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Apple WWDC 2019 invites go out ahead of iOS 13 and macOS 10.15 unveilings

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Even though we already knew the Apple WWDC 2019 keynote date before today, we just got in the all-important press invites to June’s developer conference.

We’ll be bringing you the story of Apple’s next software updates on June 3: iOS 13, macOS 10.15, watchOS 6 and tvOS 13, among other likely beta software launches. 

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AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation benchmarks leak, showing blistering performance

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We already know that AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation processors are coming in Q3 2019, and are rumored to be revealed at Computex 2019 – but benchmarks for two of the chips have leaked ahead of the show.

These leaks, spotted by Wccftech, reveal a 12-core AMD Ryzen processor, running at a whopping 5.0GHz alongside a 16-core chip clocked at 4.2GHz. That sounds like a lot already, but the results of these leaked benchmarks are very promising. 

That 16-core Ryzen 3000 chip gives the much more expensive Intel Core i9-7960X a run for its money, scoring 4,278 points to the 3,163 that Intel’s chip gets. In fact, the only way the 7960X comes close is when it’s overclocked to 4.8GHz. 

This is a leak, of course, so you should take it with a grain of salt. But, if it’s accurate it means that AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation processors will not only feature higher clock speeds, but also up to a 10% improvement to IPC (instructions per clock). This is likely thanks to the improved efficiency afforded by the move to a 7nm manufacturing process.

AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation

Less cores, more speed

The 16-core Ryzen 3000 processor is powerful enough, but it looks like the 12-core chip might be of interest for anyone that needs fast single-core performance. 

We haven’t seen the base speed of this 12-core AMD Ryzen processor, but it looks like it can turbo up to a whopping 5.0GHz, without having to mess with any overclocking. 

If this rumored Ryzen chip matches the same IPC improvements as the 16-core chip, it could end up being one of the best processors for gaming. Either way, we’ll find out what’s really going on with AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation next week at Computex 2019, so stay tuned for our coverage.  

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SJCAM launches SJ9 Strike and SJ9 Max action cameras

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SJCAM has announced a fresh SJ9 series of action cameras, with its two debut models being the first of their kind to offer wireless charging.

The SJ9 Strike is the more senior of the pair, and it arrives with an Amabarella H22S85 chipset and the Sony IMX377 image sensor, enabling it to record 4K 60p video and 240fps video at Full HD. The SJ9 Max, meanwhile, records 4K footage to a maximum 24p.

Other advantages of the SJ9 Strike over its SJ9 Max sibling include the option to shoot stills in both raw and JPEG flavors, rather than just JPEG, together with the choice of the H.265 HVEC and H.264 codecs, as well as a 0.96-inch front display and a stereo microphone setup. 

Both come equipped with a removable 1300mAh battery which be charged wirelessly, something SJCAM’s competitors don’t currently offer. Both can also venture 10m underwater without any additional housing, and each is furnished with a 2.33-inch touchscreen on the rear.

A Supersmooth Gyro Stabilization system on both models steadies footage, with the more senior SJ9 Strike boasting a six-axis gyroscope and the SJ9 Max a three-axis one. 

The pair also follow the GoPro HERO7 Black in offering livestreaming to either Facebook or YouTube, when paired with the SJCAM app.

Both models can be pre-ordered now directly from SJCAM, with the SJ9 Strike retailing at approximately $239 / £209 and the SJ9 Max at a very attractive $159 / £159. Pricing for Australia is still to be announced.

BT’s awesome freebie-fuelled fibre broadband deal ends on Thursday

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If your broadband contract is coming to an end and you need to get it sorted (what a bore!) then BT Broadband has got something very interesting up its sleeve for you. The provider has really made a habit of including some high-end freebies with its fibre broadband deals, and those currently available may just be the very pinnacle.

You’ll need to be quick, but if you sign up for either of BT’s Superfast fibre 1 or Superfast fibre 2 packages by midnight this Thursday, you’ll get not just the pre-paid Mastercard we’ve come to expect, but also the choice of a free gift up to the value of £149.

You get to choose between, this trio of techie treats:

While these offers are available with a number of BT broadband deals, we’ve listed the key options down below. If you find that none of these packages quite fulfil what you need with your internet, check out our guide to the best broadband deals on the market. 

BT’s new fibre broadband deals + free gift:

What is a BT Reward Card?

The Reward Card that BT sends out is a pre-paid credit card that you can use anywhere that accepts Mastercard. In short, that’s around a million shops, cafes and restaurants around the world, so you shouldn’t find it difficult to find places to spend, spend, spend.

It’s an old-fashioned chip and pin card, rather than contactless. But do make sure that you claim your Reward Card within three months of installation, otherwise you’ll lose out on all that cash.

Businesses ‘want quantum computing now’

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Quantum computing is rapidly becoming one of the most in-demand technologies for businesses looking to take a step into the future, new research has found.

A study from Fujitsu found that 70 percent of businesses are looking to quantum computing to help provide a welcome upgrade in computing power.

The technology is backed to help companies accelerate their progress through the use of what Fujitsu calls the ‘combinatorial optimisation’ of business processes, utilising massive computing power to quickly monitor data and identify solutions.

Quantum leap

Elsewhere, 81 percent of business leaders said they believed quantum computing could optimise business, logistical and industrial processes, help deliver digital transformation and ensure they remain competitive. 

However for many, the technology remains tantalisingly out of reach, with 50 percent of respondents not expecting quantum computing to go mainstream in the next decade – despite nearly all 89 percent believing a lack of current computing power is holding back their business.

Fujitsu has looked to position itself at the forefront of quantum computing development in recent months, with the second generation of its Digital Annealer HPC platform taking centre stage in much of its recent public activity.

Digital Annealer on show (Image credit: Mike Moore)

At the recent Fujitsu Forum show in Tokyo, attended by TechRadar Pro, the company was keen to show off the work Digital Annealer can do, showcasing case studies such as developing breakthrough medical treatments.

And at a media roundtable at the event, a senior company figure confirmed that Fujitsu is hard at work developing what he called a ‘true’ quantum machine.

“Even before a real quantum computer arrives to market, we have taken action and completed the Digital Annealer, which embraces what we can do with existing quantum computing,” said Hirotaka Hara, director of Fujitsu Laboratories.

“We are also, at our research institutes overseas and working hand in hand with universities and prestigious research centres, working to develop that real quantum computer,” he added.

The best Vodafone deals in May 2019

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vodafone deals

Vodafone is one of the biggest networks in the world and by far one of the most powerful brands in the UK. Not surprising when they so frequently offer excellent tariffs on flagship handsets like the iPhone XR, Galaxy S9 and the market’s other favourite phones.

Vodafone seems to go through fits and spurts when it comes to how competitively it’s priced. It can go from the cheapest on the market, to pretty poor on our mobile phone deals comparison charts. Unfortunately, Vodafone seems to be going through one of its more expensive periods.

We’ve seen prices across devices rise on Vodafone lately, especially the bigger devices like the iPhone XR and Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. However, there are still tonnes of great deals floating around, it just takes more searching and luckily we’ve done that part for you. 

If Vodafone appeals to you though – or if you want to bag a Red Entertainment package that gives you a year’s subscription to Spotify Premium, NOW TV Entertainment or the Sky Sports app – then that’s where this page comes in! We’ve rounded up all of the best Vodafone phone deals so that you don’t have to, just take a look at TechRadar’s bespoke comparison chart below.

vodafone deals

The latest and greatest from Huawei, the P30 Pro is now easily our choice for best smartphone camera on the market. Combine top of the line camera quality with an impressive battery life and beautiful screen and you get easily one of the best phones on the market. 

vodafone deals

Samsung’s newest release, this phone is rocking a completely flat, notch-less screen with a pin hole camera, giving it a unique style. Whether it’s the triple cameras on the back, fast processor or reverse charging, there is a lot to love here.

vodafone deals

Samsung’s brand new budget flagship, the S10e features high-end specs for an affordable price. If you want the best Samsung has but don’t want to have to pay through the roof to get it, this is the way to go. With all of the same features as the S10 with a few cutbacks, this is a high-end phone with mid-range pricing.

vodafone deals

The iPhone XR hits a sweet spot between high tech and reasonable pricing. It looks a lot like its more powerful brethren – both in appearance and on the spec sheet – and boasts a glorious 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display and A12 Bionic chipset without a £1,000 price tag.

vodafone deals

OK, so the Samsung Galaxy S9 doesn’t make massive strides on the S8, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still one of the premier Android phones on the market. The cameras in particular are awe inspiring and tangible improvements have been made to the biometrics and position of the fingerprint scanner.

vodafone deals

Oh gosh, Apple went and did it. After years upon years of incremental upgrades, it finally made something special to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. For the iPhone X it has dropped the bezel altogether, while the 5.8-inch Super Retina HD is scarily good – and then it tweaked things a year later for the XS. Marvellous!

vodafone deals

Samsung has now well and truly put the flaming memory of the Note 7 behind it. If the Note 8 was exceptional (6.3-inch infinity display and 6GB RAM), then the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is even bigger and better (6.4-inch infinity display and 8GB RAM). If you want the best big screen Android phones on the market, then look no further.

vodafone deals

Thanks to the spectacle that was the iPhone X launch, the reception for the iPhone 8 was a little bit flat. Perhaps unfairly – it improves on the iPhone 7 with wireless charging and an improved camera. Plus, it’s quite a bit cheaper. So if you’re looking for the best iPhone but balk at the iPhone X expense, try the 8 on for size instead.

vodafone deals

There’s no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy S8 is a fantastic phone.  The lightning fast chip-set and abandonment of a large bezel around the screen makes it the premier Android experience. And now that the S9 is here, it’s no longer even that expensive.

vodafone deals

The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL are relatively new devices on the flagship scene but they have very quickly become two of our favourites. Powerful processors, loud speakers, but most importantly they have what is arguably the best cameras you can get on a phone right now.

What are the benefits of Vodafone?

With 4G coverage of roughly 95% of the UK population, Vodafone won’t let you down when it comes to connection. Sign up for a Vodafone red entertainment plan and you can get access to the likes of Now TV, MTV and Sky Atlantic.

No matter the plan you’re on, you will be able to use Vodafone’s Veryme rewards scheme. This will occasionally give you access to free coffees and snacks, giveaways and discounts.

Can I keep my number when I switch to Vodafone?

If you switch over to a Vodafone deal but want to keep your old number, then simply give your old network a ring, get a PAC code and transition it over. 

If you were previously with Vodafone, you can still keep your number but it is a slightly trickier affair. They won’t let you keep your number, so you have to use this workaround. Buy a free pay-as-you-go SIM from any other network and tell your network that you’re moving. 

They’ll release the PAC code, which you then give to the substitute network. Then, you immediately get another PAC code from them. Take that to your old network, and they’ll move your number to your new contract. Long winded, but easier than learning a new number!

Can I use my Vodafone device abroad?

With any Vodafone deal you can use your data allowances without any additional costs while travelling within Europe. That includes locations such as French Guiana, St Martin and Martinique. 

When travelling outside of Europe your costs with a Vodafone deal will jump up. Anywhere outside of Europe is a ‘roam-further destination’, this means you will be charged £6 a day to use your data.

However, get a Vodafone red entertainment plan and you will get to use roaming for free anywhere in the world. 

The best Three mobile deals in May 2019

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Three mobile deals

Three mobile has for a long time been well known in the UK for offering good deals, especially for customers looking for some seriously big data bundles. In the early days, the network was blighted by poor reception in many areas but these days Three mobile doesn’t have any such issues and its prices can be stellar.

So take a look at our comparison tool to see what you can get for your money with Three. And below that we’ve also handpicked the best the network has to offer on flagship handsets such as the iPhone XR and Samsung Galaxy S10.

And if you’re perfectly happy with your current handset but are at the end of your contract, then we heartily recommend that you consider the 100GB Three SIM only deal for £20 per month

Want to browse the best phone deals at other networks too? Simply head over to our best mobile phone deals page.

Three mobile deals

The latest and greatest from Huawei, the P30 Pro is now easily our choice for best smartphone camera on the market. Combine top of the line camera quality with an impressive battery life and beautiful screen and you get easily one of the best phones on the market. 

Three mobile deals

Samsung’s newest release, this phone is rocking a completely flat, notch-less screen with a pin hole camera, giving it a unique style. Whether it’s the triple cameras on the back, fast processor or reverse charging, there is a lot to love here.

Three mobile deals

Samsung’s brand new budget flagship, the S10e features high-end specs for an affordable price. If you want the best Samsung has but don’t want to have to pay through the roof to get it, this is the way to go. With all of the same features as the S10 with a few cutbacks, this is a high-end phone with mid-range pricing.

Three mobile deals

The iPhone XR hits a sweet spot between high tech and reasonable pricing. It looks a lot like its more powerful brethren – both in appearance and on the spec sheet – and boasts a glorious 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display and A12 Bionic chipset without a £1,000 price tag.

Three mobile deals

OK, so the Samsung Galaxy S9 doesn’t make massive strides on the S8, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still one of the premier Android phones on the market. The cameras in particular are awe inspiring and tangible improvements have been made to the biometrics and position of the fingerprint scanner.

Three mobile deals

Oh gosh, Apple went and did it. After years upon years of incremental upgrades, it finally made something special to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. For the iPhone X it has dropped the bezel altogether, while the 5.8-inch Super Retina HD is scarily good – and then it tweaked things a year later for the XS. Marvellous!

Three mobile deals

Samsung has now well and truly put the flaming memory of the Note 7 behind it. If the Note 8 was exceptional (6.3-inch infinity display and 6GB RAM), then the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is even bigger and better (6.4-inch infinity display and 8GB RAM). If you want the best big screen Android phones on the market, then look no further.

Three mobile deals

Thanks to the spectacle that was the iPhone X launch, the reception for the iPhone 8 was a little bit flat. Perhaps unfairly – it improves on the iPhone 7 with wireless charging and an improved camera. Plus, it’s quite a bit cheaper. So if you’re looking for the best iPhone but balk at the iPhone X expense, try the 8 on for size instead.

Three mobile deals

There’s no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy S8 is a fantastic phone.  The lightning fast chip-set and abandonment of a large bezel around the screen makes it the premier Android experience. And now that the S9 is here, it’s no longer even that expensive.

Three mobile deals

The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL are relatively new devices on the flagship scene but they have very quickly become two of our favourites. Powerful processors, loud speakers, but most importantly they have what is arguably the best cameras you can get on a phone right now.

What are the benefits of Three?

The benefits of getting a Three mobile deal can be split into three main categories:  

Another factor that has made Three so popular is its offer off massive amounts of data (or even unlimited) at some brilliant price points. 

Can I keep my number when I switch to Three?

You sure can, if you switch over to an Three mobile deal and want to keep your old number, then simply call your old network, get a PAC code and transition it over. 

If you were previously on Three, you can still keep your number but it is slightly more complicated. They won’t let you keep your number, so you have to use this workaround. Buy a free pay-as-you-go SIM from any other network and tell your network that you’re moving. 

They’ll release the PAC code, which you then give to the substitute network. Then, you immediately get another PAC code from them. Take that to your old network, and they’ll move your number to your new contract. Long winded, but easier than learning a new number!

Can I use my Three phone abroad?

When it comes to roaming abroad Three mobile deals are a pretty great way to go. With access to free roaming anywhere in Europe and options in at least 71 countries, Three trumps the rest for roaming charges.

There are select countries where you will have to pay extra to use your data, you can check Three’s website to find these countries. 

Malware becomes art as bidding for virus-infested laptop passes $1 million

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Normally, you’d want to keep malware off your laptop at any cost, but it seems that people are prepared to pay a ridiculous amount of money – in excess of a million bucks, in fact – to purchase a virus-infested notebook if it’s declared a work of art.

The venerable Samsung netbook in question has been infected with six infamous pieces of malware, but as mentioned, this is not a laptop, but a piece of art. In other words, this isn’t a Samsung NC10-14GB 10.2-inch netbook from 2008 – this is (drum roll)… ‘The Persistence of Chaos’.

As Vice reports, this chaos-themed art project is a collaboration between Guo O Dong, a Chinese internet artist, and security firm Deep Instinct, with bidding currently running at $1.13 million (around £900,000, AU$1.65 million) at the time of writing (you’ll be pleased to hear the reserve has been successfully met).

The netbook is being live streamed on Twitch (with just over 90,000 total views thus far), although the machine isn’t doing anything except sitting there with a ransomware demand being displayed (unsurprisingly).

The six pieces of malware installed are: WannaCry, BlackEnergy, ILoveYou, MyDoom, SoBig and DarkTequila.

Although seeing as the laptop is running Windows XP, you could argue it’s a miracle that there are only six stupendously dangerous pieces of malware on the computer.

In all seriousness, the Samsung netbook has been air-gapped (meaning it isn’t connected to the internet or anything else) to prevent any spread of these nasty pieces of malware, which as the auctioneers note, have caused a total estimated financial damage of around $95 billion (£75 billion, AU$140 billion) over the years. All the PC’s ports will be disabled post-auction, too.

And that, we guess, is the real point of this art exhibit – the sheer chaos and damage caused by the truly infamous pieces of malware such as WannaCry.

The persistence of gullibility

Still, why you’d want to pay over a million for this, when you could buy your own ancient Samsung netbook on eBay, connect it to the internet with an unpatched Windows XP, and just sit back and wait for the malware to roll in, is anyone’s guess.

Of course, the answer is simple. It’s art – the tech world’s equivalent of Tracey Emin’s bed – therefore it must be worth a lot.

Another amusing point to consider here, raised by Etienne Greeff, CTO and co-founder of SecureData, is the potential reaction from the shady world of malware peddlers.

Greeff observes: “Somewhere in Russia, a hacker is wondering how he only made a measly $300,000 from his ransomware attack when he could have made $1,000,000 selling it as art. Clearly, where there is muck, there is money.

“However, there’s really no value in paying $1,000,000 for what we already know. Malware is malicious, and the people writing it are even more so. I wonder if the guy creating the installation got permission from the authors. If not, and if I were them, I would be very, very careful about how I use my computer in future.”

Via BBC

The best O2 phone deals in May 2019

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O2 Phone deals

O2 has been killing it with deals recently, we’ve been seeing some of our absolute favourite offers coming up with this provider in the start of 2019. While offers from O2 themselves aren’t too strong, 3rd party retailers (like Mobiles.co.uk and Carphone Warehouse) have been throwing out consistently strong deals with O2.

The company has been one of the best networks in the UK for some time. It’s the network that’s renowned for its extra Priority reward giveaways. And if you switch to the O2 network you obviously want to be sure you’re getting the best deals that O2 has to offer, and that’s where this page comes in! 

We’ve rounded up all of the best O2 phone deals on the best handsets – from the iPhone XR and Samsung Galaxy S10 down to the cheaper P20 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S9.

And if you’re still not sure about O2, you can browse the best phone deals at other networks, too – simply head to our best mobile phone deals page.

And if the deal you’ve found is being offered by retailer Mobiles.co.uk and costs at least £10 upfront, then make sure you enter our exclusive 10OFF discount code at the checkout to knock a tenner off.

O2 Phone deals

The latest and greatest from Huawei, the P30 Pro is now easily our choice for best smartphone camera on the market. Combine top of the line camera quality with an impressive battery life and beautiful screen and you get easily one of the best phones on the market. 

O2 Phone deals

Samsung’s newest release, this phone is rocking a completely flat, notch-less screen with a pin hole camera, giving it a unique style. Whether it’s the triple cameras on the back, fast processor or reverse charging, there is a lot to love here.

O2 Phone deals

Samsung’s brand new budget flagship, the S10e features high-end specs for an affordable price. If you want the best Samsung has but don’t want to have to pay through the roof to get it, this is the way to go. With all of the same features as the S10 with a few cutbacks, this is a high-end phone with mid-range pricing.

O2 Phone deals

The iPhone XR hits a sweet spot between high tech and reasonable pricing. It looks a lot like its more powerful brethren – both in appearance and on the spec sheet – and boasts a glorious 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display and A12 Bionic chipset without a £1,000 price tag.

O2 Phone deals

OK, so the Samsung Galaxy S9 doesn’t make massive strides on the S8, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still one of the best Android phones on the market right now. The cameras in particular are awe inspiring and tangible improvements have been made to both the biometrics and position of the fingerprint scanner.

O2 Phone deals

Oh gosh, Apple went and did it. After years upon years of incremental upgrades, it finally made something special to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. For the iPhone X it has dropped the bezel altogether, while the 5.8-inch Super Retina HD is scarily good – and then it tweaked things a year later for the XS. Marvellous!

O2 Phone deals

Samsung has now well and truly put the flaming memories of the Note 7 in the past. If the Note 8 was exceptional (6.3-inch infinity display and 6GB RAM), then the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is even bigger and more powerful (6.4-inch infinity display and 8GB RAM). If you want the best big screen Android phones on the market, then look no further.

O2 Phone deals

Thanks to the spectacle that was the iPhone X launch, the reception for the iPhone 8 was a little bit flat. Which we think is unfair – it improves on the iPhone 7 with wireless charging and an improved camera. Plus, it’s quite a bit cheaper. So if you’re looking for the best iPhone but the price of the iPhone X is too much to cope with, try the 8 on for size instead.

O2 Phone deals

There’s no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy S8 is a fantastic phone.  The lightning fast chip-set and introduction of its infinity screen makes it the premier Android experience. And now that the S9 is here, it’s no longer even that expensive.

O2 Phone deals

The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL are relatively new devices on the flagship scene but they have very quickly become two of our favourites. Powerful processors, loud speakers, but most importantly they have what is arguably the best cameras you can get on a phone right now. 

What are the benefits of O2?

When it comes to benefits of a O2 phone deal, the best known part comes in the form of O2 Priority. This is a scheme which offers the likes of competition entries, free tickets, coffees and other benefits.

Those that sign up with O2 also get access to events that O2 is sponsoring and most importantly, O2 covers 98% of the UK when it comes to coverage meaning you should never be worrying about signal. 

Can I keep my number when I switch to O2?

You sure can, if you switch over to an O2 mobile deal and want to keep your old number, then simply call your old network, get a PAC code and transition it over. 

If you were previously on O2, you can still keep your number but it is slightly more complicated. They won’t let you keep your number, so you have to use this workaround. Buy a free pay-as-you-go SIM from any other network and tell your network that you’re moving. 

They’ll release the PAC code, which you then give to the substitute network. Then, you immediately get another PAC code from them. Take that to your old network, and they’ll move your number to your new contract. Long winded, but easier than learning a new number!

Can I use my O2 phone abroad?

Like all of the other networks, O2 covers your roaming charges when you’re in Europe. Stray out of that area and you will have to start paying additional costs for the data, minutes and texts you use.

Travelling outside of Europe? O2 has a number of different schemes and packages to help you deal with that – you can find them all on the O2 website

HMRC’s defence of IR35 online status checker tool likened to ‘climate change denial’

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