - the macro mode is really good, as you can see below.

iPhone 13 Pro Max

I took this photo, and I'm actually terrible at photography. Thanks iPhone. (Image credit: TechRadar)

Where the iPhone 14 Pro Max will likely shine is in the image quality if the rumored 48MP camera comes to pass. 

Apple has been taking great snaps with 12MP sensors for years now, so a jump to 48MP has to come with clear improvements - I predict it will be in both sharpness and the ability to record in 8K too, both of which would be real boons for flimographers. 

iPhone 14 leak showing the pill hole and cut out

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Here's a final one before I sign off for the day - although check back in tomorrow as we spring this conversation back to life.

(And if you want to ask any questions, come and find me on Twitter over @superbeav - I'd love to hear from you).

So... is it bye bye to the notch?

When we're talking about clearer differences to the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro models, it seems likely there's going to be one key difference: the notch, or lack thereof.

Now, if I told many, many of you lovely readers that the notch was going away, then you might be feeling like that's a good thing. So many other phone brands have managed to develop under-display cameras to make it an all-screen handset, so it's great news that the notch is going away, right?

Well, in my opinion, what's highly likely to come instead is worse. While the notch might be large and in the way, at least it's symmetrical. The iPhone 14 Pro is likely to have a 'pill and punch display', as in a hole and a pill-shaped space, as you can see in the picture above.

This is to minimize the amount of screen removed for the camera, FaceID camera and speaker as possible, but the images we've seen look a bit skewed.

I have been hoping this isn't going to happen, but the volume of leaks around it mean, unless Apple has a last minute design change of heart, we're going to get a radically different-looking iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.

Right, I'm off for the night - but this has been a blast so far, and I'll leave you with this render that sees the 'iPhone 14 Pro Max' spinning through the air in a very fancy kitchen... that's not going to be a feature, sadly.

Probably wrong on the starting storage, but the rest looks pretty accurate - let me know what you think.

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Fri, 12 Aug 2022 18:00:13 +0000

Are free games worth the price?
Posted on Fri, 12 Aug 2022 18:00:13 +0000

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Everything comes with a price, even free games. Is it worth it?

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Everyone loves a freebie, and a free game, well, it’s like the warm touch of a hand on your back, and a voice in your ear, saying, “Go on. You deserve it.”

But is that voice a devil or an angel? Are free games all they’re cracked up to be? Why might you complain about something that costs you nothing?

Sometimes “free”, though, provokes “Thanks, but no thanks”, and here’s why.

Free, but bad

Scenario: You download and install a free game, only to discover it’s, well … terrible. Well, at least it didn’t cost you money. But it did cost you time, the time spent installing it, and the time finding that fact out.

But even if the game is of high quality, and many of the best free games are, they are often made less fun for the purpose of extracting money from the player. The excessive grind that many free-to-play games have is an example of this.

Progression in a game – unlocking this, which lets you unlock that, then the other – can be a great way to keep you engaged in a game. And it can also be fun, just ask any Monster Hunter player. But the deliberately annoying grinding in some free-to-play games (say, Lineage II) is not put in there to help you have fun. Higher-level items are priced at many grind-hours of in-game currency so as to entice you to spend real game-of-life money.

Straightforward pay-to-win games – games in which you can buy power (in the form of, say, weapons) are pretty rare these days; players don’t like obvious funny-business, and are capable of kicking up a fuss, like in the case of Star Wars Battlefront II. But even allowing players to “skip the grind” gives that rich or reckless player an advantage, and it does, in fact, allow them to Pay to Win. This can create a haves-and-have-nots atmosphere in a PVE game, and it can make PVP games, particularly unfun to play, particularly for new players getting gunned down with powerful weapons.

Then there’s the pressure of endless free games. Epic, we love you, please keep ’em coming; we’re just trying to speak up for the HDD- and SSD-challenged. What if you have no space to download them all? Do you delete one to play another? This is a small issue, but one worth mentioning. It’s great to get free games, but it’s not always necessary. Quality over quantity.

It might as well have cost money

Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 Battle Pass skins

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But even if the game’s great, and the grind is good, what about your wallet? “Free-to-play”, of course, doesn’t mean “free”.

Take League of Legends, and take it from us who’ve spent so much money on the game we won’t tell you how much we’ve actually spent on it.

There is no pay-to-win in League. Everything sold through the game is cosmetic, and you can even get skins without having to do more than grind, and get lucky with loot boxes.

Still, you won’t get the new skins in a loot box, and they’ll always tempt you. Well, they always look cool, don’t they? AAA companies really do put a lot of time, effort, and talent into their products. League’s skins are always heralded by mean marketing strategies – featuring K-pop-inspired music videos, short films, and fiction – that positively seduce you into opening your wallet for them.

And yet, in the end, you don’t own any of it. When the servers are down, you can’t play it, everything you spent money on is gone. Poof.

Still, many would argue they’re happy to spend money on ephemeral fun, to pay for it one skin or bit of DLC at a time. Yes, when they ponder the total money spent they get the shivers, but wouldn’t you if you totalled the money you’ve given to McDonald’s?

Ultimately, it’s down to each person whether or not they choose to purchase any in-game items or currency, but some games make it almost impossible not to and eventually cause players to leave the game altogether.

One odd property of free-to-play games is that even while the game’s still around, you can never truly complete it. In regular games, you can finish the game on all modes, and find all the Easter eggs and bugs. You could never, though, access every part of League of Legends, not without spending thousands, anyway.

It ends up feeling like the “free” part of “free-to-play” is a set-up.

Shout out to free games that are actually free though. Platforms like itch.io always have a wide variety of them, many of which are very strange.

There are also free open source games, for example, 0 A.D., a great example of a truly free game that is as good as a pay-to-play one. There aren’t, in truth, many really great open-source games. Development tends to be, compared to that of a commercial game, slow. On the other hand, so long as a game’s source code exists on the Internet, development doesn’t have to end. The game doesn’t go, poof, though the players might.


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Some of the most addictive games in the world are free-to-play. The number of hours we’ve clocked up in League of Legends, Warframe, and Starcraft II, for example, is, well, alarming, and probably way higher than what we’ve clocked up in all of our lonely-and-weeping for-money Steam games combined.

This is because free-to-play games are constantly updated. They constantly pull you back into orbit, with new seasons, skins, character updates, and patches.

And it’s a bit sad because there are many, many other games available to play. Many of us will probably be familiar with this situation: A new game has been released, and we’re excited, but then we’re suddenly playing MechWarrior Online again.

Because we want novelty, yes, but new stuff in games we’re familiar with is a novelty, too. And in any case, we have so many skins, and we’re about to rank up … Our free game did not cost us a penny – to begin with – but now we’ve spent loads of money and time.

Send help.


Fri, 12 Aug 2022 17:30:23 +0000

Dolby claims two thirds of top 100 Billboard artists are now available in Atmos
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From Harry Styles to Lizzo - company claims the number of big name music acts creating dedicated mixes in immersive audio is now growing fast.

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The future of how we listen to music looks increasingly likely to be in immersive audio, after a report by Dolby claimed a growing rise in the amount of big name acts offering their music in its Atmos format.

As reported by Music Ally, during a company financial earnings call earlier this week Dolby CEO Kevin Yeaman revealed to investors: “We have two-thirds of the top 100 Billboard artists that have one or more songs available in Dolby Atmos,” 

Yeoman also highlighted how Atmos was now also beginning to be adopted in live music situations, highlighting R’n’B star Usher’s recent residency at the MGM venue in Las Vegas which featured 3D audio mixes.

A quick look at the latest album chart appears to back up Yeaman’s claim. New albums from big name acts such as Harry Styles, Lizzo and Megan Thee Stallion have all been released in Dolby Atmos in recent weeks, indicating that multi-channel mixes well may be on their way to becoming the norm for major label acts.

Apple Music last year became the latest major streaming service to offer a sizeable library of classic and new music in Dolby Atmos, following in the footsteps of rivals Amazon Music and Tidal which also offer select releases in the hi-res, multi-channel format.

The news from Dolby came as high-end music-streaming service Qobuz announced they had teamed up with THX to offer tracks in the company’s new 24-bit THX Spatial Audio format.

Three tracks featuring THX Spatial Audio from Circuit des Yeux, Dinosaur Jr and Anat Cohen have so far been released on the service, with the special 3D audio mixes aiming to offer listeners the impression of being in the same space as the performers.

According to Qobuz, no specific pair of headphones are needed to experience the tracks in THX Spatial Audio, with all three songs available now to subscribers.

Billie Eilish performing at Glastonbury

Billie Eilish's entire catalogue is available to stream in Dolby Atmos on Apple Music (Image credit: Jim Dyson/Getty Images)

Analysis: Immersive audio’s time may finally have come

While dismissed by many Hi-Fi heads as a gimmick, the rise of 3D audio now appears undeniable.

The move by Apple Music last year to start offering a wide-ranging library in its proprietary Spatial Audio music streaming format appears to have opened the floodgates.

No longer just an exercise in breathing new life into classic albums by heritage acts, it’s now becoming unusual for new albums by contemporary major label acts not to be available to stream in Atmos, with a growing number of artists also now offering one-off recordings made especially for surround sound.

Adoption of the format has further been helped along by Apple with its support for Spatial Audio across much of its hardware including AirPods and iPhones, while a recent update to its industry-standard Logic Audio recording software has made rendering mixes in Atmos for producers a much easier affair.

Spotify remains a 3D audio hold-out, but with most of its rivals now offering Atmos  (leading Chinese streaming service QQ Music notably started offering music in the immersive audio format  last month), and growing interest in immersive music from both artists and audiences, the world’s leading music platform may soon need to change its tune.


Fri, 12 Aug 2022 17:22:27 +0000

Hogwarts Legacy release date announced, and it brings disappointment
Posted on Fri, 12 Aug 2022 17:22:27 +0000

Author : Julian.benson@futurenet.com (Julian Benson)

The Harry Potter RPG has been delayed again, pushing the Hogwarts Legacy release date into 2023.

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 Last we had heard, Hogwarts Legacy, the Harry Potter RPG set in a Victorian-era version of the wizarding school, was going to be coming out around Christmas 2022. However, publisher Warner Bros has revealed the final Hogwarts Legacy release date, and we’ve lousy news.

Yes, the Harry Potter game has been held back again and won’t be graduating in 2022. Instead, the Hogwarts Legacy release date is February 10, 2023. And that’s if you want to play Xbox Series X, PS5, or PC. There’s worse news for Nintendo Switch fans.

While Warner Bros says it’s committed to releasing the Nintendo Switch version of Hogwarts Legacy, it can’t say when it will be ready. Considering, what the developer revealed at the Sony State of Play, it’s not surprising getting the open-world RPG running smoothly on Nintendo’s console is proving a challenge.

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The delay into 2023 may be disappointing for you. Still, personally speaking, with so many upcoming games crammed together into the coming months, it’s frankly a bit of a relief to see a massive game like Hogwarts Legacy take a step back. I want to be able to really immerse myself into school life and not feel pressured to wrap up my campaign to start playing God of War Ragnarok or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. (You may think they’re pretty different games from Harry Potter, but I’m allowed to have varied tastes.)

While Hogwarts Legacy can’t escape the influence of the books’ author, we've been impressed each time we’ve seen the game in action. While the old Playstation games were a joy, they pale compared to the sheer scope of Hogwarts Legacy. As well as a whole suite of skills you’ll be able to train your young magician in, the combat looks to be much deeper than you may expect, letting you create complicated combos by layering different styles of spells on top of one another – levitating enemies to disable them before hitting them with fireballs, for instance.

While we have to wait a few months longer than we expected, it looks like 2023 will start with a strong contender for Game of the Year.


Fri, 12 Aug 2022 16:03:05 +0000

Intel Arc multi-GPU rumor sparks excitement, before it’s shot down in flames
Posted on Fri, 12 Aug 2022 16:03:05 +0000

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It’s been a bleak past couple of months for Arc Alchemist, and that theme looks set to continue, sadly.

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Intel’s Arc graphics cards have been seriously disappointing since they spluttered onto the desktop – with a China-only launch, too – but there’s just been a brief flurry of excitement around a rumor that Team Blue might have an ace up its sleeve. Sadly, though, it wasn’t to be.

The ace in question was multi-GPU support, meaning that multiple graphics cards could be installed in the same PC and work together to juice up performance levels in games – which if Intel could get it right, would be a major advantage against AMD and Nvidia. (Team Red’s CrossFire is dead, and so is Team Green’s SLI effectively, though it’s still kicking about at the top-end in a fashion).

Word that Intel was planning such a multi-GPU innovation – which should have been shown off at SIGGRAPH 2022, but didn’t quite make the cut – came from TweakTown, but the tech site subsequently reported that after it broke the story, Intel got in touch to clarify that multiple card support was only happening in a very limited way.

Intel told TweakTown: “Intel showed a Blender Cycles rendering demo at SIGGRAPH with Intel Arc graphics. Multi-GPU rendering support for Intel Arc and Intel Arc Pro graphics cards through oneAPI is supported starting in Blender 3.3. Intel Arc graphics does not support multi-GPU for gaming.”

That effectively shoots down the idea that PC gamers could benefit from accelerated frame rates with more than one Arc GPU in their machine.

Analysis: Okay, so not now – but maybe in the future?

We can see why folks jumped on this and were so quick to get excited. The whole desktop Arc launch has seen the discrete GPUs limping out of the gate, and bad news about drivers and stability has been compounded by further worries regarding whether the whole project is set to be canceled. The latter is something Intel has strenuously denied, mind you.

At any rate, we’re all pretty disappointed with the state of Arc Alchemist right now, so a glimmer of hope of something unexpected was inevitably going to be seized upon. Especially as in the early days, Intel did talk about going the multi-GPU route with gaming, and as we observed at the time, this seemed like it might be a viable way for Team Blue to meaningfully differentiate its desktop graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia.

Of course, just because it isn’t happening with Alchemist doesn’t mean that Intel won’t look at a gaming implementation in a future generation of GPUs. If we get that far, but of course the worry is that with the driver side of the equation already being seriously problematic for Intel, complicating things further with a multiple card implementation – a notoriously tricky business as gamers already know from past experience with SLI and the like – doesn’t seem like a sensible idea.


Fri, 12 Aug 2022 16:02:16 +0000

Microsoft Teams update will ensure you never miss a crucial piece of information
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Transcription on automatically recorded Microsoft Teams calls is set to make video call playback more accessible.

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An upcoming update will see Microsoft Teams get a welcome accessibility boost by tweaking the way its video transcription works with recorded meetings.

An entry added to the company’s Microsoft 365 roadmap outlines how, “Transcription will be turned on together with Recording if the ‘Record automatically’ meeting option is on.” 

What this means for end users and admins is that, when a meeting organizer enables ‘Record automatically,’ speech transcription will be enabled by default (as long as it is allowed by admins). 

Microsoft Teams transcription

Microsoft hopes that this change will help to make meeting recordings more accessible, while requiring no additional input or setup from organizers.

In the first instance, this feature looks set to be coming to desktop versions of the Microsoft Teams app - an environment where most business users veer towards. That’s not to say that web and mobile versions may not get similar features in the future.

In a bid to make its platform as accessible as possible, Microsoft is pushing the update through the development process quickly, and general availability is set to be by the end of August 2022.

Microsoft Teams updates

Since the pandemic, competition among video conferencing suites has been heated as they all fight for the top spot. As such, any new features have quickly been copied and replicated by all of the big players.

For exmaple, Microsoft Teams seems to have imitated one of Zoom’s party pieces, which allows the video calling platforms to record and send short video clips to colleagues, which can be handy if somebody is away but you don’t want them to miss an important company announcement.

Among plenty of other new features that have arrived recently or are set to arrive in the future, Microsoft has also expressed its commitment to Apple’s M-series Mac users, with greater support for the devices powered by the company's silicon chips.


Fri, 12 Aug 2022 16:00:35 +0000

Activision teases Modern Warfare 2's latest map in an unusual place
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Activision's given us a brief look at Farm 18, Modern Warfare 2's latest multiplayer map

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Infinity Ward has teased its next Modern Warfare 2 map, though perhaps not where you'd expect. 

Releasing a sneak peak via TikTok, Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2's latest multiplayer map is called Farm 18. There isn't a huge amount to see here, the TikTok video only provides a few seconds of gameplay, so we'd advise tempering expectations. Instead, this video details the team's inspirations for the new map, speaking to two developers.

First up is Geoffrey Smith, Modern Warfare 2's multiplayer design director. Telling us Farm 18 takes inspiration from the Modern Warfare ‘s Shoothouse map, states the team sought to introduce “hidden training facilities”, choosing to use an “industrial cement factory.” As such, Farm 18 contains a central warehouse that'll serve as the heart of the action. 

The video then moves onto Ashley Thundercliff, a senior environment artist. For his segment, Thundercliff explains how the team balanced the map's realism without compromising on gameplay. "If we go too dense with the foliage, we have people hiding in the corners. If we don't go dense enough, we don't sell the narrative of the overgrowth," he confirms.

It's only a brief teaser but if you're interested in watching, you can do so via the official Call of Duty Twitter page below:

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Not long until the beta

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Activision's slowly gearing up for a big multiplayer reveal with its latest entry. Alongside Farm 18's reveal, last week brought news that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer's getting an open beta. Participants can experience the multiplayer mode across two consecutive weekends and if you've pre-ordered it, that comes with two days of early access before going live. 

Admittedly though, the beta is disappointing news for Xbox players. The first weekend, which kicks off on September 16, is exclusively for PS4 and PS5 players. If you're buying Modern Warfare 2 on an Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, or PC, that's only available on the second weekend, starting from September 22. 

Right now, we don't know much about what's included in this beta, but we don't have long to wait. Activision has confirmed it'll host Call of Duty: Next, an upcoming presentation that'll shed light on Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2. Specific times are currently unconfirmed, but that'll air on September 16.


Fri, 12 Aug 2022 15:52:45 +0000

Samsung announces new phones and more to make your life even better
Posted on Fri, 12 Aug 2022 15:52:45 +0000

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Photography fans, fitness lovers, and multitaskers will be delighted.

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Samsung is a market leader in making some of the most stylish and practical devices out there. 

While you might be eyeing up one of its many great foldable phones, or maybe even a new Galaxy Watch, you've probably seen the great news: Samsung has announced that two new phones - the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 - are on their way

And for the health conscious user, there's also a new fitness-focused Samsung Galaxy Watch which is perfect to pair up with some shiny new Samsung Galaxy Buds. Excited? You should be. Here's what we know about the new range so far:

If you've been checking out the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 or Samsung Galaxy Flip 3 lately, you'll know how beautiful and distinctive both models are. 

Making you feel as good as you did when you got your first smartphone, the foldable phones look fantastic while offering great features. 

Now, things are even better with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 demonstrating some truly remarkable features. 

If you love to take snaps, you'll appreciate the upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy Flip 4, as it now offers a 12MP brighter main camera along with a 12MP Ultra Wide lens plus a 10MP front facing camera for video calls or selfies. 

The quality of the picture is better whichever way you use it, with a new focus on night time photography ensuring you'll take great snaps even in low-light situations. 

Ideally suited for hands-free video calling or content creation, the Samsung Galaxy Flip 4 is also durable so it can keep up with your active lifestyle. It's packing IPX8 water resistance, plus it uses Gorilla Glass Victus+ so the screen is far sturdier than you would usually see on this next-generation type of smartphone. 

With 14% faster charging over it preecessor as well as longer battery duration, the Samsung Galaxy Flip 4 is great for all day use. You can even pair it up with your Samsung Galaxy Watch and set the design to match across both devices. It's fun and far more eye-catching than your regular smartphone. 

Focus on the pros

Looking for something more productivity-focused? Try the Samsung Galaxy Fold 4. Building on the success of its predecessor, it's ideal if you need a device that keeps up with your busy lifestyle. 

Multitasking is better than ever thanks to apps being optimized for the purpose, plus you can easily use the taskbar and multi-window feature to juggle apps all on the same screen. 

It's compatible with the S Pen too so you can work with a stylus rather than relying only on your fingers, for even greater precision in what you're working on. 

The Samsung Galaxy Fold 4 looks great too thanks to it having the biggest and brightest display ever seen on a Galaxy Z Series phone. It's perfect for working at speed on, or simply relaxing and playing a few games too. 

Love to take some photos of your adventures? The Samsung Galaxy Fold 4 offers a 50MP main camera with a 3x zoom, alongside a 10MP selfie camera plus 12MP Ultra Wide lens too. 

Whether you're taking snaps of you and your friends at a aspirational location, or taking in some night time photography, the Samsung Galaxy Fold 4 makes it all look fantastic. You can use its dual preview mode to view your photos on both the cover screen and the main display too.

Lighter and slimmer than the previous model, the Samsung Galaxy Fold 4 is still just as durable with IPX8 water resistance along with Gorilla Glass Victus+ protecting your screen at all times. Armour Aluminium rounds off the protective features. 

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Samsung hasn't stopped its innovations there, though. If you're keen to embrace a more holistic approach to your health, you're going to love the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 can help you achieve your goals. 

It has advanced sleep tracking and monitoring, including REM sleep tracking, appreciating the importance of a good night's sleep to your daily achievements. 

Using this data, the Galaxy Watch 5 takes sleep to the next level, coaching you on how to improve your sleep and analysing your phone usage data to decide on a bedtime that will work best for you.

During the waking hours, precise health tracking means you can check your body composition over time*, monitor your heart rate and even your blood pressure**

Ideal for keeping healthy, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 looks great too, offering a luxury timepiece feel with sapphire crystal glass while also being capable of handling a more rugged life thanks to its 50m water resistance. 

Want even more from a watch? There's also the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. It adds to the above features by including GPS tracking and turn by turn navigation. You can always see where you're exploring, ensuring you can push your workout further every time. 

With the outdoor focus, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is more rugged too thanks to its tough titanium frame, magnetic D buckle strap, and sapphire crystal glass. 

Robust yet stylish, it's the ideal companion when you're hitting the trails or checking out what's round the next corner. 

If you're out in nature, you probably want to take in the sounds around you but no one wants to do that during their work commute. That's why there's also the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro. 

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Offering seamless switching between Samsung devices, the buds are perfectly suited to add to your daily devices alongside your Samsung phone and watch. 

Offering 24-bit sound quality***, along with a 2-way dynamic speaker and 360 degree immersive**** audio, it feels like you're actually listening to a live concert. 

Active noise cancellation means that you can also lose yourself to your favourite music or podcasts, even if you're on a busy train or plane, so you can enjoy some quality 'you' time. 

For those times when you need to return to reality to take a call, three built-in mics ensure you sound crisp to anyone you speak to via the earbuds. 

Intelligent voice detection technology and active noise cancellation on a call further helps enhance the quality for everyone involved.

Incredibly comfortable to wear with an enhanced ergonomic design compared to the previous model, the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are available in three colours - graphite, white, and bora purple, so these easily match your aesthetic.

If you're looking for technology that enhances your daily life, the new Samsung range of phones, watches, and earbuds is exactly what you need. Able to help you work, stay informed, and be entertained, each device accompanies each other perfectly, all while looking incredibly stylish.

*Do not measure your body composition if you are pregnant, have an implanted pacemaker or other implanted medical devices.

**ECG and BP feature only to be used by 22 years+. For accurate BP readings, monthly calibration required by GP or BP monitor & arm cuff. Requires a Galaxy smartphone running Android 8.0 or above.

***Samsung Galaxy smartphone or tablet with One UI 4.0 or higher required. 24bit audio source required.

****360 Audio and Dolby Head Tracking support may vary depending on app and content. One UI 4.1.x or higher required


Fri, 12 Aug 2022 15:37:27 +0000

Apple’s For All Mankind has The Right Stuff to be your next TV binge
Posted on Fri, 12 Aug 2022 15:37:27 +0000

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For All Mankind's smart alternative history of the space race is one of the best shows on TV, let alone Apple TV Plus.

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In For All Mankind’s third season finale, President Ellen Wilson references John F Kennedy’s famous speech encouraging America to strive for the moon (and other endeavors), “not because they are easy, but because they are hard”. Those historic words, uttered six decades ago, are a neat encapsulation of this bona fide Apple TV Plus series precision engineered to marvel at the miracle of humans traveling into outer space.

Of course, the show’s co-creator Ronald D Moore has form when it comes to emphasizing the challenges of life on the final frontier. While he made his name working among the warp drives, transporter beams, and palatial starships of Star Trek, his brilliant and daring reinvention of Battlestar Galactica (BSG) ensured that squabbling over oxygen, water, and food supplies were as much a part of day-to-day life as staying one step ahead of those pesky Cylons. NASA’s more optimistic, can-do approach to space exploration in For All Mankind may be light years from the gritty war footing of BSG, but there’s still no denying that space travel comes with an extra frisson of danger and excitement when the protagonists are floating in a glorified tin can.

Rewriting history

Aleida Rosales sits at a desk while working for NASA in For All Mankind

Aleida Rosales (Coral Peña) and her mission control colleagues are as essential to For All Mankind’s DNA as the astronauts. (Image credit: Apple TV Plus)

There’s more to For All Mankind than simply staying alive in a hostile environment, however. If you’re yet to dive into this particular jewel in the Apple TV Plus crown you're missing out, because a brilliant three-season, 30-episode saga awaits you –and a fourth season has already been greenlit. The show imagines a compelling alternative history of the late-20th century, in which the Soviet Union beat the United States to plant the first flag on the Moon in 1969.

In this version of events, relegating Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to runner-up status proves to be the spark that lifts the space race to new levels of competitiveness. Where America’s real-life excursions to the moon ended with Apollo 17 in 1972, the For All Mankind-verse envisions NASA racing the Soviet space agency to establish a permanent base on the moon – pushing science and the astronauts to their limits and beyond.

The show’s first season has an unmistakable echoes of 80s sci-fi movie The Right Stuff, as highly skilled, testosterone-fuelled test pilots – many of them based on real astronauts – prove that going where no one has gone before can be a viable day job. Taking giant leaps for mankind isn’t always as much of a motivation as satiating their rocket-sized egos, but as much a they’re the faces of the space program, For All Mankind also celebrates the geniuses behind the scenes. 

To paraphrase Star Wars' Han Solo, traveling through space ain’t like dusting crops, and it’s the elite scientists in mission control who really keep NASA in orbit. Indeed, their problem-solving exploits often play out like TV spin-offs of Apollo 13 or The Martian, their skilled deployment of complex mathematics every bit as thrilling as the spectacular drama unfolding miles above them.

Nasa's pioneering first intake of female astronauts in For All Mankind

In real-life, Nasa didn't send a woman into space until Sally Ride in 1983. The more progressive For All Mankind made sure it happened much earlier. (Image credit: Apple TV Plus)

When season 2 leaps forward to 1983 – this is a show that embraces significant time jumps on numerous occasions – For All Mankind inevitably veers further from the history books. With space travel now close to routine, both the USA and the USSR have sizeable lunar presences, a state of affairs that turns Earth’s nearest neighbor into the latest frontier in the Cold War.

Despite the ambitious decades-spanning timeframe, For All Mankind keeps you engaged by focussing on the same characters at different stages in their lives. Sure, it pushes credibility that a couple of families could be so pivotal to NASA – the ever-present Baldwins are effectively For All Mankind’s answer to the Skywalkers – but this sophisticated soap opera keeps you hooked. Even as season 3 ventures further into science fiction territory with its mission(s) to Mars, it’s the earthbound, human elements of story – the tragedies, the romance, the mundane colliding with the extraordinary – that keep the show believable and grounded.

But for all the show’s twists on the history you remember, For All Mankind doesn’t change everything. The soundtrack is packed with recognisable, era-defining tunes, while several historical events play out exactly as they did in our reality – even when there’s a different person in the White House to deal with their aftermath. The show’s retro-futuristic technology also feels refreshingly familiar, although this turbo-charged space race has significantly accelerated developments to the point where video calls are fairly commonplace in the 90s.

Building better worlds

Ed Baldwin sits in his house staring at something off screen in For All Mankind

Ed Baldwin (Joel Kinnaman) and his family have been almost implausibly integral to For All Mankind’s space race.  (Image credit: Apple TV Plus)

Ultimately, the show’s primary mission objective is showing us a better version of our world. That’s not to say that everything in For All Mankind’s epic game of “what if?” is sunshine and lollipops – in fact, it would be a huge disappointment if a show from the man behind Battlestar Galactica lacked a full palette of shades of gray. But beyond the still-simmering Cold War tensions, political dirty tricks, blackmail, espionage and corporate squabbles, there’s a sense of optimism at play.

Sure, the astronauts aren’t saints – the selfish, bullying Ed Baldwin (Joel Kinnaman) would be a nightmare to work with – but they celebrate an environment where teamwork and trust are essential. And despite a few stumbles along the way – For All Mankind makes it clear that, whatever timeline you live in, you should never trust a politician – this parallel universe is significantly more progressive than the real 20th century when it comes to the representation of women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community.

This show is driven by the old Doc Brown mantra that “if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything”. We may not be living in the utopian world of flying cars and affordable space tourism that optimistic futurists envisioned back in the 60s, but For All Mankind is the next best thing. Striving for a better world may be hard, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worthwhile.

All three seasons of For All Mankind are now available to stream on Apple TV Plus.


Fri, 12 Aug 2022 14:00:00 +0000

As Street Fighter turns 35, Capcom announces big plans for Tokyo Game Show
Posted on Fri, 12 Aug 2022 14:00:00 +0000

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Street Fighter celebrates its 35th anniversary today, and Capcom's got big plans for it at Tokyo Game Show 2022.

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Capcom has formally unveiled its Tokyo Game Show 2022 plans, and it's giving Street Fighter 6 the spotlight once more.

While Capcom's skipping Gamescom 2022 later this month, the Japanese publisher's announced it'll be out in full force at Tokyo Game Show 2022. Announcing it'll have two presentations, one of these is exclusively focused on the upcoming Street Fighter 6. Taking place on September 16 at 8am PT / 11am ET / 4pm BST, fans can watch this through a live broadcast, which will be streamed in Japanese and English. 

Following a huge reveal at Sony's State of Play presentation in June 2022, we've since learned Guile's returning to Street Fighter 6, and it also appeared at June's Capcom Showcase. Having previously teased SF6 would get one more major announcement  this year, that appears set for Tokyo Game Show. While it's unclear what this'll bring, we'd speculate new character reveals are likely.

Fittingly, this announcement coincides with Street Fighter's 35th anniversary today, and the original arcade game first launched on August 12, 1987. While Capcom made no reference to this fact in its Twitter announcement for Tokyo Game Show, what better time to celebrate the iconic series' legacy than by looking to the future.

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It's not all about fighting

Street Fighter 6 gameplay screenshot

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Of course, Street Fighter 6 isn't Capcom's only focus at Tokyo Game Show. The first showcase, called 'Capcom Online Program', doesn't have a confirmed list of games yet, but that'll take place on September 15 at 7am PT / 10am ET / 3pm BST. Within its announcement, all the publisher stated was "What will be revealed? Details to follow".

Chances are, this could feature Capcom's show floor games for Tokyo Game Show. Alongside Street Fighter 6, anyone in attendance can also play Exoprimal, Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection, and Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak. Granted, Capcom usually focuses on individual Monster Hunter presentations, but we wouldn't rule out the other two games. 

It could also lean into its upcoming slate of Resident Evil projects. We're still waiting for an update on the long-delayed Resident Evil: ReVerse and during State of Play, Capcom finally revealed the Resident Evil 4 remake. Joined by a PSVR 2 adaptation of Resident Evil Village and new DLC, there's plenty in the pipeline, so we're excited to see what gets announced.


Fri, 12 Aug 2022 14:00:00 +0000

7 new movies and TV shows on Netflix, Prime Video, HBO Max and more this weekend (August 12)
Posted on Fri, 12 Aug 2022 14:00:00 +0000

Author : axel.metz@futurenet.com (Axel Metz)

From all-new zombie thrillers to returning fantasy series, there’s plenty to watch this weekend.

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After The Sandman and Prey kicked off this month’s streaming slate with a bang, the list of new movies and TV shows worth your attention grows longer as we roll into another August weekend.

Headlining the latest crop of arrivals is new Netflix movie Day Shift, which is joined on the streamer by Locke and Key season 3 and a handful of new Netflix documentaries. Then there’s Prime Video's latest comedy reboot, A League of Their Own, and Apple TV Plus’ heartwrenching new medical drama, Five Days at Memorial. 

Below, we’ve rounded up seven of the biggest new movies and TV shows available to stream on the likes of Netflix, HBO Max and Disney Plus this weekend. 

Day Shift (Netflix) 

Leading the charge on Netflix this week is Day Shift, which looks primed to please fans of horror movies, dumb comedy flicks and, erm, Snoop Dogg?

Jamie Foxx leads the film’s cast as Bud Jablonski, a blue-collar dad who uses his mundane San Fernando Valley pool cleaning job as an elaborate front for his real profession: killing vampires. Snoop ‘Doggy’ Dogg stars as Jablonski’s partner, Big John Elliott, and Dave Franco also features as, well, a stock Dave Franco character. 

Coming from the mind of martial arts expert J. J. Perry (whose stunt work credits include Ultraviolet and The Town), expect Day Shift to be a suitably high-octane affair – though early reviews suggest it isn’t exactly the next Citizen Kane.

Now available to stream on Netflix. 

A League of Their Own (Prime Video) 

Prime Video’s rapidly improving TV slate gets another boost this weekend in the form of A League of Their Own, which is now available to stream in its entirety.

A serialized reimagining of Penny Marshall's classic 1992 comedy of the same name, this one follows a WWII-era professional women's baseball team as they navigate the politics of a rapidly changing America on and off the sports field. Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson produces and stars, with D'Arcy Carden, Kelly McCormack and Nick Offerman among the series’ supporting cast. 

Reviews for A League of Their Own have been near-universally positive so far, with some critics even hailing Jacobson’s adaptation as superior to its source material. 

Now available to stream on Prime Video.  

Five Days at Memorial (Apple TV Plus) 

Apple TV Plus is no stranger to grisly dramas, and Five Days at Memorial looks set to be the streamer’s bleakest offering yet.  

Based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Sheri Fink, this eight-episode series documents the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in a New Orleans hospital inundated with desperate patients. Vera Farmiga stars alongside Cherry Jones, Robert Pine and Cornelius Smith Jr, with John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) and Carlton Cuse (Lost) on hand as showrunners. 

New episodes of Five Days at Memorial will stream weekly every Friday, though its first three entries are available to stream now on Apple TV Plus. 

Now available to stream on Apple TV Plus. 

Locke and Key season 3 (Netflix) 

Supernatural drama series Locke and Key returns to Netflix for its third and final season this weekend. 

An adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's fantasy comic book series, the show follows a trio of siblings – Kinsey (CODA’s Emilia Jones), Tyler (Connor Jessup) and Bode (Jackson Robert Scott) – who, after their father’s murder, move to their ancestral home, a mysterious manor filled with locked doors and magical keys. 

Season 3 finds the Locke clan up against a British Army captain whose already cruel soul has been further tainted by a demon from behind the Black Door. As is typical of most Netflix shows, all eight episodes are available to stream in one fell swoop. 

Now available to stream on Netflix.

I Am Groot (Disney Plus) 

Continuing Disney’s run of strange-but-welcome animated shorts in 2022 is I Am Groot, which is now streaming on Disney Plus. 

Set between the events of Guardians of the Galaxy and its sequel, this five-episode limited series follows everyone’s favorite superhero seedling on various misadventures through the Marvel universe. Vin Diesel reprises his role as the voice of Baby Groot, while Bradley Cooper also features in several episodes as Rocket. 

Like Baymax! before it, I Am Groot is less necessary viewing and more lighthearted bonus material for die-hard character fans, but its inconsequential place in the MCU’s elaborate Phase 4 storyline may actually prove refreshing for some.

Now available to stream on Disney Plus.

I Just Killed My Dad (Netflix) 

Most of the features on our list of the best Netflix documentaries concern some pretty gruesome subject matter, and I Just Killed My Dad is chief among that number.

This three-parter, from director Skye Borgman (who helmed another true crime Netflix documentary, Girl In The Picture), details the true story of Anthony Templet, a Louisiana teenager who shot dead his father in 2019. 

More a whydunit than a whodunit, I Just Killed My Dad features more twists than a hedge maze, and the mystery surrounding Templet's evidently unconventional upbringing will have you glued to the screen. Just don’t watch this one with the whole family (three guesses why).

Now available to stream on Netflix. 

The Princess (HBO Max) 

The third of this week’s fact-based picks (we’re counting Five Days at Memorial) is The Princess on HBO Max.

Constructed entirely out of archival footage, this feature-length deep-dive takes a microscope to the life and death of Princess Diana, a royal who faced overwhelming public adoration and intense scrutiny from the establishment into which she married. 

The Princess was commissioned to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Diana's death, and the film debuted at Sundance earlier this year to generally positive reviews. UK viewers will be able to stream this one on Sky and Now TV from Sunday. 

Available to stream on HBO Max from Saturday and Sky and Now TV from Sunday. 


Fri, 12 Aug 2022 13:15:01 +0000

RAM for your PC could soon be much cheaper
Posted on Fri, 12 Aug 2022 13:15:01 +0000

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Need to upgrade your PC’s system memory? We’d suggest playing a waiting game for now.

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Memory for your PC could soon get a fair bit cheaper according to an analyst firm, which has just revised its predictions to suggest heavier drops in the price tags of RAM sticks.

TrendForce tells us that the DRAM market is witnessing Korean manufacturers dropping prices to stoke demand from customers in the midst of oversupply, and these reduced prices are going to lead to considerably cheaper memory modules going forward.

While TrendForce had previously estimated a fall in pricing for consumer RAM sticks to the tune of 8% to 13% in Q3, that has been revised to a predicted quarterly decline of at least 13%, or maybe up to 18% – which is almost a fifth cheaper.

That’s quite a hefty drop down, and it’s a trend which is apparently set to continue into Q4, the analyst firm observes, where a further 3% to 8% drop is forecast (again, more than the original prediction which was for pricing to only fall at 5% at the most, and in the best-case scenario, price tags would remain the same in Q4).

Beyond that, TrendForce believes that the “possibility of sustained decline cannot be ruled out”, meaning we could see further downward movement as 2023 rolls around.

Analysis: Play a waiting game for RAM, if you can

The upshot of all this is that if you’re thinking of buying new RAM, it might be worth waiting longer for some decent further price reductions – particularly if it’s more expensive system memory, or larger capacity modules, that you’ve got your eye on.

The caveat here is that while this is very likely the case for DDR4 memory, at least if the analyst firm is correct – and all the signs point that way – price tags for the newest standard, DDR5 RAM, may not come down to the same extent.

That said, as DDR5 matures it’ll become less expensive (and more performant) anyway, so it’s worth holding off for a while yet purely on that basis. As you may recall, DDR5 has already witnessed some big price drops in the last couple of months, and there’s no reason to believe that won’t continue.

So, if you’re mulling a RAM upgrade, our advice is to try to stay strong and hold out a bit longer. And even those building a new PC might want to play a waiting game, not just for slightly cheaper RAM prices, but likely some fair old drops with GPU pricing which are likely in the cards (so to speak) right now. Indeed, with Ryzen 7000 and Raptor Lake CPUs, as well as next-gen graphics cards all coming soon, it’s surely a good time to be patient, anyway.

Via Tom’s Hardware


Fri, 12 Aug 2022 13:00:49 +0000

Exclusive: World's first Microsoft Excel spreadsheet NFTs go on sale, with a twist
Posted on Fri, 12 Aug 2022 13:00:49 +0000

Author : joel.khalili@futurenet.com (Joel Khalili)

New collection of Microsoft Excel-based NFT art is on sale now.

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The world’s first Microsoft Excel-based NFT art collection has gone on sale as part of an effort to raise funds for the victims of the war in Ukraine.

Commissioned by Datarails, a financial planning platform that integrates closely with Excel, the five pieces of pixel art include portraits of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and other scenes from the conflict.

Although Excel art is nothing new in itself, and others have turned spreadsheet doodles into NFTs before, the Datarails sale marks the first time an XLS file (the typical Microsoft Excel file format) has been tokenized and placed on a blockchain.

NFTs, but different

NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are a type of collectible that demonstrates ownership of a particular digital asset, whether that be an image, video or piece of music. Although the asset itself can be freely replicated and shared, the associated NFT is unique and can be traded on the secondary market.

However, NFTs have been the target of plenty of criticism since exploding into the public consciousness last year. Some people purchased NFTs at extortionate prices on the implied promise of capital returns, only for their valuation to plummet, while others have had their tokens stolen by scammers and hackers.

The NFT revolution was also supposed to give up-and-coming artists a new way to monetize their work. But they have also often been used by celebrities and other high-profile individuals as a means of turning a quick buck.

Nonetheless, Datarails believes its NFT sale is the ideal vehicle for generating funds for a good cause. In this scenario, the NFTs are not investment vehicles, but more like a perk attached to a traditional donation.

DataRails NFTs

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“Excel is the canvas used by anyone in finance to create ideas, innovation and financial models. In this  experiment we took this concept a step further,” said Didi Gurfinkel, co-founder and CEO at DataRails.

“Excel has literally been used as a palette to produce a one-of-a-kind experience for CryptoArt and spreadsheet enthusiasts to own. We hope this project will help show the broad canvas of Excel while raising funds for the plight of those in Ukraine.”

Each NFT will be sold at a price of 1 ETH, which currently equates to roughly $1,900. In total, the sale should therefore generate close to $10,000, all of which will be donated to Heart to Heart International, a non-profit dedicated to improving access to healthcare worldwide.

Asked why DataRails chose specifically for Heart to Heart International to receive the proceeds of the NFT sale, over the many other charities working to support the victims of the war in Ukraine, Gurfinkel had the following to say:

“Heart to Heart International is a fantastic charity whose mission we believe in. It improves healthcare access around the world by ensuring quality care is provided equitably in medically under-resourced communities and in disaster areas including the situation in Ukraine.”

To view or purchase the Microsoft Excel NFTs, visit the DataRails website here.


Fri, 12 Aug 2022 12:01:02 +0000

Google Meet really wants to stream all your videos, games and more
Posted on Fri, 12 Aug 2022 12:01:02 +0000

Author : wmccurdyjournalism@gmail.com (Will McCurdy)

Google Meet gets new features to enable "social streaming", as it merges with Duo.

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An upcoming update will see Google Meet roll out a new feature enabling users to stream and share any of their video content across the web.

The tool brings "live sharing" integrations with platforms such as YouTube and Spotify, and mobile games like UNO! Mobile. 

This means you'll be able to stream YouTube videos with your friends on Google Meet or play a variety of mobile games, while still continuing the interaction, similar to the functionality of Apple SharePlay.

How can I use the feature?

Users can enable the new streaming feature by heading to the newly introduced "Activities" tab.

Users can then kick off the shared experience by clicking the appropriate icon, for example, Spotify.

This upgrade will take place throughout August 2022 across mobile and tablet devices, and will come later for other devices.

Some of the integrations are limited, however, for example, the Spotify integration is only available for premium users. 

What else is on the cards?

The news comes as the search giant is fully merging Google Meet with its more consumer-focused offering Duo, first released in 2016.

However the merger won't just be leading to more social features, as Google is also rolling out additional meeting features that will let you start an instant video call with your entire study group or connect with your colleagues at a recurring scheduled time. 

Before you join a meeting, you’ll be able to change your background or apply visual effects, and during the meeting, users will also be able to use in-meeting chat and captions for more ways to participate.


Fri, 12 Aug 2022 12:00:57 +0000

We finally know when Overwatch loot box sales will end
Posted on Fri, 12 Aug 2022 12:00:57 +0000

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Having previously confirmed it'd remove Overwatch's loot boxes, Blizzard has announced that's happening later this month.

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Overwatch is finally abandoning loot boxes sales and while we've known this'll happen for sometime, we've now got a confirmed end date.

As Blizzard prepares for Overwatch's transition into Overwatch 2, you may have seen it's kicked off one final event for the original game. Calling this 'Overwatch Anniversary Remix: Vol.3', that's running from August 9 until August 30 and while you can earn 'Anniversary Loot Boxes' for taking part, the official Overwatch website issued this disclaimer: 

"Loot Boxes will no longer be available for sale after the end of the Anniversary Remix Vol. 3 event on August 30."

However, loot boxes can still be earned via other means, like levelling up and playing the Arcade mode. Just be aware that when the sequel launches in early access on October 4, this system's being replaced by a new Overwatch 2 battle pass. As such, any previously obtained loot boxes will be automatically opened and added into your inventory.

The end is in sight

Overwatch 2 characters - Junker Queen

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It's been three years since Overwatch 2's reveal at Blizzcon 2019, but Blizzard's only detailed what to expect these across the last few months. It's been clear Overwatch 1 has no future after Overwatch 2's launch this October and instead of releasing two separate game, this sequel essentially arrive as a major update, rewriting the original release entirely. 

So, we're in the middle of a long goodbye for Overwatch 1 and thanks to two public Overwatch 2 beta tests, we've seen what to expect. Maps like Temple of Anubis and Hanamura won't be in regular rotation — only available via custom games — matches are switching from 6v6 to 5v5, there's three new heroes at launch, including Sojourn and Junker Queen. Once the sequel fully launches, expect PvE, too. 

Still, if you're looking to celebrate Overwatch 1 before October rolls around, the Anniversary Remix Vol. 3 is your best chance. Overwatch Archives Missions and Challenge Missions are back, there's new legendary skin recolors, and all the old seasonal events are returning one last time. It's certainbthat's a fitting farewell for Blizzard's original hero shooter.


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