Google releases the first Android 11 Beta, cancels the launch event

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Last week Google postponed the launch event of Android 11 Beta citing the nation-wide protests in the USA. The company noted that it’s not the time for celebration and hence decided to call off the event. Today, Google has announced that the company will be rolling out the first beta of Android 11 to the eligible users. The company has scrubbed off the launch, citing the protests again and has called everyone to focus on more important discussions. We have cancelled the virtual launch event to allow people to focus on important discussions around racial justice in the United States. Instead, we are releasing the Android 11 Beta today in … Read more

The best laptop docks 2020: Perfect USB-C hubs for home working

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USB-C is a wonderful thing – it’s taken a fair amount of time for the standard to truly spread around the industry, but now more laptops and computers than ever ship with USB-C ports that can be used for all manner of things. Whether it’s charging, display connections or any number of peripherals, it’s a port that lets you do it all, but one downside to the revolution it’s brought with it has been that some laptops and tablets have taken the opportunity to make it the only port they come with. Best cheap home printer: The best printers for documents and photos If you’ve only got one port to … Read more

Intel's '3D' 'Lakefield' processors are here to power next-gen lightweight laptops and tablets

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Intel’s long-awaited ‘Lakefield’ processors are here, packing wireless, memory and Intel UHD graphics onto the same chip as the CPU. The intention is that the System-on-Chip (SoC) is similar to ARM-based rivals such as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx and paves the way for more PCs to have integrated cellular network connectivity. The new chips will appear in foldable and dual-screen thin and light PCs later this year, starting with Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Fold that we saw at CES 2020 – the first foldable Windows 10 PC to hit the market – but also including the recently-announced Intel version of the Samsung Galaxy Book S. These machines will be capable of running … Read more

Xbox and Bang & Olufsen partner for future high-end "Designed for Xbox" speakers

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Bang & Olufsen has announced a partnership with Xbox for high-end gaming speakers going forward. It should result in a “new audio-proposition” for console gamers looking for an audiophile-quality experience. Not least with the Xbox Series X on the imminent horizon. Whether this means a soundbar, like the Beosound Stage, or complete surround setup, we’re not yet sure, but the new B&O product(s) will sport “Designed for Xbox” functionalities. These will include seamless connectivity and an “enhanced user experience”. “The gaming industry has grown significantly over the last few years across age groups, gender and countries, and we expect this trend to continue. The technology has advanced significantly in gaming, … Read more

The best SSDs and hard drives 2020: Top portable external drives for your Mac or PC

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With more and more laptops and devices being equipped with flash memory, that often means it becomes too expensive to get a good amount of storage built-in. And, with so many more of us travelling around for work, working from home or needing to use more than one machine, it’s more important than ever to have an external drive of sorts. Thankfully, there’s a lot of them around. And most of the portable options are small enough to go in a pocket. There’s both SSD (solid state) and HDD (more traditional style hard-drive), with the former being a bit more expensive, but also faster, smaller and more portable. They’re also … Read more

Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2 leaked with an awesome cast of cartoon characters

The online website for retailer conglomerate Target has prematurely revealed Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix. Listed on the website for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X, the upcoming racer seems to be a massively expanded version of the series’ previous entry. While the first game pushed itself as the defacto representation of Nickelodeon’s large cast of beloved characters, the game only included characters from SpongeBob, TMNT, Hey Arnold and Rugrats. Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix includes 30 playable characters with 70 different compositions, including Spongebob, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rugrats, Hey Arnold!, Ren & Stimpy, The Loud House, JoJo Siwa (?) and more! When we reviewed … Read more

Hellblade 2 confirmed to use Unreal Engine 5

Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox Series X exclusive sequel Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 will be powered by the upcoming Unreal Engine 5 game engine. While the exciting psychiatric action-adventure game was unveiled during last year’s Xbox Series X reveal at The Game Awards 2019, it wasn’t clear what technology would be powering the title. This means that, despite Epic Games not unveiling Unreal Engine 5 properly until just a couple of weeks ago in a real-time PlayStation 5 tech demo, Hellblade 2 was actually the first Unreal Engine 5 showcase the world ever saw as Microsoft claims the game was running in engine. “The power of Xbox Series X was first demonstrated … Read more

Nested Virtualization support finally comes to AMD processors

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Nested Virtualization is a popular technology in Windows 10 that was first introduced in 2015. Nested Virtualization technology is used in several ways, some of them include Hyper-V and Android emulation. However, this technology was supported only on Intel processors. Microsoft today announced the much-awaited support for Nested Virtualization in AMD processors. With Windows 10 Insider Build 19636, you can try out Nested Virtualization preview on AMD processors. Since this is a preview release, there are some limitations. Find the details below. Right now, this has been tested on AMD’s first generation Ryzen/Epyc or newer processors Use a Windows guest with an OS version that is greater than or equal … Read more

Best iPhone SE cases and iPhone 8 cases 2020: Protect your Touch ID iPhone

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The Apple iPhone SE and iPhone 8 are the manufacturer’s smallest phones (as well as its cheapest), and are favourites for those who don’t want quite such a large device in their pocket or bag. The phones are both perfectly powerful, too, especially the newer SE, which brings in some powerful hardware to the same form factor. These phones might not be quite as exciting in terms of design as the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, but they stick to a design Apple users know and love. As we all know though, no matter what smartphone you have, keeping the wonderful designs looking pristine requires some level of protection. … Read more

Poco F2 Pro review: A OnePlus rival worth checking out

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Back in 2018 a rather oddly named phone, the Poco F1, appeared out of Xiaomi’s smartphone stable. Its goal was clear: to offer lots of power at not much of the cost usually associated with such specifications. You could think of it as Xiaomi’s way to take on OnePlus in its endeavours. After a short hiatus Poco is back with its follow-up, the F2 Pro (there’s no ‘standard’ model – it’s Pro all the way). The Poco brand has supposedly separated from Xiaomi to be its own entity, but with the F2 Pro’s design being effectively the same as the Redmi K30 Pro and the software being the same MIUI … Read more

Apple iPhone XS Max review: It's all about the display

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Although we’ve now had the iPhone 11 Pro replace the iPhone XS and the 11 Pro Max replace this model, the iPhone XS Max is still worth considering and is available at a really good price. Apple iPhone 11 vs iPhone 11 Pro vs iPhone 11 Pro Max: Which should you buy? The iPhone XS Max debuted in Autumn 2018 alongside the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. Is it still a large-screen phone to be reckoned with? Design 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7mm Stainless steel frame 208 grams IP68 water and dust resistant As an overall package, the XS Max is similar in size to the previous … Read more

Slack's video and voice calls to move to Amazon Chime in major push to take on Teams

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Slack might feel like an increasingly ubiquitous part of office life for many workers, but it’s easy to forget that it still has a relative shortage of really massive global clients, for whom moving over to a new chat and internal messaging service could be a serious headache. 14 of the best email apps to help you achieve inbox zero That’s some context behind why a new partnership it’s struck with Amazon is a pretty significant deal. It’s a partnership that will see Amazon roll out Slack to many of its employees (although it’s not saying all of them), and from the point of view of most users, will bring … Read more