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UAE consumers can experience 10Gbps speed and 1ms latency on 5G network in 2020

Customers in the UAE will be able to experience speeds of 10Gbps and above and will be able to download larger files in milliseconds in 2020 through fifth-generation cellular technology [5G].

Telecom operators in the UAE are offering speeds of 1Gbps speed now with the non-standalone (NSA) network infrastructure.

Operators across the globe are beaming 5G over the existing 4G infrastructure as the final frequency for 5G is not yet fixed.  NSA means beaming 5G over the existing 4G infrastructure while standalone (SA) means beaming 5G over the dedicated spectrum and infrastructure.

“Our next milestone for next year will be 10Gbps speed with the deployment of millimetre wave [26GHz-84Ghz] and achieve one millisecond but it is not possible with the current C band [3.4GHz-3.8GHz],”  Saleem Al Blooshi, Chief Infrastructure Officer of EITC,  parent company of telecom operator du, said in an exclusive to TechRadar Middle East.

Industry focuses on speed

The spectrum for narrow-band IoT  [700MHz, 800MHz and 900MHz] is fixed in the 5G space while 2,600MHz and C band is fixed for mobile network in the UAE.

Moreover, Al Blooshi said the industry is focused on the speed rather than the latency.

“The current standard for 5G is NSA and is focusing only on the speed. The standard and the full equipment for SA with IoT capabilities is expected by the end of 2020 or early 2021,” he said.

For NSA, du is using the existing 4G infrastructure and adding 5G components such as radio network and antennas.

“If my 4G is a Huawei or any other company, the hardware has to be the same company. Huawei and Nokia are supplying the NSA 5G infrastructure needed but we haven’t finalized the network suppliers for SA,” he said.

 “Du’s network is ready for millimetre wave deployment but the international standard bodies haven’t finalised the final spectrum allocation for SA,” Al Blooshi said.

Latency offered currently in 5G is same as 4G

Because the network is NSA, Al Blooshi said the latency offered currently in 5G is the same as 4G of 15-25 milliseconds.

“5G is relying on the 4G for the signaling and uplink. Du’s network offers a speed of 1.25Gbps on 5G. Today we are building the ecosystem and it will grow depending on the demand. Right now, there is no killer app that requires 1Ghz or higher throughput.  Acceleration of the roll out depends on the availability of ecosystem – handsets, network and applications,” he said.

Al Blooshi is confident and expects the adoption of 5G to gain traction after 2021.

For watching a HD on YouTube or Netflix, a customer needs only 20Mbps speed.  The advantage of 5G for customers right now is the download speed and they can download a big size file in minutes.

“We are in the same case as with 4G. When 4G was upgraded to 250Mbps, there was a debate which apps need that high throughput but the pipe was filled with the demand from customers and entrepreneurs with killer apps.  YouTube and Netflix came up with HD content and other applications boosted the demand for 4G.

“During events, customers were interested in uploads rather than downloads and we used to change the network resources more for upload than download. Right now, 4G can offer a speed of 1Gbps but the advantage of offering 1Gbps in 5G is less expensive,” he said.

Du to cover 15% of UAE this year


In 4G, Al Blooshi said that du needs three carrier aggregation and massive MIMO [multiple-input and multiple-output] implementation to get 1GHz but in 5G, the operator can get 1GHz with one carrier aggregation.

Du is expected to have 700 5G NSA base stations and cover 15% of the UAE through 5G network this year with an investment of AED 1.5b and the plans for 2020 will be decided in September.

Dubai Future Foundation has become the first 5G government entity in the region to adopt the 5G indoor coverage from du.

“5G will bring more value to home users, especially in the smart home space. ZTE routers for 5G are already available in the market. There will be no special plans and packages for 5G customers now and it will depend on the use cases,” he said.

Automation Anywhere sees growing demand for digital workforce in Middle East

The uptake of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) or bots by businesses in the Middle East has been slow but they are on the path to make large-scale deployments, an industry expert said.

Bot is a piece of software with artificial intelligence (AI) tools which mimics human action and can automate high-volume and repetitive manual tasks in the enterprise sector that previously required human input.

Milan Sheth, Executive Vice-President for India, Middle East and Africa at Silicon Valley-based Automation Anywhere, said that even after 20 years of automation, majority of business process are still manual.

Driving localised solutions

“When we talk about digital in the Middle East, the general idea of digital is that the software is available on a phone or a tablet but that is only the customer interaction while everything within the organistaion, the internal process, is still manual.

“One option we can do is modernising but that is time consuming and will take years while the other option is using RPA and cognitive,” Sheth said.

The Softbank-backed firm opened its regional headquarters in Dubai to forge partnerships in the region in a bid to accelerate the adoption faster.

 “Over the next year, we will invest in driving localised solutions to meet unique customer needs in this region, appoint new leadership and develop new engagement models with our partners and customers,” he said.

Aiming to become largest digital employer 

RPA helps enterprises raise their productivity, compliance and process efficiency levels; he said and added that Automation Anywhere will be the largest digital employer in the world [with 3m bots] by 2020 from the current 1.5m.

“We have built products to automate the workforce for a modern enterprise. One bot can do productivity of three people and in a much faster way. Between UAE and Saudi Arabia, there will be more and more demand for expanding digital workforce. It will create more jobs locally and instead of offshoring, you are bringing it back using technology and deliver productivity,” he said.

According to research firm Gartner, AI will create 2.3 million jobs in 2020, while eliminating only 1.8 million jobs.

Recent research by PwC Middle East estimated that the AI market in the Middle East could be worth $320b by 2030.

In the Mideast and Africa, the AI investment is expected to be $263 million this year compared to $200 million last year and expected to grow between 25 per cent and 30 per cent annually.

Doubling the regional presence 

According to the Automation Anywhere’s research, 72% of global workers see the technology as something they work with, rather than something that will replace them.

Sheth expects RPA will create 133 million new jobs requiring higher level cognitive thinking and creativity, requirements at which humans uniquely excel and which drive the greatest employee satisfaction.

Gartner estimates that 40% of large enterprises will have deployed RPA software by the end of next year, up from less than 10% today.

Automation Anywhere has more than 50 customers in the Middle East, 32 from the UAE.

By 2020, Seth said that he expects to attain 100 customers from the UAE and 400 from the Middle East.

Globally, he said the company aims to attain 4,600 customers this year compared to 2,100 last year.

“We are in discussions with several initiatives in various departments in the UAE. The sectors we are targeting in the Middle East are public and government, banking and finance, oil and gas, retail and FMCG, discrete manufacturing,” he said.

Here's every game coming to Ubisoft's Uplay+ subscription service

Google Stadia, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Apple Arcade – it's hard to keep track of all the game subscription services that are popping up. At E3 2019 Ubisoft showed its hand: Uplay+, which would showcase the developer's own catalogue of games, and ahead of its September launch we've finally got a look at the complete list of games it will initially offer subscribers.

It's a good list! While the lineup is unsurprisingly limited to Ubisoft's franchises, meaning the likes of Assassin's Creed and Tom Clancy games dominate the list, it's a very complete and deep dive into Ubisoft's catalogue nonetheless.

So, not only do you get recent triple AAA titles like Assassin's Creed Odyssey (in its complete 'Ultimate' edition, no less) but also classics of yesteryear like Beyond Good and Evil and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

Uplay+: complete launch day games list

Here's the complete list of games heading to Uplay+ at launch:

  • Anno 1800 - Deluxe Edition
  • Anno 2205 - Ultimate Edition
  • Assassin's Creed - Director's Cut
  • Assassin's Creed Brotherhood - Deluxe Edition
  • Assassin's Creed Chronicles - China
  • Assassin's Creed Chronicles - India
  • Assassin's Creed Chronicles - Russia
  • Assassin's Creed Freedom Cry - Standalone Edition
  • Assassin's Creed II - Deluxe Edition
  • Assassin's Creed III + Liberation Remastered
  • Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag - Gold Edition
  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey - Ultimate Edition
  • Assassin's Creed Origins - Gold Edition
  • Assassin's Creed Origins - Discovery Tour
  • Assassin's Creed Revelations - Standard Edition
  • Assassin's Creed Rogue - Deluxe Edition
  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate - Gold Edition
  • Assassin's Creed Unity - Standard Edition
  • Beyond Good and Evil
  • Brothers in Arms: Earned In Blood
  • Brothers in Arms: Hells Highway
  • Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30
  • Child of Light
  • Cold Fear
  • Far Cry 2 - Fortune's Edition
  • Far Cry 3 - Blood Dragon (Standalone)
  • Far Cry 3 - Deluxe Edition
  • Far Cry 4 - Gold Edition
  • Far Cry 5 - Gold Edition
  • Far Cry New Dawn - Deluxe Edition
  • Far Cry Primal - Digital Apex Edition
  • Flashback Origin
  • For Honor - Marching Fire Edition
  • From Dust
  • I Am Alive
  • Imperialism
  • Imperialism 2
  • Might & Magic IX
  • Might & Magic VII - For Blood And Honor
  • Might & Magic VIII -Day of the Destroyer
  • Might & Magic X Legacy - Deluxe Edition
  • Might & Magic: Heroes II - Gold Edition
  • Might & Magic: Heroes III - Complete Edition
  • Might & Magic: Heroes V - Standard Edition
  • Might & Magic: Heroes VI - Gold Edition
  • Might & Magic: Heroes VI - Shades of Darkness
  • Might & Magic: Heroes VII - Deluxe Edition
  • Might & Magic: Heroes VII - Trial by Fire
  • Monopoly PLUS
  • Ode
  • Panzer General 2
  • Panzer General 3D assault
  • POD Gold
  • Prince of Persia (2008)
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands - Deluxe Edition
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
  • Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
  • Rayman 2
  • Rayman 3
  • Rayman Forever
  • Rayman Legends
  • Rayman Origins
  • Rayman Raving Rabbids
  • Silent Hunter 2
  • Silent Hunter 3
  • Silent Hunter 4: Wolves of the Pacific - Gold Edition
  • Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic - Gold Edition
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth - Standard Edition
  • Speed Buster
  • Starlink - Digital Deluxe Starter Kit
  • Steep - X Games Gold Edition
  • The Crew - Ultimate Edition
  • The Crew 2 - Gold Edition
  • The Settlers 1 - History Edition
  • The Settlers 2 - History Edition
  • The Settlers 3 - History Edition
  • The Settlers 4 - History Edition
  • The Settlers 5: Heritage of the Kings - History Edition
  • The Settlers 6: Rise of an Empire - History Edition
  • The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom - History Edition
  • Tom Clancy's EndWar
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Future Soldier - Deluxe Edition
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands - Ultimate Edition
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six - Standard Edition
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3 - Gold Edition
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Lockdown
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege - Ultimate Year Four Edition
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas II
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist - Deluxe Edition
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction - Deluxe Edition
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent
  • Tom Clancy's The Division - Gold Edition
  • Tom Clancy's The Division 2 - Ultimate Edition
  • Trackmania Turbo
  • Transference - Uplay
  • Trials Evolution - Gold Edition
  • Trials Fusion - Standard Edition
  • Trials Rising - Gold Edition
  • Uno
  • Valiant Hearts
  • Warlords Battlecry
  • Warlords Battlecry 2
  • Watch_Dogs - Complete Edition
  • Watch_Dogs 2 - Gold Edition
  • World In Conflict - Complete Edition
  • Zombi
More to come

This is, it should be remembered, just the initial list for the service – Ubisoft intends to put its newest titles onto the service, like Gods and Monsters and Watch Dogs: Legion, as soon as they become available. In some cases games will even launch sooner on Uplay+ than they will elsewhere, while those signed up will get automatic access to any beta tests the developer is running.

It's certainly tempting then – especially if there's one of Ubisoft's big franchises that has always tempted you but remained out of reach.

Uplay+ lands on September 3, and will (at least initially) be for PC players only. It's set to cost $14.99 or €14.99 per month, with UK and AU pricing yet to be announced.

Xiaomi launches Redmi K20 and K20 Pro in India

The much-awaited smartphones from Xiaomi's stable, Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro are now official in India. The Redmi K20 is the company's mid-range phone while the Pro variant goes well beyond the segment and into a premium range. 

It will be interesting to see how Xiaomi pushes the Redmi brand forward as the company hasn't witnessed great success with its premium Mi branded phones in the past. Having said that, the Redmi K-series looks like a new chapter for the brand and the phones surely pack a punch.

Xiaomi Redmi K20 & K20 Pro pricing and availability

The Redmi K20 is offered in two variants-- 6GB RAM + 64GB storage at ₹21,999 and 6GB + 128GB storage at ₹23,999.

Redmi K20 Pro will be available starting at ₹27,999 for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.There's a maxed-out version of the K20 Pro with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage which is up for grabs at ₹30,999.

Xiaomi also revealed a Redmi K20 Pro Signature Edition which is crafted out of gold with diamond studding and is priced around ₹4,80,000. However, there is no information about when the phone will go on sale as thee company is just making 20 units of these.

Redmi K20 series goes on sale for the first time from July 22 at 12 noon and can be purchased from Mi India store, Flipkart and Mi Home stores across India.

Xiaomi has also announced its Mi 27W SonicCharge fast charging adapter at ₹999 as the phones ship with 18W fast chargers.

Xiaomi Redmi K20 & K20 Pro specifications

Redmi K20 Pro is the most premium Redmi branded phone yet. The chassis is aluminum while the rear glass panel has a Gorilla Glass 5 coating. It features a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED screen with a Full HD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) resolution and is topped with a layer of Gorilla Glass 5. There's no cutout for a notch as the phone makes do with a pop-up selfie camera. This lends the screen a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and is also HDR and DCI-P3 compatible. The screen is also home to an in-display fingerprint sensor. 

The phone is powered by top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset with an octa-core CPU and Adreno 640 GPU. This is paired with 6GB/8GB of RAM and 64GB/128Gb/256GB storage options. It runs on Android 9.0 Pie-based MIUI 10.

Redmi K20 Pro has a triple camera setup on the back and the array consists of a primary 48MP sensor with an f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP telephoto lens backed by PDAF/Laser autofocus with 2x optical zoom and finally a 13MP ultrawide lens.

On the front, there's a 20MP selfie camera housed inside a motorized pop-up module with an f/2.2 aperture.

It has a 4,000mAh battery which supports 27W fast battery charging. There's also an 8-layer graphite cooling system for faster heat dissipation. The Redmi K20 Pro comes in three different gradient options-- carbon black, flame red and glacier blue.

The Redmi K20 has the same hardware as the Pro variant with the exception of Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 chipset under the hood. It's got an octa-core CPU and is backed by Adreno 618 as the graphics processor.

Top budget smartphones with big batteries in India

A decent battery is the root of any smartphone worth its salt. It ensures that you can get the most out of your phone during any point of the day, without worrying about battery drain. More importantly, it dictates whether or not you can listen to tunes on your device on your way home after a long day at work.

Quite a few phones that go all out with their features forget to back it up with a sizeable battery. But, there are still a number options in the market that fall within the mid-range or budget segment. 

Keep in mind that battery size alone isn't the determining factor for a smartphone's battery life. The phone's chipset and a consumer's usage pattern also play a major role.

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 The successor to the popular Max Pro M1, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 is a great all-round performer. It runs stock Android and has only 3 pre-loaded apps- Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger. The Snapdragon 660 is paired with an Adreno 512 GPU; the pair can handle most tasks and heavy games with minimal glitching. 

The battery life is great, but the lack of fast charging means that the device takes nearly 3 hours to charge fully. A full battery will last about 9-10 hours of heavy usage and multitasking, so it will last the ordinary user over 24 hours. 

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 The Zenfone Max Pro M1 doesn’t scream flashy. Despite the below-average camera performance, few phones offer all the features that it does at such a low price. The best part is, you don’t run out of battery even after gaming all night. The 5000mAh battery lasts for the longest time and doesn’t take too long to recharge either, despite no fast charging. 

If you're willing to compromise on camera, it's hard to look past this one. 

Read our full review here

OnePlus 7 Pro was one of the most anticipated handsets of the year. The first Pro model from the company, OnePlus says the phone is optimized to a point that it exceeded their own expectations for a high-end flagship. 

The OnePlus 7 Pro gets a bump in the battery department with a 4000mAh cell. It’s  good enough to get you through a full day of normal use. On a regular day, where you don't play games or shoot videos, it will last more than a day. But the real news is the Warp Charge 30 charger:  Warp Charge is the fastest charging tech right now, hitting over 50% after 20 minutes of charging.

Read the full review: OnePlus 7 Pro review

Having a big battery has slowly become a parameter for budget smartphone excellence, and it looks like Samsung has finally jumped on the bandwagon. The Galaxy M20 packs a whopping 5000mAh battery. You get more than 12 hours of battery life on each charge after a busy day, and even 24 hours if used judiciously.

The Galaxy M20 supports Samsung's adaptive fast charging via USB Type-C and also brings along a 15W fast charger in the box.  

You can read our full Samsung Galaxy M20 review here

Mi Max 2

After receiving a warm response for the existing Redmi phones in India, Xiaomi introduced its plus-sized Mi Max 2, which has a massive 5300mAh battery. As per the company's claim, the battery offers 18 hours of video playback, 57 hours of talk time and over 31 days of standby. Not only is the battery large, but the phone also has a huge 6.44-inch full HD display, which is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3.

Along with its mammoth battery and display, the smartphone offers decent support for day-to-day tasks. In fact, it can be a great smartphone for multimedia enthusiasts with features like the dual speakers. It comes packed in an attractive metal unibody shell, which adds to its premium feel.

So, if you are in the market for a phone with big battery and display, the Mi Max 2 can be a good choice. 

Read the full review: Xiaomi Mi Max 2 review

Gionee M7 Power

Launched in September 2017, the Gionee M7 Power sports a 6-inch full HD+ FullView IPS display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The screen is protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 3 on the top. The highlight of the phone is its 5000mAh battery, which offers tons of power.

It is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 435 chipset, coupled with 4GB of RAM. The 64GB internal storage is expandable to up to 256GB.

The phone is available on Amazon in Black and Gold colours.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

The Redmi Note 7 Pro just released, and will go on sale on March 13. Its 4000mAh battery will last you all day and then some. It even has QuickCharge 4.0 support, although no wireless charging. 

The camera performs well, the SoC boosts efficiency and the option for expandable storage make life a lot easier.  Under the hood is the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core chipset, and an Adreno 612 GPU. There are two storage variants- the 4GB/64GB variant is priced at Rs 13,999, while the 6GB/128GB version is priced at Rs 16,999. 

Hands on: Redmi Note 7 Pro review

The Redmi Note 7 is the younger fraternal twin of the Note 7 Pro, and it looks like it too. It boasts of the cheapest 48MP camera in the Indian market- it starts at Rs 9,999 for the base 3GB/32GB storage variant. Like its better-looking brother, it will go on sale on March 13 at Mi Home stores, mi.com, Flipkart and Mi Partner stores.  


Moto E5 Plus

It may be the cheapest of the range, but the Moto E5 still packs a sizeable 5.7-inch display with a tall 18:9 aspect ratio display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 13MP rear camera, microSD slot and a rear facing fingerprint scanner.  

More to the point, there's a big 4,000mAh battery, along with a stock Android 8.0 Oreo UI, a headphone jack and a 5MP front-facing camera. Not bad for the price, but it's definitely not without compromise. 

Read the full review: Moto E5 

Amazon Prime Day deals 2019: what's still on sale the after Prime Day

What's still on sale for Amazon Prime Day? That's the question we're here to help you answer, and the good news is that there are select deals still available.

Don't think of them as Prime Day leftovers. Think of it as deals so good that they just remain in stock for you to buy. Top-selling Amazon deals so far have been on 4KTVs and the company's own line of smart speakers. The Fire TV Stick has been so popular it's now backordered. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos did well for himself in the last 48 hours.

Amazon has created a midsummer version of Black Friday deals, and it's become so popular that stores like Walmart and eBay are launching discounts to compete with Amazon. We've highlighted a new of those in our constantly updated deals list.

We're marking which Amazon Prime Day deals are out of stock, and which deals are still in play. You'll find that the Apple Watch 3 is sold out, but the Apple Watch 4 has a good discount attached to it – up to 69% off the newest version of the smartwatch.

Here are three Amazon Prime Day next-day tips: 

  1. Amazon sometimes offers an extra discount if you chose slow shipping. We've seen it as high as an extra $19.01 off the Apple Watch 4 (bringing the total discount to $69.01). Check the fine print in green on prices in your checkout basket.
  2. Click around products – if one version of an item is sold out, there may be another still in stock. Case in point, various laptop configurations have some versions in stock, while others have been depleted.
  3. Many Amazon Echo speakers and Fire TV Sticks are backordered, but still showing the same great low price (at least for now). You can get the deal price – if you don't mind waiting.

Amazon, of course, makes almost all of its own devices the stars of Amazon Prime Day, and that's been no different in 2019. This applies to everything from Echo smart speakers (including the newer Echo Show models), Fire TV Sticks, Fire Tablets and Kindles. 

Not everything on sale belongs in the purely tech - Amazon Prime Day is the perfect time to get those essentials you need every month, or save some cash on important things for a summer trip coming up... we've got the best rounded up below.

There are a bunch of cheap laptops on sale as Prime Day deals, including the Surface Laptop. The cheapest prices, however, revolve around Google Chromebooks. That's going to be important if you're shopping during Amazon Prime Day for Back to School deals. 

Apple AirPods lead this category, with a rare price drop, even on the new wirelessly charging version of the true wireless earbuds. Noise-canceling headphones, gaming headphones and Bluetooth speakers are also on sale.

Smartphones deals are hard to come by, but Samsung came out in full force with Galaxy phone deals applying to both this year and last year's Android phones. Looking for deals on the Note 9, S9 or even the new S10 series? Prime Day deals have you covered.

How about a tablet? Everyone wants an iPad these days. Good news, it's on sale during Amazon Prime Day (while it remains in stock, of course). This applies to the latest entry-level iPad and the prior iPad Pro with a 10.5-inch display.

Amazon Prime Day has become one of the best ways to build our your smart home, and at the heart of it all is Alexa, the company's voice assistant. It's found in a lot of devices nowadays and connects to Ring video doorbells, robot vacuums and even electric toothbrushes and instant pots.

If you don't have a 4K TV yet, Amazon Prime Day represents your best shot as getting one for a cheap price. You could pay under $200 for a 43-inch 4K TV with HDR, for example - that's perfect for a second room.

Apple Watch and Fitbit rule the wearables deals on Amazon Prime Day, with a mix of smartwatches and state-of-the-art fitness trackers. But we also really like the Samsung Galaxy Watch (our top pick for smartwatches) if you have an Android phone.

Computing deals is a bit of a misnomer - it's a catch-all category for everything computing. It's a lot of hard drives, SSDs, Wi-Fi routers, keyboards and other accessories.

Cameras are consistently on sale every Prime Day, and this means you can finally save some money on GoPro, DSLRs, mirrorless cameras. Lenses are also on sale from each of the big-name camera makers.

Both games and consoles are on sale for Amazon Prime Day. We also spotlight some controller deals, just in case you want to go in on local multiplayer like the old days (and don't want to pay current exorbitant controller prices).

Expired deals Some Amazon Prime Day deals may go on

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is over, but some deals may remain available – as long as they remain in stock. We'll continue to update this best deals page well after Prime Day has ended.

Dell Black Friday in July continues with £220 off the Dell Inspiron 17

Amazon Prime Day is over for another year, but Dell's Black Friday in July event continues, with more 'Mega Deals' in store for us today, July 17.

With a name like Mega Deals, you'd expect some big savings, and you won't be disappointed, with Dell knocking £220 off its stylish Inspiron 17 laptop.

Check out our pick of the best of today's deals below. Dell is posting new Mega Deals every day this week, and many of the big price cuts will only last a day, so if you see something you like, you may want to act fast!

Here's our pick of the best Dell Black Friday in July Mega Deals for July 17:

These deals end 11:59 tonight, July 17. Tomorrow should see some other great deals.

Bose QC35 noise cancelling was gimped by recent software update, claim owners

Both generations of Bose's QuietComfort 35 headphones have long been some of the most popular noise-cancelling cans around, and rightly so. They're known for delivering both excellent sound quality and first-rate noise-cancelling that can keep the world out when you want some peace and quiet to enjoy your tunes (or audiobook/podcast/movie/game).

However, after Bose recently rolled out a round of firmware updates to the original QC35s and more-recent QC35 IIs in June, some users have complained that the noise cancellation feature seems to be less effective than before.

According to users on the Bose Community forum and Reddit, firmware update 3.0.3 for the first generation QC35s alongside firmware 4.5.2 for the QC35 IIs has “has totally destroyed the ANC”. However, it seems that not all users have been affected. Some have reported that updating the firmware via the Bose Connect app and then resetting the headphones has caused no issue. 

Exactly what may have triggered the problem is as yet unknown. 

We’ve reached out to Bose for a comment but were still awaiting a formal response at the time of publication. However a report from The Verge states that the audio manufacturer is aware of the issue, but that the company has claimed that nothing in the update should be a cause for degradation in noise cancellation performance.

Not the first time…

If you're feeling a sense of déjà vu here, that may be because a similar scenario has played out before. Back in 2017, Bose rolled out firmware 1.2.9 for the original QC35s, and immediately after users took to Reddit to complain about sound quality degrading. In that instance, Bose also claimed there was nothing wrong with the update. 

The company has also discouraged users from downgrading the firmware if they’re facing problems. According to a Bose Community forum manager in 2018, doing so “can create unexpected behavior in a product and negatively impact or reduce functionality”.

In the 2017 case, Bose said too few people had sent back their devices for the company to identify the core problem. This time, however, there seem to have been enough complaints online, including a petition on Change.org, for Bose to take the proactive step of removing the latest firmware updates until it can investigate further. Here's hoping they find a fast fix.

Forget Prime Day, here are Walmart's best deals happening now


While Amazon's 48-hour Prime Day event is officially over, Walmart's 'The Big Save' sale is still going strong. The retail giant is trying to compete with Amazon by launching its sale a day earlier and extending the end date to today.

Walmart also has a leg up on Amazon by offering their deals to everyone – you don't need to be a member or have a subscription. You also get free shipping on all orders over $35. The deals aren't bad either, with massive savings on everything from 4K TVs and laptops to kitchen appliances and vacuums. You'll also find discounts on Google smart home devices, which aren't available on Amazon.

See our roundup below of the best Walmart deals that are still available. Keep in mind these offers end tomorrow, so you should take advantage of these rare sales while you can.

Walmart has a lot of stuff on offer right now, with a wide range of devices and categories that are at an all-time low price. 

We've scoured the site, and listed the best deals that are worth your time. Here are out top choices:

TechRadar is scouring the site rounding up all the top deals on Amazon Prime Day - and we’ve put all the best Prime Day deals in one simple-to-use place to help you find the offers that will really matter to you.

Apple is ordering up exclusive podcasts to take on Spotify and Amazon: report

The growing success of podcasts has led major players in the tech industry to finally start considering them as a serious source of revenue, with big brands increasingly offering funding and support to existing producers and original creators.

A new report from Bloomberg suggests that Apple intends to fund its own original podcasts and stream them exclusively on its own platform, according to “people familiar with the matter”, in order to compete with the existing market.

The report claims that podcasting companies have been approached by Apple executives offering to buy exclusive rights to their series’, although the Cupertino firm’s plan isn’t fully laid out in these communications.

Earlier in 2019, music-streaming giant Spotify spent over $200 million to acquire two successful podcasting companies – including Gimlet Media – in the hope to become “both the premier producer of podcasts and the leading platform for podcast creators”.

Recently, Apple discontinued its long-running iTunes music platform in favor of splitting it up into Apple Music, Apple TV, and Apple Podcasts, signalling a more focused approach to each category.


Despite being predominantly responsible for the initial popularity of the category in 2005, when the company officially added the ability to subscribe to podcasts in the iTunes app, Apple hasn’t altered its strategy around the free audio format in any significant way over the past 14 years.

Now, more than a quarter of Americans listen to podcasts at least once a month, and even if they currently use Apple's Podcasts app, none of that audience pays anything to the company – or even encounters any advertising from the tech giant.

While there’s currently no official word from Apple on its exact plan for exclusive podcasts – or even if there is one – it seems like a sensible move for a company that has, perhaps unwittingly, found itself with a large amount of influence over the format.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 won’t get new gaming-focused Snapdragon 855 Plus

With Qualcomm having revealed its new gaming-centric Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset overnight, which is officially set to debut with the release of Asus ROG Phone 2 next week, Samsung fans may have been hoping that the updated processor might find its way into the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus

Unfortunately, that probably won't happen, as according to 9to5Google (via Dutch site WinFuture), the US version of Samsung's upcoming productivity-focused flagship will stick with the standard Snapdragon 855 system-on-a-chip (SoC) – the part that's currently powering the company's Galaxy S10 range.

While that may be disappointing to hear for North American Note fans, as with other Galaxy handsets the international version of the Note 10 will reportedly use Samsung's own Exynos SoC – and specifically a brand new Exynos 9825 model.

The as-yet-unannounced SoC is expected to be an upgrade from the 8-nanometer (nm) Exynos 9820 chipset, which is featured in the international Galaxy S10, and there's a chance it will be built with Samsung's 7nm process, which would allow the Exynos 9825 to offer more energy efficiency, and would put the Korean-made SoC more in line with the US models' Snapdragon 855 SoC in terms of power. 

Of course, we won't know this for sure until Samsung officially reveals its highly-anticipated Note 10 range at the handset's launch, which has been confirmed for August 7 in New York. 

DJI teases arrival of new lightweight Ronin gimbal

After the launch of DJI’s Ronin-S gimbal at CES 2018, it became a must-have accessory for the serious videographer. But, if you’ve ever used one you’ll know that it’s heavy, making it uncomfortable to use through a full day’s worth of filming.

However, DJI seems to have heard users’ concerns and has ‘accepted the challenge’ of making a professional gimbal that’s lightweight and “smarter” to use.

A sneak-peek video posted to DJI’s official Twitter account says we’ll be seeing the new gimbal sooner than we thought, with the launch taking place at the Challenge Accepted event on July 17.

The featherweight contender

We don’t know much about the upcoming gimbal, except that FCC filings from July 15 carry the name Ronin-SC/Ronin-S Command. Paperwork for a focus wheel, a new Ronin-SC camera grip, an updated focus motor and a wall adapter were also filed.

The teaser video doesn’t give too much away either. All we can tell is that the upcoming gimbal will be of a similar design to the original Ronin-S, but in a more lightweight and compact setup that makes for better ergonomics.

With competition strong from the likes of Zhiyun’s Weebill Lab, DJI needed to refresh the Ronin range to match usability. So here’s hoping we get to see a superbly refreshed stabilizer.

The launch is expected to take place at 9am EST on July 17 (1pm GMT / 11pm AEST) and we’ll bring you the news as soon as it happens.

[via DroneDJ]

The cheapest Xbox One controller deals and prices on Amazon Prime Day 2019

Cheap Xbox One controller prices aren't too easy to find. That's because retailers rarely lower the price of Xbox controller deals, leaving shoppers to pay full price most of the time. 

You'll find this is the case no matter where you shop - the Xbox One controller price stays steady, unless Microsoft decides it's discounting the controllers, usually for a very limited time around the big sales events. So fingers crossed for Amazon Prime Day.

You can, however, find competitive prices online, and that's where we come in. We're here to help you find the best prices on Xbox One controllers. 

Here’s the thing: console deals are awesome, and often come loaded with huge savings, but unless you buy a bundle that specifically packs in a second controller, your Xbox One will only arrive alongside one. Why is that the case? The main reason is that it’s cheaper that way, yet it still makes it seem like the manufacturer is cutting you some kind of deal. 

But just because you’re getting shorted a controller doesn’t mean you should go without a second one - how else would you ever play a local multiplayer game without one? For that reason a second controller is a crucial pick-up. So let's see what Xbox One deals are out there.

The cheapest Xbox One controller prices

Xbox One controllers in all colors of the rainbow! 

While black and white are the most popular choices for extra gamepads, they're not the only options. In fact, if you really want to add a splash of color to your console, there are plenty of neat controller color schemes to do just that. 

We've listed them below for your perusing convenience. 

The cheapest Samsung Galaxy Buds prices and deals on Amazon Prime Day 2019

Right as Samsung released its Samsung Galaxy S10 flagship phone series, the company also launched its AirPods-rivaling true wireless headphones: the Samsung Galaxy Buds. The Samsung Galaxy earbuds are stylish little aural experiences fine-tuned for Android and iOS phones, so we've put together a list of the best prices and sales from several retailers below -along with deals during Amazon Prime Day.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds come in a small compact case that doubles as a charging capsule. On a full charge, the buds last an impressive six hours of playtime, and refilling them in the charging case adds up to seven hours.

The Galaxy Buds are lightweight, compact, and come with three adjustable ear tip and wingtip sizes so you can find a size that's right for you. The water-resistant earbuds have touch controls so you can turn up the volume, skip songs and more by tapping either 'bud. You can also control the Galaxy Buds from the compatible Samsung Wearable app (Android-only) which offers a "Find My Earbuds" feature if you ever misplace them.

The Samsung earbuds deliver quality audio by AKG for powerful bass and a balanced range of sound. You can also control how much surrounding noise you want with the Ambient Aware feature. This lets you customize what you want to hear while still blocking out background noise. 

Samsung Galaxy Buds Amazon Prime Day deals Samsung Galaxy Buds prices and sales

The Samsung Galaxy Buds currently retail for $129 (£139 / AU$249) which is actually cheaper than Samsung's previous truly wireless headphones, the Gear IconX ($149.99 / £157). The only features that the Galaxy Buds lack when compared to the Gear IconX are the ability to load your music to the earbuds, increased water-resistance and audio coaching for exercises. The Samsung earbuds are also cheaper than Apple's Airpods ($159/£159) which makes the Galaxy Buds one of the most affordable high-end wireless earbuds on the market.

You'll find all of the prices below from several different retailers so you can find the best deal that's currently available. 

You can learn more about the Samsung earbuds with our Samsung Galaxy Buds review. You can also shop more of the best cheap wireless headphone deals and sales that are currently going on.

If you're interested in Samsung's newest phone you can find the best Samsung Galaxy S10 prices and deals and you can also shop the best Samsung Galaxy Watch Active prices and deals.

This Fire TV Stick Prime Day price makes it practically an instant buy

As we head into the final day of Amazon Prime Day, there are still massive savings to be found on TVs, appliances, tablets, and more. There are also killer deals on Amazon's own device, like the popular Fire TV stick. The streaming player is down to just $14.99, which is the lowest price we've seen for the Amazon device. Prime members can also get the 4K Fire TV Stick on sale for $24.99, which is also the lowest price we've seen for the 4K streaming device. UK readers can get the Fire TV stick on sale for £19.99, and the 4K version is a mere £24.99 - both of those are the best prices yet and should be pounced on immediately if you want to get stuck into a new Prime Video membership.

The Fire TV Stick turns your television into a smart TV so you can stream your favorite movies and TV shows from sites like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, and more. Just plug the stick into your TV, connect to the internet, and enjoy tens of thousands of channels and apps. The streaming stick also works with Amazon Alexa so you can use your voice to browse programs and control other smart home devices.

See the Fire TV deals below and keep in mind this stellar offer will end tonight at midnight PDT. If you're in the UK, you can also scroll down to see Fire TV deals in your region.

The best Prime Day Fire Stick deals (USA): The best Prime Day Fire TV Stick deals (UK): Fire TV stick: common questions

If you're not sure if you should buy a Fire TV stick or want to learn more about the streaming device, we've listed some common questions below to help make your buying decision.

How does the Fire TV Stick work? You simply plug the Fire TV stick into your HDTVs HDMI port and you can either power it with the outlet plug provided, or you might find you r TV's USB port can provide enough power instead. Connect to the internet via Wi-Fi and once online, you'll be walked through the setup process and you can log in to your existing Amazon account. The Bluetooth remote can help you navigate menus, and the built-in Alexa allows you to use your voice instead if you wish.

Is there a monthly fee for the Fire Stick? There's no monthly fee with the Fire TV stick, just the one time cost for the streaming device. There are paid services, like Netflix and Hulu, that require monthly expenses to get you access to thousands of movies and TV shows. Amazon Instant Video's content is a free park of Prime Membership.

What channels come with the Fire Stick? You can watch live TV with services like Sling and PlayStation Vue or stick to movies and TV shows with subscription services like Amazon Video and Netflix. The best part about a Fire TV is that you'll only pay for channels and services that you want.

TechRadar is scouring the site rounding up all the top deals on Amazon Prime Day - and we’ve put all the best Prime Day deals in one simple-to-use place to help you find the offers that will really matter to you.

You can find more UK deals with our roundup of the best Amazon Prime Day deals happening now.

Today's Dell Black Friday in July Mega Deals rivals Amazon Prime Day when it comes to laptop deals

Dell's alternative to Amazon Prime Day 2019, the Black Friday in July event has more "Mega Deals" in store for us today, July 16, with some really impressive savings to be had on a variety of Dell laptops.

Yesterday's best deal – a £500 saving on the new Dell XPS 13 (our pick for the best laptop) – is was also included, but as we expected, the deal sold out extremely quickly. We'll keep an eye on Dell's website to see if more stock comes in and will update this page if the deal goes live again.

Every day this week will bring new deals – and we'll post the best ones so you can quickly and easily snap up the bargains before they sell out.

With each deal only lasting a day, you'll want to act fast – especially considering the prices on offer.

Here's our pick of the best Dell Black Friday in July Mega Deals for July 16:

These deals end 11:59 tonight, July 16. While Dell will be lining up more deals for July 17 (and the rest of the week), if you see a deal you like, it's worth snapping up quickly.

Vote for the winners of the TechRadar Pro Best for Business Awards 2019

We see and review hundreds of products every year and now we need your help to pick the short list of those who you think are the best in each category of business products and services. It's time to crown the finest performers in the world of B2B with the TechRadar Pro Best for Business Awards 2019, in partnership with Avast Business . We need your help to narrow down our extensive longlists of the leading contenders to stellar shortlists. And there are great prizes to be won!*

The good news is that voting is now open, so please take a moment to have your say below on who should claim a coveted spot on the shortlist. Voting on who makes the shortlist for the TechRadar Pro Best for Business Awards will close at 14:00 GMT on August 31, 2019, so make sure you don't miss out.

Once we've counted all the votes, and consulted with our expert judges, we'll announce the shortlist. You'll then be able to vote for the winners in each of the categories. 

So who has made the list of this year's top business technology offerings? Check out the long list in the link below.

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Amazon Prime Day 2019 India: best deals and offers

Amazon India's two day shopping fiesta, Amazon Prime Day 2019 is now live.  The sale is scheduled from July 15 and will go on till the next day, July 16. 

Amazon Prime was launched three years back in July 2016 and since then the e-tailer has hosted two Prime Day shopping sales in 2017 and 2018. It can be argued that the Prime Day sale by Amazon is fairly new here in India but platforms like Flipkart and Amazon keep the Indian consumer on their toes with regular shopping festivals around the month. Having said that, this year's Amazon Prime Day is expected to be a full blown out effort by the Indian arm.

Here's are the best deals from Prime Day 2019 sale in India.

Amazon Prime Day deals

Amazon India has revealed that this year's Prime Day sale will be host to over 1,000 product launches, top deals and never before seen offers on smartphones and electronics. A couple of new launches will include OnePlus 7 Mirror Blue colour, Xiaomi wireless headphones, Cocktail Orange colour for the Samsung Galaxy M40, LG W30 and Jabra Elite, to name a few.

Along with this, mobile accessories will be on sale during the Prime Day 2019 starting at just Rs 79. People purchasing Canon DSLRs or Sony's mirrorless cameras can also avail a no cost EMI offer that is being offered as a part of the sale. Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch will retail at its lowest ever price, which will be revealed during the sale on July 15.

When is Amazon Prime Day 2019?

The official dates for Amazon Prime Day 2019 have been announced. It starts on July 15 and will go on till July 16. Last year, the sale went live on July 16 at 12 noon (IST) and offered Prime subscribers discounts, sales and deals for the next 36 hours. 

Interestingly, the date of the sale isn't even a point of discussion among people who are waiting for Prime Day 2019 to kick off. It's the duration of the sale event most people are interested to know about. Amazon has increased the duration of its Prime Day sale every year, from 24 hours in 2016 to 30 hours in 2017 and 36 hours, the longest ever in 2018. This year, the e-commerce giant is going even bigger with a 48-hour event.

The best Prime Day deals from 2018

Prime members around the world purchased more than 100 million products during the last Prime Day event. The top-selling items from last year's Prime Day included a mixture of home goods, electronics, and Amazon devices. 

As ever, some of the best deals on Prime Day were on Amazon’s own devices. The Echo Dot saw a 45% discount along with deals on Alexa enabled products, upto 25% off on Kindle devices and 30% off on Fire TV Stick among others.

Headphones and earphones attracted upto 50% off while large appliances like air conditioners received 40% discount. Amazon brands like Solimo, AmazonBasics, Vedaka offered their products at upto 60% off during last year's Prime Day.

How can I sign up for Amazon Prime?

To participate in the big shopping event, you must be an Amazon Prime Member. Your membership will not only let you partake in Prime Day, but you'll also have access to Amazon Prime movies, books, music, photos, and more. You can sign up here for a 30-day trial and cancel at any time. The Amazon Prime subscription will cost you Rs 129 per month or Rs 999 for a year. 

Once you sign up, you'll have access to all the Prime benefits, receive free one-day, two-day shipping and partake in the biggest shopping event of the year.

How much money did Amazon make on Prime Day?

Amazon was predicted to gross $3.4 billion on Prime Day last year, although we don’t know if that prediction is accurate as Amazon doesn’t release such information. However, it did announce that third party sellers shifted a billion dollars of product in just one day. As for its own sales, Amazon was content to say that “sales this Prime Day surpassed Cyber Monday, Black Friday and the previous Prime Day, when comparing 36-hour periods, making this once again the biggest shopping event in Amazon history.” That’s a little sneaky, mind you: as the 2017 sale only ran for 24 hours, not 36. 

The best Walmart deals in its 'The Big Save' summer sale 2019

While Amazon is into day two of its 48-hour Prime day sale, Walmart is in full swing with its competing 'Big Save' summer sale. The retail giant is aiming to take on Amazon by launching its sale a day earlier, and offering massive price cuts throughout its site.

The best part about Walmart's sale is that the deals are available to everyone – you don't need to be a member or have a subscription. Also, you get free shipping on all orders over $35. Discounts include killer deals on everything from 4K TVs and laptops to kitchen appliances and vacuums – and you'll also find discounts on Google smart home devices, which aren't available on Amazon.

See our roundup of the best Walmart deals below – we're constantly updating this page with new discounts and price changes.

Walmart has a lot of stuff on offer right now, with a wide range of devices and categories to really stick it to Amazon on Prime Day.

We've had a look through, and these are the ones we're most interested in – check out the top choices:

TechRadar is scouring the site rounding up all the top deals on Amazon Prime Day - and we’ve put all the best Prime Day deals in one simple-to-use place to help you find the offers that will really matter to you.

Best power bank in India: Best batteries over 10,000mAh

Believe it or not, smartphone batteries have gotten better over the last few years, especially compared to when Android phones just arrived into the market. The powerful pocket computers demand power and OEMs do their best to offer the best solution for battery efficiency. 

We've created a list with a bunch of reliable battery banks. Have a look and decide which one suits you the best.

The first power bank by Xiaomi that was manufactured in India, this one comes with a battery capacity of 20000mAh. It offers dual USB output and also supports Quick Charge 3.0 on a single port. Translation: you can charge two devices simultaneously, but if you want to charge one device quickly then you have to skip using the other port. 

The power bank is compatible with various devices and offers a conversion rate of 85%. 

Image credit: Xiaomi

 Xiaomi has a hand in some unexpected sectors of technology, including audio and portable chargers. But don't sleep on either, as it's onto something worth checking out. 

During our testing, its 10,000mAh Power Bank provided good results, both in terms of its portability and charging potential. While not the fastest charger out there, it was able to charge our Google Pixel 2 in a little over two hours. Thankfully, it's discreet enough that you can bring it with you just about everywhere to plug in when necessary.

It's not rare for a power bank to come with a charging cable, but we appreciate that this one has been built with care to suit both micro USB and USB-C users with the same cable.

 The Syska Power Boost 100 comes with a 10000mAh cell to charge your mobile devices on the go. The power bank has a dual USB ports. So, if you want to charge two devices simultaneously, the job can be done with an ease. 

It retails from Rs 1130 on Amazon, and Rs 599 on Flipkart.

This power bank from Intex also comes with two USB ports, allowing users to charge two devices simultaneously. Its built-in LED indicators display the charging status and the battery life. You can also save battery life by switching to the power saving mode. 

You can charge a standard smartphone up to four times with this particular power bank. It’s compatible with a wide range of devices.

One of the key highlights of this power bank is that it comes with three USB ports, allowing you to charge three devices simultaneously. Intex offers 1 year of warranty for the product.

Packing a sleek design and LED torch on board, this Ambrane power bank serves more than one purpose. It is currently available on Amazon, and the seller is offering the power bank in seven colors.

This portable charger provides sufficient power to juice up your smartphone several times a day. Due to its high conversion rate, it will charge your device quickly. The user will also get one year warranty at the time of its purchase.

The only drawback of this power bank is that it is compatible only with smartphones, whereas other power banks can charge a variety of devices. 

As the name suggests, Flipkart Smartbuy is the exclusive product line owned by the e-commerce giant. Priced at Rs 1299, the portable charger comes with a battery capacity of 20,000mAh and offers dual USB output ports. It also supports smart charging and is compatible with multiple devices, and even has an LED torch.

The power bank is available at one year warranty and 10 days replacement policy. 

Intex is one of the most popular manufacturers in the accessories segment today. Although the company is known for its smartphones, the manufacturer’s power banks have received some recognition in the market as well. This 20,000mAh power bank from the company can be bought for just Rs 1,399 online, making it one of the best entries on this list.

Last but not the least is the 20,800mAh power bank from Ambrane which comes with three ports, allowing users to charge three devices simultaneously. It is also equipped with a torch feature, so you're never without a light source. Just like the Mi 2i power bank, this device is also manufactured in India and has a high conversion rate. 

Priced at Rs 1299 on Amazon India, the charger is compatible with multiple devices and is available in two colours, Black and White.

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