There are a few things that are certain in life: death, taxes and the fact that Ubisoft will continue to release more Tom Clancy titles than we can possibly keep up with.
The latest addition to Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon series is Breakpoint, an open-world tactical shooter.
We got some time with Breakpoint’s 4v4 Ghost War mode at Gamescom 2019 and found that, while it certainly adds more suspense to the usual team death match formula, it doesn’t do much to radically shake up the genre.Communication is key
The premise of Ghost War is pretty straightforward, lending features from several popular Battle Royales. You go head to head in a squad of four against another team of four, with the aim being to down all the enemies on the other team/get the most kills as a team. Meanwhile, there’s a blue circle moving in which forces you into closer proximity over time - sound familiar?
While there are some obvious traits copied from titles like Apex Legends and Fortnite, the interesting aspect of Ghost War is that there are only two teams facing off, essentially meaning that hiding and waiting till the firefight blows over isn’t really a legitimate option.
In addition, it’s more vital than ever to strategize and communicate with your team - even if you’re not a fan of communication. For example, when we started playing matches, my team did little to communicate vocally but this often meant that several people on the team were picking the same class or being flanked by enemies.
If you don’t want to speak, don’t worry, there’s a handy ping system on hand for you to tag enemies (even when you’re dead and simply spectating).
Speaking of classes, there are four available in Ghost War: Assault, Sharpshooter, Panther and Field Medic. As you would probably expect, Assault is your run-of-the-mill shooter, while Sharpshooter focuses on sniping and Field Medic is the healer of the battlefield. Of none of those take your fancy, then you could make the most of Guerrilla warfare and choose Panther, a stealth-focused class for those who prefer to take out the enemy team quickly and quietly.Nobody likes a clunky soldier
The smaller teams and closer proximity add an extra layer of suspense that can often be lacking in team death match. Usually it’s a mode of pure chaos in the average FPS but in Ghost War, it takes a bit more patience - or it should.
While this is certainly Ghost War’s biggest strength, the mode also benefits from the fluidity of character movement. As a sniper, I could easily climb to higher heights for the perfect vantage point and smoothly switch between crouching and lying flat as I crawled through the tall grass to take my shot. It’s a small detail, but was vital in removing any potential clunkiness that can often hold FPS titles back.
The dynamic weather and day/night cycle also went far in keeping the matches fresh and creating new obstacles to overcome. It’s hard to snipe on a dark, rainy night.
However, even with these things in mind, it’s not quite enough to make Breakpoint’s PVP mode anything particularly special. We played several matches of Ghost War but after a while things began to get stale. It’s entirely possible that’s because we only experienced a couple of maps which grew tiresome, at launch there will be more - but we don’t expect any game changing additions.Don't expect a shake up
Ghost Recon’s Breakpoint Ghost War more isn’t doing anything that shakes up PVP particularly.
If you’re someone who is happy with a basic FPS experience with some added suspense and fluidity then it’s probably for you, but don’t go expecting any groundbreaking features.
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The 2019 MotoGP season is screeching ahead with the twelfth race taking place on British soil at none of other than the world famous Silverstone race circuit. As home to the first Grand Prix held on the British mainland, in 1977, this course has a fantastic heritage and really draws out the riders for what is sure to be an exciting race. You can catch it all using this MotoGP live stream guide.
The current championship has the legendary Honda-riding Spaniard Marc Marquez sitting at the top with 230 points followed by Italian Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso with 172 points and his fellow Ducati riding Italian, Danilo Petrucci, sits just behind with 136 points.
Honda and Ducati are on top but the Yamaha duo of Rossi and Vinales are closely following in fifth and sixth places respectively commanding 103 and 102 points.
The 3.67 mile track has a peak length straight of 700 metres which should mean some great top speed runs. You can expect lots cornering entertainment too thanks to the eight left and ten right turns along the course. The top speed on this course is a tyre-ripping 332.4 km/h - so expect some high octane racing.
To keep up with every knee-scraping turn you can watch all the action using a live stream with this guide. Read on to live stream MotoGP 2019 from anywhere you happen to be in the world - it's even absolutely FREE in some parts of the world.
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To see how you can live stream the MotoGP action in the UK, Australia (where it's on for free), the US, Canada and New Zealand, read on further down this page to see the broadcast options. But if you want to stream the riding from outside your country, you may find that it's geo-blocked.
That's where a VPN can come in really handy. It's a piece of software readily available to download and install that allows you to simulate the IP address on your laptop (or mobile phone, tablet, streaming device, console, etc) so that it appears to be in a completely different country. Ideal, assuming that it doesn't breach any Ts&Cs from the broadcaster you're trying to tune in to.
That might sound complicated, by VPNs - or Virtual Private Networks - are actually surprisingly easy to operate. Simply select one of our top three best VPN picks below (or opt straight for our number one favorite ExpressVPN), open it up and pick out your country of choice from the 'choose location' menu, and then start watching as if you were sat back at home. Easy!
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Qualcomm, which has been dominating the affordable premium smartphone segment ($250-$500), is poised to face stiff competition from MediaTek with its Helio G90 series chipsets.
Shobhit Srivastava, research analyst for mobile devices and ecosystem at Counterpoint Research, told TechRadar Middle East that MediaTek has more affordable chipsets and many Chinese OEMs are using it to diversify their supply chain and want to have devices in every price segment.
In the premium segment, he said that Apple, Huawei and Samsung have their own chipsets and then comes the third-party providers such as Qualcomm and MediaTek.
According to research company Statista, Qualcomm had 45% overall market share in 2018, followed by Apple with 17%, Samsung with 14%, MediaTek with 11% and Huawei with 8%.
According to Counterpoint’s preliminary data in the second quarter, MediaTek had 40.3% share and Qualcomm had 32.5% in under $149 price segment; MediaTek had 6.4% share and Qualcomm had 43% in $249-$599 price segment while MediaTek had 0.3% share and Qualcomm had 21.7% in above $599 price segment.
In the Middle East and Africa region, MediaTek had 51% share and Qualcomm had 10.7% in under $149 price segment; MediaTek had 5.8% share and Qualcomm had 44.8% in $249-$599 price segment while MediaTek had 0% share and Qualcomm had 4.6% in above $599 price segment.Chinese players take lead
“MediaTek has a very small share in the premium segment. In the affordable premium segment and gaming smartphone, MediaTek can gain market share from Qualcomm. OnePlus, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo are major players in this price segment,” Srivastava said.
The affordable premium segment constitutes nearly one-fifth of the total smartphone market.
Srivastava said that the new G90 series chipsets are a direct competitor to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 and 700 series.
The new G90 and G90T chipsets are gaining traction among leading Chinese players.
Xiaomi has already announced a gaming phone with the Helio G90T chipset for launch in the first quarter of next year.
Srivastava said that Chinese OEMs like Oppo and Vivo’s focus on the gaming smartphone market and the affordable premium segment can bode well for MediaTek’s new chipsets.
The Taiwanese chipmaker has ramped up its product portfolio in the last few years with the Helio P and Helio A series chipsets.
The low-cost Helio P22 and the Helio A22 chipsets were among the best-selling chipsets during the second quarter of this year.Right price point is vital
With the new G90 and G90T series, Srivastava said that MediaTek is planning to capture a slice of the gaming market and dent Qualcomm’s dominance.
Regarding technology, Srivastava said that Qualcomm has an edge over MediaTek but giving it at the right price point is also important.
Counterpoint data also show that gaming smartphones have a bright future.
According to a survey conducted by the research firm, 31% of smartphone owners are gaming for over three hours a day on their devices.
“All in all, the new G90 and G90T series will provide MediaTek with a stronger competitive edge as it seeks to expand its share in higher price bands,” he said.
Moreover, after declining for six straight quarters, he said that 5G is going to drive smartphone growth next year.
“Qualcomm has first-mover advantage and has partnered with many OEMs. When MediaTek comes out with its 5G chipsets, it will come out at an affordable price point,” he said.
The OnePlus 7T rumors and leaks are coming thick and fast now, and the latest unofficial images to hit the web are some very nicely done renders that pull together everything we think we know so far about the phone.
That rear camera setup matches a leaked sketch we saw just a couple of days ago from another reputable phone tipster, so it's starting to look pretty likely that this is indeed what we can expect from the OnePlus 7T.
OnePlus usually reserves big design changes for its big flagship launches, rather than the T variation models, but this year it might buck the trend – and the design does match a leaked photo that appeared online in December.
Aside from the cameras, we're expecting a 6.5-inch display from the OnePlus 7T, as well as the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of internal storage (this is all unofficial for now though).
As for a launch date, we think the phone might launch in India as early as September, with a global launch to follow in October. OnePlus hasn't put anything official on the calendar yet.
We were impressed with what the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro had to offer when they were unveiled in May, and it looks as though OnePlus won't be resting on its laurels when it comes to its mid-cycle refresh either.
As the days tick around to September it shouldn't be too long before we hear something official from OnePlus – in the meantime, we're got plenty of leaks and renders to pore over.
Wow! We did NOT expect there to be Ashes cricket today, but Joe Root's innings has brought England right back into the 3rd Test and, possibly, the series. You don't want to miss today's cricket where the result is there for the taking at Headingley. If you've been completely bowled over (sorry!) by this cricket series, we'll tell you the best ways to get an England vs Australia 3rd Test live stream.
Yep, all comes down to this. If Australia's Hazlewood, Pattinson, Cummins and co take seven wickets, they retain the Ashes. If Joe Root, Ben Stokes and the England batsmen can knock off 200 runs, then they square up the series with two Tests remaining. Tantalising doesn't quite describe what's on offer in Yorkshire this Sunday.
The key issue ahead of the action in Leeds was always going to be how the Aussies deal with the loss of Steve Smith. Marnus Labuschagne has certainly proved a fitting replacement. Cameron Bancroft's poor form sees him replaced by Marcus Harris, while Peter Siddle makes way for James Pattinson as the Green Caps' seamers are rotated again.
For England, they'll be looking for the likes of Joe Root, Johnny Bairstow and Jos Buttler to finally fire and avoid the kind of mid-order collapse that seems to have become the norm for this side in recent years.
Will England draw level or can the Aussies extend their series lead? You can watch all the action from pretty much anywhere on Earth by following our Ashes 3rd Test cricket live stream guide below.
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In the UK, Australia, India or the US and looking to find out how to watch the third Ashes Test? We've got all the details about the broadcaster with the rights to show the series in your region below.
But if you're away from home country - maybe abroad on business or on holiday - but still want to tune in to your domestic Ashes coverage then you'll run in to issues. Because of broadcaster geo-blocking, you won't be able to watch online from overaseas. By using a VPN however, you'll be able to watch the game without having to resort to watching a potentially illegal feed from a dubious website.
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Windows 10 May 2019 Update users have been hit by a bug brought in by the latest cumulative update which is causing Bluetooth speakers not to work.
Specifically, this is KB4505903, a patch designed to deliver various fixes, including smoothing over issues with Windows Hello facial recognition logins, and problems with Bluetooth devices.
KB4505903 is supposed to resolve an audio bug and improve Bluetooth audio quality in some respects – when using certain audio profiles for long periods – but instead it seems to have rather broken things for PCs that have an internal speaker installed.
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On these machines, after installing the aforementioned patch, May 2019 Update users may find that their Bluetooth speaker will no longer connect to their PC, or if it does connect, the audio quality will be poor.
A third problematic scenario described by Microsoft in its support document is that the Bluetooth speaker may connect, but the sound may come out of the PC’s internal speaker, rather than the Bluetooth device.
Microsoft further notes: “Additionally, in Device Manager, you notice an entry under the Sound, video and game controllers node for Microsoft Bluetooth A2dp Source that shows a yellow bang (exclamation mark) icon.”Suggested workaround
Presumably Microsoft is currently fixing this issue, but for now, there’s a workaround detailed in the support document.
Affected May 2019 Update users need to fire up the System File Checker tool and use that to repair missing/corrupted files, which is evidently the issue here following the cumulative update.
To do this, you need to open the command line – and if you’re not sure how to do that, simply type ’cmd’ in the search box (next to the Start button) and click on the Command Prompt app at the top.
Once that’s open, type in the following, and press enter:
You may have to wait for a number of minutes for the scan and repair to actually be carried out, but once it’s finished, reboot your PC. Hopefully everything should now be back to normal with your Bluetooth devices in Windows 10.
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Intel recently made a huge splash with the release of its Comet Lake processors for laptops and tablets, but that doesn’t mean it’s done. Hong Kong-based website, XFastest, recently shared three leaked slides from an anonymous source showing an Intel Core platform boasting a new Intel 400 series chipset and an LGA 1200 socket. To top that off, these slides also include a roadmap indicating that the 10-core Comet Lake CPUs for desktop computers are slated to roll out in the first quarter of 2020.
Based on the slides, this new chipset looks to be designed to support up to 10-core and 20-thread processors. The platform details also suggest that the enthusiast level TDP is seeing a bump of up to 125W from the previous 95W for enhanced core & memory overclocking. According to ExtremeTech, Intel might be trying to avoid cutting the base clock speed as it did when moving from the 8th to 9th generations as well.
The updated LGA 1200 socket and Intel 400 series chipset means that you’ll need to buy a new motherboard with these specs if you want to upgrade once the Comet Lake-S processors come out. However, jumping on board with the Comet Lake-S also includes integrated support for 802.11ax, the next generation of wireless support also known as Wi-Fi6.
With the potential roll-out of the Comet Lake desktop processors coming the beginning of 2020, there will be plenty more speculation on what to expect.
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While we’re still hoping for slimmer CPU’s from Intel to compete with AMD’s 7nm offerings, it has decided to stick with their tried-and-true 14nm process. Of course, we’ll have to wait and see how Comet Lake-S compares to AMD’s newest Ryzen options, which already go up to 16 cores and 32 threads.
Intel has always led with its single core performance, and we’re excited to see how Comet Lake-S improves upon its already powerful results. And, while AMD will probably still outperform Intel in the multi-core department, maybe the extra 2 cores and increased TDP will close the gap.
The true test for most people will be price. There’s no information on that yet, Intel might try and shake up AMD’s top-flight offerings. Whatever the prices end up being, we’ll keep you up to date on Comet Lake-S news.
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Undefeated British fighter Anthony Yarde gets his first chance to land a world title tonight with a showdown tonight against Sergey Kovalev in the WBO light-heavyweight champ's hometown of Chelyabinsk, Russia. You can live stream Yarde vs Kovalev as it happens - it's even FREE to do so in some areas.
Now 28-years-old, Londoner Yarde has notched up 18 straight wins - all but one via knockout - and a growing reputation in the UK, but tonight marks his first major test on the international stage.
Kovalev, 36, is a three-time world champion at light-heavyweight and has fought for a world title in each of his last 15 bouts.
Along with the intimidating atmosphere of an eastern Russia home crowd cheering on their hero, Yarde must also contend with a well-focused opponent who has plenty riding on tonight's fight - a big money match up with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez looks the the likely reward for Kovalev should he see off Yarde.
You can live stream Yarde vs Kovalev fight anywhere in the world using the guide below.
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If you're looking to watch tonight's fight but you're out of the country, your plans may be scuppered. That's because broadcasters geo-block their coverage if you try to watch your domestic TV from abroad.
But there's a clever workaround for this, which is perfectly legal (assuming the broadcaster's Ts&Cs allow it) and it involves using a piece of software called a VPN - better that than trying to get some dodgy stream from Reddit.
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At the time of writing, it doesn't appear any Aussie broadcaster is set to show the Yarde vs Kovalev fight live. As an alternative you could try downloading a VPN service and then signing up for an option from another country. We'll be sure to update this section if we hear anything differently.
Arguably the weekend's stand out Premier League fixture pits the two teams with a 100% record intact against each other at Anfield on Saturday evening. It's looking like an unmissable clash, and you don't have to if you follow our Liverpool vs Arsenal live stream guide.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will be looking to maintain their early gap over league favourites Man City, while Arsenal will be keen to show they can at last win an away game against a top-six rival.
A clash between these two old foes usually delivers - with 155 goals across 54 games, it's the Premier League highest-scoring fixture. It also has the record for most hat-tricks, with six trebles chalked up in previous Liverpool vs Arsenal Premier League showdowns.
The home side will be hoping to maintain their excellent recent record against their North London opponents, having not lost any of their last eight encounters. The most recent meeting was a 5-1 humbling dished out by Liverpool at home, which the Gunners will do well to put behind them.
In terms of team news, record Arsenal signing Nicolas Pepe is expected to finally be let loose in the starting line-up for the Gunners today after coming off the bench in Arsenal's opening two matches, while Granit Xhaka looks set to make return from injury. With Alisson Becker the only major first team injury to contend with, expect Jurgen Klopp to field he's strongest eleven for what looks set to be an intriguing early season top of the table clash.
Keep reading to discover all the details you need in order to live stream Liverpool vs Arsenal, regardless of where in the world you are. And to find out how to watch the rest of the weekend's games and beyond, check out our guide on how to live stream the 19/20 Premier League football season.
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Swimming costume on, barbecue at the ready, sat-nav set for your nearest park or beach - it's looking like a bank holiday weekend to savour. But before you grab those sunglasses and head into the warm glare, we heartily recommend spending a few minutes grabbing one of these cool broadband bargains.
As well as bank holiday deals on everything from TVs to mobile phones to games consoles and beyond, it's also the weekend of the year when internet providers slash the price of broadband deals to tempt you their way for the next 12 to 18 months.
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Whether it was down to a simple slip of the finger or tactical leaking, Canon Australia was kind enough to furnish the internet with details of its upcoming Canon EOS 90D ahead of the official announcement.
The leak put an end to the idea that Canon would abandon its established EOS DSLR line and switch its focus entirely to its mirrorless EOS M and EOS R ranges, and from what we can see the 90D is quite the upgrade over the existing EOS 80D, with a fresh 32.5MP sensor, new DIGIC 8 processing engine, faster burst shooting, revamped metering and autofocus tracking courtesy of a new metering sensor, and 4K video on top of all that.
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For the enthusiast, it certainly seems well specified, but with the mirrorless market continuing to broaden its offerings, and far less activity on the DSLR front than there used to be, does such a model still make sense?Mirrorless hasn't won every battle – at least not yet
For those untied to any particular system, mirrorless cameras certainly appear to make more sense than DSLRs. There are far more models to choose from for a start, from many different manufacturers, which makes it easier to find a camera you like the look of, both inside and out, at a price you're wiling to pay.
There are also the size and weight benefits – at least of the bodies, though far less so of the lenses – together with the likelihood of new technologies coming to these cameras first. We've also been impressed by many of the lenses developed for some of the current systems to date, even if some are monstrously big and heavy, and crazy-expensive.
Mirrorless cameras can shoot in complete silence, and can achieve faster burst rates than DSLRs, and some of the latest models have highly impressive phase- and contrast-detect hybrid AF systems that cover far more of the frame than the phase-detect AF systems found on DSLRs as standard.
Well, you may already own a DSLR and a collection of lenses that would be costly to replicate if you switched to a mirrorless system. (The same applies to accessories; in Canon's case, the company and third parties have had over 30 years to develop these for its SLR and DSLR lines). Acquiring a similar range of lenses may not even be possible, given that many mirrorless camera lines are still in their infancy – and many camera and lens combinations don't present a significant advantage in terms of size or weight.
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Sure, you can use existing EF lenses with Canon's mirrorless models via an adapter, but it's not ideal. Many photographers are also used to the more ergonomic design of the grips on the likes of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, and you may still hate the idea of an electronic viewfinder – many people do, despite just how capable some of these now are.
Many DSLRs trounce mirrorless cameras when it comes to battery life too. If the leaked specs of the EOS 90D are to be believed, the camera can fire for over 1,800 frames per charge, which is around three or four times what the average mirrorless camera can manage.DSLRs continue to evolve
It's easy to forget that progress isn't limited to mirrorless cameras. For all their constraints, DSLRs are getting better with every generation.
The EOS 90D, for example, appears to have a 32.5MP APS-C sensor, which is not only a nice step up from what the EOS 80D offers, but betters every APS-C mirrorless camera currently available – although the Canon's EOS M6 Mark II, details of which have also been leaked, appears to use the same sensor as the EOS 90D.
The EOS 90D appears to have Eye Detection AF and tracking, which has been a popular feature in recent generations of mirrorless camera
Live view autofocus, once a dismal affair on DSLRs, has also been a strong point for Canon since the launch of its Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, and the EOS 90D appears to have eye detection and tracking as a focus.
This isn't present on the EOS 80D, but it's been a much sought-after feature in recent years, and it's one that Canon recently bought to its EOS R via a firmware update. It's not clear just yet whether on the 90D this will be available during video capture, but face detection also appears to be possible when using the viewfinder, which hasn't previously been the case on a Canon DSLR.
Videographers looking to use the EOS 90D will also not only have 4K video quality to rely on, but the wealth of native lenses that make capturing more unorthodox fisheye, macro or super-telephoto footage easier than on rival mirrorless systems, the lens lines for which are still being established. Of course, adapters have made all kinds of mirrorless camera/non-native lens combinations possible, but it's hard to argue with the convenience of having a native selection of glass that maintains autofocus, auto-exposure and so on.
While we're still waiting for official specs and pricing, Canon clearly believes there's a market for the EOS 90D, just as it believes there's a market for the three entry-level DSLRs it's introduced in the past 18 months. An update to the EOS-1D X Mark II ahead of the Olympic Games next year is also still plausible, just as an update to the Nikon D5 would make a lot of sense.
There's no question that mirrorless cameras have a brighter future than DSLRs, but it's too early to write off DSLRs as redundant when you consider the strength and depth of their native lens lines, and that fact that many people are still perfectly happy with what they offer.
As that November 12 launch date gets closer, we're hearing more details about exactly how Disney Plus is going to work. Today's tidbit: sign up and you'll get access to four simultaneous streams, as well as 4K content.
That's for the base $7 subscription fee, according to CNET, which makes it a very appealing proposition: for four simultaneous streams and 4K on Netflix, you need to fork out $16 every month (though you might prefer Mindhunter to The Mandalorian).
The other option on the table is Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and Hulu for a total of $13 a month, but you only get two simultaneous ESPN Plus streams and one Hulu stream on top of the original Disney package.
Speaking to Disney executives, CNET says new episodes of its original series are going to come out weekly – we won't see the same drop of multiple episodes that we do on Netflix (and which causes all that binge watching).The price is right?
Disney is of course going to want to work hard to tempt people to add a Disney Plus subscription on top of Netflix – or instead of Netflix – and it seems like aggressive pricing is going to be one way of doing that.
As Netflix has demonstrated, pricing can go up at any time, so Disney might see fit to tweak these price points once it's got enough people signed up. With Apple also launching a new TV and movie service this year, competition is hotting up.
It's actually the Disney fan expo, D23, this weekend, so expect some more Disney Plus news to appear on the wires – Disney has also confirmed that an Obi-Wan show is coming to the service, and has released the first trailer for The Mandalorian.
Some questions still remain though, including if and when the service is going to start rolling out outside of the US. We'll no doubt here more as the launch date approaches.
When Apple first debuted the newly redesigned MacBook Air in 2018, I quickly reacted rather strongly to the laptop’s price and specifications. The original MacBook Air, after all, had been the most affordable laptop for years, only to be revived at an inaccessible price.
However, Apple has grown quite aggressive with pricing the 2019 MacBook Air model soon after its release this season, just as it did shortly after launching the original MacBook Air. Not only did Apple bring the standard price down by $100 or £100 in July, now the laptop is available for just $999 to start on the company’s online store.
While we’re at it, Best Buy has been seen repeatedly selling the 2019 MacBook Air for just $899 in the US – essentially where the original MacBook Air was priced in its prime.
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What I once thought was an opulent product trying to demand attention from budgeted buyers with the ‘Air’ title (which was so deeply associated with affordability) has, at last, lived up to that legacy of value. If you can find the 2019 MacBook Air for just $899 or similarly priced elsewhere, you’re looking at a fine - dare we say premium - laptop with some luxury features and just enough processing power for basic computing tasks and forms of entertainment.
In short, that price makes the 2019 MacBook Air much, much easier to recommend as an option against similarly-priced Windows 10 laptops. The MacBook Air is well positioned to once again become as accessible of a path into Apple’s computing world as it once was.
The early 2019 Dell XPS 13.Sizing up the competition
The $999 – or $899, if you’re lucky – MacBook Air comes with the company’s newest True Tone, Retina 13.3-inch display driven by a fanless, dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (CPU) and 8GB of memory (RAM). The laptop comes with 128GB of flash storage, accessed by two Thunderbolt 3 ports, and offers Touch ID biometric login with a fingerprint sensor in the power button. Naturally, the MacBook Air comes in Apple’s iconic and luxurious, all-aluminum chassis design.
First of all, the Dell XPS 13 isn’t even available for as low as the MacBook Air is, at the time of writing, on Dell’s online store. For $1,199 – or $1,055.99 in a current promotion – the XPS starts with a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080), 13.3-inch display with 8GB of RAM and a quad-core Intel Core i5 CPU with 256GB of storage. While it has no fingerprint sensor, the laptop does have two Thunderbolt 3 ports in addition to a USB-C port and microSD card reader. The lid of the XPS 13 is a matte aluminum, but the inside is comprised of a rubbery-feeling carbon fiber material.
Comparing these two laptops is not apples to apples, but if it’s a high resolution display and premium features like fingerprint login that you seek, it’s difficult to beat the MacBook Air here. This was not necessarily the case were you to compare these two laptops at both of their starting points last year.
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Apple would be wise to keep this pricing scheme up, as it would put the company in a much more favorable position when looking at it against competing flagship laptops. But, more importantly, it’s just right to have the – in many eyes – inimitable Apple experience priced more accessible to more people.
I appreciate that Apple is trying to do this beyond even price cuts, with a trade-in program for old Apple hardware in which an old Mac computer can get you as much as $1,400 toward a new Mac device. If you have enough old Apple gear in your house – ideally that you don’t use – that’s eligible for trade-in, you could shave a considerable amount off the already-reduced price.
Then, there’s the Apple Card or Apple’s Barclay’s financing options, both of which could help you pay for the MacBook Air purchase over time without interest, so long as you pay off the balance on time monthly and in total within a year’s time.
I frankly didn’t think we’d see laptops with display resolutions at this density for such a price for another few years. After all, the 13-inch MacBook Pro has been around for years at the very same Retina display resolution and at a much less approachable price for most people.
If you, like me, balked a bit at the initial price of the MacBook Air when it debuted in 2018, but appreciated it as a laptop on its face, Apple has made it a lot easier for you to buy into its arguably robust computing experience. I’ve certainly had one in a few online shopping carts over the last few weeks.
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If you’re using Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu or similar TV streaming services regularly, you’ll likely have felt the tussle between different media competing for your all-important television time. Even if you stick largely to one TV platform, there’s then a whole news cycle around the show to keep track of and contribute to – not to mention the friends and colleagues you message about your new favorite – or least favorite – shows.
It’s no wonder some of us end up doubling up: texting and tweeting mid-episode, sharing videos of ourselves on the couch to Instagram, posting comments on every YouTube video we watch, and trying to stay as social as possible while being held hostage by various screens.
For Netflix in particular – a platform so associated with millennials hanging out that “Netflix and chill” has its own Wikipedia page – it’s highly possible we’ll see more built-in social features emerge, in order to enhance the viewing experience and keep users inside the Netflix platform, instead of letting them run off to other services (WhatsApp, Twitter, etc) to talk about what they’ve just watched.
We spoke to Michael Pazaratz, CEO of the social messaging app Rave, to find out whether more social features are going to be the way forward for these kinds of TV streaming services.
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If you're wondering what an app has to do with this, Rave was founded five years ago to try to bring more social features to today’s streaming culture.
The iOS and Android app essentially synchronises Netflix, YouTube, or Vimeo videos (or music tracks) between the smartphones or tablets of you and your friends, meaning you’re able to comment and respond to each other knowing you’re at the same place in a video – while also overlaying text comments on / below the feed.
But given the rapid move away from specifically timed broadcasts, and towards on-demand watching, that social element is harder to recapture than ever.
“You can now watch what you want, where you want, when you want,” he says. “There’s no longer a reason to gather around the TV at 9pm, if you can just binge a whole series on your iPad. And while this is broadly a good (and irreversible) phenomenon, it’s led to a shift from communal to solitary viewing, and something has been lost in the process.”
High-profile shows like GoT – or the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel – attract viewers in the millions when new episodes land.
But how can synchronized videos and messaging features help? “Chatting by text or voice recreates the social dynamics of being in the same room. Sometimes it's enough just to know you're watching together.”
Naturally, any TV show with enough hype around it can get a large audience all watching as a new episode drops – whether that's online or terrestrial television. A study by electronics company Epson also found that over half of surveyed parents in the UK view TV watching as a social activity that "could help bring families closer together".
But for connecting on a wider scale, the act of commenting during real-time videos is one already gaining traction. Twitch streams, Facebook Live videos and YouTube radio stations all allow users to leave comments and reactions on what they’re watching, meaning viewers can engage collectively instead of a purely solitary experience.
Twitch has popularized livestreams, with viewers responding to feeds collectively in real time.
It apes what’s actually a much more common phenomenon in China – where online videos will often include a stream of so-called ‘bullet comments’, named after the fast-moving projectiles that dominate the screens of Space Invaders-style arcade cabinets. These bullet comments are overlaid over the picture itself, rather than under or alongside it, with typed thoughts, reactions, emojis and exclamations from its various audience members all merging with the visual information happening onscreen (via LogicMag / @xuhulk).
As if someone texting in the cinema wasn’t bad enough, you might think – but it speaks to a wider trend of a generation raised on social media, understandably finding a purpose for those social features across all kinds of content.
According to Hannah Marcus, a strategist at media consultancy Discover.AI, things don’t end there either – with the rise of social viewing platforms that see people "writing and communicating directly over the content they’re watching, which has then mutated into formally interacting with the content itself (covering up shocking scenes with text, for example).”
Marcus adds that “the US and UK are getting better at dealing with multiple claims on their attention, as shown by the increase in subtitle usage and multi-language content [distributed through Western platforms]. But it is a far cry from this kind of collective multi-watching experience.”What does this have to do with Netflix?
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So far, TV streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, or Hulu have been resistant to too many features that interrupt or distract from the content that viewers have come to watch – with many of us paying that subscription in order remove irritating ads in the middle of our shows.
But attitudes change, and Netflix is a company that has repeatedly shaken up its services in order to attract wider audiences, moving from a DVD rental service to a behemoth in online TV streaming a huge producer of original content.
The Netflix app also already allows you to "share" what movie or TV show you're watching to social media platforms – and has been testing out an "Extras" discovery feed that provides you information and trailers around your favorite titles. Why not bullet comments next?
“Without innovation, even the best products and business models reach their limits,” Pazaratz says, referring to the recent stagnation in Netflix’s subscriber growth. “While hot new shows are crucial, users are also looking for novel and enticing ways to enjoy them. With the competition heating up, if Netflix doesn’t innovate, others surely will.”
Pazaratz is pretty adamant this is something viewers are pining for: “How many people go to the movies alone? Or a music concert? Entertainment has always been a social activity, and given the option, people choose to enjoy it together.”
However, that doesn’t seem to allow for those of us who like watching a few episodes of Friends by ourselves before bed, or even going to a cinema or theatre for the experience of some anonymity in a crowd. There are those of us who like to consume content in a more introverted way – away from the social pressure of discussion in more public forums like Twitter.
One of the strengths of Netflix is in how it focuses on the content you're watching, without ads to interrupt you or too much of the outside world getting in – unless you want it to, of course. TV streaming services may look to get more social in the future, but they'll need to be careful not to lose focus of why people subscribe – and become more focused on the social interaction than the TV shows and films fuelling it.
England will be looking to get back to winning ways after last week’s demoralising defeat against Wales. Ireland on the other hand, are hoping to build on their win over Italy in their first Autumn International, but go into today's game knowing a much sterner test will be in store for them. Don't miss out on any of the action by following our tips on getting an England vs Ireland live stream below.
Eddie Jones' experimental side failed to make it two wins in as many weeks over their Welsh opponents. A much stronger XV is set to be deployed at Twickenham today for their third World Cup warm up match.
All eyes will be on George Ford (fly-half) and Owen Farrell (inside centre), with the pair brought together for the first time in over a year.
The Irish will be keen to make amends for their heavy Six Nations defeat to England in Dublin back in February - a defeat that ended a two-game winning streak for the Boys In Green. Coach Joe Schmidt has a number of injury concerns going into the match, with Johnny Sexton the key absentee due to a thumb sprain.
With the World Cup edging ever closer, today's match will offer a decent insight into how well both teams preparations for Japan are going. Keep reading to discover how to get an England vs Ireland live stream.
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If you're outside your home country - whether that be the UK or anywhere else - and try to start streaming the rugby via your native broadcaster, you'll realise that you can't as it's location restricted. Fear not, the action is still within your reach. All you need to do is download and install a VPN to effectively trick your computer into thinking that it's back home. That way you can enjoy your home coverage (assuming you comply with the broadcaster's TS&Cs), minus the risk of using a naughty stream from an illegal source.
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Challenge Cup Final 2019 live stream: how to watch St Helens vs Warrington Wolves rugby league from anywhere
St Helens and Warrington head to Wembley today for the first ever meeting between the two sides in the 2019 Challenge Cup Final.
The match marks Warrington's third appearance in four seasons in the final, and they'll be hoping for a better outcome this time out having been the losing side on each of those visits to the capital. Will they make it a winning Wembley visit this time? Watch all the St Helens vs Warrington action live, even if the match isn't been shown where you are, with our Rugby League Challenge Cup live stream guide below.
Currently sitting pretty at the top of the Super League with a massive 16 point gap between them and their opponents, St Helens go into today's game as clear favourites.
Saints coach Justin Holbrook will be hoping his side will maintain their impressive form which has seen them go unbeaten so far in August, and they'll be boosted by the return from injury of Alex Walmsley, Lachlan Coote, James Roby and Joseph Paulo.
Despite their semi-final win against Hull FC, Warrington haven’t won a Super League game since the start of July. With star half-back Blake Austin left out of the 19-man squad due to an ankle ligament tear, coach Steve Price and his team will need to dig deep to pull off a shock win.
This afternoon's match brings together two of the tournament's most successful clubs, with St Helens having won the cup 12 times and Warrington on eight wins. However, it's been 11 years since the former last won the cup, while Wolves haven't tasted cup glory since 2012.
Which team will end their drought? You can watch all the drama unfold as it happens by following our St Helens vs vs Warrington Wolves Challenge Cup live stream guide below.
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Out of the country this weekend? Badly times holiday or work trip? Try to watch that BBC stream and you'll quickly find that it's geo-blocked.
That's super annoying, but not unavoidable. We've found that using a Virtual Private Network - or VPN - to be a handy solution. You select a server in your country and then watch as if you were sat back at home on your couch.
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In this double bill of a Rugby World Cup 2019, Scotland are looking for some sweet revenge after being comprehensively beaten in France last weekend. It should be another fabulous encounter and you can live stream Scotland vs France rugby action from anywhere using this guide.
To be frank, it was a fair walloping that Scotland took at the hands of Les Bleus when they met in Nice last Saturday. The final score was 32-3, but France's 20-point lead at the halfway stage meant the writing was on the wall way before the 80 minutes were up. Full-back Maxime Médard scored two of his team's five tries, while Camille Lopez added a further seven points with the boot from fly-half. Could Jacques Brunel's squad finally be clicking just in time for the World Cup next month?
There were very few positives for the Scots to take back home with them. Gregor Townsend will have a real job on his hands to get them mentally and physically ready for the return leg in Edinburgh. Perhaps the stirring Murrayfield crowd can give them the lift they need.
It should be another telling warm up game for both teams ahead of the World Cup and it's a match you can watch live - no matter where in the world you are - by following our France vs Scotland live stream tips below.
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If you're outside your country of residence - whether that be the UK or anywhere else (see your other options below) - and try to start streaming the rugby via your native broadcaster, you'll soon discover that you can't as it is location restricted. Fear not, the action is still within your reach. All you need to do is download and install a VPN to effectively trick your computer into thinking that it's back home. That way you can enjoy your home coverage (as long as you do so in compliance with the broadcaster's Ts&Cs) without delving into the dangers of an illegal stream.
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Notorious for its punishing summit finishes, La Vuelta a España sees some of the world's top riders compete over a 3,254 kilometre, 21 stage race. But watching what is the third and final Grand Tour of the summer cycling race season is really easy - our guide below will take you through the steps (or pedals?) you'll need to watch La Vuelta a España 2019 no matter where you are in the world.
Growing in prestige with each edition - recent winners have included Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali, Nairo Quintana, and Alberto Contador - the Vuelta a España is far from the poor relation to the Tour de France or even the Giro d’Italia it once was.
This year's Vuelta is set to be tougher than ever with eight summit finishes - five of which are new to the race, along with two time trials. There's also a detour into Andorra and France as well as a Gran Salida from Utrecht, in the Netherlands.
Boasting Primoz Roglic and Steven Kruijswijk and a strong support squad, Jumbo-Visma look like the team to beat during this year's race with its two main riders likely to battle it out as overall winner. There's also likely to be plenty drama among the ranks of Team Movistar, with Richard Carapaz out for more glory following his triumph in the Giro, starting alongside former Vuelta winners Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde.
You can watch live all the action from the Mediterranean Coast to the peaks of the Pyrenees using our live streaming guide to the 2019 La Vuelta a España below.
Live stream La Vuelta a España from outside your country
We have details of all the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand broadcasters further down this guide. Good news in Australia where it's on free-to-air TV.
If you're obsessed by watching the cycling and refuse to miss a stage - even when you're away on business or on holiday - then you'll be disappointed to see your domestic coverage geo-blocked when you try to stream online from abroad. That's where utilising a VPN (Virtual Private Network) really helps. It let's you virtually change the ISP of your laptop, tablet or mobile to one that's back in your home country. Thus letting you watch as if you were back there.
All the action from La Vuelta a España is set to streamed via Spain's own free-to-air RTVE network on its dedicated Teledeporte sports channel. The TV channel itself can be viewed via apps like TruTV so you can enjoy all the cycling action from anywhere on your mobile smart device. The commentary will be in Spanish, but you'll still have the pictures at least.
Aussie cycling fans can watch the action with English commentary for free thanks to SBS. The free-to-air broadcaster has the rights to show the Vuelta live on its Viceland channel. Don't worry if you're out of the country and want to catch that SBS broadcast - a VPN will let you watch as if you were back at home on your laptop, mobile or other TV streaming device.
How to watch the La Vuelta a España: UK live stream
For UK residents, Eurosport 1 is the channel to head to for your La Vuelta fix. Eurosport is available with basic Sky TV packages or with a Eurosport Player monthly or annual pass - a free trial for which is available here - that also gives you access across loads of devices.
Not in the UK? Don't worry, you can download and use a VPN to take your laptop or mobile virtually back to the UK and watch as if back in blighty.
If you haven't got Eurosport and aren't bothered about watching events unfold live, you can always fall back on ITV's highlights which will be broadcast nightly.
How to watch the La Vuelta a España: US live stream
The La Vuelta a España 2019 is being aired by NBC Sports Live Extra in the US. This will be streamed online so if you have the app then you can enjoy it anywhere. However for those that don't have access to this stream there are other options.
For the most extensive coverage NBC has to offer, you can subscribe to NBC Sports Gold, which is offering a Cycling Pass for $54.99, delivering live, on-demand and commercial free coverage of the Tour.
There's also the option of streaming the Vuelta live via Fubo.tv with apps for the service available for just about any device that can stream video. If you're new to the service, Fubo.tv are offering a week's free trial. With the Vuelta three weeks long, you'll need to subscribe if you want to watch the race in its entirety on the service - Fubo.tv’s basic package will set you back $54.99 per month.
How to watch the La Vuelta a España: Canada live stream
Canadians will be able to get in on the La Vuelta a España 2019 action via FloBikes which streams online so you can watch from anywhere.
A monthly subscription will cost you $30 while a yearly account will set you back $150 ($12.50 per month), which will give you access to coverage of major cycling events throughout the year.
Not in Canada to catch that Flobikes stream? Well you know the answer by now...using a VPN is the way to make sure you don't miss a moment.