Facebook Reaches Deal to Beam the Internet to Africa With a Satellite
The American social network has partnered with Eutelsat, a French satellite provider, to bring a selection of free Internet services across sub-Saharan Africa through a new satellite in the second half of next year.
Despite their very different companies, the chief executives of General Electric and Apple have something in common: They believe businesses will increasingly rely upon "personalized" technology to run their operations.
Datadog’s French founders announce their NY-based company will open Paris R&D office
Armed with an idea for a startup, French natives Olivier Pomel and Alexis Lê-Quôc landed in New York City, where they launched Datadog in 2011. Four years and $53.4 million in venture capital later, the data-analytics company is now trying to find new talent as fast as it can to accommodate its ambitious growth plans. And so […]
Marketing people are generally bullish on Jack Dorsey as CEO of Twitter
The appointment of Jack Dorsey as CEO of Twitter makes a difference to marketing people, as many believe he represents their best hope for a more brand-friendly platform. Dorsey, a Twitter cofounder, was named CEO Monday. He previously held the role until 2008, before being replaced by Ev Williams, with Dorsey moving to chairman of the […]
Funding Daily: Today’s tech funding news, in one place
Here’s a list of today’s tech funding stories, updated as the day unfolds. Tip us here if you have a deal to share. Code42 raises $85M to prevent company data from being held hostage Code42, a security startup that recently raised $85 million in investor funding, is focused on preventing just such a scenario. The endpoint security […]
Everything Microsoft announced at its Windows 10 hardware event
Today Microsoft made major news with the announcement of the Surface Book, the Band 2, the Surface Pro 4, the Surface Pen, the Lumia 950 and 950XL, and the Lumia 550. Below is a list of everything Microsoft announced. Microsoft unveils wearable holograms in HoloLens, taking applications for devkit today Microsoft kicked off its big hardware event in […]
Reddit may about to launch its own standalone news site called Upvoted
One of the Internet’s most infamous social communities, Reddit, is launching its own standalone news website called Upvoted on Tuesday, according to Wired. It’s fair to say that the company has had its fair share or problems lately — it’s still not long out from big changes to its top leadership, with former chief executive […]
Hands on with Google Now on Tap in Android Marshmallow: It’s a start
Google today issued the final release of Android Marshmallow, the newest version of its mobile operating system, after it was first unveiled back in May. Perhaps the biggest feature in Marshmallow is Google Now on Tap. It quickly gives you information from Google search and shortcuts to relevant content in multiple apps, based on what’s […]
Nielsen predicts the top-selling games of holiday 2015
Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops III is expected to be the No. 1 multiplatform game of the holiday season, according to the Nielsen Game Rank service. Nielsen, which is known for its TV viewership service, is predicting who will be on top this fall based on “overall anticipation levels” measured by the company. Based […]
HTC offering pink One M9 for Breast Cancer Awareness month
Breast Cancer Awareness month is happening, so bring on the pink merchandise! HTC is now selling a pink One M9 smartphone to participate. It’s the same One M9 everyone knows, but it comes in pink with or without a ribbon imprinted on the back.
It seems that a portion of the proceeds will not be [...]
Android One devices starting to receive Marshmallow update in some regions
It looks like Nexus devices aren’t the only ones getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow right now. Though many companies have announced their plans for the Marshmallow update, some Android One devices in some regions are already receiving it.
Android One is a budget line of devices made for various countries, offering rock bottom prices and stock Android, [...]
Android 6.0 adds the ability to translate text within apps
As part of its move to simplify processes and make things easier for users, Google has added a very useful feature to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Users can now translate text directly within select apps. If a user has Translate installed on their device that’s running Marshmallow, they can simply go to a supported app, select [...]
Twitter introduces Moments, a quick way to see Twitter’s instant highlights
At Twitter, the team is constantly looking for new ways to keep users engaged. The company recently rolled out Highlights and While You Were Away features that help bring users up to speed with relevant content that they may have missed while not using Twitter for longer periods of time. Now the company [...]
If you’re looking for a nice USB Type-C cable for your new OnePlus 2 or for your future Nexus 5X and 6P, OnePlus has you covered. The company has just released a USB Type-C cable that not only has the standard reversible Type C end, but also has a fully reversible end that goes into [...]
The rumored OnePlus Mini is gaining some steam, with a few leaks about the hardware specifications of the device popping up. The latest leak gives some pretty impressive specs for the $250 price point, but OnePlus fans might be pretty upset by the inclusion of NFC.
The device could be powered by either a Snapdragon [...]
Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: PixPass, Dim Light
Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 App Updates on Friday. When Monday rolls around, we look back to see which apps were the most appealing to our audience. Read on for the five most popular Android apps from last week. These apps are [...]
According to its creators, Tangram is a web browser for professionals that is “built and designed to guarantee efficiency and productivity”. Allowing you to complete complex information-based tasks, it is described by developers Lateral SV as “the most efficient mobile browser on Android”. These are some big claims in [...]
Thirty percent of 911 calls in SF are butt-dials, Google report finds
Technically Incorrect: A research paper from the Web giant and the San Francisco Division of Emergency Communications shows that accidental butt-dials are becoming a huge problem for emergency services.
Atlassian splits flagship JIRA product into three ahead of IPO
Atlassian has split its JIRA service, a project management and collaboration platform, into three separate products, the company announced today. Now, instead of having one service do everything, the company will offer tools to…
Jack Dorsey has been named Twitter's newest chief executive. A confluence of tweetstorms revealed the news early this morning. Dorsey tweeted that he would become the company's full-time chief executive while…
Microsoft’s Outlook to steal features from social networks
Microsoft is bridging the gap between email services and social networks. The company announced yesterday that it plans to upgrade Outlook, the email service that surged in popularity when Microsoft released…
VW's Giant Diesel Recall of Shame Begins in January
VW is still in full damage-control mode over its cheating diesel cars, and slowly but surely, the pieces are falling into place: if everything goes to plan, the first cars in Europe will be recalled in January 2016, to be finished by the end of 2016. That’s a long time to use a rental.
For $40,000, This Bang & Olufsen Speaker Should Play Sound in 11 Dimensions
Bang & Olufsen will freely admit that its new BeoLab 90 speaker is ‘not for everyone’. Given that most people can’t blow $40,000 on a car, let alone speaker-systems-as-modern-art, that’s not surprising. But at least for the money, you should get a nice hi-fi.
Donald Trump's Bad Twitter Is Explained By His Bad Phone
Among a fascinating examination of Donald Trump’s Twitter strategy in the New York Times, we learn one important thing: the GOP candidate-in-waiting sends his mostly offensive 140-character missives from an undefined Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
How an Affluent Neighborhood Banished Private Cars for a Month
Last week, Paris shooed cars from its downtown for a single photogenic day. Now a neighborhood in Johannesburg, South Africa is one-upping that car-free day with a celebration that kicks cars off the street for the entire month of October.
Power supply maker Chicony Power Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.504 billion (US$76.1 million) for September, increasing 7.06% on month but decreasing 7.58% on year, and hitting the highest monthly level so far in 2015.
Taiwan's September 2015 consumer price index (CPI) of 105.09 (2011 as base year) increased 0.68% sequentially and 0.28% on year, while the corresponding wholesale price index (WPI) of 87.46 rose 0.09% on month but dropped 8.57% on year, according to the Directorate-General Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).
LandMark Optoelectronics revenues hit record in September
LandMark Optoelectronics (LMOC), a maker of GaAs- and InP-based epitaxial wafers for producing fiber-optic communication devices LDs (laser diodes) and PDs (photo detectors), has reported consolidated revenues of NT$192 million (US$5.83 million) for September, hitting monthly record for the seventh consecutive time with growth of 2.28% on month and of 70.75% on year.
Digitimes Research: Difference between Apple Watch and Android Wear devices narrowed
The difference between Apple Watch and Android Wear-based devices has been narrowed as the latest updates of the Apple Watch have only made some modifications on outer design but failed to address its weakness related to firmware and cloud computing capability, according to Digitimes Research.
Nexus 6P to help ramp up Huawei smartphone shipments in 2015
China-based handset vendor Huawei is expected to be able to reach its goal of shipping 100 million smartphones in 2015, buoyed by strong sales of its Huawei P8 and Honor 6 devices as well as the forthcoming Nexus 6P in cooperation with Google, according to industry sources.
Pneumatic component maker Chelic ramping capacity in Taiwan, China
Taiwan Chelic, a maker of pneumatic automation components, has committed investments of NT$1 billion (US$30.3 million) to ramp up its production capacity at its plants in Taiwan and China, according to company chairman Ping-cheng Yu.
FAA wants record fine against drone operator, but industry leaders want rules finalized, too
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The Federal Aviation Administration announced Tuesday it has proposed a $1.9 million fine against a Chicago-based aerial photography company it claims repeatedly used unmanned aircraft on unauthorized flights in New York and Chicago.
The fine against SkyPan International, Inc. would be the highest ever paid by a drone operator, according to a release from the FAA.
Crowley awarded vessel management contract by Military Sealift Command for ROCON Fleet
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Jacksonville, FL, October 5 – Crowley Maritime Corp.’s government services group has been awarded a new technical management contract for five U.S. government-owned, Military Sealift Command (MSC) Roll-On/Roll-Off and container ships (ROCON). Under the approximately $130 million contract, Crowley will provide full turnkey operation and management of the fleet, including crewing and scheduled/unscheduled repair and drydocking services initially for one year with four, additional one-year options. The turnover phase for the ships began on October 1.
RELM wireless receives awards totaling $26.2 million from U.S. Department of Homeland Security tactical communications contract for Project 25 portable radios and repeaters
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West Melbourne, FL, September 30 - RELM Wireless Corporation today announced that it received awards under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Tactical Communications (TacCom) Contract totaling $26.2 million for its KNG series portable radios, repeaters and accessories. The equipment will be deployed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at over 400 airports in the continental U.S. as well as locations outside the continental U.S.
Washington homeland security roundtable launches 2015 border patrol industry academy inaugural session at USBP HQ October 14-15, 2015 with USBP senior leadership
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Chief Michael Fisher
Washington, DC, September 30 - The Washington Homeland Security Roundtable (WHSR) today announced the creation of the 2015 Border Patrol Industry Academy. The Border Patrol Industry Academy is an unprecedented, in-depth, one year program designed to strengthen Industry collaboration and knowledge of the Border Security mission.
Coast Guard believes El Faro sunk during Hurricane Joaquin, still searching for survivors in the Atlantic
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The U.S. Coast Guard announced Monday it believes the cargo ship El Faro sunk in the high seas created by Hurricane Joaquin, which battered the Caribbean last week. However, officials still considering it a rescue mission as they seek to find any surviving crew members.
Lockheed Martin's space fence program completes critical design review
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Moorestown, NJ, September 28 - Lockheed Martin's Space Fence System, including the large-scale digital radar and turn-key facility were deemed technically mature and provided evidence that all requirements will be met through the program's Critical Design Review (CDR) conducted by the U.S. Air Force.
AppDome, dynamic application security wrapper vaccinates apps against XcodeGhost and other malicious 3rd party code
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New York, NY, October 1 -Nativeflow, a market leader in mobile application protection, announced today that mobile app owners who use AppDome, its dynamic application security wrapper, can consider their mobile app immune to the XcodeGhost attack vector.
The NYPD and the All Stars Project, Inc. receive 2015 IACP and Cisco community policing award
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New York, NY, September 29 - The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has proudly awarded the New York City Police Department (NYPD), in partnership with the nonprofit All Stars Project, Inc. (ASP), the 2015 IACP and Cisco Community Policing Award for their joint partnership program, Operation Conversation: Cops & Kids.
Sony Xperia Z5 goes up against the iPhone 6S Plus in a real world camera test [VIDEO]
Despite not knowing what Sony’s plans are regarding the launch of the Sony Xperia Z5 here in the states (they recently cancelled the launch of the Verizon Xperia Z4v), the device still has us intrigued. Not only does it look great, but the phone recently received top honors in DxOMark’s list of best smartphone cameras.
Google Translate can now work its magic inside other apps, but only if you’re on Marshmallow
Google Translate is seeing an update in the Google Play Store and for the lucky few running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, you’re in for a real treat: the app now works inside other apps for instant text translation.
HTC One M8 Google Play Edition looking to receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow later this month
Yesterday we learned that Android 6.0 Marshmallow was officially rolling out to Google’s own Nexus devices but it’s easy to forget that there’s still another, almost Nexus out there. It’s the HTC One M8 Google Play Edition and it's about to get a new lease on life.
23.5% of Android devices are now running Lollipop according to official numbers for October 2015
While many of you already have your sights set on Android 6.0 Marshmallow — which began rolling out to Nexus devices yesterday — Google has officially updated their Android Distribution numbers for the month of October.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow still showing hints of ‘Dark Theme’ only now it’s being called ‘Night Mode’
Android fans (us included) were pretty upset to find that in later versions of the Android M Developer Preview, Google stripped out their hidden Dark Theme from inside the Developer options. But is it possible it could return to Android proper as "Night Mode"? Sure seems that way.
T-Mobile’s Software Updates page now tracking Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates for popular flagships
Because nobody likes scratching their head and wondering when their device will get updated to Google’s latest, T-Mobile’s Software Updates page lets regular ‘ol users like you and I follow along as our beloved devices go about their usual carrier approval process.
OnePlus is offering their high-quality reversible USB Type-C cable for dirt cheap
If you were one of the few who jumped on either the new Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P, you’re probably going to want to invest in a few extra USB Type-C cables. OnePlus is offering up their high-quality Type-C cables for dirt cheap, and they come in 2 different sizes.
All Malibu Media Subpoenas In Eastern District NY Put On Hold
NewYorkCountryLawyer sends an update on the progress of Malibu Media, the company that filed subpoenas and copyright lawsuits over alleged BitTorrent piracy of pornography films:
A federal Magistrate Judge in Central Islip, New York, has just placed all Malibu Media subpoenas in Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, and Staten Island on hold indefinitely, due to "serious questions" raised by a motion to quash (PDF) filed in one of them. Judge Steven Locke's 4-page Order and Decision (PDF) cited the defendant's arguments that "(i) the common approach for identifying allegedly infringing BitTorrent users, and thus the Doe Defendant, is inconclusive; (ii) copyright actions, especially those involving the adult film industry, are susceptible to abusive litigation practices; and (iii) Malibu Media in particular has engaged in abusive litigation practices" as being among the reasons for his issuance of the stay.
Windows Phone Store Increasingly Targeted With Fake Mobile Apps
An anonymous reader writes: A post by security company Avast says not only are a large amount of fake apps available from the third-party marketplace of the Windows Phone Store, but they also remain available for quite a while despite negative comments and other flags from end-users. Avast speculates that improved security and auditing procedures at rival stores such as Google Play account for the increasing attention that fake app-publishers are giving to the Windows phone app market.
Researchers Create 'Habitability Index' For Exoplanets
hypnosec writes: The Kepler Space Telescope has allowed astronomers to detect and catalog thousands of exoplanets and exoplanet candidates. With more powerful telescopes like the James Webb Space Telescope scheduled for launch, scientists will be able to check if any of these exoplanets are habitable. But these space telescopes are expensive to create, and access time is coveted. This means simply pointing telescopes to random exoplanets isn't a practical proposition. That's why researchers have created what they call a "habitability index for transiting planets," with which astronomers will be able to prioritize the use of space telescopes for finding habitable planets. Their paper is available at the arXiv.
DARPA Jolts the Nervous System With Electricity, Lasers, Sound Waves, and Magnets
the_newsbeagle writes: DARPA is sinking some cash into the buzzy new research field of "electroceuticals," which involves stimulating nerves to control the activity of organs or bodily systems. The newest techniques have little in common with electroshock therapy, which sends a strong current broadly through the brain tissue; today's cutting-edge methods can target individual neurons, and turn them "on" and "off" with great precision. Under DARPA's new ElectRx program, seven research teams will explore different ways to modulate activity of the peripheral nervous system. Some will stimulate neurons directly with electricity, while others will take more roundabout routes involving light, acoustics, and magnetic fields.
London Mayor Boris Johnson Condemns Random Uber Pick-Ups
An anonymous reader writes: The mayor of London Boris Johnson has written a column in the Daily Telegraph condemning the way that Uber drivers in the UK capital can effectively circumvent black cabs' legal monopoly on being hailed by random passengers. Whilst supporting the principle of free enterprise, Johnson has no solution to the legal quandary, except to hobble Uber's business model in an absurdly Luddite move, or else level the playing field and condemn the well-outfitted but expensive black cab trade to extinction. Johnson is reluctant to ask such a thing of Parliament, noting that many people there don't 'have apps'.
Space Travel For the 1%: Virgin Galactic's $250,000 Tickets Haunt New Mexico Town
The Real Dr John writes: The Guardian has an article about Virgin Galactic's proposed launch site, Spaceport America, which broke ground in southern New Mexico's high desert in 2009 with almost a quarter of a billion dollars from taxpayers, $76m of which came from the two local counties. Truth or Consequences, population 6,000 and home to the Spaceport America Visitor Center, is one of the poorest places in the state. The increased taxes, adopted across impoverished Sierra County, contributed to about $5m as of 2014. Since 2009, state school budgets have been cut and an estimated $26m in necessary repairs to the town's water system has been put on hold. There's no more money to pay for it. The average annual income of residents is just $15,000 per year, one third of residents live below the poverty line, and just 20% over the age of 25 have obtained a bachelor's degree.
pRobotika writes: It's looking bad for Volkswagen, German car manufacturers and possibly even car manufacturers as a whole. But the revelations that VW put software in their cars to deliberately cheat on emissions tests could have even greater repercussions. Robocars' Brad Templeton looks at the effect for manufacturers of autonomous vehicles. From the Robohub article: "There may be more risk from suppliers of technology for robocars. Sensor manufacturers, for instance, may be untruthful about their abilities or, more likely, reliability. While the integrators will be inherently distrustful, as they will take the liability, one can see smaller vendors telling lies if they see it as the only way to get a big sale for their business."
Study Finds Humans Are Worse Than Radiation For Chernobyl Animals
derekmead writes: A study published today in Current Biology shows that wildlife in the Chernobyl exclusion zone is actually more abundant than it was before the disaster. According to the authors, led by Portsmouth University professor of environmental science Jim Smith, the recovery is due to the removal of the single biggest pressure on wildlife—humans. "The wildlife at Chernobyl is very likely better than it was before the accident, not because radiation is good for animals, but because human occupation is much worse,” Portsmouth University professor of environmental science Jim Smith says. “We were trying to emphasize that this study is a remarkable illustration of an obvious, but important message,” he said. “It is ordinary human habitation and use (farming, forestry, hunting) of land which does most ecological damage.”
Sprint: LG G Flex Will Launch Online on January 31 for $299 on Contract
Starting today, Sprint customers can pre-order the unique LG G Flex smartphone for $299 online with a two year contract. By pre-ordering between now and January 31st, customers will receive a complimentary Quickwindow Folio Case, which is valued at $60. Sprint…
Motorola Announces Moto X Launch in UK, France, and Germany on February 1
Certain European consumers interested in the Moto X smartphone from Motorola will soon have their chance to purchase the excellent handset. Expected to launch on February 1st, Motorola will sell its iconic Moto X device in Black or White in…
The brand new Microsoft Band 2 is, frankly, what the first should have been. Not only is it more comfortable, but it's more capable, powerful, connected and simply fun to use.
If Microsoft didn't just set the bar for fitness trackers, then it came damn close. From the curved AMOLED screen to its new barometer for measuring altitude, I'm simply left wondering where the firm goes from here.
Design and display serve up the curves
Everything about the Band 2's design revolves around its new curved, 320 x 128-pixel AMOLED screen beneath Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Still in the same thin strip orientation, the display now finally conforms to the curvature of your wrist.
Not only does this make the elastomer band an easier fit, but it makes navigating the interface feel more natural. The display is super vibrant, too, popping with whatever color scheme you choose.
The elastomer band uses a new latch that's adjustable. If you're just at the office – between workouts, of course – or hanging out with friends, you can set the band to be a little looser. But if you're about to get your cross train on, then just pinch the two side buttons and slide the clasp further across the strap.
The clasp is also now where the battery is located, rather than within the band on the original model. Regardless, the Band 2 is still on the bulky side of the wearable spectrum, so you might have a hard time fitting this one in your shirt cuffs.
There are only two buttons on the Band 2 beneath the display along the band: a larger home button that returns you to the start screen and a smaller function button. This button cycles through several types of quick-look data – calories burned, steps taken, elevation gained, etc – when on the home screen.
With a little help from Microsoft Health
As impressive as the Band 2, it wouldn't be much without Microsoft's aptly-named Health app for Windows, iOS and Android. The Redmond firm just updated the app with cool new functions, like an entire suite of golf-related tracking tools.
The Health app is what allows you to take your fitness data and workout plans with you, and it does this through smart syncing via Bluetooth. The Band 2 has just enough memory – not to mention built-in GPS – to store your raw fitness data, but will need to sync with the Health app on a given device to not only free up that space but to put that data into context.
One workout at a time can be loaded onto the Band 2, which you can swap out via Bluetooth with a phone or computer through the Health app just like before.
Sensors, specs and battery life
The Microsoft Band 2 comes packing a vast 10 sensors to track all of your activity (or lack thereof): an optical heart rate sensor, 3-axis accelerometer, gyrometer, GPS, ambient light sensor, skin temperature sensor, UV sensor, capacitive sensor, galvanic skin response and the new barometer.
Microsoft calls out the microphone as a "sensor", but I'm not buying it.
Sadly, it doesn't seem like Microsoft has been able to do much about the Band's middling – thought relatively average in comparison – lasting power. The firm claims that the Band 2's lithium-polymer battery can last up to 48 hours and takes less than 1 hour and 30 minutes to charge.
And when it's time to charge, Microsoft has whipped a slick new charger that allows the clasp to simply slap into place and begin feeding the device the juice it needs.
I said it before and I'll say it again: the Microsoft Band 2 is what the original should have been. But that doesn't make this upgraded version any less welcome.
Frankly, the Band 2 is shaping up to be one of the fitness trackers to put on your short list. However, at $249 (about £163, AU$347), it's entering smartwatch territory in terms of price. Luckily, the Band 2 is also set up for all sorts of phone notifications and has Cortana built in, making the price a little easier to digest.
The Microsoft Band 2 could very well be the fitness tracker to get when it launches on October 30. Stay tuned for our full review.
Stan and Sony now best of Friends with PlayStation app
If there’s one feature Stan users have been crying out for since the launch of the streaming service, it’s the ability to watch and browse its content from their gaming consoles.
Now, Stan has taken an enormous step in the right direction, announcing a partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment Australia that will see a native Stan app arrive on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles on October 8.
Existing Stan subscribers will be able to simply login to Stan’s PS3 and PS4 apps while new users will have to visit Stan’s site to sign up for a 30-day free trial.
Stan up and take a bow
The announcement comes just in time for the release of Stan’s first original series, No Activity, the highly-anticipated October 31 premiere of the cult horror-comedy series, Ash vs. Evil Dead, and the entire series of Friends, which was added to the service late last month.
To celebrate the momentous occasion, Stan and PlayStation have also announced that any customer who spends $30 or more on a PlayStation product at participating retailers, including JB HiFi, Target, Big W, EB Games and the PlayStation store, will receive a bonus one-off three-month subscription to Stan.
Though Stan’s PlayStation apps are set to arrive tomorrow, there is currently no word on when the service will arrive on Xbox consoles, Wii U or smart TVs.
Microsoft may be batting a thousand when it comes to category-crushing computing devices, but it's been on the receiving end of the crushing when it comes to phones for, well, a long time.
But those days could be over, as its flagship Lumia 950 challenges some of the strongest phones around with some powerful hardware and compelling features. This is the posterchild for Windows 10 Mobile, and it already does a stellar job of showcasing the operating system (OS).
The Lumia 950 uses every end of the updated mobile OS to great effect – at least at first glance. There's Cortana integration throughout, Office support, Windows Hello iris-based security and the option to use the phone as a PC through the Continuum feature, to start.
But before I get into all of that, let's take a closer look at the phone itself.
Pretty in plastic with plenty of pixels
What you'll notice first about the Lumia 950 is that, like all the others before it, it's clad in a matte white or black polycarbonate shell. For a phone that starts at $549 (£450, about AU$766) unlocked, it's not exactly the most premium casing.
But hey, that didn't stop Samsung's phones from selling like hotcakes before they went all glass and aluminum.
Measuring 8.25mm thin and weighing 150g, this certainly isn't the slimmest phone around, far outclassed by the iPhone 6S and Samsung Galaxy S6. If you're looking for a supreme sense of chic from your smartphone, look elsewhere.
That said, the plastic shell does feel quite substantial, and it's curves only help keep grip of the thing when using it one-handed or take photos. I'd feel much more comfortable using this phone one-handed – without a case – on the subway than, say, an iPhone.
The phone's right edge is lined with your standard run of volume rocker, lock button and camera shutter button from top to bottom, with its other edges devoid of buttons. Other than that, the phone's USB-C port is found on the bottom – surprise.
The casing wraps around the phone's 5.2-inch, 2,560 x 1,440 AMOLED display underneath a sheet of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. That resolution amounts to 564 pixels per inch (ppi), essentially matching the 5.1-inch Galaxy S6 and simply crushing either new iPhone. (Though, that last feat isn't a particularly tough one.)
It's an incredibly sharp screen, one that can actually depict the detail within the 20-megapixel (MP) photos that the phone can take. There's no doubt that this will be a fine phone for movie watching and game playing on those boring commutes.
Speaking of the camera…
The Lumia 950 sports a 20MP PureView shooter with a triple LED flash, optical image stabilization and Zeiss optics in the rear. Not only is this camera capable of shooting 4K video, but Microsoft's (originally Nokia's) Living Images.
Around since before Apple's Live Photos were cool, what this does is has the camera record one second of video before firing the shutter. The result is an image that comes to life just before entering a still state, a neat trick that's a little more versatile than Live Photos.
For instance, if someone you know owns a phone that doesn't support Live Images, you can choose to send that file as an .mp4 video file. Otherwise, it's simply sent as a slightly larger .jpg than normal – about 20%, I'm told.
Another cool feature about the Lumia 950 camera is that, when shooting subjects in motion, the sensor can pinpoint exactly with pixels to focus on to avoid blur. A demonstration of the phone shooting a card trick expert fanning a deck put this into perspective for me. Oddly enough, Microsoft may have one of the few phones ideal for sports photography.
The 5MP snapper in the front features a wide-angle lens, so you can get more buddies into those selfie shots, as well as 1080p video capture capability.
While it likely won't matter one bit in your daily use of the Lumia 950, take comfort in knowing it packs one of the latest Qualcomm processors: the 64-bit, hexa-core Snapdragon 808. Remember when Panos name-dropped "liquid cooling" in presenting the new Lumia phones? That feature isn't here simply because it isn't needed. (But don't tell that to the heatmiser Snapdragon 810.)
The phone comes with 32GB of onboard storage, which can be bolstered by as much as 200GB of expandable storage through a microSD card. The rumors were that this phone comes equipped with 3GB of RAM, but that has yet to be confirmed.
On the connectivity front, the Lumia 950 is houses not one, but two antennas inside – one near each of the bottom corners. When speaking with a Microsoft representative, it became clear that this is purely designed to offer the best signal for both righties and lefties, depending on which is holding the phone. Rounding out that package are LTE support, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1.
Powering all of this is a 3,000mAh battery that Microsoft claims can last for up to 9 hours and 30 minutes of Wi-Fi web browsing, 18 hours of talk over 3G and 10 hours of 1080p video playback. Now, that's a phone that can last all day – at least on paper.
However, I was told to expect this to change in the coming weeks as more carriers come out in support of the new phone. Perhaps, by the time our full review publishes, that exclusivity will change.
Microsoft's re-entry into the smartphone market is an incredibly focused one, concerned more with how its customers use these phones than whether they're ready for the phone fashion show.
And frankly, the Lumia 950's feature set speaks far louder for why you should buy one than if it were clad in an anodized aluminum shell. The screen is super sharp and vibrant, the camera looks to be one of the better phone snappers in 2015 and it's got gobs of storage.
Features like Windows Hello – its IR-powered, iris scanning technology used to unlock the phone – help set Microsoft apart from the herd. Meanwhile, Continuum allows the Lumia 950 to do what no other can: power a pure PC experience from just one (albeit powerful) USB-C port.
Will the Lumia 950 singlehandedly save Microsoft from obscurity in the phone space? That's unlikely. But this isn't just the Redmond Campus putting its best foot forward, it's Microsoft laying out the blueprint for its partners to follow. And that is possibly more important than the Lumia 950 itself.
Change is good and that' s an especially true fact when it comes to Microsoft's line of Surface tablets. The Surface Pro 2 brought new processors and updated the operating system from Windows 8 to 8.1. Meanwhile, the Surface Pro 3 that followed was almost a completely new device with a larger 12-inch screen, aspect ratio and dramatically improved ergonomics.
Now with the Surface Pro 4, Microsoft has further refined its formula to make one of the best 2-in-1 devices has ever created.
Although the changes from last year's model aren't as dramatic as the shift from the Surface Pro 2 to Surface Pro 3, there's a lot to take in. Whether you're an existing Surface Pro 3 owner or have been waiting for Microsoft to finally update its aging slate, here's everything you need to know about the new Windows 10 tablet.
The biggest thing you'll notice about the Surface Pro 4 is the fact that it has a 12.3-inch screen, but the tablet as a whole is no larger than the 12-inch Surface Pro 3. Rather than making the device larger and heavier, Microsoft chipped away at the bezels to make way for a bigger screen.
On top of being bigger, the Surface Pro 4's display is also sharper, sporting a resolution of 2,736 x 1,824. That's a huge step up from the Surface Pro 3, which came with a more industry standard 2160 x 1440 pixel screen.
Amazingly, Microsoft's latest slate is actually lighter than it predecessor despite having a larger and more pixel dense display. The Surface Pro 4 measures 11.50 x 7.93 x 0.33 inches while weighting 1.69 pounds or 1.73 pounds depending on what processor you configure it with.
By comparison the Surface Pro 3 tips the scales at 1.76 pounds, meanwhile, its dimensions are 11.50 x 7.93 x 0.33 inches.
The display isn't the only thing that's big and new on the Surface Pro 4. Beneath that gorgeous magnesium shell, Microsoft has also added a bunch of internal goodies users can configure.
As part of a long overdue refresh, the Surface Pro 4 can be outfitted with sixth generation Intel Core m3, i5 and i7 processors. The Surface Pro 3, meanwhile, has been running now very dated 4th generation Intel CPUs, including the Core i5-4300U and Core i7-4650U.
Microsoft's newer tablet is also far more expandable with options of upgrading the configuration to 16GB of RAM and a whooping 1TB of SSD storage. The Surface Pro 3 on the other hand could be outfitted with a maximum spec of 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.
Battery life remains at a consistent 9 hours, but in our Surface Pro 3 review we found actual run time to average around four to five hours. So we'll have to fully test the Surface Pro 4 to see if it can measure up to Microsoft's promises as well as outrun its forebear.
Pens and keyboards
Though the two slates are nearly identical since they share the same magnesium body, Microsoft has complete re-engineered its Surface branded accessories.
For starters, the new Type Cover features island style keys, whereas the Surface Pro 3 and every Surface tablet before it had a keyboard with conjoined keys. The new trackpad is also made of glass and supports more multi-fingered gestures in Windows 10. Lastly, the new type cover comes with an integrated fingerprint reader that allows for quick logins through Windows Hello.
Even the Surface Pen has received a ton of attention. The newly minted stylus comes in a whole set of new colors with removable tips for painting or calligraphy just to name a few. The new Surface pen also magnetically attaches to Surface tablets for the first time and interacts with the Surface Pro 4's touchscreen with 1,024 points of pressure sensitivity.
One bit of good news for Surface Pro 3 users is all the new accessories are compatible with their older device including the new Type Cover.
OPINION: (Almost) 4K reasons why Ultra HD Blu-ray needs to succeed
With the growing popularity of streaming services like Netflix and Spotify, many have taken the stance that there's no place for physical media in our future.
"Why bother taking up shelf space when you can instantly stream content to your devices at any given time?" they say. "Why pay for a single movie when the same amount gets you access to entire libraries of stuff?"
The problem is, there are still plenty of hurdles that would make a digital-only future intolerable for non-pirating movie fans.
As we move into the era of 4K, with UHD televisions and monitors more readily available and affordable than ever, and services like Netflix starting to offer a selection of movies and television shows to stream in 4K, there's a question about how content delivery is going to keep up with the technology.
Though many believe that 4K Blu-ray is already dead in the water, I think there's also a compelling counter-argument to that sentiment. Whether the world likes it or not, here's why physical media will be sticking around for a while to come.
Movies are not like music
Though it's easy to look at the success of music streaming services like Spotify and consider Netflix the video equivalent of that, there's quite a lot that separates the two in terms of the experiences they provide.
The biggest differentiating factor involves content selection. With an offering of over 40 million songs, it's highly likely that the average music fan will find most of their favourite songs and albums ready to stream on Spotify, give or take a handful of songs from stubborn artists and other obscure releases.
The same cannot be said about Netflix's video selection, which only scrapes around 0.1% of the barrel of what's available in physical media formats (and only a tiny fraction of that fraction is currently available in 4K resolution).
The US version of Netflix, which has by far the most video content available of any Netflix territory, only has roughly 7,700 shows and movies on offer. That's an absolutely tiny selection in the grand scheme of things, and when you can consider that some territories only have around a sixth of that, it's safe to say that Netflix is quite a while away from offering an all-encompassing Spotify-like streaming experience.
And that ignores the fact that the video streamer isn't actually pursuing that experience at all. Netflix's decision to not renew its deal with Epix shows that the company is much more focussed on offering premium, original content around the world rather than being the internet's ultimate video library.
Owning stuff has its perks
While I can't speak for everyone, I imagine most people would rather have the option of watching what they actually want to watch at any given time, and not just the stuff that streaming services currently have a license for.
Say what you will about owning films on physical disc formats, but people with DVDs and Blu-rays on their shelves don't need to worry about watching movies before the license expires.
Regardless of which video streaming service (or services) you sign up for, it's unlikely that you'll be completely covered when it comes to movie selection.
For the most part, streaming services like Netflix benefit people who don't know what they want to watch at any given time, letting users simply browse their libraries so that they can eventually settle on something that looks interesting.
Sure, this kind of thing has its advantages, acting like the modern equivalent of browsing the shelves at your local video store. But serious movie buffs are going to want to keep the classics on hand – after all, there are most certainly going to be evenings where a straight-to-Netflix horror movie with a one-star rating just isn't going to cut it.
What about digital distribution?
Digital distribution avenues like iTunes have certainly provided a convenient way for people to build movie libraries that will be with them forever (so long as they don't lose their Apple ID login details – or go belly up, like Australian video streaming service Ezyflix did recently), but they're also far from perfect.
iTunes has a large selection of films to purchase, though they can be quite expensive, especially when you consider that your product only exists as ones and zeroes.
The price isn't such a big deal when you consider that the file will be available to re-download forever, but that system has its drawbacks – the file is to be forever tied to the Apple ecosystem via DRM, meaning you can either watch your films on a computer or make sure that you always own an Apple TV.
Speaking of the Apple TV, the long-awaited latest iteration of Apple's living room media device can only output up to a resolution 1080p, so those hoping to purchase 4K content from the Apple Store in the near future will have to wait a while longer.
Sure, iTunes isn't the be-all and end-all for the digital distribution of movies, but it is definitely the one with the most stable future. While there are many small digital distribution services on the internet, there's an inherent risk in backing the little guy. The recent shuttering of EzyFlix, an Australian digital distribution service, proves that not all services of this kind have a concrete future.
At the mercy of my connection
When streaming video services work perfectly, it's a thing of beauty – 1080p and 4K video is seamlessly delivered in what feels like an instant. But there are plenty of factors which determine the quality of your stream.
A major one is the quality of your internet connection at any given time. Though it doesn't take a huge amount of data to transmit 1080p and 4K streams, picture quality on Netflix isn't always rock-solid, with the service's variable bitrate occasionally fluctuating somewhere between "crystal clear" and "fuzzy as hell".
Part of this is likely due to traffic congestion during peak Netflix-watching hours – a recent attempt to watch Marvel's Daredevil on the 65-inch LG 4K OLED during primetime (around 8pm) saw the stream struggling to maintain a 1080p resolution. A few hours later during a post-midnight viewing, the stream instantly reached full 4K resolution.
For some people, a poor stream could simply be attributed to their location, with some countries and rural areas sporting less-than-stellar internet infrastructure.
Internet throttling is also going to be a major concern going forward, and while discussions on Net Neutrality have quieted somewhat after being a major focus in tech news last year, it's not entirely gone – the idea of cable companies effectively 'owning the internet' and being able to dole out 'fast lane' internet tubes to the highest bidder is something that streaming services like Netflix see as a large threat, with some suggesting that the company would have to raise its prices if that were ever to take effect.
Let's get physical
But the question remains: "What can the 4K Blu-ray format offer that streaming and traditional Blu-ray can't deliver?"
It's worth noting that the upscaling functionality found on many 4K televisions makes regular Blu-ray movies look absolutely fantastic. In our review of the 65-inch LG 4K OLED, we stated that an upscaled viewing of Interstellar looked so good on Blu-ray, it could've passed for a true 4K presentation of the film to untrained eyes. However, older films that were made without the benefit of Interstellar's cutting edge special effects and digitally-processed film stock looked less than.. ahem... stellar. As televisions get larger, the 1080p resolution of traditional Blu-rays becomes strained, kind of how DVDs look when played on HD televisions. It works, but it's not taking full advantage of your UHD television. This is where 4K Blu-ray will shine brightest.
According to the complete 4K Blu-ray specifications announced by the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) earlier this year, the format will also have the capacity to display high-dynamic range (HDR) content, for truly stunning and vibrant images, as well as high-frame-rate (HFR) playback, allowing users to achieve the same fluid motion that Peter Jackson used for The Hobbit trilogy, and which James Cameron plans to use for his Avatar sequels, from the comfort of their living rooms.
"But what about streaming?" you may ask. Well, unlike 4K streaming, 4K Blu-ray will provide a rock-solid presentation of your chosen movie, completely free of incidental interruptions and with a bitrate that never, ever dips.
Needless to say, owners of films and TV shows in physical media formats don't have to worry about these kinds of problems, as simple and easy access to content is always a short stroll to the shelf away.
That isn't to say that we can't have the best of both worlds. Having access to 4K streaming content can complement physical media formats in a big way. After all, you're not going to want to buy certain movies sight unseen, and some won't even be worth owning at all.
While 4K Blu-ray is ostensibly a physical format, it promises to keep one finger in the digital pie with its Digital Bridge functionality, which will act like upgraded version of Ultraviolet that lets users view their content across all of their devices.
Many point to the death of music on CDs to back their theories about where movies are heading in the near future, but the truth is that CDs are still around and still sell (albeit it in smaller numbers), and have so far managed to survive both the MP3 revolution and the introduction of streaming music services. That's not bad for a 35-year-old format.
Though sales of Blu-ray discs will eventually slow, there's still a whole lotta life left in the physical disc format, especially for owners of fancy new 4K TVs. 4K Blu-ray will undoubtedly be the most accessible way to access 4K content for the foreseeable future.
Generally, the original fitness tracker has been received with mixed reactions. The Band has averaged out to being a decent device in spite of its flaws. Its ten sensors and functionality have been praised while its overall look and comfort have been points of contention. The Microsoft Band 2 should fix these issues - we hope.
The Redmond wearables team has kept its lips zipped for a long time - there's barely any juicy rumors about the Microsoft Band 2. Read on below for what we've found and our own speculations based on the first-gen Band.
Cut to the chase
What is it? Microsoft's second generation fitness tracker
When is it out? Holiday season or shortly after
What will it cost? Likely the same as the Microsoft Band's $199 (£170, around AU$230)
The biggest hint about the new device comes from a recently leaked image that supposedly shows a different design with mentions of improved functionality. The rest of the reports suggests there will be new buttons as well as a metallic frame around the display.
Not many people have been happy with the original Microsoft Band's design. Clunky, uncomfortable and ugly are a few choice descriptions you'll find. Hopefully Redmond has taken these criticisms to heart and redesigned its otherwise well-made device.
The ten sensors found in the first wearable - optical heart rate sensor, 3-axis accelerometer, gyrometer, GPS, ambient light sensor, skin temperature sensor, UV sensor, capacitive sensor, microphone and a galvanic skin response sensor - will also probably show up again in the second device. However, with more stuffed inside, it doesn't leave much room to create sleek, attractive wrist-ware.
The current Microsoft Band isn't running a special operating system at all. Rather, it's on a wearable architecture that has been optimized for low-power micro-devices, instead of Windows 10 or a modified version of Windows.
That might change with the Band 2. Windows 10 has been released for many devices now and will even be compatible with the Xbox One and HoloLens. It makes sense that Microsoft's latest fitness tracker will have W10 incorporated. At the very least, the wearable should be able to sync up with the console or PCs somehow. Fitbit has been able to do it, why not Microsoft's own device?
The display of the Microsoft Band 2 might be curved much like the Samsung Gear Fit fitness tracker. Unlike Samsung's device, Microsoft will probably make a smaller, more form fitting wearable to keep it simpler and comfortable.
The first-gen Band has done a decent job of showing messages on the small 1.4-inch TFT (320 x 106 pixels) full color display screen thanks to the scroll option.
The touch screen should also make a return if Microsoft is smart. The lack of a touch screen just makes the device feel unnatural and a bit inconvenient.
Two days is the average battery life of most smartwatches and fitness trackers with color screens that also serve as notification centers. The inclusion of GPS also sucks up power.
The previous Microsoft Band required charging after two days of normal usage. It's unlikely the Microsoft Band 2 will stray from this especially with all the sensors and a color touch screen included.
The Microsoft Band is reasonably priced at $199 (£170, around AU$230) so it's safe to assume the Microsoft Band 2 will go the same route.
If there are different size options announced, pricing tiers might be introduced with the larger size costing more.
Nissan's new concept car is a social media addict's dream
Nissan's new concept car is designed with a certain kind of customer in mind: a selfie-taking, social media obsessive who doesn't know life without technology in it.
Called Teatro for Dayz (let that soak in), the concept car on exhibit at the Tokyo Motor Show is covered in screens. Nissan said in a press release it's the first car designed specifically for "the generation known as 'digital natives,'" though it quickly introduced another term for this group.
"Designing a car to appeal to the generation we call 'share natives' required us to intentionally not use knowledge and tried-and-true approaches we had amassed," Executive Design Director Satoshi Tai said in the release. Share natives don't care about acceleration, power or "supreme quality."
Instead, according to Nissan, they want a car that allows them to connect and share experiences with their friends. While Nissan didn't go into specifics about how drivers and passengers connect with people not in the vehicle, we assume there's ample ways to upload photos, post statuses and chat using the car itself.
Not only does Nissan want Teatro for Dayz riders to share from the car, the company wants them to share what they're doing with the car, too.
It's design is described as a "clean canvas." The stark white interior can be transformed using different images displayed on the screens, letting users "design their own experiences, connect with friends, display an attitude and freely share them."
Concept images show everything from a wood and leather design to grass to games displayed on the dashboard, seats, headrests, door trim, steering wheel and even the outside of the car.
There are no conventional knobs or buttons as those would disrupt the flow of the screens, or "would limit display arrangement and expression" as Nissan puts it. Instead, users can control the AC and audio systems with voice commands and motion sensors. Meters and the car nav dash appear on the instrument panel when the car is in motion, but disappear once it's parked.
The exterior of the car looks like a Kia Soul, but according to Nissan it resembles the smartphones that share natives have glued to their hands (our words, not Nissan's).
While Teatro for Dayz is just a concept at this point, Nissan is confident it will get immediate feedback (if and) when the car hits the streets.
"How will share natives express themselves with this car? Just wait and see," said designer Tai. "They'll share their first experiences on social media." They sure will.
TechRadar Deals: The best LG G4 deals in October 2015
LG G4 deals
On this page you'll find a run down of all the best LG G4 deals, network by network. It's one of the top phones around right now, with myriad features like a brilliant camera, one of the best screens on the market, and a genuinely different design that both sits nicely in the hand and, should you go for the leather variant, offers something really alternative from all the boring blocky designs on offer. Let's get more in-depth on the camera. Seriously, this thing is top of the line. One of the great features is the amount of control you can have, and the resulting pictures are so good that it's often hard to believe that they come from a phone. It uses lasers to autofocus in a ridiculously short 0.6 seconds, and with the ability to alter every single element of the phone, from ISO to focus, there's little to hate here.
Free phone | Vodafone | 1000 minutes | unlimited texts | 1GB data | £25pm It's Vodafone again offering the UK's best LG G4 deal, with a stunning £25 per month for a phone that's free upfront and comes with all these lovely bells and whistles. It's only got 1GB of data (although unlimited for the first three months), where we'd recommend two for this large-screen wonder at least, and you'll need to make sure you're not SUPER chatty - but at this price, worth it. Total cost over 24 months: £600
Free phone | Vodafone | unlimited calls | unlimited texts | 2GB of Data | £26pm Another deal from Big Red, with a little more data here, a lot more calls and only an extra pound per month. It's well worth it for the extra gig of data on offer, plus massive peace of mind when it comes to data. Total cost over 24 months is £624.
Free phone | EE | unlimited minutes | unlimited texts | 4GB data | £29.99pm 4GB of data with unlimited calls and texts to play with? That's something we can always get on board with, and the cost has dropped nicely this month too. It's a great price for the much-vaunted black leather version of the phone. Total cost over 24 months is £719.76
Now let's break down the best LG G4 deals by network...
Best LG G4 deals on Vodafone
Vodafone prides itself in coverage and quality. It's often a bit mean with data, but there are extras like Spotify and Sky Sports Mobile thrown in to many of its contracts.
Free phone | unlimited calls | unlimited texts | 2GB of Data | £26pm More data, more calls, only a little bit more cash than last month's deal. It's worth it when you boil down the costs, and you'll even get unlimited data for the first three months. It's not the leather option, but it's still a relative steal Total cost over 24 months is £624.
Free phone | unlimited calls | unlimited texts | 6GB of data, £31pm There's a lot going on here, and it's coming with a higher amount of delightful 4G data to play with: it's the brown LG G4, with no cost up front, loads of minutes and texts and not a lot to pay per month. You'll struggle to use this much data, trust us. Total cost over 24 months is £672.
Free phone | unlimited calls | unlimited texts | 10GB data | £36pm Most people won't need 10GB of data, but do remember that streaming and downloading music, YouTube and any apps you download can soon add up. Podcast streaming is another way to blow through your data allowance too. If you need more, then this is the deal for you. Total cost over 24 months is £792.
O2 is the network with extras, including the popular O2 Priority service.
Free phone | unlimited calls | unlimited texts | 3GB of data | £31pm No real change in price here, but 3GB is a much more realistic amount of data for a normal user. This particular offer also comes in the same grey and the nice drop in price makes this an attractive choice for new users. Total cost over 24 months is £864
Free phone | unlimited calls | unlimited texts | 5GB data, £39pm Let's ramp this party up and throw you in a deal that gives you a whopping 10GB of data and adds in the more premium black leather cover as well. Unlimited calls and texts plus oodles of data? Yeah, that's the stuff. Total cost over 24 months is £936
Free phone | unlimited minutes | unlimited texts | 4GB data | £29.99pm 2GB is a much more realistic amount of capacity for most users in a month - well, that was last month. It's all about 4GB now for the same price, and you've got unlimited calls and texts to play with. It's a great price for the much-vaunted black leather version of the phone. Total cost over 24 months is £719.76
Free phone | unlimited calls | unlimited texts | 5GB of data | £31.99pm For those who want a snifter more downloading on EE's ultra-fast network then this deal is great. You get a bigger 5GB allowance along with unlimited calls and texts at a great price... and it's white too, with £50 cashback. Total cost over 24 months is £767.76
Free phone | unlimited calls | unlimited texts | 10GB of data | £44.99pm If you want the top whack of 4G data, this is the phone deal for you. It will give you lots of flexibility about how you use the phone, and EE's network is still one of the best places to get high speed downloads on 4G. Total cost over 24 months is £934.76
It's great you can get a free phone, with 600 minutes and unlimited texts and it's cheaper than ever on Three - while you don't get that much data, the overall cost has dropped nicely for this high-end-but-cheap handset. Total cost over 24 months is £696
Free phone | 600 minutes | unlimited texts | 8GB | £39pm Here you're taking a cut to your free minutes in order to get 8GB of data. For some people this is great, others might not agree, but it's a little more money in order to get a lot, lot more data. Total cost of 24 months: £936
Free phone | unlimited call | unlimited texts | unlimited data | £46pm Here we get Three's flagship unlimited package and the G4 in delightful titanium colouring. Everything else is unlimited too, including calls. The next tariff down is only £1 cheaper - this is the best option for heavy users. Total cost over 24 months is £1,104
Microsoft, Tesla, build battery that knows how much (energy) you suck
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