iPhone 9 may be the first phone from Apple to support gigabit LTE and dual SIM

iPhone 9 may be the first phone from Apple to support gigabit LTE and dual SIM

Rumors suggest Apple is working on a dual SIM variant for the next range of iPhones, as well as pushing in some new gigabit LTE technology for faster internet.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities – who has regularly predicted Apple’s activity correctly – has shared a report that claims next year’s iPhone upgrades will include faster antenna modules.

It’s rumored to be a 4×4 MIMO setup instead of the current 2×2 antenna modules. 

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 features the 4×4 MIMO antenna module and beats the iPhone X by some way in internet speeds, even when being used on networks that don’t currently support gigabit LTE.

While carriers and networks supporting gigabit LTE are few and far between at the moment Apple including the new tech will futureproof these devices and you’ll have generally faster speeds even before your network or carrier embraces gigabit LTE.

Little features that mean a lot

The statement from Kuo also states that Apple may be experimenting with a dual SIM variant to enter its phone line for the very first time.

Kuo’s statement said, “2H18 iPhone models won’t only offer faster LTE transmission speed: We predict that at least one of the 2H18 new iPhone models will support dual-SIM dual standby (DSDS). 

“Unlike existing DSDS phones, which commonly support LTE+3G connections, we believe next-generation iPhone models will support LTE+LTE connections, in a bid to enhance the user experience.”

It’s thought Apple would want to offer a version with dual LTE capabilities, but it may be this is a different model of phone rather than the feature being available in the normal iPhone 9. 

That may mean we see a cheaper device with the feature included for developing markets, but we won’t know for sure until the second half of 2018 when we expect to see Apple release new handsets.

Via Phone Arena

Source: http://www.techradar.com/news/iphone-9-may-be-the-first-phone-from-apple-to-support-gigabit-lte-and-dual-sim

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Best Google Pixel 2 deal just announced: 12GB data for £29 a month and £75 upfront

Best Google Pixel 2 deal just announced: 12GB data for £29 a month and £75 upfront

Mobiles.co.uk has launched the best value Google Pixel 2 deal just in time for the Black Friday sales bonanza. Launched only one month ago, you can now get the Pixel 2 for less than £30 a month without paying more than £100 upfront. What a bargain!

And because the Carphone Warehouse-owned retailer’s quadruple data bonus is in play, you won’t be scraping around with the bare minimum of data. This brilliant Black Friday deal comes with a generous 12GB of data a month. But you’ll have to get in quick – it’s only available until Thursday night.

And be sure to enter TechRadar’s exclusive 10OFF code to knock an extra tenner off the upfront cost. You won’t find a better Pixel 2 deal than this anywhere on the web – the next best 10GB+ tariff on the market would cost you around £150 more over the two years.

The Google Pixel 2 deal for Black Friday in full:

For more recommendations on Google’s latest and greatest handset – and its bigger brother, the Pixel 2 XL – you can head to our dedicated Pixel 2 deals page.

Source: http://www.techradar.com/news/best-google-pixel-2-deal-just-announced-12gb-data-for-29-a-month-and-75-upfront

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Black Friday is coming to Google Play with discounts on music, movies and apps

Black Friday is coming to Google Play with discounts on music, movies and apps

Black Friday is still a couple of days away, but Google has already announced its Google Play deals, including discounts on apps, games, movies and music.

On the music front you can get a free subscription to Google Play Music for four months, while if you’re looking for something to watch you can get a 50% discount on any one movie to keep and 25% off any TV show season.

Those deals are all available from Friday 24 through to Monday 27, but on Saturday 25 you’ll also be able to rent any movie for 99 cents (and presumably a similarly low price outside the US, though Google hasn’t confirmed that).

Apps, games and books

You want apps? Google’s got apps. Apparently there will be discounts on hundreds of them over the Black Friday weekend, including a 50% discount on a monthly subscription to Colorfy.

You’ll also be able to get up to 80% off games, plus discounts on books and comics. And if nothing catches your eye there’s sure to be a good deal to be found elsewhere. 

Most major retailers will be having Black Friday sales and we’ll be highlighting all the best tech-related discounts.

Source: http://www.techradar.com/news/black-friday-is-coming-to-google-play-with-discounts-on-music-movies-and-apps

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Here’s How the End of Net Neutrality Will Change the Internet

Here’s How the End of Net Neutrality Will Change the Internet

Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon may soon be free to block content, slow video-streaming services from rivals, and offer “fast lanes” to preferred partners. For a glimpse of how the internet experience may change, look at what broadband providers are doing under the existing “net neutrality” rules.

When AT&T customers access its DirecTV Now video-streaming service, the data doesn’t count against their plan’s data limits. Verizon, likewise, exempts its Go90 service from its customers’ data plans. T-Mobile allows multiple video and music streaming services to bypass its data limits, essentially allowing it to pick winners and losers in those categories.

Consumers will likely see more arrangements like these, granting or blocking access to specific content, if the Federal Communications Commission next month repeals Obama-era net neutrality rules that ban broadband providers from discriminating against lawful content providers. The commission outlined its proposed changes on Tuesday, and plans to publish them Wednesday. The proposal would also ban states from passing their own versions of the old rules. Because Republicans have a majority in the agency, the proposal will likely pass and take effect early next year.

Because many internet services for mobile devices include limits on data use, the changes will be visible there first. In one dramatic scenario, internet services would begin to resemble cable-TV packages, where subscriptions could be limited to a few dozen sites and services. Or, for big spenders, a few hundred. Fortunately, that’s not a likely scenario. Instead, expect a gradual shift towards subscriptions that provide unlimited access to certain preferred providers while charging extra for everything else.

Net neutrality advocates have long worried that these sorts of preferential offerings harm competition, and by extension, consumers, by making it harder for smaller providers to compete. A company like Netflix or Amazon can likely shell out to sponsor data, but smaller companies don’t necessarily have the budget.

“Net neutrality is incredibly important for small startups like Discord because all internet traffic needs to be treated as equal for us all to have access to the same resources as the big companies,” says Jason Citron, co-founder and CEO of the videogame-centric chat and video-conferencing app Discord. Citron’s company is well funded and boasts 45 million users. But it competes with larger players like Microsoft’s Skype, Google’s Hangouts, and Facebook’s WhatsApp. Even if Discord can offer a better experience for gamers, bigger companies might be able to gain an advantage by partnering with broadband providers to prioritize or subsidize their apps.

For even smaller video providers, the end of net neutrality could be dire. “We believe this would affect more than just our voice and video equipment, but our entire ability to host folks interacting across our services,” says Nolan T. Jones, managing partner and co-creator of Roll20, a video-conferencing and community platform for tabletop role-playing gamers.

It can be hard for smaller companies to even get a meeting with large broadband providers. In 2014, when T-Mobile launched a program that exempted music streaming services from its users’ data caps, the founder of streaming service SomaFM complained that his company had been left out. T-Mobile added SomaFM to the program a year later, but it’s not clear how many customers SomaFM may have lost in the interim.

The FCC ruled earlier this year that these data exemptions, known as “zero rating,” are permissible under the current net-neutrality rules. Once those rules go away, the companies will be free to experiment with more drastic measures, like slowing connections to data-hungry apps.

Even Verizon’s “unlimited” plans impose limits. The company’s cheapest unlimited mobile plan limits video streaming quality to 480p resolution, which is DVD quality, on phones and 720p resolution, the lower tier of HD quality, on tablets. Customers can upgrade to a more expensive plan that enables 720p resolution on phones and 1080p on tablets, but the higher quality 4K video standard is effectively forbidden.

Meanwhile, Comcast customers in 28 states face 1 terabyte data caps. Going over that limit costs subscribers as much as an additional $50 a month. As 4K televisions become more common, more households may hit the limit. That could prompt some to stick with a traditional pay-TV package from Comcast.

It’s not hard to see how companies could push these ideas further. Comcast could take a page from Verizon and stop customers from accessing any 4K content unless they pay for an unlimited account. And it could charge companies to sponsor data for their customers.

For now, Comcast says that’s off the table. “Comcast does not and will not block, throttle, or discriminate against lawful content,” Comcast Cable president and CEO Dave Watson wrote in a blog post Tuesday. AT&T and Verizon did not answer questions about future plans, but spokespeople pointed to blog posts saying the companies support the open internet.

But even without a dramatic departure from current practices, the future internet, then, could look a more extreme version of today’s mobile plans, with different pricing tiers for different levels of video quality for different apps. That means more customer choice, but perhaps not in the way anyone actually wants.

Republican FCC Chair Ajit Pai argues that Federal Trade Commission will be able to protect consumers and small business from abuses by internet providers once the agency’s current rules are off the books. But that’s not clear.

Democratic FTC commissioner Terrell McSweeny tells WIRED that the FTC is only an enforcement agency. It doesn’t have the authority to issue industry-wide rules, such as a ban on blocking lawful content. In many cases, she says, the agency might not be able to use antitrust law against broadband providers that give preferential treatment to their own content or to that of partners.

“The FTC stands ready to protect broadband subscribers from anticompetitive, unfair, or deceptive acts and practices,” acting FTC Chair Maureen K. Ohlhausen said in a statement Tuesday.

The good news is the internet won’t change overnight, if it all. Blake Reid, a clinical professor at Colorado Law, says the big broadband providers will wait to see how the inevitable legal challenges to the new FCC order shakeout. They’ll probably keep an eye on 2018 and even 2020 elections as well. The courts could shoot down the FCC’s order, or, given enough public pressure, Congress even could pass new net neutrality laws.

Source: https://www.wired.com/story/heres-how-the-end-of-net-neutrality-will-change-the-internet/

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GreenTech looks to new market

GreenTech looks to new market

Smaller companies buying mobile equipment have been poorly served by traditional channel partners claimed reconditioned devices specialist GreenTech.

 The company is set to tackle this inequality by boosting its sales service. The company has also hired former Data Select executive Ian Miller, as the manager responsible for effecting these changes.

GreenTech buys and sells reconditioned handsets and has been particularly in the insurance market, where some of the customer claims cases are replaced with reconditioned products.

But the company believes many other businesses are being let down by existing channel providers. According to a GreenTech spokesman, it’s time to tackle the situation where “we see a gap emerging where some customers in the B2B channel are profiled according to the scale of their business, and receive enhanced support and attention where sales volumes are higher.”

Package of support

It’s not just about selling devices cheaper, said the spokesman. “Our business model is about delivering a package of support within which price is one important component.  We are agnostic in terms of the products we sell and GreenTech has a very strong and solid financial foundation, giving the business both scale and reach and enabling it to provide a range of added value support to our B2B customers.

The company is set to beef up its support services, although it’s being coy about the details. “Over the coming months, GreenTech will be announcing a range of support services specifically developed to meet the needs of the B2B channel where the focus is on a broader range of customers,” said the company spokesman.

Source: http://www.techradar.com/news/greentech-looks-to-new-market

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Medion’s Black Friday deals offer great savings on laptops

Medion’s Black Friday deals offer great savings on laptops

Medion has announced some big savings on its laptops in the run up to – and including – Black Friday 2017.

While Medion may not be the most recognisable of brands, it has been carving out a solid reputation for affordable gaming laptops, which include powerful components for a fair bit less than its competitors.

With its Black Friday deals, Medion’s range of laptops are even more tempting, so if you don’t mind rather plain designs, and a less recognisable brand name, then you’ll likely really appreciate some of the Medion machines on offer.

And if you’re in the mood for more savings, we can help you discover more awesome Black Friday deals.

Medion Erazer P6681 £100 off
This 15.6-inch gaming laptop comes with an Intel Core i5-7200U processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive and an Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics card for just £649.99.View Deal

Medion Akoya P6677 now £499.99
This budget laptop from Medion has had a £100 price cut, and now comes in at just under £500. An Intel Core i5-7200U processor, 1TB hard drive and 940MX graphics card give it a decent level of power, and it has a nice 15.6-inch screen. One thing to note is that it only has 4GB of RAM.View Deal

All of the above deals are live right now and expire on November 30. If you’re after more deals then check out our collection of the best Black Friday 2017 deals, including laptops, TVs and much more.

Source: http://www.techradar.com/news/medions-black-friday-deals-offer-great-savings-on-laptops

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The best business VPNs

The best business VPNs

Using one of the best VPN services is a crucial consideration for any modern business which has a flexible and mobile workforce, in terms of maintaining high levels of privacy and security. When it comes to precious business data, there’s clearly a vital need to keep the company network and internet connection secure, and to allow for secure remote access facilities, too.

This is especially true in the world of small businesses, which usually have limited resources to devote to managing security. Fortunately, there are business VPN services out there which are a breeze to set up and manage, plus they can be scaled to fit the organisation’s needs as it grows.

How to choose the best VPN service for business

Obviously, protecting sensitive business data is the main priority here, so you need a VPN with the beefiest levels of security. Since you’ll be handling multiple accounts at once, for multiple staff members, quality management software or a dedicated account manager are important considerations.

Having access to plenty of server locations is always a good thing, particularly when it comes to a mobile workforce, and nippy performance is handy for transferring large files or perhaps partaking of HD videoconferencing. Another important factor is the number of connections available and supported devices, which must suit the size of your firm and the hardware your employees use.

Now that we’ve outlined the basics of what we’re looking for, read on to discover our top five picks for the best business VPN service.

1. SaferVPN

Best VPN for multiple device users

Number of servers: 700+ | Server locations: 30+ | IP addresses: N/A | Maximum devices supported: 10-20 + custom option

7-day trial
Custom plan

SaferVPN offers a great business VPN experience for users who work across multiple devices and switch from one to another frequently.

It has well-designed clients for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android and a dedicated account manager and a Chrome extension are also part of the package as well as a management web console.

While the server coverage may be slightly limited, it didn’t bother us as we got above-average speeds in our performance tests. The service upholds a no-logging policy, but it does record a good deal of session data (more than most VPNs). SaferVPN supports IKEv2, OpenVPN, L2TP and PPTP security protocols, and business clients enjoy priority support around the clock.

SaferVPN has a 7-day trial and two business plans to choose from, depending on the number of users needed – including a custom plan if required. The packages available are:

2. VyprVPN

Best all-round VPN

Number of servers: 700+ | Server locations: 70+ | IP addresses: 200,000+ | Maximum devices supported: 9-30

Great performance
Free trial
Scarce info regarding business plans

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VyprVPN manages all of its own servers which definitely shows when it comes to performance levels. In our tests, we found our download speeds more than doubled compared to our normal rates with the VPN turned off – it doesn’t come any better than that.

The service provides you with easy-to-use and intuitive software for overall account management, as well as apps for all major platforms. In addition to OpenVPN, PPTP and L2TP/IPsec protocols, VyprVPN offers additional security features like a NAT Firewall and its own Chameleon technology for preventing deep packet inspection (DPI), VPN blocking and throttling. 24/7 live chat support is in place for when you need assistance.

Interestingly, there isn’t much information listed on the website regarding the business plans. To find out more about them, and discover the exact pricing, you have to apply for a free trial or contact customer support. There are two of these plans pitched pretty closely together, starting from $299 and $349 respectively. The packages available are:

3. Hotspot Shield

Best balance of performance and price

Number of servers: 2000 | Server locations: 20 | IP addresses: N/A | Maximum devices supported: 20-100

Affordable pricing
Speedy performance
Few server locations
No management software

Hotspot Shield delivers a consistently fast service with competitive pricing for consumers, and its business offering is no different. In performance terms, our tests showed a significant increase in download speeds with a slight increase in upload speeds compared to our normal rates, and barely any change in latency.

On the downside, the number of server locations is rather low, while the service doesn’t offer any management software so you only have native apps at your disposal. 

The privacy policy is favourable, not keeping any logs, and on the security front you get all the usual protocols. Additional features include private browsing and virtual locations, among others. There’s dedicated customer support in case you run into any hiccups.

You can choose from three monthly-based pricing plans, the difference being the number of supported devices. The plans are quite affordable with the lower-end plan being a laudably cheap option for small businesses. The packages available are:

4. NordVPN

Most secure VPN

Number of servers: 1294 | Server locations: 61 | IP addresses: N/A | Maximum devices supported: 1-100+

Tons of servers
Strong security
No management software
Quote-based pricing

Corporate users benefit from the same sterling levels of security and reliability NordVPN is known to provide consumers with, alongside the added bonus of getting a dedicated account manager for business account holders. Companies also get a dedicated business VPN server for internal use, and each VPN account is assigned a dedicated IP address.

With the number of servers constantly growing, NordVPN is one of the better VPN providers when it comes to server numbers. It’s not the fastest network out there, but it’s fast enough – and more importantly, this service is consistent in terms of its performance. 

This provider offers lots of security features, including double data encryption, a kill switch, and much more. NordVPN is privacy-focused, keeping no logs of user activity and requiring no company details to purchase. 

Do note that there is no dedicated management software, although you’ll get VPN clients for all major operating systems. Another caveat comes on the pricing front, as there’s no pricing scheme laid out on the website, and you have to fill in a form to get a quote. Depending on your exact needs, you can select between (up to) 5 and 100+ users.

5. TorGuard

Best VPN for expert configuration

Number of servers: 3000+ | Server locations: 50+ | IP addresses: N/A | Maximum devices supported: 10-50+

Huge number of servers
Expert-level configurability
Average performance
Unimpressive with latency

TorGuard certainly has a huge selection of servers, meaning you should never have a problem finding a reliable connection. That said, our testing revealed only average levels of performance, with some spikes in latency. Still, the speed trade-off might well be worth it as you get tons of options to set up your VPN experience on any OS.

Every TorGuard business VPN account comes with a 24/7 dedicated account manager and access to a dedicated VPN management portal. Security-wise, TorGuard takes care of business (ahem) with all the regular protocols, 256-bit AES encryption, and a ‘Stealth VPN’ service that avoids deep packet inspection.

There are three business price plans plus a custom option. Each gets you unlimited access and support, the only difference being the number of users covered, and dedicated IP and email addresses. The packages available are:

Also consider

1. Jungle disk: It is an easy, secure VPN access for small businesses supporting SSL and IPsec including remote access and site-to-site. There’s no hardware purchase, no setup fees, all pay-as-you-go monthly, in a fully managed service. The service is aimed at 2-250 employee businesses with under 10 locations. 

2. ibVPN : Their VPN service is best for securing your company’s data with military grade encryption while working remotely and to access business tools while traveling or when connected to public WiFi. They claim that they “provide the most complete business VPN solution offering fast VPN servers, SmartDNS and Proxies to make sure it suits all your company’s needs”, adding “for easy access we have developed VPN clients for major OS (Windows, Mac, iOS and Android) so even the less techie can connect in seconds with a simple click.”

3. Hide.me : This service is geared towards “any company which wants to give its employees the geographical freedom to work without compromising on their security, any company which wants to make sure that their employees are always secure even while using public Wi-Fi connections, any company which does not want to spend a lot of time on administrating its VPN solution and any company which does not want to spend a lot of money on their VPN solution.”  Hide.me’s Business VPN offers a flexible Windows SDK to control the VPN connection over an API. You can bundle the SDK into your existing application or just build your GUI on top of it. With their API, you can automatically create, delete, disable, and enable VPN accounts.  They don’t ask you to pay upfront and offers a monthly consolidated billing option so that you pay only for accounts that have been active. 

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Source: http://www.techradar.com/news/best-vpn-for-business-our-5-top-choices

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Best iPhone 2017: which Apple phone is the best?

Best iPhone 2017: which Apple phone is the best?

The best iPhone of 2017 changed dramatically because Apple launched three different new iPhones in three months, including the redesigned iPhone X.

That said, we’re finding out that, no matter the testing results, the best iPhone you can buy today really depends on who you are and how big your hand size and wallet stretch.

Buying a top-rated iPhone is an expensive decision. That’s okay. We’re about to deliver you a change, whether it’s the iPhone 8 Plus that’s on our best phones list or a cheap iPhone.

With a bewildering selection of different specs, screen sizes and price points, each of these handsets has something to offer every type of Apple fan – so we’ve boiled down the choices for you in a simple-to-read format.

Best iPhone: which one should you buy

1. iPhone X

The completely new iPhone you’ve been waiting for

Weight: 174g | Dimensions: 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm | OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1125×2436 | CPU: A11 Bionic | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 64/256GB | Battery: 2716mAh | Rear camera: 12MP+12MP | Front camera: 7MP

Brilliant screen
Powerful innards
Smart TrueDepth camera
Incredibly expensive

The iPhone X is as impressive as it is expensive, but if you really want the best iPhone, you’ll look beyond the latter characteristic. Millions of Apple fans already have since it launched in early November.

It has a large all-screen display, except for a notch at the top that houses a new TrueDepth Camera that takes selfies to another level and can also map your face to an iPhone X-exclusive Animoji. If you don’t know what that is by now you probably won’t care.

The iPhone X is Apple’s 10th anniversary smartphone and has just about iPhone users have been asking for, from a more forward-leaning design to faster specs and new features. You’ll just have to get used to Face ID instead of reaching for that non-existent fingerprint sensor.

Read our in-depth iPhone X review

2. iPhone 8 Plus

The best ‘normal’ iPhone available right now

Weight: 202g | Dimensions: 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5mm | OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: A11 Bionic | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 64/256GB | Battery: 2691mAh | Rear camera: 12MP+12MP | Front camera: 7MP

Wireless charging
Longer battery life
Dated design

The iPhone 8 Plus is the best iPhone if you’re not willing to take the plunge into Apple’s proposed smartphone future and need that fingerprint sensor. It’s here.

It does have several key features you’ll like, however. It’s the first have have both  wireless charging and fast charging on an iPhone and the camera has improved. Its dual-lens camera doesn’t have OIS in the telephoto lens (a feature saved for the X), but it’s still a great way to snap a photo at long distances.

It won’t turn nearly as many heads with its glass design on back, but the iPhone 8 Plus is the iPhone built for big hands and slightly smaller wallets than the new iPhone X.

Read our in-depth iPhone 8 Plus review

3. iPhone 8

The newest 4.7-inch iPhone lots of people still want

Weight: 148g | Dimensions: 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm | OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 4.7-inch | Resolution: 750 x 1334 | CPU: A11 Bionic | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 64GB/256GB | Battery: 1,821mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP

Wireless charging is useful
Camera is great at point-and-shoot
Limited upgrade over iPhone 7
Bezel-heavy design looks dated

We get it, you refuse to budge from the 4.7-inch iPhone screen and size and, frankly, we don’t blame you. Every time we go back to this iPhone with normal dimensions, we feel like we just went on a smartphone vacation.

Just because the size is the same doesn’t mean the technology behind it is, too. The iPhone 8 features the same A11 Bionic chipset as the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X, and it too debuted wireless charging and fast charging on an Apple smartphone.

The camera is still fantastic, even if it doesn’t have the dual-lens capabilities that are exclusive to the X and Plus, and you’ll dig iOS 11 at this size more so than the even smaller iPhone SE. We recommend the 4.7-inch phone and up.

Read our in-depth iPhone 8 review

4. iPhone 7 Plus

The best iPhone money can buy

Weight: 188g | Dimensions: 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3mm | OS: iOS 10 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels | CPU: Apple A10 Fusion | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32/128/256GB | Battery: 2900mAh | Rear camera: 12MP+12MP | Front camera: 7MP

Heaps of power for slick performance
Excellent camera
Very expensive
No headphone jack

The iPhone 7 Plus was the best phone Apple ever made in 2016, and it remains a winner for its longevity and price in 2017. It’s larger than the new iPhone X though, so if you’re after a smaller phone with a bigger screen, this won’t be the best choice for you with its 5.5-inch 1080p display.

The big upgrades over older iPhones are the waterproof design and a new dual-lens camera that allows you to snap with two 12MP lens at the same time. It allows for better optical zoom as well as a Bokeh mode to blur the background of your photos and put the main focus on the foreground.

Battery life on the iPhone 7 Plus is much improved upon the iPhone 6S Plus too, plus it comes stocked with iOS 10 software right out of the box.

You probably already know there’s no 3.5mm headphone jack. It means you’ll have to use Bluetooth headphones or the Lightning cable converter, which comes in the box with the iPhone 7 Plus.

It’s still a costly option, but cheaper than it was a year ago, making it one of the best iPhone choices in 2017 for people looking for a deal.

Read the full iPhone 7 Plus review

5. iPhone 7

Your first waterproof iPhone

Weight: 138g | Dimensions: 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm | OS: iOS 10 | Screen size: 4.7-inch | Resolution: 750 x 1334 | CPU: Apple A10 Fusion | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 32/128/256GB | Battery: 1960mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP

Good low light camera
Water resistant
Lacks clear upgrades
Same design for last three years

Don’t fancy the large iPhone 7 Plus above? Why not opt for the iPhone 7, which comes in at position two on our best iPhone round-up.

Again there’s no headphone jack on the iPhone 7, but it does come with a waterproof design that means your phone is likely to survive the odd dip in the sink rather than just being frazzled right away.

There’s no dual-lens camera on the iPhone 7, but you can still take some absolutely incredible photography with the 12MP sensor.

If you own an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6S, you may not see much difference with the new phone but the new processor and camera tech may be enough to entice you to buy the latest iPhone from Apple.

Read the full iPhone 7 review

iPhone SE

6. iPhone SE

Compact, relatively affordable and very powerful

Weight: 113g | Dimensions: 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm | OS: iOS 9.3 | Screen size: 4.0-inch | Resolution: 1136 x 640 pixels | CPU: Apple A9 | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB/64GB | Battery: 1624mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 1.2MP

Great power
Lower price
Tired design
Old screen technology

As the first 4-inch iPhone since 2013’s iPhone 5S the iPhone SE has been a long time coming, but although it’s slotting in at the bottom of Apple’s range, it’s in many ways more a successor to that phone than to the cut-price iPhone 5C.

Because, despite the iPhone SE’s small size and relatively modest price tag, it’s very close to being a flagship.

It has the same boxy, yet premium design as the metal-clad iPhone 5S and the same powerful Apple A9 processor and rear camera as the iPhone 6S.

It lacks the 3D Touch features and higher-resolution front-facing camera of the iPhone 6S. The screen is also less impressive all round, thanks in large part to a lower contrast ratio. But it compares well to many mid-range handsets.

It’s the most powerful 4-inch iPhone you can get, so for fans of compact form factors this is an obvious choice.

But while it’s not as cheap as the discontinued iPhone 5S, it’s also still something of a bargain by Apple standards, so it’s worth considering if you’re on a budget too.

Read the full iPhone SE review

iPhone 6S

7. iPhone 6S

The best iPhone from 2015

Weight: 143g | Dimensions: 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm | OS: iOS 9.3 | Screen size: 4.7-inch | Resolution: 1334 x 750 pixels | CPU: Apple A9 | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB/64GB/128GB | Battery: 1715mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 5MP

Great design
3D Touch impresses
Battery life low
Price high for a low-res screen

The iPhone 6S, as you probably know, is Apple’s flagship from 2015. The Apple A9 processor and a chunky 2GB of RAM, up from 1GB on the previous model, make it far superior in raw power to 2014’s model, and it’s got some other tricks too.

It’s got a 12MP rear camera and an tried-and-true 8MP front-facing camera, making it the best selfie shooter Apple’s put on a phone.

It does sport largely the same design and screen as the iPhone 6 though and the latter in particular is starting to feel a bit dated in the face of super sharp QHD screens from rivals.

Apple has at least added a new feature to the display, in the form of 3D Touch, which makes it pressure sensitive and offers new tricks for enhanced emailing and shortcuts around the homescreen.

Read the full iPhone 6S review

iPhone 6S Plus

8. iPhone 6S Plus

An improved iOS phablet

Weight: 192g | Dimensions: 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3mm | OS: iOS 9.3 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels | CPU: Apple A9 | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB/64GB/128GB | Battery: 2750mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 5MP

3D Touch has potential
Bright, vibrant display
Big and heavy

The iPhone 6S Plus is essentially an iPhone 6S with a bigger and sharper 5.5-inch screen.

That makes it more unwieldy than the iPhone 6S, but a big screen also has a number of advantages, making movies and games more immersive – and the extra resolution really helps make apps look even better.

It also has a longer-lasting battery, matching the iPhone 6 Plus in terms of longevity.

It’s big, powerful, feature-packed and going to last the longest of all the iPhones, making it the best Apple handset for phablet fans with money to burn. Plus, as it comes in sizes of up to 128GB you can store your entire movie collection on it, if that’s your thing.

Read the full iPhone 6S Plus review

iPhone 6

9. iPhone 6

A big change in 2014

Weight: 129g | Dimensions: 138.1 x 67 x 6.9mm | OS: iOS 9.3 | Screen size: 4.7-inch | Resolution: 1334 x 750 pixels | CPU: Apple A8 | RAM: 1GB | Storage: 16GB/64GB/128GB | Battery: 1810mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP

Great design
Better battery than previous models
Still pricey
Screen too low-res

The iPhone 6 was a big change for Apple. Not only did it sport a curvier chassis than the last few models – complete with a change from metal and glass to all-metal – but it was also bigger, with a 4.7-inch screen.

Even that’s not massive by smartphone standards, but it’s substantially larger than the 4-inch iPhone 5S, bringing Apple into line with the trend of bigger screens that the rest of the competition was peddling.

The iPhone 6’s screen is sadly no more or less sharp than the 5S though, as the resolution went up in line with the size, where rivals were shoveling in pixels at a rate of knots.

It is, however, far more powerful than the iPhone 5S, with an A8 processor giving it extra grunt. It’s since been beaten by the iPhone 6S, iPhone 7 and even the iPhone SE, but the iPhone 6 is still one of the slickest performers around for most top apps.

Read the full iPhone 6 review

iPhone 6 Plus

10. iPhone 6 Plus

Apple’s first phablet has a stunning design

Weight: 172g | Dimensions: 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm | OS: iOS 9.3 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels | CPU: Apple A8 | RAM: 1GB | Storage: 16GB/64GB/128GB | Battery: 2915mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP

Great full HD display
Strong camera
Too big to use one handed

If 4.7 inches isn’t enough for you – you’re in luck. Apple launched the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus alongside the iPhone 6 to give the phablet market something to chew over.

The extra size makes it a better option for watching movies, browsing the web and generally wasting time on your phone with. It’s also sharper than the iPhone 6, with a 1080 x 1920 401ppi screen, in place of a 750 x 1334 326ppi one.

In most other ways it’s a match for the iPhone 6, with the notable addition of optical image stabilization for the camera offering better snaps, and the improved battery life is something a lot of iPhone owners crave.

Read the full iPhone 6 Plus review

iPhone 5S

11. iPhone 5S

An affordable alternative to the iPhone SE

Weight: 112g | Dimensions: 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm | OS: iOS 9.3 | Screen size: 4.0-inch | Resolution: 1136 x 640 pixels | CPU: Apple A7 | RAM: 1GB | Storage: 16GB/32GB/64GB | Battery: 1560mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP

Good camera
Battery suspect
Dated screen tech

Apple followed up the iPhone 5 with the iPhone 5S. It has the same size and resolution screen, so it’s a compact 4-inch phone, making it ideal for anyone who doesn’t like lugging around an undersized tablet.

The premium design is much the same too, with a two-tone metal and glass construction. But it’s a little more powerful, with a newer processor under the hood. We’re still not in top-end territory here, (not by 2017 standards anyway), but it’s slightly nippier under the finger.

The camera was also rather improved over the iPhone 5, with the 8MP snapper still taking decent photos despite its age. But perhaps the biggest change from the iPhone 5 is the addition of Touch ID, allowing you to secure the phone with your fingerprint.

You can’t get the iPhone 5S direct from Apple any more, but it can be found in other stores from around $335/£270/AU$425. You’ll struggle to find a cheaper iPhone in 2017.

Read the full iPhone 5S review

Source: http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/best-iphone-2016-how-to-choose-the-right-one-for-you-1314237

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The best iPad 2017: how to choose the right Apple tablet for you

The best iPad 2017: how to choose the right Apple tablet for you

The best iPad to buy in 2017 is a tricky answer for us because there are quite a few new Apple tablets on sale today through Cyber Monday and even more old ones in circulation.

The iPad Pro is certainly the most powerful, and that comes in two sizes, the massive iPad Pro 12.9-inch version and the flagship 10.5-inch edition. But neither are the best for average consumers looking to save money.

The New iPad 2017 is a better value and the best iPad for most people because it covers all of the basics you need from an iOS 11 tablet. Of course, the iPad Air 2 remains popular, even if Apple isn’t selling it directly on its store anymore, and the same goes for the iPad mini 4 is probably on its way out eventually.

Whatever the case there’s an iPad for you, and to make it easier to sift through them and find the right one we’ve highlighted all the choices, in a clear, concise way, so boot up your old tablet one last time, read through our rundown and get ready to upgrade.

And if you prefer to watch than read, we’ve also put four of the best options head to head in a video showdown.

For everyone else (or if four options aren’t enough), you’ll find a rundown of all the readily available iPads below, including the brand new iPad (2017) and second generation iPad Pro duo.

These come complete with full spec lists, their good and bad points and a look at what makes them tick, so you can make an informed purchase decision.

  • Looking for an Android tablet instead? Check out our best tablet ranking.

1. New iPad (2017)

The new iPad is shockingly cheap

Weight: 469g | Dimensions: 240 x 169.5 x 7.5mm | OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 9.7-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 pixels | CPU: A9 | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 32/128GB | microSD slot: No | Battery: Up to 10 hours | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP

Great screen
Thicker than the Air
Only an A9 chipset

The best Apple iPad for most people isn’t actually the most powerful – it’s just the greatest value. The new iPad (2017) replaces the iPad Air 2 in Apple’s lineup, slotting in below the Pro range.

As such it lacks their Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil support and misses out on some of their power, but its A9 chipset is still very speedy and the 9.7-inch 1536 x 2048 screen is sharp, bright and high-quality.

It also has the same luxurious metal unibody as the rest of Apple’s iPad range, though notably it’s ever-so-slightly thicker than the iPad Air 2 or iPad Pro 9.7 at 7.5mm.

With the Touch ID fingerprint sensor included, iOS 11 under the hood and up to 10 hours of battery life when web browsing or watching videos, the new iPad (2017) is a great media player and a strong tablet choice if you’re not planning to use it heavily for productivity.

It starts at just $329, £339, or AU$469, too, which is cheap, especially if you get it for a lower price on Black Friday. No, it’s not a cheap tablet like the Amazon Fire HD 10 (you could buy three of those for this price), but Apple has the best tablet software experience, bar none.

Read the full iPad (2017) review

2. iPad Pro 10.5

The entry-level Pro gets a screen boost

Weight: 469g | Dimensions: 250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1 mm | OS: iOS 10 | Screen size: 10.5-inch | Resolution: 1668 x 2224 pixels | CPU: A10X Fusion | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB/256GB/512GB | microSD slot: No | Battery: 8,134mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP

Great speakers
512GB version
Screen adds a lot of expense
iOS still isn’t a good laptop replacement

It’s a tough decision over whether the new iPad Pro is the best iPad, or the more recent (and more basic) iPad – but the new Pro is in second solely on its higher price.

If you can see past that, or you really need a tablet that can truly keep up with any app you want to throw at it while using a dedicated Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, this should be the device you look at.

The new ProMotion screen adds an impressive layer of fluidity to daily use – if not strictly necessary – and the smaller bezels means you’re getting far more display in a footprint not much bigger than last year’s 9.7.

It’s an iPad for the professionals – but also one that media munchers will adore using.

Read the full review: iPad Pro 10.5

3. iPad Pro 12.9

The best really big iPad you can buy

Weight: 677g | Dimensions: 305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9 mm | OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 12.9-inch | Resolution: 2048 x 2732 pixels | CPU: A10X Fusion | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB/256GB/512GB | microSD slot: No | Battery: 10,875mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP

Great, large tablet screen
Tremendous power
Too expensive as a laptop replacement for some

We really like the iPad Pro for its size and it’s the closest thing we have to a 2-in-1 touchscreen MacBook. It just happens to run iOS 11 instead of macOS. 

It’s the best productivity and entertainment tablet around thanks to its large 12.9-inch screen, four speakers and iOS 11 dock and multitasking interface.

It’s biggest weakness? The iPad Pro 12.9-inch price, and the size isn’t a good fit for everyone. But If you can afford it and want the largest-sized iPad available, you’re going to love this – it’s a laptop-replacement for a lot people out there.

Read the hands on review: iPad Pro 12.9

iPad Pro 9 7

4. iPad Pro 9.7

The latest iPad Pro is one of the best tablets on the planet

Weight: 437g | Dimensions: 240 x 169.5 x 6.1mm | OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 9.7-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 pixels | CPU: A9X | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 32/128/256GB | microSD slot: No | Battery: Up to 10 hours | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 5MP

Great speakers
Up to 256GB of storage
Expensive starting price
Lower power than larger version

For the average user the iPad Pro 9.7 is one of the best all-round options, or it is if money is no object anyway, as it starts at $599/£549/AU$849 and if you want more than 32GB of storage or cellular connectivity the price rises steeply.

But it does a good job of justifying that outlay, as the iPad Pro 9.7 is the greatest entry in Apple’s ‘main’ line of slates.

The 9.7-inch screen strikes a great balance between being big enough to get far more out of than a phone screen and small enough to still be fairly portable.

And although Apple has ditched the Air moniker, at 240 x 169.5 x 6.1mm and 437g the iPad Pro 9.7 is every bit as thin and light as the iPad Air 2.

But it lives up to the Pro name, with plenty of power afforded by its A9X chipset and 2GB of RAM, four speakers for serious media potential, a beautiful True Tone screen, which adapts the color and intensity to your environment, and of course the ability to use the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil with it, if you want to use the slate to actually get things done.

The iPad Pro 9.7 also comes with up to 256GB of storage if you’re prepared to pay, so you needn’t feel limited by the lack of a microSD card slot, and it’s likely to remain a powerful and versatile tablet for years to come, so while it’s expensive you might not feel the need to upgrade for a long time.

Read the full iPad Pro 9.7 review

iPad mini 4

5. iPad Mini 4

The latest 7-inch iPad is a big step up from the previous version

Weight: 299g | Dimensions: 203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1mm | OS: iOS 10 | Screen size: 7.9-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 pixels | CPU: A8 | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16/32/64/128GB | microSD slot: No | Battery: 5124mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP

Great screen
Sleek design
Dated chipset
No 3D Touch

Big screens aren’t for everyone, and that’s where the 7.9-inch iPad Mini 4 comes in. The screen size means it’s far more portable than Apple’s larger tablets, especially as it’s light at 299g. It’s not quite small enough that you can use it one handed, but you can comfortably hold it for a lot longer than most of Apple’s slates, or throw it in a bag and forget about it.

It’s also big enough to enjoyably browse the net or watch videos on when you’re away from home and bigger screens, but it’s obviously not quite as strong an experience for most visual media as Apple’s larger 9.7 and 12.9-inch slates.

The small size and lack of Smart Connector also makes it worse for productivity than the iPad Pro range, but this isn’t designed as a laptop replacement.

It’s still fairly powerful thanks to 2GB of RAM and the aging but still impressive Apple A8 chip, while the screen is sharp, rich and easy to see even in bright sunlight.

The iPad Mini 4 is also a fraction of the price of Apple’s Pro range, starting as it does at $399/£379/AU$569 and with up to 128GB of storage you needn’t be terribly limited in that area – though it’s no match for the 256GB you can get in the iPad Pro.

Read the full iPad Mini 4 review

iPad Pro

6. iPad Pro 12.9

It’s big, it’s powerful and it’s absolutely stunning

Weight: 713g | Dimensions: 305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9mm | OS: iOS 10 | Screen size: 12.9-inch | Resolution: 2048 x 2732 pixels | CPU: A9X | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32/128/256GB | microSD slot: No | Battery: 10,307mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP

Hugely powerful
Big screen
Powerfully huge
Battery life could be longer

The iPad Pro 12.9, or simply the iPad Pro as it’s sometimes known, is in many ways a bigger and better version of the iPad Pro 9.7.

It matches that slate’s four powerful speakers, accessory options and storage capacity, but at 12.9 inches the screen is significantly larger, while its 2048 x 2732 resolution ensures it retains the same 264ppi pixel density. It’s also more powerful than its smaller sibling, combining the same Apple A9X chipset with a massive 4GB of RAM.

That power is undeniably a good thing, but the screen size will be more divisive, as while all that space is great if you plan to use it as a real laptop replacement, for running apps in split screen, or for watching a lot of movies, it leaves it a little unwieldy in other ways, especially as it makes the slate a hefty 713g. If you want the ultimate in portability this isn’t it.

But if you can afford the high price and want the very biggest and most powerful tablet Apple has to offer there can be no other choice than the iPad Pro 12.9.

Read the full iPad Pro 12.9 review

iPad Air 2

7. iPad Air 2

Still a brilliant tablet and now far cheaper than ever before

Weight: 437g | Dimensions: 240 x 169.5 x 6.1mm | OS: iOS 10 | Screen size: 9.7-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 pixels | CPU: A8X | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16/32/64/128GB | microSD slot: No | Battery: Up to 10 hours | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP

Lovely screen
Volume silencer gone
16GB is too little storage

The iPad Air 2 is the predecessor to the iPad Pro 9.7 and the difference in name gives a hint of what it’s lacking – namely compatibility with the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, along with the four powerful speakers found on the Pro range.

It’s not as strong for productivity then, but in many other ways the iPad Air 2 can almost match up to the iPad Pro 9.7 and all for a much lower price.

For one thing it has the same premium metal body, along with the same weight and dimensions, leaving it a slim and light 6.1mm thick and 437g.

It also has the same size and resolution 9.7-inch 1536 x 2048 screen, though behind the scenes more vivid colors and the True Tone tech (for dynamically adjusted white balance) in the iPad Pro 9.7 make the display altogether more impressive.

But when the screen is already so good on the iPad Air 2 you might not miss those things, especially if you’ve not seen them in action.

The slate sports plenty of power too, matching the iPad Pro 9.7 for 2GB of RAM and finding a middle ground between that and the iPad mini 4 with its A8X chipset. In short, if you don’t need the productivity potential of the iPad Pro and can live with slightly dated but still solid specs, the iPad Air 2 is a strong choice.

Read the full iPad Air 2 review

iPad mini 2

8. iPad Mini 2

The cheapest iPad out there is still a fantastic 7-inch tablet

Weight: 331g | Dimensions: 200 x 134.7 x 7.5mm | OS: iOS 10 | Screen size: 7.9-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 pixels | CPU: A7 | RAM: 1GB | Storage: 16/32/64/128GB | microSD slot: No | Battery: 6470mAh | Rear camera: 5MP | Front camera: 1.2MP

Brilliant design
Costs a little too much
16GB of storage is too low

Apple no longer sells the iPad Mini 2, but it was only discontinued recently and it’s still available from some retailers.

And it’s easy to see why. The iPad Mini 3 (which has also been discontinued) offered little that the Mini 2 didn’t, only really adding Touch ID, and in being so conservative secured a mediocre 3-star review from us.

The iPad Mini 2 though was and is impressive. It’s every bit as powerful as the iPad Air and has a compact 7.9-inch display, with the same resolution as the iPad Mini 4. The overall quality isn’t quite as high, but it’s still a strong tablet screen.

At 7.5mm thick and 331g it’s not quite as slim and light as Apple’s latest Mini, but it’s still compact enough to comfortably cart around with you and it sports a similarly premium design.

It has an older chipset and half as much RAM, which combined with its age means you might feel the need to upgrade sooner rather than later if you do invest in the iPad Mini 2.

But right now it still offers a quality experience and is an ideal option if you want a highly portable and low cost tablet, just as long as you can live without the secure convenience of Touch ID.

Read the full iPad Mini 2 review

Source: http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/tablets/best-ipad-2016-how-to-choose-the-right-one-for-you-1322489

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Wish List 2017: 60 Amazing Gift Ideas for Everyone in Your Orbit

Wish List 2017: 60 Amazing Gift Ideas for Everyone in Your Orbit




Call Ma, no hands, with this driving system that helps you text, phone, navigate, schedule, email, and queue up your tunes while you’re holding the wheel. The magnetic mount plays nice with Alexa, so you never have to leave your favorite assistant trapped at home in the Echo.

Source: https://www.wired.com/gallery/wish-list-2017-60-amazing-gift-ideas/

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