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Nvidia’s graphics cards have long been pack-leaders when it comes to performance, often making them the best graphics cards around. Where AMD may offer a great value, Nvidia’s flagship cards like the RTX 2080 Ti push performance to the limit. So, when you’re looking for a card to spend your money on, it’s worth seeing what the best Nvidia card you can get is. 

Whether you want to build the most powerful gaming rig possible, are looking to put together a compact Mini ITX build, or just want to get the most framer per second for your dollar, there’s an Nvidia graphics card to fit the bill. We’ve got our rankings for the best Nvidia graphics cards in a variety of categories, so you can find the right GPU for your build.

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Nvidia’s Turing graphics cards didn’t come cheap when they first launched, but that was in part because there wasn’t a mid-tier model. Now the GeForce RTX 2060 is here, and it offers a balance or price and performance. For 1080p gaming, you’ll get stellar visuals and frame-rates while also having the ability to toggle on ray tracing for supported games. It can even let you jump up to 1440p or 4K, making it a viable option for high performance in eSports and high quality in AAA titles. 

Read the full review: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060

Best Nvidia graphics cards

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There’s no doubt that the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is a total pain in the budget, coming in a price higher than plenty of complete gaming rigs. But, there’s also nothing else that can compete with a RTX 2080 Ti in terms of performance besides maybe a board partner’s version of the RTX 2080 Ti . If you want the highest frame rates at 4K or the best looking ray-traced graphics, the RTX 2080 Ti is the way to go. That is, as long as your budget can handle it.

Read the full review: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 

Best Nvidia graphics cards

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The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 succeeds the GTX 1070 with a hefty dose of extra power. It comes with a major markup in price, but if you’re looking for a graphics card that will tackle 4K or high-FPS gaming at 1440p, the RTX 2070 is ready, and it’s a good chunk cheaper than the next highest-end RTX card. The RTX 2070 can put out a staggering 120fps in Shadow of the Tomb Raider running at 1440p, so you can count on it for buttery smooth gameplay in plenty of games. Just be ready to pay the RTX tax, whether or not you plan to use ray tracing.

Read the full review: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070

Best Nvidia graphics cards

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Given how few games are using Nvidia’s ray tracing and Deep Learning Super Sampling technologies, it’s not necessarily the most delightful thing to see the price hike on Nvidia’s RTX graphics cards. That’s what makes the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti so great. It eschews the ray tracing and DLSS to offer a focus on value that helps make it worth every penny. When it comes to card that offer the most performance per dollar, it doesn’t get much better than the GTX 1660 Ti, and this PNY model offers a healthy dose of extra performance with its overclocking. You’ll be able to enjoy almost any game smoothly at 1080p, and shouldn’t be afraid to check out 1440p either.

Read the full review: PNY GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XLR8 Gaming OC

Best Nvidia graphics cards

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If you’re involved in creative workloads like 3D design or video editing, you might be running into some serious VRAM needs. In those cases, it can be worth it to have a graphics card that is going to give you tons of headroom to keep information in the GPU’s memory, instead of constantly needing to load it in from your storage solution. While it comes at a high price, Nvidia’s Quadro RTX 6000 loads up on 24GB of GDDR6 memory while also packing plenty of performance. And, you can combine multiple cards for even more performance.

Best Nvidia graphics cards

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High resolutions and high framerates are one thing. Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 can handle 4K with aplomb and keep 1440p gaming buttery smooth without the need to dial down settings. But, it can also meet the needs of VR enthusiasts. Beyond the power needed to meet the needs of VR headsets’ high refresh rates, the RTX 2080 comes with the VirtualLink VR connector, meant to make connecting VR headsets that much easier.

Read the full review: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080

Best Nvidia graphics cards

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If you’re trying to keep your build small so it doesn’t take up a ton of space in your room, you might be looking at a Micro ATX build. And, mini graphics cards can be a major helper there, since a graphics card tends to be one of the bigger components attached to a motherboard. EVGA has a well-priced model in the RTX 2060 XC Black Gaming. It may be thicker than your typical dual-fan variant, but that extra radiator thickness helps it dissipate heat with the single fan, and its short length can help it fit in tight builds. 

Best Nvidia graphics cards

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While the higher end graphics cards get all the hype, they tend to have a worse performance-per-dollar value then budget cards. And, while AMD often hits that sweet spot, Nvidia sometimes remembers to offer value as well. That is represented nowhere better than the GTX 1660. Gigabyte offers the GeForce GTX 1660 OC 6G for an excellent budget price while still giving you a touch of overclocking, so you can enjoy 1080p or even 1440p with some tweaked settings. Best of all, you won’t need to take out a mortgage to afford this card.

Read the full review: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 OC 6G

Best Nvidia graphics cards

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With all the new Turing cards coming out, Pascal may be easy to forget about. But, if you’re into eSports games, you’re probably more concerned with getting 1080p at 120+ FPS. And, you can do that with the older Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 no problem. For popular eSports titles, the GTX 1060 has enough power to run 1080p even at high settings and still get smooth visuals. Best of all, the prices are driven down by newer cards, so you can score a GTX 1060 at a discount. 

Read the full review: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

Best Nvidia graphics cards

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When you’re trying to maximize performance for your graphics card, you might turn to liquid cooling. And, the Gigabyte’s Aorus RTX 2080 TI Xtreme Waterforce 11GB comes with the card, radiator, tubing, and fans you need to get started. The serious water cooling solution allowed Gigabyte to push the RTX 2080 Ti  well beyond its base specs. This model has a base clock higher than the Founders Edition’s boost clock. And, to top it off, there’s a little flair of RGB lighting on the radiator fans and card’s metal backplate.

Best Nvidia graphics cards 2019

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Nvidia’s graphics cards have long been pack-leaders when it comes to performance, often making them the best graphics cards around. Where AMD may offer a great value, Nvidia’s flagship cards like the RTX 2080 Ti push performance to the limit. So, when you’re looking for a card to spend your money on, it’s worth seeing what the best Nvidia card you can get is. 

Whether you want to build the most powerful gaming rig possible, are looking to put together a compact Mini ITX build, or just want to get the most framer per second for your dollar, there’s an Nvidia graphics card to fit the bill. We’ve got our rankings for the best Nvidia graphics cards in a variety of categories, so you can find the right GPU for your build.

Image Credit: Techradar

Nvidia’s Turing graphics cards didn’t come cheap when they first launched, but that was in part because there wasn’t a mid-tier model. Now the GeForce RTX 2060 is here, and it offers a balance or price and performance. For 1080p gaming, you’ll get stellar visuals and frame-rates while also having the ability to toggle on ray tracing for supported games. It can even let you jump up to 1440p or 4K, making it a viable option for high performance in eSports and high quality in AAA titles. 

Read the full review: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060

Best Nvidia graphics cards

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There’s no doubt that the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is a total pain in the budget, coming in a price higher than plenty of complete gaming rigs. But, there’s also nothing else that can compete with a RTX 2080 Ti in terms of performance besides maybe a board partner’s version of the RTX 2080 Ti . If you want the highest frame rates at 4K or the best looking ray-traced graphics, the RTX 2080 Ti is the way to go. That is, as long as your budget can handle it.

Read the full review: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 

Best Nvidia graphics cards

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The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 succeeds the GTX 1070 with a hefty dose of extra power. It comes with a major markup in price, but if you’re looking for a graphics card that will tackle 4K or high-FPS gaming at 1440p, the RTX 2070 is ready, and it’s a good chunk cheaper than the next highest-end RTX card. The RTX 2070 can put out a staggering 120fps in Shadow of the Tomb Raider running at 1440p, so you can count on it for buttery smooth gameplay in plenty of games. Just be ready to pay the RTX tax, whether or not you plan to use ray tracing.

Read the full review: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070

Best Nvidia graphics cards

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Given how few games are using Nvidia’s ray tracing and Deep Learning Super Sampling technologies, it’s not necessarily the most delightful thing to see the price hike on Nvidia’s RTX graphics cards. That’s what makes the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti so great. It eschews the ray tracing and DLSS to offer a focus on value that helps make it worth every penny. When it comes to card that offer the most performance per dollar, it doesn’t get much better than the GTX 1660 Ti, and this PNY model offers a healthy dose of extra performance with its overclocking. You’ll be able to enjoy almost any game smoothly at 1080p, and shouldn’t be afraid to check out 1440p either.

Read the full review: PNY GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XLR8 Gaming OC

Best Nvidia graphics cards

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If you’re involved in creative workloads like 3D design or video editing, you might be running into some serious VRAM needs. In those cases, it can be worth it to have a graphics card that is going to give you tons of headroom to keep information in the GPU’s memory, instead of constantly needing to load it in from your storage solution. While it comes at a high price, Nvidia’s Quadro RTX 6000 loads up on 24GB of GDDR6 memory while also packing plenty of performance. And, you can combine multiple cards for even more performance.

Best Nvidia graphics cards

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High resolutions and high framerates are one thing. Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 can handle 4K with aplomb and keep 1440p gaming buttery smooth without the need to dial down settings. But, it can also meet the needs of VR enthusiasts. Beyond the power needed to meet the needs of VR headsets’ high refresh rates, the RTX 2080 comes with the VirtualLink VR connector, meant to make connecting VR headsets that much easier.

Read the full review: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080

Best Nvidia graphics cards

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If you’re trying to keep your build small so it doesn’t take up a ton of space in your room, you might be looking at a Micro ATX build. And, mini graphics cards can be a major helper there, since a graphics card tends to be one of the bigger components attached to a motherboard. EVGA has a well-priced model in the RTX 2060 XC Black Gaming. It may be thicker than your typical dual-fan variant, but that extra radiator thickness helps it dissipate heat with the single fan, and its short length can help it fit in tight builds. 

Best Nvidia graphics cards

Image Credit: Techradar

While the higher end graphics cards get all the hype, they tend to have a worse performance-per-dollar value then budget cards. And, while AMD often hits that sweet spot, Nvidia sometimes remembers to offer value as well. That is represented nowhere better than the GTX 1660. Gigabyte offers the GeForce GTX 1660 OC 6G for an excellent budget price while still giving you a touch of overclocking, so you can enjoy 1080p or even 1440p with some tweaked settings. Best of all, you won’t need to take out a mortgage to afford this card.

Read the full review: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 OC 6G

Best Nvidia graphics cards

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With all the new Turing cards coming out, Pascal may be easy to forget about. But, if you’re into eSports games, you’re probably more concerned with getting 1080p at 120+ FPS. And, you can do that with the older Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 no problem. For popular eSports titles, the GTX 1060 has enough power to run 1080p even at high settings and still get smooth visuals. Best of all, the prices are driven down by newer cards, so you can score a GTX 1060 at a discount. 

Read the full review: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

Best Nvidia graphics cards

Image Credit: Gigabyte

When you’re trying to maximize performance for your graphics card, you might turn to liquid cooling. And, the Gigabyte’s Aorus RTX 2080 TI Xtreme Waterforce 11GB comes with the card, radiator, tubing, and fans you need to get started. The serious water cooling solution allowed Gigabyte to push the RTX 2080 Ti  well beyond its base specs. This model has a base clock higher than the Founders Edition’s boost clock. And, to top it off, there’s a little flair of RGB lighting on the radiator fans and card’s metal backplate.

You have until Wednesday to get this super cheap £11.99 a month broadband deal

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If you haven’t yet taken the chance to secure your next year of internet for a mere £11.99 per month, then we suggest that you shake a leg. The scarcely believable bargain broadband deal comes to an end this Wednesday.

When it comes to cheap broadband deals, this effort from little-known Onestream manages to top the rest. Forget Plusnet, Post Office and Vodafone for the next few days, because only Onestream can give you monthly bills as low as this – the next cheapest we’ve seen is £4 a month more.

Check out this astonishingly cheap broadband deal from Onestream here

For that you get unlimited broadband, average speeds of 11Mb, a free router (with £9.99 delivery fee), free activation and your phone line included, too. And because this offer is only available to TechRadar readers, you get a comforting level of smugness thrown in gratis as well!

But when the clock strikes midnight on Wednesday night, this internet tariff will be no more. So if you like the idea of paying a fraction more than a tenner every month for your broadband, you’d better get in there quick.

Our exclusive cheap broadband only deal details:

How does this compare to other broadband deals?

So you already know you won’t get a cheaper ADSL package than this, but what else is out there if you decide that you don’t want to take a punt on Onestream.

For ADSL, it’s a bit of a toss up between £17 per month TalkTalk and internet from Plusnet that costs £18.99 p/m but throws in a £50 pre-paid Mastercard.

When it comes to cheap fibre, your best option lies with Vodafone right now. For just £21 a month, you can currently get its 35Mb Superfast 1 plan – a bargain on fast speeds.

Or if you like your broadband package with a beefy bonus, how about BT. For £29.99 BT is offering up its Superfast Fibre package with a whopping £100 pre-paid Mastercard. 

Anthem update news, DLC, tips, patch notes and more

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Anthem, BioWare’s cooperative, team-based shooter is a change of pace for the makers of Dragon Age and Mass Effect. With a focus on cooperative PvE combat popularised by the likes of Destiny, it landed amid a swirl of hype and expectation, which it has so far failed to meet.

Anthem has a big challenge in front of it then – with arguments that its endgame content is weak, its loot system broken and its story not up to scratch when compared with previous narrative-driven BioWare RPGs, it’s fighting to win back the hearts of those who were initially in awe of its promise.

With EA backing it and BioWare’s heritage at its heart, there’s hope yet that Anthem will be redeemed. It’s being touted as a “living” game after all – one that will evolve over time to keep its fans entranced long after launch – and the likes of behemoths such as Destiny and Fortnite all went through rough launches before becoming gaming juggernauts.

So what’s the latest Anthem news? When’s the next update? And what does the future hold for Anthem? Read on for everything you need to know about the Iron Man simulator.

As we said in our full Anthem review:

“It is a game of oxymorons and inconsistencies. The story is designed to be single-player but the game is clearly not. The gameplay is an absolute joy but is stifled by the repetitive nature of the end-game. The character animations are truly sublime, but most of the characters themselves are cliché and predictable. 

“Anthem is a fun game, and a stunningly pretty one, but with flaws in nearly every other aspect of its design. It will improve with patches, updates, and a strong community, but it isn’t a particularly strong foundation. This is less an anthem, and more an annoying earworm…”

  • Anthem review: check out our complete, in-depth verdict in our full review

Anthem update news and Anthem patch notes

  • What’s new? A server-side update will see an increase in legendary loot drops.

One of the main complaints (bugs, even) relating to Anthem is the quality of its loot. It’s been all-but-proven to be pointless, given that the game scales a player’s power over the course of play. A small update on March 15 2019 aimed to address that.

“In the latest server-side update, we’ve made some notable changes to the loot drop rate in specific scenarios, which will take effect immediately in a server-side tuning update,” the team said on publisher EA’s website.

“These changes include: Masterwork & Legendary drop rates have been increased for Grandmaster 2 and Grandmaster 3 difficulty levels, and Masterwork & Legendary drop rates have been increased for harder enemies at all difficulty levels. 

This includes: Legendary Ancient Ash Titan, Elite Ancient Ash Titan, Legendary Fury, Legendary Ursix and Legendary Luminary.”

It is a positive early update from the team, as it begins to collate issues the game’s core fans are uncovering. And it proves a sight more positive than having to figure out how to stop some consoles from crashing when playing the digital version of Anthem – a harrowing early bug the developers rushed to squash.

Anthem tips and tricks guides

Anthem is a complex game. With four classes to master, a ton of loot to uncover and large world to explore, it can be daunting for a newcomer, and difficult for even a long term player to master.

Get ahead of the pack with our selection of Anthem guides, designed to help you get your Iron Man-like Javelin suit fighting fit as soon as possible.

Anthem DLC – what’s next?

Anthem is an ongoing project at EA and BioWare, a game that both companies expect to support for many years, with a player base that will grow and evolve along with the game.

How do both teams hope to achieve this? Through regular content drops, that’s how. As pictured above, EA and BioWare have already mapped out the “ongoing narrative of Anthem”, with updates mapped out already until May 2019.

This first “Act” is called “Echoes of Eternity”, with March 2019 introducing the “Evolving World” chapter, April 2019 the “Stronger Together” chapter and May 2019 bringing the ominous sounding “Cataclysm” chapter.

Evolving World will focus on battles with huge bosses such as Titans of War, Ruin, Bane and Havoc in freeplay mode, as well as new Legendary missions and a Scar Infestation freeplay event.

Stronger Together will expand the endgame with a new Mastery System for the skill tree progression, as well as host of new freeplay events, more legendary missions, a new Stronghold called “The Sunken” (which will have its own weekly challenge) as well as the introduction of leaderboards and guilds.

As for what the Catyclysm brings, little is known at the moment beyond the promise of new freeplay events, missions and new items. We’ll presumably find out more as the year rolls on.

But what about paid DLC? EA has yet to announce it’s mid-to-long term plans for Anthem. We’d expect it will follow a similar path as Destiny, which had a continued supply of small improvements and features added, interspersed with larger paid-for DLC packs, before an eventual sequel. 

That is, of course, if Anthem can prove its staying power… Here’s hoping – there’s a gem at the heart of Anthem, waiting to be dug out. We’re hopeful that we’ll one day be playing Anthem at its strongest.

  • More interested in EA’s sports offering? Here’s everything we know about FIFA 19
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Best Moto phones 2019: finding the best Moto smartphone for you

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Since Lenovo purchased the Motorola brand, the company has come out with an ever-broader range of phones for plenty of price points. That can make it a bit confusing when picking between them, so here’s a list of the best Moto phones on the market.

While none of Motorola’s phones go toe-to-toe with flagships like the iPhone XS or Samsung Galaxy S10, they are reliable and well-specced for their cost. Some of these can overlap, so we’ll be sure to point out what each one is best suited for.

That’s why we’ve made this buying guide: to suggest the best Moto phones out now and point out the pros and cons for each.

The company has a leading mid-range model, the Moto Z3, that can be augmented with attachable Moto Mods…including an upcoming one that will allow users to hook into Verizon’s 5G network in the US. 

Its just-released, lower-cost G7 line is a bit more affordable, with four options to pick from that vary in price and power (though some are restricted by region).

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The Moto Z3 is the prince of the Moto line – not just for having the highest specs in the series, but because it had a bona-fide strategy to keep the phone relevant into 2019: the 5G Moto Mod. Assuming it isn’t beaten to the punch by the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, when this Moto add-on comes out, the Moto Z3 will be the first 5G-capable phone to hit the market. 

Of course, there are a lot of caveats to that fact – namely, that the mod is only coming to Verizon, and will only work in that carrier’s very limited 5G coverage areas – but it’s still an impressive claim for a sub-flagship phone. 

Yes, the phone doesn’t have the beastly specs of top-tier flagships – but at half the price, the Moto Z3 boasts impressive value. It sports a Snapdragon 835, which is respectable if dated, and comes in two respectable if unimpressive versions: 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, or 6GB of RAM and 128GB of space (expandable via microSD to up to 512GB).

That’s enough for streaming multimedia and moderate gaming, which look good on the phone’s 6-inch (2160 x 1080) AMOLED display. Combine that with basic dual 12MP rear cameras and an 8MP front-facing selfie shooter and you have a good phone sitting somewhere below the OnePlus 6T and lesser-performing mid-range phones. The phone’s glass back and side-mounted fingerprint scanner are similarly middle-luxe – a good compromise if you want performance at a lower price.

Read our hands-on review: Motorola Moto Z3

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The Motorola Moto G7 Plus is the top performer of the brand’s G7 family, which counts four phones this time around. The G7 Plus is the standout model, though it may not reach your region: Motorola confirmed the device isn’t coming to the US.

But if you can pick the phone up, you won’t be sorry. For sub-midrange price, you’ll get a Snapdragon 636-powered phone with a decent 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage (expandable up to 512GB). The phone even has one up on the more powerful Moto Z3 with its 3.5mm headphone jack.

So why the G7 Plus and not, say, an older (but still hefty) Moto Z2 Play? Simple: Android 9 Pie out of the box. That leads us to recommend the phone even over other more powerful Moto phones (like the Moto Z2 Force, which is nearly identical to the Z3), and the G7 Plus has other benefits of a later release date, like speedier Fast Charging and a higher screen-to-body ratio.

Read our in-depth review: Motorola Moto G7 Plus

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Why list the Moto G7 here? Sure, it’s slightly less powerful than the G7 Plus, but it’s also available in more regions (including the US), so we’re covering our bases in case you don’t want to pay international shipping on your budget-plus phone.

You don’t miss much going for the G7, either: its Snapdragon 632 chip is a bit less powerful, sure, and its frame is plastic instead of aluminum. But the rest of its specs are essentially the same, which means you’re getting a phone that’s nearly as nice at a discount.

That means 4GB of RAM and 64GB of space, a 6.2-inch LCD display and dual 12MP + 5MP rear shooters/an 8MP front-facing camera for a great price. Plus it comes with Android 9 Pie right out of the box.

Read our in-depth review: Moto G7

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If you’re looking for the ultimate Moto value, think about digging back into the reserves. The Moto Z2 Force came out in mid-2017, but it’s still a relative powerhouse – and you can find it for a bit cheaper than the newer Moto Z3.

Despite over a year between releases, the Z2 Force packs the same Snapdragon 835 processor as its successor. Its screen is even higher resolution at 2560 x 1440, though its 5.5 inches are smaller than the Z3’s display. 

Unfortunately, the Z2 Force shows its age in its chin and top bezels, which are significantly larger than those on phones released today. But if you don’t mind not sporting the sleekest phone on the block, the Z2 Force has most of the newest top-tier Moto phone at a lower price.

And it works with Moto Mods — including, eventually, the Moto Mod 5G, which will expand functionality to the earlier Z2 phones at some point after it’s released on April 11.

Read our in-depth review: Moto Z2 Force

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The third phone in the budget Moto G7 line is the G7 Power, which doesn’t vary much from the standard G7 – aside from its enormous battery. Yes, for those of you who tire of recharging your phone everyday, here’s one with a 5,000mAh battery.

Other phones have reached such heights, but they’re either expensive flagships (like the gaming-focused Huawei Mate 20 X) or battery-focused brick-thick novelty items (like the Energizer Power Max P18K). The G7 Power is a much more affordable, sensible and normal-looking phone than others that offer its level of battery capabilities.

Otherwise, the phone is basic but not bottom-tier, with a Snapdragon 632 and either 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage (in the US) or 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage (elsewhere). Its 6.2-inch LCD screen is large but not terribly impressive (1570 x 720px). But in combination with the giant battery and an accessible price of $249 / £179 (around AU$330), the Moto G7 Power is a heckuva bargain.

Read our in-depth review: Moto G7 Power review

SMBs could be the key to stopping UK data breaches

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Small businesses are key to preventing future data breaches in the UK according to a new report from Business in the Community (BITC) that details how SMBs can be part of the solution to prevent cybersecurity issues from impacting customers.

The report, launched to coincide with ‘Would you be ready? Week’, aims to raise awareness of business resilience in organizations across the UK. Surprising though, BITC’s report revealed that 40 percent of the SMBs surveyed had not taken any action on cybersecurity in the past 12 months.

The organization also found that one in three small businesses do not have any cybersecurity strategies in place at all and more than three quarters (77%) said they have no policy for controlling access to their data systems.

According to the City of London Police, which handles fraud in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, more than 2,000 cybercrimes were reported by businesses in 2018 affecting thousands of customers.

Responsibility to customers

Small businesses make up 99.3 percent of all private businesses in the UK and thus they have a responsibility to both their customers and the supply chains in which they operate to handle data safely and securely.

BITC is urging UK SMBs to assess how vulnerable they are to cybercrime this week and make improvements to their current levels of protection.

The business outreach organization’s CEO Amanda Mackenzie OBE explained that small businesses can suffer just as much as their larger counterparts as a result of cybercrime, saying:

“While it’s often big companies which hit the headlines as victims of digital crime, when a small business is struck by a cyber attack  decades of hard work can be erased in moments. The business owners suffer. The supply chains suffer. Most of all – communities suffer.”

To prevent falling victim to cybercrime, BITC recommends that UK SMBs provide cybersecurity training for their employees, back up their data securely and protect themselves from viruses and malware by using antivirus software.

  • We’ve also highlighted the best antivirus to help protect your business from the latest cyber threats

Best email hosting providers of 2019

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Getting hold of an email account is easy – sign up with an ISP, register with Google, buy a website hosting account – but free and standard packages won’t always deliver the quality that professional users need.

Email hosting plans are an easy way to get a more efficient and reliable service. Exactly what’s included depends on the provider, but you might get support for larger attachments (up to 50MB), 50GB or more storage space for your inbox, online storage for easy file sharing, bundled apps like Microsoft Office online, Exchange and Active Directory support for business users – not to mention 24/7 support if anything goes wrong.

Your email will work with a custom domain (address@yoursite.com), and it’s typically straightforward to set up. You can use an email hosting plan to effectively replace your web host’s service, or you can try one without having any hosting at all.

With quality services priced under £3 ($4.20) a user, and free trials available, it’s easy for anyone to check out the email hosting market. Whether you’re after an individual account or would like to cover your entire business, read on for five great providers that you might want to check out first.

The best email hosting services of 2019 are : 

Rackspace remains one of the top email hosting provider in the market

Texas-based cloud computing giant Rackspace has a wealth of hosted business-oriented email products for all levels of users.

Even the bottom-of-the-range Basic plan is well-specified, with 25GB mailboxes, spam and virus filters, and it’s accessible via Outlook, webmail, or by mobile users. Mailboxes are priced at $2.99 (£2.25) each per month with a minimum of four required per order, but there are no long-term contracts, just monthly bills which you can cancel whenever you like.

The next-step-up Plus account brings 30GB of cloud storage, ActiveSync support, Office-compatible apps and instant messaging for $3.99 (£3) a month, which is also better value than most.

An extended Plus account adds unlimited storage space via archiving. That might be handy if you think a 25GB inbox is too small, but we’re unsure if it’s really worth the $6.99 (£5.3) price tag.

More demanding users can check out Rackspace’s Hosted Exchange 2016 plans. Specs include 100GB inboxes and support for 50MB attachments, and the starting price is $10.99 (£8.3) per mailbox per month.

There are cheaper services around, but quality matters, too, and Rackspace does better than most. All plans include a 100% uptime guarantee, and top-quality 24x7x365 support via chat, ticket or phone to quickly solve any issues that might crop up.

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Fasthosts is part of the formidable United Internet family which also includes 1&1

Email hosting can seem expensive, and that’s largely because the big companies are forever competing to offer the largest amounts of inbox and file storage space. That’s great if you need it, but not so much for light email users looking for a bargain.

Fasthosts Standard Email plan is a stripped-back email hosting plan which offers the bare essentials for a very low price.

Signing up gets you five Mail Lite accounts with a tiny 100MB inbox and a maximum of 10MB attachments, and two Mail Extra accounts with 2GB inboxes and support for attachments of up to 15MB. Both products give you webmail access only. That’s limited, but look at the price: just $2.60 (£1.99) a month on the annual plan (at the time of writing, you can get 50% off). If your users genuinely don’t need the gigabytes available elsewhere, Fasthosts more basic package could make a lot of sense.

Fasthosts also offers a more capable Exchange Email product with a 50GB inbox, access via Outlook’s web app, and even a free domain for the first year. It’s priced at $6.50 (£4.99) per month for 5 or more users with the annual contract. You can also choose a 100GB inbox for $13 (£9.99). As before, Fasthosts is focusing on price more than power, but if you only need a basic Exchange account, there’s plenty of value here.

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Office 365 BE is a surprising third in our email hosting provider shortlist

Microsoft Office 365 isn’t just a powerful suite of productivity apps. It also throws in a very capable email package, and for less money than some providers charge for email alone, which could make the service worth a place on your shortlist.

Microsoft Office 365 Business Essentials offers support for 150MB attachments, for instance, three times the size allowed with even some premium competitors. 50GB of storage per user (and a custom email domain address) means you’ll be able to keep your messages for a very long time, and there’s 1TB of online storage available in your OneDrive account.

Access to Office Online enables working with Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint documents from within your browser, and there’s a whole range of business-friendly extras: calendars, online conferencing, intelligent search, workflow automation and more.

If you don’t have Office 365 already, the Business Essentials price of $5 (£3.90) a month (for annual billing) looks like good value to us.

If you’re solely interested in business class email, though, Microsoft’s Exchange Online Plan 1 provides Exchange accounts for $4 (£3.10) per user per month on the annual plan.

Zoh

India-based Zoho might not be a household-name but its offerings pack a lot of punch.

Zoho Mail – now known as Zoho Workplace – is a hosted email service with a bundled online office suite, and a stack of other extras.

A free plan gives you 25 mailboxes with up to 5GB per user, a 20MB attachment limit and webmail access. A referral scheme could get you support for a further 25 mailboxes (at the time of writing the referral program wasn’t available due to remodeling).

If that’s too basic, the Standard plan gets you IMAP and POP support, 30MB attachments and 30GB of storage, 5GB file storage space, and support for working with multiple domains. That’s more capable than some of the premium competition, and includes the same productivity tools as the free suite, yet still only costs $3 (£2.30) per user per month, billed annually.

Zoho’s Professional plan gets you 100GB of storage (per user), 40MB attachments, support for Active Directory groups, and more. It’s yours for $6 (£4.70) per user per month (billed annually), not bad at all for the storage space and features you’re getting. Also, Lite plan is available with less features, but it’s only $1 per user per month, billed annually.

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Liquidweb is based in the US and provides with an attractive low price for its offering.

Liquid Web is probably best known for its comprehensive managed and dedicated server packages, but the company also provides an interesting email hosting service for what could be a very low price.

Note that you will need to buy LW’s Premium Web Hosting in order to get their email service. They do not sell it as a stand alone service.

The baseline Standard plan offers POP, SMTP and IMAP access, supports 50MB attachments and gives you a decent 25GB of storage space. The ability to import contacts from Gmail, Outlook and more gets you set up quickly, spam protection is handled via top quality Cloudmark technology, and you’re able to set up custom email filters and rules as required.

Liquid Web charges a flat $10 (£7.15) a month fee for your account, but after that, each Standard plan mailbox costs only $1 (£0.70) more. If you need five or more mailboxes, that’s going to be very good value, especially for the high level of support on offer.

The Plus plan enhances the service with 30GB of cloud storage, mobile sync for contacts and calendars, and online editing of spreadsheets and documents. This also includes a one-off $10 (£7.15) service fee and is $3 (£2.40) per mailbox, potentially a very good deal if you’re catering for a lot of people.

A final Microsoft Exchange plan gets you 100GB mailboxes, ActiveSync compatibility and Active Directory support, and even throws in a free copy of Outlook.

Its price of $10 (£7.15) a month isn’t quite as impressive value as its low-end cousins, but Liquid Web does allow you to include Exchange and Starter or Plus accounts in the same order. You could have 10 Starter mailboxes and two Exchange for only $40 (£28.55) a month, for instance, and that competes well with even big-name budget providers.

10 things to look for in your next email hosting

If you want to host email accounts together with your website, then you should look at these email features before signup.

Most hosting companies will offer the ability to host your own email (something like email@yourdomain. com). Your package will include a number of email accounts – usually between 1-10 for basic hosting.

You’ll be given access to your own email control panel to set up your accounts. Using email requires two things: an email server and an email application, this could be an email client such as Outlook, or alternatively access to Webmail like Gmail or Yahoo.

The email server is a piece of software that runs on the server and is constantly connected to the internet. It receives and processes any mail sent to it and sends out any mail you send.

The email client is an app that runs on your PC, phone or tablet and enables you to send, receive and organise your emails, e.g. Microsoft Outlook. The client checks the mail server for messages and downloads them for viewing. It is a control panel for reading and writing messages.

The good news is that most email clients can connect with most email servers, you can even connect multiple email servers to work with multiple email accounts.

So your work and personal emails can be accessed from the same email client. The more popular email clients such as Outlook give you more features (calendars, tasks etc.) than using webmail.

Webmail is a web-based email interface that can be accessed in a web browser is often faster and more convenient because it accesses the stored data more directly without the user having to download software locally.

Emails can be checked from any device with access to the internet. Email protocols are a set of rules that help the client to send the information to or from the mail server. Two of the most common email protocols are POP and IMAP:

1. POP (Post office protocol) Applications like Outlook will use POP to download emails from the server to your computer and then delete them on the server.

2. IMAP (Internet message access protocol) IMAP is more advanced than POP, with IMAP, emails are stored in the mail server and can be accessed from any clients anywhere if they all use IMAP. 

Mail data is kept on the server as well as your computer, until you delete the mail. When comparing hosting packages, be sure to choose one with full IMAP support.

Exchange Exchange is the gold standard email protocol – the most expensive option of the three, but for good reason. It’s a Microsoft protocol that gives you the power to sync tasks like IMAP does, but with the added ability to share contacts and calendars among employees.

If you can afford to pay the extra cost (around $9.99 per month per mailbox), you will reap the benefits of its advanced functionality and tools which can be used even when you are on the move. 

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Sound and vision in perfect harmony: discover Sony’s extraordinary XG95

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Some TVs have great pictures. Some, great audio. But only the Sony XG95 matches its extraordinary picture quality with Sony’s incredible Sound-from-Picture Reality for an incredible audio-visual experience.

Let’s start with that stunning display. Available in 55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch and a whopping 85 inches, the 4K Full Array HDR LED panel features local dimming with ‘TRILUMINOS’ technology to give you a much wider dynamic range than conventional LED TVs

Sony calls it X-tended Dynamic Range PRO, and it gives you up to six times the contrast of conventional sets. 

That means darker scenes are darker and bright scenes are brighter, and it’s particularly impressive on night shots where dazzling lights pierce the deepest blacks. It can work its magic on HD sources too, upscaling closer to 4K quality for remarkable clarity.

You can enjoy the XG95’s better, brighter, more beautiful color no matter where you sit: the XG95 has Sony’s impressive X-Wide Angle technology for wonderfully wide viewing angles.

Incredible power for incredible pictures

Everything you see is brought to you by the X1 Ultimate processor. The X1 is the most powerful processor that Sony has ever made, with object-based HDR remastering, Super Bit Mapping HDR, Dynamic Contrast Enhancer and Precision Color Mapping. 

What makes it so special is that it can detect hundreds of individual on-screen objects and enhance them intelligently, adjusting brightness, detail and color to deliver an incredibly bright and realistic picture. 

The X1 Ultimate also brings X-Motion Clarity, which keeps the action smooth and clear no matter how fast and furious it becomes. 

It intelligently analyses the on-screen action, minimizing blur and delivering true color with no loss of brightness, while its dual database processing reduces on-screen noise and dynamically improves pixels in real time. 

Image credit: Sony

Sound and vision in perfect harmony

The XG95 doesn’t just deliver incredible pictures. It sounds incredible too. Its Acoustic Multi-Audio system does something incredibly clever: it uses two sound-positioning tweeters in the rear of the TV to make the sound appear as if it’s coming from the very centre of the picture. 

Because those tweeters are paired with powerful bass reflex speakers there’s plenty of low-end for action scenes and music, all of it perfectly aligned with the on-screen action.

If you’re a movie buff, you’ll love the way the XG95 sounds. The amazing Dolby Vision visuals are teamed with Dolby Atmos to fill any room with immersive surround sound. 

A truly smart TV

The Sony XG95 is a truly smart TV, and that starts with the smart remote. You can connect set-top boxes and other devices via HDMI and then connect them all with a single smart commander. 

Its slim, rounded design, enhanced button layout and integrated microphone for voice control means it’s really easy for all the family to use.

Voice control isn’t the only smart feature you’ll find in the XG95. Google Assistant is built right in to help you find new entertainment, check schedules and even control your smart home, and you can also control your XG95 with Alexa or stream from Android or iOS devices. 

Image credit: Sony

Meanwhile Netflix Calibrated Mode gives you the same picture quality you’d find on a studio evaluation master, and a dedicated Netflix button takes you straight to your favorite shows. 

That’s not all. There’s built-in YouView for catch-up shows from the BBC, ITV, All4 and Demand 5, one-touch and timer recording of any digital broadcast to USB storage and effortless Bluetooth connectivity for wireless headphones. And it’s all wrapped up in a clean, minimalist design that keeps you focused on what’s important: the picture.

Want to find out more about the Sony XG95 and its incredible combination of sound and vision? All the information, right here!

Best Samsung smartwatch: finding the right Tizen wearable for you

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Samsung is one of the very best smartwatch makers on the planet competing against the greatest devices on the market including the Apple Watch 4 and Fitbit Versa.

The company has been making smartwatches since 2013 when it introduced the square-faced and (by today’s standard) woefully lacking Samsung Galaxy Gear. We’ve seen various iterations of its wristwear over those last five years, and the company has since come into its own with its latest few wearables.

Below we’re going to talk you through the very best Samsung smartwatches that you can buy right now, which includes the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Watch and the Gear series from a couple of years ago.

We’ll also mention the Samsung fitness trackers the company has created. Note that they’re all ranked in terms of functionality, so we take into account what you can do with each watch, its design, the price and much more when curating this ranking.

You should also note that we have yet to properly try the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active for our full review process, and the same goes for the new Galaxy Fit series of activity bands. We expect those wearables to feature in this list very soon.

The very best Samsung smartwatch we’ve tried is the Galaxy Watch. We’ve yet to fully get our Samsung Galaxy Watch Active review underway, but that device is going to have a tough time competing with the full-featured Galaxy Watch.

This is undeniably Samsung’s most well-designed smartwatch. It comes in two variants, which are quite dramatically different. If you’re looking for the largest watch, you’ll want the 46mm version that comes with a bright 1.3-inch display.

Then there’s also the smaller (yet thicker) 42mm variant. Both watches feature a rotating bezel that allows you to easily navigate around all of the features the smartwatch offers.

It’s a feature you won’t get on any other smartwatch at the moment, and it works so well on the Galaxy Watch that it’s one of its biggest selling points. Both feature Samsung Pay, GPS, swim tracking and a lot more. 

This watch will work as both a fitness device as well as a premium looking timepiece. We’ve tested the larger version of the watch more than the smaller one, and we’ve found it lasted for around four days with average usage.

If you’re certain you want a watch that sports Tizen software, your best choice right now is the Galaxy Watch.

Read the full Samsung Galaxy Watch review

On paper, the Samsung Gear Sport doesn’t sound all that different to the Galaxy Watch but if you were to compare the two watches you’ll notice a lot of differences. 

The company smoothed out a lot of the problems with the Gear Sport, but you may be fine with them considering how discounted the price of the Gear Sport now is.

A lot of what you get on the newer generation is here alongside the latest in Tizen software, so you’ve got access to all of the apps that you’ll get on the Samsung Galaxy Watch.

The screen on the watch is large and easy to navigate around. The watch can track your location when you’re running, and you can upload music to your watch and listen to it through Bluetooth headphones; overall there’s lots to love here.

If there’s a big downside, it’s that the overall visual design isn’t as slickly implemented. All of that said – it’s still a good-looking watch that you may want to have on your wrist if you’re after a high-spec device but you don’t want to spend lots of money.

Read the full Samsung Gear Sport review

The Gear S3 isn’t far off the Gear Sport either, but the watch is a touch older making it a lot harder to recommend.

If you can find the Gear S3 for a lot less than the Gear Sport it may be worth getting that instead, but in our searches around for price we’ve struggled to find it for a suitable amount.

Instead, you’ll be better off buying either the Galaxy Watch or Gear Sport with a bit of extra money or checking out our full best cheap smartwatch guide for a look at the best wearables you can get right now.

Read the full Samsung Gear S3 review

Any other Samsung smartwatches?

You may still be able to find the Samsung Gear S2 or even the original Gear, but we wouldn’t recommend buying these in 2019.

Instead, look to the watches at the top of this page as these older devices are unlikely to be updated in the future and may soon become obsolete.

Unless you find an absolutely incredible deal, we think it’s worthwhile spending extra on the above or considering a watch that doesn’t run Tizen software.

Best Samsung fitness trackers

Samsung’s Gear Fit 2 Pro is one of the best looking fitness trackers with an impactful, bright and clear 1.5-inch Super AMOLED screen that wraps around the device. There aren’t many fitness trackers on the market that look this good.

It’s comfortable to wear when you’re working out, and it comes with a couple of features that make it better than its older and cheaper sibling, the Gear Fit 2.

Perhaps the most important is the fact you can have offline Spotify playback on the tracker. That allows you to sync playlists to your wristwear, connect up some Bluetooth headphones and head out without your phone when you’re exercising.

That’s especially useful as the tracker itself comes with GPS built-in as well as all of the other fitness features you’d expect like exercise tracking, and a heart rate monitor too.

It’s also slightly more durable than the Gear Fit 2 with military grade protection that should make it even more likely to survive what you put it through. That exact protection is MIL-STD-810G, and it may be a reason you want it more.

The exact upgrades of the Pro aren’t as exciting as some would have hoped, but considering the price is similar between these two devices we’d recommend going for the newer and more accomplished tracker.

Read the full Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro review

This is much more of what we’ve said above, but it’s just missing a couple of those extra features and comes for a little bit less.

It’s older too, so it may be Samsung gives up with updating the software for the Gear Fit 2 quicker than it will for the Pro. That said, we don’t know for certain that’ll be the case yet.

Overall, if you don’t want Spotify playback or a more durable design you may find the Gear Fit 2 is a better option for your next fitness tracker. That’s especially the case if you find it for the right price, but quite often we’ve weirdly found the Gear Fit 2 Pro is now cheaper than Samsung’s newer tracker.

Read the full Samsung Gear Fit 2 review

 Photo illustration: TechRadar; Samsung

Worldpay acquired in $35bn deal

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In the largest deal to date in the quickly growing electronic payments industry, Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) has announced that it will acquire Worldpay for around $35bn.

While other industries have grown increasingly concerned about trade tensions and a global economic slowdown, the financial technology sector is consolidating at a rapid rate with McKinsey predicting that global payments will reach $3tn a year in revenue by 2023.

FIS’ announcement that it will acquire Worldpay comes a little more than a year after the US firm Vantiv paid over $10bn for the payments company that was created in Britain and spun off from the Royal Bank of Scotland in 2010.

FIS and Worldpay will have annual revenue of around $12bn with adjusted core earnings of around $5bn once the deal is completed following regulatory approval.

Worldpay acquisition

Worldpay has a considerable presence in the UK and is a major player in the card payments sector while FIS creates software for banks and asset managers.

Both companies said the deal would lead to an organic revenue growth outlook of six to nine percent through 2021.

FIS Chief Executive Officer Gary Norcross explained that the Worldpay acquisition would benefit both companies and their shareholders in a statement announcing the deal, saying:

“Scale matters in our rapidly changing industry. Upon closing later this year, our two powerhouse organizations will combine forces to offer a customer-driven combination of scale, global presence and the industry’s broadest range of global financial solutions. As a combined organization, we will bring the most modern solutions targeted at the highest growth markets. The long-term value we will create for clients and for shareholders will set the bar in our industry and will create a range of new career opportunities for our employees. I have never been more excited about the future of FIS.” 

Via Reuters

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