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The top 5 fitness trackers on sale in January 2019

New Year’s has arrived, and for many people, that means an annual resolution to get in shape. If you’d like to get more active, buying an activity tracker in 2019 can be very helpful in your new fitness journey.By recording and tracking your activity, as well as monitoring your progress, a fitness tracker is a great tool to motivate yourself when you’re doing well or to keep you in check when falling behind on your goals.We’ve rounded up our top five fitness trackers that will not only meet a variety of needs but are also currently on sale. Whether you’re looking for a basic activity tracker under $100 or a top-of-the-line smartwatch that can do it all, we’ve got you covered.
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Nvidia GPUs built with Samsung’s 7nm process could come in 2020

Nvidia is reportedly courting phone maker-meets-processor manufacturer Samsung for a 2020 line of RTX desktop graphics cards built using Samsung’s 7-nanometer (nm) transistor process. This comes from Japan’s My Navi News, claiming access to Samsung sources and information. The processors will be developed using Samsung’s extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) process, which uses a plasma laser to drive silicon material into 7nm transistor structures. Samsung started producing 7nm processors using this method in October 2018, which Tom’s Hardware reports is ahead of its promised early 2019 launch schedule.Nvidia’s latest graphics architecture, Turing, is built on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s (TSMC) 12nm process, and the firm was reportedly slated to build its 7nm RTX graphics processors on TSMC’s matching silicon. The switch could be due to Samsung being further along in its EUV plans than TSMC and other competitors, like Intel.Of course, ARM has several processors based on its 7nm chipset designs on the market already, particularly from Apple (A12X Bionic) and Qualcomm (Snapdragon 855 and 8cx).With 7nm processors driving its graphics cards, Nvidia can either produce new cards with lower power consumption overall at the same performance level or – more likely – use the lower power draw of the 7nm process to pack in even more performance at the relatively same overall power draw of today’s cards.Here’s to hoping Nvidia has more to say about 7nm processors during its CES 2019 keynote.
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Samsung Galaxy S10 leak seems to reveal battery sizes

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is perhaps the most heavily leaked phone around at the moment but one thing we haven’t heard until now is how big its battery will be. A new leak changes that though, as a photo of cases seemingly designed for the S10 range also includes text which seems to correspond to battery sizes.The image, shared by reputable Samsung leaker @UniverseIce, shows three different cases, one for a 6.4-inch phone (likely the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus), one for a 6.1-inch handset (probably the standard Galaxy S10), and one for a 5.8-inch device (possibly the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite).The S10 Plus case has 4,000 written on it, while the Galaxy S10 case says 3,500 and the Galaxy S10 Lite case reads 3,100. Those numbers could well be battery capacities, though without the ‘mAh’ on the end we can’t be certain.Assuming that battery sizes are accurate, it would mean the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus has the same size battery as the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. That would make sense, since its screen is also rumored to be the same size.The standard Samsung Galaxy S10 meanwhile would have a battery the size of the one in the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, and the S9 Lite would have one marginally larger than the 3,000mAh one in the standard Samsung Galaxy S9.
The numbers at the bottom of this image could be battery sizes. Credit: @UniverseIce
A question of lenses
As for the design of the cases, they don’t really show us anything new, with the only real detail being the horizontal camera block, which we’ve seen images of before.Based on this image though it looks as though the two larger phones (likely the S10 and S10 Plus) could have the same number of lenses, while the smaller handset likely has fewer, given its smaller cut-out.We’ve heard plenty of camera rumors in the past, but there’s some disagreement as to how many lenses each model will have. Based on the size of the cut-out in this image it looks likely that the Galaxy S10 Lite has two lenses, while the larger phones possibly have three.We’d take all of this with a pinch of salt, since these cases could be designed for other phones or simply built based on inaccurate information, but in any case, we’d expect to hear plenty more about the Galaxy S10 range soon, as it’s likely to land at or around MWC 2019 in late February.
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Microsoft wants to let you know what data of yours it has

While Facebook and other tech giants are dealing with data privacy issues, Microsoft is working on a new project code named “Bali” designed to give users greater control over the data collected about them online.The project, which is currently in the private testing stage, is being developed by Microsoft Research.The webpage for the Bali project is currently inaccessible but ZDNet learned that it allows those with a code to sign in and those without a code to request one.The project’s “About” page offers more details about its functionality, saying:”New personal data bank which puts users in control of all data collected about them…. The bank will enable users to store all data (raw and inferred) generated by them. It will allow the user to visualize, manage, control, share and monetize the data.”
Inverse privacy
Project Bali is based on the concept of inverse privacy where an item of personal information is inversely private if a third party has access to it but the creator or user of it does not. Some examples of organisations that create inversely private data include healthcare providers, the police and employers.Users could benefit from owning this data themselves instead of having it locked away by a third party.According to the Bali Project’s website, the project is in the initial stage as the developers focus on aiding users in collecting their personal data from various websites and giving them the ability to view this data.Last fall, Microsoft, Adobe and SAP signed the Open Data Initiative and at the time Microsoft Officials highlighted users’ control of their own data as a key component of the initiative.Via ZDNet
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Samsung Galaxy S10 leak seems to reveals battery sizes

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is perhaps the most heavily leaked phone around at the moment but one thing we haven’t heard until now is how big its battery will be. A new leak changes that though, as a photo of cases seemingly designed for the S10 range also includes text which seems to correspond to battery sizes.The image, shared by reputable Samsung leaker @UniverseIce, shows three different cases, one for a 6.4-inch phone (likely the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus), one for a 6.1-inch handset (probably the standard Galaxy S10), and one for a 5.8-inch device (possibly the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite).The S10 Plus case has 4,000 written on it, while the Galaxy S10 case says 3,500 and the Galaxy S10 Lite case reads 3,100. Those numbers could well be battery capacities, though without the ‘mAh’ on the end we can’t be certain.Assuming that battery sizes are accurate, it would mean the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus has the same size battery as the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. That would make sense, since its screen is also rumored to be the same size.The standard Samsung Galaxy S10 meanwhile would have a battery the size of the one in the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, and the S9 Lite would have one marginally larger than the 3,000mAh one in the standard Samsung Galaxy S9.
The numbers at the bottom of this image could be battery sizes. Credit: @UniverseIce
A question of lenses
As for the design of the cases, they don’t really show us anything new, with the only real detail being the horizontal camera block, which we’ve seen images of before.Based on this image though it looks as though the two larger phones (likely the S10 and S10 Plus) could have the same number of lenses, while the smaller handset likely has fewer, given its smaller cut-out.We’ve heard plenty of camera rumors in the past, but there’s some disagreement as to how many lenses each model will have. Based on the size of the cut-out in this image it looks likely that the Galaxy S10 Lite has two lenses, while the larger phones possibly have three.We’d take all of this with a pinch of salt, since these cases could be designed for other phones or simply built based on inaccurate information, but in any case, we’d expect to hear plenty more about the Galaxy S10 range soon, as it’s likely to land at or around MWC 2019 in late February.
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Beoplay E8 earbuds to get wireless charging upgrade this Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day coming up soon, you may be looking to treat your significant other to some mind-blowing aural…technology. If that’s the case, Bang & Olufsen could have you covered, announcing the release of a new generation of its popular Beoplay E8 wireless in-ears on February 14.The original Beoplay E8s impressed us with their high level of audio quality, good design and simple setup. Now the heritage audio brand’s first true wireless earbuds are getting an update to the leather carrying case, which can now hold a charge of 16 hours – four hours more than the previous generation was able to offer. The case has also has been updated to support wireless charging. This means that you can put the carrying case on Bang & Olufsen’s new wireless charging pad to top up your battery, which will be sold separately to the earphones. Or just use a QI charger you already have at home, your choice.
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Same earbuds, different case
Another update to the charging case is the inclusion of an LED light on the front of the case shows you the state of charging, while three LED lights on the back of the case show you the number of full charges left in the case.Like the previous model, the each earbud of the Beoplay E8 2.0s feature a 5.7mm dynamic speaker, a small electromagnetic transducer, NFMI technology and a Bluetooth 4.2 chip with Digital Sound Processing.It doesn’t look like the earbuds themselves have actually changed at all, with the new update focussed solely on accessories. If you’ve already got the original Beoplay E8s, you’ll still be able to use the new charging case, so you can still get all the benefits of wireless charging. The Beoplay E8 2.0s will be available from February 14 for $350 (around £275 / AU$490 based on current conversion rates). The wireless charging case will be sold separately from April 2019, with the retail price still to be confirmed. 
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Hackers leak details of German politicians

A massive data breach has led to the personal data and documents of hundreds of German politicians and public figures being published online.As of this time, it is still unclear as to whether the breach occurred as the result of a leak or hack according to a spokesperson from the country’s Interior Ministry.German Chancellor Angela Merkel was also affected by the incident though an initial analysis revealed that no sensitive material from her office had been released.If it turns out that the data breach was caused by a hack, it would be the latest in a series of cyberattacks on the German government. Last year for instance, hackers managed to breach the foreign ministry’s computer network.
Investigating the breach
The cyber defence group BSI met following news of the breach to help coordinate the response of intelligence and other federal agencies. According to BSI, every party in the Bundestag lower house was affected with the exception of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.The story was first made public by the broadcaster rbb which revealed that the identity of the hackers responsible for the attack was still unknown along with their motives for targeting the German government.Government spokesperson Martina Fietz confirmed that the personal data and documents of hundreds of politicians and public figures had been released online.Fortunately the armed forces were not affected by the breach according to a defence ministry spokesperson.We will likely find out more once the identity of the hackers responsible is discovered as well as their motive for leaking the personal data and documents of German politicians online.However the leak appears to have come from the same source that has regularly been leaking information on German celebrities in December 2018. “The leak of personal information from German MPs seems to have come from the same source that has been regularly leaking information on German celebrities throughout December via Twitter,” said  Caitlin Huey, senior threat intelligence analyst at EclecticIQ.  “There are several facts that point towards this hack being orchestrated from an organisation leaning politically towards the far right. For instance, information from members of the rightwing party AfD were excluded. The now suspended Twitter account was following only a few accounts, among which was the notorious anonymousnews.ru. The suspended account had also liked posts from users that were openly outspoken against refugees.“The evidence suggests that an organisation with far-right leaning may have the strongest motivation for the leak. It could also be speculated that this was a response to the explosive that was detonated in front of one of the AfD offices yesterday. However, there is nothing conclusive at this time, and even obvious evidence can sometimes point towards a false-flag campaign.”Via Reuters
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The best cheap laptop deals in the January sales: prices start at £168

If you’re looking for the best cheap laptop deals, then you’ve come to the right place, especially as the January sales bargain season is in full swing. Many retailers are slashing prices in their laptop sales at numerous points of the year and our dedicated team of deal hunters are on the lookout to find the best laptop deals from the most reliable stores. So, for the best value cheap laptops, with genuine discounts over the trumped up fake ‘deals’ take a look below.
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If you’re after a cheap laptop for web browsing and other simple tasks, or you need a new laptop for school or work, or you simply need a really powerful laptop for as little money as possible, we’ve got you covered.At the top of the page you’ll find our selection of the latest and best cheap laptop deals of the week followed by a selection of popular quality laptops that retailers like to discount on a regular basis. Underneath those laptop deals you’ll find our pick of the latest best laptops and the best available prices. If you’re an Apple fan, be sure to take a look at our cheap MacBook deals page too.If you’re from the States or Down Under, be sure to check out our selection of the top laptop deals in the US or in Australia in our always-updated guides.
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We’ll continue adding the best laptop deals in the latest sales as we find them. Up next, you’ll find the latest prices on some of the most popular laptops around, followed by the best deals on TechRadar’s favourite laptops.

Where to find more cheap laptop sales:
Amazon: retail giant is often the cheapest in the UK.AO: lots of cheap laptops at this growing electronics specialist.Argos: home delivery or pick up a cheap laptop locally today.John Lewis: models come with at least two-year guarantee.Very: often has plenty of voucher codes or ‘buy now pay later’ options.ebuyer: the UK computing specialists have some great promotions.Laptops Direct: specialist UK store has a huge selection of laptop deals.Dell: get a great laptop deal direct from Dell.Currys: the retailer that’s seemingly always having a sale.

Popular cheap laptop deals

There have been some generous offers lately for this popular Lenovo laptop series. Any choice between the 4GB and 12GB RAM options should run multiple applications at once. Hard drive sizes vary from 256GB SSD to 1TB in regular form. Some options also include dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 940MX graphics.

At around £200, the HP Stream 14 is decent value if you’re after something to cover the basics like web browsing or document editing. It’s competitively priced again the cheaper Chromebooks out there despite the 14-inch screen and Windows 10 operating system.

As one of the cheapest gaming laptops that will still run games at decent settings, the Acer Nitro 5 is well worth a look if you’re wanting to get into PC gaming and play modern games too (just don’t expect to be running Battlefield V on ultra settings ok?). The design is a bit plasticy and there’s no SSD on the cheapest models, but given the low price and the power of the internal spec inside we’re more than willing to look past that to get our gaming fix on the go.

A sturdy choice for a study laptop for school/college/uni. The HP Pavilion 15 has more power that the average pupil needs while keeping the costs sensible. If you’re not needing extra power of an expensive laptop for video/photo editing, this is more than enough for web browsing, playing some tunes on Spotify and editing coursework.

From afar, this laptop might be mistaken for a MacBook Pro which tells you a lot about its level of quality. Don’t expect a full metal chassis at this price, but this is probably one of the best looking plastic bodies in its category. There are plenty of ports (old and new), 4GB of RAM and a massive 1TB hard drive. The cheapest models have a respectable i3 processor, but you can get the more powerful i5 versions for not much more if you need that extra kick. Asus saw it fit to include a DVD writer as well as a 15.6-inch full HD screen. Despite this large display and the presence of a numeric keypad, it’s just a tad thicker and heavier than an Ultrabook.Why not upgrade your storage with a cheap hard drive or SSD? See the best hard drive and SSD deals. 

This is the newer version of the Asus Transformer Mini series. This upgrade includes a fingerprint sensor and double the RAM at 4GB for speedier performance. For your money, this is one of the most impressive two-in-one transformer models out there.

This is one of the larger Chromebook experience out there for someone looking for a full-sized laptop with an excellent screen at a super low cost. The 4GB of RAM running the Chrome OS is super fast and will allow you to really pile up tabs and apps without slowing down. The battery will easily last the best part of a day for most users too.
The best deals on our favourite laptops
We’ve reviewed loads of laptops over the years: we’ve seen the good ones, the great ones and the ones to avoid. Sometimes the best laptops pop up online at some truly deal-tastic prices. So in this section, we list the very best laptops out there and the best deals on each one.

The Dell XPS 13 is, bar none, the best laptop you can buy today. It features a revolutionary design that’s astonishingly thin and light. Fitting a 13.3-inch screen into such a small frame means Dell has created a nearly borderless Infinity display. It’s a powerful and long lasting machine even by today’s Ultrabook standards. The XPS 13 comes outfitted with Intel’s latest Skylake processors plus lighting, quick storage and memory, all while coming in at a very affordable starting price. For these reasons, it easily takes the top slot as the best Ultrabook, the best Windows laptop and the best overall laptop.

Looking for a quality gaming laptop but want to keep things under that unappealing £1000 mark? Then Dell has you covered with the Inspiron 15 Gaming range.

The Asus Chromebook Flip isn’t perfect, but it’s an impressive little piece of kit. Plus, it’s so affordable that you might want to pick one up just to have a Chromebook on hand – even if you already own a MacBook or Windows laptop. Aside from the budget price tag, the Flip is one of the best-built Chromebooks to blaze the trail onward for more convertibles. Touchscreen functionality feels more logical, with a screen that actually rotates. The Flip meets all the core tenants of an ideal Chrome OS device.

This 10-inch hybrid comes packing a surprising amount of goods considering its small size. It’s outfitted with an HD screen and more than enough power to get you through a simple day of web browsing and even image editing. When you’re ready kick back with some media streaming, you can pop off the 10-inch tablet.

The Asus Strix GL502 is undoubtedly one of the best gaming laptops around for gaming in 1080p. It’ll run with the settings cranked with games like Overwatch not dipping below 60fps. The battery life isn’t the best, but the display, performance and built-in sound system more than make up for it.
Lenovo has crafted a brilliant, forward-thinking device that could very well create a subcategory in computing all of its own. The modest specs hold it back from taking on the big boys in terms of raw power, but the innovative digital touchpad keyboard and drawing surface look like trendsetters to us. The Android version is currently about £100 cheaper than the Windows one.

Can a tablet really replace your laptop or home PC? That’s still up for debate, but the best tablet trying to make that happen is the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 – and it does a fine job with the full blown version of Windows 10, an integrated kickstand and optional keyboard attachment. Great for for creative professionals, students and everyday folks alike – it’s only the premium price that push it down the list, but if you’re willing to pay for it, you’re getting a lot of power. A LOT.
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The best PS4 Pro prices, deals and bundles in January 2019

So you’re thinking about PS4 Pro deals or maybe a bundle? Well we can help you out there especially as you’ve come to say hello around the January sales. This is a fine time of year to grab the best prices as you can get at least one free game with the console compared to last week and save some money on the console itself too. Maybe you’re upgrading from your older PS4 so you can dive into 4K gaming. Or maybe you’ve never had a PS4 and are thinking you may as well start with the best. All solid choices, especially if you’re already set with a 4K TV, even better if it has HDR too.There are some fantastic-looking games out now to really make a PS4 Pro shine, with this year alone rocking with Spider-Man, God of War and Detroit: Become Human and things are looking bright later on too with Red Dead Redemption 2, The Last of Us Part 2 and more set to drop jaws around the world once again.You’ll find all of the latest and best PS4 Pro prices from the big name stores in our comparison chart below. There’s not too much difference in price between retailers at this time of year, but we’re constantly on the lookout for the latest deals and bundles. Looking to buy in Australia? You’ll want to take a look at our AU page.If you’d prefer a standard PS4, then check out our PS4 bundles page. Don’t forget to top up your subscription with one of our discounted PlayStation Plus deals too.So keep this page bookmarked to stay informed of the latest PS4 Pro bundles when they arrive. If you’re looking for more information on the PS4 Pro, take a look at our handy Q&A below the bundles.
PS4 Pro bundle deals (USA)
Worthwhile PS4 Pro bundles have been pretty much non-existent in the US for the last few months. The PS4 Pro on its own has seemingly sold out at the regular $399 price, meaning we’ve only seen units for sale via third-party sellers on sites like Amazon/Walmart for prices often at least $40 more than usual. This long after release, we’re not cool with that you shouldn’t be either. As a bare minimum, you want at least one game with the console for $399, ideally less in the next few months. The only decent PS4 Pro bundle today is the Read Dead Redemption 2 one we’ve just added below, don’t expect stock to last long on this one though.  
PS4 Pro bundle deals (UK)
Need an extra controller on the cheap? Take a look at the best DualShock 4 deals. We also have a guide to the best PlayStation VR deals too.

Cheap PlayStation Plus deals
If you’re buying a PS4 Pro, you’ll probably need a cheap PlayStation Plus deal too. PlayStation Plus (aka PS Plus or PS+) allows you to play PS4 games online, along with access to the Instant Game Collection, a bunch of free games for PS4, PS3 and Vita each month. The default price for a year is £40. We’ve shopped around for you though and found a range of prices. So check out our guide of you want the best PlayStation Plus deals.
What is the PS4 Pro?
Essentially, the PS4 Pro is an upgrade of the PS4, rather than a ‘next-gen’ console. The keywords to take in from the PS4 Pro are 4K and HDR. The new machine will allow game developers to include 4K options in their games, so expect the like of Uncharted 4, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Days Gone, Horizon: Zero Dawn and more to look even better on a 4K TV.HDR, or High Dynamic Range is the other buzzword to be excited about as the PS4 Pro will allow for extra detail to be seen on a range of games and also a wider range of colors not usually displayed by traditional HD TVs.
Will my old PS4 games work on PS4 Pro?
Absolutely. If you’re planning on upgrading to a PS4 Pro from an older PS4, all of your games will still work. Not every title will be patched to take advantage of the new 4K/HDR capabilities, but the default upscaling (if you have a 4K TV) will more than likely see some improvement to the visuals and the improved console power may give the frame-rate a boost on some titles.
What else can I watch in 4K/HDR on PS4 Pro?
The PS4 Pro is compatible with 4K and HDR, and the content options for both are increasing all the time on services like YouTube and Netflix.
Does the PS4 Pro support 4K Blu-rays?
No. This was a surprise if we’re honest, especially as the new Xbox One S console does. It’s a bit of a gamble for Sony, but at the same time, 4K Blu-rays are very expensive for now and many consumers look to digital services to provide their 4K movies and TV content.
Do I need a 4K TV to run a PS4 Pro?
No, the PS4 Pro will still work on a regular 1080p TV, you won’t get the benefits of upscaling or HDR though. You may see a slim amount of extra detail, or frame-rate boost, but we wouldn’t expect a massive leap.If you are thinking of buying a 4K TV soon, then it’s probably a good idea to splash out on the PS4 Pro instead of the regular or new PS4 Slim as it’ll future proof you for a while. Be sure to look out for a TV that supports HDR too, in order to take full advantage of the PS4 Pro’s capabilities.
Will PlayStation VR be better on the PS4 Pro?
Early reports say yes. The PlayStation VR frame-rate is better on PS4 Pro and the resolution gets a bit of a bump too. PlayStation VR will certainly work on the older PS4s, you don’t need a PS4 Pro to get involved there.
Does the PS4 Pro have optical audio support?
Yes! The optical audio output has been removed from the PS4 Slim though, which is a massive shame. PS4 Pro owners though will still be able to use optical connections for their soundbars and sound systems.
What are the best games on PS4 Pro?
We’ve dived through our back catalog of PS4 games that have received a PS4 Pro update patch to see which ones look the best and have a noticeable difference. Take a look at our extensive feature – The best PS4 Pro games.

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