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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:50:08 +0000
How good is face ID tech? It depends who you're looking for…
Critics point out that face recognition systems can generate large numbers of false positives, but is that the whole story?

Du is offering its customers free movies and music, when they sign up for one of their new data SIM offers. For a limited time only new and existing customers can get a six month subscription to video streaming service WAVO and twelve month subscription to music streaming service Anghami.

The offer is only available on du’s 10GB and above data-only SIM plans that start from AED149 per month for current customers on du’s Smart or Emirati plans and AED 179 per month for new customers. There’s a 50GB option for more data hungry users starting at AED 279 per month for Smart or Emirati plan users and AED 379 for new customers.

All du’s data SIM plans come with 12 month contracts with options to add-on devices like the 32GB iPad for an additional AED 70 per month. You can subscribe to this offer through du’s retail shops across UAE.

If you’re prone to using your phone or tablet as a portable TV or streaming device while out and about then opting for a data-only SIM that comes with a streaming service might be the way to go. But if your data usage is on the lower side, you might want to opt for a cheaper data plan and get a separate subscription for the streaming service of your choice. 

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:17:42 +0000
du offering free movies and music with data SIM offer
du is offering WAVO and Anghami subscriptions to customers when they sign up for du’s 10GB and above data-only SIM plans.

007 fans take note, you can now pick up James Bond's iconic Aston Martin DB5 in Lego form thanks to this brand new model which hit stores today.

Priced at £129.99 (around $170, AU$230) the 1,290 piece Aston Martin DB5 Lego model comes with all the Q Branch tricks from the movies, including rotating license plates, rear bullet proof screen, hidden machine guns and tire slashers.

However, the Lego DB5's party piece is its fully functional passenger seat! Pull a portion of the rear bumper out, and the roof over the passenger side of the car will fold back. Release the section and you'll fire the seat out of the car. It works, and it's very cool.

Meanwhile, the machine guns hidden behind the front lights are revealed via the gear stick inside the cockpit, while rotating one of the exhausts will raise the bullet shield over the rear window.

Slow motion replays

Unsurprisingly, Lego found the ejector seat mechanism one of the most difficult aspects of creating the model, with up to 15 different prototypes made during the four month development of the whole model.

The Lego builders filmed the ejector seat in slow motion, allowing them to fine tune the mechanism to ensure the seat exited the car cleanly without catching on anything.

You'll also find a wide range of detailing on the Lego DB5, with the Aston Martin wings motive on the front and rear, a straight-six engine under the opening hood and Bond's tracking computer in the cockpit.

One aspect Lego weren't able to automate in any way were the extending tire slashers from the center of the rear wheels. You'll need to pop open the trunk and grab a couple of small extenders to manually attach for the spikes to come away from the wheels.

The set is available from today (in the UK at least), but you'll need to source your own James Bond mini-figure.

Check out our hands on gallery of the Lego Aston Martin DB5

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 06:21:47 +0000
James Bond's Lego Aston Martin DB5 comes complete with working ejector seat
Plus rotating plates, bullet proof screen, hidden machine guns, opening trunk and tire slashers.

Update: We've checked and updated this guide to make sure it gives you the best possible advice. Only the very best printers are included in this guide. If you're looking for a new printer for the office, check out our best business printers guide.

Looking for the best inkjet printer money can buy in 2017? You've come to the right place, as we've listed the top printers for home and office use.

Because there are so many decent multi-purpose printers at very competitive prices, you're spoilt for choice when looking for a new printer. We're here to make thins easier, so here's our pick of the best printers on the market right now.

In choosing the best printer your first decision is whether to go for a standard printer, or a multi-function device which includes a scanner and which can also work as a standalone copier.

These aren't much larger than regular printers, but they're a whole lot more versatile, especially when you need to keep a copy of a letter, a bill or any other important document, so our first list includes the best inkjet printers and best multi-function devices.

We've listed the best inkjet printers in this guide, so no matter which type of printer you'd like, we have the best choice - with the best prices - for your needs.

Best inkjet printers


The Deskjet 3630 is a decent printer for the price, offering reasonable print speeds and the ability to connect to mobile devices without breaking the bank. Just be wary as its ink cartridges can be priced when picked up from shops. It doesn't quite have the build quality of HP's more expensive Envy models, but if you're looking for an initially cheap model that catches the eye when sat on a shelf, the Deskjet 3630 is a great option.

Read the full review: HP Deskjet 3630


A very quick colour all-in-one bristling with print, copy, scan and mobile printing options the Officejet Pro 6830 is also very affordable, especially if you opt for the pay-per-page Instant Ink service.

Read the full review: HP OfficeJet Pro 6830 e-All-in-One

Epson WorkForce WF-100

Great for the traveling professional or someone who needs a small printer for occasional use, printing photos or using the scanner function. It's a bit pricey to buy - and to run - but the flexibility and quality of the printouts is excellent.


Consumables are usually expensive when it comes to printers. So it is quite surprising that one vendor, Epson, single-handedly decided to challenge that status quo by allowing users to refill their printer using ink bottles. What's even more surprising is that Epson includes two years of ink with the package; no more expensive cartridges and instead, you have enough material to deliver 11,000 pages worth of black and colour inks (that's 700ml worth of liquid). Oh and there's even a three-year warranty making this a great choice for bean counters fixing the TCO of their printers. The  L655 lacks the features found on cheaper competitors – it is relatively slower (although it has a higher printing resolution) and has a small paper input tray.

Canon Pixma

If you're looking for a great all-round printer which doesn't skimp on print quality for your photographs, then I don't think you will be disappointed by what the MG7150 has to offer.

While it's certainly more expensive than some of the cheap two in one printers you can pick up, it's not a bad price for something which produces high quality prints, especially if you only need to print at A4 or below.

Read the full review: Canon Pixma MG7150

Brother DCP-J4120DW

This is a big and bulky printer, that would look more at home in an office than a house - but it's a fantastic performer that can handle both A4 and the larger A3 sizes. It's cheap to run, and most importantly, the print quality is very good, making this a worthwhile investment if you're looking for a fast and flexible printer.

HP Envy 5540 All-in-One printer

We've come to expect simple setup and operation from Envy printers, and this one is no exception. It's quiet, packs in a lot of features and delivers excellent print quality, especially on photo paper. We particularly like the ability to use smartphones as well as computers, and to connect wirelessly without a router.

Read the full review: HP Envy 5540 All-in-One printer

HP DeskJet 1010 review

You won't get fancy features like wireless printing, duplexing or scanning, but if you don't need all the frills of an all-in-one printer, the HP DeskJet 1010 offers solid print performance and quality at an unbeatable price in a compact package.

Read the full review: HP DeskJet 1010 review

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:46:53 +0000
Best printer 2018: Top inkjet printers in the UAE
All-purpose printers are a booming market, and you're spoiled with the amount of choices available.

A new standard specification for connecting VR headsets to PCs has been announced by a consortium of the industry’s major players, reducing the need for multiple cables down to a single USB-C connection.

The specification is titled VirtualLink and is formed by a partnership of Nvidia, Valve, Oculus, AMD, and Microsoft, and aims “to meet the connectivity requirements of current and next-generation virtual reality (VR) headsets”.

VirtualLink is able to simultaneously deliver four high-speed lanes of HBR3 DisplayPort, a USB3.1 data channel, and up to 27 watts of power. These specifications should ensure a good degree of future-proofing when it comes to VR releases down the track.

The new reality

The existing requirement for most PC-based VR devices is to connect via multiple HDMI and USB cables, limiting its uses to machines with a variety (and availability) of ports. 

By reducing the data transmission to a single USB-C cable, this allows headsets to connect to smaller form-factor devices that might only have one or two of these connections, as is often the case with the latest ultrabooks and 2-in-1 devices.

Naturally, this also alleviates issues of mobility where multiple cables can become entangled and/or rigid when moving – a bit of a deal-breaker when the goal is to become totally immersed.

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:51:58 +0000
Your next PC VR headset will (almost) cut the cables
VirtualLink is a new standard for PC-based VR headsets that will allow connection via a single USB-C cable.

The best cheap Dyson deals are right here, so stop your search because you've come to the best place to find a bargain on a high-quality vacuum.

We've collected all the latest and greatest deals on the best Dyson cordless and traditional vacuum cleaners and put them into one easy guide. It couldn't be easier to save, just as cleaning your home will be easier thanks to your new vacuum cleaner.

Dyson is one of the most well known and respected names in the vacuum cleaner business. Its innovative designs have set the industry standard, and its product popularity has extended far beyond vacuums. Since you're already interested in Dyson, be sure to check out our latest Dyson Supersonic hair dryer deals too.

Typically when modern, sleek design meets top quality, premium pricing comes into play, but that's where we're here to help. On this page we're listing all of the cheapest deals and offers on Dyson 'hoovers' including uprights, cylinders and cordless vacuums.

We'll update the page regularly to include official Dyson sales, discount codes, retailer offers and hoover sale highlights. As ever with Dyson, great suction and power comes with a great cost. But that doesn't mean there aren't deals to be had. 

We've rounded up the latest prices on a great selection of models so you don't pay more than you should.  So, here they are, the best Dyson deals and offers.

Dyson V10 deals prices offers

The best Dyson V10 deals

The newest members of the Dyson family belong to the Dyson Cyclone V10 cordless vacuum cleaner range. It's looking like cordless cleaners are growing in demand and popularity, with even James Dyson himself declaring, "This is why I've stopped developing corded vacuums" on the V10's product page. So don't expect Dyson to be making any traditional uprights again anytime soon. Let's take a look at the new Dyson Cyclone V10 models and the latest prices below then.

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute deals prices offers

This is the top-end V10 and possibly the best cordless Dyson yet. The Absolute is available in the US, UK, Europe and Australia and marks a step up from the V8 before it. With improved suction, better battery and a larger dirt bin, this is a genuine alternative to a corded vacuum cleaner. In the box you'll find a direct drive cleaner head, soft roller cleaner head, docking station and a charger. The Absolute also comes with a selection of quick-release items like the combination tool, mini motorhead tool, mini soft dusting brush and the crevice tool.

Dyson V10 total clean cyclone prices deals offers

Only available in the UK. For the extra cost it could be said you don't really get enough to justify the extra £50 here, but it depends on your needs. Extra attachments aside, the V10 Total Clean is the same excellent cordless vacuum cleaner as the Absolute. You'll still find a direct drive cleaner head, soft roller cleaner head, docking station and a charger in the box. The quick-release attachments are different though. Here you're getting a mattress tool, an up-top adaptor (for on top of cupboards etc), an extension hose, combination tool, mini motorhead tool, mini soft dusting brush and the crevice tool.

Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal deals prices offers

It's all in the name here, the Dyson V10 Animal is specially designed to suck up all those annoying pet hairs from your carpets and furniture. Where other vacuums often seem to just push the hair in deeper, the V10 Animal really dip in to get them out. Tools included with the V10 Animal include a combination tool, crevice tool, mini motorized tool and a soft dusting brush.

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Dyson V8 Absolute offers and deals

Before the V10 this was the ultimate version of Dyson's newest cordless rechargeable vacuum cleaner. And now they're even cheaper! The super lightweight design means you can easily reach high areas and the detachable section transforms it into a handheld, for super simple stair cleaning. The Absolute model comes with a soft roller head in addition to the regular one. The soft version is particularly adept at picking up on hard surfaces.

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Dyson V8 Animal offers and deals

The V8 is Dyson's flagship cordless rechargeable vacuum cleaner. The super lightweight design means you can easily reach high areas and the detachable section transforms it into a handheld, for super simple stair cleaning.

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Dyson Small Ball offers and deals

Looking for something lightweight but not bothered about going cordless yet? The Dyson Small Ball is the lightest of the regular upright vacuum cleaners in Dyson's range at 5.5Kg and has a collapsible handle allowing you to store it in smaller spaces than most uprights. The Small Ball is also available in an 'Animal' variant that comes with a turbine tool for getting stubborn pet hair off the furniture.

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Dyson DC40 offers and deals

If you need something with a little extra storage and suction power, we'd recommend taking a look at the Dyson DC40 range with a larger storage bin to hold more household dirt, cereal, lego et al. The DC40 is also available in a 'Animal' variant that comes with a turbine tool for getting pet hair off the furniture.

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Dyson Cinetic Big Ball DC75 offers and deals

So you're after the beast huh? The 120AW suction power rating should pick up anything you and the kids can throw on the carpet. Hell, those carpet tacks better look out! With a 2.18 litre storage bin you'll be hoovering for ages before needing to empty it out and the 15m reach should let you get around most of the house without having to swap plugs.

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:57:31 +0000
The best cheap Dyson deals and offers in July 2018
Looking for the best deal on a cheap Dyson hoover? Come on in.

Main image: Elon Musk's SpaceX rockets could one day take US astronauts into space. Credit: SpaceX

It was summer, a Cold War with Russia was brewing, and a Republican president in the United States was getting worried about foreign powers winning the 'space race'. Sounds familiar? You may not think that much has changed in the 60 years since President Eisenhower established NASA on July 29 1958, just months after Sputnik-1 became the first human-made object in space.

However, President Trump's recent promise to create a 'space force' as the sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces comes at a time when NASA is already having to rethink its space exploration priorities.

Does Trump care about space?

“Right now, we have bigger problems … we’ve got to fix our potholes,” said Trump during the presidential campaign in 2016. However, he also promised to “free NASA from the restriction of serving primarily as a logistics agency for low-Earth orbit activity,” which suggests he wants NASA to leave the International Space Station to companies like SpaceX, Orbital ATK and Boeing, and focus on the Moon and Mars.

President Trump signing the Space Policy Directive

The signing of Space Policy Directives is largely symbolic. Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

There are others who think he has no clue about space exploration. In April 2017, during a phone call with a US astronaut on the ISS, Trump declared that NASA should get humans to Mars during his first term. NASA thinks 10-15 years is more realistic. 

"Trump doesn't have space as his highest priority, but no US president has ever set space as their highest priority, not even John F. Kennedy," says Laura Forczyk, space consultant at Astralytical. "He doesn’t seem to care about space, but he does pay attention to his Vice President Mike Pence, who is chairman of the National Space Council (NSpC).”

How NASA works, 1: the president sets policy

President Trump first re-launched the NSpC, then in December 2017 signed Space Policy Directive 1, instructing NASA to return Americans to the surface of the Moon, and eventually put astronauts on the surface of Mars. "The directive I am signing today will refocus America's space program on human exploration and discovery," he said.

However, the Trump administration then tried to force NASA to dump the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope, its planned space observatory that would follow the James Webb Space Telescope, itself the successor to Hubble. Fortunately for astronomers, Space Policy Directives don't actually mean much. 

Space Shuttle retirement ceremony

No astronaut has reached space from U.S. Soil since the space shuttle retired in 2011. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

How NASA works, 2: Congress gives it the cash

NASA's budget is not set by the US President, but by Congress. "Congress can choose to listen to the president's Space Policy Directives, or choose to ignore them," explains Forczyk. "Congress is the one that provides NASA's budget – one committee to appropriate it and one committee to approve it."

Not surprisingly, senators from Florida and Texas, and other places where NASA centers are located, tend to be very supportive of big NASA projects. So for now, WFIRST remains because Congress gave NASA the money it needed. However, now comes another space policy announcement from the White House that appears to be nothing to do with space exploration. 

What is a 'Space Force' and why is it needed?

The Space Force is a planned offshoot of the US Air Force, and its creation is less to do with China’s plans to launch a China Space Station (CSS) in the 2020s and to colonize the Moon after 2030, and more to do with China's anti-satellite and cyber security activities.

"We don’t want China and Russia and other countries leading us," said Trump in June of this year during a National Space Council meeting. “When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space." 

A separate organization within the Department of Defense, the Space Force will be concerned with 'national security space activities', which probably means satellites and rocket launches, rather than space lasers and putting armies on other planets, as its sci-fi name suggests.

NASA's origins are military

Satellites and rockets is pretty much what the terrestrial US Air Force Space Command already deals with, which prompted retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly to call it a “dumb idea”. However, NASA does have its origins in geopolitics and the military; it was created in the wake of the ‘Sputnik crisis’.

Soyuz rocket launch

US astronauts currently get to space on Russia’s Soyuz rockets. Credit: NASA

Still, if the Space Force is really going to obliterate asteroids and gun-down aliens, there's one small problem: the US doesn't currently have the capability to send astronauts into space from US soil. Bizarrely, that's Russia's job, and despite the ongoing Trump-Russia controversy, the situation isn't going to change any time soon. 

You would think that any country aspiring to have a Space Force would be able to launch astronauts to space, but that's not the case for the US at present. Since July 2011 and the retirement of Space Shuttle Atlantis, every US astronaut sent to the International Space Station has been taken there by the Russian space agency Roscosmos on its Soyuz rockets.

It costs NASA around US$81 million per astronaut – up from US$21.8 million when the Space Shuttle still flew – but there's also the huge symbolic cost of America relying on Russia to put its people into space.

Can commercial space companies help?

That’s always been the plan, and the Trump Administration’s recent Space Policy Directive-2 is all about encouraging ‘space economy’ entrepreneurs. Boeing and SpaceX were signed up by NASA to fly astronauts to the ISS, on their CST-100 Starliner and Crew Dragon spacecraft, respectively, from 2015 onwards.

“This was one of those programs that people wanted to be prioritized because of the political issues with Russia, and because of the symbolism of the US launching its own astronauts,” says Laura Forczyk. “It’s seen as an embarrassment that it can’t do so since the retirement of the Space Shuttle."

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets haven’t yet been tested with astronauts. Credit: SpaceX

Crew Dragon will be used on SpaceX’s DM-1 (Demonstration Mission-1) mission, an uncrewed orbital test currently slated for launch in September or October of this year. Boeing’s Boe-OFT (Boeing Orbital Flight Test), meanwhile, is scheduled for late 2018 or early 2019.

Budget, technical and stringent new safety issues have caused delays to both companies’ schedules. “Boeing and SpaceX are neck and neck in the delays that they announce,” says Forczyk. “It should have happened already, but my best guess is 2020.”

Commercial missions to Mars

For its part, SpaceX has a lot on its plate. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is focused on Mars, and having finished developing its Falcon 9 reusable rocket, he wants his company to concentrate on developing the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR).

"SpaceX has been doing other things, making money from launching satellites both private and government," says Forczyk. Boeing – which is helping NASA build its controversial, Mars-bound Space Launch System – has also begun being vocal about its own plans for Mars

NASA's plans for the Moon and Mars

Alongside the Space Force announcement came something else that appears to sum up most presidential commitments to space exploration: the goal of a new Moon landing within 10 years.

"It's an old policy that keeps on getting resurrected," says Forczyk. However, NASA does appear to have a plan: in conjunction with the commercial space industry, a Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway will be built in the 2020s, and the first crewed mission using NASA's as-yet-untested Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft is planned for 2023. Mars is left for the 2030s.

Boeing CST-100 Starliner

Boeing intends on using its CST-100 Starliner for trips to the ISS. Credit: Boeing

As with all of NASA’s projects, planning, preparation, testing and launch can take entire careers, and given the way the space agency is funded, the effect of a single president on its plans is minimal. The current administration may have set the tone for a more militaristic approach to space, but commercializing low-Earth orbit – and launching US astronauts from the US – would likely have the biggest impact. After all, should anyone really be concerned about a Space Force that currently has no way of getting into space? 

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Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:31:22 +0000
What NASA did next: from ‘Space Force’ to the Moon and Mars
From the militarization of space to getting to the Moon, NASA faces similar challenges now to when it was formed 60 years ago.

Samsung Galaxy Tab deals remain popular with android tablet enthusiasts are the world and if you're not careful when shopping for one, they can be surprisingly expensive. That's where we come in though with our price comparison technology working hard to find you the best prices from the most reliable retailers.

We'll find you the latest offers over the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, the S2, Tab Pro, Tab S, both Tab As and many more too.

If you're after the super new Galaxy Tab S3, you're in luck, as we've added the latest deals. We'll walk you through various older models too so you can work out which one is best for you and then we'll help you find the best deal. 

There's no better time to be shopping for a tablet either, as discount season is in full swing and we'll be keeping this page updated with all the best Samsung Galaxy Tab deals as the sale period progresses.

If you're looking for a wider variety of manufacturers, make sure you check out our cheap tablets page.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 deals

Samsung's newest tablet has the likes of the iPad Pro and Surface Pro in its sites and could be a contender, especially if you're a fan of the Android ecosystem. With a new glass back, it's clearly been taking style tips from the gorgeous Galaxy S7 lineup and the new Super AMOLED screen supports HDR - a tablet first.

Read our full review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7-inch deals

Samsung's latest flagship Android tablet is a real stunner

With a stunning AMOLED screen to match any of Samsung's latest smartphones, this 9.7-inch Android tablet is one of the absolute best out there. It's the thinnest tablet in the world - thinner even than the iPad Air 2 - and is also super lightweight but very powerful.

Read our full review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Seven inch tablets are the ideal size for most people, offering a screen bigger than smartphones (although some are getting close to this size now!) but still being comfortable to hold in one hand while reading or watching video. The nonslip backing ensures it won't be sliding out of your hand either.

The Galaxy Tab A is also a great size tablet to take with you out of the house on your commute or on your hols. And with a battery that lasts up to 11 hours between charges, you'll be doing just that as much as you want and be able to leave the charger at home if you're only out for a day or two.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1-inch deals

The best value large Galaxy Tab screen

If you're looking for one of the larger Samsung Galaxy Tab screens, but don't want to spend too much money, the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 strikes a fine balance of size, performance and cost.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8-inch deals

The 8-inch and possibly more sensible version of Samsung's best tablet

With the same specs as the 9.7-inch model above, the Tab S2 8-inch is smaller, cheaper and probably the better option. Android works a lot better on this size screen and the low price of this model makes it a really great buy.

Read our full review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 deals

The 8.4-inch version of Samsung's best Galaxy Tab

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S is a year older than the S2 and also comes in two sizes - 8.4-inch and then the slightly bigger and more expensive 10.5-inch. If you want one of the best Android tablet on the market, one of these two devices will do you proud because it's not a lot slower than the latest model but does have much better battery life. Whether it be the stunningly good screen or the powerful internals, this is an amazing tablet. Here are the best Galaxy Tab S 8.4 deals currently available...

Read our full review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 deals

The 10.5-inch version of Samsung's most highly specc'd Android tablet

There's a lot to be said for the 8.4-inch version above - it could well be the absolutely perfect size for a touchscreen tablet. But if you want something a little bigger, the Tab S 10.5 is simply superb. It's got all the same features as the tablet above but features a bigger screen. If you want an iPad-beating tablet running Android, this is the one. Here are the best Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 deals...

Read our full review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 deals

This incredibly big tablet is also incredibly good

If you're looking for a super-sized tablet your options are fairly limited, yet Samsung offers up two with the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 being joined by the incredibly similar Note Pro 12.2. The battery life on the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 is rather impressive. With light to medium use you should be able to get two days usage from one charge, which is a massive plus for those on the move who do not necessarily have access to a power point throughout their working day.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 deals

It's a few years old now but good at the right price

If you want a budget tablet you could do worse than the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3. It's by no means the most feature packed Galaxy Tab around, and even when it was new it wasn't the best, but prices make everything relative and this is a very cheap option!

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:27:38 +0000
The best Samsung Galaxy Tab deals in July 2018
New Samsung Galaxy Tab deals are available thanks to recent price drops.

Electric toothbrushes have been around for years now, even to the point where you can find cheap ones lining the shelves of your local grocery store. However, the Oral-B Pro 7000 SmartSeries Toothbrush takes things to levels of luxury, convenience and decadence hitherto undreamed of.

Not only does this Toothbrush include all the necessary features that people are demanding from their oral hygiene products in 2018, like interchangeable brushing heads and custom angles for maximum reach – but it also has Bluetooth and an Android and iOS App. That’s right, your toothbrush is now a smart device, and can help you brush your teeth for a dentist-level clean every day.

Pros: The Oral-B Pro 7000 SmartSeries not only features state-of-the-art toothbrush technology, letting you clean your teeth at a professional level, but its smartphone integration will help motivate you to clean your teeth for two minutes, twice a day – every day. It’s also sleek looking, and the refill heads are similarly impressive. You’ll never have to worry about your teeth again, provided you actually use it.

Cons: With all these features, there’s nothing particularly wrong with the actual toothbrush. It’s kind of like dental nirvana. However, it’s not cheap, as it normally retails around $115.

Oral-B Pro 7000 SmartSeries: Everything you need to know 

The Oral-B Pro 7000 SmartSeries usually retails around $115 in the US, which is admittedly a lot of money for a toothbrush. However, for Amazon Prime Day, that price is down to a much more palatable $79. Even at the regular price it’s not the highest-end toothbrush in Oral-B’s lineup, as it follows the Oral-B Genius Pro 8000.

What you’re getting is an extremely high-end toothbrush, and you’re getting all the features you could dream of, with smart device integration, Bluetooth and all the toothbrush heads you could ever want.

Smart Toothbrush: This toothbrush will connect with your phone, and you’ll be able to track your usage, set reminders and even get motivation to brush for the full recommended 2 minutes each time. 

Variety, the spice of life: With the Oral-B Pro 7000 SmartSeries, you get the option to choose between myriad toothbrush heads, which means you can get exactly the brush that your teeth require. Do you have sensitive gums? Need whitening? Something that does a bit of everything? Oral-B has you covered.

Anything else? There are dozens of manufacturers that are cranking out electric toothbrushes, but Oral-B didn’t become a household name without reason. You can be sure you’re getting nothing but the utmost quality with this product. 

It comes with a charger, that conveniently will store all of your extra toothbrush heads so you can conveniently keep all of your dental products in one place. Oral-B also throws in a premium carrying case so that you don’t have to worry about this premium device getting scuffed up while traveling.

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:26:45 +0000
Oral-B Pro 7000 SmartSeries: should I buy it?
Read our quick thoughts on whether or not you should pick up the Oral-B Pro 7000 SmartSeries

Virgin Orbit has revealed plans to conduct orbital rocket launches from Cornwall Airport Newquay in the UK by 2021.

Part of Richard Branson's Virgin Group, Virgin Orbit will be teaming up with Spaceport Cornwall and the UK Space Agency to build a spaceport that could offer both passenger airline services and rocket launches.

The partnership is particularly exciting because Virgin Orbit plans on launching rockets into space via an air-launch platform that uses a modified former-Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747-400 aircraft. 

This means rather than launching a LauncherOne rocket vertically, they'll instead be taken up into the air under the aircraft's wing and then deployed around cruising altitude before heading off into space. 

Launching rockets in mid-air has a number of advantages. For starters, it's likely to be cheaper because Virgin Orbit won't need to spend extra money on infrastructure on the ground, such as new launchpads. The same goes for air traffic controllers on the ground, who'll be able to instruct planes to take-off as they normally would. 

Putting the UK space efforts on the map

The news comes just a day after the UK Space Agency revealed plans to build Europe's first spaceport in Scotland. 

The difference between that spaceport, which is set to be located in Sutherland on the north coast of Scotland, and the one in Cornwall is that it's a vertically launching spaceport. In comparison, Virgin Orbit's will air-launch rockets into space instead.

This is all good news for the UK and could enable the country to become more independent when it comes to space travel. It could also have huge benefits for the UK economy. 

According to the UK Space Agency, the spaceflight market could be worth more than £3.8bn over the next decade and considering the UK builds more small satellites than any other country - with Glasgow constructing more than any other city in Europe - it makes sense to create more and more spaceports to launch them. 

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:01:13 +0000
Virgin Orbit to launch space flights from the UK
Virgin is teaming up with the UK Space Agency and Spaceport Cornwall for the first flights to space from British soil.

IBM has extended its relationship with the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team to include services from The Weather Company (TWC). 

Best known for the consumer-facing Weather Channel, TWC works with businesses around the world to supply real-time, hyper-accurate weather information. 

The company, which already works with NASCAR and Chevrolet’s IndyCar operations in the US, will now be offering its services to Red Bull as part of the latter’s wide-ranging partnership with IBM. 

The 2018 Formula 1 season sees 21 races at different locations all around the world, each with their own particular weather quirks and peculiarities, and in a sport where the margins of victory can be tenths or even hundredths of a second, the need for even the smallest extra advantage over your rivals can be key.

"Formula 1 is really a data-driven sport,” Michelle Boockoff Bajdek, IBM’s global head of marketing and weather evangelist tells TechRadar Pro, “weather is probably one of the most critical factors when it comes to Formula 1 racing."

"We're seeing teams try to squeeze incremental improvement into the smallest aspects of both car development and race strategy."

TWC’s data, sourced from over 2.2 billion locations across the globe using what Boockoff Badjek calls, “one of the most sophisticated and powerful analytic engines available”, is transmitted to the team’s race operations centre where it can be immediately be utilised for potentially race-changing decisions.

For example, detecting a rise in track temperature could lead to the team deciding to put on a harder compound tyre at a scheduled pit stop to lower the risk of punctures, or spotting an incoming rain storm could allow the team to get a race-winning jump on its rivals in getting wet-weather tyres on.

The Weather Company is able to project information down to a half-kilometre resolution, meaning that the team is able to get complete coverage of whichever track they are at to monitor conditions - particularly useful at the likes of Spa or Silverstone, where it can be raining in one sector but be dry in another.

The company is also providing historical weather data from the last 30 years, allowing the team’s strategists to make pre-race predictive models based on previous races to make possibly vital adjustments.

Although the 2018 season has seen almost entirely dry and warm conditions so far, Boockoff Bajdek notes that pre-season testing in Barcelona back in February was hit by rain and even snow, throwing many teams off guard.

She adds that a typical Formula 1 race set-up allows for just an operating temperature window of just two degrees, meaning that any fluctuations outside of this could lead to failures and retirements.

“Having access to the most accurate and precise weather on the planet is critical,” she notes, "You want to have the best possible weather insights available.”

And with Formula 1 often forming the test-bed for many technologies found in today’s road cars (power steering and kinetic energy-recovering being notable examples), TWC is always looking to expand the usage of its tools.

As Boockoff Bajdek notes, "every company in the world is affected by affects everybody!"

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 07:59:59 +0000
Formula 1 2018: Why weather could be the key to Red Bull glory
The Weather Company will offer real-time data as Red Bull goes for F1 success

UPDATE: Most of the Prime Day deals from yesterday (July 16) have ended, but the Spotlight Deals are still live. We're constantly keeping this page updated with all the latest Lightning Deals, so be sure to keep your eye out for new additions.

Amazon's Prime Day launched in overseas markets a few years ago and very quickly became one of the most popular mid-year sales in those territories. And although the online retailer took its time to launch Down Under, Amazon is finally hosting Australia's first ever Prime Day. 

(Not in Australia? We're also covering the Amazon Prime Day sales in the UK and USA.

The highly anticipated shopping event has kicked off and will continue for 36 hours, ending at midnight today, July 17. To participate, however, you will need to be an Amazon Prime member.

In Australia, Amazon Prime costs $6.99 a month, or $59 a year. However, as an introductory offer, Amazon has reduced the monthly subscription to $4.99, with the offer ending in January 31, 2019. For those signing up for Prime, the monthly cost will revert to $6.99 a month from February 2019 onwards.

But there is a 30-day free trial. So if you just want to give the service a trial run, now would be a good time to sign up and you can shop to your heart's content during Prime Day.

Prime Day Australia 2018: All the best deals

Prime Day deals can bring you plenty of savings with speedy delivery times, but it can be rather time consuming to sift through pages and pages of deals to look for the best tech deals.

And given each deal goes live at a different time, we've tried to make things easy by listing all the big discounts on the best gadgets right here as and when the sale on the item begins.

Note that we'll be adding new products to this page throughout the day, so be sure to REFRESH this page to make sure you're seeing the latest deals!

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:00:08 +0000
Amazon Prime Day Australia 2018: The best deals and discounts
Australia's first ever Prime Day sale is on now and we've got all the best tech bargains listed right here.

UPDATE: The lightning deal is 100% claimed, but if you sign up for the waitlist you could get lucky. 

Amazon Australia’s Prime Day sales have offered up some real tech treats for us over the last 24 hours, but for those chasing a cheap Nintendo Switch, the 'Lightning' deal that was on offer yesterday really lived up to its name – it only lasted 50 seconds before the allocated stock was exhausted.

If you missed out don't fret, as Amazon's announced that you'll get another chance to score Nintendo’s latest and greatest console for the cheapest price Australia has seen it. 

A representative for Amazon Australia has told TechRadar that another Switch Lightning Deal will come along this afternoon, and it looks it'll be at 4:00PM on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.

Nintendo Switch was snapped up by customers in under a minute yesterday. Responding to the overwhelming customer demand, a new Nintendo Switch Lightning Deal will go live later today, allowing more members to access the great deal.” 

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:19:50 +0000
Missed yesterday’s Nintendo Switch deal on Amazon AU? Here's your chance
A Nintendo Switch discount sold out in 50 seconds during Amazon Prime Day's sales. Here's your chance for round two.

There's a good chance you can still snag some of the best Amazon Prime Day deals right now simply because has been down a lot today.

Its 36-hour Prime Day 2018 deals marathon was instantly met with 404 errors thanks to a massive numbers of deal hunters trying to reach the site, all at the same time, according to people we talked to from the company.

That's good news and bad news. Bad news if you weren't able to checkout with the Amazon products you wanted – 4KTVs are as cheap as $290, Amazon Echo Show is $100 and Amazon Echo Dot is back to $29.99 in the US, for example.

But it's good news if you didn't log on today and want a deal that would have been sold out normally. You're in luck.

US: Amazon Prime Day deals are back on

UK: Amazon Prime Day deals are back on

What did people see instead of deals? Dogs

Amazon went down and displayed its unique 404 page errors: photos of dogs owned by Amazon employees. "Sorry, something went wrong," reads the error message. "Please go back and try again or go to Amazon's home page."

Amazon, a dog-friendly workplace, names the dogs on each of the 404 error pages: Bowser, Jax, Robin and even little Tanq. 

It's a little better than the standard error message we usually get, but doesn't exactly make up for the Prime Day deals we missed out on during prime Prime Day.

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 22:18:44 +0000
Amazon went down during Prime Day, and we saw dogs instead of deals
Amazon Prime day didn't go as planned for CEO Jeff Bezos and company. But that means there's tremendous interest.

The robotic vacuum has enjoyed somewhat of a boom in recent years, with iRobot leading that charge with its Roomba series of products. However, should you buy the one that’s currently on sale for Amazon Prime Day 2018, the Roomba 671?

The Bottom Line: Roomba 671 is one of iRobot’s entry-level robotic vacuums, but it includes many of the baseline features found in pricier models, like Wi-Fi and Alexa support. This model is for folks that are either new to robotic vacuums or want a second one for another floor of the house.

Pros: Wi-Fi connectivity allows you to activate your Roomba when you’re not even in your house. On a related note, Alexa support allows you to control the thing with your voice. Finally, the robot can vacuum for up to 90 minutes before returning to its charging station – plenty of time to clean several rooms.

Cons: Of course, 90 minutes of charge time isn’t enough to clean an entire floor in a house. You also cannot run this device on all carpets – for instance, Roomba products do not like shag carpets.

Roomba 671: Everything you need to know 

The Roomba 671 normally goes for a whopping $349 in the US, but is only $229 here during Amazon Prime Day 2018. At that price, even before the deal, the 671 is iRobot’s least expensive Roomba vacuum.

That said, it’s also the most basic of Roomba vacuums, lacking the intelligent room-bounding features of pricier models and less intelligent dirt tracking technology. However, you’re still getting the core benefit out of the product by going for the most affordable option.

Battery life. Roomba 671 lasts for 90 minutes on a charge. That may not seem like a lot, but considering that the highest-end Roomba can last for two hours, it’s not too bad.

Ease of use. Using Roomba 671 is even easier than previous models with control via either the iRobot app or your Alexa device. Though, you’ll still have to manually pick the thing up if an error occurs.

Anything else?

There are countless robotic vacuums out there from companies like Shark and Dyson, but iRobot is the one that started this trend in the first place. With that, not to mention their quality, it’d be smart to go with a Roomba.

However, if you’re truly left on the fence regarding your first (or second) robotic vacuum, check out our best robot vacuum buying guide. Of course, a Roomba sits at the top of that list, too.

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 12:34:34 +0000
iRobot Roomba 671: should I buy it?
Read our gut-check thoughts on whether you should pick up this sweet Roomba deal during Prime Day 2018.

The UK Space Agency has chosen a location to build Europe's first spaceport in Sutherland on the north coast of Scotland.

The new proposed spot for the spaceport is on the A'Mhoine Peninsula, which is remote, boggy and largely uninhabited. According to the UK Space Agency, it's the best place in the UK to use vertically launched rockets to put satellites in orbit.  

The first step in creating the spaceport will be to develop the vertical launch site in Sutherland. The UK Space Agency will be giving Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) £2.5 million for this initial stage of the project, which the UK government says "will use a combination of proven and innovative rocket technologies to pave the way for a world-leading spaceflight market."

If all goes according to plan, this initial launch site could pave the way for future spaceflight and be up and running by the early 2020s. HIE will then work closely with space tech companies, like US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, to begin launching rockets.

Lockheed Martin plans on bringing its Electron rocket to the Sutherland spaceport, which currently flies out of New Zealand. 

One giant leap for the UK?

The news comes less than a week after the Goonhilly Earth Station in Cornwall announced the launch of several new projects with the European Space Agency (ESA) that'll further bolster the UK's role as a major player in the space industry.  

Furthermore, the UK government announced a £2 million development fund to build more spaceports at sites in Prestwick in Ayrshire, Campbeltown in Argyll and Bute and Llanbedr, Gwynedd, Wales. At present, these sites are currently working on spaceport plans and engaging with regulators about the possibilities of developing horizontal launch sites.

Finding ways to get low cost access to space is important for the UK. 

Business Secretary Greg Clark said: “The UK’s thriving space industry, research community and aerospace supply chain put the UK in a leading position to develop both vertical and horizontal launch sites.

“This will build on our global reputation for manufacturing small satellites and help the whole country capitalise on the huge potential of the commercial space age.”

According to the UK Space Agency, the spaceflight market could be worth £3.8bn to the economy over the next decade. Especially considering it builds more small satellites than any other country - with Glasgow constructing more than any other city in Europe. 

Main Image: An artist's impression of a vertical launch from the proposed spaceport. Credit: Lockheed Martin/

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 08:27:37 +0000
The UK's first spaceport will be in Scotland
The UK Space Agency will be working with space tech company Lockheed Martin to get it up and running by the 2020s.

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Love it or loathe it, events and conferences are often where wheelers and dealers in the world of technology meet to decide on the future of the industry.

Ironically, technology itself has accelerate the demise of some massive tech events (like Comdex) but the result is that the remaining ones are more focused, alive and bustling than ever before.

TechRadar Pro and ITProPortal have joined forces with the tech B2B PR industry to curate a list of national and international technology events, conferences and happenings.

Google Cloud Next '18

July 24th - 26th, San Francisco

Next ’18 is a three day global exhibition of inspiration, innovation, and education where you can learn how the cloud can transform how we work and power everyone’s successes. 

Why attend? The event will see thousands of inventor demonstrations, codelabs, breakouts, conversations, bootcamps, keynotes, leadership panels, and plenty more. 

2018 Future Leaders Forum

July 26th - 28th, Austin, TX

The Future Leaders Forum, presented by IEEE-USA, is a three-day event for young and mid-career professionals focused on leadership, empowerment and adapting to the changing structure of the modern workplace.

Why attend? Keynotes from Steve Sasson, inventor of the digital camera and Larry Hornbeck, Oscar winner and creator of DLP cinema technology, headline a group of over 30 trendsetting speakers. Learn to navigate and acquire the tools you need to become more agile and thrive in today's volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world.

Promo code EBXTENDED100 will save you $100 off registration.

Gartner Catalyst Conference

August 20th-23rd, San Diego

Catalyst Conference is the only multi-role event for technical professionals and is designed to help attendees execute their organisation’s key technology initiatives. 

Why attend? Understand the latest technology trends and master the skills that digital business transformation demands.

Open Source Summit North America

August 29th-31st, Vancouver

Open Source Summit is the premier open source technical conference in North America, gathering 2,000+ developers, operators and community leadership professionals to collaborate, share information and learn about the latest in open technologies, including Linux, containers, cloud computing and more.

Why attend?  Four events in one, Open Source Summit is a technical conference where 2,000+ developers, operators, and community leadership professionals convene to collaborate, share information and learn about the latest in open technologies, including Linux, containers, cloud computing and more.

Intelligent Health

September 12th-13th, Basel

Intelligent Health is the world's first large-scale summit dedicated to AI in healthcare, featuring two jam-packed days of health tech goodness, from applied AI case studies, to announcements from the tech giants, to nitty-gritty coding workshops, and of course, passionate debate on ethics and AI4good in health. 

Why attend? The event will show presentations from the 100 brightest brains in healthcare and tech and host around 2000+ across the entire AI health ecosystem of pharmaceutical, biotech, medtech, health provision, clinicians, insurance, investment and science.

The FutureTech Expo

September 14th-16th, Dallas

An in-depth look at some of the hottest areas in technology today, including Blockchain & Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security / Hacking, Quantum Computing, 3D Printing, and Virtual / Augmented Reality.

Why attend? Over 5,000 expected attendees, 70 top-notch speakers and 100+ exhibitors discussing the latest trends in the technology industry.

Connected World Summit

September 25th-26th, London Printworks

Connected World unites over 2,500 industry leaders, tech innovators, decision makers and investors. Now in its 4th year, it has grown exponentially in content, technologies and audience size; with our original Connected Home and Cities tracks now complemented with disruptive subjects such as Blockchain, 5G and AI. 

Why attend? Hear from over 200 exclusive visionary speakers with implementation case studies and solutions presented exclusively at the show. 

Open Networking Summit EU

September 25-27th, Amsterdam

ONS Europe brings together business and technical leaders across enterprise, cloud and service providers to share learnings, highlight innovation and discuss the future of open networking and orchestration.

Why attend?  ONS is the largest and most inclusive Open Networking & Orchestration event in the world, bigger and better than ever before.

Hotel & Spa Tech Live

September 25th-26th, London

Hotel & Spa Tech Live is the UK’s premier event for the technology, systems, products, and services that are breaking new ground in the hotel and spa sector.

Why attend? As technology becomes more critical to the hospitality industries, Hotel & Spa Tech Live provides you with an unprecedented opportunity to find the very latest cutting-edge supplies designed to create a truly unforgettable experience for your customers, from the innovators behind these industry-transforming solutions.

Restaurant & Bar Tech Live

September 25th-26th, London

Restaurant & Bar Tech Live is Europe's largest exhibition dedicated to the emerging technology and services that are forming the future of restaurants and bars. The show provides a view into the dining of tomorrow and will offer restaurant and bar owners the opportunity to find the latest products, services, systems, and advancements from across the globe.

Why attend? Visitors will be able to see, test, and touch the technology that will transform the way they run their business, attract customers, and set themselves apart from the competition.

Business of Software Conference USA

October 1st-3rd, Boston

Now in its 12th year, this conference targets independent thinking software people who want to be part of very successful software businesses. 

Why attend?  The Conference is tightly curated, full of in-depth talks from very smart people - entrepreneurs and experts - and the attendees are some of the smartest people in the industry. 

IP Expo 2018

October 3rd-4th, London

Europe’s leading Enterprise IT and Digital Transformation event returns with a star-studded line-up and more networking opportunities than ever before.

Why attend? With six top IT events under one roof, 300+ exhibitors and 300+ free to attend seminar sessions, IP EXPO Europe is the must-attend IT event of the year for CIOs, heads of IT, security specialists, heads of insight and tech experts.

World Summit AI 2018

October 10-11th, Amsterdam

World Summit AI will gather the whole ecosystem, Enterprise, Startups, Investors and Deep Tech from every corner of the globe in Amsterdam for 2 days of knowledge-sharing and networking. From applied solutions for corporate and enterprise to the implications of Artificial Intelligence on society, including ethics and AI4good, World Summit AI will tackle head-on the most burning AI issues for 2018 and beyond.

Why attend? In 2017, the summit sold-out and brought together thousands of AI explorers, the most influential people in AI as speakers and all the big tech companies including Google, Facebook, IBM, Amazon, Intel, Uber and Apple. In 2018, we’re expecting over 4,500 attendees and 140 of the brightest brains on stage to tell you everything you need to know about AI.

Open FinTech Forum

October 10th-11th, New York

Focusing on the intersection of financial services and open source, Open FinTech Forum will provide CIOs and senior technologists guidance on building internal open source programs as well as an in-depth look at cutting-edge open source technologies, including AI, Blockchain/Distributed Ledger, Kubernetes/Containers, Quantum Computing, that can be leveraged to drive efficiencies and flexibility.

Why attend? Hear the latest news, views and opinions from some of the industry-leading minds.

Arm TechCon

October 16-18th, San Jose

Arm TechCon is the only comprehensive technology event that showcases the latest advances in Arm’s world-class architecture—from silicon design and software development to platform security and IoT solutions. 

Why attend? Join 4,000 like-minded engineers, architects, developers and product designers in an immersive, exciting three-day experience with Arm and its renowned ecosystem of leading companies in the embedded industry. 

Open Source Summit Europe

October 22nd-24th, Edinburgh

Open Source Summit is the premier open source technical conference in Europe, gathering 2,000+ developers, operators and community leadership professionals to collaborate, share information and learn about the latest in open technologies, including Linux, containers, cloud computing and more.

Why attend?  Four events in one, Open Source Summit is a technical conference where 2,000+ developers, operators, and community leadership professionals convene to collaborate, share information and learn about the latest in open technologies, including Linux, containers, cloud computing and more.

Big Data LDN

November 13th-14th, London

Big Data LDN is a free to attend conference and exhibition where delegates discuss the big questions and share ideas with forward-thinking peers and leading members of the Data community.

Why attend? Hear from 100+ expert speakers in 8 technical and business-led conference tracks, including real world use-cases and discuss your business requirements with 80+ leading technology vendors and consultants.

Infosecurity North America

November 14th-15th, New York

The Infosecurity conference comes to North America, featuring multiple theatres and content on the show floor to ensure that education is more readily available to all. 

Why attend? Infosecurity North America will provide end-user buyers with a focussed business event environment that facilitates valuable networking, immersive learning and leads the critical debate through cutting edge content.  

Hyperledger Global Forum

December 12th-15th, Basel, Switzerland

Developers, vendors, enterprise end-users, and enthusiasts of business blockchain technologies will converge in Basel, Switzerland December 12–15, 2018 for the inaugural Hyperledger Global Forum. 

Why attend? The first two days will feature a forum with keynotes, breakout sessions and a technical showcase. The following two days will feature hands-on tutorials, and workshop events, with the week culminating in a hackathon.

CES 2019

January 8th- 11th 2019, Las Vegas, USA

For 50 years, CES has been the launch pad for new innovation and technology that has changed the world. Held in Las Vegas every year, it is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies and where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.

Why attend? More than 3800 of the biggest tech firms exhibiting.

BETT 2019

January 24th-27th, London

Bett is the first industry show of the year in the education technology landscape, bringing together the global education community to celebrate, find inspiration and discuss the future of education, as well as the role technology and innovation plays in enabling all educators and learners to thrive.

Why attend? Over 850 leading companies, 103 exciting new edtech start ups and over 34,700 attendees (131 countries represented) will all be present.

Mobile World Congress 2019

February 25th - 28th Barcelona

The world's biggest mobile trade show marks another year in Barcelona with a stellar line-up of speakers and exhibitors.

Why attend? Over 2,300 exhibitors will gather in Barcelona to showcase the newest technologies and most innovative products available. Take your place among the companies that are shaping the connected future.

RSA Conference 2019

March 4th-8th, San Francisco

RSA Conference 2019returns to San Francisco - take this opportunity to learn about new approaches to info security, discover the latest technology and interact with top security leaders and pioneers.

Why attend?  Hands-on sessions, keynotes and informal gatherings allow you to tap into a smart, forward-thinking global community that will inspire and empower you. 

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 01:43:06 +0000
Top Tech Conferences: The Ultimate B2B tech events and show guide for 2018
We're compiling the ultimate list of technology events so you don't have to.

A landmark court case in Germany has tackled the difficult reality of death in the age of social media, ruling in favor of parents who wanted to access their deceased daughter’s Facebook account and messages.

The country’s highest court ruled in favor of the parents whose daughter was hit by a train, as they wanted to determine whether her death was a suicide. If this was the case, the train driver would also be entitled to compensation.

While there are obvious privacy concerns involved in relinquishing a Facebook user’s private messages – particularly for the other recipients of said messages – the court ruled that such digital content is equivalent to diaries or letters and should thus be inherited by the owner’s legal heirs.

Facebook's stance

Despite the social media platform’s recent public and governmental scrutiny regarding its leaking of personal data to third-party companies, Facebook has denied the family access to their daughter’s data since 2012 when her death occurred.

Instead, Facebook’s current approach is to memorialize a deceased user’s profile, allowing a “legacy contact” (if set up) to make some very minor adjustments such as pinning posts and changing the profile picture, or to flat-out delete the account.

Regarding the ruling, Facebook issued a statement “respectfully disagreeing with the decision” and pointing to the ethical difficulty of the situation. “We empathize with the family. At the same time, Facebook accounts are used for a personal exchange between individuals which we have a duty to protect.”


While this particular case offers a compelling justification for familial inheritance of personal data, there is plenty of potential for the same level of access to be exploited by family members if it were to be granted.

The topic is somewhat of an ethical minefield as a result. With a vast and increasing portion of the world’s population maintaining a digital life and, as such, leaving behind a swathe of data when they die, the issues tackled in this court case will likely surface more and more frequently, especially with the increasing debates over the security of a user’s personal data.

If you’re seeking help, please visit these sites or call these numbers:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (US) – 1800 273 8255

Samaritans (UK) – 116 123

Lifeline Australia (AUS) – 13 11 14

Sat, 14 Jul 2018 16:30:36 +0000
Landmark court case rules in favor of inheriting Facebook messages
German court rules in favor of relinquishing private Facebook data to the family of the deceased, as it's akin to inheritance.

Sometimes it’s easy to be cynical. When I read pieces suggesting that in the future robots will do all the journalism, I wonder: hasn’t that already happened? My news feeds are full of pieces highlighting the funny tweets I saw yesterday, regurgitating press releases and embedding YouTube clips of someone I don’t recognize being 'totally destroyed!' by someone I haven’t heard of. You could probably automate that in an afternoon. 

We’re already used to news aggregation, where algorithms create personalized feeds. Could the next step to be automated writing?

Shallow isn’t stupid

Not so fast, bots. Buzzfeed does some brilliant, important journalism, as do many other media properties that also publish the shallow stuff. In our ad-driven utopia, in which hardly anybody wants to pay for news any more, the fluff is often what pays the bills, and it's bankrolling the good stuff, because good journalism takes time, effort and money; what’s important is rarely what’s bringing in the eyeballs for advertisers.

Washington Post Knowledge Map news service

The Washington Post’s Knowledge Map automatically adds contextual and background information to articles

If robots can take over the grunt work, which in many cases they can, then that has the potential to lower media organizations’ costs and enable them to spend a greater proportion of their advertising income on more serious material. That’s terrible news for anybody whose current job is to trawl Twitter for slightly smutty tweets by reality TV show contestants, but great news for organizations funding the likes of Guardian journalist Carole Cadwalladr, who broke the Facebook / Cambridge Analytica scandal. Isn’t it?

What newsbots can (and can’t) do

A lot of journalism is simple reporting: it simply says, “here is a thing that happened”. And that can be very valuable. 

When the UK's Met Office issues a weather warning, that’s crucial information for farmers. When a company issues a trading warning or central banks consider raising interest rates, that’s important for the financial markets. When a publication in one part of the world publishes a story, it might be really useful information for organizations in another part of the world, and so on. Automating that kind of thing is pretty straightforward, so for example a bot might take a company’s financial press release and summarize it for a financial news site.

News apps on a tablet and smartphone

We’re already used to news aggregation, with algorithms creating personalized feeds for us. Could the next step to be automated the writing of stories?

Technology can help with a lot of basic reporting. For example, the UK Press Association’s Radar project (Reporters And Data And Robots) aims to automate a lot of local news reporting by pulling information from government agencies, local authorities and the police. It’ll still be overseen by “skilled human journalists”, at least for the foreseeable future, but the actual writing will be automated: it uses a technology called Natural Language Generation, or NLG for short. Think Siri, Alexa or the recent Google Duplex demos that mimic human speech, but dedicated to writing rather than speaking. 

According to Urbs Media editor-in-chief Gary Rogers, who’s working with PA on the RADAR project, “local papers don’t have the staff to write those stories and no centralized operation – even at the scale of PA – is going to take on writing 250 localized stories. We realized if we can write this automation into the local news production process, we are not taking someone’s job, we are doing something that no one else is doing.”

Tools of the trade

Where automation gets interesting is when it assists journalists rather than replaces them. The BBC’s Juicer “takes articles from the BBC and other news sites, automatically parses them and tags them with related DBpedia entities. The entities are grouped in four categories: people, places, organizations and things (everything that doesn’t fall in the first three).”

The New York Times’ Editor app, meanwhile, scans, classifies and tags articles to crunch data faster than humans can. The Washington Post’s Knowledge Map assists readers by linking related content together, automatically “providing relevant background, additional information or answers to frequently asked questions, when the reader wants it”.

The BBC Juicer news aggregator

The BBC’s Juicer scans and classifies stories from multiple sources to help journalists with their research

Fighting the fakes

My biggest worry about artificial intelligence writing stories is that if you put garbage in, you get garbage out. Despite its supposed battle against fake news, Facebook has been loath to exclude the political site InfoWars from its platform – even though InfoWars has variously reported that the horrific Sandy Hook massacre of schoolchildren was a hoax and that NASA has a slave platform on Mars. Over on YouTube, the trending topics algorithm often prioritizes tinfoil-hat nonsense over verifiable fact; on Twitter, we’ve seen the rise of bots endlessly posting the same often baseless claims. An AI that sees such sources as credible is an AI that promotes fake news rather than fights it.

An 1894 cartoon mocking sensationalist newspaper reporters

Fake news isn’t a new problem – this cartoon is from 1894 – but technology has weaponized it.

And of course fake news has very real consequences, whether it’s hoaxes causing real-world violence or quackery and pseudoscience resurrecting deadly diseases we thought we’d got rid of for good.

Fighting fire with fire

The answer may be more AI. For example, the startup uses AI to detect fake news and other problematic content on behalf of advertisers who don’t want their ads to appear next to made-up content. It describes itself as “like PageRank for fake news, leveraging knowledge from the web with deep learning”. In practice that means checking not just the page content but the trustworthiness of its publisher, and comparing it with a database of known fake news articles. It’s in its very early stages, and mistakes do get through, but it and systems like it have the potential to help us separate fact from fiction.

Then again, as the internet has demonstrated time after time, the bad guys find ways to use technology too, and they often outsmart the good guys. It isn’t hard to imagine a not-too-distant future where one set of AIs battle fake news while another set comes up with ever more inventive ways to battle the first bunch of AIs. 

Could AI lead to an online arms race between fakebots and newsbots like the one between advertisers and ad-blockers? My optimistic side says no, but two and a half decades spent online tells me yes. 

Maybe I should ask Siri to investigate.

TechRadar's Next Up series is brought to you in association with Honor

Sat, 14 Jul 2018 13:30:59 +0000
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Uber is building on its efforts to make passengers feel safer in their on-demand taxis, introducing continuous background checks for its drivers. Beginning in the US, Uber will now get alerts very soon after one of its drivers gets charged with a criminal offense.

Axios reports that Uber is going to rely on third-party services Checkr and Appriss to monitor its drivers. Up until now, once a driver has passed the initial background check and been approved, it hasn't always been easy for Uber to keep track of what happens after that point.

It's going to be up to Uber whether or not drivers will be able to continue working after being charged. At the same time drivers who have been stopped from Ubering in the past can apply again if their circumstances have changed.

Going real-time

"Ultimately what we're looking for... is a way to get the same kind of info as in a background check, but get it in a real-time manner," Uber VP of safety and insurance Gus Fuldner told Axios. Since testing began in July, 25 drivers have been suspended.

Passenger safety and company accountability are big issues for Uber, and part of the reason why the service almost lost its license to operate in London last year. The more measures it can put in place to reassure the public and the regulators alike, the better its chances of continuing to grow.

The company is busy investing in new technology as well. Uber drivers are being offered incentives to drive electric cars rather than gas ones, and Uber's self-driving program continues to move forward with the help of partners such as Nvidia.

Via Gizmodo

Uber improving passenger safety with continuous background checks on drivers
Uber is going to keep tabs on drivers even after they've been approved to start driving the service.
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