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  • Feb- 2020 -
    24 February
    Photo of Nvidia GeForce Now looks to be far more popular than Google Stadia – but will that last?

    Nvidia GeForce Now looks to be far more popular than Google Stadia – but will that last?

    Nvidia’s GeForce Now has seemingly attracted far more gamers than big rival Google Stadia, doubtless helped by the fact that there is a free offering – but if big publishers keep pulling games from Nvidia’s streaming service, that may not be the case going forward. In a recent blog post, Phil Eisler, general manager of GeForce Now, announced that: “Over 1 million new gamers have taken to the cloud by signing up for a free plan or upgrading to the Founders membership, which includes a 90-day free trial.” Don’t buy an external GPU – just build a PC or get a gaming laptop Check out these wireless routers made for GeForce Now These are the best graphics cards of 2020 As Pocket Gamer (via PC GamesN) highlighted, back in January, the number of downloads the Stadia app had recorded over at the Play store was 409,000, with another 141,000 via Apple’s store. So combined that’s 550,000, not much more than half of Nvidia’s tally, the latter of which has been amassed in far less time, to boot (GeForce Now only launched at the start of February). Google Stadia requires either the Android or iOS app to activate the account, so…

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  • 24 February
    Photo of Ofcom tests find UK 5G radiation is safe

    Ofcom tests find UK 5G radiation is safe

    Ofcom says its latest round of spectrum testing shows that 5G networks do not pose a health risk to the public. The regulator has tested electromagnetic field (EMF) emissions from mobile and wireless equipment for several years and has now expanded this programme to cover the bands that will be used to deliver 5G mobile services. At none of the locations it conducted such testing did it find any cause for concern. 5G protests show history is repeating itself 5G in the UK: everything you need to know ASA ‘bans’ unscientific anti-5G ad Ofcom 5G testing “We measured EMF emissions at 16 5G sites in 10 cities across the UK, focusing on areas where mobile use is likely to be highest,” the organisation said. “At every site, emissions were a small fraction of the levels included in international guidelines– set by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). And the maximum measured at any site was approximately 1.5 per cent of those levels.” It remains to be seen whether anti-5G campaigners will be convinced by Ofcom’s findings given the apparent disregard for other academic and scientific studies. Campaigners argue the higher band frequencies and denser network architecture of 5G mean…

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  • 24 February
    Photo of Cheap Game Pass Ultimate deals can save you up to 63% this week

    Cheap Game Pass Ultimate deals can save you up to 63% this week

    There are plenty of ways to bag yourself a cheap Game Pass Ultimate deal this week, and big savings to be had if you’ve never tried the service before. We’re also seeing some fantastic prices on Game Pass Ultimate deals for those who already have accounts, as well as those who haven’t even set up their Xbox Live yet. If you’re looking to save big on a subscription to a massive library of free games, online play, and discounts across the Microsoft Store, look no further than the latest Game Pass Ultimate sales.  We’re running through three ways to save money with a cheap Xbox Game Pass membership, thanks to some excellent Game Pass and Game Pass Ultimate deals going right now. There are now more ways than ever to save – whether you’re new to the service entirely, or if you’re simply topping up your subscription. These deals come from CDKeys, a well trusted digital marketplace specializing in digital content across the world. If you want to shop around other retailers, you can check out the latest Game Pass deals from around the web further down the page, or check out the best Game Pass prices we’ve found right…

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  • 24 February
    Photo of Apple’s over-ear headphones may have been exposed in accidental store listing

    Apple’s over-ear headphones may have been exposed in accidental store listing

    Rumors of a pair of Apple over-ear headphones have been circling for a while now, and now an inventory listing from US store Target, may have revealed the price of the hotly-anticipated cans.  YouTuber Jon Prosser posted an image to Twitter, purporting to show the upcoming over-ear headphones in Target’s system, mysteriously listed as “Apple AirPods (X Generation)”. The product in the image appears to cost $399, which works out at around £300 / AU$600 – if these are the rumored Apple StudioPods, then the brand is aiming for the higher end of the price scale, surpassing the cost of competitors like the Sony WH-1000XM3 and the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700.  Prosser also speculates that the Apple over-ear headphones could come in a range of colors, citing the existence of three different product codes, all priced at $399. So far, Apple’s existing headphones, the EarPods, AirPods, and AirPods Pro, have only ever been available in white, though Apple-owned Beats headphones often come in a range of bright colors. A March release? Neither Apple nor Target have confirmed whether this leaked listing really is for the rumored Apple over-ear headphones, but it would corroborate predictions that the wireless headphones will…

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  • 24 February
    Photo of Realme X50 Pro with Snapdragon 865 5G chip launched in India

    Realme X50 Pro with Snapdragon 865 5G chip launched in India

    The Realme X50 Pro with 5G support has been announced in India. It is one of the first phones in the country to be compatible with 5G networks, at a time when 5G is still not live in India. Being a flagship smartphone, the X50 Pro is powered by top of the line Snapdragon 865 and sports a 64MP quad-camera setup. Another key highlight is the support for 65W SuperDart fast charging solution which is faster than the previous 50W SuperVOOC standard. Realme X50 Pro specifications Realme X50 Pro features a 6.44-inch Super AMOLED screen with a Full HD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels) resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. The screen is topped with a layer of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 for added protection against regular wear and tear. There’s an in-display fingerprint sensor on the front that Realme claims can unlock the phone in 0.27 seconds. The phone has a metal-glass sandwich design with 8.9mm thickness, weighing in at 205 grams. Realme X50 Pro is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G with an octa-core CPU and Adreno 650 GPU. The SD 865 chip is claimed to be 25% faster and more efficient than the previous generation of processors. The…

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  • 24 February
    Photo of Thousands of private WhatsApp group invite links have been listed on Google

    Thousands of private WhatsApp group invite links have been listed on Google

    WhatsApp is facing a security crisis after it emerged that over 4,000 links inviting people to join private groups have been listed on Google. Normally, these links are simply sent directly to the person being invited, but if they happen to be posted online anywhere, they can easily be indexed by the search engine so complete strangers can find and join them. Find out how to get WhatsApp dark mode You can also get Facebook dark mode Finally, enable Instagram dark mode As XDA Developers reports, Google’s public search liaison Danny Sullivan has tweeted that this is simply a result of the search engine working as intended, and if WhatsApp did not want these links to be listed, it should use a ‘noindex’ meta tag or ‘norobots.txt’ to stop it happening. Pointing the finger WhatsApp, on the other hand, appears to be placing responsibility for the listings squarely on the shoulders of its users. In a statement to Vice, a WhatsApp spokesperson said: “Group admins in WhatsApp groups are able to invite any WhatsApp user to join that group by sharing a link that they have generated. “Like all content that is shared in searchable, public channels, invite links that…

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  • 24 February
    Photo of This Disney Plus UK deal gives you a year’s subscription for £10 off when you pre-order

    This Disney Plus UK deal gives you a year’s subscription for £10 off when you pre-order

    Disney Plus UK pre-orders are now live, and you can save £10 on a year’s subscription when you sign up before launch. The regular price is £59.99 per year, and this deal brings it down to £49.99 for your first year – that’s a whole year of streaming Disney content and big new originals like The Mandalorian for the price of a new PS4 game. This offer is only live until 23 March, the day before launch, at which point the price of Disney Plus will revert to its regular £59.99, so you’ve got just under a month to make up your mind. A subscription gives you access to originals like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (August), The Mandalorian season 2 (October) and WandaVision (December), assuming they launch simultaneously with the US.   Here’s the deal: We’re not sure exactly which Disney content will launch with Disney Plus in the UK, but there will be over 1,000 movies, series, originals and more to watch according to the mail blast sent out by Disney. The Mandalorian will start rolling out at launch. 

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  • 24 February
    Photo of Disney Plus: UK release date, price, deals, Sky Q integration and what we know

    Disney Plus: UK release date, price, deals, Sky Q integration and what we know

    The long wait for Disney Plus UK is almost over. The Disney Plus release date in the UK and Ireland is March 24, a week earlier than the first-announced March 31 date, meaning we have mere weeks to wait until the streaming service finally lands.  We also know the Disney Plus UK price, too: £5.99 per month or £59.99 per year. But it’s running a limited time offer when you pre-order, of £49.99 for a whole year (sign up here). Subscribers to the UK-only Disney Life service will be migrated over to Disney Plus, but Disney hasn’t elaborated on exactly how that’ll work yet. Here’s the deal that saves you £10 on a Disney Plus UK subscription: Disney Plus originally launched back in November, but if you were hoping we’d get every episode of The Mandalorian at launch, episodes will only start to ‘roll out‘ on the March 24 launch. Still, future originals are more likely to keep pace with US releases.  Below, we’ll talk you through everything we know about Disney Plus’s UK launch, price, compatible devices, shows, movies and the possibility of Sky Q integration.  Disney Plus UK release date: start streaming in March Disney Plus has an…

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  • 24 February
    Photo of Baldur’s Gate 3 will launch as a Steam Early Access title in 2020

    Baldur’s Gate 3 will launch as a Steam Early Access title in 2020

    The twenty year wait is nearly over. Baldur’s Gate 3 is set to launch on Steam as an Early Access Title in 2020.  That’s according to a Hasbro representative (the gatekeepers of the Dungeons and Dragons brand under which the Baldur’s Gate franchise lives) at the Toy Fair 2020. Being developed by Larian Studios, the team behind the Divinity: Original Sin series, the game will be a direct sequel to 2000’s Baldur’s Gate: Shadows of Amn, when the Baldur’s Gate series was developed by Bioware.  The series is one of the most lauded in RPG gaming, and Larian, who won over fans with its own superb Divinity games, is the perfect fit to pick the mantle back up. Google Stadia review: cloud gaming goes overground The best RPG games you can play today Why Baldur’s Gate is the perfect match for the Nintendo Switch Dungeons and Dragons deluge Headed to PC and Google Stadia, Baldur’s Gate 3 was initially touted as a “launch window” title for Stadia. With the Early Access Steam release now slated for some time in 2020, that’s seeming unlikely to be met. A lengthy RPG however, with real-time pausing elements, could still be perfect for the…

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  • 24 February
    Photo of Sony’s new Xperia 10 II is a mid-range water-resistant phone with three cameras

    Sony’s new Xperia 10 II is a mid-range water-resistant phone with three cameras

    Sony just unveiled the new Xperia 1 II, and alongside it comes the Xperia 10 II which is the company’s mid-range offering for 2020. It replaces the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus in the company’s range, but this year there will only be one size of the phone. The spec is similar to the 2019 handset, but there are a few big improvements. This is the first mid-range phone from Sony to come with three cameras on the rear, plus it’s also the first to sport the IP65/68 water-resistant design that’s been a staple of its flagship phones for years. What you need to know about the new Xperia 1 II The very best Sony phones right now Read our original Sony Xperia 10 review That camera looks powerful on paper with a 12MP rear sensor working in combination with two 8MP snappers that are aiming to offer strong autofocus, according to the marketing we’ve seen so far. On the front of the phone is an 8MP selfie camera which should provide you with some strong front-facing shots. The handset has a similar design to the phone we saw in 2019 with a weight of 151 grams and the…

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